Run Quaddafi Run – Quit Obama Quit – How To Run Obama Out Of Town

Strap your Pink Grenades On!

It was the most important story of the day and we hoped to discuss it and give it the attention it deserves. Today thanks to Republican/conservative website HotAir, the time is ripe for such a discussion.

In April of 2010, PUMA P.A.C. discussed the Big Pink strategy for the 2012 elections.
Our strategy, as stated then, is simple, elegant, effective:

“While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.”

In our inaugural article of 2011 we restated the strategy:

“In 2012 things will be a lot better – after November – if we do our jobs right. Let’s get the job done in 2011 and drive Obama out to a life of retirement at the Rezko house. That’s enough Hope and Change for now, isn’t it?”

Those quotes written here are but an echo of our earlier declarations in which we clearly stated that Obama must go and then Hillary Clinton has to make a decision. This is from November 2009 (which itself is an echo of earlier dump Obama articles we wrote starting in November 2008 – see the strategy began that early) and it references an important article by Robert Shrum:

“With all the under-the-bus, “Obama’s War”, Democratic Party falling apart paragraphs, there is only one sentence that contorts Obama’s face and plunges Michelle Obama into a paroxysm of sleeve yanking. There is one sentence which drenches Obama in a Fever Nightmare. The sentence, which when tied to the Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin someday summit, is this one:

Inconceivable as it now seems, the President could also face a challenge for renomination from within a fractured Democratic Party.

Shrumie ends his job-hunting, Obama distancing article by noting:

By the Ides of December, the die will be cast.

While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.

Did we mention that “two-thirds of the public thinks that Secretary of State HIllary Clinton’s qualified for the Oval Office. That’s more than Vice President Joe Biden, who’s currently next in line for the presidency.”? [snip]

Who else but Hillary?

We’ll echo Shrumie echoing us: Alea iacta est .

Which brings us to the well reasoned HotAir article that asks the lovely question “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:

Could or would narcissist Obama quit, as we have been writing for so long?:

“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.”

HotAir’s Ed Morrissey sensibly answers his own question as we have: Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton:

“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.”

In our most recent update to the “drive Obama out” strategy we mused on how the treacherous boob narcissist will have to be forced out:

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

In fact we doubt Michelle is as faithful as Chewbacca although she does share many other primary fashion characteristics as Hans Solo’s hairy friend. There’s always been a lot of stress in that marriage as garbage scow Maureen Dowd intimates today and we have discussed previously. No, Chewbacca, er, Michelle will not be the vehicle to drive narcissist Obama out.

Which now brings us finally to the point of this article and that important story we referenced in our second paragraph. Here is the important news story:

“Senate Democrats are increasingly concerned that President Barack Obama’s campaign money machine is sucking up so much cash that it will cut into the party’s aggressive campaign to hold on to the Senate next year, several Democratic sources say.

Democratic senators have already pressed Obama campaign officials — including campaign manager Jim Messina — not to lock up the richest Democratic donors, but the presidential campaign declined to make such a promise.[snip]

Messina would not agree to the request not to max out big donors, and no decision was made on the amount of financial backing that Senate Democrats will get from the DNC and the Obama-Biden campaign.”

Not to get to far into the weeds of campaign finance, nor to make too many Godfather references, but the way campaigns are usually financed is not the way 2012 is working out. Ordinarily in a presidential election cycle the president’s re-elect committee draws water from the (donor) well and makes room for the Senate and House campaign committees to wet their beaks.

But the beaks are not going to get wet because the Obama campaign is grabbing all the cash from the donor well. Why is this? The answer is very important to the question of driving Obama out.

Before answering “Why is this?” let’s read more from that very important article (and kudos to Politico which we usually criticize for publishing it):

“We have a huge number of incumbents who are up this cycle and a lot of them have taken tough votes to enact significant portions of this president’s agenda, and I think that there is a sense that there should be an all-hands-on-deck approach to keep the Senate in Democratic hands,” said one Democratic official familiar with the meeting. [snip]

As the 2012 campaign gets started in earnest, there is increased competition for donors across the board as Democrats in the House and Senate scramble to raise money while the Obama-Biden team is vacuuming up money from wealthy Democrats who may soon max out their contributions.

Adding more competition in the race for cash, Democratic operatives have formed a number of new third-party groups, known as super PACs, each of which have sometimes competing goals of electing more House Democrats, Senate Democrats or Obama himself. These operatives are often competing for the same list of wealthy donors.

All this comes at a time of growing concern among Democrats that Obama’s decreasing popularity may limit the amount donors are willing to give to Democratic campaigns.

The lede in the article is buried but our shovel ready project is on the job and here is the big point:

“One major point of contention among Democratic fundraisers centers on the “Presidential Partners” program. Under that program, donors who pledge $75,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee operated by the DNC and Obama for America, can attend private briefings, sometimes with Obama himself. As part of this effort, donors give $5,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign, along with $61,600 to the DNC and $9,200 to a new fundraising entity that will spend money on down-ballot races in the states.

“That has ruffled some feathers,” said a senior Democratic officials, referring to the push for big donors.

Democratic senators are deeply concerned that continuing with this program will max out top Democratic donors for the rest of the 2012 election cycle — and they privately want the Obama team to abandon the initiative altogether. At the very least, the Democratic senators want donors to give the $9,200 to the DSCC, rather than the new statewide entity, the sources say.

Obama’s reelection campaign and the DNC raised more than $86 million by June 30, with a large chunk of that coming from donors giving the maximum contribution. Obama may raise upwards of $1 billion for his reelection, smashing all existing fundraising records, though administration officials insist that’s not their goal. Much of the money in the last quarter came from 619 deep-pocketed donors who maxed out their donations and contributed a total of $22.1 million. There were more than 550,000 small-dollar donors who shelled out less than $70 each on average.”

We’ll explain (promise) all this shortly and tie it all up, but just a little bit more from the article:

“At the same time, Senate Democrats have to defend 23 seats in 2012, versus only 10 for Senate Republicans, with some of these fights taking place in high-dollar TV markets like Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey.

While they complain about the cash drain from the presidential campaign, some Senate Democrats may see an upside — many of Obama’s key swing states overlap with the most vulnerable Senate Democratic seats, including Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Virginia and New Mexico, so plenty of money will flow to those states.

But there are other states where Obama’s campaign may not spend much money yet feature tough Senate races, like in Missouri and Montana, putting incumbents like Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a tough spot.”

As promised this is what it all means: Barack Obama and his thugs know Obama is in trouble for reelection. Obama and his thugs also know that Barack Obama is Poison and many incumbents want to run as far away from him as possible during their elections. Barack Obama and his thugs know that in order to prevent incumbents running away from him or calling for him to quit or asking “Hillary, come save us from the Treacherous Boob” steps must be taken.

The steps they have taken is to hoard all the donor cash and demand fealty from those running for office or else – NO CASH.

We saw the results of the Obama ‘starve them of cash unless they do our bidding’ thuggery in Ohio in 2010. Ted Strickland, a former congressman from a white working class heavy district in southeastern Ohio was elected governor in the earlier gubernatorial election cycle precisely because he was not from the northeastern liberal areas of Ohio.

But in 201012, in order to get Obama Dimocrat OAF dollars Strickland was forced to tie himself to Obama with disastrous effect. Every piece of literature for Strickland was emblazoned with the hated Obama logo. Appearances with Obama in heavily black Cleveland did not help with Strickland’s former congressional constituents in Zanesville.

In order for Strickland and every other Dimocrat to get money from national Obama Dimocrats and committees, they had to swear allegiance to Obama and campaign with him and his hated logo. It was a disaster and every statewide Obama Dimocrat was kicked out on his/her sorry Obama ass.

So where does this leave us?

Barack Obama and his thugs will do everything in their power to keep incumbents from breaking down the door and fleeing in fright. But, as Maxine Waters demonstrates, the barn doors are getting kicked already.

We’ve surmised that in September Hillary will face a moment of decision. But to borrow from Robert Shrum who wrote back in 2009 about December 2009, Barack Obama’s moment of decision will come in December.

It is then, that incumbents, Obama sycophants, certain sleeveless ones and others will be forced to go to the narcissist in chief and tell him: GET OUT!

Barack Obama must get out and be forced out. As Hillary’s Libya policy (as we wrote) bears fruit today and tomorrow (read the excellent “before Obama takes credit” Hillary coverage at The Confluence and Uppity’s site as well) all Americans must remember who went to Rio and Martha’s Vineyard and who has been leading at great cost to herself (again read Josh Hersh via the Confluence).

Quaddafi’s days or hours are numbered and the rumors are he has fled Libya for Algeria. Tripoli will soon be a Quaddafi free zone.

Obama’s days are numbered too. Washington, D.C. will soon be an Obama free zone. We have to keep to the strategy and make it happen.

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196 thoughts on “Run Quaddafi Run – Quit Obama Quit – How To Run Obama Out Of Town

  1. admin, your wisdom pls?

    Do you think there is really a chance of Obama (or his backers) NOT blocking Hillary in 2012?

    I might believe he would bow out of actually serving as POTUS — but the insiders who wanted her out in 2008 will still want her out, no?

  2. When the Rixos int’l journalists minders run away, it means the regime has given up on trying to mold the message. Game over.

    ICC PROSECUTOR’S SPOKESWOMAN SAYS HAS CONFIRMATION SAIF AL ISLAM GADDAFI HAS BEEN DETAINED.

  3. Sky Correspondent: Rebels celebrating reaching centre of Tripoli, have breached Green Square, Gaddafi posters being torn down, lots of celebratory gunfire

  4. What an illuminating, informative and fascinating account.

    Bravo admin.

    BO must go.

    BTW, while I would never deign to begin to imagine any information dispensed by admin, did you mean to write 2010 here?

    But in 2012, in order to get Obama Dimocrat OAF dollars Strickland ……..

  5. Lovely images of crowds of knife-wielding, gun-shooting male hordes celebrating in Tripoli. Not a woman in sight.

  6. TurnDownObama, yup. The Obama Hopium dealers and eaters will fight to the death to keep Hillary out. But who else is there? Biden? Richardson? Jerry Brown?

    Quaddafi didn’t want to leave Tripoli and swore he would never leave and fight to the death. But what happened?

    The Japanese did not want to surrender in WWII. But eventually the Emperor had to speak to his people for the very first time and say “We must endure the unendurable.”

    To Obama worshipers Hillary Clinton is unendurable. But she has endured. We have endured. They have wilted. Obama has wilted. Soon Obama will be gone.

  7. Thanks for the correction.

    I’m glad to see admin is human.

    It’s just like when I type so fast I make tons of mistakes especially when keys lie next to each other – like 2 and 0 – oops.

    😉

  8. TurnDownObama, yup. The Obama Hopium dealers and eaters will fight to the death to keep Hillary out. But who else is there? Biden? Richardson? Jerry Brown? [….] Obama will be gone.

