Did Race-Baiting Kill Whitney Houston? Plus Sarah Palin On HOPE And CHANGE

Two big events this weekend. First, Sarah Palin.

The Hot Airs are asking “Why Isn’t Sarah Running?:

“Her CPAC speech today was a barn-burner, hitting every conservative, small-government point and pumping out soundbites that will no doubt resonate in the public dialogue for days to come. Some of my favorites:

Drain the Jacuzzi!”

“This government isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed.”

“We don’t want an economy built to last, we want an economy built to grow.”

“This is Obama’s Washington.”



Other Hot Airs laser focused on another line from Sarah Palin at CPAC: “The door is open …”

“The former Alaska governor — who frequently appears on national TV before a natural background that looks pretty remote from D.C. — really hit her stride midspeech as she denounced “the permanent political class” and knocked the District.

“Often, politicians come to D.C. denouncing it, but, after a year, they decide it’s not a cesspool, but a hot tub,” she said to laughter.

It’s up to voters to drain the jacuzzi, she said, before she declared that the grassroots will do just that — by sending more Tea Partiers to Congress.

“This time, Establishment,” she said (and I’m pretty sure she looked sternly over her glasses at just that moment), “we expect them to get leadership positions in Congress.”

Her closing sentiment? “The door is open.” It’s hard not to find that sentence provocative — especially given that she repeated it throughout the speech — but she seemed to have meant it in the sense that the door is open to defeat Barack Obama and to take back the nation. The crowd considered the alternate meaning, too, though, to judge by chants of “Run, Sarah, run!” Who knows what might happen before this long primary ends?”

For us however the best line from Sarah Palin was the one about Hope and Change:

“Palin’s speech got the biggest reaction of any at CPAC — much more so than any of the presidential candidates. The audience gave her standing ovation after standing ovation and some even yelled “Run Sarah run!” — more telling of the GOP field’s inability to connect with voters than any poll.

Palin zeroed in on President Obama. The current state of the economy “is not a failure of the American people,” she said. “It is the failure of leadership. We know how to change that, oh yes we do. Oh yes we can,” she said, echoing Obama’s campaign line.

“Hope and change – yeah, you gotta hope things change.”

“He says he has a jobs plan to win the future. WTF, I know,” Palin said, spelling out W-T-F.”

“Hope and change – yeah, you gotta hope things change.” Can’t say it better than that.

* * * * * *

The death of Whitney Houston was the second big event this past weekend. The Grammy Awards are on tonight and they will turn into a memorial for the great voice. Over the next weeks more memorials will saturate the airwaves until most every ounce of emotional resonance is drained from this sad event.

Already Al “leave no corpse unexploited” Sharpton has tried to insert himself into Houston’s coffin with unnecessary pronouncements. Sharpton will not be alone. Just about everyone everywhere will join in and pronounce judgement on this festival of funeral. Most will denounce Bobby Brown and drug use. The great drug of celebrity and fame will come in for attacks and analysis as well. We’ll throw in our own incendiary question: Did race-baiting destroy or even kill Whitney Houston?

In the most widely read article about Whitney Houston’s death we read about how Houston “ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown”. We read how Houston was the “golden girl of the music industry.” A recording and movie star. “She had” we were told “the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.” Then came drugs, plummeting sales, wack behavior, and a ravaged voice.

Houston we now all know was Aretha Franklin’s goddaughter as well as “the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston and the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick.” She was a star:

“Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

“The time that I first saw her singing in her mother’s act in a club . . . it was such a stunning impact,” Davis told “Good Morning America.”

“To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine,” he added.

Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with “Whitney Houston,” which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. “Saving All My Love for You” brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. “How Will I Know,” “You Give Good Love” and “The Greatest Love of All” also became hit singles.

Another multiplatinum album, “Whitney,” came out in 1987 and included hits like “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

So what killed Whitney Houston? Was it race-baiting that drove her into the arms of Bobby Brown?:

“The New York Times wrote that Houston “possesses one of her generation’s most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity.”

Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during the “Soul Train Awards” in 1989.

Sometimes it gets down to that, you know?” she told Katie Couric in 1996. “You’re not black enough for them. I don’t know. You’re not R&B enough. You’re very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them.”

Did the race-baiting beast kill the beauty? Is that need to reject the white audience that embraced you in order to be “likable enough” “black enough” the elemental cause of Houston’s death? Is that what led to Bobby Brown?:

“Some saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an odd union; she was seen as pop’s pure princess while he had a bad-boy image and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he was arrested several times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.”

Whitney Houston herself rejected all the anti-Bobby Brown theories. She said “their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed. When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place. You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that’s their image. It’s part of them, it’s not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody’s angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy.”

Unlike many of the people we write about we never met Whitney Houston. We never met Bobby Brown. Their lives were/are their own to live. We’re not going to dissect the issue of whether or not Bobby Brown is the devil in this story or whether Whitney Houston was on a path she would have found on her own. It’s none of our business even if it does sadden us when great talent is wasted.

But there is no doubt that Whitney Houston was attacked for “selling out”, being “too white”. And that is something we have deplored. [By the way, anyone want to see Barack Obama compared to an evolving monkey? Check out the racist New York magazine cover.]

Movie star Samuel L. Jackson in an Ebony Magazine interview this week stated that “I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them … That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me.” Congratulations SLJ, you are crude and vote on skin color not content of character but at least you are not lying about your motivations or fooled by phony “hope and change”.

The (birthday celebrating) women at PUMA PAC have a refrain, a warning: Vote For Women. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps that should be the sole consideration in this new political world polluted by Obama and his race-baiting acolytes. Just vote for women.

We never supported Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman. Perhaps though that is the only consideration we should have from now on.

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682 thoughts on “Did Race-Baiting Kill Whitney Houston? Plus Sarah Palin On HOPE And CHANGE

  1. Great post admin!

    We never supported Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman. Perhaps though that is the only consideration we should have from now on.

    ——-
    Sorry, but I would never vote for someone because of their gender, skin color, religion nor other such limitation.

    I admire both of the Clinton’s, one had to work much harder to get to were she is because she is not a man.
    I actually cringe when I hear some just voted or support Hillary because she is a woman, it takes away from all she has worked so hard to achieve in my book. That’s why I don’t put Sarah on the same level as Hillary, although I really like Sarah and defend her to obots all the time. There has to be something very significant to a long life of working hard for policies and women’s rights that Hillary has has been doing for what…some fourty plus years?

    Hillary’s being a woman made me proud to have her on my ‘team’, but she is so much more than just female.

  2. re-post:

    “It’s a convenient distraction for the POTUS, IMHO.”
    ________

    Really! Earlier, I read a comment from an nbc viewer- Breaking News broke into the Charlie Brown Valentine’s Day Special with a long drawn out explanation of the interruption finally saying: “Whitney Houston has died”. The commentator presumably a Mom, wrote with justified outrage: “this is a children’s show. What on earth were they thinking?”… She said, you would think the announcement was the POTUS had been assassinated!

    “Never let a crisis go to waste!”

  3. great post admin.

    But that PUMA post makes no sense, “vote for women?, I didn’t support Hillary because she’s a women, I campaigned and supported her because I felt she was the most experienced and a “workhorse” as she liked to call herself. “Who do you want to hire?” was the line she used during the campaign, and I wanted to “hire” her. I wonder if PUMA murphy realizes there are many pro-life men and women who supported Hillary, and just because we’re pro-life doesn’t mean we’re anti-women. If we were, why in the world would we have supported a woman like Hillary or Palin?

  4. From a story in the Detroit Free Press, Feb 8.

    A majority of Catholics support including birth control in health care plans and back the decision by the Obama administration that requires most employers to include such coverage, according to a new survey released Tuesday.
    [….]
    Despite the opposition of Catholic leaders, Catholics are actually more likely than non-Catholics to support including contraception in health plans, according to survey results by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    About 58% of American Catholics “believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception,” the survey showed. That was higher than the percentage of white mainline Protestants (50%) and white evangelicals (38%) who believe that.
    freep.com/article/20120208/NEWS07/120208008/Survey-Majority-of-Catholics-support-including-birth-control-in-health-care-plans?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

    As I posted on the last thread, here’s a Catholic site with most comments disagreeing with their bishops’ position. Some say the Church is an “embarrassment.”
    http://ncronline.org/news/politics/obama-administration-went-too-far-contraception-ruling

  5. The (birthday celebrating) women at PUMA PAC have a refrain, a warning: Vote For Women. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps that should be the sole consideration in this new political world polluted by Obama and his race-baiting acolytes. Just vote for women.

    We never supported Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman. Perhaps though that is the only consideration we should have from now on.

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

    Well, maybe we could give Sibelius a little slack, enough to speculate that she may have loaned Obama a cajone (even temporarily) on this UHC birth control issue.

  6. turndownobama
    February 12th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    You really don’t get it one bit, pretty sad that you don’t even see it.

  7. Here’s a report direct from Public Religion Research Institute that breaks down the question to distinguish between employers in general (which apparently would include Tim) and churches and affiliated organizations such as church hospitals. PRRI also distinguishes Catholic respondents of childbearing age vs those past the danger, though that is not how PRRI phrases it. 😉

    http://publicreligion.org/2012/02/understanding-the-nuances-of-catholics-perspectives-on-the-contraceptive-mandate/
    a slim majority (52%) of all Catholics support requiring religiously affiliated institutions to comply with the contraception mandate (45% oppose it). But these numbers only tell part of the story:

    Among Catholic registered voters–who tend to be older, more conservative, and more likely to be white than Catholics overall–a slim majority (52%) oppose requiring religiously affiliated schools and hospitals to provide birth control without a co-pay (45% support it).

    And of those older, more conservative Catholics, 45% speaking out against their own bishops to to support contraception offered by religious institutions — is pretty good.

  8. Admin, thank you for being so magnanimous with your references to Sarah Palin considering that she is not exactly in synch with the political thought espoused by many who read thus blog. She is a true conservative with what I believe to be libertarian stripes. I really admire her, and I am glad that a Democratic blog pays her some respect. It makes me appreciate this blog as I do not want to be trapped in the old ways of “Democrat always right” (obviously not true), and “Republican always wrong”. I don’t believe that notion at all. It’s nice to see others not so tied up with party identities.

    Indeed, Sarah had some great lines. I hope to hear her full speech, so if anyone has a link to it, please provide it, and thanks in advance.

  9. From last thread: ABM90

    Thank you for your input on Santorum. Hearing from those in the state where he served is very valuable.

  10. I did not watch the Grammy’s, but friends on FB are posting videos of Adele. She was interviewed last night on tv and that was the first I had listened to her. She is real and sings from the heart. She has been criticized for her looks, but personally I think she is beautiful inside and out. Bet that boyfriend that dumped her is sorry now; she wrote the song Rollin In The Deep about their breakup.

  11. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46331180/ns/meet_the_press-transcripts/t/meet-press-transcript-february/#.Tzi_8cU7VsA

    MR. GREGORY: If the Supreme Court decided that gays and lesbians had a constitutional right to marry, what would President Santorum do? Would you respect that decision by the judiciary?

    [….]

    MR. GREGORY: Well, what would President Santorum do?
    FMR. SEN. SANTORUM: Well, I would the same thing with Roe vs…
    MR. GREGORY: Would you respect the decision?

    FMR. SEN. SANTORUM: I would so the same thing I’d do with Roe vs. Wade,
    which I would seek to try to overturn it. I think judicial tyranny is a
    serious issue in this–in this race and in this country, and we need
    judges who respect the people’s voice. Let the people decide with
    respect to what the Constitution, you know, what the Constitution says
    if, in fact, they’re going to go through a constitutional amendment
    process, which is what [California Prop 8] did. The judges should respect that.

  12. Tim,

    Separation of church and state would be better served by taking away all special priviledges given to any church — such as tax-free status, tax-deductible status, waivers to churches themselves on the contraception coverage, etc.

  13. Blunt’s amendment:

    (6) RESPECTING RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE WITH REGARD TO SPECIFIC ITEMS OR SERVICES —
    [….]
    “(i) providing coverage (or, in the case of a sponsor of a group health plan, paying for coverage) of such specific items or services is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan; or

    “(ii) such coverage (in the case of individual coverage) is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the purchaser or beneficiary of the coverage.

    Under the measure, an insurer or an employer would be able to claim a moral or religious objection to covering HIV/AIDS screenings, Type 2 Diabetes treatments, cancer tests or anything else they deem inappropriate or the result of an “unhealthy” or “immoral” lifestyle. [….]
    Individuals too can opt out of coverage if it is contrary to their religious or moral beliefs, radically undermining “the basic principle of insurance, which involves pooling the risks for all possible medical needs of all enrollees.” As the National Women’s Law Center explains, Blunt’s language is vague enough that “insurers may be able to sell plans that do not cover services required by the new health care law to an entire market because one individual objects, so all consumers in a market lose their right to coverage of the full range of critical health services.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/10/423346/gop-ups-the-ante-introduces-legislation-to-allow-any-employer-to-deny-any-preventive-health-service/?mobile=nc

  14. admin, I echo the sentiments of nomobama at 2:31 am.

    And having just seen the clip you must be referring to, I nearly choke with laughter at your words “Sharpton has tried to insert himself into Houston’s coffin with unnecessary pronouncements.” Apparently, Jesse Jackson has found his way to Newark NJ to speak with the family and mourn with the parishioners.

    At one point as a young adult, she lived in the same town as I. Yet I did not know she was criticized for not being black enough; but evidently that has all changed now, for these “powerful men of color” hurry to her deceased side to claim her as their own.

    As for voting solely to swell the ranks of women in government, I see the urgent need to do so. But then I notice egregious women already there, and I hope I would never help one of the kind Pelosi turned out to be, gain access. OTOH, I suspect there are many subscribing to the ‘vote only for women’ pledge, who would not vote for Palin although she is probably one of the two most electable females currently out there.

    It’s complicated, but worth further thought.

  15. Thanks admin:

    “Palin’s speech got the biggest reaction of any at CPAC — much more so than any of the presidential candidates. The audience gave her standing ovation after standing ovation and some even yelled “Run Sarah run!” — more telling of the GOP field’s inability to connect with voters than any poll.”
    ____________

    For giving Sarah her due- Her CPAC speech was fabulous- Plain words spoken from the heart. Sarah is just what the doctor ordered as the antidote for the country’s malaise. The Republican nomination has gone on for so long, everyone is sick and tired of the attack ads and the disinformation campaign resulting in boredom from the repetitive fact checking of he said, he said-

    I hope Sarah stays visible extinguishing the flame of the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. The Tea Party’s message has been freed now that OWS always seen by the wise for what it is- a flim flam operation coming from the Obama WH for the dupes susceptible as joiners to leaderless causes.

  16. nomobama
    February 13th, 2012 at 2:31 am

    good post, nomobama-

    glad we defended Sarah at NQ- My post may have been hit by the delete button. I know it was there for a least a whole 5 min- and of course, I didn’t hold back on what I thought of the demeaning sexist headlines posted by Mr Johnson- for shame!

  17. This is an example of what an Islamic takeover looks like, destroying any artifacts of religions relative to their pre terrorist roots. I’m sure if Islam gets the chance, they will try removing any evidence of Christian culture in America and what is the ultimate goal of Islam coming here with the blessing and support from the Obama administration.
    _______________

    Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

    At the Maldives’ National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination.

    On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artefacts from the nation’s pre-Islamic era.

    “They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past,” a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety.

    “We lost all our 12th century statues. They were made of coral stone and limestone. They are very brittle and there is no way we can restore them,” he explained.

    “I wept when I heard that the entire display had gone. We are good Muslims and we treated these statues only as part of our heritage. It is not against Islam to display these exhibits,” he said….

    Five people have since been arrested after they returned the following day to smash the CCTV cameras, he said.

    The authorities have banned photography of the damage, conscious that vandalism of this kind which echoes the 2001 destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan by the Taliban is damaging for the nation’s image.

    The gates of the two-storeyed grey building, which opened in 2010, are padlocked and an unarmed guard keeps watch.

    The Maldives, a collection of more than 1,100 coral-fringed islands surrounded by turquoise seas, is known as a “paradise” holiday destination that draws hundreds of thousands of travellers and honeymooners each year.

    Visitors’ contact with the local population is deliberately kept at bay, however, with most foreigners simply transferring from the main international airport directly to their five-star resorts on outlying islands.

    Few have any idea they are visiting a country of 330,000 Muslims with no religious freedom, where women can be flogged for extramarital sex and consuming alcohol is illegal for locals.

    Islam is the official religion of the Maldives and open practice of any other religion is forbidden and liable to prosecution.

    The religious origins of the Maldivian people are not clearly established, but it is believed that a Buddhist king converted to Islam in the 12th century.

    Thereafter, the country practised a mostly liberal form of the religion, but more fundamentalist interpretations have spread with the arrival of money and ultra-conservative Salafist preachers from the Middle East.

    In 2007, following a bombing that wounded a dozen foreign tourists, the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom banned head-to-toe coverings for women as a sign of his intent to battle conservative Islamic thinking.

    At the museum, another official said that fundamentalists had threatened to attack the museum on previous occasions unless it withdrew the Buddhist display.

    The country’s ultra-conservative Islamic group, the Adhaalath Party, condemned the attack, but said they remained opposed to Nasheed’s decision to accept three monuments from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    “Our constitution does not allow idols and that is why we objected to the monuments,” General Secretary Mohamed Muizzu said, referring to the gifts to mark a South Asian summit held in November in the Maldives.

    The monuments, which included one of pillar featuring Buddhist motifs, and which had been on display in the southernmost island of Addu, have all since been vandalised.

    The Adhaalath party supports new president Mohamed Waheed, who Nasheed accuses of taking part in a coup, and is due to join the new government.

    Waheed called the museum attack “totally unacceptable” and denied there was religious violence in his country.

    Former foreign minister Ahmed Naseem disagreed.

    He said extremists were thriving in the Maldives and that they were partly responsible for the toppling of Nasheed and the installation of Waheed. “What we had was a military coup backed by religious extremists,” he said.

    “There is a strong influence of Islamic fundamentalists in the country and they will get stronger,” Naseem told AFP. “These groups are funded from abroad. “This threat is not only to us, but the rest of the world as well.”

    The moderate Nasheed, who was educated in Sri Lanka and Britain, was consistently accused of being under the control of Jews and Christians by religious opposition parties now linked to the government

    There were also demonstrations over proposals from the transport ministry to allow direct flights from Israel.

    “We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic words and the other commentary recently,” US assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs Robert Blake said during a visit to Male on Saturday.

    “Under President Nasheed, the Maldives tried to improve relations with Israel and showed what a progressive country they were and we really commend them for that.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gpQRnwpootZot3dABRpS168QzLbg?docId=CNG.b7b84d73ae0e2b3179e9deb594bd393e.481

  18. ObamaCare Violates Far More Than Just Catholic Rights

    Rights: The president’s phony contraception compromise might be enough to convince Catholics their rights aren’t being trampled. But what about the rest of us, who face more rights violations in the name of ObamaCare?

    The “accommodation” for the church was an exercise in misdirection. Instead of forcing Catholic organizations to violate a basic tenet of their faith and pay for contraception coverage directly, Obama will instead require insurance companies to provide the coverage free of charge.

    But wait a second. Since insurers can’t print money, the only way they’ll be able to afford this new “free” benefit will be to raise premiums on their customers, including the Catholic Church. So the church will end up paying for birth control, just not directly.

    Still, the sleight of hand was good enough for the Catholic Health Association, which declared itself “very pleased” with the deal. (The U.S. Catholic bishops hadn’t weighed in by press time.)

    Bad as this has been, it’s just a bitter taste of what’s to come under ObamaCare.

    Keep in mind that the only reason the contraception mandate became an issue at all is because ObamaCare grants the government wide-ranging authority over what must be covered by insurance, how it’s paid for and who has to buy it.

    Already, Obama has dictated that insurance plans must cover HIV screening, breast-feeding support, mammograms, colonoscopies and so on, without charging patients a dime for the service. The list will only grow longer as health groups mount vigorous and endless lobbying campaigns to get their treatments covered by every insurance plan nationwide for “free.”

    more @ link:

    http://news.investors.com/Article/600853/201202101833/obamacare-violates-more-than-just-catholic-rights.htm

  19. How fascinating. I did not know.

    “But there is no doubt that Whitney Houston was attacked for “selling out”, being “too white”

    About women in politrix, let’s just say I have become so disgusted by 90 % now in positions of power that honestly, I could see the issue of gender taking center stage for all the wrong reasons.

    Ladies, those of you who have worked for a bad woman boss and a bad male boss, tell the truth. Which was worse? Imagine working for the likes of Jarrett, or Napolitano, or MO.

    :shudder:

    As a matter of fact, the only jobs I have ever quit were run by women bosses. (I take that back – the last school I had to take a medical leave from was headed by a guy but you would never know the difference. Just like BO, he surrounded himself with all the mean girl bossy pushy types which he uses as his proletariat guard – just like Daffy in Libya).

    Just saying. Women HAVE come a long way but I see no reason to rub people’s noses in that fact.

    The crime of hubris (as discussed brilliantly in the article Mrs. S posted yesterday) can bite anyone.

  20. Excellent article which explains why SOME people will just NEVER get what the Catholic contra(ception)gate issue is really all about.

    Obama Steamrolled by Catholic Church
    by J. Christian Adams

    The secular Leftists who control the White House were steamrolled last week by the Catholic Church, and they still don’t understand why. Obama’s requirement that church organizations provide contraception and abortifacients unleashed a mighty backlash from Jews, Catholics and Protestants. Leftists fancy themselves as champions of the First Amendment, but now we know that doesn’t include the free exercise of religion.

    The real reason the White House was steamrolled is that the Left doesn’t understand what it is up against. Rachel Maddow, for example, thinks people of faith oppose the Obama mandate because it provides “a convenient partisan cudgel to use against Democrats.” To Maddow, profound religious conviction couldn’t explain the backlash. Instead, “partisan cudgels” provide an explanation more familiar to her.

    Consider further the always caustic and usually wrong Eric Boehlert of the Soros-funded Media Matters. Boehlert says the fight with the churches “feels like 1962, we’re arguing over ‘birth control’ in 2012.” Boehlert doesn’t understand this fight isn’t about birth control, but religious freedom.

    Boehlert doesn’t understand that the usual Leftist tactic of mockery and ridicule won’t work on these opponents. Name calling is nothing compared to what faith communities are willing to endure.

    The fight between American churches and Obama isn’t like the birth control debates of 1962. It isn’t a “war on contraception.” It echoes different fights from different years.

    In 1941, when Adolph Hitler was at the peak of his power, the Catholic Church publicly challenged Hitler’s euthanasia program against the handicapped. Munster Bishop Clemens von Galen courageously delivered a series of sermons against the Gestapo, the closing of Catholic institutions, and most of all, the T-4 euthanasia program. Through the summer of 1941, von Galen waged a war of conscience against Hitler, in the open, and with the imprimatur of the Catholic Church.

    Heinrich Himmler wanted von Galen dead, and sent the Gestapo to arrest him. The Bishop asked the Gestapo agents for a moment, and changed into his full bishop’s regalia – putting on his mitre, episcopal ring, pectoral cross, and carrying his crozier – then presented himself for arrest. The Gestapo agents promptly left without him, and von Galen spent the remainder of the war alive.

    Earlier, in 1933, Hitler intervened in the internal affairs of the German Protestant churches by forcing the church to conduct leadership elections. The corrupt elections resulted in the installation of pro-Nazi church officials who sapped the church’s moral authority. It was this government-caused division within the church that launched the resistance of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He worked covertly to preserve “intact churches” as compared with the “destroyed churches” tainted by government interference in matters of conscience.

    Bonhoeffer’s principles were more important to him than his life, and he was hanged in April 1945.

    The fight over Obamacare is less about 1962 birth control debates, and more about 1955. In The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs (Ignatius Press, 2009), Father John Huang Yongmu describes the meddling in church affairs by the Red Chinese. The communist government has long sought a say in the selection of Chinese bishops and church priorities.

    Father Huang wrote in his diary:

    We already guessed the diabolical plan of the Communists against the Catholic Church. The first step was to control the church. The second was to restrict its activities so as to destroy it completely. Some people did not see clearly what was starting to happen. They were too optimistic and inclined to say Chinese Communism was unlike Russian Communism. But that was a fable told by foreigners.

    Huang spent decades in prison because he refused to acquiesce to communist demands. Other Chinese priests were not so lucky.

    I’m not suggesting that Obama’s unconstitutional commands to the Catholic Church represent the same degree of evil as Red Chinese or Nazi meddling.

    But that’s precisely the point. The Church has taken on far more murderous foes, more ruthless enemies, than Obamacare. The White House obviously doesn’t appreciate the resolve of their opponents. Simply, the Catholic Church will never comply with Obama’s mandate to violate the church doctrine, no matter what.

    Leftists like Maddow and Boehlert acutely underestimate the resolve of faith communities. They resort to mockery and ridicule, attacking church doctrine as silly and obsolete, as an issue settled way back in 1962. They don’t understand what the fight is really about. Control of internal church policy in the face of oppressive government intervention is an old familiar fight to Christians. Mockery and ridicule from the Left is nothing compared to what those opposing Obamacare are willing to endure

  21. The church is not a democracy. It is a religious institution. If members do not agree with their bishops and their pope, they can leave and join another denomination.

    This type of chatter is avoiding the real issue, which is that the Muslim-in-chief has declared a Fatwa on all Christians.

    Wake up!

  22. Betty: It wasn’t that long ago, but I needed the reminder, so tnx.
    First it was the race card. Now it’s the religion/Christian? card. Question: How many cards are in their deck?

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  24. BASIL99
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Within your comment you mention “The Red Book of Chinese Martyrs (Ignatius Press, 2009), Father John Huang Yongmu describes the meddling in church affairs by the Red Chinese’.

    That reminded me of a story a colleague told at a meeting. the meeting was high stakes and full of contention. Just when things seemed about to reach the point of no return our manager held up his hands and said “time out”. I want to go around this room and everyone tell us their best memory. Can you imagine how many of us clenched our teeth and shook our heads.

    Well he was the manager so what could you do but dig up a memory and we all did. The third memory story was by a young Chinese man, he told of the night when the people of China, or at least in his town, were told they could go to church. He went and found the place packed, everyone sitting in candle lit silence. He sat in church all that beautiful night, he said. I don’t know about the others but I could see that memory and it brought tears to my eyes. I do know the whole tone of the meeting changed.

    I had forgotten that story, thank you Basil99

  25. We need every pair of eyes we can get.
    Morning Bell: White House Spin Machine Hits Brick Wall
    Yesterday, the newest White House chief of staff, Jack Lew, took to the Sunday talk shows to get a head start on promoting President Barack Obama’s FY2013 budget, which is set to be released today. But just as he was getting warmed up, Lew ran smack into a brick wall when he was forced to defend the Democrat-controlled Senate’s failure to pass a budget in the last 1,019 days.
    “You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes, and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support,” Lew said on CNN’s State of the Union. “So unless… unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, [Majority Leader] Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.” Lew repeated the claim in a slightly different form on NBC’s Meet the Press, saying “One of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50, votes to pass something.”
    The trouble is, Lew is absolutely wrong. As ABC’s Jake Tapper points out, budgets only require 51 Senate votes for passage. The Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler weighed in as well, saying that Lew, who is a two-time budget director, “really should know better.” When Tapper called the White House on the error, he says that they didn’t deny that Lew was wrong and instead spun back to blaming “general gridlock in Congress that makes accomplishing even the most basic tasks nearly impossible….”

    http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/13/morning-bell-white-house-spin-machine-hits-brick-wall/

  26. I personally do not think we will ever hear the truth about what cause Whitney Houston’s untimely death- the underlying cause, her x-husband. I believe she had contact with him a few days before her death complaining she was tired of [her] repeated failures returning to the old Whitney with the unique voice able to scale and sustain an incalculable range unattainable by most vocalists. In a visible loss of her dignity, her fans were booing her, deserting her, walking out on her concerts

    Sadly, Drugs were her only support getting her from point A to point B. Feeling lost and alone and deeply depressed, she just gave up having nothing in her life inspiring her to live on. Her gifted voice shattered by repeated abuse, sleep was her only friend giving her peace for a few hours from the mountain she could no longer climb…

    The advise she gave to friend Jennifer Hudson were the elements lacking in Whitney Houston’s own life… strong family support.

    RIP Whitney- You gave us so much taking so little for yourself.

  27. HTA-

    “One of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50, votes to pass something.”
    ___________

    It takes a competent Executive CEO to get things passed. Obama and his administrators are in so over their heads. The State of the Union is their report card drawing an “F” for their trouble. Indicating replacement as the initial fix remediating the damage. It’s that simple!

  28. I am not a Tucker fan but this is interesting…

    Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations

    By Tucker Carlson, Vince Coglianese, Alex Pappas and Will Rahn
    The Daily Caller Published 02/12/2012

    This is the first in a Daily Caller investigative series on Media Matters For America. Daily Caller reporters Alex Pappas and Will Rahn contributed to this report.

    David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.

    Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.

    The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled.

    “He had more security than a Third World dictator,” one employee said, explaining that Brock’s bodyguards would rarely leave his side, even accompanying him to his home in an affluent Washington neighborhood each night where they “stood post” to protect him. “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.

    Extensive interviews with a number of Brock’s current and former colleagues at Media Matters, as well as with leaders from across the spectrum of Democratic politics, reveal an organization roiled by its leader’s volatile and erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness, and an office where Brock’s executive assistant carried a handgun to public events in order to defend his boss from unseen threats.

    Yet those same interviews, as well as a detailed organizational planning memo obtained by The Daily Caller, also suggest that Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media.

    Founded by Brock in 2004 as a liberal counterweight to “conservative misinformation” in the press, Media Matters has in less than a decade become a powerful player in Democratic politics. The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members of Congress and progressive groups around the country. Brock, who collected over $250,000 in salary from Media Matters in 2010, has himself become a major fundraiser on the left. According to an internal memo obtained by TheDC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage.

    Donors have every reason to expect success, as the group’s effect on many news organizations has already been profound. “We were pretty much writing their prime time,” a former Media Matters employee said of the cable channel MSNBC. “But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”

    The group scored its first significant public coup in 2007 with the firing of host Don Imus from MSNBC. Just before Easter that year, a Media Matters employee recorded Imus’s now-famous attack on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, and immediately recognized its inflammatory potential. The organization swung into action, notifying organizations like the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, all of which joined the fight.

    Over the course of a week, Media Matters mobilized more than 50 people to work full-time adding fuel to the Imus story. Researchers searched the massive Media Matters database for controversial statements Imus had made over the years. The group issued press release after press release. Brock personally called the heads of various liberal activist groups to coordinate a message. By the end of the week, Imus was fired.

    NEXT: How Media Matters targets network anchors, while avoiding taking credit

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/inside-media-matters-sources-memos-reveal-erratic-behavior-close-coordination-with-white-house-and-news-organizations/

  29. How Media Matters targets network anchors, while avoiding taking credit

    Media Matters soon became more sophisticated in its campaigns against non-liberal cable news anchors. Lou Dobbs, then of CNN, was a frequent target.

    “As part of the Drop Dobbs campaign,” explains one internal memo prepared for fundraising, “Media Matters produced and was prepared to run an advertisement against Ford Motor Company on Spanish Language stations in Houston, San Antonio, and other cities targeting its top selling product, pick-up trucks, in its top truck buying markets.”

    Ford pulled its advertising from Dobbs’s program before the television ad aired, but Media Matters kept up its efforts, working primarily with Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and with the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and other self-described civil rights groups.

    In November of 2009, Dobbs left CNN. “We got him fired,” says one staffer flatly.

    “Certainly Media Matters deserves a lot of credit for the work they did,” Nogales said in an interview. “They’re very effective.”

    Glenn Beck, the former Fox News Channel host, drew the ire of a wide spectrum of liberal groups while his program aired nationally. But according to several people who watched the process from the inside, it was Media Matters that orchestrated much of the opposition to Beck.

    “We called it ‘fingerprint coverage,’” explains one former staffer, “where you know it was the result of your work.” As an example, he cites the left-wing group Color of Change, co-founded by the controversial former White House “green jobs” czar Van Jones, which received much of the credit for pressuring advertisers to drop their sponsorship of Beck’s show. But in fact, he says, Media Matters developed the campaign that cowed Beck’s sponsors.

    Media Matters, according to its 2010 tax filing, gave a $200,000 grant to Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Color of Change’s parent group. The purpose of the grant, according to the document, was for a “campaign to expose Glenn Beck’s racist rhetoric in an effort to educate advertisers about the practices on his show.”

    High profile though these victories against conservatives were, Media Matters has perhaps achieved more influence simply by putting its talking points into the willing hands of liberal journalists. “In ‘08 it became pretty apparent MSNBC was going left,” says one source. “They were using our research to write their stories. They were eager to use our stuff.” Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it. Griffin took their calls.

    Stories about Fox News were especially well received by MSNBC anchors and executives: “If we published something about Fox in the morning, they’d have it on the air that night verbatim.”

    But MSNBC executives weren’t the only ones talking regularly to Media Matters.

    NEXT: Sources reveal reporters, bloggers among those who lean on Media Matters

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/inside-media-matters-sources-memos-reveal-erratic-behavior-close-coordination-with-white-house-and-news-organizations/2/

  30. Sources reveal reporters, bloggers among those who lean on Media Matters

    “The entire progressive blogosphere picked up our stuff,” says a Media Matters source, “from Daily Kos to Salon. Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.”

    “If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game,” agreed another source with firsthand knowledge.

    Reached by phone, Sargent declined to comment.

    “The HuffPo guys were good, Sam Stein and Nico [Pitney],” remembered one former staffer. “The people at Huffington Post were always eager to cooperate, which is no surprise given David’s long history with Arianna [Huffington].”

    “Jim Rainey at the LA Times took a lot of our stuff,” the staffer continued. “So did Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ve pushed stories to Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne [at the Washington Post]. Brian Stelter at the New York Times was helpful.”

    “Ben Smith [formerly of Politico, now at BuzzFeed.com] will take stories and write what you want him to write,” explained the former employee, whose account was confirmed by other sources. Staffers at Media Matters “knew they could dump stuff to Ben Smith, they knew they could dump it at Plum Line [Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog], so that’s where they sent it.”

    Smith, who refused to comment on the substance of these claims, later took to Twitter to say that he has been critical of Media Matters.

    Reporters who weren’t cooperative might feel the sting of a Media Matters campaign against them. “If you hit a reporter, say a beat reporter at a regional newspaper,” a Media Matters source said, “all of a sudden they’d get a thousand hostile emails. Sometimes they’d melt down. It had a real effect on reporters who weren’t used to that kind of scrutiny.”

    A group with the ability to shape news coverage is of incalculable value to the politicians it supports, so it’s no surprise that Media Matters has been in regular contact with political operatives in the Obama administration. According to visitor logs, on June 16, 2010, Brock and then-Media Matters president Eric Burns traveled to the White House for a meeting with Valerie Jarrett, arguably the president’s closest adviser. Recently departed Obama communications director Anita Dunn returned to the White House for the meeting as well.

    It’s not clear what the four spoke about — no one in the meeting returned repeated calls for comment — but the apparent coordination continued. “Anita Dunn became a regular presence at the office,” says someone who worked there. Then-president of Media Matters, Eric Burns, “lunched with her, met with her and chatted with her frequently on any number of matters.”

    NEXT: Media Matters’ weekly call… with the White House

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/inside-media-matters-sources-memos-reveal-erratic-behavior-close-coordination-with-white-house-and-news-organizations/3/

  31. Media Matters’ weekly call… with the White House

    Media Matters also began a weekly strategy call with the White House, which continues, joined by the liberal Center for American Progress think tank. Jen Psaki, Obama’s deputy communications director, was a frequent participant before she left for the private sector in October 2011.

    Every Tuesday evening, meanwhile, a representative from Media Matters attends the Common Purpose Project meeting at the Capitol Hilton on 16th Street in Washington, where dozens of progressive organizations formulate strategy, often with a representative from the Obama White House.

    In the past several years, Media Matters has focused much of its considerable energy on the Fox News Channel. The network, declares one internal memo, “is the de facto leader of the GOP and it is long past time that it was treated as such by the media, elected officials, and the public.” At the end of September 2009, Burns made the case publicly in an interview on MSNBC.

    Fox, he said, “is a political organization, and their aim is to destroy a progressive policy agenda.”

    Less than a month later, in language that could have been copied directly from a Media Matters press release, White House communications director Anita Dunn leveled almost precisely the same charge, dismissing Fox as “more a wing of the Republican Party.”

    Were the lines of attack coordinated? “To my knowledge, there wasn’t coordination,” says a source. But at times there has seemed to be a kind of mind meld between the Obama political team and Media Matters.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, for example, author Jerome Corsi wrote a highly critical book about the Democratic candidate, titled “The Obama Nation.” The Obama campaign responded immediately with a detailed memo. The title of that memo, “Unfit For Publication” (a play on Corsi’s 2004 book, “Unfit for Command,” about then-presidential candidate Senator John Kerry), was the same title used by Media Matters just weeks before in a similar memo about the same book.

    The irony of Brock’s relationship with the White House is that at certain points he has been openly hostile to Barack Obama, especially in conversations in social settings. Described by some who know him as a passionate and emotional Hillary Clinton supporter, many Democrats believe Brock maintained regular contact with the highest levels of Clinton’s campaign and its advisers.

    As late as 2010, Brock was still exchanging personal emails with longtime Hillary Clinton consigliore Sidney Blumenthal, in which the two seemed to grouse about Obama and bond over their shared connection to Hillary.

    The intensity of the 2008 campaign, say those who knew Brock at the time, seemed to exacerbate his bouts of what appeared to be mania, a condition from which he had apparently suffered for some time. In 2002, the Drudge Report reported that Brock had “suffered a breakdown” the year before and was treated in the psychiatric ward of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

    NEXT: Brock’s behavior becomes a problem

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/inside-media-matters-sources-memos-reveal-erratic-behavior-close-coordination-with-white-house-and-news-organizations/4/

  32. Brock’s behavior becomes a problem

    During a 2008 meeting of the left-wing umbrella group Democracy Alliance outside San Diego, Brock’s unusual behavior drew considerable attention. According to a fellow attendee, “David completely lost his shit. He started getting incredibly aggressive. He alienated important people in the progressive movement, like John Podesta [of the Center for American Progress] and Anna Burger [of the Service Employees International Union]. Lots of drama. There were a lot of conversations about David’s mental health.”

    Two years later, at another Democracy Alliance meeting shortly after the 2010 election, Brock behaved in a way one prominent liberal who was there described as “erratic, unstable and disturbing.” Brock’s aggression, this person said, was “hard to ignore and noticed by a number of people,” generating “quite a bit of concern” about his condition. A number of demonstrably odd media appearances Brock made around this time only reinforced those concerns.

    All of this, sources say, has caused anxiety for prominent Democrats. Brock’s profile has risen recently, mostly due to American Bridge 21st Century, the political action committee he founded and runs. Brock boasted loudly and in public that American Bridge would be an answer to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads GPS, a claim some found unsettlingly grandiose.

    At some point, Brock received a prescription for his condition. “Some days he’d come in and you could tell he was on his meds because he would just sit in his office alone and not engage with staff,” says a coworker. Other days, “he’d be intensely engaged. He’d get manic, very reckless and grandiose. You’d see this level of self-confidence in him that would spiral.”

    Last spring, some at Media Matters headquarters and in other parts of the progressive world were caught off guard by an interview Brock gave to Ben Smith at Politico, in which he promised to wage “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News. “It was insane,” says a coworker. “David was totally manic at the time. We were all shocked.”

    Friends say Brock, who has publicly admitted drug use in the past, was working obsessively and staying out late with compatriots. “They’d close [local bars] and party till six in the morning,” said one.

    A number of people in Brock’s orbit believe he was regularly using illegal drugs, including cocaine. “It’s not like he was trying to keep it a secret,” says a female friend of Brock’s.

    Sources back at the Media Matters offices describe an atmosphere of tension and paranoia. “Many of us lived in fear that at any point we could be fired,” one said. Brock believed he had received credible death threats, and employed a two-man security detail, at least one of whom was armed and acted as his driver. A new security system was installed in his house. He became concerned that one of his bodyguards was plotting against him.

    NEXT: The explosive information that Brock was ‘terrified’ would get out

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/inside-media-matters-sources-memos-reveal-erratic-behavior-close-coordination-with-white-house-and-news-organizations/5/

  33. The explosive information that Brock was ‘terrified’ would get out

    By 2010, Brock’s personal assistant, a man named Haydn Price-Morris, was carrying a holstered and concealed Glock handgun when he accompanied Brock to events, including events in Washington, D.C., a city with famously restrictive gun laws. Price-Morris told others he carried the gun to protect Brock from threats.

    Late in 2010, other Media Matters employees learned about Price-Morris’s gun, and he was fired due to their objections. No public announcement was made.

