More Shamelessness From The Obama Left – The 39% Bus Tour Dictator Solution

We read it at the end of last week and we ran for cover. We thought nuclear warfare would explode on the internets. Instead there was silence.

Such is the desperation on the Obama Left that no indecency, no corruption on behalf of the golden calf is unexplored. Michael Tomasky debased himself (again) last week in service to Barack Obama. Read it and weep for the corruption that is the Obama Left:

“If Obama wants to show he’s grown a backbone, he should force Congress into recess and make appointments that Republicans have been blocking, says Michael Tomasky.”

That’s right – in order for Obama to prove he is a man he should get rid of Congress so he can make recess appointments. How low can these Obama hacks go? These are the very same “liberals” who used to protest against the “imperial presidency”. These are the “liberals” and “progressives” who attacked Hillary for insufficiently attacking the “unitary executive”. These are the very same fake “liberals” and “Progressives In Name Only” who denounced George W. Bush for his exercise of presidential power. Here’s Tomasky now, calling for a seeming dictatorship in everything but name:

“I’ve been wondering lately the same thing as a lot of liberals in Washington: when and how will the president ever grow some backbone? Sure, the post-debt-deal polls show that he came out of the mess looking somewhat less terrible than the Republicans. But he looks weak, and he’ll keep getting pushed around until he throws down on something. I’m planning an occasional series about what that something could be, and here’s idea No. 1: force the Congress into recess and make a slew of appointments.”

Tomasky asserts the president, under Article II Section 3 of the Constitution, has the power to adjourn the Congress and Obama should do so. Then under the recess appointment power granted the president in an earlier age when communications and travel made such a power a necessity, Tomasky urges Obama force feed federal appointments in order to make himself appear tough.

Imagine if George W. Bush or Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon, or Lyndon Johnson, had ever exercised such an abuse of power. Further, imagine if in future a Republican president decides to adopt Tomasky’s vile argument. Can you year the howls of “Dictator”?

Fake liberal Tomasky does not care that the consequence of his proposal may be used in circumstances and by people he does not worship. The consequences to American be damned.

PINO Tomasky’s concern is only for golden calf Barack Obama to exhibit his shriveled, raisin sized, testicles for all to admire as much as Tomasky apparently does. Tomasky loves them raisin-y Obama testicles:

“But imagine the Obama who invoked his constitutional power for a change, forced a congressional adjournment, and put Cordray—and a hundred other appointees doing the limbo—to work? Conservatives would howl that he was behaving like a dictator. But liberals would be enraptured, and I feel certain that most independents would be impressed that the guy finally drew a line in the sand over something. An Obama who did that would light this town up, and he’d be making a stand that would serve not only him well but also future occupants of his office of both parties (which is how he could package it in keeping with his post-partisan daydreams).”

Tomasky is absolutely idiotic in thinking that “liberals would be enraptured” – not any liberals that we know. Tomasky is absolutely delusional in thinking that “independents would be impressed.”

Tomasky is exactly right in saying that if Obama did adjourn Congress in order to bypass Congress and make recess appointments it would “light this town up.” But not in the way Tomasky audaciously dreams. Tomasky should read up on King Charles I’s order for Parliament to adjourn and how Cromwell and that Parliament reacted.

Shameless Tomasky in his rapturous love for Barack Obama will, like the rest of the Obama Left, do and say anything for the greater glory of their golden calf. Here is Tomasky the day after election day 2008 in full rapture and writing silly things about the past campaign, past history, and the future with Barack:

“In the meantime, here are a few matters on which I feel pretty confident. He will obey the US constitution. He’ll reject the Bush-Cheney theory of the “unitary executive” and will relinquish some of the executive power they amassed on matters such as domestic surveillance.”

Tomasky has traveled from opposition to the “unitary executive” to placing a crown on the ol’ grey head. Disgusting.

It’s easy to understand why the Obama Left is so desperate. After all, this week finds Obama downgraded to 39% approval. An appeals court has declared the Obama health scam to be unconstitutional thereby setting up a resolution of the issue by the Supreme Court. And for many Americans Obama just isn’t working out because they have no jobs to work at.



Obama’s reaction to the disasters he has wrought and those he has made worse? Why, vacation of course, on the taxpayer dime. Time to head on up to lovely Martha’s Vineyard and cavort with the ghost of the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur.

But first things first. First, Obama will loot the taxpayer with an all expenses paid for by the taxpayer series of campaign stops in states Obama will eventually lose.

To make matters worse, all the plots and plans of the Obama thugs regarding who they thought they would be running against are falling apart. Hey, we told you so. None of those on the Iowa debate stage are going to be the nominee of the Republican party. There are still a few others, or at least one more candidate, outside the arena biding her time to get in.

And who knows, there might be more surprises in store in 2012, not 2016, when Obama finally realizes the American people get to drive the bus they paid for.

The American people will not, contra Tomasky, make Obama their dictator. That bus trip Obama is on will end with Obama himself under the bus.

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201 thoughts on “More Shamelessness From The Obama Left – The 39% Bus Tour Dictator Solution

  1. 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.

  2. BLUNT ASSESSMENT OF O’CLUELESS

    Peter Wehner assesses the Ever Shrinking President. The last paragraph is quoted here:

    As Mr. Obama is increasingly overwhelmed by events, as he and his presidency shrink before our eyes, his worst tendencies are being exacerbated, his narcissism further exposed, his anger at an unaccommodating world more pronounced. A man of supreme self-regard is watching things crumble before his eyes. He is obviously not well equipped to process any of this. It is enough for one to feel, if only for a moment, some pity for Mr. Obama. These are not easy days for him, and certainly not for his country.

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/08/12/obama-emotions-mind/

    Barack Obama’s Emotional State of Mind
    ========================

    Peter Wehner

    I’ve developed an interest in President Obama ’s speeches not because they are eloquent or uplifting — they are neither — but because of what they reveal about his emotional state of mind. And Mr. Obama’s remarks in Holland, Michigan yesterday are helpful in that respect.

    After once again blaming the economic slowdown on (among other things) the Arab Spring and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Mr. Obama said this:

    “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in Washington the last few months has been the worst kind of partisanship, the worst kind of gridlock — and that gridlock has undermined public confidence and impeded our efforts to take the steps we need for our economy…. This downgrade you’ve been reading about could have been entirely avoided if there had been a willingness to compromise in Congress. See, it didn’t happen because we don’t have the capacity to pay our bills — it happened because Washington doesn’t have the capacity to come together and get things done. It was a self-inflicted wound. That’s why people are frustrated. Maybe you hear it in my voice — that’s why I’m frustrated. Because you deserve better. You guys deserve better.”
    &&&&&&&

    Mr. Obama then added, “The only thing preventing these bills from being passed is the refusal of some folks in Congress to put the country ahead of party. There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.”

    About these comments several things can be said, starting with this: There is something highly unusual in watching a president call attention to his own impotence. The president is declaring to the world that he is simply too weak to govern. Not only that, he wants all of America to know that he’s darn frustrated about it. You can even hear it in his voice. The president is frustrated that on his watch, and for the first time in history, America’s credit rating has been downgraded. He’s frustrated that the economy is getting worse rather than better. He’s frustrated taxes aren’t higher. He’s frustrated that his stewardship led to one of the worst mid-term election repudiations in history. And he’s frustrated that he’s overseeing what many people worry is the decline of the American empire.

    The president, who is essentially admitting that he is unable to do anything about this, wants to make sure the country is keenly aware of the state of his emotions, the depth of his frustrations, the deep pain caused by his ineptness. But my guess is that the public isn’t particularly interested in Mr. Obama’s emotional exhibitionism. They care about jobs and growth; they don’t want to hear excuses or complaints, especially since Mr. Obama’s chief selling point in 2008 was that he alone would bring an end to partisanship and gridlock.

    As for the president’s claim that some folks in Congress refuse to “put the country ahead of party” and that they would “rather see their opponents lose than see America win”: this repeats a nasty little Obama habit, which is not simply to disagree with his opponents but to impugn their character. The Tea Party and Republican Members of Congress can’t possibly believe that the federal government is too large, spending needs to be reduced, and taxes shouldn’t be raised. And they certainly can’t believe that the philosophy they hold and the policies they embrace are in the best interest of America. It’s easier to assume they are knaves and traitors to their country.

    If there’s anything we have learned about Mr. Obama during the last two-and-a-half years, it is his obsessive need to advertise his moral superiority. He wants us to believe – he is desperate for us to believe – that his motivations are pure, that he is the only adult in Washington, that he is a champion for the national interest while his critics are champions of special interests. It is not enough for Obama to be president; he wants us to believe he’s Sir Galahad.

    As Mr. Obama is increasingly overwhelmed by events, as he and his presidency shrink before our eyes, his worst tendencies are being exacerbated, his narcissism further exposed, his anger at an unaccommodating world more pronounced. A man of supreme self-regard is watching things crumble before his eyes. He is obviously not well equipped to process any of this. It is enough for one to feel, if only for a moment, some pity for Mr. Obama. These are not easy days for him, and certainly not for his country.

  3. Admin, thanks for the post 2008 election Tomansky piece. Another one of those pieces extolling how Obama is quite possibly the smartest human being ever to trod the earth.

    Good for a belly laugh:

    “Obama, it seems, knows almost too much. The truest words I read about him over these past 20 months came in something I happened across just the other day, right before the voting. I didn’t think to bookmark it and now I can’t find it, but it was one of his top aides explaining why Obama stays so calm and cool. The aide said, in effect, that nothing ever surprises him. In every challenge or chain of events that confronts him, he explores every possible scenario in his head well in advance, from the best to the worst, and he starts preparing possible responses for each.”

    &&&&&&&&&

    Now, these same people are saying, “seems like he doesn’t know much of anything, and he’s lazy to boot.”

  4. INO Tomasky’s concern is only for golden calf Barack Obama to exhibit his shriveled, raisin sized, testicles for all to admire as much as Tomasky apparently does. Tomasky loves them raisin-y Obama testicles…

    ——-
    I almost choked on my coffee reading this one Admin… 😆

    BTR

  5. I not only want to see Barry under the bus with his bags packed and headed back to the hood, I also want him found guilty of any of his crimes against America, so his presidential favors for life will be revoked.

    I want his name to be drug though the mud and be the laughing stock of American history, just like he deserves.

  6. Shadowfax, try this from James Galbraith on Obama’s post White House future:

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/08-4

    And the President too is a young man. Unlike say Lyndon B. Johnson or Jimmy Carter, when his term ends he won’t be able simply to go home. He’ll need a big house in a gated suburb, with high walls and rich friends. And a good income, too, from book deals and lecture fees. He may be thinking about that now.

    The good news is: it won’t save him. For if and when he ventures out, for the rest of his life, the eyes of all those, whose hopes he once raised will follow him. The old, the poor, the jobless, the homeless: their eyes will follow him wherever he goes.

  7. Shadowfax, try this from James Galbraith on Obama’s post White House future…

    May Karma also take a good whack at him too, Admin.

  8. Mr. Obama is stalking Darryl Issa to discredit him as an opportunist businessman/Congressman steeped in great wealth allegedly with an axe to grind against Mr Obama and Mr Holder.

    Could it be the investigation into Mr Obama’s and AG Holder’s knowledge and dealings involved in the gun running scandal are what precipitate this lengthy article into Mr Issa’s background and fortunes?

    Is it possible Mr Issa’s recommendations may result in the appointment of a Special Prossie assigned to investigate Obama and Holder who it seems are the primary sources responsible, in light of mounting evidence pointing to their involvement in a corrupt cover-up of gun running over the border to Mexican Cartels through federal ATF agents?

    If so, the result of their unauthorized actions has claimed the lives of a Federal Agent and a Border Patrol Agent just doing his job. The allegations list not only illegal gun running to criminals but Murder resulting of federal employees.

    HANG TOUGH Congressman Issa. We are depending on you!
    _____________________

    A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself

    NYT

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/politics/15issa.html?_r=1

  9. It’s a real double standard ( surprise) how MSM attacked Palin for her bus tour, but Obama gets treated with kid gloves for essentially doing the same thing on our dime. I hope Perry/Romney don’t do too much damage to one another as it could make a good ticket as Perry will get the right wingers and Romney may be able to pull in some moderates …

  10. “About these comments several things can be said, starting with this: There is something highly unusual in watching a president call attention to his own impotence. The president is declaring to the world that he is simply too weak to govern. Not only that, he wants all of America to know that he’s darn frustrated about it. You can even hear it in his voice. The president is frustrated that on his watch, and for the first time in history, America’s credit rating has been downgraded. He’s frustrated that the economy is getting worse rather than better. He’s frustrated taxes aren’t higher. He’s frustrated that his stewardship led to one of the worst mid-term election repudiations in history. And he’s frustrated that he’s overseeing what many people worry is the decline of the American empire.”
    ________________

    Yup, he’s waiting for “The Sky to open up and those celestial choirs singing – ALL IS WELL IN THE WORLD!”

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, “yellow jacket” in Rhode Island 08′

  11. Reading between the lines here- It appears Sarah Palin may be the one stepping in throwing her hat in the ring at the last minute.

  12. The BO Magical Misery Tour is just that – a miserable fraud.

    He and his handlers have only ever had one successful mission – getting him selected. They stole the slogan – Si Si pude – from Chavez, they stole the gimmickry form Hollywood and now they’re trying to steal Palin’s national bus tour idea.

    It won’t work. It just makes him look more pathetic and desperate.

    And (not trying to stir anything up, here) I have to confess that after all the BO-supporting HRC has done since 2009 I would have a hard time voting for her even if she was the dim nominee. That’s the awful truth. I do not trust the dim party. They have proven themselves to be as bad, if not worse, than the repubs. I want a complete regime change at this point and there are a few competent repubs running.

    How’s that for a 180? Nothing against HRC but for now anyone associated with the dims and BO just can’t be in power right now.

    IMHO, of course.

  13. Breaking: Obama’s Under The Bus Tour will be making hourly pit stops to scrape spattered American livelihoods off the tire treads.

  14. Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Reading between the lines here- It appears Sarah Palin may be the one stepping in throwing her hat in the ring at the last minute.

    ——————-

    I’m sorry, but I hope not.

  15. #
    JanH
    August 15th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Reading between the lines here- It appears Sarah Palin may be the one stepping in throwing her hat in the ring at the last minute.

    ——————-

    I’m sorry, but I hope not.
    _________________

    JanH

    SP would be the equivalent of what Nader did for Bush in 00′-

    The addition of Palin in the mix would siphon votes from the (R) nominee.. So, I hope SO-

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

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

    1. Hillary was right.

  17. SP would be the equivalent of what Nader did for Bush in 00′-

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

    That’s if the GOP nominated someone else and she ran as independent in Nov (like Trump is considering doing himself).

    I think what’s being talked about is SP getting late into the race for the nomination.

  18. Obamas’ Tax Return Shows Lower Household Income Than in 2009

    By JACKIE CALMES
    April 18, 2011

    Income for the Obama household continued to slip in 2010, tax returns show, as proceeds from President Obama’s best-selling books tapered off. But just as he has said, his income is easily high enough to make the family eligible for a tax increase under his own deficit-reduction proposals.

    The president and his wife, Michelle Obama, on Monday reported an adjusted gross income of $1,728,096 for 2010, down from $5.5 million in 2009. Most of their income came from sales of his books “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” The Obamas paid $453,770 in federal taxes, for an effective tax rate of just over 26 percent; the top individual tax rate is 35 percent.

    The Obamas donated $245,075 — 14.2 percent of their income before tax deductions and exemptions — to 36 charities. According to the White House, more than half went to the couple’s favorite charity, the Fisher House Foundation, which benefits families of fallen and disabled soldiers; it gets all proceeds from Mr. Obama’s children’s book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” which was published late last year.

    Separately, the Obamas paid $51,568 in state income taxes to Illinois.

    The Obamas’ tax liability would be higher, of course, under his proposals to end the top Bush-era tax rates for those with more than $250,000 in annual taxable income and to limit to 28 percent the itemized deductions that people like him in the higher tax brackets can claim. And, he often says, that is the way it should be for a nation with a growing debt and widening income inequality between the rich and the poor.

