Lessons From Bill Clinton: It’s Cain And Rezko Election Day

Today is election day across the nation and especially in Virginia and Ohio. Lots of races, lots of issues. But we await next year’s presidential election.

Today, as Herman Cain experiences a batch of “bimbo eruptions” it is amusing to watch Republicans/conservatives clutch their Clenis teddy bears. “Clenis” is a portmanteau word derived from “Clinton” and “penis” and increasingly – instead of learning from Bill Clinton – Republicans/conservatives are reheating, re-litigating and regurgitating outrages from their “Clenis” youth.

We’ve discussed this “E over I” Republican/conservative mentality before. Our inner Yoda advises “I over E”.

It does not occur to these Republicans/conservatives that Bill Clinton, a man with a randy and “complicated” history, still managed to beat back campaign-killing issues (in those days especially). Bill Clinton left the presidency with his approval ratings in the 60s having overcome and defeated attacks against him which would ordinarily kill an elephant – which included pot smoking, marital infidelity, alleged murders, alleged drug airports, alleged rapes, cigars, alleged black babies, and an appetite for more than just McDonalds.

Still Republicans/conservatives cannot but beat the Clenis like a rented elephant. It’s sad really.

The resurrected outrage du jour (you can almost see the bulging neck veins bursting) these days in defense of Herman Cain is the Juanita Broadderick “rape”. Instead of screaming in outrage and making fools of themselves, Republicans (this means you Herman Cain) should get off the cross and examine how Bill Clinton managed to almost easily overcome this entirely trumped up, but potentially damaging, Juanita Broderick fake “rape” bulls*it (hopefully this link we provide will persuade the “rape” screamers).

The “Clenis” worshipers will scream and argue themselves hoarse that no comparison can be made and no lessons learned because “Bill Clinton is a liarrrrrrrrr and Herman Cain is an innocent telling the truuuuuuuuth.” But darlings, none of that matters if you stop and think about it (cue the screams about how we don’t care about the truth and Clinton is evil and this is proof of how immoral and corrupt we are). The bottom line is that most of these cases are a matter of he said she said and a bungled defense and falling poll numbers won’t be helped by genuine innocence.

The Bill Clinton “rape” nonsense and the Herman Cain allegations are striking in that both have the same solution and the same lesson. The lesson? Simple: Shadowboxing is a loser’s game. You will never outbox a shadow.

A lot of people forget that Bill Clinton was boxing shadows around the time that a certain intern became famous. The Clinton White House was confused and dazed and Bill Clinton was in danger of being forced to resign. Then a Republican/conservative operative “hit man” by the name of David Brock had a change of heart and tutored the Clintons on the forces that were bringing them down.

Brock clued the Clintons in on the federal judge and the Republican/conservative activists that acted behind the scenes. The “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” was born and the Clintons had something other than shadoows to box and attack. [Brock eventually wrote “Blinded By The Right” and his friend Joe Conosen wrote “The Hunting of the President” and those who want to relive those days may do so by a little research.]

Hillary Clinton in 2008 also boxed shadows. It was only after Hillary Clinton realized that her campaign (especially Iowa) was sabotaged from the inside, that public supporters like Chuck Schumer were privately advising Obama to hit her with a 2×4, and that Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle along with many in the Democratic establishment were actively undermining her in secret.

It was only after Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton stopped boxing shadows and targeting their real opponents that they succeeded. Hillary Clinton learned far too late that it was Barzini Kennedy (and Big Media) who was her real opponent. Once Hillary discarded her delusions about what was really behind the Obama circus she beat Obama even as she was outspent in state after state and the Democratic Party establishment demanded her withdrawal.

Don’t shadowbox. Bill Clinton destroyed the fake “rape” allegations by telling the truth and noting that the woman in question repeatedly sought him out and did not act in the way a “rape” victim would act. To the contrary, the woman in question had an agenda.

As soon as the allegations against Herman Cain emerged we asked who was behind the allegations. We suggested it was either the Romney campaign or the Obama campaign. Cain made the mistake of disagreeing with us and suggesting it was the Perry campaign. Cain regretted blaming Perry.

Cain better stop shadowboxing and realize who is behind these allegations. It’s probably the Obama campaign. Connect the dots.

Sharon Bialek, lives in Chicago, in the same building as David Axelrod. Um…. Gloria Allred is not exactly a Republican operative. While Allred has spoken out against people like Anthony Weiner, Weiner was dead meat at the time Allred came forth. Allred was instrumental in bringing down Republican Meg Whitman in California. The initial allegations by anonymous accusers was leaked to Politico, the Obama lovin’ organ of choice in matters of public opinion. Connect the dots.

The answers are out there in the sex files. The sex files are an Axelrod specialty. The fourth accuser has spoken out in a very strong manner but her financial history suggests she might have financial motives at the very least for speaking out publicly:

“The emerging portrait of Herman Cain’s most recent accuser shows a suburban homemaker with a history of financial and legal troubles, but one who supporters say has the guts to do the right thing. [snip]

Bialek said she shared her allegations with her then-boyfriend and another male friend shortly after her meeting with Cain. However, the man she is now engaged to said she did not tell him about her history with the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO until Friday night, when she told him she was going to New York for the news conference. [snip]

Records show she twice has filed for personal bankruptcy, first in 1991 and then again in 2001. In the latter case, she claimed $5,700 in assets and more than $36,000 in liabilities. Among the creditors seeking payment was a management firm demanding back rent of $4,500, four credit card companies and a lawyer asking for his legal fees.

After the case was discharged, she accused a former boyfriend of harassing her for repayment of a loan, court records in the bankruptcy case show. Bialek borrowed $4,500 from William Concha, though Concha now believes she had no intention of paying him back, according to his brother, Mario. [snip]

Her father, Chester Bialek, said he did not know about his daughter’s allegation until Monday. Reached at his home in Arizona, he said he was surprised by the revelation but supported her decision to come forward.

“I’m very proud of my daughter, that’s all I can tell you,” he said.

As TV trucks pulled up in front of her Mundelein home and reporters rang the doorbell, Harwood said his fiancee does not plan any legal action against Cain and does not intend to stand in the political spotlight for very long.

“We’re in it together,” he said. “My only concern is that it not become some type of media circus.”

The Juanita Broaddrick moment for Herman Cain is the very strange encounter Sharon Bialek had recently with Herman Cain:

“The Cain Encounter …

They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.

She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.

She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh.”


“I don’t know if what she was giving him was a sucker punch, but he didn’t put his arm down while she was talking to him,” said the Sneed source.

◆The “he”… is GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women.

◆The “she”… is Chicagoan Sharon Bialek, who held a news conference Tuesday as the only woman to PUBLICLY accuse Cain of sexual harassment.

