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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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Hillary Clinton In Arabia; Republican Debate Fight Night In Iowa

Update: It’s the final battle. It’s Armageddon. It’s Iowageddon. It’s the Sioux City Debate. It’s 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Fox News.

The LiveStream is HERE.

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The final, in Iowa, Republican debate of the year is tonight and our comments section will monitor it. Aside from the debacles of the Obama-made-it-worse-economy, a debate discussion of the Middle East is desperately needed.

In a sense many of the foreign policy issues that require debate discussion in 2011 are directly related to the Barack Obama versus Hillary Clinton debates of 2007/2008. Obama’s “no preconditions” promises and flip-flops to dictators and enemies of America proved back in 2007 that Barack Obama was not and is not qualified to be president of the United States. Hillary Clinton’s clear line in the Arabia sand that an Iran attack on Israel would lead to obliteration of the Persian state was attacked by the Obama campaign and the crackpot websites of the Kook Left.



None of those issues have disappeared. Quite the contrary. Those very issues are now of the utmost importance. News reports allege that the recent downing of a U.S. drone was due to electronic hijacking of that essential weapons system. The American withdrawal later this month will also essentially leave Iraqi air space free for Israeli jets when Israel is forced to deprive Iran of nuclear weapons with which to threaten the entire region and the world.

This past May we discussed the “Arabs’ lawyer Barack Obama” and his ugly anti-Israel speech:

“What does Hillary Clinton think about the Barack Obama attacks on Israel? There is a concerted campaign of lies and deception about Hillary Clinton and it’s coming from Israel haters, Hillary Clinton haters, and Barack Obama lovers. The attempt is to glue Hillary Clinton to the Obamination which is Barack Obama’s treacherous speech last Thursday attacking Israel.

We wrote about why Barack Obama went to the State Department to deliver his TelePrompTer attack on Israel. It was an attempt to create the impression that Hillary Clinton was on board with his treacherous attack on an ally as well as an attempt to shut down any State Department/Hillary Clinton pro-Israel moves.”

Those attempts to tie Hillary Clinton policies to Obama continue. “She is his Secretary of State” goes the argument. What that argument misses is that Hillary Clinton is having to fight Obama all the way. On Libya, Hillary fought Obama. On Egypt, Hillary fought Obama. Hillary understood the stakes involved, Obama went to Rio.

Hillary understood that as bad as Mubarak was, the Muslim Brotherhood would be worse when, not if, it gained power in a post Mubarak Egypt. Hillary also understood that Libya’s Gaddafi was not an American friend and that getting rid of him would demonstrate that it was not only American allies who would be imperiled by turmoil in the Arab street. Obama only looked to see where he could get applause.

Unlike Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton also understands the need to destabilize and replace the Syrian regime:

“Hillary Clinton has urged the Syrian opposition to build a society that is free of the “whims of a dictator”.

The US Secretary of State spoke after meeting six members of the Syrian National Council, an exile group seeking to end the 41-year rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father.

She also urged the group to respect the rule of law and minority rights: “Obviously, a democratic transition includes more than removing the Assad regime.

It means setting Syria on the path of the rule of law and protecting the universal rights of all citizens, regardless of sect or ethnicity or gender.

The most recent example of the concerted campaign to tie Hillary Clinton to Obama’s anti-Israel policies involved some rumors of something or other that she supposedly said according to someone or other. What did Hillary (and Panetta and Gutman) say?:

“The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, caused an uproar when he suggested on Dec. 1 that hostility among European Arabs and Muslims toward Jews was rooted in anger over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and should be distinguished from traditional forms of anti-Semitism. Jewish groups condemned his remarks, which drew calls for his dismissal from Republican presidential front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

The following day, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stirred controversy when he told an audience at the Saban Forum, an annual Washington conclave for American and Israeli policymakers, that Israel needs to “get to the damn table” to negotiate with the Palestinians and “mend fences” with its neighbors. The Anti-Defamation League expressed “surprise and dismay” at a speech that it said “disproportionately put the onus on Israel to overcome its isolation.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made waves a day later at the Saban Forum when she reportedly expressed some concerns about the state of Israeli democracy. [snip]

They’re “putting all of the onus on Israel, and that’s with Panetta, with Hillary and with the ambassador,” he said. “It’s something that we’ve had a problem with this administration.”

Gingrich and Romney are right to call for the firing of Gutman. If any political figure dared to say that discrimination against blacks was due to the high crime rates and welfare grubbing by blacks, that political figure would be rightly excoriated. As to Leon Panetta, he should stop blaming Israel and start condemning the duplicity of the Palestinian officials and their bad faith “negotiating”. Panetta should remember that it was not Israel that gutted the Bill Clinton peace plan of the 1990s which promised a two state solution – it was the Palestinians.

Panetta must remember that it takes to to tango and two good faith partners required to sign any contract or peace treaty. Israel does not have a good faith adversary with which to negotiate. Panetta is simply wrong to demand negotiations without good faith negotiating from the Arab side:

“In his wide-ranging speech on U.S.-Israel relations, Panetta said that Israel needed to take steps to alleviate its isolation.

“For example, Israel can reach out and mend fences with those who share an interest in regional stability — countries like Turkey and Egypt, as well as Jordan,” Panetta said. “This is an important time to be able to develop and restore those key relationships in this crucial area. This is not impossible. If gestures are rebuked, the world will see those rebukes for what they are. That is exactly why Israel should pursue them.”

After the speech, the Saban Center’s Kenneth Pollack asked Panetta what steps Israel should take to advance peace. Panetta replied, “Just get to the damn table. Just get to the table. The problem right now is we can’t get them to the damn table to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences — you know, we all know what the pieces are here for a potential agreement.”

Gingrich issued a statement condemning Panetta’s remarks.

“Barack Obama must tell the American people today whether he condemns or condones the deeply wrong statements by his Secretary of Defense and Ambassador to Belgium,” Gingrich said.

The Zionist Organization of America and the Emergency Committee for Israel — both consistent critics of the Obama administration — also blasted Panetta’s remarks. The ADL, however, was the main centrist Jewish group to take public umbrage.

“The Defense Secretary emphasized the shared U.S. and Israeli interest in deepened strategic cooperation and in countering the Iranian threat,” the ADL said in its statement. “But he undermined the sense of assurance that this could have projected by using a prestigious public platform to focus disproportionate responsibility on Israel for the campaign of hostility against her.”

As to Hillary Clinton, there are many who want to create the illusion that the respected Hillary is on their side. These deceivers want to tie Hillary Clinton to the disaster which is Barack Obama on Middle East policy:

“Clinton’s remarks the next day at the Saban Forum were considered off the record and her session was closed to the media. According to news reports based on sources who attended, her speech went over familiar ground, such as the need to restart peace negotiations and the Iranian threat.

But in a question-and-answer session afterward, Clinton reportedly expressed concerns about some aspects of domestic Israeli politics. She was said to have criticized proposed Knesset legislation aimed at curbing foreign funding of Israeli NGOs and gender-segregated bus lines serving haredi Orthodox areas, among other domestic developments.

Israel’s finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, was quoted in the Israeli media calling Clinton’s remarks “totally exaggerated.”

“Israel is a living, breathing liberal democracy,” Steinitz said.

If reported accurately, Foxman said, Clinton’s comments were “out of line.”

Hillary Clinton reportedly speaking out against proposed gender restricted busing legislation before the Knesset is neither shocking nor inappropriate. Because the Hillary remarks are not direct quotes they are difficult to confirm, condemn or condone. But, women’s rights are a hallmark of Hillary’s life work. Abe Foxman of the ADL made some inaccurate assertions as to what Hillary “reportedly” said:

“This is a secretary of state who certainly doesn’t go out to the Arab Muslim world and criticize them for inequalities,” the ADL leader said. “Sure, Israel is not perfect, human rights could use improvement, but my God, in comparison, I think it’s inappropriate, it’s excessive.”

Clinton has spoken about abuses of women’s rights in the Islamic world. In an April address at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington, she cited progress on addressing abuses of women’s rights in some Muslim countries and condemned those “who are actually working to undermine this progress and export a virulently anti-woman ideology to other Muslim communities.”

Foxman and the Republican candidates tonight should condemn without hesitation or reservation – Barack Obama. Yeah, the guy who has never visited Israel not even when he spoke to “the Muslim world” in his Cairo abomination speech. Obama snubbed Israel when he spoke to the Muslim world and the Muslim world saw that snub as well as Obama bowing to Muslim kings and princes in Saudi Arabia.

The Republican candidates for president need to speak out on Obama’s Middle East mess. Already in “respected” foreign policy circles idiot suggestions are being made which contradict the clear lines Hillary Clinton drew in 2007. These so-called “experts” think being nice to Iran is the way to go, appearing to blink, spinelessness, weakness is their advice:

“The United States Takes the Military Option “off the Table” with Iran

For at least a decade, U.S. leaders have repeatedly insisted that all options are “on the table” with Iran. In one sense this is a truism: as long as you have certain capabilities, you always have the option of using them no matter what you’ve said in the past. But constantly harping on the possibility of military action is not a good way to build trust — especially when the opponent is already deeply suspicious.”

These same “experts” mainline Hopium and indulge themselves in delusions about terrorists:

“But imagine what could happen if Hamas announced it was dropping the most offensive (and stupid) clauses in its current charter? It could still adopt a hardline position on other matters, and still try to portray Fatah as corrupt, inept, or heavily compromised. But by providing an unmistakable signal that Hamas was willing to dump some of its most extreme claims, revising the Charter could open a path towards the organization’s participation in the peace process (which is probably necessary if it is ever to succeed), and thus be a potential game-changer.”

Read the Hamas Charter (HERE) and try to imagine that their actions will ever change just because of a change of words on a piece of paper.

Republicans need to discuss and clearly outline what they would do in the Middle East. After all, Ron Paul can win in Iowa and he might have some smart answers on domestic matters and constitutional issues, but on foreign policy, Ron Paul is nuts.

Ron Paul is nuts on foreign policy which is one sure reason for Andrew Sullivan to endorse Paul:

“We do not need to prevent China’s rise, but to accommodate it as prudently as possible. We do need to get out of the Middle East to the maximum extent and return our relationship with Israel to one between individual nations, with different interests and common ideals, not some divine compact between two Zions. We do need a lighter, more focused, more lethal war against Jihadism – but this cannot ever again mean occupying countries we do not understand and cannot control. I suspect every other Republican would launch a war against Iran. Paul wouldn’t. That alone makes a vote for him worthwhile.”

That’s the same Andrew Sullivan who praised “Obama’s face” as the way to get Muslims to love America among other foolishness. Sullivan hated Hillary and Israel but loved Obama in 2007/2008. Now Sullivan is up to the same tricks. There are reasons why “conservative” Sullivan joins the left kooks and why Sullivan hates Hillary and loves Obama:

“That America would even think of abandoning Israel is an Obamination. That anyone doubts Iranian intentions of another holocaust against American ally Israel as well as opposition to American ideals and values is madness. The Obama Dimocratic Left is crazed and dangerous [snip]

These people are crazed and dangerous. They were kept in a cage when Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the White House. Now, with Obama skewing the rudder, they are uncaged and wild.”

Rick Perry, if no question on the topic is asked tonight, should speak out as he has recently on Israel and the Middle East. As the Associated Press recently reported, Obama is in trouble with American Jews and supporters of Israel. Perry should speak out on these issues. All the Republican candidates should speak out on these issues.

Right now, Barack Obama appears to be a dead man walking. An American Crossroads ad shows the clear path to electoral victory for the GOP.



Even Obama supporters expect Obama to lose. The Obama campaign clowns continue to crow about “five graves paths to victory” but there is only one Obama and Obama is the problem.

Obama is the problem and the first step is to get rid of him. But then what? Republicans tonight, on this last debate of the year 2011, need to provide the solutions to problems both at home and abroad. The Middle East is growing ever more dangerous. Israel might discipline Iran once that Iraqi air space is abandoned. What then?

Republicans tonight should tell Americans what they intend to do about the entire Middle East and take on “no preconditions” Obama directly. The problem is Obama not the other candidates. Obama must go.

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135 comments to Hillary Clinton In Arabia; Republican Debate Fight Night In Iowa

  • BASIL99

    Another glaring example of Bo flubbing his lines and this one is a classic.

    No wonder MO left for Hawaii early. And I bet BO hopes congress comes to no agreement on issues before Christmas Eve.

    Hello, everybody! Hello, Fort Bragg! All the way!

    Now, I’m sure you realise why I don’t like following Michelle Obama.

    She’s pretty good. And it is true, I am a little biased, but let me just say it: Michelle, you are a remarkable First Lady.

    You are a great advocate for military families. And you’re cute.

    I’m just saying, gentlemen, that’s your goal: to marry up.

    Punch above your weight.

    admin, can you embed the clip at this site?

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/

  • ShortTermer

    No more milquetoast candidates like those establishment candidates that the establishment republicans have and are trying to push off on us!

    Have the establishment Rupublican people even thought about the Romney milquetoast candidate they are pushing against the will of the majority of the people who will actually vote in the general election? They are wrong; Romney can not fight; he does not know how to fight; they will tell him not to fight. IMHO, if ONLY McCain had fought in 2007 maybe we would not have this fraud in the WH.
    Krauthammer, Coulter, Christie, and all the other blowhards who are saying that ONLY Romney can win against Obama are just WRONG. Plain. Simple. Obama and the DNC fight low down and dirty; the only way to fight fire is with fire. Remember the statement, if you bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun from the last election cycle? Nuff said.

