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

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

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

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

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

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

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

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

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

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

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

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 "Smoke break!"

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

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

5 "Another smoke break!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

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

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

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

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

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

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

1 Uhhh...resign?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

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

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

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

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

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

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

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

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

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

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

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

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

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

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

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

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

4 "Kissey kissey"

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

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

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

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Get It In Writing – Obama Versus The Supreme Court And The 5th Circuit Ka-Pow

The moment we heard about the 5th Circuit order for a written letter on whether the Obama Department of Justice agrees that the courts have the authority to determine the constitutionality of laws, we quoted Elena Kagan. “Wow”.

Judge Smith, a Reagan appointee who spoke on behalf of the three judge panel of the 5th Circuit understood and acted on Ronald Reagan’s smart warning against the Soviet, “Trust but verify.”

Today the reply was due. Instead of the ordered three pages Eric Holder could not resist but show his contempt by providing only two and a half pages (enough to appear to satisfy the order but not enough for the court to make a stink about it). Holder sent the letter to the Fifth Circuit and added a too late argument - courts are supposed to presume that laws are constitutional, you know.

The forced confession, er letter, from Holder tried to explain Barack Obama’s attempts to thug the Supreme Court a few days earlier. At the White House, that walking gastric distress advertisement for Tums – Carney the Clown, explained that the American people are too stupid to understand brilliant Mess-iah:

“White House press secretary Jay Carney tells the press corps that President Obama’s attack on the Supreme Court was misunderstood because he was speaking in “shorthand” since he is a former professor of law.

Henry: The president is a former constitutional law professor. One of his professors is Laurence Tribe. He now says, in his words, the president “obviously misspoke earlier this week”, quote “he didn’t say what he meant and having said that in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it.” I thought yesterday you were saying repeatedly that he did not misspeak. What do you make of the president’s former law professor saying he did?

Carney: The premise of your question suggests that the president of the United States in the comments he made Monday, did not believe in the constitutionality of legislation, which is a preposterous premise and I know you don’t believe that.

Henry: Except this is from Laurence Tribe, who knows a lot more than you and I about constitutional law.

Carney: What I acknowledged yesterday is that speaking on Monday the president was not clearly understood by some people because he is a law professor, he spoke in shorthand.”



Despite later ass covering by the University Obama was a lecturer not a professor so it is lies piled on top of lies to explain boobery and thuggery. We also see the return of WORM (What Obama Really Meant) as a tactic to muddy the obvious fact that Barack Obama is not very smart, or smart at all. Obama however, as we have observed many times before, is a master glad-handler/backslapper and a Thomas Edison level genius when it comes to self-promotion, deception, treachery and self-advancement. This simple concept of smart versus self-interested smart is extremely difficult for the Hopium addled to comprehend.

The Fifth Circuit panel was smart to get it in writing when it comes to Barack Obama and his circus of thugs and liars. When dealing with flim-flam men like Barack Obama it is very wise to get it it writing. Not that that matters to twisted men like Obama. Recall what Hillary Clinton said:

“I do think your record and what you say matters. And when it comes to a lot of the issues that are important in this race it is sometimes difficult to understand what Senator Obama has said because as soon as he’s confronted on it he says that’s not what he meant.”

That’s only half the problem. Barack Obama lies but he does more than lie – his lies are stacked on top of other lies. “As soon as he’s confronted on it he says that’s not what he meant” but the moment you explore that lie you find other lies gush out like a Texas oil strike.



Pity Thom Lambert who does not even know he was lectured to by someone posing as a professor:

“By Thom Lambert

Imagine if you picked up your morning paper to read that one of your astronomy professors had publicly questioned whether the earth, in fact, revolves around the sun. Or suppose that one of your economics professors was quoted as saying that consumers would purchase more gasoline if the price would simply rise. Or maybe your high school math teacher was publicly insisting that 2 + 2 = 5. You’d be a little embarrassed, right? You’d worry that your colleagues and friends might begin to question your astronomical, economic, or mathematical literacy.

Now you know how I felt this morning when I read in the Wall Street Journal that my own constitutional law professor had stated that it would be “an unprecedented, extraordinary step” for the Supreme Court to “overturn[] a law [i.e., the Affordable Care Act] that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” Putting aside the “strong majority” nonsense (the deeply unpopular Affordable Care Act got through the Senate with the minimum number of votes needed to survive a filibuster and passed 219-212 in the House), saying that it would be “unprecedented” and “extraordinary” for the Supreme Court to strike down a law that violates the Constitution is like saying that Kansas City is the capital of Kansas. Thus, a Wall Street Journal editorial queried this about the President who “famously taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago”: “[D]id he somehow not teach the historic case of Marbury v. Madison?”

I actually know the answer to that question. It’s no (well, technically yes…he didn’t). President Obama taught “Con Law III” at Chicago. Judicial review, federalism, the separation of powers — the old “structural Constitution” stuff — is covered in “Con Law I” (or at least it was when I was a student). Con Law III covers the Fourteenth Amendment. (Oddly enough, Prof. Obama didn’t seem too concerned about “an unelected group of people” overturning a “duly constituted and passed law” when we were discussing all those famous Fourteenth Amendment cases – Roe v. Wade, Griswold v. Connecticut, Romer v. Evans, etc.) Of course, even a Con Law professor focusing on the Bill of Rights should know that the principle of judicial review has been alive and well since 1803, so I still feel like my educational credentials have been tarnished a bit by the President’s “unprecedented, extraordinary” remarks...”

Get your tuition money back from the school Thom. Ya wuz flim-flammed.

Take your country back from “uniter” Obama, America. Ya wuz flim-flammed.

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311 comments to Get It In Writing – Obama Versus The Supreme Court And The 5th Circuit Ka-Pow

  • admin

    If Kagan did not leak the vote to Obama there are plenty of reasons why he is trying intimidation/thuggery:

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/03/30/us/hints-in-courts-questions.html?ref=us

    In Number of Questions Asked, Hints on the Court’s Views
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in a 2005 paper that “the secret to successful advocacy is simply to get the Court to ask your opponent more questions.” Studies have confirmed this theory, finding that justices tend to ask more questions of the lawyers whose positions they oppose. During arguments this week over three questions on the health care law, like-minded justices tended to focus their questions on the same lawyers.

    Check out the chart at link.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I LOVE when Hillary elevates her voice and tells the empty suit where to GET OFF! She has Perfect pitch… :-)

  • dwp

    Appreciate your post, Admin.

    CBS Bill Plante to WH Press Sec Jay Carney about the President and his gaffe this week [from Mediaite] -

    “You‘re standing up there twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake, and you can’t admit it.”

  • pm317

    valleyboy
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    pm317
    April 3rd, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Santorum should get out.
    _______________________________

    No offense, but isn’t that what “they” said about Hillary at the same point in the 2008 primary?

    {Sorry Admin. I feel I should answer this from the last thread.}

    Valleyboy, I have answered this question before here. It is not about you but the question irritates me. Because it minimizes and degrades what Hillary accomplished during the primary 2008. Hillary won more delegates and was a force of a candidate more so than Santorum ever is. She won all the tough primaries and collected delegates when Obama cheated his way through caucuses to collect his delegates. It was never the case where she didn’t have a chance of nomination based on just the numbers. The fact that Hillary won tougher state primaries gave her the right to continue in the face of all the cheating from Obama campaign.

    Santorum has no way to accumulate the required number of delegates at this point. Sure, in a democracy, given a choice, people will pick different candidates and he will get some fraction if he stays on. But at some point he has to realize he will not get to the required number for the nomination and gracefully back out.

  • pm317

    Finally, glad to see Obama pay a price for running his bully mouth.

  • tim

    I’m just shaking my head…schools are supposed to be neutral, they can believe whatever they want, but don’t teach students your opinions!

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/05/va-school-teacher-thinks-republicans-are-stupid/

  • tim

    another excellent post admin.

  • admin

    The bane of PC users now strikes at Apple users:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17623422

    The computer security industry buzzed Thursday with warnings that more than a half-million Macintosh computers may have been infected with a virus targeting Apple machines.

    Flashback Trojan malware tailored to slip past “Mac” defenses is a variation on viruses typically aimed at personal computers (PCs) powered by Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.

    The infections, spotted “in the wild” by Finland-based computer security firm F-Secure and then quantified by Russian anti-virus program vendor Dr. Web, come as hackers increasingly take aim at Apple computers.

    “All the stuff the bad guys have learned for doing attacks in the PC world is now starting to transition to the Mac world,” McAfee Labs director of threat intelligence Dave Marcus told AFP.

    “Mac has said for a long time that they are not vulnerable to PC malware, which is true; they are vulnerable to Mac malware.”

    Watch out when downloading Flashplayer ya’ll.

  • tim

    I wonder who Barry is going to bully and vilify next week.

  • tim

    Market Ticker has a picture up of Barry over this whole bullying of the supreme court.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=204417

  • pm317

    Niki Haley’s interview with Blitzer. These Dems make such a big deal of race, color,.. Find me a Niki Haley on the Dem’s side.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/05/haley-on-romneys-golden-bullet/
    —-

    On another note, I did not like her answer about contraceptives. Republicans need a better answer and Romney had it in his debate with George S. that it is not an issue. And then that fucking Santorum with his stupidity took the bait and now it is a big issue or rather gave abundant opportunity to Obama minions to make it an issue and scare women.

  • tim

    pm317
    April 5th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I agree with you, romney handled it correctly, but Santorum just could not keep his mouth shut & frankly, all his past positions on social issues opened him up to even more.
    I do think Romney will get those women votes back once Santorum leaves the race.
    Romney give no vibes of being some far right social conservative. And Ann Romney is a very good advocate for him.

    BTW, did you see Haley being asked by Time magazine if she tips Sikh cabbies more?

  • HillaryforTexas

    Not watching Hannity, but from Twitter:

    Lanny Davis just told Hannity that Obama could lose the election b/c of “Clinton Dems like me” who think debt = a moral issue.

    Go, Lanny! I will never forget him at that RBC meeting, fighting his heart out for Hillary’s delegates that were being stolen.

  • Shadowfax

    Oh admin, that debate you posted of Hillary calling out Baracko’s lies is even more telling now than it was back in 2008.

    How he first spins his tale, nose in the effin’ air, while Hillary listens, slowly rolls her head, noting his lies, one after the other, her eyes start to glaze as she resists either laughing at him or slapping him upside the head.

    One is sincere and much more intelligent, and it sure ain’t Barry.

    I will not be content until Hillary becomes our very first female President.

  • pm317

    BTW, did you see Haley being asked by Time magazine if she tips Sikh cabbies more?

    ————-

    Like I said, all they (Dems, liberal media) think about are race, color, ..it is ridiculous. But that is also how the Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world have operated. They are a bane of the Democratic party. Immigrants’ children like Haley do not get to where they are by thinking us versus them.

  • pm317

    I will not be content until Hillary becomes our very first female President.
    —————

    I don’t like to sound melodramatic but will take a chance and say, I writhe in pain every time I think about 2008 and the lost opportunity.

  • jbstonesfan

    I think romney needs to pick a woman as VP to have a chance.

  • Shadowfax

    President Obama taught “Con Law III” at Chicag

    ——–
    The key word in this class title is ‘Con’…..as in ‘scam’…..

    No suprise there.

    Lecturers (Barry) are normally Ph.D. Students, that have not completed their Ph.D. and are lecturing for a Professor to get the cost of their tuition paid for. Classes are often less structued and not closely supervised by the professor of record.

  • Shadowfax

    Mrs. Smith
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:04 pm
    I LOVE when Hillary elevates her voice and tells the empty suit where to GET OFF! She has Perfect pitch…
    ———

    Yup, her body language is so telling…

    That woman sure has control, not like me.

  • pm317

    I made the mistake of looking at that debate video. Hate that arrogant prick. And who can forget WORM. Bring back the WORM. It is campaign season.

  • Shadowfax

    pm317
    April 5th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    I will not be content until Hillary becomes our very first female President.
    —————

    I don’t like to sound melodramatic but will take a chance and say, I writhe in pain every time I think about 2008 and the lost opportunity.

    ——

    I know exactly what you mean, melodramatic or not…if they have broken Hillary’s desire to run again…I will never forgive the Democratic rats, and will watch over the years as each one of them gets struck down by Karma.

    I will laugh at their pain, smile as their futures crumble and keep trying to push Hillary forward.

    I share your pain pm…that’s why we are all here, to help each other through this mess and keep admins Big Pink hope alive for Hillary.

  • pm317

    of course, he is no match for the fearless and smart Hillary (yeah I am still thinking about the debate exchange).

  • admin

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/04/dnc-staffers-facebook-photo-causes-controversy-119770.html

    The staffer for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who posted the controversial ‘Jewbag’ photo on her Facebook page in 2006 is no anonymous aide — but the daughter of Mark and Nancy Gilbert, two major Florida donors who have raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign.

    Danielle “Dani” Gilbert, according to party sources, was tapped by Wasserman Schultz to serve as a liaison to the Jewish community, even though party officials and people close to Obama told her that more senior Democrats were already handling those responsibilities.

    Wasserman Schultz has thus far refused to fire or discipline Gilbert, whose gallery of candid photos and personal commentary has since been removed from her public Facebook page, according to Democrats.

  • pm317

    Shadowfax, she would have made him her VP and we would be looking at 16 years of Dem WH and that would have been normal but nothing was normal here and the con artist knew he would not last that long.

  • Shadowfax

    pm317
    Shadowfax, she would have made him her VP and we would be looking at 16 years of Dem WH and that would have been normal but nothing was normal here and the con artist knew he would not last that long.

    ——
    I thought of that 16 year idea too, back in the beginning before I started to see what an arrogant ass he is. He hates the job with just 3 years in, only likes the perks, power, adulation and being on stage…he hates working for a living.

    16 years. :lol:

  • HillaryforTexas

    Ryan gave another speech today. Ya know, like his plan or not, I don’t think Obama is going to be successful in painting this guy as some wild-eyed extremist if he’s Romney’s VP choice. He’s just NOT that – even if you disagree with some of his plan. I think demonizing him would backfire, bigtime: He’s just too…… affable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FaoWqx5_NKM

  • Shadowfax

    The staffer for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who posted the controversial ‘Jewbag’ photo on her Facebook page….

    —–
    I almost wished there was something I liked about ol’ Debbie, so I could have some respect for her I could let go of over this….but I got nuttin’ zip, nada, 00000.00.

  • wbboei

    “You‘re standing up there twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake, and you can’t admit it.”

    —————-
    Plante is a total idiot. He is the bot at cbs. Beating up on Carney is like shooting ducks in a barrel. Characterizing Obama’s thuggery as a simple mistake is a lie. It was an intentional act, designed to exert undue influence on the court. Bill Plante is a propagandist.

  • tim

    Just when we thought we couldn’t love him even more. /sarc

    “At a fundraiser held at a Washington hotel, Obama told supporters that his administration had spent the past three years “cleaning up after some of that mess, and I don’t want to have to do it again.”
    “It’s going to be a big debate, and it’s going to be a fun debate. Because it’s always good to have the truth on your side,” Obama said.”

    petulant man blames Bush again, I cannot believe I’m thinking Bush was much better than Barry, but its looking that way to me at this point. However much I didn’t like Bush, at least he acted like an adult, most of the time at least.

  • abbie

    Must share fab photo of the true leader!

    tumblr_m1zgkzichd1rt7gle.jpg

  • gonzotx

    Not exactly the way I saw it!
    ************************

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/05/us-usa-court-kagan-idUSBRE83410E20120405

    Wow, Wow

  • HillaryforTexas

    Okay, you can’t make this sh*t up, and the mockery is going to be severe. Details of Olbermann’s suit against Current TV are out, and Keefers-the-ego-that-ate-Cleveland actually named his company…..

    Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc.

    ROTFLMAO!

  • Shadowfax

    Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc.

    ROTFLMAO!
    ———
    He may as well have called it Obermann Kingdom, Lord and King Keefie

    He is almost as full of himself has his boy Barry the Tin plated calf.

  • HillaryforTexas

    He is almost as full of himself has his boy Barry the Tin plated calf.

    Tin plated? Nah, he’s not even that high-class. Barry is the Rustoleum-sprayed calf.

  • Shadowfax

    Rustoleum-sprayed calf.

    :lol:

    He’s getting no respect on Big Pink…he must hate us.

  • admin

    If Current TV believes this then why oh why did they hire Hillary hater and all around misogynist Olbermann?:

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

    “It is well established that over his professional career, Mr. Olbermann has specialized in pounding the table.

    This is the mann they hired – a table pounder.

  • admin

    The Olbermann detritus will be fun to track as it approaches shore. But check out the new Politico story. At first we thought it was about Big Pink’s coverage of Obama. :)

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74892.html

    Uttered in 2008, still haunting Obama

    Here’s one line that President Barack Obama might want to rewind: “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.

    That quip from a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board is making the rounds in conservative circles — even Mitt Romney referred to it last month – and it likely won’t go away anytime soon.

    “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” Obama said, responding to a question about his cap-and-trade plan. He later added, “Under my plan … electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

    Of course, cap and trade is long dead. But coal-fired power plants are powering down nationwide, and they are blaming the Obama Environmental Protection Agency. The president’s critics say proposed greenhouse gas regulations for future power plants are designed to cripple the coal industry.

    And just like with another 2008 quote — Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s famed call to “figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” — Republicans say the Chronicle clip shows what’s really in the president’s heart, that high electricity prices and the death of coal have always been Obama’s goal.

    “There’s one promise he’s kept. One promise he’s kept,” Mitt Romney said on the campaign trail in Illinois last month. “When he campaigned, he said he wanted to raise the price of gasoline. He said that under him, energy costs would skyrocket. And then he brought in a trio of people to help him implement those policies,” Romney said, according to several news outlets . [snip]

    When the president has a little more flexibility, when we get past November,” wouldn’t he extend greenhouse gas regulations to current power plants? asked Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.). [snip]

    “When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” he added. “Regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal-powered plants … would have to retrofit their operations. That’ll cost money; they will pass that money on to consumers.”

    Thus far, the administration has avoided any retrofit requirements, but environmentalists will certainly push for them if Obama gets a second term. Meanwhile, they hope a cornered coal industry will find technological advances to drive down the cost of capturing carbon.

    Last month, the EPA proposed restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions at future coal-fired power plants. And in December, the agency set strict mercury and air toxics standards for power plants — the impetus for some old coal plants to close, and many more to add costly upgrades before a 2015 deadline. More regulations for the coal-and-power industries are on the docket.

    The White House denies that Obama’s aim is to deliver the death blow to coal.

    Politico’s aim is to try and protect Obama from what he said in 2008 now that more and more news outlets are doing what we do and continue to quote Obama 2008.

    Right after the 2008 elections we stated that we would hold Obama’s feet to the fire and see if he kept his promises. We’ve kept our promise.

  • jeswezey

    I feel very uncomfortable when I hear Carney – or Obama – use the word “folks”.

    “Folks” are people who do not belong to the elite, to which Obama does belong. “Folks” are people who do not have the education or money to understand or influence events – that is, everyone but themselves.

    “Folks” comes from the German word “Volks” as in “Volkswagen” – “Everybody’s car”. Not to demean Volkswagen, but the company was created by Adolf Hitler, who rode around in a custom-built Mercedes and viewed the German “Volk” as no more than a means to his ends. So the story goes on with Obama.

  • Mormaer

    admin
    April 6th, 2012 at 2:25 am
    States that have relied on coal powered plants are preparing brown-out plans for this summer. Most of the states targeted by the Obama administration have peak power usage during the summer months due to air conditioning use. The WH has not thought this through as usual. We will see great human suffering from the elderly, chronically ill, and poor. The poor tend to live in poorly insulated buildings which heat up very quickly when the AC goes off. This administration really does not give a damn who they hurt.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s Constitutional Law Professor Spins For Him
    Today, Lawrence Tribe, President Obama’s constitutional law professor in his days at Harvard Law School, tried to help his former pupil walk back his ridiculous statements about the Supreme Court. Somehow, Tribe climbed inside Obama’s head, at least from his comments:

    He didn’t say what he meant … and having said that, in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it.

    How would Tribe know that, exactly? He wouldn’t. But this has been the stance of most mainstream leftist legal scholars, who rushed to Obama’s defense not because he was right, but because he’s a fellow leftist. It’s why former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor turned down an interview request with Breitbart.com. It’s why Dean of Harvard Law School Martha Minow turned down a request, and suggested we call Professor Tribe, or Professor Michael Klarman, or Professor David Barron – all of whom are located on the left of the political spectrum.

    Obama meant what he said and he said what he meant. It doesn’t take a Harvard Law professor to explicate his statements. It does take one, apparently, to spin them-

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/05/Lawrence-Tribe-Obama-SCOTUS
    ______________

    While Tribe is out there chatting-up the press, someone should ask him, (seeing he was Obama’s mentor at Harvard) ask Tribe: How did Obama pass the Bar Exam, when he fundamentally doesn’t understand the importance and respect for the balance of power between the three branches of government?

