Booberama! Boobnanza! Boobapalooza! – After August 2011 Can Obama Top His Booberies????? – Yes He Can

As the last grains of sand fell through the August hourglass Barack Obama boobed and boobed again. Like a fall squirrel whose cheeks are stuffed with nuts Obama left no boobery behind. The last hours of the month ended as the month began – with boobery. Boobery flowed. It was an spectacular August of Boobery. In the annals of boobery Barack Obama and August 2011 will forever be at the top.

But two September days in, the question must already be asked: Can Barack Obama ever top his record of August boobery? It appears the answer is: Yes He Can!

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Technically it’s an August boobery but it is reported on in September so it qualifies as boobery in the new month – yup, we’re talking job numbers. Zero job growth. To make the boobery worse, the June/July jobs created numbers have been downgraded by 58,000 jobs so forget about the Verizon strike excuse.

Unemployment – the way to celebrate Labor Day when a boob is gifted the White House based on skin color. Obama’s boob reaction to the Big Zero? Time for a long weekend Camp David vacation to recover from that long vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama does not care that you know he does not care.

Technically, it is not boobery but outright corruption but September already has a month’s fill of corruption. Consider:

(1) Valerie Jarrett and the bailout of he corrupt slum she left behind in Obama’s Chicago. Ah, the smell of Obama Chicago corruption in the morning:

“Valerie Jarrett, a close friend of the Barack and Michelle Obama is the former CEO of Habitat Company, which managed Grove Parc, a federally subsidized apartment complex on Chicago’s South Side that can be accurately described as a slum. Jarrett is now a senior adviser to the president.

On Wednesday with great fanfare the awarding of a $30.5 million federal grant to revitalize Grove Parc–by tearing it down–was announced.

The irony is thick here. Jarrett’s Habitat runs Grove Parc into the ground, and now the federal government funding its demolition and the building of its replacement.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Sen. Dick Durbin, and US Rep. Bobby Rush attended the Grove Parc ceremony. Jarret was not there. In fact, no mention of her role in mismanaging the unhappy homes was mentioned by the Chicago Sun-Times or the Chicago Tribune.”

Could we please have a Special Prosecutor armed with Tasers and instruments of torture and torment not just a vigilant blogger to get to the bottom of the Obama Chicago corruption?


Chicago Clown

Consider: “’Pay to play” is the Chicago way. Why did all those fat cats donate so much money to a rookie senator anyway?” Inquiring minds want to know about a half a billion waste of taxpayer money.

Yup, we’re talking Solyndra corruption:


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“House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra. [snip]

Thursday’s letter, which calls on the White House to turn over correspondence between administration officials, Solyndra and its investors, presents the most pointed suggestion that the White House had direct involvement in the financing.

“How did this company, without maybe the best economic plan, all of a sudden get to the head of the line?” Upton told ABC News in an interview this week. “We want to know who made this decision … and we’re not going to stop until we get those answers.”

READ: Solyndra Collapse a ‘Waste’ of Half a Billion By Obama, GOP Critics Say [snip]

READ at CPI: White House Had Role in Federal Benefit for Failed Solar Company, House Investigators Say

In 2009, the Obama administration hailed the Solyndra loan as the first in a series of federal infusions for “green energy” firms that held the potential to clean up the environment and create jobs. But earlier this week, Solyndra abruptly closed its doors, announced it would file for bankruptcy and laid off more than 1,100 workers.

While Energy Department officials steadfastly vouched for Solyndra — even after an earlier round of layoffs raised eyebrows — other federal agencies and industry analysts for months questioned the viability of the company. Peter Lynch, a longtime solar industry analyst, told ABC News the company’s fate should have been obvious from the start.

“Here’s the bottom line,” Lynch said. “It costs them $6 to make a unit. They’re selling it for $3. In order to be competitive today, they have to sell it for between $1.5 and $2. That is not a viable business plan.”

Other flags have been raised about how the Energy Department pushed the deal forward. The Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News and ABC disclosed that Energy Department officials announced the support for Solyndra even before final marketing and legal reviews were in. To government auditors, that move raised questions about just how fully the department vetted the deal — and assessed its risk to taxpayers –– before signing off.

READ: Did Obama Administration Cut Corners for a Green Energy Company?

The White House’s Office of Budget and Management viewed the arrangement as a riskier bet to taxpayers than DOE had. That forced the government to set aside millions more in case of a default, iWatch reported last month.

Republicans in Congress have raised questions for months about the Energy Department’s decision to make Solyndra the poster-child for the green energy loan program. They expressed concern that so much federal money was headed to a company whose key investor was George Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire who raised more than $50,000 for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.”

Happy Labor Day Solyndra ex-workers – don’t forget to vote for Obama in 2012! And pay your taxes you soon to be layabouts, you’re not personal Obama friends (like Warren Buffett) to not pay taxes. Losers!


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Consider – the Fast And Furious scandal that kills and grows:

“Just hours after the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, federal officials tried to cover up evidence that the gun that killed Terry was one the government intentionally helped sell to the Mexican cartels in a weapons trafficking program known as Operation Fast and Furious. [snip]

Also late Thursday, Sen. Charles Grassley’s office revealed that 21 more Fast and Furious guns have been found at violent crime scenes in Mexico. That is up from 11 the agency admitted just last month.”

Sometimes it is a fine line between corruption and boobery just as there is a fine line between a criminal cover up and simple bumbling. Don’t get mad at us if we can’t filter it all and mistakenly put some “corruption” crimes into the “boob” category. From now on we’ll add “corrupt” when we refer to Obama as a “Treacherous Boob”. “Corrupt Treacherous Boob” – there, that sounds better.


Whatever box it goes into, Fast And Furious is a killer for the Corrupt Treacherous Boob:

“New e-mails obtained yesterday by The Los Angeles Times show at least three national security officials received information about Operation Fast and Furious. An anonymous administration official says these e-mails don’t prove anyone in the White House knew about the covert “investigative tactics” used in the program — but they do show William Newell, then the ATF field supervisor for Arizona and New Mexico, was in close contact with Kevin O’Reilly, director of North American affairs for the White House national security staff, between July 2010 and February of this year.”

The Los Angeles Times describes the foundational boobery of Fast And Furious:

“Three White House national security officials were given some details about the operation, dubbed Fast and Furious. The operation allowed firearms to be illegally purchased, with the goal of tracking them to Mexican drug cartels. But the effort went out of control after agents lost track of many of the weapons.”

Was either Lucy Ricardo or Ethel Mertz in on this? Nah, those are smart, albeit a touch wacky, women. They wouldn’t be so boobapalooza. Don’t blame our depression era sweethearts either.



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The month of August began with unprecedented Obama boobery. There was Obama stoking Wall Street panic and debt deal boobery right from the first day. And who could forget the fundraising birthday boy and Satan?

Unprecedented Obama boobery followed as America was downgraded. There was boobery in Wisconsin.

Don’t forget the Bus Of Doom Tour and Obama saying he had a plan but was on the lam. Vacation came first.

August got so bad many strapped on the Pink Grenades. An earthquake struck but Obama stayed on vacation. Steve Jobs left due to illness and many mourned but millions will cheer when Obama gets run out of town.

A hurricane worked itself up the east coast. Obama stayed on vacation only to leave when he could not golf anymore. After all the booberies, August ended with the speech that couldn’t.

Uncle Obama made an appearance too in August. And don’t think that
drunk and deadly Uncle Obama is going away anytime soon
.

Oh yes there was unprecedented Obama boobery in August. But September shows great potential already.

The Thursday night battle with the NFL, upset the Boob will mess up the pre-game coverage, is sure to entertain. The Boob is not doing that well with NASCAR drivers either, who have better things to do than meet with the Boob-In-Chief. Get ready for cries of “racism!” and “disrespect” (which appears to be the JournoLister word of choice today).

Obama fellator Capehart is whining about respect. The New York Times shouts “racism disrespect”. Of course Capehart and the other Obama fellators forget that Tip O’Neill told Ronald Reagan a final “NO” when Reagan wanted to speak before both houses of Congress. Presidents are not kings and the Congress is a co-equal branch of government.

Obama’s cult has to be worried about September. Michelle Obama is yanking sleeves again and is clearly unhappy. Big Media outlets are beginning to notice what we have discussed and publicly raising the glum Michelle Obama versus Barack Obama rift. Michelle is upset with the boy raised by wolves.

Guess Barack is right, she is “cold and ungrateful“. Ordinarily we don’t care about the personal lives of others. But…. if you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House.… can you Michelle?



September will hold a lot of surprises. As we’ve written, there might be some big Hillary news, unless Obama does as he is told. Ralph Nader might actually get a slate of candidates to beat up on the boob. That speech on Thursday is sure to anger the left or the right or the center or all three at once. That speech will be a masterwork in the annals of boobery.

August was a month of unprecedented boobery. Can Obama top himself this September? Yes, he can.

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181 thoughts on “Booberama! Boobnanza! Boobapalooza! – After August 2011 Can Obama Top His Booberies????? – Yes He Can

  1. Nice Article and reposting this.

    Here we go: Obama already lowering expectations for the speech

    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/09/02/white-house-hints-more-economic-speeches-proposals-ahead

    White House Hints at More Economic Speeches, Proposals Ahead

    In what could be a way of lowering expectations for next Thursday’s big economic speech, aides to President Obama are privately spreading word that he will not present his entire jobs plan in his address to a Joint Session of Congress.

    Aides say Thursday’s speech will be part of a bigger plan the White House will roll out throughout the fall with the president hitting the road for speeches and town hall appearances. Aides have already confirmed that Obama will be traveling to California, Colorado, and Washington state for one three-day swing later this month that will include economic events as well as some fundraising.

    The move could be a way to try and lower the stakes for Thursday’s Joint Session appearance, but it could also be an attempt by the administration to show the president is trying to stay all over the economy heading into what will likely be an uphill re-election battle.

    “There’s no question the president will want to keep returning to jobs,” one top aide told Fox News. “I don’t want to downplay the speech [next week] — it’s going to be substantial. But the idea that this is the be-all and end-all is wrong.”One scenario being discussed by White House aides is the president highlighting individual economic proposals at appearances around the country throughout the fall, just as the Republican presidential candidates are ramping up the sales pitch for their own economic proposals.

    One proposal the president may highlight down the road is reorganizing different economic offices of the federal government. While the president himself has shot down a trial balloon about a new “Department of Jobs” being created, aides say an effort to reorganize agencies dealing with trade and commerce to better focus their efforts is still being looked at.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August jobs report released Friday shows no new jobs were created last month and the bureau’s reports for June and July were revised downward after originally showing small signs of life in the job market.

    The president promised to release his plan to create jobs after returning from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation in late August and Friday’s report will put more pressure on him to deliver. But White House officials still say it’s unlikely the president will release the whole plan Thursday night.

    …………….

    If this speech goes down in flames on thursday, so will his Presidency, i think this is it. “wont present his whole jobs plan”, they will rip him apart at the seams.

    I mean, is he serious, he calls a joint session of congress to go “ummm speech, bush, inherit deficit, bush, martha’s vineyard, bush, golf”

    I mean if this speech contains nothing of anything, members of congress have my permission to get up and punch him in the face.

  2. One of Bambi’s speechwriters bails out.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jon-lovetts-written-for-the-president-but-will-that-get-him-to-hollywood/2011/08/22/gIQAhZmIxJ_story.html

    young and witty speechwriter for an eloquent but exhausted president escapes a struggling White House and stodgy capital city for Hollywood, where he beats the odds to find fame and fortune writing comedy for more bankable stars.

    So might read the script treatment about the aspirations of Jon Lovett, an Obama speechwriter and the reigning champion of official Washington’s stand-up comedy circuit. In mid-September, Lovett, 29, plans to leave the administration to write for television out West.

    ………………..

    Bye bye dont let the door hit you on the ass.

  3. moon, I’m still laughing over the massive stupidity of this. Bambi whined and whinged and stomped his feet that he NEEDED the Big Important Stage of a joint session to say Big Important Things!!!, and now his aides are spreading the word that the speech is not really going to outline The Plan, it’s just going to be some kind of vague prelude to…….. some other vague ideas he has that will be shared at a later date?

    What a boob.

  4. Seriously though, if he does not give some sort of conrete direction (highly unlikely) next Thursday, i think the floodgates will open and he will be torn asunder.

    Americans are really really pissed off to high heaven, they want answers not speeches.

  5. MoonOnPluto, thanks for pointing out the latest September boobery from Obama. It’s boobery every hour on the hour.

  6. Scathing and i mean scathing.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/02/memo-to-dems-dump-obama-before-its-too-late/#ixzz1WpPLD8Y8

    September 2, 2011
    Memo to Dems: Dump Obama before it’s too late : A man from nowhere taking America nowhere.

    This summer has cemented it: Barack Obama is a lame duck. His administration is a failure. Democrats know it. And they only have months to act.

    Their president has lost the support of Wall Street donors. He has driven high-powered Democrats to go public with humiliating criticism. One in four Democrats have told CNN they want a different nominee.

    What’s the problem? In a hugely influential New York Times editorial, psychologist Drew Westen lamented that Obama’s problem is himself. “Like most Americans,” he wrote, “at this point, I have no idea what Barack Obama — and by extension the party he leads — believes on virtually any issue.”

    There is still time for Democrats to fix this — but only if they force their leader not to seek a second term. As a president, Barack Obama is doomed. He is doomed now, doomed on Election Day and doomed even if he wins, until the day he leaves the White House.

    Where to begin? For starters, Obama has no true constituency. Stephen Moore, writing in The Wall Street Journal, claimed last week that “the increasingly frustrated left” concedes the president has “a virtual lock on the crucial black vote.” But top black leaders feel ignored at best and betrayed at worst — and they’ve said so at their own town hall series.

    No one wants to admit that the president’s white and African heritage — non-African-American, that is — matters. It mattered when he parlayed it as a candidate into a successful-feeling act of racial transcendence and healing. It matters now as we strain to understand his inability to connect at a gut political level with black America.

    Obama is not really a product of the black experience. He is not really a product of the white experience. An optimist would say he is a product of the American experience, but the emotionally neutral judgment is that — politically, at a minimum — he is a man from nowhere.

    And as often happens with presidents at momentous times, his character has colored his country. Increasingly, America seems like it is going nowhere. Increasingly, America seems like nowhere. Much of this is a consequence of the brittleness, drift and rot of our most powerful institutions. But the significant part that matters to Obama is the result of Obama himself — his attitude, his words and the style and substance of his response as a president to this protracted crisis.

    Democrats are now nervously, angrily asking themselves what Obama can do to seize anew the imagination of his country before his fate is sealed some point between now and Election Day. E.J. Dionne begs for something “imaginative.” Eugene Robinson cries that the president’s “promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.”

    read on.

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  7. It’s just mind-boggling, admin. It’s important enough that you HAD to call a Joint Session of the effing United States Effing Congress to present it, but now they want to claim it’s not really that big a deal, and not really a plan plan, just some ideas….??

    Then why did you need a joint session? Do they really expect the public to buy this crap??? When he’s made it so obvious that the only reason he “needed” a joint session was as a nice backdrop and scenery for his campaign kickoff closeup?

    I got news for Obama. Jessica Tandy did a much better Blanche Dubois. And as much as the public loved the role, we’d not have elected Blanche president.

  8. http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/09/obama-unpopular.php

    Democrats are beginning to call in some reinforcements after a GOP poll released Thursday showed the special election in New York’s 9th District is a dead heat between Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin.

    Obama for America is the latest to jump in. National field coordinator Jeremy Bird sent out an email for phone banking volunteers. “[T]he calls you make could be the ones that put him over the top,” Bird wrote. “If we’re going to continue to build on this work and create jobs, we need strong allies like David in Congress.”

    National Journal subscribers can check out my story in this week’s magazine looking deeper at the biggest force behind Weprin’s growing problems ahead of the September 13 vote- Obama’s rising unpopularity in the New York City district.

    The president’s approval was already upside down in the district at the beginning of August, and according to additional numbers from the McLaughlin survey obtained by Hotline On Call, it’s gotten even worse. Now, 55 percent of those polled disapprove of Obama, with 37 percent of those strongly disapproving. Only 40 percent approve of his job performance in a solidly-Democratic district in Queens and Brooklyn that gave Al Gore 67 percent of the vote in 2000. (The numbers are broadly consistent with a non-partisan Siena poll conducted last month.)

    Another striking number from the McLaughlin poll: When asked if voters were better off now than they were before Obama was elected, 70 percent responded no. And with the economy and jobs driving the news cycle, this morning’s jobs report won’t inspire confidence.

    Weprin seems very aware of the effect the president is having on his race. Just this week, when talking with the Jewish Press, he wouldn’t fully commit to backing the Obama’s reelection. “”Will I eventually support Obama on his reelection? Probably. Do I disagree with him on his Israel policy? Absolutely. I will probably not refuse to endorse him because I think I will be more effective by supporting him but at the same time being very strongly against him on some of his policies,” Weprin told the paper.

    As my colleagues Alex Roarty and Beth Reinhard wrote yesterday, the president’s problems are spreading fast, with other Democratic congressmen similarly running away from the president.

    Will this race stay this close?, If labor and liberal activists now see problems and will help get out turnout, it should boost Weprin. Weprin has a three-to-one cash on hand advantage in the race’s final week, but if Turner can even keep it close (and the poll should help with his fundraising), it will speak more for the anger against Washington that’s out there — even in New York City.

    But the core problem will remain, and is a bigger problem for Democrats seeking to regain the House and retain the Senate — Obama very well may be more of a hindrance than he was in 2010, and that’s causing heartburn for many Democratic strategists.

  9. The perfect storm is forming around Obama.

    I think back to what Blair said to Brown when we walked out the door of Downing St when he resigned…..”Be careful what you wished for”

  10. Watched a woman at a town hall meeting about bambi and she claimed while some are paying attention to the fact that more African americans are unemployed than whites. No one not her president not maxine waters noone is saying dick about the unemployment level of black women. She was a pistol.
    Reminded me of this

  11. Great post Admin.

    Was the S & P credit rating downgrade a part of the August boobery? I think so.

    So much boobery in just 30 days.

  12. HillaryForTexas, maybe Obama thought a joint session has something to do with a pot party? 🙂

    Ya mon…pass the bong.

  13. no wife with him when he left for camp david on marine one today….

    ………………………………

    There is something seriously wrong in that marriage, its obvious to any body language expert there is a problem.

  14. just saw this and very true.

    VERY fishy. If the weather at Camp David was bad why would the helo ‘ divert” to an undisloced location rather than back to the WH for a motorcade?

    Why land at an undiscloseed site and then did they have to wait for a morotcade? if there was enough time for a motorcade to get to an undisclosed location there was enough time to go back to teh WH where the motoracde was.I know we don’t have ‘ morotcades sitting all around at ‘ undisclosed sites just waiting for the POTUS to land.