  • BASIL99

    Uh-oh.

    Apologies, admin. Thanks for the embed but this is the one I meant with BO telling Fort Bragg soldiers to “punch above their weight” when looking for a spouse.

    ROTF!




  • Shadowfax

    Obamination = ObamaNation

    Great post admin and always a thrill when the main subject and video is of Hillary and not so much on Barry or the Rethugs.

  • henry

    Where, online, can I watch the debate?

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin:

    “The attempt is to glue Hillary Clinton to the Obamination which is Barack Obama’s treacherous speech last Thursday attacking Israel.”

    “We wrote about why Barack Obama went to the State Department to deliver his TelePrompTer attack on Israel. It was an attempt to create the impression that Hillary Clinton was on board with his treacherous attack on an ally as well as an attempt to shut down any State Department/Hillary Clinton pro-Israel moves.”

    “Those attempts to tie Hillary Clinton policies to Obama continue. “She is his Secretary of State” goes the argument. What that argument misses is that Hillary Clinton is having to fight Obama all the way. On Libya, Hillary fought Obama. On Egypt, Hillary fought Obama. Hillary understood the stakes involved, Obama went to Rio.”
    __________

    I knew immediately what this flap was all about and said so to my Jewish friends. It is exactly as you stated. Obama placing an indirect smear on Hillary tying her to his pro-Muslim/anti-Israel policy fabricating an event that never took place. Hillary speaking against Israel, never happened!

    Hillary needs to come out publicly denouncing the rumor. Otherwise it will create an atmosphere of mistrust with Israel- where she is seen agreeing with Obama’s diabolical ME policies.

    Some of my friends are deeply wounded by these statements assigned to Hillary. They haven’t gotten over it. More likely they feel betrayed- and that betrayal is now beginning to fester. She has to find a way to do the delicate dance she has always done when she and her Boss hold conflicting opinions and make a public statement.

    I know what Obama’s game is… he is afraid as much as Hillary says she is not running.. he wants to ensure her lifelong allies will be of no help to her should she change her mind and challenge him.

    Cold comfort to the Israelis surrounded by a sea of cold blooded killers.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Panetta should remember that it was not Israel that gutted the Bill Clinton peace plan of the 1990s which promised a two state solution – it was the Palestinians.”
    …..

    Panetta’s statements were shocking- and inexplicable!
    …..

    “Panetta must remember that it takes to to tango and two good faith partners required to sign any contract or peace treaty.”

    “Israel does not have a good faith adversary with which to negotiate. Panetta is simply wrong to demand negotiations without good faith negotiating from the Arab side:”
    …..

    Not only that- Israel is America’s ONLY ally in the Middle East!

    …..

    “That America would even think of abandoning Israel is an Obamination. That anyone doubts Iranian intentions of another holocaust against American ally Israel as well as opposition to American ideals and values is madness. The Obama Dimocratic Left is crazed and dangerous.”

    “These people are crazed and dangerous. They were kept in a cage when Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the White House. Now, with Obama skewing the rudder, they are uncaged and wild.”
    …..

    Well Said, admin! Just thinking about the Iranians manufacturing their own copies of the captured Hi-tec drone should give us pause before we see them flying routinely over Boston, DC, NY, San-Fran, The Golden Gate, GW Bridge… This possibility is already being played on the msnbc network.

    WELL SAID!

  • admin

    The CBS analysis of tonight’s debate is here:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57343776-503544/what-to-watch-in-tonights-gop-debate/

    We’ll be watching to see if Rick Perry does well or destroys his campaign. If he does well the millions he is spending on ads the next couple of weeks will pay off. If he does badly, he should go home to sleep.

  • henry

    admin
    Thank You

  • henry

    I have a mad crush on Megyn Kelly. Why are katie couric and anderson cooper given daily talk shows when this woman is out there?

  • admin

    Baier: Electability? Republicans conflicted about Newt? Perhaps Romney is best bet?

    Newt: Merry Christmas. At this time Ronald Reagan was running behind Jimmy Carter. Reagan carried more states that Roosevelt.

    Baier: Romney said you are an unreliable conservative?

    Newt: I have a ACA rating of 100% as a conservative. I have a record of being a conservative. It’s laughable to consider be not to be a conservative.
    I do change when conditions change.

    Kelly: Paul, many Republicans doubt you can be elected. Third Party run?

    Paul: Probably anybody here can beat Obama. Obama is beating himself. What do we have to offer. I do not want the U.S. to be the policeman of the world and I believe in constitutional government and rule of law – balance the budget.

    Kelly: Santorum, you haven’t caught fire, why?

    Santorum: I am depending on the people of Iowa. I am a strong conviction conservative. Newt had a conservative revolution against him. I have a good personal life.

  • henry

    I cannot look at Rick Perry and not think of Brokeback Mountain. hear Emmylou Harris every time he opens his mouth

  • admin

    Baier: Why can you deliver what Newt can’t?

    Romney: The private sector creates jobs. I know how to get Americans jobs. My successes include Staples, childrens’ centers, etc. I can go up against Obama.

    Wallace: Independents won’t vote for you? Obama will paint you as too conservative to independents?

    Bachmann: I have run for office and won votes from independents. I have taken Obama on, on every issue. I have a proven track record.

    Cavuto: You have said you are a bad debater. Obama is a good debater. Many are concerned?

    Perry: I’m beginning to enjoy these debates. I’ll talk about my record. I have a good jobs record. Many thought Tebow could not be a good quarterback. I am ready for the next level. I want to be the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.

    Cavuto: Can you reassure Republicans you are a conservative? You did not sign a no tax pledge.

    Huntsman: I won’t sign silly pledges, I won’t attend silly Trump debates. We have an economic deficit and a trust deficit in this country. We need term limits for congress and shut the revolving door. No to banks that are too big to fail. I’ll fix the trust deficit.

    Baier: If as president you are at loggerheads with congress what would you do?

    Santorum: Do what great leaders do. Talk to the American people.

    Perry: After three years you would think Obama would know what to do. Obama walked away from the committee that proposed solutions.

    Romney: What is leadership? My legislature was 85% Democrats. I had to find common ground.

    Gingrich: Obama is a Saul Alinsky democrat. As Speaker I worked things out with Bill Clinton. Four balanced budges. Welfare reform.

    Paul: Government and debt is too big.

    Bachmann: I would have started last summer and called everyone back to Washington. No new taxes.

    Huntsman: Leadership is action not words. I passed a flat tax, health care reform without a mandate. My approval rating was over 80%.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Wallace: Are you vulnerable to the hard hearted conservative attack that Newt hit you with?

    Romney: That is what Obama is going to say. In the real world some things just don’t make it. How is GM doing? GM closed down showrooms and businesses and that is how I will answer Obama. I know how to create jobs.

    Wallace: You supported [quote cited] Freddie Mac. Are you a hypocrite?

    Gingrich: I was not a public official. We should help Americans buy homes and there are some good government organizations that help do this.

    Wallace: You’ve attacked Newt Gingrich. Gingrich says he was in the private sector.

    Paul: Newt was involved in a government/big business partnership. This is dangerous. Austrian economists warned us about the bubble. We have become a government sponsored enterprise not free enterprise.

    Gingrich: The government does some of this well. There are plenty of instances of government/private sector cooperation.

    Wallace: You accused Gingrich of influence peddling?

    Bachmann: He cashed Freddie Mac checks. I’m shocked that Gingrich is saying what he is saying. He wants the scam to keep going in Washington D.C. Freddie Mac needs to be shut down.

    Gingrich: What she says is simply not true. I helped pass reform bills in the house. She should check her facts.

    Bachmann: Politifact says what I said is true. The influence peddling was to keep Freddie Mac going.

    Gingrich: My policy is to both break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I have never changed my positions for profit. I have only worked for those whose values I share.

    Cavuto: Not to make you a target, but as Romney has said are you consistent? You attacked the Ryan plan as “right wing social engineering” but now you support the Ryan/Wyden compromise?

    Newt: A free society should make a decision with consent of the people. Governor Romney came up with a good variation of the Ryan plan.

    Romney: Today Republicans and Democrats came together to help future generations. I applaud Ryan/Wyden.

  • admin

    Cavuto: Haven’t you made budgets worse by demanding earmarks?

    Paul: It’s a mixed question. I have never voted once for an earmark. The Congress should earmark every penny not give all that money to the executive.

    Cavuto: Isn’t that having your cake and eating it too?

    Paul: I don’t complain about earmarks because that is what Congress should do. As president I would want less power. It’s a different philosophy consistent with our constitution.

    Cavuto: As Texas Agriculture Commissioner you needed to be bailed out although you demand fiscal probity?

    Perry: Don’t believe everything you read in the Austin Statesman. As to Newt, what we are talking about is the nexus between power and spending. I want a part-time congress. Term limits. 140 days every 2 years for Congress to be in session.

    Cavuto: China does not play fair?

    Huntsman: I invited dissidents to the American embassy. Eventually we need to have shared values. In the 21st century only the U.S.-China relationship will matter.

    Cavuto: Overseas money? No taxes on that money to bring it back on the condition that it is used to create jobs?

    Santorum: Yes. We need our capital to be competitive. I will repeal every Obamacare regulation to help business.

    Baier: Where will the jobs be in the next ten years?

    Romney: The people will decide that. Obama wants to have government make that decision. I think manufacturing will come back and high tech will be a source of growth, as will energy.

    Kelly: Subpoena judges to congress to explain their decisions? Impeach judges when you disagree with their decisions?

    Gingrich: The courts have become arrogant and not constitutional. I have warned the courts that we do not have a judicial dictatorship. I will take on the judiciary. Jefferson abolished judges. Lincoln repudiated the Dredd Scott decision.

    Kelly: What happens if the Democrats retaliate and abolish circuits Republicans like?

    Bachmann: I agree with Newt Gingrich. We’ve gotten to the point that the final arbiter of law is the court system. The courts should not have the right to make law. I commend Iowans who removed judges. I believe in original intent.

    Kelly: Agree?

    Paul: The Congress can impeach. To subpoena judges and abolish courts could open up a can of worms.

    Kelly: You nominated Democrats or independents to the court in Massachusetts?

    Romney: A governor of Massachusetts can only nominate candidates. I appointed good people. Congress should not oversee judges.

    Kelly: Favorite Supreme Court Justice?

    Santorum: I helped get those judges thrown on in Iowa – the only one up here.

    Perry: No lifetime tenure for the federal bench. Alito, Roberts, Thomas.

    Romney: and Scalia.

    Gingrich: I agree.

    Paul: They are all good and all bad. Personal liberty versus economic liberty.

    Bachmann: All of them.

    Huntsman: Roberts and Alito.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Baier: Iran getting nuclear weapons. You’d be to the left of Obama on Iran?

    Paul: There is no UN evidence of Iran getting nuclear weapons. This is war propaganda like in Iraq. The head of Israeli security agrees with me.

    Baier: The premise is that you would have solid evidence on nuclear weapons?

    Paul: I understand why Iran wants nuclear weapons. They are surrounded.

    Baier: Iran closing Strait of Hormuz? What would you do?

    Paul: We are making threats not Iran. Sanctions are an act of war.

    Baier: Is Iran engaged in acts of war?

    Santorum: They are a radical theocracy. MAD would not work on Iran like it did with the USSR, Paul. They want martrydom. We should work with Israel. Strike their facilities.

    Baier: Obama asked Iran to return our drone? You said Obama is weak and timid? Is Obama inviting war?

    Romney: A strong America is the best ally of peace. Obama said “pretty please?” Obama thinks the next century is the post-America century. America has to lead the free world. You cannot have appeasement. A strong America prevents people from testing us around the world.

    Baier: Operations in Iraq over? Civil war there? Is Iran coming in? Would you send troops back in?

    Bachmann: Obama was given victory in Iraq on a silver platter and he is thowing it away. Iran and Syria will control the Gulf and beyond. Ron Paul has said some dangerous things tonight. Iran will seek to wipe out Israel. They want Jihad and a world wide caliphate.

    Paul: I want less nuclear weapons. To declare war on 1.2 billion Muslims is dangerous. Why were we flying a drone in Iran? Another war is what is dangerous.

    Bachmann: The problem would be the greatest underreaction in the world if we would allow them to get nuclear weapons.

    Paul: There is no UN report that says that.

    Bachmann: The IAU report.

    Paul: When I was drafted Kennedy called Khrushchev.

  • admin

    Baier: Would the U.S. leave the UN if you were president?

    Newt: We would depend on it less. 11,000 missiles have been fired at Israel. The UN camps we fund are training grounds for terrorists. We have no obligation to lie about how bad the UN bureaucracy is.

    Huntsman: The UN serves a useful purpose in peacekeeping and humanitarianism. We need a new foreign policy. We are weak, this economy is broken. We have to fix this to be effective overseas.

    Baier: Thousands killed by Assad? Intervention?

    Perry: I have called for a no fly zone over Syria. Obama has bungled Iran and Syria and Egypt. Leading from behind. We should have destroyed that drone. Obama did nothing.

  • admin

    Cavuto: Keystone Pipeline? What should Republicans do?

    Gingrich: I am editing my language to not appear zany. Iranians planning to close Hormuz. Canadians say they will build the pipeline to feed Canada. Obama is utterly irrational to kill jobs, deprive us of energy and this makes no sense to any rational American.

