Sexist, Misogynist, Flim-Flam Man, Treacherous Corrupt Boob – Narrative From Big Pink Hits Big Media Big Time, Part I

For a long time we have wanted to publish an article cataloging the many “memes” that have started here at Big Pink. Today is not the day for such an article but with the publication of the new book “Confidence Men” it’s time to take a quick look-a-round.

Memes” is a word most beloved by the Obama lovin’ “creative class” of dopes. A “meme” is an idea that is transmitted from one person to another – what in politics would ordinarily be called a successful narrative.

Here at Big Pink we have put forth several “successful narratives”. These narratives have been successful because they are the truth not because we have sought to “meme” them. In 2007 we stated that there are two views of Barack Obama. One of those views will prevail. By 2009 in an article called “Anatomy Of A Flim-Flam Man” we expanded on what we meant:

“Doctors, cosmologists, detectives, lawyers, mothers, fathers, most everyone has to look at the world around them and figure out how things work. Doctors must make a diagnosis and then devise a treatment. Cosmologists look at the universe and decide upon a theory of what they are seeing.

In earlier Earth history cosmologists agreed that the universe revolved around the earth. These cosmologists fought and derided those who believed the Sun was the center of our star system. Eventually the cosmologists who, based on evidence – not faith nor hope, determined the Earth revolved around the Sun were proven right.

The same can be said of the current debate about Barack Obama. Here at Big Pink we have contended that Barack Obama is a flim-flam man. Obama is only interested, as his own wife has stated, in his selfish self-advancement and careerism. According to us, Barack Obama is an opportunist who has never accomplished anything but his own self-advancement; Obama is not qualified to be president; is a boob; and lacks a basic rational world-view as well as any experience for the job he has been gifted.

Our views of Obama are evidence based. Whether it’s Rezko, what happened in Illinois with health care, Exelon, Obama’s race-baiting which goes back to his early Hawaii days where Obama blamed all his failures on race (“The fact that Obama was half-black and half-white didn’t matter much to anyone but Obama, Kakugawa says: “He made everything out like it was all racial.” )

The opposite view of Obama we deride as creations by Hopium guzzlers and Mess-iah worshipers. Their view is that Obama is wonderful and gifted and deserving of great respect and applause.

The two views of Obama are opposed to each other just as the views of those earlier cosmologists were opposed to each other. Eventually the evidence will be in and one side will be proven correct beyond any doubt.”

Copernicus or Ptolemy? – both could not be correct. Big Pink or the Hopium Guzzlers? – both cannot be correct.

Look around at the “Obama Is The Third Bush Term“, in words (top right column) and pictures (bottom left column). That started here. “Culture of Corruption” – sorry Michelle Malkin – that started here too. We referenced the Culture of Corruption in the Democratic Party in June 2008. We specifically tied the Culture of Corruption surrounding Barack Obama himself in June 2008 as well. We beat these narratives, er, memes”, er drums, repeatedly over the years sure that our view of Barack Obama was the correct one, not that fake HopeyChangey nonsense. (That “Obama is a fake” business started here too.)

The narratives we have repeated that have been most resisted have been our contentions that Barack Obama hates women, Barack Obama attacks Social Security, Barack Obama is a Boob, and most resisted of all – that Barack Obama is a flim-flam man.

The views on Barack Obama and Social Security have undergone a rapid transformation and most (on the left anyways) now agree with us that Obama wants to loot the system. The “boob” narrative has also enjoyed increased traction with some writers even writing that Obama is stupid. But “flim-flam” man has been a tough red pill to swallow. Likewise for Obama is a sexist and a misogynist.

To the rescue comes the book “Confidence Men“. A “confidence man” is also known as a “con man” or a “flim-flam man.” Barack Obama is a Confidence Man, a con man, a flim-flam artiste. Author Ron Suskind, from his book:

“On this warm late-summer afternoon, with Congress out of session, Obama has convened the press to announce the launch of a new agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It has been designed to protect American consumers from the predations of the financial services and banking industry, which over the past couple of decades has grown vast and insatiable by inventing, for the most part, new ways to market, sell, and invest in debt.

The woman standing awkwardly at Obama’s left hip, Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren, has become the nation’s town crier on the subject of bankruptcy and debt. In the two years since the economic crisis, she has emerged from nowhere to trumpet the story of how debt was turned into a velvety weapon, how engorged financial firms deceptively packaged it, sold it as securities, and extracted usurious profits from American consumers, especially those in America’s once-vaunted middle class. [snip]

So today is a long-delayed victory for Warren—almost. Somehow nothing in the Rose Garden is quite as it seems.

Suskind goes on to note that Obama pretended he and Warren were “old friends” even though Obama had “been studiously avoiding her.” Describing Tim Geithner, who stands by Obama at the fake flim-flam ceremony, Suskind writes that Geithner was “looking sheepish”. Here’s why:

“Only those in his inner circle at Treasury, though, can precisely read what’s behind that expression: a string of private efforts across the past year to neutralize Warren. The previous fall, Geithner huddle with top aides to develop what one called an “Elizabeth Warren strategy,” a plan to engage with the firebrand reformer that would render her politically inert. He never worked out a viable strategy—a way to meet with Warren without drawing undesirable comparisons—and so, like the president, he didn’t.

What the Treasury Department did do, unbeknownst to Warren, was embrace demands from the banking industry to create a bureau under the condition that Warren would not be allowed to lead it. [snip]

The industry managed to get the proposed agency shrunk into a bureau that would live under the auspices of the Federal Reserve, the government’s greatest mixed metaphor of public purpose and private self-regard, representing as it does the dual interests of a sound monetary policy and the health of the banking industry. Beyond that, the bureau’s rules can be vetoed by a two-thirds majority of a panel of other financial regulators—an indignity of institutionalized second-guessing known to few other agencies.”

Obama opposed Warren the same as Geithner. Obama avoided Warren and participated in her marginalization. Was it misogyny or cupidity on Obama’s part? It was all a flim-flam worthy of Bernie Madoff. And don’t forget that Madoff was the one who saidThe whole new regulatory reform is a joke.” Not a joke Bernie, a scam, a flim-flam.

It’s all been one gigantic flim-flam. It’s as we wrote from the very beginning, except now the people mouthing what we wrote are from the Obama inner circle:

“…some advisers have become convinced that his lack of experience, especially managerial experience, may be his undoing; that, at a time of peril, the president may simply not be up to the demands of this moment.”

It’s only gotten worse since those words were written. The flim-flams are more overt, easier for those not from Big Pink to spot.

Yesterday, Barack Obama instead of addressing the nation’s economic woes and troubles, decided to stage yet another flim-flam publicity stunt designed to convince the idiots who enabled him in 2008 that this time it’s different. But yesterday’s publicity stunt was all about helping Barack Obama, not the economy, not those suffering under the Obama economy.

Obama’s “class warfare” strategy won’t work because it’s all a flim-flam. You don’t need an AP fact check on who pays more taxes, secretaries or their bosses. Obama’ class warfare bunk is solely designed to dupe and delude.

Obama wants the Hopium lobotomized dolts to believe he is waging class warfare on their side (even as he denies the class warfare charge). But he is not. Obama is dropping fast in the polls (now Marist has the boob at 39%) and new flim-flams must be initiated. It’s all a big fairy tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

Obama knows that his own party rejected his proposals when they were in the majority and those publicity stunt proposals are dead on arrival. It’s just a bunch of publicity stunts designed to dupe the clueless supporters who no longer drink their minimum daily requirement of Hopium.

The strategy will work temporarily because Barack Obama Hopium Guzzlers are truly stupid people. They don’t notice that Barack Obama quit the job they thought they had hired him to do. They are stupid and they are corrupt. To the Hopium Guzzler, even those who flatter themselves into thinking they are not Hopium Guzzlers, any truth told about Obama is immediately denied or “put into context” such that the obvious is obscured by these willfully blinded dolts.

For instance, the allegations of sexism and misogyny in the White House (which we will target in Part II) are yet another opportunity to defend Barack Obama. Left Talking idiots say “honestly, this is not a White House story” and attempt to place the disgusting facts into a different frame. That’s what Obama did during the Jeremiah Wright revelations – ignore the charges directed against himself and instead talk about the history of racism. It’s a flim-flam.

Barack Obama is a flim-flam man and his “marks” are stupid and/or corrupt. How else to explain Gloria Steinem all chummy with Michelle Obama last night and holding fundraisers for sexist and misogynist Barack Obama yet not a word from Steinem about a hostile workplace for women in the White House? This is not what a feminist looks like.

As Confidence Men arrives at the book stores in time to deal with Obama’s business policies, today we are not surprised to hear that Solyndra executives will plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination when questioned by Congress this Friday.

It’s not Solyndra executives that need to be questioned however. The creature that needs to be dragged before tribunals and questioned is the master confidence man in the White House.


217 thoughts on “Sexist, Misogynist, Flim-Flam Man, Treacherous Corrupt Boob – Narrative From Big Pink Hits Big Media Big Time, Part I

  1. “How else to explain Gloria Steinem all chummy with Michelle Obama last night and holding fundraisers for sexist and misogynist Barack Obama yet not a word from Steinem about a hostile workplace for women in the White House? This is not what a feminist looks like.”

    Cognitive dissonance.

  2. Yes indeed, admin, another great post and the chest-thumping about prior analyses that are now memes, even among the cold-turkey hopium survivors, is fully justified.

    But we are STILL WAITING for the series about Hillary and the thinking and decisions she has to make now, that you announced months ago and promised us for last week. PLEASE!!!

  3. “The creature that needs to be dragged before tribunals and questioned is the master confidence man in the White House.”

    The real question is when will he be forced into answering anything? His arrogance and contempt for the American citizen will be his legacy. History will not revere the flim flam man.

  4. I lost total respect for most of the so-called feminist groups who allowed BO and his team to first abuse Hillary and then Palin in 2008. They now remain silent once agan to protect Obama as we learn of the alleged treatment of cerrtain female staff members at the White House.

    I was listening to CNN on the radio and Blitzer was trying his best to distance Obama from the alleged behavior and stating that once BO learned of it is improved. The way the liberal woman and media have covered for this administration is still mind blowing.

    At my law firn we have pracrtices and procedures implemented by my personnel director to avoid these type of situations because ultimately I am responsible and potentially liable for any hostile work envionment/discrimination claims . This is basic stuff that all responsible corporations/employers teach their management teams, but apprently it took a while at the White House.

    On a different subject, I have decided that I will support Perry financially in the primaries as I like the fact he is a Christian Zionist similar in his support for Israel to President George W. Bush.

  5. Dump Obama Or Die.

    WASHINGTON — Look out President Barack Obama. Even Sarah Palin’s gaining on you.

    A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year’s election, with a majority of voters believing he’ll lose to any Republican, a solid plurality saying they’ll definitely vote against him and most potential Republican challengers gaining on him.

    Even in potential matchups where he leads, Obama in most cases has lost ground to the Republican.

    The biggest gain came for Palin, the former Alaska governor who hasn’t yet announced whether she’ll jump into the fast-changing race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

    After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround.

    Overall, the gains among Republicans “speak to Obama’s decline among independents generally, and how the middle is not his right now,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the national survey.

    “This will require him to find ways to either win back the middle or energize his base in ways that hasn’t happened so farm” Miringoff said

    By a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, voters said they definitely plan to vote against Obama, according to the poll. Independents by 53 percent to 28 percent said they definitely plan to vote against him.

    With that sentiment permeating the electorate a little more than a year before the general election, most Americans think Obama won’t win a second term.

    By 52 percent to 38 percent, voters think he’ll lose to the Republican nominee, whoever that is. Even among Democrats, 31 percent think the Republican nominee will win.

  6. Half-a-cane Obama:

    President Obama keeps repeating the words “Pass This Bill” like a third-grader who has just mastered a new vocabulary word, but it is worth noting that, at the moment, there is only half a bill: the 155 pages of stimulus spending he calls the American Jobs Act. That second part — the part where this is all “paid for” — has not condensed from the vapor that surrounds the president. It’s just a speech, putting us once again in mind of the Congressional Budget Office’s declaration: “We don’t score speeches.”

    So we have a statement of principles and a vague outline of a plan, which is enough to conclude that the principles are poisonous and the plan destructive.[snip]

    It seems like ages ago that the charming young presidential candidate, suffering because of his association with the racist crackpot in whose church he worshiped for decades, responded with incredible chutzpah, delivering a sermon on racism to the American electorate. Now, after having forced through trillions upon trillions of dollars in new spending on failed stimulus programs, a gigantic new health-care entitlement, and ineffective tax-break measures for favored political constituencies, the president has the gall to denounce the “profligate spending in Washington.” Never mind that he’s been signing the bills. Even the hated “Bush tax cuts” — the tax rates that have been the law of the land for a decade, since Obama was an obscure state legislator — were extended by Obama’s own hand. It is not as though he didn’t have the authority to veto them if he thought them bad policy; it was only the courage he lacked. To that deficit add one of wisdom, or even elementary economic literacy, and an annual U.S. budget deficit continuing to top the $1 trillion mark for the foreseeable future — such is the lesson of Monday’s speech and the proposal proceeding from it. We did not have high hopes for Barack Obama as an economic thinker, but he continues to underperform our lowest expectations.

  7. Great post admin, I sure hope the day does not come when you just link to previous posts of yours…

    Your posts are always like a secret piece of chocolate cake to a person on a perpetual diet.


    On Greta tonight she showed a short clip of Limblabla, and this is the part that she showed (Here is the text):

    What I said was that Obama has lost independents, and before he can even dare worry about getting them back, he’s got to shore up his base. His base is livid. His base thinks that he has whimpered out. His base thinks that he doesn’t have what it takes. His base is on the brink of deserting him. They all want Hillary, folks. The media wants Hillary, the New York Times wants Hillary, the Chicago Tribune wants Hillary. That’s what this is all about: They all want Hillary. Bill Clinton wants Hillary back (in the White House). Twenty years ago — and I’ve been doing this show for 23 years, and I knew then what I know now.

  8. Great post admin- a meme that never gets old…when people are waiting for the show to be over with the predicted ending they’ve been waiting for: The sh*te is hitting the fan! And the audience roars with approval and applause. 🙂

    video included in this post reaffirms in no uncertain terms the culture of corruption rampant in the Obama White House. Please post at your convenience..

    Obama Fundraiser Boasts of Cashing In on Stimulus Package

    national review ^ | Andrew Stiles

    A key unanswered question in the Solyndra loan investigation concerns the role George Kaiser, the Oklahoma billionaire and major Obama fundraiser whose Family Foundation owned a large stake in the failed solar-panel company. Kaiser made multiple visits to the White House in the week before the Department of Energy approved a $535 billion guaranteed loan to Solyndra on March 20, 2009, and helped arrange 16 separate meetings between top White House officials and Solyndra executives around that time. Yet Kaiser maintains that he “did not participate in any discussions with the U.S. government regarding the loan.”

    But as the following video clip reveals, when it comes to steering government funds his way, Kaiser knew exactly what he was doing. Indeed, here he is July 2009 openly boasting about his ability to get his hands on stimulus funding. “There’s never been more money shoved out of the government’s door in world history, and probably never will be again, than in the last few months and in the next 18 months,” he says. “And our selfish parochial goal is to get as much as it for Tulsa and Oklahoma as we possibly can.”