◆The Sneed source … is WIND radio co-host Amy Jacobson, who tells Sneed she witnessed the Cain/Bialek encounter a month ago while backstage at the AM 560 WIND sponsored TeaCon meeting in Schaumburg Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

◆Quoth Jacobson: “I had turned on TV to find out who was Cain’s accuser, and I almost fell over when I saw it was Sharon Bialek accusing Cain of groping her genitals.”

“I was waiting for Herman Cain’s ‘Accuser No. 4’ to surface — and up pops Sharon!”

I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.”

“I recall Sharon was hell bent on going backstage at the TeaCon convention — where she cornered him,” said Jacobson.

“I was surprised to hear she claims she did not know Cain was going to be there. Cain was expected and was late.”

Bialek told the media on Monday: “I went up to him and asked him if he remembered me. I wanted to see if he would be man enough to own up to what he had done 14 years ago.”

◆The encounter: “It looked sort of flirtatious,” said Jacobson. “I mean they were hugging. But she could have been giving him the kiss of death for all I know. I had no idea what they were talking about, but she was inches from his ear.”

◆The introduction: “It all began when I took a convention break and joined my pals at the hotel bar. Sharon was drinking Mimosas with them. She said she was a Republican, a Tea Party member, had once dated [White Sox sports announcer’ Steve Stone] and had worked at WGN radio.”

◆The rendezvous: Sharon also said she was anxious to meet Cain again and had once gone to an afterparty with him and her boyfriend years ago. But she never mentioned he had sexually harassed her.”

Drinking Mimosas then hugging someone who grabbed your crotch and dragged your head to his genitals is not exactly behavior which conforms with the allegations made as Gloria Allred stood next to her.

As to the previous “she doesn’t say, he says” allegations, we still don’t know what the anonymous accusers allege so it is difficult to refute. But one is a federal employee at a relatively high level who has chosen to remain silent although clearly many around her are trying to blow smoke.

Today at the Herman Cain press conference held late in the afternoon the usual “he said” refutations were heard. Herman Cain made a strong case for himself. Meanwhile Glenn Beck has helped undermine the significance of the Sharon Bialek Herman Cain hug.

The lesson for Herman Cain is not to shadowbox. The lesson for all the other Republican candidates is: you’re next.

* * * * * *

While Herman Cain gets a rectal exam type vetting an old familiar name in the annals of Obama corrupt pals reemerged today.

Indicted slumlord Antoin Rezko with long-time friend and financial investment Barack Obama

You remember our pal
Rezko. Don’t you?

Donald Trump, a real estate expert, agrees with us that the entire Obama Rezko House deal stinks like a Chicago stockyard. Yet JournoListers protected their love, Barack Obama, from Rezko’s taint. Obama said he was “bone-headed” and JournoListers swooned.

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, pal and investor in Barack Obama, is about to be sentenced (November 22).

According to documents filed with the court Obama pal Rezko was as much of a lowlife as many wrote. According to the Government:

“Rezko argues that he should receive a sentence of time served because he is similarly situated to others who cooperated with the government and received sentences less than 45 months. No government cooperator or other defendant Rezko mentions, however, approaches the level of criminal conduct in which Rezko engaged in except one – Stuart Levine. [snip]

From the very beginning of Blagojevich’s regime, Rezko had been actively plotting with Blagojevich, Kelly, and Monk, literally sitting in a room with the Governor of Illinois criminally scheming how they could make millions of dollars together. Rezko had access and influence in a way that Levine could only dream about, and Rezko abused that access and influence on a scale that surpassed even what Levine planned to do at the Planning Board and TRS. [snip]

Rezko has neither testified, been subject to invasive cross-examination on the totality and minutia of his criminal conduct, nor agreed to forgo the protections in his proffer with the government. [snip]

Rezko compounded this perjury by writing a letter to the Court which he tried to win his release from jail by falsely claiming 1) that he had done nothing wrong with Blagojevich; and 2) that the prosecution was putting pressure on him to lie about Blagojevich. Not only was this a false statement to a judge; it was a false statement exculpating one of the key people against whom Rezko might have cooperated…”

That’s Obama’s long-time pal and money-bags. All the corruption of planning boards (hey Michelle doesn’t that bring back good memories?) and subverting government for private gain – but little investigation. Big Media is busy sniffing crotches and panties.

Chicago Clown

The Chicago Corruption continues. The drive-by shootings have just begun.


71 thoughts on “Lessons From Bill Clinton: It’s Cain And Rezko Election Day

  1. We’ve referred to the Obama coalition as a “situation comedy”. Little did we know that the entire Obama circus is a family circus situation comedy.

    JanH posted this earlier but it tickles our remote control:


    A former speech­writer for President OBAMA has sold a sitcom about a dysfunc­tional first family – based on his ex-boss!

    The show from ex-Oval Office staffer Jon Lovett is titled “1600 Penn,” and its fictional first couple bears a striking resemblance to Barack and Michelle Obama, TV insiders say.

    “I’m sure that the Obamas are going to be watching out for the show’s pilot pretty closely,” said a Washington pal of Lovett, 29.

    “The last thing they want is to come off looking like buffoons!”

    But Hollywood sources saytheir worst fears may be realized since “1600 Penn” plays like the hot comedy “Modern Family” – an Obama family favorite – set on Capitol Hill.

    “It features a put-upon president who can’t seem to catch a break,” a TV industry exec told The ENQUIRER.

    “He’s earnest but hapless, while his wife is a Type-A personality who wants to be seen as an Everywoman but secretly adores fancy clothes and expensive vacations.

    “It sounds like it’s ripped right out of the headlines.”

    Lovett wrote most of the jokes for President Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks and was named the city’s Funniest Celebrity by Washington D.C.’s Improv comedy club last year.

    He helped pen Obama’s speeches on financial reform before quitting the White House this summer and heading to Hollywood, where NBC bought his “1600 Penn” pilot.

    As The ENQUIRER reported recently, the Obamas’ daughters – Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13 – are so crazy about “Modern Family” that they’ve begged their mom to let them guest-star.

    “The irony is that President Obama probably never dreamed that he and the first lady would become the subjects of their own ‘Modern Family,’” laughed the insider. “Now, they will!”

  2. “As The ENQUIRER reported recently, the Obamas’ daughters – Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13 – are so crazy about “Modern Family” that they’ve begged their mom to let them guest-star.”

    And they will- Mom hasn’t got the sense of a Wall-mart greeter and Dad… well, he admires “The Art of the Deal”- cha-ching for Malia, cha-ching for Sasha.. Here’s to YOU Mrs. Robinson.. Hollywood, here we come!

  3. The Republicans lost an opportunity tonight in Kentucky. They were outspent and out messaged by the incumbent, Beshear, who has now won reelection.

  4. IMO, the bigger issue with Cain is that his “performance” as a candidate doesn’t fit with his academic and work history. I am beginning to wonder if he sustained significant cognitive impairment from his very aggressive cancer therapy. The corrupt, sociopathic fraud occasionally living at 1600 Penn. Ave. doesn’t fit his academic and work history either; except that Obama’s C-V is fiction.