    According to one source with knowledge of what happened next, Brock was “terrified” that news of the gun would leak. “George Soros and a lot of groups connected to gun control are funding this group, and they wouldn’t be too happy that an employee of Media Matters was carrying a gun, especially when it was illegal in D.C.”

    Meanwhile, Brock became rigid and harsh with his employees — “viciously mean,” in the words of someone who witnessed it. “He spent a lot of time ripping up researchers. It was abusive. I never understood why more people didn’t quit.” One staffer recalls Brock saying he would like to fire a researcher for being physically repugnant. “David definitely does not like ugly people.”

    At times, Brock would become crazed with intensity, “obsessively” involving himself in research: “There was a point at which he would pore over every single piece of research we put out, 10 or 15 dense items a day. He would line-item all of it.”

    David Saldana, the former deputy editorial director at Media Matters, concedes that under Brock’s leadership, “there were very harsh penalties for getting things wrong. And justifiably so. … There was no room for weakness. Things had to be gotten right.”

    The atmosphere in the office was considerably more tolerant on non-editorial matters. “There were these two folks who got caught [having sex] in the communications war room on the weekend,” said one employee.

    “People came in, and lo and behold there were two of their colleagues doing the nasty on a desk.” Neither one was fired.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/12/inside-media-matters-sources-memos-reveal-erratic-behavior-close-coordination-with-white-house-and-news-organizations/6/

  34. Remember when no one understood why ABC asked about contraception at the NH Republican debate?

    February 13, 2012

    Remember when George Stephanopoulos, at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7, brought up and harped on whether the candidates thought states could ban contraception?


    Everyone, at least on our side of the aisle, shook their heads in disbelief as to why Stephanopoulos was bringing up the issue. There was no active controversy over contraception, it wasn’t in the news, and there were far more pressing political issues, yet what seemed like an eternity of debate time was devoted to the subject at the insistence of Stephanopoulos.

    It was, shall we say, something out of left field.

    h.. legalinsurrection.com/2012/02/remember-when-no-one-understood-why-abc-asked-about-contraception-at-the-nh-republican-debate/

    Gingrich Nailed it! Romney laughed because he proposed the same thing when he was governor of Massachusetts!

  35. Mrs. Smith
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:06 am
    —————–
    Right about the phony solution. I was discussing this with a friendthe other day.

    Every time I see turndownobama indicating that insurance companies will have to pay, it’s obvious that she is not being honest about this. Any money an insurance company spends will be made up by rate increases on its customers.

    When did the land of the free turn into the land of the freebie?

  36. Since insurers can’t print money, the only way they’ll be able to afford this new “free” benefit will be to raise premiums on their customers, including the Catholic Church. So the church will end up paying for birth control, just not directly.

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

    What if the government gives the insurance companies a grant so the money is coming from all taxpayers? Would you call that an attack on some taxpayers’ ‘religious freedom’?

    Right along with tax money going for wars, for promoting pork, and for other things that some religions oppose.

  37. Early on when confronted with the handle, ‘Racist’ I would retort, I am not against him because he is BLACK [which is not true, he is Mulatto] I am against him because he is green. I have revised my comeback somewhat. If it is not evident to even those with only an iota of intelligence that he was GREEN, there is no way to save their souls. I now am against him because he is RED.

    Remember how his followers were all liking them som MAO, Chavez, and Che?

  38. Gingrich nails it on all the issues of importance to this nation; and on FB there are a lot of people now coming out of the woodwork and asking, do you miss Bush yet? And they are talkiing JEB up. I know a lot of people of voted for ObaMAO because of W; do they really want another four years? CraZy. Just crazy. Crazy. Crazy. If we don’t watch out they will slip in Jeb.

    On another ntoe, secural Bigot, yep, that is what she is. A relentless asanine secural bigot with a big B.

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    I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in India and the attempted attack on Israeli Embassy personnel in Georgia. The scourge of terrorism is an affront to the entire international community. The United States places a high priority on the safety and security of diplomatic personnel around the world and we stand ready to assist with any investigation of these cowardly actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured personnel in New Delhi and their loved ones.

  40. Another Gem from our Hillary.

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    San Francisco, CA

    February 13, 2012

    America’s high-tech leaders are at the heart of what makes this country great. Your products change the way we live, work, and play. Now, I’m asking for your help on a new diplomatic priority: mentoring women entrepreneurs who are ready to help transform their societies.
    This program helps women – in the United States and throughout the world – to create connections that inspire ideas and innovation.
    Last year, the Department of State connected dozens of women from the Middle East and North Africa with mentors from U.S.-based technology companies to teach them valuable skills. Thanks to the generous support of these companies, TechWomen from Algiers to Amman saw firsthand how American women drive innovation as they mapped out a path to create opportunities in their own communities back home.
    Now we’re expanding this network to more countries. This year, TechWomen will include women from Tunisia and Yemen. We also need more mentors from American tech companies – and that’s where all of you come in.
    If you’re not already a TechWomen mentor, I hope you’ll consider signing up. You’ll have fun. You might learn something yourself. And you can help a woman who already has a great idea, but just needs that extra bit of guidance or encouragement, to launch a new app or start a new business. Ultimately, that could mean more jobs and more stable societies – and that’s good for all of us.
    Thank you.

  41. ShortTermer

    I did not watch the Grammy’s, but friends on FB are posting videos of Adele. She was interviewed last night on tv and that was the first I had listened to her. She is real and sings from the heart. She has been criticized for her looks, but personally I think she is beautiful inside and out. Bet that boyfriend that dumped her is sorry now; she wrote the song Rollin In The Deep about their breakup.

    —-
    I did watch the Grammy’s and Adele was great. First time I have ever seen her and I really thought she was genuine and not the cookie cutter Barbie sex pot the others inspire to be.
    I also enjoyed watching Gaga get shut down in every category against Adele. Gaga was dressed up like a netted freak and watching her try to smile after not winning made me chuckle. (Ron Paul expression, “Chuckle”)

  42. Shadowfax, I saw the video of GAGA as well; is she an Elton John wannabe? Adele is downtoearth and I bet that sillya$$ boyfriend is sorry he let her go now. Good on her for making lemonade out of lemons.

  43. The LIES are stunning!

    I KNEW when I was listening to the new COS, Jack Lew, yesterday he was lying through his teeth but I did not know to what extent.

    Yesterday he said the senate could not pass BO’s budget because the repubs were obstructionist and the senate needed 60 votes.

    LIES or Incompetence?

    It is a simple majority, not 60 votes!

    What a convenient oversight.

  44. I meant to post that last night. Awfully suspicious, no, like it was already in the talking points pipeline?

    Mrs. Smith
    February 13th, 2012 at 11:41 am

  45. The “Oh My God Did He Really Just Say That” Moment of the Week…

    by Ulsterman on February 13, 2012 with 0 Comments in News

    Newly appointed Obama White House Chief of Staff goes on national television and either displays shocking ignorance of how Congress works – or rolls with an epic lie that would make even Bill Clinton blush.

    Prior to his most recent position as Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, Jack Lew headed the Office of Management and Budget . Knowing that, you would think the man had a more than passing understanding of how the federal budget process works. Apparently, as is so often the case with the Obama administration – competence and understanding are the exceptions to the rule.
    During a CNN interview given this past Sunday, Mr. Lew attempted to defend the fact Democrats have not put forth a budget for over two years by giving the following explanation of the budget process:

    In order for the Senate to do its annual work on appropriation bills, they need to pass a certain piece of legislation which sets a limit. They did that last year. That’s what he’s talking about.

    He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget. But we also need to be honest. You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes, and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support.

    Hmmm…how likely is it that Jack Lew is unaware that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid successfully passed Obamacare over two years ago by inserting it into the budget – and in doing so ensured the bill did not then require 60 votes in the Senate to pass but rather a simple majority? ABC’s Jake Tapper caught the whopping error and indicated the following:
    You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support, ” Lew said. “So unless… unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, [Majority Leader] Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.”

    That’s not accurate. Budgets only require 51 Senate votes for passage, as Lew — former director of the Office of Management and Budget — surely must know.
    So let’s be clear here folks – Harry Reid could pass a budget in the Senate at any time. He has the votes. So when you hear Barack Obama and any other Democrat complaining of “gridlock” or a “do-nothing” Congress – just point out this simple fact.

    Democrats are lying – and it appears President Obama has found himself a new White House Chief of Staff who is only too happy to further that deception.

  46. nomobama
    February 13th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Mrs. Smith
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:06 am
    ____________

    turndownobama’s only interest is winning the arguments she creates. Winning is the only reason for her participation here. Exploiting her dysfunctional entourage who come here to berate Pink’s prolific posters disgusted with her truncated responses to their heartfelt convictions. She depends on the oppression of others to be seen as the champion of ‘take downs’ by her likewise borborygmus kindred’s.

    You must have noticed their appearance here is never encouraging her to post along with them at their forum, ‘piling on’ a poster here is the intent of the opportunistic bully’s suffering from pangs of withdrawal. They can’t very well eat their own, there’s hardly anyone left as an approved like thinking poster as it is-

    Turndown sees herself as the champion of disruption to win favor with the people happy she is anywhere but there. (sadly, she hasn’t figured that out yet, herself-)

  47. ShortTermer

    Yes, Adele rocked the house and was blown over by all her peer support.

    She is #1 in music now and no idiot can ever that that away. She will have guys lining up at her door now. 😉

  48. “borborygmus kindred’s.”

    I have no idea of what that means (or how to say it) but it sure is intriguing.

    😉

  49. I do not much like any music except classical and while at the gym it drives me nuts when the attendants crank up the speakers with some dunba$$ rap POS or songs from talentless divas but even I have enjoyed Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

    She has a great, authentic voice.

  50. BASIL99
    February 13th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    “borborygmus kindred’s.”

    I have no idea of what that means (or how to say it) but it sure is intriguing.

    ——–
    I had to look it up too.

  51. Mrs. Smith
    February 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Agreed. RASB=Relentless Asanine Secural Bigot. If the shoe fits, right? We should use the acronym RASB.

  52. Wow.

    What a concept.

    One singer. One microphone. A rhythm section. A couple of back up singers. Guess what? That’s ALL that’s need if one is truly a musician (as Whitney was).

    Brava Adele.

  53. This one’s a bit startling, but the source has been reliable in the past:

    Privately, Obama sees recovery 1-2 years off
    The public President Obama, bubbly in his reelection campaigning about a recovering U.S. economy, isn’t as optimistic in private, telling a select few that it will likely take up to two years for any recovery to click in. A letter provided to Washington Secrets from Obama to a long-unemployed Portland, Maine carpenter pulls back the curtain of economic hope to reveal the truth about the stagnant economy. “I won’t lie to you,” Obama penned in hand to Charles Oliver in October. “It will probably take another year or two to fully dig our way out of this hole.” Oliver had written the president in June to ask: “Are we as Americans going to be alright?” Answered Obama, “Yes, we will be ok. Because America has gotten through tough times before, and because of good people like you.”

    While happy for the response, Oliver told us that he hasn’t seen any of the recovery the president and media have been heralding. “He’s out campaigning saying everything is coming up roses. He’s a lying SOB,” Oliver said of Obama, who has tried to temper his hopefulness with cautions that the recovery could hit speed bumps. Oliver recently sold his letter through a dealer to pay for truck repairs but remains unemployed. Another firm, Alexander Autographs now has his letter and is offering it to the first buyer who bids over $10,000. The company’s president, Bill Panagopulos, told us that he will give half of the profit to any company that gives Oliver a full-time job.
    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/privately-obama-sees-recovery-1-2-years/372116

  54. RASB?

    OK. I am lost. Where did that come from?. I mean, I get the acronym – very apropos – but who thought it up and in what context?

    RASB=Relentless Asanine Secural Bigot

    Secural = Secular? What means secural?

    If it is secular, how about Bigoted relentless asinine secularist? BRAS?

    or BARS

    Bigoted asinine relentless secularist.

    How about BRAS

  55. Re: ObaMAOcare. Additionally, most Catholic charities are self-insured……….no way to spin that having to pay for everyone’s birth control, etc.will not be placed on charities run by religious entities such as the Catholic Church. And Catholics are not he only religious group or church that operates charitable entities. Heck it violates my rights as an individual because have what birth control you want, just don’t make me pay for it as it goes against my conscience.

    Violation of the Constitution; pure and simple. Again. And. Again. When are we going to put a stop to it?

  56. BRAS: that works rather nicely. Good job, Basil99.

    I thought it up, and you made it better. Context: rentless asanine securalist posts.

  57. It’s spelled out right here, isn’t it?

    Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; (you know like forcing a church to provide financial support for that which is anathema to its beliefs?)

    or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  58. Newt Gingrich: Race is “Wide Open”

    The Brody File sat down with Newt Gingrich for a one-on-one interview at CPAC in Washington last week. We discussed the state of the race, from his perspective. Here’s what he had to say. Transcription below follows the video @ link.

    David Brody: “Hey, you know, I like to call you the Yoda of this presidential race, so Yoda, if you will, give me your impression of where we’re at.”

    Newt Gingrich: “Is this a comment on the fact that I’m a grandfather or what?”

    David: “It could be partially that. Give me your sense of where we’re at in the race, where are you at?”

    Newt Gingrich: “Look, I think it’s temporarily a wide open race. I think what’s happened is with each passing wave of negative ads, Romney has marginalized himself, and that finally came crashing down on him starting in Nevada where he really dramatically underperformed, and then Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado where he basically collapsed. And I think now he’s got a real challenge, there’s a new poll out in Georgia, he’s running third, I am now first, Santorum is second, things are in turmoil. Santorum’s gotten a nice bump, and should have, he earned it. He made the right strategic gamble. And now, we’re going to sort out who is really prepared to have bold changes, who is prepared to do the things we need to get back on the right track as a country, and that will be a good debate. I think people will look at it with new interest now.”

    http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2012/02/13/newt-gingrich-race-is-wide-open.aspx

  59. Yippee!

    Great new word!

    Definition of BORBORYGMUS – Bor-bo-ryg-mus

    intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas

    This PROVES your dad was a doctor.

    😀

  60. “I had to look it up too.”
    _____________

    you know what belly sounds mean-

    a trip to the br is soon to be in your future… I found the word in a book I’m reading about nuance.

  61. “This PROVES your dad was a doctor.”
    ___________________

    haha- He was on the cover of TIME March/1956. They did a 13pg article about his efforts pioneering Open Heart Surgery.

    scary to think how primitive everything was then-

    He would have loved Dr. Oz…

  62. ShortTermer
    February 13th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    BRAS: that works rather nicely. Good job, Basil99.

    I thought it up, and you made it better. Context: rentless asanine securalist posts.
    __________

    BRAS- easier to remember.. Basil always does a good job. She is lightening quick at typing as well.

  63. truncated responses to their heartfelt convictions.

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

    Plse clarify your conviction about whether it’s a denial of religious freedom when a pacificist’s taxes pay for war. Can pacificists get out of paying that portion of their taxes?

    As I posted at length, imo employers should not be involved in their employees’ health ‘insurance’ at all; any help should come direct from the government, as by Single Payer.

  64. “I’m working on diplomacy- blunting my bluntness”

    Cracking up.

    bluntness = disconcertingly frank. AKA honest.

    While we can all work on that I don’t see you making that much progress, at least in the honesty department. Good thing for us. This would be an awfully dull place without your undiplomatic posts. 😉

    From what I gather you have worked extensively with horse and from what I understand nothing but pure, unadulterated honesty works to build trust between human and horse.

    Same with all other creatures.

  65. “Blog hog” definition: Someone who does not agree with another reader’s opinion.

    At least that’s the meaning that seems to be used for this blog by people who pop in once in a blue moon. 😉

    There’s varied opinion and thought displayed here. If you are not participating in it, then that’s your problem.

  66. I also agree that the race is once again wide open. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was starting to feel that voters were indeed coalescing around Romney, for better or worse.

  67. I like Lady Lynn, but I am not into the Americans elect idea for this election, especially since it is something that should have started 3 years ago, not now. Obama needs to be defeated. Syphoning votes from his main opponent, which is likely to happen, is not going to get Obama out of the White House. Let’s see what 2016 brings with regards to a third party.

  68. I agree with you, tim. I don’t care if Hillary’s idea was also a mandate for purchasing healthcare insurance. I oppose it regardless of who proposes it, and I won’t be guilted into supporting it because someone I admire also supports the idea.

  69. nomobama,
    Nope. Keep blogging.

    “(I hope Mrs.. S. sees my correction!)

    Anyway, OTOH, with all the talk about WH today there is NO mention of minor issues like Greece burning, the fraud’s new budget which just like his last 3 will not be passed but which we will still be responsible for and the gynamormous $17 trillion debt – almost twice what it was three years ago – which is projected to go still higher.

    Where the F**K are POTUS and crew intending to GET that money? What are they spending it on? We all know in tough times one has to slash a household budget in order to keep one’s head above water. This administration is not even trying. It’s like they’re doing their best to push the country over the brink and into the same state of affairs as Greece.

    Why isn’t anyone doing something about this? Why aren’t Americans screaming their heads off about this? Money does not grow on trees. You have to save for a rainy day We’ve all heard those oh-so-true parables all our lives and yet the POS in the WH dismisses common sense and keeps spending money we don’t have on stuff we can’t even see or benefit from.

    How can the budget being rising so much when the military has been cut and troops are coming back from overseas? Where is my money going? I just did my taxes and have to cough up almost $15G (not much to some here) but which equals 75 % of what I made in a part time freelance job! WTF! My accountant tells me of 20-somethings with 3 kids who get a $10G IRS refund.

    I’m not complaining. I’m good. I live very modestly. But just on a small scale, if someone like me had an extra $5G in my pocket instead of forking it over to the IRS I’d hire a contractor for a small job, buy supplies at Home Depot or Lowes, maybe hire a lawn care maintenance person – all things I can’t do because the money is going to fund God knows what instead of into the pocket of someone down the street or in the next town.

    We HAVE to get rid of the fothermucker. He is bleeding us dry! He’s redistributing our money without our permission and is intent on charging us even more. What the heck are we getting for our money? When I add up what I pay in taxes – federal, state, county, town, school taxes, and then throw in mandated insurances like home and car, plus the tax on items bought I come up with a minimum of $2,000 a month just to wake up in the morning. That’s $66 a day just for the privilege of breathing! Something is WRONG with this picture!

  70. no worries, Basil. I did-
    __________

    Be sure to listen to Shadow’s video here:

    Shadowfax
    February 13th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Lady Lynn talking about AmericansElect.org
    __________

    An interesting concept she has in the offing for the next election:

    Cavuto is such a jackwagon- he never allows a guest to complete a thought- unless they are pro-Obama.

  71. Clinton condemns attacks on Israel

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday condemned attacks on Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia as “cowardly” and offered American assistance in any investigation.

    “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in India and the attempted attack on Israeli Embassy personnel in Georgia,” Clinton said in a statement.

    “The scourge of terrorism is an affront to the entire international community,” the chief US diplomat said, adding that American “thoughts and prayers” were with the injured in New Delhi and their families.

    On Monday a car outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi exploded in a ball of fire, injuring two people, one of whom was an Israeli woman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Separately, the Georgian interior ministry confirmed that police in the capital Tbilisi had defused an explosive device found in the car of an Israeli embassy employee.

    “The United States places a high priority on the safety and security of diplomatic personnel around the world and we stand ready to assist with any investigation of these cowardly actions,” Clinton said.

    Clinton spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said she did not believe the governments of India and Georgia had requested any assistance in the investigations.

    She also said the United States is in contact with Israel over the attacks.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney added: “We have no information yet on who is responsible for these attacks. We are still evaluating what happened.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/clinton-condemns-anti-israeli-attacks-180826609.html;_ylt=AhaC3kalzLYnWRO1wFAOon0WP5Z4

  72. TMZ / Drudge

    Whitney Houston’s family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials … the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol … this according to family sources.

    We’re told Coroner’s officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney’s lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned.

    Our sources say the family was told Whitney may well have died before her head became submerged.

    And family sources tell us … it was actually Whitney’s aunt, Mary Jones, who discovered Whitney’s body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney’s dress for the evening on the bed and then left for about a half hour. When Whitney didn’t come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.

    And we’re told … Whitney’s mom has arranged to have the singer’s body flown back to Atlanta, as early as tomorrow. The family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play — and unless cops put a hold on the body, it can be flown back East.

  73. Dershowitz warns Democrats to drop Media Matters

    February 13, 2012 | FoxNews

    Harvard University Professor Alan Dershowitz recently warned Democrats that they will lose the presidential election this year if they stick with Media Matters for America.

    Dershowitz, a strong defender of Israel, reportedly made the remark during a press conference earlier this month in which he defended Israel against a group at University of Pennsylvania that is urging the university to boycott, divest and sanction the Jewish state for its longtime dispute with Palestinians over borders and security.

    Among the speakers at a conference held by PennBDS (Pennsylvania boycott, divest and sanction) was Max Blumenthal, son of Sidney Blumenthal, a powerful Washington attorney and Bill and Hillary Clinton ally.

    Max Blumenthal, a UPenn graduate who used to work with Media Matters, wrote a scathing op-ed for the school newspaper about Dershowitz in which he called the professor “an open advocate of torture” and suggested Dershowitz could be responsible for violence against Israel’s critics.

    Asked about the article, Dershowitz reportedly recounted the many fallacies in it and then remarked about its author.

    “Let me tell you, Max Blumenthal and Media Matters will be singlehandedly responsible for (Obama) losing this election. They (the Democrats) cannot win the election and keep this affiliation with them,” he is quoted saying, according to American Thinker’s Laurie Lowenthal Marcus, who tweeted the comment to Blumenthal.

    Blumenthal replied on Twitter: “@LoriLMarcus @AlanDersh.That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard since I watched @TheDersh’s speech last night. Who can take that seriously?”

    Blumenthal’s comment comes after Media Matters senior fellow MJ Rosenberg received critical attention for deploying the expression “Israel firster” to describe American lawmakers and others who voice unwavering support for Israel, implying that their loyalties are to Israel first, and to America second.

    The expression, used by anti-Israel bloggers, was widely condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Center for American Progress, which The Daily Caller reported on Monday sends a representative for regular meetings with folks from Media Matters and the White House, stopped its use of the expression after the criticism. Media Matters did not.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/13/dershowitz-warns-democrats-to-drop-media-matters/

  74. Tdo:
    Plse clarify your conviction about whether it’s a denial of religious freedom when a pacificist’s taxes pay for war. Can pacificists get out of paying that portion of their taxes?

    Nobama:
    Pacifists should be thankful that someone else will fight for their country.

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

    You should be thankful that someone else will give out contraceptives so you don’t have to support all the unwanted babies.

    But when taxes are used for war or for contraceptives, does this violate anyone’s ‘religious freedom’? Sure, we should vote against programs we don’t like. But the rest of us don’t call it a ‘religious freedom’ issue.

  75. Government controlling healthcare is government controlling you.

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

    Obamacare is government controlling healthcare by controlling the employers, and the employees being controlled by both.

    In this issue, government wants to give you more options than your employer does.

  76. JanH, thanks for all of the posts about Media Matters. I found them interesting.

    I find it funny how an organization like Media Matters, for example, b!tching about Fox News as a mouthpiece of the Republican party. They then purposely go about trying to become the mouthpiece of the Democratic party, and not just by themselves. They involve many other organizations in their successful attempt at doing so. First, it’s my understanding that some of the Fox News personalities are actually independents, while others are actually Democrats. What other mass media news organization even attempts to show at least some balance in their reporting? Even when I was a zombie Democrat, I was still mostly watching Fox News, and cursing people like Ann Coulter, and Bill O’Reilly (who is supposedly one of the independents on FOX). I now wonder what the reason for my viewing habits were. I do not watch TV from home anymore because I got rid of them all, and I do not feel like I am missing much.

  77. Sorry, turndownobama, but government wants to control your healthcare, and in doing so, they want to control you and me. They do not want to give me more options. I do not want their intrusion with my choice. I do not want them telling me tha I must purchase something from a private company that I do not want. I want government to have the absolute minimal amount of say in my personal affairs.

  78. Wow, Grammy’s just pulled Adele’s song on youtube from last night.

    A-holes.

    “Adele Grammy…”
    This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Grammys.

  79. Others are taking notice about the odd timing of Georgi-Porgies contra(ception)gate question during the NH primary debate. Remember how many of us here were wondering WTF Georgie was on and why he wouldn’t STOP what seemed like an odd and irrelevant line of questioning?

    Looks like Georgie’s a subscriber to Media Matters, no?

    Remember when no one understood why ABC asked about contraception at the NH Republican debate?

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8:24am

    Remember when George Stephanopoulos, at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7, brought up and harped on whether the candidates thought states could ban contraception?
    Everyone, at least on our side of the aisle, shook their heads in disbelief as to why Stephanopoulos was bringing up the issue.

    There was no active controversy over contraception, it wasn’t in the news, and there were far more pressing political issues, yet what seemed like an eternity of debate time was devoted to the subject at the insistence of Stephanopoulos.

    It was, shall we say, something out of left field.

    When Romney said, it’s working just fine, leave it alone, everyone laughed.

    Well what do you know, about a month later the Obama administration proposes administrative rules under Obamacare which would require free contraception be provided even by religious institutions which oppose contraception on religious grounds.

    It’s almost as if Stephanopoulos got the memo first. Unless, of course, you believe in coincidences. (Or the contraception-fairy)

  80. If entertainment reflects a society then maybe Adele’s record 6-grammy evening portends a backlash against glitz, glamour and Greek columns and a return to the authentic and the real.

    Hopefully, Adele’s wins are a sign of defeat for the POTUS of glitz and glamour and his idiot ugly wife.

  81. Yeah they pulled Adele’s grammy performance, luckily I downloaded it and have been singing it [badly] all day. Also, some idiot took one of her videos and overdubbed a song that blasts NEWT! They said it was sung during commerical break….idiot!

    ALERT! ALERT! BRAS onboard.

    Re: they’re doing their best to push the country over the brink

    You are damned straight they are, he is. He is not inept, naieve,or unknowing. He is systematically pushing our country over the brink.

  82. BASIL99
    February 13th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Exactly. And given that this came out of left field for our candidates, then their responses were really good; George failed. Epic fail.

  83. Yeah they pulled Adele’s grammy performance, luckily I downloaded it and have been singing it [badly] all day.

    ——-
    That makes two of us causing all the dogs in the area to cover their ears. 😉

  84. ShortTermer
    February 13th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    It’s just more proof of what all of us (or most of us) here suspect. The course has been set without a single vote of approval from any of us. Makes sense now why the contra(ception)gate fairy is so desperately pleading for converts to her cause.

    OK. I am going to self-edit right now before I take this analogy any further.

    😯

  85. I’ll try to type my comment again because it just disappeared. Apologies if it shows up twice…

    It’s astounding that commentators are missing the big picture on the birth control mandate. The primary problem is NOT religious freedom; that’s a secondary issue. The huge issue is government control of the private health insurance industry. If the government (in this case, Obama) can force my private insurer to offer “FREE” birth control, meaning no co-pay, what’s next? What about vitamin supplements? What about my gym membership or yoga classes? How about organic vegetables? All these things prevent disease, too. In the meantime, while Obama dictates that my insurer cannot charge a co-pay for birth control, I am subjected to a co-pay for all kinds of other medical expenses, including flu shots, MRIs, and mammograms. Why is birth control a bigger priority than mammograms? And seriously, does Obama think people are stupid? FREE means the insurance company will raise premiums, so I and my company will end up paying for everyone’s birth control one way or another. Or is the government going to supplement insurance for birth control, in which case I pay by having my taxes raised. Obama is the most audacious politician in history. He just tricked lots of “folks” into believing that he addressed concerns about religious freedom with his “accommodation” compromise, when in fact he has just set the precedent for government control over the entire industry. Say goodbye to the private medical insurance market.

  86. SaraK, you are right there are so many equally important issues here; an overlooked one is presto and like magic he is a Dictator. If he is a dictator, then we are no longer free.

    FWIW, my youngest son talks politics with his young college friends. They discuss ObaMAO and some do not like him. BUT, but, but they like Romney less. They rearrange the letters in his name to R=Money and say he is the one percent that they hate. They are saying that if Romney is the nominee they will vote for………..the self declared dictator.

  87. ObaMAO will pay my mortage, he will buy my gas……where will he get the money from? I don’t know…..his stash. Remember this; buying votes, much?

  88. SaraK,

    “If the government (in this case, Obama) can force my private insurer to offer “FREE” birth control, meaning no co-pay, what’s next? What about vitamin supplements? What about my gym membership or yoga classes? How about organic vegetables.”

    Well said.

    I would say most posters here agree with your analysis. The contraception issue is a matter of discussion here (IMHO) partly because of the sheer audacity displayed by BO on a level most people can understand and also because of the insistence of the contraception-fairy that we accept the legality of his mandate.

    Like Poopsie said – “You have to pass the bill to know what’s in the bill.”

    Millions of Americans just discovered exactly what she meant by that at the behest, admittedly, of the Catholic Church.

    But better late than never, I say. The issue was just made that much clearer to everyone who thought Bo-Care would not affect them personally just how wrong they are/were.

    It just so happens it is also a religious freedom issue. (IMHO)

  89. HEY “OCCUPY WALL STREET” FOLKS…WE NEED TO BE HEARD TOO!!!

    I am a member of golf’s lower 99%.

    I am an indifferent golfer, and there’s no way I could ever make it to the professional level. I will never put in the practice time to be the best. I will never have the shots, skills, or mental toughness to “make it” in the sport. I just never felt like working all that hard at it.

    However, I am a part of the golfing community and, as such, feel I should be paid by the top 1% of golfers for what I do. It isn’t fair that those players who have worked harder, have studied the game, have better equipment and are more skilled and dedicated should make all that BIG money.

    Where’s my share? I’m a Victim!

    The top 1% should pay for my club memberships and green fees and lessons, buy me new clubs, balls, clothes and shoes, and pay me some of their winnings. They can afford it.They are “The Rich.” The whole system should be changed to accommodate people like me. I think we should get together and occupy a golf course and demand that those who are better at what they do, pay for us. Whining should get us something – maybe we’ll make the cover of Time Magazine, garnish some public sympathy. During this election year we may even get a law or two passed by legislators who want our votes.

    p.s. Don’t mention this to tennis players. We thought of it first. LOL

  90. nomobama
    February 13th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    ————–

    You are very welcome. It’s amazing the machinations and manipulation that goes on behind the scenes. No wonder the world is in such a mess.

  91. SaraK, welcome, thanks for a good post. 🙂

    SaraK said:
    If the government (in this case, Obama) can force my private insurer to offer “FREE” birth control, meaning no co-pay, what’s next? What about vitamin supplements? What about my gym membership or yoga classes? How about organic vegetables? All these things prevent disease, too.

    [[ Good, hope he (or the women in the administration who are really doing things) will offer those free too. ]]

    In the meantime, while Obama dictates that my insurer cannot charge a co-pay for birth control, I am subjected to a co-pay for all kinds of other medical expenses, including flu shots, MRIs, and mammograms. Why is birth control a bigger priority than mammograms?

    [[ Because it’s easier to blow off. And cheaper to provide. ]]

    And seriously, does Obama think people are stupid? FREE means the insurance company will raise premiums, so I and my company will end up paying for everyone’s birth control one way or another. Or is the government going to supplement insurance for birth control, in which case I pay by having my taxes raised.

    [[ Not necessarily. The savings from fewer pregnancy and maternity claims will more than pay the cost of the contraceptives. Also they can probably be bought cheaper in bulk. ]]

  92. Just like Obama- Clean hands- Have surrogates do the dirty work- what a joke!
    _______________

    Pro-Romney Group Buys Almost $500,000 in TV Ads in Michigan-Targeting NEWT!

    7:43 p.m. | Updated Mitt Romney is getting some heavy air support in Michigan — the state where he was born and raised — as the “super PAC” supporting him invests almost $500,000 on television ads there.

    According to someone who tracks Republican media spending, Restore Our Future has committed just over $470,000 for commercials starting Tuesday and set to run through Feb. 20. That marks the group’s largest purchase yet in Michigan, where it will have spent more than $700,000 on ads by next week.

    Restore Our Future made a number of other smaller moves on Monday, securing modest amounts air time throughout the South and increasing its presence on the air in Ohio. It bought time in Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, which vote in the Super Tuesday contests on March 6. It purchased commercial spots in Alabama and Mississippi as well, which will hold their primaries on March 13.

    The group said Monday that it would continue for now to run an ad called “Risk” that targets Newt Gingrich using images and attacks that have by now become familiar advertising fodder. It cites the proliferation of earmarks during his tenure as House speaker and shows a shot of him sitting with Nancy Pelosi on a couch in front of the Capitol, a shot taken from a public service announcement on global warming.

    “Newt has tons of baggage,” a narrator says. “Beating Obama is important, too important to risk on Newt Gingrich.”

    The ad will run throughout Michigan in the major media markets of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint, as well as in the less populous northern regions. It will also run on Fox News on the western side of the state.

    Suggesting that Restore Our Future had other ads in the works, a top strategist for the group, Carl Forti, said Monday that the “Risk” ad “will stay up initially.”

    Restore Our Future made a number of other smaller moves on Monday, securing modest amounts air time throughout the South and increasing its presence on the air in Ohio. It bought time in Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, which vote in the Super Tuesday contests on March 6. It purchased commercial spots in Alabama and Mississippi as well, which will hold their primaries on March 13.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/pro-romney-group-buys-almost-500000-in-tv-ads-in-michigan/

  93. A brokered convention: Jeb Bush vs. Sarah Palin

    02/13/12 The Hill

    Santorum’s contraception boom — “We’re all Catholics now,” said Mike Huckabee — won’t hold up. Because we’re not. This race could well go to a brokered convention. If Jeb Bush is proposed, so Sarah Palin should be minutes later. She is now and always has been the singular Jacksonian voice in the original Tea Party phenomenon; the only one who can bring it to the mainstream. Her absence from the primary race has left a vacuum and no substitute has been found. Every other possible or potential leadership hopeful has risen and receded in this long Republican primary season.

    But as The Hill’s Josh Lederman reports from the CPAC conference, the former Alaska governor received far and away the most spirited and enthusiastic reception at the convention of about 10,000 conservative activists. She drew the audience to its feet more than a dozen times during her keynote address on Saturday.

    “The cheers for Palin were so loud that they drowned out her remarks again and again,” he writes. “Conference organizers had to set up three overflow rooms to accommodate the throngs of supporters eager to hear her words.”

    The Bush secret agenda has been a subliminal theme for months with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the favored proxy and pitchman. At CPAC it broke through to the surface: Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, says that Republican turmoil might lead to a brokered convention in which Jeb Bush would emerge as a “possible alternative” party nominee. It made Drudge this weekend.

    Conservatism is at the shore of a new awakening but is afraid to cross the river. It goes back to Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas primary race. From Quigley’s Pundits Blog of Jan. 21, 2010: “The Austin Statesman reports that former President George H.W. Bush will endorse U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican primary for governor in her race against Rick Perry. Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Margaret Spellings and Karen Hughes [W.’s agent] also support Hutchison … But Sarah Palin supports Rick Perry and will appear with him at a rally on Super Bowl Sunday. Does one Sarah Palin equal a Bush, a Rove, a Spellings and a Hughes? In Texas, I believe it does.”

    Perry won in a landslide. But why would the Bush establishment pull out all the stops to support Hutchison, who was sure to lose? Because they saw a new conservative movement building with Perry and Palin and were determined early on to stamp it out. They still are.

    Bush/Christie or Christie/ Bush as “establishment” representation is bound to bring muffled chuckles (“Hey Abbott!!!”) and Obama would win in a landslide. But Bush/Christie vs. Sarah Palin/Rick Perry positions coming head to head at the Republican Convention would pit the storied worlds of Dexter and Paulie Walnuts; the most notoriously corrupt, burned-out, busted-up, used-up, dangerous, underwater and broke Eastern states, against the new, independent, states-oriented, freedom-seeking constitutional conservatives like Palin of the Western states, Texas and Alaska. Now that would be interesting.
    ____________

    Not exactly accurate- Gingrich has also been a Jacksonian voice. Could be a Palin/Gingrich ticket- or Gingrich/Palin ticket…

  94. Is this for Real? Obama used this bamboozlement in the 08’campaign- Axelrod must have run out of idea- (singular)

    Obama Campaign Launches “Truth Team”

    President Obama’s re-election team on Monday rolled out a campaign to recruit two million supporters to help debunk attacks on the president’s record and hit back at his Republican rivals.

    Called the “Truth Team,” the new effort will engage Obama supporters online and in person, encouraging them to communicate with undecided voters about the president’s record.

    “People don’t just want to hear from campaign statements or ads — they want to hear from the family and friends they trust,” Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, wrote in an email to supporters.
    ___________________

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57376463-503544/obama-campaign-launches-truth-team/?tag=contentMain;contentBody
    __________________

    I don’t have any family or friends willing to work for Obama- If I did, they wouldn’t be family or friends until they took the cure…

    Politicians are like bananas – they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.

  95. Everything comes with a cost

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

    See my post above.

    The cost to taxpayers of unwanted babies is higher than the cost of contraceptives.

    When bought in bulk, the cost of hormonal contraceptives is pretty low. From $1 per month, to about $20 FOR FIVE YEARS WORTH. see:
    k4health.org/pr/k7/2.shtml
    http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/health/cchs/fpc.html

    The discounts that governments can get, bring this lower.

  96. from ACE…Buyer beware. Women, PLEASE…

    *******

    Would-Be President Rick Santorum: It’s Critically Important We “Talk About” The Great Moral Hazards of Contraception and Non-Procreative Sex
    —Ace

    Perfect.

    One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea … Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay … contraception’s okay.”
    It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal … but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.

    And I do not think he wants to limit it to “just talking.” You know how people typically introduce ideas that are currently unpopular and outside the Overton Window? They first suggest “talking about” them. As we saw with Entitlement Reform.

    Plus, he himself says these are important “public policy issues.”

    Not personal morality issues. Public policy issues. In other words, the public, voting, or expressing its will through its chosen legislators, gets a say on these “issues.”

    Again, I know most presidents don’t talk about those things, and maybe people don’t want us to talk about those things, but I think it’s important that you are who you are. I’m not running for preacher. I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues.
    No, they’re not. They are not public issues — my neighbor should not have a vote on my contraception choices — and they are not policy questions, either. I do not want the government establishing a “policy” on birth control, either way.

    No thank you.

  97. “would argue with an inanimate object if given the chance.”

    It appears so, Scroll button is the best option. Its not worth the effort, reading or writing responses.

  98. gonzotx
    February 13th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    from ACE…Buyer beware. Women, PLEASE…

    *******

    Would-Be President Rick Santorum: It’s Critically Important We “Talk About” The Great Moral Hazards of Contraception and Non-Procreative Sex
    —Ace

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

    Great post, thanks!

  99. http://www.reclusiveleftist.com/2012/02/13/people-who-have-been-warning-about-slippery-slope-for-years-unable-to-recognize-slippery-slope/
    It doesn’t matter that Obama has provided a practical workaround so that women can still get pills; the moral and legal ground has shifted. Female contraception has been marked, called out, made negotiable.
    It’s important to understand that this is a move backwards. For the past 12 years the EEOC has been treating birth control as normal healthcare and insisting that employers—including Catholic institutions—cover it lest they be in violation of the Civil Rights Act.
    But now, contraception is special. Now, contraception is negotiable. A matter of conscience, something employers in the public square can opt out of.

  100. I found this on a site called The Anchoress http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/:

    “…did you know that the Obama administration just changed the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so that it now excludes those who studied for service to the churches?: Brad Hirschfield writes:

    So after telling us that pretty much everything qualifies, even going out of its way to highlight that neither the type of work nor nature of the organizations matters, the government slips in the fact that if faith or worship are part of your work, you don’t qualify. What?! [Emphasis mine]

    . . .If the government wants to re-visit making loans to those who study for religious careers, fine. I would oppose any change there, but I get it. Likewise, if the government wanted to revisit the tax-exempt status of religious institutions, I would get that as well. I would also oppose that, but I would understand it. But taking this out on those who can least afford it is simply wrong.

    I actually agree with Hirschfield in that “I get it” but, as he writes:

    Perhaps the forgiveness program should be based on overall earnings, as opposed to public-/private or for-profit /not-for- profit distinctions. But as long as those are the distinctions being made, excluding those who work in the religious sector is misguided and counter-productive.

    Especially given the otherwise broad definition of public service according to this law, clergy and religious teachers should be considered public servants. On balance, there is no doubt about the public value of faith in America.

    I keep wondering if this means soon students at religiously-affiliated colleges won’t be able to get federal loans? I mean…that would be the next logical step, right? Tell me again that he has no animus toward religion.”

