Smart Sister Sarah Palin And The Fierce Urgency Of Martha’s Vineyard

Lanky Barack Obama in a powdered white wig, dressed in a full gold and yellow lace brocade ballroom gown, a creme lace feathered fan wanly hanging from his boney arm, heads to the French marble-top desk, sighs, picks up a quill and begins to scratch on parchment and compose his manifesto to be delivered in September from Versailles.

Henry Louis Gates, in white shorts slightly stained from his long bicycle ride through the Vineyard lanes, is perched like a parakeet watching the great one at his great labors. Ever the literary savant, Gates squints out through the lattice windows at the neighboring castles and suggests the immortal line “Let them eat cake.” Madame Déficit licks his lips and feigns fatigue.

What kind of plan would emerge from the hard lands of Appalachia or the burdened fields of workday America we will never know. The fire this time, the fierce urgency of now, is and always has been Martha’s Vineyard.

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Sister Sarah Palin discussed the lush salt air paradise last night with Greta Van Susteren:

“GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: This is a “Fox News Alert.” The stock market takes a bath. It has been a week of gyrations, up, down, up, down, and now down. Today it nosedives, the Dow down 419, the NASDAQ down 131, and the S&P 500 down 53. It was a very bad day for Wall Street and a terrible sign for our economy.

So where is President Obama at an important time like this? He’s officially on vacation in Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard for 10 days.

Joining us is former governor Sarah Palin. Good evening, Governor. I guess the truth is, is that whether the president’s at the White House tonight or Martha’s Vineyard, the stock market still went down today. We still have jobless claims over 400,000. So where he is doesn’t matter. But does it send a sign to the American people? Does it matter sort of symbolically where he is?

SARAH PALIN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR/FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: It does matter where he is tonight, Greta, and I don’t know why our president bothers even making promises at this point or spewing those platitudes. One in particular, he said he promised to not rest until every American who wanted a job got that job. And yet there he goes, jetting off to tickle his toes in the sand of Martha’s Vineyard and probably burying his head in the proverbial sand, ignoring the fact that 14 million Americans cannot find a job, that 40-plus million Americans are relying on food stamps to make ends meet.

You know, economies are crashing. Markets are crashing. There’s a lot of turmoil right now. And he just seems so extremely absent from the reality that the rest of us are facing in this country today. And that’s illustrated by his desire and now his action to go on vacation again, this time for 10 days in a pretty elite high mucka-mucka area where the rest of us are kind of shaking our heads saying, Really? At this time? Perception being reality in politics, why in the world would he do this?”

We answered Sister Sarah’s question long ago: Obama does not care that you know he knows that you know he does not care.

The discussion turned to the events in Syria. We’ve written about Syria, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and certain connections Obama has with Syrians. [We’ll write about this again very soon and explain once again how to listen to Hillary Clinton who is occasionally forced to spew words written by Boob Obama.] Sister Sarah talked about Hillary Clinton and the mess that is Barack Obama:

“VAN SUSTEREN: You know, going back to President Obama, I tell you something that surprised me today. I was watching the announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the United States’ position, as the chief diplomat, on the president of Syria that he — you know, that he must go, that he’s got to leave.

And as I was looking at the screen, I thought, you know, this very important thing, you know, the president — and let me be very sarcastic. He’s busy packing for his vacation. He hasn’t given the jobs plan. Meanwhile, it’s almost like he outsourced this. And she looked much more presidential, and you know, sitting there up on the screen, announcing the policy of the United States. And I thought to myself, you know, Is he just tired? Has he sort of given up? Or — or — I mean, like, you know, suddenly, she looked like the president.

PALIN: Well, he’s got his priorities skewed, really, Greta. And I take it literal that he was getting ready for, packing for vacation while here it was Secretary Clinton asking on behalf of the United States of America for another president of another country to step down. That is our president’s role!

No, this is another example of President Obama leading from behind. Makes you scratch your head and wonder what really does he do? What does he desire to do in that position of leader of the free world and so much influence that he has, and in a case like this, he’s stepping back and allowing Hillary Clinton to basically carry the water for our entire nation. Very strange goings on there with our foreign policy decisions and announcements like that.

And I’ll bet you, Greta, going out on a limb because I — you know, obviously, I can’t speak for liberal Democrats. But I just think that after a day like this, where you saw that kind of presidential aura of Hillary Clinton as she made that announcement today, while Barack Obama was packing to head out for 10 days on vacation again to go golf and tickle his feet in the sand — I’ll bet you people, if they had to do it over again, who had that choice at that time in the Democrat primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — I bet you today, they are saying, We should have gone with Hillary Clinton.


Soon Sister Sarah will be PUMA P.A.C.ing!



Greta Van Susteren then committed the usual mistake of saying that Obama ran a great campaign in 2007/2008. That is just not the case. Recall how immediately after the bungled inauguration many wondered where the “brilliant” communications operation for Barack Obama disappeared to? Well, it didn’t disappear. It never existed. Sister Sarah discussed last night the obvious fact that Obama was protected by Big Media:

“VAN SUSTEREN: You know, it’s just — it’s amazing to me, though. As I think to myself, like, why — has he — has he almost sort of given up that he would sort of outsource that? I mean, you know, where’s the fighting spirit for him? I just don’t get this because, you know, he was – – he was so — such a strong — strong on the campaign trail and he inspired so many Americans. I was hoping that he would inspire, you know, people who had never, ever been involved in politics. He got them out to vote. And now, you know, it’s almost as though he’s lost his steam. He seems to have lost the interest, or at least right now in this month, he has.

PALIN: Well, the difference between him now and back there three years ago on the campaign trail is he was getting away with everything on the campaign trail, and it was driving me crazy as a team member of the John McCain presidential team, as we were campaigning for office, watching what the press was letting candidate Barack Obama get away with, with his proclamation that he’d be transforming America, and yet nobody asking him, What in the world do you mean you want to transform the greatest, most prosperous, safest, healthiest nation in the world? What do you mean, transform it? Do you mean restore all that is good and strong about America, or truly, you want to fundamentally transform it?

That’s just one example of candidate Obama spewing that kind of rhetoric and getting away with it. And now, three years later, we’re understanding what he meant by that fundamental transformation of America as we see more and more failed policies being implemented and we sit here scratching our heads, wondering what is next? We saw markets today reacting to volatility, reacting to a lack of plan, which leads to lack of confidence in the marketplaces. And we wonder how much worse is this going to get before 2012? I tell you, 2012 can’t come soon enough!



For those of us who in 2007 asked “change, to what?” Sarah Palin’s words are familiar. It turned out we were right and it was CHANGE FROM BAD TO WORSE. OBAMA MADE IT WORSE.

Pat Buchanan also noted the odd location chosen for Obama to compose his next snake-oil speech coming in September in an article called The View From Martha’s Vineyard:

“As he and his daughters bicycle around the summer playground of the Northeastern elite, Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is steadily bleeding away both the support of the nation and that of his most loyal constituency.[snip]

Unemployment remains at 9 percent, as it has for two years. The Dow has lately lost 2,000 points, or $3 trillion in wealth wiped out. All that money the Fed pumped out is now being reflected not only in the price of gold, silver and Swiss francs, but in rising consumer prices – inflation. One in five U.S. children is living in poverty.

Middle America, some time ago, decided the “hopey, changey thing” was not working out for them. Now the patience of African-Americans with a president for whom they voted 24 to one is wearing thin. [snip]

A collision between Obama and his base seems inevitable. For Black America’s situation, though tough today, seems certain to get tougher. Why?

First, black Americans held a significant share of the subprime mortgages that went sour when housing prices went south, and are thus overrepresented among those who lost homes.

Second, black Americans, with a higher rate of poverty, depend more on the entitlement and social programs that Obama cannot avoid hoisting onto the chopping block in any “balanced” plan for dealing with the deficit-debt crisis.

Third, African-Americans are overrepresented among the 22 million who work for local, state and federal governments. And while government workers came out best in terms of job security and salary hikes in the stimulus days of 2009 and 2010, in the austerity days of 2011, they are getting their fair share of pink slips. It is almost a truism: Whenever Middle America goes into recession, Black America flirts with depression.”

We warned long ago that it would be the young and African-Americans who would be hurt the most by the election of Barack Obama. We warned long ago that it would be gentry whites who would ideologically suffer the most. The chickens are coming home to roost for those most fervent Obama supporters because: If You Elect A Treacherous Boob, Expect Treacherous Boobery.

For those upset that we quote Pat Buchanan at World Net Daily, try this on for size:

Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.) slams president Obama in an interview with KGW in Portland.

From the KGW report:

Asked whether he thought the President had a shot at re-election, Defazio was skeptical.

“At this point it pretty much depends on how far out there the Republican nominee is. You know with a respectable–someone who is a little bit toward the middle of the road–Republican nominee, he’s going to have a very tough time getting re-elected,” said DeFazio.

He’s also not convinced the President will do well in Oregon.

I believe Oregon is very much in play. I mean we are one of the harder hit states in the union, particularly my part of the state. I’ve just done six town hall meetings, have seven to go but people are shaking their heads and saying ‘I don’t know if I’d vote for him again.‘” Defazio said.

Asked if he was surprised, the congressman shrugged.

“Not at all,” DeFazio said. “One guy asked me, ‘Give me 25 words what he’s about and what he’s done for me.’ I’m like, ‘It could have been worse.’”



Yes, that is old time Democrat from Oregon Pete DeFazio which indicates that recent New Jersey and New York poll numbers are not that odd after all. Oh, those Silicon Valley geniuses that thought Obama was Mess-iah and Hillary Clinton was not – they’re disillusioned too. Latinos? They think Obama stinks and support continues to drop.

No wonder the Republicans, hardly on high moral ground in any of this considering the Bush years, are mocking Obama with a new website which supplies free greeting cards.

For Barack Obama the “fierce urgency of now” that Martin Luther King spoke about is about self-advancement, vacations, golfing and to hell with the “bitter”. But as he slumbers in his ballgown outfits in the playgrounds of the rich he might well remember a lyric from a fun summer song from days gone by. In that musical frolic the ominous note for Barack Obama is “There is danger in that summer moon above.”

As Sister Sarah Palin (with a brand new campaign ad out) said, “2012 can’t come fast enough.”



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111 thoughts on “Smart Sister Sarah Palin And The Fierce Urgency Of Martha’s Vineyard

  1. right on Admin…

    …and as for Sarah…you gotta love her…love that independent, fighting spirit…no whimpy elite is going to push her around… and no any establishment, republican insiders either…

    Sarah…and Pete DeFazio…are saying out loud finally what everyone is thinking and feeling…

  2. Stellar article, as usual, but I especially LOVE the first three paragraphs!

    You are a novelist!

    Also, back to SP, I like how she pulled no punches with GVS and called out the LSM as the reason for BO’s (s)election.

  3. The Crawdads are giving us all a Bill Clinton birth day gift:

    http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/if-it-is-get-used-to-saying-former-president-obama/

    “get used to saying “former President Obama”

    PUMA P.A.C. has a great Confluence quote:

    I’m Black and by definition can’t be racist (snark) let me say I didn’t like him in ’08, like him even less now; didn’t think he was smart in ’08, can prove he’s not smart now; thought he was teleprompter champion in ’08, know he’s inarticulate now; found his phony “black, southern” twang condescending and demeaning in 08, find his be-bop home-boy strut even more annoying now; didn’t know what the hell he stood for in 08, know he stands for nothing now.