    Cavuto: What would you do?

    Gingrich: Attach it to the middle class tax cut over and over again. We did that with Bill Clinton on welfare reform and he backed down.

    Cavuto: Environmentalism versus jobs?

    Huntsman: We have no choice. We need jobs. We need a relationship with Canada. We need energy independence and therefore natural gas. How stupid are we?

    Cavuto: You were against the long shutdown after the BP fiasco. What was the appropriate period of time?

    Bachmann: Obama was not willing to have an honest investigation. Obama just stopped the drilling. Keystone would be an economic boom. Keystone is a political decision for Obama’s reelection. Obama has put his reelection over jobs.

    Cavuto: Solyndra? As Texas Governor you helped the oil industry? Are you guilty of the same behavior?

    Perry: Today is the 220 anniversary of the Bill of Rights. I like the Tenth Amendment. The states are the labrotories of innovation. We did it for gas and oil and for wind industry and alternative energy too. Government should not pick winners and losers. Branstad knows how to do this in Iowa.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Perry doing very well tonight. Tonight plus millions in ads might change things for him.

  • admin

    Kelly: Holder resign? You want Holder to resign?

    Perry: As president if my AG did not know about a Fast and Furious I would fire him. Obama came to Texas and said the border is the safest it has ever been. But it is not safe. Our country is in jeopardy. Hamas, Iran and terrorists are using our Mexico border to target us. Large embassies.

    Santorum: I agree with Perry. Obama embraces our enemies and hurts our friends.

    Kelly: 11 million illegal immigrants must go home – why would they?

    Romney: A plastic ID card to show the employer would stop this problem. Employers who do not check ID would be punished. Illegal immigrants must go home, get in the back of the line and apply to get back. Support legal, not illegal immigration.

    Gingrich: Steve King has proposed legislation to do exactly this. I have some disagreement with those that have been here for 25 years or more. I would drop all the lawsuits against Arizona and Alabama. I would sanction sanctuary cities.

    Kelly: Majorities and most latinos support a form of amnesty. Don’t Republicans need latinos?

    Huntsman: Follow the law. Latinos support that. Our economy is so weak less and less illegal immigrants are coming here.

  • admin

    Wallace: Abortion, gay rights, guns – all positions you changed on for political profit? Principle or politics?

    Romney: I support gay rights but oppose same sex marriage. On abortion I changed my mind. I vetoed an pro abortion bill.

    Wallace: You wrote a letter in 1994 to Log Cabin Republicans saying you would be more pro gay rights than Ted Kennedy?

    Romney: I do not believe in discrimination based on being gay.

    Santorum: Romney could have blocked gay marriage in Massachusetts. He personally issued gay marriage licenses. I have a strong record on not discriminating but am not for gay marriage.

    Romney: That’s a novel interpretation. The court said same sex marriage was required. I tried to get a constitutional amendment. I protect traditional marriage.

    Wallace: You critize Newt on pro-life?

    Bachmann: As Speaker he could have defunded organizations. He said he would campaign for Republicans who supported partial birth abortion. He tolerated infanticide. I am 100% pro life.

    Newt: Bachmann does not get her facts straight. My conservative rating is 100% I am against experimentation on embryos.

    Bachmann: It is outrageous that he says I don’t have my facts right. I am a serious candidate for president. Gingrich said he would support Republicans who ran on partial birth abortion.

    Gingrich: I said I would not try to purge Republicans. Twice we tried to stop partial birth abortion but Clinton vetoed. I would defund planned parenthood.

  • admin

    Baier: Reagan’s 11th Commandment?

    Santorum: We have a responsibility to vet the candidates. Who has the best record?

    Perry: “If you don’t get your tail kicked you are not playing at a high enough level.”

    Romney: Obama will have a billion dollars to attack the nominee. Obama is not the right person to lead this country.

    Gingrich: I have tried to talk about my positions not attack others. Any of these folks would be better than Obama. Our only opponent is beating Barack Obama.

    Paul: The media has a responsibility and we have a responsibility. The media is failing in its responsibilities.

    Bachmann: Reagan examined his opponents’ records.

    Huntsman: I worked for Reagan. He would have said “debate is good.” We desperately need heightened trust. These kinds of debates will heighten the trust level of Americans.

    IT’S OVER.

  • admin

    The professor does not think Perry stood out. We think he did very well and probably helped himself quite a lot.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/12/sioux-city-debate/#comments

  • Southern Born

    Is Gingrich helping himself continually bringing Bill Clinton’s name? Like others, everytime he mentions Clinton, I can’t help but think HYPROCRITE.

  • henry

    i just want some one to kick barry’s ass in debate. newt has that and he can take on the press. His horror stories about cheating on his wife and proposing to another woman at her death bed are at best gratuitous. I do not give s rats ass who he did or did not sleep with. I love my little one and i want what is best for her and that means a vibrant economy. We are a nation drowning in unfathomable debt I am a gay man but I am also an uncle/brother/child. More concerned with my kin than me being able to say i Do.

  • Betty

    I watched the debate on Fox. When Newt finished saying roughly this:

    I am editing my language to not appear zany. Iranians planning to close Hormuz. Canadians say they will build the pipeline to feed Canada. Obama is utterly irrational to kill jobs, deprive us of energy and this makes no sense to any rational American.

    I thought “well that’s it, there’s the next president.” Now I am wondering if Hillary will let Newt run unopposed to the Presidency. And if I want her to or not.

  • Southern Born

    It’s not about whether Newt cheated on his wives or not for me, it is about his arrogant hypocricy of impeaching a president when he was doing the same thing and lying about it as well. It goes to his character and he is still hammering on Bill Clinton.

    Is Newt the only nominee who thinks Obama is trying to kill jobs and deprive us of energy? Do the other candidates not feel this way?

  • turndownobama

    it is about his arrogant hypocricy of impeaching a president when he was doing the same thing and lying about it as well. It goes to his character and he is still hammering on Bill Clinton.

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

    And, as I keep saying, it’s about him wanting to impeach Bill at all. How could he hate Bill’s actions so strongly that he was willing to take the insane risk of impeaching Bill for what he was doing himself?

  • henry

    I’ll take Newt over mittens or obama,
    Watched the latter half of debate in a blue collar bar and there was no romney love to be found. everyone was wearing cardhardt or dickies. Hillary plumber/iron worker democrats will not vote for Romney. polls mean nothing. newt seems to be okay even if media tells us/them they don’t like him

  • Leanora

    The Obama administration is harassing and detaining law-abiding patriots.

    SIOA and the Traditional Values Coalition have been carefully monitoring the anti-constitutional collusion of Obama’s State department and the global Islamic supremacist org, the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation). Today, SIOA partner and TVC president, Andrea Lafferty, was detained by the State department as a “threat” merely for covering the secret event.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/12/emulating-their-sharia-partner-the-oic-andrea-lafferty-targeted-state-department-detains-andrea-laff.html

    Why is Hillary going along with this? I thought she was on our side!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Leanora: you can read the excerpt below- and see the source of the phone call is anonymous- that is a red flag right there-

    I would say this is the last straw and the spur Hillary needs for handing in her resignation and taking on this misfit president and Jarett his sister clone.

    I think she was trying to wait until the R Iowa Caucus determines who the strongest R candidate will be in November- but the ground is shifting under her feet- Obama must have some inkling Hillary is planning on rising up to take him on-

    This is my only explanation for the second un-Hillary like behavior we are now witnessing. All that I am and I believe is written here today. The only explanation that fits the circumstances so uncharacteristic of the woman we know so well- We need to wait a little longer for further developments. I can’t imagine Hillary sitting quietly by the way side without having her say-

    RUN-HILLARY-RUN before Obama destroys your credibility!
    _______________

    “Lafferty was circled by several members of Secretary Clinton’s staff before being approached by a member of the security detail, demanding Lafferty follow him. When asked why she was being removed from the reception hall, the security detail announced that a phone call had identified Lafferty as a “security threat” to Secretary Clinton.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Hillary needs an impetus, which this IS, as a reason to lambast Obama up one side and down the other.. Realistically, she couldn’t come out against Obama if they were all in agreement and bff, now could she? I hope she plans to bludgeon him, in a nice way of course, having surrogates make the first hit, her following through for the checkmate-

  • Leanora

    Hillary needs an impetus, which this IS, as a reason to lambast Obama
    ———————————————————-
    Thanks Mrs. Smith – I agree this may be that impetus.

    I was very sad this morning when I learned about the death of Christopher Hitches. I was hoping he would beat the cancer. For a while, it appeared he might.

    Last night the world lost a brilliant mind and a very talented writer.

    RIP Christopher.

  • turndownobama

    The State Department, hm…?

    So here’s the Internet in a Suitcase that the US State Department is already working on:
    (From Wired)
    The Internet in a Suitcase project is based off a simple plan: create software that’s easy to install and use on cheap hardware which will seamlessly connect to any other access point around it, creating a shared local network.

    The custom software is called Commotion. It will work with Android phones and with routers that support custom firmware, like Ubiquiti Networks’ low-cost, carrier-grade wireless access points. ”The firmware provides auto-configuration capabilities,” said Brian Duggan, one of the engineers on the Internet in a Suitcase project, “so you don’t need to be an engineer” to install it. “You flash as many nodes as you want, or pick up previous ones.”

    The idea is that the system will automatically set itself up. Drop a unit near another unit and they’ll start talking to one another and trading data. Add another and all three will talk to one another. Add a thousand and you can cover a whole city. Then if one of those routers is hooked up to an internet connection, everyone on the network can connect. If that connection disappears, users can still try to update an application like Twitter or send e-mail to the larger internet and the outgoing notes will go into a holding pattern until the mesh network finds another connection to the greater net.

  • jbstonesfan

    I did not even know there was a debate last night!!! Who won?

    Also, some more positive posting from me:

    http://news.yahoo.com/ap-gfk-poll-obama-election-odds-roughly-50-084041066.html

  • Shadowfax

    HALLELUJAH CORPORATIONS (revised edition)

  • turndownobama

    HALLELUJAH CORPORATIONS (revised edition)

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

    I didn’t watch the video, but someone said that 2012′s “Person of the Year” should be a corporation.

  • Shadowfax

    Thanks for the blow by blow admin.

    I have no horse in this race so I can’t defend any of them.

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin- please post the “yellow jacket” – thanks.

    Hillary Clinton’s Rhode Island Event



    HILLARY CLINTON RALLY at RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

    h… w… youtube.com/watch?v=ED7ixr_0w30

  • AmericanGal

    Another juicy story in the new Globe tabloid-it’s even on the front page. They are reporting that Bill Clinton and Obama had an argument on a golfing outing at Andrews Air Force base on Sept. 24. They said Obama questioned Bill on statements he had been making to others (calling Obama the worst president ever). The Globe source said Bill told Obama he did say it and that he thought Obama’s class warfare message was just stirring up hate (like with the OWS movement). Obama supposedly responded by saying Clinton was a racist and no different from the rest of them. The article also says Bill wants Hillary to leave the Obama administration and that she is finding it hard to work for Obama knowing her husbands views of him. Bill told her to leave before her reputation is tarnished but she doesn’t want people to say she walked out on the President. The article says she is wrestling with this issue right now.

    Like the Michelle affair story, who knows if any of this is remotely true, but it is a fun read nontheless…

  • Jen the Michigander

    If Hillary is planning a major move, I don’t expect it to happen until after the holidays and until after Iowa.

  • BASIL99

    Thanks for the running narrative admin but I confess I am debated-out. Even though i watched I barely remember a thing that was said except forPerry wanting to be like teebow.

    :evil:

    AmericaGal – I broke down and bought that issue. Juicy, indeed. Rings very true to me, especially the part about BO calling BC “a racist like all the others” when BC apparently criticized him.

  • turndownobama

    Another juicy story in the new Globe tabloid-it’s even on the front page. They are reporting that Bill Clinton and Obama had an argument on a golfing outing
    [....]
    Like the Michelle affair story, who knows if any of this is remotely true, but it is a fun read nontheless…

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

    Well, remotely, maybe. ;-) Bill would never say anything like that out loud. But it’s nice to think the Globe thinks their readers might believe it.

    Sounds like the Globe has been reading Big Pink.

  • AmericanGal

    Turndownobama, that’s exactly what I thought when I read it!

  • turndownobama

    ” His fantasy life is so rich that he has already compared himself to Abraham Lincoln, Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan [....]”

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

    Guess who!

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Bill wants Hillary to leave the Obama administration and that she is finding it hard to work for Obama knowing her husbands views of him. Bill told her to leave before her reputation is tarnished but she doesn’t want people to say she walked out on the President. The article says she is wrestling with this issue right now.”
    _________

    There’s nothing to wrestle with- Obama wants her out. Angela Lafferty was strike 2.. 3 strikes and you’re OUT.. The 3rd strike will be the fatal blow- she will never see it coming and it will destroying her reputation forever.

    I’m betting he already has someone in mind as her replacement. You see, he has the MBs in the ME just about where he wants them. With Hillary out of the way, and his FP puppet in place, he has a free hand and open communication w/the MB’s with their embassy just around the corner in DC.