    In a speech on Wednesday contrasting his vision for reducing the growth of deficits with that of Congressional Republicans, who favor additional tax cuts and would transform and more sharply reduce projected spending for Medicare and Medicaid, Mr. Obama said: “They want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut that’s paid for by asking 33 seniors to each pay $6,000 more in health costs? That’s not right, and it’s not going to happen as long as I am president.”

    Of the Obamas’ income, nearly $400,000 was from his salary as president. Their $1.7 million adjusted gross income was down from $5.5 million in 2009 and $2.7 million in 2008. In those years, too, royalties from his first two books accounted for the bulk of the earnings.

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill Biden, also released their 2010 return as part of the annual White House ritual of making the information public on the federal filing deadline.

    Compared with the president, Mr. Biden is a pauper. He and his wife had an adjusted gross income of $379,178, most of it his salary. The Bidens paid $86,626 in federal taxes, for an effective tax rate of about 23 percent. They also paid $14,479 in income taxes to Delaware and $3,515 to Virginia, and contributed $5,350 to charity, counting money and in-kind donations.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/us/politics/19obama.html

  19. I am pretty sure Palin will get in. The thing is she doesn’t have as much money as Mitt or Perry, she doesn’t really invite lobbyists, so the later she can get in the better for her. Her strategy seems to be let the others go first, let them burn their money and draw the MSM/WH fire, let them drop out, then come in and sweep up their supporters.
    Reagan declared in November. She has time left, although she has said she will decide by next month.

  20. SP would be the equivalent of what Nader did for Bush in 00′-

    The addition of Palin in the mix would siphon votes from the (R) nominee.. So, I hope SO-

    ——–
    For the primary, everyone and their brother should jump in the race, maybe giving us a good choice.

    Trump won’t run if he thinks we won’t beat the pants off of skinny Barryboy.

  21. Obama Administration Bows To Chinese Pressure On Taiwan Arms Sales; Will Cost U.S. 16,000 Jobs

    August 15, 2011

    Breitbart

    “We are disappointed in the United States.” That’s a sentiment we seem to hear all too often from our allies these days. A Taiwan Ministry of National Defense official uttered those words to Defense News with word that the Obama Administration will deny his country new F-16 fighters.

    As Defense News puts it, the Obama Administration’s decision came as a result of “bowing to Chinese pressure.” Instead of the 66 F-16C/Ds that were requested, the Pentagon is instead going to provide “upgrades” of the current Taiwanese system. And the Obama Administration’s decision also means a loss of American jobs. A financial analysis firm, the Perryman Group, had estimated that the Taiwan purchase would have created more than 16,000 jobs and $768 million in federal tax revenue.

    China currently holds around 8 percent of U.S. debt.

    There are now fears that we could be “losing Taiwan,” as it drifts out of the U.S. orbit. That would “change everything from the operational arch perspective to the posture of Japan and the U.S.” in the region, said retired Admiral Walter Doran, who once commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

    http://bigpeace.com/nmachiavelli/2011/08/15/report-obama-administration-bows-to-chinese-pressure-on-taiwan-arms-sales-will-cost-u-s-16000-jobs/

  22. Did anyone watch 60 Minutes last night? They finally made it clear to me why major companies are moving to other countries. The bottom line tax law of 35% vs 14% or so in places like Ireland gives them huge profits.

    They mentioned some congressman is trying to introduce a bill that will charge American companies, no matter where they set up shop.

    The Dims want to steal every cent they can grab to spend it on bs, and the Rethugs want to steal the money from SS and Medicare.

    Trump has the solutions, 2012 please. If not our girl.

  23. Buffett:

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, tax rates for the rich were far higher, and my percentage rate was in the middle of the pack. According to a theory I sometimes hear, I should have thrown a fit and refused to invest because of the elevated tax rates on capital gains and dividends.

    I didn’t refuse, nor did others. I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone — not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 — shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off. And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation.

  24. Hello, Spammy….

    Dear President Obama…
    You are the chief executive of putatively the strongest nation in the world, a country fighting two simultaneous land wars, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14525518, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14520520, dealing with terror threats at home and facing down a nuclear powered rogue state, http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-01-11/news/27087193_1_north-korea-north-attacks-nuclear-weapons, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/n-korea-poised-for-nuke-weapon-test-next-year/story-fn59niix-1226115518606, while the world is on the brink of an international economic catastrophe, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14522634, and as the earth’s environment is about to literally melt down…http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/197495/20110814/mit-research-arctic-sea-ice-thinning-hit-new-low-u-n-arctic-predictions-inaccurate.htm

    and you are riding around on a bus in Iowa?????

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14533525

  25. Obama On Debt: I Had A Deal That ‘Would Have Solved This Problem’

    Monday, August 15, 2011
    By Nicholas Ballasy

    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama told an audience on the first stop of his bus tour that his original deficit reduction plan could have solved the nation’s debt problem “tomorrow” but House Speaker John Boehner walked away from the deal.

    “The fact of the matter is that solving our debt and deficit problems simply requires all of us to share in a little bit of sacrifice, all of us to be willing to do a little bit more to get this country back on track and that’s not too much to ask,” Obama told a crowd in Cannon Falls, Minnesota on Monday.

    Obama On Debt: I Had A Deal That ‘Would Have Solved This Problem’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIzcoROEG-U&feature=player_embedded

    ( the beginning of the video is outside by a river- then switches over to inside with a crowd sitting several rows back from the lectern..) something smells fishy! pre-recorded speech?

    “Basically what we need to do is we need to cut about 4 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Now that sounds like a big number, it is a big number but you know, if we were able to, as I proposed, cut about 2 trillion dollars in spending – if folks who could best afford it, millionaires and billionaires, were willing to eliminate some of the loopholes that they take advantage of in the tax code and do a little bit more and if we were willing to take on some of the long term costs that we have on health care – if we do those things, we could solve this problem tomorrow.”

    more at the link if you can stomach it:

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-i-had-solution-debt-problem-boehne

  26. Obama On Debt: I Had A Deal That ‘Would Have Solved This Problem’

    Monday, August 15, 2011
    By Nicholas Ballasy

    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama told an audience on the first stop of his bus tour that his original deficit reduction plan could have solved the nation’s debt problem “tomorrow” but House Speaker John Boehner walked away from the deal.

    “The fact of the matter is that solving our debt and deficit problems simply requires all of us to share in a little bit of sacrifice, all of us to be willing to do a little bit more to get this country back on track and that’s not too much to ask,” Obama told a crowd in Cannon Falls, Minnesota on Monday.

    Obama On Debt: I Had A Deal That ‘Would Have Solved This Problem’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIzcoROEG-U&feature=player_embedded

    ( the beginning of the video is outside by a river- then switches over to inside with a crowd sitting several rows back from the lectern..) something smells fishy! pre-recorded speech?

    “Basically what we need to do is we need to cut about 4 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Now that sounds like a big number, it is a big number but you know, if we were able to, as I proposed, cut about 2 trillion dollars in spending – if folks who could best afford it, millionaires and billionaires, were willing to eliminate some of the loopholes that they take advantage of in the tax code and do a little bit more and if we were willing to take on some of the long term costs that we have on health care – if we do those things, we could solve this problem tomorrow.”

    more at the link if you can stomach it:

    h.. w.. cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-i-had-solution-debt-problem-boehne

  27. Shadowfax
    August 15th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Trump has the solutions, 2012 please. If not our girl
    _________________

    Yup, Trump is the man if he runs. If Hillary is amicable to a Draft- All Bets Are Off! It’s Hillary 2012

  28. Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    It’s a fact, the GOP would NEVER nominate SP as the R- nominee… a given.

    The GOP Establishment will do all it can to block her, but the GOP voters love her. LOVE her. So we will see who prevails in that battle.

  29. Sorry but I don’t share the Trump enthusiasm, not now, not after he deflated like a punctured balloon when the media went after him at the correspondents dinner.

    Honestly, I lost a lot of respect for him at that point. While I loved how he slammed BO on many issues it just seemed he couldn’t take the real fire when it got too uncomfortable. He just cut bait and ran.

    I doubt I could take him seriously after the whole build-up to the Celebrity Apprentice Finale, the coy I may or may not run BS, the folding like a cheap suit under fire from LSM.

    Don’t get me wrong. I would still love for him to go back to attack mode on BO but for me he has lost all credibility as a candidate.

    Jeez but I sound contrary today. Oh well, it’s the truth. My longshot choice is still Guiliani although he sure mangled his 2008 bid.

    Point is, if Trump were the nominee I WOULD vote for him over BO. I’d vote for almost anyone other than BO.

  30. #
    BASIL99
    August 15th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Jeez but I sound contrary today. Oh well, it’s the truth. My longshot choice is still Guiliani although he sure mangled his 2008 bid.

    Point is, if Trump were the nominee I WOULD vote for him over BO. I’d vote for almost anyone other than BO.
    ______________________

    no worries- Basil, everyone is entitled to their opinion and you stated your reasons why- and I agree with your last paragraph with the exception, I will not vote for the Republican nominee except for Palin as an Indy or T-Party Candidate. What irritates me is when someone states an opinion and doesn’t know why they do not like someone or something..

    I hope people aren’t offended when I sound contrary but there are just some things I can’t live with.. and Holy Rollers/Evangelicals and the like are one Big reason, for me, anyway…

  31. #
    votermom
    August 15th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    It’s a fact, the GOP would NEVER nominate SP as the R- nominee… a given.

    The GOP Establishment will do all it can to block her, but the GOP voters love her. LOVE her. So we will see who prevails in that battle.
    ___________________

    agreed- If Palin gets in, she would draw a good portion of GOP voters away from the Repub nominee.. who I think in the end, will be Perry. We are in political strategy mode now. If Palin were ALL IN, she would be fund raising like a busy Kitty. She isn’t. I think she will throw in at the end as the spoiler and run for the Senate from AZ next cycle.

  32. #
    Shadowfax
    August 15th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    High fives on that Mrs. S-

    !!!!!
    __________________

    As that irritable Dave would say on Storage Wars… YIIIIP!

  33. “There are just some things I can’t live with – Holy Rollers/Evangelicals”

    I have a HUGE problem with that group, too, although I find their belief system at least tolerable, unlike the muslim-sympathizer-in-chief at the WH.

    I confess Guiliani won my respect during the time I lived in Manhattan and he tackled cleaning up the city followed by his response to 911.

    While he is my fav I would vote for Palin or any other repub in the field at this point.

    Anything to get rid of BO.

  34. there are just some things I can’t live with.. and Holy Rollers/Evangelicals and the like are one Big reason, for me, anyway…

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

    Good for you. I share that attitude, but I do support Sarah. So, how is she different?

  35. JanH
    August 15th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    A little long, and very disturbing…

    August 13, 2011

    An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/opinion/sunday/an-iranian-cult-and-its-american-friends.html
    _______________________________

    JanH, I did read your article earlier and was shocked at what I read about Dean and Giuliani.
    ____________________

    BASIL, you being a New Yorker. Have you heard anything about what is mentioned in the NYT link this in the past or more recently?

  36. More fallout from the U.S. helicopter crash…

    Anger at China’s access to crashed US helicopter

    By Omar Waraich in Islamabad
    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    America’s top military commander shunned Pakistan on his final visit to the region because of its decision to allow the Chinese to take a close look at the crashed US helicopter involved in the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden, an official familiar with the discussions told The Independent.

    Earlier this month, Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited only Kabul on his farewell trip to the region.

    At the time, many in Pakistan saw the move as a deliberate snub amid worsening ties.

    The official said that Adm Mullen, who is due to retire next month. shunned a visit to Islamabad because he was appalled by Pakistan’s refusal to say whether the Chinese had access to the wreckage of the stealth Blackhawk helicopter abandoned at the al-Qa’ida leader’s hiding place in Abbottabad after it struck a wall.

    Adm Mullen, the official said, had felt Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Pakistani army chief, had lied to him about the helicopter. It is unclear whether the Chinese were given direct access to the charred remains, but Washington believes that Beijing is now in possession of detailed photographs.In the past, Adm Mullen has publicly acknowledged his previously warm relationship with Gen Kayani. The breakdown is a sign of how severely ties between Washington and Islamabad have been strained.

    The decision to allow the Chinese access to information about the helicopter, first reported by the Financial Times, reveals the anger felt by the Pakistan military at being kept in the dark about the bin Laden raid. The New York Times reported that US officials had intercepted telephone conversations where Pakistanis invited the Chinese to examine the helicopter.

    The helicopter, carrying a team of US Navy Seals, crashed into a boundary wall as it landed in the compound. Although the Seals blew up the helicopter, the tail – which has radar-evading capability – survived intact.

    In the diplomatic fallout after the raid, the tail became a source of division between the two countries. As American calls for it to be returned grew louder, Pakistanis incensed by the perceived violation of sovereignty stalled, and even leaked to the press that they were mulling whether to transfer the technology to China.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/anger-at-chinas-access-to-crashed-us-helicopter-2338204.html

  37. JanH
    August 15th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    More fallout from the U.S. helicopter crash…

    Anger at China’s access to crashed US helicopter
    ____________________

    So why didn’t the rescuers fire a rocket at it and destroy it? Is what I would like to know? Was an order given from up the chain of command to leave it as is? Doesn’t make sense.

  38. BASIL99
    August 15th, 2011 at 8:03 pm
    “There are just some things I can’t live with – Holy Rollers/Evangelicals”

    I have a HUGE problem with that group, too, although I find their belief system at least tolerable, unlike the muslim-sympathizer-in-chief at the WH.

    _____________________________________________________________

    Amen. Watch Big Media try to make some hay out of “big scary!!”(tm) Perry the Christian while making out as if Obama’s hosting a Ramadan prayer breakfast is absolutely acceptable.

    I’m SICK of Big Media bashing and deinigating MY CULTURE, and I’m SICK of the useful idiots who’ve been brainwashed by Hollywierd’s portrayal of Christians.

  39. I have a HUGE problem with that group, too, although I find their belief system at least tolerable, unlike the muslim-sympathizer-in-chief at the WH.

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

    Amen to that!!!

  40. “big scary!!”(tm) Perry the Christian
    ________________

    what are you trademarking? “big scary!!” or Perry the Christian?
    ______________

    The difference between Palin and Perry is Palin is a reasonable Christian… Perry, not so much-

  41. “So why didn’t the rescuers fire a rocket at it and destroy it? Is what I would like to know? Was an order given from up the chain of command to leave it as is? Doesn’t make sense.”

    —————————–

    I wonder whether the truth will ever come out about this tragic event.

  42. “CNN saying Obma has come out much more aggressive in these town hall meetings…”

    ———————

    In other words, his usual bullying, nasty, beligerent self.

  43. #
    Kingsgrove
    August 15th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Go Big Dawg!

    http://youtu.be/QLZ6g8rLDbw

    ____________________________________

    Great video… Big Dawg putting the boots to Holy ™ Perry!
    ____________________

    Not Your Father’s Republican Party:

    So, right. They’re all Neocons!

    Cheney and Bush I are a blight on the soul of America.-
    _______________________

    from commetators:

    tencare

    Perry had success taking 6.4 Billion in Stimulus funds. (from Bush)
    ___________________________________

    passion8leader

    Bill Clinton was one of the BEST Presidents we`ve ever had. He was a financial genius and he had GREAT heart! That man REALLY loves this country! 🙂
    _________________________________________

    Yip, and why we hope Hillary will accept a Draft Nomination!

  44. #
    JanH
    August 15th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    “CNN saying Obma has come out much more aggressive in these town hall meetings…”

    ———————

    In other words, his usual bullying, nasty, belligerent self.
    ________________

    And I bet any money Obama wasn’t inundated with Big Crowds in attendance at that Town Hall meeting. Security probably screened the attendees before letting them in- I figure with the abundance of ripe tomatoes this time of the year- Obama should experience what Americans are all about when they have to sit thru a boo worthy performance..

  45. #
    JanH
    August 15th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “So why didn’t the rescuers fire a rocket at it and destroy it? Is what I would like to know? Was an order given from up the chain of command to leave it as is? Doesn’t make sense.”