    More from that quote at the pumapac:

    http://pumapac.org/2011/08/19/primary-obama-draft-hillary/

  4. I think Uppity Woman nailed it in that article above – she says;

    “New Democratic Party”……you blew it. You should all be run out of the real Democratic Party on a rail. We will try to help make that happen in 2012. We haven’t gone away, we Hillary supporters. We were right and you know it. What’s more, we don’t forgive you. We don’t forgive your lies. We don’t forget your threats. We don’t forget your misogyny. And we don’t forget the FILTH you hurled at us.

    Oh, and one more thing: Donna, you said you didn’t need us in 2008. We don’t need you either. We’re all still here and we are as pissed off as ever at you Regressives.

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    …there it is…Obama and the Party of the Regressives…that’s it in a nutshell…O and all his cohorts have not only made things worse…they are taking us backwards…O ready to take us over the cliff with his Regressive Party…

    …he sure the hell is no Democrat…

  5. Thanks for the great article, Admin.

    DeFazio is my congressman and I was furious he voted for the healthscam bill, and voted against him, after voting for him and campaigning for him in the past. At least he is speaking out once more.

    Comment to Basil and Turndown from last thread:
    We do need renewable resources, but consider this. Wind turbines needs rare earth metals to use as magnets to keep it working, while solar energy needs batteries to make it work. Both of these methods of energy collection require oil to mine, to refine, to build. And we’re at peak oil now.

    Fracking is destructive and a danger to our water tables. Plus the EROEI is not high. The shale gas deposits don’t last long once it’s fracked out.

    I read several alternative energy/peak oil sites and one site in particular talks about building mini or micro hydroelectric plants. Plants that don’t totally span the water so that fish can still get around them. They also advise against nuclear energy and suggest we need to shut down the nuclear plants – while we still have the energy to do so.

    Right now most of the oil is in hard to reach places and drilling is dangerous to the environment to other species and to us.

    Fact is we’re over populated and we all need to stop using so much energy and have a national debate on this topic. I don’t see anyone willing to do this on the horizon, except possibly Hillary Clinton.

    I think as a society, indeed a global community, we need to get comfortable with having less. Just my two cents worth.

  6. That’s a great Sarah ad, and so glad you found a video of Sarah and Greta talking about how Presidential Hillary looks/acts and how Libs must be wishing they had voted for HER!

    Those guys singing about, ‘see you in September’ are so fruitie now…suits and ties, hardly moving, clicking fingers. 😉

  7. irishcentral.com/story/news/periscope/hillary-clinton-nostalgia-grips-leading-democrats-as-obama-fails-and-fades-127997388.html

    Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    Periscope by Niall O’Dowd

    Hillary Clinton nostalgia grips leading Democrats as Obama fails and fades

    Hillary Clinton is looking more and more like a lost leader for the Democrats as Obama continues to flail.

    There was more bad news for the president yesterday with an opinion poll showing that only 26 per cent of Americans approved of his job on the US economy.

    It is not hard to see why that number is so low.

    Americans are hurting in record numbers and Obama seems strangely lackluster and unable to come to grips with the problem

    Obama seems increasingly like a one-trick pony. His repeated cries about why can’t we all get along has been flung in his face by Republicans.

    Now like the little boy who has tried but failed to settle an argument by being the smartest kind in the room, he seems totally deflated.

    Compare him to new Irish leader Enda Kenny.

    Kenny was a long time opposition leader who, when he got his shot at power,grabbed it.

    In opposition, unencumbered by power, he clearly developed a knack of knowing what ordinary people were thinking.

    Thus, when yet another another scandal in the church blew up, Kenny spoke out in one of the most remarkable speeches ever made by any Irish leader.

    It was brave, it could have rebounded, but it came across as a stroke of genius.

    Obama in a similar situation would no doubt have parsed and analyzed the church crisis to death without saying one straightforward word in case he offended someone.

    But let’s forget about Obama and Kenny.

    More and more the question is asked WWHD, What Would Hillary Do?

    A better job I suspect

    The Daily Beast web site and The New York Times have had two articles in recent days on the issue. The conclusions of the Daily Beast one can can be capsulated by a quote from one Obama supporter;

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

    The New York Times is not sure Hillary would do much different as president but I beg to differ.

    Certainly on the debt ceiling crisis which triggered the latest financial crisis and first-ever downgrade, her husband pointed the way out for Obama,

    That was to interpret the 14th amendment as stating that he had the constitutional right to raise the ceiling and let the Republicans sue if they wanted.

    On dealing with Republicans, Clinton would have no illusions. She was steeled by what she saw during the impeachment battle her husband undertook.

    Paradoxically, she was one of the most bipartisan senators in the senate when she served there.

    That combination of knowing her enemy but also being able to find compromise would surely have served her well as president

    Richard Benedetto over at Real Clear Politics says the solution is to have Hillary replace Biden as VP,

    “Clinton would add some much-needed pizzazz to a tough campaign that [Joe] Biden does not. More importantly, she would shore up a shaky Democratic base, a huge part of which consists of disappointed women who still believe the secretary of state should have been president and would have done a better job than Obama,”he wrote

    I don’t think that works for many reasons but there is still a glimmer that Hillary might get in the race if some other candidate bloodied up Obama sufficiently in the early primaries.

    It’s a long shot but it may ultimately be all Democrats have if Obama continues to drop in the polls.

  8. Obama should have been perfect for the elites. Charisma, not white but safe for whites, shockingly easy to control. They have controlled Obama pretty well too. No bankers are in jail, Obamacare, should it come to fully pass, will only make the powerful in the health care industry more powerful, the wars continue, the financial racket escaped real harm, none of the very rich will be paying more in taxes anytime soon.

    …….

    But Obama hasn’t worked out to well. He’s been controlled easily enough but, surprisingly, it turns out he’s not very convincing. If we are to continue being placated with the trope that this is a democracy the leader must be reasonably convincing…or he must go…and the next well-groomed leader installed.

  9. a handmade circular thingie that was as large as the circumference of the round roof line. The thingie was like rectangular fins that caught the wind and made this round ring spin around the roof

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    I’ve seen things like that too. There used to be a lot of plans for people building their own low tech energy things in the OLD Mother Earth News.

    Imo low cost stuff like this would be a good use of subsidies. This is stuff that no one wants to build a corporation to invest in because there’s not enough profit and it’s not patentable.

  10. But Obama hasn’t worked out to well. He’s been controlled easily enough but, surprisingly, it turns out he’s not very convincing. If we are to continue being placated with the trope that this is a democracy the leader must be reasonably convincing…or he must go…and the next well-groomed leader installed.

    Enter Perry after a long-ish few months of rumbling from the clubhouse. His rounding of the field played almost as if he was waiting to see if the team needed him this time. They did. He was ready and dashed out of the dugout, bat in hand. Designated hitter. Bat boy to team leader in a few short weeks.

    Which brings me back to Obama. One thing he’s always known is his role. So far he’s liked his role. Lots of conjured love that felt like the real thing, plenty of free stuff, not too much work, a swell house, a big plane or two….but now I can’t help wonder if the writers have written him off the show early. It’s beginning to seem that way. It looks like he’s been confronted with a choice: stay till the end of the season, collect the paycheck and the free swag, then lose with honor. Humiliation too, but still…some honor at least, a chance to make a grand exit speech. The other choice is to have a fit about being fired early and be destroyed by the writers.

    I submit to you the possibility that Obama’s prime objective in the next act, his last, is to lose. That’s his job now. In losing he assures the seemless transfer of power to the next errand boy.

    Otherwise he’d quit. Decline to run again. Collect his I’m historical cards and go home. But the Obama hologram has one more purpose; ensure no real agent of change can enter the race and win.

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/dont-miss-5/#more-4309

  11. Fickle, Peggy, fickle (and she takes our “reverse Midas touch” from years back too):

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:vRyJ9rRDnsUJ:online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html+The+President%27s+Island+Retreat+-+Peggy+Noonan,+Wall+Street+Journal&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com

    The market is dispirited. I’m wondering if the president is, too, and if that won’t carry implications for the 2012 race. You can imagine him having lunch with political advisers, hearing some unwanted advice—”Don’t go to Martha’s Vineyard!“—putting his napkin by his plate, pushing back from the table, rising, and saying in a clipped, well-modulated voice: “I’m tired. I’m going. If they want this job so much let them have it.”

    How could he not be depressed? He has made big mistakes since the beginning of his presidency and has been pounded since the beginning of his presidency. He’s got to be full of doubts at this point about what to do. His baseline political assumptions have proved incorrect, his calculations have turned out to be erroneous, his big decisions have turned to dust. He thought they’d love him for health care, that it was a down payment on greatness. But the left sees it as a sellout, the center as a vaguely threatening mess, the right as a rallying cry. He thought the stimulus would turn the economy around. It didn’t. He thought there would be a natural bounce-back a year ago, with “Recovery Summer.” There wasn’t. He thought a toe-to-toe, eyeball-to-eyeball struggle over the debt ceiling would enhance his reputation. The public would see through to the dark heart of Republican hackery and come to recognize the higher wisdom of his approach. That didn’t happen either.

    Nothing worked! And nothing’s going to work. He’s the smartest guy in the room, but he’s got the reverse Midas touch. Everything he touches turns to—well, unsatisfying outcomes.

    The president shows all the signs of becoming a man who, around the time he unveils his new jobs proposal in September, is going to start musing in interviews about whether anyone can be a successful president now, what with the complexity of the problems and the forces immediately arrayed, in a politically polarized age, against any specific action. That was probably his inner rationale for not coming up with a specific debt-ceiling plan: Why give the inevitable forces a target? But his refusal to produce a plan became itself the target. Reverse Midas.

    Under these circumstances he could not possibly be enjoying his job. On the stump this week in the Midwest, he should have been on fire with the joy of combat, he should have had them whooping and hollering with fresh material and funny lines. But even at his feistiest, he was wilted. Distracted. Sometimes he seems to be observing himself and his interactions as opposed to being himself and having interactions. His audiences wanted to show support, it was clear, that’s why they came. But there was something tentative in their response, as if they wanted to come through for the applause line but couldn’t figure out exactly where the applause line was. The president was dropping his g’s, always a terrible sign, a kind of bowing that assumes he speaks from a great height. He also started saying “folks” again. That too is a tell. It’s the word politicians who think they’re better and brighter than normal people use when they’re trying to make normal people think they’re normal.

    Now he goes on vacation. [snip]

    On the timing, there’s an air of economic crisis hanging over everything, a sense that other shoes may drop. Actually it’s a sense of something impending, with unemployment high, Europe broke and the Mideast reaching full boil. A politician who wanted to impart a sense of leadership in crisis, who passionately wanted to keep the presidency, and who was prudently anxious about his prospects just might let such a moment change his plans.

    As for the location, the president loves Martha’s Vineyard, and there’s a lot to love—beautiful beaches, hills, biking. But it’s a little island whose summertime population is dominated by those who, due to their affluence, are essentially detached from everyday life in America. It’s a playground of the liberal rich: hedge-fund maestros, network producers, Wall Street heavyweights, left-leaning activists. It’s the kind of place that reverberates in the national imagination—that tags you as elitist no matter how many g’s you drop.[snip]

    Mr. Obama’s media specialists probably told him what Bill Clinton’s mavens told him: If you’re going to the Vineyard, you have to go to some real American place first, like the Rockies. Which Mr. Clinton did. Going to the Vineyard didn’t harm him. But Mr. Clinton had prosperity, and Americans will forgive a lot from a guy who does nothing to stop prosperity, or actually may help it along.

