Nevada Caucus Results And This Year’s Most Important Video

There has been a lot of important and interesting news this past week. But nothing is more important to watch from this past week than the below video. Three minutes and 15 seconds into the interview it is, thus far, the video of the year:



On May 7, 2009 we advised the secret weapon be unleashed. Trump does just that very thing in this interview.

Who ran the most negative campaign? Against whom? Against what woman and against what men?

Four minutes into the interview Trump lays it out, hits it out of the ballpark. Who ran the most negative campaign?

Clinton hater Sean Hannity finally discards his silly Bill Clinton impressions and learns from The Donald how to use the secret weapon – four minutes and ten seconds into the interview.

Sean Hannity has long been an E/I conservative. With this interview Hannity demonstrates he can become an I/E conservative. “Intelligence over Emotion“.

Who was the “least racist person” who was race-baited by Barack Obama? Ask Sean Hannity. Ask Donald Trump. Ask Bill Clinton. Ask Hillary Clinton.

Tonight Mormon Mitt Romney will likely win a big victory in the heavily Mormon populated state of Nevada. How much easier will it be for Mormon Mitt Romney to be smeared as a “racist”?

The “least racist person”, Bill Clinton was smeared as a “racist” by Barack Obama. We Hillary Clinton supporters, many of whom organized and worked for years to community organize in black neighborhoods and fought more for civil rights than Barack Obama ever did, were smeared as “racists” by Barack Obama and his Chicago thugs. How much easier will it be for Mormon Mitt Romney to be smeared as a “racist”?

Already Jim Clyburn who smeared Bill Clinton as a racist has begun the racist smears against Mitt Romney.

Some Republicans/conservatives will giggle at us and say “yeah we know all that about the soon-to-come “racist” smears attack and we are ready for it and we don’t need your advice or to use your so-called stupid “secret weapon” so just shut up and let us go about our business you losers.” To those E/I Republicans/conservatives we say that the election will be determined by the vast and growing number of independents.

Independents need to be educated on the race-baiting smear tactics of Barack Obama. Republicans/conservatives might be all too happy to know that Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were race-baited. But Independents voted repeatedly for Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

To remind Independent voters that Barack Obama smeared Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, as the race-baiting smear campaign against the eventual Republican nominee commences, is smart politics.

Race-baiting is all Obama has left. The Obama job approval among uncommitted voters is at 20%. More states continue to move into the GOP column. The race card, race-baiting is all that is left.

Whatever happens today in the Nevada caucuses the GOP presidential nomination race will continue. Whoever wins the nomination will then face unprecedented race-baiting and screams of “racist”. Donald Trump showed the way to respond. Sean Hannity is learning how to respond.

Whoever the Republican nominee is will have to learn how to respond.

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563 thoughts on “Nevada Caucus Results And This Year’s Most Important Video

  1. “Tonight Mormon Mitt Romney will likely win a big victory in the heavily Mormon populated state of Nevada. How much easier will it be for Mormon Mitt Romney to be smeared as a “racist”?”
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    Then Romney has to play the Race card first- calling out Obama as the racist.

  2. admin
    February 4th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Another important video from this past week on a day that Russia and China protected Syria’s Assad:
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    Excellent video- admin. Everyone needs to see it, understand it and realize they are for real in their quest for world domination.

  3. Excellent, Admin…this time, we are all forewarned and ‘metaphorically’…it is time to “lock and load”…

  4. I saw that interview and Trump did what he does best, lay out the cold hard facts in a blunt no-frills manner.

    Bravo for Trump for calling out the race-baiters. Hopefully he had a talk with MR and pulled his coat about how to respond to the inevitable allegations.

    Baier – entrance poll results – not definitive but food for thought.

    senior citizens – MR getting 59%, NG – 29%
    Young – RP tied with MR – 40%
    Indy’s – RP 50%, 31% MR
    MR – gets TP over NG

  5. I am so glad we will have The Donald on our side…he can just keep “setting the record straight”..our mouthpiece, so to speak…

  6. Some chilling excerpts from Joys of Muslim Women by Nonie Darwish

    While the US and Canada are getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on the US and Canada.

    She says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual. Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.

    While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.

    It’s hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed.

    In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. and Canada to elect the President or Prime Minister by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA and Canada, Dearborn Mich. is one, Brampton, Ontario is another and there are others.

    And some FAQS most of us are already familiar with:

    In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 7 year old , consummating the marriage by 9. The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.

    To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses. Often after a woman has been raped. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and the man does not have to say why he has beaten her.

    The husband is permitted to have 4 wives and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

    Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

    She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.

    Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before immigrating to the US in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel . He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza.

    When he died, he was considered a “shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

    But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

  7. admin,

    Amazing video. I have seen others by that organization – I will try to find.

    The one thing I disagree with is I don’t think the MB “played BO for a fool.”

    I suspect he was and remains a willing accomplice.

  8. The Grand Jihad video is a condensed version of Andrew McCarthy’s recently published book of the same name.

    McCarthy is the prosecutor who tried the blind sheik in the original 1993 WTC bombing attempt.

    He also wrote a book called How Obama embraces Islam’s Sharia Agenda.

    “Andrew McCarthy is the director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. A former federal prosecutor, he has served as a special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. After the 9/11 attacks, he supervised the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Command Post in New York City. He is a contributor to National Review and Commentary, as well as various other publications. Among his numerous awards is the Justice Department’s highest honor, the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award. He has taught at Fordham University Law School and New York Law School. On October 6, 2008, McCarthy addressed the Middle East Forum in New York City about his new book, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter, 2008).

    It builds on his article, “Prosecuting the New York Sheikh,” which appeared in the March 1997 Middle East Quarterly, and his acceptance speech on receiving the Middle East Forum’s Albert J. Wood Public Affairs Award in 1996.

    In Willful Blindness, McCarthy reflects upon his role as the lead prosecutor in the historic case against the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was brought to trial for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.”

  9. Admin -Great capture of Trump standing up for Hillary and Bill.

    Many folks here were probably scratching their heads when I kept praising Trump, even hoping he would run in May as an Independent, because the GOP wouldn’t take him seriously.
    Not only do I agree with many of his ideas and his sharp tongue against the bozo in the Oval, but because Trump has always stood up, and defended Hillary in the race for the WhiteHouse.

    Over and over again, no matter who he talks to he says that Hillary was winning, race after race. She should have won, that Obama was weak and limped over the finish line.
    I have heard him say this to Hannity, Greta for months and he has never wavered for his praise of Hillary and Bill.
    Many times I had hoped he would come out and say how Barry and the DNC cheated, but I don’t know if he knows as much about it as we do or not.

    This is why I stand by Trump.
    Thanks for posting this admin.

  10. I am not expecting this to happen, but imagine if during Newt’s press conference, he declared himself to run as an independent…

  11. Wish they’d hurry up to hell tonight, times all over the shop, cant they do these things at once instead of here there and everywhere.

  12. Here is the clip.

    It’s called 3 things you probably didn’t know about Islam and is about 8 minutes long.

  13. Exit polls:

    Romney won all of the age demos except 17-29YOs, which he lost by only two points to Ron Paul. He won every education demo, and he won every income demo except under-$30K, which Paul won by just one point. Paul won independents by 17 points, but Romney won Republicans with a 61/20 win over Newt Gingrich. Romney also won all three ideological categories, including “very conservative,” by majorities; Gingrich only got 24% of the very conservative vote. He got 74% of the vote for those whose most important candidate quality was the ability to beat Obama, 55% of those who are looking for the right experience, and 56% of those looking for strong moral character. On that last category, Gingrich got 1%.

  14. Moon
    I’m with you about getting these election results sooner, the only thing worse is all the media declairing a winner within seconds of the polls closing.

    I am all for elections running across all states at the exact same time. Cut it down to four hours to vote, national time off ALL jobs for one hour for eveyone to vote.

    I HATE BEING ON THE WEST COAST AND HAVING THE WINNER DECLAIRED BEFORE THE POLLS CLOSE!

  15. I know Shadow, kills the excitement stone dead, they should all be forced to wait until 50% of the vote is in before they are allowed to call.

  16. All states should be mandatory early voting for minimum 2 days before and voting should close on election day at 4pm. No excuse for waltzing into a polling station on election day at 6.59 when there is early voting. Election day should also be moved to a Saturday.

  17. Asshats…….

    CNN: We can’t tell you who has won yet, but Romney’s got more than 50% of almost every subgroup.

    You just did, you morons.

  18. Ron Paul was pretty funny when Wolf asked him how he thought he would stay in the race if he didn’t win a state. Paul said that even if he considered quitting his supporters would be pretty upset and would want him to keep going until there is a winner. He was chuckeling while he said it. Sort of implied that his supporters were pushing him forward while his concern was more with getting his messages out so things could change in US economy and liberty.

  19. With 5 percent of precincts reporting,
    Romney leads with 37 percent.
    Ron Paul has 29 percent,
    followed by Newt Gingrich with 20 percent
    and Rick Santorum with 13 percent.

    Fox

  20. The MSM is trying to suggest the economy is no longer a good issue for Romney.
    On a side note, the Neil Diamond impersonator on Fox was great!

  21. Speaking of religion….

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    “However just as I want the freedom to practice my belief system (as long as they cause no harm to others) I also want those of the Catholic Church protected.”

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    Protected from what? No one is requiring them to practice contraception themselves. The current flap is about HHS requiring health insurance policies to cover contraceptives (along with Viagra!).

    This won’t even cost the anti-contraception people extra in premiums. If contraceptives aren’t covered, then the insurance companies will end up spending more money to pay for the pregnancy care and the unwanted babies, and that cost will be passed on to everyone, including the anti-contraception people, in higher premiums overall.

  22. admin, great post, another keeper.

    basil, I agree with your post about:
    ““However just as I want the freedom to practice my belief system (as long as they cause no harm to others) I also want those of the Catholic Church protected.””

    I’m pro-life, my wife is not, although while she believes in the culture of life, she also remembers the times when that choice was not available, so she’s pro-choice more than pro-abortion. She doesn’t want that option taken away from women, and I respect her view, my view is different than hers.

    As for the whole forcing catholic orgs to provide birth control, the catholics in my family are positively outraged, even those who voted for “Oturd” (some of my younger family members call him that now) [Admin, please omit that word if its offending, I just heard it, and thought it was very funny]. Catholics don’t believe in birth control of any form, they aren’t forcing the govt to get rid of all contraceptions in America, and so forcing them to provide something they don’t believe in the first place, that is unconstitutional, that is infringing on their religious freedom to practice as they want. Really, what next, is the govt now going to say because red meat is worse for you than lets say pork, we have to make everyone serve it in their organizations regardless of their faith?? I’m sure the Muslims in this country won’t stay silent on that, or the liberal media. Catholics aren’t saying remove all contraceptions in America, they just want to be left alone and not forced to provide it, people who want it can get it themselves. Just like muslims americans (so far at least) aren’t saying get rid of all pork in America, they just don’t want to be forced to provide it in their religious premises, someone wants to eat it, go get it yourself.

    That what happens when you force indivs to buy a product, and then the govt gets to decide what that product encompasses, so then they get to control and infringe on people’s beliefs, the indivdual’s freedom is trampled on. Obamacare is unconstitional and very bad for our economy.

  23. Ann Coulter is on Fox, she’s praising Romney, is this the same woman who just 3 years ago said, “Romney will be our nominee, and we will lose.”

    I frankly do think Romney can win, but I find all these repub’s hypocrasiy quite funny though.

    Ann Romney speaking, I have to say she is a very calm speaker, I like that, none of this “finally for the first time as an adult I’m proud to be an American” like you know who loves to say.

  24. pretty good lines from romney.

    “Obama’s been apologizing for America, now he needs to apologize TO America”.

    Romney very smartly also pointing out the 1.2 million who left the workforce causing the employment to drop.

  25. “The past few years have been a detour, not our destiny” says Romney. Tim, Romney’s speeches are getting better and tougher. He has to get tougher still.

  26. “Romney’s speeches are getting better and tougher. He has to get tougher still.”

    Admin, I agree, he has improved vastly in the last few years. I have to say though, he plays the dirty game very well, I’ve seen some of his ads in FL, they were tough. Maybe he’s playing the game of playing nice on the surface and punching hard underneath, like “Oturd” did [yes, I’m calling him that with your permission. LOL.]

    But on stump speeches he needs to get a bit more tough, he’s improving though, and having Newt be a competitor has really toughened him up.

  27. I don’t know if the RNC plans to use many of Hillary’s ads against “OTurd” from 2008, some of Hillary’s ads were devastating, and they were pretty much proven true in these last 3 years.

    I remember the 3 am ad, I remember Biden’s words on how Oturd didn’t even show up at any of his committee meetings. My gosh, there were so many. I hope the RNC is smart of use them. Of course this opens up for the repubs primaries ads against each other, against Romney, but since they were so recent, most people won’t care. But what happened 3 years ago, those ads will be a great reminder for all those independents who voted for “OTurd”.

  28. From Pew, one of the most reliable polling operations:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/pew-poll/2012/02/03/pew-democrats-getting-hammered-religious-voters

    Pew: Democrats Getting Hammered by Religious Voters.

    The topline number in this Pew survey shows that the current breakdown among registered voters is 43/48 GOP/Dem, which is a seven point shift from their 39/51 results in 2008. Now that alone should worry the Democrats, seeing as Pew found that the breakdown in 2010 was 43/47, which was the year where Democrats got shellacked across the country; but the news is if anything worse when you look at the breakdown by religious affiliation. A lot of attention will be on how Jewish support for the GOP went from 20/72 to 29/65 between ’08 and today; but what may be even more important is that that GOP support among white Mainline Protestant and white Catholic voters flipped from 45/45 and 41/49 in 2008 to 51/39 & 49/42 in 2011. How this will translate into likely voters is, of course, anybody’s guess… but if you’ve been wondering why the President is suddenly talking about how neat God is, it’s probably because somebody on his staff is keeping track of Pew.

    As to how this breaks down in the 2012 election… well, obviously the increase in Jewish support (as Pew notes, those new supporters are identifying as Republicans, not as Republican-leaning) is going to have an impact in Florida, which is a state looking increasingly like it’s going to be leaving the Democratic column. But possibly what may be even more important was what happened with Mormon support: it went from 68/19 in 2008 to 80/17 in 2011. If I had to guess as to why, I suspect that this represents fallout from the incredibly racist* Democratic response to California’s Proposition 8; and if you’re wondering what the point is then I suggest that you look at this map of LDS population percentages in 1990. Mormons make up somewhere around seven and a half percent of Nevada’s population, and while the numbers are much smaller in Colorado and New Mexico they are still significant. While Obama comfortably won all three states in 2008, they are all considered in play for 2012: couple that with Republican gains among white Catholics and we’re seeing a suddenly-rickety Democratic position in the Mountain West.

  29. FYI Just a reminder: “Choice” was the term that was co-opted / corrupted by the forced-pregnancy crowd and was morphed into “pro-abortion” vs “pro-life”. When it’s framed as “women’s reproductive rights” vs “anti women’s reproductive rights”, it tends to brings into sharper focus the basic freedoms the forced pregnancy crowd is fighting against.
    In all these decades, even before roe v wade, I’ve never met anyone, let alone any woman, who was “pro-abortion”.

  30. admin its interesting you post that. I have noticed 3 churches in my area have one of those electronic billboard (that may not be the correct word for it), but its used mainly to post events, etc. However all 3 have had something along these lines posted on that electronic billboard for the last week “The US Consitution guarantees freedom of religion – not from religion, to practice religion, not infringe on an indiv’s freedom of religion”.

    Not one of these is a catholic church, I think one is protestant, the other 2 are baptist. And these churches are located in a somewhat more “Oturd” voter concertrated area.

  31. Tim,

    Well-said.

    “Catholics don’t believe in birth control of any form, they aren’t forcing the govt to get rid of all contraceptions in America, and so forcing them to provide something they don’t believe in the first place, that is unconstitutional, that is infringing on their religious freedom to practice as they want.”

    Like your wife, I believe strongly in a woman’s right to choose however I also respect those for whom that is a difficult issue which goes to the core of their life-view. An organization which believes in the pro-life position should not be forced to financially support activities contrary to that view. They should also not be able to limit availability of such services for those who choose to seek them out. The government has no place in this discussion.

  32. Catholics don’t believe in birth control of any form, they aren’t forcing the govt to get rid of all contraceptions in America

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    They — including the Santorum types — are certainly trying, little by little. For example attacking Planned Parenthood, as well as trying to keep UHC from covering contraceptives.

    The Libertarian approach would be logical: no UHC mandate or funding at all. But also, no laws against abortion at all, no age limits, no parental notification….

  33. dwp

    I respect your view, however unfortuntely my wife and I have both notice certain women’s groups taking pride in abortion. My wife as I mentioned is not technically pro-life, she is pro-women’s reproductive rights, as you correctly pointed out in outlining distinctions. For that reason, I respect her view, she is not pro-abortion however. I’ll post an example, this following picture is a t-shirt Steinmen is advocating:

    http://tinyurl.com/83z9gd9

    My wife saw this t-shirt and got disgusted, that t-shirt makes it seem like its celebrating abortions, that she does not believe in, her view stems from a women’s reproductive rights issues, because she grew up in a time when that “choice” was not available to women, and she worked with women’s groups for that, not because she belives as apparently Steinem does in that picture that abortion is a thing of pride to be put on a t-shirt; she did it because she believed in the option, as hard of a decision as it may be, to be available to women, as Clinton so apetly put it “safe, legal and rare”.

    And those of us who are pro-life, its not a women’s rights issue in the sense we don’t believe in equal pay, or that a woman cannot be president, its more that a life is precious and if it can be preserved, it should be, i.e. Steve Jobs, someone else can be parents to that child, who will tehn contribute so much to society. This is not including cases of incest, etc, those are seperate, and my view is that the victim’s views, opinions and feelings have to be taken first, I know there are many in the pro-life community like Santorum who go to the far right with this.

    –just my humble opinion.

  34. An organization which believes in the pro-life position should not be forced to financially support activities contrary to that view.

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    An organization financially supporting their employees’ insurance which covers contraceptives? What about a church that doesn’t believe in vaccination, or other medical treatments? Can they withhold that coverage from the families of their janitors or gardeners?

    The current flap isn’t even about insurance paid for by the churches. It’s about ANY policies to be bought by anyone, church employees or employees of other industries or indivuduals buying their own insurace. The Santorum/RC types don’t want ANY insurance anywhere to cover it.

  35. Good evening all. Very interesting Newt is holding this conference, and it looks like all he’s doing is whining about “mean ol’ Romney being dishonest”.

  36. http://thehill.com/video/campaign/208701-romney-makes-nevada-victory-speech-all-about-obama

    Fresh off a big win in Nevada, Mitt Romney ignored his Republican rivals in his victory speech Saturday night and instead tore into President Obama.

    “This is not the first time you’ve given me your vote of confidence,” Romney said, referring to his victory over John McCain in the caucuses four years ago. “And this time I’m going to take it to the White House.”

    Throughout his speech, Romney sought to portray himself as the presumptive Republican nominee. The former Massachusetts governor has won three of the early contests — New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada — but his opponents have pledged that they are not giving up on the race.

    Romney tried to contrast his campaign proposals with the economy under Obama. Romney said he is a candidate who cares about Nevadans’ problems and would offer them jobs instead of broken promises. He peppered his speech with references to Nevada’s economy – its highest foreclosure rate in the nation, 12 percent unemployment and plummeting home values – to fire up angry voters in a state gave Obama 55 percent of the vote in 2008.

    “Four years ago, candidate Obama came to Nevada promising to help,” Romney said. “But after he was elected, his help was telling people to skip coming here for conventions and meetings.”

    He was referring to the administration’s criticism of Wells Fargo and other bailed-out companies that planned meetings and conventions in Las Vegas.

    “You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas or down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime,” Obama said in February 2009.

    The president’s criticism of junkets to Nevada were not well received at the time, and clearly still rankled Nevadans who loudly booed when Romney reminded them.

    “Well Mr. President,” Romney said, “America has had enough of your kind of help.”

  37. Newt seems completely dedicated to destroying Romney. This anger/arrogance
    Is what he did against Bill, and ultimately it will destroy his candidacy.

  38. JBStonesFan, Charles Krauthammer tonight said of Gingrich something to the effect “when he [Gingrich] speaks about America he’s wonderful, when he speaks about himself he’s awful.” That’s a pretty good observation of many people but it rings particularly true about Gingrich.

    Gingrich is in a tough place because Romney has been preparing this run for years and has lots of money to spend. What Newt has to show is that he can beat Romney or Obama given that both have organizations and money.

    We hope Romney has made as many preparations and steeled himself to toughness against Obama as much as he has against Newt.

  39. @Tim, I agree with you about Gloria Steinem’s shirt. For the record, I am not Catholic and my views on abortion are the same as Hillary’s (safe, legal, and rare). I am also a fan of personal privacy. We are living in a “too much information” age and I feel extremely uncomfortable knowing such a personal detail about a total stranger’s life. And putting it on a T-shirt? That’s just plain tacky!!!

  40. Whats up with the delay in caucus results, 95% of Clark county has not come in yet and thats 75% of voters.

  41. I see some discussion going on about some religious/right wing groups being opposed to health care that covers certain reproductive health care. As someone who has been around these groups all of my life I feel the need to explain a few things as they have developed a marketing strategy and language that masks their true beliefs and what they want to happen. They are anti-sex. Really. They do not think that anyone should have sex EXCEPT them. Bad people have sex EXCEPT them. Only the type of sex that they deem appropriate and only in relationships that they approve is good. Everyone else is to be sexless. I am not kidding. They have been fighting human nature for a few thousand years and losing and it pisses them off. If you do not follow their precepts you are to be punished by withdrawing health care, by social stigma, and by economic sanctions. They would stone women and girls and geld men and boys who are non-believers if they could. The fact that no one expects them to have, practice safe sex or use birth control is not their point. They do not want anyone else to do so. It is a way for them to differentiate themselves increase they feelings of worth as a tenet of faith. It also doesn’t work.

  42. It’s so beautiful to have D. Trump as a spokesperson, equally beautiful to have admin to point it, and everything else we need to know, out. Thanks, thanks, & thanks for Big Pink.
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    Here’s something at The Hill; I’ve not watch the videos they’ve selected, but have noted something else important within the text there. Fits right in with admin’s warning to Repubs. And is a reminder for women.

    Watch the five most politically controversial Super Bowl ads of all time

    …President Obama didn’t advertise during the Super Bowl in his 2008 run for the White House. But his campaign benefitted from a devastating ad that remixed one of the most famous Super Bowl ads ever. Adapting the “1984” Apple ad that premiered during the Super Bowl 28 years ago, an Obama fan’s video showed a blond female athlete throwing a sledgehammer at a huge screen of then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) talking to people who appear brainwashed. The ad, which only appeared on the Internet, ended with this message: “On Jan. 14, the Democratic primary will begin. And you’ll see why 2008 won’t be like 1984.

    Over the last decade, there have been a handful of ads that have prompted outrage from politicians and political groups. A list of them follows.

    Watch these Super Bowl ads:
    Pepsi Max |Focus on the Family
    Sales Genie | Snickers | MoveOn

    http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/208677-superbowl-political-ads-controversial

  43. Received word- NQ’s faithful are departing in droves incensed at LJ’s mean spirited bias towards Sarah and ole Newtie- they have set up temporary quarters in cyberspace- will send our Pink link over to their temporary digs offering them refuge..
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    Romney tries to cut off Newt’s SuperPAC funding

    I’ll post the Nevada results later. Romney won big there in 2008 (51.1%) because of the heavy Mormon turnout at the caucuses and is expected to do so again.

    The big story was the revelation in The NY Times that the Romney campaign, both directly and through Jewish emissaries, has been trying to convince Sheldon Adelson to cut off further funding of a pro-Newt SuperPAC:

    Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino executive keeping Newt Gingrich’s presidential hopes alive, has relayed assurances to Mitt Romney that he will provide even more generous support to his candidacy if he becomes the Republican nominee, several associates said in interviews here.

    The assurances have been conveyed in response to a highly delicate campaign by Mr. Romney and his top Jewish financial supporters to dissuade Mr. Adelson from adding to the $10 million that he and his wife have given to a pro-Gingrich “super PAC,” Winning Our Future, that has been tearing into Mr. Romney through television advertising.

    Remember, John Sununu all but threatened Adelson with retribution, so of course Adelson wants to maintain good relations with the Romney campaign.

    Romney apparently is deeply hurt by the negative ads the SuperPAC has been running with Adelson’s funding:

    A friend of Mr. Romney’s, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Romney did not begrudge Mr. Adelson’s initial $5 million donation to the pro-Gingrich group, given Mr. Adelson’s known loyalty. But Mr. Romney was said to have been deeply stung by a second $5 million donation, from Mr. Adelson’s wife, Miriam. And the group’s harsh attacks against Mr. Romney were said to have upset Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann, though his aides said she was inured to them.

    You have got to be kidding me. It’s not enough for Romney to outspend Newt several times over, he has to try to cut off Newt’s funding? And if true that he’s personally hurt, then that’s pretty rich considering the vicious personal demonization of Newt by Romney and his surrogates since Iowa.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/02/romney-tries-to-cut-off-newts-superpac-funding/#comments
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    Romney isn’t playing his cards maximizing their benefit- don’t crucify you’re own when they can bring their supporters to your camp after the nom is finalized- Save the knife twisting and dirty tricks for the BO campaign’s assault… you’re going to need every available man’s voice helping you fight off the onslaught of a campaign that will go down in history as the dirtiest, bloodiest, campaign ever- by Obama’s Chicago thugs-

  44. US free speech faces Islamic blasphemy law pressure (in US)

    February 4, 2012

    Paul Marshall, a religious liberty expert, says that attempts to “export” Islamic anti-blasphemy laws to the West could pose a threat to freedom of speech in the U.S.

    Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, said that many governments deliberately manipulate alleged instances of blasphemy by provoking popular outrage, enabling them to advance “particular policy goals.”

    Marshall made his remarks Feb. 3 at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

    He argued that blasphemy codes in the Muslim world are used to stifle religious minorities, as well as Muslim reformers who support religious liberty, freedom of speech and democracy.

    In the U.S., Marshall observed, courts generally uphold the First Amendment’s free speech protections. But he said that America is still threatened by blasphemy laws, and cited efforts by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to promote international laws that ban insults to Islam, through the United Nations.

    Marshall also cautioned against a growing tendency towards “extra-legal intimidation,” which involves private individuals pre-emptively censoring themselves — often under the guise of religious sensitivity — because they realize that it is “too dangerous” to insult Islam.

    To illustrate the effectiveness of this intimidation, he gave multiple examples of books, newspapers and television shows that refused to publish content that could be deemed offensive to Islam, although they chose to carry similar material that mocked Christianity and other religions.

    He also recounted the 2010 story of Molly Norris, a Seattle cartoonist, who called for an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” in response to such self-censorship. She received death threats for the suggestion and, under the advice of the FBI, changed her name and went into hiding.

    Marshall also warned of the potential for government policies that seek to restrict speech. He observed that the Obama administration has vocalized a commitment to fighting “negative stereotypes of Islam,” although it has not done the same for other religions.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/us-free-speech-faces-islamic-blasphemy-law-pressure-analyst-says

  45. Mrs. Smith, New York City activists for Islam have been become very active. As you are aware, I am a frequent viewer of WPIX NY. A query I just executed at WPIX yielded this list (dates in descending order):

    Rough Week Continues For Ray Kelly January 27, 2012
    …and calls for his resignation over a controversial anti-Muslim film shown to hundreds of recruits on the other. But the city…community in place. “I think the department works with the Muslim community very well, and we are proud of that.” But some…

    NYPD’s Kelly Facing Heavy Criticism, Calls To Resign January 27, 2012
    …of rape. Now members of the city’s Muslim community and others are calling on him…object to a film some are calling anti-Muslim being shown at an NYPD training…commissioner. The film suggests even moderate Muslim groups can be deceptive.but was shown..

    NYPD’s Kelly Apologizes For Airing “Jihad” Film January 25, 2012
    …s airing of a controversial film on Muslim extremism. The 71 minute movie, called…I offer my apologies to members of the Muslim community, in particular, who would…Clarion Group, suggests even moderate Muslim groups can’t be trusted–as it presents…

    Muslims Leaders To Protest Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast December 29, 2011
    A group of Muslim leaders says the N.Y…practice of infiltrating the Muslim community with undercover…Interfaith Breakfast. Fourteen Muslim leaders sent a letter to…centering on how New York Muslims are treated. All of this…

    Upper West Side Traffic Snarled By Muslim Cabbies Stopping To Pray November 30, 2011
    …Islamic Cultural Center, Abdur Rahman, told PIX11 News, muslims must pray several times a day and that he urges his worshippers not to break any parking rules to pray. “A good muslim does not offend anybody. I wish the City, though, could…
    http://www.wpix.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=muslim&target=adv_article

    I’ve not followed well enough to comment on accusations toward Police Commissioner, but he’s being attacked on several levels: the training films, plus alleged heavy-profiling activity, and by association, there’s his son, a WPIX anchor, who’s been accused of rape.

  46. HTA-

    If there is a such thing as moderate Muslims. They are brainwashed from infancy Christians and Jews are infidels to be exterminated not only from their own territories but from the world.

  47. Obama’s senseless war on Catholics

    The decision to require Catholic hospitals to provide contraceptives and abortifacients they deem immoral in their insurance plans, demonstrates either President Obama’s personal antagonism to religious liberty — or the degree to which he is beholden to the secular left.

    Because it makes no political sense.

    Unlike some election-year decisions which are blatant attempts to “triangulate,” or transparent attempts to woo independents, the costs seem to outweigh the gains here. Since Ronald Reagan created a new voting bloc called, “Reagan Democrats,” Catholics have emerged as the most important swing voters in presidential politics. They vote in high numbers and populate swing states in disproportionately large numbers.

    As a consequence, as the Catholic vote goes, so goes the nation.

    This also comes at a curious time when Obama’s foreign policy credentials have been buttressed by the killing of bin Laden — and when the declining unemployment rate seems to minimize his vulnerability on the economy.

    It’s almost as if — having won the war on bin Laden — and having perhaps turned the corner on the unemployment rate — Obama has now found time to reawaken culture wars.

    Obama is too politically savvy to have been caught by surprise by the backlash over this decision, so I suppose we must assume this is his worldview: That government can and must use its coercive power to force everyone — regardless of their personal or religious beliefs — to do what they know is best. Period.

    But make no mistake, the Catholic church is outraged.

    CatholicVote.org, for example, has reported that “over 80% of bishops who head dioceses have spoken out against the Obama/HHS mandate.” What is more, it is highly likely that other Christian conservatives will identify with the plight of Catholics.

    As Michael Gerson averred, “the war on religion is now formally declared.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/04/obamas-senseless-war-on-catholics/#ixzz1lWa5cZ9l

  48. Agreed. There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. Check the clip upthread – 3 things you probably didn’t know about Islam. Excellent.

    It’s quick (8 minutes) concise and gets right to the point going into great detail about Taqqiyah.

  49. tnx all for ur feedback. The Taqqiyah video is difficult for me to understand (my bad, i know). So I’ll replay it until I get it.

  50. I know I have mentioned this before, but, I have a Mosque across the street from me,the AA Church sold it to them like 3 years ago.In the middle of conservative Texas. Blows my mind. NEVER see women there.Sorry,one time,and she was wrapped as tight as a burrito.

  51. While we seem to be pivoting on the subject of religion it seemed appropriate to inject a great quote from writer Robert Heinlein…

    “The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up,” he wrote in Time Enough for Love (1973), “is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.”

  52. Our Girl is on her way home after an outstanding performance at the UN.

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    Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Munich, Germany and Sofia, Bulgaria through February 5. In Munich, Secretary Clinton participates in the 48th Munich Security Conference and meets with her European and other counterparts. In Sofia, Secretary Clinton meets with senior Bulgarian officials. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Gordon and Director Sullivan. Please click here for more information.

    8:15 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a breakfast sponsored by Women in International Security Deutschland (WIIS.de) and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, at the Prinz Carl Palais in Munich, Germany.
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    12:25 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, at the Presidency, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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    12:55 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Simeon Dyankov, and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov, at the Council of Ministers, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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    2:50 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Young Roma Professionals and Roma NGO leaders, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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    3:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Sofia, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    (OPEN TO TRAVELING PRESS)

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    PM Secretary Clinton returns from foreign travel.

  53. 5 February 2012

    Syria crisis: Hillary Clinton calls UN veto travesty’

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described as a “travesty” Russia and China’s veto of a UN resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown against anti-government protesters.

    Speaking in Bulgaria, Mrs Clinton said efforts outside the world body to help Syria’s people should be redoubled.

    The US, she said, would work with “friends of a democratic Syria” to support opponents of Syria’s president.

    The vetoing of the resolution drew an angry reaction from around the world.

    “What happened yesterday at the United Nations was a travesty,” Mrs Clinton said in strongly worded remarks during a visit to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

    Continue reading the main story Analysis Jonathan Marcus BBC Diplomatic Correspondent
    ——————————————————————————–
    The West is far more enthusiastic than the Russians about the upheavals in the Middle East.
    Moscow has welcomed the advent of the Arab Spring in cautious terms, concerned by instability and the potential overthrow of established diplomatic patterns.
    In the West there has been an altogether more jubilant tone. Syria is seen as the next outdated regime to fall and its departure would be a blow to Iran.
    With the Assad regime struggling for its survival, Moscow may find that its efforts to manage regime change in Syria is just as fruitless as the diplomatic pressures coming from the West and the Arab League.
    Syria crisis strains world diplomacy
    “Faced with a neutered Security Council, we have to redouble our efforts outside of the United Nations with those allies and partners who support the Syrian people’s right to have a better future,” she said.

    Analysts say Mrs Clinton appeared to be alluding to the formation of a grouping of nations similar to the Contact Group on Libya. That group – a collection of Arab and other countries – oversaw international help for opponents of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    Mrs Clinton also said the US would work to tighten “regional and national” sanctions against Syria to hamper its ability to use arms against the protesters.

    “We will work to expose those who are still funding the regime and sending it weapons to be used against defenceless Syrians, including women and children.”

    Human rights groups and activists say more than 7,000 people have been killed by Syrian security forces since the uprising began in March.

    The UN stopped estimating the death toll in Syria after it passed 5,400 in January, saying it was too difficult to confirm.

    The government says at least 2,000 members of the security forces have been killed fighting “armed gangs and terrorists”.

    ‘Licence to kill’

    The draft resolution – which had already been watered down in an apparent attempt to overcome Russian objections – was supported by 13 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council, when it was put to a vote on Saturday.

    AdvertisementMrs Clinton said this was a unified international community seeking an end to the violence

    It was the second time in four months that Russia had obstructed a resolution condemning Syria.

    Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said the compromise over the text did not go far enough, saying its authors “did not want to undertake an extra effort and come to a consensus”.

    China’s state news agency Xinhua said the two countries believed more time and patience was needed to solve the crisis in Syria.

    The move, however, drew a sharp reaction from Western nations and the Syrian opposition.

    The Syrian National Council, the biggest opposition group, said Russia and China were “responsible for the escalating acts of killing”, calling the veto “an irresponsible step that is tantamount to a licence to kill with impunity”.

    Continue reading the main story What is the Syrian National Council?Coalition of seven opposition factions, united against Assad regimeIncludes Kurds, tribal leaders, Islamists, democracy activistsFormed last November after months of talks in TurkeyStated aim is to support the revolution and overthrow AssadQ&A: Syria’s opposition
    UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the two countries were making a “great mistake”, accusing them of “turning their backs on the Arab world”.

    The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says the Russians do seem to be feeling the pressure. They are sending their foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to talk to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday.

    Russia would like to help mediate a political solution, but the opposition do not see the Russians as honest brokers, our correspondent says.

    The veto coincided with one of the bloodiest days since protests began last March.

    Activists circulated a list of 55 names of people killed after Syrian government forces began to bombard the central city of Homs on Friday night. Other activists said the toll was more than 200, though the figure cannot be confirmed.

    Homs was one of the first cities to join the uprising and has been repeatedly targeted by government forces.

    In continuing violence on Sunday, at least two civilians and nine soldiers were killed in clashes in the north-western province of Idlib, opposition groups said.

    Casualty figures are hard to verify as most foreign media are barred from Syria.

    Violence was also continuing, particularly in the north, where nine security personnel were reported killed in clashes in Idlib province.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16896783

  54. The decision to require Catholic hospitals to provide contraceptives and abortifacients they deem immoral in their insurance plans [….]
    Because it makes no political sense. [….]
    Catholics have emerged as the most important swing voters in presidential politics.

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    This argument assumes that the employees of these hospitals are themselves Catholics. {And that all Catholic voters agree with the Bishops, and care more about keeping “The Pill” expensive than about other issues.)

  55. Egypt to prosecute 44 workers, including 19 Americans, after raids on rights groups

    February 05, 2012

    The son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is among 19 Americans being referred to criminal trial for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally and being involved in banned activity in Egypt, several news agencies reported Sunday.

    In all, Egyptian officials say 44 non-governmental organization workers will be put before the court after investigating judges claimed they had reason to try the democracy and rights workers.

    The move is likely to further sour relations between Egypt’s military rulers and the United States, the Arab nation’s chief western backer for more than 30 years. The decision came just after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Saturday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on the sidelines of the 48th meeting of the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

    The State Department on Sunday said they are aware of the reports but still are trying to confirm.

    Sam LaHood is head of the Egypt office of the Washington-based International Republican Institute. Two other American NGOs, Freedom House and the National Democratic Institute, along with more than a dozen foreign groups, were raided in late December as part of a move that American officials say is unhelpful as Egypt transitions from an autocratic rule over the past 30 years.

    All 19 of the U.S. aid workers sought shelter in the U.S. embassy in Cairo more than a week ago after they were denied the opportunity to leave the country. LaHood said at the time that the group was “expecting the worst.”

    “If it does go to trial, a trial could last up to one year in a case that’s as wide-ranging as this one is. But the penalty for that is six months to five years in jail so these are very serious charges,” he told Fox News.

    The State Department has not said that by seeking refuge at the embassy the workers would be immune from arrest but it is an option the U.S. may try to execute if it decides not to cooperate with Egyptian authorities.

    The U.S. has aided Egypt with billions in funding over the last 30 years, including $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt for the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. Congress this year has provided $250 million in economic aid and up to $60 million for an “enterprise fund” for Egypt.

    The military aid is conditioned on Clinton certifying the Egyptian government’s move from a military council — set up after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year — to a civilian government that respects democratic rights of citizens to participate in elections, speech and assembly.

    A bipartisan group of 41 lawmakers wrote Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday to warn that unless there is a quick resolution to the raids against the NGOs — including allowing them to reopen and ending investigations — Clinton will have a hard time certifying Egypt’s actions, forcing Congress to withhold money.

    The same group of lawmakers also sent a letter to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, warning that “the absence of a quick and satisfactory resolution to (raids) will make it increasingly difficult for congressional supporters of a strong U.S.-Egypt bilateral relationship to defend current levels of assistance to Egypt — especially in this climate of budget cuts in Washington.”

    “We are very clear that there are problems that arise from this situation that can impact all the rest of our relationship with Egypt. We do not want that,” Clinton told reporters after her meeting with Amr in Munich.

    “We have worked very hard the last year to put in place financial assistance and other support for the economic and political reforms that are occurring in Egypt and we will have to closely review these matters as it comes time for us to certify whether or not any of these funds from our government can be made available under these circumstances,” Clinton said, according to Reuters.

    Beside the 19 Americans, five Serbs, two Germans and three non-Egyptian Arab nationals are reportedly among the 43 to face trial. A date has yet to be set, media reports said, quoting an Egyptian judiciary official.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/05/egypt-sends-43-aid-workers-including-1-americans-to-trial-over-illegal-funds/

  56. they have developed a marketing strategy and language that masks their true beliefs and what they want to happen. They are anti-sex.

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

    That’s strong language, and I’m sure that not all the members of those groups feel exactly that way. But it does seem to be a common factor in the actions and statements of their leaders, and many of their, er, lay-people.

    They’re certainly being deceptive in trying to label even common contraceptives as ‘abortifacients’! And in saying that an insurance policy that gives a non-Catholic cook an option for condoms is somehow preventing the Catholic hospital director from “practicing” HIS religion!

  57. Anti-Muslim generalities showing up lately, so here is a start at balancing the issue.

    http://www.juancole.com/2012/02/lyons-islam-women-and-the-west.html
    Jonathan Lyons
    ​What is most interesting about this seeming confusion between the imagined and the real, between reading and seeing, is the extent to which the former so often takes precedence over the latter. This, in turn, reflects the primacy in Western thought of the expert “text” – philological, anthropological, theological, etc. – over any lived experience or personal observation of the Muslim world. In fact, whenever observation or experience on the part of the travel writer, the memoirist, or the diplomat conflicts with textual evidence, the prevailing narrative dictates that the text almost certainly wins. Today, we see this in the myopia that plagues most Western news reporting and analysis from the Muslim world.
    In other words, Islam cannot be what the Muslims say or do or even what they say they mean, but only what a handful of “texts” – selected and then interpreted by the Western Islam expert – tells us it is and is not. This phenomenon reflects what I call the anti-Islam discourse, a totalizing western narrative that dates back to the run-up to the First Crusade at the close of the eleventh century.

  58. I am anti-Muslim TD. There are no moderate peace loving Muslims, it’s an illusion to perpetrate their Jihad with our blessings.

  59. The Telegraph
    *****

    Libyan militia accused of torturing to death ambassador to France
    One of Libya’s many new militias has been accused of detaining and apparently torturing to death a former ambassador to France, the latest allegation of brutality to mar the victorious revolutionaries’ reputation since the fall of Col Muammar Gaddafi.

  60. Since others have brought up flashpoint issues with statements from dubious sources, here’s something from the other side, on a current issue that we can do something very direct about: either donate to Planned Parenthood OR to the Komen ‘pink ribbon’ group who defunded PP’s anti-cancer service.

    According to this, Komen also opposes other government funding for breast cancer research or treatment. They want to do it all themselves. (Last I heard, they only spent about 25% of their donations on the actual purpose.)

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/01/1060885/-Behind-the-Pink-Curtain-Komens-Political-Agenda
    Upon calling my GOP senator and speaking with his aide, I was shocked to hear her tell me “Sen.__ can’t sign on as a co-sponsor to the bill because all the breast cancer groups aren’t in agreement on it.” Shocked, I asked her who was opposing it. She told me that Komen opposed the bill. When I asked her why, she explained that Komen felt that treatment for uninsured breast cancer patients should be funded through private donations, like the pink ribbon race.

  61. Feel that constitution crumbling?
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    Congress Calls for Accelerated Use of Drones in U.S.

    February 3rd, 2012 by Steven Aftergood

    A House-Senate conference report this week called on the Administration to accelerate the use of civilian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones,” in U.S. airspace.

    The pending authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration directs the Secretary of Transporation to develop within nine months “a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”

    “The plan… shall provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 30, 2015.”

    The conference bill, which still awaits final passage, also calls for establishment of UAS test ranges in cooperation with NASA and the Department of Defense, expanded use of UAS in the Arctic region, development of guidance for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems, and new safety research to assess the risk of “catastrophic failure of the unmanned aircraft that would endanger other aircraft in the national airspace system.”

    The Department of Defense is pursuing its own domestic UAS activities for training purposes and “domestic operations,” according to a 2007 DoD-FAA memorandum of agreement. (“Army Foresees Expanded Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace,” Secrecy News, January 19, 2012.)

