Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Alabama, Mississippi Republican Primary Night

We’ve been saying for a while now to Republicans “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. But still we hear that it is time to shut down the primaries and get on to the job of clobbering Barack Obama. Now we have to say “We’re right, you’re wrong.”

We’re right and those wanting an immediate end to the primaries are wrong. The bottom line is that not even the well organized Mitt Romney organization is sufficiently organized at the moment to successfully take on the Barack Obama organization. The Santorum and Gingrich “organizations” are not organized at all.

The longer the primary fight continues the more time the political organizations have of learning about each individual state and learning how to fight to victory. At the end of the primary season all the battle hardened troops of all the Republican campaigns will come together and take on the flabby Obama organization.

But, but, but, doesn’t this this long fight help Obama”? No. The flabby Barack Obama campaign is devouring money every month to simply exist and making nonsensical attempts to divert from the failures of tin calf Barack Obama. The latest desperation distraction is a silly ad attacking Sarah Palin.

In a wily response Sarah Palin issued her own challenge to debate “anytime anywhere” and noted that the Obama campaign was busy with the usual “diversionary tactics it employs to distract us from the issues our President just doesn’t want to talk about – issues that affect us all every day and must be addressed.”

Obama has to distract from his record. Today the CBO’s new 10 year projected cost of Obamacare is $1.76 trillion. It’s the failures stupid.

We say “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” because in the midst of this divisive fight within the Republican Party – Barack Obama is still in trouble. Proof? Obama’s approval rating has hit new lows in the CBS poll. The Washington Post/ABC poll also shows Obama hammered by gas prices. These are problems algae and diversions won’t fix or disguise.

Tonight we will witness the Alabama and Mississippi primary results roll in. Whatever happens in Alabama and Mississippi, (Romney win/wins in the South, Gingrich comes back a third time) we have the same advice to all: Don’t Worry, Be Happy. NOvember is almost here.

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361 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Alabama, Mississippi Republican Primary Night

  1. msnbc freaking out how great R is doing…Shultz asking is there anyway S 0r G can catch up with him…ha, ha, ha…with all the ridicule and attacking they do all day long on R, the people still keep voting for him and he keeps racking up the delegates…

    karma, keep it up…

  2. We are keeping track of developments on Politico.com/livestream and fully anticipate that Mitt will eke out a win in Alabama and Mississippi. The other two have really lost any credibility as effective opponents for Barky, so they would do us all a big favor to just get lost.
    The talking heads on Politico are now talking earnestly about Mitt starting to ignore the other two and just go after Barky directly. Big policy issues, the sad record of the last three years, all those promises, that arrogance and bullying, the Chicago thuggery ought to become a constant refrain.
    Nice to see you in this 317, and get the strong impression that you feel the same way.
    It’s going to be so nice that we can feel the end of all this chicanery at last in prospect.

  3. Letter outlining how the delegates will play out- might make people’s hair stand on end but it a game of mathematics from here on in- The Republican nomination process is different from the democrats… different rules for each and every state.
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    Gingrich Advisers Highlight Half Time Strategy, Path to the Nomination

    Atlanta, GA – Newt 2012 released today an internal memo from Randy Evans, Senior Adviser, and Martin Baker, Newt 2012 National Political Director, to campaign staff, laying out the delegath math heading into the Louisiana Primary on March 24th, and a path to the Republican nomination:

    TO: Newt 2012 Campaign Staff

    FROM: Randy Evans, Senior Adviser and Martin Baker, National Political Director

    DATE: March 13, 2012

    SUBJECT: An Historical Nomination Process Underway

    Notwithstanding the conventional wisdom that dominates the news media, Newt Gingrich is well positioned to win the GOP nomination and here’s why.

    Today’s contests in Alabama, American Samoa, Hawaii, and Mississippi are big, but it’s still early. Louisiana, on March 24th, will actually be “halftime” in the race for the GOP nomination.

    Heading into Louisiana, states with delegates totaling 1,141 will have decided — just short of the 1,144 needed for the nomination. It will be Louisiana that moves the process past the halfway mark with 34 states accounting for 1,187 delegates having been voted.

    Yet by halftime, the process will be far from over. Just look at the math.

    One half of the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination is 572. To date, according to the RNC and factoring in results from Kansas and Wyoming on Saturday, Mitt Romney has only 350 bound delegates. Between, now and Louisiana, there are only 170 total bound delegates available — and that count includes Missouri whose delegates, while bound, will actually be elected at conventions later this spring.

    Even if Romney could get 100% of the available bound delegates before Louisiana (which he cannot), he would still be well short of 572. Instead, with the proportional allocations that apply, Mitt Romney’s more likely 57 additional delegates would only put him at 407 total delegates (35.6%) – well short of the 572 needed to be halfway to the magic number.

    With a steady 35% of delegates and no change in sight, the fact that Romney advisers have undoubtedly told him is that he can no longer force his nomination. Mathematically, the numbers are just not there. Instead, with 4 candidates remaining, the GOP nomination now moves into unchartered waters with history in the making.

    The sequencing and pace of the second half favors Newt. When this process started, Newt’s team had two goals: block an early Romney nomination; and plan for a sequenced and paced second half.

    Newt stopped Romney in South Carolina and subsequently weathered a multi-million dollar barrage of attacks in Florida, surviving to win in Georgia on Super Tuesday.

    Starting with Louisiana, there is the second half and the sequence is important.

    After Louisiana on March 24th, there are primaries on April 3rd in the District of Columbia (winner take all without Santorum on the ballot); Maryland (a favorable state); and Wisconsin (Callista Gingrich’s home state).

    Then, the process slows — permitting all of the candidates to work the states, not just the one with money.

    On April 24th, more than four weeks after Louisiana, Senator Santorum faces a ‘must win’ in Pennsylvania (whose delegates remain unbound regardless of outcome) with other big contests that day in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and delegate rich New York (95).

    Two weeks later, on May 8th, there are more southern primaries in North Carolina and West Virginia along with Indiana. On May 15, there are primaries in Nebraska and Oregon.

    Then, the delegate rich 3-week dash that could decide the nomination begins with more southern primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky on May 22nd. They lead into Texas (155 delegates) on May 29th.

    After 2 weeks of southern primaries, the process then turns on June 5th to California (172 delegates), New Jersey (50), New Mexico and South Dakota. California and New Jersey alone represent almost 20% of the delegates needed for the nomination.

    In total, the states in this final 3 week stretch have 509 total delegates — or almost half of what is needed for the nomination. The final primary (Utah) is not for three weeks afterwards on June 26.

    So here is the bottom-line reality: this nomination will not be decided until the fourth quarter — and that is not until June. It also means that the candidate who closes strongest in this race is going to win.

    It is a long way until June 26th. Republicans indeed get to be a part of history, not more of the same.

    So buckle up. This race is not going to be won or lost over backroom deals or endless and mind-numbing discussions in the media over delegate counts. This race is going to be decided by a big debate — a big choice — among GOP primary voters about the future of the Republican Party; what it stands for, and which candidate has the most compelling vision and most credibility to carry forward a conservative governing agenda.

    That is the debate Newt is going to win, and with it, the nomination and the election.

  4. New Bloomberg poll tonight.

    Bloomberg poll: Obama 47, Romney 47. Indies split : Romney 49, Obama 41.

  5. Present and accounted for Sir/Mame! I like what I am seeing. I really like the slogan “It’s the failures stupid”

    Start making bumper stickers Admin! There’s gold in there words!

  6. I really like the slogan “It’s the failures stupid”

    When we began it was “It’s the inexperience stupid”;
    Then it became “It’s the incompetence stupid”;
    Now it is as the admin puts it, “It’s the failures stupid.”

  7. MSNBC : We are now declaring BOTH AL and MS “too close to call”; less than 3 points separating 1 and 2 in all our models.

  8. I think you could sell more than a few bumper stickers in Trenton Admin, they might even have a dual purpose!
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    “It could be an inconvenience for anybody, young, old, male, female,” said Maryann Wooten of Hamilton Township.

    The toilet paper and paper towel supply for at least eleven buildings, including city hall, are dangerously low.

    “We have one box with about fifteen rolls of toilet paper and that’s it,” said Harold Hall, Acting Public Works Director.

    Hall says a City Council resolution to order more paper supplies, including paper cups, was voted down. Some council members didn’t think the cash-strapped city needed to buy the cups.

    “I told them I would take the cups out and re-submit the request,” Hall said.

  9. I went to Fox and they said Sanctimonious was ahead in Miss, but when I clicked on Miss Romney was, but only 1% of the vote.

  10. Great post! It is a time to be optimistic. Obama’s passive-aggressive use of birth control to rally women has backfired – his approval is at 41%. The unfair attack ad on Sarah Palin will expose the misogyny. It also tells you who the bots fear most.

    I heard on Rush this morning that the Game Change movie and Sandra Fluke share the same publicist: Anita Dunn!

  11. I agree but it may be a good idea to find a front runner sooner than later. I personally believe Santorum is a sure ticket to defeat. I wonder if the low poll for Obama was purposely put out there for today’s election, making these conservatives(/fools) to think that even Santorum can win against Obama. Anyway, time will tell.

  12. Did you hear what that Rat Bas8ARD said in the Rose Garden, I believe today, about our Military?
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    In speaking about our troops, the president said: “You can’t help but be proud of them generally.”

    Can you imagine ANYONE else being able to say that and get a pass, ANYONE?

  13. frankly, it is amazing R is doing as good as he is in Alabama and Mississippi…hang in there JBS…it is still early…still a lot of votes still to come in…going to make a margherita (sp)

  14. Romney will not have either of them anywhere near his administration — they may try blackmailing him with their delegates (if that is what they are trying to do, it is despicable)

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

    Not blackmail, not despicable. It’s reasonable to offer to support the person who will accept your influence.

  15. The first thing they cut will be Women’s health, you can take that top the bank.

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

    With a “conscience” excuse. :-/

  16. Ah, open primaries! Bring it on.. let us see how long Santorum will last. If Dems are smart though, they would vote for Gingrich and prop him up.

    So far most if not all of Santorum’s wins and vote percentages are the result of Dem interference.

  17. Fox saying the same thing- the nom won’t be decided until June- all the wishing in the world won’t make it so any sooner. there are people who actually know what they are doing in the run-up to the nomination..

  18. Virtually though this looks like a 3 way tie, no clear winner here at all, all within a few thousand votes on a low turnout.

  19. Best result for Romney tonight now would be Gingrich winning in Mississippi actually now because it means Newt does not get out…..

  20. moononpluto, that is what my husband said an hour ago. But I say make it a two man race and let us find out if Romney is really weak..

  21. Looks like Romney failed in the South…

    The polls aren’t making any sense…

    ALABAMA Poll- who can best defeat Obama.. Romney @ 50%

    How does that work when he finished 3rd behind Sant and Gingrich?

  22. Why are the conservatives prolonging this. Just vote for Romney and end this now! Is the Tea Party behind this? I hope not.

  23. Because, Mrs. Smith, I do believe the GOP is putting ideology before everything else just like the Democrats did in 2008.

  24. Funny comment at ACE
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    I’m afraid if I have to watch Santorum’s whiney, always-looking-like-he’s-about-to-cry face as he gives a tearful concession speech in November – and tries telling us 5 more years of Obama was worth his chance to lecture us about contraception and the dangers of Romneycare – I’ll throw a crucifix or something at my TV screen.

  25. The GOP elite will make damn sure now Santorum gets torpedoed, they want Romney, they will get Romney, knives will come out.

  26. warehouse553
    March 13th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    All I can tell you is this- Obama and the DNC own the voting machines in whichever states have electronic voting. i have the feeling they are going to split the wins between Newt and Rick in Ala and Miss.. Why are the counts stalling in MISS, is what i want to know.. where Newt and Rick are 1% apart,, with Romney a total shut out..

  27. Obama wants Romney… after a prolong pause Romney suddenly gets 2 % of the vote to 30%… 79% reporting to 85% — I smell manipulation of the poll numbers..

  28. I understand ideology but Rick Santorum cannot win a General Election. He’s a less likable version of Bush. All they are doing is prolonging the inevitable. So why won’t these stop their destructive behavior and just vote for Romney and end this?

  29. 90% reporting in MISS and none of the numbers have changed on ANY of the candidates- How does that work?

  30. So why won’t these stop their destructive behavior and just vote for Romney and end this?
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    Did you read my post up-thread @ 7:48?

    If you didn’t, suggest giving it consideration..

  31. There is no way he will win the nomination, unless, unless, the republicans are throwing another election to Obama. Obama just got his women vote back.

  32. I don’t think Newt will win. Neither he nor Santorum could even qualify for ballot access in their own home state of VA. Romney will be the nominee. The question is why are conservatives doing everything possible to weaken him?

  33. Santorum’s wins in Ala and Mississippi help Romney. The deep south is not even relevant in November because it automatically goes in the R column. Losing those highly conservative states in the primary only highlights Romney’s appeal to swing state voters because it makes him seem less extreme.

  34. Republican National Committee rules dictate that most of the primary contests held before April 3rd can not be “winner take all” contests. That means that Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum all stand to pick up delegates by the time the results are in tonight.

    The one difference is Ron Paul. While he has played a role in many contests so far he has chosen to not actively compete in Mississippi or Alabama.

    With the delegate count potentially split-three ways, the bigger story out of tonight will be who leaves the South with the greatest momentum. In addition to Romney, the focus tonight will be on Santorum and Gingrich. The question is which man will emerge as the strongest challenger to the former Massachusetts governor.

  35. “The Establishment R’s want Romney, if not they will send in Jeb at the last minute..”

    Has a Rove/Brazille type of deal been struck this election to get yet another BUSH in the WH?

    It seems that Romney is certainly the Hillary of the 2012 campaign. The Democrats are going after him as well as those in his own party plotting to bring him down and of course the media.

  36. Southern Born
    March 13th, 2012 at 9:55 pm
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    Yeah, I made a similar comment here or on another blog. Romney has been Hillaryized.

  37. Has a Rove/Brazille type of deal been struck this election to get yet another BUSH in the WH?
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    I dunno, SB.. Andrea Mitchell, once again mentioned Romney’s policies are similar to Obama’s, which is a Truth.. and the reason why Sarah Palin isn’t supporting him and neither is the Tea-Party.

  38. warehouse553
    March 13th, 2012 at 9:53 pm
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    we may get a resolution soon if it becomes a two man race, Romney versus Santorum. It is proportional delegates this time, different from 2008 and also Dems are propping up Santorum in open primaries which is why it seems dragging. Santorum is tugging at the ‘conservatives’ heart by mouthing ‘passionate’ lines about religious freedom and such which Romney refuses to do (because he knows that is not what is important for GE).

  39. and tries telling us 5 more years of Obama was worth his chance to lecture us about contraception and the dangers of Romneycare – I’ll throw a crucifix or something at my TV screen.

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    ROFL!

  40. I would venture, Jeb’s leanings would mirror Obama’s because he would be an Establishment candidate like Romney. The only candidate that will represent us as a patriot of the Founding Fathers is Gingrich.

  41. Wonder if Newt really believes that he would get a boost from debating BO and winning?

    Does he really think that the media would allow that to happen no matter if he “mops the floor with BO” at any debate.

    Didn’t Hillary win all the debates in 2008, yet all we heard was Obama, Obama, Obama and how wonderful he was. So perhaps the debates are a moot point. And I tend to agree. If the debates made a real difference why isn’t Newt leading the pack by a wide margain right now in the primaries. He’s done VERY well in the debates yet the media is NOT going to allow him to win even in the Rep. race so we can imagine what the media is going to do if he went up against their Precious!

    Shameful times we live in.

  42. Southern Born
    March 13th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Wonder if Newt really believes that he would get a boost from debating BO and winning?
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    obama doesn’t want to debate Gingrich eva- Gingrich wouldn’t mop the floor with him; he would crucify him.. as unAmerican..
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    Didn’t Hillary win all the debates in 2008, yet all we heard was Obama, Obama, Obama and how wonderful he was. So perhaps the debates are a moot point. And I tend to agree. If the debates made a real difference why isn’t Newt leading the pack by a wide margain right now in the primaries. He’s done VERY well in the debates yet the media is NOT going to allow him to win even in the Rep. race so we can imagine what the media is going to do if he went up against their Precious!
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    Hillary won the popular vote- the election turned when she was forced to give up her delegates in MICHIGAN and FLORIDA. If she had been given the delegates, Obama never would have made the quota first.. and that is vis a vis Dem rules.

  43. There has never been a presidential election won with such ruthless collusion and conspiracy. From Nancy Pelosi, Patti Solis Doyle to Donna Brazile and the DNC..

    Hillary was blindsided.. she had no oppo research to speak of on Obama.. Her campaign was doomed from the beginning..

  44. As Steven Hayes pointed out, Gingrich said between him and Santorum they have two-thirds of the delegates. So it is not about winning for this guy. It is about denying Romney a clean win. Wow, what a vainglorious man. But I suppose he is doing Romney a favor by staying in until we get to the states that are favorable and winner take all for Romney.

  45. So how did BO do in the primaries today?

    What I remember from the 2008 debates was that Hillary was by far the better debator and WON them even with the moderators like the vile Tim Russert and Brian Williams teaming up with BO and John Edwards to bring her down.

    Hillary won the debates yet the media did not allow her to win them period. The spin was all for BO no matter what he said…even “I agree with what Hillary just said” since she was always given the hard questions FIRST.

    I knew we were in deep trouble when Hillary’s experience and qualifications were put up against BO’s foreign policy experience of living in a foreign country when he was 6-10 years old and he was considered the better qualified for president!

  46. Sarah and the Tea Party are choosing ideology over electability. I think that if Romney wins the Presidency, conservative ideology will be diminished. Romney hopefully will try to move the GOP back to the center.

    This is Delaware, Nevada, Colorado, and California all over again.

  47. Is Newt working for Obama?
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    Pm317, that’s what some of our friends think. Surely not…but this is a man who fought to impeach a president for lying about sex while he was doing worse so who knows?

  48. Southern Born:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/obama-may-have-a-turnout-problem-too/2012/03/13/gIQAydAd9R_blog.html

    Much has been written about how turnout in Republican presidential contests has been down from four years ago, but what about Democrats?

    A review of the states that have also held Democratic contests this year shows turnout is down sharply from the last time a Democratic president was running largely unopposed for renomination — 1996.

    Democratic turnout is down significantly in five of eight states that held similar contests in 1996 and 2012 (and where data are available), and six of eight overall, compared to Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.

    Turnout in Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Oklahoma and Tennessee is down at least 29 percent from 16 years ago, and in Massachusetts, it was down 8 percent, according to a Fix review. (The Iowa numbers are based on estimates, since Democrats don’t tally total votes for their caucuses.)

    Turnout is up more than one-third in two states so far, Georgia and Michigan.

    The two states where it has gone up are somewhat special cases. In Michigan, where turnout was up 37 percent from 1996, Clinton wasn’t on the ballot that year, and in Georgia, where turnout was up 46 percent, the state’s population has grown by about a third over the same span. (By comparison, GOP turnout in Georgia was up 61 percent from 1996.)

    The numbers paint a picture that might lead some to ask whether Democrats are also facing an enthusiasm gap.

    It should be noted that comparing turnout numbers to past elections isn’t an exact science — and especially when looking at an election held 16 years prior. There are many variables that are difficult to account for, and the comparison is never apples-to-apples.

    But the numbers do lend credence to the idea that Democrats are also not terribly excited about voting in this year’s presidential election.

    President Obama’s campaign has long emphasized its ground game as a potential difference-maker in the 2012 election. And his campaign has been active in some early states trying to fire up the base, despite the lack of a contested primary. [snip]

    The Iowa numbers aren’t official, but party leaders in 1996 reportedly estimated turnout at about 50,000, while this year, they estimated it at around 25,000 — a dropoff of half.

    Democrats have argued this year that their turnout estimate in 1996 might have been high, but other states have shown similar — if less severe — dropoffs.

    In New Hampshire and Tennessee, turnout was down by about one-third. In Ohio, it was down about 29 percent. And in Oklahoma (a state that has turned sharply against the Democratic Party over that 16-year span), turnout was down 69 percent.

    In Massachusetts, the dropoff was 8 percent.

  49. I don’t think Newt is working for Obama is he just vain beyond belief. By remaining in, all he does is give Romney an advantage in the upcoming winner take all states. Santorum’s victories tonight were so close that the delegate split will be irrelevant.

  50. Hillary’s biggest mistake was shutting the best political strategist in the world out of her campaign, Bill Clinton. If it wasn’t for him right now- she wouldn’t be a safe as she feels right now-

    I hope she doesn’t think she is rolling along on her own steam. It doesn’t work that way for women.

  51. Mrs. Smith, I agree. Bill Clinton casts a big shadow on those who would love to do even worse things to Hillary right now. I just hope both of them remain safe along with all the others who have stood up against the Obama machine and are no longer with us.

  52. Has everyone gone cuckoo- Gingrich has been attacking Obama for weeks now… when you get hung up on one candidate, say Romney.. you fail to read what others are doing to batter Obama- which, neither Romney or Santorum have done at all.

    All Romney does is sputter and stutter using generalities. Never has he proposed a plan or set out a platform of his vision of America…

    Perry is aligned with Gingrich as they head into Tea-Party territory.

  53. Don’t worry, be happy. It’s the failures, stupid.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73959.html

    The polls go up and the polls go down but all of them illuminate the same static reality: Barack Obama probably can’t win if the 2012 election is strictly a referendum on Barack Obama.

    The latest curb on Obama’s enthusiasm comes after six weeks of generally good economic and electoral news — several key polls show his job approval falling back underwater. Dissatisfaction with his handling of the economy is up, rising to a new high, thanks in great measure to a nasty spike in gas prices and months of accumulated attacks by the GOP presidential field.

    It’s a consistent pattern. Obama is a president who can’t seem to stay above 50 percent — after three-plus years at the helm, after navigating a score of world-shaking crises, his week-to-week popularity remains fluid in the capricious churn of the economic news cycle.

    And while Obama’s regained a bit of his swagger recently, his campaign in Chicago is a team of worriers full of insecurity about their candidate’s standing (if not the ultimate outcome of the election). That, coupled with carpet-bombing super PACs on the Republican side, foreshadows a general election likely to be every bit as negative and nearly as unpredictable as the topsy-turvy primary season.

    This thing is clearly not in the bag, and none of us who support the president can be complacent,” said Paul Begala, a Clinton veteran who has been making fundraising pitches for Obama’s pet PAC, Priorities USA Action.

    Begala pointed to a CBS/New York Times poll out Monday that showed Obama’s approval dropping from 50 percent to 41 percent, with 47 percent now disapproving of his job performance. [snip]

    Meanwhile, Obama has traded in the aspirational “Hope” and “Change” of 2008 for something more perspirational — “Don’t compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative.” [snip]

    The problem is that ordinary Americans are proving a hard sell, even if Obama ekes out small victories over Romney in hypothetical matchups included in the polls.

    Even as Obama’s approval rating spiked into the 50s briefly at the start of the year, Obama’s top advisers held steady with their prediction that Romney, no matter how vulnerable he is, starts the general election with 46 percent to 48 percent of the vote in November.

    They have also predicted that Obama is like a high-salaried earner with no savings account: He’s one economic shock from the political poorhouse.

    “The one thing that’s clear is that the economy is driving this election and rising concern about gas prices is raising further doubts about the stability of the economy and President Obama’s qualifications,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. [snip]

    Moreover, the increase wipes out many of the modest gains realized by Obama’s much-touted extension of the payroll tax cut, disproportionately hurting the white, working-class voters the president’s team has been courting in battlegrounds like Ohio, Florida and Nevada.

    And that’s from Politico which spins wildly in favor of Obama.

  54. Southern Born
    March 13th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Mrs. Smith, I agree. Bill Clinton casts a big shadow on those who would love to do even worse things to Hillary right now. I just hope both of them remain safe along with all the others who have stood up against the Obama machine and are no longer with us.
    _________________

    If it wasn’t for him, she wouldn’t be where she is maintaining her popularity as she is today-

    God Bless both of them and keep them safe-

  55. Love Kirsten Powers — she started by saying there was something remarkable about Gingrich (and I said oh), and she continued ‘something remarkable about calling another candidate liar and unethical’ LOL..

  56. And Newty thinks and says he is helping Santorum (according to Hayes), LOL two conservatives bonding and denying a front runner..hurray. Even Ron Paul would have the grace and dignity to leave the race at some point. Something does not add up here. Is it all just too personal for this vain man — if I can’t have it, no one will?

  57. Here is the difference (comment seen on another blog):

    In November, Mitt will still win these Evangelical votes because they would rather vote for a Mormon than a Muslim (according to an Evangelical friend of mine).

    But if the nominee is Santorum, goodbye to Indie and women vote in November.

  58. Air Force Sued for Michelle Obama’s 2010 ‘Whirlwind’ Vacation to Spain Records

    During her time in the White House, Michelle Obama has most definitely demonstrated a penchant for taking expensive vacations with her family and friends – at taxpayers’ expense. Judicial Watch previously obtained documents regarding a June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by Mrs. Obama, her family and her staff to South Africaand Botswana. Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we obtained the mission expense records and passenger manifests for the Africa trip, which yielded a cost of $424,142 for the flight and crew alone. Other expenses, such as off-flight food, transportation, security, etc. were not included.

    About the best you can say regarding the Africa trip is that it at least had the pretense of official business. The First Lady scheduled a few speeches on health and wellness in between tourist trips to historic landmarks, museums, shops and a non-working visit with Nelson Mandela. Not so with the First Lady’s jaunt to Spain the previous year. Judicial Watch has been investigating this vacation as well, but we’ve been stonewalled in our efforts to get the records. We asked for the documents last year (in August) but the Obama administration hasn’t bothered to produce one document. As a result, we were forced to file a lawsuit on March 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Air Force.

    Specifically, we’re after the following records pursuant to our August 25, 2011, FOIA request:

    I. All records concerning mission taskings of First Lady Michelle Obama’s August 2010 trip to Spain;

    II. All records concerning transportation costs for Mrs. Obama’s August 2010 trip to Spain; and

    III. All passenger manifests (DD-2131) for Mrs. Obama’s August 2010 trip to Spain.

    Per usual, we’re getting the runaround.

    The U.S. Air Force acknowledged receiving Judicial Watch’s request on August 30, 2011, and was required by law to respond by October 13, 2011, at the latest. However, at the time of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, the Air Force has neither released responsive documents nor indicated why these documents should be withheld. The Air Force has also failed to indicate when a response will be forthcoming.

