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

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

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

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

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

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

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

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

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

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

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

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 "Smoke break!"

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

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

5 "Another smoke break!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

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

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

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

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

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

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

1 Uhhh...resign?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

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

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

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

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

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

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

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

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

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

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

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

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

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

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

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

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

4 "Kissey kissey"

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

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

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

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Republican Debate Tonight – The Eventual Nominee Will Not Be There

There will be eight Republicans on the Iowa debate stage vying for the job of running against a certain corrupt Chicago Boob. Tonight’s 9:00 p.m. debate festivities will be grade B or C entertainment because we doubt the person who eventually gets the nomination will be present.

Willard Mitt Romney is the presumed Republican front runner. We suppose he could get the nomination. But we doubt it.

First of all, Willard is a Mormon. Nobody likes to talk about this but evangelical Christians do not think kindly of Mormons. There are many reasons for this, which we will not get into because we do not want to get involved in sectarian violence. But do remember that Ted Kennedy, the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur who engineered the coup that gifted Obama the nomination, used Romney’s Mormonism to destroy Romney years ago when Romney ran against Kennedy for the Senate seat from Massachusetts.

And if you think Barack Obama and his army of thugs do not know that history of Ted and Willard’s Excellent Adventure and will not use the same religious line of attack against Romney, well then you should get out of here and go back to your coloring book and videos of Barney.

Second, well let’s just quote from an earlier article we wrote about Romney (we also listed reasons why Gingrich is not getting the nomination either):

“Consider Willard Romney. Most Americans hate the Obama health scam. Willard, as a Republican nominee, would not be able to exploit this most potent issue. He just won’t. He just can’t: [snip]

Picture Romney with a hat and cane – he’s a song and dance man in a vaudeville hall. Yet no Republican/conservative is calling for the hook to get him off stage. The man would throw away a major issue/strategy/tactic but he is considered “serious.” Willard is seriously flawed. Willard also does not poll well with the white working class and that’s another missed opportunity as the white working class does not like Barack Obama at all.

So laughable was the Willard spectacle of authentically genuine foolery (“a sincere, intelligent, cogent, informed political disaster“), Ron Paul’s odd plea on behalf of Pakistan and the “not necessary” killing of Bin Laden was lost in the gales of laughter. Get the hook!”

Ron Paul, Newt, Pawlenty (great recent ad but its an ad for the general election not the primaries), Cain, Bachmann (doing very well thus far but as Yoda once said “there is another”), Huntsman (same religion problem as Willard and is not doing particularly well), Santorum – ain’t ta gonna happen.

The eventual Republican nominee is busy elsewhere. Sarah Palin is rolling her bus around the country and will make her moves in September. Meanwhile she is not eating her peas like a good little girl – she’s fighting back like a girl (hint: tough as nails). Rick Perry… lots of Rick Perry news today. Chris Christie is slimming down (hard to believe but as he joked during the New Jersey Governor’s election when taunted about his weight by Obama Dimocrats, “I’m a big fat winner”) and that only means he is seriously weighing his options.

And… are we the only ones who noticed that Marco Rubio has opened up a political action committee called “Reclaim America”?

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211 comments to Republican Debate Tonight – The Eventual Nominee Will Not Be There

  • Shadowfax

    Mr. Hair from Texas will jump into the race this weekend. (Rick Perry)

    I will see how long I can stomach the straw poll.

  • Shadowfax

    I’ll have to wait until May to see if Trump will run or not or maybe or maybe not…

  • admin

    Romney is getting in deep doo-doo trying to explain why he disappeared during the debt ceiling debate.

  • admin

    Pawlenty beating up on Bachmann.

  • admin

    Bachmann punches back against Pawlenty. Scores a TKO.

  • admin

    Bachmann keeps punching.

  • admin

    Pawlenty politely calls Bachmann a liar. The punching is going back and forth. The Fox News strategy of getting the candidates to beat up on each other is working.

    Bachmann says “I fought… when others didn’t”

  • admin

    Romney explaining away something else about his record.

  • admin

    Good for Newt telling Chris Wallace to stop with the gotcha questions and the mickey mouse games.

  • admin

    As Wallace hit Newt back Newt said the press spends too much time on minutia.

  • Shadowfax

    Gringrich just won some points with me by that slap down of Chris Wallace!!

  • Shadowfax

    More points for Gingrich with his great ideas and strength…

  • Shadowfax

    Big points for Ron Paul. That guy is smart.

  • Shadowfax

    That black guy, I forget his name is doing well too.

  • jbstonesfan

    Just logged and I was thinking the same thing…no one up there an possibly beat Obama. They are just awful.

  • mcnorman

    Yes, Gov Good Hair (as Molly Ivins always referred to him) has jumped on Mitts jumping balloon.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, assailed Obama for “his lousy leadership and lousy economy.” And Rep. Michele Bachmann noted that she had voted against raising the debt ceiling. She raised her voice saying she had a message for Obama: “You are finished in 2012, and you will be a one-term president.”
    _______________________

    IMO anyone that has the courage to beat up Obama on his record is ok in my book. Vote for one of those Republicans… NEVER- Just enjoying the entertainment from admin’s latest post.. Didn’t catch them on tv but the blow by blows were hilarious- :)

  • Shadowfax

    My opinion of the debate:

    Sucked….
    Pawlenty, WilBert, Huntsman…

    Good…
    Newt, Ron Paul, Bachman, Cain

  • Mrs. Smith

    Something to look forward to this Saturday:
    _______________________

    “Minutes later the two Minnesota rivals attacked each other’s records, underscoring how much each has on the line in a test vote in Iowa on Saturday that could make or break their candidacies.”

  • Shadowfax

    Yup, Pawwwwlenty was really nasty against Bachman. He acted like a snake.

  • jtjames

    just caught the tail end of the question that somebody asked Bachman about her husband, my husband caught it and was appalled, of course I followed up with where were you in 08 when the did it to Hillary. Bet that one catches a lot of press tomorrow

  • jtjames

    forgive me for tarnishing the blog with a link from huffington post but only link i can find right now.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/11/michele-bachmann-submissive-wife-iowa-gop-debate_n_925063.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama Celebrates Ramadan at the White House (video)

    http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-celebrating-ramadan-at-white-house-quintessentially-american-tradition/

    “Islam has always been part of our American family.”

  • NewMexicoFan

    There appears to be an awakening amoung O supporters, that are willing to allow reason, truth, and a honest evaluation of his performance in the last week or so. I am not sure what percentage this is, but perhaps in the next couple of rounds in polling we might see this shift. It will be interesting to watch.

  • jbstonesfan

    Obama Celebrates Ramadan at the White House
    ======================

    Shamful after the loss of life our troops have suffered because of Islamic terrorism.

  • admin

    They’re not so far from us in the analysis:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/08/11/open-thread-republican-debate-in-ames/

    Objectively speaking, Newt cleaned the house — no one got close to him. But he’s not electable. Michele Bachmann had some very strong answers and acquitted herself quite well. She also showed that she’ll be a formidable opponent on the debate floor because when Pawlenty went after her, he looked like he was kicking a box of kittens. Speaking of Pawlenty, he had the best line of the night, saying that if anyone could show him Obama’s fiscal plan, he’d visit them at their home and cook their dinner or else mow their lawn. Then he said, “Unless it’s Mitt, in which case I’ll only mow one acre.” Zing. However, Allahpundit had the best observation of the night, noting that it looked like Pawlenty was saying, “I am electable, I am electable.” Of course, he sure didn’t act it. Mitt comes off presidential — he’s got the face, the looks, and the build (except his voice reminds me of Nick Cage in Peggy Sue Got Married). Mitt’s got the complete package of a man who aspires to be a career politician, which is precisely Mitt’s problem because it just so happens that he is a career politician. Mitt didn’t hurt himself — though some of the questions he danced around and didn’t answer did hurt him. He has a documented record of destroying jobs and taxing citizens. He’s all Democrat, no RINO. He’d do America a great service if he disappeared. As for the others, Huntsman, Cain, Santorum, and Paul — none of them caught my eye — starting with Paul, who has mastered the ability to hide his craziness behind one or two cogent statements per day.

  • admin

    BTW, we haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere else but Newt’s attitude/response towards Chris Wallace was very much like Bill Clinton’s when Bill beat the smug out of him.

  • admin

    Labor unions “Thanks Obama, we’ll keep on sending you millions more”:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/usps-proposes-cutting-120000-jobs-pulling-out-of-health-care-plan/2011/08/11/gIQAZxIM9I_print.html

    The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.

    The layoffs would be achieved in part by breaking labor agreements, a proposal that drew swift fire from postal unions. The plan would require congressional approval but, if successful, could be precedent-setting, with possible ripple effects throughout government. It would also deliver a major blow to the nation’s labor movement.

    In a notice informing employees of its proposals — with the headline “Financial crisis calls for significant actions” — the Postal Service said, “We will be insolvent next month due to significant declines in mail volume and retiree health benefit pre-funding costs imposed by Congress.”

    During the past four years, the service lost $20 billion, including $8.5 billion in fiscal 2010. Over that period, mail volume dropped by 20 percent.

    The USPS plan is described in two draft documents obtained by The Washington Post. A “Workforce Optimization” paper acknowledges its “extraordinary request” to break its labor contracts.

    “However, exceptional circumstances require exceptional remedies,” the document says.

    “The Postal Service is facing dire economic challenges that threaten its very existence. . . . If the Postal Service was a private sector business, it would have filed for bankruptcy and utilized the reorganization process to restructure its labor agreements to reflect the new financial reality,” the document continues.

    In a white paper on health and retirement benefits, the USPS said it was imperative to rein in health benefit and pension costs, which are a third of its labor expenses.

    For health insurance plans, the paper said, the Postal Service wanted to withdraw its 480,000 pensioners and 600,000 active employees from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program “and place them in a new, Postal Service administered” program.

    Almost identical language is used for the Civil Service Retirement System and the Federal Employees Retirement System.

    The USPS said the programs do not meet “the private sector comparability standard,” a statement that could be translated as meaning that government plans are too generous and too costly.

  • admin

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/11/video-pawlenty-and-bachmann-slug-it-out/

    If you’re keeping score at home, the number of questions asked tonight about Michele Bachmann being submissive to her husband: One. The number asked about entitlements and how to reform them: Zero. Unbelievable.

  • jeswezey

    This is from “American Thinker”, which seems to be some kind of conservative organ with some pretty sarcastic comments, but the analysis and conclusion hold water:
    *****

    August 12, 2011
    Obama/Hillary Coming Soon to a Primary Near You?
    By James G. Wiles

    Well, it’s all up to Hillary Clinton now if the Democratic Party is to survive the 2012 elections.

    That’s what two important media outlets — Tina Brown’s Daily Beast and London’s Daily Telegraph — both reported in the same twenty-four-hour news cycle. Faced with what looks to be the political collapse of the Obama administration, the liberal spin cycle is spinning like a top. It’s “run, Hillary, run!” time.

    For some disillusioned liberals, the woman and the moment have met. And the truth is, reviewing the last 60 years of American political history, it would be an anomaly if President Barack Obama did not face a serious primary challenge within his own party. Just look at the facts.

    The last week has seen a triple-whammy to Mr. Obama’s reelection prospects. First, the news broke last Friday evening that America’s sovereign debt had been downgraded to AA+. Next morning came the terrible loss of 30 American troops in a single incident in Afghanistan, a war Obama embraced, whose causalities are mounting steeply. Then, on Monday, stock markets resumed their steep decline, frighteningly yo-yoing this week, seemingly out of control.

    Without question, the Goddess of History has presented Mrs. Clinton with the perfect excuse to challenge Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president. Think of it: a resignation as secretary of state on grounds of high principle (something new to the Clintons) and a vigorous denunciation of Mr. Obama’s demonstrated failures of leadership, all presented as being sorrowfully undertaken (Bill will bite his lip here) in the best interests of the American people.

    Truly, truly, such an opportunity will not come again. At least, let’s hope not.

    As it appears, the president has lashed himself to the mast of his wrong-headed, ideologically driven policies. The Obama White House, “a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House” told Politico on Tuesday, has no choice but to win ugly.

    So they will. How?

    “Kill Romney,” the same source told Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin.

    In the meantime, the president is, no doubt, packing for vacation while praying devotedly to…well, let’s not go there…that something good will happen while he’s in Martha’s Vineyard. I hope we get Mullah Omar and the rest of the Quetta shura. But it won’t help.

    Mr. Obama has to know that, if Hillary comes in, all bets are off.

    And Hillary, Bill, and that formidable entity known as the Clinton Machine (best chronicled in Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Game-Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime) have to be figuring the odds. This chance may not come again. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton already know all the relevant political history too. They know it because they lived it, as college students and antiwar political activists.

    It began when the Archangel Barack was six and living with his mom and stepfather in Indonesia.

    Spring, 1968: the Tet Offensive in Vietnam is used by disillusioned liberals and the media to boost Senator Eugene McCarthy to a perceived “victory” over President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the New Hampshire primary. By the time of the Wisconsin primary two weeks later, LBJ drops out. This time, McCarthy wins outright.

    Days later, Bobby Kennedy is in. Ultimately, after RFK’s assassination, LBJ’s vice president Hubert Humphrey secured the Democratic nomination. But HHH then lost to the Republican, Richard M. Nixon.

    The year 1968 was the last time a sitting U.S. president (like Mr. Obama, a Democrat) was denied re-nomination for a second term by a member of his own party. But it was not the only time.

    The previous occasion was in 1952 — also in the midst of a long, unpopular war, this one in Korea — when President Harry Truman dropped out after Senator Estes Kefauver won the New Hampshire primary. The Democrats ultimately nominated Adlai Stevenson. He then lost to Dwight Eisenhower.

    So, it’s worth underlining that, in both cases, the successful challenger did not go on to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. And, furthermore, in both cases, the Republicans ultimately won the general election.

    That basic pattern recurred in 1980.

    That spring, Senator Edward Kennedy announced a challenge to President Jimmy Carter. Vowed the born-again Southern Baptist peanut-farmer president (who was also a Sunday school teacher and a former naval officer): “I’ll whip his ass.” Carter did — and thereafter lost the presidency to Ronald Reagan.

    There are your precedents. In the last sixty years, each time there’s been a successful or serious primary challenge to a sitting Democratic president, the Democrats ended up losing the White House. In 1952 and 1968, the Democrats were out of power for eight years. After 1980, they didn’t hold the White House again for twelve years.

    Bill and Hillary know all this. They also know that, viewed from the perspective of today, 2012 doesn’t look to be a Democratic year. Yet they also know everything and everyone needed — fundraising and media sources, campaign staff, relevant phone numbers, faxes and e-mail addresses — to take the Democratic Party away from a sitting Democratic president.

    The Clinton Machine is there, like dragon’s teeth, ready to leap back to life.

    Republicans, by and large, don’t do primary challenges — at least until the Tea Party came along. The last Republican challenger to a sitting president was Ronald Reagan, against President Gerald Ford in 1976. He failed. But then, as on the Democratic side, Ford then lost the general election to Jimmy Carter.

    So, is this history relevant or is it merely an instance of the analytical fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc?

    That’s what Mrs. Clinton and the Clinton Machine have to think about. So, granted that Mrs. Clinton has been handed by Fate (or Fortuna) the opportunity of her career. Granted that the Democratic dynasties which in 2008 backed Obama (the Daleys and the Kennedys) over the dynasty of the Clintons to succeed the Republican dynasty of the Bushes are now out of power. Granted that Governor Jerry Brown in California is still a flake.

    But:

    is the Democratic nomination in 2012 a prize worth seizing? Or is it a poisoned chalice?
    Such is the decision confronting Mrs. Clinton and her advisors.

  • moononpluto

    as noted on last thread, chuck Paul Ryan in, many rumours around before the debate yesterday he has reconsidered and is considering chucking his hat in the race.

  • moononpluto

    Postal Service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan

    SEATTLE — The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.

    The layoffs would be achieved in part by breaking labor agreements, a proposal that drew swift fire from postal unions. The plan would require congressional approval but, if successful, could be precedent-setting, with possible ripple effects throughout government. It would also deliver a major blow to the nation’s labor movement.

    In a notice informing employees of its proposals — with the headline “Financial crisis calls for significant actions” — the Postal Service said, “We will be insolvent next month due to significant declines in mail volume and retiree health benefit pre-funding costs imposed by Congress.”

    During the past four years, the service lost $20 billion, including $8.5 billion in fiscal 2010. Over that period, mail volume dropped by 20 percent.

    The USPS plan is described in two draft documents obtained by The Washington Post. A “Workforce Optimization” paper acknowledges its “extraordinary request” to break its labor contracts.

    “However, exceptional circumstances require exceptional remedies,” the document says.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/usps-proposes-cutting-120000-jobs-pulling-out-of-health-care-plan/2011/08/11/gIQAZxIM9I_print.html

    ……………..

    Obama working for you again……..not.

  • jeswezey

    The above analysis does not, however, recall the case of Rockefeller in 1968 (and remember that the 21-year-old Hillary Rodham was a Rockefeller Republican at the time). From Wikipedia:

    “Rather than formally announce his candidacy and enter the state primaries, Rockefeller spent the first half of 1968 alternating between hints that he would run [I remember he once said he would 'accept a draft'], and pronouncements that he would not be a candidate. Shortly before the Republican convention, Rockefeller finally let it be known that he was available to be the nominee, and he sought to round up uncommitted delegates and woo reluctant Nixon delegates to his banner, armed with public opinion polls that showed him doing better among voters than either Nixon or Reagan against Democrat Hubert Humphrey.”
    ****

    The favorable opinion polls put HRC in a similar position, and it is just possible that there will be many uncommitted delegates – and superdelegates – at the 2012 D convention. If there are additionally some committed HRC delegates from a write-in campaign, as was the case with Henry Cabot Lodge in NH in 1964 (beating Rockefeller with write-ins at that time), then it is within reach of the possible that the decision against Waffles may be made as late as the D convention 2012.

    And of course, while Rockefeller won neither the presidency nor the nomination, the victor Nixon did.

    Neither Nixon nor his opponent Humphrey were incumbent presidents, but both carried a lot of baggage as VPs. I remember weighing both candidates according to their records, and voted for Humphrey because of his longstanding liberalism on race issues. I did have misgivings, as did most of the country as it turned out, about Humphrey’s attachment to LBJ and thus the Vietnam war.

    If HRC were to become the D nominee by the Rockefeller-style draft process I describe above, the country would be faced with a choice between non-incumbents and the race would be wide open. HRC would have to extricate herself from the downside of Waffles, but it shouldn’t be so hard to do so. “Everyone” knows now that she would have been a better president than Waffles, she would just have to show it again on the campaign trail. I think from D convention to Nov 6 would be a downhill race for her.