  • jeswezey

    The European-wide cap-and-trade system is scheduled to go into effect in 2013 or 2014, don’t remember which.

    German energy giant E.ON operates 5 coal-fired plants in France and is planning to shut them down and convert to combined cycle gas plants and biomass-fired plants. The shutdowns threaten about 365 jobs and the company works councils and unions are up in arms, while the government would like to find a solution to save the jobs.

    Last week, a small investment company called Sparkling Capital placed a bid to take over 4 of the 5 plants and keep them burning coal. The 5th plant would be converted to biomass.

    Sparkling Capital owns 7 coal fields in Indonesia and delivers the high quality coal to thermal plants in China and to cement manufacturers worldwide. Their bid to salvage coal powered plants in Europe, however, is unusual and seems to go against the EU’s green energy options.

    Sparkling’s president Michèle Assouline explains: “We started out by noting one unavoidable reality: you can’t store power electricity. In today’s context, with the uncertainties over nuclear power after Fukushima, the high costs of gas because of its transport and the fact that it is pegged to the price of oil, and the high subsidies for renewable energies with their random production, coal turns out to be the most stable resource, going right down to its cost. Whatever you say about coal, it is still an energy of the future with at least two centuries of reserves. This fuel is appropriate for peak electricity production.”

    So, even in green-conscious Europe, the path is still open for the development of coal. In the meantime, even without an American cap-and-trade device, Obama seems intent on driving up the price of coal artificially and forcing people out of work. Go figure, folks.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Mormaer
    April 6th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Obama is the oppressor. Obama is at WAR with the citizenry of the country and the ‘HOPE’ one day of enslaving US under his ‘CHANGE’ to a Totalitarian state.

    High fuel prices, brownouts coming- predicted events from Michelle Obama’s portfolio of promises for the sick souls, more “pain and suffering”.

  • admin

    Unemployment numbers are out. What we wrote on February 2, 2012 is exactly what is happening:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2012/02/21/obamas-government-by-purposeful-disaster-iran-nukes-the-economy-payroll-tax-cut-social-security-contraception-and-crony-capitalism-solyndralightsquared/

    What we wrote back then:

    Consider: The more the economy deteriorates the more Barack Obama profits politically. Americans forced in desperation from even bothering to look for jobs leads to a drop in the unemployment rate and Barack Obama smirks a clown smile and goes on yet another vacation. [snip]

    Consider: The economy. We remember March of 2009 and the Big Media hyping of the economic wonders to come once Obama got his stimulus scam passed. We remember the “Glimmers of Hope” that were fools gold. We remember the “Recovery Summer” that wasn’t in 2010. We remember Joe Biden years ago saying with great pride that the economy was about to start producing 400,000 jobs a month and more. Didn’t happen.

    About the only real good economic news has been the warm weather this “winter” which has provided a respite to beaten down Americans. But the weather was not Barack Obama’s doing unless you are one of those Hopium addicts that believes all that Barack does turns to gold.

    The warm weather brought down expenses for many Americans and that has helped bring up the level of optimism. But much like a befuddled groundhog that unwittingly makes a false forecast and lifts up spirits for a day, this too shall pass. Already gas prices soar and Americans are once again getting sour on the economy.

    The economy is in dire straits. This is your Obama recovery:

    “But if you look a little further into the numbers, you see that the American job market is not better off than it was four years ago. Indeed, it’s a lot worse.

    On Inauguration Day in 2009, when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent (up from 4.4% as recently as May of 2007). Notwithstanding his promises that Porkulus would cap unemployment at 8.5%, it soared to 10% in October of 2009, and didn’t dip down below 9% in any sustained way until last fall. Last month, after three years of Obama, it was at 8.3% – or .2% lower than where he said it’d never get above if we spent what he proposed.

    That’s bad.

    “But 8.3% is better than 10%, right?”

    Sure – if all you’re doing is comparing numbers straight-up. But by itself, the unemployment rate is meaningless. It’s a percentage of people out of work – but who are those people? They are the ones that are participating in the labor market.

    And fewer Americans than ever -ever! – are doing that! [snip]

    The media is spinning nonstop about the “Obama recovery”. It’s vapor; in terms of percentage of the American workforce actually working, there is no recovery.

    Are you better off than you were four years ago, America?

    No – you’re doing two percent worse.”

    Recovery Summer is still in relapse. The only thing that has happened is what we predicted: as the elections approach Big Media will trumpet anything that even remotely appears to be “good” and bury anything that can hurt their brass idol.

    With today’s numbers Barack Obama might stop profiting from the bad economy. At this point it appears the fake “good” news has hit a wall,

  • admin

    Compare today’s news to what we wrote back in February and our analysis comes off pretty darn on target:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/46975031

    U.S. payrolls rose far less than expected in March, keeping the door open for further monetary policy support from the Federal Reserve, even as the unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent.

    Employers added 120,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, the smallest increase since October.

    Economists polled by Reuters had expected nonfarm employment to increase 203,000 and the unemployment rate [cnbc explains] to hold at 8.3 percent.

    The weak employment growth last month likely reflected the fading boost from unseasonably warm winter weather. The payrolls count for January and February was revised to show just 4,000 more jobs created than previously reported.

    The drop in the unemployment rate, to the lowest level since January 2009, reflected a drop in the labor force. The separate household survey, from which the jobless rate is derieved also showed a drop in employment.

    The weak employment gains could hurt President Barack Obama’s chances for re-election in November. The unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in August.

    The painfully slow recovery in the labor market is a concern for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who is keeping open the option of further monetary policy support for the economy if the unemploymnt rate remains stubbornly high.

    Minutes of the Fed’s March policy meeting released this week showed policymakers seeing a broadening of the economic recovery, leaving them slightly less inclined to launch a third round of bond purchases, known as quantitative easing, to spur growth.

    The private sector added 121,000 new positions in March, while government employment edged down 1,000.

    Manufacturing enjoyed another month of strong job gains, with factories adding 37,000 new positions, helped by carmakers trying to meet pent-up demand for motor vehicles. Factory jobs increased by 31,000 in February.

    Construction hiring fell 7,000, the second straight monthly decline. In the huge service sector, gains were in health care, professional and business services categories. Temporary help fell 7,500 after rising 54,900 in February.

    Despite the weak employment gains last month, average hourly earnings rose 5 cents.

    The workweek dipped to 34.5 hours from 34.6 hours in February.

  • admin

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74903.html

    Lower than expected jobs growth for March

    The economy added a lower than expected 120,000 jobs in March, but the unemployment rate fell slightly to 8.2 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

    That broke three straight months of job gains exceeding 200,000 — suggesting that the recovery is being hampered, with factors including high gasoline prices.

    The March number was a wide miss of Wall Street projections that payrolls would increase by 203,000.

  • turndownobama

    Americans forced in desperation from even bothering to look for jobs leads to a drop in the unemployment rate

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

    Instead of counting (and re-defining) job-seekers, they should count how many jobs there actually are. Which would be easy, just ask Social Security how many FICA payments are coming in each month. Hm, maybe that’s a reason for Obama’s FICA ‘tax holiday’….

  • admin

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/nfp-big-miss-120k-expectations-205k-unemployment-82

    March NFP big miss at just 120K. Unemployment rate declines from 8.3% to 8.2%. Futures slide, for at least a few minutes before the NEW QE TM rumor starts spreading. The household survey actually posted a decline in March from 142,065 to 142,034. Considering Birth Death added 90K to the NSA number, the actual number was almost unchanged. And as always, as we predicted when Goldman hiked its NFP forecast yesterday from 175K to 200K saying “if Goldman’s recent predictive track record is any indication, tomorrow’s NFP will be a disaster”, Goldie once again skewers everyone. Finally, Joe LaVorgna’s +250,000 forecast was just 100% off… as usual.

    The unemployment rate drops to 8.2% for one simple reason: the number of people not in the labor force is back to all time highs: 87,897,000.

  • jeswezey

    Yeah, that one’s good, but I like the one with Huma Abedin texting “It’s 3 am and I think something’s happening in the world…” to Hillary’s “On it!”

  • HillaryforTexas

    If the labor participation rate (the number of people still looking) were the same as when Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 10.9%.

    It’s only lower because so many have given up and dropped out of the labor force.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Anecdotal, from a blog commenter, but still nice to read:

    I was in an art gallery last week. OK, this gallery owner I was always sure was a hardcore lib. Things he has said from time to time. Sometime you just know. Anyway, so I’m in there last week and he’s going off about global warming… how much of a joke it is! Then he goes off on energy. Why we aren’t drilling more in America and how crazy Obama is. I am telling you this guy was a lib…. and now it was too much for even him. And here he is in a gallery during business ours going off and not caring who hears him.

    I was at the supermarket a few weeks back and I hear two stock boys openly talking about Obama and how crazy he is.

    I was in Gettysburg last weekend. The entire city is fuming over what the National Park Service is doing to them. I was in several stores there. One store owner and a customer were engaged in a conversation about whether to spend their money buying more gold or more lead. The owner said.. I think lead is going to be worth more. Go into just about any store down there and ask “Where’s the electric map?” and get ready for rants and spits against the National Park Service.. (in other words.. the Federal government).

    I think we do not realize how high the wave is rising against this so called president and the libs in general. The media has a way of covering all the damage but it’s not working so well anymore.

  • HillaryforTexas

    LMAO! I follow some conservative black women on twitter, and sometimes they crack me up:

    Next time pharmacy person at CVS asks to see my photo ID when I buy pseudoephedrine, I’m gonna shout, “Jim Crow has returned!”

  • admin

    Race-baiting divides, doesn’t unite:

    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/poll-trayvon-case-shows-blacks-nonblacks-split/467071

    Black Americans and Americans of other ethnicities have widely-divergent views of the Trayvon Martin case, according to a new poll that shows the black community overwhelmingly believes he was murdered and that police let his killer get away due to racism.

    “The average black American has strong views on the case, perceiving that Zimmerman is guilty of a crime and that race has played a major factor in the case,” Gallup reports in a survey of how “blacks [and] nonblacks” view the Martin case. “Nonblacks, by contrast, are much less likely to think Zimmerman is guilty and are substantially less likely to believe that race was a factor.

    “It is clear that the case struck a highly responsive chord with blacks across the country,” Gallup added “and that blacks’ immediate judgments are that this represents still another example of a racially biased criminal justice system.”

    Fifty-one percent of black poll respondents “strongly believe” that George Zimmerman, who claims he shot Martin in self-defense, is guilty of murder,” according to a new Gallup survey on how “blacks [and] nonblacks” view the case. Another 21 percent of black Gallup poll respondents say he is “probably guilty,” bringing the total to 72 percent. Just 32 percent of “non-blacks” believe Zimmerman is guilty, with only 11 percent saying they “strongly believe” he is guilty.

    Fully 85 percent of blacks surveyed believe that “racial bias” played a part in the shooting, including 72 percent who say it was a “major factor,” compared to 57 percent of non-blacks who think race figured in the shooting.

    Seventy-three percent of black respondents also believe that Zimmerman would have been arrested if he had shot a white person, indicating that they believe he was not arrested because Martin was black.

    Nonblacks say, by a 49-35, that police officers would have made the same decision not to arrest Zimmerman if he had shot a white person.

    The post racial president is dividing America even more on race – for political gain.

  • AmericanGal

    Another entertaining story in the Globe tabloid about the Obama marriage on the rocks. Some tidbits according to the Globe: Michelle and her husband had a huge fight when she went to Las Vegas, insiders say they never are together at state dinners except for the greeting and official photos, aides are quoted as saying they have loud fights in the White House that can be heard by others, and Michelle has been traveling more frequently to get away from her husband. They also say that he promised her he’d serve for one term only and she is upset he lied to her about that ( Michelle’s opinion is that he is “addicted to power”).

    Anyway, who knows if it’s true but it’s a fun read….

  • Shadowfax

    Right after the 2008 elections we stated that we would hold Obama’s feet to the fire and see if he kept his promises. We’ve kept our promise.

    ——–
    Indeed you have, Admin and Barry’s feet are pretty crispy.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever told you admin, thank you for your great posts and for this Big Pink aircraft carrier.

  • democrat1

    Anyone still want to believe Barack Obama is as smart as the media tries so very hard to portray him as? Take a look at this compilation video – particularly at the 2:50 mark when Barack Obama states emphatically that, “the time has changed for come.”

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/04/06/ulstermans-video-clip-of-the-week-the-time-has-changed-for-come/

  • Shadowfax

    jeswezey
    April 6th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Pretty funny Hillary pics: http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/
    —-

    I love the one, “Economy is going to $hit.”

    Hillary – “It sucks for you.”

  • jbstonesfan

    Unemployment down to 8.2% despite less than expected jobs. Unfortunately, most uninformed people out there will take it as a further indicator of a recovering economy.

  • holdthemaccountable

    White House Schedule Good Friday 2012 Christian President Barack Obama presiding
    10:20 am
    The President delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy
    South Court Auditorium
    Open Press
    (Pre-set 8:00AM – Stakeout Location; Final Gather 9:45AM – Stakeout Location)
    6:30 pm
    The President and the First Lady mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House
    Old Family Dining Room
    Closed Press
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president

  • Tony Stark

    Right after the 2008 elections we stated that we would hold Obama’s feet to the fire and see if he kept his promises. We’ve kept our promise.
    —————-

    His feet are practically cremated by now; maybe that’s why he doesn’t feel anything and doesn’t care about making more idiotic statements.

  • lisaque

    gonzotx you get a big AMEN from me. On Tuesday my oldest girl calls me and asked if I was watching tv I told her no she goes on to tell me there’s two tornadoes on the ground in Dallas and there watching truck trailers flying in the air. She wants to know if I think she should stay there or try and come home, I had to tell her I thought she’d be safer staying there than trying to get home.Talk about being worried till she got home. This time of year the storms are wicked.

  • lisaque

    HillaryforTexas

    I still registered as a democrat can I register as an Independent here in Texas?

  • rgb44hrc

    RUH-ROH…THERE GOES OBUMMER’S LAST “EDGE”

    The RNC is the phoenix rising out of its ashes, now raising money hand over fist.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/us/politics/republican-committee-fund-raising-has-big-turnaround.html

    Republican Committee Makes Big Turnaround on Fund-Raising
    =============================

    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Published: April 5, 2012

    Once teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and irrelevance, the Republican National Committee has raised more than $110 million over the past 15 months and retired more than half its debt, accumulating large cash reserves that could give Mitt Romney a critical boost later this spring as he intensifies his campaign against President Obama.

    With the divisive and drawn-out Republican primary season moving toward a close, the committee reported more money in the bank at the start of last month than the Democratic National Committee, which raised about $137 million during the same period but also spent far more.

    Party officials said the Republican committee would report more than $30 million in cash on hand in filings due with the Federal Election Commission this month, including a $22 million “presidential trust” that would be available to Mr. Romney should he become the party’s nominee.

    The committee’s unexpected turnaround is a case study in how Republicans are chipping away at Mr. Obama’s advantage in traditional fund-raising — and of the rapid evolution of old-fashioned party institutions in the post-Citizens United landscape of “super PACs” and the unlimited money they can raise and spend.

    One role that the committee has filled in the past when the party was out of power — pounding the president with early television advertising — has been taken up by outside groups like American Crossroads, founded by Karl Rove. That has allowed the committee and its chairman, Reince Priebus, to focus on rebuilding the party’s network of large donors.

    The committee’s major-donor fund-raising in 2011 exceeded that of 2003, officials said, the year when President George W. Bush was preparing to run for re-election. Its small-donor program routinely brings in more than the Democratic committee’s, though far less than Mr. Obama’s campaign.

    The party has already begun preparing for joint fund-raising operations with Mr. Romney, who has secured pledges from some of his donors to write large checks to the Republican committee if he becomes the nominee.

    “Reince’s job, as he says, is to spend 80 percent of his time on the telephone and the other 20 percent at state party dinners,” said Frank J. Donatelli, a former deputy chairman at the committee. “There was a donor strike of sorts at the end of 2010. What he has done is regain the confidence of those major donors.”

    At a time when Mr. Romney and other candidates have struggled to raise money, the committee’s fund-raising success has allowed it to move quickly into a general election posture, even before the emergence of a nominee and the flood of money to the party that usually accompanies it. While the party has run some advertising against Mr. Obama — including commercials in six swing states attacking his health care overhaul and timed to last week’s Supreme Court hearings — it has used most of its money, and the freedom afforded by super PAC advertising against Mr. Obama, to focus on its strength: identifying and turning out Republican voters.

    “The R.N.C. is the only organization that can spend money directly on the ground game and organizing the states,” said Alfred Hoffman Jr., one of the country’s top Republican fund-raisers and a former finance chairman of the committee. “A super PAC can’t do that.”

    The party has already opened campaign offices in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, with up to a dozen more set to open during the coming weeks and designated staff members hired for Hispanic outreach in key states. Officials said the committee had already made more than a million voter contacts in Wisconsin, a presidential swing state where the recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has energized the grass roots of both parties.

    The party has also revamped its voter database, known as Voter Vault, which was built during Mr. Bush’s tenure but fell into disrepair after he left office. The new system will allow what committee officials there call “nano-targeting,” collecting far more detailed demographic and consumer data on Republican voters than the earlier version.

    “We will be the gold standard of Republican get-out-the-vote efforts,” Mr. Priebus said in a statement. “We are at least 90 days ahead of where the R.N.C. has ever been in history.”

    After its brush with near-bankruptcy, the committee slashed spending to $84 million since the beginning of 2011, compared with the Democratic committee’s $122 million in the same period. Mr. Priebus and his team have cut travel budgets, pared the ranks of expensive consultants and spent relatively little on polling. At the same time, the Democrats have invested heavily in information technology, data collection and party-building, which they believe will put them ahead of Republicans come November.

    And Mr. Obama’s campaign remains well ahead of Mr. Romney’s in fund-raising: Through the end of February, Mr. Obama’s campaign had raised $172.7 million and had $84.7 million in cash on hand, dwarfing the $75 million raised by Mr. Romney, who has been forced to spend heavily against his primary opponents.

    As that primary battle has raged, Mr. Obama’s team has been building a state-of-the-art national campaign, reconnecting with the millions of donors and supporters who helped him to victory four years ago.

    Yet the Republican committee’s strong cash numbers suggest that relatively weak fund-raising by Mr. Romney will quickly improve as the primaries wind down, diminishing Mr. Obama’s advantage. Some Republican officials estimate that one-half to two-thirds of the party’s regular major donors have not yet contributed to Mr. Romney — but are likely to if he clinches the nomination.

    In the coming weeks, Mr. Romney is likely to begin holding joint fund-raisers with the Republican committee, events that will leverage the presence of the party’s nominee to bring in large checks to the party’s treasury. (Mr. Obama’s campaign has staged more than 100 such events since last spring, far more than Mr. Bush did during his own re-election campaign.)

    “The R.N.C. money is telling you that once it is no longer a choice among Republicans, but between the Republican nominee and the president, the party’s backers will come out to support the Republican nominee,” said Michael J. Malbin, the executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute, a research group..

    To some extent, the committee has benefited from a nominating fight that has left many Republican donors wary. Some of the party’s top fund-raisers, like Mr. Hoffman, a Florida real estate developer, devoted themselves full-time to bundling checks for the committee last year rather than raising money for any of the Republican candidates.

    Mr. Priebus also pledged to reserve large contributions for the presidential trust — rather than using them to pay down debt accumulated under his predecessor, Michael Steele — and persuaded donors that giving to the party was a better alternative during primary season than sitting on the sidelines.

    Those efforts effectively channeled millions of dollars to the party that will be spent in an effort to beat Democrats rather than other Republicans.

    “It hit a chord in a lot of people,” Mr. Hoffman said. “Put your money in the R.N.C., because you know it will help in 2012.”

  • pm317

    Shadowfax
    April 6th, 2012 at 4:16 pm
    ————————
    That huff&puff piece is a hit piece (and comments are from Obots). But the original article in Elle starts off well and the picture is great.

  • rgb44hrc

    NYT’s DAVID BROOKS: OBAMA IS A BAD POLICTIAN, AND USES RACIST CODE LANGUAGE

    A worthy quote to highlight:

    “Then he unleashed every 1980s liberal cliché in the book, calling the Republicans a bunch of trickle-down, Trojan horse-bearing social Darwinists. Social Darwinism, by the way, was a 19th-century philosophy that held, in part, that Aryans and Northern Europeans are racially superior to brown and Mediterranean peoples.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/opinion/brooks-that-other-obama.html?ref=opinion

    That Other Obama
    =============

    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: April 5, 2012

    President Obama is an intelligent, judicious man who can see all sides of an issue. But every once in a while he tries to get politically cute, and he puts on his Keith Olbermann mask.