  5. admin-

    This has to be the funniest most informative post you’ve written in .. like… forever! heh

    “Sharon Bialek, lives in Chicago, in the same building as David Axelrod. Um”

    When you are standing on the sidelines watching Moe-rod and Curly-Val do their damnedest ugly mud slinging… they’ve been fending off GOP softballs and haven’t a clue what might be coming their way..

    One thing we do know, they will scream bloody murder if they receive a grazing paper cut far away from the heart, then as they crawl up the mountain to the moral high ground…will cry foul…Racist! Boo-Hoo

  6. AP also has Republican Greg Ballard, mayor of Indianapolis has been reelected.

    In Virginia the Republicans are doing very well.

  7. admin
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    Associated Press projects Ohio Issue 2 has lost.
    I am happy that the collective barganing rights did not win and Obamacare was flushed down the dumper!!


  8. admin
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    Associated Press projects Ohio Issue 2 has lost.
    I am happy that the collective barganing rights did not win and Obamacare was flushed down the dumper!!


  9. I don’t understand the result concerning Ward Armstrong. The chart shows that he lost to the incumbent Republican. How could Armstrong not be the incumbent if he was the minority leader?

  10. I vote for O as the source behind the Cain bimbo eruptions…motivation: get that other popular black guy out…he makes O look bad…and lazy and stupid…even if a repub leaked the story, i put my bet on the O camp being the source…great distraction and stupid repubs step all over themselves and make themselves look hapless in the meantime…someone better get their oppo research together and ready to go in prime time…

  11. I read that Bill Clinton said that presidents should be able to run for more than two terms in office with the third term only happening after a hiatus of a certain prescribed length.


    Might not be a bad idea. Imagine if Bill could have run again in 2004 or 2008! Same ‘twofer’ ‘Billary’ team, but an easier win.

  12. This line in the Wikipedia Broddrick story should be edited to say “alleged intimidation”.

    Schippers said he wanted to call Broaddrick as a witness to discuss Clinton’s intimidation, but it was too late.[11]

  13. Another sworn fact missing from the Brodderick Wikipedia piece. Soon after the allegeded ‘rape’, she filed for divorce from her husband, testifying that her husband had done domestic violence against her (dunno date); this should be in her divorce papers.

    Thus her husband would be the more likely suspect for the injuries she claimed came from the ‘rape’ (injuries to her lip and elsewhere).

  14. Republicans will probably win the Mississippi House.

    It’s unconfirmed and might easily change but the Republicans probably have also won working control of the Virginia Senate thanks to Spotsylvania County.

  15. Re the Cain sex charges, I haven’t been keeping up. Is the best evidence a settlement between the restaurant assn and one or more of the accusers? If so, that would be the place to look. Who made the settlement decision, why wasn’t it fought at the time?

    (Personally I’m disgusted with such accusers. Even if some of them are telling the truth, it sets a precedent for unprovable charges being used as a weapon against other men who may be innocent: witch hunts.)

  16. The Republicans have 19 seats won in the Virginia Senate. The only seat left to be decided is the 17th and the vote total there is 50-50% at
    22,536 to 22,450. The Republican is leading. If the Republicans win the 17th district there will be a tie to be broken by – a Republican.

  17. NoMoBama, this should answer your question:


    House Democratic Minority Leader Ward Armstrong has lost the seat he’s held for nearly 20 years.

    In a race symbolically important to the Republicans, Del. Charles Poindexter won 53 percent of the vote over Armstrong, whom the GOP targeted both in redistricting and in heavy financial support for Poindexter.

    Armstrong had represented the 10th House District since 1992, but Republicans moved it 200 miles to the north, forcing the Henry County Democrat to take on Poindexter in a Republican-friendly 9th District.

  18. Ohio votes: pro-union, anti-Obamacare

    Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Ohio voters repealed a law limiting collective bargaining for public employees enacted by first-term Governor John Kasich and Republican lawmakers [….]

    At the same time, the state yesterday approved a Tea Party- backed constitutional amendment aimed at blocking President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul. U.S. voters also defeated a Mississippi initiative that would have made it the first state to ban abortion by declaring that life begins at conception, scuttled a Maine measure passed by Republicans that would have ended same-day voter registration and recalled the author of Arizona’s hard-line immigration laws.

  19. Well this is interesting.

    Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania give Obama the Finger

    All but one precinct reporting now and it appears the GOP has taken control of the county commission for the first time since the Eisenhower administration.

    This is a county so Democrat heavy that Walter Mondale carried it during the Reagan landslide in 1984.

    But every row office now appears to have flipped to the GOP with only one race too close to call: The County Controller whose credentials were so good that even the county’s GOP leaning daily newspaper endorsed the Democrat.

    Update: The final precinct has reported and it appears the GOP has made a total sweep of all row offices.

    The County Controller incumbent has lost narrowly as well, although the margin is only 0.42% and thus in the 0.5% range for a recount.

    It is now past time for decent Democrats remain to cut all ties with Obama and the Soros puppet masters.


    Looks like Clinton territory is not like the new Dem party.

  20. The irreverent term “egg is a person” is insulting as only someone with a pro-abortion mentality would come up with such a false notion. A fertilized egg is the start of life, and that cannot be disputed. It one’s view of what happens after an egg is fertilized that is in question. I respect life in all of its stages.

  21. Oy, warning alert (drudge) coming from the UK? Something wrong with this picture.

    Don’t panic! FEMA urges Americans not to worry as national alert system is tested

    First-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System to occur on November 9 at 2:00pm EST
    Will last up to three-and-a-half minutes

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are spearheading an aggressive public education campaign reminding Americans not to panic when they lose television and radio service for a few minutes on Wednesday during a test of the Emergency Alert System.

    Although the public alert mechanism is decades old and often tested and used at the local level, it has never before been tested on a nationwide scale.

    This first-ever test will occur at 2:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 9 and will occur simultaneously across the U.S. and its territories, lasting up to three-and-a-half-minutes.

    See link for video:


  22. Obama Jobs Fair- Only requirement for hiring is ability to point finger assisting re-election for King of the Troglodytes in his white washed man cave.

    One woman who accused Cain of sexual harassment now works for Obama.

    GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain argues that he’s no sexual harasser — but friends and family members of one accuser were only trying to right a wrong no woman should suffer in the workplace.

    Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist who currently works for the Obama administration, was outed today as one of the three women who had filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain.

    “She wouldn’t be the type to make false allegations,” brother-in-law Ned Kraushaar, a Georgia software consultant, told The Daily. “This happened [more than] 10 years ago. It’s not like she wanted to try and hurt the Republican Party.”

    Until now, three of the four women who had lodged complaints against Cain had remained anonymous.

    Kraushaar now serves as a communications director at the Inspector General’s Office of the Treasury Department, a position she has held since 2010.