  • moononpluto

    Oh this is just lush…..

    Washington Post Poll Says 70% of Americans Believe Obama has ‘Failed’ (actually it’s 77%)

    A new Washington Post poll finds, among other things, that a full 70 percent of Americans either believe Barack Obama has “tried but failed” to solve “the major problems facing the country” or has actually “made problems worse.”

    Yet in analyzing the polling data, Post staffers Jon Cohen and Dan Balz buried bad news for the president deep in their page A1 August 11 article.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2011/08/11/washpost-notes-voter-discontent-washington-fails-focus-70-believing-ob

    ……………….

    by the way, go to the poll link and look at Q16, 2012 : will you vote for Obama………definitely 20%, considering 33%, Definitely not 46%. So according to this Obama would have a steep steep hill to climb and this was on a split of 32% DEm, 25% Rep and 37% Ind and this poll had a 7% Dem bias……..he’s toast.

  • jeswezey

    “Hillary Clinton sees soft landing for Europe’s debt crisis
    Thursday, 11 Aug 2011

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she believes steps would be taken to allow a “soft landing” for the European debt crisis, according to an interview by the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

    “I believe that we’ll see actions taken that will provide the so-called soft landing that you’re talking about,” Clinton said, according to a CBS excerpt in which she was asked how confident she was that European nations would achieve a soft landing for the debt crisis and avoid wrecking the U.S. economy.”
    **********

    Soft landing for Europe = slow-motion sinking for the US.

  • gmanedit

    Marco Rubio is not a natural born citizen (http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/senator-marco-rubios-lack-of-natural-born-citizenship-update-27-may-2011-see-pdf-copy-of-the-sep-1975-petition-for-naturalization-for-mario-rubio-father-of-senator-marco-rubio-who-was-born-in-may/), which once was thought to be a Constitutional imperative for eligibility. It will be interesting to see if this matters any longer.

  • Carol

    I agree Admin. I certainly hope none of the R s in the debate become the nominee. They were a scary and pathetic bunch……just as bad as the dims. They are all passionately committed to their conservative talking points. I believe the solutions to our problems involve some ideas from the left and some from the right. No candidate out there represents what the majority of Americans want in a leader. I hope one emerges soon.

    As for Hillary, I believe if she runs she will win. When you look at candidates in previous elections, the circumstances do not match where Hillary is right now.

  • moononpluto

    hmmm, lowest strong approve ever……

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 20% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).

    The president earns approval from 85% of Liberal Democrats but just 67% of Conservative Democrats. While younger Democrats still support the president, their enthusiasm for him is lower than any other age group.

    Near the end of a volatile week on Wall Street, investor confidence has fallen to a two-year low, consumer confidence is just above the lowest levels of the past two years, and confidence in the stability of the U.S. banking system is the lowest ever recorded.

    Fifty-nine percent (59%) now want U.S. troops home from Afghanistan within a year. That’s up from 51% just a few months ago. Notably, 43% of Republicans now support this view while only 42% oppose a firm timetable.

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update ). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook.

    Overall, 43% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. That’s the lowest total approval for the president in five months. Fifty-five percent (55%) at least somewhat disapprove.

  • henry

    More of barkies clueless ramblings but the comments gave me a smile.
    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-something-wrong-countrys-politics-194019280.html

  • SHV

    “hmmm, lowest strong approve ever…”
    *****
    Beat me to it..

    -22 for 2 days in a row is new, historic record. Barry had one -22 in 2010. As you pointed out the significant number is the slow erosion of “strong approval”. Some hardcore Obots have undergone painful Hopium detox therapy.

    Steve

  • Mormaer

    My postman just told me that the massive downsizing of the postal workforce and plans to take the US Postal service out of federal employee health insurance plans is Obama’s first phase of doing away with the best insurance plans in the country. He is adamant that everyone in the country will be impoverished with crushing premiums for little health coverage. He thinks they have been working on it for a couple of years.

  • votermom

    There is a really interesting prediction by one of the commenters on c4p. It’s long but the gist of it is that the nomination will go this way: Bachman & Pawlenty are going to kill each otehr trying to win Iowa, and whoever wins will be damaged, so Romney expects to sit back and focus on the primaries after Iowa & emerge as Kerry in 2004.
    But then Palin a couple months ago started mentioning Rick Perry glowingly, almost inviting him to run and raising his profile. So Perry gets in and immediately it becomes Perry vs Romney. Then Palin gets in and neither Perry nor Romney can risk alienating her supporters by attacking her – they’ll think she can only get a minority of delegates, drop out, and endorse one of them, so they’ll treat her with kid gloves. So basically Palin is setting up Perry to split the AnyoneButPalin vote with Romney for her to win.
    The full comment is here
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/08/my-ridiculous-summary-of-the-fox-news-gop-debate-from-iowa.html#comment-284491261

  • votermom

    And… are we the only ones who noticed that Marco Rubio has opened up a political action committee called “Reclaim America”?

    Very interesting. A page out of Palin’s SarahPac. Sounds like Rubio is showing his clout and auditioning for VP.

  • turndownobama

    And the truth is, reviewing the last 60 years of American political history, it would be an anomaly if President Barack Obama did not face a serious primary challenge within his own party.

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

    If so, I hope the outcome will also be an anomaly, since in the past this has led to defeat of the challenger in August and the party in November.

  • votermom

    I think the Dem nom is a poisoned chalice at this point.

  • NewMexicoFan

    HRC will not challenge O in the Primary for the purpose that she want to become President, and leader of the Democractic Party. She will only enter the race if she is afraid that the country and people that she so loves will be irreputable damage by his continuation as President. This will only happen if there are still people in the Democractic party that can stand up and make it happen.

    It is amazing at how many hockey pucks out there that think they can run the country. HRC is the only one that has proven that she can run the country.

  • SHV

    “He is adamant that everyone in the country will be impoverished with crushing premiums for little health coverage.”
    ********
    He is absolutely correct. That is one of the cruel jokes about Obamacare…even in the most optimistic scenario when/if subsidies “kick-in” the premiums are still unaffordable even for a low risk individual; add a pre-existing when the insurance company can increase premiums 300%, then it’s hopeless.

    The real disaster will be when Medicare is gutted. The Ryan plan of vouchers is a joke. As a group, the over 65 y/o is the highest risk category. If this group is added to the insurance pool, premiums go up for everyone and the chances of an over 65 y/o being able to afford health insurance is close to zero.

    The bottom line is that with “modern” medical care, funding using an “insurance” approach just doesn’t work. Unlike Obama’s moronic analogy of health insurance and car insurance, most people won’t have car accidents but close to 100% of people will need health care.

  • holdthemaccountable

    …The Obama Democrats see a society in which ordinary people cannot fend for themselves, where they need to have their incomes supplemented, their health care insurance regulated and guaranteed, their relationships with their employers governed by union leaders. Highly educated mandarins can make better decisions for them than they can make themselves. That is the culture of dependence.

    Please note author and date:
    Tea Partiers Fight Obama’s Culture of Dependence
    A Commentary By Michael Barone
    Monday, April 19, 2010
    …The tea partiers see things differently. They’re not looking for lower taxes — half of tea party supporters, a New York Times survey found, think their taxes are fair. Nor are they financially secure — half say someone in their household may lose their job in the next year. Two-thirds say the recession has caused some hardship in their lives.

    But they recognize, correctly, that the Obama Democrats are trying to permanently enlarge government and increase citizens’ dependence on it. And, invoking the language of the Founding Fathers, they believe that this will destroy the culture of independence which has enabled Americans over the past two centuries to make this the most productive and prosperous — and the most charitably generous — nation in the world….
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_michael_barone/tea_partiers_fight_obama_s_culture_of_dependence

  • holdthemaccountable

    oh, I messed that comment up badly :( To undo the misplacement, visually move the first paragraph to just below the date.

  • moononpluto

    Well it must be really bad in those internals…Obama goes negative in NEW YORK with Quinnipiac…the trifecta.

    Perhaps nothing sums up the precariousness of President Obama’s reelection chances better than a Quinnipiac Poll released on Thursday morning. In “the most heavily Democratic large state” (in the estimation of National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics), 49 percent of voters disapprove of the job the president is doing, while only 45 percent approve–the first time that Obama has received a negative score in New York, according to Quinnipiac.

    Voters split 48 percent to 46 percent over whether he deserves reelection. This in a state that Obama won with 63 percent of the vote three years ago. Still, he has managed to hold onto a lead over a generic Republican, with 49 percent saying they would vote for him to 34 percent for the GOP candidate.

    “The debt-ceiling hullaballoo devastated President Barack Obama’s numbers even in true-blue New York,” said Quinnipiac Poll Director Maurice Carroll.

    The poll clearly reflected the toll that the summerlong debate on the debt ceiling took on the president’s popularity. The high disapproval rate represented a huge drop from his June 29 approval rating of 57 percent, compared with 38 percent disapproval. Disapproval rose among all three party identifications: Democrats (a 7-point increase), Republicans (a 12-point increase), and independents (a 9-point increase).

    The poll of 1,640 registered voters contacted by land line and cell phone was taken between August 3 and 8; it has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

    http://nationaljournal.com/politics/obama-lands-first-negative-approval-score-in-new-york-in-quinnipiac-poll-20110812

    ………………………..

    If ZERO is doing this bad in New York Imagine what MI, flor, Ohio, PA……….

  • JanH

    As Mrs. Smith and a few others have said in the past, I fully believe that Hillary will not step forth as a candidate for 2012 or even 2016 unless the party goes to her first and begs her to enter the race as their “chosen one.”

    Anything less than that would simply be a repeat of 2008 where the party stabbed her in the back over and over again.

  • ABM90

    Hillary is getting closer to giving BO the Bums Rush

    National Defense University, CNN to Host “Clinton-Panetta Conversation”

    Notice to the Press
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC

    August 12, 2011

    On Tuesday, August 16, the National Defense University and CNN will host a conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
    The conversation will take place at the National Defense University’s Abraham Lincoln Hall in Washington, DC at approximately 10:15 a.m.
    CNN will provide live pool coverage feed. Please contact Lindy.royce@turner.com at CNN for more information. The event will be streamed live on http://www.state.gov and http://www.defense.gov.
    The event will be open to credentialed journalists and still photographers, and will be coverage only. Media must RSVP to Shelley.Su@ndu.edu or 202-685-2344. Please provide: full name, affiliation, e-mail address, phone number, and vehicle year, color, make, license plate number.
    Pre-set time for still photographers: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Final access time for journalists: 9:00 a.m.
    Media in cars should enter the gate on 2nd Street S.W. to allow time for a vehicle security search. Media on foot should enter at 4th and P Street S.W.
    National Defense University
    Abraham Lincoln Hall Auditorium
    Fort McNair
    4th Street and P Street, SW
    Washington, DC
    The National Defense University (NDU) is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The University’s main campus is on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC. For more information on NDU, click here.
    PRESS CONTACTS:

  • SHV

    Interesting short piece on the financial linkage between US/World and China…basically it’s a situation of “mutually assured economic destruction”.

    “China unable to rescue global economy
    By John Chan
    12 August 2011

    Amid new financial instability rocking the world’s stock markets, the question has arisen as to whether China could contribute to world economic growth with another massive stimulus package as it did in 2008.

    The Chinese regime reacted in panic to the “financial tsunami” that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, with a four trillion yuan ($US590 billion) stimulus package. Fearing social upheavals, Beijing then watched in horror as 20 million jobs were destroyed and 67,000 small and medium enterprises were shut, mainly in the export sector. It frantically expanded the stimulus package with a flood of bank lending to the tune of $2.7 trillion in 2009 and 2010.

    With this huge credit injection, China maintained growth rates at 9-10 percent for the past two years and helped sustain commodity-based economies like Australia and Brazil, as well as Japan, South Korea and South East Asian countries that have become suppliers of components and capital goods to China. Germany’s machine tool industry boomed as a result of rising orders from China. Even US exports to China rose rapidly.
    (snip)

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/chin-a12.shtml

  • nomobama

    My big hope is that if Sarah Palin decides to enter this race, that she and Michele Bachmann do not go for each other’s throats. I wonder what type of interaction will play out between the two? Maybe Sarah is waiting for some of these people to eventually drop out so that she does not even have to deal with them at all.

  • Mrs. Smith

    jeswezey
    August 12th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    “If HRC were to become the D nominee by the Rockefeller-style draft process I describe above, the country would be faced with a choice between non-incumbents and the race would be wide open. HRC would have to extricate herself from the downside of Waffles, but it shouldn’t be so hard to do so. “Everyone” knows now that she would have been a better president than Waffles, she would just have to show it again on the campaign trail. I think from D convention to Nov 6 would be a downhill race for her.”
    _________________________

    The August Convention would be the right time to Nov 6th. The beauty of this is she doesn’t have to commit until August 12′ just make appearances (get some rest) and get in some family time… and loads of photo-ops.. (no – primarys)

    RUN – HILLARY – RUN ! Rockerfeller Style!
    _______________________

    “Without question, the Goddess of History has presented Mrs. Clinton with the perfect excuse to challenge Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president. ”
    ____________________

    agreed
    __________________

    “Think of it: a resignation as secretary of state on grounds of high principle (something new to the Obamas) and a vigorous denunciation of Mr. Obama’s demonstrated failures of leadership, all presented as being sorrowfully undertaken (Bill will bite his lip here) in the best interests of the American people.”

    Perfect- Obama’s record is providing the perfect campaign theme.

    HARD WORK and RESULTS over hopeless & unchanging. CLINTON 2012
    _______________

    “Truly, truly, such an opportunity will not come again.”

    It’s NOW or NEVER TIME ! RUN – HILLARY- RUN !
    _____________

    “Is the Democratic nomination in 2012 a prize worth seizing? Or is it a poisoned chalice?”

    The president is poison NOT the presidency itself.. RUN – HILLARY – RUN !
    __________

    “Such is the decision confronting Mrs. Clinton and her advisors.”

    As her one of many Pink advisors: RUN – HILLARY – RUN!
    _________________________________

    Favorite quote from the article:

    “The Clinton Machine is there, like dragon’s teeth, ready to leap back to life.”

    Well, wake that dragon up! We’ve got work to do! RUN -HILLARY -RUN !

  • moononpluto

    haha

    FLASH: Appeals court rules that Obama’s healthcare law’s individual mandate to own health insurance unconstitutional

  • ohanson

    gmanedit
    August 12th, 2011 at 6:12 am
    ——————————

    The long link no workie. This link will work:
    http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/senator-marco-rubios-lack-of-natural-born-citizenship

  • nomobama

    moononpluto
    August 12th, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    =============================

    Good. I have no intention of buying insurance that I do not want. Throw me in jail. The cost of my keep will only make the debt crisis worse.

  • rgb44hrc

    SUCKTASTIC

    Disapproval over 50%, -7.1% on RCP

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

    RCP Avg 43.3 50.4 -7.1
    Gallup 41 51 -10
    Rasmuss 43 56 -13
    Wash Po 44 46 -2
    FOX 42 48 -6
    Reuters 45 52 -7
    CNN/O 44 54 -10
    McClatc 44 46 -2

  • moononpluto

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-usa-healthcare-idUSTRE77B4J320110812

    An appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.

    The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

    The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.

  • votermom

    moon, bambi’s photo on that page is priceless!
    ANd YEAH! in your face, obots & “serious” msm peeps who derided us as ignorant when we said the mandate was unconstitutional.

  • JanH

    Clinton: Somalia to Receive Millions for Famine Relief

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.
    ___________

    So, the Constitutional professor needs to go to Summer School because of the “D” failing grade received by the court in “Mandates, Free Choice and Rules of Commerce”, instead of a 2 wk vacation… Cancel luxury vacation in Martha’s Vineyard!

  • JanH

    2011 Walden University Graduation Commencement Speaker President Clinton

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    August 12th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    You have it exactly right, Jan- According to the Rockefeller Plan, millions of signatures will have to be gathered instead of having to go through Primaries and Caucuses..and then submit the verified signatures to the Nom Committee and they will have to “ask” Hillary if she will accept the democratic nomination.

    The signatures signify “THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE”..

    Hillary can run as the ‘People’s President’…something Obama is unfamilar with!

  • jbstonesfan

    Disapproval over 50%, -7.1% on RCP

    =================
    Great news but truthfully, it was anembarrassment watching those clowns last night. I thought only Newt and Romney sounded intelligent.

  • JanH

    jbstonesfan,

    Intelligence…yes. Personality…zilch…believability…zilch especially with Newt and his history of performance.

  • jbstonesfan

    Well, he mentioned Clinton and 4.2% unemployemnt…..brought back good memories.

  • JanH

    Well, he mentioned Clinton and 4.2% unemployemnt…..brought back good memories.

    ————–

    Very true. Sigh…none of them are larger than life and none of them have the acumen of a Clinton.

    Wishful thinking I guess that someone will rise from the ashes of either party and really make a difference.

  • Southern Born

    Is anyone else sick of hearing IOWA this or IOWA that, IOWA Straw Poll tomorrow….IOWA Straw Poll.

    Why would anyone put any credence in what Iowa thinks. After all they are the ones who gave us Barack Obama in 2007. And look how their judgement turned out.

  • BASIL99

    Southern Born,

    I have always wondered WTF Iowa gets so much attention. New Hampshire, too, for that matter.

  • henry

    Read an article this morning on yahoo about teh one griping and fundraising and the comments were all anti-bambi. I was wondering where the paid posters might be– found them— guess they were all on standby waiting for the press to announce the arrival of Governor Palin in Iowa. I hope those kids are paid well and get decent insurance because cutting and pasting must be exhausting. Same thing every time.

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton supporters: Donate $20.12 for 2012 challenge

    Supporters of Hillary Clinton are encouraging fellow fans to donate $20.12 Friday to signify support for a primary challenge to President Barack Obama in 2012.

    Clinton narrowly lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in 2008, and embittered supporters have plotted a comeback ever since.

    Recently, several Democrats have murmured regret about the nomination of Obama over Clinton, who they believe would have been a more strident proponent of Democratic policies. (RELATED: Gravel names his price: $1 million to challenge Obama)

    A Facebook page encouraging donations to Clinton directs supporters to the secretary of state’s former campaign website. The website states that donations will help pay off Clinton’s 2008 campaign debt.

    The largest Facebook group encouraging a second Clinton candidacy — “Hillary Clinton for 2012!!!” — currently has over 1,400 members.

    Clinton has said that she will not run for president in 2012. She also announced this year that she will not serve as secretary of state if Obama wins a second term.

    http://news.yahoo.com/hillary-clinton-supporters-donate-20-12-2012-challenge-165028004.html;_ylt=Avo18zk2Zv3V_kXOnIGaGO0WP5Z4

  • JanH

    Clinton: ‘We’re Going To Weather This Crisis’

    8/12/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has expressed confidence that the United States will weather the current debt crisis.

