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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

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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

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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'!

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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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The Horses With The Dreamy Eyes – Iowa Caucus Night And The Future Of America

Update: It’s on. Once again, it is Iowageddon. Iowageddon should produce results by 10:00 ET even as the Iowa caucuses start around 8:00.

For a good giggle, Mediaite reports that Hillary Clinton Hater, Keith Olbermann, has tweeted “I am informed Countdown will not be on tonight.” In his pathetic tweet Olbermann refers questions to the top brass (including Al Gore and Joel Hyatt) at his latest employer.

No Hillary Hater Keith Olbermann on tonight. We also understand Hillary Hater Christopher Hitchens (“I’m not obsessed with Hillary Clinton I just think about her all the time.”) will not be making appearances tonight either. How many Hillary haters bit the dust last year? Anyone counting?

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The Iowa horse race is on tonight. There’s not a Thoroughbred in sight. There are a bunch of glue horses running however. Pity America, itself saddled with these dreamy eyed hoofers.



Here at Big Pink we don’t have a dog, er, horse, in this race. We like a certain Thoroughbred that can run faster than these nags. We’ll stay away from the betting line until the very last moment and late entries.

For Republicans this news is bad but not all is lost. True these glue horses can barely run a track let alone a series of national elections. But even a glue horse can beat the daffy lame duck in office.

Additional good news for Republicans is that the GOP elite already know who they want as VP and that is a man with the same initials as Mitt Romney. This could be an election in which the vice presidential selection is more important than the top of the ticket (witness all the calls for Hillary Clinton to replace Joe Biden in order to save Boob Obama and the corrupt Dimocratic Party from the Mistake In ’08.)

As to predictions from us about who is going to win – forget it. First of all the Obama thugs are on the ground in swing state Iowa already and there is no doubt they are up to mischief. We have no doubt these Obama thugs are sowing distrust and bringing support to whomever the candidate is they believe will be easiest to beat in November.

Second, Iowa citizens have not proved themselves to be very discerning. In 2008 Iowa voters went hog wild for Barack Obama of the failed promises. Don’t bet the farm on a race if Iowa voters of the current generation are placing the bets, determining the odds, and picking the winners and most importantly, the losers.



Third, there are so many undecideds (who might simply be Obama Dimocrats in disguise) and the field is so close in too many polls, along with the fact that the candidate surging has no organization in other states and the ones with organizations in other states are losing steam – that tonight might be extra meaningless. But hooray, the voting has started and soon we will be rid of Barack Obama.

For those bored of this race track and looking to Pimlico or Saratoga on Labor Day we say: don’t be so churlish. There is lots of fun to be had watching tonight’s track action. For instance, Sarah Palin got back at Michelle Bachmann for Bachmann’s earlier nastiness towards Palin. [We wish women would not beat up on women. But we also don't like weakness, so we are conflicted about this tale of payback.] Palin’s last minute suggestion that Bachmann should think about endorsing someone and getting out is revenge served cold. Palin is still a Mama Grizzly.

Race watchers have to admire that Willard Romney has thus far confounded all of us who predicted his quick removal. Willard has managed to divide the Evangelical voters and divided the opposition to him. Tonight might be the beginning of gloat night for Willard supporters and might well prove that Willard might be Mr. Good Enough. Not great, not good, but good enough to win the nomination and the White House. Oy vey!

At this late hour it is Rick Perry who makes the most articulate argument about what tonight and this year is about in a good Perry ad “America Is Calling.”



That’s what it’s all about folks. Not Rick Perry, but America. America. Tonight, some Americans begin to speak.

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247 comments to The Horses With The Dreamy Eyes – Iowa Caucus Night And The Future Of America

  • Shadowfax

    Admin- The Iowa horse race is on tonight. There’s not a Thoroughbred in sight. There are a bunch of glue horses running however

    —–
    So funny and oh so true.
    BTR

  • Shadowfax

    That is a great ad by Perry.
    Good for Sarah, Bachmann has no chance of winning anything but her past straw poll.
    Not having a glue horse in the race, I am enjoying the Rep talking heads that are trying to tell Ron Paul he has no chance while he will either win this caucus or come in second. He is still the major front runner on Drudge too, either his P-bots are voting their fingers to the bone or he really does have a large following.

  • NewMexicoFan

    I so agree. Much mischief can be made at the IOWA Caucuses, epecially since this is an old fashion voting method, you have to be able to be there at 6 p.m., and you don’t have a secret ballot, you have a show of hands, after all side have negotiated and threatened each other.

  • Carol

    I so disagree. I hope Romney comes out as the nominee. He will beat Obama. He’s the best candidate in the run right now.

  • admin

    Our update:

    Update: It’s on. Once again, it is Iowageddon. Iowageddon should produce results by 10:00 ET even as the Iowa caucuses start around 8:00.

    For a good giggle, Mediaite reports that Hillary Clinton Hater, Keith Olbermann, has tweeted “I am informed Countdown will not be on tonight.” In his pathetic tweet Olbermann refers questions to the top brass (including Al Gore and Joel Hyatt) at his latest employer.

    No Hillary Hater Keith Olbermann on tonight. We also understand Hillary Hater Christopher Hitchens (“I’m not obsessed with Hillary Clinton I just think about her all the time.”) will not be making appearances tonight either. How many Hillary haters bit the dust last year? Anyone counting?

    ——————————————————————————————–

  • jtjames

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/hillary-clinton-for-vice-president/2012/01/02/gIQA6ACtWP_blog.html

    will never support obama even with hillary on the ticket however I do like the last sentence of the article…

  • admin

    Live caucus coverage here:

  • Jen the Michigander

    I am sick of the veep Hillary talk. It’s top of the ticket or no go!!!

  • Southern Born

    Iowageddon. That’s a good name for a state that allows something so open to fraud and does not express the will of ALL the people. You can bet that Obamabots are there manipulating the vote at each caucus? Can any of us ever forget their vile behavior in 2008?

  • admin

    Newt Gingrich is hitting Romney with a full page attack ad in tomorrow’s Union Leader:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/03/newt-hits-mitt-with-full-page-n-h-ad/

  • nomobama

    Not a fan of Romney who is a flip flopper extraordinaire. Romneycare/Obamacare are tremendous threats to one’s personal freedom let alone one’s life if one were to come down with a serious illness, or physical injury. It’s difficult to like anyone who would try to push this garbage on the American public. I hope for a better, more principled Republican to beat the (n)One, but I will still have to cast my vote for whatever Republican running against the usurper. Sadly, I think if either Romney or Obama win in 2012, we will have a very difficult fight against their healthscare programs.

  • nomobama

    Good for Newt. Romney played sleaze ball in his attacks on his challengers, particularly Gingrich. He acted just like Obama by appearing above the fray when hewas behind the nasty attacks all along.

  • nomobama

    Good point on Iowa, Southern Born. Iowans want the rest of America to believe in their seriousness when it comes to their caucuses, but yet they do not take action against the corruption in their voting process. They need to prevent the fraud before I even give a crap about who they choose.

  • Shadowfax

    Top three on Fox

    Ron Paul
    Wilber
    Santorum

    Bachman and Huntsman are out of this game

  • Shadowfax

    At 22% results in,
    All three top men mentioned above are at 23%

  • Shadowfax

    Google has done a cool live map of who wins in each district…

    http://iowacaucus.com/results/

  • Shadowfax

    Newt 13%
    Perry 10%

  • S

    nomobama
    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    Good for Newt. Romney played sleaze ball in his attacks on his challengers, particularly Gingrich
    ****************************************

    no offense, everytime i hear this talking point for newtie I have to LMAO…pleassse…the biggest bomb thrower out there…the guy who led the way to impeaching Bill…the loudest, meanest SOB from the get go…the lying, cheating, untrustworthy, greedy snake…the same one that now lacks the funds to do what he whines is being done to him…

    just what did ole Newtie think was going to happen with ALL the baggage he carries…and what does the poor soul think O and the chicago dims are going to have in store for him??? ice cream and cookies? a ‘tea party’?

    Gimme a break, newtie…he can dish it out but cannot take it…i will be happy to see that creep slither away in defeat…imo, that will be delayed karma for the BS little newtie pulled on Bill…while he was having an affair at the same time…

    …to see newtie reduced to the bitter, angry, nasty whiner he really is is justice…and let’s not get started on his mannequin side kick…another sleezy cheater and husband thief…

  • Jen the Michigander

    No sympathy for Newt here, either.

  • Southern Born

    S at 10:04

    AMEN!!!!!

  • Shadowfax

    S

    Another big yup here!

  • S

    does anyone here think that O and his minions are driving up the Santorum votes?

    I know the word is that santorum did the whole grass roots thing and his family values and conservatism are an attraction for many of the voters, but something seems fishy to me…just a couple of days ago santorum was talking about maybe getting out of the race and suddenly he is competing for first…

    …sounds like that old O magic with Iowa caucuses…beware the caucuses…O knows how to manipulate…

    …the media is hyperventilating to knock off Romney…MSNBC has jumped the shark and has even less credibility than the democratic primaries last time around…heard matthews this morning and he has completely lost it…

    …and now the media is pounding the ‘Santorum is a winner line’…the media is so freaking obvious…suddenly he is really something…the media is pushing Santorum…

    hmmmm…

  • Southern Born

    S @10:18

    Yes, indeed. Man! You are on a roll tonight.

    BO, his Obots AND the media know he could beat Paul and Santorum with both hands tied behind his back.

    When we think of Iowa caucuses, we immediately think of Obama FRAUD in 2008. We all know up close and personal how crookedly manipulative BO and his campaign are.

    You are on a roll, S. Keep it up!

  • Shadowfax

    S

    I doubt that making Santorum one of the top three in Iowa would be that big of a gain. Iowa has a lot of religious conservatives and they may have nowhere else to go since they don’t like Mormons.

  • lorac

    While I don’t want Bachman to win (no chance of that, anyway!), I think there may be a value to her staying in the race to the end, if she can do it financially. The value being adding one more woman to the short list of women who ran for the presidency and fought for it, stuck it out with the guys. During Hillary’s tough times, I suspect that was one of the reasons she hung in there – to show a woman could go the course. Someone in the history books who stuck around for a couple of caucus/primary events then quit doesn’t quit pack the punch of someone who stuck it out, even if they lost…

  • Southern Born

    Iowa religious conservatives may not like Mormans but they voted for a member of Rev Wright’s church who leans Muslim.

  • Southern Born

    Iowa religious conservatives may not like Mormans but they voted for a member of Rev Wright’s church who leans Muslim.

  • Southern Born

    Sorry for the double post. Don’t know how that happened.

  • Shadowfax

    SB
    Yup.

  • nomobama

    Why is it so difficult to conceive tha Santorum is rising just like Bachman, Perry, and Cain. There’s a large group of unsatisfied Republicans who are not in the chosen one’s (Mitt). This phenomon has happened three other times already! Don’t forget. Santorum won I believe two terms as a Senator in the state of Pennsylvania which leans Democrat. He lost to Casey who traded on his last name’s popularity to win the seat after Santorum. And now, people in Pennsylvania are not holding favorable views of Casey. If he can win in Pennsylvania as he has shown in the past, then he can probably pose a real threat to Obama.

  • S

    Shadowfax, no argument there…but it is about the spin…the appearances…

    now all the media in lock step singing the same tune…Santorum is the anti-Romney…Romeey is a weak candidate…the party is divided…this is going to be a long drawn out race that the WH loves…bla, bla, bla…

    that’s the “media” line…all a set up to weaken Romney and shape the narrative about him…so even if he wins the nomination, O and the “media” (part of his base) want him as banged up, bleeding and weak as possible…so chicago can come in for the “final cut”..and carry O to victory…

  • nomobama

    chosen one’s camp.

  • Shadowfax

    S
    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:43 pm
    Shadowfax, no argument there…but it is about the spin…the appearances…

    now all the media in lock step singing the same tune…Santorum is the anti-Romney…Romeey is a weak candidate…the party is divided…this is going to be a long drawn out race that the WH loves…bla, bla, bla…

    that’s the “media” line…all a set up to weaken Romney and shape the narrative about him…so even if he wins the nomination, O and the “media” (part of his base) want him as banged up, bleeding and weak as possible…so chicago can come in for the “final cut”..and carry O to victory…

    ——-
    That’s pretty similar to what they are saying on Fox.

    Iowa isn’t the deciding factor, since I don’t see anyone getting out of the race and the media on both sides want to spin everything to their advantage.

  • S

    yes noobama…i agree…and the race is early but what is the purpose?

    if the purpose is to ultimately defeat O then the camp must lead to victory…otherwise the “camp” won’t matter…

    we could cut to the chase and roll the dice…but you are right…and it is early with many twists and turns to come…

    however, bear in mind that O – wants Romney least…Romney will be O’s most challenging competitor…and the media is helping manipulate what O wants…and needs to win…

  • turndownobama

    S posted:
    everytime i hear this talking point for newtie I have to LMAO…pleassse…the biggest bomb thrower out there…the guy who led the way to impeaching Bill…

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

    Bravo, well said! That’s the basic fact.

  • Shadowfax

    Projection on Fox…

    Newt 4th place, Perry 5th.

  • S

    interesing Shadowfax, I have been catching a bit of CNN and their computer analysis with John King…when he is doing his analysis…he plays is straight without spin…

    some things just become so obvious…

  • turndownobama

    I think there may be a value to [ Bachmann ] staying in the race to the end, if she can do it financially. The value being adding one more woman to the short list of women who ran for the presidency and fought for it, stuck it out with the guys.

