Paul Ryan For VP? Battlefield Wisconsin Republican Primary Night

Update II: As we predicted yesterday VP buzz about Paul Ryan grows louder. Charles Spiering of the Washington Examiner thinks this Paul Ryan speech will spark VP buzz.



What does the last GOP nominee think? McCain: I think Palin should be the VP nominee.

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Update: Condolences to Newt and Santorum (and Paul) supporters. As we wrote below, it’s likely over. Tonight is Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C.. Romney has already won in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Add another 90+ delegates to Romney (98 delegates are up for election).

Wisconsin polls close at 9:00 p.m.

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We’re not going to fully game this out but don’t tonight’s results impact the possibility of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate? Isn’t Paul Ryan as VP the biggest question to result from tonight?

Once the Wisconsin Republicans finish with tonight they immediately move the battle-hardened troops of all the presidential nominees into the battle to thwart the recall of Governor Scott Walker. If Walker stomps on the June recall efforts Obama will be perceived as on the road to losing must win Wisconsin in November. This raises questions which we will not fully pursue but which the Romney people will have to consider.

What will Romney do? If he wins and Walker wins and it looks like Obama will lose Wisconsin in November – does Romney choose Paul Ryan as his VP in order to cement the likelihood of winning Wisconsin? Or, under the same scenario of victories, does Romney figure he does not need Paul Ryan as insurance to win Wisconsin and the November election – which frees him to choose Chris Christie of absolutely must win for Obama New Jersey?

Our questions presuppose several results. Yes, Newt is gone and Santorum is not going to be the nominee and the great fun of a brokered convention is most likely fantasy at this point. And yes Romney will probably win tonight or come close enough to continue to grow his big delegate lead.

So Romney is going to be the Republican nominee and Paul Ryan endorsed him and tonight is the Wisconsin primary and Paul Ryan represents a district in Wisconsin which is why we are discussing Ryan. But there are other reasons to discuss Paul Ryan as VP.

Today Obama flack Jay Carney (who no matter how simple the question looks like he is having digestive problems) was forced to go on Fox News to try and correct some of his bosses recent bumbles. After making comic faces while answering questions about Obama’s thuggery towards the Supreme Court it also became clear that Jay Carney doesn’t like questions about Obama’s budget.



Jay Carney was squirming because Paul Ryan has been busy lately. Paul Ryan told Obama: History will remember you as the guy who ducked the biggest challenge of our age.

Paul Ryan was responding to Obama when he called out the thug chieftain. Obama, who thinks he is Helen of Troy classically attacked Paul Ryan. Ryan presented a budget plan that passed the House of Representatives. Obama called the Ryan plan a “Trojan horse”

Anyone think Obama is worried about Paul Ryan and Wisconsin? Helen of Troy didn’t protest so much.

It’s not just Obama that’s a-twitter about blue-eyed Paul Ryan. Conservative magazine American Spectator thinks Paul Ryan is Romney’s only option:

“Romney has, from the outset, focused his campaign on the economy, which he is wise to do. Poll after poll says that the economy is the top issue for voters. Gallup’s most recent poll (March 28) found that over 70 percent of Americans worried more about the economy than anything else followed, in order, by gas prices, federal spending, and the budget deficit. A Rasmussen poll released yesterday found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Republicans on the economy and only 38 percent trusted Democrats.

Which delivers us, inexorably, to the best and most fact-driven running mate choice for Mitt Romney: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. There are strong reasons for this conclusion, each of which justify the choice. When taken together, the case for Ryan appears too compelling to avoid.”

Read the whole thing for the full Ryan love. The Ryan budget will be an issue in the campaign and Ryan is best to argue its merits, goes the argument. Another reason proffered is that “he’s more than up to the task.”

If not Paul Ryan the case for Chris Christie is also increasingly being made. If Romney wins Wisconsin tonight (he’s already won Maryland tonight) the VP talk will increase and Mitt Romney should take advantage of the increased interest and keep his decision quiet until the most opportune moment, which might be convention season in late August.

As to Marco Rubio? Ben Smith’s new JournoLister operation is already trying to help Helen, er, Obama. The JournoListers are suggesting that if Marco Rubio is not chosen Latino’s will go nuts:

“The deepening assumption that Florida Senator Marco Rubio will be his party’s vice presidential nominee is beginning to put Mitt Romney candidate in a box, deepening the expectation of a Hispanic running mate and setting a trap for presumptive Republican presidential candidate should he make another choice.”

Floridians who want Rubio should not assist in this nonsense. We think Marco Rubio would be a smart choice for any nominee but everyone and every scenario should be considered. Threats and thuggery should not be rewarded.

Marco Rubio might be a great VP candidate. Chris Christie might be a great VP candidate. Paul Ryan might or might not be the best thing since sliced cheese but there is plenty of time to make a decision. Tonight we look at must win Wisconsin to make a choice for the top of the ticket.

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272 thoughts on “Paul Ryan For VP? Battlefield Wisconsin Republican Primary Night

  1. At present Romney is winning 54 to 26……and Paul Ryan really is an excellent choice for Romney. Young, photogenic and would take the attack role very well, the vp debate would be fun to watch.

  2. Time magazine suggests a recession:

    http://business.time.com/2012/04/03/is-the-wimpy-recovery-now-morphing-into-a-recession/

    Is the Wimpy Recovery Morphing into a Recession?

    We’ve just begun coming to grips with the wimpy recovery. Are we actually in for another recession? That was the implication of a couple of economic reports I read this week, including one by ITG Investment Research, which tracked how the pace of this recovery (which was never great to begin with) has by some measures been slowing, particularly among middle-income consumers and industries producing for overseas markets. (Europe is definitely in a double dip, and many emerging markets are slowing too, as I’ve written about many times.)

    One of the most interesting snippets from the report: While there are fewer goods on sale in American malls and retail shops than there were last year around this time, what is on sale is being discounted at much steeper rates — and not just at dollar stores but at outlets catering to middle- as well as lower-income people.

    That’s not surprising given that the gains we’ve seen during this recovery have mainly gone to the upper classes. Stocks are up, but it’s mostly rich people who own those. The residential real estate market, where most Americans keep the majority of their wealth, is still down. (I met Robert Shiller for lunch last week, and he said we’ve got years of pain to go on that front.) Salaries are also down – there’s been almost no growth in real income throughout the wimpy recovery.

    Robert Reich’s FT blog yesterday summed up the bifurcated nature of the recovery well. He pointed out those shocking Berkeley numbers that have been getting so much press lately – in 2010, 93% of the economic gains went to the richest 1% of the population. Most of the bottom 90% lost ground. The 2011 figures aren’t in yet, but there’s no reason to think they’ll be any different. No wonder middle-income, as well as working-class, shoppers aren’t in a buying mood.

    The question now is whether this will remain a wimpy recovery, or turn into something darker. I’m not ready to call another downturn yet, but the folks at ECRI, an economic research firm, are. Payroll job growth is up, and probably will be when new numbers come out on Friday (though perhaps less than last month), but a number of the indexes they track — which tally up other things like industrial output, income, sales, and consumer spending — are down. The result is that they’ve already made the double-dip call to their clients. I wouldn’t pay so much attention, except for the fact that they’ve correctly called three recessions, with no false alarms in between.

    I find myself consoled (oddly) by a speech Larry Summers gave last year at an INET conference in Bretton Woods, where he noted that all the big macroeconomic vectors in play, from the growth and political future of China to technology-related job creation and destruction to the commodities bubble, are so complex and so intertwined that it’s hard to predict exactly where the U.S. and global economies are headed. Fingers crossed, it isn’t toward another double dip.

  3. well that’s 3 minutes I’ll never get back. House passes a budget, Senate passes a budget, then there’s a resolution, and that goes to the president’s desk. Senate is controlled by the dems, who will not bring up any budget, not even OTurd’s.

    Jay really must think people are stupid or never watched those Saturday morning cartoons on how a bill gets passed.

    I know for my business, I have to make a budget every 6 months, how the hell do you run a country with no budget for 3+ years? we are now approaching 16 trillion in debt, when this damn breaks, it’ll make 2008 look like a little ripple versus the debt tsuamnai coming our way, and its all predicatable as Paul Ryan says.

  4. From that update:

    The Fifth Circuit’s “homework assignment” is a fairly gentle reminder to the President that he actually leads the United States government and not just the campaign for his reelection.

    Read the whole thing at the hotair link in my previous comment.

  5. How popular is Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, other than in his district? They have a Republican governor who Demorats are trying to get impeached which means that the Republicans have been under attack for quite some time there now. Are the people of Wisconsin buying into the anti-Republican mischief perpetrated by the Dimorats, or are they evaluating each politician on his or her merits? I haven’ been able to figure this out.

  6. tim
    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 pm
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    Another reason why Obama should not be re-elected. He can’t even manage to lead on the budget. An effective president would have helped get a budget passed. Where is all that bipartisanship that he squawked about? Oh, I forgot. That got packed away with the faux Greek columns.

  7. He (Santorum) flashed what looked like constitution too, that small pocket book edition. And if there was a chance he could win WI, why is he speaking now?

  8. Anyone know when the PA primaries are? I so hope Romney wins there just so I don’t have to see this santimonous man just make it harder for the repub nominee to beat OTurd. Sorry, he’s just getting annoying now.

  9. pm317
    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I was wondering the same thing, why is he speaking? He lost 2 areas, the voting is over in WI, why is he even speaking? Does he just love the sound of his own voice or something?

  10. Maryland is catholic country and they didn’t go for Santorum. I think Dems are playing mischief in WI.

  11. NBC ISSUES AN APOLOGY

    “During the course of our investigation (WHICH NEVER WOULD HAVE OCCURRED IF INDEPENDENT SOURCES HAD NOT CALLED US ON IT), we discovered that an error was made (IN FAILING TO DO A BETTER JOB OF COVERING OUR TRACKS IN OUR EFFORT TO CONVICT ZIMMERMAN IN ORDER TO PROTECT OBAMA) and we have taken steps to insure that it will not happen again (WE WILL DESTROY THE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE, AND DO A FAR BETTER JOB OF COVERING OUR TRACKS–SCOUTS HONOR)”

    Now that is what I call a fine apology from a network which goes to great lengths to bring it readers the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

  12. God I hate the way Santorum speaks, his sanctimonious chest thumping pose and he is still talking, ugh..

  13. I heard on O’Reilly that Romney is building a car elevator in his new house. Can he not wait till after the election? Does he not understand how this will be used against him by the fraud?

  14. My daughter works in Mesquite Tx, down I 20 from Dallas. It was a hell of a day teaching with the horrific weather.

  15. gonzotx
    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Actually, yes, I agree with you, but that car elevator news, I’m not sure if its even real, it was debunked a while ago. I think it was more he’s building, rather rebuilding, a bigger home, but that news was a while ago.

    BTW, how is she? is she safe? The weather channel showed all the videos from that tornado storms, I hope she’s ok.

  16. Rep Paul Ryan due to introduce Mitt Romney at Grain Exchange in Milwaukee in next few minutes

  17. pm

    My BIB is a staunch Dem and has not seen the light, my sister too. He wrote a letter to the Milwaukee Journal berating Romney because of his statement a ways back about not being worried about the poor, because of the services they have opportunity to access vs the middle class.It got published.

    We can’t talk politics needless to say

  18. Are we even sure there was a leak? Are people just speculating because Barry and his thugs started threatening?

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    I’ve been wondering that too. And if there was a leak,, must it have come from one of the judges, rather than some clerk?

  19. Why would a supposedly objective news service sully its reputation by heaping praise on a sitting president in an election year when it is supposed to be objective and non-partisan?

    This is a different guy than I have been harping about for the last couple years, who was an NYT remittance man. This pasty faced jackass must be his protogee (see above).

  20. nomobama
    April 3rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    agree and well said-

    Sarah Palin is an undeniable force for the good in this country. We’re not in a competition between SMART WOMEN on this site. Both women have their own styles and both of them try their level best making America a better place for ALL of US.

  21. My BIB is a staunch Dem and has not seen the light, my sister too. He wrote a letter to the Milwaukee Journal berating Romney because of his statement a ways back about not being worried about the poor, because of the services they have opportunity to access vs the middle class.It got published.
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    You can lead a jack ass to water but you cannot make him/her drink.

  22. Santorum went after Drudge and Drudge replies in kind. This is the larger than usual headline on Drudge below a picture of Santorum:

    MAYBE ENOUGH DELEGATES, BY 2016?

  23. We’ve been waiting to hear about the tornado scare whipping around Dallas. Thanks Shadowfax for posting the video of the 18 wheelers twisting through the air in Dallas.. TG my family is safe and sound.

  24. Tim,

    Yes, she is ok, thanks. I was worried for sometime till she was able to text me.

    It maybe old news to us, but I am sure they will spin it.

    Never mind it is his money, he made, and not the governments, that the fraud and family have been spending weekly on extravagant parties, vacations, since their arrival. Leave no cent unspent must be their motto.