    So why would the Obama Defense Department refuse to turn over basic records about the cost of a trip by the First Lady? I suspect it has something to do with damage control. In this age of out-of-control government spending, the specific details of taxpayer-funded luxury jaunts to the Costa del Sol in Spain would be politically toxic to the Obama administration. (I’m sure Mrs. Obama paid her family’s own hotel bill, but we’d like to know the cost to the taxpayer of getting her there and back!)

    Here’s what we know about this trip so far.

    In August 2010, Michelle Obama and one of her daughters embarked on what the press described as a “whirlwind tour of Spain,” which included visits to coastal towns, shopping and a lunch date with the country’s King and Queen. The Obamas reportedly stayed in the luxury Hotel Villa Padierna during the vacation. As reported by The New York Times, also accompanying Mrs. Obama on the trip were “two friends and four of their daughters, as well as a couple of aides and a couple of advance staff members.”

    Mrs. Obama sustained heavy criticism for taking the vacation at the same time the U.S. reported a loss of 131,000 jobs. While the White House claims the Obamas “paid their own way” for the trip, taxpayers were responsible for certain costs, including Mrs. Obama’s security.

    But while this lavish trip may be a source of embarrassment for the Obamas, this is not a sufficient reason to stonewall the release of records. Evidently, American taxpayers were stuck with a sizable bill so Mrs. Obama could tour around Spain with her family and friends. This administration, as a supposed steward of taxpayer dollars, has an obligation to disclose the full costs of the Obama family’s luxury trip.

    Instead, we get, as is typical, utter contempt for the federal government’s core transparency law: FOIA.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/13/air-force-sued-for-michelle-obamas-august-2010-whirlwind-vacation-to-spain-records?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BigGovernment+%28Big+Government%29

  59. THIS WAS HUGE NIGHT FOR ROMNEY… I concur! ACE

    Why? Well once again he is going to get the most delegates tonight because he should easily win Hawaii. Although Santorum technically won Alabama and Miss the fact that a Mormon was even close in the heavily evangelical states is nothing short of a miracle.

    Last point. Gingrich did well enough to justify staying in, thus continuing to split votes with Santorum.

    Huge night for Romney.

  60. I love the DC pick
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    Predicted winners…
    Missouri — Santorum
    PR — El Senor Romney
    Illinois — Romney
    Louisiana — Monsieur Santorum
    DC — Marion Berry
    Maryland — Santorum (upset pick)
    Wisconsin — Romney

  61. Huckabee joked that Santorum will almost certainly say that wins in Alabama and Mississippi mean he is stronger with conservatives overall.

    “That’s what he’s going to say, and if it turns out for him like it did for me, he’ll get a new show on Fox sometime next year,” Huckabee said.

  62. Got this comment over on Big, after an article called More “Game Change” fallout. Terrenceor’s comment is thought provoking:

    Terrenceor

    They didn’t do it just to save their asses. There were many reporters and bloggers reporting starting at the convention that former Romney staffers that joined the McCain Campaign were bad mouthing Palin to damage her and the campaign. Most of the talking and leaks happened in October when it was clear that McCain would not win.
    The only reason for this was to clear the field of Palin for Romney in 2012. This was the Genesis of Game Change and Sarah Palin. Contemporary sources Halperin, Erickson and others.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/13/Palin%2010%20HBO%201

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    I am glad Newt is staying in and had dedicated himself to do his best to keep Romney from winning the nomination. Imagine how you would feel if not once but twice you are winning the hearts and minds of the American people only to have that looser Romney, who couldn’t get above 25% support come in with all his Wall Street money and, without any regard for the truth, bombards the people non stop with hat Newt ads, while never giving anyone a reason to vote for himself (explains the low turnout).

    The only solid position Mitt Romney has taken is “I want to be president”. And we already have one of those.

  63. A. Global Business Elites: throughout history, there has been a tension between public power as manifested in government, and private power as manifested in corporations. In recent years, for a number of reasons, that balance has shifted decisively in favor of multi-national corporations. As a result, global business elites have a major impact on who gets elected to public office and whom our government serves. For example: i) Soros helps elect Obama, ii) Obama shuts down domestic energy production to please his environmental supporters, iii) Soros invests in the Brazilian oil industry, iv) Obama gives taxpayer subsidies to Brazilian oil exploration which pleases Soros, v) American taxpayers pay for the subsidies and for higher gas prices at the pump, and vi) Obama receives a Nobel Prize not for what he has done, but for what he will do for the global elites. (C.F. Superclass: The Global Power Elite and The World They Are Making).
    ——————————————-
    J. The Root of the Problem: David Rothkopf was Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration. He was in Seattle the other day, to promote his new book Power Inc. So I went to see him. Like most of us, David realizes the system is broken, and both parties are to blame. He says it is a bi-partisan problem and he is willing to accept his share of the responsibility. He says that during the Clinton years, they were so fixated on the top line of year after year growth through de-regulation, that they did not pay enough attention to the data which was accumulating below the line, which told a very different story, about how these macro policies affecting the welfare of the American People. And now he says this:
    When either the public sector or the private sector gains too much influence over the other, and over society as a whole, the public at large suffers, sometimes grievously. What the past two decades have shown with striking clarity is that government overreach as embodied in Soviet communism crushed the economic life and spirit out of a great nation, while market overreach as embodied in America’s recent reign of unchecked financial and corporate greed can send even the world’s richest nation hurtling toward fiscal crisis, social division, and diminishing influence on the global stage. (page 341).

    K. Crony Capitalism: in my view, Mr. Obama is the poster child for crony capitalism. It is good for Obama—good for the capitalist—bad for the American People. Recently, three years after the crash, he woke up and said gee, maybe we need to do something for the homeowners. Never mind that Hillary Clinton proposed that over three years ago, it never dawned on the Messiah until now. But, he did not wake up to it until he found himself in the middle of the endless campaign and decided it might buy him a few votes. Is this perchance what Mr. Obama meant by this campaign slogan: “leadership we can believe in”?

  64. Add a line and pass it on….

    Some people say that by boycotting Limbaugh’s advertisers we’re depriving him of freedom of speech. No, not at all…. Here are some reasons why not:

    10. He can talk all he wants to, just don’t ask us to subsidize his microphone.

    9. It’s a conscience issue.

    8. He’s knocking on my door asking for chalk to draw dirty pictures with.

    7. He can talk all he wants to in a mens’ restroom.

    [ Add more please ]

    For inspiration, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_Limbaugh%E2%80%93Sandra_Fluke_controversy#Remarks_by_Limbaugh

  65. Hillary’s biggest mistake was shutting the best political strategist in the world out of her campaign, Bill Clinton.

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    Huh? They decided his speeches weren’t helping — but his strategic advice in private, and his influence with his contacts, is a different thing.

  66. I think that if Romney wins the Presidency, conservative ideology will be diminished. Romney hopefully will try to move the GOP back to the center.

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    Good point!

  67. this is where I want to vote next opportunity I get.
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    Romney picked up all six delegates from American Samoa, plus the endorsement of three members of the Republican National Committee. The GOP caucus on the island 2,300 miles south of Hawaii was held Tuesday at Toa Bar & Grill in Pago Pago and about 70 people attended, with all nine delegates publicly backing Romney
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    don’t believe all the Hollywood dribble Betty

  68. Hillary was blindsided.. she had no oppo research to speak of on Obama..

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    I tend to agree with this. But who was it here saying just the opposite recently — saying that of course Hillary had a dossier on Obama?

  69. obama doesn’t want to debate Gingrich eva-

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    True. Even if Gingrich won the nomination, Obama would find some excuse not to debate him (or the media would stack it for Obama).

  70. I did. She had at least what we had, but didn’t bring it out because she would have been crucified by the MM. I dare say she probably had more, but we will never know. Still waiting for Bill’s book

  71. The only candidate that will represent us as a patriot of the Founding Fathers is Gingrich.

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    Interesting picture: the Founding Fathers impeaching Bill Clinton.

  72. Re: So here is the bottom-line reality: this nomination will not be decided until the fourth quarter — and that is not until June. It also means that the candidate who closes strongest in this race is going to win.

    It is a long way until June 26th. Republicans indeed get to be a part of history, not more of the same.

    So buckle up. This race is not going to be won or lost over backroom deals or endless and mind-numbing discussions in the media over delegate counts.

    _____________________________________________________________

    People who are ‘for’ Romney are so good at spinning they state that he is ‘WINNING” Charlie Sheen style when he: can only obtain about one third of the votes, when his MANY delegates are so weak and are not legally obligated to him, they want to PUSH others out like OTHERS wanted to push Hillary out in 2008, and on and on and on…
    Disingenuous? Much?

    Methinks that they do underestimate the thoughtfulness behind Gingrich’s strategy. And he does have a strategy beyond just carpetbombing his opponents with lying ads in every state. Now just tell me, other than that he has more money than God, just what does Romney have that has you so in love with him? Policies? Plans? Purpose? Or entitlement because he is the Establishement candidate flavor of the day?

    I am always so glad to see wbboei posting on here; his pen is mightier than the sword and he is always so diligent in his thought and research.

  73. But Romney is spending money on Santorum and Gingrich that could be used for Obama. As for Gingrich, stay in and siphon votes as many votes from Santorum is possible. Hillary won’t be able to run if Obama gets a second term. He’ll destroy the brand just like Bush did! This primary has to end.

  74. Re: You should get out more and look around what republicans are saying on other blogs about your candidate.

    Who cares what others are SAYING, especially based on emotion? Facts are a stubborn thing. And as my mother used to say, if everyone else is saying go jump off a bridge, are you doing to as well?

    Re: warehouse553
    March 14th, 2012 at 4:53 am

    No worry, he can use some of his own money, after all Romney is one of the 1% that the lefties and the youth hate so.

  75. Glad to hear from admin and wbboei as they really keep us on course. Great also to note how many stayed through the live blogging!

    I’d forgotten about Joe the Plumber’s primary, but he won (!) and already finds the need to remind us of the price ordinary citizens pay for winning a primary:
    Remember how the leftwing media crucified Sarah Palin in the 2008 election? Well, now they’ve made “Joe the Plumber” their new target. Since winning my primary Tuesday night, the media has made it their number one mission to discredit my candidacy and annihilate my character. I’ve been painted as a bigot, told I’m not qualified to serve in Congress, and lectured on live TV as if I’m a schoolboy in the principal’s office. No, I didn’t earn a degree at Harvard, I haven’t worked on Wall Street, and I don’t make a six-figure salary. I’m a normal American, just like you. I served my country in the military and I’ve worked day and night to provide for my family. If that doesn’t qualify a man to run for Congress, I don’t know what does….

    His website is JoeForCongress2012

  76. ShortTermer March 14th, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Says:

    Now just tell me, other than that he has more money than God, just what does Romney have that has you so in love with him? Policies? Plans? Purpose? Or entitlement because he is the Establishement candidate flavor of the day?

    *********
    I’s like to hear the answer to that question too.

  77. Imagine how you would feel if not once but twice you are winning the hearts and minds of the American people only to have that looser Romney, who couldn’t get above 25% support come in with all his Wall Street money and, without any regard for the truth, bombards the people non stop with hat Newt ads, while never giving anyone a reason to vote for himself (explains the low turnout).

    The only solid position Mitt Romney has taken is “I want to be president”. And we already have one of those.
    _________________

    Exactly- with all the acumen of a used car salesman. A Plan for his vision of America? He wouldn’t dare. It’s exactly like Obama’s.

  78. ShortTermer March 14th, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Says:

    Now just tell me, other than that he has more money than God, just what does Romney have that has you so in love with him? Policies? Plans? Purpose? Or entitlement because he is the Establishment candidate flavor of the day?
    _________________

    Does Romney have supporters here? They leave in a huff when he’s about to fail, again- If he becomes the nominee and fails- it will be a happy time here. Something to look forward to, again-

    And the faux Hillary supporters are the best liars. The mole thinks it was Bill’s fault Hillary did poorly. Why? because the mole wasn’t there from the beginning… she was supporting the Kenyan and still is-

  79. People who are ‘for’ Romney are so good at spinning they state that he is ‘WINNING” Charlie Sheen style when he: can only obtain about one third of the votes, when his MANY delegates are so weak and are not legally obligated to him, they want to PUSH others out like OTHERS wanted to push Hillary out in 2008, and on and on and on…
    Disingenuous? Much?
    __________________

    People who are ‘for’ Romney are so good at spinning they state that he is ‘WINNING” Charlie Sheen style.
    ____________

    haha- Too Funny! “WINNING”- We have the ability to let the insults roll off- Romneyites- apoplexy, lectures and hysterics… accusations projecting their own behavior- yes, Mrs Rodham, I’m listening. I don’t know how the non-voter and her nose connected with my digits. All i can say is.. She lies with ease.

  80. Just think about this scenario- Romney, Obama’s twin, wins the General and Obama moves on electing himself as the new president of the UN- Thats where we are headed.. the signs are beginning to point North- then we are Truly screwed! No turning back from this Hitleresque move- Keep supporting Romney.. we are looking forward to he and his twin realigning our country globally-

    Last week, Holder announced we can get approval for military action from the UN. We do not need Congressional approval. Better wake up people. Your heading us for a bigger ditch. Inch by inch, Obama is eroding our sovereignty and will announce after the election, the dissolution of Congress will save millions of Tax-Payer dollars.
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    Voter-ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations

    The Far Left is making an unprecedented two-track move to derail states’ efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box for this November’s elections. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) is blocking state efforts, liberal activists are taking this issue to the United Nations as a human rights violation.

    Attorney General Eric Holder is invoking Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) as giving him the power to block Texas’ voter-ID law, which simply requires that voters show that they are who they say they are before they cast a vote to influence an election outcome. This is the same argument Holder made to block South Carolina’s voter-ID law, a move that has landed him in federal court.

    Section 5 of VRA was designed to allow DOJ to have oversight of southern states that had been characterized by widespread voter suppression half a century ago, a move the Supreme Court upheld in 1966 as being authorized by the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution only due to the extraordinary racial tensions at the time, but that would not be constitutional once American society progressed beyond such struggles.

    (In fact, a lawsuit is currently pending before the D.C. Circuit federal appeals court challenging the constitutionality of Section 5. So there’s a good chance that provision will no longer be on the books two years from now.)

    In 2008 the Supreme Court upheld an Indiana voter-ID law that is even more robust than the statutes from Texas and South Carolina. But Indiana is not subject to VRA Section 5, so Holder claims the law allows him to block two of those states, even though he knows he can’t touch the third.

    But while these domestic fights are underway, the NAACP is taking the issue of voter-ID laws to the United Nations Human Rights Council (the successor to the Human Rights Commission), claiming that such ballot-box integrity measures violate the human rights of racial minorities under international law.

    So they go to the United Nations. Specifically, to a body tasked with protecting human rights. Just to be clear, the nations comprising this supposed champion of human rights include dictatorial and authoritarian regimes like China, Cuba, and Russia.

    Let’s give the NAACP credit; they went to the undisputed experts on this subject. They’ve taken this issue of ballot-box integrity to nations that know all about voter fraud and rigging elections, because they do it all the time. Maybe these nations could even provide pointers, as Vladimir Putin’s “election” makes crystal-clear that some of those nations have written the book when it comes to subverting the democratic process.

  81. Hey wbboei, I was waiting for you to weigh in. The choices we have are the ‘outsider’, the ‘little crook’, and the ‘big crook’. The two crooks fed off of the government trough all their lives because they were not smart enough to make it big in the real world. Even when the people threw them out of DC, they found back doors to siphon money from the government. Now the big one thinks the little one will have a major misstep, because you know he is not up to it and then he could step in and suck the oxygen out of that little nincompoop and the other guy. So he wants to wait. If that strategy does not work, then there is always the convention where he can push his weight on the little one to pool their delegates and oust the outsider. By that time, Obama will have won because nobody will be talking about his failures. Everybody who gets their news from the Big media would be titillated by the sensational brokered convention. I would be careful in attributing any high sounding principles to either one of them. You think the big one who sucked the teats of the Fannie and Freddie would not want to get rich and powerful off of those global elites?

    Delusional Newt outlines his strategy to stop Mitt Romney: Sabotage at Tampa

  82. From Toby Harden in the article I linked:

    The problem is his self-important rhetoric is so far removed from reality that calling it delusional seems like an understatement.

    Describing himself, Gingrich said: “I believe we need a visionary leader who is prepared to talk about a dramatically different future with dramatically more jobs, dramatically more energy and a much safer and stronger America. That’s the key to winning in the fall. Not all this petty baloney but the really big choices.”

    Except that the voters do not believe he is such a person – if they thought he was another Ronald Reagan, they’d have made that clear at the ballot box.

    Less than a week ago, Gingrich’s own campaign said that Alabama and Mississippi were “must wins” for him. He not only lost in his native Deep South but he lost to the man who he’s been competing for to be the “anti-Romney” candidate. Gingrich has now finished behind Santorum in 20 of the 24 states where they’ve both been on the ballot.

    Thus far, Gingrich has won two states compared to Romney’s 14 and Santorum’s 10. The total delegates won by Santorum, Gingrich and Ron Paul is still below Romney’s 500+.

    Even Gingrich now acknowledges that it was now impossible for him to reach the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

    His strategy for victory – such as it is – is essentially one of sabotage: making common cause with Santorum to stop Romney and then somehow emerge from the wreckage and chaos at Tampa as the nominee.

    Quite how he squares his notion of his “people’s campaign” winning because of grubby back-room deals in Tampa after finishing second, at best, among the voters is difficult to fathom.

  83. The logic of Newt’s is just plain crazy (‘if only Santorum were not there, I would get all the conservative votes’). From the article again:

    Speaking on the Rick and Bubba radio show earlier in the day, Gingrich had said: “With Rick and me together, we are really slowing him down, with some help frankly from Ron Paul,” Gingrich told the radio hosts. “The country is sort of saying, a majority is saying, ‘Not Romney’. The biggest bloc is saying Romney, but it’s not a big enough bloc to be a majority. We now are beginning to think he will literally not be able to get the delegates to get the nomination.”

    Back in South Carolina, Gingrich had called on Santorum to drop out. He’s consistently belittled Santorum as a second-rater. Does he really think Santorum would suddenly choose him as a vice-presidential running mate?

    If Romney didn’t get the 1,144 and went to Tampa with Santorum in second place, a Romney-Santorum ticket would be much more likely. And don’t forget that Ron Paul enjoys warm relations with Romney – they could well form an alliance.

  84. Just think about this scenario- Romney, Obama’s twin, wins the General and Obama moves on electing himself as the new president of the UN- Thats where we are headed.. the signs are beginning to point North- then we are Truly screwed! No turning back from this Hitleresque move- Keep supporting Romney.. we are looking forward to he and his twin realigning our country globally-

    Last week, Holder announced we can get approval for military action from the UN. We do not need Congressional approval. Better wake up people. Your heading us for a bigger ditch. Inch by inch, Obama is eroding our sovereignty and will announce after the election, the dissolution of Congress will save millions of Tax-Payer dollars.
    ____________

    Voter-ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations

    The Far Left is making an unprecedented two-track move to derail states’ efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box for this November’s elections. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) is blocking state efforts, liberal activists are taking this issue to the United Nations as a human rights violation.

    Attorney General Eric Holder is invoking Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) as giving him the power to block Texas’ voter-ID law, which simply requires that voters show that they are who they say they are before they cast a vote to influence an election outcome. This is the same argument Holder made to block South Carolina’s voter-ID law, a move that has landed him in federal court.

    Section 5 of VRA was designed to allow DOJ to have oversight of southern states that had been characterized by widespread voter suppression half a century ago, a move the Supreme Court upheld in 1966 as being authorized by the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution only due to the extraordinary racial tensions at the time, but that would not be constitutional once American society progressed beyond such struggles.

    (In fact, a lawsuit is currently pending before the D.C. Circuit federal appeals court challenging the constitutionality of Section 5. So there’s a good chance that provision will no longer be on the books two years from now.)

    In 2008 the Supreme Court upheld an Indiana voter-ID law that is even more robust than the statutes from Texas and South Carolina. But Indiana is not subject to VRA Section 5, so Holder claims the law allows him to block two of those states, even though he knows he can’t touch the third.

    But while these domestic fights are underway, the NAACP is taking the issue of voter-ID laws to the United Nations Human Rights Council (the successor to the Human Rights Commission), claiming that such ballot-box integrity measures violate the human rights of racial minorities under international law.

    So they go to the United Nations. Specifically, to a body tasked with protecting human rights. Just to be clear, the nations comprising this supposed champion of human rights include dictatorial and authoritarian regimes like China, Cuba, and Russia.

    Let’s give the NAACP credit; they went to the undisputed experts on this subject. They’ve taken this issue of ballot-box integrity to nations that know all about voter fraud and rigging elections, because they do it all the time. Maybe these nations could even provide pointers, as Vladimir Putin’s “election” makes crystal-clear that some of those nations have written the book when it comes to subverting the democratic process.

  85. LJ on the money, LOL:

    Newt only has South Carolina and Georgia notched on his prodigious belly belt . But don’t count on Newt to bow out or run up the white flag. Like all good bipolar maniacs, he still believes he’s the one.

  86. How about this for Santorum fans (I don’t think we have any here — thank God!)?

    Finally, a comment about the morons voting for Rick. Are you kidding me? The guy got his ass totally smoked in his home state when he ran for re-election as a Senator. He evinces none of the qualities that one would expect of a President. He is petty, narrow minded and not very smart. If, thru some miracle, he claws his way to the nomination it will be a nuclear Pyrrhic victory. He’ll take the Republican control of the house to the proverbial outhouse.

  87. Related to Obama’s fake “War on Women”, which is nothing more than “Wag the Dog” on steroids: No, the real Conservatives are NOT going after OUR LADY PARTS!!! As many here are former PUMA participant, we had front row seats to Obama’s first “War on Women” against Clinton. Now, he targets Sarah Palin (who is at least game enough to return fire). This time, I think he has badly miscalculated which organ women are going to be using Nov. 6th to vote.

  88. I have been on this blog since November 2007 (check the link from admin’s previous post on ‘Dumb White People’ and look for comments by ‘pm’. All the old timers have gone except for a few handful). I am fond of Admin and support what he/she has tried to do all along. I think he/she deserves better comment threads. I wish all the old timers would come back and make this a vibrant forum again. I feel that we are cowed and bullied into silence by mostly one person and a few of her supporters. I totally resent that. We should have objective and analytical discussion free of barbs and insults (I tried to give it in kind to that one commenter yesterday but it does not seem to have made an impression and I won’t do that again). I came back only because I saw how others were being bullied and silenced and things devolving into some unpleasant muddle. I hope and encourage everyone to share what is on their minds free of recrimination. Admin deserves that.

    It is plain and simple that Santorum and Gingrich have an electability problem in the general election (even they know that but their ego is making them think if only I get the nomination). Many of us are leaning toward Romney because he does not seem to have the problems of the other two. We know he is not perfect and I don’t think we are emotionally invested in him either (at least I am not). I go on other blogs and the comments are so refreshing because everybody brings in in good faith what they think is going on. I want that here for our Admin (because I am loyal to him/her, you know scorpio and all, 🙂 ).

  89. Here is an interesting article on sticky fingers sanctimonious Ricky (rhyms with sticky).Be careful who you vote for He has already passed thru the over-ripe Banana stage and PA voters rejection.

    The Issue:
    Why is Rick Santorum spending your tax dollars on his family?
    Rick took $100,000 from a struggling Pennsylvania public school district to pay for his children’s “cyber” education program
    Unfortunately, Rick and his family live in suburban Virginia, not Pennsylvania, so they weren’t entitled to those funds
    And when exposed in the press, Rick wouldn’t pay back the money, so the Penn Hills School District had to go to court to get it back…at more cost to local taxpayers
    Pretty hypocritical, since Rick won his first congressional race by attacking the incumbent for living in Virginia instead of Pennsylvania

  90. pm317 9:22 I hope and encourage everyone to share what is on their minds free of recrimination. Admin deserves that.
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    I second the motion.

  91. Public Schedule for March 14, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    March 14, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the arrival ceremony of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs. Samantha Cameron, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    10:35 a.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden hold a luncheon in honor of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, at the Department of State.
    (POOLED PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a State Dinner hosted by President Obama in honor of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs. Samantha Cameron, at the White HouseTodays schedule for “FIRST LADY of The WORLD”.

  92. The mole thinks it was Bill’s fault Hillary did poorly.

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    Who said that? How many people are you calling moles and trolls?

    Hillary didn’t do poorly overall, but she was blindsided by Obama going for the red state caucuses and his dirty campaigning. Bill stopped giving public speeches because the media distorted them, but overall Bill was a great help, I’m sure.

  93. holdthemaccountable
    March 14th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    pm317 9:22 I hope and encourage everyone to share what is on their minds free of recrimination. Admin deserves that.
    —————
    I second the motion.
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    Oh, yes!

  94. Sure took a long time for those small rural counties in AL and MS to report in last night.
    Makes the skeptical among us think there was a bit of crossover voting going on. The disparity between the earlier polls and the final results is striking. You can bet the farm that those dems down there were in that republican primary pulling the lever for Sanatarium and snickering like sixth graders.
    The Obama crowd cheats worse than the Bush crowd – and that’s really going some. Mitt Romney will doubtlessly see this as a splendid means of toughening up for the nasty fracas that is coming up this fall.
    Every time I think that the Obots just can’t be THAT bad, they prove that they CAN be.

  95. pm said:
    I think he/she deserves better comment threads. I wish all the old timers would come back and make this a vibrant forum again. I feel that we are cowed and bullied into silence by mostly one person and a few of her supporters. I totally resent that. We should have objective and analytical discussion free of barbs and insults (I tried to give it in kind to that one commenter yesterday but it does not seem to have made an impression and I won’t do that again). I came back only because I saw how others were being bullied and silenced and things devolving into some unpleasant muddle.

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

    Yes. Of course some of the old people are busy elsewhere, but I think we have lost some polite, sane supporters of the Clintons by the accusations and name-calling of a few with conservative issues.

    But many good people do come back occasionally to make short posts, or maybe they are often lurking. If all of them/you posted at once and made longer posts, the blog would look more like its old self. 😉

  96. According to exit polling, 50% in Alabama and 46% in MS believe Romney to be the stronger general election candidate against Obama. And yet, these same people voted for Santorum, why? It makes no sense.

  97. “Yes. Of course some of the old people are busy elsewhere, but I think we have lost some polite, sane supporters of the Clintons by the accusations and name-calling of a few with conservative issues.”

    What is really insanely pathetic is that you fail or refuse to recognize and accept responsibility that it is YOU who drives people off the blog. Must be your one life agenda and by goddess you have (unfortunately) largely succeeded.

    No one wants to come here and see post after post ad nauseum about topics which have nothing to do with relevant issues on the blog and with you posting inane irrelevant garbage – some of it replies to posts from days ago.