    Who was he meeting?

  15. Nelson running a mile from Obama……

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/02/sen-nelson-obamas-made-mistakes/

    CNN) – When Democrats start distancing themselves from their incumbent president, it’s either a sign of the times or a look to the future, but either way, it isn’t good.

    Florida Sen. Bill Nelson handily called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “friends,” at a press conference Thursday, but hesitated when asked whether he’d campaign with the president in 2012.

    And according to the Miami Herald, he even admitted he may not see eye-to-eye with all of the commander-in-chief’s decisions.

    “The president and vice president are my friends. They’re my former colleagues. Clearly, the president has made some mistakes,” Nelson said.

    Nelson will seek a third term in the Senate as Obama seeks re-election. Traditionally, congressional candidates in the same party of an incumbent president get a boon from co- stumping with the POTUS.

    But at a time when Obama’s national approval rating has fallen-and in the critical state of Florida it’s shaky at best-it may be safest not to hitch a re-election wagon to the president.

    Florida broke narrowly for the president in 2008, and Nelson will face Republican Attorney General Jon Bruning in his battle for re-election–making him one of the more vulnerable members of the Senate.

    Democrats currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and will defend 23 seats including two independents who caucus with the party. Republicans will defend 10 seats in 2012 and attempt to overtake the Democratic majority.

  16. Jeez Defiant One. We want those posters. We want them NOW. 🙂

    If you find out who made them or how to order them it will make a great story to publish. What street did you see them on? How come no Big Media outlet is writing about this. When the Obama “Socialist clown” poster was spotted it was big news in Big Media which portrayed it as “racist”.

    By the way, if anyone lives in or near Bushwick in Brooklyn, we would love to see one of those Frankenstein monster posters with Obama’s face superimposed over Karloff’s kisser.

    “Hillary, Save Us. You are our only HOPE.” 🙂

  17. MoonOnPluto, “who was he meeting?” His drug dealer. See aforementioned pot/joint session joke. 🙂

    You are right to note that ol’ Scowley, the enemy of all sleeves, was not there with her BO.

  18. .. if you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House.

    That quote always pissed me off. As though Hillary was applying for the job of housekeeper up at the White House rather then leader of the free world.

    And it told me way more about the person who uttered it then it did about Hillary.

  19. The White House carney clown said that there was a “bad weather call” before Obama boarded the helicopter. But ABC…:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/president-obamas-helicopter-forced-to-land-due-to-bad-weather/

    In Washington at the time Marine One took off, according to Accuweather.com, there was no precipitation across the entire region, including Camp David.

    Light winds blew from the southeast at 10mph with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the middle 70′s.

  20. admin @ 7:51, a commenter on the abc blog claims to live near Camp David. Take it with a grain of salt, but:

    There was no bad weather on the mountain. It has been cloudy here all day, but no rain and no fog. There have been fighters circling the area for the past couple of hours. Something else is going on.

    Posted by: Dona | September 2, 2011, 6:34 pm 6:34 pm

  21. Media asking questions….something more here.

    http://whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/02/white-house-diverts-marine-one-%E2%80%93-and-raises-questions/

    White House diverts Marine One – and raises questions
    mooney.mug
    Posted by:
    CNN White House Producer Alexander Mooney

    President Obama left for Camp David on Marine One Friday but, in a twist that has left some White House reporters scratching their heads, he apparently arrived at the presidential retreat by car.

    According to Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Marine One was diverted shortly after lift off to an undisclosed alternate landing sight because of a “last-minute bad weather call prior to his departure.” It was there that a motorcade was waiting, according to Earnest, which took the president the rest of the way to the Maryland compound.

    Because it is customary practice that the traveling press pool is included whenever the president uses a motorcade, reporters naturally wondered why the pool was not part of the trip or even informed the president would use a motorcade ahead of time.

    Responding to those inquiries, Earnest said he himself was unaware the decision to divert Marine One had been made until the presidential helicopter had already taken off.

    Meanwhile, CNN’s weather team found no signs of stormy weather in the area at the time Marine One departed the White House.

    The White House said there was no mechanical issues with the helicopter but did not respond to further inquiries on the matter.

    …………………….

    Sounds like someone has some explaining to do. Took off in helicopter, dumped the press, diverted to hidden area, got into car and arrived at Camp David….thats a lot of missing time undocumented and unaccounted for.

    Legitimate question, what was the President doing? Whay was a “bad weather” report issued or ignored, why diverted instead of returning to the WH? How and why was a motorcade in position?

    Was there a deliberate attempt to dump the WH press pool?

    This makes no sense, none of it.

  22. I’m getting more and more convinced someone didnt want reporters around today, who did Obama meet on his way to Camp David, its obviously someone they did not want seen at either the WH or at Camp David or anywhere they had to be registered as being there on record.

  23. I honestly think the O admin and his followers are going to try to incite a race war…Howard Fineman was quoted and there is a clip of him saying the WH told him that it is going to a very down and dirty campaign…no morning in america…more like nightmare in america and they will spare no attacks on those bad, bad, bad republicans and their racist tea party…

    …you can already hear it brewing…the CBC is making everything about race…capehart and Eugene Robinson at the WP scream ‘racism’ every chance they get…sharpton is singing the same tune…that Michelle whatever her name is saying that Joe Wilson calling O a liar was blatant racism…guess she wasn’t around to see how BC and HC were disrepected…representative andre carson saying tea party people want to see people like him hanging from a tree…and hardly any pushback…they are banking on stirring all this up in the streets…maxine leading the charge…

    you can just feel all these seeds being planted…O is not going gently into the night..what does he care…he will use any tactic he can to hang on to the power and the blank check he has had access to…he does not care that we know that he does not care…bottom line…

    this is all very sad…and sick…

  24. MoonOnPluto, the story does not add up. Maybe Obama took time for a brain transplant. Maybe the TelePrompTer jumped out the helicopter, afraid of next Thursday. These reasons are more believable than that weather nonsense. Also, are they so in the dark that they did not think reporters would check weather reports after being dumped? The entire White House operation is unraveling.

    BTW, the theory of potential terrorists hiding in the trees does not make sense because if there was a danger why would Barack insist on going? Is he that addicted to vacations? Is he that desperate to get away from Michelle?

  25. Even if there was bad weather I strongly doubt the Marine 1 pilots couldn’t handle a little fog or rain. That crew is supposed to be able to evac the President from anywhere to AF1 at any time- in any weather.
    Secret meeting? Possibly. Is it too much to hope it was with the ptb telling him to resign?
    Ah well- a woman can dream.

  26. Falling Solar Panel Costs are Great for Buyers, Bad for Producers (sort of)

    A recent industry analysis by Lux Research projects the amount of solar power installed is to grow 15.5 percent per year, but revenues are to stay flat, until 2016. A report from Navigant Consulting discovered that the price of solar panels is down almost 20 percent as of August 2011. [….]
    Manufacturers of solar panels are in a constant price competition. This boils down to shaving prices-per-watt by pennies in order to beat out competitors. The reports mentioned above mean shrinking profit margins with concerns over demand for panels staying strong. Manufacturing capacity for solar hardware is increasing, but the unknown factor is if there will be enough buyers to consume the increased output.

    Consumers stand to benefit from the softening in prices, as it translates into more solar capacity for the same amount. The lower prices give rise to the idea that solar leasing, an alternative to purchasing panels outright, may gain more traction. However, lower prices go beyond that. A solar industry analyst feels there is an ultimate benefit in the falling prices. It makes solar power leasing viable in states that have been written off in the past.

    Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/139o9)

  27. Admin suggests:

    Maybe the TelePrompTer jumped out the helicopter, afraid of next Thursday.

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

    too funny…!

  28. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/01/122865/regulations-taxes-arent-killing.html#ixzz1WnAbTmEQ

    Regulations, taxes aren’t killing small business, owners say
    WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.
    [….]
    McClatchy reached out to owners of small businesses, many of them mom-and-pop operations, to find out whether they indeed were being choked by regulation, whether uncertainty over taxes affected their hiring plans and whether the health care overhaul was helping or hurting their business.

    Their response was surprising.

    None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it.

  29. Why did Baracko dump the chopper and prefer a car that got stuck in a time warp?

    Maybe one of these reasons:

    He wanted to stop off and get him some smokes and weed, and his bridezilla would have protested.

    Maybe he has some hottie on the side, which gender?

    Maybe he wanted to call Hillary and make sure she wouldn’t primary him, and get some advice on how to create jobs.

    Maybe he met with the Big Dawg and asked if he could once again step in next Thursday and talk about how to fix the economy…He needs to pack with MO for another needed vacation.

    Maybe he needed to be away from the press to have a good cry.

  30. THIS is what I predicted, and why I didn’t join on to the pro-WikiLeaks bandwagon.

    This is the real world, not a fucking game. There are real people out there, who are going to be substantially harmed and perhaps killed because a bunch of immature asshats decided to play a big game with State secrets about which they knew nothing. They are nasty little overgrown children, passing Mary’s embarrassing diary around the school for no reason other than that they can.

    A former WikiLeaks insider talks about his leaving the organization, and what he witnessed:

    The final straw for me came on Friday. By drawing attention to, and then publishing in full, the unredacted cache of documents, WikiLeaks has done the cause of internet freedom – and of whistleblowers – more harm than US government crackdowns ever could.

    Before the first publication of carefully redacted cables, human rights activists, NGOs, and organisations working with victims of horrific crimes contacted WikiLeaks begging us to take steps not to publish any names. To be able to assure them details would be protected was an immeasurable relief.

    These cables contain details of activists, opposition politicians, bloggers in autocratic regimes and their real identities, victims of crime and political coercion, and others driven by conscience to speak to the US government. They should never have had to fear being exposed by a self-proclaimed human rights organisation.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/02/why-i-had-to-leave-wikileaks

    Read the whole article. When people start turning up dead and in the prisons of dictatorial regimes, these fuckers ought to be tried for fucking MURDER, or at the very least reckless endangerment.

  31. Looks like the artist Sabo is in West Los Angeles….and is a UCLA art student…from what I could find on the internets….

  32. Shadowfax – after I saw that Hillary street art blown up, I’m not so sure about it. There’s an “O” symbol in the corner of every panel, she’s wearing a uniform, and she’s carrying a Russian Pravda newspaper. And there are three Russian letters in yellow on the left side of her head. I don’t think it’s a Hillary friendly piece of work….

  33. Lorac, you are probably right that it is not a Hillary friendly piece of work (although the tags on the Facebook link says “save ourselves” so it is a muddled message at best for anyone seeking to interpret it). However, it is still a terrific idea to put Hillary posters on the streets with the slogan boldly printed asking Hillary for “salvation”. Anyone driving by reads “Hillary Save Us” and for all intents and purposes it becomes a pro Hillary poster.

    Even if we assume that it is anti-Hillary and possibly pro-Obama or trying to link Hillary as a socialist or something the bottom line is that if that was the idea it was too clever by half. Hillary in a commissar outfit is not scary what with the Soviet Union dead for decades.

    This is reminiscent of that New Yorker cover which was supposed to parody the anti-Obama sentiment of Obama being a socialist fist bumping husband of Angela Davis/Michelle Robinson. In the end those that saw the cover thought it was an anti-Obama work.

    Also compare the Hillary poster to the Obama “socialist” poster (which we adapted and replaced the word with “Chicago” as can be seen in today’s article). The Obama poster with Obama as the Joker is a scary bit of art especially as it came out close to the very scary movie The Dark Knight. No one can mistake that the Joker poster is an attack on Obama and a rather effective attack at that (even if you don’t think socialism is scary, that face sure is frightening).

    The Hillary poster, if it is an attack, is too cerebral. What the viewer comes away with is a rather attractive socialist realism style representation of a fairly attractive Hillary and the message is, in the immediate moment, a pro Hillary message. If the attempt was to scare, Hillary comes off as a strong leader at a time when Americans and FDR Democrats want a leader with experience and brains.

    How many times does the phrase “Hillary save us” been used on Big Pink? We’ve used it repeatedly. We’d like to see a poster of Hillary in a pink Chanel suit with the same phrase plastered all over the country. The poster on the right hand column with the radiating lines surrounding Hillary would also work with the added phrase “Hillary Save Us” or “Hillary 2012”.

    Some more “Joker” style anti-Obama posters covering blank walls around the country would also be fun to see.

    [BTW, the moniker “Sabo” is probably an homage to the deceased “Samo” a.k.a. Jean Michel Basquiat who started his career as a street artist and graffiti “artist”.]

  34. The following must be a prediction, not a report of anythng that has actually happened:

    “When people start turning up dead and in the prisons of dictatorial regimes”

    The Guardian article at ttp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/02/why-i-had-to-leave-wikileaks is a shallow hit piece.

    I joined WikiLeaks last November as a staffer for a three-month stint.
    [….] Culture shock came just a few days in, when Julian Assange gathered core staff and supporters at Ellingham Hall, a manor house owned by the Frontline Club founder and WikiLeaks supporter Vaughan Smith.

    Around the dining table the team sketched out a plan for the coming months, to release the leaked US diplomatic cables selectively for maximum impact.

    Sure, this cultish organiztion is going to let someone join “for a three-month stint” and immediately put him at the table with the founders to discuss a sensitive issue.

    But clearly a large volume of cables would remain, of little interest to any media organisation. Several at the meeting – myself included – stressed these documents, which would probably number hundreds of thousands, could not be published without similar careful redaction. Others vehemently disagreed.

    Johannes Wahlström, Swedish journalist and son of antisemitic WikiLeaks activist Israel Shamir, shouted: “You do realise the idea of not putting ALL of these cables up is totally unacceptable to people around this table, don’t you?”

    Julian took Wahlström’s their side. One way or another, he said, all the cables must eventually be made public.

    This doesn’t even make sense. They wanted to release every one of the cables; the writer wanted some names blacked out (as names had been blacked out, ie “redacted”, in the first cables released. That’s not a real conflict, that’s a misunderstanding.

    During December 2010, a period where WikiLeaks was struggling to muster even a $10,000 donation to the defence fund of Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have leaked the cables, Assange nevertheless privately promised several thousand Australian dollars to fund Juice News, the makers of humorous pro-WikiLeaks YouTube videos.

    So how much did the videos bring in in donations, and were they defending Wikileaks against the actions that PayPal, BOA, etc were taking against them? That’s not an unreasonable decision. This was also a time when PayPal and others were freezing Wikileaks’ and Assange’s funds and donations.

    Julian’s personal legal action was not one of the stated purposes of the donations. [….] In the event, Julian mustered funds from celebrity backers. But trying to use WikiLeaks’ precarious resources to fight a personal legal action was, to my view, morally indefensible.

    Does anyone think Assange would have been charged with “personal” misconduct and had an international Interpol red alert warrant issued on him — if not because of Wikileaks? Allinsky: isolate an individual, attack him personally — to make it difficult for the organization to officially defend against what is in effect an attack on the organization.

    So I decided to grit my teeth and carry on. Dismay mounted, however, with the arrival of Israel Shamir, a self-styled Russian “peace campaigner” with a long history of antisemitic writing. Shamir was introduced to the team under the pseudonym Adam, and it was only several weeks after he had left – with a huge cache of unredacted cables – that most of us started to find out who he was.

    Press enquiries started to trickle in. A little research revealed his unsavoury history, but I was told Julian would be unwilling for WikiLeaks to publish anything critical of Shamir. Instead, shamefully, we put out a statement simply distancing WikiLeaks from him. [,,,,] fears that Belarus may have received material from the cables. No answers were supplied. Julian would not look into the matter.

    Race card. Followed by thin stuff about “allegations”. At that time, Wikileaks had more urgent things to look into. “may have received material from the cables” — the cables were supposed to all BE RELEASED. Belarus AND THE WORLD could eventually get the material.

    I attempted to leave the organisation early. This was refused. I was cornered for several days and asked to sign a gagging agreement.

    Supporters were asked to “apply psychological pressure” to encourage me to sign, evidencing a growing cultlike ethos at the centre of the group.

    Nonsense. They don’t trust the writer, but they want him to stay in the group? What good would a “gagging agreement” do?

    As for “drawing attention to, and then publishing in full, the unredacted cache of documents” in spite of a decision that “details would be protected” — if true, that may be a sign that Wikileaks is under so much pressure defending itself and Assange, and has so few resources now that their funds have been frozen, that they may be having to dump all their stuff on hand while they still can, lacking time and resources to do the redaction.

  35. Imo the Guardian article at ttp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/02/why-i-had-to-leave-wikileaks is a shallow hit piece.

    I joined WikiLeaks last November as a staffer for a three-month stint.
    [….] Culture shock came just a few days in, when Julian Assange gathered core staff and supporters at Ellingham Hall, a manor house owned by the Frontline Club founder and WikiLeaks supporter Vaughan Smith.

    Around the dining table the team sketched out a plan for the coming months, to release the leaked US diplomatic cables selectively for maximum impact.

    Sure, this cultish organiztion is going to let someone join “for a three-month stint” and immediately put him at the table with the founders to discuss a sensitive issue.

    But clearly a large volume of cables would remain, of little interest to any media organisation. Several at the meeting – myself included – stressed these documents, which would probably number hundreds of thousands, could not be published without similar careful redaction. Others vehemently disagreed.

    Johannes Wahlström, Swedish journalist and son of antisemitic WikiLeaks activist Israel Shamir, shouted: “You do realise the idea of not putting ALL of these cables up is totally unacceptable to people around this table, don’t you?”

    Julian took Wahlström’s their side. One way or another, he said, all the cables must eventually be made public.

    This doesn’t even make sense. They wanted to release every one of the cables; the writer wanted some names blacked out (as names had been blacked out, ie “redacted”, in the first cables released. That’s not a real conflict, that’s a misunderstanding.

    During December 2010, a period where WikiLeaks was struggling to muster even a $10,000 donation to the defence fund of Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have leaked the cables, Assange nevertheless privately promised several thousand Australian dollars to fund Juice News, the makers of humorous pro-WikiLeaks YouTube videos.

    So how much did the videos bring in in donations, and were they defending Wikileaks against the actions that PayPal, BOA, etc were taking against them? That’s not an unreasonable decision. This was also a time when PayPal and others were freezing Wikileaks’ and Assange’s funds and donations.

    Julian’s personal legal action was not one of the stated purposes of the donations. [….] In the event, Julian mustered funds from celebrity backers. But trying to use WikiLeaks’ precarious resources to fight a personal legal action was, to my view, morally indefensible.

    Does anyone think Assange would have been charged with “personal” misconduct and had an international Interpol red alert warrant issued on him — if not because of Wikileaks? Allinsky: isolate an individual, attack him personally — to make it difficult for the organization to officially defend against what is in effect an attack on the organization.