    She is “an extraordinarily good person,” said Jennie Williams, a friend and Atlanta equestrian. “She is very reliable and has lots of integrity. I don’t know what happened. I don’t want to know. Enough is enough. She is quality.”

    Kraushaar did not return phone calls left by The Daily.

    Politico first reported that two women had accused Cain, who leads many polls in the Republican presidential race, of sexual advances throughout the 1990s.

    A fourth woman, Sharon Bialek, came forward yesterday.

    At the same time, Cain’s presidential campaign is assailing the woman who accused him of groping her while she sought a job, presumably in an effort to undercut her credibility.

    The Republican businessman’s advisers issued a news release Tuesday asking “Who is Sharon Bialek?” That document then outlines what it calls her “long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances.”

    It lists civil lawsuits that allegedly relate to her in the Cook County Court system in Illinois. It also quotes news reports mentioning her involvement in a paternity case and a bankruptcy filing.

    The document contrasts that record with what it says is Cain’s “four decades spent climbing the corporate ladder rising to the level of CEO at multiple successful business enterprises.”


  23. Reassurances of blind obedience packaged in a lunch box of non-existent job opportunities.

    First Lady speaking to Georgetown HS Students entering college

    “I mean this is scary,” she said. “Shoot, being married to Barack Obama? He’s got big plans. He’s always pushing us beyond our comfort zones, and I’m dragged along going, `What’s he doing now? No, not this.'”


  24. Republicans left scratching heads at Norquist’s steadfast No New Tax demands written in 1986..

    House Republican lawmakers want out of Norquist tax pledge

    By Russell Berman and Bernie Becker – 11/09/11

    Grover Norquist’s grip on the House Republican Conference is loosening.

    A growing number of GOP lawmakers have disavowed Norquist’s pledge against supporting tax increases in recent days, telling The Hill they no longer feel bound to uphold a document that they signed, in some cases, more than a decade ago.

    Norquist’s advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, lists 238 House signers of its Taxpayer Protection Pledge, but several House Republicans, and at least one Democrat, now say the anti-tax group is being deceptive and want their names taken off the list.


    The pledge, which Norquist launched in 1986, has taken on added significance as the congressional “supercommittee” on deficit reduction nears its deadline for finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years. Democrats are insisting on new tax revenues, but the pledge mandates that any tax changes be revenue-neutral. They blame the pledge for the impasse in the talks.


  25. Suggest seeking out the new movie “Page Eight”.. Filmed in the UK, this movie is a glimpse into the government’s movement consolidating power within the ranks of a select few. Uncooperative officials in the highest ranks of government terminated/dead if their views are not in line with the fast moving totalitarianism mirrored as RL in the US.

    Justice Breyer warns of Orwellian government

    By Sarah Peters – 11/08/11

    A Supreme Court justice on Tuesday expressed major concerns that the government would engage in round-the-clock surveillance reminiscent of the totalitarian world of the George Orwell novel 1984 if the court ruled in the government’s favor.

    The court heard oral arguments in the Jones case, in which the outcome will determine whether warrantless GPS tracking by law enforcement is an invasion of Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

    Justice Stephen Breyer questioned what a democratic society would look like if people believed the government was tracking them for days at a time.

    “If you win this case, then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States,” Breyer said. “So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984 from their brief.”

    U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben contended that if all Americans viewed warrantless tracking as an Orwellian invasion of privacy, Congress would step in with a legislative solution.

    Chief Justice John Roberts said that unlike earlier technology, GPS tracking gives law enforcement a “mosaic” that gives them the “whole picture” rather than just a slice of it.

    Police suspected D.C. nightclub owner Antoine Jones of dealing cocaine and used a GPS tracker over the course of a month to trace his movements to a stash house in Maryland. Their warrant was expired when they installed the tracker.


  26. This article by Evelyn Pringle of the Chicago Times is more important today than when it was first released.Great investigative reporte and writer.Log on to her and her findings all verified by court records.

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010Clinton v Obama – Hillary Most Qualified for the Job – Part 1
    Evelyn Pringle March 5, 2008

    This election cannot be based on personal likeability. It matters not whether Barack Obama is a better speaker than Hillary Clinton or visa versa. Now is not the time or place for a popularity contest – the stakes are too high.

    This country is in the midst of the biggest downhill plunge of the past 50 years and we need a President with a team of advisors ready to move into the White House with the most experience in every area of policy making the minute Bush leaves.

    As personable as he is, and despite his good intentions, the fact remains; Barack Obama does not have the qualifications or experience for the job he is seeking.

    Most importantly, his foreign policy experience is totally lacking, and for obvious reasons, this factor alone disqualifies him for the presidency at this time.

    John McCain is in lockstep with Bush on Iraq, even if it means staying there for 100 years. The fact that Barack is doing as well as he is has recently led to a nagging suspicion that the Republicans are somehow aiding his campaign behind the scenes, totally unbeknownst to Mr Obama, because they believe John McCain would have a better shot at beating him than Hillary.

    The country is in a do or die position in both Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re running out of money and second chances. Our soldiers have stuck in the senseless war in Iraq for five years, longer than either of the world wars.

    A new book entitled, “The Three Trillion Dollar War,” by Nobel laureate and former chief World Bank economist, Joseph Stiglitz, and co-author Linda Bilmes, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, reveals the outrageous cost of the Iraq war.

    Of course, in response to the book, the White House sent out a spokesman with the usual worn out mantra about 9/11 stating:

    “People like Joe Stiglitz lack the courage to consider the cost of doing nothing and the cost of failure. One can’t even begin to put a price tag on the cost to this nation of the attacks of 9/11.”

    In a broadcast interview with Democracy Now on February 28, 2008, the authors said the Bush administration has repeatedly low-balled the cost of the war in Iraq and a second set of records were kept hidden from the American public.

    According to Ms Bilmes, “right now we spend $12 billion a month in Iraq alone, $16 billion if you include Afghanistan.”

    “Which doesn’t include the cost down the line,” she said, “if you include just the cost that we’ve already incurred for veterans and replenishing equipment and so forth, it’s double that.”

    “It’s $25 billion a month,” she explained.

    During the interview, Ms Bilmes described what she called “really outrageous situations” when trying to get information about the war. Even today, she said, “if you go to the official DOD website, what you will find is a number around 30,000 wounded, but that is only the wounded in combat.”

    She explained that if the non-combat wounded in Iraq are counted, for example, soldiers who are injured when they’re driving vehicles at night, because it’s unsafe to drive during the day; or soldiers wounded when they are being transported from one place and another, who never would have been there otherwise, the number of wounded is more than double the number listed on the DOD website.

    “We had to use the Freedom of Information Act to get access to that number,” she said.

    Mr Stiglitz discussed how the government ripped off kids who were lured into joining the military with the signing bonuses and had to pay the money back if they were injured soon after going to Iraq. “They signed a contract to serve for three years,” he explained. “The fact that they get blown up after one month means they haven’t fulfilled their contract.”