    I suppose it’s to his credit that he’s most inept when he tries to take the low road. He resorts to hoary, brain-dead clichés. He wanders so far from his true nature that he makes Mitt Romney look like Mr. Authenticity.

    That’s pretty much what happened this week in Obama’s speech before a group of newspaper editors. Obama’s target in this speech was Representative Paul Ryan’s budget.

    It should be said at the outset that the Ryan budget has some disturbing weaknesses, which Democrats are right to identify. The Ryan budget would cut too deeply into discretionary spending. This could lead to self-destructive cuts in scientific research, health care for poor kids and programs that boost social mobility. Moreover, the Ryan tax ideas are too regressive. They make tax cuts for the rich explicit while they hide any painful loophole closings that might hurt Republican donors.

    But these legitimate criticisms and Obama’s modest but real deficit-reducing accomplishments got buried under an avalanche of distortion. The Republicans have been embarrassing themselves all primary season. It’s as if Obama wanted to sink to their level in a single hour.

    First, there was his tone. Obama cast himself as the fiscal moderate who embraced the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles approach. (Perhaps we were all asleep during the Simpson-Bowles-Obama consciousness tour.) Then he unleashed every 1980s liberal cliché in the book, calling the Republicans a bunch of trickle-down, Trojan horse-bearing social Darwinists.

    Social Darwinism, by the way, was a 19th-century philosophy that held, in part, that Aryans and Northern Europeans are racially superior to brown and Mediterranean peoples.

    Then Obama exaggerated the differences between his budget and the Ryan budget.

    There are, indeed, real differences, but in the short term they are not a chasm. In 2013, according to Veronique de Rugy of George Mason University, the Ryan budget would be about 5 percent smaller than the Obama budget, and it would grow a percent or two more slowly each year. After 10 years, government would be smaller under Ryan, but, as Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute complains, it would still take up a larger share of national output than when Bill Clinton left office.

    Obama exaggerated these normal-sized differences into a Manichaean chasm. Under Ryan, Obama charged, 10 million college students would get their financial aid cut by $1,000, Alzheimer’s research would be slashed, 200,000 children would lose their chance to enter Head Start.

    Where did Obama get these specifics? He imagined them. He imposed some assumptions that are nowhere to be found in the Ryan budget. He compared Ryan’s reduced spending increases with proposed growth, not current levels.

    Then the president turned to Ryan’s Medicare proposal. The Ryan plan, he charged, “will ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”

    In 2011, when Ryan first proposed a version of this budget, Politifact, the truth-checking outfit, honored this claim with its “Lie of the Year” award. Since then, the Ryan Medicare proposal has become more moderate and much better. Obama’s charge is even more groundless.

    The Ryan plan would slowly phase in a premium support option, in which the government would give people money to buy insurance. This general idea was embraced by Bill Clinton’s bipartisan Medicare reform commission. It follows a similar design to the prescription drug benefit. Its effectiveness is unproved, but it’s a time-tested and respectable proposal, with expert support.

    Obama treated it as some sort of alien monster from the lunatic fringe. He made a series of specific accusations that have been easily swatted away by the Ryan defenders: That the Ryan plan would allow the insurance companies to cherry-pick the healthiest seniors (in fact, there are specific passages in the plan forbidding that); the Ryan plan would mean lower benefits for seniors (in fact, the plan would guarantee seniors the equivalent of current benefits while giving them other options).

    As I say, I have my own problems with Ryan’s plan, which Obama identified. But Ryan has at least taken a big step toward an eventual fiscal solution. He’s proposed necessary structural entitlement reforms, which the Democrats are unwilling to do. He’s proposed real tax reform, which the Democrats are also unwilling to do.

    The first truth is that we will have to do these big things to avoid a fiscal calamity. The second truth is there is no one party solution; there has to be a merger of respectable ideas. The third truth is that gimmicky speeches obscure the president’s best character and make it seem as if he doesn’t understand the scope of the calamity looming in front of us.

    Obama shouldn’t be sniping at Ryan. He should be topping him with something bigger and better.

  • rgb44hrc

    HEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE “GREEN SHOOTS”??

    I thought businesses were supposed to be thriving, leading to optimism on REAL job creation (ignoring those funny “unemployment numbers”)…If only.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/business/low-growth-in-earnings-is-expected.html?ref=business

    Low Growth in Earnings Is Expected
    ===========================

    By CHRISTINE HAUSER
    Published: April 5, 2012

    Corporate profits have been among the brightest lights of the economic recovery, helping to lift the stock market more than 25 percent since October.

    But analysts predict that when the first-quarter reporting season starts in earnest next week, American companies will show the slowest rate of growth in operating earnings in three years.

    One widely used gauge of profits, the Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ survey, forecasts that earnings will have grown 0.93 percent in the first quarter, compared with the first quarter of 2011, for the companies that make up the S.& P. 500-stock index. That would bring the value of one share of the index to $23.85.

    In the same period last year, operating earnings per index share were $23.63, a result of 19.68 percent growth from the first quarter in 2010.

    “It is the lowest quarter of growth we have seen since the third quarter of 2009,” said Christine Short, the senior manager for S.& P. Global Markets Intelligence. Other surveys, by Thomson Reuters and FactSet, show similar trends of weak first-quarter growth compared with the year before.

    Many companies struggled through the difficult period since the 2008 financial crisis by trimming costs and laying off employees to help rebuild their bottom lines. Now analysts say that the cutbacks may have reached their limits and that profits could very well have peaked in the second half of last year.

    The euro zone debt crisis, slowing growth in Asia and emerging markets, and commodity price inflation are also expected to have hurt performance, analysts said.

    Analysts don’t expect the European debt crisis “to be fully dealt with in the first half of the year,” Ms. Short said. “There is too much uncertainty looming to say how it is going to affect corporate earnings.”

    Part of the reason the numbers will show weakness is also smoke and mirrors: profits were starting to grow a year ago as the economy rebounded from the financial crisis, so comparisons to 2011 will be relatively mild.

    “You still have growth, but it is at a slower pace,” said Lawrence Creatura, a portfolio manager at Federated Investors.

    Three of the 10 sectors of the S.& P. 500 index — the industrial, technology and consumer staples companies — will show earnings growth in the first quarter of 2012, according to the forecast. The energy industry is expected to show flat earnings.

    Of the other six, materials and telecommunications are expected to record the largest drops, partly because of shrinking global demand, according to Ms. Short.

    Among the companies with lowered forecasts are the steel companies Nucor and Steel Dynamics. Nucor said on March 15 that it expected first-quarter results in a range of 30 to 35 cents a share, down from 50 cents in the same period in 2011.

    Because investors are being prepared for what they might see in the coming season, analysts said they did not expect the lower growth to cause any major stock market retreat. But the guidance the companies will give investors for the current quarter and the rest of the year poses a much bigger risk to sentiment.

    Barry C. Knapp, the head of United States equity portfolio strategy at Barclays, said Barclays was estimating a retreat in the S.& P. 500 — albeit less than 10 percent — if investors were disappointed by companies’ guidance.

    Still, equities are inexpensive considering the current low interest rates, Mr. Creatura said.

    One of the first major companies to report its first-quarter earnings for 2012 will be Alcoa, the aluminum producer, on Tuesday. Investors view the company as something of a bellwether for global economic trends because its products are used for automobiles, airplanes and construction, and also because it has operations in Europe.

    Alcoa’s operating earnings per share are forecast to have declined about 3 cents in the first quarter of 2012, about the same decline as in the fourth quarter, according to a Bloomberg survey. Its most recent guidance in January included an outlook of market growth for aerospace and auto companies, with 7 percent global growth in aluminum.

    After Alcoa will be JPMorgan Chase, scheduled for next Friday. Average estimates for JPMorgan’s operating earnings per share are $1.14, compared with $1.28 a year ago and 93 cents in the fourth quarter of 2011.

    It, too, is considered a bellwether for its industry, because it is one of the largest banks in asset terms and because its leader, Jamie Dimon, is often seen as a spokesman for the industry, said Gerard S. Cassidy, a banking analyst for RBC Capital Markets.

    A recovery in overall earnings growth is expected in the third quarter, according to average forecasts, said John Manley, chief equity strategist at Wells Fargo Advantage Funds.

    “I suspect that Europe may have a little bit more of an impact on the bottom line, and the talk may be more measured in terms of growth expectations going forward,” Mr. Manley said.

  • rgb44hrc

    HEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE “GREEN SHOOTS”?? (PART II)

    Disappointing jobs report? I thought “unemployment claims were at four year lows”, thereby implying “we’re turning a corner, so might as well bet the farm on an Obama second term…”

    Ummmm, not so fast.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/business/economy/us-added-only-120000-jobs-in-march-report-shows.html?ref=business

    Jobs Report Tempers Hopes of Accelerating U.S. Recovery
    =================================

    By MOTOKO RICH
    Published: April 6, 2012

    Although signs had pointed to a strengthening economy earlier this year, the jobs report on Friday came with a message: don’t get ahead of yourself.

    The country’s employers added a disappointing 120,000 jobs in March, about half the gains posted in each of the preceding three months. The unemployment rate, which comes from a separate survey of households rather than employers, slipped to 8.2 percent from 8.3 percent, as a lower portion of the population were looking for work.

    The slowdown suggests that employers remain cautious about hiring as they digest the impact of rising gas prices and uncertainty about healthcare and pensions costs.

    Politicians seized on the slippage, with the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney, characterizing the report as “weak and very troubling.” President Obama, for his part, acknowledged the “ups and downs” of the job market.

    While there have been some indications, like falling unemployment claims, that the job market was finding its footing, anxieties about whether a stronger pace of recovery could be sustained have been building in recent weeks.

    Global stock markets grew skittish this week as Spain’s ballooning debt level and weak bond offering raised the specter of a deepening economic slump in Europe. After a strong first quarter, the United States stock market has had several days of declines. Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, has tried to temper expectations and noted in a speech last month that the recent “better jobs numbers seem somewhat out of sync with the overall pace of economic expansion.”

    The March pullback eerily repeats a pattern set in the last two years, when job growth appeared to be picking up in the winter, only to slow down in the spring. The monthly snapshot of the job market from the Labor Department can reflect transitory factors, however, and are often revised.

    Economists suggested that the trend among employers to wring more work from fewer people continues to be a hallmark of the recession’s aftermath.

    “What we are seeing now is an agonizingly slow recovery in the job market,” said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group. “I believe what this reflects is this laser focus intensity that business leaders have nowadays to try to be able to increase production with less reliance on labor as a means to do so.”

    Private sector companies added 121,000 jobs in March as government shed 1,000 jobs, driven by layoffs in the postal system and at the local level.

    Among industries, manufacturing continued its run as the stalwart of job growth, adding 37,000 jobs in March.

    But economists cautioned that factories were unlikely to bring back a majority of the 2 million people who lost their jobs during the recession.

    Rather, manufacturers are recalibrating. “In the worst of a downturn like this, they probably kicked too many people out the door,” said Cliff Waldman, senior economist at MAPI/the Manufacturers Alliance. “And now even with modest growth they have to bring people back.”

    And despite recent improvements in retail sales, retailers shed nearly 34,000 jobs last month, a sign, some economists said, that the rapid incursion of e-commerce has hurt employment in the sector.

    “You simply need fewer workers when you’re selling from a distribution center,” said Patrick O’Keefe, director of economic research at J.H. Cohn and a deputy assistant secretary for employment and training in the Reagan administration.

    While the slowdown in job growth seemed as much to justify Mr. Bernanke’s concern about the disjuncture between overall economic growth and the acceleration in job growth around the turn of the year, economists suggested there could also be more long-term trends driving the protracted sluggishness.

    “There are definitely some structural headwinds,” said Michelle Girard, senior United States economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Many companies complain that they would hire more if only they could find more skilled workers. Other workers are unable to move to take new jobs because they are stuck in homes where they owe more on their mortgages than their houses are now worth.

    “I think that’s why it is going to take a while to get back to where we were,” said Ms. Girard. “It could take years to get back to the labor market that we saw in the years before the downturn.”

    The usual precursors of an uptick in hiring were weak in March. Average weekly hours worked slipped to 34.5 from 34.6, and average weekly earnings were also down, to $806.96 compared with $807.56 a month earlier. Hiring by temporary firms was also down by 7,500 jobs.

    Although the number of people who had been out of work for six months or longer fell to 5.3 million from 5.4 million, the number of people who had lost their jobs in the last five weeks rose to 2.57 million.

    The modest job growth in March seemed to favor men over women. Betsey Stevenson, an economist at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and former chief economist at the Labor Department, noted that women took only 38,000 of the 120,000 jobs added in March. What’s more, she said, “men got more than half the gains in health care and education, a traditionally female dominated industry.”

    The absence of reliable job growth weighs heavily on the millions of people still searching for work. Deborah Harrison, a former administrative assistant in Louisville, has managed to land only a few short contract assignments in the three years since she lost her job.

    The longer she is out of work, she said, the more she is tarnished with the stigma of unemployment. “I think employers look at my resume and they see how long it’s been since I’ve worked and I think that raises a red flag with some of them,” said Ms. Harrison, who said she spends several hours a day searching for jobs online. “It’s not hopeless,” she added, “but it’s not real encouraging either.”

  • Shadowfax

    pm317
    April 6th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Shadowfax
    ——-
    I didn’t bother to read the article, just thought the photos of Hillary were beautiful.

  • valleyboy

    HillaryforTexas
    April 6th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    If the labor participation rate (the number of people still looking) were the same as when Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 10.9%.

    It’s only lower because so many have given up and dropped out of the labor force.
    _________________________________

    They haven’t given up. They have exhausted their unemployment benefits, at which point they are no longer counted in the official unemployment rate. It is a lie repeated so often by the media that people actually believe it: “they’ve stopped looking for work.” Of course they’re still looking – they just don’t count anymore.

    Now we can see why Obama got the unemployment benefits etended for so long: so when people’s benefits expire this summer, the unemployment rate will drop, just in time for the election. So, for his campaign purposes, someone with nothing left to live on is just as good as someone who gets a new job. It’s such a heartless strategy it makes me want to puke. Why bother stimulating the economy? Just manipulate the process, at taxpayer expense.

  • pm317

    Shadowfax
    April 6th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    ———-

    It is OK. I got that. I was just telling the crowd here what it was. What is the problem with Obots? Huffpuff woman insinuates that Hillary talked about shoes first when she saw the reporter but the context is totally missing (and in fact, it is an endearing picture the original Elle writer portrays about shoes) and then there is the ‘Hillary is a bottle blond and do you know how much time it takes’, and goes on in that vain and even patronizing toward the Elle writer. Was she jealous of her?

  • pm317

    The shoe scene from Elle Magazine story(democrat1 linked above):

    Her entourage files into a curtained-off room to the side of the banquet hall, and her security detail waves me in behind them—I’ve been following her for a few weeks now, from Washington, DC, to Europe and now New York City. I’m frantically scanning the group for the State Department press aide, my eyes still adjusting to the darkened antechamber, when I practically walk into Secretary Clinton. She looks at me; I look at her. Her eyes are disarmingly blue; my face is red. Her gaze travels down to the stilettos in my hand, then to my bare feet. I follow suit, as if I’m in one of those dreams where you find yourself in high school French, taking a test you didn’t study for, and you suddenly realize that you forgot to put on clothes.

    She laughs—not one of the full-throated cackles she’s known for, just a little chuckle. “Those are cute,” she says, nodding at the shoes, which are bright orange satin.

    I stare at her dumbly, still breathing heavily from my jog, unable to think of a word to say. “Thank you,” I finally mumble.

    “You should put them on,” she says, smiling kindly, and disappears into the party, for the nonprofit International Crisis Group’s awards ceremony, where she’ll be the keynote speaker.

  • pm317

    Another excerpt: I like what Bill says here (unlike the current WH occupant, this guy is the real feminist, Monica notwithstanding).

    Former president Bill Clinton arrives late, after his wife—he doesn’t get the police escort afforded the secretary of state and got stuck in the same traffic jam I did—and is rushed to the podium in front of an audience of dignitaries that includes Queen Noor of Jordan, Wesley Clark, and Colin Powell. “I know I’m just sort of a warm-up act,” he says, to laughter. He thanks the honorees and Hillary for their efforts to advance women’s rights. “Some day we hope to liberate every man on earth from the tendency as old as human history to identify our strength and manhood with the ability to control the lives, limit the chances, and doom the dreams of women and girls,” he says. Then, as if to emphasize that he’s not one of those bad guys, he abruptly returns to his seat.

  • valleyboy

    pm317
    April 3rd, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Santorum should get out.
    _______________________________

    No offense, but isn’t that what “they” said about Hillary at the same point in the 2008 primary?

    {Sorry Admin. I feel I should answer this from the last thread.}

    “Valleyboy, I have answered this question before here. It is not about you but the question irritates me.”

    My point is that people who support Sweaters/Paul/Gingrich will feel marginalized if their candidate is forced out of the race, and to beat Obama we’re going to need ALL of them (and maybe some dead ones too, ha, just kidding).

    “Because it minimizes and degrades what Hillary accomplished during the primary 2008. ”

    No way. I voted for her too. That isn’t in my post at all.

    “Hillary won more delegates and was a force of a candidate more so than Santorum ever is.”

    But it isn’t over yet. I agree Sweaters is uninspiring, but he deserves his chance, and so do the American people. I think if he stops Romney that will make him a historic force, whether he wins the nomination or not.

    “Sure, in a democracy, given a choice, people will pick different candidates and he will get some fraction if he stays on.”

    Yes, I like democracy.

    No one commented on the link about Romney hiring Michael Chertoff a YEAR before his theoretical inauguration (not to mention Bork and Bradbury). I’m sorry but that is bad news, a very bad reflection on the direction Romeny will take the country. Chertoff is the guy who f*cked the fourth amendment with his selection of the porno vision TSA scanners, then took a job at the company who made them. It’s worth noting he chose the porno vision over the less invasive and more effective thermal imaging scanners. And we have discussed the purposeful destruction of America here, the Balkanization, and Chertoff was part of that, too, letting New Orleans drown in Hurricane Katrina. He is bad, very bad.

    If you want to vote for Romeny in November as the lesser of two evils, I get that, I really do. But the time for that compromised decision would be late summer, not early spring. Now is a time for optimism, for positive thinking about where we want this country to go, what we want it to be. Do we want a nation of individual freedoms,national unity, capitalism, and local control, or a nation of diminished rights, a fragmented society, corporatism and global control?

    I’m not one to quote the Bible, but I heard an excellent verse from it the other day: “You have not, because you ask not.”

    So, let’s ask! Whether it’s prayer, meditation, visualization, whatever it is you do – try to imagine a world where the number one problem isn’t “the corporate stranglehold on our lives”; where the government serves the people instead of controlling them; where our country is again one that leads the world in individual rights and benevolent service to the global community of sovereign ations.

    If you think Romeny’s the guy to do that I might be convinced. I’m open to the idea, but all I hear here is “electable”, “Reaganesque image”, “vibe”, etc.

    Obviously I’m hoping at this point for a brokered convention – another candidate not currently in the race – and so are half the voters in my state of CA.

  • valleyboy

    At least I win the typo contest for today:)

  • pm317

    Another excerot: The writer sounds like one of us. (BTW, what is the problem with Rebecca Traister, licking Obamas feet and slurping).

    I supported Clinton in 2008, first simply as a satisfied New York constituent but, by the end, as though the fate of humanity depended on it. I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and particularly undone by the “iron my shirt” crowd. I couldn’t bear the idea that my girl would have fewer opportunities than my son. And while you can’t blame sexism alone for Clinton’s loss in 2008, I still haven’t shaken the feeling that the world is stacked against women in ways I hadn’t realized.

    It was a bit like the scene from Rosemary’s Baby when Rosemary walks into the party and discovers all her neighbors are satanists. I looked around and saw that the number of women in Congress was stuck at about 17 percent, that only about 11 percent of heads of state worldwide are women (and America is lagging behind most developed Western countries in never having elected a woman to the top job), and that only 2.4 percent of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. According to the Congressional Research Service, at the rate we’re going, it will take 500 years to reach gender parity in government. “Baby,” I had to admit to my newborn girl, “we have not come as long a way as I thought.”

  • pm317

    Shadowfax, we were talking about this last night. Reading that article in Elle and how the author (Rachel Combe) personalizes it, makes me think there are a lot of us who are still grieving a missed opportunity. Hillary is not just Hillary but she is the embodiment of the ambitions of millions of women and men for this country to have a woman president. That the timeline may not cooperate with us is more reason to grieve. That is the sense I got reading that article. Screw the Dems. Why should she help them, anyway?

  • admin

    First night of Passover tonight. It’s also Good Friday. Best wishes to all who observe.

  • moononpluto

    Hillary Clinton will NOT attend 2012 Democratic convention.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/06/3156959/hillary-clinton-citing-her-above.html

    Smart smart woman.