    She was responding to a question during an interview on Thursday about the United States’ confidence level at a time the stock market is terribly worried about Europe.

    “I’m confident that we’re going to weather this crisis, and not just our own country, because I think that we have very strong reasons to be confident, but I think also, our partners around the world, most particularly in Europe,” she told CBS Evening News.

    “That doesn’t mean we can be complacent, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to take care of itself. It requires concerted action by governments and by businesses in order to reclaim the lost ground and get growth going again, because ultimately, it is about jobs for people. It’s about people feeling that they have a stake in their own future,” she added.

    Clinton stressed the need for the U.S. and European governments “to pay more attention to how we’re going to create jobs in the so-called developed world that are going to be available for the vast majority of middle-income and lower-income men and women, who are being basically marginalized in the way the global economy is growing.”

    To another question, Clinton said she believes that “we’ll see actions taken that will provide a soft landing for the debt crisis that European nations face, which doesn’t wreck the U.S. economy.”

    http://www.rttnews.com/Content/TopStories.aspx?Id=1690971

  • rgb44hrc

    JanH
    August 12th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Clinton: ‘We’re Going To Weather This Crisis’

    8/12/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has expressed confidence that the United States will weather the current debt crisis.

    She was responding to a question during an interview on Thursday about the United States’ confidence level at a time the stock market is terribly worried about Europe.

    “I’m confident that we’re going to weather this crisis, and not just our own country, because I think that we have very strong reasons to be confident, but I think also, our partners around the world, most particularly in Europe,” she told CBS Evening News.

    “That doesn’t mean we can be complacent, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to take care of itself. It requires concerted action by governments and by businesses in order to reclaim the lost ground and get growth going again, because ultimately, it is about jobs for people. It’s about people feeling that they have a stake in their own future,” she added.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Well-chosen, even-keel words from a real leader. She instills confidence by balancing a) “reality sandwich, tough-love” aspect with the b) “we’re going to get through this…”, because she can lay out the specifics of what is wrong in (a) and what needs to be done for (b).

    Obama tries the same balancing act, but since he never bothered to learn anything as the Most Intellectual Person to Ever Inhabit Earth, he is a poor imitation of the real deal. He’s lazy, and that results in “stupid”.

    She has worked her ass off for the longest time, studying hard, and it pays off.

  • NewMexicoFan

    JanH
    August 12th, 2011 at 10:22 pm
    Hillary Clinton supporters: Donate $20.12 for 2012 challenge

    =================
    I made my contribution.

  • ohanson

    Hillary cannot be unaware of this, or of the principles involved.

    During a visit today to Russia’s Far East, Russian Federal Space Agency head, Vladimir Popovkin, reaffirmed that the government is ready to start construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome this month. The construction, over the next five years, is budgeted at about $8.4 billion. Unlike Cape Canaveral, Kazakstan’s Baikonur, or any of the other world launch complexes, Vostochny will be a new science city, with research centers, an academy for young scientists, an astronaut training center, and space manufacturing facilities. It is estimated that about 30,000 workers will be involved in creating the facilities.

    The LaRouche movement’s Schiller Institute conference in Kiedrich in 2007, “The Eurasian Land-Bridge Becomes a Reality,” featured a presentation on the future Cosmodrome Vostochny, which was then just an idea to transform the small military Cosmodrov Svobodny, being mothballed at the time. Leaders of the Institute for Demography, Migration, and Regoinal Development, one of the key groups that pushed for the Far East cosmodrome idea, outlined it as a “Space Industry Cluster in Russia’s Amur Region.” Explicitly incorporating the LaRouche Land-Bridge concept of corridors of dense development, the draft plan included a productive high-tech industry corridor from Uglegorsk (the town near the cosmodrome) to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the terminus of the Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad; it would be key to repopulating Siberia and the Russian Far East.

    The top-level decision to go ahead with Cosmodrome Vostochny was taken by then-President Vladimir Putin, who has continued to push the project as Prime Minister, in the face of budget-cutting pressures during the past three years.

    While the Roscosmos head was outlining the ambitious plans for the Russian space program, Barack Obama was visiting yet another battery manufacturing plant, bragging that 150 (!) green jobs, in Depression-wracked Michigan, had been created there.

  • NewMexicoFan

    If she decides to run, and if she does, she will win, there will be a big boost by the business community. They will have confidence in the fact that she will have a plan, and she will listen to their input. Therefore, they will have confidence in the government again, and we will begin to see a stable recovery. How quickly, only time will tell. However, if she does not run, it is going to be a flat 4 years under O, and like I have said before, I am not sure if we can survive that.

  • ohanson

    Obama Intends to Kill U.S. Science

    If the Congress does not approve the $1.5 trillion in additional cuts submitted by the unconstitutional “Super Congress” by Christmas, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds medical research, and the National Science Foundation, which funds basic science, and the Department of Energy, which runs the national laboratories in the U.S., will be gutted.

    Even the proponents of the cuts admit that these are the most destructive cuts imaginable. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) told Bloomberg, “The automatic cuts were intentionally designed to be so large, so unimaginable, so irresponsible, that Congress would be incented to approve the select committee recommendations.” By plan, these cuts will not take effect until 2013, allowing Obama and his Congressional accomplices to to evade them as a 2012 election issue.

    The NIH budget would be cut by nearly 8%, the largest in the agency’s history—eight times the $317 million cut this year. The NIH supports 325,000 scientists, who carry out clinical trials for cancer research, among other projects. Big cuts would mean money would go to older “proven” scientists rather than young scientists, and if there is less money, everyone would opt for more conservative, plodding research. Public sector researchers get about 70% of their funding from the NIH. NIH funding cuts would mean new and old studies and trials to prevent Alzheimer’s would be halted.

    The National Science Foundation cuts include many next-generation physics projects, according to the American Physical Society. These include the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope); participation in ITER, an international collaboration to build the world’s largest fusion reactor; and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

    The long arc of killing U.S. science, and the American population’s love for it, that began with President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, has now put what remains of U.S. government science support on the chopping block, unless Nerobama is driven from the Presidency now.

  • turndownobama

    I fully believe that Hillary will not step forth as a candidate for 2012 or even 2016 unless the party goes to her first and begs her to enter the race as their “chosen one.”

    Anything less than that would simply be a repeat of 2008 where the party stabbed her in the back over and over again.

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

    I agree. Imo she will keep the SOS job till the last minute, ie until drafted.

    (Of course Bill and others can be lining up support behind the scenes, go!)

  • turndownobama

    she doesn’t have to commit until August 12′ just make appearances (get some rest) and get in some family time… and loads of photo-ops.. (no – primarys)

    RUN – HILLARY – RUN ! Rockerfeller Style!

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

    Yes! But the rest of the article you quote seems to be urging her to resign NOW. I think your idea is better: as I said above, keeping her SOS job till the last minute.

  • turndownobama

    Hillary Clinton supporters: Donate $20.12 for 2012 challenge

    =================
    I made my contribution.

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

    Good for you! What’s the link for donating?

  • Tony Stark

    ““The Clinton Machine is there, like dragon’s teeth, ready to leap back to life.””

    The only way Hillary can be persuaded to run in 2012 is if the Obama administration is engulfed in a scandal as big as Watergate before this year ends that the DNC will turn to her in desperation to try to save any chances of keeping the White House in 2012. Hopefully Rep. Issa’s investigation of the Gunrunner fiasco will go all the way to implicate AG Eric Holder and take down his boss as well.

  • Southern Born

    It would be WONDERFUL if Issa’s investigation would finally get legs but as with anything else involving Obama, he’s been protected all his life and probably will continue to be.

    Honestly, I think Obama could have sex with members of the sports teams he entertains so often at the WH right out on the White House lawn and the media would say, “Well boys will be boys, there’s nothing to see here folks, move along.”

  • henry

    Ever heard the term collective narcissism?
    I am blind drunk and spent the evening chatting with a Phd MD guy who referred to the mindset of elites as such. He claimed it gives fascism and Naziism a good name. along the lines of if you reflect me you are brilliant and if you do not you are to be pitied for not grasping the genius of me which is right in front of you.
    Way drunk but asked him isn’t that a cult? He said yes and that is Hollywood. Went on a tirade about the mythology of Tinsel town giving as he sees 99% as promotion. Went through the roof about Iman and Bono. Said the two could give a quarter of a million dollars each in aid tomorrow and still be rich fucks but instead they cry out to Americans and bombard us with photos of strife.
    Do mot have the stats but he claims more money flows into Somalia from private US citizens than from anywhere else. And he asserts that the donations made are all sold at a profit.
    Wicked smart guy and I don’t know how much I agree with him but he says give zip to anything and have the UN go in militarily and provide food and water and shoot on site anyone and everyone trying to make a buck or curry political favor by stealing water from a child.

  • holdthemaccountable

    h/t to the organization known as Patriot Update:

    Published: 12:29 AM 08/12/2011 | Updated: 2:47 PM 08/12/2011
    Hill Staffers | Maui Taxpayer Trip | Senate Committee Hearing | The Daily Caller
    Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday. The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for August 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.” Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told The DC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui.
    snip
    A committee staffer told The DC that the reason the hearing will be in Maui is “mostly because it’s his [committee chairman Sen. Daniel Akaka’s] home state.” It’s unclear if the field hearing will focus on any issues relating at all to Hawaii, or if the reasoning for scheduling the trip there is only because Akaka will already be in Hawaii during the congressional recess. The staffer said Akaka is the only senator who will attend. The Democratic committee staffers used taxpayer funding to travel to Hawaii a full week before their committee’s hearing date. When TheDC called the committee’s Washington, D.C., office Thursday afternoon, a different staffer who answered the phone said all the committee’s communications staffers are already in Maui. It’s unclear if other committee employees, in addition to communications staff, are also in Maui.

    It’s standard practice for taxpayers to cover travel expenses for congressional committee staffers, but there’s no way to know at this point how much the trip will cost, unless staffers offer up the information. Committee staff declined to answer specific questions about why the field hearing was scheduled in Maui, nor would they say how many of their colleagues were there, on their way there, or scheduled to travel there. They deferred all questions to the committee’s press staff, which is already, in its entirety, in Maui. No one among the press staff in Maui has returned the The DC’s phone calls for comment.
    http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/12/democratic-hill-staffers-head-to-maui-on-taxpayers-dime-for-senate-indian-affairs-committee-field-hearing/

  • moononpluto

    This ought to be a laugh.

    Building Trades Unions to Boycott 2012 DNC Convention

    When the Democratic National Committee chose Charlotte, North Carolina as the site for its 2012 DNC Convention, some union bosses’ eyebrows were raised (as well were those on the extreme Left) with the DNC’s decision to go union-free. While the underlying issue of the Charlotte choice may be a union rift playing out between AFL-CIO unions and the C2W union because Charlotte is becoming a big pain in the ass donkey for Democrats.

    Now, it seems the AFL-CIO’s Building & Construction Trades Division, which comprises the majority of construction trades unions and their 2.5 million members, will be sitting out of the union-free convention.

    About a dozen trade unions plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they’re angry that it’s being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven’t done enough to create jobs.

    The move could pose a larger problem for President Barack Obama next year if an increasingly dispirited base of labor activists becomes so discouraged that it doesn’t get the rank-and-file to the polls in the usual strong numbers.

    The unions — all part of the AFL-CIO’s building and construction trades unit — told party officials this week they are gravely disappointed that labor was not consulted before Democrats settled on Charlotte, N.C., where there are no unionized hotels.

    “We find it troubling that the party so closely associated with basic human rights would choose a state with the lowest unionization rate in the country due to regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers,” Mark Ayers, president of the building trades unit, wrote in a letter to Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    While Charlotte was picked over six months ago and the unions waited so long to decide to boycott—which leads one to believe there may be some other reason than the one cited by Ayers—the DNC really, really blew it when they didn’t check with their corporate union sponsors before deciding on Charlotte.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Former Marine to receive Medal of Honor for controversial 2009 battle

    WASHINGTON — A Marine who braved intense enemy gunfire in Afghanistan to recover the bodies of four fallen comrades will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism, defense officials said Wednesday.

    Dakota Meyer, who left the service last year, will be the third living recipient of the award for actions in Afghanistan and the tenth man recognized for exceptional bravery in the current wars. He’ll also be the first living Marine to receive the honor since the Vietnam War.

    The 22-year-old’s heroics came while serving with an embedded training team from the III Marine Expeditionary Force out of Okinawa, Japan. In September 2009, his team was ambushed in the controversial battle of Ganjgal, which claimed the lives of five Marines and nine Afghan allies.

    A Defense Department investigation released five months later said that negligent leadership and a command refusal for artillery support directly contributed to the deaths of Meyer’s fellow fighters, and reprimanded three Army officers.

    Last month, two other Marines from that fight — Capt. Ademola Fabayo and Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez — received the Navy Cross for their heroics evacuating wounded comrades and repelling the enemy ambush.

    But Corps officials said Meyer’s heroics went even further. He was wounded by shrapnel early in the battle, but when his unit lost contact with three Marines and a Navy corpsman pinned down by enemy fire, Meyer fought his way down a mountainside alone to their position.

    When he [Meyer] found them all dead and in danger of being claimed as trophies by enemy fighters, he evacuated their bodies with the help of Afghan troops.

    Just a few days after the attack, an angry Meyer told a reporter from McClatchy News Service that the off-site commanders’ decisions not to order artillery support “basically screwed our guys over. They expect us to bring stuff to the fight, and [the commanders] didn’t give it to us.”

    And in an interview with the Military Times late last year, Meyer said he felt praise for his heroics that day was unwarranted. “I feel like I let my guys down, because I didn’t bring them home alive,” he said.

    Meyer left the Marine Corps last summer as a sergeant. He could not be reached for comment.

    Meyer had been rumored to be on the military’s short list for the Medal of Honor since last fall. After years without any living medal recipients for the current wars, the White House has already awarded two living recipients with the highest military honor since last fall: former Army Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, and Army Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry.

    http://www.stripes.com/news/former-marine-to-receive-medal-of-honor-for-controversial-2009-battle-1.149651?localLinksEnabled=false

    poster’s stirring comment:

    “Dakota is a true Hero. Even the Helicopter pilots could not retrieve the bodies of the Marines due to the fierce enemy fire but Dakota is a “brave” Marine who loved and cared for his fellow Marines so much that he risked his own life not only once but 5 times to recover the fallen Marines. How would I know? Because the body of the Navy Corpsman that he risked his life to recover was my son, HM3 James Ray “Doc” Layton.

    Dakota brought my son, Aaron, Mike and Edwin home and allowed us to properly bury them with the honor and dignity they deserved. Dakota is a very humble man who wants no praise for himself just for his fallen brothers to be honored and remembered. I feel sorry for those who comment without knowing what happened or without knowing Dakota personally who make ignorant comments, God forbid you ever lose your brothers in battle or have to bury your own children; you will never know how it feels. Brent Layton, father of fallen hero HM3 James Ray “Doc” Layton KIA 09/08/09 Ganjgal, Afghanistan–
    Never Forget !!!!!!”

  • Mrs. Smith

    When you get a minute- Please check out the Retire Hillary’s Debt site and if you can donate $20.12 to help retire her old campaign debt from 08′-

    You can donate here:

    http://hillaryclinton.com/

  • Mrs. Smith

    Admin-

    I have a post in the spam filter- regarding a Marine set to receive the Medal of Honor. Could you please retrieve it and post it… thanks..

  • JanH

    Panetta, Clinton joining forces as cuts loom

    By Kevin Baron
    August 12, 2011

    WASHINGTON – Continuing a string of joint appearances by President Barack Obama’s military and diplomatic chiefs, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will take the stage with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton next week for a televised conversation with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the State Department announced Friday.

    Just a few years ago, it was held as truth that secretaries of defense and state kept a distance between the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom, fought for resources and White House attention, and ran the military separate and unequal to diplomacy and development. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in his final speech at the Pentagon on the day before his retirement, said, “For much of my professional life the secretaries of state and defense were barely speaking to one another.”

    But Gates said his views evolved after decades in Washington, and on the job at DOD. He held more than a dozen joint appearances with Clinton in more than two years, including their own CNN special, praising diplomats and aid workers risking their lives dangerous locations, and calling for a bigger budget for the State Department, which will take the reins from DOD in Iraq and, eventually, Afghanistan.

    Gates would warn against repeating the final scene in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which depicts penny-pinching, parochial congressmen who won’t fund Afghan schools after funding the Afghan fight against the Soviets. But the Pentagon and State Department are facing down that scene, with Congress eyeing hundreds of billions in budget cuts.

    On Tues., Aug. 16, in the 10:00 a.m. at National Defense University, look for Panetta and Clinton – old friends from before his days as her husband’s White House chief of staff – to use the CNN appearance to make their own pitch: the U.S. needs us both.

    http://www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/panetta-clinton-joining-forces-as-cuts-loom-1.151952

  • Mrs. Smith

    Chart showing History of U.S. Surplus or Deficit by Year since 1890

    www AmberPawlik.com ^ | 8/12/11 | Amber Pawlik

    This is your government. This is your government on deficit spending. Any questions?

  • NewMexicoFan

    For the fifth week in a row, a generic Republican candidate edges the president in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up.

    This quote from the Article above, was interesting.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Is George Soros losing it? Who does he think he is; George Clooney? Clooney is Hugh Hefner jr.
    __________________

    Burning Passion For George Soros May Get Two Ladies Kicked Out Of Upper East Side Building

    Yesterday we discussed George Soros’ love life. Specifically his dealings with 28 year-old Brazilian soap star Adriana Ferreyr. After 5 years of what she describes as a “serious and meaningful relationship” (while Soros’ lawyer characterized it as “on-again, off-again and non-exclusive”), Soros promised to buy her an apartment on East 85th Street. He broke things off with Ferreyr a couple days after signing the papers on the pad and then, during pillow talk during one night of “reconciliation,” he allegedly whispered to her that he’d let other woman named Tamikoa Bolton move into her “dream home.”

    Bad idea! Ferreyr let him know she was pissed, feelings she claims he responded to by attempting to choke her and flinging a lamp at her foot. Now she wants $50 million from Soros and would probably also like the bitch who stole her man to find a new place to live because quite awkwardly, Ferreyr and Bolton are now both living in the building, Bolton in 7C, Ferreyr a few floors down (if Soros, who lives two blocks away and was apparently “furious that Ferreyr found a lease in the building,” thought he was going to be able to get rid of her so quickly, he was sorely mistaken). This has proven slightly awkward.

