The Mark Of Cain, ‘Colorism’ And The Paperbag Test – Is Herman Cain Ahead Because He’s Black Or Because Of The Content Of His Character?

Update: Halloween and the story is Herman Cain. Well not really. The story is who leaked this story to Politico?

On the one hand Willard Mitt Romney has been leaking stories about everyone and he has the best opposition research team on the Republican side. On the other hand, this type of dirt is vintage Barack Obama. Attacks to benefit Barack Obama, based on sex, are an Axelrod specialty as we documented so long ago.

The campaign finance improprieties at Team Cain story is also an Obama style Chicago drive by shooting. It took Politico years to finally admit that our original reporting was correct and it was the Barack Obama campaign that anonymously pushed the John (“are you my daddy?”) Edwards $400 haircut story.

As we wrote below, Herman Cain’s strong card is his content of character. That is why this anonymous attack is so pernicious. Herman Cain has already strongly denied the sexual harassment claims so maybe this will go away if there is nothing at all to the story – but it is a test for Herman Cain on several levels including transparency and political acumen and durability of his support.

Herman Cain today said “I was falsely accused of sexual harassment” while at the restaurant trade association.



Cain appears to be surprised that the restaurant association settled the sexual harassment claims. There also appears to be a confidentiality agreement associated with the settlement which means that possibly even referencing the existence of such a settlement is legally difficult.

In today’s interviews Herman Cain has handled the matter well with a strong denial. There is not much more he can do.

As to the women who made the allegations it is up to them to go public or the matter will die. We hope if they are telling the truth they speak up. This is likely very difficult for them to do as they might put at risk the settlement monies they received. Of course Willard Romney, or Barack Obama – whoever is responsible for this drive-by shooting could offer a financial incentive that would negate loss of the settlement monies from 15 years ago. Let the truth prevail and whoever planted this story should also be exposed for all to see.

This is called “winning ugly.” This type of tactic wins elections, but it makes governing very difficult as the “losing” side does not forget the dirty methods employed to win.

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In retrospect the rise of Herman Cain to the top ranks, if not the actual top rank, of the Republican nomination contest is easy to see. It can be summed up in one word: marketing.

Herman Cain rescued the Godfather’s Pizza chain by smart hands-on management and by “marketing strategies that worked.” That a marketing smart guy could market himself and his campaign effectively (with a simple 9-9-9 economic plan) should then come as no surprise.

But more importantly Herman Cain has displayed something that Barack Obama has never had: content of character.

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Herman Cain’s character can be witnessed through his remarkable attack on Obama’s health care scam. Cain not only scorched the Obama policy but he placed it in the context of how it affects the individual who is sick – namely himself when he fought off Stage IV colon and liver cancer.



That’s a much more powerful attack on the most hated Obama policy than Mitt Romney will ever be able to make (and Obama’s health scam will be the #1 issue in 2012 along with the economy).

But Herman Cain’s character can also be seen in a Hillaryesque manner. In 2007 we noted that Obama’s history was shrouded in lies, lack of witnesses, and self-invented chronology from invented “autobiographies.” Hillary however had a history which could be traced in detail from kindergarten onwards.

Since the age of 10 the 65 year old Cain has attended the Antioch Baptist Church. Politically, Antioch Baptist is a church populated with “liberals.” Antioch is not however the “God Damn America” church of Jeremiah Wright on whose pews Obama squatted for more than 20 years.

It takes a lot of character to sit in a church from the age of 10, year after year, and worship as your faith teaches even though your positions are at odds with the vast majority of the congregation. Only a man of character could survive with reputation intact and respected as Herman Cain has.

Herman Cain, as Martin Luther King, Jr. advised, should be judged by the content of his character not by the color of his skin. Barack Obama race-baited his way through the many elections in 2008. Many Obama Dimocrats want to race-bait Barack Obama to reelection.

It’s not often that we see black on black violence in the realm of race-baiting. But Herman Cain is being race-baited by gentry whites and blacks. Perhaps it is the “paper bag test” that Don Lemon recently lamented that drives the race-baiting this time.

The “paper bag test”:

“We rarely expect a member of a minority group to discriminate against someone else in the same group. But that is exactly what happens among African-Americans.

More than any other minority group in the United States, blacks discriminate against one another. The discrimination, called “colorism,” is based on skin tone: whether a person is dark-skinned or light-skinned or in the broad middle somewhere.

Most African-Americans refuse to discuss this self-destructive problem even in private. According to the EEOC, though, the number of such cases are steadily increasing, jumping from 413 in fiscal year 1994 to 1,382 in 2002, a figure that represents about 3 percent of all cases the agency receives yearly.

The most recent case making news in the black press involves two employees of an Applebee’s restaurant in Jonesboro, Ga., near Atlanta. There, Dwight Burch, a dark-skinned waiter, who has left the restaurant, filed a lawsuit against Applebee’s and his light-skinned African-American manager. [snip]

Colorism’s history is fascinating: Fair-skinned slaves automatically enjoyed plum jobs in the master’s house, if they had to work at all. Many traveled throughout the nation and abroad with their masters and their families. They were exposed to the finer things, and many became educated as a result. Their darker-tone peers toiled in the fields. They were the ones who were beaten, burned and hanged, the ones permanently condemned to be the lowest of the low in U.S. society. For them, even learning – reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic – was illegal.

When slavery ended, light-skinned blacks established social organizations that barred darker ex-slaves. Elite blacks of the early 20th century were fair-skinned almost to the person. Even today, most blacks in high positions have fair skin tones, and most blacks who do menial jobs or are in prison are dark. Believe it or not, popular black magazines, such as Ebony as Essence, prefer light-skinned models in their beauty product ads. [snip]

In his 1996 book The Future of the Race, Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of the Afro-American studies department at Harvard, described his encounter with the brown paper bag when he came to Yale in the late 1960s, when skin-tone bias was brazenly practiced: “Some of the brothers who came from New Orleans held a “bag party.’ As a classmate explained it to me, a bag party was a New Orleans custom wherein a brown paper bag was stuck on the door.

Anyone darker than the bag was denied entrance.

Perhaps “colorism” is what animates the British accented Martin Bashir to brazenly question the “riting” skills of Herman Cain with “can he spell Iraq?“.



Cain, who graduated with a degree in mathematics from college, at least did not have his “rithmetic” skills questioned by Bashir. But the campaign is still young. Maybe if Cain bleached his skin like some rappers do Bashir will treat Cain with more dignity and respect.

Martin Bashir of MSNBC is not alone in his “colorism” attacks on Herman Cain. On Bashir’s program Karen Finney joined in the “colorism-baiting”:

“On Martin Bashir’s television program this afternoon, Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst Karen Finney said that Republicans are supporting Herman Cain because of his race:

“One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy,” Finney said. “I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.”

Thank you for spelling that out,” Bashir responded.



This isn’t the first time liberals have made this kind of charge about Cain and his supporters. During an online production of NBC’s Meet the Press this week, Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland said white voters support Cain to show they aren’t racist. “I think when [members of the Tea Party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, ‘Well, you know, I can, I support this guy and…so it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive,'” Cummings told host David Gregory.”

1%’er Janeane Garafalo told 1%er Keith Olbermann:

“Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same.

“People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity say you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.'”

So, according to this Obama Dimocrat strategist conservatives like Herman Cain because he’s a black man who knows his place. That’s an amazing standard. If you don’t support half-white half-Kenyan milk chocolate Barack Obama of Hawaii you are a racist. If you do support dark chocolate descendant of American slavery who grew up to be a captain of industry Tennessee born Georgia raised Herman Cain you are a racist.

Barack Obama whose dad was at best a sperm donor who vanished and was booted from Harvard for sperm donations is also a Harvard graduate whose mom dumped him into the arms of her banker parents so she could continue her elite travels for male companionship. Herman Cain’s father by contrast was a janitor, a barber, a chauffeur. Maybe it is a class bias that drives these anti-Cain Obama Dimocrats along with a color line paper bag bias.

Warning: Bartender’s son Marco Rubio better get ready as Operation Get Rubio questions Rubio’s “Hispanic authenticity”, color and class too.

We do have to consider that maybe it’s not colorism or classism that motivates the hatred. Maybe it’s because Cain supports those durn Joos and says things like “so-called Palestinians”. “So-called Palestinians” is surely a mistake, right?

Well, Cain might have some history on his side:

“In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine: “There is no such country [as Palestine]! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.”

The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said “Palestine was part of the Province of Syria” and that, “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.” A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, later the chairman of the PLO, told the Security Council: “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.”

If it’s not the durn Joos, perhaps the hatred and attacks come from the slight possibility that Cain might have a strategy that somehow will work and the Obama Dimocrats will have a dark chocolate opponent:

“HOMEWOOD, Ala. — Herman Cain’s rise in the polls appears to be no fluke.

Unlike some other Republican presidential contenders who have flamed out after auditioning as the conservative antidote to Mitt Romney, Cain is still riding high atop public opinion surveys.

“They said I was the flavor of the week,” the Georgia businessman said at an appearance Friday on a campaign swing through Alabama. “But four weeks later the Cain campaign still tastes good!

Cain has little money (though Cain is “pacing himself” and the money is beginning to come in), lots of gaffes, not much of an organization and his 9-9-9 plan is under examination and assault. Conventional wisdom also says that Cain should be spending all his time in Iowa and New Hampshire. But maybe Cain, the guy who has somehow gotten high on the saddle, knows what he is doing:

“Cain has carved out an unorthodox — some say impossible — path to the White House, largely eschewing early voting states to focus heavily on the South. It’s a region where tea party groups, social conservatives and evangelical voters that make up the backbone of his support hold sway. [snip]

Block argues that next year’s compressed primary calendar means more states will play larger roles. So instead of scurrying around New Hampshire trying to win over skeptics, the campaign team is revving up support in states where Cain’s small government, anti-tax message and church revival-style delivery resonate with voters.

Cain was trying to show that in Alabama, where enthusiastic, overflow crowds greeted him at every stop. In Talladega, residents were visibly excited by the first visit from a presidential candidate in modern memory.

“I heard that FDR waved from the train once when he came through,” said Jeanne Rasco, who had turned out for a packed Cain rally at a historic theater on the city square. “I think it shows he cares about our values. He’s one of us,” she said.”

What clever racists! They shower love and say “HE’S ONE OF US.” They’re “enthusiastic” and emerge in “overflow crowds”. Clever racists huh? Cain doesn’t think so:

“Cain himself plays up his Southern roots: His drawl grows a little thicker and he mentions God a little more frequently, to suit the crowd. “I am in Alabama because Alabama matters,” Cain said at the state’s party headquarters. “Ya’ll are my neighbors.”

In the South, some Cain supporters say that supporting an African-American could turn long-held racial perceptions around. No Deep South states supported Barack Obama in 2008 and elected representatives in the state have become more racially polarized in recent years.

Scott Beason, a Republican Alabama state senator, said a Cain victory, especially in the Deep South, would be a visible sign of progress.

“It would change the stereotypes that still exist about how people make their decisions down here,” Beason said. “I think it’s ironic that he will do better here than in the so-called enlightened states up north.” ”What folks are doing is listening to what is he saying and he is not afraid to say what he thinks.

It’s more than “ironic”, it’s dark chocolate “just desserts” to see the attacks on Herman Cain come from a hypocritical Obama Dimocrat left wing afraid of the black man.

In much the same way that old time Southern racists used biblical passages about the “mark of Cain” to discriminate and oppress black people, the Obama left today will twist words and use any reasoning to stop Herman Cain. We don’t think it will work to hurt him. Instead of cursed, Herman Cain appears to be blessed.

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103 thoughts on “The Mark Of Cain, ‘Colorism’ And The Paperbag Test – Is Herman Cain Ahead Because He’s Black Or Because Of The Content Of His Character?