    So I decided to grit my teeth and carry on. Dismay mounted, however, with the arrival of Israel Shamir, a self-styled Russian “peace campaigner” with a long history of antisemitic writing. Shamir was introduced to the team under the pseudonym Adam, and it was only several weeks after he had left – with a huge cache of unredacted cables – that most of us started to find out who he was.

    Press enquiries started to trickle in. A little research revealed his unsavoury history, but I was told Julian would be unwilling for WikiLeaks to publish anything critical of Shamir. Instead, shamefully, we put out a statement simply distancing WikiLeaks from him. [,,,,] fears that Belarus may have received material from the cables. No answers were supplied. Julian would not look into the matter.

    Race card. Followed by thin stuff about “allegations”. At that time, Wikileaks had more urgent things to look into. “may have received material from the cables” — the cables were supposed to all BE RELEASED. Belarus AND THE WORLD could eventually get the material.

    I attempted to leave the organisation early. This was refused. I was cornered for several days and asked to sign a gagging agreement.

    Supporters were asked to “apply psychological pressure” to encourage me to sign, evidencing a growing cultlike ethos at the centre of the group.

    Nonsense. They don’t trust the writer, but they want him to stay in the group? What good would a “gagging agreement” do?

    As for “drawing attention to, and then publishing in full, the unredacted cache of documents” in spite of a decision that “details would be protected” — if true, that may be a sign that Wikileaks is under so much pressure defending itself and Assange, and has so few resources now that their funds have been frozen, that they may be having to dump all their stuff on hand while they still can though they don’t have time or resources to edit it.

  36. Imo the Guardian article at guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/02/why-i-had-to-leave-wikileaks is a shallow hit piece. I tried to put up a longer post but it disappeared, no ‘moderation’ message or anything. I’ll try again later.

  37. Teamsters Sue Over Mexican-Truck Plan

    The Wall Street Journal

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2011

    WASHINGTON—The Teamsters union filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block the government’s plan to allow Mexican trucks back into the U.S., in a sign of the growing rift between unions and the administration over trade.

    The suit challenges a deal the U.S. signed with Mexico in July to resolve a longstanding dispute over cross-border trucking. The agreement ended a two-decade-long ban on Mexican trucks entering the U.S.

    The North American Free Trade Agreement, signed in 1994, called for allowing Mexican truckers into the U.S., but the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Democratic allies in Congress repeatedly used legislation to block access. Nafta ruled in the late 1990s that Mexico could impose punitive tariffs, which it did in 2009, affecting $2.4 billion in U.S. goods annually.

    Earlier this year, President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon jointly unveiled their plan to resolve the dispute, including a reciprocal pilot program that would allow Mexican trucks into the U.S. under certain rules.

    The suit was filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco by the Teamsters and the nonprofit group Public Citizen against the Department of Transportation and its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The complaint alleges that the pilot program sets standards that aren’t stringent enough for Mexican trucks and drivers. For example, the program waives a law requiring trucks to display proof of meeting federal safety standards, said Jonathan Weissglass, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903895904576547141276652776.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  38. Imo the Guardian article at ttp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/02/why-i-had-to-leave-wikileaks is a pretty lame hit piece.

    I joined WikiLeaks last November as a staffer for a three-month stint.
    [….] Culture shock came just a few days in, when Julian Assange gathered core staff and supporters at Ellingham Hall, a manor house owned by the Frontline Club founder and WikiLeaks supporter Vaughan Smith.

    Around the dining table the team sketched out a plan for the coming months, to release the leaked US diplomatic cables selectively for maximum impact.

    Sure, this cultish organiztion is going to let someone join “for a three-month stint” and immediately put him at the table with the founders to discuss a sensitive issue.

    But clearly a large volume of cables would remain, of little interest to any media organisation. Several at the meeting – myself included – stressed these documents, which would probably number hundreds of thousands, could not be published without similar careful redaction. Others vehemently disagreed.

    Johannes Wahlström, Swedish journalist and son of antisemitic WikiLeaks activist Israel Shamir, shouted: “You do realise the idea of not putting ALL of these cables up is totally unacceptable to people around this table, don’t you?”

    Julian took Wahlström’s their side. One way or another, he said, all the cables must eventually be made public.

    This doesn’t even make sense. They wanted to release every one of the cables; the writer wanted some names blacked out (as names had been blacked out, ie “redacted”, in the first cables released. That’s not a real conflict, that’s a misunderstanding.

    During December 2010, a period where WikiLeaks was struggling to muster even a $10,000 donation to the defence fund of Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have leaked the cables, Assange nevertheless privately promised several thousand Australian dollars to fund Juice News, the makers of humorous pro-WikiLeaks YouTube videos.

    So how much did the videos bring in in donations, and were they defending Wikileaks against the actions that PayPal, BOA, etc were taking against them? That’s not an unreasonable decision. This was also a time when PayPal and others were freezing Wikileaks’ and Assange’s funds and donations.

    Julian’s personal legal action was not one of the stated purposes of the donations. [….] In the event, Julian mustered funds from celebrity backers. But trying to use WikiLeaks’ precarious resources to fight a personal legal action was, to my view, morally indefensible.

    Does anyone think Assange would have been charged with “personal” misconduct and had an international Interpol red alert warrant issued on him — if not because of Wikileaks? Allinsky: isolate an individual, attack him personally — to make it difficult for the organization to officially defend against what is in effect an attack on the organization.

    So I decided to grit my teeth and carry on. Dismay mounted, however, with the arrival of Israel Shamir, a self-styled Russian “peace campaigner” with a long history of antisemitic writing. Shamir was introduced to the team under the pseudonym Adam, and it was only several weeks after he had left – with a huge cache of unredacted cables – that most of us started to find out who he was.

    Press enquiries started to trickle in. A little research revealed his unsavoury history, but I was told Julian would be unwilling for WikiLeaks to publish anything critical of Shamir. Instead, shamefully, we put out a statement simply distancing WikiLeaks from him. [,,,,] fears that Belarus may have received material from the cables. No answers were supplied. Julian would not look into the matter.

    Race card. Followed by thin stuff about “allegations”. At that time, Wikileaks had more urgent things to look into. “may have received material from the cables” — the cables were supposed to all BE RELEASED. Belarus AND THE WORLD could eventually get the material.

    I attempted to leave the organisation early. This was refused. I was cornered for several days and asked to sign a gagging agreement.

    Supporters were asked to “apply psychological pressure” to encourage me to sign, evidencing a growing cultlike ethos at the centre of the group.

    Nonsense. They don’t trust the writer, but they want him to stay in the group? What good would a “gagging agreement” do?

    As for “drawing attention to, and then publishing in full, the unredacted cache of documents” in spite of a previous decision that “details would be protected” — if true, that may be a sign that Wikileaks is under so much pressure defending itself and Assange, and has so few resources now that their funds have been frozen, that they may be having to dump all their stuff on hand while they still can though they don’t have time or resources to edit it.

  39. OK- Here’s how the sleuthy Obama poster was handled at “Hillary Unleashed”. First of all, s/he’s post was not published with this response explaining why not- Short and sweet.. No need to be labeled one of those “mean girls”- we read about. We are better than that- “Firm” is the key word here- We ALL can agree, we want to be ‘firm’ in every way- firm! 🙂
    ____________________

    Dear xxxx

    I have NOT published your comments here and I’ll tell you why- DO notice the name atop this page… “HILLARY” Unleashed-

    This Blog is specifically for information and the latest news related to our truly beloved Hillary Clinton. She was aced out of the Democratic Nomination in 08′ by Barack Obama and his Chicago Machine. We haven’t forgotten for a minute what a great wrong he has done against HILLARY CLINTON and the People of this country.

    We will not stand for HIS supporters telling us why Hillary shouldn’t RUN for or ACCEPT the Democratic Nomination for the Presidency of our country by YOU or anyone else…. If you do not care to sign a petition for Drafting Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination in 2012… that is your prerogative.

    If that is the case, we therefore, have nothing more to discuss with you-

  40. “Their response was surprising.

    None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it.”
    **********

    Of course they welcome it. A regulation-free economy is part of the neocon religion of bringing back the robber barons. We’ve gone more than far enough as it is in de-regulating the business world.

    For instance, there is currently a dispute between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle who, after acquiring Sun, got into the computer hardware business and is trying to push HP out of the critical server business by refusing to service their own software on HP Itanium processors, thereby obliging customers to buy or switch to Sun Sparc processors if they want Oracle database software.

    This is an obvious abuse of market power by Oracle, who dominates the entire critical software chain and wants to dominate the hardware chain too, by cutting HP out of it. The only remaining competition would be IBM.

    Obvious as it is, HP has no hope of winning a suit against Oracle in a court in de-regulated America. So HP is taking Oracle to task before the Competition Authority in France, where they can expect to get fast and effective action. Once they get that action in France, they can apply it to the rest of Europe and then to the US.

    This is just one example of how, if you want a free and competitive market, you need rules and laws; and that is why business owners in the US are not against regulation. Ask HP.

  41. I Think I have found the perfect response to the RACE CARD meme we all have been accused of-

    HE’S JUST A MAN!

    Thats all he is- Just a man with a small “m”…

    Saying it.. just puts this whole race card issue into the proper perspective… then you turn and walk way from the taunts… leaving them with that thought…

  42. admin – Thanks for the link to the article touting Nader’s idea to push a “slate” of candidates into the primaries to attack Obama on a range of issues. It kind of makes sense, and may work. It would be a variation on the stalking-horse theory I’ve had up until now.

    But I’m still waiting and waiting and waiting for your ideas about why September is a thinking/decision month for Hillary. To my mind, she can, should and will wait until next spring, if ever, before making a decisive move. In the meantime, it is up to alternate candidates, Rezko, the polls, Dim leaders, and a draft-Hillary movement to knock out the Corrupt Treacherous Boob.

  43. I don’t know how I missed this ulsterman article but his prediction is chillingly possible and it seems to have already started.

    The race campaign.

    “Don’t you understand it then? How race – that very thing that pulled his ass out of the fire back in 2008 – that’s the plan for 2012. But even more of it. They got an entire plan to utilize it. Targeting certain states. A media campaign. Use it as a weapon against prospective opponents…

    …It’s in place and underway – being developed. Further developed. It’s gonna – gonna tie it in with the unions somehow. I don’t know exaclty how – just that’s included in it. It will be an all out campaign on race. The goal is to completely mobilize the Black vote while shaming an even greater number of white voters into not opposing a second Obama term.”

    -INSIDER: August 15th, 2011

    newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-is-barack-obama-preparing-to-mobilize-race-riots/#ixzz1WtFwVGYg

  44. Also,

    Anyone else thing that Helicopter abort is suspect? It doesn’t add up (just like the dumping OBL at sea still makes no sense – just like the BC, makes no sense. Just like Perry is branded an idiot by the press in part based on bad college grades and yet we have never seen BO’s grades for comparison.) Oh well, the list goes on for miles.

    I read one blog which suggested it was an attempt to take him out.

    What does everyone else think?

  45. After reading the latest Ulsterman article reporting Wall Street is afraid of Obama. My interpretation of the interview was.. To them, it was more than Obama’s known thuggery that gave them pause. It happened when everyone sitting at the table witnessed a physical change in his appearance at their roundtable meeting. At a loss for words, they used the word “surreal” to describe what they had just witnessed. When in essence they were afraid they were looking at a borderline ‘nut-job’ as the US president leading the country.

  46. From “Alaska Dispatch”, just another opinion:

    Could Hillary Clinton win in 2012?
    John Hughes | The Christian Science Monitor | Sep 02, 2011

    This is a pretty dismal time for President Obama.

    He campaigned on a platform to change Washington, but as he himself admitted in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the atmosphere there is worse since he became president.

    His popularity is at an all-time low. It is no surprise that many Republicans want to give him the heave-ho in 2012. He is not exactly wowing independents, and even some Democrats, especially African-Americans, are grumbling.

    In The New York Times, liberal columnist Maureen Dowd complains: “He got the job by blaming Washington. But once you’re in the White House, you are Washington. It’s like the plumber who came to fix the sink waiting for the sink to fix itself.”

    In The Wall Street Journal, conservative columnist Peggy Noonan opines: “He has made big mistakes…. His baseline political assumptions have proved incorrect, his calculations have turned out to be erroneous, his big decisions have turned to dust…. He thought the stimulus would turn the economy around. It didn’t.”

    On the foreign-policy front, his successful decision to go after Osama bin Laden was gutsy. But throughout the Arab Spring he was indecisive. On Syria, he procrastinated before declaring that the murderous Bashar al-Assad should step down. On Libya, he led “from behind,” as one White House aide famously described it. We should all be grateful that no American lives were lost. But how many Libyan freedom fighters’ lives could have been saved by earlier US forcefulness?

    If the unemployment figures are nearly as bad this time next year as they are now, Mr. Obama’s reelection to a second term may be problematic.If his defeat seems inevitable, will Democrats contemplate an alternative candidate? If so, who?

    There is already some whispering. The name “Hillary Clinton” crosses lips. Despite a flurry of denials and her protestations that she will retire at the end of 2012, the issue has been raised by reporters at White House press briefings and on TV networks such as Fox.

    In the curious way we elect our presidents – so bemusing to many foreigners – Hillary Rodham Clinton got more of the people’s vote than Obama in the primaries: 18,223,120 to his 18,011,877. Neither candidate received enough delegates from state primary races and caucuses to reach a majority at the party convention, but “superdelegate” votes pushed Obama over the top.

    Some problems would attend a Clinton campaign. She would obviously need to resign as secretary of State. But she has already said she will leave that position at the end of a first Obama term.

    Would it be unseemly to campaign against a Democratic president in whose cabinet she served? Well, Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican who served as Obama’s ambassador to China, seems to have rationalized his readiness to campaign against Obama. He argues that he served the office of the president, not necessarily Obama the president. Clinton has been a loyal foreign minister for Obama, although privately pressing for more fervor on several issues. Clinton’s main problem would be a late start against a president whose campaign is already under way. It is one in which Obama is intent on raising a war chest of record size.

    She would be at a disadvantage in staffing and funding. The primaries determine which delegates are pledged to vote for which candidates at the convention. But they are not legally bound to vote for the winning candidates. Theoretically a dark horse could emerge at the Democratic convention if Obama’s ratings were so abysmal his reelection was deemed impossible.

    However implausible a Hillary candidacy might seem, it would be surprising if the Clintons had not wistfully pondered the possibility of Hillary yet winning the presidency that once eluded her so narrowly.

    John Hughes, a former editor of the Monitor, writes a biweekly column.

  47. BASIL99
    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Also,

    Anyone else thing that Helicopter abort is suspect? It doesn’t add up (just like the dumping OBL at sea still makes no sense – just like the BC, makes no sense. Just like Perry is branded an idiot by the press in part based on bad college grades and yet we have never seen BO’s grades for comparison.) Oh well, the list goes on for miles.

    I read one blog which suggested it was an attempt to take him out.

    What does everyone else think?
    ____________

    I read DRUG pickup somewhere.. that seems to gel with me..

  48. Basil-

    I’m posting Ulsterman at Pumas Unleashed in one piece (5 pgs in his latest article) because I can’t stand the adverts flopping across the screen every 30 sec having to stop and clear them off to continue reading.) He really should address that if he can.. It’s extremely tedious and distracting…

  49. Unless I’ve missed something, the Boob has left the whole Libya shebang to his Secretary of State. Couldn’t his speechwriters come up with some inspirational garbage for him to read out to the public? I mean, a 5-minute PR statement before going off to Camp David or something like that. He’s leaving all the responsibility and credit to Hillary, doesn’t seem rational…
    ***********

    Lift UN sanctions on Libya, Clinton urges
    2011-09-02 10:03

    Tripoli – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that the UN sanctions on Libya should be lifted, adding that the National Transition Council (NTC) should be given Libya’s United Nations seat.

    Clinton said the UN sanctions should be lifted in a “responsible way”.

    “The work does not end with the end of an oppressive regime. Winning a war offers no guarantee of winning the peace that follows.”

    “We will be watching and supporting Libya’s leaders as they keep their stated commitments to conduct an inclusive transition, act under the rule of law and protect vulnerable populations,” she added, pledging to continue military support and calling on Gaddafi and his entourage to give themselves up.

    Clinton also urged the new leaders to work with those who once supported Gaddafi – something the prime minister in the ousted government, al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, said he was also doing, according to a report by al-Arabiya television.

    Other powers, notably Russia and China, have been slower to warm to Gaddafi’s enemies but attended the Paris conference as international competition warms up for a share of contracts in rebuilding Libya and in exploiting its big oil and gas reserves.

    Russia recognised the NTC as Libya’s government on Thursday.

  50. turndown,

    Race card. Followed by thin stuff about “allegations”.

    Bullshit. Israel Shamir and his son are anti-semites. Quote from Shamir from his published work: ”every person who adheres to God should deny the Holocaust”. Wahlström (his son) wrote an article in 2005 with claims that ”Israel’s regime controls Swedish media”.

    Interesting that this is the guy you are defending as having the “race card” played on him. Par for the course, though.

  51. “Interesting that this is the guy you are defending as having the “race card” played on him. Par for the course, though.”
    _____________________

    Everything she defends is strictly, always, Obama policy.

  52. jeswezey
    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Unless I’ve missed something, the Boob has left the whole Libya shebang to his Secretary of State. Couldn’t his speechwriters come up with some inspirational garbage for him to read out to the public? I mean, a 5-minute PR statement before going off to Camp David or something like that. He’s leaving all the responsibility and credit to Hillary, doesn’t seem rational…
    ____________

    According to Obama/Jarret think. If Obama made a statement about Libya and the success of the NTC would mean he would have to publicly laud Hillary for having a plan ready for forming a new government.

    Obama couldn’t realistically do that out of fear it would be said, “even Obama thinks Hillary did a great job transitioning Libya from a dictatorial state run by a mad man into a country ready to accept a new democratic government.”

  53. Excellent return on investment for the people who selected Obama to be President and funded his campaign.

    “On Thursday, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget released a revised assessment of the US economy that projected unemployment to remain at or above 9.0 percent in 2012 and sharply downgraded its previous estimate of US economic growth for this year and next. The same report showed that US corporate profits rose from $906 billion in 2009 to $1.322 trillion in 2011—an increase of 46 percent. Over the same period, total employee compensation grew by a paltry 5.7 percent.”
    ***

  54. Lorac and Admin-

    …The Hillary poster, if it is an attack, is too cerebral. What the viewer comes away with is a rather attractive socialist realism style representation of a fairly attractive Hillary and the message is, in the immediate moment, a pro Hillary message. If the attempt was to scare, Hillary comes off as a strong leader at a time when Americans and FDR Democrats want a leader with experience and brains.

    ———–
    Since I am not the artist, I don’t have to explain the meaning behind the uniform or the tiny Obama STICKER in the corner of the poster.