    Things became so testy between the rival women at 30 E. 85th St. — when the scorned Ferreyr managed to rent another apartment there — that each accused the other of harassment, according to court papers. The passive-aggressive catfight between the sultry actress and the sexy licensed pharmacist escalated to the point that Bolton began “slandering her to the board of the building, the management company, doormen and lawyers,” Ferreyr charges in her lawsuit.

    While you’d think that a grown-up soap star and sexy licensed pharmacist could put their feelings for the Hungarian hunk of man meat aside, we fear that this is only the beginning and the beginning of the end of their residency in the building.

  • moononpluto

    Perry has officially announced. Strongly suspect he’ll get the nomination.

  • moononpluto

    Obama vs an 11 year Gov with an actual record of job creation, this ought to be interesting.

  • jeswezey

    Tony Stark
    August 13

    “The only way Hillary can be persuaded to run in 2012 is if the Obama administration is engulfed in a scandal…”
    ******

    Well, let’s remember that Antoin Rezko has intimated that he’s going to start singing in September 2011. Rezko has been confined and kept from his family for 3 years now, awaiting sentencing. With 300 years of sentencing to bargain with, his best interest is to tell all he can about the filthy Chicago machine, and Waffles is mentioned about a dozen times in Rezko’s 1500-page indictment.

    With 300 years hanging over his head, Rezko knew that even the best plea bargain would land him in the cooler for 5 years counting all sentences concurrently. So he could be convinced by Waffles’ handlers to shut up and forgo sentencing long enough to secure Waffles’ election and re-election.

    But Rezko is fed up. He said so a few months ago, and he said September 2010 was his “deadline”.

    So, there’s your scandal for you. If Rezko is good on his word, things are going to change for the worse in September for the wet fart in the White House.

  • moononpluto

    I can only say, Dummies over at DU had a collective shitfit at Perry being now in the race, they are feeling very scared and threatened that the messiah is about to get horsewhipped.

  • Tony Stark

    As long as Eric Holdet is around serving as Obama’s muscle, no one will hear Rezko sing.

  • turndownobama

    Romney may be the GOP’s best bet for the GE. He’s boring, and he’s been known for a long time, and he’s boring. Anyone new, colorful, and effective can be demonized by the Obama side, and bring the Bots out to vote against her/him. With boring Romney, the Bots may stay home. Because he’s boring.

  • moononpluto

    Oh God no, Romney is just a disaster for everyone.

    Thats the worst reason for a candidate yet, because he’s boring?

  • turndownobama

    Thats the worst reason for a candidate yet, because he’s boring?

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

    Try reading my post. The Bots would be too bored to come out and vote against him. (I didn’t say he’d be a good president, or anything like that.)

  • nomobama

    From a gay perspective, George Soros is gross. Not even his money is an attraction. I’d rather be celibate than have that hobbit even look in my direction. *throw up in mouth*

  • moononpluto

    No they would’nt, Romney will have a hard time if he’s boring getting anyone to come out to vote for him.

    I’d rather have colourful fighter than some rerun of McCain.

  • turndownobama

    Obama’s fans are getting bored with him, so with boring Romney vs boring Obama, they may stay home.

    GOPs aren’t bored with Obama, they dislike him, so even if they’re bored with Romney they may still come out to vote against Obama.

  • JanH

    Well if Perry’s record is a tall tale, what does that make Obama’s?

    —————

    Obama camp blasts Perry’s record as ‘tall tale’

    By: Alexander Burns
    August 13, 2011

    The Obama campaign is out with a tough statement on Rick Perry’s campaign launch, accusing the Texas governor of telling a “tall tale” about his record on job growth and economic expansion, and previewing a line of attack on Perry’s close relationships with Texas special interests:

    “Governor Perry’s economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans. He pledged to support the cut cap and balance plan that would preserve subsidies for oil and gas companies and tax cuts for the wealthiest while ending Medicare as we know it, eroding Social Security, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs and erasing investments in education and research and development. That’s the same approach he took in Texas, where middle class families know his economic record is no miracle – it’s a tall tale. Governor Perry allowed special interests to write their own rules, hired corporate lobbyists to oversee corporations, and cut funding for programs that would create opportunity for middle class families. In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the Tea Party and failed to present any plan that will benefit the middle class or create the jobs America needs to win the future, Governor Perry offers more of the same.”

    The little scrutiny Perry has received so far has tended to focus on electability issues and his strongly conservative issue positions. Republican strategists who have watched Perry closely believe the cronyism charge may end up being his biggest liability.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61288.html

  • moononpluto

    lol, Obama has some cheek talking about anyones record.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Tony Rezko is probably waiting for a commutation of his sentence before BO leaves office, like Abramoff-

  • HillaryforTexas

    Ahem! I believe it was over 2 months ago that I first predicted a Perry/Rubio ticket for the GOP, barring Sarah getting in. I’m sticking by that.

    You know why Perry is going to win the GOP nomination, despite his faults?

    a) because he has a good record in TX on jobs and the economy, and will hammer on that. Yeah, there’s some minor issues that the opposition can nitpick at, but overall it’s good.

    b) Rick Perry is not afraid to take the smackdown to Obama. He’s aggressive. He slapped the One around more in his one announcement speech just now than the other candidates have done all year. Perry is a political knife-fighter, and could care less about being all Kumbaya. He shot a coyote and called a reporter “Mofo”. He is who he is, and doesn’t apologize or cringe for it. That is going to go over well in the current political environment. People WANT someone to go after Obama HARD.

    I could be wrong (especially if Sarah gets in, which is a game-changer), but of the GOP field right now, Perry has this in the bag.

  • BASIL99

    HillaryforTexas,

    I’m working off gut instinct but your summation sure sounds probable.

    I’m from the northeast, don’t know that much about Texas, have heard some on this blog complain about Perry but the guy has that X-Factor “something.”

    IMHO, unlike BO’s manufactured charisma (I had been around pulpit preachers for many years before BO showed his ugly mug and I spotted the same con in him I saw in all those who prey on poor communities) Perry’s seems real, authentic and quite powerful.

    Honestly, I am no fan of the evangelical side he espouses but I will take that a million times over a POTUS who continues to hold Ramadan Dinners and deify the few muslims (aside from the 19 hijackers) who died on 911 and yet doesn’t stand up and say the same and MORE about the other 2900+ Americans who perished at the hands of Jihadists.

  • BASIL99

    FASHION POLICE ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only a rugged macho type guy like Perry could pull off this outfit. Where the heck was his wife?????

    Yellow pinstripe seersucker jacket, blue shirt and BROWN TIE with some sort of squiggly circly things?

    http://www.drudgereport.com/

  • HillaryforTexas

    BASIL, I’m not a huge Perry fan, but I don’t hate him, either. And I must admit that I would LOVE to see someone on the GOP side with the gonads to take it to Obama with no apology. He’s definitely got that.

    Also people who grew up truly dirt-poor (and he did) get an extra check in my book, because I think those life lessons and practical streak stay with you, even if you are far from perfect in other areas.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Oh, and Perry just gave a 33 minute speech in plain language, with no teleprompter, that consisted of mostly punching Obama in the mouth and rhetorically asking, “Ya want some more??”

    That’s going to be very attractive to a lot of people. Like him or not, it will be fun to watch him beat up on the boob.

  • BASIL99

    HillaryforTexas,

    I agree 1,000 %.

    “Also people who grew up truly dirt-poor (and he did) get an extra check in my book, because I think those life lessons and practical streak stay with you, even if you are far from perfect in other areas.”

  • Shadowfax

    Straws pulled

    Bachmann won over Ron Paul by about 200 votes.

    Pawwwwwwwwwwwlenty got his a$$ kicked.

  • Mrs. Smith

    He’s Back: Obama Takes to the Golf Course

    by Keith Koffler on August 13, 2011

    President Obama went golfing today, heading out for the 18th time this year and for the 76th time in his presidency, but for only the first time in seven weeks, having somehow not gotten a round in FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY.

    Obama had not been golfing since going twice on the weekend of June 25, the last of an incredible 13 weekends in a row that he had made it out on the links. It seems with the debt ceiling showdown and other matters, Obama actually HAD TO WORK WEEKENDS, causing him to miss some golf.

    He will certainly make up for lost time starting Thursday, when he leaves for a ten day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. He’s out today at the Andrews Air Force Base course with one of his usual posse, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, as well as Marvin’s lucky brother Walter and someone named Grant Campbell.
    __________________

    Bonus @ link:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/

    Obama compares himself to MLK…

  • Southern Born

    I just read a comment on another blog: “Not another Texas governor! And look how that turned out. May God have mercy on us.”

  • Carol

    Here is an excerpt from a piece on Perry. I am truly nervous and quite unhappy about him being the likely nominee. He has the looks the american public seems to want and his politics scare me.
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    The rally on Saturday marked another step towards the launch of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign, giving the governor of Texas a national platform for the first time, with 250 reporters and camera crews covering it.

    More importantly, it virtually guaranteed him the support of the Christian evangelical movement, with its network of volunteers and finance, plus a large bloc of votes in Republican caucuses and primaries.

    Perry, 61, who is in his third full term as governor, has still not officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination. But whenever he does – he is expected to declare his intentions this month – he will likely become the frontrunner for the nomination to take on Barack Obama next year.

    “I would vote for him. I would vote for him out of all the Republican candidates,” said Buzz Park amid an audience which included youth groups, soccer moms and Christian bikers. “He is not afraid to say this is a problem and this is how to fix it. Obama is not a leader.”

    Park said America was in decline economically and morally, and losing its influence abroad. “The nation that forgets God is turned into hell,” he said. God had promised that through prayer this could be reversed, healing the land. Had this been successful before? Park cited Fiji in the 1990s and revivalist meetings in Wales around 1900.

    The rally originated in December when Perry called for Christians across the US to join him in Houston and invited the other 49 state governors to attend. Organisers put the attendance at about 30,000, less than half the capacity of the 71,000-seater stadium. The only other governor to turn up was Sam Brownback from Kansas.

    The turnout was higher than some had expected but was still quite low given that Houston is the fourth-largest city in the US and a large proportion profess to be Christian. Some of America’s megachurches attract 30,000 or more every Sunday. But Perry showed no sign of disappointment. He seemed happier and more enthusiastic preaching in Houston than he had when delivering a political speech at the Republicans’ southern conference in New Orleans in June. He finished his 13-minute sermon with a smile and a clenched fist.

    “Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that we cry out for your forgiveness,” Perry said.

    His rhetorical style is derived from the tent preachers of the Old West, and the crowd stood enthusiastically throughout, responding with amens.

    Much of secular and liberal America watches anxiously at the prospect of another Texas president tied to the Christian evangelical movement. That unease is shared by progressive Christians who fear Perry is identifying with the most conservative church leaders.

    The American Family Association (AFA), which runs a network of 200 radio stations – and which has been labelled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Centre for its attitude to gay people – contributed an estimated $1m towards the cost of the rally.

    The Cornerstone Church – whose leader, John Hagee, gained notoriety for declaring that Hurricane Katrina was God’s vengeance on a sinful New Orleans and suggesting that Jews had brought the Holocaust on themselves – sent about 700 members, travelling from San Antonio by car and bus.

    Elva Spoor said she had come with the Cornerstone delegation so “God can bless us and give us rain and turn the nation back to God”. But what about gay people? “God says he loves everyone but he hates the sin,” said Spoor. “God says it is an aberration to him.”

    John McCain, the previous Republican presidential candidate, had an uneasy relationship with Christian evangelicals, initially ignoring them and then seeking out their support. But he drew the line at Hagee and refused to accept his endorsement.

    Until a last-minute change of running-order, Hagee was scheduled to speak directly after Perry. Hagee steered away from controversial subjects and offered prayers for the nation’s leaders, before comparing Perry to Abraham Lincoln.

    “We pray for our governor Rick Perry who has had the courage today to call this time of fasting and prayer just as Abraham Lincoln did in the darkest days of the civil war,” Hagee said.

    The event provoked a backlash in Texas, including a lawsuit by atheists aimed at stopping it, charging that Perry was in breach of the separation of politics and religion. On Saturday, a plane flew over the stadium with a banner with the same message about separation of politics and religion. Other Christian churches held alternative prayer meetings on Friday and Saturday.

    Among about 150 protesters outside the stadium was Pastor Katherine Godby. Carrying a poster saying “Hate Is Not A Gospel Value”, she expressed sadness that Perry had aligned himself with the AFA.

    Godby, of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Worth, said: “We see their portrayal of the gospel as one of exclusion and hatred.”

    Jennifer Stephenson, a mother of three from San Antonio carrying a “Christians Against Perry” placard, described the attitude of groups such as the AFA as “un-Christian”.

    She was worried that disillusionment with Obama among leftwing voters might open the way for a possible Perry presidency. “I think Perry has a good chance, unfortunately. He is good-looking, brought a lot of jobs to this state and has got a lot of Christians behind him,” she said. “The Christian voting bloc is a force to contend with.”

    Perry’s previous attempts to invoke a higher power suggest that there are limits to the power of prayer. In April, he declared a three-day vigil for rain in Texas. But those prayers have so far gone unanswered, and the state is still suffering its worst drought since 1895.
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  • moononpluto

    lol Perry beat Romney by over 200 with write ins, something like 782 write ins for Perry and only 567 votes for Mitts, he wont like that.

  • jbstonesfan

    And Romney, like him or not, is about the only one of the GOP’ers (sans Newt who is done imo) who has the economic know how to run this country.

  • NewMexicoFan

    I could never figure out why IOWA, which as I understand it was so critical in the 2008 election where O frauded his way to a false victory, but for the Reps, it appears that IOWA whether a straw vote or a primary means little.

    We had so much shix shoved down our throats in 2008, it was rediculous. Still the media does not understand or lies to themselves about what a significant part they had in electing this failed leader. Even those who admit something seem to not realize that they should fix it. What should they do? well they sure knew what to do to get him there, they should know what to do to get him out.

  • NewMexicoFan

    I wonder if the group of Journalists who plotted to get him in, are now plotting to get him out. Any editorial or article that a journalists claims they were wrong, should be bombarded with comments of SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GET HIM OUT. You certainly were active getting him in, and you have a responsibility to fix what you fuxk up.

  • turndownobama

    Perry’s previous attempts to invoke a higher power suggest that there are limits to the power of prayer. In April, he declared a three-day vigil for rain in Texas.

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

    Seems very unlikely he would do something like that. If it didn’t rain, he’d look silly. If it did rain, everyone would say it was coincidence. Better just deny the drought, say it was a hoax by the weather bureau.

  • jeswezey

    Some nice news from “The Daily Star”:

    Yunus, Hillary talk social business
    Star Business Report

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at her office in the State Department on Thursday and discussed microcredit and social business as tools to fight poverty.

    Clinton was pleased to hear about the progress of Grameen America, which has four branches in New York and one in Omaha and Nebraska each, Yunus Centre said in a statement in Dhaka yesterday.

    Another branch will be launched in Indianapolis to spread microfinance programmes, which have lifted millions of people out of poverty across the world.

    Yunus invited Clinton to attend the Global Social Business Summit to be held in Vienna, Austria on November 10-12 as well as the Global Microcredit Summit in Valladolid, Spain, on November 14-17.

    Last week, the microcredit pioneer was in Washington to address a convention of US and international NGOs.

    InterAction, an umbrella organisation of more than 180 American NGOs, organised the two-day event, which was attended by 1,000 guests.

  • jeswezey

    Sorry if this has been quoted before. May be boring. From the Sun Chronicle (Chicago?):

    SHEA-TAYLOR: A woman for president? Not this one

    BY BETSY SHEA-TAYLOR
    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    She’s resilient, she’s tough, she’s unflappable, she’s got the votes. The female presidential candidate most on the minds of her party’s populace is none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    New Pew Research Center poll results released last week show “32 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they would like other Democrats to take on President Barack Obama for the nomination, while 59 percent say they would not.”

    An unscientific convergent USA Today reader poll asking which Democrat could beat Obama for the 2012 nomination was running at 88 percent for Clinton.

    Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, Sen. John Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore and “Nobody” each were pulling minuscule numbers.

    Of course, Clinton, former candidate, will not become candidate redux. She’s too bright, self-protective and crafty to offer herself as stunt double for Obama in losing to Republicans. She’ll leave that opportunity to him.

    Still, the revisionist history buzz is intriguing. Some Democrats, choking on crow, posit in political circles and on Web postings that a vote for Clinton would have been better spent than on Obama. Ya think?
    Phoenix risingA recent poll indicated that nearly one out of three Democrats would like to see Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton run against President Barack Obama in 2012.
    Alex Spillius, writing for UK’s Telegraph, alludes to the defection as “buyer’s remorse” – and references liberal TV host Bill Maher’s alluding to Obama as a Republican. Maher, Spillius points out, asked panelists if Clinton would have made a better president.

    “Yes,” replied Neil deGrasse Tyson, an African-American astrophysicist and broadcaster, adding that the secretary of state would have been “a more effective negotiator in the halls of Congress.” Opinion, from a real rocket scientist.

    Even New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who made it de rigueur to eviscerate Clinton pre-election while giving Obama the old Diamond Jim Brady treatment, is disenchanted.

    No, she has not endorsed Clinton as a hopeful. But she is asking what many are: “What happened between Obama’s ‘yes we can’ and the ‘no, he can’t seem to?’” An historic break-up, in public, in print.

    “His withholding and reactive nature has made him seem strangely irrelevant in Washington, trapped by his own temperament,” Dowd penned. “He doesn’t lead, and he doesn’t understand why we don’t feel led.”

    It is this sort of perplexity and deep discontent that has led to discussions about Hillary Clinton’s aspirations and prospects. Of course, had she been elected, Democrats would now be wailing “If Obama was president we’d have jobs, the wars would have ended, Guantanamo would be closed…”

    Today, one can imagine Hillary, so spent from tearing around the globe with so little apparent clout at home, that she might as well shop with Chelsea, draining an apple martini and dissolving into hysterical laughter. “Are you kidding???? Run for president? Again? Are you nuts???

    Pew does concede “Far fewer Democrats want to see Obama challenged for the nomination than supported a primary challenge to Bill Clinton in December 1994. At that time, 66 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners wanted to see Clinton challenged, shortly after the GOP won control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.”

    As with all political rumblings, heavily salt the Clinton-phoenix-rising myth, no matter the exhortations in commentaries such as that of presidential scholar Matthew Dickinson, Middlebury College in Vermont.

    It ran under the headline “Run, Hillary, Run!” on the blog Presidential Power.

    “She did warn you,” Dickinson reminded readers.

    Too late, sweetie.

    BETSY SHEA-TAYLOR, a former editor and writer for The Sun Chronicle, is a freelance writer. She can be reached at prosewing@aol.com.