    At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around.

    But as for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – Hillary Clinton won’t be coming.

    This year, she’s secretary of State. And as the country’s chief diplomat, she’s expected to stay above all things partisan.

    Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be at the DNC in Charlotte, his spokesman, Matt McKenna, confirmed Friday.

    But various federal statutes and the State Department’s ethical guidelines will keep Secretary Clinton in Washington.

    “Given her current position, she will not be attending, consistent with her not engaging in any political activity whatsoever,” Philippe Reines, spokesman for the Secretary of State, told the Observer in an email Friday.

    It’ll be the first time in decades Clinton will miss a Democratic National Convention, Reines added – “possibly all the way back to ’68 in Chicago.”

    And Clinton isn’t the only Cabinet member expected to skip the Charlotte gathering. Federal statute also precludes the attorney general and the secretary of Defense from attending political gatherings, including national party conventions, Reines said.

    “I can’t think of one (of those office-holders) from the modern era who has attended,” he said.

    Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury, also doesn’t expect to see Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in town.

    “The Big Four,” he calls these non-partisan appointees. “While they are political appointees, they are in a class by themselves,” he said. “They are representatives of institutions that are oftentimes seen as apolitical.”

    And among that quartet, Secretary of State Clinton is maybe in an even higher class.

    “She is certainly the president’s ambassador and personal representative around the world,” Bitzer said. “Getting involved in base partisan activities may leave a taint when she travels around the world.”

    For years, Clinton and her husband were either the stars or marquee speakers at Democratic National Conventions.

    In 1992, Bill Clinton was nominated. In 1996, when she was first lady, he was re-nominated. In 2000, she was a U.S. Senate candidate in New York. And in 2008, she was Obama’s foe-turned-supporter, urging her millions of backers – especially the women who saw her as an inspiring symbol – to unite behind the party’s nominee.

    “She did a lot to open doors for women,” said Charlotte’s Pat Cotham, a member of the Democratic National Committee.

    Cotham said the news that Clinton won’t be part of the upcoming party in Charlotte “is a disappointment, but we certainly understand. She’s served our country and has done an admirable job as secretary of State.”

    Would Cotham like to see her continue serving the country in the White House?

    “I would love that,” Cotham said.

    Clinton has said publicly that she thinks her political days are behind her, and she has not openly encouraged talk about another run for the presidency in 2016.

    But many Democrats would be thrilled if she changed her mind. That includes Bill Clinton, judging by some of his recent talk.

    Bill Clinton showing up, Bitzer said, could help Hillary Clinton stay viable for 2016 even as she stays in Washington.

    “We’ll get the surrogate of Bill,” Bitzer said. “In fact, it may be better for Hillary to send Bill … He could go before the delegates – those hard-core Democrats – and drop none-too-subtle hints that ‘We’d like to see you again in four more years.’ ”

  • pm317

    moononpluto
    April 6th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Hillary Clinton will NOT attend 2012 Democratic convention.
    —————————–

    Scorpios bide their time.

  • Shadowfax

    Pm
    …… Hillary is not just Hillary but she is the embodiment of the ambitions of millions of women and men for this country to have a woman president. That the timeline may not cooperate with us is more reason to grieve. That is the sense I got reading that article. Screw the Dems. Why should she help them, anyway?

    ——

    I don’t want Hillary to run to help the Dems, I want only HILLARY to become our first female President because there is no woman nor man that comes close to having her brains and abilities…except her Big Dawg.

    I don’t think we are alone since the public and all the news outlets won’t stop talking about her running for President again. Highest popularity polls across the board…this means we are not in the minority.

    Hillary is and has been my hero for a very long time.

  • Shadowfax

    Hillary Clinton will NOT attend 2012 Democratic convention.
    —————————–
    It is Hillary’s middle finger salute to her party’s backstabbers.

    You tell um Hillary!

  • jbstonesfan

    On Drudge Obama hits 50% in Gallup poll.

  • Mrs. Smith

    “At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around.”
    ____________________

    The SOS’s position affords Hillary the latitude to distance herself from supporting Obama without having to make-up a plausible excuse. I for one, am not stuck in the time warp of the 2008 convention. It serves no purpose whatsoever to dwell in the land of happenstance because there is nothing to be done by dwelling in the past that will change the past. Chalk it all up to living through a most vicious iniquitous learning curve never before occurring in so egregious a manner in election history. We learn from it. We advance step by step taking nothing for granted until we Win.

  • Shadowfax

    admin
    April 6th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
    First night of Passover tonight. It’s also Good Friday. Best wishes to all who observe.

    ——
    And to you too admin and all Big Pinkers.

    I’m not that religious anymore but I do appreciate these events.

  • jbstonesfan

    Yes, hope all have a good Passover and Easter. We need a miracle to get
    Romney elected .

  • pm317

    Tim, on Bret Baier they played the clip of the interview asking Haley about tipping the Sikh taxi driver and there is some reaction that it was all weird. When they played it, I noticed the interviewer’s accent sounded British. Maybe she is new in America.

  • pm317

    Jay Cost on Obama’s shameful strategy for re-election. But we already knew that.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-our-pathetic-president_635461.html

  • wbboei

    On Drudge Obama hits 50% in Gallup poll.
    ————————-
    Remember, this is the pollster who interview twice as many democrat women as republican women in their sampling base. Thus, in the vernacular, garbage in garbage out. Yaknowhatimean.

  • wbboei

    PM–I am glad you are reading Cost because he has been a good bell weather until now. Implicit in his article however is a very pessimistic note, namely that he will be re elected but his agenda will stall in congress. That is not a satisfactory outcome because he will inflict continuing harm through executive orders. And the economy will sink. And, there will come a point, sure as night follows day, when everything will fall apart. I have a lucid sense of what that scenario will look like. And when the smoke clears, we will have a divided and impoverished nation, and those who supported him will be held in the same esteem as German collaborators in Paris after world war II. This is why he must and will be defeated. History does not repeat itself. The faith of the American People in the Democrat party was high in the aftermath of world war II, and when that is the case, the incumbent can get away with this kind of demagoguery. Jay is making an apples to oranges comparison. I will drop him an email so stating. I might even add–keep your dauber up.

  • wbboei

    “At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around.”
    ————————-
    Allows her to keep her name in the buzz. Allows him to keep some deluded Hillary supporters supporting the party. Allows big media to cover their ass. She is telling us in every way possible I am out of politics. People do not want to believe her, just as people did not want to believe she would not challenge him in 2012. I happen to believe her when she says I am out of politics, and I think her reasons are sound. Could I be wrong? Sure. But I would not hold my breath.

  • wbboei

    I do not see Biden on the ticket as vp. I think it will be Bayh. And if it is Bayh, then he will run in 2016. A couple months back, the vp list looked like this:

    bayh (inside track–to appeal to reagan dems–won’t work)
    hoyer (nah)
    guy from colorado (neverheardofthebum)

    hillary (not running)
    murray (dumbest person in congress–by unanimous acclaim of pages)
    stabenow (non-starter)

    (Note: pelousy and boxer livid at not making short list)

  • wbboei

    jbstonesfan
    April 6th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Unemployment down to 8.2% despite less than expected jobs. Unfortunately, most uninformed people out there will take it as a further indicator of a recovering economy.
    ——————————————



    This too shall change.

  • turndownobama

    I don’t know if I’ve ever told you admin, thank you for your great posts and for this Big Pink aircraft carrier.

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

    Amen!

  • turndownobama

    But many Democrats would be thrilled if she changed her mind. That includes Bill Clinton, judging by some of his recent talk.

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

    Yes. In his recent MSNBC interview he talked about her maybe changing her mind, he’d be happy either way, etc. Told the kid interviewing him that after 20 years high pressure job she needs some decompression, but hinted that after that she might get interested again….

  • turndownobama

    pm317 said:
    Santorum should get out.
    _______________________________
    valleyboy said:
    No offense, but isn’t that what “they” said about Hillary at the same point in the 2008 primary?
    [....]
    My point is that people who support Sweaters/Paul/Gingrich will feel marginalized if their candidate is forced out of the race

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

    I tend to agree with Valleyboy here. No one should be pressured to get out of a primary.

    Of course Hillary was a much stronger candidate so the situation isn’t really comparable. But it’s not up to pundits and people who aren’t even in the party to try to pressure anyone out just to make the primary shorter or because they think that will help the leading candidate.

  • turndownobama

    David Brooks wrote in NYT:
    Social Darwinism, by the way, was a 19th-century philosophy that held, in part, that Aryans and Northern Europeans are racially superior to brown and Mediterranean peoples.

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

    Now that’s unfair. What ‘Social Darwinism’ means in current discourse is ‘survival of the fittest’, ‘dog eat dog’, etc: something even more extreme than Ayn Rand’s business competition.

    Brooks does not even recognize that meaning, and substitutes this minor connection to the Aryan premise that just about everyone in the 19th century accepted (including Andrew Lang ;-) .

  • NewMexicoFan

    HRC only will run in 2016 if O gets re-elected. If Romney wins in 2012, he will seek re-election, and unless he screws up royally (equal to or worse than O and that is hard to imagine), he will run for re-election, and the Reps will be in the drivers seat who knows, maybe forever. So unless the Dems read tea leaves right here, and O is re-elected, or they can him and put in HRC they are playing with fire, and the future of the country.

    But then they have already ruined the country with their fraudulant election of O. Let’s face it, they pulled evey trick in the book to get him elected, they will do it again. The only possible trip up will be the economy, and they are daily trying to make the economy look good. I heard the anchor on CNN yesterday on the latest bad news. When the numbers go up they gush, yesterday soft paw intro was well the news is not all bad for the economy, instead of Significant lower job growth than expected for Mar. If it were a growth situation it would have been, Significant higher job growth than expected for Mar.

  • turndownobama

    Pretty funny Hillary pics: http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/
    —-

    I love the one, “Economy is going to $hit.”

    Hillary – “It sucks for you.”

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

    That series is a really good sign! It’s not obviously Hillary fan kids, but it respects her for the right reasons: what she is NOW.

  • NewMexicoFan

    turndownobama
    April 6th, 2012 at 11:56 pm
    Pretty funny Hillary pics: http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/

    —————-
    I love that beautiful turquoise pin on her suit. I hope she got that when she was out here campaigning in 07/08

  • admin

    Is this the solution to get the Hopium addled from realizing that Obama is not the Mess-iah? :)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2125768/New-documentary-shows-shocking-footage-Vatican-approved-exorcist-work.html

  • ShortTermer

    I learn more everyday that we, meaning me as well, do not know history as it happened. I am researching for an upcoming publication about men from my hometown area that served in the military; focusing on the War Between the States. I located two books that were a first hand account by a local man who was an Officer, a Gentleman, and a Chaplain during war and a Reverend after the war. He comes from a family of prominence and the facts were never written in history books that were taught from in school. Believe me, when ObaMAO compares himself to Abraham Lincoln he, for the most part, is right. The first hand accounts of Lincoln pre-war and during the war by the southerners is in direct opposition to what the press wrote in the northern states. It is astounding what is learned from firsthand accounts.

  • wbboei

    Carney the Clown

    Like in opera, there should be an overture to announce the arrival of Clown Carney at every press conference, called send in the clown(s).




    Biden could be the other clown. He is hysterically funny, and hysterically un-vice presidential.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Egan-Jones Cuts U.S. Rating One Step to AA Citing Growing Debt
    April 5, 2012
    Egan-Jones Ratings Co. cut the U.S. credit rating one step to AA, the second downgrade in nine months and two levels below its highest grade, with a negative outlook citing the nation’s increasing debt burden.
    U.S. debt has increased to 100 percent of gross domestic product, while debt climbed 23.6 percent from 2008 to 2010, the credit-rating firm said in a statement today. Egan-Jones lowered the U.S. grade to AA+ in a July. Treasuries have gained 4.6 percent since the company first lowered the U.S. rating, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.
    The downgrade was based on “the increasing debt load coupled with the fact that there has been no tangible progress in addressing the country’s growing debt to GDP” ratio, Sean Egan, president of Egan-Jones in Haverford, Pennsylvania, said today in a telephone interview. “Unfortunately, the debt is growing fairly rapidly while the GDP is not….”
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-05/egan-jones-cuts-u-dot-s-dot-rating-one-step-to-aa-citing-growing-debt

  • holdthemaccountable

    Obama has aggressive Internet strategy to woo supporters – The Washington Post
    snip
    The Obama campaign is by far the most aggressive in trying to reach voters online, so far spending more on Internet advertising than on television, radio and telemarketing combined. And the president’s campaign has spent five times more on online ads — jumping from $2.3 million to $12.3 million — than at this point four years ago, when he was running against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination, federal disclosure records show.
    snip
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-has-aggressive-internet-strategy-to-woo-supporters/2012/04/06/gIQAavB2zS_print.html

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama may have an aggressive strategy for wooing voters that has him burning through money at 5X the rate he did when he was running against Hillary- The strange dynamic here is the only antithesis of Obama, Newt Gingrich, is drawing crowds on a shoe string budget leaving GOP strategists and reporters scratching their heads-
    _________________

    Gingrich keeps campaigning – and keeps drawing an audience

    (CBS News) MILLSBORO, Del. – At 7 p.m. on Thursday, in the back shed of a firehouse, a presidential candidate who continually concedes he’s unlikely to capture the Republican nomination held a rally – and 350 people showed up.

    Earlier, Newt Gingrich spoke to more than 150 people in nearby Magnolia. And a day earlier, he greeted a sold-out auditorium that seats more than 400 at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

    The Republicans who come to Gingrich’s campaign events, signs in hand and ready to offer standing ovations, are under no illusions that the former House speaker is going to overtake Mitt Romney to become to Republican nominee. In fact, many say they’re ready to support Romney if he gets the nomination as expected.

    For now, they just like hearing what Gingrich has to say.

    “I love the guy,” said Linda Creasy of Lewes, Del. “I’d love to see him in there. I think he’s the smartest; I think he has the most to offer. He just doesn’t have the most money.”

    That last fact has become clearer as Gingrich continues his seemingly quixotic effort. His campaign just underwent a restructuring that included dramatic cuts to staff and budget; in Millsboro, he and his wife Callista took to a podium decorated not with campaign insignia but wireless microphones stranded haphazardly by panicked reporters who arrived at the event to find no audio setup, no press riser and no advance team.

    After the speech, Sussex County Republican Party spokesman Duke Brooks said he’ll vote for Gingrich in the Apr. 24 Delaware primary. “There’s no question about it,” he said. But Brooks added that “of course in the general election I will absolutely get behind whoever the Republican nominee is.”

    (The ABO meme is catching FIRE)

    Asked whether he holds out hope that his candidate will somehow become that nominee, Brooks shrugged and acknowledged, “Mathematically, it seems not.” But he said he finds “interesting” Gingrich’s argument that however unlikely, a win in Delaware could reverberate in larger states such as North Carolina and Texas.

    “Even if we still can’t get the nomination, we roll into the [Republican National Convention] in Tampa with a brokered convention in the offing,” Brooks said. “And if we do that, in the long run I think that can only be good for the party because it’s going to flesh out a lot of ideas, and a lot of people are going to pay attention to it.”

    That’s Gingrich’s message as well. On Thursday he announced he will soon be amplifying some of his more conservative policy planks in an effort to “pose for Romney, is he prepared to be, as he put it, ‘severely conservative?’ Or does he want to try and have an Etch A Sketch platform?”

    Questioned by reporters on whether this new phase underscores Romney’s inevitability, Gingrich said “no,” but added that “part of the debate for the next two months ought to be, is [Romney] prepared to say up front that he wants a conservative platform?”

    Brooks likened Gingrich’s new priority in shaping the party’s dialogue to that of the other also-ran, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who has yet to win a single state. “In terms of personal enthusiasms for the candidate, as a group, [Paul supporters] are off the scale,” he said. “That’s what you need if you’re going to affect change in what people are talking about.”

    But some voters remain skeptical about Gingrich. Rich Collins of Millsboro said he came to the rally Thursday less to hear Gingrich and more to see what kind of turnout and reception he got.

    “I’d love to vote for him,” Collins said. “But that’s if I thought he had any chance of winning at all. I like a lot of what he said today, but I just don’t know that he can get elected. At this point it’s unfortunate, but it will be tough.”

    So if Gingrich lacks the money, the campaign resources, and the poll numbers to become the party’s nominee in November, why do so many supporters continue to show up at rallies across the map?

    One attendee walking past in Millsboro overheard the question and channeled the baseball cinema classic “Field of Dreams”: “If Newt debates, they will come,” he shouted as he hurried past. He then turned around to clarify, “If Newt speaks, they will come.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57410718-503544/gingrich-keeps-campaigning-and-keeps-drawing-an-audience/

  • holdthemaccountable

    So Newt is still in there doing what he can.
    Good on him. Who knows where doing so will lead him and us?
    Perhaps our PUMA movement paved the way for him and Paul to stick out the primary. And perhaps that will in the long run be a very good thing.
    At minimum, the political elite seem to have learned something from the PUMA movement: it’s not nice to manipulate an electoral process [at least not in plain sight].

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama thought the highlight of his legacy would be he finally got a HealthCare package passed for Americans that even Hillary Clinton could not complete- His dream of besting Hillary Clinton’s attempt are in jeopardy now that the Supreme Court will be deciding the fate of it’s constitutionality- Instead, after almost 4 yrs of stealing the job of Chief Executive from Hillary Clinton, it appears all he will be remembered for is this:
    ___________________

    Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll Finds Majorities of Americans Think Country Divided by Race

    A new Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll finds that America is facing a deepening level of racial division and polarization.

    Majorities of both whites (72%) and blacks (89%) believe the country is divided by race, the Poll finds. But twice as many blacks (40%) as whites (20%) say it is very divided. And just 19 percent of whites say that racism is a big problem in America, vs. 60 percent of blacks.

    Meanwhile, the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin has further polarized America along racial lines, the Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll finds. In the survey, whites are divided over whether they think Martin’s death was racially motivated. Thirty-five percent of whites say Martin’s death was racially motivated, while 30 percent say Zimmerman acted in self-defense and 35 percent are not sure. African-Americans, however, are convinced it was racially motivated (80% vs. 2%).

    Whites also are divided on the question of whether Martin was targeted because he was a young black man–41 percent say yes, while 34 percent say no and 21 percent are not sure. Blacks are convinced he was targeted because he was a young black man (85% vs. 4%).

    There also is a significant split over President Obama’s handling of the Trayvon Martin controversy–with a majority (52%) of whites saying they disapprove of the way he has handled the shooting while only 38 percent approve.

    Blacks say the opposite–with near unanimous (87% vs. 5%) approval for the president’s handling of the shooting.

    Nearly four years after the election of the nation’s first African-American president, majorities of both whites and African Americans surveyed say that race relations in the country have either stayed the same or gotten worse. Sixty-three percent of whites and 58 percent of African-Americans say race relations have either stayed the same or worsened—while only 28 percent of whites and 38 percent of African-Americans say they have gotten better.

    Similarly, on the question of how Obama has handled race relations since he became president, whites disapprove (47% vs. 41%) while blacks are overwhelmingly positive (84% vs. 8%).

    And when asked whether or not Obama has been helpful or not in bridging the racial divide in the country, whites say not helpful (51%) while blacks say helpful (69%).

    The Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll found that both whites and blacks agree that racial stereotyping still occurs in American society today and majorities of both whites (72%) and blacks (89%) say America is divided on the basis of race.

    But blacks and whites have fundamentally different perspectives when it comes to frequency, severity, and longevity of racial discrimination blacks face.

    Whites and blacks disagree–and disagree fundamentally when it comes to when—blacks will achieve racial equality with whites. While a clear majority of whites (65%) say that blacks have achieved or will soon achieve racial equality, blacks are much less optimistic about the state of black progress. Only 16 percent of blacks say they have already achieved racial equality and nearly half of blacks (47%) say that they will not achieve racial equality in their lifetime or will never achieve racial equality.

    African Americans were particularly sensitive to the economic downturn and were much more likely than whites to say that the prolonged recession contributed significantly to more discrimination in employment and housing. Sixty-five percent of African-Americans surveyed said that the current economic situation today has played a role in promotion racial discrimination, compared to just 42% of whites.

    And while seventy percent (70%) of whites think that blacks in America the same chance as whites to get housing they can afford, only 35 percennt of blacks agree.

    Similarly, 70 percent of whites think blacks in America today have as good a chance as whites to get a job for which they’re qualified–a view shared by only one-quarter of blacks.

    And while virtually all whites (92%) and blacks (95%) agree that racial profiling occurs at least some of the time, the two groups diverge over whether profiling happens all of the time–a solid 63 percent of blacks say yes while less than one-quarter of whites agree.