    Kaiser cites his “multiple trips to Washington” and his ability to secure meetings with “all the key players in the West Wing of the White House.” He also touts his “almost unique advantage,” through his foundation, of being able to match public dollars with private funding. That way, Kaiser says, the Obama administration will know “we’ll watch over it because we don’t want to be embarrassed with the way our money is spent and so we won’t make you be embarrassed with the way your money is spent either.” Sure, what could possibly go wrong?

    While Solyndra’s failure is an embarrassment for both parties, Kaiser’s foundation still stands to recoup a large chunk of its investment in the company, whereas taxpayers will recoup very little, if any, of the $535 million investment the White House made on our behalf. That’s because once Solyndra’s financial troubles became too obvious to ignore, the DOE negotiated a loan restructuring that gave priority status to private investors over taxpayers with respect to the first $75 million recovered in the event of Solyndra’s collapse. As Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations pointed out last week, this appears to be a blatant violation of federal law.

    Obama may take issue with the fact that “millionaires and billionaires” like Kaiser make too much money, but he obviously has no qualms about showering them with taxpayer dollars.

    h.. w..

  9. Shadowfax, Sarah Palin was on Hannity tonight. She said there is still plenty of time to get in the race for the nomination because she does not believe the field is set yet.

    Palin also said that she does not think the D field is set either. She said if the Democratic Party wants to save itself someone is going to have to get in that race too.

  10. Palin also said that she does not think the D field is set either.


    What a lovely, lovely thought….

  11. Can you imagine the covers? Split screen, “US GETS WOMAN PRESIDENT”.

    Somehow I think Hillary would really love a woman vs woman campaign.

    For one thing, they could show the world what a decent clean campaign looks like.

  12. Michelle attends a $500/plate Fundraiser- for the one term president. The story of success is buried in a syndicated report. Why would that be if a campaign event more or less serves as free publicity and a show of popular support? No doubt the draw was Gloria Steinem who has been absent from woman’s issues for years… afaik… No photos- except at the airport?

    Michelle Obama rallies campaign workers

    Michelle Obama drew bursts of applause and a standing ovation Tuesday in a speech in Manhattan that was as much an endorsement of her husband’s policies as a rallying cry to the Democratic Party’s troops.

    “Are you in?” she asked at the end of a 20-minute address to 400 campaign workers, most of them women. “Are you ready for work? We all have to be fired up and ready to go.”

    The first lady’s speech at a $500-and-up-per-plate fundraiser was aimed at motivating women, who she said had much at stake in the 2012 election.

    Her appearance came as President Barack Obama continues to face criticism from within his own party for seeming to give in too easily to Republicans in Congress and not taking a firmer stand on issues such as protecting the environment. His approval rating is about 43 percent and polls show he would face a tough fight against Texas Gov. Rick Perry or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the top GOP contenders.

    His campaign has indicated that fundraising slipped from June to September. And there has been discontent among some 2008 donors, with some Wall Street cash shifting to Romney, co-founder of buyout firm Bain Capital, a sign of business unease with Obama’s tenure.

    Michelle Obama’s speech praised Ms. Magazine founder and feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem while invoking Steinem’s efforts on behalf of women and girls.

    “Fortunately for us, Gloria made a different choice,” she said. “She stuck with it for the long haul.. . . In the end, we’re not fighting these battles for ourselves, we’re fighting them for our daughters and our granddaughters.”

    was heavy on domestic policy. She saluted health-care reform, stressed the importance of education policy, marveled that the U.S. Supreme Court now has three women, and stumped for a key economic policy device — the American Jobs Act that the president unveiled recently.

    “Right now, we stand at a fundamental crossroads,” she said. “When it comes to just about every issue, from our health, our economic security, our basic rights and freedoms, the stakes for American women have never been higher.” With Reuters

    Same old tired regretful campaign slogans- probably galling some supporters hearing “are you ready for work”- we she sets the standard as a travel agent for American Express rather than as a First Lady!

  13. Keep your eye out for a clip of BO and MO in frontal hug which is a little to close and a little too long for my tastes, given the situation. Must have been in NYC yesterday. Both were dressed in black. No doubt to counter reports of his woman troubles. Funny that it was edited in as a narrator talked of the difficult path O would traverse while playing star of the world this week.

    As far as I can tell TV has abandoned coverage of the jobs bill and all of the looming scandals. If it cannot talk about anything UN, it tells again about that air show tragedy or that some cancers are responding to new treatments while others are worse or Greece or anything except what’s at the top of our minds. Another popular is those damnable airlines raising prices so much; recommending that someone do something about that because these anchors (ABC WNN) are really really upset about those fees.

  14. I like watching that Perry ad. It is well done and could serve for anyone, even Hillary (!) with a little editing.

  15. hta-

    I was surprised at the quality of Perry’s high end campaign ad- He’s off to a great start. I’m not and never will be a Perry supporter but I support his unbridled passion at trashing Obama from here to kingdom come.. He has my complete support for telling the people the way it is what it is- because of Obama’s inept grasp of the US presidency. I wish someone would start harping on his inability to speak on his own without the use of a teleprompter..

    NBC had Rachael Maddow on with Lauer on Obama’s pol numbers and state of his campaign. She kept referring to his base- What base is she talking about- How bad is it when theres nothing left to speak of the Left that elected him… Lauer asked her one question and she talked non stop for 5 solid minutes until I muted her and saw the camera go back to Lauer. She must have feared elaborating on any of her statements, like reporting his approval numbers are 40%- When his approval numbers have broken the threshold into the 39% mark..

  16. What a fantastic post, Admin!
    I am really curious to see if Elizabeth Warren has the fire in her belly to take it to the WH.

    Bill Clinton Turns Down “Dancing”

    LOLOLOL. Just imagined it for a sec. 🙂
    He’s so darn charming.

  17. Palin vs Hillary- a clean campaign. The object of the campaign is winning and electing a candidate who can hit the ground running. Not by giving Tupperware demonstrations on how a product can seal in freshness better than others… with a lady-like burp-

  18. President Clinton: Green movement needs money


    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing. His comments came as world leaders attending his annual philanthropic conference expressed fears about rising seas.

    The ex-president’s three-day Clinton Global Initiative for VIPs with deep pockets began Tuesday with a frank discussion about addressing global climate challenges, co-hosted by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and South African President Jacob Zuma.

    There was a sense of frustration among the world leaders over the failure to create a legally binding world agreement on carbon emissions.

    “We have seen much less progress than we hoped for,” said Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

    Pointing to Germany’s successful creation of solar energy jobs as a model for other nations to emulate, Clinton said the main issue with green energy is a lack of proper funding.

    “This has to work economically,” he said. “You have to come up with the money on the front end.”

    Clinton’s talk of renewable energy financing comes as Republicans are criticizing the Obama administration for awarding billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for such projects, including a $528 million loan to a now-bankrupt California solar panel maker.

    Fremont, Calif.-based Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month and laid off its 1,100 employees. It was the first renewable energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model.

    Rising seas are a matter of life and death for small island nations, Zuma said.

    “Not theoretical, not in the future, now,” he said. “And they can’t understand why we’re failing to realize that.”

    Noting that the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is set to expire next year, Calderon said progress must be made toward establishing new rules at the United Nations convention on climate change in Durban, South Africa, in November.

    Calderon said he is concerned that the world’s economic problems are overshadowing the need for action on climate change.

    “Last year we had the worst rains ever in Mexico, and this year we are living with the worst drought ever in Mexico,” he said. “I know that the world has a lot of troubles, but we are still facing the most challenging problem for human kind in the future, and that is climate change.”

    Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, said rising seas would submerge one-fifth of her country, displacing more than 30 million people. Clinton said the next countries most likely to be affected by climate change are places that are inland and hot – such as Mali, a landlocked nation in western Africa.

    “A few years ago, after the south Asian tsunami, I spent a lot of time in the Maldives,” Clinton said. “I think it’s quite possible that the Maldives won’t be here in 30 or 40 years.”

    Clinton said Caribbean nations are microcosms of the problems associated with combating climate change. Every Caribbean nation should be energy-independent, he said, by generating solar, wind and geothermal energy.

    “But only Trinidad has natural gas,” Clinton said. “Everybody else imports heavy oil to burn old-fashioned generators at high cost.”

    Other leaders who participated in Tuesday’s panel included European Commission President Jose Barroso, Slovenian President Danilo Turk, Tillman Thomas, the prime minister of Grenada, and Cisse Mariam Kaidama Sidibe, the prime minister of Mali.

    Last year’s GCI conference generated nearly 300 new commitments valued at $6 billion to tackle major global issues from poverty and disease to climate change.

    This year, the conference is happening during an especially rancorous debate in Washington over government spending. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog, yielding to bitterly protesting businesses and congressional Republicans who complained the rule would kill jobs in America’s ailing economy.

    “We’ve got to somehow involve the imagination of ordinary people,” Clinton said. “They have to understand that this is not a burden, it’s an opportunity.”

    Other panels on the first day of the conference touched on subjects ranging from women and jobs in technology fields to the challenges and opportunities facing the world’s increasingly urbanized population living in a growing number of cities.

    In a discussion on disaster preparedness, speakers emphasized the needs for preventative action such as improved building standards to mitigate the impact of hurricanes and earthquakes. They also spoke about how to best help when a disaster does occur, in terms of the public outpouring of donations and goodwill that usually follows.

    It’s important for people to realize what can really help, like cash donations, and what isn’t as useful, like medications that end up not being usable or clothes that victims of disasters don’t want or can’t use, said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for the United Nations. When well-meaning people send things that aren’t usable, aid agencies can waste precious time and money disposing of them.

    “Let’s really check what’s needed and make sure we’re helping rather than being part of the problem,” she said.

  19. Bill Clinton: Cheney trying to cause 2012 mischief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Clinton says he has high regard for Dick Cheney’s political skills even if the former vice president tries to cause mischief for Democrats.

    Cheney recently praised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of the Obama administration’s “most competent” members and said it would be “interesting to speculate” how she might be as president.

    Cheney suggested, tongue in cheek, she might want to challenge Barack Obama in 2012, and said he wouldn’t discourage a primary fight.

    Bill Clinton tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” he’s “gratified whenever anyone says anything nice” about his wife, but one of Cheney’s skills “is sowing discord among the opposition” and he doesn’t want to help Cheney’s strategy succeed.

    Clinton did elbow Cheney, saying “I admire that he’s still out there hitting the ball.”

    Cheney is in withdrawal from his addiction to power and clout.. He should consider himself fortunate he isn’t sitting in a witness chair at the WC defending his rouge activity as a criminal provocateur of the Iraq war. Inhumane Activity during his tenure as Bush’s VP resulting in Cheney’s name and waterboarding becoming synonymous with US policy of inhumane treatment of prisoners. His continued justification of crimes against humanity is memorable, so memorable, his name should go down in history as the most ruthlessness VP ever to hold the position in the WH.

  20. “We’ve got to somehow involve the imagination of ordinary people,” Clinton said. “They have to understand that this is not a burden, it’s an opportunity.”

    That is the WJC-HRC approach to climate change, looking beyond the debate itself into the green economy as an economic opportunity. From the roll call in the article, it sounds like the Germans and Chinese were not represented. Maybe that’s because they’re already knee-deep in green investments… that are paying off!

  21. Perry’s ad is a good start. Not a lot of stats, but then the obots never needed much to become agitated. I read that the guy that made the ad was working for Pawlenty the puss. (I’m not sure that was a match at all.)

  22. Bam is the gift that has given these political ad people tons of raw material to work with. This election should be Academy Award winning material.

  23. Re Perry and that pic of World Leaders with O waving now going viral bear out Perry’s claim that O is naive and arrogant. Instant gratification for Perry on his accusation! Gonna make great fodder for every decent person trying to establish what a misfit he is. I recall when Obama pitching for his health plan said “They can’t stop us.” Well, finally there’s something he could not stop and it is this picture. ha ha ha ha ha.

  24. Obama is giving another of his dull speeches, this one at the U.N. Same ol’ same ol’. He has thus far listed how wonderful things have been this past year. He’s talking “Arab Spring’ now. He started off by saying “Peace is hard.” Did anyone tell him that sounds like George W. Bush?

  25. Now he tells the U.N. he is frustrated and repeats “Peace is hard work.”

    What Obama Really Means: “(Eating) Peas is Hard Work!”
    Somebody give the guy a waffle!

  26. Now he’s telling the U.N. he has a jobs plan for the U.S. and a deficit cutting plan. Earlier he mentioned Bin Laden is dead.

  27. Problem with this UN speech is his record, its just lipserve, we all know what he really means and thinks of Israel and they know exactly what game he is playing.

  28. Well this is stupid.

    Warren Buffett to headline Obama campaign event

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett will help raise money for President Barack Obama’s re-election effort at a $35,800-a-ticket fundraiser next month in Chicago, an Obama campaign official said on Wednesday.

    Buffett will attend the October 27 event at a private home on Chicago’s North Shore that is expected to include major donors to Obama’s 2008 presidential run. The Democratic president, who is not expected to attend, is running for re-election in 2012.

    Buffett, the legendary chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has landed in the center of a growing political battle over Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy by inspiring the so-called “Buffett Rule.”

    Buffett wrote a column last month saying rich people like him often pay less in taxes than those who work for them because of loopholes in the tax code, and can afford to pay more.

    Obama cited Buffett on Monday in proposing a minimum tax rate for people earning more than $1 million a year. Republicans have condemned the plan as class warfare.


    Lets see his billionaire friend is charging people $38,500 a plate at a fundraiser to re-elect someone railing against billionaires, its positively self loathing.

  29. Finally Americans wake up. The blame on the predecessor has finally wore off.

    Poll: Economic pessimism deepens, and more blame Obama

    Who gets blamed?

    Former president George W. Bush deserves a great deal of blame, 36% say, a decline of 7 percentage points since mid-2009, five months after he had left office.

    Twenty-four percent say Obama deserves a great deal of the blame, up 10 points since 2009. For the first time since he took office, a majority of Americans — including six in 10 independents — say he deserves a great deal or moderate amount of blame for the nation’s economic woes.

    “The blame-it-on-my-predecessor line is of decreasing help to an incumbent,” says political scientist William Mayer of Northeastern University. “It was perfectly fine when he took office, and even reasonable a year or two in, but eventually, increasingly, it becomes Obama’s economy. It won’t surprise me if by the time you get to the 2012 election Obama has overtaken Bush in that regard.”

    Americans are inclined to rate Obama as a better president than Bush, albeit only by single digits, 43%-34%. They overwhelmingly rate Bill Clinton more highly. Half of those surveyed say Obama has been a worse president than Clinton, who governed during an economic boom; 12% say Obama has been better.


    So finally the blame it on bush is wearing off.

    “For the first time since he took office, a majority of Americans — including six in 10 independents — say he deserves a great deal or moderate amount of blame for the nation’s economic woes.”

    that alone is enough to kill him off.

  30. Holy crap that Perry ad is a killer, it’s like something Hollywood would fire out and knocks bells off Obama’s ads. He must have hired some amazing PR/Marketing squad.

  31. “For the first time since he took office, a majority of Americans — including six in 10 independents — say he deserves a great deal or moderate amount of blame for the nation’s economic woes.”

    That’s the only thing that really matters, moon. D’s and R’s are pretty much evenly split in this country, and there will not be a lot of crossover voting for Obama this go ’round. So those votes are a wash – other than the “energized base” factor, and who gets more enthused to get out to vote. The R’s have an edge on that one, as they will be coming out in droves to vote O out, no matter who the candidate is.