    —————————–

    I wonder whether the truth will ever come out about this tragic event.
    ___________________

    First thing to think about is: “Who benefits?” from photographing the interior of the stealth helo? Were they allowed to take a sample of the Helo’s special skin? The skin that make the helo special… undetectable by radar? Only one person I can think of that is about giving the store away…

  46. Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 10:15 pm
    ******

    Perry is fortunate but the fraud had little to do with it. Sorry to see BC wade in the BS. Texas has been doing great foe numerous years on the job creation employment line.

  47. Bush has been very generous to his home state for 8 yrs long before the financial crisis became an issue in the states.

    Perry had success taking 6.4 Billion in Stimulus funds.

  48. 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
    *******

    Well there you have it, follow the money

  49. Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I understand Bush was generous, as all prez’s are to the homw state but that doesn’t demean the fact that this is a right to work state that had a great foundation that perry didnj’t screw up and quite frankely we weren’t the only ones taking stimulous money, money that was taken from Texans in the first place

  50. “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.”

    “Well there you have it, follow the money”
    ___________________________

    Are you saying Hillary is accepting a bribe?

  51. Perry and Bush have very little in common and in fact really don’t like each other. Perry came from a dirt poor, literally, no indoor plumbing and as Ann Richards was famous for saying, the Bush’s were born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
    *******

    How unexpected!

    ******

    Unexpectedly, Consumer Confidence Plummets More Than Expected, Down To Unexpected Levels Not Expected Since Jimmy Carter

    —Ace

  52. I did read it- when you say follow the money and they specify they are “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”
    _________________

    Who are you referring to… you read it again and clarify your statement.

  53. This is rich. It’s bad enough that the Obama regime makes nothing but excuses about why they haven’t created any jobs. Now, they are falling all over themselves with excuses about why Rick Perry has created jobs in Texas.

    That dog won’t hunt. It just makes them look small and foolish.

  54. Here you go- you don’t have to hide- The answer is here:
    _______________________________

    Iranian group’s big-money push to get off US terrorist list

    (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)

    .. But the delisting of the MEK, Iran experts say, could benefit Iran’s hard-line rulers by giving them more reason to brutally clamp down on Iran’s internal, nonviolent opposition. The Green Movement – which led street protests in 2009 – steadfastly rejects the MEK as an anti-democratic and violent force.”The people who are saying [the MEK] are no longer terrorists are also saying they are democratic,” says John Limbert, a former US hostage in Iran from 1979-1981, who was US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran until last year …

    A high-powered array of former top American officials is advocating removal from the US terrorist list of a controversial Iranian opposition group with a long anti-American history.

    With a decision due within weeks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former US four-star generals, intelligence chiefs, governors, and political heavyweights are calling for the US government to take the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/MKO) off the terror list it shares with Al Qaeda and Hezbollah.

    Many of these former high-ranking US officials – who represent the full political spectrum – have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the MEK.

    http://www.iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=10491

  55. Mrs. Smith

    I don’t need to I understand what it says. Jesus, you are so passive aggressive, somke some pot, it might chill you out

  56. gonzotx- no need to get personal when you are found to be mute unable to provide an answer. Just realize you are not the paradigm of knowledge you think you are- and choose to mislead rather than do the research. Thats all-

  57. Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    You are nuts. I can choose to answer or not. The article spoke for itself and I do not owe you anything. Hmmm, wonder why wbb has been posting elsewhere?

  58. gonzotx- if you didn’t whine so much- I suspect people could carry on a descent conversation with you. There are self-help books out there for developing communications skills that do not offend people.

  59. Should have said “Rolling in the Deep” is a great song to dedicate to the dnc. Opening lines are perfect

    There’s a fire starting in my heart
    Reaching a fever pitch, and it’s bringing me out the dark
    Finally I can see you crystal clear
    Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare
    See how I’ll leave with every piece of you
    Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

  60. Were they allowed to take a sample of the Helo’s special skin? The skin that make the helo special… undetectable by radar?

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

    Ah, the black helicopter paint….

  61. The Obama admin will be quoting everything they can find against Perry — false or true. Arguments against Perry’s jobs claims don’t become false just because Obama quotes them.

  62. Yes, and it does not become gospel because someone printed it in a book or newspaper. People use to take pride in validating their facts, but today’s writers are all about their opinions, which I could care less about.

  63. The Master of Double Talk seems to have talked himself into a lonely corner…
    ______________________________

    Obama’s Jobs Agenda For Congress: Surprise! Does Not Create Jobs

    Huffpo/Politics

    WASHINGTON — It’s become almost daily practice for President Barack Obama to point out the four things he says Congress can pass now to create jobs “immediately,” if only lawmakers would act: infrastructure investments, patent reform, free trade deals and a payroll tax cut extension.

    But even if all four proposals became law — a huge “if” with a dug-in House GOP — it’s not clear they would actually create jobs. In fact, the proposals with the best shot of passing Congress appear the least likely to create jobs. One of the most likely to pass, the trade pacts, will probably cost jobs.

    Obama has been injecting new urgency into the measures since early July, when he spoke during a press conference that coincided with a dismal monthly jobs report.

    “There are bills and trade agreements before Congress right now that could get all these ideas moving,” he said at the time. “All of them have bipartisan support. All of them could pass immediately. And I urge Congress not to wait.”

    He ran through all of the proposals again during a Monday town hall in Minnesota, the first of several to come as part of his Midwest bus tour on the economy this week.

    “There is no shortage of ideas to put people to work right now,” he told the crowd. “What is needed is action on the part of Congress. A willingness to put the partisan games aside and say, ‘We’re going to do what’s right for the country, not what we think is going to score some political points for the next election.'”

    Here’s an overview of how each proposal would create jobs, or not, and where it stands in Congress.

    Obama wants Congress to create a federal infrastructure bank — that is, a fund stashed with tens of billions of dollars dedicated solely to rebuilding the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and ports.

    “Right now, there are over a million construction workers out of work after the housing boom went bust, just as a lot of America needs rebuilding,” he said during the July press conference.

    “We connect the two by investing in rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our railways and our infrastructure. And we could put back to work right now some of those construction workers that lost their jobs when the housing market went bust.”

    Of all of Obama’s job-creation priorities for Congress, this is the one with the potential to put most people back to work–and fast.

    But top Democratic and Republican aides concurred that the proposal has next to no prospects in Congress.

    A House GOP leadership aide put it succinctly: “No money.”

    “It’s expensive,” said a senior House Democratic aide. “Harder to see us doing anything significant in near term” given the 2009 passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

    The idea of an infrastructure bank has also raised bipartisan concerns because it would take the decision-making process out of Congress and hand it to the administration.

    There hasn’t been “a clamoring for it” in the Senate, said a Republican leadership aide, because people on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works don’t like the idea of handing over their control of highway construction projects to the White House.

  64. Perry has been planning this run for a while, so his side has had plenty of time to prepare their ammunition: make it look well-documented. His opponents are scrambling to find ammunition against him, so theirs may not look so slick.

  65. Obama has had a free ride for almost 4yrs. Never having to deal with negative press or criticism from the Republican Party. Well, those days are long gone- They want his job and will advance someone like Rick Perry to get it.

    Perry will be the (R) nominee- and Perry is Bush IV

    Perry has been labeled the “T-Vangelical” encompassing both arms of the Republican Party.
    _______________________________

    Tea party activist takes on Obama during town hall meeting in Iowa

    August 16, 2011

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/15/tea-party-activist-takes-on-obama-during-town-hall/

    DECORAH, Iowa — President Obama was confronted by a tea party activist Monday night who wanted to know how Mr. Obama can call for compromise with Republicans while Democrats accuse the tea party of being “terrorists.”

    Ryan Rhodes, a leader of the group in Iowa, challenged Mr. Obama during the president’s open-air town hall meeting in Decorah, a town of 8,200 in the northeast corner of Iowa, as the president was taking questions from a mostly friendly audience. The tense moment came soon after Mr. Obama had told the crowd that he views himself as the reasonable one in dealing with congressional Republicans.

    Mr. Rhodes shouted out that the president’s calls for more civility in politics were meaningless when “your vice president is calling people like me, a tea party member, a ‘terrorist.’ “

    According to multiple sources, Vice President Joseph R. Biden agreed with that characterization during a recent meeting with House Democrats during the debt debate showdown last month. Both Mr. Biden’s office and the president have since disavowed the remark.

    “I know it’s not going to work, if you stand up and I asked everybody to raise their hand … I didn’t see you, I wasn’t avoiding you,” the president said.

    “I absolutely agree that everybody needs to try to tone down the rhetoric,” Mr. Obama said. “In fairness, since I have been called a socialist who wasn’t born in this country, who is destroying America and taking away its freedoms because I passed a health care bill, I am all for lowering the rhetoric.”

    Mr. Rhodes and another conservative activist later confronted the president on the rope line as Mr. Obama was leaving the event. Mr. Rhodes told reporters he does believe the president is a socialist.

  66. Perry warns of Fed treason, challenges Obama

    By Dan Balz, August 16, 2011

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act by ordering the printing of more money.

    Doing so, Perry said, would amount to a political decision to help President Obama win reelection in 2012.

    “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what you all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry said of the possibility of another round of so-called quantitative easing in the money supply.

    Perry, on his first swing through Iowa after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, also had strong words of criticism for the president. He said Obama’s management of the economy has been an experiment that has “gone tragically wrong” and said the American people needed to send a signal of disgust in 2012 by voting him out of office.

    On Tuesday, Perry and Obama will appear fewer than 15 miles from one another, with the president holding an economic town hall meeting in rural Peosta, Iowa. Perry will hold an economic roundtable with business leaders in Dubuque.

    With that in mind, Perry turned his attention away from Republican rival Mitt Romney, who was his target during a morning appearance at the Iowa State Fair, to focus on the president, his policies and his character.

    The Republican candidate — who served in the Air Force from 1972-1977 — said he believed that the men and women in the armed forces would have more respect for a president who had served in the military than one who had not.

    “That’s just a fact of life,” he said.

    He then pointedly noted Obama’s lack of military service. “The president had the opportunity to serve his country I’m sure, at some time, and he made the decision that that wasn’t what he wanted to do,” he said.

    At another point during a brief news conference here Monday night, Perry was asked about a comment earlier in the day, when he said people want a president who is passionate about the country and “is in love with America.” Asked whether he thought Obama did not love the country, he replied, “You need to ask him. I’m saying you’re a good reporter, go ask him.”

    Perry began his day with a four-hour tour of the state fair in Des Moines. There he blew an air kiss to Romney for the cameras and said, “Give him my love.” Tweaking the former Massachusetts governor, who has not campaigned hard in Iowa and has so far signaled that he will not compete to win the caucuses next winter, Perry said, “If you’re not in Iowa, you ain’t happening.”

    As the sun was setting in eastern Iowa, he offered a group of Republicans their first close-up look at the GOP’s newest presidential candidate. Using a prepared text that took repeated shots at the president, he talked and took questions for half an hour.

    At the end of the session, he was asked about the Federal Reserve. At first, he demurred. But then he issued a warning to the chairman about the Fed’s monetary policy, though he did not identify Bernanke by name.

    “Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion,” he added. “We already tried this. All it’s going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket, and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years. They’ve been devastating.”

    The central bank has tried to use quantitative easing, a monetary policy by which the government purchases bonds to injects more money into the economy, as a way to help revive the struggling U.S. economy. In an appearance last week before the House Financial Services Committee, Bernanke said he expects the economy to strengthen over the remainder of the year, but indicated that if it does not, he would consider another round of quantitative easing.

    Perry, when he met with reporters, was asked explicitly whether he was suggesting that such an action by the Fed would be strictly an attempt to help reelect the president. “If they print more money between now and this election I would suggest that’s exactly what’s going on,” he replied.

    Perry’s comments drew a sharp rebuke by some commentators online Monday night. Tony Fratto, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, tweeted: “Gov. Perry’s comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential.”

    Perry’s remarks about the military’s respect for presidents grew out of a statement he made at a Republican dinner Sunday night in Waterloo. “One of the powerful reasons that I’m running for the presidency of the United States is to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of this country respects highly the president of the United States,” he said.

    Pressed Monday to explain whether he was suggesting that the military does not respect Obama, he replied: “No.”

    “I think people who have had the same experiences, connect with individual of like experiences. That’s human nature.”

    He said that if a poll were taken of the military asking whether they would rather have a president who never served in the military or someone who is a veteran, “They’re going to say, I would venture, that they would like to have a veteran. Someone who has been in their shoes, someone who has faced some of the same things that they’ve faced.”

    Perry also drew a series of sharp contrasts with Obama on economic, energy and education policy. “I think the greatest threat to our country right now is this president who is trying to spend our way out of this disaster,” he said. He urged Iowans to ask the president “where are the jobs you promised?” and “what is his plan to stop the record deficit spending and restore our good credit?”

    Emphasizing his pro-business, free-market philosophy, he called on Obama to put a six-month freeze on all new federal regulations. “Mr. President, let our job creators off the mat,” he said. “Get your foot off the neck of those who are trying to create jobs in this country.”

    He said he favored phasing out federal subsides to the ethanol producers, once a touchy subject for presidential candidates campaigning in a state that is a heavy producer of ethanol. Perry said ethanol is now a “mature industry” and should be able to rise or fall on its own.

    But when asked whether he thought oil and gas producers should see their tax incentives eliminated, he turned the question around and said he would be open to a conversation about offering incentives to ethanol producers.

    He also accused the Obama administration of trying to “strangle the energy industry in America.”

    On education, he critiqued not only Obama but also the last Republican president, George W. Bush, who espoused a stronger federal role in education than many Republicans supported at the time. Bush successfully pushed for enactment of the No Child Left Behind act, which set federal standards for accountability.

    “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education,” Perry said, adding, “The federal government has no business telling you how to educate your children. They have intruded into so many different areas in our lives and that’s one of the things that I hope to be able to do, working with Congress, trying to make Washington, as I said, as inconsequential in your lives as we can.”

    In Cedar Rapids, Perry was introduced by his wife, Anita. She said a woman at the state fair asked her whether her husband would be as good a president as Bush.

    “I said, ‘Well, Ma’am, he would be better,” Anita Perry said. “He’s my husband.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/perry-warns-of-fed-treason-challenges-obama/2011/08/16/gIQABVScIJ_story.html

  67. Accordingto news Hillary and Panetta will appear on CNN at 10:15 am this morning in a interview.I hope the TV cast will be open to the public.I truly believe that this is part of her campaign strategy.
    Show them all Dear Girl.Nobody is more qualified to be POTUS after seeing the knotheads that are coming
    out of the woodwork seeking power and dirty money as happened to Germany and the Nazi movement.Adolph was only a housepainter and look what happened.I can still hear him screaming “Deutchland Uber Alles”

  68. Obama’s Plan II

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    “Even if it means the threat of race riots. They are willing to go that far – go down that road if need be. If the Obama team can’t guilt enough of White America into voting for them in 2012 – they are just fine with trying to scare the sh-t out of them to do it.”

    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 two of the interview. WARNING: Adult Content

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    Insider: 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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    Ulsterman: Hold up there. Obama – the president…he actually considered quitting? Where did you hear that?

    Insider: Yes he considered it. How seriously I don’t know, but he was chirping about it to some people for a bit. Before uhh…before summer. He was considering…told the president described the idea as “cool”. That’s how he put—

    Ulsterman:(Interrupts) —Where did you hear that? There has been nothing said about Obama quitting anywhere that I know of. Nothing.

    Insider: That’s about right. Why would there be? But that’s what he was saying. Basically wondering out loud…something along those lines, about just quitting after one term. Then that talk went away – just like that, and now the president seems very-very motivated to kick some ass. Obviously somebody had a sit down with him and…modified the president’s way of thinking on that subject.

    Ulsterman: Jarret?

    Insider: Maybe. I’m sure she was involved on some level. She’s always there. Somewhere. Somehow. She can’t afford to have Obama just up and quit. None of them can. The tactics used to obtain the position of president are now being protected by the position of president. Sold his soul for a job he can’t stand. Get it? Obama put himself in a fuckin’ corner of his own making. His own and the makings of those who placed him there, and there ain’t no way they allow him to just quit it. Way too much invested in this cluster-fuck. Billions. Trillions. Who the fuck knows?

    Ulsterman: Ok, so you say Barack Obama considered not running for re-election. But now he is running hard to do just that – and the campaign is going to be…what’s the word you used?

    Insider: Brutal.