  1. Pizza before pretzels:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-the-pretzel-candidate/2011/10/28/gIQAPEQ8PM_story.html

    Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate. Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the Tea Party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming.

    Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from “data” (although there is precious little to support Romney’s idea that in-state college tuition for children of illegal immigrants is a powerful magnet for such immigrants) and who believes elections should be about (in Dukakis’s words) “competence,” not “ideology.” But what would President Romney competently do when not pondering ethanol subsidies that he forthrightly says should stop sometime before “forever”? Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for this?

  2. Very interesting, admin, and an excellent elaboration of colorism.

    But personally, I am so sick to death of the ever-increasing media attention on race and the disproportionate attention paid to blacks that I can’t jump on board the praise Cain bandwagon. Not that I dislike him but I think I might have an even more difficult time voting for him than any of the other repub wannabe’s, except maybe Santorum who, hopefully, will soon be dragged from the scene.

    To think that we’re approaching an election where the two choices could be two black men, neither of whom I find qualified although Cain is clearly far superior than the present WH occupant, because of the LSM’s preoccupation with white quilt and atoning for America’s past is incredible.

    I can’t help feeling we’re being distracted – as I believe Mrs. Smith said in the last thread. There is so much going on beneath the surface that we don’t hear about – Fast and Furious, Solyndra, what really happened in Bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda resurgence in Libya, the continual loss of American manufacturing jobs, the refusal to deal with energy problems in a realistic way – it’s all smoke and mirrors.

    OWS and Herman Cain are just the latest distraction to keep American eyes off what’s really going on.

    I pulled up a couple of quotes today – guess who they’re from? Like Leonora, Votermom and many others, I am worried about next year.

    He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.

    If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.

    Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

    The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.

    All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.

    When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”

    We will not capitulate – no, never! We may be destroyed, but if we are, we shall drag a world with us – a world in flames.

    By the skilful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.

    What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.

  3. Is Cain able?
    Sorry had to do it. Share the same name and have 44 years of plays on it. For some reason my middle school music teacher thought it was funny to turn You’re so Vain into You’re Tim Cain. To this day I can be in a grocery store and somebody breaks into song.

  4. Hehehehehe Henry.

    On a more serious note, it almost seems like the repubs are already throwing the 2012 race the same way they did in 2008.

    There seems no way possible BO could win but . . . running a black repub against a black dim, honestly . . . .

    First of all it infuriates me that women continue to be bashed and ridiculed and passed over and second, I am so d@mn sick of the race thing and 12% of the population getting so much undeserved power it makes me want to throw up.

    I agree with the prognosis about Romney being an automotron ala Dukakis but I would much rather have him than Cain.

    I guess I think that if the choice is between Romney and BO it’s such a clear choice (aside from Romneycare) that maybe Mitch will have a shot. I just can’t see the BO vs. Cain scenario. Those who have already voted for BO would stick with him. Afterall, they’ve already got their trophy black guy in the WH so what would be the motivation to change?

    And why should the repubs be reduced to choosing a black guy to compete with BO? But I might be able to see Cain as a VP pic.

  5. With regards to the “mark of Cain” top 5 favorite books ever written is Damian by Herman Hesse. Puts a little spin on the “mark”. Odd his first name was Herman.

  6. That’s an amazing standard. If you don’t support half-white half-Kenyan milk chocolate Barack Obama of Hawaii you are a racist. If you do support dark chocolate descendant of American slavery who grew up to be a captain of industry Tennessee born Georgia raised Herman Cain you are a racist.

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    Well put!

  7. basil99
    Agree with you a billion percent on sharia. My statement about male relatives was meant to echo what you said. How does a father love his crud but accept that the world may limit her. I don’t get it. Decided to start self-defense classes next week with da pup. No idea which one. Judo/karate/ bunch of things cannot spell. Savvy 1970’s cab driving NY’er have a suggestion. I can do 50/week

  8. The entire article is worth a read. Painful:

    http://www.theawl.com/2011/10/the-night-occupy-los-angeles-tore-itself-in-two

    Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, the 300 people who have been occupying the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall for the past three weeks split themselves into two hostile camps.

    Occupy LA’s decision-making body, the General Assembly, has been responsible for conducting the encampment’s business. As in most other cities, the participating members handle everything from ensuring the nightly meeting take place to doing financial research on Los Angeles-based bankers to cleaning up the trash. But on Wednesday, a large group of dissenters decided to occupy the General Assembly’s usual outdoor meeting space and assert themselves as the new regime. One man, standing at the center of the swirling and increasingly unruly crowd, yelled into a megaphone, “You don’t represent us anymore! We’re taking over! We’re the People’s Forum!” Rumblings of dissent and palpable animosity had been mounting in the camp throughout the afternoon. Informal meetings were held around the clock to hotly debate an issue that had factionalized the camp: weed. [snip]

    The second thing you’re likely to notice is the undeniable thick scent of weed smoke in the air. This is a curious aroma, given that the encampment is lodged between the California state courthouse, the offices of the City Council and LAPD headquarters.

    Occupy LA is also three blocks away from Skid Row, the city’s biggest open air drug market and homeless encampment. Some people claim that the drug use in the Occupy camp is a spill-over effect. Those who buy drugs on Skid Row, especially the homeless, can smoke in a safe, free space among the Occupy tents, instead of buying an hourly room in one the crime-riddled slum hotels along 4th Street. Other people in camp claim the drug problem is homegrown.

    Drug use has been a key conservative talking point used to undermine the various Occupy camps around the country. In Occupy Los Angeles, though, smoking weed has become a wedge issue dividing the camp into increasingly entrenched groups.

    As one original organizer of Occupy LA described it, “on one side there’s the hardcore Politicos-Get-Shit-Done process freaks and on the other are people who think they are starting a new society.”

    Smoking weed cuts to one of the main dilemmas within a leaderless, horizontal, movement like Occupy Los Angeles: who makes the rules? Who enforces the rules? Going even further: should there even be rules? Is this a narrowly focused social movement bent on economic reform through massive but nonviolent participation? Is it a petri dish of something new?¹ There is a wing of the Occupy LA that sees their encampment as a radical new mode of living; one that not only rejects income inequality, but any sort of action that enables one group to represses any other. This means contempt for anything like a parliamentary up or down vote, or adopting the same drug laws as ‘the outside.’ When someone lights up, especially during daylight hours, there is an instant sense of polarization between those who are willing to behave and those who aren’t. Finally those differences exploded.

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    [snip]About six men donned the traditional anarchist garb: pulled-up hoodie, black bandana around their face, an implacable look in their eyes.

    “I don’t understand why people who want to smoke weed can’t just go across the street to do it?” one young man in camouflage shorts and black sweatshirt said. About half the group raised their hands up and twinkled their fingers in agreement.

    Another young man stood up, clearly agitated, and began pacing around the inside of the circle: “Is it alright if I stand in the middle of the circle? I don’t want to be too domineering or anything. Ok, right, it’s like, if you create a code of conduct, it’s like you’re creating a separatist doctrine. You’re creating an Us and a Them. Why do you guys want to act like cops? It’s the cops’ job to divide us! We left society to avoid them. Why do you want to bring that shit here?” Kat thanked him for speaking and moved on to the next person who had signed up to talk.

    Speaking slowly with a tense edge to his voice, a man in dark sunglasses asked the crowd, “What the fuck is wrong with us? Why are we talking about this instead of figuring out how we’re going to hold a vigil for the Oakland protesters who were gassed last night?” This time people started to clap. Things got increasingly more heated and more abstract—”Are you going to call coffee a drug?”—as each speaker entered the circle. Those who were in favor of the code of conduct were accused of wanting to purge outsiders and create a two-caste structure within the camp. Those who opposed the code were, indirectly, called selfish and short-sighted.

    Ideological disputes on the nature of law, order, and a group’s ability to self-police continued for the next two hours. At a few different moments it seemed as though the group would be swayed to recommend the code of conduct but inevitably someone (usually with a black bandana around their face) would demand to know how the camp would enforce the rules. “Who’s going to take responsibility for kicking people out of the camp?” When no answer was given, the debate would kick up again, and spiral, and go off the rails. [snip]

    A large group, made up almost entirely of men, stood in a circle denouncing the General Assembly and their efforts to “police” the camp, particularly regarding drinking or smoking weed. Anyone who spoke in favor of a code of conduct was aggressively booed. Adding to the morass were four different men looping in and out of the circle, each armed with his own megaphone, shouting their own grievances and rhetoric. When a runner from the General Assembly made the announcement that they would begin the meeting, he was thunderously shouted down, then someone yelled out “The GA is dead!” and the crowd erupted in both celebration and shock: “We don’t want you or your fucking procedure!” One male protester, in an army helmet and no shirt, cried out as shoving matches erupted between several groups of men. The young man who was leading the informal group yelled: “This is the People’s Forum! There are no committees, there are no rules, everyone gets to speak. Get in a circle! GET IN A CIRCLE!” A majority of the crowd abided, although they were openly chastised when the circle took on non-circle shapes.

    A facilitator from the General Assembly tried one last time to get the group’s attention through a call-and-response tactic. He was shouted down by two men, one of whom was shouting directly in his ear. Then it was announced that there would be two minutes of drumming. The loud thumping gave way to spastic dancing and eventually some primal bellowing.

    “There are no rules!…. GET IN A CIRCLE” Lord of the Flies.

  9. basil99
    For you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDxrQFrGipo&feature=related
    I was 16 and endured a violent hours long assault by 5 guys, I lived despite the fact that they slammed my head into the pavement over and over again while raping me. 5 of them. No going back. it took place. I was only 16 and left to die between two parked trucks.
    Just not fair or right.
    bet your sweet ass I will protect my brat. I have no reservatopns. i will kill if you hurt my kid,

  10. basil, I almost always agree with you, but not on Herman Cain. Although I empathize with your comments with regards to the evidently skewed promotion of blackness in America, I believe Herman Cain to be a much better candidate than the liberal Mittens Romney. Mittens has been shown repeatedly to be a panderer with no real core values other than his own self-promotion. I detest that as we have seen this before in other politicians, with BO being a good example. How appropriate for both Mittens and Barack having supported similar healthcare systems. Do we need a panderer in chief, or someone who is committed to dismantling Obamacare? Although I will vote for whoever runs against BO, I am hoping that my choice will be someone other than Romney. If the establishment is all him, then I know that Romeny is not the best man for the job. It’s time that someone outside of the political establishment which has so callously defrauded us takes the helm, and addresses the crony capitalism of which Sarah Palin speaks. Mittens won’t be the one to do this, but Herman Cain is much more likely to do so. I read the article that said “it’s the President, stupid.” In my opinion, It’s the entrenched establishment types, of which the president is one, who have sold us all down the river.

  11. Visiting SF and Oakland. Looks like the Oakland mayor has lost her job over the way she has handled things. Not view as a leader. Sound familiar.

  12. Charts and causes from a conservative source.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/income-inequality-is-not-a-myth/247389/?google_editors_picks=true
    Almost everything we know about wages and prices tells us that the typical household has suffered a Lost Decade for market wages. Just as important, the price of necessities — such as health care, a college education, a house, and energy to heat your home and run your car engine — is growing faster than our incomes.

  13. Power Outtage here. We lost our power at about 2am. Trees still in full leaf heavily laden with snow taken down by the dozens. Can only hope this doesn’t last for days.

  14. I see in Herman Cain a morality worthy of admiration. I have the same reaction with the Clintons and Sarah Palin.

    To all affected by the storm, best wishes for enduring until normalcy returns. Although the odds of my being without power are great, luck remains with me yet again.
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    In my estimation, the tendency Americans have toward black racism is much less than those attempting to gain from the claim. How much advantage can be gained by these despicable pot stirrers is not known. (There’s probably plenty to be gained.)

