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

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

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

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

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

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

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

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

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

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

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

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 "Smoke break!"

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

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

5 "Another smoke break!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

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

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

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

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

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

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

1 Uhhh...resign?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

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

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

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

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

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

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

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

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

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

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

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

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

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

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

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

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

4 "Kissey kissey"

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

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

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

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Two Days, Two Debates For Republicans In New Hampshire

Update: The second battle for New Hampshire is on this morning. MSNBC is airing the debate live but we are still boycotting/girlcotting that miserable swamp.

We will cover the debate when it airs on “Meet The Obama Press”. The MSNBC live feed is here:


Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Those that want a preview can sneak over to the Professor’s place and read what the professor thinks thus far. Gateway Pundit is on the job as well. Some of our commenters got a jump on us as well and given us a window as to what to expect.

Why any Republican would appear on NBC or its swamp on cable is a mystery to us. We thought Hillary Clinton should never have consented to the muggings on NBC/MSNBC either.

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Coverage of the Republican nomination race is increasingly desperate. Romney is not liked by many Republicans but he seems to be tightening his grasp on the nomination.

The good news for Republicans is that Obama is the issue and is a likely loser with his miserable record of treachery, corruption, and boobery. Additional good news for Republicans is that the tougher Romney opponents get against Romney the better prepared Romney will be against the Obama thugs. Watch out Willard.

The “first battle” of New Hampshire is on tonight:

“The artillery fire begins at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and, after an overnight ceasefire, resumes bright and early tomorrow at … 9 a.m. Really. Note, though, that the second debate won’t air live on NBC but rather in your regular local time slot for “Meet the Press.”

A quick note on how Big Media will examine and vet the non-Obama candidates but let Obama slide by unvetted and unexamined. On July 6, 2007 we wrote “The Case Of The Missing State Senator“. Mitt Romney better read that article.

In “The Case Of The Missing State Senator” we detailed the horrid living conditions in Obama pal Rezko tenements. Obama helped Rezko obtain those tenements and received campaign contributions from Rezko even as Rezko said he did not have money to heat those tenements.

At the time we repeatedly noted that no Big Media outlets were interviewing the African-American tenants of those tenements to ask them if they ever called their State Senator, Barack Obama, for assistance. At no time did Big Media search out these obvious human interest type stories in order to help Americans see what kind of elected official Barack Obama was and what kind of president he would be. Big Media did not search out these victimized tenants because Big Media wanted to protect Barack Obama.

The same is not true with Barack Obama opponents. Mitt Romney is now the latest Obama opponent getting a proctology exam for daring to oppose Obama. This past week Reuters made a great effort to examine Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.

We think candidates for president should have their records examined. We think the media has a responsibility to fairly vet all the candidates. But Big Media vets Obama opponents and protects Obama from scrutiny.

Tonight and tomorrow Republican candidates for president will attack each other. They should remember their real opponent is Barack Obama. Barack Obama will not be vetted by Big Media. Republicans will have to vet Obama all by themselves only to be rewarded by attacks against them for daring to expose Barack Obama.

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187 comments to Two Days, Two Debates For Republicans In New Hampshire

  • admin

    Debate starts at 9:00 ET on ABC.

  • admin

    Savitch: Is the economy turning around?

    Romney: I’m an optimist so I hope so. But no thanks to Barack Obama. Like the rooster trying to take responsibility for the sunrise Barack Obama will try to take credit.

    Santorum: Iran is the biggest problem. Business experience is not the needed qualification for president. We need someone who inspires and has a vision.

    Romney: People from Washington don’t understand business. They think business is just about managing. My experience is in leadership.

    Stephanoupoulos: You attacked Romney for his business practices?

    Newt: I have not seen the ad but it reflects what the New York Times wrote. I am not an admirer of the Wall Street model of killing companies. Were people better off by this style of investment?

    Romney: I am not surprised the New York Times is attacking me. I am surprised by the attack on free enterprise on this stage. These businesses I helped created 100,000 jobs. This includes the jobs lost and the jobs created. In Staples alone 90,000 jobs were created. This is a free enterprise system and we don’t need government to tell us how to run businesses.

    Stephanoupoulos: Is Romney’s record at Bain Capital fair to examine?

    Huntsman: I come from manufacturing. It is important to look at our records. Take a look at our records. I took my state to #1 in job creation. We reformed health care without a mandate.

    Romney: I congratulate Huntsman on his record. I think it is important to have a background in the private sector.

    Stephanoupoulos: You call Santorum corrupt in an ad?

    Paul: Santorum was called corrupt by taking so much money from lobbyists. He is a big government, big spending individual. He made his living as a lobbyist. Newt also was a lobbyist.

    Santorum: The group that called me corrupt was a left wing group called CREW. It’s a ridiculous charge. I am a conservative, not a libertarian. I am known in Washington as a “cause guy”.

  • admin

    Paul: You are a big spender, a big government conservative.

    Santorum: I supported the line item veto, balanced budget, had a spendometer to monitor government. I am not a libertarian.

    Perry: You have just seen why I am in this race. The insiders of Washington D.C. have to be stopped. Insiders from Wall Street and insiders from Washington have to be stopped. I created a million net new jobs. An outsider not corrupted by the process. Getting earmarks like Paul did then complain is hypocrisy.

    Paul: Santorum ducks behind the balanced budget amendment but then votes for increasing the national debt 5 times.

    Santorum: I was the author of repealing a federal entitlement – welfare reform.

  • Southern Born

    Does it seem like the George and Diane are allowing Santorum to have more rebuttal time and always getting in the last word compared to Ron Paul?

  • admin

    Savitch: Why are you the better commander in chief?

    Huntsman: It’s about leadership. I managed my state well. I believe this nation is looking for leadership that can be trusted. Americans no longer trust our institutions or our elected officials. We need to reform congress and get term limits as well as close the revolving door. I understand the complex national security questions such as China.

    Romney: He can do better than Barack Obama. Obama never led a business, a city, a state. He has made one error after another. Iran wants to become a nuclear nation. Obama was silent when Iranians took to the streets. This is a failed presidency. Who has the capacity to lead? Anyone of these people will do better than Obama.

    McElveen: Having worn a uniform better preparation for president?

    Perry: Yes because it give a greater understanding. Iran is a big problem. But what Obama is doing to the military budget is the biggest problem. He wants to spend money elsewhere.

    Gingrich: My father was in the military and we constantly moved. I have been involved in veterans affairs since the 70s. Having veterans from the North country go to Boston for treatment is a shame.

    Savitch: Chicken hawk?

    Paul: I would use it because of all the deferments. At least I served. Many veterans also commit suicide and have many injuries in these undeclared wars. I talk about the Constitution. My pet peeve is these people who did not serve but support wars.

    Gingrich: My father was in the Mekong Delta when the events Paul speaks of occurred. I was not eligible for the draft.

    Stephanoupoulos: Your racist newsletters – explain?

    Paul: It’s been explained many times. I did not write those things 20 years ago. My hero was Martin Luther King. Also true racism is in the court system and in drug use. Blacks are arrested disproportionately.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Thus far Romney is untouched. Some tried but the attacks are not going well. Paul going after Santorum must have Romney giggling inside.

  • admin

    Stephenoupoulos: Do states have right to ban contraception or is their a right to privacy?

    Romney: I don’t think any state or candidate that wants to do so. Ask the “constitutionalist” here (laughs as he indicates Ron Paul). I think it is silly to ask. I don’t see a reason to talk about contraception. States don’t want to ban contraception. Contraception is working just fine.

    Stephanoupoulos: repeat question?

    Paul: The right to privacy requires a search warrant to go into the house. If it is not illegal to sell birth control then it falls under privacy.

    Santorum: What Griswold was about was a penumbra of rights. I think it an Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

  • admin

    Savitch: Gay marriage? What should loving gay couples do if no gay marriage?

    Gingrich: There should be rights such as hospital visitation rights. The sacrament of marriage is between a man and a woman. This does not mean you should make life miserable for others.

    Savitch: Civil unions?

    Huntsman: I support civil unions. My marriage is not threatened by civil unions. Also reciprocal rights I support.

    McElveen: Same-sex adoptions?

    Santorum: That’s a state issue. Marriage is a federal issue.

    McElveen: 1,800 gay marriages in New Hampshire – what happens if you ban gay marriage?

    Santorum: Banned.

    Savitch: What to say to loving gay couples?

    Romney: Rights and benefits but marriage only to a man and woman. We want to encourage partnerships between men and women to raise children.

    Gingrich: A note about news media bias. Should the Catholic Church be forced to shut down adoptions centers because of anti-Christian bigotry. There is a lot of bigotry against Christians by the media.

    Romney: Gingrich is right. Catholic Charities which placed 50% of all children was forced to close down in our state because of gay marriage.

    Savitch: Third-party run?

    Paul: No, but won’t close the door. I want to change foreign policy and monetary policy. No talk I’ve heard about cutting spending. I want to put as much pressure as possible.

    Savitch: Third party runs?

    Perry: Anyone here is better than Obama. As to gay marriage, this administration has a war on religion.

  • admin

    Savitch: 90,000 troops in Afghanistan? When to get them out?

    Huntsman: Taliban no longer in power, Bin laden dead. I think it’s time to come home by end of 2013. I don’t want to nation build elsewhere. Maybe leave 10,000 troops for training and intelligence.

    Romney: Bring the troops home as soon as possible. Military says that could be by the end of 2014. I would rely on the military commanders and inform myself.

    Huntsman: The president is commander in chief. We deferred to military in 1967 with bad results. There might be a civil war in Afghanistan. Get out now.

    Gingrich: We’re asking the wrong question. Afghanistan is only a piece of a big mess. Iran wants to close the Straits of Hormuz, Muslim Brotherhood winning elections in Egypt, don’t know who runs Libya. Iraq is already decaying. We need a new strategy for the region. The problem is not primarily military.

    Santorum: Newt is right. Obama is making many mistakes. Obama makes us look like a weak horse, America soft.

    Perry: I would send troops back into Iraq to prevent Iran from getting in. Obama could have renegotiated the withdrawal time line. Iran will move in and American deaths will be for nothing because of Obama.

    Gingrich: Bud McFarlane introduced me today. We need to have a strategy to replace the Iranian leadership. Put pressure on the Saudis to get rid of Wahabbists.

    Savitch: Troops back in Iraq?

    Romney: It would have to require dramatic American interests. We would need to define the mission.

    McElveen: You would not authorize killing Bin Laden, don’t think Iran wants nukes?

    Paul: President is not king. The proper manner is a declaration of war. Our policy pushes Iran to China.

    Santorum: The Iranian people want to overthrow their government. Obama did nothing. Obama supported the election of Ahmadinejad.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Least talked about tonight is jobs, jobs, jobs. The candidates are not to blame because the “moderators” are asking the questions. But the candidates should turn every question to jobs as much as possible.

    Romney untouched in this round too.

  • admin

    BTW, our apologies. We’ve been calling Diane Sawyer, “Savitch”. Oops.

  • Shadowfax

    I like that there is some humor in this debate, the whiole contraception ‘gotcha’ moment by the obots fell flat and the joke was on them.

    Sanitized santorum is going for Paul’s throat….Paul smacks back.

  • admin

    McElveen: Investments, stimulus, in infrastructure?

    Romney: Some infrastructure spending is necessary. What creates jobs is private business. Government has to change. Americans have ability to innovate. We have a president who wants to turn us into a European welfare system.

    Newt: You can’t compete with China without spending on infrastructure. We need an energy program that gets us away from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. We need a systematic investment program.

    Stephanoupoulos: Where does money come from for spending on infrastructure?

    Huntsman: We need to grow. If I was president not Obama I would have fixed the tax code.

    Stephanoupoulos: Spending numbers as in Simpson-Bowles?

    Santorum: No. We are uncompetitive and that hurts us. Government taxation on corporate taxes is killing us. Zero it out for manufacturers.

    Romney: Our taxes are too high. We are inches away from no longer being a free economy. We need to rein in government. The people hurt by Obama economy is the middle class. I would reduce the rates for middle class. Broaden the base.

    Savage: What is great vision for America?

    Paul: Liberty and freedom. Understand the business cycle. The American taxpayer has bailed out Wall Street. We have to liquidate debt.

    Perry: Get Americans back to work. Americans want Washington out of their hair. We have 300 years of energy in this country. This energy has to be developed on our federal lands. Pass the right to work law in New Hampshire.

    Huntsman: We all have records. I delivered a flat tax in my state. China is going down in growth and we can win that back. Wall Street Journal endorsed my tax plan.

    Romney: What is at stake in this election is jobs and dealing with entitlements. But really this election is about the soul of America. Obama has put America on the road to decline. We are increasingly becoming like Europe. Return to the principles – life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Are we going to remain an exceptional nation? Obama does not understand entrepreneurship and hard work.

    Gingrich: Wall Street Journal said Romney’s plan is like Obama’s.

    Santorum: I agree with Gingrich. I don’t like the use of the word “class” in America. Democrats want to separate and put people into “classes”. We are looking for someone that can win this race. I was not for the bailout or the mandate. I worked against cap and trade. I appeal to blue collar workers not just Wall Street.

    Romney: My plan is more than just tax policies. Open up markets for our goods. Deregulation. Put regulations that encourage growth. I have been on the front lines creating jobs. This campaign about the direction of this country.

    Huntsman: China is our most important relationship. We can’t just slap a tariff on China like Romney wants to do. A president that knows this would benefit the country.

    Romney: You spent the last several years putting into place Obama policy. China is manipulating their currency and stealing our ideas. I will not continue to talk about “get along” I will tell them it is time to stop and play by the rules.

    Huntsman: (speaks Chinese) He talks tough but does not know what to do.

    Romney: Neither China nor us want a trade war. I will hold China to the rules.