    Ulsterman: How so? How brutal?

    Insider: How brutal? Very, that’s…that’s what—

    Ulsterman (Interrupts) —No, I mean, how is it going to brutal? Any more brutal than a typical presidential campaign?

    Insider: Ah…well, I’ll first say there is nothin’ typical about any presidential campaign. They are all Frankensteins. The very worst of human behavior is par for the course. Ugly-ugly-ugly. Your boy Reagan – his people were about the toughest, meanest sons-a-bitches I ever seen run a presidential campaign. All smiles and jokes and positive messaging on the outside, and kick ‘em in the fucking teeth behind the scenes. As tough as those guys were, Barack Obama is gonna be much-much worse.

    Ulsterman: How? What’s the plan? What’s going to be different from all the other campaigns?

    Insider: You’ve already seen it. A taste of it. Race. The race card. Racism. Race-race-race. It’s all they fucking got to run on these days.

    Ulsterman: Race? Hasn’t Obama played that one out already? It’s become a joke.

    Insider: Played it out? No, not…you might think so but no…his people are going to raise the issue of race to a level this country hasn’t seen since the Civil Rights movement. White guilt got Barack Obama the nomination. White guilt got Barack Obama into the White House. At least it was a big part of it…they are not sure they can run on the economy by summer of 2012. Motivation is way down – the people on the ground. Many of them will be sitting this one out. The campaign conducted over five internals in the last few months. Each time the one issue that came back favorably for the president was the color of his skin. People are not comfortable…white people are not comfortable going against a person of color. At least not a whole lot of them. Those studies – those kinds of studies…they were first incorporated by the Hillary campaign back in 2007 and 2008. It scared the hell out of her – she was so afraid of being called a racist. So she attacked Obama on his lack of experience, she just touched on some of the Chicago garbage…but in the end, the race issue kept her from really engaging in all out political war. The Clinton machine was handcuffed. When Obama used race to get America to forgive the fact he spent some 20 years sitting in the church of a proven anti-American fascist fucking racist – what could they do? It was game over. I told you a bit of that already…at the start of all this. Right?

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-the-obama-plan-part-two/#ixzz1VCAzdls3

  69. Perry is being pegged as a little too crude for the Big Leagues and seen as a ‘bully’ for the job he is seeking-

    His temperament may hold sway in Texas but his natural personality is a little strong… like the smell of cabbage boiling in the pot permeating the kitchen and all the ‘febreeze’ in the world can’t mask the odor. Perry has been a candidate for less than a week and comes out gunz blazing. Yikes! Just what we don’t need.. more irrational behavior.

    We were introduced to him 5 minutes ago and he’s ready for a fight. What will he be like a year from now when people are lining up to vote?

    A word from the Boss:

    “Perry’s comments drew a sharp rebuke by some commentators online Monday night. Tony Fratto, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, tweeted: “Gov. Perry’s comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential.”

  70. Thanks- Democrat1 for posting Ulsterman’s Part 2..

    Things must be moving along pretty quickly for him to have Part 2 in print. I didn’t expect seeing it until the weekend.

  71. BASIL99
    August 15th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Forget about Guiliani….talk about narcissitic dictators….NY hates him and his kids don’t even like him very much

  72. 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.

  73. If Obama thinks he is going to become a threat to the National Security of the country by threatening Race Riots if he isn’t elected in 2012, he’s got another thing coming-

  74. “…his people are going to raise the issue of race to a level this country hasn’t seen since the Civil Rights movement.”

    ——————————-

    He can’t run on any of his positive accomplishments because there aren’t anyway. Ergo he is going to take a beautiful and formerly strong country, already torn apart by economic woes, and push the knife in even farther.

    Disgusting and impeachable.

  75. Carol,

    You are entitled to your opinion. Mine is different. It’s a stretch pulling out the “his kids don’t like him very much” line.

    And I did not consider him a “narcissistic dictator” when I lived there. That phrase does, however, perfectly describe BO.

    It’s clear you hate the guy but not everyone shares your view.

  76. and its going down, losing the faithful…..

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 19% 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 -23 (see trends).

    At 19%, the number who Strongly Approve matches the lowest total yet recorded for this president. It has fallen that low only once before, on April 11 of this year. While 45% of Democrats Strongly Approve, just 4% of Republicans and 8% of unaffiliated voters share that enthusiasm.

    Seventy-one percent (71%) believe private sector companies and investors are better than government officials when it comes to determining the long-term benefits and potential of new technologies. Not surprisingly, voters also support ending farm subsidies, aid to large corporations to promote export sales and other corporate welfare programs.

    Support for the concept of tax reform is strong. Sixty-four percent (64%) believe it’s better to have lower tax rates and very few deductions than to have higher rates and lots of deductions. On the corporate side, just 21% think it’s better for the government to provide targeted tax breaks that help certain companies and industries. But 66% want the government to treat all companies and industries on an equal basis.

    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. Fifty-four percent (54%) at least somewhat disapprove.

  77. E.J. DIONNE THINKS “FIGHTING OBAMA” MAY BE BACK

    Pure schlock. Poor EJ, what a fussduddy.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/08/15/the_new_old_obama_110932.html

    Some quotes here purely for their entertainment value include:

    “The president’s loyalists still have faith in him and still love to criticize media narratives they think underestimate him….Their mood and past experience suggests that a new Obama — or, in many ways, the old Obama of 2008 — is about to reappear….The biggest factor is the end of the default threat.”

    “…the White House now sounds liberated”.

    “Then there is Obama’s own character. He is both conflict-averse and highly competitive.”

    “…Now he has to win. This brings out his competitive side. The rules of an election are similar to those of the sporting contests Obama so enjoys. Candidates are expected to be tough, to go after their opponents, to push and shove and throw them off balance. If you doubt Obama can do this, ask Hillary Clinton or John McCain.”

    “The president’s speech last Thursday in Holland, Mich., was the first sign that the competitive Obama is re-emerging.”

    “With Obama, there is always the danger of a relapse into the passive, we’re-all-reasonable-people style. The fighting Obama has briefly appeared before, only to go back into hibernation. This time, the evidence suggests he’ll stick with it — and, in truth, he has no other choice.”

  78. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ryan-president_590273.html

    Ryan?

    Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president. Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months, is on vacation in Colorado discussing a prospective run with his family. Ryan’s concerns about the effects of a presidential campaign – and perhaps a presidency – on his family have been his primary focus as he thinks through his political future.

    “He’s coming around,” says a Republican source close to Ryan, who has been urging the 41-year-old to run.

    …………………………..

    Not surprised, i’ve said for a while Ryan will be in the mix up somewhere and i’ve kind of thought that the final ticket, may well be Perry/Ryan. Bridges that north south gap nicely and the experience quota would be through the roof, not to mention the telegenic quota. Both would probably flatten Obama and Biden in debates. I’d imagine though his path to the nom would be hard but if its a case of saying hey, choose me for VP, its certainly make them notice.

  79. lol, but the fact is, people will ask if Obama “re-appears” (he never went away in my opinion), where the fuck he’s been during the last 3 years.

  80. Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Mr. Obama is stalking Darryl Issa to discredit him as an opportunist businessman/Congressman steeped in great wealth allegedly with an axe to grind against Mr Obama and Mr Holder.
    &&&&&&&&

    Yes, according to Ulsterman’s “Insider” source, Issa is the prime mover and shaker investigatin Gun Runner, and is the Sword of Damacles hanging over Holder’s head, and by implication, Obama’s too.

    So they will probably go after Issa in some nefarious way.

  81. I just watched the Hillary and Leon interview and there should not be any more doubt in this world that she is at the top of the list of the worlds most brilliant women.Obama was just rendered a fool a fraud an incompetent disaster that stole a country and should be impeached.Now is the time to draft Hillary and get this idiot out of the WH

  82. #
    JanH
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    “…his people are going to raise the issue of race to a level this country hasn’t seen since the Civil Rights movement.”

    ——————————-

    He can’t run on any of his positive accomplishments because there aren’t any. Ergo he is going to take a beautiful and formerly strong country, already torn apart by economic woes, and push the knife in even farther.

    Disgusting and impeachable.
    ________________________

    I hope so- I’m sick and tired of the RACE threats coming from the WH and if Obama dares think the White public is going to be sympathetic to his “Dreams” and vote for him out of GUILT because he is BLACK- The man has lost his mind. Whatsmore he has jeopardized the AA’s that aren’t harboring the grudges that Obama has never been part of- Obama is a user. He isn’t like the AA’s born and brought up here. He doesn’t share their history. The AA’s I know don’t want to go back in time. They want to move on and use the advantages given them by this country to their benefit to grow and prosper.

    Theres always a rough element of ruffians living in bad neighborhoods Black and White but what has Obama done to help them.. NADA! The AA’s better find a good spokesman to rebuke this unholy plan for destroying a country that has given so much to help people no matter what ethnicity or color they are… The AA community has got to stand up for itself because their leader and the man they helped get elected is NO Martin Luther King!

  83. “So they will probably go after Issa in some nefarious way.”
    ______________________

    Thats right! I doubt Issa is fool enough to leave himself wide open to an attack that would amount to anything serious enough to discredit him from performing his duties in an investigation of malevolent activity by this president and the main source of his protection, his AG.

  84. Ah… the only good news today is our Town’s Little League is a quarter-finalist in the LL World Series. They play California’s team on Friday… if they win, it’s on to PA for the Championship.

  85. “The AA’s better find a good spokesman to rebuke this unholy plan for destroying a country that has given so much to help people no matter what ethnicity or color they are… The AA community has got to stand up for itself because their leader and the man they helped get elected is NO Martin Luther King!”

    Well-said.

  86. Good news twice in one day? I must be dreaming…

    Thanks, ohanson- I will publish the Full Monty here from your link:
    _________________

    New York Times Story on Rep. Issa Riddled With Factual Errors

    A lengthy article in today’s New York Times about Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) contains at least five major factual errors, including one that the undermines the central premise of the story, the congressman’s office asserted in a high-profile showdown with the Grey Lady.

    The newspaper already admitted to one mistake in the 2,700-word story, but reporter Eric Lichtblau said he would not correct other factual errors pointed out by Issa’s staff. Now, the central assertion of Lichtblau’s story — that Issa directed federal funds to increase the value of property he owns — appears to be crumbling as well.

    Lichtblau’s story is the latest critique of the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa is growing accustomed to the attention given his role on Capitol Hill. He’s become one of the left’s top targets and even the subject of a nonprofit organization run by liberal political activists out to tarnish his reputation.

    Issa’s office quickly dismissed today’s story as “riddled with factual errors and careless assertions that has resulted in a story predicated on innuendo and not fact.”

    The story’s headline, “A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself,” suggests that Issa benefited personally from steering federal funds to a road project near a medical complex he owns. Lichtblau reported the value of Issa’s property increased 60 percent after he bought it. But the reporter’s information is inaccurate, Issa’s office said. According to the settlement statement posted on the committee’s webstite, Issa paid $16.6 million — a figure that’s nearly identical to its current San Diego County property assessment.

    In addition to this questionable assertion, Issa’s office earlier in the day requested the Times correct three other factual errors in Lichtblau’s story. Issa’s release stated:

    * The story states, “Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.” This is factually incorrect. The office building located at 1800 Thibodo Rd. in Vista does not overlook a golf course.
    * The story states, “Mr. Issa has … spilt a holding company into separate multibillion-dollar businesses …” This is factually incorrect. Rep. Issa does not own a single “multibillion-dollar business.”
    * The story states, “Mr. Issa brushed aside suggestions that his electronics company’s role as a major supplier of alarms to Toyota made him go easy on the automaker as he led an investigation into the recalls.” This is factually incorrect. Rep. Issa’s former company, Directed Electronics, is not a “major supplier” or even a supplier to Toyota.

    As of now, the Times has only corrected the second error. When I asked Lichtblau if he planned to do anything about the other two, he responded, “No, because both points were correct.”

    As for the first point, Issa’s office building is located about a half-mile from the Shadowridge Country Club, according to Google Maps. However, the office building is surrounded by three housing developments and a state highway. There’s no direct access from Issa’s building to the course and it would take approximately 20 minutes to walk there.

    Issa’s office also maintains that Directed Electronics is not a supplier to Toyota, contrary to Lichtblau’s story. The reporter does not include a source for this information in the article and he did not respond to a follow-up email seeking clarification.

    Those aren’t the only problems with the story. Lichtblau also makes a false claim about the Issa Family Foundation, according to Issa’s office, asserting that it “earned $357,000 on an initial investment of less that $19,000 — a return of nearly 1,900 percent in just seven months.” In fact, Issa’s office responded, the foundation took a loss of $125,000. The foundation’s initial investment was not $19,000 but $500,000. Lichtblau apparently relied on an incorrect form to get the information.

    And if that wasn’t enough, there are also rumblings that Lichtblau didn’t properly attribute parts of his story. Lee Fang of the liberal Center for American Progress called him out on Twitter, noting “your NYT Issa piece looks awfully familiar.” Both the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and San Diego Beat also previously attacked Issa on some of the same points included in Lichtblau’s article.

  87. Thanks Democrat1 for the post:

    …Insider: Hell yes-yes… it can work. It’s not gonna come so easy as it did in 2008, but that’s why they plan to ramp it up – the race issue. Look, you got generations of voters in this country who have been hammered with guilt for being white. Schools, television, movies…decades of this racism shit coming at them from all sides. White guilt is very real. I’ve used it-done it myself… countless times in an election campaign. And for Barack Obama…his re-election team – they are banking on it bringing victory in 2012. Even if it means the threat of race riots. They are willing to go that far – go down that road if need be. If the Obama team can’t guilt enough of White America into voting for them in 2012 – they are just fine with trying to scare the shit out of them to do it. And you need to know that there are a lot of Democrats who are hearing about this and are not on board. We’ve always used the race issue to our advantage – but what the Obama team has planned is something…it’s something else altogether. Off the charts stuff. Remember when I said that Obama ain’t no Democrat? That’s as true now as it’s ever been. And he’s on some kind of collission course now with everybody scrambling to get out of the way, and then some of us trying to do what we can to stop it before it’s too late. He’s already destroyed the party…much of it. Gonna take a long time to recover. Daley can’t stop this from within. He’s moderated the damage, but he’s wearing down. Now it’s the country we are worried about. My kids and grandkids will do all right without a Democratic Party around. They need to have an America though. The whole world does.

    —-> Sounds like the Jackboots will try to stomp on voters necks if they don’t pull the Guilt lever for Barry.
    They are willing to cause race riots to get a second term…

    Funny how this fraud is 50% WHITE and raised by white grandparents…somehow, that all is forgotten.

  88. Yeah, Obama must have played the ‘Martyr’ card on his white grandparents when the ‘Guilt’ card just wasn’t enough to get what he wanted. He never did hold a job even as a teen during summers.

  89. ohanson
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    August 15th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    … stalking Darryl Issa to discredit him as an opportunist businessman/Congressman steeped in great wealth allegedly with an axe to grind against Mr Obama and Mr Holder. [snip]

    ——-
    The Insider said this was coming…so NYTs proves once again, they are in Barry’s pocket.

  90. WELL-OFF CAMPAIGN PICK-POCKETS AMERICAN TAX PAYERS

    The Tragical Misery Tour
    is taking your dollars away…

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/15/obamas-bus-force-one/

    MILLER: Obamas Bus Force One
    =========================
    Taxpayer-funded campaign stunt seeks to boost presidents flagging popularity

    By Emily Miller
    The Washington Times

    President Obama wants us to believe that his bus tour of three battleground states is an attempt to get to know Americans better. No one is falling for it.

    The commander in chief kicked off his roadshow in Rep. Michele Bachmanns home state of Minnesota on Monday. Hell follow up with a visit in Iowa right after the GOP straw poll and a final stop in Illinois. The three-day excursion sounds a whole lot like a campaign swing through key 2012 states, but federal taxpayers – not the Obama campaign – are picking up the tab.

    The White House is pretending the economic bus tour is part of the presidents official duties. Aboard Air Force One on the flight to the heartland, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, The fact is that the president is not engaged in a primary election, and he is doing what presidents do, which is go out in the country and engage with the American people, have discussions about the economy and other policy issues.

