Unprecedented Obama Boobery – America Downgraded – Deserves Unprecedented Action: Get Rid Of Barack Obama NOW!

Obama was told in the early afternoon last Friday that America’s AAA sovereign credit rating was about to be downgraded by S&P. Obama fled to a Camp David vacation.

On Saturday, a downed helicopter in Afghanistan led to 31 American soldiers, including Navy Seals, to lose their lives. Obama stayed at Camp David on vacation.

Obama Hopium eaters (and should-know-better auxiliaries) immediately reacted in defense of their cult leader. It was a “Tea Party downgrade” spat David Axelrod and the tax dodging John Kerry. But that bit of dizzy spin and blame shifting was no match for DrudgeReport’s searing headline: BARACKALYPSE NOW

Close behind in the clever phrase sweepstakes was Rush Limbaugh with the memorable “Debt Man Walking” – a twist on the “dead man walking” pronouncement made by guards as a condemned prisoner walks from his cell to the death chamber. No doubt Limbaugh’s statement will soon be attacked as “racist” code language rather than memorable political lampooning.

The Obama Hopium eaters then attacked the S&P downgrade as a product of a ratings agency which unfairly and without merit issued its edict. But if that is the case why didn’t Barack Obama expose S&P in the public arena? If that is the case why didn’t the Chicago clown stand and fight? If that is the case why did Obama flee to the Camp David forests like a fawn frightened by human eyes?

And those dead Seals in the dry dirt of Afghanistan?
Obama and his paid army of apologists are ready to exploit the brave to extoll their cult leader with a movie. The exploitation begins October 12, 2012. Any doubt the exploitation of the Seals is a product of Obama’s corrupt henchmen dies when faced with the access to top secret meetings provided to Obama’s Hollywood propaganda unit.

So when in October 2012 Obama is extolled in a Hollywood movie about the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the producers having been given access to top government meetings if they produce a film that will turn a gutless corrupt clown into a valiant Achilles remember – remember that film was paid for in blood by the brave not by the corrupt of Chicago.



When on Friday Obama fled to yet another vacation he must have been exhausted from all the birthday parties and fundraising (and resting up for the upcoming vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and $71,000 fundraisers to come). Obama was vacationing in Camp David no doubt chortling at how his Iowa and Mid-west campaign bus trip stops will be paid for by the oppressed American taxpayer. There is no indecency Barack Obama will not leave unexplored or un-indulged.

Today, from the bowels of deepest boobery Barack Obama bumbled forth. For days he hid like a bat in a cave, like a thief in the night, like a pig in mud. As he boobed and weaved, the stock markets tanked deep – 634 points today alone. The panic selling on Wall Street Obama stoked during the debt ceiling debate never came, until today.

“This guy very clearly has run out of things to say… his big soundbite is detached from reality twice over: Not only will we not always be an AAA nation — given the scale of our debt crisis, we won’t always be an AA+…” It took him three days. It took him three days to come up with – nothing. The phone rang at 3:00 a.m., but Obama was on vacation.

It was, as Jennifer Rubin opined, Obama’s horrifyingly bad speech:

“He was a half hour late. His head turned from side to side as if he were attending a tennis match. He practically never looked in the camera, as if he were averting our gaze. And those were the strong parts of President Obama’s disastrous speech.

It was a bit like a slow-motion car crash. After a while, one stopped listening to the blather and simply watched the stock ticker go down and down. And down some more.

Obama had all weekend and the best he could come up with was a reiteration of his plea for a “balanced” approach to deficit control. [snip]

He was describing his own disastrous tenure as president.

This illuminated Obama’s predicament — devoid of ideas, bitter about political opposition and completely in over his head. If the election were held today, I bet he’d lose. By a lot.”

What will it take to rid ourselves of this corrupt flim-flam man? Will his sleeveless wife, faithful as Chewbacca to her worthless Solo, be the one that has to tell him “Barack, remember, even I think you are “stinky”. Now the country’s nostrils have had a full whiff of you and they want you gone.”

Will it be articles such as this one?”

“As Democratic disgust with Obama’s debt fumbling spreads, Clinton supporters recall her ‘3 a.m. phone call’ warnings—and angry, frustrated liberals are muttering that she should mount a 2012 challenge.

At a New York political event last week, Republican and Democratic office-holders were all bemoaning President Obama’s handling of the debt-ceiling crisis when someone said, “Hillary would have been a better president.”

“Every single person nodded, including the Republicans,” reported one observer. [snip]

Looking as if she were about to cry, an 83-year-old Obama supporter shook her head. “I’m so disappointed in him,” she said. “It’s true: Hillary is tougher.

During the last few days, the whispers have swelled to an angry chorus of frustration about Obama’s perceived weaknesses. [snip]

In Connecticut, a businessman who raised money for Obama in 2008 said, “I’m beyond disgusted.” In New Jersey, a teacher reported that even her friends in the Obama administration are grievously disillusioned with his lack of leadership—and many have begun to whisper about a Democratic challenge for the 2012 presidential nomination. “I think people are furtively hoping that Hillary runs,” she said.

The son of a longtime Democratic congressman from Texas, a 73-year-old lawyer, is so enraged with Obama that he’s threatening not to vote for the 2012 Democratic ticket—the first time in his entire life that he’s contemplated such apostasy.

Among many of the 18 million Americans who supported Hillary Clinton in 2008, the reaction is simple and bitter: “We told you so.”

Perhaps it will have to be a fresh from the Betty Ford (R.I.P. Betty) Clinic, Hopium detoxed Bill Maher that will have to ask for his change back at the sleezy grocery store called Barack Obamaland:

“On Real Time With Bill Maher, the host said that as far as he was concerned, Obama might as well be a Republican, and added that he thought last week represented the tipping point in Obama’s presidency. Wondering if liberals have “buyer’s remorse” about Obama, Maher asked his panel whether Clinton would have been a better president.

“Yes,” replied astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, adding that Clinton would have been “a more effective negotiator in the halls of Congress.”

“She knows how to deal with difficult men,” Maher agreed.

Among Clinton fans, particularly older women, the language was frequently far more caustic. “Obama has no spine and no balls,” said a 67-year-old New Yorker.”

When the obvious penetrates through the scum filtered ponds to misogynistic wretches like Bill Maher you should know the end is nigh for misogynistic wretches like Barack Obama. We told you so and we told you this, repeatedly:

“In his New York Times Sunday Review essay “What Happened to Obama?” Emory University psychology professor Drew Westen summed up the president’s lack of experience with devastating succinctness.

Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he occasionally, as a state senator in Illinois, voted ‘present’ on difficult issues,” wrote Westen, author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.

The presidential scholar Matthew Dickinson went even further with a post under the headline “Run, Hillary, Run!” on the blog Presidential Power. “She did warn you,” Dickinson reminded his readers.

Remember that 3 a.m. phone call? Remember the warning about the rose-colored petals falling from the sky? Remember about learning on the job? Sure you do. Doesn’t a part of you, deep down, realize she was right?” wrote Dickinson, a political-science professor at Middlebury College. “If I heard it once this last week, I heard it a thousand times: You were duped by Obama’s rhetoric—the whole ‘hopey-changey’ thing. And you wanted to be part of history, too—to help break down the ultimate racial barrier. That’s OK. We were all young once. But now it’s time to elect someone who can play hardball, who understands how to be ruthless, who will be a real … uh … tough negotiator in office. There won’t be any debate about Hillary’s, er, ‘man-package.’”

Among Clinton fans, particularly older women, the language was frequently far more caustic. “Obama has no spine and no balls,” said a 67-year-old New Yorker.”

It’s not only Barack Obama that has to go. It is the entire stinking Democratic “leadership” and “strategists” that foisted this Chicago clown on the Democratic Party and the United States that must be made to go. Barack Obama is only the first to go. And he has to go NOW. The nation cannot afford one more day of his booberies and treacheries.

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194 thoughts on “Unprecedented Obama Boobery – America Downgraded – Deserves Unprecedented Action: Get Rid Of Barack Obama NOW!

  1. I still get so angry when I remember the coward backing out of an SNL skit as he found it inappropriate to be laughing when tragedy was so near. Didn’t stop him from golfing I don’t know maybe a hundred times after oil spill or so many other times when he could have displayed leadership by just paying attention

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkOExn3A62Q
    Never mind he was running then and that’s when words matter.

  2. The only way to get rid of The Boob before the 2012 elections is to have the courts allow the cases questioning Obama’s eligibility and use of a fake SS number to proceed to the discovery phase i stead of blocking them.

  3. from admin’s post:

    “It’s not only Barack Obama that has to go. It is the entire stinking Democratic “leadership” and “strategists” that foisted this Chicago clown on the Democratic Party and the United States that must be made to go. Barack Obama is only the first to go. And he has to go NOW. The nation cannot afford one more day of his booberies and treacheries.”
    _________________________

    Yup, the disgraceful Harry Reid and useless Nancy Pelosi have to be sent packing right behind the impotent, slack jawed leader.

  4. Bravo admin!

    If I might make one correction though…

    “Obama’s Hollywood propaganda unit” should really read Hitler’s/obama’s “Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda” care of Joseph Goebbels.

  5. JeezeLouise, just listening to Trump on Greta, and this guy, I swear, this is the only person besides the Big Dwag that knows what the Hell is going on and how to frickin’ fix it.

    Everyone else has their heads up their a$$es.

    I feel like going to sleep until the bs is all over.

    Are humans really this stupid in general, or have we just got them all in DC?

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    Now to read Admins great post.

  6. Fantastic read per usual. Now the liberal media is defending Obama by attacking the S&P for down grading the US. If you don’t like the message , attack the messenger.

  7. Interesting sentence from the comments at Hotair:

    Let President Palin, VP Bolton, Attorney General Sheriff Joe Arpaio, IRS Director Ron Paul, Policy Director Paul Ryan, Chairman of Commerce Herman Cain, and Budget Director Rand Paul handle this.

  8. No, let Hillary handle this- All the Clinton people are already employed at the White House. The right team is in place and ready to go-

    They will be all over Obama’s corruption like moss on a Mississippi tree stump.

  9. Admin: I agree he needs to do the LBJ in the morning…we can’t afford this idiot any longer….btw..great read!

    Turndown: I agree we should be able to elect the entire cabinet…then they can’t sneak in a czar to mess things up with…

    Mrs. Smith: I agree Reid and Pelosi are in on the Boobery….

    WE TRIED TO TELL EVERYONE>>>>You can’t trust Obama, never, never!

    Shadowfax: You didn’t tell us what Trump is saying…is he endorsing Governor Good Hair? From Texas???? He reminds me of the corrupt of Illinois…

  10. Shadowfax
    I keep hoping for some sort of coalition between Trump and Palin. Who could they both get behind and champion? Santorum and Bachman make me want to sit home. perry to slick without the likability. Christy too dismissive. Huntsman seems like he should be on a registry and not permitted near a boys school. The others just put me to sleep. Rubio to raw. West to alienating for independents. Cain I find profoundly dull. Is there a moderate to right female star amongst the rethugs? Trump and Palin don’t count. And yes I do believe Trump is more sensitive to the plight of a woman than Pelousy.

  11. All the Clinton people are already employed at the White House. The right team is in place and ready to go-

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    Nice thought.

  12. The stunning decline of Barack Obama 2011 edition: 10 key reasons why the Obama presidency continues to melt down

    By Nile Gardiner
    August 8th, 2011

    In August last year I published a list of ten key reasons why the Obama presidency was in serious decline. This is a sequel to that post, which was one of the most read pieces on The Telegraph website in 2010. Twelve months on, the outlook continues to look exceedingly bleak for President Obama, with no sign of a recovery.

    July was the worst month for the Obama presidency since the November mid-terms which saw his party emphatically drubbed in Congressional elections across the country. The president hit an all-time low with a Gallup poll at the end of the month giving him just 40 percent approval, with his rating among independents plummeting to just 34 percent. The outlook became even worse at the start of August, with dramatic falls in the stock market, and the historic decision by credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s to downgrade America’s debt.

    As the latest RealClear Politics average of polls shows, less than a quarter of Americans believe the country is moving in the “right direction,” a damning indictment of the first 30 months of the Obama presidency. According to Rasmussen, that figure is as low as 14 percent, the lowest level of public confidence since November 2008.

    I’ve outlined below ten key reasons why the Obama presidency continues to flounder, after a very short-lived bounce in the spring.

    1. Obama isn’t trusted on the economy

    A series of recent polls have demonstrated significant public discontent with President Obama on the economy, the number one issue for US voters. A Washington Post/ABC News survey in late July reported that 57 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, 60 percent disapprove of his handling of the federal budget deficit, and 52 percent are unhappy with the president on job creation. A July 21 poll for Gallup showed US economic confidence plunging to its lowest level since March 2009, with just 26 percent of Americans saying the economy is “getting better.” According to Gallup, more than two thirds of Americans now say the economy is “getting worse.” The latest Rasmussen survey shows consumer confidence “just one point above the lowest levels of the last two years” with investor confidence “down nine points from a week ago, down 12 points from a month ago, and down 29 points from three months ago. Investor confidence has not been lower since March 13, 2009.”

    2. Obama isn’t serious about the budget deficit

    That’s certainly the opinion of credit agency Standard and Poor’s, which downgraded America’s AAA credit rating for the first time in 70 years, in early August. As the Congressional Budget Office revealed in a January report, the deficits generated by the Obama administration are the largest since the end of World War Two, after two years of unchecked and out of control federal spending. And as I noted in a piece on the S&P decision last week:

    Since President Obama took office in January 2009, the United States has embarked on the most ambitious failed experiment in Washington meddling in US history. Huge increases in government spending, massive federal bailouts, growing regulations on businesses, thinly veiled protectionism, and the launch of a vastly expensive and deeply unpopular health care reform plan, have all combined to instill fear and uncertainty in the markets.

    3. Obama’s foreign policy remains a weak-kneed and confusing mess

    US foreign policy under President Obama remains a staggering mess. With a policy of “leading from behind”, Washington’s approach towards the war in Libya has been a sea of dithering and contradiction, with no discernible end goal in sight. The Obama administration has acted like a deer in the headlights in the face of momentous changes in the Middle East, and was caught napping by developments in both Egypt and Syria. In the face of the Iranian nuclear threat, the United States has been largely passive, content to pursue a foolhardy policy of engagement while Tehran edges closer to building a nuclear weapon. Over in Europe, the Russian reset has emboldened Moscow, while undermining key allies in eastern and central Europe. Obama has paid scant attention to the transatlantic alliance, weakening the Special Relationship with Britain, and sleepwalking while NATO declines. It is difficult to think of a US foreign policy that could be more ineffective that the one pursued by this administration, with the hardly surprising result that confidence in US leadership has dramatically fallen across the world since Obama took office.

    4. Independents are deserting the president

    In contrast to Bill Clinton, who moved to the centre after the emphatic Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994, Barack Obama has shown little inclination to do so. This is a rigidly ideological presidency with a distinctly left-wing vision and agenda. Unsurprisingly, independents have been deserting Obama in droves, a huge cause for concern for the White House as it looks to November 2012.

    A Gallup survey at the end of July found just 37 percent of independents backing Obama, his lowest level of support from this group since he took office, a fall of ten points since the end of May, and down from 62 percent at the start of his presidency. A Pew Research Center survey, conducted in late July, also showed a dramatic drop in support for the president among registered independent voters, with significant implications for the presidential elections. As Pew noted in its report:

    The sizeable lead Barack Obama held over a generic Republican opponent in polls conducted earlier this year has vanished as his support among independent voters has fallen off. Currently, 41% of registered voters say they would like to see Barack Obama reelected, while 40% say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate win in 2012. In May, Obama held an 11-point lead.

    This shift is driven by a steep drop-off in support for Obama among independents… just 31% of independent voters want to see Obama reelected, down from 42% in May and 40% in March. Where Obama held a slim 7-point edge among independent registered voters two months ago, a generic Republican holds an 8-point edge today.

    5. A majority of Americans still reject Obamacare

    President Obama has stubbornly refused to back down over his hugely costly health care reform plans, commonly dubbed “Obamacare”, despite significant public opposition to them. In many ways, Obamacare is a political albatross around Obama’s neck as he heads towards 2012. The RealClear Politics average for May to July has 50.8 percent of Americans opposed to Obamacare, with just 38.6 percent in favour. Rasmussen, which tracks the issue closely, has the level of opposition to Obama’s health reforms running currently at 55 percent. CNN’s most recent polling in June placed public opposition at 56 percent. Strikingly, out of 50 polls conducted on Obamacare since the start of 2011 and listed by RealClear Politics, only two (Rasmussen in January and Gallup in March), show more support than opposition for the president’s plan.