    He noted that in the election campaign, people are looking at two issues: the economy and the war. “I think there’s one big issue,” Mr Stiglitz said, “and that’s the war, because the war has been directly and indirectly having a very negative effect on the economy.”

    He noted that there is not only an economic opportunity cost, but also a security opportunity cost and points out that while we were focusing on Iraq, “the problems in Afghanistan got worse, and the problem of security in Afghanistan is much worse than it was five years ago.”

    During the interview, Amy Goodman asked Mr Stiglitz, “Who is profiting from this war?”

    “Well, actually,” he replied, “there are two big gainers in this war and only two: the oil companies and the defense contractors.”

    “One of the big pools of wealth are in the Middle East,” he noted, “the countries that are the oil exporters.”

    “We are transferring hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said, “from American consumers, businesses, to the oil exporters.”

    Specifically the most money is going to Saudia Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.

    In an article in the February 23, 2008 Times Online, Mr Stiglitz and Ms Bilmes describe how government officials frequently talk about the lives of our soldiers as priceless. “But from a cost perspective,” they write, “these “priceless” lives show up on the Pentagon ledger simply as $500,000 – the amount paid out to survivors in death benefits and life insurance.”

    “In areas such as health and safety regulation,” they point out, “the US Government values a life of a young man at the peak of his future earnings capacity in excess of $7 million – far greater than the amount that the military pays in death benefits.”

    “Using this figure, the cost of the nearly 4,000 American troops killed in Iraq adds up to some $28 billion,” the stated.

    In conclusion, the authors note that their book represents the cost only to the US and does not reflect the “enormous cost to the rest of the world, or to Iraq.”

    As of today, 18 former admirals, generals, and senior defense officials are supporting Hillary. In a conference call with reporters on March 2, 2008, Brigadier General John Watkins, Jr, stated:

    “As I think about the challenges facing the nation and having been in uniform for almost thirty years, worked with a number of presidents to include the last four, I can’t think of a single person – those generals included – who is better qualified to walk into the Oval Office than Hillary Clinton.

    “I don’t make that statement very lightly. She is more qualified, in my view, than her husband Bill was when he entered the office.”

    General Wesley Clark said, “She has done her homework on national security and I know from my personal discussions with her and with many other friends that go in and brief her in her role in the Senate Armed Services Committee.”

    “She knows the facts, she knows the details, plus she has the big picture,” he stated. “She is a strategic thinker but she has the building blocks of the strategy in her personal knowledge.”

    “In this world that we face today,” says Admiral William Owens, “experience will be really at a premium, especially at the level of the Commander-in-Chief.” He explained that:

    “There’s not time to learn. The phone rings and you have to be ready. You have to ready with intuition, with experience and with skills.”

    He pointed out that, “this world will have the complexities that perhaps we’ve never before seen,” and “we need people with great judgment.”

    Admiral Owens says he thinks Hillary “brings the best of talent, intuition and experience to handle these unknown threats in the future.”

    According to Lieutenant General Frederick Vollrath, “we absolutely have to have a leader with the proven experience.”

    “America, in the area of national defense, must be successful and Senator Clinton has that experience to create change, to understand the risk, and to get the job done,” he said.

    On a personal note, Major General Paul Eaton said, “I have a Special Forces Captain son and a Sergeant Paratrooper both in Afghanistan and I find Senator Clinton the perfect choice to be their Commander-in-Chief and to display the loyalty to command our armed forces and to rebuild them after the conflicts in which we are engaged right now.”

    Lieutenant General Claudia Kennnedy stated: “I think she’ll rebuild relationships with other countries that have been suffering for the last seven or eight years; those relationships have really been strained beyond anything I would have anticipated.”

    The above testimonials provide enough evidence of her qualifications on military matters for this untrained military mind. Hillary, along with her top foreign policy advisor, former President Bill Clinton, offer the best hope for getting our soldiers out of the killing fields in Iraq in the shortest amount of time possible.

    The former President is admired all over the world. He is a natural-born diplomat and we also need him to help repair the damage done to our relationships with world leaders.

    As far as the economy, the country was in dire straights when the first President Clinton took office after the first Bush left and the economy was in great shape when the second Bush stepped in

    Hillary’s experience gained during the first Clinton Administration is verifiable. The country went from a deficit of $290 billion in 1992, to an expected surplus of more than $250 billion for 2001. Eight years earlier, the Congressional Budget Office had projected a $513 billion deficit in 2001. In 2000, the surplus was the largest in US history at over $200 billion.

    Economic growth averaged 4% per year, compared to an average 2.8% during the Reagan-Bush presidencies. Inflation was the lowest since the 1960s, averaging 2.5%.

    More than 20 million jobs were created and American workers saw double-digit earning growth, and the bottom 20% had the largest increase at more than 16%. Unemployment dropped to the lowest level in 30 years, from close to 7% in 1993, to 4% in November 2000. The country’s poverty rates were the lowest in 30 years.

    The homeownership rate topped 67% in the third quarter of 2000, the highest rate on record.

    With all that said, on February 4, 2008, USA Today warned that the “next president will inherit a deficit of about $400 billion, and maybe more,” which means the second Clinton Administration will take office faced the same financial disaster as the first time around.

    In fact, the country is now worse off then when the first Bush left. According to Department of Labor Statistics released on January 16, 2008, real weekly earnings increased only 0.9 percent nationally in 2007, but food purchased at the grocery store was 4.2% higher than in 2006. This increase was the highest percentage year-over-year increase since 1990. The price of bread rose 7.4%, eggs 29.2%, and milk increased 13.1%.

    The data shows college tuition and expenses increased by 6.2% in 2007, the cost of attending a technical or trade school was up 4%, and the fees for child care and nursery school increased 4.3%.

    Health insurance costs rose 10.1% in 2007, medical care increased 5.8%, and the price of medical-care services rose 5.3%. In August 2007, the US Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans without health insurance rose to 15.8% of the population in 2006, or 47 million people.

    On December 30, 2007, a report by Sam Zuckerman in the San Francisco Chronicle called 2007, “the year that the greatest housing boom of the post-war era turned into the greatest housing bust,” and explained:

    “It started with a rising tide of foreclosures among subprime borrowers – those who took out loans with loose documentation requirements or little money down. By the summer, losses among subprime lenders spread to big banks around the world that had invested in securities based on subprime mortgages.”

    “The result was one of the most severe lending lockdowns of recent decades,” according to the report in the Chronicle. “Banks stopped making loans, and when they resumed, they tightened requirements and jacked up rates for all kinds of customers, including other banks.”

    “As credit dried up,” Mr Zuckerman notes, “home price stopped rising and then lurched downward, while the number of sales plummeted.”

    When introducing former President Clinton for a campaign speech supporting his wife, at a Kirtland, Ohio high school, on March 1, 2008, Ohio’s Lt Governor Lee Fisher, summed up the best reason for sending Hillary to the White House in the following concise statement quoted in the Toledo Blade:

    “Bill and Hillary Clinton for eight years set this nation on a new course and we have now the best chance we have since then, not only to take that course and set it right again, but to take it to new heights.”