    You have almost single-handedly ruined this blog.

    Despite the constant refrain to scroll on by, you are such an attention WHORE (BIMBO) MORON – you fill in the politically correct blank that no one can stand you and so rather than put up with another several minutes of wasted time dealing with your name plastered all over the blog they go elsewhere.

    I guess congratulations are in order.

    Why don’t you do all of us a biog favor and start your own blog, post the link on this thread, and leave us alone.

    I guess your ego would simply not permit that to happen. You know no one would visit you because no one wants to hear what you have to say which is the same thing, day after day, blog after blog, thread after thread, none if it meaningful, thoughtful or even in sync with the general consensus here on most topics.

    You are the ultimate flame-trowing blog-destroying wannabe writer. A big fat FAILURE. Except for you immense success in driving posters away.

  98. I find it strange that folks here are actually tossing fire bombs over these glue horses.

    Ron Paul, has no chance of winning the election, but he holds on to Barry’s youth vote, and he has no support from the GOP base.

    Sweaters has become the second place winner with the help of the Daily Kooks, religious right wing and also blue collar guys in manufacturing.

    Newt has his intellectual pros and his personality cons, but he can’t win over the GOP base.

    Mitt is the winning default because he runs more to the middle and that is where most of America votes.

    I will vote for any of them against Barry.

    I would hate to have to vote for Sweaters the most because he sucks.

    Popcorn-

  99. With Obama/Democrats you get this kind of crap. Please click link to see picture. Unbelievable.

    An American flag with President Obama’s image in place of the stars flew over a Florida county’s Democrat headquarters long enough to enrage local veterans who called the altered banner “a disgrace.”
    Lake County Democratic Party officials took down the flag, which flew just below a standard Old Glory on the flagpole outside headquarters in Tavares following complaints by local veterans. But merely taking it down wasn’t enough for several local veterans, who said they fought for the flag Betsy Ross made famous, not one with a politician on it….
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/14/us-flag-depicting-president-obama-removed-from-floridas-lake-county-democratic/

  100. BASIL99
    March 14th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    ———–
    Thank you for saying this. This is the main reason I left this blog. I no longer recognized it as a friendly and intelligent place to be. I no longer saw it as a place to support Hillary and found that scrolling by certain posters comments didn’t really help. I got frustrated and upset by the hate, the mob-blogging, etc…etc…

    So basil99, thank you.

    I am going to try posting Hillary-related material here again in the future, but that is all.

    I wish everyone well.

  101. Thanks,JanH.

    I get frustrated too, but I do find it easier to just skip some peoples blogs. However, I cherish the others, like yours. Occasionally, on a bad day, I might react to something, but I try to keep it down.

    First, I stay because I hear a lot more here than on the news, pro and con, I like the real time election comments, I admire Admin, even though sometimes I don’t agree, and I have a lot of favorites I like to read.

    I also hope that one day soon, HRC will get what she so richly deserves.

    Thanks for the post on the intro to Hillary’s speech to Women’s Day. I went on to listen to Hillery’s speech, and it also did my heart good. Her delivery was right on, her humbleness about her intro, and her honesty were great. Like when she said we have a long way still for women to go, especially in this country, I am not sure she would have said that had she not experience what happen in 2008. When she talked about the other women in the world now holding office, it was with true admiration.

    So it is leading me to pieces like that, why I still stay here.

  102. If Bill hurt Hillary, then Obama and the Dems wouldn’t have wanted him to stump for him, then…..and especially now. Which they do.

    Doesn’t make sense.

    And for those of you thinking of leaving, there are those of us that don’t post as often but are still reading….and skipping over idiotic posters.

    Please, stay.

  103. BASIL99
    March 14th, 2012 at 11:41 am
    What is really insanely pathetic is that you fail or refuse to recognize and accept responsibility that it is YOU who drives people off the blog. Must be your one life agenda and by goddess you have (unfortunately) largely succeeded.”

    Thanks for writing that Basil. The poster in reference is aggressive, rude, and self righteous. No one else is allowed to have an opinion regardless of their experience or background. When this poster goes too far they make noises attempting to appear to moderate themself but shortly are up to the same nasty antics. I read ADMIN and rarely, occasionally read comments because the poster in question cannot stick to the topic, is always right, has zero nuance, less knowledge and is a tiresome disruptor. If this person doesn’t have to respect other we sure as hell don’t have to respect them.

  104. “pm317 9:22 I hope and encourage everyone to share what is on their minds free of recrimination. Admin deserves that.”
    —————
    “I second the motion.”

    I third that motion! Good to see you posting again, pm317! Missed ya! Wobbie, too! Glad he’s back! (I always look forward to your well-thought out posts, Wobbie!) PM317, glad to see you’re not responding to the name calling, etc. It’s childish really — and counter-productive to our two-fold cause: ousting the Fraud and supporting our gal Hillary. It also detracts from otherwise good points made about this or that, or from an otherwise good line of argument. Indeed, it just keeps me from reading certain posters, cause all I want to do is skip all the flame throwing. I’m sure it drives others away too who are otherwise like-minded about BO and Hillary. Perhaps that’s the point. Who knows…. I’m still scratching my head at how posters on this blog have come to this. We used to be able to disagree without the personal attacks. It wasn’t like this before. Hmmmm…..

  105. I no longer saw it as a place to support Hillary and found that scrolling by certain posters comments didn’t really help. I got frustrated and upset by the hate, the mob-blogging, etc…etc…

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

    It is odd to see so many comments opposed to Hillary’s issues, supporting Gingrich, etc. I hope after November people will get back to supporting the Clintons.

  106. Still begging for money…

    Obama camp: If election were today, Mitt would win

    President Obama’s campaign staff made the curious decision to build a fundraising message around their candidate’s apparent weakness, warning supporters that Mitt Romney would beat Obama if the election were held today.

    “Friend,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote today, “If the general election were held today, President Obama would lose to Mitt Romney — according to the latest poll from Washington Post-ABC News. Now, many other polls put the President on top, but all point to the same reality: We’re looking at a race that will be tighter than you think,” Messina warned.

    Messina didn’t even bother praising the president when he asked for money. “If the idea of a President Romney scares you, it’s time to own a piece of this campaign,” he said before appealing for donations of $3 and up.

    Obama’s Messina added that “we must not overreact to any one poll. But this one is a reminder that we have to remain vigilant — always focused on November 6th and the work we have to do to win.”

    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-camp-if-election-were-today-mitt-would-win/426896

  107. turndownobama: “… I think we have lost some polite, sane supporters of the Clintons by the accusations and name-calling of a few with conservative issues.”

    BASIL99: “… you fail or refuse to recognize and accept responsibility that it is YOU who drives people off the blog…”

    Mormaer: “Thanks for writing that Basil…”
    ====

    I disagree with TDO that it is those with “conservative issues” who do the accusing and name-calling; but I do think he is right about losing polite, sane people who are put off by the accusations and name-calling, and I have never witnessed tdo stooping to such wayward “communication”.

    TDO supports many unpopular ideas that drive us up the wall, and is himself subjected to accusation and name-calling for doing so. But I don’t think his posts have driven anyone from the blog, and I’m glad he’s hanging in there.

    I also post things that people don’t like to hear, and sometimes get called names for that reason; but I’ve got very thick skin. Not only do I not respond to ad hominem attacks, I don’t even notice them: They are irrelevant to the discussion and have no effect on me. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of a lot of “polite, sane people”. Perhaps pm317 is among these.

  108. Shadowfax
    March 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    ———————
    A big kiss to you! ABO is what it’s all about. I was wondering about your thoughts on this, and then I read your comment here.

  109. pm317
    March 14th, 2012 at 9:22 am
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I am with you. S had a lot to say on the last post I agreed with also. Lots of name calling if you support someone “they” don’t, harassment pure and simple. I think people that are so narcissistic should consider just writing their own blog.

  110. TDO supports many unpopular ideas that drive us up the wall

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

    I think I’m supporting the same ideas that Bill and HIllary support. If someone has quotes from Bill or Hillary opposing reproductive rights, environmentalism, safety net, provisions of Hillarycare, etc, pls cite. (I haven’t posted about NAFTA.)

  111. BTW,

    Kudos and a huge thanks to those brave souls who kept the rest of us tuned in to what was happening last night.

    I confess to suffering a bad bout of primary fatigue.

    At this point, I don’t care if the repubs put up a pet goat against BO –ABO is bound to win and that’s what it’s all about IMHO.

  112. I don’t care if anyone likes what I post or not. I cannot control what or how others think or respond to something that I have written or linked. I don’t want people trying to control me, and vice versa. If everyone else can post what they want, then there’s no reason why I can’t do the same. If it happens to be against something someone else does not believe, then take it for what it’s worth.

    There are some here who need to take a look in the mirror, decrying the heavy handed approach by some only to behave the same way. The way I look at it is let people be who they are, and who cares who writes comments and who doesn’t do so any longer. Additionally, stop trying to force the “would the Clinton’s approve” litmus test. I can think for myself.

  113. WALL STREET INSIDER: “IMF – Back to Chicago”

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/03/14/wall-street-insider-imf-back-to-chicago/
    by Ulsterman on March 14, 2012 with 21 Comments in News

    The final installment of our most recent interview with a long time Wall Street Insider.
    Some excerpts.

    UM: You said the two – Zoelick and Lagarde have…opposite backgrounds?

    WSI: Oppositional backgrounds – yes.

    UM: Explain.

    WSI: Zoelick is a still remaining by-product of the Bush administration. He was born in America. A far more conventional member of the financial world if you will – though with a rather strong influence in foreign policy. He is perhaps a good representation of that too often misused term neo-conservative.

    Now Lagarde on the other hand…she is foreign born. France. But she not only is a product of France – but also a direct product of Chicago.

    UM: Chicago?

    WSI: Yes indeed. And her time there is then followed up with the planning and implementation of the European Union – a model by the way, that is to then be implemented world-wide. A one-world global economic institution. The IMF is the primary machine for that – not the World Bank. We don’t have time to go into all the details of the last few years regarding the manipulation of commodities – namely gold…how the IMF has benefited greatly from the rise in price, the direct involvement of Bernanke…the dangerous consolidation of these commodities into a few…the pace has been stunning. Look up the sales. The IMF sales of gold. The timing. Connect it to the FED policies at the near exact same time. Collusion. Such a condition has always existed on some level of course, but since 2008…it has been to a degree I have never seen, and the pace is quickening.

    That is why when I scolded you for your treatment of Ron Paul…his message of the dangers of monetary policy, of debt and deficit…that message may very well prove to be the most pertinent to the near term future of the Unites States. While the candidate may be quite flawed – the message is not.

    People speak of the 16 trillion debt? As astonishing that amount is – it is nothing when compared to the $100 trillion represented by inflationary legacy costs that face the United States alone. Watch for what is happening not in Greece – there are examples far closer to home. Watch what is now underway in New York, Californian, Illinois. As the number of retirees rise – the foundation for those economies face total collapse. And once those somewhat localized bond markets collapse…it threatens the entire system. Once a country like China then pulls back…as they likely will…the entire system dissipates. I am convinced in fact that is very much part of THEIR plan – China’s plan for the United States. What this country did to initiate the collapse of the Soviet Union – so too is a version of that now being done to us.

    Everything. This reality that the printing of false paper has created…it ceases to exist. And while there are those who might say “good” let the system collapse…they have no idea what they are saying. They have no idea of the dangers to themselves, their loved ones, the future of everything and anything we hold dear.
    And when the United States collapses into itself…when some of the leading economies of the world share in the consequence of mutual economic destruction that so many have participated in…it will be the globalized economic message of the IMF that will fill that void. It will be the United Nations that will step in and exponentially expand its governing powers. Unionization. The false Green Economy. The plight of Israel and the chaos of the Middle East. All these agendas are of like mind – but they cannot fully succeed unless the American economy finally and completely fails.

    UM: That’s rather bleak.

    WSI: That is reality. That is what this country is facing. While the media attempts to tell us so little of these facts, they create false controversies such and entertainment to distract. Distraction is the purpose of modern media is it not? I am amazed by the work done by others…what have you called them? The alternative media? Without that – the truth would already be silenced, yes?
    I was told of…not so long a
    go…of an internal war within the military regarding…now this is…this is something I will not…I cannot say so much for now. And what I was told were mere hints – but from a source I trust completely. Not so much a war…perhaps that was not the correct term. An operation if you will. Covert.

    While I have shared with you details of the administration’s increasingly volatile relationship with the military…there have been those who have taken it upon themselves to investigate the nature of what they are dealing with here. But they have to be very careful because the powers at the State Department, and yes, there are high ranking military officials loyal to the administration – individuals who in fact welcome the possibility of a more…globalized military. Among other things…

    (sighs)

    At any rate…I apologize for my rambling here…but this is rather important to share. I know you have asked questions on this subject before.

    There are those who have – who continue…to investigate the administration – including Barack Obama. And it is my understanding it has some of them rattled. That is the term I was given. Rattled.

    UM: Who?

    WSI: Pardon?

    UM: Them? Who are you talking about?

    WSI: Individuals with shall we say…clearance. Access. Military access.

    UM: They have investigated Obama?

    WSI: Not formally…this is…there is a term -name deleted- is fond of using for such matters. Off the…

    UM: …Reservation.

    WSI: Yes! These are individuals…they have gone ”off the reservation”. They are initiating this on their own.

    UM: And what they have found…it’s got them rattled?

    WSI: That is correct.

    UM: Ok…so? What will become of it?

    WSI: I would not be so dismissive of this. These are not individuals who are to be…

    UM: (interrupts) -Expletive- I don’t care about more cloak and dagger. What did they find out? Who are they going to share it with besides you? Why even bother bringing this up?

    WSI: Perhaps you fail to fully appreciate what I am saying to you here. Take what you have been told of before regarding the military and this president. Take the situation with the Bin Laden…operation. Take the Task Group 120. Take the Koran burning…all of it. Add to all of that what I am now telling you here.

    UM: Does this have any connection to the Sheriff Arpaio investigation? Jerome Corsi?

    WSI: Who?

    UM: Obama’s eligibility. The Arizona investigation into his…the birth certificate. The alleged forgery.

    WSI: What? No…no that…that was not part of this information. Not to my understanding. This is being done within the military. Not in an official capacity as I said…but it is being taken on…it has been taken on and there is information that has left them “rattled”.

    UM: A pretty -expletive- obscure term, that.

    WSI: I apologize…I thought…I thought you would appreciate hearing that bit of information.

    UM: What I would appreciated is Barack Obama being made a one term president. What I would appreciate is Eric Holder charged with treason against America and made to account for the hundreds of innocent lives that his department has taken. I want the -expletive- truth…ALL OF IT…to come out about this administration.

    WSI: I assure you…there are those of us working to that end. I am sorry if I…if I have not done enough to this point. But I am taking measures now – direct measures, to help in the defeat of Barack Obama. And there are more of us doing the same. And you have and will continue to be part of that.
    If you choose.
    ***************************************
    WSI: You will have to ask them – it is not my place to disclose such information.
    But perhaps I can give you a bit more on the IMF situation? A bit of homework to make a connection likely missed by anyone even bothering to attempt to connect the dots there? Yet another link between the IMF and the Obama administration? And the Department of Justice?

    UM: Say what? The DOJ? Holder?

    WSI: That’s right – it connects to the Black Panther case in fact that -name deleted- was working so hard to utilize against the president.

    UM: Please – explain.

    WSI: If you were to look at Christine Lagarde’s Chicago history, you will then be able to connect some quite recent history to the Obama administration – namely the Department of Justice. You will likely find further confirmation of what -name deleted- warned you of regarding the use of race in the upcoming elections. I happened to stumble upon it by accident doing some work with IMF matters.

  114. “Additionally, stop trying to force the “would the Clinton’s approve” litmus test. I can think for myself.”

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. The Relationships Between Wall Street, the Fed, and Politicians Are Crumbling
    Nomobama, I beleve you or tim is a zerohedge fan. Check this.

    People often ask me how I can remain bearish when stocks continue to rally.

    For one thing, I want to note that one can be bearish, but still profit from the “current game,” or short-term trends that are in place. For example, while I am ultima
    tely very bearish on the economy and on the markets, I positioned my clients to profit from the various trends of 2011 so that we saw a 9% return for the year vs. a 0% return for the S&P 500.
    Having said that, the big picture reason why I’m bearish can be expressed as follows: the current situation that is allowing the market to rally is based on relationships and policies that are crumbling.

    The relationships that most matter for stocks are those between the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, and the White House.

    The policy that matters most is the Fed’s ability to convince the market that it can and will keep the markets up without letting inflation get out of control.

    Regarding the relationships that matter, I’ve averred for months now that we are going to see them crumble. This process has already begun in the sense that we’ve seen:

    Key Wall Street players hiring famed defense attorneys (Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs)
    1. The Fed distancing itself from its responsibility for the Crisis by:
    a. Suing Goldman Sachs
    b. Opening itself to Q&A sessions and townhall meetings
    c. Having “pro Fed” editorials written in the Wall Street Journal
    d. Putting the blame for the Crisis and the US’s financial weakness on Congress’s shoulders
    2. Various members of Congress (especially Ron Paul) and GOP Presidential candidates taking aim at the Federal Reserve

    Do not, for one minute, believe that the folks involved in the Crisis will get away with it. The only reason why we haven’t yet seen major players get slammed is because no one wants the system to crumble again. And the only way for the system to remain propped up is for the Powers That Be to appear to have things under control and be on good terms with one another.

    However, eventually things will come unhinged again. Whether it’s Europe collapsing, or the US facing runaway inflation, or another stock market crash, etc, something will break and the Financial Crisis of 2008 will begin anew.

    When this happens, the relationships between Wall Street, the Fed, and the White House will crumble to the point that some key figures are sacrificed.

    Indeed, this process is already starting.

    Fed Fights Subpoena on Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is fighting a subpoena from lawyers in a civil lawsuit who want the central bank’s chairman, Ben Bernanke, to testify about conversations he had with Bank of America Corp. executives before the lender completed its purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co.
    The three-year-old class-action suit alleges that the Charlotte, N.C., bank and Kenneth D. Lewis, then its chief executive, misled shareholders about ballooning losses at Merrill before the $19.4 billion acquisition was approved. The government provided $20 billion in U.S. aid after Bank of America officials told Mr. Bernanke and then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in December 2008 …
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303717304577277712160795098.html

    I’ve stated before that I believe Bernanke will face legal troubles in the coming months. The only reason he got a free pass before was because he was thought to have saved the system and capitalism. So, when it becomes evident that he actually didn’t do either of these things (another Crisis hits), expect to see Bernanke in the hot seat.

    Indeed, things may already be accelerating here. Consider JP Morgan’s moves yesterday in which it announced ahead of the Fed’s release of its stress tests that it would be raising its dividend and issuing a $15 billion buyback program with Fed approval.

    Jamie Dimon played this one beautifully. By including the “with Fed approval” phrase he made it appear that the Fed is in charge of JP Morgan’s business. However, by announcing that he wanted to raise JPM’s dividend and issue a buyback program he:

    1. Implicitly stated that JPM was in great shape and would pass the Fed stress test with flying colors.
    2. Indicates that JPM was depleting its capital, which goes against the Fed’s supposed claims that it wants banks to raise capital.
    3. Shows who’s really running the show in the markets (the Fed had to speed up the release of its stress test results as one by one the large banks released similar leaks to the press).

    This last factor is key. Wall Street just publicly stated “we’ll do as we like, thank you very much” which undermines the view that the Fed is the one in charge of the markets. This is yet another illustration that the relationship between Wall Street and the Fed is not what it used to be.

    This is a major political trend that needs to be watched closely as we approach the next Crisis as well as the Presidential election. Just how it will play out remains to be seen. But it is certain that dynamics these three groups (Wall Street, the Fed, the White House/ politicians) will be changing dramatically in the months to come. And when push comes to shove, eventually someone(s) will be sacrificed so that others can maintain control.

    For more market and geo-politcal insights, swing by http://www.gainspainscapital.com

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-11-14/relationship-between-wall-street-fed-and-politicians-crumbling

  116. FOUND THE DOJ CONNECTION UM!!!!

    Former partner at Baker and McKenzie in Chicago is same law firm Lagarde of the IMF was at. The former partner at Baker and McKenzie is a guy named MARTY CASTRO. Well this Marty Castro now is in charge of the DOJ civil rights commission. The same one involved in the Black Panther voter intimidation story you covered way back!!!! And this information comes right from the white house own records!!!! See second name listed and then Google him. Corruption to the core with this president!!!! Hat tip to your WSI of course!!!!!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/26/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

  117. When people on a Hillary blog revile something Hillary has spent her life advocating, I’m going to point out the contrast. Maybe they’ve forgotten what Hillary does stand for (or never knew).

    I want visitors to know that this conservative stuff etc is not Hillary’s position. Especially the anti-choice stuff and the anti-Bill Clinton stuff.

  118. New IMF Chief Wanted Paris To Become Islamic Banking Center, AND THERE’S MORE!

    First – the DKS connection:

    Setting up Strauss-Kahn killed two birds with one stone. First, they had to get Strauss-Kahn out to get Lagarde in. Second, it discredited the United States in the eyes of the French public.

    This is a potential jackpot. Here are some other avenues that need to be investigated:
    *Associations between Nifissatou Diallo and any persons of interest in Guinea.
    *Lagarde’s association with William Cohen (Republican Congressman and then Senator from Maine, and later Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton)
    ***************************************************************
    Christine Legarde was mentioned tonight as being perhaps the new chief of the International Monetary Fund. Legarde, who is French, has served as the Minister of Finance of France since 2007. In 2008 she stated her determination to make Paris an important center of Islamic finance.

    Dès 2009, des banques islamiques pourraient être autorisées à ouvrir leurs guichets en France. Elles ont de bonnes chances d’y parvenir. Hier, Christine Lagarde a affirmé son intention de faire de Paris une capitale de la finance islamique. [leparisien.fr]
    TRANSLATION:

    From 2009, Islamic banks could be authorized to open their counters in France. They have good chances to reach there. Yesterday, Christine Lagarde asserted her intention to make of Paris a capital of Islamic finance. [webtranslation online]

    Not surprisingly, she has a connection with Obama’s hometown, Chicago, as well as being embroiled in allegations of corruption in office.

    Lagarde, once a lawyer in Chicago, has become embroiled in the soap-opera saga of Bernard Tapie, one of the most flamboyant and controversial figures in French public life. Tapie is a maverick rags-to-riches tycoon whose CV includes a stint as head of Marseille football club, head of the Adidas sports empire, left-wing urban affairs minister under Francois Mitterrand, a seven-month jail term for match-fixing, a conviction for tax fraud and an amazing public comeback as an actor, singer, chatshow host and supporter of Nicolas Sarkozy.

    For almost two decades, a battle raged through the courts after Tapie claimed he was cheated by the Credit Lyonnais bank which handled the 1993 sale of Adidas. Credit Lyonnais, once publicly owned, had been wound up and its liabilities taken over by a state-operated consortium.

    In 2007, Lagarde intervened and ended the court dispute by ordering a special panel of judges to arbitrate. In 2008, they ruled that Tapie should receive €285m (£248m) in damages. The out-of-court settlement scandalised opposition politicians.

    The Socialists accused Lagarde of improper conduct by intervening and asked for a full-scale investigation. Jean-Louis Nadal, the public prosecutor, has now recommended a full judicial inquiry into Lagarde’s role, saying there was evidence of “several reasons to be suspicious of the regularity and even the legality” of the settlement, which could constitute “an abuse of authority”. He suggested the case should not have been settled in private since public money was at stake. [guardian.co.uk]

    In addition to her links to Chicago, corruption in France and a determination to make Paris a center for Islamic banking, she also shares a close relationship with George Soros, who has settled on a course of action designed to bring down the value of the dollar.

    George Soros, the radical, far-left billionaire, with a long history of antipathy toward American interests, now sits on a United Nations (UN) panel charged with organizing a $100 billion wealth transfer from the developed world to the underdeveloped world in the name of environmentalism.

    The nexus between environmentalism and anti-Americanism is not difficult to unravel. Van Jones, an avowed communist, who previously served as a czar for the Obama Administration, was forced to step down when far left history came to light. Buried deep in the NYT piece is a revealing nugget that should have been in the lead. [Net Right]

    “The 21-member United Nations panel included Lawrence H. Summers, the White House’s departing national economics adviser; the billionaire financier George Soros; Ernesto Cordero Arroyo, the finance minister of Mexico; and Christine Lagarde, the French economic minister,” the Times reports. [NY Times]

    Wake up folks! They could be positioning the burglars to take charge of the vault.
    Cross posted from BluegrassBulletin.com

  119. “I want visitors to know that this conservative stuff etc is not Hillary’s position.”

    We don’t CARE what you want and, what’s more, most of us don’t agree with it! So now you’ve taken on yet another role, that of tour guide for the Hillaryis44blog whereby all “visitors” must first confirm with you whether posted info is true or not? According to YOU and God, of course?

    Oh just stuff a sock in it already!

  120. Shadowfax
    March 14th, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    Still begging for money…

    Obama camp: If election were today, Mitt would win

    President Obama’s campaign staff made the curious decision to build a fundraising message around their candidate’s apparent weakness, warning supporters that Mitt Romney would beat Obama if the election were held today.

    “Friend,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote today, “If the general election were held today, President Obama would lose to Mitt Romney — according to the latest poll from Washington Post-ABC News. Now, many other polls put the President on top, but all point to the same reality: We’re looking at a race that will be tighter than you think,” Messina warned.
    &&&&&&&&

    I agree, it is an odd approach to “motivating the base”.

    “Our candidate is behind in the polls, can barely barely outpoll fringe Republicans, is behind in SuperPACs, and he doesn’t even work 40 hours a week. So we need your donations and to volunteer as much as you can, especially if you are out of work and have a lot of free time on your hands”.

  121. Wow! Someone shouting WHORE and BIMBO on a blog supporting Hillary Clinton. Shameful. Would think I was on Daily Kos if I didn’t know any better. I am just a long time lurker so I’m sure you don’t care about my opinion but the sexist remarks and the rooting for Gingrinch to the extent that people who don’t support him are called names turns my stomach and is the reason I don’t read the blog, especially the comments, as much as I used to. I now often think this blog is going the way of Hillbuzz. Sad

  122. ABM90
    March 14th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Public Schedule for March 14, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    March 14, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the arrival ceremony of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs. Samantha Cameron, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)
    &&&&&&&&&&&

    Pres. Obama’s Schedule for March 13, 2012

    9:00am Exercise.

    11:00am show up at work, get quick briefing.

    Noon: Lunch.

    3:00pm Meeting with fat cat bankers who will help write new legistlation.

    4:00pm fly to photo op to lambast fat cat bankers.