    6. The Obama presidency looks increasingly out of touch with the American people

    There is a disturbing let them eat cake mentality projected by the Obama White House, whether the president is advocating higher taxes in the face of a possible double dip recession, or hosting elaborate parties while 45 million Americans depend on food stamps. No US presidency in modern times has been more elitist or out of touch than the present one, which exudes the kind of condescending left-wing snobbery that is normally the preserve of an ivory tower common room. President Obama looks increasingly aloof and out of sync with the American people, three quarters of whom now believe the country is heading down the wrong track – including a staggering 58 percent of Democrats, according to Rasmussen.

    7. Conservatism is growing stronger in America

    While President Obama remains determined to shift the country to the Left, the American public is increasingly conservative in terms of ideology. There is a fundamental disconnect between the most ideologically driven liberal president in US history, and a large percentage of the American people. As Gallup’s latest survey on political views shows, conservatism is by far the leading ideology in the United States. According to Gallup, nearly twice as many Americans (41 percent) call themselves conservative, compared to those who describe themselves as liberal (21 percent). Conservatives also outnumber moderates (36 percent) by a five point margin. And among Republicans, 71 percent describe themselves as “very conservative” or “conservative”, compared to just 38 percent of Democrats who call themselves “very liberal” or “liberal”.

    8. The Tea Party has been a stunning success

    No article on Barack Obama’s stunning decline would be complete without mention of the Tea Party, which has been undoubtedly the most influential US political movement of the decade. The Tea Party’s relentless rise played a key role in sparking the conservative revolution that swept Capitol Hill last November, and has played a major role in setting the agenda when it came to the heated debates over government spending this summer. Were it not for the Tea Party, it is likely that the budget deficit would not be the central issue it is today, and federal spending would have remained a largely inside the beltway debate instead of the talk of dinner tables across America. A truly grassroots movement has succeeded in a short period of time in humbling a presidency, and challenging the status quo on Capitol Hill.

    9. The Obama presidency comes across as bitter, nasty and divisive

    Vice President Joe Biden’s recent attack on the Tea Party, supporting the charge by Democrat Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania that Tea Party Republicans had “acted like terrorists” over the debt issue, was symbolic of an emphatically partisan White House, that is increasingly lashing out aggressively at anyone who questions its policies. As I noted at the time:

    There is something deeply sad and disconcerting when the vice president decides to compare opposition legislators in Congress with terrorists simply because he disagrees with their views and principles. This is the kind of ugly, threatening rhetoric that has no place at the heart of the US presidency… Joe Biden has clearly overstepped the line with his comments, and brought the office of the vice president into disrepute. His actions today are symbolic of a White House that increasingly looks bitter, crass and petty in its behaviour as public opinion moves firmly against it. Biden’s outburst is a sign of the Left’s growing desperation 30 months into the Obama administration, and only further reinforces the image of decline and decay sinking in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    10. The liberal elites are turning on the president

    One only has to read the pages of The New York Times, the flagship of America’s liberal elites, to see how some of the president’s most ardent left-wing supporters have begun to turn against him. Even Maureen Dowd despairs that her beloved president has been forced to make concessions to the Tea Party on the debt issue, quoting a Democrat Senator as saying: “we are watching him turn into Jimmy Carter right before our eyes.” And as for uber liberal Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman, Obama has supposedly “surrendered” to the Right. There is every sign of a vicious civil war breaking out on the Left, as disillusionment mounts with Obama. This will make it increasingly difficult for the president to present a united front as he campaigns for re-election, and he will have to contend with heavy sniping from powerful liberal voices, most of whom gave him unequivocal backing in 2008.

    A presidency in decline

    The omens are certainly not looking good for President Obama, as he approaches the final 16 months of his presidency. Public opinion has turned firmly against him in recent weeks, as it did in the months ahead of the November 2010 midterms. On the economy, undoubtedly the dominant issue for voters in 2012, he is on distinctly shaky ground, with his Big Government agenda increasingly distrusted by the American electorate, scorned by the financial markets, and given a vote of no confidence by credit agency Standard and Poor’s. By almost any measure, this is a presidency in steep decline and in serious trouble. This is looking like another ‘annus horribilis’ for Barack Obama, the ‘hope and change’ president who, on current trajectory, seems destined for failure, with a legacy of declining prosperity at home and dispiriting American weakness abroad.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100099871/the-stunning-decline-of-barack-obama-2011-edition-10-key-reasons-why-the-obama-presidency-continues-to-meltdown/

  13. The roof crashes in on Obama

    By Jennifer Rubin
    08/08/2011

    A former Bush administration figure once told me that there comes a point in a presidency when the public tunes out. Voters stop listening, and the consensus forms that the president is in a defensive crouch. If we hadn’t reached that point before, today sure seemed like it.

    President Obama’s approval rating is in free fall. His RealClearPolitics average is below 45 percent. In the most recent CNN poll show him at 54 percent disapproval, tying his all-time high (low?). Sixty percent ( a huge jump from 36 percent in April) believe that “the economy is still in a downturn and conditions are continuing to worsen.” A large plurality (48 percent) think the cuts in the debt-ceiling bill didn’t go far enough.

    And all of those numbers were was accumulated before the stock market slid 635 points today. The losses were deep and widespread, as the Post reported:

    All 30 components of the Dow plunged in value and 99 percent of the components of the S&P average moved lower. Financial stocks, led by Bank of America, which lost 20 percent to $6.53 per share, led the selling.
    Investors also fled into safe investments such as gold, which set a fresh high of $1,713 an ounce, rising a record of nearly $63.80.

    Investors have been flocking to gold more and more this year as evidence mounted that the U.S. economy is slowing down. On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee is set to meet and decide whether the faltering economy warrants additional policy responses.
    Recall that the market was down about 400 when Obama began speaking this afternoon.

    It’s no wonder that the GOP challengers bashed the president. Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and the rest all had a common message: Obama’s lack of leadership and policies have sunk the economy. Looking at the past few days, it’s a powerful message.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/the-roof-crashes-in-on-obama/2011/03/29/gIQAEtAA3I_blog.html

  14. JanH
    August 8th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    The roof crashes in on Obama

    By Jennifer Rubin
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    Jennifer Rubin has been writing great articles describing Obama to a Tea!

  15. confloyd
    August 8th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Mrs. Smith: I agree Reid and Pelosi are in on the Boobery….
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    ALL the Democrats know Obama is corrupt. They have no excuse for not preventing the situation we are now in- and doing something about getting rid of Obama.

  16. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/08/obama-main-attraction-at-fundraisers-monday-night/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_politicalticker+%28Blog%3A+Political+Ticker%29

    President Barack Obama turns his attention to campaign politics Monday night, as he headlines two events for the Democratic National Committee and his re-election campaign.

    According to the White House schedule, the president first attends a gathering of approximately 140 guests at a private residence in the nation’s capital. A DNC official says proceeds from the $15,000 per family gathering will go to the Obama Victory Fund, with the money raised shared by the president’s re-election campaign and DNC.

    A source with knowledge of the event says it’s being held at the home of Don and Katrina Peebles. Don Peebles is a real estate entrepreneur and sits on the Obama campaign’s national finance committee.

    The president then heads to the St. Regis Hotel to meet with approximately 60 guests. While not a fundraiser, a source says the gathering is a donor outreach event.

  17. Ever wonder if maybe the nancy pelousies of the world think they are doing the right thing?
    Where I live the public library has become inundated with kids from 3 to 6:30 with no where to else to go. parents are working and they are seven so they go to the library. Safe place– but is that what its for?? No supervision and really young kids just whiling away the hours on a computer. A strain on the library system but also a WTF. Library does not equal babysitter. An attempt was made to provide after school stuff to do. Well you need someone on site at all times who is CPR registered all individuals volunteering must pass background checks and if you are feeding the kids you must have health certificates and have someone there at all times who has a certificate from the state to handle food(really cookies and milk)
    I get why they have to have standards to protect the kids but these people were not charging the state a dollar and had local music shop and dance instructors giving their time and energy. No can do but an after school program charging the state 8 per hour per child can and does get waivers for costs. Free helping kids out. Charge. Not free billing by the hour no charge.

  18. “In contrast to Bill Clinton, who moved to the centre after the emphatic Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994, Barack Obama has shown little inclination to do so.”
    ***

    A wrong take on both WJC and bho. WJC did not move to the center but “triangulated”, taking a “third way”.

    As for bho, he’s to the right of the Republicans if anything. But actually, he’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time: anything goes as he “fights” for a second term.

  19. WJC did not move to the center but “triangulated”, taking a “third way”.

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    Right!

  20. admin
    CK flip flops almost as much as bambi and i think he may need a dictionary as plaintive is defined as– expressing SORROW or melancholy . Four years and counting and I ain’t never seen that puppet exude an emotion that wasn’t about him, I am I am is what I hear

  21. Mrs. Smith,
    You gotta wonder where the Kennedy’s fit in here with Obama’s plummet….Ol’ Teddy must of know that Obama was corrupt…I think he made a decision to help Obama because it was payback time…yah think…??

    Very interesting news about Jackie O’s idea about LBJ, of coarse its been on the history channel as a conspiracy theory for several years and of coarse several books have been written on it…

    I sure feel sorrow for those folks in the UK with all that rioting…it’s prolly going to happen here.

  22. I voted twice for WJC but I donated, canvassed and traversed the city of Pittsburgh making sure I did what I could to make sure every one who wanted to vote for Hillary could. made an ass of my self chanting H–I H I H I l -lary on the side of highways. Would repeat but not so much for Bill. Respect. Yes. Give of me– NO. I was born in 67 and so quaisi aware of politics in 85. Think almost all fall under POS. WJC included. Hillary on the other hand could not create the integrity her life has exhibited. She is just not that creative. I mean that as a tribute to what she has done for real

  23. Heard Michael Nutter is being thrown under the bus. Philly is a mess right now with flash mobs and unapologetic shootings. Nutter supported HRC and some are actually blaming new crime on his support. I went to Temple and I can tell you in the late eighties early nineties you did not walk down Walnut/Chestnut after 8. Guillianni got lots of praise for cleaning up NYC but Rendall did a much more profound job. Rudy reduced crime but Ed made Center City safe. new york had crime but more in pockets, Philly had flat out wolf packs, and they were unchallenged for years. Rendell went in and did his job. Center City became a destination again– no longer held hostage. Rudy and Ed stood up at the same time and neither sat back down. Both cities reaped tremendous benefits. Rendall just wasn’t NYC didn’t have 9/11 and also had Hillary’s back to the bitter end.

    I would love to see Palin and Trump get behind Rendell(come on give the guy some credit he had to know the hound thing was a joke) Pity he is less than camera ready.

  24. Shadowfax: You didn’t tell us what Trump is saying…is he endorsing Governor Good Hair? From Texas???? He reminds me of the corrupt of Illinois…

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    Trump didn’t endorse anyone. He only said nice things about Palin, Bachman and He’sStillGotHair. He did not say any of them would win nor they were best for the country. Just little compliments.

  25. Confloyd, if you stay around, I will see if Greta posted today’s interview with Trump, it was great.

  26. So when are the financial donors for his re-election going to start drying up, or have they already, and that is being hidden. I cannot imagine anyone of any financial intelligence writing large checks to this man, unless they just want to burn their money in the front yard. I would imagine that being seen at one of his fundraisers is a negative at this point, and not a positive.

    He had not been able to pull anything significant out of any action he has been assoicated with. He has not made one brillant move, nor won any significant political games with anyone. Are the people funding him STUPID at this point.

  27. admin, thanks. This is a poignant and long-awaited day.
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    henry August 9th, 2011 at 12:23 am
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    Henry For Senate!

  28. From previous thread: The Ulsterman Report: Big Budget Pro-Obama Military Film On Its Way
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    That plus the bus tour = a few pages from Sarah Palin’s playbook. Of course, Obie’s film would have to be big budget; economy is not a concept he can grasp.

    But mimicking Sarah!!! Did not O’s ‘folk’ convince him that she was inexperienced and dumb as a doorknob? Guess they are thinking otherwise now.

  29. holdthemaccountable
    I would love to run. if even just for the chance to scream and be heard. Presently I reside in Pittsburgh which is a very “contained” place unless you are talking sports. By some freak twist of fate I learned to walk in stilts. Remember those Golden Books from childhood? Thick card board cover and a gold strip down the spine. Really large words on each page. Maybe ten words per page. Well I’d love to walk around downtown Pittsburgh on stilts handing out little Golden Books reading obama can not be trusted or budget guides in big red letters where 1 – 3 equals debt. I am profoundly proficient at making an ass of me so who knows if Casey is not challenged. Wonder what my neighbors would think if I started practicing on stilts in a donkey costume?

  30. henry, I hope you get out those stilts and Golden Books. I’m in the second half of my 60th decade, so I remember those books well, and they were still around when my kids were young enough to treasure them.

    If you run, I will donate. Alas, the donation would be modest as are all my donations at this time. 🙁

  31. holdthemaaccountable
    Best books ever for kids. Simple to the point and phoenetic(sp?-irony?) which I love. Do not get the sight word method. i am mostly kidding about a run for office. know I’d never stand a chance but I’d love to give em something to talk about. I’d cascade through Harrisburg on a tricycle in acid washed jeans and a terry cloth tube top with bleach stains and sing the them from Working Girl at the top of my lungs if i thought it might make someone/anyone listen

  32. THE PARTY IS OVER: Democrat, That Is

    The fur is really flying now. President Obama and his Democrat handlers, enablers and rumpswabs are scurrying about like ants on crystal meth, plopping themselves in front of every news microphone and TV camera they can find to continue to perpetuate the mindless “Tea Party downgrade”meme some Progressive propaganda genius came up with over the weekend.

    It has become clear that, despite the outrageously preposterous implication that The Tea Party had anything at all to do with the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ credit status, this is the mantra that the complicit weasels have settled upon, at least for now. Call it the “mantra du jour.” Whenever a cabal of morally bankrupt compulsive liars decides on quite so improbable a set of talking points to which to hitch their shooting star, it is only a matter of time before what is left of their rapidly dwindling mass is consumed, simply burned up in the atmosphere through which they plummet toward their inevitable doom.

    A shrewd long-distance runner knows that it is best to pace oneself, trading a somewhat more deliberate gait for the confident assurance of greater longevity, and ultimately, the chance of a victory in the end. The propagandists in this charade, however, are in a full tilt sprint. They are gasping for air as their side heave with the exertion of the uphill path they have chosen.

    Even as these ill advised mouthpieces spin their fantastic webs, the more sane among us reflect with a modicum of sobriety upon what it is they lay before us. The old saw goes that, if you repeat a lie enough times, it will become the truth. This ploy can work, and in fact it has many times throughout the history of disingenuous political discourse. It is especially effective when the lie is couched in, and inextricably interwoven with, easily recognizable bits of truth. The major hurdle for this current pack of dissemblers lies not in the keen discernment of their listening audience, but rather in the remarkable technology of the day.

    It is true that the contributing factors in our current financial crisis began their long journey of destructive financial practices many years ago, during which time they have been prodded along by players from both sides of the aisle. In the world of Democrat and Republican Beltway denizens there are truly very few clean hands to be found. None of which, however, can or will explain away what I am about to show you. Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Never did those words ring truer than they are about.

    Those within the Democrat party whose most sincere wish would involve laying at the doorstep of George W. Bush, and more recently, The Tea Party, the responsibility for our impending financial implosion really do not want you to see proof of the fact that the housing crisis was actually created, coddled, nurtured, and eventually jammed down the throats of the Republicans and the American public by the Democrats, and more specifically Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus. It perhaps has not eluded your detection that throughout this political/financial tête-à-tête have been frequent references to The Tea Party’s alleged “racist” proclivities.

    While I did do a thorough job of dismantling and destroying once and for all that entire line of spurious ejecta in my recent article entitled “Where , Oh Deceiver, Is Thy Sting: The Tea Party And Racism,” the necessity for this particular theme of disingenuous innuendo was never made clear. It actually found its roots in the launching of The Housing Crisis which was the birthplace of the financial ills which now plague the entire planet.