    The bus was supposedly necessary because rural areas cant handle the presidents usual mode of travel. A plane this size is hard to get into small communities and small airports, explained Mr. Carney.

    Elephants are up in arms. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus fired back at what he called Obamas Debt-End Tour. He told reporters at Mr. Obamas first stop in Cannon Falls on Monday that, We are not going to stand idly by while this president perpetrates this fraud of a bus tour while using taxpayer dollars to spin his failure to put America back to work.

    Hawkeye State Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn added, The only difference between the GOP presidential campaign buses crisscrossing our state this summer and the presidents bus is the taxpayers are footing the bill for the presidents campaign swing in northeast Iowa.

    The RNC will air radio ads, web ads and call independent voters while Mr. Obama barrels though each state reminding the public of the damage he has done to the economy.

    Just last week, the Obama administration approved job-killing fuel-economy mandates for trucks. Beginning in 2014, heavy vehicles – including buses – must live up to design standards set by the bureaucracy. The official regulatory impact analysis of the scheme predicted compliance costs of up to $47 billion.

    When asked if the presidents blacked-out-window bus lived up to the new federal rules, a White House spokesman referred the question to the Secret Service. The presidential protection agency refused to give out any information on the capability of the vehicles.

    Of course, a president is always vulnerable to attacks for using taxpayer resources for campaign activity as the lines are often blurred near election time. However, this case is clear: Candidates, not presidents, take bus tours. Plus, there sure isnt any history of this president wanting to hobnob with middle America.

    The Obama campaign is raising money hand-over-fist in its drive to get $1 billion in the bank for an uphill re-election bid. It can afford to reimburse the public for this expensive stunt.

    Its obvious Mr. Obama remains oblivious to the economic plight of ordinary Americans. After just three days in the rural midwest, Mr. Obama will vacation on Marthas Vineyard with his real friends: wealthy liberals.

  91. #
    BASIL99
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    “The AA’s better find a good spokesman to rebuke this unholy plan for destroying a country that has given so much to help people no matter what ethnicity or color they are… The AA community has got to stand up for itself because their leader and the man they helped get elected is NO Martin Luther King!”

    Well-said.
    ___________________

    Thanks BASIL- The people who really got gypped are the Irish. ‘The Gangs of New York’ fighting for a place in society with the Brits who treated them as slaves under the
    Jackbooted thugs. They started from the bottom and worked their way up the ladder for over a 100 yrs to finally make it to the presidency.

  92. Well Well……looks like someone just upset the apple cart.

    *** BREAKING Rasmussen POLL ***

    Perry _______29
    Romney_______18
    Bachmann_____13
    Paul_________9

    Pollster Scott Rasmussen is about to release the first national post-straw poll numbers. The results:

    Perry 29, Romney 18, Bachmann 13, Paul 9.

    It looks like Rick got out more of a bang out of Iowa and the Battle of Waterloo than Michele did.

    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/perry-leads-new-national-poll

  93. Panetta, Clinton warn that State, Defense cuts undermine security

    By Justin Sink – 08/16/11

    Steep cuts to military or diplomatic budgets could undermine national security, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday in a joint appearance.

    The two cabinet members said cuts that could be triggered under the debt-ceiling deal signed by President Obama earlier this month could hurt U.S. troops while limiting the State Department’s ability to engage in diplomacy.

    “[The proposed cuts] would break faith with troops and their families,” Panetta said. “It would literally undercut our ability to provide for the national defense.”


    Clinton echoed the new Pentagon leader’s concerns, warning that budget were casting “a pall” over the the U.S. ability to project its security interests.

    “I’m not saying we should be exempt, but we have to do a reasonable analysis of what our needs are,” Clinton said.

    Panetta and Clinton chose a town hall-style event at National Defense University Tuesday morning to raise their concerns. The event was aimed at underscoring the increasing cooperation between their departments. Clinton had a close working relationship with ex-Pentagon chief Robert Gates, and Tuesday’s event underscored efforts Clinton and Panetta are making to remain on the same page.

    Clinton cautioned that while cuts to foreign aid might be politically palatable, she believed that the United States was missing an opportunity for a modern day Marshall plan in response to the wave of popular uprisings in the Arab world.

    “We have an opportunity right now in the Middle East and North Africa that I’m not sure we’re going to be able to meet,” Clinton said.

Panetta was questioned about a CBS report that the military was considering an overhaul of the military retirement system that would replace the current pension program with a 401(k)-style plan, and confirmed that the department was studying the idea.


”No decisions have been made, but it’s the kind of thing that has to be considered.” Panetta said. “You have to look at everything on the table.”


    Under the debt-ceiling deal struck earlier this month, the Defense Department faces an additional $500 billion in cuts unless the deficit ‘supercommittee’s’ suggestions are adopted.

    Under the debt-ceiling deal struck earlier this month, the Defense Department faces an additional $500 billion in cuts unless the deficit ‘supercommittee’s’ suggestions are adopted. The additional cuts are triggered if the new panel’s members are unable to reach a deal on $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts, or if Congress rejects the panel’s proposal.

    While the secretaries were primarily concerned with pushing back against possible budget cuts, they also took time to promote increased cooperation between their departments. Clinton and Gates took great pains to coordinate their missions prior to Gates’ retirement.


    “We are a nation that has a special role in the world – a special role because of our military power, a special role because of our diplomatic power,” Panetta said.

    At the event, Clinton was also asked about the U.S. response to the conflict in Syria and again avoided explicitly calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign.

    Panetta refused to comment on reports that the Pakistanis had allowed the Chinese to study wreckage from the stealth helicopter that crashed during the Osama bin Laden raid.

    Panetta was also asked about the possibility of political engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, a strategy that American officials have shied away from in the past.

    “Part of the mission is supporting Afghani reconciliation,” Panetta said. “There has to be political resolution… but we want this to be Afghani led and Afghani owned.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/177045-panetta-proposed-defense-cuts-would-break-faith-with-troops

  94. Just to let everyone know my daughter had the gastric sleeve yesterday and she had a little trouble breathing….we were all scared for a little while…today she is much better although still nauseated and in pain, but she looks real good today!

    Looks like Perry is shootin his mouth off about Bernanky and looking stupid….to me he’s going to screw his ownself…he was absolutely horrible for Texas….and of coarse for A&M. He’s a good old boy and is a control freak…we don’t need Bush II, followed Bush III (Obama), followed by Bush IV (Perry) because that’s exactly what we will have if we elect another Texan to the Presidency….we will be screwed!

    I would NEVER vote for anyone who advocates ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion and making that woman watch the video….I am way to much into “women’s rights” to vote for an idiot like Perry…I thought the Right WIng Nuts are complaining we have to much government…well mandating ultrasounds for pregnant women seeking an abortion is pretty much meddling in your life…the way I see it…

  95. Really good, wonky article by a guy who is NOT a Perry fan, about the jobs situation in TX, and how it really is that good compared to the rest of the nation:

    My advice to anti-Perry advocates is this: Give up talking about Texas jobs. Texas is an incredible outlier among the states when it comes to jobs. Not only are they creating them, they’re creating ones with higher wages.

    http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?p=1590

  96. On the white guilt vote: The Republicans are going to have to tell people in some fashion it’s OK to vote as you wish in the voting booth and that it’s OK to vote against someone even if they are black. They can’t leave Obama get away with it..

    Also, although the Obama campaign my try the white guilt ploy to get votes–if the economy is still really bad won’t that overtake any peoples reluctance to vote against someone black?

  97. There is definitely a correlation here between cutting our Foreign Defense Budget and the Domestic Defense Budget. That is… if we are in need of National Guard military intervention here in the states, if what is predicted a Civil Race War in the name of Obama to Win the White House; then our country will be caught flat footed not having the financial resources or the necessary manpower for quelling any destructive uprisings during the next presidential election.

    This country will be ruined, burned to the ground from sea to shining sea if the Defense Budget is seriously cut and our resources unequal to the rioting and looting going on in every city and town in the country dealing with Race violence for the sake of one man’s ambition for control and power.

    That said, we will neither have the resources here for serving the needs of our own National Security and that of our commitments overseas if more resources are needed here during perilous times and the ME simultaneously explodes into all out war possibly with a country we have promised to protect Israel, because of the shortsightedness of the decision makers.

    After reading Jan’s post @ 1:13pm it seems there is more than meets the eye the way Obama’s X-Order has not only backed the Safety and Security of the Troops into a corner but also has left US vulnerable to chaos and destruction like the country has never seen before.

    “Under the [Obama’s] debt-ceiling deal struck earlier this month, the Defense Department faces an additional $500 billion in cuts unless the deficit ‘supercommittee’s’ suggestions are adopted. The additional cuts are triggered if the new panel’s members are unable to reach a deal on $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts, or if Congress rejects the panel’s proposal.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/177045-panetta-proposed-defense-cuts-would-break-faith-with-troops

  98. My only use for Perry is as an unrelenting Obama basher that helps us get him out of the White House period.

    Then we go the DRAFT route for Hillary as the Dem nominee… and let her kick Bush IV’s rear end all the way back to Texas.

  99. confloyd-

    I’m glad your daughter is recovering as expected.
    And hope she is up and around soon.. Give her our best wishes.

  100. confloyd

    Wake me up when we have a real candidate…like Hillary!

    ———
    Zzzzzzzz…you may have a long sleep but you know we will all start screaming if Hillary runs, and I will yell out if Trump jumps in, but that will not be until after May, if at all.

    We may have to call you Rip ‘Um Up Van Winklette.

  101. I’m glad your daughter is recovering as expected.
    And hope she is up and around soon.. Give her our best wishes.
    —–

    I second that.

  102. AmerGal

    Also, although the Obama campaign my try the white guilt ploy to get votes–if the economy is still really bad won’t that overtake any peoples reluctance to vote against someone black?

    ——

    If they don’t realize by 2012 that they are just tools, then America has little hope in the intelligence department.
    Hopefully the Rethugs will elect a more moderate person that can kick ass with jobs experience and intelligent.

  103. Rip ‘Um Up Van Winklette.
    _________________

    confloyd has never been a fan of Perry’s since I’ve know her. I find it interesting the Right and not the Left is doing oppo research on him.

    Any ideas?

  104. Mrs. Smith@ 3:44,

    Rove and the Bushies can’t stand Perry. Rove is already bashing him on TV. I find it amusing that some are trying to tie him to Bush, when he has NEVER been a Bushie, and there is MUCH bad blood between him and the neocons/country club wing of the GOP.

    Perry has faults, but being on the cushy inside of the cocktail weenie GOP establishment is not one of them.

  105. I know that my husband and I moved here in 2007 specifically because of the economic climate. No state income tax, low cost of living, tort reform, less intrusive state govt, etc.

    He had job offers from everywhere from California to NY state. We chose TX. Thousands every month are making the same choice. If California wasn’t losing residents so fast, their unemployment numbers would be 12%. If Texas’ population was merely natural growth, instead of the ongoing millions of “refugees” from other states, our unemployment rate would be about 2.2%

    Texas is doing great to be making enough jobs to even begin to keep up with the massive influx of new people. There are things to criticize Perry over, to be sure. But Texas’ economy is not one of them. The Dems are going to look very petty and stupid and sour-grapes-ish when they do.

  106. HillaryforTexas

    Some companies in Calif are moving to TX because of the ‘environmental restrictions’ on manufacturing in CA. (Think of the smog problem that was worse in L.A. a few decades ago.) This is what happened to companies like Jacuzzi.

    Calif has more of a problem with financing illegals, supporting them and putting them though college…don’t even get me started on bs like the #&@9!$ Dream Act. The CA congress is a mess, and many were voted out in 2012.

  107. Shadowfax, the problem with those environmental restrictions is that they could not just clean up the air and leave it at that. They had to branch off into more and more and more restrictions, to the point that they cut of water to farmers to save a freaking microscopic mud shrimp.

    States with far fewer regulations than CA are not running around massively spewing poisons and raping the environment right and left. There is a happy medium, so long as you don’t lose your mind at either extreme.

  108. I agree with you Hill4TX, some environmental groups go way too far in trying to save every mouse (Nasty’s project), tick and flea on the planet.

    Cutting off the water to farmers in the central valley should be a crime, and needs to be reversed. Stupidity.

  109. LOL! Perry in a speech referred to the overhanging debt as a “big black cloud” over the nation.

    Ed Schultz is hyper ventilating that it’s RAAAAACIIIIST!!!!!!

    These people have become caricatures of themselves, honestly.

  110. H4T

    Thanks for the response- I will keep my eye on Perry and his relationship with Rove and Bush I and II for now. For now as always, I will keep my options open and watch for an amBUSH…:)

  111. admin: please embed when you have a minute. Thanks-

    Here is something you ALL might enjoy:

    (ht/ to Brenda Elliot)

    Say It Isn’t So! My/Our‘Own Little Blog’ Has Obama’s Shorts in a Bunch?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QRYq9fxqozY

    “It used to be that everybody was sitting there watching Walter Cronkite, now everybody is on their own little blog or on their own separate news forum. If you’re a Democrat you’re reading the New York Times, if you’re a Republican, you’re watching Fox News. . . “

    ps: stumble, jumble and fumble without his teleprompter!

    _________________________

    ‘Used to be’… presidents loved their country…

    ‘Used to be’… we voted, and the person we voted for actually got our votes, unlike the primaries, where we watched our best candidate be called racist..

    ‘Used to be’… we had a job…

    ‘Used to be’…Americans didn’t need food stamps and were proud of producing enough food to feed the world..

    ‘Used to be’…anyone standing outside a voting poll intimidating elderly, would be in jail for civil rights violations, unlike the Eric Holder letting Black Panther frighten our elderly ‘folk’

    The list goes on and on..

  112. The Ulsterman Report: Anybody Seen Obama’s Friend Tony Rezko?

    Tony Rezko was once a high-rise political fundraising Chicago power broker who took a shine to a then youngish political up-and-comer named Barack Hussein Obama. The two men shared a common interest when Barack took a position at the Chicago firm of firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland – an entity well known for community activist shake-downs against corporate entities – though they would rather you describe it as “civil rights” litigation. Davis, Miner, Barhill & Galland represented Rezmar Corp. an entity managed by Allison S. Davis who was by then already deep in bed with Mr. Rezko. Both Davis and Rezko helped initiate the fundraising foundation that would eventually propell Barack Obama all the way to the White House. (Rezko was also equally involved with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who of course most recently was found guilty of his own laundry list of wrongdoing, and like Rezko, awaits sentencing. And yet, somehow Barack Obama, himself deeply involved politically and personally with both of these men, has managed to dance away from these federal investigations…)

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-anybody-seen-obamas-friend-tony-rezko/#ixzz1VFIWh5jA

  113. Rick Perry is barely in the race and already he’s stuck his foot in his mouth. How many more of these conservative idiots are going to jump into the presidental race before the primary?

  114. “Greyhound One” looks painfully depressing to me. Gloom, Doom and Debt coming.
    I do, however, think the price is pretty reasonable and I have read that there were two commissioned — one for a d and one for an r during the campaign which is still bullshit as the taxpayer shouldn’t be footing the bill for a private organization and what would they do with a viable 3rd party candidate? And who decides who is viable? If you can’t travel freely and campaign can you compete? Know none of the specifics and can’t find any. Maybe the sitting president gets it to make Secret Service job easier and party of opposition is permitted to let. Don’t have a clue but I think the price tag is within reason. I’ve looked at a few(daydreaming about living life on the road)and something that size with basic security starts near three quarters of a million.

    Bus idea is pathetic, but not nearly as egregious or as expensive as their other expeditions on our dime.

  115. demo uno
    August 16th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    This is the only paragraph that has the potential of giving me a thrill up my leg:

    “Tony Rezko is a convicted felon – prosecuted by and found guilty in a federal court. Who then has overseen the potential and repeatedly delayed sentencing of Mr. Rezko for the past two years? Who has ultimate authority tobroker a deal and request and obtain those delays? Who is the one all federal prosecutors are required to answer to? Who can effectively cease a federal investigation that might potentially do harm to President Obama? None other than now-embattled Obama Attorney General Eric Holder.”

  116. BigCatLover
    August 16th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Hillary is amazing- I admire her total recall ability for facts and details. Something to aspire to- Oh, the suit- It’s her eyes that set off her suit..