  25. explicate some more nuanced notion of when courts ought to let important/economic legislation prevail.

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    Oh, what nonsense! If it’s that important, there are other, obviously constitutional, ways to provide UHC: expand Medicare, expand Medicaid, expand congressional and fed employees’ plans… Hm, didn’t Hillary have some such idea?

    Or model on some other nation’s UHC. Which have been tested and found satisfactory (CA, NZ, UK,,,).

    If the voters wanted it, they could get their congressmen to send back a better version asap. But to say that the SC has to let this stand because the public and the current congress wouldn’t do another one — is ridiculous.

  26. Are we even sure there was a leak? Are people just speculating because Barry and his thugs started threatening?
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    There is no doubt in my mind. Once upon a time I too was skeptical. But we have seen too much to give anyone–ANYONE–tied to Obama the benefit of the doubt. Time and again we did it and time and again our worst fears were confirmed. The thing that is most amazing about these people in general, and Obama in particular is that they have a double standard, never let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of their positions, and they recognize no boundaries. With Obama it rises to the level of a mental sickness–and that is why it is lame as hell for Hot Air to excuse his attack on the court as just campaigning. We must learn to stop making excuses for him, rationalizing for him, and assume that he intends the natural and probable consequences of his actions. He is Alinsky.

  27. wbb,

    My BIL is normally a conservative, well rounded individual, I don’t get it, but he was a union steward and we know how that goes.

  28. Tim-

    Right on- I think the link has to be Kagan- As if Obama could follow protocol waiting for an answer from the court like everyone else.

    He sure is surrounded with Law Prof geniuses giving him advise, who seem more like 1st year interns..

  29. Palin on OTurd saying “unelected group of people”: “this is his community organizer coming out”

    She hit it right on the head, she does have a knack for cutting through the fluff & get right at the heart of it.

  30. I believe Hillary would be very supportive of Sarah Palin. I also believe Sarah has shown respect to Hillary unlike many of the females scowls within the Democratic party hierarchy.

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    Hillary said only nice things about Sarah in 2008, iirc. Said she might soon be a very good debater. Said she was an “exciting choice”, just that the McPalin ticket wasn’t right for America that year.

    Imo Sarah can be excused for not appreciating Hillary quite as much as we older bitter knitters do. for one thing, Sarah IS a conservative, thus she thinks Hillary is on the wrong side. And they are of different generations. Sure Sarah is standing on Hillary’s shoulders, but it’s natural for the younger generation (ie Sarah’s) not to realize what a struggle Hillary’s generation had to do as much as they did.

  31. If you give Obama the benefit of the doubt he will always be one step ahead of him. If you do the opposite, and accuse him of doing what he appears to be doing and then say, as any good cross examiner does, if that is true then what else must be true, then and only then can you stay ahead of the prick. His excuse are all lies and diversions.

  32. Correction to above: If you give Obama the benefit of the doubt he will always be one step ahead of YOU.

    In other words, do not assume you are dealing with a truthful man. Assume you are dealing with a left wing ideologue–because that is what he is. Proceed on the assumption that he is a dissembler and nothing he says is true. Nothing.

  33. Paul Ryan For VP?

    I was wondering the same thing when it appeared Mitt and Ryan were dating. 😉

  34. Shadowfax, Romney and Ryan are not dating. But they better be careful not to look like they are in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. 🙂

  35. We may not have Sweaters to kick around much longer….

    Maybe we can still make fun of him when he drops out. Mitt is starting to roll over all the other candidates and their money is drying up quickly.

  36. admin
    Why is Santorum talking about George Washington. You aint’ him bub.

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    You tell um admin. 🙂

  37. Sorry if already reported, clean sweep for Mitt per Fox.
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    Time to say good night Johnny, Newt and Sanscrotum.

    I tuned in to Erickson’s program in Atlanta and he recollected a time when Newt said something simillar to what Obama said, i.e. that the other two branches are the final arbiters of the constitutionality of their actions–not the courts. The left deplored it. But when Obama says it they either cheer or remain silent.

    I know what the story is with the left. They harp about principles, but the gate swings one way. But the related point is it makes me wonder about Newt–that he would say something like this. Like me Erickson was a supporter, so this is not a partisan attack by any stretch of the imagination. He is just flat wrong.

  38. “The panel ordered the Justice Department to submit a three-page, single-spaced letter by noon Thursday addressing whether the Executive Branch believes courts have such power, the lawyer said.”

    Either way they answer this, they are screwed.

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    Unfortunately, he might do what he did when a judge ordered him to attend a hearing on the birth control case: ignore the order. Or have some bot write up three pages of ambiguous nonsense.

  39. wbb,

    My BIL is normally a conservative, well rounded individual, I don’t get it, but he was a union steward and we know how that goes.
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    Oh, don’t we though.

    Once in a while we would encounter a union steward who had great management talent but was a pain in the ass when it came to the collective bargaining agreement, i.e. we cannot let the company get away with that . . . if we do then it will end life as we know it. So we would do the only thing you could do under the circumstances and promote them into a supervisory position. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t but often, after a period of time, you would hear that newly minted supervisor say, we cannot let the union get away with that . . . if we do then it will end life as we know it.

  40. Unfortunately, he might do what he did when a judge ordered him to attend a hearing on the birth control case: ignore the order. Or have some bot write up three pages of ambiguous nonsense.
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    That would be unwise. The power of the pen is mightier than the purse or the sword.

  41. Sure Sarah is standing on Hillary’s shoulders, but it’s natural for the younger generation (ie Sarah’s) not to realize what a struggle Hillary’s generation had to do as much as they did.
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    Turndown, this attitude manifested in 2008 primary in the younger generation of women when they didn’t want to acknowledge the historical opportunity to vote for a woman candidate. In everyday life, I see that attitude in my own nieces — I am glad they are that confident but a little ack will be good.

  42. Eighty-two percent believe that if an employer pays for health insurance, the worker should be able to use that money and select an insurance product that meets his or her individual needs.

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    Yay! And it’s the worker who gets to say what her needs are — not an employer of some other religion (or even of the same religion).

  43. While Obama primps in front of his mirror- Janet is busy creating eligible voters out of thin air-
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    DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”

    In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.”

    The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/04/dhs-to-grant-illegal-aliens-unlawful-presence-waivers/

  44. All the evidence adduced to data–I mean the hard data, points to a costly, draconian, inefficient, corrupt model.

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    Yes. Even with mafia-style enforcement, it would probably not work — and the voters could see for themselves that it was not working. The emperor would be exposed naked.

    So, better to say “We had a great robe but the emperor never got to wear it because the mean old SC wouldn’t let him.”

  45. turndownobama
    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:43 pm
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    Not sure you understand what Althouse is talking about.

  46. Greta was covering Judge Jerry Smith’s 5th Circut of appeals smacking Barry a good one, as I posted on the last thread, by Usterman.

  47. Re: Romney and the car lift in his new house, I give him a pass on that for two reasons:

    1) It’s his money, he earned it, and if he wants a car lift for whatever reason it’s no skin off my nose. Whatever.

    2) His wife has Multiple Sclerosis. She’s fine, and in remission, but MS can always flare up. My understanding is that the main reason for the car elevator is for her to be able to get straight from car into house with no stairs. I think he had one in his last house, too. It’s also a very efficient use of space if you have a family with 3 or 4 cars (teenagers, whatever) because you can stack the cars instead of build a big giant footprint garage?

  48. I thought Wilber’s speech is starting to show some fire. I wonder if he is waiting to become the nominee before he goes a tiny bit wild.

    How wild do straight laced Mormons get? 😉

  49. Debbie Wasserman: “we don’t have time to waste”. The Senate is controlled by dems, and no budget for 3 years, and she keeping blaming the Ryan plan, fine, he at least has a plan, where the hell is the dem’s plan?
    Why doesn’t someone ask her, if OTurd is reelected, we’re not going to have a budget for 8 long years? and a 20+ trillion debt???
    These people must live in la-la land to think americans, even ex-dems, are stupid.

  50. Efficient space usage with car elevators is a good point. I have seen it in Europe old towns in some hotels where space is at a premium. There is what looks like an office space with a car elevator in Annapolis around the State Circle.

  51. I give Wilber a pass on being rich, good looking and being straight laced. If he can fix our country, help the economy and show some dignity…while being a hard worker…he has my vote.

  52. The Vetting – Lochner Reference Shows Bell’s Continuing Influence on Obama

    In continuing his attack on the Supreme Court on Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a mistaken reference to the Lochner decision–an error that suggests just how deeply Derrick Bell affected his thinking about the Court and the Constitution.

    James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal noted that Obama, facing questions from journalists, had cited the case of Lochner v. New York (1905) as the last time the Supreme Court had overturned an economic law passed by Congress:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/03/The-Vetting-Incorrect-Lochner-Reference-Shows-Derrick-Bells-Influence-on-Obama

  53. tim, I have the same issue with them bloviating over Ryan’s budget. Ryan’s budget has some problems. But it is the height of irresponsibility to keep blasting it when you have done NOTHING, no budget, zip, nada, in three freaking years.

    Ryan himself has said if you have a problem with his, then come up with yours and let’s hash it out. It is a low person who will continually bash and sneer at someone else’s plan while producing NO PLAN themselves.

  54. MAYBE ENOUGH DELEGATES, BY 2016?
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    LOL, That is what Santorum gets for rubbing Drudge the wrong way..

  55. Appeals Court Judge Jerry Smith Orders Department of Justice to Address President’s Controversial Comments
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    Yesterday President Obama said in the Rose Garden of the White House, “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority, a democratically elected Congress.”

    Now an appeals court is demanding Attorney General Eric Holder to clarify the president’s comments. Judge Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals requested today, “I would like to have from you by noon on Thursday, that’s about 48 hours from now, a letter stating what is the position of the attorney general and the Department of Justice in regard to the recent statements by the president, stating specifically and in detail in reference to those statements what the authority is of the federal courts in this regard in terms of judicial review. That letter needs to at least three pages single spaced, no less, and it needs to be specific.”

    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/04/03/appeals-court-judge-jerry-smith-orders-department-of-justice-to-clarify-presidents-health-care-comments/

  56. Just a little tiny straw of good news. 😉 My Bot friend has switched from Obama to third party (Jill Stein probably). He’s also interested in the Dem left primary challenger, darcy2012.com (tho earlier that got hacked).

  57. Shadowfax
    April 3rd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t know why, but the bit about “That letter needs to at least three pages single spaced, no less, and it needs to be specific.” is just hilarious to me, its like the Judge knows he can’t trust OTurd, so he has to give very specific instructions, like for a little kid who can’t follow general directions, so you have to give very limited, very specific directions.

  58. Ryan hits back:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/ryan-responds-to-obama-criticism-says-president-is-more-partisan-and-desperate-by-the-day/

    Earlier today Obama called Ryan’s budget proposal “thinly veiled social Darwinism,” saying it was “disguised as deficit reduction plans” but “really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country.” That was a charge denounced by Ryan in a phone interview with ABC News this evening.

    Desperate and demagogic is how I would describe his speech in two words,” Ryan said. “Unfortunately we’ve become accustomed to this kind of rhetoric from the president. I feel like it’s Groundhog Day, except it’s April. He essentially said the same thing last year.

    His speeches are becoming more partisan and desperate by the day and his attempts to divide the nation and to distract people from his own failure to lead — I just don’t think are going to work,” he continued. “I think people are smarter than that.

    The president’s attacks on our budget are as disappointing, as revealing as his attacks on the Supreme Court,” Ryan said. “It seems that he takes anyone questioning his vision of limitless government as a personal affront and he’s lashing out. That’s hardly the kind of leadership we were expecting when he ran for office.”

  59. Sarah standing on Hillary’s shoulders?…

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    Sarah’s generation is standing on the shoulders of Hillary’s generation of feminists. Because of what Hillary’s generation accomplished for women, Sarah was able to do things that were much harder for Hillary’s generation.

  60. ““The president’s attacks on our budget are as disappointing, as revealing as his attacks on the Supreme Court,” Ryan said. “It seems that he takes anyone questioning his vision of limitless government as a personal affront and he’s lashing out. That’s hardly the kind of leadership we were expecting when he ran for office.””

    What a sane and such a true statement to make. Paul Ryan is much more mature than his age. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I would in a second vote for him if he was my congressman, mainly because of his honesty & maturity.

  61. “That letter needs to at least three pages single spaced, no less, and it needs to be specific.”
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    A Court ordered Term Paper?
    Unbelievable.. if these yokels can even pull that off-

  62. Every time Debby WassermanBigMouth Shultz starts talking I want to throw all the shoes in my house at the tv! That woman grades on my very last nerve!

  63. sorry, that probably is for all its hearing,not an abridge version pertinent to the bit Greta was showing.