  101. Fron Ani @ NQ..Tell it like it is Aisha!
    ******

    Rick Santorum: Chauvinist, Homophobe, Clueless
    By Anita Finlay (“Ani”) on February 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Current Affairs

    Now I know for sure that Republicans want President Obama to be re-elected and are doing everything in their power to help him in his quest for a second term. Why else would anyone give the odious ex-Senator Santorum air time, or votes? Apparently, he just moved into second place nationally, the latest flavor of the month in the “anybody-but-Mitt” category.

    A few weeks back, we had to listen as Santorum compared gay marriage to polygamy, and now this “conservative” who loved to spend taxpayer money, and grub earmarks along with the best of ‘em, is reviving his socially conservative street cred with a new spate of vague, sexist remarks.

    According to Politico, in an interview with CNN’s John King, Santorum stated:

    “I want to create every opportunity for women to be able to serve this country. . . but I do have concerns about women in front-line combat.

    “I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat,” Santorum added. “And I think that’s not in the best interests of men, women or the mission.”

    What “emotions” would those be, Rick?

    Is a woman in the army worried about having a bad hair day? Maybe she’s having her ‘time of the month’ and is a little crabby. Do ya’ think maybe she’ll fire on one of her brothers in arms just to blow off a little steam? Or maybe she’s angry about the rate of sexual assault of women in the armed forces by men in the armed forces. As reported in CSMonitor:

    The rate of violent sexual crime has increased 64 percent since 2006 according to the US Army report, which noted that “rape, sexual assault, and forcible sodomy were the most frequent violent sex crimes committed in 2011.”

    While women comprise 14 percent of the Army ranks, they account for 95 percent of all sex crime victims.

    Women aren’t raping men over there. So perhaps these nebulous “other kinds of emotions” of which Santorum speaks are coming from men — is that possible? Then why doesn’t he say so? Instead of making it seem as though it is the woman’s fault for overstepping herself and wanting to go where she doesn’t “belong” — namely anywhere else but the kitchen.

    Does he think he is going to curry favor with women in the military that he allegedly “appreciates”? Earth to Rick – which women does he think serve in the American military…radical lefties? Clearly, if women think they can handle front line combat, this tells me women from both sides of the political spectrum are long past his 50s ‘let the woman put on her apron and look pretty for her man’ mentality. While many women in the military are not getting credit for it officially, they are already on the front lines. Where has he been?

    H/T to Jennifer Rubin of WaPo for being kind enough to unearth this little tidbit from his 2005 book, It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good.

    Many women, he adds, have told him that it is more “socially affirming to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children.”

    That ideology, he says, has been shaped by feminists who demean the work of women who stay at home as primary caregivers.

    “What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else — or worse yet, home alone after school between three and six in the afternoon — find themselves more affirmed by society? Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism,” Santorum writes.

    Idiot.

    Crap like this was one of the reasons I considered his Senatorial defeat in 2006 a personal victory. It is easy to be sanctimonious about the way one “should” raise a family when you have a nice home, or several, and are making good dough on the taxpayer teat.

    I would never demean women who stay at home with their kids. But some women don’t have that choice, or has he not observed the society in which he lives?

    I come from a home where the mother was the breadwinner. There are a lot of reasons why a woman is in the workforce. It is often just as much out of necessity, even urgent an need, to take care of ones family as “fulfillment outside the home.” Further, it is not his hooting business what a woman finds fulfilling. If she doesn’t need to work, but wants to work, that is her business and her right.

    Here’s a hot flash, Rick. The man is just as capable of staying at home and being a good and nurturing caregiver. In fact, some men are doing just that in families where, in their chosen professions, the female spouse is able to generate more income. There is no shame in this. None. And I would suggest that Mr. Santorum leave the sixteenth century or wherever he gets his genius ideas from. More from Mr. Santorum:

    “Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root,” said Santorum. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”

    Convincing women? Maybe women convinced themselves. Why doesn’t he stay home with six kids and deal with their needs day in and year out to the exclusion of all else when his wife goes to work and then he can talk about what he finds fulfilling.

    It is interesting to me that the conservative line of thinking often centers around states’ rights, smaller government, individual liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a particular bent toward big government not offering cookie cutter solutions. But I guess Mr. Santorum does not think that applies to women, because he sees fit to tell us all how to live.

    No one has a cookie cutter life and what may work for Mrs. Santorum may not work for me.

    Women now comprise nearly half the workforce. His Donna Reed Show picture of what life should look like is not reality and is insulting. Of course families need to pay attention to their kids and not just park them in front of the xbox, but you tell me how many people can make a living on just one income these days? Our current economic situation is not the fault of “radical feminists.” What is a radical feminist anyway? For the record, here is the definition of feminism:

    the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.

    I guess that makes me a radical – because I am radically for equality – for everyone.

    It is easy to make moral prescriptions for others without proposing real solutions as to how such a lifestyle would even be possible. Not to mention, whether or not it would be desirable.

    Though she was more than polite in her column, even conservative Jennifer Rubin was telling Rick to get off it.

    Our only hope, now that Santorum’s numbers are up and the spotlight is on him, is that the public will take a good look and cast him on the ‘maybe not’ pile. He is dangerously out of step and falls into the John Edwards “not a lot of gravitas or experience but I have a supercilious smile and can spew the talking points” category.

    Spare me.

  102. SaraK
    February 13th, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    I read your comment with interest and although what you wrote is very serious your last sentence “Say goodbye to the private medical insurance market.” amused me.

    All I could think of was that Nasty Roosevelt who is a disgrace to his family name, sitting at the R&B meeting in March 2008 stacking the deck to give Obama the nomination so his insurance company could profit. Almost makes we glad to say goodbye to the private medical insurance market.

  103. Re: Mrs. Smith
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Remember how ObaMAO in the primary debates of 2008 election he kept answering questions with, “…yeah, what she said. I agree with Senator Clinton?”

    It looks like Romney is doing the same thing….yeah, I will do what ObaMAO does. It has to be his pacs coming up with those vicious ads on Newt; cause I can tell that Romney fights like a girl; and just keeps spouting but I have been a business man, I can do the job. I wonder if he is also like ObaMAO and will think the job too hard should he have it?

  104. It may be legal to run negative ads, but to run ads that are lies is a horse of a different color; and that is how Romney has followed ObaMAO’s lead. It just shows to go you that the citizens as a whole are as dumb as ObaMAO assumes they are; they are too dumb and lazy to do their own research and they believe everything that is presented to them, or else they rely on sources that are dubious at best.

  105. Some more examples of custom-designed employee coverage that would be possible under Blunt’s bill:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses cover no transfusions.

    Scientologists cover no psychiatric care.

    Christian Scientists cover nothing!

    Environmentalist covers only two babies: if the parents want extra babies, they have to cover the costs themselves.

    Well — that would be better than having birth control or abortion be the ONLY negotiable exception.

  106. Woo Woo I love my Facebook community. They can post some of the most awesome things political. I so hope this is legit. Take a look at this:
    Preceding this message is a poster of Allen West and an awesome snippet of one of his speeches.

    If you will not Fight for Freedom in a moment when our Country is in imminent Peril, can you really call yourself a Man? Watch Allen West in this Clip, and know the Fight, and Manhood, required to Restore a Virtuous America. We are on the March. We need 1000 Warriors to commit to our Citizens Movement to Defeat Barack Obama, with a focus on targeting our assets on the 13 Swing Sets. We have built the intrasture, now we need the People Power. Next week Allen West Republic will open the doors to our Activist Tools to get you equipped, and capable to enjoin this Fight against a Socialist, Progressive Movement, just one Election away from stamping that Image on our Nation…Indicate you will join us in part of the committed 1000, by posting below…I will join you….
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  107. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/06/1/gr060112.html
    Human resource consultants have long maintained that because contraceptive use prevents unintended pregnancy, covering contraceptives in employer health plans is cost-effective. A 1993 special report on contraceptive use that appeared in Business and Health, a guide for employers, found that the average costs associated with the birth of a healthy baby (prenatal care, delivery and newborn care for one year following birth) was $10,000, compared with $300-350 per year for oral contraceptives.
    Further evidence of the cost-effectiveness of covering contraceptives came from an analysis published in the American Journal of Public Health in 1995 that used cost data from managed care plans provided by large employers in 45 major metropolitan areas to compare the costs and benefits of contraceptive use. The study found that all 15 of the contraceptive methods reviewed were cost-effective when compared with the direct medical costs of unintended pregnancy that resulted when methods were not used. The savings ranged from $9,000 to $14,000 per method over a five-year period; using oral contraceptives—the most commonly used reversible method in the United States—saved almost $13,000 over a five-year period.
    Considerable cost-savings resulting from public-sector investments in contraceptive services have been extensively documented. According to AGI, public-sector expenditures for contraceptive services in FY 1987 totaled an estimated $412 million. If these subsidized services had not been available, the federal and state governments would have spent an additional $1.2 billion through their Medicaid programs, including the costs of unplanned births and abortions. Thus, for every dollar spent in the public sector on contraceptive services, three dollars are saved in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related health care and medical care for newborns.
    Recent Research
    The estimated cost to private-sector employers of providing contraceptive coverage is extremely low. A 1998 report by AGI suggests that the average total cost (including administrative costs) of adding coverage for the full range of prescription contraceptives to health plans that do not currently cover them would increase total health care costs for private-sector employees and their dependents by $21.40 per employee per year. Assuming that the employer covers 80% of the premium, the added cost to employers is $1.43 per employee per month, a premium increase of 0.6%. (This represents the average cost of adding coverage to a plan that now does not cover any contraceptive methods; the cost would be less for those plans that cover at least some of these methods. This estimate, moreover, does not take into account potential cost savings associated with contraceptive coverage.)
    Estimates that calculate the potential cost-savings associated with contraceptive coverage suggest that contraceptive coverage saves employers money. According to both the Washington Business Group on Health and William M. Mercer (a human resources and employee benefits consulting firm), providing contraceptive coverage would reduce employers’ direct and indirect costs associated with unintended pregnancy. These direct costs include health care expenditures associated with normal live births (vaginal and cesarean), abortions, miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies; indirect expenses include wages and benefits associated with employee absences, maternity leave, and pregnancy-related sick leave, as well as costs associated with reduced productivity during an employee’s pregnancy and with replacing employees who do not return to work after a pregnancy. As a result, not covering contraceptives in employee health plans would cost employers 15-17% more than providing such coverage.

  108. Upthread is coverage of Whitney Houston supplied by TMZ. I believe it contains several errors. The most blatant is that WH is being returned to Atlanta. In fact it is to Newark NJ and has been accomplished. Her plane landed at Teterboro Airport and was escorted to Whigham Funeral Home by a significant police escort. The following info is regarded as fact by some tee vee sources and as tentative by others: Wake Thursday and funeral Friday, both to be held at Prudential Center Newark NJ. Center can accommodate 18000. Family to be seated first, VIP’s next, then general public. No tickets. First come first served. If true, it will honor the Main Street people of whom there are many in Newark who can claim her as someone they personally knew. However, the plan invites opportunity for chaos. I personally will be surprised if POTUS does not invite himself in to that.
    #####################################
    This past Sunday I was looking for a statement by POTUS on Whitney’s death. Found only a site with Onion-type humor as follows: POTUS to sing at beginning of Whitney’s funeral. [Remember this is tongue in cheek.] At end he will join Bobby Brown for duet. [Remember this is tongue in cheek.]
    Now I’m wondering if this could happen.

  109. And now, on to POTUS’s never ending suck-up-to-Latinos campaign [Reminder, this news source is based in Texas]:
    Obama’s budget would cut NASA, Pentagon and cost of jailing immigrants
    WASHINGTON – Declaring that he was seeking an economy “built to last,” President Barack Obama unveiled an election-year budget blueprint Monday that would send more money to Texas for schools, roads and high-speed rail but would end energy industry tax breaks and slash reimbursements to local governments for the cost of jailing illegal immigrants guilty of crimes.
    snip
    Defying Republican demands to reduce federal spending, Obama embraced the liberal economic theory that a new round of spending would stimulate the nascent economic recovery.
    snip
    One of the steepest reductions in the Obama budget is a massive reduction in the Justice Department’s program that reimburses state and local law enforcement agencies for jailing illegal immigrants guilty of crimes. Funding would decline from $240 million to $70 million.
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Obama-s-budget-would-cut-NASA-Pentagon-and-cost-3313215.php

  110. ShortTermer
    February 14th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Re: Mrs. Smith
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Remember how ObaMAO in the primary debates of 2008 election he kept answering questions with, “…yeah, what she said. I agree with Senator Clinton?”
    __________

    Hillary always asked to respond to the question first. Until she spoke up and said, “why, always me first?”
    ____________

    It looks like Romney is doing the same thing….yeah, I will do what ObaMAO does. It has to be his pacs coming up with those vicious ads on Newt; cause I can tell that Romney fights like a girl; and just keeps spouting but I have been a business man, I can do the job.
    ____________

    The only difference will be Bush /Cheney will be pulling the strings instead of Soros and the Ayatollah/Muslim Brotherhood!

    (when I read the Ayatollah has a chief strategist, I wanted to head over to the neighborhood vomitorium.)

  111. POTUS to sing at beginning of Whitney’s funeral. [Remember this is tongue in cheek.] At end he will join Bobby Brown for duet. [Remember this is tongue in cheek.]
    _____________

    Theres no reason why Whitney’s daughter couldn’t be put on a plane accompanied by an adult and sent home to New Jersey. Theres something wrong there- where were all the adults?.. Family support?

    Whitney’s planned comeback was faltering badly- she was alone except for her daughter- She and her daughter had dinner last week with BB, his girlfriend and their new baby. Him sitting there with his happy family.. Whitney, God’s gift to music- thinking she wasn’t good enough.. isolated from a selfish insecure man who couldn’t appreciated or love her enough to stand in her shadow…destroyed her-

  112. 6:55 am. Whitney’s mother has always lived in the Newark area. I’ve not heard who may or may not have been on the private plane. After Whitney’s death, her daughter was rushed to an ER twice over concerns related to anxiety, so it may have been unwise to have her so distanced from medical help at that time.
    Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, is a well-known gospel singer in her own right, and has been the choir director at Baptist Church in Newark for decades, including the time Whitney sang in that choir as a child.
    Terrible scenario you paint about dinner with “extended family”. As you point out, so demoralizing. I wonder if her mother (Cissy) stood by her daughter through the hard times.
    Now that we’ve come to this, though, Whitney is at home. The family seems to be very open about plans. The funeral home was named hours before Whitney’s funeral plane landed, and a number of her supporters held a vigil outside it until she arrived.

  113. More complete information on Whitney:
    NEWARK, NJ (PIX11)—
    Whitney Houston was just a Jersey girl here, someone who dressed up in mom’s clothes with her friends and sang her heart out — only her mic was a vacuum cleaner and the audience were giggly girls posing in front of a mirror. Whitney did, however, come from vocal royalty. Her mother Cissy was a back-up singer for Aretha Franklin; Dionne Warwick was her first cousin. Sadly, the Jersey girl with the big voice has died, and her body is being flown home to Newark.

    Her brother Gary told family friends that he and his wife were accompanying Whitney’s body for the return. Tyler Perry is said to have provided his private plane for the trip. Preparations are being made at the Whigham Funeral home, where a privacy tent has been erected in the rear of the home. The family is said to be in conversations to hold Whitney’s funeral at the Prudential Center, the largest indoor facility in Newark, capable of seating 18,500 people.

    PIX11 spoke exclusively to some of Houstons’ closest family friends, [more at] http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-whitney-houston-known-as-nippy,0,7557811.story

  114. Oh’s hand maidens are back:

    Debate suddenly shifts on birth control –
    …While the president’s Friday “accommodation” did not win over the White House’s most harsh critics, some Republicans and Catholic groups have offered measured support, including centrist Maine Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, suggesting Obama might have at least muddied the waters….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/210467-debate-shifts-on-birth-control

  115. I just found this tidbit when investigating what the differences were between Alawi Islam and Greater Islam in general (Nusayri are what Alawite Muslims like President Assad in Syria were called in the past):
    ————–

    Old Nusayri theology said women do not have souls and are not reincarnated: The Encyclopedia of Islam New Edition continues: “Women are excluded from this because they are born of the sins of devils; for this reason, they are not entitled to participate in the rights of men (Sulayman, Bakura, 61).” This too differs markedly from Mohammed, where he taught the majority of the inhabitants of Hell were women (Bukhari vol.2 book 18 ch.9 no.161 p.91-92; vol.1 book 6 ch.8 no.301 p.181, and vol.1 book 2 ch.21 no.28 p.29). However in modern times, an ‘Alawite told me that today they do in fact believe women have souls.

  116. Had Angelina not met Brad Pitt, she would have been susceptible to a similar fate if she had stayed married to Billy Bob Thornton. He’s another Bobby Brown unable to be married to an especially unique woman who’s star status easily eclipses anything he could accomplish, just being who she is-

    Another reason why I admire Bill Clinton’s strength of character. He has maintained his relevance eclipsing his own star status by doing great things helping others catapulting him into super star status. Hillary could not be who she is without him. It just doesn’t happen like that in the world of politics because men stand together against women who potentially have star power and prefer the safer route, marginalizing talented females instead of working alongside them maximizing their gifts to their own benefit.. Ego is definitely a factor in these relationships. When the male ego is secure and stable, as a couple, two extremely talented people become an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. I just hope my philosophy holds true when Hillary resigns from State- that the best they have to give to the world- is yet to come…

  117. Krauthammer accuses BO of driving budget off a cliff.

    Where’s all the reporting on this?

    ‘The Washington Post columnist . . . likened Obama’s budget proposal to being worthy of the beleaguered Eurozone nation Greece.

    “I’m rarely accused of not being cynical enough, so let me be even more cynical,” he continued. “The president knows that we are headed over a cliff. He just wants to get past Election Day as he does on everything — on Keystone, on debt ceiling limits, on everything. But this is a budget worthy of Greece and for the president of the United States to offer it knowing how dire our situation is, is truly scandalous.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/13/krauthammer-calls-obama-budget-worthy-of-greece-truly-scandalous/#ixzz1mMXfHT75

  118. “Terrible scenario you paint about dinner with “extended family”. As you point out, so demoralizing. I wonder if her mother (Cissy) stood by her daughter through the hard times.”
    ___________

    Unfortunately, Bobby Brown used drugs to get Whitney addicted to him and their where the two became synonymous in her mind. I think he did it to fly on her coat tails because he thought he was as talented as she was and because he is the man in their relationship. By pushing her down it would help him rise in his own career proving to himself, he is better than her…It wouldn’t surprise me if it was him that pushed the- she’s not black enough meme keeping it alive in her memory to keep her in check..

    As to her family- I think they really did try to save her but she wouldn’t hear of it and refused to stop loving/caring for BB even though they were divorced.

    The reason I say this is because Whitney’s music says it all- The line in the lyrics.. “Don’t walk away from me… then I’ll have nothing, nothing at all..” practically all of her songs have a similar message… another is “by learning to Love yourself, is the greatest gift of all-” it all rings true. She was singing through her pain- words she couldn’t admit to publicly but set to music she was able to express herself. Letting people-in seeing her innermost feelings through an open portico, raw in wild exotic beauty.

  119. Get your burkhas ready.

    Egyptian says if he is elected president he will force all women to wear the hijab.

    Oh, and for those who have wondered about this, he also says Islam guarantees no personal freedom.

    By Al Arabiya

    An ultra-conservative Egyptian presidential hopeful has said that if he is elected as head of state he would force women to wear the hijab (veil) or “change creed,” adding that Islam provides no guarantees of personal freedom.

    “If you claim that Allah considers it your personal freedom, show me your reference. Nobody has ever said that – except for people who have no understanding of the Shariah,” Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, a long-time supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, said in a recent interview with the Egypt’s Tahrir TV.

    He said that if he is elected president he would enforce the hijab on women and that if they do not want to wear it, they have to change their “creed.”

    He did not elaborate on what he meant by changing their “creed” and whether this meant changing their religion, knowing that such a move is strictly forbidden under the Shariah law and could result in capital punishment.

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

    “You see, this is the difficulty; this is Islam. Does she want to be a Muslim and not obey Allah’s rules? Let them say so; that’s all I ask; let them be honorable and just speak up,” he said.

    But speaking up against religion in Egypt can lead a person to prosecution for blasphemy.

    Ismail said that following the Shariah (Islamic law) is like being in the military, where a person has to follow a strict code of conduct.

    He said that the Islamic saying of “no compulsion in religion” is comparable to “no compulsion in the military, meaning that if someone wants to enter the military, he can enter and if he does not want to, he does not have to enter.”

    But once a person enters the military, that person has to respect its rules, the cleric said.

    “If you join, then you are obliged to wear their uniform, to attend their classes, to attend the training with them and to obey their leader,” Ismail said.

    In August 2011, Ismail appeared in an online video praising Osama bin Laden and describing him as a martyr. He said the late al-Qaeda leader spoke “the word of truth on power” and went to the “front lines to work in the path of Allah.”

  120. If a person wants government to stay out of his or her sex life, then why should the government have any say in contraception? If you want sex, then cover the costs yourself. Why give government the opportunity to meddle further? It seems that people want it both ways as in “don’t tell me how I should behave sexually, but help me pay for my abortion, and/or pay for my contraceptives while I do as I please”. Government should be out of the sex business as far as I am concerned.

  121. BASIL99
    February 14th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Krauthammer accuses BO of driving budget off a cliff.
    ___________

    Finally, after listening to years of his pulp fiction, he tells it like it is… He should keep heaping on the shame and the arrogance of Obama submitting an austerity budget he assumes the public will accept and swallow whole that this is the best he can do… Krauthammer needs to continue exposing the deliberate degradation of America by a man about as American as an African giraffe unconscionably subsisting off the backs of a country in pain. Paying this man a salary to produce more pain with the selling point, this is the best we can do- This con man needs to be removed from the WH by the Republican Neo-Cons if they still want to consider themselves Americans. Lest we never forget what they have done to the country in their own interests.

  122. “He said that the Islamic saying of “no compulsion in religion” is comparable to “no compulsion in the military, meaning that if someone wants to enter the military, he can enter and if he does not want to, he does not have to enter.”
    ________________

    A False analogy always works with people having impaired cognizance like our own resident narcissist.

    There is no difference between the State and it’s Military. There is a difference between Religion and the State here. It’s called a Separation of Church and State..which has worked beautifully for America for hundreds of years.

  123. Another busy day for our great Lady.

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    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton joins Vice President Biden’s meeting with Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s meeting with Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, at the White House.
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    12:20 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, at the Department of State.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

    12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Vice President Biden host a lunch in honor of Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, at the Department of State.
    (POOLED PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)

    6:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a dinner hosted by Vice President Biden in honor of Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, at Vice President Biden’s residence.
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  124. 8:32am; Could be. Hope BB soon gets his payback.
    ——————————————-
    8:29 am: Where’s reporting similar to kraut.
    ###########
    Those media matter people in full protection mode today. Republican somewhere said “Debt on arrival”. It’s been reported on tv as “Dead on arrival”. Then this video from CNN Soledad Obrien/Sen Toomey. Througout she’s vicious. At 0:27 bullet items attributed to the Senator’s plan are shown. At 0:43 they fades to Toomey. Soledad is combative throughout. At 1:52 the bullet items are up again. At 2:10 Toomey notices one which he cites as factually ridiculous [“Families making under 200,000 – taxes rise”.] It is taken down 10 seconds later but reappears from 2:57 – 3:10. She chuckled in a mocking way while stating the Super Committee cannot get something done. At the end she appeared to be denying the Senator mike time. He remained a gentleman. Careless. Or reckless?
    I’ve said it all, but here’s the link for that interview:

  125. Tell us something we dont know….Voter rolls have 1.8 million people on it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/us/politics/us-voter-registration-rolls-are-in-disarray-pew-report-finds.html?_r=2&partner=MYWAY&ei=5065

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s voter registration rolls are in disarray, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States. The problems have the potential to affect the outcomes of local, state and federal elections.

    One in eight active registrations is invalid or inaccurate. At the same time, one in four people who are eligible to vote — at least 51 million potential voters — are not registered.

    The report found that there are about 1.8 million dead people listed as active voters. Some 2.8 million people have active registrations in more than one state. And 12 million registrations have errors serious enough to make it unlikely that mailings based on them will reach voters.

    “These problems waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections,” said David Becker, director of election initiatives at the center.

    Mr. Becker warned that poor record keeping at the registration stage is not evidence of fraud at polling places. “These bad records are not leading to fraud but could lead to the perception of fraud,” he said.

    What seems clear is that many people who are eligible to vote and want to do so fail because of flaws in the registration rolls. In 2008, roughly “2.2 million votes were lost because of registration problems,” according to a report from the Voting Technology Project of the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Heather Gerken, a law professor at Yale, said the new report from Pew quantified and illuminated just how poorly the election system manages its most fundamental task.

    “Until Bush v. Gore, election administration was the dirty little secret of elections,” she said, referring to the Supreme Court decision that delivered the 2000 election to George W. Bush after poorly run elections in Florida. “And registration has always been the dirty little secret of election administration.”

    The flaws in the voter registration rolls have a disproportionately negative impact on mobile populations, including students and other young people, the poor and members of the military, the Pew report found.

    “It’s not clear that it has a uniform partisan effect,” Nathaniel Persily, a law professor and political scientist at Columbia, said of those findings. But he added that “it is now pretty clear that Democrats want to enact measures that make voter registration easier, and Republicans fear that would be an invitation to fraud.”

    The Pew report compared state voter registration lists with a database maintained by Catalist, a company that collects and sells information about voting-age Americans based on data from public and commercial sources.

    The United States differs from most other modern democracies in relying on a decentralized election administration system that places the burden of registration on voters rather than treating registration as a government responsibility.

    “Part of the problem is that it is difficult for us to be proactive,” said Linda H. Lamone, Maryland’s administrator of elections. “We have to rely on the voters.”

    In Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Peru and Sweden, by contrast, the national government maintains its own registries of citizens eligible to vote, according to a 2009 report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

    Professor Gerken said difference between American and international practice helps explain many of Pew’s findings. “Everyone else in a modern democracy does it better,” she said, adding that the American system “is a silly way to run a railroad.”

    It is also expensive. In 2008, for instance, Oregon spent $4.11 per active voter to process registrations. A 2001 study from the voting project found that local election offices spent a third of their budgets on registering voters.

    Canada, by contrast, spent less than 35 cents per voter to process registrations — and 93 percent of eligible voters there are registered.

    The registration process in the United States often involves handwritten forms, some collected by third parties. Those forms are then manually entered into an electronic system, a process bound to introduce flaws.

    People who move, moreover, often take no steps to inform administrators at their old addresses, and a new registration does not typically result in a notification to cancel the previous one. Yet a quarter of all voters assume that their registrations automatically move with them, the report found.

    As a consequence, active registrations in two states are common. Some 70,000 people are registered to vote in three or more states.

    This is also a consequence of a distinctively American approach. “The United States is unique both in its requirement that voters re-register each time they move and in the high mobility of the population,” Professor Persily and Stephen Ansolabehere, a professor of government at Harvard, wrote in a 2010 article, “Measuring Election System Performance,” in The New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.

    One possible response, employed in Arizona and Washington State, is to allow online registration, which is cheaper, more accurate and more convenient but may raise security concerns. Ms. Lamone, the Maryland election official, said her state for now “is completely paper based” but would allow online registration starting in July for people with a valid state driver’s license or military identification.

    The Pew report urged administrators to make greater use of data-matching technologies commonly used by private businesses and to look to government resources like motor vehicle records, Social Security death records and the Postal Service’s change-of-address database.

    In an interview, Professor Persily proposed what he called an easy fix to many of the problems identified in the new report. The Postal Service’s change-of-address form, he said, could include a box that, when checked, would generate a cancellation notice directed to the old voting place and a registration request to the new one.

  126. Celebrate Black History Month: Slap a Leftist!
    February 13, 2012 – 7:05 am – by Andrew Klavan PJMedia
    snip
    This leftist witchcraft transformed the once-great gains of the Civil Rights movement into a virtually inescapable structure of government hand-outs and dependency, establishing the Democratic Party as masters of a new plantation with black front men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing the role of go-betweens and overseers. Unlike the original forms of slavery which the Democratic Party defended and upheld for so long, this program of dependency introduced a new wrinkle: it enticed blacks into facilitating and supporting their own subjection. Over 90 percent of blacks vote for the party that has locked them in the slums of Detroit, New Orleans, and Chicago. Some 96 percent of blacks voted for Barack Obama, during whose presidency black unemployment and poverty have skyrocketed, especially among the young.
    In order to prevent any liberating message of moral and economic self-sufficiency from reaching their captive black constituency, leftists have waged a scurrilous 50-year campaign to brand conservative whites racist. To do that, of course, the term had to be redefined. Racism once meant a belief that some races were inferior to others. It now refers to any misspoken word or gesture or slightly untoward attitude that might be used to silence a conservative or at least prevent dependent blacks from listening to him. Just watch the ugly, twisted, dishonest, and corrupt attempts by the network news media and others to paint the Tea Party movement as racist per se. Why do that to innocent Americans whose agenda has nothing to do with race at all? Because — if the Democrat Party’s economically enslaved black base ever listened to the Tea Party message, it might come to its senses, break its shackles, and head for freedom.
    Over the weekend, I was deeply moved — not to mention infuriated — by a powerful documentary called Runaway Slave. It follows Tea Party powerhouse Reverend C.L. Bryant on a journey across America as he seeks to discover whether blacks are finally “free at last.” Bryant talks to many leaders you’ll recognize — Thomas Sowell, Allen West, and Herman Cain, for example — and many others who are working locally against the insidious and crippling government takeover of black lives. In some truly telling moments, he also confronts leftist black leaders face to face.
    http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2012/02/13/celebrate-black-history-month-slap-a-leftist/?singlepage=true

  127. Agreed.

    “Finally, after listening to years of his pulp fiction, he tells it like it is… He should keep heaping on the shame and the arrogance of Obama submitting an austerity budget he assumes the public will accept and swallow whole that this is the best he can do.”

  128. “A False analogy always works with people having impaired cognizance like our own resident narcissist.”

    Who? The contraception-fairy?

  129. An ultra-conservative Egyptian presidential hopeful

    [[ Is he named Santorum? ]]

    But speaking up against religion in Egypt can lead a person to prosecution for blasphemy.

    [[ Here too — if you disagree with some old male celebate Catholic bishops. ]]

  130. ShortTermer
    February 14th, 2012 at 1:34 am
    It may be legal to run negative ads, but to run ads that are lies is a horse of a different color; and that is how Romney has followed ObaMAO’s lead. It just shows to go you that the citizens as a whole are as dumb as ObaMAO assumes they are; they are too dumb and lazy to do their own research and they believe everything that is presented to them, or else they rely on sources that are dubious at best.
    ***************

    please, they ALL do it…ALL

  131. OMG..How stupid is this? Does he really think you can be a blended Muslim? The man has Hebrew blood in him. Does he have no brain at all? No moral compass? Has he not a clue on what the hell is going on?

    The Elite are really nuts.

    *****************
    Oliver Stone’s son converts to Islam in Iran

    US filmmaker Sean Stone, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday in Iran, where he is making a documentary, he told AFP.
    “The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets,” he said in a brief telephone call from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, where he underwent the ceremony.
    Sean Stone’s famous father is Jewish, while his mother is Christian.
    The 27-year-old filmmaker did not say why he converted.
    According to Iran’s Fars news agency, Sean Stone had become a Shiite and had chosen to be known by the Muslim first name Ali.
    Sean/Ali Stone has acted in minor roles in several of his father’s films, and has directed a handful of documentaries.

  132. ★Drudge: “Paul: Time to Take Down Santorum’s Disguise”
    Submitted by Barracuda_Trader on Mon, 02/13/2012 – 17:31
    in
    Daily Paul Liberty Form
    Red State: “What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like”
    **Links with actual bills and dates**
    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-governme

    I’m not going to personally attack Rick Santorum or his wife who opted to sue her chiropractor for $500,000 because she “gained weight”.
    Senator Santorum was stumping for a $250,000 cap on medical malpractice suits. She settled for $350,000 reportedly.
    Whatever.
    It’s no secret Santorum is a serial hypocrite.

    “Do as I say, not as I did”

    But Santorum’s voting record is overwhelmingly inconsistent with the campaign propaganda that comes out of his mouth.
    He is not remotely a conservative or a defender of freedom. He is a big government, “Show-me-the-money” LOBBYIST. Period. End of story.

    ★Defense and Foreign Policy

    Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
    Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.
    Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
    Voted for the START II Treaty
    Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
    Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines
    Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
    Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.
    Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
    Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
    Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
    Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea
    Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
    Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
    Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program

    ★Nominations

    Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)
    Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge
    Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN
    Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge
    Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit
    Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge
    Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge
    Voted for James Brady to be District Judge

    ★Labor

    Voted against National Right to Work Act
    Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages
    Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor
    Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
    Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
    Voted for Job Corps funding
    Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization
    Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
    Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
    Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
    Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.
    Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.

    ★Guns

    Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
    Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
    Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.
    Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
    Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.

    ★Reform

    Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
    Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.
    Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapits, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
    Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
    Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
    Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.

    ★Immigration

    Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
    Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
    Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
    Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
    Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.

    ★Taxes

    Voted against a flat tax.
    Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
    Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
    Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
    Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
    Voted twice for internet taxes.
    Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
    Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
    Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
    Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
    Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
    Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
    Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.

    ★Welfare

    Voted against food stamp reform
    Voted against Medicaid reform
    Voted against TANF reform
    Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion
    Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
    Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.

    ★Waste

    Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million
    Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)
    Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
    Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
    Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million
    Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)
    Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry
    Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a state’s highway allocation
    Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
    Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%
    Voted against transferring $20 million from Americorps to veterans.
    Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
    Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
    Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.

    ★Spending and Entitlements

    Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an new entitlement.
    Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
    Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
    Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.

    ★Health Care

    **Santorum’s top two campaign contributors: Blue Cross Blue Shield & High Mark. I couldn’t make this up.

    Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
    Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
    Voted against a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.

    ★Education

    Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing
    Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
    Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.

    ★Energy

    Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.

    ★NEA
    Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
    Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.

    ★Bankruptcy
    Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

    ★This partial list does not even include his support for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, (Bigger than Obama care) http://www.clubforgrowth.org/whitepapers/?subsec=137&id=902 FIVE debt ceiling increases, funding the bridge to nowhere, refusing to redirect earmark allocations to disaster relief along the Gulf Coast post Katrina, etc

    ★Club for Growth today rendered an opinion on U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s charge that Rick Santorum is a “big government, big spending individual.”

    Verdict: Mostly true.

    From Club for Growth analysis:

    During a particularly touchy exchange at the ABC News debate, Paul attacked Santorum for being a “big-government, big spending individual.” To back up this claim, Paul offered four substantive examples: that Santorum voted to raise the nation’s debt limit five times, that Santorum voted against “right to work” laws, that he voted for No Child Left Behind, and that he voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit.
    Research shows that all four substantive allegations against Santorum are true.
    http://www.revolutionpac.com/2012/01/club-for-growth-confirm

    ★Rick Santorum: Top-tier on Most Corrupt Member of Congress list 2 years running
    http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-washington-dc/rick-s

    ★Patriot Act
    Privacy is in 4th amendment, but Patriot Act is ok
    Q: [to Paul] Sen. Santorum believes that the Supreme Court was wrong when it decided that a right to privacy was embedded in the Constitution.
    SANTORUM: No, let’s be clear. We’re talking about the 10th Amendment and the right of states to act.
    PAUL: I think the Fourth Amendment is very clear. It is explicit in our privacy. You can’t go into anybody’s house and look at what they have or their papers or any private things without a search warrant. This is why the Patriot Act is wrong, because you have a right of privacy by the Fourth Amendment.
    SANTORUM: Congressman Paul is talking about privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment, in which I agree with him, I don’t necessarily agree that the Patriot Act violates that. But I do agree that obviously we have a right to privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
    Source: WMUR 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate , Jan 7, 2012
    http://www.issues2000.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Securi

    ★NDAA
    “In January 2011, Senator Santorum was asked if he would have signed the 2012 NDAA if he were President. Acknowledging that the legislation granted the President the right to arrest and detain US citizens, Senator Santorum then stated that indeed would have signed the legislation..”
    http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/Senate/Pennsylvani

    ★Santorum: I was AGAINST bombing Iran, before I was for It! By the Way, I LOVE the Shah!
    http://www.dailypaul.com/213882/santorum-i-was-against-bombi

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    Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel
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    Egyptian students shout anti-military slogans during a protest at Cairo University on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Egyptian authorities accuse U.S. and other foreign-funded non-governmental organizations of formenting protests in the country. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    (CNSNews.com) – A top Muslim Brotherhood official has warned that any cuts in U.S. aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel – the latest sign that Egypt’s emerging political forces intend to call Washington’s bluff over the diplomatic dispute triggered by a crackdown on non-governmental organizations.

    Egyptian judges have referred 16 Americans and 27 others linked to NGOs for trial, accusing them of using foreign funds to encourage disruptive protests. Among the targeted NGOs whose assets and funds have been seized are the U.S. government-funded International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute.

    On Capitol Hill, the chorus of senior lawmakers calling for aid to Egypt to be suspended over the affair is growing, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the funds could be in jeopardy.

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    Egyptian students shout anti-military slogans during a protest at Cairo University on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Egyptian authorities accuse U.S. and other foreign-funded non-governmental organizations of formenting protests in the country. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    (CNSNews.com) – A top Muslim Brotherhood official has warned that any cuts in U.S. aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel – the latest sign that Egypt’s emerging political forces intend to call Washington’s bluff over the diplomatic dispute triggered by a crackdown on non-governmental organizations.

    Egyptian judges have referred 16 Americans and 27 others linked to NGOs for trial, accusing them of using foreign funds to encourage disruptive protests. Among the targeted NGOs whose assets and funds have been seized are the U.S. government-funded International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute.

    On Capitol Hill, the chorus of senior lawmakers calling for aid to Egypt to be suspended over the affair is growing, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the funds could be in jeopardy.

  135. Admin, didn’t post twice, sorry’t know how that happened, can you delete one and I have another in moderation. Thanks

  136. From ACE…
    Tea Partiers, you have some ‘splainin’ to do…boy, do I agree!
    *****************

    Santorum Surges Among Tea Partiers
    —Gabriel Malor

    Santorum has surged among Republican voters who as recently as 2010 claimed to oppose earmarks, big government, and over-regulation. Once upon a time they also wanted to reform entitlement and welfare programs and to curtail government meddling in the free market. Yes, I’m talking about the Tea Party, and, yes, this gets right back to my point that inconsistent voters will behave inconsistently (and therefore get no respect).

    Rick Santorum passionately defends earmarks, even today. There has been no come-to-Jesus moment for the unrepentant former Senator and Congressman, who during his 16 years inside the Beltway racked up a $1 billion in earmarks. During that time, Santorum sided with Democrats to block cuts to federally-funded food stamps programs and to raise the minimum wage. He sought (and got) money for “green” projects in Pennsylvania and, among numerous other wasteful votes, voted for the Bridge to Nowhere.

    Tea Partiers, you have some ‘splainin’ to do. I know, I know. You don’t like Romney because you only think he’s saying what you want to hear. Now, I don’t believe that, but explain to me how Romney preaching fiscal conservatism is worse than Santorum, who isn’t even pretending to support it.

    Here he is in a 2006 campaign video (you know, the year he lost badly) saying the Bush 43 White House probably called him a lot of names because he fought their efforts to cut Amtrak funding. His mailer that year touted a great many big government achievements, including this notable brag:

    Just what was the Gas Affordability and Security Act of 2006? Let’s look.

    Criminalizes conduct that’s already a crime under both state and federal law.
    Establishes a federal task force within the FTC to help state AGs prosecute oil and gas companies.
    Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to award funding for an ultra-low sulfur diesel plant.
    Creates a tax credit for teleworking and encourages federal employees to telework.
    Doesn’t sound very conservative to me. The GAS Act had all the hallmarks of the big government excess the Tea Party was trying to get away from in 2009 and 2010: new redundant federal criminal laws, federal commissions, picking winners and losers in the energy market, and, um, teleslacking federal employees.

    Oh, did I mention Santorum voted for Sotomayor? Yeah, he did. At least he’s not bragging about that anymore.

    What say you, Tea Partiers?

  137. Heh, I went on AmericansElect and wanted to be a ‘delegate’ for Hillary. I am sure it’s the only way I will ever be a delegate for her 😉

    Anyway, you have answer a few questions of your priority on issues and it thinks Hillary’s main concern is Immigration? Anyway, I don’t care what they think is her main concern, I know Hillary better than they do even though I only agree with 53% of her priorities according to them…which is crapola.

    They think I am a better match to Ron Paul. 🙂

    Anyway, I am in the process of being verified…and if need be I can use this option in Nov.

  138. BASIL99
    February 14th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “A False analogy always works with people having impaired cognizance like our own resident narcissist.”

    Who? The contraception-fairy?
    ___________

    haha- The contrarian-fairy!

  139. They ALL do it….my mother used to retort a response to this idiotic EXCUSE like this: IF all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it? Nuff said.

