Memo From Turner: Barack Obama Please Campaign In Brooklyn And Save The Weiner Seat

In all of world history is there an entity or person more loving, generous, giving, kind and sweet than we here at Big Pink? Consider, with all the contempt we have for that boobish creature of low character called Barack Obama, we are busy at work this Friday devoted to help him. Such kindness! Such generosity! Such love!

From here on there is no one who can doubt how angelic we are as we strive to help Obama achieve a singular promise from last night. This is what the Boob said towards the end of his TelePrompTer reading campaign publicity stunt:

“You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.”

Here is our contribution to the Barack Obama 2012 campaign: There is an election in Brooklyn this coming Tuesday, in a Democratic district, and there will be no greater demonstration of Obama power and support for Obama’s non-existent legislation as read in a joint session last night than a massive 99% victory for the man who will replace Anthony Weiner.

Imagine the stunned Hillary Clinton supporters, Social Security supporters, Medicare supporters, Republicans, conservatives, and assorted members of the NOBAMA coalition who will be silenced when Obama makes an appearance in Brooklyn and the Obama Dimocrat wins 99% of the vote! “Hurrah” the fratboys will cheer and the Obots sing out, the Dimocrat ladies they will all sing out when Barry comes smiling home.

* * * * * *

Suspicious minds will suggest that we are not sincere in our attempt to help Obama. They will throw in our faces the fact that we laughed when we heard Barack Obama planned to campaign in Massachusetts for Martha Coakley. We knew Obama is Poison and that poor Martha Coakley was doomed the minute Barack Obama appeared in true blue Massachusetts.

Those suspicious minds will also note that we knew Jon Corzine of New Jersey would be defeated once Barack Obama appeared in blue New Jersey. Suspicious minds will speak about how we knew that Creigh Deeds in Virginia, and Specter in Pennsylvania were all dead meat the moment Obama appeared in those respective states on their behalf.

Fair enough, there is a lot of evidence to justify those suspicions. But our suggestion stands in spite of those who think it is a spiteful bit of advice. After all Obama is selling the nonsense that Obama Dimocrats in 2012 should stick by him. What better way to demonstrate the logic of “unity” and support for Obama than a massive victory in the Brooklyn 9th congressional district?

Before 2010 Obama promised Obama Dimocrats running for office that they had a golden future and electoral victory in their grasp because unlike 1994 when the Democratic Party had Bill Clinton – in 2010 the Obama Dimocrat Party was blessed because “YOU’VE GOT ME!”. That promise did not come to fruition. Instead it was an electoral Waterloo.

If Barack Obama won’t fight to save the old Anthony Weiner congressional district what will he fight for in 2012 other than himself?



In addition, Barack Obama is THE issue in the 9th congressional district. The entire campaign by the Republican is based on an Ed Koch fueled slogan of “send Barack Obama a message, send Washington a message.” Barack Obama is the issue in the 9th congressional district and only he can save the hapless Obama Dimocrat.


Ed Koch Scolds David Weprin from Bob Turner for Congress on Vimeo.

That Obama Dimocrat, David Weprin, is a prime example of a nonentity who succeeds by toeing the party line and advancing himself by being an empty slate. Weprin the boob does not know how much the national debt is and is unable to vote for himself because he does not live in the district and does not intend to move into the district.


Send A Message from Bob Turner for Congress on Vimeo.

Weprin the boob Obama Dimocrat is arguing for building the Mosque of Doom. Barack Obama supports building the Mosque of Doom and therefore he should campaign for the Mosque of Doom in the district as well.

Weprin the Obama Dimocrat has already declared support for Obama’s reelection and Obama should do everything to support Weprin. Today Michelle Obama took off last night’s inappropriate cocktail dress and appeared in the district to scare the children with her scowl. Where’s Barack Obama????

Barack Obama MUST travel to Brooklyn and bring his Mess-iah message to Brooklyn, to a Democratic district, and demonstrate the power of his message. Siena poll or not Barack Obama MUST campaign for the Weiner seat, for Weprin, against Turner:

“Just remember that NY-09, which sent Anthony Weiner to the House seven times in a row.  It has a Cook index of D+5, a significant registration advantage for Democrats.  This district voted for Barack Obama 55/44 in 2008.  And yet, with just four days to go before a special election to replace the disgraced Weiner, Siena’s new survey of 886 likely voters show the Democratic nominee David Weprin six points behind the man who couldn’t come within 20 points of Weiner in a massive Tea Party midterm: [snip]

Recall that Obama won this district by eleven points in 2008. What do voters think of him now? Siena’s crosstabs show Obama’s approval at 43/54 in this Democratic district in New York City. Among Democrats, he only has a 59/38 approval rating, hardly a strong vote of confidence in the party leader. Independents in the district give him an abysmal 29/68 job approval rating, and he has majority-disapproval ratings among all gender, age, religion, and income categories. He’s even underwater among union households, 46/52.

If Turner pulls off the upset on Tuesday, Democrats will find a better candidate for the 2012 election to run against Turner than the hapless Weprin, who has a terrible record in elections anyway. But if Obama is at the top of that ticket, Turner has a pretty good shot at holding the seat if these approval numbers stay the same.”

Roll Call has taken note of the boobery and rated the race a toss up with only Obama Dimocratic turnout operations the Hope to elect boob Weprin.

Oh, dear…. perhaps we are wrong. We momentarily forgot “Obama is the kiss of death.” Maybe we have been utterly insincere in our affectation of helping the boob.

Still we do think that Obama should go to Brooklyn and explain his booberies, lunacies, treacheries and corruptions. There is a lot for Obama to explain (like the Solyndra potential corruption). Let the people of Brooklyn hear from the boob in person. Then let them vote.

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136 thoughts on “Memo From Turner: Barack Obama Please Campaign In Brooklyn And Save The Weiner Seat

  1. Posted by MoonOnPluto earlier:

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/09/politicians-can.php

    New York Assemblyman David Weprin just can’t catch a break in his race to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. A video of the Democrat, who is fighting for his political life ahead of next week’s special election, dancing somewhat less-than-gracefully emerged on the Web this week and is beginning to make the rounds online.

    Weprin’s awkwardness in the video is unlikely to help him in a race in which he faces constant accusations that he cannot connect with voters and lacks a personality. Or, as his opponent Bob Turner loves to point, Weprin isn’t like the average New Yorker, he’s “a career politician.”

  2. You are SOOOOOO bad, admin.

    😉

    The surfing rabbi clip is almost as funny as the one moononpluto posted last thread on dancing pols.

    About MO, I don’t know about everyone else but I find the sight of her armpits repulsive. Cover them the f**k up!

  3. moononpluto
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I LOVE that clip! And actually, I find it refreshing when the like of George and Laura, Rove and even Weprin can lose their inhibitions, laugh at themselves and with the group and just let it all hang out. I thought those clips were cute, human, endearing.

    BO, on the other hand, always looks so unnatural, overly self-conscious, constantly arranging his face in a series of expressions he no doubt practiced to perfect for hours in front of a mirror.

    Gore – well, he’s such a pompous jacka$$ I really couldn’t bring myself to watch that clip.

    Great find!

  4. Israel says seeks U.S. help in guarding Cairo embassy

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/09/us-egypt-protest-israel-usa-idUSTRE7887E320110909

    Israel appealed for American help in guarding its Cairo embassy after Egyptian protestors stormed the building housing it on Friday.

    A statement from Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that in conversations with U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta and Obama administration envoy Dennis Ross he had “asked them to protect the embassy from the demonstrators.”

    …………………………

    Will Obama help, doubtful, dont count on him guys, he’ll let them burn it down first.

  5. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.”
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-gop-war-on-voting-20110830

    Much detail in the story about what new regulations recently passed or in works in what states.

  6. He’s just like when your Pops gets up on the dancefloor at a wedding and you just want the floor to open up and swallow you. Usually when he’s had like 10 beers and is rolling drunk and you are the one that has to get him off the dancefloor because your Mother refuses to go get him.

  7. Can we all form a posse……..

    Dallas mother ‘glued two-year-old daughter’s hands to wall and beat her into a coma’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035697/Dallas-mother-glued-year-old-daughters-hands-wall-beat-coma.html#ixzz1XUwD9sZm

    A two-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her mother allegedly glued her hands to the wall and beat her into a coma because she was struggling with potty training.

    Elizabeth Escalona, 22, faces child abuse charges after she allegedly dragged her daughter through the house in Dallas and tortured her, leaving her with countless injuries and possible brain damage.

    The toddler, Joselyn Cedillo, is on life support in hospital. According to police records, glue and paint were stuck to her palms, with skin torn away in places.

    A relative told local station News 8 that the girl has broken bones, bruises and head injuries.

    The girl was rushed to hospital after Escalona called her mother and said there was something wrong with her daughter.

    She then allegedly hit the girl in the stomach with a milk jug, kicked her and beat her with a shoe and a belt.

    Police said that numerous people had seen the suspect inflict pain on her daughter in the past.

    Escalona could face life in prison if convicted.

    The girl and three other siblings have been taken into custody.

    ……………………………………….

    Personally had i been there and seen that, God help me, i’d have beaten that woman to death, rage would have taken over me. Evil personified.

  8. as thought….useless.

    FLASH: Obama tells Netanyahu in phone call he is concerned about storming of Israeli embassy in Cairo

    FLASH: Obama calls on Egypt to honor international obligations and protect Israeli embassy in Cairo

    about as useful as heels on a wet lawn.

  9. ‘He’s just like when your Pops gets up on the dancefloor at a wedding and you just want the floor to open up and swallow you. Usually when he’s had like 10 beers and is rolling drunk and you are the one that has to get him off the dancefloor because your Mother refuses to go get him.’

    Hehehehehehe.

    I still thought it was cute even though I don’t like his policies, his political ID and I hope he loses.

    Powell doing half the macarena is a riot but I still like the George-Laura African dance.

  10. FLASH: Israeli ambassador, family, embassy staff at Cairo airport, planning to fly out according to airport sources

    Looks like Egypt is getting very unfriendly, this is largely due to the trouble Turkey’s PM is stirring up.

  11. THANKS FOR THE CONFIRMATION, moononpluto.

    I took this guess:

    rgb44hrc
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I think I smell the Republicans’ strategy. Obama says, “Pass **this bill** now”. He promises that something will be forthcoming…So they’ll wait.

    Eric Cantor: “I went down to the mailbox, no bill from Obama. I checked my fax machine, nothing. Voice mail, nada. So when the president submits the bill as he promised, we shall certainly give it its due consideration”.

    Well, it was Boehner that responded:

    moononpluto
    September 9th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    House GOP leaders send letter to Obama requesting jobs plan details
    ========

    The top four House Republican leaders on Friday requested the details of the jobs plan outlined by President Obama in an address before a joint session of Congress.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) made their request in a letter to Obama Friday afternoon.

    “We look forward to receiving legislative text for any of your ideas in a manner that can be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and to the upcoming speech you described last night in which you will detail the offsets that will be needed to ensure your proposals are paid for,” the leaders wrote.

  12. In all of world history is there an entity or person more loving, generous, giving, kind and sweet than we here at Big Pink? Consider, with all the contempt we have for that boobish creature of low character called Barack Obama, we are busy at work this Friday devoted to help him. Such kindness! Such generosity! Such love!

    ——
    What more could the tarnished calf ask of you, except maybe a large donation to his campaign, or vacation fund.

  13. “Memo from Turner” indeed….I hope we can meet at a show in summer 2012 administrator(at least that’s what my sources are telling me).

  14. I think Weprin dances better than Obama. In NY, we say “it’s all good.”

    Palin is right about Obama’s “pass it right now” tactic. ‘Rushing the mark’ is a chapter in the con man’s handbook. When somebody rushes you to sign something, you know it’s a scam.

  15. meanwhile…

    Record Hurricane Season in the Making in the Atlantic

    This week, tropical storm Nate formed and strengthened in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, with the likelihood of becoming a Category 1 hurricane within the next day or two. Nate is the 14th major storm of the season, putting 2011 on track to equal or surpass the number of major storms produced in 2005—the most active hurricane season on record. “If we continue on this pace, we are going to challenge 2005,” said Jeff Masters, a former NOAA pilot of hurricane reconnaissance planes. “That would make three of the last six years among the top five busiest hurricane seasons on record,” he said.