    My favorite recollection from the 1980’s work environment involves a day I left from work early afternoon for a business trip. My good friend and co-worker W.H. had offered to carry my luggage to the transportation hub several blocks away. W.H. was a middle-aged AA – well-dressed and well-groomed. By chance, our mutual white supervisor heard of the arrangement, and fearing a racial incident, and time now being in short supply, said supervisor insisted on carrying my luggage himself! When I returned from the trip, W.H. and I had a good laugh over that.

    The practice of colorism is real and still incredibly hidden. My other great AA friend from work, A.C., told me how she and her husband had to leave the NJ town they’d grown up in when they married because he was much darker than she. Need I point out that the town was run by AA’s? The fact of this hypocrisy needs to surface. And while we are at it, could we begin referring to this hypocrisy as PROFILING? Seems profiling is regularly regarded as an immoral practice carried out only by whites.

  15. While we are talking about sharia and the muslim invasion, let’s not forget that it is going on in Europe too. And the muslims are really gaining ground over there.

    Yesterday there was a Catholic festival in France for St. John Bosco. It was interrupted by stone throwing muzzies and it looks like nothing is going to be done about it. It’s not even being properly reported!

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/10/muslims-stone-catholic-festival-goers-in-france.html

    You may not be Catholic, or religious at all. But if they can get away with this – who will be next?

  16. BTW Herman Cain promised not to have any muslims in his cabinet.

    Right now that sounds like music to my ears!

  17. I hesitate to submit this article because I do not feel qualified to discuss it in depth. But it is startling and perhaps parallel in meaning with what Leanora has just submitted,so here goes.
    This was the week that European democracy died – Telegraph
    …So this is where we are. The agreed EU “stability union” triumphantly paraded before the media in Brussels will have the power to approve or disapprove budgets of countries in the eurozone – that is, to vet and police them – before they are submitted to the elected parliaments of those countries. In other words, parliaments which are directly mandated by, and answerable to, their own populations will not control the most essential functions of government: decisions on taxation and spending. Even without the ultimate institutions of economic and political union, which still elude the EU, actual power over fiscal policy will be taken from the hands of national leaders. And if, as a voter, you cannot influence your prospective government’s tax and spending policies, what exactly are you voting for?
    ….
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8857533/This-was-the-week-that-European-democracy-died.html

  18. Anyone else listening to Plouff on MTP? Anyone else hearing sheer desperation in his voice or is he always this way?

  19. O.M.G.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You tell me the WH hasn’t been poring over 1930’s political tactics!

    Plouffe actually just said that Romney might have a hard time because anyone who is “willing to say the sky is green and the grass is blue” should be suspect!

    I quoted this just last night from 1930’s Germany!

    “Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized.”

    By youknowwho.

  20. October 27, 2011

    Clinton: Justice Dept. didn’t seek State Dept.’s permission for “gunwalking” operation

    By Tolleah Price

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday denied having any advance knowledge of a controversial program run by federal officials that allowed thousands of guns to be smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico in an effort to trace them to leaders of drug cartels before the program’s existence became public.

    She said the Justice Department did not “request coordination” or give “any kind of notice or heads up” about “Operation Fast and Furious,” the ATF operation which put thousands of guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The weapons may have been used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

    During the hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) asked Clinton at what point did the State Department learn about Operation Fast and Furious.

    “My recollection is that I learned about it from the press, that’s my recollection,” Clinton said.

    Mack said the Justice Department was required to receive a written waiver from the State Department in order to export arms to the drug cartels.

    There is no evidence the Justice Department sought a waiver, Clinton said, but she offered to investigate the matter.

    Clinton is the latest cabinet member of the Obama administration to face questions surrounding the operation.

    Members of Congress investigating the scandal on Wednesday asked FBI director Robert Mueller to clear up questions about evidence found at the murder scene of Agent Terry.

    He was shot and killed near the Mexican border on Dec. 14, 2010. Two weapons recovered at the scene were traced to “Operation Fast and Furious.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20126833-503544/clinton-justice-dept-didnt-seek-state-dept.s-permission-for-gunwalking-operation/

  21. Basil99
    from the comment section of The New York Post

    “So many villages trying to make do without their idiot.”

  22. Nomobama,

    “I believe Herman Cain to be a much better candidate than the liberal Mittens Romney.”

    I respect your opinion. Mine is not entirely formed yet but I tend to lean toward the camp that if Cain were to be the candidate BO wins.

    And don’t get me wrong, I actually DO like Cain, I just think that he’s another one of those guys that if he weren’t black he would not be in the race and would not have gotten this far. Even though I think he’s 1,000 times better than BO, he’s not good enough.

    Now Allen West is a black candidate I could get behind. But I am sick of having to choose candidates who are promoted on the basis of identity politics.

    FTR, if Cain were the candidate I would vote for him over BO.

  23. Henry,

    I LOVE that Parton song. Thanks for posting it. You are a remarkable guy who has gone through he11 and back more than once during your life. I admire your spirit.

  24. Basil99
    I have to disagree with you.
    I think CAIN can win. I would vote for a dirty sock before waffles but I don’t see the GOP putting up anyone of any substance. DNC will play dirty. They labeled Bill Clinton as a racist. Pig fu##ers will go as low as they have to

  25. henry
    October 30th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    “Pig fu##ers will go as low as they have to”

    That is the truth henry, the truth. We have been ruthlessly overthrown and don’t even know it, but will learn quickly enough if we start to get the upper hand.

  26. basil99
    Think they are three of the most stunning women to have ever traversed the planet. Taylor in A Place in the Sun and River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho are the only ones who come close. Although Rondstadt does look a lot like Dora the Explorer

  27. Well, Henry, I hope you are right about Cain should he get the nomination. As I said, if he is the nominee I would vote for him over BO.

  28. I won’t post a link to this but check out the hilarous essay by Jonathan Altar on Bloomberg about the “miracle” that Obama is scandal free.

    Admin this might make a good topic for a rebuttal

  29. JanH, it’s very annoying (and suspicious) that it is usually Hillary Clinton video clips that have the embedding disabled. Thanks for posting them though and we’ll keep posting the embedding when it is available.

    As to the Fast and Furious response by Hillary, we thought it was masterful. Hillary could have simply said she knew nothing about it. Instead Hillary asked for time to investigate further and send her results to the committee. It was not only a helpful response which the committee appreciated, but it screwed Holder/DOJ, protected the bureaucracy at State (that’s what they get for ignoring the State Department), and kept the investigation boiling putting Obama in the hot spot.

  30. The worlds most beautiful woman once cried on my shoulder. Amazing woman. Profoundly affected the world, Pity party took place in the eighties. i had forgotten but just recently recalled our conversation, She said it hurt to be beautiful; because everyone else placed so much on you and it hurt, She died but left a tremendous legacy

  31. You know the big report that recently came out that “proved all the global warming skeptics wrong”? Well, the woman scientist who helped do the studies now says Prof. Mullen is HIDING the fact that the earth has not warmed at all in the past decade, despite CO2 levels continuing to rise.

    He circumvented the normal review process, and rushed out with a big press release (coincidentally just prior to the UN climate conference), for which he selectively briefed journalists. This lady is having none of it.

    But a report to be published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation includes a graph of world average temperatures over the past ten years, drawn from the BEST project’s data and revealed on its website.

    This graph shows that the trend of the last decade is absolutely flat, with no increase at all – though the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have carried on rising relentlessly.

    ‘This is nowhere near what the climate models were predicting,’ Prof Curry said. ‘Whatever it is that’s going on here, it doesn’t look like it’s being dominated by CO2.’

    Prof Muller also wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal. It was here, under the headline ‘The case against global warming scepticism’, that he proclaimed ‘there were good reasons for doubt until now’.

    Media storm: Prof Muller’s claims received uncritical coverage in the media this week
    This, too, went around the world, with The Economist, among many others, stating there was now ‘little room for doubt’.

    Such claims left Prof Curry horrified.
    ‘Of course this isn’t the end of scepticism,’ she said. ‘To say that is the biggest mistake he [Prof Muller] has made. When I saw he was saying that I just thought, “Oh my God”.’

    In fact, she added, in the wake of the unexpected global warming standstill, many climate scientists who had previously rejected sceptics’ arguments were now taking them much more seriously.

    They were finally addressing questions such as the influence of clouds, natural temperature cycles and solar radiation – as they should have done, she said, a long time ago.

    Yesterday Prof Muller insisted that neither his claims that there has not been a standstill, nor the graph, were misleading because the project had made its raw data available on its website, enabling others to draw their own graphs.
    However, he admitted it was true that the BEST data suggested that world temperatures have not risen for about 13 years. But in his view, this might not be ‘statistically significant’, although, he added, it was equally possible that it was – a statement which left other scientists mystified.

    ‘I am baffled as to what he’s trying to do,’ Prof Curry said.
    Prof Ross McKittrick, a climate statistics expert from Guelph University in Ontario, added: ‘You don’t look for statistically significant evidence of a standstill.
    ‘You look for statistically significant evidence of change.’

    The BEST project, which has been lavishly funded, brings together experts from different fields from top American universities.

    It was set up 18 months ago in an effort to devise a new and more accurate way of computing changes in world temperatures by using readings from some 39,000 weather stations on land, instead of adding sea temperatures as well.
    Some scientists, Prof Muller included, believe that this should provide a more accurate indication of how the world is responding to carbon dioxide.
    The oceans, they argue, warm more slowly and this is why earlier global measurements which also cover the sea – such as those from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University – have found no evidence of warming since the Nineties.
    The usual way a high-profile project such as BEST would publish its results would be in a scientific journal, following a rigorous ‘peer review’ by other experts in the field.
    The more eminent journals that publish climate research, such as Nature And Science, insist there must be no leaks to the media until this review is complete and if such leaks occur, they will automatically reject the research.
    Earlier this year, the project completed four research papers.
    As well as trends in world temperatures, they looked at the extent to which temperature readings can be distorted by urban ‘heat islands’ and the influence of long-term temperature cycles in the oceans. The papers were submitted to the Journal of Geophysical Research.
    But although Prof Curry is the second named author of all four papers, Prof Muller failed to consult her before deciding to put them on the internet earlier this month, when the peer review process had barely started, and to issue a detailed press release at the same time.
    He also briefed selected journalists individually. ‘It is not how I would have played it,’ Prof Curry said. ‘I was informed only when I got a group email. I think they have made errors and I distance myself from what they did.
    ‘It would have been smart to consult me.’ She said it was unfortunate that although the Journal of Geophysical Research had allowed Prof Muller to issue the papers, the reviewers were, under the journal’s policy, forbidden from public comment.
    Prof McKittrick added: ‘The fact is that many of the people who are in a position to provide informed criticism of this work are currently bound by confidentiality agreements.
    ‘For the Berkeley team to have chosen this particular moment to launch a major international publicity blitz is a highly unethical sabotage of the peer review process.’
    In Prof Curry’s view, two of the papers were not ready to be published, in part because they did not properly address the arguments of climate sceptics.

    As for the graph disseminated to the media, she said: ‘This is “hide the decline” stuff. Our data show the pause, just as the other sets of data do. Muller is hiding the decline.

    ‘To say this is the end of scepticism is misleading, as is the statement that warming hasn’t paused. It is also misleading to say, as he has, that the issue of heat islands has been settled.’

    Prof Muller said she was ‘out of the loop’. He added: ‘I wasn’t even sent the press release before it was issued.’
    Prof Muller defended his behaviour yesterday, saying that all he was doing was ‘returning to traditional peer review’, issuing draft papers to give the whole ‘climate community’ a chance to comment.
    As for the press release, he claimed he was ‘not seeking publicity’, adding: ‘This is simply a way of getting the media to report this more accurately.’