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

    Good point. Power to her.

  • S

    just caught wolf giving his horserace romeny/santorum placings…and now santorum is about 45 votes apart and I just cannot help but think that O snuck a few buses in their…wink, wink…

  • turndownobama

    so even if he wins the nomination, O and the “media” (part of his base) want him as banged up, bleeding and weak as possible…so chicago can come in for the “final cut”..and carry O to victory…

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

    Good point. Every since 2000, you don’t need a real majority to win, in November or in the conventions. Just a messy situation that you can throw to some court of comittee….

  • S

    I agree re: Bachmann…good for her…

  • AmericanGal

    The web seems quiet concerning the Iowa caucus–I don’t see a lot of posting comments on sites monitoring it…

    Maybe it’s just the sites I’m checking though…

  • Shadowfax

    American Gal

    Yea, not much excitement on the race anywhere…then again, it’s Iowa. ;-/

  • Mrs. Smith

    nomobama
    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Why is it so difficult to conceive tha Santorum is rising just like Bachman, Perry, and Cain. There’s a large group of unsatisfied Republicans who are not in the chosen one’s (Mitt). This phenomon has happened three other times already! Don’t forget. Santorum won I believe two terms as a Senator in the state of Pennsylvania which leans Democrat. He lost to Casey who traded on his last name’s popularity to win the seat after Santorum. And now, people in Pennsylvania are not holding favorable views of Casey. If he can win in Pennsylvania as he has shown in the past, then he can probably pose a real threat to Obama.
    ____________

    For whats left of this rag tag crew- Santorum is my pick. It ain’t Obama driving up Santorum’s numbers. Santorum turned in a credible performance on MTP last Sunday morning. He fell just short of saying Obama is in the process of installing a Totalitarian government and calling Obama a man on the road to declaring a dictatorship, with him as the dictator. I waited with baited breath to hear him say it- hoping he would- just when Gregory interrupted him with a new question asking Santorum to compare how Obama’s policies differ from that of Bush..

  • turndownobama

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/how-occupy-des-moines-will-try-to-win-the-caucus-video.php
    And tonight, Occupiers are calling on their members who are registered voters to attend caucus and events and stand as uncommitted to show their disdain for the slate of candidates.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Also read Coombs appalling comment regarding Santorum taking his newborn son home for his children to play with him- Nothing wrong with letting the family grieve in their own way- Coombs should be taken out and horsewhipped behind one of those big Red Barns in Iowa for his cruel unjustifiable comment-

  • AmericanGal

    Mrs. Smith, I’m not familiar with Santorum–it sounds like he will go directly at Obama in a debate…

    Do you think he will maintain enough votes to continue to challenge Romney down the road…

  • moononpluto

    Santorum wont last long past NH. He’ll barely register there.

  • AmericanGal

    I have read that NH will be a Romney landslide but what about more conservative states?

  • moononpluto

    Can imagine gingrich and romney in SC leading and in nevada…rommey ang newt again.

  • Mrs. Smith

    AmericanGal
    January 4th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Mrs. Smith, I’m not familiar with Santorum–it sounds like he will go directly at Obama in a debate…
    ____________

    Santorum is smart, well spoken and had a command of the facts.He knows exactly where to hit Obama. He’s not an appeaser like Romney and I believe he do some serious damage debating Obama in the general.

    There’s no one in field that can compare to Hillary’s political savvy and experience- Experience being the driver in this race.
    ………

    Do you think he will maintain enough votes to continue to challenge Romney down the road…

    Could be- Romney is a political a** kisser and didn’t do anything for the MA constituency. They were glad to get rid of him when he retired as Governor- Do you really think Romney’s HC Bill hadn’t been worked out long before Obama was elected, (probably by Ted Kennedy) as the model Obama used as the Federal plan?

    It was hard to fathom Obama’s evil twin and former college room mate, Deval Patrick, an arrogant SOB, was re-elected as Governor in spite of his rude self-importance lorded over the locals!

  • AmericanGal

    Thanks Moonpluto..I am not as astute as others here and just starting to really focus on the race…

  • AmericanGal

    Thanks Mrs. Smith…I am watching more closely now since the race has begun and all your insights are helpful…

  • Mrs. Smith

    I’ve long held the thought there was monkey business with the Voting machines handing Barney and D. Patrick their re- elections. Neither of them were polling well on election day. Barney looked as surprised as we did when he was declared re-elected.

  • Southern Born

    After the 2008 primary, are any of us as likely to believe what the media tells us and accept the media driven narrative free of any involvement by Obots…that is unless we hear that Santa Claus and/or the Easter Bunny were in Iowa campaigning for Santorum at the last moment.

  • Mrs. Smith

    You are welcome American Girl..

    If Romney wins the nomination, then you know for sure it’s in the bag and BO is going to be re-elected.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Southern Born-

    Santorum didn’t pull any punches on his MTP interview. He was focused on Obama more so than his fellow competitors. He spoke with unflinching candor, Truth to power, unafraid to hit Obama between the eyes. Because of his steely resolve he caught my attention. I think there are outlanders/independents helping him surge positioning him to issue a knockout punch to Obama.

  • Southern Born

    I hope you are right, Mrs. Smith. I’d like nothing better than to see ANY candidate, except Newt, issue a knockout punch to Obama and win.

    I’m just not inclined to believe the media narrative and somehow this feels strange. Santorum spoke against BO in the MTP interview but Romney has been hitting Obama hard as well.

    After what they did to Hillary in 2008, I just don’t trust the media or the Obama campaign.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I think Newt is going to throw his support to Santorum. I hope Bachmann does too.-

    This is a little old but a good sign, especially after the battle he’s putting up tonight against Mittens for Top Dog.

    Santorum’s fundraising soars along with his poll numbers

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/02/santorums-fundraising-soars-along-with-his-poll-numbers/

    Just came over the wire: McCain to endorse Romney.. Good, he can give him pointers. :)

  • Mrs. Smith

    After what they did to Hillary in 2008, I just don’t trust the media or the Obama campaign.
    ___________

    I’m with you on the media vultures who presume they can steer Americans over the cliff- This is the year of their comeuppance..They should all be unemployed and standing in line to collect their unemployment check more in line with a figure deserving of their pay..

    Where is Confloyd? Did she get married without our Best Wishes?

  • admin

    All the votes from all the counties are in now – except for one county. The county outstanding? Clinton county. Why does that makes us smile and giggle?

  • admin

    Everybody smile!. Obama the Boob boobs in the New Year:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/a-nostalgic-obama-uses-webcast-to-rally-his-iowa-roots/

    President Obama tried to steal a piece of the Iowa spotlight tonight with a nostalgia-filled live address to his Democratic supporters over the internet, at times hampered by static and sporadic audio interruptions that made him difficult to understand.

    [snip]

    Obama, who participated in the video teleconference from inside a Washington, D.C., Hilton hotel, took two questions from supporters who each appealed for new inspiration from the man who energized them four years ago.

    “I’m wondering now in 2012 if you still believe in hope and change for America?” asked a woman from Coralville.

    “First of all, I want to make sure you can hear my answer. How’s the sound coming through now?” Obama said, waiting for the audio connection to resolve.

    ‘Can you hear me now? Is anybody there? Is anybody listening? Does anybody care?’

  • admin

    It appears Romney has won Iowa with 14 votes when all the votes are officially released (according to Karl Rove who has spoken with Republican Party sources).

  • admin

    “Sorry, wrong number!” More on Obama’s call to Iowa:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/04/obama_to_iowa_dems_im_more_optimistic_about_change_than_in_2008.html

    CBS News reports there was no cheering, chanting or clapping for the president’s message during the address, distributed to more than 200 caucus locations throughout Iowa.”

    Obama’s message was plagued with some audio issues and static at various points during the broadcast.

  • Shadowfax

    My local news just said the difference between Santorum and Mitt is only 4 votes!!!!

    That Perry is going home and may drop out of the race.

  • admin

    It’s official: Mitt Romney wins Iowa Caucuses by 8 votes.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Ah. Another anchor from admin.
    Back in 2004 or so, I was livid with the audacity of PA Senator Rick Santorum who stated openly that he had no problem in voting his conscience rather than “the people’s will”. So I donated $25 a month for an extended period of time and “won” Bob Casey who as we all know, voted his “conscience” before our unbelieving eyes without comment.

    So my past with Santorum is not pleasant. Yet I’m here to submit this quote from him in the Desmoine Register: “If you want to be president, man up and be president,” Santorum said.
    http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2012/01/03/santorum-says-obama-should-man-up-and-be-president/

    Man up [Harry]. Thank you Sharron Angle. I’m so sorry that you did not come out the victor in NV.

  • Mrs. Smith

    WOW- The dark horse loses by a nose!

    Indication of things to come?

    A 2 week respite- and Santorum just might surprise us all.
    _________

    Morning news says, Newt will be running interference for Santorum. Santorum’s advantage- a fresh face and clear message for taking on the “Renegade.”

    Hillary needs a prominent figure to run interference for her, should she accept a draft- In the 08′ campaign she was sorely lacking a front man who could deftly handle the Chicago mafioso’s attacks.

    Anyone know where that subterranean subversive mole, Patti Solis Doyle, is now? Could it be, she is condemned to the Confessional begging for forgiveness? ha-right!

  • turndownobama

    I’d like nothing better than to see ANY candidate, except Newt, issue a knockout punch to Obama and win.

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

    Good exception.

  • ABM90

    Santorum offers nothing but more restrictions on our private lives and will fill our welfare system with single mothers and and flood of children being used as pawns to further destroy our financial stability.Hillary would make all candidates of all parties look pathetic.

    DRAFT HILLARY IMPEACH OBAMA

  • moononpluto

    Obama to recess appoint Richard Cordray as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    ………………………..

    Wow all that crap from him about recess appts during Bush’s time really looks like a farce now.

  • moononpluto

    NJ Source: Bachmann is suspending her campaign

  • moononpluto

    Nothing set in stone if McCain can come back from being 4th in Iowa last year to take the Nom, then anything can happen.

  • Mrs. Smith

    ABM90
    January 4th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    We don’t want a Republican to win the General. We’re just looking for the best “R” nominee handy with a base-ball bat- until the DNC buckles and affirms Hillary as the draft nominee..

    OK- so far?

  • NewMexicoFan

    I saw where they actually had ballots last night. Of course that was the Repub they were showing. I observed the Dems, and know the Dems, they don’t like a whole lot of controls on voting. I personnel like ID, and I agree with the people on the blog that people should have to only show a Photo ID. Thus a costco AE card with your photo and name would work.

    Here in NM, we give cards to people at the MVD, for identification purposes. I think that if the older people want to vote, and I want them to vote, they should put in enough effort to get an ID card.

    Of course there was a lot of disenfranchisement of voting in IOWA last night. It was only those people who could make it at that time, and no absentee voting is conducted. Thus bed ridden, shift people, or people who just had to be out of town could not vote.

    We forget that the primaries, which give us the candidate for the General election are not conducted like the General Election is. I think is opens it up to more fraud, and it does not represent what the voters really ask for. But then when the voters tell you they wanted Hillary, the superdelegates say, Oh know you are stupid, and we know better.

    We need to go after the concept, and tell the superdelegates it is they who are stupid.

    Oh well, I will get off my soapbox.

  • blue

    Here’s a piece of deceptive twaddle in Politico showing transparently the twisted attitude of most of the media who won’t use their privileged positions to unsparingly inform the public about events. Rather, they want to be the kingmakers who determine the events, the winners and losers. They feel that they must be courted and flattered or they won’t play. The mention of Santorum as the potential recipient of the media largess looks very much like an Obama inspired ploy to get rid of Romney. Mitt is certainly not the answer to all our prayers, but no rational person could deny that he is the best suited by resources, temperament and experience to thrash Barry the Fraud. Mitt did a good job in Iowa among all those wahoos and that is to his credit. Spouse thinks he is a winner, so that settles it.
    Look out for Santorum. He is an unbalanced zealot with a talent for looking like a Boy Scout while he is looting the poor box. His record in the Senate was an embarrassment and showed that, with power in his hands, he can be a dangerous unpredictable person.

    Halperin: Press not rooting for Mitt
    
By: Mackenzie Weinger

    January 4, 2012 07:58 AM EST

    The media isn’t cheering for Mitt Romney — and that could be a big issue for him as the race continues, Mark Halperin said Wednesday.
    “One of the vulnerabilities Mitt Romney has is the press has not been rooting for him the way the press was rooting for George Bush in ’99, for McCain later on in that campaign, so that’s left him vulnerable,” Halperin said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
    “But there’s been no one in the race that the press has really rooted for to take over for Romney, to take him on. None of them have really courted the press, and I’m talking about the press across the board — not just the old media, the new media as well,” added the senior political analyst for Time.
    The candidate who could draw the media to his side, Halperin said, is Rick Santorum.
    “Santorum has that potential right now, but he is prickly, particularly with reporters,” Halperin said. “It’s a reality of the process. You’ve got to have people in the media implicitly at least cheering for you. Santorum can do that.”

    © 2012 POLITICO LLC

  • admin

    Where is the left now on the “unitary executive” ranted about in 2008?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/4/obama-unprecedented-recess-appointment/

    Congressional officials said President Obama has used his recess appointment powers Wednesday to name a head for the controversial new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a move Republican lawmakers said amounted to an unconstitutional power grab.

    Mr. Obama made the appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray even though the Senate, which has the power to confirm nominees, considers itself still in session.

    But the White House argues Republican senators stonewalled the nominee for so long that Mr. Obama had no choice but to circumvent them.