    Over 100,000 Evacuate in Susquehanna River Basin, Amidst Extreme Rain in NE

    Under super-heavy rainfall from the remains of Tropical Storm Lee, flooding is underway from Maryland through New England. Well over 100,000 people have been evacuated today so far, from sites in the Susquehanna River Basin, whose land area — 27,500 sq. miles (71,000 km2) — comprises that of half of Pennsylvania, and parts of south-central New York, as well as into Maryland. Mandatory evacuation orders range from 120,000 in the greater Wilkes-Barre/Wyoming Valley area (issued this morning), to smaller-scale evacuation orders, such as for 1,000 to depart Port Deposit and Havre DeGrace, in Maryland, just upriver from where the Chesapeake Bay begins. Dams are weakening and breaching on smaller streams at multiple sites throughout all the Northeast.

    The overall dislocation could affect 200,000 people overall, in the next 36 hours. Some people may remain evacuated for 24 to 72 hours; others for days or weeks. The Pennsylvania and New York National Guard are both deployed. The Army Corps of Engineers, out of its Baltimore District, is activating any flood-mitigation operations possible.

    All over the Northeast, locations already flooded by Hurricane Irene — e.g., Paterson and other towns on the Passaic River; New York’s Hudson Valley, and points throughout Vermont — are now seeing renewed high water. Since Monday, from 10 to 12 inches, or even more, have fallen at points in the mid-Atlantic and New England states, for example, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital, on the lower Susquehanna. These are areas already sodden from rainstorms.

    Upriver, on the Susquehanna in what’s called the Wyoming Valley, comprising old coal towns such as Nanticoke, and centered on Wilkes-Barre, local officials conferred this morning with the National Weather Service at 5 am, then issued a mandatory order for some 120,000 to 150,000 people to evacuate by 8 pm, which deadline was soon changed to 4 pm because of the rapid rise of the river. As of 5 pm, an estimated 65,000 have departed Wilkes-Barre/Luzerne County and nearby counties, and another 35,000 left from points farther outward.

    Farther upriver, over 10,000 have fled the Binghamton, New York area, where the Chenango River joins the Susquehanna, under evacuation orders from local officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The American Red Cross has 13 shelters in operation in south-central New York.

    The volume of annual rainfall so far in 2011 in Binghamton has reached an all-time record of 49.86 inches this week—with 115 days in the year to go. The flood-walls in Binghamton, 25.6 ft. high, will be overtopped tonight, when the Susquehanna is expected to crest at 26.2 ft.

    In Wilkes-Barre, the Wyoming Valley Levee District flood walls, pumps and other fixtures are working well, but the system’s design is for a maximum of 41 ft (12.5 m), and the Susquehanna’s crest overnight, or tomorrow morning, may be at 40.7 ft. This levee district completed its flood-defense systems only in 2010, after Hurricane Agness slammed the region in 1972! The resources were so slow from the Army Corps of Engineers, state and local sources, that the project took 38 years to finish!

    The shelters are filling up to capacity everywhere, with the poor and dependent, who have no means to re-locate to temporary quarters on their own. They face losing all they have. In Steelton, the former manufacturing town next to Harrisburg, the Steelworkers Hall, fitted with cots, has been receiving people all day, with desperate stories and sadness.

    Obama Policy to De-Fund Disaster-Response Agencies; Less Than $592 Million in FEMA Disaster Relief Fund

    The Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is now down to a paltry $592 million, according to a session yesterday of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The DRF is FEMA’s fund for all its “relief, recovery, and mitigation” efforts for all disasters across the country. Therefore, with no money, FEMA is suspending work and cutting commitments all over the place, from tornado aid to flood evacuations. This is policy in action; it is not an oversight.

    The same Obama policy holds for the budget lines of the other Federal agencies responsible for disaster response — especially the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works section, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster aid section. Also, the Federal Highway Administration and a few others.

    Worst Disaster Is Obama Remaining in Office

    The same policies implemented by George Bush which saw that 110,000 poor residents of New Orleans, driven out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, never got back.

    It will only get worse.

    Powerful earthquake strikes Canada’s Vancouver Island
    Agence France-Presse,

    – A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The epicenter of the quake was located 135 kilometers (84 miles) south-southeast of the town of Port Hardy on the island, and about 280 kilometers west of the city of Vancouver, the USGS said.

    The earthquake struck at a depth of about 26 kilometers (16 miles), it said, revising its initial assessment that the quake hit just two kilometers under the surface.

  16. turndownobama
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group …

    ————
    Alternate link to the Rolling Stone article, which will not open for me:

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/01-3

    (Common dreams always has them. Search the title and look for commondreams link in the results. This time, it was about the 15th down the list of Google hits.)

  17. Vcal
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    here’s the video of Hillary answering the Cheney comments….
    …-below-zero-chance-at-challenging-pres-obama-in-2012

    … she will change her mind. I hope!

    —————————

    She will not change her mind. If anyone would like to offer an example of Hillary’s past words and actions which indicate otherwise, I am most interested to have a look.

  18. Too, too funny. Turns out, Michelle was at the US Open yesterday. There’s a bunch of info here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TEN_US_OPEN_MICHELLE_OBAMA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-09-09-13-09-35
    Now in a huge SNAFU borne of FCC TV exclusivity rights and local 24/7 flood coverage … the US open was inadvertantly blacked out by one very unlucky cable company. I’d called at 4:35 to complain to complain that Judge Judy was blocked out. Cable co. response was: we’re working on it. I was surprised to have the restored station and find myself watching the Open. Now I read that it was one of Michelle’s big moments. I hope that company survives the wrath of the WH.

  19. moononpluto:

    “Personally had i been there and seen that, God help me, i’d have beaten that woman to death, rage would have taken over me. Evil personified.”
    __________________

    no worries- mop. That woman is in jail now- Some big Mama will take over and give her what she deserves after beating her baby 2 yr old. half to death, something she will never forget. She lives in Texas. Texas law uses the death penalty for anyone that harms children. If that baby dies, so will she.

  20. holdthemaccountable
    September 10th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    ha! They said her serve was 55mph.. The big ole thug ought to take out her aggressions on the court. I doubt she can haul that hulking body from one end of the court to the other very quickly without tripping over those size 13’s.

  21. Ryder cancels truck rentals amid terrorist threat

    PEORIA —

    Ryder has canceled all truck rentals for the coming week due to credible but unconfirmed threats of terrorist attacks in the wake of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

    A customer who did not want to be identified told the Journal Star that she had been informed by Ryder of the cancellation by phone call Friday. A Ryder representative told the Journal Star all local rentals for the weekend had been canceled, though that person declined to elaborate on the reason.

    Further questions were referred to the head of rentals for the local arm of the company. That person did not immediately return a request for an interview.

    The customer was told by a Ryder representative in Peoria that the president of the company had decided to stop all truck rentals this week in the wake of the threats of terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

    U.S. officials said Thursday they were investigating a credible but unconfirmed threat of a car bomb that may be used to target bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington, D.C.

    Neither U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental have any plans at this time to discontinue rentals in the area over the weekend, according to Peoria-area representatives reached by phone Friday afternoon.

    http://www.pjstar.com/news/x219212285/Moving-truck-company-cancels-rentals-amid-terrorist-threat
    __________________

    Nice- alerting terrorists to call U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental.. rather than wasting time calling Ryder- ridiculous!

  22. S – Interesting article by someone who is actually listening to Palin! And Palin is very very interesting in what she says here.

    Her thoughts prompted a counter-thought in my wee brain – as I had once suggested that HRC could run for the Republican nomination, with ideas like this, Palin could run for the Democratic nomination!

  23. This is from the “Concord Monitor” (MA?). The guy seems to be an unreformed Obot. The only excuse he offers for not nominating Hillary is that (i) it’s just not right to challenge a sitting president ’cause we all know where that got Carter, and (ii) “Party unity’s the thing.” Where have we heard that meme before? PUMA anyone?
    ***********

    Clinton in 2012?

    The calls aren’t surprising – but she’s not what Democrats need

    By Mike Pride / Monitor columnist
    September 10, 2011

    The calls for Democrats to put Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the top of the 2012 ballot are voices in the wilderness. An intra-party squabble over the nomination of a sitting president can only help the opposition.

    And yet . . .

    It is no surprise to hear her name. The arguments for her in 2008 look better in 2011 than they did back then. As a former first lady and second-term senator, she had more experience than President Obama did. She had overcome more adversity, personal and political. Most important, with the exception of her failed health-care initiative during her husband’s first term, she had a record of political success.

    Clinton’s experience as secretary of state has enhanced her record. As she showed during her New Hampshire primary campaign, she does her homework and sizes up a dangerous world with wisdom and understanding. Abroad, she is a tireless ambassador for the country. She knows how and when to be candid, but she has been a superb team player, helping to shape Obama’s foreign policy and serving it whether she agrees with it or not.

    The knock on Clinton the politician in 2008 was that she was divisive. For lots of reasons, most of them trumped up and harped on ad nauseam by right-wing flapjaws, many voters professed to hate her. Against this supposed liability, Obama offered a fresh image, a compelling biography and a new beginning – little political experience to speak of and hence no baggage.

    The Hillary hatred was unfortunate because it blinded people to the real Clinton. The real Clinton was warm and friendly, hardworking, determined, always on. Though tough when she had to be, she knew the politics of personal destruction too well to engage in it.

    Obama, by contrast, was a blank slate. This attracted liberals and young people eager to see their agendas in him. His huge rallies in New Hampshire and elsewhere were love-fests in which he could say no wrong. Even when he was off, he was adored. This core support helped him defeat Clinton for the nomination and win the presidency.

    It also dimmed into disillusionment early in Obama’s presidency. He compromised on health care and had a tin ear on jobs and the economy. His chief political instinct was to turn the other cheek. With his record a faint echo of his soaring campaign rhetoric, Obamamania subsided less than two years into his term. His most devoted supporters were nowhere to be heard in the 2010 campaign, and the Tea Party stepped into the void.

    How would Hillary Clinton have done had she won the presidency? She would almost certainly have focused more energy and spent more political capital on jobs and the economy than Obama did. She would have wasted much less time making nice to hidebound Republicans. It may seem hard to believe based on Obama and Clinton’s reputations on the stump, but it is even possible she would have used the bully pulpit more effectively than he has.

    This speculation may be just wishful thinking, but it is Obama’s performance as president that has raised the “What if?” question. Had he been more effective, no one would even have thought about the alternative reality of Clinton presidency.

    This second-guessing is unlikely to develop into a groundswell of Democratic support for putting Clinton on the 2012 ballot in Obama’s stead. Should it happen, Clinton herself would probably discourage it.

    The last sitting Democratic president to face a challenge from within the party was Jimmy Carter. Although he easily defeated Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1980, the party rift weakened Carter’s candidacy and helped usher in 12 years of Republican control of the White House.

    Clintonistas should not take this history lesson lightly. At this early stage, it would appear the Republicans are preparing to nominate either a candidate who thinks Social Security is a Ponzi scheme or one who was for Obamacare and abortion rights before he was against them. It could even be someone worse. Better for Democrats to hope Obama has learned from his hard knocks and will run a vigorous, hard-hitting campaign.

    A unified party is the thing – and that includes all those voters disappointed that the president’s job has proved to be much harder than Obama’s magical 2008 campaign made it seem.

    *** Riiiiight, we all need party unity.

  24. Hillary: “I think I’m gonna stay focused on doing what I can to make sure that we continue to lead the world, and there are a lot of tough decisions we have to make at home in order to be positioned to demonstrate the kind of leadership that I think is in our best interest.”
    ********

    And Fox takes the second part of that sentence as a denial that she wants to get involved in politics at home???

    If anything, I take the whole statement to be a door wide open to another run for POTUS.

  25. Turkish warships to accompany Gaza aid convoys

    Adrian Blomfield, Jerusalem
    September 11, 2011.

    TURKEY has raised the prospect of a naval confrontation with Israel by announcing it will deploy warships to protect humanitarian convoys attempting to breach the maritime blockade of Gaza.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the move as a necessary response after Israel refused to apologise for the deaths of nine Turks killed during an operation to intercept a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year.

    The threat is the most dangerous escalation yet in a rapidly deteriorating diplomatic row between the former allies that has already seen Turkey expel Israel’s ambassador and suspend all military ties.

    Israel described the latest development as ”grave and serious”.

    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman is expected to announce retaliatory action this weekend. The Israeli press reported he was considering meeting and possibly even financing Turkey’s Kurdish rebel movement, a move that would incense Mr Erdogan’s government.

    Israel has robustly enforced its maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, which it says is essential to prevent weapons being smuggled to Hamas, the territory’s Islamist overlords.

    Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists in a violent melee on board the MV Mavi Marmara last year.

    Israel refused to apologise for its actions, which it said were vindicated last week by a UN report.

    Mr Erdogan, meanwhile, is to visit Cairo tomorrow amid concern in Israel that he may seek an alliance with the aim of increasing the Jewish state’s isolation.