  64. Bret is playing Romney’s speech again and Romney started with this line:

    “Congressman Ryan, he’s a great leader, wonderful speaker, but he’s not gonna take Ann’s place. “

  65. I liked Romney’s speech. It was serious, well written (I listened to every word to critique it) and delivered well. The perfect antidote to Obama’s sham hope and change is Romney’s sincerity and seriousness. Santorum should get out.

  66. pm317
    April 3rd, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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    It sounds like gold plated commodes to those in dire straights I believe

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    I think the Judge was giving a very BASIC,high school history/civics assignment to the, “brilliant, smartest President ever, Constitutional Law Professor”, got to love it.

  67. “That letter needs to at least three pages single spaced, no less, and it needs to be specific.”
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    A Court ordered Term Paper?

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    They should have specified font size.

  68. gonzotx, I agree. He seems almost sheepish to be so rich and when he can’t carry it off well, better stay away from those things.

  69. Oh, gawd. Olbermann on Letterman says he is “too unique and talented for Current TV”

    The hockey stick graph is now explained. It was this gasbag’s ego creating an entire new layer of atmosphere.

  70. Found some interesting articles floating around
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57406466-503544/george-zimmermans-father-so-much-hate-coming-from-obama/
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57408744-503544/obama-not-working-on-plan-b-for-health-care-law/
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    Hatch then asked Romney if he believed “it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black woman?”

    “No. Next question.” Romney responded…(way to go Mitt)
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57408291-503544/romney-questioned-about-interracial-marriage-stance/

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57408318-503544/ann-romney-well-have-to-unzip-the-real-mitt/..( she is uncensored, ya, you can say that. Hope if he unzips we don’t have to look at the magical underwear. LOL)

  71. pm quoted Althouse:
    Fascinatingly intense. Obviously, the DOJ will concede the power of judicial review, as historically recognized in Marbury. But the court is asking it to spell out exactly what the Administration thinks the limits are. Obama — like many pundits and politicians — throws around the ideas of judicial “restraint” and “activism,” but the judges themselves tend to speak in terms of “saying what the law is” and putting the law — constitutional and statutory — in the proper hierarchy — with the Constitution on top — with no element of judicial will injected into the process.

    It will be interesting to see if the Administration will endorse such a bland — but highly deferential — view of the judicial power or if it will explicate some more nuanced notion of when courts ought to let important/economic legislation prevail.

    Do you think Obama administration is up to this task (bolded part)? 5th circuit has thrown the gauntlet back to Obama.

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

    I tend to think it’s nonsense that there’s ANY “when” that the SC should hear a case where a law is unconstitutional but choose to “let important/economic legislation prevail.” IF the SC wants to let that law prevail, they just refuse to hear the challenge at all.

  72. Yes, we definitely have to get this fool out of the WH. Can’t imagine this country with 4 more years of this. He has opened the flood gates to illegal immigration and Muslims.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/04/dhs-to-grant-illegal-aliens-unlawful-presence-waivers/

    I am still upset with the Black church selling off to the Mosque across the street from me 2 years ago. Many neighbors are selling. I think there has to be some connection. I have a co worker that had a house in Dearborn before it became the center of Islam in America. It happened quickly, houses depreciated fast. I looked up Mosque’s near me in Austin and three in very close proximity of each other in the last 3 years. I know recently over 5000 Muslims re located here from ME. I see the women in their full garb in the grocery stores, Wally world. Always two or more women and a man. Protection? Probably won’t let them drive.

    I have lived here 32 years, have a beautiful pool, creek. This is killing me. I just don’t want to live in a Muslim dominate neighborhood. If the Black church had let the neighborhood in on it’s selling, I am sure we could have bought it and turned it into a community center. End of story.

  73. turndownobama
    April 3rd, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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    That comment is in the context of 5th circuit Judge’s comments and assignment to the DoJ. It is all courts and not just SC — when do you look at judicial review deferentially and when do you draw the limits to say, no we can’t accept that? Go back and read her post. Unless you are as capable a lawyer and make serious comments as she does, I won’t be inclined to respond to you.

  74. jbstonefan: this one may interest you:

    ama’s Enthusiasm Gap
    By Dick Morris on April 3, 2012
    Published on TheHill.com on April 3, 2012

    The conventional wisdom in Washington is even more demented than usual in its confident prediction of an Obama victory. The fact is that a careful analysis of the polling suggests that he faces the likelihood that his political base will underperform in the 2012 election, voting with their feet by staying home.

    An enthusiasm gap is hurting Obama’s candidacy and his reelection chances.

    RealClearPolitics.com helpfully lists all of the test match-ups 
between Obama and Romney. Of the last 12 polls, going back to March 11, 10 tested their relative strength among registered voters. The average of these 10 polls gave Obama a 49-42 advantage, a comfortable margin of victory of 7 points. But the two polls during this period that tested likely voters — one by Bloomberg on March 11 and one by Rasmussen on April 1 (but not an April Fools’ joke) both showed a tied race. Bloomberg had it 45-45, while Rasmussen showed it deadlocked at 47 apiece.

    All Democrats do better than Republicans when adults or registered voters are sampled, as opposed to likely voters. Those who tend not to vote are usually more downscale in income and education and more likely to vote Democratic. But the difference between registered voters and likely voters is rarely so large.

    In the Clinton campaign of 1996, for example, the gap was rarely more than a few points.

    The huge difference facing Obama based on whether the sample is of registered or likely voters — a 7-point victory in one and a tied race in the other — underscores the president’s biggest problem: motivating his supporters to get out and vote.

    Essentially, Obama’s 2008 victory was based on a trio of high turnouts among African-Americans, Latinos and young people. While his ratings among blacks are still very high and he is likely to continue to get almost all of their votes, it is an open question whether he will be able to increase their turnout as dramatically as he did last time. In the election of 2008, blacks cast 14 percent of the vote, far above their usual 11 percent.

    Among Hispanics, Obama is in serious trouble. While he won two-thirds of their votes in ’08, Rasmussen now shows just 41 percent approving of his job as president. And among voters under 30, Obama is also unlikely to be able to replicate his ’08 showing. Rasmussen has him drawing only 54 percent approval — with only 22 percent strongly approving of his performance as president, far below the 67 percent vote share he drew among the young in ’08.

    Obama clearly recognizes his situation and is featuring policies meant to appease and energize his sagging base. From his intervention in the Florida shooting of an unarmed teenager to his new immigration policies and his focus on student loans, the president is trying to bridge the enthusiasm gap that threatens to doom his candidacy.

    Conversely, the evidence suggests that white middle-aged and elderly voters are champing at the bit to vote to oust Obama from the Oval Office before he can inflict more damage on this country.

    And all of these stats beg the fundamental question of where the undecided votes will go. A careful analysis of all the undecided votes in all the presidential elections since 1960 in which an incumbent was seeking a second term shows that 80 percent of those who were undecided in the final Gallup poll voted for the challenger even when he was losing the contest badly. While Goldwater, McGovern, Mondale, Dole and Kerry were badly defeated in their challenges to Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush, they all drew the vast bulk of the undecided vote. So when Obama gets 45 percent of the likely voters, the evidence would suggest that he is headed for a sizable defeat.

  75. Have you ever wondered why big media and bots worship The One?

    Ryan gave us part of the answer when he said Obama is a demagogue.

    H.L. Mencken gave us the rest of the answer:

    “A demagogue is a man who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to people he knows to be idiots.”

    And big media and bots certainly fall in the category, i.e. Brian Williams, George Step and Fetch It, and Jake the Snake.

  76. Did anyone see the picture of Brian Williams posing like the actor John Barrymore–the profile shot.

    John Barrymore Profile

    No other actor reached such heights of achievement then fell to such depths as did John Barrymore. At his zenith in the 1920s, he was acclaimed as the greatest Shakespearian actor of his generation. His aristocratic good looks earned him the title of “The Great Profile”. At his nadir in the early 1940s, he parodied himself on radio as a washed-up, drunken actor for much needed cash.

  77. wbboei, this is why I do not panic over individual polls. I take them with a grain of salt, look at the overall trends, recognize that some are BADLY gamed and skewed, and mesh the overall polls with what I see and hear going on around me as to the mood of the public.

    Magic 8-ball says: Obama is in big big trouble. Oh, and look for a new poll out soon showing he has SURPRISE!!! jumped up big in approval rating or some nonsense. They ALWAYS do that to at least one poll, every time he has a bad week. They are so predictable.

  78. For some time now, Brian Williams has been secretly promoting the buzz that he is the new Walter Cronkite. Therefore, Enquirering minds are asking is he really Cronkite, or is he not in fact a greater than Cronkite? When someone pops that question to him in front of an audience he flourishes his dry waspish humor and says do I look that old? Gales of canned laughter are then heard. Then he affects a serious mood and says yes I am his successor, but modesty prevents me from saying more. Others might say I am a greater than Cronkite, but I really couldn’t say.

    Then some wag asks him if you are as great as you say you are Brian, then why did you never graduate from college? Brian freezes up, and when he unfreezes he says that is my one regret. ButChuck Todd never graduated from college either, yet he has become an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown. So give me a break.

  79. wbboei, this is why I do not panic over individual polls. I take them with a grain of salt, look at the overall trends
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    Correct.

  80. LOL! Some wag on Mr. Dyspeptic Santorum:

    rick “norma” desmond-santorum is ready for his close up now…

    he’s still big-it’s the primaries that got small.

  81. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Greta is pissing me off. She keeps saying that the American people have a choice between two blueprints: Ryan’s (actual) budget and …… the president’s blueprint for blah blah blah….

    You weasel, there is NO blueprint. Nothing on paper. No budget for three freaking years. The Dems want to play a game of getting the R’s to commit on paper, while they get to lalalalala all over the place as the wind blows. The R’s need to HAMMER this. Who is the damn adult in the room? Because I frankly would vote for someone offering me a flawed budget over “Whatever is behind door number two! Who the heck knows??”

  82. I know I keep griping about this, but it is GOBSMACKING to me that the president and Dem Senate can go THREE YEARS, during a time of great financial uncertainty, without any effort whatsoever to produce a damn BUDGET. It’s the most irresponsible thing I’ve ever seen.

    They want to run around talking about how much they caaaare, vague statements of intent to do this or that, but refusing to commit to ANY real plan whatsoever. ANd I know the reason why – because they would have to face the reality of the cold, hard math that tells them that the vision of reality they are selling is a big fat lie. Changes are going to HAVE to be made. They’d have to face the truth and tell it to the people. Instead, they’d rather pander with moonbeams and unicorn farts while wailing about how awful the Ryan budget is. Well, maybe it is – but YOU have as yet offered NO alternative.

  83. Any CEO who took over a giant company that was in trouble, and 3 years later did NOT EVEN HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN, would be tossed out on his ass.

  84. If these headlines from Real Clear Politics are any indication as a prequel to Obama’s full throated campaign- His messages are distorted versions of reality blaming anyone and everyone for his abysmal failure as president and a big black eye for America if he is ever re-elected.

    Baier vs. Carney: Press Sec Says “Leadership Is Not Presenting A Budget”

    Obama Instructs Journalists On How To Report His Positions Free Press? Not on your Life!

    Obama Warns GOP Budget Would Make Weather Prediction Less Accurate

    Andrea Mitchell Gushes To Hillary: Everyone Expects You To Run Wrong Andrea, Obama expects Hillary to save him!

    It would be safe for Ryan to say, Obama’s PRESIDENCY is surreal!

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/04/03/obama_instructs_journalists_on_how_to_report_his_positions.html

  85. Jarrett asserts, the “we really care” meme on the heels of the purported racially motivated victimization of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. But that isn’t the primary purpose for posting this article. When Obama’s inner circle are forced to leave the confines of the WH- it means, they are scared Obama may actually not be re-elected. Thinking they may be kicked to the curb, alone, with their failed Socialist agenda has Jarrett on the hunt for finding a common link with potential voters.
    ________________

    Jarrett Touts Obama’s ‘Action’ on Chicago Youth Violence, Despite Spate of Shootings

    (you can read her diatribe for yourself @ the link
    describing how in 2009 Obama sent his dream team consisting of AG Holder and Secretary Duncan to Chicago to discuss youth violence with Mayor Daley and leaders in the community and his creation of a National Forum addressing children killing children, after the murder in 2009 of Darrion Albert. )

    I prefer using this space for posting Obama’s record-

    “So, how many students have been murdered in Chicago since Darrion Albert was murdered in September 2009, and since President Obama “took action”? In 2010, there were 68 murder victims in Chicago between the ages of 13 and 18. Nearly 700 kids were hit by gunfire. There was an 11 percent rise in youth murders in 2010. Since 2008, over 530 people under age 21 have been murdered, and 286 of those were under the age of 18.