  140. Okay, here’s a conspiracy theory that would make sense. What if the insurance companies WANT to cover contraceptives, because contraceptives are cheaper than pregnancy. So Obama is their front man. (And of course Pharma wants it, so as to sell more Pills.)

    Most employer-paid insurance in the country covers contraceptives already, including other Catholic related organizations. Maybe this is just to pick up the hold-outs, and refer the bishops to Obama (and at the same time take a lot of votes away from the GOP).

    http://www.cluw.org/PDF/ContraceptiveCoverageSavesMoney.pdf

    google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1CHMC_enUS396US397&q=Institute+of+Medicine+contraceptive+coverage+cost+savings&oq=Institute+of+Medicine+contraceptive+coverage+cost+savings&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=123747l129658l0l130434l15l15l1l0l0l0l420l2444l2-7.1.1l9l0

  141. lil ole grape @ 10:34 am – thanks for the pjmedia comment
    ———————————–
    Here’s some fairly plain language from one currently in the spotlight in Rome:

    Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan: Obama says he’s not anti-religious, but he’s getting harder to believe
    … “I want to take him at his word,” Dolan said in Rome, where he will be made a cardinal Saturday. But he stressed: “I do have to say it’s getting harder and harder,” to believe Obama’s claim to prioritize religious freedom issues given the latest controversy…. “Does the federal government have the right to tell a religious individual or a religious entity how to define yourself?” Dolan asked. “This is what gives us greater chill….”
    …He vowed to support legislation under way in Congress that would allow any employer to deny birth control coverage if it runs counter to their religious or moral beliefs. The White House on Monday termed the proposed legislation “dangerous and wrong…. “Dolan said the U.S. bishops will now work hard to support passage of the new legislation. “I couldn’t see why the president would have any consternation, because he said to me that religious freedom remains sacrosanct. Well, let’s legislatively guarantee it,” Dolan said….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/14/dolan-obama-says-hes-not-anti-religious-but-hes-getting-harder-to-believe/

  142. Santorum is a disaster and has done untold harm to any chances Romney had…it’s a shame in almost 4 yrs they could not come up with a average candidate to beat Obama.

  143. Houston services update
    NEWARK, New Jersey (KTLA) — Whitney Houston’s funeral will be held at noon on Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where Houston got her start singing in the choir as a child. Carolyn Whigham, the owner of the New Jersey funeral home handling the arrangements, confirmed the plans. A wake is planned for Thursday, and a public memorial will be held on Friday at the 18,000-seat Prudential Center in Newark. Admission to the memorial service is expected to be first-come, first-served.
    http://www.wpix.com/news/ktla-whitney-houston-dies,0,2984973.story

  144. Ron Paul to go after Santorum:
    _______________________

    Time to Take Down Santorum’s Disguise

    Daily Paul Liberty Forum

    SOURCE– Red State: “What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like”
    **Links with actual bills and dates**
    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-governme

    I’m not going to personally attack Rick Santorum or his wife who opted to sue her chiropractor for $500,000 because she “gained weight”.
    Senator Santorum was stumping for a $250,000 cap on medical malpractice suits. She settled for $350,000 reportedly.
    Whatever.
    It’s no secret Santorum is a serial hypocrite.

    “Do as I say, not as I did”

    But Santorum’s voting record is overwhelmingly inconsistent with the campaign propaganda that comes out of his mouth.
    He is not remotely a conservative or a defender of freedom. He is a big government, “Show-me-the-money” LOBBYIST. Period. End of story.

    ★Defense and Foreign

    read lots more @ link:

    http://www.dailypaul.com/213706/time-to-take-down-santorums-disguise

  145. Gingrich, the bane of Obama operatives, is IN till the end!
    ___________________

    Gingrich: I’m Not Going Anywhere

    February 14, 2012

    SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — Republican Newt Gingrich on Monday dismissed calls to drop out of the presidential contest in order to set up a direct contest between rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The former House speaker insisted that his ideas and a new determination to stay positive would help him once again resuscitate his flagging candidacy.

    “I think my ideas are much bolder than Santorum or Romney’s. I think my ideas are much clearer and more specific and I have to focus on communicating those ideas. Let’s see how it plays out,” Gingrich told reporters after addressing a Hispanic leadership event near Los Angeles. He is spending most of the week in California attending fundraisers.

    Gingrich’s comments came as the National Review, an influential conservative magazine, published an editorial calling on Gingrich to step aside and endorse Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who has recently surged in polls. Santorum himself suggested in an interview Sunday that he would like Gingrich to clear the way.

    Gingrich called the National Review article “silly” and said he had no intention of abandoning the race. He noted that he had been counted out several times before in the presidential race but had rallied back each time.

    “The National Review wanted me to drop out in June,” Gingrich said, adding that he planned to revive his candidacy with policy speeches like the one he delivered Friday at a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee. The speech was well received, but Gingrich nonetheless placed third in the group’s presidential straw poll.

    Gingrich was riding high in polls before Iowa’s kickoff caucuses Jan. 3, before Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing Romney’s campaign, attacked him with negative ads casting him as a tainted Washington insider. The ads helped sink him to a weak fourth place finish there.

    Gingrich came back to win a resounding victory in South Carolina’s primary Jan. 21, at which time he urged Santorum to consider dropping out. But Romney’s campaign, along with Restore Our Future, launched some $15 million in negative ads against Gingrich in Florida, crushing his momentum. Romney won Florida’s primary Jan. 31, and Gingrich has struggled to catch fire again while Santorum has surged.

    Speaking to a Tea Party group in Pasadena, Gingrich depicted Santorum as a flash in the pan whose own candidacy had been nearly left for dead before he won contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado last week.

    “He had a really good Tuesday and suddenly the same people who said I was dead in June are saying, ‘See, I told you so,’” Gingrich said. “I have a message for them — I’m still here.”

    Hoping to mount yet another comeback, Gingrich has set his sights on states like Georgia and Ohio holding contests on Super Tuesday, March 6.

    The four remaining Republican candidates, including Ron Paul, will meet for a nationally televised debate Feb. 22 in Arizona, which holds a primary Feb. 28, as does Michigan.

    Gingrich showed no sign of backing off his vivid rhetoric when he suggested that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which he called “bigoted and anti-religious,” should be impeached for its recent ruling invalidating a California ballot initiative that had overturned gay marriage rights in the state.

    Gingrich edged out of a potentially embarrassing exchanged with Orly Taitz, a California dentist who pioneered the “birther” movement questioning whether President Barack Obama had been born in the United States and therefore eligible to be president. Taitz suggested to Gingrich that he should pursue the debunked birther agenda as a way to propel his campaign.

    “Somebody who wouldn’t be good enough, who wouldn’t be certified to pick tomatoes or clean bathrooms is sitting in the White House,” Taitz told Gingrich, to gasps and some applause from the tea party audience.

    Gingrich demurred and said, “I think I have enough issues to debate Obama with.”

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/02/14/gingrich-im-not-going-anywhere/

  146. Now this here is just plain dumb.

    “But speaking up against religion in Egypt can lead a person to prosecution for blasphemy.

    [[ Here too — if you disagree with some old male celebate Catholic bishops. ]]”

    There’s just one teeny tiny difference. In the first, disagreement can get you killed while in the second the worst that can happen is ex-communication.

    No no no. Nothing to see here. Both exactly the same. No difference if you live in a radical Muslim or a christian country. None whatsoever.

    😯


  147. Review of Actuarial Studies
    The direct costs of providing contraception as part of a health insurance plan are very low and do not add more than approximately 0.5% to the premium costs per adult enrollee.[6] Studies from three actuarial firms, Buck Consultants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and the Actuarial Research Corporation (ARC) have estimated the direct costs of providing contraception coverage. In 1998, Buck Consultants estimated that the direct cost of providing contraceptive benefits averaged $21 per enrollee per year.[7] PwC actuaries completed an analysis using more recent, 2003 data from MedStat for the National Business Group on Health, and determined that a broader range of services (contraceptive services, plus lab and counseling services) would cost approximately $41 per year.[8] The most recent actuarial analysis, completed by the Actuarial Research Corporation in July 2011, using data from 2010, estimated a cost of about $26 per year per enrolled female.[9]

    However, as indicated by the empirical evidence described above, these direct estimated costs overstate the total premium cost of providing contraceptive coverage. When medical costs associated with unintended pregnancies are taken into account, including costs of prenatal care, pregnancy complications, and deliveries, the net effect on premiums is close to zero.[10],[11] One study author concluded, “The message is simple: regardless of payment mechanism or contraceptive method, contraception saves money.”[12]

    When indirect costs such as time away from work and productivity loss are considered, they further reduce the total cost to an employer. Global Health Outcomes developed a model that incorporates costs of contraception, costs of unintended pregnancy, and indirect costs. They find that it saves employers $97 per year per employee to offer a comprehensive contraceptive benefit.[13] Similarly, the PwC actuaries state that after all effects are taken into account, providing contraceptive services is “cost-saving.”[14]
    http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2012/contraceptives/ib.shtml#Review

    Scroll down for the sources.

  148. BASIL99
    February 14th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Now this here is just plain dumb.
    _____________

    You have to worry when someone doesn’t know the difference between a gun and a toothpick. Hopefully not your average voter-

  149. jbstonesfan
    February 14th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This primary is nuts.

    Shadowfax, I think one of the reasons the contraceptiongate controversy continues is because some news outlets have now connected the dots between Georgie S’s weird line of questioning during the NH primary debate before the issue had been raised and the issue now blowing up almost one month later. It’s like this was planned, by the leftards, as a way of attacking repubs for being anti-woman. Like the NH POV was a trial balloon, just like OWS and the race card.

    Notice how frantically the resident bot is spewing those talking points. Until the page turns we can expect to hear more of the same. Pathetic, isn’t it? It’s one long marketing campaign. And let’s not forget when BO said he didn’t want his daughter “punished with a baby.”

    As sated before, I am vehemently pro-choice but I am NOT anti-religious freedom.

  150. moononpluto,

    “oh still bleating on that contraception hooha, ffs.”

    It’s looking more and more like this is a point deliberately flamed by the dims in a move to ensure women don’t stray off the plantation.

    What better tack then trying to convince women all repubs are against contraception?

    Which they are not. As SartaK commented upthread, the issue is WHAT the government has the right to MANDATE citizens pay for. That is the real bouncing ball issue.

    “If the government (in this case, Obama) can force my private insurer to offer “FREE” birth control, meaning no co-pay, what’s next? What about vitamin supplements? What about my gym membership or yoga classes? How about organic vegetables?”

  151. Jaw dropped……

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/14/schakowsky-no-americans-really-follow-christian-teachings-on-contraception-anyway/

    Schakowsky: No Americans really follow Christian teachings on contraception anyway

    Is the latest Democratic talking point that real Americans use contraceptives? “There’s no controversy around contraceptives,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) tells Ed Schultz on his radio broadcast yesterday. “There’s a few, some in the Catholic church and maybe some evangelical churches, I don’t know, that thinks that it’s wrong,” Schakowsky elaborates, “but none of the American people follow that.” So no Catholics or evangelicals are Americans? Breitbart News and Naked Emperor News brings us this curious argument:

  152. BO admin comes out in favor of global minimum tax.

    “When the Director of the White House National Economic Council reveals a desire to implement a global tax on all nations, he is also revealing the Obama administration’s strong desire to govern well beyond the confines of America’s borders if re-elected in 2012.”

    Sounds just like what the UN is planning, doesn’t it?

    Sperling says the plan will be revealed more – but not in “gory” detail” – by the end of the month.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/02/14/oops-obama-administration-reveals-global-government-plan-if-given-second-term/

  153. Two points have been raised here but I haven’t seen answers.

    1. I’ve posted evidence that covering contraception would not raise premiums, as it saves on costs of pregnancy etc.

    2. If all premiums did go up, some posters say that would contradict their ‘religious freedom’. But all premiums going up would be like all taxes going up. Do these posters say that their taxes paying for war and other government actions also contradicts their ‘relgious freedom’?

  154. So no Catholics or evangelicals are Americans?

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

    Most Catholics use contraception in spite of what their bishops say. I’ve posted a link to evidence of this in a Catholic site.

  155. moononpluto,

    Yup. Agreed. And the more I think about it the more I’m beginning to wonder if BO is dropping hints of his real intentions on so many fronts because once again he KNOWS he will not be defeated?

    Might as well get a jump on the 2nd term, save some time, accelerate the transformation, speed up the intended collapse.

    Between his insane budget, his attacks (verbally) on Israel, his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, his fight with the Catholic Church, his war on industry and energy, his continued propping up of banks through things like the Home Foreclosure Act, his class warfare, his absolute tone-deafness it seems like he’s laying the groundwork for a real takeover of the country.

    Sorry to sound so pessimistic but as someone upthread said, he really is not that dumb. he knows exactly what he’s doing. We can see the outlines of his plans through unintended slip-ups like the George Stephanopoulos premature discharge of upcoming strategy back in January.

    I hate to say it but we should all be worried the POS could get another term.

  156. Basil99

    Shadowfax, I think one of the reasons the contraceptiongate controversy continues is because some news outlets have now…

    —-I just have no interest in this topic, doesn’t matter if it’s on the blog, or in the news…it just the same old issue, every election, and I am so sick of it…

  157. I found this article on AT and tried to get to it to read it but can’t. I tried a few ways. Did anyone read it?

    Obama’s Eligibility Diversion
    Cindy Simpson
    After almost four years into the reality of Obama’s presidency, many Americans are beginning to wonder if the portrait painted by the media during the 2008 campaign was fiction.

  158. Says Shadowfax about contraception….…it just the same old issue, every election, and I am so sick of it…

    Exactly Shadowfax, the men in charge at large in politics and government once contraceptions became readily available have used that topic and ancillary topics like abortion to WHIP women’s asses over and over and over again. And the silly women let them; there were abortions before it became a legal issue and before that there were coathangers. Women who desire contrapception or abortion are able to get the services WITHOUT the help of the politicians and government or the rabid contraception fairy. They used to be able to keep us barefoot-and-pregnant, but no more; and once that genie is out of the bottle there is no turning back……this is true no matter what your personal beliefs are about the subject of women and the womb.

  159. ShortTermer
    February 14th, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    ********

    why don’t you pass on the name calling…for once…you can pass by, what a novel idea
    ******

  160. there were abortions before it became a legal issue and before that there were coathangers. Women who desire contrapception or abortion are able to get the services WITHOUT the help of the politicians and government

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

    Huh? You think illegal abortions and coat hangers are good enough?

    Or The Pill on black market? But who will manufacture them?

  161. ShortTermer

    Exactly Shadowfax, the men in charge at large in politics and government once contraceptions became readily available have used that topic and ancillary topics like abortion to WHIP women’s asses over and over and over again..

    —-Yup.

    This is the only thing they think women care about, not the frickin’ economy, not jobs, not inflation, not senseless wars, nothing of REAL importance…just the same crap over women’s bodies, precious sperm, and free bc pills. Give me a break.

    To me religion, church stuff is personal and I am sick of hearing about it.
    Keep your mitts off my body and my decisions.

  162. ShortTermer
    February 14th, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    *************

    I usually do, but when you call me in so many words, or someone else, names, because they hold a different view, well,( hiding behind a computer screen does have it’s advantages) I feel I have to respond.

  163. gonzotx
    February 14th, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    You are not scrolling on by. There is only one difference between me and you.

  164. Re: Shadowfax
    February 14th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    After all in this day and time you would think that it would be low on the discussion list; but I guess those who keep harping on it think that all women are EMOTIONAL beings who only think with one body part….and I am certain they are wrong about that.

    I clicked on a link from my FB page and was sent to a page that is entitled: Repeal ObamaCare and how how ‘interesting’ the discussion is there. Of course there are always a couple there who are so redundant it is sickening.

  165. Congratulations to The Civil Wars on Grammy wins. The girl is from California and the guy is from my hometown area. They were an overnight success, evidently.

  166. ShortTermer

    I don’t worry much about the emotional aspect of a conversation, but it’s more like beating a dead horse.

    Barry could have tossed out this nitwit idea, Fox could have stamped it out, but instead it goes on until people just cover their ears from boredom.

  167. Fox and the networks -Barry could have tossed out this nitwit idea, Fox could have stamped it out, but instead it goes on until people just cover their ears from boredom.

    ——–> when something like this happens, you know both parties have no real solutions or they would be debating those things instead.

    Like 40 year old dust caught in a vacuum.

  168. Even before the sudden death of her mother Whitney Houston on Saturday, there were concerns for her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

    Brown,18, was reportedly involved in a hauntingly similar bathtub scenario the day before her mom was found dead underwater. Security at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was called to Brown’s room, which was booked under her mother’s name, and on the same floor as Houston’s room. They were forced to unlock the bathroom door when Brown wouldn’t answer. According to TMZ, Brown was found asleep in her bathtub.

    Then after her mom’s death, Brown was taken to Cedars Sinai hospital not once, but twice. She was first brought in mere hours after her mother’s death to be treated for stress and anxiety, according to TMZ. Then on Sunday she was removed from the Beverly Hilton on a stretcher for the same reasons before being released later that day.

    Close friends and family now fear Brown may be suicidal, and the devastating loss could send the youngster spiraling. Experts we talked to say that because Brown’s mother and father, the singer Bobby Brown, have had serious addiction issues in the past, she could be in a dangerous position.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/14/concerns-for-whitney-houstons-daughter-mount-after-moms-death/#ixzz1mOfDhZhs

  169. Why is it that the Bush taxcuts to the top dogs doesn’t need to be paid for with cuts??????

    ——–

    ….The possible breakthrough Tuesday comes after a tumultuous 24-hour period when House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders in the House said they would no longer force the $20-a-week payroll tax break to be paid for — reversing their position on the issue, which has left the GOP battered in the polls.

    Boehner had hoped the overture could shake-up the stalled talks to resolve the other remaining issues. But the shift has not been embraced by the Republican rank-and-file in the House, who have been reluctant to give up their fight against a proposal that does not include spending cuts and adds to the deficit. And Senate Republicans have been noncommittal.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-payroll-tax-deal-near-20120214,0,806039.story

  170. Turndown, give me a break. An employed woman who really wants to avoid pregnancy will not skimp on birth control, which can cost as little as $10/month. Insurance companies will therefore not experience a significant savings by giving it away. Frankly, it’s insulting to women to imply that they can’t keep from having babies unless their employer gives them the pill.

    Any half-way intelligent person can see what the Obama administration is doing here: like class warfare, they are going for “female warfare,” hoping that women voters and especially liberal feminists will get all worked up over the objections of “right wingers” to this mandate, which they are now characterizing as “access to birth control” as if we don’t already have that. If it were really about ensuring good health, Obama would be dictating 100% coverage of an endless supply of preventive goods and service, from tooth paste to gym memberships to Omega 3 pills.

    If you really must insist that insurance companies will save money by providing birth control, I can argue the opposite: this policy will causes losses for insurance companies because every time a person is added to the family, premiums go up. The more kids you have, the more money insurers make.

    I previously asked why insurers are forced to provide birth control at 100% coverage when co-pays for so many other services which really are medical in nature are left to their discretion, including such life-saving services as surgery, radiology, and flu shots, to name just a few. The answer is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Soon the federal government will decide exactly what services will be provided at what cost. Insurance companies will be driven out of business and replaced by a single payer government administered health insurance program in which everyone has the same boilerplate policy. THAT is the long-term goal here. Obama is using the charged issue of free birth control to kick off this process because it has built-in political capital.

    But I must ask you: why are you suddenly so offended at the idea of a co-pay for birth control? If you expect health insurance to cover everything 100%, surely you must be prepared to pay a higher premium, no? Or do you just think birth control stands alone?

    This is nothing — and I mean NOTHING — other than a shrewd and divisive political move by our Thug in Chief. You can talk about religious freedom v. women’s health until you run everyone else off this board and drive our dedicated Admin to retire this blog, but you can’t change the fact that this is just election year thuggery at its cheapest.

  171. An employed woman who really wants to avoid pregnancy will not skimp on birth control, which can cost as little as $10/month.

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

    Unfortunately, quite a few women are using birth control only intermittantly, and co-pays or lack of insurance coverage are part of the reason. The statistics (from many sources) are at the same links I’ve been posting from last night and this morning.

    Sure, competent women with reasonable income who are determined not to get pregnant can manage some workaround. But those who aren’t so competent, aren’t very competent to raise the babies either. One of our regular posters (hope you’ll be a regular too!) often posts about schools and social services in her area being swamped with illegal immigrants’ children. Legal but unwanted children of poor, incompetent families cause the same sort of problems.

    Some women who will be affected are not themselves employed but are covered by their husbands’ or parents’ policy.

  172. Bravo, SaraK,

    “This is nothing — and I mean NOTHING — other than a shrewd and divisive political move by our Thug in Chief. . .you can’t change the fact that this is just election year thuggery at its cheapest.”

    THAT’S why it keeps getting discussed here.

    It’s like the drowsing American giant is finally, slowly shaking off its lethargy and realizing just how invasive and intrusive O-Care is.

    But will it be too little too late? By the way the POS is passing one thing after another, I can only pray.

    Pray for those opposing him and pray that we DON’T get bored and fall asleep and let this monstrosity of an administration get a second term. Now THAT would be a disaster.

  173. this policy will causes losses for insurance companies because every time a person is added to the family, premiums go up. The more kids you have, the more money insurers make.

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

    Not necessarily, and not necessarily the same insurer. Look at the timing. The new contraceptive policy costs the company immediately. Savings begin a few months later, when there are fewer pregnancies to cover, and may peak nine months later with fewer deliveries. Higher premiums for the new family member would take a while to balance that — even assuming the new family member is healthy, not requiring a lot of treatment. And that’s assuming that well after the new family member is born, the worker continues with the same job using the same insurance company — or has a job at all.

    Too many companies are living from quarter to quarter with their executives getting paid according to the stock market price of shares.

  174. moononpluto,

    Yup. And American gas prices up 83% since the POS got sworn in. Greece teetering on chaos soon to be followed by Europe and the U.S. Home foreclosures astronomical. Debt per individual under BO’s disaster up $17G. More solar companies going bust and yet more money being funneled back to a failed technology = more kickback. The Volt subsidy going up from $7500 to $10,000 while US Post Offices close.

    The only good piece of news I see on Drudge is something about Issa getting ready to hold Holder in contempt. Gonna go read.

  175. Cancer drug in short supply was on the evening news here and they showed one little boy who has leukemia and the drug is soon to be unavailable to him. The drug, Methotrexate has many useful purposes to include psoriasis, arthritis, leukemia, breast cancer and (shhhh don’t tell the contraception fairy)even abortions. It is one of 28 powerful meds that are or soon will be in short supply. And what is our Dear Leader focused on as far as healthcare is concerned?

  176. Turndown, I have been a regular reader here for years. I don’t have time for much commenting. You have not addressed the biggest points I made, but I didn’t expect you to. My observation as a long-time reader is that you’re here to obfuscate and frustrate.

  177. Food for thought…

    It seems to me we are just babysitting for another host forum keeping the Occupado sign up on the Lavatory door. Post a notice when everyone has better things to do other than negotiating the traffic jam in front of the Rabbit Hole. The time is drawing near when the obfuscatory offender should be Voted Off the Island. Or at least suspended for 6 mos in a mandatory 12 step program in Behavior Modification.

  178. You have not addressed the biggest points I made

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

    Sorry, I’ll take another look later. Here’s one aspect of the whole discussion I think I skipped. There’s been a lot of talk about ‘religious freedom’ or ‘the free marketplace’ being attacked by a ‘tip of the iceberg’. Here’s a ‘tip of the iceberg’ alert from the other side: the feminist PUMA side. It’s worth clicking through to read these two PUMA blogs, including comments.

    reclusiveleftist.com/2012/02/12/so-whos-special-catholics-women/#comments
    Yeah, it’s fine to discriminate against women’s contraception, but that other stuff? No fucking way! And it’s fine to allow the Catholics to defy the Civil Rights Act, but other employers?
    [….]
    Women no longer have a recognized right to decisions about their own health care. Instead they have pills. That’s a sop; not a win.

    And this one:

    skydancingblog.com/2012/02/12/my-religion-is-to-kill-your-religion/

  179. Surprised he has not gone down in approval after this contraception controversy as he has gone up to plus 2.7% and over 48% approval.

  180. “My observation as a long-time reader is that you’re here to obfuscate and frustrate.”

    SaraK, I would agree with that, scroll button is the best option. It’s not worth it. Disagreements in viewpoints is one thing, agitating is quite another. Scroll on by.

  181. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Global Business Conference

    Media Note
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC

    February 14, 2012

    On February 21-22, Secretary Clinton will host the first-ever State Department Global Business Conference. The conference will bring together senior officials from U.S. business support organizations from over 100 countries; U.S private sector executives focused on international business; and senior U.S. Government leaders from the White House, the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Energy, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

    Building on the President’s agenda to accelerate America’s economic renewal, the conference will highlight how the U.S. Government can promote U.S. businesses abroad, increase U.S. exports, attract new investment to the United States, and create American jobs.

    The first day will include remarks by Secretary Clinton, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas Donohue, and The Boeing Company Chairman, President, and CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. It will also feature panel discussions and small group meetings on export promotion, increasing foreign investment in the United States, creating public-private partnerships, facilitating business and leisure travel to the United States, and key policy topics of interest to businesses abroad. The second day of the conference will include breakout sessions, hosted by the State Department’s regional Assistant Secretaries, to discuss regional strategies to advance shared economic interests.

    Secretary Clinton’s remarks during an afternoon luncheon will be open to the press. Other press details for the conference will be forthcoming.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/02/183906.htm

  182. jbstonesfan
    Surprised he has not gone down in approval after this contraception controversy as he has gone up to plus 2.7% and over 48% approval.

    ——–
    Barry’s ratings haven’t gone up because of the birthcontrol issue, it’s because the Republican’s are trying to make a religious mountain out of a mole hill and letting Barry just slide on by. Also, the candidates are all just playing for tv attention and the electorate isn’t happy with any of them.

    Barry plays while Republicans keep fumbling the ball.

  183. “he has gone up to plus 2.7% and over 48% approval.”

    Overall polls do not matter, 9-10 states will decide this. Red states will stay deep red, blue ones will turn purple but vote blue, the real purple ones are where the fight is. That’s it.

    Bush in 2004 only won by a few points, it was the swing states that decided it. Overall approval did not matter then, and it won’t matter now.

  184. Greta seemed a little agitated that ObaMAO would spend the time and treasure to put out such a voluminous budget, what four large books of small print, and that Harry Reid would refuse to bring it up, said that is his job. This wss in an interview with Paul Ryan. At the end Ryan and the audience saw her frustration, and she offered a ocuple of solutions,he said that they were legally required to bring forth a budget; Reid was required legally to bring forth a budget in the senate, but refuses to at the same time he refuses to bring the POTUS budget up for a vote. Ryan identified with her frustration and said, “…now you know how we feel.”

  185. Re: BASIL99
    February 14th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Some thinker type said sometime way back in answer to a question of when will the public turn against ObaMAO, that would be about the time gas reached $5 per gallon.

    I saw my first ObaMAO 2012 bumper sticker at the entrance of our complex yesterday. Lord forgive them for they know not what they do.

  186. Obama”s policy towards Israel had all but guaranteed war. Israel knows Obama
    cannot be trusted and therefore,Israel must strike Iran before the election
    as this will force Obama to reluctantly support Israel to keep his large
    Jewish base pumping in the cash.

  187. tim
    February 14th, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    I have no words for this. We are living in a more dangerous world, and this radical wants to cut 80% of our nuclear arms?!? Does this fool even understand what deterence means? China and Russia must be laughing their heads off, no wonder they love a weakling OTurd.

    —–
    I saw that article too, and along with sacking NASA looks like Barry only cares that he and his MO take our tax money for their vacations, golf, Disney parties and PepBoy fashions while he rips the US to shreds and makes us weak so we have no defense.

    I can’t publish what I am really thinking, and it’s not cuss words.

    Karma

  188. Shadowfax
    February 14th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Agreed. I’m getting to the point where I avoid all news just to keep my blood pressure down. I trust only the Internet for real news and then I see all this nonsense, and I get pissed again after reading all this.

  189. Surprised he has not gone down in approval after this contraception controversy as he has gone up to plus 2.7% and over 48% approval.
    ————————-
    Too soon. Also, the surge by Santorum. This is a false positive. Besides, it is all bullshit right now.

  190. Low Turnout and the Big Tune-Out
    Voters aren’t bothering with the GOP, but Obama has lost their attention too.
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    The Romney campaign is better at dismantling than mantling. They’re better at taking opponents apart than building a compelling candidate of their own. They do not seem capable of deepening his meaning, making his stands and statements more textured and interesting. He comes across like a businessman who studied the data and came up with the formula that will make the deal.

    A particular problem is that he betrays little indignation at any of our problems and their causes. He’s always sunny, pleasant, untouched by anger. This leaves people thinking, “Excuse me, but we are in crisis. Financially and culturally we fear our country is going down the drain. This guy doesn’t seem to be feeling it. So why’s he running? Maybe he thinks it’s his personal destiny to be president. But if the animating passion of his candidacy is about him, not us, who needs him?”

    Mitt Romney’s aides are making the classic mistake of thinking the voters want maturity, serenity and a jolly spirit. What they want is a man who knows what time it is, who has a passion to reform our country, and who yet holds these qualities within a temperament that is mature, serene and jolly. Newt Gingrich has half the package: He has a passion to reform, but it exists inside a crazy suit. Mitt has no particular passion within an obviously sane suit.

    Which leads to Rick Santorum. Nobody in the conservative base hates Rick. Newt is hated by many and Mitt by some. Mr. Santorum is liked. He has real indignation about what’s happened to America, and he brings passion to his ideas about reform.

    He’s got little money, little organization—there’s no broad assumption he can pull it off. And by the time the Romney campaign is done dismantling him, he may have some people who hate him. But this will only underscore the Romney campaign’s reputation for destroying, not creating. And nobody loves a Death Star.

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    Newt’s not done and could rise again. I keep thinking of what a sage old pol, a veteran former GOP governor, said two weeks ago. He turned to me in conversation and said, “By the way, don’t call it a brokered convention. That’s what the media and the Democrats will call it because it implies there are brokers. Call it a contested convention because that’s what it will be, contested.” Could it really come to that? The odds, he said, are still way against it. “But they’re probably the best in my lifetime.”

    ***
    Let’s turn to low turnout in the Republican races. Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri this week were all down, Iowa and New Hampshire were flat, Florida, that Little America, was down almost 15%. All this in a volatile race, in a time of crisis.

    What are the reasons? Maybe it’s the increasing negativity of the campaign, maybe it’s widespread dissatisfaction with the field. Maybe it’s that, and more.

    There are some small indicators something else may be going on. Cable news ratings, which should spike in an election year, and which indicate interest on both the left and the right, are relatively flat, with mild increases here and there. Broadcast evening news ratings continue their gradual decline. One network anchor, on being urged to capture more of the joy and ferocity of the Republican contest, sighed. “Every time we show those guys, our numbers go down.” A major website operator tells me people aren’t clicking on political stories.

    But it’s not confined to the Republican side. Look at President Obama’s State of the Union numbers. That speech famously blankets all television and radio networks.

    His first speech to a joint session of Congress, in February 2009, drew 52 million viewers. A year later the State of the Union had an understandable falloff to about 48 million. In 2011, another fall: 43 million watched. A few weeks ago his 2012 State of the Union drew just 38 million.

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    From 52 to 38: That’s quite a decline. And again, during a continuing crisis and in a presidential election year. As for the president’s interviews and other speeches, well, when was the last time you heard someone ask excitedly, “Did you hear what Obama said?”

    Whose numbers are up? The NFL’s.

    Maybe the story the political class is missing is not “They don’t like the Republican field,” or “They don’t like Obama.” Maybe the story is that people are tuning out altogether. Maybe they’re bored with politics, and most especially with politicians. Maybe they think our government can’t solve anything. Maybe, even, our political class has done such a good job depicting the crisis we’re in that the American people, with their low faith in institutions, think nothing, really, can be done about it. So let’s check out. Let’s watch the game.

    ***
    An update on the furor surrounding ObamaCare and the Catholic Church. The Obama White House was surprised by the pushback but hopes it will blow over. Their thinking: The Catholics had their little eruption, letters were read from pulpits, the pundits came out, and then the pols. But life goes on, new issues arise, we’ll hunker down, it’ll go away. Meanwhile, play for time. Send David Axelrod out to purr about possible new negotiations.

    That would be a trap for the church. Any new talks would no doubt go past Election Day, at which time, if the president wins, he’ll be able to give the church the back of his hand.

    The short-term White House strategy is to confuse and obfuscate, to spread a thick web of untruths about the decision and let opponents exhaust themselves trying to fight from under the web.

    The church must be resolute and press harder. Now is the time to keep pounding—from the pulpit, in all Catholic publications and media, in statements and meetings. For how long? As long as it takes. The president and the more radical part of his base clearly thought the church was a paper tiger, a hollow shell, an entity demoralized and finished by the scandals of the past 20 years.

    Now is the time for the church to show it’s alive. How?

    • Educate. Unconfuse the issues. Take a different aspect of the ruling and its deeper meanings every week, and pound away.

    • Reach out. This is bigger than the Catholic Church. Go to the mainline Protestant churches, evangelicals, synagogues and mosques. Plead for vocal, public and immediate support: “If the church is forced to go against its conscience, religious liberty in America is not safe. If religious liberty is not safe, you are not safe.”

    • Know your people. Mr. Obama carried secular Catholics overwhelmingly in 2008. But churchgoing Catholics were evenly split, 51% to 49% for John McCain. These are the voters the president could lose by huge margins over the ruling. And he will, if they fully understand it. Such a loss could determine the 2012 outcome. He knows it, you know it. Have faith in the people in the pews. Give it to them straight, week after week, and they’ll back the church overwhelmingly. The White House is watching. Pound away.

    • Call for Democratic support. Religious liberty should not be a partisan issue. Republicans have come to the fore, but it’s better for the church if Democrats do too. They’re starting to come over. Make clear from the pulpit that members of both parties are absolutely essential in this fight. “All hands on deck.”

    You can win. Keep the faith. Literally: Keep it.

  191. Yup Tim, just makes me crazy that he can get away with messing so many things up in so little time while the Repubs march around like clowns worried about contraception and social issues while Rome burns.

  192. Rats!

    New White House Insider Coming Later This Week…

    by Ulsterman

    Due to scheduling conflicts (on both ends), an intended sit down was delayed until later this week.

    Hoping to have the interview available to readers by this weekend.

    Apologies for the delay.

  193. The too little appreciated fact is that people like Tapper and his fellow elites in the media are fighting the good fight to preserve their perks and privileges as Washingtonians. They are scared that one of the great unwashed from the hinterland will walk into their domain and shit in their mess kit. It could upset their privileged lives, and their god given right as superior people to prosper mightily as the country suffers. Crisis? What crisis? Country? What country. Who need a country when you are a rootless cosmopolitan or citizen of the world. Santorum is up 15 points over Romney. Santorum is a deep thinker with an enviable track record, who understands foreign relations almost as well as the man who once spent a summer in a Kenyan Village and was praised to hell and back for it by big media. Jackasses like Jake the snake tapper. Experience means nothing if your name is Obama. Just a slight double standard. Hardly noticeable.

  194. jbstonesfan: you will be happy to know that I am going through the Constitution and Bill of Rights section by section to show how Obama has violated virtually every provision in his effort to invalidate the Constitution and impose a second bill of rights which will put government in the position of guarantor of a whole different set of rights. FDR pushed this in 1944 but for whatever reason it failed to gain traction. Suffice it to say, where the Constitution and Bill of Rights are concerned Obama and his handlers honor these sacred documents more in the breach than in the observance.

  195. tim
    February 14th, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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    That is one of my favorite sites. They are heavy weights and they make mince meat out of Obama and his fellow travelers who use phony statistics. They just eviserate Obama. They need to end this republican primary, and get rid of Santorum. What you will see at the end of the day is 3 regional candidates—Santorum mid west, Gingrich south and Romney east coast. This sets the stage nicely for a brokered convention.

  196. Here’s some of the information I’ve already posted, but in a more readable layout. Comparisons have been made over quite a few years already, and providing contraceptive coverage turned out to be either cost-neutral or to help the insurance companies save money. (Of course the insurance companies may pretend they have an excuse to raise premiums anyway.)

    http://my.firedoglake.com/rhrealitycheck/2012/02/14/the-cost-of-contraception-in-insurance-plans-what-the-data-say/

  197. It is called “a strategy to confuse and obfuscate, to spread a thick web of untruths about the decision and let opponents exhaust themselves trying to fight from under the web.” Bore them to death with redundancy is also a part of the strategy. Tactics include to respond 20 times to every single post; and to question every other sentence of someone else’s post. No original thought. No critical thinking skills. A singular purpose in life = to irritate everybody to death.

  198. Some of you might be interested in this video. Check out the tribute that these Philipina women gave to Whitney some three hours after Whitney’s death was announced. They performed this tribute on the “Party Pilipinas” noontime show in the Philipines. I thought it was pretty darn good. Philipinos, from what I have seen previously via Youtube video, do very good covers of American music. I was surprised in the past, and when I saw this video, I thought how great these singers are.

  199. “a strategy to confuse and obfuscate, to spread a thick web of untruths about the decision and let opponents exhaust themselves trying to fight from under the web.”

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    This sounds like the way the Santorum types keep describing ordinary bc pills as ‘abortifacients’.

  200. One Party and Permanent Political Class at work in PA. In today’s email:

    Dear Conservative,

    If I told you that the Pennsylvania Republican Party threw members of the Tea Party out of the PA State Convention, threatened those Tea Partiers with arrest, threw their petitions in the trash, and then endorsed a recent Democrat who voted for Obama as our candidate for Senate, you wouldn’t believe it. But that’s exactly what happened at this year’s Pennsylvania Republican Convention. My name is Sam Rohrer. In the race to replace Senator Bob Casey, I am the only life-long conservative Republican with a proven voting history, and I need your help to stand against ‘Establishment’ Republicans. You see, here in Pennsylvania, the GOP often makes a formal endorsement before the Primary. Essentially, they try to tell primary voters who to vote for. Then they deny all the other candidates access to party voter lists and opportunities to speak to or to circulate literature at party events. They even use party money to run negative ads against other “non-endorsed” Republicans that dare to run against them. Worst of all, the Republican County Committees are told that if they don’t enforce all of this, they’ll have their charter revoked from the Republican Party!
    snip
    We launched an online petition, urging the chairman of the state GOP to stay out of the primary and let the people decide. Nearly 1,600 people from across Pennsylvania signed this petition in just a little under a week. When the members of the Tea Party went to present these 1,600 petitions, the Pennsylvania GOP staff refused to let them deliver their petitions, had them THROWN OUT of the building by hotel security, and then literally threw their petitions in the trash. I was shocked – and angered. The Tea Party folks were told that if they came back they would be arrested!

    After throwing the Tea Partiers and their petitions out, the Republican Party proceeded to endorse a candidate who admits he voted for Obama in the 2008 Primary. He also wrote a check to a liberal Democrat who later ran against our conservative Republican Senator, Pat Toomey in 2010! Endorsing a recent Democrat who supported Obama alienates Tea Partiers, freedom-loving people, and everyone else we need to defeat Senator Bob Casey.

    This is suicide for the Republican Party.

    #############################
    Sounds way too familiar.

    There is also a problem with the Primary election itself. Redistricting done in the Monroe County area of PA has been struck down in court. Supposedly the 2001 district lines are to be used. No one knows outcome. Mario Scavello wanted to run for PA Senate in new district, but is guessing he’d better stick to PA House in old district. I’ve even heard that election day may be moved.
    OBAMA = CHAOS.

  201. nomobama
    February 15th, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Some of you might be interested in this video. Check out the tribute that these Philipina women gave to Whitney some three hours after Whitney’s death was announced.
    _____________

    Thanks for posting the tribute to Whitney..

    It was a comfort waking up to a group who put together a standing O performance within a mere three hours after receiving the news Whitney had passed. Crediting Whitney as their inspiration for their musical careers.

    I’m beginning to wonder if Whitney ever knew who she really was, how special her vocal talent was and the high regard held for her because she was all that packaged into the gentleness of Whitney Houston.

  202. holdthemaccountable
    February 15th, 2012 at 6:29 am

    One Party and Permanent Political Class at work in PA.
    __________________

    Yes, I can see that is happening- I read something this morning that stuck in my mind- It was the territorial division created by the Republican establishment having this round robin of frontrunners. The three candidates popularity evolving over distinct sections of the country-

    Gingrich in the South- Romney in the East with Santorum’s popularity taking the West Coast. To me, this is a Rovian strategy foretelling a contested nomination where the object of this strategy is having (the untested) Jeb Bush slipped in during the nomination convention as the candidate they can all get behind.