    The visit will be the first by a Turkish leader to Egypt for 15 years.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/turkish-warships-to-accompany-gaza-aid-convoys-20110910-1k39l.html

    ———————-

    No one can tell me that the attack on the Israeli Embassy, the war ships to accompany Gaza aid…et al… are not the preconceived evil machinations of the Arab world trying to squeeze Israel out for good.

    A convenient excuse for Turkey to turn on Israel because they refused to give an apology for an event they handled appropriately.

    In the meantime, Iran, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood…you name it are all rubbing their hands with glee. This so-called “Arab Spring” is nothing more than an excuse to suppress freedom of the people (making them the puppets once more of tyranic terrorists, stir them to hate, violence and bloodshed, all to wipe Israel off the map.

    sigh..I’ve finished my rant now.

  26. May I suggest a little scepticism here? This is really pretty implausible. A local paper in PEORIA runs a story about an ANONYMOUS customer who claims an unidentified local employee told her….

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

    Ryder cancels truck rentals amid terrorist threat

    PEORIA —
    […]
    A customer who did not want to be identified told the Journal Star that she had been informed by Ryder of the cancellation by phone call Friday. A Ryder representative told the Journal Star all LOCAL rentals for the weekend had been canceled, though that person declined to elaborate on the reason.

    Further questions were referred to the head of rentals for the local arm of the company. That person did not immediately return a request for an interview.

    The customer was told by a Ryder representative in Peoria that the president of the company had decided to stop all truck rentals this week in the wake of the threats of terrorist attacks on the East Coast.
    [….]

    Neither U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental have any plans at this time to discontinue rentals in the area over the weekend, according to Peoria-area representatives reached by phone Friday afternoon.

    http://www.pjstar.com/news/x219212285/Moving-truck-company-cancels-rentals-amid-terrorist-threat

  27. Hillary: “I think I’m gonna stay focused on doing what I can to make sure that we continue to lead the world, and there are a lot of tough decisions we have to make at home in order to be positioned to demonstrate the kind of leadership that I think is in our best interest.”
    ********

    And Fox takes the second part of that sentence as a denial that she wants to get involved in politics at home???

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

    I haven’t seen Fox’s take, and maybe the quote got mangled, but you’re right, the second part sure doesn’t sound like she means to STAY out of politics.

  28. jeswezey
    September 10th, 2011 at 10:06 am
    Hillary: “I think I’m gonna stay focused on doing what I can to make sure that we continue to lead the world, and there are a lot of tough decisions we have to make at home in order to be positioned to demonstrate the kind of leadership that I think is in our best interest.”
    ********

    And Fox takes the second part of that sentence as a denial that she wants to get involved in politics at home???

    If anything, I take the whole statement to be a door wide open to another run for POTUS.
    “”””””””””””””
    I gotta agree with you on this 100%.

    My take on what she said is that she is a loyal party member, doing her SOS job to the very best of her ability. That she will keep working to the end of this term and will not be pulled into the election as someone that will weaken the Dems and make Barry’s loss in 2012 her fault. That being said, if the party tosses him on his butt, she is rallied around by her loyal army by the under- the-bus Obots, that have finally seen the chickens come home and it is the wish of the DNC…in other words, she is not going to be just used as an ESCUSE for his loss in 2011…she will reconsider.

    There is no word written in stone that she will not run in 2016, when there will be a clean slate with the Dims.

  29. Dems in California in disaaray.

    Kinde Durkee ‘Nearly Wiped Out’ Loretta Sanchez’s Campaign Fund(Stole MILLIONS From Dems)

    Veteran California campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee “nearly wiped out” the $379,000 in Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign war chest, Politico’s Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan report.

    “What we’ve learned this week is that unfortunately, the amount in our reelect account is substantially less than the amount we’ve raised this year, as well as the amount reflected in the records sent to us by Durkee & Associates,” Sanchez chief of staff Adrienne Elrod told Politico. “In fact, our account has been nearly wiped out.”

    Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Friday on mail fraud charges. The feds said she used campaign funds for her own personal purposes, including paying her mortgage; her mother’s nursing home costs; and credit card charges for cosmetics and ice cream.

    A major player in the California campaign finance world, Durkee had an extensive list of clients in California, according to the Secretary of State’s office. On the federal level, Federal Election Commission records show she was treasurer for 161 various committees over the course of her career.

    Durkee allegedly admitted to the FBI that she misappropriated her clients’ money for years and routinely moved money between her clients’ accounts.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/kinde_durkee_nearly_wiped_out_loretta_sanchezs_campaign_fund.php?ref=fpa

  30. From a good article linked at Crawdad:

    http://www.northstarnational.com/2011/09/07/a-gop-debate-an-obama-speech-and-sarah-palin/

    Finally, to Sarah Palin. She has been so right to avoid this whole farcical show. She already has 100% name recognition, will have tons of cash from Tea Partiers the moment she declares, and Snow White might as well let the Seven Dwarfs form the circular firing squad the media would have them make while she stays safely above and out of the fray.

    The comments are good too. One of them thinks she’s going to announce FROM KOREA, thus getting world publicity. Also talks about her waiting till the very last minute, October, so the establishment has to play all their cards (Christie etc) first.

    One comment talks about her basketball experience. I bet they played poker in Alaska, too.

    Well, the October thing looks more like bridge than poker, but poker sounded better.

  31. http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=237431

    Security forces in Egypt were on high alert Saturday after protesters tried to break into Israel’s embassy in Cairo again this morning after the previous night’s attack.

    Order was restored to the area Saturday morning, although small groups still lingered near the embassy, according to Al Jazeera.

    The Egyptian Health Ministry has said that 1,049 people were injured in the attack, and three people were killed.

    Egypt’s ruling military council rejected Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s offer to resign for failure to handle the demonstration efficiently, the Arabic television channel Al Arabiya reported.

    One news website earlier in the day had suggested he might offer his resignation over the violence that led to the Israeli ambassador flying out of Cairo to Israel.

  32. Palin is right about Obama’s “pass it right now” tactic. ‘Rushing the mark’ is a chapter in the con man’s handbook. When somebody rushes you to sign something, you know it’s a scam.

    Absolutely!!!!

  33. Durkee allegedly admitted to the FBI that she misappropriated her clients’ money for years and routinely moved money between her clients’ accounts.

    ——–
    Talk about PC language, when I read she was being charged with mail fraud, I thought it was breaking the law and some money was stolen…but to nearly wipe out voter donations, using it to pay her debts, her mother’s nursing home, for her expenses and to shuffle out of one candidates fund to someone of her choice, really opens up my eyes as to another way elections can be manipulated by others….

  34. ohanson
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:39 am
    Vcal
    September 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    here’s the video of Hillary answering the Cheney comments….
    …-below-zero-chance-at-challenging-pres-obama-in-2012

    … she will change her mind. I hope!

    —————————

    She will not change her mind. If anyone would like to offer an example of Hillary’s past words and actions which indicate otherwise, I am most interested to have a look.
    —————-
    come on guys, have faith, I think Hillary reads Big Pink Posts, and admin just gave BO the nickname ‘Zero’! Is it a bird, is it a plane…NO it’s ZERObama flying through the clouds hunting for those celestial singers so he could unite them into a choir for his next speech! Hillary is grounded, feet firmly planted,making plans to save the US and the good people of the world, always prepared(her answer ready)below ‘head in the clouds Zero’. That’s my theory and I’m stickin to it!

  35. God help me when I try to blog on an iPad and for all of you that put up with my lame typos.

    Found the problem…finally with my PC monitor and can at least ketch some of my typos…

    ……….>> she is not going to be just used as an EXCUSE for his loss in 2011…she will reconsider.

  36. http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/10/krauthammer-people-finally-realizing-obama-is-a-mortal-who-is-in-over-his-head/

    As President Barack Obama’s approval rating reaches new lows with seemingly every tracking poll, the question of how he is going to win re-election is a high priority for the president and his administration. However, based on Thursday night’s address to a joint session of Congress, it appears Obama could be attempting to mimic former President Harry Truman’s 1948 campaign against a “do-nothing Congress.”

    But on this weekend’s broadcast of “Inside Washington,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer was doubtful that would be an effective strategy because the so-called independents that voted for him in 2008 are realizing he isn’t all that he was marketed to be.

    [B]arack Obama is no Harry Truman,” Krauthammer said. It’s not that complicated. Obama is over his head. He is a great orator. He came out of nowhere. He dazzled America. He [has] never run anything. He never actually enacted anything even in the legislature. He hadn’t run a state. He hadn’t run a city. He hadn’t run a business. He is running the biggest enterprise in the world and he has not succeeded. And that is why all of these independents, all of those who believed in a soaring rhetoric, including probably a couple who swooned in the aisles as he spoke in 2008, are now waking up and realizing he is a mortal who is in over his head.”

    Colby King, also a columnist for The Washington Post, protested Krauthammer’s analysis and said it was inspired by a “dislike for Obama.”

    “I think your dislike for Obama is getting in the way of sound analysis of the situation,” King replied. “Week after week after, it is a personalized attack. And now you are saying, ‘he is stupid.’”

  37. The Flight 93 Memorial in PA is just over. If you have a chance, watch some video of it. Beautiful. GWB, Big Dawg. Laura and Jill attended. Big Dawg soloed, of course. Thank heaven they sent Biden instead of teh once. Joe gave a powerful address never making reference to teh once.

  38. Thanks, Henry. Fox streamed it live, and Bill was as he always is, absolutely comfortable & focusing on everyone else. O would have been so out of place, particularly because everyone else on the stage had been in DC on 9/11/01. Of course the podium seal provided had the POTUS seal. Wonder if anyone other than myself noticed. Certainly he was not missed. LOL.

    Here’s a slow-loading link/text giving TV ratings for the BO-ser’s Thursday night spectacle:

    Obama TV ratings drop for jobs speech |
    President Obama’s jobs speech represented the lowest ratings he’s received for any address to a joint session of Congress of his presidency. The speech garnered 31.5 million viewers, according to the website TVbythenumbers, which was slightly lower than his Sept. 2009 health care speech to Congress, which drew 32.1 million viewers and is probably the fairest comparison. But viewed against other addresses to Congress, it looks worse, and is part of a broader downward trend.
    During his first speech to a joint session of Congress in February 2009, Obama drew 52.4 million viewers. His first official State of the Union Address on January 2010 drew 48 million viewers and this year’s SOTU had 42.8 million. His highest rated speech of all time was his speech on the death of Osama bin Laden, which drew 56.5 million viewers, though it wasn’t to a joint session. Nor were his speeches on Iraq and Libya, which drew 29.2 million and 25.6 million, respectively. The ratings of last night’s jobs speech were probably hurt by the fact that it started at 7 p.m. EST, which was 4 p.m. on the West Coast.
    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/power-rankings/obama-tv-ratings-drop-joint-session-speech

  39. to get the remaining 10 million needed to fund the memorial.

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

    Memorial! Better they should donate to the responders’ medical care!

  40. Tomorrow, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the C‑SPAN networks will bring you coverage all day of memorial ceremonies and other events commemorating the day.

    8:30am LIVE – The memorial ceremony at the World Trade Center site. President Obama, former President Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former Governor George Pataki are all expected to attend
    9am LIVE (C‑SPAN2) – The Pentagon memorial – Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and others expected to speak.
    9:30am LIVE (C‑SPAN3)- memorial the crash site of United Flight 93, a ceremony honoring the people who died there on September 11, 2001. [not certain how this differs from the service held there today]
    8pm LIVE – Kennedy Center Memorial Concert (tentative)
    ALL DAY on C‑SPAN TV – we’ll replay all of the memorial ceremonies, bring you archival footage and new C‑SPAN interviews, and hear from viewers about their memories and thoughts over the phone, by email, and via Twitter.
    You can watch other events related to the 9/11 anniversary on our “9/11 remembered” page.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Flight-93-National-Memorial-Dedicated-Today/10737423968/

  41. turndownobama 4:50

    I agree, we need to take care of he serious stuff, before we worry about memorials. We onl recently built the WWII memorial as I remember. or was it WWI. one of them

  42. Uh oh.
    A possible Al Qaeda plot to launch an attack during the 10th anniversary weekend of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is “looking more and more like a goose chase,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Saturday.

    Federal authorities have been questioning all day the credibility of a tip from a previously reliable source that that Al Qaeda had planned to attack Washington or New York, putting though both cities on high alert.

    But authorities have not been able to corroborate any of the information from the source.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/10/new-york-dc-step-up-security-in-face-credible-terror-threat/#ixzz1XbB39PW4

  43. NBC News: US officials say there’s still nothing to confirm Pakistani intelligence warning of a security threat around 9/11″

    ……………………….