    BREAK

  • Shadowfax

    What Romney just said about holding China’s feet to the fire on trade should please Trump.

  • Shadowfax

    Huntsman is a phony.

  • admin

    Shadowfax, here’s some Santorum for you from back in 2006 when he was running for reelection and wanted to appeal to the voters, particularly independents – saying nice about Hillary:

  • admin

    What would you usually be doing on a Saturday night?:

    Perry: Shooting range.

    Gingrich: Sports

    Santorum: Sports

    Paul: Economics book

    Huntsman: Family

    IT’S OVER

  • Shadowfax

    Admin you do an excellent job of reporting the debates!
    Kudos to you and thanks again.

  • ABM90

    Evelyn Pringle of the Chicago Tribune an investigative reporter knows more about the Obama Rezko scam during his tenure as a community organizer.She covered their court trial on the fraud that BO was part of.Check her out you will find complete court records that will show this guy does not qualify as POTUS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shadowfax

    I liked the younger Santorum admin…now he is like a little snappy purse dog.

    Huntsman is really getting on my last nerve, he seems to be all hat and no cattle.

    Ron Paul’s last answer makes him seem like a nerd…he is a smart guy, I like that about him, he is like a wise grandpa.

    Perry sucks in debates.

    Newt is still as smart as even, if I don’t like him.

  • Shadowfax

    ever….

  • Betty

    Watched the debate – we are so screwed.

  • admin

    Perry is right:

  • Shadowfax

    Betty

    Watched the debate – we are so screwed.

    ———–

    Then again, they are running against the Worst President in American history.

  • Southern Born

    We are continually told that BO got so good in debating because of the tough debates with Hillary.

    Did Obama get so much better as the debates went along or did it just seem that way to some because he got propped up more and more by the media who covered for him every step of the way and did everything they could to debase Hillary?

    In a fair debate Hillary could win with Obama or any of the Rep. with one hand tied behind her back. The key word is FAIR DEBATE.

  • Betty

    Shadowfax
    January 7th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Then again, they are running against the Worst President in American history.

    Yes, that is so true, but I long for the excitement of a Hilary campaign, or even Sarah Palin. I am so ready to fight for someone but that someone has to be worth it.

    And by the way, Romney always sounds like he needs to blow his nose and I can’t stand listening to him. I know that is a personal attack but that is the way it is for me. I intend to vote for who ever is not Obama. Ron Paul is the only one tonight I can get enthused about, they say it will be an uphill battle if he wins the nomination, so be it I’ll get behind him and push.

    But I want Hillary and if I can’t have her I want Sarah. Both of them on the same ticket would be a dream come true and a Juggernaut on election day. When I imagine those two women together all those puny men I saw tonight, except Ron Paul, look like fleas.

  • turndownobama

    Must be a hoax….

    Another study found a strong link between levels of fine particulate air pollution and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in North Americans (Diabetes Care, vol 33, p 2196).

  • Betty

    admin
    January 7th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Perry is right:

    Admin, I don’t think Ron Paul is a hypocrite. He believes that congress has the duty to (can’t think of his word) direct/control all spending (no shush funds to ear mark). They don’t, they allow ear marking(wonder why), same as they allow themselves to do insider trading. He doesn’t approve of the ear marking system but it is his duty to his constituents to try his best to get some of the money the federal government takes from them so he puts in his ear marks. And then because he thinks that the ear mark system is wrong he votes against it. But he also fights against it, evidence his running for president. I don’t know how I would handle a delema like that if I was faced with it.

  • turndownobama

    He doesn’t approve of the ear marking system but it is his duty to his constituents to try his best to get some of the money the federal government takes from them so he puts in his ear marks. And then because he thinks that the ear mark system is wrong he votes against it. But he also fights against it, evidence his running for president. I don’t know how I would handle a delema like that if I was faced with it.

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

    Didn’t Sarah have a similar dilemma about taking federal money for Alaska?

  • Mrs. Smith

    Great reporting admin- thanx… I guess, I really didn’t miss anything. News sites highlighting a sub-par performance turned in by George and Diane’s hosting of the debates focused on irrelevant issues rather than as you astutely noted, “JOBS”- Romney earning kudos for George’s ‘gottcha’ contraception question.

    Axelrod probably handed George and Diane the listed questions.. far and away from asking any comparative questions to Obama’s foreign policy or the sinking economy… It will be interesting watching Gregory’s assault strategy on MTP at 9am.
    ____________

    Stephanopoulos struggles with fairness during NH debate

    ABC News commentator George Stephanopoulos directed pointed, hard-edged questions to Republican presidential candidates during Saturday night’s New Hampshire debate, often attacking without providing evidence to justify his broadsides.

    When questioning former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Stephanopoulos, a former senior advisor in the administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton, premised some inquiries on the assertion — offered without supporting facts — that Romney’s job-creation statistics were inaccurate.

    “Now, there have been questions about that calculation of 100,000 jobs. So if you could explain it a little more,” Stephanopoulos asked Romney of the former governor’s claims about jobs created by companies he has helmed. “I’ve read some analysts who look at it and say that you’re counting the jobs that were created but not counting the jobs that were taken away. Is that accurate?”

    “No, it’s not accurate,” Romney bluntly responded. “It includes the net of both. I’m a good enough numbers guy to make sure I got both sides of that.”

    Stephanopoulos did not cite any analysts by name.

    In another line of questioning, Stephanopoulos asked Romney if he believes “that states have the right to ban contraception, or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?”

    Romney responded by questioning Stephanopoulos’ logic and his choice to raise a hypothetical situation that would never happen.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/07/stephanopoulos-struggles-with-fairness-during-nh-debate/#ixzz1iqlkfI29

  • turndownobama

    Stephanopoulos asked Romney if he believes “that states have the right to ban contraception, or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?”

    Romney responded by questioning Stephanopoulos’ logic and his choice to raise a hypothetical situation that would never happen.

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

    Instead of answering the question, uh-huh. Imagine what Hillary would have said to such a proposal!

  • ABM90

    here are so many BO missing records that it astounds anyone that has to have a resume for even a job as a trash collecter.He claims he taught ten
    years as a constitutional professor but it must have been Rezko law as a Chicago slumlord messenger boy.I wonder if he did kneecaps as a rent collecter.
    When I read his court records and his ties to Rezko
    it reminds me of the Al Capone Era.

    Impeach The Fraud Draft Hillary
    I might even support her for VP if it speeds up the
    process of of his departure his sidekick MO and her entourage of servants.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Sign in local breakfast restaurant in Portsmouth, NH…:

    “NO POLITICIANS ALLOWED”

    on our local news… hilarious!

    I guess glad handing and scrambled eggs do not go well together…

  • Mrs. Smith

    ABM90

    you’ll like this one:

    If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You’re Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You’re Not an Idiot

    explains why the voters of the United States need to elect someone besides Barack Obama to lead them.

    From the economy to scandal laden stimulus initiatives to favoritism toward unions at the expense of everyone else to foreign policy to radical Islam to the treatment of Israel to Obamacare to green energy scams to Gunwalker (a.k.a., Fast and Furious), President Obama has proven over and over again that he isn’t made of presidential timber. Even more, his adolescent tendencies prove that he doesn’t have presidential temperament.

    In a nutshell, electing Barack Obama to serve as President of the United States in 2008 was a terrible mistake-one that needs to be rectified in the 2012 presidential election.

    https://www.createspace.com/3723193

  • Mrs. Smith

    FYI- Each and every percentile has a link to it justifying the printed number.. access to the info at the main link:
    _____________

    January 8, 2012

    Seven good reasons not to support Obama in 2012

    As we approach the final leg of the 2012 presidential election campaign, it helps to examine a few statistics that tell the tale about President Barack Obama’s performance in office:

    Unemployment rate:

    January 2008 — less than 5%

    January 2012 — 8.5%

    Workforce increases/decreases between January 2008 and January 2011:

    Federal Government — +11.79%

    Private Sector — -6.6%

    Percent of people who pay no federal income taxes:

    January 2008 — 36.3%

    January 2012 — 51%

    Deficit as a percent of GDP:

    January 2008 — 3.21%

    January 2012 — 6.96%

    Debt as a percent of GDP:

    January 2008 — 69%

    January 2012 — more than 100%

    U.S. poverty rate:

    2008 — 13.2%

    2010 — 15.1%

    Percent of population on food stamps:

    2008 — 12%

    2011 — 15%

    President Obama says that statistics like the ones I listed show how deep the Great Recession was and that he didn’t create it.The blame, he says, belongs to President George W. Bush.

    While it’s true that President Bush contributed to the problems we face today, these are undeniable facts: President Bush has been out of office for 3 years; the downward spiral in every major category has accelerated under President Obama; and on President Obama’s watch, the United States is rapidly becoming an insolvent nation. These are good reasons not to support Obama in 2012.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/01/seven_good_reasons_not_to_support_obama_in_2012.html#ixzz1isRU8TXb

  • rogerwilliams

    Romney: “My passions are family, faith and country.” In that order?
    Gingrich: “Let’s drop the pious baloney.” re.: professional politicians. Hmmm…
    Huntsman: “This nation is divided because of attitudes like that.” Re.: to Romney for questioning his service under Obama as Amb. to China.
    Gingrich: “the duty of the president is to improve the government and not punish the people.”
    Perry gets all three right! Rest of them applaud. “…and that’s your final answer.”

  • Southern Born

    Santorum is still being a little “snappy pure dog” at the debate thie morning.

    Newt is still making sure that he mentions Reagan in many of his answers.

    Paul is being attacked more than Romney.

    The monitor, David Gregory, is shamelessly in the tank for Obama.

  • Southern Born

    Snappy PURSE dog

  • admin

    Our debate coverage will begin when it is broadcast on the network. We just never look at MSNBC (even though NBC is just as bad). Thanks to those that are watching the live debate and providing commentary.

    RogerWilliams, sounds like Perry is doing OK.

  • admin

    Our update:

    Update: The second battle for New Hampshire is on this morning. MSNBC is airing the debate live but we are still boycotting/girlcotting that miserable swamp.

    We will cover the debate when it airs on “Meet The Obama Press”. The MSNBC live feed is here:


    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    Those that want a preview can sneak over to the Professor’s place and read what the professor thinks thus far. Gateway Pundit is on the job as well. Some of our commenters got a jump on us as well and given us a window as to what to expect.

    Why any Republican would appear on NBC or its swamp on cable is a mystery to us. We thought Hillary Clinton should never have consented to the muggings on NBC/MSNBC either.

    ——————————————————————————————

  • Southern Born

    For those in the St. Louis area, MTP is on now where we are watching it.

  • Mrs. Smith

    We thought Hillary Clinton should never have consented to the muggings on NBC/MSNBC either…
    ______________

    That would have been a little Unrealistic, seeing she was campaigning for president of the United States… A future president of the Free World Runs from NOTHING!

    Especially those dog eared meat heads…

  • admin

    Meet the Obama Press (Mtop) debate with David Gregory as the Obama campaign.

    Mtop: Why shouldn’t Romney be the nominee?

    Gingrich: Whose most likely to survive the Obama team attacks? A Massachusetts moderate won’t do as well as a solid conservative. A Reagan conservative versus a Massachusetts moderate. Obama will have a tough reelection and the sharper the contrast the tougher it will be.

    Romney: I have a good record and am a solid conservative. I balanced the budget in a conservative way. Created jobs. Enforced illegal immigration laws. Started English immersion in the schools. I’m endorsed by Governors Christie and Haley. To defeat lifelong politician Obama you need a person with private sector experience.

    Santorum: If your records was so great why didn’t you run for reelection. I ran for reelection and won in a 71% Democratic district. I stood up for conservative principles. Romney ran against Reagan in his campaign.

    Mtop: In your endorsement you said he would stand up for conservative principles?

    Santorum: That was against McCain.

    Romney: I did what I wanted to do in office then got out. Run again would be about me. I left the world of politics and went back into business.

    Santorum: You won’t run for reelection as president?

    Romney: For me politics is not a career. My family, my faith, my country. I think it stinks when politicians lose then stay in Washington.

    Gingrich: Let’s drop some of the pious baloney. You had a bad reelection rating. You wanted to run for president while you were governor. You lost to McCain as with Kennedy. Just level with the American people. You’ve been running at least since the 1990s.

    Romney: My dad ran for governor when he was 54 years old. He advised me not to get involved in politics. When I saw Ted Kennedy run unopposed I said someone has to run against him. I did not have a ghost of a chance of beating him. I stood up as a citizen.

    Mtop: Nine years ago Romney said he is a moderate progressive?

    Paul: This is all superficial. We won’t do well against Obama with a candidate that is for bailouts and mandates or challenges this American overseas empire. We have to talk about real cuts. Character and history is important but less significant that what we really believe in.

    Perry: Ask who can beat Obama, invigorate the Tea Party, help outsider government. Let’s be honest. Obama has thrown gasoline on the fire but the fire was burning before he got their. It was Wall Street and Washington insiders. Stand up and lead the Tea Party. Big spending Republicans are as much to blame as Obama.

    Romney: They have my record as governor. I also wrote a book describing my principles for the government. I am now more conservative.

    Mtop: Age of austerity? What specifically in cuts with pain would you do?

    Huntsman: I was criticized by Romney last night for serving my country in China. My two sons are serving in the armed forces. I will always put my country first.

    Romney: We serve our country first by working for conservative principles. The person who is our nominee should not be the person who called Obama a “remarkable leader” and went to work for him.

    Huntsman: People are tired of such division.

    Mtop: back to the question?

    Huntsman: I’m the only one here who endorsed the Ryan plan. There will be no sacred cows. I am going to stand up as president.

    Mtop: Three programs?

    Huntsman: Means testing. I will also tie defense spending to need.