    If it please the court, I offer the following as,

    “Exhibit A:”

    h.. w.. youtube.com/watch?v=Yga7TlsA-1A

    Did you happen to pick up on any recognizable themes, anything we’ve been discussing here that rang a bell? When the Republicans said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needed increased scrutiny and more strict regulation, the response from the Democrats was, “That’s racist!” When the GOP committee members wanted to investigate Franklin Raines and his complicity in the entire housing charade, the chant from the Left was, “That’s racist!!” And now, after all these years, with the chickens hatched so long ago now coming home to roost as our current budget meltdown, what is it that we are being asked to believe about The Tea Party?

    Why, that we’re all racist, of course. But we’re also so much more. We’re hostage takers. We’re terrorists. I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up tomorrow and find the headlines informing a stunned world that The Tea Party are cannibals. While we just kidding around, just for giggles, take a look at this. Call it “Exhibit B:”

    h.. w.. youtube.com/watch?v=cLQU7uNR5bM&feature=PlayList&p=03AF8FFB7D8252FE&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10

    Remarkable, isn’t it? The technology, I mean. That all of these people all those years ago got together and shared these great ideas for a future in which they would “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” and here we are in August of 2011 watching them in all their resplendent glory. They must be so proud. I know I am.

    As you view either one of these YouTube videos, which I cached just in case they mysteriously disappeared, you’ll note that there are dozens of other videos cached by viewers just as impressed as I was when I first saw them. So when you hear John Kerry or David Axelrod or any of the other lying progressive Obama mouthpieces trying to lay this fiasco at the doorstep of either President Bush or The Tea Party, just remember upon whose doorstep the responsibility for this carefully crafted deception lies.

    In November of 2012 will have an opportunity to continue putting aright this manufactured financial meltdown. Most important is that between now and then we are neither discouraged nor dissuaded nor disinformed about who it is that we cannot trust.

    The Democrats have had their day in the sun, and they did make hay while the sun shone, despicable and shameful though it was. And now, at long last, for the Democrats the party is over.

    http://www.teapartytribune.com/

  33. UK and London Riots: 6th – 9th August 2011
    (interactive map)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8689355/London-riots-all-incidents-mapped-in-London-and-around-the-UK.html

    Notice riots on all roads leading to London. This is not just happenstance- Strategically Preplanned…
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    London riots: Guerrilla warfare erupts as no one knows where mob will strike next.

    It was the rush–hour riot. In broad daylight at 5pm, as commuters across London were preparing for their journeys home, violent gangs returned to launch a third night of mayhem on the streets of the capital.

    Parts of London that had been unscathed during the previous two nights of looting and arson were suddenly exposed to the full force of highly mobile mobs of youths intent on battling the police. On high streets across the city shopkeepers and residents prepared themselves for the attacks and attempted to protect their property and themselves.

    Sunday night saw the rioting spread for the first time beyond Tottenham, with violence flaring in Edmonton, Enfield and Brixton. But yesterday the violence spread further across the capital.

    The third night of rioting began shortly before 5pm in a fashionable quarter of Hackney, east London.

    Hundreds of youths smashed shop windows, vandalised a bus and threw bottles and other missiles at lines of police. Later the police were forced to turn and flee as gangs of youths wearing hoods, masks and balaclavas swarmed up side streets hurling flaming logs, bricks and bottles. Barricading the roads with burning wheelie bins, they armed themselves with shards of glass.

    The air filled with towering plumes of black smoke as two cars were set alight on Clarence Road and the ground shook with a loud blast as a petrol tank exploded, shooting out a ball of flame.

    h.. w.. telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8690251/London-riots-Guerrilla-warfare-erupts-as-no-one-knows-where-mob-will-strike-next.html

  34. Another bird flying home after the Titanic strikes the looming economic Iceberg-
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    US ambassador to Netherlands quits

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Fay Hartog Levin, says she has submitted her resignation to President Barack Obama.

    Levin said in a statement Monday she is quitting, effective in September, to give her family more attention and to serve “the public interest closer to my home in Chicago.”

    Levin came to The Hague in August 2009. She is the daughter of Dutch Jewish parents who fled Holland before World War II.

    Before her ambassadorial appointment she was a lawyer, an executive of the Field Museum in Chicago and a consultant to nonprofit groups.

    http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110808/ap_on_re_eu/eu_netherlands_us_ambassador

  35. I love how they make it look like it’s White British kids doing the rioting in the media.This look like the flash mob’s in America but beyond well planned..

  36. Amazing- Obama feels an urgency for setting fuel consumption standards as the world’s economic crisis teeters on the brink of chaos! And the usual long rhetorical paragraphs written in this article explaining NOTHING but ensuring you will be better off than you are now: CAVEAT: BEWARE OF THE FINE PRINT!
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    Obama to set fuel standards for heavy vehicles

    By Lily Kuo Lily Kuo – 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday will finalize the first ever fuel efficiency and emissions standards for commercial trucks, vans and buses, which is expected to save owners $50 billion in fuel costs over four years.

    The standards are expected to save the United States some 530 million barrels of oil over the same period beginning in 2014, according to senior administration officials.

    “Increasing efficiency standards over the last 30 years has not been something that our country has particularly excelled at, but it has been a priority of the Obama administration to move forward with aggressive new standards,” said an official in a telephone news conference.

    The president will announce the standards to an audience of auto company executives, green groups and workers in Springfield, Virginia.

    The announcement comes a week after President Obama declared aggressive fuel economy standards for personal cars and light trucks. The program for commercial vehicles, like last week’s, is part of the administration’s goal of reducing the country’s dependency on foreign oil by one third by 2025.

    Standards apply to vehicles divided into three categories and to all models made between 2014 and 2018. By the end of that period, long-haul trucks will be required to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent. Vocational vehicles — delivery trucks, school buses and the like — will reduce consumption and emissions by 9 percent.

    Regulations for heavy duty pickup trucks and vans will differ for those powered by gas and those by diesel. Gas-fueled vehicles will reduce fuel use by 10 percent and carbon emissions by 12 percent. Diesel-powered trucks and vans are to reduce oil use by 15 percent and emissions by 17 percent.

    Regulators shifted targets slightly in the final plan. The fuel reduction target is slightly higher for long-haul trucks and lower for vocational vehicles than was unveiled in the plan last year. The government also estimates more in oil savings.

    The measure has “very aggressive support” from the heavy duty auto industry, a senior official said. Expected to attend the event on Tuesday are truck and parts manufacturers Navistar, Eaton, Daimler AG, Volvo, Chrysler (which is run by Fiat) and General Motors.

    Truckers are projected to haul about 14 billion tons of freight by 2018, compared with nearly 11 billion tons in 2006, industry figures show. Commercial trucks represent about 11 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States.

    Companies will get bonuses from the government for emission credits gained from using clean technology.

    Administration officials say the costs to the industry are negligible. To upgrade a tractor trailer truck, for example, will cost $6,220 but will save an estimated $73,000 dollars in the lifetime of the truck.

    For pickup trucks and vans the costs could be around $1,050, and for vocational vehicles just $380.

    “One of the reasons there is much support … is that people recognize that, one, these costs pay for themselves quickly,” said a senior administration official.

    http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110809/us_nm/us_fuel_economy_trucks_2

  37. The blame for this is BO’s He did not keep his big mouth shut, thereby identifying and endangering these soldiers.

    From NQ: “They exposed the SEALs in the mission to take out Bin Laden. Their role was not supposed to be acknowledged.”

    A senior Afghan government official told AFP on condition of anonymity that Taliban commander Qari Tahir lured US forces to the scene by tipping them off that a Taliban meeting was taking place.

    He also said four Pakistanis helped Tahir carry out the strike.

    “Now it’s confirmed that the helicopter was shot down and it was a trap that was set by a Taliban commander,” said the official, citing intelligence gathered from the area.

    “The Taliban knew which route the helicopter would take,” he continued.

    “That’s the only route, so they took position on the either side of the valley on mountains and as the helicopter approached, they attacked it with rockets and other modern weapons. It was brought down by multiple shots.”

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss the issue, also said President Hamid Karzai’s US-backed government “thinks” the attack was retaliation for the May killing of Osama bin Laden.

  38. Reports conveniently lave out the facts that the dead guy was a black gangsta. No mention of that.

    Or that he pulled his gun on the cops, first.

    Nope. Nothing to see here. Just like Wisconsin wilding didn’t happen.

  39. The UK Riots seem geared to more than just looting. The humiliation of people on their way home from work stripped naked for looters standing at the ready for their clothing handover- This is defiantly inspired by a combative, ugly, hateful barbaric sect on a mission for control. Is this what we are looking forward to as the Leader of the Free World vacations in MV? (see pic)
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    Forced to strip naked in the street: Shocking scenes as rioters steal clothes and rifle through bags as people make their way home.

    This is the shocking moment a young man is apparently forced to hand over all of his clothes after appearing to be stripped naked during lawless riots overnight.

    Internet rumours last night claimed that on top of the widespread destruction across London and Birmingham, people were having their clothes removed by looters as police attempted to contain the criminality.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/08/09/article-2024001-0D5CB5C100000578-825_642x603.jpg

    Humiliation: A young man is forced to strip to his underpants in the street, having apparently already handed his t-shirt and trainers to a looter. There were unconfirmed reports last night of victims being made to strip in Deptford, south London, and in Birmingham

    Reports on Twitter claimed some people were being stripped, while another shocking video shows a bleeding teenager being robbed in broad daylight by lawless thugs who pretend to help him to his feet.

    On Twitter, numerous posters claimed there had been incidents of people being stripped naked in Birmingham, although the reports are unsubstantiated.

  40. Blowing money in the wind

    Besides Wind Power threatening the extinction of an entires species of bird population, Golden Eagles.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/06/local/la-me-adv-wind-eagles-20110606

    Jerry Agar
    By Jerry Agar, Toronto Sun

    [snip]

    John Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, says his group broadly supports legal action against the wind industry and governments “that provide billions of dollars to perpetuate the wind industry’s fraud.

    “We’ve seen in Ontario that industrial wind energy isn’t affordable, reliable, green or safe for local host communities,” Laforet says.

    “It is shocking that big wind and its supporters continue to campaign in favour of billions of dollars worth of green pork for this failed industry, that Ontarians can’t afford, without any commitment to the truth.”

    John Yakabuski, Ontario PC Energy critic pounced, too, as the energy file will be key heading toward October’s election.

    “Dalton McGuinty has made such a mess of the energy file in Ontario that his expensive energy experiments will cost Ontario families $732 a year more by 2015. He continues to thumb his nose at Ontario families and continues his blatant electioneering to cement his legacy of skyrocketing hydro bills by including poison pills in the FIT contracts.”

    ATI, along with the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University estimated the cost to the economy of forcing renewable energy mandates. They estimate in addition to the extra cost of energy to consumers, the cost to business would be passed along in reduced income or layoffs.

    “In 2021 a 15% mandate would reduce annual wages by $227 per worker. The job losses and price increases would reduce real incomes as firms, households and governments spend more of their budgets on electricity and less on other items, such as home goods and services.”

    So a higher energy bill to pay out of a lower income? Great news!

    “McGuinty’s target is 13% of generation, but an installed capacity much greater than that because wind is so unreliable,” Laforet says. “It’s also going to be fossil fuel backed up, which is why it isn’t green at all.”

    McGuinty’s green plan should make you see red.

    h.. w.. .torontosun.com/2011/08/08/blowing-money-in-the-wind-2

  41. V4H,

    From what I have been able to figure, the gangsta shot a cop in the chest with a hand gun and the cop(s?) fired back. I am not sure if the cop died. The reports are watered down politically-correct stories which won’t report the truth of black violence.

    But check out some of the clips rampant online. That will tell you everything you need to know. There is one of cops being overwhelmed by mobs.

  42. Mrs. Smith
    August 8th, 2011 at 10:15 pm
    Yup, the disgraceful Harry Reid and useless Nancy Pelosi have to be sent packing right behind the impotent, slack jawed leader.

    Absolutely! And all the rest of the Democratic Party apparatchiks who subverted, ignored, and actively disenfranchised millions who voted in the party primaries and participated in the caucuses have to be driven from office and any current or future roles in the Democratic Party if it is not already too late to save the current corrupt elitist party. Every Congressperson who enabled this lackey of Wall St, every super delegate who voted diametrically opposite of what the people wanted, every party hack who manipulated, lied, and rigged the rules to benefit the con, the propagandists in the press, and the morons who spread fear, hate, and division in the name of Barack Obama need to be exposed for the dangerous, divisive, ruinous mess they have brought to this country. This is why they are showing panic and just now trying to cover their asses because they are getting a glimmer of what is coming at them.

  43. Ooops-

    President cancels today’s events
    Twitter ^ | 8/9/11

    Scraps visit to Auto makers. Cancels Press briefing..
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    I hope it because he is in handcuffs and will be seen today frog marched down the front staircase of the White House.

  44. Mormaer
    August 9th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Agreed- Mormaer. I know BC worked hard during the midterms to separate the wheat from the chafe with the hope of reconstructing the Dem Party weeding out the Obamamites. Undertaking this task was a last ditch effort that unfortunately was a great underestimation of the rampant corruption prevalent in the senior establishment who ostensibly are choosing to go down with the ship rather than desert the sinking ship and do what they were elected to do- FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

    The feeling I’m getting is the senior establishment has been approached by outsiders to change course, but have refused. Blinded in their thinking Obama will prevail in the end. It may happen, but for now the safety of the country is at stake. If we are to learn anything from the current chaos in the UK resulting from malevolent planning by terrorist factions. Theirs is just a prequel to what will be happening here soon if something isn’t done pronto to stop this freight train coming bringing with it all out destruction to the citizens of the US.

    Our country is prime for the picking. The president has withdrawn and as evidenced today, canceling events ( most likely because of death threats from angry Americans wanting him out of the WH ) Please hurry. There is not a minute to waste.. Unconventional times need unconventional methods for changing the dynamic of nefarious plans we are not aware of…

  45. Here is another indication the government is hunkering down for the chaos to come. The UK has already transitioned to Cloud for government services. In other words.. we will be living in the world of virtual reality. Congress passed legislation during the Bush Administration giving Reps and Senators authority to vote from their home computers if they are unable to be in DC. This is a transition of taking down the Power of the People replacing it with faceless governance. Where we will never know if the operators of their computers are the real people or the government taking full control of Congress feeding us their results.
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    Fed’s General Services Administration transitions to the cloud with Google Apps.

    July 28, 2011 · · In VoIP News

    The U.S. General Services Administration has taken to the cloud. The 17,000 employees of the agency now communicate using Google Apps for Government, a cloud-based email and collaboration platform that has allowed the GSA to eliminate its expensive data centers, and given users access to the network from any location.

    The GSA is the first federal agency to complete the transition to the cloud-based app; the $6.7 million project was facilitated with the help of IT specialist Unisys Corp. ( NYSE: UIS ), which won the contract for the deployment in 2010. More than a dozen other agencies are also scheduled to convert to the Gmail-based platform from IBM’s Lotus Notes software. GSA expects its new solution to increase employee productivity, enabling employees to work remotely from any location at any time while resulting in a 50 percent cost savings. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson said she expects reduced email operation costs, including staff and hardware, will save more than $15.2 million for the agency over the next five years. In addition to email, GSA employees also will be able to conduct video chats and collaborate on documents with onsite and remote colleagues.

    During the six-month transition, GSA and contractor email addresses, content and calendar data were migrated to Google Apps for Government. Enhanced user authentication and other security improvements were also added during the transition phase. Additionally, all mobile devices were transitioned. The project is part of the government’s effort to save $3 billion by closing about 40 percent of its data centers over the next five years. The federal market for cloud services is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion. For more: – see this release – see this NextGov article Related article: State of Wyoming opts for Google apps for entire government.

    http://voiptalk.co.nz/2011/07/feds-general-services-administration-transitions-to-the-cloud-with-google-apps/

  46. Mrs. Smith
    August 9th, 2011 at 9:27 am
    …the senior establishment who ostensibly are choosing to go down with the ship rather than desert the sinking ship and do what they were elected to do…

    They are afraid. They handed a functioning political party to the most corrupt political enterprise (the Chicago Combine is bipartisan and makes the Ottoman empire look good) in the history of this country. Why this was done is open to debate. Some think laziness, other think corruption, and still others think they were just tired of having their weak asses handed to them by Republicans and thought a bunch of street tough hoods could win. Whatever, the fact is they handed it all to a bunch of thieving thugs in Illinois who moved it lock, stock and barrel to Chicago. What other national party in the world is not headquartered in the national capitol? I cannot think of any. I think the Democratic Party is dead. Obama killed it off and I do not think Hillary can save it nor should she want to do so. When things go too far it often is not worth saving. I think two parties are going to spring from the ashes. One liberal (not goddamned progressive which means Obama-centric) and one moderate (which will attract independents and some Republicans) will start forming after the 2012 election.