    5:30pm Fund-raiser with fat cat bankers.

    7:00pm Courtside for first round NCAA game with Prime Minister Brian Cameron.

  123. MODO WISHING FOR A PRESIDENT WHO WILL WORK FOR WOMEN???

    Apparently, Obama isn’t:

    Some juicy quotes:

    “Women who assumed that electing Obama would lift all minority boats are beginning to think: Maybe he’s not enough. If the desire of these conservative male leaders to yoke women is this close to the surface, if they are perversely driven to debase women even though it could lead to their own political demise, then women may require more than Obama. If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own. Is she inevitable?”

    She even lists out Dem grumblings about Obama and possible “Obama pulls an LBJ” scenario, but then quickly dismisses it:

    There has been fevered speculation about Hillary ascending. Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen suggested in The Wall Street Journal that President Obama should take “the moral high ground” and step aside for his secretary of state. Hillary, they argued sanguinely, could “break the gridlock in Washington.”

    It’s an amusing but absurd scenario.

    Here is the link, then the whole piece.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/dowd-dont-tread-on-us.html?_r=1&hp

    Don’t Tread on Us
    ==============

    By MAUREEN DOWD
    Published: March 13, 2012

    Hillary Clinton has fought for women’s rights around the world. But who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home?

    “Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me,” she told an adoring crowd at the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on Saturday. “But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies.

    “Yes,” she continued to applause, “it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world.”

    As secretary of state, Clinton is supposed to stay out of domestic politics. But this was a moment pregnant with possibility, a titanic clash of the Inevitable (Hillary) and the Indefensible (Republican cavemen).

    The attempt by Republican men to wrestle American women back into chastity belts has not only breathed life into President Obama, it has roused and riled Hillary. And that could turn out to be the most dangerous thing the wildly self-destructive G.O.P. leaders have done.

    In some kind of insane bout of mass misogyny, Republicans are hounding out the women voters — including Republicans and independents — who helped them gain control of the House in 2010.

    Senator Olympia Snowe, who’s fed up and leaving Congress, told The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty that “it feels as if we are going back to another era,” warning that Republicans could drive women into Democratic arms.

    And whose arms would be more welcoming to the sisters than Hillary’s? The woman who has been mocked as “the sex-retary of state” by Rush Limbaugh would know just where to hit back.

    There has been fevered speculation about Hillary ascending. Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen suggested in The Wall Street Journal that President Obama should take “the moral high ground” and step aside for his secretary of state. Hillary, they argued sanguinely, could “break the gridlock in Washington.”

    It’s an amusing but absurd scenario.

    Al Hunt of Bloomberg News wrote this week that Hillary could waltz past Larry Summers into the presidency of the World Bank and that she is the automatic Democratic front-runner for 2016. My colleague Bill Keller suggested that she replace Joe Biden on the ticket in 2012 and demote him to Foggy Bottom: “Vice President Clinton would be a formidable asset in governing as well as campaigning, both as a political calculator and as an emissary to Capitol Hill. She has, to put it mildly, an ability to navigate the world of powerful, problematic men.”

    She wouldn’t, however, be able to navigate past two powerful men who would find her elevation problematic: Obama and Biden. Although chatterers love to chat about the Joe-Hillary switch because she’s so much more compelling — and masterful — than the whole Republican field, it’s not on the radar screen at the White House. It would make the president seem weak, desperate and disloyal and get him a vice president who would pull focus and be a competitor. Besides, before he would go, Biden would handcuff himself to Bo.

    The Republican assault on women does, though, provide a glide path to the White House both for Obama in 2012 and Hillary in 2016.

    Women have watched a chilling cascade of efforts in Congress and a succession of states to turn women into chattel, to shame them about sex and curb their reproductive rights. They’ve seen the craven response of G.O.P. candidates after Limbaugh branded a law student wanting insurance coverage for birth control pills, commonplace for almost five decades, as a “prostitute” and “slut.”

    American women have suddenly realized that their emancipation in the 21st century is not as secure as they had assumed. On “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, a Republican, had the gall to say this, justifying his support for a bill designed to humiliate women getting abortions by penetrating them with a wand to take a picture: “Every invasive procedure has an informed consent requirement.” What he really meant is that when abortion is an option, informed consent should require an invasive procedure. Along with Rick Santorum’s Taliban views, Mitt Romney suggested in an interview on Tuesday with a St. Louis TV station that to help balance the federal budget he would eliminate Planned Parenthood funding: “We’re going to get rid of that.”

    Women who assumed that electing Obama would lift all minority boats are beginning to think: Maybe he’s not enough. If the desire of these conservative male leaders to yoke women is this close to the surface, if they are perversely driven to debase women even though it could lead to their own political demise, then women may require more than Obama.

    If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own.

    Is she inevitable?

  124. Breitbart Autopsy Completed: Medical Examiner “Final Cause of Death Deferred”
    March 2, 2012
    By Lawrence Sinclair

    Medical Examiner “Final Cause of Death Deferred”

    At 7:11 PM Eastern Time Craig Harvey from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiners office returned our call seeking information on the Autopsy of Andrew Breitbart. According to Harvey:

    “We have completed the autopsy examination, the final cause of death has been deferred. We have ordered additional toxicology and Microscopic test and we expect to have those completed and the cause of death determined in four to six weeks.”

    According to sources who wish to remain anonymous who are in the Los Angeles area say preliminary results from the LA County Coroner indicate “massive heart attack.

  125. Rgb44HRC,

    Thanks for the commentary but I refuse to read Dowd-drivel.

    I hate that overpaid incompetent raving hag.

  126. I wish through some miracle Hillary could get the nomination in 2012, but MoDo comes to a good conclusion about 2016:


    […] Hillary in 2016.
    [….]
    If the desire of these conservative male leaders to yoke women is this close to the surface, if they are perversely driven to debase women even though it could lead to their own political demise, then women may require more than Obama.

    If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own.

    Is she [Hillary] inevitable?

  127. OK.

    SO I skimmed.

    Any idiot who conveniently ignores Maher’s depiction of Palin as a c**t, a cretin, a prego – then passes the torch to Schultz calling Chelsea pimped out – the constant onslaught of venomous epithets against any conservative woman from Bachman to Ingraghm, not to mention a POS POTUS who play I got 99 problems and a bytch ain’t one of then at some party – what the f**k planet does the creature modo live on?

    And who can forget Ogreman recommending taking HRC behind the woodshed with a 2 by 4, Tingles insults, the LSM characterizaton of our warrior queen as a cackling cankled over the hill crone?

    And MODO thinks the dims are BETTER??????

    Talk about selective editing.

    “shaking head in disgustg:

    The dims hav e been FAR more misogynistic to women than thed repubs. ANd believe me. never in my wildest dreams did i e er think would make that statement. N

  128. Here are wome of the other vile leftist dim misohgynists who are no doubt devout spporter of anything Islam.

    what could be better than a wife or two or three who couldn’t talk back, couldn’t go out in public without them, depended on their every word for her own existence. It’s the dim men who are prehisoric cavemen. NOT the repubs!

    The truth is a hard thing to face, huh modo?

    Just think Matt Taibbi, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Jack Cafferty, David Schuster, Dana Milbank, Chris Cilizza, Bill Maher. Feel free to add to the list.

    Then I challenge anyone to come up with a comparable list of repub men (living ones).

  129. gonzotx
    March 14th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Basil, so not a heart attack one would presume.

    That’s what I took away from the article. Even though pleas were made to stop the conspiracy theories give me a friggin break. No one will ever convince me Andrew died of natural causes. Never. No one will ever convince me the media did not deliberately black out Arpaio’s presser. No one will convince me Arpaio’s life is not now in danger.

  130. 😳

    What’s that Alinsy rule about deflecting the truth with ridicule – that’s whats being done to Arpaio, now. And it seems to be working just as planned.

    I’m just hoping Gandhi’s karma is stronger.

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”

  131. That’s a list of some pretty tough customers, Basil that’s for sure. I do remember some bad stuff said about Hillary by Hannity, Rush, and O’Reilly back in the 1990’s but not so blatant as these guys.

  132. nomobama

    Shadowfax
    March 14th, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    ———————
    A big kiss to you! ABO is what it’s all about. I was wondering about your thoughts on this, and then I read your comment here.
    ———

    I don’t know one person on this blog that would vote for Barry, and I am not one of the people that would ever stay home and not vote, NEVER.

    I will vote for the person I think can win against the tin calf, even if I think this GOP sucks.

    Berry and gang need to be punished, that’s the bottom line for me unless Hillary or someone great steps up.

  133. A big F-U to Maureen Dodo! She can go S@#%K Bill Maher’s D@#$k — that is, after she’s done with the Fraud.

  134. BASIL99
    March 14th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Breitbart Autopsy Completed: Medical Examiner “Final Cause of Death Deferred”
    March 2, 2012
    By Lawrence Sinclair

    Medical Examiner “Final Cause of Death Deferred”

    At 7:11 PM Eastern Time Craig Harvey from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiners office returned our call seeking information on the Autopsy of Andrew Breitbart. According to Harvey:

    “We have completed the autopsy examination, the final cause of death has been deferred. We have ordered additional toxicology and Microscopic test and we expect to have those completed and the cause of death determined in four to six weeks.”

    According to sources who wish to remain anonymous who are in the Los Angeles area say preliminary results from the LA County Coroner indicate “massive heart attack.

    ——–
    Do we have a Doctor or Nurse in the house????

    WTF, a MASSIVE Heart attack wouldn’t need microscopic tests or more toxicology would it?

    I saw a man die of a massive heart attack and blood came out of his nose and mouth, so I would guess the physical evidence is pretty obvious in an autopsy….?

  135. Sometimes a poster just hits on all cylinders and hits it out of the ball park…Basil99.

    Tour Guide, or ticketmaster, she seems to garner a lot of support for her michieviousness at times; wonder if she lets more than one person use her id, password, and login info? She and one of her ardent supporters have been known to do that in the near past. Have you ever noticed that the flame throwers throw their flames, recruit help, throw more flames, and then dinigrate those who logically and methodically squash their insane rhetoric and call them flame throwers? And SHE has caused a number to become so frustrated that they no longer post here; guess that is like administering steriods to her, huh?

    The other flame throwers can down Rick and Newt and make all kinds of illogical claims about Romney, and at the same time dinigrate those who offer facts against Romney…sounds so like others at another site that I departed from a few years ago. Why, do they bother if Romney is such a sure winner come the convention? You would think that if one thought their candidate was a sure winner, that they would rest up and save their energy to go after their candidate’s opponent in the general election. In my estimation, they are ‘skeered’ that their man is not all that and a bag of chips, too.

    Until Admin does something about the contrarian fairy, there does not seem to be much any of us can do except Tebow her. She complains that ‘we’ are doing all this conservative stuff; but she is so far left of where I believe the Clinton’s to be that I doubt either of them would be proud of her loyalty. Hillary is logical and methodical, and plays by the rules, and is center except when it comes to women’s rights. At least that is my perception of Hillary, and it would have to be she that tells me otherwise.

  136. What about all the MILF references…but they never seem to be referring to the uber left lefties?

  137. None of the sexual references would happen in the south: The closet a man will ever come to givin up his life, is to cross the road without lookin, or cross his southern wife.

  138. One last comment for the day: Oh, yeah, let him come down here and say that:
    Maher Insults Alabama and Mississippi Voters: ‘Toothless Tuesday Too Tight to Tally’ | NewsBusters.o
    newsbusters.org
    With all eyes on Republican primaries in those states, Maher sent a message via Twitter saying, “Toothless Tuesday too tight to tally!”

  139. GoDd@mn it ShortTermer!

    You just caused a massive water spurt all over my keyboard with this one:

    “Until Admin does something about the contrarian fairy, there does not seem to be much any of us can do except Tebow her.”

    And as you can tell by my inexcusable atrocious spelling ( I mean the keybords’S) we’re already in bad shape.

    😀

  140. ShortTermer, I think that is all conjuncture. Can we all stop with these fantasy theory’s and just accept we will not agree on some things? Like Newt vs Romney? We all know TD is adamant regarding the environment and women’s rights to the juxtapose of others viewpoints and constitutional rights. Many of us here have been accused wrongly of being a bot because we disagree, and worse… enough

    Let it be.

  141. Santorum has shot himself in the foot — he is saying to Peurto Ricans ‘speak English if you want statehood’..heh, Nice going, little Ricky! There goes NY for him.

    {Admin, I tried.}

  142. Wow, that Maureen Doed is a great propagandist, and by that I mean disgusting, manipulative liar.

    I have been rereading the stuff about the characteristics of fascism that most of us read during the Bush years. Sadly, it just seems to have gotten worse under Obama, especially if you consider political correctness a new religion or national identity. Sarah Palin and Limbaugh certainly qualify in #3:
    “3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. ”
    http://www.rense.com/general37/fascism.htm

    The whole thing is interesting, but I saw the Dowd drivel as a fascist rant, a pseudo-liberal one.

    Maybe it was on a different list, but I remember that Racism was one of the tools fascists used as well, to divide, to marginilize enemies. I think that’s what Dowd is doing – she’s a big ol’ bigot, only her bigotry is toward whites she sees as lower class.

    Also, a “liberal” pundit was opining last night that “conservative values” was code language for racism, especially the southerners. Oh boy, where’ve we heard that before?

    from my blog post titled “Maureen Dowd’s Inner Bigot”:
    “among many liberal white Americans, the ones who see themselves as pure of heart (i.e., without prejudice toward people of color), it is still “acceptable” to be prejudiced toward other white people, especially the working class ones. It appears that some humans have a need for a hierarchy, especially one that puts them at the top of the societal ladder, and that is the heart of Maureen Dowd’s bigotry. You can also see it in the smug face of Jimmy Carter, who clearly believes he is one of the “good” white people…For these elitist bigots, black people are wonderful tools to feel superior to other whites, and the more imaginary racists they perceive, the higher up the ladder they are. These people need to believe America is full of white racists – their sense of superiority (and Obama’s political power) depends on it.

    There is a flawed, associative logic to this bigotry that has a larger, political scale as well as an insulting one: the racists are a lower class; therefore, the lower class must also be racists.

  143. Re:
    gonzotx
    March 14th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I will Tebow you as well, my contrarian fairy cosponsor. First blood, you know.

  144. [Hillary] is center except when it comes to women’s rights. At least that is my perception of Hillary, and it would have to be she that tells me otherwise.

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

    Unfortunately the ‘center’ moves when the extremes move. Hillary’s view of women’s rights was labeled closer to ‘center’ till Obama compromised with the bishops, moving the ‘center’ rightward.

    Some discussion of Hillary’s views would be nice. She was briefly quoted in some news story from a ‘budget committee’ meeting as saying the Catholics should accept birth control for ‘practicality’ as it prevents abortions. I haven’t seen any more on that, anywhere.

    Can anyone imagine Hillary tolerating the sort of abuse that’s been said about Sandra Fluke here, of all places?

  145. “Former partner at Baker and McKenzie in Chicago is same law firm Lagarde of the IMF was at. The former partner at Baker and McKenzie is a guy named MARTY CASTRO. Well this Marty Castro now is in charge of the DOJ civil rights commission. The same one involved in the Black Panther voter intimidation story you covered way back!!!!”

    Fascinating! Thanks for connecting those dots between Christine Lagarde and DOJ, Basil99.

  146. Mea Culpa!

    admin,

    I inexcusably forgot top pay homage for another hit-it-out-of-the-park post!

    I’m with you. Don’t worry. Be happy. Bo will soon be a distant nightmare.

    😀

  147. valleyboy – for even MORE fascinating KTD check Ulsterman archives for the connections between Kamala Harris (on the short list for next supreme Court vacancy and possible reason for Kam Kuwata murder), Tony West, her BIL whose next in line for DOJ and a couple others I forgot.

    All paths lead back to the black beelzebub from Chicago.

  148. ShortTermer
    March 14th, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    ***************

    Must be some orgasmic acid power trip behind a screen you delusionally believe you have.

    Have a nice day

  149. I’m re-posting this from last night because I think it merits it and I haven’t heard any f/u by the MM. Unbelievable!
    ”””””””””””””””””

    Did you hear what that Rat Bas8ARD said in the Rose Garden, I believe today, about our Military?
    ************

    In speaking about our troops, the president said: “You can’t help but be proud of them generally.”

    Can you imagine ANYONE else being able to say that and get a pass, ANYONE?
    **************************************

    Kind of like, “your likable enough Hillary”…but these are soldiers in harms way.

  150. HAD to repost this from UM. What an analysis.

    America the beautiful
    March 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Our collapse has been in play for some time. Clinton ( more Hillary than Bill) and their progressive/socialist minions on the left began the financial destruction with the alliance of Subprime-loans and the CRA, the Community Reinvestment Act, …Which in combination with a host of other tangential fraud undermined the banks …as they were forced to make ill-conceived and ill-advised loans that would crush housing values and the efficacy of the mortgage contract.

    The mortgage had managed to be the floor or the stabilising force of America’s banks along with the legal contract. Contracts that are met and enforced by our laws…our banking system, our courts. The ill conceived loans gave birth to the ill advised investment vehicles, CDS etc., These have been repeatedly bundled and have yet to be reengineered, reverse engineered or in some way cut from our economy… leaving in place a metasticizing cancer at the core of our economy, requiring a financial surgeon who will know how to aptly deal with it rather than an autocrat or a theorising professor.
    The legal contract and private property are core components of our constitution and our economy.
    With the breakdown of our banks and laws, the crippling of our economy has made us vulnerable particularly in concert with Obama spending us into oblivion, which Is primary to his destructive plan. With a distracted and downtrodden, and he hopes soon, a desperate citizenry, we are ripe for a takeover by the Global Banking system that was part and parcel of this scheme. (see Soros on collapse of currency)

    Environmentalism is the mask by which the globalists manage and control. Through ventures like Obama’s CCX, cap and trade is simply a vehicle to tax and instil fear. Don’t believe Obama ever believed in Solyndra or any green energy. It was strictly another avenue to transfer wealth to his team and break our bank as he spent us into the rabbit hole…these schemes have had forerunners in Europe where the proponents are referred to as “Watermelons”… Green on the outside, red inside. It is communism through energy control, wealth transfer and redistributive taxation. Obama is collapsing our country into the hands of the UN and the IMF.

    There are many pieces to his scheme that were obvious to the curious or suspicious.

    1.) The Gulf Spill: The spill began with two men atop the rig fighting. One died. The spill then happened… Why has there been no investigation as to what began that spill and consideration of sabotage? Obama’s partner in the CCX, the Chicago Climate Exchange is British Petroleum and Soros.
    Obama dragged his heels for months… for an inexplicably long long time…Refusing tanker vacuums… Closing all drilling in the gulf states..killing their economy and sending our rigs to Brazil and Pertobas with billions in loans of US dollars through the IMF, where Soros and others not only were the recipients of their benefactor but more importantly the price of oil is driven upward, upward, upward. Think it’s high now? Wait until after the election should Obama win.

    2.) I believe the first TARP had to happen to stop the collapse of many of our banks. Congress, because of their mandate to write subprime loans, held responsibility to the banks. While Goldman and others had pushed the ill advised investments– the bundled mortgages originated from Congress’s mandate and their GSE banking vehicles Fannie and Freddie whom had been most egregious of all with thieving progressives at the helm? With the collapse came the fear of the raiding of America’s enterprise system by many. We could not simply sell off the country for pennies on the dollar. Perhaps we should have…u
    However the Federal Reserve and Bernanke undermined us. Bernanke kept interest rates ridiculously low as he, printed dollars into infinity for further Quantitative Easing, QE1, QE2, with QE3 in transit. This printing of dollars was direct and absolute theft out of your bank account and your future bank account. Your values have been cut almost in half…And the socialists claim for an embrace of Keynesian economics, that in fact Keynes had disavowed, was but a Trojan Horse as they emptied our banks.
    The Fed made loans and they were made not to the engines of the free enterprise system of the USA but to Europe, to their banks..where their mutual destruction is assured by the use and contagion of the Euro…and their unsustainable debt, particularly of the PIGS…Portugal,Ireland, Spain and Greece. Look into Soros and the socialist Lagarge’s involvement in the creation of the EU.
    The USA and Germany are are bailing but it is a matter of time…and their collapse will effectively bring about our collapse, through lost trade, investments, etc …That is the scenario which will bring about a global currency via the IMF with the UN claiming world governance.

    3.) Pigford, The New Black Panthers, Fast and Furious are examples of Obama using his Justice Department to break down our rule of law, and the utter destruction of our constitution.

    Pigford is Obama’s first step toward the logical conclusion to his retributive, redistributive answer to the CRT, Critical Racial Theory.
    Fast and Furious was a two fold scheme to put pressure on the Second Amendment in order to gain backing to take away the rights of citizens to own and bear arms And to continue the use of drugs and drug cartels to launder their illegal drug monies which continue to fund the progressive party through those laundered monies?
    The Black Panthers will be used again to strike fear and intimidate at the next election…We have not seen the end of Obama and Holders army whom they continue to encourage and inflame.

    4.) The Keystone Pipeline is another avenue where Obama has stopped drilling to keep us oil starved and dependent while claiming the need to use less of the worlds oil supply than the USA is entitled to…Meanwhile Obama’s arsonist operatives in the Midfle East setting fires. Trumka, Stern (“workers of the world unite”) ACORN were all in Egypt and the Middle East….why? To create chaos and instability. Instability in the Middle East drives up the price of oil. The high price of oil creates a transference of wealth out of the USA.
    Understand the dollars value has been tied to the price of oil since Nixon took us off the Gold Standard. Saudi and the OPEC agreed that the dollar would be the currency with which to sell and buy oil, protecting the value of the dollar and tying directly to the price of oil…And with Obama’s freeze on drilling here, driving the price up through chaos in the Middle East…we are further weakened, impacted and redistributing our countries wealth.

    5.) Obama and his minions have gone for social deconstruct through Obamacare. Secular moral lessons of amorality are being forced upon the people, the family and the churches.
    When 2013 and implementation arrives you will understand our flag is in the midst of being captured.
    The secular society with it’s rules and its costs will be the handcuffs of socialism…but with Obama there will be a retribution factor that becomes more obvious and can best be understood by understanding CRT, Critical Race Theory. Which is why it was so important Obama’s relationship to Rev Wright be ignored and that his relationship to and endorsement of and the teaching of Prof. Derrick Bell’s CRT be hidden from the voting public.
    CRT, in short, is to use racism as repeated, unrelenting criticism of our constitution so as to deconstruct your constitutional rights.
    The left has long used the judicial branch to create law from the bench rather than follow the law of the land…the constitution.

    6.) These forces at work with Obama not only want a tranfer of the wealth and treasure of the USA into their hands, and the transference of our free market prizes into their accounting column… They hold in concert their common hatred and their hope for the complete and utter destruction of Israel.
    The world is realigning in part because of a weak anti-American President and a weakened America but also because of the rise of the Globalists, the IslamoFascists and the dogs of socialism and communism.
    Obama’s reticence with Iran has nothing to do with stopping them from going nuclear..It is because he wants to be seen as such …as he nudges them toward Israel and war.

    We stand at the abyss. We have little chance to pull this back …but it can be done.
    Do not let the muzzle of PC language silence you. Time is short. Watch Obama and note he is moving much more rapidly. Netanyahu understood. I pray we can stop this evil.

  151. HAD to repost this from UM. What an analysis.

    America the beautiful
    March 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Our collapse has been in play for some time. Clinton ( more Hillary than Bill) and their progressive/socialist minions on the left

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

    If the writer is wrong about the Clintons, maybe the rest of his article is a little questionable?

  152. Welcome back, Jan!

    gonzo and shorttermer, – you are 2 of my absolutely all-time fav posters! Good to see the gang getting back.

    pm317,

    Ricky’s a few lightbulbs short. PR’s don’t WANT to speak English – unless it suits them. Poor Ricky.

  153. Oh, i could have edited out some objectionable phrases but I believe in full disclosure.

    Besides, no one is right 100 % of the time except, apparently yourself.

  154. 😳

    Mormaer, forgot to give you kudos, too. Don’t want to leave anyone out. I adore (nearly) everyone here and learn so much from you all.

  155. File this under OMG…Drudge
    **********************

    Soldiers asked to disarm during Leon Panetta speech

    US soldiers were asked to disarm during a speech by Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, in a sign of grown concern over spates of seemingly random violence in Afghanistan.

  156. Please, dear Lord, please help us get this fool out of the WH… “Black Heaven”

    Shoeless on the dance floor doing the “Dougie”…I’m not even sure slaves built the WH, will need to look at that.
    ****************************

    MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2012

    Chris Rock Does Comedy Set About President Obama’s 50th Birthday Party

    The President’s big bash was “black heaven,” Rock says during appearance at LA club: “Okay, think about this f**king moment: A bunch of black people doing the f**king Dougie in a house that slaves built”…
    Comedian Chris Rock has worked President Obama’s landmark, top-secret 50th birthday party into his stand-up act. During a surprise performance at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on February 24th, Rock, in very colorful language, recounted his own impressions and those of fellow guest Jay-Z as they attended the President’s August 4th barbeque at the White House, where revelers included Emmitt Smith, Tom Hanks, Steve Harvey, Charles Barkley, Grant Hill, and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as top Administration officials and First Family friends. The party lasted for more than six hours and included performances by Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder as well as barefoot dancing in the East Room. (Above: A screenshot from the video)

    An audience member at The Comedy Store filmed more than nine minutes of Rock’s set: “I felt like I died and went to black heaven, I really did. It was the most unbelievable experience of my life,” Rock said of the event, adding that “As the party went on, the sh*t got blacker and blacker.”

    From what he wore–casual clothes, including shell-toe Adidas (“I’m there looking like Jam Master Jay”) –to his realization that he would never be invited to actually perform at the White House, Rock lets it fly in his signature style, using plenty of cuss words. About First Lady Obama, Rock says “f**king Michelle Obama’s got a hard f**king job,” and notes of the Obama daughters that “f**king Sasha and Malia started doing the Dougie.”

  157. Wiki…out of 600 workers 400 were Black, both free and slaves

    The decision to place the White House on land ceded by two slave states to become the District of Columbia -Virginia and Maryland- ultimately influenced the acquisition of laborers to build it. The D.C. commissioners, charged by Congress with building the new capitol city under the direction of the president, initially planned to import workers from Europe to meet their labor needs. However, the response to recruitment was dismal and so they turned to African Americans, both slave and free, to provide most of the labor that built the White House, the United States Capitol, and all the other early government buildings.

  158. I saw the headline about soldiers asked to disarm for the first time for Defense Secretary’s visit. What a morale booster(NOT!)

    I think Panetta needs to do some trust exercises with the military.