    The election will be decided by the Independent vote, period. Independent approval/disapproval is the most important and deadly number for Obama, and he is losing them in droves.

  32. Perry hired Pawlenty’s ad team. They have done some GREAT ads, that weren’t particularly effective for a sort of boring milquetoast candidate that Pawlenty was. Their style is a much better fit for Perry.

    Whether you like Perry or not, he is a freaking knife fighter, and could care less what the media will say about hitting Obama HARD. That ad is doing a good job of making people’s brains see a big fat ZERO every time the O logo appears. It’s visually brilliant.

    PRESIDENT ZERO. Ouch. Perry ain’t skeered, I’ll give him that. Get the popcorn.

  33. moononpluto
    September 21st, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Holy crap that Perry ad is a killer, it’s like something Hollywood would fire out and knocks bells off Obama’s ads. He must have hired some amazing PR/Marketing squad.

    It wouldn’t be hard to do. Every day Obama creates bushels of campaign fodder. Just saw McNorman’s post. Another example of his extreme overreaching.

  34. Jordan is Palestine

    Op-ed: Establishing 2nd Palestinian state west of Jordan River would be great folly
    Haim Misgav

    The Jewish State was established in the Land of Israel. Not in Uganda, not in South America and not in any other area offered to the Jews at one time or another as a response to their distress. The League of Nations, which granted Britain the mandate to form the Jewish people’s national home, referred to the entire territory on both sides of the Jordan River.

    One should be aware of the following: There was no “Jordanian people” to the east of the Jordan River that sought independence there, just like there was no “Palestinian people” west of the Jordan River.

    Hence, When David Ben-Gurion drafted the Declaration of Independence he did not determine the State of Israel’s borders. He too knew that at the end of the war forced upon the small Jewish community by Arab states, the borders will be different than the “partition boundaries.”

    The Jewish state’s first prime minister also knew that any territory to be conquered by the IDF will remain part of the state, and will not be called “occupied territory.” The Jewish state will become its legal owner based on the international conventions that designated the whole of the Land of Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River (yes, Mr. Jordanian King) for a Jewish home.

    Unfortunately, only parts of Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Jordan River Valley were conquered in that just war. These parts were overtaken by members of the Hashemite Kingdom. No nation in the world recognized this Jordanian takeover, as it was clear to everyone that the real sovereign of these territories is the Jewish people. When the Brits ended their mission in the Land of Israel in 1948, after being defeated by the Jewish people’s fighting forces, they in fact returned the land to its natural sovereign: The Jewish people.

    Annex Judea and Samaria

    Jordan’s king, who heads a state that in fact does not comprise a nation, but rather, a hodgepodge of tribes that arrived from across the desert coupled with what is known as “Palestinian refugees,” is certainly right to be concerned about the fate of his puppet state. This state has a family known as the “royal family,” which rules the country, and nothing else. One of these days we may be able to view it as the “Palestinian state” the whole world is so eager to see.

    Establishing yet another Palestinian state west of the Jordan River would certainly be a great folly. Firstly, because such state would seek to unite with its sister-state across the River. Secondly, because the many Arabs in the Galilee and northern Israel would also seek to connect to their sister state.

    Hence, if the Jewish residents of our country seek life, we should quickly annex the territories freed from foreign control in the Six-Day War, just like David Ben-Gurion did at the end of the War of Independence when he applied Israeli law to all the territories conquered in that war. Any other solutions would raise question marks over our right to live in Beersheba or Eilat or Lod or Jaffa, not to mention many other communities in the Galilee, on the Coastal Plain and in the Negev.

    Further withdrawals are certainly not an option. “Land for peace” is a false formula. The Oslo Accords, which now mark their 18th’s anniversary, were no more than one huge folly, as were the other withdrawals – from south Lebanon, from Gush Katif, from northern Samaria, and from our Sinai communities. Those who fail to understand it now may end up finding themselves drinking the Mediterranean Sea’s water one of these days, as Arafat wished for us in the past.

    Dr. Haim Misgav is a law lecturer at the Netanya Academic College.,7340,L-4123905,00.html

  35. admin
    September 21st, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Shadowfax, Sarah Palin was on Hannity tonight. She said there is still plenty of time to get in the race for the nomination because she does not believe the field is set yet.

    Palin also said that she does not think the D field is set either. She said if the Democratic Party wants to save itself someone is going to have to get in that race too.
    Yes Admin, with all the investigations against Barry, Gun Runner and the solar debacle…the race may be wide open on the Dem side all the way into 2012.

    If Barry can’t win and the MAJORITY of Dims finally realize it, they could shed a lake of tears at her door step begging her to run. Knowing Hillary, she would refuse until the scars on her back heal and her white horse is champing at the bit.

  36. Lordy! Some others are beginning to suspect that Bill Clinton does not worship Obama. The word is Bill and Obama might be be frenemies.

    This comes from a Clinton hater at the Wall Street Journal but it still is a fun read:

    In July, during the debt-ceiling negotiation, nolabelist John Avlon of The Daily Beast quoted Clinton as saying, at an Aspen, Colo., shindig: “This is the political equivalent of the government shutdown when I was president. . . . The leadership of the Republican party then figured that they could make the White House blink. . . . The White House could blink. I hope that won’t happen. I don’t think they should blink.”

    Barack Obama tried to stare down John Boehner & Co., but it didn’t work, because he had more to lose than they did in the event of a cash-flow crisis caused by a failure to raise the debt ceiling. In the end, he had to blink, and the defeat was much worse for him by virtue of trying to hold out. Thanks a lot, Bill!

    An advice article on the dating site asks the question “Is Your Friend Really a ‘Frenemy’?” As you probably guessed, that’s a portmanteau of “friend” and “enemy,” defined as “that friend who’s hanging out at your house using you emotionally to make herself feel better.”

    If your name is Barack Obama, Bill Clinton may be your frenemy. “A frenemy . . . uses compliments that have a demeaning subtext.” eHarmony notes. “Be wary if your friend gives you backhanded compliments.” Here’s an example, from a June Newsweek piece that ran under Clinton’s byline:

    President Obama came in with a really good energy policy, including an idea to provide both a tax credit for new green jobs and for startup companies, to allow the conversion of the tax credit into its cash equivalent for every employee hired. Then last December, in the tax-cut compromise, the Republicans in Congress wouldn’t agree to extend this benefit because they said, “This is a spending program, not a tax cut. We’re only for tax cuts.” It was a mistake.

    That would be the same tax-cut compromise that afforded Clinton the opportunity to upstage Obama at a White House press conference. Obama was a friend in need, Clinton a frenemy indeed.

    And that Newsweek piece is filled with boasts and complaints that implicitly or explicitly diminish Obama:

    When I was president, the economy benefited because information technology penetrated every aspect of American life. . . . Just look at the Empire State Building—I can see it from my office window. Our climate-change people worked on their retrofit project. . . . Before the last presidential election, I tried for a year to get both Congress and the administration to deal with the fact that the banks weren’t lending because they were still jittery about the economy, and worried about the regulators coming down on them for bad loans still on the books. It’s not much better now. . . . The stimulus should have been more vigorously defended in the last election. . . . My administration negotiated 300 trade agreements, but we enforced them, too.

  37. Personally, that ad of Perry’s is just window dressing in red, white and blue. I don’t like the imagery to take center stage. He is trying to look like a president…that’s all I got out of it.

    Reminds me of Prince coming out on stage dressed in all purple, with his hair all done up.

  38. The garbage scow at the New York Times also thinks Bill is being Bill:

    Whether Bill Clinton is being mischievous or helpful is never entirely clear. But the former president often manages to show the current president just how the game should be played.

    When Barack Obama was languishing by the phone in July, yearning to hear from John Boehner on the elusive Grand Bargain, the Big Dog advised blowing off the obstructionists in Congress and invoking the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling.

    Clinton will often forcefully — and feelingly — frame the argument for Obama policies that would help the working class in a way that Obama himself, once hailed as a master communicator, can’t seem to muster.

    On Sunday talk shows, Bill adroitly defended Barry against Dick Cheney’s sly jab that Hillary would make a stronger Democratic nominee in 2012 and against the Cajun ragin’ of James Carville.

    And, on Tuesday in New York, as the airwaves thrummed with talk about whether President Obama provoked a “women” problem by letting the West Wing become too much of a frat house, Clinton showed how easy it is to get a roomful of women purring.

    While Obama tried to get some credit for Libya at the U.N. and make nice with Turkey, Bill kicked off his Clinton Global Initiative with a visit to Rachael Ray’s cooking show.

    Looking sharp in a three-piece suit and cozy on the kitchen set, Bill charmed the women in the audience with tales of his new vegan diet, how he misses omelets, his fantasy to play sax with the Rolling Stones and his painful recollection of being a chubby 13-year-old.

    “The world we live in glorifies people who are skinnier and longer-legged than most of us could ever be,” he empathetically told his rapt listeners.

    Asked what he would be doing if he were president again for one day, he replied to cheers: “I would pass as many things as I could to put people back to work.” When Ray wondered what superpower Clinton would want, he replied (perhaps inspired by his own missteps): “I would be able to enter the minds of people who were about to do really stupid things” and stop them.

    When a woman in the audience asked if he’d do “Dancing With the Stars,” he said they had petitioned him but that he was too busy to train. “I would like to master the tango,” he said, adding: “Last night, Hillary said to me, ‘You know, when I’m not secretary of state anymore, we should go take dancing lessons.’ ”

    The audience swooned. [snip]

    Now the president is trapped in two damaging story lines. Is he too weak and immature to do the job? Or is he too cool and distant to do the job?

    The Aloof One has to convince voters that he can connect emotionally. In a way, his relationship with Americans now is analogous to a marriage that’s not working. He’s the detached husband; we’re the neglected wife.

    Is he paying attention? Does he understand our needs? Or is he just pretending to listen while he watches SportsCenter?

  39. Now he tells the U.N. he is frustrated and repeats “Peace is hard work.”

    What Obama Really Means: “(Eating) Peas is Hard Work!”



  40. Bill Clinton: No more taxes now (Obama will have a fit, Bill just pulled the rug out from under him)

    Former President Bill Clinton says now is not the time to hike taxes.

    “I personally don’t believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending, either one, until we get this economy off the ground,” Clinton told Newsmax in an interview on Tuesday. “This has been a dead flat economy.”

    Clinton, who is hosting the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York City this week, said that until the country’s debt is reduced, he doesn’t believe cutting or raising taxes or boosting spending are the solution to bringing the country to a full employment economy.

    “If we cut government spending, which I normally would be very inclined to do when the deficit’s this big, with interest rates already near zero, you can’t get the benefits out of it,” Clinton said. “So what I’d like to see them do is come up with a bipartisan approach, starting with the payroll tax cuts because they have the biggest return.”

  41. Former President Bill Clinton tells Newsmax that Washington should not raise taxes until the slumping economy is turned around — and says President Obama’s plan to increase taxes on the wealthy won’t solve the debt problem.

    Clinton sat down for an exclusive interview with Newsmax Founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy in New York, where Clinton is holding the 10th annual gathering of the widely praised Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an event that brings together heads of state, business leaders, humanitarians and celebrities to devise and implement innovative and successful solutions to some of the worlds most pressing challenges.

    In the wide-ranging interview, Clinton discussed his foundation, climate change, the economy, taxes, government regulations, fellow Democrat Obama, and the possibility of civil unrest in America.

    He also spoke about his wife Hillary’s chances of running for president in 2016, calling her “the ablest person in my generation” — and offered his surprising take on the 2012 GOP presidential race.

    Read more on Ex-President Clinton to Newsmax: Raising Taxes Won’t Work
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  42. Suskind’s “Confidence Men”: The WH convinced itself “by the summer of 2009 that the economy had turned the corner …”

    Rahmbo’s mayoral run meant Obama wouldn’t “have to worry about firing him.”

  43. I like the first part of that ad – the ‘meme’ of Obummer the Zero, but when the hype for Perry followed, I found myself thinking, “And here comes another con artist working his way with more high-falutin’ words, words, words. To me, he comes across as the new Obama – tear down the old hopey-changey; make way for the new hopey-changey. I’ve really had it with all these gas-bags.

  44. Bill, you’re causing trouble again. Michelle is gonna start yanking sleeves. Leave Obama alone.

    MoonOnPluto, picture Obama’s eyes bulging out in rage. 🙂

    There is a lot of good stuff at the link, including this:

    A recent poll found that Hillary Clinton is the most favored political figure on the scene today. The former president was asked under what circumstances Hillary might consider a run for the White House in 2016.

    “You’ll have to ask her,” Clinton responds with a smile. “But when we were kids and I met her and we started our now 40-year-plus conversation — I met her 41 years ago this last spring — pretty quick I decided that she was the ablest person in my generation. And nothing has happened in those 41 years to change my opinion.

    “I may have been a better politician, at least on the first go-round, but I never met anybody I thought had a better combination of mind and heart.

    “If she wants to come home, I’ll be happy. If she wants to serve, I’ll be happy. But she has to decide that. All I know is I’m glad that she’s serving now.”

  45. No new taxes and cut spending when deficit is this big?
    Oh noez. Bill Clinton has turned Tea Parrty!

    If it comes to 2012 Obama vs Palin, I have to bet that in the privacy of the booth Bill votes for Palin for the good of the country.

  46. You’re not alone Lil Ole Grape:

    Voters are more convinced than ever that neither major political party in Washington, DC is on their side.

    Now roughly one-out-of-two Likely U.S. Voters (49%) think it’s fair to say neither party in Congress is the party of the American people, up six points from a year ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 32% say it’s not fair to characterize the two parties that way, while 18% are not sure.

    A plurality (44%) of both Republicans and Democrats agree that neither party in Congress represents the people. But voters not affiliated with either of the parties are even more emphatic: 60% feel that way.

  47. Bravo Bill Clinton!

    Well said.

    And they are just NOW realizing that Clinton is “killing bambi with kindness?”

    Just how stupid are these people?

    LOL…don’t answer that.

  48. Former President Bill Clinton tells Newsmax that Washington should not raise taxes until the slumping economy is turned around — and says President Obama’s plan to increase taxes on the wealthy won’t solve the debt problem.


    Not sure if I’d believe Newsmax’s version of anything. Or have they actuallly reformed?

  49. DECKER: Hillary Clinton for president?
    Democrats need to dump Obama to be competitive in 2012

    By Brett M. Decker
    The Washington Times
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Pressure is mounting on Barack Obama to throw in the cards and announce that he won’t seek re-election as president. Surprisingly, the push is coming from the left. This has many in mainstream America scratching their heads asking why liberals want to dump the most hard-left president in American history. The answer is they’re worried Mr. Obama has moved too far, too fast – and revealed too much of their big-government agenda – to win a second term. This is Hillary Clinton’s moment.

    Perennial Green Party candidate Ralph Nader summed up the radicals’ grievance with the first black commander in chief. “Nothing’s worse than an incumbent president slipping in the polls, being constantly on the defensive, being accused by supporters of having no backbone and running an unenthusiastically received campaign,” explained Mr. Nader on Monday. “That’s a prescription for defeat.” He went on to list the Wall Street bailouts, “a unilateral war in Libya,” extending wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan and losing the debt-ceiling debate to Republicans as more justification for dumping Mr. Obama.