    What is depressing though is there is definitely a manipulation of the election process going on… again- and a Plan B strategy is in play now, seeing that Romney is not assured as the Republican nominee as was predicted early on-

    The Republican establishment’s strategy was for Romney to be the nominee. The establishment fear he will not be recognized as the strongest candidate against Obama and have shifted their strategy to Jeb Bush. Having Jeb standing in the wings, as their stalking horse who will remain under wraps quietly until weeks before their nomination convention.

  203. Whitney. Plans for a public memorial service have been canceled. I’m guessing the family is just too overwhelmed to consider anything beyond her private funeral. But we can pray for them, keep them in mind throughout the coming days, weeks and months. She was the star/hero of my children’s generation. Although always admiring her music, I did not realize until now how much I also counted on her being there.

  204. holdthemaccountable
    February 15th, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Whitney. Plans for a public memorial service have been canceled.
    ___________

    Appropriately so- her gentle spirit never sought a circus themed atmosphere like MJ. When you think about it, the only person in the world who rejected her was her own husband.. brain-washing her with the ‘not black enough’ re [not good enough] meme while he was busy addicting her to cocaine and crack. Over the years, this must have had a devastating effect on her family unable to make her see, he was not acting in her best interests ultimately leaving her when her voice was no longer what it once was- finding greener pastures elsewhere for a fresh new life and family. If there was ever a travesty in the world gone unchecked, this is one of them.

  205. An interview with Viola Davis is coming up in a few minutes on CBS with Gayle King. It will be interesting to hear what she has to say about Whitney seeing they invited her on at the last minute.

  206. Here is a tidbit showing who was interested in Muslims way before BO’s proclivity for it became known to us:
    … In the eyes of the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 revealed that public diplomacy efforts with predominantly Muslims countries had been neglected for many years. Soon afterwards they helped establish the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) program. Its goal is to promote mutual understanding and respect between U.S. citizens and the Muslim population around the world. In essence, YES is sowing the seeds of friendships so our children can create a more peaceful world….
    http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-02-15/building-bridges-through-student-diplomacy

  207. SaintStorum has been offered SS protection.Another big waste of taxpayer money.He and his wife and eight children are going to need an army of agents and larger living quarters.perhaps one of many closed military bases in PA might be converted to a contraceptive free baby factory by the way of his pet Earmark leadership.
    Hillary I am becoming convinced that you should not run again against these rotten bananas.You and Bill are too precious to waste on these bas—ds.

  208. Scary or what?

    OBAMA: I ‘didn’t understand how bad it was going to get’…

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/02/14/obama_on_failed_promise_to_cut_deficit_in_half_recession_turned_out_to_be_a_lot_deeper.html

    In an interview with Atlanta’s local Fox affiliate WAGA-TV Preisdent Obama explains why he was unable to cut the deficit in half in his first term, a promise he made as a candidate.

    Obama was lobbed the question by a sympathetic reporter who said Obama is getting “pelted in the media” for making a campaign promise he did not keep.

    “Well we’re not there because this recession turned out to be a lot deeper than any of else realized,” Obama said about his inability to cut the deficit in half.

    “Everybody who is out there back in 2009, if you look back what their estimates were in terms of how many jobs had been lost, how bad the economy had contracted when I took office everybody had underestimated it. People thought that the economy contracted 3%, it turns it was close to 9%. We lost 8 million jobs just in a year’s span, about half a year before I took office and about a half a year after I took office,” Obama said.

    “So, the die had been cast and a lot of us didn’t understand how bad it was going to get. That increases the deficit because less tax revenues come in and it means more people are getting unemployment insurance, we’re helping states more so they don’t teachers, etc. The key though is that we’re setting ourselves on a path so that we can get our debt under control.”

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  210. SaintStorum
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    Perfect, ABM90!
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    mop 8:50
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    Used to be ignorance was not recognized as an excuse.

  211. holdthemaccountable
    February 15th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Here is a tidbit showing who was interested in Muslims way before BO’s proclivity for it became known to us:

    The author of this articles says:

    “Even if these groups don’t speak for the majority of Americans, such stark disagreements on what constitutes American values do indicate we’re a nation without a unified voice.’
    __________

    Really? Our unified voice is written in the Constitution- Muslims living here appreciate our Constitution but do not believe it supersedes Sharia Law- In fact, it would be forbidden by their religion if they did!
    __________

    “Yet for the sake of individual liberty it has to be this way. So if we’re to preserve our freedoms we first have to recognize that they will always include the paradoxical challenge of learning to trust people who hold views that most drastically differ from ours.”
    _____________

    America’s problem is Trusting Too Many People. They trusted Obama and gave him the chance he so wanted for ‘Changing America-‘ In modern times America has never been so misguided and mismanaged by a president so determined to avoid using the full resources of the US helping it’s people out from under the weight of a poor economy. Obama prefers spreading what is left of our wealth to other countries ignoring without empathy, a consensus of economists advising him his policies are strangling the hope of any noticeable economic growth in the near future.

  212. moononpluto,

    moononpluto
    February 15th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Scary or what?

    Agreed. He is a liar. He knew exactly what was going on and so did all his enablers. In fact, I’ll bet history reveals that he and his crew tripped the 2008 financial crisis to prevent McCain from winning. He was ahead up to that point.

    Obviously, the repubs had a huge hand in BO’s (s)election and maybe they even masterminded it. Remember the Rove-Brazille connection?

    We have been sold down the river.

  213. Off topic I know but Sarah Palin just told someone on Fox: ‘the only things polls are good for are cross country skying and strippers”.

  214. Shadowfax
    February 14th, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    ———————-
    It sounds to me that you may have learned something about yourself, and that’s nothing to downplay. Is it any wonder why you have found yourself liking Ron Paul somewhat? I am not a liberal Democrat, yet I still voted for Bill Clinton twice, and Hillary Clinton in the Florida primary (in which she womped the usurper). I do not agree with everything they propose, but I still supported them because I viewed both of them as more than capable at being able to run the country. Now, however, due to her decision to work within the Obamamao administration, Hillary would have to earn my support again as I need to know with maximum certainty that she is not an Obamamao aficionado. It should be fairly easy for her to do this, but it will still need to be done, imo.

  215. Scary or what?

    OBAMA: I ‘didn’t understand how bad it was going to get’…
    —————
    Too verbose> What he meant to say was he did not understand. Period. His priority is transformational. He has zero interest in solving our problems. On the contrary. The worse he can make them, the easier it becomes for him to pursue the transformational agenda. The name for this crap is creative destruction/

  216. Admin: Great article!!! A thousand thanks!!!

    wbboei: I deeply appreciate your research and comments. You provide solid data and plausible interpretation to help counter “The high thin rare continuous worship / Of the self-absorbed,”

  217. Sarah Palin Says Barack Obama’s Recent Actions Are “Un-American”

    “Welcome to government-mandated health care,” Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin said when asked about the contraception controversy going on between the government and the Catholic Church.

    “Very poor politics they would choose such a battle,” Palin said of the Obama administration. “One, to pick a fight with faith-filled Americans. You know, we will fight as the Father had said earlier on the “Hannity” show, we’ll fight to the death for our freedom of religion and for the rights that are protected by our United States Constitution. This is an un-American act of our president. Anything that would violate an amendment within the United States Constitution is un-American.“

  218. Obama did not understand, yet surely even a fool must know that creating a mountain of debt makes a steep hill in which to climb out. Obama is the debt king.

  219. nomobama
    February 15th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    Obama did not understand,

    ————–
    More like he just didn’t care. He stole the potus office so why not steal all the money and have fun.

    This is like toyland and Disneyland all wrapped up together for him. As long as he and his misfit wife have all the bangles and baubles they need, who cares about the little people.

  220. nomobama

    Shadowfax
    February 14th, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    ———————-
    It sounds to me that you may have learned something about yourself, and that’s nothing to downplay. Is it any wonder why you have found yourself liking Ron Paul somewhat? I am not a liberal Democrat, yet I still voted for Bill Clinton twice, and Hillary Clinton in the Florida primary (in which she womped the usurper). I do not agree with everything they propose, but I still supported them because I viewed both of them as more than capable at being able to run the country. Now, however, due to her decision to work within the Obamamao administration, Hillary would have to earn my support again as I need to know with maximum certainty that she is not an Obamamao aficionado. It should be fairly easy for her to do this, but it will still need to be done, imo.

    —–

    Yes, I have learned a lot…mostly that I can’t trust any institution, political party, news organization or religion without doing my own research and soul search.

    Have I learned anything about Hillary that I am disappointed in – NO!
    Even though I would never be able to follow in her footsteps, take a job with my enemy…I do respect her for it, knowing what hurt she must have felt and yet is doing her very best for America 24/7. That I really respect. She is a stronger woman than I am. I am much more vindictive. 😉 (Not all Scorpios are equal) 😉

    I did mention that the AmericansElect website had decided what THEY thought Hillary’s record stood for, highest issue was immigration…and that is not true. Her strongest issues are national defense, women’s and human rights, health care and other issues way before immigration.

    I certainly do not favor Ron Paul’s beliefs over Hillary’s…not even in the same ballpark, so you must have taken what I said about that website and thought I agreed with their ‘generic’ research model.

    Nope. I agree with about 85% of what Hillary has done and tried to do.

    I agree with many of Ron Paul’s ideas on the Federal Reserve, less restrictions by the Gov, etc, maybe about 40% of his issues. Other Republicans I only agree with about 15% of the time.

  221. The sad spectacle of Obama’s super PAC

    By Robert B. Reich
    February 15, 2012

    How many billionaires does it take to buy a presidential election? We’re about to find out. The 2012 campaign is likely to be a battle between one group of millionaires and billionaires supporting President Barack Obama and another group supporting his GOP rival.

    Perhaps this was the inevitable result of the Supreme Court’s grotesque decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, which opened the floodgates to unrestricted campaign money through so-called “super PACs.” But I’m not sure. What if Mr. Obama had stuck to his guns and eschewed super PACs?

    Sadly, last week, the president caved. He endorsed a super PAC set up to funnel unrestricted campaign money from fat cats into his campaign. And he’s made a total mockery of the court’s naive belief that super PACs would remain separate from individual campaigns, by allowing campaign manager Jim Messina and even Cabinet officers to speak at his super PAC events. Mr. Obama will not appear at such events, but he, Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will encourage support of the Obama super PAC.

    Why did he do it? His campaign aides explained that they had been surprised by how easily Mitt Romney’s super PAC delivered Florida to him and pushed Newt Gingrich from first place to fourth place in Iowa. They also took note of the fact that Republican super PACs outspent the GOP candidates themselves in several of the early primaries. Mr. Messina said they didn’t want to “unilaterally disarm” by failing to use the same technique.

    I don’t believe Mr. Obama’s refusal to play the billionaire election game would have been unilateral disarmament. Mr. Obama has proven himself a hugely successful fundraiser, especially with small donors. He cobbled together an unprecedented $745 million for the 2008 election, including an unprecedented amount of small donations, and has already raised more than $225 million for 2012. Had Mr. Obama continued to eschew his own super PAC, he might have had a rallying cry that nearly all Americans would get behind: “More of the nation’s wealth and political power is now in the hands of large corporations and fewer people than since the era of the robber barons of the Gilded Age. I will not allow our democracy to be corrupted by this! I will fight to take back our democracy!”

    Mr. Obama could have highlighted the starkest choice facing America in a century — an economy and a democracy dominated by great wealth, or an economy and a democracy that work for everyone. What better way to dramatize this choice than by offering America a choice between a political campaign financed by millions of small donors, and a Republican campaign underwritten by a handful of America’s most powerful and privileged?

    Mr. Romney’s friends on Wall Street and in the executive suites of the nation’s biggest corporations have the deepest pockets in the nation. Mr. Romney’s super PAC got $18 million from just 200 donors in the second half of last year, including million-dollar checks from hedge-fund moguls, industrialists and bankers. If Mr. Romney is the Republican nominee, more money will come into his presidential campaign from the smallest number of super-rich than ever before in American history.

    Had Mr. Obama taken a strong stand against this, my guess is that average Americans would have flooded the Obama campaign with enough small donations to overwhelm Mr. Romney’s billionaire friends. The people would have been given a chance to be heard, and the people would prevail.

    But we’ll never know. Now that Mr. Obama has decided to embrace super PACs, big money is flowing as never before.

    The president has called Citizens United a threat to democracy. If he is re-elected, and he’s sincere about his concerns, he should go to bat for a system of public financing that will make it possible for candidates to raise enough money from small donors and matching public funds that they won’t need to rely on a few billionaires pumping unlimited sums into super PACs.

    In addition, he should fight for public disclosure of all donations, including those to super PACs. He should commit himself to nominating Supreme Court justices who will reverse Citizens United.

    And I hope he shows the public that, despite support from some of the fattest cats in the land, he’ll still fight for a tax system that requires millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of the nation’s bills.

    One Obama adviser crows that Mr. Obama’s decision to openly endorse his super PAC has had an immediate effect. “Our donors get it,” the official said, adding that they now want to “go fight the other side.”

    That’s exactly the problem. When a relative handful of super-rich Democrats want to fight a relative handful of super-rich Republicans, the rest of us are left on the sidelines. And if we’re sidelined in the election, we could be left on the sidelines of our democracy.

    As the great jurist and Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, “We can have a democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

    Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.”

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-the-sad-spectacle-of-obamas-super-pac-20120214,0,1822061.story

  222. That’s part of it JanH since most every dictator lives one way as their serfs are forced to live another, although I believe the prime impetus was that he and those behind him were dead serious about transforming the USA into an anethema of the way the vast majority of our citizens view our country.

  223. Obama’s irresponsible budget

    By REP. DIANE BLACK and REP. TIM GRIFFIN | 2/15/12

    Another year, another budget from President Barack Obama that ignores reality.

    Instead of presenting a governing document that will bring our country back to a path of fiscal solvency, Obama’s 2013 budget is nothing more than a campaign stump speech bolstered by more spending, higher taxes and no viable plan to combat our staggering national debt.

    The White House says this budget will mean $4 trillion in savings over the next decade—but that’s a result of gimmicks and accounting tricks. Roughly $2 trillion have already been enacted, while Obama counts $1 trillion from money that would never be spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as savings. The White House also takes $1.2 trillion of cuts from last summer’s Budget Control Act, and replaced them with tax hikes — calling this additional savings.

    At $15 trillion and rising, our nation’s debt has been called “the most predictable crisis our country has ever faced.” Yet the president tinkers on the margins with phony deficit savings while ignoring long-term debt and entitlement reforms.

    Our freshman class was sent to Congress because our constituents were sick of this reckless, big-government spending. We came to restore accountability, change the way Washington does business and be honest with Americans about our nation’s future.

    The House last year passed a budget that puts us back on the path to a balanced budget and greater fiscal solvency. We cut $6 trillion over 10 years, and we proposed Medicare reforms, ensuring its solvency for future generations and bending the long-term cost curve down. Meanwhile, the president’s budget again fails to address our entitlements, ignoring Medicare’s rising costs and pending bankruptcy. Instead, he’s pushing forward on his health care plan that robbed Medicare of $500 billion.

    But there’s another way. House Republicans, with the push from our freshman class, are working to ensure that Washington permanently spends less through spending cuts and structural reforms. We have changed the conversation from “How much can you spend?” to “How much can you cut?”

    Now, we are digging into the budgeting process — to ensure greater accountability and transparency.

    Along with more than 25 freshman colleagues, we are co-sponsoring The Honest Budgeting Act of 2012, which would fundamentally reform how Washington spends taxpayer dollars. The nine-part package would remove some of the smoke-and-mirrors — like developing a new scoring process that would stop the use of timing shifts to produce phony budget savings. It would also prevent scoring budget cuts as savings — unless they produce actual cash savings.

    In addition, the House Budget Committee is pressing for 10 process reforms that would give the federal budgets more authority and cut out built-in budget increases. Four have already passed the House, and the Budget Committee plans to forward the remaining bills after we roll out our own budget this spring.

    Process reforms are an important part of getting our budget back on track. Since 2005, these budget tricks have cost taxpayers more than $350 billion. A more accountable process, along with realistic budgets that tackle both short- and long-term debt is exactly what this country needs to get our fiscal house in order and avoid the fate of Greece and other countries mired in debt.

    The president’s budget is, unfortunately, bringing us closer, not further away from our own European-style debt crisis. The United States still has time to escape this future. But only if we address our debt now.

    The longer we wait to get our spending under control, the harder this challenge becomes. Failing to budget responsibly today, sets up a diminished American future for tomorrow.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72899.html

  224. nomobama
    February 15th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    That’s part of it JanH since most every dictator lives one way as their serfs are forced to live another, although I believe the prime impetus was that he and those behind him were dead serious about transforming the USA into an anethema of the way the vast majority of our citizens view our country.

    ———————

    I totally agree with you. My question is will a God-forbidden second term result in a total transformation and the demise of America as we once knew it?

  225. So, let me see if i get this. Robert Reich is implying that onky the fat cats that support Obamamao have America’s best interest at heart. He also is continuing the lie that Obamamao’s last presidential campaign was largely funded by small donors. BS to the 10th degree! What should we expect from the little socialist Reich, honesty? By the way, he was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor. I wonder why Bill Clinton chose him?

    Also, someone told me recently that Bill Clinton spent some time in the Soviet Union when he was younger. I did not know this, and I was wondering if anyone had any information about it. Is it even true?

  226. JanH

    America’s demise…so much gloom and doom talking.

    Other than a catastrophic war, no two term President is going to bring America to it’s knees.
    Nothing is written in stone, a new President can clean up the mess, it may take awhile.

  227. Top of Drudge’s headlines AGAIN!

    Exclusive: Clinton in talks about possible move to World Bank

    (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank, sources familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.

  228. Look at the date of Drudge’s article that they dug up again and have as their headliner…

    WASHINGTON | Thu Jun 9, 2011 7:13pm EDT

    Why would they do this?????????????????????

  229. In an interview with Atlanta’s local Fox affiliate WAGA-TV President Obama explains why he was unable to cut the deficit in half in his first term, a promise he made as a candidate.

    Obama was lobbed the question by a sympathetic reporter who said he is getting “pelted in the media” for making a campaign promise he did not keep.

    “Well we’re not there because this recession turned out to be a lot deeper than any of us realized,” Obama said about his inability to cut the deficit in half.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/02/14/obama_on_failed_promise_to_cut_deficit_in_half_recession_turned_out_to_be_a_lot_deeper.html
    ——

    Just filling a big hole with hope, dreams and pink unicorns didn’t quite work.

  230. nomobama: He also is continuing the lie that Obamamao’s last presidential campaign was largely funded by small donors
    ——————————————-
    There is no doubt that a large number of typos in the 2008 data from Obama caused failures in combining contributions donated by the same person, thus giving the appearance of many small donors.

    Likewise, there is no reason to think he’s been more careful this time around. I think pumapac will have something soon for 2008. 🙂

  231. The media and Political parties lie so much, they don’t know what the truth is anymore.

    ————–

    Betty
    February 15th, 2012 at 10:50 am
    Off topic I know but Sarah Palin just told someone on Fox: ‘the only things polls are good for are cross country skying and strippers”.

    —————

    That one had me laughing.

  232. Shadowfax
    February 15th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    ————-
    Because it was announced today that the current head of the World Bank has handed in his resignation and that it is assumed that the White House pressured him to do so.

  233. We did not realize how deep the depression was? Give me a break. An experienced leader go for the worse case situation. I could give you more tips about beeing a leader, but I don’t want you to have a second term.

    Inexperienced leaders figure it out. When is that going to happen for you. No budget for the whole time you are in office, and you run around the country campaigning with your super pacs.

    WHEN HAVE YOU EVER DONE THE JOB. There is something wrong with a country when a non leader of this caliber gets through the system, and then thinks they deserve a second term.

  234. On Martha’s Vineyard, they have a saying that if you sneeze in Edgartown, they know about it in Chilmark a minute later. Yesterday on the grapevine, I heard about an eighth-grader in Oak Bluffs who’s making a horror movie for his father’s birthday surprise. It’s no longer a surprise, however, because his buddies ratted him out and a lot of parents are freaking over it. It’s called, “Dexter Morgan Meets Barack Obama.”

  235. I also read a short article a while ago that obama and his toads were pushing for Geithner of all people to take his place.

  236. JanH

    ————-
    Because it was announced today that the current head of the World Bank has handed in his resignation and that it is assumed that the White House pressured him to do so.

    ——-
    Did I miss this in something you posted about Hillary up thread?

  237. I do not label myself a liberal nor a progressive, I am an old school, Clinton Democrat.

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

    For myself, I like the term ‘Clintonista’. But Hillary labeled herself from an even older school: ‘an early-20th Century progressive.’ Iirc.

  238. • nomobama
    February 15th, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    Also, someone told me recently that Bill Clinton spent some time in the Soviet Union when he was younger. I did not know this, and I was wondering if anyone had any information about it. Is it even true?
    =======================
    While he was at Oxford, Bill Clinton took a 40-day trip to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, returning through Prague and Munich. See pp 165-170 in My Life by Bill Clinton.

  239. I was searching for something Casey is doing today, but this came up. Painful, but perhaps useful for comparison with what Rethugs wind up doing 4 years later.

    Story: Kerry endorses Obama
    John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, gave Barack Obama a timely endorsement Thursday.
    January 10, 2008 12:00:35 PM PST | 6abc.com

    Story: Democratic Senate leader endorses Obama
    Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama on Thursday.
    January 17, 2008 2:38:49 PM PST | 6abc.com

    Story: Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama
    The daughter of President John F. Kennedy endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he could inspire Americans in the same way her father once did.
    January 26, 2008 8:34:28 PM PST | 6abc.com

    Story: Sen. Kennedy endorses Obama
    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday.
    January 28, 2008 11:55:23 AM PST | 6abc.com

    Story: Morrison endorses Obama
    The woman who famously labeled Bill Clinton as the “first black president” is backing Barack Obama to be the second.
    January 28, 2008 6:39:30 PM PST | 6abc.com

    Story: Senator Dodd endorses Obama
    Sen. Christopher Dodd endorsed one-time presidential rival Barack Obama on Tuesday.
    February 26, 2008 10:18:49 AM PST | 6abc.com

    Story: Sen. Casey endorses Obama
    Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey plans to endorse Democrat Barack Obama Friday.
    March 28, 2008 6:33:06 PM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: Steelers Rooney endorses Obama
    Steelers owner Dan Rooney endorses Obama’s presidential bid
    April 14, 2008 8:26:58 PM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama
    Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorses Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president.
    April 16, 2008 10:40:59 AM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: Edwards endorses Obama
    Democrat John Edwards has given his long-awaited endorsement to Barack Obama.
    May 14, 2008 8:39:24 PM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: Philadelphia congressman endorses Obama
    Rep. Bob Brady of Philadelphia says he’s endorsing Democrat Barack Obama.
    June 3, 2008 5:50:57 PM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: NJ superdelegate endorses Obama
    A previously neutral Democratic superdelegate from New Jersey has endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president.
    June 3, 2008 7:23:31 PM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: Clinton suspends campaign, endorses Obama
    Hillary Rodham Clinton ended her historic campaign for the presidency on Saturday.
    June 7, 2008 9:28:48 PM PDT | 6abc.com

    Story: Gore endorses Obama
    Endorsement announced Monday night in Detroit
    June 16, 2008 8:23:34 PM PDT | 6abc.com
    #####################
    There was quite a bit of editing involved, so if there are errors, feel free to state so.

  240. Clintonista is a derogatory term coined by the R-Wingers.

    Both Hillary and Bill are Centrist Democrats.. nothing else!

  241. Geithner: Tax hikes must be part of budget

    By Peter Schroeder – 02/14/12

    The Hill

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told skeptical Republican senators Tuesday that it is simply not possible to correct the nation’s fiscal problems without raising taxes.

    Geithner defended President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal before the Senate Finance Committee and said the plan is the only option he sees for helping the economy and addressing the deficit without hurting the middle class.

    “I do not see how you get there if you are unable … to contemplate and to embrace modest increases in revenue through tax reform,” Geithner said. “I just don’t think it’s possible.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/210591-geithner-tax-hikes-must-be-part-of-budget-picture

  242. Also, someone told me recently that Bill Clinton spent some time in the Soviet Union when he was younger. I did not know this, and I was wondering if anyone had any information about it. Is it even true?

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

    Well, it wasn’t a very long time, just part of a traditional ‘Grand Tour’ that Rhodes Scholars traditionally took.

    Btw I went looking for a cite with more details and only found a lot of CDS stuff.

    I Googled . The first screen was Rightwing blogs with sinister theories. The second screen was mostly theories about Bill being a spy for the CIA. The third screen seems to be miscellaeous anti-Clinton theories.

    Googling was mostly irrelevant with a few neutral or negatives about Bill.

  243. Her strongest issues are national defense, women’s and human rights, health care and other issues way before immigration.

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

    Women’s rights and resources have been her priority for many decades; iirc that’s one reason she took on the project of health care in the 90s. I was surprised when she specialized in national defense as a Senator. Of course she had a position on immigration in the 2008 campaign, but I dont’ recall it being an issue of hers previously.

    So I’m sceptical of AmericansElect for sloppy homework. Also their idea of their President and VP from separate parties!

    Bravo to you for getting registered with them, though. Good luck.

  244. Obama follows his own advice to ‘go big’ this Valentine’s Day by treating wife Michelle to lavish dinner at top restaurant

    He treated the First Lady to dinner at pricey restaurant Vermilion where plates of caviar, beef and chocolate truffle tarts were on offer.

    The president was photographed arriving at the Alexandria, Virginia restaurant at 7.30 p.m. – although wife Michelle was nowhere to be seen

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2101355/Obama-follows-advice-big-Valentines-Day-treating-wife-Michelle-dinner-pricey-restaurant.html#ixzz1mTsFoUbd
    ____________

    hmm… whats that all about?

    mo a no sho?

  245. “Welcome to government-mandated health care,” Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin said

    [[ Well, she’s right on that. Mandating that employers and private insurance companies should provide UHC gets into these problems, which don’t arise with Medicare or Single Payer etc. ]]

    “Anything that would violate an amendment within the United States Constitution is un-American.“

    [[ Unfortunately violating the First Amendment has been going on since any church was given tax-free and tax-deductible status, and it was a violation to give any exceptions on UHC to any Catholic churches in the first place. ]]

  246. No one said the Clintons were Clintonistas. 😉 Oh, well, the Rightwingers may have said that occasionally.

    It’s a label the Rightwingers invented and some of us defenders of Bill took up and wore proudly. I still use it to show my support not only for their basic policy goals (Hillary’s ‘early 20th century progressive’) but also for the Clintons themselves.

  247. The comment section of the expensive and extravagant Vermillion Valentine event were pretty interesting. I especially liked the one that said to effect: who cares what THEY did for Valentines, the only thing I am interested in is when they LEAVE! Ditto.

  248. I thought only Repubs make racist remarks, and bitter old Dems?

    ________________

    GOP demands apology for Obama campaign manager’s ‘chimichanga’ tweet
    By Justin Sink – 02/15/12 12:18 PM ET
    Republicans are demanding an apology Wednesday from President Obama’s campaign manager after a tweet that they argue was insulting toward Latino Americans.

    Jim Messina, who is helming the president’s reelection effort, tweeted a line from a column written by The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, in which he argues that Republicans will struggle to attract the Latino vote after coming out against the DREAM immigration reform act.

    “Line of the day from WAPO’s Dana Milbank: ‘The chimichanga? It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos,’ ” Messina tweeted.
    But the comments drew rebuke from Republicans, who argued the reference to the deep-fried burrito was culturally insensitive.

  249. No one said the Clintons were Clintonistas. Oh, well, the Rightwingers may have said that occasionally.
    ___________

    They said it daily- countless times during the Impeachment…

    It’s a label the Rightwingers invented and some of us defenders of Bill took up and wore proudly. I still use it to show my support not only for their basic policy goals (Hillary’s ‘early 20th century progressive’) but also for the Clintons themselves.
    __________________

    YOU are a LEFT WING Obama supporter- The only place you supported the Clintons is in that delusional haze you call a mind…

    Any long time Clinton supporter reading the crap you post here sees through your hypocrisy in a minute.. The Clintons haven’t used the ‘progressive’ terminology since Bill first ran in the 90’s-

    Even GOOGLE can’t help you enough to LIE about your affiliations!

    Get a LIFE!

  250. The Hidden Taxes In Obama’s Budget

    zero-hedge

    02/15/2012

    While headlines yesterday crowed and complained of the small rise in the budget and the focus on taxing the wealthy – which admittedly given the peak polarization in political parties is unlikely to actually move into legislation anytime soon – JPMorgan’s Michael Cembalest finds perhaps the most controversial part of the proposal hidden deep in the report. While the JPM CIO notes the CBO baseline and alternative scenarios, it is the difference between the $293bn benefit (CBO estimate from last year) and the Administration’s new estimate of $584bn that caught his eye as buried on Page 73 of the Green Book were three new taxes on existing tax-efficient ‘benefits’. Tax the mass-affluent (>$250k) seems indeed the new motto of this presidency.

    The President’s Budget: An Unhappy Valentine’s Day card for high income taxpayers

    Summary

    The President’s budget was released yesterday. Due to the political impasse between the parties, it seems unlikely to result in tax legislation this year. But as a reflection of the priorities of the Administration, and as a reflection of its stance in any future budget negotiations, it is an interesting document. The proposal aims to raise revenue from upper income taxpayers by any means necessary. [Note: upper income begins at around $200k in adjusted gross income]. The proposal would, according to Administration projections, stabilize the Federal debt close to today’s elevated levels. Revenue increases play a large role, specifically the following three proposals. The second one surprised us the most.

    reset tax rates on ordinary income, dividends and capital gains for upper income taxpayers back to 2001 levels
    for upper income taxpayers, include a portion of municipal bond income, pre-tax employee contributions to defined contributed plans, and pre-tax employee and employer health insurance payments as taxable income
    limit non-charitable itemized deductions such as state/local taxes and mortgage interest for upper income taxpayers

    Background

    The following chart outlines some basic budget scenarios. The CBO baseline assumes that 3 tough decisions are taken: Bush tax cuts all sunset back to 2001 levels, the AMT is no longer indexed to inflation, and Medicare reimbursements to doctors are cut. The CBO also provided an Alternative Case, assuming no action is taken at all to reduce deficits. Our Realistic case is an estimate of what would happen if Congress sticks to what it agreed in the Budget Control Act and nothing more. Lastly, the purple diamond is the President’s proposal, as estimated by the Office of Management and Budget.

    The President’s budget proposal would get around halfway to closing the yawning gap between CBO Alternative Case and the CBO Baseline. There are elements of the Buffett rule here, but the budget does not contain a minimum tax rate on adjusted gross income on those with AGI over $1 million. Instead, many of the clauses apply specifically to those with AGI over $250k (the numbers shown in parentheses are OMB estimates of revenue raised over ten years).

    Ordinary income rates back to 2001 levels ($442 bn)
    Dividends taxed at ordinary income rates ($206 bn)
    Long term capital gains taxed at 20% ($36 bn)
    Restoration of limits on itemized deductions and exemptions ($165 bn)

    In addition, the proposal raises another $584 bn by, among other things, limiting the tax value of itemized deductions (such as state and local income taxes and mortgage interest) to 28%. While this in theory applies to all taxpayers, in practice it will only affect taxpayers with statutory tax rates above 28%, which means people with AGI over $217k.

    The most controversial part of the proposal (at least in our view) was buried on page 73 of the Green Book, which is the Treasury’s “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 Revenue Proposals”. We were wondering why the Administration estimated the benefit of the above proposal at $584 bn, when the CBO estimated it at $293 bn just last year.

    The answer: this proposal includes a new category of taxable income, which would include your municipal bond income, your contributions to 401k plans and other similar vehicles, and your entire health insurance premium (regardless of who pays it). The approach appears to apply a tax rate to these items equal to the difference between your top statutory tax rate and 28%. For example, a taxpayer subject to a top statutory rate of 35% would pay a 7% tax on this income.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/hidden-taxes-obamas-budget

  251. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=49542

    Money for endorsement? Sounds like cash for access to me.

    Soon after President Barack Obama touted Westport Innovation’s liquefied natural gas-powered engines April 1 at a Maryland UPS facility, the company’s top individual investor made large contributions to Democrats.

    Kevin G. Douglas, Westport’s largest individual shareholder, April 8 gave more than $30,000 to Obama and the Democratic National Committee, according to federal campaign filings.

    In a lucky confluence of events, a bill, supported by the president, New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, designed to subsidize the migration of American vehicles from gasoline and diesel to LNG-powered engines was filed April 6 in the House of Representatives. The bill is also known by the shorthand: Natural Gas Act.

    The Natural Gas Act will create federal tax credits for natural gas vehicles, storage facilities and fueling stations for a five-year period.

    Speaking in front of UPS and other trucks equipped with Westport engines, the president told the large crowd of UPS employees and supporters that the Natural Gas Act was good for the economy and the environment.

    “I just had a chance to see some of these fuel efficient cars and trucks that they’re adding to their fleets including hybrids and all electric vehicles manufactured right here in the U.S. by Ford and GM. Right here in the U.S. of A.,” Obama said.

    “We’re actually here to announce an exciting new partnership between the federal government and some of America’s leading companies,” the president said.

    “My hope is that members of both parties, Republicans and Democrats, will support these kinds of proposals. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. This is an American issue,” he said.

    Westport’s CEO David R. Demers, who also spoke at the event, said his company was ready to take advantage of the Natural Gas Act when it is passed.

    “We are thrilled to have President Obama encouraging the use of natural gas,” he said. “Westport is strategically positioned to support the President’s initiatives.”

    Westport has three engine manufacturing partnerships in China, according to the company’s federal filings.

    Federal filings also show that Soros Fund Management, the investment vehicle controlled by billionaire and longtime Democratic donor George Soros, owns more than three million shares in the Vancouver, British Columbia-based distributor of LNG engines. It is a position worth more than $90 million, as of the Feb. 14 market close.

    Soros has already made more than $60 million profits selling shares and he could make another $60 million profit were he to get liquid on his entire remaining block, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Always generous to Democrats, Soros, and individuals associated with him, have supported proponents of the Natural Gas Act.

    Soros himself has donated $5,000 to bill co-sponsor Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.) and $75,000 in May to the Democrat’s House Majority PAC, a super political action committee, which was established April 8, according to federal filings.

    Interestingly, the House Majority PAC ran ads against Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Calif.), himself a co-sponsor of the Natural Gas Act.

    Alexander Cohn, a portfolio manager at Soros Fund Management, March 28 donated $1,000 to Sen. Robert J. Menendez (D-N.J.), the lead sponsor of the Natural Gas Act in the Senate, according to federal filings. During the 2010 election cycle, Soros’ family members gave $121,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, while Menendez was its chairman.

  252. Wow the rhetoric is heating up…..

    Maxine Waters : Boehner and Cantor are demons (has she finally flipped?)

    Maxine Waters reminded us today that, should Democrats win back the House, she is in line to become the next chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee. If that doesn’t scare you, then just watch this video. In it, she calls Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “demons” who “would rather do whatever they can to destroy this president, rather than for the good of this country.”

    She also told listeners, “Don’t ever let me see again in life those Republicans in our hall on our screens talking about anything.” Anything?

    video at link

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/291178/maxine-waters-boehnor-and-cantor-are-demons-noah-glyn
    ……………………………..

    Whats scarier is this woman thinks she’s in line to be the head of “the financial services committee” after all her dodgy dealings….

  253. “The Natural Gas Act will create federal tax credits for natural gas vehicles, storage facilities and fueling stations for a five-year period.”
    ____________

    Soros and Buffet teamed up to create a new natural gas powered engine. Buffet made the deal with Soros after his COREXIT 9500 and 9527, the enzyme used to clean up the Gulf’s BP Oil spill was criticized as dangerous to the environment and humans because of possible long term cancer causing agents used in it’s manufacture.

  254. Maxine supported Hillary. That’s reason enough for her to be attacked by both the Bots and the Rightwingers.

    Dodgy dealings? She supported a bill to help a whole group of miniority banks, and her husband owned some stock in ONE of that group. Big deal. That’s as silly as the charges they used to make against Bill and Hillary.

    What’s really dodgy, is the way the Ethics Committee has been acting:

    In an extraordinary announcement acknowledging deep internal conflicts, the committee said Washington attorney Billy Martin’s first task will be to investigate how the committee handled the Waters case. Internal documents, obtained by The Associated Press over the past several months, show that two committee attorneys last year communicated solely with Republicans about Waters and other cases.

    The case of Waters, D-Calif., is focused on whether she tried to aid a troubled bank where her husband owns stock. The investigation has been in limbo for eight months, because the two lawyers and the former chief counsel left the ethics committee. All five Democrats from last year quit the committee over the communications with Republicans, forcing the panel to start over with new lawmakers and staff.

    Waters this week demanded that the case be dismissed on grounds that partisanship has made it impossible to give her a fair proceeding. The committee has five members from each party and its investigative staff is supposed to be non-partisan. The five Republicans from last year remained on the committee.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/maxine-waters-ethics-charges_n_905025.html

    In an extraordinary announcement acknowledging deep internal conflicts, the committee said Washington attorney Billy Martin’s first task will be to investigate how the committee handled the Waters case. Internal documents, obtained by The Associated Press over the past several months, show that two committee attorneys last year communicated solely with Republicans about Waters and other cases.

    The case of Waters, D-Calif., is focused on whether she tried to aid a troubled bank where her husband owns stock. The investigation has been in limbo for eight months, because the two lawyers and the former chief counsel left the ethics committee. All five Democrats from last year quit the committee over the communications with Republicans, forcing the panel to start over with new lawmakers and staff.

    Waters this week demanded that the case be dismissed on grounds that partisanship has made it impossible to give her a fair proceeding. The committee has five members from each party and its investigative staff is supposed to be non-partisan. The five Republicans from last year remained on the committee.

  255. Regardless, she has a great deal of dodgy material surrounding here and supporting Hillary is not a prequisite to get away with stuff.

    Oh Turndown, all of us really wonder what your agenda is here on this blog. Sometimes i feel its like the fox hiding in the henhouse.

  256. Ya think?
    ————–
    Kill the Caucuses!

    Maine, Nevada, and Iowa were embarrassing. It’s time to make primaries the rule.

    By Richard L. Hasen|Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

    In the last few weeks, the Keystone Kops have taken over the Republican presidential caucuses. First Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses by a scant eight votes, and then Republican Party officials in Iowa said that there were so many local reporting problems that a winner could not be declared even though Rick Santorum was 34 votes ahead. Oops, they declared Santorum the winner anyway. In Nevada, Republican officials decided to hold a special late-night session of their Saturday caucus to accommodate Orthodox Jews and Seventh-day Adventists. This caused an uproar when Ron Paul supporters objected to requiring the late-comers to sign a statement that their religious obligations prevented earlier attendance, saying that people who had to work during the day should have the right to vote at the late-night caucus, too. Adding to the tumult, it took election officials in one Nevada county an extra day to count a small number of votes and deal with a “trouble box” of disputed ballots. Now comes news from Maine that Mitt Romney may not have won the Maine caucuses by 200 votes as initially reported, because some ballots have gone uncounted.

    All of this is an embarrassment for the GOP, but it’s not a Republican problem. Four years ago, I wrote a Slate column describing the problems with the Democratic caucuses as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled for their party’s nomination: That time around, in the Iowa caucuses voters had no right to cast a secret ballot; and in the Nevada caucuses rural votes counted more than urban ones. Hillary Clinton got more popular votes in the state than Barack Obama did, but got 12 delegates to Obama’s 13. Then came Texas-sixed problems with that state’s hybrid primary-caucus: long lines, unclear rules, the tailing of an election official to a police station when she took home caucus sign-in sheets to “correct” them, and even reports of three physical confrontations at Dallas caucus sites. Clinton got more votes in the primary, but Obama got more delegates because he got more votes in the caucuses.

    None of this should actually be a surprise. This country has a hard enough time with competently run elections when professional election administrators are in charge. Caucuses are run by political party volunteers once every four years, without the normal safeguards (for example, while the GOP has supported voter identification laws, they were not required for the Republican Party caucuses). Without adequate procedures for ensuring that votes are properly cast, counted, and audited, a drumbeat of mistakes is inevitable.

    Caucuses hark back to an earlier era, when they were a way for the parties to organize and provided a space for small-scale deliberations about which candidate deserved support. A deliberative process seemed especially appropriate in Iowa, where voters get to see the candidates up close and serve as proxies (supposedly) for the rest of us.

    But none of these rationales any longer make sense. Parties organize more effectively through conventions, voter registration drives, and get-out-the-vote efforts than by serving as amateur vote-counters twice a decade. Caucuses are now a place for aggregating votes, not for real deliberation. Mostly people just come and vote. In fact NPR’s Bryan Naylor reports that Iowa would like to use voting machines in the next round of caucuses—it’s just that they’re worried that New Hampshire, with its first-in-the-nation primary, will squawk.