    Like we didnt know that was a diversion from the big speech.

  44. I so disagree about the funding for the Shanksville memorial. A couple of dozen people made a decision to save countless other lives with their own. The first President Clinton was referring to a non-government bi-partisan event. Health care for responders should be a non issue. So pass a freaking bill that has that and only that in the details. Bet no one would vote no to that.

  45. So what good is a memorial going to do for them or their families?

    Build a new hospital or school in Shanksville and name it after them, put up a plaque at it, anything. But build something USEFUL.

    The “remaining 10 million”? How much is this useless structure going to cost in all?

    I’m a little shocked at Bill Clinton getting involved in this (unless it’s got some redeeming features we don’t know about).

  46. As its already 9/11 for me here, just wanted to i hope you are all safe and ok wherever you are and may you all continue to do so in this ever changing world and thank you for all the times we have shared here.

    Hearts to all.

  47. Henry,

    Some of Bill’s powerful and emotional points about the Flight 93 heroes and the reason the monument should be built.

    “They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing into the U.S. capitol.”

    He points out the were not soldiers.

    “They did it as citizens. They were ordinary people given no time to decide but who did the right thing.”

    “2500 years from now I hope people will remember this.”

    He said he is aghast that the project is still $10 million short of completion and said he and Speaker Boehner will try to raise the money through a bi-partisan effort.

    ” Let’s get this show on the road,” he said.

    I agree. Leave it to Bill with his scratchy voice, sounding like he’s plagued by allergies, to do and say the right things for the right reasons and want to honor ordinary American who took extraordinary measures to protect the rest of us.

    I wish the link included video.

  48. moon
    Right back
    and you may appreciate this– I got sent to the principals office yesterday. I climbed a tree and i was singing Wildflowers by Dolly, Emmy and Linda when my brat walked out of kindergarten. My dressing up as a chauffeur holding a sign reading BRAT and holding impromptu concerts on tree branches did not sit well with administration.

  49. Thank you, moononpluto.

    I have to cover a 911 Remembrance Walk tomorrow and I doubt I will make it through without tears.

    I will never forget that day. I watched what was left of the towers later that afternoon, from a park in New Jersey overlooking Manhattan, seeing smoldering debris and heavy grey smoke clouds where the towers once stood.

    Next day I went to St, Paul’s Cathedral, the little church miraculously spared from damage except for the inches thick coating of gray dust on the centuries-old gravestones.

    I saw and felt it all. Just thinking about it still makes me cry. I know I am not alone and I say everyone should remember what happened, who did it and why.

    I interviewed a teacher who was in the harbor, that day, aboard a replica of the Half Moon with a dozen high school kids when the planes flew overhead and smashed into the towers.

    I interviewed a fireman who was supposed to be on duty that morning but had switched with another and by the time he had sped across the Long Island Parkway to Brooklyn to join his company the first group of six dispatched had already been lost in one of the towers, including the friend who had changed shifts with him so he could watch his son’s soccer game.

    He spent months digging for his comrades.

    911 was a strike against this country, the largest one since Pearl Harbor, carried about by MUSLIM JIHADISTS who want to destroy us.

    Never forget.

  50. Will you look at this!
    Last Dem prez? Check
    Last President and wife? Check
    Current VP and wife? Check
    Current House Speaker? Check
    Current occupier of the WH? MIA.

    Clinton, Boehner to Host Bipartisan Fundraiser for Flight 93 Memorial

    Former President George W. Bush speaks to former President Bill Clinton as former first lady Laura Bush looks on after taking the stage at the dedication of the first phase of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., on Saturday.

    Former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday that he and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will host a fundraiser in Washington to raise the $10 million needed to complete the Flight 93 National Memorial.

    Speaking at the memorial’s dedication in Shanksville, Pa., Clinton made the announcement while joking about the hyperpartisan environment in Washington.

    “Since I am no longer in office, I can do unpopular things,” he said.

    Former President George W. Bush also spoke at the event. In his speech—a rare appearance by the former president—he recounted the story of United Airlines Flight 93.

    “When the passengers and crew realized the plane had been hijacked, they reported the news calmly,” Bush said. “When they learned that the terrorists crashed other planes into targets on the ground, they accepted greater responsibilities.”

    “The memorial we dedicate today will ensure that our nation always remembers those lost here,” Bush added.

    Vice President Joe Biden, the event’s keynote speaker, eulogized the 40 lives lost when the passengers on the Boeing 757 overpowered the hijackers and crashed the plane into a field—instead of what was widely presumed to be the plane’s intended target, U.S. Capitol.

    “They knew it was the opening shot in a new war, and so they acted,” Biden said. “They acted as citizen patriots have acted since the beginning of our country. They stood up and they stood their ground.”

    The memorial is based on a design by Paul and Milena Murdoch. Despite Saturday’s dedication, construction of the memorial is still underway.
    nationaljournal.com/911-anniversary/clinton-boehner-to-host-bipartisan-fundraiser-for-flight-93-memorial-20110910

  51. Good video at link.

    http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?ID=237437&R=R1

    Egypt’s military rulers vowed on Saturday to try those behind the violence that drove Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo.

    Three people were killed and 1,049 were wounded in the clashes that began on Friday and raged into the early hours of Saturday around the tower block housing the embassy, the Health Ministry said.

    “Egypt witnessed a harsh day that inflicted pain and worry on all Egyptians. It is clear that the behavior of some threatens the Egyptian revolution,” Information Minister Osama Hassan Heikal said.

    Egypt would transfer those in custody or “involved in inciting or participating in [Friday’s] events to the emergency state security court,” he said, adding that Cairo would use emergency laws still in place to protect the nation.

    “This was meant to be a day of protest against the way the country is ruled, and instead all of the attention was shifted to the people who went to the Israeli Embassy,” Khairi Abaza, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told The Jerusalem Post. “Egypt’s new rulers need to explain to the Egyptian people the reality of the treaty with Israel and the consequences of such actions.

    What do we expect after one of the military commanders goes to speak with the guy who removed the Israeli flag from the embassy a few weeks ago, and treats him like a hero?” said Abaza, who was raised in Cairo and visits often. “How can you honor someone who breaks the law?” On August 20, a man scaled the embassy building, took down Israel’s flag and replaced it with Egypt’s. Protests continued daily, but did not turn violent until the latest flare-up.

    In response to the protests, the authorities had erected a wall around the building, which was quickly defaced with anti-Israel slogans and then painted in Egypt’s national colors.

    On Friday, the wall was torn down after a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square calling for speedier reforms and a deeper purge of officials who worked for Hosni Mubarak, the former president on trial on charges including conspiring to kill protesters.

    Protesters lit tires in the street and at least two vehicles were set alight near the embassy. Many had come from a demonstration earlier on Friday in central Cairo calling for the army to end emergency law and speed up other reforms.

    “Our dignity has been restored,” said Mohi Alaa, 24, a protester near the site of the overnight clashes, told Reuters. Bits of concrete and bullet casings were strewn over the street. “We don’t want the Americans’ money,” he said.

    Some 500 protesters stayed after dawn and a few threw stones at police, who gradually pushed them away and secured the area around the embassy, located on the upper floors of a residential block overlooking the Nile.

    It was the second big eruption of violence at the embassy since five Egyptian border guards were killed on August 18 when Israeli forces shot at terrorists who had crossed from Gaza, via Egyptian territory, into Israel and killed eight Israelis near Eilat. Egypt then briefly threatened to withdraw its envoy to Israel.

    Israel has stopped short of apologizing, saying it is still investigating the Egyptian deaths.

    The information minister’s statement followed a crisis meeting between Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and other ministers, as well as talks with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the military council that has ruled Egypt since Mubarak resigned on February 11. State television said the military council rejected Sharaf’s offer to resign.

    Some Egyptian politicians and activists criticized the violence, even if they backed the anti-Israel demonstration.

    Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy called for the army to take a “serious stance matching the public anger” toward Israel but said violence sullied the image of Egypt’s uprising.

    The treaty preserves a fragile peace, and it’s something that has to be preserved at any cost,” Abaza told the Post. “Conflict between the two countries is a loss for both, and there is no reason for a military conflict or for canceling the treaty. What would Egypt or Israel get out of that?” Reuters contributed to this report.

  52. I don’t know the details, but I think the bravest passenger on Flight 93 might have been the one who first got a call on his cell phone saying that there were other hijacked planes that were being used as weapons.

    Imagine standing up and trying to tell the whole group about this.

    That passenger, and all of them, deserve something useful to benefit their families — like a new hospital. It can still have the name and their portraits and other displays etc etc.

  53. Heartfelt words, Basil and moononpluto-

    Never forget these unsung HEROES searching endlessly hoping to find people alive, people hoping to be found- Then recovering those who didn’t make it and died waiting-

  54. Never forget these unsung HEROES searching endlessly hoping to find people alive, people hoping to be found-

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

    And some of them are still alive and NEED help with their illnesses caused by their heroism.

  55. “Conflict between the two countries is a loss for both, and there is no reason for a military conflict or for canceling the treaty. What would Egypt or Israel get out of that?”

    Indeed, what would Egypt gain provoking a new war with Israel after losing badly to Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973? Do we have to hear the definition of insanity again?

    Similarly, what does the Islamist government of Turkey have to gain starting a naval battle with Israeli forces over those attempts to break the blockade around Gaza? Do they hope to drag NATO to come to its defense when the Israeli air force starts sinking Turkish destroyers off its coast?

  56. Its becoming deafening and more in the open.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/us/politics/11obama.html?_r=1

    Democrats Fret Aloud Over Obama’s Re-election

    Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.

    Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.

    And in a campaign cycle in which Democrats had entertained hopes of reversing losses from last year’s midterm elections, some in the party fear that Mr. Obama’s troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races.

    “In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated,” said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon. “There is tremendous discontent with his direction.”

    The president’s economic address last week offered a measure of solace to discouraged Democrats by employing an assertive and scrappy style that many supporters complain has been absent for the last year as he has struggled to rise above Washington gridlock. Several Democrats suggested that he watch a tape of the jobs speech over and over and use it as a guide until the election.

    But a survey of two dozen Democratic officials found a palpable sense of concern that transcended a single week of ups and downs. The conversations signaled a change in mood from only a few months ago, when Democrats widely believed that Mr. Obama’s path to re-election, while challenging, was secure.

    “The frustrations are real,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who was the state chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign four years ago. “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”

    There is little cause for immediate optimism, with polls showing Mr. Obama at one of the lowest points of his presidency.

    His own economic advisers concede that the unemployment rate, currently 9.1 percent, is unlikely to drop substantially over the next year, creating a daunting obstacle to re-election.

    Liberals have grown frustrated by some of his actions, like the decision this month to drop tougher air-quality standards.

    And polling suggests that the president’s yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections.

    “The alarms have already gone off in the Democratic grass roots,” said Robert Zimmerman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New York, who hopes the president’s jobs plan can be a turning point. “If the Obama administration hasn’t heard them, they should check the wiring of their alarm system.”

    read on……..

    ………………….

    Something is shifting, a definite finger is in the wind.

  57. what would Egypt gain provoking a new war with Israel after losing badly to Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973?

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

    Causing trouble for Egypt’s new leaders might benefit some individuals, such as Mubarak’s loyalists.

  58. ZEROBAMA INSPIRES ZERO JOBS GROWTH CONFIDENCE

    So Thursday night’s pre-football interruption did little to get things going…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/business/economy/in-the-real-world-will-the-jobs-plan-make-a-difference.html?_r=1

    Employers Say Jobs Plan Won’t Lead to Hiring Spur
    ==================

    By MOTOKO RICH
    Published: September 9, 2011

    The dismal state of the economy is the main reason many companies are reluctant to hire workers, and few executives are saying that President Obama’s jobs plan — while welcome — will change their minds any time soon.

    That sentiment was echoed across numerous industries by executives in companies big and small on Friday, underscoring the challenge for the Obama administration as it tries to encourage hiring and perk up the moribund economy.

    The plan failed to generate any optimism on Wall Street as the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average each fell about 2.7 percent.

    As President Obama faced an uphill battle in Congress to win support even for portions of the plan, many employers dismissed the notion that any particular tax break or incentive would be persuasive. Instead, they said they tended to hire more workers or expand when the economy improved.

    Companies are focused on jittery consumer confidence, an unstable stock market, perceived obstacles to business expansion like government regulation and, above all, swings in demand for their products.