    Update: In the recently enacted FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (section 1097), Congress mandated that “the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish a program to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system at six test ranges.” This new test range program is supposed to be established within 180 days.

    180 Responses to “Congress Calls for Accelerated Use of Drones in U.S.”
    Norman Says:
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    One would think that these Congress critters would have watched the movie “The Terminator” and would want to avoid what was hatched? Of course, that would require intelligence on their part, which seems sorely lacking at present. A preview of the dumbing down of the education system in the U.S.A.

    JustAGuy Says:
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    I remember to so-called privacy advocates were howling and gnashing their teeth when Bush implemented the Patriot Act.

    Obama had signed the continuation of the Patriot Act, but have gone FAR beyond Bush in clamping down on our privacy, yet the so-called privacy advocates that howled when Bush was president are conspicuously silent now that Obama is president.

  62. The VP of Komen, Karen Handel, ran for Governor of Georgia in 2010 and her blog gave this statement against abortion and against Planned Parenthood. Note that she wanted the state to stop even cancer-screening grants to PP that she admits had nothing to do with abortion.


    http://web.archive.org/web/20100921093610/http:/blog.karenhandel.com/2010/07/karen-handel-on-life-and-planned-parenthood/
    Home > Blog > Karen Handel on Life and Planned Parenthood
    Karen Handel on Life and Planned Parenthood
    I am staunchly and unequivocally pro-life. I believe in the sanctity and inherent dignity of human life, and I will be a pro-life governor who will work tirelessly to promote a culture of life in Georgia.
    [….]
    I believe that each and every unborn child has inherent dignity, that every abortion is a tragedy [….]
    First, let me be clear, since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood. During my time as Chairman of Fulton County, there were federal and state pass-through grants that were awarded to Planned Parenthood for breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as a “Healthy Babies Initiative.” The grant was authorized, regulated, administered and distributed through the State of Georgia. Because of the criteria, regulations and parameters of the grant, Planned Parenthood was the only eligible vendor approved to meet the state criteria. Additionally, none of the services in any way involved abortions or abortion-related services. In fact, state and federal law prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for abortions or abortion related services and I strongly support those laws. Since grants like these are from the state I’ll eliminate them as your next Governor.

  63. this is especially for the Newt supporters…there is so much irony in the article below…it was written in 1995 when Newt had become Speaker, he was still married to Marianne…it is a long piece that involves interviews with his family, his wives, and many co-workers from his early days right up until 1995 when it was written…

    after watching NG last night in his press conference, frankly I could only watch a bit of it because it was the usual over the top angry, bitter, cranky stuff he pulls out of his hat to go after who ever his target is at the time…right now, it is Romney…but if you study this man from the beginning…it is his usual pattern…

    I was going to say he is a boor and identified with many of the comments the media has made all day…flailing, over the top, etc…

    but honestly if you read this article and actually study this man, one can easily conclude that he does have some mental problems…call it bi-polar, call it ‘manic-depression’ which runs in his family, call it, by his own words, depression that in the past could have forced him to suicide or divorce…whatever label you want…this man is unstable and borderline dangerous…hopefully he makes R stronger and gets out of the way without causing too much damage…

    delusional might be the best word…

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    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newt/vanityfair1.html

    The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrichby Gail Sheehy

    Vanity Fair September 1995

    From the cauldron of his childhood — the father who abandoned him, the manic depressive mother who loved him too much, the stepfather whose anger shaped the family — Newt Gingrich emerged with a heroic need that became his mission. Talking to his inner circle of family, friends, and associates, and to the Speaker himself, GAIL SHEEHY learns the details of Newt’s wars, his women, and his contract with himself.

    article goes on…and on and on…

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    I asked it before, is this really the guy we want to entrust to take it to O?

  64. S
    February 5th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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    I mean no offense, but I can probably find just as much against Romney as you have against Gingrich.

    For me, Romney isn’t much different that the idiot in office. I respect your difference of opinion though.

  65. I don’t “like” any of the republicans running. But I think S is correctly pointing out that Gingrich, like Obama, is a walking Axis II (personality disorders). Romney is “just” your typical politician.

  66. that’s fine…we have agreed to disagree…it is the depth of the character flaws in G that are alarming…if you have extra time take a look at that article and you will see the pattern i am speaking of…

    as i mentioned earlier, if you support G to defeat O, I understand that, but to actually support the character of the man G is…is beyond me…

    I do not see those deep personal flaws in R or any similar history against savaging the clintons…

    I see R as a moderate now trapped in the primary as a conservative…someone who will tack back to the middle in the general…a man who has accomplishments in the business world, in running an international project in the Olympics and a man who was the governor of one of the bluest states in the country, Massachusetts and he was able to work with both sides there…plus he is independently wealthy and has a great family…good for him…

    …that does not mean that I “like” him…or everything that he says and stands for…

    I cannot say that I actually “like” either of them, but when I compare the character of one to the other…for me, there is no comparison…

    …and finally, again, we work with what we have got and I would prefer this whole thing was not what we were stuck with…but it is…for now…

  67. thank you Lorac, that is exactly what I am trying to do…I am not trying to get into petty back and forth…skim that Sheedy article and you cannot help but think, this guy has problems…

  68. Holethemaccountable,

    On Taqqiyah;

    Islamic concept of Al-Taqiyah to infiltrate and destroy kafir countries
    Title: Islamic concept of Al-Taqiyah to infiltrate and destroy kafir countries

    [8] (8) According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Taqiya: “spelled Taqiyah, Arabic Taqiyah (“self-protection”), in Islam, [is] the practice of concealing one’s belief and foregoing ordinary religious duties when under threat of death or injury to oneself or one’s fellow Muslims. The Qu’ran allows Muslims to profess friendship with the unbelievers (3:28) and even outwardly to deny their faith (16:106), if doing so would save them from imminent danger,” on the condition that their hearts remain attached to faith. Also see Larry Stirling, “On Taqiya’ and ‘Fatwas,'” San Diego Source, September 25, 2006; also Walid Phares, “al-Taqiyah: The Muslim Method of Conquest,” Freeman Center for Strategic Studies, December 1997.

    http://islamicdangerstill.blogspot.com/2009/03/title-islamic-concept-of-al-taqiyah-to.html
    Some more excerpts:
    In the early years of the Islamic conquest of the Arabian peninsula and in the Fatah (Arab-Islamic invasion and conquest of the upper Middle East and the outside world), a Muslim concept was devised to achieve success against the enemy (non Muslims), Al-Taqiyah. Al-Taqiyah, from the verb Ittaqu, means linguistically dodge the threat. Politically it means simulate whatever status you need in order to win the war against the enemy …
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    They were “legitimate” mujahedeen, whose mission was to undermine the enemy’s resistance and level of mobilization. One of their major objectives was to cause a split among the enemy’s camp while downplaying the issues related to Islam (“Oh, I am not religious.” “Oh, that is not Islam, you are mistaken, there is so much misinformation.” “Oh, it is in the interpretation.” “Brother, Islam is all about peace and love and music just like in the 60s.”) In many instances, they convinced their targeted audiences that Jihad is not aimed at them, that indigenous people are not targeted. Meanwhile the (allegedly) “un Islamic” Muslims continued their attacks on the target’s property and life (e.g. Lashkar-e Toyiba, Mujahideen and Osama Bin Laden’s
    declaration of war against innocent American civilians).
    ************************************************************

    Al-Taqiyah was a formidable weapon, used by the first dynasties and strategists. Today, scholars may identify it as deception. But the Jihadic deception was and still is more powerful than the James Bondian methods of Western classical intelligence tactics, for the simple reason that it has a civilizational, global dimension versus the narrow State interest of the regular Western subversive
    methods
    ******************************************************

    Al-Taqiyah is still in use today (and is widely practised and acknowledged by the Shi’ite sect) but not necessarily State-organized. Arab-Islamic missionaries are slowly converting the disillusioned criminal classes of the Western world by feeding them a Western “moderate” version of Islam (at the same time denouncing the actions of Muslims in the rest of the world as Un Islamic e.g. Taliban, GIA & FIA [Armed Islamic Front] of Algeria, Hamas, Lashkar -e Toyiba, Bin Laden and company, etc.)

    It is done to prevent the new converts from seeing the real face of Islam; at least until their faith or mental conditioning is strong enough to make them turn against their own country and people.

    A good example is the growing influence of Islamists in the Americas. On the one hand, American embassies, trade facilities, soldiers and intelligence infrastructures are under attack (but denounced as un-Islamic for the benefit of the new American converts).

    On the other hand, the multiplying Islamic community (due to illegal immigration, paper marriages, religious visas granted to the religious men) attempts to pass itself off as “peace loving” and patriotic. In their own circles, the same community will liberally and violently denounce America, the West and its values (freedom, individualism, secularism, capitalism, scientific materialism, benign rehabilitation of criminals, prevention of cruelty against animals, women and gay rights).

    One can easily detect Taqiyah in the two discourses used by Islamist strategists. On the one hand, one comprehensive Islamist theory is attempting to mobilize the Middle East, and sometimes Western Christian leaders and intellectuals, against “evil Jews”.

    They are forming alliances with everyone from Animal Rights’ groups (to attack the Jewish tradition of slaughter which is ironically similar in cruelty to the Islamic way) to Far Right fundamentalists (to push for censorship of critiques of Islam and attack every forward thinking movement like women’s rights and gay rights).

    We see considerable success on that level. And on the other hand, another Islamist comprehensive theory is attempting – with success also – to mobilize the Jews against “evil and pagan Christians”.

    One can easily detect the sophisticated work of Taqiyah, for the strategic objective of Islamists is to destroy the foundations of the non Muslim civilizations, as a prelude to the defeat of an isolated Israel, India, United States of America, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Egypt, Afghanistan, etc.

    Taqiyah is not a unique phenomenon in history. Many strategists from all backgrounds implemented subversion. But the uniqueness of today’s Taqiyah is its success within advanced and sophisticated societies. Taqiyah is winning massively because of the immense lack of knowledge among Western elites, both Jewish and Christian.

    There is much more at the link.

  69. btw…one more thing…i caught a bit of the morning shows and can’t remember if it was the chris hayes or chris matthews show but on one of them they are suggesting that democrats support G and donate to him because the longer he is in, the better it is for O…that G is helping O

  70. Some things to think about:
    -should Romney secure the R nomination conservatives will stay home again just like 2008, how is that working out for ya?
    -should Romney not provide bonda fide documentation that support his natural born citizen status; a great number of people will see him as no dfferent from the Pretender-In-Chief that is in the oval office now..whoever gets the R nomination absolutely has to to be the polar opposite of ObaMAO in every respect
    -the SURE way to ignite conservative opposition to whatever(shall we say less than conservative) candidate you want to see elected is to insult their religious beliefs…
    -if Romney wants backing as the R nominee, he can not use lies and Alinsky tactics against the other primary candidates….he must save his bullets for the general…the primary is a skirmish, the real war comes after the primary.
    -while the registered Independent voters may be crucial in the general, there is a primary election to get through first
    -notice the coalesced groups of Tea Party have not backed one candidate; there is no one they can back; their support is crucial in both elections.
    -Tea Party voters seem to be looking more at races other than the POTUS; they will effect the outcome of the senate and house….that alone would keep whatever liberal is in the white house in check….
    -disparage those candidates and voters who do not agree with your candidate choice all you want; but as history of Hillary supporters suggest, memories are long.
    -of course Romney has an adavantage, he has been running for President for almost a decade now;and he has more money than God. But, if this primary election can be bought, as suggested in the state of Florida, then we can all just give up now on saving America and we can quit bickering, save our strength and enjoy what time America has left. Be sure to hug your little ones in the family real tight, for their future has been sealed.
    -Romney will enjoy victories for the month of February; but I want to think that he has not been annointed…..yet.

  71. .
    The “Religion of Peace” is at it again.

    Pakistani “Honor” Killings: Three Women Murdered For Having “Loose Morals”…

    (Express Tribune) — Kot Chuttha police have arrested a man who has admitted to killing his wife, Samina, her sister (his brother’s wife) and their mother in collusion with his brother in a Dera Ghazi Khan village.

    Talking to The Express Tribune at the police station, Ismaeel said he did not believe he had committed a crime. “My wife and her sister (his brother’s wife) had loose morals. They deserved death. I can’t let my wife talk to other men,” he said. He said he had caught Samina (his wife) talking to a man over cell phone.

  72. if you support G to defeat O, I understand that, but to actually support the character of the man G is…is beyond me…

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

    Or G’s policies, or any policy wildly opposing the Clintons’ policies. Punishing Obama for cheating in 2008 and bowing to the GOP is understandable — but supporting GOP policies is … not good.

  73. They are forming alliances with everyone from Animal Rights’ groups (to attack the Jewish tradition of slaughter which is ironically similar in cruelty to the Islamic way)

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

    Huh? Humane slaughter is a main concern in Kosher standards. Maybe this claim will cast doubt on the writer of this material.

  74. they are suggesting that democrats support G and donate to him because the longer he is in, the better it is for O…that G is helping O

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

    Operation Chaos in reverse.

  75. Wow, lots of nasty hateful anti-Muslim bigotry being posted now. I’m going out but will try to post some balancing material later.

  76. Despite your grandiose self-vision you are not the arbiter of so-called “balancing” material on this blog so please save us and yourself the trouble.

    What’s hateful? The truth is hateful? Whose fault is that? I would say it lies with those responsible for the hateful actions of honor killings, beheadings, jihad and taqqiyah.

    It’s unbelievable that you feel those true hateful realities need to be balanced. Sounds like the Taqquisuts have gotten to you.

    “One of their major objectives was to cause a split among the enemy’s camp while downplaying the issues related to Islam (”Oh, I am not religious.” “Oh, that is not Islam, you are mistaken, there is so much misinformation.” “Oh, it is in the interpretation.” “Brother, Islam is all about peace and love and music just like in the 60s.”) In many instances, they convinced their targeted audiences that Jihad is not aimed at them, that indigenous people are not targeted. Meanwhile the (allegedly) “un Islamic” Muslims continued their attacks on the target’s property and life (e.g. Lashkar-e Toyiba, Mujahideen and Osama Bin Laden’s declaration of war against innocent American civilians).”

    Or is the “hateful” reality about Islam just to heartbreaking for you to accept or comprehend?

  77. “[8] (8) According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Taqiya: “spelled Taqiyah, Arabic Taqiyah (”self-protection”), in Islam, [is] the practice of concealing one’s belief and foregoing ordinary religious duties when under threat of death or injury to oneself or one’s fellow Muslims.”

    Wow, isn’t that terrible. To allow someone to conceal his religion WHEN UNDER THREAT OF DEATH OR INJURY.

    Brittanica is a decent source. I don’t have time to see if the following was also from Brittanica, or is just some bigot’s opinion of what the Koran says:

    “The Qu’ran allows Muslims to profess friendship with the unbelievers (3:28) and even outwardly to deny their faith (16:106), if doing so would save them from imminent danger,” on the condition that their hearts remain attached to faith.”

    But Brittanica does not support the writer’s claims about the Koran supporting infiltration etc. The writer is just re-defining ‘taq’ for his own purposes. (Compare Clinton Derangement Syndrome patients re-defining words that Bill or Hillary or their supporters used, calling them ‘dog-whistles’. Cite the word use, plug in their own definition, and presto, the Clintons are ‘raaacist’.)

  78. short termer, I don’t think conservatives will stay home if they have a shot at O…this time around…(Please space your comments a little more between…my eyesight fails me when it is all bunched together)

    I don’t think the eligibility issue will surface to any detriment

    as far as i am concerned R must fight fire with fire to beat O …and one would expect no less of G (except that he is at a $$$ disadvantage this time and wastes all his time whining about R and getting into the weeds…again…it is all about him…just like O…I am sick of these narcissists and their ego gratification)

    I believe in the last two wins R is starting to win the tea party and conservative vote…his momentum is beginning to build

    I am not aware that he has insulted any religious groups, that story about kosher food and seniors was debunked as false

    most of the Hillary supporters and moderate repubs that I know will actually go and vote for R, they will not make that effort for G (G is not a well liked person and he has burned many bridges, that is a fact)

    and finally you say:

    of course Romney has an adavantage, he has been running for President for almost a decade now;and he has more money than God. But, if this primary election can be bought, as suggested in the state of Florida, then we can all just give up now on saving America and we can quit bickering, save our strength and enjoy what time America has left. Be sure to hug your little ones in the family real tight, for their future has been sealed.

    …well, I am happy that he has more money than God as you put it, because if we are serious here and really want O beat…then we need someone who has those resources…because you recall how Hillary was outspent i believe 7 to 1 and how the MSM protected the boob…

    well, whoever we support needs to fight back – hard and often…and it will take unlimited $$ to do so…

    ok, that’s it for me now…going off to enjoy the day and give some “hugs” : )

    and btw…for all our differences of opinion here…it is still the smartest and the best place to be…

  79. Oh, and while you’re so busy “balancing” (translation -disseminating propaganda) try “balancing the DC OWS attack on a police officer by way of a brick to the face or “balancing” the Canadian honor killing not even being discussed in perspective in this country wherein a father killed three daughters and an (ex) wife) for corrupting the family honor.

    What’s that? You haven’t heard about it? I wonder why. Maybe it’s an “inconvenient” truth which doesn’t quite fit BO’s “Islam is such a lovely religion” stance.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Honour+killings+rise+Canada+Expert/3165638/story.html

  80. basil,

    There’s a story apparently true, about a Christian preacher doing something very cruel to the pet of a neighbor’s child. I’m not posting that, because it’s not typical of Christians or Christianity.

    The nasty stories being posted about Muslims aren’t typical of Muslims or Islam either.

    Isolated cruelty or crazy people can be found in all religions. A large, less isolated example is the Catholics who will not give emergency contraception to injured rape victims who cannot ‘go to another hospital’.

    All this sort of anti-Muslim stuff has been discussed before. Must you start it again?

  81. If you really want to understand taqiyah watch this.

    Surely you have 8 minutes to spare in between all your “balancing.”

  82. try “balancing the DC OWS attack on a police officer by way of a brick to the face

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

    That sounds like a story that could use some balancing too. 😉

  83. Perhaps you did not see the clip which His44 admin opened this blog with. Or maybe you didn’t see the one about demographics. Or maybe you just tune out whenever the truth about Islam is discussed.

    Whatever. Don’t expect others to share your deliberate dismissal of reality.

    As far as what should or should not be discussed again, who the he11 are you to try to control that? Is it uncomfortable yo you? Well, scroll on by. Are you trying to prevent others from reading the truth pr “protect’ them? That’s not your role. You are just a lone blogger.

    Ohm and BTW, HONOR KILLING is an ACCEPTED and RESPECTED tenet of Sharia Law – you know – Islamic law – while an individual Christian who hurts a pet is NOT acting under the proscribed tenets of his faith!

    YOU DO NOT GET IT OR you do not WANT to get it.

    That is not my fault. Nor will it keep me from posting material on a subject that our admin opened this thread with. Or maybe you didn’t notice that.

  84. Here’s a really terrific article about Romney I though you would enjoy..

    Steve Steckler Chairman and founder, Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) :
    Romney will be better for the poor, and middle class
    Mitt Romney is getting grief for another out-of-context comment that is barely worth discussing other than as a reminder of how the gotcha game forces candidates to parse their words with excruciating care.  In a CNN interview he said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor; we have a safety net there.  If it needs repair, I’ll repair it.  I’m not concerned about the very rich; I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans right now who are struggling.” 
    Aside from bobbling the percentage thing, Romney’s comment was a reasonable one.  Growing up in the 1960s I saw firsthand how the Great Society programs transformed a rock-bottom segment of hungry and ill-clothed families into one where children no longer begged neighbors for food and went without essential medical care.  And of course, we can do more.  But the most revealing part of his comments is this: “If it needs repair, I’ll repair it.”  That one statement says everything about Mitt Romney as a person and as a candidate. 
    To Romney, the American people are his board of directors, the ones who set the goals and evaluate performance.  If they determine something needs to be fixed, whether it’s the economy or the social safety net (including health insurance for everyone), then Mitt the CEO will accomplish it better than anyone, and probably provide an extra dividend to boot, like leaving more money for other important needs.  He did it for Bain, he did it for the Olympics, and for the most part he did it for Massachusetts.  Just don’t ask him for the agenda, which explains why people have a hard time identifying what he stands for other than God, country and the sweet hum of an accomplished government. 
    Contrast this approach with Obama, to whom the goals – and specifically his goals – are everything: the reason he wants to be president, the reason he thinks he should be president, and the reason he can be so nasty toward those he feels don’t share his goals.  This attribute both energizes and cripples him, makes him a terrible listener, and undermines his credibility as a collaborator (as evidenced in the debt ceiling negotiations).  And while his foremost goal is probably to eliminate poverty and injustice, his obsessiveness is why he will fail.
    The truth is, Obama doesn’t much care about the middle class except as a euphemism; he cares about the poor but believes saying middle class is better politics for his agenda and his reelection, betting correctly that they – along with the morally suspect cohort above $200,000-a-year – don’t care as much about the poor as he does.  It is why he proposes grandiose, government-heavy solutions to economic mobility problems that are actually much narrower, and tends to demonize opponents over differences that are much smaller than the stakes.  
    Romney cares more about the middle class than Obama because Romney’s concern is genuine, and grounded in a certain Christian – and notably Mormon – belief in proving (to God) and improving (through effort) oneself while on Earth, and in enabling that success for others.  Envy and justice never enter into it.  Accordingly, he supports policies that help the poor and middle class help themselves rather than merely using the middle class as a political vehicle through which to divert more of the nation’s income to the poor.  It’s why he supports anti-poverty policies (read his book; he’s serious) that are oriented toward “earned mobility” into the middle class rather than mere redistribution and the punishment of higher-earners. 
    Atop this contrast in motivation is Romney’s economic perspective.  If you doubt that a rising tide lifts all boats, then try lifting every boat without a tide.  You can’t, and in economic terms, you can’t afford it.  A half point of foregone annual GDP growth, whether due to redistributionist tax rates or a greater government share of the economy, will over a decade’s time keep more people in poverty and reduce middle class mobility more than the absence of any program that Obama has ever proposed.  It is why, among other reasons, that by the end of 2016 a Romney presidency will have been better for the poor, and the middle class, than another four years of militant, goal-driven ineptitude.

  85. If you doubt that a rising tide lifts all boats, then try lifting every boat without a tide.

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    Actually what happens is that as the poor get poorer, the rich get richer — buying the homes that the poor can no longer afford, and hiring the poor at lower wages.

  86. OK all you amateur sleuths with a couple of minutes to kill.

    Now THIS is strange.

    The judge who ruled BO eligible for the GA ballot is listed at a Georgia website; http://www.osah.ga.gov/judges-dir-detail.aspx?StaffID=mmalihi,

    HOWEVER, ALL of the other judges have bios posted except for Malihi.

    Some are speculating he is an Iranian Muslim. He was appointed in 1995. Even one of the attorney’s on the site has a blog post.

    What say you all?

  87. BASIL99
    February 5th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Perhaps you did not see the clip which His44 admin opened this blog with. Or maybe you didn’t see the one about demographics. Or maybe you just tune out whenever the truth about Islam is discussed.

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

    Huh? The clip that this blog is opened with is about Trump endorsing Romney.

    video.foxnews.com/v/1432383114001/trump-romney-is-what-the-country-needs-part-1/?playlist_id=86858

    Here’s a transcript of Greta interviewing Trump afterwards:
    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/2012/02/03/trump-romney-has-best-chance-beating-obama-really-understands-china-and-phony-opec

    Getting Islam into that would be great infiltration. 😉

    Must go now, bbl.

  88. O.M.G.!

    Calling all sleuths.

    Here’s another case which should be of great interest to those concerned about the natural born citizen issue.

    Check this video!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aCfR8rmrw

    In it, the authors present 8 congressional attempts over the past 8 years to change the “natural born citizen” part of the constitution. John Conyers introduced amendments twice as did Claire MaCaskill.

    BO and HRC both sponsored amendments for the John McCain amendment.

    And even more stunning, just before his inauguration BO is said to have met privately with 8 of the 9 supreme court justices. Alito was absent. Experts say that meeting might have been unethical and illegal. No reporters were allowed. The supreme court has never considered any of the cases against BO. The justices met with BO even though they had pending cases against him.

    What does everyone think of this?

  89. Scroll down. 🙄

    admin
    February 4th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Another important video from this past week on a day that Russia and China protected Syria’s Assad:

  90. turndownobama
    February 5th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    Anti-Muslim generalities showing up lately, so here is a start at balancing the issue.
    ************

    Daniel Pearl…9/11…USS Cole…Madrid bombings…London bombings… Jihad in Holland Update – Churches burned by Muslims – terrorists threaten Dutch police with beheading…The “Religion of Peace” is at it again…Pakistani “Honor” Killings: Three Women Murdered For Having “Loose Morals” in CANADA NO LESS……Honor Killing in Texas Muslim Father kills his girls, and the Muslim community is hiding the pig father…NY:”Moderate” Muslim Leader Beheads Wife…shall I go on? WTF

  91. Bill O’Reilly on out-of-control PC toward Muslims.

    What would have happened if a Catholic had killed his 3 daughters and ex-wife in defense of his “honor” as defined by his religion?

    Political Correctness and Muslims

    • Bill O’Reilly

    Feb 04, 2012

    The story is grisly: a husband and wife murdering their three young daughters, ages 19, 17 and 13, by drowning them along with their stepmother. The couple was assisted by their 21-year-old son. All were found guilty of first-degree murder in Ontario, Canada. They were sentenced to life in prison.

    Mohammad Shafia and his wife, Tooba, immigrated to Canada from Afghanistan in 2007. Being Muslims, they believe in Sharia law, which in some cases allows so-called “honor killings” — that is, if a family member deviates from strict Muslim teachings, other family members can execute them. Of course, that’s insane. But under the Taliban in Afghanistan and in some other parts of the world, “honor killings” are allowed.

    In his eyes, Shafia’s three daughters were guilty of becoming westernized, wearing nontraditional Muslim clothing and associating with the dreaded Christians. So this demented father ordered the girls killed, as well as his first wife, whom he believed was aiding them in their alleged transgressions.

    Reporting on the story in America has been scant and strange. According to the Media Research Center, the initial Associated Press report made no mention of the fact that the convicted murderers are Muslim. They were described as “Afghan.” In fact, the only theology mentioned in the AP dispatch is Christianity, used while describing the boyfriend of one of the daughters.

    On NBC’s “Nightly News,” anchor Brian Williams said this: “A verdict has been reached in a murder case that’s gotten a lot of attention because it involved so-called honor killings of family members. In this case, an Afghan family living in Canada. It is a culture clash getting a lot of attention to our north.”

    Culture clash? Between whom? Afghans and Canadians? What is Williams talking about?
    The reporter on the story, Kevin Tibbles, also avoided using the word “Muslim.” He described the motivation for the violence as “a strict religious family that felt it had been disgraced.”

    What religion? Incredibly, the reporter didn’t say.

    This is no coincidence. The politically correct U.S. media are frightened by Muslim violence. They avoid the issue whenever they can.

    Just think about what would happen if a Catholic father murdered his daughter for having an abortion. Would the AP and NBC News not have mentioned the religion involved? I think we all know the answer to that ques February 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  92. gonzotx
    February 5th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Gonzo, I fear it is too late. She has clearly already been “assimilated.”

    👿

  93. Not always crazy about Buchanon but this is a must-read.

    BUCHANAN TO OBAMA
    cid:740A084891DA4B6C81FC8142DE38C5ED@BERNIEBy Patrick J. Buchanan

    Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America . Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to…. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

    First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.. Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

    Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ‘ 60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
    We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude??

    Barack talks about new ‘ladders of opportunity’ for blacks. Let him go to Altoona ? And Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for ‘deserving’ white kids…? Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America ? Is it really white America ‘s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

    Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence.

    Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

    We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al Charleton, about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena . And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

    Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago. This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!!!

    Because I’m for a better America

    I am Not racist, Not violent, Just not silent anymore.

  94. Basill99, the Malihi name is hard to research as you may well know. I tried to surmise what the orgins of the name were, maybe these names will give a clue; they may not be related to the Judge, but there few others with that surname that were found; and in 1990s he lived in Massachuscetts. Here are some people by the surname that surfaced with a cursory attempt:

    Mahmood Malihi 52 Boston, MA

    Samuel Malihi 49 Valley Village, CA

    B Malihi 45 Radcliff, KY

    Mozaber Malihi 50 San Jose, CA

    Zarrin L Malihi 49 Gaithersburg, MD

    Ali A Malihi 56 Cambridge, MA

    Barham Malihi 48 Chantilly, VA

    Mahmood Malihi Mattapnan and Chestnut Hill MA

    Mohammed T Malihi 1931 – 1998 obtained ss card in California

    Talat T Malihi 1931 –

    Mahood Malihi Boston, MA

    Palat Malihi 80 Boston, MA

    R Malihi 43 Boston, MA

    Mahzad Malihi 37 Malden, MA

    Hassan Malihi Died at 81 Boston, MA

  95. ShortTermer,

    Wow. You are fast. i haven’t gotten that far but here’s something from one of the other blogs.

    Names/Aliases:Michael M Malihi
    Michael M Molihi

    Has lived in:

    Atlanta, GA
    Alpharetta, GA
    Westport, CT
    Fairfield, CT

    Related to:

    Mehdi Malihi
    Masoud M Malihi
    Malie S Malihi
    Mahzad Malihi
    Lia E Malihi

    Do you find it strange that Malihi is the only one of 14 names listed without a bio?

  96. Mahzad Malihi’s wife was Talet T Malihi.
    Mahzad Malihi bor 29 Nov either 1918 or 1921
    died 4 Jan 2003 in Boston, Suffolk County, MA

    Talet T. Malihi born 17 Aug 1931. Lived at several address in MA; 1985 lived in Chestnut Hill, MA.

  97. Here’s the rest of the scant info on Judge Malihi. Does this help?

    Michael M. Malihi
    Deputy Chief State Admin.
    230 Peachtree St., N.E., Ste. 850
    Atlanta, Georgia
    (DeKalb & Fulton Cos.)
    Experience & Credentials
    Practice Areas
    Employment Law; Housing Law; Domestic Relations law
    University University of Alabama, B.A.
    Law School Boston University, J.D.
    Admitted 1991
    ISLN 900907621

  98. Oops, Talet T Malihi’s husband was Hassan Malihi who die in 2003 in Boston, MA. Please disregard the info on Mahzad Mihili on my 6:43 pm post.

  99. Obama an team seem to be whipping up the Catholics into an all out frenzy, my question is why?. I think it might have something to do with Sharia law. I think they are going to back down and allow the Catholics to practice there belief’s. This then opens the doors to the Muslims to say we want to practice are belief’s in Sharia. There just seems to be something going on here.

  100. For those lacking time to view th clipI posted at here is a written summary of its contents.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aCfR8rmrw

    In it, the authors present 8 congressional attempts over the past 8 years to change the “natural born citizen” part of the constitution. John Conyers introduced amendments twice as did Claire MaCaskill.

    GUL

    If Obama has no Natural Born Citizenship problem why did Congress try to fix it? Coach Collins, on February 5th, 2012

    Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer

    Congress made eight different attempts to alter our U.S. Constitution concerning the Natural Born Citizenship Clause according to the apocalyptic video documentary done with research by Senior Pastor Carl Gallups proving they knew Barack Obama lacked presidential eligibility prior to the 2008 election! If there was no problem for Obama why would these people do this? There had never been a question of Natural Born Citizenship in our lifetimes! Why fix what wasn’t broken?

    The youtube video goes on to reveal a secret, closed door meeting was held with eight Supreme Court Justices just prior to the January 2009 Inauguration that sent our other courts an unspoken message to don’t go there. Plaintiff attorneys with cases were pending at the time were not allowed into this meeting! Only Justice Samuel Allito declined to attend this secret meeting.

    Here, as revealed in the Gallups video, are the eight different attempts to amend our Constitution to accommodate Obama’s eligibility questions:

    1. On June 11, 2003: House Joint Resolution # 59, introduced by Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR), failed to obtain a vote; it sought to allow non-natural born U.S. citizens, “but who have been citizens of the U.S. for at least 35 years,” to serve as President or Vice President.

    2. On Sept. 3, 2003: Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced HJR#67 which would have lowered to only 20 years the citizen requirement. It, too, failed to make an official vote.

    3. On Feb. 25, 2004, Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK) failed in his attempt to deflect this obvious attack on our Constitution by introducing Senate Bill 2128 which failed on merit.

    4. On Sept. 15, 2004, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (R-CA), submitted House Joint Resolution 104 that required only a 20 year citizenship but no NBC status; it subsequently failed.

    5. On Jan. 4, 2005, the Conyers HJR 02 failed in its attempt to push through the Rohrabacher 20 year eligibility bill.

    6. On Feb. 1, 2005, Rohrabacher submitted a revised version of his 20 year citizenship requirement, (without the NBC stipulation) with HJR 15.

    7. On April 14, 2005, Snyder reintroduced HJR # 42, requiring 35 years of being a U.S. citizen. Had this resolution passed, Barack Obama just barely would have been eligible in 2005.

    8. On Feb. 28, 2008, Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) attempted to add language onto SB 2678, Children of the Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act, to again weaken the NBC clause. Co-sponsors of the failed legislation were Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama!. By the way, was not the John McCain eligibility hearing really a head fake to draw attention away from the Democrats’ elephant in the room?

    “This is (a) 100 times worse situation (than Watergate); this is a crime against the Constitution and all the people of the U.S. Obama is not who he says he is, ” says Charles Kerckner whose eligibility lawsuit was turned down by our Supreme Court

  101. lisaque
    February 5th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Interesting. But won’t work, IMHO. Why would the western religions in this country allow any of the barbarities associated with Sharia? The belief system is antithetical to the Judeo-Christian doctrine.

    Unless, of course, Christians and Jews and all other NON-Islamic peoples decide to just roll mover and play dead for the planned invasion.

    See The grand Jihad posted by admin at the top of the thread. See Muslim Demographics, the clip posted mid-thread. See Three things you probably didn’t know about Islam posted mid-thread.

    This IS a war – a war AGAINST the woman-suppressing barbaric backwards religion known as Islam. And while I am neither Christian nor Jew I will join the fight to protect this country against one of the most disgusting vile and inhumane religions/governments in existence.

  102. Malie S Milihi was born 21 May 1948 and has lived in Scottsdale Arizona [there is a Seyed M Milihi there as well], Apharetta Georgia and Northridge California.

  103. Great, ShortTermer but what about Michael Malihi??????????????

    That’s the guy who just conspired to let BO continue his illegitimate occupation of the U.S.

    (Sorry -very passionate about this).

    Don’t his college attendance provide any clues? And, BTW, where are you searching? Can you share?

  104. Lisque,

    Is BO working with the Ayatollah in a squeeze play?

    Iranian Ayatollah calls for killing all Jews and destroying Israel.

    By Reza Kahlili

    The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.

    The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.

    Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

  105. I know this is far-fetched so if you don’t feel like humoring me just scroll by.

    About Lisque’s question why BO seems to be attacking Catholicism.

    Maybe he really, deliberately is.

    Here’s my new theory. We know that Catholics are basically against birth control of any kind, one of the last remaining US institutions to maintain that stance.

    We know from Muslim demographics that in a few decades the sheer numbers of Muslim-born children will overtake most European countries native populations with the same to follow in the Canada and the US.

    Ladies, (most) of us know that living under Christianity hasn’t been perfect but I believe most here would agree it’s a heck-of-a-lot better than living life as a Muslim woman.

    Muslim women practice little birth control as evidenced by their high birth rates and the fact men can take more than one wife.

    So what IF the BO is encouraging a quicker wind-down of US population by making ALL organizations, even those largely responsible for replenishing the current population (a lot of Hispanics are Catholic) offer birth control even more readily that it is currently available.

    And I am saying all this as one who believes whole-heartedly in a woman’s choice.

    But I’m just looking bigger picture for a minute.

    The instant civil liberties fail women are the first to lose their rights.

    Anyway, I know it’s a conspiracy theory way-over-the-top but who the heck knows.

    Thank you for not throwing rotten tomatoes at me.

    BTW, I don’t like football and I’m still out of work coz of shoulder injury so unfortunately for some of you I have extra time on my hands.

    :LOL:

  106. The number of Catholics in the world edged up 1% in 2009, the Vatican says, bringing to 1.18 billion the number of adherents of the world’s largest church, about one in five of the global population.

    A recent Pew Forum study finds Catholics are still outnumbered by 1.57 billion Muslims, nearly one in four of the world’s population.

    According to the Vatican’s statistics, Muslims surpassed Catholics in 2006. The 2008 yearbook editor Monsignor Vittorio Formenti told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, “While it is known that Muslim families continue to have many children, Christian families are having fewer.”

  107. Good Evening all.

    One of my friends forwarded me this link of 2 interviews with native american activists, but they were interviewed by Alex Jones, who in my opinion I tend not to take seriously. However this interview, at the beginning when one of these activists speaks of our Constitution is really worth a listen, and then the second activist later on explains how the economy is in a huge heap of trouble, just a smokescreen and ignorance of the MSM and many citizens that keep this facade going.

    I thought it was very interesting, just fast forward over the parts where Jones speaks, he tends to go off the rails sometimes, so its hard to take him seriously, but to be fair, he does have the most interesting guests. This is one of them I thought.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/thealexjoneschannel?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/138/Wzz-axYZurE

  108. Well, according to the US Statistical abstract for 2012 there are roughly 151 million Christians in the US with Catholics, about 42 million, making up the largest single group.

    But it also says there are only roughly a half million Muslims and a little over 3 million jews.

    Does that sound right??????????????

  109. Hello Basil. Appreciate all the links and posts, not sure how many christians in the US, that sounds a bit low though, country has about 310 million, I remember reading over 200 million are christians, the rest are other denominations. I think it may even be more that 200 million, because what are the major denominations? Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddists, Aethists. So lets say the stats you posted, 1 million muslims, 3 million jews, 1 million hindus, 10 million for the rest of the non-christian denominations, that still leaves well over 200 million who consider themselves christians, practicing or not.

  110. Tim,

    Great find.

    “We are a nation of convenience, not a nation of culture>” and because of that, when the sh!t hits the fan (sometime this year according to both chiefs) there will be no unity, just identity with geographic areas from the Mid-Atlantic to New England, the south to the northwest, the northern plains to Texas,

    – inflation to go up 30% this year following 23% over BO’s enure so far.

    – America has turned into one giagantic Indian reservation.

    – “Funny Money” has doomed us – the fed buying T-Bills with no value and printing more money with no value while the world turns to other currencies and payment methods.

    – A nation built in deceit will fail in deceit – more about how the “perfect” document, the constitution, based on Iroquois methodology, has been diluted and watered down for decades, eroding American freedoms while no one notices.

    Very interesting.

    I liked the Lakota Chief.

  111. Basil, yes, it was a good interview, do you follow Zerohedge dot com? They have really good info, very up to date info, when it comes to the economy. In fact on Friday, they were the first to immediately draw attention to the fact that 1.2 million americans left the workforce, all the while all the Obama enablers in the media were jumping for joy.

    The reason the polls with respect to the economy aren’t changing is because the propoganda being peddled by the Obama worshipping media is no longer believed, maybe if there was no Internet, people would have been continued to be fooled, but they aren’t. I mean if the main reason the unemploy. rate keeps going down is because the labor force is shrinking, people stop looking, then what’s to stop another 1 million people to completely give up, and the rate shrinks even more, those people who used to work aren’t going to be comforted by a 8% umemploy. rate, they still don’t have work, even if they stopped looking.

  112. “while Muslim population tripled from 1990 to 1,390,000 in 2008.”

    Basil, your theory about the war against catholics might have some truth to it after seeing these numbers. LOL.

  113. Jews, 3,137,000 to 2,680,000

    Catholics 46,004,000 to 57,199,000

    Christians 151,225,000 to 173,402,000

    Muslims 527,000 to 1,349,000.

  114. Tim,

    You and others will be happy to know pain meds necessitate my self-removal from the blog at this time.

    😀

  115. 8. On Feb. 28, 2008, Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) attempted to add language onto SB 2678, Children of the Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act, to again weaken the NBC clause. Co-sponsors of the failed legislation were Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama!.

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

    !!!!!!!! indeed!

  116. BASIL99
    February 5th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    For those lacking time to view th clipI posted at here is a written summary of its contents.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aCfR8rmrw
    ______________

    Thanks, Basil-

    After looking up the text of the bills mentioned in your clip which Hillary supported- There is nothing she supported that would help Obama’s situation gaining Natural Born Citizen status- the 2 Bills Hillary supported require both parents be US Citizens for their child/children to be considered Natural Born.
    _______

    to “that” person… I’m sure you know what you can do with your 9 exclamation punctuation marks… indeed!

  117. “Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) attempted to add language onto SB 2678, Children of the Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act, to again weaken the NBC clause.”

    You mean Claire McCaskill’s bill SB 2678 — which Hillary co-sponsored — didn’t really “again weaken the NBC clause”?

  118. didn’t really “again weaken the NBC clause”?
    ______________

    Both parents as US Citizens- language appearing in both bills. Added to the fact, it never got out of committee. FAILED!

  119. What I have found so far: Masoud M Milini might be the same person as Michael M Milini. Michael M Milini was born 6 Aug 1959 but can not find out where, suspect Tehran, Iran.

    A Mahmood Milini born April 1959 and who according to the Boston Globe Newspaper immigrated here in 1976 Age: 17
    Immigration from :Tehran, Tehran, Iran Malihi, who left Tehran 29 years ago [in 2005] to attend Tufts University. Boston Globe Newspaper: Mahmood Malihi, chief operating officer, Leggat McCall Properties, Boston.

    I suspect that this Mahmood Milini and likely the Seyed Milihi are related to Masoud M Milihi aka Michael M Milihi. That is all the info so far.

    He seems to have left no trace of his birth, existence, or any biography.

  120. February 6th, 2012 at 12:37 am
    =================

    According to the quote I posted, Hillary co-sponsored SB 2678, which ATTEMPTED to weaken NBC. So the posted clip is attacking Hillary too.

  121. The connection to Judge Michael Milihi, an Iranian, is Valerie Jarret.

    …………

    She went to Atlanta the week before the Trial on the pretext of giving a fiery speech and Obama went to Disney World…

    Question: WHY did Jarrett go to GEORGIA to make her menacing presence felt? And why is Obama going to Disney World on Thursday . . . in Florida, Georgia’s neighboring state . . . just seven days before the trial scheduled by Georgia’s Judge Michael Malihi to hear evidence why Obama should not be allowed on Georgia’s ballot?

    You decide. Read this summary and then, for more details, follow up its links.

    Court to hear Obama eligibility challenge on merits, first time

    h..w..renewamerica.com/columns/williams/120104

    Judge Malihi has denied Obama’s pretrial motion to dismiss. Judge Malihi is determined to hear this case on its merits.

    So, again . . . Why did Valerie Jarrett not go to any church or auditorium or rally in any state other than Georgia to deliver her menacing tirade?

    …………..

    sorry, woke up out of a sound sleep with Valerie Jarret’s name in my mind.. I had to find out why- remembered part of this post at Ulsterman’s. Jarret/Atlanta/both Iranian

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/01/17/valerie-jarrett-blasts-republicans-threatens-layoffs-of-teachers-firefighters-and-police/

  122. turndownobama
    February 6th, 2012 at 4:15 am

    February 6th, 2012 at 12:37 am
    =================

    According to the quote I posted, Hillary co-sponsored SB 2678, which ATTEMPTED to weaken NBC. So the posted clip is attacking Hillary too.
    _______________

    Theres no one attacking. Paranoia is not your friend. Go back and listen carefully to a summary of all of the bills and figure out why the last bill, the bill created for McCain and the previous one, Claire McCaskill’s bill SB 2678 — which Hillary co-sponsored are dissimilar.