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

    If we’re talking about Democratic insiders who sincerely want a Democrat (preferably a real Democrat) to win in Nov2012 — then they might repent their mistake and nominate her.

    But what about those (hypothetical?) fatcat doners who would just as soon have a Republican win in 2012 anyway: anyone but HIllary. There are plenty of Democratic losers they could nominate.

  9. “Barack Obama must get out and be forced out. As Hillary’s Libya policy (as we wrote) bears fruit today and tomorrow (read the excellent “before Obama takes credit” Hillary coverage at The Confluence and Uppity’s site as well) all Americans must remember who went to Rio and Martha’s Vineyard and who has been leading at great cost to herself.”
    ______________________

    agreed, admin- Hillary has been a spectacular SOS who single-handedly has been preventing the world from falling apart.

    I did go to the Confluence from your link. I found this quote (embolden) from Riverdaughter that I don’t quite understand- Any thoughts?

    riverdaughter, on August 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm said:

    “The whole middle east is topsy turvy right now but for some weird reason, it seems to be working out. First Tunisia, then Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Now Syria. And Israel is starting to play nice with its neighbors and thinking about respecting borders.

    This is what I mean when I say that we need something unpredictable to happen. Yes, it’s a fricking mess but it’s the kind of transformation that is centuries overdue.”

  10. Mrs. Smith,

    That quote bothers me immensely. “Israel is starting to play nice???”

    Does that mean that Israel has been the problem all along? Respecting whose borders? Borders that were taken from her by force thousands of years ago and rightfully belong to her now?

    I wonder how many human beings have to die before I agree with “it seems to be working out.”

  11. turndownobama
    August 21st, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    They already nominated a Democratic loser. It comes down to do they want to win and keep the Presidency, and the Senate, or do they want to lose, one or both. Surely they are not that dumb.

    Admin, thanks for the next step. It looked like we were about to up the antie a little.

    I am going to meet with my congress person who is favored in the Senate race out here, and have a heart to heart.

  12. Mrs. Smith, the “Arab Spring” has been a nightmare almost from inception as is now increasingly acknowledged (we said so from the very first). What is needed is not an overthrow of all regimes nor even a turn to democracy. What is needed is a turn to Western values. Once those values are adopted then democracy works. But a “democracy” that empowers a people full of hate to hate for another people is not a solution.

    As to Israel, it is a good faith partner and does not have a good faith partner for peace.

  13. JanH
    August 21st, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    That quote bothers me immensely. “Israel is starting to play nice???”
    ________________________

    Yes, I don’t understand or get it at all- Hillary has been the conduit for preventing the ME from turning into one big fireball with Israel defending itself from annihilation by the PALs who consistently go to the UN to become a state of their own but will not agree to recognize Israel as a state and are unwilling to denounce violence with Israel..

    And then there is this:

    “This is what I mean when I say that we need something unpredictable to happen. Yes, it’s a fricking mess but it’s the kind of transformation that is centuries overdue.”

    What transformation would that be?

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    Five headless bodies found in Acapulco

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    (Reuters) – Authorities in Mexico found the decapitated bodies of four men and a woman in Acapulco on Saturday, the latest in a string of slayings in the popular Pacific resort this week.

    Federal police said the corpses of two men and a woman were found tied up in the back of a sport utility vehicle near Acapulco beach, in what appeared to be a crime related to drug gangs.

    Reforma newspaper said messages were left in the vehicle linking the killings to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, headed by Mexico’s most wanted capo, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.

    The dismembered and decapitated bodies of two other men were found at the entrance to an outlet of Sam’s Club, a unit of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Daily Excelsior described the past few days as a “black week” for Acapulco, noting at least 25 people had been killed before Saturday’s events.

    Robberies and assaults have also plagued the port city, prompting local gas station attendants to stage a temporary walkout on Friday to protest the lack of security.

    About 42,000 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon went to war on the cartels shortly after taking office at the end of 2006.

    Violence was long concentrated in northern Mexico, but cities farther south, including Acapulco, have increasingly been swept up in the lawlessness.

  15. Oh no she di’n’t. Lisa Banks is a racist. She complains about her unemployment. How dare she bother Obama when he is in Martha’s Vineyard. Who does she think she is? The nerve.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/08/16/2530951/long-unemployment-takes-a-mental.html

    Lisa Banks feels hopeless. She’s lost an essential part of her identity: Her status as a proud full-time employee is gone.

    Ever since the 44-year-old Germantown, Md., resident was laid off from her job as an administrator for a federal contractor in May 2009, she’s sent out hundreds of resumes, but only had four interviews. She says she’s depressed enough to try to seek out psychological help. But no luck there either: She doesn’t have insurance to pay for it.

    ‘I feel as if I’m invisible’

    “I’ve worked all my life. I’ve been a decent person,” she said. “(But now) I feel as if I’m invisible. Like I’m not worth anything to society anymore.”

  16. Awesome post Admin!!

    Yes, Obama will not dole out any DNC money unless the Dims offer up their first born to the Golden Calf.
    Like I said, I hope this rings that darn bell in their heads from Denver, 2008. If they having learned that he is the liar in Chief by now, they never will…and to Hell with them if they don’t turn on him like a pack of wolves.

    Why is December the date for Barry and September the date for Hillary? Is Sept. the last date to get on the ticket, this September, this year????? Next month?

    Bravo to Hillary for throwing rocks at Barry and coming out as the tough cookie on Libya.

  17. I hope, but I worry. It seemed John Smart was saying that Obama’s job now is to lose and that feels true to me. I believe Obama is and always was a puppet. His only job was to block the true agent of change and that is still his only job. So he does not count to the puppet masters, if he needs to lose spectacular now so what, he had a good ride.

    So now I am thinking oh oh, here we go dreaming, while those who ran things then and run things now are moving pieces into place they have had ready for years. And will thwart any Johnny come lately plan we can make. Sorry.

    But I am going to strap on my pink grenades anyway and fight like hell.

  18. From Bloomberg news, in case your blood is not boiling enough to strap on Pink Grenades:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-21/wall-street-aristocracy-got-1-2-trillion-in-fed-s-secret-loans.html

    Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2T in Loans

    Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104 billion of profits.

    By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.

    Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression included lending banks and other companies as much as $1.2 trillion of public money, about the same amount U.S. homeowners currently owe on 6.5 million delinquent and foreclosed mortgages. The largest borrower, Morgan Stanley (MS), got as much as $107.3 billion, while Citigroup took $99.5 billion and Bank of America $91.4 billion, according to a Bloomberg News compilation of data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, months of litigation and an act of Congress.

    “These are all whopping numbers,” said Robert Litan, a former Justice Department official who in the 1990s served on a commission probing the causes of the savings and loan crisis. “You’re talking about the aristocracy of American finance going down the tubes without the federal money.”
    Foreign Borrowers

    It wasn’t just American finance. Almost half of the Fed’s top 30 borrowers, measured by peak balances, were European firms. They included Edinburgh-based Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, which took $84.5 billion, the most of any non-U.S. lender, and Zurich-based UBS AG (UBSN), which got $77.2 billion. Germany’s Hypo Real Estate Holding AG borrowed $28.7 billion, an average of $21 million for each of its 1,366 employees.

    The largest borrowers also included Dexia SA (DEXB), Belgium’s biggest bank by assets, and Societe Generale SA, based in Paris, whose bond-insurance prices have surged in the past month as investors speculated that the spreading sovereign debt crisis in Europe might increase their chances of default.

    The $1.2 trillion peak on Dec. 5, 2008 — the combined outstanding balance under the seven programs tallied by Bloomberg — was almost three times the size of the U.S. federal budget deficit that year and more than the total earnings of all federally insured banks in the U.S. for the decade through 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
    Peak Balance

    The balance was more than 25 times the Fed’s pre-crisis lending peak of $46 billion on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. Denominated in $1 bills, the $1.2 trillion would fill 539 Olympic-size swimming pools.

    The Fed has said it had “no credit losses” on any of the emergency programs, and a report by Federal Reserve Bank of New York staffers in February said the central bank netted $13 billion in interest and fee income from the programs from August 2007 through December 2009.

  19. Politico on Obama’s “ritzy” vacation:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61801.html

    President Barack Obama is keeping a low profile on the isle of liberal affluence that is Martha’s Vineyard — hoping to avoid the grapes of political wrath in 2012. [snip]

    But he’s mostly played out of the spotlight, and his team has done its best to downplay the recreational aspects of what is undeniably a very rich guy’s very expensive vacation in a place regarded as a lobster-roll-and-Chardonnay Shangri-La for the moneyed Democratic elite.

    Since Obama’s 100-strong staff arrived here last Thursday, they have emphasized the “working” part of this working vacation, and been relatively tight-lipped about the fun details coveted by reporters trapped in the presidential vacation bubble.[snip]

    But since heading east, the White House press staff has been a lot less eager to share the catnip details of Obama’s Vineyard doings: They were slow to release the list of books he bought at the “Bunches of Grapes” bookstore (It included a hefty Daniel Woodrell novel set in New Orleans); radio-silent on details of his dinner menu or facts about the his rented estate in Chilmark, Blue Heron Farms; and waited hours before releasing the names of his golf partners at the exclusive Vineyard Golf Club on Sunday. (One of them was UBS America executive Robert Wolf.)

    “It’s not going to help him with those voters and risks reinforcing the notion that Washington is out of touch,” said David Yepsen, a longtime Des Moines Register political reporter, said of the trip.

  20. if you look at the yahoo.com homepage and under the today section and title ‘libyan rebels take Tripoli center’ the kid right in the center with his arms outstretched and a green horizontal stripe shirt…looks just like O…are we sure O is at MV and not rebelling in Libya?!?

    wierd…

  21. S
    August 21st, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    if you look at the yahoo.com homepage and under the today section and title ‘libyan rebels take Tripoli center’ the kid right in the center with his arms outstretched and a green horizontal stripe shirt…looks just like O…are we sure O is at MV and not rebelling in Libya?!?
    _____________

    hahaha! Right, he looks like Obama did before he had his nose surgery… I have yahoo too- 🙂

  22. Thanks for the Insider heads up Amer.Girl-

    ———-
    Things that raised red flags-

    1- You know, Republicans used to be the party that would unite behind the nominee when they were chosen – it frustrated the hell out of us Democrats who were always bitching over this or that right up until the election. That’s not the case anymore, and your Republicans are much weaker because of it. I’ll say this, if Republicans don’t get their shit together and vote for whoever is the nominee – and I mean WHOEVER is the nominee, then it will be another four years of Barack Obama running this country into the fucking dirt and that’s what we deserve. If we are too stupid as a country to fix this mess…then so be it. It’s over. The America we know, the America we knew – it’s over. Done. And we will only have ourselves to blame.