    Santorum: Means testing I agree with. Food stamps should be block granted as should Medicaid.

    Mtop: Medicare? Moving seniors to a voucher program or premium support is a Santorum plan?

    Gingrich: It would be a good transition in a way that makes sense. I find it facinating that highly paid Washington commentators are always interested in “pain”. Let’s improve the government not impose pain.

    Mtop: Should government help people?

    Perry: The ones that should feel pain are the bureaucrats who we are going to do away with. Americans want to have a job. The idea that people want government assistance is wrongheaded. People should have the dignity to help themselves. That’s what I did in Texas.

    BREAK.

  • admin

    Mtop: Medicare again. Seniors affected right now?

    Santorum: I hear repeatedly that we in government should have the same plan as the people. Seniors should have the right to make the choices they want too.

    Mtop: Tax increases for wealthy?

    Romney: The right course is to not raise taxes. Obama wants to raise taxes. Government taxes raise higher than inflation. I cut programs like Obamacare. Return foodstamps, medicaid to the states. No change for seniors to medicare or social security.

    Mtop: Who knows more about the American economy Warren Buffet or Grover Norquist?

    Huntsman: What needs to be done is phase out loopholes and deductions.

    Mtop: As president if Harry Reid said he wants you to be a one term president what would you do?

    Gingrich: The opposition always wants to make the opposition president a one term president. Clinton knew I wanted to make him a one term president. But people of good will, even partisans, can talk it out. With Clinton we got a great deal done.

    Mtop: Work with the other side when they are against you?

    Romney: The Massachusetts legislature was 70% Democratic when I was governor. We worked together. They gave me power to cut back on spending during a crisis and it worked. We can find common ground. I signed 19 tax cuts.

    Mtop: How to work with House and Senate. Over 600 bills you proposed only 1 passed.

    Paul: That’s how out of touch the government is. Freedom and the Constitution get people together. My trillions of dollars of spending cuts will be supported by many who want to see government programs cut.

    Mtop: Bush and Obama said they were uniters not dividers?

    Santorum: Paul has never been able to accomplish anything or work with anybody. We need someone who has a plan and gets things done.

    Paul: It’s not easy to fight to restore the Republic. Change in foreign policy is needed or our nation will come down. We must change policy. Change monetary policy. We are winning that battle.

    Santorum: I worked and accomplished welfare reform. Bill Clinton vetoed the bill twice. We made some changes but stuck to principles. Poverty is not a disability. We got 70 votes in the Senate.

    Huntsman: Trust. There is no trust in the executive branch. The next president needs to generate enthusiasm for terms limits and close the revolving door.

    Mtop: Leadership. Where would you buck your party?

    Perry: I make them uncomfortable by talking about their spending when we were in control. I am an outsider not the insiders you see here. We need a part time congress, cut their pay, force them to get a job. Get a balanced budget amendment.

    BREAK.

  • admin

    We hear John Sununu took Chris Matthews apart this morning after the debate. Anybody see this? We like neither of them very much.

  • admin

    Mtop: Should government have subsidies for home heating oil or should there be pain?

    Huntsman: Government should help. But the answer is energy independence. There is a one product distribution bias in this nation for oil. We need to break up this monopoly.

    Paul: Subsidies are using government force to price a product. If we had alternative sources prices would be lower. Monetary policy is also very important. Prices go up when you subsidize and print money to do it. It’s bad economic policy.

    Mtop: Social safety net?

    Romney: We don’t need the government saying we will solve all the problems of poverty. These programs need to be sent back to the states where differences will come into play. Government bureaucrats in Washington administering all these programs costs money. Give it back to the states.

    Mtop: In Bay Windows a gay newspaper you said you would be a voice in the Republican party for gay rights?

    Romney: I don’t discriminate. I appointment gay people to the bench and my cabinet. No discrimination but I said I opposed gay marriage. I will not discriminate.

    Mtop: When was the last time you spoke up for gay rights?

    Romney: Right now.

    Santorum: Every person should be treated with respect and dignity. That does not mean you have to change the laws they want changed. I disagree but in a respectful tone.

    Mtop: What about if you had a gay son?

    Santorum: I would love him the same.

    Mtop: State laws or federal issue on right to work?

    Perry: I am not anti union I am pro jobs. Test regulations for their effect on jobs. Texas is a right to work state. New Hampshire should pass right to work legislation.

    Mtop: Do labor unions help?

    Romney: Unions help sometimes but I agree with Perry. Government workers should not be unionized. Public workers should not be paid more than private counterparts.

    Santorum: I am for national right to work laws. I worked with unions in Pennsylvania and they do good work. I voted against right to work laws in Pennsylvania.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Mtop: With Obama you won’t have a job said to Americans – is that too easy?

    Gingrich: It’s a statement of fact. Obama policies hurt jobs and our national security. Develop American energy. Jobs and lower pricing and less spending on subsidies. That was the origin of supply side economics.

    Romney: I don’t blame Obama for the recession I blame him for making it last longer than it should have. Obamacare places more mandates as does Dodd-Frank. He is an anti jobs, anti business president. Return America to a land of opportunity.

    Mtop: Cross state air pollution rules – over regulation?

    Romney: We have a responsibility to keep air clean. In Massachusetts we moved to natural gas. We have a lot of cheap natural gas in this country. Less pollutants and cleaner air with natural gas.

    Mtop: What is your environmental policy?

    Gingrich: The EPA is imperious. We need clean air but dust in Iowa attacked by EPA is ridiculous. This is an agency out of touch with reality.

    Mtop: Huntsman said Obama is a patriot and worthy of being president.

    Perry: Obama is a socialist. I disagree with Huntsman’s premise. Obama argues for a powerful federal government. I am for the tenth amendment.

    Mtop: Socialist? Did you advance socialism for medicare advantage program.

    Santorum: I liked the private savings accounts in the bill. We have to transition medicare.

    Mtop: Is health care a right?

    Paul: Entitlements are not rights. You have a right to life, liberty and the fruits of your labor. I don’t like to use the terms of “rights” such as gay rights etc. Affirmative action is also wrong. One group is not entitled to take from another. It is the rich people, the banking system that make the money from these entitlements.

    Mtop: Live free or die?

    Huntsman: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am for leadership. Americans want a leader to unify us.

    BREAK

  • admin

    Mtop: 30 second answer on Iran and why no nukes there but we lived with nuclear USSR.

    Santorum: They are a theocracy that believes in martyrdom so there can be no deterrent because they want martyrdom. Iran is a threat. Obama is weak and not respected.

    Mtop: 30 seconds on tone of the campaign. You SuperPac called Romney a liar and a predator?

    Gingrich: We need fact based campaigns that call people on their records. Bain, according to the New York Times, destroyed a company and all the jobs.

    Mtop: Tell Romney to his face?

    Gingrich: Call them off governor.

    Romney: I cannot direct them to do anything. The ads say you were forced from the speakership, sat down with Nancy Pelousi to promote climate change, etc. Your rhetoric was over the top.

    Gingrich: My rhetoric was over the top but your ads are ok?

    Romney: I would not say things you said.

    Mtop: Would you both take down the ads?

    Gingrich: We did not run his commercials against Ted Kennedy asking for ads to come down.

    Mtop: Role of government? How would you use bully pulpit?

    Santorum: I wrote It Takes A Family in response to Hillary’s book. I believe we need to help the family. One parent households bring poverty. Leaders need to talk about this.

    Paul: I preach the gospel of liberty. We need to understand national defense is to only defend our country.

    BREAK. IT’S OVER.

  • admin

    The Ron Paul attack ad against Santorum which makes Romney very happy:

  • jbstonesfan

    Was Donna serious when she said they want Romney as the nominee
    during the post debate analysis?

  • Mrs. Smith

    jbstonesfan
    January 8th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Was Donna serious when she said they want Romney as the nominee during the post debate analysis?
    ___________

    If so, sounds like Donna is not smitten any longer by the ONE- she sounds like she’s bitten and rebuked for favors due and owing in 08′ by the Kenyan… hmm… should be exploited for more information re: game plans.

  • admin

    There’s the Tea Party then there’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party starring Michelle Obama:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/in_blunderland_hKpNQkHfvpEWe4F51kI4dP

    It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist.

    A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all.

    “The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with invited guests.

    The book reveals how any official announcement of the glittering affair — coming at a time when Tea Party activists and voters furious over the lagging economy, 10-percent unemployment rate, bank bailouts and Obama’s health-care plan were staging protests — quickly vanished down the rabbit hole.

    White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged,” the book says. [snip]

    Unbeknownst to reporters, the State Dining Room had also been transformed into a secretive White House Wonderland.

    Tim Burton decorated it “in his signature creepy-comic style. His film version was about to be released, and he had turned the room into the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with a long table set with antique-looking linens, enormous stuffed animals in chairs, and tiered serving plates with treats like bone-shaped meringue cookies,” reports the book, which The Post purchased at a Manhattan bookstore.

    Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar. Burton’s own Mad Hatter, the actor Johnny Depp, presided over the scene in full costume, standing up on a table to welcome everyone in character.”

    The Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, then 11 and 8 respectively, “sat at the table, surrounded by a gaggle of their friends, and then proceeded to the next delight, a magic show in the East Room.”

    Kantor’s book details more personal aspects of the Obama White House, serving up glimpses of the first couple’s marriage, parenting, sometimes tense handling of staff issues and even the president’s sly sense of humor when it comes to race.

    One morning during his Senate campaign, Obama didn’t show up to a meeting with donors. “After a frantic search, a white staffer named Peter Coffey called Obama’s barbershop to find that, yes, he was there.”

    The president confronted Coffey about the call later that day.

    “ ‘The relationship between a black man and his barber is sacred,’ Obama bellowed . . . ‘For failing to understand this truth, your punishment is to watch the movie “Barbershop.” And for further punishment, you will then watch the sequel, “Barbershop 2.” ’ ”

    Often White House staffers found themselves in the middle of husband-and-wife quarrels.

    “The advisors could feel hopelessly caught between husband and wife,” Kantor writes. “The Obama marriage was awkward for everyone: for the aides, for the president . . . and for the first lady.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    admin
    January 8th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    There’s the Tea Party then there’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party starring Michelle Obama:
    _________

    There are no words appropriate for the shame and distaste I have for this woman domiciled at our White House. The arrogance and caprice she exhibits daily burning the people’s money for her own personal gratification filling the void of her own personal insecurity and self loathing is beyond the pale.

  • admin

    The Gingrich attack on Romney in a trailer:

  • moononpluto

    Are we surprised…..

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/in_blunderland_hKpNQkHfvpEWe4F51kI4dP

    White House threw secret ‘Alice in Wonderland’ bash during recession

    It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist.

    A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all.

    “The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with invited guests.

    The book reveals how any official announcement of the glittering affair — coming at a time when Tea Party activists and voters furious over the lagging economy, 10-percent unemployment rate, bank bailouts and Obama’s health-care plan were staging protests — quickly vanished down the rabbit hole.

    “White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged,” the book says.

    However, the White House made certain that more humble Halloween festivities earlier that day — for thousands of Washington-area schoolkids — were well reported by the press corps.

    Then the Obamas went inside, where an invitation-only affair for children of military personnel and White House administrators unfolded in the East Room.

    Unbeknownst to reporters, the State Dining Room had also been transformed into a secretive White House Wonderland.

    Tim Burton decorated it “in his signature creepy-comic style. His film version was about to be released, and he had turned the room into the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with a long table set with antique-looking linens, enormous stuffed animals in chairs, and tiered serving plates with treats like bone-shaped meringue cookies,” reports the book, which The Post purchased at a Manhattan bookstore.

    “Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar. Burton’s own Mad Hatter, the actor Johnny Depp, presided over the scene in full costume, standing up on a table to welcome everyone in character.”

    The Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, then 11 and 8 respectively, “sat at the table, surrounded by a gaggle of their friends, and then proceeded to the next delight, a magic show in the East Room.”

    Kantor’s book details more personal aspects of the Obama White House, serving up glimpses of the first couple’s marriage, parenting, sometimes tense handling of staff issues and even the president’s sly sense of humor when it comes to race.

    One morning during his Senate campaign, Obama didn’t show up to a meeting with donors. “After a frantic search, a white staffer named Peter Coffey called Obama’s barbershop to find that, yes, he was there.”

    The president confronted Coffey about the call later that day.

    “ ‘The relationship between a black man and his barber is sacred,’ Obama bellowed . . . ‘For failing to understand this truth, your punishment is to watch the movie “Barbershop.” And for further punishment, you will then watch the sequel, “Barbershop 2.” ’ ”

    Often White House staffers found themselves in the middle of husband-and-wife quarrels.

    “The advisors could feel hopelessly caught between husband and wife,” Kantor writes. “The Obama marriage was awkward for everyone: for the aides, for the president . . . and for the first lady.”

    ……………………………

    Also this book seems to detail all is not well between O and Mo.