  47. Obama will have a fit

    Republican Budget Would’ve Prevented Downgrade, According to S&P Source.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/paul-ryan-republican-budget-would-ve-prevented-downgrade-according-sp-source_582139.html

    Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Paul Ryan responded to Standard & Poor’s downgrading of America’s long-term debt by explaining to host Chris Wallace that Republicans in the House “passed a budget, which according to somebody from S&P yesterday, would have prevented this downgrade from happening in the first place.” America’s credit rating was downgraded to AA+ Friday night from AAA, the highest rating given out by the New York-based agency.

    Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, went on to explain how his budget plan deals with the long-term entitlement problem, which S&P refers to in its downgrade report. “We passed a budget that would make debt peak in two years at 74.5 percent GDP and it goes steadily down from thereon after,” Ryan said. “So, we put out a plan, very specific plan to address the situation, pay off the debt, balance the budget, reform the tax code to create jobs in the economy. You got to have two things, spending cuts and debt reduction, along with economic growth and job creation.”

    The Ryan budget, after passing in the House, failed to gain the Senate’s approval. Even so, it’s almost certain the president would not have signed the bill.

  48. Oy!
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    By Jeff Poor – The Daily Caller

    Operation: Chaos, Part Deux?

    During the 2008 Democratic Party primary, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh issued an “order” to his listeners to vote for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton over then-Sen. Barack Obama in states with an open Democratic primary. Although Limbaugh’s listeners were more likely to vote Republican in the general election, their participation in the Democratic primary was considered a strategy helpful to then-likely GOP nominee Sen. John McCain.

    Could another opportunity for Limbaugh’s conservative listeners to steer Democratic Party politics be a possibility? According to Limbaugh, it’s likely in the works.

    “I just want to put another thought in your head,” Limbaugh said on his Monday program. “If you think that the Democratic Party is not thinking about Hillary Clinton as a primary opponent to Obama, you are not thinking,” Limbaugh said. “Folks, if Hillary Clinton were president right now and the same circumstances existed, they would be thinking about Obama primarying her.”

    And based on Obama’s tough go at it over the last two-and-a-half years, the Democratic Party is considering that challenge.

    “I am here to tell you that deep in the bowels of the Democrat Party, and that’s what they are — they’re thinking about this,” Limbaugh said.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/08/limbaugh-democratic-party-thinking-about-a-hillary-clinton-primary-challenge-against-obama/

  49. A Psychological Blow

    08/08/2011

    Markets: For the first time, America’s good name has been downgraded. So far, the impact on bonds has been small. But the long-term consequences won’t be pretty.

    Back in 1992, Bill Clinton learned that U.S. credit equaled U.S. power. After wrangling with Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, his team gained such respect for treasuries as a proxy for U.S. credibility that Clinton adviser James Carville famously declared he wanted be reincarnated as the bond market “so I can intimidate everyone.”

    Today, we have a president who shrugs off the first-ever downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt in the wake of Standard & Poor’s downgrade from AAA to AA+, claiming that credit, like deficits, doesn’t matter.

    “No matter what some agency may say, we always have been and always will be a AAA country,” the president declared Monday.

    It was as strong a statement as any about the politics-first climate over government spending that brought on the S&P downgrade in the first place.

    For Obama to say credit ratings don’t matter at a time when he’s made it clear that his re-election does matter pretty well sums up why this happened. But it was beside the point.

    S&P’s downgrade from AAA to AA+ wasn’t about America’s ability to pay its debt, which remains intact. The rating agency specifically said the problem was the U.S.’ willingness to pay its bills.

    That puts the U.S. in the same category as — we kid you not — Ecuador, which like the U.S. had plenty of money to pay its bills in 2009, but defaulted anyway because its president saw defaulting as a populist means of amassing more political power.

    Nobody was surprised about Ecuador, because nations that default once are most likely to do so again.

    But by extension, that’s why a superstable country such as the U.S. has never been downgraded and why this downgrade is such a psychological blow.

    With no recovery of the AAA rating likely soon, it might translate into a U.S. loss of power and influence. After all, the U.S. Treasury market up until now has always been the gold standard of global debt, the means by which all other debt has been measured — from nations, to mortgages, to municipalities, to corporations to credit cards. Those days are over and unlikely to return to the norm we knew as of late last Friday.

    “I don’t think people fully understand how long it will take to recover,” Aladdin Capital’s Scott B. MacDonald told IBD.

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/580834/201108081908/A-Psychological-Blow.htm

  50. From that sensationalist anti-green article, here are some facts about how first generation wind turbines are being replaced with safer ones.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/06/local/la-me-adv-wind-eagles-20110606/2

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorizes limited incidental mortality and disturbance of eagles at wind facilities, provided the operators take measures to mitigate the losses by replacing older turbines with newer models that are meant to be less hazardous to birds, removing turbines located in the paths of hunting raptors and turning off certain turbines during periods of heavy bird migration.
    [….]
    Environmentalists have persuaded the energy industry and federal authorities — often through litigation — to modify the size, shape and placement of wind turbines. Last year, five local Audubon chapters, the California attorney general’s office and Californians for Renewable Energy reached an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to expedite the replacement of its old wind turbines in the Altamont Pass with new, taller models less likely to harm birds such as golden eagles and burrowing owls that tend to fly low.

    The neighboring Buena Vista Wind Energy Project recently replaced 179 aging wind turbines with 38 newer and more powerful 1-megawatt turbines. That repowering effort has reduced fatality rates by 79% for all raptor species and 50% for golden eagles, according to a study by Shawn Smallwood, an expert on raptor ecology in wind farms.

  51. That Bin Laden take down was phony, and now the only alleged witnesses are gone.

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

    You mean the SEALS who did the raid May 2? Where is your evidence that the same ones were killed in the crash? Every reference I saw, said that NONE of the May 2 SEALS were killed in the crash.

    And if the May 2 raid were phony — why didn’t those SEALS speak out immediately? (Or are you accusing the SEALS themselves of fraud?)

  52. President cancels today’s events
    Twitter 8/9/11

    Scraps visit to Auto makers. Cancels Press briefing…

    ——-

    Obama is flying to Dover to be present when the remains of the 31 fallen arrive. It has been argued that the government release that there were no identifiable remains was just a ploy to keep a low profile at Dover for the sake of the families. Well, having POTUS swoop in, and announcing it with fanfare isn’t exactly low-profile.

    There are NO identifiable remains – none, but yet the government was publicly braying within hours exactly who was on the chopper by unit. In the chaos of a combat theater, how could they be certain exactly who was on that chopper, and how many, if there were NO IDENTIFIABLE REMAINS? How did they know there were no captures? Or KIAs whose bodies were drug away by the Taliban?

    Reuters citation here.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/08/us-afghanistan-usa-remains-idUSTRE7776BH20110808

    – Posted by Ann Barnhardt – August 9

  53. Run Hillary Run: You are sorely needed by all world Public Schedule: Public Schedule for August 9, 2011
    Tue, 09 Aug 2011 08:50:17 -0500
    Public Schedule for August 9, 2011

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    August 9, 2011

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Japanese youth baseball and softball players participating in the first U.S.-Japan international sports exchange and Major League Baseball’s Cal Ripken Jr., at the Department of State.
    (CAMERA SPRAY)
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 3:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby. Note: all cameras must be hand-held.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.
    Click here for more information.

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with participants in the Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action) Exchange Program, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
    Click here for more information.

    5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)leaders to clean up and clean out the infestation of a blight that Otrauma carries with him as he and MO destroy our great Democracy,Meanwhile take a look at our Girl as she creates good will around the world.

    —————————————————–

  54. The “Arab Spring” spreads to Britain.

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

    When they peacefully occupy Hyde Park and protect each other’s prayers, let me know.

  55. Well, turndown, that attitude quickly went to shit once they got Mubarak out. They extremists are now driving out the peaceful moderates, and at the last demonstration there were beatings and running off of non-Islamists.

    Which is pretty much what I predicted would happen – a reprise of Iran. Women in Egypt should be very afraid. A lot of the people in that park, while well-meaning, were useful idiots for the Islamists.

  56. Henry, Mayor Nutter (as you wrote, a strong Hillary supporter not an Obama supporter as the article states) is trying to lead in Philadelphia:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/8/mayor-talks-tough-to-black-teens-after-flash-mobs/

    PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob” — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.

    “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s third black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

    “If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

    Mr. Nutter announced that he was beefing up police patrols in certain neighborhoods, enlisting volunteers to monitor the streets and moving up the weekend curfew for minors to 9 p.m.

    Parents will face increased fines for each time their child is caught violating the curfew.

    The head of Philadelphia’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J. Whyatt Mondesire, said it “took courage” for Mr. Nutter to deliver the message.

    “These are majority African-American youths and they need to be called on it,” Mr. Mondesire said.

    Mary Catherine Roper, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said her group sees the curfew move as legal with its sole caveat being that it not evolve “into an excuse to hassle” any youths on the street.

    The state ACLU filed a federal lawsuit last year challenging Philadelphia police’s use of “stop and frisk” searches. A settlement announced in June allowed the program to continue, along with safeguards to prevent the use of racial profiling.

    In the past two years, the City of Brotherly Love has been the scene of several flash mobs in which youths meet at planned locations by texting one another and then commit assorted mayhem.

    In one episode, teens knocked down passers-by on a Center City street and entered an upscale department store where they assaulted shoppers. On another occasion, hundreds of teens gathered in a restaurant district and menaced patrons, forcing some restaurant owners to lock customers inside temporarily for their own protection or to close early.

    In the latest event July 29, about 20 to 30 youths descended on Center City after dark, then punched, beat and robbed bystanders. One man was kicked so savagely that he was hospitalized with a fractured skull. Police arrested four people, including an 11-year-old.

    Other cities have grappled with the problem of destructive flash mobs. In Chicago on Memorial Day weekend, roving teens flashed gang signs, knocked cyclists off their bikes and harassed picnickers. Police closed a popular beach as the violence escalated.

    In January, dozens of young people stormed a popular Milwaukee mall late in the afternoon and scared customers and store employees.

    In the District of Columbia, about 20 teenagers entered the G-Star Raw store on Connecticut Avenue at Dupont Circle in April and stole about $20,000 worth of merchandise before fleeing.

  57. They are burning churches regularly now in Egypt, there have been beatings of Christians, the new “govt” has blocked a Christian from becoming governor, and there have been at least 12 deaths in the violence against Christians in the past few months.

    Tell me again about that idyllic “peaceful” Arab Spring, turndown?

  58. The London riots and the flash mobs elsewhere make me glad I live in TX. We have concealed carry laws, and castle doctrine – if someone is robbing you, you are within your legal rights to shoot them. Trust me, there would be no wide scale looting of shops or attacking large groups in public here. A lot of us are armed, and shop owners and their employees would be standing in their doorways with fucking shotguns if a bunch of thugs tried that crap here.

    Yeah, just try going all mob-crazy at the State Fair in TX. You’d have a whole lot of ordinary citizens with a 45 in your face if you tried it. I know sweet little blue-haired grannies who’d pull a cute little snub-nose out of their copious purse, and tell the “youts” to back the fuck off and show some manners.

  59. BASIL99
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    The blame for this is BO’s He did not keep his big mouth shut, thereby identifying and endangering these soldiers.

    From NQ: “They exposed the SEALs in the mission to take out Bin Laden. Their role was not supposed to be acknowledged.”
    ——
    Yup, I agree…BO has blood on his hands for exposing our Seals so he could pretend to be in control and take credit.

  60. Just a little Clinton gossip news. I’m glad Hillary is taking a break…

    August 9, 2011 2:00 PM 0 comments .Bill and Hillary Clinton Heading To Hamptons
    BY Celeste Katz

    The Clintons are Hamptons-bound, our Gatecrasher reports:

    Informed sources tell us that former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have rented the oceanfront East Hampton mansion owned by real-estate mogul Elie Hirschfeld for the week of Aug. 22-28 — just a few days after Bill’s 65th birthday.

    The 12,000-square-foot Lily Pond Lane estate, which was designed and built in 1920 by John Custis Lawrence, sits on 1.2 acres. The palatial pad includes eight bedrooms, four fireplaces, a library, a private beach walkway and a heated pool.

    Hirschfeld, the president of metro-area developer Hirschfeld Properties, renovated the place in 2002, and the place is up for sale for, one source says, an asking price of $25 million.

    We also hear the Clintons’ rental agreement came with an interesting clause: They had to agree to take a photo with Hirschfeld. His spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/08/bill-and-hillary-clinton-heading-to-hamptons

  61. Andy Ostroy
    August 9, 2011

    Change I Never Believed In

    President Obama has taken a lot of heat lately over what many believe is his mismanagement of the economy and his inability to successfully take on his Republican opponents. Unlike millions of other Democrats, I am neither disappointed or surprised by his political failings. Prior to the 2008 election, and as an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, I wrote quite frequently about what I believed would be Obama’s inability to fight Republican obstructionism and the party’s fierce attack machine. Sadly, I was 100% right.

    It’s easy to understand Obama’s appeal in 2008. He was indeed exceptionally bright, a master campaigner and fundraiser, and able to move tens of thousands of his progressive disciples, moderates and independents through rousing, messianic oratory. But I never drank the Kool-Aid, and had heated battles with many friends who couldn’t understand how I didn’t “get” Obama’s second-coming status. And while I was thrilled that a black man could come so close to the Oval Office and ultimately win the election for the first time in history, I didn’t get caught up in the whole liberal guilt trip. What I personally hoped for for America was that the best candidate win, not the darkest.

    To be sure, Obama showed passion and a deeply personal vision for America, but he lacked something much more important: the fire in the belly and the cajones to battle the ruthless GOP warriors to see his vision through to law. The man with the sanctimonious professorial lectures who loves to stay above the fray while being ‘the only adult in the room’ has learned the hard way about the ugliness of modern partisan politics. Watching him these past three years it’s as if he’s fighting against the Republican bazooka while merely holding a gladiator shield. He’s been outwitted, outmatched and out of touch. This is hardly the change anyone believed in or hoped for. He now looks like Jimmy Carter on a bad day.

    Where did Obama go wrong? To begin with, he squandered huge majorities in both the Senate and the House, wasting over a year fighting for health care reform while caving on the critical public option. Can you imagine how much the GOP would’ve accomplished in the same period had they controlled the White House and Congress? Can you imagine how ravenously they would’ve rushed through their ideological agenda and changed America as we know it? Obama’s also caved on the economy, on gay marriage, on the Bush tax cuts, on Guantanamo, on Afghanistan and on debt ceiling/deficit reduction bill. And we still have 14-million people out of work with a 9.1% unemployment rate. What happened to jobs, jobs, jobs? Where’s the jobs bill?

    Obama simply seems neutered, unlike his predecessor. Like him or not, look what Bush was able to do to further his conservative agenda. He didn’t care what anyone thought..not voters, the media, Democrats or members of his own party. He, Cheney and Rove saw their vision through, whether it was right or wrong or good for the country. The point is, they acted. They led. Where’s Obama’s leadership?

    I’m not gonna say Hillary Clinton’s perfect or baggage-free, but I firmly believe she’d have fought much more effectively for Democrats. She knows first-hand how ruthless Republicans are when they’re in battle. She would’ve calculated her battle strategy day-one. To the contrary, three years later, Obama still appears like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ostroy/change-i-never-believed-i_b_922127.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

  62. JanH
    August 9th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Just a little Clinton gossip news. I’m glad Hillary is taking a break…

    August 9, 2011 2:00 PM 0 comments .Bill and Hillary Clinton Heading To Hamptons

    —–
    GREAT to see they are going to take a break and Hillary will stop jet setting for the flunkie in Chief.

    Wonder if they are going to strategize on Hillary’s future after the SoS job?

  63. They extremists are now driving out the peaceful moderates

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

    Well, perhaps trying to. With the help of people in the West who predicted that outcome, and will gain from restoring the status quo.