  123. One notable quote from Greta’s interview of Trump was about 13 min into the interview when Greta asked, “Do you think HIllary Clinton would have made a better President than Obama?” and Trump answers with a simple “I do”.

    In response to her question “Why?” he goes into the partisan gridlock now gripping DC, which is foreign to his experience – He says Rs and Ds “hate each other” whereas they used to have their fight and then go have lunch together. He apparently feels Hillary would not have engendered such hatred and lays the fault at Obama’s feet. He also raises the issue of class warfare, a tactic Hillary would not have adopted.

    About the upcoming clash between Willard and Obama, Trump notes that Obama is in campaign mode and fights dirty (not his words) because Hillary should have and would have won the nomination.

    I would have loved to hear Greta ask, “What if Obama drops out and Hillary is the D nominee?” My guess is that Trump would say something like, “That’s the best of all possible worlds: two candidates I would endorse and a real choice for America.”

  124. Regarding Hillary’s attempt to make Syria into a new Libya, the Russian veto is very easy to explain.

    Russian support to whatever Syrian regime goes back to the early fifties when the Soviet Union flooded Syria with weapons and KGB agents. Syria was and remains Russia’s front window for its pro-Arab or anti-Israel policy, and Russia supports stable regimes everywhere in the world, even in Iran and especially at home (witness Putin’s re-election). Stability is a big thing for them.

    The Chinese veto can also be understood partly in this light. The stated and effective Chinese policy can be stated “harmony at home and peace abroad”. “Peace abroad” is equivalent to the Russian obsession with stability. The Chinese may very well be hurting that they did not veto the Libyan adventure. Or they may have assumed the Gaullist “tout azimut” mantra by which states deal with other states and do not interfere in their internal affairs. France seems to have foregone this Gaullist principle under Sarkozy.

  125. BASIL99 February 5th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    ————————–
    Thanks for your extraordinary efforts to enhance my understanding. This comment and the video you posted in response to tdo have been very helpful.
    And here’s hoping you are feeling better.

  126. New comment on FB from equine rescue spokesperson [a family friend]: This is so tragic! We are getting more and more calls from people who can’t keep their horses as well with asking us to take their dogs and cats. What long term consequences will this have on their children…

  127. Shadowfax & any others interested in 9/11 theories, for or against:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GktxWPsfF8&feature=related

    It’s very long – 5 hours! – and right from the outset there are several dots I don’t want to connect, but the reasons for suspecting the official government version are clear, you have to be pretty thick to swallow the government version.

    It’s so long that I haven’t watched the whole clip myself, yet. There may be dots and connections that I have made that are not made in the clip. Tell you when I’m through.

  128. BASIL99
    February 5th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    quote from link:

    “We see considerable success on that level. And on the other hand, another Islamist comprehensive theory is attempting – with success also – to mobilize the Jews against “evil and pagan Christians”.

    “One can easily detect the sophisticated work of Taqiyah, for the strategic objective of Islamists is to destroy the foundations of the non Muslim civilizations, as a prelude to the defeat of an isolated Israel, India, United States of America, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Egypt, Afghanistan, etc.”
    ___________

    Proof more than speculation of Prince Charles converting to Islam as reported in a piece written in 1997 would account for Prince William’s recent rise as the new face of QE’s successor. The UK is trying desperately to hold on to their government and traditional values with as little conflict as possible with a Taqiyah taking place right under their noses.

    London already seeing difficulty dealing with Sharia Law as it pertains to techniques being used for new recruits and school kids restricting their behavior. With posters boldly placed declaring “You are now entering a Sharia Zone, where Sharia Law will be enforced.”

    h…. barenakedislam.com/2011/07/30/muslims-declare-an-area-of-london-to-be-a-sharia-law-zone-now/

  129. WND EXCLUSIVE
    AYATOLLAH: KILL ALL JEWS, ANNIHILATE ISRAEL

    Iran lays out legal case for genocidal attack against ‘cancerous tumor’

    By Reza Kahlili

    The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.

    The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.

    Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

    The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.

    Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.

    On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.

    Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.

    The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.

    Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that “primary jihad,” according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’’s return will usher in Armageddon.

    In the absence of the hidden Imam, Forghani says, “defensive jihad” could certainly take place when Islam is threatened, and Muslims must defend Islam and kill their enemies. To justify such action, Alef quotes the Shiites’ first imam, Ali, who stated “Waging war against the enemies with whom war is inevitable and there is a strong possibility that in near future they will attack Muslims is a must and the duty of Muslims.”

    The article then quotes the Quran (Albaghara 2:191-193): “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers] … and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”

    It is the duty for all Muslims to participate in this defensive jihad, Forghani says. A fatwa by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made it clear that any political domination by infidels over Muslims authorizes Muslims to defend Islam by all means. Iran now has the ICBM means to deliver destruction on Israel and soon will have nuclear warheads for those missiles.

    In order to attack Iran, the article says, Israel needs the approval and assistance of America, and under the current passive climate in the United States, the opportunity must not be lost to wipe out Israel before it attacks Iran.

    Under this pre-emptive defensive doctrine, several Ground Zero points of Israel must be destroyed and its people annihilated. Forghani cites the last census by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics that shows Israel has a population of 7.5 million citizens of which a majority of 5.7 million are Jewish. Then it breaks down the districts with the highest concentration of Jewish people, indicating that three cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, contain over 60 percent of the Jewish population that Iran could target with its Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, killing all its inhabitants.

    Forghani suggests that Iran’s Sejil missile, which is a two-stage rocket with a trajectory and speed that make it impossible to intercept, should target such Israeli facilities as: the Rafael nuclear plant, which is the main nuclear engineering center of Israel; the Eilun nuclear plant; another Israeli reactor in Nebrin; and the Dimona reactor in the nuclear research center in Neqeb, the most critical nuclear reactor in Israel because it produces 90 percent enriched uranium for Israel’s nuclear weapons.

    Other targets, according to the article, include airports and air force bases such as the Sedot Mikha Air Base, which contains Jericho ballistic missiles and is located southwest of the Tel Nof Air Base, where aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons are based. Secondary targets include power plants, sewage treatment facilities, energy resources, and transportation and communication infrastructures.

    Finally, Forghani says, Shahab 3 and Ghadr missiles can target urban settlements until the Israelis are wiped out.

    Forghani claims that Israel could be destroyed in less than nine minutes and that Khamenei, as utmost authority, the Velayete Faghih (Islamic Jurist), also believes that Israel and America not only must be defeated but annihilated.

    The radicals ruling Iran today not only posses over 1,000 ballistic missiles but are on the verge of ICBM delivery and have sufficient enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs even as they continue to highly enrich uranium despite four sets of U.N. sanctions.

    The Iranian secret documentary “The Coming Is Upon Us” clearly indicates that these radicals believe the destruction of Israel will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah and that even Jesus Christ, who will convert to Islam, will act as Mahdi’s deputy, praying to Allah as he stands behind the 12th Imam.

    WND EXCLUSIVE
    AYATOLLAH: KILL ALL JEWS, ANNIHILATE ISRAEL
    Iran lays out legal case for genocidal attack against ‘cancerous tumor’
    Published: 12 hours ago

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    By Reza Kahlili

    The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.

    The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.

    Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

    The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.

    Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.

    On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.

    Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.

    The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.

    Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that “primary jihad,” according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’’s return will usher in Armageddon.

    In the absence of the hidden Imam, Forghani says, “defensive jihad” could certainly take place when Islam is threatened, and Muslims must defend Islam and kill their enemies. To justify such action, Alef quotes the Shiites’ first imam, Ali, who stated “Waging war against the enemies with whom war is inevitable and there is a strong possibility that in near future they will attack Muslims is a must and the duty of Muslims.”

    The article then quotes the Quran (Albaghara 2:191-193): “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers] … and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”

    It is the duty for all Muslims to participate in this defensive jihad, Forghani says. A fatwa by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made it clear that any political domination by infidels over Muslims authorizes Muslims to defend Islam by all means. Iran now has the ICBM means to deliver destruction on Israel and soon will have nuclear warheads for those missiles.

    In order to attack Iran, the article says, Israel needs the approval and assistance of America, and under the current passive climate in the United States, the opportunity must not be lost to wipe out Israel before it attacks Iran.

    Under this pre-emptive defensive doctrine, several Ground Zero points of Israel must be destroyed and its people annihilated. Forghani cites the last census by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics that shows Israel has a population of 7.5 million citizens of which a majority of 5.7 million are Jewish. Then it breaks down the districts with the highest concentration of Jewish people, indicating that three cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, contain over 60 percent of the Jewish population that Iran could target with its Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, killing all its inhabitants.

    Forghani suggests that Iran’s Sejil missile, which is a two-stage rocket with a trajectory and speed that make it impossible to intercept, should target such Israeli facilities as: the Rafael nuclear plant, which is the main nuclear engineering center of Israel; the Eilun nuclear plant; another Israeli reactor in Nebrin; and the Dimona reactor in the nuclear research center in Neqeb, the most critical nuclear reactor in Israel because it produces 90 percent enriched uranium for Israel’s nuclear weapons.

    Other targets, according to the article, include airports and air force bases such as the Sedot Mikha Air Base, which contains Jericho ballistic missiles and is located southwest of the Tel Nof Air Base, where aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons are based. Secondary targets include power plants, sewage treatment facilities, energy resources, and transportation and communication infrastructures.

    Finally, Forghani says, Shahab 3 and Ghadr missiles can target urban settlements until the Israelis are wiped out.

    Forghani claims that Israel could be destroyed in less than nine minutes and that Khamenei, as utmost authority, the Velayete Faghih (Islamic Jurist), also believes that Israel and America not only must be defeated but annihilated.

    The radicals ruling Iran today not only posses over 1,000 ballistic missiles but are on the verge of ICBM delivery and have sufficient enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs even as they continue to highly enrich uranium despite four sets of U.N. sanctions.

    The Iranian secret documentary “The Coming Is Upon Us” clearly indicates that these radicals believe the destruction of Israel will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah and that even Jesus Christ, who will convert to Islam, will act as Mahdi’s deputy, praying to Allah as he stands behind the 12th Imam.

    See the video:WND EXCLUSIVE
    AYATOLLAH: KILL ALL JEWS, ANNIHILATE ISRAEL
    Iran lays out legal case for genocidal attack against ‘cancerous tumor’
    Published: 12 hours ago

    inShare
    59
    Text smaller
    Text bigger

    By Reza Kahlili

    The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.

    The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.

    Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

    The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.

    Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.

    On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.

    Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.

    The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.

    Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that “primary jihad,” according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’’s return will usher in Armageddon.

    In the absence of the hidden Imam, Forghani says, “defensive jihad” could certainly take place when Islam is threatened, and Muslims must defend Islam and kill their enemies. To justify such action, Alef quotes the Shiites’ first imam, Ali, who stated “Waging war against the enemies with whom war is inevitable and there is a strong possibility that in near future they will attack Muslims is a must and the duty of Muslims.”

    The article then quotes the Quran (Albaghara 2:191-193): “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers] … and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”

    It is the duty for all Muslims to participate in this defensive jihad, Forghani says. A fatwa by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made it clear that any political domination by infidels over Muslims authorizes Muslims to defend Islam by all means. Iran now has the ICBM means to deliver destruction on Israel and soon will have nuclear warheads for those missiles.

    In order to attack Iran, the article says, Israel needs the approval and assistance of America, and under the current passive climate in the United States, the opportunity must not be lost to wipe out Israel before it attacks Iran.

    Under this pre-emptive defensive doctrine, several Ground Zero points of Israel must be destroyed and its people annihilated. Forghani cites the last census by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics that shows Israel has a population of 7.5 million citizens of which a majority of 5.7 million are Jewish. Then it breaks down the districts with the highest concentration of Jewish people, indicating that three cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, contain over 60 percent of the Jewish population that Iran could target with its Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, killing all its inhabitants.

    Forghani suggests that Iran’s Sejil missile, which is a two-stage rocket with a trajectory and speed that make it impossible to intercept, should target such Israeli facilities as: the Rafael nuclear plant, which is the main nuclear engineering center of Israel; the Eilun nuclear plant; another Israeli reactor in Nebrin; and the Dimona reactor in the nuclear research center in Neqeb, the most critical nuclear reactor in Israel because it produces 90 percent enriched uranium for Israel’s nuclear weapons.

    Other targets, according to the article, include airports and air force bases such as the Sedot Mikha Air Base, which contains Jericho ballistic missiles and is located southwest of the Tel Nof Air Base, where aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons are based. Secondary targets include power plants, sewage treatment facilities, energy resources, and transportation and communication infrastructures.

    Finally, Forghani says, Shahab 3 and Ghadr missiles can target urban settlements until the Israelis are wiped out.

    Forghani claims that Israel could be destroyed in less than nine minutes and that Khamenei, as utmost authority, the Velayete Faghih (Islamic Jurist), also believes that Israel and America not only must be defeated but annihilated.

    The radicals ruling Iran today not only posses over 1,000 ballistic missiles but are on the verge of ICBM delivery and have sufficient enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs even as they continue to highly enrich uranium despite four sets of U.N. sanctions.

    The Iranian secret documentary “The Coming Is Upon Us” clearly indicates that these radicals believe the destruction of Israel will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah and that even Jesus Christ, who will convert to Islam, will act as Mahdi’s deputy, praying to Allah as he stands behind the 12th Imam.

    See the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WwiadYT-N9k

  130. Mrs. Smith,

    Thank you for this. “There’s no one attacking. Paranoia is not your friend.”

    As you could tell, I was simply posting the entire link to provide info for those here who did not want to watch the video, not just pulling out snippets to support one POV or another. And thanks for the follow-up about that issue.

    Also, your intuition about ValJa sees spot-on.

    It’s intriguing that not even ShortTermer who, it would seem, is somewhat of an expert in background checking, can’t find anything about Malihi.

    I posted upthread abut his college attendance hoping that might help but apparently that’s also a dead end.

    Shadowfax, I just might be willing to chip in for an exhaustive “background check.”

    This is too bizarre. It’s like the man does/did not exist except for the purposes of this particular legal event.

  131. Mrs. S,

    I have been nosing around trying to find evidence Prince Charles has converted to Islam but so far have come up with articles questioning as to whether that is true.

    http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/06/11/charles-of-arabia%E2%80%99s-insane-love-affair-with-islam-goes-back-many-years/

    Is there proof he is a convert? I know he has said some sickeningly distorted things about Islam but is he actually an official practitioner, now?

    If true, that is a disgrace.

  132. Basil-

    I thought I had posted the link to the Prince Charles story.. and why the 2nd link is inactive… sorry about that:

    http://www.meforum.org/356/prince-charles-of-arabia

    Sometime, a year ago, at least- Prince Charles did a tv interview with Brian Williams about his Organic Gardening. When the topic arose of his Islamic leanings.. He didn’t come right out saying he’s a convert but endorsed Islam as thee religion highly recommended during the interview.

  133. Here is Al Hunt expressing the dawning of the realization among the chattering class in Washington that Barky is on a slippery slope. It is refreshing because it is true but, more importantly, because it portends some actual candor from the media folks who have been such captives of the bloviating Barky. Hallelujah! Hopefully this is the beginning!

    Team Obama Shows Dangerous Penchant for Hubris
    By Albert R. Hunt – Feb 5, 2012

    President Barack Obama is headed for political turbulence.

    That prediction isn’t based on any private polling data or inside information. It’s just common sense: National political campaigns are cyclical, and after an especially good cycle, the Democratic president is due for some downtime.

    On re-election prospects, the Obamaites are confident when they look at the state of the race, especially the Republicans. They’re showing signs of cockiness.

    Like many politicians, Obama courts trouble when he’s riding high. Following his victory in the Iowa caucuses four years ago he was a favorite to end Hillary Clinton’s campaign with a blowout victory in New Hampshire. In a debate there, he showed veiled disdain for his opponent, saying that she was “likeable enough.” He then lost that primary.

    Today, the administration’s chest-thumping over the State of the Union address is illustrative. It was a good political pitch, putting Republicans on the defensive on the fairness issue. It also was devoid of governing substance, something political handlers and White House spin doctors have tried to deny.

    The president didn’t mention the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission. He appointed that panel two years ago. Then, when it issued a bipartisan report on how to fix the government’s books in December 2010, the president went silent. Privately, the White House’s explanation was that they kept quiet because they wanted to smoke out the budget proposal of the House Republicans, which was being drafted by Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. That was unveiled almost a year ago, and the Democrats got lots of political mileage out of it.
    Brewer Clash

    The White House victory lap after a small set-to last month between the president and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer also is revealing. While greeting Obama on airport tarmac in Tucson, the governor initiated an exchange on immigration. That issue is likely to come down to the president’s advantage in the November election, and Brewer is an inconsequential figure. The president and his team were bragging about slam-dunking a peripheral bore.

    Over the last couple of months, Obama hasn’t been held to the same standard as the Republicans. That’s not because of any bias or media love affair with the president; it’s because his foes have provided so much ammunition about each other. That’s also part of the cycle, not likely to last.

    Another illustration of presidential hubris involved the Bush family. The White House put out a picture of a private meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 27 that included former President George H.W. Bush and his son, Jeb, the former governor of Florida.

    The Bushes were in town for the annual black tie dinner the next night at the Alfalfa Club, a gathering of business and political elites. The two featured speakers, both intended to be brief and humorous, were Obama and Jeb Bush. The president spoke to good reviews. He left before Bush spoke.

    Obama hates such dinners. Some of his aides, in particular his political adviser David Plouffe, urged him not to spend an evening mingling with the 1 percent. Yet he chose to go, and attendees said it was the first time they could recall a speaker leaving before the other side had its fun. In addition, Obama’s 87-year-old predecessor was present.

    Imagine the criticism five years ago if President George W. Bush had walked out on a dinner before Hillary Clinton spoke, with Bill Clinton in the audience.

    In 2004, Democrats expressed outrage that Karl Rove served simultaneously as both the top White House adviser and as the head of George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. That, they said, was a blatant conflict of interest. Yet today, Plouffe is performing those two functions for Obama; the only difference is that Plouffe is a little better on politics and Rove had a better grasp of policy.
    Insular Mentality

    The most dangerous sign of arrogance is Team Obama’s insularity. It’s an exclusive club, with no room for outsiders. Inside the White House, that dynamic is personified by Valerie Jarrett, the president and first lady’s longtime confidante, who conducts the loyalty litmus tests.

    “She’s the wagon master,” says a top Democratic political operative. “If there’s trouble, Valerie circles the wagons tighter.”

    The same generally applies to the political team. Conversations last week with five of the smartest and most experienced Democratic political strategists — none associated with the Obama campaign — yielded the same bottom line: They’re only consulted occasionally and the outreach is pro forma. If it’s a runaway election, that approach will work out fine for the White House; if it gets tight, Obama may need some other counsel.

    In politics, with exceptions, it’s usually better to respect your political opponent. This time, the appearance is that the Obama campaign has little regard or respect for the Republican front-runner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; that’s a mistake.

    The Obama team has reason for confidence. The last several months have brought some glimmers of brightness on the economic front; the jobless rate was down to 8.3 percent last month, from 9 percent in September, and most of the indicators are fairly positive.

    In addition, the Republicans are into self-immolation. The House majority caucus so botched the extension of the payroll- tax cut in December that for the first time in memory Democrats were on the winning side of a big tax fight. House Republicans may again show their political masochism when the issue is joined again later this month.

    Meanwhile, the Republican primary race in January was dominated by a pettiness exceeded only by its vitriol. Romney is “methodically dishonest” and “lives in a world of Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts,” according to Newt Gingrich. Romney described the former speaker as a “highly erratic” political pinball machine who sold his soul to the federally subsidized mortgage giant, Freddie Mac.

    Obama should take note that even with all that, he enjoys only a slight edge over Romney in polls.

    (Albert R. Hunt is the executive editor for Washington at Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

  134. The RCP has Obama at plus 1% approval. First time he has been up in while. More concerning, in head to head competition with Romney he is plus 6%.

  135. “It’s intriguing that not even ShortTermer who, it would seem, is somewhat of an expert in background checking, can’t find anything about Malihi.”
    ____________

    Malihi (had to have) changed his first name. The reason why information is not popping up for him.

    I think you could go the subjective route using the process of elimination finding one with the many alternatives + surname that fits his educational criteria… and go from there. A bit time consuming, but FREE…

    Also, I failed to mention, Malihi lived in Fairfield, CT, where BO’s SS # is derived from the same area. Malihi’s M+F may have been from Fairfield, CT.

    The big fuss he made over BO and his attorneys boycotting the Trial. He felt insulted after the snub he received when calling the WH- alerting them he was going to rule them in default. I read where his decision supporting Obama appears to have been written by BO’s attorneys/ not him.

    His legal expertise seems to be relegated to mundane issues rather than complex cases such as citizenship issues like Obama’s.

  136. Reuters: President Obama signs executive order blocking all assets of Iranian government held in the United States

    Gonna be interesting to see the response to this.

  137. “Forghani claims that Israel could be destroyed in less than nine minutes and that Khamenei, as utmost authority, the Velayete Faghih (Islamic Jurist), also believes that Israel and America not only must be defeated but annihilated.”
    ____________

    ALL bluster- afaic.. Needling Israel into casting the first stone.. They aren’t deaf, dumb and blind- they attack Israel and will receive their fondest wish of 72 virgins (all blonds) with them in Paradise. Hillary has said more than once, “Iran would be obliterated”, if they follow through with this insanity.

  138. Israel must strike now….Obama will be forced to reluctantly re-supply Israel with arms and assist with air defense systems from incoming Iranian missiles. If they wait , and Obama is re-elected, they will have absolutely no assistance from this administration and will suffer heavy losses. They justification for attacking is very clear when your enemy has repeatedly stated unequivocally that Israel/Jews must be wiped out and is creating the means(nuclear weapons) to do so.

  139. jbstonesfan: “… their justification for attacking is very clear when your enemy has repeatedly stated unequivocally that Israel/Jews must be wiped out and is creating the means(nuclear weapons) to do so.”
    ++++++++

    Iran is now calling for pre-emptive attack because Israel is planning an attack. You’re saying that Israel should preemptively attack because Iran is planning a pre-emptive attack. Summary: You want war, and the sooner the better.

    One lesson from history: Israel attacked preemptively in 1967 and it worked. Another lesson from history: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor preemptively, and look where it got them. (Pre-emptively because they thought the US would not put up with an invasion of Indonesia, and they were right about that, but wrong about their attack.)

    The eventual outcome should be considered: attacking Iran will not be as “easy” as overrunning the Sinai opposed by surprised Egyptians, and an attack against Iran will justify a riposte against Israel, possibly with Turkey as an ally now.

  140. While you are correct regarding the reprisals, the alternative would be to allow Iran to do to Israel within minutes of a nuclear missile, attack what Hitler did to the Jews in 6 years.

  141. blue
    February 6th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Here is Al Hunt expressing the dawning of the realization among the chattering class in Washington that Barky is on a slippery slope. It is refreshing because it is true but, more importantly, because it portends some actual candor from the media folks who have been such captives of the bloviating Barky. Hallelujah! Hopefully this is the beginning!

    Team Obama Shows Dangerous Penchant for Hubris
    By Albert R. Hunt – Feb 5, 2012

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

    blue, I find this very interesting, in Oct, 2007 I wrote to Al Hunt and called him out on how he (along with the rest of the msm, particularly the men at that time) were characterizing Hillary…for example this was one of the things he was saying:

    He wrote an article about the Clinton camp having no heart:

    “The Clinton campaign is efficient, effective, disciplined and tough. It also
    seems to be joyless, humorless and lacking in heart and soul. ”

    …it infuriated me…and many of us, and I confronted him with

    she can’t win with you guys, if she laughs, it is a cackle, if she projects, she is shrill, if she doesn’t laugh, she has no humor)…we do not see a polarizing, cold, woman…

    snip…

    you see no joy, no humor and no heart and soul…you must be kidding…she is delightful, funny, witty, warm, strong and full of heart and soul…and so smart and confident it is amazing…whatever happened to that Rick Lazio guy, he was never heard from again…

    etc, etc, etc…we all know that Al Hunt and the rest of them just doubled up on that polarizing theme of Hillary and evolved to Hillary the racist, etc, etc…

    Al Hunt was in the tank for O and used all the snark he could to alienate people from Hillary…it was very disappointing…(Ezra Klien was another one at that time, 2007)

    I will be very interested in how Al Hunt proceeds this time around…the MSM if fully aware of the skeletons and isolation of what has become the Obama presidency…they all know it has been a failure and O has been MIA for most of the last three years and now seeks to cram as much as he can in the next ten months to make it look like he has been working…they know all that ‘hope and change’ was and is a big lie…

    blue, keep us posted on Al and I will be looking to see what he and the rest of the O cheerleaders have to say this time around…

  142. And the reprisals would not be justified as Israel would be acting in self-defense. but I agree, the Turks and possibly Egypt could get involved…nonetheless, our (Israel) goal is preserve the Jewish state and Jewish people. As it is, I am nervous sending my kids to religious school as these soft sites are what Iran will mostly likely attack.

  143. I’m with jeswezy’s analysis to conclusion on a War between Israel and Iran. It appears Iran is trying to bully Israel to fire the first shot out of fear of an attack-

    Inflammatory language needs to be followed by inflammatory actions. Israel would never hear the end of it if they attacked Iran first.

    I believe, if Israel reports there are missiles headed their way, the US would step in immediately and take action against Iran within a moment’s notice.

  144. jbstonesfan: “…the alternative would be to allow Iran to do to Israel within minutes of a nuclear missile, attack what Hitler did to the Jews in 6 years.”
    ***********

    Iran doesn’t have just the nuclear threat. It also has a population which, while chafing under the Ayatollahs, has no love lost on Israel. A war of reprisal against Israel could be one way of galvanizing support in the population. Plus, there is the likely support from other Israel-hating countries closer by – Turkey perhaps, Syria certainly, Egypt, and militant factions in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. It might take all these countries 6 years to do Hitler’s job all over again; but, given their level of motivation, I would be wary of pushing them too far.

  145. jbstonesfan
    February 6th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t know Mrs. Smith. Obama hates Israel
    _____________________

    Being the first to attack would be the equivalent of taking on a co-worker who’s been goading you from day one of your employ. You throw the first punch and you’ve given him what he’s longed for- Having you arrested and convicted of felony assault and perhaps battery.

    Not a good time for Israel to be seen at fault for starting something the US may have to finish. Safer for all concerned to play the ‘sticks and stones’ game and let Iran make the first mistake. Then you throw the kitchen sink at them whether Obama likes Israel or not!

  146. Israel may just have to adopt the old MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) policy of the US and the former USSR during the Cold War when dealing with Iran in order to deter a first strike from them. This means that the Israelis will have to boost their ability to deliver enough nuclear payload whether by strategic bombers or ballistic missles launched from submarines in the Mediterranean or the Persian Gulf in order to turn all of Iran into a big radioactive desert should Iran’s leaders be stupid enough to launch a nuclear strike against Israel’s cities and military installations.

  147. RIGGING THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

    quote from article: “1.2 million people dropped out of the labor force in one month!”

    &&&&
    In the previous thread, I said to ignore how much help Obama would get from the “falling unemployment rate”, because the numbers are rigged. With jobs being scarce and wages being pushed lower, people can tell that “things aren’t getting better” all of a sudden.

    Here’s a good article supporting my gut feelings:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/5/curl-obamas-made-up-jobless-numbers/

    CURL: Obama’s made-up jobless numbers
    ==============================

    ANALYSIS/OPINION:

    When it comes to the unemployment rate, it’s nice to be president.

    Sure, it wasn’t so nice for President Obama in October 2009, when the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics declared the rate was 10 percent. But exactly a year from Election Day 2012, the rate began a precipitous plunge, first to 8.9 percent, then the next month, to 8.7, then to 8.5. And just last week, the BLS said the rate had fallen all the way down to 8.3 percent.

    If the spectacular “recovery” keeps up at the same pace, the rate will be 6.3 percent by Nov. 6. It hasn’t been that low since — well, all but four of the 96 months George W. Bush was in office. But you get the point. America is back!! Woo-hoooo!!

    So, spectacular news for the president, yes? And fantastic news for America, right? Uh, yes. And absolutely no.

    See, the BLS boys, no doubt at the president’s direction, are busy rewriting the rules, and they’re in uncharted, and unchecked, territory. The federal government Friday declared that the U.S. had created — not “saved,” mind you, “created” — 243,000 jobs. Amazing, right?

    But wait, what’s that little asterisk here? A record 1.2 million Americans left the labor force? 1.2 million?! Well, where’d they go? Oh, just left? Well, OK. But no, wait. What does that even mean?

    Zerohedge.com’s Tyler Durden (the first rule of … eh, you know the rest) precisely spelled out the government version of “Project Mayhem”:

    “A month ago, we joked when we said that for Obama to get the unemployment rate to negative by election time, all he has to do is to crush the labor force participation rate to about 55 percent. Looks like the good folks at the BLS heard us: It appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million. No, that’s not a typo: 1.2 million people dropped out of the labor force in one month! So as the labor force increased from 153.9 million to 154.4 million, the non-institutional population increased to 242.3 million, meaning those not in the labor force surged from 86.7 million to 87.9 million. Which means that the civilian labor force tumbled to a fresh 30-year low of 63.7 percent as the BLS is seriously planning on eliminating nearly half of the available labor pool from the unemployment calculation.”

    The labor force rate — all workers more than 16 years old — climbed above 66 percent in October 1988. It stayed there throughout the term of President George H.W. Bush, and topped 67 percent for 40 consecutive months during President Clinton’s two terms. The rate stayed above 66 percent for almost all of President George W. Bush’s two terms.

    But the month Mr. Obama was elected, the rate dropped to 65.8 percent. By the end of his first year in office, the BLS said the labor participation rate was just 64.6 percent. And last month, for the first time in nearly 30 years, the rate dropped all the way down to 63.7 percent.

    Still, month after month, the mainstream media laps up reports of a falling unemployment rate. “U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to 8.3 Percent, a 3-Year Low,” blared the New York Times. “The nation’s unemployment rate dropped for the fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, its lowest level in three years, the Labor Department reported Friday, with widespread hiring across the economy,” declared the Washington Post.

    Clearly, they hadn’t read the major financial papers the month before. When the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent in December, the Financial Times wasn’t convinced. “According to government statistics, if the same number of people were seeking work today as in 2007, the jobless rate would be 11 percent.”

    And they must have ignored the Gallup write-up the month before: “The sharp drop in the government-reported unemployment rate for November and the sharp drop in jobless claims during the most recent reporting week have combined to create the perception that the job market may be improving … . In contrast, Gallup’s data suggest little improvement in the jobs situation.” The organization concluded: “It may be wise to exercise caution in interpreting the drop in the government’s most recent jobless claims numbers.”

    No one in the mainstream media, busy rewriting the government’s press release on Friday, will bother to question the newest number, or explore what trimtabs.com CEO Charles Biderman said that very day: “Actual jobs outstanding, not seasonally adjusted, are down 2.9 million over the past two months. It is only after seasonal adjustments — made at the sole discretion of the Bureau of Labor Statistics economists — that 2.9 million less jobs gets translated into 446,000 new seasonally adjusted jobs for January and December.

    “No one I know has any idea as to how the BLS does this seasonal adjustment,” he said.

    When Project Mayhem has run its course, Tyler Durden (the other one), looking out across the city, where banks and financial institutions are about to implode, says: “Out these windows, we will view the economic collapse. One step closer to global equilibrium.”

    Indeed.

    • Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times.

  148. ObaMAO’s motivation; well worth a listen from Dick Morris. A friend emailed this to me, so it must be making the rounds….and it should. This makes perfect sense…we all know his work has been for the most part successful and purposeful…this is succinct:

  149. We are seeing some post unemployment number bumps today. Also, Gingrich not leaving the race has caused Romney to slip in the national polls against O because he was ahead or with 2-4 points until today’s polls came out. The issue is how can Romney make the focus Obama when he has to deal with a very nasty primary which is causing his numbers to drop, It is a real concern as bambi has not even really started the attacks…

  150. jbstonesfan
    February 6th, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    Many articles today indicating that Obama/Romney will be similar to Obama/McCain. (see below):
    &&&&&&&

    Here’s what is different between 2008 and 2012: Obama. Four years ago, there was no paper trail, now there is, and it doesn’t tell a pretty story.

    And the “newness” thing: Obama was this bright shiny object. There was a reason to break the color barrier. People were suckered into thinking he’d be a REAL Democrat who would WORK HARD for ISSUES THEY BELIEVE IN.

    So you see now, here’s no longer the latest “IT” thing…no longer a color barrier to break…and former supporters now grumble into their sleeves.

    Last week, walking around at lunchtime here in NYC, I over heard a conversation. This guy was telling his friend that someone was soliciting for signatures to get Obama on the NY state ballot. He told them off. He explained to his friend that he voted for Obama in 2008, but now, he doesn’t support him on “the issues”. He was basically admitting that he got duped, but he wasn’t going to be duped this time around. No sirree.

  151. ShortTermer
    February 6th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    DO you have a transcript link. I would prefer NOT to listen to Morris for 6 minutes.

    🙄

  152. rgb44hrc

    “Here’s what is different between 2008 and 2012: Obama. Four years ago, there was no paper trail, now there is, and it doesn’t tell a pretty story.”

    Well said. And if New Yorkers are talking about NOT supporting the POS in public with no fear of reprisal that’s a huge red flag.

    😉

  153. Peace, Prosperity and Freedom.

    People who see the best of Ron Paul have studied the man and know what he will do as President, because we reviewed his 25-year voting record in Congress and we learned he has a record of respecting our rights. In fact, our active-duty military men and women donate more to him than to all of the other candidates combined. They, in particular, see and know what is going on in foreign lands, and they respect their oath to our Constitution. They know that our country forcing itself as the policeman of the world only makes us weaker. While we don’t have our military protecting our own borders, they are on borders all over the world in 900 bases helping other countries’ economies and security. To boot, as our government spends over a trillion dollars a year of our tax money on this poor foreign policy, they weaken our country because it brings us closer to bankruptcy. In these wars, we are killing men, women, and children in other countries. Sharia Law which treats women very poorly is blossoming in every country that we attack. After we intervened, women lost rights. See a pattern? We attack a country, the people in that country lose their rights, their lives, and their land. These wars hurt us and them, our families, and their families, and only help the elitists, who make money on war.

    The media has a black out on Ron Paul to keep him from winning the Presidency. He currently has only 4 opponents running for president. And he wins most online polls, straw polls, and he beat Pawlenty, Bachmann, Cain, Perry, and Huntsman without any help from the media. YET, with all his accomplishments and qualifications, he gets no positive news. Obama has broken too many promises and divided this country as much as Bush did. Mitt Romney has received most of his funding from Goldman Sachs and the banking industry (just like Obama did), and has flip-flopped on all of the important issues of the day, e.g., bailouts, healthcare, taxes, spending, stimulus, immigration, etc. He agrees with Obama on a lot of issues. Newt is even worse because he has a 30-year record of being a serial hypocrite – by attacking Clinton for an affair, while he was having his own, by receiving millions from lobbyists while he influenced government policies, or by lying so well on just about everything while calling everyone else a liar. Santorum, on his best day, is even more extreme and divisive than Bush was on his worst day; plus, there is no way he can win logistically, because he failed to get on the ballot of many states. Ron Paul is the honest candidate, the proven candidate, the consistent candidate. Dr. Paul is the only veteran in the race to serve us. He never makes deals with lobbyists. And he is the only one who the media tries to destroy, by ignoring him and by outright misrepresenting him.

    He follows the Golden Rule of treating others like you want to be treated. He believes in peaceful alliances with other countries. He spreads the message of Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom to all by serving as a role model. He always stands by the side of Our Bill of Rights. He studies economics as a hobby, and for decades, he has predicted everything that has happened to our economy due to the government policies. And he warned us, but the media never lets him talk, because they know that if they let Ron Paul talk too much, people would realize that he has the best chance of uniting our country based on our common values, and that we agree with him more than we have been led to believe. Our common values far outweigh our differences. We all want the best for our country, our children, our families, our friends, and ourselves. Dr. Ron Paul is the only authentic candidate we may ever have again if we don’t fight for him now.

    Ron Paul supporters are passionate because we see that we are losing our rights and our economy just to benefit the corrupt marriage between big government and big banks / lobbyists. We Ron Paul supporters see that Ron needs help to fight the powerful establishment assisted by the corrupt and corporate media. Ron’s opponents now speak his ideas and his words, but their records prove they had different ideas a few months ago. They use his words and ideas because they know the country loves this stuff.

    Be informed if you vote. And get active if you want things to improve. Wake up and stop feeling demoralized, hopeless, and helpless. We have power and we have the numbers, but we must unite and join forces to make this happen, because Goliath is much bigger than David. If things get really bad because Ron loses, Americans will only have themselves to blame for the continued ‘head in the sand’ syndrome or ‘glued to the TV for any of your news’ disorder. Go to the internet for your news and talk to people.

    Ron Paul is electable. “THEY” want you to think he is not. But he can unite our anti-war liberals, our fiscally conservative tea party folks, the Occupy Wall Street protestors who want our government to divorce the lobbyists, the people who value our Constitution, those who want to spread democracy in the world by being the best role model, those who would rather preserve our Social Security than throw it all away on more wars, and the people who want the government off of their backs. He always tells the truth, whether it is popular or not. He is the only one who we can trust right now. Our ideal President is someone brave, ethical, and intelligent… someone who cares about our soldiers, our individual rights, our economy, and our children.

    This country is in bad shape. Don’t trust the media propaganda that things are getting better, when manufacturing plants are closing daily and the middle class is continuing to face loss of jobs, loss of homes, and loss of individual rights. Inflation is killing our elderly on fixed incomes, and the rest of us struggle because of this hidden enormous tax. We are in a revolution. And the revolution needs your help desperately and quickly. The months of February and March will probably decide the victor. We have a chance to win. You can help to make that happen, by voting wisely.

    Simply put, the powers that be don’t care about us. We have to reclaim our country again from the tyrants who get richer by the billions and trillions as we lose our shirts. WAKE UP RIGHT NOW. This could very well be our last chance to have an honest candidate and get the message out.

    The media is making Ron sound like a crazy nut, but if you really listen to him, you will see he has sound views on money, rights, and foreign policy. If the mainstream media and the politicians in Washington say one thing, the opposite is usually true.
    Ron Paul inspires people. He stands for our freedoms more than any other politician in recent memory. He is brave enough to stand up against the establishment. He can run for president because he gets donations from regular people and our military. He voted against so many bad bills passed in the last 20 years that he is known as Dr. No. If only 10% of our people approve of Congress, and only 44% approve of our president, can you imagine how bad things will get in another 20 years with the same policies of big government and big banks and big media? We should have a government that generates 80% approval ratings. That can only happen with Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul supporters are killing themselves to get Ron elected. They hold up the biggest signs, volunteer, and are called bots for this Paul-Revere act. Have some empathy. You don’t have to be complacent this time, you can become a bot. It has its good sides. It makes you feel proud to be an American, living in the once most free and prosperous country in the world. It makes you feel like a hero and a patriot. It makes you feel useful and helpful. It makes you feel like you are doing good in the world. It is a great feeling. Join the peaceful revolution to avoid the inevitable violent revolution.

    A Ron Paul Presidency provides us with the best chance to have happy news: good money in our pockets, peace in the world, and neighbors and friends who never complain about the government.

    There are times in our lives where we can just sit around watching reality shows and cheering a sports team. This is the time to be a patriot. Remember that we are the land of the brave and the free!!!

    While we scream about Ron Paul, we see so many who don’t want to listen to us. But every day, people are waking up to the message. The war is on and we will win!!! We are the warriors!!!
    Ron Paul supporters need more help! Give him a chance!

  154. The LIES disseminated by MSM are jaw-dropping and never end.

    Today, while waiting for my car to be serviced, I heard S.C. Dem chairman Harpoolian call Reagan a man of privilege, of wealth, a member of the elite as compared to BO who had a difficult childhood.

    What BS! Reagan was born to a nomadic alcoholic father and pulled himself up by his bootstraps unlike BO who was coddled and pampered by granny Dunham.

    Remember Harpoolian’s outrage last month when Repubs held a debate on MLK Day calling it racist only to be forced to admit the dims did the same thing 4 years ago?

  155. O.M G.

    Anyone else hear this? Bo saying people are “frustrated he can’t impose his will on congress but the founding fathers made it difficult!”

    “Our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.”

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/greghengler/2012/02/06/obama_people_are_frustrated_i_cant_force_my_will_congressfounding_fathers_made_it_difficult

    On another note, what does it say about a city (NYC) which will hold a parade for a football team but not for Iraqi veterans?

  156. Homeland Security Lexicon: You’re All ‘Militia Extremists’ Now

    Love the Constitution? Hate government regulations? New DHS “lexicon” brands you a “militia extremist.”

    A recently published “lexicon” distributed to thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targets citizens concerned about their Second Amendment rights and the steady encroachment of the federal government, categorizing such as “militia extremists.”

    The “lexicon,” marked Unclassified/For Official Use Only (FOUO), is dated November 10, 2011, and was sent out by email to law enforcement and homeland security agencies on November 14 by LaJuan E. Washington of the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

    This is the same DHS that won’t say Islam is a factor in terrorism.

  157. “Our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.”
    ____________

    Apparently they didn’t make it difficult enough if he was able to slip in- passing for an American.

  158. No, I do not have a transcript, Basil99. Just wondering, could you do a background check on the Georgia judge since you have news credentials or a FOI inquiry?

  159. Great new Ulsterman article.

    Barack Obama to America’s Catholics – I Am Your God Now…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/02/06/barack-obama-to-americas-catholics-i-am-your-god-now/

    And what does the MSM do? Report on THAT! Of course not. MR’s ‘the poor have a safety net” comment takes center stage.

    by Ulsterman on February 6, 2012 with 11 Comments in News

    The nation’s considerable Catholic population is stunned at the dramatic over-reach exhibited by the Obama administration in its declaration that Catholics are to ignore religious conviction and First Amendment rights in favor of governmental authority.

    For a president who so often cites his concern over the health and well being of Americans to attack an institution so vital to the care of the nation’s indigent is both troubling and from a political viewpoint – downright confusing. Either the administration is once again displaying a near all consuming inability to govern with measured competence, or it has immersed itself entirely in the waters of its own arrogant self-importance. How else do you explain their decision to mandate to American Catholics to suspend religious belief regarding contraception and sterilization and simply “follow orders”.

    Even MSNBC’s notoriously left-leaning political pundit Mika Brzezinski admitted President Obama had “overstepped” his authority. Catholic leaders throughout America are now slamming the administration – and calling upon the millions of Catholics in the country to do the same. Peggy Noonan wrote in a weekend Wall Street Journal column that Obama has now initiated a battle he has no way of winning – that the administration’s seeming attack on Catholic charities was far worse then GOP rival Mitt Romney’s somewhat out-of-context statement that he was not so concerned about America’s “very poor” but rather its middle class.

    Noonan is right of course, but the liberal-dominated weekend news cycle saw the Obama vs Catholics subject underplayed and the Romney commentary very much overplayed.