    Turnout in caucuses can be abysmally low. Fewer than 40,000 people voted in the 2012 Nevada Republican caucus. Compare that to the 412,000 voters who voted for John McCain in the 2008 general election in Nevada. Maine’s caucus turnout last week was only about 3 percent, according to the Washington Post, “Out of 6,755 registered Republican voters, 223 showed up to vote in Portland.” Since you have to hang around to vote, busy people don’t show up and many members of the military are disenfranchised.

    Finally, caucuses make less sense now that campaigns for president have become more national in scope, and voter preferences about candidates shaped less by living room chats and more by negative ads run by a candidate’s shadow super PAC. As campaigns become less retail, there’s no reason to burden voters who want to help choose a presidential nominee with the extra demands of a caucus.

    How to get rid of the caucuses? For reasons I’ve explained, I don’t expect the Supreme Court to step in and rule the caucus process unconstitutional. Parties don’t have to use a one-person, one-vote rule to choose their nominees, and they could probably get away with just about anything short of race discrimination in running their nomination processes. As Justice Antonin Scalia recently wrote for a seven-justice Supreme Court majority, “A political party has a First Amendment right to limit is membership as it wishes, and to choose a candidate-selection process that will in its view produce the nominee who best represents its political platform.”

    But the Supreme Court also has said “it is too plain for argument” that states can require parties to use primaries or conventions rather than caucuses or smoke-filled rooms to pick nominees who appear on the general election ballot. And Congress might be able to go further. An important article by Justice Scalia, written before he took the bench, bolsters the case that the Constitution gives Congress has the power to regulate aspects of the presidential nominations process.

    Congress should take the court up on its offer and scrap the caucuses. And while they’re at it, how about taking away Iowa and New Hampshire’s status as first in the nation in choosing the president as well? There have been a number of fairer proposals, such as a series of rotating regional presidential primaries, giving each part of the country its turn to go first. Iowa and New Hampshire won’t go down without a fight. But there is no reason these two states should always get millions of dollars worth of extra attention from presidential candidates.

    Amateur hour is over. The choice of a president is simply too important to put in the hands of party bumblers and the small percentage of people who are willing to spend hours to cast a vote. Let’s have primaries—and then figure out how to make sure all those voting machines work properly.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2012/02/congress_should_kill_the_republican_and_democratic_state_caucuses_and_mandate_primaries_instead_.single.html

  257. In haste…. I’ll try to find a better cite later.

    Here’s what Fox said that Beck said that Hillary said:
    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
    HILLARY CLINTON, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE: I prefer the word “progressive,” which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century. I consider myself a modern progressive, someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society when we’re working together.
    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    foxnews.com/story/0,2933,514838,00.html#ixzz1mUJgiWgo

    This has a longer quote and maybe a link to her video, but they seem to hve got it from Newsmax….
    http://volopinionjournal.wordpress.com/2007/07/24/news-flash-hillary-clinton-is-not-a-liberal-so-she-says/

  258. Honestly……

    The U.S. Senate’s leading proponent of tax increases on the American people — Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was delinquent on his property taxes on until a reporter called him to ask him about it.

    Brown who supports higher income, energy and investment taxes did not pay his property tax on a luxury condo in Washington, DC. He was late on his payment since last September. Curiously, Brown paid his “fair share” after a reporter called his office to inquire about why he was late.

    Brown, who is battling Ohio State Treasurer and veteran Josh Mandel, is one of the Senate’s leading spokesmen for big labor and big government. Brown consistently demands that Americans pay “fair share” in taxes proposing a new surtax on adjusted gross income.

    Should we be shocked to find out that Brown failed to contribute his “fair share” of taxes? It’s no different than Sen.John Kerry housing his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid paying $500,000 in sales tax on it. It’s no different than another tax-raiser Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) using a loophole to avoid paying $43,000 in property taxes.

    ………………………

    one rule for one and one for the rest of us…..imagine if we forgot to pay property taxes, you would be audited to high hell.

  259. lol……

    NOTICE FROM TWITTER: ALL TWITTER USERS CRITICIZING OR MOCKING @TruthTeam2012 PLEASE REPORT TO ROOM 101 IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU.

  260. In haste…. I’ll try to find a better cite later.
    __________________

    Don’t bother- Your quote fudged in with the Hillary’s SOS site was a quote from the July 07′ CNN/Utube debate- when Hillary was asked, is she a ‘Liberal’…

    When candidates begin a campaign they customarily begin discussing issues pertinent to either side.. Hillary is a Democrat. She began with the Left. Leftists identify with the word ‘Liberal’ and because the word Liberal has been demonized by the Rightists, they have transformed to using the word ‘progressive’…

    As time goes on when the Left’s issues have been addressed questions answered, candidates move to the Right.. repeating the same scenario, addressing issues and questions from the Right.. when all are satisfied, She/Hillary moved to the CENTER where she remained until she withdrew from the presidential race in June of 08’

    Labeling Hillary a ‘Progressive’ is an incorrect assessment because Progressives identify with the Left and Hillary and Bill are both moderates in the middle of both parties.. therefore, they are CENTRISTS..

    Capiche :

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

  261. Do you mean the liberal Queen of Socialism, Maxine Waters, who wants to SOCIALIZING and taking over oil companes? Wasn’t she also in love with Chavez after visiting Venzauela or is my memory of that incorrect?

  262. gonzotx
    February 14th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Admin, you may need to step in. Think Lord of the Flies.

    Agreed. I am disgusted by this. I have come to think the handle is one shared by shifts of trollers. There is no personality revealed in the responses and it would be easy for anyone to duplicate with regards to writing style.

    admin, I implore you, we need your intervention, here.

  263. Mrs. Smith
    February 15th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    …in haste….must leave….will answer that later….exits when confronted with critical thinking skill questions or propositions…..

  264. ShortTermer
    February 15th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Basil99, what does the ‘think Lord of the Flies” evoke?
    ___________

    yes, inquiring minds want to know… 🙄

  265. Funny that Basil, i have thought for a long time, that TDO is not one person, also not sure if thats the only name being used, something is a bit off there. Always seems to be a bit of “poisoning the well” at all times.

  266. BASIL99
    February 15th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    gonzotx
    February 14th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Admin, you may need to step in. Think Lord of the Flies.

    Agreed. I am disgusted by this. I have come to think the handle is one shared by shifts of trollers. There is no personality revealed in the responses and it would be easy for anyone to duplicate with regards to writing style.

    admin, I implore you, we need your intervention, here.
    ___________________

    Using Hillary’s SOS site is out of bounds using it to heighten the credibility of TD’s assertion. Cabinet appointments are apolitical as they should be and do not promote one party or the other…

    Where is the Queen of Hearts, when you need her?

  267. Re: moononpluto
    February 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I have suspicioned the same thing and asked on here one day if the contracaption fairy had more than one moniker; she responded that she had only one other and that was 1950Democrat. I am still not convinced, guess only Admin knows.

  268. The new anti-Santorum ad from Romney’s superpac also takes a swipe at Hillary. Could it be that the Romney campaign still views Hillary as a threat?

  269. ShortTermer
    February 15th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Now how would you respond if I called you an Obama supporter? Which to me is the basest insult that can be said on a Hillary forum.

    Would you just duck and dive until things Kool down- then comeback on the blog continuing with what you were discussing- acting as if you hadn’t been called out as a mole from the enemies camp? Therefore, no response is needed?

  270. Using Hillary’s SOS site is out of bounds using it to heighten the credibility of TD’s assertion.

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

    Did someone do that? No one here has cited Hillary’s SOS site in connection with the word ‘progressive’ sfaik. Fox’s transcript of a Beck show said this:

    This is a rush transcript from “Glenn Beck,” April 10, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
    [….]
    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
    HILLARY CLINTON, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE: I prefer the word “progressive,” which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century. I consider myself a modern progressive [….]
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,514838,00.html#ixzz1mUxw2XAW

    I thought that was an odd line for Fox to use, since sfaik she had said it in the campaign, before becoming SOS.

  271. So why would something Senator Clinton said in 07′ that she was NOT a Liberal never labeling herself a progressive either have anything to do with her being Secretary of State NOW using her SOS position to add credibility to your mistated claim?

    How many blogs have you been banned from? Besides Crawdad?

  272. You guys cut me NO slack!

    😉

    I was simply agreeing with gonzo that admin may need to step in and help restore some order here, just like the soldiers at the end of LOTF.

    I read that book ages ago but a quick visit to the cliff notes edition explains why I accepted gonzo’s analogy. Chaos, bullying, irrationality, lying, posturing, deliberate demonization, sabotage . . I hope that’s enough for the literary critics here.

    😀

    TDO wants us to worship the pighead.

    There. I said it.

    Oh, and while I’m wracking my brain for any other LOTF references here’s an original – TDO creates blogger interruptus when she appears, ruining the blog’s rhythm, the train of thought, the easy and natural exchange of ideas. It’s like dousing us all in a cold shower at just the wrong moments. At least, that’s how it’s beginning to feel to me and is a reason I stay away.

    I know I’m not alone. It was one thing when this was an occasional interruption but it happens several times a day, now, and sometimes turns this into a most unpleasant place.

    While I adore most of the bloggers here it’s sometimes enough for me to just say frig it, I’ll find someplace else. (No doubt some would be delighted by that).

    Or, put another way, it’s like having a rude obnoxious neighbor who is so intrusive, so intent on spreading out way past their property line and not giving a d@mn for how the neighbors feel that it makes you want to move.

  273. a quote from the July 07′ CNN/Utube debate- when Hillary was asked, is she a ‘Liberal’…

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

    Thanks for the lead!

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0707/23/se.01.html

    QUESTION: [….] Mrs. Clinton, how would you define the word “liberal?”

    And would you use this word to describe yourself?

    Thank you.

    (LAUGHTER)

    CLINTON: You know, it is a word that originally meant that you were for freedom, that you were for the freedom to achieve, that you were willing to stand against big power and on behalf of the individual.

    Unfortunately, in the last 30, 40 years, it has been turned up on its head and it’s been made to seem as though it is a word that describes big government, totally contrary to what its meaning was in the 19th and early 20th century.

    I prefer the word “progressive,” which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th century.

    I consider myself a modern progressive, someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society when we’re working together and when we find ways to help those who may not have all the advantages in life get the tools they need to lead a more productive life for themselves and their family.

    So I consider myself a proud modern American progressive, and I think that’s the kind of philosophy and practice that we need to bring back to American politics.

    COOPER: So you wouldn’t use the word “liberal,” you’d say “progressive.”

  274. TDO wants us to worship the pighead.

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

    That’s a hell of a thing to call Hillary, or even Bill. 😉

  275. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    It would explain the glaring lack of connection to what’s really going on in the conversation, here.

    Maybe it’s a 24 hour gig shared by 6 – 8 part-timers? So easy, just cut and paste and insert a sentence or two to establish some kind or “personality” then off to god knows where – probably a part-time presence at some other tortured blog. Maybe gets paid by the post? Anyway, there is no person to relate to beneath the torrents of links which most of us never click on, have nothing to do with the current conversation and serve no purpose intended to contribute in a productive or even a nice way to others.

    Must have a signal to notify ‘them’ of whenever ‘they’ become an unwelcome but somehow perversely fascinating topic of conversation here.

    It’s like Asberger syndrome – all tics and twitches and OCD and all posted in a sterile, mechanic, drivelish way.

    Aliens with bloggitis interruptus.

    Oh well, hate to say it but the WH incident sucked all the air from the news cycle (never let a crisis go to waste) and there are so many fires all over the world it’s hard to know which to discuss.

    I WISH we could all agree on a topic to turn to during these invasions. Or a code word to urge a scroll by.

    BTW, are you in England, yet?

  276. Mrs. Smith
    February 15th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Call me an ObaMAO supporter….what would my response be? I might not can post this here, but this would be my real life real time response: There is only one difference between you and me, and that is you can kiss my a$$ and I can’t.

    I am sorry if that is crude, but I can’t say it any plainer.

  277. ShortTermer
    February 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    February 15th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Call me an ObaMAO supporter….what would my response be? I might not can post this here, but this would be my real life real time response: There is only one difference between you and me, and that is you can kiss my a$$ and I can’t.
    ____________

    HA! Thats a Keeper! 🙂

  278. I don’t usually spend bandwidth on repsonding to personal attacks, but okay, just briefly….

    I’ve been running Hillary sites since 2007, mostly as 1950democrat: 1950democrat.livejournal.com, PumaResponders, IronMyVote (now gone), PUMAforPalin, maybe others I’m forgetting.

    I’ve been posting for Hillary since 2007/8 first at TM, then went with other PUMAs to Bitterpoliticz and PumaPac and The Confluence etc. (Never managed to re-register at Bitter when she went password, but I hope Camille remembers me.) I watched Murphy’s back by registering PumaPac.com and PumaPac. net the first year; still post there sometimes, as Turndownobama.

    I used 1950democrat here at H44 till I changed it to turndownobama in May 2008. I’ve used bemused_leftist at Crawdad, Riverdaughter’s, and a few other places.

    I don’t know of being banned anywhere. I stopped reading Crawdad because Miq admitted to temporarily sending someone’s posts to limbo without any acknowledgement, “till I forget why I was annoyed”, which I called “stealth banning.” I seldom post at Taylor Marsh for the same reason other PUMAs left. In 2008 quite a few of us Hillary supporters gave up at Kos/DU etc but I don’t know which of us were actually banned.

    As I said at Bemused_leftist.livejournal.com, personally I’m to the Left of the Clintons (which makes me far to the left of where Obama-the-DINO really is) — but after watching their conduct since the late 90s, I have so much personal admiration and loyalty to the Clintons that I’d vote for them over anyone else, even over someone further Left.

    I despise Obama for his personal conduct and dishonesty, but there are some good people in his administration and it does support a few good policies, at least somewhat. I voted for Palin in 2008 and might do so again.

    Sorry, real life calls again….

  279. TDO. I am willing to give you credit when due. I see you have given documentation of Hillary calling herself a Progressive, I actually remember that interview. They were always trying to trip her up, but alas she was too smart for them.

    Now there are a few subjects you just need to let go, like the environment, no ones going to burn up in our lifetime, unless you live in Texas and then you would believe different.

    Second, the contraception issue, which really is about our Religious rights and Constitution. They used a subject they knew would divert from the freaking mess we are in and thought the women would support in general, forgetting of course that women have brains.Who knew? A liberal cause always, little did I know growing up how valuable my ovaries would become.

    This blog, the last I knew, was Admins, and not anyone else’s. I am sorry to see the participants decrease instead of increase because the posts are second to none. Maybe everyone is exhausted and a little scared that the fool in the hill will be re elected. Maybe people are tired of being called names. Not unique to this blog by any means. People feel a certain power when they know there are few if any personal liabilities to their behaviors.

    We were all “Progressives” at one time and thought the “Right was nuts”. Reminds me that youth is wasted on the young, which I am no longer. I know that I personally can not wrap my support around conservatives like Sanatorium, way too much of a leap for me, or Newt, though I appreciate his intelligence and his ability to command an audience. I find I am politically lost. Romney at least is a liberal in conservatives clothing. I do think he can get this economy on its feet if he has the courage. A brokered Convention would just put another Republican Elite in. How depressing is that?

    All we have to worry about is a nuclear war before the summer. Bet hardly anyone is noticing. I know it’s not the talk at work.

    But in reality, I want what I can’t have and that’s Hillary.

  280. Federal funds flow to clean-energy firms with Obama administration ties

    By Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens, Published: February 14

    Sanjay Wagle was a venture capitalist and Barack Obama fundraiser in 2008, rallying support through a group he headed known as Clean Tech for Obama.

    Shortly after Obama’s election, he left his California firm to join the Energy Department, just as the administration embarked on a massive program to stimulate the economy with federal investments in clean-technology firm

    Following an enduring Washington tradition, Wagle shifted from the private sector, where his firm hoped to profit from federal investments, to an insider’s seat in the administration’s $80 billion clean-energy investment program.

    He was one of several players in venture capital, which was providing financial backing to start-up clean-tech companies, who moved into the Energy Department at a time when the agency was seeking outside expertise in the field. At the same time, their industry had a huge stake in decisions about which companies would receive government loans, grants and support.

    During the next three years, the department provided $2.4 billion in public funding to clean-energy companies in which Wagle’s former firm, Vantage Point Venture Partners, had invested, a Washington Post analysis found. Overall, the Post found that $3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers.

    Obama’s program to invest federal funds in start-up companies — and the failure of some of those companies — is becoming a rallying cry for opponents in the presidential race. Mitt Romney has promised to focus on Obama’s “record” as a “venture capitalist.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/venture-capitalists-play-key-role-in-obamas-energy-department/2011/12/30/gIQA05raER_story.html

  281. Basil

    “Maybe it’s a 24 hour gig shared by 6 – 8 part-timers? So easy, just cut and paste and insert a sentence or two to establish some kind or “personality” then off to god knows where – probably a part-time presence at some other tortured blog. Maybe gets paid by the post? Anyway, there is no person to relate to beneath the torrents of links which most of us never click on, have nothing to do with the current conversation and serve no purpose intended to contribute in a productive or even a nice way to others.”
    ___________

    You nailed it- the latest post @

    turndownobama
    February 15th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    This is not her writing style at all. I believe you are on the right track. She is a paid blogger, paid to interrupt this and possibly other forums with inane obfuscating posts.. I don’t give a flying fig what anyone says- it computes-

  282. Sorry for the poll numbers, but I had to vent as he is now at 50% in two(2) polls and trending upwards in almost all areas. This, along with a dreadful republican primary, has greatly enhabced his chance for re-election. Does anyone here truthfully feel confident that Romney or Santorum could beart him?

  283. I’ve been trying to find out what Ron Paul’s position is on the claims by the anti-contraception people about ‘abortifacients’. Here’s one bit of evidence:

    http://inthearena.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/26/rep-ron-paul-announces-his-presidential-exploratory-committee-writes-about-abortion/
    Here is an excerpt from Ron Paul’s book, “Liberty Defined,” courtesy Grand Central Publishing, 2011.
    [….]
    Very early pregnancies and victims of rape can be treated with the day after pill, which is nothing more than using birth control pills in a special manner. These very early pregnancies could never be policed, regardless. Such circumstances would be dealt with by each individual making his or her own moral choice.

    Elsewhere Paul has said that he considers a zygote as a person and wants to protect zygotes (which are fertilized eggs that have not implanted). So apparently he follows the accepted medical explanation that common birth control pills work by preventing fertilization, not by preventing implantation.

    I’ll be out tomorrow, so pls forgive me for posting some more bits and pieces here that I won’t have time to organize.

  284. Most of the RCP polls include lot of Obama friendly polls. This is the same stuff that happen during the 2008 democratic primary. The MSM was badgering Hillary to quit from the beginning. MSM has to create the illusion that Obama was winning when he was not. The MSM spin is that the economy is in recovery. Haven’t we heard about the Recovery Summers of 2011,2010 and 2009? How did those turn out? The MSM continues the spin that the Democratic party in united when it is clearly falling apart. The Democratic Senate can’t even bring Obama’s budget to the floor because it fears the voters backlash. Rasmussen has Obama 47% and Romney 43% today which is very close. The swing states that have Obama in the lead also have a lot of undecided independent voters. Obama continues to do badly with them. Wait till gas gets $4.00 to $4.50 per gallon this summer or possible stock market crash. It will crush the illusion that the recovery is underway.
    As far as Santorum, he has no shot to win the general election. He is a big turnoff to independent voters. I do agree with Peggy Noonan that there is little enthusiasm for both parties. I think this should aid the GOP(Romney). The youth vote, AA vote and Hispanic vote will not even come close to the 2008 turnout numbers. Obama is in trouble if he can’t match 2008 turnout numbers.

  285. Re: Mrs. Smith
    February 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I noticed that, too. It is hard not to notice when one’s writing style is different all of a sudden; the same with another one who magically has improved grammar and spelling. More than one moniker; more than one poster using the same id. Only Admin will know.

    I should have added to your question about what would I do if you called me an ObaMAO supporter that in addition to being mad because that would be the polar opposite of the truth, I would take pause and ask myself a question. That question would be: who is right – the whole world or me? And with as many complaints aas tdo has had over time from so many different posters I would likely be smart enough to know that it was me and not the whole world. If I were the problem, then I would be the one to work out the solution, even if it meant to go away.

    Timewise we only have the length of one pregnancy left to pull together and make a difference in this election; the last thing we need are posters who are divisive and counter productive. It really looks like, feels like, and may be that they are working for the enemy.

  286. jbstonesfan

    —–
    I have no confidence in this election at this point, but I will not repeat this because things are tough enough for all of us and have been since 2007.

    We kinda owe it to each other to not bring folks down and keep doing what we can to end Barry’s stay in the Oval.


  287. http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/02/ron-paul-would-permit-abortion-in-some-cases-of-honest-rape/
    Paul went on to explain the complexity of the situation. If someone arrives in an emergency room, he said, and there is no medical or legal evidence of a pregnancy, it’s in a sort of limbo. When someone has been raped and there may or may not be a life, medical procedures like administering a shot of estrogen would be okay. [….] Paul clarified that he believes life begins at conception.

    …… From Comments: …..

    Ron Paul was pretty clear on this issue. He said if the woman had just been raped, and went to the emergency room, that a shot of estrogen would be acceptable, because there is no proof or knowledge, and even a minimal risk of the woman even being pregnant [already].

    ..

    Headline is totally false. He said rape victim should immediately get a shot of estrogen. This would PREVENT conception. [….] This is not abortion. Paul does not condone abortion.

    I agree with the comments I’ve quoted here. It’s a refreshing, professional view from Paul. He may think that a zygote is a person, and that some emergency contraceptive might flush a zygote IF ANY ZYGOTE WERE PRESENT — but still approve using the emergency contraceptive to prevent fertilization from happening. Apparently he’s saying that unless we have good evidence of a zygote being present (from some previous sexual act), we don’t need to withhold the contraceptive just on the chance that there MIGHT be one present.

    (Of course I disagree with Paul on the larger issues.)

  288. “Whats scarier is this woman thinks she’s in line to be the head of “the financial services committee” after all her dodgy dealings….”
    **********
    Reps. come and go but Maxine Waters is, year after year, always on the CREW most corrupt list and again for 2011:

    Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH)
    Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
    Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
    Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
    Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH)
    Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
    Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
    Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
    Rep. David Rivera (R-FL)
    Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
    Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
    Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL)
    Rep. Maxine Waters

  289. Polling numbers are really worthless at this point, and possible in general. McCain was polling ahead of O until some stupid fall in the stock market voters attributed to McCain, who really had nothing to do with it.

    jbjonesfan I know this is a real fear in you. However, we cannot even prove the numbers are valid, let alone that they are predictive of what will happen in 2012. Some off the wall event can come in at the last moment and change everything.

    You are going to have ulcers by the time the elections comes..

  290. jbstonesfan
    February 15th, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    Sorry for the poll numbers, but I had to vent as he is now at 50% in two(2) polls and trending upwards in almost all areas. This, along with a dreadful republican primary, has greatly enhabced his chance for re-election. Does anyone here truthfully feel confident that Romney or Santorum could beart him?
    ————————-
    Jbstonesfan: I have tuned out these polls right now. This economy is not getting better: we have a banking crisis, a credit crisis, a consumer economy crisis, and a 10 year jobs depression. Nobody listens to mainstream media anymore–nobody with any sense. Here are some words to live by:

    • Based on many metrics, the economy is leaps and bounds away from anything remotely resembling a recovery.
    • 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.

  291. I would not worry, Obama’s polls go up and down quicker than a hookers underwear at a political ocnference.

  292. W would say they are using that FUZZY math; they are changing the weights, using the wrong numbers, you name it. If this is their uptopia just wait until gas hits $5 a gallon.
    Polls are skewed the way the pollster wants them skewed.

    We NEED a new President: $3.52 at Costco on I-4 in Orlando; Sams next best price at $3.54.

  293. Subject: Social Security Stimulus Package.

    Just wanted to let you know – today I received my 2012 Social Security Stimulus Package.

    It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my butt, 10 discount coupons to KFC and an “Obama Hope & Change” bumper sticker.

    The directions were in Spanish.

    Hope you get yours soon.

  294. Ha ha Short Termer @ 3:03am. I’m going to have to spread that around on email.
    ——————————————————
    The following video opinion aired last night at 10 pm. If you read nothing else of my comments for the next week or so, please do not skip viewing this video (2:27 + short ad):
    Lunchroom Stormtroopers http://www.wpix.com/videogallery/68138092/News/lunchroom-stormtroopers#pl-62886862

    Lionel says if this doesn’t get you going, nothing will.

  295. Shadowfax: “…I am an old school, Clinton Democrat.”
    turndownobama: “… ‘Clintonista’… Hillary labeled herself from an even older school: ‘an early-20th Century progressive.’ ====

    Hopefully this little dispute can be put to rest with your link to the video. Just to add my two cents, I have my own memory of this segment which is slightly different and, I’ll admit, flawed.

    What I remember was during the 2007 segment of the campaign, and congressional evaluations of her position on the one-dimensional scale of ‘liberal’ to ‘conservative’ or left/right were all over the map. The interviewer wanted a label.

    Hillary said nothing about ‘conservative’ (although ‘fiscal conservative’ would have fit her) and said that ‘liberal’ had a meaning in the early 20th century that she would have assumed for herself; but the meaning of ‘liberal’ nowadays didn’t fit her. She went on to say that “I consider myself a modern progressive….”

    That is how I remember it, and at least this last quote is fully confirmed by your video.

    Actually, I always thought it would have served Hillary’s purposes better to throw the interviewer for a loop and say she was a ‘conservative’! It would have made the viewers think a little: This labeling business should be stopped.

    *******************************
    Mrs. Smith: “Clintonista is a derogatory term coined by the R-Wingers.”
    ====
    …which makes it even easier for me to assume…
    ====

    “Both Hillary and Bill are Centrist Democrats.. nothing else!”
    ====
    A fair description, yes… but does not contradict her own description of herself as “a modern progressive.”

  296. A seemingly nicer time, although my ubra wealthy Main Line-bred college room mate had already asserted that Jackie was paid to stay with JFK:

    Jackie Kennedy’s White House tour; JFK Library details her role in restoration
    …On Feb. 14, 1962, the 31-year-old first lady gave a televised tour of the restored White House. It was a smash hit— 80 million people watched the show on both CBS and NBC, and she won an Emmy. “Your performance last night absolutely first rate,” dressmaker Oleg Cassini wrote in a telegram. “The only logical destination for you is Hollywood. You looked more beautiful than any star.” On Monday, the John F. Kennedy Library released Jackie’s personal papers detailing her role in almost every aspect of the restoration. Within a month of moving into 1600 Penn, the new first lady established the White House Historical Association and the Fine Arts Committee, plus pushed for legislation designating the mansion a historical monument — Mamie Eisenhower’s pink decor and cheap furniture notwithstanding.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/jackie-kennedys-white-house-tour-jfk-library-details-her-role-in-restoration/2012/02/13/gIQAxa2rBR_blog.html

  297. JanH:… “Kill the Caucuses!”

    The article is interesting and killing the caucuses would probably be helpful to a certain extent; but I think it would be much more helpful to work toward the creation of several more political parties: not just a third party, but a fourth and fifth or even more, with runoff elections after the general election.

    With the multi-party runoff system, there is no need for primaries. Each party, or unaffiliated individuals who manage to get enough signatures from elected officials, chooses their candidates any way they want. Primaries are not necessary.

    This run-off system is used in quite a few countries around the world (including Afghanistan! But that is perhaps the least good example) and it allows the people to vote their conscience in the general election, from among as many as 10 or 12 candidates, and then making the more difficult choice between the two plurality winners in the runoff election.

    Afghanistan is a bad example because, in the most recent elections, Karzai cheated and wanted to be declared the winner without a runoff. Generally, though, in countries where elections are fair (and let’s hope the US could be such a country), the runoff system works very well because a broad range of people have the possibility of voting their conscience and, after the runoff, the “losers” of the general election are often called upon to fill government positions.

  298. wbboei: “Nobody listens to mainstream media anymore–nobody with any sense.”
    ====
    Aren’t you the one that is fond of recalling HL Mencken’s “Nobody ever went broke over-estimating the intelligence of the American public”?

  299. A fair description, yes… but does not contradict her own description of herself as “a modern progressive.”
    __________________

    Taken out of context- the question was “is she a Liberal”- which was an entrapment question. Notice, the *applause* when Hillary remained silent when her description was said back to her as a modern progressive… nada- aka.. nothing!

    Both Clintons are Centrists. They are the Founders of the Centrist meme-

  300. Sarah Palin Surprises The Folks At The Five video @ link

    Today towards the end of The Five, Dana Perino announced that they wouldn’t be doing the planned segment on Jeremy Lin because there was a surprise guest in the studio that even the hosts weren’t aware of. Suddenly, in strides none other than Sarah Palin much to the glee of everyone involved (a positively giddy Eric Bolling made sure to tell the producers that he “loved them”). However, while those on camera might have been psyched, this viewer was pretty bummed. Come on, The Five, would it have hurt you so much to ask the former Governor what she thinks of Linsanity?

    Palin was eagerly welcomed to the rarefied group of Five guests (joining Karl Rove and fellow notable not-a-candidate Donald Trump). She was there to tease an interview that she did with Eric Bolling that will be airing tonight on Follow the Money. God, that guy’s got a lot of producers to show his love to today.

    Palin discussed a number of topics, notably Red Eye, saying that she took a while to understand the show. This was obviously a comment that Greg Gutfeld wasn’t going to let go unclarified. She explained that she could never quite figure out what the audience was for a show on at that hour. However, she said that she had always remembered a comment he had made on Red Eye a while ago in which he claimed that Palin would never appear on it because it would ruin her chances of running for president. Palin admitted that she still considers going on just to prove him wrong. Which reminds me; Sarah Palin would totally never write a guest post for Mediaite because it would ruin her chances of running for president. Am I right?

    Anyway, it was a cute couple of segments and a perfect way to end the episode. Just like how Jeremy Lin’s amazing three-point shot was the perfect way to end last night’s game. But, no. No one wants to talk about that.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sarah-palin-surprises-the-folks-at-the-five-greg-gutfeld-quizes-her-about-red-eye/

  301. ShortTermer
    February 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Re: Mrs. Smith
    February 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I noticed that, too. It is hard not to notice when one’s writing style is different all of a sudden; the same with another one who magically has improved grammar and spelling. More than one moniker; more than one poster using the same id. Only Admin will know.
    __________________

    If you want to see the anomaly in action… go back to where she posts a link (some blog with a story about the CNN/Utube debate)(begin at td 4:30 & then look to 7:24) scroll down a little and see (another style of writing) thanking me for posting the date when the debate took place sponsored by who) Now if TD posted the link, wouldn’t she had been aware of this information rather than thinking I cued her in?

  302. gonzotx
    February 15th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Some people just continue to beat a dead horse.
    ______________

    That’s You… beating jbstonesfan..

    the self-appointed poll police…

  303. AmericanGal, I hope they do. That article is known to this conservative group:
    The Patriot Update & The Patriot Depot – A Division of Liberty Alliance, LLC
    3150-A Florence Rd . Suite #1 . Powder Springs, GA 30127.
    Patriot Update provides a daily email and the article you mention is featured in one of those.;)

  304. clip of Romney this am.. telling a story ending with a creepy falsetto laugh.. Yep, I can hear Jeb huffing and puffing on the treadmill.. working out in preperation for nerfing the GOP Nom… everybody, gird your loins…
    _______________________

    Romney’s Slide Among Independents Continues

    As I’ve been noting here, one key metric to determine whether the prolonged GOP nomination process is damaging Mitt Romney’s general election prospects is his standing among independents, many of whom remain sour on Obama’s economic performance.

    Today’s new Pew poll offers another installment. The topline is striking enough — it finds that Rick Santorum is surging among Tea Partyers and conservatives, again suggesting that they just can’t come to terms with Romney as the nominee.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2012/02/13/romney039s_slide_among_independents_continues_273505.html

  305. Here’s my second tough-talk pick of this day:

    Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing “handouts” to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery. “Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.
    “For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom….”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/211055-rep-west-democratic-handouts-an-insidious-form-of-slavery

  306. AmericanGal
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Did anyone see this? In October Obama wrote a letter to a guy who lost his job and told him it would be at least 1-2 years before the economy would pick up.

    I tried to go and look at that letter but couldn’t, something is wrong with my firefox. But if it is the one I think it is I think it is an Obama cheap trick. In the letter I have seen, not sure if it the one you are talking about, Obama says this:

    “Yes, we will be ok. Because America has gotten through tough times before, and because of good people like you.”

    IMO, that is not Obama talking, and who ever wrote it is trying to engender a false feeling of affection between Obama and America/American people.

  307. Allen West: “…Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”
    ====

    I think handouts are a bad state of affairs, but they are not a form of slavery. When you give out money to the impoverished, they can do what they want with it, which is to pump the money right back into the system by purchasing consumer goods, thereby keeping up demand.

    It is debt that is slavery. When people are indebted, what they earn is lost because it is fed into the banker’s pockets; so they are working for nothing, ergo slaves.

    Of course, somebody has to pay the handouts. As this would mean that workers are tapped by their taxes to pay the poor, that would mean that the workers are being enslaved by a debt, but it is not a debt to the poor because the poor will give back the money immediately. It is a debt not to the poor but to the bankers who finance the whole operation.

  308. Jeswezey said:
    it allows the people to vote their conscience in the general election, from among as many as 10 or 12 candidates, and then making the more difficult choice between the two plurality winners in the runoff election.

    =========

    That’s still distorted by needing to choose a candidate who has a chance at getting a plurality. There’s another system with just one election, but you get to mark First, SEcond, Third, N, choices. If your First choice is eliminated, they count your vote for your Second choice, and so on.

    I doubt if either of these could be done here for POTUS without a Constitutional AMendment.

    What could more easily be done is getting more toward the Parliamentary system, just by loosening the ‘party lilne’ rules that give teh Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House so much power as to what gets voted on, etc.

    (Typing into a very small box here, hope it doesn’t freak anyone out. 😉 )

  309. Good Morning All:

    Another busy day for our Hillary.Take a look.

    You are subscribed to Public Schedule for U.S. Department of State. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
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    February 16, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton announces the “The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants” initiative, at the Department of State.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with assistant secretaries from the regional bureaus, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    1:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at an event in recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, at the Department of State. Please click here for more information.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 12:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 12:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, at the Department of State.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    ;

  310. Since there’s a short time till the national conventions, maybe we’d better be looking at the Democrat who has already filed in several states to challenge Obama. His website compares the situation to 1968 iirc when a challenger forced LBJ to drop out. Ie, just what we’ve been dreaming could happen, making a chance for Hillary to be drafted.

    http://www.darcy2012.com/

    Bad DNS here.

  311. Jeswezey said:
    recalling HL Mencken’s “Nobody ever went broke over-estimating the intelligence of the American public”?

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

    Er, actually he said “under-estimating”. I’m sorry, I hope I’m not disrupting you with this contrarian post. 😉

  312. turndownobama: “…There’s another system with just one election, but you get to mark First, SEcond, Third, N, choices. If your First choice is eliminated, they count your vote for your Second choice, and so on.”
    ====

    You say “there’s another system” but does that system really exist anywhere? Or is it just your idea? I think such a system would simply bypass the runoff election but it could produce some surprising results. For example, a candidate who has a the top plurality of 1st-place votes may lose to another candidate who wins with 2nd or 3rd place votes. Or maybe I’m not reading you right. Does this system exist?

    **********

    “I doubt if either of these could be done here for POTUS without a Constitutional AMendment.”
    ====

    In fact, no changes can be made to the electoral process without a Constitutional Amendment. The idea of a runoff election included. The biggest hurdle to fair elections in the POTUS election is the Electoral College, which was instituted as a barrier to what was thought might become mob rule and cheating at the polls. No other country in the world has an Electoral College like ours. I think it must have been modeled after the selection of the Holy Roman Emperor, which was living its last days at the time the Constitution was written.

  313. ABM90
    February 16th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    It still irks me. A women would never be elected or even considered for a job with the small resume that O had. Now H has a herculon resume, and people are saying O ya, she probably would have been better.

    She was better before. Her Senatorial experience and YES living in the White House makes her tons more qualitifed over the neighborhood organizer with the staged State and Federal resume. He never even found his way to the Senatorial bathrooms, he was there so little.

    Yet, H had CRAFTED deals, written legislation, reached across the Aisle, and basically proved she could lead the nation, AN IT WAS ALL DISMISSED AND SWEEPED UNDER THE RUG. In fact making sure the people are minimally qualified in accordance with the constitution seems to be something the political system is not qualified for.

    THE HORRIBLE PART, HOWEVER, IS HE DOES NOT SEEM TO LEARN OR WANT TO LEARN. He feels that the Presidency is something he is entitled to (for what reason I don’t know), and he can play it anyway he wants to. If he does not want to pass a budget, he does not have to (major mistake in my book). The things he likes to do don’t involve controversary, unless he brings it up. I have to wonder what he does all day.

    Well I guess I am through with my morning rant.

  314. But but but but Beavis Butthead Brian Williams and Jake The Snake Tapper tells Us the economy is improving and Obama has got everyhing under control/ Don’t Bogart that Joint My friend . . . pass it over to me.

  315. NMF: “…making sure the people are minimally qualified in accordance with the constitution seems to be something the political system is not qualified for.”
    ====

    I don’t agree with you: Obama is minimally qualified and he is now POTUS! The problem is finding someone who is well qualified and getting Americans to vote for her!

  316. “Drain the Jacuzzi!”

    Shoot, I don’t have a jacuzzi. I want a jacuzzi. The government should buy me a jacuzzi. The government can pay for it with ObaMAO’s stash. Take the money from the 1% or from the contrarian fairy, I don’t care. The government has taught me about STUFF; I want stuff; I deserve stuff; my neighbors have stuff provided by the government. I want stuff. I deserve stuff. Put the bill on the insurer’s tab, or the insurance company, I don’t care. Add the bill to the deficit, what would it matter?
    The politicians in DC have a jacuzzi. I WANT a jacuzzi. The goverment should give me a grant for a jacuzzi, then I could get the luxurious deluxe model. I want a jacuzzi. It is my RIGHT. The government must give me a jacuzzi.

  317. holdthemaccountable
    February 16th, 2012 at 5:43 am

    —————

    I saw this incident reported on Fox News the other day. The video says it all.

    Meme has certainly made things better…NOT

  318. I see some people still have too much time on their hands and are confused as to who this blog actually belongs to.

    Admin, please come back, we now have posters presenting hearsay evidence on other posters with an us against them mentality We need an adult to step in.

  319. The Hill

    Ron Paul raises $1.2 million in Valentine’s Day money bomb
    By Justin Sink – 02/16/12 11:17 AM ET

    Ron Paul might be fading in national polls of the Republican presidential race, but a Valentine’s Day “money bomb” fundraiser demonstrated that the Texas congressman still outpaces his rivals when it comes to raising money – and that he should be able to remain in the nomination hunt as long as he wants.

    Paul’s campaign announced Wednesday that they had raised nearly $1.2 million since Valentine’s Day, bringing in cash at nearly the same rate as Rick Santorum in the immediate aftermath of victories in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado last week that propelled the former senator’s campaign back into the national spotlight.

    “Every day, more and more Americans are realizing how deeply our out-of-control government has devastated our nation, and they’re angry. They’re looking for answers, and my staff is ready to ramp up our efforts even more to reach them with our solutions – through more hard-hitting ads, direct mail and email, more boots on the ground, and more personal phone calls,” Paul wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

    The frenzied short-term fundraisers – which lean on Paul’s extensive grassroots network – have injected life into Paul’s campaign throughout the cycle. But the Texas congressman is still searching for his first victory after a narrow – and disputed – loss in the Maine caucus.

  320. Clinton to attend G-20 foreign minister meeting in Mexico

    16 February 2012

    Washington. U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton will join the first G-20 ministers of foreign affairs informal meeting in Mexico which starts later this week, State Department announced on Wednesday, Xinhua informs.

    The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Mexican city of Los Cabos from Saturday to Monday, said the department in a statement.
    Clinton and her counterparts will discuss global economic matters including principles for the international economic system, green growth and sustainable development, food security, and human development, said the statement.

    She will also hold meetings with her counterparts to discuss bilateral issues, the statement added.

    The statement said the United States and the G-20 members share many opportunities and challenges and work collaboratively on a wide range of issues.

    The statement described Clinton’s visit as “an opportunity to reinforce close relations among nations and to identify common objectives and strategies to address global challenges and ensure global prosperity.”

    http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n271046

  321. This is sad…She was a Hillary woman…
    ***********************

    Maya Angelou: ‘Barack Obama has done a remarkable job’
    Poet and veteran civil rights activist, Maya Angelou is the sage of black America. And for her, Barack Obama has delivered. She talks about her hopes for his-re-election – and receiving an award from his wife Michelle

  322. The next World Bank president: Bill Clinton?

    Former US president Bill Clinton could be the transformative leaderto replace Robert Zoellick as head of the World Bank

    Richard Adams
    Wednesday 15 February 2012

    The World Bank desperately needs to revive its fortunes after years of lacklustre leadership and shrinking role – which is precisely why former US president Bill Clinton is among the names being touted as its next head to replace Robert Zoellick.