    Mr. Obama doesn’t have that advantage. It seems important to him to be true to himself—not to be the kind of person who’d poll-test a vacation. Or maybe he thinks that no matter what he does, it won’t work, so what the heck. But his decision to go now, and there, seems either ham-handed or vaguely defiant.

    In early 2010 this space made much of the president’s pre-State of the Union interview with Diane Sawyer, in which she pressed the president about his political predicaments. He said: “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” I thought at the time: He means it, he can accept being a one-termer.

    Maybe he’s feeling it now more than ever.

    Maybe it means not much will change in terms of his leadership between now and the election.

    Maybe he’ll be as wilted next year as he was this week.

  12. We do need renewable resources, but consider this. Wind turbines needs rare earth metals to use as magnets to keep it working, while solar energy needs batteries to make it work. Both of these methods of energy collection require oil to mine, to refine, to build. And we’re at peak oil now. [….]
    I read several alternative energy/peak oil sites and one site in particular talks about building mini or micro hydroelectric plants. Plants that don’t totally span the water so that fish can still get around them. [….]
    Fact is we’re over populated and we all need to stop using so much energy and have a national debate on this topic. I don’t see anyone willing to do this on the horizon, except possibly Hillary Clinton.

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    That debate would fit with Hillary’s first incarnation in the White House, ie the Clinton/GORE administration. 😉 I agree Hillary has the courage to do it. But she’s also smart enough to propose ways to save and increase energy so that won’t be a hardship.

    Even Sarah is saying “Drill, baby, TILL we get renewables set up.”

    Good idea about the dams that don’t block the fish. Solutions can be found if we just look for them (instead of throwing renewable sources out with the bathwater.) We can find solutions to the rare earth problem, or set up safe areas to contain any leaks. Another area worthy of subsidising research.

  13. He’s the smartest guy in the room, but he’s got the reverse Midas touch.

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    Or maybe he’s not very smart, after all. Maybe he just knows how to pose in big words.

  14. He’s the smartest guy in the room, but he’s got the reverse Midas touch.

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    Or maybe he’s not very smart, after all. Maybe he just knows how to pose in big words.

  15. The president was dropping his g’s, always a terrible sign, a kind of bowing that assumes he speaks from a great height. He also started saying “folks” again. That too is a tell. It’s the word politicians who think they’re better and brighter than normal people use when they’re trying to make normal people think they’re normal.

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    LOL, right!

  16. hey Peggy…he doesn’t give a damn…don’t you get it…the whole deal is all about him…he is the greatest…the one…if that bubble starts to burst…game over…why in the hell would he want to do the real hard work of a president if the glory of HIM is gone…

    …what he is probably really thinking is his masquerade…his fraud…has been discovered…now what the hell is he going to do…he isn’t special at all…not even common…just a fake…

  17. Obama Immediately Goes Golfing

    by Keith Koffler on August 19, 2011

    Now we’re talking.

    Less than 24 hours after landing on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is on one of its golf courses. Obama is out with his friend Eric Whitaker, White House trip director Miarvin Nicholson – one of his regular partners – and Michael Brush, who is in charge of advance work on trips.

    It’s Obama’s 19th time on the links this year and the 77th outing of his presidency.

    They’re at the Vineyard Golf Club, which says it is “reputed to be the most environmentally sensitive golf course in the world.” With a straight face.

    Nice, too.

    Heres’ a view from on the course . . .

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/08/19/obama-immediately-golfing/
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    After you look at the course- Look at the array of meals
    served in the Club House dining room. Looks like very dated crap they’re serving passing off as gourmet . The miniature root veggies went out with the 90’s and the desert looks like something that fell out of a baby’s diaper. We’re not missing anything-

  18. admin hit on the keyword accurately describing the Obama presidency- his entire presidency has been *OUTSOURCED* to George Soros/Center of American Progress. This is the plan Obama has been following all along. If it couldn’t be legislated, it was done with signing statements.

    Just perusing the site scanning the pdf’s the plan BO is working on is laid out in full view done using current updates of an anthropological study pointing out current trends. By slowly tweaking government rules and the use of mandates that in effect implement changes to the norms of the ordinary Americans way of life. People are grouped in demographics using seemingly banal changes for controlling, directing and steering people to the desired outcomes. Using these techniques Americans neither worry nor feel threatened by this straightforward approach accomplishing the mission statement set out in a host of programs by the Center for American Progress.

    http://www.americanprogressaction.org/

  19. Obama dismal in PA

    President Barack Obama, who political experts say will need a win in Pennsylvania to retain the White House, dipped to 35 percent approval among the state’s registered voters, according to a Muhlenberg College poll released Friday.

    The results come on the heels of a bad week in polls for Obama that showed him first dropping to 39 percent nationwide in Gallup’s daily tracking poll. Then another set of Gallup results Thursday showed only 26 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling the economy.

    These numbers are a huge blow to Obama who won the state handily in 2008, and a significant drop in just a few weeks from when Quinnipiac University polled Pennsylvania voters and found the president with 43 percent job approval.

    http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pa-obama-poll-20110819,0,1628054.story

    ………………………………….

    At what point does he realise he is screwed?

  20. I was told by a scientist 10 years ago that we had the technology to use ocean currents to harness all of our energy but that the oil cartel was obviously against destroying their mega wealth.

    I imagine there would be issues with safety of fish just as there are issues with wind turbines and birds.

  21. JanH
    August 20th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Big difference between BC and Obama. BC spends his birthday doing an interview not hooting and hollering about his accomplishments, but how grateful he is for being saved from sure death when he listened to his body telling him something is very wrong here. Get it checked out before you get in real trouble.

  22. What next? Is this a crock of $%^& or what? Keep the public scared about the economy, jobs and now their health care? .. So what does this mean? The price for Cancer Therapy drugs and antibiotics goes up only if you have the resources to pay for it? Or does it mean drug therapy is only available to the wealthy not the ordinary unemployed man or the poor?
    _______________________

    U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine

    WASHINGTON — Federal officials and lawmakers, along with the drug industry and doctors’ groups, are rushing to find remedies for critical shortages of drugs to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses, including bacterial infection and several forms of cancer.

    The proposed solutions, which include a national stockpile of cancer medicines and a nonprofit company that will import drugs and eventually make them, are still in the early or planning stages. But the sense of alarm is widespread.

    “These shortages are just killing us,” said Dr. Michael Link, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the nation’s largest alliance of cancer doctors. “These drugs save lives, and it’s unconscionable that medicines that cost a couple of bucks a vial are unavailable.”

    So far this year, at least 180 drugs that are crucial for treating childhood leukemia, breast and colon cancer, infections and other diseases have been declared in short supply — a record number.

    Prices for some have risen as much as twentyfold, and clinical trials for some experimental cures have been delayed because the studies must also offer older medicines that cannot be reliably provided.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/health/policy/20drug.html?hp

  23. Who was it who said, “If you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a sand shortage?”

  24. Here is a perfect example of what I said earlier @ 2:16am about how the CAP is controlling and steering people to where they want them to be… This is the entire article
    published for consumption. Yet the signing order is 3 pages long. Nothing to concern yourself with here… move along..
    _____________________________

    Obama orders new plan to diversify federal workers

    August 18, 2011 | SUZANNE GAMBOA

    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order directing the federal government to design a new strategy for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of diverse backgrounds. The three-page order released Thursday directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget and two other agencies to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to implement it. An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.8 percent Native American. It was 56.1 percent male.

    http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/18/3847054/obama-orders-new-plan-to-diversify.html

  25. Found this small addition from the same headline when googled. This info scrubbed from 90% of the sites carrying the same headline most likely done as an underground message to AA’s because of Cong Water’c complaint AA’s have been overlooked in job creation by Obama. ( He fears losing the AA vote for sure) This will keep them quiet for a while….
    __________________________

    “Obama is planning to unveil job creation proposals next month. Some black lawmakers and leaders have criticized him for not directly addressing unemployment among blacks.

    Blacks and Hispanics have been hit hard by the recession and are suffering unemployment rates of 15.6 percent and 11.3 percent respectively, higher than the 9.1 percent national average.

    Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, said fighting job discrimination is as important for minorities as job creation.

    “We are a country where it’s easier for a white male with a felony record to find a job than a black man that has never committed a crime, and that in itself is a crime,” Jealous said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-orders-plan-diversify-federal-workers-210227556.html

  26. Here we go- placating the AA community with Diane Sawyer. Notice the workers interviewed have only been out of work for several months whereas the majority of Americans nationwide have been unemployed anywhere from one year to two years and already suffered foreclosures without hope of re-employment. And the example picked is Atlanta…
    ________________________________________________

    Thousands Camp Out for Job Fair as Jobless Rate
    Rises

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/thousands-show-job-fair-jobless-rate-rises/story?id=14336519

  27. Obama does not care that you know he knows that you know he does not care.
    *****************************
    Admin, You hit it out of the ball park again with this phrase and the whole article.
    And I love this entire thread. Diverse topics, intelligent discussion, a sense of excitement building in the air. Keep it up Big Pinkers.

  28. How come so little comment in the media and everywhere about Obama’s executive order to release illegal immigrants from the deportation system unless they have “criminal” backgrounds. So unlicensed, uninsured drivers are not a threat to Americans and uncontrolled numbers of non english speaking students overfilling our local schools are not a threat to American’s ability to pay their taxes and stay in their homes?

  29. “Obama does not care that you know he knows that you know he does not care.”
    _______________

    Great if you are talking to the unwashed or recently reborn to Obama’s nefarious activities. Obama’s success using the CAP as his policy wonk is the knowledge of who and what they are dealing with and having a plan to stop any bloodletting from Obama’s power or future implementation of his policies by dangling a carrot for the disgruntled naysayers or using the law to protect himself and Holder from a potential scandal.

    It’s all well and good to think we are winning something then forgetting about because it will take care of itself- but these adversaries are men with plans and as we know there are none more dangerous than men with well laid out plans especially those with the power of the law and position to stall long enough to get him reelected for another 4 years.

    Reading the Insiders recent post on the remedy Holder is using against Issa will stall further investigation and finger pointing of ‘Fast and Furious’ at him and Obama.

    Holder has become the moving Party against Issa’s Committee.
    _________

    “In a move clearly intended to protect both himself and President Barack Obama, Eric Holder initiates promotions of those directly involved in the Fast and Furious/Gunrunner fiasco, while simultaneously attempting to force Congress to turn over the very documents that could potentially prove his and Obama’s own wrongdoing in the growing scandal.”

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/eric-holders-fast-and-furious-cover-up/

  30. I was told by a scientist 10 years ago that we had the technology to use ocean currents to harness all of our energy but that the oil cartel was obviously against destroying their mega wealth.

    I imagine there would be issues with safety of fish just as there are issues with wind turbines and birds.

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

    And the oil industry would make sure we heard about every minnow — while they pollute the whole ocean with oil spills.

  31. Another member of puppet Obama’s Overclass string pullers, throws a party for himself.

    “On August 13, billionaire private equity investor Leon Black organized a 60th birthday party for himself at his estate in Southampton, on Long Island, that cost “millions of dollars,” according to an account at CNNMoney. Reportedly, pop singer Elton John, who gave an hour-and-a-half concert for the 200 guests, was alone paid $1 million for his services.”
    ***
    The Times reports that Black’s firm, Apollo Global Management, “made a killing during the financial crisis. Its big bet on distressed debt at the market bottom in 2009 earned the firm and its clients billions of dollars in profits.” Forbes magazine makes the same point, “During the financial crisis things looked bleak, but Black and Apollo have staged a massive comeback, partly by investing in distressed debt, a longtime specialty.” In other words, Black (a Democratic Party supporter) bet correctly that the Obama administration would expand the looting of taxpayer funds to bail out the banks and cover the bad debts of the financial oligarchy.
    ***

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/blac-a20.shtml

    “In other words, Black (a Democratic Party supporter) bet correctly that the Obama administration would expand the looting of taxpayer funds to bail out the banks and cover the bad debts of the financial oligarchy.”