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    Catholics are unhappy, and at this very moment, mobilizing against the administration – particularly within the Hispanic-American community, a population that takes its devotion to the church very seriously. For Hispanics, the Catholic Church is an integral component of their daily lives, and as President Obama attacks the church, so too does he attack Hispanics.
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    Catholics and others of faith in America would do well to realize that according to President Obama – he is their God now…
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    One of the many excellent comments:

    Could it be that Obama and his cult are trying to take away the Catholic Church’s tax free status? The CC owns a huge amount of real estate in the US. Or could it be that they are deliberately provoking this situation to bring this issue into the courts to pave the way for rulings that would benefit Sharia Law proponents?

  160. I would point out maybe it’s not the constitution but those in power who are ignoring it?

    But how and when did they get in power you ask?

    If I knew the answer to that . . . .

  161. The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

    Feb 6, 2012

    From one end of the muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith.

    We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.

    The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate. In recent years the violent oppression of Christian minorities has become the norm in Muslim-majority nations stretching from West Africa and the Middle East to South Asia and Oceania. In some countries it is governments and their agents that have burned churches and imprisoned parishioners. In others, rebel groups and vigilantes have taken matters into their own hands, murdering Christians and driving them from regions where their roots go back centuries.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/ayaan-hirsi-ali-the-global-war-on-christians-in-the-muslim-world.html

  162. Mrs. Smith, that is hilarious. Trump is for Trump; is for all the exposure he can get; talk about egos – top his.

  163. Catholics 46,004,000 to 57,199,000

    Muslims 527,000 to 1,349,000.

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    Don’t have time to see whether the Catholics are bragging or complaining. But if they want fewer Muslims, they should make it easier for the Muslims to get contraceptives, not harder. 😉

  164. Christians are being murdered for their faith.

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

    So if some Christian bishop says “You’re allowed to conceal your faith to save your life” — doubtless someone will claim that Christians are told to lie about EVERYTHING so as to infiltrate etc etc…

  165. W.O.W.!!!

    Must see video especially for those (like me) who have been confused by the natural born citizen issue.

    Natural Born Citizens for Dummies.

    (With apologies to those here who know this material inside out.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGJdN2KPf0g

    After watching this clip it seems to me the entire birther controversy may have been flamed by BO’s side to detract from the far more dangerous issue of natural born citizenry.

    What this video seems to say is that BO’s biggest problem is not WHERE he was born but the fact that BO Sr. was a Kenyan (or British Citizen).

    This is amazing. It takes the viewer step by step from the constitution to article 14 to the case law cited in the Malihi and other rulings.

    EXCELLENT!

    (10 minutes long)

  166. I have not heard Israel say emphatically that they are going to attack Iran. I have heard the media put these words in their mouths with their endless opinionated discussions, but I have yet to hear Bibi say that Israel is going to attack.

    Getting ready to defend themselves is a whole lot different that starting a war. It only makes sense to not lie down and say uncle in this scenario. And Israel has a history of retaliating against attacks and/or moving to stop their enemies if information indicates they should in order to stop another holocaust.

  167. JBStonesfan…don’t know if you saw this…

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/06/wapoabc-ends-sample-transparency-in-national-polling/

    The Washington Post and ABC News has a new national poll out today. It purports to show that Barack Obama has a 50% approval rating and that he would beat Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup. And heck, that might even be true, except for a couple of problems. First, this is a poll of general population adults rather than registered or likely voters, so it’s not even a proper polling type for the predictive outcome they claim.
    More importantly, though, the poll series has dropped its reporting of partisan identification within their samples. It’s the second time that the poll has not included the D/R/I split in its sample report, and now it looks as though this will be policy from this point forward. Since this is a poll series that has handed double-digit partisan advantages to Democrats in the past (for instance, this poll from April 2011 where the sample only had 22% Republicans), it’s not enough to just hear “trust us” on sample integrity from the Washington Post or ABC.
    One cannot determine whether Obama’s improvement in this series is a result of the State of the Union speech, as Dan Balz and Jon Cohen suggest, or whether it’s due to shifting the sample to favor Democrats more so than in previous samples. The same is true for the Post’s report that Obama “for the first time has a clear edge” over Romney head-to-head. One would need a poll of registered or likely voters to actually make that claim (one has to register to cast a vote, after all), and one would need to see the difference in partisan splits between this and other surveys in the series to determine whether the movement actually exists or got manufactured by the pollster.
    Essentially, the overall poll is worthless, and given the track record of this poll series, it’s easy to assume that the reason that the Post has ended its sample transparency is because they have something to hide.
    Among the Republicans and independents the Post did survey, Romney has a big lead over the rest of the field, 39/23 over Gingrich, with Santorum coming in at 16% and Paul at 15%. Since we don’t know the mix between Republicans and independents here, either, and we’re still dealing with adults in the middle of the primaries when the likely voter model should be used, this is also a worthless result.
    Update: The description in their news reports show 879 registered voters as a subsample. However, their sample report only mentions the 1,000 adults of the overall sample, from which Obama’s 50% approval rating is taken, as well as their approval rating for the GOP rhetoric, which is prominently mentioned in the news report. They do, however, report on both general population and registered voters for the Obama-Romney head-to-head — but again without any indication of the sample composition at all.
    And once again, why anyone is polling adults in the middle of an ongoing primary is a complete mystery. That should be likely voters.

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    we cannot trust these polls…

    as rgb44hrc says the unemployment…and the poll numbers are rigged…

    rgb44hrc
    February 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    RIGGING THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

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

    you are right, Romney is getting it from all sides…he has actually taken the place of Hillary in the our last primary…where every word is ‘gotcha’ and twisted and everyone is piling on and ignoring and dismissing the momentum he is building with the voters that are actually voting…much like what happened to Hillary…he has to keep plugging away…

    but we cannot get discouraged or give up…tomorrow will be more delegates for R…little by little…’inch by inch’

  168. Hillary Clinton Launches Women In Public Service Project

    by Jessica Pieklo
    February 6, 2012

    Poverty, disease, conflict and basic inequality: what each of these broad challenges share in common is women at the heart of impact but often relegated to the sidelines in developing solutions. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intends to change that and has launched an exciting new initiative designed to increase the number of women in public service at the local, national and international level.

    The Women In Public Service Project (WPSP) is a partnership of the five leading women’s colleges–Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley and the U.S. Department of State that will “provide vital momentum to the next generation of women leaders.” WPSP also has plans to establish a foundation to support its work with the help of non-profits and corporate partners.

    Like Clinton, the project has ambition with a goal of global political and civil leadership of at least 50% women by 2050. WPSP will work toward this goal, and the building of the “infrastructures” to get there through offering an annual summer institute in partnership with these colleges. Emerging leaders from all over the globe will meet to gain and exchange critical skills in public speaking, coalition building, networking and mentorship, with State Department sponsorship for 40 participants from Middle Eastern and North African countries in political in transition.

    Clinton first announced the initiative in December 2011 and at the time said she was “embarrassed” that the proportion of women in the U.S. Congress is even lower than the percentage of women holding global parliamentary seats. Citing an example of the benefits of women’s perspectives, she said that “the World Bank has found that women tend to invest more of their earnings in their families and communities than men do,” adding that “those are the kinds of instincts and priorities we would all like to see” at the government level.

    It’s a critically urgent need that a leader like Clinton can fill. “If you’re trying to solve a problem,” she said, “whether it is fighting corruption or strengthening the rule of law or sparking economic growth, you are more likely to succeed if you widen the circle to include a broader range of expertise, experience, and ideas.” For too long women have been denied a meaningful seat in leadership and our world has suffered for it. And like Clinton herself proves, when women do attain that seat, great and meaningful change can happen.

    http://www.care2.com/causes/hillary-clinton-launches-women-in-public-service-project.html

  169. If you had the reading comprehension level of a third grader you would have clicked on this yourself. But maybe your goal here really is to annoy everyone. Oh well, Ultimate FAIL on that one. At the worst you are slightly irritating and on the plus side in a strange way you may actually relieve some posters’ blood pressure.

    Here it is AGAIN! SEE! The http://www.census.gov part sort of gives it away, you know, that it is an official BO-sanctioned site.US

    BASIL99
    February 5th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/population/religion.html

  170. ShortTermer,

    Unfortunately, I worked (currently on medical leave) for a small publishing company. But I may just find the time over the next few weeks to get on the phone personally with people in Georgia and see what I can sniff out. That’s usually how it’s done. Annoy enough people with enough phone calls (or emails) and eventually you might get some info. It’s very time consuming.

    About FOI requests, anyone can file those. In the areas I covered turn-around time varied from 5 days to a month depending on the organization and on the information requested. We would have to check Georgia laws to find out how to FOI there.

    I confess I’d have to be highly motivated to start that scavenger hunt. Next few days are devoted to Dr. visits and seeing if I need surgery.

    OK. I AM being slightly lazy. You just seem so good at this stuff I thought you might take it on.

    😉

  171. BASIL99
    February 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    This is EXACTLY the problem that Democrats had against Republican President Chester A Arthur. He was born in 1829, or as he later stated he wsa born in 1830, in Vermont. It was NOT where in the United States he was born but the fact that one of his parents was not an American citizen when Chester A Arthur was born. His father was born in Ireland and did not become a naturalized citizen until 1843. Valid then. Valid now.
    ObaMAO has questions lingering about being born in Kenya; but it is fact that his father was not an American citizen, and neither did he become naturalized. Valid then. Valid now.

  172. WTF are you talking about?

    “So if some Christian bishop says “You’re allowed to conceal your faith to save your life” — doubtless someone will claim that Christians are told to lie about EVERYTHING so as to infiltrate etc etc…”

    You just refuse to get it! Taquiya (Lying) is a part of Islamic doctrine. It doesn’t matter WHO tells who to lie if it is part of your beleif system that to do is proper. nowhere in Christianity or Judaism (you know, the two religious pillars of western civilization) does it say devotees should lie!

    It DOES say that in Islam. Google the Koran and then google taquiyah.

    From the Encyclopedia of the Middle East

    http://www.mideastweb.org/Middle-East-Encyclopedia/taqiyah.htm

    Taqiyya (Arabic: التقية – ‘fear, guard against’) is the religiously sanctioned practice of lying or dissimulation. It is usually attributed to Shia Muslim practice.

    Supposedly, the term “taqiyyah is derived from this verse of the Quran : “Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them [tattaqu minhum. from the same root tqy as taqiyah], taking (as it were) security [tuqatan. again from the same root as taqiyah]. Allah biddeth you beware (only) of Himself. Unto Allah is the journeying” (Quran, III, 28). This history would appear to indicate that Taqiyah is especially allowed in the case of dealings with nonbelievers.
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    “Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish it through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible…, and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory. …One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie…

    Therefore, it is possible to excuse lying on almost any ground that is consistent, for example, with obligatory spread of the Muslim faith.
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    The practice of Taqiyah raises obvious political issues, in that it appears impossible to trust the word of a Muslim in a treaty if the practice is accepted. It is noteworthy in this regard that authorities consider Taqiyah to be allowed in war and in reconciliation.
    The “best” type of Taqiyah according to some authorities is Tawriah. In Tawriah, a kind of Delphic practice, the speaker makes the “mark” believe that they are agreeing with them through ambiguity, whereas in fact they may be saying the opposite. For example, the slogan “Islam is the religion of peace” has an ambiguous meaning, since for Muslims, the peace is to be found only through surrender to Allah.
    *********************************************************************

  173. Jan,

    Agreed 1000 %.

    “Getting ready to defend themselves is a whole lot different that starting a war. It only makes sense to not lie down and say uncle in this scenario.”

  174. ShortTermer, That video really helped me understand the issues more clearly (I think).

    From a poster at one site I visited:

    “An Article II “natural born Citizen” is a child born in the country to citizen parents. This means that only a child born in the United States or its jurisdictional equivalent to a father and mother who are both at the time of the child’s birth either “natural born Citiz the original American common law meaning of an Article II “natural born Citizen,” i.e., a child born in the country to citizen parents, which to this day has not been changed by either the Fourteenth Amendment or any U.S. Supreme Court decision, including Wong Kim Ark.”

    Very interesting and equally chilling.

  175. Electric Car Company Given $500 Million “Green” Energy Loan By Obama Admin Announces Layoffs…

    In another setback for President Obama’s clean energy loan programs, the recipient of more than a half-billion dollars in federal loan guarantees is laying off workers at their Delaware and California operations.

    Delaware’s News Journal reports that Fisker Automotive, a California-based electric car start-up company, is laying off an undisclosed number of staff to try to reserve enough capital in order to qualify for more federal help from the Department of Energy, according to a Delaware state development official.

  176. turndownobama
    February 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm
    lisa,

    tell us Paul’s specifics on social security?
    =========================================
    Ron Paul has stated many times that he wants to honor the government’s promise of social security to everyone who has paid into it. The only major change he wants to make is to let young people opt of social security. He plans to cut 1 trillion dollars of the budget in his first year without touching social security and medicare. You can find many of his ideas here: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/

    But if you have any other questions, I can try to answer them.

  177. ShortTermer,

    1 – Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens
    http://law.ga.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,87670814_87670931,00.html

    2 – Office of the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp
    http://www.sos.ga.gov/

    3 – Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi
    http://www.osah.ga.gov/judges-dir.aspx

    FWIW, I have found that calling any higher government office always yields some info even if it is only from the receptionist or secretary who picks up the phone. And if you say you are from a news organization that does spark interest as well as cooperation.

  178. We all know the smartest bloggers on the Internet gather here: SO…

    Important Question for ideas needed-

    Take a minute and leave a response…

    “Bill Clinton asks Who do you think has the most influence on children’s health in the United States?”

  179. Answer – parents.

    On another note, after thinking about the Catholic brouhaha and how the WH has apparently walked back from the weekend it becomes increasingly clear to me (OK, so I’m a bit slow) how down and dirty the BO game is.

    Instead of starting attacks on opposition (of any kind) with mild reprimands, the BO administration literally comes out with a 2 X 4 it has, in reality, no intention or ability of using, whacks the target over the head, waits while the target’s allies cry out in protest and then comes out a few days alter and says “:Never mind.”

    By then, the opposition has been rudely reminded of just how quickly the candy (money) can be withdraw, realizes that to keep the candy and stick to its guns wopuld require commitment and resolve far beyond which they are interested in and so they meekly accept the peace offering, tuck their tail between their legs and trot off determined to once more turn over the prospective voting base (in this case, Catholics) to BO’s goons.

    “Oh wait,” they tell their flock. “He didn’t really mean it. See? The god has exempted us from A,B,C.

    And I am also beginning to wonder about Trump’s involvement in the prez race.

    After what ShortTermer and others have now brought to light about the real problem with BO’s candidacy it makes one wonder how Trump could also not be aware that the bigger issue is the parents’ citizenship.

    He’s a smart guy, right?

    A lot of us here really like him.

    So why would he go off on a tangent about the BC when the real problem is BO’s father’s lack of citizenship which, by the way, is printed in plain site on the whitehouse issued long form BC.

    So who’s on fist and what’s the score?

    Don’t tell me. Libs and BO 10, the American citizens 0.

    What a disaster.

  180. Maybe the Catholic Church really will fight.

    Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments
    Donohue Says 70 Million Of His Voters Ready To Alter Presidential Election
    February 6, 2012 7:44 PM

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control.

    As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, it could affect the presidential elections.

    Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees.

    “Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,” said Catholic League head Bill Donohue.

    Already Archbishop Timothy Dolan has spoken out against the law and priests around the country have mobilized, reading letters from the pulpit. Donohue said Catholic officials will stop at nothing to put a stop to it.

    “This is going to be fought out with lawsuits, with court decisions, and, dare I say it, maybe even in the streets,” Donohue said.

    But pro-choice groups said they will fight the church and fight for the right of employees of Catholic institutions to have birth control and other services paid for

  181. Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments
    Donohue Says 70 Million Of His Voters Ready To Alter Presidential Election
    February 6, 2012 7:44 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control.

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

    What the Bishops say is one thing, but what the voters do is another. In the voting booth, some sanity and decency may prevail.

    And are they just wanting exemptions for religious facilities — or do they not want ANY insurance to cover it? (The RR does have a history of mis-representing such controversies.)

  182. gonzotx
    February 6th, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    If the young opt out of SS it can not pay for its self.
    ======================================================
    The Social Security trust fund has 3 trillion dollars of IOUs to us.
    Ron Paul will stop the wasteful overseas and domestic spending to be able to pay for it.
    Everyone else will continue spending us into bankruptcy, and none of us will have social security then.

  183. I am signing out for today, but just wanted to leave you with two questions: Do you really think you will be happy with Romney, Newt, Santorum, or Obama? They are 4 corrupt politicians that only care about themselves. A few of you ask me questions about Ron Paul or don’t address Ron Paul at all. Why are you not supporting him?

  184. lisa100,

    Personally, I appreciate much of what Paul says but I do not support all his foreign policy positions. That is one of the main reasons he’s not top of my list. But if it were to come down to Paul vs. BO, I would vote for Paul.

  185. The Social Security trust fund has 3 trillion dollars of IOUs to us.
    Ron Paul will stop the wasteful overseas and domestic spending to be able to pay for it.

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

    That fits with what Hillary said in 2008 iirc about SS. She says the problem is with the general fund and the economy. Get the economy working again, and the general fund will haave enough income to pay back what it has borrowed from SS.

  186. lisa100
    February 6th, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    ****************

    Wishful thinking.I don’t’t believe it would roll out that way.We are broke, and we will remain broke for a very long time.

    Now Hillary? I would trust her to find a way.

  187. If Obama’s Jobs Record Is Good, How Come the Media Can’t Ask About It?
    —Ace

    To clarify: They can ask him very superficial things like “How great do you feel about the 243,000 jobs created last month?,” but they can’t ask further than that, because there the Narrative falls apart.

    President Obama will benefit because the media will fail to note that the Obama administration promised that the unemployment rate today would be approximately 5.8 percent – not 8.3 percent — if the $800 billion stimulus package were passed.
    He will benefit because interviewers like Lauer will fail to ask the president whether the unemployment rate will be below 5.5 percent — as promised – by Election Day.

    He will benefit because commentators will ignore the fact that even if 250,000 jobs were created every month from now to the election, the unemployment rate will still hover near 8 percent.

    He will benefit because no reporter will ask the president to explain why the labor participation rate has fallen to an abysmal 63.7 percent, the lowest level in three decades.

    He will benefit because the media will continue to ignore the fact that if the the labor force participation rate were the same as when President Obama took office, today’s unemployment rate would be more than 11 percent.

  188. Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees.
    “Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,” said Catholic League head Bill Donohue.
    [….]
    “This is going to be fought out with lawsuits, with court decisions, and, dare I say it, maybe even in the streets,” Donohue said.

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

    LOL! I hope they try to get their people to come out in the streets against condoms. 😉

    The leaders will misrepresent it as ‘against abortion’, but in fact they’re opposing ALL contraception, and that’s something that most people do use and will be informed about.

    The actual employees may be scared to speak out, but they won’t come out and demonstrate either. And they will vote….

  189. “The leaders will misrepresent it as ‘against abortion’, but in fact they’re opposing ALL contraception, and that’s something that most people do use and will be informed about.”

    The depths of your idiocy really knows no bounds. The issue is not whether the Catholic Church doesn’t believe in any contraceptions — they don’t, if they want to push legislation to do this, that one thing, that is something PP and other stuff orgs have a perfect right to protest. But now its forced on the other side. The Catholic Church is protesting the Fed govt forcing them to provide it for their employees in their religious organization, which is against their beliefs.

    The fact that you cannot even comprehend this difference shows a level of idiocy and ignorance that is incomprehensible.

  190. Jbstonesfan: some food for thought:

    VII: THE REAL ISSUE IN 2012
    A. The Stakes: Elections are always about the future. Most elections give voters a choice between personalities not policies. The 2012 election will give us both. It will give voters a choice between a political future based on the American Constitutional system and the Bill of Rights verses a European System of government controlled by an elite bureaucracy. A choice between an economic system based on private enterprise—which is succeeding around the world, verses an economic system based on state ownership—which is failing in Europe. This election is, therefore, a tipping point.
    B. The Risks: if you prefer the Constitutional system, then you must realize that Mr. Obama and his supporters have laid siege to this country, its sacred traditions and its special place in the world. He opposes virtually everything we stand for as a nation. The policies he has introduced have one common aim: to dismantle our existing system. This can be seen in the take-over of our health care system, the dangerous individual mandate, the vast regulatory apparatus, the czars, confiscatory taxes, oppressive regulations, and the repudiation of an American exceptionalism noted by de Tocqueville two centuries ago.
    At this point, we hold a one vote advantage on the Supreme Court, and if Obama gets a second term, the majority will be not liberal—but progressive. The last two appointments to the US Supreme Court were progressives. Progressive judges do not look to the law, they look to their conscience and once they decide what they think is right then they tell their law clerks go get me a line of cases to support this. The refusal of Elena Kagen to recuse herself from the Obamacare case when she has a conflict of interest is probative.
    The current financial crisis will cause more people to become dependent on government in the short term. That favors Obama. And the longer he continues the job killing policies described in this paper the more people will depend on government and his constituency will grow larger. He knows this and is using it to his advantage. But most of those people would prefer to work so if his opponent can provide a credible jobs plan then they may not vote for Obama. Or they may realize that the immediate gain is as nothing compared to the long term disaster progressive policies will inflict on the American People.
    C. No Self-Inflicted Wounds, Please:
    Finally, the Republican primary has generated internecine conflict between the elites and the grass roots wings of the party. As Dick Morris has pointed out there are five (5) core factions within the Party: i) Economic Conservatives (who are committed to free market economics), ii) Establishment Republicans ( who instinctively reject outsiders), iii) Evangelicals (motivated by religious and social issues), iv) National Security faction (focused on defense, foreign wars and terrorism), and v) Tea Party faction (focused on federal deficit, the national debt, reining in spending, holding down taxes, opposing Obamacare, and reducing government regulation).
    At this point, the elites (i), (ii), support Governor Romney; whereas, the grass roots (iii), (v) support Speaker Gingrich, and iv) is equally divided. Mainstream media, the corrupt surrogate of Obama, has tried to turn the candidates against each other and to demoralize the base. This process is painful to watch but in the end it may serve to inoculate the ultimate nominee against similar attacks in the General Election. The risk is that it will aggravate the intra-party divide.
    The intra-party divide is cultural, economic and philosophical. Culturally, the elites and the grass roots have very little in common. Opera and country western do not mix well. Economically they come from different strata of society. Furthermore, the grass roots are suffering the effects of the financial crisis whereas the elites as a rule are not. And, philosophically, the elites have the same cosmopolitan focus as their Democrat counterparts, whereas the grassroots are more centered on what is good for their family and community.
    What binds them together is a common set of ideals. And right now, the grass roots have no confidence that the establishment candidate, Governor Romney, will adhere to those ideals if he becomes the nominee, and goes on to win the election with their support. Moreover, he is nothing like them. Thus, if you apply the test they use in South Philadelphia in deciding whom to vote for, i.e. i) is he like me? And ii) can I trust him? the answer at this point is no.
    Meanwhile, the elites have set their sights on a different target audience—the Independents. Over the past thirty years Independents have been the swing group in every election. Today they are even more important because they are the largest block in the electorate, i.e. 46% according to a recent Gallup poll. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-without-independents-obama-has-no-chance-victory_595834.html
    (Note: When Obama took office, the percentage of registered Democrats was 41%. Their strategists saw visions of sugar plums, and a permanent Democrat majority, based on the election of Mr. Obama, and demographic trends. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/13/pemanent-democratic-major_n_186257.html David Axelrod spoke of the new coalition which would minimize reliance on the white middle class, and the demagoguery they adopted reflected that. Today, the percentage of registered Democrats has declined precipitously to a bare 30%. That is perhaps the best evidence of the efficacy of that strategy and the harm that Mr. Obama has done to the party. Democrats will have to rely on independents more heavily than before in order to win elections.)
    In the final analysis, the focus must not be on personalities but on policies, and the stark choice between the traditional American agenda (represented by the Republican Party) verses the Progressive agenda (represented by the Democrat Party under the radical Mr. Obama). That is the real issue in 2012.
    If centrist democrats like Bill and Hillary can form a friendship with George Bush Sr. and make peace with former foes like Richard Mellon Scaiffe and Chris Ruddy for the good of the nation, then Romney and Gingrich supporters who are in the same party should be able to do that as well. Then perhaps we can form a united front with independents and centrist democrats in exile to save our country from the predations of Mr. Obama, and his fellow progressives.

    VIII: CONCLUSION
    In Federalist Paper No. 10 Madison warned us that the tyranny of factions could subvert representative government. He defined factions as: “a number of citizens who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion or of interest adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”
    Today, the Soros/Progressive faction he spoke of controls the Democrat party, the media and the White House. It is a closed loop. And their interests are adverse to the general welfare. They will contribute $1 billion dollars to Obama. And if he is re-elected then he will pursue their interests—not ours.
    The goal of this paper is to open people’s eyes to the problem. The American People need to see through the charade, and take back our country. We must tell Mr. Obama, his fellow progressives and the dirty money behind him: “to here and no more!” Otherwise, the sad story of history will surely repeat itself:
    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the people have abdicated their duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out high civic office, military command, Roman legions-everything, now restrains itself and hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” (Satire X by the Roman Poet Juvenal, 1st Century A.D.).

  191. At this point, the elites (i), (ii), support Governor Romney; whereas, the grass roots (iii), (v) support Speaker Gingrich, and iv) is equally divided.
    **************8
    it seems the conservatives have been supporting Romney

    THE BLOG
    Morning Jay: Mitt Romney and Conservatives, Myths, and Realities
    8:00 AM, FEB 6, 2012 • BY JAY COSTSingle PagePrintLarger TextSmaller TextAlerts
    Mitt Romney won another decisive victory in Nevada over the weekend, his third out of a total of five contests to date. In what might be a surprise to many, he carried the Silver State caucuses with strong support from conservatives – winning 57 percent of the “somewhat conservative” voters and 48 percent of the “very conservative” voters.

  192. More food for thought:

    G. Placing the Birth Certificate Issue in Context:
    Now that it has been established that Obama was born in the United States and has a long form birth certificate to prove it, the question arises why did he put the country through the ordeal in the first place? Why did he post a phony birth certificate on his website? Why did he refuse to produce the real one when he was asked—like McCain did? Why would he spend $2 million in attorney fees to protect it from disclosure? And when he finally did produce it, why did he take such delight? Was he playing a cat and mouse game on the birth certificate from the beginning? Given his narcissist personality (supra) it is not unlikely.

  193. it seems the conservatives have been supporting Romney
    ——————————
    The negative campaigning has had some impact. But bear in mind–what they call conservatives we call Mormons.

  194. jbstonefan: we need to tell Obama what the first American Admiral John Paul Jones told the enemy: I have not yet begun to fight. Look at the dissenting opinion from the Fourth Circuit, in the context of Dingell’s statement about getting the people under control. Jenthemischlander–if you are on the blog can you shed any light on Dingles–hes a UAW go to guy, Dean of the Senate and loose lips sink (progressive) ships.
    ——————————–

    B. Obamacare:
    During the 2008 primary, Mr. Obama produced a campaign commercial claiming that he did not accept money from Washington DC lobbyists. (It was later pointed out that he did accept money from Chicago lobbyists with offices in Washington DC but he claimed that was okay.) Obama went on to criticize former Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin for passing legislation that prohibited government from negotiating drug prices and then going to work for the drug companies. Finally, during one of the primary debates Obama promised that when he became President, if he ever had to do business with Washington DC lobbyists, then those negotiations would be conducted in public on C-Span, to ensure that the public interest was not compromised. No more secret covenants secretly arrived at.
    Shortly after he became president however Mr. Obama repudiated those promises. His goal was to snag Republican contributors. He met secretly with Billy Tauzin in the basement of the White House. He agreed that the new Health Care bill would continue the ban on government negotiating drug prices that he had condemned as a candidate. (Promises are like piecrusts—made to be broken—Lenin). In return, Obama got a firm commitment from Tauzin that the drug companies would reduce drug cost by $ 80 billion over 10 years, and the obligatory pay-to-play campaign contribution. Obama touted those savings and mainstream media cheered. But alternative media pointed out that Obama got conned by Tauzin. Why? Because the ban on government negotiating drug prices which Tauzin got in return was worth $155 billion, consequently the Obama deal cost taxpayers a cool $76 billion. Plus, the drug companies agreed to help fund the advertising for ObamaCare. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/prescriptions/2009/08/obamas_biggest_health_reform_blunder.html
    As for the ensuing process, the Washington Times explained it well: ObamaCare was slapped together hurriedly and without adequate staff – or lawmaker – review. It became a grab bag of regulations and loopholes favoring Democratic-leaning special interests. Republican suggestions for reform were never given a hearing and the GOP was unceremoniously shut out of the process. The bill was forced through the Congress in a riot of arm-twisting and secretive backroom deals. Few if any members of Congress read the bill before they voted on it. The American people were denied the transparency and open process Mr. Obama had promised during his campaign. Obamacare was the poster child for everything wrong with the contemporary legislative process.
    The name of ObamaCare is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”–a very impressive title. However, when a law thus described reduces coverage and limits options it hard to see how that can be called “patient protection”. Likewise, when such a law causes premium costs to rise and increases the federal debt it is hard to know how it provides “affordable care”. The only way that is possible is if the English language has lost all meaning. With mainstream media it already has. They called ObamaCare “the most important civil rights victory since 1964”. (New York Times.) If this were anybody but Obama, the New York Times would be singing an entirely different tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XYtDZJJ57s&feature=player_embedde
    1) The baited hook: one of the bill’s chief supporters John Dingell (D-Mi) was asked about the morality of waiting until 2014 for some of the bill’s provisions to take effect. The response he gave was at best idiosyncratic. He said it takes time to pass the legislation necessary to “control the people”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK62MQ_OIEI
    At first blush, I assumed that all he meant was the goal of the law was to make sure people make wise health care choices. But if you read that statement in the context of the law he was referring to, then it becomes obvious what Dingell meant when he said control the people. He meant that the individual mandate embedded in the law would remove all limits on federal power over the individual. In other words, the intent is to take away liberty.
    When 26 State Attorneys General filed suit against ObamaCare, this mega-political concern was drawn into high relief. It has clearly enunciated in the dissenting opinion at the US Court of Appeals:
    The individual mandate (in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, i.e. ObamaCare, which forces American citizens to purchase insurance against their will) is a novel exercise of the Commerce Clause power. If it is held to be constitutional then it is difficult to see any limits on what Congress can legislate. Indeed, what aspect of human activity would escape federal power? Only through a Constitutional Amendment could a structural shift of that magnitude be accomplished legitimately. —James Graham, Judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. (Emphasis Added)
    The case is now before the Supreme Court. It will be heard this spring and a decision will issue prior to the election in November.

  195. From a good long article about the history of contraception and abortion law in the US, and Planned Parenthood.

    Abortion wasn’t a partisan issue until Republicans made it one. In June of 1972, a Gallup poll reported that sixty-eight per cent of Republicans and fifty-nine per cent of Democrats agreed that “the decision to have an abortion should be made solely by a woman and her physician.” Fifty-six per cent of Catholics thought so, too.
    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/14/111114fa_fact_lepore#ixzz1lfDpwNAU

  196. wbboei
    February 6th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Obama’s problem is his father was not a US Citizen.

    He may have been able to schfuug us with HI as his birth place. But who cares- Theres no way, as hard as he tries, he can spin Bama Sr into a US Citizen.

  197. Some people have claimed that Bill Clinton could have avoided impeachment by avoiding Monica Lewinsky. However Bill says that one of the Impeachers later admittied the impeachment plan had been begun long before that.

    http://www.esquire.com/features/bill-clinton-interview-2012-0212
    [Bill Clinton said:]
    So [Inglish, an Impeacher] came to me and he said, “I just want you to know, when you got elected, I hated you. And I asked to be on the Judiciary Committee in 1993, because a bunch of us had already made up our minds that no matter what you did or didn’t do, we were going to find some way to impeach you. We hated you. You had no right to be president.” And he said, “That’s wrong.” And he said, “I’m sorry.”

  198. Article by Charles Schwab—Bernake doing all this quantitative easing. And where is all that money going? It is sitting in banks. Business are not expanding and consumers are not buying and right now Keynes aint working so great. Neither for that matter is Obama. Businessmen across the country do not trust him. They are not going to put capital–equity or debt at risk if there are no customers and when they are facing Obamacare, higher taxes and intense regulations in the face. It is really a checkmate situation. The economy is not bouncing back–and frankly they are playing that false card to soon in the game. The are idiots. The question is whether the Republicans are bigger ones. Time will tell.

    http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/Schwab-Fed-Policy-Economy/2012/02/06/id/428527?s=al&promo_code=E1BB-1

  199. Mrs. Smith
    February 6th, 2012 at 11:06 pm
    wbboei
    February 6th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Obama’s problem is his father was not a US Citizen.

    He may have been able to schfuug us with HI as his birth place. But who cares- Theres no way, as hard as he tries, he can spin Bama Sr into a US Citizen.
    ————————————–
    I like the approach shot from the other side of the fairway. The green opens up better from that side, the traps do not come into play and you are looking at an easier putt. If we stipulate that he is natural born then it leaves the larger question of what kind of a head case plays this game of hide and seek over an issue like this, spends 2 million to hide the ball and drags the country through this? Answer: a narcissist. And a dangerous one at that.

  200. turndown: Get the economy working again, and the general fund will haave enough income to pay back what it has borrowed from SS.

    But WILL they, that’s what I wonder. I believe these 3 trillion dollars have been borrowed over the course of many administrations. We’ve had a good economy within that time period, and they showed no inclination to pay it back…

  201. You know the election is in real trouble when a golfing fraud is 6% above the GOP front runner.

    Maybe these 4 men are the only ones brave or dumb enough to go up against the Chicago team of bloody corruption.

    Sad to say that possibly only VP picks will excite voters.

  202. Of course, it they succeed in destroying SS, they won’t have to pay back the money they borrowed…

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

    Exactly! And a strong motive for them to say SS needs ‘reform’.

  203. Question for the Catholics here. Is catholicnewsagency.com legitimate? Is this article from the site in accord with mainstream Catholic thought?

    Even the title misrepresents the controversy! It talks about “mandated contraception” — as though individuals were ‘mandated’ to use contraception instead of insurance companies being mandated to pay for it.

    This isn’t just an odd headline: the phrase occurs 6 times in the article.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=2024

  204. Forgot to add that this article makes it clear that it is not just abortion, or contraceptives that might have a side effect they call ‘abortion’, that these Catholics oppose — but any use of any contraceptive at all, including condoms.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=2024
    On a practical level, what many spouses (especially young newlyweds) ignore is how embracing any artificial technologies for the explicit purpose of preventing pregnancy will destroy profound relational links between them over time.
    [….]
    What may appear initially as a prudent choice – husband and wife proclaim together how “we’re not ready for children” for financial reasons, for example – can lead, with contraception, away from selfless, loving giving and toward selfish taking from the other in lust.

  205. “If we stipulate that he is natural born then it leaves the larger question of what kind of a head case plays this game of hide and seek over an issue like this, spends 2 million to hide the ball and drags the country through this?”
    ______________

    Bama mentioned in ‘Dreams of My Father’, where his father was born- Kenya. Are we living in a parallel universe ignoring this crook is UNqualified to make any decisions pertaining to running the country.

    Are we so paralyzed in fear, no one is able to step up and say: “Hey You! I can be the President but YOU can’t?”

    Something is wrong with this picture- There’s NO CONTEST- Obama doesn’t meet the eligibility requirements laid out in Article 2 of the Constitution. He should be arrested for Breaking and Entering..along with Axelrod, Ploof and Carney!

  206. As for the Catholic hospitals not wanting to pay for their non-Catholic employees’ contraceptives, a simple solution would be for the insurance policy to cover it — but at the end of the year to give a rebate to the employer based on how many employees didn’t actually use that coverage.

    However there should be some adjustment so that the employer should pay more if more claims are made for pregnancy care, delivery, baby care, etc.

  207. Re;Mrs. Smith
    February 7th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I agree that we can not ignore this absolute violation of the constitution: ObaMAO is not eligible for POTUS. This needs to come to a speedy conclusion for the sake of the future. The Democrats were riled against Chester A Arthur in the mid 1800s for the exact same reason. Romney’s father was born in Mexico. Santorum’s father was an immigrant. And Marco Rubio, who should be President someday, may not qualify.I want them all to provide substantiated documentation that they are indeed natural born citizens; all of them.
    I doubt how honest a person would be on other issues when he chooses to violate one of the bedrocks of the Constitution like being a Natural Born Citizen, then he chooses to run for POTUS even though he knows the law; and then covers up to keep it from being verified.If we do not expect them to uphold the laws of the land, they will choose not to.

  208. Hardly all Mormons Wbb
    —————————
    First of all, the weekly standard is IN THE TANK FOR ROMNEY. Kristol and Barnes from the beginning. I am telling you the truth that the conservative meaning the tea parties and evangelicals are NOT falling for Romney at this point, and it is a dangerous assumption to suggest otherwise. See if you can find some neutral source which says that grass roots conservatives meaning tea parties and evangelicals are falling in love with him. Trust me that is not happening. This is where the heavy lifting will come in. That is why I closed the way I did with that paper.

  209. With Regret

    Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a
    substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.

    Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is
    a celebrity drug addict and thief.

    Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding [and
    short-lived

    marriage] was shoved down our throats, While……..

    Justin Allen 23
    Brett Linley 29
    Matthew Weikert 29
    Justus Bartett 27
    Dave Santos 21
    Jesse Reed 26
    Matthew Johnson 21
    Zachary Fisher 24
    Brandon King 23
    Christopher Goeke 23
    and Sheldon Tate 27…

    Are all Marines that gave their lives last month for you. There is no
    media for

    them; not even a mention of their names.

    Honor THEM by sending this on.

    I did, will you?

    God bless you, Rest In Peace, and THANK YOU, TROOPS.

  210. Gonzo–here is the conservative take on Governor Romney, as expressed by Eric Erickson.

    As I said back in December, I have no plans to endorse a candidate for President of the United States. I wrote, at the time, “I would prefer instead to tell you exactly what I think about each of the candidates, good or bad, and let the chips fall where they may.”

    Since then, I have routinely been asked who I would endorse. Today, after a lot of reflection on this race, I can honestly say my position has not changed and I would honestly prefer Ace of Spades’ sweet meteor of death than any of the candidates left in the race. Only the sweet meteor of death seems capable of stopping both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. I can take the easy way out and not endorse because while I recognize politics necessitates compromise, I would have to compromise my intellectual honesty too much to choose any of the remaining candidates. Tonight, on my radio show, I put my weight behind the sweet meteor of death. You can listen to my reasons why here.

    The Republican Party is putting itself in the hands of the economy. With Mitt Romney as the nominee, we will be forced to hope for a deteriorating economy because, while I will vote for him and think he is vastly better than Barack Obama, the fact is he has made no case for himself against Barack Obama except that he can do a better job on the economy. And let’s be clear — no Republican should hope or appear to be hoping for a deteriorating economy. It’s just that with no other justification for his election other than electability based on the ability to fix the economy, if the economy fixes itself, suddenly there is no justification for Mitt Romney’s electability.

    My sincere and honest hope is that both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich stay in the race as long as possible to deny MItt Romney enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination. I do not think either Santorum or Gingrich have much of a better shot against Barack Obama, but I do think they are at least running on bigger ideas than Mitt Romney — ideas that still translate and survive an improving economy.

    For months I have said I am for “Not Romney.” It is not because I think either Gingrich or Santorum have a better shot at winning than Romney, but because I still hold out hope for a broker convention to save us from ourselves.

    I may be a Republican, and at one time an elected Republican, but I have always needed more than just a letter of the alphabet next to someone’s name to get me excited. Newt Gingrich excites because he picks fights with all the people I think need to be fought, including Mitt Romney. God bless him for that. But I am under no illusion that makes him capable of beating Barack Obama without a deteriorating economy.

    Rick Santorum excites me because, while I think he is a big government and compassionate conservative, he is willing to defend traditional mores in this country in a way few are. HIs bold stand for faith and tradition is honest and refreshing, but it also makes for a massive liability in a general election when he has so little to show voters on other fronts.

    As for Romney, he does not excite me and has largely run his campaign making sure conservatives know he can get the nomination without them. That’s all well and good, but he certainly should not expect me or other conservatives to do anything for him in the general election other than, hopefully it won’t just be me, showing up to vote for him. That’s about all I plan to do for the man.

    I’ll support the Republican nominee for President. I’ll defend him from meritless attacks and I will oppose Barack Obama. Any one of our candidates is better than Barack Obama. But God help us if any one of them is the nominee.

    Until we reach the magic number 1144, which is the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, I hold out hope that someone or some meteor saves us from ourselves.

  211. Basil @ 7:03 pm Fisker
    ———————
    Some extra detail:
    Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — Fisker Automotive Inc. said it halted work on a Delaware auto factory to make plug-in sedans after the U.S. Energy Department, citing unmet milestones, blocked access to its federal loan. snip Fisker, behind schedule in selling its first car in the U.S., laid off 26 people in Wilmington, Delaware, the company said yesterday in an e-mail. Access to the loan has been blocked since May, said Roger Ormisher, a spokesman….
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-07/fisker-stops-work-on-delaware-car-factory-after-u-s-blocks-loan.html

  212. Obama is so undeservedly a president driving the country into the ground and the House of Representatives is sitting on their hands- Where is OWS when you need them? Do they need a map to find their way to the capital and protest this president who needs a mega dose of Impeachment medicine?
    ___________________

    Obama Says He Deserves a Second Term; Let’s Consider

    President Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview Sunday, “I deserve a second term.” Well, let’s see.

    He had the courage to tell the Supreme Court off for daring to defy him in its campaign finance law ruling. And he did it during his State of the Union speech, when they weren’t in a position to object, showing just what a marvelous tactician he is.

    He was not about to be stymied by an obstructionist Republican House that didn’t buy into his Euro-fashionable idea that we’re all going to die from catastrophic man-made global warming. So when those knuckleheads wouldn’t pass cap and trade, his Environmental Protection Agency lawlessly imposed its own emission standards. He showed those Republicans.

    He was sick and tired of our being in Iraq, an action approved by a joint resolution of Congress, so he telegraphed a date certain to withdraw. But he wasn’t going to let Republicans think he couldn’t flex his own muscles in the nominal cause of freedom, so he one-upped those dolts again by intervening in Libya without consulting Congress at all, much less getting its approval.

    When he crammed through Obamacare against the people’s will, he adroitly claimed he was acting on our behalf. Every year he’s been in office, his deficits have greatly exceeded $1 trillion, and he is on course to double the national debt in five years and triple it in 10. How many presidents could pull that off?

    Though he has driven us to within a molecule’s width of national bankruptcy and achieved — like none of his inferior predecessors — a downgrading of our national credit rating, he deftly managed to deflect the blame for this on Republican opposition to his wholly reckless budget plan. Not too shabby.

    His Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget in more than 1,000 days, and he has declined to exercise leadership on this but somehow managed to shift equal blame to Republicans for their inaction. Then again, what do you expect from a man who can straight-facedly blame his predecessor for his own policy failures three years hence?

    He’s convinced many that Republicans’ only driving force is to protect unfair tax advantages for the wealthy when in fact these “wealthy” pay significantly more than middle- and lower-income earners and pay a higher rate, as well. It’s not just any old Joe who without any experience can ride a perfect economic storm into the presidency and convince people against all the evidence, common sense and reason that Warren Buffett is paying a lower income tax rate than America’s secretaries. That takes skill.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2012/02/07/obama_says_he_deserves_a_second_term_lets_consider

  213. I just listened to radio interview of PA Senator Toomey (R) regarding the most recent health care edict. He was asked what PA Senator Bob Casey (D) had to say about the brouhaha over this birth control/etc mandate. Toomey responded he did not know. But there is one excellent question because “Bob” is a Catholic. I personally hope it forces him out of his favorite place which is … anywhere beneath political radar.