    Lael Brainard, under-secretary for international affairs at the US Treasury, has been responsible for drawing up the White House’s shortlist of candidates to replace Zoellick.

    Alongside names such as Larry Summers and Tim Geithner, speculation in Washington has been rampant if unsourced that Bill Clinton’s name is in the frame, and the constant rumours that Hillary Clinton was interested in the job – repeatedly denied by her – were in fact a misunderstanding over which Clinton was a candidate.

    Hillary Clinton’s role as US secretary of state would be a bar to Bill taking the top job at the Bank – but Hillary’s decision to step down after the US presidential election later this year removes that obstacle.

    But another obstacle to Bill Clinton – or any of the other American candidates – is the US’s pledge to open up the top job to candidates that don’t hold a US passport, including a commitment made at the G20.

    Since the IMF and the World Bank were established, the pair of multilateral finance institutions have had their leadership carved up between the Europeans in the IMF and America in the World Bank. And for years activists have been trying to overturn that situation, especially in the case of the Bank because of its wider role in the developing world.

    But the current voting structures favour the status quo, with the Europeans and Americans able to impose their own candidate if things got ugly, while the US alone can effectively veto a candidate it didn’t approve.

    President Obama could take the bold decision to open the Bank presidency to a non-US citizen. But it remains too tempting to use that power to reward a political ally, especially for a desirable post that doesn’t require a battle with Congress for confirmation.

    Obama has also come under fire from the Republican presidential contenders for “apologising for America” – in Mitt Romney’s words – and for lacking leadership. Appointing a non-American to a job previously seen as a US satrapy by the US Congress could give substance to those attacks. With an election looming Obama may take the easy option, along with some window dressing of including one or two names of well qualified candidates from the developing world such as Nigeria’s minister of finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

    The attraction of a Bill Clinton candidacy is that his reputation makes him acceptable to Americans and many non-American critics alike, preserving the US government’s commitment to an open appointment process while keeping the post in US hands.

    The only major question mark over Bill Clinton would be his health – if the 65-year-old is unwilling to undergo medical tests and the potential humiliation if he is rejected on grounds of fitness.

    One close observer of the Bank said that Bill Clinton “has the stature” to be a transformative president, “able to change the Bank and the courage to take it in new directions,” by overhauling its management structure.

    And there is one possible candidate said to be interested in the job who would be a ground-breaking non-American choice while still placating US critics: Tony Blair. The former British prime minister has privately expressed interest but how seriously remains an open question. Blair’s candidacy would not be embraced by the current British government. But if the White House was open to it then No 10’s opinion would hardly sway them.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2012/feb/15/world-bank-president-clinton

  323. So, how do we explain this if the economy is doing so well? On Drudge
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Foreclosures on the Rise Again…
    The New American Dream: Renting…

  324. So now the idiot is going around and boasting that restoring the U.S. image abroad was HIS top accomplishment‎.

    I would just like to say that it was Hillary who did this in spite of bambi’s continued diplomatic mistakes.

  325. Check Out How This Guy Authorizes His Ad
    —Ace

    Glenn Morton’s running against Steny Hoyer in Maryland. Well, first he has to win a primary, but I imagine he will.

    It seems unlikely he can beat Steny Hoyer in very-blue Prince George County, but he has an advantage: That county is mostly black, and he’s black.

    Who knows.

    He’s running one of those Ladd ads, the Turn the Ship Around one. But check out how he says he endorses this message. I think you’ll really like it.

  326. ShortTermer: “… I want STUFF… ”
    ====

    Too funny! Have your heard George Carlin’s rant about stuff? You’re even funnier than Carlin!!

  327. Re: jeswezey
    February 16th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks. No I have not heard George Carlin’s ‘stuff.’ I do want stuff, but I don’t want my two little great-grandchildren to have to pay for them.

  328. gonzotx,

    What do you mean by this?

    “We now have posters presenting hearsay evidence on other posters with an us against them mentality.”

  329. JanH February 16th, 2012 at 12:21 pm: video says it all
    ———————–
    What I love is how wound up the guy Lionel gets by the end of it – yelling Fascist several times. He calls out Big Agra and Food police. He states media doesn’t care and has strict orders to stay away from it. He says government wants total control over everything. Ends with “I’ve got more on this. Stay tuned.”

    Truthers are going to be gunning for him soon I fear.

  330. wbboei
    February 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    ————-
    Is this the same Dick Morris who will be putting another knife to Bill Clinton’s back with his take on the Lewinsky scandal? The one where he tells the interviewer onthe PBS special coming up in the near future, verbatim what Clinton said to him about it in a phone call?

  331. turndownobama: “…There’s another system with just one election, but you get to mark First, SEcond, Third, N, choices. If your First choice is eliminated, they count your vote for your Second choice, and so on.”
    ====

    jes: You say “there’s another system” but does that system really exist anywhere? Or is it just your idea? I think such a system would simply bypass the runoff election but it could produce some surprising results. For example, a candidate who has a the top plurality of 1st-place votes may lose to another candidate who wins with 2nd or 3rd place

    TDO: No, the first round leads keep their votes, it’s the candidates who got the least votes whose votes get shifted to their second choice, etc. I suppose it’s kind of like what ideally happens at the national convention: after the first round, the Huntsman and Bachmann delegates have to decide who to join for the next round, and so it goes.

    jes: Or maybe I’m not reading you right. Does this system exist?

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

    TDO: Only in some localities in the US. Iirc UK tried to establish something like that recently but it was voted down in referendum.

    Must go now, out for the day.

  332. All media on this side of the pond making happy talk for oh. DJIA looks very happy at this time too. However BBC saw cause to publish a tent city article just 3 days ago:
    …Tent cities have sprung up in and around at least 55 American cities – they represent the bleak reality of America’s poverty crisis.snip According to census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line – the most in half a century – fuelled by several years of high unemployment…
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_9694000/9694094.stm

  333. This media matters business. They call themselves a watch dog and mainstream media promotes that lie. Left wing propaganda machine is what they are.. funded by Soros. Let us hope Hillary does not take that World Bank position. To me that would be a strong signal that she is retiring.

  334. gonzotx

    Foreclosures on the Rise Again…
    The New American Dream: Renting…

    ——–
    I guess in my long life I have already been living the American Dream.
    Renting and will never afford a real house…. 🙁

  335. I am not sure If I will buy again, should I by some miracle get out of the present home with anything. My children are also very vague about if they will purchase again. It will take a long time for the real estate markets reputation to recover.

  336. jeswezey

    George Carlin- “Everyday Expressions”

    This one’s for you. A little humor around here is just what some of us need.

  337. I loved Carlin too. Not when I was younger, he was too smart for me, I grew up to his humor…if that makes sense.

    Basil, it’s about people trying to make alignments and dissing others.

  338. JanH

    Cick Morris is best known for managing Bill Clinton’s successful 1996 bid for re-election to the office of President of the United States.

    His tenure on that campaign was cut short two months before the election, when it was revealed that he had had an extramarital affair with a prostitute (named Sherry Rowlands) and allowed her to listen in on conversations with the President.

  339. holdthemaccountable
    February 16th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    All media on this side of the pond making happy talk for oh. DJIA looks very happy at this time too. However BBC saw cause to publish a tent city article just 3 days ago:
    …Tent cities have sprung up in and around at least 55 American cities – they represent the bleak reality of America’s poverty crisis.snip According to census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line – the most in half a century – fuelled by several years of high unemployment…
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Why are people living in tents when Obama’s wonderful policies brought about this robust Bull economy that has lifted all boats???

    Oh yeah, that’s right. He didn’t.

  340. This is pretty darn funny, also posted at PUMApac and Will Bowers FB page.

    Bad lip reading…

    “Rick Santorum” — A BLR Soundbite

  341. Shadowfax
    February 16th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    ———–
    It’s just that I get so tired of having the “Lewinsky” mess thrown out by the media every other week.

    It seems to me that what John Kennedy did over and over again was much worse and yet we still hear about “Camelot” et al.

  342. CNN canceled its March 1 Republican candidates’ debate Thursday after three of four candidates declined to participate, citing busy campaign schedules leading to Super Tuesday.

    “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate,” CNN said in a statement. “Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate.”

    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum also said he would not participate, leaving only former House Speaker Newt Gingrich committed to attending.

  343. First there is this article:

    The campaign to undermine Marco Rubio

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/16/the-campaign-to-undermine-marco-rubio/

    Which leads to this story by Politico:

    Marco Rubio and Obama duel on diplomacy

    Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t waiting for a vice presidential offer to go after President Barack Obama: He’s been locked in a quiet battle with the White House for months, blocking key diplomatic appointments in hopes of getting his say on foreign policy.

    The Rubio-Obama administration skirmish — sloppy, confusing and still largely unresolved — could presage an even bigger, sloppier and more confusing Rubio-Obama political battle this fall.

    Administration officials say Rubio’s move is reckless, placing party politics above the nation’s vital economic and security interests.

    Amazingly, it’s gone virtually unnoticed outside the Spanish-language media, despite touching on some of the most interesting themes of the 2012 campaign: the role of U.S. power in a post-Iraq world, the increasingly decisive role of the Hispanic vote in national politics and the searing political question of whether the talented Mr. Rubio is ready for the big time.

    The scrap began when the Florida Republican, whose hawkish positions are rooted in his family’s history in Cuba, picked a fight with the Obama administration late last fall over its choice for ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, in hopes of getting the State Department to adopt a tougher line with Nicaragua and Cuba.

    Under most scenarios, that time-honored gambit to prod presidents, used by ambitious senators ranging from Scoop Jackson to Jesse Helms, would have done more good than harm.

    But in this case, it seems to have backfired. Rubio’s opposition to Aponte — a diplomat and Democratic staffer born in Puerto Rico — is now being portrayed by Democrats and some Spanish-language media as a broader attack on Puertorriqueños, a critical Latino voting bloc in Florida and other battleground states.

    And after Rubio voted against Aponte twice on a pair of committee and procedural votes, he agreed to back her confirmation in mid-December under pressure from Hispanic groups, a move that struck senators on both sides of the aisle as a rookie stumble.

    “He’s struck out twice. I mean, he says he’s for her now, but he [voted] against her twice,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told POLITICO.

    “In Nevada, this woman [Aponte] is seen by the Puerto Rican community, the Hispanic community, as really somebody who is an up-and-rising star. … I just think it’s a mistake for someone who is supposedly representing Hispanic issues to do what [Rubio] has done,” added Reid, who said Rubio hasn’t delivered the votes on Aponte that he promised.

    Alex Conant, Rubio’s spokesman, suggests such criticism of his boss is part of a coordinated Democratic effort to “knock Marco down a peg.” He said that effort has included conference calls, ads and quotes lambasting many of Rubio’s policies, such as his opposition to the administration’s mandate that Catholic hospitals and universities provide birth control.

    Conant said Rubio dropped his objection to Aponte in exchange for a new administration statement, delivered in January, asserting that the Sandinista government in Nicaragua may have rigged recent national elections.

    As the Senate clock ticked toward the looming Christmas recess, Rubio began trying to persuade seven or eight other Senate Republicans to change their votes, too, to break a filibuster led by his own leadership.

    But by the last day of the 2011 session, the votes simply weren’t there — and Rubio’s leadership hadn’t even waived procedural rules against fast-tracking the confirmation. Democrats say Rubio never really had his people lined up; Rubio says Reid dropped the ball.

    more…..

  344. Oopsy daisy, Romney and Santorum afraid of Newt? hahaha! and they want to be the President of the FREE World? Both of them are big jokes- This selection process gets weirder by the day… So who will Gingrich debate? Ron Paul?
    ________________

    Romney, Santorum to Skip March 1 Debate

    By Sarah B. Boxer

    The front of the GOP pack will be absent at the March 1 debate in Atlanta sponsored by CNN and the Georgia Republican Party, CBS News/National Journal has learned.

    The Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum campaigns said they have decided to skip the debate, throwing into question whether it will happen as planned.

    “With eight other states voting on March 6, we will be campaigning in other parts of the country and unable to schedule the CNN Georgia debate,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We have participated in 20 debates, including eight from CNN.” The 20 debates include one scheduled for Feb. 22 in Mesa, Ariz.

    Santorum “has no plans of doing it right now,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said of the March 1 debate.

    http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/romney-santorum-to-skip-march-1-debate-20120216

  345. “Glenn Morton’s running against Steny Hoyer in Maryland. Well, first he has to win a primary, but I imagine he will.

    It seems unlikely he can beat Steny Hoyer in very-blue Prince George County, but he has an advantage: That county is mostly black, and he’s black.”
    **********
    The only thing that will beat Steny Hoyer is death or retirement. The MD 5th district is very Republican but the big economic factor in that district is the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Steny protected and expanded that facility during the last base closure round and people want their jobs protected irrespective of the party affiliation of the person doing it.

    The heavily AA PG county is in the MD 4th and an AA, Donna Edwards holds that Congressional seat.

  346. Is healthcare already being rationed?

    A personal anecdote.

    Without going into too much detail, I believe I have been experiencing healthcare rationing. An ongoing and very painful shoulder injury has been bothering me for 5 months. In October I asked for an MRI and my Dr. said he thought I might have polymyalgia and sent me for blood work

    In November those tests were negative.

    In December I insisted on an MRI and discovered I had a torn rotator cuff. Went for PT. No help. Referred to bone Dr.

    I asked bone Dr. for another MRI because I had reinjured the shoulder but he steered me away from it saying it was too soon, insurance might not cover it and gave me a steroid injection.

    That didn’t work. I called the medical imaging place today to ask if insurance would cover a second MRI and they said yes. Then went back to the bone Dr. coz of continued excruciating pain and got a young, Asian know-it-all bytch who I heard through the examining room door talking about her “work” with third world countries.

    When she came in to examine me she basically said she only had 15 minutes, it was a very busy day, why should I have another MRI as there was nothing to be done for a partially torn rotator cuff and anyway my insurance might not cover it.

    So I have had 3 doctors in the past few months steer me away from a routine medical procedure – why? I called another Dr. to try and get a second opinion and got the royal run-around on the phone from the scheduling office who wanted to know my entire life history before agreeing to an appointment. I finally gave up.

    I have never experienced such reluctance on the part of the medical establishment to provide routine diagnostic services.

    Is this what we can all look forward to?

    The only good thing today is I got a script for hydrocodeine for the pain so at least maybe I can sleep tonight.

    Honestly, this is chilling.

    Oh, and just in case you’re thinking the doctors must be right, IF I retore the supraspinatus tendon OR I tore another of the rotator cuff tendons it might be that another treatment option might be available. Why shouldn’t I know what condition the shoulder is in? I kept my mouth shut today only because I am seeing the first bone Dr. again next week and I will point out the total illogic of Asian girl saying there was no need to get another MRI because even if I had reinjured the tendons and it was a partial tear there was nothing to be done except more PT.

    But WHAT IF it’s a NEW complete tear? Wouldn’t you want to know? Sorry, but this is unfriggin’ believable to me. If I have to pay the $1500 for a new MRI I will and of course I intend to INSIST on a script for one but my point is it seems doctors are already being given a heads-up on what’s coming down the pike.

    Just like Goergie-boy did with his contraception question during the NH primary debate.

  347. Basil I am going through the same thing right now with my left shoulder. I am having a MRI Tuesday. I originally injured it playing soccer but it’s been 15 years of pain. Originally it was Dx as an impingement syndrome with some partial tearing of the cuff, lots of PT, pain never at zero. Live with it is what I was told, but it has gotten worse, much worse and impedes my work so I am looking to get SOME relief. The injection helped for 3 weeks, that’s it.

    I was at the Dr’s today, but to tell you the truth, I don’t like his bedside manner, very abrupt. I may change. He was highly recommended to me by my PCP.

    So I will keep you abreast. Don’t know how all this will play out.

  348. Not Too Late for Americans Elect to Win 2012 Presidential Election

    Think it’ll be just Obama versus a Republican this November? It doesn’t have to be—the Americans Elect movement could still nominate a viable independent with a chance of victory, polling shows.

    …snip

    Perot succeeded in drawing both candidates toward the center to focus on the issues of the debt and the deficit, two issues that otherwise almost certainly would not have gotten the degree of attention they did during the campaign and after but for Perot’s effort.

    The Perot campaign illustrates a critical point: that the impact of an independent candidate on the ultimate outcome of an election is determined primarily by how that candidate positions himself or herself, not by his or her political-party affiliation.

    More recent data also support the conclusion that a centrist, balanced Americans Elect ticket will draw evenly from both the Democratic and Republican parties and will not spoil either candidate’s chances.

    The role the movement can play in forcing the parties to deal with our leadership, fiscal, and foreign-policy challenges cannot be overstated.

    Simply put, the American people are still looking for alternatives, and poll data show they are looking for outsiders and fresh faces, not insiders and politicians.

    Given the widespread disaffection with the political parties, the increasing number of independents, and the widespread support for an alternative ticket to be on the presidential ballot, there is a clear opportunity for the Americans Elect ticket to succeed and win the election.

    Even if the Americans Elect ticket doesn’t win, the role the movement will play in forcing the parties to deal with our leadership, fiscal, and foreign-policy challenges cannot be overstated.

    For those who support moderation and consensus-style politics, the Americans Elect ticket and process will encourage consensus, conciliation, and perhaps even victory.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/14/not-too-late-for-americans-elect-to-win-2012-presidential-election.html

  349. Basil-

    Why don’t you request a surgical repair if you have the coverage? If there is just a partial tear, the injury won’t heal properly.

    I stretched the rotator cuff ligaments from carrying water to my horses. One day out of the blue, while re-girthing a horse for a client, I felt a zipp… and the rotator cuff was completely torn and my rt arm was dead.. could not reach for the milk in the fridge without my lft hand helping giving it support.

    Luckily, two of my lesson students were Russian doctors. H&W- When I explained what had happened, the husband said he had done the same thing while skiing, breaking the fall with arms outstretched in front of him. I told him I didn’t want to go in for surgery. He said, he felt the same way. I asked how long the injury took to heal.. he said at least a year maybe two, if it were to heal on it’s own.. So, I waited.. a year went by and I was still debilitated. Tired of waiting, I applied what I know about curing the legs and knees of injured horses. Some with chips in the knee, some with bruised tendons, some with seriously bowed tendons.. DMSO is what we use as a deliverer- it penetrates whatever is beneath it (like glycerin, heat.. etc) through to the bone. I applied a heavy duty sports creme, something like Ben-Gay and coated it wearing gloves with the DMSO just before going to bed in a old button-up shirt. The next morning, my arm was 100%- it was like a miracle had happened…

    I wouldn’t recommend my treatment to you because you have had serious cancer issues to deal with and I would think the molecular structure of your blood has been compromised and I wouldn’t advise messing with it.. but you certainly seem like a candidate for a surgical repair and if I were you, I would seek out the best Sports doctors in your vicinity who who specializes in these types of sports injury surgeries every day of the week, handling repairing injuries for baseball and basketball teams.. I’m sure you would be welcomed with opened arms…jmho

  350. gonzo,

    I honestly tried to make my post about what I am perceiving as a doctor attitude of rationing services. I have encountered real resistance to my insistence on not only a second MRI to assess the new damage but even getting the first one. MY PCP basically dismissed my first request for an MRI in October and steered me toward blood work. The bone Doctor is dissuading me against getting a second MRI to check additional damage. I want to KNOW WTF I did in the second injury – in January – and whether that resulted in a complete tear and is therefore causing the pain. For me, once I understand what is causing something it is far easier to deal with.

    But the doctors are not being cooperative. I am beginning to suspect it’s because insurance companies are telling them to limit procedures, another nasty effect of “you can’t know what’s in the bill until we pass it” O-care.

    Anyway, about the injury itself, it is awful. I had no idea you could be in constant pain for five months and no one can tell you when or if it’s going to end much less what caused the injury in the first place.

    I am not sold on any more PT. It did not help much for 4 weeks and then when I reinjured the shoulder I could not tolerate it at all.

    So we’re supposed to just live with the pain and the greatly reduced range of motion and that’s it? nonononono..

    I am so frustrated by the pain but even more so by the lack of curiosity on the doctors part about whether additional tearing has occurred. It would seem that just might affect the treatment. Anyway, I am going to get a second MRI even if it’s all out of pocket. I need to know the extent of the injury.

    If you have been going through this for 15 years – oh lord – you are one strong bytch. 😉

    It stinks. I didn’t mean to appear self-pitying (although I HAVE been in tears over the friggin pain and I am getting worn down by it) but rather trying to point out what I think is a change in Dr. attitude as a result of O-care.

    Maybe it’s just me.

  351. A HUGE photo of Hillary on Drudge now…

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at an event in recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation February 16, 2012 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State in Washington, DC.

  352. Drudge picks out the least flattering picture of Hillary out of a full compliment of pictures.

    Sorry, didn’t see your post and yes…the worst photo.

  353. CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression

    CBO: U.S. enduring the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression. 30 million unemployed since 2007- 210 million unemployed worldwide-

    By Alex M. Parker
    February 16, 2012

    After three years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. has seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression, the Congressional Budget Office noted in a report issued today.

    And, despite some recent good news on the economic front, the CBO is still predicting that unemployment will remain above 8 percent until 2014. The report also notes that, including those who haven’t sought work in the past four weeks and those who are working part-time but seeking full-time employment, the unemployment rate would be 15 percent.

    The CBO made its comments in a report examining the long-term effects of joblessness, and possible policy options to boost employment, including unemployment insurance reforms and job training programs. The report came at the request of Democratic Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, but Republicans quickly jumped on the chance to bash President Obama’s stimulus program, which is also reaching its three-year anniversary today.

    “The stimulus is a stark reminder of how the president got the policies he wanted, and how those policies have failed the American people and are making things worse,” said Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling.

    http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=3333

  354. Mrs. Smith,

    What is DSMO?

    And thanks for the advice. I have been told if it is a partial tear surgery is not an option. But I will ask again next week. Thing about surgery is that I understand you need help for several weeks after and I live alone. But if that’s what will provide relief I may go for it, if I can find someone I trust. But like I said, right now I’m told partial tears don’t qualify for surgery unless it’s the bursa (or something) and then arthroscopic surgery is a possibility. I dunno. I haven’t gotten that far.

    Honestly, I can’t believe this has been going on for 5 months already. The only thing I remember doing that could have caused this is swerving violently to the left to avoid a cat in the middle of a road eating a dead squirrel. I was driving home from covering some stupid meeting and the road was winding, on a hill and it was dark and I came out of a turn and there was the cat. I knew I might have some pain for a few days – you know, like with a leg cramp, but it just continued and got worse.

    Anyway, horse people seem to get all kinds of injuries. I have a friend who boards and trains horses and has among her clients international show jumper Gemma Paternoster. Sally fell while feeding her horses and tore her RC. She has been through he11 and back with that injury.

    I have been reading up on it and found out it can take years to heal just like your Dr. friends said.

    Oh joy. Anyway, even if I have to pay for the MRI I’m getting a script for one next week. I want to know exactly what’s going on.

    Sorry everyone for turning this into a medical help forum but my main point really was that I think health care is being rationed. Next week I can tell I’m gonna have to get downright mean, rude and bytchy and DEMAND the script.

  355. Looks like the Iranians are testing the water for spreading their terrorist activities at countries where Israelis hold diplomatic positions…and Christians too- Would be timely for them to come here giving Obama an excuse for Marshall Law. Oops, no elections…until further notice. Wouldn’t put it passed him, seeing Obama doesn’t appear to be a sure thing for another term. .
    _______________

    Barak on India car blast: Iran targeting Israelis worldwide

    Woman hurt in New Delhi terror attack undergoes surgery; Indian police say explosive device initially used to sink ships in WWII

    The Iranians and Hezbollah are determined to sabotage Israeli daily life and are operating against Israelis all over the world,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday morning, a day after an explosion tore through an Israeli diplomat’s car in the vicinity of the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India.

    “We will have to act on the terror front and continue preparing for the challenges that lie ahead of us,” he added.

    Sources who are familiar with India’s investigation into the blast said the explosive device that was attached to the Israeli vehicle was manufactured on the lines of “Limpet Mines” and that these types of bombs were initially used to by naval forces in World War Two.

    “Such bombs were usually magnetic and mainly used to sink ships at harbor. While the probability of the bomb having a magnetic base – because of which it got stuck to the metallic surface of the (car) – is highest, there is a very slight chance that it was Velcro-based,” a senior police officer said.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4189358,00.html

  356. OMG!

    Shadowfax. Did you see this?

    Kam Kuwata – Diane Feinstein – murder – theft – fraud – Home Foreclosure $25 billion bank bailout AKA BO campaign slush fund. Yikes!

    Reports now circulating that Kamala Harris to be President Obama’s next pick for Supreme Court Justice.

    The California Attorney General is Kamala Harris. Her brother-in-law is a gentleman by the name of Tony West who himself is an Assistant Attorney General working directly under Obama Attorney General Eric Holder. Insiders are already indicated West may in fact be among a short list of potential replacements should Holder resign his position.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/02/16/better-sit-down-for-this-one-folks/

  357. I’m curious how they think much of the nonsense from Dodd Frank can be enforced in other countries.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-long-arm-uncle-sam-just-got-longer

    Only a matter of time until the system snaps. I guess to OTurd that’s “transforming the country”.

    “This is the way society is ordered today. There’s one set of rules that Congress creates– the laws. Then there’s another set of rules that the President creates in his sole discretion– executive orders and the occasional treaty. Then there’s a third set of rules that are created by enforcement agencies like FinCEN– regulations and policies.

    This is the part that’s truly extraordinary. Despite the ‘free and democratic society’ that most of us live in, these agencies are accountable to no one. They are not elected officials, they have no checks and balances, and there is little (if any) judicial oversight.”

    In his comprehensive annals of the reigns of Tiberius and Nero, Roman historian Tacitus wrote, “corruptissima re publica plurimae leges.” This is most often mistranslated as “the more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.”

    In truth, Tacitus was referring to Rome’s history, and a more accurate translation is “laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt.”

    Future historians will likely look back and say the same thing about our society. Except that we’re not talking about laws. We’re talking about the ‘rules’ of autonomous enforcement agencies that have extensive (and growing) police powers.

    A better quote comes from a 1969 speech from William T. Gossett, then president of the American Bar Association:

    “The rule of law can be wiped out in one misguided, however well-intentioned generation. And if that should happen, it could take a century of striving and ordeal to restore it, and then only at the cost of the lives of many good men and women.”

  358. BASIL99
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    What is DSMO?
    ……….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyl_sulfoxide
    ………..

    Like I said, Basil.. NOT advised for your situation- however-
    ………….

    And thanks for the advice. I have been told if it is a partial tear surgery is not an option. But I will ask again next week. Thing about surgery is that I understand you need help for several weeks after and I live alone. But if that’s what will provide relief I may go for it, if I can find someone I trust. But like I said, right now I’m told partial tears don’t qualify for surgery unless it’s the bursa (or something) and then arthroscopic surgery is a possibility. I dunno. I haven’t gotten that far.
    …………

    Find the Sports doctor first. Tell him of your situation that you need relief to go back to work..and surgery is the quickest way to get it over and done with.. He can clean up the tendon doing a checking the rest of the tendons seeing if they are ok while he’s doing the surgery. I can’t imagine a doctor refusing you if you go to the right one.. I wouldn’t go in asking for the mri- what I would do is get the report of the last mri and bring it with me, in hand when you get the apt.
    Then make your case to him… let him decide.PT is just crazy… and why you are suffering with so much pain…
    …………

    Honestly, I can’t believe this has been going on for 5 months already. The only thing I remember doing that could have caused this is swerving violently to the left to avoid a cat in the middle of a road eating a dead squirrel. I was driving home from covering some stupid meeting and the road was winding, on a hill and it was dark and I came out of a turn and there was the cat. I knew I might have some pain for a few days – you know, like with a leg cramp, but it just continued and got worse.

    Anyway, horse people seem to get all kinds of injuries. I have a friend who boards and trains horses and has among her clients international show jumper Gemma Paternoster. Sally fell while feeding her horses and tore her RC. She has been through he11 and back with that injury.
    __________

    To end it she has to have the surgery. The cure is instant… I didn’t have coverage at the time so it wasn’t an option to me, but I wouldn’t have done things any differently. I was just afraid my arm would be dead permanently.. and fortunately these doctors came along and reassured me it would eventually heal.. I gave it a year, and that was all the time I was willing to give…so I gambled. with the horse treatment and it worked for me.. You can ask your friend about the DMSO.. I’m sure she is aware… but don’t be foolish and try it.. with all you’ve been through with chemo etc.. don’t wake up a sleeping giant. Not worth it!
    ___________

    Oh joy. Anyway, even if I have to pay for the MRI I’m getting a script for one next week. I want to know exactly what’s going on.
    _________

    No, don’t waste your money there. Have the surgeon order it… if he thinks he needs it for a second diagnosis. He has the power to do whatever you need to do to fix it… Look at him this way- you know what is wrong and the dr is the quarterback you need to carry the ball for where you need to be.. We use the same philosophy with attorneys… because it works!
    ____________

    Sorry everyone for turning this into a medical help forum but my main point really was that I think health care is being rationed.
    ___________

    What are friends for that have been through what you are experiencing…and they care about you.. free advice…so there!

  359. BASIL99
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    OMG!

    Shadowfax. Did you see this?

    Kam Kuwata – Diane Feinstein – murder – theft – fraud – Home Foreclosure $25 billion bank bailout AKA BO campaign slush fund. Yikes!

    ——–
    freakin’ frightening…and how extensive it could be?????

    Look at how they threw out Hillary when she won the primary, took her votes, threatened her delegates, stole the votes from her delegates, 2 of her friends were KILLED…no frakin’ way they both had natural deaths at the perfect time their deaths would help Obama.

    Then think of who helped Hillary become SOS…Feinstein. Maybe the two ladies made this decision to keep their foot on Obama’s neck in Foreign Affairs.

    We are in deep, deep $hit if he stals a second term…then I will pray for hardcore Karma of what ever varity we can get.

  360. gonzo said:
    we now have posters presenting hearsay evidence on other posters with an us against them mentality

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

    Hearsay is too good a word, gal. 😉 But I don’t think we need to bother the adults. Just keep on making sane, on-topic posts ourselves.

  361. “Hearsay is too good a word, gal. But I don’t think we need to bother the adults. Just keep on making sane, on-topic posts ourselves.”

    ——————-
    I’m sure you meant to say “just keep on making nonsensical, beyond ridiculous, and extremely bullying posts ourselves”

    Because that is what you have been doing for a long time now.

  362. Think it’ll be just Obama versus a Republican this November? It doesn’t have to be—the Americans Elect movement could still nominate a viable independent with a chance of victory, polling shows.
    ———————
    I hope this thing gets traction. I do not trust either of the existing parties to represent the American People. They are rife with corruption. Our voice cannot be heard.

  363. The trolls are out in full force at Larry’s site. Obviously an attempt by Obama to shut down No Quarter–and to silence all dissenting voices. The American People would be pretty goddamned stupid to fall for this jackass–but history shows they have done it before.

  364. My biggest worry is that Barry and bros will cheat their way into a second term.
    Could he win, fair and square…I really don’t think he could. He didn’t last time.

  365. Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression
    ————————————————————–
    Could it be that Sturmfuerer Bevis Butthead Lyn’n Brian Williams is lyn’n as he name implies. The economy is improving–so he says. Lying cs if you ask me. Well at least we have got Dickie kling kling bird on top of the divee divee tree to keep him honest–assuming he can find an honest bone in Williams body which is anatomically impossible.

    http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/obamas-phony-economic-statistics-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

  366. JanH

    “I’m sure you meant to say “just keep on making nonsensical, beyond ridiculous, and extremely bullying posts ourselves”

    Because that is what you have been doing for a long time now.
    ________

    Well, yeah- now that we know the turndown moniker is overrun with stunt doubles. The reason why the posts are 24/7- The pattern is set and cyclical… as soon as everyone is in sync… the problems start with the same posters over and over again- while, the instigators sit on the sidelines and snicker and watch… chucking 🙂 happy faces encouraging the assaults to continue… then heaven forbid, anyone should ever call them on it- that’s when the trouble starts.. the forum backs up and any worthwhile message a poster took the time and thought to making a point, is lost-

  367. Sorry, I shouldn’t have made fun of the rosary clutchers. Obama has got two of his enemies fighting with each other now: the women and the Catholics. Both groups should be going after Obama and his fascist crony capitalist Obamacare, which tears down the separation of church and state by makng employers responsible for their employees’ health care — feudalism! Better we should free both women and employers from this entaglement and just have Medicare for All, or some variety of plans like Hillary proposed.

  368. pumapac.org/2012/02/14/nutjob/

    Good analysis here, and at the following article:


    http://pumapac.org/2012/02/15/obamas-craven-attack-on-women-is-breathtaking/
    Obama gave [Santorum] his legitimacy, Obama handed him the moral upper hand. Santorum is no longer a nut job, he’s now a fierce defender of the first amendment. He’s no longer a neanderthal, he’s a fierce advocate for the Catholic church and a Supreme Court in which half the members are Catholic. And contraception is no longer about women’s rights, now it’s about religious freedom and the Constitution. Santorum had a constituency of about 8%, Obama promoted him to a frontrunner with a 3 state sweep.
    [….]
    When I said the obama “attack” on the Catholic church was craven political theater, I was right. The scope of the catastrophe obama has unleashed is breathtaking. Sarah Palin supports birth control. Every last Republican, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic woman in the United States uses birth control and all of their male partners depend on their using birth control in order to plan the size and timing of their families. Contraception is NOT controversial in this country. Not even in devoutly religious or ultra-conservative families and communities. Only a radical fringe minority of people choose to follow a church ban on contraception. Couples who sincerely and legitimately chose abstinence until marriage use birth control. Women who are activist pro-lifers use birth control. Evangelical Christians and devout Jews use birth control. Republicans, Libertarians, Michigan militia-women, Catholic school teachers, and Bible thumping creationists use birth control.
    [….]
    [Obama] only cares about elevating Santorum in order to either weaken Romney or (even better!) face the Bronze Age culture warrior Santorum in November.
    [….]
    The Obama administration carelessly took women’s rights and dangled them in front of pro-contraception Republicans, attaching a completely irresistible political carrot, religious freedom and the first amendment. Women and contraception are just unimportant collateral damage in Obama’s quest for re-election.

  369. JanH
    February 16th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    wbboei
    February 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    ————-
    Is this the same Dick Morris who will be putting another knife to Bill Clinton’s back with his take on the Lewinsky scandal? The one where he tells the interviewer onthe PBS special coming up in the near future, verbatim what Clinton said to him about it in a phone call?
    —————–
    Jan–you are unhappy with Morris–I understand that. Me too. And, for that reason, it appears that you do not want to accept anything he says whether or not it is true. But in this case, he has something to say which is relevant. Furthermore, it is corroborated by the financial expert he cites. And it reflects very negatively on Obama–shows he is lying. I thought that was worth posting. The message is what I am interested in. I do not want to confuse the message with the messenger.

  370. HILLARY IN 2009:

    When I think about the suffering that I have seen of women around the world—I’ve been in hospitals in Brazil where half the women were enthusiastically and joyfully greeting new babies and the other half were fighting for their lives against botched abortions. I’ve been in African countries where 12- and 13-year-old girls are bearing children. I have been in Asian countries where the denial of family planning consigns women to lives of oppression and hardship. So we have a very fundamental disagreement.

    And it is my strongly held view that you are entitled to advocate, and everyone who agrees with you should be free to do so anywhere in the world, and so are we.

    We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health—and reproductive health includes access to abortion, that I believe should be safe, legal, and rare. I spent a lot of my time trying to bring down the rate of abortions, and it has been my experience that good family planning and good medical care brings down the rate of abortion. Keeping women and men in ignorance and denied the access to services actually increases the rate of abortion.

    During my time as First Lady, I helped to create the Campaign Against Teenage Pregnancy, and while we were working to provide good information, access to contraception, and decision-making that would enable young women to protect themselves and say no, the rate of teen pregnancy went down. I’m sad to report that, after an administration of 8 years that undid so much of the good work, the rate of teenage pregnancy is going up.

    So, we disagree. And we are now an administration that will protect the rights of women, including their rights to reproductive healthcare.

    [applause from within the room]
    http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/04/this-is-what-feminist-secretary-of.html

  371. wbboei
    February 17th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    —————–
    I’m sorry, wbboei. You are absolutely right. I guess I posted in haste because I had just read about Morris’s participation in the PBS series coming up and then came on board here. When I saw that you had just posted about him, I guess I just saw red.

    I’ve gone back and read the article you posted and agree with you.

    On a final note, I too would like to welcome you back to the site. I try to read all the posts and yours are very insightful.

  372. Obama at SF fundraiser asks “are there any teachers here?”

    With tickets priced at $38,500 each, I doubt so.

  373. Obama loses financial backing of big San Fran donor…

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/16/MND61N71MS.DTL

    San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party’s most generous benefactors, is keeping her checkbook closed when President Obama holds high-priced California fundraisers this week.

    “I want to look him in the eye and say, ‘Thank you so much’ ” for his work, said Buell, who expresses deep disappointment in the president’s leadership on environmental issues, especially climate change.

    With Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in full swing, “I would just love to write my big check … or have a high-dollar dinner here” on his behalf, she said. “I can’t.”

    Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company, has donated millions of dollars to Democratic causes and presidential candidates, including Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore and her good friend, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the past 10 years, she has given $25 million to progressive political and charitable causes and has raised $10 million for candidates and committees, her office said.

    But as Obama flies from Southern California to San Francisco today to vacuum up donations in the reliable Democratic ATM, Buell will attend neither of his $35,800-per-plate fundraisers in San Francisco, nor a fundraising rally at the Masonic Auditorium.

    Buell is a loyal Democrat, but says she hasn’t yet opened her wallet for Obama’s campaign and probably won’t anytime soon.

    “I’ve just given so much money away, and I’ve never asked for anything,” she said in an interview at her Pacific Heights home this week. Now, “I’m asking for something: He’s got to be a leader.”

    Buell and her husband, Mark Buell, have long devoted energy and money to environmental causes such as the Go Green Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit designed to get young people involved in environmental causes. She said she is “very concerned that President Obama has not talked enough about this issue.”

    “I thought that he really did understand ‘the urgency of now’ on climate change,” she said. “He has not been vocal enough … and I want to encourage him to lead me.”

    Buell’s glaring absence from Obama’s fundraising events this week underscores the challenges the president has with his progressive base.

  374. Briefly…. If anyone else is trying to figure out what Ron Paul may have meant about emergency contraception, here’s another piece of the puzzle:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/06/146358069/the-morning-after-pill-how-it-works-and-who-uses-it
    It works primarily by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg. No egg, no pregnancy.
    But if an egg has already been released, Plan B can still prevent the egg from getting fertilized. The dosage literally slows down the movement of the egg and, at the same time, it slows down the movement of the sperm, making it unlikely the two will meet, she says.
    Now, here’s where things get a bit controversial. *IF* sperm has actually succeeded in fertilizing an egg, Plan B *COULD POSSIBLY* thin the lining of the uterus so the fertilized egg won’t attach and grow. Scientists have no proof that actually happens, but in theory, it could.

    That’s a lot of ‘IF’s. Plus the IF of whether the sperm and the egg are in the same ballpark at the same time.

    So Paul’s position might be that it’s very unlikely there will be a fertliized egg present already, so may as well use the emergency contraceptive to prevent any egg getting fertilized.

  375. Stunning, we’d all have been jailed by now.

    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/02/sen_sherrod_brown_acknowledges.html

    WASHINGTON — Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was more than four months delinquent in paying taxes on his Washington, D.C., apartment and had to pay a penalty and interest last week.

    This was not the first time, records show.

    Brown also was delinquent in 2006 and 2007 and paid penalties and interest, according to tax records from the District of Columbia.

    “I was late,” he said on a conference call with reporters when asked about the recent delinquency. “I misplaced the bill and I paid it as soon as I found out. I paid a penalty for being late, and it won’t happen again.”

    When a reporter noted that it also happened five and six years ago, Brown said: “I misplaced it then. This is a small apartment. I’m not in D.C. nearly every week, I’m here when the Senate’s in session, I’m here three or four nights a week. I paid the penalty. And in no way, obviously, was I avoiding taxes.”

    Brown bought the apartment in 1993 and appears to have paid the property taxes on time for a dozen years after that. But in 2007, Brown’s condo was placed on a District of Columbia auction list for properties with taxes in arrears. Brown paid the bill and kept his condo.