  • S

    completely agree…Romney better get his oppo research ready and get his people supplied with all the info they need that the media will never touch re: O…last time around not even the candidates hit him…someone better be fully informed and ready to go this time…

    Matthews is like a rabid dog going after Romney…the WH must really be scared of R…Matthews back to creating nonsense like Hillary’s cackle, now R’s facial expressions…that kind of silly stuff…Elder Sununu (who I never liked) shut Matthews up this morning and made him backoff…and his ridiculous sidekicks this morning, the usual talking point robots, Robinson, Fineman…they are shameless…

    …and Debbie Wasserman…god help her…what a mess…O has dragged her so far off track…and it shows…

  • S

    admin
    January 8th, 2012 at 1:15 pm
    There’s the Tea Party then there’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party starring Michelle Obama:

    **********************
    when we get to the national, repubs need to put together ads showing O and MO on all their vacations, parties, sports events, MO’s glam wardrobe, etc and juxtapose to the crisis’ going on simultaneously…and they really need to highlight MO in her halloween “tiger” outfit…wow, is that woman out of touch with the real world or what…

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

  • Mrs. Smith

    At the same time, you have to ask yourself, WHY, suddenly is all of this dirt being flaunted to the public? The media in the so called interests of openness and transparency always ensures we are aware of how many millions the Obamas are spending on vacation…

    This seems to be the case where the Obamas LOVE pouring salt in the wounds of the suffering constituency while they, with their noses up in the air, pretend to ignore the eyes of the world on them continuing to enjoy the lifestyle of faux royalty as seen in the movies…

    The way things are going… like from Bad to worse. How much of a spark will it take from angry Americans displaced from their jobs and homes to get at these subterranean creatures that are the nexus of our troubles? This is what I worry about-

    If as Ulsterman’s Insider predicts the economy is about to implode affecting everyone else who has survived the cataclysmic foreclosure and unemployment epidemic; how long will it be before Obama declares Marshall Law and we become unwitting prisoners of a very LONG One Term president?

  • moononpluto

    If Romney does not have a file thicker than a home shopping catalogue on Obama by now, then he should withdraw. A fighter or a runner. Choose now.

  • S

    thanks for posting that clip Basil99…R needs those kind of pitbulls to pushback at the foolishness being manufactured by Matthews and his crew…

    R would be very wise as Admin suggests to review the whole primary season betw O and H and Bill…and get a firm hand on how low O will go…with no one calling him on anything…

  • moononpluto

    Ron Paul will not contest Florida

    Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said Sunday that the Texas congressman will focus his efforts on states with February caucuses after South Carolina.

    He specifically cited Louisiana, Nevada and Maine as places where they are bulking up their operations.

    “We’re focusing there to win those caucuses,” Benton said in the spin room after Sunday’s debate.

    Benton guessed it would cost about $9 million to run a comprehensive program in the Sunshine State. He said they will not run television ads there, send mailers or do phone banking.

    Because the state moved up its primary in violation of Republican National Committee rules, Florida lost half its delegates.

    “It’s such an expensive state, and with their delegates cut in half, the math just doesn’t make any sense,” he added. “We’re a delegate-focused campaign. We’re focused on winning the 1,150 delegates to secure the nomination. And the amount of resources and time it would take to compete for those 50 delegates just didn’t make sense to us.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/ron-paul-will-not-contest-florida-110081.html

    Anyone who puts their eggs in a basket with Caucuses deserves to lose.

  • S

    The president confronted Coffey about the call later that day.

    “ ‘The relationship between a black man and his barber is sacred,’ Obama bellowed . . . ‘For failing to understand this truth, your punishment is to watch the movie “Barbershop.” And for further punishment, you will then watch the sequel, “Barbershop 2.” ’ ”

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

    interesting, O is also quoted as not accepting Rahm’s resignation and instead O giving Rahm a ‘Punishment’ to get health care passed…

    uhm…just who does this guy think he is??? handing out punishments…ugh! what a wierdo…

  • moononpluto

    so what was he really doing with the barber……..another Reggie, Larry.

    O seems to have a habit of disappearing off with men where no one can find him.

  • S

    moononpluto
    January 8th, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    *****************************

    let’s hope they use those ‘notebooks’ this time…because last time everyone demured…even our side…the racism pushback shut everyone up…

  • Mrs. Smith

    BASIL99
    January 8th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    wow- what a coikidink there are foodstuffs, canned meats and veggies, water storage and water purification packets, survivalist materials For Sale alongside the Romney trailer…

    I hope people are prepared to tough it out if Obama pulls the plug on the economy… I think I am going to get a few things I can’t buy locally from that advert just in case..

  • JanH

    White House Threats Halt Democratic Challengers for Obama

    January 8, 2012

    President Barack Obama has apparently been fearful of a Democratic challenger. There is palpable White House apprehension that a challenger could weaken Obama’s chances for reelection.

    There is fear that an Obama loss would severely damage the Progressive grip on the Democratic Party. Former Democratic Representative David Obey of Wisconsin expressed significant fear of any Democratic challenges to Barack Obama,

    Obey told The Hill, “I mean let’s get serious: We have the gravest threat to progressive government that I have seen in all the years I’ve seen in politics.

    “And if Obama can’t win in the next election, progressivism will take a huge, huge hit. Anybody who wants to nitpick with him as the nominee of our party is smoking something that isn’t legal. It’s ridiculous. I mean we will rise or fall based on how Obama does.”

    As recent as August, Ralph Nader was almost 100% certain President Obama would have a Democratic challenger.

    Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and perennial third-party presidential candidate, announced last month that he would work to find a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012

    Nader now says that a primary challenge is a near certainty.

    “What [Obama] did this week is just going to energize that effort,” Nader promised in an interview with The Daily Caller. “I would guess that the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100 percent.”

    It appeared Nader was the primary proponent for an Obama challenge. According to Nader, Obama was just not far enough to the economic Left to satisfy Nader.

    “He made a deal that did not provide for a public works project to create jobs all over the country. All he did was he agreed to cut spending,” Nader said. “And that’s what the market is reacting to.”

    President Obama “shouldn’t have even had that problem,” Nader said. “When he surrendered the continuation of tax cuts for the rich last December, the least he could have gotten was the debt ceiling increased. He didn’t even do that. So he set himself up for this hostage situation by the Republicans and it’s his own fault. And the country and the workers are paying the price.”

    Now Ralph Nader is saying Obama will not have a Democratic challenger. Nader claims considerable pressure is coming from the White House to “confront” any possible challengers. According to Nader, the threats are quite real.

    Nader explained that he had planned to organize a slate of six candidates to primary Obama on a variety of issues. The plan didn’t work out though, Nader said, partially blaming those who are working to get Obama reelected.

    “The minute any name was mentioned … they made the calls,” Nader said of the White House’s efforts. “They jumped like a cat.”

    Nader said it’s understandable why pressure from the Obama administration would deter liberal candidates.

    “The retaliation is incredible,” Nader said.

    For example, he said if former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) had opted to run against Obama, his future in the Democratic Party would be finished.

    Feingold, who considered running for the White House in 2008, has repeatedly said he will not challenge Obama and supports the president’s reelection efforts.

    Obama’s reelection campaign strongly denied it discouraged potential primary candidates. In response to the campaign’s comments, Nader said that it wasn’t necessarily an official effort, but certainly came from people with close ties to the White House and Obama’s bid for second term.

    Barack Obama is so frightened of any challenges from other Democrats that Obama will not even replace Joe Biden as his running mate. There will be no chance that Hillary Clinton or another Democrat would be the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate.

    http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/may/2012-01-08/white-house-threats-halt-democratic-challengers-obama

  • BASIL99

    Mrs. Smith,

    Where?

    “wow- what a coikidink there are foodstuffs, canned meats and veggies, water storage and water purification packets, survivalist materials For Sale alongside the Romney trailer.”

  • BASIL99

    I watched both debates and I think Romney did a good job last night and held his own today.

    I liked Perry – a lot – but noticed how Gregory insulted him by not calling on him for the last set of responses. It was such a clear snub.

    I think Paul is out of his friggin’ mind and the longer he’s allowed to pontificate about his nutty ideas the worse it is for the repubs in general. He is such a crazy-old-uncle type.

    Santorum smothers with sanctimony and Huntsman is just plain annoying.

    Newt was smart but nasty and the Romney pile-on is sinking his NH numbers tank. This “Bain” movie sounds like a smear job and a half and if it was done by Newt’s PAC supporters, I am disgusted. Eating their own, as usual.

    I think Romney’s delivery has improved over the past few months and he seems more accessible. If he’s the nominee I just hope he WON’T be afraid of arming himself with all the oppo research McCain had but refused to use on BO.

  • ShortTermer

    jbstonesfan
    January 8th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    To BELIEVE anything that Donna “Pigs Fighting in a PotatoSack with Roland Martin” Brazille says or does is insane. She went on and on and on on national tv stating that she was impartial and undecided in the primary of the last election.This when all the time she was a great advocate for ObaMAO.She has no credence and often as not the opposite of what she says and does is closer to the truth. Why refused to move even after myself along with others offered to schedule the moving van…after she promised she would leave. However, she was the one that gave the definition of the Dimocratic Party that is now in power much to the detriment of the nation.

  • ShortTermer

    Recently the YouTube videoes I have accessed all have a banner ad on the video, and a box ad to the top right that asks me to help the Obamas win reelection. Sickening. Sad. I want to gurgitate everytime I see any of their faces. It makes me an even stauncher supporter of anybody but them.

    I watched Newt’s town hall meeting in Wolfesboro NH. It would be hard to argue against anything he said in that townhall, except the return to DADT…and I doubt that will ever happen no matter who is POTUS.

    Also, I like Rick Santorum’s wife more than I like him. She would be such an improvement over that one in the White House now who has never loved her country.

  • admin

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/8/former-times-editorial-page-editor-tony-blankley-d/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

    Tony Blankley, a noted conservative author and commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died late Saturday, according to family sources. He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.

    Mr. Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, a syndicated newspaper columnist and an on-air political commentator for CNN, NBC and NPR.

    He was also a regular weekly guest on “The McLaughlin Group.”

    Mr. Blankley was editorial page editor of The Times from 2002 to 2007, and from 1990 to 1997 he served as press secretary and general adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

  • turndownobama

    An article with good details about the ‘corporate free speech’ rulings. Scroll down a ways.

    http://www.alternet.org/story/153623/montana_high_court_says_%27citizens_united%27_does_not_apply_in_big_sky_state?page=entire
    Lawyers attacking the Montana ban on direct corporate spending said the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2010 Citizens United ruling removed any barrier to corporate spending. But the Montana Supreme Court disagreed and took a more nuanced view.

    The U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United found there was no compelling reason why a non-profit corporation that produced an anti-Hillary Clinton video should be prevented from showing that video in the weeks before Election Day—as a new federal campaign law had banned. But the Citizens United ruling did not remove all bans on corporate speech, the Montana Court said.

  • Mrs. Smith

    BASIL99
    January 8th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Sununu smacks Tingles
    ______________

    Basil, I thought it was on the big page of the Romney trailer. It wasn’t. The survivalist stuff was on your big page with the Sununu/Mathews showdown.

    I bkmd the link anyway:

    http://beprepared.com/default.asp?sid=GOOGLE&gclid=CNOB6IqTwa0CFQdjhwodoniFBg

    Just returned from the market with Bkd Stffd Shrimp and baby Scallops for dinner tonite… and Ch Creme pie for dessert..

  • Mrs. Smith

    JanH
    January 8th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    White House Threats Halt Democratic Challengers for Obama
    ______________

    Yup, I read another version earlier this morning published by The Hill. Theirs had a little more about Nader in it…the bottom line was the same though- anyone of the Dems that isn’t on board with supporting BO is at peril for retaliation. (Obama is just like a Mafia Don employing Captains that will hurt you if you choose not to co-operate. But worse, because he’s legal)

  • BASIL99

    R.I.P Mr. Blankley.

    I didn’t know he was ill. What a shame.

  • BASIL99

    Mrs. Smith,

    I’ve been thinking about buying some extra provisions myself.

  • BASIL99

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rick-perry-correctly-names-the-three-departments-he-would-cut-crowd-cheers-wildly/

    This is why I still like Perry and wish he’d found his sea legs earlier.

    The man knows how to laugh at himself.

  • JanH

    very sorry to hear about Mr. Blankley. I admired his writing very much.

  • Shadowfax

    That ad by Newt against Wilber is hardhitting and true, about Bain.

    This @&$&)()! company was hired by the huge employer I work for to cut expenses by cutting jobs while keeping big pay raises and perks for the top level administrators that hired them. Where I work, layoffs and overworking those that don’t get laid off are a way of life and are getting worse.

    Working for Bain is nothing to be proud of when it comes to the working class.

  • Shadowfax

    If you haven’t signed to Draft Hillary, here is the link…the DNC is trying to stop this and obot hackers tore down the original.
    They are worried about Hillary being drafted…lets give them more signatures to worry about!

    Here is the site:

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

  • Shadowfax

    lorac
    Ani has a new article up at NQ:

    ———-
    i personally don’t like any of the Rethug candidates running…some I can tollerate more than others…but to say any of them are so terrible, as Ani does with gay rights and Santorum, that they would rather stay home than vote for him if he wins the nomination (which he won’t) is making a statement that under certain choices they are willing to give up their vote to let Obama win.

    I would never give up my vote for anyone, especially for Barry to win!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    That is the problem with one issue voters.. If they don’t get their way- they stay home..

  • Shadowfax

    Yes Mrs. S –
    Staying home is how Barry got into the WhiteHouse, along with thuggery.

  • AmericanGal

    The DNC might be working overtime to prevent primary challengers to Obama but what if there is a groundswell of support for an alternative candidate/challenger at the convention? Harder to block that behind the scenes like they are doing with Nader…

    Hope a challenge happens but I know it’s a longshot (or is it?)….

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Yes Mrs. S –
    Staying home is how Barry got into the WhiteHouse, along with thuggery.
    ____________

    Along with people voting Party over Common Sense, as well!

  • Mrs. Smith

    AmericanGal
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The DNC might be working overtime to prevent primary challengers to Obama but what if there is a groundswell of support for an alternative candidate/challenger at the convention? Harder to block that behind the scenes like they are doing with Nader…

    Hope a challenge happens but I know it’s a longshot (or is it?)….
    ________

    That challenger… is going to need 18M people to show up Nomination night..if she accepts the Draft..