    But if I had to make a choice of if it is a PRO or con to Hillary, I would say the Save us Hillary is straight forward as a PRO, and if this gives more clues to that feeling, check out another poster of Obama by the same artist on this link…it is down a little ways and look for Sabo as the artist.

    http://www.thedirtfloor.com/2011/01/03/street-art-rituals-of-los-angeles/

  55. Mrs. Smith
    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 am
    The latest Ulsterman just posted on Pumas Unleashed
    *************************************************

    after reading the article…O turned to Jarret and she spoke for him…what did the ‘business community’ expect…he can’t speak without his teleprompter…when are these people going to just admit the obvious…

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

    re: newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-is-barack-obama-preparing-to-mobilize-race-riots/#ixzz1WtFwVGYg

    I said the same thing in the middle of the night last night…this is what the O admin and the dims are going to do…they are going to threaten, overtly or covertly, a race war and use the race card at every turn…they will incite it…it has already started…the seeds are planted…you can bet on it…

  56. “In the curious way we elect our presidents – so bemusing to many foreigners – Hillary Rodham Clinton got more of the people’s vote than Obama in the primaries: 18,223,120 to his 18,011,877. Neither candidate received enough delegates from state primary races and caucuses to reach a majority at the party convention, but “superdelegate” votes pushed Obama over the top.”

    ———————
    My goodness! I thought this was a hush-hush secret that the media would never put forth.

    Hillary won the PEOPLE’S VOTE!

    HILLARY won the PEOPLE’S VOTE!

    Such a shame that what the people wanted never mattered.

  57. Too funny!

    Obama speechwriter goes to Hollywood

    One of President Barack Obama’s speechwriters is leaving Washington and heading west to California wherehe hopes to make a name for himself as a Hollywood screenwriter.

    “It’s always been a dream of mine to write comedy and be creative,” said Jon Lovett, 29, who is also an award-winning comedian.

    Lovett is set to move west in mid-September.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/09/03/55587275.html

  58. Rasmussen Reports: Palin bid gets thumbs down

    by Seth McLaughlin
    Published on September 2, 2011

    A new Rasmussen Reports shows that most voters — including Republicans — think it would be bad idea for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to jump into the presidential race.

    Just 18 percent of voters think it would be good for Republicans if Mrs. Palin entered the race, while 60 percent say it would be bad for the party, according to the telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters.

    “Even most Republicans, 52 percent, believe it would be bad for the GOP if Palin threw her hat in the ring, a view shared by 74 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party,” the survey says. “Tea party members are almost evenly divided over the impact of a Palin run on the GOP, but non-members believe overwhelmingly that it would be bad.”

    Previous Rasmussen Reports polls show President Obama does best in a head-to-head match-up with her in a general election.

    The survey comes on the eve of her scheduled appearance at a tea party gathering in Iowa, where some believe she will toss her hat into the nomination ring.

    Mrs. Palin became the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate after John McCain tapped her as his running mate, pulling her out of relative obscurity. She quickly became a national sensation and darling within conservative circles, where she remains a powerful political force, despite quitting the governorship before the end of her elected term.

    A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey released this week showed her strength, showing her running third among current and potential GOP candidates. However, it also had warning signs for a potential Palin bid, showing that Mr. Obama is leading the self-described “Mama Grizzly” by double-digits in a general election showdown. In addition, she carries a higher unfavorable rating than the top contenders in the race, feeding into her image as one of the more divisive figures in American politics.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/sep/2/rasmussen-reports-palin-bid-gets-thumbs-down/

  59. JanH
    September 3rd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    YES, remember why the SueperDuds were created? So that they would not make a stupid mistake like Carter AGAIN.

    THE SUPERDUDS, OVERRULING THE POPULAR VOTE OF THEIR PARTY, A PARTY OF THE DOWNTRODDEN AND THE COMMON PERSON, and SAID THAT the common voters WERE STUPID AND THEY KNEW BETTER. We should have been outraged, but we were not.

    Guess what, We have now proven the SuperDuds are stupid. The democatic party needs to create a group of Super Common Delegates SCDs. which can overrule the superduds, so they can save the SuperDuds from making this stupid mistake again.

    Has anyone called a meeing of the democraic committee to address this matter? YAH SURE!

  60. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/03/dem-obama-wouldnt-win-virginia-today/

    Dem: Obama wouldn’t win Virginia today

    Washington (CNN) – Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said if the 2012 presidential election was held today, President Barack Obama wouldn’t win Virginia, a state he carried in 2008.

    Speaking on local Washington radio station WTOP Friday, Connolly said, “In my opinion, no, today he would not win the state.”

    But, with more than a year before Election Day, Connolly said Obama still has time to regain the momentum he had in the last election.

    “The growing diversity, especially in Northern Virginia, has changed the polity of Virginia permanently,” said Connolly on The Politics Program With Mark Plotkin. “There is no question in my mind that President Obama can make a comeback and win Virginia.”

    Prior to Obama winning Virginia in 2008, the state had not voted for a presidential Democrat since former president Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The last time Virginia voted for a Democratic president two elections in a row was in 1944 and 1948.

    Connolly said that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would have the best chance of beating Obama in 2012 but that all White House hopefuls, including Obama, come with imperfections.

    “I think that all of the Republican candidates, as does President Obama, have serious baggage,” said Connolly.

    Obama will visit Richmond, Va. on Sept. 9, the day after unveiling his jobs plan to a joint session on Congress.

    ………………………….

    Fleeing like he was a leper.

  61. Macondo wellhead leaking again

    Wikileaks isn’t the only thing leaking again.

    Christian Science Monitor:

    On Wednesday, reporters from the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register published photographs and video of their discovery on the news organization’s website, which was in response to surveillance flights conducted the week before by two environmental groups – the Gulf Restoration Network and On Wings of Care. The Press-Register reported witnessing “blobs of oil rise to the surface and bloom into iridescent yellow patches” that later “expanded into rainbow sheens 4 to 5 feet across.”

    And this comment:

    The disconnect between what environmental groups, media organizations, and academics are finding and the results from BP and federal authorities is causing some to say that an independent group is needed to monitor oil sheens in the region, particularly near the Macondo site.

    Yeah, since day one baby, because IF there is any way for Obama to lie to the American public,…

  62. A wise woman once wrote that it TAKES A VILLAGE to raise a child
    I am a 44 year old gay man who by happen stance picked up a wee one four and a half years ago from a day care center, She was so tiny and she looked at me with so much emotion and trust. i nearly lost my mind. Picked her up and held her and knew it would be over my dead body that she ever encountered such a place again
    Flash forward she is 5 and starting kindergarten two days after her birthday.
    parents who are absent most of the year come out of the wood work
    You get a little jealous. Okay maybe a lot. You want to scream I fed her wiped her ass held her through out the night when she had a fever. Paced hospital rooms for hours. But then you have a moment of clarity and you say to self it is not about you it is about her.
    So as you care for the rug rat you do what you can do.
    So cheap if anyone wants to celebrate another. I took a roll of paper towels and wrote HAPPY BIRTHDAY over and over again I then taped them floor to ceiling so when my brat woke up she had to walk through a curtain of well wishes
    Sadly could not stop so I went to the nearest dollar store and bought 80 poster boards that I taped together(packing tape) used fishing wire to attach to neighbors houses and wrote happy birthday brat. Picked the imp up from school and as we live on a hill she didn’t see it ti it was in full view.
    Her eyes smiled and she called me an idiot.

    So easy so cheap to celebrate little ones,

  63. I am really leaning towards supporting vouchers. i don’t know if it was teachers aids or complete idiots who sent me cut out cards of sh words like ship and sheet to teach my little one how to spell her first name. They even enclosed a letter about how I should work with her and informed me it is tantamount that she can spell her name.
    Baby girl can read and i would say rather well,
    We have this three foot thick dictionary that every time she asks me what a word means we go to it and then create a little play om the meaning.
    I say pup how do you spell brat and she responds SHAYLA. I say how do you spell horrid little disobedient little crud and she says SHAYLA. She has also told me she can right click to get spelling. Don’t want form shite sent to me bout my charger.

  64. henry, are you ok?

    you and the pup seem to have a beautiful relationship, but the line “parents who are absent most of the year come out of the wood work” scares me. you’ve been raising her and she’s being taken from you? i pray that isn’t so…

  65. Thanks for the link to the excellent article on the latest Wikileaks cable release. I’m putting some quotes here with the most important points first.

    The big point is that Wikileaks DID NOT PLAN TO RELEASE THE CABLES UNREDACTED. The files were in processing and password protected — till a GUARDIAN REPORTER stupidly released the password.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/09/02/wikileaks/index.html

    At that point, WikiLeaks decided — quite reasonably — that the best and safest course was to release all the cables in full, so that not only the world’s intelligence agencies but everyone had them, so that steps could be taken to protect the sources and so that the information in them was equally available.
    [… moved …]
    [T]here was nothing intentional about WikiLeaks’ publication of the cables in unredacted form. They ultimately had no choice. Ever since WikiLekas was widely criticized (including by me) for publishing Afghan War documents without redacting the names of some sources (though much blame also lay with the U.S. Government for rebuffing its request for redaction advice), the group has been meticulous about protecting the identity of innocents. The New York Times’ Scott Shane today describes “efforts by WikiLeaks and journalists to remove the names of vulnerable people in repressive countries” in subsequent releases; indeed, WikiLeaks “used software to remove proper names from Iraq war documents and worked with news organizations to redact the cables.” After that Afghan release, the group has demonstrated a serious, diligent commitment to avoiding pointless exposure of innocent people [….]

    Imo Wikileaks’ mistake was trusting a Guardian reporter with the password. Let’s not trust the Guardian’s coverage of the result.

  66. The problem, i really like Sarah Palin but i think she has been defined now and it would be a long way back for her. She should be kingmaker in this.

  67. turndownobama
    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Imo Wikileaks’ mistake was trusting a Guardian reporter with the password. Let’s not trust the Guardian’s coverage of the result.

    ————-
    Agreed on not trusting the Guardian. Further:

    The cable receiving the most attention thus far — first reported by John Glaser of Antiwar.com — details a “heinous war crime [by U.S forces] during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed” and their house thereafter blown up by a U.S. airstrike in order to destroy the evidence.

    Because I will continue to insist that this is the real story. The tangled web we weave– the various players, the agents of evil, the reporters of that story, the means by which it was unveiled and told, the deflection– none of it matters, none of it, to the degree that that dead family does.

    Those who brought us to this crisis are spinning…spinning out-of-control, spinning paltry justifications and rank lies, and politically spinning their victims’ deaths to deflect attention from what they have done . They are doing it deliberately. They are doing it so that they create so much smoke and so many mirrors that no one notices the blood splashed floors and bodies in the corner. To paraphrase Plath, they do it so it feels like hell.

    I refuse to play this game any more. Innocent people paid the ultimate price for political gamesmanship. Who gives a damn how the story was revealed? I mean seriously, let me say that again, who gives a DAMN how that story came out?

    The crime is the act. Does that really need to be said? Turn the heat all the way up on the soldiers who pulled the trigger and turn it higher on the fucking agents of death in the White House and MIC.

    Roast those absolute bastards in their own corrupt juices (by bringing them up on war crimes charges) and toss their smoking bones on history’s slag pile, because that metaphoric vision is just what they’ve literally done to others.

    —Morning’s Minion

    But that is exactly what the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about. The numerous, routine war crimes carried out by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan in a state of complete unaccountability. The families in these countries that they’ve torn apart, imprisoned, the sons and fathers tortured or killed, the rapes of both adults and children in Abu Ghraib.

    We’re being buried alive in minutia and deflection, and the body of evidence–I mean, of course, the actual corpses, and by extension the truncated lives–are getting lost in the shuffle.

    The wrong debate to be having is who’s fault is it the data was released, or how, or whatever other side debate is erupting. The information is out there. Do the most good that can be done with it. That’s the most important thing we can do to honor the risk whistle-blowers have taken by blowing the whistle. Not to get caught up in something other than the substance…

  68. Disgraceful, Obama’s friends get money back first before taxpayers. Special congressional invesigation please.

    Big Name Investors Behind Obama’s Failed Green Tech Bet First in Line to Recoup Losses

    Republicans are already dancing on the grave of Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that received a $535 million federal loan in 2009 and collapsed on Wednesday. Here’s more music they can dance to: Sources tell me the Obama administration restructured the loan this winter, so taxpayers probably won’t even be the first creditors to get paid after Solyndra files for bankruptcy next week. The first $75 million will go to two Solyndra investors who poured in extra cash when the company nearly went bust in January. And one of them is a venture associated with the billionaire George Kaiser, an Obama campaign bundler.

    The other investor is a partnership associated with the Walton family, which tends to lean Republican. And public filings suggest that Kaiser-linked funds had sunk at least $320 million into Solyndra before adding the secured financing; they’re taking a bath along with the rest of us. “If this was a sweetheart deal, it was the worst sweetheart deal ever,” one official quipped.

    So why did the administration agree to the restructuring? The short answer, in poker terms, is that it felt pot-committed. It had already made a big bet; it didn’t want to fold if there was still a chance of winning. The slightly longer answer is that administration officials thought (as I did) that Solyndra was back on track, and that giving the company a new lease on life would benefit taxpayers even if it ultimately failed.

    http://swampland.time.com/2011/09/03/big-name-investors-to-recoup-losses-before-taxpayers-in-obamas-failed-green-tech-bet/

  69. Sarah will be the Queen Maker… when the time is right she will turn her attention to Hillary after the nomination..

  70. ohanson,

    Good point. But I think BOTH aspects need to be brought out here, especially since John Ball’s Guardian piece which was VERY misleading has already been posted (at September 2nd, 2011 at 11:58 pm, doubtless in good faith).

    Ball makes no mention of WHY Wikileaks broke their own (recent) policy of carefully redacting and protecting sources. Ball conceals the fact that they even HAVE such a policy now; his piece invites wild charges against Wikileaks’ attitudes and motives.

    And it’s not just a matter of the Guardian being generally not 100% reliable — in this case it was their OWN REPORTER (David Leigh) at fault, which forced Wikileaks into this action. So Guardian coverage will be even more suspect than usual on the story.

  71. O/T

    Picking up ink cartridges was on the to-do list yesterday. While at Staples eying the I-pad..w/tax and an extra chg for a tutorial… over $500.00. Thinking, I’ll wait until the price comes down. I hate paying full price when the following year the newest gadgets are almost half-price.

    FYI- Just spotted this on msm- and it sounds terrific..

    Amazon Kindle is @ $250 for a 7-inch Android reader, says TechCrunch

    Sounds like a smart move by Amazon and will definitely be on many Christmas lists in this economy before the magnanimous I-Pad… article says, even a better deal than the less expensive, ‘nook’…

    http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/02/7576771-next-amazon-kindle-is-250-7-inch-android-reader-says-techcrunch

  72. ohannson
    wow that was such a sweet sentiment. Thank you.
    My thing is I do care about my monster and i want her to understand she is the owner of her emotions. I so want her mom and dad to step up to the plate. I have a bum ticker(teflon and pig valves) and for 40 years they have been warning/scaring me that the end was nigh so I may not be around for her. Learned so much as a result of being responsible for a runny nosed cretin.
    I know I won’t be around for her and i ache so desperately to protect her, I want her to live in a world where she can be everything she can. No limits.

  73. Mrs. Smith
    September 3rd, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I have been reseaching he ipads and went to the apple store on Friday to understand a few things that I would like to share with you.

    1. Kindle is the only one that has access to the widest selection of books, as the other readers have not signed some sort of agreement with the largest distributor of ebooks, so make sure of who you sign up with. We are with nook and it does not have near the titles that kindle does.

    2. I discussed this with the apple store and they said I could download the apps for kindle and for nook. I could transfer all of the books purhased with nook this way and I could purchase from from all three sites by simply downloading the apps.

    3. The only sale that Apple has is black Friday, following Thanksgiving. it is so close, I suggest if you are seriously considering ipad that you wait until that date. You might have to stand in line, but it might be worth it.

    4. I want one that has wifi and 3g. I was concerned that signing on with verizon would add to my already huge bill. They showed me on the ipad how I could use
    3g only when I needed it, and avoid the monthly expense. It literally can be turned on and off.

    You know what I know. Share if you know more.

  74. best lines out there…

    ‘All aboard Obama’s bullet train to bankruptcy”

    “The only future Barack Obama is trying to save is his own reelection,” said Palin. “And he has shown that he is perfectly willing to mortgage our childrens’ futures to pay for it.”

    Sarah Palin

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

    Meanwhile, they just keep reinforcing the perception of mush from the wimp, of a president who doesn’t stand for anything.

    Paul Krugman

  75. http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/09/02/obama-fading-hillary-rising-primary-challenge-looming/48871/

    Obama fading, Hillary rising, primary challenge looming?
    September 2nd, 2011, 3:35 pm · 48 Comments · posted by Mark Landsbaum

    The president’s hit a new low in job performance and a new high in disapproval ratings, as jobs continue not to be created at a blinding clip. Zero in the last month, according to the government, which ought to know. (Ha. I couldn’t resist that.)

    Anyway, does this bode ill for Barack Obama, whose EPA policies have now crossed the ideological line when it comes to stimulating opposition (unions are now complaining as well as industrial CEOs).

    James Taranto’s Best of the Web column today offers a suggestion from one of his readers. We pass it on, simply because it’s so intriguing.

    “Could the President be brought down by a single poll? How about Obama vs. Hillary Clinton among Democrats? I think she could win that poll, and I don’t think Obama could recover, regardless of whether Mrs. Clinton ran.”

    Hm.

    What do you think?

    Let’s try a couple polls of our own. First one: whom do Democrats prefer in 2012? Please don’t vote unless you’re a Democrat or on friendly terms with one.

    =-=-=

    In 2012, Democrats should nominate for president… Barack Obama
    Hillary Clinton
    View Results
    =-=-=

    And now the more important question. If Obama loses the poll above, will he lose his job?

    If Obama loses to Clinton in that poll (above), is he sure to … lose the nomination
    lose reelection
    lose his temper
    all of the above
    View Results

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

    go the site to actually vote and see results

  76. henry,

    Where I live, the school year starts in May. If I still had a USA-mind, school-starts-in-September, I might have followed your words better the first time. I get the picture better now. Thanks for clarifying. (So now I’m picturing you at the PTA meeting like the Norman Rockwell painting, Freedom of Speech; the guy standing and speaking at an early-1940’s town hall meeting!) God Bless you and the sprout.