    The New York Times has led the charge against “The One.” Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd has been delightfully harsh in her criticism not only of the Obama administration but of Mr. Obama personally. “Is Obama so isolated he can’t see that Americans are curled up in a ball, beaten down by a financial crisis, an identity crisis, a political crisis and a leadership crisis?” she asked in a recent column. “The White House team is flailing – reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It’s repugnant,” she complained in another. This president is in real trouble when he’s lost the support of the old Gray Lady (that lady being the New York Times, not Miss Dowd).

    All the friendly fire is enough to make one feel sorry for Barry, almost. After taking big-government to record levels and successfully diminishing U.S. influence abroad, he would seem to be everything the “Blame America First” crowd would want. But as conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh reminded on his show earlier this week, “Obama has destroyed more jobs than any president in modern history.” Many Democrats understand this is a political liability in an election year when lots of unemployed blue-collar union workers that make up their base are desperate for change.

    Panic is setting in that Mr. Obama will go down to defeat as a martyr for the cause and take the cause with him. It’s not that liberals disagree with Mr. Obama’s Keynesian spending spree, the crippling debt he’s stacked up or his countercultural social policies. They love it all, but that doesn’t matter if the populace revolts and puts elephants in charge of the White House and both chambers of Congress. Then their revolution is dead. The left needs a candidate who is a true believer but willing to put on a moderate false face to hoodwink Middle America. It’s time for Hillary to make her move.

  50. Conflict of interest.

    Law firms representing #Solyndra execs double as major Democratic donors

    The law firms representing two prominent Solyndra executives are major Democratic Party donors, The Daily Caller has learned.

    Reuters first reported that the bankrupt company’s CEO, Brian Harrison, and CFO, W.G. Stover, plan to refuse to talk openly to congressional investigators about how their company squandered $535 million in taxpayer money. They will invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate themselves at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Friday.

    The law firms representing the executives are Orrick, Harrington and Sutcliffe, and Keker and Van Nest. Both are major contributors to Democrats and both have handsomely helped President Barack Obama’s political efforts, according to information retrieved from Center for Responsive Politics databanks.

    Employees at Orrick, Harrington and Sutcliffe, which is representing Harrison, have donated more than $1.3 million to federal campaigns, political parties and Political Action Committees since 1990. More than 95 percent of those donations went to Democrats, including $184,000 to Obama.

    Steven Newmark, a litigation managing associate for the firm, has bundled between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama’s ongoing bid for re-election.

    Keker and Van Nest employees, on the other hand, have donated $527,301 in national-level political donations since 1990, 99 percent of which have gone to Democrats. Keker and Van Nest is representing Stover. (RELATED: Solyndra execs to plead Fifth in hearing)

    Over the last three election cycles, Keker and Van Nest employees have donated more than $315,000 to Democrats and, since 2007, they’ve given $64,900 specifically to Obama.

    In 2008, Keker and Van Nest attorney Jon B. Streeter bundled between $50,000 and $100,00 for Obama. Since 2009, Streeter has given $46,000 personally to the Democratic National Committee and, in 2010, personally donated more than $30,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    Before going bankrupt, Solyndra was a solar panel manufacturer that the Obama administration granted a $535 million loan guarantee to. Since then, the company announced its bankruptcy, leaving taxpayers on the hook for more than half a billion dollars. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is conducting an major investigation into the loan.


    You think they’d be smarter than that.

  51. Hillary Clinton to Attend Busan Forum: Demonstrating Development Diplomacy?

    The Brookings Institution
    September 21, 2011 —

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just announced that she will attend the upcoming High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. Although this event will be the fourth such forum – following on Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008) – it will be the first time the U.S. is represented at such a high level.

    We view Clinton’s attendance as a positive step, having made the case for it privately in meetings and openly in publications (see our policy paper and this recent brief). But how does her attendance fit into the context of reforms to elevate global development within the U.S. government? And how can her participation lead to a better High-Level Forum? Here are some of our thoughts:

    The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), issued at the end of 2010, focused in part on how the State Department can play a role in elevating development within U.S. foreign policy. It explicitly states:

    “Elevating development as a core pillar of U.S. foreign policy requires not just rebuilding USAID into the world’s premier development institution, but also transforming the Department of State to support development. Secretary Clinton recognizes that while diplomacy and development are each critical in their own right, when they work together they are the basis on unrivaled civilian power to advance U.S. interests. For too long, however, the Department of State has not always been a willing and capable partner for USAID in supporting the development pillar of our foreign policy.”

    The review goes on to note that State should systematically use diplomacy to advance development by negotiating and promoting international policy agreements in the context of multilateral forums in a way that complements USAID rather than treading on that agency’s expertise.

    The transformation of the State Department to better support development makes many development assistance advocates and close observers nervous about further absorption and instrumentalization of operational assistance programming into the toolkit of diplomacy. The construct of the three “D’s” – development, diplomacy and defense – as distinct pillars of U.S. national security and foreign policy can quickly morph into a two-dimensional frame that blurs diplomacy and development while setting them apart from military efforts. Given USAID’s recent history of eroded independence, this is a legitimate concern especially with regard to increased roles for the State Department in operational aid programs and aid budget management.

    But there are many ways the State Department can support development by drawing on its comparative advantages. For example, in conflict-affected states where an international military presence is required, State can use its expertise and influence with other departments, governments and international organizations to shape coherent stabilization efforts that are conducive to development.

    A more obvious comparative advantage is the international prominence of the Secretary of State, which should be put to good use in Busan. So while USAID should naturally continue to lead in shaping U.S. positions for Busan— after all it’s a global development conference — Clinton’s participation should enable the U.S. to leverage her unique profile on the global stage. As one of us previously noted in reference to the OECD ministerial meeting in May 2011, “Secretary Clinton must continually use development diplomacy opportunities to empower USAID and its administrator, Rajiv Shah, in the eyes of other U.S. government and international officials. Secretary Clinton is certainly capable of using her star power in this way, but will she?”

    With regard to the High-Level Forum itself, Secretary Clinton’s commitment to attend is already serving as a game-changer that could snatch a politically meaningful result from the jaws of an otherwise technocratic aid conference. Six years ago in Paris, at an earlier conference on aid effectiveness, rich countries committed themselves to make changes in the way they delivered aid to improve its impact. They have made some progress on this and the efforts are contributing to better development results, but the pace has been slow. As panelists at a recent Brookings conference argued, this is mostly because the necessary improvements in aid delivery require tough political support. In essence, the reforms would transfer more control over resources to beneficiaries in return for greater accountability on results. Persuading Congress and the public that that is a sensible approach to improving the “bang-for-the-buck” for U.S. taxpayers is essentially a political issue.

    Busan will be a political event in other ways as well. There are now many international forums that deal with development in overlapping ways, including the United Nations and the G-20, and many more providers of development cooperation, including China and other emerging economies. Busan must reposition the aid industry to work better in this environment, taking the discussions beyond aid into a more systematic “development effectiveness” agenda. The attendance of Secretary Clinton, and the other foreign ministers who will now be encouraged to attend, can signal that this repositioning is underway. Maybe then new forms of aid partnerships can be built, including with the private sector, so that aid and other instruments of development cooperation can catalyze and accelerate improved living standards in the poorest parts of the world.

    Lastly, as one of the world’s strongest voices on greater investment in women and girls, Secretary Clinton’s participation provides a new opportunity to add a focus on gender to the development agenda at Busan.

  52. MoonOnPluto, you left this luscious bit from your USAToday link:

    “The blame-it-on-my-predecessor line is of decreasing help to an incumbent,” says political scientist William Mayer of Northeastern University. “It was perfectly fine when he took office, and even reasonable a year or two in, but eventually, increasingly, it becomes Obama’s economy. It won’t surprise me if by the time you get to the 2012 election Obama has overtaken Bush in that regard.”

    Americans are inclined to rate Obama as a better president than Bush, albeit only by single digits, 43%-34%. They overwhelmingly rate Bill Clinton more highly. Half of those surveyed say Obama has been a worse president than Clinton, who governed during an economic boom; 12% say Obama has been better.

  53. Barack Obama’s UN speech goes from cutting to confused

    By Michael Weiss
    September 21st, 2011

    ere’s a quick take on President Obama’s just-concluded address before the UN General Assembly:

    1. There’s a reasonable chance he’ll have to give another speech reaffirming – sorry, “clarifying” – his commitment to a free and independent Palestine. In short, Barack barracked Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO’s heedless effort to unilaterally attain statehood via plebiscite. Obama, incensed that the Palestinians would go around him in this way after all the work he put into the “peace process,” stuck mainly to a US election-year script on the issue. GOP front-runner Rick Perry has accused this administration of selling-out Israel. So Obama tilted back: America has got an “unshakable” attachment to Israeli security (an old line); men, women and children in southern Israeli are being bombarded with thousands of rockets and mortars from terrorists in Gaza (true); Israeli adolescents grow up knowing that their counterparts in Arab countries are being taught to hate them (long true); and – in a nice little double-barreled blast aimed right between the narrowly spaced eyes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad- the Jewish state faces an existential threat to be “wiped off the map” and the Holocaust is a fact that cannot be denied.

    One PLO representative in the audience was shown shaking his head “no” during some of this (contrast to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s blinkless, Aztec-faced stare throughout.). The full statehood bid at the UN Security Council may be averted anyway in a last-minute compromise, as Adrian Blomfeld just reported.

    Still, I expect this speech will go down in the Arab Middle East about as well as Obama’s last big regional policy statement, the one about 1967-borders-plus-land-swaps, went down in Jerusalem. It’s amazing that Abbas and Netanyahu can’t strike a deal after both have learned the same hard lesson within the same year: if you embarrass the American president on the world stage, he embarrasses you right back.

    2. The line on Syria was very good – probably the best part of the president’s speech (even if his rhetoric and action on the murderous Assad regime has only just caught up to morality). He described the Syrian protest movement as “peaceful.” He accused Damascus of murder, torture and mutilation of thousands of Syrian civilians. And he scandalized the General Assembly, still largely a miscreant’s club of dictatorships, theocracies and juntas, of doing zilch to help a beleaguered people. Also, we need UNSC sanctions. The Syrian flaks in the room looked furious. They ought to defect and seek US asylum before it’s too late.

    3. Washington’s position on Bahrain has been muddled for months, owing to the fact that the US Fifth Fleet is hosted there. The Saudi-sponsored Sunni monarchy which rules this tiny but strategically vital Gulf state sees its own domestic protest movement, which is waged by a Shi’ite majority population, as an undisguised Iranian proxy offensive. Arbitrary killings, mass arrests and the rest of it have been perpetrated, as Saudi troops rolled in several months ago to lend a helping hand. Who knows what will happen, but Obama was better off leaving this topic out in the midst of so much Arab Spring praise than he was treating it to euphemistic gobbledygook about “meaningful dialogue.” There was also this hostage to fortune: “[W]e believe the patriotism that binds Bahrainis together must be more powerful than the sectarian forces that would tear them apart.” Uh-huh.

    4. Nice try salvaging the US-Russian “reset” by referring to a new START treaty, paid for by a wholesale capitulation to the inescapable reality that is Russia’s refractory government. The country is headed toward fresh presidential and parliamentary “elections” where even the Kremlin-anointed opposition party leader, the oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov, has decided that he can’t handle being so closely stage-managed. Keep a couple of aspirin and copy of Bertolt Brecht’s Collected Works on hand if you choose to read about how the Speaker of the Federation Council (Russia’s senate) was just selected.

    True, Obama smuggled through the back door new US policies that impose travel bans and asset freezes on foreign officials guilty of gross human rights abusers. But really, it’s very paltry that he didn’t have the courage to say the name Sergei Magnitsky. That’d be the fearless Russian attorney who exposed a $230 million tax fraud carried out by Moscow tax bureaucrats and Interior Ministry police officers (the sort of chaps who would have made Serpico blush). Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 for the very crime he uncovered. He died an agonised death in pre-trial detention under circumstances that an independent prison monitor termed “murder,” as his persecutors were cleared of any wrongdoing, given top state honours and promotions and allowed to launder millions in ill-gotten wealth through various Swiss bank accounts and dummy companies. The Medvedev-Putin “tandem” is a Punch and Judy show of KGB authoritarianism.

    And where’s it been on the Arab Spring, so loftily described by this president? Russian state media is trying its hardest to depict the Syrian protestors as terrorists who ought to be “sanctioned” by the UN if the Assad regime is to be, but that doesn’t change the materialism driving siloviki cynicism. Putin does brisk trade with Assad, mostly arms deals which have amounted to $4 billion since 2006. According to Beirut’s Daily Star, Moscow had already sold Damascus “MiG 29 fighter jets, Yak-130 jet trainers, Pantsir and Buk air defense systems and P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles” and Assad still covets S-300 anti-aircraft missiles (these are good at shooting down Nato fighter jets). Syrians picking shrapnel out of their bodies should look for the fine print, “Made in Russia.”

    Time to reset the reset.

  54. “I personally don’t believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending, either one, until we get this economy off the ground,” Clinton told Newsmax


    Funny how that part gets left out of the headlines.

  55. Asked what he would be doing if he were president again for one day, he replied to cheers: “I would pass as many things as I could to put people back to work.”


    Such as what?

  56. “We’ve got to somehow involve the imagination of ordinary people,” Clinton said. “They have to understand that this is not a burden, it’s an opportunity.”

    That is the WJC-HRC approach to climate change, looking beyond the debate itself into the green economy as an economic opportunity.


    And one of the worst things Obama has done, is take that true claim, and make it look like a scam.

  57. Great talk by Bill! Thank you very much for posting this.


    [POsted at H44 on] September 21st, 2011 at 7:58 am

    President Clinton: Green movement needs money


    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing.


    Pointing to Germany’s successful creation of solar energy jobs as a model for other nations to emulate, Clinton said the main issue with green energy is a lack of proper funding.

    “This has to work economically,” he said. “You have to come up with the money on the front end.”


  58. ADMIN
    I was looking for you to end this article with the super meme of all your memes, the mantra we all know and love:
    Obama cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

  59. People can claim the scientists are faking their charts — but rising oceans aren’t theory. (And Obama hasn’t stopped them rising yet.)

    Here’s another quote from Bill at the same conference:

    Rising seas are a matter of life and death for small island nations, Zuma said.
    “Not theoretical, not in the future, now,” he said. “And they can’t understand why we’re failing to realize that.”
    “A few years ago, after the south Asian tsunami, I spent a lot of time in the Maldives,” Clinton said. “I think it’s quite possible that the Maldives won’t be here in 30 or 40 years.”
    Clinton said Caribbean nations are microcosms of the problems associated with combating climate change. Every Caribbean nation should be energy-independent, he said, by generating solar, wind and geothermal energy.

  60. I wish someone would start harping on his inability to speak on his own without the use of a teleprompter..


    Yes! Keep challenging him to meet them in debate without a teleprompter or a sympathetic moderator.

    Who was it offered to debate him on the back of a truck?

  61. His approval with Jews with now sky rocket once again as we(Jews) look for anything to cling on to, in order to support this fraud.

  62. Crawdad quotes The Economist:

    Our economy is riddled with a multitude of deeply-embedded structural flaws that allow the well-connected to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us, but nobody will do anything about it. There is a class war in this country, a war between the subsidy barons, the regulatory arbitrageurs, the patent monopolists and the rest of us. Mr Obama is a class warrior. The trouble is he’s on the wrong side.

  63. Now the president is trapped in two damaging story lines. Is he too weak and immature to do the job? Or is he too cool and distant to do the job?