    In making the appointment, Mr. Obama rejected the precedent set by former President Clinton and the precedent Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats set under President George W. Bush in 2007 and 2008.

    “Although the Senate is not in recess, President Obama, in an unprecedented move, has arrogantly circumvented the American people,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

    GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner called the move “an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department.”
    “The precedent that would be set by this cavalier action would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our Constitution,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement.
    Administration officials told the Associated Press they anticipate the move may be challenged in court.

    The president is expected to introduce Mr. Cordray during a trip to Ohio Wednesday, and in prepared remarks the AP reported Mr. Obama will call Senate Republicans’ ongoing blockade of his nomination “inexcusable.”

    I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer. I’ve said before that I will continue to look for every opportunity to work with Congress to move this country forward. But when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them,” according to the prepared remarks.

    The Constitution gives the president the power to make appointments when the Senate is not in session and able to confirm them. Traditionally that has been understood to mean when the Senate has adjourned for a recess longer than 10 days, and a Clinton administration legal opinion said a recess must be at least three days.

    Mr. Obama, though, acted only a day after the Senate held a session, albeit an abbreviated one with no real business transacted.

    Mr. Obama’s move also contradicts the precedent he and fellow Democrats abided by in 2007 and 2008 when they used the same three-day strategy to prevent Mr. Bush from making his own recess appointments.

    “I am keeping the Senate in pro forma to prevent recess appointments until we get this process back on track,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said on Nov. 16, 2007, as he announced his strategy of having the Senate convene twice a week for pro forma sessions.

    On Wednesday, though, Mr. Reid said he backed the president’s move. [snip]

    But by abrogating decades of understanding of the recess appointment power Mr. Obama threatened to spark a full legislative war with Congress.

    “Breaking from this precedent lands this appointee in uncertain legal territory, threatens the confirmation process and fundamentally endangers the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch,” Mr. McConnell said.

  • admin

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/bachmann-drops-out-of-presidential-race/

    Rep. Michele Bachmann suspended her presidential campaign after placing sixth in Tuesday’s Iowa Republican caucuses, she announced today.

    “Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said at a news conference, flanked by her parents, husband and five children. “I have no regrets, none whatsoever. We never compromised our principles and we can leave this race knowing we ran it with the utmost integrity.” [snip]

    By Wednesday morning, as Bachmann was announcing the end of her campaign, Perry hinted on Twitter that he will stay the course through South Carolina.

    “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State,” Perry tweeted today. “Here we come South Carolina.”

  • lil ole grape

    NMF said: We need to go after the concept, and tell the superdelegates it is they who are stupid.
    —————————————————————————————————-
    And I have told a pair of them I know – told them repeatedly how stupidly they’ve behaved. I’m constantly pushing their noses in the O mess they’ve given us– really been rubbing it in – no mercy!
    ————————————————
    admin
    January 4th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    WHEW! ObamaMussolini!
    ————————————————-

    Wish I could back up this cheerful tale with names, but I don’t dare. Recently, I was visiting a business friend, sitting in his office waiting for him to get off the phone which was on speaker – a lot of chatter about invoices for services rendered, verifying amounts owed – very dull for me, so I reached for a magazine on a table nearby, but then I saw he was waving a piece of paper at me on which he had just written, “Dem Party – Chicago” and pointed to the phone. So I became more attentive. Along with the review of invoices, he was doing his stand-up routine – he’s pretty funny and he had the woman on the phone in high spirits, trading one-liners – they were having a lot of laughs, during which he mentioned a few times that he was a life-long Democrat. Suddenly he asked her, “Hey, by the way, how’s our guy doing?” Her mood totally plummeted! She managed to say, “Ohh, we-ell, we’ll see.” and took refuge in the standard, “Been nice talking to you, etc. When he ended the call, he almost shouted at me: “Did you hear that?! Did you hear that?! They’re in big trouble and they know it!”

  • holdthemaccountable

    On twitter:
    Welcome back to OH, Mr. President. You’ll find our budget balanced, our taxes cut, and jobs coming back. Time to do it in DC

  • jbstonesfan

    A good result last night as now Romney will more than likely pull away from the unelectables.

  • turndownobama

    “Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside,”

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

    And what gives Iowa this much power, year after year?

  • jbstonesfan

    Obama now even on RCP..approval /disapproval exactly the same at 47.6%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • turndownobama

    Here in NM, we give cards to people at the MVD, for identification purposes. I think that if the older people want to vote, and I want them to vote, they should put in enough effort to get an ID card.
    Of course there was a lot of disenfranchisement of voting in IOWA last night. It was only those people who could make it at that time, and no absentee voting is conducted. Thus bed ridden, shift people, [...] could not vote.

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

    Those are the same people who will have trouble getting the MDV card.

    So how much effort does it take to get that MDV card? Go to the MDV to be photographed, obviously. And bring what documentation? On the one hand, you can choose what day in the year to do it (or what days, if they keep telling you to come back with more stuff). But OTOH, the precinct/caucuses are closer, take a single visit, of a limited time, and there are campaign volunteers to drive you (if you’re a Bot).

    You can’t use the ‘make the effort’ argument for MDV card ID but not for caucuses.

  • turndownobama

    Mrs. Smith
    January 4th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    ABM90
    January 4th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    We don’t want a Republican to win the General. We’re just looking for the best “R” nominee handy with a base-ball bat- until the DNC buckles and affirms Hillary as the draft nominee..

    OK- so far?

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

    So what is the time window?

    If parties do their official nomination in August/Sept, then by the time Romney (or whoever) became official, Obama would be official too. Are you thinking that Romney could have the GOP nomination sewed up (as McCain did) several months earlier, and campaign against Obama — for how long, before it is too late for a Draft Hillary movement to get off the ground?

    Obama certainly won’t debate anyone before the official GOP convention (and will probably find excuses not to debate even then, or the media will just offer him pillows).

  • turndownobama

    Santorum offers nothing but more restrictions on our private lives and will fill our welfare system with single mothers and and flood of children being used as pawns to further destroy our financial stability.

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

    By opposing contraception/abortion?

  • NewMexicoFan

    I would be bet you that all of the older incapacitated voters have a handicapped card for their cars.

    In NM you have to fill out the card (ONline or get it at the MVD), get it to the Doctor, he as to sign it and return it to you.

    Then you and the incapacitated one have to go to the MVD.

    If they can get a handicapped card, they can get a voter ID card. I think all of the state have the forms on line now, and they tell you what to bring in.

  • turndownobama

    “I would be bet you that all of the older incapacitated voters have a handicapped card for their cars.”

    Do you know how hard it is to get handicapped license plates or placard for the car! My husband had to go through a lot of hoops to get one in CA, after being diagnosed with two serious illnesses and given a pacemaker.

    “Then you and the incapacitated one have to go to the MVD.
    If they can get a handicapped card, they can get a voter ID card. I think all of the state have the forms on line now, and they tell you what to bring in.”

    Assuming you have a computer, internet, and computer skills. Then you have to trot around getting the required documentation.

    And a lot of people — as you said, shift people etc — and poor people with childcare and transporation problems — don’t qualify for handicapped plates but still can’t easily go through the MDV hoops.

    It’s the same exclusion of HIllary voters that we complain about in caucuses.

  • BASIL99

    admin, can you embed?

    Some comic relief!

    Edith and Carol speak to CNN’s Blitzer and King about the missing precinct votes. It is a RIOT!!!!! It’s how stuff really happens on elections nights as I can attest to having covered several Albany County races this year.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2012/01/04/bts-iowa-caucus-edith-carolyn-highlights.cnn

    CNN did a great job with its coverage yesterday, I must admit. And getting the reults at 2 a.m. had all the anchors punch-drunk.

    Edith and Carol for Potus and Vice-potus.

    :grin:

  • turndownobama

    Re contraceptives, here are some Santorum quotes with links to sources. Look fast, as the page might be removed as off-topic in the forum it was posted to.

    http://wiscon.livejournal.com/331522.html

  • moononpluto

    He’s off and power mad hungry.

    Breaking: Obama also set to make recess appointments to the NLRB

    It isn’t just Richard Cordray. Obama is also set to use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, according to White House officials and others familiar with ongoing discussions.

    The move, which is arguably as impotant as the Cordray appointment, will ratchet up opposition from Republicans and make this an even bigger fight, since they have been attacking the NLRB regularly for its moves to streamline union elections and inform workers of their rights.

    Obama is set to appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin to the board — something unions have made a big priority for them in the new year. Senate Republicans have opposed the recess appointments to the NLRB on constitutional grounds, but unions charge that Republicans are only interested in rendering the agency inoperative.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/breaking-obama-also-set-to-make-recess-appointments-to-the-nlrb/2012/01/04/gIQABCkvaP_blog.html

  • turndownobama

    But the Salon article quoted in my previous post has more sources.

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/sex-and-santorum/

  • Mrs. Smith

    IF YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL- YOU HAVEN’T!

    TAKE A PEAK AT THIS E-MAIL I JUT RECEIVED/AND CHECKED IT MYSELF FOR AUTHENTICITY BEFORE POSTING IT-
    __________________

    How is it even possible that we have put this dangerous traitor in a position to do things like this? Yeah, he’s not a Muslin alright-

    Dhimmitude– what does it mean?

    Why would this word be used in OUR healthcare system at all?
    Obama used it in the health care bill.

    Dhimmitude — I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It’s on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists.. It is a
    REAL word.

    Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.

    ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”,
    “risk-taking”, and “usury” and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.

    How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time if I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax.

    Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance. Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims.
    This is Dhimmitude.

    I recommend sending this to your contacts. American citizens need to know about it (before you vote)

    Check it out on Snopes.com-

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp>

    h.. w.. snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp>

  • sirmrks

    sorry the links information has already been removed.
    says nothing is on the site…

  • turndownobama

    Mrs. Smith
    January 4th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    IF YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL- YOU HAVEN’T!

    TAKE A PEAK AT THIS E-MAIL I JUT RECEIVED/AND CHECKED IT MYSELF FOR AUTHENTICITY BEFORE POSTING IT-

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

    At Snopes, the first four paragraphs just QUOTE the sort of email that Mrs. Smith posted; they don’t AGREE with it. ;-)

    Further down, Snopes debunks it. For one thing, Snopes’ own comment says the word “Dhimmitude” DOES NOT appear in the Obamacare bill.

    Snopes says the bill does allow for some (not yet specified) religions SUCH AS AMISH CHRISTIANS) to opt out of Obamacare if they already have an established history of rejecting Social Security and Medicare benefits and “taking care of their own.”

    Snopes says that it is not clear which IF ANY Muslim groups might qualify for this; most would not, probably none would.

    Snopes puts it more strongly, but for some reason I can’t copy/paste from their site.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp

  • turndownobama

    Here’s a link to the actual Salon article.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/01/04/rick_santorum_is_coming_for_your_birth_control/

    Btw the excerpt I linked to above still comes up at h t t p : / / wiscon.livejournal.com/331522.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    Snopes doesn’t disagree with it either- All they’re saying is the opportunity and the language is there leaving the door open. They cite the religious leanings of Islam as the supporting qualifier for the exemption application available from Obama’s HC Plan.

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Evening news is HIGH on Rick Santorum. Romney is scrambling to change his tone as he noticed when he ordered his teleprompter.

    Santorum is running with the story of his prematurely born son. Taking him home to his family letting the rest of the kids know he was real, grieving together in the private setting of their own home.

    Then to boot, he is running an old campaign ad with our girl (Sen) Hillary, saying he will be working with her to curb inappropriate entertainment shown to children on tv.

    I don’t think Willard is as secure as he was a week ago about a Win in NH-

  • Mrs. Smith

    when he ordered his teleprompter.
    ___________

    I don’t know what this means, but my lap top has been erratic lately removing words and sentences randomly.

    the word ‘removed’ disappeared at the end of the above sentence from the screen…

    Is this a replacement keyboard issue?

  • Southern Born

    “We don’t want a Republican to win the General. We’re just looking for the best “R” nominee handy with a base-ball bat- until the DNC buckles and affirms Hillary as the draft nominee..

    OK- so far?”
    ______________________________________________________________________

    That’s my hope and fondest dream, too.

    Sounds great, however, do you think that BO and his minions and crooks will go down without a major blood bath fight? The media will beat up on the Rep. candidate no matter how big his bat is and hold up Barry.

    In normal times, any president who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors as this one might already be in impeachment procedings but I fear that NOTHING will ever happen to Obama.

    If Solyndra has fizzled, Fast and Furious, flip flopping continually and out and out in your face lying, power grabbing, the media mostly ignoring it, and Congress winking and blinking and nothing ever, ever, ever happening to BO, why would we think that the DNC would “wake up”?

    I want Hillary as our next president more than anything. Of all the candidates or ones we know, she seems to be the only one who might be able to start cleaning up all the mess the USA is in…IF, IF, IF they would let her. But then, there will always be the Newt characters to come along and try to do anything to impeach President Hillary.

  • turndownobama

    Snopes plainly denies the claim that ‘dhimmitude’ occurs in the Obamacare bill. It denies the claim that exemptions would not be available to Christians and Jews (its examples of groups that quality under the IRS regulation which the Obamacare bill uses, are Christian). It says “no Muslim group has ever qualified for an exemption under the guidelines which define which religious groups would be exempt from the health care law.”

    Snopes’ exact words from http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp

    The fact is that the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama does not include language which specifically exempts members of any particular religion from health insurance requirements (nor does it use the word “dhimmitude”).