    Hillary can beat McCain and no offense to Mr Obama, but with her knowledge and experience in the White House she is the most qualified person for the job in 2008.

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  28. AP Exclusive: Cain Accuser filed complaint in next job


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

    Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999. Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar’s complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public.

    To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

    Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.

    “The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly,” Kraushaar said.

    Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential. Kraushaar left her job at the immigration service after dropping the complaint in 2003, and she went to work at the Treasury Department.

    Details of the workplace complaint that Kraushaar made at the immigration service are relevant because they could offer insights into how she responded to conflicts at work. She now works as a spokeswoman in the office of the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration.

  29. Things in Europe are getting steadily worse by the minute…….Italy’s bonds have broken the point of no return barrier of 7% at 7.43%, Spain and France and Germany all now showing signs of trouble in the bonds market as contagion seems to be order of the day. Not looking good.

  30. Breaking News: Paterno will retire at the end of the season. Big deal. He has made his mark, at the sacrifice of some young people being rapped. He is how old? and his contract was due to expire anyway.

    Sandusky was considered to be his heir apparent, even though Paterno and some in the staff knew the allegations. Would they actually had promoted him into that positon, we will never know.

    But that they allowed him to go on for so long, and knew he had a group for young people is criminal.

  31. Clinton to visit Thailand, Philippines next week

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who leaves Wednesday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, will also visit Thailand and the Philippines before attending an Asian summit in Bali, her office said.

    Clinton travels to Manila on November 15 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty and join a ceremony launching the Partnership for Growth with the Philippines, the State Department said.

    The following day, she travels to Bangkok “to underscore our strong alliance with Thailand and US support for Thailand’s recovery efforts following severe flooding,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

    The worst floods to hit Thailand in decades have killed 527 people nationwide and are expected to plague Bangkok for several more weeks.

    Clinton will also meet senior officials in the Thai capital to discuss regional issues ahead of the East Asia Summit in Bali.

    This week she will be in Honolulu, Hawaii for the APEC forum, where on Thursday she is scheduled to deliver a speech hailing America’s enduring ties to Pacific Rim nations.

    US President Barack Obama and his top diplomat will seek to prove Washington’s mettle as an Asian power as they welcome 20 Pacific leaders at APEC, hoping that a sweeping trade pact will bind together the fast-growing region and breathe life into moribund global trade talks.

    Obama and Clinton will head the following week to the Indonesian resort island of Bali for the East Asia Summit — a meeting with many of the same leaders, but one where some Asian nations had earlier wanted to exclude the United States.


  32. Issue 2 Defeated: Unions Celebrate, Kasich Reflects on Loss
    Public workers celebrate Issue 2 victory at Cleveland rally.

    Union supporters and their allies celebrate the defeat of Issue 2 at a rally in Cleveland on Nov. 8, 2011.

    Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday, delivering a haymaker to Republican-led efforts to restrict bargaining rights for government workers and damaging the fortunes of Gov. John Kasich.

    The lead was so great that We Are Ohio claimed victory just after 9 p.m. Tuesday with only a fraction of the state’s precincts reporting. Kasich conceded the race shortly afterward.

    About 61 percent of voters, or nearly 2.2 million, rejected the law known as Senate Bill 5, according to unofficial results. About 39 percent, or about 1.4 million, voted for the law.

    Results show Issue 2 lost in 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

    At a victory party in Cleveland, public workers cheered loudly and chanted “We won!” as union leaders, including American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, read the results.

    Offcials called the vote a “veto” of Kasich’s effort to break the unions.

    “Thank you, John Kasich, for uniting the labor movement like it’s never been before,” said Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “We will not be divided again.”

    In Columbus, Kasich congratulated the Issue 2 opponents and said that the defeat provides him an opportunity to “take a deep breath” and reflect.

    “It’s clear the people have spoken,” Kasich said. “I’ve heard their voices, understand their decision and I respect what the people had to say.”

    Tuesday’s statewide referendum on Senate Bill 5 ends a nearly year-long standoff between Kasich and Ohio’s public workers, a fight that injected life — and lots and lots of money — into what would have been a sleepy, off-year election.

    The defeat will likely send Kasich and his Republican allies back to the drawing board. For the opponents, the victory has energized an army of pro-union and pro-Democrat supporters a year before the presidential election, in one of the key swing states in the country.

    Emboldened by big 2010 election victories and pressed by a looming budget deficit, Kasich and GOP lawmakers pushed SB5 through the legislature in March without any Democratic support.

    The law was the first major attempt to overhaul Ohio’s collective bargaining law in decades. At its core, SB5 altered collective bargaining by changing what what be open for negotiations. It put more power in the hands of the managers by restricting what can be bargained for.

    The unions representing public workers saw it as a direct attack, and they responded in kind. They gathered roughly 1.3 million signatures – about 900,000 of which were verified – to have SB5 placed on Tuesday’s ballot.

    So began a long campaign to convince Ohio voters to decide, blitzing voters with television ads containing varying levels of truth.

    The supporters argued that Senate Bill 5 would give local governments tools to get their budgets under control, prevent tax increases and help create jobs. They argued that government workers have it better than their private sector counterparts, and that it’s time for teachers, police officers and firefighter to pay their fair share.

    Opponents called the bill an attack on the middle class that would kill jobs, erode wages, and make it more difficult for local governments to provide services to residents. They said that Senate Bill 5 was a blatant partisan attack by Kasich to undermine the unions.

    The defeat will hurt Kasich, but it’s unclear how much. The governor was the most recognizable spokesman for the law, appearing in campaign commercials and, in recent weeks, travelling the state to speak at pro-Issue 2 rallies.

    But Kasich still has three years to salvage his popularity, and Republicans remain in control of the Ohio Legislature. Some experts speculate they will attempt a “watered-down” version of Senate Bill 5 that includes only the most popular parts of the plan, including measures about health care costs and pensions.
    This is the beginning of the end for arch conservative John Kasich. His approval rating is abysmal. The media is reporting the defeat of the bill as a win for Obama, but make no mistake, this has nothing to do with Obama. This is devasting defeat for Gov. John Kasich.

  33. McCain: Bill Clinton should run ME peace efforts


    Former presidential candidate calls on Obama to make Clinton special envoy because he has credibility with both Israelis and Palestinians.

    WASHINGTON – Republican Senator John McCain has some advice for US President Barack Obama to help energize stalled Middle East peacemaking: put former President Bill Clinton in charge.

    Democrat Bill Clinton, husband of Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is always “the smartest guy in the room” and so would he be in a roomful of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, McCain told the Reuters Washington summit on Tuesday.

    The Republican presidential nominee in 2008 who lost to Obama, McCain said Clinton had credibility with both Israelis and Palestinians and had come the closest of anyone to producing peace.