    Get the SOB removed– this is bigger than just Hillary… We need her intact and viable. Obama’s plans are a total upheaval of the ME and most likely the PAs will take Israel by force leaving the US government torn and conflicted standing by unable to help Israel because the US president won’t allow it…

  • Shadowfax

    AmericanGal
    December 16th, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    Another juicy story in the new Globe tabloid-it’s even on the front page. They are reporting that Bill Clinton and Obama had an argument on a golfing outing at Andrews Air Force base on Sept. 24. They said Obama questioned Bill on statements he had been making to others (calling Obama the worst president ever). The Globe source said Bill told Obama he did say it and that he thought Obama’s class warfare message was just stirring up hate (like with the OWS movement). Obama supposedly responded by saying Clinton was a racist and no different from the rest of them. The article also says Bill wants Hillary to leave the Obama administration and that she is finding it hard to work for Obama knowing her husbands views of him. Bill told her to leave before her reputation is tarnished but she doesn’t want people to say she walked out on the President. The article says she is wrestling with this issue right now.

    Like the Michelle affair story, who knows if any of this is remotely true, but it is a fun read nontheless…

    ———-
    This sounds pretty great to me…remember the Big Dawg’s book that just came out on how to get the economy back in the black….making Barry look like the puppet fool he is.

    Hillary normally keeps her word…so leaving before the end of his term might be difficult for her, no matter how much she hates him…but
    the Clinton’s know how to run circles around any political problem…

    And……

    why would the Big Dawg worry about Hillary being too connected to Barry’s policies UNLESS they both want her to RUN AGAIN!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Bill’s first priority is Hillary’s safety and preserving her reputation. I imagine there is something to her staying until she can hand over the FP mantle to her successor. Maybe she hadn’t factored in the depth of Obama’s fear he may not be elected seeing Gingrich has become a formidable figure he might be facing in a series of debates. Last night Gingrich vowed given the chance he will destroy Obama one on one in 3/3hr debates.

    Obama strategists are moving up his ME plans just in case he loses the next election. The reason why the protests have not fully dispersed. They are the wild card waiting in the wings prepared to do their damndest to reek chaos in the county if his numbers continue to fall and there is NO chance in Hell he will be elected..

    They are waging a war on 2 fronts. The ME and the US elections. I would say, they have Jarret running the ME Plan with Axelrod and Plouffe simultaneously running the US election strategy, which is neutralize any and all opponents…

  • Shadowfax

    This was posted over on PumaPac…

    PUMARhythm-

    Don’t know if you have seen this but Still4Hill has a post up that is Very interesting..made my heart skip a beat!!

    -snip-
    “So this evening I have no media articles to prompt this post. Instead I have a short conversation between my friend Rumana and President Clinton this afternoon at a book signing in Chappaqua. Here is Rumana’s synopsis:

    I said you should go to S4h FB page and see we are encouraging her. He put his hand on my shoulder and said if lot more people encourage her maybe she will run. I said Mr. President we are talking about 2012 please do something. He said she needs to know you are there for her and I said please tell her.

    So this is OUR golden opportunity! Please comment here, but also at the Facebook page. President Clinton, and maybe even our preferred candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be looking there for our encouragement. Let’s go all out this weekend and let her see the support that is out here!”
    -snip-

    http://still4hill.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/please-hillary-run/

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

    Pumas…please go and leave a comment for Hillary!!!

    We are Pumas…We Will Never Give Up!!!!


    Run Hillary Run!! 2012!

  • Shadowfax

    This was posted over on PumaPac…

    PUMARhythm-

    Don’t know if you have seen this but Still4Hill has a post up that is Very interesting..made my heart skip a beat!!

    -snip-
    “So this evening I have no media articles to prompt this post. Instead I have a short conversation between my friend Rumana and President Clinton this afternoon at a book signing in Chappaqua. Here is Rumana’s synopsis:

    I said you should go to S4h FB page and see we are encouraging her. He put his hand on my shoulder and said if lot more people encourage her maybe she will run. I said Mr. President we are talking about 2012 please do something. He said she needs to know you are there for her and I said please tell her.

    So this is OUR golden opportunity! Please comment here, but also at the Facebook page. President Clinton, and maybe even our preferred candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be looking there for our encouragement. Let’s go all out this weekend and let her see the support that is out here!”
    -snip-

    http://still4hill.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/please-hillary-run/

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

    Pumas…please go and leave a comment for Hillary!!!

  • holdthemaccountable

    The Obama family Christmas wish? “Honest. We really like it here. PLEASE let us stay another four years!!!!!”

    The First Family is all smiles in their Christmas card which was released today, continuing their recent string of holiday-related appearances. The Obamas are shown sitting hand in hand in the Oval Office, with Michelle and Malia leaning in to one another while Sasha rest on her father’s knee. Even though Mr Obama has been president for the past three years, this is only their second Christmas card using a family portrait, having skipped the tradition last year….
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2074737/Obamas-release-Christmas-card-years.html

    My response: Just more examples of what they do for power. He’s been embracing “patriotic” talk for months – probably had to practice lots to get over the lifelong gag reflex associated with it; now WH adults kiss up to the military on a regular basis. More recently, going public about those formerly icky Christian Christmas traditions. While a candidate, a UK journal had the courtesy to inform us that they exchanged seasonal gifts and had sleepovers at Christmastime. None of the deck the halls, nativity nonsense, santa shit.

  • ABM90

    The honors and demands keep on coming in from Remarks
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StatePier Sixty at Chelsea Pier