  • turndownobama

    Of course, had she been elected, Democrats would now be wailing “If Obama was president we’d have jobs, the wars would have ended, Guantanamo would be closed…”

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

    She didn’t promise to close Guantanamo. But two out of three wouldn’t be bad.

    We might still be fighting in Libya, or it might have been won quickly, if we’d got into it as soon as she wanted to.

    Still it’s not good to bash people for admitting they were wrong and asking Hillary to run again. She (or her faction) need all the support they can get.

  • turndownobama

    And now Texas: there has been a long-term process of employment shifting to Sunbelt states, Texas included, largely because of the availability of cheap labor, which in turn has a lot to do with a low cost of housing. On a long-term basis, people have been willing to move to Texas despite relatively low nominal wages because housing is cheap and the cost of living relatively low. Businesses, in turn, have been steadily moving to cheap-housing states to take advantage of those low wages.

    And decisions about moving facilities, or where to open new facilities, have a long lead time. That is, there’s a lot of momentum in the process, which keeps employment shifting to Texas and away from the Northeast even in the midst of a slump that depresses employment everywhere. So it’s not surprising that Texas would have positive job growth at a time when overall employment is flat – it’s just the underlying trend on which the cycle is overlaid.

    – Krugman

  • moononpluto

    Gov Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination for President.

    That was quick and not surprised, will be angling for VP slot, i imagine.

  • ohanson

    I’d guess everyone will be hearing more of this, if not already.

    Before he was fighting for the governorship of the second-largest state in the country, Rick Perry was just a kid from Texas.

    As told to Jake Silverstein
    June 2010
    http://www.texasmonthly.com/2010-06-01/feature9.php

  • NewMexicoFan

    I found that article very enlightening. Unlike George, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth,this man really knew a simple life, living from hand to mouth. However, it appears to have been enriched by his experiences.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Succinct summary of:

    What is Wrong With the Obama presidency? ( good read-)
    ____________________________

    What Happened to Obama?

    By DREW WESTEN
    Published: August 6, 2011

    Drew Westen is a professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.”

    [snip]

    “When Barack Obama stepped into the Oval Office, he stepped into a cycle of American history, best exemplified by F.D.R. and his distant cousin, Teddy. After a great technological revolution or a major economic transition, as when America changed from a nation of farmers to an urban industrial one, there is often a period of great concentration of wealth, and with it, a concentration of power in the wealthy. That’s what we saw in 1928, and that’s what we see today. At some point that power is exercised so injudiciously, and the lives of so many become so unbearable, that a period of reform ensues — and a charismatic reformer emerges to lead that renewal. In that sense, Teddy Roosevelt started the cycle of reform his cousin picked up 30 years later, as he began efforts to bust the trusts and regulate the railroads, exercise federal power over the banks and the nation’s food supply, and protect America’s land and wildlife, creating the modern environmental movement.

    Those were the shoes — that was the historic role — that Americans elected Barack Obama to fill. The president is fond of referring to “the arc of history,” paraphrasing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous statement that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” But with his deep-seated aversion to conflict and his profound failure to understand bully dynamics — in which conciliation is always the wrong course of action, because bullies perceive it as weakness and just punch harder the next time — he has broken that arc and has likely bent it backward for at least a generation.

    When Dr. King spoke of the great arc bending toward justice, he did not mean that we should wait for it to bend. He exhorted others to put their full weight behind it, and he gave his life speaking with a voice that cut through the blistering force of water cannons and the gnashing teeth of police dogs. He preached the gospel of nonviolence, but he knew that whether a bully hid behind a club or a poll tax, the only effective response was to face the bully down, and to make the bully show his true and repugnant face in public.

    IN contrast, when faced with the greatest economic crisis, the greatest levels of economic inequality, and the greatest levels of corporate influence on politics since the Depression, Barack Obama stared into the eyes of history and chose to avert his gaze. Instead of indicting the people whose recklessness wrecked the economy, he put them in charge of it. He never explained that decision to the public — a failure in storytelling as extraordinary as the failure in judgment behind it. Had the president chosen to bend the arc of history, he would have told the public the story of the destruction wrought by the dismantling of the New Deal regulations that had protected them for more than half a century. He would have offered them a counternarrative of how to fix the problem other than the politics of appeasement, one that emphasized creating economic demand and consumer confidence by putting consumers back to work. He would have had to stare down those who had wrecked the economy, and he would have had to tolerate their hatred if not welcome it. But the arc of his temperament just didn’t bend that far.

    The truly decisive move that broke the arc of history was his handling of the stimulus. The public was desperate for a leader who would speak with confidence, and they were ready to follow wherever the president led. Yet instead of indicting the economic policies and principles that had just eliminated eight million jobs, in the most damaging of the tic-like gestures of compromise that have become the hallmark of his presidency — and against the advice of multiple Nobel-Prize-winning economists — he backed away from his advisers who proposed a big stimulus, and then diluted it with tax cuts that had already been shown to be inert. The result, as predicted in advance, was a half-stimulus that half-stimulated the economy. That, in turn, led the White House to feel rightly unappreciated for having saved the country from another Great Depression but in the unenviable position of having to argue a counterfactual — that something terrible might have happened had it not half-acted.

    To the average American, who was still staring into the abyss, the half-stimulus did nothing but prove that Ronald Reagan was right, that government is the problem. In fact, the average American had no idea what Democrats were trying to accomplish by deficit spending because no one bothered to explain it to them with the repetition and evocative imagery that our brains require to make an idea, particularly a paradoxical one, “stick.” Nor did anyone explain what health care reform was supposed to accomplish (other than the unbelievable and even more uninspiring claim that it would “bend the cost curve”), or why “credit card reform” had led to an increase in the interest rates they were already struggling to pay. Nor did anyone explain why saving the banks was such a priority, when saving the homes the banks were foreclosing didn’t seem to be. All Americans knew, and all they know today, is that they’re still unemployed, they’re still worried about how they’re going to pay their bills at the end of the month and their kids still can’t get a job. And now the Republicans are chipping away at unemployment insurance, and the president is making his usual impotent verbal exhortations after bargaining it away.

    What makes the “deficit debate” we just experienced seem so surreal is how divorced the conversation in Washington has been from conversations around the kitchen table everywhere else in America. Although I am a scientist by training, over the last several years, as a messaging consultant to nonprofit groups and Democratic leaders, I have studied the way voters think and feel, talking to them in plain language. At this point, I have interacted in person or virtually with more than 50,000 Americans on a range of issues, from taxes and deficits to abortion and immigration.

    The average voter is far more worried about jobs than about the deficit, which few were talking about while Bush and the Republican Congress were running it up. The conventional wisdom is that Americans hate government, and if you ask the question in the abstract, people will certainly give you an earful about what government does wrong. But if you give them the choice between cutting the deficit and putting Americans back to work, it isn’t even close. But it’s not just jobs. Americans don’t share the priorities of either party on taxes, budgets or any of the things Congress and the president have just agreed to slash — or failed to slash, like subsidies to oil companies. When it comes to tax cuts for the wealthy, Americans are united across the political spectrum, supporting a message that says, “In times like these, millionaires ought to be giving to charity, not getting it.”

    When pitted against a tough budget-cutting message straight from the mouth of its strongest advocates, swing voters vastly preferred a message that began, “The best way to reduce the deficit is to put Americans back to work.” This statement is far more consistent with what many economists are saying publicly — and what investors apparently believe, as evident in the nosedive the stock market took after the president and Congress “saved” the economy.

    So where does that leave us?

    Like most Americans, at this point, I have no idea what Barack Obama — and by extension the party he leads — believes on virtually any issue. The president tells us he prefers a “balanced” approach to deficit reduction, one that weds “revenue enhancements” (a weak way of describing popular taxes on the rich and big corporations that are evading them) with “entitlement cuts” (an equally poor choice of words that implies that people who’ve worked their whole lives are looking for handouts). But the law he just signed includes only the cuts. This pattern of presenting inconsistent positions with no apparent recognition of their incoherence is another hallmark of this president’s storytelling. He announces in a speech on energy and climate change that we need to expand offshore oil drilling and coal production — two methods of obtaining fuels that contribute to the extreme weather Americans are now seeing. He supports a health care law that will use Medicaid to insure about 15 million more Americans and then endorses a budget plan that, through cuts to state budgets, will most likely decimate Medicaid and other essential programs for children, senior citizens and people who are vulnerable by virtue of disabilities or an economy that is getting weaker by the day. He gives a major speech on immigration reform after deporting more than 700,000 immigrants in two years, a pace faster than nearly any other period in American history.

    THE real conundrum is why the president seems so compelled to take both sides of every issue, encouraging voters to project whatever they want on him, and hoping they won’t realize which hand is holding the rabbit. That a large section of the country views him as a socialist while many in his own party are concluding that he does not share their values speaks volumes — but not the volumes his advisers are selling: that if you make both the right and left mad, you must be doing something right.

    As a practicing psychologist with more than 25 years of experience, I will resist the temptation to diagnose at a distance, but as a scientist and strategic consultant I will venture some hypotheses.

    The most charitable explanation is that he and his advisers have succumbed to a view of electoral success to which many Democrats succumb — that “centrist” voters like “centrist” politicians. Unfortunately, reality is more complicated. Centrist voters prefer honest politicians who help them solve their problems. A second possibility is that he is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. 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 had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.

    A somewhat less charitable explanation is that we are a nation that is being held hostage not just by an extremist Republican Party but also by a president who either does not know what he believes or is willing to take whatever position he thinks will lead to his re-election. Perhaps those of us who were so enthralled with the magnificent story he told in “Dreams From My Father” appended a chapter at the end that wasn’t there — the chapter in which he resolves his identity and comes to know who he is and what he believes in.

    Or perhaps, like so many politicians who come to Washington, he has already been consciously or unconsciously corrupted by a system that tests the souls even of people of tremendous integrity, by forcing them to dial for dollars — in the case of the modern presidency, for hundreds of millions of dollars. When he wants to be, the president is a brilliant and moving speaker, but his stories virtually always lack one element: the villain who caused the problem, who is always left out, described in impersonal terms, or described in passive voice, as if the cause of others’ misery has no agency and hence no culpability. Whether that reflects his aversion to conflict, an aversion to conflict with potential campaign donors that today cripples both parties’ ability to govern and threatens our democracy, or both, is unclear.

    A final explanation is that he ran for president on two contradictory platforms: as a reformer who would clean up the system, and as a unity candidate who would transcend the lines of red and blue. He has pursued the one with which he is most comfortable given the constraints of his character, consistently choosing the message of bipartisanship over the message of confrontation.

    But the arc of history does not bend toward justice through capitulation cast as compromise. It does not bend when 400 people control more of the wealth than 150 million of their fellow Americans. It does not bend when the average middle-class family has seen its income stagnate over the last 30 years while the richest 1 percent has seen its income rise astronomically. It does not bend when we cut the fixed incomes of our parents and grandparents so hedge fund managers can keep their 15 percent tax rates. It does not bend when only one side in negotiations between workers and their bosses is allowed representation. And it does not bend when, as political scientists have shown, it is not public opinion but the opinions of the wealthy that predict the votes of the Senate. The arc of history can bend only so far before it breaks.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/opinion/sunday/what-happened-to-obamas-passion.html?pagewanted=all

  • Mrs. Smith

    Rick Perry is a Republican who will lead the country into a further polarized society. Religion doesn’t need fostering by government intrusion which is some thing we will have to endure with Perry if he is elected the next president.

    His best use for the day is battling the Obama machine mercilessly into a pulp revealing the Chicago hoods for what the are- ineffective leadership unrepresentative of American values steering the country in the wrong direction when he could have done better.

  • JanH

    jeswezey
    August 14th, 2011 at 4:19 am

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    Interesting article. Not sure I agree with the following predition though…

    “…Of course, had she been elected, Democrats would now be wailing “If Obama was president we’d have jobs, the wars would have ended, Guantanamo would be closed…”

  • JanH

    “So where does that leave us?

    Like most Americans, at this point, I have no idea what Barack Obama — and by extension the party he leads — believes on virtually any issue.”

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    Exactly.

  • JanH

    Regarding Hillary’s visit with Muhammad Yunus this week, I am posting the Wikipedia link for this amazing man who most deservedly received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

    Both he and Hillary and of course Bill Clinton have so much in common with their matching goals to help the world’s poor, that I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall listening in to their conversation.

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

  • JanH

    NewMexicoFan
    August 14th, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I wonder if the group of Journalists who plotted to get him in, are now plotting to get him out. Any editorial or article that a journalists claims they were wrong, should be bombarded with comments of SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GET HIM OUT. You certainly were active getting him in, and you have a responsibility to fix what you fuxk up.

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    I totally agree.

  • JanH

    PRESIDENT CLINTON TRIED TO HELP ON THE DEBT CEILING DEBATE & PRES. OBAMA REFUSED TO LISTEN TO HIM

  • BASIL99

    “The president actually considered quitting. He really did. But now he’s going on the attack. He wants to give a big F-You to White America-that’s actually one of his primary motivations. You think the race card has been played up before? Just wait. 2012 is gonna be the most brutal political cycle we have ever witnessed. Ever.” WARNING: Adult Content.

    Author’s Note: This interview is the first face to face sit down in months with our longtime D.C. political operative we have come to simply call “Insider”. They offer up a unique perspective and insight based upon their decades-long experience as a D.C. insider working within the highest levels of government – including helping to elect Barack Obama in 2008. Here now are the words of Insider, unedited and published in their entirety per their request. This is part one of the interview. WARNING: Adult Content

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    Ulsterman: It’s been a while hasn’t it? Face to face that is.
    Read more in Politics
    « The Ulsterman Report: Issa Shrugs Off “Pushback” Scandal and Moves Forward on Gunrunner Investigation
    Insider: Yes it has. Been busy. Tired. Loving it though. I really do love this. All of this. Gonna miss it. And we have made so much progress. Incredible progress.
    Ulsterman: How so? Eric Holder remains at the DOJ. Barack Obama remains president.
    Insider: Really? That’s how you put it to me? Holder is at the DOJ – for now. For now, right? Open your eyes. Holder is getting absolutely slammed at every turn. We got people in Congress calling for full investigations now. Calling for Holder to step down. Calling for fucking justice! You didn’t see that last year. You didn’t see that before we started all of this. Something like that doesn’t happen in days or weeks, or even a month or two. It takes fucking time. Who else pointed to the DOJ and said THERE IS THE SCANDAL. Who else? Nobody but me. I gave you that. On a fucking platter I gave you that. So don’t come here now on my invite and point at me and say there hasn’t been any progress. ERIC HOLDER IS GOING DOWN. Ok? It’s happening. Right before our fucking eyes. And like I’ve always told you, Holder is the Obama firewall. Holder is the stop-gap to everything. Every fucking thing. You head up the DOJ you can pretty much stamp out 99% of anything coming at a president. Do you understand that? I know—
    Ulsterman:(Interrupts) …I understand what you’ve told me. You were right on about the DOJ. I’ll give you that, deservedly so. And you’re also right, at least from what I can recall, that nobody was honing in on a DOJ scandal before you were. And that’s where we are at now – a significant DOJ scandal. But after months of the scandal first breaking, Eric Holder remains the Attorney General. And the Gunrunner story seems stalled. And I worry it’s gonna go away. Just like the New Black Panther case did.
    Insider: First off…the Black Panther thing…(long pause) We, I…I fucked that up. Not just me, but I am to blame for that in part. We showed our hand way too early…we got caught flat footed on it. That case had the potential to be much bigger. We fucked it up. The launch was all wrong. Looking back – whataya gonna do? Spilled fucking milk. But let me make this clear to you right now – Gunrunner is way bigger than the NBP scenario. Way bigger. It is an operation that has gone into full government cover up at the highest levels. THE HIGHEST LEVELS. You got that? I told you months ago that “we got them”. They fucked up. They took the bait and ran with it. And they know it now. But you gotta understand here…you gotta realize, that once we reach a certain stage, we become almost totally dependent on certain people in certain positions of power to now take the ball and run with it. That is almost always the case. And if they drop the ball, if they back off, if they make a deal – it’s over. Done.
    Ulsterman: Issa?

    Insider: Yeah, he’s certainly a very critical part of this. Initially he was among the most critical. To his credit he seems to have pushed this thing out there as best he can. But I remain cautious of his ultimate intent. Will he allow a secondary figure to take the fall? That could still happen. I haven’t heard that confirmed yet, which is a very good sign, but it could still happen. It’s beyond just Issa now though. Congress – all of Congress, is engaged on this Gunrunner thing, though under the radar where most the deals go down. There is some positioning, posturing, all the same fucking bullshit these clowns do on this stuff, a deal here, a promise there, nod and wink, handshakes, threats, break-ups, it’s pretty incestuous on that hill you know? People have no fucking clue. We’ve all been rode hard and put away wet at one time or another up there—
    Ulsterman(interrupts) —Staying with Congressman Issa. Can you just say straight on if you believe he will follow through on bringing a special prosecutor to investigate Gunrunner? Just a simple yes or no on that please…
    Insider: That kind of thing will take more than just Darrell Issa. Good news is, it’s forming right now. I’ve told you that already and you have no reason to doubt it. The negotiations are currently underway for a special prosecutor and the signs are looking very-very good on that, which is a huge development for all of this – for what we have been working toward. But let’s not get into more details on that just yet – I don’t intend to help fuck this one up. Just rest assured it’s moving along, and at a much faster pace than I would have thought possible just a month ago.
    Ulsterman: Let’s say Holder resigns and what you keep referring to as “Obama’s firewall” is removed. What then?
    Insider: (Smiles) What then? Oh…I think you would be satisfied with the result.
    Ulsterman: That’s too vague. What then? It makes sense to me that Eric Holder in his position as Attorney General has significant powers – almost unlimited powers it would seem, to protect Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and anyone else needed in order to keep President Obama in power. Even if Holder goes though, couldn’t they simply install someone else in his place to continue that protection?