    He said his decision to publish was completely unrelated to the forthcoming United Nations climate conference.
    This, he said, was ‘irrelevant’, insisting that nothing could have been further from his mind than trying to influence it.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-change-sceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hiding-truth-colleague.html#ixzz1cHs1gALG

    AGW may have been a good theory at one time. But when the new data does NOT match what your theory predicted, then you modify or abandon your theory, and follow the data. And you do that even if you have staked your reputations on this theory, or if the whole world has massive economic changes planned on the basis of the theory, or if politicians and movie stars have all embraced your theory, or if an entire grants and studies infrastructure is riding on your theory. That’s called real science.

    What you do not do is treat your theory like an article of religious belief, accuse any doubters of nefarious motives or craven stupidity, and seek to FORCE any new data to fit your theory and discard as “irrelevant” data that doesn’t. And you certainly don’t give huge glowing press releases about how your new study proves the earth got warmer (and it did), while hiding the BIGGEST new revelation of your study, which is that the warming went totally flat in the 90’s, and has NOT continued to rise, despite CO2 continuing to rise. An honest scientist would have found that the newsworthy part, since it utterly trashed what the AGW models said would happen.

    I only posted an excerpt. Read the whole article.

  32. …so ironic…just like we found out during the primaries…where were the sexists? and where were the racists?

    …right there within our own party…where we once thought so idealistically that “liberals” wanted freedom for all and ‘equality’ for all, including gender, sex and color equality…

    …and what did we find…that “our own” were the worst of the worst when it came to sexism, racism and any sense of fairness or truthful credibility…that “our” side were the ones actively using the ‘race and sex’ card againt us…

    …the current dimocrats are so lacking in any integrity or credibility…they will use anything or anyone to achieve their agenda…I cannot stand to even listen to most of them and the false, hypocritical and lying statements and analysis that they spew…

  33. Well, the woman scientist who helped do the studies now says Prof. Mullen is HIDING

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

    Sigh. Oh, great.

    Look, this project was designed to INCLUDE deniers, er, ‘sceptics’ in its loop. So the fact that someone claiming to be in the loop is continuing the denial line — is not surprising.

    Also pls distinguish between Global Warming (which Mullen did measure) and AGW (ie human-caused warming) which is project did NOT address.

  34. admin
    October 30th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    “As to the Fast and Furious response by Hillary, we thought it was masterful. Hillary could have simply said she knew nothing about it. Instead Hillary asked for time to investigate further and send her results to the committee. It was not only a helpful response which the committee appreciated, but it screwed Holder/DOJ, protected the bureaucracy at State (that’s what they get for ignoring the State Department), and kept the investigation boiling putting Obama in the hot spot.”
    _______________

    Yes, admin,I agree. It was a brilliant move on Hillary’s part maneuvering the question giving her a high vantage point for reviewing Fast and Furious evidence. Putting Holder under her forensic microscope…

  35. Re Muller. Here’s a point we can begin at to judge Muller’s credibility vs the credibility of the accuser (Curry) and the writer of the article (for UK Daily Mail).

    Prof Muller defended his behaviour yesterday, saying that all he was doing was ‘returning to traditional peer review’, issuing draft papers to give the whole ‘climate community’ a chance to comment.

    So what was the “traditional peer review” and when and where was it changed? The following sounds like just what the ‘Climategate’ emails were criticized for: keeping findings secret till approved by an elite:

    The usual way a high-profile project such as BEST would publish its results would be in a scientific journal, following a rigorous ‘peer review’ by other experts in the field.
    The more eminent journals that publish climate research, such as Nature And Science, insist there must be no leaks to the media until this review is complete and if such leaks occur, they will automatically reject the research.

  36. “As to the Fast and Furious response by Hillary, we thought it was masterful.”

    —————

    Admin,

    I totally agree with you.

    No problem about the embedding. 🙂

  37. Check out the wonderful pictures of Hillary at the link below…I am definitely going to pick up a few copies of the Time Magazine with her on the cover.

    Photo Essay

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Behind the Cover: Diana Walker on Photographing Hillary Clinton

    Diana Walker spent seven days in just as many countries with Hillary Clinton for this week’s cover story (available to subscribers here). But the cover image itself was taken in about five minutes, with just the light from a window, at Clinton’s desk at the State Department in Washington yesterday morning.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, October 26, 2011.“She was at work at her desk, and I said, ‘Madame Secretary, look this way,’” says Walker, who has been photographing Clinton since January 1993. “She looked up at me, and then I said, ‘And now out the window.’ And bingo, that was the picture.”

    Walker, who worked as TIME’s White House photographer for 20 years under Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, says she prepared for her whirlwind week abroad with the Secretary of State in the same manner she did with former commanders in chief. “It’s not dissimilar,” she says. “You ride in the vans, jump out and run as fast you can to photograph her arriving. Then you line up and you’re herded into a room where the Secretary is meeting with whomever, and you make your pictures and then turn around and run out. And then you go to the next spot.”

    In addition to standard press access during the trip, which began in Malta on Oct. 17 and ended in Uzbekistan on Oct. 23, Walker was also given time behind the scenes with Clinton, who she says doesn’t get enough credit for her “terrific” sense of humor—a characteristic she discovered while photographing the then-First Lady for TIME in 1997.

    “I got in her limousine, and she was talking to her then chief of staff, laughing and having the best time,” Walker recalls. “That’s the image (below) we led with that year, in part, I think, because the editors were so impressed that it was another Hillary that they hadn’t seen. In public, she was much more straight-laced. In private, she could really kick back. I’m always eager to show that.”

    Diana Walker

    First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton laughing it up with her chief of staff Melanne Verveer as they were returning to White House after delivering a speech at the University of Maryland in 1997.That convivial atmosphere was around on this recent trip too, where Clinton often jokingly teased Walker for not keeping up. “Here I am lumbering along to catch up, while she has so much energy,” Walker says. “She wears me out! But it’s the most wonderful wearing out. She’s totally focused. But even with that laser focus, she has time to be funny and charming.”

    http://lightbox.time.com/2011/10/27/behind-the-cover-diana-walker-on-photographing-hillary-clinton/?xid=rss-topstories#1

  38. October 28, 2011

    Islamism and Sadism

    Amil Imani

    It is not about God or love, it is about control and domination—just as sadism is not about human intercourse or love; it is about control, torture, punishment and domination.

    Why else name a so-called religion “submission?” Islam’s provisions are intended to dominate every waking moment in the life of a believer. Islam seeks nothing less than a total global domination. There is no room for being a half-hearted Muslim and no toleration of watering down its invocations.

    How do the Islamists prey upon their victims? For one, Islam is stamped on the impressionable mind of the child from birth. The parents and immediate members of the family are the ones who make the very first impressions on the tabula rasa of the young mind. These early impressions are the grid-work for further formation of the person’s mind and belief system. It is by far easier, as life goes on, to incorporate “items” that readily fit into the grid-work, than to modify it or dismantle it altogether and begin anew. It is in recognition of the importance of early training and education that people such as Saint Augustine and Freud considered the first few years of life as critical for molding the person.

    It is some consolation; however, to realize that there are many practicing religions who are willing to stand up to the extremists, even at their own great peril. It is also quite human to fight against control and domination. However, marrying Islam with government is stoking fire with explosives. That is what the Islamic Republic of Iran currently represents.

    The Mullahs and their lackeys have tortured, raped and executed hundreds of little girls and little boys out of their abject fear of losing control. They are to be ridiculed and despised among men as the wretched, miserable, and entirely loathsome creatures that they are.

    In free democracies, governments are accountable to the people and serve at the people’s pleasure. In Islamic theocracy, governments are accountable only to Allah and the people must serve at the pleasure of the government. And one can see the result of Islamic total or partial rule in fifty-six or so countries which rank among the highest nations of the world on every index of misery.

    Other problems arise. Liberty, deeply cherished by democracies, is replaced by submission—unquestioning obedience and adherence to the dictates and precepts of the all-knowing and all-wise Allah. The individual becomes little more than a passive obedient vessel of Allah and his perspective of himself and life drastically changes. Once he submits to the all-powerful, all-knowing, then he is absolved of the responsibility of having to chart his own way in life.

    It is this total form of submission that, among other things, prompted the Muslims to systematically burn libraries of the lands they invaded. They justified their actions by contending that the Quran, the comprehensive unerring book of Allah, contained all perfect knowledge that humanity needs. To this day, in places where Islam rules, many books are banned, newspapers and magazines are systematically either censored or shut down, and other non-print media are methodically blocked.

    There is considerable allure in submission to a power that is willing and able to take care of the person. It is not a bad arrangement. The problem is that all past claimants have invariably been proven as either fraud or failures in honoring their part of the bargain. Islam is no exception. A cursory glance is enough to show the condition of Muhammad’s flock. In spite of huge material wealth, Muslims in the oil-rich countries are imprisoned in the paralyzing mentality of submission and all the terrible ancillaries that go with it.

    Islam certainly has taken on a predominant role in Europe. It has become so prominent there that the most senior judge in England has blessed the idea of making Sharia law equal with civil law in some cases. Many European countries are already on the verge of capitulation to the Islamists. The Supreme Guide of terror in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, confidently proclaimed that Europe will be Islamic in a dozen years. He has good reason to say that. Muslims are forming states within states in many European towns and cities. In Britain, for instance, non-Muslims are in serious danger entering Muslim neighborhoods.

    Comparatively, it is imperative to comprehend that a sadistic person is not after sex; he seeks a sick way of dominance and pain over his victims. He wants to be in control of the action. A person being raped, for example, really has no control over the situation, the subject literally being coerced.

    Violence, weapons, injury, or torture fascinates a sadistic person just as it fascinates an Islamist. Both enjoy getting their subjects (be it humans or animals) to do what they want them to do by frightening them through a series of intimidation, fear and terror. Both take pleasure in the psychological or physical suffering of others (including animals).

    This is exactly how the Islamists have been ruling over a peaceful and sophisticated country, Iran, for the past 33 years. They have completely restricted the activity and independence the people of Iran. In the cycle of prison horrors and terrors, the Islamic Republic of Iran uses many old Soviet techniques, ranging from harassment, intimidation and tortures, to mechanical devices designed to inflict gross tissue damage. They employ psychological and physiological techniques, such as solitary confinement and sleep deprivation. The Islamic Republic’s lackeys are commonly using these techniques on the Iranian youth while the Islamic Republic dreams of world Shi’a domination.

    In short, the Islamists want to have control over their subjects during one’s entire life. This is exactly how the Prophet of Islam controlled his army of followers. The campaign of death waged by the jihadist, be a puppet or a puppeteer, is energized by the belief of delectable rewards that await the faithful implementer of Allah’s dictates.

    Through a highly effective indoctrination, the Islamists have come to believe firmly in Islamic utopia. They believe that Allah is the one and only supreme creator of earth and heavens and it is his duty and privilege to abide by Allah’s will and carry out his plans at all costs. He believes firmly in a gloriously wonderful immortal afterlife in paradise, for which a martyr’s death is the surest quickest admission. Although the dominating theme of the delusion is quasi spiritual, the promised rewards of the afterlife awaiting the martyr are sensual and material. All the things and activities that the jihadist desires and cannot attain or practice, and rejects in his earthly life will be purified and proffered to him in the paradise of the next life. Thus goes the delusion.

    Islam is violent, oppressive, racist, and irrational at its very core. It is treachery for people to present it as otherwise, either out of ignorance or because of their own personal reasons. To truly appreciate Islam, you must experience firsthand Islam in power. Take a quick trip to the lands of the Muslims and find out for yourself how horribly they treat the non-Muslims, even the, “People of the book,” Jews and Christians. Try to have a Bible study group or build a church in Saudi Arabia and discover the benevolence of Islamic rule.