  64. Perry’s campaign ad may be powerful, but everyone should be clear that he is the mega-banks choice for president.

    Rick Perry, Phil Gramm, and Economic Armageddon
    September 20, 2011 (LPAC)

    Former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, a key figure in bringing about the present economic disaster, has shaped the life and financially sponsored the career of his protégé, Rick Perry.

    A potential Perry Presidency would put the most insane international mega-speculators, whom Gramm represents, into position to detonate and loot what remains of the U.S. and world economy.

    Gramm taught economics beginning in 1967 at Texas A&M, where he befriended his rather slow student, Rick Perry. Gramm became Perry’s guide into the savage philosophy of global financiers. When Gramm rose to power in the Senate, he connected Perry to a money apparatus that boosted Perry up fast behind Gramm.

    The Gramm apparatus organized the little-known Perry’s run for Lieutenant Governor in 1998. Perry’s campaign finance director Jennifer Bannister, Senator Gramm’s aide for the previous 10 years, pulled in millions of dollars.

    Money and influence came to Perry through Gramm’s moneybags, Texas multi-millionaire James Leininger: Leininger contributed big to that and later Perry campaigns; Perry made tens of thousands in stock deals with Leininger’s company Kinetic Concepts, partly owned by Gramm’s wife Wendy, the Enron director; and Perry netted huge sums in real estate deals involving Leininger. In his 2010 book Fed Up, Perry devotes a concluding chapter to thanking Leininger’s “Texas Public Policy Foundation” (Wendy Gramm, chairman, James Leininger, Chairman Emeritus) for steering Texas thinking.

    Chairing the Senator Banking Committee, Phil Gramm pushed through the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, repealing the Glass-Steagall Act and handing all bank deposits to offshore gamblers.

    Perry became the Texas Governor when George W. Bush resigned to run for President in 2000. That year Senator Gramm pushed through the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which kept derivatives free of government regulation.

    In 2002 Gramm resigned from the Senate to reap his reward, becoming vice president of investment banking for UBS, in charge of connecting that Swiss financial giant to big money men. Gramm could now bankroll Perry’s accelerated rise. The “Friends of Phil Gramm PAC” subsequently contributed over $600,000 to Perry’s election campaigns for governor.

    The financial system, without the protections which Phil Gramm had removed, exploded in 2007. AIG went belly up and got a hundred-billion-dollar U.S. bailout. In 2007, Gov. Rick Perry’s son Griffin Perry went to work for UBS in its Texas office. UBS is now being sued for fraud in the latest multi-billion wild speculation scandal.

    With the hapless President Barack Obama for a foil — continuing the bailouts and economic demolition — Rick Perry announced his Presidential campaign on August 13, 2011. Godfather Phil Gramm simultaneously announced his backing, calling Perry a man “who knows how to get things done.”

  65. Solyndra CEO touted company success in letter to House committee sent 6 weeks before bankruptcy news

    In an earlier email sent to the committee on July 13, Harrison claimed Solyndra was “currently on track to meet the job creation commitments agreed upon with the (Department of Energy)” and touted the company as “an example of a U.S. company using American innovation and ingenuity to compete in the global solar market…”

    Just over six weeks later, the company announced its intention to file for bankruptcy protection.


    So did they deliberately lie to congress or where did the money go within 6 weeks period.

  66. How about a debate format that’s REALLY impartial?

    For two people. Just a timeclock. Flip a coin for who goes first. First speaker gets to ask a question that the second speaker must answer. Clock AUTOMATICALLY cuts off each speaker’s microphone after 2 minutes. If a speaker gets cut off before asking his question, too bad.

    Each question shows in print on the screen while the other tries to answer it.

  67. Globe Magazine: Obama Panicked over Secret Police File

    President Obama is panicking over a secret police file loaded with evidence proving that his birth certificate – is a PHONY! Read all about what’s in the file, now in the hands of two police departments, and why it’s driving the fearful President to drink – only in the new GLOBE.

  68. WTF are they doing, markets reacting badly.

    Fed decides on $400 billion bond swap
    Central bank also to reinvest proceeds into mortgage securities

    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday, acting in the face of a weak economic outlook, decided to start a program to twist the yield curve by swapping shorter-maturity government securities for longer-dated ones.

    In a statement, the Fed said it will buy $400 billion of Treasury securities in the 6-30 year range and sell an equal amount of maturities of 3 years or less. The purchases would be completed by the end of June 2012.

    The Fed also announced a new plan to purchase agency mortgage-backed securities with proceeds of maturing securities.

    read on…………….

  69. oh dear oh dear oh dear.

    Secret Fast and Furious Recordings Name Names (Holder and Burke among them)

    The recordings captured agent Hope McAllister talking with Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company, at a time when Howard was noticeably worried that Fast and Furious was going to become public knowledge or be put under the microscope of a congressional investigation. Howard especially feared that Senator Charles Grassley might push for an inquiry of some kind. Thus at least four times in the recordings he can be heard mentioning Grassley, and one of those four times it’s to say someone needs to tell Grassley “to sit [his] a—down.”

    What’s also interesting about the recordings is that although they were made in mid-March 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder’s name comes up quite a bit. And his name doesn’t come up because they’re afraid he’s going to find out about Fast and Furious but because he was the one they were counting on to deflect attention from it.

    In other words, he was well aware of the operation by mid-March 2011, and this is somewhat ironic because in answering questions from Congressman Darrell Issa on May 3 he said he only learned of Fast and Furious “over the last few weeks.” This means he led Issa to believe the earliest he knew anything about the operation was sometime in April. Yet on the recordings (from mid-March), it is clear Holder was the one Howard hoped would stop the investigative momentum by responding to a letter regarding Fast and Furious from the House Oversight Committee:

    HOWARD: “Holder has to respond to this tomorrow.”

    McALLISTER: “Yeah, he’s gonna respond.”

    HOWARD: “I know he is. And I assure you the media isn’t gonna like his response, because basically it’s gonna mirror what he’s told Grassley.”

    McALLISTER: “Yeah.”

    HOWARD: “He can’t deviate.” (Italics added.)

    As Howard continues to express concern over what Holder will say, Agent MacAllister tries to calm him by saying she believed Holder & Co. would “come out with [something a] little more um b—-y…than they [had] in the past.”

    In the next portion of the recording, former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke’s name is referenced. This is where agent MacAllister admits Burke had been more tenacious in handling Fast and Furious inquiries than Holder would be:

    McALLISTER: “Well if, I mean, I’ve seen a rough copy of what our U.S. attorney here has sent up. Whether or not [Holder] has the balls to actually use it or not, I doubt it. But I mean, it’s pretty aggressive. The way I see it, our local U.S. attorney is extremely aggressive. [But] when it gets to D.C. …”

    HOWARD: “Who, Emory [Hurley]?”

    McALLISTER: “No, the U.S. attorney.”

    HOWARD: “Burke, yeah, used to work under Clinton. …Talking about [Dennis] Burke?”

    McALLISTER: “Mmm hmm.”

    It’s somewhat surreal to hear Holder’s name, and to come to the immediate recognition that some of his answers to Issa don’t add up.

    And it strikes a strange chord within one’s psyche to hear Burke’s name thrown around as the go getter and the hard hitter on Fast and Furious, and then to remember he’s the one who denied victim of crime status to the family of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry. (God bless the family of Brian Terry.)

    Hopefully these recordings will pull back the sheets on this massive cover-up once and for all.

  70. None of these candidates want the Trumpster to run in the primary, they want his support so he will not get in the race. Rick Perry ain’t no Donald Trump.

    Is Rick Perry winning the ‘Donald Trump primary’?

    Rick Perry met with Donald Trump last week. Mitt Romney is set to meet with him next week. Michele Bachmann met him in July. Why are all the Republican presidential candidates lining up?

    Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives at Trump Tower in New York last Wednesday for a meeting with real estate developer Donald Trump.

    Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and the rest of the GOP field already have lots of contests to worry about. There are the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, Super Tuesday votes, and so forth – all leading up to the Republican National Conventional in Tampa, Fla., next August.
    Skip to next paragraph

    And now it appears as if these weary aspirants face a new hurdle: the battle for Donald Trump’s approval.

  71. I am behind on the blog, so sorry if this is already posted…work is getting in my way… 🙂

    DECKER: Hillary Clinton for president?
    Democrats need to dump Obama to be competitive in 2012

    The Washington Times

    Pressure is mounting on Barack Obama to throw in the cards and announce that he won’t seek re-election as president. Surprisingly, the push is coming from the left. This has many in mainstream America scratching their heads asking why liberals want to dump the most hard-left president in American history. The answer is they’re worried Mr. Obama has moved too far, too fast – and revealed too much of their big-government agenda – to win a second term. This is Hillary Clinton’s moment.

  72. admin
    September 21st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Bill, you’re causing trouble again. Michelle is gonna start yanking sleeves. Leave Obama alone.

    MoonOnPluto, picture Obama’s eyes bulging out in rage. 🙂
    I am tickled Pink…..Go Big Dawg!
    Give Barry something else to get depressed about.
    Between Bill and Hillary, the two shining stars on the hill…….all other politicians look like M&Ms.

  73. Snail mail from Palin arrived today with this statement attributed to her:
    There’s no question that we must replace Obama in 2012. But the real challenge is who we will replace him with. Gov. Palin.
    In the body of the letter, her treasurer states;
    … Barack Obama’s presidency is a disaster. One in five working-age men are out of work. One in seven Americans are on food stamps. Thirty per cent of our mortgages are under water. Parts of Michigan and California are suffering from unemployment numbers that are greater than during the depths of the Great Depression. Someone must save our nation from this road to European Socialism. Do you think it should be Gov. Palin? If so, can you send your best, one-time gift to SarahPAC today to help her elect more common-sense conservatives – and show her that we support her if she decides to run?

    The reply sheet contains 3 choices:
    Yes, I want Sarah to run!
    Yes, I want to help SarahPAC take back key elections this year and lay the groundwork now for 2012 … am returning check in amount of ….
    No, I cannot help…. Here’s why:

  74. With the way his luck is running lately, we would not be surprised if that falling satellite hit Obama on his empty gray head. A reverse hole in one for the lummox. 🙂

  75. Hey if that satellite hit Michelle, the satellite would sustain the damage.

    Be like a fly smashing into an SUV.

  76. People are going to jail…..agent destroyed evidence by the sounds of it here.

    CBS : ATF ‘Fast and Furious’ secret audio: Murder of Border Patrol agent ‘collateral damage’

    WASHINGTON – In secretly recorded conversations between two individuals deeply entwined in the ATF’s controversial “Fast and Furious” operation, the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is described as “collateral damage.”

    The recordings were obtained exclusively by CBS News. The man who made them – Arizona gun dealer Andre Howard – ran the Lone Wolf Trading Company and was speaking with Hope MacAllister, the ATF operation’s case agent.

    Two of the guns Howard sold while cooperating with the ATF that were later found at Terry’s murder.

    “It happened. It’s terrible,” Howard said. “That’s life ok we move on.”

    In the following excerpts, they talk about the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Two weapons purchased by ATF Fast and Furious suspects were found at the murder scene. They also discuss concerns that ATF whistleblower John Dodson, who had then been moved out of the ATF office and tasked to the FBI, has information that could be damaging to the government.


    Dealer: Unfortunately a consequence occurred from a weapon shall we say that found its way into the wrong area ok and that was not anticipated. Nobody could foresee that that’s collateral damage I think the term is. It happened. It’s terrible. That’s life ok we move on. Unfortunately, Mr. Dodson with his allegation is a pain in the a–. Now, my understanding now is it will be impossible now that he will be able to substantiate anything directly because that evidence is gone. I want you to know that. It don’t exist. Not that one. You understand me?

    read on……..people are going to jail.

  77. Shadowfax
    September 21st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Ulsterman Moving to New Website

    Isn’t there another link to- I think Triond?

  78. the usual suspects triumphantly declare, on average millionaires pay higher average taxes than middle-income Americans.

    This is, of course, stupid: the operative word is SOME.

    And we’re not talking about one or two exceptional guys, either. Look at the IRS data on returns for the 400 highest incomes in America (pdf) — specifically, Table 43. If you look at the numbers since 2004, you’ll see that in a typical year between 30 and 40 percent of those super-high-income players paid an average tax rate of less than 15 percent; most of them paid less than 20 percent. Bear in mind that for the very wealthy the payroll tax — the main burden on working-class Americans — is trivial, because of the cap on Social Security and the fact that it only applies to earned income. And what becomes clear is that the [Buffet’s] claim is absolutely, totally true.

  79. And we’re not talking about one or two exceptional guys, either. Look at the IRS data on returns for the 400 highest incomes in America (pdf) — specifically, Table 43. If you look at the numbers since 2004, you’ll see that in a typical year between 30 and 40 percent of those super-high-income players paid an average tax rate of less than 15 percent; most of them paid less than 20 percent.

    Krugman is deflecting, here. Notice he jumps from talking about the 237,000 Americans who made over a million (which is who the law actually targets) to addressing only the 400 highest earners in the whole country. And of those, only 30% paid less than 15 to 20 percent?

    Yeah, Krugman-the-Enron-Advisor is correct, he is “not talking about one or two exceptional guys”, he is talking about roughly 150 guys. (30-40% of 400)

    So we are going to make a law to punish the 237,000 earners who made above 1 million, who paid on average 24.4% in federal income taxes in 2009, not counting payroll and other taxes. Which means most of them paid closer to 30%, since the very few who skate by pull the group’s average down. I love how Krugman only wants to talk about the top 400 guys, and even then he ignores the 250 of those who ARE paying a higher rate, he only wants to talk about the 150 who are not.

    Oh, and the funniest thing about all this? The “Buffet Rule” is not going to touch Buffet himself. Wanna know why? Because a lot of his income is from tax-free municipal bonds, which are exempt from this. So even if the Buffet Rule were to pass. Buffet may STILL pay less than his secretary. Meanwhile some small business owners and employers are going to get hosed.

    This bullshit is not tax reform, or the closing of the maze of deductions and loopholes (which I am for). It’s kabuki for show, and will hurt mostly the high-earners who are actually pulling a load and employing people. It will do nothing at all to plug the deficit hole, significantly increase revenue, or spur job growth. It’s a feel-good bill for Obama and the Obots to demagogue and campaign on, nothing more.

  80. I just love all the tears that are being shed over Hillary right now, wanting her to run by the same folks that stabbed her in the back. I hope they lost their retirement and their jobs. Boo flippin’ hoo.

    We told you so.


  81. Gore hawking new I-Phone… What next.. Publishers Clearing House?…

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple hasn’t said when it will release the next version of the iPhone, but former Vice President and current Apple Inc. board member Al Gore believes “new iPhones” will be here in October.

    Gore spoke Wednesday at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Toby Shapshak, a summit attendee and the editor of Stuff Magazine’s South African edition, told The Associated Press that, when speaking about computing’s exponential growth, Gore said, “Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug.”

    Gore’s comments, which Shapshak said he recorded on his iPhone, were reported earlier by TheNextWeb. If Gore is right, that could indicate Apple will introduce more than one model.

    An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

    A new iPhone is expected this fall.

  82. POTUS In Lockstep with Soros’ Globalist Agenda. Launches Soros-Endorsed Globalist Organization at UN, Signs U.S. Up to Other Soros’ Initiatives.

    September 21, 2011
    By Brenda J. Elliott

    The photo on the left taken at a UN event yesterday has sparked controversy online as to whether POTUS was waving when it was taken or if the picture has been photoshopped. The juvenile egocentric act has been confirmed as real.