    Thanks for posting the interview.

    If I could volunteer a question as the audience did- My question would be contained in the post @ Mrs. Smith August 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm- even though at this point the situation we would be in may be hypothetical- the rumor is in the wind and suppose the rumor turns out to be our reality… how are we going to negotiate around the mandate BO signed last month, the new panel’s members unable to reach agreement and/or if Congress rejects the panels proposal for the budget cuts and still maintain adequate security for keeping the peace in the country if Americans become the victims of racial violence resulting in similar devastation experienced in the UK but on a much grander nationwide scale?

    here:

    “Under the [Obama’s] debt-ceiling deal struck earlier this month, the Defense Department faces an additional $500 billion in cuts unless the deficit ‘supercommittee’s’ suggestions are adopted. The additional cuts are triggered if the new panel’s members are unable to reach a deal on $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts, or if Congress rejects the panel’s proposal.”

  117. Rick Perry is barely in the race and already he’s stuck his foot in his mouth. How many more of these conservative idiots are going to jump into the presidental race before the primary?

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

    Any conservative is going to be painted by the media as a crazy idiot.

  118. I feel badly for Ron Paul, he is swept under the rug every time he wins or nearly wins the staw pull…

    I don’t agree with all his ideas but he is more liked than given credit.

    Blowhard Perry waltzes in like the second coming of Elvis, with a mouth that matches Biden.

    When will someone great jump into the race?

  119. Unbelievable: Operation Fast and Furious Agents.. Promoted Promotions always HELP in a Cover-Up!

    You got our gun control regulations through! Great job! Here’s your promotion!

    ATF agents involved in Operation Fast and Furious who should have been fired by now for putting over 2000 high powered weapons into the hands of ruthless Mexican drug cartels, on purpose, have been promoted. Yes, promoted. Only in government can you have blood on your hands and get a pay raise and moved from the Phoenix Field Office to a cushy office in Washington D.C.

    The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.

    McMahon and Newell have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the program, which was dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.

    “I share responsibility for mistakes that were made,” McMahon testified to a House committee three weeks ago. “The advantage of hindsight, the benefit of a thorough review of the case, clearly points me to things that I would have done differently.”

    McMahon was promoted Sunday to deputy assistant director of the ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations — the division that investigates misconduct by employees and other problems.

    Kenneth E. Melson, the ATF’s acting director, said in an agency-wide confidential email announcing the promotion that McMahon was among ATF employees being rewarded because of “the skills and abilities they have demonstrated throughout their careers.”

    Newell was the special agent in charge of the field office for Arizona and New Mexico, where Fast and Furious was conducted. On Aug. 1, the ATF announced he would become special assistant to the assistant director of the agency’s Office of Management in Washington.

    Voth was an on-the-ground team supervisor for the operation, and last month he was moved to Washington to become branch chief for the ATF’s tobacco division.

    William Newell was the agent who lied to Congress by saying ATF never let guns “walk” during testimony on Capitol Hill in July, despite Operation Fast and Furious being an operation that involved giving drug cartels guns from the beginning in order to “track down,” cartel leaders. From July 26, 2011:

    “These guns went to ruthless criminals,” Carlos Canino, ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico said in testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday regarding the scandal-plagued Operation Fast and Furious. “It’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment. Out of these 2,000 weapons, 34 were .50-caliber sniper rifles. That is approximately the number of sniper riles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.”

    Remember, William Newell, who again has been promoted, would not admit Operation Fast and Furious was a bad idea and would not say he wouldn’t do it again.

    Former ATF Special Agent in Charge William Newell would not condemn Operation Fast and Furious and allowing guns to walk into Mexico during testimony and questioning. In fact, Newell went so far as to say he was unaware of guns walking into Mexico, despite internal emails showing he did know. Newell admitted the agency made mistakes but would not admit the program was a bad idea and exposed that he was in communication with a member of the White House national security team. His testimony also conflicted with previous testimony given by Special Agent John Dodson of the Phoenix Field Division who said on June 15, “Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated.”

    “At no time in our strategy was it to allow guns to be taken to Mexico,” Newell said, adding that at no time did his agency allow guns to walk.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/08/16/unbelievable_operation_fast_and_furious_agentspromoted

  120. Oh-No, the martyr syndrome: I found this Obama quote ludicrous. ( 3rd paragraph down )
    _______________________

    Obama: I have it tougher than Abe Lincoln

    08/17/2011

    President Barack Obama said yesterday in Decorah, Iowa, that he absorbs more political criticism than Abraham Lincoln, the assassinated 16th U.S. president, attracted from his Civil War critics.

    The comment came during a question-and-answer session where one invited audience member asked Obama how he deals with his congressional critics in the GOP. “The Congress doesn’t seem to be a good partner. You said so yourself, they’re more interested in seeing you lose than [seeing] the country win,” the questioner lamented. [?plant?]

    “Democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this,” Obama responded. “When you listen to what the federalists said about the ?anti-federalists? … (Constitutionalists?) those guys were tough. Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

    The comparison “is hysterical … that is really laughable in many respects,” said Alvin Felzenberg, the author of a book on American presidents. “You couldn’t print things today they said about Lincoln.” Felzenberg teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the chief spokesman for the 9/11 Commission.

    Criticism of Lincoln in his day “was even more vitriolic than what you see about Obama,” said Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian at Columbia University. “Obama is a guy who has a thin skin and does not take criticism well.” Foner’s Pulitzer-winning volume was titled ”The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.”

    Obama’s sensitivity to criticism is bound up with his progressive ideology, which sees political disputes as best resolved by experts, said Michael Franc, vice president for government studies at the Heritage Foundation. Obama believes “he has discovered the truth and if you disagree with him, it’s not only against the country, its unpatriotic and anti-Obama,” Franc suggested.

    (and now to become RACIST!) *Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama enslaves them opening wounds of the past.*

    Eric Dezenhall, a former communications aide to President Ronald Reagan, went ever further in an interview with The Daily Caller: Obama’s complaint, he said, “is more grandiose than narcissistic … It’s equating any form of push-back with some sort of giant historical crime.”

    Lincoln faced a civil war in which “half the country would rather leave than accept that he was a constitutional president,” Felzenberg told TheDC. But “no one challenged Obama’s election, no one tried to shut down the inauguration … to put himself at [Lincoln’s] level seems very vain and self-absorbed.”

    Even though he was repeatedly snubbed and insulted by both Democrats and Republicans, “Lincoln had this amazing capacity for open-mindedness,” Foner explained. “He wanted criticism. He invited critics into the White House … I don’t think Obama does.”

    “Lincoln was the original ‘moron Republican,’” and was frequently described as an an ugly, ignorant hick, said Denzenhall. In 1980, Reagan faced the same social scorn, Dezenhall added. “You could just feel it, whether it was comments about his ‘idiocy,’ his ‘laziness,’ about Nancy [Reagan] being Marie Antoinette, or his horrible brown suits.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/16/obama-i-have-it-tougher-than-abe-lincoln/

  121. From what I read, Perry’s position on illegal immigration is as liberal as Obama’s and the Dim party.

    Many of us are suffering from the flood of illegal immigrants and want a candidate who will address the issue and enforce the law. At least Romney has a tougher stance on illegal immigration. But more and more, he looks like a loser.

    I just don’t see any politicians other than Hillary with the brains and skills to do the job right. If not Hillary, then I think we need a non politician ….like a Trump. Politics in this country is so corrupt that it seems that all that rise up thru its ranks are tainted.

    Christie, who I like, doesn’t have any foreign policy experience AT ALL……which I think he knows is a huge problem. Someone like Trum at least has international business experience and knowledge.

  122. Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

    When did they stop teaching English grammar at our major universities?

  123. FLASH: Obama jobs package likely to contain tax cuts, infrastructure, help for certain sectors and for long-term unemployed – WH official.

    Yawn……………………

    tax cuts, thats gonna piss off the lefty nutjobs.

  124. Wonder if Obama’s promised jobs plan is written down yet. Or if it ever will be.

    otherwise its just bullshit pie in the sky and i hope someone asks for a copy of it.

  125. Flash : Obama To Lay Out Jobs…………………………………… After Vacation. (of course why let a little thing like the economy spoil a good trip)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking a jolt for a wilting economy, President Barack Obama will give a major speech in early September to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.

    The president’s plan is likely to contain tax cuts, jobs-boosting infrastructure ideas and steps that would specifically help the long-term unemployed. The official emphasized that all of Obama’s proposals would be fresh ones, not a rehash of plans he has pitched for many weeks and still supports, including his “infrastructure bank” idea to finance construction jobs.

    On a significant and related front, Obama will also present a specific plan to cut the suffocating long-term national debt and to pay for the cost of his new short-term economic ideas.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_JOBS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-08-17-07-07-10

    ……………………..

    its always a fuckin’ speech never a laid out plan.

  126. In my e-mail this morning:

    My friend and I were in slow-moving traffic the other day and we were stopped behind a car that had an unusual Obama bumper sticker on it.

    It read:

    “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”.

    When we got home I got out the Bible and opened it up to the scripture. I started laughing & laughing. Then I read it out loud. I couldn’t believe what it said. I had a good laugh, too.

    Psalm 109:8 ~ “Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him.”

    Look it up — it is word for word!

  127. moononpluto
    August 17th, 2011 at 9:18 am
    Wonder if Obama’s promised jobs plan is written down yet. Or if it ever will be.

    otherwise its just bullshit pie in the sky and i hope someone asks for a copy of it.
    ——————-
    There has NEVER been a specific plan, and further more even if he had a plan he would abandon it as soon as the Reps said HELLO.

    He is not a specifics person, and never will be. He also is not a strong leader. Speeches with suggestion it will be new and different are trying to entice the old mystic back. If they fall for it again, shame on them.

    Cats do not change their spots.

  128. jbstonesfan…have you seen this one?

    BRITISH GUARDIAN CALLS FOR END OF ISRAEL: A shameful call to deny Jews a fundamental right

    By Daniel Johnson, August 11, 2011

    In a signed article last week, the Guardian’s foreign leader writer, David Hearst, looked forward to “a one-state solution in which Jewish citizens lose an in-built majority”. While insisting that such a unitary Palestinian state would be a secular and democratic one, where Jews, Christians and Muslims would all be equal, Hearst left no doubt about what kind of consummation was, in his view, devoutly to be wished: “The end of Zionism, no less.”

    I wonder whether, when he wrote these sinister words, Hearst felt even the slightest pang of conscience. Having written leaders myself for The Times and the Telegraph for two decades, I know the sense of responsibility one feels as the representative of a great organ of the free world.

    The Guardian, too, was once such an organ. There was a time when the Guardian and its liberal British readers would not have countenanced such malevolence. That time is past. Other Guardian journalists share Hearst’s contempt for Israel.

    Over the years, the Guardian has made itself into Europe’s principal conduit for the propaganda war against Israel. Because it is also the house magazine of the BBC, it wields influence far beyond its own readership. Even the bloodbath in Syria cannot distract the paper from its obsession with Israel.

    When they call for “the end of Zionism”, when they exult at the prospect of the United Nations General Assembly recognising Palestinian statehood as if Israel did not exist, do writers like Hearst recall another UN resolution some 36 years ago?

    The Guardian is Europe’s conduit for the propaganda war against Israel.

    In November 1975, on the 37th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the General Assembly condemned Zionism as “racism”. The then US ambassador, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, denounced “this infamous act”. Now the vultures are gathering again in New York, anticipating the UN’s betrayal of the Balfour Declaration. That declaration, still binding under international law, entitled the Jewish people to return to their ancestral homeland in perpetuity. How can that promise be compatible with UN recognition of an irredentist Palestinian regime that includes Hamas? Will Barack Obama denounce this threat to Israel’s legitimacy?

    It is largely due to the West’s cowardice that the Palestinians now reject the notion of a permanent two-state solution: the majority currently sees it as merely a first stage towards supplanting Israel. An authoritative poll published last month shows that 84 per cent of Palestinians agree that “Over time Palestinians must work to get back all of the land [in Israel] for a Palestinian state”. Only seven per cent accept that “Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people”.

    As for Jerusalem: just three per cent of Palestinians are ready to share the city, while 92 per cent demand it exclusively as the capital of a Palestinian state. This Arab refusal to acknowledge the Jewish claim to Judaism’s holiest place is endorsed by international bodies such as UNESCO, which has been campaigning against Israeli archaeological excavations in Jerusalem since 1974.

    UNESCO has lent credence to bogus Arab claims that biblical sites have no connection with the ancient Jews but are either the work of Muslims or “indigenous Canaanites”, from whom modern Arab Palestinians claim descent. This week, Jews commemorated the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans and the First Temple by the Babylonians. The Jewish connection with Jerusalem is historically continuous, religiously constitutive and politically legitimate. But the link would inevitably be broken in the Palestinian state envisaged by Hearst.

    How do we know this? Because no Arab state since 1948 has been tolerant of Jewish minorities, let alone granted them equal rights. Generations of Palestinians have been indoctrinated to hate Jews, largely at the expense of European taxpayers. Even in the best of all possible worlds, a unitary Palestinian state would treat Jews as former colonial occupiers, because that is how they and their fellow Muslims, encouraged by the Guardian, have depicted them for generations.

    And what reason do Israelis have to be Panglossian? Palestinian celebrations in response to acts of terror, such as the hideous massacre of the Fogel family last March, speak volumes. Through the Department for International Development, British taxpayers subsidise the Palestinian cult of eliminationist antisemitism.

    Besides, no European has the right to demand that Jews should risk genocide twice in a lifetime. At his trial 50 years ago, Adolf Eichmann explained his role in the Holocaust: “I received orders to proceed… against the guest of the host people.” Gideon Hausner, the prosecutor, asked him: “So the ‘guest’ people is the Jewish People and the ‘host’ are the Germans. Right?” Eichmann answered: “Yes.”

    Why should Jews alone among the nations be forced to live as “guests” at the mercy of “hosts”? David Hearst’s call for the “end of Zionism” has an echo of the “Final Solution”, die Endlösung. It is code for the annihilation of Israel. The Guardian may gloat over its “solution”, but those of us who admire the endurance of the Jewish people and the only Jewish state can simply look on in dismay.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/53062/a-shameful-call-deny-jews-a-fundamental-right

  129. From the New York Times and the author of “Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women

    August 17, 2011

    What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done?

    By REBECCA TRAISTER

    In the worst of the Democratic primary campaign in 2008, the angry end of the thing, when I had become a devoted Hillary Clinton supporter and was engaged in bitter arguments with people with whom I often agreed, I used to harbor a secret fear, the twin of my political hope: I worried that Hillary Clinton would win her party’s nomination.

    This possibility scared me because I knew, with a furious surety, that if she went on to win the presidency, I and the handful of other Clinton supporters in my privileged, mediacentric, Obama-drunk circle would be forced to spend the next four to eight years hearing the words “We told you so,” spoken at various accusatory pitches. Every time she made a compromise, lost a battle or started a war, those of us who had — often shamefacedly — proclaimed a preference for her would have to answer for it, and more profoundly, have to answer for the dream we dashed. We would have to apologize to the world for robbing it of an imagined Barack Obama presidency.

    Three years after that intense and acrimonious time, in a period of liberal disillusionment, some on the left are engaging in an inverse fantasy. Almost unbelievably, they are now daydreaming of how much better a Hillary Clinton administration might have represented them.

    The political site Talking Points Memo recently ran a post asking to hear from readers who felt that Clinton would have handled the debt-ceiling crisis better than Obama. On HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the host asked if liberals should have buyer’s remorse for choosing Obama over Clinton. “Yes,” replied the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said that Clinton might have been a “more effective negotiator” with Congress, while Maher noted that “she knows how to deal with difficult men.” The Daily Beast’s smugly headlined article “Hillary Told You So” relied on scads of unattributed quotes from grumpy Democrats: “No one ever had to tell Hillary” that the economy was crucial, “Obama has no spine,” “Hillary is tougher.”

    Rather than reveling in these flights of reverse political fancy, I find myself wanting the revisionist Hillary fantasists — Clintonites and reformed Obamamaniacs alike — to just shut up already.