    Insider: Finally you are asking the right questions! And that is EXACTLY what the Obama machine is already attempting to prepare for – Holder’s replacement. Issa and others are watching this stuff right now, with a strong assist from a certain Democrat senator. The problem is, there will be a gap between the protection Eric Holder provides now, and the protection his replacement could provide. Information can then be uncovered that is currently tucked away behind the cloak of the Obama Department of Justice. When Holder is on his way out, the truth is gonna move in. We just need that window of opportunity to make it happen. It’s gonna happen. Just give it a bit more time.
    Ulsterman: And then back to Chicago?
    Insider: Yes…Chicago. Maybe Hawaii too. (winks)
    Ulsterman: You know, there was a time not so long ago where you mocked me for the Birther stuff. Now you keep hinting at something being there. Did you read the book? The Corsi book?
    Insider: You keep sinkin’ your teeth into that leg don’t you? A goddamn rabid dog for the Birther shit. Look, I ain’t no expert investigator. That’s not my thing. But I do hear things from time to time. And I know for a fact Nancy Pelosi made mention of a file on the subject. You remember that? When she was heading out the door as Speaker. When her and Obama were not so fucking simpatico? Before whatever deal she struck with him?
    Ulsterman: Yes.
    Insider: And the last time I sent you a message I mentioned that this Corsi had been brought up by somebody high up in the political food chain, right? That something seemed to be forming on that? Whatever is there it has people concerned. If he wanted to get their attention, it seems he got it. I would still recommend you don’t cozy up to it too close though. I will just say this about your Mr. Corsi…I don’t think he’s entirely right, but there’s a lot of chatter out there indicating he’s not entirely wrong either.
    Ulsterman: You keep stringing me along on this thing. You once didn’t want to hear anything related to questions about Obama’s birth record and now you seem more willing to entertain the possibility. Why the change? What do you know?
    Insider: Hell – I think I…I think I more than entertain the possibility. I have read some of the stuff you sent me. How much is true or not I can’t say. I really can’t. I have access to what-what some people are saying, or what they are worried about, or what they might be planning. And I have years of experience that helps me put one and two together to try and figure out what is coming down the political pike. And I have associates with access to their own information who agree with me that Barack Obama was a huge fucking mistake for the party and for America. But I don’t have some super secret Obama file. If I did I would most likely already be dead. I don’t know if it’s about his place of birth or if it’s something else that those records could reveal, but what I do know is that Barack Obama is covering something up related to that stuff. The guy is hiding something there. I am sure of that. Everything points to that being the case. The stuff you send me…look, a lot of it I just trash. I admit that. I’ve looked over some of it though, and some of it sounds…possible. Maybe even probable. But I don’t have a hand in any of that. Getting Eric Holder out of the DOJ, defeating Barack Obama in 2012 – that’s my thing. If somebody else wants to prove Obama isn’t who he says he is – more power to them…and join the fucking club.
    Ulsterman: If your move to get Eric Holder to step down is not accomplished before the elections, do you think Obama can be defeated?
    Insider: Absolutely. And that’s a big change from what I used to say to you isn’t it? I told you and told you Democrats were disgusted over Obama. You remember that? Nobody else was saying that. And now look at what is being reported – Democrats disgusted over Obama. Whispers of Hillary heading out the door. A push to have her run against Obama – something that sadly I have been told she won’t do. More whispers of some other Democrat challenging the president. That information I sent you about the debt ceiling…Obama walking out and threatening Democrats. Threatening to fucking veto Democrats! You messaged me saying I got it wrong. That it was the Republicans he walked out on…right? That’s what you said – that I got it wrong.
    Ulsterman: Yes, but in my defense, that is what was reported. That Obama walked out on the Republicans not the Democrats. There was no mention of him walking out on the Democrats, so it did seem—
    Insider: (Interrupts) —Seemed? Do you think? Do you think the media wanted to portray the Democrats as clawing out their own eyes? Hell no! If I give you something that detailed you take it to the fucking bank. Got it? President Obama walked out on the Democrats. He threatened to veto them. A veto I told you was complete bullshit. And what did he do – he signed whatever they sent him. Just like I said he would. And after the fact – days after the fact, is when the reports finally came out that Obama left a meeting with the Democratic and Republican leadership, and that he was threatening to veto what they were putting together. I was able to tell you what happened, told you what happened, because I got it from the room. Understand? From the fucking room. If I give you something that specific, it’s the real-time deal. Don’t ever doubt me on that.
    Ulsterman: Fair enough. How about you tell me how Obama is defeated in 2012? Let’s assume Holder is still Attorney General – how does Obama lose?
    Insider: First, Holder won’t be Attorney General by November 2012. But I’ll leave off on that and talk politics with you. The simple, in it to win it, get your hands dirty with the shit up to your balls politics. My world.
    Ulsterman: Absolutely – let’s hear it.
    Insider: Hold on then – here we go…The Obama team has already initiated a comprehensive plan of attack for 2012. Just a bit of that has leaked out already. They are developing campaign scenarios based upon the most possible Republican nominees. Now at this point, and here’s one of those specifics you can bank on that I just told you about, so try and pay attention…at this point, Mitt Romney has received the brunt of the Obama team’s focus. And they still believe he will be the likely nominee, which at this point I would agree with. The funding organization the Romney people put together is fucking fantastic. The involvement of Perry – Governor Perry, has them scrambling now though. I don’t believe they actually thought he was going to go for it this time around. I was told the Perry people had leaked to them – the Obama operatives, that Governor Perry was actually not considering a run until 2016. If true, good for them. Classic head fake that has left the Obama machine now doing catch-up to prepare for a possible run against Perry. You want to make those Chicago Obama boys stain their drawers? Tell them the South is about to rise again! (laughs)

    None of this is beyond the norm though. Where it gets different for the Obama campaign is what I’ll just call the Obama Plan. They are going way beyond simply working up your typical campaign scenarios against potential opponents. The president – I was told of this about a week ago, maybe two weeks ago…(pause)… the president actually considered quitting. He really did. But now he’s going on the attack. He wants to give a big F-You to White America – that’s actually one of his primary motivations. You think the race card has been played up before? Just wait. 2012 is gonna be the most brutal political cycle we have ever witnessed. Ever.
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    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/white-house-insider-the-obama-plan-part-one/#ixzz1V1IKShx0

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH-

    The Nobel Prize is one award that has eluded Bill Clinton and happens to be something he desires most-

    Too bad it got wasted on the Boob-in Chief!

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith,

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think obama receiving the Nobel Peace Price and receiving it when he did is a big joke. No one takes it seriously.

    The board redeemed themselves by giving Muhammad Yunus the prize, but there is still a huge gap that won’t be closed up until the Honorable President Bill Clinton receives it as well.

  • NewMexicoFan

    RUN HILLARY RUN!

  • JanH

    BASIL99
    August 14th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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    I’m not sure why, but more and more the insider sounds to me like Carville.

    A profiler would have a field day analysing this guy.

  • turndownobama

    Rick Perry is a Republican who will lead the country into a further polarized society. Religion doesn’t need fostering by government intrusion which is some thing we will have to endure with Perry if he is elected the next president.

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

    Very likely. Thanks for a very sensible statement.

    Palin may be supported by the same faction, but I’d rather see her leading them than anyone else.
    On this subject, she’s mild and tolerant (at least in comparison).

  • NewMexicoFan

    At the Primary convention I hope they all go to their rooms to vote, and when they come out, HRC has been elected like she should have been in 2008.

  • turndownobama

    The Nobel Prize is one award that has eluded Bill Clinton

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

    But — that would tie up the committee. They couldn’t decide which category to give it in. They’d have to mint a hundred prizes. Not enough gold in Norway….

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    NewMexicoFan
    August 14th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    At the Primary convention I hope they all go to their rooms to vote, and when they come out, HRC has been elected like she should have been in 2008.
    __________________

    “Dreams of our People”!

  • turndownobama

    there is still a huge gap that won’t be closed up until the Honorable President Bill Clinton receives it as well

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

    You know what I bet? I bet what would make Bill happy — would be if they gave it to Hillary!

  • moononpluto

    Would he want it now its been so cheapened by giving it to the Boob.

  • BASIL99

    “I’m not sure why, but more and more the insider sounds to me like Carville.”

    What an interesting observation.

  • moononpluto

    Whoa, he broke sub 40.

    Gallup Daily – 39% Approval (Finally)

    39% Approve, 54% Disapprove

    http://www.gallup.com/CustomPages/Daily.aspx?site=WWW&space=WWWHPRIBBON

  • Mrs. Smith

    The one who cheapened it is about to lose his place in history as the miracle of the first black presidency was a success.

    The Nobel Prize was created to honor extraordinary achievements. Rather, they ask Obama to return the prize and the money, as they had been mistaken in their recognition.

  • BASIL99

    Gallup now has O at 39% approval. Isn’t the below 40% supposed to be a major indicator?

    Here’s the rest of the data.

    http://www.gallup.com/CustomPages/Daily.aspx?site=WWW&space=WWWHPRIBBON

  • Mrs. Smith

    39 is a good number but I like 29% better…

    down, down, down-

  • turndownobama

    “I’m not sure why, but more and more the insider sounds to me like Carville.”

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

    It may be an imitation of Carville’s style. But would Carville really talk quite that way to this “Ulsterman”? (Maybe in his spare time from working from Palin…. ;-)

  • NewMexicoFan

    Mrs. Smith
    August 14th, 2011 at 1:19 pm
    #
    NewMexicoFan
    August 14th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    At the Primary convention I hope they all go to their rooms to vote, and when they come out, HRC has been elected like she should have been in 2008.
    __________________

    “Dreams of our People”!
    ——————————-

    I like that, Dream of our People.

  • BASIL99

    O.M.G!!!!!!!
    I’m surprised David Gregory didn’t show that pic at his transparently pro-BO interview on MTP. He was so blatantly anti-Bachmann, his questions were so over-the-top and downright rude, his expression was so f**king obnoxious I wished I could have reached through the screen and slapped him. What a POS. Bachmann, BTW, comported herself in fine fashion despite his attempts to humiliate and degrade her.

    It’s really his face that should be at the other end of the weiner.

  • NewMexicoFan

    I guess I don’t know what that means
    —————
    The president – I was told of this about a week ago, maybe two weeks ago…(pause)… the president actually considered quitting. He really did. But now he’s going on the attack. He wants to give a big F-You to White America – that’s actually one of his primary motivations.

    —————-

    As President he has not fought hard for anything and won. In fact he throws a few punches and then retreats. In addition, if he wants to big F-you to White America, he will not have the votes to win.

  • moononpluto

    With photo’s like that, you can guess the mysoginy is back in full swing.

  • moononpluto

    NMF, still feel once Obama gets stuck in stiff headwinds, he’ll do an LBJ and call some health issue or whatever and run away like the chickenshit he is.

  • turndownobama

    A Texan’s comment on Perry’s economy, with links:
    http://ortho-bob.livejournal.com/496377.html

    “the wonderful job “miracle” he has wrought in Texas, the unemployment rate here being about 0.9% less than the US average. All very well except (a) the conditions responsible for this go back decades, millenniums even (that arch Republican God having bestowed much oil, cattle and cotton upon the land) and (b) 25 states have better unemployment rates. North Dakota’s UR is, as of June 2011, 3.2%.”

  • JanH

    A Devastating Look At Obama’s Economic Policy Strategy

    Joe Weisenthal | Aug. 14, 2011

    A NYT report on the economic policy thinking inside the White House right now is easily one of the most devastating things you’ll have read about Obama in a long time.

    Just the title, White House Debates Fight on The Economy, as if maybe perhaps the sorry economy is something worth getting into a fight over, is sad.

    But it gets worse.

    His top economic advisor, Gene Sperling, is pushing for him to pursue things like tax breaks for corporations that hire.

    Snooze.

    On the other hand, his political folks like David Plouffe and Bill Daley want him to pursue pragmatic, passable policies like free trade deals and better protections for patent-holders. Supposedly the premise is that these issues appeal to independent voters. This can’t possibly be real. If there’s an independent, undecided voter out there who will tip towards Obama because he gets a free trade deal with Korea passed in the next year, please show him to us.

    Then there’s this:

    Mr. Plouffe and Mr. Daley share the view that a focus on deficit reduction is an economic and political imperative, according to people who have spoken with them. Voters believe that paying down the debt will help the economy, and the White House agrees, although it wants to avoid cutting too much spending while the economy remains weak.

    So basically, they want Obama to be more Republican, as if a voter, whose chief concern about the deficit is ever going to vote for Obama.

    Before this story came out, Cullen Roche recently summed up the white flag-thinking on the part of The White House. Specifically, this is in regards to the idea that Obama can’t/couldn’t pursue a continuation of the payroll tax cut, when it expires in a few months, because the GOP will block it:

    The Republicans do not want to help Obama and they appear intent on enacting a game plan similar to what I described as their playbook for winning in 2012. But the fact that they’ve come out and rejected the tax cut in advance means nothing. For instance, President Obama made it pretty clear that he was going to reject any debt ceiling agreement that involved a balanced budget agreement last week. But you didn’t see John Boehner roll over like a dog and take his ball and go home. No, he turned into a bull dog and ultimately, the Republicans ended up getting something for nothing. THAT’S POLITICS. It’s called tough negotiating.

    Perhaps the most worrisome part is that there doesn’t seem to be anyone at The White House who really grasps the magnitude of the economic problem (and by that, we’re mostly talking about joblessness) who also has a clear idea how to address it.

    Again, a big solution isn’t passable right now, but status quo white flag-ism will be both a disaster for the country and Obama’s re-election strategy.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/obamas-economic-policy-disaster-2011-8

  • JanH

    Double Standard on Bin Laden Film

    The White House cozies up to the makers of a film about the death of Osama bin Laden.

    Tara McKelvey on why the usual hard line on classified information has been dropped.

    Aug 13, 2011

    Republicans see it as the height of hypocrisy. While Obama administration officials aggressively prosecute leaks to the press, they are opening the door—perhaps even sharing classified details—to the makers of a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    The film will presumably make President Obama look good, and even worse—for Republicans, at least—it is slated to open on Oct. 12, 2012, shortly before the presidential election.

    One thing is certain: The president has been ruthless with leaks, going after more people for leaking classified information than all previous presidents combined. During Obama’s term, government lawyers have prosecuted five individuals under the Espionage Act of 1917. Administration critics believe these prosecutions are unwarranted, designed only to silence those who are speaking out against “government ineptitude, wrongdoing, and illegality,” says Jesselyn Radack, a director of the Washington-based Government Accountability Project.

    The prosecutions have foundered. For instance, Justice Department officials dropped most of the charges against Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency official who had been accused of leaking classified information about telecommunications and wound up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.

    The president’s hardline approach to people such as Drake—including a subpoena in another case for author James Risen—stands in sharp contrast to the red-carpet treatment shown to filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. She was granted “top-level access to the most classified mission in history,” as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote. Peter King, a Republican who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, cited that line in a letter to inspectors-general at the CIA and the Defense Department, demanding an investigation into whether officials have leaked classified material to Bigelow and fellow filmmaker Mark Boal.

    As King pointed out, Pentagon and CIA officials have been cozy with the filmmakers; Boal, for example, attended a CIA ceremony for Navy SEAL commandos. In response to a question about the film, CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf emailed me: “As part of our public outreach, this agency—like others in our government—has over the years engaged with writers, documentary filmmakers, movie, and TV producers, and others in the entertainment industry.”

    Meanwhile, at the Pentagon, officials are trying to deal with the fallout over the film. “Oh, my goodness, I’m amazed at the furor that has ensued over this,” says Phil Strub, the department’s director of entertainment media. “It’s much ado about nothing.” Indeed, meetings between the filmmakers and Pentagon officials sound more prosaic than threatening, particularly when it comes to national security. They got together on a Friday night, says Strub, and talked a lot about the weather and a little about the film. “They were mostly in a receive mode,” he says.

    Strub did learn, however, that Bigelow wants the film to include Tora Bora, the 2001 debacle in which bin Laden slipped out of the grasp of Special Forces in Afghanistan. Yet at this point details about the production remain unclear. He says that if the filmmakers want to use Army helicopters for the movie, “they’ll have to be satisfied with vanilla-flavored Black Hawks,” since, given the ramped-up pace of Special Operations, there are no originals to spare.

    To be sure, Bigelow is being treated better now than in the past. Pentagon officials gave her the cold shoulder when she approached them with a proposal for her film The Hurt Locker, which won an Oscar last year. But it is not because of politics, say defense officials. The Hurt Locker was in fact a powerful recruiting tool for the military, since it made bomb-defusing guys look awesome, but Pentagon officials did not like one of the scenes, a “weird, drunken macho thing,” as Strub recalls, and found it to be an unrealistic portrayal of military life.

    “If these things happen, they’re court-martial-able offenses,” he says in explaining why Bigelow’s request was rejected. The new film will be more accurate, says Strub, and for that reason the Pentagon agreed to help.

    That annoys Republicans. Still, it is hard to make a case that support for Bigelow is fueled solely by a political agenda or that such messaging is exclusive to progressives. Republicans claim to be shocked, shocked at the hypocrisy of the Obama administration, but this kind of thing crosses party lines. For many years White House officials refused to say the name of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, yet during the Bush presidency they broke their silence. George W. Bush told author Bob Woodward that “JSOC is awesome,” and its work so affected one Defense Intelligence Agency official, Derek Harvey, that he said it gave him “orgasms.”

    Back then, a well-connected officer, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, thought it would be good to publicize a JSOC operation that led to the killing of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq in 2006. Caldwell got around the secrecy restrictions by contacting a former West Point classmate, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who led JSOC, and then pushed his own staff to get “as much declassified as they could,” according to a Kansas City-based alternative newspaper, The Pitch, so they could reveal what JSOC had been doing. Reporters jumped on the story and wrote super-positive accounts.

    Obama White House officials are less colorful in their descriptions of JSOC than their predecessors, but they are equally enthusiastic about the operations, particularly the bin Laden killing in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Indeed, as Henry Crumpton, a former CIA officer who has acted as a consultant for Hollywood producers, says, “It is a great story and needs to be told.”

    And while administration officials have bragged about Abbottabad, they have kept a monklike silence about the drone strikes in Pakistan. Human-rights advocates and defense analysts say there is no reason to keep them secret: If the strikes are as accurate as White House officials claim, transparency about the operations would defuse criticism that civilians are collateral damage. Equally important, transparency would shed light on why some people in the tribal areas of Pakistan are targeted and others are not. This would make things easier on the locals, since right now they have no idea what the criteria are.

    Whether Democratic or Republican, White House officials always want to keep certain things under wraps. “The administration leaks like a sieve, releasing information about the demise of bin Laden that was clearly of the highest order of classification,” says Radack of the Government Accountability Project. Yet at the same time officials have imposed “a clampdown on information” on those who are critical of the government. Detractors see this as a blatant double standard amid the obsessive, crazy secrecy that sometimes takes hold of Washington.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/13/kathryn-bigelow-s-bin-laden-film-republicans-attack-obama.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    #
    NewMexicoFan
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    August 14th, 2011 at 1:19 pm
    #
    NewMexicoFan
    August 14th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    At the Primary convention I hope they all go to their rooms to vote, and when they come out, HRC has been elected like she should have been in 2008.
    __________________

    “Dreams of our People”!
    ——————————-

    I like that, Dreams of our People. And we can add-

    “It ain’t Him!”

  • hwc

    Well, I don’t really have a dog in this hunt. I’d vote for Charles Manson against Obama if that’s who the Repub’s nominate. Hell, I’d even vote for Mitt Romney if I have to. So, I’m just sitting back and enjoying the show.