    Such members would have to be adherents of a religion or sect “described in section 1402(g)(1)” of the Internal Revenue Code, which governs exemptions from the payment of Social Security and Medicare taxes on self-employment income:

    Groups such as the Anabaptists (i.e., Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites) would likely qualify for an exemption from the health insurance requirement, as they have an established history of declining Social Security benefits making their own provisions for dependent members

    Most likely, though, Muslims would not qualify for an exemption from U.S. health insurance requirements because U.S. Muslims do not have a tradition of spurning Social Security (which is viewed more as a form of caring for those who are unable to meet their own needs than as something which involves elements of uncertainty, gambling, and interest payments), and no Muslim group has ever qualified for an exemption under the guidelines which define which religious groups would be exempt from the health care law.

  • turndownobama

    Sorry, in the blockquote from Snopes I forgot to put in the [....] between paragraphs to indicate material left out.

  • turndownobama

    But then, there will always be the Newt characters to come along and try to do anything to impeach President Hillary.

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

    Unfortunately. But at least we can keep THIS Newt from getting anywhere near the White House….

  • turndownobama

    the opportunity and the language is there leaving the door open.

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

    The door is open for ANY religious group, Christian or Jewish or any, IF they qualify (by having rejected Social Security and Medicare). Snopes names some Christian groups that have qualified (Amish etc) but says NO Muslim group has EVER qualified.

  • Jen the Michigander

    Significant Number of Uncommitted Delegates in Iowa democratic Caucuses

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2828433/posts

    [quote]Occupy Iowa and Healthcare NOT Warfare had been attempting to organize a protest vote for a slate of uncommitted, progressive delegates in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. With most eyes on the super-tight Republican contest, it’s hard to find any complete results for the Democratic caucuses. In fact, we may never know what happened in some of those Iowa meetings.

    However, turning to Twitter, it is possible to see some scattered reports of uncommitted delegates being elected at the county-level.

    Iowa City’s precinct 15 appears to have elected 3 Obama county delegates and a single uncommitted delegate. Iowa City’s precinct 17 elected 5 Obama delegates and 2 for uncommitted.

    Another commenter to Bleeding Heartland, a progressive blog in Iowa, notes that he was the person who put uncommitted over 15% in his precinct — resulting in 6 Obama delegates and 1 for uncommitted.[/quote]

  • JanH

    Mrs. Smith,

    Check your email please. :)

  • Mrs. Smith

    It says “no Muslim group has ever qualified for an exemption under the guidelines which define which religious groups would be exempt from the health care law.”
    _____________

    But they qualify already if they do apply.

  • S

    Mrs. Smith
    January 4th, 2012 at 12:40 am
    You are welcome American Girl..

    If Romney wins the nomination, then you know for sure it’s in the bag and BO is going to be re-elected.
    *****************************************

    will have to agree to disagree on this one…imho, Santorum does not stand a chance in a million of beating O…ziltch…last time around Huckabee won Iowa…the conservative evangelicals pushed him over…how did that work out for huckabee?

    imo, i believe that is what pushed Santorum to the top and I still contend that O and his minions could have been fooling around to try to push him over in a win…they love messing with the repub primaries and the one they fear the most is romney…

    …with the field that is left Romney is the only one that has the presence and chops to go toe to toe with O and make O look small…Santorum lost his last election against Casey by 18 points…santorum is far too extreme for most moderates and independents…do you recall the gross nickname that was attached to him because of his position on homosexulality…he will be sliced and diced in a national election…and his constant religious pontificating gets obnoxious…we do not need another lecturer and preacher…

  • S

    blue
    January 4th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    “But there’s been no one in the race that the press has really rooted for to take over for Romney, to take him on. None of them have really courted the press, and I’m talking about the press across the board — not just the old media, the new media as well,” added the senior political analyst for Time.
    The candidate who could draw the media to his side, Halperin said, is Rick Santorum.
    “Santorum has that potential right now, but he is prickly, particularly with reporters,” Halperin said. “It’s a reality of the process. You’ve got to have people in the media implicitly at least cheering for you. Santorum can do that.”

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

    bingo!…all you have to do is listen to that loudmouth, pompous Ed Shultz of MSNBC/Obama Propoganda singing Santorum’s praises to understand the game that is being played…when you hear MSNBC saying the Santorum is as good as O, bla, bla, bla…then, you can take it to the bank…this is a set up…minimize and weaken Romney and leave an extremist with tons of quotes left standing for the final take down to O’s victory…primaries are one thing…the national election is quite another…

  • Mrs. Smith

    S
    January 4th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    OK- we can agree to disagree- Obama is well prepared to take on Romney and Romney, like the corporate CEO that he is… will roll-over just like any car salesman..

    Anyway, I’m not looking for any Repub or Obama to be the next president as I’ve said too many times to mention…

    Santorum is capable of bloodying Obama- Romney, is a push over… and is an appeaser, not a fighter…

    Romney will be the nominee, not because he is the better candidate as the nominee- He is just easier for Obama to beat…

  • gonzotx

    Southern Born
    January 3rd, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    Iowa religious conservatives may not like Mormans but they voted for a member of Rev Wright’s church who leans Muslim.
    *****************

    AMEN

  • gonzotx

    Santorum is a women’s nightmare

  • gonzotx

    From ACE
    ********************************

    Is Santorum a Big Government Conservative?
    —Ace

    Hey don’t get mad at me for asking. Apparently his own book says that, based on the prescriptions therein, one could accuse him of being a ‘Big Government conservative.’”

    I’m going to be giving him a first look. I have a reasonably open mind, but not completely open. I don’t like his rightwing paternalism bias.

    Is this what the Tea Party has meant with its Don’t Tread On Me flags? I didn’t get that.

    Santorum’s book is crammed with an array of ideas for technocratic meddling; even the author acknowledges that some people “will reject” what he has to say “as a kind of ‘Big Government’ conservatism.”
    Santorum grumbles about too many conservatives believing in unbridled “personal autonomy” and subscribing to the “idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do … that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom (and) we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.”

    Perhaps Santorum confuses libertinism with libertarianism, but for him “cultural issues” go way beyond defending the life of the unborn or opposing gay marriage. Santorum believes that conservatives should recognize “that individuals can’t go it alone,” which sounds a lot like the straw-man justification for nearly every state expansion in memory. Why does Santorum, a conservative, believe that getting government out of our lives means a person must “go it alone,” anyway? Maybe it means that person can go to his local church or his family or his community or his local bar to seek help — or maybe he can figure things out himself.

    Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren have been hitting this same note an awful lot.

  • Southern Born

    So far, Romney seems to be keeping the focus on attacking Barack Obama’s record.

    The ultra conservative, religious right may be all for Santorum. That’s the group that the vile Karl Rove tapped into to get Bush Jr. elected, however, the country seemed to be tired of that and sick of Dubya by the end of his second term. Will that work again for Santorum? Will people go for that again after Bush?

    It does seem that the media is PICKING Santorum…and that is enough to make me very wary of him. They will do anything to get their “precious” re-elected.

    The real Newt is begining to seep out…mean, spiteful. Are people begining to see that? People around here are beginning to pick up on that aspect of Newt’s personality although it has not completely clicked…just the beginning of doubts and questions about his whining.

    I am convinced that there is no way that Newt or Santorum can “take it to” BO in any debate. The media will not allow that…period. They will attack any Republican nominee, no matter if it is Romney, Newt, Santorum, or any other candidate.

  • Shadowfax

    gonzotx
    January 4th, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    Santorum is a women’s nightmare
    ——
    I agree.

  • gonzotx

    Southern Born
    January 4th, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    ****************

    Yes, we have been to this dance before, but it’s sickly amazing how many people are still buying tickets. Had an argument with a little 25 year old snit today at work.He being the one to bring up politics.

    Then when he couldn’t present any facts about what he was talking about, he plain out lied and in front of others, so I just called his little ass out on it.

    I told him to stop watching CNN and do some independent research because he sounded incredibly uninformed.

  • turndownobama

    TDO says Snopes says:
    It says “no Muslim group has ever qualified for an exemption under the guidelines which define which religious groups would be exempt from the health care law.”
    _____________

    Mrs Smith says:
    But they qualify already if they do apply.

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

    No. Because “U.S. Muslims do not have a tradition of spurning Social Security.” Which is a requiremet: to qualify, a group needs a history of ‘taking care of its own.’

    There are over 2 million Muslims in the US. None of them has ever qualified for exemption from SS/Medicare. Do you think none of that 2 million has ever applied (or would not apply for exemption if they thought they could qualify)? The Obamacare law does NOT make that easier. It just uses the same guidelines that SS/Medicare/IRS has been using already.

  • Berkeley Vox

    Howdy! It’s been 4 years since I was checking this wonderful website on an almost hourly basis, and it’s amazing and impressive that it’s still going strong. I’m a big Obama supporter now (though I still wish Hillary was President, rest assured), and I trust that you all have heard the latest whisperings – i.e., that Hillary will be replacing Biden on the ticket? Robert Reich wrote a piece on this in BusinessWeek recently, surmising that Biden would become Secretary of State and Hillary would take over as VP, leaving her well-positioned for a Presidential run in 2016. The Washington Post picked up the story earlier this week, too. To me, it’s a no brainer for Obama: he’d galvanize the electorate, and the 2012 election would be another history-making one, with another glass ceiling broken. Let’s work towards it.

  • gonzotx

    Berkeley Vox
    January 5th, 2012 at 12:53 am
    *****************

    Please crawl back in your hole

  • NewMexicoFan

    You can say that again.

  • Shadowfax

    Heh, 4 years too late to have a clue.

  • moononpluto

    The word Berkeley in the name gives it a away, Obama PR systems must hbe watching us and the orders have gone out to try and appease us again. Please do a 180 and tell Obama to go F himself.

  • Jen the Michigander

    Don’t these obots realize that every time they mention the veep switch, it just proves how weak Obama is? Biden isn’t the problem– he’s had a few gaffes here and there, but like the vast majority of vice presidents (Cheney would be an exception) he just does whatever it is that veeps are expected to do (i.e. nothing major). The problem is not Biden, it’s Obama. He’s the reason why the Democratic base is not energized. He’s the one with the low 40 percent approval ratings. Obama can’t get reelected on his own, so his bots are trying to sell us on the “Hillary for veep, and then she can run in 2016″ meme. But it’s TOP OF THE TICKET OR NO GO!!!!

  • moononpluto

    We’ll just have to get used to more O-bot drivebys in the next few months getting more and more rabid as time goes on.

  • Mormaer

    Romney can go after Obama civilly. He has taken a page out of the Obama playbook and will have surrogates and the also rans like Newt and Man on Dog do it for him. That is what Obama/Axelrod did in 2008 all the while claiming a new kind of politics. Obama surrogates are going after Romney and anyone else who has the audacity to question the One.

  • moononpluto

    Mormaer, at least Romney has learned….if they are gonna beat Obama, i’m afraid its gotta be in the gutter where Obama and Axelrod dragged us all.

  • turndownobama

    The word Berkeley in the name gives it a away, Obama PR systems must hbe watching us and the orders have gone out to try and appease us again.

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

    Ya, pretty transparent.

    How about, Hillary 2012 and tell the Obama supporters they can try Obama 2020.

  • Leanora

    NDAA: Congress Signed Its Own Arrest Warrants
    Naomi Wolf responds to the passage of the defense bill.

    http://www.readersupportednews.org/opinion2/275-42/9236-focus-naomi-wolf-ndaa-congress-signed-its-own-arrest-warrants

    Ms. Wolf believes that Obama is following in the steps of Mussolini, who was a duly elected official when he started to direct military forces against citizens.

    After reading this carefully, I tend to agree.

  • turndownobama

    Dhimmitude — I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It’s on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists.. It is a REAL word.
    Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims [....]

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

    Isn’t it implausible that such a word would be IN the healthcare bill? Shouldn’t that be a tip that the whole email is phony?

    I looked up ‘dhimmitude’ on Google and the first screen shows these several sites DEBUNKING the email:

    urbanlegends.about.com/b/2011/08/29/dhimmitude.htm
    … which links to urbanlegends.about.com/od/government/a/muslims_exempt_health_insurance_mandate.htm

    factcheck.org/2010/05/dhimmitude-and-the-muslim-exemption/
    This has more detailed information than the Snopes article cited in previous posts.

    truthorfiction.com/rumors/d/dhimmitude.htm

    Snopes’ debunking is on Google’s first screen too.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “U.S. Muslims do not have a tradition of spurning Social Security.” Which is a requiremet: to qualify, a group needs a history of ‘taking care of its own.’

    There are over 2 million Muslims in the US. None of them has ever qualified for exemption from SS/Medicare. Do you think none of that 2 million has ever applied (or would not apply for exemption if they thought they could qualify)?
    ______________

    Their religion qualifies them and you really don’t know what their status is- if they opted out of paying into SS and Medicare. If every Muslim in the country opts out of paying into SS and MC next week, they qualify- because their religion qualifies them.

  • Mrs. Smith

    In final leg of vote, Egypt’s Islamists eye majority

    (Reuters) – The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood looks set for a dominant role in Egypt’s first free parliament in decades and is promising rivals a role in writing a new constitution as military generals face growing pressure to hand power to civilians.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/04/us-egypt-election-idUSTRE8010W020120104

  • turndownobama

    they qualify- because their religion qualifies them.

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

    No. The only groups that have ever qualified for the religious exemption are a few Christian sects such as Amish.

    The sect needs to show a proven track record of ‘caring for its own’ over a “substantial” period. No US Muslim sect has shown that to IRS satisfaction, nor have other Christian sects or sects of other religions.