    2- Ulsterman: How are you defeating Barack Obama in 2012? Just give me a quick outline so I know what to look for. So people reading this know what to look for. A simple and concise summary of what you are doing – you and those you say are helping.
    —> Insider: Ok – so getting Eric Holder out. That opens up opportunities to bypass the DOJ firewall, and it appears this can take place at a time when the voters are starting to pay attention as we get closer to the 2012 election. I believe that is why Issa and others have been so…cautious on this. There is no real benefit to proceeding quickly – let it play out, build momentum for the rest of the year, and hang it around the president’s neck as he is trying to win re-election in 2012.

    Next we are really pushing, and pushing hard, to get a primary challenger against Obama. Hoping to have this in place by the fall.

    …No we don’t think the president would lose the nomination. What we know is that historically, a sitting president who faces a primary challenger is much more vulnerable to defeat in the General Election.

    …Ulsterman: Do you have someone in mind? Someone willing – a Democrat willing to engage in a primary challenge against Obama?

    Insider: Yes.

    Ulsterman: Care to say who?

    Insider: No…what I will say is that those are two of the three tactics we are engaging in against Barack Obama’s re-election – continuing to push Eric Holder out of the DOJ, securing a primary challenger, and the other thing…it relates to a staffing issue. The loss of a critical member of the Obama staff. A resignation that will further the growing perception that the Obama White House is a place of internal disarray – which it absolutely is. And this event will also be a signal to those in the Democratic Party that Barack Obama’s re-election is not in their best future interests. It is time we cut our losses and begin the rebuilding process sooner rather than later. And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.

    …But we’re makin’ it right.

  23. I believe Obama is and always was a puppet. His only job was to block the true agent of change and that is still his only job. So he does not count to the puppet masters, if he needs to lose spectacular now so what, he had a good ride.

    So now I am thinking oh oh, here we go dreaming, while those who ran things then and run things now are moving pieces into place they have had ready for years. And will thwart any Johnny come lately plan we can make.

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

    Me too, unfortunately. I hope Admin can convince us otherwise.

  24. Bravo to Hillary for throwing rocks at Barry and coming out as the tough cookie on Libya.

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

    Right! Riverdaughter’s piece on that was great. Link above.

  25. They already nominated a Democratic loser. It comes down to do they want to win and keep the Presidency, and the Senate, or do they want to lose, one or both. Surely they are not that dumb.

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

    Which ‘they’ are we talking about? Sincere Democrats who made a mistake and may repent, because they really want a good Dem POTUS in 2012? Or some Rovian secretive fatcats who backed Obama to block Hillary, and wouldn’t mind having an openly Republican POTUS next time?

  26. Riverdaughter blogged:
    “Yes, it’s a fricking mess but it’s the kind of transformation that is centuries overdue.”

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

    Well, “centuries overdue” would have to refer to the Arab countries.

  27. “Ulsterman” blogged:
    …No we don’t think the president would lose the nomination. What we know is that historically, a sitting president who faces a primary challenger is much more vulnerable to defeat in the General Election.

    —————–

    So this character wants Obama primaried just to get a Republican POTUS in 2012? Any Republican.

  28. A Black blogger’s view.

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

    http://aliasbruce.typepad.com/alias_bruce/2011/08/what-many-of-we-non-influential-progressives-have-been-saying-for-a-long-time-about-obama.html
    It may, however, be simpler than that. Maybe Obama, like Mitt Romney or John Kerry or Ronald Reagan, is simply a fake. A guy trained by a money-dominated electoral system to be a fake. To speak one gospel, publicly, to those who suffer and another, privately, to those who rule. If so, Obama is certainly a far better fake than those we have seen in recent years. But you’ll have that in such pursuits. Athletes get faster and stronger. Fakers get more accomplished in the art. And every once in a while, a true phenom comes along. Maybe Obama is simply today’s latest, greatest big-league liar.

  29. sigh…wouldn’t it be loverly….

    ——————
    What if Obama quit?

    August 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

    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.

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

  30. and then this opinion from the Boston Herald…silly in places…but still made me smile.

    —————-
    Hillary in ’12!
    (Change you can believe in)

    By Joe Battenfeld | Monday, August 22, 2011 |

    This probably won’t go over too well down on Blue Heron Farm, but the Democrats’ best chance of keeping the White House next year may be to adopt Barack Obama’s old slogan, “change.”

    And by change, I mean dumping Obama.

    Presidents who preside over recessions usually don’t get re-elected. A president who has presided over the most devastating economic crisis since the Great Depression has even worse odds.

    But Democrats do have a good opportunity to keep the White House, and her name is Hillary Clinton.

    The former first lady is still beloved by most Democrats, but more importantly, she has deniability. While the economy has been tanking, Clinton has been jetting around the world worrying about foreign policy.

    Can you imagine if Obama pulled a Lyndon Johnson and pulled out of the race before the convention, allowing Hillary to jump in? Republicans would suddenly face an opponent they can’t blame for Obama’s economic failures. Clinton would also energize disaffected voters in her own party. No elected Democrat would admit it publicly right now, but many — including a certain Massachusetts mayor and several members of our congressional delegation — feel she would have been a better president than Obama.

    Not only is Hillary battle-tested and ready to go, her husband is too. Going back on the campaign trail may not be good timing for Bubba’s new vegan diet, but hey, potato chips and french fries are still animal-free, right?

    And Clinton isn’t the only one who could replace Obama (don’t get excited Joe Biden, it’s not you). There is Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who could appeal to moderates; Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, who would appeal to liberals; and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who would appeal to people who spend a lot of time on Twitter.

    There’s also a Democratic governor out there who has never lost a race and whose state’s unemployment rate is way better than the rest of the nation.

    Yes, I am talking about Deval Patrick. Not only is he a great campaigner, but if he wins, he wouldn’t have to rent an expensive summer home on Martha’s Vineyard to take a vacation. He already has one in the Berkshires.

    And if Deval won’t fill in for Obama, there’s always Sen. Scott Brown. Yes, I know he’s not a Democrat. But sometimes he acts like one.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0822hillary_in_12_change_you_can_believe_in/

  31. And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.

    …But we’re makin’ it right.
    ———————

    LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY IN THE PRIMARY ELECTED HILLARY, IT WAS THE SUPER DELEGATES THAT ELECTED OBAMA.

    IT WAS THE SUPER DELEGATES MISTAKE AND THEY SHOULD STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT, not The DEMOCRATIC voters.

    Did I yell that loud enough for you!!!!

  32. BARKY ONLY -7.0% UNDER??

    Looks like he’d be a lot lower if they didn’ factor in the oldest polls from two weeks ago with small negatives:

    RCP Average 8/2-20 43.5 50.5 -7.0
    Gallup 8/18-20 40 53 -13
    Rasmussen 8/18-20 44 55 -11
    Demo Corps 8/6-10 45 50 -5
    Wash Post 8/9-9 44 46 -2
    FOX News 8/7-9 42 48 -6
    Reuters/Ip 8/4-8 45 52 -7
    CNN/Op Res 8/5-7 44 54 -10
    McClatchy 8/2-4 44 46 -2

  33. If we are working towards eliminating our dependance on oil, why isn’t the gov promoting bio-fuels rather than exploiting our natural resources (the Gulf)?

    Government is allowing expanding oil exploration in NA rather than working to eliminate our dependance on fossil fuels altogether. Following along this track is
    counterproductive to forthcoming regulation mandates of charging people a Carbon Tax on cars and fuel for home use. Apparently, all the gov cares about is remediating dependancy on ME oil rather than eliminating the toxic pollutant altogether and making money off the backs of the Tax-payers at the same time.
    Where’s the outrage from the Global Warming activists?
    _________________________

    Beating a path to the Gulf

    Enbridge enters contest to build lines from Alberta, Bakken, to Texas refineries

    Petroleum news

    Gary Park

    While its rival TransCanada waits anxiously for the Obama administration to decide the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada’s No. 2 pipeline company Enbridge is on the verge of offering shippers a “huge variety of delivery options,” said Chief Executive Officer Pat Daniel.

    Topping the list, depending on results from a current round of industry discussions, is a possible 300,000 barrel per day pipeline link from Chicago to Houston, which could come on stream by late 2013 and reduce a growing bottleneck at the Cushing, Okla., trading hub.

    The so-called Monarch pipeline carries the added advantage of not needing a presidential permit — the major stumbling block for XL — because it does not cross the Canada-United States border.

    Daniel said that although a date has not yet been set for an open season, the Monarch proposal will “come to a head in a matter of months” because of the pressure to start moving crude from the Alberta oil sands and the Bakken play in North Dakota and Saskatchewan to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

    He said many prospective customers are “coming close” to endorsing Monarch.

    Saturation point fast approaching

    Enbridge Chief Financial Officer Richard Bird said there is now so much light crude coming out of western North America that the saturation point is fast approaching in U.S. Midwest markets, where refineries are being converted to handle greater volumes of heavy crude.

    The Cushing bottleneck and high price differentials between… more:

    http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/219477015.shtml

  34. Maxine Waters says: The tea party can go straight to hell. My first thought yesterday was she is talking to me and mine, white middle class Americans. And now I think this is also an attempt by her to keep the darkies on the plantation.

  35. -24

    Obama: Strongly Approve: 20%.. Strongly Disapprove 44%… Approval Index: -24… Total Approval: 44%…

  36. “CEMENT SHOES” VACATIONER-IN-CHIEF HELPING DEMS “SWIM WIT DA FISHES”

    Republican candidate for Wieners’ NYC seat has to limit rantings about Obama:

    “After nodding approvingly for a time, the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, signaled for an assistant to cut off Ms. Weiss. Frustration with Mr. Obama is so widespread, he explained later, that he tries to limit such rants to about 30 seconds, or else they will consume most of his day.”

    Here’s the link and the whole piece:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/nyregion/for-weiner-seat-gop-hopes-for-upset.html

    In the Race to Succeed Weiner, a Surprising Anger at Obama
    =====================

    By MICHAEL BARBARO
    Published: August 21, 2011

    Of all the places to hear fulminations against President Obama, one of the least expected is the corner of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, in the heart of a Congressional district that propelled Democrats like Geraldine A. Ferraro, Charles E. Schumer and Anthony D. Weiner to Washington.

    But it was there that Dale Weiss, a 64-year-old Democrat, approached the Republican running for Congress in a special election and, without provocation, blasted the president for failing to tame runaway federal spending. “We need to cut Medicaid,” she declared, “but he won’t do that.” She shook her head in disgust. “He is a moron.”

    After nodding approvingly for a time, the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, signaled for an assistant to cut off Ms. Weiss. Frustration with Mr. Obama is so widespread, he explained later, that he tries to limit such rants to about 30 seconds, or else they will consume most of his day.

    “It’s endemic in the district,” Mr. Turner said. “You can’t stop them once they get started.”

    The Ninth Congressional District seat, to be filled Sept. 13, became vacant this summer when Mr. Weiner quit over an online sex scandal. The race was widely viewed as a sleepy sideshow — a mere formality that would put David I. Weprin, a Democratic state assemblyman and heir to a Queens political dynasty, into a seat known for its deep blue hue.