    “You still need to have the business need to hire,” said Jeffery Braverman, owner of Nutsonline, an e-commerce company in Cranford, N.J., that sells nuts and dried fruit. While a $4,000 credit could offset the cost of the company’s lowest-cost health insurance plan, he said, it would not spur him to hire someone. “Business demand is what drives hiring,” he said.

    Indeed, the industries that are hiring workers now — like technology and energy — are those where business is strong, in contrast to the overall economy. Administration officials and some economists, of course, say they believe the president’s plan, if adopted, could help increase demand more broadly. The proposed payroll tax cuts for individuals should spur consumer spending and in turn, prompt companies to hire more people.

    But the plan also includes incentives for companies to hire more workers, including a payroll tax cut for businesses and a $4,000 tax credit for those employers that hire people who have been out of work for six months or more.

    To the extent these measures could be used, many employers said they would most likely support people whom companies were planning to hire anyway.

    Chesapeake Energy, one of the biggest explorers of oil and gas in shale fields across the country, for example, said it had 800 positions open, and had already received tax credits for hiring the long-term unemployed.

    But Michael Kehs, vice president for strategic affairs and public relations, said in an e-mail that the credit “does not drive our hiring.”

    For others, the math just does not add up. Roger Tung, the chief executive of Concert Pharmaceuticals, said the company, a privately held biotechnology firm with 45 employees, would save $150,000 a year from the proposed corporate payroll tax deductions.

    But that is still not enough to cover the cost of hiring even one additional employee at the Lexington, Mass., company, Mr. Tung said, once benefits and other expenses besides salary are included. He can hire, he said, only when investors become confident again and the company can raise more money.

    Economists estimated that President Obama’s plan, costing an estimated $447 billion if it were ever fully adopted, could create anywhere from 500,000 to nearly two million jobs next year.

    Most of those jobs would be added, economists say, as workers spend the additional take-home pay that would result from a proposed payroll tax cut for employees. As consumers increase spending, that can prompt more hiring by retailers, washing machine makers, restaurants and more.

    Some of the new jobs would also probably come from measures like the proposed $35 billion to retain or hire teachers, police and firefighters, as well as $30 billion to refurbish school buildings and $50 billion to build or repair highways, railroads, transit systems and waterways.

    Construction workers in particular are in dire need of work, as they were among the hardest hit by the collapse of the housing market. More than a million construction workers are still looking for employment.

    “There are so many trades people sitting at home waiting for jobs, and we have to turn them down because we don’t have work, ” said Syed Habib, secretary of Falak Construction, a contractor in North Brunswick, N.J., that works on public projects and is hoping that the school modernization measure passes.

    Some analysts said the president’s proposal to cut payroll taxes for the first $5 million of a business’s payroll taxes could give some companies a reason to hire, though mostly at the margins.

    In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, where tens of thousands of employees have lost jobs in the last few years, a lowered payroll tax could significantly affect labor costs, said Richard M. Gordon, a pharmaceutical industry analyst at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

    “So it’s a little less likely that people will be fired, and a little more likely that people will be hired in pharmaceutical companies that are doing well,” Mr. Gordon said.

    President Obama’s jobs plan would actually have a detrimental effect on other parts of the health care industry, some officials said. Hospitals warned that the proposals could end up crimping their hiring if the president’s programs were paid for with sharp reductions in the federal Medicare program.

    Lloyd H. Dean, the chief executive of Catholic Healthcare West, a large health system that employs some 55,000 people in California, Arizona and Nevada, praised Mr. Obama’s efforts to promote job growth. But, he said in a statement, “Approximately 65 percent of the people we care for are insured through Medicare or Medicaid, and any further cuts in reimbursements from those programs will severely impact our ability to hire and retain workers.”

    Even some company officials among the president’s invited guests at the joint address expressed concerns about how the government could pay for such a large package.

    David Catalano, who helped found Modea, a digital advertising company in Blacksburg, Va., said that he was wary of the president’s pledge to ask the “wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.”

    His company was organized as an S Corporation, in which profits are passed through to shareholders, so it would face higher taxes under the president’s proposal, he said.

    He added: “My partner and I have reinvested 100 percent of the profits that our agency has made over the last five years back into the company. If the government takes a bigger share of that from me, it directly impedes my ability to grow the agency.”

    Perhaps the most intractable problem facing the economy right now is the plight of the long-term unemployed. More than six million people have been searching for jobs for six months or longer. But with the growing stigma that employees attach to this group of people, the president’s proposal to give employers $4,000 tax credits for hiring the long-term unemployed is likely to be a hard sell among companies.

    Jen-Hsun Huang, the chief executive of the chip maker Nvidia, a Santa Clara, Calif., designer of chips for smartphones and tablets, said that because of growth in those markets, the company, which currently employs about 5,000 of its 7,000 global workers in the United States, expects to add about 20 percent more people within the next year.

    But he said the incentives would not influence the company’s hiring decisions. “The people we hire tend not to be out of work for six months,” said Mr. Huang. Instead, he said, the company recruits recent graduates from the country’s top engineering schools. “The guys we hire are like sports stars,” he said.

    Lucious Plant, work force development administrator in Montgomery County, Ohio, where Dayton is the county seat, said companies were shortsighted for viewing people who had been out of work for several months as somehow inferior. Given today’s economy, he said, it was common for those who lost their jobs to stay unemployed for six months or more, and that many of those workers were highly skilled.

    “I think it would be very easy to have six months of unemployment and still be a top candidate,” Mr. Plant said.

    But more people needing work than the current business climate warrants.

    “If I get a $4,000 benefit for hiring you and I pay you $80,000 and you’re going to sit at your desk and do nothing because there’s nothing to do,” said Marty Regalia, chief economist of the United States Chamber of Commerce, “then the businesses aren’t going to hire you.”

  59. “I think it would be very easy to have six months of unemployment and still be a top candidate,” Mr. Plant said.

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

    Not for POTUS, I hope.

  60. This seems a very good summary of important points…

    Attack on Social Security at Center of Obama “Jobs” Plan

    Over half of President Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” presented with much bombast Thursday night to a joint session of Congress, is an outright attack on FDR’s signature program, Social Security — to be carried out in the guise of “tax cuts” in both employee and employer payroll taxes. According to the Washington Post analysis, $240 billion of the $447 billion proposal, will come from reductions in the payroll tax which finances Social Security and Medicare.

    The self-financing nature of Social Security through payroll taxes was an integral element of FDR’s plan for Social Security, which FDR hoped would ensure that “no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program.” Cutting the payroll tax makes Social Security dependent on Congress’s willingness to fund it from the general fund — and it feeds the lie that Social Security is somehow a contributor to the budget deficit.

    Last December, when Obama made a deal with Republicans for a temporary payroll tax “holiday,” supporters of Social Security warned that the “temporary” reduction would not last just one year, because Republicans would claim that allowing the payroll tax holiday to expire would amount to a “tax increase.” Well, this is just what Obama himself proclaimed last night, when he said, “If we allow that tax cut to expire — if we refuse to act — middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time.” At the same time, he goaded Republicans who have pledged not to raise taxes, by saying that this not the time to “raise middle-class taxes.”

    On Friday, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi backed Obama’s plan to extend and expand the payroll-tax holiday, despite opposition from many in the Democratic caucus. “We’ve pretty much gotten to a place where there’s general acceptance that that’s going to be part of the initiative,” Pelosi told reporters. “This is, again, a compromise. The President feels very committed to it…. It fits comfortably in what he is proposing.”

    The Hill noted that many Democrats have attacked Obama’s plan, warning that it steals from Social Security funding and threatens future senior benefits. “It’s imperative that we do everything we can to put money in the pockets of consumers,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), who vowed to continue the fight to kill the provision. “But there are a lot of ways to do it that [don’t] take from the funding stream for Social Security.” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said the latest Obama proposal “jeopardizes the future of Social Security, and we’d have to borrow more money to pay for it.”

  61. “Indeed, what would Egypt gain provoking a new war with Israel after losing badly to Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973? Do we have to hear the definition of insanity again?”

    ————————

    Insanity indeed…a very good description.

    Not an Arab Spring but an Islamic Spring. Suicide bombings = insanity. And all to spread Islamic hate of Israel.

    It doesn’t matter if the moves of Turkey, Egypt, et al seem insane to the rest of us. They will fight to the death to spur more and more hatred.

    Israel is now but one small country amidst a group of Islamic ones and with the loss of egypt and Turkey as allies, who can they depend on? Obama?

    I don’t think so. He started this mess with his outreach speeches and promises to the Arab states. All at the expense of Israel.

    Insanity? Terrorism is nothing but insanity.

  62. towndownobama
    10 million for a memorial raised from private funding is ill spent. A hospital or a school is more appropriate. I can grasp a tincture of your argument but then I wonder how much good could be done with a 35000 per plate charge times hundreds times a hundred.
    Seems like tom hanks has shelled out a quarter of a million dollars over the last year to listen to bambi. how many music teachers would that pay for?

  63. henry
    September 10th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Here is an audio piece of the first President Clinton speaking today in Shanksville.

    ——-
    Thank you for posting this henry…
    The Big Dawg spoke from the heart and made me so proud. He said Hillary returned from NY with red eyes……..I am so lucky to be alive while these two hero’s speak for our citizens.

  64. turndownobama
    I must ask the obvious. Do you believe a grieving family should purchase a plot — a headstone– a casket?

  65. To follow up on my post yesterday:

    The Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is now down to a paltry $592 million, according to a session last week of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The DRF is FEMA’s fund for all its “relief, recovery, and mitigation” efforts for all disasters across the country. Therefore, with no money, FEMA is suspending work and cutting commitments.

    President Obama not only didn’t mention the Texas wildfires, or any other current disaster in the United States, during his so-called jobs speech, when he was invited to see the wildfire damage in Texas earlier this year, he “declined” to visit the state. This was revealed yesterday, in a letter from Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison to Obama, asking for more federal help for the fire-ravaged state.

    “We have written to you and your administration on numerous occasions requesting federal assistance and resources,” they wrote. They also said that the limited aid FEMA has provided so far has been helpful but inadequate. In April the state asked for a major disaster declaration and FEMA emergency protective assistance for 252 counties, but so far, only 52 counties (one- fifth) have received any assistance. “We cannot overstate the importance of directing aid to our state, constituents, and communities, so they can extinguish these devastating blazes and begin to rebuild and recover,” they wrote.

    Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his call for a broader disaster declaration on Tuesday Sept. 6, and so far all he’s gotten is a phone call from Obama, during which he promised that requests for additional assistance “would be quickly assessed.”

    The Texas Forestry Service reports that, since the beginning of this year, there have been more than 19,500 wildfires in the state which have burned more than 3.6 million acres, an area the size of Connecticut, yet the Obama Administration continues to slow-walk FEMA aid to the state, as it’s doing in response to every other natural disaster in the country.

    continues, with updates on Tx fires
    http://www.larouchepac.com/node/19374

  66. Do you believe a grieving family should purchase a plot — a headstone– a casket?

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

    For $10m plus?

    Instead of their living children’s needs? When you die, would you rather your family spend on a fancy funeral?

    Instead of a fancy gravestone, donate to a school or hospital and get them to put up a memorial plaque.

  67. 10 Years Later–The Real Story of 9/11

    “Eight months before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Lyndon LaRouche forecast that the United States was at high risk for a Reichstag Fire event, an event that would allow those in power to manage through dictatorial means an economic and social crisis that they were otherwise incompetent to handle. We are presently living in the unbroken wake of that history.”

    This video report is not about LaRouche. It’s a fact-documented history of how we got into today’s fear of terrorism based realities. In this report, the story starts about the time of US support for Islamic fundamentalism during the Carter administration.

    I’m the world’s worst salesman, so I can only offer the link and hope you will avail yourself of it.

    http://www.larouchepac.com/10yearslater

  68. turndownobama
    If it were up to me my body would be dissected by med students. But that’s not how it works. Funerals and everything that accompanies them are about those left behind. i think it’ll be ass backwards to spend money on me when the money could go to put my rugrat through college, just not the way it happens.

  69. turndownobama
    September 10th, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    to get the remaining 10 million needed to fund the memorial.

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

    Memorial! Better they should donate to the responders’ medical care!

    Better that the government shoud spend less on aid to Muslim countries and use that $ to fund responders’ medical care.

  70. The self-financing nature of Social Security through payroll taxes was an integral element of FDR’s plan for Social Security, which FDR hoped would ensure that “no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program.” Cutting the payroll tax makes Social Security dependent on Congress’s willingness to fund it from the general fund — and it feeds the lie that Social Security is somehow a contributor to the budget deficit.

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

    Yes, that’s typical Obama efficiency: get praise from the masses for a ‘tax cut’ AND get rewards from his backers for weakening SS.