    New York, NY

    December 17, 2011

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. Well, if it ever were a secret. (Laughter.)
    Thank you, Marc, and thanks to all of you for being part of this evening to support such an extraordinary, important organization that is relied upon certainly across the world, and that includes the State Department.
    I want to thank Marc and Frank Giustra. I want to thank Louise for her leadership and everyone on the board; the chairman, an old friend, Tom Pickering; Wolf Blitzer, thank you for giving of your time; and all the generous supporters here tonight. Because for more than 15 years, you have helped policy-makers see the world more clearly and respond to conflict more effectively. So I thank you.
    I also have a number of colleagues here from the diplomatic corps, two wonderful friends, Kati Marton, as we remember her extraordinary husband and our friend and colleague, and Queen Noor and the work that she’s done around the world.
    And I especially want to join in thanking our four honorees, women who inspire us with their courage and their commitment to pursue peace and justice in the face of enormous obstacles.
    These four women – Sima and Claudia and Shukri and Sihem – are in and of themselves absolutely the kind of leaders that we want to honor. They also represent millions of women who deserve our support, because they, like the remarkable three women who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize last Saturday in Oslo, challenge us to think more deeply about what making peace really requires. They help us see that persuading warring parties to lay down their arms is only part of achieving peace. True peace also takes reconciliation and justice. It requires opportunity and sustainable security for all citizens. Peace without these things is hollow and fleeting – indeed it often turns out to be no peace at all.
    And women can be a powerful force for peace across all these dimensions.
    Consider what did happen in Liberia in the spring of 2003. Those of you who have seen the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell know this story. Thousands of women from all walks of life – Christians and Muslims together – flooded the streets, marching, singing, and praying. Dressed all in white, they sat in a fish market under the hot sun and a banner that said: “The women of Liberia want peace now.” They built a network of women across the country, even as violence flared all around them.
    And when peace talks finally began, they staged a sit-in at the negotiations, linking arms and blocking the doors until the men inside reached an agreement. The peace was signed, the dictator fled, and still they did not rest. They turned their energies to building an enduring peace – a peace that would deliver results for their families and reconciliation for their nation. And in time, a woman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was elected and became the first woman ever elected president of an African country. Her election gave new hope to the people of Liberia – men and women alike – and inspired millions of us around the world.
    Today, there are dozens of active conflicts across the globe, many of them brutal civil wars, which threaten the lives of millions of men, women, and children, as well as our own interests and values.
    These conflicts create space for pirates and terrorists to operate with impunity and send waves of refugees across borders, threatening regional security. They involve non-state actors, from militias to cartels to child soldiers, making them much more complicated to resolve. And they are growing increasingly deadly for civilians, who face abduction, rape, and dislocation on a massive scale. Non-combatants represented 10 percent of the casualties in World War I, 50 percent in World War II, but as high as 90 percent in many recent conflicts in Africa. In these wars, civilians are not collateral damage, they are primary targets.
    Over many decades, American leadership helped to build an architecture of institutions and alliances designed to prevent full-scale conflict between the world’s great powers. But traditional peace-making methods are proving less effective at preventing and ending smaller conflicts and civil wars. More than half of all peace agreements fail within 5 years. The recidivism rate for civil war is particularly high. According to the World Bank, 90 percent of the last decade’s civil wars occurred in countries already scarred by conflict.
    So there has to be a better way. And we need to work together to forge a new approach to making peace. And I know that in this work, the Crisis Group will be in the lead.
    We can start by asking what’s missing from most peace talks and the agreements they produce. One answer to that question is women. (Applause.) In the past 20 years, hundreds of peace treaties have been signed. But a sampling of those treaties shows that less than 8 percent of negotiators were women.
    Now, there is a clear moral argument – after all, women do represent half of humanity and they have, we have, a fundamental right to participate in the decisions that shape our lives. But the moral argument has so far failed to change behavior on the front lines, where it matters most.
    So we need to move the discussion off the margins and into the center of the global debate, and we frankly have to appeal to the self-interest of all people, men as well as women. Because including more women in peacemaking is not just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. This is about our own national security and the security of people everywhere.
    Tonight I want briefly to examine the growing body of evidence that shows how women contribute to making and keeping peace – and that those contributions lead to better outcomes for entire societies.
    Now, this is not a “men are from Mars, and women are from Venus” argument. Most men are not war-mongers. And all over the world there are talented, courageous men – many in this room – pursuing peace with integrity and skill. I happen to be married to one of them. (Applause.)
    And powerful women leaders like Golda Meir or Margaret Thatcher have led their nations in war. And if it is still rare to see women carrying arms in conflict, it is not uncommon to find them supporting the men who do.
    Women who win acclaim as peacemakers, however, like the Liberians in that fish market, are motivated not just by altruism, but by a very practical understanding of the costs of conflict and the benefits of stability. They are looking out for their own interests, as much as any man.
    Remember the statistics that I mentioned earlier, how often peace agreements fail, how frequently civil wars recur. Now, there is no silver bullet, to use a mixed metaphor. But there is a silver lining when men and women work together as equal partners.
    The question of how women contribute to peace and security deserves far more quantitative research and rigorous study than it has received to date.
    But long experience suggests at least four mutually reinforcing ways in which women influence peace processes, both inside and outside the negotiating room.
    The first, according to research conducted by the International Crisis Group in Sudan, Congo, Uganda, and by observers in other conflicts, is that women who participate in peace talks often raise issues like human rights, citizen security, justice, employment, health care, which may otherwise be ignored.
    Some of these concerns – especially stopping mass rapes – are too often thought of as “women’s issues.” But that is wrong. Addressing these issues helps entire societies reconcile, rebuild, and achieve a just and lasting peace.
    It’s true that forcing negotiators to grapple with hard questions might delay an agreement in some cases. But it can ultimately create a stronger peace that has broader popular support.
    In Northern Ireland, for example, women activists secured commitments in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement to involve young people and victims of violence in reconciliation; to accelerate the release and the reintegration of political prisoners; and to ensure an integrated education system and mixed housing. That made the agreement more relevant to people’s day-to-day lives and the peace more durable.
    Why do women raise these issues? Well, I don’t think it’s about being the “softer sex.” It’s about knowing what’s actually happening where people live and work, and understanding what average citizens are concerned about.
    In many conflict areas, while women are denied access to traditional power structures like ministries or militaries, they do create extensive community networks. And this is especially true in sprawling refugee camps, like the one I visited in the eastern Congo two years ago, where there are far more women than men. These networks serve as a kind of grassroots intelligence-gathering organization. In Darfur, for example, when male negotiators deadlocked over control of a particular river during the seventh round of the 2006 negotiations, local women pointed out that the river had already dried up. (Laughter.) I love that story. (Laughter.)
    Just as they benefit from a wide range of civilian issues, peace talks also are strengthened by a wide range of citizen voices. In many conflicts, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as civil society leaders, are excluded along with women. And this perpetuates divisions that can lead to future conflict and it silences important perspectives.
    This brings me to a second way that women help achieve just and lasting peace: They speak on behalf of other marginalized groups and across cultural and sectarian divides.
    At Afghanistan’s constitutional Loya Jirga in 2003, for example, women accounted for 20 percent of the delegates and they successfully advocated for equal rights for all Afghan citizens. Many women also came together to support Uzbek efforts to gain official status for their language.
    And let me add that as the process of reconciliation and transition moves forward in Afghanistan, we cannot and we will not ignore the contributions of Afghan women. The United States will continue pushing the Afghan Government to include women, civil society, and ethnic minorities at all levels of the reconciliation process. (Applause.) And we will not waver in our requirement that in order to rejoin Afghanistan’s political life, insurgents must not only renounce al-Qaida and violence, they must also pledge to respect the laws and constitution of Afghanistan – including the rights of women. (Applause.) That means allowing women and girls to go to school, participate in government and business, and live and work free from violence.
    From the first days after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, I argued that an Afghanistan “where women’s rights are respected is much less likely to harbor terrorists in the future,” because “a society that values all its members, including women, is also likely to put a higher premium on life, opportunity, and freedom.” Well, that is just as true today.
    In Afghanistan and elsewhere, including women at the peace table helps give a voice to everyone that conflict and culture relegate to the sidelines. You don’t need to have played a role on the battlefield to have a stake in a peaceful future.
    Related to that, here is a third way that women contribute in peace processes: They can often be facilitators or honest brokers – and produce results.
    Most participants in peace talks are the combatants in a conflict. After all, they are the ones who ultimately have to agree to stop fighting. But they need help from credible mediators – people who don’t have blood on their hands and who can build consensus.
    Field research has found that when women participate in negotiations, especially in large numbers, men behave less aggressively and are more willing to compromise.
    As one former finance minister in Somalia said, women “have influence because they are not direct parties to the conflict and marry across clans so they can serve as a bridge between rival clans… when men are not willing to negotiate, more often the women will pressure the men toward peace.”
    The Ugandan mediator Betty Bigombe has described how government and rebel negotiators accorded her the special status of “Mother.” This, she said, and I quote, “enabled me to assume an almost parental tone of authority with them—one which was both reprimanding and hard-lined, and yet not perceived as threatening. As a result, I could be bold in what I said, which proved very strategically useful.”
    At the same time women activists play critical roles inside the talks, they also mobilize outside pressure to encourage progress. And that is the fourth contribution.
    Of course, mass movements include both men and women. But when large numbers of women turn out, especially in places where cultural taboos discourage their participation, it is particularly noteworthy.
    The success of the Liberian women is perhaps the most familiar example, but it is hardly the only one.
    In Cote d’Ivoire this past year, hundreds of women marched arm-in-arm to protest a stolen election. Security forces fired into the crowd, and at least six women were killed. But the protestors returned to the streets with signs that said, “Don’t shoot us, we give life,” and they kept right on marching. They galvanized outrage at home and around the world. And today, there is democracy once more in Cote d’Ivoire.
    In Colombia, women’s groups played an important role in pressing the government and the FARC rebels to enter peace negotiations in 1999. Then, after the collapse of the talks in 2002, Colombian women participated in a mass movement that acted as a national conscience reminding both sides of the human costs of war.
    When Somali peace talks began in 2000, the male leaders of the country’s five feuding clans largely excluded women. Calling themselves the Sixth Clan, Somali women marched to the site of negotiations and insisted on full participation. The men eventually backed down and the women took their place at the table. Did they achieve lasting peace in Somalia? No. But they did help produce an agreement that at least on paper guaranteed political participation for women and protected the rights of others as well. They continue to work toward the day when those human rights become a human reality for everyone in Somalia.
    These are four ways that I have described in which women contribute to peace processes. But what about after an agreement is signed? What about keeping the peace and ensuring lasting security and stability?
    We’ve already discussed how addressing the issues that women raise in peace talks, like reconciliation and reconstruction, helps societies get back on their feet.
    Experience also shows that women activists are well-positioned to extend peace from formal signing ceremonies down to the neighborhoods and villages where people actually live.
    After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, women from every ethnic group and political party began working together to help rebuild the country – the wives of perpetrators side-by-side with the widows of victims. They provided trauma counseling, created programs for housing, health care, employment, and education. They also helped former fighters transition to civilian life. And when extremists began carrying out new attacks, their own wives and mothers threatened to turn them in – helping the violence to wane.
    As societies move forward and put conflicts behind them, women’s economic and political participation has ripple effects that benefit everyone.
    In a speech in San Francisco this September, I explained how women’s participation in the economy leads to greater prosperity for all. In a post-conflict society, economic growth is crucial. People need to see that peace is more profitable than war. Former soldiers need jobs so they aren’t tempted to return to violence. New governments need to deliver results that matter to people’s lives, or they will lose credibility and instability will return.
    And multiple studies have shown that women spend more of their personal income on food, healthcare, home improvement, and schooling for themselves and their children than men. Research also shows that when women participate in local governments, they push their communities to invest in similar priorities. In fact, one study in India found that villages led by women have more drinking water and child immunizations, a lower gender gap in school attendance, and less bribery.
    So when it comes to building a more prosperous economy, identifying new leaders to expand the circle of freedom and democracy, or forging the bonds of a lasting peace in strife-torn lands, please remember this: Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
    Whether they are homemakers, breadwinners, or lawmakers, women have so much more to contribute. They’re waiting for the opportunity to do so.
    These lessons are particularly relevant as countries across the Middle East and North Africa begin building their new democracies. Across the region, women are organizing, advocating, speaking up for themselves and for their fellow citizens. They are facing some obstacles and even some threats to their new rights.
    At a conference organized by women activists in Tripoli last month, the leaders of the transition acknowledged that Libyan women had played a vital role in the revolution and promised they would be full and equal participants in a new Libya. Well, so far, out of 30 new government ministers, two are women.
    And in Yemen, where violence has raged for months, women like Tawakkul Karman, the Nobel Prize winner, who were literally on the front lines of the movement for democratic change, is waiting to be sure that their engagement and empowerment will be respected and nurtured. They are in such a good position to bridge political divides and help hold the country together and focus attention on Yemen’s critical development needs – but only if they have full and equal access to the political process.
    The same is true in Syria, where the Asad regime’s violent crackdown targeting men, women, and children continues. When I met with Syrian opposition leaders last week in Geneva, they told me how hard they’re working to unify the country’s diverse religious and ethnic groups and overcome Asad’s “divide and conquer” strategy. Women will be crucial to resisting the efforts to tear communities apart.
    Now, thankfully, neither Egypt nor Tunisia saw violence on this scale. But even in these transitions, women are finding challenges.
    In Egypt, women have been largely excluded from the transition process and even harassed on the street. The best-organized political parties supported few women candidates in the recent elections. And the positions of these parties thus far on women’s rights remain ambiguous at best. We hope they recognize that Egypt’s revolution was won by men and women working together, and its democracy will only thrive by men and women working together. (Applause.)
    In Tunisia, women strongly reacted to suggestions that the personal status code might be amended to roll back their rights. And they were joined by many men. In the elections, transitional authorities required political parties to field equal numbers of male and female candidates. And women won about a quarter of the seats in the new Constituent Assembly, assuring themselves a strong voice as the transition moves forward.
    We are working closely with these countries undergoing these transitions to democracy because we know they’re fraught with challenges. We saw what happened in Iran in 1979, how a revolution was derailed by new autocrats. And from the Balkans to Iraq, we’ve also seen how old divisions can sow new violence. A major challenge will be working, with your help in the Crisis Group, to prevent this from happening. And let me be very clear: Democracy will not flourish in the Middle East or anywhere if half the population is left out.
    So let us pledge ourselves to the proposition that women must be equal citizens and equal partners with men, recognizing that the changes we seek and the aspirations of the people that we support will not be realized overnight. That’s true around the world; it’s true even in our own country.
    Many of us have been working on these issue for decades. And I remember very well being in Belfast in 1995 with a group of Catholic and Protestant women who had lost sons and brothers and husbands in the Troubles. They attended different churches on Sunday, seven days a week they were separated in housing and usually employment. But they all were saying silent prayers for the safe return of a child from school or a husband from work at night. Seven days a week their families struggled with the same fears and burdens. And finally, those women were able to see past their differences and focus on what they both shared – and they therefore created vibrant cross-community organizations that became instrumental in the peace process.
    And as Marc Lasry said at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, we included a section on “Women and Armed Conflict” in the Platform for Action.
    Then, in 2000, the international community took a major step by adopting UN Security Council Resolution 1325, recognizing that women are not just victims of conflict, they are agents of peace. So let us move beyond women being seen as spoils of war, to making sure for the first time that the world is looking at women as actors, not victims; as leaders, not followers.
    The United States proudly supported 1325 and four follow-up resolutions. And we’re pleased that the UN, NATO, and many other nations and institutions have made important strides in implementing these ideas.
    But the promise remains largely unfulfilled because legal and structural barriers in too many places prevent women from participating. Cultural norms – real or imagined – often create physical threats that prevent them from attaining a formal role.
    Well, we can’t wait any longer.
    So on Monday, the Obama Administration will launch a comprehensive new roadmap that will be accelerating and institutionalizing efforts across the U.S. Government to advance women’s participation in making and keeping peace. In a speech on Monday at Georgetown University, I will explain how our troops, our diplomats, and our development experts will all work together to take our commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 to the next level and make it a priority for American foreign policy. (Applause.)
    So finally, let me close where I began: with Liberia.
    After the protests and the peace talks, after Liberians finally went to the polls and elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, she stood before her nation to deliver the inaugural address. In it, she spoke directly to the women of Liberia and to their sisters across Africa and around the world.
    “Until a few decades ago,” she said, “Liberian women endured the injustice of being treated as second-class citizens. During the years of our civil war, they bore the brunt of inhumanity and terror. They were conscripted into war, gang raped at will, forced into domestic slavery… It is the women who labored and advocated for peace throughout the region.” And now, she said, “The future belongs to us because we have taken charge of it.”
    It is time for all of us to take charge of the future, to change how the world thinks about conflict and how we stop it and prevent it; about security and how we provide it; about peace and how we realize it. And as we do so, it is past time for women to take their rightful place, side-by-side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided, in the negotiations to make peace and in the institutions to keep it.
    And I am very grateful that all of you who are here tonight supporting the Crisis Group understand and are committed to these goals. Let us work together to achieve them. Thank you very much. (Applausearound the Globe Hillary Rodham Clinton “The First Lady Of The World”.She is by far the most qualified to replace America’s most disgraceful president we have ever put into the office by hook and by crook.
    This is a long speech but very telling about her future as our first Lady President.

  • ABM90

    PS Goodbye BO and MO and HELLO HILLARY

  • henry

    passing thought
    The Secretary’s children’s book Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight is available on Amazon new for 1.64 used for a penny. great addition to your local elementary school library. As per admin’s suggestion I bought a few copies YEARS ago. Great little book and there just isn’t enough stuff out there like that for little girls.

  • Mrs. Smith

    New Scandal-Outrage! Author of ‘stimulus’ tied to companies funded by bill: Received hundreds of millions in government grants, loans.

    Outrage! Author of ‘stimulus’ tied to companies funded by bill: Received hundreds of millions in government grants, loans.

    http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2011/12/15/exec-gave-obama-maximum-donation-now-company-benefiting-from-%E2%80%98stimulus%E2%80%99/

  • NewMexicoFan

    BREAKING NEWS The senate has passed the two month extension.

    I sure wish we had less politics and more serious consideration of the voters and our money. But then they don’t seem to care that the Voters wanted Hillary.

  • NewMexicoFan

    http://mail.aol.com/35138-111/aol-6/en-us/Suite.aspx

    Romney edges to the front of the pack in Iowa, and beats Obama two weeks in a row.

    Jones, I hope you find these stats comforting. However, we are a long way out.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The failures just never stop!
    __________

    2011 / December / 16 /

    Audi Chief Calls Chevy Volt “A Car For Idiots”

    I’ve been calling it the Chevy Dolt for quite some time -because it seems like a genuinely stupid idea to have an electric car that will only go 40 miles (or 62 km if you’re driving the European Ampera) on a charge, but I’ve never gone so far as to say the people who buy it are stupid. As far as I’m concerned, you are free to spend your hard-earned dollars as foolishly as you want – that’s what free markets are for (GM bailout notwithstanding).

    Audi’s American division president, however, doesn’t mince words when it comes to Dolt buyers (no pun intended).

  • Mrs. Smith

    Laughing hard and long @ Obama’s jokes- like throwing stones at Hillary’s window @ 3am..
    ________________

    WH hires journalist

    Journalist Jim Sciutto announced yesterday that he’s leaving ABC News after 13 years to become chief of staff and senior policy advisor to Gary Locke, US ambassador to China. Sciutto told us, “I met Ambassador Locke at the White House Correspondents Dinner this May, and we built a rapport.

    . . The job offer came completely out of the blue . . . It was an irresistible, once-in-a-lifetime chance.” Sciutto has reported from more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and even the Arctic Circle.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/china_job_calls_kePl1Qrwwl9JdZit9m0clK#ixzz1goF2M2NE

  • Mrs. Smith

    BO’s oppo team at work:
    ____________

    Sen. Koch quit over ‘inappropriate’ relationship

    Star Tribune ^ | December 17, 2011

    Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned from her leadership post the day after fellow Republicans confronted her about allegations that she had an “inappropriate relationship” with a staff member.

    “We’re here today with a lot of humility and some sadness and even shock,” interim Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel said Friday at a hastily called Capitol news conference.

    Koch, the state’s first female majority leader, was widely considered a hard-working and savvy campaigner who helped Republicans win control of the Senate last year for the first time in four decades. Her sudden resignation stunned Republicans, ending one of the shortest tenures for a Senate majority leader since 1933. The move will reshuffle the Senate leadership a month before the legislative session and less than a year before a high-stakes 2012 election in which Democrats are vowing to win back control of the Senate and the GOP will campaign for a proposed constitutional amendment that would preclude gays from marrying.

    Koch could not be reached for comment Friday. Michel and the others refused to identify the staffer by name.

    Michel and other senators said they had heard from several staffers over the past two weeks that Koch was having a relationship with one of her direct subordinates. They said that when they confronted Koch on Wednesday night, she didn’t admit to the relationship or deny it.