    Instead, the race has become something far more unsettling to Democrats: a referendum on the president and his party that is highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate.

    National Democrats, alarmed by a poll that showed the contest far closer than anticipated, are privately fretting that even a close outcome in a working-class swath of Brooklyn and Queens may foreshadow broader troubles for the party in 2012.

    The Siena College poll, conducted early this month, showed Mr. Weprin with an advantage of 6 percentage points, within the margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 points.

    Suddenly Mr. Weprin’s aides have ramped up fund-raising, enlisting big-name figures like Senator Joseph I. Lieberman to headline events. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has dispatched operatives to advise the candidate. And the campaign, aided by big city unions, is drawing up an extensive field operation to turn out the vote.

    Few predict a Republican upset: registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one in the district. But it is not uniformly liberal — many Orthodox Jews live there, for example — and even those closest to Mr. Weprin grudgingly describe the contest as uncomfortably competitive.

    On paper, Mr. Weprin seems like a sturdy candidate; he is the former chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee and the son of an Assembly speaker. His message seems tailor-made for the district: he promises to protect Medicare and raise taxes only on the super-rich.

    But the election, waged with little news media attention, offers scant time to remind voters of his biography. And after a long summer of stock market gyrations and battles over the federal debt, voters seem determined to register their frustrations with Washington.

    “The issue defining this race,” said Robert Zimmerman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New York, “is the confidence that the electorate has in this district about the national Democratic agenda.”

    Mr. Turner, a retired cable television executive running as a business-minded opponent of deficit spending, acknowledges that uneasiness over Mr. Obama could prove decisive. Asked about his strength in the poll, he smiled mischievously.

    “Suddenly,” Mr. Turner said of voters, “they are faced with the most brilliant, dynamic, charismatic, Scott Brownesque candidate,” referring to the Massachusetts senator. Or, he added, people are so angry with the president “that they can put up some tired old guy with no political experience and he could actually win.”

    “You can pick your poison,” he said. “I suspect that behind it is a great deal of discontent in the district.”

    That suspicion was confirmed by interviews with voters like Theodore Feimer, 66, a retired teacher who lives in the Breezy Point section of Queens. He said he was upset with the president and Democrats over the rising national debt. “I have never spent more money than I made,” he said. “The president is way off base in his spending.”

    Mr. Feimer, an independent, views Mr. Weprin as an extension of Mr. Obama, and wants to restore balance to Congress. “We live in a tremendously blue city in a blue state,” he said. “Weprin to me is part of the party regime.”

    Mr. Weprin, 55, said the unhappiness was understandable. “People are frustrated, they are worried,” he said. “The top guy is the easy guy to take it out on.”

    But he said voters were just as likely to be irritated with Washington Republicans for their brinkmanship over the debt ceiling and threats of tipping the country into default.

    In much the way that Mr. Turner tries to link Mr. Weprin with the White House, Mr. Weprin seems determined to identify Mr. Turner with the Tea Party. He refers to Mr. Turner, 70, as “my Republican, Tea Party conservative opponent,” even though Mr. Turner avoids the Tea Party label.

    The race has already produced flashes of elbows-out campaign tactics. Mr. Turner has produced a television commercial skewering Mr. Weprin for supporting the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near ground zero. Assemblyman Michael G. DenDekker, a Weprin ally, called the advertisement “emotional manipulation that just isn’t appropriate.”

    And Mr. Turner blames Mr. Weprin for automated telephone calls to voters claiming the Republican would gut Medicare and Social Security. “It’s a deplorable political ploy,” Mr. Turner said.

    In an unusual tactic, Mr. Turner, a Roman Catholic, is directly appealing to Jewish voters by criticizing Mr. Obama’s policies on Israel, despite the fact that Mr. Weprin is an Orthodox Jew.

    But in the end, the race is likely to turn on the district’s die-hard Democrats. Special elections generally draw little attention or enthusiasm: advisers to both candidates predict that in a district with more than 300,000 registered voters, as few as 50,000 will vote.

    On Friday morning, Mr. Weprin worked a small crowd inside a senior center in the Howard Beach section of Queens, arriving just as aerobics class was coming to an end.

    Some voters assured him that, as the Democrat, Mr. Weprin had their vote. Others seemed skeptical.

    “I’m not sure,” said Angelo D’Agostino, a retired firefighter, who steered the conversation to Mr. Obama. “He’s mishandling everything.”

    Mr. Weprin urged the crowd to vote, his tone at times pleading.

    “Do you know about the election?” he asked a woman sitting in a row of folding chairs.

    Leaning in, he cracked a nervous joke. “Your vote,” he told her, “is going to count twice.”

  37. NewMexicoFan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

    “And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.”

    …”But we’re makin’ it right.”
    _____________

    Where did this excerpt come from?

  38. Forget Deval Patrick as potential presidential timber.
    Patrick was Obama’s college room mate. Two peas in a Pod. He’s smarter than Obama, therefore more dangerous to American values. It is Patrick’s disasterous MA HCP that is the model Obamacare is based upon.

  39. Just one little thing to highlight in the NYT piece above:

    “In an unusual tactic, Mr. Turner, a Roman Catholic, is directly appealing to Jewish voters by criticizing Mr. Obama’s policies on Israel, despite the fact that Mr. Weprin is an Orthodox Jew.”

    Heh, heh.

  40. “And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.”

    …”But we’re makin’ it right.”

    Where did this excerpt come from?

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

    It’s the ending of the latest “Insider” report, linked somewhere above.

    NewMexicoFan at 9:40 am makes a good point in attacking it. All of us made a mistake… indeed. What crap.

  41. Thanks lil ole grape and ohanson-

    Reading the Insider in it’s entirety is on my todo list today-

    I loved your spunkiness this morning, New Mexico Fan- have at it!
    _______________

    Cong Waters is blurring the lines on the T-Party it seems. Everyone is blaming the T-Party for the economy and Obama’s lack lustre performance…

    That’s got to get straightened out sooner rather than later.

  42. Mrs. Smith, I have a fondness for everyone on this blog. Hopefully, at Hillary Inaugural celebration, we can meet in a private room in Washington, D.C. and have a private audience with Admin and the New President of the USA, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  43. BARKY ONLY -7.0% UNDER??

    ==============================
    Yes, and that is a big problem as he should be in double dgit minus territory. For some reason, while people are unhapopy with his performance, they seem to still like him (G-d knows why as he is very cold and distant imo). This is why he more than likely gets re-elected absent a credible GOP opponent.

  44. NewMexicoFan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 am
    Mrs. Smith, I have a fondness for everyone on this blog. Hopefully, at Hillary Inaugural celebration, we can meet in a private room in Washington, D.C. and have a private audience with Admin and the New President of the USA, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    ______________________

    I second that great idea, NMF. And there may be more than one Admin that posts here. Looking forward to meeting all the wizards who have helped us survive the 08′ election disappointment. I would like to think carrying the Pink banner for Hillary for 5yrs that we played a small part in keeping the light on for her and helped clear the path for her to VICTORY.

  45. If we are working towards eliminating our dependance on oil, why isn’t the gov promoting bio-fuels rather than exploiting our natural resources (the Gulf)?

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

    Because Obama is a DINO. The oil industry has bigger donors and bigger lobbyists.

    (And bio-fuels do have a massive environmental problem: they use a lot of land that could be forests or producing food.)

  46. From Crawdad:

    Wall Street execs turn back on Obama, donate to Romney
    Dozens of Wall Street executives who supported President Obama in 2008 have donated to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign this year.
    According to a review of fundraising data, 67 people who work in the financial sector and live in the New York City metro area gave to Obama in 2008 and the former Massachusetts governor in 2011.

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

    This is why I fear that Democrats repenting their mistake may not be enough to let Hillary be nominated in 2012. If Wall Street donors like these supported Obama to block her in the 2008 primary, they’ll want to block her again in the 2012 primary — because she could beat Romney or any other Republican, and is not a DINO like Obama.

  47. jbstonesfan,

    I suspect many (especially white) voters are just afraid to admit they can’t stand BO. I wonder if they will be afraid in the privacy of the voting booth or whether guilt will get them again.

  48. “I suspect many (especially white) voters are just afraid to admit they can’t stand BO.”
    **********li
    His so called personal popularity is just another “I’m really not a racist”, qualifier. These qualifiers infest all of the “progressive’s” mild criticisms of Obama’s miserable performance as President. These “I’m not a racist” qualifiers usually are a variation of Obama is an academic, scholar, miss-guided nice guy, intelligent, “smartest person in the room”, ad nauseum. These people may in fact realize that Obama is a lazy, lying, dumb as a box of rocks, sack of shit…but to say so…well….”I’m not a racist”

  49. From Crawdad:

    http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/did-we-mention-that-the-tea-partiers-are-racist/#comment-21668
    NOW endorsed Clinton for president in 2007. They did endorse Obama after the primaries but not until Sept (hmm, interesting). In summer of ’09, at their leadership elections, the Clinton-supporting Terry O’Neill replaced Obama-loving Kim Gandy as NOW’s president.

    The poster goes on to say NOW recently defended Bachmann and quotes NOW criticizing Obamacare.

  50. NewMexicoFan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

    And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.

    …But we’re makin’ it right.
    ———————

    LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY IN THE PRIMARY ELECTED HILLARY, IT WAS THE SUPER DELEGATES THAT ELECTED OBAMA.

    IT WAS THE SUPER DELEGATES MISTAKE AND THEY SHOULD STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT, not The DEMOCRATIC voters.

    Did I yell that loud enough for you!!!!

    ———-
    I’m with ya on this NMfan, it was the delegates, Superdelegates, the ruling thugs in the DNC that pushed Hillary in the closet and shushed the voters.

    The delegates cried “intimidation and were threatened” to betray Hillary and her 18 million voters. When will these cowards step forward in public and sing about the corruption and not accept the payback they are now getting from Obama by his holding on to all the campaign funds?

    How damn stupid and weak are these people. They got played, used and now they have to make a decision…do they really care about this country or their pissAnt joba that they may lose?

    Karma is waiting for swift payback, and so are we.

    Pink scuds are in the air…

  51. NewMexicoFan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

    And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.

    …But we’re makin’ it right.
    ———————

    LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY IN THE PRIMARY ELECTED HILLARY, IT WAS THE SUPER DELEGATES THAT ELECTED OBAMA.

    IT WAS THE SUPER DELEGATES MISTAKE AND THEY SHOULD STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT, not The DEMOCRATIC voters.

    Did I yell that loud enough for you!!!!

    ———-
    I’m with ya on this NMfan, it was the delegates, Superdelegates, the ruling thugs in the DNC that pushed Hillary in the closet and shushed the voters.