    Sure the tahrir square people should have planned better, had a leader ready to install instead of leaving a power vacuum. And not believed Obama who claimed “We will help you.”

    But we can’t tar the original Arab protestors, in various countries, with London smog. Let’s see, what has Hillary said about them…?

  64. BO has blood on his hands for exposing our Seals so he could pretend to be in control and take credit.

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

    He certainly endangered Team 6. I hope they immediately put up extra security in Virginia.

    But is there any legitimate report that the actual bin Laden raid individuals were on the helicopter?

  65. But is there any legitimate report that the actual bin Laden raid individuals were on the helicopter?

    No, and Larry at NQ didn’t claim that. But it was a bad idea for Obama to release what branch and what unit did the deed. Seal Team 6 is like family – you can retaliate against them in general, and it hurts the whole unit, whether the specific guys who went on the OBL raid were on board the helicopter or not.

  66. What the Egyptians say about the London riots:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/09/uk-riots-egyptians-swap-views

    Mosa’ab Elshamy, tweeted in frustration at those likening the British riots to the Arab Spring. “Egyptians and Tunisians took revenge for [police brutality victim] Khaled Said and [Tunisian street vendor Mohamed] Bouazizi by peacefully toppling their murdering regimes, not stealing DVD players.”
    [….]
    For Simon Hanna, a London-born Egyptian journalist who reported on, and participated in the anti-Mubarak protests, the clashes in London were fundamentally different from those of 25 January, the day Egypt’s grassroots revolt began.

    But he thought some of the root causes could be similar. “I think it’s insulting to compare the Egyptian uprising, which was entirely political with clear goals, to a bunch of angry poor youths in London stealing trainers. But there’s no escaping the fact that on some level they are both fuelled by inequality. I joined the Tahrir [Square] protests but I would never dream of joining the London riots.

    “Yet if a protest movement that targeted inequality arose out of this unrest then I would be on board … these rioters are mindless opportunists but through their actions they might actually get British society thinking.”
    [….]
    [Another] agreed, adding that the actions of looters in London compared unfavourably to the way Egyptians behaved when police were beaten off the streets. “On 28 January [when Mubarak’s security forces had to withdraw from the streets] there were no police anywhere and yet there was still less looting than we’ve seen now in Britain.

  67. Trying again without the link (U K G u a r d i a n)

    Mosa’ab Elshamy, tweeted in frustration at those likening the British riots to the Arab Spring. “Egyptians and Tunisians took revenge for [police brutality victim] Khaled Said and [Tunisian street vendor Mohamed] Bouazizi by peacefully toppling their murdering regimes, not stealing DVD players.”
    [….]
    For Simon Hanna, a London-born Egyptian journalist who reported on, and participated in the anti-Mubarak protests, the clashes in London were fundamentally different from those of 25 January, the day Egypt’s grassroots revolt began.

    But he thought some of the root causes could be similar. “I think it’s insulting to compare the Egyptian uprising, which was entirely political with clear goals, to a bunch of angry poor youths in London stealing trainers. But there’s no escaping the fact that on some level they are both fuelled by inequality. I joined the Tahrir [Square] protests but I would never dream of joining the London riots.

    “Yet if a protest movement that targeted inequality arose out of this unrest then I would be on board … these rioters are mindless opportunists but through their actions they might actually get British society thinking.”
    [….]
    [Another] agreed, adding that the actions of looters in London compared unfavourably to the way Egyptians behaved when police were beaten off the streets. “On 28 January [when Mubarak’s security forces had to withdraw from the streets] there were no police anywhere and yet there was still less looting than we’ve seen now in Britain.

  68. votermom, I agree about Greta. She’s like the old-school real journalists that I remember. Pertinent calm questions, and just the facts, ma’am.

    If I ever did anything, good or bad, that brought me to national prominence, Greta is about the only media person I’d trust to interview me.

  69. August 9th, 2011 at 3:11 pm – in moderation. Egyptians’ comments on London riots.

    Apparently Spammy won’t take a quote from a certain U K paper even without the link.

  70. But is there any legitimate report that the actual bin Laden raid individuals were on the helicopter?

    No, and Larry at NQ didn’t claim that.

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

    If Team 6 feels an attack on one is an attack on all — still the media shouldn’t be conflating the facts. How many members does Team 6 have, in all? What are the odds of the Bin Laden team being among them?

    Conflating the SEALS lost with the bin Laden crew, is feeding conspiracy theories (as well as hysteria).

    Christian Science Monitor has:

    Reportedly, about 1 in 10 of the 100,000 US troops in the country are part of special operation units. They are not being withdrawn at the same rate as other units, meaning that their percentage of the overall force will rise.
    [….]
    For SEALs, the shoot-down was a special blow, as they lost at a stroke about 1 percent of the total 2,500 SEAL operator population.

  71. turndown, as usual I thank you for your unwavering concern, first, foremost, and always, for the tender feelings of the world’s poor downtrodden persecuted Muslims. I appreciate that your immediate response to bloody death and tragedy at the hands of Islamists is always the need to protect Muslims from any possible whiff of hysteria or anti-Muslim sentiment. I want you to know that I notice that this is always your priority, and your deepest concern whenever more bodies blown up and burned by Jihadis are in the news.

    You know, if you spent as much time decrying the evil of what the Islamists do as you do being worried and concerned about the remote possibility of serious anti-Muslim backlash, we might make some progress in stopping these murdering fuckers. I’m sure the families of those SEALs appreciate your concern for the “real” victims.

  72. I agree, Greta is one of the only real reporters I trust and she asks the hard questions and doesn’t let anyone skate.

  73. HillaryforTexas
    August 9th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Mittens’ team has been putting out some good ads, but this new one of the empty podium from Tim Pawlenty is the best anti-Obama one I’ve seen yet:

    ——
    Yeehaw, good one!

  74. Hill4Tx

    I appreciate that your immediate response to bloody death and tragedy at the hands of Islamists is always the need to protect Muslims from any possible whiff of hysteria or anti-Muslim sentiment.
    ——

    A big yup to that!

  75. My goodness. I was thinking about the hysteria of people claiming the SEALS had “staged” a fake raid May 2, or at least kept quiet about it this long, as well as getting the military to fake a broadcast to Hillary and others in the White House, etc.

  76. MO skips town with her crew…

    Michelle Obama Takes Secret Vacation to Oregon

    by Keith Koffler on August 9, 2011, 12:36 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama Slipped out of Washington unnoticed Monday for a secret trip to visit her brother, Oregon State University men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson, at his home on Corvallis, Ore.

    Mrs. Obama reportedly jetted into the Eugene Airport, landing at about 11 am PDT. She and family members then headed out in a 11 vehicle motorcade for the ride to Corvallis.

    The White House has so far said little about the trip, which was unannounced. It’s unclear how long the vacation will last.

    Mrs. Obama and family members flew on a Boeing C-40B, the military version of a 737 that serves as Air Force 2.

    Mrs. Obama has in the past incurred criticism for her travels, including an early departure for her most recent Hawaiian vacation and a luxurious 2010 trip to Spain. Most of the costs of her travel are borne by taxpayers.

    The C-40B included a flight crew of eight to 10 people, according to one report. Mrs. Obama is traveling with one of her daughters – it’s unclear which one – and her mother.

    President Obama remains on his own in Washington, where today he is headed over to Dover Air Force Base to honor the fallen soldiers who died in a Taliban attack on their chopper Saturday.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/08/09/michelle-obama-takes-secret-vacation-oregon/

  77. Shadowfax
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    —————–
    And how much will that little jaunt cost the taxpayers?

    I guess we should be relieved she didn’t plan a huge vacation overseas with her friends again.

  78. And how much will that little jaunt cost the taxpayers?

    No kidding JanH, she always takes her troop with her, so what ever she does, it always costs many times over the bill for just a family or a couple.

    I bet all the coverage is why she is going to the West Coast instead of a palace on the other side of the planet.

  79. Just watching a little of the BBC talking about the riots in London and beyond.
    The kids are going nuts and the adults are angry.

    Just makes me wonder if this will lead to their police having guns with real bullets soon?

    It actually is calming not having the US being the topic of scorn, for once.

  80. I wonder if this is the canary in the coalmine…

    Polls Open for Wisconsin Recall Vote

    SAYNER, Wis. — Polling stations opened Tuesday morning in Wisconsin as voters cast ballots to decide whether to remove six Republican state senators, the latest chapter in what has been one of the most polarized, vitriolic political years in the state in memory.

    Republicans hold a 19-to-14 advantage in the State Senate, so the election could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in the upper chamber, but the vote is being more widely seen as a referendum on the policies of the state’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, and as a potential preview of the 2012 presidential election in Wisconsin, which is expected to be a crucial swing state.

    The recall campaigns — against six Republicans on Tuesday and against two Democratic state senators next week — have drawn frenetic get-out-the-vote efforts by local and national groups that have set up camp in affected cities and towns, filled radio and television airwaves across the state (and even into Minnesota) and led to what is expected to be some $30 million in spending by campaigns and outside groups, placing some of these among the costliest state legislative races ever to take place here.

    “This is off the charts for Wisconsin, wildly off the charts,” said Mike McCabe, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which has tracked the spending and says it has come from numerous sources, including union groups that want to see the Republicans removed and, on the other side, conservative groups like the Club for Growth Wisconsin and Americans for Prosperity. “This gives whole new meaning to the word ‘unprecedented.’ ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/us/politics/10wisconsin.html?ref=us

    I am sure Greta is watching this one…she is also from WI.

  81. “Just makes me wonder if this will lead to their police having guns with real bullets soon?”
    _____________________

    Not real bullets. I read, they may start using “plastic” bullets if the water cannons fail to stop them.

  82. “A clear example of hysteria, anyway.”

    —————————-

    It has been documented in many ways that those who put labels like this on someone else, simply because they don’t like the truth, usually suffer from this malady themselves.

  83. JanH-

    “Hit the Road Jack” is the perfect song that should be played wherever Obama makes an appearance.

    (even at a campaign fundraiser) 😀

  84. Back to talking about the odds of such a crash happening without conspiracy hysterics, here’s some perspective [source redacted]:

    According to the AP, which cites a NATO source for the statistic,
    2,832 special operations raids were carried out between April and July
    of this year alone. Regardless of its precision, that number should
    provide a general idea of just how common and routine these missions
    are for special operations units whose bread and butter is direct
    action and counterterrorism operations. In other words, just like
    high-value target (HVT) missions of the type that brought bin Laden to
    justice are daily occurrences for deployed special operators, so are
    the risks so horribly seen this weekend encountered on a daily and
    nightly basis for the entirety of military special operators’ careers.
    Over the course of ten years of special operations in Afghanistan, our
    enemies have had plenty of time to observe our tactics and to plan
    countermeasures. Conspiracy theories aside (such as the Admiral
    Ackbar-ish media claims that this was a “trap” set by Taliban), it’s
    entirely unsurprising that enemy fighters would have observed the routes
    used to infiltrate various sites and set up RPG-wielding fighters at
    points along them, hoping to catch a troop-carrying aircraft with a
    well-placed shot.

  85. HTRJ should go viral.

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

    Aw, let’s make it “Hit the Road, Dick.”

    (That’s after whosis called Obama a ‘dick’, for those who haven’t been reading Crawdad.)

  86. where is everybody, I was expecting a crowd for the vote results in Wisconsin, two republicans have held there seats they need only one more to hold out of the four remaining…

  87. LJ’s thoughts on the dead Seals

    “What Still Bothers Me About the Downed Chinook »”

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/08/09/more-on-the-helo-crash/

    What bothers LJ is the reported total destruction of the Chinook and the occupants. He feels that isn’t compatible with a low altitude hit from and RPG. If there is a cover up, it may be to hide the possibility that one of the Afghan soldiers on the flight suicide bombed the Chinook.

  88. Mrs. Smith
    August 9th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Economic Uncertainty Leading to Global Unrest

    —————-

    Horrifying trend.

  89. In ashes, a British family store that survived two wars

    By Graeme Paton, The Daily Telegraph August 9, 2011

    CROYDON – It survived the Depression, two world wars and the deepest recession in a century.

    But House of Reeves, a 144-year-old furniture store in the heart of Croydon, could do little in the face of 100 or so yobs hell-bent on tearing up this particular corner of south London.

    The shop, a local landmark of such repute that it gave its name to the road on which it now stands, was razed as youths rampaged through the town’s streets, smashing doors and windows.

    In one of the most searing images of the London riots, flames tore through the store on Reeves’ Corner on Monday night, with smoke being seen for miles around. By morning, all that was left was a charred shell and onlookers were kept well back for fear that the shattered building could collapse.

    It was a crushing blow for a company that was founded in 1867 and has remained in the Reeves family for five generations. Trevor Reeves, 56, the founder’s great-great grandson, said: “If we were a computer shop, they would have just broken in, taken the stock and left. But you can’t very well carry a three-piece suite through the centre of Croydon can you? It was obvious that the only thing left for them to do was to set fire to the place.

    “It is completely devastating; heartbreaking. The family has been through a lot; the world wars and the Depression in the 1930s were obviously tough and the last few years have been particularly difficult, but we have always kept going.

    “But this has devastated us. I just don’t know how we can carry on after this.”

    The business was established when the young Edwin – a barrel maker by trade – moved to Croydon from Sherborne, Dorset, midway through the reign of Queen Victoria and just after the end of the Crimean War.

    Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe, as it was originally known, was passed to Edwin’s son, William, just before the First World War. After the Second World War, when its name changed to E. Reeves Ltd., it was passed on to William Jr, and, when he died at the age of 82, it came into the hands of Maurice Reeves, the firm’s chairman, now 80, and father of Trevor.

    Eventually adopting the trading name, House of Reeves, the business is such a local landmark that, when the Croydon road network was redeveloped in the late 1970s, Reeves’ Corner was added to the London A to Z. Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, who has lived in the town all his life, said: “If you look at the town centre, most of it was flattened by the Luftwaffe during the war, so all the buildings are from the Fifties or Sixties. Reeves, being just out of the very centre, survived. You can’t overstate just how much a landmark it is. Everyone knows Reeves. What happened on Monday night was an abomination. Mindless yobs simply destroyed more than 100 years of history and trashed countless other small family businesses in this area for no good reason whatsoever.”

    Trevor, who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the business with his brother Graham, 53, added: “It has provided for my family for five generations, not just my family but the 15 or so families that work for us. And it’s all gone, destroyed by mindless thugs.”

    The fire destroyed one of two buildings owned by the firm. The company will continue to trade out of the surviving site, which housed around half its stock. It is believed the bill for the damage could run into seven figures.

    The blaze left 28 families who lived above the shop and in neighbouring homeless. John Restrepo, a landlord for seven of the families, said: “Some of them are children and now they have no place to stay.”

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/ashes+British+family+store+that+survived+wars/5230607/story.html

  90. JanH
    August 9th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    How sad. A family history up in smoke. I don’t know about the UK but every Homeowner’s policy I’ve ever had has the exclusion of riots/wars in the policy as NOT covered for filing a claim with the insurance co.

    This family is completely ruined…

  91. the possibility that one of the Afghan soldiers on the flight suicide bombed the Chinook.

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    From the data given about the damage, that would be a possible explanation. Otoh, why choose that location, instead of blowing it up at its home base?

  92. If those morons rioting in the UK keep it up, military-run Britain as depicted in the movie Children of Men will come to pass, and they may just find themselves in cages expelled from the country.

  93. expelled from the country

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    Better keep them in prison/industrial complex right there, to pay for repairing the damage.

    I don’t think the prison colonies of America and Australia want any more. 😉

  94. It backfired on the Dems in Wisconsin.

    The Republicans held 4 of the 6 seats and still hold the senate.

  95. This one’s kind of boring, this ‘Bill McClellan’ is no bright light, but chalk up one more…
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    I should have picked Hillary over Obama

    BILL McCLELLAN Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    I was splashing around in Lake Michigan last week when the realization hit me like a wave — I was wrong about Barack Obama. I should have voted for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary three years ago.

    At the time of the primary, the decision seemed easy. I saw in Obama the same qualities Jack Kerouac saw in Dean Moriarty in “On the Road.” He was ‘something new, long prophesied, long a-coming.”

    Hillary was not new. She represented the second act of “Billary,” and I had tired of that play long before it ended its eight-year run.