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/135776953.html

  • AmericanGal

    I just got word that my 20 year old nephew has been killed in a car accident. He was picking up a friend at work and somehow rolled his truck-I don’t know more details. He was my sisters only child. We are all in shock. I am comforted in that I know he is with my mother who will take care of him in heaven. He had some troubles in his short life–at least he is now at peace…gone far too soon…

  • henry

    AmericanGal
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know I possess no words which may offer solace as there really are none. When my nephew drowned 20 years ago i couldn’t make sense of anything. The only thing that kept me going was an inextinguishable anger. I was so mad all the time at everything and everyone. Remember fearing that I was literally going to explode at his funeral. Not figuratively I mean literally I was so filled with rage. Won’t say it gets better because for me it doesn’t. It is just different. Loved that little kid. Thought okay I’m a gay man don’t need to expose myself to this much agony or fear ever again. Didn’t pan out that way as my brat is his niece

  • henry

    AmericanGal
    I am not a big advocate for therapy but think it can be of tremendous help during the grieving process. I wish I had had access to the works of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross when I went through it. Biggest obstacle was how and why. I couldn’t let go, had no idea how to. Nothing made any sense if I had to live in a world where a God would take the life of an innocent 5 year old child then I didn’t want to play with him either. Wasted years filled with hurt and anger. Picked up on Death and Dying and found out I am just like everybody else. We all go through it. hardest when it is a kid but the path to moving forward is the same

  • jbstonesfan

    Deepest condolences.

  • AmericanGal

    Thanks Henry for your words of support–right now we are all trying to make sense of why a sweet, funny 20 year old young man should suddenly just be taken from us. I still can’t believe this has happened.

  • AmericanGal

    Thank you jbstonesfan..

  • NewMexicoFan

    The unexpected deaths are always the hardest to take, as you don’t get to say good by, and they are out of order of what we expect. You are probably, numb right now. I expect the next few days will be most difficult. My condolences.

  • AmericanGal

    Thanks all…

  • Shadowfax

    AmericanGal, I am so sorry for your loss. May your nephew rest in peace.

  • AmericanGal

    Thanks everyone..not meaning to bring sorrow to the board–it was just such a shock.

    I’ve decided I’m going to set up a high school scholarship fund in my nephews name for students pursuing the creative arts. He was very creative and artistic and had just graduated high school this past June–I think it would be a good way to honor him.

  • JanH

    AmericanGal,

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  • JanH

    Obama Tells Reform Jews He Is the Greatest Thing Ever to Happen to Israel Ever in the History of Ever

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    Reform Jews heart Obama.

    In a speech Friday night interrupted by applause 62 times — a speech, according to press reports, that felt like a campaign rally — the U.S. president told particpants at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial conference that his administration had done more to contribute to Israel’s security than any other in history.

    Specifically, Obama said his administration had spent more on keeping Israel safe than any other, including help with building Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

    So America’s commitment — America’s commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel’s security is unshakeable. It is unshakeable. (Applause.)

    … it is hard to remember a time when the United States has given stronger support to Israel on its security. In fact, I am proud to say that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel’s security than ours. None. Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact. (Applause.)

    I’m proud that even in these difficult times we’ve fought for and secured the most funding for Israel in history. I’m proud that we helped Israel develop a missile defense system that’s already protecting civilians from rocket attacks. (Applause.)

    Obama went on to pledge that the United States would “prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons” and that “we will take no options off the table,” a reference to a military strike if economic sanctions fail.

    Reform Jews comprise about one-quarter of U.S. Jewry, 1.5 million people, and vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Some 78 percent of Jews voted for Obama in 2008, the largest percentage of any U.S. religious group.

    The Obama team has been recycling the idea that he’s been Israel’s greatest friend for some months now, perhaps in reaction to withering attacks from critics that he is anything but.

    On the two issues that matter the most to the State of Israel, Iran’s nuclear program and peace with the Palestinians, Obama has arguably done more to harm the Jewish state than any president in recent memory.

    Upon taking office, Obama pledged to “engage” the regime in Tehran, a supposed antidote to the hostility the mullahs faced under George W. Bush. Ahmadinejad and company took that engagement and ran with it, outflanking the U.S. at every opportunity and aggressively developing nuclear capability while telling the world they had no interest in a bomb.

    Even today, when, according to the IAEA, Iran is close to building a bomb, the Obama administration can not bring itself to sanctioning Iran’s central bank, a step some European nations have already taken and the only meaningful sanction remaining. Yes, the United States has armed Israel. No, it does not seem like the U.S. has any interest in stopping Iran or helping its Mideast ally should a military strike prove unavoidable.

    As for the Palestinians, Obama gifted them early on with heavy pressure on Israel to “compromise” on borders and Jerusalem. Later in his presidency, Obama went further than any previous Palestinian regime by suggesting that any future peace deal be based on Israel’s 1967 lines. Now, nearly four years later, Abbas and company won’t even consider beginning negotiations with Israel if the Jewish state does not stop every building project in the West Bank first. Mind you, these are small projects in communities that will remain within Israel’s borders in any future peace deal, the mythical borders that “everyone agrees to.”

    Reform Jews love Obama and, sadly, he will almost surely garner the majority of their votes in 2012. And people wonder why there is a growing divide between U.S. and Israel Jewry.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/obama-reform-jews.php

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton had a very good year

    by: CHRIS CILLIZZA ,
    Washington Post: December 17, 2011

    When we gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton our “good year” in 2010, we thought she was headed toward a little bit of a letdown in 2011. Boy, were we wrong. (Mental note: Stop counting out the Clintons.)

    In a year in which almost anyone associated with the Obama administration turned to dross — Attorney General Eric Holder (“Fast and Furious”), Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (the economy), Energy Secretary Steven Chu (Solyndra), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Plan B) — Clinton managed to stay gold.

    She continued to travel the world at a breakneck pace — some 60 trips abroad and nearly 600,000 miles to date — including to places such as Burma, where no U.S. diplomat had ventured in decades.

    Clinton’s steady leadership on Libya drew wide praise in the diplomatic world and contributed to the overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

    And the American public loved her for it. In a CNN poll in late September, 69 percent of people had a favorable opinion of Clinton — a stratospheric number in a political climate in which politicians are widely reviled.

    It isn’t just the secretary of state who can count 2011 as a very good year. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, appears fully rehabilitated from the image hit he took during the 2008 campaign and has reclaimed his title as the smartest strategist in the Democratic Party.

    The Obama White House even appears to be taking a page from the 1996 Clinton reelection strategy, making a series of small-bore moves on the economy to show progress.

    (If you want more on how to fix the economy, just check out Bill’s book “Back to Work,” released last month and ensconced on the bestseller lists.)

    And then there was Chelsea Clinton, who inked a deal with NBC in November to serve as a special correspondent for the Peacock Network and appeared this month on “Rock Center.”

    All in all, an amazing year for the Clintons. Again.

    http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/135762253.html

  • JanH

    Highlights Reel: Secretary Clinton Talks with Jim Lehrer

  • Mrs. Smith

    AmericanGal:

    So sorry to hear of your nephew’s fatal accident.
    May he RIP.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s new re-election spiel, in addition to ‘getting Bin Laden’, will be, ‘he ended the war in Iraq and brought the troops home.’
    __________

    The Iraq War Did Not End on December 17, 2011–But the Peace May Be Over Soon

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s new re-election spiel in addition to ‘getting Bin Laden’ will be, ‘he ended the war in Iraq and brought the troops home.’
    __________

    The Iraq War Did Not End on December 17, 2011–But the Peace May Be Over Soon

    I am disgusted by the media declarations and the presidential proclamations that the war in Iraq has ended with the departure of US troops. It is an erroneous conclusion, designed with political victory in mind–and heedless of the risk of projecting military defeat.

    The Iraq War was a victory for the United States, for our allies, and for the Iraqi people. Our forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime, and defended nascent Iraqi democracy against Iranian-backed terrorists, including Al Qaeda and remnants of Saddam’s regime.

    Our soldiers maintained the peace of a country many feared would collapse into civil war–and which some, including our current Vice President, suggested should be divided. Against the plans of foreign enemies, and the pessimism of domestic critics, our forces prevailed.

    The idea that the war ended today is absurd. If a war is not over until all your troops have withdrawn, then the Second World War is still being fought. If a war is defined by your withdrawal rather than your objective, you will always face defeat. And Iraq was not a defeat.

    Our victory in Iraq was certainly clear enough to trigger uprisings throughout the region–beginning with the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, continuing through the Green Revolution in Iran, and culminating in the Arab Spring (whose consequences are yet uncertain).

    Moreover, our success in the Iraq War enabled us to find and kill Osama bin Laden. The key step in the intelligence trail was the capture of Hassan Ghul in Iraq in 2004. He identified the courier who ultimately led the CIA to identify bin Laden’s location in Pakistan.

    Victory in Iraq may not have come on May 1, 2003–the day President George W. Bush delivered his “mission accomplished” speech. But it had certainly come by November 11, 2010–the day political parties formed a new government, following Iraq’s second democratic election.

    President Barack Obama has been determined, both as a candidate and in office, to re-write the history of the Iraq War–to re-define it as a swindle, a mistake, and a defeat. His partisan pettiness is a disgrace, unworthy of an American Commander-in-Chief.

    Fouad Ajami observed today that Obama cares less about Iraq’s future than about “the past and its disputations.” Ajami believes Iraq can resist Iranian influence. I hope he is right. But we may yet find that what ended on December 17, 2011 was not the war, but the peace.

    What we are seeing is the prelude to the “Great Iraqi Civil War”.

    Shia and Sunni will slaughter each other with wild abandon.

    The Kurds will declare independence and the Turks will invade.

    In the guise of supporting their Shia brother, Iran will invade Southern Iraq.

    Saudi Arabia will invade to counter Iran.

    Baghdad will resemble Beirut but worse.

    The centuries old Christian community will be exterminated.

  • AmericanGal

    Thank you Jan H and Mrs. Smith

  • Mrs. Smith

    You’re welcome, AG- sad to say under such tragic circumstances-

  • Mrs. Smith

    A Tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco . While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat.

    It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, “How much for the bronze rat?” “Ahhh, you have chosen wisely! It is $12 for the rat and $100 for the story,” said the wise old Chinaman.The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. “I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story”.

    As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers and had begun following him down the street. This was a bit disconcerting so he began walking faster.A couple blocks later he looked behind him and saw to his horror the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began squealing.Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay .

    Again, after a couple blocks, he looked around only to discover that the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster. Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the Bay. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the Bay after the bronze rat and were all drowned. The man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown .”Ahhh,” said the owner, “You have come back for story?””No sir,” said the man, “I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Welcome Back, Jan-

    Good to see you are feeling better and up to posting Israel and Hillary News once again- Your contributions to this blog have been sorely missed-

    Glad you are back! :-)

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin, please post the out-takes via youtube of the Obama/Kroft interview:
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    George Washington was the father of our country.

    Eh! No big deal. Barack Obama is better…at least in his own mind. Such was the laughably absurd claim of President Obama on 60 Minutes last Sunday. What? You didn’t see it? That was because 60 Minutes conveniently left it out of its broadcast. If you want to see Obama engage in this latest bit of over the top braggadocio you can only see it at the online 60 Minutes Overtime which has a video of the entire interview. You can catch Obama’s excessive praise of himself at the tail end of the interview starting with Steve Kroft’s question just before the 55 minute mark:


    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

    Transcript here:

    Read more:

    h… //newsbusters.org/blogs/pj-gladnick/2011/12/16/60-minutes-broadcast-edits-out-laughable-obama-claim-4th-greatest-presi#ixzz1gucX6z2F

    If you want to see Obama engage in this latest bit of over the top braggadocio you can only see it at the online 60 Minutes Overtime which has a video of the entire interview. You can catch Obama’s excessive praise of himself at the tail end of the interview starting with Steve Kroft’s question just before the 55 minute mark:

  • ShortTermer

    A soldier cleaning up in Iraq posted a photo and asked if we saw what ‘they’ saw. It was a photo of a Pepsi can. It had a graphic on it that is MOST disturbing. IF it is a true and accruate photo, and that person posted a true and accurate post, then it would require action on the part of the citizenry of the US. It was a Pepsi can and there was a graphic on there. Other than the Pepsi logo, there was what appeared to many to be of the twin towers and stars and o’s were placed over it much like the building that had a ‘cloud’ of room protruding; the thought was to ‘celebrate’ the downing of the twin towers in NYC. This was the Remembering the Shoals Facebook page;an email was sent to the soldier, but an error message came up and was unable to send. It looks legit; but one has to question the authenticity of such, if true, heinous act on part of a product of America. Check it out.
    Is there a way to authenticate the post?

  • ShortTermer

    Someone suggested checking out the Pepsi can on snopes [very very left wing founders of that site] and I did, but still guess everyone has to make up their own minds about the graphic.
    http://www.snopes.com/rumors/photos/pepsican.asp

  • BASIL99

    So much for the Arab Spring and its warm and fuzzy transformative effect on women.

    Here, you idiot American women who continue to sing the praises of Muslims. Here’s what awaits you if, goddess forbid, America should ever fall into Islamic Sharia-compliant hands.

    http://www.youtube.com/verify_controversy?next_url=/watch%3Ffeature%3Dplayer_embedded%26v%3D4iboFV-yeTE

  • JanH

    Thank you Mrs. Smith.

  • ABM90

    How about these numbers for the do nothing occupants
    of the WH.It has become a playpen.

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    Friday, December 16th, 2011 | Posted by Malia Zimmerman | Print This Article With More Vacation Days and Separate Travel, Price of Obama’s Annual Hawaiian Holiday Rises
    BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – KAILUA, OAHU – The U.S. Secret Service has arrived, street barricades are in place, and the U.S. Coast Guard has stationed itself in the waters surrounding Kailua, Oahu.