    That was an apparent reference to the 2000 Camp David talks between then-prime minister Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat, the late head of the Palestinian Authority.

    “I believe that the president should call in the one person who has a chance of negotiating, having both sides negotiate with good faith, and that’s one Bill Clinton,” McCain said.

    “I would ask him to take on the role of the president’s special envoy, mediator, potentate, whatever you want to call it because he’s the person that came the closest and he’s the person that has the most credibility,” McCain told Reuters.

    McCain’s suggestion was rare praise from a Republican for a Democrat in Washington these days and came as Obama was having a not especially stellar day on the Middle East front, at least not so far as US ally Israel was concerned.

    It emerged on Tuesday that Obama apparently failed to defend Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded him a “liar” in a private conversation that was overheard by journalists.

    McCain said that Obama’s rejoinder to Sarkozy — “I have to deal with him even more often than you” — reflected the “deterioration” in US-Israeli relations since Obama had become president.

    Quartet envoys to meet sides separately

    “There has not been one bit of progress” in the Middle East, certainly not on the Israeli-Palestinian front, since Obama was elected, McCain declared.

    An Obama administration effort to broker direct peace negotiations fell apart after it was launched last year, and the United States has had little success in bringing the two sides back to the table.

    With both sides at a standoff, Obama’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, resigned earlier this year. McCain said Obama’s best chance to turn the situation around now would be to bring in Clinton.

    “He (Clinton) has the respect, he has the clout” and the parties would fear upsetting him, McCain said. “And he knows the issue better than anybody.”

    There is already a Middle East envoy for a group known as the Quartet, a body comprising the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations: former British prime minister Tony Blair.

    “I’ve watched Tony Blair try to make progress,” McCain said. But Blair, in seeking to broker new talks, has run into some of the same problems that bedeviled Mitchell’s efforts.

    Netanyahu says he wants talks now, but the Palestinians say the Israelis must halt all building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank before they return to the table, and that is something Netanyahu’s government says it will not do.

    Quartet envoys will try again to jump start peace moves on Nov. 14, meeting separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials in Jerusalem, the US State Department said on Tuesday.



    Except for the fact that there is no way bambi wants Clinton getting the credit performing the miracle of settling the Middle East issue that he himself has made a 1000 times worse since he stole the presidency.

  34. Clinton to give speech on Asia-Pacific issues while in Honolulu

    Nov 08, 2011

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak Thursday morning at the East-West Center ahead of several Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference talks on Friday.

    East-West Center officials said Clinton will address what is expected to be one of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the coming decade — an increased emphasis on diplomatic, economic, and strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific region. She will speak to local political, business, and military leaders, as well as some heads of Pacific island nations in Hawaii for a separate conference, officials said.

    The East-West Center said Clinton’s appearance is not open to the public due to limited seating, but is expected to be streamed live on the center’s website at http://www.eastwestcenter.org.

    On Friday, Clinton will hold an APEC ministerial meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. She also is scheduled to participate in a “women in the economy” summit.


  35. MoonOnPluto, Kraushaar “said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential.”

    Didn’t her lawyer mock Cain for not “remembering” details from even longer ago?

  36. Kraushaar works for the Obama Administration, right? And I believe it was her that the news stated this morning whose son works for Politico. Cozy little situation here with Allred, Obama Admin employees, ties to Axlerod, and family working at Politico imho…..does this sound like the pattern of destroying your opponents from on high?

  37. Would it be far to say that African American’s supported their fellow AA regardless of his lack of record, and the facts and rumors about him. However, Black leaders supporting each other, you have got to be kidding.

    How strong will the black support be the next time?

  38. NewMexicoFan
    November 9th, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    Would it be far to say that African American’s supported their fellow AA regardless of his lack of record, and the facts and rumors about him. However, Black leaders supporting each other, you have got to be kidding.

    How strong will the black support be the next time?


    Very strong.

  39. I cannot help but compare Penn State leaders attempting to contain the infamy of child abuse within their midst, to our Democratic Party leaders who continue to deny the chicanery which surrounded the installation of the boob. JoePa says he wishes he had done more [to expose the heinous acts], and he grieves for the children and their families.

    Surely the depth of JoePa’s grief and sacrifice of the job he loves, will come to be understood by the current leaders of the Democratic Party when the day to face their misdeeds, their deficiencies, arrives.

  40. turndownobama
    November 9th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    I respect life in all of its stages.
    So did you favor the (failed) Mississippi law?
    My view on abortion is irrelevant to the flippant remark that you wrote with regards to it. Progressives are a peculiar lot… usually pro-life in almost all respects except when it comes to a live fetus, albeit something that needs to be nurtured for 9 months before being able to breathe on its own. Yet, there are anti-abortion progressives, too, so one cannot paint them all with the same brush. Abortion is a sad reflection of today’s society, and that’s all I intend on writing about that.

  41. As for JoePa, it’s a bit late for those sentiments. How many other young boys were harmed because of his and his cohorts lack of meaningful response to the plight of those poor boys?

  42. Kaiser Spoke to White House About Solyndra

    By Jim Snyder – Nov 9, 2011

    Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) –George Kaiser, the billionaire investor and fundraiser for President Barack Obama, discussed Solyndra LLC in a meeting with administration officials, according to an e-mail released today.

    A March 5, 2010, e-mail from Kaiser to representatives of his family foundation and its venture-capital arm said the solar-panel company came up in a meeting with “administration folks.”

    “Every one of them responded simultaneously about their thorough knowledge of the Solyndra story, suggesting it was one of their prime poster children,” Kaiser, whose family foundation invested in Solyndra, wrote in the e-mail released by Republican lawmakers.

    The document contradicts White House statements that Kaiser “never discussed Solyndra during any of his seventeen visits to the White House,” Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and Cliff Stearns of Florida, who are leading a congressional investigation into Solyndra’s collapse, said in a letter today to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler.

    Kaiser’s family foundation invested in Solyndra, the Fremont, California-based maker of solar panels that filed for bankruptcy in September after getting a $535 million loan guarantee from the Energy Department.

    The March e-mail came months after Solyndra won its loan guarantee in September 2009. In another exchange, Kaiser wrote to an executive of the foundation and a representative of its venture-capital firm that the White House may not be the place to pursue issues affecting the company.

    “I would see an appeal as only a last resort and, even then, questionable,” Kaiser wrote.


  43. Mississippi ‘egg is a person’ is failing 58/42 with 92% of votes counted.

    Now if we could get rid of ‘corporation ia a person’….

    Perhaps that should have been phrased as “fertilized egg is a person” and “active corporation is a person”?

  44. Terrible terrible scenes down here in Eastern Turkey tonight, Van where that huge earthquake struck 3 weeks ago has just been hit by 2 more earthquakes, 2 hotels and many many more buildings have just collapsed about 15 minutes ago, its 0 degrees and freezing there and the scenes look terrible and a complete mess, its total despair.