  71. i think it’ll be ass backwards to spend money on me when the money could go to put my rugrat through college, just not the way it happens.

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

    Different families are different. Many families do put the children first.

    Your family may have enough money to do both. But would your family insist on spending a lot of money for show, if it meant that your child could NOT go to college? Would not even have enough to eat now? Could not afford medical care now, or had no modern facility in reach?

  72. The total cost is more like $72 million according to some sources. It’s not clear whether this is in addition to the money already spent on the land and on design. (The design is now being reworked to look less like an Islamic crescent symbol.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_93_National_Memorial
    The cost of the permanent memorial is estimated at $60 million. As of March 2011, $20 million in private donations had been raised, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania was providing $18.5 million, and Congress had appropriated $10 million.[21] In March 2011, the families of the victims of Flight 93 urged Congress to appropriate $3.7 million more in the fiscal year 2012 budget.[21]

    [ Here are some of the corporations profiting already. ]

    The temporary memorial, for years on land leased for the memorial by Svonavec, Inc. (a coal company based in Somerset, Pennsylvania), was moved in 2008 because Svonavec refused to renew the lease.[5] It was moved across the road, on land that is part of about 900 acres (360 ha) that the Families of Flight 93 foundation bought in 2008.[5] Svonavec had leased the land as it negotiated with the NPS over the purchase of the 273 acres (110 ha) it owned, land that includes most of the “sacred ground” where Flight 93 crashed; Svonavec’s treasurer, Michael Svonavec, had told the family group he thought the land was “worth $50 million, but you can have it for $10 million”.[5] The NPS had offered Svonavec $250,000 for the 273 acres (1.10 km2), an offer repeatedly rejected;[5] in August 2009, it was announced that Svonavec agreed to sell the land based on a price determined by the courts.[6]
    [….]
    It will be about 2,200 acres (890 ha), of which about 1,000 acres (400 ha) will be privately held, but protected through partnership agreements. The memorial itself would be a 400-acre (160 ha) bowl-shaped area, with 1,800 acres (730 ha) surrounding as a buffer.[7]
    [….]
    PBS Coals Inc. sold 900 acres (360 ha) to the families’ organization in March 2008.[10]

  73. Three years into jobs creation and the stalling is unprecedented. Pink, is not the co-president’s color! (video)
    ___________________________

    Valerie Jarrett: No Jobs Bill Yet; “The President Is Going To Draft The Legislation” pass this bill immediately!

    Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser, talks with Rachel Maddow about the significance of President Obama’s jobs plan to his presidency and what his plan is for its passage.

    Jarrett implies the complete jobs bill has not been fully written yet, however it will be by next week and the President will submit it to Congress for cost scoring.

    “Congress should pass this bill right now,” Jarrett said on MSNBC. No more than one minute later, Jarrett said the White House is still writing the bill and it will be submitted to Congress next week.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/09/10/valerie_jarrett_no_jobs_bill_yet_the_president_is_going_to_draft_the_legislation.html
    ___________________

    What Jarret isn’t saying is how this Job’s plan will be paid for. She is divisively hiding the fact the money earmarked for Obama’s plan will be on the backs of the elderly and the disabled. Further impoverishing those who can not seek employment (the have nots) due to old age or disability, forever breaking a system put in place for the very reason protecting those demographics from future government’s reaching into a cash cow destroying it for funding their failed leadership in growing the economy.

  74. Besides the devastating Health Care Plan rushed through by a Big push from Obama. The words ‘Pass The Bill’ are still echoing in my ears as well as, the “Pass it Now, Read it Later” meme. The same scheme used by the Bush administration for propping up the banks with tax-payer Bail-Outs during the Banking crisis. “Pass the Bill” is Obama terminology for “Cut your own throat” when the Bill is passed without time for public review. The latest ‘Pass the Bill’ ‘pass it now read it later’ is coming at us once again as part of Obama’s re-election campaign strategy. JOBS- Pass it Now and Read it Later! How many times will Americans fall for the same campaign tricks and broken promises by Obama?

    The latest example of deadly omission by the Obama administration is the passage of the “Zadroger Act,” also known as “The First Responders Bill” that has cherry picked only certain 9/11 illnesses it will fund out of it’s $1.5 billion in federal and New York City funds to cover all costs for treating certain 9/11-related illnesses, and $2.7 billion in compensation for victims who suffered economic hardship as a result of the attacks. The fund took effect on July 1,2011 and since then it has received 86 applications, enrolled only 25 people and paid out just over $1 million dollars in claims.

    A First Responders wife comments on her husband’s plight of tongue and throat cancer after paying over $100,000 in medical bills and finding out they are not covered under the law passed by Obama. She said: “This bill was rushed. It should have included coverage for cancer,” said Barbara Geidel, expressing a view widely held by cancer stricken first responders and their families.”

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/02/news/economy/911_health_insurance/index.htm

  75. reposting ohanson’s report in case you missed it upthread:
    ________________________

    #
    ohanson
    September 10th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    This seems a very good summary of important points…

    Attack on Social Security at Center of Obama “Jobs” Plan

    Over half of President Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” presented with much bombast Thursday night to a joint session of Congress, is an outright attack on FDR’s signature program, Social Security — to be carried out in the guise of “tax cuts” in both employee and employer payroll taxes. According to the Washington Post analysis, $240 billion of the $447 billion proposal, will come from reductions in the payroll tax which finances Social Security and Medicare.

    The self-financing nature of Social Security through payroll taxes was an integral element of FDR’s plan for Social Security, which FDR hoped would ensure that “no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program.” Cutting the payroll tax makes Social Security dependent on Congress’s willingness to fund it from the general fund — and it feeds the lie that Social Security is somehow a contributor to the budget deficit.

    Last December, when Obama made a deal with Republicans for a temporary payroll tax “holiday,” supporters of Social Security warned that the “temporary” reduction would not last just one year, because Republicans would claim that allowing the payroll tax holiday to expire would amount to a “tax increase.” Well, this is just what Obama himself proclaimed last night, when he said, “If we allow that tax cut to expire — if we refuse to act — middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time.” At the same time, he goaded Republicans who have pledged not to raise taxes, by saying that this not the time to “raise middle-class taxes.”

    On Friday, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi backed Obama’s plan to extend and expand the payroll-tax holiday, despite opposition from many in the Democratic caucus. “We’ve pretty much gotten to a place where there’s general acceptance that that’s going to be part of the initiative,” Pelosi told reporters. “This is, again, a compromise. The President feels very committed to it…. It fits comfortably in what he is proposing.”

    The Hill noted that many Democrats have attacked Obama’s plan, warning that it steals from Social Security funding and threatens future senior benefits. “It’s imperative that we do everything we can to put money in the pockets of consumers,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), who vowed to continue the fight to kill the provision. “But there are a lot of ways to do it that [don’t] take from the funding stream for Social Security.” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said the latest Obama proposal “jeopardizes the future of Social Security, and we’d have to borrow more money to pay for it.”

  76. Yup, and it seems funds have been diverted away from FEMA just as Obama is planning to do to Social Security with proposing extending the payroll Tax Holiday. We see now that every existing plan Obama has restructured using FEMA as the example, becoming too weakened to fill the needs of disaster victims suffering because of Obama’s recklessness tinkering with programs in place designed to protect Americans
    ________________

    ohanson
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    To follow up on my post yesterday:

    The Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is now down to a paltry $592 million, according to a session last week of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The DRF is FEMA’s fund for all its “relief, recovery, and mitigation” efforts for all disasters across the country. Therefore, with no money, FEMA is suspending work and cutting commitments.

  77. For our friends in Rhode Island:

    “I grew up on the Rhode Island shore and spent summers on the beach. In Rhode Island (and New England), we measure storms like this weekend’s hurricane/tropical storm against the grandaddy of all New England hurricanes: the Hurricane of 1938.

    “In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the shores of Narragansett Bay were dotted with resorts and beach houses. In this circa-1930s photo of Watch Hill, RI, groups of bathers and sun worshipers cluster under umbrellas in all modes of beach attire. It was a typical summer scene until Sept. 21, 1938.”

    Continues, with old photos…
    http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/photodetectiveblog/2011/08/29/HurricaneOf1938BeforeAndAfter.aspx

    And for those of us in Canada (and otherwise interested) :

    “As life in the U.S. worsens, prospects in Canada seem all the brighter. Canadian officials say the number of Americans applying for temporary work visas doubled between 2008 and 2010.”

    Continues…
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110907/us-economy-american-economic-refugees

  78. “Most moving is the end when he says Speaker Boehner and I have agreed to host a bi-partisan event in DC to get the remaining 10 million needed to fund the memorial. He says lets roll.”
    ____________________________

    Great for the victim’s families of Flight 93 who raised most of the money from other sources. It was a grand gesture on Bill Clinton’s part to offer his gravitas along with the House Speaker to raise the funds needed to bring the Flight 93 Memorial to completion.

  79. I am burning! I am watching the NYC 911 memorial and the great imposter just got up and spoke about how he is god – god of the tabernacle –

    I thought there was to be no religious attribution?

    Is he claiming to be god of America?

    This is disgusting.

  80. Its because no one wants to give money to you…..

    Democratic Party fundraising slumps in August

    The Democratic National Committee raised about $5.5 million in August, its worst fundraising month of the year, down from $6.7 million in July, according to figures provided by Democratic officials on Saturday and Federal Election Commission filings.

    The low fundraising figure for August was confirmed by a senior Democratic official, who said it would not be officially disclosed until September 20.

    Both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign were forced to curtail fundraising during the summer because of the negotiations with congressional Republicans over raising the debt limit, which led Obama to cancel fundraisers around the country.

    The summer before an election year also is traditionally a relatively slow time for fundraising.

    Other political news of note
    Image: President Barack Obama boards Air Force One.
    AP file
    NYT: Democrats fret over Obama’s 2012 chances

    As Republican field narrows and economy shows new weakness, confidence in President Obama’s re-election shown by top Democrats a few months ago gives way to alarm.
    Florida set for big role in GOP presidential race
    Democratic Party fundraising slumps in August
    No more mail? What would Ben Franklin think?
    Obama jobs plan heartens frustrated blacks

    Obama, with slumping job approval ratings amid ongoing economic worries, is seeking re-election in November 2012.

    For the year 2011 to date, the DNC and Obama’s campaign have raised roughly $118 million, according to a presentation Saturday from DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobais and DNC National Finance Director Jane Stetson. The finance officials disclosed the figure to a meeting of the DNC.

    The $118 million includes $20.6 million raised by the DNC in the first quarter of the year, $86 million raised by the DNC and the Obama campaign in the second quarter, $6.7 million raised by the DNC in July, and roughly $5.5 million in August, a Democratic official said. The official said the numbers are preliminary and may change when formally reported.

    The figure does not include most of the funds raised by Obama’s campaign in the third quarter, which will end on September 30, according to Democratic finance officials.

    Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who led her first full committee meeting, said the party needs to rally behind Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan aimed at jump-starting the economy and hiring, as well as his own re-election prospects.

    “There is only one job the Republicans care about … Barack Obama’s,” Wasserman Schultz said at the meeting for the committee’s top brass in Chicago Saturday.

    …………………

    My heart bleeds for them.

    No, Debbie, there is only one job Obama cares about….his own? Get it right.

  81. Basil, i cant watch it, its too painful, i cant face the horror of both the memory of 9-11 and that Fraudster up there playing God. I’ll remember the victims in my own way, i don’t need to watch it.

  82. Say what you will about Bush but the man has class.

    He read a letter from Abraham Lincoln to a woman who had lost all five of her sons in defense of freedom.

    Simple, effective and short.

    No references to himself.

  83. I k now what you mean, moononpluto.
    I wasn’t going to watch but it fits in with my Sunday morning routine. I will have enough emotion later this afternoon.

    Now YoYoma playing a solo – a Bach piece – andante, languid, graceful, elegant.

  84. Obama’s jobs speech, no bump whatsoever so far.

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

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 21% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).

    Data for this update is collected via nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. As a result, more than two-thirds of the interviews for this update were completed after the president’s speech on Thursday night. The Approval Index numbers are essentially unchanged since before the speech.

    Overall, 42% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) at least somewhat disapprove.

  85. The Case Against Watching 9/11 TV Coverage
    Watching replays of 9/11 is neither healing nor cathartic.

    On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, countless television channels will be airing replays of the traumatic events of that day. It is in your best interests, both emotionally and psychologically, to not watch that coverage.

    When you watch disturbing events such as 9/11 on television, you can experience feelings of anxiety, despair, panic…all while just sitting in your living room. You feel a sense of helplessness because you are witnessing events that you are not able to control or help resolve. Ten years after the fact, watching repeated television coverage of the planes hitting the towers, people falling from buildings can trigger that feeling of helplessness.