  77. Poll results just now, 9pm California time.

    Commenting is easy there too: the comments are below the poll, and the box is at the bottom of the page. It asks for a name and email, then put my comment into moderation (I’d never commented at that site before).

    http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/09/02/obama-fading-hillary-rising-primary-challenge-looming/48871/

    In 2012, Democrats should nominate for president…
    Barack Obama
    6
    Hillary Clinton
    207
    Total Votes: 213
    Started: September 2, 2011
    =-=-=
    And now the more important question. If Obama loses the poll above, will he lose his job?
    If Obama loses to Clinton in that poll (above), is he sure to …
    lose the nomination
    17
    lose reelection
    47
    lose his temper
    29
    all of the above
    131
    Total Votes: 224

  78. Turndownobama
    September 3rd, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    ohanson,
    Good point. But I think BOTH aspects need to be brought out here, especially since John Ball’s Guardian piece which was VERY misleading …

    ———————————

    Yes, the Guardian’s story is misleading. There is a lot of useful thinking and more facts in the comments at Greenwald’s blog. It would be obvious to anyone giving this fair consideration that, at the very least, something is fishy with the Guardian’s story, its presentation and timing.

    Here is just a sampling:

    An interesting story in all of this is what exactly happened at the Guardian and how James Ball, the “assistant” of Leigh, got his job. Also one might look at the way the editor Rusbridger has handled all this, with him apparently being the brother-in-law of Leigh.

    The Guardian definitely lost its way during the Wikileaks saga, beginning with the publishing of a smear attack on Wikileaks about something the Guardian was responsible for (the Zimbabwe cables and possible fallout).

    and

    The US Army Counterintelligence Agency said in 2008 that WikiLeaks was”a potential force protection, counterintelligence, OPSEC, and INFOSEC threat to the US Army” and PLANNED OPERATIONS to neutralise/discredit WikiLeaks:

    “The identification, exposure, or termination of employment of or legal actions against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistleblowers could damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others from using Wikileaks.org to make such information public.”

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/28385794/Us-Intel-Wikileaks [scribd.com]

    Question: Do you think that the Agency makes these declarations in vain, for their entertainment value?

    Question: Do you think they are alone, and that there are not equivalent planned and current operations by the CIA, etc.?

    Question: Are the combined actions of DL and D-B implausible as the intended outcome of a counter-WikiLeaks strategy, set in motion by one or more intelligence agencies, including US Army Counterintelligence?

    Think about it. Once they set this down IN PRINT, internally, and don’t have a “positive” outcome? Sombody goes through the ringer.

    This is likely all a setup. One with a scenario that is similar to the one indicated here, if not completely identical. It is one where where David Leigh and Dumbshit-Borg are either pathetic and self-serving dupes, or sickening quislings.

    Either way, this is a noose fabricated of intentional actions with plausible deniability. Identify WikiLeaks with Assange’s personality, and attack the personality. Attack the credibility of WikiLeaks methodology while distracting from WikiLeak’s effectiveness and success in exposing filth, corruption and illegal government action.

    There’s really much more, but as to what the corporate-government types are trying to discredit… The exposure of such as below, fresh from the recently published secrets of our government:

    07:20 PM Genetically engineered crops are promoted worldwide by U.S. diplomats, who act on the interests of corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont. Newly released diplomatic cables confirm suspicions of U.S. diplomatic pressure to speed up France and Spain’s biotech approval process.

    On the website, the list itself is hotlinked to further info to cables.
    ttp//wlcentral.org/node/2196

    Here’s just a quick example of a cable linked through the above:
    ttp://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/01/10RABAT14.html

    And things such as this are not to be known by the citizens of this country? That our diplomats are really just door-to-door Kirby vacuum salesman? Selling a disaster waiting to happen so huge chemical conglomerates can take total control of the food sources? Yeah, I see why the corrupted government we have would want to keep that secret.

  79. Another good point from the comments at Greenwald’s:

    [The Guardian reporter’s release of the password] negated months and months of painstaking redactions — so much effort to responsibly redact by so many people. [….]

    In this case, Wikileaks waited until the files had already been published by, irrc, more than 2 other entities before releasing their — WL authentic — copies.

    They absolutely did need to release their — WL authorized — files — to defeat opportunists who predictably might have used the “cover” of such an immense dump to create fraudulent cables or cable contents.

  80. They are getting a lot of O suppoters posting to the facebook Hillary in 2012, who appear disappointed, and admitting they were wrong.

    I went and voted at that website above. One of the comments indicated that Hillary is slightly more experienced than O, and much more thant Palin, but she could not possible beat a hardcore rep candidate.

    Give me a break. She has kept us afloat Internationally, she understand healthcare, and believe me, she will know how to convince her rep friends to vote for the economic packages that she has prepared for recovery. I guess if you could not see through O during the last primary and general elections, you must have mud on your glasses.

    Hillary always was not only more experiences, but she has the personality to bring conflicting points of view to the table. In Paris there were people there that were afraid not to attend, as they knew there were important issues being discussed. Obviously, as Hillary was there, and she was treated with the respect of a leader. I guess the international leaders do not have mud on their glasses. Hillary is out there not only making deals, but working deals with the people that are on the fringes, who need to be convinced.

    A little more experienced, give me a break. You obviously cannot tell a leader if you fell over them.

  81. Mrs. Smith
    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 am

    ————-

    So now we have the WALL STREET Insider (v White House Insider). Struck me as an interesting/puzzling development. I wonder if the following is connected:

    Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street: As Reality Finally Hits The Financial Elite, They Start Turning On Each Other

    Finally, after trillions in fraudulent activity, trillions in bailouts, trillions in printed money, billions in political bribing and billions in bonuses, the criminal cartel members on Wall Street are beginning to get what they deserve. As the Eurozone is coming apart at the seams and as the US economy grinds to a halt, the financial elite are starting to turn on each other. The lawsuits are piling up fast. Here’s an extensive roundup:
    http://ampedstatus.org/full-blown-civil-war-erupts-on-wall-street-as-reality-finally-hits-the-financial-elite-they-start-turning-on-each-other/

    Surely this is relevant to the Obama, but beyond me to figure just how. Can’t be helping him sleep better.

  82. Obama’s Job Plan: Slave Labor

    The Labor Department’s employment report for August was a perfect reflection of President Obama: It was a zero.

    Not for 65 years has the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an exact zero jobs growth in a month; but in fact, the BLS had to fake and fight for that. It added a hefty 83,000 “virtual jobs” to the pot—those imaginary “new start-up jobs” that it assumes every month, and then always quietly subtracts again nearly a year later. And it revised the jobs figures for June and July downward, by a total of 61,000, creating a lower starting point for August. At this point, without those “virtual jobs,” total U.S. employment would have been reported dropping in four of the past six months. Weekly and hourly average wages both fell in August.

    The economy is collapsing, and it takes a lot of work to elevate NerObama to a zero.

    Now what Obama will do, in his speech next Thursday, is try to use this employment collapse report to push his slave-labor schemes, where unemployed workers are put to work to earn their unemployment benefits. Notably, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, who consented to stand next to Obama Friday about extending the FAA funding and highway bills, later in the day opposed the White House slave-labor plan pre-emptively. Knowing that Obama wants to make national a work-for-benefits plan called “Georgia Works,” Trumka sent him a public letter: “I am writing to convey the AFL-CIO’s continuing and serious concerns about the existing Georgia Works program and any expansion of the Georgia Works model. I am also requesting that the Department investigate the Georgia Works program to determine whether it is in compliance with Federal law.”

    It doesn’t meet union wage standards. It doesn’t meet government-mandated “prevailing wage” standards, nor even minimum wage. It’s NeroWork$, one of the jobs mirages the Regime means to rub into the face of the nation after Labor Day.

    The unpaid labor program is modeled on Georgia Work$, a peculiar institution that’s making James Oglethorpe roll in his grave. It has been in place since 2003. Under the guise of “training,” long-term unemployed get a stipend of about $100 a week to cover transportation and child care for about six weeks, while they continue to collect unemployment, and “audition” in the private sector—at no cost to the employer. Even the Wall Street Journal had to admit, “Another concern is that programs such as Georgia Works may amount to free labor for employers, who could cycle through jobless participants without helping them at all.” Or as Nero lied in Atkinson, Ill. last week, “You’re essentially earning a salary, and getting your foot in the door into that company.” (It wasn’t only this lie that gave Nero a match for his lowest Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index today—a -24.)

    Once the “training” period is up, the employer has no obligation to put the “trainee” on the payroll.

    “It’s tricky business—what they’re doing—because they are violating wage and hour laws, because they are sending folks to employers who are not paying minimum wage. You can call it what you want, but the law is clear,” said Maurice Emsellem, policy co-director at the National Employment Law Center. “And unemployment benefits can only be provided to unemployed workers, not to workers who are employed by a private-sector employer that is benefitting 100 percent,” he told McClatchy news service.

    National Employment Law Project deputy director Andrew Stettner told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We reviewed Georgia Work$. It looks more like work than training…. You can’t try someone out and not pay them. It’s not allowed under our nation’s labor laws.” He added, “If a lot of businesses can bring in a lot of people essentially working for free, somebody else [working full-time] isn’t getting an extra shift or extra work hours.”

  83. Turkey expels Israeli ambassador

    September 3, 2011

    In the wake of the UN report on the Mavi Marmara Gaza flotilla raid (See Wash. Post inverts UN report on flotilla raid to blacken Israel), Turkey has expelled Israel’s ambassador, and reduced relations to the level of Second Secretary, suspending all military agreements. The BBC report is worth reading.

    The UN report largely favored Israel, but threw a bone to the Israel-haters by second-guessing the response of the Israeli commandoes who were ambushed and engaged in self defense, claiming they went too far. The Israel haters are demanding Israel apologize for defending themselves too vigorously after being violently attacked. Israel absolutely cannot apologize, for that would be a rebuke to its forces for fighting for their lives. But with a criticism of Israel as ammunition, the anti-Israel forces in Turkey are not going to back down. It is hard to see a resolution to this, unless the domestic political equation changes in Turkey, something nobody seems to anticipate happening.

    The shift in Turkey away from its alignment with Israel, following the rise of Islamists and decline of secularists in Turkish politics, is now official, and the vector of change quite worrisome. This is a dark day.

    (ht/ James G. Wiles

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/09/turkey_expels_israeli_ambassador.html

  84. Turkey expels Israeli ambassador over Gaza flotilla row

    September 2, 2011

    Turkey has expelled Israel’s ambassador and suspended all military agreements over its refusal to apologize for last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

    This came as the UN published a report saying that Israeli commandos used excessive force when they boarded an aid ship. Nine Turkish activists died.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was “time Israel pays a price for its illegal actions”.

    Israel has refused to apologise and said its troops acted in self-defence.

    “Israel, like any other country, has a legitimate right to protect its citizens and soldiers,” an Israeli government official told the BBC.

    The report was leaked to the New York Times on Thursday, the day before it was delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office.

    “The secretary general’s idea was to help bring these two countries back together again. He deeply regrets the fact that this has not been possible through this report,” said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey.

    “I imagine he will want time to read the report, to discuss it with his officials and then take a decision as to future steps.”

    US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington hoped Turkey and Israel “will continue to look for opportunities to improve their longstanding relationship, and we will encourage both to work towards that end”, according to the AFP news agency.
    ‘Null and void’

    The nine pro-Palestinian activists who died were on board the Turkish-flagged ship, Mavi Marmara, when it was intercepted by the Israeli navy in international waters as sailed towards Gaza’s coast on 31 May 2010.

    At the time, the Israeli military said its commandos fired live rounds only after being attacked with clubs, knives and guns. But activists on board said the commandos started shooting as soon as they hit the deck.

    The UN inquiry chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer found the Israeli troops faced “significant, organised and violent resistance from a group of passengers” and were therefore required to use force for their own protection.

    But it said Israel’s decision to board the vessels “with such substantial force at a great distance from the blockade zone and with no final warning immediately prior to the boarding was excessive and unreasonable”.

    The report noted “forensic evidence showing that most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range”.

    The inquiry also found Israel’s naval blockade “was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law”.

    The report was completed months ago, but its publication was delayed several times as Turkey and Israel attempted to repair their diplomatic relations, which have been frozen since the flotilla incident.

    But on Friday, hours before the report was released by the UN, Turkey’ announced that diplomatic relations had been reduced to the level of second secretary and all military agreements had been suspended.

    “The time has come for Israel to pay for its stance that sees it above international laws and disregards human conscience,” Mr Davutoglu said. “The first and foremost result is that Israel is going to be devoid of Turkey’s friendship.”

    “As long as the Israeli government does not take the necessary steps, there will be no turning back,” he warned.

    Mr Davutoglu said the report “displayed the violence committed by the Israeli soldiers”, but added that some of its findings were questionable.

    “Turkey does not recognise Israel’s blockade of Gaza. It will secure the study of this blockade at the International Court of Justice.”

    He added that Turkey would take all necessary measures to protect its shipping in the eastern Mediterranean.

    Asked to comment on the UN panel’s decision not to recommend that Israel apologise, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said: “To be frank, the report is null and void for us.”

    Turkey’s embassy in Washington later said in a statement that it was “determined to defend the rights of its citizens and will take legal actions against all those responsible for the crimes committed”.

    Hamas, whose decision to seize control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 led to Israel imposing the blockade, applauded the Turkish move.

    “This is a natural response to the Israeli crime against the flotilla,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the BBC.

    The Israeli official said the government accepted with “reservations” the UN report, which it considered “professional, profound and serious”.

    “During the events of the Mavi Marmara flotilla, Israeli soldiers boarded the boat with non-lethal means. They had no intention to hurt anyone,” the official said.

    “Once the Israeli soldiers were viciously attacked by dozens of violent IHH activists, armed with batons, knives and steel pipes, the soldiers had to defend themselves,” the official added, referring to the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which Israel has banned for supporting Hamas.

    “As recommended in the report, Israel again expresses regret about the loss of life but will not apologise for acts of self-defence by its soldiers.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14762475

  85. IIRC- Israel did warn them, repeatedly, not to approach the blockade. They refused to listen and said, they were going forward anyway.. And so they continued on the path toward the blockade. What did they expect? They played with fire and got burnt!

  86. ohanson
    September 4th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Mrs. Smith
    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 am

    ————-

    So now we have the WALL STREET Insider (v White HouseInsider). Struck me as an interesting/puzzling development. I wonder if the following is connected:
    _______________

    ohanson- it is the US government via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac vs Wall St. The Insider is just doing what he does best. Peek behind the curtain and report what he sees to us. The White House and Wall St have more in common with each other. The Insider is exposing the underlying truth of both entities. They both have dirty laundry piled up to the roof. There have been investigations enough so, there is enough evidence exposing the Major Bank’s who through their wholly owned subsidiaries, duped the public into homes selling mortgages at low adjustable interest rates when they had jobs and the economy was stable.

    Time has won out- as this was always a scam from the get go- the end all was the Banks get their Bail-outs from the Tax Payer driving the mortgage brokers out of business. Having the effect of driving the mortgage business back to the Big Banks and not giving consumers any choice but dealing with them. Besides the greedy gambling habits of Big Banks wanting to expand their acquisition portfolios risking other people’s money without their knowledge turning into what has now become a familiar term in the American lexicon “derivatives.”

  87. Mrs. Smith: “IIRC- Israel did warn them, repeatedly, not to approach the blockade. They refused to listen and said, they were going forward anyway.. And so they continued on the path toward the blockade. What did they expect? They played with fire and got burnt!”
    ************

    You do remember correctly, but what you conveniently forget is that Israel boarded Turkey’s ships in international waters, tantamount to piracy on the high seas, and killed Turkish citizens on the civilian ships they boarded.

    Turkey thus had a bona fide casus belli in hand with a population screaming for war. With the wind of international approval at its back, Turkey could have declared war outright and sent a small part of its powerful fleet down the coast and wiped out the Israeli navy in less than an hour, and then continued shelling Israel until it got excuses or some kind of compensation from Israel.

    But Hillary, among others, brokered a “careful” deal in which the Security Council rebuked Israel for the attack and Turkey took it on the chin, with the understanding that Israel would at least apologize for the attack. Rumors last week were that Netanyahu had refused Hillary’s request for an apology. Again, Israel is not our ally, we are theirs. It’s always the tail wagging the dog in this relationship.

    Furthermore, Turkey is a real ally to us. They held NATO’s southern flank against the Soviet Union for decades. They could have invoked article 5 of the NATO accords with much greater substantiation than Bush did over Afghanistan post 9/11 (ie Afghanistan had not attacked us, but Israel did attack Turkey).

  88. “Surely this is relevant to the Obama, but beyond me to figure just how. Can’t be helping him sleep better.”
    _____________

    ohanson- I cut to the chase saying basically it is the government vs Wall St. But if you notice in the article you posted the litigation is through a government agency, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA),as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), who filed lawsuits against 17 financial institutions, certain of their officers and various unaffiliated lead underwriters. The suits allege violations of federal securities laws and common law in the sale of residential private-label mortgage-backed securities (PLS) to the Enterprises.

    What you will also take note, it isn’t Obama’s AG Eric Holder standing on the soap box suing the banks. The suit if brought by The FHFA agency as the conservator of Fannie and Freddie. I thought this point relevant and worth mentioning because as we know, Wall St was in the 08′ election a huge source of donations to Obama’s campaign. I have the intense feeling Holder was approached initially about taking the Banks to task and by association invariably the scurrilous involvement of Wall St/Hedge Fund Banks. Holder either refused to investigate because an investigation would harm the WH’s relationship with Wall St jeopardizing the counted on forthcoming donations Obama expected from Wall St. and the reason the WS executive said to the Insider, Wall St is afraid of Obama.

    So, Holder isn’t bringing suit against the Banks through his office. It appears an end run was done around Holder’s office and suit was brought through The Federal Housing Finance Agency, who has the power as a conservator of Fnmae and Freddie to investigate..

    The result of this end run by the FHFA has snuffed Obama’s chances of deep pocket donations from Wall St. and prevented Holder from direct involvement in handling the direction and course of this investigation.

    Love it- Killing two birds with one stone.

  89. #
    jeswezey
    September 4th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Mrs. Smith: “IIRC- Israel did warn them, repeatedly, not to approach the blockade. They refused to listen and said, they were going forward anyway.. And so they continued on the path toward the blockade. What did they expect? They played with fire and got burnt!”
    ************

    tes of the You do remember correctly, but what you conveniently forget is that Israel boarded Turkey’s ships in international waters, tantamount to piracy on the high seas, and killed Turkish citizens on the civilian ships they boarded.

    Turkey thus had a bona fide casus belli in hand with a population screaming for war. With the wind of international approval at its back, Turkey could have declared war outright and sent a small part of its powerful fleet down the coast and wiped out the Israeli navy in less than an hour, and then continued shelling Israel until it got excuses or some kind of compensation from Israel.

    But Hillary, among others, brokered a “careful” deal in which the Security Council rebuked Israel for the attack and Turkey took it on the chin, with the understanding that Israel would at least apologize for the attack. Rumors last week were that Netanyahu had refused Hillary’s request for an apology. Again, Israel is not our ally, we are theirs. It’s always the tail wagging the dog in this relationship.