    IMO. not a very risky bet when Obama, his handlers, the Dem and Rethug leadership are bought and paid for.
    He got a nice cut of the $3 trillion that Bush/Cheney gave to US and foreign banks; followed by an additional $16+ trillion from Obama.

  32. Here is the original Center for American Progress pdf I read 6 mos ago called :

    “THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT
    Proposing 30 executive actions.”

    The jobs creation program is incorporated in this 54 page document as well as bold incentives for Small Businesses hiring workers. Which sounds wonderful if we didn’t have a stalled economy where the government is an integral partner subsidizing small businesses to make this program a workable solution. Too Bad the government is BROKE!

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/11/pdf/executive_orders.pdf

    Enough time has elapsed from the time these guideline were published ( which btw are no longer available for viewing at the CAP website) and if you’ve kept track, in some of the categories mentioned, certain proposals have been fulfilled not necessarily in the original order of intent making the less palatable palatable for general acceptance.

    Such as :

    S. 510 the

    “Food Modernization Safety Act”

    Senate bill S 510 vote imminent – procedural vote passes 74-25

    At OpenCongress

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s510/show

    you can read the Bill that passed and subsequently discarded where parts of the text has been incorporated into an existing bill… particularly referring to Mom and Pop Farmers. Where I’m sure you’ve read stories where they will not be able to sell local produce by the roadside because of new federal government regulations.

  33. Here is the original Center for American Progress pdf I read 6 mos ago called :

    “THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT
    Proposing 30 executive actions.”

    The jobs creation program is incorporated in this 54 page document as well as bold incentives for Small Businesses hiring workers. Which sounds wonderful if we didn’t have a stalled economy where the government is an integral partner subsidizing small businesses to make this program a workable solution. Too Bad the government is BROKE!

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/11/pdf/executive_orders.pdf

    Enough time has elapsed from the time these guideline were published ( which btw are no longer available for viewing at the CAP website) and if you’ve kept track, in some of the categories mentioned, certain proposals have been fulfilled not necessarily in the original order of intent making the less palatable palatable for general acceptance.

    Such as :

    S. 510 the

    “Food Modernization Safety Act”

    Senate bill S 510 vote imminent – procedural vote passes 74-25

    At OpenCongress

    h… w… opencongress.org/bill/111-s510/show

    you can read the Bill that passed and subsequently discarded where parts of the text has been incorporated into an existing bill… particularly referring to Mom and Pop Farmers. Where I’m sure you’ve read stories where they will not be able to sell local produce by the roadside because of new federal government regulations.

  34. SHV
    August 20th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for posting that eyeopening article.. The corruption is so rampant in government today it’s hopeless to change it unless a new head is appointed to start scrapping the plans Obama has in store for us and retaking our democracy from the Top down. I fully understand why Hillary has got to stay until she feels the public understands what is going on that no matter what. Emotionally driven AA’s driven by ‘voting skin color’ is not going to get this country where it needs to be for our memories of Peace and Prosperity to one again be our reality. Their selfish self-esteem has to be put aside for the greater good of the rest of the people living in this country. That means for every other ethnicity living here besides just whites.

  35. use ocean currents to harness all of our energy but that the oil cartel was obviously against destroying their mega wealth.

    I imagine there would be issues with safety of fish just as there are issues with wind turbines and birds.

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

    And the oil industry would make sure we heard about every minnow — while they pollute the whole ocean with oil spills.

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

    PS. And both these are examples of ‘false equivalency’! “But windmills hurt birds and tidal power might hurt fish” — as though that makes them worse than oil which kills and pollutes catastropically.

    Oil/gasoline pollutes at EVERY stage:

    1. drilling — oil spills
    2. shipping to refinery — Valdez oil spill
    3. refinery or power plant — air pollution
    4. shipping to gas stations — use of oil for the trucks, more spills
    5. customer filling the gas tank — bad to breathe, also spills and air pollution
    5. use in autos — air pollution, harmful exhaust

  36. Oh goody!

    Next will be cement plants (30 Percent projected to close over the nextfew years becasue of out-of-control regulations) and other industries which depend on coal. Oh happy days! We will pay more more more for BO’s planned destruction of the energy producers. Oh, hooray! No oil, no coal, no fracking, can’t burn wood, now exactly where are the billions of humans on the planet supposed to get their energy?

    Oops, I forgot, we’re the only country dumb enough to attempt to deprive the entire population of available energy resources.

    And about the concern for wildlife – bet you a dollar 99 percent spewing that argument eat meat, chicken, fish and all kinds of animals.

    Personally, I am a vegetarian. Seems awfully hypocritical of those so concerned by wildlife to consume animals regularly.

  37. 😳 Here’s the article.

    Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling.

    Industry groups such the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have dubbed the coming rules “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck.” The regulations, they say, will cost utilities up to $129 billion and force them to retire one-fifth of coal capacity. Given that coal provides 45 percent of the country’s power, that means higher electric bills, more blackouts and fewer jobs. The doomsday scenario has alarmed Republicans in the House, who have been scrambling to block the measures. Environmental groups retort that the rules will bring sizeable public health benefits, and that industry groups have been exaggerating the costs of environmental regulations since they were first created.

  38. Obama says he won’t rest until Americans have jobs. Reality:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027541/Obama-golfs-Marthas-Vineyard-increasing-personal-debt-ceiling.html

    With the economy in turmoil, the national debt rising and millions of American families struggling to make ends meet, Barack Obama yesterday decided to practise his golf swing.

    Teeing off his holiday, Mr Obama was driven to Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown for a round of foursomes golf.

    Aides said the President played the links course with long-time Chicago friend Eric Whitaker and two White House staffers. [snip]

    Before it had even started in earnest, the much-maligned vacation became a PR nightmare, after it emerged this morning that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart.

    Michelle Obama was revealed to have arrived at the Massachusetts retreat, only 500 miles from Washington, four hours before her husband yesterday.

    She was accompanied by their daughters and landed at around 2pm – four hours earlier than the President.

    The extra transport to get the the First Lady to the island for only a few more hours of vacation time will have cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses.

    The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her.

    She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

    The President had already drawn scorn for using two helicopters and Air Force One to get to Martha’s Vineyard.

    He yesterday left the White House aboard Marine One on his way to Andrews Air Force base to hitch a lift aboard Air Force One – along with First Dog Bo.

    After landing at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, he then took a final helicopter to his holiday destination to complete the remarkable 500-mile journey.

    The President arrived on this wealthy Massachusetts island retreat as the stock market plunged and a new poll showed just 11 per cent of Americans are happy with the way things are in the country.

    He also drew fresh criticism from Sarah Palin for even going on the vacation while the country is in such a poor situation.

    The President will be staying with his family at the Blue Heron Farm, a sprawling, $50,000-per-week estate with plenty of room for staff and Secret Service agents accompanying him on the trip.

    The family are to spend 10 days in a rented compound.

    Sarah Palin yesterday labelled Mr Obama ‘tone deaf’ for continuing with his holiday while America faces economic problems.

    Speaking during ‘America Live’ on Fox News, Mrs Palin, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said: ‘He’s very, very tone deaf. I wouldn’t (go on vacation) if I were he, especially not to Martha’s Vineyard. I do predict that he is not going to be gone the full ten days.

    ‘He is going to get the advice from his advisers that he needs to get back to work to the White House and he needs to start working very closely on a bi-partisan measure with Congress and start plugging in these new solutions.’

    Former Alaskan governor Palin’s criticism came as a new Gallup poll released this morning shows only 11 per cent of American are happy with the situation in the country.

    That is the lowest number recorded in the poll’s 30 years – bar the week immediately following the 2008 economic collapse, when only seven per cent said things were going well.

    Jeff Jones, senior editor of the Gallup poll, said high levels of pessimism were down to the economy, coupled with growing frustration with the political system.

    ‘There are big problems and people don’t trust politicians to be able to solve them,’ he said. ‘And many of the things they have done, people hated.’

    Those poor numbers followed survey results released on Wednesday, which showed a startling loss in the commander-in-chief’s favourability.

    That Gallup poll showed the President’s handling of the economy at a new low of 26 per cent in the aftermath of a bruising fight with Congress over federal spending.

    71 per cent of Americans said they disapproved of Mr Obama’s handling of the economy, up 11 percentage points from mid-May, when Gallup last questioned people about the issue.

    Approval of his handling of the economy fell by 11 percentage points from 37 percent in mid-May.

    The President had similarly low approval ratings on other economic issues.

    Only 24 per cent of Americans approved of Mr Obama’s handling of the federal budget deficit, while 29 per cent approved of his efforts to create jobs.

    On the jobs front, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose back above 400,000, suggesting that the U.S. economy is creating jobs but not nearly enough to make a dent in the staggering employment rate.

    That data, combined with world economic fears, led to a sell-off on Wall Street with the Dow spiralling sharply at opening as it dropped 500 points – or four per cent. It closed 400 points down.

  39. basil,

    LOL! The story you excerpted CONTINUES:

    Environmental groups retort that the rules will bring sizeable public health benefits, and that industry groups have been exaggerating the costs of environmental regulations since they were first created.
    So, who’s right? This month, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which conducts policy research for members of Congress, has been circulating a paper that tries to calmly sort through the shouting match. … And the upshot is that CRS is awfully skeptical of the “train wreck” predictions. …
    The CRS report doesn’t try to evaluate the costs of the new rules, noting that it will depend on site-specific factors and will vary by utility and state. … But, the report says, industry groups have almost certainly overstated the costs. …
    The CRS report also agrees with green groups that the benefits of these new rules shouldn’t be downplayed. Those can be tricky to quantify, however. In one example, the EPA estimates that an air-transport rule to clamp down on smog-causing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide would help prevent 21,000 cases of bronchitis and 23,000 heart attacks, and save 36,000 lives. That’s $290 billion in health benefits, compared with $2.8 billion per year in costs by 2014. “In most cases,” CRS notes, “the benefits are larger.”

    You didn’t give a link to your source, but I’m quoting the first of several sources that came up when I Googled for the last sentence of your excerpt:

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Environmental+groups+retort+that+the+rules+will+bring+sizeable+public+health+benefits%2C+and+that+industry+groups+have+been+exaggerating+the+costs+of+environmental+regulations+since+they+were+first+created.

  40. And here’s the original article, with lots of crunchy facts:

    washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/getting-ready-for-a-wave-of-coal-plant-shutdowns/2011/08/19/gIQAzkZ0PJ_blog.html

    And with a link to the Congressional Research Service’s report itself:
    lawandenvironment.com/uploads/file/CRS-EPA.pdf

    And to a good summary of the issue:
    thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/177467-crs-industry-studies-predicting-trainwreck-from-epa-rules-are-overblown

    Re how the coal plants can cope:
    nytimes.com/2011/08/12/business/energy-environment/new-rules-and-old-plants-may-strain-summer-energy-supplies.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

  41. “Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling.”
    ________________

    Yup, with no contingency plans to forestall pending blackouts for the country or for a plan to gradually balance easing from one energy source to another.