    I don’t know Rick Perry from Adam, but I watched his speech last night and I’ve got to say that this cat has game. He’s got that aw shucks Reagan-esque style that lets him get away with pure cornpone. He could go all Jeff Galolly on Barry’s kneecaps and chuckle the whole time like he’s just a big goofball.

    Pass the popcorn, the main feature is just getting underway….

    Actually, if he doesn’t self-destruct like Fred Thompson, Perry could wrap this thing up pretty quickly. He just needs to demonstrate that he can hit big-league pitching over the next couple of months. The big advantage to that is that he could then put the whole Jesus-freak thing back in the desk drawer and stay on message for the independents: “It’s the economy, stupid….”

  • moononpluto

    I don’t think Perry is going to self destruct, his candidacy has been the works a long time, the one thing the Republicans dont want is Romney. Besides put Obama and Perry’s record side by side speaks volume, American through and through and an 11 year Gov, not some 2 bit, “present state Senator community organizer with 2 years in the senate.

    Perry : 1990 to 1998 Agriculture commissioner
    1998 to 2000 Lt Gov
    2000 to 2011 Gov

    That Agriculture thing is going to go down well in the midwest where Agriculture is a huge part of life. Obama wouldnt know a cow if he saw one, well ok, he married a moose but thats besides the point.

    Put that up against Obama and its no contest.

    Thing is most people know nothing of Perry yet but thats what campaigns are for.

    Romney has 1 term as a Gov from 2002 to 2006 and done screw all since except run for President. Romneys Healthcare in Massachussets is a real raw open sore that is a big problem should he get the nom, he can’t take Obama on in that subject. Romney is a disaster in waiting for republicans and they know it.

  • Shadowfax

    Perry might make some of you drool but his religious antics, along with those of Bachmann make me want to puke.

    I hope if Hillary doesn’t run, I at least can vote for Trump (May 2012)…otherwise, my vote for a broken tea cup will be painful. It was difficult for me having to vote for McCain…but someone like the two above mentioned would leave me sick after voting. Worse then I felt voting for Gore or Kerry. Now, Kerry would make me just as sick.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax-

    I agree, Perry is good for one thing and it isn’t president. Bashing the current president but replacing him, NO. Bush had been doling out money to Texas during his 8yrs in office. Perry didn’t create the Texas economy, Bush did. After all, it his his home state. Confloyd was right about him. Perry mandated.. are you hearing me MANDATED.. every girl in the 6th Grade was required to get the Papaloma Virus Shot (unless their religious beliefs forbid it) Perry would NOT listen to reason after there were so many deaths and residual side effects reported related back to the PV shot. It took the Legislature to overturn his X-Order making the shot voluntary, which by the way expires this year. ( So tell me he’s not getting money from Merck and Big Pharma for his campaign.)

    Perry is NOT a reasonable man and I’m not about to jump from the frying pan into the fire because of another fanatic even if he is a Christian Evangelical. They are all radicals and will be mandating rules we have to belong to their Church or suffer the consequences… We can do better. But I will enjoy the show watching Obama squirm when Perry starts firing insulting rockets over his head. Pass the popcorn please!

  • hwc

    Hmmm. The government strapping kids down and giving them shots against their wishes. That oughtta get Perry a lot of lefty moonbat votes!

  • JanH

    Unlike obama, at least Bibi is listening to the people and trying to make positive change…

    Netanyahu: I want solutions in a month
    Cabinet dedicates meeting to socioeconomic debate.

    By Moti Bassok
    15.08.11

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he had asked the committee of experts charged with studying socioeconomic changes to find sustainable economic solutions that would also be sensitive to the population’s social needs. Netanyahu was speaking at the start of yesterday’s cabinet session in Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu said he was not interested in solutions that the country could not afford over time and would lead Israel into economic bankruptcy, as had happened in a number of European nations.

    Yesterday’s cabinet meeting was dedicated to economic matters and the effects of the world economic crisis on Israel.

    “I have asked Prof. [Manuel] Trajtenberg to present the socioeconomic cabinet with concrete solutions during September, as early as possible.”

    Trajtenberg heads the committee of experts studying the issues.

    Netanyahu said he wanted solutions to the issues of lowering the cost of living and closing socioeconomic gaps in Israel, including between the center of the country and the periphery.

    For his part, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz presented the cabinet with a macroeconomic survey of the first seven months of the year, with an emphasis on how actual government spending compared to the budget. Steinitz emphasized that Israel’s economy was in good shape: The economy was growing, exports were rising and the budget deficit was small, he said.

    Unemployment was droping and investment in Israel was growing at an impressive pace, the minister added, noting that inflation was expected to be 3.8% this year.

    Steinitz said, however, that the global economic situation, particularly in the United States and Europe, was fragile, and that Israel was dependent on those two regions for 70% of its exports. “We are marching on a very narrow bridge. If we stray significantly from our economic policy, we may very quickly fall off the bridge,” Steinitz said.

    As for the wave of protests sweeping the country, the finance minister said that child allowances and old age pensions were being slashed in Europe, along with government spending.

    Steinitz met over the weekend with a group of reserve pilots and told them he would not use tax money to bail out the large conglomerates, the so-called tycoons. He said there was no magical solution for their problems and that only reducing their leverage would work.

    Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer told the cabinet that the numbers were good and economic growth was forecast at 4.8% for this year, and 3.9% for 2012. He said staying within the budgetary framework was critical. According to Fischer, the markets have no mercy and Israel cannot think it is time to celebrate.

    http://www.haaretz.com/themarker/netanyahu-i-want-solutions-in-a-month-1.378654

  • Mrs. Smith

    Jan-

    It’s been so long since we’ve had a government concerned about it’s citizens and not about personal power and personal gain, it almost seems foreign to my eyes and ears reading about Israel’s future. Bibi’s plan and that of his ministers seems logical and caring of Israelis. Knowing they can’t afford to get too cocky now that they have a new venue for exports (gas and oil) adding to their economy which for all intents and purposes should flourish in the near future. Also, they are mindful of the precarious economic positions of Europe and the US in the worst case scenario failing, therefore planning offsets should that occur.

    The Clintons have the same mindset as Bibi, as they demonstrated back in the 90s. Hillary is our only shot for a return to Peace and Prosperity should she accept a Draft..

  • Shadowfax

    Yup Mrs. S- I hope we end up with a better choice than Perry or Bachmann. Too far right is as bad as too far left, in my book.

    Please God, let someone better run against the fraudulent Has Been.

  • Southern Born

    Why to we have to have such a pendulum swing? We go from evangelical necons to possibly Muslimn socialist or communist back to evangelical necons. What about a Clinton centerist? Forget good hair and rock star youth as well. What about good old experience and qualification?

  • Mrs. Smith

    Start the pop-corn- The Insider said, Obama wants to give a Big FU to White people… The show is about to begin..
    ____________________

    Obama Reelection Campaign Counteroffensive Launches This Week

    08.14.11

    Huffpo

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama launches a political counteroffensive this week, weighed down by a stunted economy, wilting support among some of his most ardent backers, and a daily bashing from the slew of Republicans campaigning for his job.

    “We’ve still got a long way to go to get to where we need to be. We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it’s going to take time to get out of it,” the president told the country over the weekend, all but pleading for people to stick with him.

    A deeply unsettled political landscape, with voters in a fiercely anti-incumbent mood, is framing the 2012 presidential race 15 months before Americans decide whether to give Obama a second term or hand power to the Republicans. Trying to ride out what seems to be an unrelenting storm of economic anxiety, people in the United States increasingly are voicing disgust with most all of the men and women, Obama included, they sent to Washington to govern them.

    With his approval numbers sliding, the Democratic president will try to ease their worries and sustain his resurrected fighting spirit when he sets off Monday on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. The trip is timed to dilute the GOP buzz emanating from the Midwest after Republicans gathered in Iowa over the weekend for a first test of the party’s White House candidates. The state holds the nation’s first nominating test in the long road toward choosing Obama’s opponent.

    “You have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president,” Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told elated supporters minutes after winning Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, essentially a fundraising event that also tests a candidate’s organizational and financial strength. She spent heavily and traveled throughout the state where she was born, casting herself as the evangelical Christian voice of the deeply conservative small-government, low-tax tea party wing of the GOP.

    Bachmann pulled in 4,823 votes, or 29 percent of those cast, edging out Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who drew 4,671 votes, or 28 percent. But while Democrats probably rejoiced that Bachmann’s ultraconservative voice gained strength among Republican contenders, the contest to challenge Obama in November 2012 grew even more jumbled. While the voting was under way in Ames, Iowa, Republicans also had to keep an eye on South Carolina, where Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a cleverly timed entrance into the race.

    Like Bachmann and all the other candidates, Perry ravaged Obama. He said the president was presiding over an “economic disaster,” in a declaration that stole some of Bachmann’s political thunder and undercut the front-runner status of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who didn’t compete in the Iowa test vote. Perry clearly cast a broad shadow across the Republican contest.

    Obama, expecting the political shelling he would take, fired pre-emptively in his weekly radio and Internet address to the nation on Saturday. He told listeners that it was the Republicans running for president and serving in Congress who were at work crushing voters’ hopes and dreams.

    The question for Obama and his backers remains: Will he sustain the counterattack? Of late, he’s been seen by even his most staunch supporters as too ready to retreat from critical ground when confronted by intransigent Republicans.

    Polls show voters hold both parties to blame for the stunted economic recovery, an unseemly political fight over raising the limit on U.S. borrowing, an anemic deal to cut the government deficit, the subsequent and unprecedented downgrade of the country’s credit rating, wild stock market gyrations and an unemployment rate stuck above 9 percent.

    In the face of that reality, Obama is tacking to put some wind in his re-election sails, apparently convinced that he can gather speed by turning up the attack on Congress.

    “You’ve got a right to be frustrated,” the president said in his weekly address. “I am. Because you deserve better. I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town start delivering.”

    He chastised Republicans for brinksmanship, saying “some in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.”

    That’s an assessment that has some validity, particularly among the new class of House Republicans who have used their outsized legislative power to stymie Obama at every turn since their election last November.

    Working in Obama’s favor is a Republican Party still struggling to find a presidential candidate who lights a fire with voters. Questions remain about the appeal of Bachmann and Paul beyond, respectively, the more conservative and libertarian wings of the party.

    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, looking for a strong showing in Iowa to boost his struggling candidacy, ended a distant third with 2,293 votes, or 14 percent. On Sunday, he quit the race.

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, wasn’t on the ballot and isn’t a candidate yet. But she showed up at the Iowa State Fair a day before the vote, drawing huge crowds and saying she hadn’t ruled out running.

    Like Bachmann and Perry, Palin is a tea party favorite, but her coyness about joining the race could hurt her chances should she finally declare.

    While Obama’s bus tour is meant, in part, to blunt the Iowa Republican festivities, it will have to compete for attention as the country digests Perry’s rhetorical assault on Obama’s presidency.

    Perry, a former Democrat and the nation’s longest-serving governor, told his appreciative audience that Obama’s government had “an insatiable desire to spend our children’s inheritance.” He accused Obama of presiding over an “economic disaster” that has been “downgrading our hope for a better future.”

    “I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can,” Perry said, clearly bowing to his tea party backing. Specifics for turning his promises into realities were absent.

    By entering the race on the same day as the Iowa voting, Perry angered some Republicans but saved some campaign cash and energy.

    If nothing else, voters won’t be able to ignore the fact that Perry’s speaking style and swagger are eerily reminiscent of another Texas governor who made the transition to the national stage: President George W. Bush.

    With his solid credentials on social as well as economic issues, Perry is an immediate threat to Bachmann, Romney and every other GOP candidate.

    Romney did not participate in the Iowa poll, which he won four years ago before dropping out of the race when he failed to catch fire against eventual nominee John McCain. Romney did join all the announced candidates Thursday at an Iowa debate.

    But it was his pre-debate visit to the Iowa State Fair that produced a political gift to the Democrats.

    Responding to a heckler who challenged him on tax policies that benefit big business, he blurted out that “corporations are people, my friend.” The Democratic National Committee quickly used video of that remark in pre-straw poll television ads in Des Moines, the state capital. It was the kind of business-friendly Republican applause line that could haunt him with undecided voters and disaffected Democrats.

    Obama and the other GOP hopefuls now face daily scrutiny as well as they try to avoid for the same kind of misstep. That’s a nearly impossible task in the long, arduous and expensive path toward the White House.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I have to say going in- Obama sounds pathetic in his opening round speaking in front of an audience as mentioned in the above post.

    He would have been better off starting with an elephant has four knees and why have an elephant in the room if you don’t have to?

  • turndownobama

    Why to we have to have such a pendulum swing? We go from evangelical necons to possibly Muslimn socialist or communist back to evangelical necons. What about a Clinton centerist?

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

    Because Hillary would get stuff done, which the corporate media don’t want. Pendulum swings because the voters don’t like either of the factions that have been winning lately. Pendulum swings between exxtremists because the media likes to portray people as extremists; probably neither the Tea Party evangelicals nor Obama are really as extreme as they are painted.

  • gonzotx

    JanH
    August 14th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Double Standard on Bin Laden Film

    The White House cozies up to the makers of a film about the death of Osama bin Laden.

    Tara McKelvey on why the usual hard line on classified information has been dropped.

    Aug 13, 2011

    Republicans see it as the height of hypocrisy. While Obama administration officials aggressively prosecute leaks to the press, they are opening the door—perhaps even sharing classified details—to the makers of a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    The film will presumably make President Obama look good, and even worse—for Republicans, at least—it is slated to open on Oct. 12, 2012, shortly before the presidential election.

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

    Seriously, no one is going to go to that movie.

  • gonzotx

    Obama Celebrates Ramadan at the White House (video)

    http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-celebrating-ramadan-at-white-house-quintessentially-american-tradition/

    “Islam has always been part of our American family.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    That would be HIS family…

  • Shadowfax

    Insider: Absolutely. And that’s a big change from what I used to say to you isn’t it? I told you and told you Democrats were disgusted over Obama. You remember that? Nobody else was saying that. And now look at what is being reported – Democrats disgusted over Obama. Whispers of Hillary heading out the door. A push to have her run against Obama – something that sadly I have been told she won’t do. (Sniff, sniff) More whispers of some other Democrat challenging the president. That information I sent you about the debt ceiling…Obama walking out and threatening Democrats. Threatening to fucking veto Democrats! You messaged me saying I got it wrong. That it was the Republicans he walked out on…right? That’s what you said – that I got it wrong.

    …The president – I was told of this about a week ago, maybe two weeks ago…(pause)… the president actually considered quitting. He really did. But now he’s going on the attack. He wants to give a big F-You to White America – that’s actually one of his primary motivations. (This comes as no surprise to us, MO was more open about her hatred, but Barry just used his Obots to advance himself while keeping his hands in their pockets) You think the race card has been played up before? Just wait. 2012 is gonna be the most brutal political cycle we have ever witnessed.

    ————–
    No hope for Hillary running…that really sucks but is no surprise at this point.

    Insider is hopeful, so it’s the only good news we have heard in a long time.

    (Thanks Mrs. S- on the Insider heads up)

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadow-

    Obama has nothing to run on- His record during his presidency stinks. He has been the biggest disaster this country have even had the bad fortune to elect. No one believes anything he has to say anymore because we have nothing to show it. If he thinks White America is going to put up with him attacking us, Americans will be on him like a Duck on a June Bug..

    All the speeches and big empty promises about fixing Washington has been nothing but a Big Fat Lie. He’s hired over 200,000 workers since he’s been in office. How much do you think those unneeded workers are costing the American Tax Payer a month? It has to be millions. They are probably working as an extension of his campaign crew. Then you have a layer of Czars who must be in the 6 figure salary range hired to circumvent and avoid congressional oversight.

    Then you have 23 assistants for the wife, who thinks of nothing but buying designer clothes, makeup artists, hairstylists and pigging out at the Shake Shack besides throwing expensive parties for AA athletes because they donate to his campaign. If nothing else, Americans can’t afford nor should they continue supporting their opulent lifestyle and 11 car security entourage when they go visiting. They need to go home to Chicago and start paying their own way. Americans are sick of wasting their money on people who are dead weight and not worth keeping in our employ.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Anyone interested in reading the Insider’s report to Ulsterman about Obama’s plan of attack for his re-election campaign can read it here @ http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  • Mrs. Smith

    12 unions tell Dems they’ll boycott convention in N. Carolina

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Casting North Carolina as an anti-union bastion with “regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers,” more than a dozen trade unions affiliated with the national AFL-CIO have told the Democratic National Committee that they will sit out the 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Coming on the heels of some liberals’ complaints that President Barack Obama is giving in to Republicans, the unions’ decision is another sign that key Democratic allies are unhappy with Obama and other party leaders as they gear up for a difficult election season.

    It’s also a signal that anything relating to Charlotte — from its besieged hometown bank to its lack of unionized hotels — will face scrutiny as the city eases into the national spotlight.

    Labor unions have long played an integral role in Democratic conventions. And some big ones, including the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union, still plan to be active participants when the Democrats come to Charlotte in 2012.

    Local and state labor leaders also are still on board. The N.C. AFL-CIO helped lobby for Charlotte to be the convention site. On Friday, a leader of the Raleigh-based labor group called the national unions’ decision understandable, but “shortsighted.”

    “I think the only way we’re going to change things here is if people understand the struggles here. I’m encouraged that the Democratic Party wants to make investments here in the state,” said MaryBe McMillian, secretary-treasurer of the N.C. AFL-CIO. “This convention is going to bring much-needed work for union members and thousands of unemployed North Carolinians.” With new Democratic convention rules barring donations from corporations, federal lobbyists and PACs — including those affiliated with labor unions — the Charlotte gathering already was forecast to be less reliant than past conventions on big financial support from organized labor.

    Still, the decision by the national unions — representing 2.5 million workers in the building and construction trades — reflects disappointment from labor activists who Democrats count on to get union members to the polls.

    “There is broad frustration with the party and all elected officials, broad frustration with the lack of a union agenda,” Michael Monroe, chief of staff of the AFL-CIO’s building trades division, told The Associated Press. “People are looking for outlets to express that frustration.” The decision by the building trades came after a vote by leaders of the unit’s 13 affiliate unions, including the Laborers, Painters and Electrical Workers.

    In a letter this week to Democratic Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the unions bemoaned the persistently high unemployment rate nationwide and the choice of Charlotte at a time when union members “face assault after assault” in Washington and in some state capitals.

    “We find it troubling that the party so closely associated with basic human rights would choose a state with the lowest unionization rate in the country,” Mark Ayers, president of the building trades unit, wrote Wasserman, who is also a congresswoman from Florida.