    So all that talk at the National Forum has been helpful. Good thing President Obama cares – although he and his allies have been all over the Trayvon Martin case while completely ignoring a spate of shootings in the Chicago area over the last week.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/03/Valerie-Jarrett-Chicago-violence

  86. Did I miss something yesterday? After taping the segment, I didn’t hear any of this during Sarah’s time on the Today Show-

    The divorced revolving door millionaire, Donnie Deutsch is a slime dog of epic proportions.. read why..
    ________________

    NBC Contributor, Donnie Deutsch Jokes On Air: “Palin Hit On Me”

    NBC and their on-air talent’s abysmal history when it comes to the treatment of women and minorities (and Hispanic Democrats) has been well documented, and this morning viewers at MSNBC were treated to yet another example of the network’s chivalry, courtesy of Donny Deutsch:

    “The first time I actually met the governor in person — it was weird, she asked for my telephone number,” Deutsch, who appeared this morning with Palin on the Today Show, deadpanned on Morning Joe. “I don’t know what the hell that was about.”

    I don’t care who it is or what party she hails from, Governor Sarah Palin is a former Governor, a former Vice Presidential nominee, and most importantly, a married mother of five. Which makes you wonder what the atmosphere at NBC is like for this kind of humor to be tolerated in a break room, much less on the air.

    Doesn’t anyone ever give any thought to the effect this kind of talk has on Palin’s family, most especially her young children?

    You might want to write this sorry episode off as just another left-wing jerk being a left-wing jerk, but the politics behind it are actually more complicated and calculating.

    Objectifying and turning Governor Palin into a sexualized punchline is a way to marginalize her as a political force. It’s also something the left has been doing since she first arrived on the national political scene in 2008 and gave Obama supporters the scare of the campaign as the McCain/Palin ticket pulled ahead in the polls.

    Palin’s never been forgiven for this by the left or the media, which is why this kind of talk that sexualizes her is both tolerated and encouraged in the media … and their favorite talking heads.

    breitbart.com/big-journalism

  87. MY 93 old gut feeling tells me to hang in until Hillary is drafted and will run.There is no other choice now or on the political horizon.

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    April 4, 2012

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    PUBLIC SCHEDULE
    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the assistant secretaries, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the management team, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton joins Deputy Secretary Burns’ meeting with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends Vice President Biden’s meeting with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY THE WHITE HOUSE)

    2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, at the Department of State.
    (JOINT PRESS AVAILABILITY FOLLOWING BILATERAL MEETING AT APPROXIMATELY 2:35 PM)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 1:45 p.m. from 21st. Street Entrance.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:15 p.m. from 21st. Street Entrance.

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

  88. jbstonesfan:
    _________

    Survey: Most US Jews support Obama’s re-election

    Public Religion Research Institute poll finds 62% of Jewish voters would like to see Obama re-elected versus 30% who prefer a Republican to win election

    American Jews strongly support President Barack Obama’s re-election even though backing by the key voting group has slipped since he was first elected to office, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

    Sixty-two percent of Jewish voters said they would like to see Obama re-elected versus 30% who prefer a Republican to win the November election, the Jewish Values Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute said.

    Jews make up only 2% of the US population but are crucial for Obama. They are heavily Democratic and are concentrated in swing states such as Pennsylvania and Florida that are important to Obama’s bid for re-election.

    Obama, a Democrat, has come under attack from Republican presidential candidates who allege he has not been supportive of Israel.

    Overall support for Obama is nearly identical to the backing he had at the same point in the 2008 campaign when he was locked in a primary battle with Hillary Clinton, the survey said.

    But support is down from the 78% of Jewish votes Obama garnered in the 2008 election when he defeated Republican John McCain.

    Obama’s approval rating is 61% among Jewish voters, the survey showed, above the 50% notched among Americans overall in a Reuters/Ipsos poll last month.

    The Jewish Values Survey shows 51% of Jewish voters say the economy is the most important issue for the 2012 election.

    Israel and Iran, whose nuclear program the West suspects is a cover to develop atomic weapons, rank at 4% and 2% respectively.

    The survey was carried out among 1,004 Jewish adults over 18 and interviews were done online between February 23 and March 5. The margin of error is 5 percentage points.

    The poll also asked who US Jews view as people who best represent Jewish values. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu topped the list with 73%, followed by Supreme Court Judge Elena Kagan (66%), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (65%), The Daily Show host Jon Stewart (60%), actress Natalie Portman (56%), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (38%) and entertainer Sarah Silverman (37%).

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4212044,00.html

  89. HillaryforTexas

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Greta is pissing me off.

    blah blah blah….

    You weasel.

    ——–
    A big yup to that. She is the antiChrist to me. I even hate her hair, and that’s something I normally never talk about or take into account.

    DWS sucks big time, she lies like roadkill.

  90. Am reading the left going on and on about the rich paying so much less, the Buffet Rule, yada yada yada.

    Look, let’s stop the demonizing get this straight. Most very wealthy people do NOT pay regular income taxes. They pay the capital gains tax, since most of their income comes from investments, not wages or salary. The capital gains tax is lower than the tax on wages. I have no problem with anyone arguing that it needs tweaking, or that it should be higher, or lower, if they argue from an honest place. No, the evuhl republicans and democrats did not make the capital gains tax lower than wage taxes because they all just lurves them some fatcats, and want them to pay less just because….because…..screw the poor!

    The REASON capital gains are taxed differently is because the govt does not want to squelch investment. It is not in anyone’s best interest to do so. New investment is absolutely essential for economic growth. We WANT to encourage people with money to sink it into various endeavors in the hopes of a good return. Capital gains taxes are different for a reason, not just because of some whim.

    I’m a realist. There are times when screams of “but…but…but…..FAIRNESS!” are not the ONLY relevant thing, and may be cutting off your nose to spite your face. No, I would not be happier if we were all sitting here in our bankrupt country, perfectly equal in our freaking poverty. Sorry, but the “satisfaction” to be gained from that would be cold comfort.

    I love fairness. I’m in favor of fairness. But fairness is not the ONLY “greater good” that deserves consideration, here. It’s not the be-all-end-all of every economic decision. Let’s be honest as we have these discussions. Buffet’s tax RATE (not total amount paid) may indeed be lower than his secretary’s, but that’s because his income falls into an entirely different category of taxation than hers. You are not comparing apples to apples, there. A break is given because Buffet’s investing in this and that company, or even tax-free municipal bonds that help cities and states, is performing a “good” for the economy, and that gets taken into account, because we want him to continue doing that.

    If we are going to discuss the tax structure, be honest about the fact that “fairness” is not the ONLY dynamic that needs to be considered at all. By all means argue vigorously. Have at it. But stop pretending that the ONLY pertinent factor in taxation is fairness as to overall rate. It’s not that simple.

  91. Leanora
    April 4th, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I’ve always wondered if the Clintons knew the truth about Barry’s birth and were afraid to speak out. Now, Sheriff Joe is expanding his investigation to include Hillary supporters. He already has the names of dozens of HC supporters who are willing to come forward.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/sheriff-joe-expands-obama-probe-to-hillary-supporters/

    Maybe more of the truth will come out now.

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    Wow, that woman is brave. Bravo for her and I hope she and her family stay safe.

  92. Van Jones: Obama Wouldn’t Lose Black Vote If He Came Out As Gay

    “I think if President Obama came out as gay, he wouldn’t lose the black vote,” a cheerful Van Jones told MSNBC this afternoon.

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    Is Van Jones finally telling the truth cloaked as a joke?

  93. Shadowfax, Van Jones is laughing at the black community. “We own those dumb f*cks” is what he is saying.

  94. H4TX

    Yup, I was just thinking of Barry’s days in the back of the limo with Larry Sinclair and his wild nights at the Chicago Men’s club.

  95. Could be, Shadowfax. I know Kevin at Hillbuzz, very active in the Chicago gay community, still says it was an open secret with both Rahm and Obama.

  96. “The first time I actually met the governor in person — it was weird, she asked for my telephone number,” Deutsch, who appeared this morning with Palin on the Today Show, deadpanned on Morning Joe. “I don’t know what the hell that was about.”

    [….] You might want to write this sorry episode off as just another left-wing jerk being a left-wing jerk, but the politics behind it are actually more complicated and calculating.

    “Objectifying and turning Governor Palin into a sexualized punchline is a way to marginalize her as a political force.”

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

    This is what is being done to Sandra Fluke also. We need to stand up for ANY women who is treated this way, whether we agree with her on everything or not.

  97. Ya know, Ryan’s budget has its problems, but could we discuss those problems like adults? The hair-on-fire screeching hyperbole from the Dems is just ridiculous.

    Because I remember those days of govt only spending18-20% of gdp. I remember the roving bands of starving citizens, the horrible and cruel wasteland that was America. It was JUST like Mad Max.

    *eyeroll*

  98. Now Barry and his thugs are going after Sheriff Joe, yup, the same guy doing the investigation on Obama’s lack of qualifications to be Prez…

    ——

    Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos

    Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his departmentfor violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.

    The sheriff’s high-profile crackdown on illegal immigrants has helped thrust the issue onto the national political stage with some states passing tough new laws aimed at pushing out those in the country illegally.

    The administration’s Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been in settlement talks for months over allegations that officers regularly made unlawful stops and arrests of Latinos, used excessive force against them and failed to adequately protect the Hispanic community.

    Those negotiations have broken down because of a fight over the Justice Department’s demand that an independent monitor be appointed by a federal court to oversee compliance with the settlement, which has now reached 128 pages in draft form, according to the Obama administration.

    “We believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith,” Roy Austin, deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a letter to the lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

    Austin said in the letter that Arpaio’s team demanded that a meeting slated for Wednesday include for the first time negotiations over the monitor and previously had demanded that the Justice Department provide more details about its findings.

    “MCSO’s refusal to engage in good faith negotiations requires us to prepare for civil (court) action,” Austin said. He added that the Justice Department has recently discovered more information about the “failure to reasonably investigate sex crimes” by Arpaio’s office.

    The Justice Department in a December report outlined numerous alleged civil rights violations, including that Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos by Arpaio’s force.

    The sheriff has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and lashed out at the Obama administration for targeting his department and failing to deal with the problem of illegal immigration with some 11.5 million believed to be in the United States.

    In a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, Arpaio said the appointment of a monitor would force him to abdicate responsibility for his police force, including decisions about policies, operations, jail programs and enforcement.

    “To the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say: This will not happen, not on my watch!” Arpaio said in the statement.

    Arpaio’s force has been under investigation by federal authorities since 2008 during the Bush administration. Obama’s Justice Department spent months fighting for access to documents and to some of his deputies. Arpaio was interviewed twice during the probe.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-usa-immigration-arizona-idUSBRE83213Z20120403

  99. It will be harder for Obama to herd Hispanics onto the same plantation as he has herded black people. Certainly his race baiting against sheriff joe is an indication. Anyone with half a brain should be asking themselves–why now. And will it go the same way as his promises for Immigration Reform after the election. If you look to the Obama record throughout his tenure in public office, the answer is obvious. Once he no longer needs them, they will be forgotten. That is what Hispanics need to understand, and they should never succumb to being treated the same way he treats black people. If they do, it will be impossible to climb the social ladder.

  100. The democrat party requires a permanent underclass, and an expanding class of victims in order to be elected. That is why they refuse to do what is necessary to protect our borders.

  101. Hey, guys! Lots been happening personally. Like… I’m a new mom. Yes, there is a baby Okie now. She is awesome and exhausting and the pregnancy was very trying and she ended up being 2 weeks early. Perfectly healthy, big, big eater and maybe the gassiest baby ever which makes me laugh.

    Anyhow, just wanted to let Admin know Hotair linked this post on their Jay Carney budget post. hotair.com/archives/2012/04/03/bad-news-jay-carney-doesnt-like-questions-about-obamas-budget/

    My state is sucking about now. Between the crazy state GOP controlled legislature attacking women’s rights (talk about being sucked into Obama’s Rope A Dope…Jeez) and that uber controlled visit of :evil:, we’ve just been fucked. FYI- a staffer of an office mate applied to be an Obama delegate for the state party. She had to sign a binding pledge not to vote for anyone else other than 👿 .Period. That made that Randall Terry thing interesting. No one would would be his delegate. Why? Because they couldn’t. Not without being replaced. Nice catch-22, huh? The pledge occurred about 2 weeks prior to the primary. That tells me they knew he’d lose delegates via the vote outcome and had to shore it up. They want no cracks in the dam come convention time. They do not want HRC getting a toe in at all. Any delegate breaking that pledge gets replaced with an alternate. So glad I am no longer a Dem….

  102. Someone asked me if we could go back to Clinton tax rates. I said sure, if we can guarantee that we go back to Clinton spending levels. They didn’t like that.

    Because we all know that the US of A was practically Somalia then, and the govt had NO money to meet any of their obligations. I remember it well.

    I can’t get any intelligent response. Only “ZOMG, teh evil Republicaaans and imminent THUNDERDOOOOOOME!!!!!!.” That’s what will happen if spending is cut to 18 to 20% of gdp. Prepare for swollen-bellied toddlers lining the thoroughfares with flies on their eyes, standing in line for dwindling charity cornmush, at those spending levels.