    That is a sure sign President Barack Obama’s security team is preparing for the first family to arrive in the small beachside community as early as Friday night for what is expected to be a 17-day vacation.

    The President and his family are traveling separately to Hawaii because he wants resolve the payroll tax cut issue before leaving Washington – and his wife does not want to wait.

    But the advanced trip and the cost that comes with it – as much as $100,000 (flight and security) – adds to an already expensive vacation for the taxpayers.

    Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures.

    The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million. Here’s why.
    TRAVEL: $3,629,622

    The biggest expense is President Barack Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One, a cost the GAO office estimated at $1 million in the year 2000. Contacted today, the GAO confirmed there is no report the independent office affiliated with Congress has prepared since 2000 to operate Air Force One and Air Force Two.

    However, the U.S. Air Force provides the most current numbers of $181,757 per flight hour. Travel time for Air Force One direct from Washington D.C. to Hawaii is about 9 hours or $1,635,813 each way for a total of $3,271,622 for the round trip to Hawaii and back.

    The cost for USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transports the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment to Hawaii was not made available. However, the flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 21.5 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $12,000 per hour. (Source: GAO report, updated by C-17 crew member). The United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight. That is $258,000, not including costs for the 4 to 6 member crew’s per diem and hotel.

    Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii costs about $63,000 (White House Dossier), but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000.

    HOUSING: $151,200

    Kailua Beach
    The President and his family pay for their own beachfront rental (they are not staying in the Winter White House this year but rather a house on the same street further to the ocean point).

    The Kailua rentals are fronted by the ocean and backed by a canal. So, the taxpayers must cover the costs for housing U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Seals in beach front and canal front homes in Kailua.

    That costs about $1,200 a day ($200 allocated per bedroom per day). Since security arrives one day early, homes are rented for 18 days.

    That is about $21,600 per home for approximately 7 houses rented at a total cost of $151,200 for security to stay nearby.

    HOTEL: $72,216

    Moana Surfrider Resort
    The President’s staff and White House Press Corps stay at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most elegant hotels, the Moana Surfrider. Hawaii Reporter confirmed they are again staying there this year. Besides its stunningly beautiful view of Waikiki, and its traditional architecture, it is one of the most pricey hotels in the state.

    Government rates are $177 per night, but that only is available during certain times a year.

    Rooms typically start at $250 but can cost on average as much as $450 a night, and are even higher during the holidays. Hotel spokeswoman Marsha Weinert said she could “neither confirm nor deny” the president’s staff is staying there.

    View of Waikiki Beach from the Moana Surfrider Hotel
    A conservative estimate with rooms at the government rate of $177 per day (excluding a 9.25 percent Transient Accommodation Tax and a 4.712 percent General Excise Tax on each bill, meals, internet charges and other charges) means the taxpayers are covering more than $72,216 in hotel bills for an estimated 24 staff.

    LOCAL TAXPAYER COSTS: $260,000

    Local police over time for the president’s visit has historically cost Oahu taxpayers $250,000 but may be more expensive this year with the extended vacation.

    The city ambulance the accompanies the president 24 hours a day through his entire visit is $10,000, according to city spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy.

    UNKNOWN COSTS

    There are several costs the White House annually refuses to release, citing security.

    ■For example, the president’s security usually rents an entire floor of an office building in Kailua on the canal during the president’s stay.
    ■There are security upgrades and additional phone lines to several private homes where Obama and friends are staying. That includes bullet proof glass installed, home security systems disabled, new security measures put into place and additional phone lines added.
    ■There is the cost for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel.
    ■And there are additional travel costs Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President.
    The total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is an estimated $4,113,038.

    Hawaii Reporter annually has requested details on the cost of the President’s trip, but the White House will not release any figures, citing security concerns. A spokesperson has maintained the costs are “in line” with other presidential vacations.

    Hawaii Reporter has sought to determine the cost of vacations for the current president and last two presidents but the Government Accountability Office was able to provide those costs and referred Hawaii Reporter back to the White House spokesperson

  • turndownobama

    Should Obama Quit, Endorse Hillary?

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/12/13/whispers-quiz-should-obama-quit-endorse-hillary

    85% say YES

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

    Nearly to 86% !

  • turndownobama

    Snopes links to this about the set oflogos from dubai Pepsi, but I didn’t see any images there. The set are said to be abstract representations of landmarks in Dubai. To judge, we’d have to see photos of the views, and also a photo of whatever part of the NY skyline someone thinks the image represents.

    If someone at Dubai Pepsi did sneak in an insulting design, he would be fired, and many other employees, and the whole firm might lose their license to make Pepsi. Is this really very likely?

    http://www.ameinfo.com/282502.html

  • moononpluto

    Holy crapola. Kim jong il has kicked the bucket. What a year for dictators.

  • AmericanGal

    Next one should be Castro….

  • Jen the Michigander

    New Hampshire voters should draft Hillary by Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen

    We argued in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that President Barack Obama should stand down and let Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2012.

    We are now calling on Democratic voters nationally — particularly in New Hampshire — to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton. This is something that New Hampshire voters have a long history of doing.

    We advocate this Draft Hillary movement not because of the desire to make political mischief — but to put the country on the right course.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70623.html#ixzz1gxWcjAUE

  • Shadowfax

    Little tiny Kim goes to Hell…

  • ShortTermer

    tdo: google it

    This post on Facebook is a little crass, but I thought it very funny and we all need a little humor right about now:

    Suicide Bombers

    People wonder why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.

    Lets have a look at the evidence:
    – No Christmas
    – No television
    – No nude women
    – No football
    – No pork chops
    – No hot dogs
    – No burgers
    – No beer
    – No bacon
    – Rags for clothes
    – Towels for hats
    – Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower
    – More than one wife
    – More than one mother in law
    – You can’t shave
    – Your wife can’t shave
    – You don’t use toilet paper
    – You can’t wash off the smell of donkey
    – You cook over burning camel shit
    – Your wife is picked by someone else for you
    – And your wife smells worse than your donkey

    Then they tell you that “when you die, it all gets better?”

    Well, No Sh!t, Sherlock! … It’s not like it could get much worse.

  • democrat1

    Do you know that Obama is the fourth greatest president of America, based on his great foregn policy achievements, after Johnson, FDR and Lincoln?

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/12/17/obama_fourth_best_president_in_history_due_to_foreign_policy_achievements.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    from the politico article:

    “We are facing a crisis of national leadership, so citizens should step up and take charge of their country the way demonstrators in the Middle East did earlier this year. And, stunningly, as the people of Russia are now doing.”

    “It’s time to take the decision about America’s leadership out of the hands of the established powers and return it to the citizens of our country. That opportunity to change U.S. politics will appear in the second week of 2012 in New Hampshire.”
    ……………….

    Reading around the web, my understanding is this: the “occupiers” are preparing to stage a notable protest in NH. Calling for protestors around the country to attend the New Hampshire Primary and make their voices heard any way they can …making no bones about disrupting voters. I hope NH has many empty jail cells and the National Guard at the ready for ‘occupiers’ who have intentions of causing disruptions intimidating voters in how they should cast their votes.

    NH would be the example of what happens to anyone casting their vote for anyone other than Obama as the democratic nominee.. for all future primaries…

    I wish I lived in NH- I’d let them know whats what- if I wanted to write in Hillary Clinton as the dem nominee!

  • nomobama

    AmericanGal, my sincere sympathy on the loss of your young nephew. I don’t know if you feel comfortable with leaving his first name, and the first name of your sister on this blog. I would like to say a specific prayer for both of them.

  • NewMexicoFan

    turndownobama
    December 18th, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    Should Obama Quit, Endorse Hillary?

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/12/13/whispers-quiz-should-obama-quit-endorse-hillary

    85% say YES

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

    Nearly to 86% !
    ——————–

    It is now 86.5%

  • JanH

    ABM90
    December 18th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
    How about these numbers for the do nothing occupants
    of the WH.It has become a playpen.

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    Agreed. Definitely a disgusting display of greed and ignorance.

  • JanH

    Secretary Hillary Clinton to Speak at Georgetown University Monday

    Clinton to deliver ‘major’ address on women, peace and security.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will offer a speech on America’s efforts to support women’s participation in peace and security, Monday at Georgetown University. Clinton will speak in Gaston Hall at 2:30 p.m.

    According to the event notice, she will address the U.S. government’s new “plans to better protect women from conflict-related violence and promote women’s leadership and perspectives in all aspects of conflict prevention, resolution, relief and recovery.”

    The uncertainty over North Korea following Kim Jong Il’s death will not impact the previously scheduled speech, according to Georgetown University’s office of communications.

    http://georgetown.patch.com/articles/secretary-hillary-clinton-to-speak-at-georgetown-university-monday

  • JanH

    DECEMBER 19, 2011

    If Cross Bronx Is Jammed, Some Humor Never Hurts

    Last Friday, President Bill Clinton was running late to the “In Pursuit of Peace” Dinner, an awards ceremony and soiree for the International Crisis Group, held at Pier Sixty in Manhattan, where both he and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were to speak.

    Introduced by CNN newsman Wolf Blitzer as “a man that absolutely, positively needs no introduction,” Louise Arbour, chief executive of the Crisis Group, came on stage in lieu of Mr. Clinton. “Fortunately because of the lights I can’t see the looks of disappointment on your faces,” Ms. Arbour joked. “But I’ll take it for granted you were expecting someone considerably taller.”

    The former president and Mrs. Clinton eventually arrived, and they dined with guests including billionaire investor George Soros and singer Sarah McLachlan.

    The Crisis Group, a nongovernmental organization preventing and resolving global conflicts, honored human-rights activists Shukri Ismail, Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey, Sihem Bensedrine and Sima Samar. (Ms. Ismail heads a health organization based in Somaliland; Ms. Paz Bailey is the attorney general in Guatemala; Ms. Bensedrine is a journalist in Tunisia; and Ms. Samar heads a human-rights organization in Afghanistan.)

    “I’m able to report a 20-mile traffic back-up on the Cross Bronx Expressway,” Mr. Clinton announced in his remarks. “And I know the secretary of state is speaking later on. I’m just a warm-up act. I’m getting in the habit of doing that, and I expect to be opening for Chelsea [Clinton] soon at a theater near you.”

    After chatting with other guests—including her aide Huma Abedin and Queen Noor of Jordan—Mrs. Clinton discussed women’s rights.

    “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” she said. “Whether they are homemakers, breadwinners, or lawmakers, women have so much more to contribute. They’re waiting for the opportunity to do so.”

    Mrs. Clinton also threw in some kind words for men, and for one in particular.

    “This is not a ‘men are from Mars, and women are from Venus’ argument,” she said. “All over the world, there are courageous men pursuing peace with integrity, and I happen to be married to one of them.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204879004577106741823175200.html

  • JanH

    Pro-Israel advocacy group runs ads against Obama

    By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
    12/18/2011

    ‘Stop blaming Israel first,’ reads rebuff.

    WASHINGTON – The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) launched a new round of ads last week slamming US President Barack Obama’s policies toward the Jewish state.

    The ad by the American right-wing political advocacy group poses the question: “Why does the Obama administration treat Israel like a punching bag?” and lists a series of anti-Israeli actions initiated by the Obama administration since early November.

    The ad shows a punching bag with a Star of David superimposed on it, and closes with the words, “Enough with the cheap shots. It’s time for the Obama administration to stop blaming Israel first.”

    The escalating series of attacks on Obama’s record appeared Thursday in the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Variety.

    The ad asserts Obama’s complicity with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to mock Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s veracity at a G-20 meeting. When Sarkozy was caught on a hot microphone calling Netanyahu a liar, Obama replied, “You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

    Additional examples cited by the ECI in the ad were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comparison between Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran and US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman, who blamed the Jewish state for the outbreak of Muslim-animated anti-Semitism.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s statement, which seemingly attributed the breakdown in peace talks mainly to the Israeli side, was also highlighted in the hard-hitting ad.

    When asked about the aim of the ad, Noah Pollak, executive director of ECI, wrote The Jerusalem Post by e-mail Saturday that “It’s an election year, and American voters are strongly pro-Israel. President Obama is trying, as we saw in his speech to the Union of Reform Judaism on Friday, to paper over the past three years of hostility to Israel and failure in the peace process.

    “ECI is going to keep reminding Americans that this is a blame Israel first-administration, and we’re going to hold the president accountable for the attacks on our ally that members of his administration keep making.”

    The ECI jolted the political landscape in September with billboards in New York City and a New York Times ad placing giant questions marks over Obama’s commitment to Israel’s security interests. The ad stated: “Tell President Obama: Enough. It’s time to stand with Israel.”

    Last week’s ad contains quotes from Israeli newspapers, including a December Post editorial that states, “In recent days there has been a truly frightening articulation of the US administration’s perception of Israel. It is downright scary, especially in light of Israel’s growing need for American support as radical changes sweep the region.”

    Tom Gross, a leading Middle East commentator, told the Post Saturday “The Emergency Committee and its chairman Bill Kristol and director Noah Pollak are proving a very important counterweight to the intense J-street lobbying on the Obama administration and Congress.”

    “I think these ads in the New York Times and elsewhere will really rattle the administration as they gear up for what could be a very tight presidential election next year,” added Gross.

    ECI Chairman William Kristol said, “The Obama administration has been using Israel as a punching bag. The pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community is punching back.”