    Furthermore, Turkey is a real ally to us. They held NATO’s southern flank against the Soviet Union for decades. They could have invoked article 5 of the NATO accords with much greater substantiation than Bush did over Afghanistan post 9/11 (ie Afghanistan had not attacked us, but Israel did attack Turkey).
    ________________________

    “You do remember correctly, but what you conveniently forget is that Israel boarded Turkey’s ships in international waters, tantamount to piracy on the high seas, and killed Turkish citizens on the civilian ships they boarded.”
    _________________

    So, how did this happen? Had Israel forgotten the rules of the game. They needed to wait to board the Turkish ships until they were within Israeli waters threatening to breach the blockade?

  90. reality sets in….

    ” … prospect of losing the presidency is no longer summarily dismissed” by Obama advisers – NYTimes 10 minutes ago

    ……………………….

    I suspect there is an LBJ moment coming, they are preparing the way, never heard this sort of defeat talk before in an election campaign. I think he might bail.

  91. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/us/politics/04repubs.html

    In both parties, there is now a sense that the president’s political frailty, underscored by the report on Friday that showed zero net job creation in August and new projections that unemployment will remain elevated through Election Day next year, is even greater than it appeared at the start of the summer, injecting additional energy and urgency into the Republican primary race.

    While many Democrats once hoped that perceived deficiencies among the Republican contenders could provide a lifeline to Mr. Obama, the prospect of losing the presidency is no longer summarily dismissed by his advisers.

    ………………………

    I’ve heard from various places that something is coming from Dems, that frankly the belief amongst high ranking members is Obama cannot win in 2012 and is a dangerous liability.

  92. “Again, Israel is not our ally, we are theirs. It’s always the tail wagging the dog in this relationship.”
    ______________

    You conveniently sneaked in the above misnomer.

    Israel has always had a strategic relationship with the US. Israel is a strategic ally, and that US relations with Israel strengthen the US presence in the Middle East. Israel is one of the United States’ two original major non-NATO allies in the Middle East.

    Turkey was rewarded for their entrance into World War II on the side of the Allies in February 1945, as a result of which Turkey became a charter member of the United Nations.

    The friendliness of Turkey towards the United States has declined markedly over the past five years. The decline of U.S.-Turkish relations is primarily a result of the United States’ instigation of and action in the Iraq War.

    Turkey views the Iraq war as a significant threat because northern Iraq acts as a safe-haven for a Kurdish guerrilla group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Furthermore, Turkey views the destabilization of Iraq as a possible impetus for Kurds to claim their independence from Turkey, Iraq, and/or other Middle Eastern countries with significant Kurdish populations.

  93. “But Hillary, among others, brokered a “careful” deal in which the Security Council rebuked Israel for the attack and Turkey took it on the chin, with the understanding that Israel would at least apologize for the attack. Rumors last week were that Netanyahu had refused Hillary’s request for an apology.”
    ___________________

    Kudos to Hillary for keeping a lid on this fiasco as we know her prowess in diplomatic relations is infinite. And just another reason we want her for our next president. With the extensive successful foreign policy credentials in her resume, she can make short work of the stagnation created by Obama between us and the rest of the world.

    And as more information is beginning to rise to the surface, Netanyahu is behaving as he should from a leadership position of his country wanting to wait for the conclusions obtained in Palmer Report.. before he makes his move.. Can’t blame him for that-
    ___________________

    Report: Netanyahu refuses to apologize to Turkey

    By HERB KEINON AND JPOST.COM STAFF

    08/17/2011 13:28

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused requests by US Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton on Tuesday to apologize to Turkey for the deaths of nine IHH activists aboard the Mavi Marmara in May 2010, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

    Netanyahu said that Israel does not plan to apologize to Turkey at the moment because it is still waiting for the publication of the Palmer report, Army Radio said.

    The report, whose details have been widely reported, upholds the legality of Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, but takes the IDF to task for using disproportionate force in enforcing the blockade.

    Turkey is keen to bury the report, because while far from being a pro-Israel document, by upholding the legality of the blockade it places some of the responsibility for the flotilla fiasco on Turkey’s shoulders.

    http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=234131

  94. Mrs. Smith: “So, how did this happen? Had Israel forgotten the rules of the game. They needed to wait to board the Turkish ships until they were within Israeli waters threatening to breach the blockade?”
    ***********

    Yes.

    As to whether or not Israel had “forgotten”, it’s a moot point. I personally don’t think they give a damn what the rules of the game are.

  95. Well blow me down……

    Dick Cheney just said on Fox that Hillary Clinton is “one of the more competent members” of Obama administration.

    As far as compliments goes from that guy, even he can see her outstanding qualities.

  96. “I suspect there is an LBJ moment coming, they are preparing the way, never heard this sort of defeat talk before in an election campaign. I think he might bail.”
    ______________

    Obama is losing support daily by his former donors. He looks tired, haggard and worn-out. Doesn’t help him a bit if his martial relationship is going South along with his donors and employees fleeing the ship reinforcing a weak image. I doubt after what he did to many dems during the midterms, clutching the DNC funds with both hands and refusing to support any democrats up for re-election having low polling numbers… even for making a measly appearance at their cash strapped campaigns for a fund raiser.

  97. “Turkey is keen to bury the report, because while far from being a pro-Israel document, by upholding the legality of the blockade it places some of the responsibility for the flotilla fiasco on Turkey’s shoulders.”
    ***********

    ‘Turkey is keen to bury the report’ may be true, but is only the writer’s opinion.

    The question is, will Netanyahu ever admit he was wrong in any way, or issue an apology? If history is a teacher, I’ll bet that this report will throw some responsibility on the Turks and that will suit Netanyahu just fine, because he will never take any responsibility himself. He’s above the law.

    No apology. Hillary can go fly a kite.

  98. moononpluto: “Well blow me down…… Dick Cheney just said on Fox that Hillary Clinton is “one of the more competent members” of Obama administration.”
    ************

    Well, remember she also got kudos from the Dubya & Laura in 2008. The Bush-Cheney pair prided themselves on being tough-minded, and saw that same quality in Hillary. They’ve never had any kind words for Waffles.

  99. um…Mrs. Smith & jeswezy,

    I’m only going to let the facts speak for themselves…

    International waters or not…

    …”We do not have to apologize for the fact that Naval Commandos defended themselves,” Netanyahu said during Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

    “Israel has the right to defend itself,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, in his first official reaction to Turkey’s decision to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel, following the release of the UN’s Palmer Report.

    The UN’s report, he said, proved what Israel already knew: “We have the full and basic right to defend ourselves from a violent IHH attack, and we don’t have to apologize for trying to prevent arms smuggling to Hamas terrorists and for defending our citizens and our children.

    “Just as IDF soldiers and commandos defend us, we will defend them – in any international forum,” he added….”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4117551,00.html

    ————————–
    Maybe we can look at the issue of the arms smuggling by the flotilla’s inhabitants as well as the fact that they started the skirmish themselves???

  100. Mrs. Smith:

    “Israel has always had a strategic relationship with the US. Israel is a strategic ally, and that US relations with Israel strengthen the US presence in the Middle East. Israel is one of the United States’ two original major non-NATO allies in the Middle East.”
    _____________

    You view Israel as strategic, but is it a strategic liability or asset? The US backing of Israel actually weakens our posture in the Middle East: All the surrounding Arab countries view us askance because of our support for Israel. We give Israel $1 to $2 billion a year to shore up its defenses.

    In return, all we get is cooperation from Mossad, who are really fine folks compared with the KGB. No Israeli boots on the ground, or political support, anywhere in the world. Period.

    During the Cold War, Israel made a big thing out of how the Soviet Union had infiltrated the Syrian military and intelligence community, and how Israel was thus a bulwark against communism. In the meantime, Israel had become one of the world’s most socialized states, comparable to Sweden and France though without the ethnic tolerance.

    So, at the time, the argument could be made, fallaciously, that Israel was fighting the good fight by taking Golan, for example. Those times are past.
    _______

    “The friendliness of Turkey towards the United States has declined markedly over the past five years. The decline of U.S.-Turkish relations is primarily a result of the United States’ instigation of and action in the Iraq War.

    Turkey views the Iraq war as a significant threat because northern Iraq acts as a safe-haven for a Kurdish guerrilla group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Furthermore, Turkey views the destabilization of Iraq as a possible impetus for Kurds to claim their independence from Turkey, Iraq, and/or other Middle Eastern countries with significant Kurdish populations.”
    __________

    Yes, so that means that Turkey is failing us? Note in your very remarks that relations are going downhill because of US actions, not because of some drift in Turkish ideals or something. Strange, do you really think a country should be all chummy with us while we undermine their stability and go against their interests?

    Strategic or not, Turkey is still in NATO and, in the case we are discussing, could have invoked Article 5. Israel can do no such thing. Q.E.D.

  101. JanH:

    “I’m only going to let the facts speak for themselves…”
    ___________

    What you post are not facts but assertions by Netanyahu, who it seems is always right in your view:

    “We do not have to apologize for the fact that Naval Commandos defended themselves,” Netanyahu said
    ______

    This is a fact? Actually, it is what we have known all along about Netanyahu’s attitude, and what I just said above. The armed commandos boarded unarmed civilian ships on the high seas in order to defend themselves!

    ________________________
    “Israel has the right to defend itself,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, in his first official reaction to Turkey’s decision to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel, following the release of the UN’s Palmer Report.
    _____

    Bibi could go further: Israel has every right in the book and then some. Anything Israel does is right, nothing has ever been wrong (can YOU name anything?). So goes it every time.
    ______________

    “The UN’s report, he said, proved what Israel already knew: “We have the full and basic right to defend ourselves from a violent IHH attack, and we don’t have to apologize for trying to prevent arms smuggling to Hamas terrorists and for defending our citizens and our children.”
    _____
    I admit I don’t know what “IHH” means, but those slingshots marked “Hezbollah” in the flagship looked really dangerous. Now I understand why those commandos had to kill 10 people, to unearth those slingshots! There were other terrorist weapons there too, like knives with pointy tips.
    ______________

    “Just as IDF soldiers and commandos defend us, we will defend them – in any international forum,” he added….”
    _______

    Yes, it’s always soldiers “defending” such and such and the government “defending” the soldiers and the people “defending” the government, except when its Palestinians, who are terrorists
    who have nothing to defend.
    ————————–

    “Maybe we can look at the issue of the arms smuggling by the flotilla’s inhabitants as well as the fact that they started the skirmish themselves???”
    ___

    Yes, as I remarked above, there were those knives and slingshots marked “Hezbollah” shown close up in the video coverage of the “cache” the Israelis found in the flotilla. Apparently the David/Goliath irony of the slingshots was not apparent to the cameraman, nor to you. Aside from them and the kitchen knives, there was nothing that could be construed as a weapon.
    _____________

    “The …fact… that they started the skirmish themselves”? Now that is a reversal of the facts. It’s not simply a matter of who struck the first blow: If the commandos had not boarded the ships in the first place, there would have been no fighting or killing.

    Furthermore, the commandos were armed to the teeth, which necessarily implies that they were prepared for a fight. When someone comes into your home with a weapon, what do you do? One possibility is to tackle them and have it out with them. If you do that, you run the risk of being injured or killed, but not condemned by law, even if the burglar claims self-defense.

  102. “one term and done”…bottom line — resonating…

    if the repubs were smart…they would craft clips with O himself essentially saying that over and over again…and then show zero job growth…they would also start specifically showing where all that mysterious “stimulus money” went… and how much each of those so-called jobs O “saved” cost…

    in addition, they would create clips of everyday people saying ‘they don’t label themselves but this is what they agree about that the tea party is saying’…this is not red, not blue…this is the math and common sense…

    …case in point…I happened to hear Maxine Waters on MTP this morning…they played her clip of ‘tea party can go to hell’ and she deflected and then went on with all the disappointment and anger the american people are feeling…

    …so many of the things she said sounded like “the tea party”…what’s the beef, Maxine?…you are expressing what many of the tea party are saying…in fact, Maxine was saying things that Sarah Palin said yesterday…”close the loopholes and crony capitalism” etc…

    Friedman dismisses Sarah when she was saying things he agrees with…

    the incestual media and the dims are living in an alternative universe…their little bubble is very out of touch with real people who do not live by labels…rather their pocketbooks that are empty…

    …by far, the funniest thing is O asking the repubs to stop the political posturing…the boob outboobs himself…

  103. Here is the latest decision by the UN when all things are taken into consideration. It may not be the decision Turkey is happy with- but this is the decision that has been decided by the UN.. And Just as you say: “If the commandos had not boarded the ships in the first place, there would have been no fighting or killing.” It can be said, if the ship wasn’t heading towards the blockade no lives would have been lost. If only they had taken the blockade seriously, and respected Israel’s right to defend it self by forming the blockade in the first place. Turkey was the moving party in that respect.
    _________________

    Turkey’s fury as UN report says Gaza flotilla raid was justified

    Relations between Turkey and its former ally of Israel are at their lowest point in 30 years as the Israeli ambassador was expelled from the country.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/8737883/Turkeys-fury-as-UN-report-says-Gaza-flotilla-raid-was-justified.html#disqus_thread

  104. #
    jeswezey
    September 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Mrs. Smith: Have you ‘run away’? Hope you enjoy your brunch!
    _______________

    Our Brunch was great, jeswezy. Thanks for asking.

  105. Oh my.

    Major Democratic Campaign Treasurer Arrested in California, Accused of Fraud

    The FBI arrested a Democratic campaign treasurer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.) last week on suspicion of mail fraud, officials said Saturday.

    Kinde Durkee of Durkee and Associates in Burbank, Calif., was arrested in connection with her position as a campaign treasurer, FBI Special Agent Steve Dupre confirmed Saturday afternoon to the Orange County Register.

    She was arrested Friday afternoon in Burbank, KTLA News in Los Angeles reported.

    Durkee also works for California and Orange County lawmakers, and California secretary of state records show she serves as the treasurer for at least 115 state-level committees, according to the Register. She has overseen the political action committees of the Democratic Party of Orange County and the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, the Register reported.

    Durkee and Associates’ website says the accounting and business management firm has worked on five presidential campaigns, four gubernatorial campaigns, and numerous Congressional, state and local campaigns since 1972.

    State Sen. Lou Correa told the Register on Saturday afternoon that the FBI informed him late Friday of Durkee’s arrest and that he is likely one of “many, many other victims.”

    Durkee has been Correa’s campaign treasurer since 1995, and he said he believes he has lost “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in campaign funds.

    “This is clearly a sense of betrayal of someone I have trusted for a number of years,” he said. “This is a punch straight to the gut.”

    California’s Fair Political Practices Commission has taken enforcement actions against Durkee four times, mainly for failing to report transactions or information, and sent her at least a half dozen enforcement warning letters, the Register reported.

    U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek told the Register that Durkee may make an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Santa Ana, but that was subject to change.

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/major_democratic_campaign_treasurer_arrested_in_california_accused_of_fraud-208470-1.html

    ………………….

    Whoops. This is like a hige campaign collector for the Dems in California.

  106. S
    September 4th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    “one term and done”…bottom line — resonating…
    ________________

    Yes, I could see Doris Kerns Goodwin on MTP from the dining room.. She was an all in supporter of Obama. She praised him up one side and down the other during the 08′ campaign. Now, suddenly, the topic is changed and more excuses are put into play for Obama’s gross dereliction of the office he claimed he could best serve, better than Hillary, as president…

  107. Seriously, this could be the potentially dangerous unravelling of the californian dem party and the money web when the investigation gets under way of this woman.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/09/04/dem-campaign-treasurer-may-have-sticky-fingers/

    The article lists past instances where her practice has been called in for questions and one investigative reporter in L.A. has apparently been waiting for this day for some time.

    Thrilled that the FBI has FINALLY arrested Kinde Durkee of Durkee and Associates who is one of the biggest political treasurers in California is BEHIND BARS. Lots of buzz around the case.
    As soon as I can get my hands on the arrest details (may not be available till Tuesday) I will post them here on my blog. Wonder who is next?…

    Wonder how many people are going to “go down” in this case? This could become another “Whose Who Of Politics” pointing fingers in everyone else’s direction. Not a “good Labor Day Weekend” here in Democratic California…

    Have you been burned by Durkee and Associates?

    ……….

    I think there may be a lot of people very worried about what way she sings……….

  108. jeswezey,

    Contrary to what you think, I do not think Bibi walks on water. He has made many mistakes including one big one that recently blew up in his face because he ignored the signs, i.e. the huge economic protests among other political unrest and the state of the peace talks.

    As far as fact or not fact, I guess the Jewish commandos could have just put their hands up and allowed themselves to be attacked. I guess that would work.

    ——————
    “If the commandos had not boarded the ships in the first place, there would have been no fighting or killing.”

    …Oh yeah…I forgot that they were allowed to ignore the blockade, ignore Israel’s offer to deliver their cargo over land, ignore everything just in order to create an international disturbance to make Israel the bad guy.

    Yep, I guess the Palestinians and their supporters can do no wrong.

  109. “…Furthermore, the commandos were armed to the teeth, which necessarily implies that they were prepared for a fight….”

    —————
    Well, I guess Israel had no reason to suppose that they might be attacked, given past history and all. I guess they could have just armed themselves with very little and left themselves vulnerable. Hmmm…they shouldn’t have erred on the side of caution based on experience and all. And they should have just ignored the angry rhetoric worldwide.

    Then again, maybe their highly reliable intelligence network provided them with a clear distinct scenario of what they could expect.

    ————–

    Oh well. I’m going shopping now. Lovely chatting with you jezwezey. Have a great day. 🙂

  110. “…I guess the Jewish commandos could have just…”
    _______

    Wait, did I read that right?

    I thought they were Israeli commandos, so, since Israel is 20% Arab, there may have been Arab commandos in the mix, right? Aren’t you assuming a little too much by calling them Jewish?

  111. jeswezey
    September 4th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    “…I guess the Jewish commandos could have just…”
    ________________

    now now, jeswezy. you’re going off point and splitting hairs.. Hopefully Hillary can repair the damage where mistakes we made on both parts.. Thanks for the discussion though and rounding out a sunny Sunday afternoon/

  112. Shadowfax, what are you hearing if anything about this high profile campaign donation scandal going on in Cali.

  113. DeMint to Obama: Deliver in writing

    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said Sunday he wants a jobs plan in writing from President Barack Obama, not just another speech.

    “I am so tired of his speeches, it’s going to be hard for me to watch,” DeMint said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    A written proposal from the president would enable Congress to decipher the cost and the American people and businesses to weigh the plan, said the South Carolina Republican who is a favorite of tea party conservatives.

    “Without sending something in writing, the president makes all of these grand gestures, and then it doesn’t appear in any legislation, and then he will blame Congress for not passing something he never sends over,” DeMint told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

    Obama is set to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday to lay out an economic plan to create jobs in the United States.

    However, DeMint said the proposals he expects from the president – including an extension of unemployment benefits and expanding the payroll tax cut – will not bring the necessary results to help the struggling economy.