    And you know what else? That’s what all people who suggest less spending genuinely want in their evil little hearts. Honest. They would be soooo happy to see that. It’s what they live for – those fly-laden children.

  103. BTW, Shadowfax- 👿 ‘s DOJ was already going after Sheriff Joe long before he went after the BC issue. He’s just diverting attention from himself and his malfeasance. The guy’s admin is dirty as hell. They were under investigation under Dubya, too. He tries to fashion himself a populist, but he’s an old-fashioned fascist racist. Surprised he hasn’t just worn his militia gear publicly yet.

  104. jbstonesfan: here is something that may interest you. It is an explanation of how polling works–by Dick Morris. If you read Clinton pollster Doug Schoen’s book The Power of The Vote, he talks about how a young Dick Morris was a trail blazer in Manhattan in developing modern polling techniques, so Morris’s analysis is worth paying attention to. Not surprisingly, he finds Rassmussen to be in a class of his own, and I can only surmise that bottom feeders like Keating Holland at CNN are seen as the joke they most certainly are.

    http://www.dickmorris.com/how-polling-works-dick-morris-tv-history-video/

  105. Republican Delegate Tally

    Delegate totals are from The Associated Press

    655 Mitt

    278 Sweaters

    135 Newt

    51 Tokens for Paul

    It’s all over now baby blue…

  106. Hi OkieAtty. We are approaching high election time, so your insights will be invaluable. I think Bill Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection has done a pretty good job of pinning the tail on the donkey, excuse me the adverse possessor at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Eviction proceeding are in progress, we hope.

  107. This sheriff has coconuts!!

    Obama prepares to sue Sheriff Joe

    WASHINGTON – On the heels of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s challenge of Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for the presidency, the Obama administration announced today it’s preparing to sue the Arizona elected official for alleged civil-rights violations against Latinos in a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

    The administration’s Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been in settlement talks for months over Obama administration allegations that officers made unlawful stops and arrests of Latinos, used excessive force against them and failed to adequately protect the Hispanic community.

    Those negotiations broke down about the time Arpaio held a news conference in Phoenix announcing that preliminary findings of a six-month law-enforcement probe found the birth certificate Obama posted on the White House website was fraudulent.

    “We believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith,” Roy Austin, deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a letter to the lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

    Austin said in the letter that Arpaio’s team demanded that a meeting slated for tomorrow include for the first time negotiations over the monitor and previously had demanded that the Justice Department provide more details about its findings.

    “MCSO’s refusal to engage in good faith negotiations requires us to prepare for civil (court) action,” Austin said. He added that the Justice Department has recently discovered more information about the “failure to reasonably investigate sex crimes” by Arpaio’s office.

    The Justice Department in a December report outlined numerous alleged civil rights violations, including that Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos by Arpaio’s force.

    The sheriff has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and lashed out at the Obama administration for targeting his department and failing to deal with the problem of illegal immigration with some 11.5 million believed to be in the United States.

    In a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, Arpaio said the appointment of a monitor would force him to abdicate responsibility for his police force, including decisions about policies, operations, jail programs and enforcement.

    “To the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say: This will not happen, not on my watch!” Arpaio said in the statement.

    Arpaio announced today his investigation of Obama was expanding into election irregularities in 2008, based on claims by supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton, then Obama’s challenger for the Democratic nomination.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/obama-prepares-to-sue-sheriff-joe/?cat_orig=us

  108. Okie said:
    My state is sucking about now. Between the crazy state GOP controlled legislature attacking women’s rights (talk about being sucked into Obama’s Rope A Dope…Jeez) and that uber controlled visit of , we’ve just been fucked.

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    Yep on the crazy state GOP. But welcome back!

  109. Someone asked me if we could go back to Clinton tax rates. I said sure, if we can guarantee that we go back to Clinton spending levels.

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

    Iirc, in the recent MSNBC interview, Bill said till the economy gets better we shouldn’t either raise taxes OR cut spending.

    But that interview was very sound-byted, so I don’t know the context. Has anyone seen a complete transcript? (But could we trust MSNBC to provide an accurate transcript?

    Bill did GIVE that nice-looking kid the intrview, but I wish Bill (and everyone) would make their own tapes and transcripts of everything he says.

  110. H4T,

    Imo the tax thing needs more nuance. But again, it’s nice to see you back here posting again!

  111. Hmmmm……

    Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi Welcome A 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Run (RTTNews) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and former President Bill Clinton both said this week that they would like to see Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton run for president in 2016.

    Pelosi told PBS’ Charlie Rose that although she has “no knowledge” of Clinton’s intentions to run for president, she would be thrilled if the Secretary of State put in her bid for the White House.

    “That would be so exciting,” the California Democrat told Rose in an interview that aired Monday night.

    Clinton, who will be 69 years old next election cycle, said she has no interest in running for president and plans to step down as Secretary of State in November, regardless of whether President Obama is re-elected. She told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she wants to spend more time with friends and family.

    “It’s very flattering, but, you know, I’m not at all planning to [run for president],” Clinton said. “I have no, you know, desire or intention.”

    Bill Clinton told ABC News he would be “happy” if his wife decided to run for the White House.

    “I believe that she’s being absolutely honest with you when she says she doesn’t think she’ll go back into politics,” Bill Clinton said Monday on Good Morning America. “But if she comes home and we do this foundation stuff for the rest of our lives, I’ll be happy; if she changes her mind and decides to run, I’ll be happy.”

    Pelosi and Bill Clinton join Donald Trump and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who have also publicly said they want to see Hilary Clinton run for the White House in 2016.

    Pelosi was hesitant to speculate on whether Clinton would be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, telling Rose that it’s “100 years from now.”

  112. The Big Dawg misses his Hillary…

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Former President Bill Clinton would love nothing more than to see his Secretary of State wife Hillary Clinton return to their home in Chappaqua.

    “I’m glad she’s coming home and I miss her,” Clinton said in an interview with ABC News. “We have fun together.”

    Hillary Clinton, who previously said she would not be interested in a second-term as secretary of state, has also publicly said she does not plan on running for president in 2016. Bill Clinton, however, said a decision is “light years” away.

    “I believe she’s being absolutely honest with you when she says she doesn’t think she’ll go back into politics,” Clinton said in the interview. “Whether she does or not, who knows what will happen?”

    For now, Clinton said, Hillary is looking forward to a life of leisure following two decades between the White House and the Senate.

    “By early 2013, she will have put in 21 years of unbroken work on this and she wants to come home, decompress and relax,” Clinton said. “If she comes home and we do this foundation stuff for the rest of our lives, I’ll be happy. If she changes her mind and decides to run, I’ll be happy.”

    http://www.thedailypleasantville.com/news/bill-clinton-i-miss-hillary-chappaqua

  113. …my two cents…I will be gone for a little while

    Congrats to OkieAtty…how wonderful for you…
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    Yeah…to Romney’s clean sweep…onward

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    Paul Ryan is very articulate…comes across as earnest and “trusting” (something in those big clear blue eyes and ‘aw shucks’ youthful face…he is a dad of 3 kids and in his 7th term in congress – more experience and gravitas than Rubio, but obviously not hispanic)..fwiw and OT…i believe he is an aquarian as is Sarah Palin…these are smart,spunky,fearless people…fairness and justice are very important and they speak their mind…no matter what…

    Ryan is a better speaker than Romney…he often speaks without notes…he knows his stuff – he would be able to articulate their message in ways R might not…

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    I also ‘liked’ Romney’s speech last night…but he is low key, calm, mature…more conversational…he is never going to be a great ‘orator’ – he doesn’t build and shout…he is definitely not stacatto and choppy like O…Romney just explains things…he is not angry…O always looks angry and mad…

    I heard part of Romney’s live speech today…and he is starting to personalize more…he may be holding back on that level until the national camp…then he will need people to come out and speak of his generosity and good works, etc…

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    Debbie WS has been off the track since she sold out to O…sadly she is very irritating these days…like a robotic zombie for O

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    Joe S is doing his best to re-elect O…today he insisted that no one in the repub establishment believes Romney can win…and he said it over and over again…why? he is doing his morning joe part to brainwash people…traitor is way too kind for joe scumborough…

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    I am going to be gone for a little while due to a family crisis…it is a difficult time…I will be reading comments as i can and here in spirit…

    one last thing, when this place is on point minus the personal stuff…this place cannot be beat and it is the best…

  114. Shadowfax, wasn’t she the one who repeatedly wrote that Hillary was going to be a grandma and was completely out of politics? We recall the attacks and sneering at anyone who said Hillary had a political career ahead of her. She really does not know what she writes about.

  115. admin

    She really does not know what she writes about.

    ——
    How did she get a name for herself in the first place?

    The real point in all this is everyone still wants Hillary to run and every Tom, Dick and Taylor grabs headlines just posing the question to folks that know Hillary. 😉

  116. admin
    April 4th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Shadowfax, wasn’t she the one who repeatedly wrote that Hillary was going to be a grandma and was completely out of politics? We recall the attacks and sneering at anyone who said Hillary had a political career ahead of her. She really does not know what she writes about.
    _____________

    Good catch, admin- I agree. Just an old article from last December with hints of embellishment in just the right places… giving the appearance of new news-

  117. How did she get a name for herself in the first place?

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

    You mean Taylor Marsh? Dunno about earlier years, but in mid sprng 2008, Marsh’s blog was a hub for Hillary supporters (who were getting thrown out of DU, Kos, etc). Taylor then was strongly agaisnt Obama, pro Hillary.

  118. turndownobama
    April 4th, 2012 at 3:53 pm
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    There is a part of me that is upset that HRC would have to go in and clean up Os mess.

  119. I’ve got bad vibes from Taylor Marsh since about mid-May 2008. We posters there were all trying to hang in for Hillary to keep fighting, go to Denver, etc. (Heidi Li Feldman and Riverdaughter were regular frontpagers there, more or less.)

    Taylor discouraged us a couple of days ahead of Hillary’s statement, and very quickly threw out the PUMAs and invited Bots in. No proof, but it looked opportunistic to me. Like she was jumping on a more advantageous bandwagon, hoping to get access to the Bot campaign and the convention, etc.

    And even latelly when she seemed to turn against Obama, she still insulted PUMAs who tried to comment there agin.

    It doesnt’ make sense. There should be loyalty and courtesy among comrades as we were in mid spring 2008, even after we came to disagree on strategy. So something must have over-ridden that.

  120. Disgusting- You need an ID to pick up your mail at the Post Office, Ca$h a check, Buy Beer, ATM machine, join the boy/girl scouts, Sam’s Club.. and on and on and on… But picking the leader of the Free World.. it’s OK if we don’t know who you are- You can be from the four corners of the earth.. it’s ALL ok with US..Come’on down!
    _______________________

    Democrats boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws

    Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws.

    “We are organizing. We are not agonizing,” said Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., who is leading a parallel Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s effort to get government identification into the hands of the estimated 2-3 million Democrats who don’t have one. “We have staffed up,” he said.

    Officials from another party-backed group, Color of Change, kicked off a boycott of Coke and other financial backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council which supports new voter ID laws. Other supporters include Walmart and Koch Industries. The boycott call started with a tweet (@CocaCola is helping undermine voting rights. Tell them to stop) and a webpage. The group also has tied the Council to the Trayvon Martin shooting case.

    Those efforts came on the heels of a new report released Wednesday by the Center for American Progress condemning new voter identification laws in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and Wisconsin.
    __________

    Center for American Progress Group is a Soros funded fascist think tank/youth outreach org.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets/2012/04/democrats-boycott-coke-walmart-over-voter-id-laws/444346

  121. There is a part of me that is upset that HRC would have to go in and clean up Os mess.

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

    As POTUS 2016? I have reactions on that level, but I try not to be guided by the negative ones. On that level, I’m disgusted that she campaigned for Obama, is now working as his ‘secretary’ and praising him, etc.

    Still the important thing is that she’s best for the job and will get many good things done as POTUS.

  122. OkieAtty
    April 4th, 2012 at 1:59 pm
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    Congratulations on the baby! Hope you come back to post often.

  123. There is a part of me that is upset that HRC would have to go in and clean up Os mess.
    ——————–
    It is wise for Hillary to foster the impression that she may run in 2016. It keeps her name in the picture, and after the party is wiped out in 2012, it will give them someone to rally around. The way the issues are shaping up here, and the narcissistic way Obama is handling them, and the way the dims and media are overreaching, I see a wipe out of the party six months from now. And the beauty of it, is it will not register in the polls for another three months or more. Here is another example of what a second Obama term would look like. You may like full blown socialized medicine, but most people are frightened of what it would mean to them and their families.

  124. Dana Perino and others on FOX just made an astute observation: Paul Ryan would be a great VP pick for Romney for several reasons besides all the ones already mentioned on this thread.

    1) Obama is already running against his budget, and Ryan is better at explaining it than anyone. He has not gotten much air time to do that, because Obama has the bully pulpit. Ryan actually does a VERY good job debunking overblown claims and defending his plan, but no one ever sees that except political junkies on youtube. But as VP candidate, he could get the spotlight.