  42. Klein’s story* only quoted Bachmann attacking the EPA. Here’s what the other GOP candidates (NOT Sarah) are saying:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/us/politics/18epa.html?_r=1
    Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota wants to padlock the E.P.A.’s doors, as does former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas wants to impose an immediate moratorium on environmental regulation.
    Representative Ron Paul of Texas wants environmental disputes settled by the states or the courts. Herman Cain, a businessman, wants to put many environmental regulations in the hands of an independent commission that includes oil and gas executives. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, thinks most new environmental regulations should be shelved until the economy improves.
    Only Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has a kind word for the E.P.A., and that is qualified by his opposition to proposed regulation of carbon dioxide and other gases that contribute to global warming.

    *Basil quoted Klein approvingly! Hell freezing over!

  43. Yup, with no contingency plans to forestall pending blackouts for the country or for a plan to gradually balance easing from one energy source to another.

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

    I just posted links to that side of the issue: why none of this will be sudden or catastropic.

  44. are you DAFT?

    Your NYT’s link says this:

    “No one is sure yet how many or which ones will be shuttered or what the total lost output would be. And there is little agreement over how peak demand will be met in future summers.

    The E.P.A. estimates that a rule on air toxins and mercury that it expects to complete in November will result in a loss of 10,000 megawatts — or almost 1 percent of the generating capacity in the United States. Electricity experts, however, say that rule, combined with forthcoming ones on coal ash and cooling water, will have a much greater effect — from 48,000 megawatts to 80,000 megawatts, or 3.5 to 7 percent.

    The Southern Company, which like most coal-burning power companies opposes the new standards, said on Aug. 4 that it would retire 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation under the proposed rules. It warned that the closings would “significantly impact customers and the overall U.S. economy as a result of higher costs for electricity and reduced reliability.”

  45. The EPA is FOS. I have seen industries close in this area because of the outrageous regulations. Over the past months I have been a subscriber to the EPA hotline and I get dozens of reports a week outlining more rules, more regs, more tightening of the noose around energy producers. It is suicidal for the country to continue on this course.

    Of course these companies will be accused of exaggerating. But the biggest exaggerators I have seen over the past 3 years are Lisa Jackson at EPA and her crew.

    If the blank check BO has granted them to do everything and anything under the sun they see fit does not get cancelled, soon, the results will be unaffordable for most Americans. Get ready for licensing of your house (like with cars) before you can sell it. Get used to paying far more for energy to heat and cool your home.

    Having spoken to several dozen state regulators over the past few years and having listened to enviro-babble from kooks who (tragically) have successfully prevented one cement plant from ever opening, forced another to close and nearly stopped a third from upgrades designed to address some of their outrageous demands I have seen the upshot which is hundreds of lost jobs, hundreds of house for sale signs.

    And that’s just in one state. There are only 100 cement plants in the US. A third are expected to close within the next few years unless this horrific over-regulation stops.

    Coal plants I know less about but I do know they provide the main fuel source for cement plants.

    You figure it out.

    Oh, and let me just take a wild guess about how many times you have visited coal and cement plants and gotten a good look at what really goes on – NOT the drivel from some government paid bureaucrat with an agenda. How many scientists have you spoken to? How many engineers and workers at these plants?

    Would that be NONE?

    How about the law firms like Weitz and Luxembourg of Erin Brokovich fame? Do you know how many class action lawsuits they try to drum up – holding meetings and events to try and get people to sign on to their company? Did you know that the lawsuit which the movie was based on was recently discovered to have made bogus claims? Did you know that in New York State Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the House, is a member of Weitz and Luxembourg?

    Did you know Harvard, Brokovich, Weitz and Luxembourgh are connected at the hip?

    OK, I’m speaking of activity in one small part of one state but the fraud and corruption in EPA shenanigans is the true criminal here.

  46. Not only that- but there are over a million empty homes sitting vacant not drawing on any power sources whatsoever.

    Going in, their statistics have to be wrong underplaying the effects shutting power plants down will have on the country.
    ________________

    Apparently you neither read the tripe your posting nor do you understand or comprehend what you are talking about.

  47. “are you DAFT?”

    I don’t think the jury’s still out on that, do you?

    😉

    FWIW – I don’t agree with Klein’s conclusions but the first several paragraphs do represent what MANY fear is in store under the whacked-out EPA if things aren’t changed. That’s why I posted it. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  48. BASIL99
    August 20th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I was hoping you didn’t think that post was referring to you. I surmised it would be posted under my last post from the NYT.

    You gave some good first hand information to the “contrarian” among us- the sad fact is it’s really just a waste of time. If I added up the hours spent refuting
    her irrational thinking on just about any of her pet projects always accompanied by bogus links; by now my dog would be an expert on string theory with a degree in physics.

  49. Well well well…….

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/08/dnc-fundraising.php

    DNC fundraising WAY off in July. Pulled in $6.9m after 8-figure months in April, May, June

    The Democratic National Committee’s torrid fundraising pace after President Obama announced he would run for re-election slowed dramatically in July, according to new reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

    The DNC raised $6.9 million last month, the new reports show. That’s down from the $12.2 million the committee raised in June, the $10.5 million raised in May and the $14 million raised in April, when Obama said he would seek a second term.

    The slower fundraising pace came in a month in which Washington was consumed by debate over raising the debt ceiling. During that debate, Obama canceled or delayed a number of fundraisers, leading some senior advisors to worry to the media that their totals for the third quarter would not match the combined $86 million Obama’s campaign and the DNC raised between April 1 and June 30.

    (It’s worth noting that professional fundraisers will admit both July and August are lousy months for fundraising, given people’s vacation schedules)

    A joint Obama-DNC account contributed just $2.2 million to the party’s coffers this month. The party paid down about $600,000 in debt, but Democrats still owe about $11.2 million to creditors. The DNC has $20.1 million in the bank.

    The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, raised about $6.1 million in the month of July, a GOP source told The Hotline. The RNC has $7.6 million in the bank, about $300,000 more than it had last month.

    That figure could have been higher, but the RNC spent big bucks on a four-week advertising campaign on behalf of Republican state senators in Wisconsin who faced recall elections; two Republicans lost those elections, but the party kept control of the state Senate, a key victory after anger over Gov. Scott Walker’s revision of the state’s collective bargaining laws.

    The beleaguered RNC found itself saddled with more than $24 million in debt after the 2010 elections; that debt has been cut to just less than $17 million, though it still presents a huge obstacle. The committee, the GOP source said, is bent on cutting any wasteful spending it can in hopes of reducing the debt as much as possible.

  50. Well, I have been known to be daft on SOME issues but I did not think you were referring to me. Thanks for asking.

  51. “Obama says he won’t rest until Americans have jobs.”
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    um…is that before or after his weekly golf marathon???

  52. MoonOnPluto, it’s not just the dollars. Weiner’s old seat is up for grabs too in this very Jewish and seniors district:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/panicked_dems_in_turner_mail_strom_4ptdwmhilxMmZpA0PfhN3N

    Nervous state Democrats are flooding voters with mailings blasting Republican candidate Bob Turner in the hotly contested 9th Congressional District, upping the ante in the closer-than-expected race to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.

    With President Obama’s standing in the polls in free fall, the state Democratic Committee’s mailings to Queens and Brooklyn residents accuse Turner of being a “Tea Party extremist” who wants to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.

    Turner struck back with a “robo-call” from former Mayor Ed Koch yesterday, slamming Democratic rival David Weprin for lying to scare senior citizens.

    Weprin should be ashamed of himself,” Koch said.

    With less than a month to go before the Sept. 13 special election, both sides are turning up the rhetoric after an Aug. 11 Siena College poll found businessman Turner within six points of state Assemblyman Weprin in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans three to one.

    After the poll, Democratic leaders vowed they would mobilize their forces to retain the seat, which was once held by US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). [snip]

    Democrat Koch, who crossed parties to endorse Turner, said in a recorded telephone message to thousands of seniors in the district, “David Weprin is making phone calls trying to scare seniors. They’re nonsense. Weprin should be ashamed of himself . . . Bob Turner is running for Congress to protect your Medicare and Social Security.

    If anyone tries to scare you with lies about Bob Turner, tell ’em Ed Koch told them to knock it off!

    Send Washington a message: Vote for Bob Turner for Congress on September 13th.”

  53. Most of these stories contain quotes from both sides: the EPA/environmentalists vs the GOP/polluters.

    The best attempt at a level view comes from Congressional Research Service’s report at
    lawandenvironment.com/uploads/file/CRS-EPA.pdf

    Above I posted their conclusions about the health benefits of the new rules. Here are their conclusions about timing to “gradually balance easing from one energy source to another” (as Mrs. Smith says).

    promulgation of standards is
    not the end of the road: court challenges are likely, potentially delaying implementation for years,
    and even when final, EPA rules must be adopted by states and implemented over time through
    state-issued permits.
    The primary impacts of many of the rules will largely be on coal-fired plants more than 40 years
    old that have not, until now, installed state-of-the-art pollution controls. Many of these plants are
    inefficient and are being replaced by more efficient combined cycle natural gas plants, a
    development likely to be encouraged if the price of competing fuel—natural gas—continues to be
    low, almost regardless of EPA rules.
    [….]
    In short, the road to EPA regulation is rarely a straight path. There are numerous possible causes
    of delay. It would be unusual if the regulatory actions described here were all implemented on the
    anticipated schedule, and even if they were, existing facilities would often have several years
    before being required to comply. Unable to account for such factors, which will vary from case to
    case, timelines that show dates for proposal and promulgation of EPA standards effectively
    underestimate the complexities of the regulatory process and overstate the near-term impact of
    many of the regulatory actions

  54. #
    BASIL99
    August 20th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Well, I have been known to be daft on SOME issues but I did not think you were referring to me. Thanks for asking.
    ___________________-

    haha! too funny! 🙂
    _____________

    I think the problem is she has never had a mentor. We all need access to an intelligent, problem solving person to mentor us through the early years teaching us how to basically think things through for coming to rational provable conclusions until we can stand on our own. It has either never occurred to her she is lacking in that dept or she has been able to evade big problems by living in her own self contained microcosm without enduring external conflict with rare exception. At least that is what I see from my vantage point.

  55. “Above I posted their conclusions about the health benefits of the new rules.”
    ____________________

    The problem is, their conclusions are based on their own opinion. Everyone entitled to an opinion but their opinion before it can become a fact has to be based on reputable evidence. There was no factual evidence provided in that article relating to closing down coal burning energy sources that would greatly improve people’s health. There was nothing from JAMA or a similarly respected medical organization substantiating their opinion.

  56. turndownobama
    August 20th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    LOL!

    To improve the blog balance between personal attacks and facts, here are some facts about the Congressional Research which discounts the ‘train wreck’ meme.
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    “Congressional Research Service”

    Fox guarding the Hen house meme should be ringing bells loudly in your ears.

  57. LOL! You think the Congressional Research Service is just making stuff up? (Hint: CRS is part of the Library of Congress.)

    If the CRS were slanted, it would slant the other way, after two terms under Bush and now DINO Obama.

  58. LOL! You think the Congressional Research Service is just making stuff up? (Hint: CRS is part of the Library of Congress.
    ________________

    No, I didn’t say they were making stuff up- It all depends on who did their research and what their connections are to their sources and to the EPA.

  59. Basically, everyone in CRS is connected to Congress by the CRS being funded by Congress — which has been controlled by the GOP under Bush for many years.