    Both whites and blacks agree that it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure that the courts and the police treat minorities and whites equally. But the two groups disagree fundamentally over whether it is ever justified for police to take factors such as race ethnicity and overall appearance into consideration when making an arrest. A majority (56%) of whites say that it is at least sometimes justified for police to use factors such as race, ethnicity, and overall appearance–a view shared by only 28% of blacks.

    Nearly six times as many African-Americans as whites (29% vs. 5%) say they have been unfairly stopped by the police because of their race or ethnicity all or some of the time.

    When asked whether the police and courts treat blacks the same as they treat whites in America today, 82 percent of whites say that police treat blacks the same as whites all or some of the time, and 86 percent say the same of the courts. A majority of blacks however, say that blacks are rarely or never treated equally by the police (53%) or the courts (52%).

    The Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll was conducted by telephone between March 30 and April 1 from a random sample of 600 registered voters and a separate oversample of 400 registered African-American voters. The margin of error for the first group is plus or minus 4 percent while the margin of error for the second group is plus or minus 4.9 percent.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/07/newsweek-daily-beast-poll-finds-majorities-of-americans-think-country-divided-by-race.html

  • Mormaer

    wbboei
    April 6th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    “I happen to believe her when she says I am out of politics, and I think her reasons are sound.”

    I do too. I think Hillary is done with partisan politics. If she stays in she helps and gives legitimacy to the bunch of bums who make up the leadership of the Democratic party who deserve pretty much every rotten thing that is coming down the pike directed at them. Serving as Sec of State has allowed her to go above all of that and I see no reason why she should ever have to go back to it. She can do whatever she wants or is interested in and stay above the fray. She earned it.

  • pm317

    holdthemaccountable
    April 7th, 2012 at 8:20 am
    ———————–

    I heard a good reason for why these guys stay in the race. I forget who it was from (maybe Rove on Cavuto). The day they shut their campaign down, they can’t raise any money and especially if they have debts which is probably Newt’s situation.

  • Mrs. Smith

    holdthemaccountable
    April 7th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    So Newt is still in there doing what he can.
    Good on him. Who knows where doing so will lead him and us?
    _________________

    Newt continuing to campaign and rally the troops is a good thing- Admitting he can’t win, I wish his focus would remain lasered on Obama and not on Romney. Get this nomination over with and lets get down to business and finish Obama off!

  • pm317

    @Mormaer “If she stays in she helps and gives legitimacy to the bunch of bums who make up the leadership of the Democratic party who deserve pretty much every rotten thing that is coming down the pike directed at them.”
    ————

    Agree. This is what I meant in reply to Shadowfax when I said ‘Screw the Dems. Why should she help them, anyway?’.

  • pm317

    wbboei
    April 6th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    PM–I am glad you are reading Cost because he has been a good bell weather until now.
    ———————–

    He did sound pessimistic but I thought his point was more of ‘this is no way to win.’ As in shaming Obama but that will not work with the con artist.

  • pm317

    Oh, look what I found via Still4hill, another die hard Hillary fan (I am not familiar with her name — Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, who is she?)

    http://thegloss.com/beauty/leave-hillarys-scrunchies-alone-125/

    {I used to sport big scrunchies in the 90s but now I have mini-scrunchies}.

  • pm317

    I know others have linked this here but new entries keep coming:

    http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/

  • Lu4PUMA

    Can our POOTUS get any more lame? After thumping his chest at the USSC, he punks our over a challenge from the Oil Whores of the 5th Circuit. Gack!

    Judge Jerry Smith is one of their token “honest” judges but half the judges there have interests in the Oil & Gas Industry and routinely make rulings on cases involving those interests. They all thumb their noses at codes of conduct, validate each others behaviors and assert that, by law, they are the only ones who can decide if they have a conflict of interest or not. It is fairly common knowledge that the 5th Circuit has a “recusal problem”.

    The Oil & Gas Industry runs the 5th Circuit. A real President would have launched an investigation into the judicial corruption there and told them to start behaving like judges instead of thugs for the Oil Corporations. I guess they are just bigger thugs than he is.

  • Mrs. Smith

    NBC producer responsible for the misleading edit of the George Zimmerman’s 911 call has been fired.

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/nbc-producer-responsible-for-the-misleading-edit-of-the-george-zimmermans-911-call-has-been-fired/

  • tim

    Apparently the dems now believe they are God and can prevent tornadoes by driving hybrid cars. The level of insanity on the left is getting close to beyond words now. This is who are the “leaders” of this country, got a problem? the dems believe it can all be fixed by them, tornadoes? fed can solve it. floods? fed can solve it.
    How the hell long has Dick Burbin been in the Senate? Does he have any level of sanity left? I know he hates Hillary. But really, out of 300 million people, this is our “leadership”?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=50K7K8wPVRk

  • pm317

    Lu4PUMA
    April 7th, 2012 at 9:57 am
    ——————-
    Thanks for the insight. Here we were thinking what a good guy Judge Smith is worrying about the constitution and the like.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama Re-election Would Increase Problems

    They are definitely not cheering for it, but some conservatives and libertarians I ordinarily respect are saying oh, ho hum, it is no big deal if President Barack Obama gets re-elected because – listen up, worriers – we have separation of powers. We have divided government. Both houses of Congress are likely to be Republican after November’s election, and they will keep this guy in check.

    Excuse me, but have these fine folks paid any attention whatsoever to the past century or so of American history, to the gradually, then dramatically growing power of the executive?

    Do they know how administrative agencies are now virtual dictators of much of American life and how a particularly controversial guy can be snuck into bossing one around when Congress is out of Washington? Have they heard of the veto, and how there is little way Republicans can stymie tyrannical acts big and small unless they have numbers no single election will ever give them?

    Have they noticed the way in which Obama himself has come increasingly to think of Congress as a bother to be casually swatted away?

    I don’t say this as a Republican lover. Again and again, I get emails that start off, “All you Republicans …” and I want to shout back, “Not guilty!” To me, the Republicans are the lesser of two evils and on occasion have been the greater. But minus a Republican president, what will happen when the Supreme Court has a couple of vacancies?

    Obama may not be able to squeeze leftist deconstructionists onto the court, but after all the banging, jousting and grandstanding are done, we will have unmistakably progressive justices in a position to someday help take this country down the road to a more Europeanized, overregulated, liberty-shrinking society.

    http://www.scrippsnews.com/content/ambrose-obama-re-election-would-increase-problems

  • Mrs. Smith

    War on Women: Palin Vindicated As Obama Pals Around With Terrorists

    Talk about a “War on Women”: this past week, the White House welcomed members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamist organization whose Freedom and Justice Party won the largest number of seats in that country’s parliamentary elections and which may take the Egyptian presidency as well.

    The Brotherhood remains staunchly anti-American, anti-Israeli, anti-Christian, anti-Jew — and anti-woman. In an interview posted today by Kerry Picket of the Washington Times, a member of the Brotherhood’s delegation confirmed that sharia, or Islamic law, would guide all lawmaking in Egypt under his party’s rule.

    Since its origins in Egypt in the 1950, the Muslim Brotherhood has established branches throughout the Middle East, and contacts in the West as well. It has carried out and supported countless acts of terror and murder, and spread the radical Islamist ideology that sustains public support for terrorism.

    Al Qaeda itself was inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood and its leaders. The current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, began his terrorist career in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood. There are alarming connections between the party taking over in Egypt and the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

    Yet President Barack Obama has decided that the United States should “engage” the Brotherhood, apparently believing that doing so will deter the Brotherhood from its radical course, and grant the United States a voice in the new Egyptian government–as it once had in the dictatorial regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, the man Obama abandoned during the so-called Arab Spring. This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision; Obama was always pro-Muslim Brotherhood, going out of his way in February 2009 to finagle invitations for them to his Cairo speech.

    Obama clearly has a soft spot for the Brotherhood. When Iranians took to the streets in 2009 and nearly overthrew their government, President Obama remained on the sidelines, effectively protecting the regime. When it came to the Muslim Brotherhood, however, the Obama administration didn’t hesitate in intervening in Egypt’s internal power struggle, even though there is no sign that American intervention would be any more popular in Egypt than it is in Iran.

    Today, President Obama addressed a women’s forum at the White House; later this month, he will convene a “National Women’s Issues Conference” — all an attempt to distract from his economic failures, and retain wavering supporters through a divide-and-rule strategy that he hopes will carry him through the November election.

    read more @ link:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/04/06/War-on-Women-Palin-Vindicated-As-Obama-Pals-Around-With-Terrorists

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s New Strategy Will Paint Mitt Romney As Extreme

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is embracing an unlikely group of political icons as he tries to paint Mitt Romney as extreme: He’s praising Republican presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

    The Democratic president typically offers up GOP leaders of the past as evidence of how both parties can work together in Washington to pursue big ideas and rebuild the economy. With Election Day seven months away, Obama hopes to convince voters that he, like his Republican predecessors, is a reasonable moderate. At the same time, he’s casting Romney as a candidate who would embrace too-conservative policies out of step with most Americans and with his own party in years past.

    Obama invoked Reagan’s name four times in a speech this week to The Associated Press annual meeting. He said the conservative hero, never accused of being a “tax-and-spend socialist,” still recognized the need for tax increases as well as spending cuts to tame federal deficits. Obama’s verdict: “He could not get through a Republican primary today.”

    Painting Romney as an ideological extremist might seem a curious strategy for Obama, given that the GOP nomination front-runner has been considered the moderate candidate in the Republican primary field and has struggled to consolidate support among conservatives in the party. But Obama’s team hopes to define Romney in a negative light before the former Massachusetts governor has a chance to pivot toward the general election and emphasize his past positions that could appeal to moderates of both parties and the independent voters who can decide close races in polarized America.

    read more:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/06/obama-republicans_n_1409106.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D149994

  • tim

    “Obama’s New Strategy Will Paint Mitt Romney As Extreme”

    yes, good luck with that. Romney makes tofu look exciting. He’s competent and an ABO candidate, and at this point, anyone who can evict that OTurd is better than OTurd himself for another 4 years.

  • pm317

    Romney makes tofu look exciting.

    LOL! His wife is trying though.

  • Mrs. Smith

    tim
    April 7th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I chuckled at the bad advise he’s getting-
    However, grasping at straws is about the only avenue left for him-

  • Shadowfax

    If these idiot women vote for this bag-o-lies, they deserve what they don’t get from him. Jeeze, are all the intelligent liberal women Hillary’s PUMAs?

    Obama tailors election-year message to working women

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, leading in the polls among women voters, said on Friday he wants to help working women fight discrimination and juggle the demands of motherhood but stopped short of making promises on gender equality if he wins re-election.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/06/us-usa-obama-women-idUSBRE8350EZ20120406

  • holdthemaccountable

    A ‘Fat Cat’ With the President’s Ear – WSJ.com
    When President Barack Obama attacked “fat-cat bankers on Wall Street” in 2009, Robert Wolf had a ready response.
    “I said ‘Mr. President, I know you think I’m overweight, but I can think of better names to call me,’” Mr. Wolf recalls. “He laughed.”
    Humor and self-deprecation have served Mr. Wolf well in his often conflicting roles as presidential pal and Wall Street power broker. The 50-year-old president of UBS’s investment bank has remained a leading voice in the industry while also serving as Mr. Obama’s chief Wall Street fundraiser and his current BFF (best friend in finance).
    Although the two …[to see any more requires a subscription. And while I cannot resist passing on articles such as these, I've already heard enough. Don't need to subscribe.]

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304072004577327853694265034.html

  • pm317

    Althouse called on Obama about his women’s strategy:

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/women-are-not-some-monolithic-voting.html

    “Women are not some monolithic voting bloc, women are not an interest group, you shouldn’t be treated that way.”
    Says Obama. I agree. But… has the Democratic Party been acting like it believes that? Just before that he said: “There’s been a lot of talk about women and women’s issues lately, as there should be, but I think the conversation has been oversimplified.”

    So… will you call bullshit on the “War on Women”? Or will you alternate between fighting the war and saying there is no war?

  • NewMexicoFan

    Tell the young Genius at Facebook he needs to add women to his board. Over 50% use his product, and he has 0 women on his board.

    http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/facebook?referring_akid=.344374.fnqBAm&source=facebook

  • pm317

    NewMexicoFan
    April 7th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    See this, :)

    http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/post/20599587066

  • NewMexicoFan

    pm317
    April 7th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
    ————–
    Yes, and I thought it was funny.

  • pm317

    Does anybody know who keeps up the ‘TextsfromHillary’ blog? It is new.

  • turndownobama

    See this,

    http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/post/20599587066

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

    So who is the kid she’s rejecting?

    (Doesn’t look like Favreau.)

  • turndownobama

    Does anybody know who keeps up the ‘TextsfromHillary’ blog? It is new.

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

    Probably some apprentice of our Admin’s. ;-)

  • turndownobama

    The day they shut their campaign down, they can’t raise any money and especially if they have debts which is probably Newt’s situation.

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

    Hillary’s campaign was still raising money and paying on her debts well after the 2008 election (and may still be).

  • turndownobama

    She can do whatever she wants or is interested in and stay above the fray. She earned it.

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

    And that’s a good position from which to dive back in as POTUS 2016!

  • pm317

    turndownobama
    April 7th, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    ————–
    You don’t recognize him?! You would if you got the context.

    ——————

    Yeah, I thought it might be admin’s apprentice too.

    ——————

    Rove is wrong about the campaign thing then. I think Hillary raised money when she suspended it. I think withdrawing from the race is a problem?

  • turndownobama

    Apparently the dems now believe they are God and can prevent tornadoes by driving hybrid cars.

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

    Inhofe has actually stated that God said there won’t be any climate disruptions!
    It’s all in Genesis!

    I’ll take the guys that say recent changes might have something to do with our recent actions. And it’s more likely to be air pollution than homosexuals wearing short skirts, or whatever some conservative said was causing earthquakes.

    Kipling wrote a poem about this: savages blaming the gods for illnesses that were really caused by them polluting their own well.

  • turndownobama

    You don’t recognize him?! You would if you got the context.

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

    Favreau would fit one context but he doesn’t look like Favreau. Enlighten me?

  • pm317

    Enlighten me?
    —————–

    He is sending a Friend request and she is rejecting him. He is the Facebook guy.

    {For the record, I also reject him.}

  • Shadowfax

    Yup, that’s Mark Zuckerberg…the Facebook kid.

  • turndownobama

    So what should we suggest them for a caption for one on Favreau?

  • holdthemaccountable

    I just got this link from an organization called “Conservative Byte.”
    http://conservativebyte.com/2012/04/michael-savage-how-obama-fixed-2012-election/
    Of main concern is the video featured there. Is it solidly factual, or only partially? I do recall reading something somewhere about election results being sent to a central clearing house for tabulation; doing so would eliminate recourse in the case where a recount would be helpful. And is the parent company totally outside the US with no US citizens on its board. Further, is associating Obama’s Russian open mike episode to it is an unreasonable stretch?

  • wbboei

    The 50-year-old president of UBS’s investment bank has remained a leading voice in the industry while also serving as Mr. Obama’s chief Wall Street fundraiser and his current BFF (best friend in finance).
    Although the two …[to see any more requires a subscription. And while I cannot resist passing on articles such as these, I've already heard enough. Don't need to subscribe.]
    —————————
    I have a dossier someplace on him. He is a Soros lieutenant. He helped plan the 2008 primary. He is a golf partner of Obama. He is a portly overstuffed self deprecating maniacal maggot. That is the best we can say about him.

  • HillaryforTexas

    TextsFromHillary now has a twitter feed. She tells Joe “Big Effin’ Deal.” LOL!

    BFD. RT @VeepJoeBiden: I MADE IT ONTO HILLARY’S BLOG THINGY! bit.ly/IbmGX9—
    Texts from Hillary (@textfromhillary) April 07, 2012

  • wbboei

    Lu4PUMA
    April 7th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Can our POOTUS get any more lame? After thumping his chest at the USSC, he punks our over a challenge from the Oil Whores of the 5th Circuit. Gack!

    Judge Jerry Smith is one of their token “honest” judges but half the judges there have interests in the Oil & Gas Industry and routinely make rulings on cases involving those interests. They all thumb their noses at codes of conduct, validate each others behaviors and assert that, by law, they are the only ones who can decide if they have a conflict of interest or not. It is fairly common knowledge that the 5th Circuit has a “recusal problem”.

    The Oil & Gas Industry runs the 5th Circuit. A real President would have launched an investigation into the judicial corruption there and told them to start behaving like judges instead of thugs for the Oil Corporations. I guess they are just bigger thugs than he is.
    ——————————
    You have missed the point entirely. This is not about what you call oil whores. It is about an overreach by the Federal Government and a wilful defiance of the Constitution.

  • HillaryforTexas

    ShortTermer
    April 7th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Shorttermer, like most wars, the Civil War was mostly over power and money. Over harbor access, over the industrial north vs the agricultural south, and who was getting the advantage. The slavery thing was part of it, but by no means the only or even primary reason for it starting. Many of the slave states already had laws on the books that would have ended slavery within a generation.

    Lincoln went to war to stop the south from leaving the union. There was no intention, in the beginning, of forcing the emancipation of slaves. He stated as such. If the north could have won, forced them back into the Union, and left them as they were, they would have. They said as much at the time. Freeing the slaves was a last ditch decision by Lincoln, when the war was going badly, because he knew that it would cripple the south with unrest and end the war. He had no intention of emancipating anyone prior to that.

    Freeing the slaves was a means to an end, not the REASON why they went to war. The myth that is taught that the North was so very upset about slavery that they started the war in order to free them is utter bullshit. We are all very glad that it happened in the end. But imbuing the union with some moral superiority, that that is what they set out to do from the start is myth. It’s similar to us going to war in WWII. Yes, we freed the Jews from concentration camps, and HURRAH that we did. But no one thinks that that is the ONLY or even the primary reason we got involved. Hitler could have stayed in his borders and gassed Jews to his heart’s content, and the world would not have gotten involved. He was a threat to the rest of the world’s power – THAT is why we went to war.

    But people won’t say this because you get called racist. But saying that something wasn’t the REASON for the war is not the same as saying you are not glad it was one OUTCOME of the war.

  • holdthemaccountable

    He is a portly overstuffed self deprecating maniacal maggot. That is the best we can say about him.
    —————-
    too funny

  • HillaryforTexas

    IOW, the left believe that the Civil War, out of all the wars in history, had nothing but 100% unassailably pure moral motives for starting it. That’s not true of ANY war, but somehow with that one it’s supposed to be.

  • valleyboy

    turndownobama
    April 6th, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    No one should be pressured to get out of a primary.

    Of course Hillary was a much stronger candidate so the situation isn’t really comparable.
    ______________

    Agreed on both counts turndownobama. And Big Media’s support of ending the contest now arouses suspicion as well, and brings back bitter memories of ’08.

    This paragraph from the article Mrs. Smith posted today about Gingrich supporters sums up my hopes for the GOP race:
    “Even if we still can’t get the nomination, we roll into the [Republican National Convention] in Tampa with a brokered convention in the offing,” Brooks said. “And if we do that, in the long run I think that can only be good for the party because it’s going to flesh out a lot of ideas, and a lot of people are going to pay attention to it.”

  • tim

    Love this ad from Mittens. Pretty effective.




  • admin

    Great ad Tim. It strikes at the self-absorbed, egotistical, celebrity ignoramus while informing about the indisputable fact that resides right at the heart of his record.

  • Senneth

    H4T,
    The Emancipation Proclamation was mostly aimed at keeping England from purchasing cotton from the southern states for their mills in Manchester, and thus creating more economic havoc and cut the supply of cash. You’re right about why the war was fought.

  • turndownobama

    “Even if we still can’t get the nomination, we roll into the [Republican National Convention] in Tampa with a brokered convention in the offing,” Brooks said. “And if we do that, in the long run I think that can only be good for the party because it’s going to flesh out a lot of ideas, and a lot of people are going to pay attention to it.”

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

    I’m not sure that would help the GOP in November. As someone said, Romney might win back some women without Santorum “yapping about contrqaception.” But if he and Gingrich are still yapping about crazy stuff at the convention, more of it may stick to Romney.

  • turndownobama

    HillaryforTexas
    April 7th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

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

    Very good!

  • turndownobama

    This is not about what you call oil whores. It is about an overreach by the Federal Government and a wilful defiance of the Constitution.

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

    On this issue I agree!

  • admin

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74930.html

    The White House has been cycling through catchphrases since announcing his reelection bid a year ago: Winning the Future, We Can’t Wait, An America Built to Last, An Economy Built to Last, A Fair Shot.

    They seem to be looking for one to resonate — and the constant unveiling of new ones suggests that so far, none of them have. To communications experts, the kaleidoscope of slogans is the latest reflection of the difficulties finding and marketing a message that Obama has faced almost since his inauguration — another challenge that came with the shift from insurgent outsider to sitting president.

    “He’s all over the place,” said Bruce I. Newman, the Bill Clinton brand-messaging adviser whose “Bridge to the 21st Century” helped define Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.