  214. ShortTermer
    February 7th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Re;Mrs. Smith
    February 7th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I agree that we can not ignore this absolute violation of the constitution: ObaMAO is not eligible for POTUS. This needs to come to a speedy conclusion for the sake of the future. The Democrats were riled against Chester A Arthur in the mid 1800s for the exact same reason. Romney’s father was born in Mexico. Santorum’s father was an immigrant. And Marco Rubio, who should be President someday, may not qualify.I want them all to provide substantiated documentation that they are indeed natural born citizens; all of them.
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    Short Termer, everyone mentioned in your post is ineligible under the law- What I see happening is a press by politicos for changing the law to suit the changing times.
    I for one don’t want to risk changing the law accommodating any of them. When we have a perfectly qualified candidate waiting in the wings willing and able to resurrect our country from a state of apoplexy before we reach the point of no return finding ourselves homeless wanderers in the cosmos of a Third World paradigm.

  215. I posted this question early last night. It isn’t a hard question but your opinion may spark something we haven’t thought of…so your input is considered valuable-

    Thanks Basil for a good answer: parents

    reposting the question-
    _______________

    We all know the smartest bloggers on the Internet gather here: SO…

    Important Question for needed ideas-

    Take a minute and leave a response…

    “Bill Clinton asks Who do you think has the most influence on children’s health in the United States?”

    (he’s actually doing something that matters about Michelle’s failed campaign against obesity)

  216. ShortTermer,

    One issue I am not clear about. To be eligible for the presidency a candidate has to have been born to American citizens but there seems no explanation of whether the parents can be naturalized – eg. immigrants who took the oath of office to be citizens. While those people could not run for presidency I’m not sure their children would be so prohibited.

    The language says candidates must be natural born citizens born to citizen parents. It does not say the parents also have to be natural born. It does not say the parents must have been born to American citizens.

    Or am I mucking this up?

  217. “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.”

    Also, the issue raised in this clause states a person must have been a resident for 14 years – is that consecutive? Is it counted from the age of consent, 21? Is that why the minimum age for running for prez is 35 (21 + 14)?

    Another problem I have read about is that Stanley Anne was a minor when she gave birth and that could have potentially impacted the baby’s status as being born to a natural born citizen because technically she was not an adult – or something like that.

    Thoughts?

  218. wbboei,

    Agreed BO is a narcissist and could have carried this out for his own perverse pleasure.

    “what kind of a head case plays this game of hide and seek over an issue like this, spends 2 million to hide the ball and drags the country through this? Answer: a narcissist. And a dangerous one at that.”

    My question is about Trump. It seems he was either a dupe or a conspirator.

    How could he NOT have known know the big issue is BO’s fathers’ lack of American citizenship rather than the BC?

    So is he stupid or was he providing cover?

    And what’s he doping now endorsing MR? Asking that question, BTW, doesn’t mean I am against MR – I happen to prefer him. I am just wondering what the heck the Donald is really up to other than propping up his TV show.

  219. A sample of very interesting comments on Ulsterman’s Bo takes on the Catholic Church post.

    BTW, I find it highly suspect that our resident contrarian has NEVER – in the 2 years or more I have been posting here – commented positively about any Christian belief while simultaneously posting invariably Positive comments about Islam and, in fact, defending any who disagree with her warped view.

    If that does not show one’s true allegiance I don’t know what does.

    According to the U.S. Census numbers I posted the other day there are over 173 million Christians in this country, just 1.3 million Muslims. And who does she side with time after time? Why? And even if you do support a fringe group why NO positive comments on the majority – ever.

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

    As the Christians once did to their pagan predecessors, the neo-pagan Obamites seek to destroy the old belief in order to supplant it with their own. We got the first foreshadowing of this during 2008 with school children being coached to sing the Obama Hymn, filmed on You Tube, the posturing before the faux Greek Columns, and the whole series of Icons (in the traditional sense) replete with halos. This also relates to the campaign to obscure and muddle his Birth Legend
    *********************************************************************************
    This is simply a forward patrol. The real battle will be against all religious institutions, and it is just behind the hill. These guys mean business and they are thinking now they got to get it done this year, now that their re-election looks a little iffy. Coming to a church near you
    *************************************************************************************
    Atheists and Muslims have teamed up together to tear down America’s Christian and Jewish foundation. Obama is not only allowing this he is endorsing the Judeo-Christian attack with this Unconstitutional Edict. Remember last year when he stated that Muslims have been in America since the beginning? He has attempted to rewrite American history and is attempting to reshape it to his psychologically warped world view.
    ******************************************************************************
    Give Barry enough rope and he’ll hang himself. He turned his back on Rev. Wright. Then he turned his back on Israel. Now he’s trying to take over the Catholic Church. He will do and say anything–even lie–to promote his Muslim agenda.

    (And now we all know lying (Taqiyya) is an integral part of the Muslim faith).
    ************************************************************
    If his formative years were spent in the Islam faith, that is the faith that is his foundation. I was raised a Christian, and regardless of the different faiths that I have followed and believed, my foundation and roots are in Christianity.
    ****************************************************************************
    The backdoor dictatorship has ended. This move is tantamount to declaring war on the Constitution and the American public.
    This is a blatant, unprecedented move to impose the will of one, illegitimate ruler by executive fiat. Hitlerian, utterly.

  220. “To be eligible for the presidency a candidate has to have been born to American citizens but there seems no explanation of whether the parents can be naturalized – eg. immigrants who took the oath of office to be citizens. While those people could not run for presidency I’m not sure their children would be so prohibited.”
    ______________

    It appears the law as stated only applies to common folk. The Elites who have their own agenda are mum when it comes to talking about the Natural Born status of their candidate.

    From what I’ve read of Rubio’s history. Great guy but he wouldn’t qualify. Romney’s history is fraught with conflicting evidence because of his father’s foreign born status as some history reflects that hasn’t been scrubbed from the internet. He was born in Mexico and naturalized when MR was 5 yrs old. Even then, elites like Rockefeller, moved mountains to qualify Romney’s father as a candidate for the presidency and failed because there remained a modicum of honesty with his supporters not wanting to have their hands soiled with a notable debasement of the Constitution as we are stuck with today.

    Article II is clear in that both parents have to be US Citizens when their children are born for them to qualify in the future for the presidency. I suppose children born to naturalized parents in the US would be an issue to be argued if that child was under consideration as a presidential candidate. But still, that scenario is not the case with any of the candidates mentioned above.

  221. “How could he NOT have known know the big issue is BO’s fathers’ lack of American citizenship rather than the BC?”
    __________

    Trump met with Jerome Corsi at the time he was campaigning for a look at the Long Form of Obama’s Birth Certificate. Jerome Corsi had been writing a book about Obama’s rise to power without having been properly vetted as to his citizenship status.

    It seems everyone involved researching the most obvious disqualification focused on where Obama was born instead of taking the single issue of his father’s birth place, Kenya, and running with it with the Article II declaration in one hand and Obama Sr. birth certificate in the other..

    The disqualifying point is simple and easily understood by everyone rather than the hoopla that Trump and everyone else made of traveling hither and yon looking for proof of Obama’s birthplace, he is not a Natural Born citizen. imo-

  222. Obama Yesterday “SuperPACs are a threat to our democracy.”

    Leftists: “YEAH!!”

    Obama: “Give money to SuperPACs.”

    Leftists: “YEAH!!”

    devil speak with forked tongue.

  223. “The disqualifying point is simple and easily understood by everyone rather than the hoopla that Trump and everyone else made of traveling hither and yon looking for proof of Obama’s birthplace, he is not a Natural Born citizen. imo-”

    Agreed.

    So BO’s enablers were ultimately successful in distracting nearly everyone, including Trump and Corsi, away from the real issue.

    This is depressing. Are the rest of us so easily manipulated by the POS, even those of us who had suspicions in the first place, that no one can bring him down in time to keep him from another term?

    It seems most on this site have for the most part had nagging doubts about BO without having been able to put their finger on exactly what the problem was. We all know something is wrong. No past, no documentation of school records, senate records, Harvard Law School Review work, attendance at Columbia, co-student recollections, memories of those he purportedly taught, health records (except for a 1 page summary).

    I’m afraid that by the time irrefutable proof of his ineligibility is produced he will have been long out of office and the damage will have been done.

    What a disaster.

  224. “devil speak with forked tongue’

    The Muslim way. If what one says is not convenient to one’s present circumstances – lie. If that doesn’t work, lie some more.

  225. wbboei
    February 7th, 2012 at 4:17 am
    Hardly all Mormons Wbb
    *************

    I didn’t say they were falling in love with him, just that they were voting for him, and they are. The proof is in the numbers.

  226. Minnesota and Missouri look to be leaning Sanatorium. God help all women. It would be a disaster in the general election. Women in droves would vote for the fraud.

  227. Minnesota and Colorado are caucuses, God I hate caucuses.Sick to death of them. Seems only the most zealot and committed attend. We saw that in 2008, woke up too late and the fix was in…look what it got us.

  228. in the spirit of irony lookey……

    http://freebeacon.com/obama-to-mingle-with-the-1-percent-at-big-ticket-nyc-gala/

    Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons to Fundraise for Obama in NYC
    Tickets to fundraiser going for up to $35,800

    President Obama will attend a star-studded fundraising gala in New York City on Mar. 1, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

    The Obama Victory Fund 2012 will host the event at ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan’s upscale Flatiron District, according to the official online invitation. Special guests are expected to include hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, New Age self-help guru Deepak Chopra, and culinary bigwig Jean-Georges Vongerichten, among others.

    Prospective partygoers can choose from three levels of tickets, “Event Chair” ($35,800), “Event Host” ($10,000), or for those with shallower pockets, “Gala Attendee” ($1,000 a piece).

    Their massive wealth notwithstanding, Simmons and Chopra were both vocal supporters of the “Occupy” movements, and were named to TheBlaze.com’s list of the “Top Ten Richest Celebrities Supporting ‘Occupy Wall Street.’”

    ……………….

    Occupy backers….of course.

  229. he one-upped those dolts again by intervening in Libya without consulting Congress at all, much less getting its approval.

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    Just the approval of Bill and Hillary, and NATO, and the Arab League, etc etc.

    Did Bill Clinton get Congressional approval for intervening in Bosnia/Kosovo?

  230. I hate caucuses.Sick to death of them. Seems only the most zealot and committed attend.

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    And the bitter knitters who can’t make the caucuses, may not make it to the DMV to get photo ID either.

  231. Nothing could assure a fraud re election then a Sanatorium nomination. Not only would the vast majority of women vote for the fraud, many other voters would stay home. He is probably the one candidate I don’t think I could vote for. His views are so diametrically opposed to mine.

    He is the Dem party’s wet dream for lack of a better analogy and the media are starting to push for him as Newt as fallen behind.Funny, last go around Mitt was perceived as the conservative alternate to McCain, now he is the second coming of the fraud.

    I don’t trust any poll by the way. Just a few days ago Indies were supporting the fraud by only 20% and now 50? Please, they are trying to manipulate the masses again to give up. Same old story.

  232. Seriously……

    Administration names official advocate for illegal immigrants

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/feb/7/administration-names-official-advocate-illegal-imm/

    The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new “public advocate” charged with listening to immigrants’ concerns about its law enforcement policies — but Republicans said the position amounts to an official mouthpiece for illegal immigrants being deported.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the advocate will “serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings, NGOs and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise.”

    The agency — part of the Homeland Security Department — said Andrew Lorenz-Strait will be the first advocate.

    But Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that meant elevating the concerns of illegal immigrants.

    “It’s outrageous that the Obama administration has appointed a taxpayer-funded activist for illegal and criminal immigrants who are detained or ordered deported. The administration all too often acts more like a lobbying firm for illegal immigrants than as an advocate for the American people,” Mr. Smith, Texas Republican, said.

    ……………..read on.

    again the administration put the rights of non citizens ahead of its actual citizens.

  233. mop: Dahlkemper
    pitiful.
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    Mrs Smith: Who do you think has the most influence on children’s health in the United States?”
    —————————-
    [I feel like I’m missing something, but will bite]
    The children’s mothers/caretakers. Case by case whether that influence is positive or negative.

  234. Karen Handel, the Komen official who wanted Georgia to defund Planned Parenthood in 2010, has now resigned from Komen. But she says Komen’s recent defunding of PP was not her doing, it was all the other officials’ idea!

    karenhandelkomen.com/karen-handel-susan-g-komen-resignation-letter-2/

    nytimes.com/aponline/2012/02/07/us/AP-US-Planned-Parenthood-Komen.html?_r=1&hp

    http://web.archive.org/web/20100921093610/http:/blog.karenhandel.com/2010/07/karen-handel-on-life-and-planned-parenthood/

  235. Shadowfax said:
    I’m just getting over the flu and jumping back into the blog is like Double Dutch on steroids.

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    Glad you’re better! Welcomem back!

  236. gonzotx
    February 7th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    Nothing could assure a fraud re election then a Sanatorium nomination. Not only would the vast majority of women vote for the fraud, many other voters would stay home. He is probably the one candidate I don’t think I could vote for. His views are so diametrically opposed to mine.

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    Mine too. Could you give more detail on your differences with Santorum?

  237. Gonzo–you are not listening. If he was getting the “conservative votes” then Gingrich, Santorum and Paul combined would not be ahead. The conservatives–meaning the tea parties and the evangelicals will not vote for him without concessions. We went through this same thing with McCain–I told you that story of how he finally convinced the evangelicals here in this state to vote for him–i.e. the cross in the dirt by the guard at the Hanoi Hilton. And you have got to figure that many of the people billed as conservatives are Mormons, in which case they do not prove conservatives are voting for him. This is a very tough sell, I have offered some suggestions on how to frame the issue and get it done, but anyone who tries to tell you that it is a done deal is probably not in the trenches.

  238. wbboei
    February 7th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    Gonzo–you are not listening.
    **************************

    You are not listening. I didn’t say he is the “choice” of the ultra or very conservative.I said he was doing well with them, as below.

    THE BLOG
    Morning Jay: Mitt Romney and Conservatives, Myths, and Realities
    8:00 AM, FEB 6, 2012 • BY JAY COST

    Mitt Romney won another decisive victory in Nevada over the weekend, his third out of a total of five contests to date. In what might be a surprise to many, he carried the Silver State caucuses with strong support from conservatives – winning 57 percent of the “somewhat conservative” voters and 48 percent of the “very conservative” voters.

    No one I would support would have the extremely conservative vote, IE Sanatorium, anti women s rights

    By the way, I am a Tea Party member, as are many other Hillary supporters. It’s not ultra conservative. That’s the best thing about it. Its about the insanity of the economy and big Government.I have found in central Texas anyway at all the meetings and protests, we come from different minds but for one purpose.

    I didn’t know Florida was a big Mormon strong hold.

  239. At RedState we have become quite familiar with Scott Rasmussen’s polling on the political class and every day Americans. There is a great disparity between the two. In my book Red State Uprising I relied on Scott Rasmussen’s polling heavily, including this nugget:

    A July 23, 2010 Rasmussen survey found “75% of Likely Voters prefer free markets over a government managed economy. Just 14% think a government managed economy is better while 11% are not sure.” But, among those considered the political class, which trascends party lines, “a government managed economy [is preferred] over free markets by a 44% to 37% margin. . . . [A]mong Mainstream voters, 90% prefer the free market. Outside of the Political Class, free markets are preferred across all demographic and partisan lines.”

    Now Scott Rasmussen has taken the next step and written a book called The People’s Money. The subtitle is “how voters will balance the budget and eliminate the federal debt.” He goes straight into the great divide between the political class and most Americans.

    Turns out all that polling that shows Americans are a rather conservative lot is true. It also turns out that the public is willing to make cuts and is willing to tackle social security and medicare.

    The catch is that voters are necessarily in favor of a lot of movement conservative reforms to social security, etc., but are much more closely aligned to the conservative movement than to the left.

    It makes a really fascinating read and could be a blueprint to get the serious discussions moving on our nation’s fiscal solvency. I am not nor have I ever been a fan of poll driven political platforms. But seeing where voters are and what they think provides a lot of insight and can help politicians build a workable platform to solve our serious problems.

  240. What a putz…maybe he should look at Daniel Pearls viedo again…asshat
    ***************

    Liam Neeson may convert to Islam: Actor says he’s considered becoming a Muslim’

    CRISTINA EVERETT

    Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Liam Neeson may have found a new faith during his time filming in Istanbul.

    The Irish actor admitted to the U.K.’s Sun newspaper that he is considering giving up his Catholic beliefs in order to become a Muslim.

    Neeson, 59, went on to explain that Islamic prayer “got into his spirit” when he spent time in the Turkish city working on the action-thriller “Taken 2.”

    “The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing,” he told the newspaper.

    “There are 4,000 mosques in the city,” he added. “Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”

    Neeson, who was raised a devout Catholic, served as an altar boy during his youth and was named after a local priest in Northern Ireland.

    However the actor, who stars in the upcoming action flick “The Grey,” has previously expressed his opinions toward religion.

    “I was reared a Catholic, but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What’s it all about?” he has said. “I’m constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism.”

  241. Funny i’ve been hear for 7 years in Turkey and i’ve never felt the need to convert, people who convert are usually missing something in their lives at that point.

  242. He is doing well with the evangelicals? With the tea parties? Exit polling showed that negative campaigning against Gingrich outspent 16 to 1 in Florida, and lost the women’s vote in that state because of the adultry stuff is not support for Romney but a vote against Gingrich. There is a schism here–as noted by the Red State article above and a lot of pollsters, pundits and campaign officials want to pretend its a done deal. You cannot develop a sound strategy unless you accurately define the problem, and the divide between Romney and the conservatives is a big problem. The other emerging problem is that mainstream media is promoting the fiction that we are recovery which is a goddamned lie. That is why I posted the Charles Swabb article yesterday. The printig presses are rolling and more easing in the next couple months is likely but the banks are awash with liquidity but entrepreneurs are reluctant to start businesses because of Obama. The powers that be within the party believe this election will be about the economy, but if the bad guys can convince the public that things are improving then that strategy is a loser. The need to go big, as I suggested. What kind of a country do we want–a constitutional democracy or a socialist dictatorship.

  243. Well lookey here. Obama getting drug money……

    http://www.punditpress.com/2012/02/breaking-fugitive-obama-fundraiser.html

    Breaking: Fugitive Obama Fundraiser Linked to Fast and Furious

    Some developing news in the case of Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, who is a fugitive on drug and fraud charges. In 2009 it was discovered that he was involved in a plot to assassinate a rival and bribe Mexican officials.

    This has gone public, as has his $200,000 in fundraising done for Barack Obama. Obama has now returned the money, but the scrutiny on Cardona continues. It now appears that Cardona’s links to the organized crime world also ties him to the DEA, which ran Operation Fast and Furious. Cardona was allegedly involved with a top drug cartel across the border, which laundered millions with the help of the American government.

    Just recently, his brother Carlos attempted to his Juan pardoned by the Democratic Party out of Iowa:

    As recently as January of last year, one of Mr. Cardona’s brothers in Chicago, Carlos Rojas Cardona, arranged for the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party to seek a pardon from the governor for Pepe Cardona, according to prosecutors in that state. None was forthcoming.

    Wikileaks exposed a US Consulate cable that showed five million dollars in bribes that the Cardona brother had paid to Mexican politicians, and also exposed that they may be linked to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel!

    The Consulate also added that the brothers Rojas Cardona may have ties to the cartel of the Beltran Leyva and PAN politicians.

    “T he smugglers, casino operators, and corrupt politicians form a triangle of self-protection, making it difficult for honest cops deal with organized crime. One way for the Mexican government break the cartels would review its policy on licensing of casino “concludes Williamson.

    Last month Fox reported that the very same cartel was involved in a similar operation as Fast and Furious, run by the DEA. In this operation, the US helped the group (as well as a Colombian cartel) launder money in exchange for information.

    The group of officials conducted at least 15 wire transfers to banks in the United States, Canada and China and smuggled and laundered about $2.5 million in the United States. They lost track of much of that money.
    In his testimony, the DEA agent in charge of the operation says DEA agents posing as pilots flew at least one shipment of cocaine from Ecuador to Madrid through a Dallas airport.

    The Cardona brothers were one of the most corrupt elements in the casino business in Mexico, bringing in millions of dollars. It is certainly possible that their involvement in the drug industry is far more than said. And considering their role in extortion and bribery, it is certainly possible that they were involved in Operation Fast and Furious or a related event.

    In addition, since the Cardona brothers were involved in extortion and money rackets, it is not inconceivable that the Beltran Leyva cartel transfered the money to Cardonas casinos to wash their hands of it. Juan Cardona gives $200,000 to Obama and the Justice Department might just pardon him.

    ……………………………..

    What did you know Mr President?

  244. Washington: Lieberman thanks Clinton for US stance on Iran

    02/07/2012

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman thanks US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for on the US’ determined stance on Iran, during a meeting between the two in Washington Tuesday.

    Lieberman said that the steps taken in recent weeks sent an important message to the entire region, Channel 10 News reported.

    According to the report, the two also discussed the events in Syria and expressed concern on developments there. They additionally spoke about developments in Egypt, Lebanon, and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=256889

  245. Jeeze – is there any good news out there? Any at all?

    I feel like everything is going down in flames…

  246. Ah, thanks JanH…a little glimmer of hope when we get a snap shot of our girl on her white horse sprinting by.

  247. Re: wbboei
    February 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I feel like I am living in a Looking Glass world; why can normal people not see and understand that it is conservatives in the primary that mattes most?

    I live in Florida and I can tell you first hand that those Romney ads were run ad nauseum; and we use dvr to record a lot of shows but my husband watches news live……….and at least three of them were LIES about Gingrich. I am so shocked that they were effective; it was essentially buying votes with negative ads. I now think that Romney is a snake in the grass; win but win honorably, there is enough about Gingrich’s past that you do not have to lie unless you are just a liar at heart. And he has based his run on a lie to begin with in that he is NOT eligible to be POTUS…..does American really want another Liar In Chief?

  248. Re: wbboei
    February 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I feel like I am living in a Looking Glass world; why can normal people not see and understand that it is conservatives in the primary that mattes most?

    I live in Florida and I can tell you first hand that those Romney ads were run ad nauseum; and we use dvr to record a lot of shows but my husband watches news live……….and at least three of them were LIES about Gingrich. I am so shocked that they were effective; it was essentially buying votes with negative ads. I now think that Romney is a snake in the grass; win but win honorably, there is enough about Gingrich’s past that you do not have to lie unless you are just a liar at heart. And he has based his run on a lie to begin with in that he is NOT eligible to be POTUS…..does American really want another Liar In Chief?

  249. Tea Party people have and will vote for Mitt. Now will he ever get the Evangelist? I almost hope not. Fringe players have given this country enough grief and I don’t want another fringe President.
    Every Mormon I know personally is an upstanding person and very business and family orientated.In Mormonville Utah, to not be a Mormon is almost a shunning. Creepy.
    I don’t like the second status women have in their religious community, honestly, I don’t know a “religion” where that is not an issue.Personally, I couldn’t accept that, but that’s the good thing about America, I don’t have to. I don’t live in the ME.Yet…
    However they serve the human community for a minimum of two years of their life when most of us were in college drinking and partying,and yes, I realize the reason behind the service is to spread their religion… what a novel idea! Can’t really get more conservative America than, God, Family, and Country.

    I don’t need a zealot or another narcissistic maniac in the WH.

    We will see how this plays out.

  250. ShortTermer
    February 7th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    So, point out the lies, I would be interested because I see Newt as a narcissistic, lying opportunist that has been on the government handout in Congress or working as a lobbyist in between his open marriages, but that’s just my take. I understand both parties stretched some truths and both had to take adds off? Am I mistaken?

  251. gonzotx, do your own research I have talked about those ads before as have others; name lies that you assign to Newt. I have the opinion of him that he is brave enough to answer your tough questions without telling lies; maybe you don’t like his answers, but no lies.

  252. The subtitle is “how voters will balance the budget and eliminate the federal debt.”

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

    Simple. Put Bill and Hillary back in the White House. THey did it last time.

  253. ShortTermer,

    I admit I have not been subjected to endless political ads partly because I live in NYS and even when (if) it were to happen here I don’t watch much TV.

    I can understand your outrage at seeing hundreds of ads perpetuating lies. I take your word for it they were beyond the pale.

    But even granted that, at this point I am still leaning MR. I have had an impression of NG for the past 20 years and it has not been flattering. I find he lies, dissembles, blusters, whines and gossips the same as all the other candidates with the exception, for the most part, of Ron Paul.

    So personally I would not be pleased at a NG candidacy but as I have repeated ad nauseum if he is the nominee he gets my vote over BO.

    NG has been on the national scene for decades and in my opinion has not comported himself honorably. MR – OK he ran for prez in 2008 but prior to that he was a 1 term state politician who, I admit, passed some outrageous legislation including romneycare.

    Perhaps if and when I am personally bombarded with hundreds and thousands of negative ads I will change my mind but right now, honestly, I don’t pay my attention to advertizing in general my support – while soft – is not with NG.

    To qualify – I have respect for anyone who feels NG is the better candidate. To each his own at this point. You have the right to favor your candidate and I have the right to favor mine and in the final analysis I hope everyone here will vote ABO.

  254. Lanny Davis saying BO tried to act in all good faith re the Catholic Chaos. What hogwash.

    Ulsterman has a caption reciting part of the WW11 poem.

    They said it would never happen again.
    In Germany they came for the Jews
    In 2012 they came for the Christians.

    Has Obama Awakened America’s Righteous Indignation?
    by Ulsterman on February 7, 2012 with 16 Comments in News

    On Sunday, Catholic clergy across the nation called for the faithful to write, email, and call their political representatives to let them know how the Obama administration is trampling upon long-standing religious freedoms in America. Other religious leaders outside of the Catholic Church are lending their support of this cause as well. Has Barack Obama’s arrogance and Big Government ideals re-awakened the country’s righteous indignation?

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    Since 2008, Catholic voters have steadily turned against the Obama administration and Democratic Party, and were pivotal in voting out Democrats during the 2010 Midterm Election that saw Republicans win a decisive victory in re-taking the House of Representatives. The forced contraception issue is now aligning the Catholic Church with other religious organizations – all sharing a common goal of fighting back against the imperial nature that has marked the Obama White House since its inception.
    Dr. Albert Mohler, among the most influential Protestant leaders in the country stated what the Obama administration is doing “is not only a Catholic issue” – indicating the very principle of religious freedom is being threatened.

    “Evangelicals need to stand back and – in our own terms, on our own doctrine – understand that our religious liberty is being similarly subverted and attacked.”

    Mohler went on to voice strong support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 – pending legislation introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, himself a devoted Catholic. Senator Rubio has described the bill as “A commonsense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”

    A coalition of nearly 70 religious leaders, including members of the Orthodox Jewish community , submitted a letter of protest regarding the forced contraception policy to President Obama, stating that “religious organizations beyond the Catholic community have deep moral objections.”
    While the economy will remain at the forefront of voter motivations heading into the November elections, Barack Obama’s politically misguided over-reach of federal authority that now places him directly against so many Americans of faith will likely make 2012 an election of righteous indignation as well – something that will not favor Democrats – namely one Barack Hussein Obama.
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    Some interesting comments
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    What worries me is why are they doing this, knowing it will alienate them – one of their huge voter blocks?? It makes me think even more they must know “things” behind the scenes in their scheming rooms. Why are they so confident about their re-election at the same time they are alienating these blocks?
    Maybe have a “sure fire” (so they think) crisis event that will not allow the elections at all? Who knows – I don’t put anything past these evil people. I’m sure they aren’t too fond of losing their power to “transform” America when they are so close after decades. But in order to complete, Obama has to stay the dictator-in-chief. They also can’t afford to have the Senate taken over by Repubs – where we have both Houses.
    ********************************************************************
    A ‘mock’ amphibious invasion on the shores of Virginia and North Carolina commenced just yesterday.
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    I firmly believe the short term goal of the Obama administration has been to create destabilization. While I believe these people to be very arrogant, I think it is their desire to ‘stir the pot’ that motivates them. Considering the DOJ’s coordination with ACORN affiliated groups and the President’s executive orders with regard to Voter Id, I do not believe this administration is going to accept defeat in November, frightening as that may sound.

  255. I feel like I am living in a Looking Glass world; why can normal people not see and understand that it is conservatives in the primary that mattes most?
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    Perhaps because the elites would rather lose an election than lose control of the party.

  256. BTW, Some other very odd things going on, IMHO.

    Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg saying she would not recommend the US constitution as a model for new democracies. Isn’t that bordering on treason?

    BO’s foot in mouth in the Catholic church case.

    Why in the world would he constantly uphold, defend and recommend Islam – even going so far as to agree with building the Mosque at the WTC site – and yet denigrate Christianity ad nauseum over the past 3 years, stripping or attempting to strip from Christian faiths the very concepts he wants the US to apply to Islam?

    (Same as a certain poster, here?)

    What is wrong with this picture? Why support an essentially alien religion within the boundaries of a predominantly Judeo-Christian society? Why subvert the opinions of 173 million while championing the precepts of 1.5 million?

    This is just absolutely nuts on all levels. There is no excuse for bullying Catholics. There are plenty of places women can get contraception or abortions. I personally believe in a woman’s right to choose. I do not believe in the right to impose on another religion, which is not harming people, a belief system contrary to theirs.

    I do believe in challenging religions like Islam whose central tenet is destroying all those who are not Muslim. Jihad against the infidels. (That would be us)

    The Catholic Church ban on contraception is not imposed under pain of death. People can leave the church (without fear of being murdered or hunted down) or go to other institutions for medical services not available through Catholic institutions.

    How dare anyone try to FORCE a religion to comply with precepts antithetical to their beliefs?

    This entire episode is chilling. Stalin forbade practicing Christianity in Russia and tried to institute an atheistic doctrine. Mao in China did the same, condemning organized religion.

    Is this what BO is doing? (except for Islam).

    Look, I have said before I am neither Catholic, Christian or Jew but d@mn this has pi$$ed me the heck off.

    I will support the right of anyone to practice their religion as long as it is not one which requires all to be converted or face death (jihad)or in other ways physically harm others.

  257. I meant to highlight this comment from another blog about what BO is trying to do to Catholics.

    It reminds me so much of how many of us felt in 2008 when HRC won primary after primary and we were so convinced she would prevail and some of us even wondered why the heck BO always seemed so certain he would win the nomination no matter how many big states HRC took – and we all know how that turned out.

    Many of us felt the fix had been in and was simply cemented into place at the May RBC meeting. Remember how shocked we were?

    Anyway, here’s the comment about the Catholic crackdown.
    *******************************************************************

    “What worries me is why are they doing this, knowing it will alienate them – one of their huge voter blocks?? It makes me think even more they must know “things” behind the scenes in their scheming rooms. Why are they so confident about their re-election at the same time they are alienating these blocks?
    Maybe have a “sure fire” (so they think) crisis event that will not allow the elections at all?”

  258. You guys are just complaining. Everyone is just complaining. Where are the solutions? I have been asking for solutions, not just presenting data to prove that you have a right to complain about the current situation. We have 5 choices for president. Ron Paul is the only sound and solid solution. His message will inspire you if you just told the mainstream media to permanently hit the road. If you just put away all of your distractions for a couple of hours, you could learn a lot about the hardships and the solutions that this country faces today. Shut off the TV. Go to the internet, and watch Ron Paul videos, go to his website, and research someone with integrity. If we just want to complain, we will be complaining about putting food on the table in a couple of years instead of the current complaints because we forgot to look for solutions. I have researched all 5 candidates extensively, and this is not about liberals or conservatives or about Democrats or Republicans. This is about our survival. This is one of the few countries in the world with a middle class. Do you want the big government, big banks, and big media to put that last nail in the coffin? If so, don’t cry for me Argentina once the shit hits the fan. Everyone who does not heed this message will one day regret their conscious decision to ignore Ron Paul just because the CORRUPT MEDIA ignores him. That should be your ammunition to pay attention to Ron Paul. You choose: Complaining vs. Activism. Power vs. Apathy. Poverty vs. Strong Economy. Individual Rights vs. Government Control. World Peace vs. Expensive and Cruel Wars. Laziness vs. Real Work to Find the Solutions and spread the MESSAGE.

  259. Aw, stuff it lisa100.

    If you are so frustrated that posters on this site are not joining the RP movement I suggest you find other sites with a membership which is less informed.

    We have all researched at this site. Just because our conclusions do not match yours does not mean your conclusions are any better.

    Great that you have a candidate you are passionate about but stop trying to force him down anyone else’s throat.

    We don’t like that, here. I, for one, will support your right to your opinion and your preference but not your right to insult, bully or demean those who are not in agreement with you.

    As a matter of fact, I believe that’s an RP principal – you know – non-imposition? So if your are really an RP supporter you should practice what he preaches.

  260. Something to think about.

    Unemployment Tricks: Jobs Claim Made by ‘Shrinking’ Workforce

    Monday, 06 Feb 2012 10:11 PM
    By Andrew HenryMore ways to share…

    House claimed that unemployment dropped for the fifth consecutive month to 8.3 percent — the lowest it has been in nearly three years — after adding 243,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    But financial experts are saying the figures may have been manipulated — and that the significant drop in employment was because of the fact that the federal agency charged with computing key economic data has significantly decreased the number of Americans in the workforce.

    “If you hold the workforce participation rate constant over the past year, unemployment would be about 8.9 percent instead of 8.3 percent,” GOP economist Matt McDonald of Hamilton Place Strategies said Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “So it is a weird number that is out there, and I think people have to be looking at that carefully.”

    The same Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report that showed unemployment dropping to 8.3 percent showed total workforce participation — the number of people either working or looking for work — declining by 1.2 million people in one month.

    The unemployment rate is determined by dividing the number of unemployed job-seekers by the total labor force. By reducing the number of workers in the overall workforce, the Obama administration can show actual unemployment dropping, when, in fact, improvement has been marginal at best.

    Many economists feel the official statistics seriously underestimate how bad the unemployment situation really is. They maintain that the key measure is the number of people who would like to have a job, but can’t find one.

    When people retire from the workforce because of the aging of the nation’s population or give up looking for work because of prolonged unemployment, the BLS declares the unemployed person a “discouraged worker.”

    At that point, the BLS lists them as “marginally attached to the workforce,” and they no longer are considered to be part of the nation’s working population.

    Dropping them off the employment calculations keeps the unemployment rate substantially lower than it would be otherwise and has been key to the improvements in the unemployment numbers during the past year.

    Tyler Durden of Zerohedge.com writes: “It appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million.”

    In fact, Zerohedge notes that BLS is breaking records in claims about the shrinking workforce. The most recent unemployment number was based on the assertion that the entire U.S. workforce has shrunk to a 30-year low.

    An analysis by Joseph Curl of the Washington Times shows the labor force as a percentage of the available population hit 66 percent in October 1988, and remained there throughout the presidency of George H.W. Bush. It then reached 67 percent or better for 40 straight months during President Bill Clinton’s presidency, and was above 66 percent for virtually all of President George W. Bush’s presidency.

    But by the end of President Obama’s first year in office, it had dipped to 64.6 percent, before dipping to just 63.7 percent last month — its lowest point in almost three decades.

    One analyst who is stridently critical of the BLS numbers is TrimTabs.com CEO Charles Biderman. His firm uses what he considers a more modern and timely measurement, actual tax receipts to the IRS, to calculate employment.

    By his firm’s calculations, the economy added only 44,000 jobs in January, not even enough to keep the unemployment rate from growing.

    The BLS numbers “are just guesses,” Biderman tells Newsmax. “I don’t know whether they’re politically motivated or not.”

    The White House is doing “cartwheels” over the positive jobs numbers being promulgated from the BLS, the Christian Science Monitor says.

    “These numbers will go up and down in the coming months, and there’s still far too many Americans who need a job or need a job that pays better than the one they have now,” President Obama said. “But the economy is growing stronger.”

    BLS spokesman Gary Steinberg tells Newsmax that the bureau publishes its methodologies for calculating the unemployment rate online. While its tweaks its various formulas to keep them up to date, he states there has been no major change in how the rate is calculated in over a decade.

    “The definitions have not changed . . . if someone is not actively looking for work for the four weeks preceding the reference week, they’re not in the labor force,” he says. “That was true years ago, and it’s true today.”

  261. lisa100

    I gotta agree with Basil99 on this.
    As much as I like Ron Paul, it’s because I have done my own research on him and not from the long posts of info you have put on the blog.

    Don’t think that this group will be easily swayed to any candidate without their own research. In-you-face campaigning is not helping.

    After all, Big Pink and other PUMAs knew Barry was a fraud from day one.

  262. Romney’s lead dips despite wins: poll

    ….The former Massachusetts governor’s three rivals in the race to oppose Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 U.S. election were in a virtual tie for second, the poll showed. The gaps between the three were within the poll’s margin of error.

    Support for Ron Paul, a U.S. congressman from Texas, grew by 5 percentage points to 21 percent. That moved him into second place and ahead of former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich, whose support slipped to 19 percent from 20 percent.

    Support for Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, rose by 5 percentage points to reach 18 percent, putting him just behind Gingrich, according to the poll.

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    A poll, is a poll, is a poll.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/07/us-usa-campaign-poll-idUSTRE81514720120207

  263. Isn’t it strange that NG’s name is not on the MO ballot when so many others who have dropped out are? I believe he is also off the Virginia ballot, no?

    Some of those candidates are also on the Colorado ballot. NG is on CO and Minn.

    Here’s MO.

    Bachmann , Michele GOP 0 0
    Cain , Herman GOP 0 0
    Drummond , Keith GOP 0 0
    Huntsman , Jon GOP 0 0
    Johnson , Gary GOP 0 0
    Meehan , Michael GOP 0 0
    Paul , Ron GOP 0 0
    Perry , Rick GOP 0 0
    Romney , Mitt GOP 0 0
    Santorum , Rick GOP 0 0
    Uncommitted GOP 0 0

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1lkAj6oKx

  264. BASIL99
    February 7th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Aw, stuff it lisa100.
    ___________

    A-yup! Thanks for a well needed intervention. I’m holding back in reserve. Nomobma said my use of words cut like a knife. I hope so. My Father was a Thoracic Surgeon and an attorney. While he was busy inventing tools for open heart surgery, one of his patients died. The patient’s family sued. Indignant, off to Law School (Fordham) he went becoming his own attorney instead of returning to medicine. He opened his own insurance company insuring doctors for malpractice and wrote a book on preserving assets from lawsuits. He would have viewed nomobama’s post as a compliment and given me a pat on the head, saying, “don’t worry honey, you inherited my genes. It’s inborn. You can’t help it!” He would have gotten a hug from me, for his compassionate words…making the world alright again. 🙂
    _____________

    Short Termer: I hope you don’t mind my jumping in responding to Basil’s post about the NBC issues. After all, she initially addressed the post to you- I don’t want you thinking I was deliberately stepping on your toes…

  265. Mrs. S,

    I thought Nomobama’s description of your writing style WAS a compliment! It’s great that your words can have such a strong impact. Of course we all have to work on diplomacy. 😉

    (But in this day and age it’s sometimes hard to be patient.)

    Fascinating about your dad. A thoracic surgeon AND a lawyer. Wow. From what I have read of your prolific writings on this blog I would say you definitely inherited some of his gifts.

    Also, I don’t know what you meant here.

    “Short Termer: I hope you don’t mind my jumping in responding to Basil’s post about the NBC issues. After all, she initially addressed the post to you- I don’t want you thinking I was deliberately stepping on your toes.”

    I know that comment wasn’t addressed to me but I respond to all comments personally (in case you haven;t noticed – LOL)

    So I’m wondering if this is some blog etiquette I am simply unaware of? Please tell and don’t hold back.

    (Honestly, if I do not follow unwritten rules it’s because I don’t know about them). I take that back. If I think a rule is . . . intrusive . . . I may not follow it. But it would be nice to be aware of it.

  266. ABM90

    “House claimed that unemployment dropped for the fifth consecutive month to 8.3 percent — the lowest it has been in nearly three years — after adding 243,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
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    Of course, seasonal hiring begins in October before Halloween. New hires for Christmas shopping and the holidays. Staying on until the middle of January handling the returns.

    Watch the next quarter- big dip and back to square one-

  267. “So I’m wondering if this is some blog etiquette I am simply unaware of? Please tell and don’t hold back.”
    ________________

    No-no… I have been in and out most of the day and didn’t read Short Termer’s comments until just now- However, I felt guilty responding to the birth certificate issue, earlier this morning around 9:30am or so- because I knew I would be away. I just wanted her to know, I wasn’t doing it to be usurper.. 🙂

    No Basil, you’ve handled yourself well with the drive-bys and bomb-throwers.. LUV it-

  268. shorttimer, Here’s a few of the ads Newt was dishonest in.It goes both ways. I don’t have the time to list the others.
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    Mike Huckabee Statement Regarding New Newt Gingrich For President Ad

    There is a new Internet ad put out by the Gingrich campaign using highlights of me from interviews from 2008. While my quotes are public domain the quotes used in this ad have been taken out of context, four years after they were made and used to highlight something negative in a political ad. The use of the material was not approved nor authorized by me or HuckPAC. Any attempt by anyone to imply an endorsement of a candidate or opposition to a candidate is simply not true. I have not nor do I anticipate endorsing anyone until after the primary.

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    FLORIDA TOILET BOWL GOP PRIMARY LIVEBLOG
    WHAT AN ASSHOLE!
    Lying Liar Newt Gingrich Lies All Day Long, Is a Huge Liar
    By KIRSTEN BOYD JOHNSON
    12:43 PM NOVEMBER 16, 2011
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    Newt Gingrich Is Telling A Horrible Lie To Florida’s Old Jewish Voters
    Michael Brendan Dougherty|January 31, 2012|1,446|10

    This is pretty disgusting.

    Newt Gingrich’s campaign is robo-calling Floridians telling them that Mitt Romney denied Holocaust survivors kosher food in Massachusetts because he had no “compassion” for them.

    It’s a total lie.

    Here’s the script:

    As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on religious freedom, with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.

    You can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7rTPSmA-QPQ

    The call is referring to an incident in 2002 when state and federal subsidies to assisted living centers were cut. Some of these senior-homes considered closing their kosher kitchens and bringing in kosher food through third-party services. Romney vetoed a bill that would have made $600,000 in extra-subsidies available to prevent that from happening. He was trying to cut spending at the time. But it didn’t matter- the Massachusetts legislature over-rode his veto and provided the funding.

    Commentary magazine describes it like this:

    First of all, it was a choice made by the nursing homes themselves, not the Massachusetts government. Second, it was never actually going to prevent kosher residents from accessing kosher food. And third, Romney’s decision wouldn’t have cut anything – he simply vetoed additional funds, keeping funding at the status quo during a budget crisis year. Which means Gingrich’s comments have little basis in reality.

    Overall, it is a pretty disgusting attack that makes it sound like Mitt Romney is re-victimizing Holocaust survivors

    Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-31/politics/31008373_1_kosher-food-holocaust-survivors-mitt-romney#ixzz1lkJxNT8k

    Pop quiz time! How many of the following things in this paraphrase of some dumb thing Stay-Puft clone Newt Gingrich said during a recent GOP debate are true: “The $300,000 I was paid by Freddie Mac were for my services as, uh, a historian.” Correct answer: ZERO. Newt was paid at least $1.6 million, and part of his job was to shill Freddie Mac’s good name to congressional Republicans who wanted to burn the government-backed mortgage giant to the ground. Of course, it also turns out that Newt was earning all these piles of silly monies by lying about his True Feelings, since he immediately started to trash Freddie Mac the minute he stopped getting their checks.