    “What I’ve heard the president is going to talk about Thursday night is more of the same,” DeMint said. “I just don’t think those things are going to create jobs.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/04/demint-to-obama-deliver-in-writing/

  114. Darth Vader coming out and saying Hillary would of been a better Potus and easier to work with….Geez, you gotta hand it to those rethugs….they are sly and sneaky….

    The left already thinks of Hillary as a rethug…so why not have the most hated rethug come out for her right now….I’d say thats a pretty sneaky thing to do…

    I already know she would have been loads better than Odumbo….but I certainly don’t want to hear it from Dick Cheney

  115. “Aren’t you assuming a little too much by calling them Jewish?”

    Mrs. Smith: “now now, you’re going off point and splitting hairs..”

    ______

    I admit it’s another point, but it’s not splitting hairs. My point is that “Jewish” is really the only thing that matters to most of us here.

    My grandfather, a WWI veteran, told me at the height of the Vietnam war, “My country, right or wrong!” to which I had no reply except to change countries.

    I feel that many of us here view Israel as “My Country Right or Wrong” because it is Jewish, and rational judgment of any of Israel’s actions is suspended.

    Which then brings me back to the point at hand.

  116. How’s this for a catalyst of a bipartisan political alliance?

    Obama To Examine Hurricane Irene Flood Damage In New Jersey

    …In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie will lead Obama on a tour of Paterson’s flood damage.
    Republican activists have pleaded with Christie to seek the party’s presidential nomination to challenge Obama next year. The governor so far has resisted the calls to become a candidate.
    Christie, who at times has criticized Obama for not showing decisive enough leadership, has had nothing but praise for the president’s handling of Hurricane Irene….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/04/obama-to-examine-hurricane-irene-flood-damage-in-new-jersey/

    And in another matter altogether, is not Michelle much slimmer in the video admin chose where Meeshell chides Hillary on the subject of housekeeping?

  117. S
    This doesn’t have thousands of votes, but the results are amazing….

    In 2012, Democrats should nominate for president…
    Barack Obama
    8
    Hillary Clinton
    97% of all votes
    Total Votes: 287
    Started: September 2, 2011

  118. Must be an Obama voter.

    http://www.wistv.com/story/15361411/sc-woman-buys-wooden-ipad-in-mcdonalds-parking-lot

    SC woman buys wooden iPad in McDonald’s parking lot

    SPARTANBURG, SC (WIS) – Spartanburg County deputies are looking for two men who sold a piece of wood painted to look like an iPad to a woman in a McDonald’s parking lot.

    Ashley McDowell, 22, told deputies she was buying food around 10:00 p.m. Monday when two men approached her in the parking lot trying to sell her an iPad or a laptop. According to a police report, the men showed McDowell a new iPad and told her they had bought several in bulk.

    McDowell said she gave the men $180, and the men gave her a FedEx box out of the trunk of their car. When McDowell opened the box at home, she said she found a piece of wood painted black with an Apple logo.

    McDowell told deputies one of the suspects had a gold tooth and was driving a white Chevy Impala with no rims and no tint.

    …………………………

    The woman is an idiot.

  119. HTA:

    “And in another matter altogether, is not Michelle much slimmer in the video admin chose where Meeshell chides Hillary on the subject of housekeeping?”
    ____________________

    That was taken 3 yrs ago on the campaign trail when she mocked Hillary referring to BC’s affair-

    Well, Michelle- How do you LIKE her NOW? 😉

  120. Moon-
    September 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Shadowfax, what are you hearing if anything about this high profile campaign donation scandal going on in Cali.

    —–
    I have been working and doing art stuff, so wasn’t aware of it, but I will see if I can find anything else for ya. I really like Feinstein, so I hope she it safe, but seeing the Dem party here unravel would be a blessing, I have been voting against all incumbents for awhile now.

  121. Moon-
    September 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Shadowfax, what are you hearing if anything about this high profile campaign donation scandal going on in Cali.

    —–
    I have been working and doing art stuff, so wasn’t aware of it, but I will see if I can find anything else for ya. I really like Feinstein, so I hope she it safe, but seeing the Dem party here unravel would be a blessing, I have been voting against all incumbents for awhile now.

    —-
    Here’s a tidbit I found on HuffNPuff…

    State Sen. Lou Correa of Santa Ana told the Register the FBI notified him late Friday that he was one of many victims. Correa said he believes he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds. Durkee had been his campaign treasurer since 1995.

    Federal Election Commission records show Durkee is treasurer for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County, a host of state assemblymen and senators, city councilmen and political action committees.

    The California Fair Political Practices Commission has taken action against her four times, mainly for failing to report transactions or information, and sent her a dozen warning letters. She also stipulated to a violation from San Diego’s Ethics Commission.

  122. Well Moon, believe it or not, this was on the Daily Kooks website and should shine some light on the CA Dem issue…

    I started to write that pretty much the worst thing that I could imagine in Orange County Democratic politics, short of someone’s death, has happened today.  That isn’t quite true, though.  What has been reported today is worse than anything I have imagined about our party — and I have imagined plenty.

    One’s first tendency may be to hide it.  I think that one instead faces it.

    I hate to give the conservative-libertarian Orange County Register any hits, but they are the ones with the story, so click away:

    A prominent Democratic campaign treasurer who works for federal, state and O.C. lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Assemblymen Lou Correa and Jose Solorio has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of mail fraud, The Orange County Register has learned.
    U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek confirmed Saturday afternoon that Kinde Durkee of Burbank-based Durkee and Associates, was arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. Special Agent Steve Dupre of the bureau’s Sacramento office said she was arrested in connection with her position as a campaign treasurer.

    “Innocent until proven guilty,” absolutely; I make no conclusions from this arrest.  But this story is huge.  Kinde Durkee was the one person always represented to me, since entering Orange County politics a little less than five years ago, as trustworthy and incorruptible.  We will be reeling from this arrest alone, let alone the details, for a long time.

    Federal Election Commission records show that Durkee is the treasurer for Feinstein and Sanchez, who could not be reached Saturday. California Secretary of State records show she currently serves as the treasurer for at least 115 state-level committees. Those committees include campaign accounts for Solorio, D-Santa Ana; Assemblymen Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, and Roger Hernandez, D-Baldwin Park; State Sens. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance and Curren Price, D-Los Angeles; Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian; and former Orange County lawmaker Tom Umberg.
    Durkee also oversaw the political-action committees of the Democratic Party of Orange County and the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, among others

    .
    Another day, I’ll talk about what one expects from a committee Treasurer — who is not the person you elect or appoint as Treasurer for your campaign or PAC but the professional with whom your Treasurer does business.

    Today, the earthquake is still going on.  We crouch, with the ground shaking, hoping that we survive with the least possible damage.  “Terrible” barely begins to describe it.  As a Democrat active in, among other things, the DPOC, I feel like I have been kicked in the teeth.  I can only imagine how the officeholders listed above feel.

    ….> I am using an iPad. :-/ so I am unable to clean up any junk that may appear in the text box above that I can’t see right now.

  123. Obama Bundler George Kaiser Made Multiple Visits to White House in Months Prior to $535 Million Loan Guarantee to Solyndra (something stinks here, Kaiser also then sunk money in)

    In this May 26, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama, with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. (WaPo)

    Top Obama bundler George Kaiser made multiple visits to the White House in the months before the company was granted a $535 million loan from the government.
    iWatch News reported, via Free Republic:

    The i Watch News investigation confirmed that at least 18 other bundlers have ties to businesses poised to profit from the president’s political agenda, through stimulus money, government contracts, or other spending to promote clean energy technology or green development.

    Oklahoma billionaire investor George Kaiser is one. A longtime Democratic donor, he is a big financial backer of a company that in March of 2009 won a $535 million loan guarantee [19] from DOE for a solar plant in Silicon Valley. He had multiple visits to the White House in the months before he was awarded the contract. Kaiser has not responded to interview requests from iWatch News.

    This doesn’t look very good considering it was widely known that Solyndra was in deep economic trouble in 2010 and had negative cash flows since its inception.

    Kaiser says he did not use political influence or talk to administration officials about a massive government loan to Solyndra.

    http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2011/09/04/obama-bundler-george-kaiser-made-multiple-visits-to-white-house-in-months-prior-to-535-million-loan-guarantee-to-solyndra/

    …………………………………

    There’s a big story here, now if only congress can join the dots.

  124. Confloyd, how are ya felling girl? I hope you are ding well, what meds did they start you out on?

    My son had lots of problems (since he was 16) until they decided to change his meds 7 months ago. My son requested a different medication, not a brand, but the new meds are twice as expensive but actually work for him now. I wonder if the Drs were just trying to save $$?

  125. One and Done? (Dowd is really getting stuck into Obama)

    You know you’re in trouble when Harry Reid says you should be more aggressive.

    If the languid Obama had not done his usual irritating fourth-quarter play, if he had presented a jobs plan a year ago and fought for it, he wouldn’t have needed to elevate the setting. How will he up the ante next time? A speech from the space station?

    Republicans who are worried about being political props have a point. The president is using the power of the incumbency and a sacred occasion for a political speech.

    Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed.

    The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term.

    The White House team is flailing — reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It’s repugnant.

    After pushing and shoving and caving to get on TV, the president’s advisers immediately began warning that the long-yearned-for jobs speech wasn’t going to be that awe-inspiring.

    “The issue isn’t the size or the newness of the ideas,” one said. “It’s less the substance than how he says it, whether he seizes the moment.”

    The arc of justice is stuck at the top of a mountain. Maybe Obama was not even the person he was waiting for.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/opinion/dowd-one-and-done.html?_r=4

  126. A report of Obie’s visit to Paterson, long awaited by yours truly, is here, and it seems to be all about … Obie! Obie is in the front row hugging a woman. In fact, except for that woman, Obie IS the front row. Christie, in the second row with hands in pockets, lucked out somewhat by being at the near end of the second row … although with his girth, he is hard to miss anywhere he stands. I snipped out a chunk of the middle of this report, and it is documentation for admin’s current title/hypothesis [-after-august-2011-can-obama-top-his-booberies-yes-he-can]

    Obama Vows Federal Aid For Irene Recovery After Touring New Jersey Flood Damage

    snip “Everybody’s going to be working hard to help you recover,” Obama told one woman as he put his hand on her shoulder. The Passaic crested at twice its flood stage at a record 14 feet, depositing debris and muddy water stains on buildings and homes across Paterson. “The entire country is behind you,” Obama said after viewing the destruction. “We are going to make sure that we provide all the resources that’s necessary in order to help these communities rebuild.”

    He pledged to people all along the Atlantic Coast who were affected by Irene that he won’t allow “Washington politics” to get in the way of bringing federal help.

    The White House told Congress late last week that there’s a need for more than $5 billion in additional disaster relief money, not even counting the billions expected from Irene.

    The Obama administration says that under the terms of last month’s budget deal, Congress can provide more than $11 billion in disaster aid next year without finding offsetting budget cuts, as demanded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and other Republicans. snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/04/obama-to-examine-hurricane-irene-flood-damage-in-new-jersey/?test=latestnews

    No politics there in Paterson, eh? Nor is there a problem coughing up all that money for the unexpected expense…right?

  127. Shadowfax, I’m still having a little pain, but they are starting me off slowly…changing my diet and I have to get scoped every 3 months and we’ll go from there….I don’t he thinks that I’m cancer free….but he wanted to go slowly at first and after my next colonscope my guess is that I’ll be getting meds, and not just something keep my colon from spasming….

    I read the Union guys are fed up with the “one”…they finally figured out he was working for the rethugs I think..

  128. confloyd – I’m terribly sorry to learn about your situation healthwise, and will remember to keep you especially in mind.
    ======================
    Followup on Paterson story – guess I am fixated on it, but take heart … a T storm is approaching and I’ll probably have to vacate to the TV shortly. Anyway, CNN has a video of the story here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/09/04/obama.irene/index.html?section=cnn_latest It starts off with a frame cropped so much to focus on Obama and the woman that only Christie’s chin and considerable abdomen are shown. Guess I was mistaken. Christie will get nothing from this save a wasted afternoon.

  129. Confloyd –
    Is your Dr. sure you even have Chrones? Many it is more difficult to identify than UC is, or maybe because of it’s complicated location?
    I hope the very best outcome for you.

  130. I’d be surprised if the MSM were seriously turning on Obama unless they already had their own favorite picked out for 2012.

    Right now they may just be looking for an interesting story, knowing they have plenty of time to swing back to “Obama recovers” or such before the election.

  131. But an unnamed White House adviser told the veteran columnist Roger Simon that Team Obama knew full well that the speech would be at the same time as the debate. Boehner, he briefed, had agreed with the timing (Boehner flatly denies this) but had then been berated by Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show host, and Tea Party members of Congress.

    Under this pressure, the White House adviser alleged, Boehner changed his mind. “This was a political thing, a Tea Party thing, a Rush Limbaugh thing.”

    “It fits with the campaign strategy Obama appears to have decided on – portray Republican leaders as prisoners of the racist, Right-wing nutters from the Tea Party. “They’re to blame, the argument goes, for the gridlock in Washington because of their intransigence in the face of nice, reasonable Obama.

    The problem is that every smear and insult possible was thrown at the Tea Party in last year’s mid-term elections but the grassroots movement still drove an historic Republican victory. It is also an obvious attempt to change the subject, moving discussion away from the economy by fixating on alleged racism or religious fundamentalism on the Right.”

    This excerpt is from a column from DC columnist for the UK Telegraph talking about the White House climbdown on the joint session beer summit kerfuffle. At the exact same time they were making nice in public, the WH was spreading hatred and racial dissent with unnamed off the record source to change the subject. We have 14 months of this filth to look forward to because they do not have a policy, clue, or means of digging themselves out of the hole.

  132. Oh my!

    Cheney: US different if Hillary Clinton president

    WASHINGTON—Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t president, but Dick Cheney says that if she were in the White House rather than Barack Obama, then things might be different today in the country.

    Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!.ShareThis .Cheney isn’t getting into specifics, but he does think that “perhaps she might have been easier for some of us who are critics of the president to work with.”

    The former vice president tells “Fox News Sunday” that it’s his sense that the secretary of state is “one of the more competent members” of the Obama administration and it would be “interesting to speculate” about how she would have performed as president.

    Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Obama, who went on to beat Republican John McCain in the general election. Obama named Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2011/09/04/cheney_us_different_if_hillary_clinton_president/

  133. When the man of Hope and Change becomes an Albatross around the necks of Americans. And persists in calling Americans racists; it’s time for him to find gainful employment elsewhere in the workplace.
    ___________________________

    Obama’s illegal move on immigration

    By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, September 2, 2012

    Only Congress has constitutional authority to establish U.S. immigration policy, and fundamental reform requires legislative action. Thus the administration’s recent announcement that deportation will be sought only for undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States violates the separation of powers and is unconstitutional.

    No president, of course, can hope to expel every undocumented person in the United States — they number perhaps upward of 11 million people. Human and financial resources to identify, apprehend, process and promptly deport millions have been lacking for years as has, arguably, the political will to do so. In this environment, immigration enforcement authorities, under administrations of both parties, have performed as best they could given their resources. Still, millions have been deported over the years. And while many had been convicted of serious criminal offenses, most deportees have not been in that category.

    The policy that Obama unveiled last month differs fundamentally from the spotty immigration enforcement records of previous presidents. The administration indicated that, henceforth, deportation will be focused solely on illegal immigrants who have criminal records and that no enforcement resources will be expended on those who do not pose a threat to public safety. The effect is that undocumented individuals who have avoided apprehension at the border and not been convicted of a serious offense since arriving to the United States will no longer face the prospect of deportation, the most basic means of immigration enforcement.”

    This goes far beyond merely prioritizing the use of limited immigration enforcement resources. And it exceeds the president’s constitutional authority by, in effect, suspending operation of the immigration laws with respect to a very large and identifiable class of offenders.

    Federal agencies establish enforcement priorities because Congress rarely votes adequate monies to fully implement any federal program. Law enforcement agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement properly exercise prosecutorial discretion in deciding which offenses to investigate and prosecute. That discretion ultimately resides in the president. It allows him to establish priorities — properly informed by his policy preferences — on at least two levels.

    First, a president can decide to devote more resources to a particular problem — human trafficking or white-collar crime, for example — with the result that other laws or areas of concern (say, organized crime) will be less vigorously pursued and enforced. This is entirely lawful and appropriate. Presidents are elected in part to establish such priorities.

    Second, law enforcement officials must make determinations whether and how to direct their efforts in individual cases. Under the manual governing U.S. attorneys, for example, federal prosecutors must consider whether there is a sufficient federal interest before pursuing a case. This involves questions such as the nature and seriousness of an offense, potential deterrent effect on others, the defendant’s record, alternatives to criminal prosecution, likelihood of success and established law enforcement priorities.

    This discretion is fully supported by the president’s constitutional authority. But that authority is not boundless. While the president can legitimately decide that, say, most FBI resources should be dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases, he cannot decree that no enforcement resources whatsoever should be allocated to securities fraud or counterfeiting cases. Since in our constitutional system the executive branch has exclusive license to enforce federal criminal laws, this would effectively decriminalize securities fraud and counterfeiting, vitiating the federal statutes that proscribed such activities.

    In this regard, the Constitution provides that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” A century before the Constitution took effect, Britain’s King James II was deposed in no small part because he claimed the right to generally suspend laws enacted by Parliament and to dispense with law in individual cases.

    James hoped to benefit his fellow Roman Catholics by issuing a “declaration of indulgence,” suspending operation of the religious penal laws Parliament had enacted against Roman Catholics and non-Anglican Protestants. The opposition in Britain was not merely due to religious bigotry. Acknowledging the power to suspend or dispense with laws, even when used to grant religious tolerance, would fatally warp any balance between executive and legislative authority. A legislature has no power to speak of if the executive can simply decide not to enforce its law. Thus, the suspending and dispensing powers were declared illegal in the English Bill of Rights. Knowing this history, the Framers gave the president no choice but to execute laws passed by Congress. As the Supreme Court stated in the 1838 case Kendall v. United States, the power to dispense with laws enacted by Congress “has no countenance for its support in any part of the constitution.”

    Obama has not declared his intent to dispense with immigration law, and the point at which permissible executive enforcement discretion becomes suspension of statutory requirements often is one of degree. In this case, however, there is little question that the line has been crossed. The president is entitled to establish enforcement priorities, but the ultimate goal must always be implementation of the law as enacted by Congress. If the president disagrees with that law, he must persuade Congress to change it.