    If Muslims or Jews or other Christians want to qualify, they will have to establish a special sect and begin ‘caring for their own’, ie refusing to accept SS payments etc — and keep it up for 60 years (according to the precedent below). ;-) After that time, a member of that sect might qualify.

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/government/a/muslims_exempt_health_insurance_mandate.htm
    “(D) it is the practice, and has been for a period of time which he deems to be substantial, for members of such sect or division thereof to make provision for their dependent members which in his judgment is reasonable in view of their general level of living, and
    (E) such sect or division thereof has been in existence at all times since December 31, 1950.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    No. The only groups that have ever qualified for the religious exemption are a few Christian sects such as Amish.
    ___________

    All Obama has to do is use the stroke of a pen to recognize Muslim sects have existed for thousands of years and because there’s no doubt in the world their religious affiliation denounces insurance as “gambling”… they qualify-

    Hey, this is so much fun when the shoe is on the other foot… Welcome to my World. td-

  • Mrs. Smith

    Websters hasn’t caught up to 21st Century lingo and has not recognized the word Dhimmitude as of yet. (Webster too busy spinning in his grave…)

    However, the Urban Dictionary has recognized the word and posted a scant definition. A derivative of Dhimwit perhaps?

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dhimmitude+

    (side note: 153 thumbs up?)

  • turndownobama

    All Obama has to do is use the stroke of a pen to recognize Muslim sects have existed for thousands of years and because there’s no doubt in the world their religious affiliation denounces insurance as “gambling”… they qualify-

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

    No. As I’ve quoted several times from the regulations, a particular sect has to have been rejecting SS benefit payments for a “substantial” time (like 50+ years).

  • turndownobama

    Actually most Muslims consider SS/Medicare and similar programs to be not ‘insurance’ but ‘caring for the poor’, which is encouraged.

  • rgb44hrc

    admin
    January 4th, 2012 at 2:01 am
    Everybody smile!. Obama the Boob boobs in the New Year:

    Obama, who participated in the video teleconference from inside a Washington, D.C., Hilton hotel, took two questions from supporters who each appealed for new inspiration from the man who energized them four years ago.

    “I’m wondering now in 2012 if you still believe in hope and change for America?” asked a woman from Coralville.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Obama refuses to answer any hard questions or tackle any difficult issues. He ducks press conferences, unlike a savvy politician, say like Bill Clinton, who could listen to questions and reply with answers that are sound technically and connect emotionally.

    But I do love that softball question he fielded.

    Yet the question seems to be more about his supporters than him. Do his 2008 supporters believe Obama has brought about real change, or inspired hope? The answer widely seems to be NO. So the poor saps who still cling to hopes that Obama will amount to anything are reduced to discussing how bad Republicans are. To wit, the NYT editorialists barely write about the pres any more, preferring to spend their time taking pot shots at any Republican running for president or sitting in DC.

  • gonzotx

    turndownobama
    January 5th, 2012 at 9:58 am
    Actually most Muslims consider SS/Medicare and similar programs to be not ‘insurance’ but ‘caring for the poor’, which is encouraged.
    *****************

    Caring for the poor? have you looked at their living conditions in the ME, give me a freaking break!

  • Betty

    Berkeley Vox
    January 5th, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Howdy! …

    See, I told ya that the TM turnaround was fake and signaled the beginning of the Axelrod paid commenters, and Journolosters propaganda season.

    Or maybe I told someone else, or maybe I just thought it, Ah ha ha ha

    Is the Naomi Wolf mentioned above the one who tossed her hair and had an Obama orgasm on national tv?

  • shenanigans

    Berkley Vox..anyone who came to this site every hour during the last election cycle is not a big Obama supporter now. It defies logic. Get lost.

  • rgb44hrc

    Time for jbstonesfan to get apoplectic: “Obama is sure to win…”. According to today’s RCP, Obama approval and disapproval are equal at 47.6%.

    Apparently, a seized government, and a long Obama absence from the White House, has helped improve his numbers.

    But seriously, you have to wonder how these numbers are getting cooked. Even when he was at his lowest, in the very low 40s, I thought that sounded too rosy. I just don’t trust the media.

  • Berkeley Vox

    Definitely was (and still am) a hardcore Hillary supporter. I follow her diligently, and when she said she was backing Obama and signing on as Secretary of State, I took her words at face value. Hillary linked to 5 of my blog entries, on the front page of her campaign website, during the last primary, for what it’s worth. Hopefully that assuages some of your fears, that I’m some sort of Obama “spy,” lol. I think the Biden-Clinton switch idea is fascinating, and the fact that Bill Clinton and Robert Reich are hinting at it speaks volumes. Plus, by stating early that she won’t be back at State has forced Obama’s hand: he HAS to keep her constituents, politically. If she goes rogue during the campaign this summer, it would be disastrous to him. She has real leverage and will be using it.

  • JanH

    So now bambi is engaging in talks with the Muslim Brotherhood?

    I guess his engagement talks with Iran went so well that he wants to try again.

    Stupid…stupid…stupid.

  • JanH

    PBS’ ‘Clinton: American Experience’ aims for balanced portrait of former Prez

    Author David Maraniss says documentary doesn’t try to explain complex politician’s many sides

    By David Hinckley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, January 5 2012

    PASADENA — The toughest task with a film about the presidency of Bill Clinton, say the PBS people who made it, was admitting they couldn’t answer all the questions it kept raising.

    So they didn’t.

    “Clinton,” a four-hour “American Experience” that will air Feb. 20-21, went with the view of David Maraniss, who wrote an award-winning biography of Clinton and worked on the film.

    Any attempt to reconcile the several sides of Clinton, Maraniss told TV reporters here, is “a fool’s errand. … You can’t separate the impulses that led him to reckless behavior from the drive that brought him to the White House.”

    Filmmaker Barak Goodman said that after dozens of interviews and combing thousands of hours of archives, he personally feels that “Clinton was an idealist who went into politics for the right reasons, because he genuinely felt he could help people.”

    That said, however, Goodman said those goals were continually undercut by Clinton’s ambition, the demands of political reality and a lifetime of unresolved personal issues he brought to the White House.

    “The hardest part for us was not to try to resolve the contradictions,” said Goodman. “You can’t tie him up neatly.”

    In keeping with the general policy of “American Experience,” said series producer Mark Samels, neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton were interviewed for the show.

    “When you interview the subject, it becomes more of an autobiography,” said Samels.

    A primary goal, said Goodman, was to capture the energy of the Clinton years, a time when conservative talk radio and emerging cable-TV news channels ratcheted up the volume of the national political dialogue.

    “It was great entertainment,” said Goodman. “I hope we captured that.”

    Goodman said he expects Clinton also will have a wild ride through history.

    Harry Thomason, a Clinton friend who along with his wife, Linda, made the Clinton film “A Man From Hope,” spoke admiringly of what he considers the good man at Clinton’s core.

    He also said he thinks the one person closest to Clinton, Hillary, has resolved some of these questions in the affirmative.

    “I think their marriage is stronger than ever,” said Thomason. “Because they love each other and I think they each like having an intelligent partner to talk to.”

    But Goodman said all this goodwill doesn’t mean the film is biased toward its subject.

    “We interview many people like Trent Lott, who certainly had their differences with Clinton,” he said. “And many of the people who worked with him also talk candidly about his flaws and shortcomings.

    “This is a balanced look … and I think enough time has passed to get a good perspective. This isn’t journalism, a first pass. I’d call it more a mid-pass.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/pbs-clinton-american-experience-aims-balanced-portrait-prez-article-1.1000991?localLinksEnabled=false

  • Mrs. Smith

    Good point, gonzo!
    ______

    td says:

    No. As I’ve quoted several times from the regulations, a particular sect has to have been rejecting SS benefit payments for a “substantial” time (like 50+ years).
    ____________

    Grab your Bible (if you own one) and read. The Muslim stars are well documented in the O/T as existing for more than 50 yrs. Whatsmore, since when has Obama been constrained by Rules and Regulations and known as too timid to push the envelope over the line?

  • turndownobama

    td says:

    No. As I’ve quoted several times from the regulations, a particular sect has to have been rejecting SS benefit payments for a “substantial” time (like 50+ years).
    ____________

    Mrs S says:
    Grab your Bible (if you own one) and read. The Muslim stars are well documented in the O/T as existing for more than 50 yrs.

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

    You mean ‘Muslim states’? The IRS regulations are talking about sects in the US whose members have been paying into SS but not claiming the benefits they’re due, and who are taken care of by their own religious group, as shown financial records over the pasr 50 years or so (since 1950, actually, iirc).

  • Mrs. Smith

    The IRS regulations are talking about sects in the US whose members have been paying into SS but not claiming the benefits they’re due, and who are taken care of by their own religious group, as shown financial records over the pasr 50 years or so (since 1950, actually, iirc).
    ______________

    How many Muslims have been here since before 1950 that are 65 and over that have been working here and collecting benefits?

    Maybe, a handful? Otherwise, Muslims are eligible if they are under 65 and have not collected M/C or SS!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama Unveiling Defense Strategy, Military Cuts

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama vowed Thursday the United States will maintain the best-equipped military in history despite deep and looming defense budget cuts, but Pentagon leaders acknowledged the changes present additional risk.

    “Our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority,” Obama said in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and several top military brass lined up on the stage behind him, underscoring Pentagon support for cuts that Panetta and others said they know will be criticized as too drastic.

    Obama said the emerging strategy overhaul is designed to contend with hundreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts and refocus the United States’ national security priorities after a decade dominated by the post.-Sept. 11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The strategy, devised through a comprehensive review by civilian and military leaders, centered on the military the country needs after the “long wars of the last decade are over,” Obama said.

    Panetta said that smaller military budgets will mean some tradeoffs and that the U.S. will take on “some level of additional but acceptable risk.” But Panetta said that at this point in history, in a changing world, the Pentagon would have been forced to make a strategy shift anyway. He says the money crisis merely forced the government’s hand.

    The president announced that the military will be reshaped over time with an emphasis on countering terrorism, maintaining a nuclear deterrent, protecting the U.S. homeland, and “deterring and defeating aggression by any potential adversary.”

    Those are not new military missions, and Obama announced no new capabilities or defense initiatives. He described a U.S. force that will retain much of its recent focus, with the exception of fighting a large-scale, prolonged conflict like the newly ended Iraq mission or the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

    “As we end today’s wars and reshape our armed forces, we will ensure that our military is agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies,” the president wrote in a preamble to the new strategy, entitled, “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.”

    The strategy hints at a reduced U.S. military presence in Europe, notwithstanding a continuing close relationship with NATO, and says Asia will be a bigger priority. It also emphasizes improving U.S. capabilities in the areas of cyberwarfare and missile defense.

    Obama’s decision to announce the strategy himself underscores the political dimension of Washington’s debate over defense cuts. The administration says smaller Pentagon budgets are a must but will not come at the cost of sapping the strength of a military in transition, even as it gets smaller.

    In a presidential election year, the strategy gives Obama a rhetorical tool to defend his Pentagon budget-cutting choices. Republican contenders for the White House already have criticized him on a wide range of national security issues, including missile defense, Iran and planned reductions in ground forces.

    Obama also wants the new strategy to represent a pivotal point in his stewardship of defense policy, which has been burdened throughout his presidency by the wars he inherited and the drag these conflicts have placed on military resources.

    The new strategy moves the U.S. further from its longstanding goal of being able to successfully fight two major regional wars – like the 1991 Gulf War to evict Iraqi forces from Kuwait or a theoretical ground war in Korea – at the same time.

    way more at link:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/obama-defense-strategy-military-cuts_n_1186025.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D125070

  • turndownobama

    The IRS regulations are talking about sects in the US whose members have been paying into SS but not claiming the benefits they’re due, and who are taken care of by their own religious group, as shown financial records over the pasr 50 years or so (since 1950, actually, iirc).
    ______________

    How many Muslims have been here since before 1950 that are 65 and over that have been working here and collecting benefits?

    Maybe, a handful? Otherwise, Muslims are eligible if they are under 65 and have not collected M/C or SS!

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

    Are you serious? As I said, there would have to be a sect that for 50+ years has been paying for its own members’ needs. Your Muslims would have to start such a sect now and WAIT 50+ years (with paperwork and financial records for the IRS) before any of its members could qualify for that exemption.

  • nomobama

    Berkeley Vox, What’s fascinating to you would be reprehensible to me. I would view that as a traitorous act on her part, while additionally viewing it as her acceptance of Obama’s agenda. I would never view her in the same light again. Additionally, is being the first female VP so important as to disregard her common sense in such a manner? I felt back in 2008 that it was time for a female president, and Hillary fit the bill at the time. If she settles for the VP position, it’s not how I envisioned her return to the White House, and it would be totally unacceptable to me, not that it would matter to anyone.

  • nomobama

    So, Obama wants to open up Europe as to allow Russia’s sphere of influence to expand westward as it that country’s goal. He is such a putz. I also see another 73 Iraqi’s died today in bombings because Obama just couldn’t wait to freak up another foreign affairs issue. Nothing wrong with bringing home the troops, but let’s remember why this happened in Iraq at the time that it happened. Barack failed to work with the Iraqi’s, and the end result is that he was askee to remove the troops in a timeframe that seems to have endangered everything for which the American soldiers, and decent Iraqi citizens had worked. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is such a stunning accomplishment. He will always be a loser, and 2012 is the year for his removal from office.