  60. Then you have to determine who are the Congressional members voting for the project and if they do or don’t hold any interests in the replacement aspects substituted for shutting down coal power energy sources.

  61. OK- I have to do other research. I had good luck as a novice growing orchids until someone told me to use warm water when watering them. The blooms fell off and are sitting on my window sill.

    later gator…

  62. “No, I didn’t say they were making stuff up- It all depends on who did their research and what their connections are to their sources and to the EPA.”

    Exactly. You would not believe the bogus claims I heard from members of the enviro-wackies during the half dozen legislative hearings I sat through. Following these claims, the Times Union would conveniently misconstrue information to make it sound like there were authenticized reports from what some audience commenters said.

    The TU would also regurgitate Harvard University talking points involving some studies done in this area about the human health implications of some of the stuff talked about and LIE through their teeth.

    I, on the other hand (clearing throat) would write both sides of the story and get SLAMMED for doing so by the enviro wackies. I had one Harvard researcher basically accuse me of ruining his study because I did not report almost ten percent of a small human sample size had shown increased levels of some substances.

    Turns out his numbers didn’t match up and when I took the number of cases and compared them to the sample size I came up with 7 percent, not almost ten percent as reported by the TU.

    He then claimed the numbers were different because of some statistical anomaly which he never bothered to explain. The press release from Harvard said the study had NOT BEEN CONCLUSIVE.

    It was a friggin joke. Bottom line is apparently the researcher’s grant money dried up and he’s no longer a researcher at Harvard on this particular issue.

    Oh, and the community group which encouraged the Harvard Study to begin with also had ties to Weitz and Luxembourg which has been pushing these kinds of lawsuits locally.

    The entire thing was a pile of horse sh!t. I may be mathematically naive but don’t tell me 12 possible cases from a study of 180 equals almost ten percent. Try 7. And the data indicating possibly harmful levels was not entirely truthful

    Harvard WANTED the study to confirm its predetermined results so more grant money would come their way. It didn’t. And they were PO’d.

  63. Candidates lie — on both sides. But you might try applying plausibility. The CRS knows their report will be attacked — by the GOP, who now control the House and may soon control the Senate and the WH. Cheney and the polluters (sounds like a singing group) have unlimited money to research for their side. So it’s not PLAUSIBLE that the CRS would slant AGAINST the coal industry.

    The point is not where CRS got their figures, but who is RIGHT. Whoever CRS (or the EPA) cites, you will say they are lying. Some of the same ‘experts’ who minimized the danger of tobacco smoke can probably be found to minimize the danger of coal emissions. So find the best case for your/polluters’ side: whatever their tame experts say. The polluters’ probably have that real handy for you. 😉

  64. “Congressional Research Service”

    Fox guarding the Hen house meme should be ringing bells loudly in your ears.

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

    CRS/Library of Congress is not paid by the EPA. Both are paid by Congress; effectively all such government agencies are competing with each other for funding.

  65. Basil,
    God bless you, but you can’t beat down the BS TDO comes up with. I know that “for evil to flourish, good men only need do nothing”, but its like trying swat flies with a pencil.

  66. admin
    August 18th, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    MoonOnPluto, ya think? Coincidence or not it goes to show how much smarter the Republicans are handling matters political. Their convention is in a major swing state with an increasingly diverse and growing Latino population.
    ****************

    Not so much in 2008

  67. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/seven-ways-rick-perry-wants-change-constitution-131634517.html
    Perry laid out these proposed innovations to the founding document in his book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington. He has occasionally mentioned them on the campaign trail. Several of his ideas fall within the realm of mainstream conservative thinking today, but, as you will see, there are also a few surprises.
    1. Abolish lifetime tenure for federal judges by amending Article III, Section I of the Constitution.
    The nation’s framers established a federal court system whereby judges with “good behavior” would be secure in their job for life. Perry believes that provision is ready for an overhaul.
    “The Judges,” reads Article III, “both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”
    Perry makes it no secret that he believes the judges on the bench over the past century have acted beyond their constitutional bounds. The problem, Perry reasons, is that members of the judiciary are “unaccountable” to the people, and their lifetime tenure gives them free license to act however they want. In his book, the governor speaks highly of plans to limit their tenure and offers proposals about how to accomplish it.
    “‘[W]e should take steps to restrict the unlimited power of the courts to rule over us with no accountability,” he writes in Fed Up! “There are a number of ideas about how to do this . . . . One such reform would be to institute term limits on what are now lifetime appointments for federal judges, particularly those on the Supreme Court or the circuit courts, which have so much power. One proposal, for example, would have judges roll off every two years based on seniority.”
    2. Congress should have the power to override Supreme Court decisions with a two-thirds vote.
    Ending lifetime tenure for federal justices isn’t the only way Perry has proposed suppressing the power of the courts. His book excoriates at length what he sees as overreach from the judicial branch. (The title of Chapter Six is “Nine Unelected Judges Tell Us How to Live.”)
    Giving Congress the ability to veto their decisions would be another way to take the Court down a notch, Perry says.
    “[A]llow Congress to override the Supreme Court with a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate, which risks increased politicization of judicial decisions, but also has the benefit of letting the people stop the Court from unilaterally deciding policy,” he writes.
    3. Scrap the federal income tax by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment.
    The Sixteenth Amendment gives Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” It should be abolished immediately, Perry says.
    Calling the Sixteenth Amendment “the great milestone on the road to serfdom,” Perry’s writes that it provides a virtually blank check to the federal government to use for projects with little or no consultation from the states.
    4. End the direct election of senators by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.
    Overturning this amendment would restore the original language of the Constitution, which gave state legislators the power to appoint the members of the Senate.
    Ratified during the Progressive Era in 1913 , the same year as the Sixteenth Amendment, the Seventeenth Amendment gives citizens the ability to elect senators on their own. Perry writes that supporters of the amendment at the time were “mistakenly” propelled by “a fit of populist rage.”
    “The American people mistakenly empowered the federal government during a fit of populist rage in the early twentieth century by giving it an unlimited source of income (the Sixteenth Amendment) and by changing the way senators are elected (the Seventeenth Amendment),” he writes.
    5. Require the federal government to balance its budget every year.
    Of all his proposed ideas, Perry calls this one “the most important,” and of all the plans, a balanced budget amendment likely has the best chance of passage.
    “The most important thing we could do is amend the Constitution–now–to restrict federal spending,” Perry writes in his book. “There are generally thought to be two options: the traditional ‘balanced budget amendment’ or a straightforward ‘spending limit amendment,’ either of which would be a significant improvement. I prefer the latter . . . . Let’s use the people’s document–the Constitution–to put an actual spending limit in place to control the beast in Washington.”
    A campaign to pass a balanced budget amendment through Congress fell short by just one vote in the Senate in the 1990s.
    Last year, House Republicans proposed a spending-limit amendment that would limit federal spending to 20 percent of the economy. According to the amendment’s language, the restriction could be overridden by a two-thirds vote in both Houses of Congress or by a declaration of war.
    6. The federal Constitution should define marriage as between one man and one woman in all 50 states.
    Despite saying last month that he was “fine with” states like New York allowing gay marriage, Perry has now said he supports a constitutional amendment that would permanently ban gay marriage throughout the country and overturn any state laws that define marriage beyond a relationship between one man and one woman.
    “I do respect a state’s right to have a different opinion and take a different tack if you will, California did that,” Perry told the Christian Broadcasting Network in August. “I respect that right, but our founding fathers also said, ‘Listen, if you all in the future think things are so important that you need to change the Constitution here’s the way you do it’.
    In an interview with The Ticket earlier this month, Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said that even though it would overturn laws in several states, the amendment still fits into Perry’s broader philosophy because amendments require the ratification of three-fourths of the states to be added to the Constitution.
    7. Abortion should be made illegal throughout the country.
    Like the gay marriage issue, Perry at one time believed that abortion policy should be left to the states, as was the case before the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. But in the same Christian Broadcasting Network interview, Perry said that he would support a federal amendment outlawing abortion because it was “so important…to the soul of this country and to the traditional values [of] our founding fathers.”

  68. New EPA rule could lead to rolling blackouts in Texas, PUC chairwoman says

    The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission expressed concern Friday that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service.

    If implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is not delayed, “I have no doubt in my mind that this rule will result in reliability issues and rolling outages in Texas,” Donna Nelson said at the start of the commission’s meeting.

    The rule, issued in early July by the Environmental Protection Agency, would require substantial reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide at power plants in 27 states.

    The EPA says the rule will save and prolong lives by reducing harmful smog and soot pollution. Gina McCarthy, an EPA assistant administrator, said in a previous statement that power plants in the state “will be able to cut their pollution without jeopardizing reliable electricity service for Texans.”

    But Dallas-based power generator Luminant says it doesn’t have enough time to comply and has asked that the EPA delay implementation.

    The company says the industry’s standard time frame for installing emission controls is several years, but the rule requires compliance in six months. So Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, has said it may have to shut down some coal-fired power plants in East Texas.

    “Curtailing plant and/or mine operations will be the only option” if the 1,323-page rule goes into effect as planned, Luminant said.

    In an Aug. 4 letter to the EPA, Nelson said that the new rule is “overly burdensome” and that the federal agency “has ignored the effects of local transmission constraints when considering the impact of generating-plant retirements on electric reliability.” Nelson became the PUC’s chairwoman after former Commissioner Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission last month.

    PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson said Friday that the tight implementation schedule for the rule “will be impossible to meet” and urged that the state agency “file comments with the EPA asking them to, at the very least, extend the compliance deadline.”

    For the short term, Texas’ power grid continues to be taxed by exceptionally high temperatures that have led to record-high electricity demand this summer, the PUC was told Friday by Mike Cleary, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

    Cleary said power supplies could be tight next week with schools reopening and adding about 1,500 megawatts of additional demand.

    ERCOT set an electricity demand record of 68,294 megawatts on Aug. 3.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/19/3301808/new-epa-rule-could-lead-to-rolling.html
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    Worst case scenario with power plants shut down, people will save on electric bills, right? No way, power companies are raising their rates… said it will cost consumers and extra $1.60 extra a month… sure.

  69. With ideas like that, I don’t think Perry can get elected.

    Even I….who despise Obama and am committed to his removal….I would probably not be able to pull a lever for Perry.

  70. I read somewhere the other day, Obama has Perry in his sights and has a KO plan for him. Gird your loins, Rick!

  71. Watch there will be another signing statement allowing these 300,000 the right to vote as long as they can produce a valid work permit. Read there are 4M illegal Iraqis living in CA. This is a working model of the Saul Alinsky/Cloward-Piven Strategy. Crash the system and replace American workers with illegals.
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    Obama Amnesty Begins: Halts Deportations for 300,000 Illegal Aliens; Offers ‘Work Permits’

    by John Hill
    Stand With Arizona

    The Obama Administration today announced a virtual amnesty-by-decree for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, whose deportations will be “indefinitely delayed”. In addition, Obama finally announced a jobs program – but for ILLEGAL ALIENS, not citizens – as those 300,000 illegals will also become eligible for “work permits“.

    This action represents an administrative end-run around Congress, which twice rejected the ‘DREAM Act’ in 2010. As disgraceful as is this usurpation of Congressional authority, this announcement is even worse than is being reported.

    Our analysis reveals that – despite media focus of this action limited to so-called “Dreamer” illegal students, this new policy, coupled with the criteria established by the June 2011 “Morton Memos” which set up a joint “DHS and DOJ working group” could expand this “indefinite delay” of deportation to potentially MILLIONS of illegals – creating a new, massive amnesty entirely by fiat, bypassing Congress.