  159. ‘I wanted to have the Marines look just like their Afghan partners’…
    First time stripped of guns during address by secretary of defense…
    *************************************

    These same partners that have been trained and armed by the USA and killing our soldiers when opportunity presents itself…those soldiers?

  160. By the way, we just buried one of our own here by my house that was 19 and killed by an Afghan soldier that we trained and armed that was upset with the burning of the Koran last week. 19y/o…What the hell are we still doing there again?

  161. More Chris Rock

    The New York Times bestselling author of the explosive new book, Hollywood Hypocrites: The Devastating Truth About Obama’s Biggest Backers, Jason Mattera, had his crew’s camera snatched and hurled by comedian Chris Rock when he asked the star why he has called the Tea Party racist (video below).
    “I was stunned,” said Mr. Mattera in an exclusive interview with Big Hollywood. “Tea Party members get called the worst things imaginable and still remain peaceful. But ask a big Hollywood celebrity to explain himself and the guy goes ballistic, wrestles the camera away from my camerawoman, chucks it 50 feet, and then challenges me to a fight. It’s unreal. And it perfectly illustrates why I decided to investigate and writeHollywood Hypocrites.”
    The confrontation, which took place around 2:00 a.m. on January 23, 2012, at Spike Lee’s Sundance Film Festival after party at Tao night club, ended with Chris Rock challenging the conservative author to a fight, says Mr. Mattera:
    “Chris Rock shouted, ‘You want to throw down? Let’s throw down right now!’ Of course, he was standing safely behind two bodyguards when he said it.”

    More at link

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/13/Chris%20Rock%20Attacks%20Conservative%20Author%20Over%20Tea%20Party%20Question

  162. Gonzotx

    While the physician performing the autopsy (the forensic pathologist) can see the body’s organs and look for natural causes of disease and death, some agents—such as drugs or other toxins—cannot readily be seen, and a toxicologist needs to examine blood and tissue samples to determine the cause of death.

    —-
    Thanks for the link, maybe I am reading too much into this, but when you need toxicology tests you are looking for a toxin or durg cause for a massive heart attack (assuming that is what happened), and toxicology would determine if that attack was caused by something besides ‘natural’, physical heart disease causes????

  163. This may be why they made the decision to disarm the Marines, but it should never have happened IMHO, if anything, arm them to the teeth! Never happened before. Never
    ***********************

    Vehicle bursts into flames on runway as Leon Panetta flies into Afghanistan
    US defence secretary had just landed in Camp Bastion in Helmand when pickup truck drove on to airfield

    guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 14 March 2012 14.38 EDT
    Article history

    Leon Panetta with the Afghan interior minister Besmullah Mahammadi in Kabul: it is not yet known whether the incident at Helmand province was an attack. Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images
    Nato has ordered a security lockdown at its massive base in central Afghanistan after a car surged on to an airfield and burst into flames just as the US defence secretary landed for an official visit.

    The incident happened as Leon Panetta touched down at Camp Bastion in Helmand province and prompted a security alert as investigators tried to establish whether he was the target of an attack.

    A man was pulled from the burning car and is being treated at a hospital on the base. Sources said the vehicle was about 100m from Panetta’s aircraft when it crashed, and that neither he nor any members of his entourage were in any danger.

    However, the Nato-led International Security and Assistance Force (Isaf) must now determine whether the driver, thought to be an Afghan, was involved in a failed terrorist plot. Though details are sketchy, the Pentagon confirmed the vehicle involved was a pickup truck that had been stolen from a soldier in a car-jacking shortly before it drove at speed on to the runway.

    The truck headed for the ramp where Panetta’s plane intended to stop but crashed into a ditch, where it burst into flames. Early reports suggested that no explosive material was found in the truck, but the driver was seriously injured.

    A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain John Kirby, was quoted in the Washington Post saying: “I’m told he caught fire, the fire was put out, and he is being treated for his wounds. We are investigating this. We don’t know what the motivations of the driver were.”

    Another Pentagon spokesman, George Little, told the Post: “Security personnel responded, and for reasons totally unknown to us at this time, our personnel discovered that he was ablaze. We don’t know all the facts, but we have no indication that the secretary was ever at risk.”

    Isaf released a brief statement as Panetta, who was under the protection of US marines, continued his visit. It said: “[We are] aware of a stolen vehicle incident today at Camp Bastion which resulted in the injury of one coalition service member. The alleged perpetrator was apprehended by base security personnel and we are currently investigating to determine more facts. This incident took place this afternoon around the time US secretary of defence Leon Panetta was arriving in Afghanistan, at no point was the secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger.”

    David Cameron was asked about the incident during a joint press conference with President Obama on the White House lawn. “It is still very early and details are still coming through,” the prime minister said. “We will want to examine and investigate what has happened. Security of our people and of the troops from both nations is a highest priority. If there are things that need to be done to keep them safe, then we will do them.”

    Although Isaf would not say for certain that this was a terrorist attack, tensions between the military and Afghan civilians are running high because of recent atrocities involving US forces.

    Wednesday’s incident comes amid widespread protests and unrest provoked by the killing of 16 civilians by an American soldier over the weekend. Just weeks ago, the White House was forced to apologise after American soldiers were caught burning copies of the Qur’an.

    If it proves to be a terrorist incident, it will raise huge concerns about the security at Camp Bastion, a vast military base at the heart of the Nato-led effort against the Taliban. It has a 40km perimeter fence and, within it, is a separate US facility called Camp Leatherneck, which is the headquarters of the US marines. An Afghan army training centre is also within Bastion’s boundaries, as well as the hospitals that treat all military casualties. Most British troops who serve in Helmand arrive at Camp Bastion on flights that come in under the cover of darkness to reduce the rise of attack. It is the main supply hub for Nato’s effort – food and ammunition are stockpiled on the base.

    Because of this, security into and out of Bastion is tight, though the airfield is so large it is probably the most vulnerable to attack from a determined outsider. There are 20,000 to 30,000 people on the base and hundreds of local workers are allowed in to help with the building, cleaning and other support tasks that are needed to keep it running smoothly.

    All of them are vetted to ensure the Taliban has not planted someone inside the base. This normally requires a worker needing a reference from a tribal elder.

    After the incident, Panetta addressed American troops, telling them: “We’ll be challenged by our enemy. We’ll be challenged by ourselves. We’ll be challenged by the hell of war itself. But none of that, none of that, must ever deter us from the mission that we must achieve

    ( Panetta has never been in war by the way )

  164. Sometimes I think I am in the twlight zone when people talk about multiple people using the same log-in.
    I must be missing something…

    With TDO, I think he/she copy/pastes comments by others…maybe from another blog…if they express his/her opinion better, and ‘forgets’ to mention she is quoting.

    basil99 just seems like basill with or without the 99. 😉

    How come no one thinks I am someone else? Maybe it’s my talent with typos.

  165. Shawdow, the autopsy to my understanding was inconclusive, so I have to be concerned that all this, “he had a serious heart condition”, may be not true? Added to that the report let out that an eye witness said he walking just fine and then collapsed suddenly and was “red”, there has to be something not right.

    The toxicology report will test for the presence of poisons, medications, alcohol and illicit drugs. This is important in telling the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the death.

    It can tell you if a person was high, drunk, or poisoned at the time of death. But then again, some poisons are not traceable. We probably will never know. I was actually wondering about the stranger that was so chummy with him at the bar. You get so damn suspicious with all these deaths that surround any info coming out against the fraud. This shit really happens, it’s terrifying. What brave people.

    SHV will be able to answer in more detail I am sure. You out there SHV?

  166. I was reading the Redstate comment section and they are in general proposing a vote for Sanctimonious in ILL, so Romney will have to deal with not only Dems crossing over but Repubs playing games.These are Newt and Paul voters that are trying to get a convention vote.

    That would be disastrous in my book. Not enough time to mend fences and take on the MM and the fraud.

  167. With TDO, I think he/she copy/pastes comments by others…maybe from another blog…if they express his/her opinion better, and ‘forgets’ to mention she is quoting.

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

    In that case I usually say “From elsewhere:”

    Only if it’s something posted in this same thread of the prevous thread, do I sometimes reply without sourcing it. That way it’s less personal, the statement can be judged on its own without baggage of the poster.

  168. Thanks Gonzotx for the explination.
    What makes a heart attack ‘naural’ causes…just heart disease without overdoeses of some external chemical?

    I think he was murdered…and toxicology raises a red flag to me.

  169. Thanks Gonzotx for explaining.
    What makes a heart attack ‘natural’ causes…just heart disease without an external chemical?

    I think he was murdered…and toxicology raises a red flag to me.

  170. Basil99’s article: “…the alliance of Subprime-loans and the CRA, the Community Reinvestment Act, …Which in combination with a host of other tangential fraud undermined the banks …as they were forced to make ill-conceived and ill-advised loans that would crush housing values and the efficacy of the mortgage contract.”
    =====

    The spin word in the above is the word “forced”. No banks have ever been forced to make loans of any kind. If the loans were ill-conceived, who did the conceiving? The federal government? If the loans were ill-advised, where were the banks getting their advice from?

    All the government did under Clinton was to allow such “sub-prime” loans, and the idea originally came from the banking community itself. Clinton, and not even Bush, forced banks to overvalue the collateral, proposing huge loans with high interest rates that would indebt the lower middle class for life, and eventually break them.

    The banks saw so much profit in it for themselves that they paid independent brokers large sums of cash to hard-sell the mortgages for them. The sub-prime targets themselves were lower middle class, under-educated and didn’t understand what they were getting into. On their own, they would never have gone to the bank to ask for a loan. The brokers canvassed the neighborhoods and roped the suckers into their deal, and the banks paid the brokers well for it – typically $7000 per mortgage even if the mortgage was for $50,000, because they had the sucker by the balls for life.

    When the author of the article says that Clinton “forced” the banks to do this, it is simply distortion of the facts. Spin.
    *******

    turndownobama: “If the writer is wrong about the Clintons, maybe the rest of his article is a little questionable?”
    =====
    Indeed, the whole article is rife with spin, throwing in Soros and environmentalism to scare people one way, inventing the expression “watermelon” to scare people into thinking rich communists are planning a takeover of the US just as they have in Europe, which everyone knows is a bad place to be…

    Basil99: “Oh, i could have edited out some objectionable phrases but I believe in full disclosure.”

    In that case, you could have redacted the whole article. Full disclosure my eye! More like full cover-up!

  171. gonzotx: “…we just buried one of our own here by my house that was 19 and killed by an Afghan soldier … What the hell are we still doing there again?”
    ====
    What we are doing is this:

    1) We are looking for Osama Bin Laden because the Taliban won’t extradite him for something we say he did.
    2) We are nation-building around the compelling figure of Hamid Karzai and the constitution we wrote for him but he doesn’t observe.
    3) We are beating back the Taliban, whom we created in the first place and who were our friends until they refused to let Bush build a pipeline across their country.
    4) We are fighting for control of Afghanistan’s opium trade, which multi-billion dollar business is in the hands of those same nasty Taliban.

    So, your neighbor died for one or all of the above causes.

  172. Shadowfax: “Sometimes I think I am in the twlight zone when people talk about multiple people using the same log-in.
I must be missing something… How come no one thinks I am someone else? Maybe it’s my talent with typos.”
    ====

    You feel left out? That’s cute. OK, I’ll suspect you if you want: I suspect you use my moniker to publish your most outrageous ideas and get away with it, letting me take the blame! Watch out, or I’ll start making lots of typos so people will think I’m you!

  173. And another distortion of reality in that article is in the same sentence, with “…loans that would crush housing values…”. Exactly the opposite happened: The banks overvalued the houses so they could “justify” a larger loan. This over-valuing did not crush housing values; on the contrary, it inflated them.

  174. I’m an RN and I have seen a few heart attacks and the ones I’ve seen, the person never turned red. They were absolutely pale, with white or bluish lips. A massive heart attack due to natural causes would be a heart attack that is NOT caused by drugs (like cocaine), trauma, violence, or heart disease. A person can have heart disease or heart problems, have a heart attack and die and it would still be death by a natural cause.

    I read the Iceman where he would aerosolize cyanide and it would be in passing and really quick. The deaths would look completely natural and would be extremely fast if you got a big enough whiff. Can’t remember if the people who were poisoned by this method turned red. I know in CO2 poisoning the deceased turns a healthy looking pink or bright cherry red.

    I’ve heard of people dropping stone cold dead immediately after a massive heart attack. It happened to one of my husband’s teachers when he was in high school. The teacher just dropped dead at my future husband’s feet while he was sitting at his desk. He said the man didn’t even twitch.

  175. “Watermelon”? A European epithet meaning green on the outside and red on the inside?

    I’ve never heard such a term in Europe. It can only be home-grown American, because European currencies have never been “greenbacks” like the dollar. The Euro isn’t green either. Nobody in Europe associates the color green with money or wealth.

    Also, nobody in Europe has been afraid of “the Reds” for a very long time. Red China? We do business with them everyday and they’re more capitalist than we are!

  176. Whwen I quote a personal, non-political blog, I say “From elsewhere:” to show it’s not me and not from H44. What I usually quote is some fact that I haven’t seen in usual channels, often from UK or Canada. Usually I don’t give a link or identify the source, because I don’t want to send a brawl of political visitors into their living room.

    But here’s one that is for the expression.


    FROM ELSEWHERE:
    I have been taken to task for adopting the term War on Woman, as inaccurate and insulting to people who have been in Actual, Real Wars. You know what I’m talking about — the kind with guns and bombs, where real people really get maimed and killed.

    The War on Women is nothing like a real war, of course. No one has ever bombed an abortion clinic*, or shot and killed employees of abortion clinics**. No one has made it legally OK for doctors to lie to patients about their medical conditions***, thereby putting real lives in danger. Those would be acts of war — acts of terrorism — but of course, they haven’t happened here.

    If there were actually a War on Women, there would be a concerted public relations effort to demonize, ridicule, and belittle the enemy. Say, if a woman got up the courage to testify before Congress in support of an issue the. . .I guess we have to call them The Good Guys, if the war is on women.

    So, yeah, if a woman testifies before Congress in support of an issue that The Good Guys don’t support, then the public relations machine would go into full swing and assault that woman’s character for three solid days, not only in an effort to demonize, ridicule, and belittle her, but to also demonstrate to the enemy what will happen to them, if any more of them dare to stand up and speak out. You might call that terrorism. Mob rule. War. But of course it never happened here.

    So, let’s be clear. In my opinion, there is a War on Women going on right now in the United States of America. People are dying in this war. People are being terrorized, in this war. It is, in fact, a Real War, where real people are getting killed and maimed, and it counts just as much as any other war, even if the victims in this war are only women.

  177. Basil99’s article: “…the alliance of Subprime-loans and the CRA, the Community Reinvestment Act, …Which in combination with a host of other tangential fraud undermined the banks …as they were forced to make ill-conceived and ill-advised loans that would crush housing values and the efficacy of the mortgage contract.”
    =====

    The spin word in the above is the word “forced”. No banks have ever been forced to make loans of any kind.

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

    I barely skimmed the article because of the Clinton bashing. However I’ve seen Obama and some of his Chicago connections accused of forcing some Chicago banks to do that — by doing an Alinsky on some bank manager, protests in the lobby, etc. And there may have been some ‘affirmative action’ type of legislation requiring them to make a certain percent of their loans to poor people in bad neighborhoods with low collateral etc.

    Damn, I posted the cite in spring 2008 iirc at a good Hillary site now closed or at least inactive. Maybe along with a good article from a real ‘community organizer’ saying that ‘community organizing’ isn’t really about cuddly things like organizing soup kitchens, but about bullying the establishment.

    Basil’s article does seem laced with bad spin, though.

  178. Oh Dear. Jeswezy I see some of your buttons have been inadvertently pushed.

    In the interest of resetting the skewed buttons, notice I prefaced my post with this:’

    “HAD to repost this from UM. What an analysis.”

    I said NOTHING about believing the entire post other than to point out it was an amazing analysis. And, from my POV, food for thought. Also, unlike some others, I occasionally like to bring up things I find fascinating, interesting, provoking, titillating, to get the POV’s of others. I do hope you are not going to become another blog cop. We have enough of those already. I facgt, I do believe that position has already been filled.

    I do not post these articles m to be INSULTED. SO if you feel in danger of my innocent attempts at blogersation as potentially DANGEROUS to your health than scroll the f**k by.

    Also, your comment “Full disclosure my eye! More like full cover-up!”

    You really must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed because if you would take the time to click on the link I provided you will see I did, in fact, post the entire excerpt except for the very last sentence.

    “Watermelon”? A European epithet meaning green on the outside and red on the inside?
    I’ve never heard such a term in Europe.”

    SO, I guess, then, that you are the resident expert on all things European?

    GO back to bed and get up after you’re in a better mood. I did nothing other than post what I thought was an interesting article. I did not attack it, support it, endorse it, do anything other than point out that some of the facts there-cited were some which hadn’t occurred to me and which I thought might be interesting to those on this site who do not have preconceived notions of god, the universe, the clintons, and everything else on earth.

    So stop your hissy fit and save your criticism for real offenses.

    BTW, Here’s the entire post – check # 40 or thereabouts.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/03/14/wall-street-insider-imf-back-to-chicago/

  179. Has Obama Darling US Senator Casey been thrown under the bus?
    He’s the one who went way out of his way to serve cold revenge against Bill Clinton via Hillary.
    I’d read that Daddy Casey was pissed for not having been invited by BC to speak somewhere. Daddy’s long gone but Sen Casey got James Carville to authorize an email. This was awhile back, but I’ve kept it because it supports the motive stated above. James said in part:
    “Bob’s old man, the late and legendary Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey, gave me my first big break in politics when I ran his successful gubernatorial campaign. And I’ve been close friends with the Casey family for more than a generation. But that doesn’t fully capture the real reason why this is personal.”

    But now it seems to have come to this:
    Bob’s friends are hosting a breakfast for him. A bunch of Senators and Representatives. BUT THEY’RE ALL STATE LEVEL. And the “host committee” is still in formation.
    And the address they use for me ceased to be correct about 6 – 8 years ago.

    I don’t know where “Bob” is in the polls, but I’m thinking this breakfast wreaks of desperation.

  180. BASIL99: “I’ve never heard such a term in Europe.”

    SO, I guess, then, that you are the resident expert on all things European?
    ====

    You may call me that. I am conversant in four European languages, am currently living and working on the continent and am up on a lot of the political stuff as well as economic and technical, and not just current affairs but the history going way back. So, as H44 bloggers go, you could indeed say I’m the resident expert. I don’t lord it over anyone, but that’s the way it is.

    So when I see an article using “European” or “socialist” as terms of disparagement, or some ridiculous invention like “watermelon” supposedly coming from Europe, I just have to put my 2 cents in.

    Concerning my criticism of the article you posted, I don’t know why you felt insulted by my comments. I disagree that the article is an interesting or fascinating analysis, and feel rightly motivated to say why. It is full of spin and inversion of realities and I wonder what the author is driving at, really. I think he wants to make the banks look like victims of bad government policies, starting with Clinton and continuing with Soros/Obama. Nothing about Dubya or his daddy, or any hint that maybe the banks themselves, and Wall Street brokers, did anything wrong. He sounds like a Bush neocon.

    My point(s), on the other hand, was that the banks did what they could do indebt and steal from the middle class. The only thing the government did was to allow them to do it, at the banks’ behest.

  181. You, sir (Madam), are no expert. On anything, as far as I can tell.

    And I DISAGREE with you about the article’s interest. I guess, in you book, that makes me a non-expert or, at the very least, an American idiot unable to speak four languages and unfortunate enough that my particular life circumstance do not allow me the luxury of living on the “continent.”

    My biggest gripe, however, is you calling me a LIAR when you implied I had NOT posted the entire comment. That is a LIE.

    About the watermelon analogy. I have not got a clue but I will google it later and see what I find it. Beleive it or not, you could actually be wrong. If I find you are right I will be happy to report back.

    I, on the other hand, did not claim the comment from a poster at UM was accurate – just that his theories were interesting – to me.

    You don’t find it interesting – fine. In America – unlike, I guess, in Europe – it’s bad form to call someone stupid for having different interests than yours.

  182. BASIL99
    March 14th, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    Rgb44HRC,

    Thanks for the commentary but I refuse to read Dowd-drivel.

    I hate that overpaid incompetent raving hag.
    &&&&&&

    Agreed, she has become Satan. But it is interesting to see Obama-supporting women like Sarandon and Modo (and who’s next) talking up Hillary, as if to imply:

    “Gee, 2008 was all nice and historic, but there’s no more tingle down my leg; he really is an empty suit, he does very little. Why should I pull my hair out for Four More Years, when I’m not even sure he should be there, that he’ll do ANYTHING???”

    So I find this line of discussion interesting. They actually view Hillary as someone worth having as POTUS, strictly on merit: they know she has a strong record for fighting for the right things, for having a policy wonk’s knowledge of the issues, and the guts to fight for them. Breaking this glass ceiling would be icing.

  183. “Gee, 2008 was all nice and historic, but there’s no more tingle down my leg; he really is an empty suit, he does very little. Why should I pull my hair out for Four More Years, when I’m not even sure he should be there, that he’ll do ANYTHING???”

    So I find this line of discussion interesting. They actually view Hillary as someone worth having as POTUS, strictly on merit: they know she has a strong record for fighting for the right things, for having a policy wonk’s knowledge of the issues, and the guts to fight for them. Breaking this glass ceiling would be icing.

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

    Good point. And here MoDo is specifically talking about needing a woman with a history of fighting for women’s issues. Not a word about historic or symbolism or glass ceiling.

    Maybe the Goddess is bringing good out of evil. 😉

  184. Hey, Basil.. good girl not letting the provocateurs take over the blog- between the alien Drama Queen, the Troll and the retired CiA agent, they sure do have a (nasty) way of ingratiating themselves to their hero worship followers.

    I did like the post from nomobama and will repost it here as a bottom line:

    nomobama
    March 14th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t care if anyone likes what I post or not. I cannot control what or how others think or respond to something that I have written or linked. I don’t want people trying to control me, and vice versa. If everyone else can post what they want, then there’s no reason why I can’t do the same. If it happens to be against something someone else does not believe, then take it for what it’s worth.

    There are some here who need to take a look in the mirror, decrying the heavy handed approach by some only to behave the same way. The way I look at it is let people be who they are, and who cares who writes comments and who doesn’t do so any longer. Additionally, stop trying to force the “would the Clinton’s approve” litmus test. I can think for myself.
    ___________

    His/her post just about says it all. Some people have too much time on their hands and love interrupting a nice flow of conversation on the blog-
    _________________

    rgb44hrc

    Sarandon is a very vocal supporter of Obama. I have my druthers about her sincerity and the impetus of her change of mind to Hillary. She at one time was a known anti-Hillary critic in 08′ making horrible statements about Hillary.. I wouldn’t be surprised if her husband left her because of her breathtaking adoration of Obama.. who knows-

  185. “…you calling me a LIAR when you implied I had NOT posted the entire comment.”
    ====

    WTF? I didn’t call you a liar nor did I imply you had posted only an excerpt, nor do I care if it was only an excerpt.
    *********

    “…it’s bad form to call someone stupid for having different interests than yours.”
    ====

    Of course that would be bad form. But I didn’t do it.
    *********

    “And I DISAGREE with you about the article’s interest.”
    ====

    Yes, but you’re just stating the obvious here: we both know we disagree. I think the article is full of bullshit, and you hold it against me for explaining why I think so. Instead of getting up in arms about it, why don’t you explain what you think is interesting about the article?

    BTW, I'(m surprised that your particular life circumstances prevent you from living in Europe. Could you tell me what circumstances those are? I know several Africans, Arabs, Chinese, Chileans and Indians who have come to live in Europe; they never complained about any circumstances keeping them at home. This is particularly true of black Africans, who are dirt poor and can barely read or write, but they make the move anyway.

    And what’s this about the “luxury” of living in Europe? Americans are supposed to look askance on socialist Europe which is in some sort of economic decline! What is it now? You think we’re all lodging in 5-star hotels and blowing a wad on the Champs Elysées?

  186. or some ridiculous invention like “watermelon” supposedly coming from Europe

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

    Do they even have watermelons over there? 😉

  187. So essentially, we have to disarm our troops b/c our so called Afghan military allies cannot be trusted? This is outrageous. Our soldiers must feel betrayed imo.

  188. Another great post @ Ulsterman’s blog chock full of information from:

    America the beautiful
    March 15, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Back to Chicago….

    Christine Lagarde was Wm Cohen of The Cohen Group’s congressional aid.
    At Baker McKenznie she represented Lockheed who is represented by The Cohen Group

    The Cohen Group brought on Marc Grossman who directs Lochkeed and was a shadow figure in the Valerie Flame investigation

    FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds

    USAttorney Fitzgerald basically took down the Bush WH with his investigation of Valerie Plame which seemed bogus but certainly inflamed the voting public…where it turned out her husband lied and 500 metric tons of yellow cake uranium WAS then transferred out of Iraq and into Canada…supposedly, AP

    Patrick Fitzgerald’s best friend, James Comey, got who got Fitzgerald appointed as US Attorney ….through a suprise move by Sen Peter Fitzgerald, who then resigned opening his senate seat to …nowhere man Obama…who then took over that Senate seat and upon leaving to the WH ….USAttorney Patrick Fitzgerald prosecuted and put Blago in jail for having conversations with Obama’s staff as to who would get the senate seat…only cash changed hands was Jessie’s Jackson Jr and his backers a group from India. Jackson never indicted though punished by having affairs published in the press…. which I read as his payback…

    Wm. Cohen, former Sec of DeFense..Susan Collins who worked for Cohen sits in his Senate seat, Maines other SenatorbOlympia Snowe also worked Cohen as his Congressional aid so that is another aid besides Collins, Snowe and Christine Lagarde…his bio is extremely impressive. he works both sides of the aisle and from his publications “Like No Time To Cut Missle Defense” and “On Common Ground” Russia and USA ..Cohen represents the defense industry and by his measured stance on most issues ….I’d guess he views Obama as a rogue president…

  189. jbstonesfan
    March 15th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    So essentially, we have to disarm our troops b/c our so called Afghan military allies cannot be trusted? This is outrageous. Our soldiers must feel betrayed imo.
    ____________

    Coming from someone that doesn’t have a clue about the politics of America- Americans love their troops and the sacrifice made being in harms way and away from the families for extended periods of time. Don’t let it upset you. Panetta has made very
    controversial statements lately and is operating with a guilty conscience.