    If you were directly involved in the events of 9/11, watching repeated television coverage may cause flashbacks – experiencing feelings and events just like you are back there again.In a study by Ahern, et al. (2004), people who viewed more television images of the attacks in the seven days after 9/11 had a higher probability of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The people who viewed the most television images had 2.32 times greater odds of probable PTSD. The authors wrote, “Television may merit consideration as a potential exposure to a traumatic event.”

    Not only do adults experience feelings of trauma from viewing 9/11 events on television, children also experience these feelings. In a study by Otto et al. (2007), the amount of time children spent viewing 9/11 coverage on television predicted an increased risk of PTSD symptoms. The authors wrote, “Media viewing of tragic events is sufficient to produce PTSD symptoms in vulnerable populations such as children.”

    You can still remember or honor the memory of the lives we lost on 9/11, and reflect on how our lives changed that day. You can be involved in a ceremony of rememberance. Doing activities such as these is cathartic and healing. Watching repeated images of that day’s events is not.

  86. moononpluto
    September 11th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Think the NYT finally jumped the shark.

    I was just wondering if ever, anyone, would begin tell even part of the truth about the behavior of the people who had a national stage after 9/11. I can’t name one statesman.

  87. JanH: “No one can tell me that the attack on the Israeli Embassy, the war ships to accompany Gaza aid…et al… are not the preconceived evil machinations of the Arab world trying to squeeze Israel out for good.
    *******

    For the record, the Turks are not Arabs. Be that as it may, anything done by anyone anywhere in the world is an “evil machination” if it runs against what you see to be Israel’s high-flying interests.

    Mind you, I in no way condone the attacks on the Embassy.

    However, Turkey is fully within its rights to protect its own ships and, by international law (largely based on British tradition), one of the conditions of legality of a blockade is that it can be enforced by the blockader. Remember that the Turkish navy is quite a bit more powerful than the Israeli navy, so there is a possibility of open conflict at Israel’s disadvantage if the Turks decide to convoy their ships right into Gaza.
    ***************************

    “A convenient excuse for Turkey to turn on Israel because they refused to give an apology for an event they handled appropriately.”
    *****

    Yes, it’s true, Bibi did indeed hand the Turks a convenient excuse for action by refusing so much as an apology for 9 civilian deaths.
    *****************

    “In the meantime, Iran, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood… you name it are all rubbing their hands with glee.”
    ***

    You’re probably right there. Serves Bibi right, too.
    **************

    “This so-called “Arab Spring” is nothing more than an excuse to suppress freedom of the people (making them the puppets once more of tyranic terrorists, stir them to hate, violence and bloodshed, all to wipe Israel off the map.”
    *****

    Wow, that’s quite a rant! It’s clear that Israel is the center of your attention; but we’ll just have to wait and see if the Arab Spring was all about Israel, and what direction the more popular governments take. Libyans and Tunisians don’t seem to care much about Israel, and we’ve always known that Egyptians were unhappy with the lopsided peace treaty with Israel. As for Syria, it’s hard to imagine the people being any more anti-Israel than the Assad regime itself. So, I don’t see the Arab Spring as being all about Israel.

  88. moononpluto
    September 11th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Finally, American have learned it takes actions and success from those actions, not just words.

  89. ohanson,

    The coverage you describe is not what is happening now during the actual memorial services at WTC and the Pentagon.

    It is reading the names of the victims and honoring the deaths of 3000 with a few poems and musical selections thrown in.

    I find nothing wrong with watching this coverage.

    The tenth anniversary is significant.

  90. Biden giving an especially powerful series of remarks at the NY WTC site. Says the deaths of 3,000 inspired 3 million to put on the uniform.

    He speaks with passion, emotions and (for a change) clarity.

    Courage lies in everyone’s hearts, One day it will be summoned. On 911 it was summoned in the hearts of first responders, of those who were in the tower.

    May God bless all, God bless America and God bless our troops.

  91. BASIL99
    September 11th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    ohanson,

    The coverage you describe is not what is happening now during the actual memorial services at WTC and the Pentagon.

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    Thanks, Basil, for informing me (and for posting updates (I just watched a video of Paul Simon last night–love that man’s work). I’m on the other side of the planet and, at least where I am, that (nor any US programming) is out of reach to me. I hope nobody is watching repeated replays of the terrizing stuff, and further hope it isn’t being aired.

    Have a good day. Bedtime for me.

  92. Gunwalker Explodes: FBI Hid Weapon, Tax Dollars Subsidized Murder
    The depth of the scandal dramatically widened yesterday.
    September 10, 2011 – 12:00 am

    Fox News investigative reporter William Lajeunesse dropped a pair of bombshells in one article Friday afternoon, revealing: the presence of a third “walked” gun at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder, an FBI cover-up of the gun, and the news that your tax dollars funded cartel weapons purchases:

    “Unlike the two AK-style assault weapons found at the scene, the third weapon could more easily be linked to the informant. To prevent that from happening, sources say, the third gun “disappeared.”

    “In addition to the emails obtained by Fox News, an audio recording from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent investigating the Terry case seems to confirm the existence of a third weapon. In that conversation, the agent refers to an “SKS assault rifle out of Texas” found at the Terry murder scene south of Tucson. …”

    “The two AK-type assault rifles were purchased by Jaime Avila from the Lone Wolf Trading Co. outside of Phoenix on Jan. 16, 2010. Avila was recruited by his roommate Uriel Patino. Patino, according to sources, received $70,000 in “seed money” from the FBI informant late in 2009 to buy guns for the cartel.”

    Every American, regardless of political ideology, should be livid that the FBI gave at least $70,000 of “seed money” to murderous felons so that they could buy firearms. The FBI knew these weapons were destined for narco-terrorists, and that they would be used to target not just other murderous cartels but to terrorize innocents.

    Robert Mueller of the FBI and Ken Melson of the ATF obviously knew of these gunwalking operations. Michele Leonhart of the DEA likely knew. Eric Holder had to know.

    Janet Napolitano, whose former Chief of Staff Dennis Burke ran Operation Fast and Furious and who was the governor of Arizona and its attorney general before then, had to know.

    Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley smell corruption, and have expanded the Gunwalker investigation to request the records of Greg Gatjanis, Kevin O’Reilly, and Dan Restrepo, all from the president’s National Security Council.

    Three White House officials know something about the operation, and yet we are expected to believe Eric Holder and Barack Obama when they deny knowledge of it?

    more…

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/gunwalker-explodes-fbi-hid-weapon-tax-dollars-subsidized-murder/?singlepage=true

  93. Correction.
    BO read from Psalm 46. I just caught the tale end of it. Still, a weird selection for 911.

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Selah) 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. 6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah) 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10

    This is the part I heard.

    “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)

  94. SOUTH PASADENA (CBS) — We’ve all heard the saying: no good deed goes unpunished . . . and that’s exactly what happened to a South Pasadena resident who was issued a ticket by police for his charitable act.

    When a major traffic light in the area went out Thursday morning, Alan Ehrlich took matters into his own hands, directing traffic at Fair Oaks and Huntington avenues.

    “I grabbed a bright orange shirt that I have and a couple of orange safety flags. I took it upon myself to help get motorists through that intersection faster,” said Ehrlich.

    Before Ehrlich stepped in, traffic was backed up for more than a mile and it took more than 30 minutes to get through the busy intersection.

    Ehrlich said the Sept. 8 incident wasn’t the first and that the light goes out regularly.

    “It was just kind of chaos of cars . . . there were stop signs up. But people were challenging each other to get through the intersection,” said Richard Gerrish who works at an office located at the intersection.

    Gerrish said Ehrlich cleared up the mess in 10 minutes. After 15 minutes, South Pasadena police say they finally received a call about their newest traffic officer.

    Police responded to the scene and told Ehrlich to stop and issued him a ticket, but never stepped into direct traffic themselves.

    “I don’t know if this ticket is $50 or $400 dollars. It’s a small price to pay for the greater good,” Ehrlich said.

    South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said he did not have the man power needed to staff officers at Fair Oaks and Huntington Thursday and that is safer to allow traffic to back up.

    “We have limited resources . . . we need to prioritize them. One of the major intersections out at rush hour in our city should be a priority,” Ehrlich added.

    He already has plans to address the matter at an upcoming city council meeting.

    Police and the city of South Pasadena say they currently have no plans to change any procedures.

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/09/09/citizen-ticketed-for-directing-traffic-after-police-fail-to-in-south-pasadena/
    …………………………….

    Wanna bet a union guy phoned it in. Funny they had no officers to direct officers but yet 2 were able to show up, write a ticket and then leave again.

    one of the comments “can’t have citizens helping out and still try to demand more financing in the budget to pay for more police. if volunteer citiizens will do some of the work then the police union will have no grounds to negotiate for more officers and/or more money. so, leave the public in jepordy and tell tax payers they need to ante up for more protection. simple”, more than likely a union thing. seen it before, you can’t do that job, we might lose ours.

  95. “repeated replays of the terrorizing stuff, and further hope it isn’t being aired.”

    Some of that is available for those who can stomach it. The few snippets I have watched, however, were tastefully and movingly presented.

    I can only take so much of this, too. Once I attend the ceremony here, I will write the story, send the pix and try to put it out of my mind. It is still so tragic. I can burst into tears at the sound, sight or thought of anything related to that day. But I think that in light of the anti-Americanism of this administration it is more important than ever for ordinary Americans to prevent the rewriting of history, the downplay of 911’s significance, the impact on the country and the fact that the Muslim Jihadist attack was an an act of war.

  96. Well some friends and myself were discussing this a few days ago, thats why health and safety laws were all introdcued, its a blatant excuse to turn 1 job into a job done by 5.

    Health and safety laws are generally scams, i mean we didnt have all this crap 20 years ago and we all grew up fine, we managed.

  97. jeswezey
    September 11th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    ——————-
    Interesting slant on your part.

    I guess we will see. I don’t think Bibi walks on water, but I disagree with your “serve him right” comment.

  98. JanH – Something else about Turkey and all them bad anti-Israel muslims, this from Ha’aretz:
    *****

    U.S. and Turkey launch new effort to combat global terrorism

    New effort, dubbed the Global Counterterrorism Forum, will bring together ‘traditional allies, emerging powers and Muslim-majority countries,’ says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    The United States and Turkey are launching a new effort to combat terrorism in countries emerging from authoritarian rule in the wake of the Arab Spring, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

    The new effort, dubbed the Global Counterterrorism Forum, will bring together “traditional allies, emerging powers and Muslim-majority countries,” Clinton said in a speech in New York.
    Turkish PM Erdogan and U.S. President Obama

    Turkish PM Erdogan and U.S. President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on April 12, 2010
    Photo by: AP

    The effort brings together the US, Turkey and the European Union, joined by 27 countries including Algeria, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and will be launched in the coming weeks on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly meetings, according to a State Department statement released after Clinton’s speech.

    The forum appears to be an outgrowth of worries in the US, Turkey and elsewhere about the possibility of Islamist militants gaining footholds in countries like Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, which have swept aside repressive regimes. Clinton said that the US and Turkey will serve as founding co-chairs of the global forum.

    The announcement comes just two days before the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

    Late Thursday, US officials warned of “specific, credible but unconfirmed” terrorist threats around the anniversary events. On Friday morning, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the information about the threat was “not corroborated, not confirmed” and said no changes have been made in US President Barack Obama’splans for Sunday, when the US commemorates the terrorist strikes against New York and Washington, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

    The new counterterrorism forum will have more teeth than the UN Counterterrorism panel that was set up after 9/11 to maintain a list of terrorist suspects supplied by individual countries and a watch over funding of al-Qaeda and other terrorist initiatives.

    Instead, the forum will work directly with countries that are transitioning from authoritarian rule to democracy to “identify threats and weaknesses … mobilize resources … and help countries address terrorist threats within their own borders,” Clinton said. The forum will help countries write counterterrorism legislation and train police.

    Some of the authoritarian governments toppled in the Arab Spring had been supported by Washington in exchange for their collaboration against terrorists, which provoked criticism among supporters of reform within those countries.

    In some cases, by necessity, we are working with nations with whom we have very little in common except for the desire to defeat al-Qaida,” Clinton said.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country has taken a higher profile in the Middle East with its ongoing feud with Israel, is expected to make his first appearance at the UN General Assembly in the coming weeks.

    US President Barack Obama will be in New York during the General Assembly and is expected to attend a September 19 symposium on counterterrorism sponsored by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

    There was no date given for the formal launch ceremony, which will be chaired by Turkey and the United States during the General Assembly, a State Department official said. It was not clear if Erdogan and Obama would attend the launch.