    Folks, this is a battle for survival that every one of us can help wage. Let us get on with it before, if not you, then your children and grandchildren end up under the barbaric rule of Sharia law. All the excuses, grievances and reasons given for savagery of the jihadists and Islamofascists are side issues. Islam is about terror, punishment, control and domination.

    FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, poet, satirist, novelist, essayist, literary translator, public speaker and political analyst who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. He has become a formidable voice in the United States against the danger of global jihad and Islamization of America. He maintains a website at w.. amilimani.com. Imani is the author of the riveting book: “Obama Meets Ahmadinejad and the thriller Operation Persian Gulf.”

    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/pub_detail.asp?id=10692

  39. Muller WAS a ‘sceptic’ so he checked the establishment’s math. And found it was correct.

    This report ONLY checked the temperature measurements that show that warming is happening. It did NOT check the calculations that indicate any particular cause for the warming.

    ‘Sceptics’ had been charging that the establishment scientists had discarded data that didn’t fit, or had cheated in some other way, or that too many thermometers had been located in ‘heat islands’ such as cities, which grew hotter than the rest of the countryside. His team took ALL the raw data and checked it again, including what the establishment had discarded (as ‘unreliable’) — and found that it ALL did add up to the same rise that the establishment had already found (‘hockey stick’).

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/10/next-steps-climate-change

    GIVEN the broad scientific consensus that climate change is happening, based on data showing that climate change is happening, climate scepticism must be predicated on a belief that the data is flawed. The paper has a look at climate data to date and the methodological limitations that have given rise to what Richard Muller, an astrophysicist, characterise as “legitimate scepticism”. As the article explains, Dr Muller, being somewhat sceptical himself in the wake of the 2009 “Climategate” scandal, convened the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature group to examine the data and existing analyses using a methodology designed to incorporate some of the concerns of the legitimate sceptics. On October 20th, the group released four papers that corroborate the climate consensus: “The group estimates that over the past 50 years the land surface warmed by 0.911°C: a mere 2% less than NOAA’s estimate.”

  40. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/social-security-bait-and-switch-a-continuing-series/

    Social Security Bait And Switch, A Continuing Series
    Dean Baker is angry at the Washington Post for spreading disinformation about Social Security. He’s right, of course — and it’s shocking that a well-known fallacy is the subject of a “news analysis” that purports to inform readers.

    You see, the WaPo makes a big deal of the fact that Social Security is currently taking in less in payroll taxes than it’s paying out in benefits. Yet this means nothing, except as a favorite point used to create confusion by those who want to kill the program.

    I’ve written about this repeatedly in the past, but here it is again: Social Security is a program that is part of the federal budget, but is by law supported by a dedicated source of revenue. This means that there are two ways to look at the program’s finances: in legal terms, or as part of the broader budget picture.

    In legal terms, the program is funded not just by today’s payroll taxes, but by accumulated past surpluses — the trust fund. If there’s a year when payroll receipts fall short of benefits, but there are still trillions of dollars in the trust fund, what happens is, precisely, nothing — the program has the funds it needs to operate, without need for any Congressional action.

    Alternatively, you can think about Social Security as just part of the federal budget. But in that case, it’s just part of the federal budget; it doesn’t have either surpluses or deficits, no more than the defense budget.

    Both views are valid, depending on what questions you’re trying to answer.

    What you can’t do is insist that the trust fund is meaningless, because SS is just part of the budget, then claim that some crisis arises when receipts fall short of payments, because SS is a standalone program. Yet that’s exactly what the WaPo claims.

    This is what you call negative journalistic value added.

  41. Another Flim-Flam engineered by the WH Punks and the DOE:
    ____________________

    Beacon Power bankrupt; had U.S. backing like Solyndra

    (Reuters) – Beacon Power Corp filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, just a year after the energy storage company received a $43 million loan guarantee from a controversial Department of Energy program.

    The bankruptcy comes about two months after Solyndra — a solar panel maker with a $535 million loan guarantee — also filed for Chapter 11, creating a political embarrassment for the administration of President Barack Obama, which has championed the loans as a way to create “green energy” jobs.

    Beacon Power drew down $39 million of its government-guaranteed loan to fund a portion of a $69 million, 20-megawatt flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, New York.

    There are several key differences between the two loans, an Energy Department spokesman said on Sunday, noting the Beacon plant continues to operate, unlike Solyndra, which shut down shortly before filing for bankruptcy.

    The Energy Department also had agreed to restructure Solyndra’s debt in a last-ditch effort to keep the company alive, a deal which put taxpayers behind $75 million in private investment. But for the Beacon project, the government loan is the first debt the company must pay, the spokesman said.

    But the new bankruptcy will stoke criticism from Republicans in the House of Representatives who are investigating whether Obama campaign donors who were investors in Solyndra played a role in decisions on the loan — allegations denied by the White House and Department of Energy (DOE).

    “This latest failure is a sharp reminder that DOE has fallen well short of delivering the stimulus jobs that were promised, and now taxpayers find themselves millions of more dollars in the hole,” said Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is leading the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s probe.

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to testify to the committee at a hearing slated for November 17.

    ‘SMART GRID’ TECHNOLOGY

    (more at link)

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Beacon-Power-bankrupt-had-US-rb-1349767723.html?x=0&.v=1

  42. Leanora October 31st, 2011 at 6:12 am High Tech Lynching
    ——————————-
    When ABCO (Any Body Challenging Obama)gains traction, a scandal (preferably sexual or racist) is always produced. I like that Michelle Bachman is hanging in, hanging tough. Christiane Aman Sour dug at her yesterday but got nowhere. Hopefully the days of playing one scream over and over destroys a candidate. Although there’s no sympathy here for Howie Dean, one strike and you’re out has got to go. In that regard, kudos also to Rick Perry.

  43. When ABCO (Any Body Challenging Obama)gains traction, a scandal (preferably sexual or racist) is always produced. I like that Michelle Bachman is hanging in, hanging tough. Christiane Aman Sour dug at her yesterday but got nowhere. Hopefully the days of playing one scream over and over destroys a candidate. Although there’s no sympathy here for Howie Dean, one strike and you’re out has got to go.

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

    I agree with this. Hopefully ‘the days of playing one scream over and over’ ARE over. The media is too full of themselves if they think one gaffe (or one statement they choose to label a gaffe) can destroy a candidate. (Or even more than one ‘gaffe’.)

  44. Cain has another big problem according to an email sent this morning:

    “…Romney’s campaign team knew that the one advantage that they had was money. But that wouldn’t last forever if another candidate caught fire with the voters. A surge in support would eventually mean a surge in contributions. To maintain their money advantage, they devised a strategy to shorten the amount of time available for fund raising before the voting began in the early states. Unfortunately for Herman Cain, the plan worked.

    “Romney supporters in Florida succeeded in moving the date of the primary election from March 6, 2012, to January 31, 2012. This set off a chain reaction among the other early voting states, because they were determined to maintain their influential early positions on the calendar. As a result, Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina will all select their delegates in January, before the Florida Primary takes place on January 31, 2012. The entire early primary and caucus schedule was advanced by over a month because of the change in the Florida Primary date. This gives Mitt Romney a significant advantage, because Herman now has 36 fewer days to raise the money necessary fund a statewide media campaign in Florida. Florida is, by far, the largest, and most important, state in the early voting, so it is a must win for both Romney, and for Herman Cain….”

    Republicans, you ARE absolutely determined to demonstrate that your moral fiber is as weak as the current crop of Democrats’.
    Mitt: This is worse than what you did to your dog. Gaming an election is getting really old.

  45. Hillary being acknowledged and singled out as the triumphant mastermind behind the Libyan campaign on Fox news this am…

  46. Our update:

    Update: Halloween and the story is Herman Cain. Well not really. The story is who leaked this story to Politico?

    On the one hand Willard Mitt Romney has been leaking stories about everyone and he has the best opposition research team on the Republican side. On the other hand, this type of dirt is vintage Barack Obama. Attacks to benefit Barack Obama, based on sex, are an Axelrod specialty as we documented so long ago.

    The campaign finance improprieties at Team Cain story is also an Obama style Chicago drive by shooting. It took Politico years to finally admit that our original reporting was correct and it was the Barack Obama campaign that anonymously pushed the John (“are you my daddy?”) Edwards $400 haircut story.

    As we wrote below, Herman Cain’s strong card is his content of character. That is why this anonymous attack is so pernicious. Herman Cain has already strongly denied the sexual harassment claims so maybe this will go away if there is nothing at all to the story – but it is a test for Herman Cain on several levels including transparency and political acumen and durability of his support.

    Herman Cain today said “I was falsely accused of sexual harassment” while at the restaurant trade association.



    Cain appears to be surprised that the restaurant association settled the sexual harassment claims. There also appears to be a confidentiality agreement associated with the settlement which means that possibly even referencing the existence of such a settlement is legally difficult.

    In today’s interviews Herman Cain has handled the matter well with a strong denial. There is not much more he can do.

    As to the women who made the allegations it is up to them to go public or the matter will die. We hope if they are telling the truth they speak up. This is likely very difficult for them to do as they might put at risk the settlement monies they received. Of course Willard Romney, or Barack Obama – whoever is responsible for this drive-by shooting could offer a financial incentive that would negate loss of the settlement monies from 15 years ago. Let the truth prevail and whoever planted this story should also should be exposed for all to see.

    This is called “winning ugly.” This type of tactic wins elections, but it makes governing very difficult as the “losing” side does not forget the dirty methods employed to win.

  47. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/former-cain-staffers-harassment-allegations-unbelievable_604253.html?nopager=1

    “Past employees of Cain, including his long-time female executive assistant, have told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the charges are unbelievable.

    “It’s just not Herman,” says Sibby Wolfson, who was Cain’s executive assistant from 1997 through his first campaign for office in 2004, in a phone interview. “He’s got a lovely wife, a lovely family.”

    Did Wolfson ever see Cain act in a way that could be construed as sexual harassment? “No, God, no,” she says. “Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I think Herman was careful to act in the opposite way.”

    Those who know Cain from his 2004 run for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats say the allegations are completely out of character.

    “Never once have I ever seen anything but professional behavior” from Cain, says Matt Carrothers, who was Cain’s political director from December 2003 to July 2004. “I find [the allegations] extremely hard to believe,” Carrothers says in a phone interview.

    After Cain lost the GOP primary in 2004, Carrothers continued to work for him at New Voice, Inc., the company from where Cain launched his radio show and syndicated column. Carrothers was at New Voice until July 2007, when the company scaled back operations as Cain’s treatment for cancer progressed. During those nearly four years, Carrothers says, he worked with Cain every day. Carrothers says he even asked Cain to officiate his wedding, and Cain, an associate Baptist minister, did so.

    “This is a man of incredible character,” Carrothers says. “He has nothing but respect for women.”

    Other veterans of the 2004 campaign agree. “The allegations seem completely unbelievable to me,” says Karol Markowicz, who was Cain’s assistant press secretary in ’04. “He was never anything but a completely perfect gentleman.” She says many who worked on that campaign have the same assessment.

    “Sometimes someone is nice or good to you personally but you know they behave a different way toward other people,” Markowicz says. “Herman is not like that. I never saw one moment where he wavered from being an upstanding, solid person.”

    Mark Harris, who was Pat Toomey’s campaign director in 2010, worked for Cain in 2004 and calls him a “great guy.”

    “My experience with him in 2004 is that he was nothing but a gentleman,” Harris says in a phone interview. He says the sexual harassment allegations don’t fit Cain’s profile. “It’s not the Herman Cain I got to know.”

    Ditto, says Alex Brunk, who was Cain’s deputy political director in 2004. “I never saw him treat women inappropriately or heard of him treating women inappropriately,” Brunk says.

    Those who knew Cain since 2004 describe him as a “normal person,” in contrast, they say, with most politicians. They also cite the fact that Cain often placed women in important positions in his companies and organizations. Ericka Pertierra, for instance, worked for the Senate campaign before becoming chief operating officer of New Voice. None had heard about these allegations, however, until yesterday.”