    What should have sparked real controversy is the story behind the photograph, the launch of a new George Soros-endorsed global organization of which Obama is a co-chair.

    Speaking at the launch of the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, Obama delivered a message ripped straight from the pages of the George Soros “open society” playbook.

    Obama said “open societies, economies and governments make the ‘strongest foundation for human progress.’”

    Soros’ Open Society Foundations website proclaims:

    These principles are at the core of the work of the Open Society Foundations. We support the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a donor collaborative dedicated to empowering citizens to hold their governments to account, and we support civil society groups in more than 60 countries to do the same.

    When the Open Society Foundations says it supports the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, it means that in the literal sense.

    The Initiative is a program of the Foundations’ information program which promotes “opening government data to the public.”

    The OSF pronouncement continues:

    We are particularly pleased that the United States has committed itself in its own “Action Plan” under the Open Government Partnership to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and we trust that the U.S. will take further steps to demonstrate its commitment to openness.

    As to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, George Soros and his Open Society Institute are well-represented on EITI’s board of directors:

    . Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan is manager of Open Society Forum Mongolia.
    . Sabit Bagirov is with the Soros-funded Center for Economic and Political Research (on whose advisory board serves Soros-affiliated economist Joseph Stiglitz).
    . Anthony Richter is Associate Director of the Open Society Institute and chairman of the governing board of the Soros-funded Revenue Watch Institute.

    OSF continues: “We applaud presidents Obama and Rousseff for having launched this initiative. We intend to work with partners around the world to wholeheartedly support and monitor the efforts of governments to make these commitments and to fulfill them.”

    Dilma Vana Rousseff, an admitted socialist, is the current President of Brazil.

    The Wikipedia says Rousseff “became a socialist during her youth, and following the 1964 coup d’état joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship.” Rousseff and her partner, Carlos Araújo, “helped found the Democratic Labour Party (PDT) in Rio Grande do Sul” and “became the Secretary of the Treasury of Porto Alegre in the Alceu Collares administration, and later the Secretary of Energy of Rio Grande do Sul under both Collares and Olívio Dutra administrations. In 2000, after an internal dispute in the Dutra cabinet, she left PDT and joined the Workers’ Party (PT).”

    The OGP includes eight founding member countries: Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, and the Philippines. Co-chairs Obama and Rousseff represent the United States and Brazil respectively.

    “All eight [countries] have pledged to be more transparent, allow greater citizen participation in government, and increase access to technology,” Voice of America reports. It continues:

    [Obama] said the moment is ripe for the initiative, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and benefit their citizens, and with emerging democracies across the world showing how “innovations in open government” can increase prosperity and justice. He said an additional 40 countries have begun working toward joining the partnership next year.

    [Obama also] said that as part of this promise, the U.S. will launch a new online tool that will allow Americans to petition the White House directly. He said they also will make the technology available to other governments.

    According to the OGP website, its Networking Mechanism:

    … connects OGP governments with providers of open government expertise to help aspiring OGP governments develop innovative, cutting-edge open government commitments.

    The OGP Networking Mechanism’s mission is to introduce governments to peer governments, non-governmental groups, and private companies with experience, skill sets, and technology that can assist governments with conceptualizing and implementing ambitious best practice open government commitments and reforms. Our hope is that through those introductions and conversations, which can include more detailed technical assistance when requested, aspiring OGP governments are able to develop more ambitious OGP commitments that push the envelope in terms of what is possible with respect to open government reforms.

    Of greatest interest, though, is how the OGP Networking Mechanism will be managed.

    The OGM Networking Mechanism is currently managed by a small team made up of the Global Integrity and the World Bank Institute, and chaired by Global Integrity.

    Global Integrity, as it turns out, is supported in part by four Soros-funded donors:

    . Ashoka, which promotes fellowships through Soros’ Open Society Institute.
    . Fundación Soros—Guatemala (Open Society Institute).
    . Open Society Institute — Information Program.
    . Open Society Justice Initiative.

    The United States has a heavy hand inside the OGP operation, as well.

    The U.S. Department of State and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, and NED itself are also donors.

    Ask yourself this: Why did the Lamestream Media fail to report all of this truly significant information and focus on another Obama distraction — a silly photo-op — instead?

  83. hRt,

    Krugman is ANSWERING a deflection.

    Well, it seems as if a number of people in the media have decided that Obama was fibbing when he said that some millionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries — because, as the usual suspects triumphantly declare, on average millionaires pay higher average taxes than middle-income Americans.
    This is, of course, stupid: the operative word is SOME.

  84. Sounds like to me Obama and Soros have highjacked the US Government and have, (like Hitler), eliminated the need for Congress (Parliament).

    I would say, and event like this is surely newsworthy-

  85. [Obama also] said that as part of this promise, the U.S. will launch a new online tool that will allow Americans to petition the White House directly. He said they also will make the technology available to other governments.

    This is the little ditty that eliminates the need for a Congress.. and as Obama said, will “give our technology” and most likely our patents free of charge to foreign governments.

  86. At Krugman’s site there’s a chart from the Tax Policy Center, and links to it.

    Here’s how to read this: 40 percent of taxpayers with incomes between 30K and 40K pay more than 12.9 percent of their income in income and payroll taxes; meanwhile, 25 percent of people with incomes over $1M pay less than 12.6 percent of their income in these taxes. This suggests that there are a lot of very-high-income guys paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries.

    And that doesn’t even take into account state and local taxes, which are quite regressive.

    Taken as a whole, the US tax system is probably somewhat progressive — but not as much as you might think, especially at the upper end, and very erratically. There are a lot of rich people basically free-riding on the system.

  87. Crawdad says WP says:
    New cracks have begun to show in President Obama’s support amongst African Americans, who have been his strongest supporters. Five months ago, 83 percent of African Americans held “strongly favorable” views of Obama, but in a new Washington Post-ABC news poll that number has dropped to 58 percent. That drop is similar to slipping support for Obama among all groups.

  88. “Let the Raping of our country commence-

    Will anything be left for us by 2012?”

    “All THIS for a Flag?”

  89. Ah, here’s a text version of the quote attributed to Elizabeth Warren:

    There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory. Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea – God Bless! Keep a big hunk of it, but part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

  90. Man o Man…do I like the text of Elizabeth Warren…she’s a true democrat….

    I don’t remember if I’ve told you all that my Dad fell and broke his Pelvis…I’ve been so busy with that I haven’t had time for the Big Pink…miss you guys…glad your keeping up the good work…

    I’ll need to write something tomorrow about the Hell Care Bill I found out about one week ago…..soon there will be lots of closings! I just need one more year of employment as tomorrow I will be 61 years young.

  91. Happy Birthday, Confloyd! Today was my mother’s 91st birthday.
    Hope you get your year of gainful employment.

    Sorry to hear about your dad’s fall. My husband’s mother fell and cracked her pelvis in six places. It’s not been an easy recovery.

    We’ll want to hear what you found out about Obamacare.

  92. In Florida, Obama’s Job Disapproval Hits 57%

    Quinnipiac unveils a survey from Florida this morning that has good news for Rick Perry, ominous news for President Obama, and some frustrating news for Republican hopes in that state’s Senate race.

    First, in the GOP presidential primary:

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a small lead over the Republican presidential pack in Florida with 28 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 22 percent, but Perry tops Romney 31 – 22 percent if Sarah Palin doesn’t run and leads Romney 46 – 38 percent in a two-man face-off, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    While the political environment can change, right now the safer bet appears to be that Obama will not win Florida in 2012:

    All Florida voters disapprove 57 – 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his worst score in any Quinnipiac University poll in any state.

    In possible 2012 presidential matchups, Romney tops the president 47 – 40 percent while Perry gets 42 percent to Obama’s 44 percent, a dead heat. In the August 4 Florida poll, Romney and Obama were deadlocked 44 – 44 percent while the president led Perry 44 – 39 percent.

    Obama does not deserve a second term, Florida voters say 53 – 41 percent.

    If you’re wondering how the “Ponzi scheme” comment was playing in Florida…

    Voters in Florida, with the nation’s highest concentration of senior citizens, say 58 – 33 percent that it is “unfair” to describe Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme,” as Perry has done. But among Republicans, the only ones allowed to vote in the state’s crucial primary, 52 percent say that is a fair way to describe the nation’s retirement system.

    Perry’s position on Social Security leads 35 percent of Florida voters to think he wants to fix it, while 37 percent feel he wants to end it. Republicans, however, say 60 – 14 percent that Perry wants to fix Social Security.

    Florida voters, like voters nationwide, are opposed to virtually all proposals to reduce Social Security, with the exception of 65 – 28 percent support for raising the cap from the current $106,800 in salary subject to taxation. Raising the Social Security salary cap will not lead employers to do less hiring, voters say 61 – 32 percent.

    By 38 – 20 percent voters say they are less likely, rather than more likely, to support a presidential candidate who called for reducing the benefits for younger workers when they retire, while not touching those of current retirees.

    You can hear the chant in Florida: “Save Social Security! Do Nothing! Save Social Security! Do Nothing!”

    Finally, in the Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson ought to be vulnerable, but no GOP challenger has caught fire yet:

    In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Nelson deserves a second term, voters say 44 – 33 percent and he leads an unnamed GOP candidate 43 – 34 percent. In the Republican primary to challenge Nelson, 58 percent are undecided, with former Sen. George LeMieux at 17 percent, followed by businessman Mike McCalister with 11 percent.


  93. As one example of the lengths O will go for re-election:
    One week ago I listened to John Boehner’s jobs speech with Q & A (CSPAN). Boehner spoke of his disdain for earmarks. Said he’s campaigned on never bringing money home, is currently serving his 11th term having most recently been elected by 66%. Today from my usual early am source I heard Obama would be in Ohio today, one week after Boehner’s speech, promising Ohioan’s a bridge. (You cannot make this stuff up.)

    With that in mind, I am asking a favor of any here who would care to enhance my understanding of Elizabeth Warren’s situation. Was she really thrown under the bus, or is she a plant for Obama? It’s an honest question. I’ve not been following her and I have not the time to dig through the situation at this time.

  94. HB Confloyd- Sorry to hear about Dad’s broken hip… don’t forget to post a report about the HC news. Con- you have a better chance of makin’ it then BO- 🙂

    The Obama Solyndra solution

    LOS ANGELES, September 21, 2011—Now that Solyndra has taken half a billion dollars and squandered it on green nonsense, there is only one logical conclusion to the Solyndra story.

    Solyndra put out a product that nobody wanted in an industry that nobody believes in and expressed complete surprise that they lost money. President Obama must give Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison the proper punishment.

    Harrison must immediately be given a job as a top economic adviser in the Obama administration.

    If the purpose of Obama’s economic team were actually to improve the economy, this suggestion would be insane. But the primary qualification for work in the Obama administration is ideologically driven blindness, where ineptitude is genius and failure is success. Harrison will perform brilliantly.

    This man is positively overqualified to supervise General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt. Immelt in turn is the model CEO for the Obama economy. He took over a thriving company, destroyed value, wrecked shareholder wealth, declared himself a believer in the green religion worshipping Earth Goddess Gaea, and became a hero to Obamatons everywhere.

    Obama has a unique approach to failure: He calls it success, and the media nod in agreement. Like sheep on the animal farm, their motto is, “Obama is always right.”

    Not only is Harrison the perfect CEO for the new new collapsing economy, he is a master at public relations. He has decided to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. He is doing the one thing that Barack Obama has no idea how to do: He is shutting up.

    Forget bad quality light bulbs and hideously ugly cars that do nothing for the environment. If this man can convince Barack Obama to stop talking every five seconds, he is an American hero. True, Harrison apparently has no track record of success at actually doing things, but at least he follows that up with a track record of not saying things. He could teach Obama how to do less and say even less than that.

    President Obama takes pride in surrounding himself with the best and brightest, who are defined as people who agree with him on his fabulousness.

    Harrison is well on his way to a Nobel Prize. He deeply believes in and exports liberal garbage while producing nothing of value. Perhaps he can demand a Palestinian state by the end of the week, since hating Israel would help his chances with the Nobel committee. Everybody knows that Israeli settlements cause climate change. He could announce Solyndra as the leader in helping Palestinians develop more environmentally friendly bombs and rocket launchers. This would get him the praise of Mahmoud Abbas and more stimulus funds courtesy of Henry Waxman.

    “Solyndra: Helping Hamas and Hezbollah drive the Jews into the sea with a lower carbon footprint.”

    “The Big Kill without the evil of big oil.”

    The best part of these ideas is that even if they inevitably don’t work, Harrison can just blame the failure of his company on millionaires and billionaires and all will be forgiven. Since Solyndra at some point received millions and almost billions, an even safer tack might be to blame Bush-Cheney-Palin-Bachmann hedge fund managers.

    Obama desperately wants to create jobs. Since he refuses to let the private sector do it, the only solution is to increase shovel-ready government jobs. Therefore he should simply hire Brian Harrison to be his all encompassing Green Jobs Czar.

    Since there is no such thing as a green job, and none have ever actually been created, this would make Harrison CEO of doing absolutely nothing and looking busy.

    Once Obama takes care of this, the only responsibility left will be to find a safe, quiet, harmless place to transition Jeffrey Immelt and Joe Biden.

    Since Immelt knows how to create green products that destroy value, he should be the new Hybrid Czar at General Government Motors.

    As for Biden, given his utter uselessness, there is only one job that fits his qualifications, skill set, and perfect sense of timing.

    Obama can appoint him Chairman of Solyndra.

    Joe Biden pleading the Fifth and staying silent…from a value standpoint that would be priceless.

  95. Our amazing Hillary and Bill are needed to restore our country to the World leadership they have always worked for.I think she is on the verge of making that move to eliminate the plague that has been infected our WH.


    9:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the official launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum

    10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security, at the United Nations.

    11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Peruvian Foreign Minister Roncagliolo

    12:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, at the Qatari Mission to the UN in New York City.

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting and signing ceremony with Tunisian Foreign Minister Kefi

    2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul co-chair the New Silk Road Ministerial Meeting hosted by German Foreign Minister Westerwelle,

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton participate in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and hold a one-on-one “conversation” during the Closing Plenary, at the Sheraton Midtown Hotel in New York City.

    6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Foreign Ministers, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

    7:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a Trans-Atlantic Dinner for Foreign Ministers from EU and NATO countries, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

  96. The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week declined less-than-expected, official data showed on Thursday.

    In a report, the U.S. Department of Labor said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending September 16 fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000, falling short of expectations for a decline to 420,000.

    The previous week’s figure was revised up to 432,000 from 428,000.

    Continuing jobless claims in the week ended September 10 fell to 3.727 million from a revised 3.755 million in the preceding week. Analysts had expected continuing jobless claims to fall to 3.720 million.

    Following the release of the data the U.S. dollar remained higher against the euro, with EUR/USD slumping 0.94% to trade at 1.3446.

    Meanwhile, U.S. stock index futures were largely unchanged following the data.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a sharp loss of 2.4%, S&P 500 futures tumbled 2.7%, while the Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 2.3%.


    but itsnot falling, every week, the previous figure gets revised up, as will next week.

  97. Hey, who said the Obama administration is incapable of creating anything- They have a natural ability, per David Axelrod for blaming the victim. In this case victims, the poor old, lowly, Taxpayer- US!