    The delegates cried “intimidation and were threatened” to betray Hillary and her 18 million voters. When will these cowards step forward in public and sing about the corruption and not accept the payback they are now getting from Obama by his holding on to all the campaign funds?

    How damn stupid and weak are these people. They got played, used and now they have to make a decision…do they really care about this country or their pissAnt jobs that they may lose?

    Karma is waiting for swift payback, and so are we.

    Pink scuds are in the air…

    (just correct a typo…hope it doesn’t double post)

  52. It’s the ending of the latest “Insider” report, linked somewhere above.

    NewMexicoFan at 9:40 am makes a good point in attacking it. All of us made a mistake… indeed. What crap.
    ——-

    The ‘Insider’ helped get Barry elected, worked on his campaign and he is speaking from his point of view, probably doesn’t know about the caucus fraud and some of the other things we know…so he is now pist that HE and the Obots were betrayed by their once Golden Calf. He is not a PUMA…but he is on his way to becoming one, if he works hard at getting his mistake reversed.

  53. NewMexicoFan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Mrs. Smith, I have a fondness for everyone on this blog. Hopefully, at Hillary Inaugural celebration, we can meet in a private room in Washington, D.C. and have a private audience with Admin and the New President of the USA, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    ——–
    That would be a dream come true! Big bottles of pink champagne.

  54. http://www.businessinsider.com/jeffrey-sachs-says-obama-never-had-a-plan-for-the-economy-2011-8

    Jeffrey Sachs: The President Shouldn’t Be On Vacation While The Markets Are In “Deep Crisis,” Says Obama Never Had A Plan For The Economy

    Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs criticized President Barack Obama for taking a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard this week as the global markets are in turmoil.

    “So we’re almost three years into this administration and there’s never been a plan and that’s what everybody feels,” Sachs said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today. “The president didn’t lead. He waited.”

    Sachs said he though Obama’s decision to go on vacation was “pretty odd,” adding, “I wouldn’t care about such things, but the world markets are in deep crisis. It’s no joke, this isn’t just an August up and down little blip, this is a very serious situation.”

    The statements, from the liberal-leaning economist who backed Obama in 2008, were quickly picked up by the Republican National Committee as a ‘we told you so’ moment.

    More from Sachs:

    “So we’re almost three years into this administration and there’s never been a plan and that’s what everybody feels. The president didn’t lead. He waited. The quintessential image sadly of the administration that I supported and hoped for much better is the president waiting by the phone to hear what Congress calls to tell him. It doesn’t work in this country that way, it’s not a matter that it’s August, it’s a matter that it’s August 2011. So we’ve been drifting for a very long time and we’ve been drifting down now. And we had a short term plan that failed. A short term stimulus that was supposed to get the economy back on track but it failed. And now we have nothing behind it. And we have no agreements and no leadership and frankly, I do think it’s pretty odd the president’s on vacation right now. Normally, I wouldn’t care about such things, but the world markets are in deep crisis. It’s no joke, this isn’t just an August up and down little blip, this is a very serious situation.”

    Watch the video clip below:

    (said on msnbc…no less)
    **********************************

    …another sees beyond the charade…

  55. dailycaller.com/2011/08/21/nyts-friedman-way-too-soon-to-tell-if-media-blew-it-vetting-obama-the-candidate/

    (ha, ha…what a laugh!)

    NYT’s Friedman “Way too soon to tell” if media blew it vetting Obama

    During the 2008 presidential election season, many Americans were captivated by then-candidate Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change. And some would argue that much of the media were taken in by the promises too. Nearly three years into the Obama presidency, is it fair to say the media were duped?

    On Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz asked New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman just that question. According to Friedman, the jury is still out.

    “Way too soon to tell that kind of thing, I think,” Friedman said. “I think if — look, what have I been calling for, you know, the president to have — I think there is, we just so desperately needed a grand bargain that involves restructuring of debt, raising of taxes, cutting of spending and investing in the sources of our strengths as a country from everything from infrastructure to government-funded research to education. It’s so clear that’s what we need. My personal frustration with Obama has been that while he certainly tried that grand bargain for a little bit, it just kind of went away. Well, it didn’t on the work. He said [House Speaker John] Boehner backed out. I don’t know who backed out.” (RELATED: Levin calls for integration of Obama vacation spot Martha’s Vineyard)

    Kurtz pointed out that Friedman had an unusual closeness with Obama as one of his golfing partners. Friedman said that was a benefit.

    “Yeah, anytime you spend four hours with the president, either with a spoon in your hand or a golf club in your hand or nothing in your hand — you learn something,” Friedman said. “If he invites you to lunch — anytime you get a chance to talk to the president, in any context, I find incredibly beneficial.”

  56. The 700+ Superdelegates were the last chance to override the fake ‘lead’ Obama got in caucus delegates from red states. Many of her Superdelegates stuck with her and voted for her in Denver. People like Coakley and iirc Weiner. (Remember Heidi Li’s “Denver Project” and “300” not the movie?)

    AFTER Hillary suspended her campaign and endorsed Obama, a majority of the Superdelegates went along.

    Imo the people most to blame were those in the Rules&Bylaws Committee who ruled on the MI/FL votes etc, as well as Pelosi etc who slanted the convention rules.

  57. Shadowfax
    August 22nd, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    NewMexicoFan
    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Mrs. Smith, I have a fondness for everyone on this blog. Hopefully, at Hillary Inaugural celebration, we can meet in a private room in Washington, D.C. and have a private audience with Admin and the New President of the USA, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    ——–
    That would be a dream come true! Big bottles of pink champagne.
    ——————————-

    I will bring the Pink Champagne. How many bottles will we need??

  58. He is not a PUMA…but he is on his way to becoming one

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

    WEll, whoever writes “Ulsterman” seems to be reading the right sources — H44. Has he said ANYTHING we haven’t been saying all along?

  59. AmericanGal
    August 22nd, 2011 at 12:31 am
    =============================

    Thanks for this link. I was going to be looking for Ulsterman articles today anyway. Glad I stopped in here first since it will save me the time of searching for recent articles by him.

  60. The erstwhile presidential Nimrod is about to have a press conference regarding Khaddafy’s status in Libya.

    His caddy is standing by holding a 9 iron..

    I have tv on msnbc.

  61. As for the recent content in the Ulsterman article, I do believe that race will be exploited as a means to maintain power. This is just so unbelievably sad. A big thanks to all those people who voted for this evil man. A minority person as president would have eventually been a given, but you all had to rush it as if it would never happen in our lifetimes, even if it meant putting the country at risk by voting for someone that we hardly knew anything about. Yet, many of us did know that Øbama was shallow, and that he avoided tough decisions. His “present” votes were real votes, and quite a few at that. His relationships with dubious characters were real. His Chicago politics, steeped in corruption, were real, too. We could have had a post racial president that respected America and its people. Instead, we ended up with a narcissistic parasite and his horde.

  62. Well, How is everyone doing while this useless imposter is ruining our country and the real winner is sidelined??? I hope the Superdelagates have all gone broke and have been properly chastised for their incompetence….

    New Mexico Fan….and everyone…I hope you guys don’t leave me out of the pink champayne celebration when Hillary is elected…although I know I haven’t been much help lately but I’ve personally convinced a few bots that they’ve been really stupid…but haven’t had much time for the blog….

    I have to say that I agree with my fiancee that if this country elects Rick Perry, its going to be bad and real bad….somehow we’ve got to get Hillary in and I hope the SuperD’s make it right this time…and draft her in at the proper moment!

  63. somehow we’ve got to get Hillary in and I hope the SuperD’s make it right this time…and draft her in at the proper moment!

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

    Now THAT’s possible!

  64. Barack Obama: He’s come undone

    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    The wheels are off the Obama bus. It’s up on the cinder blocks on some rental property in Martha’s Vineyard this weekend. It is the end of the summer of discontent for a president who’s clearly in over his head and whose wallowing is most unbecoming.

    Mr. Obama’s economic policy prescriptions, textbook Keynesian mumbo jumbo, have failed. History would have been instructive had only he been learned in the discipline. Obviously, he’s not. Next month, he’ll return with yet another chapter of the novella best titled “Hocus Pocus.”

    Policy failures aside, we can only wonder if America also should be worried about the mental state of this president. Just prior to his Midwestern bus tour, at a private New York fundraiser, Obama’s reported to have likened opposition to his presidency to the persecution of Martin Luther King. Then, on tour, his maudliness plunged deeper as he compared his plight to the sufferings of Abraham Lincoln.

    As Gettysburg College history professor Allen C. Guelzo reminded in National Review Online, Mr. Lincoln rose to the challenge and exhibited greatness in his leadership. But, “In our current national agony … we have come to see a littleness, not a greatness, in Barack Obama. And it is not for him that we feel sorry, but for ourselves.”

    For it is a tragedy of our own making.

  65. Obama: Circling back to the iceberg

    By Ralph R. Reiland

    Monday, August 22, 2011
    About the writer

    Ralph R. Reiland is an associate professor of economics at Robert Morris University and a local restaurateur.

    Only 26 percent of the public approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy in the latest Gallup poll, conducted Aug. 11-14, while a whopping 71 percent disapprove.

    That’s down from Obama’s previous low point of 35 percent approval on this top issue.

    The public’s growing dissatisfaction shouldn’t be surprising. Going back to 1890, reports the National Bureau of Economic Research, the only U.S. president with a worse record than Obama in job creation in his first two-and-a-half years in office, measured in terms of percentage change, was Herbert Hoover, presiding over the emergence of the Great Depression.

    “Official unemployment is 9.1 percent,” stated a New York Times editorial on Aug. 15, decrying the nation’s jobs picture, “but it would be 16.1 percent, or 25.1 million people, if it included those who can only find part-time jobs and those who have given up looking for work.”

    “Keeping the economy going and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning,” Obama said back in March. “It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.”

    Now, nearly six months later, the White House reports that Obama is working on a new strategy for job creation that will be unveiled after he returns from vacation.

    The task of coming up with a jobs plan that works shouldn’t be all that terribly difficult. All Mr. Obama has to do is reverse what he’s done and change what he thinks.

    First, by the government’s own numbers, small businesses have created 64 percent of the net new jobs in the U.S. economy over the past 15 years.

    In fact, that understates the role of small business, since the vast majority of America’s medium-sized and large businesses began as small businesses. The Heinz corporation began when 16-year-old Henry Heinz grated piles of horseradish at home, using his mother’s recipe, and sold the bottled product door-to-door in Sharpsburg out of a wheelbarrow.

    Yet since Obama took office, employment at federal regulatory agencies has jumped 13 percent while private-sector jobs shrank by 5.6 percent.

    Second, 39 percent of small-business owners said in a Chamber of Commerce survey in July that ObamaCare was either their greatest or second-greatest obstacle to new hiring.

    The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Dennis Lockhart, concurs, stating that “prominent” among the obstacles to hiring is the “lack of clarity about the cost implications” of ObamaCare.