    I understand the impulse to indulge in a quick “I told you so.” I would be lying if I said I didn’t think it sometimes. Maybe often. But to say it — much less to bray it — is small, mean, divisive and frankly dishonest. None of us know what would have happened with Hillary Clinton as president, no matter how many rounds of W.W.H.H.D. (What Would Hillary Have Done) we play.

    Clinton might have tended to jobs and the economy more quickly than Obama did; therefore, there might have been no health care reform. If the economy had improved, it’s possible there would have been less of a 2010 bloodbath, but her coattails would most likely have been shorter to begin with. Yes, she might have bitten off the ear of a Tea Partier by now. Then again, there might not have been a Tea Party. Do I believe she was better prepared to navigate the vast right wing of our political system? Yes, sir, that’s part of why I voted for her over Obama. Do I wonder if she might not also have taken us to war with Iran by now? Well, that’s part of why I almost voted for Obama over her.

    The empirical choice between Clinton and Obama was never as direct as those on either side made it out to be; neither was obviously more equipped or more progressive than the other. The maddening part, then and now, is that they were utterly comparable candidates. The visions — in 2008, of Obama as a progressive redeemer who would restore enlightened democracy to our land and Hillary as a crypto-Republican company man; or, in 2011, of Obama as an appeasement-happy crypto-Republican and Hillary as a leftist John Wayne who would have whipped those Congressional outlaws into shape — they were all invented. These are fictional characters shaped by the predilections, prejudices and short memories of the media and the electorate. They’re not actual politicians between whom we choose here on earth.

    If she had won her party’s nomination and then the general election, Hillary Clinton’s presidency would probably not have looked so different from Obama’s. She was, after all, a senator who, for a variety of structural and strategic reasons, often crossed party lines to co-sponsor legislation with Republicans, who voted to go to war in Iraq, who moved to the center on everything from Israel to violent video games. You think Obama’s advisers are bad? Hillary Clinton hired, and then took far too long to get rid of, Mark Penn. And her economic team probably would have looked an awful lot like Obama’s.

    It’s just that her similarities to Obama never seemed to register with those who saw in our current president a progressivism that he himself wasn’t advertising, and saw in her a drive and ferocity that — far from being the salvation some are now imagining — made her a harpy, a monster and a bitch. Her storied toughness was then read as craven ambition that was going to tear her party apart. Her knowledge of how Congress works was seen as part of her dynastic and corrupt Beltway privilege. And her engagement with working-class voters, well, that was just pandering to her supposedly racist base.

    If Clinton had been elected president, those characterizations would have become only uglier, especially as her tenure was compared with an unrealized and thus unblemished Obama administration. Alternate-universe President Hillary Clinton would have been competing with a dream. But in a funny way, Obama is, too.

    We forget, sometimes, that our government was designed to limit the powers of the president. Barack Obama walked into the White House in January 2009 with his own set of structural and strategic challenges: an economy in free fall; a 24-hour cable-news and talk-radio-fed culture eager to blare “crisis!” headlines every 12 minutes, making long-view evaluations of a presidency impossible; and most important, an obstinate Congress. On every major vote, from the stimulus to uncompromised health care reform, Obama needed 60 (not the historically customary 50) to get anything moving, a practical impossibility, thanks both to Republicans, whose stated goal was not to fix things but to keep the president from fixing anything, and to conservative Democrats, who made the party’s majority a false promise to begin with.

    There simply was never going to be a liberal messiah whose powers could transcend the limits set by a democracy this packed with regressive obstructionists. That doesn’t mean we can’t hope for, seek and demand better from politicians and presidents. But we can’t spend our time focused on alternate realities in which our country, its systems and its climate are not what they are. With advance apologies for returning to one of 2008’s most infelicitous phrases, it’s time to let go of the fairy tales.

  130. No JanH, thank you. Very little surprises me today re the European view of Israel. It is as bad as pre-WW2 Nazi Germany and the Euros are kow-towing to their ever increasing Muslim populations. Sadly, they have been greatly aided by the most openly hostile Israeli President in our country’s histroy. The hatred of Israel/Jews in Europe, as you know, has been going on for thoudands of years and was only “swept under the carpet” temporarily after the Holocaust. Europe, unfortunately, is a lost cause. Israel’s only true friend is Canada, and that will last only as long as Stephen Harper remains in office. The only hope Israel has now is that a Israel friendly GOP’er(not Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!!) gets elected. 4 more years of Obama could literally make that article a reality.

  131. JanH
    August 17th, 2011 at 10:46 am
    From the New York Times and the author of “Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women

    August 17, 2011

    What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done?

    By REBECCA TRAISTER

    ————————-

    I Flat out disagree with this women’s analysis. She should also be outraged that Hillary was denied the Presidency, even though she won the voters. She is part of the reason women are failing to get the leadership positons that they are entitled to.

  132. “was only “swept under the carpet” temporarily after the Holocaust…”
    *********
    A lot was ““swept under the carpet” after the defeat of Germany, including the critical role of IBM data processing technology in identifying Jews in census data and organizing transports to the death camps.

  133. JanH August 17th
    “…the Guardian’s foreign leader writer, David Hearst, looked forward to “a one-state solution in which Jewish citizens lose an in-built majority”. While insisting that such a unitary Palestinian state would be a secular and democratic one, where Jews, Christians and Muslims would all be equal,…”

    jbstonesfan: “…Very little surprises me today re the European view of Israel….”
    **********

    Didn’t I get a comment from JanH a few months ago when I quoted a Ha’aretz article citing a Likud leader (that’s right – the Israeli far right!) who was suggesting this very same thing, a single secuular state where ethnic and religious boundaries would be erased?

    This idea of a single secular state has been mine for a long time and has traction both among left-center Jews and Arabs, and both in Israel and in the occupied areas. It’s not a “European” idea.

    It’s an idea supported by people who would like to see “Jews, Christians and Muslims… all be equal” instead of the way it is now, ie some more equal than others.

    Believe it or not, there are many people in Israel who like the idea.

  134. If you want to write a birthday message to the Big Dawg…here is the link:

    http://clintonfoundation.org/clintonbirthday65_dccc/?utm_campaign=BDay2011&utm_medium=email&utm_source=BDaydccc

    This is my B-day message to him:

    Happy Birthday to my favorite President!

    I have only waved to you and yelled, “Hi Bill.” to you though your partly open window in xxxxxxxxxxx last year, but I am one of Hillary’s supporters that hopes you will encourage her to run for President again. Hillary’s PUMAs know what happened in the caucuses and in Denver with the delegates, so we understand if she doesn’t want to be stabbed in the back again by her party. We all know how much the voters and American public need her to take over Obama’s job and help us get back economic and domestic sanity.

    Please take care of Hillary and yourself, without the two of you leading our country – I have no hope for our future. Make Hillary stop flying 24/7 and take a rest. Get in as many jabs at Obama’s lack of experience and leadership as you can. He is a disaster!!!

    The very best of health and happiness to you.
    xxxxxxxxxx

  135. NewMexicoFan

    JanH
    August 17th, 2011 at 10:46 am
    From the New York Times and the author of “Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women

    What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done?

    ————————-

    I Flat out disagree with this women’s analysis. She should also be outraged that Hillary was denied the Presidency, even though she won the voters. She is part of the reason women are failing to get the leadership positions that they are entitled to.

    ———-
    A big yup to your disagreement with the article.

  136. BREAKING: Sources say NJ Gov. Christie conducting focus groups 4 a possible run for president in 2012.

    …………………………

    Ryan in the last few days, now Christie, this is gonna get good to watch, Looks like they know Obama is beatable.

  137. Well, one good thing about some of the Rethugs this time of year, is all of the people that are attacking Obama’s lame ass policies at once:

    Palin
    Bachmann
    Willard
    Trump
    Perry

    and not just Hannity. TV, popcorn and a comfy chair is all we need for entertainment…

    Bring it on gals and guys!

  138. A shift is happening….Obama underwater in New Jersey now.

    I think Obama is in the shit now, its going to get to LBJ territory soon.

    That poll showing Barack Obama underwater in New York may not have been an outlier after all. Quinnipiac finds Obama’s approval plunging neighboring — and nearly-as-blue — New Jersey. While Chris Christie’s numbers have rebounded a little, Obama’s have slid to a new low:

    President Barack Obama is headed in the wrong direction as New Jersey voters disapprove 52 – 44 percent of the job he is doing, down from a 50 – 46 percent positive score June 21 and the president’s lowest score ever in the Garden State.

    Again, the gender gap is huge as men disapprove 60 – 37 percent while women approve 51 – 44 percent. Turning thumbs down on Obama are Republicans 93 – 6 percent and independent voters 57 – 39 percent. Democrats approve 77 – 17 percent. …

    New Jersey voters say 49 – 45 percent that Obama does not deserve to be reelected, but say 45 – 37 percent that they would vote for Obama over an unnamed Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential race.

    The independent vote is a big issue, although perhaps not in New Jersey as much as elsewhere. Democrats enjoy a large advantage in registration in the Garden State. In 2008, exit polls showed Democrats comprising 44% of the vote, compared to 28% for Republicans and independents alike. Obama cruised to a 57/42 win in New Jersey while only getting a 51-47 split among independents — and a 14/85 among Republicans.

    A big turnout of Democrats would still lift Obama to a win in New Jersey, but these numbers suggest that might be a little more difficult this time around. Obama won Democrats 89/11 in 2008 when Hope and Change still filled the air. He’s now down to a 77/17 in a deep-blue state — not bad, but indicative of a loss of enthusiasm. That indicates a loss of turnout, and a big reversal among independents could make the race close in New Jersey. That will have Democrats spending money in what is almost always a safe state on defense, which will prevent them from spending it in battleground states.

    New Jersey would still be a long shot for Republicans in November 2012, but the sudden underwater status of his approval in two solidly blue states means that Obama will have to work harder than anyone thought necessary just to maintain traditional Democratic ground.

    Update: This Survey USA poll in Portland, Oregon doesn’t bode well for Obama, either. In a deep-blue West Coast city like Portland, Obama’s favorability rating is … 41/45. Among independents, it’s 34/49, and it’s only 67/18 among Democrats. Obama manages to be underwater among both men and women, too.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/17/obama-underwater-in-new-jersey/

    ……………….

    My oh my, how times change.

  139. moononpluto
    August 17th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    BREAKING: Sources say NJ Gov. Christie conducting focus groups 4 a possible run for president in 2012.

    …………………………

    Ryan in the last few days, now Christie, this is gonna get good to watch, Looks like they know Obama is beatable.
    —————-

    Good, the more big mouths blasting Obama, the better. He has thin skin and when he starts rippin’ on White folk and pulling the race card…there needs to be ‘blood’ on the dance floor.

    Sing it Michael… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3_NntYhzV4

  140. Words of Wisdom from the Terrorist in Chief going on vacation- Fear-Fear-Fear baiter!
    _______________

    Obama: ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Attack More Likely Than Major Coordinated Effort

    WASHINGTON (Associated Press)– President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a “lone wolf” terror attack in the U.S. is more likely than a major coordinated effort like the Sept. 11 attacks nearly a decade ago.

    With the nation preparing to observe the 10th anniversary of hijacked airliners crashing in New York and Washington and along the Pennsylvania countryside, Obama said the government is in a state of heightened awareness.

    “The biggest concern we have right now is not the launching of a major terrorist operation, although that risk is always there,” the president said in an interview with CNN.

    “The risk that we’re especially concerned over right now is the lone wolf terrorist, somebody with a single weapon being able to carry out wide-scale massacres of the sort that we saw in Norway recently,” he said. “You know, when you’ve got one person who is deranged or driven by a hateful ideology, they can do a lot of damage, and it’s a lot harder to trace those lone wolf operators.”

    In Norway, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, was charged with killing 69 people last month at a youth camp. A lawyer for Breivik says his client believes the massacre was necessary to save Norway and Europe from Muslims and punish politicians who have embraced multiculturalism.

    In recent years the U.S. has endured terror-linked attacks that authorities believe were carried out by a single person. In November 2009, 13 people were killed at Fort Hood, Texas, in a shooting that led to charges against an Army psychiatrist who authorities allege had become an Islamic extremist.

    A botched car bomb in New York’s Times Square in 2010 and a Christmas Day 2009 attempt to bring down a Detroit-bound jetliner with a bomb also were tied by authorities to one person in each instance.

    more BS at link:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/16/obama-lone-wolf-terror_n_928880.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%7C87152

  141. Actually there have been quite a few Islamics planning attacks with help from a major organization: the FBI.

    (Eugene Christmas tree, recently Texas–Bush’s house?, another in the northeast….)

  142. What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done?

    By REBECCA TRAISTER

    ————————-

    I Flat out disagree with this women’s analysis. She should also be outraged that Hillary was denied the Presidency, even though she won the voters. She is part of the reason women are failing to get the leadership positons that they are entitled to.

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

    Yes, that’s a terrible slant! The writer is acting out the stereotype that women are unreliable, emotional, catty….

  143. What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done?

    By REBECCA TRAISTER

    ————————-

    I Flat out disagree with this women’s analysis. She should also be outraged that Hillary was denied the Presidency, even though she won the voters. She is part of the reason women are failing to get the leadership positons that they are entitled to.

    =================================
    She rolled over, and now is trying to justify what she did, because otherwise she would have to face the fact that she did NOTHING when H won the vote, and the primary convention SCREWxd her.

    So she says, better that HRC did not win, because she has some significant flaws and she would have done no better than O. BULL SHIT!

  144. A CNN Poll out today (August 11)showed that former mayor Rudy Giuliani is the lone Republican who beats Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup.

    Hizzoner trumps the president 51-45. By comparison, presumed front-runner Mitt Romney trails Obama 48-47, and Texas governor Rick Perry–who entry into the race is imminent–trails 51-46.

    Perry endorsed Guiliani in 2007.

  145. moononpluto,

    BO at 36 % in NY!

    Obama Plunges to 36% Approval in NY: ‘His Job Performance Has Not Fallen, It Has Tanked’
    Of course whenever such dreadful news hits, it has to still come out looking good for Obama. So while two-thirds of New Yorkers disapprove of him, they’ll still be voting for him in 2012 or something.

    Sure.

    President Obama’s job approval ratings are the worst they’ve ever been in the Empire State, but voters here are still sticking with him in 2012, according to a new Siena College poll released today.

    The poll finds that just 36% of New Yorkers approve of Obama’s job performance — a 17-point plummet from the 53% rating he received in May. Meanwhile, 63% of voters give the president a negative job performance rating.

    “His job performance has not fallen, it has tanked,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.

    “Even Democrats are evenly divided. For the first time since March, fewer than half of voters say they are prepared to re-elect the president.”

    But Obama still holds a commanding lead over all of the declared and potential GOP contenders for the White House in 2012, with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani putting up the strongest fight (44% to the president’s 50%). Giuliani, an unsuccessful 2008 presidential hopeful, has not declared his candidacy this time around, but reports say he’s assembling a team of political operatives in New Hampshire for another bid.

    “If the Democratic National Committee has to spend money competing in New York for the presidential victory next year, they are in big trouble,” Greenberg said.

    “Because if they are competing in New York, which is a two-to-one Democratic state, that does not bode well for them nationally.”

    Indeed, spending any resources in states that haven’t gone Republican in a generation means Obama’s in deep trouble.

  146. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-hardy-ha-ha

    Black congressional caucus turns on POTUS. Says he isn’t visiting black communities.

    (Maxine) Waters said Obama is not paying enough attention to the problems of some black Americans. The unemployment rate for African-Americans nationally is a little over 16 percent, and almost twice that in Detroit. And yet, Waters said, the president is on a jobs-promotion trip through the Midwest that does not include any stops in black communities. “The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president too,” Waters said. “We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired, ya’ll. We’re getting tired. And so, what we want to do is, we want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do and what he’s prepared to lead on. We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black community. We don’t know that.”

  147. (Maxine) Waters said Obama is not paying enough attention to the problems of some black Americans.

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

    Watch for her to get another phoney ethics charge. If she voted for some anti-pollution bill, someone would accuse her of wanting her husband to have good air!

  148. She is a female Rev Sharpton and a disgrace to the country, a big-mouthed small brained idiot with advanced degrees in white guilt and black-in-your-face female-summo wrestling.

    I worked with many of her type over the years and the biggest fear was you would be sat on.

    She’s a nasty piece of work.