    From the AP:

    The Obama administration said Thursday it will indefinitely delay deporting many illegal immigrants who don’t have criminal records and will offer them a chance to apply for a work permit. The government will focus on sending back convicted criminals and those who might be a national security or public safety threat.

    The policy change will mean a case-by-case review of approximately 300,000 illegal immigrants facing possible deportation in federal immigration courts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

    This is clearly what Sen. Dick Durbin was hinting at with his recent statement that there would be “good news” coming soon regarding deportations of “undocumented students”.

    This announcement puts into writing what the Administration had already begun to put into practice, after the infamous “ICE Memos” issued by ICE head John Morton in June, in which Morton spells out which illegals would now receive “particular care and consideration” — e.g., amnesty – essentially “Dreamers”, but potentially millions more.

    Under the new process, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) “working group” will develop specific criteria to identify “low-priority removal cases” that should be considered for prosecutorial discretion. These criteria will be based on “positive factors” from the Morton Memo (PDF), which include…

    * individuals present in the U.S. since childhood (like ‘DREAM Act’ students)
    * minors
    * the elderly
    * pregnant and nursing women
    * victims of serious crimes
    * veterans and members of the armed services
    * and individuals with serious disabilities or health problems

    The breadth of the above list makes it less a matter of which illegal aliens are excluded than which ones are NOT. Minors, elderly, pregnant and nursing (could cover more than half of all childbearing-age illegal alien women!), victims of “serious” crimes (what defines “serious”?), disabilities/health problems(does diabetes count? depression?).

    The Morton Guidelines above, coupled with today’s announcement suspending deportations equals a potential amnesty for MILLIONS of illegal aliens – all without ANY Congressional action or authorization.

    This disgraceful end-run of the rule of law and constitutional principles must NOT stand!

    http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2011/08/18/obama-amnesty-begins-halts-deportations-for-300000-illegal-aliens-offers-work-permits/

  72. Mrs. Smith

    I wonder what that is.

    Admin I noticed yesterday, that one of the articles you quoted said that his polling is in free fall. You said that when it happened, there would be a free fall. Is that now happening? I guess we will not be able to tell until after the fact. Next week might be telling. However, I guess something might happen (heaven forbid, 9/11 10 years) that might complicate the political factor.

  73. New Mexico Fan:

    Looks like Free Fall to me…

    Rasmussen says today:

    “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).

    Scott Rasmussen will host the Rasmussen Report on radio today (Sunday) at 3:06 p.m. Eastern. You can LISTEN HERE. The show will air on WMAL/630AM in Washington, WLS/890AM in Chicago, and online everywhere. Scott will be discussing the race for the GOP nomination, take calls from listeners, and discuss whether the Tea Party will help or hurt the GOP in 2012. Recent polling shows that 58% of Republican primary voters think the Tea Party will help.

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

  74. Hmmmm

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/21/what-if-obama-quit/

    What if Obama quit?

    I’m not talking about resignation, or just refusing to offer any proposals until after the next election. What if Obama simply decided not to run for a second term as President?

    The thought occurred to me after reading Peggy Noonan’s piece this week for the Wall Street Journal, which argues that Obama has already quit in a practical sense:

    The phrase of the day is “new lows.” It blares from every screen. The number of Americans satisfied with the ways things are going hits new lows—11%. President Obama’s popularity: new lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average this year: new lows. Maybe it will enter ordinary language. “Charlie, it’s been ages. How are you, how’s Betty?” “I’m experiencing some volatility, but she’s inching toward new lows.”

    The market is dispirited. I’m wondering if the president is, too, and if that won’t carry implications for the 2012 race. You can imagine him having lunch with political advisers, hearing some unwanted advice—”Don’t go to Martha’s Vineyard!”—putting his napkin by his plate, pushing back from the table, rising, and saying in a clipped, well-modulated voice: “I’m tired. I’m going. If they want this job so much let them have it.” …

    The president shows all the signs of becoming a man who, around the time he unveils his new jobs proposal in September, is going to start musing in interviews about whether anyone can be a successful president now, what with the complexity of the problems and the forces immediately arrayed, in a politically polarized age, against any specific action. That was probably his inner rationale for not coming up with a specific debt-ceiling plan: Why give the inevitable forces a target? But his refusal to produce a plan became itself the target. Reverse Midas.

    Under these circumstances he could not possibly be enjoying his job. On the stump this week in the Midwest, he should have been on fire with the joy of combat, he should have had them whooping and hollering with fresh material and funny lines. But even at his feistiest, he was wilted. Distracted. Sometimes he seems to be observing himself and his interactions as opposed to being himself and having interactions. His audiences wanted to show support, it was clear, that’s why they came. But there was something tentative in their response, as if they wanted to come through for the applause line but couldn’t figure out exactly where the applause line was. The president was dropping his g’s, always a terrible sign, a kind of bowing that assumes he speaks from a great height. He also started saying “folks” again. That too is a tell. It’s the word politicians who think they’re better and brighter than normal people use when they’re trying to make normal people think they’re normal.

    Nothing says that Obama has to run for a second term in office. We have had Presidents walk away from opportunities to run for re-election. Prior to FDR, that would include every President who didn’t run for a third term, of course, but there are examples in the post-22nd Amendment era, too. Harry Truman was specifically exempted from the term limits imposed by the constitutional amendment but chose not to run for a second full term in 1952. Lyndon Johnson also chose not to run for his second full term in 1968. Both men made those choices at least in large part because they had become so unpopular that they clearly couldn’t win, especially LBJ. Another parallel to LBJ is the effect of having an unpopular war tied around a president’s neck.

    Some will scoff at the notion that Obama and his large ego would walk away from the office, but LBJ was also rumored to think pretty highly of himself. It’s a low-probability outcome, but it isn’t a zero probability outcome. Obama’s ratings have tanked this year along with the economy, and he hasn’t come up with an original thought on economic policy since Porkulus. The leaks of his rumored plan sound a lot like Porkulus II, a sequel to a flop. This gives the impression that Obama has run out of ideas, and as Noonan argues in her piece, his attacks on Republicans for their supposed refusal to pass a plan he has yet to even submit to them sounds like a man who realizes that he’s out of ideas, too.

    But the decision may end up being out of his hands if the political environment doesn’t improve. Obama’s numbers are plummeting in places Democrats can hardly afford to lose. In Pennsylvania, where Obama will top a ticket that also includes Bob Casey’s bid for a second Senate term, he’s either at 43% approval (Quinnipiac) or at 35% (Muhlenberg). Wisconsin turned Republican last year and a series of elections this year confirmed it, and Herb Kohl’s seat in the Senate is up for grabs. Obama can be expected to drag down the ticket in Virginia (James Webb’s seat is open), Florida (Bill Nelson), Ohio (Sherrod Brown), Maryland (Ben Cardin), and Michigan (Debbie Stabenow). Obama is underwater in New York and New Jersey already, two normally staunch Democratic states, both with Senate races on the line as well. If Obama runs at the top of those tickets, he might eke out victories in the two states, but his presence on the ticket will depress Democratic turnout and might endanger Kirsten Gillibrand and Robert Menendez; Democrats would almost certainly have to spend a ton of money to bolster them that they’d normally spend elsewhere.

    Democrats will be looking at a massacre in the Senate, and that’s not even including already-endangered seats in Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, and New Mexico, which just elected its first Republican woman governor last year. Democrats could wind up losing enough seats to give Republicans a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate if Obama chases away the white working-class vote that he’s been alienating for the past two years on ObamaCare and now his disastrous economic performance. If unemployment starts rising and growth remains low in the next few months, Democrats may insist on Obama finding a graceful exit before the primaries.

    And guess who that leaves with an open path to the Democratic nomination? Hillary Clinton. She can step into the void with promises to return America to the economic policies of her husband. The Left may not have much love for Hillary any longer, but she was winning the very working-class Democrats in the 2008 primaries that Obama is losing to the Republicans now. States like Pennsylvania and Michigan would snap back into place for Democrats, and perhaps Wisconsin as well. Having Obama off the top of the ticket would take some of the downward pressure off of some other Senate races, and Hillary would likely be a plus in most.

    If Hillary took Obama’s place in 2012, Republicans would face a much tougher electoral map. They would still have the advantage of running against Obama’s record, but the GOP may not capture that disaffected Democratic working-class vote if Hillary also ran against Obamanomics and promised a return to Clintonian prosperity. The eventual Republican nominee would have at least a tougher task in winning those votes and the White House. And even if Hillary lost in a general election — Democrats lost the White House in 1952 and 1968, coincidentally both times with Richard Nixon on the Republican tickets — the Democrats might save a few Senate seats with an improved turnout in key states.

    All of this is entirely speculative, of course, but it’s not impossible, either. Democrats might be loathe to push the nation’s first African-American President into an early retirement, but they may eventually balk at committing political suicide if Obama’s numbers and the economy keep going south in the next few months. Under those conditions, even Obama might be ready to walk away without much pushing.

  75. If they are doing it for State pensions; then better check private pension funds for similar illegal activity.
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    Madoff Whistleblower: Big Banks Are Ripping Off Pension Funds

    By Peter Gorenstein

    Aug 19, 2011

    Amid all the market volatility and weakness in the financial sector of late, you may have missed this WSJ front page story: “States Go After Big Bank on Forex”.

    The story is about growing scandal in the banking industry centered around banks allegedly overcharging pension funds for currency transactions.

    “Attorneys general in Virginia and Florida filed civil suits against BNY Mellon alleging that the bank cheated pension funds in those states by choosing improper prices for currency trades the bank processed for the funds,” The WSJ reports. “The Virginia lawsuit, filed in a Fairfax, Va., state court, cites internal bank emails allegedly showing that senior bank officials knew about, and endorsed, a currency-trading method that hurt state pensioners.”

    In addition to Virginia and Florida, California and Tennessee are also suing BNY Mellon and State Street Corp. over the alleged fraud.

    The man who uncovered the alleged scam, Harry Markopolos, expects all 50 states to eventually join the suit. If the name sounds familiar that’s because Markopolos was a whistleblower on the Madoff Ponzi scheme, only to have his claims ignored by the SEC for the better par of a decade. (See: Harry Markopolos Says Big Banks Worse Than Madoff)

    In this case, Markopolos says BNY Mellon and State Street we’re taking about “three tenths of a percent from every forex transaction for pension funds” by back-timing the trade to benefit banks at the detriment of their pension fund clients. “It’s almost the exact same scheme as the market timing scandals of 2003,” he claims.

    When and if these cases go to trial is unknown, but Markopolos sure hopes to avoid a settlement. “I want to see them admit guilt,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying interview. “If [banks] settle it feels like justice denied because they also will settle without admitting or denying guilt. That’s just too easy. ”

    http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/madoff-whistleblower-big-banks-ripping-off-pension-funds-152836936.html

  76. Dowd: Obama Didn’t Call Congress Back Because ‘It Would Have Screwed Up His Vacation and Upset Michelle.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/08/21/dowd-obama-didnt-call-congress-back-because-it-would-have-screwed-his

    As NewsBusters has been reporting, the Obama-loving media have largely been gushing and fawning over the current White House resident taking a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard as the economy appears to be heading into a double-dip recession.

    Giving an interesting insight into the President’s decision to not call Congress back from its summer break to tackle the problems facing the nation was New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who wrote Sunday:

    Americans are rattled and want action. They don’t know or care what Congress’s schedule is. They just see the president not doing anything.