  48. It would not surprise me if identical tips came from both the Romney and Obama camps. They both are equally motivated to blunt Cain’s momentum. Obama wants to run against Romney, a miscalculation in my view. Obama’s team assumes that Romney Care will make take Obama Care off the table. Even if it does, Romney will appeal to independent and crossover voters much more than Cain. I know several die-hard Democrats who would flip from Obama to Romney in a heartbeat, but they’d be hard-pressed to vote for Cain whom they view as too conservative. Obama’s camp is definitely behind the attacks on Marco Rubio, however. They are terrified of having a conservative Hispanic on the ticket, especially one from Florida.

  49. It comes down to who, among Perry and Romney, can beat Obama. Obama would make Perry look even more stupid in debates if that is possible. Cain is very entertaining but unelectable. Actually, they all are pretty much unelectable which is a shame given that Obama would certainly lose to a credible candidate like Christie if he had run. Rubio will help any of them in the VP slot, but not enough imo. I think Rubio will sit this out and run in 2016 as he can see that this cast of characters does not have what it takes.

  50. S
    October 31st, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    Hillary being acknowledged and singled out as the triumphant mastermind behind the Libyan campaign on Fox news this am…
    ***********************
    S–
    please is there any sort of link to this coverage?
    Thanks so much.

  51. I found this really great article on Powerline

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/10/herman-cain-at-pillsbury.php

    Herman Cain at Pillsbury
    Today’s big news story is the revelation that while he was with the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain was accused of some sort of impropriety by two women. It is impossible to know what to make of this story. Apparently no formal claims were brought, Politico’s description of the events that gave rise to the complaints is too vague to evaluate, and the amounts reportedly paid to the women in connection with their departure from NRA were small enough to be consistent with just about any scenario.

    Still, Politico’s story makes this article in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune timely: “Herman Cain’s career at Pillsbury is a tale of two turnarounds.” Cain made his reputation as a businessman at Pillsbury, to the Strib was pursuing a local angle on his candidacy. The article is both flattering–it almost seems that the paper forgot that its subject is a Republican–and highly relevant to today’s attack in Politico:

    Business success has never guaranteed political success. But Cain demonstrated during a tour with Pillsbury Co. in the 1980s that he is a successful, charismatic leader. With flair and hard work, he turned around Pillsbury’s struggling Philadelphia Burger King region and revived a near-dead Godfather’s Pizza.

    “My career spans 38 years and I’ve worked for 26 different managers,” said Frank Taylor, a recently retired Burger King financial executive whom Cain hired as his regional controller in 1983. “Herman was far and away the best I’ve worked for in terms of getting a team together, sharing a vision and accomplishing the goals. And nothing diverted him.”

    Cain also shared the wealth. When Burger King distributed $50,000 apiece to the regional vice presidents as reward for good performance in 1985, most of the regional bosses spent it on a trip to a posh resort for themselves and other managers and spouses. The enlisted troops got a dinner. Cain took everybody in his office, including administrative staff, on the same three-day reward cruise, Taylor recalled. …

    The Philadelphia region of Burger King ranked near the bottom among Burger King’s 12 groups. Cain brought analytical strengths and energy. He fired and hired. He praised and exhorted the survivors. He turned the region into a top performer within two years.

    “I worked with him fairly closely at Burger King,” recalled George Mileusnic, a former Pillsbury executive, now a Twin Cities consultant. “He was good strategically and good with people, including working long hours in Burger King stores to get that bottom-up experience. He had about 500 stores in that Philadelphia region and he did a great job.”

    Impressed, Jeff Campbell, the head of Pillsbury’s restaurant operations, put Cain in charge of Godfather’s Pizza, a then-struggling chain that Pillsbury acquired when it bought an Omaha restaurant consolidator that also was a big franchisee of Burger Kings.

    Godfather’s was started by an entrepreneur in the 1970s but slid after it was acquired by a big Burger King corporate franchisee and waylaid by a tired menu, demoralized employees and lousy results. Campbell gave the 40-year-old Cain a year to right Godfather’s, make a buck, or shut it down.

    At the time, Campbell told Cain that there was a very slim chance Godfather’s could be “a home run for you and the company.”

    “I said, ‘Sounds like my kind of odds,’” Cain recalled in an 1987 interview with the Star Tribune. “That’s how I got to Philadelphia.” …

    Along with his analytical skills, Cain brought an entrepreneurial fervor to the hurried turnaround at Godfather’s in 1986-87. He listened, asked questions and acted, including closing stores, shifting people and even cooking and testing new products in the company’s kitchen.

    “I’m Herman Cain and this ain’t no April Fool’s joke,” he told Godfather’s employees when he arrived on April 1, 1986. “We are not dead. Our objective is to prove to Pillsbury and everybody else that we will survive.”

    An accomplished singer and pianist, Cain occasionally led the headquarters crew in after-hours song, and performed charitable gigs in Omaha, backed by a chorus of managers. He also demanded that senior managers know every employee working for them on a first-name basis and occasionally quizzed executives on that and other personnel issues.

    “That was pretty unique,” Mileusnic said. “Those stories got around Pillsbury. Herman was very quantitative and analytical, but he demanded that everybody be engaged and every employee must be appreciated and respected.”

    By 1987, Cain and longtime executive Ronald Gartlan, now the CEO of Godfather’s, stabilized the company and produced an operating profit.

    I think that history tells a great deal more about Herman Cain’s character than unknown and untested allegations by two former NRA employees.

  52. tnx admin for keeping us current on Cain.
    ———————
    Here’s another “tsk, tsk” for Jon Corzine whom Obama helped sink in NJ in2010:

    Corzine’s MF Global files for bankruptcy
    …The bankruptcy ended one of the most harrowing weekends on Wall Street since Lehman Brothers on Sept. 15, 2008 imploded on worries that it was choking on toxic mortgage debt. Three years later, Corzine — a former Goldman Sachs CEO — was pounding the phones this past weekend in an attempt to secure a white knight to purchase all or parts of MF Global after concerns about the broker-dealer’s exposures to some $6.3 billion in European sovereign debt decimated its shares in a wild week off trader for the firm that saw it lose three-quarters of its equity value. For Corzine, 64, the bankruptcy is another knock on his reputation after choosing to dial up European risk at MF Global when other larger firms had grown weary.
    Corzine is not expected to stay on at MF Global — an embarrassing outcome for a Wall Street titan who led Goldman Sachs before being ousted in 1999. Corzine had hoped to strike a deal with a number of firms, including Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, Australian financial institution Macquarie Group and others, to purchase all or parts of the firm, sources noted. However, few of the firms appeared willing to embrace fresh risk given the markets jitteriness around Europe and regulators weren’t keen either, sources say.
    Even during the firm’s hectic weekend shotgun deal making, Corzine held out that his bets on Europe only needed time to bear fruit and believes that the market worries around the broker dealers is overblown. The heat on Corzine’s firm came to a head after the firm reported a record loss on Sept. 26 followed by a series of downgrades from major rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch took its debt down to junk-bond levels the following day.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/with_frantic_sales_talks_failing_tiO1ERdMp7SN1PnC7UC54N

  53. Ani, we were going to write about this today but the Cain story is on top still. Looks like you will beat us to the keyboard: 🙂

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hillarys-war-how-conviction-replaced-skepticism-in-libya-intervention/2011/10/28/gIQAhGS7WM_print.html

    Clinton credited with key role in success of NATO airstrikes, Libyan rebels
    By Joby Warrick, Published: October 30

    TRIPOLI, Libya — At 5:45 p.m. on March 19, three hours before the official start of the air campaign over Libya, four French Rafale jet fighters streaked across the Mediterranean coastline to attack a column of tanks heading toward the rebel city of Benghazi. The jets quickly obliterated their targets — and in doing so nearly upended the international alliance coming to Benghazi’s rescue.

    France’s head start on the air war infuriated Italy’s prime minister, who accused Paris of upstaging NATO. Silvio Berlusconi warned darkly of cutting access to Italian air bases vital to the alliance’s warplanes.

    It nearly broke up the coalition,” said a European diplomat who had a front-row seat to the events and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters between allies. Yet the rift was quickly patched, thanks to a frenzied but largely unseen lobbying effort that kept the coalition from unraveling in its opening hours.

    That,” the diplomat said, “was Hillary.”

    Lots, lots more. Enjoy.

  54. As Hermie Turns, Palestinians Churn!
    ________________

    U.S. Will Withhold Funds For U.N. Agency After Vote to Grant Membership to Palestinians

    The United States will not pay $60 million to a U.N. cultural and educational agency after it voted Monday to accept the Palestinian mission as a full member, triggering a U.S. requirement to cut off funds.

    “We are not going to be able to continue contributing to the budget,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “Palestinian membership as a state in UNESCO triggers longstanding legislative restrictions which will compel the United States to refrain from making contributions to UNESCO.”

    Washington is required by law to cut off funding to any U.N. agency if the Palestinian Liberation Organization is granted membership in any group at the international body.

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted 107-14 with 52 abstentions on Monday granting Palestinians full membership in the organization. The U.S. voted against the nomination. Eighty-one votes of the 173 UNESCO members were needed for full membership to be approved.

    “Long Live Palestine!” one delegate reportedly shouted in French at the meeting.

    The U.S. funds about 22 percent of UNESCO’s budget, or roughly $80 million annually. Nuland said the $60 million was scheduled to be sent in November.

    “We obviously have to comply with U.S. law, to comply with U.S. restrictions. That said, we will have a conversation with Congress on moving forward,” she said.

    Nuland said that if the U.S. ends up in arrears it could challenge U.S. membership status.

    The U.S. rejoined UNESCO in 2002, after having left the organization 19 years earlier.

    An aide to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the congresswoman supports full enforcement of the law, without exception.

    Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., has also introduced legislation that would withhold U.S. contributions from any U.N. agency or program that “upgrades” the status of the Palestinian observer mission at the U.N, whether full membership or not.

    Ros-Lehtinen has previously argued efforts at de facto recognition of a Palestinian state is an attempt to evade a negotiated settlement with Israel.

    Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said the U.N. vote signals weakness in U.S. diplomacy, particularly since some of the United States’ closest allies voted against U.S. wishes.

    “So ineffective was Obama administration diplomacy, that France voted in favor of Palestinian membership, and Britain and Japan abstained. U.S. statutes, dating from 1990, now require a full cutoff of U.S. funding, which Congress should insist occur immediately. Should the administration seek changes in the applicable statutory provisions that would eliminate or weaken the funding cutoff, Congress should reject them,” Bolton said.

    “UNESCO has made its decision: it prefers Palestinian membership to American participation. Now let the rest of the U.N. specialized agencies make their choice,” he added.

    Nuland said that the U.S. doesn’t think it is “helpful” that the Palestinians sought membership with UNESCO while the “Quartet” of nations working on Mideast peace tries to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table to create a two-state solution.

    “We considered that this was, as I say, regrettable, premature, and undermined the process of getting where we want to go,” she said. “It creates tensions when all of us should be concerning our efforts to get the parties back to the table.”

    Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO Nimrod Barkan told Reuters that the vote is a tragedy.

    “UNESCO deals in science, not science fiction,” he reportedly said. “They forced on UNESCO a political subject out of its competence.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/31/us-could-withhold-funds-to-un-agency-after-vote-to-grant-membership-to/#ixzz1cOKYop00
    ______________

    Watch, BO will do a signing saying the $60M is for humanitarian aide to Palestinians.

  55. Yet Another Obama Green Jobs Loan Going
    Under

    EnerDel and its subsidiary Ener1, a company that builds batteries for electric cars, appears to be going out of business despite recently receiving nearly $120 million in Obama stimulus funds paid out by the U.S. taxpayer, according to a just-published CBS news report.