    So I voted for Obama in the primary and then again in the general election. I even left the election night party at the Pageant — a party with an open bar and filled with state legislators, union guys and other acquaintances — to go to the Chase Park Plaza, where the Obama people were celebrating. I knew almost nobody at that second party, but I was there when the networks declared that Obama was the next president. People cried and hugged. I got teary myself. A black president. The times they are a-changing.

    Indeed. They keep getting worse.

    I heard a story on vacation that brought that home. A friend told me about a small company in Chicago that built auto parts. The company was about 50 years old and employed about 500 people. When the auto industry tanked, so did the company’s sales. Fortunately, the company had a long relationship with its bank and the bank was willing to work with it. Unfortunately, the bank was swallowed up by one of those too-big-to-fail banks that we had to bail out, and the megabank was not willing to work with the company. So it is out of business.

    Admittedly, both the bailout and the merger occurred under the last administration, but the company was put down during this administration. What about all that change we were going to get?

    It’s too easy to blame Republicans. Yes, they have blocked Obama at every turn, but that is the way of things in politics.

    Frankly, there is nothing sinister with it. Conservatives and liberals have different visions. Of course one side is going to try to block the other. The blame, I think, lies with Obama. He is not strong enough to be an effective president.

    Consider the debacle with the debt ceiling. The Democrats wanted to raise taxes on people making more than $250,000. The Republicans wanted to cut spending.

    Obama said he’d go along with spending cuts if the Republicans would agree to some tax hikes. He was negotiating from a position of strength. The Republicans controlled only the House. The Democrats had the White House, the Senate and, more importantly, the people. Poll after poll showed that a majority of Americans favored raising taxes on the wealthy.

    But it was Obama who backed down.

    This was a fight he could have won. Consider hedge fund managers. On their earnings, they pay at the capital gains rate of 15 percent. According to a story last week in the Toronto Star, the top 25 hedge fund managers took home an average of $880 million last year. According to that same story, closing the loophole for hedge fund managers would save the Treasury $20 billion over 10 years.

    Obama didn’t think he could win that argument? He didn’t just lose, either. He was pushed around. The speaker of the House wouldn’t return his calls. Obama whined a little and turned the other cheek.

    Contrast his behavior with that of Bill Clinton, who had a similar tussle with Congress in November 1995. When an agreement could not be reached, Clinton stood his ground and allowed the government to shut down.

    Obama did not have the fortitude for that. Maybe he was afraid the markets would react negatively if the debt ceiling was not raised. Guess what? The markets crashed anyway.

    So here we are almost 2 1/2 years into his presidency. We’re still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan. The economy is still in the Dumpster. U.S. credit has been downgraded. We’ve got a half-baked health care reform law that is being challenged. The middle class is still getting crushed.

    Why has Obama not lived up to the promise? He is clearly intelligent. For some reason, though, he was not ready for the rough and tumble of national politics.

    Maybe his background is the reason. He went to a private prep school in Hawaii and then Columbia University, and Harvard for law. These were white-majority schools, to be sure, but also places with educated, enlightened people who were happy to see a black kid succeed. That is, I suspect, a big thing. Nobody ever wanted to see him fail until he became president.

    Hillary had been tested. Eight years in the meat grinder. She’d have been a better president.
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    Among the comments to the above:

    “I always enjoy reading Bill’s stuff…. I think the mistake he makes here is that he thinks the past election was Hillary v. Obama. In that alternate universe where Hillary got the nomination, she may have lost to McCain. We don’t know. Bottom line is, all you need to be POTUS is to be a “naturally born citizen” and 35. That’s it. That bar is about as low as it can go. ; with a few exceptions, we have elected mostly lawyers who were professional politicians. Obama is an uber-liberal,

    =====
    or this:

    “… exactly to feel threatened by the rather mainstream brand of feminism Hillary embraces? Bill—spot on. In 2007 and 2008, I told everyone who would listen that Obama was too much of a to succeed in the White House, but I got shouted down. I wish I thought she’d consider running again, but in the meantime I’m thrilled by the good work she’s done in her current role.”
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    and lastly this:

    “The problem is the media did not vet this guy. He was not ready. He is inexperienced. He has no understanding of finance and he is supposed to run the economy. Harry Reid just appointed a PE major, Patty Murray as the Co-chairwoman of the Super Committee. What could go wrong. Look, there isn’t anyone who thinks this guy has a chance in the world of being re-elected. He fooled people the last time. He won’t fool them again, especially after they lost their savings and unemployment is over 9%. The only chance the Dems have this time is if the adults have the talk with him and tell him he has to step aside for the good of the country. If he steps aside now, Hillary would have a chance and by next year it wouldn’t be about Obama anymore. I think he likes being president. I just don’t think he likes the work involved, probably because he knows he’s in over his head. The adults would be doing him and us a big favor.”

  96. From “Fox Nation”:

    Weekly Standard: Major Scandal Brewing Among Clinton Associates, Former DNC Official

    By Mark Hemingway, Weekly Standard

    A major scandal amoung influential Democrats just broke, and so far it appears to be flying under the radar. Stephen Losey at Federal Times has the scoop.
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    In a nutshell: Alan Kessler, the former finance vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s finance chair during her 2008 campaign, resigned suddenly from his position on the USPS’ Board of Governors last month. Turns out, he was pressuring postal officials to back off of a land deal that would have cost his friend, Douglas Band — who is Bill Clinton’s lawyer, helps run the Clinton Foundation and helped found the Clinton Global Initiative — millions of dollars.
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    Looks like the “big scandal” here is that Kessler was HRC’s finance chair 3 years ago, thus a “Clinton Associate”, and that Band is a WJC “associate”. Really bad problem for the Clintons.

    Among the comments:

    “Most of clinton’s supporters are immoral and crooked people. The media never really pursued the shady deals that both Hillary and bubba were involved in. It is know that Hillary is a congenital liar and I believe bubba is also.”

  97. #
    Tony Stark
    August 10th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    If those morons rioting in the UK keep it up, military-run Britain as depicted in the movie Children of Men will come to pass, and they may just find themselves in cages expelled from the country.
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    Yes, movies have provided scenarios for solutions and alternatives. One solution is neutralizing people around him. From the bottom up, beginning with the campaign crew. Remember, Mr. Ruff and Ready.

  98. Looks like the “big scandal” here is that Kessler was HRC’s finance chair 3 years ago, thus a “Clinton Associate”, and that Band is a WJC “associate”. Really bad problem for the Clintons.
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    Not really- the big word in that statement is “was”- Guilt by Association is never lethal. People are responsible for their own actions. Count how many of Obama’s former friends and employees have resigned or been indicted because of embarrassing situations. Rezko comes to mind. I’m sure Axelrod has skeletons hiding in his closet that would make us cringe.

  99. Among the comments:

    “Most of clinton’s supporters are immoral and crooked people. The media never really pursued the shady deals that both Hillary and bubba were involved in. It is know that Hillary is a congenital liar and I believe bubba is also.”
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    Laughable- This comment had to be made by a Republican operative hoping the world has forgotten the tens of millions of tax payer dollars spent “vetting” the Clintons during Whitewater by special prosecutor, Ken Starr. Someone needs to ck if any of these operatives are in Obama’s campaign employ. Could be Karl Rove himself phoning it in-

  100. It just occurred to me why Obama needs so much money to run his campaign. It certainly isn’t for travel expenses or customary campaign expenses. He needs the money for paying the hundreds he’s hired on the payroll doing opposition research.

  101. Really bad problem for the Clintons.
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    Mrs. Smith: “Not really-…”
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    Hey look, I was being facetious. Of course it’s no problem at all. The article and site seem to be loaded with Clinton haters, and they wonder why this “major scandal” is “under the radar”…

    When it comes to guilt by association, the Clinton haters are at it 24/7.

  102. Obama to host third Ramadan dinner

    President Obama will host an Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan at the White House Wednesday evening.

    Controversy had surrounded last year’s Ramadan dinner at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. – the second one hosted by Obama – when the president expressed his support for a plan to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City.

    “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama had said to applause in the room. “And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0811/another_iftar_6b65dc6c-7de9-49c1-849e-6eaccaa533d7.html

  103. “He needs the money for paying the hundreds he’s hired on the payroll doing opposition research”
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    Maybe that’s a major campaign budget line, but I think his handlers are thinking more about all the TV ads he’s going to have to run to discourage his opponents from voting or invent a phony issue that he’s been fighting for all along, or whatever ploy they come up with… It’s going to take a lot of TV time to cajole the public into actually going to the trouble of voting for him.

  104. Mrs. Smith
    August 10th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    It just occurred to me why Obama needs so much money to run his campaign. It certainly isn’t for travel expenses or customary campaign expenses. He needs the money for paying the hundreds he’s hired on the payroll doing opposition research.

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    And disrupting public discussion on blogs.

  105. jeswezey
    August 10th, 2011 at 7:04 am

    which will have exactly the opposite effect- people are sick of seeing him on tv as it is… it will be a big waste of money… which, for us, will be a ‘good thing.’

  106. Betty
    August 10th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    And disrupting public discussion on blogs.
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    we caught her flat out defending him last week. A major slip for her.

  107. Meltdown math 4

    Pat Bolland, QMI Agency

    August 9, 2011

    Your next-door neighbour is a nice guy — not quite a party animal, but knows how to have a good time.

    He smokes and drinks — vices you have indulged in from time to time.

    You get along famously and often enjoy each other’s company. Two years ago he had a small fire in his house, apparently he went to bed with a few too many drinks under his belt and his cigarette lit.

    Just this morning you saw his house was on fire. Your first concern was for him and his family. Your second concern might well have been for your own house.

    Sound familiar? It should, because it pretty much describes the relationship Canada has with the United States — and their house is on fire!

    Canada and the U.S. have the biggest trading relationship on the globe. The U.S. does import a bit more from China, but exports a third of what they export to us. We’re that close.

    The U.S. debt debacle that has smouldered over the past few months has exploded over the past few days into a panic-induced fire.

    The three-ring circus of Republicans, Democrats, and the president trying to gain the upper hand in setting the fiscal agenda resulted in an assessment by Standard & Poor’s, the rating agency that played a role in the fire two years ago, that the U.S. just wasn’t taking their debt problems seriously.

    Canada’s been through this ourselves. In the early ’90s we had our own debt problems. Spending is a terrible vice and strict fiscal discipline and the GST put out our fire.

    That said, the problems south of the border may yet have an effect here.

    Our first concern is trade. A large chunk of our exports are in resources — oil, gas, minerals, agricultural products and grains.

    If the U.S. economy slows down further, then demand for resources will decline. Witness how quickly oil went from $95 just a few days ago to $77 and you get an idea of the impact of an American slowdown.

    Interest concern

    One other concern is interest rates. If the American situation results in lenders not accepting historically low returns from their investments in that country, interest rates will start heading higher everywhere — including Canada.

    But can Canadians feel a little more secure than our American neighbour? Maybe. We certainly still have our vices; the recent global slowdown got us back into the spending mode.

    Infrastructure programs, tax incentives and fiscal stimulus were all needed to help avoid the crushing recession we saw in the U.S.

    But we’ve emerged quicker than our American neighbours. In part that’s because, two decades ago, we insisted our banking system act more conservatively. Canadians didn’t over-leverage their homes. In addition, during the past five years, we’ve reduced our dependence on American exports by 11%.

    The data we’ve been seeing of late, like housing starts, the best since April of last year, and unemployment sitting at a relatively low 7.2%, should allow Canadians to feel confident that some parts of our economy are in good shape. Conversely, retail trade, flat since the start of the year, demonstrates Canadians are taking a wait-and-see approach.

    So we can sit warily watching over the embers south of the border, knowing at least for now, we’re OK.

  108. “If the U.S. economy slows down further, then demand for resources will decline. Witness how quickly oil went from $95 just a few days ago to $77 and you get an idea of the impact of an American slowdown.”
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    Oil companies losing money? The horror of it all. Rest assured something will get done. The thing of it is… I don’t want to vote for Rick Perry either. Just the lesser of two evils.

  109. Another politico slow on the decision making process. One would of thought in these times terrorism protocols would be in place defining risk assessments of riot activity and the appropriate response universally posted throughout all levels law enforcement agencies.
    (fwiw.. it was a woman who suggested using water cannons and plastic bullets as the last resort.)

    Wouldn’t Tear Gas and macing the mob attacks stopped this activity days ago?
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    We will use water cannons on them: At last Cameron orders police to come down hard

    DailyMail August 10, 2011

    August 10, 2011

    David Cameron today gave the go ahead for police to use water cannons on rioters after children as young as nine looted stores and made off with bottles of wine and Vodka in fresh violence that flared around the UK yesterday.

    The children wore tracksuits and innocently disregarded covering their faces as they ran through the shattered glass of supermarkets to fill their pockets with looted goods.

    But today, the police were given the green light to use water cannons with 24 hours notice. Prime Minister David Cameron said that plans had been put in place to deal with the disorder using water cannons – the first time they have been used in the UK.

    The comments were seen as u-turn on what Home Secretary Theresa May said earlier this week when she ruled out the use of water cannons. The ‘softly softly’ approach has been shelved and police will finally be given the backing to come down hard on offenders.

    ‘Police are already authorised to use baton rounds and we agreed at Cobra that, while they are not currently needed, we now have in place contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours’ notice,’ Cameron said in a speech outside Downing Street this morning.

    ‘Whatever resources the police need they will get. What ever tactics they feel they need they will have legal backing to do so.’

    Mr Cameron said that the police would be checking offenders ‘picture by picture’ and they would not let ‘phoney human rights’ stand in the way of bringing rioters to justice.

    He said that something was ‘seriously wrong’ with society ‘when you see children as young as 12 or 13 looting and laughing’.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024203/UK-RIOTS-2011-Manchester-Midlands-burn-London-control.html

  110. Aaah so a forthcoming supposed Clinton scandal, is someone worried a certain little lady is about to be drafted for a Presidential run. What a coincidence, Obama on very shaky ground and this pops up.

  111. I guess those sort of stories don’t worry me. If O decides not to run (which if he is reading the tea leaves he should do), if Hillary declares there is going to be a ground swell of people in both parties that will show her tremendous support. There are all kinds of Reps that tell me unsolicited that they could have voted for her. When that happens, there are going to be people telling others to sit down and shut up. You have had it your way, and now it is time for a real leader, HRC.

    You have to have built those alliances, some of which are with the Devil in order to survive in politics. O built the alliances with the Devil, unfortunately he has not built those with the common person, and does not think he has to.

    HRC has her ducks in the row, her alliances built, and as has been recently discussed, women make better leaders. Bill will just be the added bonus of being out there sweet talking the people, while Hillary works her Axx off.

  112. Would someone do me a favor and please look at the picture in this link and tell me-

    Is Obama growing a tail?
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    A Test for Obama’s View of a One-Term Presidency

    WASHINGTON — It was a year and a half ago when President Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.

    Now, coming off one of his worst weeks since taking office, Mr. Obama is nearing a decision on whether he really meant that. Is he willing to try to administer the disagreeable medicine that could help the economy mend over the long term, even if that means damaging his chances for re-election?

    The Federal Reserve’s finding on Tuesday that there is little prospect for rapid economic growth over the next two years was the latest in a summer of bad economic news. One administration official called the atmosphere around the president’s economic team “angry and morose.”

    There was no word on the mood of the president’s political team, but it was unlikely to be buoyed by the Fed’s assertion that the economy would still be faltering well past Mr. Obama’s second inauguration, should he win another term.

    “The problem for Obama is that right now, the United States is either at a precipice or has fallen off it,” said David Rothkopf, a Commerce Department official in the Clinton administration. “If he is true to his commitment to rather be a good one-term president, then this is the character test. In some respects, this is the 3 a.m. phone call.” (someone’s reading here…)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/us/politics/10obama.html?_r=1

  113. jeswezey
    August 10th, 2011 at 6:28 am
    From “Fox Nation”:

    Weekly Standard: Major Scandal Brewing Among Clinton Associates, Former DNC Official

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    Honestly, I saw this two days ago on Fox’s news site. Waited to see if any other newsgroups picked it up.

    Nada.

  114. MO running to Oregon needing an 11 car entourage to give her brother instructions of what to do when everything falls apart in the country. Would have been easier and cheaper to write it down and put a stamp on the envelope.