    Exhibit A, from Bloomberg:

    Former Freddie Mac officials familiar with his work in 2006 say Gingrich was asked to build bridges to Capitol Hill Republicans and develop an argument on behalf of the company’s public-private structure that would resonate with conservatives seeking to dismantle it.

    Exhibit B, from TalkingPointsMemo:

    As Republicans presidential nominee John McCain struggled to match his opponent in the polls, Newt Gingrich urged the Arizona Senator to reboot his campaign by relentlessly attacking Democrats for being too close to housing giant Freddie Mac. That would be the same Newt Gingrich who took a reported $1.6 million in “consulting fees” from Freddie Mac during an eight-year relationship that had ended only months earlier.

  269. “Fascinating about your dad. A thoracic surgeon AND a lawyer. Wow. From what I have read of your prolific writings on this blog I would say you definitely inherited some of his gifts.”
    ___________

    When my Father passed away- his obituary was almost a half page write up in the NYT- He was quite a character. His last project, which he never completed, was looking for a huge parcel of land to be designated for a cemetery. (Just for white people) I really thought he was kidding when he mentioned his newest project… well, you can imagine the conversation we had afterwards.. I was afraid for his life.. Not him though… he really was an interesting man with the genius with surprise of the unexpected.

  270. This is really disgusting, it fells like the rise of the Nazi’s and all the complicity that went on there until it was too late.
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    THE BLOG
    German Bank Offers ‘Islam-Compliant’ Investment

    1:44 PM, FEB 7, 2012 • BY JOHN ROSENTHAL

    Last month, German bank WestLB rolled out a new “Islam-compliant” investment product named the Islamic Strategy Index Certificate. The value of the certificate is based on the value of the WestLB Islamic Deutschland Index, consisting of shares of ten German firms “whose business activities are consistent with the ethical rules of Islam.” The WestLB product prospectus explains that the Islamic Strategy Index Certificates “are certified by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany as Islam-compliant [Islam konformes] investment.” The Central Council of Muslims in Germany is an umbrella group of twenty-two Muslim organizations.

  271. What can I say? Doubling fascinating.

    I’m off the pc for the evening some of you will be glad to hear. At this point I don’t even care about the 3 primary/caucus results other than in hoping it will bring us a step closer to dethroning the POS in the WH.

  272. :groan:

    Doubly – NOT doubling!

    The one thing I wish for at His44 is a spell check option for blog comments. Sometimes I am so embarrassed by the errors. It’s a good thing some of you are as guilty as write-n-post without DOUBLE-checking as I am.

    I keep telling myself it’s not my fault. There is no edit option.

    😳

  273. gonzotx: I am not going to change your mind and neither are you going to change my mind. I started to post his negative ads, then thought better of it. The first thing that came up in a cursory search was this: The Statistic of the Campaign: Romney’s Single Positive Ad in Florida
    abcnews.go.com/…/the-statistic-of-the-campaign-romneys-SINGLE-positive ad…

    Neither will I bother to defend your postings above; the most basic thing I have a problem with Romney about is the fact that he is running at all and trying to usurp the Constitution. I would hope that nobody would be okay with that since it does not improve on what we have now.

    Mrs. Smith, I did not think you were usurping…it never even occurred to me.

  274. “hoping it will bring us a step closer to dethroning the POS in the WH.”
    ________

    well, said- my sentiments exactly!

  275. Mrs. Smith, I did not think you were usurping…it never even occurred to me.
    __________

    Thanks for the consideration- I appreciate it!

  276. ShortTermer
    February 7th, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    __________________

    It was in response to your comments. I have said all along that both candidates have thrown negative skewed adds.I was under the impression from your comments it was a one way street. Its politics, happens every election.

    But your right, it won’t change my mind.

  277. ShortTermer
    February 7th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    Re: wbboei
    February 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I feel like I am living in a Looking Glass world; why can normal people not see and understand that it is conservatives in the primary that mattes most?
    Shorttermer says:

    I live in Florida and I can tell you first hand that those Romney ads were run ad nauseum; and we use dvr to record a lot of shows but my husband watches news live……….and at least three of them were LIES about Gingrich. I am so shocked that they were effective; it was essentially buying votes with negative ads. I now think that Romney is a snake in the grass; win but win honorably, there is enough about Gingrich’s past that you do not have to lie unless you are just a liar at heart. And he has based his run on a lie to begin with in that he is NOT eligible to be POTUS…..does American really want another Liar In Chief?

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

    Shorttermer, I also live in Florida…in Broward…I saw all the ads you did…I keep hearing Newt…and here you and some others saying over and over again that R is such a liar, etc…

    please, I also would like to know what lies you are referring to…

    I saw ads that went after G saying he had to leave the House of Rep in disgrace (if you lived during that time, meaning are old enough to have been paying attention, he did)
    ads that mentioned he was fined and over 80 repubs voted against him, etc

    …all the ads I saw from R re: G were negative but happened, those things happened…

    as Gonzotx and I mentioned, G had to pull two ads attacking R because Rubio said he was being dishonest in his attack against R on immigration and then he used Huckabee to imply that R was dishonest and Huckabee publicly denounced it and said it was not true…G had to pull two dishonest ads because people denounced them as dishonest

    Is that ok with you bec you hate R? what honor is there in that? and that comes from G who did not have much $$$, one can just imagine what level he would go to with big bucks…all i have to do is remember how intent he was on destroying Bill and taking our country down with him at the same time…and lest we forget the focus to humiliate Hillary at all costs…

    as Basil mentioned, G has a very long history of playing very, very hardball…I left a link in last thread to Gail Sheedy’s 1995 Vanity Fair article on Newt when he became speaker…it is unbelievably ironic how much transpired after that article was written…you should read it and see the quotes from past friends and family on what a user he was…how he would say and do anything to get ahead…how he did leave his two wives when they were sick…on and on…how he is all about himself…I dare say he is the mirror of O, if not worse…

    so, I respect your opinion, but I would like examples of the lies told by R that were on tv here in Florida…and frankly, the MSM keeps saying that he only ran one positive ad on the Spanish channel…that is also incorrect…he ran a positive ad about his family and had his sons and wife in it…sort of a bio ad

    you say: win but win honorably…sadly shorttermer…that is gone…you cannot think that G is fighting honorably…he is hanging on by a thread with the grace of his casino donor…why is no one giving any money to him? because they know it is futile…although as i mentioned there are dems out there saying that O’s camp and the dems should filter $$$ to him to keep him in the race…why? to help R, I think not…

    …also Wbboei…first hello…great to see you back…the one thing in regards to your comments about R…he is running away with the woman’s vote…G can’t even get near the repub women’s vote with the exception of SC…he will never get the women’s vote in the general…

    as I mentioned earlier I went to the R rally in Broward…I would have gone to the G rally had it been in my neighborhood…I did not see a perfect person, but I did not see a monster or the biggest liar in the world…I did see someone who would be better than O…even if he just gets to hold the seat in the WH for four years until Hillary steps forward…

    …I think we are all frustrated…no one is happy with what we have…perhaps the VP choices will help…it is a very sad state of affairs that in the great USA we are reduced to the likes of G, Santorum, R and O…Ron Paul is in a league of his own and by his own admission is trying to effect the dialogue and maybe pave the way for Rand…he knows he will not win…

  278. Why support an essentially alien religion within the boundaries of a predominantly Judeo-Christian society?

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    I don’t think that statement fits very will in an argument based on ‘religious freedom’. 😉

  279. After skimming this article from the CSM- You might want to consider Romney’s ads omitted the conclusions of the Ethics Committee and the IRS regarding the charges leveled at Gingrich and at best would be a grave ommission in Romney’s ads. Most likely the reason why Gingrich is calling foul because how their investigation eneded was not mentioned, just the fines imposed by the Ethic Comittee for “poor judgement” on Gingrich’s part. The EC ended saying he should have consulted a Tax attorney…

    To me, the conclusions are subject to your own interpretation as the IRS admits they were not privy to the transcripts of the Ethics investigation of Gingrich held behind closed doors- the reason why no criminal charges were filed.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2012/0206/Newt-Gingrich-ethics-investigation-4-facts-you-haven-t-heard-from-him/Gingrich-not-exonerated-of-ethics-violations

  280. “A coalition of nearly 70 religious leaders”

    70 old men in organizations that do not allow women leaders at that level.

    “What worries me is why are they doing this, knowing it will alienate them – one of their huge voter blocks??”

    70 is not huge. Most of the huge number of voters already use contraceptives themselves, which they may be glad to have covered by their insurance.

  281. Gonzo—this article from Zombiehero is what I was referring to:

    A lot of people have been talking about what will they do if Mitt Romney is nominated for the GOP Presidential Candidate. I’m not alone in thinking that the GOP establishment is desperately trying to prop up Mitt as their establishment candidate. The establishment GOP media is pushing Mitt and attacking Newt. They have their various reasons, mostly citing “electability,” for pushing Romney but that won’t help Mitt if he should become the nominee.

    The level of negative attacks coming from Mitt Romney’s campaign is turning people off. How else can you explain almost a $10 million ad blitz from Team Mitt (with 80% being attack ads) and losing independents nationally (his Raison d’être)? Mitt seriously lacks any Tea Party support as well. The establishment has been openly hostile to the Tea Party, wanting the votes but not the criticism. Rubio is a perfect example, elected by the Tea Party only to shun the Tea Party (TP Caucus and SOPA?) and put himself in Mitt’s camp. Mitt probably think that since Liberals think Tea Partiers are all racists, he better stay away so as to not be guilty by association.

    So what does that mean for the Libertarian party?

    I would argue that many of the Tea Partiers are libertarian minded voters. I’d challenge anyone to find huge level of disagrement with Tea Party fiscal policy (since there is no central figure for the TP, Wiki is the best source) and CATO’s fiscal policy. Many Tea Partiers are endorsing Ron Paul, an Austrian economic style libertarian. There would be no room for a Paul in a Romney administration, every knows it. So where will all that support go? Dr. Paul has said he will not run as a third party candidate, I believe him.

    I think a lot of people that cannot stomach the notion of voting for Romney will instead vote for the Libertarian party candidate, most likely Gov. Gary Johnson. I know a lot of Paulites like Johnson. I like Johnson and I know a lot of Tea Partiers do too. Looking at Gov. Johnson’s fiscal policy aims, they mesh with the Tea Party.

    If the GOP primary keeps going like it’s going, with Mitt Romney poisoning the well in his Pyrrhic quest for the nomination, I see the Libertarian Party growing. As Soros said, “There’s not much difference between Obama and Romney.” Where will the people go if faces with two of the same?

    Like Mana from heaven comes this great link from Legal Insurrection: The Conversation With a Florida Tea Partier That Should Scare Every Republican

    “I see a Romney nomination causing Tea Partiers like me to tune out. We are already disheartened by the congressional leadership. Romney will be the final nail in the coffin. He is completely uninspiring, and is everything we have been working so hard to defeat within the GOP,” Rebecca said. “Don’t even get me started on that Bain Capital picture. Ugh. There is no way he can win. And I don’t want to have to defend him while he tries.”

    “I will be voting this Tuesday. I will make it fit into my schedule. I feel like my vote matters right now,” Rebecca said. “But can you see how I might not make it a priority if I feel like either my vote doesn’t matter, or if I don’t feel like the candidate I’m voting for will be much different then what we have? Can you see how life may take precedence over casting an uninspired vote? I can’t be alone in this thought process, and if enough people feel this way (and I think they will) it will be catastrophic for Romney and really very bad down-ticket as well.”

    This is exactly the way a lot of people are feeling. It reinforces my point that a Romney nomination will cause a lot of people to just not vote Romney. They won’t vote Obama either, but Romney will be as much of a uniter for the GOP as Obama has been nationally.

    Parallels to the 2008 Democratic primary? You betcha! Remember the PUMAs? Remember how they caved and enough HRC dems held their nose to vote for Obama? That turned out great didn’t it? There is little difference between the GOP establishment and Democratic establishment. Do we cave in this time as well, for another empty suit?

    Cross-posted @ Zombiehero’s blog.

  282. ABM90
    February 7th, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    Something to think about.

    Unemployment Tricks: Jobs Claim Made by ‘Shrinking’ Workforce

    Monday, 06 Feb 2012 10:11 PM
    By Andrew HenryMore ways to share…
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    It is critical to understand this article, along with the Schwabb article. The idea that the economy is improving is a lie. But that will be the repetitive theme, and they will repeat it with the same regularity as weapons of mass destruction. The argument needs to be rebutted with articles like this.

  283. Wbb,

    The level of negative attacks coming from Mitt Romney’s campaign is turning people off
    ***********

    I don’t believe there has ever been a campaign in my lifetime that wasn’t run negative. Do you remember one honestly for President? I don’t. As I said, I am Tea Party person here in central Texas and we come from all walks of politics. Yes, more conservative as a whole, and do I think as a whole the Tea Party is being co-opted by the extreme right? Probably, and it will be its downfall. As long as the Tea Party stays on message and is not aligned with either party it was effective like in 2010 elections. But it has caused fear in both party’s and thusly it is being destroyed. The Left paints it as fringe and racist and the Repubs are trying to suck its brains out. I don’t know if it will survive. Certainly not if the fraud wins or crazy Ricky, who is doing very well today. I imagine the Dems are elated. Talk about a game changer. The fraud would win in a landslide and they know it, hence the planted fraudulent poll results showing him winning against the fraud and no other Repub winnig.

  284. I don’t believe there has ever been a campaign in my lifetime that wasn’t run negative. Do you remember one honestly for President?
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    As with anything else in life it is a matter of degree. I cannot remember a primary campaign in history when one candidate outspent the other 16 to one on negative ads.

  285. bstonesfan
    February 7th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Embarrassing for Romney tonight. If he can’t handle Santorum, how the hell can he beat Obama.
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    msnbc showing rolling numbers of all the candidates on the ballot in the primary states. Santorum kneecapping Romney badly.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

  286. Bravo to those who fought the good fight against the establishment. Remaining in their homes in spite of dubious threats, living to fight another day!

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    Seconded! And to those who helped them.

  287. The elites must be biting their nails down to the quick. BushI is backing Romney- as a test of strength. Looks like Hillary is up for consideration- again!

    Hillary is the ONLY candidate that can dethrone Obama- Justice would be served cold on a full plate of Impeachment.

    GIVE IT UP- GHWB! Romney is NO Hillary Clinton!

  288. Little Ricky is the frauds dream and a women’s nightmare. The fraud will win if this is the best the Repubs can do.

  289. Colorado tied at this moment, Romney needs to pull this one out. Possibly Newt will be done secondary to lack of money and poor finishing despite his voicing otherwise.

  290. Minnesota , the land of a Wrestler Governor, Senator comedian and now they vote for little ricky, the women right’s hater. I see why the Packers always kick their a8S, minus one year of Favre, but then again…really?

  291. Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler Super Bowl Ad: The Untold Obama Connection…(ya think?)
    .
    4:05 PM PST 2/7/2012 by Tina Daunt

    Two members of the creative team that produced the two-minute minute spot for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy donated their personal time in 2008 to make pro-Obama art.

    This year’s most discussed Super Bowl ad—a two-minute spot for Chrysler narrated by Clint Eastwood—continues to generate controversy in conservative political circles, where a host of questions have been raised about the automaker’s alleged motives for commissioning the advertisement.
    OUR EDITOR RECOMMENDS

    Clint Eastwood on Chrysler Super Bowl Ad: ‘I Am Certainly Not Affiliated With Mr. Obama’

    In the days ahead, similar politically charged queries also are likely to be raised about the highly regarded Portland Oregon-based ad agency that produced the spot—Wieden+Kennedy, some of whose key creative professionals privately supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

  292. HERE IT COMES: I combined two of Ulsterman’s posts in one posting. Ulsterman’s prediction last Nov previewing Obama’s planned dirty tricks- c/o Eric Holder and the New Black Panthers. JMJ- this is getting scary.
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    Occupiers, New Black Panther Members and Union Thugs Prepare To Assault Conservative Conference

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/occupiers-new-black-panther-members-and-union-thugs-prepare-to-assault-conservative-conference/

  293. Well I say thank God Romney and a big FU to little ricky
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    Santorum slams Romney on contraception mandate for rape victims

    Posted by
    CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash

    St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) – Rick Santorum opened a new front Tuesday in his battle to paint Mitt Romney as moderate who sided with Democrats on key issues, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of mandating that hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims.

  294. I really didn’t post twice, but hey, I’m feeling it, what can I say. By the way, where is Admin on an election night?

  295. You know, 46% of the vote is counted in Colorado and only about 8 or 9 thousand people have voted or caucused I should say. That is pathetic. People just do not have the time to sit and argue for their candidate for hours. Ridiculous system. I think I am having PTSD from 2008. I really hate this system.

    By the way, little sweater vest is winning…women really are their own worst enemy’s.

  296. Every sperm is sacred….

    This subject makes me crazy.
    Sweaters can just decide for his body and leave women to make that decision for themselves if they are raped!

  297. I was talking about little ricky and women’s rights at NQ and this was a comment…also Kudlow said it was an immediate response to the fraud and his mandate to the Catholics. It was sent as a big FU to the fraud. Maybe that’s the reason behind the timing of this mandate, to force the Repubs to put out an un electable candidate.
    *****

    “Not to mention gay rights. Don’t forget his position that couples homosexuals with pedophiles and bestiality. I didn’t think it was possible to find a candidate I would be as repulsed by as Obama, but they’ve done it! Good luck with moderate Dems & Indies if this is the candidate they choose to put up against Obama. Unbelievable. Almost 300 million people in this country and this is the best we’ve got to choose from?”!

  298. Almost 300 million people in this country and this is the best we’ve got to choose from?”!

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    I have thought about this for months now, then I honestly wonder, what good, decent, intelligent woman or man would want to not only go up against a trash and burn machine like Barry and his thugs, with the MSM getting paid off and the economy in the crapper?

    After what Hillary went though…no female.

    And any man has to either be darn brave or really stupid.

    We all love our country, but even if I had the money and credits, would I want to put my family and friends at risk and be trashed and held up against an empty suit that even the courts will turn a blind eye to…just to be attacked by the other party?

    We only have a few people that are strong enough to go through this and even when she wins, it is stolen from her right in front of all America to see, and her party stabs her in the back and tries to disgrace her husband, one of the best Presidents we have ever had.

    This is all bullshit.!

  299. S, in response to your mention of me in your post. As with gonzotx, you will not change my mind; neither will you change my mind. One point you made about Gingrich has a very long history of playing very, very hardball is one of the reason I promote him; not so with Romney since he can not even fight as well as a girl. It is not in him; he has been taught and it is his nature to ‘get along.’

    Again, most if not all of what you report on Gingrich does not match the facts. He did not leave the congress in disgrace because of a vote; he left two years later. He was pretty much exonerated on charges against him, but Romney’s ad did not report that fact; and Romney used a hit piece with Tom Brokaw against Gingrich that Tom Brokaw asked to be removed from air and Romney kept pounding it. We watched a saved show earlier tonight that had that very ad on it at least a half dozen times. Yes, Gingrich did take down the ad that Rubio questioned, but it was because it was Rubio who asked for it; personally I did not see what Rubio saw in it.

    Also, recently Rubio has a negative ad against him showing here from some Latino group that I never heard of blasting him on his stance on immigration.

    But the biggest and baddest lie that Romney is perpetrating is that his father was born in Mexico and that puts his eligibility into question to even run. How honest can you be if your whole run is based on the lie that you are a natural born American citizen? Quite honestly, I was very surprised that it was Romney who or his pacs that ran those blatant lies in such negative ads and to me that goes so contrary to his religion, so is his religion a lie too?

  300. gonzotx
    February 8th, 2012 at 12:16 am

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    I agree with you about Santorum having anti-woman policies! But weren’t you defending the Catholics for pushing those same policies?

  301. Cavuto today was really interesting, at least one segment. It was about ObaMAOcare and the edicts that are surfacing from it. The first one is about the Catholic church and tramples all over the Constitution, the second I can not remember but was important. But it was the third one that blew me away. Under an edict in ObaMAOCare a hospital that spends less on an elderly patient will get ‘rewarded’ for being ‘efficient’. Other hospitals will not get ‘rewarded’. And just think of the jobs created in order to track and report those hospitals…..but granny may die.

    There was a term used for hospitals that would be considered ‘efficient’ but it escapes me. So, evidently there are those kind of hospitals now that spend as little as possible on granny. I was not aware of that. I wonder if family of grannies know about them? This is an outrage.

    No death panels, huh?????

  302. TD there is separation of church and state. It’s called a constitution.

    Short Termer, Didn’t you just imply you were incensed with Romney putting out negative adds and one would presume therefore playing hardball and fighting? You like that quality in Newt for some reason, but not so much in Romney. Interesting.

    If you look at Mitts history, his grandfather never gave up his citizenship…

    Washington Post…

    Constitutional law experts say George Romney’s eligibility probably would be upheld today, because his parents retained their U.S. citizenship. “Otherwise, fortuity of birth circumstances might deprive the electorate of the best available candidate,” said Peter Spiro, a citizenship expert at Temple University. “But no doubt some folks would raise the question in the same way it was raised in 1968.”

    With Mitt in presidential contention once again, the Romneys of Mexico have a cautious enthusiasm about their cousin’s candidacy, even though few have had any contact with him. Many are eligible to cast absentee ballots in U.S. elections, having acquired U.S. citizenship through their parents.

  303. If this is the strategic plan, i.e. scare whites into voting for Obama since they can no longer shame them into it through false charges of racism, then it is doomed to failure. Normally, the other side does this through agent provocateurs

    Traditionally, an agent provocateur (plural: agents provocateurs, French for “inciting agent(s)”) is a agent employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act. More generally, the term may refer to a person or group that seeks to discredit or harm another by provoking them to commit a wrong or rash action.
    As a known tool to prevent infiltration by agents provocateurs,[1] the organizers of large or controversial assemblies may deploy and coordinate demonstration marshals, also called stewards. [2][3] (wiki)

    This would guarantee a Republican victory. And it would destroy the Party. Hope and change run amok.

  304. gonzotx, get real. Placing ads that someone else designed and implemented is not fighting; it is just carpetbombing.

    Also, about the ‘did not give up citizenship’ show me the authentic government issued documents, I could not find them.
    I could find where Romney’s father was born in Mexico, though. MSM notations will not suffice for authenticity.

    You and S vote for Romney, and I will vote the way I want to, it is impossible to change each other’s mind.

  305. Republicans are determined to flush the golden opportunity down the toilet…..Santorum, what a mistake.

  306. shorttermer – it’s always been common knowledge that Obama’s father was born in Africa, and was NEVER a citizen here. Now, it seems to me that we were taught in school that an NBC had to have two citizen parents, but apparently that will only be “officially” true if the SCOTUS ever rules on it. As of now, the newspapers, TPTB, even the people bringing the lawsuits, have not felt it was an issue. It’s not like no one knew his father was never a citizen.

    Right or wrong, for whatever reason, it’s apparently not an issue that his father was African and not a citizen. So I don’t know why they would care that Romney’s father was born in Mexico. NBC seems to be now interpreted as someone born in the US as opposed to naturalized after birth, and parents aren’t even coming into the picture.

  307. gonzotx
    February 8th, 2012 at 1:34 am
    TD there is separation of church and state.

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    Santorum claims his anti-woman policies come from his church.

    Do you think the Catholics who oppose contraception for their employees, draw a line and do not oppose it for the general public? Here is evidence, much of it from Catholic sites, of them trying to get Planned Parenthood defunded by the federal government and by private charities, even though only 3% of PP’s services relate to abortion.

    It would be naive to think that they are suddenly concerned only about ‘religiuos freedom’ rather than continuing to try to oppose contraception for non-Catholics.

    (I’m not singling out Catholic leaders here; Santorum’s and other Religious Right churches do the same thing.)

  308. Right or wrong, for whatever reason, it’s apparently not an issue that his father was African and not a citizen. So I don’t know why they would care that Romney’s father was born in Mexico.

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    Good point. So, who is ‘they’ that do care? Perhaps only the people who want to press the issue of Obama’s NBC status?

    Bots might use Romney’s case as an answer to anti-Obama arguments, that’s all, sfaik.

  309. The natural born citizen law is a part of the Consititution; what part of trampling on the Constitution is okay? NO one can legally be eligible for POTUS under the Consititution without first being a nbc. If tearing apart the Consititution is on the agenda, then we already have just the POTUS that is doing that.We can all quit worrying and just go home now.

  310. Sorry, forgot the link for this.

    Do you think the Catholics who oppose contraception for their employees, draw a line and do not oppose it for the general public? Here is evidence, much of it from Catholic sites, of them trying to get Planned Parenthood defunded by the federal government and by private charities, even though only 3% of PP’s services relate to abortion.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1CHMC_enUS396US397&q=catholics+%22defund+planned+parenthood%22+-%22defends+Obama%22&oq=catholics+%22defund+planned+parenthood%22+-%22defends+Obama%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=12&gs_upl=171983l176152l0l180098l18l15l1l0l0l0l327l1358l7.5.0.1l13l0

    And here’s evidence of Catholics trying to prevent others using condoms, which they can’t even claim to be ‘abortifacients’.

    google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1CHMC_enUS396US397&q=catholics+oppose+condom+funding&oq=catholics+oppose+condom+funding&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=99373l100699l0l101650l8l8l0l0l0l0l234l702l0.4.1l5l0

  311. No one said that trampling on the constitution is okay. I’m saying that if it’s never been considered an issue by anyone in power in Obama’s case, I doubt anyone is going to care in anyone else’s case.

    It’s not news that Obama’s father was not a citizen – it’s very old news, and very widely known. If it were as simple as saying “both of his parents weren’t citizens, so he’s not an NBC”, he would have never become president. The point is, it’s apparently NOT that simple. SCOTUS will have to rule on it, or nothing will be done by TPTB. Don’t we have five years of evidence of that?

  312. Here’s what a WOMAN religious leader says about a hospital’s “organizational conscience”. Hm, if a hospital or school can say something is ‘against its conscience’ — then maybe it’s a ‘person’, like Citizens United. 😉

    http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/02/03/unconscionable
    If they do not require their employees to practice their religious faith, they should not expect those employees to live their private lives by the standards of that faith.

    That any religious organization would claim its organizational “conscience” to be more important that the right of individuals to receive equal access to medical care is, quite frankly, unconscionable. That this particular care is women’s health care is a clear act of discrimination against female employees of all faiths.

  313. Email sent by Richard Mourdock, IN:
    We Just Officially Filed for U.S. Senate!
    Vastly exceeding the required ballot petitions, today we filed over 13,000 signatures of Hoosier voters who want to see a conservative alternative on the ballot in the May 8th Republican primary.
    This is now a two man race with Senator Lugar, and I look forward to debating the issues with him.

    Richard Mourdock
    Indiana State Treasurer and Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

  314. ShortTermer
    February 8th, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I agree- the fact is none of the lawsuits brought before the court has used Obama’s lack of having two citizen parents as the qualifier and focus of Article II’s Constitutional requirement. The focus of almost every suit brought before the court was/is challenging Obama’s place of birth. The other disqualifiers were secondary in nature seeing there doesn’t seem to be a marriage certificate available for verification of Obama’s mother, Stanley Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. are in fact his parents. In his book, Dreams of My Father, where Obama admits Barack Obama Sr is his father suddenly the author of the book has admittedly become Bill Ayers, not Obama himself. Changing the importance of the book as what was once considered an autobiographical self confessed manifesto… to hearsay.

    In this complicated mess, every bit of evidence that we know of has been found to have a question mark of inconclusive proof looming over it derailing a direct route to proving Obama’s ineligibility for the presidency. Unless of course, Obama can be put under oath, made to take the stand and testifying becoming a witness against himself. If a plaintiff should ever get that far in a lawsuit questioning Obama’s ineligibility for the presidency, Obama has the option of claiming the 5th amendment- taking his nbc case right back to where we started. Square One- What we know Obama has admitted to and what can be proven in court by way of hard evidence are two different things.

  315. BASIL99 February 8th, 2012 at 10:59 am
    VERY interesting results last night with RS sweeping all 3 contests.
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    Yes. The results seems to have left many nearly speechless. I wonder if Rethugs will go to similar lengths for Mittens as the Dems did for Obama.

  316. The Reps Primary events are looking like a real Democracy, unlike the 2008 sham. Oh, all we were hearing after IOWO was why does she not quit!! However, do you remember, H was going to bypass IOWA (I guess because it was considered Rep State), and she was working on New Hampshire. She got in late, and made it a race. The media talked like because Rep IOWA spoke it was over. Then she went on the NH and won, and they like were so what (I think NH is a Dem state so why would they behave that way. Fixed is why).

    After that even though she won, and won in key Dem states and won overall, the Frauds party and the media acted like it did not matter, and they kept asking her to quit. Quite a Democracy the Dems had in 2008.

    Remember the Reps have no Super Delegates, so how would they fix this. The Media seems very quiet after last night. Might this go to the convention, and we actually see Democracy at work?

    I lost all faith in the Dem party in 2008. I am watching the Reps now. It is obvious that they want to run R. what will they do if he arrives at the convention with not enough votes. Might we actually see what those conventions were design to be? I have to wonder.

  317. I think Romney can claim he is a eligible to be POTUS from what I can gather. His grandparents and parents never lost their citizenship nor did they try to become Mexican nationals. Certainly interesting.The fool on the hill is another matter.
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    Advice about Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship and Dual Nationality

    The Department of State is responsible for determining the citizenship status of a person located outside the United States or in connection with the application for a U.S. passport while in the United States.

    POTENTIALLY EXPATRIATING ACTS

    Section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1481), as amended, states that U.S. citizens are subject to loss of citizenship if they perform certain specified acts voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship. Briefly stated, these acts include:

    obtaining naturalization in a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (1) INA);
    taking an oath, affirmation or other formal declaration to a foreign state or its political subdivisions (Sec. 349 (a) (2) INA);
    entering or serving in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in hostilities against the U.S. or serving as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in the armed forces of a foreign state (Sec. 349 (a) (3) INA);
    accepting employment with a foreign government if (a) one has the nationality of that foreign state or (b) an oath or declaration of allegiance is required in accepting the position (Sec. 349 (a) (4) INA);
    formally renouncing U.S. citizenship before a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer outside the United States (sec. 349 (a) (5) INA);
    formally renouncing U.S. citizenship within the U.S. (but only under strict, narrow statutory conditions) (Sec. 349 (a) (6) INA);
    conviction for an act of treason (Sec. 349 (a) (7) INA).
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    http://www.scribd.com/doc/77518311/Ancestry-Ahentafel-Genealogy-Chart-Citizenship-Status-of-Mitt-Romney-by-CDR-Charles-Kerchner-Ret

  318. holdthemaccountable
    February 8th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
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    Boehner has got to go, he is a disaster

  319. A comment from NQ. I didn’t know that CO had its first caucus in 2008. I just found out yesterday the reason behind these caucuses is that the state does not pay for them, the Party’s do.Saves the states millions. When you think about it, what a way to control the vote. Talk about disenfranchising the people. When is America going to wake up?
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    I’m up late in CO, sick to death about the CO caucuses. Part of the problem in CO I’m guessing is the weather. Schools and businesses were closed on Friday because of a big snow storm. I shoveled almost two hours on Friday, then again for a while on Saturday as more snow had fallen. Then this morning we woke up to a bit more snow. It’s cold. My two big dogs have paths plowed out for doing their duties, but if they tried to take a differen route–to chase a squirrel or something–it’s up to their chests.

    Then there is the fact that CO is not used to caucuses, as far as I can tell. I believe that the 08 presidential primary was the first in my lifetime.

    Unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, it’s pretty annoying to figure out where in the heck one’s caucus location is.. I got a call because my sig other is registered Republican, so I knew. It was not that close to my house. But my sig other is now in deep doo doo for being out of state and not participating. And I get dizzy trying to remember when to change my affiliation if I want to vote in one. I missed changing to Republican in time from unaffiliated, which I had changed to after voting as a Dem in a recent state election to try to influence a Senate race. My county voting office is far from my home and you have to get there to sign when you want to change or know far in advance to ask to send it in by mail. It’s very confusing.

    Colorado Springs, with the Focus on the Family influence and the military influence, is extremely fundamental. I’m betting the Repubs down there were far more organized. The Western Slope is also far more fundamental, and Republicans there are more organized.

    I’m wondering too if the Catholic controversy, which was a top story this morning might have also been an influence–given Santorum’s stance. Living in the Dever metropolitan area, I was taken by surprise by this Santorum thing.

    The Tea Party up north was also very influential last election, now that I think about it.

    I agree about hating the caucus process. I know CO changed to it as a money-saving move. It’s cheaper to let the parties run them when there are no state elections or primaries for state party nominations being held.

    I’m not sure my nervous system can take this again. It’s too long a process as far as I’m concerned

  320. You know gas is close to $4 and not a word from the left.Remember it was a plan from the start to force green on the American people, unfortunately all the companies the as8Hat has given 100’s of million’s of dollars to have gone under…but the gas rises still.

  321. Oh there is a God…..

    CNN suspends Bigmouth Roland Martin for Tweets.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/02/cnn-suspends-roland-martin-for-tweets-113890.html

    After an extended period of silence, CNN has suspended political contributor Roland Martin for his controversial tweets that were interpreted as homophobic by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others.

    “Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” CNN said in a statement sent to the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple. “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

    ……………….

    Shame they never did it when he was running down Hillary constantly in 2008. An Obama cheerleader is a homophobe, who coulda guessed.

  322. Last night here we were discussing the divide in the Republican Party between the elites and the grass roots. I posted three article on this—one from legal insurrection, one from zombie hero, and one from Erik. Last night a friend gave a copy of my paper to Medved who is heading back to Washington today to meet with Boehner and Ryan. He was a classmate of Bill and Hillary at Yale, and is a conservative talk radio host with a following of 3 million. I do not know him personally, but it strikes me that he is an economic conservative as opposed to a social conservative which some of you may like and others not. Erik had an interesting article on him posted below. Eric is, as you might suspect, a social conservative:

    Michael Medved Wants A Different Conservative Base

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)
    Wednesday, February 8th at 1:23PM EST
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    What is it with Salem Radio’s major hosts? Geez. You want to find out what the Romney campaign thinks, flip on Michael Medved or Hugh Hewitt or a number of the other Salem Radio hosts and you’ll find a host fully in line with Mitt Romney and fully out of step with the bulk of the conservative movement.
    In fact, it is striking to find Salem’s radio hosts so in the tank for Romney when the top radio shows in the country from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to Glenn Beck to Mark Levin to Neal Boortz to Laura Ingraham have all either stayed on the sidelines or gone largely against Romney.
    And if being out of step with the larger conservative movement on this issue weren’t enough, Michael Medved has decided to trot out the newest pro-Romney talking point with some serious condescension. You see, it is not Mitt Romney. It is you hicks, rubes, and idiots that are to blame. “Dammit, why won’t you like him??!!??” Medved comes close to asking.
    Mitt Romney has not changed. You people have! This follows an earlier Michael Medved lament where he threw out every straw man he could at both Rush Limbaugh and me in the name of defending his Massachusetts Moderate.
    Most interesting, in that earlier opinion piece Medved claimed the Republican Party had to abandon conservatism to win in 2012. This time around, Medved claims Romney actually is a conservative. It’s just conservatives have become radically conservative. He seems to be shifting positions as often as Mitt Romney.

    To paraphrase Bertolt Brecht’s “The Solution,” it seems a lot of Romney’s ardent supporters have viewed the base of the Republican Party and decided the base should be replaced with a new base rather than admit the their candidate is the problem. Many Romney backers, as indicative of Medved’s latest column, do seem to want another conservative base instead of the one that exists since the majority of the one that exists keeps rejecting their candidate of choice.

    To believe Michael Medved we must accept that Mitt Romney has not changed since 2008, but rather the party has changed. Except Romney has morphed on immigration (again), taxes (again), has scaled back his language on conservatism and is, in fact, running very much as John McCain did in 2008.
    We must also ignore the fact that more of the base was focused on Giuliani, McCain, Huckabee, and Thompson in 2008 than on Romney. Medved may have been consistently for Romney as a lot of Republican oriented opinion leaders have been, but the base never was. Romney supporters who claim Romney has been wholly vetted forget that in 2008 all eyes were on Giuliani till his collapse, shifted quickly to Fred Thompson, and then spent a good deal of time dealing with the unexpected rise of Huckabee.
    Romney is only just now being more fully vetted by conservative voters. A lot of the opinion leaders who supported Romney in 2008 and reject him now supported him in 2008 as a way to stop McCain and also did not expect the post 2008 Romney to revert to a brand of Massachusetts moderation.
    In fact, it is largely accepted that Mitt Romney is running from McCain’s play book this time while in 2008 he ran against and to the right of John McCain.
    That the base of the party sees it, resents it, and has redoubled their distrust in Romney because of it, Medved not only does not see it, but drips with condescension at the base because of his willful blinders.
    About the only thing we can learn from Michael Medved’s piece is that the Romney campaign serves up some powerful kool-aid. But hey, at least now Medved doesn’t think we should abandon conservatism in favor of moderation. No, now it is that Mitt Romney has always been conservative and the rest of us are just too radical now.

  323. Bill Clinton, ‘America’s first Jewish president’

    Bill Clinton was affectionately introduced as so pro-Israel that he was effectively “the country’s first Jewish president” on Saturday night.

    In town to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas., Clinton was awarded the group’s Tikkun Olam Lifetime Achievement Award.

    In September, New York Magazine ran a contrarian cover story characterizing President Obama, who has been criticized as insufficiently pro-Israel by some, as “The First Jewish President.”

    The headline quote for that story came from Abner Mikva, who said during the president’s ’08 campaign, “When this all is over, people are going to say that Barack Obama is the first Jewish president.” The author of the piece, John Heilemann, argued that while it hadn’t quite worked out that way, there was more truth to that assessment than one might think.

    There was no mention at the Jewish Federation of Arkansas event of any intention to strip Obama of that distinction, never conferred in earnest in the first place.

    Since his days as governor, Clinton has had a close relationship with the state’s Jewish community.

    But “since I’ve seen you, I acquired a Jewish son-in-law,” he said as the crowd laughed. He really feels part of the Jewish community, he said, since Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 marriage to Marc Mezvinsky.. He even celebrates the Jewish holidays, he said.

    Among the 500 who attended were Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and one-time presidential candidate and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Wesley Clark. Clinton also posed for photos with teenagers who weren’t born when he took the oath of office.

    “I have a zillion friends here,” he told the crowd in his keynote speech.

    Clinton said he wanted to talk about the current situation in the Middle East, but felt he should hold back:

    “You can say whatever you want [as a former president], unless your wife happens to be Secretary of State.”

    He did, however, recommend two books for the crowd to read.

    First, he praised Ben-Gurion: A Political Life by Shimon Peres, the Nobel Peace laureate and President of Israel, about the country’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

    He also suggested The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart, which will be published next month. Clinton said he’d written a blurb in which he called it, “a deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel.”

    Many in the crowd dutifully jotted down the names.

    He told a story about how he used to walk alone in the Jewish cemetery in Hot Springs, Ark., where he grew up.

    And he said he prays that in “twenty, thirty or forty years” the entire Middle East region will be strong and Israelis will have “genuine partners of peace” in the region.

    After his speech, Clinton had planned to exit quickly and hop a plane to New York. But he was having such a good time he nixed that idea at the last minute and stayed for the rest of the awards ceremony.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/bill-clinton-americas-first-jewish-president/2012/02/05/gIQAJ5lusQ_blog.html

  324. I get it Wbb, you don’t like Romney, and your right, I don’t social conservatives such as ricky boy.Ricky and Newt will never win. The Indies will run in droves. The stage may be set for a second fraud Presidency despite $5 dollar gas, throwing Catholics under the bus, promoting Muslims, continued deep recession despite the MM and the WH telling us different, permanent unemployment running about 10%, downgrading of America’s bond rating, 60# golfing vacations,a flagrant disregard for America’s exceptionalism, a wife who flings her hatred for the gift she has received, encouraging racism…there is no end to the list…

  325. Give BO 48hrs and he will have a bill ready that is a MUST to be passed by Congress- promoted as the answer to balancing the budget and paying off the Trillion dollar deficit- Soylent Green
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    First private, door-to-door euthanasia service opens in Netherlands

    February 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Netherlands Right-to-Die Association (NVVE) has announced that it will soon fulfill a promise made last year to open a private euthanasia “clinic” that offers door-to-door service, for people who can’t convince their regular doctor to kill them.

    According to reports in the Spanish and Portuguese-language press, the clinic will serve clients who wish to end their lives, but have been refused help from doctors for “ethical” reasons. A report by Radio Netherlands says that the organization has mentioned patients who are “in the early stages of dementia and those suffering from chronic psychiatric problems.”

    The NVVE intends to maintain six mobile teams consisting of one doctor and one nurse; the service will start March 1 in the Hague. The organization estimates that it will receive one thousand euthanasia requests annually.

    Euthanasia has been practiced with impunity in the Netherlands for decades, and the law has permitted the practice explicitly since 2002, when a measure was passed allowing doctors to kill patients who experience “lasting and unbearable” suffering, and who freely request it.

    Under the Groningen Protocol, the Netherlands also permits the euthanasia of disabled newborn babies.

    As LifeSiteNews has reported previously, euthanasia advocates have since pushed for broader euthanasia rights, for those who are without the use of their faculties, and even healthy patients who wish to die.

    h… w.. lifesitenews.com/news/first-private-door-to-door-euthanasia-service-opens-in-netherlands

  326. What is wrong with that woman, is it dementia Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg has?
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    found at NQ

    a little shocking to hear a Justice of the Supreme Court saying that the US Constitution should not be a model for the world and pointing to the constitution of S Africa. Let’s see, the US Constitution has served us well for more than 200 years; SAfrican constitutution, a couple of decades? She is on tape telling Egyptians to look elsewhere that the US Constitution:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic

  327. Can you imagine the people working for this NVVE?
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    Hardly a reason to die..we are talking EARLY Dementia, think Pat Summit here and chronic psychiatric problems, could be depression, bipolar, both treatable but depression can be chronic and Bipolar is always with you, but again treatable. They are not very concerned with ethics or drawing the line here. You want out, you got it. Has Hitler made a comeback in the Netherlands? Is there an alarming population requesting this service?

  328. EXCELLENT article on the fall-out from contra(ception)-gate.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204369404577209112780407698.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    Well, Nanpoop, we’re FINALLY seeing what’s in the friggin’ bill and like most of us suspected, it is full of poop. Hopefully it will be repealed in the very near future.

    ObamaCare’s Great Awakening
    HHS tells religious believers to go to hell. The public notices.

    The political furor over President Obama’s birth-control mandate continues to grow, even among those for whom contraception poses no moral qualms, and one needn’t be a theologian to understand why. The country is being exposed to the raw political control that is the core of the Obama health-care plan, and Americans are seeing clearly for the first time how this will violate pluralism and liberty.
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    In late January the Health and Human Services Department required almost all insurance plans to cover contraceptive and sterilization methods, including the morning-after pill. The decision came after passionate lobbying by religious groups and liberals from the likes of Planned Parenthood, amid government promises of compromise.

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    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

    In the end, Planned Parenthood won. HHS chose to draw the rule’s conscience exceptions for “religious employers” so narrowly that they will not be extended to religious charities, universities, schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other institutions that oppose contraception as a matter of religious belief.