    As Solyndra Execs Prepare to Take the Fifth, Company Blames DOE for Its Demise

    In announcing that Solyndra executives would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights when they appear before Congress this week, a spokesman for the bankrupt solar energy company laid the blame for its demise at the feet of the same Department of Energy that invested $527 million into the failed enterprise.

    Solyndra’s statement yesterday evening included a brief explanation of how the company ended up filing for Chapter 11 at the end of August.

    Spokesman David Miller wrote that, at the same time Solyndra was building out the production facility that its hefty DOE loan guarantee had helped fund, the landscape for its solar photovoltaic panels was in flux. Miller noted that those conditions led to an oversupply of solar panels worldwide, which had a substantial impact on pricing for the company’s panels and Solyndra’s ability to ramp up its sales.

    “As late as August, the company believed that existing investors and the DOE would come to a financing arrangement that would have secured the capital the company needed to achieve positive cash flow from operations,” Miller wrote. “The Company’s investors had offered a transaction pursuant to which the required capital would have been invested, however, the terms of such transaction were not acceptable to the DOE.”

    Miller said that the failure to secure that financing “left the company with no other option but to seek to reorganize through a bankruptcy filing under Chapter 11.”

    One Obama administration official with knowledge of the deal offered some additional insight last night into what happened during the final days of Solyndra.

    In August, the official said, Solydra’s investors informed the company and DOE that they would not loan Solyndra any more money unless DOE agreed to another restructuring that would have required significant concessions. It was determined that those concessions would have the government, and taxpayers, in a significantly worse position and DOE rejected the terms. DOE did offer to consider whether there might be other more mutually acceptable ways forward. But before those discussions could be completed, the company ran out of available cash.

    The potential August deal and potential lifeline that the administration could have offered to Solyndra is certain to raise plenty of new questions about the final days of the company, but it does offer some explanation as to why company CEO Brian Harrison was in Washington as recently as late July telling members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the company was on solid financial footing. Several members of the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, including ranking member Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), said last week that they were concerned that they had been misled by the company during those July meetings.

    Still, it now appears that DeGette and her colleagues won’t get any further explanation from Harrison and CFO Bill Stover about their July visit when they come back to Capitol Hill on Friday.

    Attorneys for both Harrison and Stover informed (pdf) members of the investigations subcommittee that events of the past weeks left them with no other choice but to advise their clients to assert their Fifth Amendment rights Friday.

    “On September 8, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a highly-publicized search warrant at Solyndra’s offices, seizing documents, computers, and other Materials,” Stover’s attorney Jan Nielsen Little wrote. “The United States Department of Justice has initiated a criminal investigation into Solyndra. Under these circumstances, Mr. Stover must invoke his rights under the Fifth Amendment … it would be irresponsible for anyone in his position not to do so.”

    Miller also noted the Justice Department investigation in his statement yesterday.

    “The company is not aware of any wrongdoing by Solyndra officers, directors or employees in conjunction with the DOE loan guarantee or otherwise, and the company is cooperating fully with the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in its investigation,” he wrote. “The company is confident that the investigation will clarify the facts surrounding the events leading to the DOE loan guarantee to Solyndra and looks forward to a time when its executives can more freely discuss their views on these events.”

    Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and investigative subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said in a joint statement yesterday afternoon that the decision by Harrison and Stover to take the Fifth Amendment breaks an agreement that the two men had with congressional investigators that they would voluntarily testify this week.

    But Upton and Stearns said they will move ahead with their hearing and intend to swear both men in Friday even if they won’t answer questions.

    “Our investigation has gotten this far without much cooperation from Solyndra, and it will continue with or without their voluntary testimony,” Stearns and Upton said in their joint statement. “It’s disappointing that the officials who canvassed the halls of Congress in mid-July and misled our members about the financial state of their company are now unwilling to answer direct questions, but any effort to cover up the truth will ultimately not succeed.”

    “We would encourage Mr. Harrison and Mr. Stover to reconsider this effort to dodge questions under oath and hide the truth from those American taxpayers who are now on the hook for their $500 million bust,” Upton and Stearns added.

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the Energy and Commerce Committee’s ranking member, said in an interview last night that he is “disappointed” that the Solyndra executives won’t be testifying.

    “I think there are important questions for them to answer,” he said. “But they are entitled to exercise their rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.”

    Waxman said he would talk to Upton “to find alternate ways for us to get that information. I think it’s important for Congress to do the investigation. I’m particularly concerned because the CEO of Solyndra met with me in July and said they were doing very well economically, they were going to double their revenues. Then a month later they declared bankruptcy. That makes me wonder what kind of misrepresentation they might have made to the administration.”

  98. “Waxman said he would talk to Upton “to find alternate ways for us to get that information. I think it’s important for Congress to do the investigation. I’m particularly concerned because the CEO of Solyndra met with me in July and said they were doing very well economically, they were going to double their revenues. Then a month later they declared bankruptcy. That makes me wonder what kind of misrepresentation they might have made to the administration.”

    Oh-No! When a Congressman starts finding excuses for the perps- than we better start looking into their closets and see why they are finding alternative excuses and taking a personal interest!

  99. A Palestinian State? Don’t Count on it!

    September 21, 2011 | Jeff Jacoby

    If the Palestinian Authority genuinely desired international recognition as a sovereign state, Mahmoud Abbas wouldn’t have come to New York to seek membership in the UN General Assembly this week. There would have been no need to, for Palestine would have long since taken its seat in the United Nations.

    Were Palestinian statehood Abbas’s real goal, after all, he could have delivered it to his people three years ago. In 2008, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proposed the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state on territory equal (after land swaps) to 100 percent of the West Bank and Gaza, with free passage between the two plus a capital in the Arab section of Jerusalem. Yet Abbas turned down the Israeli offer. And he has refused ever since even to engage in negotiations.

    “It is our legitimate right to demand the full membership of the state of Palestine in the UN,” Abbas declared in Ramallah on Friday, “to put an end to a historical injustice by attaining liberty and independence, like the other peoples of the earth.”

    But for the better part of a century, the Arabs of Palestine have consistently said no when presented with the chance to build a state of their own. They said no in 1937, when the British government, which then ruled Palestine, proposed to divide the land into separate Arab and Jewish states. Arab leaders said no again in 1947, choosing to go to war rather than accept the UN’s decision to partition Palestine between its Jewish and Arab populations. When Israel in 1967 offered to relinquish the land it had acquired in exchange for peace with its neighbors, the Arab world’s response, issued at a summit in Khartoum, was not one no, but three: “No peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel.”

    At Camp David in 2000, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians a sovereign state with shared control of Jerusalem and billions of dollars in compensation for Palestinian refugees. Yasser Arafat refused the offer, and returned to launch the deadly terror war known as the Second Intifada.

    There is no shortage in this world of stateless peoples yearning for a homeland, many of them ethnic groups with centuries of history, unique in language and culture. Kurds or Tamils or Tibetans — whose longstanding quests for a nation-state the world ignores — must find it maddening to watch the international community trip over itself in its eagerness to proclaim, again and again, the need for a Palestinian state. And they must be baffled by the Palestinians’ invariable refusal to take yes for an answer.

    It is no mystery, however. The raison d’être of the Palestinian movement has never been the establishment and building-up of a sovereign Palestinian homeland. It has always been the negation of a sovereign Jewish homeland. That is why well-intended proposals for a “two-state solution” have never come to fruition, no matter how earnestly proposed by US presidents or UN secretaries-general. That is why the basic charter not just of Hamas but even of Abbas’s supposedly moderate Fatah vows to continue the “armed struggle” until “the Zionist state is demolished.” And that is why Abbas and other Palestinian leaders insist that a Palestinian state would be explicitly Arab and Muslim, but adamantly refuse to acknowledge that Israel is legitimately the Jewish state.

    “Palestinian nationalism,” Edward Said told an interviewer in 1999, “was based on driving all Israelis out.” Sadly, it still is.

    Last week, to kick off its campaign seeking UN recognition as a state, the Palestinian Authority staged a highly publicized march to the UN offices in Ramallah, where a letter was delivered for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Officials named Latifa Abu Hmeid to lead the procession and hand over the letter. “She was chosen,” reported the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, “because she is a symbol of Palestinian suffering as a result of the occupation.”

    What the paper did not mention is that Abu Hmeid is the mother of four murderers, whose sons are serving a total of 18 life sentences for their involvement in multiple terrorist attacks. According to Palestinian Media Watch, this is not the first time Abu Hmeid has been honored. Last year, the Palestinian Authority awarded her “the Plaque of Resoluteness and Giving,” and a government minister publicly extolled her virtues: “It is she who gave birth to the fighters, and she deserves that we bow to her in salute and in honor.”

    It is this grotesque and bloody culture that Palestinian leaders want the UN to affirm as worthy of statehood. The wonder is not they make the request, but that anyone thinks it should be granted.

    many embedded links in this article. See link for access-

  100. Obama with a substantial drop in approval from black voters- what next? Have Oprah giving away cars at the polls?

    Poll: Obama slips with black voters

    African Americans appear to be cooling their support for President Obama, with “strongly favorable” views of the president dropping dramatically from 83 percent five months ago to 58 percent today, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.

    The drop in support among black voters mirrors the declining support for Obama among all groups.

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  101. Bill putting his foot down on ‘New Taxes and ‘Cutting Spending’ on this flat economy!

    Bill Clinton: No more taxes now

    Former President Bill Clinton says now is not the time to hike taxes.

    “I personally don’t believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending, either one, until we get this economy off the ground,” Clinton told Newsmax in an interview Tuesday. “This has been a dead flat economy.”

    Clinton, who is hosting the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York City this week, said that until the country’s debt is reduced, he doesn’t believe cutting or raising taxes or boosting spending are the solution to bringing the country to a full employment economy.

    “If we cut government spending, which I normally would be very inclined to do when the deficit’s this big, with interest rates already near zero, you can’t get the benefits out of it,” Clinton said. “So what I’d like to see them do is come up with a bipartisan approach, starting with the payroll tax cuts because they have the biggest return.”

    He added, “What I would like to say to both Speaker [John] Boehner and to the president is, OK, you both have your deal. Go work it out. Meanwhile, focus on putting America back to work now, because it just confused Americans.”

    Earlier this week, Clinton suggested that Republicans should stop arguing against Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the rich.

    “The Republicans in Washington always say the same thing,” Clinton said, accusing the GOP of being locked into opposing the end of the Bush-era tax cuts.

    “It’s an insult to those people [the wealthy],” Clinton added. “They don’t mind being asked to pay their fair share.”

    Clinton criticized the GOP’s “anti-government extreme position” on tax hikes, saying, “It scares people around the world.”

    President Barack Obama’s $3 trillion deficit-reduction plan includes Tax Code reform that would raise $1.5 trillion in new revenues, mostly from the country’s wealthiest income earners.

    In the Newsmax interview, Clinton also cautioned against new government regulations.

    “What I find is a lot of businesspeople can be supportive of new regulations and new standards, but particularly in a fragile time they don’t like to have too many things changing at once,” he said. “A business can’t do five things at once and decide whether to get back into the investment business after it’s slow.”

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) applauded Clinton’s comments to Newsmax on tax hikes, saying in a statement Wednesday afternoon, “President Clinton is right, now is not the time to raise taxes and we ought to be working together to produce results and get people working again.”

    “I hope President Obama will heed the advice of President Clinton and drop his demand for one of the largest tax increases in American history. House Republicans stand ready to find common ground, grow the economy and get people back to work,” Cantor said.

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  102. She needs a SLAP…..”own”

    The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee says President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party will own the Jewish vote in 2012.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Thursday pushed back hard against the claim that Democrats recently lost a House seat in a traditionally blue district in New York as a result of Obama’s weak policy on Israel.

    ”That is absolutely not the case, and it will be demonstrated in the election next year that the natural home for Jewish voters, both domestically in terms of policy and in our Israel policy, is the Democratic Party and President Obama as our candidate,” Schultz said on Fox News.

    Jewish voters “overwhelmingly” support Obama, the congresswoman said, arguing that Jewish-Americans have no problems with the president’s position on Israel.

    The Florida Democrat also insisted that the president will have no trouble winning her state – the stage for the Republican primary debate Thursday night – because Floridans understand that the president has fought hard to create jobs and turn the economy around.

    “We need to work together and we need the Republicans to stop allowing themselves to be controlled by the extremists in the tea party,” she said. “That’s why he’ll win Florida.”

  103. I’ve just reread what the current post had to say about Elizabeth Warren, [sorry admin, I did forget she was included there] and this is what bothers me:
    she has emerged from nowhere

  104. mop 9:48
    Republicans mocked President Obama ahead of his visit Thursday to a bridge in Cincinnati, saying the project he’s using as a backdrop to the public push for a new jobs bill is going forward with or without the stimulus package. GOP lawmakers also noted the project is at least four years from being shovel-ready and questioned why the president was holding his event on the Ohio side since the bridge is owned by Kentucky. “But I respect his decision in a presidential year to do it on the Cincinnati side of the river considering the Ohio electoral votes,” Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., quipped.

  105. lol….you know what to do then?

    Obama looms large in every calculus for House control. Buffeted by sinking approval ratings that recently hit sub-40 percent lows, Democrats privately express worry about running on a ticket with his name at the top.

    “It didn’t have to be this way,” said another House Democrat who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly. “Obama’s presidency has fizzled. It’s going to be every person for himself in 2012. There just won’t be any coattails, and any effect he does have on the ballot will hurt us.”

    “It’s hard because we’re inherently linked to the president and his number,” said a top Democratic operative close to party leadership. “It’s got us all pessimistic.”

  106. Obama is in the process of dissolving Congress- This is why he doesn’t give a flying fig about his low poll numbers and the cares of down ticket Democrats-

    It’s all here in this post that has been seriously overlooked by political bloggers.

    Mrs. Smith
    September 21st, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    POTUS In Lockstep with Soros’ Globalist Agenda. Launches Soros-Endorsed Globalist Organization at UN, Signs U.S. Up to Other Soros’ Initiatives.

    Soros with Obama’s help has just added The US of A to his assets portfolio.

  107. Obama was bullshitting as usual.

    Although some press accounts have described Brent Spence as “crumbling,” and the White House says it’s an example of “ur gently needed” repairs, the bridge isn’t falling apart. In fact, it’s designed to last for decades more.

    It is, however, “functionally obsolete,” which in this case means it’s too small to handle the daily traffic load. While designed to handle 85,000 cars and trucks, it now carries more than 150,000, leading to regular backups.

    So the plan isn’t to do extensive repairs on the bridge, but to build an entirely new one right next to it and keep the old one in use.

    The problem is that construction work on the $2.3 billion bridge isn’t scheduled to start for three or four years, according to the project’s official website.

    That would appear to put it outside the “immediate” timetable in Obama’s jobs bill, which requires the Transportation secretary to “obligate” all the highway funds “not later than two years after enactment” of the bill.

    The bridge failed to get any money from the previous $830 billion stimulus because it wasn’t a “shovel ready” project.

  108. The big holdup on the bridge so far hasn’t been money but bureaucratic inertia. Ohio, Kentucky and the federal government started working on the project 10 years ago — and have used about $2 million in federal funds — yet the new bridge is still more than 10 years away from completion.

    The reason, transportation experts say, is the labyrinth of rules and red tape to navigate to get a major road project under way, a chaotic financing system, and a federal approval process that, as one expert put it, “can be astronomically nightmarish.”