    Congress on puppet strings- These people see it too! Good article.
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    Americans Left Shaking Their Heads – Congress Enjoying Vacations While America Falls Apart

    “Today the American dollar will continue to slide into a black hole, and continue to slide all the way to zero if we continue to go down this path. We have exported so many dollars overseas that it boggles the mind. This will have huge implications around the world as well as America. The devaluation of the dollar has become astronomical. Even the Chinese are trying to save the value of the dollar, as it is what makes them so powerful The Standard and Poor’s announcement, made the American markets swing wild, and they have no real idea what the hell is really going on. This was an announcement to enrich the already filthy rich corrupt wealthy, nothing more. Gold has a current astronomical artificial price, becoming equal to that of platinum. Why isn’t the masses buying platinum for a hedge? People have been conned into thinkinggold is the answer, even though it has zero intrinsic value.

    We have riots breaking out, not only here in America, by way of the flash mobs, but also around the world. Case in point, the United Kingdom. Teenagers are taking advantage of the current economic situation, causing mayhem, for no other reason than to just act criminal. The United Kingdom has been arresting kids for the last 4 days, all mainly at or below the age of 21. American kids are seeing this and it will only be a matter of time before this crap starts to happen here. Do you think that the underprivileged kids in Detroit and Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how to make money in the stock market?

    The corporations have been able to give unlimited amounts of money to election committees through various schemes to guarantee re-elections. Now, our leaders are taking the easy road, and going home while Americans are starving in the streets. They should be here in Washington, trying to find ways to get us the hell out of Afghanistan, as we are currently spending $2 billion dollars per week with this useless excuse for a war.

    http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/americans-left-shaking-their-heads-%e2%80%93-congress-enjoying-vacations-while-america-falls-apart/5830#more-5830

  115. Yes, and we have to be careful not to become like THEM.

    Wear ball caps not towels. Alls fair in Love and War. That has to be the motto for the time being until Justice is served.
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    US: Strike kills militants who downed US chopper (JUSTICE and REVENGE!)

    MSNBC ^ | 08/10/2011
    An air strike by NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed Taliban fighters, including a local leader, who were responsible for a weekend helicopter crash that killed 38 troops, the worst single incident in 10 years of war. “We dealt with them in a kinetic strike,” General John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon. Gen. Allen said the military tracked the Taliban fighters for several days after the helicopter went down. Forces reportedly trailed the fighters to a position in Chak District, Wardak Province, and then US F-16s struck and killed them Tuesday.

    Full Story Below:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44088691/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/#.TkKRbIJ6KuI

  116. #
    moononpluto
    August 10th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Huge European bank on verge of collapse. Societe Generale of France is on the brink.
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    Soros is happy walking all the way FROM the bank. How’s the EU working for you Europe?

  117. More agreement giving credence to Ann Barnhardt’s theory and that of her readers the SEALS were SET-UP coming from high up in the chain of command.
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    Commandos criticize call for SEALs

    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 9,2011 |

    Rowan Scarborough

    Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:55:41 AM by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

    Rangers’ danger, single helicopter among questions

    Some in the special operations community are privately criticizing the wisdom of Saturday’s failed rescue mission in Afghanistan, saying commanders should have sent more than the one Chinook helicopter that was shot down, killing 30 American troops, including 23 elite Navy SEALs.

    They also questioned whether the quickly assembled mission was necessary to rescue a band of Army Rangers reportedly under fire from Taliban militants.

    “I squarely blame whoever planned and authorized the mission for the deaths,” said a Special Forces soldier who served in Afghanistan.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/9/commandos-criticize-call-for-seals/

  118. Original link blocked… why, I don’t know. Someone already captured the story.
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    Mrs. Obama’s Failure to Show Up at Dover

    White House Dossier ^ | August 10, 2011 | Keith Koffler

    August 10, 2011

    This is not something I wanted to be cynical about, though I was a little. And now I am a lot.

    Some of you may know that Michelle Obama, along with Second Lady Jill Biden, runs something out of the White House called Joining Forces, which is billed as “a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.”

    I’m not sure how much good it actually does, though it’s certainly a worthy cause and probably doesn’t hurt anyone. It seems to require that Mrs. Obama appear once or twice a month at some feel good event to highlight military families’ needs.

    I’d like to think Mrs. Obama is sincere in her commitment to the kin of those who serve, and I’m sure at some level she is.

    But there is no way to reconcile a sincere devotion to helping military families with her decision to travel to Oregon with her mother to visit her brother this week instead of being by President Obama’s side yesterday as he comforted the 30 grieving families of those who lost their sons, brothers, and fathers in Afghanistan Saturday.

    Not just any son, brother or father. The best kind you could ever have.

    This is simply just not acceptable. It’s an ignorance of her duty as first lady – even if she were not one supposedly dedicated to military families. It even suggests a general lack of compassion.

    Nobody inflicted these roles on her. She chose to be first lady, seems to be enjoying the perks, and is already campaigning and raising heaps of money so that she can stay there.

    What first gave me pause when she launched the Joining Forces thing was that someone who suggested quite clearly – because it was an accident – that she had never really been proud of her country was of all things suddenly dedicated to helping the military.

    It sounded like image makeover, both for her and a husband who had never served and who is not held in particularly high esteem by our armed forces.

    It sounded like something born more out of political calculation more than anything else.

    Turns out, it was.
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    A shame she would treat the military the same way she treats her ‘Eat Healthy’ initiative sneaking over to the ‘Shake Shack’ three or four times a week to pig out on shakes and french fries. When her menus for school children are more like Antoinettesh dictatorials.

  119. CA going further down the shitter: Tax revenues way down. Not mostly personal income taxes, but corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, etc.

    But…but…but….taxing the corporations and businesses more will generate more revenue, right? And lots of red tape to do business will have negligible effect on what businesses choose to do! Nope. At least, not necessarily. Because they are not static steady-state income-producing machines to be tapped at will. They are collections of thinking human beings, who respond to higher taxes and onerous regulations by going elsewhere, shifting money elsewhere, or simply producing less.

    One can say all day long that it’s not “fair”. But the world works according to what is, not what we wish. So long as businesses and businessmen and women have choices, and can respond to the govt’s actions, there will always be a downside to taxing them more. Your choices are

    a) figuring out ways to make it profitable for them to stay and expand and generate jobs and tax revenue for you, or

    b) going whole-hog and taking away any semblance of a free market and trying to make it Illegal for them to not stay and produce for you. Of course, that has failed every time it’s been tried. See Russia, Cuba, etc.

    A free-wheeling, capitalist, free-market system, for all its flaws(and there are many) has produced more prosperity for more people than any other system in the world. Yes, it creates some obscenely filthy rich people, but it also produces a higher standard of living for alsmot everyone else. We’re better off letting it work at it peak efficiency on its own, punishing fraud and abuse ONLY, and skimming off the top to address some inevitable societal discrepancies, than trying to punish and control it and force it to do for the State what it is unwilling to do for profit.

    Don’t fight the profit motive. It’s a losing battle. Instead, USE it.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2011/08/california-revenues-plunges-deep-cuts-to-schools-could-be-triggered.html

  120. “Mrs. Obama’s Failure to Show Up at Dover”

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    Disgusting. Then again it might have been better if bambi had stayed home and not subjected those poor families with his false sympathy and ice cold heart.

  121. #
    JanH
    August 10th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    “Mrs. Obama’s Failure to Show Up at Dover”

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    Disgusting. Then again it might have been better if bambi had stayed home and not subjected those poor families with his false sympathy and ice cold heart.
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    I know- I was thinking the same thing- The families are going to be livid anyway because news spreads like wild fire through the military where there is a question of why the deaths happened at all. MO’s absence will only add fuel to a blaszing fire.

  122. JanH- No matter what, I hope admin posts the video “I Found My Voice 2008” in the next thread- we miss her sooo much, makes my eyes well up…

  123. Obama Plan: “Kill Romney”

    Bob Beauprez | August 10, 2011

    Would it be too much to ask President Obama to at least pretend to be “presidential” for at least a week? A day even?

    We’ve gone from the tradition of George Washington, the reluctant candidate, to Obama, the candidate who will “kill” to be reelected.

    There are reports today that the Obama camp is throwing in the towel; giving up even pretending that the President deserves re-election based upon his record.

    Now, according to Politico.com, “the candidate who ran on ‘hope’ in 2008 has little choice four years later but to run a slashing, personal campaign aimed at disqualifying his likeliest opponent.”

    The target of the attack will be Mitt Romney, the front-runner Republican candidate the White House expects to be Obama’s opponent. With fifteen months still to go before the election, and nearly a year until a Republican nominee is officially selected, it is a remarkably early admission of desperation at the White House.

    The Politico article quotes a “prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House” as confessing that, “Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”

    (White House flash and slash Mob)

    There are 27 million Americans unemployed, under employed, or that have completely given up even trying to find a job and have left the work force. The economy is in the tank. The full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury suffered its first downgrade since 1917 that sparked near panic on Wall Street and capital markets across the planet.

    And, what do we get from the President? Slash-and-burn campaigning.

    “It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” said a spokesman for Romney according to CBS News. “President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed.

    Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change.”

    Reports say that president’s team is going to go after Romney’s Mormon religious affiliation, his connection with turnaround specialist Bain Capital, painting Romney as “weird.”

    Obviously, the only job Obama is concerned about is his own.

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2011/08/10/obama_plan_kill_romney

  124. “Societe Generale of France is on the brink.
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    Soros is happy walking all the way FROM the bank. How’s the EU working for you Europe?”
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    Société Générale is a bunch of sharks looking for trouble. They were in on the sub-prime bubble, have already been bailed out once by the US taxpayer, and deserve to go down, down, down. On the brink? Push ’em over.

  125. HillaryforTexas
    August 10th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    …………………..

    So Obama’s big hollywood donor friends dont want to pay voluntary tax increases? Who’d have thunk.

  126. They were in on the sub-prime bubble, have already been bailed out once by the US taxpayer.
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    got to start slammin’ doors- and cleaning up the mess for the general welfare and good of the country. Washington would have done the same thing..

  127. #
    shenanigans
    August 10th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Hit the Road, Barack! And don’t you come back nomore.
    ___________________

    LOVE IT! National battle cry!

  128. I prefer admin’s suggestion of ‘now’, but even this aspect of POTUS’s departure is pleasant to ponder:

    Republican Voters Not Ready to Settle Now the [that] Obama Looks Beatable

    “Look, you can almost stick a fork in him. I think he’s about done politically. His numbers nationally are bad. You look at his numbers in the swing states that are going to really decide the election, like Iowa, and among independents, his numbers are awful.”
    — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty talking about President Obama in a campaign speech in Humbolt, Iowa

    AMES, Iowa – After what may be the most politically punishing month of his presidency, President Obama is looking eminently beatable. And that is changing the nature of the Republican nomination fight. As Republican presidential hopefuls prepared for their first debate three months ago, the political world was convinced that after the daring raid just days before that killed Usama bin Laden, cooling anger over the 2010 Democratic health care law, modest, but steady economic growth and a billion-dollar campaign juggernaut in the making, Obama was a shoo-in for re-election. Now, as the GOP field gets ready to rumble here in Iowa, Obama looks more and more like a one-term president. After the first ever federal credit downgrade, a loss to House Republicans on a debt-ceiling deal, increasing outrage in the president’s political base, the deaths of 30 U.S. troops who were carrying out his tactical pivot in Afghanistan, fresh warnings of a double-dip recession, and the most toxic political climate in Washington in memory, Obama is in a political tailspin from which he may never recover. The president’s high after the bin Laden kill was not as high as Republican pessimists believed in May and the current low isn’t as low as the newly optimistic GOPers think it is now, but the president’s problems are real and, in many ways, intractable….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/10/weakened-obama-changes-gop-race/

  129. From a commenter elsewhere:
    In that alternate universe where Hillary got the nomination, she may have lost to McCain. We don’t know.

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

    BZZZT!! We DO know. Hillary would have won BIGGER than Obama did. Several points bigger.

    This was found in exit polls; ABC iirc. If anyone is registered to comment at that other place, I’ll look up the cite. Or search for “who were those crossover voters?”

  130. And disrupting public discussion on blogs.

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    I saw a serious article (some financial publication?) about the details of how that’s done by corporations to protect their products iirc. The manager establishes many online identities and passes them around among Cheeto eaters.

    Can’t find the source again.

  131. turndownobama
    August 10th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    It is amazing how they like to invent history. HILLAR WON THE PRIMARY AND WOULD HAVE WON THE GENERAL, AND WE HAVE PROOF.

    It is getting harder to get away with that with the internet and infinite storages. They try to delete stuff, but smart people are making copies before they get a chance to.

  132. The three-ring circus of Republicans, Democrats, and the president trying to gain the upper hand in setting the fiscal agenda resulted in an assessment by Standard & Poor’s, the rating agency that played a role in the fire two years ago, that the U.S. just wasn’t taking their debt problems seriously.

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

    Well, S&P had been warning teh US for a while about serious factors. But it’s interesting to see how the meme of the political theatre cause is spreading.

  133. We will use water cannons on them: At last Cameron orders police to come down hard on the looters

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    That should help stop some fires. Pity they don’t have a giant sprinkler system they could turn on. 😉

  134. There are all kinds of Reps that tell me unsolicited that they could have voted for her.

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    That’s what they told the exit polls too. People who were exiting after voting from McCain. And thst doesn’t even count the people who stayed home!

  135. As to his accomplishments, they were giving lip service to that previously. I hear the volunteer person who headed H campaign in NM state that people just did not realize all that he has done.

    Give me a break, he did the easy stuff any one with a majority could do easily. That is how he lead his life. He always did the easy stuff. Illinois put him in as a Senator, and the handed him everyone else’s proposed legislation. He never crafted anything thing. When he was it editor of the Law Review, he did not perform the duties as described, he did as little as possible.

    There is something about going through the school of hard knocks, you get tough. Remember when they were not going to let H speak at her graduation. She spoke. She has and will always have to do the tough stuff. She crafted Health Care legislation, of course which did not pass. But she learned enough from that, that she would craft one that would pass this time.

    O has always taken the easy road, which the the far left liberals in the Dem party laid out for him. Now they are out on a limb, and someone is sawing it off and it is a weak limb.

  136. With fifteen months still to go before the election, and nearly a year until a Republican nominee is officially selected, it is a remarkably early admission of desperation at the White House.

    The Politico article quotes a “prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House” as confessing that, “Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”

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

    If that’s typical of the Politico article — then the fact of Politico publishing it is a straw in the wind, or more.

    Sarah and Trump are wise in not declaring till they have to. Let Romney take all the fire, as long as possible.

  137. Some in the special operations community are privately criticizing the wisdom of Saturday’s failed rescue mission in Afghanistan

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    Well, the ‘rescue’ term itself may be just PR spin. A smaller force had tried one of many “routine” night raids on a house, there was fighting, the US force called for reinforcements.

  138. Women US senators press Clinton on Myanmar rapes

    WASHINGTON — Twelve women US senators accused Myanmar’s regime on Wednesday of using rape as a “weapon of war” and urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pressure the government to halt the practice.

    “Given the Burmese regime’s unabated use of rape as a weapon of war, we urge you to call on the regime to end this practice and pursue our shared goal of establishing an international commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the group wrote in a letter to Clinton.

    “We must not allow this regime to continue to commit such dire crimes while the people of Burma continue to suffer,” said the lawmakers, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.

    Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer, Kay Hagan, Amy Klobuchar, Mary Landrieu, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray and Jeanne Shaheen, and Republican Senators Key Bailey Hutchison, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Kelly Ayotte signed the letter.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5izUNOfOf2onoi-u8gJgbM89aJrMQ?docId=CNG.d1c504bf387227a7f8244a7ff8064da3.4c1

  139. Obama Renews Assault on Jewish Jerusalem

    Jonathan S. Tobin
    08.09.2011

    The Obama administration renewed its attack on Jewish Jerusalem today by formally condemning the construction of apartments in part of the city. The approval last week of a housing project in the Har Homa neighborhood of the city was blasted by the State Department as being contrary to the peace process and an impediment to the renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians.

    But like previous statements from the administration, the complaint about apartments in Har Homa has little to do with the moribund peace process and everything to do with an Obama policy decision to treat the hundreds of thousands of existing Jews living in parts of Israel’s capital as being no different from the most remote hilltop settlements in the West Bank. Despite the rhetoric from Washington, Har Homa isn’t up for grabs in a theoretical peace deal, and housing there won’t stop a two-state solution if the Palestinians ever decide they want one. What it is an obstacle to is an effort to rip Jerusalem apart and to evict Jews from their homes.