  190. Posting another great post @ Ulsterman’s blog from
    America the beautiful connecting the dots- (in reverse order) great connections linking the players together and their relationship to Obama-
    _____________________

    America the beautiful

    February 8, 2012

    Let’s consider adding up a few loose and apparently unconnected strands that may be well connected…. Or not…but — Let’s connect them:

    *the [Obama’s] questionable donations — the Feds wanted facts on certain campaign donations to Obama via Federal Election Commission Laws that have yet to be answered for…remember Obama claimed to have had voluminous $25.00 donations yet that turned out not to be true …but totally and completely false.

    * the Chicago Rojas drug family as campaign donations Bundler and in particular bundler/donor to Obama campaign ….has Feds drop guilty plea AND receives safe haven in Mexio under Calderone while other Rohas family members remain in Chicago gearing up to bundle donations and More…

    * Where is Patrick Fitzgerald in all this.
    ..Look who appointed Fitzgerald…who else did this serve…who else was in this loop??

    *Calderone complains of guns crossing into Mexico right on cue (remember Kabuki)…he plays his part to help Obama destroy the 2nd amendment, a small favor in exchange for a laundry facility with wide open borders for “direct commerce” of drug sales into the USA

    * Fast and Furious may be so much more than a gun operation to remove 2nd amendment constitutional rights from the people…it may be that the Obama administration is laundering (for a %) the drug cartels money..Shore Bank, First California, Shore Bank International are Obama/Holder money laundering outlets –with the Rohas drug family in Chicago–close to Shore Bank

    *Consider — were our Feds so corrupted by the cash at the border and by cartels and our own Holder Justice Department, that they willingly sent guns without GPS as part of the huge cartels payoffs made it as worthwhile—- as the cops or any other officials can be bought off… is that why Fast and Furious was first known as Operation Direct Commerce (that name since scrubbed from the net). Also remember that whistler blower Agent Dodson and his complete and utter confusion as to what was happening and though told to stand down–stayed for days as a lone lookout before being threatened by his superior–only after Border Agent Terry’s death did he go to Congressional authorities– however until GOP and Daryle Issa took the house in 2010 could there be any investigation as the Dems had put a freeze on it… See Frank Miniter’s article in Forbes 12/7/2011 “Inside President Obama’s War on the Fast and Furious Whistleblowers.”

    * First California Bank is another money laundering facility so corrupt they simply send a warning shot over Feinstein’s head as they steal 5 Million dollars from her ( and it may be so much more) bank accounts.

    *Note today’s paradigm change — with Axelrod and Obama now embracing the “evil PAC’s” that last year had Obama apoplectic at the State of the Union as he bizarrely lost his composure with the Supreme Court …deriding the justices for giving rights to corporations …now able to give donations to the party of their choice ….thus destroying Obama’s leverage on campaign cash flow…. .and with Wall Street now turning their backs on Obama and refusing to bundle for him– how does he hide where all that cash is flowing from — as he no longer has the Wall Street big money screen to hide behind… Where does he now claim all that money cames from?

    Wonder who actually wrote those recent $38,500. per plate checks in New York last week? We’re those tickets prepaid and simply handed out?

    ***Makes one wonder if the Wall Street bail-outs had as much to do with certain forces knowing their “donations” were actually being supplied for them….Funny thing…Black Mail works in both directions ….hence, big bail outs and big bonus’ regardless of the pious speeches from big mouth

    * Jack Wheeler IV was not just a WMD or Chem warfare specialist…he was also a banking/Sec specialist for the US government …for many years.

    Where are all those savvy investigative reporters…someone who could put the financial/ criminal picture together… …Unfortunately there are few like Mark Pittman… Bob Ivy?

    Greta has put out a fishing line…

    * it’s not just the money, it’s not just the drugs, it’s not just the cooperation of Calderone, it’s not just the evil partnership with the drug cartels, it’s not just the US banks laundering the monies…It is the capture of our flag by seditious forces within our own government

  191. Basil- thanks for bring this post from America the beautiful home:
    ________________

    BASIL99
    March 14th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    America the beautiful
    March 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Environmentalism is the mask by which the globalists manage and control. Through ventures like Obama’s CCX, cap and trade is simply a vehicle to tax and instil fear. Don’t believe Obama ever believed in Solyndra or any green energy. It was strictly another avenue to transfer wealth to his team and break our bank as he spent us into the rabbit hole…these schemes have had forerunners in Europe where the proponents are referred to as “Watermelons”… Green on the outside, red inside. It is communism through energy control, wealth transfer and redistributive taxation. “Obama is collapsing our country into the hands of the UN and the IMF. ”

    (…)

    The Fed made loans and they were made not to the engines of the free enterprise system of the USA but to Europe, to their banks..where their mutual destruction is assured by the use and contagion of the Euro…and their unsustainable debt, particularly of the PIGS…Portugal,Ireland, Spain and Greece. Look into Soros and the socialist Lagarge’s involvement in the creation of the EU.

    The USA and Germany are are bailing but it is a matter of time…and their collapse will effectively bring about our collapse, through lost trade, investments, etc …That is the scenario which will bring about a global currency via the IMF with the UN claiming world governance.
    ____________

    Whoever this person is posting this information is no doubt in the know having a spectacular ability for articulating the connections in definitive terms filling in the blanks of the whys and wherefores of Obama’s Destroy America agenda. And why it’s worth paying attention to what he has to say- every little bit of an explanation helps us understand how deliberate Obama’s actions are rather that the notion he is not stewarding the country properly due to his inexperience.

  192. TDO: Yeah, they got watermelons but we wouldn’t recognize them as such. They’re round, smaller than a basketball, and they’re not a big selling item. Like pumpkins: without Halloween, who needs them?

  193. jeswezey

    You feel left out? That’s cute. OK, I’ll suspect you if you want: I suspect you use my moniker to publish your most outrageous ideas and get away with it, letting me take the blame! Watch out, or I’ll start making lots of typos so people will think I’m you!

    ——-
    My typos are my sign of resistance using an iPad, a touch keyboard and no reading glasses on (a new gift of getting older), and being a PC gal.

    You are welcome to take the blame for me…anytime, but I never have crackpot ideas, just have different standards than some.

    I think you do well having outrageous ideas of your own. 😉

  194. yheitman
    March 15th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I’m an RN and I have seen a few heart attacks…

    ——–
    Thank you so much for your feedback.

  195. BASIL99
    March 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Trump scores again. Looks behind the Arpaio curtain and determines Joe is telling the truth.

    ——–
    And this is one of the frickin’ reasons I wish that Mr. BadhairDay would run for President.
    He is enjoying his life too much and doesn’t like to be made fun of.

  196. Er….

    In Americaneze, this particular comment translates as lying.

    “Also, your comment “Full disclosure my eye! More like full cover-up!”

    Perhaps you should brush up on the vernacular form of the language.

  197. Oh PUkEASE!!!! You really do need reading comprehension classes. I already stated i did NOT agree with the entire article but in the interest of full disclosure, despite jeswezy stating “Full disclosure my eye! More like full cover-up!” I left it intact instead of leaving out potentially controversila comments which, just as I suspected, some people here would be unable to see beyond.

    Grow the Frig up.

    I’m done with this subject.

    Go argue with your toilet.

    And then use it to flush away the venom gushing through your system. If it will cooperate with you, that it.

  198. Greta stole her first line from DCCC & I stole it all from Greta:

    “…The Republican War on Women must be stopped NOW…”

    The above quote is lifted from the DCCC fundraiser emailed to thousands. It is hoped that this message “WAR ON WOMEN” will enrage women to send their money to the DCCC. Really, is that the way to inspire to contribute? Would not it be smarter – or even decent – to instead tell us what you have done to that we feel like it is a good idea to send more? The nation does not have a budget, the government is going broke, we are drowning in waste and fraud, the Congress not only did not watch what was going on in the housing industry that destroyed our economy but actually is responsible for the collapse for its failed stewardship (and now wants all of us to pay the legal bills of those in executive positions accused of scamming us! Go figure!) Do you want more? There is a lot more…(and yes it includes both parties!)
    http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2012/03/15/now-women-are-being-used-as-the-political-props-if-i-had-to-pick-i-prefer-to-get-insulted-by-boorish-talk-than-used/

  199. Mrs. Smith
    March 15th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Basil- thanks for bring this post from America the beautiful home:

    Mrs. S,

    Thanks for the thanks. Everyone may not always write a perfect post but godd@mit it this is the internets, not the f**king NYT, although the content here is far superior.

    And thanks for the war rally.

  200. OK, BASIL, truce and closure – I now see why you took my comment badly. “Full Cover-up” was directed not at you but at the article, because I felt the writer had covered up a lot of facts with distortions and spin. Sorry I upset you.

  201. Seeing there has been virtual silence since I’ve projected the possibility of Romney, Obama’s twin, gaining the presidency with Obama awarded the presidency of the UN.. I caution you, read the signs… calling to our attention.
    ______________________

    @ Ulsterman-

    American Elections To Be Turned Over To United Nations…

    American Elections To Be Turned Over To United Nations…

  202. BASIL99
    March 15th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    March 15th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Basil- thanks for bring this post from America the beautiful home:

    Mrs. S,

    Thanks for the thanks. Everyone may not always write a perfect post but godd@mit it this is the internets, not the f**king NYT, although the content here is far superior.

    And thanks for the war rally.
    ________________

    I had bookmarked America the beautiful’s comments a few days ago- got busy with b2b apts and didn’t have the time to post them.. Glad you did.. we see by AB’s comments there is much more going on beneath the radar as we are distracted by the Super Tuesdays.
    ____________

    “And thanks for the war rally.”

    They ain’t seen nothin’ yet- I’m an American Grizzly toten grandma and proud of it..

  203. I am sick and tired of women being the political football in every election.
    They get women all worked up to get their allegiance, then they shove them back in the closet until the next election.

    Women need to wise up and not take the bait.

  204. Agreed- Shadowfax. But the stakes have grown much higher over the last six months. Our Liberty and Freedom under the Constitution are being threatened by this administration. As I’ve written previously, Obama and the DNC OWN and have control over the Diebold Voting Black Boxes. (the ones saying, it’s too much trouble for printing a receipt registering our vote.)

    I almost barfed at the BOA ATM machine- when I saw the engraved letters on the bottom framework of the machine.- DIEBOLD

    Now comes this:
    ___________________

    US e-voting system cracked in less than 48 hours

    Broken Padlock Icon Researchers at the University of Michigan have reported that it took them only a short time to break through the security functions of a pilot project for online voting in Washington, D.C. “Within 48 hours of the system going live, we had gained near complete control of the election server”, the researchers wrote in a paperPDF that has now been released. “We successfully changed every vote and revealed almost every secret ballot.” The hack was only discovered after about two business days – and most likely only because the intruders left a visible trail on purpose.

    In 2010, the developers of the municipal e-voting system that enables voters living abroad to vote via a web site, invited security experts to conduct tests. The university researchers say that the project was developed in cooperation with the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV) and that other US states have also worked on services similar to Washington’s “Digital Vote-by-Mail Service”. They also praise the system’s transparency as exemplary but point out that its architecture has fundamental security weaknesses and was not able to withstand a shell injection and other common hacker techniques.

    The security experts investigated common vulnerable points such as login fields, the virtual ballots’ content and filenames, and session cookies – and found several exploitable weaknesses. Even the Linux kernel used in the project proved to have a well known vulnerability. They were also able to use the PDFs generated by the system to trick the encryption mechanism, while unsecured surveillance cameras provided additional insights into the infrastructure. While the open source nature of the code made their work somewhat easier, they believe that attackers would have been able to make quick headway even if the system had been proprietary.

    The researchers conclude that it is generally difficult to build secure online voting systems. One small configuration or implementation error would undermine the entire voting process. Even if central servers were not used, which would be prime targets for hacking attempts, there would still be a number of other points of attack. Fundamental advances still need to be made in security, they say, before e-voting will truly be safe.

    http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/US-e-voting-system-cracked-in-less-than-48-hours-1463881.html

  205. The Battle of Athens was an armed rebellion led by WWII veterans and citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the tyrannical local government in August 1946.

    Specific materials in this video are copyrighted and fall into 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, The Fair Use of a Copyrighted Work.

    movie trailer:
    ____________

  206. Mrs. Smith
    March 15th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Hey, Basil.. good girl not letting the provocateurs take over the blog- between the alien Drama Queen,
    ———–

    When I first started blogging here, I was apprehensive that if I revealed that I was a fairly new citizen having come to this country 20 and odd years ago, that other commenters here may not treat me well. That fear has been realized since you started blogging here. You have repeatedly insinuated that I don’t have voting privileges and now you have a name for me that says I am an outsider. Your inner racist is showing and I am just glad that I don’t know you in my real life. Because the America I have come to love has no place for people like you.

    BTW, you won’t last for a day with your attitude on other Hillary blogs — they will boot you out. Maybe that is why you have firmly established yourself here, nowhere else to go.

    I don’t provoke but react when others are treated badly — like when you go after others who challenge you or disagree with you. I have no interest in taking over the blog but looks like you want to because you have nowhere else to go.

  207. If the shoe fits, wear it!

    Who cares what you say- Talk to the HAND!

    Get over yourself- No one cares how much money you have… it doesn’t mean crap here! Your rudeness and foul mouthed comments and insults registered here haven’t been forgotten.

    Who cares what you say- Talk to the HAND!

    I have nothing more to say to you.. scroll by my comments..

  208. Yes Mrs. S- the DNC and Obamacrats practiced stealing votes in 2008 and now they will beg, murder and steal to get their fraud a second term, just so they have another 4 years of spending, golfing, playing, parting and corrupting our constitution further.

    Vote all the bums out!

  209. Shadow- The youtube video is an example of how citizens wrested their local government from corruption. If has has been reported, the UN will monitor the next election… will the insults go deeper and the monitors to OUR elections will turn out to be …. Muslims? How do you think that will go over with American Voters?
    _______________

    Remember the DSK Scandal? Here is the connection to Obama…

    DSK sex scandal linked to Obama through Bilderberg Group

    Well, the hole keeps getting deeper and deeper. This is the third in a series of articles dealing with the possible setup of Dominique Strauss-Kahn by the Obama administration to get DSK out and Christine Lagarde in!

    We’ve shown the link to Obama going through Baker & Mckenzie; Lagarde’s former Chicago law firm which, through at least one lawyer, donated thousands of dollars to the Obama 2008 campaign.

    We’ve also shown the timeline which perfectly lines up with the accusation of rape against DSK, the resignation from the International Monetary Fund [IMF], the nomination of Christine Lagarde, the nod from Obama which sealed the job for Lagarde, and finally the admission from the alleged rape victim that she lied… all in perfect harmony.

    http://www.examiner.com/christian-perspectives-in-toronto/dsk-sex-scandal-linked-to-obama-through-bilderberg-group?fb_comment=35052656

  210. pm317,

    I’m not sure who or what you are referring to but rest assure I have always adored your comments, your posts and your insights and I certainly hope I have not made you feel unwelcome in any way.

    As I said before, welcome back and may we see much more of you.

    I remember vividly all your amazing comments in that horrible time in 2008 when it seemed HRC couldn’t possible lose and yet she did. In fact, I copied and saved some of your wonderful remarks.

    I don’t want to get in the middle of any feud but you are A+ in my book. As are many others, including Mrs. S.

  211. For anyone wondering what has happened to the country we once knew especially apparent since Obama took office; noting why he was chosen instead of our “dear Hillary”… here is a worthwhile summary laden with familiar benchmarks-
    ___________________

    (…)

    “The corporate federal government then discarded our original constitution and began to draft their own, so similar as to escape our notice. (You cannot use the Constitution to defend yourself because you are not a party to it. (Padelford Fay & Co. v. The mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah 14 Georgia 438, 520.) The original 13th amendment was removed in order to avoid violation of their version of the constitution from the start. http://www.uhuh.com/constitution/am13-fgd.htm The truth has been thrust before our eyes and assaulted our ears ever since. How many times have you seen in print or heard a politician refer to the constitution as “The Constitution of the United States?” There, friends and neighbors is the original lie for all to see and hear for our true original de jure Constitution was written as, “The Constitution for the united States of America. Words mean everything and the changing of one seemingly unimportant word can and did make the difference between a free republic and a corporate takeover.

    With the takeover complete and the people still blissfully in the dark, the “Transformation of America” began in earnest. In order to accomplish that transformation without another war the secret had to be kept and the society of America drastically changed and “dumbed down” in the extreme. The reason for the takeover was simple. Greed, for money certainly but mostly for the acquisition of that which those who have everything cannot have; power, complete and total power, so much power as to give those who hold it, control over the entire world. The force behind this transformation was a group of powerful foreign bankers, (more details on them in a future article). They had attempted many times to take over America by capturing her monetary system and failed. With the Act of 1871 the door to obscene power and wealth was thrown wide open. America was then on a sure and certain path to destruction at the hands of a few self appointed elite.

    The plan was brilliant and carefully crafted by men who had an infinite amount of patience. They knew it would take decades to accomplish but the game was on. By 1913, under Woodrow Wilson, they were able to corrupt congress enough to get the 16th and 17th amendments passed. Even though the 16th was never ratified what the people didn’t know was just fine with them. The 16th paved the way for the bankers to gain complete control over the nation’s monetary system with the creation of the Federal Reserve Debt System, (nothing federal about it, owned lock stock and barrel by a foreign corporation) designed at a weekend retreat in Georgia called Jekyll Island. Following that, the IRS, also owned by them, was created.

    To further control the monetary system and place the people under permanent debt, the bankers manipulated the economy and plunged the nation into the great depression. Then their handpicked CEO, (remember the government is now a corporation not a government therefore there are no restrictions of birthright etc. to hold that office), Franklin D. Roosevelt called in all the nation’s gold leaving the population with absolutely worthless paper notes backed by nothing, created out of thin air and based on debt.

    The second step was creating a way to profit even more on the greatest resource the nation possessed, her people. Have you ever stopped to wonder where the term “Human Resources” originated? How can humans be a national resource? The term itself implies ownership and that is exactly what it means. We are Human capital (Executive Order 13037. )With the enactment of two items we were converted from a free people to corporate chattel; the Certificate of Live Birth and later the Social Security system. Both of those documents create an all capital name entity which is bonded and traded on the open market. A trust account is created in that name and from that moment on everything you do in commerce for the rest of your life is based on forcing you to borrow on your own money while creating debt from it while the elite amass wealth by stealing your sweat equity. (You own no property, slaves can’t own property. Read the Deed to the property that you think is yours. You are listed as a Tenant. (Senate Document 43, 73rd Congress 1 st. Session). Every time you sign your name on a check, a credit application, a license of any kind, a contract or check that little box “are you a U.S. Citizen”, you are granting your permission to be under the unconstitutional jurisdiction of THE CORPORATION UNITED STATES. Take out a magnifying glass and examine the line on your checks where you sign your name. Look at your SSI card, drivers license, credit and debit cards etc., and you will see your name in all capital letters indicating that corporate entity. That entity is known as your “Straw Man”. http://vodpod.com/watch/3864930-meet-your-strawman (more on this at a later time). Even worse, by signing a birth certificate for your child you have just given legal custody of that child to the state which is why the state can take that child from you if they decide that you should not have him or her.

    We have not had a Treasury since 1921. In 1944 by the Breton Woods Agreement our nation’s capitol, indeed all of the District of Columbia was ceded to the IMF (owns the Federal Reserve, IRS and the various alphabet agencies which are also corporate entities, FCC, CIA, FBI, NASA etc.) The IMF is an Agency of the UN. (Black’s Law Dictionary 6th Ed. Pg 816). New York City is defined in the Federal Regulations as the United Nations. Rudolph Giuliani stated on C-Span that “New York City was the capitol of the world” and he was correct. (20 CFR chapter 111, subpart B 422.103 (b) (2) (2) (also check out Rev. 14 in reference to what happened on 9/11)

    http://dev.republicoftheunitedstates.org/the-change-our-founders-believed-in/

  212. For anyone wondering what has happened to the country we once knew especially apparent since Obama took office; noting why he was chosen instead of our “dear Hillary”… here is a worthwhile summary laden with familiar benchmarks-
    ___________________

    (…)

    “The corporate federal government then discarded our original constitution and began to draft their own, so similar as to escape our notice. (You cannot use the Constitution to defend yourself because you are not a party to it. (Padelford Fay & Co. v. The mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah 14 Georgia 438, 520.) The original 13th amendment was removed in order to avoid violation of their version of the constitution from the start. http://www.uhuh.com/constitution/am13-fgd.htm The truth has been thrust before our eyes and assaulted our ears ever since. How many times have you seen in print or heard a politician refer to the constitution as “The Constitution of the United States?” There, friends and neighbors is the original lie for all to see and hear for our true original de jure Constitution was written as, “The Constitution for the united States of America. Words mean everything and the changing of one seemingly unimportant word can and did make the difference between a free republic and a corporate takeover.

    With the takeover complete and the people still blissfully in the dark, the “Transformation of America” began in earnest. In order to accomplish that transformation without another war the secret had to be kept and the society of America drastically changed and “dumbed down” in the extreme. The reason for the takeover was simple. Greed, for money certainly but mostly for the acquisition of that which those who have everything cannot have; power, complete and total power, so much power as to give those who hold it, control over the entire world. The force behind this transformation was a group of powerful foreign bankers, (more details on them in a future article). They had attempted many times to take over America by capturing her monetary system and failed. With the Act of 1871 the door to obscene power and wealth was thrown wide open. America was then on a sure and certain path to destruction at the hands of a few self appointed elite.

    The plan was brilliant and carefully crafted by men who had an infinite amount of patience. They knew it would take decades to accomplish but the game was on. By 1913, under Woodrow Wilson, they were able to corrupt congress enough to get the 16th and 17th amendments passed. Even though the 16th was never ratified what the people didn’t know was just fine with them. The 16th paved the way for the bankers to gain complete control over the nation’s monetary system with the creation of the Federal Reserve Debt System, (nothing federal about it, owned lock stock and barrel by a foreign corporation) designed at a weekend retreat in Georgia called Jekyll Island. Following that, the IRS, also owned by them, was created.

    To further control the monetary system and place the people under permanent debt, the bankers manipulated the economy and plunged the nation into the great depression. Then their handpicked CEO, (remember the government is now a corporation not a government therefore there are no restrictions of birthright etc. to hold that office), Franklin D. Roosevelt called in all the nation’s gold leaving the population with absolutely worthless paper notes backed by nothing, created out of thin air and based on debt.

    The second step was creating a way to profit even more on the greatest resource the nation possessed, her people. Have you ever stopped to wonder where the term “Human Resources” originated? How can humans be a national resource? The term itself implies ownership and that is exactly what it means. We are Human capital (Executive Order 13037. )With the enactment of two items we were converted from a free people to corporate chattel; the Certificate of Live Birth and later the Social Security system. Both of those documents create an all capital name entity which is bonded and traded on the open market. A trust account is created in that name and from that moment on everything you do in commerce for the rest of your life is based on forcing you to borrow on your own money while creating debt from it while the elite amass wealth by stealing your sweat equity. (You own no property, slaves can’t own property. Read the Deed to the property that you think is yours. You are listed as a Tenant. (Senate Document 43, 73rd Congress 1 st. Session). Every time you sign your name on a check, a credit application, a license of any kind, a contract or check that little box “are you a U.S. Citizen”, you are granting your permission to be under the unconstitutional jurisdiction of THE CORPORATION UNITED STATES. Take out a magnifying glass and examine the line on your checks where you sign your name. Look at your SSI card, drivers license, credit and debit cards etc., and you will see your name in all capital letters indicating that corporate entity. That entity is known as your “Straw Man”. h… vodpod.com/watch/3864930-meet-your-strawman (more on this at a later time). Even worse, by signing a birth certificate for your child you have just given legal custody of that child to the state which is why the state can take that child from you if they decide that you should not have him or her.

    We have not had a Treasury since 1921. In 1944 by the Breton Woods Agreement our nation’s capitol, indeed all of the District of Columbia was ceded to the IMF (owns the Federal Reserve, IRS and the various alphabet agencies which are also corporate entities, FCC, CIA, FBI, NASA etc.) The IMF is an Agency of the UN. (Black’s Law Dictionary 6th Ed. Pg 816). New York City is defined in the Federal Regulations as the United Nations. Rudolph Giuliani stated on C-Span that “New York City was the capitol of the world” and he was correct. (20 CFR chapter 111, subpart B 422.103 (b) (2) (2) (also check out Rev. 14 in reference to what happened on 9/11)

    http://dev.republicoftheunitedstates.org/the-change-our-founders-believed-in/

  213. admin, would like to add to your great line It’s the failures, stupid…

    and next…It’s the gas prices, stupid…

  214. pm317, please do not let the crude and rude get to you…when I was first ‘attacked’ out of the blue I was taken a back…(I think and suspect some of these are obots that infiltrated and took over TM when you and I were there way back when)

    before these constant personal attacks started this site had always been a ‘live and let live’ zone…however as time went on and I have seen the most obvious pattern of the ring leader who must always dominate and control otherwise she lashes out in an instant immature, foolish and reactionary way…

    I realized that there is no reasoning, no conversation, no ‘agree to disagree’ and open dialogue…it is the nonsense you see in these comments that come fast and furious and it won’t change…it is always the same ones…over and over…she has no shame…the name calling will follow…

    She has a few followers who respond in kind and I so agree with what you said regarding this site and Admin’s heroic efforts deserve so much more…

    it was not like this for such a long time but now you can count on it and the ‘same old, same old’ silly comments and reactions from she that not need be named…

    …it is such a colossal waste of our time…particulary for people that come here with no axe to grind, no ‘need’ to take over and run the show…all i can say to the rest of us is just try to ignore it because it really brings down the level of discussion and it is embarrassing to read these obnoxious comments on such an erudite site…they are really good at dishing it out and pointing the finger at others but have no self awareness of their own behavior…

    this need for control and ‘thought’ censorship reminds me so much of why i left the dems…when I realized how really narrow minded they were and how it has to be “there way or no way”

    …anyway, enough said…there are so many of us here that really do want to share information, ideas and strategy and truly appreciate the amazing job Admin does…let that be the focus…we have no need for the in-fighting…it proves nothing…and takes up space better filled with something meant to shed light, motivate, inspire and inform…

  215. “…there are so many of us here that really do want to share information, ideas and strategy and truly appreciate the amazing job Admin does…let that be the focus…we have no need for the in-fighting…it proves nothing…and takes up space better filled with something meant to shed light, motivate, inspire and inform…”
    ________________

    Yes, indeed.

  216. http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/romney-set-to-dominate-race-through-april/

    Romney Set to Dominate Race Through April
    Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley, U.Va. Center for Politics March 15th, 2012
    Three of the four candidates for the Republican presidential nomination — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — might soon agree with T.S. Eliot: for them, April may indeed be “the cruelest month.”