  • Mrs. Smith

    The United States 2012 Democratic National Convention, in which delegates of the Democratic Party will choose the party’s nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2012 national election, is scheduled to be held during the week of September 3, 2012.[2][3]

    It was announced on February 1, 2011, by First Lady Michelle Obama in an email to supporters that Charlotte, North Carolina, had been chosen as the site for the 2012 Convention.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Democratic_National_Convention

  • lorac

    Shadowfax – I’m not about to judge Ani, whom I respect very much, for her own conscience. People have to find their own answers. If we go telling everyone how to vote, IMO that’s no different than the bots telling us we had to vote for Obama or else we were one issue voters (Hillary being the one issue).

    And remember the beginning of the PUMA movement – people refused to vote for Obama, and instead either voted for McCain, voted third party, or just voted downticket. There are choices, and thank goodness democracy is (supposed to be) about choices!

  • AmericanGal

    Mrs. Smith, what are the odds Nader or someone else on the left will do a surprise challenge of Obama at the convention–at least to get their point across?

    I think given the state of our country right now if Hillary was drafted at the convention she would have way more than 18 million urging her on to accept the nomination–I would so love to see this happen–historic……

  • ani

    in re my post on NQ today that lorac mentioned, my intent was a threat to wake up Rpbs more than anything else. it is a disgrace that any of these candidates still pander to wedge issues to gain votes and disrespect others in society. I considered it a personal victory when santorum was defeated in 2006 and consider him the worst of what their party has to offer.

    while i see no way he would ever be the nominee, i feel it is important, as a disaffected Dem, now Independent, to draw a line iin the sand for others to see — and to make that line public — precisely because i do not our current crony capitalist prez. to be re-elected.

  • ani

    That last line should read…

    precisely because i do not want our current crony capitalist prez. to be re-elected.

    Darned iPad keyboard.

  • ani

    And thank you, Lorac, for your kind comments.

  • ani

    Mrs. Smith
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Shadowfax
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    That is the problem with one issue voters.. If they don’t get their way- they stay home..
    ———————-
    And anyone who thinks I am a one issue voter does not know me very well. For 4 years, i have been writing my heart out to call O out on the carpet. I also write under my own name and have done so for some time which is also not done without its risks.

    Sometimes there is a point to a blog article or post that is not meant to be taken literally.

    II would hope people have grown to have more faith in me than to throw me under the bus without a question.

  • turndownobama

    while i see no way [Santorum] would ever be the nominee, i feel it is important, as a disaffected Dem, now Independent, to draw a line iin the sand for others to see — and to make that line public — precisely because i do not [want] our current crony capitalist prez. to be re-elected.

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

    For getting rid of Obama, it makes sense to work for the most electable GOP candidate. ASAP, to get the crazies like Santorum out of the news so the better candidate can concentrate on Obama, and Independents aren’t scared off the GOP by the crazies.

  • Shadowfax

    Mrs. Smith
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:43 pm
    AmericanGal
    January 8th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The DNC might be working overtime to prevent primary challengers to Obama but what if there is a groundswell of support for an alternative candidate/challenger at the convention? Harder to block that behind the scenes like they are doing with Nader…

    Hope a challenge happens but I know it’s a longshot (or is it?)….
    ________

    That challenger… is going to need 18M people to show up Nomination night..if she accepts the Draft..

    ————–> I swear to all that is holy, if Hillary accerpted the draft, I would spend my last penny to pay for a flight to be there with her. It would be my first time seeing her in person.

  • Shadowfax

    Rats…….accepted

  • Shadowfax

    Lorac
    Obviously you respect Ani or you wouldn’t link to her post.

    Not voting in my book means someone leaves the decisions on who wins to others that do vote.

    No matter how you try to twist my words, I didn’t tell anyone who they should vote for, but that a stay at home/no vote does have consequences.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I’ll have to pick up later answering responses.. The first new episode of Downton Abbey on PBS is just starting right now-

    Sorry, be back later- :(

  • gonzotx

    admin
    January 8th, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    *************
    Thanks Admin, I liked him. Didn’t know he was an actor!

  • holdthemaccountable

    Just last week Obie signalled willingness to release Taliban held at Gitmo since Bush years. Now this at FOX – also reported on other tee vee source this morning:
    Gunman In Afghan Army Uniform Kills U.S. Soldier On Base | Fox News
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on a group of Americans at a base in the south of the country, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another, an Afghan military spokesman said Monday.
    Spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the gunman was also killed in the shootout on Sunday. “Right now, an investigation is going on to determine whether he really was a soldier or someone using an army uniform. And if he was a soldier, what caused the shooting,” Azimi said. Similar attacks
    have raised fears of increased Taliban infiltration
    of the Afghan police and army as NATO speeds up the training of the security forces. In some cases the attackers were Afghan soldiers who turned on NATO troops. Others involved insurgents dressed in Afghan uniforms.
    More: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/09/gunman-in-afghan-army-uniform-kills-us-soldier-on-base/?test=latestnews

  • holdthemaccountable

    Treating troops just like kids in school:
    Soldiers On Lockdown After ‘Sensitive’ Military Equipment Is Stolen From Washington Base |
    …”They’ll be on base until the items are found,” Hinkle, who estimated the company contained about 100- 200 soldiers, said. “This is the unit’s property that’s come up missing…..”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/08/soldiers-on-lockdown-after-sensitive-military-equipment-is-stolen-from/?test=latestnews

  • Mrs. Smith

    Gaby is truly a miracle:
    ______________

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance

    TUCSON, Ariz.Her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting that killed six.
    TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Gabrielle Gifford led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting that killed six.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45917707/ns/us_news-life/#.TwrPoYFmmIQ

  • Mrs. Smith

    Shadowfax
    January 8th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    In 08′ Hillary supported the Gay Community- They turned around and stabbed her in the back and supported Obama.

    afaik- They’ve committed to Obama in 2012. I’m sure some will support the (R)Nominee in protest or not vote at all. I hope they think twice before staying home and in the states where write-ins are allowed, they write-in Hillary’s name whether she is running or Not…

  • Mrs. Smith

    AmericanGal
    January 8th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    It will be interesting now that Nader has come out publicly if he will acquiesce to the intimidation coming down the pipeline (rumored to be) from reliable sources coming from Obama’s camp.

    So, according to The Hill, they don’t expect anyone in Congress with presidential aspirations will challenge Obama in a Primary.

    Thugs lurk everywhere-

  • Mrs. Smith

    I swear by all that is holy, if Hillary accepts the draft, I would spend my last penny to pay for a flight to be there with her. It would be my first time seeing her in person.
    ______________

    My first time too- If she accepts a draft, don’t expect a cake walk like it was in Denver. Compared to what I am expecting in 2012, prepare yourself for a much rougher confrontation. The last time they only intimidated delegates. This time I expect they will do anything they need to do to win.

  • Leanora

    There are more treason charges against obama than I can even count, but congress is doing nothing. Why?

    http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/treason-charges-against-barack-obama-keep-piling-up-why-is-congress-silent/

    Pres. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath – which is a felony – but he didn’t come anywhere near committing the kind of treason obama is actively involved in.

    Are they so afraid of obama? Why? Has he already taken on the role of militant dictator?

  • Mrs. Smith

    Pres. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath – which is a felony – but he didn’t come anywhere near committing the kind of treason obama is actively involved in.

    Are they so afraid of obama? Why? Has he already taken on the role of militant dictator?
    ______________

    Where the days are drawing closer to the November election,I’m beginning to think they want to get their own business out of the way. Get their nominee in place and if they are going to do something… that span of time would be all the time that is left before November. They may be running against Biden..

  • Mrs. Smith

    Gingrich Tells The Brody File His Goal Is To Slow Romney Down And Expose Him

    IN an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Newt Gingrich says one of his goals is to, “keep Romney from being in the position to rush the nomination.” Gingrich told me, “The longer this goes on, the more clear it is how un-conservative his record is, the more difficult it will be for Romney to survive in this race.” Gingrich also told The Brody File that with regards to New Hampshire, “If he’s under 40% in one of his three strongest states, he has a big problem about trying to communicate why he should be the nominee.”

    The Brody File went aboard Gingrich’s bus in Manchester, New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. Watch the video below along with the full transcription.

    By the way, The Brody File has two words to sum up what these next two weeks are going to be like in the lead up to South Carolina: Political bloodbath

    http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2012/01/08/exclusive-gingrich-tells-the-brody-file-his-goal-is-to.aspx

  • NewMexicoFan

    Remember that McCain’s fate reall swung on a poor economic report. The primary election will also swing on what the economy looks like close to the Convention. If things take a turn for the worse, then there will be another nominee selected at the national Democratic Convention. That is unless the super dudes want to go down the drain with O, as the Reps will sweep to office, and things will change dramatically in the next 4 years. I don’t view any of the Reps as do nothing Presidents especiall if they have a majority in both House and Senate.

    So what the Wall Street and Unemployment numbers. They are pivotal in this situation.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Sorry should be Watch the Wall street and Unemployment numbers. I don’t proof until after I send. I would never run for President.

  • Mrs. Smith

    If the economy gets any worse, the US Economy will be bankrupt.

  • AmericanGal

    Can the powers that be in other countries manipulate their economic situation to affect our election (like with the Wall Street crash before November 2008)? If they want Obama out couldn’t they do something right before the convention? (or election for that matter…)

  • Betty

    Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I swear by all that is holy, if Hillary accepts the draft, I would spend my last penny to pay for a flight to be there with her. It would be my first time seeing her in person.
    ______________

    My first time too- If she accepts a draft, don’t expect a cake walk like it was in Denver. Compared to what I am expecting in 2012, prepare yourself for a much rougher confrontation. The last time they only intimidated delegates. This time I expect they will do anything they need to do to win.

    ___________________________________

    Didn’t two people die last time?

  • JanH

    CURL: Presidential campaign loser: The media

    By Joseph Curl
    The Washington Times
    Sunday, January 8, 2012

    ANALYSIS/OPINION:

    Minutes after voters in Iowa had deadlocked on two candidates, MSNBC’s political mastermind Chris Matthews was shocked — shocked. Sure, Mitt Romney had come out of nowhere to tie another upstart, Rick Santorum, but the mouthy host declared that Mr. Romney, the GOP front-runner, had failed to get more than 25 percent of the vote.

    “The Republican Party has a problem it’s had for 60 years. It’s got a battle between what they used to call the primitives and the establishment. And the primitives right now are reflected in, obviously, the Romney vote — I’m sorry, in the Ron Paul vote, and of course the Santorum vote,” he said, stumbling and stuttering.

    “There’s something wrong with Mitt Romney and the Republican base. They’re rejecting him like tissue rejection, rejecting some new organ in the body,” the host said, declaring that Mr. Romney’s winning 25 percent of the vote meant that 75 percent of votes had rejected the former governor!

    Brilliant. But wrong. Again. It’s Iowa — Iowa is always that way. You only have to go back to the 2008 Democratic primary, when the top three vote-getters in the state went 35 percent, 31 percent, 30 percent. There are always three tickets out of Iowa — always. The state’s sole purpose is to winnow the field — New Hampshire actually decides who’ll win. A 10th grader in Des Moines knows that.

    And so it has gone, with the media embarrassing itself throughout the already lengthy GOP nominating process — including Saturday night’s debate, perhaps the most embarrassing of the whole ordeal. Former Clintonite George Stephanopoulos and the ever-squinty Diane Sawyer broke new ground in surreal absurdity, defending President Obama, attacking candidates with spurious numbers (often put out by the Democratic National Committee) and asking ridiculous questions.

    To wit: Mr. Stephanopoulos asked the former Massachusetts governor if he thinks states have the right to ban contraception (never mind the economy, the belligerence of Iran — let’s get to the most pressing issue).

    “So you’re asking, given the fact that there’s no state that wants to do so, you are asking could it constitutionally be done? We could ask our constitutionalist here,” Mr. Romney said, pointing to Ron Paul. The audience burst into laughter.

    “George, I don’t know whether the state has the right to ban contraception. No state wants to. The idea of you putting forward things that states might want to do that no state wants to do is kind of a silly thing, I think.”

    The former senior adviser to Mr. Clinton, taking a page right out of the DNC playbook, asked Mr. Romney about his tenure as governor.

    “Now, there have been questions about that calculation of 100,000 jobs. … I’ve read some analysts who look at it and say that you’re counting the jobs that were created but not counting the jobs that were taken away. Is that accurate?” What analysts? Who? Oh, never mind, you sticklers for facts.

    “No, it’s not accurate,” Mr. Romney said. “It includes the net of both. I’m a good enough numbers guy to make sure I got both sides of that.”

    Miss Sawyer also played Obama cheerleader. “Gov. Romney, we’ll begin with you. We just saw 200,000 new jobs created last month, and there are optimists who say this is the signal that this economy is finally turning around. Are you with those optimists?”

    She then got to another of the top issues weighing on the minds of Americans: civil unions. Somebody named Josh McElveen, oddly also at the debate moderators’ table, followed: “We have a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. What happens to the 1,800 families who have married here? Are their marriages basically illegitimate at this point?” Millions of Americans sat breathless in front of their TVs, waiting for the crucial answer, which would no doubt be the single most important factor in deciding their vote.

    Squinting, with pathos brimming, Miss Sawyer jumped in again to ask Mr. Romney: “In human terms, what would you say to them?” Luckily, being human, Mr. Romney was able to answer using human terms.

    Even more pressing, from the guy named McElveen: “If you traveled up I-93 from Boston, I-93 North, you probably went over what was a widening project that’s going on. We’re about $350 million away from getting this project completed. And a lot of people here think that this is a very important project to …”

    At that moment, 10 million TVs flipped from the debate to the NFL playoff game. To watch a game that was already over — like the media’s turn at picking presidential candidates.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/8/curl-presidential-campaign-loser-the-media/

  • turndownobama

    Remember that McCain’s fate reall swung on a poor economic report.