    The Affordable Care Act itself is ambiguous about what counts as a religious organization that deserves conscience protection. Like so much else in the rushed bill, this was left to administrative discretion. What the law does cement is the principle that the government will decide for everyone what “health care” must mean. The entire thrust of ObamaCare is to standardize benefits and how they must be paid for and provided, regardless of individual choices or ethical convictions.

    To take a small example: The HHS rule prohibits out-of-pocket costs for birth control, simply because Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s regulators believe no woman should have to pay anything for it. To take a larger example: The Obama Administration’s legal defense of the mandate to buy insurance or else pay a penalty is that the mere fact of being alive gives the government the right to regulate all Americans at every point in their lives.

    Practicing this kind of compulsion is routine and noncontroversial within Ms. Sebelius’s ministry. That may explain why her staff didn’t notice that the birth-control rule abridges the First Amendment’s protections for religious freedom. Then again, maybe HHS thought the public had become inured to such edicts, which have arrived every few weeks since the Affordable Care Act passed.

    Bad call. The decision has roused the Catholic bishops from their health-care naivete, but they’ve been joined by people of all faiths and even no faith, as it becomes clear that their own deepest moral beliefs may be thrown over eventually. Contraception is the single most prescribed medicine for women between 18 and 44 years old, and nine of 10 insurers and employers already cover it. Yet HHS still decided to rub it in the face of religious hospitals.

    Mr. Obama’s allies among Catholic liberals are also professing shock—even the Catholic Health Association’s Sister Carol Keehan, who lobbied for ObamaCare, and Notre Dame’s Father John Jenkins, who invited Mr. Obama to speak on campus in 2009. But if they now claim they were taken for a ride by the secular left, the truth is that they wanted to be deceived in the name of their grander goal of government-enforced equity. The Catholic left was one of ObamaCare’s great enablers.
    Related Video

    Columnist Bill McGurn on the Obama administration’s rule requiring religious institutions to cover contraception and sterilization in their health plans. Plus, is the Obama administration considering dropping Joe Biden from the ticket?

    Speaking of scales from the eyes, we’re eager to hear from former Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, who for a brief moment led a faction of pro-life Democrats against ObamaCare in 2010. They surrendered when Mr. Obama gave them the fig leaf of an executive order that will supposedly prevent federal funds from subsidizing abortions. Mr. Stupak is now a lobbyist at the D.C. law firm Venable LLP.

    This is also a teaching moment for Mitt Romney, who has joined the calls to defend “the right to worship in the way of our own choice,” as he put it in a Colorado speech on Monday. “This is a violation of conscience. We must have a President who is willing to protect America’s first right, our right to worship God,” he added.

    This is fine as far as it goes, but as usual the GOP front-runner is missing the larger policy and moral issue. The HHS diktat isn’t something unique to President Obama. It is the political essence of government-run medicine. When politics determines who can or should receive what benefits, and who pays what for it, government will use its force to dictate the outcomes that it wants—either for reasons of cost, or to promote its values, which in this case means that “women’s health” trumps religious conscience.

    If Mr. Romney can’t make the obvious connection between this infringement of American values and all the other infringements that are inherent in government health care, then he needs better political advisers.
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    The White House is now trying to cauterize the political damage and saying it is open to some “compromise” on its own contraception decision. But the rule is already final. HHS tried to sell it as a compromise when it was announced, and in any case HHS would revive this coercion whenever it is politically convenient some time in Mr. Obama’s second term. Religious liberty won’t be protected from the entitlement state until ObamaCare is repealed.

  329. Hmmmmmmm. . . .

    More proof of Valjar’s powere. Mrs. Smith p[sted (somewhere) that her background as an Iranian-American might have something to do with Malihi – also her visits to Georgia recently. Here. the anchoress wonders if the Bill Daley fled the WH because of Valjar’s and Kasib’s insistence on the contra(ception)-gate maneuver.

    Did Daley leave WH because of the HHS Mandate?

    Feb 8th, 2012 by Elizabeth Scalia

    Found over at New Advent (which you should be visiting every day!) there is this headline: Anonymous White House sources: Sebelius led fight for contraception edict, while VP Biden warned Obama about backlash from Catholic voters…..

    President Barack Obama ended months of internal White House debate by siding with a group of mostly female advisers who urged him not to limit a health-care law mandate to provide contraceptives, even at the risk of alienating Catholic voters in November, people familiar with the discussions said.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic and a two-term governor of Kansas, was joined by several female Obama advisers in urging against a broad exemption for religious organizations. To do so would leave too many women without coverage and sap the enthusiasm for Obama among women’s rights advocates, they said, according to the people, who spoke about the deliberations on condition of anonymity.

    Vice President Joe Biden and then-White House chief of staff Bill Daley, also Catholics, warned that the mandate would be seen as a government intrusion on religious institutions. Even moderate Catholic voters in battleground states might be alienated, they warned, according to the people familiar with the discussions.

    The whole article is interesting, particularly in the sense it gives of the enormous amount of sway held by Valerie Jarrett, but I couldn’t help wondering if this HHS Mandate decision is why Bill Daley left the White House so suddenly.

    The timeline fits. Daley announced he was leaving as the debate was going on in the White House and his departure co-incides with the announced decision.

    Is it possible that Daley — who political junkies expected to remain on Obama’s staff through the ’12 election — looked at this decision and, either as a citizen who couldn’t get behind this assault on religious freedom or as a Catholic could not agree and, in good conscience, no choice but to resign?

  330. Basil, I thought someone had, I couldn’t find it. It should be, but again, the MM, nothing. But in all honesty, WTF is wrong with that woman?

  331. Hey guys:

    I see that a couple of people took my posts the wrong way. I was not trying to demean anyone, and was surprised at that comment. I am just stating facts. I have been posting on another site that I used to be involved in similar to this one that was started for Hillary followers, and they like and welcome my posts, even if they don’t agree with everything I have to say. Who can agree 100% with anyone? Anyway, I was just trying to help by promoting the only candidate who I believe has a consistent proven record of standing for Peace, Prosperity, Freedom, and our Constitution. If you don’t want to read my posts anymore, I will stop posting.

  332. gonzo,

    She should resign or be fired. Honestly, I find this absolutely disgusting coming from a supreme court justice charged with implementing the U.S. Constitution. What she said calls into question whether she can even rule impartially, fairly and legally on anything involving our constitution.

    This is outrageous.

  333. Honey, we don’t like being preached to or ordered around here, as in:

    “Go to the internet, and watch Ron Paul videos, go to his website, and research someone with integrity.”

    and:

    “If you just put away all of your distractions for a couple of hours, you could learn a lot about the hardships and the solutions that this country faces today.”

    Implying everyone except your self is involved in serious non-frivolous activity and we collectively don’t know sh!t about much of anything.

    Also, we don’t like being insulted for having arrived at conclusions which differ from yours as ins:

    “I have researched all 5 candidates extensively, and this is not about liberals or conservatives or about Democrats or Republicans.”

    We have all researched, here.

    And this really is a tad melodramatic:

    “…don’t cry for me Argentina once the shit hits the fan. Everyone who does not heed this message will one day regret their conscious decision to ignore Ron Paul just because the CORRUPT MEDIA ignores him.”

    Ummmmm…… we are not religious zealots at this blog. That quote sounds awfully end-timey to me.

    But thanks for the posts and keep them coming. It might help if you tone them down just a tad but personally I welcome reasoned info about the candidates. And, FWIW, Paul is looking more attractive to me as the others drown in one self-created gaffe-pool after another.

  334. Dick Morris is a blowhard but he’s often spot-on like in this video which covers laws the U.N. and the BO admin is trying to get passed before Novemeber.

    I am seeing red! I have enough issues with many U.S. laws which I find intrusive and unfair to sit by while the U.N. tries to impose its policies not only on the world but on us, as well.

    I can’t stand the U.N. When created, it served a useful and necessary purpose but now it is the hangout du jour for the global liberal elites.

    I read a succinct description of the BO administration at another blog.

    AUTHORITARIAN LIBERALISM.

  335. Hi Basil99:

    Thanks for pointing out the specific statements in my comments that you took offense to. I am sorry about that. I should tell you that I wrote that particular comment as a generic comment to post on different blogs, not to you in particular. And I wrote it when I was in a particularly angry state, because I got so frustrated with the media ignoring and misrepresenting Ron all the time. I have been trying to get the message out because I fear for our country, because the status quo of big government, big banks, and big media are very dangerous to all of us. Ron is the only one with any intention of significantly reducing our debt, and our deficits are dangerous, and can only lead to our being a very weak country in the future. Ron is the only one who wants to bring our troops home to protect our country, save money, and prevent further murders and maimings of our military and civilians in other countries. And Ron is the only one who fights for our individual constitutional rights. In my humble opinion.

    I know you guys all dislike Obama, well I think that Ron Paul has the best chance of defeating Obama, followed by Romney. In fact, many polls have shown that.

    Take care, Lisa

  336. ShortTermer
    February 8th, 2012 at 1:50 am
    gonzotx, get real. Placing ads that someone else designed and implemented is not fighting; it is just carpetbombing.

    Also, about the ‘did not give up citizenship’ show me the authentic government issued documents, I could not find them.
    I could find where Romney’s father was born in Mexico, though. MSM notations will not suffice for authenticity.

    You and S vote for Romney, and I will vote the way I want to, it is impossible to change each other’s mind.

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    Shorttermer…I am not trying to change your mind…and honestly who you…or I … vote for is our own choice and our own business…

    I was trying to have a discussion with you…

    this whole thing is tiresome…bring on the VP choices maybe that will help…

  337. get it Wbb, you don’t like Romney, and your right, I don’t social conservatives such as ricky boy.Ricky and Newt will never win. The Indies will run in droves. The stage may be set for a second fraud Presidency despite $5 dollar gas, throwing Catholics under the bus, promoting Muslims, continued deep recession despite the MM and the WH telling us different, permanent unemployment running about 10%, downgrading of America’s bond rating, 60# golfing vacations,a flagrant disregard for America’s exceptionalism, a wife who flings her hatred for the gift she has received, encouraging racism…there is no end to the list…
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    The point is too many people in the conservative fold do not like Romney for the reasons discussed, and this is an issue which needs to be redressed if he is to be the candidate. It seems to me the best argument for voting against Obama–rather than staying home, for people who feel that way, is something which is embedded in the Standard and Poors report which downgraded US Bonds from AAA to AA–which went on to say that a further downgrade was possible in six months depending on the results of the November election–translation: if Obama wins. That coupled with the larger question of what kind of a country do you want, are the arguments which need to be made by someone with credibility in both camps.

    S&P Threatens US With Another Downgrade In As Little As 6 Months

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/08/2012 12:44 -0500

    Will A be the new AA+? Perhaps, if the S&P follows through with its latest threat. Bloomberg reports that, “the U.S., lacking a plan to contain $1 trillion deficits, faces the prospect of another rating cut in six to 24 months depending on the outcome of November elections, according to John Chambers of Standard & Poor’s. America has had an AA+ rating with a negative outlook since Aug. 5 when the New York-based unit of McGraw-Hill Cos. stripped the nation of its AAA ranking for the first time, citing the government’s failure to agree on a path to reduce deficits. The U.S. has a one-in-three chance of another downgrade, Chamber said today during an S&P sponsored Webcast. “What the U.S. needs is not so much a short-term fiscal tightening, but it has to have a credible medium-term fiscal plan,” said Chambers, managing director of sovereign ratings.” Too bad the US doesn’t even have a fiscal plan what it will do tomorrow, let alone in the “medium-term” courtesy of the most deadlocked political system ever. As for “credible” – forget it. And as was shown, if the first US downgrade from August 5, 2011 broke the US stock market, we can’t wait to find out how the Citadel-controlled, FRBNY-blessed stock market will deal with this particular event. In other news, we are still waiting to hear from Moody’s on both the US and France.
    More from Bloomberg:
    “That is going to have to say something about entitlements, and that is probably going to have to say something about revenues.”

    Bond investors ignored the downgrade, driving Treasury yields to the lowest levels in history, amid concern the U.S. economy was stalling and as Europe’s debt crisis intensified.

    Treasuries have returned 3.9 percent since the rating cut and gained 9.8 percent last year, the debt’s best performance since 2008, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.

    “I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the election in November,” Chambers said.

    S&P said in August that political brinkmanship over increasing the government’s debt ceiling year showed the U.S. is becoming “less stable, less effective and less predictable” as the Treasury almost reached its borrowing limit before the government reached a compromise.

    The “political brinkmanship hasn’t gone away,” Chambers said today. “That simply doesn’t happen in other AAA economies.”
    Well as long as it happens in AA+ economies as is well.

  338. so discouraging…this is the mentality…the intelligence of what we are dealing with when elecing the nect president…just come up with a stupid slogan they can have some fun with…and you are in…like the latest O slogan ‘Are you in?’

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/08/poll-30-percent-of-south-carolinians-cant-identify-biden-as-vice-president/

    What does Joe Biden do, exactly?

    Nearly 30 percent of adults in South Carolina have no idea, according to a poll released Wednesday by Winthrop University. 29.3 percent of adults polled in the Palmetto State could not identify the current vice president — Biden. (RELATED: Full coverage of Joe Biden)

    Almost a quarter of those surveyed had no answer to the question, three percent provided the wrong name and another three percent identified Dick Cheney.

    Biden has mostly stayed out of the news of late, but did received significant coverage for predicting that Democrats would take back the House of Representatives. In the last week, he has done vice presidential things: meeting with senior advisers and administration officials, stumping at campaign events and speaking in Florida on the importance of addressing the rising cost of a college education.

    In the same poll, comedian Stephen Colbert ranked tied for fifth in the list of most famous South Carolina natives. He placed behind Gov. Nikki Haley, Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, former Gov. Mark Sanford and Rep. Jim Clyburn.

    Colbert, born in Charleston, can take comfort in the fact that of those familiar with him, almost 24 percent of respondents, viewed him favorably. Colbert recently ended his exploratory committee for possibly running for president of the United States of South Carolina and since announced that his super PAC has raised over $1 million.

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    btw…from my pov…i do not want a conservative, or a “very conservative” in the WH…i want a moderate…i prefer someone who will consider all sides…the last thing i want is an extremist from either side suddenly calling the shots…and then their special interests forcing their issues…

  339. Contraception is the single most prescribed medicine for women between 18 and 44 years old, and nine of 10 insurers and employers already cover it.

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    And non-Catholic employees of Catholic charities are going to be happy to be denied it themselves?

  340. “women’s health” trumps religious conscience

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    As it should! No one is forcing anybody to TAKE the contraceptives nor any doctor to PRESCRIBE them. Just for insurance to pay for them if the woman chooses to take them.

  341. After reading more about last night’s primary?caucus results I have begun to agree with those here who think MR has a HUGE problem. I can see Santorum picking up Missouri and Minnesota but Colorado? Didn’t MR win that in 2008 by something like 60 to 18 over McCain?

    If so, that is truly troubling and I wonder if there is any hope for MR.

    Remember over the past few months when many here fantasized about BO turning into such an albatross around dim necks they would toss him and draft HRC?

    Well, I am beginning to think the party that really has the problem is the repubs and, let me qualify, I want THEM to win because I want BO defeated and right now there is no other choice.

    I used to think of the 4 remaining repub candidates MR had the best chance against against BO followed by NG, Santorum and then Paul.

    I am beginning to wonder of both Newt and MT have imploded. And much as I think Paul is a good guy I do not think he has a prayer in the general election. Same thing for Santorum, who I
    personally do not like as much as Paul.

    It is beginning to look like we are getting screwed yet again. Remember in 2008 when most of us thought HRC would manage to pull it out of the hat with a few handwringers who, it turns out, were right?

    Honestly, have the repubs agreed to throw the (s)election yet again?

    And what about Trump? How the heck doya think he feels about Tuesday night’s results after throwing his support to MR? Trump does not like to back losers. I wonder if some dirty trix were played at the caucuses just like BO’s minions did in 2008.

    Something does not add up. I have no idea of what that is. Could be the conservatives wbboei speaks of have colluded to support ABM? I dunno.

    But I think gonzo may have hit the nail on the head:

    “The stage may be set for a second fraud Presidency despite $5 dollar gas. . . “

  342. sorry for the typos…(talking about intellect)

    S, doya think we could do a typo-drive to get admin to install spell-check software?

  343. great idea, basil99…i vote we all give each other a pass bec we do know what they mean…especially for some of us that comment in the wee hours of the morn…

  344. S,

    The typos (mine) drive me NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE it when I see so many (of my) mistakes caused 99% by typing too fast and not double-checking the text.

    (Others’ typo’s don’t bother me)

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  345. all the companies the as8Hat has given 100’s of million’s of dollars to have gone under…

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

    Really now, ALL of them? All four of them? — iirc it’s four that have had some negative headlines. I think many more green companies were funded by the current administration.

    No one has yet given figures for how many other green startups have had trouble in the same time period — or how many startups in other industries.

  346. sorry for the typos…(talking about intellect)

    S, doya think we could do a typo-drive to get admin to install spell-check software?

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

    Not worth the trouble. Typos aren’t a problem. If someone wants to upgrade the software, I’d request an easier way to search within several old comment strings at once. Having to call up each article separately to search is too burdensome. (Sometimes Google can find a text string in a comment, but not always.)

    A lot of great material is posted here, quotes and cites. It could be more valuable if easier to reference.

    Just a thought for the apprentice admins in their copious spare time, along with all the other things we appreciate so much….

  347. Greta has her eyes on a developing story re: the money laundering scheme’s possible involvement with F&F.. the connection hasn’t been made yet but as I said… developing, hopefully with legs.. This article is the backdrop for setting up how this whole scenario began-

    My thoughts are- this could be related back to BO’s campaign donation in 08′- Obama’s Campaign bundler is the brother of the Cartel’s King drug runner. (keep on the back burner for now. Greta is doing the digging. The connection will eventually be made..)
    _____________

    How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs

    On 10 April 2006, a DC-9 jet landed in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico, as the sun was setting. Mexican soldiers, waiting to intercept it, found 128 cases packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100m. But something else – more important and far-reaching – was discovered in the paper trail behind the purchase of the plane by the Sinaloa narco-trafficking cartel.

    During a 22-month investigation by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and others, it emerged that the cocaine smugglers had bought the plane with money they had laundered through one of the biggest banks in the United States: Wachovia, now part of the giant Wells Fargo.

    The authorities uncovered billions of dollars in wire transfers, traveller’s cheques and cash shipments through Mexican exchanges into Wachovia accounts. Wachovia was put under immediate investigation for failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering programme. Of special significance was that the period concerned began in 2004, which coincided with the first escalation of violence along the US-Mexico border that ignited the current drugs war.

    Criminal proceedings were brought against Wachovia, though not against any individual, but the case never came to court. In March 2010, Wachovia settled the biggest action brought under the US bank secrecy act, through the US district court in Miami. Now that the year’s “deferred prosecution” has expired, the bank is in effect in the clear. It paid federal authorities $110m in forfeiture, for allowing transactions later proved to be connected to drug smuggling, and incurred a $50m fine for failing to monitor cash used to ship 22 tons of cocaine.

    More shocking, and more important, the bank was sanctioned for failing to apply the proper anti-laundering strictures to the transfer of $378.4bn – a sum equivalent to one-third of Mexico’s gross national product – into dollar accounts from so-called casas de cambio (CDCs) in Mexico, currency exchange houses with which the bank did business.

    “Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations,” said Jeffrey Sloman, the federal prosecutor. Yet the total fine was less than 2% of the bank’s $12.3bn profit for 2009. On 24 March 2010, Wells Fargo stock traded at $30.86 – up 1% on the week of the court settlement.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/03/us-bank-mexico-drug-gangs
    ________________

    lengthy article but worth the read if it becomes an integral part of what needs to be done to put Barack Capone away-

  348. I am beginning to be really embarrassed by women in political office who are purporting to represent other women.

    Between Poopsi, Wasserman-Schults, MO, ValJa, Katsib, Rice, Boxer, and a whole slew of others, one of the only women I sill have tremendous respect for is HRC.

    (I have next to zero respect for most men in case you’re wondering)

    I honestly think if the Authoritarian Libtards take certain issues too far, like contra(ception)gate – they could end up hurting ALL women something like BO’s neanderthal approach on race which has led and will continue to lead to a backlash.

    Enough already. Leave it the f*** alone. Right now, Americans need not choose between their belief in pro-choice and religio unless they WANT to discuss it. This healthcare mandate is a nightmare becauue it forces people to think about their religious freedsoms and weigh that against contraception. I seriously fear women will be the ultimate sacrificial lambs in that scenario with contraception itslef possibly being challenged.

    I don’t know about ladies here but I do not want women to go back to the dark days of back alley abortions and coat hangers. Push this particular POS too far and that could be what happens. Backlash is a Bytch and can happen without warning. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

    Just look through some of the seminal moments of world history to grasp that concept. Sure, controversy about most things boils up for years, even decades, but it only takes one seemingly insignificant event to bring an entire civilization crashing down.

  349. Hi, Lisa, nice to see you back. Pls don’t worry about comments like “February 8th, 2012 at 6:00 pm”. Looking back through comments by that and similar posters on various topics, will show that yours are models of civility and rationality in comparison.

    One tip for getting and holding our interest, though. I’d be more interested if you’d devote a whole post to getting deeper into some particular issue and how Paul treats it. Social Security, foreign policy, contraception (aside from abortion), whatever.

  350. As if we didn’t know enough – turns out Jablonski – the attorney representing BO in Georgia – has interesting connections.

    Jablonski is on Kemp’s Georgia EAC and is also one of the fifteen (15) Presidential electors in Georgia along with being the Attorney for the DNC in Georgia and also Obama’s attorney in Georgia. His Wife is a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in Atlanta.

  351. BASIL99
    February 8th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I agree with that sentiment. My wife is livid at this whole forcing Catholic charities to be forced to abandon their faith and views. And she volunteered and fought for that option to be available to women, not to flaunt like Gloria Steinem does, but to have that choice for those rare occasions so the health of a woman is not jeapordized and she can make that choice safely, legally and rarely.

    But this attack on the Catholic faith, she is disgusted. I do wonder all those Catholics who were peddling ObamaCare, where the hell are they now? The provoust at Notre Dame that invited him, where the hell is he now? Where is Bart Stupak??

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-08/obama-weighed-religious-politics-before-taking-decision-on-contraceptives.html

    The Oturd knew what he was doing, he doesn’t give a damn about religious freedoms, its only a matter of time as to who he comes after next, use the mandate to force all sorts of control over American…. just as Rep Dingell said in 2009, This bill is to CONTROL people.

  352. I seriously fear women will be the ultimate sacrificial lambs in that scenario with contraception itslef possibly being challenged.

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

    SEveral of the GOP candidates seem to be challenging it already. We’re not helping women by supporting those candidates, or supporting ‘conservtive candidates’ in general — or by supporting the Catholic bishops who are claiming that a normal insuranc policy for their employees somehow violates the EMPLOYER’s religiuos freedom.

    It is the RR MALE leaders who are bringing this up nationwide and trying to force such a conflict. They should just supply normal insurance (ie cover contraception like 9 ouy of 10 policies do already). If they want to control their non-religious employees’ personal life, they should do it by preaching, not by denying them free contraceptives as will be normal practice nationwide.

  353. lisa100
    February 8th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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    The older I get the more I realize that I know very little about our world. So I for one welcome information on all the possible choices from each party. It gives me a better view so I can make my choices.

    Keep your articles coming on Ron Paul. We continue to get them on the other candidates so I don’t see why we shouldn’t get them about his as well.

  354. Lisa

    Please continue your articles. I agree with Dr. Paul on many items, but not foreign policy. But I enjoy the policy information you post.

  355. Mrs. Smith
    February 8th, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    Bill Clinton, ‘America’s first Jewish president’

    ————–

    Wonderful article. Thanks for posting.

  356. moononpluto
    February 8th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    Oh there is a God…..

    CNN suspends Bigmouth Roland Martin for Tweets.

    ————–

    Just suspend? He should be blackballed from media completely. And not just for this issue but for his blatant bias in favor of bambi and horrible rhetoric against Hillary in 2008.

  357. Mrs. Smith
    February 8th, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    ****************

    If you remember the movie Scarface it was all laid out there.

  358. It was very depressing last night as we watched Romney lose and lose big…I was hoping he would wrap this up early and focus on Obama. Sadly, the GOP would rther lose than support a moderate republican. Obama was beatable, but it’s looking more and more like he will be re-elected by default.

  359. “If they want to control their non-religious employees’ personal life, they should do it by preaching, not by denying them free contraceptives as will be normal practice nationwide.”

    BS!

    You really don’t understand the significance of religious belief except as it applies to the 1.3 million Muslims in this country, do you? I’ll bet if any Sharia-leaning person complained about anything antithetical to their barbarous system you would be doing the nanapoopsie jack-in-the-box dance and shouting bloody murder about their religious rights.

    You give new meaning to the word HYPOCRITE.

    Was that civil enough for you?

  360. Neither party wants a moderate. The Loonies have taken over the asylum(s)

    Hell really is freezing over.

    Who the hell even knew what Sharia law was 10 years ago…This is a freaking nightmare,

    Wake me up, or beam me up Scotty.

    Can we please turn back the clock to 9/10/2001 with what we know now?

  361. jbstonesfan
    February 8th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    With all due respect, I have to ask, if you are that certain Obama will be reelected, do you donate to Tea Party orgs that oppose him? If you are that resigned to him being reelected, do you donate or support any orgs that are opposed to him? I notice while you complain in resignation of defeat, do you support, donate, anything? to organizations that are constantly fighting to stop Barry?

    And for the record, I doubt Sweatervest will be the nominee, he got pretty much no delegates yesterday, they were non-binding causcus. He’s not on the VA ballot, and for the upcoming AZ and MI primaries, Romney is most likely to win.

  362. Just to continue on a “civil” note,

    Turndownobama I think you are a FOS mischief-pandering obot who comes here to stir the pot and disseminate obot talking points.

    Either that or you are a retired stick-up-your-butt ex-publishing wannabe – possibly a frustrated editor – with too much time on your hands and an ego which the entire worldwide internets can’t contain.

    Or maybe you’re a failed academic – a product of the ivory-tower elite establishment who has been so coddled in a liberal cocoon it simply never occurs to you that anyone could have opinions diametrically opposed to yours.

    Perhaps you are a privileged, wealthy white older woman with a hubby, an empty nest and lots of time and space to fill.

    In any case, if you want to insult me, eg. “Pls don’t worry about comments like “February 8th, 2012 at 6:00 . . . yours are models of civility and rationality in comparison” do it clearly.

    Call me out to my face if you don’t like my postings instead of doing so in such a duplicitous way. But that is your middle name, right.

    To be clear – I do not like you – I find no value in your gazillions of mostly irrelevant postings and if you continue to bash me expect the same in return.

  363. “Who the hell even knew what Sharia law was 10 years ago”

    Bet TDO knew. S(he) knows everything, dontcha know?

    👿

    Oh, wait, let me clarify that. “S(he) is the ultimate expert on civility, balance on a blog and geography.

    Not to mention rational thought, etiquette, the Catholic Religion and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

  364. “a little shocking to hear a Justice of the Supreme Court saying that the US Constitution should not be a model for the world…”
    ********
    Don’t know what she had in mind when she made that statement but she is probably correct. For countries that have a constitution, the US Constitution has to be the shortest, by a huge margin. Every time that I read that document; to put the foundation of a government that has worked for >200 years in four hand written pages is pure genius. The caveat, however, is that the US Constitution is “sitting” on top of a thousand years of Greco-Roman thought/law and eight hundred years of English Law. In the absence of that type of civil legal history, most constitutions are lengthy, detailed documents that also define a legal system.

    Unlike our illustrious President, I am not Constitutional legal authority, but a US Constitution can’t function in a legal vacuum, which describes a lot of the Worlds countries, IMO.

  365. Tim,

    Thanks, but that infuriating condescending smarmy POS is so irritating it’s sometimes impossible to ignore, especially when s(he) blithely babbles on about blog “tips.”

    “I’d be more interested if you’d devote a whole post to getting deeper into some particular issue and how Paul treats it. Social Security, foreign policy, contraception (aside from abortion.”

    Look how s(he) indicates contraception is an ok topic for conversation but abortion is not.

    WTF!!!!!!!

    Who the f**k cares wtf s(he) is interested in?

    I just had to set the record straight for Lisa and other newbies lurking here. Also, I was directly insulted and couldn’t help responding to the personal attack.

  366. BASIL99
    February 8th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    February 8th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Isn’t that similar to the 7:21 post?

    Greta Van Sustern thinks something stinks in Chicago, just like us.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/02/08/greta-van-susterens-back-to-chicago-moment-insider-related/
    ______________

    Yes- Greta has picked up on it and is digging in- I just finished reading the background information relating to Wachovia Bank/WellsFargo. Investigators are dissatisfied with the governments system not holding key personal facilitating the transactions accountable. Instead the Banks pay heavy fines for wrongdoing and put on a probationary period for 12 mos. If no wrong doing is found within that time period, criminal charges are dropped rebounding the system once again for this cyclical criminal activity. Strangely enough, (or not) the symbiotic relationship between Banks and Drug Cartels have become synonymous. One can’t operate successfully without the other.

    Whistleblowers like Woods are distraught over the Justice Dept’s policy of letting the personnel employed by the Banks responsible for participation in this activity to go scott-free when in any other domestic case scenario, they would be criminally prosecuted facing years of imprisonment.

    This is just the tip of the ice-berg.. leading up to the Big fish still swimming/swarming in schools within the Justice Dept.. Hopefully Woods has a list of names that lead somewhere quickly before the November election.

  367. Mrs. S,

    This is all so complicated. I could barely get through Ulsterman’s description of Greta’s investigation. Blogging is hard work.

    I will have to read up on this when I have a clearer mind.

  368. BASIL99
    February 8th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Mrs. S,

    This is all so complicated. I could barely get through Ulsterman’s description of Greta’s investigation. Blogging is hard work.

    I will have to read up on this when I have a clearer mind.
    _____________

    The link I posted to the story above, was a link I found in one of Ulsterman’s commentators posts. I started there because it lays the foundation for what Greta is researching..following the line of corruption leading right into the Justice Dept..

  369. An interesting article

    YES !!! a 3rd Party candidate can actually win the 2012 election! Here’s Proof !!!
    Proof that a third party candidate can win the 2012 election for President of the U.S.A.:

    The First Party System of The United States featured

    the FEDERALIST Party and the DEMOCRAT-REPUBLICAN Party.

    The Era of Good Feelings (1816–1824), marked the end of the First Party System.

    The elitism of the Federalists had diminished their appeal,

    and their refusal to support the War of 1812 verged on secession

    and was a devastating blow when the war ended well.

    It is now 2012, the Bicentennial of 1812, and the two party system of

    Democrats and Republicans can be defeated by a 3rd party this election year.

    History will repeat itself.

    If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the required 270 votes

    to be elected President, then the House of Representatives

    elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most

    electoral votes. Each State delegation has one vote.

    The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates

    with the most electoral votes. Each Senator would cast one vote for Vice President.

    If the House of Representatives fails to elect a President by Inauguration Day,

    the Vice-President Elect serves as acting President until the deadlock is resolved in the House.

    Because the Libertarian Party is the 3rd largest political party currently in the U.S.A.,

    it is time to take candidates like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson a lot more seriously.

    You don’t know where peoples’ loyalties may lie when they have an opportunity

    to change history and make one of the major parties “history”!

    http://crisericson2012.blogspot.com/search/label/3rd%20Party%20Could%20Win%202012

  370. Spoken like a coward, and he voted like a coward, voting for something he never read; now making excuses for Barry.

  371. try and not get your blood pressure up.

    http://www.breitbart.tv/pc-police-win-cnn-pundit-apologizes-for-homophobic-tweets/

    “”As I said repeatedly, I often make jokes about soccer in the U.S., and my crack about David Beckham’s commercial was related to that and not to anyone’s sexuality. To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant…

    “As someone who has spoken out forcefully against bigotry against African Americans and other minorities, as well as sexism against women, I fully understand how a group who has been unfairly treated would be offended by such comments, and, again, I am sorry for any offense my remarks caused.””

  372. Basil,

    another post from a US commentator- below- Is drawing a pretty accurate assessment how BO and the DOJ become beneficiaries of using the force and power of the United States Justice Dept to filter in the volume of BO’s donation money into his war chest. In this instance, gained by doing favors for the president of Mexico.

    Too bad honest men paid the ultimate price with their lives trying to stop the rampant gunrunning into Mexico because there was a opportunity for a US President and his firewall, the AG of the US, to enrich his campaign war-chest with blood stained money from dead Americans just doing their job.
    _________________

    shakedown crews
    February 8, 2012

    The link that must be followed would be the link between Cardona and the Zeta drug cartel. Cardona is a Casino owner, right? Remember, the Sinaloa drug cartel is the one that was battling the Zetas. the gang that threatens the Mexican government and BURNED DOWN A CASINO. The Sinaloas are the cartel to which Holder and Obama sold weapons. Allegedly, that was part of a CIA plan to strengthen the Sinaloas to battle the Zetas, in order to create a war between those factions and weaken the Zetas. This in turn would protect President Calderon (note the correct spelling of his name, there is no silent “e”).

    Then, you have Cardona giving money to Obama–at the same time Obama and Holder were selling arms to the Sinaloas. There’s the link, folks. There’s the logic.

    (Correction: I mean to say the link between Cardona and the SINALOA drug cartel)

    Let me lay it out for you:
    The Zetas threaten the Mexican government. Pres. Calderon is in danger, needs help.
    The USA (CIA) comes up with a plan that is nearly identical to the plans used in Afghanistan and Iraq: arm competing forces and weaken them by allowing them to fight.
    Cardona, a casino owner, may have mafia connections to the Sinaloas–what better way to launder drug money? (same technique used by US Mafia in the past). He works to negotiate between Sinaloas, US Govt, and Mexican Govt. It’s good for his businesses, and beneficial to Mexico.
    They work out a deal to arm the Sinaloas IF they would wage war against the Zetas and not the Mexican Government.
    In return, Cardona rewards the Obama administration with “donations”–MAFIA MONEY.
    __________

  373. Way behind reading the blog but wanted to add my 2 cents to lisa100
    Posting about Ron Paul

    lisa100
    February 8th, 2012 at 6:43 pm
    Hi Basil99:

    Thanks for pointing out the specific statements in my comments that you took offense to. I am sorry about that. I should tell you that I wrote that particular comment as a generic comment to post on different blogs, not to you in particular. And I wrote it when I was in a particularly angry state, because I got so frustrated with the media ignoring and misrepresenting Ron all the time. I have been trying to get the message out because I fear for our country, because the status quo of big government, big banks, and big media are very dangerous to all of us. Ron is the only one with any intention of significantly reducing our debt, and our deficits are dangerous, and can only lead to our being a very weak country in the future. Ron is the only one who wants to bring our troops home to protect our country, save money, and prevent further murders and maimings of our military and civilians in other countries. And Ron is the only one who fights for our individual constitutional rights. In my humble opinion.

    I know you guys all dislike Obama, well I think that Ron Paul has the best chance of defeating Obama, followed by Romney. In fact, many polls have shown that.

    Take care, Lisa
    ——-
    Maybe I came off too cranky to your post where I took it that you thought folks were just complaining about the R candidates and Ron Paul was the best choice if people would listen.

    Like I said, I do like Ron Paul for the most part, still a little iffy on his support with our allies.

    If you watched this site you would see that I have posted quite often on Paul.

    So, I just wanted to make clear that I have nothing againt your post of Paul’s policies or beliefs. Lord knows I like him better than the other three but I don’t think the GOP or Fox will ever get behind him because he doesn’t defend Israel like the others.

  374. democrat1
    February 8th, 2012 at 10:16 pm
    An interesting article

    YES !!! a 3rd Party candidate can actually win the 2012 election! Here’s Proof !!!
    Proof that a third party candidate can win the 2012 election for President of the U.S.A.:
    ——-

    Personally I would love to see these folks jump in as third party candidates and give a big middle finger to the Ds and Rs, letting them have about 5 or more debates:

    Ron Paul
    Donald Trump
    Sarah Palin
    Christy
    Admin
    Whoever else want’s a nab at it…

  375. NBC:that is as much a part of the Consititution as anything else; politicians when entering office have to take an oatht o protect and defend the Consitution. When the laws are not followed, then it is up to the elected officials and the citizens to see to it. Since it is a requirement for being POTUS, who is responsible for verifiying that the person being sworn in is a nbc? the nominee, DNC, RNC, Congress? ObaMAO is in the white house because he was SELECTED, not because the people elected him; and while he has thumbed his nose at most all our laws, traditions, and history, does that mean we just roll over and play dead?
    Again, articles form lamestream media mean nothing, and have no credibility. I want Romney and all others to produce a valid document that is irrefutable that he/they are a nbc.
    My point is, if they can so easily violate one of the most basic tenets of the Consititution, then what wouldn’t they violate? Upon thinking about it, I may have typed earlier that Santorum’s father was an immigrant; I may have left the GRAND off grandfather; whether I did not not I wanted to correct it just in case.
    What amazes me most about this Catholic church trampling on the Constitution that ObaMAO is doing are a couple of things.
    First that he must like to backtrack, because he will have to this one; then he can brag that now he and the Catholic church get along, and how much he is attuned to the people. But the worst part are all the solutions that are coming from the politicians: put out another executive order, provide a waiver, backtrack on the item……….I have a great suggestion for a solution: REPEAL THE WHOLE DAMN BILL we call ObamaCare.

  376. Re: Gretas post mentioned above…

    [snip]

    … I am curious (and this is where my imagination begins to travel) whether Pepe is a big political donor to Calderone …and is Calderon’s administration giving him a safe haven in Mexico?  And of course I could never figure out why President Obama and President Calderone both rebuked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she said 2 years ago that Mexico is like Colombia of 20 years ago.  Why were both President Calderone and President Obama so hot under the collar about that description? Frankly, Mexico IS like Colombia of 20 years ago — maybe even worse.   In reading the foregoing, read with caution since this is only my imagination – I have no hard facts.  Facts are very different from imagination.
    …But of course the real weird part is the Federal Prosecutors getting an indictment quashed AFTER a PLEA of guilty and AFTER the guy has jumped bail and fled the country.  I have never seen prosecutors be so…well…generous?  It is weird.  This is not my imagination but my experience.   Prosecutors just don’t do this.  Something is odd.

    —–
    My ears perked up when I read the part about Hillary.
    I listen to Greta every night and she stands by and brings Hillary up in conversations with many of her guests. Greta has spoken often of Hillary making this comment about Mexico and how Barry and his buddy in Mexico were livid over her saying that, Greta of course saying Hillary is correct, and when it comes to legal issues, she has been dependable since the OJ trial, she is one sharp cookie that still is in Hillary’s corner.
    Greta is usually pretty careful not to stomp too hard on Barry’s toes, so when she throws up a red flag, I pay attention.

    Go Greta, go!

  377. I might send Rick Warren a letter and ask him how he like ObaMAO now. Of course, his church would get a waiver without a doubt.

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

    That’s another problem with giving any Catholic institutions a waiver on health insurance for contraception. Non-Catholic churches may apply for it too, and may even change their doctrine to qualify. 😉

  378. Breaking: Fugitive Obama Fundraiser Linked to Fast and Furious

    Some developing news in the case of Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, who is a fugitive on drug and fraud charges. In 2009 it was discovered that he was involved in a plot to assassinate a rival and bribe Mexican officials.

    This has gone public, as has his $200,000 in fundraising done for Barack Obama. Obama has now returned the money, but the scrutiny on Cardona continues. It now appears that Cardona’s links to the organized crime world also ties him to the DEA, which ran Operation Fast and Furious. Cardona was allegedly involved with a top drug cartel across the border, which laundered millions with the help of the American government.

    Just recently, his brother Carlos attempted to have Juan pardoned by the Democratic Party out of Iowa:

    As recently as January of last year, one of Mr. Cardona’s brothers in Chicago, Carlos Rojas Cardona, arranged for the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party to seek a pardon from the governor for Pepe Cardona, according to prosecutors in that state. None was forthcoming.

    Wikileaks exposed a US Consulate cable that showed five million dollars in bribes that the Cardona brothers had paid to Mexican politicians, and also exposed that they may be linked to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

    The Consulate also added that the brothers Rojas Cardona may have ties to the cartel of the Beltran Leyva and PAN politicians.

    “T he smugglers, casino operators, and corrupt politicians form a triangle of self-protection, making it difficult for honest cops deal with organized crime. One way for the Mexican government break the cartels would review its policy on licensing of casino “concludes Williamson.

    Last month Fox reported that the very same cartel was involved in a similar operation as Fast and Furious, run by the DEA. In this operation, the US helped the group (as well as a Colombian cartel) launder money in exchange for information.

    The group of officials conducted at least 15 wire transfers to banks in the United States, Canada and China and smuggled and laundered about $2.5 million in the United States. They lost track of much of that money.

    In his testimony, the DEA agent in charge of the operation says DEA agents posing as pilots flew at least one shipment of cocaine from Ecuador to Madrid through a Dallas airport.

    The Cardona brothers were one of the most corrupt elements in the casino business in Mexico, bringing in millions of dollars. It is certainly possible that their involvement in the drug industry is far more than said. And considering their role in extortion and bribery, it is certainly possible that they were involved in Operation Fast and Furious or a related event.

    In addition, since the Cardona brothers were involved in extortion and money rackets, it is not inconceivable that the Beltran Leyva cartel transfered the money to Cardonas casinos to wash their hands of it. Juan Cardona gives $200,000 to Obama and the Justice Department might just pardon him.

    http://www.punditpress.com/2012/02/breaking-fugitive-obama-fundraiser.html
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    Here you have all the players- and a clear cut path to Obama. If anyone remembers in 08′, BO had received donations from questionable sources. When called on it, it was a very long period of time before he reluctantly returned the donations.

  379. The problem with Ron Paul is he does not and will not support Israel. Our only ally in the ME.

    I think the voters like many of his policies especially his pet project, auditing the Fed-

    For all that is wrong with our government, thanks to Obama. I don’t believe Paul has the commitment and the resolve needed to solve all of America’s problems if by some miracle, he is elected president.

  380. Boehner walking in Wilbur Mill’s shoes? I did not recall Wilbur. Thanks for the info. At this point, I’m not certain what Boehner’s problem is, or even if he is going to drop F&F. This I do know:
    1. Saw this statement on WPIX crawl today 4:30 – 5:00 am: “Top Obama fundraiser de-registers as lobbyist”
    2. Logged onto twitter and found Greta’s “really really really” post.
    3. Came here to find significant embellishment of Greta topic.
    4. Hadn’t seen any more about that lobbyist/fundraiser so went looking; lo and behold, this article combines lobbyist event with Greta’s concern:
    Obama bundler’s lobbying registration was a ‘clerical error’
    By BYRON TAU |
    2/8/12 6:16 PM EST
    The Obama campaign struggled to explain the presence of a registered lobbyist on their bundler list Wednesday, blaming a clerical error for his status as a representative for an airline. The conservative website Washington Free Beacon reported earlier today that former Florida Rep. Ron Klein was a registered lobbyist with Holland & Knight for Spirit Airlines, all while collecting up to $500,000 dollars for the campaign — despite a self-imposed pledge by the Obama campaign not to take lobbyist donations. The Obama campaign told reporters that Klein was removed from the campaign as soon as he became a lobbyist, but Klein told NBC that his registration as Spirit’s lobbyist was a clerical error — and that he was working to remove the status. “Klein hasn’t raised since the end of December. But Holland and Knight made a mistake and registered him as a federal lobbyist simply because he brought a client in (Spirit), though he has not been lobbying for them or any other clients. So it was a clerical error. He’s deregistering. And he will continue to raise,” a campaign official said. “I’m not a lobbyist,” Klein told NBC, saying that he brought Spirit to the firm as part of his “business development” role. Still, the incident raises more questions about the Obama campaign’s vetting of donors — and shows the thin line between lobbying and other forms of influence peddling. The problem is not unique to Democrats — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has struggled to explain his consulting role at a mortgage company. And it’s the second campaign finance gaffe for the Obama administration this week, with the campaign scrambling to return donations from the family of a Mexican fugitive after a New York Times report.
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    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/02/obama-bundlers-lobbying-registration-was-a-clerical-113938.html
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    Now I’m wondering if how much of F&F fits in with this.