    That’s because their front-running rival, Mitt Romney, appears poised to further pad his lead in delegates in upcoming Republican nomination contests, starting with Illinois next Tuesday and through a northeastern primary day on April 24.

    From now until the end of April, we expect Romney to win not only the majority of nominating contests, but also the majority of delegates awarded in these contests.

    It’s fair to ask how Romney’s position can be so strong after finishing third in the two major primaries held on Tuesday, Alabama and Mississippi. The most important thing anyone can do on any primary night is to remember the calendar — not the primary schedule but the general election date. The two Deep South primaries appear critical, yet they will be long forgotten by Labor Day, much less Nov. 6. Barring a massive, difficult to fathom shift in this contest, Mitt Romney has a better than 80% chance to be the GOP nominee. No amount of wild tapping on CNN’s magic wall will alter those odds.

    The reason is that, much like when Hillary Clinton was fighting a front-running Barack Obama in the last few months of the 2008 Democratic primary, the delegate math — and particularly the lack of true winner take all contests — favors the candidate with the big delegate lead.

    That candidate is Romney. While different news organizations have different ways of measuring delegates, calculations from National Public Radio, the Associated Press and others show Romney with a consistent lead, holding about two times as many delegates as Santorum. Days like Tuesday — when the results in little-followed contests in American Samoa and Hawaii gave Romney an edge in delegates over Santorum at the end of the day — generate great headlines for Santorum, but actually make his daunting odds for a delegate majority even longer.

    We expect Romney’s delegate edge to grow on Santorum in the next six weeks.

    Chart 1 shows our loose guesstimates of how many delegates each candidate should receive in the 11 upcoming contests that award delegates; non-binding caucuses, such as the one being held in Missouri on Saturday, are not included, nor are Republican “superdelegates,” party leaders who typically have a few slots in each state.

    Chart 1: Crystal Ball delegate guesstimates for upcoming Republican contests

    see chart

    *Only 20 of Louisiana’s 46 delegates are awarded through the March 24 primary. Candidates getting more than 25% of the vote receive a proportion of those 20 delegates based on their statewide vote. In this instance, our best guess is that only Santorum and Romney will receive more than 25% of the vote there.

    Gingrich and Paul are invisible men in our projections. While we can see them potentially winning delegates here or there, they are way, way behind in the delegate race and there are not obvious places for them to make up ground. For the purposes of this projection, we are keeping them in the race, but that could change at any point — after failing to win either Mississippi or Alabama, but finishing ahead of Romney in both places, we find it hard to predict when, or even if, Gingrich will exit the race. And also, we do not know what effect his possible departure would have on the contest. It’s easy to assume that the lion’s share of his supporters would shift to Santorum, but that is not at all guaranteed.

    Map 1 shows the remaining contests where voting — either in caucuses or primaries — has yet to be completed. The basic dynamic of the race has not changed; Romney does well in the Northeast and West, while Santorum does well in the South. After Louisiana on March 24, the GOP race heads North for April — which is what makes it such a cruel month, potentially, for Romney’s rivals.

    Map 1: Updated Crystal Ball ratings of remaining Republican caucus/primary states, based on Romney’s chances of winning

    see map

  217. Here’s a MUST READ by John Kass, who really knows the Chicago thuggery intimately. It is only because Barky is just a bit more sly than Blago that he is in the White House and Blago is in the slammer for 14 long ones.

    Not all of Blagojevich’s missteps were criminal, some were just stupid
    Ex-governor veered from the Chicago Way, now he’s paying the price

    John Kass

    March 15, 2012

    There he was outside his Chicago bungalow Wednesday, well-coiffed and determined to star in his own crazed fantasy, the Prisoner of Zenda giving us the long goodbye.

    Rod Blagojevich, convicted former governor of Illinois, leaves us as Gov. Dead Meat and arrives in prison Thursday as Gov. New Fish, the second consecutive governor to go to the federal slammer in this thoroughly crooked state we call home.

    He’ll be around 67 years old when he leaves prison, old and gray and without prospects, but you wouldn’t know it from his defiant goodbye speech, with the groupies chanting “Free our governor!” and lumps forming in the throats of some broadcast journalists who should know better.

    “I believe I always, always thought about what was right for the people,” Blagojevich said. “… When I became governor I fought a lot. And maybe I fought too much. And maybe one of the lessons to this whole story is that you’ve got to be a little bit more humble. You can never have enough humility. And maybe I could have had more of that.”

    If he were truly humble he’d have shut the heck up, or at least admitted his guilt, instead of playing the sad yet fiendish imp from some Fellini movie, thrilled to be at the center of his own carnival, with morons trying to drape an American flag on his shoulders, and Rod babbling about hubris and how the Greeks understood that suffering comes before wisdom.

    The only time he almost touched the truth was in that bit about his hubris.

    Of course, Blagojevich is absolutely guilty of corruption. He tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. He tried to shake down a children’s hospital. He was revealed as a cheap hustler, and he deserves what’s coming to him.

    Yet corruption isn’t enough to explain his fall. It’s too easy. It won’t help us understand this crooked state we live in. And it won’t explain why he’ll be a human trivia question in a few months, and why his former rival and fellow Chicago Democratic machine creature, Obama, is moving toward a second term in the White House.

    Chicago is a thoroughly corrupt city. Illinois is a thoroughly corrupt state. We have many politicians who are corrupt. But the alpha males don’t go to prison.

    Sure, the eager hatchlings and the fools go, and fall-guy governors, and the weak-minded and the lazy. And they have years to learn about the currency of federal prison — the pouches of dried fish and postage stamps. Their wives cry and their children miss them.

    But not the dominant males. Not the alphas. They’re insulated and isolated. They don’t grab with their own hands. All they have to do is wait and treasure falls in their laps, all under the color of law. They place their offspring in positions of power, and they have their behinds smooched by the establishment.

    Corruption isn’t the reason Blagojevich is going. The reason he’s going is that he violated the rules. Despite his eager charm and ability to quote Kipling, he wasn’t smart enough to follow the well-lit path known as the Chicago Way.

    He was brought into politics by his father-in-law, Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, the North Side ward boss. Mell spoke for him with serious men in and around politics, and Blagojevich was made governor. There was talk of Rod becoming president one day.

    And then Blagojevich’s hubris got him. He fought publicly with Mell, alleging Mell was using influence over a landfill in Will County. There are two things that smart Chicago politicians never do in Illinois:

    They never raise their voices about landfills. And they don’t fight with the guy who brought them to the dance.

    Mell fired back, saying that the FBI should investigate his son-in-law for selling jobs. But even before the FBI could jump, it was over. Nobody in politics trusted Blagojevich from then on. Without Mell’s protection — and that of Mell’s friends like House Speaker Michael Madigan — all that was left was to pick the bones clean.

    So Blagojevich, twice elected governor, started hustling for cash, exposing himself to prosecution. He had to figure out what he could sell to buy himself a six-figure job after he left office. I’m not excusing him. He’s 100 percent guilty. But if he had played ball, he would have been protected. He wouldn’t have had to sell a thing. Good fortune would have blessed him.

    Smart Chicago politicians understand this, guys like Obama. I’m not accusing the president of corruption, although he and Blagojevich shared a friendship with the same influence peddler, Tony Rezko.

    The young Obama played the reformer, yes, but that was only a show for an adoring media. Obama would never dare challenge the alphas of Illinois. I remember being in the editorial board room at the Tribune Tower when Obama revealed this important and always overlooked aspect of his character.

    “I think I have done a good job in rising politically in this environment without being entangled in some of the traditional problems of Chicago politics,” Obama told me at the onset of his presidential campaign.

    “I know there are those like John Kass who would like me to decry Chicago politics more frequently, and I’ll leave that to his editorial commentary,” Obama said, gifting me with that jewel.

    Thanks, Mr. President. My commentary?

    Obama walked quietly along the Chicago Way and became president.

    And Blagojevich didn’t, and now he’s gone.

    jskass@tribune.com

    Copyright © 2012, Chicago Tribune

  218. “Yes, indeed.”
    _______________

    If discussions can be had without personal attacks, I’m all for it- but I will not tolerate being personally attacked by anyone and accused without cause allowing that train of thought to continue in error without responding…

    Beginning with Tuesday evenings comments… and in the past, a potty mouthed tirade because someone had left the forum…

    It’s too damn bad if people don’t like it when their lies are thrown back in their faces.. and the reason why I posted the comment made by nomobama earlier.

    He sees what is going on without mentioning any names but the guilty parties chose to ignore the truth… that people here can actually read and their baseless accusatory comments won’t play well to people who aren’t cognitively challenged.

  219. Post didn’t work last time, so here goes again: John Kass knows the Chicago thuggery better than most and as he describes Blago’s travail, but it is especially interesting when he reflects on the similarities between Blago and Barky – both of whom are spawned by the same Chicago political swamp. A Must Read if you want to know what we are really dealing with:

    chicagotribune.com

    Not all of Blagojevich’s missteps were criminal, some were just stupid

    Ex-governor veered from the Chicago Way, now he’s paying the price

    John Kass
    March 15, 2012
    There he was outside his Chicago bungalow Wednesday, well-coiffed and determined to star in his own crazed fantasy, the Prisoner of Zenda giving us the long goodbye.

Rod Blagojevich, convicted former governor of Illinois, leaves us as Gov. Dead Meat and arrives in prison Thursday as Gov. New Fish, the second consecutive governor to go to the federal slammer in this thoroughly crooked state we call home.

He’ll be around 67 years old when he leaves prison, old and gray and without prospects, but you wouldn’t know it from his defiant goodbye speech, with the groupies chanting “Free our governor!” and lumps forming in the throats of some broadcast journalists who should know better.

”I believe I always, always thought about what was right for the people,” Blagojevich said. “… When I became governor I fought a lot. And maybe I fought too much. And maybe one of the lessons to this whole story is that you’ve got to be a little bit more humble. You can never have enough humility. And maybe I could have had more of that.”

If he were truly humble he’d have shut the heck up, or at least admitted his guilt, instead of playing the sad yet fiendish imp from some Fellini movie, thrilled to be at the center of his own carnival, with morons trying to drape an American flag on his shoulders, and Rod babbling about hubris and how the Greeks understood that suffering comes before wisdom.

The only time he almost touched the truth was in that bit about his hubris.

Of course, Blagojevich is absolutely guilty of corruption. He tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. He tried to shake down a children’s hospital. He was revealed as a cheap hustler, and he deserves what’s coming to him.

Yet corruption isn’t enough to explain his fall. It’s too easy. It won’t help us understand this crooked state we live in. And it won’t explain why he’ll be a human trivia question in a few months, and why his former rival and fellow Chicago Democratic machine creature, Obama, is moving toward a second term in the White House.

Chicago is a thoroughly corrupt city. Illinois is a thoroughly corrupt state. We have many politicians who are corrupt. But the alpha males don’t go to prison.

Sure, the eager hatchlings and the fools go, and fall-guy governors, and the weak-minded and the lazy. And they have years to learn about the currency of federal prison — the pouches of dried fish and postage stamps. Their wives cry and their children miss them.

But not the dominant males. Not the alphas. They’re insulated and isolated. They don’t grab with their own hands. All they have to do is wait and treasure falls in their laps, all under the color of law. They place their offspring in positions of power, and they have their behinds smooched by the establishment.

Corruption isn’t the reason Blagojevich is going. The reason he’s going is that he violated the rules. Despite his eager charm and ability to quote Kipling, he wasn’t smart enough to follow the well-lit path known as the Chicago Way.

He was brought into politics by his father-in-law, Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, the North Side ward boss. Mell spoke for him with serious men in and around politics, and Blagojevich was made governor. There was talk of Rod becoming president one day.

And then Blagojevich’s hubris got him. He fought publicly with Mell, alleging Mell was using influence over a landfill in Will County. There are two things that smart Chicago politicians never do in Illinois:

They never raise their voices about landfills. And they don’t fight with the guy who brought them to the dance.

Mell fired back, saying that the FBI should investigate his son-in-law for selling jobs. But even before the FBI could jump, it was over. Nobody in politics trusted Blagojevich from then on. Without Mell’s protection — and that of Mell’s friends like House Speaker Michael Madigan — all that was left was to pick the bones clean.

So Blagojevich, twice elected governor, started hustling for cash, exposing himself to prosecution. He had to figure out what he could sell to buy himself a six-figure job after he left office. I’m not excusing him. He’s 100 percent guilty. But if he had played ball, he would have been protected. He wouldn’t have had to sell a thing. Good fortune would have blessed him.

Smart Chicago politicians understand this, guys like Obama. I’m not accusing the president of corruption, although he and Blagojevich shared a friendship with the same influence peddler, Tony Rezko.

The young Obama played the reformer, yes, but that was only a show for an adoring media. Obama would never dare challenge the alphas of Illinois. I remember being in the editorial board room at the Tribune Tower when Obama revealed this important and always overlooked aspect of his character.

”I think I have done a good job in rising politically in this environment without being entangled in some of the traditional problems of Chicago politics,” Obama told me at the onset of his presidential campaign.

”I know there are those like John Kass who would like me to decry Chicago politics more frequently, and I’ll leave that to his editorial commentary,” Obama said, gifting me with that jewel.

Thanks, Mr. President. My commentary? 

Obama walked quietly along the Chicago Way and became president. 

And Blagojevich didn’t, and now he’s gone.



    jskass@tribune.com
    Copyright © 2012, Chicago Tribune

  220. Basill99
    Really enjoyed your post on America the beautiful. I didn’t see it as Clinton bashing at all. Bill made mistakes, being human and all, and it’s likely that in retrospect he regrets signing financial legislation that allowed the funny money business during the Bush II years. With all due respect those criticizing the Clinton comments in the post are critiquing the play at Ford’s theatre. There was a lot in that post – from the gulf oil spill, TARP, re-wrting legal contracts, critical race theory, and especially environmentalism – all being orchestrated to advance the regime. Whew!

    Not only do I agree with most of it, I see the political correctness as the new “dominant religion” O is trying to use in a fascist way (in the list of characteristics of fascism).So I especially agree with this:
    “Do not let the muzzle of PC language silence you.”

    And that connects to your posts on Chris Rock. Wow, what an a-hole. What do we call people like him (and Spike Lee, Samuel L Jackson, Whoopi, etc.), “neoracist”? “narcissistic racist”? Really the way those people throw around the accusation of racism reminds me of McCarthyism. ‘Racist!’ is the new ‘communist!’, which was the new ‘witch!’, really.

    And speaking of environmentalism as method of control, I heard today that “environmentalists” were trying to have ammunition categorized as an environmental hazzard 😉

  221. Oh yeah, this post was about presidential primaries originally, so many good tangents in this thread 🙂

    I tend to agree with Mrs. Smith’s anakysis of it all. Romney is a failsafe for the regime, he’s Obama Lite. But I think they all suck, by design. Stil I’m voting ABO.

    However, if this goes to a brokered convention we will have other options. Like Jeb Bush, or Sarah Palin. Of the un-Fab Four, who will support which of those two? Obviously Romney will back Jeb, since (I think) they go to the same globalist country club; Newt, Sanctimonius and Paul’s Ronulans will back Palin.

    Where’s Hillary?? I keep hoping she’ll burst into song at her next public appearance:

  222. Hillary Clinton Rocks!

    Meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons


  223. Hillary Clinton’s Greatest Speeches on Women

    Clinton’s rousing address at the 2012 Women in the World Summit was just her latest speech for women’s rights. From her 1995 Beijing address to her vocal advocacy for contraception…a mashup of her best.


  224. Jeswezey
    March 15th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    OK, BASIL, truce and closure.

    I don’t know where my post went but wanted to make sure you know I am in complete agreement with a truce, closure and moving on to ABO.

    Cheers.

  225. JanH
    March 15th, 2012 at 9:30 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s Greatest Speeches on Women

    Thanks, JanH. She is so much better than O,now and always has been.

  226. Really enjoyed your post on America the beautiful. I didn’t see it as Clinton bashing at all.

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

    Really?

    “Clinton ( more Hillary than Bill) and their progressive/socialist minions on the left began the financial destruction”

    Maybe you think Hillary can have progressive/socialist minions without being a progressive/socialist herself?

    Maybe it all depends on what the meaning of ‘progressive/socialist’ is.

  227. It’s been so nice seeing others finally standing up to the bully ringleader. This person has often posted far right websites on Hillary sites since during the 2008 primaries, and has gradually been leading this comment section to be Gingrich or no one. Gingrich or you’re a “troll”! But she has been leading in this bullying direction for a long time, and many haven’t seen it. Perhaps it’s the lobster in the gradually warming pot phenomenon.

    It always struck me as very odd that “the biggest Hillary supporter” and the very vocal, self-proclaimed judge of who else could be a Hillary supporter, was the same one who was always posting the far right websites, even long before these current primaries.

    This used to be a great place for discussion. Now most have left because she and a few people insult anyone who disagrees with them. It has become a very unhealthy comment section. Here’s hoping that more people stand up for civility and open discussion.

    ******

    “green on the outside and red on the inside”

    I have heard this term before. My understanding is that it means someone who is ostensibly an environmentalist, but who is actually a communist or socialist but keeps that part more hidden. I have no idea where it originated.

  228. S
    March 15th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    pm317, please do not let the crude and rude get to you…

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

    Yes, please. It was great to see you posting again. Pls ignore the name-callers and continue your good postw.

  229. I am sick and tired of women being the political football in every election.
    They get women all worked up to get their allegiance
    [….]
    Women need to wise up and not take the bait.

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

    Yes, but WHO is doing the riling up this time (I voted for Palin)? What you say fits the previous elections when the Bots keep talking about SC justice appointments etc. But this time it’s the GOP themselves that are coming out loudly with their zygote and sonogram bills, etc, and Santorum with his nonsense. And Issa with his hearing that didn’t allow any women to speak for contraception.

    Why are the GOP taking this ‘bait’ (and pretty small bait it was, compared to the display they are making of themselves)?

  230. Leanora
    March 15th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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

    This story is so nasty it’s unreadable. Do you have anything with real evidence as to the facts?

    If it’s true that Sandra is in a comfortable situation — do you understand what ‘advocacy’ means? It’s what Hillary does. It means that a person who has resources, speaks out for those who do not have the resources to speak for themsleves. It’s what Hillary (and Sandra) have done for women in domestic violence situatations.

    Also it lies about other facts. But for the moment — DO you understand what advocacy means?

  231. lorac said:
    It’s been so nice seeing others finally standing up to the bully ringleader. This person has often posted far right websites on Hillary sites since during the 2008 primaries, and has gradually been leading this comment section to be Gingrich or no one. Gingrich or you’re a “troll”! But she has been leading in this bullying direction for a long time, and many haven’t seen it. Perhaps it’s the lobster in the gradually warming pot phenomenon. [….]
    Here’s hoping that more people stand up for civility and open discussion.

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

    Bravo! Could be the emperor’s new clothes, too. 😉 One person speaks out, so others join in.

    Or maybe it’s just that several people who had left happened to visit again at the same time and so they spoke out at once.

    Anyway, we don’t have to answer insults with insults. Just to start making a lot of civil, on-topic posts ignoring the bullies will bring back balance and health.

  232. “green on the outside and red on the inside”

    I have heard this term before. My understanding is that it means someone who is ostensibly an environmentalist, but who is actually a communist or socialist but keeps that part more hidden. I have no idea where it originated.

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

    Well, there’s an old saying about people like Obama: “They’re Oreo cookies: black on the outside and white on the inside.”

  233. Re: Mrs. Smith
    March 15th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    The recruits are calling names while they are bellowing about others calling names.
    But for the moment — DO you understand what… again, Do you understand? I don’t allow anyone to piss on me and then call it rain. If you don’t like being called names, then don’t call others names or attempt to demean them. Do you undestand….

    Bullies were the ones who were trying to ram Romney down everybody else’s throat here. Then ridiculing those who spoke out about any other candidate, especially Gingrich………and if you are not mature enough to GET OVER that he may have played politics with Bill Clinton after ALL THESE YEARS, then you will lead a miserable life….just don’t try to make my life miserable by harping on but but but but he tried to impeach Bill……….DO you understand????? Bill and Hill understand politics explicitly; that is evidenced by how they have handled ObaMAO since the general election of 2008.

  234. valleyboy, I just wanted to write that I like reading your comments. Are you sure that you are a liberal? I had concluded since sometime in 2007 that most liberals were intellectually dishonest people, with exceptions, of course.

  235. The “poor Bill Clinton” meme is tiresome. He came out of his presidency just fine. Politics is not for the weak of heart.

  236. Short Termer:

    All I want to do is make “The Mean Girls” happy- Is that such a bad thing? More news for the bomb throwers who show up when things are going badly for them. They had better start donating to Romney’s campaign.. Looks like he’s a goner if he runs out of money..
    ________________

    Signs of fiscal strain showing up for Romney

    March 16, 2012

    …On Wednesday, Romney had five finance events in New York and raised about $3 million, with more set for Thursday. So the news is not quite all bad…

    But it’s less encouraging for the campaign that the money is badly needed to refill coffers that had sunk close to their lowest levels since Romney launched his presidential effort last year.

    It’s unclear whether he will tap his own personal wealth…Top aide EricFehrnstrom said Romney has not loaned his campaign any new funds this cycle and has “no plans” to do so.

    Raising money to get through a protracted primary fight is clearly not how Romney wanted to be spending his spring. He had hoped to have wrapped up the nomination by now, ….

    Romney aides acknowledge they’re looking at ways to reduce costs.

    The campaign stopped conducting expensive polling ahead of the Michigan primary. Instead, it now counts on lower-cost voter ID phone calls, which aides contend are nearly as accurate as internal polls. Romney also stopped using the 150-seat plane that could accommodate the press after SuperTuesday and is instead flying with a small group of aides and Secret Service agents on a smaller and cheaper aircraft.

    Further, his staff is pursing what it calls creative ways to maximize free television coverage to supplement a flood of paid television advertising. Romney notified local media, for example, that he’s scheduled to arrive at the San Juan airport Friday at 2:30 p.m….not typical for the buttoned-down campaign with the tightly controlled media schedule….

  237. Just thinking- Short Termer- Maybe the “Mean Girls” need a coach.. Someone that can refine their attacks, more substance less bile.-

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch- Gingrich soldiers on with meaningful attacks on Obama! Romney’s counting his pennies between campaign sites while Gingrich is lining up issues to target Obama- What a thought!
    _________________

    Gingrich talks gas prices, jobs at LITH rally

    LAKE IN THE HILLS ..Newt Gingrich laid out plans Thursday for how the United States can again see $2.50 a gallon gasoline and create jobs in America.

    ……“If we become the No. 1 supplier of oil in the world, and we are independent on energy, we can say to the Saudis, ‘Your period of subsidizing terrorism is over,’” Gingrich said.

    He said drilling for oil in the U.S. could put trillions of dollars into the federal government’s coffers that could help pay down the debt…

    “When I was speaker, we balanced the budget for four years, and when Santorum was in the leadership, they borrowed $1.7 trillion,” Gingrich said. “There’s a big difference between fiscal conservatism and politics as usual.”

    John Jonelis, 59, of Crystal Lake said he enjoyed the speech.

    “I thought it was a terrific speech. I thought he spoke to the entrepreneurial spirit of America,” Jonelis said. “He was articulate, he’s a great communicator; he’s the best communicator I’ve heard out of politicians since Ronald Reagan.”

    Cendy Luto, 52, of Crystal Lake took half of a personal day from work to see Gingrich. She’s a fourth-grade teacher and was at the speech early to make sure that she was right up front.

    “What he says, he’s going to deliver on,” Luto said. “I love that he’s going to get the gas down; I know he will. He’s not doing a bunch of empty promises.

    “He’s very intelligent, nothing rattles his cage, and I respect that.”

    Kathy McCole, 52, of Crystal Lake, who works in customer support for a software company, was thrilled that a presidential candidate came to the area.

    …She said she is supporting Gingrich because she shares his conservative values.

    “I think he’s smart, articulate, and he says it like it is,” McCole said.

    http://www.nwherald.com/2012/03/15/gingrich-talks-gas-prices-jobs-at-lith-rally/ar6mc4u/

  238. Gingrich campaigning as candidate with a vision

    Gingrich is still out there fighting for the Republican presidential nomination, invoking the Bible and Abraham Lincoln as he pushes the idea that America badly needs “a visionary conservative.”

    “I’ve stayed in the race because I think Proverbs is right,” he told an appreciative audience at Judson University. “It warns that without vision, people will perish.”

    Gingrich is given little chance of winning the Republican nomination, but he vows to stay in the race.

    He said his campaign is having a “halftime resetting of the game plan,” and he plans to talk more about “big ideas” involving space, brain science, energy and other topics. He promised “a much clearer definition of a visionary conservative.”

    But his path to victory is daunting. …

    And yet the former speaker of the House of Representatives insists he’s staying in, and he still draws good crowds.

    (…)

    “Almost everyone on the right gives him great credit for the 1994 landslide that brought the GOP back from the wilderness,” he said, referring to the Gingrich-led effort that gave Republicans the House majority for the first time in 40 years.

    (…)

    Whispers are growing louder among conservatives that his presence in the race is making it impossible for Rick Santorum to bring conservatives together to mount a strong challenge to Mitt Romney.

    Too bad, Gingrich says.

    He presses on, saying he’s the only one talking big ideas. If no one has a clear majority of delegates when Republicans convene in August in Tampa, Fla., to pick a nominee, he figures he has a shot.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/gingrich-campaigning-as-candidate-with-vision/article_de216119-98b6-52ef-aa8a-82f97fc02cf4.html

  239. valleyboy
    March 15th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Oh yeah, this post was about presidential primaries originally, so many good tangents in this thread 🙂

    I tend to agree with Mrs. Smith’s analysis of it all. Romney is a failsafe for the regime, he’s Obama Lite. But I think they all suck, by design. Still I’m voting ABO.
    _____________

    I agree, ABO is the antidote for another 4 yrs of Obama.. I hope Romney hasn’t used up all his life-lines and ends up mismanaging his campaign as he has over the last 12 yrs of campaigning for the presidency.

    Too soon to tell- ABO could turn out to be Gingrich..

  240. After Attacking Camerawoman, Chris Rock Lawyers Up

    I have to tweak, just a little bit, this Hollywood Reporter article written by Paul Bond — one of the good guys. The repeated use of the word “allegedly” in the face of, uhm, video makes me laugh.

    But not as hard as I’m laughing at Chris Rock, who is every inch the badass — you know, as long as his bodyguards and lawyers are around.

    Yes, Mr. 1% — who, uhm, “allegedly” attacked a petite camerawoman as opposed to the actual MAN who asked him an inconvenient question, is now lawyering up instead of handling this like an adult:

    Rock allegedly reacted to the man by snatching away his video camera, which was being operated by a woman, and hurling it across the room. Then he supposedly challenged the man to a fight.