    “We’ve frequently heard strong comments,” reported Lockhart, “to the effect of, ‘My company won’t hire a single additional worker until we know what health insurance costs are going to be.'”

    Additionally, 84 percent of small business owners in the survey said the economy is on the wrong track, 79 percent view the current regulatory environment as unreasonable, and 79 percent believe Washington should get out of the way of small business, rather than offering a helping hand (14 percent).

    In its first 26 months, reports The Heritage Foundation, the Obama administration imposed new regulatory rules that will cost the private sector $40 billion. In July alone, reports Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., federal regulators imposed a total of 379 new rules that will add some $9.5 billion in new costs.

    Bottom line: What’s required from Obama is a complete about-face, the shelving of his flawed economic philosophy and a reversal of his counterproductive policy prescriptions.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/reiland/s_752463.html

  66. Just got back from the grocery store, and the headline with pictures on one of the gossip magazines says Hillary has heart condition, and Bill has given her an ultimatium.

    Now the stories begin, as usual.

  67. The problem with counting on maxed out donation limits to check the beast is that the Obama corruption machine runs on “unitemized” donations. His claims about them are bogus and over $200 million of his $748 million from the last campaign that supposedly came from them, most likely did not. http://www.mur6142.com/

  68. You know, if I were able to pick the president, it would be Hillary Clinton. I still consider myself a Clinton Democrat. But the Democratic Party has been so cowardly in standing for the things that Bill Clinton did that made the country so strong in the 1990s, that I have no time for the Democratic Party anymore. Their failure to stand up to the Chicago-dominated Democratic Party is appalling. The only person who is really doing it is Andrew Cuomo. I think Cuomo is a really unique thinker, and he is outside of the Chicago boys Democratic Party of Barack Obama that everyone else just falls in line with. Obviously the Republicans don’t offer me everything, but I also refuse to demonize the Republicans. I think John McCain is a great and very courageous man. I think that Eric Cantor, who is so demonized, if you look at what he actually says and believes in terms of the economy, he is actually a very constructive person.

    Lady Lynn in Salon

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/08/20/lady_rothschild_2012&source=newsletter&utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Salon_Daily%20Newsletter%20%28Not%20Premium%29_7_30_110

  69. I’m firmly in the independent camp now after the shit they pulled in 2008. I will support who i think is best equipped to do the job, whether it is dem, rep or independent. 2008 just showed much they use the little people. No More.

  70. I looked for the tabloid NMF was talking about on line and couldn’t find it- Googled Hillary heart condition.. nada-
    _______________________

    Perry recants on HPV Shot same day he announced.

    Guess what? If he can be bought for $12,000- He’s a PIG.

    “Merck & Co., which at the time was the sole manufacturer of the HPV vaccine, contributed $6,000 to Perry’s re-election campaign in 2005 and 2006, (= $12,000)and Perry’s former chief of staff, Mike Toomey, formerly worked as a lobbyist for the drug company.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rick-perry-walks-back-support-mandating-hpv-vaccine/story?id=14333931

  71. Rocket Fire Continues on Southern Israel During Terrorist Truce

    Southern Israel came under rocket fire once again for a fifth night despite claims by Gaza terrorists they were committed to a “ceasefire.”

    by Chana Ya’ar

    Published: 23/08/11, 12:55 AM

    Southern Israeli cities came under rocket fire again for a fifth night despite claims by Gaza terrorists they were committed to a “ceasefire.” Residents in the coastal city of Ashkelon found themselves racing for cover several times throughout the night Monday as the Color Red air raid siren blared its warning, starting in the early evening.

    Two medium-range Grad Katyusha missiles, fired by terrorists in northern Gaza, exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council district at around 7:40 p.m. local time. Both landed in open areas, although one set off a large brush fire in a field that quickly ignited due to the dry summer heat.

    A third rocket attack was launched at about 10:00 p.m. The missile landed in an open area in the Ashkelon Regional Council district. Another one followed about two hours later, right around midnight, also in the area of the coastal city. The Color Red air raid siren blared a warning alert each time.

    No damage or physical injuries were reported.

    However, the necessity of racing for shelter late at night creates an especially difficult time for families with children or other relatives who are elderly or unwell, noted Hana Levi Julian, LCSW-R, a behavioral psychotherapist. “This comes not only due to the nocturnal disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm but also due to the sudden spike in adrenalin that results from the body’s response to the alert siren. The cumulative effect of such stimuli are especially damaging to children, whose bodies and minds are in the formative stages of life,” she commented.

    Earlier in the day, a rocket struck an empty building in the Eshkol Regional Council district as well. No physical injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

    The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terrorist group had announced earlier Monday in a statement on its website that it would adhere to a Hamas-led ceasefire. However, more than a dozen rockets were fired Sunday night after the so-called truce was imposed.

    No Gaza-based group took responsibility for the attacks.

    A deadly Grad Katyusha missile barrage on Be’er Sheva Saturday evening left a 38-year-old man dead and eight others seriously wounded. Ofakim was also targeted, as were numerous other southern Israeli cities and communities. Nearly 40 people were hospitalized due to severe anxiety.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/147086#.TlLOP6ia-7U

  72. FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules

    The Hill

    By Gautham Nagesh – 08/22/11

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine.

    “The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead,” Genachowski said in a statement.

    “The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and was properly abandoned over two decades ago. I am pleased we are removing these and other obsolete rules from our books.”

    The rule required broadcasters to cover controversial issues in a manner deemed fair and balanced by the FCC. The commission deemed it unconstitutional in 1987 and ceased enforcement.

    Some Democrats had suggested reviving the Fairness Doctrine in recent years in reaction to the partisan nature of cable news. Republicans were pushing the FCC to scrap it once and for all.

    Genachowski previously pledged to strike the Fairness Doctrine and other antiquated rules as part of the Obama administration’s ongoing regulatory review aimed at reducing the burden on businesses. The administration recently expanded the review to include independent agencies.

    “Our extensive efforts to eliminate outdated regulations are rooted in our commitment to ensure that FCC rules and policies promote a healthy climate for private investment and job creation,” Genachowski said. “I’m proud of the work we are doing toward our goal of being model of excellence in government.”

    The FCC also said it will delete the obsolete… more

    http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/177775-fcc-strikes-83-outdated-rules-including-fairness-doctrine

  73. dailycaller.com/2011/08/21/nyts-friedman-way-too-soon-to-tell-if-media-blew-it-vetting-obama-the-candidate/

    (ha, ha…what a laugh!)

    NYT’s Friedman “Way too soon to tell” if media blew it vetting Obama
    ———————-
    X2

  74. thanks for the Guardian poll link. Trying to send it out on PumaREsponders but it’s not showing up at the blogspot site. Did anyone get it by email?

  75. Ok, and I remembered my password and got it up at my blog also at http://pumaresponders.blogspot.com/ (and waved to Mrs. S while I was there).

    UK Guardian is running a poll “Better off with Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama?” It’s on the front page, no login required.

    If it goes off the front page, here’s a direct link:

    guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/poll/2011/aug/22/hillary-clinton-barack-obama-poll

    Below poll are the comments, easy. We’ve had alerts at Guardian before so I was already registered. It asked for email address and password, no hassle, post went right up.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/poll/2011/aug/22/hillary-clinton-barack-obama-poll?commentpage=last#end-of-comments

    (Hi, Mrs. S)

  76. Ok, and I remembered my password and got it up at my blog also at pumaresponders.blogspot.com/ (and waved to Mrs. S while I was there).

    UK Guardian is running a poll “Better off with Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama?” It’s on the front page, no login required.

    If it goes off the front page, here’s a direct link:

    guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/poll/2011/aug/22/hillary-clinton-barack-obama-poll

    Below poll are the comments, easy. We’ve had alerts at Guardian before so I was already registered. It asked for email address and password, no hassle, post went right up.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/poll/2011/aug/22/hillary-clinton-barack-obama-poll?commentpage=last#end-of-comments

    (Hi, Mrs. S)

  77. Vcal
    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    please go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/ and vote for Hillary,
    it asks ” better off with HillaryC instead of Obama?
    YES 48.2%, NO 51.8% let’s make our voice heard!
    ———

    Voted, are we up against voting with Brits? What do they know of the caucus fraud and delegates…nada.

  78. Wanna do something to help Hillary and tick off Barry?? It’s also a nice link for your Facebook. 😉

    Draft Hillary Clinton to Replace Barack Obama as the 2012 Democratic Nominee for President ____________ 1,812 Signatures
    1,344 Letters and Emails Sent So Far
    Draft Hillary Clinton to Replace Barack Obama as the 2012 Democratic Nominee for President ____________ 1,812 Signatures

    Mr. President, Madam Secretary of State, Madam Chair of the DNC, Distinguished DNC Members and Superdelegates:

    Go to: http://www.petition2congress.com/4606/we-want-hillary-clinton-to-replace-barack-obama-as-2012-democrati/?src=widget

  79. NMF-

    I looked online at every tabloid I could think of and didn’t find anything about ‘our’ Hillary.. There was another Hillary grabbing headlines though, Hillary Duff. She announced she was expecting a baby and because of the pregnancy she would be dropping out as the lead in a remake of the film ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ originally staring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

    If you think of the publication with the ‘heart condition’ headline for SOS Clinton let us know.

    For one thing, I don’t think anyone can do a remake of Bonnie and Clyde better the original actors. They we perfectly cast for the part… and we all felt bad when they were unmercifully gunned down in the inevitable ending.. Hillary’s baby is a blessing to us and her. And another thing- my friend, my fingers are crossed the headline you spotted at the supermarket checkout was an outliner. Something we expect from the Chicago criminals, a preemptive rumor discounting the possibility of having Hillary as a Draft candidate for the dem nomination. So.. I think our options should remain open, just in case. 🙂

  80. Just a reminder..Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliot’s book, “Red Army: The Radical Network That Must Be Defeated to Save America ” will be coming out October 25, 2011 on Amazon. here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Red-Army-Radical-Network-Defeated/dp/0062069241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307631104&sr=8-1

    There is a excerpt here fleshing out what we already know from the Insider filling in the blanks explaining the Obama’s administration’s bizarre behavior.
    ________

    “In Red Army, Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliot—bestselling authors of ‘The Manchurian President’—expose the nexus of radical socialist groups shaping the presidential agenda of Barack Obama and reveal how their plan to transform America is already well underway.

    A truly eye-opening work of investigative reporting, Red Army is filled with startling revelations about Obama’s healthcare legislation, the shocking misuse of federal stimulus money, the existence of a powerful “Marxist-socialist” bloc in Congress, and much more.

    It is a book that every concerned American must read.
    ___________

    p.s. you can click on the book itself and review chapter titles and read a few pages of the book. ( Brenda is a stickler for footnoted details authenticating her sources. No Pie in the Sky speculating here. Which some of us, as seasoned researchers were trained for proving our analysis is valid and authentic.)