    Just like in 2008: clerical error
    Just like in 2008: no problem we’ll just de-register

    Wonder. Could we de-inaugurate this POTUS?

  381. Mrs. Smith – it took me a long time to type out my comment stamped 6:57, so I’m just now coming upon your 6:44 comment.

  382. Caroline Kennedy has lost her marbles- Her mother would have put her in a corner for a time out- if she knew her daughter was involved with the likes of Barack Obama-
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    Caroline Kennedy Fundraising for Obama

    In an email sent out to Obama Campaign supporters, Kennedy wrote:

    Friend –

    Four years ago today, I joined my Uncle Teddy and thousands of excited students at American University to endorse Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.

    Barack Obama had stirred something in young people and the young at heart. I saw the passion in my own teenage children, and I heard it from a different generation of people who said they felt like they did when my father ran for president.

    We felt strongly that we needed to elect a president who urged us to believe in ourselves, who could tie that belief to our highest ideals, and who understood that together we can do great things.

    Four years later, as I think about what first inspired me to support Barack Obama, I’m proud we have a president who has fought hard for the values Teddy held dear, and stood up on issues that matter.

    Will you join me by saying what first inspired you to stand with Barack Obama?

    my.barackobama.com/Teddy

    Teddy understood that the challenges of health care aren’t political — they are personal. That’s why he fought for 40 years to make health care a right and not a privilege for American families.

    How proud he would have been to see his candidate sign the Affordable Care Act into law as president, giving all Americans the security of knowing that their health care will be there when they need it most.

    In his speech four years ago today, Teddy reminded us all of that bright light of hope and possibility that shines even in the darkest hours. He knew that with Barack Obama as president, America would shine again. I don’t think he would be surprised to know that four years later, this president would have ended the war in Iraq, repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and guaranteed women the right to equal pay for equal work.

    The 2012 election will be harder than the last. As you think about what role you can play this time, I want you to remember that when Teddy joined this campaign, it wasn’t just Barack Obama who drew him in.

    It was you.

    The possibility of a campaign run by ordinary people determined to change our country for the better and willing to work as hard as necessary inspired him then, and it’s what inspires me today.

    Thanks for all you do.

    I’ll see you out there,

    Caroline
    _______________

    Even Teddy would have been putting distance between the Kennedy name and Obama by now-

  383. hta-

    Camelot gives us enough pause as do the words.. “clerical error”- So innocuous, as if a ghost listed the form as a lobbyist. Also loved the use of “now deregistering” in the present tense.

    However, they didn’t let this mini-crisis go to waste. A chance to smear Gingrich with subtleties comparing his affiliation consulting a mortgage group with a lobbyist bundler fundraising for Obama.

    It amazes me with the Obama administration, no matter which door you open, corruption is there starring you in the face.

  384. Mrs. Smith – you got me started lol. The following phrases are in the article in the order shown:
    “Klein hasn’t raised since the end of December.
    …though he has not been lobbying for them or any other clients
    And he will continue to raise,
    “I’m not a lobbyist,” Klein told NBC, aka “I’m not a crook?”
    ###############
    no matter which door you open, corruption is there staring you in the face. [Yes. The amount of corruption is SO discouraging. Daunting task even knowing where to start.]

  385. Payback for Gov. Brewer “causing” the Pres to look bad is a bee:
    First from CNN on 31 Jan:
    In a report released Tuesday, the panel’s Democratic minority said no evidence was found that Justice Department bosses in Washington “conceived or directed” the plan. Their report places blame for the widely criticized investigation on federal agents and prosecutors in Arizona.

    Then, NM takes another hit:

    Obama To Give 10 States A Pass On No Child Left Behind Deadline
    … The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, according to an official…
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/09/white-house-official-says-obama-will-free-10-states-from-no-child-left-behind/

  386. There has to be some movement very soon on some action to remove BO from the further destruction of our country and its conversion to a Muslim entity.A melting pot of numerous BO agents that will support his mandates like past empires that were destroyed by power hungry emperors.Now is the time to right this wrong.IMPEACH Obama and DRAFT HILLARY Now.

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  387. As Rasmussen polls continue to slide toward favoring Obama [sorry all], I thought it necessary to mention this:
    Published Jan 21 2012 by NewsMax.com
    Rasmussen to Launch Panel Show on CBS
    Scott Rasmussen will be moving forward with the creation of a new weekly panel program using the Rasmussen Reports public opinion polling data, reports Telco Productions which says it has cleared WCBS TV in New York for a fall 2012 launch of the program.
    What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen…
    http://www.silobreaker.com/rasmussen-to-launch-panel-show-on-cbs-5_2265428248500371502

    Not the source I’d like to have linked to, but I do recall several weeks ago seeing a tweet by Scott announcing a CBS affiliation.

  388. Population control anyone? A scary theory is coming to mind.
    1 Free contraceptions for all.They would be used
    mainly by white couples for many reasons.
    regardless of their religiouns.
    2 Muslims and many single welfare moms would
    reject them for many diferent reasons.
    3 Results would be tipping the scales to favor
    BO control of his Empire with Food Stamps and
    many goodies.

    This all brings back memories of the local polling places and the hacks standing at the entrance with candidate face cards and a handful of
    $5 bills.Many Many Years ago.Today the corruption is still around but the stakes are higher and the colors have changed. Our enemies are no longer at the gates of the WH THEY ARE INSIDE. Do I have any
    takers?

  389. ABM: Do I have any takers?
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    Wish I could disagree with you on at least one of your comments of today, but I can’t. It’s so depressing. Thank you for sharing the good news consisting of that which HRC will be doing for The People today.

  390. Greta has always been in Hillary’s corner. She is really the only newscast person I have any faith in. Maybe a little Walter Cronkite like. Hope they don’t take her off the air. I am surprised they haven’t already. Can’t have someone actually inform the masses of the truth now can we?

  391. So much for Camelot. How the times and media have changed…

    Would JFK’s dalliance with an intern be big news in 2012?

    February 7, 2012

    certainly a reminder of how things have changed since the 1960s. In those days a politician’s private dalliances, even if they were known to reporters, never made it into print. Today, of course, that gentleman’s agreement has mostly broken down (though John Edwards benefited from some indulgence by the MSM).

    But that’s not the only change. Strangely, other developments since the ’60s may have neutralized the damage caused by politicians’ extracurricular sex lives, resulting in the same insulation that JFK enjoyed for other reasons. It’s interesting that in a more recent intern-related scandal, advocates of Bill Clinton’s impeachment took pains to say that it wasn’t his affair with Monica Lewinsky that damned him but his lying under oath. More recently, Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary after his second wife alleged that he had asked her for an “open marriage” so that he could keep his mistress.

    To be sure, many Christians conservatives were appalled by the open marriage story, and both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney clearly hope to capitalize in the long run from their history of marital fidelity. But if John F. Kennedy were running for reelection in this era, would news of an affair with an intern doom him at the polls? Given Bill Clinton’s post-Monica popularity, the answer may be no.

    http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2012/02/mimi-beardsley-alfords-memoir-about-her-affair-with-john-f-kennedy-when-she-was-an-intern-is-certainly-a-reminder-of-how.html

  392. Edwards was always the “pacer”, they made a deal to siphon off votes from Hillary. i am sure when they were done with him they leaked the story.Dance with the devil.

  393. ABM90
    February 9th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Population control anyone? A scary theory is coming to mind.
    ___________

    I was just thinking- Muslims aren’t in any hurry for taking over China with Sharia Law.

    I believe the Rule, 1 child per couple is still in effect and would have a problem with their lack of birth control as ordained by the Chinese government.

  394. Imo, Bill Clinton’s popularity is derived from the decent economy from that time period, and something directly connected to that which was his ability to work with the Republicans in Congress. He didn’t practice politics by diktat as Obamamao prefers.

  395. Of course the MM will ad nauseam repeat the WH mantra “Peoples Convention” …lies lies, lies…

    THE ‘PEOPLE’S’ CONVENTION?
    DNC IN CHARLOTTE TO FEATURE MILLION-DOLLAR TICKETS, LUXURY SUITES, CONCIERGE SERVICES FOR THE 1 PERCENT

    BY: Andrew Stiles – February 9, 2012 5:00 am
    The organizers of the upcoming Democratic National Convention are doing everything possible to get around the same financial restrictions they once promoted in a concerted effort to make sure that America’s wealthiest individuals, corporations, and lobbyists contribute their “fair share” to the convention.

    Host committee spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling, formerly of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, insisted that convention leaders were not attempting to sidestep the fundraising restrictions. Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan, she said, had simply been “educating Beltway types about the new rules.”

    “All of this is brand new,” Emmerling tells the Washington Free Beacon. “A convention has never been funded this way before, so there are a lot of false assumptions about what we’re doing.”

    Democrats are billing the upcoming Democratic National Committee’s annual convention as a “People’s Convention,” funded by “the people.” At President Obama’s request, the host committee in Charlotte—which must raise $36.6 million to pay for the convention—has promised to refuse donations from corporations, lobbyists or other special interest groups, including unions. Individual contributions are limited to $100,000.

    But living up to these ambitious self-imposed rules is proving more difficult than party leaders expected. Local sources say the DNC is approaching wealthy Bank of America executives in an effort to unload some of its premier convention packages. A number of these executives have been shocked at the audacity of the proposition, given the administration’s attacks on not only the bank but also on wealthy Americans in general. President Obama and his Democratic colleagues have repeatedly charged that wealthy Americans are not “paying their fair share” to the federal government in the form of taxes.

    Steve Kerrigan, the committee CEO, recently convened a meeting with lobbyists and other Beltway power brokers at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. Democratic sources told Bloomberg that Kerrigan, a former national political director for Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), touted an expensive array of convention “packages” that were aimed at attracting ultra-wealthy donors.

    One of the options is the $1 million “Presidential” level, which includes a “premier uptown hotel room” and “concierge services,” as well as the $500,000 “Gold Rush” package.

    Convention leaders have also sought to court ultra-wealthy donors by moving the president’s acceptance speech to Bank of America Stadium (the bank is headquartered in Charlotte), the 74,000-seat home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the decision was intended to allow “greater participation from all walks of life.” However, Democratic sources confided that the move would allow convention organizers “to sell more skyboxes to wealthy donors,” according to Bloomberg.

    Committee officials dispute the report. “Decisions about convention planning are driven by engaging more people in the process, not by money,” Kerrigan said in a statement.

    Still, the decision was criticized on the left by those who were not pleased with the idea of Obama accepting his party’s nomination under the banner of the country’s second-largest financial institution, which received a $45 billion taxpayer-funded bailout during the financial crisis. Obama himself has directed some tough rhetoric toward Bank of America. For example, when the bank proposed charging a $5 monthly fee to debit card users, Obama complained that the bank was “using financial regulation as an excuse to charge consumers more.”

    But “educating” the super-rich is not the only way the DNC has sought to sidestep its convention fundraising rules. For instance, while the convention committee isn’t accepting cash donations from corporations, there are no corresponding restrictions with respect to “in kind” donations such as food or equipment, which can add up to millions of dollars. The DNCC has also established a separate “Hospitality” committee, called the New American City Foundation, to sponsor parties and other events associated with the convention, which is not bound by the same fundraising restrictions.

    The overall fundraising effort appears to be struggling. Convention organization recently decided to shorten the length of the convention from four days to three. Local officials, meanwhile, have raised concerns about the host committee’s refusal to disclose its fundraising progress.

    Scott Stone, former Republican candidate for mayor of Charlotte, cites the host committee’s refusal to release its fundraising records as “a significant concern.” “Not only because of the lack of transparency,” he says, “but if they don’t meet their numbers, taxpayers could be left with the bill.”

    A host committee official tells the Washington Free Beacon that there are no plans to publicly release fundraising figures before the FEC-mandated deadline of one month following the convention. Meanwhile, organizers in Tampa, Fla., site of the 2012 GOP convention, announced back in August that they had raised $15 million of their $55 million goal.

    A review of the DNC fundraising figures from the 2008 convention in Denver suggest that party leaders were wildly optimistic to believe they could raise $36 million from “the people.” Of the $61 million the DNC raised for the Denver convention, more than 70 percent came from donations of $250,000 or higher. Nearly a quarter of the convention’s funding came from just 12 donations of more than $1 million. Union groups alone gave $8.3 million (14 percent). Contributions of $100,00 or less—this year’s limit—accounted for only 5 percent of the total.

    This entry was posted in Democratic Donors and tagged Charlotte convention, DNC, DNCC, Steve Kerrigan. Bookmark the permalink.

  396. In a moment of surprising clarity this morning (or perhaps driven by simple ulterior motives as his favorite bank may well be unprepared to cover even this moderate cash payment from existing reserves, as we warned back in January) perpetual bank optimist Dick Bove had some harsh words for the now finalized bank settlement, which he called the “mortgage deal from hell” – “Those people lucky or smart enough to stop making payments on their homes may get their loan balances reduced. Other beneficiaries of the agreement may be homeowners who have seen the value of their houses drop below the size of their mortgages. They get a freebie that other homeowners who have paid their mortgages down will not get….Homeowners who made large down payments on their homes or made the terrible mistake to pay down the principal on their mortgages do not qualify. Homeowners who made minimal or no down payments will get the windfall benefit of a lower principal repayment or a cash payment.” And the true bottom line: “There is no sanctity of contracts in the United States. Only fools meet their financial commitments. The non-payers are the truly enlightened.” And that is the summary of modern US society in a nutshell, and explains why despite all the deleveraging, inflation still remains a potent threat as the bulk of a household’s mandatory continues to be merely discretionary, with everyone else footing the bill. Finally, as Rick Santelli pointed out subsequently, the banks are paying for this settlement using cash proceeds from previous bank bailouts which have not yet been paid out. So to be even more blunt than Dick and Rick -the US taxpayers bailed out the banks, which are now using the balance of said proceeds to pay a settlement which amounts to the tune of $2,000 per every person foreclosed on in the past 3 years, in order to assure their vote for Obama, while in the process trampling contact law, as no longer will anyone in America honor anything printed and signed.

  397. Mrs. Smith, I hope that you did not take my words as an insult since basil was correct in tha they were intended as a compliment. Seeing that your dad was a surgeon now makes me feel that my sentiment was even more appropriate. You use words like a surgeon uses a “knife”; with precision. You cut out the garbage, and you do it with skill. I could have written that you have a “knack for words”, but that would have described how skillful you seem to be when you wield your pen, or keyboard in this case. You don’t let people push you around either which is admirable.

  398. Unbelievable…
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    Washington Footing the Cell Phone Bill for Millions of Low Income Americans

    By BRAD TUTTLE | Time.com – 20 hrs ago

    Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.
    Last summer, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story shed some light on a government program that relatively few Americans knew existed. (Read more about it here.) The Lifeline program provides low-income Americans with free cell phones (basic ones such as those made by Tracfone, not smartphones) and covers up to 250 free minutes each month. As many as 5.5 million residents in Pennsylvania alone could qualify for the program, which is funded primarily by the Universal Service Fund fee added to the bills of land-line and wireless customers.
    The program came to be after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed, and the FCC created the Universal Service Fund to help “to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable, and affordable rates,” among other things. All telecommunications carriers must pay into the fund, and many do so by tacking on a fee to each of their customers’ bills. It’s probably added into your monthly wireless bill and your landline bill, if you still have one.
    The Universal Service Fund provides discounts on phone services, or in some cases, entirely free services to low-income Americans. The fund helps pay for landlines or cell phones, whichever the recipient prefers. There’s also a one-time discount of up to $30 to cover an installation fee or a cell phone. Considering how cheap some cell phones are nowadays, the money more than covers the costs of a basic phone. Then, the fund covers phone bills to the tune of $10 a month, which typically translates as 250 minutes for wireless plans of the types of phones we’re talking about. Americans who receive food stamps, Medicaid, or other federal aid, or who earn up to 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, qualify for the program.
    Now, Bloomberg Businessweek reports, we have a pretty good idea of how much the program pays out — and how quickly it’s growing as more and more people find out about it. In 2011, Lifeline paid out $1.6 billion, more than double the amount paid in 2008 ($772 million).

    What’s more, an FCC audit of the program last year showed that many participants in the program were taking more than their fair share. According to Businessweek:
    269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers.

    Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has been taking a closer look at the program since she personally received an invitation to apply for a free, government-subsidized cell phone in the mail. McCaskill has asked the FCC to investigate Lifeline. As a result, the FCC is building a database to see if a subscriber has more than one subsidized phone. In other words, until recently, such a database didn’t exist.
    (MORE: How Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android Left Blackberry in the Dust)
    The FCC, which announced the changes by using the euphemism that it is “modernizing” Lifeline, has set a goal of saving $200 million on the program in 2012. After eliminating nearly 270,000 of the duplicate subscriptions discovered in the audit last year, the FCC said it has already “saved” $33 million.

  399. The above is something I intend to read every day, given the effort by big media to say the economy is improving. It is from Zero Hedge who exposed flash trading and other corrupt Wall Street practices. But their real badge of credibility is the fact that big media calls them conspiratorial–which can only mean they are telling tales out of school that we need to hear.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/

    Also, Jay Cost has an excellent article on the illusion of an economic recovery.http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-economy-remains-obamas-biggest-challenge_626359.html

    Once the Republicans get their act in gear you will see this thing turn around. Any poll reading taken at this juncture when the warts of the Republican party are front and center and Obama is made to appear as something which he is not–presidential, are totally false reading. It is less than meaningless.

  400. gonzotx February 9th, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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    Free cellphones and they are heavily advertised on tee vee weekdays in the 4 – 7 pm hours. Ads seem to encourage minorities to “come on in and get yours”. Now I can call the doctor when my child is sick. Now I can call my boss when I’m going to be late for work. Now I can text. etc.

    One variant of the Assurant Wireless ad ( same idea as the one you mention) states “People on Medicaid, or people who use these other SERVICES (SNAP – FoodStamps, SSI) may be eligible. ENFORCING the idea that entitlements are SERVICES.

    This ad has been on much longer than a year. No doubt we pay for that too unless it is a public service ad. Gives me agita every time I see it.

  401. wbboei
    February 9th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    ***************

    we need a Champion
    ———————
    I would settle for someone who understands the traditions of this country, the needs of the American People and has the will and capacity to deliver. Hard to find. But anyone would be an improvement over the traitor at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, who has laid siege to everything this nation stands for.

  402. A world of illusions: • American People should approach any definitive statement by mainstream media or investment banks on the topic of the duration of the recession with infinite caution.
    • The critical exercise is not to get caught up in noise. There are many ways to push noise in one direction or another and to lead people to believe the noise is in fact the signal is in fact the noise.
    • The noise blares at you all day long from mainstream media. The signal is much more difficult to trace and usually involved a good deal of contrarian skepticism.
    • The take home message is seek the signal, avoid the noise and do your own homework

  403. shortermer: I emailed you a document a couple days ago. If you did not get it you may wish to check junk mail–because it is not junk.

  404. holdthemaccountable
    February 9th, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    ************
    They have not been running in central Texas to my knowledge…hmmm

  405. More recently, Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary after his second wife alleged that he had asked her for an “open marriage” so that he could keep his mistress.

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

    Sfiak, there is no evidence to support this accusation. It is all ‘she said that he said’. Very reasonable of the voters to discount it.

  406. I really like the Judge. I hadn’t always, when I was wearing rose tinted glasses, but they have been off for a long time. I am of course not as conservative as he, I for one support SS, but I enjoy reading his opinions.
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    DOCTOR’S ORDERS
    OBAMACARE’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL COERCION

    Andrew Napolitano: Mandate on Catholics is akin to compelling Jews to eat pork

    by ANDREW NAPOLITANO

    When we were colonists and fought a war against the king and Parliament so that we could secede from the British Empire and be independent of it, we also fought for the value of personal freedom. That is the idea that in matters of personal choice, the government should play no role. The king only cared about the colonists’ personal choices if he could control or tax them.

    One of the taxes he imposed was to support the Church of England. The Church of England that the colonists’ tax dollars supported was, of course, in England; it was not here. So, among the hateful taxes that impelled the colonists to revolt was this tax to support the king’s church.

    When the Constitution was written, religious freedom was a principal matter for discussion and debate among the framers. They addressed this in the first clause of the First Amendment. Before the Constitution even protects the freedom of speech, it protects the natural right to worship or not to worship, free from the government. Here is what it says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. …”

    That is very direct and clear. It was intended to prevent any tax money from going to a church, and it was intended to keep the government from using its coercive powers to influence or to punish religious institutions. For 125 years, most governments in America left churches alone.

    Then along came the progressive attitude that some ethnic groups are superior to others. This is a damnable and racist view foisted upon the federal government by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, in direct response to the influx of southern European immigrants at the beginning of the last century, most of whom were Catholic. Roosevelt and Wilson and their progressive followers thought these immigrants had too many children, children who would grow up to be voters and vote out their nanny-state central-planning values. So they began to encourage birth control and sterilizations and even abortions.

    The Catholic Church resisted this by its teachings on birth control. The Church had made its teaching on contraception a core part of its mission for 400 years, and Pope Paul VI reaffirmed these teachings in a permanent way in 1968. That the Church embraces these teachings is well-known, and equally as well-known is the policy of the federal government to resist them.

    But that resistance reached unconstitutional proportions a few weeks ago when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, herself a Catholic, issued regulations that require all employers in America to provide health insurance that makes contraceptive materials and devices available to their employees. The “all employers” includes Catholic universities, Catholic hospitals, Catholic schools and even local Catholic churches. The failure to comply with this law will result in a fine to these institutions and the provision of contraceptive coverage to their employees by the government itself.

    This is quite literally Congress making a law that interferes with the free exercise of religion. This is not about the morality of contraception. This is about the constitutionality of government coercion, coercion of religious institutions, coercion directly and profoundly prohibited by the Constitution itself. The motivation for the coercion – that Catholics have too many babies – is reprehensible, and those in government who embrace that and are willing to use the power of government to resist that should be voted out of office. But the coercion is the same as that faced by the folks who seceded from England because of the king’s tax to pay for his church.

    We have a king today, and he wants a tax to pay for his church. The king is the president, and his church is called Obamacare. We can’t let this happen here. This is not just a Catholic issue. This is an issue about whether the Constitution means what it says. Does the Constitution let the government compel Jews to eat pork, or Protestants to genuflect, or Muslims to own dogs, or Catholics to pay for contraception? The answer is obvious.

  407. A Battle the President Can’t Win
    His decision on Catholic charities makes Romney’s big gaffe look trivial.
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    What a faux pas, how inept, how removed from the essential realities of America. Yes, I’m referring to President Obama. But let’s do Mitt Romney first.

    He’s taken heavy fire for his interview with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, in which he said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

    Every criticism has been true. It was politically inept, playing into stereotypes about Republicans and about his own candidacy. It was Martian-like in its seeming remove from the concerns of everyday citizens. We’re in a recession here! It was at odds both with longtime American tradition and with rising conservative concern over the growth and changing nature of what used to be called the underclass.

    So: inept.

    Advice? Treat the mistake as an opportunity. First, admit the blunder. A political communications expert would add, “And move on.” But don’t. Use this mistake, and others—”I like being able to fire people”—as the basis for a true, thoughtful and extended statement that will allow people more deeply into the mind of Mitt Romney. Call it “Let me tell you about my gaffes.” Use it to deepen people’s understanding of your views not only on poverty but on the whole American picture.

    Three reasons to do this. First, the networks, in their Romney gaffe reels, will have to use some of the lengthier address for the appearance of fairness. Second, it’s good to dwell on this problem now because Democrats want it to go away. That’s because they want to bring it back fresh in the fall, when people have forgotten it. The third reason has to do with still-widespread conservative unease with what Mr. Romney really thinks and why he thinks it. He should set himself to giving a fuller picture of his thoughts.

    ***
    Which leads us to the Republican establishment, and how it feels about Mr. Romney.

    That establishment is not what it was decades ago, when it was peopled by seasoned veterans who made decisions and got people in line. That’s gone. What has replaced it is a loose confederation of groups and professionals—current and former elected officials and their staffs, activists, the old party machinery, bundlers and contributors, journalists, radio and TV stars, mostly but not exclusively based in Washington.

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    The great myth of the election year is that they are for Mitt Romney. They are not. They are almost all against Newt Gingrich because they know him, they’ve worked with him. But they mostly do not love Mr. Romney.

    The establishment didn’t get its candidate: Mitch Daniels or Jeb Bush, John Thune or Paul Ryan, Haley Barbour or Chris Christie. It is, secretly, as bereft as some of the grass roots.

    Why doesn’t the establishment like Mr. Romney? Because they fear he won’t win, that he’ll get clobbered on such issues as Bain, wealth, taxes. Because when they listen to him, they get the impression he’s reciting lines his aides came up with in debate prep. Because if he wins, they’re not sure he’ll have a meaning or mandate.

    But mostly because his insides are unknown to them. They don’t know what’s in there. They fear he hasn’t absorbed any philosophy along the way, that he’ll be herky-jerky, unanchored, merely tactical as president. And they think that now of all times more is needed. They want to reform the tax system and begin reining in the entitlement spending that is bankrupting us. They don’t read him as the guy who can perform those two Herculean jobs, each of which will demand first-rate political talent. And shrewdness. And guts.

    Mr. Romney doesn’t have the establishment in his pocket. He needs to win it. All the more reason for him to get serious now. If he is serious.

    This is the authentic sound of the establishment: At a gathering in Washington last week, I spoke to a grand old man of the party who enjoyed high and historic appointed position. “Where is the Republican Party right now?” I asked.

    “Waiting for Jeb,” he said. Waiting for rescue.

    That’s what Mitt Romney’s up against, not Newt.

    ***
    But the big political news of the week isn’t Mr. Romney’s gaffe, or even his victory in Florida. The big story took place in Washington. That’s where a bomb went off that not many in the political class heard, or understood.

    But President Obama just may have lost the election.

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    The president signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that says that under ObamaCare, Catholic institutions—including charities, hospitals and schools—will be required by law, for the first time ever, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face ruinous fines in the millions of dollars. Or they can always go out of business.

    In other words, the Catholic Church was told this week that its institutions can’t be Catholic anymore.

    I invite you to imagine the moment we are living in without the church’s charities, hospitals and schools. And if you know anything about those organizations, you know it is a fantasy that they can afford millions in fines.

    There was no reason to make this ruling—none. Except ideology.

    The conscience clause, which keeps the church itself from having to bow to such decisions, has always been assumed to cover the church’s institutions.

    Now the church is fighting back. Priests in an estimated 70% of parishes last Sunday came forward to read strongly worded protests from the church’s bishops. The ruling asks the church to abandon Catholic principles and beliefs; it is an abridgment of the First Amendment; it is not acceptable. They say they will not bow to it. They should never bow to it, not only because they are Catholic and cannot be told to take actions that deny their faith, but because they are citizens of the United States.

    If they stay strong and fight, they will win. This is in fact a potentially unifying moment for American Catholics, long split left, right and center. Catholic conservatives will immediately and fully oppose the administration’s decision. But Catholic liberals, who feel embarrassed and undercut, have also come out in opposition.

    The church is split on many things. But do Catholics in the pews want the government telling their church to contravene its beliefs? A president affronting the leadership of the church, and blithely threatening its great institutions? No, they don’t want that. They will unite against that.

    The smallest part of this story is political. There are 77.7 million Catholics in the United States. In 2008 they made up 27% of the electorate, about 35 million people. Mr. Obama carried the Catholic vote, 54% to 45%. They helped him win.

    They won’t this year. And guess where a lot of Catholics live? In the battleground states.

    There was no reason to pick this fight. It reflects political incompetence on a scale so great as to make Mitt Romney’s gaffes a little bitty thing.

    There was nothing for the president to gain, except, perhaps, the pleasure of making a great church bow to him.

    Enjoy it while you can. You have awakened a sleeping giant.

  408. From ACE, a very conservative blog.Will the real little ricky please stand up? I hope Romney has the cojones to pin him. Does anyone besides Hillary actually speak truth and follow that by action?

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    Santorum Is A Conservative By Reputation, But Not By Deed
    —Gabriel Malor

    “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”
    That’s what Rick Santorum said after Republican voters in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado gave him impressive victories this week over his Republican competitors. It is an awful, almost idiotic statement. Both for what it concedes and for what it claims. As to the latter, I have a house plant that’s a conservative alternative to Barack Obama. No more need be said on that point.

    As to the former, Santorum concedes that he’s not a conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. How could he? Santorum was a pro-union congressman-turned-senator for 16 years, with notable votes against the National Right to Work Act and for the Davis-Bacon prevailing (read: union) wage law. He voted to increase the minimum wage six times and tried to put a union representative on an IRS oversight board. He also voted to exempt IRS union representatives from criminal ethics laws.

    For a country finally coming to grips with the public policy problems with unions—particularly government employee unions—Santorum would make an awful national leader. Don’t get me wrong, he’s saying the right words now, but back when he was in Congress he wasn’t exactly on our side. He excuses himself, of course:

    “And you need to remember, I was from the state of Pennsylvania. State of Pennsylvania does not have a right to work law. The state legislature and our governor for a long time had rules in place that were inconsistent with right to work.
    “And I wasn’t, as United States senator, representing the states of Pennsylvania going to go down and by federal vote change the law on the state. I believe the state has the right. If they want a union dues requirement, that the state should be able to do that.”

    So he stood for state’s rights on the union issue. Conservatives may find something admirable in that, I suppose. At least we know he’s familiar with the Tenth Amendment, unlike Obama and the Democrats. Oh, wait:

    “As a president, I have a very different point of view. I have already signed a letter and sent it to the national right to work that I would sign a national right to work bill because now, I’m no longer representing that state.”
    Well, nevermind. I guess union rights aren’t a state right after all. Or maybe state’s rights don’t matter because now he’s no longer representing a state? Oy.

    Santorum makes a similar claim about his former support for Davis-Bacon prevailing wages, noting that he worked for a state that had a “large percentage” of state contractors working under state prevailing wage laws. Is it possible that Santorum is unaware that as president he would be working for a country that has a “large percentage” (aka 99%) of federal contractors working under the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage law?

    Santorum had a fairly long career inside the Beltway and he’s from a blue industrial state, so some poorly-explained flip-flops like these are bound to crop up. But Santorum’s lack of conservative bonafides is worse than just some flip-flops. He is remarkably not adopting a “very different point of view” on issues that were central to the Republican and Tea Party resurgence in 2010.

    His paean to earmarks and ridicule of earmark opponents should be enough to disqualify him. The $100 million dollars he secured for a clean-energy facility in Pennsylvania should be raising eyebrows, not to mention his go-along-to-get-along vote for the Bridge to Nowhere. The total cost of Santorum’s earmarks tops $1 billion. He went so far as to sue Donald Rumsfeld to prevent base closures in Pennsylvania. And he joined Democrats to prevent Republicans from cutting and reforming food stamps. These weren’t isolated or unusual votes for Santorum and he continues to believe that they were the right thing to do. As a result of votes like these, Santorum has a lower ACU rating than, for example, Newt Gingrich.

    So, please, don’t pretend to me that Santorum is an outstanding conservative. He’s a presidential candidate with a recent, suspicious, and only partial commitment to mouthing conservative beliefs. A man once wisely said, “A track record is a pretty good indication of what you’re going to do in the future.” It was Rick Santorum.

  409. gonzotx @ 1:06
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    My entry had a typo in name of Company. Supposedly it is available in TX. I don’t know who puts the ads on tee vee.

    In what states is Assurance Wireless offered?
    “Assurance Wireless is currently available in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. If you do not live in one of these states, please check back with us in the future. We will continue to expand to additional states over time.”
    http://www.assurancewireless.com/Public/FAQs.aspx#faq3

    “Although eligibility varies by state, you may qualify for Assurance Wireless if you participate in Medicaid, Food Stamps/SNAP, Social Security Income (SSI), or other government programs. You may also qualify if your total household income meets government guidelines in your state.

    Do any restrictions apply?
    Yes, only a few restrictions apply:

    Assurance Wireless is only available to individuals who participate in a qualifying government program or are income eligible

    Only one wireless or landline Lifeline account is allowed per household

    The address you provide for your phone service must be your place of residence

    Your phone service must be in the name of the qualified customer and is non-transferable.”

    Don’t you just love how they say there are only a few restrictions? When would a government agency ever encourage us to enroll in an entitlement program? The answer is nevah. Quite the opposite. You paid for it? Tough. It’s broken. You’re going to have to give it up.

  410. Santorum is the worst of both worlds – a fiscal moderate who’s all up in everyone’s business on social issues. A moralist spendthrift isn’t exactly what I’m looking for… from ACE

    Really, that states my position.

    On another note, I think Romney is definitely going in the wrong direction. This may put the final nail in his coffin. Who the he11 is he listening to? I am feeling very negative about our chances right now and I haven’t let myself do that till today…see below
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    Mitt Romney “is now set to deliver an economic speech at Ford Field — where the Detroit Lions play — on Feb. 24,” First Read reports.

    “You don’t create a setting like that unless you have something new to say. Don’t be surprised if this economic speech is used to make a better sale with conservative voters.”

    Stadium speech? Man, Romney is reminding me of Obama more and more each day, at least in terms of campaign strategies…ACE

  411. To Boehner’s Press Secretary

    It is hard for many conservatives to accept your arguments at face value. We do not even get to the merits until we are satisfied that John is on our side. His abdication of leadership on the national debt negotiations is symptomatic of the problem. And if, as in now reported, he is now prepared to throw in the towel on Fast and Furious, many of us will no longer listen to what he says. You might mention that to him when you get a chance.

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/john-boehner-to-halt-fast-and-furious-investigation-sell-out-to-holder-and-white-house/

  412. Wbb…Santorum can not win the Presidency. No way he gets the Indies with his extreme social conservative message, no way anyone wins without them.

    Nevada..9% of the people voted, even less in CO. Yes, only registered Repubs could vote and it was the diabolical caucus, but 9% and less? They should be out in droves.No passion. I will say this, he is the only one I can’t vote for of the Repubs. I don’t know, maybe I can change my mind and take one for the team, but he reminds me of an abuser, hair on my neck stands up when ever I see or hear him. Always has. This has preceded his running for President.

  413. gonzotx
    February 9th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Edwards was always the “pacer”, they made a deal to siphon off votes from Hillary. i am sure when they were done with him they leaked the story.Dance with the devil.

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    Mr MyHairCutPriceIsNoneOfYourBusiness Cause My BabyMamaLikesIt got his just deserts.

    Karma baby!

  414. By Nicole Gaouette

    Egypt Opens Worst U.S. Rift in Decades by Charging Americans

    February 09, 2012

    Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) — The Egyptian government’s decision to press criminal charges against American pro-democracy workers is creating the deepest rift between the two nations in almost four decades and underscoring the shrinking U.S. influence in a rapidly changing Middle East.

    “This would probably be the most serious set of tensions between the U.S. and Egypt since the 1970s,” following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, said former Mideast peace negotiator Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center, a Washington policy group.

    The conflict is putting in jeopardy $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Egypt, while the U.S. may lose influence with the most populous Arab nation, which views the U.S. assistance as linked to the 1978 Camp David Accords with Israel.

    Senator John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Feb. 7 that he will raise the aid issue when a Senate delegation visits Egypt as early as next week. At a Cairo press conference yesterday, Prime Minister, Kamal El-Ganzouri, said that threats to cut aid won’t change Egypt’s position.

    Egyptian legal authorities yesterday handed down more than 100 pages of criminal charges against 43 workers at non- governmental organizations, including those they said were 19 Americans.

    Seeking Documents

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the investigative magistrate had forwarded a charging document to the public prosecutor. Neither the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo nor attorneys for those being charged have seen the document, Nuland said today.

    “We are asking for it and we are still waiting for it,” she said. “We haven’t actually been able to get off square one.”

    Judge Ashraf el-Ashmawy, who is overseeing the cases, said yesterday that authorities are seeking the arrest of 14 “fugitives” who failed to show up for questioning. If convicted, the defendants could receive jail sentences of up to five years and fines, the judge said in a telephone interview.

    Nuland said 16 Americans are being charged, about half of whom are no longer in Egypt. There has been no explanation for the discrepancy between the American and Egyptian numbers. An unspecified number of the Americans still in Egypt, barred from leaving, have taken refuge at the U.S. embassy compound as “guests” of Ambassador Anne Patterson, Nuland told reporters in Washington yesterday.

    ‘Not Getting Traction’

    The Americans being charged include staff from the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, democracy-advocacy groups allied with the Republican and Democratic parties. Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, heads IRI’s Cairo office.

    Attempts to resolve the dispute are “not getting traction,” Nuland said. “There is something more going on here than purely a judicial process,” she said.

    The Egyptians have moved ahead with the crackdown on domestic and foreign non-governmental organizations despite pressure from top U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

    U.S. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plans to press the issue later this week during a previously scheduled visit to Egypt, a U.S. military official said.

    American Influence

    “American influence counts much less in the region than ever and if the Egyptians go ahead and put these people on trial, including the son of a Cabinet official, it signals that,” Miller, a Mideast peace negotiator in President Bill Clinton’s administration, said in an interview.

    The U.S. is “neither feared, nor respected, nor admired as much as we used to be” in a critical part of the world, he said.

    In order for Congress to release aid to Egypt this year, Secretary of State Clinton has to confirm that Egypt’s interim military rulers are making a successful transition to democracy. That aid has been linked to Egypt’s agreement, in the Camp David Accords, to establish peace with Israel and to a July 2007 pledge by President George W. Bush’s administration provide $1.3 billion in military aid annually for ten years.

    The prosecution of the pro-democracy workers is “the antithesis of movement toward democracy,” and “endangers assistance,” California Representative Howard Berman, the top Democrat on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview yesterday.

    Foreign Aid

    Republican Representative Dan Burton of Indiana, a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the administration should work with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to determine whether cutting off aid to Egypt would be detrimental to Israel-Egypt peace.

    “I think that our foreign aid ought to be determined by what’s in the best interest of the United States and our ally Israel,” Burton said in an interview yesterday.

    The problem, said Miller of the Wilson Center, is that Egypt’s leaders don’t seem that worried about the aid. “They’re prepared to do without, they’re prepared to call our bluff,” he said. “They believe, rightly or wrongly, that the U.S.-Egyptian relationship means more to us than to them.”

    Jeffrey Martini, a project associate at the Rand Corporation, a policy group in Virginia, agrees that Egyptians believe they have leverage.

    No Gift

    An Egyptian document titled “Request for Military Assistance” in fiscal year 2010 lists ways the U.S. gains from the relationship. Those benefits include thousands of over- flights for missions in Afghanistan and Iraq; support during operations in the region, including the 1990-1991 Gulf War, and expedited U.S. Navy transit through the Suez Canal.

    “The Egyptians don’t see that assistance as a gift,” Martini, who recently returned from Egypt, said in an interview. “They say the U.S. gains a lot and in recent years, the U.S. has gained a lot.”

    That said, Martini added that he thinks the Egyptians “have miscalculated. I think they didn’t expect as much pushback from Congress.”

    Marina Ottaway, a senior associate in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment, a Washington policy group, said the charges clearly have the backing of the military body that is ruling the country until the newly election government takes over.

    Old-Regime Holdovers

    “Whether they were part of the original decision, there is no doubt the SCAF backed the decision in the end,” Ottaway said in an interview, using the acronym for the military’s interim ruling body.

    She noted that Egypt is still largely in the hands of former president Hosni Mubarak’s old regime, which resisted U.S. funding of democracy groups for years.

    The prosecutions may be a populist ploy to distract the public from Egypt’s teetering economy. The country is seeking a $3.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and another $1 billion from the World Bank.

    “This is a provoked crisis,” David Schenker, director of the Arab Politics program at the Washington Institute, a policy group that focuses on the Middle East, said in an interview. “In post-Mubarak Egypt, populist politics and anti-Americanism play well,” he said.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-09/egypt-opens-worst-u-s-rift-in-decades-by-charging-americans.html

  415. This is just the beginning JanH…sooner than later the peace treaty with Israel will be ignored and Egypt will most likely be hostile towards Israel. Thanks Obama.

  416. Obama is going to pay dearly for this one.

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/02/09/cardinal-designate-dolan-obama-reneging-on-birth-control-provision/

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan blasted President Obama this morning on the issue of the health care law that requires religious institutions to provide free birth control to their employees, a violation of church teachings.

    Speaking on ”CBS This Morning” Dolan said he met with the president weeks ago in the Oval Office to talk about the law. Dolan said the president gave his promise the provision would go away, but it hasn’t.

    “It seems to be at odds with very sincere assurances that he gave me, that he wanted to continue to work with the church in these endeavors and views and projects he shared a passionate interest in, so I can’t figure it out,” Dolan said.

    The new rule, which is part of the Obama administration’s affordable health care act, requires all employers who provide health insurance to their workers to cover basic birth control as well, including the morning after pill.

    The nation’s 355,000 churches are exempt, but religious charities, hospitals and universities are not.

    “When I left the Oval Office, where I was very grateful for his invitation to be there, I left with high hopes. That nothing his administration would do would impede the good work that he admitted and acknowledged in the church,” Dolan said. “And I’m afraid I don’t have those sentiments of hope now.”

    Sources close to the Cardinal-designate tell CBS 2 that Dolan feels betrayed.

    ………………….

    Well what would you expect…however lying to a cardinal…thats a big no-no.

  417. More over-rule om parade. For who long will Americans allow the erosion of our power?

    Obama Gives Ten State Waivers for NCLB On His Own Authority; The Law Does Not Include a Waiver Provision
    —Ace

    Unconstitutional.

    This depressive egomaniac arriviste is doing tremendous amounts of damage to a constitutional system which has kept us united for 240 years (apart from the Civil War period).

    Even worse, nothing in federal law grants Obama the power to issue these conditional waivers. He is unilaterally rewriting federal education policy through selective enforcement. The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess tells the Christian Science Monitor: “NCLB, for all its flaws, was crafted by the US Congress … [but] these waivers impose a a raft of new federal requirements that were never endorsed by the legislative branch. Once this administration opens this door, it’s hard to imagine future administrations not building on this precedent.”

    And last year The Brookings Institution wrote:

    It is one thing for an administration to grant waivers to states to respond to unrealistic conditions on the ground or to allow experimentation and innovation. … The NCLB waiver authority does not grant the secretary of education the right to impose any conditions he considers appropriate on states seeking waivers, nor is there any history of such a wholesale executive branch rewrite of federal law through use of the waiver authority.

  418. moononpluto
    February 9th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Obama is going to pay dearly for this one.

    In a sane world, one would hope so. But, from what I have been reading, the Bishops and Catholic Hierarchy have been in BO’s back pocket from the beginning. After a cup of tea or two I’ll bet the whole problem goes away, just like with the 2009 Beer Summit.

  419. BASIL99
    February 9th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
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    Unfortunately I don’t think the majority of people give a care or he would have been stopped before he got to the WH.

    We have dumbed down the population and let in so many illegal immigrants, they haven’t a clue what this country was founded on. All they know is it’s open house, free money, housing, cars and telephones. Why wouldn’t you came here.