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

    Bill said that before the bank fail crisis, McCain’s chance was about 1 in 5, and after, it was about 1 in 35 iirc.

  • S

    JBStonesfan…this one’s for you…a little comforting…

    blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/49247

    Obama in trouble
    January 8, 2012 by Don Surber

    While the debates of last night and today focus on the Republican candidates for the president, the Democratic nominee is in trouble. Gallup polls in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day showed voters were not in the holiday spirit when thinking about His Excellency.

    His overall approval/disapproval numbers were 42% approval/49% disapproval.

    So much for winning that “Payroll Tax Cut” issue.

    That 42% approval is not evenly distributed.

    Among black people, he is at 83% approval.

    Among white people, he is down to 35% approval. In 2008, he received 43% of the white vote — the highest for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

    Among Hispanic people, he is at 46% approval. In 2008, he received 67% of the Hispanic vote.

    By age group, he is at 47% approval among voters under 30. In 2008, he received 66% of their vote.

    Among voters 65 and older, he is at 41% approval. In 2008, he received 47% of their vote.

    Elections are won in the states. Right now it looks like a bloodbath.

    His approval is 52% in the East.

    And 40% in the South.

    And 40% in the West.

    And 40% in the Midwest.

    Now Gallup did not define those regions. But Real Clear listed 8 states that look to be tossups, and only one of them can be defined as East (except by the commissioner of the Big East football conference who think Idaho is in the East): Colorado (9), Florida (29), New Hampshire (4), North Carolina (15), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20), Virginia (13) and Wisconsin (10).

    That’s 114 Electoral College votes right there (not counting New Hampshire) and added to the 191 Electoral College votes that Real Clear Politics says Republicans will take, that is 305 votes — well above the 70 needed to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

    But the numbers also help Republicans in 6 of the 7 “leans Democrat” states: Iowa (6), Michigan (16), Minnesota (10), Nevada (6), New Mexico (5) and Oregon (7). That is 50 more Electoral College votes. That means a Republican could get 355 Electoral College votes if the election were held today — the most Any Republican has received in 24 years — going back to 1988 when George Herbert Walker Bush carried 40 states and received 426 Electoral College votes.

    We shall see.

    Linked by Glenn Reynolds. Thanks.

  • turndownobama

    Where the days are drawing closer to the November election,I’m beginning to think they want to get their own business out of the way. Get their nominee in place and if they are going to do something… that span of time would be all the time that is left before November. They may be running against Biden..

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

    REasonable to some extent. But if you’re talking about the GOP impeaching Obama, then that would be Hillary’s chance to be drafted, and the GOP wouldn’t want to run against her!

  • S

    my condolescences to Tony Blankley’s family…I, like many others, had no idea he was so ill…during the last few years he lost a lot of weight and looked so good…handsome in his own way…after his Gingrich days, he seemed to conduct himself as a thoughtful gentleman in his analysis…he is gone too young…

  • turndownobama

    If she accepts a draft, don’t expect a cake walk like it was in Denver. Compared to what I am expecting in 2012, prepare yourself for a much rougher confrontation.

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

    I doubt Hillary would accept a draft where she would still have a big fight for the nomionation. I think she would only accept if Obama agreed and the nomination were offered with no fight needed (except maybe a little mopping up with the Dean people etc).

  • Mrs. Smith

    McCain lost because he rolled over and the Intra-party infighting over Sarah Palin was the final nail in his coffin. He allowed it to happen and never fought for his co-VP Candidate against the Chicago wolves devouring his running mate without lifting his voice in outrage.

  • S

    i wish it was not so, but imho, in reality, Hillary will not run against an incumbent Democratic President, especially “the first black one”

    O would have to be pushed out first, made to step down and get out of the race for some concocted reason…then Hillary could step in…Draft Hillary is great to have in place…

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

    if these gas prices continue to go up as we march to the national race…projected to be $4.20/gal later in the year…that will be concrete bad news for O

  • rgb44hrc

    S
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:50 am
    JBStonesfan…this one’s for you…a little comforting…

    blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/49247

    Obama in trouble
    January 8, 2012 by Don Surber

    While the debates of last night and today focus on the Republican candidates for the president, the Democratic nominee is in trouble. Gallup polls in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day showed voters were not in the holiday spirit when thinking about His Excellency.

    His overall approval/disapproval numbers were 42% approval/49% disapproval.

    So much for winning that “Payroll Tax Cut” issue.

    That 42% approval is not evenly distributed.

    Among black people, he is at 83% approval.

    Among white people, he is down to 35% approval. In 2008, he received 43% of the white vote — the highest for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

    Among Hispanic people, he is at 46% approval. In 2008, he received 67% of the Hispanic vote.

    By age group, he is at 47% approval among voters under 30. In 2008, he received 66% of their vote.

    Among voters 65 and older, he is at 41% approval. In 2008, he received 47% of their vote.

    Elections are won in the states. Right now it looks like a bloodbath.

    His approval is 52% in the East.

    And 40% in the South.

    And 40% in the West.

    And 40% in the Midwest.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&
    &&&&&&&&&&&&

    A first termer president could experience a drop-off in their polling numbers, but these look pretty bad.

    Hey, I thought AAs were still supporting him like 96%???

    I guess being a “Terrible and Ineffective President Who Stabs Everyone in His Own Part in the Back” is not likely to retain stratospheric poll numbers.

  • rgb44hrc

    Bambi heads back into negative numbers. RCP has:

    46.8% approve
    48.0% disapprove

    I wonder how much effort and “lubrication” (that is, buying off the media) is required to keep this clown in the 40s?

  • gonzotx

    Among voters 65 and older, he is at 41% approval. In 2008, he received 47% of their vote.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Hard to believe. Too high IMHO

  • Shadowfax

    Mrs. S-
    My first time too- If she accepts a draft, don’t expect a cake walk like it was in Denver. Compared to what I am expecting in 2012, prepare yourself for a much rougher confrontation. The last time they only intimidated delegates. This time I expect they will do anything they need to do to win.
    —–
    No problem, I am no longer innocent like I was when I went to Denver.
    I will take my pink hardhat and be more prepared to do battle for her. ;-)

  • Shadowfax

    Didn’t two people die last time?

    —-
    2 of Hillary’s friends, yes.

  • gonzotx

    Pres. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath – which is a felony – but he didn’t come anywhere near committing the kind of treason obama is actively involved in.
    ************
    Horrible legal advise

  • ABM90

    Our REAL first lady is back to work and looks better than ever.

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    January 9, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:20 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a call with Mission Afghanistan, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    9:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the assistant secretaries, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Special Envoy for Middle East Peace David Hale, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE

  • admin

    When trying to discern if Obama is in trouble or not, you can ignore the poll numbers and the assessments by those Obama Hopium guzzlers who persist with the “Obama will win” nonsense. If Obama was going to win these Obama lovers would not be demanding he be saved. Today, it is the New York Times ex leader’s turn to say “Save Obama and Us Hillary”.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/opinion/keller-just-the-ticket.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

    Screw you Bill Keller.

    NObama!

  • Shadowfax

    Screw you Bill Keller.

    NObama!

    —–
    Yup admin! :-)

  • Betty

    Two odd things keep popping into my mind and I wonder what they mean.

    Pelosi, while praising Obama on his unconstitutional appointments, made a public statement conceding the fact that the senate was not in recess at the time of the appointments.

    Donna Brazile said publicly that Democrats want Romney to be the republican nominee because he is weak.

    What is the strategy here? Wassermann/Shmaltz gets herself on tv to attack Romney and pretend he is a threat to Obama by attacking him. As though we would all rub our hands together and gleefully vote for Romney because she inadvertently clued us in. She reminded me if Brer Rabbit saying “Don’t throw me in the briar patch”.

    I believe the Brazilian was telling the truth and that leaves me with: what game is she playing?

  • gonzotx

    Betty
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    ************

    They may be trying to put out he is weak so he loses in the primary’s and we are stuck with Rick. Either one would be a disaster IMHP

  • gonzotx

    I believe the Brazilian was telling the truth and that leaves me with: what game is she playing
    *****

    An oxymoron!

  • gonzotx

    Brazil wouldn’t know the “truth” if you hit her with it!

  • Betty

    I just got an email from Americans elect saying:”Guess who just entered the race” Of course I went and checked. I am following Hillary and a few others but never spent much time there so I was really thrown a curve to read what they are saying are Hillary’s answers under a heading called CORE QUESTION ANSWERS. Have I drifted that far or are they trying to sabotage Hillary?

  • rgb44hrc

    admin
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    When trying to discern if Obama is in trouble or not, you can ignore the poll numbers and the assessments by those Obama Hopium guzzlers who persist with the “Obama will win” nonsense. If Obama was going to win these Obama lovers would not be demanding he be saved. Today, it is the New York Times ex leader’s turn to say “Save Obama and Us Hillary”.
    &&&&&&&&&

    On the one hand, they (NYT and other liberal media) say, “Obama needs to do this, that, and the other thing”. Implied in that message is that he has not already taken that to do list and run with it. Or that he knows what is on the list, but is unable or unwilling to stick his neck out to do so.

    In trying to play it safe, he is taking his 2008 supporters and turning them into disinterested by-standers.

    When Team Obama comees knocking and calling, “We need you to participate more than ever before…”, they’ll be getting a lot more of “I’m busy” and “I need a job”, and “And you are???”. They already know about Obama Fatigue. Apparently, it is highly contagious.

  • JanH

    Wasserman Schultz: Clinton ‘absolutely’ won’t be on 2012 ticket

    By Daniel Strauss – 01/03/12

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), in no uncertain terms, shot down the possibility that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be on the 2012 Democratic presidential ticket alongside President Obama.

    Wasserman Schultz said “absolutely” that Obama would run with Vice President Biden in 2012.

    “I’m a hundred percent confident that Joe Biden and Barack Obama are gonna run together as a team,” the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Tuesday on MSNBC.

    She said “no” directly in response to a straight question as to whether Clinton would be on the ticket instead of Biden.

    Clinton has repeatedly said she plans to leave public service after her stint as secretary of State. Nevertheless, speculation has continued that Obama could regain some of the supporters he’s lost during his first term by replacing Biden with Clinton.

    Biden himself has shown no sign of leaving his current role and has also refused to definitively close the door on a 2016 presidential run. He’s said he wants to focus on reelecting Obama right now and then face the 2016 question later on.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/202175-wasserman-schultz-says-hillary-clinton-absolutely-wont-be-on-2012-ticket

  • Southern Born

    Any candidate can “be” anything the media wants them to be. A candidate can be an inexperienced fraud and of questionable background and allegiance to this country and can be touted at the one we’ve been waiting for.

    So does it matter if you are a strong candidate, a great debator, have experience and if you are qualified or not. The media, at this point, sets the narrative and that’s what you will be if you are a candidate.

    It’s sickening. I’ve been mad as hell since Clinton Derangement Syndrome reared it’s ugly head years and years ago.

    We’ve been taught to ignore our lying eyes.

  • admin

    Bill Daley booted out of the White House.

  • admin

    As Lil Old Grape wrote, they know they are in big trouble:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-william-daley-to-step-down-as-obamas-chief-of-staff-20120109,0,1505407.story?track=icymi

    William Daley is stepping down as White House chief of staff and budget director Jack Lew is taking over the President Obama’s team as it heads into a tough election year, senior administration officials say.

    Daley gave his letter of resignation to the president in a private meeting in the Oval Office last week, recounting the administration’s successes of his one year on the job and saying it was time for him to return to his hometown of Chicago.

    Obama plans to announce the change in leadership in a public event Monday afternoon. The official shift will take place at the end of the month, giving Lew time to complete the administration’s budget proposal while Daley leads the team through the crafting of the State of the Union address due in two weeks.

    The choice of Lew puts a veteran staffer of the White House, Capitol Hill and State Department in a critical position at a difficult time for the president. Obama hopes he can work through tough budget and economic issues with Congress this year despite fierce opposition from Republicans in the GOP-led House. Having a strong team captain who can deal with lawmakers, staffers and business leaders is considered crucial to their strategy.

    But aides say Obama had faith in Daley to lead that effort, and that he had not been discussing making any changes prior to last week. Daley’s letter took the president by surprise, said three officials familiar with the personnel discussions that followed. [snip]

    In November, Obama directed a change in the flow chart at the White House, keeping Daley in charge but shifting many of the day-to-day operational duties to Pete Rouse, a trusted aide who had served as interim chief of staff. Friends said Daley would focus on high-level managerial duties and be advisor and surrogate for the president.

    The lies are transparent. If Obama wanted to keep him why the demotion? They’re in big trouble and they know it.

  • rgb44hrc

    BTW, Saturday’s NYT had a front page story on the First Sleeveless Lady, and while it tried to portray her as someone who rose above her own self-centerdness and nastiness, all I was left was the impresion of how self-centered and nasty she is.

    The title in the hard copy edition was “First Lady’s Fraught White House Journey to Greater Fulfillment” has been modified to something more pleasant on the online version: “Michelle Obama and the Evolution of the First Lady”.

    (at the end, it acknowledges the article was adapted from Jodi Kantor’s fawning book “The Obamas”.)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/politics/michelle-obamas-evolution-as-first-lady.html?ref=jodikantor

    Some quotables include:

    “…the tensions grew so severe that one top adviser erupted in a meeting in 2010, cursing the absent first lady.”

    “Her worries about his staff point to a chief executive with little management experience who clung to an inner circle less united than it appeared. (Mr. Emanuels relationship with the president grew so strained that the chief of staff secretly offered to resign in early 2010; Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, had a tense relationship with Mrs. Obama and with Valerie Jarrett, another adviser).”

    “She shared the presidents ambivalence about political chores and the back-patting and schmoozing that can help get things done in Washington.”