    2) As they put it, “Paul Ryan makes a really lousy villain“. He just comes across as such a sincere young guy, unfailingly polite, like your favorite overachieving geeky nephew. Ryan is someone that Obama might have to fight on the merits of his plan, not just by painting him as a frothing demon. Because very very few people other than the most partisan are going to believe that he’s an evil monster, even if they have doubts about his plan.

  125. Marsh is crazy. She doesn’t even try to find some consistent link from her previous opinion to her next column.

    Not to Spoiler a riddle, but there’s a column of hers with about 24 comments and most of them disagree with her! And instead of substance it was all about some ‘man-language’ expression. Maybe she was auditioning for a NYT column.

  126. turndown, these people live in lala land. Who the hell cares about man-centric language when our country is going down the tubes?

    Some of my twenty-something son’s friends were over for a cookout last weekend, and were unanimous that they DO NOT CARE about any issue other than economy and jobs this election cycle. They still believe in other stuff, but it’s firmly back-burner.

    The feeling was, “Yeah, contraception, gay rights, social programs, I’ll fight over those later….. right now I will vote for anyone who can get the economy going, and I don’t care who it is.”

  127. H4TX

    It’s much easier for dead people, Disney characters and multiple votes with no voter ID card.

    And all the poor illegals need to vote for Barry. Have a heart.

    😡

  128. The feeling was, “Yeah, contraception, gay rights, social programs, I’ll fight over those later….. right now I will vote for anyone who can get the economy going, and I don’t care who it is.”

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    Who do they think can get it going, and how?

  129. turndown, they are willing to give the R”s a shot, because they KNOW that Obama can’t.

    Shadowfax, she’s quoting kids at my house.

  130. Somebody get a shovel…

    Holder says ‘courts have final say’ in response to furor over Obama’s health law comments

    Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged Wednesday that the “courts have final say,” and said his department would respond formally to an appeals court order to explain whether the Obama administration believes judges in fact have the power to overturn federal laws.

    The attorney general, at a brief press conference in Chicago, made clear the administration thinks they do.

    “We respect the decisions made by the courts since Marbury v. Madison,” Holder said Wednesday, referring to the landmark 1803 case that established the precedent of judicial review. “Courts have final say.”

    The comments come after a three-judge panel for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to explain its position by Thursday at noon. It marked the latest escalation between the two branches of government over the federal health care overhaul, after President Obama cautioned the Supreme Court against overturning the law and warned that such an act would be “unprecedented.”

    Holder said Wednesday that “we are formulating a response now.” He also described the president’s comments as “appropriate,” saying that while the courts have final say they “are also fairly deferential when it comes to overturning the statutes that the duly elected representatives of the people — Congress — passed.”

    He said the department is “confident health care reform will stand constitutional muster.”

    Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney continued to defend the president’s remarks — sparring at length with reporters at Wednesday’s press briefing.

    Carney has argued that there’s no dispute from the administration regarding the courts’ authority to strike down laws. He says the president was instead referring specifically to the traditional deference the court has shown Congress when it comes to laws addressing challenges to the economy — such as health care.

    “What he did was make an unremarkable observation about 80 years of Supreme Court history,” Carney said Wednesday. He went on to say, “It’s the reverse of intimidation.”

    Though Carney says the president did not misspeak when he discussed the case on Monday, Obama was not quite so specific.

    “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said on Monday. “And I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”

    Obama reiterated his stance on Tuesday, saying the court has traditionally shown “deference” to Congress and that “the burden is on those who would overturn a law like this.”

    On the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, a justice on Tuesday chided the administration for what he said was being perceived as a “challenge” to judicial authority — referring directly to Obama’s latest comments about the Supreme Court case.

    The testy exchange played out during a hearing over a separate ObamaCare challenge. It marked a new phase in the budding turf war between the executive and judicial branches.

    “Does the Department of Justice recognize that federal courts have the authority in appropriate circumstances to strike federal statutes because of one or more constitutional infirmities?” Judge Jerry Smith asked at the hearing.

    Justice Department attorney Dana Lydia Kaersvang answered “yes” to that question.

    Smith also made clear during that exchange that he was “referring to statements by the president in the past few days to the effect … that it is somehow inappropriate for what he termed unelected judges to strike acts of Congress.”

    “That has troubled a number of people who have read it as somehow a challenge to the federal courts or to their authority,” Smith said. “And that’s not a small matter.”

    Smith ordered a response from the department. The related letter from the court, obtained by Fox News, instructed the Justice Department to provide an explanation of “no less than three pages, single spaced” by noon on Thursday.

    All three judges on the panel are Republican appointees.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/04/justice-department-under-deadline-to-answer-court-over-obamas-health-law/

  131. turndown, they are willing to give the R”s a shot, because they KNOW that Obama can’t.

    Shadowfax, she’s quoting kids at my house.

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

    Are those kids old enough to know who fixed the economy in the 90s, who trashed it in the 2000s, and what the one who fixed it in the 90s says about it now?

  132. Someone asked me if we could go back to Clinton tax rates. I said sure, if we can guarantee that we go back to Clinton spending levels. They didn’t like that.

    Because we all know that the US of A was practically Somalia then, and the govt had NO money to meet any of their obligations. I remember it well.

    I can’t get any intelligent response. Only “ZOMG, teh evil Republicaaans and imminent THUNDERDOOOOOOME!!!!!!.”

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

    What happens when you ask Republicans if they’d like to go back to the military spending levels of the 90s?

  133. “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,”
    ___________

    Is by 7 votes a strong majority?

  134. These idiots who have taken over the Dem party are going to bankrupt us all.

    Obama said that Paul Ryan’s plan (which allows spending to grow by an average of 3.1 percent per year over the next decade) is a form of “social Darwinism.”

    But Ryan’s budget only reduces the burden of federal spending to 20.25 percent of GDP by the year 2023. That’s hardly “radical cutting”. When Bill Clinton left office in 2001, following several years of spending restraint, the federal government was consuming 18.2 percent of economic output.

    So all the screaming and yelling about DRACONIAN!! EXTREME!!! CUTTING TO THE BONE!!!! Is demagoguing bullshit by the Dems. If you want to shift some stuff around in the budget, then fine – put your alternative up and let’s get down to business. But the country isn’t going to fall apart for spending ONLY 20.25% of GDP for govt services. We made do just fine on less than that in the 90’s.

  135. admin
    April 3rd, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Time magazine suggests a recession:
    &&&&&&&&

    If the economy is still listing come November, the Repubs could win with even Gingrichk, or anyone.

  136. Did anyone see Zimmerman’s lawyers on Pier’s Morgan’s show? I was watching it as it was the only TV at my car repair shop. This British moron is asking the lawyers about why citizens in the US can even carry guns, and then lamenting that in Britain this would never have happened.

    The lawyers, rightly, told this british buffon, we have american laws as this is America, and based on that Zimmerman will be shown to be acting in self defense. How this man ever got a show I’ll never know, this is the first time I’ve watched him interview people.

  137. But the country isn’t going to fall apart for spending ONLY 20.25% of GDP for govt services. We made do just fine on less than that in the 90’s.

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    How did the [adjusted] total of GDP look then vs now? If your grocery bill stays the same but your income goes down, suddenly your grocery percentage has got higher. But cutting down groceries to maintain the same percent, may in fact be cutting groceries to the bone.

  138. ” But the country isn’t going to fall apart for spending ONLY 20.25% of GDP for govt services. We made do just fine on less than that in the 90’s.”

    H4T, yes you are correct, the thing is, Bill Clinton and Gingrich were very both pro-business and pro-growth. What you have now is the govt expanding with massive regulations, choking business, and at the same time the govt is taking over more of the market. In the 90’s you had actual true growth, what you have now is less people willing to start, grow businesses, mainly because no one trusts OTurd, and so people cannot get off from govt services and into the economy.
    I know several smaller sized businesses with OTurd will not expand, but with Romney will feel much more confident to expand their businesses, hire more people.. etc.

  139. has got higher = LOOKS higher

    If your grocery bill stays the same but your income goes down, suddenly your grocery percentage looks higher.

  140. Here ya go, turndown. No, there is no “income going down”. GDP goes up less or more from year to year, but always up overall.

    WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. Plain and simple. There is no reason on God’s green earth that the federal govt should consume 1/4 of all the productivity of the country. One can provide good services on less than that.

    http://www.economics-charts.com/images/gdp-1929-2004.png

  141. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. Plain and simple. There is no reason on God’s green earth that the federal govt should consume 1/4 of all the productivity of the country. One can provide good services on less than that.

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

    Spending/consuming/providing. I do agree that the federal govt under Bush and now Obama is probably making a very bad use of money. But I’m not sure Wall Street and other 1%-ers would make a better use of it right now.

    Some European countries have a higher percentage of their productivity routed through the government: eg government ‘consumes’ more taxes but ‘spends/provides’ more on health care (UK’s NIH etc); other European governments ‘provide’ more education than ours does. And their citizens seem happy with the result.

    Imo, at least at the moment, it’s more important that a system was well designed and honestly administered, than now much of our productivity it routes through the government.

  142. tim
    April 4th, 2012 at 11:10 pm
    Mrs. Smith

    not surprising in the least.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Not surprisingly the “wife’ was 32, husband looks 59, and she had 5 children, meaning at least one daughter at 17. Brood mare, arranged marriage

  143. Judge Napolitano:

    “I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism. A few months ago he was saying the Congress doesn’t count – the Congress doesn’t mean anything. I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation. Now he’s basically saying the Supreme Court doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter what they think. They can’t review our legislation. That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing. . . . This is an extreme view of the Supreme Court and the Constitution, one that has not been articulated since Andrew Jackson.”

    Agreed.


  144. The writing on the wall:

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/04/romney-takes-the-lead-in-pennsylvania.html

    Mitt Romney’s taken the lead in PPP’s newest poll of Rick Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania. Romney has 42% to 37% for Santorum with Ron Paul at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%. The numbers represent a dramatic turnaround from when PPP polled the state a month ago. Romney’s gained 17 points, going from 25% to 42%. Meanwhile Santorum’s dropped 6 points from 43% to 37%, for an overall swing of 23 points in the last four weeks.

    Pennsylvania Republicans are expressing major doubts about Santorum’s viability both in the primary and the general election. Only 36% of GOP voters think Santorum has a realistic chance at the nomination to 54% who believe he does not. And when it comes to matching up against Barack Obama in the fall only 24% of Republicans think Santorum would provide their best chance for a victory while 49% think that designation belongs to Romney.

  145. There is no mystery here. What you see is what you get. From attacking the Supreme Court, to injecting the race card into the election process, to promising Putin to sell out America, to trashing Israel, to ceding sovereignty to the UN can be found in his state of mind–they are all symptomatic of a clearly defined mental disorder, the sociopath. Compare the following criteria to his bio and his outrageous actions, and tell me I am wrong:

    1)Glibness and Superficial Charm

    2)Manipulative and Conning

    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    3) Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

    4) Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    Incapacity for Love

    Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

  146. turndownobama: “Sarah standing on Hillary’s shoulders…”
    ====

    Given their differences, its more like “stepping on her toes”!

  147. Here’s what Hillary is doing about Burma. Notice the close Hillary-McCain rapport:
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    Clinton Announces US Rapprochement with Burma

    The United States is relaxing some long-standing sanctions on Burma in hopes of encouraging further reforms after landmark elections Sunday in the Southeast Asian nation.
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Washington will soon nominate an ambassador to Burma. It will also establish an in-country U.S. Agency for International Development mission to support efforts by the United Nations Development Program.

    In other steps, Washington will enable U.S. private relief groups to carry out development activities in Burma. Select Burmese officials and members of parliament will be allowed to travel to the United States. Washington will also ease restrictions on U.S. financial and investment services to help accelerate economic modernization and political reform.
    But Clinton warns that Burma’s reform process still “has a long way to go,” and that the country’s future is “neither clear nor certain.” She said the United States will continue easing sanctions as long as the Burmese government continues making reforms.
    “We will continue to monitor developments closely and meet, as I said when I was there, action with action. We will continue to seek improvements in human rights including the unconditional release of all remaining political prisoners and the lifting of conditions on all those who have been released. We will continue our support for the development of a vibrant civil society, which we think will greatly add to the reform of the economy and the society.”

    On Burma’s decades-long conflict with various ethnic minority groups, Clinton said the U.S. will continue calling for national reconciliation. One of those groups, the Karen National Union, said Thursday they have re-opened talks with the government aimed at ending the world’s longest running armed conflict.

    Burma’s leading opposition party won more than 40 parliament seats in by-elections Sunday and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was elected to parliament after spending most of the past 20 years in detention.

    U.S. Senator John McCain on Wednesday told VOA the elections were “generally fair,” despite numerous reports of voting irregularities. He said the elections represent an important step in Burma’s path toward democracy.
    “I think there were significant problems with the election, many of which were pointed out by the party of Aung San Suu Kyi. And it could have been better. But it was a dramatic improvement from what were totally corrupt elections in the past.”