    And how many Obama jobs does $120 million dollars produce in the Obamaconomy? 33 jobs – or about $1.2 million dollars per job. This loan, like so many others associated with President Obama’s now disastrous green jobs stimulus program, was fast-tracked with little to no oversight as to the actual health of EnerDel’s business model. The Obama administration approved the $120 million dollar loan to the battery company even after its stock price had fallen 300% over the previous two years.

    Earlier this year, Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to the Ener1 battery plant, declaring it an example of the successes within the Obama stimulus plan. The Vice President went on to indicate the Obama administration was preparing to spend yet more tax payer dollars on companies such as EnerDel. It should also be noted that during his speech at the Ener1 plant, the Vice President called it “Enron”.

    Indeed…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/10/31/yet-another-obama-green-jobs-loan-going-under/

  56. Admin! Thank you!

    I doubt I will beat you to the keyboard but I will write it up eventually… I am not as fast as I used to be since I’ve been putting finishing touches on my book to get it out there in the New Year.

    You are a peach and I appreciate your quick response — and the kindness you ALWAYS show me…
    xo

  57. Clinton, tech firms head to London for cyberspace talks

    By Alice Ritchie

    LONDON — Officials from 60 countries including Hillary Clinton, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Chinese technology firms gather in London Tuesday to discuss the benefits and security risks of cyberspace.

    The US Secretary of State is among up to 900 delegates attending the two-day conference, although few expect unity from participants who often disagree on what exactly the opportunities and challenges presented by cyberspace are.

    The broad agenda covers everything from access to the Internet, the economic impact of cyberspace, its social benefits — including fuelling democracy movements such as the Arab Spring — and cyber crime and security.

    Commentators have expressed scepticism that the varying interests of Europe and the United States on the one hand and Russia and China on the other can be reconciled, particularly on issues such as freedom of speech online.

    China is also a source of tension, being blamed for many of the cyber attacks that are troubling world governments, including a massive global spying campaign identified in August. Beijing strongly denied any involvement.

    “International diplomacy like this among states and private stakeholders is important and will bring needed attention to these issues,” Adam Segal and Matthew Waxman of the Council on Foreign Relations wrote recently.

    “But the London summit is also likely to expose major faultlines, not consensus, on the hardest and most significant problems.”

    The analysts noted that the security priority of Western states was to protect their networks from attacks, while China and Russia emphasised the security of information, which requires controlling content.

    British officials insist they have no ambition to create a treaty or new laws, particularly on the issue of international security, which will be discussed behind closed doors on Tuesday afternoon.

    They say the meeting is simply about “starting a debate” between interested parties across the world, and note that several countries have already agreed to host a follow-up conference within the next 12 to 18 months.

    Cyber security has already been discussed under the auspices of the United Nations and NATO, while the United States and Australia agreed in September that a cyber attack in either country would trigger a joint response.

    But officials believe this is the first conference of its kind to look at all aspects of cyberspace with input from wide range of players, including a group of 25 young people who will explain what the Internet means for them.

    Other participants include Internet pioneers Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Chinese video sharing site Tudou.com, as well as cyber crime agencies, computer security firms and government representatives from Russia to South Korea.

    Iran has not been invited, despite being the target of the malicious Stuxnet worm last year which attacked its uranium enrichment plant in the central city of Natanz, prompting Tehran to point the finger at arch-foes the US and Israel.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague, who will host the meeting, said it would “discuss ideas and expected behaviour in cyberspace”.

    The idea was to “bring together the major actors in cyberspace and to launch an inclusive dialogue on how, collectively, we should respond to the challenges and opportunities which the development of cyberspace presents”, he said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h-HmtSzQXGi7mvUOPRgiiGjeAA_g?docId=CNG.d7a343176532873611b236b0d74a9579.4b1

  58. The very angry first lady Michelle Obama

    By Joseph Curl
    The Washington Times
    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    ANALYSIS/OPINION:

    Michelle’s back, and she’s madder than ever. She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything. As her husband wrapped up the Democratic nomination in 2008, she let fly her real feelings: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” A few months into her job as first lady, her French counterpart asked how she liked the gig: “Don’t ask!” she reportedly spat. “It’s hell. I can’t stand it!”

    She even seems to be mad at her silver-tongued husband. When the two were to set off on a luxurious 10-day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, she left early – four hours early – and flew up alone. And those private vacations. She’s traveled to some of the world’s most plush resorts, taking 42 days off in the past year – that’d be eight weeks of vacay time if she held down a normal job.

    Now, she is ready to spew her bilious disgust with America on the campaign trail. A dignified, transcendent first lady? No chance. Michelle is going to break with a hundred years of tradition and play the role of attack dog, heaping derision on her husband’s political opponents like no other first lady before her.

    And it’s already begun. Mad Michelle this week popped down to Davis Island, Fla., to hobnob with the very people her husband despises – the 1 percent. At a massive mansion on the bay, filled with the wealthiest of the wealthy, America’s first lady launched into a tirade about “them” – the Republicans.

    “Let’s not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed two brilliant Supreme Court justices, and for the first time in history, our daughters – and our sons – watched three women take their seats on our nation’s highest court. But more importantly, let’s not forget the impact their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come – on our privacy and our security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly and love whomever we choose. That is what’s at stake here,” she said to applause.

    Yes, Republicans hope to regain the White House so they can install Supreme Court justices who will trample Americans’ privacy, ignore the nation’s security, crush free speech and persecute the religious.

    Oh, and they’re rich and racist to boot. “Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just the few at the top? Who are we? Or will we give every child a chance to succeed no matter where they’re from, or what they look like or how much money their parents have. Who are we?”

    That’s right, rich people (white, of course) certainly don’t want black people to succeed. They want to squelch success based on what people look like, how much money they have. “Are we going to let them succeed?” the first lady yelled. “Nooo!” the rich white people screamed.

    Just as her husband’s re-election strategy is inanely simplistic – blame the Republicans for thwarting his brilliant, economy-saving policies – so too is the first lady’s. She will go to the opulent homes of rich people across the country to tell them how rich people are to blame for America’s woes and guilt them into giving millions for her husband’s campaign.

    And the Princeton graduate will tell supporters they simply can’t comprehend the significance of what’s occurring today in America.

    “It can be hard to see clearly what’s at stake – because these issues are so complicated, and quite frankly, folks are busy and they’re tired. We’re raising families and working full-time jobs, and many helping out in their own communities on top of all that. So many of us just don’t have the time to follow the news and to sort through all the back-and-forth, and to figure out how all of this stuff connects to our daily lives.”

    Yes, only Michelle and her husband can truly understand, although she often tells those uninformed people that when the president returns from one of his campaign trips, “He says, ‘You won’t believe what folks are going through.’ ” So maybe she is the only person in America who understands.

    So, America’s first lady will travel the country this election season to tell her fellow Americans just how bad it is out there (between lavish vacations, of course). Unlike President Ronald Reagan, who saw morning in America – that great shining city on a hill – Michelle will tell all who will listen that Republicans want to poison the air and water, stifle free speech, oppress the religious. She will offer not an uplifting vision of what her husband’s America could be but only a vapid view of what Republicans’ America would be.

    That is the America she lives in, and by campaign’s end, it will be clear that she’s no longer “proud of my country.” Maybe she never really was.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/30/curl-the-very-angry-first-lady/print/

  59. jbstonesfan
    October 31st, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    It comes down to who, among Perry and Romney, can beat Obama. Obama would make Perry look even more stupid in debates if that is possible. Cain is very entertaining but unelectable. Actually, they all are pretty much unelectable which is a shame given that Obama would certainly lose to a credible candidate like Christie if he had run. Rubio will help any of them in the VP slot, but not enough imo. I think Rubio will sit this out and run in 2016 as he can see that this cast of characters does not have what it takes.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    JB,

    A smelly empty tuna can can beat Obama. The entire nation is SICK of this fraud. Book it.

  60. Yet the rift was quickly patched, thanks to a frenzied but largely unseen lobbying effort that kept the coalition from unraveling in its opening hours.

    “That,” the diplomat said, “was Hillary.”

    ———-
    Wasn’t that when our girl was hurling rocks at Barry’s window?

  61. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZe75JSXhyU&feature=player_embedded

    Now this made me sit up and take notice although I was struck by how he sang the words to Amazing Grace to the tune Danny Boy. But this DID convince me of his authenticity. It’s like Cain, a stage 4 cancer survivor just doesn’t give a d@mn about who say’s what.

    After you have looked death in the face it does have a profound influence on your world view.

    And I was impressed that Cain got through the verse in a passably attractive baritone even though it was somewhat constrained but, hey, people don’t just get up and sing acapella like that without some serious chops. It takes guts, people, to sing in front of an audience like that, especially s potentially hostile one.

  62. I am glad that someone nice like Cain is running, however………………
    ……………..
    …………….

    Will men of every race become POTUS before ANY woman slips by being stoned to death in an American election???

    I see the boys waiting for Rubio or a young gun, then this guy and that guy………..but a woman like Hillary………..Hell no.

    Damn them all anyway.

  63. Sleeves are goona fly when MO reads this article:

    CURL: The very angry first lady Michelle Obama.

    Michelle’s back, and she’s madder than ever. She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything. As her husband wrapped up the Democratic nomination in 2008, she let fly her real feelings: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” A few months into her job as first lady, her French counterpart asked how she liked the gig: “Don’t ask!” she reportedly spat. “It’s hell. I can’t stand it!”

    She even seems to be mad at her silver-tongued husband. When the two were to set off on a luxurious 10-day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, she left early – four hours early – and flew up alone. And those private vacations. She’s traveled to some of the world’s most plush resorts, taking 42 days off in the past year – that’d be eight weeks of vacay time if she held down a normal job.

    Now, she is ready to spew her bilious disgust with America on the campaign trail. A dignified, transcendent first lady? No chance. Michelle is going to break with a hundred years of tradition and play the role of attack dog, heaping derision on her husband’s political opponents like no other first lady before her.

    And it’s already begun. Mad Michelle this week popped down to Davis Island, Fla., to hobnob with the very people her husband despises – the 1 percent. At a massive mansion on the bay, filled with the wealthiest of the wealthy, America’s first lady launched into a tirade about “them” – the Republicans.

    “Let’s not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed two brilliant Supreme Court justices, and for the first time in history, our daughters – and our sons – watched three women take their seats on our nation’s highest court. But more importantly, let’s not forget the impact their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come – on our privacy and our security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly and love whomever we choose….

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/30/curl-the-very-angry-first-lady/?page=all#pagebreak

  64. Clinton credited with key role in success of NATO airstrikes, Libyan rebels.

    And we never heard her name mentioned once in a positive way during the Battle for Freedom in Libya. As I continue pounding the same message home, never doubt Hillary. She isn’t a glory seeker. She doesn’t work for the headlines she can generate as front page news in the daily fishwrap or the media moguls..

    OTOH- The media is quick to print something she says that can be construed as negative- getting people to throw their hands up in the air withdrawing from the daily dialog here.. It’s silly think- I say- If you can accept the fact Hillary is an honest broker working in our best interests and the best interests of all involved.. you go easier on yourself and side step the reason to use up your valuable energy for unnecessary worry.

    So much goes on behind the scenes we are not aware of because the news isn’t made public.. Just know this- when the outcome is favorable to a seemingly vexing problem… Hillary was there- she made it right. It was ALL her doing…

    Anyone doubting the lengths Hillary will go to for a favorable resolution to a problems… please click the link and read the entire story at admin’s post today @ 4:05pm

  65. The way Big Media has started attacking Cain, and his responses to those attacks is swaying me towards supporting this man. He seems to have good judgment. Additional tales of drek will surface, but if they are as much of a non-event as these sexual harrasment claims, e.g., he held his hand to his chin and told a woman she was the same height as his wife, then he’ll come through this fine.