  • nomobama

    Ok, so reading from bottom up, which is a bad habit of mine, I have now read Berkeley Vox’s initial comment. Please, somebody get me a bucket! Howdy my ass!

  • moononpluto

    OBAMA: ‘I Have Obligation As President To Do What I Can Without’ Congress.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/05/obama_i_have_an_obligation_as_president_to_do_what_i_can_without_congress.html

    “But when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. (Applause.) I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve. (Applause.) Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans. We’re not going to let that happen. (Applause.)”

    You have what? Excuse me but you are but one part of the law making process matey…….

  • jbstonesfan

    Yes, I posted those numbers yesterday and it looks very bad. Since the payroll tax thing, and his vacation, he went from around -5.8% to now even. With an improving economy and unemployment likely to be be at 8% or lower by election, we are in a lot of trouble. I don’t see any way he loses at this time.

  • Shadowfax

    Berkeley Vox

    If you were here four years ago you would know this was and still is a NO-Obama site that Hillary is the person we wanted as President, not VP, not Sec of anything, not token woman in the administration nor little woman in the kitchen.

    You either just jumped on this site with blinders on after 4 years and didn’t know that your comments are like fresh meat, or you did it to say something to rile us all up and get attention.

  • trixta

    Berkeley Vox forgot to add “troll” to her/his moniker. HRC as BO’s VP is insulting. Know this, BV Troll, I — and others HRC supporters — will NEVER vote for a BO ticket. I don’t care if you have both Clintons as co-VPs. Your Spam President will never get my vote!!! BO needs to step down — PERIOD!

  • SaraK

    I love the way jbstonesman drives by only to pitch Obama’s approval numbers when they’re peaking out of some kind of faux concern, and never has anything to say when the numbers are tanking. I’ve been reading Hillary blogs for 4 years and can spot a troll; that’s what jbstonesman is. Berkeley Vox too. Naive to think otherwise.

  • jbstonesfan

    100% not true …

  • turndownobama

    Ok, so reading from bottom up, which is a bad habit of mine

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

    I do that all the time. No point in me posting something if someone else has already posted it.

  • nomobama

    How much Berkeley Vox visited this site on the hour so that she (or he) could report back to the Obama campaign? How much Berkeley’s articles that Hillary’s site linked had to do with Democrats coming together after the DNC shafted Hillary? How much BV hates the very idea that Hillary Is 44 is still around, and pointing out the mistake of 2008? This visitor does not sound like a real Hillary supporter to me. Howdy? Get real! LOL!

  • jbstonesfan

    And by the way, he is -0.6% at this time.

  • SaraK

    Say what you want, jbstonesman, you aren’t credible. Your intention is to depress morale on this site by pouncing on and highlighting data that is optimistic for Obama and ignoring all other data. What on earth qualifies you to declare “don’t see how he loses…” based on a little bump in the polls 10 months from election day? Take a look at history: An incumbent who polls at 45% in January of election year has what chance at re-election? Since you’re an expert, let us know what history says.

    By the way, there have been only two polls of presidential approval since the pre-Christmas surveys from mid December, and those are Gallup and Rasmussen — the most reliable indicators of approval since they poll every day. Their average is -3.5% today.

  • rickya

    jbstonesfan
    January 5th, 2012 at 3:15 pm
    And by the way, he is -0.6% at this time.

    Please leave this site. You have been consistent in highlighting positive poll numbers for Obama. I am convinced that you are an Obama supporter.

  • jbstonesfan

    I have been a Clinton supporter for over 22 years and have continuously stated since posting here that Obama is the worst President in my life time. I voted for McCain/Palin despite their views on abortion and other social issues being totally opposite of how I was brought up. I may be many things, but an Obama supporter is not one of them. His views on Israel alone disqualified me for ever supporting him. As far as the polls, morale, etc., I am indeed pessimistic, but that should in no way disqualify me from posting.

  • Shadowfax

    A little background on Berkeley Vox on the Orange Cheeto site:

    http://www.dailykos.com/search?story_type=&search_type=search_stories&text_type=any&text_expand=contains&text=Berkeley+Vox&usernames=%28usernames%29&tags=%28tags%29&time_type=time_published&time_begin=10%2F03%2F2006&time_end=now&submit=Search

    Looks like he did defend Hillary over there until 2008. Too bad he still sees Obama as a worthy pResident after being on this site and ‘knowing’ what he has done.

  • Shadowfax

    jbstonesfan

    I agree, you are no troll, depressing…yes, but not a troll.

  • jbstonesfan

    Thank you Shadowfax.

  • Shadowfax

    jbstonesfan

    You’re not alone in being worried, but after more than 3 years of nothing but bad news caused by Barry, hearing he is doing just a tiny bit better one day, is like pouring salt into the wounds.

    Maybe reaching out for a little optimism every now and then would help all of us. ;-)

  • JanH

    Berkeley Vox,

    I am so very sorry that you are not feeling well.

    I hope you feel better soon.

  • turndownobama

    jbstonesfan
    January 5th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    I have been a Clinton supporter for over 22 years and have continuously stated since posting here that Obama is the worst President in my life time. I voted for McCain/Palin despite their views on abortion and other social issues being totally opposite of how I was brought up.

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

    Good for you! Nobody should be telling you to leave. You’ve also posted valuable material not about polls. Your poll posts are short and it’s easy to skip them if someone wants to. We all have our different feelings drawing us here, memories of the comradery of the campaign, etc.

    Just in general, it’s good for different views to be posted so they can be rebutted, as long as they’re on topic.

  • JanH

    Honestly the name-calling/labeling of a poster as “troll” is getting too easy to use.

    We have to take the good news and bad news without always going on the attack and shunning someone just because he/she posts something we don’t like.

    Stats, whether they show ups or downs for the idiot are an important part of our political analysis of what is happening out there.

    I for one am fine with jbstonesfan posting his stats…and as has been recommended to me around here so may times, I scroll over and ignore what I don’t want to hear.

    So jbstonesfan, my friend…you are not a troll! You may be someone who sees the glass half empty, but that is okay. There are many others here who see the glass half full so we equalize very well. :)

  • rickya

    There’s a difference between seeing the glass as half empty and being totally negative. Saying that his numbers have improved and beating Obama will not be easy is fine but saying that you can’t see any way that he can lose is not. This is defeatist and only serves to demoralize those who want him to be out of the White House. With a little imagination, I am sure that you can envision a lot of ways that he can lose the elections if you are really against Obama.

    I believe in the power of memes and it is important to counter any meme that is positive towards Obama.

  • ShortTermer

    A positive meme. TDO and Berkley Vox are counter to everyone else that posts here.

    love HOPE and I want to CHANGE back: Bob Hope is one of America’s best heroes. He brought hope to so many service men and women; and as someone in the video said, he is a Saint, or he should be. America the way I knew it when I was growing up:
    http://biggeekdad.com/2011/02/​bob-hope-christmas/

  • ShortTermer

    Maybe this link will work:

  • JanH

    ShortTermer,

    Bless you! Some wonderful memories. :)

  • lisaque

    SaraK
    January 5th, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    I love the way jbstonesman drives by only to pitch Obama’s approval numbers when they’re peaking out of some kind of faux concern, and never has anything to say when the numbers are tanking. I’ve been reading Hillary blogs for 4 years and can spot a troll; that’s what jbstonesman is. Berkeley Vox too. Naive to think otherwise.

    jbstonesman is no troll, now Berkeley Vox is probably a troll.

  • moononpluto

    Now you really know he’s lost that crowd…….

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/05/students_laugh_at_obama_when_he_tells_them_you_inspire_me.html

    Students Laugh At Obama When He Tells Them “You Inspire Me”

    During his opening remarks to students at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, President Obama got laughs when he told students that they inspire him.

    “I want you to know you’re the reason that I ran for this office in the first place. You remind me what we are still fighting for,” Obama said to tepid cheers.

    “You inspire me,” Obama said to an audience that laughed at him.

  • ShortTermer

    This is so funny, and I hope it will cheer all you up;it is from a post someone placed on FB and stated they were going for a higher degree in something totally made up and fantastical. The responses kind of went this way:

    Me: I have degrees in education and sometimes, as a joke, I would tell people I am getting another degree in prenatal education. Some really believed it and said how good that would be.

    Other responses were as follows:

    -Cool. Once you get your degree you can run for congress.

    -I’d vote for ya!

    -Then you can wipe your butt with the constitution like all the other leaders in the govt. lol, Actually thats a great ideal. Toilet paper with the constitution on it. Im sure obama will buy a case of it.

  • turndownobama

    jbstonesman is no troll, now Berkeley Vox is probably a troll.

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

    J is no troll. BV may be a shill or just clueless.

  • Shadowfax

    21% of Democrats have left their party since 2008 election, and Rethug party has increased by 3 % per Dick Morris.

    Hillary’s PUMAs….

    Actually the number is even higher since I am sure I am not the only one that is still a registered Dem that is ready to vote for the devil to get Barry out.

  • sirmrks

    some good news for all you romney lovers out there…
    Correction: A previous version of this piece stated that John McCain checked his watch during Mitt Romney’s speech. The article on McCain’s wrist was a bracelet.
    Mitt Romney out of control
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    By Dana Milbank, Published: January 4

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — If this is Mitt Romney’s idea of a victory rally, one shudders to think what would have happened if he had lost the Iowa caucuses.

    The day after his impossibly thin eight-vote victory, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination flew here for a town hall meeting at Manchester Central High School, where he was to bask in the endorsement of his 2008 arch rival, John McCain.

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    But the senator grimaced when he was introduced, and as Romney delivered his own stump speech, an increasingly impatient McCain pulled up his sleeve and fidgeted with his bracelet. McCain gave his endorsement address without mentioning Romney’s Iowa win until the end. “By the way, we forgot to congratulate him on his landslide victory last night,” he said, laughing. Romney ignored him.

    Then came the questions: First, one from an Occupy Wall Street infiltrator needling the candidate about his belief that “corporations are people.” A second questioner wanted to know why Romney flip-flopped on universal health care when he was governor of Massachusetts and why he would not increase health-care costs. Later, a Chinese American woman accused Romney of saying “degrading” things about China, and she complained that “after 20 years of Reagan trickle-down economics, it didn’t help me. My tin can is still empty.”

    Romney sat through most of the ambush with a tight grin and raised eyebrows. At length he attempted to challenge the woman to name a place where income is higher than it is in the United States.

    The Occupy Wall Street guy began heckling. “The U.S. has the highest income inequality in the entire developed world!”

    Romney tried to regain control. “Excuse me,” he said. “You’ve had your chance.”

    McCain walked toward the Occupy guy. “Be quiet,” he said, menacingly.

    The woman, no longer in possession of a working microphone, began hollering.

    “For those who didn’t hear,” Romney offered, “she says she loves this country and don’t put any Asians down. I hope I haven’t put any Asians down.”

    The woman’s muffled shouting continued. Romney tried to answer. A baby started to cry.

    When the end mercifully came, the candidate gave a final rallying call to “get the White House back.” All but a few rose and put on their coats without applauding.

    This undoubtedly was not the victory lap the campaign had in mind. Everything about Romney is controlled, precise and disciplined. Flying from Des Moines to Manchester on Wednesday, he went to his seat right when the pilot turned on the seat-belt sign; many other politicians on charters have been known to remain standing right through landing.

    His staff applauded dutifully when he got on his plane (a Miami Air 737 named “Diane” on the fuselage but labeled Hair Force One by others), and he went up and down the row congratulating each staff member with a “nice work” and a “thank you.” The grin he wore when he boarded remained throughout the flight — even when he entered and exited the lavatory.

    When he went to the back of the plane to visit the press corps, he made a labored attempt to demonstrate that he was at ease. He noticed an aide’s manifest for the media and pretended that was funny. “Is that right? A seating chart? Ha, ha, ha.”

    “What do you think of your eight-vote landslide?” the Associated Press’s Glenn Johnson asked.

    “No interviews yet,” the candidate said. “We’ll be back later,” he said, repeating this three times.

    (He did not come back later.)

    In need of a new subject, Romney looked at the staffer sitting in the row ahead of the press corps. “Is this the referee?” he asked. It wasn’t clear why he regarded this staffer as a referee, but he continued to joke about the demarcation between staff seats and media seats. “The line? The DMZ? Is that it? No, I know what it is: It’s the emergency exit! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Yeah. Ahh.”

    The candidate fielded a couple of questions about his activities on caucus night, and then tried to answer a question about his margin of victory. “Ha, ha. Uh. I think landslides are terrific,” he said. “I just didn’t, uh, see that in last night’s figures. I’m not sure about you. Ha, ha, ha, ha.”

    Maybe he should have gotten more sleep.

    Driven to Manchester on a bus he dubbed “Landslide Lounge,” Romney continued to wrestle with words when he took the stage at the high school. “What a, uh, big night we had last night, or what a big morning we had, uh, last morning, this morning, in, uh, Iowa,” he began.

    Not long after that, he vowed that he would help to promote “businesses big and large.”

    McCain, finally granted the microphone, told many of the same jokes he used on the campaign trail in 2008. Romney smiled politely. It was then time for the disastrous question-and-answer session, beginning with the Occupy activists hectoring Romney about corporations-as-people.

    “Hold on!” the candidate volleyed. “You had your turn. Now it’s my turn.”

    After Romney’s win in Iowa, it is his turn. But he doesn’t seem to be enjoying it.

    hehe errr…. NOT ;)

  • sirmrks

    sorry about the junk on top…

  • henry

    Sorry but I think a waffles/Hillary ticket would drive this gay man to go door to door and phone bank for Santorem. Will never vote for a ticket with bambi on it No way no how. I have tremendous respect for the Secretary but I am not a groupie.