    The new forum, which is to work closely with the United Nations, is “based on a recognition that the US alone cannot eliminate every terrorist or terrorist organization,” according to the official statement.

    It will take a “strategic approach” to civilian counterterrorism work and help “increase the number of countries” with the political will and technology to combat terrorism, the statement said.

  99. The latest example of deadly omission by the Obama administration is the passage of the “Zadroger Act,” also known as “The First Responders Bill” that has cherry picked only certain 9/11 illnesses it will fund out of it’s $1.5 billion in federal and New York City funds to cover all costs for treating certain 9/11-related illnesses, and $2.7 billion in compensation for victims who suffered economic hardship as a result of the attacks. The fund took effect on July 1,2011 and since then it has received 86 applications, enrolled only 25 people and paid out just over $1 million dollars in claims.

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    Ah, but let’s spend $70 million on a useless tourist attraction in Shanksvill.

    (That’s for construction on land already bought.)

  100. Ah, but let’s spend $70 million on a useless tourist attraction in Shanksville.
    ____________________

    Sad, that people are still allowed to spend money the way they wish.. WWI Veterans have never won funding for a Memorial to their dead. I suggest contacting the families of the 40 dead and recite your opinion to them and let us know if you have convinced them to redirect their money to one of your suggested worthwhile causes instead of their ‘useless’ tourist attraction
    in Shanksville.

  101. Our Hillary never stops.
    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

    8:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends the 10th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, located in the World Trade Center Site in Lower Manhattan.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers keynote remarks at the tenth annual Day of Remembrance lunch hosted by Voices of September 11th, at the Marriott Downtown in New York City.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the Cantor Fitzgerald Memorial Service, in New York City’s Central Park.

  102. Leaders in tears: Clinton and Laura Bush weep amid emotional Bush tribute as a nation begins ceremonies to remember 9/11

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036096/9-11-ANNIVERSARY-Leaders-tears-America-begins-ceremonies-remember.html

    George W. Bush has praised the 40 passengers and crew who fought back against their Flight 93 hijackers on 9/11 for carrying out what he described as one of the most courageous acts in U.S. history.

    The former president was at a ceremony on Saturday dedicating a memorial at the nation’s newest national park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as the U.S. marks the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.

  103. Obama’s Pet Billionaire at Solyndra May Take White House Down.

    A high profile, politically well-connected California solar energy company that had won a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama Administration declared bankruptcy earlier this month and closed its doors sending 1100 workers to the unemployment line. The demise of Solyndra has already sparked an FBI investigation, congressional hearings, and raised numerous questions of political cronyism and corruption connected to the highest levels of the Obama Administration.

    While the White House and Congressional Democrats feign surprise at the collapse of what was described as “the most hyped startup in the crowded Solar Energy field,” it appears Obama Administration representatives were either easily duped or willingly blind to the facts. ABC News reports that Department of Energy officials have been regularly attending Solyndra board meetings for months as the company “careened towards bankruptcy” after blowing through the more than half a billion taxpayer dollars.

    Early press reports following Solyndra’s bankruptcy announcement disclosed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were contributed by shareholders and executives of Solyndra to the Obama 2008 campaign. One of the company’s largest investors, George B. Kaiser of Tulsa, reportedly contributed $53,500 personally and bundled large amounts more for Obama in 2008. Kaiser is a billionaire with banking and oil and gas interests that rank him among the wealthiest people in the world. Kaiser also visited the White House 16 times between 2009 and 2011. The White House public records indicate that three of Kaiser’s visits were on March 12, 2009 and one the following day in which he met with “a Senior Advisor, the former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.” The $535 million loan was officially approved one week later.

    That loan guarantee agreement negotiated on behalf of Solyndra was fast-tracked through approval by Obama Administration officials at the Department of Energy and “included the lowest interest of all the green projects” benefitting from DoE funding, according to ABC News. The guarantee also subordinated the taxpayer’s credit position to private investors, like George Kaiser, should the company go bust. Republicans warned that the deal “put taxpayers at unnecessary risk” but their warning went unheeded. This means Kaiser will be at the front of the distribution line when Solyndra assets are liquidated. Chances of any recovery for the taxpayers is somewhere between slim and none.

    The startup company also spent over a million dollars lobbying Washington politicians in the last three years; $550,000 in 2010 alone.

    At the invitation of company execs, Barack Obama made a highly publicized visit to the Solyndra facility in Fremont, California in 2010. Just weeks before his visit to Solyndra, PricewaterhouseCoopers issued the results of an audit of the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2010 that should have given the President and the White House considerable pause. Noting that in the first five years of operation the company had sustained $558 million in losses, the audit report said Solyndra “has suffered recurring losses from operations, negative cash flows since inception and has a net stockholders’ deficit that, among other factors, raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.”

    Undaunted, Obama arrived amid great fanfare on May 26 and highlighted the solar energy company as the poster child of the $25 billion green energy grants and subsidies doled out through his ill-fated Economic Stimulus. Obama confidently proclaimed that companies “like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.”

    The same week, solar energy investment analysts were already warning that Solyndra’s business model was seriously flawed and that the hundreds of millions of dollars invested in the company “are going to be a huge waste.” The same analysts criticized the Obama Administration’s green energy policy as “misguided” for throwing vast sums at “a fledgling startup” (Solyndra) while the established solar companies like Evergreen Solar in Massachusetts were already struggling for market share and economic survival. A few months later, Evergreen closed US operations, laid off 800 workers, and moved their company to China.

    Less than two months ago, Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison visited Capitol Hill “trumpeting the company’s successes and praising the [government] loan.” According to Henry Waxman (CA) and Diana DeGette (CO), Harrison assured them that Solyndra was in a “strong financial position.” Apparently, Harrison’s verbal reassurance was enough due diligence oversight on behalf of the taxpayers to satisfy the two leading Democrat green energy evangelists. They now express surprise that Harrison “did not convey to us the perilous condition of the company.”

    The Solyndra debacle is rapidly becoming a White House scandal. It is far too symptomatic of an Administration that is founded not on principle, but on Chicago-style cronyism and political corruption in the worst sense of the term. With the passage of his Stimulus, Obama professed great pride that it was free of “earmarks and pet projects” that he said are fraught with “abuse.” Apparently, it’s only pork, a pet project, and abusive if somebody other than Obama does it.

    Completely oblivious to scandalous failures like Solyndra and other claims of cronyism from the first Stimulus hanging over the White House, Obama summoned the theater of a joint session of Congress this week to press for another half trillion dollars for Son-of-Stimulus – he prefers to call it the American Jobs Act. He offered a weak, glancing one line reassurance to Congress that the White House could be trusted to be good stewards of the money; “And to make sure the money is properly spent, we’re building on reforms we’ve already put in place. No more earmarks. No more boondoggles.”

    What? At least this time he didn’t say he was putting Joe Biden in charge of the checkbook.

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2011/09/11/obamas_pet_billionaire_at_solyndra_make_take_white_house_down

  104. The killer from the comments…….

    “It is difficult to understand how the Energy Department could be so incompetent as to guarantee a half billion dollar loan to a company which had consistently posted big losses for the five previous year and had just received a “qualified” opinion from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which questioned its viability as a going concern”

    ….

    They were not incompetent, this was a money laundering exercise, i’m sure of it.

  105. jeswezey
    September 11th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    JanH – Something else about Turkey and all them bad anti-Israel muslims, this from Ha’aretz:

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    I hope you are right about all this.

    I personally think Turkey is playing both sides and doing it very badly…but again, we shall see.

    As far as your “bad anti-Israel muslims” comment…well I have no words.

  106. “George W. Bush has praised the 40 passengers and crew who fought back against their Flight 93 hijackers on 9/11 for carrying out what he described as one of the most courageous acts in U.S. history.”
    ____________________

    He speaks of civilians- Dads and brothers. Men who knew their fate was death before they hastily put together a plan attempting to retake control of the plane saving lives in the process. Those who could called their loved ones to say goodbye.

    And in true spirit of America, faced down death when they had a choice, do nothing or go down fighting- doing all they could as one mind fighting back to preserve the freedom and liberty we all hold so dear-

    When we look at heroes, it’s not the golf champion or the sports athlete wining a football or basketball championship plus a bonus . It’s the guy next door- the one you borrowed a hose from to water your garden when yours split open because you left it outside over the winter. Those are the American heroes we identify with. Ordinary American people doing extraordinary things- when the odds are against us-

    No, we don’t always succeed, but the enemy will never know what to expect because we never give up as so many have proven before us. We will fight you to the death- because we are Americans, thats why- and if we want a National Park remembering the courage and bravery of ordinary Americans, then by golly we’ll build one. You may not like it- but we’re Americans. And because we can.

  107. Hillary Clinton. U.S. Secretary of State

    Let Us Remember — And Recommit

    9/10/11

    Hello everyone. For me, and for many Americans, 9/11 will always be a day that represents humanity at its worst, and humanity at its best. So many Americans experienced senseless violence, and tragic, unspeakable loss. But we also witnessed the heroism, generosity, and the courage of the American people — and we were touched by the compassion of citizens from around the world.

    Today, we continue to be inspired by the firefighters, the police officers, the rescue workers, the construction workers, the citizens who ran into burning buildings, provided medical care, saved lives.

    On this 10th anniversary we can help redefine 9/11 for a new decade as a symbol of resilience and dedication to helping our neighbors and one another. By committing a day or even an hour to serving others we can transform the memory of grief into a hopeful future. We can create a living memorial to all the brave men and women who showed the world the best that America has to offer.

    This September, what will you do to remember? Will you take time to maybe help paint a school, or plant a tree, or tutor a child? Wherever you are from you can demonstrate the common humanity that binds us together and makes our societies and our world stronger.

    So let’s stand up and continue to build a more peaceful and prosperous world together. Let us remember, and let us recommit. Thank you and God bless you.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hillary-clinton/post_2381_b_956290.html

  108. CBS Evening news did a good job of depicting what that Shanksville memorial means to the people of Somerset County Pennsylvania. These locals immediately embraced family members of the victims as they hurried to Shanksville after 9/11/2001 to find out what they could about how their loved ones died and how their remains would be recovered. And over the decade since that time, the bond between the two groups has strengthened, and in ways, they are now like family – one with the other. For example, one father interviewed has returned to that little place 32 times.

    Yes we have many urgent needs, but must we get our knickers knotted up over this? So much humankindness has come from that place. Do you know that the site where the plane touched earth is covered by a huge boulder so that the ground below will never be disturbed? Do you know that only family members may walk on a very large area surrounding that boulder because human remains are certain to be there even now? (Sadly, we learned this lesson early on when New Yorkers realized they did not want to have their cars washed after the towers fell and that awful cloud containing human flesh settled on everything. It was better to let the natural result of rain carry the dust away than to send precious remains down the drain of some car wash.)

    Do you know that the last integral part left to build is a tower of voices? 40 chimes in a tower.

    Finally, how do we know it is taxpayer money Bill was referring to?

  109. JanH
    September 11th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I hadn’t seen or listened to any of this past president’s speeches. Bill’s was the first one- He is the embodiment of what we are accustomed to having as president of the United States. A president that actually reaches out to people. Not with lofty words and promises of things that never come to be- But a president that uses his status as a doer that doesn’t think twice about aligning himself with John Boehner from the opposing party and share the burden as well as the rewards of getting things done for people. Just like he did for Katrina- He enlisted President Bush to go out and raise funds to help mitigate the damage done to so many people displaced from their homes.

    We don’t have that American spirit with the current president. It’s what’s missing in America. He is all for himself gaining glory and acceptance before he’s lifted a finger. Maybe Chicagoens are used to his back handed treatment when it’s gimme your money to elect and support me. Around the country his kind of politics just doesn’t fly with Americans… We are accustomed to a much higher standard from the president of the United States… Most of us are unsatisfied with a president who lowers the bar- Barack Obama et al, just do not have what it takes to deserve the seat in the Oval Office. We at Big Pink found that out right quick-

    We have someone in mind who does deserve a seat in the Oval Office and coincidentally enough she is related to former President Clinton. Hopefully, she knows how much we miss her and want them to return to the WH bringing America back to the country we’re proud of and respected by everyone all over the World.

  110. “Finally, how do we know it is taxpayer money Bill was referring to?”
    ____________________

    HTA_ It’s a combination of funds still short $10M of the end goal. The National Park Service has spent $52 million on the new park, with $32 million in public funding and $20 million in private funding. We send billions in aide to foreign countries. We are allowed to honor bravery and courage however we see fit-

    http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_18870157

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