    “Streamlining this process would go a great way to help extend the resources we have,” said Brian Cunningham, spokesman for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

  109. The Palestinians once again, miss another opportunity to achieve a peaceful two-state solution by their actions. They will never have a more pro-Palestinain President than Barack Obama. The fact that they are rejecting even his minimal requests( only being done to pacify the Jewish vote/$$$ fundraising) shows you what their true intentions have always been-the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

  110. Negotiate Like an International Diplomat

    Victoria Pynchon, Contributor

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu last night, the first step to the resumption of Middle East peace negotiations.

    At the meeting, Netanyahu observed that peace can only be achieved through talks, but that one cannot negotiate on negotiations alone.

    As an opening line meant to characterize the preferred structure for peace negotiations, this phrase appears on its face to be incoherent. It would be a mistake to accept it as irrational or careless. This is a high stakes poker game and everything the players say represents their attempt to frame the negotiation in a manner that serves their interests.

    One cannot negotiate on negotiations alone could reasonably be construed to mean:

    •talk is not enough, we also need action;
    •we’re willing to make concessions but only if our counterparts are prepared to make meaningful concessions themselves (a variant of action);
    •we’re willing to listen but we will not make concessions based on speech alone; or
    •Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum, we will trust but verify.

  111. An axiom of the “American Dream” was that the next generation would be “better off” their parents.

    “Poverty soars among young families in US”

    Since the onset of the economic crisis, millions of working class families have fallen into deep financial distress. The younger generation has been particularly hard hit by unemployment, the housing crisis and debt.
    A new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University found that 37.3 percent of households headed by a parent under age 30 were impoverished last year.
    Official measures of poverty grossly understate its scope and depth. Many advocacy groups have pointed out that 200 percent of the official poverty threshold—which would be $44,000 for a family of four—is a more realistic measure of the bare minimum costs of raising a family. Across all age groups, the number of people earning less than twice the poverty line stood at 103 million in 2010, about one in three Americans.
    The implications of the jobs crisis are devastating. According to a study by the Pew Center’s Economic Mobility Project published September 6, one third of Americans who grow up in middle-income families—defined as those between the 30th and 70th percentiles of the income distribution—fall into the lower income brackets when they reach adulthood.

    Most of these young adults fell 20 percentiles or more below their parents’ rank, despite having higher educational attainment on average than previous generations. Census figures show that nearly six million other young adults doubled up in households with their parents or friends because they could not afford to live independently. “When asked to define the American dream, one of the more popular options chosen was ‘your children being financially better off than you’,” the Pew report noted. The possibility of upward mobility for working class young people has been erased.

    We have/are becoming a country of 20% “have’s” and 80% “have not’s”; remove any hope for a better future and this country is headed for real social/political trouble. Beginning with Carter and gaining momentum with Reagan, there has been a continuing and increasing transfer of income and wealth to the upper 5%. The Clinton years were the only reversal of this trend since 1976. (Perhaps a good motivation to stop Hillary at any cost????)

  112. To all the well-meaning, heartfelt people who have been duped into believing that the goal of Palestinian statehood is all about providing an ancestral homeland for all those poor, poor refugees – WAKE UP. You are being scammed.

    As the Palestinian Authority scrambles for UN recognition of an independent state, few have mentioned the apparently very real possibility that, if successful, nearly half of the world’s Palestinian refugees — including those currently residing inside “Palestine” — will not be granted citizenship in the newly formed state.

    Commentary Magazine pointed out that in a shocking interview for the Lebanese Daily Star, Palestine’s ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdullah, emphatically stated that Palestinian refugees the world over would not become citizens of any UN-recognized, newborn Palestinian state. What’s more, Abdullah clarifies that the restriction would not only apply to refugees in countries like Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan or any of the other 132 countries where Abdullah alleges Palestinians reside, but would even include “Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state.” According to Abdullah, “They are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”


    “When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game.”


    however, that according to UNRWA, 689,000 of the West Bank’s 2.4 million Palestinians and 1.1 million of Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians are considered refugees. Which means that aside from the 2.9 million Diaspora refugees, a staggering 45 percent of a new Palestinian state’s residents would, in fact, remain stateless, thereby being deprived of both citizenship and the services it would afford.

    Commentary’s Evelyn Gordon adds:

    This is simply unbelievable. For years, the world has backed a Palestinian state on the grounds Palestinians are stateless people who deserve a country of their own. And now, a senior Palestinian official has announced once they have received a state, most Palestinians will stillbe stateless – even those who actually live in “Palestine.”

    Moreover, the new state won’t provide these residents with any services: It expects UNRWA – or, more accurately, the American and European taxpayers who provide the bulk of that organization’s funding – to continue providing their schooling, healthcare, welfare allowances, etc.

    Gordon perhaps summed it up best when explaining that the PA probably finds refugees, rather than citizens, a more useful tool in realizing its ultimate goal of destroying Israel, as they can then demand “refugees” be resettled in Israel (as opposed to their own prospective territories), thereby creating a disproportionate and destructive demographic for the Jewish state.

    It’s not about the poor poor Palestinians, and never has been. It’s about using them as a continuing prop to destroy Israel. They want statehood NOT to “give those poor people a homeland”, but so they will have a platform and a voice to begin bringing charges, creating scandals, and denouncing Israel on the UN floor.

    IT IS NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF PALESTINE. It never has been. Wake the fuck up.

  113. Vcal
    September 22nd, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    As ABM90 posted (thanks ABM), Hillary and Chelsea will be together today at 4pm ET. You can watch it at CGI channel.
    Or go to Chelsea’s FB

    Is it going to be a webcast of Hillary or just text?
    Anyone have some info on this?

  114. Re: the above: I am not saying that everyone who agitates for Palestinian statehood is not sincere in wanting to help those people. Many most certainly are.

    The problem is, they are not the ones who will be in charge. Just as with Iran, with Egypt, with other “causes” over the years, they get used as useful idiots. And no one is more SHOCKED than those sincere, good-hearted people when the jackals who were waiting in the wings for them to serve their purpose shove them aside after the deed is done, and get on with the agenda they were planning and building the framework for all along.

  115. Study: Most new Texas jobs went to immigrants
    byByron York Chief Political Correspondent
    Follow on Twitter:@byronyork


    With both jobs and immigration likely topics of sharp debate at tonight’s Republican debate here in Florida, a new report suggests that newly-arrived immigrants have filled a majority of new jobs created in Texas, home to Republican frontrunner Gov. Rick Perry.

    “Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal),” says the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates reduced levels of both legal and illegal immigration. The report estimates that about 40 percent of the new jobs were taken by illegal immigrants, while 40 percent were taken by legal immigrants. The vast majority of both groups, legal and illegal, were not American citizens.

  116. Sorry for the crude remark above, it just came out looking at Drudge’s headline:


  117. Denninger’s take today:

    So How Much “Capital” Really Exists?

    We’re about to find out, I suspect.

    There was a wire blurb from FT that claimed the ECB said they’re going to “rapidly” recapitalize banks in Europe.

    Wait a second – we were told, just days ago, that the European Banks were ok and didn’t need capital!

    So again investors were lied to. Again.

    How many people have gone to jail for this? None.

    You want to know where panic comes from in the markets? It comes from this sort of crap, where one day we’re told everyone has plenty of capital, where we’re told that Bank of America and Morgan Stanley are “fine” along with all the banks in Europe and then we get an announcement that basically says oops, we lied, we’ll recapitalize the banks.

    You can’t have this both ways.

    Either there is enough capital or there is not.

    Either the banks are financially sound or they are not.

    Since the balance sheets they present all say they are, either they’re lying or they’re not.

    So which is it folks? This is a confidence problem and it’s self-inflicted. As I have repeatedly noted you cannot trust a balance sheet any longer in any financial, and this has been true since 2007 when this crap started with WaMu.

  118. Remove a few zeroes, and you can well see why we are so fucked. Remember this when some politician portrays what amounts to a $385 cut in the scheme of things as EXTREEEEEEME!!

    U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
    Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
    New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
    National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
    Recent [April] budget cut: $38,500,000,000

    Let’s remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

    Annual family income: $21,700
    Money the family spent: $38,200
    New debt (this year) on the credit card: $16,500
    Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
    Budget cuts: $385

  119. jtjames
    September 22nd, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    If you look at the pictures it is obvious that the sleeves at the shoulder seams would no longer fit over her guy-normous shoulders. That is why she wears sleeveless clothes. If she wore clothes that fit the “linebackers” she would be in a XXXXXL size.

  120. Here’s one good reason why PA should not be recognized for statehood. Cannot be Trusted to deal in good faith after all the aide given them from the US.

    Pakistan ‘backed Haqqani attack on Kabul’ per Admiral Mullen

    Outgoing chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen was speaking to a US Senate panel

    The most senior US military officer has accused Pakistan’s spy agency of supporting the Haqqani group in last week’s attack on the US Kabul embassy.

    “The Haqqani network… acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,” Adm Mike Mullen told a Senate panel.

    Some 25 people died in last Tuesday’s 20-hour attack on Kabul’s US embassy and other official buildings.

    Pakistan’s interior minister earlier denied links with the Haqqani group.

    Rehman Malik told the BBC Pakistan was determined to fight all militants based on its border with Afghanistan.

    Pakistani officials have consistently denied links with militant groups.

    US-Pakistan ties deteriorated sharply after the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden on Pakistani soil by US commandos in May.

    ‘Credible intelligence’

    The Kabul attack on 13 September left 11 civilians dead, as well as at least four police and 10 insurgents.

    “With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted a truck bomb attack [on 11 September], as well as the assault on our embassy,” said Adm Mullen.

    “We also have credible intelligence that they were behind the 28 June attack against the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations.”

    In July Adm Mullen, who steps down this month as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, accused Pakistan’s government of sanctioning the killing of investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad.

    Pakistan called that statement “irresponsible”.

    Correspondents say that during his tenure, Adm Mullen has been a forceful advocate for maintaining dialogue with Pakistan and with its military establishment.

    He was said to be close to the Pakistani army’s chief of staff, Gen Ashfaq Kayani. Indeed, Adm Mullen is thought to have made more visits to Pakistan than any other senior US official or chief of staff in recent times.

    But, correspondents say, the latest comments are yet more evidence of his patience wearing thin, and suggest he is prepared to be more outspoken as his term in office draws to a close.

    Strained ties

    The Haqqani network, which is closely allied to the Taliban and reportedly based in Pakistan, has been blamed for several high-profile attacks against Western, Indian and government targets in Afghanistan.

    It is often described by Pakistani officials as a predominantly Afghan group, but correspondents say its roots reach deep inside Pakistani territory, and speculation over its links to Pakistan’s security establishment refuses to die down.
    map The Haqqani network is thought have bases in Pakistan’s volatile tribal regions

    US officials have long been frustrated at what they perceive to be Pakistani inaction against the Haqqani network, and analysts say US concern about the group’s capabilities is particularly acute as Nato begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

    Earlier this month, Washington said it could target the Haqqani network on Pakistani soil if the authorities there failed to take action against the militants.

    But on Thursday, Mr Malik told the BBC that Pakistan’s government had taken “very, very strict actions” whenever it had received information about militant groups.

    “We will not allow any terrorist to operate from our area, from our side, irrespective of any country, including Afghanistan,” he said. “I assure you that, if their presence is there and which is detrimental, action is going to be taken.”

    Mr Malik said his government’s efforts were hindered by the fact that neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan had control over some parts of the border area between them.

    “There is no biometric system on the border. Forty thousand to 50,000 people cross this border every day. It is very difficult to keep an eye on everyone.

    “[The US Senate’s linking of $1bn US assistance to Pakistan to its action again Haqqani and others] will not make Pakistanis happy,” he added. “We have sacrificed 35,000 lives [in fighting terrorism] and have suffered economic losses.”

    Ties between the US and Pakistan had already been strained by continuing US drone strikes targeting militants in the tribal areas and the controversy over the release of Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani men in Lahore.

    more related articles at link-

  121. Yes, I noticed the difference when MO’s sleeves were attached- The sleeves were so tight, she experienced numbness in the arms..Most likely the same result when wearing a pencil skirt looking more like a magic marker with junk in the trunk.

  122. Shadowfax,

    I just watched the 3 Clintons on stage at the CGI, they were warm and nice to each other,then Bill presented Hillary and Chelsea and you just can imagine the conversation between them: the ultra smart Mom and the daughter wit 2 master degrees and a doctorate degree.Chelsea looked so confident,warm and super educated; what could you expect from Hillary’s daughter if she always made her her priority in life. At the middle of the conversation they joked that Chelsea taught H how to text, and that B and H are not so great with technology, at the end Hillary gave her a high five and a great smile! I think the video will be posted later, I found it at

  123. moononpluto
    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Obama: “I’m a warrior for the middle class”

    and I’m the pope.

    I know, I read that earlier, where dose he get the nerve to say those things. Does he really think we are all so dumb?

    Oh, and I was looking at that picture of M and BO embracing and was irritated by the water mark and then I realized it was it wasn’t a water mark it was teleprompter getting in on the action.

  124. “Chelsea looked so confident,warm and super educated; what could you expect from Hillary’s (and Bill’s) daughter
    It’s my impression that during the years that Bill was Gov., he had the time to do the child raising while Hillary was the primary “bread winner” for the family. IIRC, she received a lot of nasty criticism at that time for being a “poor mother”.

  125. Why is it everything MO wears, she looks she’s wearing a body bag with bits sticking out.

    Because if her ‘bits’ weren’t sticking out someone might take what she is wearing as a Trash Bag and wheel her to the curb…

  126. Chelsea’s question was a bit complicated including several other requests within the question.

    Hillary answered all the catches in Chelsea’s question in a great scenario encompassing all the answers.

    If Hillary accepts the Draft, no doubt about it- Chelsea would be a valuable addition to her team.

  127. Adding to my last post, Chelsea looked fabulous. The hair style she is wearing now suits the latest fashions to a T..

    Keep the stylist-

  128. SHV
    September 22nd, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    “Chelsea looked so confident,warm and super educated; what could you expect from Hillary’s (and Bill’s) daughter

    It’s my impression that during the years that Bill was Gov., he had the time to do the child raising while Hillary was the primary “bread winner” for the family. IIRC, she received a lot of nasty criticism at that time for being a “poor mother”.

    How I remember it as well- The education Chelsea has absorbed over the years , isn’t from some Ivy League college like Stanford- You could say, she was Home Schooled, and that would be right-

    Her education is well beyond what is taught at the college level.. even with all the degrees and the PHD. Her thinking and presentation resembles that of our favorite, Big Dawg!

  129. JanH
    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

    Obama’s predictable behavior. Obviously stressed out, his body language suggests he preferred to be sitting on a hot stove than having to address Bibi in such close quarters. Never making eye contact with Bibi throughout his speech and through all of Bibi’s speech. Only until the last three seconds when Bibi concluded his statement, Obama raised his eyes a bit to shake hands at the close.

    Obama positioned himself in his seat the same way the Banker described in the Ulsterman interview.

    At first Obama seems he is listening attentively with his hands folded resting on the table for about a minute or two- Obama begins exhibiting restless confinement, mentally zoned out wiggling in his chair, wishing his mind was elsewhere… Captive, he tunes-out symbolizing a prisoner resigned to his confinement, thinking to himself, it won’t be long now before he’s free to move away from the source of his discomfort..

    Sad, very sad, having this mentally obtuse individual as the official representative and leader of our country. Even sadder still, knowing he is doing things not in our best interests at all, but for his own-

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