    What Rock didn’t know at the time was that the man, Jason Mattera, was writing a book on Hollywood hypocrisy, and Rock shouting, “Let’s throw down!” while standing behind a couple of burley bodyguards fit in perfectly with the author’s narrative of celebrities whose deeds don’t match their rhetoric.

    Rock probably also didn’t realize that video of the encounter would be used to market the book, and that effort began Wednesday. Mattera, in fact, has video of several “A-list” celebrities, he told The Hollywood Reporter, and he’ll be rolling clips out piecemeal over several weeks.

    Chris Rock is obviously a menace to society. Not Hollywood society, where everyone thinks exactly alike, but in everyday society where he might be politely asked to back up his elitist, lying attacks against the everyday Americans who make up the Tea Party.

    Remember when we liked Chris Rock? When he was actually a little edgy and brave? When he wasn’t an elitist?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/15/Chris%20Rock%20Lawyer%20THR
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    Just a suggestion- we’ve sort of ascertained the Mean Girls need coaching- and as Chris Rock is calling for a lawyer, maybe they can use some help from a lawyer friend as well. In the interests of ‘strategery’, coordinating their attacks with substance, refraining from hearsay that is sooo mean girls high school oriented stuff and sooo embarrassing. Battening down the hatches may not be the answer after all!

  241. HTA-

    Sarah is behind Breitbart’s endeavor of vetting Obama 100%- Happy to stand with nomobama defending SP when we were the only posters from this forum who did so- The Rent-a-Mob must have been too busy to fit her in, haranguing forums elsewhere.

  242. FWIW, I signed on for SP the night she first appeared with McCain, then attended a rally she held in Scranton. The sign from it still hangs above this monitor. I’ve donated fairly generously to her and through those contributions have acquired 2 8 x 10 photos of her; 1 is framed and hangs to the left of the aforementioned sign. I also have 2 of her “Undefeated” DVDs which I have offered to lend out to friends in my area who are not fans of hers. Sadly, no takers.

    I appreciate being able to voice my thoughts here; if anything I write changes someone’s mind, I am grateful. If not, I accept the reality.

  243. “civility and open discussion” and the way it used to be, that was my goal in writing that email calling attention to quality comment threads. Thanks to everyone who recognized that.

  244. Here is something to chew on and I am just an observer trying to put 2 and 2. You have all seen Fox being rather unfriendly to Romney and propping up the other two with so much camera time and even flattery. The canary in the coal mine is Krauthammer who has been putting Romney down (and he was the canary about Hillary in 2008 too).

    Because it has already been leaked that Murdoch does not like Romney, I wonder if he is throwing the election to Obama. If he has made some deal with Obama’s DoJ so that they won’t go after him — he is in a big mess in the UK about all that email hacking and such and we saw a few articles on how Obama was going to go after him here.

    Anyway with this election as any I am most interested in strategy and tactics because that suits my analytical pursuits. The only election I got emotionally involved was Hillary’s and I am still not over it.

  245. pm317
    March 16th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    says: … I wonder if he is throwing the election to Obama.

    What makes you think that not giving the nomination to Romney means throwing the election to Obama?

    We and a whole lot of Americans are intending to vote ABO so WHO CARES who gets the republican nomination. Romney is boring, Santorum or Gingrich campaigns would be entertaining. Gingrich more so, I would have said Paul’s would be constitutionally enlightening till I found out his candidacy was just a ploy to catapult his son to VP. So even though he is still the best choice if we want to renew our commitment to the constitution he simply pissed me off. ABO! for sure, but let’s have some fun too! So this one pisses me off, this one bores me – so what! ABO.

    And one thing I can honestly say I have enjoyed getting to know something about the republican candidates this primary. And if we have learned anything it is the importance of first hand observation.

  246. Mrs. Smith
    March 16th, 2012 at 6:52 am

    HTA-

    Sarah is behind Breitbart’s endeavor of vetting Obama 100%- Happy to stand with nomobama defending SP when we were the only posters from this forum who did so…

    Count me among that elite crew and as an early defender of the tea party too.

    and

    holdthemaccountable
    March 16th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    FWIW, I signed on for SP the night she first appeared with McCain, then attended a rally she held in Scranton.

    Me too, I was on an airplane coming home from Denver when I saw the headline on a newspaper a man sitting next to me was reading. I said “Oh, wow, McCain chose a woman!” he said “would you vote for her” I said “In a heart beat” and you should have seen his jaw drop. I am jealous you got to see/hear her in person I haven’t yet.

  247. Betty, your exchange with the man in next seat was awesome!
    In Scranton, there were Republican women in line ahead of me who had voted for Hillary; we found a lot to talk about as we waited to get in. There had been this big thing about BO not wearing the American flag pin, and SP is unabashedly American; so the experience was a great relief. Like a homecoming, I’d say.

  248. Romney is boring, Santorum or Gingrich campaigns would be entertaining.

    I don’t think many in the middle are looking for an entertaining campaign. They are looking for somebody who will govern better, better than Obama and help them solve their daily grind. Santorum and Gingrich are not polling well in that regard(Rasmussen has a new poll out today). Any popularity they have is from tugging at people’s emotion on religious grounds and from playing on people’s fear. Strategically, Romney will eat into Obama demographics, rich and educated, that the other two won’t. But the group that would vote for Santorum or Gingrich is anyway ABO, so it does not matter.

  249. pm317
    March 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    —————
    I am not trying to start an argument here, but I was here at that time and for some reason I remember things somewhat differently.
    I remember Mrs. S. being attacked quite often as well, simply for her opinions.

    It takes two to fight and I don’t think any of us are totally innocent in this. The scroll by option is for everyone and bullies rarely see themselves in their actions or when they look in the mirror.

  250. Santorum and Gingrich or Paul will do fine in the ABO general. Stop looking at shiny things.

    But the reason I stopped back was to admit I support Gingrich in the ABO endeavor. But I also support him because he is brilliant. People made fun of his return to the space program but I remember how inspired my classmates in the late 50 became over catching up with the Russians after they launched spoootnik (sp). A lot of them went on to brilliant careers in science – maybe they would have anyway, who knows but I do know the excitement that got them tuned in. During the years that followed I heard different relatives or friends complain that all the money that was spent on the space program was wasted and it should be spent on helping the poor. Well we made that left turn and look where we are now. Our young people have neither the inspiration or the hope (due to hopeless debt) of a better future.

    So if Newt can bring back excitement for a real future for our young people along with $2.50/gallon gas – then I am unashamedly for Newt in the ABO race.

  251. blue-

    …Of course, Blagojevich is absolutely guilty of corruption. He tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. He tried to shake down a children’s hospital. He was revealed as a cheap hustler, and he deserves what’s coming to him.

    Yet corruption isn’t enough to explain his fall. It’s too easy. It won’t help us understand this crooked state we live in. And it won’t explain why he’ll be a human trivia question in a few months, and why his former rival and fellow Chicago Democratic machine creature, Obama, is moving toward a second term in the White House.

    Chicago is a thoroughly corrupt city. Illinois is a thoroughly corrupt state. We have many politicians who are corrupt. But the alpha males don’t go to prison.

    Sure, the eager hatchlings and the fools go, and fall-guy governors, and the weak-minded and the lazy. And they have years to learn about the currency of federal prison — the pouches of dried fish and postage stamps. Their wives cry and their children miss them.

    But not the dominant males. Not the alphas. They’re insulated and isolated.

    ———
    I gotta say this article is a pile of crap. Hot, steaming, smelly crap!

    Blago isn’t some hardcore criminal that deserved 14 years in jail, his family torn to shreds and bankrupt. He deserved some punishment but not something this severe.

    The day Barry is any kind of an ALPHA male is the day that pigs fly and unicorns inhabit the earth.

    I couldn’t finish reading it because laced between the tidbits of truth was such distortions I couldn’t bother taking it seriously.

  252. JanH

    Hillary Clinton Rocks!

    ——–
    Oh yes she does!
    Thanks for brightening my day when you post articles and videos of Hillary. To see her face on the blog makes me feel so much better.

    Don’t let others get you down, I’m glad you are back.

  253. Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country’s president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.

    Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation’s dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration’s policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan’s embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

    Drudge

  254. I loved the part on the intro to HillarY where theY said she would talk to the leader of the country, and then to the women, especially the women showing leadership, and who had been imprisoned in their homes.

    Many of them said that they were alive because Hillary had singled them out, and the government was afraid of doing anything to them. What Power Hillary has. What a LEADER.

  255. Thanks Shadowfax.

    —————–
    15.03.12

    Bill Clinton and his daughter participate in an evening of Muslim-Jewish understanding

    While the former U.S. president’s daughter advocates interfaith cooperation inside the JCC, protesters gather outside demanding an apology for the creation of programs that bring together members of mosques and synagogues.

    By Shlomo Shamir

    A new star has risen in support of efforts to strengthen ties between American Jews and Muslims; Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

    Chelsea Clinton moderated a public dialogue on Wednesday night at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan featuring two outspoken advocates of building a Muslim-Jewish alliance, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali. After speaking before an overflowing audience, which included her proud father, the younger Clinton told Haaretz, “I am honored to have been invited to take part in this event, and to support the work of the rabbi and the imam. I believe deeply in the importance of talking to each other and also in moving beyond conversation to working together.”

    Referring to several dozen anti-Muslim protestors who turned up outside the JCC with signs denouncing the dialogue and demanding that Schneier “apologize to the Jewish community” for creating programs that bring together members of mosques and synagogues in the U.S. and around the world through the agency he founded, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Chelsea Clinton said, “We are being protested, which shows we are having an important conversation.”

    Referring to series of rhetorical attacks on Muslims here over the past several years in the media and by prominent politicians including the outcry in 2010 against plans to build a mosque several blocks from the World Trade Center, Chelsea Clinton added, “We are very concerned about the anti-Muslim stereotyping. We need to hold our politicians and those of us in the media to a certain level of discourse.”

    Schneier, an Orthodox rabbi who is the spiritual leader of a large synagogue in the Hamptons and vice president of the World Jewish Congress, told the audience, “I believe that as a Jew and a rabbi I have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination, just as I expect my Muslim brothers and sisters to speak out against anti-Semitism.”

    Noting that prominent American Muslim leaders have repeatedly denounced Holocaust denial and had issued an appeal to Hamas to free the then-captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit two months before his liberation, Schneier said, “I am proud that we have moved beyond dialogue to actually fighting for the rights of the other.”

    Imam Shamsi Ali, the former spiritual leader of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, who was chosen by New York Magazine as one of the seven most influential religious leaders in New York, said both Muslims and Jews need to look beyond negative stereotypes of each other to strengthen people-to-people ties. Noting that the term “jihad” is often misconstrued in the media to mean exclusively violence against non-Muslims, Imam Ali said, “In fact we are now engaged in a jihad for peace and for cooperation between people of all backgrounds.”

    Responding to recent revelations that the New York Police Department has spied extensively on worshippers in mosques and on Muslim student groups, Imam Ali expressed disagreement with widespread calls for the resignation of NYPD chief Ray Kelly; stating, “People in the Muslim community are deeply concerned about this, but instead of demanding (Kelly’s) resignation, we need to engage the NYPD to put procedures into place so that it consults with Muslim leaders on an ongoing basis.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/bill-clinton-and-his-daughter-participate-in-an-evening-of-muslim-jewish-understanding-1.418941

  256. CA also has a primary this year where you can vote for anyone running without changing your party. Even though there are some young Kooks here, most are no longer ‘inspired’ by Barry and I think many will not vote. 172 delegates might make the difference.
    Also, Hillary won in California, not the tin calf…so, it could seal the deal with moderates in CA?

    ————

    California could decide the GOP nominee

    California is not exactly the GOP’s idea of home turf.

    But in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, it’s the most important state on the calendar.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at William Jewell College on Tuesday, in Liberty, Mo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    California’s June 5 primary, despite being the second-to-last contest, is looking more and more like it may determine whether Mitt Romney can win the Republican nomination or whether the party goes to its August convention without a nominee.

    “If Gingrich drops out and Santorum can go at Romney one on one, it could be competitive all the way to California, in which case California would pretty much decide the nomination,” said John Ryder, a Republican National Committeeman from Tennessee who is an expert on the delegate process.

    Part of the reason is the state’s sheer size. Because states are given three delegates to the Republican National Convention for every congressional district they have, California has a whopping 172 delegates. That’s more than 15 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination.

    California is technically a winner-take-all state, but because basically all of its delegates are awarded by congressional district, there is the possibility that they get sliced up any number of ways.

    That said, Romney is a strong early favorite in the state, leading every poll there this year and by 20 points in the most recent poll. What’s more, the state’s more moderate brand of Republicanism and highly urban population seem to play right into his hands.

    California is still the Wild West at this point; none of the candidates have set up much of a campaign in the state. Romney and Newt Gingrich have been there to raise money, and but the June 5 primary is so far away and the state is so big — not to mention that the race could be over by then — that’s it’s hard to devote a lot of effort there right now.

    “None of the candidates has infrastructure here except Romney — and that is left over from four years ago,” said California GOP consultant Matt Rexroad. ”Romney will probably look to focus on the areas of the state where he did well four years ago.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/california-could-decide-the-gop-nominee/2012/03/15/gIQAu8nCES_print.html

  257. A new star has risen in support of efforts to strengthen ties between American Jews and Muslims; Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
    ————————-
    An incredibly exquisite family development.

  258. NMF

    Many of them said that they were alive because Hillary had singled them out, and the government was afraid of doing anything to them. What Power Hillary has. What a LEADER.

    ——-
    Yes, she has to have HER time, the first woman President of the United States – Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  259. The day Barry is any kind of an ALPHA male is the day that pigs fly and unicorns inhabit the earth.

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

    It didn’t say Barry WAS an alpha male. It said he protected the alphas, instead of rebelling as Blago did.

  260. “During the years that followed I heard different relatives or friends complain that all the money that was spent on the space program was wasted and it should be spent on helping the poor. Well we made that left turn and look where we are now. Our young people have neither the inspiration or the hope (due to hopeless debt) of a better future.”

    [[ Your timing may be off here. Sputnik and the space race were under JFK and LBJ, along with helping the poor. Then came Nixon and Reagan, and a right turn away from helping the poor. There hasn’t been any left turn since, unless you mean under Bill Clinton. ]]

    “So if Newt can bring back excitement for a real future for our young people along with $2.50/gallon gas – then I am unashamedly for Newt in the ABO race.”

    [[ What did excite many young people recently, was getting lower energy prices (and better health etc) BY developing renewable energy sources — as well as other high tech projects such as Gore delivered and Obama falsely promised. ]]

  261. pm quoted:
    Romney is boring, Santorum or Gingrich campaigns would be entertaining.

    pm said:
    I don’t think many in the middle are looking for an entertaining campaign.

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

    Good points. And with a boring campaign, some Bots will stay home.

    Without entertainment, some Bots will stay home.

  262. Happy to stand with nomobama defending SP when we were the only posters from this forum who did so…

    Count me among that elite crew and as an early defender of the tea party too.

    and

    holdthemaccountable
    March 16th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    FWIW, I signed on for SP the night she first appeared with McCain

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

    I’ve defended Sarah and the Tea Party since they first made news. And I supported McCain against Obama — in mid-spring 2008 at TM* long before TM threw us out — and long before he chose Sarah.

    *I was posting as 1950democrat then.

  263. “When I was speaker, we balanced the budget for four years, and when Santorum was in the leadership, they borrowed $1.7 trillion,” Gingrich said.

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

    Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget began the balancing and continued it, in spite of GOP efforts to overturn it. That’s Bill’s budget that no GOP voted for.

  264. Can’t stand Clooney, an Obot from day one. Just another publicity stunt after his meeting with Barry yesterday.

  265. I apologize if the following article has already been posted.

    Clinton’s Triumph at State Raises Bar for Next Act: Albert Hunt

    By Albert R. Hunt – Mar 11, 2012

    What a difference four years makes if you’re Hillary Clinton.

    In March 2008, though she would remain a presidential candidate for several more months and win some big primaries, she was defeated and discredited. Barack Obama was sweeping most contests and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was unacceptable for then-Senator Clinton to try to use controversial rules to wrest the nomination.

    Obama’s campaign outperformed hers, starting with the Clinton miscalculation that her support for the Iraq War would be an asset. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was tarred for his overzealous support for her.

    After the election, when the president-elect surprisingly offered her the post of secretary of state and she surprisingly accepted, there were more than a few predictions of disaster. She now is completing what she has said will be the final year of a successful stint as the top U.S. diplomat.

    A testament to her standing is the opening she has to become president of the World Bank. Others, including former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, are panting for the job. It would be Clinton’s for the asking. No one matches her global profile and political skills.

    She’s not asking for it and wouldn’t take it.

    Exhausting Run
    In part, friends say, that’s because she’s exhausted after a grueling year and a half running for president, followed by a punishing schedule as secretary of state. Unstated is that on Nov. 7, the day after the presidential election, she will be the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination, regardless of who wins the presidency this time or whether she plans to run.

    In contrast to four years ago, she’s the most popular American, far outshining Obama. She’s celebrated as a diplomat and rock star around the globe.

    “She has made people all over the world more respect, appreciate and understand America,” says one of her predecessors, Madeleine Albright. “She has made very clear what American values are while at the same time understanding other countries’ national interests.”

    There are detractors. On Afghanistan, she was on the prevailing side in arguing to send more troops in 2010. As that war continues to look like a quagmire, even some former supporters of the war now wish Vice President Joseph Biden’s more skeptical stance had won the day.

    She’s played a less than major role in many of the administration’s big decisions on defense and intelligence: the killing of Osama bin Laden, the use of drones and relations with Pakistan, and even some of the debates about Iran.

    Moreover, great secretaries of state have close relationships with presidents: George C. Marshall and Harry Truman, Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. The Clinton-Obama relations are professional, cordial, not close. The “Team of Rivals” line that this president’s advisers trumpet — Obama is like Abraham Lincoln in embracing former political opponents as intimate advisers — is more appearance than reality.

    The White House national security advisers, whose primary objective often seems to be protecting this president’s political interests, have been a source of tension with the secretary. This isn’t unusual. The only time, it is said, when the secretary of state and NSC adviser enjoyed complete mutual respect and regard was in 1973-75; that’s when Kissinger held both jobs. (Actually the other time was in President George H.W. Bush’s administration, when Brent Scowcroft had the job, creating a model that every successor has unsuccessfully sought to emulate.)

    Morale Raiser
    Still, she gets credit for lifting morale at the State Department and making good appointments. Colleagues say she still misses the friendship and counsel of the late Richard Holbrooke, who compensated for Clinton’s lawyerly bent by being an idea machine and geostrategic thinker in the Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski mold.

    She was a key figure in decisions leading to the toppling of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, and is deeply involved in Asian affairs, including the relationship with China.

    The secretary has brilliantly projected America’s soft power — or “smart power,” as she prefers to say –emphasizing the role of women, public/private partnerships, the use of technology and social media and global health issues.

    With a few exceptions, such as Pakistan, U.S. relations with most countries are better than they were four years ago. Her personal diplomacy is omnipresent. There seemingly is no place she won’t go to meet women’s groups, plant a mangrove tree, kiss a baby or impress a politician.

    She has spent 299 days on the road, traveling 731,680 miles, visiting 95 countries.

    She bears little resemblance to candidate Clinton of 2008, who often was stiff and distant; she had an especially cold, distrustful relation with the press. Secretary Clinton is more natural, even down-to-earth, excelling at personal relations with world leaders. She is relatively open with reporters showing a sometimes warm and funny side that wasn’t on display four years ago.

    When she steps down at the end of this presidential term, friends says she wants a respite before any new undertaking. She’s likely to park for a while at the William J. Clinton Foundation. Well-informed Clintonites are divided over whether she’ll seek the presidency again; most say, surprisingly, that she has thought little about it and it’s an open question.

    If she decides to run, she will need to assemble a much better political operation than she had last time, when she stubbornly stuck with her choices when even longtime loyalists pleaded with her to change.

    Another issue might be age; she’d be 69 right before Election Day 2016. If she ran it would be a test of the persistence of sexism, of whether age matters more for women than for men. She would be younger than Ronald Reagan when first elected or Bob Dole and John McCain when they were nominees or Republican hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will be on Election Day this year.

    As this surprise-filled political season has demonstrated, it’s hazardous to predict the climate four weeks from now, much less four years. And, polls notwithstanding, a Hillary Clinton political comeback would be an unlikely saga.

    Then again the Clintons have made comebacks and unlikely sagas their stock in trade.

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

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-11/clinton-s-triumph-at-state-raises-bar-for-next-act-albert-hunt.html

  266. turndownobama, I know that you have stuck up for Sarah Palin in the past. I remember your 1950democrat name from Taylor Marsh, but I don’t recall your activity level on that site. I remember others being more prolific. There used to br an “Average Jane” from southern Virginia on that site who’s comments I liked to read. I wonder what became of here? Anyway, I know what Mrs. Smith is alluding to when it comes to Sarah Palin because I see it on this blog from what I’ll refer to one-sided feminists which I’ll define as those who supposedly stand up for women, but only women of the same political ideology. It’s open season on conservative females in this country, but that’s ok since they are stupid, and against their own interests (obvious snark). Never mind that there are successful females coming from that side of the political spectrum. Letting others get away with the female bashing because the female being bashed is not of the same political stripes makes for a very hypocritical feminist with the result of many cynical observers when it comes to what feminism is all about. Top that with the attitude that just because one is female makes her better then everyone else, then you’ve lost many like me who believe in equal rights, but not at the expense of other’s rights. If you are going to support feminism, then support it fairly. This is something that I give props to when it comes to the admin of this site. Not knowing if the admin is male or female, or if the admin writes with group input, he/she has been fair with regards to Sarah Palin who I happen to think is a conservative female who has made it in a very unfriendly environment, of which liberals can take a large part of the blame.

  267. Why should anyone even care what George Clooney thinks, right? The fact that he was given an audience with the President, and with Hillary shows unfortunately how celebrity has its privileges.

  268. nobama:
    “valleyboy, I just wanted to write that I like reading your comments. Are you sure that you are a liberal? I had concluded since sometime in 2007 that most liberals were intellectually dishonest people, with exceptions, of course.”

    Thanks:) Yes I am definitely a liberal, historically anyways (check the info link on my blog). I still have my Jesse Jackson for president pin, somewhere around here. Also I had a nasty thread put up about me on freereublic, that is sort of a badge of honor, LOL.

    I am of the ‘old school’ FDR liberalism, when the Democratic party represented the poor and working class of all colors. But, everything changed in the “paradigm shift” a few years ago, imo. Obama’s liberalism is to the real thing as nutrasweet is to sugar: fake. Which is why I’m a registered Independent these days.

  269. Thanks JanH for the Hunt article on Clinton, although it does make me sad all over again at what an opportunity for great leadership we missed out on/were denied in ’08.

    I am pleasantly surprised at the others who respect Palin here. I think she and Hillary both have the public service gene. It was interesting to me to find out that among Palin’s 6 closest friends 2 were GOP, 2 were Independent, 2 were Democrat.

    I think Hillary vs. Sarah would be a win/win for the country this fall. I can dream, can’t I?

  270. Re: valleyboy
    March 16th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I debated when I registered to vote down here; I chose Indpendent which means I can not vote in primaries, so I do my best to influence and promote for the ‘person’ that would best serve the country that I would have voted for in a primary. Especially during the general election of 2008, I was well satisfied with my choice of registrtion. It was very liberating not to be party driven. I see it on both sides of the aisle, party over country and that would never work for me.

    In reference to Clooney; what are these celebs getting in return for their face value? But there again, the problem lies at the feet of the people. Hollywood worship is much of the religion nowadays; we give them our hard earned money, they get rich, they in turn think the public are stoopid and want to tell us what to do in the disguise of ‘helping’ us poor little people. I have to tell you that a great majority of the ‘stars’ were likely in some form of special ed when they were in school…and that is who we rely on to be informed? The rest seem to be addicts of one fashion or another, and spend more money at half a$$ attempts at rehab than most of us make in a lifetime.

  271. If you are going to support feminism, then support it fairly.

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

    I agree with all this and practice it. I even defended Bachmann, Angle, and O’Donnell. (But then I’ve defended a few conservative men from false quotes etc, too.)

    I posted a lot at TM as 1950democrat in spring 2008, but then we were all dividing our time between TM and H44 and other Hillary sites and MSM comment strings etc etc.

    I do recall being one of the firstat TM to say that if Obama got the nomination, I’d vote for McCain, because McCain would be easier for Hillary to beat in 2012. Hm, I also started a CafePress store with stuff saying “Hillary or McCain”, should check that.

  272. I have to tell you that a great majority of the ’stars’ were likely in some form of special ed when they were in school…

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    What’s your evidence for that?

  273. I am of the ‘old school’ FDR liberalism, when the Democratic party represented the poor and working class of all colors.

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

    Good for you. Me too.

  274. Re: nomobama
    March 16th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Case in point: Bill Maher was scheduled to perform at a reception of the Democratic Party back in my hometown area this month. I had one bleeding heart liberal 20-30 year old, who otherwise I like, comment over and over again about the results of the recent Alabama election like this: I’m sorry to have offended you. I am frustrated that Alabama continues to choose the most conservative politicians in our state, and it does the people of Alabama no justice, but ridicule, because the Alabama electorate (Alabama Republicans who vote) is so out of step with mainstream America. When 45% of Republican voters think Barack Obama is a Muslim, even after its been dismissed time and time again, I find that to be racist and scary. Considering another 41%, “aren’t sure if he’s Christian”… gives me pause. I love my home. I detest its historically racist history. My point is, I’m tired of it being ridiculed. When a far right extremist like Santorum wins, I’m sad that Alabama hasn’t grown up.

    After he said this and I told him that it realllly distresses me for people to disparage my hometown area and then I suggested that maybe he would be happier living in California: [he said] It’s backwoods, racist, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-intellectual thought.Its a lovely place to grow up, but its also a place that has not learned alot. I respect your love for the ara. I love the area. Buts its full of religious crazies who detest everything that is remotely progressive in this country.

    I live here. And its an intolerant place to live. It… well… sucks. It was then that I said his mama must be so proud of him; and that I would come and help him move.
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    This young man does not know his history. I am ashamed of him. Perhaps he is gay with black girlfriend; but I don’t see how he could feel this way and still live there. His family owns a very popular establishment and if this was made public they would be without even one single customer….and yet he was proud that Bill Maher would be coming within driving distance. Talk about anti-WOMAN?????????? Another disingenuous uber left liberal.

    After flak about the Democratic Party inviting Bill Maher to speak, evidently he has been cancelled. Yay!

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