    P.S.: If you weren’t moved by his singing Amazing Grace to the melody of Danny Boy, you’re either a godless, pitiable fascist, or you don’t have a heart.

  66. Will men of every race become POTUS before ANY woman slips by being stoned to death in an American election???

    I see the boys waiting for Rubio or a young gun, then this guy and that guy………..but a woman like Hillary………..Hell no.

    Damn them all anyway.

    HONK!

  67. I may be in the minority here, but I have looked upon this so called “Muslim Spring” with a wary eye and believe substituting dictators for extremism is not a swap I believe in. I think we are more unsafe because of it.

  68. gonzotx
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I may be in the minority here, but I have looked upon this so called “Muslim Spring” with a wary eye and believe substituting dictators for extremism is not a swap I believe in. I think we are more unsafe because of it.
    —————-
    By any name you choose to call it, I totally agree with you.

  69. Oops Corzine is probably going to jail…another Obama friend with missing money.

    Political suicide
    Corzine’s MF feels heat as feds eye missing $$ (700 million missing from company accounts)

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/political_suicide_qCVtUTzdyDpn6Ndsb070zM#ixzz1cSANtME9

    Jon Corzine, the CEO of bankrupt broker-dealer MF Global, saw his reputation tossed from the frying pan right into the regulatory fire yesterday when investigators discovered as much as $700 million in customer funds missing from the firm.

    Officials from two US regulators, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, were looking into whether the loot was diverted to support some of the firm’s own trades.

    As if the allegedly missing funds, which happened on Corzine’s watch, are not bad enough, it was learned late yesterday that the $700 million was responsible for capsizing a potential deal between MF Global and rival Interactive Brokers Group that could have saved the firm and the jobs of the company’s 2,870 employees worldwide.

    Word of the possibly purloined funds came hours after MF Global was forced to filed for bankruptcy protection after its debt ratings had been downgraded to junk status on the discovery that the firm had $6.3 billion of European sovereign debt on its books — twice as much as its larger Wall Street rivals.

    Corzine pushed the firm to buy up the debt.

    It was an amazing week for the one-time Goldman Sachs co-CEO, US Senator from New Jersey and Garden State governor.

    MF Global’s Chapter 11 was the eighth-largest bankruptcy filing in US history and an embarrassing turn of events for a budding brokerage franchise that choked on too much Euro trash.

    For Corzine, it was such a gut-wrenching plunge from grace that if his reputation masqueraded during Halloween as Lehman Brothers’ disgraced former CEO Dick Fuld, many would have thought it less scary.

    MF Global’s shocking bankruptcy comes three years after Fuld’s firm went bust on toxic mortgage debt during the credit crisis in 2008.

    A heavyweight in both Wall Street and Washington circles, Corzine was even considered a potential cabinet member in President Obama’s administration just last summer.

    Indeed, MF creditors were so concerned that Corzine might quit to take a White House post that they demanded an “Obama clause” be inserted in a $325 million bond offering — in which MF would shell out an extra 1 percent in interest if Corzine left for a government post by 2013.

    That dream, if it were ever based on reality, went poof this week.

    According to documents filed with the Manhattan bankruptcy court yesterday, MF has assets of $41 billion and liabilities of $39.7 billion.

    The curtain fell on the broker-dealer after the SEC and CFTC expressed “grave concerns” about MF’s viability unless it struck a deal, according to MF’s bankruptcy documents.

    Sources tell The Post that the firm had until Sunday or Monday to strike a deal or be forced to file bankruptcy due to its regulators’ worries.

    In addition, MF Global and Corzine are facing heat from the Securities Investor Protection Corp., which yesterday sued MF Global, saying that the broker had to be liquidated because it may not have enough capital to make investors whole.

    JPMorgan emerged as one of MF Global’s biggest creditors, with some $1.2 billion in exposures. However, sources familiar say that the exposure to the broker-dealer is less than $80 million and reflects debt from a line of credit it and other banks extended to the beleaguered brokerage shop.

    …………..

    NJ got a lucky escape from this moron.

  70. Oops Corzine is probably going to jail…another Obama friend with missing money.

    Political suicide
    Corzine’s MF feels heat as feds eye missing $$ (700 million missing from company accounts)

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/political_suicide_qCVtUTzdyDpn6Ndsb070zM#ixzz1cSANtME9

    Jon Corzine, the CEO of bankrupt broker-dealer MF Global, saw his reputation tossed from the frying pan right into the regulatory fire yesterday when investigators discovered as much as $700 million in customer funds missing from the firm.

    Officials from two US regulators, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, were looking into whether the loot was diverted to support some of the firm’s own trades.

    As if the allegedly missing funds, which happened on Corzine’s watch, are not bad enough, it was learned late yesterday that the $700 million was responsible for capsizing a potential deal between MF Global and rival Interactive Brokers Group that could have saved the firm and the jobs of the company’s 2,870 employees worldwide.

    Word of the possibly purloined funds came hours after MF Global was forced to filed for bankruptcy protection after its debt ratings had been downgraded to junk status on the discovery that the firm had $6.3 billion of European sovereign debt on its books — twice as much as its larger Wall Street rivals.

    Corzine pushed the firm to buy up the debt.

    It was an amazing week for the one-time Goldman Sachs co-CEO, US Senator from New Jersey and Garden State governor.

    MF Global’s Chapter 11 was the eighth-largest bankruptcy filing in US history and an embarrassing turn of events for a budding brokerage franchise that choked on too much Euro trash.

    For Corzine, it was such a gut-wrenching plunge from grace that if his reputation masqueraded during Halloween as Lehman Brothers’ disgraced former CEO Dick Fuld, many would have thought it less scary.

    MF Global’s shocking bankruptcy comes three years after Fuld’s firm went bust on toxic mortgage debt during the credit crisis in 2008.

    A heavyweight in both Wall Street and Washington circles, Corzine was even considered a potential cabinet member in President Obama’s administration just last summer.

    Indeed, MF creditors were so concerned that Corzine might quit to take a White House post that they demanded an “Obama clause” be inserted in a $325 million bond offering — in which MF would shell out an extra 1 percent in interest if Corzine left for a government post by 2013.

    That dream, if it were ever based on reality, went poof this week.

    According to documents filed with the Manhattan bankruptcy court yesterday, MF has assets of $41 billion and liabilities of $39.7 billion.

    The curtain fell on the broker-dealer after the SEC and CFTC expressed “grave concerns” about MF’s viability unless it struck a deal, according to MF’s bankruptcy documents.

    Sources tell The Post that the firm had until Sunday or Monday to strike a deal or be forced to file bankruptcy due to its regulators’ worries.

    In addition, MF Global and Corzine are facing heat from the Securities Investor Protection Corp., which yesterday sued MF Global, saying that the broker had to be liquidated because it may not have enough capital to make investors whole.

    JPMorgan emerged as one of MF Global’s biggest creditors, with some $1.2 billion in exposures. However, sources familiar say that the exposure to the broker-dealer is less than $80 million and reflects debt from a line of credit it and other banks extended to the beleaguered brokerage shop.

    …………..

    NJ got a lucky escape from this moron.

  71. Leanora
    November 1st, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Oh no! Did you all see this?
    _______________

    Yes, I also read the original Bill sponsored by Obama, the only bill he was ever able to get passed, and the final amended version passed into law. In the original bill introduced to Congress when Obama was a senator, the Secretary of State was to have sole discretionary power over the release of funds to countries not in compliance with US Law. The final bill passed into law, negates naming the secretary of state as the decision maker, substituting authority for release of funds due to humanitarian requirements. I wrote about this a few weeks ago, saying this will be exactly how Obama will make his play ensuring the Pals get their funding.

    In fact, I posted the language of the original bill Obama sponsored noting the differences between the original and the final version of the bill passed into law. The major difference was removing the discretionary power of the SOS for release the funds and the prioritizing of humanitarian aide as the overriding deciding factor.

  72. I hope Mrs. Rodham and Hillary feel the 18,000,000+ plus prayers which must be drifting their way. And that’s only the prayers from her 2008 sources. By now, the well-wishes must be coming from all parts of the globe. Such a contrast to Barack’s grandma who essentially died alone.
    ————-
    A phone call just now provided another emotional moment. It was a patriotic robocall from Herman Cain – tears tried to form as I heard a recording of his voice tell of the Constitution and how it must be utilized to abolish the crimes currently being committed against it. The message is at times full of static, and at times too loud to hear. Yet it is beautiful. At its end the caller can press 1 to join his campaign. All I can do is give what small donations I have (the need is now so great), and I donated to him yesterday out of frustration from what I learned here. But I did press 1 to tell the person waiting how much I appreciate what Cain is doing.

    Another of BO’s alleged brothers, NY Governor David Paterson, knows exactly how Herman feels. BO did not want him either. Democratic leaders, just how many sacrifices would you estimate that one Barack Obama is worth? Why is this seemingly inhumane being seated in our Oval Office?

  73. So sorry Hill and Bill and Chelsea. RIP Mrs. Rodham. We knew you were wonderful, but are just finding out exactly how wonderful.

  74. As of 10:10 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 255 points, or 2.1%, to 11,698, the S&P 500 dropped 28.2 points, or 2.3%, to 1,225 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 78.6 points, or 2.9%, to 2,606.

    The session on Tuesday was off to a volatile start with the VIX spiking 17.7%. Indeed, the New York Stock Exchange invoked “Rule 48,” which is designed to smooth the opening of trading on particularly tumultuous days.

    Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/investing/2011/11/01/fresh-european-jitters-ignite-steep-selloff/#ixzz1cTgYgLkk

  75. BigCatLover
    November 1st, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hillary Clinton’s mother has just passed away (via Fox News).
    ____________

    This is devastating news… I’m hoping there was no foul play involved.

    Our prayers are with Hillary, Chelsea and Bill and the entire Rodham family at this terrible time. God Bless you, Mrs Rodham for taking the time for raising such a wonderful daughter.. RIP

  76. NOVEMBER 1, 2011, 11:02 A.M.

    Family: Hillary Clinton’s mother dies at 92

    WASHINGTON — The Clinton family says Dorothy Rodham, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s mother and former President Bill Clinton’s mother-in-law, has died at age 92.

    A statement from the family says Rodham died shortly after midnight on Tuesday in Washington, surrounded by her family.

    Secretary Clinton cancelled a planned trip to London and Istanbul to be at her mother’s side.

    The Clinton family plans a private memorial service for Rodham. Clinton has often credited her mother with inspiring her, saying Rodham overcame adversity and abandonment in her own early life.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/AP057fbc7648254fb895f1907fb2fe8a5d.html
    __________

    God almighty, what was it that made her mother die? Mrs Rodham looks so wonderful in the wedding pictures just a year ago August…

  77. Reading the morning ticker on the blog about Hillary’s mom…then a few sentences later finding out she died.

    May you rest in peace Mom Rodham and thank you for giving us your wonderful daughter.

    Poor Hillary, but her mom living until she was are 92 is really amazing.

  78. Looking at Drudge, seeing the top two photos makes me SICK.

    WTF, the year of the black MEN running for president?

    I am so angry thinking that this is the DECADE of the BLACK MEN and to fu@king Hell will women that are a million times more experienced and worthy having no chance in flippin’ Hell of running or winning.

    This election, at least at this point is all crap to me, I have to vote for an unqualified MAN, any crackpot, antiwomen’s health rights, gitter-done rich drilling a=hole, just to get rid of Barry.

    I am not a happy woman right now.

    Maybe after Hillary heals from the loss of her mom, she will get really damn angry and turn on Barry by accepting a draft.

  79. God bless Hillary and her family and give her peace and joy for having had a wonderful mother as they did. RIP Dorothy Rodham!

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