    McCain, who backed the sanctions against Burma’s former military government, says lawmakers will consider a further loosening of sanctions when Congress returns from its recess in May.

  148. Business Week focuses on the economic aspects of the thaw with Myanmar:
    =====

    Myanmar, once the world’s largest rice exporter, is set to re-engage with the global economy in a boost to Southeast Asian growth as the U.S. prepares to ease some sanctions.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday the U.S. will selectively lift restrictions on investment in Myanmar, after this month’s elections allowed democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi to win a seat in parliament. This week, leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, called for the U.S. and Europe to end sanctions.

    The opening of Myanmar’s economy, one of Asia’s last untapped frontier markets, may give investors and neighboring countries access to its mineral wealth and a market of 64 million people after decades of military rule. The nation bordering China and India has won support for its efforts to attract investment by holding elections and overhauling its financial system, including a managed float of its currency.

    “Myanmar’s opening is the creation of a whole new consumer market and that cannot be but good for the rest of the region,” Rodolfo Severino, former secretary general of Asean, said in Singapore today. “There are opportunities for investment, but we have to see if the measures are sustained. The U.S.’s lifting of sanctions may be followed by other countries and that is important.”

    American sanctions banned investment in Myanmar and imports from the country, restrict money transfers, freeze assets and target jewelry with gemstones originating in the nation. The European Union bans weapons sales and mineral imports.

    Further Reform

    By easing some sanctions, lifting some travel bans and naming an ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation for the first time since 1988, the U.S. seeks to encourage further reform in the country, Clinton said yesterday.

    Myanmar’s total land area, second only to Indonesia in Southeast Asia, contains deposits of gold, copper and gemstones. The nation is positioned between India and China, astride maritime trade routes between Europe and East Asia and was in British colonial times the world’s largest rice exporter — a title now held by neighbor and one-time enemy Thailand.

    France’s Total SA, Chevron Corp. of the U.S. and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd (PET). entered the nation years ago to tap offshore energy reserves. Even so, large swathes of its waters sit unexplored, indicating the potential is greater than the proven gas reserves that the BP Statistical Review estimates to amount to one-eighth the size of Malaysia’s.

  149. This is so remarkable: 2011 and 2012 Obama speech on budget..They don’t want to pass anything because then they can’t demonize republicans and Paul Ryan.


  150. Yep.

    Doesn’t matter what the protest is about. Doesn’t matter who is protesting or what they’re protesting against. All that matters, in modern political activism, is that you provoke a reaction from the police, which you can then spin as an over-reaction, and claim moral victory.

    The goal of protests now is to achieve victimhood. Thus, when police arrest, tear-gas, beat, or otherwise try to control an unruly mob, the protesters are ecstatically happy, because that’s why they were protesting in the first place.

    But of course you can’t admit this publicly; part of the script is to act injured or sad or angry when the police respond to your provocations. That’s an essential component of your victimhood posturing.

    Unfortunately, yesterday a protester at Santa Monica College let the mask slip during a mini-riot at a trustees’ meeting. Over a hundred screaming demonstrators were trying to force their way into the already over-capacity meeting room, and the overwhelmed cops assigned to guard the door felt the only way to drive the rioters back was to pepper-spray them. As soon as this happened, one of the rioters yelled in glee,

    “We won! We won! They pepper-sprayed us!”

    Video at the link:

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/04/04/we-won-we-won-they-pepper-sprayed-us-proof-that-the-purpose-of-protests-is-to-provoke-a-police-response/

  151. Hey, you know that “obvious truth” that it’s the evil republicans who are sexist pigs, while the Democrats ALWAYS have the moral high ground?

    This wasn’t some radio commentator. It was the head of the SC DNC, in a press release:

    SC Dem Chairman: “…in the age of Snooki and Kardashian celebrities, it should be no surprise Nikki Haley draws some national curiosity.”—
    Aaron Blake (@FixAaron) April 05, 2012

  152. tim
    April 4th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Judge Napolitano:

    “I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism. A few months ago he was saying the Congress doesn’t count – the Congress doesn’t mean anything. I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation. Now he’s basically saying the Supreme Court doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter what they think. They can’t review our legislation. That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing. . . . This is an extreme view of the Supreme Court and the Constitution, one that has not been articulated since Andrew Jackson.”
    ___________

    Best News of the week, Tim..

    Finally someone is calling Obama’s dictatorial behavior for what it is… A power grab for unlimited executive power by destroying the foundation of the Constitution. The Judicial and Legislative Branches by executive fiat.. Once he accomplishes that… Welcome to the Third World-

  153. alcina
    April 5th, 2012 at 6:21 am

    wbboei

    keep the wart. get rid of obama.
    —————
    You make a good point alcina. The wart is his better half.

  154. Aaaaand, they have lost their fucking minds, and no longer live in reality at all. Progressive Smart Boy Extraordinaire Matt Yglesias, of ThinkProgress and Slate fame, tweets:

    If every country were as economically successful as Greece and Portugal, we’d have eliminated global poverty.—
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 05, 2012

  155. “even NBC took time away from doctoring 911 tapes to point out that fact.”
    —————————–

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)

    Thursday, April 5th at 4:47AM EDT
    19 Comments

    In a story about the White House in damage control mode over the President’s rather stupid remarks on the Supreme Court, Reuters reports the following:

    “What he did was make an unremarkable observation about 80 years of Supreme Court history,” Carney told reporters during a White House briefing dominated by the topic.

    and

    The president, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, qualified the remark a day later by stressing he meant action by the Court on a matter of commerce, a legal distinction that cut little ice with his critics.

    and

    “Since the 1930s the Supreme Court has without exception deferred to Congress when it comes to Congress’s authority to pass legislation to regulate matters of national economic importance such as health care, 80 years,” Carney said.

    What Reuters did not bother to report is that, in fact, the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a piece of legislation that passed with a bipartisan majority via the commerce clause just 17 years ago.

    In referencing Carney’s spin twice and the President’s explanation, would it not have been worthwhile for the news organization to actually point out the undisputed fact that both Barack Obama and Jay Carney are wrong?

    Heck, even NBC took time away from doctoring 911 tapes to point out that fact. You would think Reuters would actually, after three times broadcasting the White House spin, simply report an actual fact in contradiction to the spin.

  156. CNN has cleaned up the audio on the Zimmerman call some more, and he clearly is complaining about the rain and unseasonably cold weather that night, not saying “coon”.

    http://danisherrill.visibli.com/share/gN1xBB

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

    Btw, if true that’s a small point in TM’s favor. Z’s story is that TM was going between houses, off the sidewalk, so Z followed TM.

    So from TM’s view, here’s some stranger following him between houses in the cold rain; thus it would be reasonable for TM to stop and confront him.

  157. turndown, I posted that not to address whether the shooting was justified (we still don’t know), but to address that the insane GEORGE IS A RAAACIIIIST!” lynchmob that occurred and is still occurring is utterly wrong.

  158. @jeswezy,

    LOL!

    If anyone doesn’t know, here’s the meaning of ‘standing on the shoulders of’ someone older. It’s the accomplishments of the older person that enabled the younger person.

    It was the work of Hillary’s generation (Governor’s wife etc) that enabled Palin to become Governor herself).

    As Palin suggested in her acceptance speech, she was there because all women had been raised by the “great stature” of Hillary and Ferraro.

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/268025.html

    The 12th century theologian and author John of Salisbury used a version of the phrase in a treatise on logic called Metalogicon, written in Latin in 1159. Translations of this difficult book are quite variable but the gist of what Salisbury said is:

    “We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”

  159. HillaryforTexas
    turndown, I posted that not to address whether the shooting was justified (we still don’t know)

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

    Of course, and misquotes from an unclear recording are on topic. But I’m more interested in the actual physical and factual clues that can be shaken down from the frufraw.

    Btw thanks again for sorting out some alternatives still unknown on the shooting. Eg, even a non-racist can behave improperly — and ftm, even a racist might be physically attacked and have a legitimate need for self-defense. (Sadly, a racist or anyone making insulting remarks would be MORE likely to need self-defense, so calling him a ‘raacist’ HELPS his self-defense plea.)

    What bothers me most about the reaction of the NAACP etc, is that they’re focusing on this case instead of on the much worse case alleged up north, where an elderly black man was tasered and shot BY POLICE called by a medical alert — and the whole thing was recorded by the medical alert company, plus there was at least one photo of him unarmed and in his underwear.

  160. wbboei

    Obama needs to have that wart on his face removed. It is gross.
    alcina

    keep the wart. get rid of obama.

    ———-
    😆 Get rid of BO, MO and the ugly ass wart!

  161. Middle East War Alert: Rocket Fired From Egypt Hits Israel

    by Ulsterman

    Egypt, now largely controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, fired a rocket into the southern Israeli city of Eilat early today.

    Since Egypt’s Obama administration-approved “Arab Spring” in 2011, the country has seen a marked rise in radical Muslim rhetoric that includes condemnation of both Israel and the United States. This rocket attack could very well be the harbinger of further unrest and uncertainty in a region already on the precipice of outright war.

    A BBC report said the following:

    District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

    He said it struck a construction site close to a residential area shortly after midnight (21:00 GMT).
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    The blast took place as thousands congregated in the resort town for the Jewish holiday of Passover.

    Rocket attacks from Egyptian soil are uncommon.

    …Israel says militants have become active in the region since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/04/05/middle-east-war-alert-rocket-fired-from-egypt-hits-israel/

    Didn’t Mrs. S. report that the Muslim Brotherhood will be staying with Baracko before Easter?

  162. LOL!

    DOJ files reply to 5th Circuit’s pop quiz on Marbury v Madison. Response quotes extensively from US v YoureNotTheBossOfMe.—
    Razor (@hale_razor) April 05, 2012

  163. President Petulant (A symposium from deep in the heart of Obamaland)

    [snip]

    But almost no one present at the symposium (at UC Berkely) was as petulant as President Obama was yesterday, when he incorrectly claimed that if the Court rules against his landmark legislation it would be taking “an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

    [snip]

    No one believes the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare based on bush-league attacks on its integrity. But Obama’s misstep is only the latest in a series of blunders that further undermine his position. The presentation by Solicitor General Donald Verrelli last week before the Supreme Court was widely panned by legal scholars as weak and evasive. Verrelli caused even some liberal lawyers in the audience to wince when he preposterously claimed that Congress has passed Obamacare to deal with a serious problem “after long study and careful deliberation.” Whatever you want to call the chaotic, late-night brow beating of reluctant members to pass something — anything — to reform health care two years ago, it wasn’t pretty and it was far from careful. Recall that Senate Democrats forgot to include a standard severability clause in their drafting of the bill, which would allow the entire law to stand even if one provision is deemed unconstitutional.

    And when it got to the legal substance, the Obama Justice Department didn’t do much better. “The court began where it should have begun with limiting principles (to the federal government’s power),” noted Jonathan Turley, a well-known liberal law professor at George Washington University. “And what was remarkable is that the administration seemed almost unprepared or unwilling to answer those questions with any clarity.”

    The incoherence with which the Obama administration has addressed the entire issue of its signature domestic achievement continued yesterday when the president began a spat with the judiciary that was factually wrong, fatuous, and one he can’t possibly win. Several of the liberals I spoke with at Berkeley last night could only shake their head at how the man they voted for on the basis of ”hope and change” in 2008 looks like he’s in over his political head.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/295199/president-petulant-john-fund?pg=2

  164. CNN – good that not only Fox is covering Baracko’s lack of legal knowledge…’professor’, forgetaboutit!
    —-
    Obama should know better on Supreme Court’s role

    Editor’s note: Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger professor of legal history at Northwestern University School of Law and a professor of business law at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He signed two of the amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court challenging the health care law.

    (CNN) — In what must be the most extraordinary statement of his presidency, Barack Obama on Monday blasted the possibility that the United States Supreme Court might overturn the Affordable Care Act. Obama said the court would take an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” if it overturns the law, because it was passed by “a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

    Setting aside the point that the ACA did not pass with an overwhelming majority, but by a party-line vote in the Senate and seven votes in the House, and without the support of a single member of the Republican Party, the most astonishing thing about Obama’s diatribe was the fundamental misunderstanding of our constitutional tradition it revealed.

    Since 1788, in the famous defense of the Constitution set forth by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers, it has been understood that it is the task of the Supreme Court to rein in majoritarian legislatures when they go beyond what the Constitution permits.

    This is not, as Obama implies, judicial activism, or political activity on the part of the justices. This is simply, as Hamilton explained, fidelity to the Constitution itself, fidelity to the highest expression of “We the People of the United States,” the body whose representatives ratified that Constitution.

    That doctrine of judicial review was most famously expressed by the great Chief Justice John Marshall in Marbury v. Madison (1803), but it had been noted not only by Hamilton, but by many other federal judges in the late 18th century. And over the years, in more than 50 instances, courts have struck down unconstitutional behavior by the federal and state legislatures.