  149. What I want to know is who paid for the huge black bus that the President is touring the country in???? Does anyone know???

    The taxpayers, who else, and of coarse we bailed out all the companies that went belly up during the Bush administration too…

    Where are the jobs that Obama promised….????

  150. So she says, better that HRC did not win, because she has some significant flaws and she would have done no better than O. BULL SHIT!

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

    Yes. TRaister’s article is awful.

    We KNOW what a Clinton presidency looks like: the 90s. Same twofer. GOP congress, lots of demonizing, some compromises: overall success.

    What Hillary would have done different — is FIGHT. She VOTED against FISA. She doesn’t make unrealistic promises (such as closing Gitmo) and she stands up for what she does promise.

  151. #
    BASIL99
    August 17th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    She is a female Rev Sharpton and a disgrace to the country, a big-mouthed small brained idiot with advanced degrees in white guilt and black-in-your-face female-summo wrestling.

    I worked with many of her type over the years and the biggest fear was you would be sat on.

    She’s a nasty piece of work.
    __________________

    Absolutely correct. When Barney asked her at a Congressional Investigation if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were solvent- She swore up and down they were even though they were approving loans to minorities who couldn’t afford Sect 8 housing… eventually needing a Bail-Out!

    And Maxine VOTED AGAINST Hillary, voting TO GIVE Hillary’s electoral votes to Obama at the DNC Meeting in DC on May 31st 2008. She and her husband and Barney, ought to be in jail for their crimes contributing to the Banking Crisis and stabbing Hillary in the back..

    Maxine is reaping what she and the other traitors have sown. My advise- Call Oprah…

  152. ET TU, MODO?

    Barack must wonder if he has any friends left, in the media, and otherwise.

    Modo mocks him as an ever-shrinking man who doesn’t even wear the pants in his family. A pathetic portrait, from one who was and probably still is a professional Obamapologist.

    Modo highlights an Obama supporter asking this slightly unpleasant question during his Tragical Misery Tour:

    “So when you ran for office you built a tremendous amount of trust with the American people, that you seemed like someone who wouldnt move the bar on us, she said. And it seems, especially in the last year, as if your negotiating tactics have sort of cut away at that trust by compromising some key principles that we believed in, like repealing the tax cut, not fighting harder for single-payer. Even Social Security and Medicare seemed on the line when we were dealing with the debt ceiling. So Im just curious, moving forward, what prevents you from taking a harder negotiating stance, being that it seems that the Republicans are taking a really hard stance?

    And a local paper wonders if President Cheeseworthy shouldn’t have saved the taxpayers’ monies for the self-promotion tour, and rather directed it toward local flooding victims who didn’t qualify for Federal assistance:

    “Dubuques Telegraph Herald published a front-page editorial, suggesting to the president that he could have skipped the campaign-style trip and sent the savings to Dubuque County and Northwest Illinois, which were inundated by flash floods less than three weeks ago but didnt get federal assistance.”

    Here’s the link, and then the whole piece. Enjoy.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/opinion/field-of-dashed-dreams.html?_r=1&hp

    Field of Dashed Dreams
    =================

    By MAUREEN DOWD
    Published: August 16, 2011

    The president was in Afternoon of a Faun mode, a rural deity playing on his panpipes in the woods. Then, suddenly, he stood very still as he sensed electoral danger.

    After assuring Obama that she was a supporter, an Iowa mother named Emily asked the president at a town hall at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah what had gone wrong.

    Standing in a setting that was Martha Stewart-perfect a red barn with an American flag, surrounded by white pines, red cedars and pink zinnias the president looked breezy in khakis and white shirt. But he seemed to tense up as Emily spoke.

    So when you ran for office you built a tremendous amount of trust with the American people, that you seemed like someone who wouldnt move the bar on us, she said. And it seems, especially in the last year, as if your negotiating tactics have sort of cut away at that trust by compromising some key principles that we believed in, like repealing the tax cut, not fighting harder for single-payer. Even Social Security and Medicare seemed on the line when we were dealing with the debt ceiling. So Im just curious, moving forward, what prevents you from taking a harder negotiating stance, being that it seems that the Republicans are taking a really hard stance?

    The president defended himself with a tinge of resignation: If the crazed bullies put a gun to your head, you must surrender.

    Now, I know that people would like to say Well, just do something to get these guys under control, he told Emily, adding: You dont want to reward unreasonableness. Look, I get that. But sometimes youve got to make choices in order to do whats best for the country at that particular moment.

    The answer must have seemed lame even to Obama because, on the spur of the moment, he felt backed into doing what many in his White House and party wish he had done long ago. He told Emily he would put forward a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit. (But not until September.)

    Driving through Midwest cornfields in his opaque, black, custom-made, $1.1 million Matrix bus, our opaque president found himself in The Field of Dashed Dreams. If you dont build it, they may not come.

    Dubuques Telegraph Herald published a front-page editorial, suggesting to the president that he could have skipped the campaign-style trip and sent the savings to Dubuque County and Northwest Illinois, which were inundated by flash floods less than three weeks ago but didnt get federal assistance.

    Obama spent Tuesday here in Peosta squirreled away in rural economic forums; he said afterward that they talked about such things as cows grazing next to solar panels and helping farms manage manure in creative ways. The president made his sobering case that America is still great while Gov. Rick Perry barreled past on his own bus, breaking creative new ground in volatility.

    As Obama did dressage, Perry galloped through Iowa like an unbroken stallion in danger of cracking a leg.

    The Texas governor called the president the greatest threat to our country and questioned his patriotism and sense of duty. The former Air Force pilot said the military and veterans would prefer a commander in chief who had been in uniform.

    Perry said Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, would commit a treasonous act if he prints more money and threatened Lee Marvin justice. We would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas, he said.

    Why do conservatives always have to brand people traitors? Why cant they just say Youre mistaken?

    By the end of the day, it was a barroom brawl, with Karl Rove telling Fox News that it was not presidential to call the Fed chief, appointed by the second President Bush, a traitor. (When Team W. calls you a yahoo, youre in trouble.)

    Obama batted away the Texan, as did Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, who told me: We may disagree with our political opponents, but we certainly think theyre all patriots even those who wanted to secede from the union.

    While Perry was playing the retro trigger-happy cowboy, Obama was playing the retro henpecked husband.

    In Cannon Falls, Minn., the president compared negotiating with House Republicans to negotiating with his wife.

    In my house, Obama noted, if I said, You know, Michelle, honey, we got to cut back, so were going to have you stop shopping completely. You cant buy shoes; you cant buy dresses; but Im keeping my golf clubs. You know, that wouldnt go over so well.

    In Decorah, he said: Everybody cannot get 100 percent of what they want. Now, for those of you who are married, there is an analogy here. I basically let Michelle have 90 percent of what she wants. But, at a certain point, I have to draw the line and say, Give me my little 10 percent.

    Maybe Michelle should be the one negotiating with the Republicans.

  153. Why do conservatives always have to brand people traitors? Why can�t they just say �You�re mistaken�?

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

    Good point. Maybe for the same reason liberals have to brand conservatives as racist — or crazy.

  154. I don’t care who Waters supported.

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

    That’s the kind of attitude that may keep Hillary from running again.

  155. “And Maxine VOTED AGAINST Hillary, voting TO GIVE Hillary’s electoral votes to Obama at the DNC Meeting in DC on May 31st 2008.”

    Facts are Sooooooooooo irritating.

    👿

  156. WHERE’S THE BEEF?

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/obama-jobs-package-debt-deal.html

    L.A. Times headline says it all:

    On Day 938 of his presidency, Obama says he’ll have a jobs plan in a month or so
    ============================

    OK, let’s see if we can sort out this White House jobs package hocus-pocus because President Obama is counting on us not to. And no one wants to fail to disappoint him:

    Last winter in his State of the Union address, oblivious to the gathering storm over the nation’s national debt, the Democrat proposed massive new spending and loan programs — he calls it investments — to extend unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts and to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and other union-made infrastructure kinds of stuff. He had a plan he would share soon.

    When in trouble, give a speech. Say, early September. Before all this Rick Perry 40% of the nation’s jobs come from Texas stuff really gets going.

    The president has mentioned the plan often, despite widespread skepticism due to the lack of stimulus that came from spending $787 billion in stimulus money that was for sure going to hold national unemployment at 8%, but it’s now 9.1%.

    So, perhaps another such plan might work.

    As this administration sees reality, those Republican tea party terrorists kind of hijacked the marathon talks about raising the national debt ceiling, stubbornly and unreasonably making the debt negotiations over reducing the debt and spending rather than over spending spending.

    As a result, it’s all their fault that Standard & Poor’s lowered the federal government’s credit rating for the first time because the rating agency didn’t see sufficient cuts.

    The next day after the spending cuts agreement, with his obedient cabinet in attendance as witnesses, Obama said, yes, spending cuts were important as long as they didn’t affect vast investments for the future to extend unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts and to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and other union-made infrastructure kinds of stuff.

    Other Democrats are designing job plans costing $200 billion per year.

    Because the country hasn’t heard enough of Obama calling on Congress to do things and his job approval touched a new low of 39%, he laid on a three-day campaign swing through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois this week at taxpayer-expense because the White House declared it an official trip.

    Because Obama wanted to hear from regular Americans, he’s encased in an armored Darth Vader bus with heavily-tinted windows so no one can see him looking out at regular Americans.

    And as the commander-in-chief meanders through the Heartland in this black vehicle, the entire road in both directions is cleared of regular Americans for the president’s entourage and motorcade to pass by safely.

    The bus is reported to cost about $1 million, which works out to about $333,000 per day for this foray among regular Americans.

    On its second day out Tuesday Obama’s bus made a couple of stops to chat with high school athletes and to acquire healthy presidential provisions — one for ice cream cones (POTUS got vanilla) and another to load several bags of popcorn.

    At his speaking engagements, Obama stressed the need to extend payroll tax cuts and to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and other union-made infrastructure kinds of stuff. Also some free-trade agreements. This was a repetition of what he had said on the first day of his Grand Ground Tour.

    On his 938th day in office President Obama also said he would soon have a completed jobs plan. Maybe early fall, something like that. And he complained, “We could do even more if Congress is willing to get in the game.”

    Tomorrow with all this heavy work in his rear-view mirror, the president is scheduled to join his family on Martha’s Vineyard for a nine-day vacation.

    August 17, 2011 | 5:22 am

  157. Hillary CAMPAIGNED for Obama in 2008. (After voting FOR him in Denver, iirc.)

    If we still want her, we’d better not trash her supporters, or anyone likely to support her in future. Regardless of mistakes they made in 2008.

    (Btw, do you have a cite about Waters ‘voting’ May 31, 2008?)

  158. I am SO sick of the whiner-in-chief and his enablers desperately trying to blame everyone but BO for the disaster he has caused.

    From Ed a$$wipe Schultz saying Rick Perry was RACIST because he likened BO to a “black cloud” before Schultz had to apologize and admit the clip had been edited to leave out the analogy between the economy and a black cloud:

    To Al S. perpetuating the lie even after LSM had to retract it;

    To Blitzer asking poor widdle Bammy if he was insulted by Perry’s remarks about the country wanting a person who had served in the military as CIC:

    To BO sniveling about how HE got called all sorts of mean nasty things like socialist and why were the tea party members upset about being called terrorists:

    Can you even IMAGINE Bush being asked if his feelings were hurt because some people called him bad names????? I mean, honestly, it’s enough to drive an adult MAD to watch this BS unravel.

    You should hear some of the stuff I get called when someone doesn’t like a story I’ve written. It’s a part of the friggin’ territory!

    You would think people would be ashamed, embarrassed, repelled by the POS’s whining.

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  159. BO just doesn’t want to grow up- Ice Cream cones and Shaved Ice. Desired treats for a Parasitic President. Leaving the Soros organization the task of cutting programs and coming up with a jobs program the public will swallow. Instead of doing HIS own home work and taking an interest in what will work best helping out People. It’s Ice Cream cones and dishes of Shaved Ice for the Presidential Parasite sucking the Life out of the people until the host inhabitants are dead.

  160. MY STATE (NJ) MAKES A STATEMENT

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/08/17/obamas_approval_rating_down_in_new_jersey.html

    Obama’s Approval Rating Down in New Jersey
    =============================

    By Caitlin Huey-Burns – August 17, 2011

    President Obama’s approval rating has flipped upside down in the Democratic stronghold of New Jersey, according to a survey released today by Quinnipiac University.

    A majority — 52 percent — of New Jersey voters disapprove of the way the Obama is handling his job as president, while 44 percent approve. This is a statistically significant slip since June, when 50 percent of voters approved of the president’s job performance and 46 percent disapproved.

    Obama receives positive scores from the majority of his party’s base, but the percentage of Republicans (93 percent) who disapprove of him is higher than the percentage of support he receives from Democrats (77 percent). Notably, the valuable constituency of independents gives the president a low grade, disapproving of him by 57 percent to 39 percent.

    The president won the Garden State by nearly 14 points in 2008. Now, 49 percent of voters there say he doesn’t deserve a second term in the White House while 45 percent say he does. The margin is much greater among independents, with 57 percent saying Obama doesn’t deserve to be re-elected; 36 percent say he does deserve a second term.

    But even though a slight majority of voters are against the president’s re-election, 45 percent of voters say they would chose the president over a generic GOP candidate in 2012 while 37 percent say they would vote for the Republican. Independents are split almost evenly in this category, leaning towards the Republican candidate by a slim two-point margin.

    Obama isn’t the only Democrat with ground to make up in New Jersey. Sen. Robert Menendez’s approval rating is down by six points since June. Now, only 39 percent of voters approve of his job performance. And by a 51 percent to 35 percent margin, independents disapprove of Menendez, a first-term senator up for re-election in 2012. Voters are split on whether he should be given a second term, with 43 percent saying he does not deserve re-election compared to 41 percent who say he does. Still, voters prefer him over a generic Republican challenger, 45 percent to 39 percent.

    Meanwhile, the survey shows Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating has risen slightly above water, with 47 percent of voters approving of his job performance and 46 percent disapproving. In June, his numbers were upside down, with 44 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving. His support is secure among independents. Fifty-three percent approve of the governor’s job performance while 39 percent disapprove. Democrats disapprove by a wider 76 percent to 17 percent margin.

    A majority of New Jersey voters (66 percent), however, say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their state.

    Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,624 registered voters from Aug. 9-15. The poll has a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

  161. Sorry if Jan has posted this, she seems to post everything about Hillary. 😉

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    Holy Smokes, check out where this short article came from Islamabad, Pakistan!!!

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    Democrats dump Obama, promote Clinton
    Dr. Jassim Taqui

    Islamabad—Following sharp decline in his popularity at home, the Democrats have decided to dump President Barak Obama and to elevate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the next US elections.

    According to Gallup public opinion polls, Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to a new low, dropping to 39 per cent. Disapproval hiked to 54 per cent. There are many factors behind this fall from the grace. A large number of Democrats disapproved his debt deal with the rival Republicans. Additionally, the Republicans have put strong contenders for the presidency who are actively criticizing Obama’s performance.

    The very real drag on his approval is the economy. He managed it badly in a recession period. Therefore, it remains sluggish in the absence of creativity and due to a weak president who has given everyone the impression that he is confused and short of ideas.

    Obama is just 15 months from a defeat or a second term. He is left with a very little time to reverse his numbers especially the challenges are rapidly increasing. The latest of the mess in which America has landed is that the Obama administration is unable to pay the salaries of the US troops stationed in Afghanistan.

    The US-led NATO operations in Libya is facing tough resistance, prompting the NATO to demand from the Libya rebels $1000 billions to continue attacks against the Libyan infrastructure. The American troops are demoralized in Iraq, Afghanistan and over 1000 military bases around the world.

    If his popularity continues to fall by early next year, the Democrats might completely dump him and promote Hillary Clinton.

    Disappointed American women who campaigned hard for the nomination of Hillary Clinton feel utterly dejected. They believed that had Hillary Clinton been elected US President, she would have done a better job than Obama. Gallup Poll puts Clinton’s favorability with the American people at 66 percent. Moreover, with the growing possibility that a woman- Michele Bachman- could be on the Republican ticket for president or vice president slot, Clinton could provide a formidable counter that an all-male ticket would not.

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=109418

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