    Yes, a slogan is just a few words for the background of campaign lit and stump speeches. But its importance, Newman explained, shouldn’t be understated.

    “That becomes the branding of the whole campaign,” he said. “That becomes the anchor to bring together disparate voter segments. It’s the glue, if you will.” [snip]

    Their options, though, are limited: Many of Obama’s biggest achievements — health care reform, financial reform, the stimulus package — are deeply divisive. The ones that are the most widely popular — the killing of Osama bin Laden and the ending of the Iraq War — are foreign policy notches that don’t have much to do with the economy, which polls consistently show is the top concern among voters right now. And the economy is still the source of too much anxiety to go the Morning-in-America route, said Democratic strategist James Carville.

    “I think every instinct is to run on a version of that. Unfortunately, they can’t. I don’t think the public is with them on that,” Carville said. “They’re caught between that which they would love to do and that which they can’t do.”

    The campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars recently on “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a 17-minute film that attempts to remind people of what Obama has done and cast a more favorable light on accomplishments unpopular in the polls. But that title doesn’t look forward. It doesn’t say what he will do if reelected or even crystallize his record in a way that’s clear and on the offensive.

    Sympathetic Democrats lament a familiar problem from Obama’s first three years in office.

    “I think that they were talking about everything they were doing as president,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said. “That meant their message was very diffuse.” [snip]

    There is an upside to rolling out different issues every few weeks: The president has been able to stay in the news while the GOP battles otherwise could have dominated the media.

    Bill Clinton became known for rolling out issue after issue. But in Clinton’s case, Newman said, all were tied more successfully to an overarching theme.

    “Those were the tentacles that connected back to the octopus,” he said, adding that Obama needs a better octopus. “That’s what they’re looking for. The slogan is the vision statement, it’s critical because everything has to connect with people. It has to have emotion connected to it, in just a few words.”

  • HillaryforTexas

    Admin, people must have seen the excellent “find a slogan” article you just posted, because Twitter just started a helpful hashtag for it:

    1 new Tweet
    35s Shawn M. Griffiths ‏ @TheShawnG Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    RT @anthropocon: “Why not Zoidberg?” #obamaslogans
    59s Joseph White ‏ @bimmcorp Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Because I can’t afford to feed Moochelle #ObamaSlogans
    57s Rodger Howard ‏ @Noz4news Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    #ObamaSlogans -Impervious to the Laws of Economics.
    2m Brian Griffiths ‏ @BrianGriffiths Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Making Jimmy Carter look competent, one day at a time… #ObamaSlogans
    2m Teri Christoph ‏ @TeriChristoph Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Because who doesn’t want four more years of Joe Biden? #ObamaSlogans
    2m Brian Griffiths ‏ @BrianGriffiths Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    If you think I’m bad at this now, give me four more years! #ObamaSlogans
    2m Jim J ‏ @anthropocon Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Nowhere to go but up. #ObamaSlogans

  • turndownobama

    tim
    April 7th, 2012 at 10:00 am
    Apparently the dems now believe they are God and can prevent tornadoes by driving hybrid cars.

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

    Ah, here’s the Kipling poem I was looking for.

    Natural Theology

    Primitive

    I ate my fill of a whale that died
    And stranded after a month at sea. . . .
    There is a pain in my inside.
    Why have the Gods afflicted me?
    Ow! I am purged till I am a wraith!
    Wow! I am sick till I cannot see!
    What is the sense of Religion and Faith :
    Look how the Gods have afflicted me!

    Pagan

    How can the skin of rat or mouse hold
    Anything more than a harmless flea?. . .
    The burning plague has taken my household.
    Why have my Gods afflicted me?
    All my kith and kin are deceased,
    Though they were as good as good could be,
    I will out and batter the family priest,
    Because my Gods have afflicted me!

    Medi/Eval

    My privy and well drain into each other
    After the custom of Christendie. . . .
    Fevers and fluxes are wasting my mother.
    Why has the Lord afflicted me?
    The Saints are helpless for all I offer–
    So are the clergy I used to fee.
    Henceforward I keep my cash in my coffer,
    Because the Lord has afflicted me.

    Material

    I run eight hundred hens to the acre
    They die by dozens mysteriously. . . .
    I am more than doubtful concerning my Maker,
    Why has the Lord afflicted me?
    What a return for all my endeavour–
    Not to mention the L. S. D!
    I am an atheist now and for ever,
    Because this God has afflicted me!

    [....]

    Chorus

    We had a kettle: we let it leak:
    Our not repairing it made it worse.
    We haven’t had any tea for a week. . .
    The bottom is out of the Universe!

    Conclusion

    This was none of the good Lord’s pleasure,
    For the Spirit He breathed in Man is free;
    But what comes after is measure for measure,
    And not a God that afflicteth thee.
    As was the sowing so the reaping
    Is now and evermore shall be.
    Thou art delivered to thine own keeping.
    Only Thyself hath afflicted thee!

  • pm317

    wbboei
    April 7th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Lu4PUMA
    April 7th, 2012 at 9:57 am
    —————-

    I appreciate Lu4PUMA’s note on what kind of a judge, Judge Smith is. What he did was the right thing to stick it to Obama for his arrogance but it also explains easily why Judge Smith could do what he did.

  • pm317

    turndownobama
    April 7th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    —————-
    Neither Santorum nor Newt is a viable candidate now and by their overreach to the conservatives in language and expression mostly for political gain are hurting the front runner — a front runner who needs to be a middle of the road candidate to prevent Obama from lumping him with the extremes. And Romney is also losing money trying to put up a fight against Santorum (in PA for example) when he could use his resources to target Obama. While we can say Santorum should get out by looking at the bigger picture, only he can muster the grace and dignity to get out for the good of his party.

  • tim

    The american people don’t need another damn slogan, they/we need a leader! Bill Clinton could have had the stupidest slogan, but the man acted like a leader with a vision, with experience to back it up. Even Bush, as many disagreements as many people had with him, was a leader when the country needed it after 9/11.

    we don’t have a leader in the WH, we have a man telling us he’s a leader, and a compliant press trying to convince us of the same. We need someone who at the very least believes in America’s exceptionalism, not his own exceptionalism, as OTurd believes is the case.
    The best stimulus package & recovery plan this country can have is the defeat of Obama in November 2012.

  • Shadowfax

    I have a new slogan for the tin calf:

    If you fell for that Hope and Change line in 2008, I’ve got more where that came from.

    Joe and I have been sitting around all night over beers coming up with some good ones!

    Vote for me, ’cause I am a big effing deal.

  • HillaryforTexas

    LOL!!!

    Vote for me, ’cause I am a big effing deal.

  • ShortTermer

    Re: HillaryforTexas
    April 7th, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    ShortTermer
    April 7th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    HFT, would you believe that the schools have taught us that Abraham Lincoln was our 16th President; mind you this is the deep south, and they still do. Abraham Lincoln was not President of the seceded states. Period.

    I have one of those publications almost at the point of ready. The story was heartwarming, funny, sad, and a lot of other emotions all tied up in one; it was written from the heart and used facts without prejudice. The man was a Physician, who became a soldier as a Lieutenant, who became a Chaplain in war time, who became a Reverend for the remainder of his life after war. And, yes, HFT, there were reasons for the conflict and the heaviest burden was the tax that the government meaning North wanted to levy on the cotton producing states…they had fought for freedom from a King and government who overburdened citizens with taxes less than a hundred years prior, and they were intent that they would not live under tyranny again. Reading the narratives gives pause to think it is parallel to today and today’s tyrannical government who can not be satisfied with ‘taxing’ enough. Always more. And, yes, Lincoln played the first race card; and thought the inciting blacks against whiltes would help him win the war he was losing. There was an occurence of cowardice on Lincoln’s part that was told in the publication; they got wind of an assasination attempt, he dressed in costume and slinked away on an unscheduled route where he could be unseen. He sent his wife and kids on the prepared route to encounter the assasin. Yep. The Won is a lot more like Lincoln than he even knows.

    As for Romney, those who want ObaMAO out, need to allow him to get all the hard hits that can be thrown at him NOW; so all his kinks can maybe be ironed out. He is not a good orator, he has no fire in his belly, and he has not done well with good right punches thus far. He fights like a girl; he better man up while he can still practice, otherwise he will be ko’d in the first round in the general.

    The ones who said that when you drop out of the campaign that your donations dry up, that the nominee would agree to pay off or help raise money to pay off your debts. I know I donated money to pay off Hillary’s debt. I remember a report that ObaMAO did not help her with her debt, iirc. Did her debt ever get paid off by PUMAs like Will Bower stated on national tv? I thought I remembered that at last report she still owed a smaller but goodly sum to Mark Penn. Did the PUMA’s pay off her debt, or was Bower wrong?

  • turndownobama

    there were reasons for the conflict and the heaviest burden was the tax that the government meaning North wanted to levy on the cotton producing states…they had fought for freedom from a King and government who overburdened citizens with taxes less than a hundred years prior, and they were intent that they would not live under tyranny again. [....] And, yes, Lincoln played the first race card; and thought the inciting blacks against whiltes would help him win the war he was losing.

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

    Good for you, ShortTermer! Some other sources say that it wasn’t really about slavery: some ‘evil’ Southern leaders had been wanting to secede and used various reasons, slavery being a late one. Of course when it came to a fight, the slavery thing was talked up to get the populace fighting.

    What really reminds me of Obama, is Lincoln’s logic in claiming that a) you can prserve a ‘union’ by force, and b) that if the South became independent, ‘government of the people, by the peole, and for the people’ [ would ] ‘vanish from the earth’! I’m sure that was news to the French democracy, the British with their Constitutional Monarchy and Magna Carta, the Canadians and Australians, etc etc.

  • turndownobama

    I thought I remembered that at last report she still owed a smaller but goodly sum to Mark Penn.

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

    That’s the last I heard. I do know that for at least a couple of years after 2008, the campaign went on collecting donations to pay off the debts.

  • tim

    So, OTurd, with his vast experience didn’t see this coming. With a more activist Consumer Services board, private student loaners are exiting, leaving the Fed with more debts to give out student loans. And when that student loan bubble bursts, who will they blame?
    instead on making sure it stays in the private loans territory, but more competition so students get better loan terms, the Fed govt looks to be taking over the entire remainder of the student loan industry. Another Fannie and Freddie coming up.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/did-jpmorgan-pop-student-loan-bubble

  • turndownobama

    While we can say Santorum should get out by looking at the bigger picture, only he can muster the grace and dignity to get out for the good of his party.

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

    You give good reasons why it would help the GOP for Santorum to drop out. But there’s something about this that bothers me; as Val said, it’s what was said about hillary too.

    Maybe it’s not up to us, or to journalists or pundits, to make that decision, or to influence it. Or, we might think of it as a matter of precedent. Suppose Hillary does run again, or someone like Hillary. We wouldn’t want this kind of pressure appled to her. I don’t want to see a precedent set, that anyone who stays in a primary past March is to be derided and forced out. As Sarah says (and Gore said in 2008), the primary is set up to last from Jan to August, and it should run its course. A short primary that only listens to the first few states (caucuses at that) is too easily manipulated.

  • turndownobama

    instead on making sure it stays in the private loans territory, but more competition so students get better loan terms, the Fed govt looks to be taking over the entire remainder of the student loan industry.

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

    Early in 2008, Hillary said that her own student loan was at 4% because of some government program not in existence now. Maybe we should take a closer look at how that worked.

  • ShortTermer

    The RNC jiggered the primary process to make it more like the DNC process….and it SUCKS! They are to blame for placing the primary start date and then having the convention in August, just a matter of weeks before the general election. Stupid politicians. So if it is overlong, don’t blame the candidates. It is what it is.

  • HillaryforTexas

    They could solve the student loan problem tomorrow if they’d make them dischargeable in bankruptcy like any other debt. That would do a number of things:

    It would ease the immediate pressure.

    It would make the loan companies think twice about giving out $100,000 for some kid to piss around studying Mayan pottery and Yak shaving, because they know the govt isn’t going to force that captive debtor into lifelong servitude for the debt for them. So they will be reasonable about loaning for appropriate amounts and for actual viable studies for earning careers.

    College tuition prices would begin to come down, because one of the things that drove tuition up was that the schools had a captive market and a guaranteed pot of money from the govt no matter how much they jacked the prices. It’s no different than what the insurance companies would do under Obamacare.

    There might still need to be more done, but making student debt just like any other debt, and dischargeable, would be a good start.

  • wbboei

    I appreciate Lu4PUMA’s note on what kind of a judge, Judge Smith is. What he did was the right thing to stick it to Obama for his arrogance but it also explains easily why Judge Smith could do what he did
    ——————————————————-
    PM 317–again you miss the point.

  • HillaryforTexas

    turndown, the problem with the govt taking over all student loans is that it sounds good, but in reality it skews prices. The colleges then have NO competition, nothing at all to force them to keep tuition rates reasonable. When you offer a business (and colleges are businesses) a guaranteed no-questions-asked income stream, prices rise.

    College tuition started skyrocketing as soon as govt began going overboard and handing out loans and pell grants like candy. Having a 4% loan doesn’t help that much, if the tuition itself is climbing to $100,000 or more. More loans will only feed the cycle, and make the problem worse, and tuition will continue to climb. That’s what happens when you have a third party (the govt) dishing out money and getting in-between the two parties making the “I’ll pay this for that” exchange, and it skews normal supply and demand forces. Everything that is compassionate and well-intended doesn’t always work out as planned in the real world.

    The only way it could actually work is if the govt took over and could control BOTH ends of the transaction: If it took it all over and ran all the universities as state institutions, set tuition and professor pay and the whole ball of wax. No one is going to stand for that, though – because that has its own set of problems.

  • wbboei

    PM 317–if Judge Smith is right on the merits, then motive is irrelevant. And besides which what difference does it make? Every judge out there was chosen for a reason. Every judge is supported by some political or economic faction. Babies may be delivered by storks, but judges aren’t.

  • HillaryforTexas

    I don’t know about Hillary’s debt. I know that I maxed out again in 2009 donating to retire it, but not sure if it ever all got paid.

  • wbboei

    This is a matter of staying focused on the objectives which are:

    1. supporting Hillary

    2. defeating Obama

    If someone attacks Obama, I fail to see why it should be our role to attack them.

    That does not work–even in Bethesda.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Babies may be delivered by storks, but judges aren’t.

    LMAO! So true! One of the delights of not being a partisan party follower anymore is that it’s much easier to see how the game is played by both sides, complete with cries that only the OTHER side does that! All OUR judges are utterly impartial, born of a Virgin Blindfolded Justice, and appointed by the cherubim!

  • Lu4PUMA

    wbboei
    April 7th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    You have missed the point entirely. This is not about what you call oil whores. It is about an overreach by the Federal Government and a wilful defiance of the Constitution.
    ————————————–

    I did not miss the point. I just made another one. Whether you support their latest actions or not, beware of their motives. The 5th Circuit represents the interests of the Oil & Gas Industry. Who do you think enabled the environmental horror in the Gulf of Mexico?

    If Obama had any balls he would kick their corrupt asses. Hillary would have. What they need is a Special Investigative Committee of the Judicial Conference.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Please explain how the 5th circuit “enabled” the BP oil spill. They did deny the lifting of the stay on a 6 month blanket drilling moratorium requested by the Obama administration, but for technical reasons – because Salazar had violated some statutes when it was filed, and overstepped the very specific requirements for exercise of emergency powers.

    That case did absolutely nothing to hurt the gulf, and nothing to make the BP oil spill any worse. It had no effect on the spill at all. A new moratorium was issued within a very short time. All of this happened after the BP spill. I fail to see how the actions of the 5th circuit contributed to any harm at all.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Politicians:

  • ShortTermer

    Re: If Obama had any balls he would kick their corrupt asses.

    Balls, when did he get balls. I remember them telling Agent to sit down their line of sight was being blocked with him posing on the plane before he got his Mama jeans, but I saw no balls. It is a nonstarter to think that the kettle would call the pot on corruption.

  • ShortTermer

    Oh, and the answer to any question is not more bureaucracy.

  • HillaryforTexas

    BULLWORTH! One of my favorite political speeches in a movie ever:

  • turndownobama

    turndown, the problem with the govt taking over all student loans is that it sounds good, but in reality it skews prices.

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

    Has someone suggested that? I certainly didn’t. I said we should look more closely at the system under which Hillary got her loan at 4%.

    Student loans were dischargeable under bankruptcy till recently. (Probably the bankruptcy ‘reform’ act of 2005.) The argument then was that the students were declaring bankruptcy soon after graduation, when they had not yet earned any assets to lose.

  • turndownobama

    The only way it could actually work is if the govt took over and could control BOTH ends of the transaction:

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

    There are middle ways. One is to stipulate some of the terms of the loan. Paid out of a small percentage of earnings in the field of the major; interest goes on hold while in military or other community service (including teaching, nursing, etc); unpaid balance cancelled after 20 years; etc. That would give the loan-makers an incentive to stick to practical loans. (Making the college share any loss would help, too.)

    Some of these adjustments are being offered or discussed for new loans. But it would help to have the equivalent of Hillary’s HOLC to re-write the loans that were made without them.

  • turndownobama

    This is a matter of staying focused on the objectives which are:

    1. supporting Hillary

    2. defeating Obama

    If someone attacks Obama, I fail to see why it should be our role to attack them.

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

    I would certainly agree with the corollary:

    If someone SUPPORTS HILLARY, I fail to see why it should be our role to attack them. Such as Weiner, Coakley, Maxine Waters, etc etc.

  • turndownobama

    I did not miss the point. I just made another one. Whether you support their latest actions or not, beware of their motives. The 5th Circuit represents the interests of the Oil & Gas Industry. Who do you think enabled the environmental horror in the Gulf of Mexico?

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

    Well put! They may be right on this point, but watch what’s in the fine print of their next move.

    By ‘enabled’, I suppose you mean they allowed sloppy drilling practices which allowed the spill to happen in the first place? (As well as protecting BP from the consequences after it happened?)

  • tim

    HillaryforTexas
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Excellent explanation, and I’m in complete agreement.

  • holdthemaccountable

    [First. Hindsight has convinced me: POTUS hob-nobbing with despicable people is never funny.]
    Second, I’ve decided that ctl-alt-delete is a small price to pay for access to the info available at dcexaminer:

    To Obama, legal precedents are all about politics
    …What was striking about Delery’s request that a federal court strike down DOMA was that just a day or two before, President Obama railed at the very notion that a federal court would strike down any law passed by Congress….
    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/article/obama-legal-precedents-are-all-about-politics/466961

  • Mrs. Smith

    um, Harry, talk to your racist friend, Bill Cosby and his fellow Hollywood celebs supporting Obama’s bad behavior. They turn a blind eye to Obama’s lies and outright disrespect of the Constitution. Thump him if you have to-
    _________________

    Belafonte Slams Obama: ‘Failed’ To Focus On Poor

    And it is on this point that Belafonte, who was a close adviser to President John F. Kennedy and has worked with and fought against other presidents, says Obama, a former community organizer, needs to be a stronger advocate for the nation’s poor.

    “There is a moral consequence to what you do politically; there’s a moral implication. And if you do not make your decision on what to do politically based upon some moral measure, you’re more often than not prone (to) perpetuate the evil or perpetuate the pain,” Belafonte told me.

    “I think what … Barack Obama has failed to evoke is a strong, moral point of view on the plight of the poor. He hardly ever mentions them at all. He mentions (the) middle class. He mentions losing the middle class to the poor. He mentions everything but the poor.

    “What is your difficulty here? Why can’t you talk about the plight of the poor and let the rest of the world see that, perhaps, there’s a moral undergirding to your view of how to fix what’s wrong politically? If you fix what’s wrong for the middle class, that means you’ve still got a whole class of people that are to be exploited at the bottom rung of the ladder, because you have to have a cheap market.

    Report
    _______________

    Dear Harry,

    Obama has no intention of addressing the plight of the poor or for that matter the shrinking middle class. The classification of middle class America no longer exists. The jobless middle class will continue joining the ranks of the working poor and the indigent until the term Middle Class will be remembered as a term created in the 90′s that could not sustain itself due to the economic collapse of America’s financial system.

    Besides, Harry- “He who does not contribute to Obama’s campaign, does not exist.” This meme reportedly scrawled on the walls of every congressional latrine. There’s a message there. Think about it-

  • Mrs. Smith

    Supporting special interest issues is a worthwhile project when the economy is thriving. Yet has the reverse effect becoming a nail in our coffins during a depressed economy when everyone is struggling to survive.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Exactly why Obama is stirring the pot. Attacking Women, Catholics, exploiting Racial issues, Energy, anything exploitable to divert attention and focus away from the real problem, Barack Obama.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Record 87,897,000 Americans Not in the Labor Force

    Amid disappointing unemployment numbers that fell 80,000 jobs short of projections, another number is raising eyebrows: the number of Americans not in the labor force has hit a record high 87,897,000.