    Brown’s fines have been relatively small, reflecting the size of his tax bill (fines are set by statute). The condo is valued for tax purposes at $222,280, and Brown owed $922.04 in property taxes for the last half of 2011. The taxes were due by Sept. 26, according to the District property tax office. His delinquency added another $76.96 as a late penalty and $46.18 for interest.

    His delinquencies in 2006 and 2007 resulted in Brown having to pay $735.07 cumulatively in late charges and interest then, the records show. Each of those original tax bills, excluding interest and fines, was for less than $900.

    Human Events, a conservative magazine and website, first reported on the recent delinquency this morning. It said Brown paid the bill Feb. 8 after being told by a reporter that he was late.

    Brown won his Senate seat in 2006 after serving seven terms in the House of Representatives. He is up for re-election this year, likely to face Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in November. Brown’s support for tax hikes for wealthy Americans and other policies that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes makes his personal tax lapses irresistible to his critics.

    “It’s shameful that Sherrod Brown is intent on increasing taxes upon small business owners and families in Ohio, while he evades them in Washington,” Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Maloney said in a statement. “The fact that Sherrod Brown neglected to pay his taxes speaks to the larger issue that after 38 years in government he is out of touch with the everyday struggles and responsibilities of Ohio families.”

    ………………..

    Thats a new one as to why my taxes are late next time “i misplaced the bill”, imagine the look from the auditor i’d get. Yet he only pays when a reporter points it out……….

  376. Re: wbboei
    February 17th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    It was Hillary herself that brought Dick Morris into the White House when Bill was President. In her book she said something to the effect of he was brilliant on strategy but she did not trust him.

    Dick Morris really does know his stuff, just like Rove does. They have both affected our history in the past. IMHO he does love America, but he also wants to make money off his books.

    They are going to do a show on Papa Bush………..O M G. Just as Mrs. Smith and I knew, it is BUSH v SOROS. Period.

  377. Just to clarify, that’s Ron Paul not St. Paul.

    So Paul’s position might be that it’s very unlikely there will be a fertliized egg present already

  378. Stunning, we’d all have been jailed by now.

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

    Not in any state of the US that I’ve owned land in. The tax bill has standard penalties/interest for each period you’re late. It’s not considered a big deal. They don’t seize property for unpaid taxes till after three years. Never heard of anyone being sent to jail for land taxes.

  379. Re: wbboei
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Yes I did get it. Thank you very kindly. I am adding it to a project I am working on.

  380. Re: wbboei
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Did you intend to place the link that goes to a Google search on Custer’s Last Stand duration?

    You know that is where Custer met his Waterloo; maybe history will repeat itself for this election.

  381. Yes but TDO, you live in a lovely little fantasy Obamaland of your own.

    So you think its ok for people to keep repeatedly not pay the taxes due, one rule for one, one rule for others. I don’t know land you live in but not paying taxes or on time builds you a bad history. As you well know, if it had been anyone else, the irs would not be so friendly.

  382. Obama losing financial backing of big S.F. donor [AGAIN]
    Feb 16 2012. San Francisco philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell, one of the Democratic Party’s most generous benefactors, is keeping her checkbook closed when President Obama holds high-priced California fundraisers this week…
    [BACK] In October, Buell made headlines after she led a protest of monied Democrats in San Francisco against the controversial 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline. Her fellow protesters outside an Obama fundraiser included Michael Kieschnick, co-founder of CREDO Mobile and Working Assets, which has donated $75 million to progressive causes; IT executive David desJardins; and Anna Hawken McKay, wife of Rob McKay, a wealthy philanthropist whose father founded Taco Bell….
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/16/MND61N71MS.DTL

  383. HoldThemAccountable, Susie Buell is a big Hillary supporter. (Speaking from very confidential knowledge) In 2007/2008 she wanted just to support Hillary and not attack Obama. It appears Buell is conceding we were right in our strategy and she was wrong in the “keep it positive” strategy. If she would have listened to us back then….

  384. admin, thanks for the insight. As I recall, Buell’s October protest was more visible; someone may have convinced her to tamp it down this time.

  385. From Ron Paul:

    “If we are allowed to deal with our eternity and all that we believe in spiritually, and if we’re allowed to read any book that we want under freedom of speech, why is it we can’t put into our body whatever we want?” Paul told more than 1,000 people at a rally in Vancouver, a suburb of Portland, Ore.
    ———-
    This is one of the things that troubles me about Ron Paul.

  386. Buell is against the Keystone Pipeline. Oh recently ducked the project. Was that not sufficient to ameliorate her?

  387. Rubio 1, Reid 0:
    Conservative Hispanic Group Defends Rubio Over Reid Remark
    …Reid criticized Rubio for initially opposing President Obama’s nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte for ambassador to El Salvador. “In Nevada, this woman is seen by the Puerto Rican community, the Hispanic community, as really somebody who is an up-and-rising star. … I just think it’s a mistake for someone who is supposedly representing Hispanic issues to do what (Rubio) has done,” Reid said.
    But Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, called the criticism by Reid and others “appalling. This blatant attempt at racial identity politics is offensive and condescending to all Latinos,” he said in a statement Thursday.
    “It’s insulting for Reid and Obama’s minions to imply that all Latinos support a person’s nomination to federal office just because he or she is a fellow Latino. Many Latinos and Puerto Ricans opposed the nominations of Mari Carmen Aponte and (Supreme Court Justice) Sonia Sotomayor,” Aguilar said. Aguilar, who is Puerto Rican, said he opposed Aponte for her advocacy of gay rights issues in El Salvador, “not because she is a fellow Puerto Rican….”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/16/conservative-hispanic-group-defends-rubio-over-reid-remark/

  388. Morning ALL:
    Here is what PA threwbout in the political dumpster.

    Saintspermum:

    1 King of the earmarkers.
    2 Deadend bridge builder.
    3 Gravy Train Stoker.
    4 Pa castoff reject.
    5 Banana Republic Plantation Leader.

    Some profile

  389. Pretty interesting. Dick Lugar without an Indiana address? Richard Mourdock campaign video tries to make the case. It’s pretty good.
    Dick Lugar: Out of Touch – YouTube

  390. Hillary gives her all as “FIRST LADYof THE WORLD”

    Public Schedule: Public Schedule for February 17, 2012
    02/17/2012 07:42 AM EST

    Public Schedule for February 17, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    February 17, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture Ertharin Cousin, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a bilateral meeting with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, at the Department of State.
    (JOINT PRESS AVAILABILITY FOLLOWING BILATERAL MEETING AT APPROXIMATELY 10:35 A.M.)
    Pre-set time for video cameras: 9:50 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

  391. Mrs. Smith,

    Thanks for your kind words and advice last night.

    Again, apologies for posting so much about the condition. To say I was frustrated yesterday is am understatement.

    Gonzo,

    Thanks to you, too for your feedback.

  392. moononpluto saudL
    As you well know, if it had been anyone else, the irs would not be so friendly.

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

    Pls read your article again. IRS is income tax. What Brown paid late was real estate tax on his own residence. As the article says, US real estate tax has fixed penalties and interest (they’re printed on the tax statement), so there’s nothing to be “friendly” about. After a certain time they seize the property (‘put it up for auction’) or put a tax lien on it (which has to be paid before the property can be sold). But they don’t put you in jail just for non-payment (though if you have made false statements you might be prosecuted for fraud or perjury).

    It is the IRS that can place criminal charges (including jail) for ‘tax evasion’ — which, again, would usually mean false statements, failing to report income, etc. For simple non- or late payment, the IRS uses levy, garnishment, seizure of property, etc. The IRS does have leeway to be ‘friendly’, but Brown’s problem had nothing to do with the IRS.

  393. Obama goes to an elementary school to talk to the kids.

    After his talk he offers question time….

    One little boy puts up his hand and Obama asks him his name.
    … …
    ” Walter,” responds the little boy.

    “And what is your question, Walter?”

    “I have four questions:

    First, Why did the USA Bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

    Second, Why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually gotten worse?

    Third, Why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preaching and beliefs?

    Fourth, Why are we lending money to Brazil to drill for oil, but America is not allowed to drill for oil?”

    Just then, the bell rings for recess. Obama informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.

    When they resume Obama says, “OK, where were we? Oh, that’s right: question time. Who has a question?”

    Another little boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.

    “Steve,” he responds.

    “And what is your question, Steve?”

    Actually, I have two questions.

    First, Why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early?

    Second, What happened to Walter?”

  394. Apart from politics, Buell has a great personal loyalty to Hillary. Friendships like that are worth their weight in gold. In so much of politics, the best we can hope for is marriages of convenience. Not so in this instance.

  395. Re: wbboei
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Did you intend to place the link that goes to a Google search on Custer’s Last Stand duration?

    You know that is where Custer met his Waterloo; maybe history will repeat itself for this election.
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    Yes. Either he will meet his Waterloo or else we will meet ours. The title of his second term would be “Nightmare In Red”.

  396. This is one of the things that troubles me about Ron Paul.

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    I haven’t seen a neat breakdown of which of Paul’s votes have been on the merits of a specific issue, and which have been because he wants the federal government to get out of that issue and leave it to the states. But much of his record looks pretty bad.

    As of now, I’m planning to vote for Darcy Richardson, a Democrat who is primarying Obama from the Left. http://www.darcy2012.com/ I’ve seen him quoted as comparing himself to Eugene McCarthy whose primarying of LBJ in 1968 led to LBJ withdrawing, though I can’t find that cite at the moment. But here’s something similar.


    boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/10/primary-ballot-becomes-equalizer-between-top-tier-perennial-candidates/MkD7dWcT2Nq0gUe2Gv1GuM/index.html
    Richardson has no illusion that he will win. But he hopes to reach rank-and-file Democrats who are unhappy with Obama.
    “If it becomes something larger, I would love it if someone of national stature or credibility would come into it, to have an opening for a realistic alternative to Obama,” Richardson said.

  397. First, Why did the USA Bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

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    Because Hillary threw rocks to wake him up.

  398. must remember, do not feed the trolls….

    oh by the way.

    Suffolk poll shows Brown up 9 over Warren in MA Senate race

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/17/suffolk-poll-shows-brown-up-9-over-warren-in-ma-senate-race/

    It’s early for significant polling in any Senate race, but this result from Suffolk University’s poll is an eye-opener. Despite having won a special election two years ago, most people considered Republican Scott Brown a long shot to win his next election in deeply-blue Massachusetts, especially up against Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Brown starts off the race up by nine over the Democrat:

    Republican Scott Brown (49 percent) has a 9-point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Warren (40 percent), according to a Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH-Boston) poll of likely general election voters in Massachusetts. Nine percent were undecided, and 2 percent would choose someone else.

    Brown also showed significant leads over two other potential Democratic candidates, besting Marisa DeFranco 55 percent to 22 percent and Jim King 57 percent to 21 percent.

    “Scott Brown’s popularity and appeal are overpowering the efforts of Elizabeth Warren, who struggles to introduce herself to the larger pool of Massachusetts voters,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “Warren’s support does not have traction among independents.”

    Massachusetts may vote strongly Democratic — all ten of its House seats are held by Democrats at the moment — but its electorate is mostly unaffiliated, with almost 52% being independent. Brown has a 32-point lead among independents in this poll, 60/28. Also, 60% of the overall electorate sees a benefit in having one Senator from each party as a more balanced representation in Washington, with only 36% disagreeing. Warren has to overcome both of those hurdles to gain on Brown, and she’s not likely to do either by pandering to the Occupy movement or mouthing their rhetoric.

    ……………………

    Independents giving Dems a kicking….surely not.

  399. Unless I have miscalculated, and according to the Rules for Radicals, we are in the ‘almost ready to give up stage’ but we must remember that it is then that YOU WIN!!!!!

    I am a big history buff and am the family historian so the analogy to Custer’s last stand was very apropo. Thanks, wbboei.

  400. and in case anyone wonders why i’d like Brown to win……..one word…INSURANCE, because if somehow that idiot manages to get a 2nd term, i want the house and senate to be republican to make damn sure he gets NOTHING passed.

  401. Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    Oopsy daisy, Romney and Santorum afraid of Newt? hahaha! and they want to be the President of the FREE World? Both of them are big jokes

    ______________

    And what is Ron Paul up to? There has been talk of how Ron Paul never attacks Romney and I ignored it but now he seems to be coluding with Romney to curtail the debates so that one underfunded candidate will not get any exposure. As disappointed as it makes me I have to wonder where the Ron Paul’s money bomb really came from.

    Shame on you Ron Paul, isn’t the purpose of the primaries to sort out who the best candidate is? Not who has the most money and who can canive the best? Is some life goal, one that your loyal followers no nothing about, almost with in your grasp? Do you think the good you will do outweighs your compromises? Are you sure Romney will keep his word?

    From here on I think Newt Gingrich is head and sholders above all the other candidates and Obama and will always be no matter who “wins” the nominatin.

    Arn’t we tired yet of anyone trying to force an outcome contrary to what the American people want???? ARN’T WE!!

  402. It’s amazing to me that the Rep party has absolutely no fight in them despite the 2010 elections. I dare say it will take a revolution.
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    February 17, 2012
    House Passes Bad Payroll Deal
    —Ace

    For those of you taking comfort in the idea “at least we’ll have the Congress” — yes, you’ll have a Congress which is always at a disadvantage to the power of the White House, and you’ll have four years of caving.

    This deal is politics at its worst — an irresponsible plan that adds to the deficit, accomplishes little and aims mainly to cast Congress and the president in as sympathetic a light as possible. We’re supposed to think: They passed a middle class tax cut! Aren’t they just great? If you’re a millennial like me, you better stuff the money you see through this tax cut in a retirement fund because Social Security won’t be around when we reach retirement age.
    Right. Well, the guy in the Kirk Chair can make an issue out of this $40-per-month tax “cut” (which simply robs the Social Security trust fund, the one that’s supposed to be self-funding; thus, this “cut” will have to be repaid via higher taxes at some point).

    The American system of politics is set up so that the President sets the agenda and Congress can largely only react to it.

    If we don’t win the Presidency, ObamaCare goes through, forever

  403. ShortTermer
    February 17th, 2012 at 10:53 am
    ——————————–
    Then you will enjoy the following link. It is a statement by General Nelson Miles, who was our most successful Indian Fighter, whose career traversed the Civil War, the Indian Wars and the Spanish American Wars. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Civil War for his actions at Antiem. It shows that Congress has throughout its history going back to the incident at Newburg at the end of the Revolutionary War, and certainly to its treaty promises to the American Indians, a bad habit of breaching its promises. Sherman’s statement as head of the army was more definitive: our policy toward the indian is one of extermination. This from the same man who burned Atlanta. A devotee of total war.

    http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/resources/archives/eight/wkmiles.htm

    Insofar as the aftermath of the Little Big Horn, the following will be of interest:

    After the Custer force was annihilated, the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne regrouped to attack Reno and Benteen. The fight continued until dark (approximately 9:00 p.m.) and for much of the next day, with the outcome in doubt. Reno credited Benteen’s leadership with repulsing a severe attack on the portion of the perimeter held by Companies H and M.[60] On June 26, the column under General Terry approached from the north, and the Indians drew off in the opposite direction. The Crow scout White Man Runs Him was the first to tell General Terry’s officers that Custer’s force had “been wiped out.” Reno and Benteen’s wounded troops were given what treatment was available at that time; five later died of their wounds. One of the regiment’s three surgeons had been with Custer’s column, while another, Dr DeWolf, had been killed during Reno’s retreat;[61] the remaining doctor, Assistant Surgeon Henry R. Porter,[62] was assisted by interpreter Fred Gerard.

    News of the defeat arrived in the East as the U.S. was observing its centennial,[63] and shocked people accustomed to battlefield victories and increasingly convinced of their inherent superiority and claim to manifest destiny. The Army began to investigate, although their effectiveness was hampered by a concern for survivors, and the reputation of the officers. There was public feeling for Custer’s widow, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, and she fiercely protected her husband’s reputation.[64] She lived until 1933, thus preventing much serious research until most of the evidence was long gone.[65]

    From the Indian perspective, the aftermath of the Battle of the Little Bighorn had far-reaching consequences. It was the beginning of the end of the Indian Wars. The Indians who camped on the Little Bighorn River knew that their victory over Custer would not be the end of conflicts.[citation needed] Their scouts reported that a large contingent of U.S. troops was still active in the area. On June 26, the Sioux and Cheyenne began to quickly pack their camps. Within 48 hours of their victory, they had dissolved and left the great Indian encampment.[66]

    Oglala Sioux Black Elk recounted the exodus this way: “We fled all night, following the Greasy Grass. My two younger brothers and I rode in a pony-drag, and my mother put some young pups in with us. They were always trying to crawl out and I was always putting them back in, so I didn’t sleep much.”[67]

    The U.S. Army aggressively mounted a campaign to force remaining free Indians on to reservations. General Nelson A. Miles took command of the effort in October 1876. In May 1877, Sitting Bull escaped to Canada. Within days, Crazy Horse surrendered at Fort Robinson. The Great Sioux War ended on May 7 with Miles’ defeat of a remaining band of Miniconjou Sioux.[66]

    As for the Black Hills, the Manypenny Commission structured an arrangement in which the Sioux would cede the land to United States or the government would cease to supply rations to the reservations. Threatened with starvation, the Indians ceded Paha Sapa to the United States,[68] but the Sioux never accepted the legitimacy of the transaction. After lobbying Congress to create a forum to decide their claim, and subsequent litigation spanning 40 years, the United States Supreme Court in the 1980 decision United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians acknowledged[69] the United States had taken the Black Hills without just compensation. The Sioux refused the money offered, and continue to insist on their right to occupy the land.

    The Sioux did not consider the Battle of Little Bighorn a singular action. Rather, they saw it as one battle within a series of conflicts with the US Army that led directly to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.[citation needed] In this action, soldiers from the 7th Cavalry killed 146 Indian men, women and children and brought the Indian Wars to an end.
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    Joe Medicine Crow last Chief of The Crow nation–and official historian. His grandfather was Custers key scout. Joe was a decorated scout for the US Army in World War II. The following gives you a sense of the man:

    World War II and becoming the last war chief of the Crow Tribe

    Joseph Medicine Crow joined the army, becoming a scout in the 103rd Infantry Division. Whenever he went into battle, he wore his war paint beneath his uniform and a sacred eagle feather beneath his helmet.[1] Medicine Crow completed all four tasks required to become a war chief.

    He touched a living enemy soldier (1) and disarmed an enemy (2) when he turned a corner and found himself face to face with a young German soldier:
    “ The collision knocked the German’s weapon to the ground. Mr. [Medicine] Crow lowered his own weapon and the two fought hand-to-hand. In the end Mr. Crow got the best of the German, grabbing him by the neck and choking him. He was going to kill the German soldier on the spot when the man screamed out “momma.” Mr. Crow then let him go.[1] ”

    He also led a successful war party (3) and stole an enemy horse (4), making a midnight raid to steal the horses from a battalion of German officers (as he rode off, he sang a traditional Crow honor song.) He is the last member of the Crow tribe to become a war chief.[1] Of his story, noted documentarian Ken Burns said, “The story of Joseph Medicine Crow is something I’ve wanted to tell for 20 years.” [2] Mr. Medicine Crow was interviewed and appeared in the 2007 Ken Burns PBS series The War, describing his World War II service.

  404. Jbstonesfan: I think there is a very effective line of attack on Obamanation which to my surprise (and chargrin) has not been deployed to date. I know you have a busy law practice, but if there is some way that we could discuss this off line, it might be productive. It has sweeping legal ramifications, in my opinion. Just let me know if you are interested and if you are then we can talk about possible ways to get in touch. I tried to get through to Admin awhile ago but the email bounced back.

  405. CBO Report Claims US Unemployment at 15%, not 8%
    Thursday, 16 February 2012
    “The rate of unemployment in the United States has exceeded 8 percent since February 2009, making the past three years the longest stretch of high unemployment in this country since the Great Depression. Moreover, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the unemployment rate will remain above 8 percent until 2014.

    The official unemployment rate excludes those individuals who would like to work but have not searched for a job in the past four weeks as well as those who are working part-time but would prefer full-time work; if those people were counted among the unemployed, the unemployment rate in January 2012 would have been about 15 percent.

    Compounding the problem of high unemployment, the share of unemployed people looking for work for more than six months—referred to as the long-term unemployed—topped 40 percent in December 2009 for the first time since 1948, when such data began to be collected; it has remained above that level ever since.”

    http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/20354/61/

    Funny. What our own Congressional Budget Office says is not reported in our media.
    It shows how much the media is in the tank for O.

  406. From Pat Buchanan comment about his dismissal from MSNBC which was due to his politically incorrect writings and opinions:

    “At Portland State, President Clinton got a huge ovation when he told students that white Americans will be a minority in 2050”.
    —————–

    So this is what passes as an applause line at a college in the US?

  407. Here is what is wrong with the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Both pander with their always running for office words to the most extreme ends of their respective parties but after in office work for special interest or themselves, which much of the time is one and he same. We need a candidate who will do what they say and say what they will do. We need a candidate who is not for special interest or the most extreme ends of America. We need a candidate who gets that a strong middle class is a strong America. A person who has a history of giving 110% when given a task or job to do. There is only one person in public service today that has consistantly shown all those qualities and qualifications. Hillary Clinton. Forget the parties and go out to http://www.americanselect.org and become Hillary Clintons supporter delegate today. Ask all your contacts to do the same. If we all did this just on Facebook alone we would have 70% of Americans working together. We really can have the government we deserve. Actually we always do get the government we deserve…its is always up to we the people.

  408. Obama approval down to 43% – Gallup

    Gallup shows Obama job approval is down five points from one week ago, now 43 percent. Disapproval rises 3 points to 48 percent.

    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.

    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2012/02/16/gallup-obama-approval-drops-43-percent#ixzz1mfbVmVR7

  409. Good to see you post admin….

    How are you feeling about the election these days and are you worried that Barry might steal another term with the lack of Republican interest in these Unfab 4 candidates?

    Weigh in please.

  410. nomobama
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    From Pat Buchanan comment about his dismissal from MSNBC which was due to his politically incorrect writings and opinions:

    “At Portland State, President Clinton got a huge ovation when he told students that white Americans will be a minority in 2050″.
    —————–

    So this is what passes as an applause line at a college in the US?
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    One wonders what the context it was that he felt it was necessary to bring up and if that was the response he was expecting.

    I was working in San Antonio for a few years and realized I was a minority for the first time at my job. It wasn’t a good feeling and it was palpable. Gave me some personal insight as to what the future could bring and to how some minorities feel on a day to day basis.

  411. So will the decline in approval to 43% gain national leadin sotry attention, like his mini rise in approval did?

    I feel sorry for them, as every over reaction to a small rise, followed by a significant decline results in people just beginning to laugh and distrust them.

    I am wondering what the polling will do, when the Reps decide on a nominee. I personelly don’t think it is bad to be a little behind at this point. When the selection is made, then they can do their march to overtake O, and win.

    The under dog in our election is always at an advantage it seems.

  412. This will make JB happy, which by the way, the dead horse comment had not to do with you above as erroneously submitted by another.

  413. This should put a smile on the faces of all the posters doubling as Turndownobama-
    ________________________

    Gingrich to get another $10 million from casino backer – sources say

    UPDATED 11:38 a.m. ET

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s faltering campaign is about to get another shot in the arm, CBS News has learned.

    Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to give another $10 million to the outside group backing the former Georgia lawmaker who is running behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to Adelson told CBS News.

    Adleson and his family have already given $11 million to “Winning our Future,” the super PAC backing Gingrich. The group, which bombarded the airwaves in South Carolina last month ahead of the primary there, is largely credited with helping Gingrich win in the Palmetto state.

    The latest $10 million cash injection would raise the Adelson family’s contribution to $21 million, and a different source close to Adelson said he is prepared to drop another $4 million for a total of $25 million. The Huffington Post calculated that the billionaire casino owner earns about $3.3 million an hour.

    The donation is expected to arrive at “Winning Our Future” within days, the source said, but still too late to make deadline for the scheduled release of donations on February 20th. The donation details are expected to be revealed in the March 20th filing with the Federal Election Commission.

    Adelson has previously indicated his support for Gingrich is based on their shared commitment to Israel. But the billionaire has also indicated that despite his ongoing support for Gingrich, he will maintain a commitment to whoever becomes the Republican nominee.

    A “Winning Our Future” spokesman declined comment.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57380147-503544/gingrich-to-get-another-$10-million-from-casino-backer-sources/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

  414. Record 19 reporters, media execs join Team Obama

    For some Washington reporters and media execs, cheering their team from the sidelines just isn’t good enough: Tugging on a red, white and blue Team Obama jersey is the answer.
    That’s the case for a whopping 19 journalists and media executives, including five from the Washington Post and three each from ABC and CNN, who’ve gone into the administration or center-left groups supporting the president.

    Those inside the administration hit 14 this month when the Post’s Stephen Barr joined the Labor Department. That’s a record, say some revolving door watchers, and could even be much higher: The Post reports that “dozens” of former journalists have joined the administration, although Washington Secrets couldn’t verify that tally.

    Many are in communications and speech writing offices, most prominently Jay Carney, the president’s spokesman who ran Time’s Washington bureau, and husband to ABC’s Claire Shipman. Some joined as the news business collapsed, many to finally voice their politics, and others, notably former Transportation spokeswoman Jill Zuckman, because she liked her future boss, Secretary Ray LaHood, a rare Republican in the administration. That relationship rocked: LaHood broke through the lower-tier Cabinet P.R. ceiling to become one of the most well-known Transportation secretaries ever. She had worked for the Chicago Tribune.

    The revolving door isn’t a surprise to critics of the media and Obama. “The number of reporters going into the Obama administration merely confirms what I knew and what most conservatives long believed,” said Noam Neusner, himself one of most well-known Transportation secretaries ever. She had worked for the Chicago Tribune.

    The revolving door isn’t a surprise to critics of the media and Obama. “The number of reporters going into the Obama administration merely confirms what I knew and what most conservatives long believed,” said Noam Neusner, himself one of the few reporters hired as a Bush speech writer. “There is a vast supply of liberals in newsrooms, they are very happy to support Obama administration policies if they can get hired and they barely hide their ideology in the way they cover the news.” Neusner, who I worked with at U.S. News, said that he too might have been guilty of a pro-Bush bias, but said correctly: “My editors and colleagues were surprised to hear that I was a Republican.”

    A former GOP Capitol Hill and cabinet spokesman added, “It’s frustrating to see so many reporters that had relationships with trusted sources give up their ‘impartiality’ and start playing for the other side. It does show that the game is stacked in favor of the other side when most reporters still working in their profession remain silent.”

    Stephen Hess, a presidential and journalism scholar at the Brookings Institution, said reporters can be “conflicted” when they trade places. “On the other hand,” he added, “reporters going back to journalism after a stint in government are always better reporters in that they now understand how government really works.”

    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/record-19-reporters-media-execs-join-team-obama/380971

  415. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Record 19 reporters, media execs join Team Obama

    ………………………….

    We always knew the relationship between him and the media was cozy. Its totally in your face.

  416. FWIW,

    I have had a heck of a time getting on the site today. When I went through Firefox security it would not validate the link I had and said it was possible the site was hacked (didn’t use that term – can’t remember exactt phrase). In any case, I got a warning NOT to log on to the link. Hours and several reboots later I’m finally able to log on again.

    Just wanted to pass this on. Also had problems with my other fav (anti-BO) sites but no problems with say, CNN, or MSNBC.

    Just wanted to report what’s going on.

    BTW, there’s evidently an article in the WSJ about how BO panels have already met to discuss criteria for evaluating certain medical procedures and who can get them. I tried for hours to get on that site so I could post the link but couldn’t It’s also linked at Ulsterman but I can’t get on there, either. Maybe someone could check and post for us here?

  417. FINALLY! I can get around as long as I don’t have more than a couple of sites open at a time. Must get a PC guy over here.

    Anyway, remember what I was posting about yesterday – the problems with getting an MRI?

    Check this!

    Offended by President Obama’s decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.

    Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans.

    …The task force is a part-time board of volunteer advisers that works slowly and is often late to incorporate new science into its recommendations. Only in 2009 did it finally recommend aspirin for the prevention of stroke and heart attack among those at risk—decades after this practice was demonstrated to save lives and had become part of standard medical practice.

    THIS IS THE PANEL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTHCARE AMERICA!

    The complete link is at Ulsterman.

    A just published editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Dr. Scott Gottlieb details how a SINGLE panel of advisers is determining what tests and procedures doctors can and cannot perform under the new Obamacare federal guidelines. The death panels are no longer a possibility – they are happening NOW.

  418. Numbers Suggest Santorum Could Be Romney’s Worst Nightmare

    February 17, 2012 | Scott Rassmussen

    In a campaign defined by Republican reluctance to embrace Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum has emerged as the latest not-Romney candidate to surge ahead. While it’s impossible to predict what will happen in this volatile election season, the data suggests that Santorum might be more of a challenge for Romney than earlier flavors of the month.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports poll of the GOP race shows that Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney by 12 points, 39 percent to 27 percent. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are far behind. In and of itself, that’s nothing new. The man from Massachusetts has at times trailed Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich in the polls.

  419. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204795304577220950656734864.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    Some excerpts:

    Over time, the task force will surely recommend against many services that patients now take for granted, while mandating full insurance coverage for things that they’d be just as happy paying for. Among the interventions that it plans to consider in 2012 are screening for hepatitis C in adults, for osteoporosis in men and for depression in children; counseling for obesity in adults and for alcohol use in adolescents; and daily aspirin for heart-attack and stroke prevention in people over 80.
    The task force’s problems are compounded by the fact that it is deliberately exempted from the rules that govern other government advisory boards and regulatory agencies. Thus it has no obligation to hold its meetings in public, announce decisions in draft form or even consider public comments. Consumers have no way to directly appeal its decisions. And health providers or product developers affected by its decisions can’t sue it for recourse
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    The task force already rates services with letter grades of “A” through “D” (or “I,” if it has “insufficient evidence” to make a rating). But under ObamaCare, services rated “A” or “B”—such as colon cancer screening for adults aged 50-75—must be covered by health plans in full, without any co-pays. Many services that get “Cs” and “Ds”—such as screening for ovarian or testicular cancer—could get nixed from coverage entirely.

    That’s because mandating coverage for all the “A” and “B” services will be very costly. In 2000, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the marginal cost of similar state insurance mandates was 5%-10% of total claims. Other estimates put the cost of mandates as high as 20% of premiums.
    ***************************************************************************

    Health plans will inevitably choose to drop coverage for many services that don’t get a passing grade from the task force and therefore aren’t mandated. Insurance companies will need to conserve their premium money, which the government regulates, in order to spend it subsidizing
    ******************************************************

    Its advice is often out of sync with conventional medical practice. For example, it recommended against wider screening for HIV long after such screening was accepted practice. As a result, many of its verdicts are widely ignored by practicing doctors.

    The task force is also the only federal health agency to have the explicit legal authority to consider cost as one criterion in recommending whether patients should use a medical test or treatment.

  420. moon- 4:08pm

    exactly! arrogance of the Third kind-
    _____________

    Get back on the merry-go-round-..

    ULSTERMAN-

    Obama Campaign Seeks Out Dirt On Santorum

    In the first clear sign of concern regarding the possibility of facing GOP candidate Rick Santorum in the General Election, the Obama campaign team is asking supporters to send them examples of Santorums …

    h… theulstermanreport.com/2012/02/16/obama-campaign-seeks-out-dirt-on-santorum/
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    Sarah Palin Tried To Warn Us – Obamacare Death Panels Have Arrived

    Link to Basil’s HC post

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/02/17/sarah-palin-tried-to-warn-us-obamacare-death-panels-have-arrived/

  421. BO is trying to control our every move.

    Did everyone hear about the mother whose kid was prevented from eating her home-packed lunch because it wasn’t considered “healthy” enough? The girl, 4 years old, was served a lunch of chicken nuggets instead of being allowed to eat her turkey and cheese sandwich!

    And in NYC, many restaurants no longer have salt on the table. It’s considered “unhealthy.” Clients have to ask their servers for it.

    And now the mandates on BC. They still want to regulate carbon. They want to regulate which cars we drive, what energy we use or is even available. Pretty soon we’ll all be herded into the areas in the country where they will permit us to live. I can’t stand it!

  422. Recently discovered there are two kinds of regular table salt.. Regular and Iodized. The Iodized contains Iodine which the body needs to regulate blood chemistry and ward off anemia. Iodine is found naturally in shrimp and shellfish. It isn’t a bad idea to purchase iodized salt. You will use less of it when you season your food and very little when cooking.

  423. Mrs. Smith,

    I was just pointing out the absurdity of the nanny state mentality. The salt police were instituted by Bloomie, the same idiot who wanted to allow the GZM.

  424. BASIL99
    February 17th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    As absurd as it is, it’s happening. Come 2013, if Obama is re-elected- it will be our new reality.

  425. This is our new reality…Food Nazi’s
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    Food Inspector Confiscates Kid’s Homemade Lunch

    Preschooler’s lunch rejected by official

    Food police reject preschooler’s homemade lunch… in favour of chicken nuggets
    Food police confiscate 4-year old’s lunch, bill parents
    Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Confiscated by Food Police
    Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler’s homemade lunch
    Flunking lunch in preschool
    State Agent Tells Preschooler She Can’t Eat Home-packed Lunch
    My Kid’s Lunch Is None of the Government’s Business
    The Lunch Nazis Are Coming! No, They’re Here.
    So what happened? A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina was told that her home-packed lunch with a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice was not a healthy lunch. She was given a tray lunch from the cafeteria instead, but just ate three chicken nuggets.

    This all occurred because of a rule in North Carolina to help children in child care meet “minimum nutritional requirements” and comply with Meal Patterns for Children in Child Care standards.

    These minimum nutritional requirements state that lunch should consist of at least four components (out of these five choices):

    milk
    2 or more fruits or vegetables, which can include a serving of 100% fruit juice
    a meat or meat alternative, including alternate protein products (cheese, eggs, beans, peanut butter, nuts, seeds, yogurt, etc.)
    a bread or bread alternative, including muffins, cereal, pasta, etc.
    Now since the preschooler in the article had a serving of meat (turkey), bread, and two servings of fruit (the banana and the apple juice), then she met the minimum nutritional requirements and should not have been given a tray lunch. And even if she had been missing something, the Food From Home rule is not that you replace the whole lunch, but rather that they “must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”

    So the whole story is based on a mistake that was made by the school or state employee and not because of how the program is supposed to work. The “food police” aren’t inspecting school lunches to create a nanny state. They are trying to help make sure preschoolers get a minimum level of nutrition.

    North Carolina has some of the highest obesity rates in the country. Whether it is to make sure preschoolers learn to eat healthier or just meet minimum nutritional requirements, should we really target a program that might help them grow and avoid becoming overweight?

  426. Reuters) – Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s struggles in Michigan are fueling speculation that Republicans might have to resort to a doomsday scenario and launch a frantic search for a 2012 savior at their nominating convention in late August.

    Rare in the modern age of U.S. politics, a “brokered convention” could result in Republicans ditching their current crop of candidates and turning to someone else who they feel would have a better chance of defeating Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

    How did Republicans get to this point? Romney’s failure to get conservatives fully behind him and put down yet another challenger in the party – this time it’s Rick Santorum – is causing angst in the party.

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    Sounds good to me, bring in Trump. (I know, I am the only one that likes him…)

  427. This site is loading and acting screwy today, at least for me.

    Gonzotx, yup – Food Nazis with Herr Commandant Mo at the head, er, tail.

    I have heard that the school has since apologized and said the staffer did the wrong thing. No kidding, sherlock. Problem is when certain atmospheres are created as in TSA overreach, constitution bashing, funneling gazillions to fraudulent so-called “green” companies, the abuse becomes almost immediately endemic.

    BTW, about that shoulder thinige, my pain is better today (after 4 hydrocodeine yesterday) but now I can’t move the left arm even one inch behind my back. Do you have that? Or Mrs. Smith, did you?

    Shadowfax, I like Trump. I just don’t think he’s prez material BUT if he’s the last person standing as a BO alternative I’d vote for him.

  428. Sounds good to me, bring in Trump. (I know, I am the only one that likes him…)

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    I like Trump too, though not as much as some … women.

  429. Food Inspector Confiscates Kid’s Homemade Lunch

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    Mashed together here are some ‘nanny state’ scare headlines — followed by the following debunking, which imo deserves more promenence:

    Now since the preschooler in the article had a serving of meat (turkey), bread, and two servings of fruit (the banana and the apple juice), then she met the minimum nutritional requirements and should not have been given a tray lunch. And even if she had been missing something, the Food From Home rule is not that you replace the whole lunch, but rather that they “must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
    So the whole story is based on a mistake that was made by the school or state employee and not because of how the program is supposed to work.

  430. Wouldn’t it be something if none of the candidates currently running for POTUS ends up on the November ballot? How about Brother Jeb vs. Hillary? I say, bring it!

  431. gonzotx,

    The mother of the girl was FURIOUS, as she had every right to be. The nanny state is alive and well and expanding by the second.

    There was a second incident this week of similar nanny-state nuttiness but I can’t remember where it happened.

    We all have to call out the BO zealots who want to implement laws and rules which never should have been passed in the first place and need the help of Americans everywhere to repeal. First step is getting rid of BO. Then bring down the czars, the libtard establishment, the EPA, the out-of-control regulators, the media-motherbleepers lying through their teeth for every bit of BO-propoganda fed them by the POS-in-chief.

    What really floored me today was the fothermucker actually taking CREDIT for the Boeing Plant in South Carolina that his NLRB goons and labor thugs TRIED to SHUT the BLEEP DOWN!!!!!

    He even had the ‘audacity’ to say this! he is truly delusional.

    Puget Sound Business Journal‎

    “I deserve a gold watch, because I’m selling your stuff all the time.”

    Then we can go back to the constitutiont

  432. Jen,

    Could that be the plan? (hoping, of course there IS a Plan B,C, D -Z if needed).

    Distract, confuse and then bring out an October surprise. Just like the dimrats did in 2008?

  433. If anyone finds a list of the reporters hired by the O-Team.. can you post it here- The list seems to have been scrubbed..
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    Handing out condoms on the Titanic

    Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”?

    My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on Page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.”

    It’s a straight line going straight up before disappearing off the top right hand corner of the graph in the year 2084 and continuing northeast straight through your eye socket, out the back of your skull and zooming up to rendezvous with Newt’s space colony on the moon circa 2100. Just to emphasize, this isn’t the doom-laden dystopian fancy of a right-wing apocalyptic loon like me; it’s the official Oval Office version of where America’s headed. In the New York Times-approved “responsible budget” there is no attempt even to pretend to bend the debt curve into something approaching re-entry with reality.

    As for us doom-mongers, at the House Budget Committee on Thursday, Chairman Paul Ryan produced another chart, this time from the Congressional Budget Office, with an even steeper straight line showing debt rising to 900 percent of GDP and rocketing off the graph circa 2075. America’s Treasury Secretary, Timmy Geithner the TurboTax Kid, thought the chart would have been even more hilarious if they’d run the numbers into the next millennium: “You could have taken it out to 3000 or to 4000” he chortled, to supportive titters from his aides. Has total societal collapse ever been such a nonstop laugh riot?

    Article Tab: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, talks with House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, after Geithner testified before the committee’s hearing on President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 federal budget.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, talks with House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, after Geithner testified before the committee’s hearing on President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 federal budget.

    “Yeah, right.” replied Ryan. “We cut it off at the end of the century because the economy, according to the CBO, shuts down in 2027 on this path.”

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/budget-340815-debt-down.html
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  434. Mrs. Smith,

    I am very curious about that list, too. Funny the names aren’t available, just the info.

    👿

    BTW, I picked up the local weekly horse weekly and there was an ad for something – tri – something – for horses and humans – I will get the name and post and see if you recognize it.

    It’s supposed to be for pain.

  435. We always rested a horse with a problem tendon. I don’t understand the recommendation for PT- Crazy-.. That tendon is red-hot and inflamed because of the tear. It needs to cool down before it can begin healing.. I would be Icing the horse’s leg 3X/day for 30min.. following with a glycerin wrap to draw out the heat.. running the same course for several weeks. And administering 1 tab of Butazolidin 2 X a day = heavy duty Motrin.. to a horse at complete stall rest standing in 10″ of pine shavings, hand walked for 15 min in our court-yard, his food ration cut in half…

    physical therapy is dead wrong- until the pain has been abated..

  436. Jen the Michigander
    February 17th, 2012 at 7:59 pm
    Wouldn’t it be something if none of the candidates currently running for POTUS ends up on the November ballot? How about Brother Jeb vs. Hillary? I say, bring it!
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    I am with you Jen, and it would be amazing, bring it on!!!!

  437. I think the GOP voters are sending a message, that they do not like the primary process, and that they want a real convention.

    Remember what happened in 2008? IOWA, not really a Dem state, with a primary that disenfranchised many voters, was frauded to determine who the Dems would run. Even after hero ific wins