    While no American government has ever recognized Israeli sovereignty over all of the city since it was reunified during the 1967 Six-Day War, only Obama has sought to exploit divisions about this issue in such a way as to weaken the Jewish state’s hold on its capital. During the past two years, Obama has personally injected himself into this issue to try and undermine Israel’s position in Jerusalem. The 2010 spat in which the administration disingenuously tried to claim Vice President Biden was insulted by another Jerusalem building project was a lever by which Obama sought to pressure the Netanyahu government into agreeing to suspend all building in the city. The prime minister rightly refused, and to Obama’s consternation, was supported by the overwhelming majority of Israelis. It is true that Har Homa, a project that began in the 1990s, has always been a point of contention between the U.S. and Israel. But the notion control of this land will ever be conceded to the Palestinians is absurd.

    Though apologists for Palestinian intransigence claim Israel’s building in Jerusalem is a blow to a potential two-state solution, this is utterly false. The Palestinians know if there is to be an accord, the Israelis won’t be leaving Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Treating those parts of the city illegally occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967 as “Arab territory” in which Jews may not build or live is a non-starter. Though a negotiation might theoretically give a Palestinian state control of some Arab sections of the city, it will not give them places like Har Homa or any of the other place where Jews are building.

    Moreover, for the United States to seek to curb home building in Jerusalem at the very moment when Israelis are calling for a greater supply of housing in order to lower the high existing prices is ridiculous. Doing so would not only be against Israel’s security needs but a blow to its economy.

    The Palestinians also argue Har Homa must be taken from the Israelis because it would give them a strategic edge along the city’s southern border and give them easier access to other parts of Jerusalem. But their call for territorial contiguity is merely an excuse to avoid talks. The West Bank and Gaza are already separated by pre-1967 Israel. Contiguity for the Palestinians would mean an end to Israeli security as well as an unconscionable abrogation of Jewish rights in their ancient capital.

    Today’s announcement may be seen as the administration throwing a bone to the Palestinians to bribe them to give up their effort to evade peace talks by asking the United Nations to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state. But statements such as these only encourage more intransigence. So long as the Palestinians are allowed to nurture their ambition to take Jerusalem from Israel, peace will be unattainable. By condemning the building of Jewish homes in Har Homa, the Obama administration has poured more fuel on the fire of the conflict and once again staked out a position that undermines America’s alliance with Israel.

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/08/09/obama-assault-jewish-jerusalem/

  140. Wow, a quote from a non-anonymous source, who has some experience in the field–!

    “The problem for Obama is that right now, the United States is either at a precipice or has fallen off it,” said David Rothkopf, a Commerce Department official in the Clinton administration. “If he is true to his commitment to rather be a good one-term president, then this is the character test. In some respects, this is the 3 a.m. phone call.” (someone’s reading here…)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/us/politics/10obama.html?_r=1

  141. DEM BIGS IN CONGRESS ABANDON “DEAR LEADER”

    Look who’s kicking dirt on Obama now: Reid, Pelosi, Waxman, and Baucus.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/us/politics/09medicaid.html

    Democrats Challenging Administration on Medicaid
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    By ROBERT PEAR
    Published: August 8, 2011

    WASHINGTON — In an unusual break with the White House, the Democratic leaders of Congress told the Supreme Court on Monday that President Obama was pursuing a misguided interpretation of federal Medicaid law that made it more difficult for low-income people to obtain health care.

    The Democratic leaders said Medicaid beneficiaries must be allowed to file suit to enforce their right to care — and to challenge Medicaid cuts being made by states around the country.

    The Obama administration maintains that beneficiaries and health care providers cannot sue state officials to challenge cuts in Medicaid payment rates, even if such cuts compromise access to care for the poor.

    In a friend-of-the-court brief, the lawmakers said the administration’s position “would undermine the effectiveness of Medicaid.” In addition, they said, it conflicts with more than a century of court precedents that allow people to sue to block state actions that are inconsistent with federal law.

    The brief was filed by seven influential Democrats, including Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, an architect of Medicaid; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader; Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader; and Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Finance Committee.

    Similar arguments were made in a separate brief filed by a dozen former federal health officials, including Donna E. Shalala, the secretary of health and human services under President Bill Clinton; Joseph A. Califano Jr., who was health secretary under President Jimmy Carter; and Bruce C. Vladeck, who was in charge of Medicaid and Medicare in the Clinton administration.

    The issue, of immense importance to poor people and states, comes to the Supreme Court in a set of cases consolidated under the name Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California, No. 09-958. The court plans to hear oral arguments in October, with a decision expected by the spring. The original plaintiffs in the case, Medicaid beneficiaries and providers, say they were harmed by California’s decision to cut payment rates that were already among the lowest in the country.

    The federal Medicaid law does not explicitly allow such suits. But the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, said beneficiaries and providers could sue under the Constitution’s supremacy clause, which makes federal law “the supreme law of the land.”

    Medicaid, the fastest-growing item in many state budgets, provides health insurance to more than 55 million people, including children, people with disabilities and nursing home residents.

    Faced with severe budget problems, many states have reduced Medicaid payment rates for doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes and other providers. In many parts of the country, payment rates are so low that Medicaid recipients have difficulty finding doctors to take them. When states cut reimbursement rates, they save money, and so does the federal government, which pays 50 percent to 75 percent of the costs.

    Federal law says Medicaid rates must be “sufficient to enlist enough providers” so that Medicaid beneficiaries have access to care to the same extent as the general population in an area.

    The Justice Department, siding with California, told the court in May that no federal law allowed individuals to sue states to enforce this standard. The Democratic leaders said Congress intended to allow such lawsuits.

    “California has been accepting more than $20 billion in federal Medicaid funds per year in exchange for its promise, among other things, to ensure that needy patients had access to health care,” their brief said, adding, “California has failed to adhere to its obligations.”

    “Impoverished Medicaid patients and the medical providers who serve them” must be allowed to challenge state violations of federal law by invoking the supremacy clause, the Congressional leaders said.

    The Justice Department says federal health officials have “exclusive responsibility” for ensuring state compliance and can cut off Medicaid money for a state that does not comply.

    However, the former federal officials told the Supreme Court that exclusive enforcement by the Department of Health and Human Services was “logistically, practically, legally and politically unfeasible.” The department, they said, does not have enough employees or money to enforce the guarantee of equal access to care for Medicaid patients.

    In previous administrations, they said, the department “supported and embraced” lawsuits by beneficiaries as a way to help achieve Medicaid’s goals.

    AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, civil rights groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also weighed in with Supreme Court briefs supporting the beneficiaries and providers. “Judicial enforcement is the only viable means to remedy states’ noncompliance with the Medicaid Act,” the A.M.A. said.

    The National Governors Association endorsed California’s position that Medicaid recipients had no right to sue.

  142. Pictures of kids looting liquor stores, just for the fun of it!

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    Well, for the liquor too, presumably.

  143. AND MODO PILES ON AS WELL

    Some of the juicier quotes include:

    “…Obama seems at a loss. Regarding his political skills, he turns out to be the odd case of a pragmatist who can’t learn from his mistakes and adapt.”

    “Obama’s response on Monday to Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade and to the 22 Navy Seal commandos and 8 other soldiers killed by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan was once more too little, too late. It was just like his belated, ineffectual response on the BP oil spill and his reaction to the would-be Christmas Day bomber; it took him three days on vacation in Hawaii to speak about the terrorist incident when the country was scared about national security, and then he spent the next week callously shuttling from the podium to the golf course.”

    “He doesn’t lead, and he doesn’t understand why we don’t feel led.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/opinion/withholder-in-chief.html?_r=1

    Withholder in Chief
    ================

    By MAUREEN DOWD
    Published: August 9, 2011

    Even the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair is not enough to sweeten the mood.

    Three years ago, Barack Obama’s unlikely presidential dream was given wings by rapturous Iowans — young, old and in-between — who saw in the fresh-faced, silky-voiced black senator a chance to leap past the bellicose, rancorous Bush years into a modern, competitive future where we once more had luster in the world.

    “We are choosing hope over fear,” Senator Obama told a delirious crowd of 3,000 here the night he won the Iowa caucuses.

    But fear has garroted hope, as America reels from the latest humiliating blows on the economy and in Afghanistan. The politician who came across as a redeemer in 2008 is now in need of redemption himself.

    Faced with a country keening for reassurance and reinvention, Obama seems at a loss. Regarding his political skills, he turns out to be the odd case of a pragmatist who can’t learn from his mistakes and adapt.

    Many of his Democratic supporters here, who once waited hours in line just to catch a glimpse of The One, are disillusioned.

    “We just wish he’d be more of a fighter,” said one influential Democrat with a grimace. Another agreed: “You can’t blame him for everything. I just wish he would come across more forceful at times, but that is not the dude’s style. Detached hurts you when things are sour. You need some of Clinton’s ‘I feel your pain’ compassion.”

    The president has been so spectacularly unable to fill the leadership void in Washington that the high-spirited Michele Bachmann feels free to purloin Obama’s old mantra.

    “The power behind our campaign is hope and a future,” she chirped to a sparse crowd Monday in Atlantic, Iowa. “That’s all I believe in.” That and making America safe for old-fashioned light bulbs and not those weird curly ones.

    Obama’s response on Monday to Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade and to the 22 Navy Seal commandos and 8 other soldiers killed by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan was once more too little, too late. It was just like his belated, ineffectual response on the BP oil spill and his reaction to the would-be Christmas Day bomber; it took him three days on vacation in Hawaii to speak about the terrorist incident when the country was scared about national security, and then he spent the next week callously shuttling from the podium to the golf course.

    Bachmann has been riding around Iowa in her bus, with Elvis music and her name emblazoned 25 times on the outside, mocking Obama for going to Camp David last weekend and burrowing in, while the country was roiling.

    His inability to grab a microphone and spontaneously assuage Americans’ fears is strange. If the American servicemen had died on a Monday, he wouldn’t have waited until Wednesday to talk about it. He doesn’t like the bully pulpit, just the professor’s lectern.

    After failing to interrupt his Camp David weekend to buck up the country on one of its worst days in history, he tacked on his condolences for the soldiers’ families to his economic pep talk, in what had to be the most inept oratorical segue of his presidency.

    He long ago should have gone out into the country to talk to Americans in person and come up with a concrete plan that people could print out from the White House Web site and study. Hasn’t he learned how dangerous it is to delegate to Congress? His withholding and reactive nature has made him seem strangely irrelevant in Washington, trapped by his own temperament. He doesn’t lead, and he doesn’t understand why we don’t feel led.

    Speaking from the State Dining Room of the White House, he advised America it was still “a triple-A country” like some cerebral soccer coach urging the kids to win one for the London Interbank Offered Rate.

    With traders hearing nothing new, just boilerplate about “common sense and compromise” on deficit reduction, the Dow Jones industrial average, which had already fallen 410 points, fell 20 more points while the president was talking around 2 o’clock. By the 4 p.m. close, the Dow was 634 points lower.

    Obama has spent a lifetime creating his persona — superior, wise, above all parties and interests, all-seeing, calm, unflappable.

    But as Drew Westen, a liberal psychology professor at Emory University wrote in The Times on Sunday, puzzling about what has happened to his former hero’s passion, the president never identifies the villains who cause our epic problems.

    It’s unclear, Westen wrote, whether that reflects his aversion to conflict or a fear of offending donors, or both.

    Obama’s assumption that you can rise above ascribing villainous motives has caused him to waste huge chunks of his first term seeking bipartisanship from Republicans who were playing him for a dupe. And it has led to Americans regarding the nation’s capital as a place of all villains and no heroes.

  144. Thanks, rgb! Maybe some Dems are growing spines! Didn’t Pelosi kind of stand up to Obama about SS, too?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/us/politics/09medicaid.html

    Democrats Challenging Administration on Medicaid
    ============================

    By ROBERT PEAR
    Published: August 8, 2011

    WASHINGTON — In an unusual break with the White House, the Democratic leaders of Congress told the Supreme Court on Monday that President Obama was pursuing a misguided interpretation of federal Medicaid law

  145. I mentioned the sentiment of our local Veterans last thread- well before the SEALS 6 tragedy. The genie is out of the bottle when ‘enough is enough’ becomes an understatement and afterthought. “They Get It!”
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    The Coming of the Great American Reform Revolution

    The Decline Continues as Americans Await Their Cue to Revolt from the Youth

    by Johnny Punish

    As Wall Street slides into the abyss this week vis-a-vie the Standard and Poors credit rating decline, some still think it’s some sort of blip including the noble and myopic President of the United States of America who continues to say “The USA is a AAA country”. It’s not and has not been since 9/11. But he knows that. But the forces at work on him and us are just too powerful.

    Like an alcoholic, our own crusties do not get that by not admitting the problem, that is the problem. Yet our youth know we have a major problem.

    Think about it. 10 Years of Lies and Decline

    * 9/11 attacks under Neocon government.

    * Building 7 Falls with NO legitimate explanation

    * USA borrows trillions to fund 2 created fake wars that have NOTHING to do with defense of freedom and everything to do with lining the pockets of the warmongers and resource control seekers.

    * Bush Administration assigns make trillions in profits while USA citizens pay for their thievery

    * Bailed out Banksters take the money and run while millions of former middle class Americans get hosed into foreclosure and back into the peasant class.

    * OBL is “killed” yet no body and no evidence except sharks who supposedly ate well that fake day on the high seas.

    * Those who “killed” OBL are now dead from a Helicopter crash and thus, we the people, can never ask them about the mission. Really? It would be a great comedy sketch and super laughable if it was NOT so serious.

    In watching the main stream news, the USA media still refuses to recognize that we’ve been robbed and thus the American people remain dazed and confused.

    The question is “who robbed us” and “what now?”.

    NOBODY APPROVES AND NOBODY IS LISTENING

    Well, according to polls, Americans disapprove of the US Congress by 86%. This the lowest approval rating that I can remember. But yet, the people in Congress simply don’t care and why should they? They don’t care what the people think or do. They know we, the people, are being farmed by the global elite and that our vote does NOT mean a darn thing. So whether we “vote” this one in or that one out, the results stay the same. In other words, our opinion or “vote” as a citizen is quaint and fun for coffee talk but it does NOT matter.

    Right Wing Left Wing Same Thing!

    We can;

    * Drag the Politicians through the streets. Yeah, we can riot and pull down every congress person down by their proverbial legs and invade the White House as well. But I doubt that would do anything except exacerbate and accelerate our own demise into chaos and depravity while the criminals simply move operations elsewhere.
    * Join the global team. We can make the mental adjustment and start thinking globally and stop whining about the USA this and the USA that. I mean that’s the game they play right? But I fear for most of us, that mental jump is way too big right now and may take another century or so before we can put an end to nationalism worldwide and get on with the fact that we’re all human beings.
    * Hit the streets in protest to demand a complete overall of our own political and economic system and pull a Tahir square in the USA. Yeah! We can have all the US congress arrested, lobbyists put in jail for crimes against the state, arrest the Burrito Supreme Court and have our own Nuremberg trials right here in America. Yeah! We can arrest everyone who knowingly robbed the American people and put them on trial and convict those who are guilty.

    THE COMING REFORM REVOLUTION

    read more here:

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/08/09/coming-great-american-reform-revolution/
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    Are the mobsters in Chicago and the WH strong enough and willing to take on our military if the whiff of
    a set-up to the SEALS 6 tragedy is proven true?

    From what I read yesterday and posted earlier, they will not sleep until they find out WHO gave the order sending a RUSH order to the SEALS command ordering them on that fateful mission where Taliban were standing at the ready at an appointed time to shoot them out of the sky.

  146. JanH
    August 10th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Yup, the Bibster tells it like it is-

    I will send that video Far and Wide… hope it goes viral!

  147. * Those who “killed” OBL are now dead from a Helicopter crash and thus, we the people, can never ask them about the mission.

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

    There goes THAT claim again. The bin Laden SEALS were NOT among those killed.

    (And as to the bin Laden SEALS — if they really knew the raid was fake — would they have kept quiet this long? Wouldn’t they have called bullshit on Obama immediately?)

  148. = If the raid HAD BEEN fake, wouldn’t the SEALS have called bullshit on Obama immediately?

    That article has some good criticisms of Bush and Obama — but spoils it by mixing in crazy paranoid accusations about the WTC attack, and now this claim about the SEALS.

  149. Shadowfax
    August 10th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think he’s growing a dorsal fin.
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    haha! perfect! 😀

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