    This figure explains why overall unemployment dropped from 8.3% to 8.2%, as the Department of Labor’s unemployment figure does not include people who have given up hope and are not actively seeking employment.

    When the number of individuals who have stopped looking for a job and/or who are working part-time but desire full-time employment is included–a figure known as the “underemployment rate”–real unemployment stands at 19.1%.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/07/record-87897000-americans-not-in-the-labor-force

  • tim

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Good Morning Mrs. Smith, stunning number, I had not seen that. That’s almost 1/3 of this country. How long can taxpayers keep paying for the nontaxpayers? Not all taxpayers are the “evil rich 1%”. They’re going to come after the middle class at some point. There aren’t enough rich people, even if you took all their money away, that would fund the fed govt for 1 month or so. Sometimes I wonder when this breaking point for this country is, I fear its coming soon.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Obama’s Own War on Women

    Editor’s note: this column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.

    Anti-war presidential candidate Gene McCarthy once described reporters as being like blackbirds on the telephone lines: One lands, they all land; one flies off, they all fly off. (Also in cliques supporting group think)

    We’re seeing those media blackbirds again. They’re going on and on about conservatives and their so-called war on women. It seems if you don’t think religious institutions—hospitals, soup kitchens, universities—should be forced to provide coverage for drugs that can cause abortions, then you are making “war” on women.

    There’s a real war on women, however. And it’s been going on for decades. Our friend Steven Mosher first discovered this war on women in China three decades ago. Steven was a Stanford University Ph.D. student doing graduate research in rural China. He was then not a Christian believer and he was even mildly pro-choice. What he discovered was that Chinese women got no choice. If they had a second child—an “illegal” child—these women could be rounded up, thrown in the back of a two-ton truck, and carted off to the local infirmary. There, they could even be held down and forcibly aborted. Many of these unfortunate women were in their last trimester of pregnancy.

    If the abortion produced a live child, it was often the practice for population workers—Communist Party “cadres”—to drown the newborn baby.

    With such brutal policies in effect limiting Chinese couples to only one child, the rural Chinese felt further pressure to make sure that child was a boy. That’s because sons are the only social “safety net” for hundreds of millions of Chinese.

    Steven Mosher’s courage and truth-telling got him kicked out of China. That’s not surprising. But it also got him kicked out of Stanford University.

    The administration at Stanford had been told that they would never send another graduate student to China if they didn’t get rid of Mosher. So, being good liberals, they knuckled under to the Communist rulers of Beijing.

    Steven Mosher has become one of the world’s leading authorities on massive human rights abuses in China and in other nations, too. Today, he is a strong Christian witness and a devoted pro-life champion.

    President Obama would have us believe that there is some kind of war on women, just in time for his re-election effort. But he is the one who made sure that China’s monstrous population effort would be fully supported by the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Two days after assuming power, President Obama revoked the Reagan-era Mexico City policy of the previous administration. He forces us to fund international Planned Barrenhood.

    That means that the world-wide war on baby girls will go forward, with U.S. taxpayers footing part of the bill. President Obama says that attempts to cut off taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood are part of a campaign against women.

    Hundreds of millions of baby girls have been killed. Demographer Nick Eberstadt has carefully documented this “gendercide.” This world-wide “war against baby girls” is a major result of Planned Parenthood’s population control ideology and its aggressive marketing of abortion-on-demand.

    While Dr. Eberstadt demonstrates that this war on baby girls is having disastrous consequences now, it can have even more terrible implications in the future. We are looking at the collapse of whole nations.

    Nor is this war on women limited to China, India, and Third World countries. Britain’s respected daily Telegraph has reported on abortionists working for the United Kingdom’s national health service. The Telegraph captured on tape evidence of these abortionists agreeing to kill unborn children because they tested female.

    So next time you hear a liberal or a reporter going on about a “war on women,” make sure to ask if this commentator favors legal protection of unborn baby girls. If they do, then we can take the rest of their comments seriously. If they say that’s a matter of “choice,” remind them that millions of unborn baby girls never got to choose life.

    Dividing the country by race, religion, and sex may be good campaign politics, but it’s terrible social policy. If we really want to be a kinder, gentler country, one where civility is respected, then let’s start by protecting women in the womb.

    Town Hall
    ________________

    Taking this article and it’s message a step further- If you intend on saving the body of America, begin by ridding the body of the metastasis sitting at the head of America’s government.

  • pm317

    turndownobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 12:18 am
    —————–

    OK, this is my last reply on this topic. There is some confusion about free expression and some sort of ‘putting pressure on the candidate to get out’. Free expression means I as a voter, a participant in this process see the big picture and think Santorum should get out and say it. A journalist does the analysis and writes Santorum’s chances and say there is no way to win and Pundits read him and repeat the same thing. There is no gag order on this sort of thing and I (and you and everybody) am free to say what I think and (maybe even wish) what Santorum should do. As is being proven right now, nobody can push anybody out in a democracy but for the candidates’ resources and their supporters — Newt’s money dried up and his supporters are going to Romney. Santorum will lose PA and his supporters will move on.

    Let me repeat this: Hillary to the surprise of her millions of supporters was asked to leave from time to time when she was going strong and was proving she was stronger candidate than Obama — the fix was in. Santorum is no way near what and where Hillary was. Don’t bring in Hillary into this comparison.

    This is what I think, take it or leave it. It is no big fucking deal.

  • pm317

    @H4T:”One of the delights of not being a partisan party follower anymore is that it’s much easier to see how the game is played by both sides, complete with cries that only the OTHER side does that! All OUR judges are utterly impartial, born of a Virgin Blindfolded Justice, and appointed by the cherubim!”

    ———————–

    This is very true! I feel liberated.

  • Mrs. Smith

    tim
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    When you think about the lack of with-holding of federal and state taxes and social security pmts and unemployment insurance from current pay checks…from almost 88,000,000 pay checks every week; where is the money going to come from for paying Medi-care, Military pays, VA benefits, Unemployment, SS and on and on and on?

    Bankrupting America is no longer a term to be taking lightly when it’s happening right before our eyes. Most Americans are either trying to survive day to day or the lucky ones with jobs and an income think this can never happen to them for no other reason then they are in denial.

  • pm317

    wbboei
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:10 am
    PM 317–if Judge Smith is right on the merits, then motive is irrelevant.
    ————

    See wbboei, when he does something egregious and we disagree with it vehemently, then what? The question is what motivates him to do the right thing every time.

  • pm317

    @Shadowfax: Vote for me, ’cause I am a big effing deal.

    —————

    watch out! He may actually adopt it. He certainly believes it. I caught him saying recently ‘I’m the product of American exceptionalism’.

  • tim

    Good morning pm317.

    Yes, I too heard him say “I caught him saying recently ‘I’m the product of American exceptionalism’.”

    However, one of my employees said, what OTurd actually meant is “I’m the product of Obama exceptionalism”. He is the brand, not America (in OTurd’s mind).
    I really wonder just years from now, when historians look back, this man will go down as the most unqualified most corrupt person ever to occupy that office, and unlike decades ago, history cannot be washed over by lies, thank goodness we have the internet to counter OTurd’s loving and complicit press.

  • tim

    Also, OTurd is on record as not believing and even understanding what “american exceptionalism” is.

  • pm317

    A top of the morning to you, Tim! :) I am in a very good mood this morning too. My garden is off to a great start. Take a look: Pics from yesterday.

    http://travel-pics.tumblr.com/post/20663443611/spring-is-here

  • NewMexicoFan

    Beautiful Pictures. Yes, spring is here!

  • pm317

    Thanks, NMF. I paced up and down the freshly mowed grass to my heart’s content yesterday taking pictures. The kind of things you notice is amazing. There is a sloppy nest being built by a Robin and you can tell it does not have much experience yet. LOL.

  • tim

    pm317

    looks very nice! Those look like cherry blossoms trees? I know those are in bloom in the DC area. Very lovely photos. My gardening goals this year are to grow some vegetables my neighbors gave me last year, thai basil, and some asian vegetables. Spring is so early this year, hoping lots of time for the plants to thrive and grow.

  • pm317

    If anybody wants to read how Obama is mocking Romney using homophobic jokes:

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/romney-man-who-says-marvelous.html

  • pm317

    Tim, thanks and they are crab apple. They look their best when they are still buds and half open, dark pink spheres but the fully open blossom is still interesting. They are big flowers, may be twice the size of Cherry blossoms.

  • holdthemaccountable

    ABC News‎ – 6 minutes ago
    Veteran broadcast journalist Mike Wallace has died, according to CBS News. He was 93 years old and and had been in declining health in recent years.

  • nomobama

    Happy Easter or “Resurrection Day” as I have heard people refer to this miraculous day. The utter sadness of His death replaced by the hope of His resurrection. Egerthe!

    Hope will never be lost, and that will be how I view the upcoming election. Have a blessed day and keep the faith!

  • nomobama

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    TRUE!

  • nomobama

    I was at the Tampa International Airport post office last night where a deluded semi-elderly man was espousing Obama’s virtues. He evidently called one of the employees a “facist” because the man indicated that our country’s borders should be closed and illegals rounded up and sent back from where they came (I missed that because I had arrived in the lobby after it happened, but saw his apology for doing so). Guess what? After this effete DemoRat left the building, it was anti-Obama pandemonium. No one but the most addictive personalities likes the fool. It’s happening. People are recognizing that they ARE NOT better off under the pos’ non-leadership. I was loving it!

  • nomobama

    wbboei
    April 7th, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    You have missed the point entirely. This is not about what you call oil whores. It is about an overreach by the Federal Government and a wilful defiance of the Constitution.
    ————–

    Yes, wbboie. Her defense of her statement is also incredulous. Who do you think enabled the environmental horror in the Gulf of Mexico? Why it was the Obama administration that “enabled” it. The utter lack of serious response to the crisis is what allowed so much damage to occur, and please don’t forget that FACT! I would not at all be surprised if the explosion on that oil rig was an Obama initiated “tragedy” to enable his destruction of America’s fossil fuel energy sector. His actions against further drilling, and his approval of removing the drilling rigs, and shipping them off to Brazil for their use in DEEP ocean drilling shows his hypocrisy about the dangers of drilling in deep water. Imo, the gulf oil fiasco was Obama planned, and he should be held accountable in November.

  • Mrs. Smith

    nomobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    TRUE!
    _________________

    nomobama: Happy Easter to you and one and all on this beautiful Easter Day-

    “Every Truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is Ridiculed. In the second, it is Opposed. In the third, it is regarded as Self Evident.” … Arthur Schopenhauer

  • nomobama

    I see my “fascist” typo.

  • Lu4PUMA

    HillaryforTexas
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Please explain how the 5th circuit “enabled” the BP oil spill….
    ————————-
    After George Bush was elected and Mobil merged with Exxon into the largest corporation in the world, the Fifth Circuit (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi) became the court of the Oil & Gas Corporations. Civil Rights went out the window and environmental regulation became a joke. They allow the O&G Corps to do what they want. Dick Cheney’s business was involved in the construction of the well that blew. If they had maintained proper standards it is way less likely that such an incident would have ever occurred. Yes, they had their part in it.

    http://www.corruptjudges5thcircuit.com

  • HillaryforTexas

    As so many of us said from the beginning, it is Obama’s overweening arrogance that is proving his undoing. Great piece up by Althouse (who actually likes and voted for Obama:

    Driven by circumstances and self-confidence, the president has made himself the star performer in the national drama. He has been ubiquitous, appearing everywhere, trying to overhaul most sectors of national life: finance, health, energy, automobiles and transportation, housing, and education, among others.

    He is no ideologue, but over the past year he has come to seem like the sovereign on the cover of “Leviathan” — the brain of the nation to which all the cells in the body and the nervous system must report and defer. Oh, my lord. Defer! Defer has been a big word these past 2 weeks, as the Obama administration demanded deference from the judiciary.

    The country is now split on Obama, because he is temperate, thoughtful and pragmatic, but his policies are almost all unpopular….

    Many Democrats, as always, are caught in their insular liberal information loop. They think the polls are bad simply because the economy is bad. They tell each other health care is unpopular because the people aren’t sophisticated enough to understand it. Some believe they can still pass health care even if their candidate, Martha Coakley, loses the Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

    That, of course, would be political suicide. It would be the act of a party so arrogant, elitist and contemptuous of popular wisdom that it would not deserve to govern. Marie Antoinette would applaud, but voters would rage.Oh, really? How’s that rage going these days? Rage or deference? What are you seeing?

    If I were President Obama, I would spend the next year showing how government can serve a humble, helpful and supportive role to the central institutions of American life. Even in blue states like Massachusetts, voters want a government that is energetic but limited — a servant, not a leviathan. But as brooks are not oceans, Brooks is not Obama. And Obama did not take that advice. “Political suicide” was committed. Is it noticeable? The health care bill was passed, even after Ms. Coakley lost.

    And now, the people — who made it perfectly clear at the time and continue to make it clear that they did not like Obama’s policies — look to the Court to save them from the Leviathan, and the Leviathan says defer.

    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=6329595&postID=3698640917814399436

  • nomobama

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    —————-
    Likewise, Mrs. Smith.

    Thanks for continuing to post articles that are true enlighteners, and not nauseating leftist claptrap. The articles that you have been posting help denude the leftist bs one issue at a time, and I appreciate that very much. It’s one thing to believe in an issue, and an entirely different thing to demagogue an issue. Democrats are demagogues of the highest order who need to be dismissed.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Great piece up by Althouse (who actually likes and voted for Obama:
    ______________

    So Sad if she had voted Party over country. Sadder still if she supported Obama over Hillary.

    When you have only one chance of making the right choice and choose the wrong one- I can never trust that persons judgement again- It took her 3.5 yrs to finally reach the third stage regarding the Truth ( as she had been told early on) as self-evident.

  • nomobama

    Nothing personal, but having voted for Obama shows some faulty judgment on her part. What was she, and the others like her, thinking in 2008? She helped foist this fraud on America, and although she might be saying the right things now, her past actions somewhat devalue her current inputs. She has a lot of making up to do. Same goes for Peggy Noonan.

  • Mrs. Smith

    nomobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    —————-
    Likewise, Mrs. Smith.

    Thanks for continuing to post articles that are true enlighteners, and not nauseating leftist claptrap. The articles that you have been posting help denude the leftist bs one issue at a time, and I appreciate that very much. It’s one thing to believe in an issue, and an entirely different thing to demagogue an issue. Democrats are demagogues of the highest order who need to be dismissed.
    _______________________

    Believe it or not, I’ve been receiving e-mails from former posters who enjoyed posting here because of the on target analysis of topic posts. And the information casting a light on Obama’s nefarious America destroying activities connecting the dots to his corrupt connections to crime figures.

    The direction of this blog is not conducive to what it once was as it is veering into a chat thread with onerous administrative restrictions if met with complaints and promoting as you say, nauseating left wing clap trap as gospel.

    It’s just not working.. hopefully it can be reversed to the old Big Pink and soon…

  • turndownobama

    Dates and attributions on this are unclear at the Althouse site, but I’m posting it just to say some of us predicted at the time that defeating Coakley would not stop Obamacare, the Dems would just manage to do it without her vote.

    From Althouse site posted at April 8th, 2012 at 12:13 pm:
    Some believe they can still pass health care even if their candidate, Martha Coakley, loses the Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday.
    That, of course, would be political suicide. It would be the act of a party so arrogant, elitist and contemptuous of popular wisdom that it would not deserve to govern. Marie Antoinette would applaud, but voters would rage.Oh, really? How’s that rage going these days? Rage or deference? What are you seeing? [...]
    And Obama did not take that advice. “Political suicide” was committed. Is it noticeable? The health care bill was passed, even after Ms. Coakley lost.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Jonathan Alter on MSNBC: “Anybody who thinks this election is in the bag for Obama doesn’t have a clue”

  • nomobama

    Ann Althouse is described as a Libertarian, yet Obama gave her reasons to vote for him. I need to know “what’s up with that”? It just doesn’t make any sense to me, especially if she had paid any attention to his history as a politician.

  • HillaryforTexas

    Mrs. Smith – I don’t excuse the Noonans and Althouses of the country. What I am seeing this morning is a lot of Obots publicly admitting that he is sinking like a stone. That’s why I posted the Althouse piece and the comment from Jonathan Alter above.

    If even the media and blogging Obots are despairing of propping him up anymore, what does that say above your average Joe/Jane?

  • turndownobama

    Lu4Puma said:
    They allow the O&G Corps to do what they want. Dick Cheney’s business was involved in the construction of the well that blew. If they had maintained proper standards it is way less likely that such an incident would have ever occurred.

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

    Thanks, Lu.

    I remember at the time of the spill, a lot of evidence turned up about violation of safety regulations at that well and others. Apparently the oil companies had been getting away with cutting corners for a long time.

    Court decisions were blamed for much of this, though I didn’t get into the details of which courts, which judges, etc.

    Obama responded badly (not accepting help from other nations, etc). But even with the best response, there would have still been much damage. And the time to PREVENT the whole disaster, was the most important stage. Especially since the actions that could have prevented it, were well known, familiar safety practices already set out in regulations!

  • tim

    Absolutely excellent piece at ZeroHedge.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/america-government-out-control

    “”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have”

    Thomas Jefferson”

  • Mrs. Smith

    HillaryforTexas
    April 8th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Mrs. Smith – I don’t excuse the Noonans and Althouses of the country. What I am seeing this morning is a lot of Obots publicly admitting that he is sinking like a stone. That’s why I posted the Althouse piece and the comment from Jonathan Alter above.

    If even the media and blogging Obots are despairing of propping him up anymore, what does that say above your average Joe/Jane?
    _____________________

    HillaryforTexas- Your posts are always a welcome read. You are not living in 08′ lamenting Hillary’s loss once a week or pining away for her depressing the forum. You’ve moved on like most of us have because living in the past of what shoulda, coulda been done is an unhealthy environment for sound thinking of what is to be done to correct the present with a clear eye towards the future.

    I’ve read Althouse a few times.. and no offense to attorneys.. because they do not all think as she does.. what I found is she debates both sides of the issues sometimes playing devil’s advocate when she hooks up with someone passionate about their position.. She is slow to take a stand on important issues.. and fight for them… and why I wouldn’t recommend Althouse as decisive reading to Hillary supporters.

  • Mrs. Smith

    I’m off to Brunch- Enjoy the Day and Happy Easter..

  • turndownobama

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/romney-man-who-says-marvelous.html

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

    Dunno what it says about Althouse that she devotes a whole column to this. But the comments say something about her audience: almost all of them anti-Obama. (Except a few complaining that she does too many anti-Obama columns.)

  • turndownobama

    “”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have”

    Thomas Jefferson”

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

    That language doesn’t really sound much like Jefferson’s period. More like Goldwater or Rand.

  • lorac

    HRC only will run in 2016 if O gets re-elected. If Romney wins in 2012, he will seek re-election, and unless he screws up royally (equal to or worse than O and that is hard to imagine), he will run for re-election, and the Reps will be in the drivers seat who knows, maybe forever. So unless the Dems read tea leaves right here, and O is re-elected, or they can him and put in HRC they are playing with fire, and the future of the country.

    NMF – I tend to think the other way!

    If Hillary runs in 2016 against Romney (running for his second term), I think people will be ready for the change. Hillary will have much more freedom to delineate the differences between them to make her case – she didn’t have that same freedom in 2008, because she had to be careful to not go too hard on Obama so as not to upset his voting-for-color supporters who took any factual criticism of Obama as racism.

  • Tony Stark

    admin
    April 5th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    The bane of PC users now strikes at Apple users:
    ———————-

    You can check to see if your Mac is part of a database of infected Macs according to this CNET article:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57410654-37/web-tool-checks-if-your-mac-is-flashback-free/?

  • HillaryforTexas

    That language doesn’t really sound much like Jefferson’s period. More like Goldwater or Rand.

    Well, then, your lack of being informed is showing. Because it sounds exactly like Jefferson. It is, in fact, something he said. The writers of our founding documents wanted federal power strictly limited for a reason. They were quite clear on it. It’s the whole reason they set us up as a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. Read The Federalist Papers sometime.

  • pm317

    H4T, I see you read Althouse gathering from your comments here. Do you comment there? I think you should consider it if you don’t. I feel alone defending Hillary there sometimes. But there are a few from outside the Big Pink who lend me support there and some are even republicans!

    turndownobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    ——–
    She frequently analyzes language usage and hidden agenda and so on. Obama picking up on the use of the word marvelous by Romney and using it to mock him is analysis-worthy. At least I think so. There is always a subliminal message with everything Obama does.

  • tim

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2012-elections/2012/04/08/dan-rather-race-will-be-factor-presidential-campaign

    This from a man who said OTurd couldn’t sell watermelons on the side of the road, and of course all of his liberal elites covered for him when he said it & pretended he didn’t say it!
    We really one of the most corrupt media I have seen now.