    Cruising white Midwestern hamlets in his black bus, Obama tried to justify not calling lawmakers back to D.C. by saying they’d just continue to bicker. But what does he think they’ll do in September? The truth is, he doesn’t want them back in the capital any more than they want to be back. It would have screwed up his vacation and upset Michelle, who already feels trapped in the Washington bubble.

    If Clinton wanted to be president 25 hours a day and W. wanted to be president four hours a day, Obama wants to be president for about 14 hours a day. And that’s fine, as long as you don’t look like you’re phoning it in when the country is dialing 911.

    As the saying kind of goes, if you lose Maureen Dowd…

    Just imagine what her sense of despair will be if the double-dip does arrive, and unemployment begins edging even higher next year as the nation prepares to head to the polls.

    The question for many Americans that surveys show are well ahead of the media in their disappointment with this president is just how will his supporters in the press behave if economic conditions are indeed far worse when Election Day approaches.

    Will they continue to back a man with obviously failed policies simply because the alternative is a Republican?

    Unlike today, the economy was clearly on the rise in 1996 as was employment and the stock market. Journalists backing Bill Clinton weren’t necessarily going against America’s economic interest by doing so.

    This means that the last time we had a Democrat president seeking reelection with an economy trending down was 1980. At the time, despite his failed economic policies, media were clearly on Jimmy Carter’s bandwagon to defeat the eventual winner, Ronald Reagan.

    Will it be the same this time, and America is about to once again watch the overwhelming majority of so-called journalists try to reelect a man that is clearly not up to the task of righting this sinking ship?

    Stay tuned.

  77. New York has lost 1.6 million residents to other states in the past decade, according to a new report from the Empire Center for State Policy.

    That’s the rough equivalent of having the entire city of Philadelphia (population 1.5 million) simply disappear from the map.

    In a way, this isn’t news: For two decades, New York has led the nation in domestic outmigration — the percentage of residents leaving for other climes.

    But the numbers aren’t looking any better these days. A May survey found that 36% of New Yorkers under 30 plan to flee the state because of high taxes, the crippling cost of living and a basic lack of jobs.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/stampeding_out_of_ny_bdXn2KiEgDkiqcCW4d3ckL

  78. In other words…dead on arrival…

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    What was White House thinking with its new, infamous black bus?

    Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Writers Group
    August 21, 2011

    About that bus: What could the White House have been thinking?

    Here the country is reeling from depression, recession and oppression, and the president decides to take a heartland tour in the visual equivalent of an armored hearse?

    The infamous black bus that has been toting President Obama around for stump speeches designed to distract from the Republican hoedown in Iowa couldn’t be less effective — unless you’re Darth Vader. As the ship of state rumbles through the American countryside like a land shark from Mordor, Dick Cheney suddenly looks like Howdy Doody.

    It’s incomprehensible.

    A bus tour itself is not a bad idea when your aim is to reconnect with everyday people, but this one is ill-timed and looks desperate. If you’re confident in your presidency, you ignore the impotent opposition while they slug it out.

    “Who, them? I’m busy.”

    Otherwise, the bus is a stab in the heartland. We’re a red, white and blue nation, colors of optimism and hope. Or, thanks to Obama’s own rhetoric, we’re at least a purple nation. Lavender polka dots would have been better than a black mass that penetrates amber waves of grain like an armada of doom.

    No doubt there are mighty good reasons for the color and construction of the presidential mega-hearse, but as political symbolism, the vehicle looks like a creation out of Batman and the president appears as Paul Revere of the Apocalypse.

    Whoever came up with the black bus had best be looking for a job, preferably not in public relations

    http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/207370/

  79. Mrs. Smith
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:15 am
    Watch there will be another signing statement allowing these 300,000 the right to vote as long as they can produce a valid work permit. Read there are 4M illegal Iraqis living in CA. This is a working model of the Saul Alinsky/Cloward-Piven Strategy. Crash the system and replace American workers with illegals.
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    Obama Amnesty Begins: Halts Deportations for 300,000 Illegal Aliens; Offers ‘Work Permits’

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    In other words, the piece of garbage posing as potus and his ugly handlers could care less about Americans out of work, understand zilch about the economy, are making sure it collapses, and stabs the backs of all legalized Americans
    with this one action.

  80. As the ship of state rumbles through the American countryside like a land shark from Mordor

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    LOL, very good! More like a land whale.

    Maybe the ssme PR man did this, as gave the blind British PM a set of DVDs that don’t even work over there.

  81. JanH
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    In other words, the piece of garbage posing as potus and his ugly handlers could care less about Americans out of work, understand zilch about the economy, are making sure it collapses, and stabs the backs of all legalized Americans with this one action.
    ______________

    Yes, exactly- and with the advantage of having 300,000 guaranteed votes.
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    When you have a minute ( no rush ) ck out this pdf at yesterday posting.. This is the Soros plan and that of the Rockefeller/elites for the future of America. Lofty diligent plans interspersed with seemingly banal directives meant to further undermine struggling Americans… The pdf is here..

    Mrs. Smith
    August 20th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  82. The Obama Administration today announced a virtual amnesty-by-decree for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, whose deportations will be “indefinitely delayed”.

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

    Don’t worry, this is probably just as fake as Obama saying the DOJ would no longer prosecute medical marijuana in some states. Then he appointed an anti-mj crusader and the raids went on.

  83. With ideas like that, I don’t think Perry can get elected.

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    Yes. Even allowing for some media exaggeration, those ideas are too extreme. I wonder if Perry will put out a denial/clarification.

  84. that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service.

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

    January 1, 2012. So the article ends with scary paragraphs about the world ending this August 2011. This rule has been discussed for years, and if the coal polluters need more time, there are procedures for that.

    “The EPA says the rule will save and prolong lives by reducing harmful smog and soot pollution” — can’t have that, can we?

  85. heard it all now…..

    President Barack Obama says his low approval rating is a reflection of public unhappiness with Congress.

    Obama tells CBS in an interview broadcast Sunday that he’s “impacted,” just like Congress, when people aren’t happy with Washington.

    He says he understands that his arguments that the country would have been worse off if he hadn’t taken certain actions don’t resonate with the millions of unemployed people.

    The president, who’s vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, says he expects to be judged in November 2012 on whether things have improved.

    Recent public opinion polls have shown Obama’s job approval rating at near 40 percent, the lowest of his presidency.

    Obama taped the CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning” interview last Wednesday in Illinois at the end of a Midwest bus tour focused on the economy.

    Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Obama-Low-rating-shows-unhappiness-with-Congress-2134081.php#ixzz1VgnnGvUM

    ………………

    someone else’s fault again. Yup he does’nt think its his fault ever.

  86. Facebook Apologizes for Deleting Arizona Governor’s Post

    Published August 20, 2011

    Facebook issued an apology Saturday for deleting a post by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that criticized President Obama over his administration’s new policy on prioritizing deportations of illegal immigrants.

    Brewer’s picture and a statement that accompanied it were removed Friday from Facebook, apparently because they “violated Facebook community standards.”

    “The post was removed in error,” Andrew Noyes, Manager of Public Policy Communications at Facebook said in a statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

    Before the photo’s removal from the popular social networking site, it had garnered over 10,000 “likes” and comments, Brewer said in a follow-up post that included a reprint of Thursday’s original deleted post.

    Brewer, one of the president’s toughest critics on border policy, said the administration’s recent move to launch a case-by-case review of illegal immigrants slated for deportation amounts to an immigration overhaul “via executive fiat.”

    “This plan amounts to backdoor amnesty for hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of illegal aliens,” the Republican governor said in a written statement. “We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law.”

    According to Facebook policy, moderators remove posts when they fall under the categories of threat, bullying and harassment, hate speech, graphic violence, sex and nudity, theft, vandalism or fraud, identity and privacy, intellectual property, phishing and spam.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/20/facebook-apologizes-for-deleting-arizona-governors-photo-criticizing-obama/?test=latestnews

  87. “According to Facebook policy, moderators remove posts when they fall under the categories of threat, bullying and harassment, hate speech, graphic violence, sex and nudity, theft, vandalism or fraud, identity and privacy, intellectual property, phishing and spam.”
    ____________________

    How about STALKING? Whenever a few of us post on Pink, the “stalker” appears with a comment by the name of turndownobama.
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    Was Fast and Furious meant to flood the U.S. with Mexican refugees?

    By Coach Collins,on August 21st,2011

    By Doug Book,staff writer

    We may never know all the actors and angles which played a part in the ATF’s Fast and Furious racket, but one thing is certain; with new information breaking almost daily, the reach of this lurid administration scheme may extend beyond anything imagined by even the most dedicated conspiracy theorist.

    And now, along with its primary goal of undermining the 2nd Amendment rights of the American people, a blogger has advanced another possible administration reason for “Gunwalking” to Mexico.

    “Bridgit” at Hillbuzz believes it possible that thousands of weapons were shipped across the border in order to escalate the Mexican drug wars, thereby making it “…easier for illegal immigrants here in the US to seek asylum.”

    In order to seek asylum in the United States, one must be declared a refugee. And although the numbers of refugees accepted into the United States each year must be agreed upon in consultation between Congress and the President, those with the power to confer refugee status are our illegal vote loving President and the (?)Secretary of State(?), who do not need the consent of Congress to confer such status.

    Thanks to Fast and Furious, the ATF shipped thousands of firearms across the border where many thousands of Mexicans were killed in drug wars, their deaths blamed on the influx of these weapons.

    So as illegals stream into the US, what better way for Obama to confer refugee status than to portray the Mexican homeland as unsafe, thanks of course to weak American gun laws which permitted this dangerous flow of weapons into the country.

    And the real kicker? By sheer COINCIDENCE of course, in March of this year Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren submitted their Refugee Protection Act.

    Among its principle provisions:that asylum seekers no longer have to make their claim within one year of entry into the US; that claims can be filed even without proof of prosecution; that free counsel will be provided; and that refugees will receive a “settlement grant” along with cost of living increases and adjustments for inflation!

    In short, illegals in the US for 10 years or more can file for asylum, get free legal assistance, don’t have to prove their claims and will receive free money at taxpayer expense along with cost of living increases not even available to American Social Security recipients! And the eventual reward–a green card!

    Of course existing law precludes the possibility of being inundated with millions of Mexican refugees. But with enough sympathy generated by Democrats and the media, calls for a new and improved DREAM Act would reverberate around the nation.

    And how many Republicans would stand firm against a “common sense path to citizenship” in the face of mounting media pressure, especially with the United States deemed responsible for the murderous ways of Mexico’s violent drug culture!

    Thanks to a few courageous ATF whistle blowers, none of this should come to pass. “Fast and Furious” and its participants are being investigated, not celebrated.

    We’ll probably never know if a new road to immigration reform was a principle purpose of the “Gunwalking”scheme. But 2 years have taught us that Barack Obama and his administration are certainly capable of using government agencies for criminal purposes.

    We must make certain it ends with the 2012 election.

    To contact your Congressional Representative use this link:http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

    To read more use these links:

    hillbuzz.org/2011/07/26/fast-and-furious-and-immigration-reform-could-they-be-linked/

    h… //leahy.senate.gov/press/press_releases/release/?id=ea7b1d65-e893-4998-b121-65ab874eaf8b

  88. Gaddafi’s house is surrounded, the sons have all surrendered, open hatred of Gaddafi on the streets, dancing on his idoltry.

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