    “She tried to limit her public exposure, saying she would work only two days a week; inside the White House, the difficulty of getting Mrs. Obama to agree to doing an event became a running joke.”

    “But Ms. Jarretts mix of roles she had her own West Wing portfolio, acted as Michelle Obamas advocate, and was so close to the Obamas that she vacationed with them created its own tensions.”

    “That summer, in exchange for a key vote on an energy bill, Mr. Emanuel, without asking the first ladys permission, promised Allen Boyd, a Florida congressman, that she would appear at an event. Annoyed, she attended the event, but registered her broader disapproval by refusing to commit to campaigning for the midterms. She eventually withheld agreement for nearly a year, according to former East and West Wing advisers. Instead she focused on an agenda of her own.”

    “Her reluctance to campaign left Mr. Emanuel incredulous, according to two aides: The elections were already looking like a potential bloodbath, and the White House was going to face them without the presidents popular spouse?”

    “Michelle Obama never wanted to be the kind of first lady who interfered with West Wing business, she told her aides. It was her husbands administration, not hers, she sometimes said. She had little appetite or expertise for policy detail, and she knew the history of first ladies like Nancy Reagan and Mrs. Clinton who had been deemed meddlers, unelected figures who wielded unearned power.”

    “When the president decided to deliver a lofty speech about overhauling immigration laws in June 2010, even though there was no legislation on the table and the effort could hurt vulnerable Democrats, Mr. Emanuel objected. Aides did not produce the speech he wanted and the president stayed up much of the night rewriting but the address drew a flat reception. Mr. Obama was irritated, two advisers said, and told Ms. Jarrett to keep an eye on other top staff members to make sure that they delivered what he wanted.”

    In September 2010, after a summer of infighting throughout the West Wing, things finally exploded. Early on Sept. 16, Robert Gibbs was scanning the news when a story stopped him short: according to a new French book, Michelle Obama had told Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French first lady, that living in the White House was hell. It was a potential disaster the equivalent of the $400 haircut, Mr. Gibbs feared, coming just weeks before election day and on the heels of a vacation in Spain that had drawn accusations of lavish spending.

    Mr. Gibbs asked her aides to find out if she had said anything even close (no, the answer came back), and then fought the story back for hours, having the book translated and convincing the lyse Palace to issue a denial. By noon the potential crisis had been averted.

    But at Mr. Emanuels 7:30 a.m. staff meeting the next day, Ms. Jarrett announced that the first lady had concerns about the White Houses response to the book, according to several people present. All eyes turned to Mr. Gibbs, who started to steam.

    Dont go there, Robert, dont do it, Mr. Emanuel warned.

    Thats not right, Ive been killing myself on this, wheres this coming from? Mr. Gibbs yelled, adding expletives. He interrogated Ms. Jarrett, whose calm only seemed to frustrate him more. The two went back and forth, Ms. Jarrett unruffled, Mr. Gibbs shaking with rage. Finally, several staff members said, Mr. Gibbs cursed the first lady colleagues stared down at the table, shocked and stormed out.”

    Mr. Gibbs later acknowledged the outburst but said he had misdirected his rage and accused Ms. Jarrett of making up the complaint. After the book incident, he stopped taking her at all seriously as an adviser to the president, Mr. Gibbs said, adding, Her viewpoint in advising the president is that she has to be up and the rest of the White House has to be down.

    Still, Mrs. Obama agreed to only eight campaign stops, fewer than the political team had wanted. She basically agreed to do nothing, one aide said.
    &&&&&&&&

    So, did I mention “self-centered” and “nasty”???

  • S

    Shadowfax
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    Screw you Bill Keller.

    NObama!

    —–
    Yup admin!
    ******************************************

    ditto, how dare he? how dare they? they did everything they could to destroy Hillary and Bill…they manufactured stories and coordinated with the so called newsmagazines and NBC/MSNBC…

    …and now they want to USE HILLARY…AND BILL…to save O’s sorry a–!

    that’s right…Screw him and ‘them’…and that is being kind…

    Hillary, please do not let them strangle you into this in the guise or “her president needed her”…screw you again…just to be clear…

  • rgb44hrc

    admin
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    Bill Daley booted out of the White House.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    WHAT???

    Wow!

    So the smart rats jump off the ship, and the dumb rats look for promotions.

  • rgb44hrc

    The Ship of State
    ain’t sailin’ straight.

  • Shadowfax

    Donald Trump on Monday bashed Jon Huntsman for breaking into Mandarin during Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate, saying it makes him wonder whether the former U.S. ambassador to China is an “Obama plant.”

    “I didn’t think the Mandarin thing worked at all. I thought it was ridiculous. And frankly, I think Huntsman’s stance toward China is — it’s almost like he’s an Obama plant. Maybe he is! Maybe he’s an Obama plant,” Trump said on Fox News.

    “I’ve watched his dance on China, and it’s so pathetic and it’s so weak that China would just have another four years of a field day like they’re having right now. They’re having a field day with the United States and our leadership,” the real estate mogul added.

    Huntsman broke into Mandarin — in which he is fluent — during the ABC News/WMUR debate over the weekend in response to Mitt Romney’s attack against his policies on China.

    “Ta bu tai liaojie zhege qingxing,” the former Utah governor had said to the audience about Romney — “He doesn’t totally understand this situation.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71228.html#ixzz1izdur861

  • Shadowfax

    admin
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Bill Daley booted out of the White House.
    —–
    Didn’t Daley say he was leaving a couple of months ago?

  • admin

    B.O. says Daley wanted to “spend more time with his family.” :)

  • rgb44hrc

    Just for once, it would be nice to hear someone say:

    “I’m quitting this god d*** job because the place is going to hell, the boss is completely incompetent, and I don’t want to be around when it finally blows up. Heck, I won’t even list this on my resume.”

  • S

    I’d like to hear BO say “my girls are young, I need to spend more time with them, I’m stepping down and asking Hillary to run in my place”

    …if others (Keller) can “fantasize” so can I…

  • BASIL99

    For those of you who follow Ulstermann, remember when (s)he said a top level staff resignation would be a sign?

    Bill Daley OUT – Time for a look back at what Insider told us way back when…

    No…what I will say is that those are two of the three tactics we are engaging in against Barack Obama’s re-election – continuing to push Eric Holder out of the DOJ, securing a primary challenger, and the other thing…it relates to a staffing issue. The loss of a critical member of the Obama staff. A resignation that will further the growing perception that the Obama White House is a place of internal disarray– which it absolutely is. And this event will also be a signal to those in the Democratic Party that Barack Obama’s re-election is not in their best future interests. It is time we cut our losses and begin the rebuilding process sooner rather than later. And I’m not just talking about the Democratic Party – I’m talking about the country. All of us. All of us need to correct this mistake, and that’s what the election of Barack Obama was. At its core, that’s what it really was – a huge mistake.”

    OTOH, Brett Baier reported Daley was joining Axelrod for BO’s re-election campaign.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/01/09/bill-daley-out-time-for-a-look-back-at-what-insider-told-us-way-back-when/

  • rgb44hrc

    OTOH, Brett Baier reported Daley was joining Axelrod for BO’s re-election campaign.
    &&&&&&&&&

    If this “working for the campaign” is true, it seems to be a face-saving gesture for the departing employee and his employer.

    “I’m still working for Team Obama, but from Chicago, instead of DC…”

    C’mon. I don’t buy that. In order for Daly to truly help Obama, he’d just sit tight all the way through Election Day, even if he was not happy, even if he didn’t have as much pull as you’d expect with a Chief of Staff.

    That he’s bailing is a sure sign that the WH is now officially a cesspool.

  • jbstonesfan

    Thanks for the numbers S. I have tried to remain poll free for a few days.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I will take my pink hardhat and be more prepared to do battle for her. ;-)
    ___________

    Make sure you wear it under a camouflage hat- until things are under control.. You remember what happened to Joan D’Arc?

  • S

    rgb44hrc
    January 9th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    …that’s why HC must stay at State until the election is over…she is safe there…she cannot campaign for O as SOS…once the election is over she can leave and be free (if she has not been put on the ticket before then)

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

    hope those numbers made you feel a bit better JBSF

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

    Gingrich is an ugly, ugly person…a bitter, revengeful, destructive, dangerous person…can anyone imagine having that short fuse with his hands on war efforts, etc…he is sporadic and cannot be trusted…he reminds me a lot of O…they say one thing and expect others to do it…but not them, they can do whatever they want…regardless of how hypocritical and dishonest they are being…I am so sick of Gingrich calling everyone else dishonest and a liars…look in the mirror buddy…

    …the only thing i can say with all the damage he is trying to inflict on Romney during the primaries…is that every time he calls R a “Massachusetts Moderate” he helps R in the national election…he helps R with independents and rogue dems that can never vote for O again…

    Gingrich has always been about scorched earth, guerilla tactics…he is not a “smart, historian statesman” he is a demolisher…heard a santorum spokesperson go after G’s wife this morning on TV as someone who broke up a marriage…zing!

  • Mrs. Smith

    Brazille is telling the Truth.. and so is Wasserman. Hillary won’t run as Obama’s VP.

    He will be removed by and by… She will be Biden’s VP until he resigns… I predicted this 18 mos ago to wbboei… ask him..

  • Southern Born

    Couldn’t agree with you more, S.

    “Gingrich is an ugly, ugly person…a bitter, revengeful, destructive, dangerous person…can anyone imagine having that short fuse with his hands on war efforts, etc…he is sporadic and cannot be trusted…he reminds me a lot of O…they say one thing and expect others to do it…but not them, they can do whatever they want…regardless of how hypocritical and dishonest they are being…I am so sick of Gingrich calling everyone else dishonest and a liars…look in the mirror buddy…

    …the only thing i can say with all the damage he is trying to inflict on Romney during the primaries…is that every time he calls R a “Massachusetts Moderate” he helps R in the national election…he helps R with independents and rogue dems that can never vote for O again…

    Gingrich has always been about scorched earth, guerilla tactics…he is not a “smart, historian statesman” he is a demolisher…”

  • moononpluto

    So…….what was that again about against bankers.

    Interesting. WSJ: [New WH Chief of Staff Jack] “Lew is a former hedge-fund executive at Citigroup Inc”

  • Mrs. Smith

    Who cares about Gingrich anyway?

    He lost his a** in VA when he failed to get enough signatures to be on the ballot.

    The best help we can expect from Gingrich is to be a cudgel and hammer Obama into the dust.. and weaken Romney for what is to come..

  • Southern Born

    “He will be removed by and by… She will be Biden’s VP until he resigns… I predicted this 18 mos ago…”

    When, Mrs. Smith, when? It seems like we have been waiting, wishing for, and craving for that day to arrive forever.

  • moononpluto

    “Lew is a former hedge-fund executive at Citigroup where he was managing director of … an internal private-equity …”

  • rickya

    Though I don’t agree with this article’s recommendations, I love the following line:

    “It’s the possibility that the first woman at the top would have qualifications so manifest that her first-ness was a secondary consideration.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/opinion/keller-just-the-ticket.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

  • Mrs. Smith

    When, Mrs. Smith, when? It seems like we have been waiting, wishing for, and craving for that day to arrive forever.
    _____________

    You can figure it out for yourself- You want that I should put the day time and who for the wold to see… No SS for you! :-)

    Any time before November…

  • S

    Mrs. Smith
    January 9th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    Who cares about Gingrich anyway?

    He lost his a** in VA when he failed to get enough signatures to be on the ballot.

    The best help we can expect from Gingrich is to be a cudgel and hammer Obama into the dust.. and weaken Romney for what is to come..
    *****************************************************

    Is this what you are hoping for or do you know this for a fact?

  • Mrs. Smith

    I just posted this at:

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

    When people get desperate, they start making mistakes. Eric Holder has decided to take on Texas… George Bush Territory..

    Guess What? He’s in for a BIG Surprise!

  • Mrs. Smith

    “Is this what you are hoping for or do you know this for a fact?”
    _____________

    Is everything posted by you a fact or your opinion?

    What I posted, I don’t wish it to be known everywhere.. I don’t ramble endlessly about inconsequential matters. I try to narrow the scope of my postings to relevancy of information… and most of all, I do not post (well, very seldom) when my emotions are dictating my words rather than something I believe in a calm logical manner because if not, emotional posts just tend to muddy the water and confuse people.

  • S

    a bit defensive, I simply asked you a question on your statement…I would not call most people who post here endless ramblers…a bit condescending…

  • Mrs. Smith

    Full Moon out there tonight.. may be the reason everyone’s nerves are on edge..

  • S

    my nerves are just fine…

  • Mrs. Smith

    No, most people aren’t ramblers, but it was you that was condescending wasn;t it?

    You asked me was it a fact or was I hoping?

    Can you agree Gingrich lost a place on the ballot in VA because he did not meet the signature quota? It was in all the papers, wasn’t it? So where is your advancement of hope in that statement?.. Then I guess it is a fact.. a bit condescending? yes!

  • moononpluto

    Now that makes sense…..

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/michelle_obama_distressed_abou.html

    Michelle Obama distressed over the “white irish catholics” of Chicago.

    WASHINGTON– When Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley’s City Hall in the early 1990s, she was “distressed” by how a small group of “white Irish Catholic” families — the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans — “locked up” power in Illinois.

    And as she prepared to become first lady, Mrs. Obama naively wanted to delay a move into the White House for six months, so her daughters could finish the school year. Her initial thought was to “commute” to the White House from her South Side home.

    And Marty Nesbitt, one of President Obama’s best friends, had been recruited to run for Chicago mayor by African-American leaders — but never ended up challenging Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s chief of staff who went on to win City Hall.

    Details about Mrs. Obama’s initial reluctance to embrace her new life, her time in City Hall, the influence she has in the White House, tensions between Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Emanuel and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs — are in a new book about the first couple by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor.