  81. That Guardian poll isn’t scientific and in no way accurate. I have already voted twice so I can only assume that bambi lovers are voting over and over again.

  82. Mrs. Smith. I am sorry I did not look closer. But I did notice it was not one of the more famous rags. I tend not to buy them, as I don’t want to encourage them.

    I will try to go back today, and get the name. Sorry, I did not think to be more observant. I know I pointed it out to my sister, but doubt she noticed the name either.

  83. An interesting turn of events…

    Please tax us, French super-rich tell government

    PARIS— Reuters
    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Some of France’s richest people, including the billionaire heiress of L’Oreal SA and the head of oil major Total SA, urged the government to tax them more to help solve the country’s financial problems.

    In a petition published on the website of weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur on Tuesday, 16 company executives, business leaders and super-rich individuals called for the creation of a “special contribution” that would target wealth without forcing the rich to quit France for overseas tax havens.

    The petition, whose signatories included L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and Total chief Christophe de Margerie, follows a call by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett for U.S. authorities to raise taxes on himself and other ultra-high earners to contribute to austerity efforts.

    In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy is already planning to axe some tax exemptions that benefit the wealthy as he seeks some €5-billion ($7.2-billion) to €10-billion in extra revenue in the 2012 budget following a market rout that has highlighted concern over French public finances.

    Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse said this month the government was working on a new contribution from taxpayers earning more than €1-million a year.

    “We are conscious of having benefited from a French system and a European environment that we are attached to and which we hope to help maintain,” said the petition, signed by chief executives including Maurice Levy of advertising company Publicis Group SA, Frederic Oudea of bank Société Générale and Jean-Cyril Spinetta, president of Air France KLM SA.

    Gilles Carrez, a member of the parliamentary budget committee for the ruling UMP party, has said that a levy of 2 per cent on those with annual revenue of more than €1-million would affect some 30,000 people and would bring in about €300-million for state coffers.

    Mr. Sarkozy, who faces a battle for re-election in April, initially planned to raise an extra €3-billion next year by clamping down on tax breaks as he seeks to trim the 2012 deficit to 4.6 per cent of gross domestic product from a forecast 5.7 per cent this year.

    But weak second-quarter economic growth, together with Standard & Poor’s downgrade this month of its credit rating for the United States, have convinced Paris it needs to act more urgently to shore up its AAA rating, crucial for the stability of the euro zone as it wrestles with its debt crisis.

    “When the public finances’ deficit and the prospects of a worsening state debt threaten the future of France and Europe and when the government is asking everybody for solidarity, it seems necessary for us to contribute,” the petition said.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/daily-mix/please-tax-us-french-super-rich-tell-government/article2138404/

  84. Well I should read more carefully, as it says the Examiner published on the 14th. I love the comment:

    If she had a bad ticker, nonsense, Nonesense, Bill would have killed her with his antics during the 80s and 90s. or something like that.

  85. One more time. It is showing two date 14 Aug and 22 Aug 2011. I am not sure which is the real publication date. I get this right eventually.

  86. NewMexicoFan
    August 23rd, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Yup, and all they are showing is a dated picture of Bill and Hill. I seems whoever wrote the article was the one telling the… let’s call it a FIB(?) and it isn’t even published in the Examiner. How convenient!

    I did notice though, The National Examiner seems to be in transition having been acquired by a larger publication.

    No worries, New Mexico Fan.. The time is right for more Spunkiness … 🙂

  87. Yowza. 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26 (see trends).

    This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010.

    Quit Obama Quit
    Sorry I cannot stay.

  88. oops – had to come back to add this comment:
    Sure hope Scott Rasmussen is not going to have to step down a la S & P over this low rating of BO’s snark.

  89. holdthemaccountable
    August 23rd, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    Yowza. 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26 (see trends).

    This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010.

    Quit Obama Quit
    Sorry I cannot stay.
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    It still sas 44% “somewhat approve” of the job he’s been doing.

    How in the HELL can 44% of likely voters approve of Obama’s “job”?? Do these people ENJOY misery?

  90. blowme0bama
    August 23rd, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I think tat 44% is a fake number. They are afraid to say they don’t like him as they are afraid of what they will be accused of.

  91. I don’t read tabloids but probably someone got the facts backwards. Bill DOES have a heart condition and recently had some flareup, and HAS gone on a diet (at Chelsea’s wedding at the time of her marriage), so it’s possible that Hillary also warned him he needed to do something about his heart.

  92. Thanks for the heads up on Lady d R, BigCat-

    “You know, if I were able to pick the president, it would be Hillary Clinton. I still consider myself a Clinton Democrat. But the Democratic Party has been so cowardly in standing for the things that Bill Clinton did that made the country so strong in the 1990s, that I have no time for the Democratic Party anymore. Their failure to stand up to the Chicago-dominated Democratic Party is appalling. The only person who is really doing it is Andrew Cuomo. I think Cuomo is a really unique thinker, and he is outside of the Chicago boys Democratic Party of Barack Obama that everyone else just falls in line with. ”

    – I am glad she still fights for Hillary.

  93. NewMexicoFan
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:44 am

    They should let Lynn run HRCs campaign.
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    I second that, with the help of Admin. 😉

  94. This article has so to be concerned with, I’m not sure what to highlight…

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    [snip]

    But it may take an even larger commitment from labor groups to keep Obama in office. The latest Gallup poll shows Obama would be hard pressed to beat either of the GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry, or even those farther back in the pack, like Ron Paul. The cry from independents has become: Anybody but Obama.

    The president is in the midst of a political crisis. While he has 15 months to stage a comeback, the weakening economy and Obama’s inability to connect with American voters on the issues that matter most have banished ideas about an easy re-election.

    Unions are already gearing up for the struggle. The AFL-CIO is preparing to launch a huge new Super PAC that can use new campaign finance laws to raise unlimited donations and spend unlimited sums. The union sees this as a way not only to help keep Democrats in power but also reverse their declining membership numbers. It would be political action and organizing in one package.

    Most importantly for the president, the money could be shifted quickly to different states or efforts depending on where the incumbent is in the most trouble: drop $10 million in Florida one week and then shift to Nevada the next. This would be a financial fire hose that could be quickly turned to douse the greatest threats to Obama’s re-election

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/23/obama-leans-harder-on-labor-as-his-fortunes-fall/#ixzz1VsGcumbe

  95. An example of elitist out of touch Hollywood.
    Read today Morgan Freeman ran into teh one on the green and he spewed about how bambi needed to get angry and that he would vote for him a thousand times.
    Well batman’s butler is a bit rude. Late nineties I was waiting tables in Manhattan at a famous pre-theater celebrity eatery. Very busy place but zero pretension. Place caters to theater crowd so no time for wine service. Waiter rips the bottle open and says serve yourselves. Works for the place as it fills up for people going to a show and as everyone comes in at once no one gets stellar service.
    Anyhow one day i took a drink to Mr Freeman and he grabbed my arm to speak to me(never touch your waiter- just wrong) he asked me what I did. i responded well I just placed that in front of you so what do you think I do. he actually said come on you are a handsome young man and no one wants to be a waiter. I was astounded by his presumption and rudeness, but mostly shocked. So I replied I’m a writer/slash actor. He then asked m so do you really write or do you get drunk and fuck around. I was apalled but somewhat entertained but as it was pre theater and I had lots of other tables all I coul say was “Well yes I do write and what is it that you do Mr. FAIRCHILD.?” He no like being confused with Morgan Fairchild.
    Icing on the cake the next day I was at the NYU dental clinic waiting to get work down picked up the NY Times and it so happened to be the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Faulkner. Little tidbit about how he was walking through a park in Hollywood and Carey Grant said to him so I hear you are writer– to which Faulkner responded yes I am and what do you do Mr Grant.

  96. moononpluto
    August 23rd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Gallup : 38% approval, down dow down it goes.
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    Has HE run out of kool-aid or have Obots finally started to wake up and smell the rotten golden calf?

  97. Vcal
    August 23rd, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    That video is hilarious! The lady that turned to walk across the crosswalk and her mouth open couldn’t believe her eyes..like she mentally went… was that just Hillary and BILL CLINTON?

    People turning their heads after the fact as the couple rolled by… funny!

    It didn’t look like it was BC’s idea to go for a walk without a little more than one ( the guy in the brown T-shirt) or two SS agents around them.. Of course, BO needs a 13 car entourage and streets closed down just to get a cone of ice cream… yes?

  98. JanH
    August 23rd, 2011 at 10:14 am
    An interesting turn of events…

    Please tax us, French super-rich tell government
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    When Warren Buffet said the same thing, they called him CRAZY!

  99. Yup, this has been going on since before 2007, but the Insider was an Obot that couldn’t see the forest though the trees…

    Political insiders warned recently of an intended plan by the Obama re-election campaign to utilize a race-based nation-wide “guilting” of white America with a strong assist from figures within the mainstream media. It now appears that campaign is in fact underway.

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    …White guilt got Barack Obama the nomination. White guilt got Barack Obama into the White House. At least it was a big part of it…they are not sure they can run on the economy by summer of 2012. Motivation is way down – the people on the ground. Many of them will be sitting this one out. The campaign conducted over five internals in the last few months. Each time the one issue that came back favorably for the president was the color of his skin. People are not comfortable…white people are not comfortable going against a person of color. At least not a whole lot of them.

    …They got an entire plan to utilize it. Targeting certain states. A media campaign. Use it as a weapon against prospective opponents…

    …Then bring in the Hispanic vote, tie them up in this race issue as well. Republicans want to toss you out. Obama wants to bring you in. They hate the color of Obama’s skin just like they hate the color of yours. Hey White America, you aren’t part of that group who hates non-whites are you? If not, you better get out and vote for Barack Obama.

    -INSIDER: Published August 15th, 2011

    Read more: http://socyberty.com/history/the-ulsterman-report-has-the-obama-re-election-race-war-started/#ixzz1VsMJjcAH

  100. I’m hearing reports of big earthquakes, one centred in virginia, felt in NJ, NY, east tenesse, Florida…..whats going on?

  101. This quake is being felt all over, ohio, PA, conn, maryland, dc, florida, east tennesee, nj, ny.

    Wow, looks like it was a whalloper.

  102. Whoa, experts are saying it was a 5.9 magnitude quake out east. Very large for that area…hope no one was hurt…

  103. very unusual and hopefully not a prelude to something else, its very unusual to feel that level there.

  104. yeah, well I hope it knocked Cheney off his rocking chair-
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    5.8 earthquake in Virginia felt in Washington, New York City, North Carolina

  105. Just read about a 5.8 magnitude earthquake along the east coast from DC to New York. Time to call some family in NJ.

  106. Well, just confirmed on Facebook that family felt it Southwest Virginia, and in the Mechanicsville area of Virginia, plus in New Jersey.