    Those busy planning the Charlotte convention appeared unfazed — at least publicly — by the unions’ action.

    “We were proud to have the support of local labor leaders when we chose Charlotte to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, including the N.C. AFL-CIO,” Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a statement. “The DNCC will continue to work closely with local and national labor leaders as we prepare for the convention next September.” That reaction was echoed by former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Murrey, who now heads Charlotte’s host committee.

    “We’ve been having frequent discussions with the local labor unions and the state representatives,” he said. “They’ve been very helpful in the planning process and … on getting the word out to people.” Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who led Charlotte’s campaign to get the convention, had no comment, deferring to party officials, said a spokesman.

    There was also no comment from Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, who is leading the local fundraising campaign for the convention. “His work in this effort continues,” said spokesman Tom Williams. “Any actual status on numbers will be via the election (fundraising) reports.” Despite the strong language in the unions’ letter, at least one of the 13 says it is still considering whether to go.

    “The Teamsters Union has not gone through our own internal decision process about the Democratic National Convention,” said spokeswoman Leigh Strope.

    Monroe of the AFL-CIO said the decision doesn’t preclude individual members of the unions from running as delegates, and some of the unions apparently are still considering how to proceed.

    But the angst could spread. The International Association of Machinists, which is not part of the building trades, said it also has decided to skip the convention after participating for decades.

    “This is the union that came up with the idea for Labor Day and this convention starts on Labor Day in a right-to-work state,” said IAM spokesman Rick Sloan. “We see that as an affront to working men and women across this country.” Monroe said the unions are being careful not to use the term “boycott” because they don’t want to damage Obama’s re-election prospects. He said money is also a major factor, when unions are spending millions trying to beat back efforts by Republican lawmakers to diminish union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states.

    “It would be disappointing to our members to see us doing business as usual, diverting resources that we know are scarce when we should be laser-like focused on getting elected officials focused on the jobs agenda,” Monroe said.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/08/13/2525693/12-unions-tell-dems-theyll-boycott.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Monroe said the unions are being careful not to use the term “boycott” because they don’t want to damage Obama’s re-election prospects.”
    _______________________

    Uh- except there will be no services provided by the hotels in the area. This will be complete chaos if they follow through.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The media has finally turned on Obama reporting the Truth for a change. That is the only “Change we can believe in so far!”
    ____________________

    Obama’s New Spending Proposal: An Infrastructure Slush Fund

    August 15, 2011
    Townhall.com

    With the U.S. economy in disarray, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Team Obama has no new ideas to help spark economic growth. The various rounds of stimulus had little positive effect and left the nation with an additional $5 trillion in debt. So, it should come as no surprise that the president’s “best” idea is another round of “infrastructure spending”. Here we go again. Obama’s latest, pathetic prattling about infrastructure and a third (or fourth by my count) stimulus shows that Obama has learned nothing during his thirty months in office. Only recently, Obama admitted he had learned the painful lesson that many of the proposed “shovel ready” projects weren’t shovel ready.

    good article

    read more at link:

    http://townhall.com/columnists/luritadoan/2011/08/15/obamas_new_spending_proposal_an_infrastructure_slush_fund

  • Mrs. Smith

    What I gathered from Ulsterman’s article is all avenues are being pursued addressing Obama’s direct involvement in the Fast and Furious Scandal including the question of his Birth Certificate. There is a full on effort going on behind the scenes to oust Obama from the WH before the election if not him directly, his firewall AG Holder definitely.
    __________________

    Update: Obstruction of justice by Hawaiian officials producing subpoenaed evidence.

    Just How Far Will the Hawaii Department of Health Go to Cover for Obama…and Themselves?

    August 14, 2011

    FORMER DIRECTOR’S CALENDAR RELEASED UNDER OPEN RECORDS LAW, BUT REQUEST FOR CURRENT DIRECTOR’S CALENDAR “DENIED IN ITS ENTIRETY.”

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/08/13/just-how-far-will-the-hawaii-department-of-health-go-to-cover-for-obama-and-themselves/

  • JanH

    Andy has upHill fight to win in ’16: top Dem

    By FREDRIC U. DICKER
    August 15, 2011

    Gov. Cuomo can for get running for president in 2016 because Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to beat him — and everyone else — in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination, predicts one of the nation’s best-known Democrats.

    Cuomo’s presidential prospect are “dim” because “it’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell.

    “I think Andrew should look elsewhere . . . Andrew and everybody else will be running for vice president [instead],” Rendell, who backed Clinton over Barack Obama for president in 2008 and is close to former President Bill Clinton, told The Post.

    But Rendell went on to say Cuomo could be ineligible to serve as vice president with Clinton because experts believe the Constitution’s 12th Amendment restricts Electoral College members from voting for a president and vice president from the same state.

    In a tight election, Democrats would desperately need the votes of New York’s electors to prevail.

    “Andrew couldn’t be vice president because he and Hillary are from New York, right?” Rendell said.

    Both Cuomo and Secretary of State Clinton are Westchester residents.

    Rendell didn’t say why he was convinced Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016.

    Late last year, she called her top Obama administration post “my last public position.”

    And while some analysts have suggested Clinton might again challenge Obama in a Democratic primary, leading Democrats say there’s no chance of that unless the president’s approval rating drops sharply among his fellow party members.

    Cuomo was widely mentioned as a likely 2016 Democratic presidential contender after he successfully shepherded a gay-marriage bill through the Legislature in late June.

    Several Democrats, including former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr., and Republicans have also mentioned Cuomo as a possible replacement next year for Vice President Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate.

    *

    Meanwhile, Suffolk County Sen. Lee Zeldin, a Republican, did his part earlier this month to contribute to the Cuomo presidential talk.

    Appearing with Cuomo at a Long Island press conference, Zeldin praised Cuomo’s accomplishments and then contrasted them with the difficulties faced by Obama.

    “Putting all politics aside, I would honestly say if you were in the White House right now, our nation would be in a better place today than it is,” Zeldin told Cuomo and the assembled crowd.

    *

    While Cuomo’s tough-talking secretary, Larry Schwartz, has earned the nickname “BB” — as in big balls — from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his rough and forceful style of dealing with the Legislature, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, widely viewed as weak and vacillating, has earned a far less flattering initialed description as “CB,” or chipmunk balls.

    Three sources said DiNapoli was regularly referred to in both the former Paterson and current Cuomo administrations as having chipmunk balls or as the “Chipmunk” because of his alleged unwillingness to help the governor battle spendthrift lawmakers.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/andy_has_uphill_fight_to_win_in_5KTrLL65gxWbwP2IbnRD8I

  • Carol

    Shadowfax

    I agree with you completely as to Perry and Bachman.

    Hillary is the only Dem who could possibly win….there isn’t another dem I would vote for.

    If not Hillary, then I am hoping Trump will get in to the race.

  • JanH

    A little long, and very disturbing…

    August 13, 2011

    An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends

    By ELIZABETH RUBIN

    A FEW weeks ago I received an e-mail from an acquaintance with the subject line: Have you seen the video everyone is talking about?

    I clicked play, and there was Howard Dean, on March 19 in Berlin, at his most impassioned, extolling the virtues of a woman named Maryam Rajavi and insisting that America should recognize her as the president of Iran.

    Ms. Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, are the leaders of a militant Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen Khalq, or Warriors of God. The group’s forces have been based for the last 25 years in Iraq, where I visited them shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003.

    Mr. Dean’s speech stunned me. But then came Rudolph W. Giuliani saying virtually the same thing. At a conference in Paris last December, an emotional Mr. Giuliani told Ms. Rajavi, “These are the most important yearnings of the human soul that you support, and for your organization to be described as a terrorist organization is just simply a disgrace.” I thought I was watching The Onion News Network. Did Mr. Giuliani know whom he was talking about?

    Evidently not. In fact, an unlikely chorus of the group’s backers — some of whom have received speaking fees, others of whom are inspired by their conviction that the Iranian government must fall at any cost — have gathered around Mujahedeen Khalq at conferences in capitals across the globe.

    This group of luminaries includes two former chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff, Gens. Hugh H. Shelton and Peter Pace; Wesley K. Clark, the former NATO commander; Gen. James L. Jones, who was President Obama’s national security adviser; Louis J. Freeh, the former F.B.I. director; the former intelligence officials Dennis C. Blair and Michael V. Hayden; the former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson; the former attorney general Michael B. Mukasey, and Lee H. Hamilton, a former congressman who was co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

    Indeed, the Rajavis and Mujahedeen Khalq are spending millions in an attempt to persuade the Obama administration, and in particular Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to take them off the national list of terrorist groups, where the group was listed in 1997. Delisting the group would enable it to lobby Congress for support in the same way that the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 allowed the Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi to do.

    Mrs. Clinton should ignore their P.R. campaign. Mujahedeen Khalq is not only irrelevant to the cause of Iran’s democratic activists, but a totalitarian cult that will come back to haunt us.

    When I arrived at Camp Ashraf, the base of the group’s operations, in April 2003, I thought I’d entered a fictional world of female worker bees. Everywhere I saw women dressed exactly alike, in khaki uniforms and mud-colored head scarves, driving back and forth in white pickup trucks, staring ahead in a daze as if they were working at a factory in Maoist China. I met dozens of young women buried in the mouths of tanks, busily tinkering with the engines. One by one, the girls bounded up to me and my two minders to recite their transformations from human beings to acolytes of Ms. Rajavi. One said she had been suicidal in Iran until she found Ms. Rajavi on the Internet.

    At Camp Ashraf, 40 miles north of Baghdad, near the Iranian border, 3,400 members of the militant group reside in total isolation on a 14-square-mile tract of harsh desert land. Access to the Internet, phones and information about the outside world is prohibited. Posters of Ms. Rajavi and her smiling green eyes abound. Meanwhile, she lives in luxury in France; her husband has remained in hiding since the United States occupied Iraq in 2003.

    During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the group served as Mr. Hussein’s own private militia opposing the theocratic government in Tehran. For two decades, he gave the group money, weapons, jeeps and military bases along the border with Iran. In return, the Rajavis pledged their fealty.

    In 1991, when Mr. Hussein crushed a Shiite uprising in the south and attempted to carry out a genocide against the Kurds in the north, the Rajavis and their army joined his forces in mowing down fleeing Kurds.

    Ms. Rajavi told her disciples, “Take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.” Many followers escaped in disgust.

    So the Rajavis then began preying on Iranian refugees and asylum seekers in Europe to fill their ranks. The Rajavis promise them salaries, marriage, family, freedom and a great cause — fighting the Iranian government. Then the unwitting youths arrive in Iraq.

    What is most disturbing is how the group treats its members. After the Iran-Iraq war, Mr. Rajavi orchestrated an ill-planned offensive, deploying thousands of young men and women into Iran on a mass martyrdom operation. Instead of capturing Iran, as they believed they would, thousands of them were slaughtered, including parents, husbands and wives of those I met in Iraq in 2003.

    After my visit, I met and spoke to men and women who had escaped from the group’s clutches. Many had to be deprogrammed. They recounted how people were locked up if they disagreed with the leadership or tried to escape; some were even killed.

    Friendships and all emotional relationships are forbidden. From the time they are toddlers, boys and girls are not allowed to speak to each other. Each day at Camp Ashraf you had to report your dreams and thoughts.

    If a man was turned on by the scent of a woman or a whiff of perfume, he had to confess. Members had to attend weekly ideological cleansings in which they publicly confessed their sexual desires. Members were even forced to divorce and take a vow of lifelong celibacy to ensure that all their energy and love would be directed toward Maryam and Massoud.

    Mr. Hamilton and Generals Jones and Clark have been paid speakers’ fees by front groups for Mujahedeen Khalq and have spoken in support of the group in public conferences. They claimed ignorance of how the group treated its members.

    “I don’t know a lot about the group,” Mr. Hamilton told me over the phone last week. But in 1994, when he was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Hamilton received a report describing the group as a violent cult with a distinct ideology synthesizing Marxism and messianic Shiism.

    At a February conference in Paris, Mr. Dean praised the group’s extraordinary “bill of rights.” And General Jones said to Ms. Rajavi: “It is time for those of us from the United States who have come to know and admire you and your colleagues and your goals to do what is required to recognize the legitimacy of your movement and your ideals.” When I asked General Jones last week if he knew that some considered the group a totalitarian cult, he replied, “This is the first time I’ve heard anything about this.”

    He said he’d checked with military and F.B.I. officials. “I wanted to make sure we weren’t supporting a group that was doing nefarious things that I don’t know about,” he said. “Nobody brought it up, so I didn’t know what questions to ask.”

    IN fact, a 2004 F.B.I. report on the group detailed a joint investigation by the American and German police, which revealed that the group’s cell in Cologne, Germany, had used money from a complex fraud scheme to buy military equipment. The group used children with multiple identities to claim multiple benefit checks from the German government. Evidence also showed that the group had obtained money in Los Angeles to purchase GPS units to increase the accuracy of planned mortar attacks on Tehran.

    It is possible that such plots do not bother General Jones and other supporters of the group. But Iraq will no longer tolerate its presence. Its government wants the Mujahedeen Khalq out of the country by the end of the year. In April, Iraqi forces attacked Camp Ashraf. General Jones and other supporters of the group were outraged.

    They are right that we should have compassion for those trapped inside the camp. A 2009 RAND Corporation study found that up to 70 percent of the group’s members there might have been held against their will. If the group’s American cheerleaders cared for those at the camp half as much as they did for the Rajavis, they would be insisting on private Red Cross visits with each man and woman at Camp Ashraf.

    American officials who support the group like to quote the saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” By this logic, the group’s opposition to the Tehran theocracy justifies American backing. But there is another saying to consider: “The means are the ends.”

    By using the Mujahedeen Khalq to provoke Tehran, we will end up damaging our integrity and reputation, and weaken the legitimate democracy movement within Iran.

    As a senior State Department official told me, “They are the best financed and organized, but they are so despised inside Iran that they have no traction.” Iranian democracy activists say the group, if it had had the chance, could have become the Khmer Rouge of Iran.

    “They are considered traitors and killers of Iranian kids,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Mujahedeen Khalq’s status on the terrorist list is under review. “They are so unpopular that we think any gesture of support to them would disqualify and discredit us as being interested in democratic reform.”

    If the group is taken off the terrorist list, it will be able to freely lobby the American government under the guise of an Iranian democracy movement.

    Recent history has shown that the United States often ends up misguidedly supporting not only the wrong exile groups in the Middle East, but the least relevant ones. We cannot afford to be so naïve or misguided again.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/opinion/sunday/an-iranian-cult-and-its-american-friends.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

  • NewMexicoFan

    However, Carol, and all, I understand HRC’s reluctance to conducting a primary campaign again, especially like the one she had. I don’t think she should have to.

    After all, she won that one. I think they should nominate her at the convention, and elect her by acclimation.

  • BASIL99

    I find all the HRC-should-run headlines pathetic. Too little, too late. If I was her, I would resign before the 2012 election and spend the rest of her days enjoying her friends, her family, writing books, speaking and let the friggin’ dims sink under the weight of Obamatron and wife.

    I hope she does NOT lift a finger at this point. Even if she were to jump in for 2012 or 2016, the country is such a disaster under BO’s rule that she would get the blame for everything.

    Forget it. I believe 2008 was her time. She was robbed. Let karma dispense justice. She should have a clean conscience (except for giving in at the convention and bowing to demands to select BO).

    That’s my opinion.

  • confloyd

    Please pray for my daughter..she is having the gastric sleeve surgery this morning.
    I a m also hoping Obama does a LBJ and our girl gets into the race

  • JanH

    confloyd,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    (((HUGS))

  • admin

    The Hillary 2012 versus Obama story appeared in Le Figaro this past weekend. One of the commenters linked to Big Pink:

    http://blog.lefigaro.fr/obamazoom/2011/08/hillary-clinton-candidate-contre-obama.html#comment-346247

  • Mrs. Smith

    confloyd

    I’ll be thinking positive thought about her today hoping her surgery goes smoothly and she recovers quickly. Don’t forget to let us know how she is doing later on -

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin
    August 15th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Hillary is looking very happy in that photo- The end of her tenure with Obama must be drawing near. She is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel… Oh.. Happy Day..

  • turndownobama

    “it’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman Ed Rendell.

    “I think Andrew should look elsewhere . . . Andrew and everybody else will be running for vice president [instead],” Rendell, who backed Clinton over Barack Obama for president in 2008 and is close to former President Bill Clinton, told The Post.

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

    Rendell might know something. But would he talk to the NY Post, which is not a very reliable source? What is Rendell saying elsewhere?

  • NewMexicoFan

    I thought the French and the German people thought he was so GREAT. I guess they have changed their minds.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Someone is worried…
    _____________________________

    $2.2 million for Secret Service’s new armored buses

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0411/22_million_pricetag_for_Obamas_new_armored_buses.html#

  • jbstonesfan

    Best wishes and prays for your daughter.

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  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • rgb44hrc

    moononpluto
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    NMF, still feel once Obama gets stuck in stiff headwinds, he’ll do an LBJ and call some health issue or whatever and run away like the chickenshit he is.
    &&&&&&&&

    TOP TEN REASONS OBAMA COULD GIVE FOR PULLING AN “L.B.J.”.

    10. The girls cannot prosper in a pressure packed environment where they are lavished every luxury.

    9. This job is too stressful.

    8. I am seeking an even more important position, Healer of the World.

    7. One day, I woke up and looked in the mirror, and said to myself, “This is not my beautiful house, this is not my beautiful wife…”

    6. My doctor advised me that I have two critical medical conditions, “Megalomanianaricissitosis”, and “Slackeritis”.

    5. I never get to golf any more.

    4. I shocked! Shocked! to find that there’s politics in Washington.

    3. I have realized that I never will find that birth certificate. I even looked under the couch. In 2008, no biggie, but it seems that they’re going to get all strict about it in 2012.

    2. It’s time the United States of America have a leader in the Oval Office.

    1. My word, I have NO clue what I’m doing.

  • turndownobama

    1. Hillary was right.

  • jeswezey

    admin: “The Hillary 2012 versus Obama story appeared in Le Figaro this past weekend. One of the commenters linked to Big Pink:”
    *****

    Hey, admin, I had to read almost to the end of the comments to find the link to H44. So you must be able to read French. Furthermore, you must have noticed that 4/5ths of the comments were practically identical to H44 analyses: They seem to realize that Waffles is a boob, that HRC would have been better, and wish there were a way to get rid of him NOW (one says that’s possible in Italy, Germany and UK but neither in France nor the US).

    ===========
    NewMexicoFan: “I thought the French and the German people thought he was so GREAT. I guess they have changed their minds.”
    *********

    Yes, apparently that’s true from the blog admin linked to.

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