    The Chicago Sun-Times has obtained a copy of The Obamas, to be published Tuesday. Kantor hits Chicago for an East Lake Shore Drive book party on Jan. 16; the next day, Jan. 17, she headlines a 6 p.m. event at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State.

    Mrs. Obama worked in the Daley administration between Sept. 16, 1991, and April 30, 1993, according to City of Chicago personnel records. She was hired by Jarrett, then Daley’s deputy chief of staff.

    Kantor writes Mrs. Obama “disapproved of how closely Daley held power, surrounding himself with three or four people who seemed to let few outsiders in — a concern she would echo years later with her own husband.

    “…She particularly resented the way power in Illinois was locked up generation after generation by a small group of families, all white Irish Catholic — the Daleys in Chicago, the Hynes and Madigans statewide.”

    When Jarrett was forced out of City Hall in 1995 — even though she was close to Daley — “the Obamas were horrified, their worst suspicions about the world confirmed.”

    Jarrett, Gibbs, Obama’s top strategist David Axelrod, Mrs. Obama’s former chief of staff Susan Sher and Chicago pals Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt “gave me many hours of interview time each,” Kantor wrote in her acknowledgements. In all, Kantor got the cooperation of 33 current and former members of the Obama administration and close friends.

    Still, with reports about issues in the administration — and an Emanuel who did not welcome Mrs. Obama’s influence — the Obama White House gave the book a frosty reception.

    “The book, an overdramatization of old news, is about a relationship between two people whom the author has not spoken to in years,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. “The author last interviewed the Obamas in 2009 for a magazine piece, and did not interview them for this book. The emotions, thoughts and private moments described in the book, though often seemingly ascribed to the president and first lady, reflect little more than the author’s own thoughts. These secondhand accounts are staples of every administration in modern political history and often exaggerated.”

    Camille Johnston, Mrs. Obama’s former communications chief, told the Sun-Times, “We had some disagreements over how certain things would be handled, but in the end we all got back to the place Mrs. Obama had set at the onset: nothing on my agenda is more important than what’s on his.”

  • moononpluto

    I see Todd Palin has endorsed Gingrich……so what about Mrs Palin?

  • gonzotx

    stop with the passive aggressive behavior, we have lost enough posters!

  • S

    Mrs Smith…have a nice evening and enjoy the full moon…

  • moononpluto

    New Obama Chief of Staff: Former Hedge Fund Exec at CITI, Made Money off Mortgage Defaults…

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/new-chief-staff-former-hedge-fund-exec-citigroup-made-money-mortgage-defaults_616230.html

    From 2006-2008, Jack Lew was chief operating officer of Citibank’s alternative investments division. And it was his division that made billions of dollars betting “U.S. homeowners would not be able to make their mortgage payments,” as the Huffington Post reported.

    The piece also reported: “Lew made millions at Citi, including a bonus of nearly $950,000 in 2009 just a few months after the bank received billions of dollars in a taxpayer rescue, according to disclosure forms filed with the federal government. The bank is still partly owned by taxpayers.”

    Of course, one should not begrudge Lew his personal, professional, and financial successes. But one might wonder what kind of message the president is sending with this appointment.

    “I welcome constructive input from folks in the financial sector. But what we’ve seen so far, in recent weeks, is an army of industry lobbyists from Wall Street descending on Capitol Hill to try and block basic and common-sense rules of the road that would protect our economy and the American people,” Obama said in 2010. “So if these folks want a fight, that’s a fight I’m ready to have.”

  • Mrs. Smith

    I love the broken record- we have lost enough posters and passive aggressive..

    Give it a break-

  • Mrs. Smith

    The Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama Presidency…

    A new book reveals the inner workings of a chaotic Obama White House governed in great part by an impudently aggressive Michelle Obama – and once again provides strong support of information initially shared by our own White House Insider…

    Jodi Cantor’s soon-to-be published The Obamas is likely causing more than a bit of heartburn over at the Obama White House these days. Details include explosive battles waged between staff, a reclusive President Obama, and a rather unflattering look into the heavy handed influence of First Lady Michelle Obama. As staff fall away (Most recently White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley – who held his position for just a year), what remains is Lady Obama and longtime Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett…and of course Barack Obama – hiding out behind the door of his second story study.

    Here is a preview published today by the New York Times:

    Early on Sept. 16, Robert Gibbs was scanning the news when a story stopped him short: according to a new French book, Michelle Obama had told Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French first lady, that living in the White House was “hell.”

    …but at Mr. Emanuel’s 7:30 a.m. staff meeting the next day, Ms. Jarrett announced that the first lady had concerns about the White House’s response to the book, according to several people present. All eyes turned to Mr. Gibbs, who started to steam.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/01/09/the-valerie-jarrett-and-michelle-obama-presidency/

  • Mrs. Smith

    This is a very bad time for all of us.. some more than others. I just don;t think there is any room for hating people.. especially people that can help us in this fight..

    I am not a Gingrich fan, never was one. He has a way with words where he can cut to the quick wearing a smile. The man is a lightening thinker on his feet. My intent is by no means to defend him-

    I think I’ve said it often enough, I was a little disappointed he will be out of the running never having a chance to bludgeon Obama in a televised debate. However, I can easily settle for second best just watching him on the sidelines taking pot shots at Obama and seeing Obama tongue tied, unable to volley a phrase with equal precision and intensity at the pit bull who just won’t give up..

    The old saying, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’… if only temporarily until his purpose is served to our advantage…

  • Mrs. Smith

    It leaves Sarah open.. but says alot at the same time.. They are not endorsing Romney.
    _____________

    Todd Palin Endorses Newt Gingrich For President

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/todd-palin-newt-gingrich-endorsement_n_1194385.html?ref=politics&icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D126098

  • Southern Born

    Did anyone see Bill O’Reilly tonight when they were talking about the possibility of Hillary being BO’s VP? I didn’t get to hear much of it but I “think” I heard BillO, Juan Williams and a woman saying that it is strange that Barry was the new, hip, fresh candidate in 2008 while Hillary was treated as badly as Republicans by the media. Now she is more popular than BO and he may need her to save him. BillO was joking that Biden may get a sore wrist or some such ailment and suddenly drop out in the fall.

  • Shadowfax

    Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, run neck-and-neck with President Obama in a general-election matchup, according to a new CBS News poll released late on Monday that shows the two front-runners in Tuesday’s New Hampshire GOP primary running stronger against the president than their fellow Republicans.
    Romney posts a two-point lead over Obama, 47 percent to 45 percent, within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. He leads Obama, 45 percent to 39 percent, among independent voters.
    (ANALYSIS: Obamacare, Romneycare, Obamneycare–Never Mind)
    Obama’s lead over Paul is just one point, 46 percent to 45 percent, as Paul leads among independents by 7 points.
    The president posts more significant leads over the other GOP candidates, but against each he is below the critical 50-percent threshold: He leads former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 49 percent to 41 percent; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, 48 percent to 41 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 49 percent to 42 percent; and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., 47 percent to 43 percent.

  • democrat1

    I am confused by this story in American Thinker

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/chicago_political_turf_war_heats_up.html

    Is Rahm back in B0, MO and Jaret’s camp and sabotaged Daley? Or Just Rahm out to destroy Daley Machine in Chicago?

  • democrat1

    The Four Scandals of barack obama — Part 2: Lightsquared
    We now come to the first of a trio of scandals involving the most venal and brazen examples in recent memory of apparent bribery at the highest levels of our government. Three tales of ravenously greedy billionaires, and the tricks turned by a high-priced call girl of a president willing to sell out our Nation’s prosperity and even military security for a few grip in campaign donations.

    Scandal #2 — Lightsquared
    Background

    Lightsquared (“L2″) is a Reston, Virginia-based telecommunications start-up with an extensive satellite network. L2 plans to link its satellites with 40,000 ground-based stations, then sell access to this network to cable, internet and wireless broadband providers. L2 has tentative, highly lucrative agreements with several providers, including a 15-year contract with Sprint. L2 had hoped to open four trial markets by late 2011.

    The Plot Thickens

    To create its hybrid network, L2 needed a waiver from the FCC, which was tentatively granted in January, 2011, despite fervent objections from telecom experts and the Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Defense.

    The bandwidth L2 intends to use sits right next to that used by GPS devices. GPS is an extremely weak signal. Preliminary tests showed that L2′s transmissions would cause “catastrophic interference,” affecting everyone from motorists, boaters, and farmers who now plow their fields using GPS, to — more alarmingly — aviation safety and the military, which relies heavily on GPS.

    The White House Connection

    Beginning last February, Congress held hearings on whether to confirm the waiver the FCC issued to L2. The obama administration prepared government witnesses to testify in favor. Really prepared. One committee member noted that four out of the five statements given at one hearing contained identical paragraphs saying no real interference issues existed, and the sentence “We hope that testing can be complete within 90 days.”

    When questioned, the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) admitted it had edited the statements, but insisted that “coaching” and “providing consistency” in witnesses testimony was “standard practice.”Two witnesses balked. Air Force General William Shelton, head of U.S. Space Command, announced he’d been “pressured” to testify that no GPS interference issues exist, when he and the entire military have grave concerns. Shelton was also “chafed” that OMB inserted the 90-day test deadline into his prepared testimony.

    Anthony Russo, another expert government witness, acknowledges that he, too, was “guided” by the White House to testify that interference tests could be completed in 90 days. Russo refused, as he believed those tests required six months or more. Several government experts agree: “[t]o pick a number and say the tests have to end by a certain date is not consistent with commission precedent.”

    One odd coincidence: in 2005, obama invested $90,000 in SkyTerra, which later became L2. The investment took place the very day SkyTerra’s stock soared following a preliminary FCC ruling allowing the creation of its wireless network. obama apparently sold the stock later at a $13,000 loss. At least two other administration officials still have financial links to L2.

    The Payola

    Why 90 days? Because in the Fall of 2011, L2 had planned on opening trial markets in four cities, and L2′s $14 billion contract with Sprint was due to expire on December 31st, 2011 if FCC approval had not been secured. (Sprint has since extended the window another few months.)

    Majority owner of LightSquared is Phil Falcone, who made billions on the subprime mortgage bubble. Falcone also donated heavily to obama and the DNC in 2008. Just prior to the FCC waiver ruling, Falcone made several visits to White House officials, where he admits he told them the waiver ruling “should not take that long.”

    Two days before the waiver was granted, Falcone and his wife each donated the maximum $30,400 to the DNC. LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja made his own $30,400 contribution to the DNC on the same day he met with administration officials to discuss the waiver.

    An L2 executive next emailed Aneesh Chopra, obama’s chief technology adviser (and former L2 board member):

    Hi Aneesh!

    I touched base … Sanjiv Ahuja and he expressed an interest in meeting with you.… He is going to be in DC next week for a fundraising dinner with the President.

    To make sure the message was delivered, L2′s lawyer emailed the chief of staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology:

    You may recall that you met with Sanjiv Ahuja about a year
    ago, with Phil Falcone … as Phil & Sanjiv were finalizing their plans for a new wireless broadband network…. Sanjiv will be at a fund-raiser dinner with the President on September 30 and would like to visit with you … and Aneesh Chopra….

    The obama administration swears there is absolutely no connection between all this and the FCC’s hurried granting of the waiver over numerous & strenuous objections, or OMB’s witness tampering.

    Ahuja is “outraged” by the leak of the emails exposing his crude offer of bribes to the President, and is demanding a Federal investigation into that. Ahuja drolly notes that the emails cast “serious doubts about the fairness and integrity of the entire process….”

    What Lies Ahead

    The recently released results of tests, completed this past November by agencies including DoD and the FAA, confirm that up to 75% of all GPS devices would suffer severe disruption by the L2 network. Additional tests on high-precision GPS used in farm equipment and scientific instruments will be conducted in 2012.

    In response, L2 is now offering to reduce the strength of its signals, which it promises would only screw up 10% of all GPS. Which makes one wonder: if the solution is that simple, why did L2 need the stronger signal in the first place? Was, just maybe, frakking up GPS was part of the business plan all along?

    A group of agricultural equipment manufacturers, led by John Deere, have formed Coalition to Save our GPS to lobby against the L2 approval.

    The recent NDAA defense bill contained language expressly intended to hold up approval of L2′s network until further tests are completed. “Our military is heavily reliant on GPS capability to do its job. It is unacceptable for our armed forces to be put at greater risk or made less effective as a result of LightSquared’s operations,” Rep. Michael Turner said in a statement. “Our troops are depending on our government, and the FCC, to do the right thing.”

    Congress has repeated its formal request for documents related to the case, which OMB and the FCC have so far ignored, and Issa’s Committee has promised to continue its investigation of the apparent payola. The chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces has also called for hearings on the “irregular process” of L2′s waiver approval.
    There’s really no way to put a positive spin on this story. The obama administration got caught trying to sneak through approval of a disastrous & dangerous business scheme directly on the heels of hefty campaign contributions from a financier obama & Co. have been cozy with for years. Expect obama to be subpoenaed but refuse to appear, and the FCC to quietly revoke the waiver as ever more Federal agencies and GPS-related industry groups join the pile-on.

    http://trueliberalnexus.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/the-four-scandals-of-barack-obama-part-2-lightsquared/

  • ABM90

    Here is Tues 10 th work schedule for The Most popular and admired women in the world according to
    Bill O’reilly 0n FOX this evening.He also said that she will replace Biden as VP and he will take her place as SOS.Things are starting to change very soon.

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    January 9, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    7:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Vice President Biden, at the Vice President’s residence.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton speaks with the staff of Mission Iraq.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force of United States Forces-Afghanistan, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    12:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, at the Department of State.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    3:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal, at the Department of State.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador-designate to Russia Mike McFaul, at the Department of State.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)

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