  107. Wait- I downloaded an excellent 3-D Quake site last week after another quake in Japan.. I’ll see it I can post it here…

  108. Nothing felt down here in South Florida and looks like we we not get hit by Irene. Hope it goes farther east and misses the Carolins as well.

  109. Brother just said that there was an earthquake in Colorado today, too, that measured somewhere around 5.3.

  110. Well its getting louder…..

    Will Obama Quit Rather Than Lose Re-election?

    http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/08/22/will-obama-quit-rather-than-lose-re-election/

    On my radio show, I have been discussing the 2012 presidential race, and when mentioning Obama, I have said, “Obama can’t win re-election. I don’t even know why he is running.” I have made this declarative statement on my show, as well as interviews on other radio shows around the country.

    While some have made mention that it is too early in the race to make such a statement, and that such statements are generally reckless, I stand firm on my words. Certainly, I could be wrong, and I advocate that no one give up working hard on the race to unseat him, but the writing is on the wall….and, now, on the web.

    In today’s “Morning Jolt” from Jim Geraghty over at NRO, he – knowingly or otherwise – makes my case by quoting Morrissey and Noonan. From Peggy Noonan, Geraghty quotes:

    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.”

    Ed Morrissey, of Hot Air.com, gives his own take…with the same ending result:

    Some will scoff at the notion that Obama and his large ego would walk away from the office…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.

    I have been talking for months now that Obama’s problem with being President is that the job involves work. President Obama has never done work before – he is not a capitalist. The capitalist accepts that a job has work attached to it, and that work gets measured – either you succeeded in your work, or you failed. Obama has never had his work measured, and therefore becomes extremely agitated when people question his work, disagree with his answers or, in the case of groups like the Tea Party, actively work to undo his work – like Obamacare.

    Since the election in 2008, which involved a complicit press that failed to do any proper vetting (no matter what Thomas Friedman may say!), Obama has shown that he is just not capable. Not only does he understand this, but the voters do. Independents have already turned their back on Obama. Those who turned out for Obama in 2008, specifically hard-core Progressives, and black voters, won’t necessarily vote for another candidate, they’ll just stay home. Obama’s record has made it impossible to win the “turn-out” battle. To quote The Who, we won’t get fooled again.

    In a recent interview on the radio show, Vodka Pundit.com’s Stephen Green stated that Obama would much rather resign with “dignity” than go through the embarrassment of losing an election. He was unaware that I said the same thing just days before. A loss is not only a repudiation of Obama, but it closes the book on America’s failed experiment with Statism. It shows conclusively that America tried it, and rejected it. We don’t see ourselves as European Socialists – we’re Americans. Believers in individual liberty, personal responsibility and free markets. Believers in private charity, and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Obama is on the ropes, and he may decide to simply slip through them, and head back to the locker room. However, people act in very strange ways when backed into a corner. As I have written before, Obama has already showed an overt disdain for the current rule of law, and has engaged in a campaign of talking down the Constitution. Who knows how we will react in the coming months?

    This is why we must keep working, and take nothing for granted. The writing is on the wall, and on-line: Obama can’t win re-election.

  111. Um… Fox just reported the Washington Monument may be tilting post-earthquake.

    seriously, i hope this is not a joke.

  112. moononpluto
    August 23rd, 2011 at 2:34 pm
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    I hope not. If it’s leaning, then it’s still standing which means that it can probably put back into its normal position.

  113. It’s no joke- The earthquake site is the official Government site. I have the 3-D graphic and there have been more quakes than I’ve ever seen before showing in Europe and the Southern hemesphere ever!

  114. JEEZUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was sitting on the screen porch with the parrots, taking a break before I go out for evening events, and I felt this rolling under my chair. I was wondering what the heck it was and thought maybe some large animal like a raccoon had squeezed under the deck and was pressing against the floor. It passed after about 30 seconds. Then I logged on to Drudge and read there had been an earthquake.

    Well,I felt it and it is bizarre. I live in the Catskills.

  115. The worst is happening in the ocean east of Australia. There have been 10 or 15 quakes just today coming from the ocean floor probably resulting in a tsunami we will hear about later.

  116. BASIL99
    August 23rd, 2011 at 2:52 pm
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    Weird. I read on Facebook that some people in Maryland, just 50 miles away from the epicenter, did not feel it, nor did my nephew in the Philly area. Yet some people in Florida did, and you did up in the Catskills.

  117. nomobama,

    I think I felt it only because I was relaxing on the deck which is close to the ground. If I had been driving, or moving about, or in another room, I don’t think I would have noticed it.

    Having never felt an earthquake before, I can say it is a strange sensation.

    I bet it is chaotic in NYC.

  118. Now on Yahoo…

    Obama and many of the nation’s leaders were out of town on August vacation when the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The shaking was felt on the Martha’s Vineyard golf course as Obama was just starting a round.

    The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones and is less prepared than California or Alaska for shaking.

    At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. Authorities announced it was an earthquake and all flights were put on hold.

    At the Pentagon in northern Virginia, a low rumbling built and built to the point that the building was shaking. People ran into the corridors of the government’s biggest building and as the shaking continued there were shouts of “Evacuate! Evacuate!”

    In New York, the 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. Court officers weren’t letting people back in.

    The quake came a day after an earthquake in Colorado toppled groceries off shelves and caused minor damage to homes in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico. No injuries were reported as aftershocks continued Tuesday.

    In Charleston, W.Va., hundreds of workers left the state Capitol building and employees at other downtown office buildings were asked to leave temporarily.

    “The whole building shook,” said Jennifer Bundy, a spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court. “You could feel two different shakes. Everybody just kind of came out on their own.”

    In Ohio, where office buildings swayed in Columbus and Cincinnati and the press box at the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field shook. At least one building near the Statehouse was evacuated in downtown Columbus.

    In downtown Baltimore, the quake sent office workers into the streets, where lamp posts swayed slightly as they called family and friends to check in.

    Social media site Twitter lit up with reports of the earthquake from people using the site up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard.

    “People pouring out of buildings and onto the sidewalks and Into Farragut Park in downtown DC…,” tweeted Republican strategist Kevin Madden.

    “did you feel earthquake in ny? It started in richmond va!” tweeted Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted that her staff in Washington was in an “emergency location. Hope everyone is ok.”

    John Gurlach, air traffic controller at the Morgantown Municipal Airport was in a 40-foot-tall tower when the earth trembled.

    “There were two of us looking at each other saying, ‘What’s that?'” he said, even as a commuter plane was landing. “It was noticeably shaking. It felt like a B-52 unloading.”

    Immediately, the phone rang from the nearest airport in Clarksburg, and a computer began spitting out green strips of paper — alerts from other airports in New York and Washington issuing ground stops “due to earthquake.”

  119. From DC Journo’s

    Pieces have fallen from Natl Cathedral in DC; structural assessment underway

    Here with the Bishop of Washington and Dean assessing damage. We’re doing a loop and finding entire finials have fallen off

    Stonemason concerned about whether damaged pinnacles on central tower will hold

  120. I’d like to know where a safe location is in DC? When most of the building there are built of stone… If you go south into basements, you’re buried for good.

  121. BASIL99
    August 23rd, 2011 at 2:58 pm
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    I have yet to experience anything like an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane. I am thankful for that. I did experience a couple of things in my life that were unusual, and one of them was the effects of the explosion at the Hercules gunpowder plant in Kenvil, NJ back in 1989. Although I lived a good 12 miles away, I heard this roar come down the valley that I lived next to, three different times, and watched the curtains get sucked out the window each time the shock wave from the explosions went through the house. Needless to say, the house shook with these shock waves. That was strange sensation. I also witnessed, from a distance, an apartment complex blow up, as I was riding north on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. As I got closer to the explosion site, which was just west of the parkway, I could hear the pieces of explosive residue landing on my car. THAT was something to witness.

  122. Report from near epicenter in Virginia…

    In Mineral, Va., a town about of about 500 people located four miles from the quake’s center, residents reported extensive damage to items inside homes. China shattered and pictures fell off walls. The Virginia epicenter was just miles from a decades-old nuclear power plant, the North Anna, operated by Dominion Power in Richmond, where two reactors were taken offline, although there were no reports of damage there.

    Sherry Gibson, 42, owner of Sherry’s Snip & Style in Mineral, had popped home for a few minutes when the earthquake hit.

    “The whole ground just shook and shook and kept on shaking,” she said. The noise was so loud, she said, that it sounded like a plane falling out of the sky. China blew out of the cabinet, and her mantle pulled away from the wall.

    Some of her neighbors have cracks in their walls, she said, but she had not heard of any injuries and she said the town had not lost electricity

  123. I saw this comment on a Yahoo! News story about the earthquake and thought it funny.

    Has Mr. Obama Jr. declared the Martha’s Vineyard golf course eligible for disaster aid yet? Clearing out the White House is a plus, Now just lock the doors.

  124. Our 5pm local news reporting the quake was felt all the way to our capital buildings in Providence. State workers were asked to go outside for a time until the safety warnings were over.

    The LIVE reports say they felt rumblings under their feet thinking work was going on in the basement of the Capital building. Everyone was scared when they realized it was the rumblings of an earthquake. They said there hasn’t been a recorded quake in this state since 1897-

    There is so much construction work hammering and the noise of skill-saws going on around our complex, I don’t think I would have known the difference from this mountaintop unless things really started shaking and falling down from shelves etc…

  125. They said there hasn’t been a recorded quake in this state since 1897-
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    Maybe Mother Nature is trying to chase Barry out of DC too.

  126. Here is the 3D Earthquake site I downloaded after the Fukushima quake in Japan last week.

    Really a pretty nice site with first class definition of the global earth with or without defined land masses and loads of variables. The site also has a direct link to the US governments geographical data earthquake site.

    It takes a while to download and unzip but comes with a cool bullseye icon for your Desktop.

    http://earthquake-3d.en.softonic.com/

  127. #
    Shadowfax
    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    They said there hasn’t been a recorded quake in this state since 1897-
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    Maybe Mother Nature is trying to chase Barry out of DC too.
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    Shadow, I hope he takes the hint- and moves on…

  128. I sure am glad everyone is OK….geez, its weird having all these earthquakes, tsunami’s and suck while the imposter is the ruler of the free world?

  129. Well that makes me feel better.

    “The first 24 hours are the time of greatest risk for this being the foreshock of a larger quake.What the concern is, of course, is that this is a foreshock. If it’s a foreshock, then the worst is yet to come: – USGS director

  130. I used to live in Bergen County, in northern NJ. There was an earthquale there about 28 years ago that knocked my then toddler out of his bed. I found out that there are several fault lines running thru the area and our home was almost on top of one…..

    That is why some areas far north felt this while others didn’t…..it depends on where you are in relation to the fault lines.

  131. Looks like hurricane Irene is headed up the east coast. We haven’t been hit in quite awhile. We’re overdue but won’t feel the least insulted if it blows out to sea after passing over the Carolinas.

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