  • gonzotx

    sirmrks
    January 5th, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    *********************

    Gee, I guess they miss the fraud exposing himself to the little girl reporters on the plane that just couldn’t stop giggling and dreaming of a night with Musamba

  • gonzotx

    jbstonesfan
    January 5th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    ****************

    It would be ridiculous for you to leave. You have always been a sad sack, but a loving one. You are just detailed orientated and probably freaked out the last 4 years as me.

  • gonzotx

    Mrs. Smith
    January 5th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Obama Unveiling Defense Strategy, Military Cuts
    *********************

    Country can’t afford defense AND fraudcare.This will be a disaster of epic proportions

  • gonzotx

    Berkeley Vox
    January 5th, 2012 at 11:23 am
    **************

    Your not wanted, go away, your insane

  • sirmrks

    Vox… current obama lovers are not wanted here.

    he wasn’t qualified in the beginning.
    he got the one RING by stealing votes, cheating and thuggery combined with a big dose*by his cronys) of racism and heavy misogyny.
    he still isn’t qualified after three years and has driven our country into the toilet.

    and lastly I will never forgive him for what he did to Hillary.
    especially playing the 99 problems and the “bitch” aint one. at one of his rally’s.

    go here and weep: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P08/D.phtml#roll

    I will never forgive obama and want to see him jail for what he has wrought.

  • Vcal

    Have you seen this pic? hillary and Bill were in the Dominican Republic from Dec28-Jan2, 2012. She has a new hair do and looks great!!!!!!!!
    http://still4hill.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/01-04-12-02.jpeg

    Jbstonesfan, I’m with the ones who don’t care where O is in the polls; if someday you write that he’s +50% approved over other candidate, I wouldn’t think for a minute that would be true; we know he’s a liar an a dishonest man,people is not in love with him anymore, so the polls you talk about are irrelevant as he’s sinking by the day!

  • Betty

    sirmrks
    January 5th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I saw on anther blog when someone likes a comment they type: Honk Honk

    So – Honk Honk sirmks

  • NewMexicoFan

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/iowa-caucus-2012-results_n_1188074.html?ncid=webmail1

    Now there saying there was an error in the vote, and Romney did not win IOWA. What did I tell you about IOWA.

  • turndownobama

    Vox… current obama lovers are not wanted here.

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

    That’s up to Admin. Maybe he will learn something here.

  • Shadowfax

    Have you seen this pic? hillary and Bill were in the Dominican Republic from Dec28-Jan2, 2012. She has a new hair do and looks great!!!!!!!!
    http://still4hill.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/01-04-12-02.jpeg

    Vcal

    Great photo of our Hllary and her Big Dawg. Thanks for posring it.

  • Shadowfax

    Foxnews

    Iran Clamps Down on Web, Blocking Sites and Requiring Cameras in Internet Cafes
    Published January 05, 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
     
    Iran is mounting new clampdowns on Internet expression, including rules that will impose layers of surveillance in the country’s popular Internet cafes, as Tehran’s political establishment comes under increasing strains from economic turmoil and threats of more international sanctions.

    In the most sweeping move, Iran issued regulations giving Internet cafes 15 days to install security cameras, start collecting detailed personal information on customers and document users’ online footprints.

    Iranian users also have reported more blocked sites this week, as well as new barriers to accessing social-networking services. Internet connections, too, have bogged down.

    “They are closing in on us, and we are already feeling the dire impact of these announcements. Everyone is afraid,” a prominent student activist said in an email exchange from Iran. “It will make it very difficult for us to tell the world what’s happening here.”

    The network slowdown likely heralds the arrival of an initiative Iran has been readying—a “halal” domestic intranet that it has said will insulate its citizens from Western ideology and un-Islamic culture, and eventually replace the Internet. This week’s slowdown came amid tests of the Iranian intranet, according to domestic media reports that cited a spokesman for a union of computer-systems firms. He said the intranet is set to go live within a few weeks.

    Taken together, the moves represent Iran’s boldest attempts to control flows of online information—a persistent thorn in the side of Tehran’s political establishment since activists used the Internet to plan and document mass protests against what they said was a rigged election that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to office in 2009.

    Tehran hasn’t directly commented on the measures. The Islamic Republic, however, has long battled the Internet’s influence and tried to filter access to sites, such as pornography or even fashion, that didn’t fit within the norms of a conservative Islamic society. Since 2009, Iranian officials have widened their Internet monitoring to fight what they say is a “soft war” of culture and ideology against it. That year they formed the Cyber Police, a task force drawn from various security arms, which the government says has trained some 250,000 members.

  • turndownobama

    activists used the Internet to plan and document mass protests against what they said was a rigged election that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to office in 2009.

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

    That’s when a lot of USA LiveJournal bloggers like me changed our ‘Location’ setting to “Tehran, Iran”. The idea was to make it harder for the Iran authorities to find the real Tehran activists.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Mark Levin: ‘We Have a Constitutional Crisis’

    “That is a forthright statement of a dictator.”

    January 5, 2012

    On his radio show last night, Mark Levin said that President Barack Obama has caused a “constitutional crisis” by appointing members to the National Labor Relations Board and a director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without going through the constitutionally required Senate confirmation process.

    “We have a constitutional crisis,” Levin said. “It is in fact a constitutional crisis.”

    “The President of the United States is trashing the Constitution now day in and day out,” Levin said.

    At one point, Levin likened the explanation Obama made yesterday for appointing these federal officials without Senate confrmation to the “forthright statement of a dictator.”

    Listen to Levin’s full argument here:

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/patrick-burke/mark-levin-we-have-constitutional-crisis

  • ABM90

    There is an almost immediate answer to this new attempt by Iran to control its citizens communications and every form of freedom that a free world enjoys.To me this is the path that BO has chosen to his standing in the Muslim world.World danger and enslaving power by BO is well on its way hhere at home.The only solution is Hillary Rodham Clinton.Get moving America or our Democracy will soon become a dictatorship.

    IMPEACH OBAMA DRAFT HILLARY

  • holdthemaccountable

    From my SIL connection, a petition going well in the UK:
    The great British tax scandal
    46,788 have signed. Help us get to 100,000
    Posted: 4 January 2012
    Our tax chief had secret lunches with Vodafone and Goldman Sachs and then handed them billions in tax breaks – while keeping Parliament in the dark!
    MPs are outraged, claiming we are owed over 25 billion pounds in back taxes from these and similar dodgy deals. But the tax agency has blocked an inquiry into the scandal and refuses to release documents to shed light on why these tax breaks were ordered in the first place.
    By acting together now we can ensure full transparency on the Goldman Sachs and Vodafone deals, and get them to pay the tax they owe. Let’s turn up the heat — sign the petition to David Cameron for tax justice — we’ll deliver it with a splash next week.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama: The Mask is Off

    January 6, 2012 | Steve McCann

    The mask is fully off. Barack Obama is the most corrupt, power-mad president in this nation’s illustrious history. By his actions in bypassing Congress and making appointments that should be subject to Senate approval while the Senate is still in session and innumerable extra-constitutional actions since he became president, he is following in the footsteps of the despots who dominated the 20th century.

    …snip…

    I had to survive a war that was precipitated by those who were initially elected by the people in a democratic fashion. Yet once in power, they began to systematically usurp and overthrow the rule of law. Their lust for power led them to shred any written constitution or traditions as they systematically imposed new regulations, laws, and executive orders geared primarily to centralize authority in the government as individual rights and liberties were extinguished. In due course, they and their cronies became the government, as the people were powerless to stop them.

    The people of Germany, the most advanced society in continental Europe, or Italy in the first four years of the 1930s, would have found it incredible to imagine what became of those countries by 1945. They would not think it even remotely possible.

    The history of the United States and its traditions of liberty and individual freedom should be a bulwark against the successful emergence of people like Obama and his cronies. Yet why are the media, or the opposition party, or the members of Congress or the judiciary not shouting from the highest hilltop and taking action to stop these power-grabs? Has this country enjoyed peace and prosperity so long that everyone is jaded and preoccupied with him- or herself, or in a self-induced stupor either ignoring what’s happening or saying that these unconstitutional steps are minor? Is it because Obama happens to have black skin and everyone is too intimidated by political correctness to speak? Or is it as it was in Germany, Italy, and Russia among many — a belief that the worst could never happen here?

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/obama_the_mask_is_off.html#ixzz1ig4TsJrO

  • Leanora

    The harm that the treasonous dictator is doing to the country is frightening. It will never be reversed:

    http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/treason-anyone-barack-obama-signaled-congress-this-week-that-he-is-prepared-to-share-u-s-missile-defense-secrets-with-russia/

    Why isn’t anyone in congress starting the impeachment process? Where the hell is everybody? Why is barry hussein being allowed to disregard the laws and walk all over the rights of American citizens?

  • Leanora

    Shadowfax
    January 6th, 2012 at 1:36 am
    Have you seen this pic? hillary and Bill were in the Dominican Republic from Dec28-Jan2, 2012. She has a new hair do and looks great!!!!!!!!
    http://still4hill.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/01-04-12-02.jpeg
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    He looks good too. They both look relaxed.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Report says global climate deal hinges on Obama reelection

    By Ben Geman – 01/05/12

    Prospects for striking a binding global climate deal by 2015 are probably toast if President Obama loses in November.

    That’s among the conclusions in a wide-ranging, new climate and green energy outlook from banking giant HSBC’s research branch.

    A major outcome from the United Nations climate talks in December was a plan to craft a deal by 2015 — one that would include big, developing nations such as China — and have it come into force by 2020.

    But Obama’s main Republican White House rivals are critical of emissions limits and skeptical of climate science. HSBC predicts an international agreement by 2015 is highly unlikely if Obama loses the election. From their research note:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/202539-report-global-climate-deal-hinges-on-obama-reelection-
    _________

    We’re being squeezed by a Python called Obama. Eventually, he will get us all. Taxing us for the air we breathe and Taxing the CO2 when we exhale.

    It’s now or never folks- He’s Gotta Go!

  • ABM90

    Santorum is going to fade away very shortly.This religious zealot will be fully exposed in a week or two.PA voters long ago rid themselves of this baby machine.He belongs nowhere in our Government.He has more baggage than a moving and storage facility.The king of Earmarks being touted by FOX as a wonder boy political surprise.Just Watch his dream of sitting next to the father is going up in smoke.

    DUMP RICK IMPEACH BO DRAFT HILLARY.

    There are no qualified candidates in either party that are running for the O.O. at this time I am going to wait for The First Lady Of The WORLD to be
    safely returned to the WH. My age keeps me wound up
    and going on her behalf.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “My age keeps me wound up and going on her behalf.”
    ________________

    No worries about Santorum. We’re paying him a $1 a barb he slings at Obama- (just kidding)

    We will have to keep an eye on you when she gets in- Maybe as a Golden PR representative, with a Radio Show.

    This Show is coming to you from AMB90 directly from the WH Rose Garden.

  • ABM90

    Thank you Mrs. Smith You have me blushing with your sense of humor.

    ABM90

  • Mrs. Smith

    Cheers, ABM90…

    That blush you speak of is called = happiness!

    later :)

  • moononpluto

    Unemployment down to 8.5%

    This is bullshit……“Job gains were Couriers 42,000 and Retail 28,000, making them the top industry groups for job gains along with transportation/warehousing…”

    Well those jobs wont exist in January.

  • moononpluto

    GROUP PLANS TO FLY ‘IMPEACH OBAMA’ BANNER OVER SUPER BOWL.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/01/06/groups-fly-impeach-obama-banner-super-bowl/

  • JanH

    Leanora
    January 6th, 2012 at 6:54 am

    ——————–

    Wonderful picture. :)

  • gonzotx

    moononpluto
    January 6th, 2012 at 10:24 am
    GROUP PLANS TO FLY ‘IMPEACH OBAMA’ BANNER OVER SUPER BOWL.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/01/06/groups-fly-impeach-obama-banner-super-bowl/
    **********************
    they will never let them, and if they do. it won’t be shown

  • gonzotx

    ABM90
    January 6th, 2012 at 7:01 am
    ************

    Would you vote for Hillary VP/ FRAUD P ticket?

  • gonzotx

    Mrs. Smith
    January 6th, 2012 at 6:58 am
    Report says global climate deal hinges on Obama reelection
    *************

    All smoke and mirrors, China will NEVER agree to anything

  • gonzotx

    holdthemaccountable
    January 6th, 2012 at 6:33 am
    *************

    Do you have the link?

  • gonzotx

    Gingrich: Platform calls for conservative judges and no subsidies for abortion but not a constitutional abortion ban.

    Huntsman: Signed abortion restrictions into law as governor, favors constitutional abortion ban.

    Paul: Says federal government should have no authority either to legalize or ban abortion.

    Perry: Now supports constitutional abortion ban after saying states should decide their own laws on such issues.

    Romney: Says Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court and states should decide their own abortion laws.

    Santorum: Favors constitutional abortion ban and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.
    *******************

    somebody please kick a few buts here, especially Mr Rape, little ricky

  • admin

    GonzoTx, Hillary as VP, Obama as P reminds us of a very ugly image that we have unfortunately used before.

    Picture a lovely dinner with the best crystal, best china, twinkling chandeliers, magnificent Versailles style hall, everyone dressed in magnificent fabrics. The fantastic dinner arrives, but there is one problem – there is a turd on the very top of the magnificent dinner. Would you participate in that dinner?