    The writers are partners in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler; they served in the Justice Department under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

  134. JanH, Israel was 100% justified in boarding the so called flotilla( see “terror ship”) and the IDF did what any competent army would do under the circumstances. The fact is that the IDF goes out of it’s way to mitigate civilian casualties despite their cowardly enemies launching attacks from highly concentrated civilian centers. The cowards then hide in apartment buildings, mosques, hospitals, etc. Israel warns the civilians that they are going to bomb and to leave the buildings. This is unheard of and we(USA) would never do the same. There is no comparsion and no moral equivalency. The next flotilla should be sunk by a torpedo imo. Also, Turkey should think about the Armenians and Kurds, and how dare their leaders demand an apology from Israel. What chutzpah!!!

  135. Just to be clear, i won’t comment on the situation between Turkey and Israel, mainly because the internet is constantly monitored here in Turkey, however ahem you can probably guess what i think, can’t you jbstonesfan.

  136. Somebody needs to remind Ms. Dowd that she has scrapped knees and stains on her blue dress from servicing Obama on the pages of the NY Times during the 2008 campaign.

  137. I truly love the last paragraph of this article…

    The great Obama cover-up

    We know every detail about other presidents and their families, why not this one?

    By Ezra Levant
    September 03, 2011

    Onyango Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama’s uncle, was charged this week in Boston with drunk driving. Turns out he’s also an illegal immigrant.

    When he was arrested, he told police he wanted to call the White House. Why not? If President Obama bailed out General Motors, why not his own uncle?

    In one of his autobiographies, President Obama talks fondly about Onyango, calling him “Uncle Omar.” So it’s not like they were long lost relatives. But Uncle Omar isn’t the only embarrassment in the Obama family. Uncle Omar’s sister — Obama’s aunt — is a newsmaker, too. Her name is Auntie Zeituni. She was once living illegally in the U.S. too, although she was granted asylum last year. Uncle Omar even had a social security number.

    Then there’s Obama’s grandmother Sarah. She still lives in Kenya. And until a PR firm gave her electricity as a publicity stunt, she lived in a hut without power.

    Have you ever heard of any of these members of Obama’s family?

    These aren’t distant relatives. They’re aunts and uncles and his grandma.

    How could Obama have let his own grandmother live without even electric power? How could he not help his uncle and aunt come into compliance with America’s immigration laws?

    OK, how about this: What do you know about Obama’s brothers and sisters? He’s got as many as eight half brothers and sisters — some in the U.S., one in China, some in Africa. Can you name one?

    How about his parents? Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan foreign student in Hawaii when he met Obama’s mom, Stanley. That was her name, Stanley. She was just a teenager. Obama Sr. already had a wife and baby back in Kenya, but he married Stanley anyways. He was a polygamist.

    How did you not know that? Easy, the Media Party didn’t tell you.

    We know every detail about other presidents and their families — especially their goofy relatives. Jimmy Carter’s brother, Billy, actually worked for Moammar Gadhafi. Bill Clinton’s half brother, Roger, served time in prison for cocaine.

    Sarah Palin ran for vice president, but we know everything about her — and her daughter Bristol’s ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston. There are more than two million Google hits about him — just 20,000 for Obama’s half brother Mark.

    The real point is we know less about Obama than any other president in modern times.

    A polygamist dad is exotic. Obama then followed his mom and his new stepdad to Indonesia, where he went to a Muslim school for two years. That’s exotic, too.

    His mom and dad originally met because of their love of Communism, revolution and third world-ism. That’s unusual. It also informs Obama’s beliefs today — in everything from the war on terror to foreign affairs to capitalism.

    Never before has an American president been subjected to so little scrutiny, or had such an empty resume with so many gaps in his life. He truly is the Manchurian president.

    We don’t know about Obama, or his values, or his history, or even his family.

    And the reason we don’t know any of this is because the Media Party doesn’t want us to know.

    They realize this is all too exotic and problematic, and would lead to just too many questions about their candidate. So they dispatched dozens of reporters to Wasilla, Alaska, to scrutinize Palin, but not to Indonesia or Kenya.

    Obama is alien. Not because he’s black, but because his beliefs are alien, and were formed in a crucible of radical student activism. If anything, Obama isn’t black in the traditional U.S. political sense — he is not descended from slaves. His adult life was one of charmed privilege, a Harvard lawyer-millionaire.

    Barack Obama is going down as the worst president in American history. American voters may fix that next year. But the Media Party’s cover-up of his faults — and even the basic facts of his life — is a problem that will surely continue for years to come.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/02/the-great-obama-cover-up

  138. In other words, bambi and his pals couldn’t come up with an original idea if their lives depended on it…

    Bill Clinton to the Rescue

    The Daily Beast, Sunday, September 4, 2011
    By John Avlon

    It’s Labor Day 2011 and all eyes are on the economy—both the stubborn 9.1 percent unemployment rate and President Obama’s upcoming “job creation” speech in front of a Joint Session of Congress.

    There’s evidence that Obama may be looking for inspiration from Bill Clinton—and Newsweek readers might have gotten a sneak preview.

    Back in June, Clinton penned a 14-point plan for job creation in a Newsweek cover story. Given that President Obama has promised new ideas in this speech, it is perhaps not surprising that some of the trial balloons that have been floated reflect more than a passing familiarity with President Clinton’s advice. After all, he was the last president to lead America out of recession, turning a deficit into a surplus, while wrestling with a Republican-controlled Congress and getting decisively re-elected.

    Two ideas floated by administration officials in August—retrofitting commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient and incentivizing engineering degrees—track closely with Clinton’s proposals. In the article, Bubba cited retrofitting recently done to the Empire State Building to make it more energy efficient, creating jobs whose work ultimately paid for itself in the building’s energy bill savings. Likewise, in a look at how we can bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and utilize community colleges more effectively, he emphasized that engineering education could strengthen U.S. strategic competitiveness and our job-force for decades into the future.

    In his Iowa bus barnstorming tour, President Obama spoke in favor of ratifying trade agreements with countries like South Korea and Columbia. This is a policy Republicans should philosophically agree with—and more liberal Democrats might be swayed if Obama takes Clinton’s advice to ensure that trade agreements are more effectively enforced. As Clinton pointed out, his administration passed more than 300 trade agreements—but because we were not a debtor nation at the time, we could afford to enforce trade regulations more effectively against countries, like China, that are now our creditors. It’s tougher to wield big stick when you’re also asking for cash.

    In addition, President Obama has indicated support for cutting the corporate tax rate—long a priority of fiscal conservatives—in exchange for closing loopholes, a commonsense trade backed by Republicans in the past. This shift—advocated by both Clinton and CEOs like Cisco’s John Chambers in a memorable 60 Minutes interview—should help companies start reinvesting some of their sidelined cash back in the United States.

    In his article, Clinton offered innovative ideas that should have bipartisan appeal: from tax credits for start-up companies in specific strategic industries, like battery technology, to incentivizing bank loans for small businesses and civic projects. In addition, there is bipartisan support in the Senate for a public-private infrastructure bank—a hallmark approach of the Clinton administration that draws on third-way thinking while translating directly to job creation. Likewise, extending the payroll tax cut should be a no-brainer to all but the most cynical conservative hyper-partisan bent on opposing President Obama, even on tax cuts.

    Part of improving the business climate will also require putting the U.S. on more stable fiscal footing—and that means bending the long term budget cost curve. In his speech, President Obama is expected to challenge the so-called “Super-Committee” to reach beyond its $1.5 trillion cut mandate by proposing both tax and entitlement reforms. Offering specifics would help Obama regain credibility, especially on areas like means-testing and indexing Social Security for inflation. But massive cuts from strategic discretionary-spending investments should be postponed for another year to allow the economy to stabilize—a point on which both Bowles-Simpson and Bill Clinton agree.

    But perhaps the biggest advice President Obama can take from Bubba is a hallmark of Bill Clinton’s presidency—a laser-like focus on rebuilding the great American middle class.

    The forgotten middle class has been getting squeezed on both sides for more than a decade. Its strength reflects the strength of America directly. When it feels optimistic about the future, America is more confident. And not incidentally, the middle class determines who wins elections in America. Its members are the people who will most benefit from intelligent government action that incentivizes private-sector investment. That’s not big government, it’s smart government.

    Bill Clinton always spoke directly to the hopes and concerns of middle-class Americans—he was their champion in their White House, one of us in the Oval Office. But Barack Obama did not make appeals to the middle class a core of his 2012 campaign. In his last State of the Union speech, however, he got the memo—mentioning the “middle class” 16 times by my count. In sharp contrast, during the last GOP presidential debate, no candidate mentioned the words “middle class.”

    If Barack Obama wants to take a page from Bill Clinton’s successful approach to reviving the economy, the president should take a look at his predecessor’s policies as well his politics. Bubba offered memorable slogans backed by real policy plans, expressed in terms that people at home could understand. Borrow great ideas, especially from the other side of the aisle, with full credit—that it makes it harder for the opposition to oppose. Then make them your own. And above all, focus on the forgotten American middle class.

    These are the core ideas that can animate a high-stakes jobs speech at a time when President Obama’s economic credibility as well as his re-election prospects are at stake. The president needs more than a great speech—we are past the time for pretty words. Bold bipartisan policy solutions are the key to him regaining credibility on the economy.

    http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/bill-clinton-to-the-rescue-1700446.story

  139. I live on the east end of Long Island and we were grazed by Irene….1.5″ of rain and winds of 40mph with some higher gusts. We were without power for 6 days and since we have a well, we also had no water.
    The reason behind this should be of interest to everyone. Our electric power is supplied by LIPA…a monoply. Most of the power lines are strung from poles rather than buried…..so whenever there is wind we have power outages.

    The actual power lines are owned by the utility. The workers are supplied by contract to National Grid…a British consortioum. My friends husband works for National Grid and says that since they took over the contract they have basically looked only to the bottom line. ….cutting to the bone and telling employees to “do more with less”. They are a foreign company with investors to provide profits for and he feels that they do not care at all. They do not have enough crews or workers to handle storm damage so they contract to companies from other states to come and assist. I have been told that National Grid accepts kickbacks to select these companies and then pays these workers way more than they pay their own employees. My friend says the whole situation is corrupt.

    Republicans often push for privatization but with no competition, it is a disaster. Certain services which are necessary for our health, safety and functioning should be not for profit. These are areas where I believe our government should function for us.

    Bottom line is that we will now have to hire an electrician and invest in a generator, We can no longer depend on reliable electric service. Truly our society is going backwards in many areas of our lives.

  140. Also, The Clintons were here last week. They visited our local vineyard…a regular stop for them. Apparently…as reported in the NY POST, Bill was walking one of Hillary’s dogs on the Beach right after the storm and was told to leave the beach by local police as the beach was still considered potentially dangerous from undertow.
    He dined with friends at a local restaurant while Hillary was in Paris and the entire restaurant broke out in singing Happy Birthday to him.

    This is CLinton country….many friends and supporters here!

  141. my, my…

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/09/04/favoritesonsanddaughters

    What Democrats can do about Obama
    By Matt Stoller

    From the debt ceiling fiasco to the recent rescheduling of a jobs speech at the behest of Speaker Boehner, it has not been a good summer for President Obama. Like Chinese water torture, Gallup’s daily tracking poll has shown a steady and unrelenting drip of bad news. He has been in and out of the high 30s for his approval, and in the low to mid-50s for his disapproval.

    George W. Bush’s approval rating didn’t drop this low until Katrina hit. And on the economy, 71 percent of Americans disapprove of how Obama is doing his job. Even among reliably Democratic groups — union households, women and young people — he’s now unpopular.

    No one, not even the president’s defenders, expect his coming jobs speech to mean anything. When the president spoke during a recent market swoon, the market dropped another 100 points. Democrats may soon have to confront an uncomfortable truth, and ask whether Obama is a suitable choice at the top of the ticket in 2012. They may then have to ask themselves if there’s any way they can push him off the top of the ticket.

    That these questions have not yet been asked in any serious way shows how weak the Democratic Party is as a political organization. Yet this political weakness is not inevitable, it can be changed through courage and collective action by a few party insiders smart and principled enough to understand the value of a public debate, and by activists who are courageous enough to face the real legacy of the Obama years.

    Obama has ruined the Democratic Party. The 2010 wipeout was an electoral catastrophe so bad you’d have to go back to 1894 to find comparable losses. From 2008 to 2010, according to Gallup, the fastest growing demographic party label was former Democrat. Obama took over the party in 2008 with 36 percent of Americans considering themselves Democrats. Within just two years, that number had dropped to 31 percent, which tied a 22-year low.

    Of course, there are many rationalizations for Obama to remain the nominee. He’s faced difficult opposition. He’s passed major legislation. His presidency is historic. The economy is hard to resuscitate. But all such rationalizations evade the party’s responsibilities to actually choose the nominee best suited to win votes. If Obama looks unlikely to get enough votes to win, he should not get the nomination.

    If would be one thing if Obama were failing because he was too close to party orthodoxy. Yet his failures have come precisely because Obama has not listened to Democratic Party voters. He continued idiotic wars, bailed out banks, ignored luminaries like Paul Krugman, and generally did whatever he could to repudiate the New Deal. The Democratic Party should be the party of pay raises and homes, but under Obama it has become the party of pay cuts and foreclosures. Getting rid of Obama as the head of the party is the first step in reverting to form.

    So why isn’t there a legitimate primary challenger to Obama to make this case? Forty years ago, primaries were instituted in the Democratic Party as a response to party insiders having too much influence over nominations. These reforms were implemented before the prevalence of money in politics was as extreme as it is now. At this point, primary challenges are so expensive that a serious 2012 campaign would ironically require support of party insiders for viability. The party, inflexible as it was in 1968, is perhaps even more rigid today. As a result, no candidate has stepped up to challenge Obama in a primary, even though 32 percent of Democratic voters want one.

    This is an institutional crisis for Democrats. The groups that fund and organize the party — an uneasy alliance of financiers, conservative technology interests, the telecommunications industry, healthcare industries, labor unions, feminists, elite foundations, African-American church networks, academic elites, liberals at groups like MoveOn, the ACLU and the blogosphere — are frustrated, but not one of them has broken from the pack. In remaining silent, they give their assent to the right-wing policy framework that first George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama, cemented in place. It will be nearly impossible to dislodge such a framework without starting within the Democratic Party itself.

    In other words, party inflexibility has a price. If the economy worsens going into the fall, and the president continues as he has to attempt to cut Social Security, Democrats might be facing a Carter-Reagan scenario. Reagan, at first considered a lightweight candidate, ended up winning a landslide victory that devastated the Democratic Party in 1980. Carter wasn’t the only loss; many significant liberal senators, such as George McGovern, John Culver and Birch Bayh, fell that year.

    Today, it’s clear that certain Democratic constituency groups — unions especially — are on their deathbed. A reinvigoration of debate over the nature of the American workplace is desperately needed, yet labor leaders seem to prefer supplicating quietly to politicians who betray them. This is not inevitable. People can show dignity.

    So what can party leaders do? History offers one model. In 1892, the Democratic Party nominated Grover Cleveland, and with sweeping majorities in both houses, Democrats had control of the federal government for the first time since before the Civil War. Then a financial crisis, plus Cleveland’s stubborn allegiance to banking interests, turned his presidency into a catastrophe for Democrats.

    When taking state candidates into account, the 1894 midterm elections were comparable to the 2010 wipeout; Cleveland was disliked so ardently that party leaders pushed him out of running for reelection. Instead the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan, who introduced many populist themes into the party and began the ideological transformation that would culminate with the election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932.

    History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. If a few of the key constituency groups in the Democratic Party publicly wondered whether Obama should run for reelection, rumblings would start. Some organized constituency groups — say some components of the AFL-CIO — would need to announce that their support is up for grabs, based on a clear set of criteria. Given the Obama administration’s rampant anti-labor policies, this wouldn’t be an unreasonable posture. And then a senior politician, like, say, a Tom Harkin, would need to decide that he would want to encourage robust intra-party debate about the party’s future.

    Harkin could run as a “favorite son” of Iowa, and encourage people in the caucuses to send a message to the party and to Obama by choosing him. Other candidates could then emerge in early primary and caucus states, as a way of repudiating Obama’s leadership. Candidates wouldn’t have to pretend to be running for president or be presidential quality; they could simply stand in as favorite sons or daughters of their own geographic area. This would immediately fire up a highly aggressive and needed debate about the direction of the Democratic Party and the country at large. It would build a new set of leaders, and elevate others who would like to distance themselves from the Obama policy agenda.

    In a few months, we’ll know better if Obama still looks like a loser next year. If he does, that does not mean the Democratic Party must follow him down the path to oblivion.

    For Obama, the die is cast. He has put forward his economic program, and it will work to return jobs and income, and get the votes, or it won’t. Knocking on doors won’t change that, nor will a donation in a $6 billion election season. What can change the reality of 2012 is if Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, begins to take his job of representing workers seriously, and one or two establishment Democrats who remember liberalism decide to model courage for the younger generation. Then a robust debate can happen. Only by shaking up the current political order will solutions emerge.

    Such debates tend to create institutional reforms — the vibrant antiwar blogosphere of 2002-2006, and eventually the Obama campaign itself, emerged out of such a series of debates. Such a debate would also force the Obama campaign to come up with some answers to questions it would prefer to defer until after the election: Where are the jobs, and what is the plan to stop foreclosures? It would allow millions of Americans who have been hurt — and who have benefited — from administration policies, to have their say.

    I wish I could say I was optimistic that party leaders will step forward and start the debate Democratic voters need. As for many, the last few years have shattered my faith in the political process. Obama has basically endorsed every major plank of George Bush’s administration, yet Democrats still grant their approval. What we’re finding out is that Obama’s pathologically pro-establishment and conflict-averse DNA was funded by party insiders and embraced by liberal constituency groups in 2008 for a reason.

    Political parties need to be flexible enough to allow for new ideas to come into the process, or else third parties or civil disorder are inevitable. All it would take to provide this flexibility are well-known Democratic elders who understand that rank and file Democrats deserve a choice, and a few political insiders who realize that they can increase their own power by encouraging a robust debate. I don’t think this will happen. But just imagine if it did.

    Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

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    note he says ‘Obama has ruined the Democratic Party’

  142. Furthermore, Turkey is a real ally to us.
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    Turkey is for all purposes a Muslim country, and for all purposes, NOT an ally to us, they like our paychecks.

    Israel will always be our ally

  143. God help Texas. We here in Central Texas are having serious fires, ten’s of thousands of acres going up. My friend lost her house, may have lost her animals, she couldn’t find them, their house went up in minutes

  144. jbstonesfan: “Israel was 100% justified in boarding the so called flotilla (see “terror ship”) and the IDF did what any competent army would do under the circumstances.”
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    However, if it had been armed palestinians boarding a civilian Israeli (see “Jewish”) ship, your judgment would be 100% reversed. The attackers would then be “terrorists” or “pirates”.

    I think this is why so many of us (and Bibi) fear the creation of a Palestinian state, because the palestinians will then have some legal guns on their side and will be able to cry out “defense” on their own behalf.

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