    Judicial review is not usurpation — it is the manner in which the rule of law is preserved in this nation. It is certainly true that sometimes courts, and even the Supreme Court, have erred in their interpretation of the Constitution, and some legislative acts that clearly were permitted by the Constitution have been struck down. But if the ACA’s individual mandate is rejected, this will be fully within the legitimate exercise of judicial powers.

    This is because, as was made clear in the recent arguments in the court, that mandate, for the very first time in history, is an attempt to compel virtually every adult American to participate in commerce. It is not an attempt to regulate commerce — which the Constitution permits — but is, instead, an attempt to create and compel commerce, which the Constitution does not authorize.

    The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, a measure regarded as fundamental by those who argued for the passage of the Bill of Rights in 1791, provides that the powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and the people thereof.

    As the Supreme Court told us in the Lopez (1995) and Morrison (2000) cases, this means that there must be some limits on the powers of the federal government, and it also means that the basic law-making power, the police power, must reside in the governments closest to the people themselves, the state and local governments.

    This is our tradition, and the ACA’s individual mandate is a fundamental break with that tradition. If, as it should, the Supreme Court declares the individual mandate unconstitutional, it will be reaffirming our traditions, and not usurping them. The president, a former constitutional law teacher, should be ashamed of himself.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/03/opinion/presser-obama-supreme-court/?hpt=hp_bn4

  165. mcnorman

    “readers’ – 😆 I hate having to wear them when I use my iPad, so I have become the typo queen.

  166. THE GSA conference in Vegas where they BLEW tons of OUR money on mindreaders and clowns also had their own lovely little Idol contest.

    The guy who won was hilarious. Just HILARIOUS! He did a whole song about how they are above investigation, and just rolling in dough and govt perks!


  167. Was going to post the TFH stuff. Too good. Love HRC’s “look.”

    Read the Presser opinion piece. Well-stated and to the point. As a lawyer, I hate both parties for attacking the bench. Shit, they’re trying it here on the state level, too. One guy is going so far as to hold up a new judge for our county as he tries to leverage an appointment to the position when it is passed because he’s looking at being term-limited out. Ass fucker…

    If people were smart (and they’re not as evidenced by who’s sitting in the WH now), they’d take more care of protecting the bench from attack rather than joining in bc they’re bunch of spoiled, whiny pussies who didn’t get their way on a parking ticket once. The judiciary has a real purpose. In a sense- a sacred purpose to protect us from The Man— an over-reaching executive and a pandering legislative branch. Without it, every time we got a new local “it” church, we’d have more and more intrusion into our bodies, lives and homes. We’d also be broker than dirt.

    How about this for a new meme: Support Your Civil Rights- Protect a Judge Today…. But who am I kidding? We live in a culture that reveres Snooki and where kids have no idea who Frankfurter, Berger, O’Connor or Brandeis were… My kid will though. I guarantee that. Already discussing a first family trip to Philadelphia to Constitutional Hall and then DC to SCOTUS…

  168. Shadowfax
    April 5th, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    ——————-

    That was cool! I laughed at all of them, including Bill’s.. people say worse things..

  169. Support Your Civil Rights- Protect a Judge Today…. But who am I kidding?

    —————-

    Watch for Obama running on fear of new SCOTUS appointments from the ‘enemies’ if the ACA is struck, especially 5-4.

    {wow, your child is lucky! I don’t have children but had a lovely childhood and remarkable parents and I turned out alright, I guess :)}

  170. You all know Fox has hired Jesse Jackson’s daughter as a commentator right?

    Another angry Black woman, can’t wait

  171. Women being used, I guess Trayvon could only carry him so far…next crisis!
    **************

    Obama weighs in on Augusta National golf dispute…

    FLASHBACK: OBAMA EXCLUDES WOMEN FROM GOLF GAMES…

  172. I just wanted to give you all an update on the tornadoes that ravished the Dallas area this week on April 3rd. It was my daughters birthday and she was teaching her eight grade science class when at 2:02 pm the sires sounded.

    1200 feet from her school a category 4 tornado was baring down on them, but with the grace of God, it jumped the school. Unfortunately it hit a grade school, but only nicked it and tore off the roof. I say nicked, because a category 4 will completely destroy nearly any building and in all likelihood would have killed all those children.

    In all told, 12 tornadoes touched down that day, 2 were categorized as a level 4, and no one was killed. I am sure you have all seen the video of the tractor trailers being thrown into the sky like Frisbee’s. For what ever reason, Dallas was blessed that day. Can I have a Amen?

    We don’t live far from Jarrell Tx, and will never forget the category 5 that leveled that town and killed entire families. The skin was torn right off their bodies and they were hanging, parts of them, in trees. They had to use dental records to identify them. I was hiding in an inner closet with 3 kids and a radio. Found out shortly after the storm that one of the kids in my closet father’s best friend and family were one on 2 complete families killed.

    My daughter told her students of that day when they didn’t quite realize the blessing bestowed upon THEM that day.

  173. I am sure everyone has seen the Caine Mutiny at one time or another. The executive officer and officer of the deck are charged with the high crime of mutiny punishable by hanging. Their defense is that he was behaving irrationally and thereby endangering the ship. The case is going well for the prosecution until they produce the captain. The goal of the defense is to show him for what he is–a paranoid, and on one occasion a coward. The chairman of the tribunal instructs the defense attorney that the man he needs to destroy is a naval officer and it is axiomatic that no man whom the navy puts in charge of a warship could possibly be a coward. Whereupon, the defense attorney acknowledges the point, and responds that if he is a coward, or a paranoid, then the explanation must lie elsewhere.

    By the same token, when Brian Williams, Chuck Todd, Rolie Poly Martin, Little Step and Fetch It, Mr. Tap Toes, Eugene Robinson, and the rest of their ilk tell us that Mess-I-Ah-O-Bam-A tell us in unison that Obama is the smartest man who ever held public office, and that he is a professor steeped in the constitutional system, and then Obama goes out and says something about the Supreme Court which appears to be stupid on its face, there is only one possibility: the explanation must lie elsewhere. And, happily, indeed it does. All he wants is to destroy the country and the constitution. Surely those left wing extremists have no problem with that.

    Put differently, nothing he does is unintentionally, and we have heard enough rationalizations and excuses by now, that we should ignore them. As they say in the medical world, when you hear footsteps, look for horses not zebras. And when diagnosing what the real motives of Obama are, you need to begin with the definition of a sociopath, and how he is likely to behave during the act out phase of his pathology.

  174. What is this asshole on…………

    Jesse Jackson Calls On Blacks To Wear Hoodies To Polling Places

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/05/Jesse-Jackson-Calls-On-Blacks-To-Wear-Hoddie-To-Polling-Places

    Speaking to The Tom Joyner Morning Show on Wednesday, Jesse Jackson said:

    “If a white kills a black we revolt, if a black kills a white it’s jail time, we kill each other it’s Miller time. It’s as if somebody has the right to kill us.”

    Jackson then added “This right wing, we got to win the election, so wear your hoodie, put a voter registration card under your hoodie if you have a hoodie without a voter card you’ve been Hoodiewinked.”

    ……………………….

    video at link……what a douchebag.

  175. Everytime I think the liberal Barry media has hit a new low, there comes another low….

    Time magazine interview Gov Nikki Haley, asks, if she tips Sikhs more?


  176. http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/first-read-dmv/Barry-Comment-Seems-Critical-of-Asian-Business-Owners-146185485.html

    “He also seemed to criticize Asian shop owners who operate many small stores in the District.

    “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.””

    But remember, LSM says only republicans are racists.

  177. Dems really have shown themsevels to be some of the most racist sexist vile people I’ve seen. Oh yes, there are many on the right, but the left acts all santimouness. I never realised this until I saw what happened in 2008.
    Imagine if Nikki Haley was a dem, anyone think TIME would have asked such an insulting question?

  178. moononpluto

    What is this asshole on…………

    Jesse Jackson Calls On Blacks To Wear Hoodies To Polling Places

    ———
    Fair’s fair.
    How’s about everyone else wearing Jackboots and carry a big club to the polling places.

    Do they make Pink Jackboots?

    I seriously have a pink hardhat, (a real one) that would go perfectly.

  179. wbboei
    April 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    This is why AP cannot be trusted. They put this nag named Beth Fouhey on Hillary in the campaign to report everything negative she could find–or dream up. These people are scumbags.
    ____________________________

    AP has been a propaganda mouthpiece for The Regime a long, long time – they built the bogus case for the Iraq W-ar with stories about Iraq’s WMD’s, including the “drone” capable of dropping bombs that turned out to be a prototype made of balsa wood and duct tape. Such stories helped the US snatch the Iraqi oil fields from the Iraqi people and put them into the hands of the oil companies. That’s why I laugh at the “liberal” media label. It is still the COM (corporate owned media) and the corporate agenda is the media’s agenda.

  180. tim

    Dems really have shown themsevels to be some of the most racist sexist vile people I’ve seen.

    ——-
    Don’t forget many of us at Big Pink still hold our Dem card, don’t classify Clinton Dems as being equal with Barry and his thugs.

    Yes there are herds of them that stole the election and have lost their minds, but there are still many that want their old party and beliefs back that were hijacked to get the half black guy in the Whitehouse.

  181. Family Member Of George Zimmerman To The NAACP: ‘There Will Be Blood On Your Hands’

    (ABC News)

    The Daily Caller has a report about a letter purporting to be sent by a family member of George Zimmerman–the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin–to the head of the Seminole County NAACP, Turner Clayton.

    The letter rips the NAACP for the way that Zimmerman has been convicted in the public mind, and says that the entire Zimmerman family has gone into hiding out of fear for their safety.

    Here’s a sample:

    If something happens to George as a result of the race furor stirred up by this mischaracterization of George there will be blood on your hands as well as the rest of the racists that have rushed to judgment. You need to call off the dogs. Period. Publicly and swiftly.

    Much more- continue reading at link:

    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-03/politics/31279730_1_black-homeless-man-sherman-ware-turner-clayton

  182. Shadowfax
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Point taken. My wife and much of my family are pretty centerist/conservative JFK/clinton type dems. So yes, what you state is true. Obot dems are the scum.

  183. I wanted to add, I tore my dem registration up and mailed it to the DNC when they sent another one of their garbage begging for money to fight the “evil republicans”. I guess I’m an independent without a party.

  184. Looks like Karma isn’t finished with Keith, fired again??? 😆

    The war of words between Keith Olbermann and Current TV is now officially a legal battle, with the fired anchor filing a lawsuit Thursday accusing his former employer of breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

    Read the full complaint here.

    According to the 43-page, eight-count complaint, filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court by attorney Patty Glaser of LA’s Glaser Weil firm, Olbermann was terminated without cause a year into his five-year, $50 million contract with the left-leaning TV network. He claims he is owed between $50 million and $70 million in damages based on breach of contract and other causes of action.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/keith-olbermann-current-tv-lawsuit-308742

  185. tim

    Point taken. My wife and much of my family are pretty centerist/conservative JFK/clinton type dems. So yes, what you state is true. Obot dems are the scum.

    —-
    A big yup to that, Tim.

  186. Shawdow,

    I forgot to tell you I lived through a large tornado many years ago. It formed on top of a barn/greenhouse we were in and jumped a few hundred feet and killed a man and then continued to gain strength for 20 miles, killing others.

    You never forget that sound or the beams being thrown through the air like matchsticks. For years I kept a single mattress in the house to lay under in the bathtub. I decided that was the best place at the time. My husband would laugh, but I would tell him I would be alive for his funeral and try to say a few niece words.

  187. pm317
    April 3rd, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Santorum should get out.
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    No offense, but isn’t that what “they” said about Hillary at the same point in the 2008 primary? The GOP race has been going on since last summer and a lot of people are engaged in the process and chomping at the bit to have their say, to cast their vote. I think they deserve that opportunity to participate in the democratic process. The outcome shouldn’t be decided by pundits and polls.

    Besides a close race or, at least a contested one, will build interest in the eventual candidate. If Romney’s going to be it he needs all the help he can get in that area because the enthusiasm just isn’t there for him.

  188. H4T, yes, I honestly do not see myself ever registering as a dem again. And I was a dem always, I was a reagan dem, but always a dem. What the DNC did in 2008, I cannot forget, in many ways it was beyond Hillary. And they still call themselves the “democratic” party, I saw what kind of “democratic” party it was on May 31th 2008.

  189. tim
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Great read on the jobless claims not appearing as it seems
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    Thanks for posting the link Tim. I was thinking about posting the link earlier today and got busy with other pressing matters. I’m hoping the GAO does a forensic audit on those figures and comes up with an explanation soon..

  190. Better than expected jobless claims numbers come out tomorrow. Romney also now losing badly among Independents and woman in swing states. The primary is
    really destroying his chances.

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