  45. Part of an email I’ve just received from Barbara Boxer:

    In 2012, we have the chance to make women more than 20 percent of the Senate — the highest number in history — if we act now! Our PAC for a Change community sees it very clearly: We must elect senators who will stand up and fight for what makes our nation great. That includes the belief that every American — regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, and, yes, gender — deserves opportunity and dignity. This fundamental belief is now under attack like never before. The Republicans have launched an all-out war on women. The GOP has blocked every jobs bill that would help women recover from a recession that has hit them hardest. They’ve tried again and again to take away a woman’s right to choose, her protections from toxic pollution during pregnancy, her retirement security, and her advances in the health care reform law. In Mississippi, they are even trying to redefine personhood so that women would lose full access to fertility treatments, contraceptives, and emergency care during pregnancy. There is only one way to fight back — and that is to elect this amazing team of women Democratic candidates that PAC for a Change has endorsed. Let me be clear: I need your help now to make this dream come true. Click here to visit WinWithWomen2012.com — and then share our new site with your friends on Facebook, post it on Twitter, and forward this email to everyone you know. We have challengers like Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin. We have incumbents like Debbie Stabenow in Michigan and Dianne Feinstein in California. We’re launching WinWithWomen2012.com today to help these wonderful candidates get the resources they need to win tough races, and to fight back against the GOP’s war against women and their families….

  46. About the egg problem.

    When men start getting pregnant they can decide what to do with their own fertilized egg.

    Until then, they should shut up about a woman’s ‘rights’ over her own body unless they are the potential, responsible father of that child.

    I don’t care about anyone’s religious BELIEFS, they have nothing to do with making abortions legal or not legal.

    No one chooses abortion as a fun experience and to judge without knowing a woman’s circumstance is just busybody crap.

    IMO obviously.


    Latest update on the lack of progress for Dems and Republicans to reach a tax deal. Yesterday Democrats of the Super Committee rejected Republicans’ offer to “raise federal tax collections by nearly $300 billion over the next decade.”

    Senator Rand Paul exclusively has JUST told Sean that not only are Democrats rejecting offers put on the table, but now they won’t even continue to negotiate and have “walked away from the table…refusing to talk to the Republicans.”

    Paul warns the American people that this is all about Obama’s reelection, and the taxpayers livelihood is of no concern to Obama and the Democrats.


  48. How Bill Clinton Created Jobs

    WASHINGTON – Bill Clinton’s new book doesn’t mince words about the dismal state of the Obama economy. The former president flatly declares, “We’re in a mess now.”

    Are we ever! But the fact that this withering indictment comes from a former Democratic president, who is widely credited for the strong job-creating economy that emerged in his second term, makes it an embarrassing lecture from a political master who thinks Obama is in over his head.

    This is the news equivalent of “man bites dog,” or in this case, “Democrat bites Democrat.”

    Clinton not only criticizes Obama’s economy but also his relentless attacks on Wall Street executives (though he is happy to take their money for his campaign).

    “Many of them supported me when I raised their taxes in 1993, because I didn’t attack them for their success,” Clinton writes in his book “Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.”

    That cutting criticism, among others in the book, led to “some eye-rolling among senior Obama advisers,” said the Washington Post, and maybe a few expletives to boot.

    Even the title of Clinton’s book is a slap at the Obama’s economic incompetence.

    If “we need smart government for a strong economy,” as Clinton correctly states, it necessarily follows that we now have incompetent government and a dangerously weak economy.

    “It is heartening that people all over the world want to pursue their version of the American Dream but troubling that others are doing a better job than we are of providing it to their people,” Clinton says.

    He also takes Obama to task for not dealing with the debt ceiling issue in his first two years when he had huge Democratic majorities in Congress, and for failing to come up with a coherent campaign message to blunt the GOP’s political attacks in the 2010 midterm elections.

    Clinton offers his own prescriptions for economic growth, including passage of President George W. Bush’s free trade agreements that Obama belatedly signed last month after nearly three years of inaction.

    But Clinton had already been offering more far-reaching advice on the economy that Obama has been ignoring to his own political peril: This is no time to be raising taxes.

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

    Notably, he warned against imposing new government regulations, “particularly in a fragile time [when employers] don’t like to have too many things changing at once,” he said. “A business can’t do five things at once and decide whether to get back into the investment business after it’s slow.”

    Obama rejects Clinton’s advice on both grounds. His nearly $500 billion jobs bill calls for raising taxes on higher income Americans, investors, corporations and small businesses. He’s made no effort to roll back the massive business, healthcare and financial regulatory apparatus he put in place in his first two years.

    However, there’s one economic initiative Clinton took in his second term that had a lot to do with his success on the economy but which he never mentions. One that the president would do well to study.

    In 1997, he signed a Republican tax-relief and deficit-reduction bill that reduced the top capital gains tax rate from 28 percent to 20 percent; created tax free Roth IRAs that encouraged millions of Americans to save and invest for their retirement tax; and added a new $500 child tax credit, among other pro-growth initiatives.

    Until that time, after a short and shallow recession, the economy was doing just okay, growing at a modest annual rate of 3.2 percent in inflation-adjusted terms between 1993 and 1996. A solid, “but not spectacular performance in the overall economy,” says chief Heritage Foundation economist J. D. Foster.

    But it was the capital gains tax cut that really lifted the Clinton economy into the stratosphere, unlocking venture capital investment that is the life blood of new enterprises and new jobs.

    “By 1998, the first full year in which the lower capital gains rates were in effect, venture capital activity reached almost $28 billion, more than a three-fold increase over 1995 levels, and by 1999, it had doubled again,” Foster said in an economic analysis.

    “The explosion in venture capital activity cannot be credited entirely to the cut in capital gains tax rates,” he acknowledges, because it came at a time when the high tech Internet-based economy was exploding with start-ups and the jobs that came with it.

    Nonetheless, “the rapid development and application of these new technologies could not have occurred at such a rapid clip absent the enormous investment flows made possible largely by the reduction in the capital gains tax rate,” Foster said.

    The economy during this 1997 to 2000 tax cut period averaged 4.2 percent real growth per year, a percentage point higher than the expansion that followed Clinton’s 1993 tax increases. Employment exploded with another 11.5 million jobs and real wages rose by 6.5 percent, far stronger than the 0.8 percent growth in his first term.

    The data offers persuasive proof that Clinton’s tax hikes slowed the economy’s full potential, while his ’97 tax cuts accelerated real growth in his second term.

    Clinton never talks about the capital gains tax cuts he signed because that’s not what his tax-happy party wants to hear. But there is a lesson here that Congress can learn from.

    The anemic, jobless Obama economy is in desperate need of a sustained transfusion of venture capital investment. Clinton proved that cutting the capital gains tax rate produces new businesses and enlarges existing ones which in turn creates more jobs. It’s too bad that he doesn’t have the courage to come forward and publicly explain this to his party and his president.


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