    NOBama!

  • gonzotx

    turndownobama
    January 6th, 2012 at 1:04 am
    Vox… current obama lovers are not wanted here.

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

    That’s up to Admin. Maybe he will learn something here.
    ***********

    guess you have to be one to know one

  • moononpluto

    erman Cain tells MSNBC he will endorse GOP candidate on Jan 19, 2 days before South Carolina Primary.

    I bet its Gingrich.

  • gonzotx

    Yes Admin, it would be hard, but I would have to turn away form that senario.

    It reminds me of this situation I am in where I am forced to work with this psycho Dr and am trying very hard to get out of.

    We all know the VP is window dressing, she would be marginalized and after another four years with Golum, no one would vote Dem, except for those on their 7th year of unemployment benefits, and the new 20 million now legal illegals who somehow raced to the front to become new American citizens that will vote for their Savior.

  • gonzotx

    A McCain endorsement is probably meaningless

  • gonzotx

    can’t spell today, but you get my drift

  • gonzotx

    I absolutely don’t support the guy or the present GOP candidates, but I agree with those who think he’s saying “live– people’s lives.” He starts by saying he doesn’t want those in the audience to be dependent on welfare, so why would he suddenly talk about not wanting black people to be dependent? Even as a Fruedian slip it doesn’t make sense in context. And it might’ve been more audible in person… No one gives any reaction whatsoever.

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

    Santorum singles out Blacks for entitlement reform
    http://www.youtube.com
    While campaigning in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said if elected he plans to cut regulations and entitlements and he does…

  • JanH

    admin
    January 6th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    ———————
    Actually it reminds me more of that picture where obama turned his nose up and snubbed Hillary during the elections when they came back to vote.

  • JanH

    hmmm…

    January 5, 2012 11:27 AM

    Strategist: Market predicts White House winners

    By Dan Burrows

    Forget the pundits, polls and prediction markets if you want to know which party will win the White House this year. It turns out that stocks have a remarkable track record of forecasting the outcomes of presidential elections, according to one market strategist.

    The price performance of the S&P 500 during the three months leading up to presidential elections has an accuracy rate of 88 percent in predicting whether the occupant of the Oval Office would be reelected or replaced, writes Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ.

    “An S&P 500 price rise from July 31 through October 31 traditionally has predicted the reelection of the incumbent person or party, while a price decline during this period has pointed to a replacement,” Stovall says in a new note to clients.

    Since 1948, this “election-prognostication technique did an excellent job,” says Stovall, recording an 88 percent accuracy rate in predicting the reelection of the party in power. The exception being when it failed in 1968.

    Furthermore, the technique was accurate 86 percent of the time in predicting when the party in power would be replaced. It failed only in 1956, Stovall notes.

    “Therefore, pay attention to the market’s performance in the three months leading up to the presidential election,” Stovall says. “It will probably do a better job than the plethora of political pundits prognosticating on the presidency.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57352949/strategist-market-predicts-white-house-winners/

  • JanH

    Bill Ayers Apostle Appointed White House Education Initiative Director

    by Kyle Olson

    Jose Rico has been named the new director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, a key position that could help close the achievement gap between white and minority students. But if his history is any indication, his influence may do more harm than good.

    Perhaps most troubling is Rico’s connection to unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and communist radical Mike Klonsky through the Chicago-based “Small Schools Workshop.”

    The “Small Schools Workshop” was founded by Ayers and Klonsky. In Klonsky’s words, Rico “toiled in the vineyards at the Small Schools Workshop” prior to obtaining an administrative position within Chicago Public Schools. According to a U.S. Department of Education biography, Rico worked for the Small Schools Workshop some 6 years. Klonsky beamed like a doting father on his website when Rico was appointed to the White House position.

    While Rico’s CPSalumni.org bio doesn’t mention Small Schools Workshop, it describes his time in Chicago working as a “community organizer.”

    Even after leaving Small Schools Workshop, Rico continued to associate with Klonsky. In early 2009, he appeared on a panel with Klonsky titled “Prospects for Change in the Obama Years.” And Klonsky’s track record would make any American wonder why he’s been allowed to teach in American public schools.

    http://biggovernment.com/kolson/2012/01/06/bill-ayers-apostle-appointed-white-house-education-initiative-director/

  • nomobama

    i will be posting some quick comments.

    First, I note what seems to be the end of the Lame Cherry blog, at least as far as I can tell. Although very conservative, religious, and libertarian and expressed in a confusing cryptic manner, which many here probably dismissed out of hand, I enjoyed reading that blog. It’s a strong anti-Obama voice gone, and that saddens me.

  • moononpluto

    CHICAGOLAND: New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Drain Cleaner… (but probably obviously not to vote)

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/05/new-law-requires-photo-id-to-buy-drain-cleaner/

  • nomobama

    I view Iowa as a loss for Romney regardless of what the certified votes indicate.

  • nomobama

    I understand the reasoning behind the meme that Obama is behaving like a dictator. BUT, it’s not just the usurper that one need be concerned about. It’s the government as a whole. The passage of bill H.R.1540 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that passed both house of Congress and which was signed into law by Barack Obama that clearly stomps on the US Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Tony Stark (sp?) mentioned this a couple ofweeks ago, but hardly anyone commented on it. It took some of our most important rights away from us, but most people probably do not have a clue as to what this bill has done. This is government against its people. I hope more is written about this topic. I don’t profess a keen understanding of all the implications of this bill, but I do know that the public has lost some of its protections against an overly reaching government under the guise of government protecting us. Shame , shame, shame.

  • S

    JBStonesfan is not a troll…but…

    I believe you are an attorney…how can you cave so fast? buck up…we have a year long fight on our hands…

    …also as has been said before…those RCP daily polls mean nothing…when we get in the national election…then we have to go state by state and focus on electoral college…period…

  • ABM90

    Gonzotx: Hillary will never and should never accept any post as long as BO and MO are anywhere in this country.The Oval Office is ready and waiting for her.I believe she knows when and how she she will make her decision public and if she declines she deserves a more stable life and carying on her crusade to help women and children in this world
    mess that holy bo has made.

    ABM90

  • moononpluto

    Wow: Obama’s NLRB ‘Recess’ Appointees Circumvent Background Checks (why would we be not surprised)

    http://origin.blog.heritage.org/2012/01/06/obamas-nlrb-recess-appointments-circumvent-background-checks/

    Two of President Obama’s “recess” appointments will begin their tenure at the National Labor Relations Board without having undergone background checks required of all nominees to the board, which are used to determine any past impropriety or conflicts of interest.

    The Senate committee handling the nominations of Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the NLRB never received the required paperwork from the two nominees. The president submitted the nominations to the Senate on December 15, a day before it entered pro forma session, with most Senators returning to their home states.

    The paperwork includes information required for a background check, “which addresses whether taxes are paid and if the nominee is facing any pending civil or criminal investigations,” according to a committee release. “This also ensures that there are no conflicts-of-interest before being confirmed for the position.”

    After the committee receives that information, staff generally conduct interviews during which they ask nominees about the information provided. A source familiar with the committee’s advice and consent work said its staff – and hence committee members – would be woefully uninformed on the nominees until paperwork was filed and those interviews took place.

    The president has invoked alleged congressional gridlock as justification for his likely-unconstitutional “recess” appointments (not actually made during a recess), repeatedly invoking his “We Can’t Wait” slogan.

    “Senate Republicans’ disposition towards [the NLRB nominees] could not have been more clear,” claimed White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday. But committee spokesman Joe Brenckle said members had not taken positions on the nominees, for the simple reason that they had not undergone even the most basic vetting procedures. In other words, there is no evidence that the committee – let alone the full Senate – would have blocked those nominations even if they had come up for a vote.

    In fact, HELP committee rules specify that action cannot be taken on a nominee until five days after the paperwork is filed. So even if members had wanted to move Block and Griffin forward, they would have been unable to do so by the committee’s own written procedures.

    The Senate’s advice and consent duties act as a check on the executive, but they are also a mechanism for weeding out unsuitable or unqualified nominees. The president’s end run around the Senate is not just an affront to the separation of powers; it undermines the practical and immediate importance of the Senate’s role in vetting candidates for federal office.

  • gonzotx

    Jesus people are getting depressed. Even at NQ THEY ARE CAVING INTO THE FRAUD RE-ELECTION AS PRE-ORDAINED. Anyone remember the election of 2010. Come on people. The fight is before us, lets roll.

    Did you ever think it would be easy?

    We are survivors of 2008! We know!!!!

  • S

    I am with you gonzotx…this is the psychological warfare stage…meant to depress and demoralize others…we cannot let that happen…

    too much at stake…four more years of an unbridled O is simply too much to bare…the arrogance will be off the charts with no one to answer to…

    way, way too early in the game to start believing the hype…

  • Shadowfax

    gonzotx

    Jesus people are getting depressed. Even at NQ THEY ARE CAVING INTO THE FRAUD RE-ELECTION AS PRE-ORDAINED.

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

    It’s pretty easy to get depressed when the Rethugs have only glue horses running in this election and even their voters aren’t excited over them. They were not thrilled when McCain ran, and we see how many of them stayed home even with PUMA support.

    One of these glue horses had better man up and start acting like a pre-president or it may be a repeat of the last general election.

  • jbstonesfan

    That is correct S, I have been a lawyer almost 25 yrs, and I will add, a very successful one, who fights like hell for my clients. However, as someone else pointed out, I have been in a state of semi-depression, both physically and emotionally since Obama was elected. One of the reasons I post the poll numbers is that when I see his popularity / numbers rise, I get so angry I have to vent somewhere. After reading some comments,however, I respect the fact that my venting can be demoralizing, and I will try not to do it as frequently.

  • Shadowfax

    As depressing as this election is so far, I would love to know what Hillary and Bill think about it and how long the Clinton’s plan to stay in the background.

  • S

    I understand your feelings JBStonesfan…and I feel sincere empathy…but we cannot let O and his minions steal our confidence…if truth be told, frankly Hillary and McCain seemed to have one hand tied behind their backs in their valiant fight because of the ‘historic black man’ meme and shouts of racism at every turn…

    …but this time is different…O has his dismal record…obviously some people supporting Romney aren’t afraid to play hardball (witness their attacks on Gingrich)…and even Romney in his seemingly ‘gentleman’ way has been popping off at O…

    feel free to vent but don’t give up…we need you…

  • moononpluto

    Herman Cain: I’ll make an “unconventional” endorsement two days before South Carolina votes

    None of the above or someone not in the race?

    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/now-with-alex-wagner/45901980/#45901980

  • S

    shadowfax, i honestly believe it is going to come down to anyone but O…people will rally down the road…this is the sleeper stage…most people aren’t engaged yet…

    the reason I have been mentioning romney is that he has the money and national organization already in place…and I have been watching him and he kind of projects that ‘Reagan look’ (also he has been compared to Ward Cleaver, which i can definitley see)…so down the stretch I can see him building momentum…

    believe me, I would love nothing better that the tides to turn and somehow, someway Hillary be in the game…at the top of the ticket…

  • S

    moon…maybe Cain is partnering up with Trump…

  • nomobama

    jbstonesfan, I realize you are not a troll, yet your comments may be perceived as trollish because they tend to be downers at times. Big deal. I don’t mind seeing the poll information, even though I regard them as suspect. The polls do, however, play on people, so I think it is important to see what information the media is feeding the masses. As far as your comments associated with the polling information, for the sake of keeping things in a more positive light, you can forgo the “sky is falling” aspect. I do not believe it is by any means. It’s my belief that the opposition has to coalesce behind whoever the Republican nominee (gasp) is, even if one has big differences in opinion with that candidate. This is the only way for Obama to be defeated. If Santorum wins the Republican nomination, then sorry, but he will be the only possibility of an Obama defeat. I don’t particularly care for Romney, but I’ll vote for him if need be. These voters who vote on their principles who ignore this will only have themselves to blame if Obama wins again. My “principles” say country first, and Obama does not stand for this country in the manner that I believe he should. I truly believe that the US as we have known it in the decades past is at stake in this election. If the Republican wins in 2012, we need to give him the opportunity to straighten things out that the majority of Americans gave Obama. If he looks like he is not performing to task, then he should be called to the carpet for it.
    Obama is toast in 2012. You all have to believe this.

  • nomobama

    Maybe Cain will endorse Palin or someone else not currently in the mix? Or, maybe he’ll endorse himself. LOL. Now that would be very unconventional.

  • S

    …and nomobama…if a repub wins…then maybe we can get our democratic party back…and start fighting for what we believe in again…

    with O at the top..all he has done is extend bush policies and cave to them…and because the far left is so brainwashed by him, they just let him get away with things that they would be freaking out over if it were hillary or bush, etc…

    the dims don’t even fight for anything anymore with O…

    so O does nothing for the democrats, except weaken the party…he has to go…

    btw…off topic, but i heard this doctor speak the other day…and wow, he went off on Obamacare as a disaster and what a sell out it is to big pharma and traditional medicine…and how it is designed to control us and keep corporate medicine in charge of everything…and force us to pay for it…

  • moononpluto

    Storm from hell going on right now, its like a scene from 2012 the movie outside my windows. Feel like crawling in under the duvet and hiding with the dogs.

  • turndownobama

    CHICAGOLAND: New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Drain Cleaner… (but probably obviously not to vote)

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/05/new-law-requires-photo-id-to-buy-drain-cleaner/

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    From that news report:
    State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) obtained passage of the new law following attacks in which drain cleaner was poured on two Chicago women, badly scarring them.

    Maybe at the next election, you can erase their scars?

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