    Pollak said that “Obama has made it clear over and over again that he views the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as a ‘constant sore,’ as he once put it, that ‘does infect all our foreign policy’ in the region.”

    He continued, “It’s a view shared by many European governments, but it has the effect of excusing political dysfunction in the Middle East, excusing acts of terror and incitement, and blaming Israel for it.”

    “Israel has perhaps been hit hardest by Obama’s policy of ‘engagement’ – because to cooperate with the world is to cooperate with the world’s obsession with Israel.”

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=249982

  • Mrs. Smith

    Jan’s post: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comment:

    “This is not a ‘men are from Mars, and women are from Venus’ argument,” she said. “All over the world, there are courageous men pursuing peace with integrity, and I happen to be married to one of them.”
    _______

    WELL SAID, Secretary Clinton, well said!

    I Love to hear her compliment Bill- She should do it more often…we need to hear it!

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    December 19th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Pro-Israel advocacy group runs ads against Obama
    ____

    Bout time Jewish Americans stood up to Obama! Give him $00000.00 in the way of donations- Tell him to “eat cake”- elsewhere!

  • ABM90

    Our Fair Lady is as busy as ever saving this country and this world from from disaster and the gPublic Schedule: Public Schedule for December 19, 2011
    12/19/2011 09:34 AM EST

    Public Schedule for December 19, 2011

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    December 19, 2011

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    8:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the inaugural meeting of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, at the Department of State.
    Click here for more information.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    TBD p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the release of the tenth edition of “To Walk the Earth in Safety” report, in the Press Briefing room, at the Department of State.
    Click here for more information.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    All Press should be in the Press Briefing room no later than 10:15 a.m.

    10:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the annual Toys for Tots ceremonial presentation, at the Department of State.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for all press: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

    11:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, at the Department of State. Secretary Clinton is joined by Assistant Secretary Campbell.
    (JOINT STATEMENTS FOLLOWING BILATERAL MEETING AT APPROXIMATELY 1:00 P.M.)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 12:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 12:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

    2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers a speech on Women, Peace and Security, at Georgetown University.
    Click here for more information.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Press check-in is on the 1st floor of Healy Hall. There will be signs for press to follow.
    Pre set for cameras: 11:30 a.m.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:00 p.m.

    6:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a dinner for members of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, at the Department of Staterubby hands of the million dollar vacationers that occupy the WH.

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  • AmericanGal

    Nobama, my nephews name is Matt. My sisters name is Joanna.

    I am at work today to get things set up for my students for the next couple days before Xmas break. It is helping to have a day of normalcy as the next week and a half will be anything but normal.

  • S

    American Gal…I am so sorry for your loss…life is so fragile…

  • S

    I just got a robo call from a group that I think said it was from ElectHillary2012.net…the beginning of the message was muffled so I am not sure, but it was something electhillary2012.net

    it went on to say…

    “American would be better off if Hillary was our President, wall st robber barons would jailed, young people could afford college and find jobs, and six million homeowners would not face foreclosure…we need to change course…then my voicemail ran out of space…

    very interesting…the call came in the middle of the afternoon in Broward…

    hmmmm…

  • democrat1

    New Hampshire voters should draft Hillary

    By PATRICK H. CADDELL and DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70623.html

    We are now calling on Democratic voters nationally — particularly in New Hampshire — to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton. This is something that New Hampshire voters have a long history of doing.

    We advocate this Draft Hillary movement not because of the desire to make political mischief — but to put the country on the right course.

    It’s clear that Obama has been unable to build consensus and, with the polarizing campaign he is now running, will be unable to govern effectively even if reelected. Only Clinton can commit the Democratic Party — and, indeed, the nation — to a unification and healing process. This could allow Washington, in a bipartisan manner, to finally address the economic and governmental
    crises that now grip America.
    We are facing a crisis of national leadership, so citizens should step up and take charge of their country the way demonstrators in the Middle East did earlier this year. And, stunningly, as the people of Russia are now doing.
    It’s time to take the decision about America’s leadership out of the hands of the established powers and return it to the citizens of our country. That opportunity to change U.S. politics will appear in the second week of 2012 in New Hampshire.
    To seize this moment two things are required:
    First, and most important, ordinary Democrats and independents in New Hampshire should mobilize behind a grass-roots effort to write in Clinton’s name during the Jan. 10 Democratic primary.
    Second, a committed group of Democrats with resources and stature needs to help facilitate an authentic citizens’ movement — independent of party structure, Clinton and organized interests — to support a massive New Hampshire write-in campaign and put this before a deeply disaffected electorate.
    There is already an online petition to draft Clinton, created by Democrats.
    “We the undersigned Democrats want a new Democratic nominee for president who can win in 2012. We are convinced that the only person with the national stature, experience … who can win in the general election in 2012 is Hillary Rodham Clinton. We are fully prepared to take matters in to our own hands and launch our own massive write-in campaign,” it reads.
    Even if one does not agree with their every argument, we urge everyone who shares our beliefs go to that website now — and to tell their friends to go to there and sign it.
    Since 1944, when approval ratings first became reliable, there have been five cases in which the incumbent president had an approval rating below 49 percent a year ahead of the election. Each time, the incumbent party lost.
    Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 43 percent — less than Jimmy Carter’s. Obama now has the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history. Many, particularly on the left, have begun to demonstrate with signs reading, “Buyer’s remorse.”
    In a recent Daily Beast piece, “Hillary Told You So,” angry, frustrated liberals were quoted saying, “No one ever had to tell Hillary” that the economy is crucial, and “Hillary is tougher.”
    Indeed, the most active calls for Clinton to run have come from the left — indicating that there is substantial support for this idea across the board and not just from centrist Democrats.
    Certainly, the recent barrage of articles by former Obama allies saying that the White House has lost white, working-class voters — a key part of the Democratic coalition — is cause enough for Clinton, who has been that voting bloc’s champion in the past, to be the Democratic standard-bearer.
    Many argue that our approach is impractical and is unlikely to work because Obama will not stand down. But make no mistake, we are political realists.
    As political realists, we know that every recent presidential candidate who has emerged — from Obama in 2008 to Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and now Newt Gingrich — has been citizen-driven. The elites have not driven the process; ordinary voters have filled the void.

    Such a void exists now.

    Clinton pulled off a stunning New Hampshire primary victory over Obama during the 2008 primaries. There is every reason to believe that, as a write-in candidate, she would get a substantial number of votes in the Granite State next year.
    New Hampshire is one state where grass-roots politics predominates. As presidential historian Theodore White wrote in 1965, New Hampshire’s primary allows candidates “to appeal directly to people” and “over the heads of the politicians.”
    This primary — traditionally well before other primaries — allows independents to cast ballots for either Democrats or Republicans, unlike most other “closed primaries,” in which only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote on their respective parties’ ballots. It’s justly famous for write-in candidates, who often had substantial success.
    In 1964, write-in candidate Henry Cabot Lodge had an upset victory over GOP front-runners Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. In 1968, incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson was not on the ballot, but as a write-in, he received nearly 50 percent of all Democratic votes.
    A write-in candidacy in 2012 can send a message that the Democratic Party must stand for something more than Obama’s reelection at all costs.
    We are not asking the president or the secretary of state to take action. We ask the people of the United States, Democrats and, especially, New Hampshire voters to exercise their right to be heard by writing Clinton’s name on the primary ballot.
    Voters have had enough of the establishment powers dictating who can run.

    All that is needed is a spark on the dry tinder of political frustration and anxiety. A few Democratic patriots can provide the means to make it possible — and change the course of U.S. history.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Here’s an “atta boy” for PA’s freshman Senator Pat Toomey who has just unveiled this new section at his official web site:

    Had Enough?
    Have an problem with government overreach, overregulation or red tape? Tell Sen. Toomey that you’ve Had Enough and share your story with him here.
    Please note: If you have a traditional casework issue (passports, Social Security, disability, visas, VA assistance, etc.), please do not submit your query via this form. Please click here to visit our Federal Agency Help page for assistance.
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    Of course Toomey a Republican. A Democrat would not be caught dead litening to the people. I’ve been in regular touch with that boob Bob Casey for nearly 6 years. Absolutely deaf to anything which is not 100% Obama.
    http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=form&id=9

  • holdthemaccountable

    Sorry admin. Forgot about all those links…. And while I’m at it, litening s/b listening.

  • Shadowfax

    S
    That robo call would have made my heart skip a beat.
    I am glad someone is putting the word out to wake people up, planting seeds.

    I Johnny Appleseed myself by having Hillary 2012 bumper sticker on my car’s back window for the past 1.5 years, right next to her Hillary 2008 bumper sticker.

    We need to represent as much as possible.

  • S

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/29/opinion/la-oe-turley-civil-liberties-20110929

    Johnathan Turley was on the c-span/washington journal this morning and he blasted O as being worse than bush for destroying any privacy we have left…he also went on to blast the dimocratic zombies that just support O blindly and are in denial regarding the harsh anti-democratic policies O is pursuing…”the ability to take any american from their home without a warrant and actually ‘kill’ them…

    he reiterated that O has kept all Bush’s policies and expanded them…and has gone much further … and soon the drones will be spying on us…

    sick…

  • S

    yes Shadowfax…it did make my heart skip a beat…i really couldn’t believe it and that is why i wanted to post it here asap…

  • jbstonesfan

    That is great news JanH…hopefully some in our community will wake up , but I doubt it.

  • Shadowfax

    S
    I sure know what you mean, sort of like a jolt of hope that things will turn around…but the fear that it may never happen.

  • turndownobama

    I just got a robo call from a group that I think said it was from ElectHillary2012.net…the beginning of the message was muffled so I am not sure, but it was something electhillary2012.net

    it went on to say…

    “American would be better off if Hillary was our President, wall st robber barons would jailed, young people could afford college and find jobs, and six million homeowners would not face foreclosure…

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

    Hm, aside from specifying Hillary, that’s OWS’s issues….

  • Mrs. Smith

    The tide is turning… After Jan 1st- M/m Obama had better be searching for a life raft and start packing all of their sh*t up now and preparing to vacate Jan 21st.

    I am so sick to death of (yeah) “those” people! The only ray of sunshine I see on the horizon is AMERICANS ARE WAKING-UP to the fact, they were HAD in 08′…

    When I read the comment sections of the articles pertaining to rejection of Obama’s re-election, I can tell you this, his minions are still out there in full force defending his useless a** to the world saying he is the best president we have had in several decades…

    Don’t be fooled by Obama’s obliviousness to the turnaround of public sentiment towards him… In some cases, people want the pleasure of watching him frog marched down the front steps of the WH for TREASONOUS ACTS against the Constitution besides all the damage he has done to the country ruining peoples lives over the last 3 yrs.

    Congress, the HOUSE Republicans have got to act and Impeach this imposter soon- Impeachment is entirely in their hands…

  • ABM90

    My apologies for the messy comment I posted earlier
    The daily schedule.I have experienced some awful stops starts and mis prints when coming on line as well as old age memory goofs.It may be time to hang up the keyboard.Please forgive old ABM almost 94.

    Merry Christmas and happy Holidays to the best bunch of bloggers and Hillary supporters

  • Mrs. Smith

    Everyone needs to sign the official petition that will be sent to Congress and Obama. If you WANT to DRAFT Hillary…

    I signed it last week. We need a million more signatures…to make a dent..

    http://www.petition2congress.com/4606/we-want-hillary-clinton-to-replace-barack-obama-as-2012-democrati/

  • holdthemaccountable

    ABM – hope you’re not serious about hanging up.
    ———————-
    Quite a to do with House/Senate right now over length of initial FICA cut:

    A trio of Senate Republicans on Monday strongly urged House Republicans to embrace the payroll tax cut extension bill passed in the Senate over the weekend. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) joined Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in calling for the House GOP to back the two-month extension, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate by a vote of 89-10 on Saturday. All three senators are up for reelection in 2012….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/200333-senate-republicans-call-on-house-to-pass-payroll-tax-extension

    And there are tons of tweets about the address Hillary has been giving this afternoon.

  • JanH

    ABM,

    We all make mistakes like that, so you are not alone.

    Please do not step away. We need you too much! :)

  • JanH

    Hillary Clinton press conference with Japan’s foreign minister part 1


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  • Mrs. Smith

    ABM90..

    DON’T YOU DARE resign from this board!

    I depend always on YOU and JanH for posting Hillary News everyday- My family noticed I was getting grouchy and seemed like I was in withdrawal from lack of Hillary news when Jan was doctoring… So, whether you believe it or not, you are the bedrock of this board and we depend on you for good reading about the future president of the World, President Hillary!

  • Shadowfax

    ABM90

    Don’t be silly about old age and leaving. I am short of your years but I do more than my share of typos, especially using an iPad without glasses on. I am at the age where reading without glasses on a small screen is more guesswork than it should be, but finding a pair of glasses is not a habit yet.

    Hang in there ABM90, technology is sometimes a beast we all struggle with. ;-)

  • Shadowfax

    Thanks Mrs. S-

    I signed the draft and love that a copy goes to BarryBoy!!

    ———-

    Your email to President Barack Obama sent! (Yeehaw!!!)
    Your email to Rep. John Garamendi (D CA-10) sent!
    Your email to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D CA) sent!
    Your email to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D CA) sent!

    You have taken action on “Draft Hillary Clinton as the 2012 Democratic Nominee for President”

    Have these letters printed and hand-delivered to Capitol Hill

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP (for ABM90).