  • wbboei

    Allah
    Allah E La
    Allah Akbar

    –loosely translated mean this:

    In the Dimocrat Party, there is only one god–Obama, His game is victimology, and little Debbie Downer is its Prophet. (Bronx Cheer)
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    The Fauxrage Age

    By KenoshaMarge on April 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM in Current Affairs

    Every day seems to bring a new fauxrage drama. Someone, somewhere, said something and someone else is angry about it. No, not angry, they are outraged! Once the MSM becomes involved, the dogs of fauxrage are unleashed to howl and piss on common sense as they mark their territory.

    Often the offense is so minor that you wonder at the dramatics. Drama queens, and kings, among us thrive on this. Their outrage is a central part of their persona. Dramatics are more important than facts, logic or that least common of things, common sense.

    There are times, issues and places where something so outrageous is said/done that we should all be angry. We should be outraged. We should not be outraged so constantly that our outrage becomes a caricature.

    Queen of the fauxragers is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, ”Chair” of the DNC. The DNC’s central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates, and not on public policy. Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal organization governing the Democratic Party on a day-to-day basis.

    Thus Ms. Wasserman-Schultz is an important part of the Democrat apparatus and her words and actions reflect on the party as a whole. As an attack dog she is outstanding. If the Democrats believe that having her spewing her invective, her lies, her hyperbole is good for the party then she’s perfect.

    Non-partisan people might find her tiresome, dishonest, and not very bright. Take away her talking points and she’s nearly mute. (Oh if that were only so.) Oh and full disclosure, that is not the worst image I could find of DWS. There were several that were worse but even I found them over the top.

    After having a lunatic like Howard Dean as DNC Chair you might have thought the Dems would choose someone in touch with reality. Not so. Ms. Wasserman-Fauxrage makes the most outrageous statements with a deadly seriousness that’s frightening. If she believes them she’s a psychopath, if she doesn’t she’s a unregenerate liar. Well that pretty much goes without saying; she is after all a politician.

    Even among hyperbolic politicians she stands out as beyond the limit. She is perpetually outraged over some horrendous act of depravity by the Republicans. Perhaps this view of the opposition party has rotted what passes for her brain. You may have begun to suspect that I don’t “like” Ms. Wasserman-Schultz. You would be correct. She’s a perfect example of a denizen of the Fauxrage Age. Her latest fauxrage is laughable. Poor dimwitted little caterpillar.

    There are many things in this world about which to be angered, distressed, and yes, outraged. Having a hissy-fit too often diminishes the effectiveness of those tantrums. The American People, who they talk about constantly without the faintest idea of what we want, think or believe are not as stupid as they think we are.

    Politicians believe that they can manipulate us. Sadly they are often right. Yet sooner, or later, most of us pull our heads out of our asses long enough to know that we’re being played. Played by the politicians and perpetually played by the media. Then there should be nothing “faux” about our rage.

    We may live in the Fauxrage Age but we don’t have to be a part of it. We can use the same common sense we use when some snake oil salesman is trying to sell us something. Does it seem to good to be true? Then it probably is.

    Does some fauxrage claim seem preposterous when you look at it logically? Then it probably is.

    We are bombarded by untruths, half-truths, spin, and outright lies dozens of times a day. If we cannot manage to find the truth, or if we don’t even try then we become nice, little Fauxragers marching in lockstep with those who seek to bamboozle and mislead us.

    The less we allow ourselves to be hornswoggled by the media and the politicians, on both sides of the aisle, the better informed we will be. The more we insist on facts and dismiss, or laugh at the fauxrage and hyperbole the more we will force the pols and media to respect us. They will stop feeding us hogwash if we refuse to swallow it. At least the smart ones will.

    The less we give ourselves over to fauxrage the more we will live in an age of reason. Those who are soldiers in the fauxrage brigades are all ready lost. One suspects they always were.

  • wbboei

    wbboei
    April 8th, 2012 at 1:10 am
    PM 317–if Judge Smith is right on the merits, then motive is irrelevant.
    ————

    See wbboei, when he does something egregious and we disagree with it vehemently, then what? The question is what motivates him to do the right thing every time

    ————-
    Stay focused on the objective.

  • wbboei

    The Father of the Fifth Circuit was Judge Brown. I remember him from the days I practiced admiralty law. But his reputation at the forefront of the civil rights movement is what he is remebered for. The Bush haters on this site, cannot stay focused. Or else they are trolls.
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    John Robert Brown (judge)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    John Robert Brown (December 10, 1909 – January 23, 1993) was a United States federal judge of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1950s and 1960s, one of the “Fifth Circuit Four” pivotal in the civil rights movement.

    Brown was born 1909 in Funk, Nebraska. He received an A.B. from the University of Nebraska in 1930, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1932. He was in private practice as an admiralty lawyer with the firm Royston Rayzor in Houston and Galveston, Texas from 1932 to 1955, except for a four-year stint as a United States Army major during World War II, from 1942 to 1946.

    Brown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on April 25, 1955, to a seat vacated by Robert Lee Russell. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 22, 1955, and received his commission on July 27, 1955. Brown became known as one of the “Fifth Circuit Four”–Brown, Elbert Tuttle, Richard Rives, and John Minor Wisdom–so called because of a series of decisions crucial in advancing the civil rights of African-Americans. At that time, the Fifth Circuit included not only Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (its jurisdiction as of 2005), but also Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and the Panama Canal Zone.

    Brown served as chief judge from 1967 to 1979. He was crucial to the administrative actions splitting the new Eleventh Circuit (Alabama, Georgia and Florida) from the Old Fifth Circuit which included those states up to September 1981, leaving the current Fifth Circuit with Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He went on senior status on July 20, 1984, but never completely retired until his death in 1993 in Houston, Texas.

    The Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition was established shortly before Judge Brown’s death and is now held annually, sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law.[1]

    The Judge Brown Admiralty Collection at the O’Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston Law Center is named in his honor.[2]

  • wbboei

    Let’s parse out what I mean when I say “stay focused”.

    1. The goal is to promote Hillary and defeat Obama–correct?

    2. The Fifth Circuit calls Obama on his rhetorical attempt to diminish our court system–true?

    3. Admin cites this action with approval–because it supports the goal (see 1. above)—yes?

    4. Next, a poster whom I have never seen here before appears and starts trashing to 5th Circuit.

    5. This effort serves to undermine their attack upon Obama.

    6. Regulars on this blog–like you pm 317, suddenly lose sight of the objective, and say tell me more about how bad the Fifth circuit is, without realizing that by doing so they are helping Obama.

    6. When I question this you say, well I want to know because they may do something bad in the future. That excuse does not pass the red face test.

    6. Whatever you think about the Fifth Circuit in general, the fact is in this instance they are an ally in this fight. They are serving the common goal–if you believe that Obama must be defeated.

    7. Napoleon once said never attack an enemy in the middle of a mistake. The corollary to that has to be never attack someone who is advancing your objectives, regardless of their motives. Motive is irrelevant. Impact is what counts.

    8. Stay focused.

  • wbboei

    The Lord is whispering in my ear subliminally. Notice that in the above post there are three consecutive 6s? And the reference is to Obama?

  • Lu4PUMA

    wbboei,

    Apparently you do not like anyone to disagree with you. It is not 1993 and the 5th Circuit bench is packed with Oil Whores. Some of the supporting research for that is on the link I posted. The Bush Administration is alive and well in the 5th Circuit and they are entrenced in corruption.

    It is fine to focus on an objective as long as you do not allow yourself to become the tool of those who know how to manipulate that against you. They are only protectors of the Constitution as they see it.

    Good riddance to Obamacare and good riddance to him. But the alternate we face is not much better.

    Hillary Clinton could have brought us Healthcare AND could have defended it.

    Obama failed to bring us an acceptable healthcare deal AND is failing to protect it from a bunch of Oil Whores, half of whome should be impeached. It double demonstrates his incompetence.

  • Lu4PUMA

    For those who do not know me, I ususally post at Murphy’s Pumapac and Headclunker. I regularly lurk on Hillaryis44 but do not generally post because of some of what some people think the Lord is whispering in their ear.

  • pm317

    wbboei
    April 8th, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    ——————

    Sorry wbboei. Don’t completely agree with what you say. I have seen that user’s handle before and even if it is some new poster, I would like to hear what they have to say with an open mind as long as they are sincere in what they say and say it in good faith. I will make up my own mind about what to do with that information. I think it is beneficial to know what 5th circuit is all about. I am not into playing some mind games here. I say what I think. Take it or leave it. There is enough on Obama that just the fact that we recognize where the 5th circuit is coming from would harm whatever the objective is.

  • nomobama

    Just because someone indicates the 5th circuit is corrupt doesn’t necessarily mean it to be so. By the way, Lu4PUMA, nice little slur about the Lord. Not all PUMAS think alike, thank God.

  • nomobama

    wbboei
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    —————————-

    I had a good laugh reading this post. Thanks for posting it.

  • Mrs. Smith

    wbboei
    April 8th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Let’s parse out what I mean when I say “stay focused”.
    ______________

    Bravo- well said and to the point, wbboei.

  • nomobama

    Let’s decimate the oil industry of the US for the betterment of society. Obama’s been lying trying.

    So many in the gulf coast states depend on the oil industry for their livelihood. Much of the rest of America depends on the oil industry in a similar way as they travel to and from their jobs. Their products are a necessity for many. Without reasonably priced fuel, America is SUNK. It’s time for America to drill baby, drill, and to ignore the malcontents who protest too much.

  • pm317

    Admin, time for moderation?! ;)

  • HillaryforTexas

    *shrug* Re: the 5th circuit, I really would have to research it more, and not just from a link to some site run by an environmental group that starts from the supposition that oil companies are the evilest evil in the world.

    I don’t agree that Oil companies are the evilest evil in the world. I think there has been some corruption, but I also think that whether one is an “Oil Whore” is partly in the eye of the beholder. If you think that all the oil companies ought to be destroyed, then any ruling at all that favors them, or balances environmental concerns with the fact that a heck of a lot of jobs in LA, FL, and TX depend on them, is going to be seen as “whoring for Big Oil”.

    But since none of that is really pertinent to what I am focused on right now, which is getting Obama out of office, I’ll file it away and research it some other time. In the meantime, OIL WHORES are the least of my worries. Last time I checked, the gulf was still there and doing just fine.

  • Mrs. Smith

    nomobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Let’s decimate the oil industry of the US for the betterment of society. Obama’s been lying trying.
    _________________

    If Obama has his way with the coal industry, we will be subject to brownouts and eventually back living in the 19th century using candle power as a light source because of outrageously high energy costs.

  • nomobama

    Moderation police alert.

  • turndownobama

    The writers of our founding documents wanted federal power strictly limited for a reason. They were quite clear on it. It’s the whole reason they set us up as a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. Read The Federalist Papers sometime.

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

    Many people, including Jefferson, agree with that idea, more or less. But if you think Jefferson said it in exactly those words, pls cite chapter and verse. ;-)

  • nomobama

    I just read something earlier today at a book store that I visited that was attributed to Thomas Jefferson. It was written in a manner that seemed more “modern” to me, too, but it was still a quote from Thomas Jefferson. I wish now that I could recall it so that you could see what I mean about it. Perhaps TJ was a bit ahead of his time.

  • nomobama

    Must be silenced because views are affecting other’s sensibilities.

  • Mrs. Smith

    HillaryforTexas
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    “But since none of that is really pertinent to what I am focused on right now, which is getting Obama out of office, I’ll file it away and research it some other time. In the meantime, OIL WHORES are the least of my worries. Last time I checked, the gulf was still there and doing just fine.”
    _________________

    Precisely- well said. We want the 5th circuit to do it’s job and relieve us of the current situation of the onerous Health Care package created by Obama in concert with the drug companies and legislated into law by Congress. I would hope for our own sakes they find this HC law unconstitutional and overturn it.

  • pm317

    HillaryforTexas
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    *shrug* Re: the 5th circuit, I really would have to research it more, and not just from a link to some site run by an environmental group that starts from the supposition that oil companies are the evilest evil in the world.
    —————–

    Perhaps. But we don’t always do all the research on everything before we comment and we don’t presume to know everything. At some level we take a commenter’s comment in good faith. In this instance, we know things that led up to the recent BP oil spill and Obama covering it all up. They are all in it together. Going after a commenter just because they didn’t play their game of hide and not seek is kind of juvenile. And treating some of the lesser known commenters as some enemy is even more ridiculous. A sure way to kill traffic to Admin’s blog and participation.

  • nomobama

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    =============================

    Obama is soooo anti-fossil fuel that it’s idiotic. He would destroy jobs, lives, and country to satisfy his perverted views on energy. Typical, no good elitist snob.

  • turndownobama

    Lu4PUMA
    April 8th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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

    Welcome, nice to see you!

    As for the 5th circuit, actually there are two reasons why their oil allegience is relevant now.

    Some people elsewhere might ask, “If there is merit in such a challenge, why aren’t other courts doing it also?”

    So we might answer, “Other courts are afraid to, because of various pressures from the Obama administration. The 5th, being supported by oil, can speak freely against him.”

    Both those views — that the 5th is the only honest court or the only crooked court — are matters of opinion. But it’s nice to have some facts to clarify the basic situation, so thanks.

  • Mrs. Smith

    nomobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Must be silenced because views are affecting other’s sensibilities.
    __________

    Cronyism would be the biggest insult to this blog if the purported apprentice admn caves into their demands.

  • turndownobama

    pm317
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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

    Bravo.

  • nomobama

    Mrs. Smith
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:27 pm
    =========================

    And she came back for what reason again? I firmly believe in live and let live. Some say it, but don’t live it.

  • nomobama

    turndownobama, there were no “facts” given, just opinion.

  • turndownobama

    http://www.factcheck.org/2009/03/fdrs-voluntary-social-security/

    Fake Jefferson Quote

    [An] e-mail signs off with a quote that supposedly comes from Thomas Jefferson: “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” But Jefferson never said that.

    According to Monticello researchers and Jefferson scholars who maintain the online Jefferson Encyclopedia: “We have never found such a statement in Jefferson’s writings. As far as we know, this statement actually originates with [Republican President] Gerald R. Ford, who said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have,” in an address to a joint session of Congress on August 12, 1974.”
    [....]
    Jefferson Encyclopedia “Government big enough to supply you . . . (Quotation)” Web site article dated 6 March 2009, accessed 24 March 2009.

  • nomobama

    Does Henry not post here anymore? I miss his posts.

  • pm317

    Wow, even when he tries to make a light comment it comes out demeaning, as Bronwyn’s Harbor at NQ rightly notes. video at the link.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/66631/obama-v-those-women-creating-havoc-open-thread/

  • wbboei

    nomobama
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Does Henry not post here anymore? I miss his posts.
    ——————
    I was just mentioning that to one of our long term commenters yesterday. I hope he is doing ok.

  • nomobama

    I hope he is ok, too. Maybe he’ll read this and make a comment or two.

  • nomobama

    Have a good night.

  • pm317

    I think Romney will be a sea change from what we now have in the WH:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/us/politics/mitt-romneys-assistant-seldom-leaves-his-side.html

    Mr. Jackson also knows that, more than almost anything, Mr. Romney hates being late. He views it as the ultimate politician’s affront, one of the few things that can rile him. Before the campaign started, if Mr. Jackson was running a few minutes behind in picking up Mr. Romney at his townhouse in Belmont, Mass., Mr. Romney’s bags would be waiting in a tidy pile outside the front door. “I knew that was his little nudge, his way of saying, ‘I walked out and you weren’t here; you were a little late,’ ” Mr. Jackson said.

    The two once hopped out of a traffic-snarled taxi in Midtown Manhattan and sprinted — in the heat of summer, in jacket and tie, both carrying briefcases — seven blocks to a luncheon to arrive on time.

  • jbstonesfan

    Obama will be here in Boca Tuesday at FAU touting the economic recovery. Also
    will be here for fund raisers(Boca is quite an affluent area). I am not looking forward to the traffic.

  • pm317

    jbstonesfan
    April 8th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    —————

    Curious about what kind of support Netanyahu has among American Jews?

  • wbboei

    wbboei,

    Apparently you do not like anyone to disagree with you.
    ——————————————————–
    Since I make a living in a profession which makes money based on disagreement, I seriously doubt that is the issue. The point I am making is with six months until the election, your private war against the Fifth Circuit who has just delivered a hay maker to Obama, is the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time. It is an argument an Obama supporter would be inclined to make after they spanked him. The justification about not becoming a tool of the oil interests is has no relevance in this context. If I were going to guess I would say you were a Hillary supporter who ended up voting for Obama and is now disappointed. Well, I am a Hillary supporter and never voted for Obama so I have nothing to be disappointed about, except that so many people were bamboozled. Tell me truthfully: did you or did you not vote for Obama in the general election?

    The issue is this is the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The war we need to be fighting now is against Obama.

    The argument you are making is an Obama argument.

    Your justification is what? That you become a tool by supporting

    You blame him for not defending

  • wbboei

    jbstonesfan
    April 8th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Obama will be here in Boca Tuesday at FAU touting the economic recovery. Also
    will be here for fund raisers(Boca is quite an affluent area). I am not looking forward to the traffic.
    ———————
    Boca Raton means mouth of the rat. Obama is a big rat with a big mouth therefore the venue is appropriate counselor. I feel your pain about the traffic. Do you remember that waste of protoplasm from there who represented Obama in the RBC hearing on March 31, 2008? Can’t quite remember his name. Can’t quite forget him either. He was ethically conflicted on the issue of residences, and other things. I suspect he will be there.

  • Lu4PUMA

    HillaryforTexas
    April 8th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    *shrug* Re: the 5th circuit, I really would have to research it more, and not just from a link to some site run by an environmental group that starts from the supposition that oil companies are the evilest evil in the world.
    ——————————–
    If you want to do some research, I suggest you start with the link I posted. It is not an environmental link, it is about a Civil Rights case. The statistics in the linked documents about Judicial Misconduct and Court Decisions can be checked and the violations of the Codes of Conduct are referenced.

    What is the real price of oil?

    And yes, it is relevant. We got rid of Bush and got someone almost as bad. If he gets a second term, he may well outdo Bush. So do we swing back the other way? NO!!!! I think it is important to look at the double failure of Obama in pushing through a lousy deal AND not being able to defend it from adversaries that DO NOT really have any higher moral ground and are just as bad, if not worse than, he is. I think the whole country is tired of the pendulum. We need to evolve and get leaders like Hillary Clinton. And 2016 is too late.

    Draft Hillary 2012!

  • Lu4PUMA

    wbboei
    April 8th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Tell me truthfully: did you or did you not vote for Obama in the general election?
    ——————————

    No. McCain/Palin. Who did you vote for?

  • jbstonesfan

    My former Jewish friends and Obama supporters detest Netayahu. They blame him
    for the tension in the r/s with Obama. They are hard core democrats and Israel
    is an inconvenience to them. As a Jew, I am ashamed of how we support objectively the most virulently anti-Israeli President since Carter. There is a growing number of
    Jew in my age demographic (49) that is shifting from the dems, but it is a lost cause
    with people like my 82 yr old Mom who have been dems Since FDR. Also, the younger
    generation of Jews has absolutely no concept of the history of the Israeli /Pal
    problem and many of these punks are leading efforts at major universities to divest
    and boycott Israel. I am grateful to Chritians who tend to support Israel more than you
    average liberal Jew.

  • dwp

    To fill in a bit of info about Lu4Puma / Headcluncker, that should go a long way as evidence of her Hillary – NoObama creds. I hope the info relieves some suspicions.

    This is some of the work Lu4Puma initiated and has dedicated herself to, long after the majority of her team was exhausted, from 2008 to the present:

    “It took me some doing because I am strictly an amateur web site poster, but there is a link up to the database of 2.6 million records at the MUR6142 site in the text:

    http://www.mur6142.com/images/OFA_records.mdb

    and here is the table of overlimit donors:
    http://www.mur6142.com/images/TableIMUR6142-Feb_14_2012.xls

    and
    http://pumapac.org/forums/feck-obama-team/

  • pm317

    jbstonesfan
    April 9th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    My former Jewish friends and Obama supporters detest Netayahu.
    —————————–

    I guess it is safe to assume these people won’t be voting for Romney. Did you see my link above to a NYT article about Romney and Netanyahu going way back to their Boston days in the 70s?

  • pm317

    Draft Hillary 2012!
    ————–

    Yep, that would happen if the clowns like Santorum left the field to the front runner on the GoP side. With Romney being a middle of the road candidate and taking the support away from Obama demographic, Obama’s poll numbers would plunge and something can be done then. But of course, conservatives seem good at shooting themselves in the foot — they may not even get a strong Romney.

  • Shadowfax

    Lu4PUMA, did you say you are Headclunker?

  • Shadowfax

    Netayahu

    I don’t know much about his history, nor am I Jewish, but I llove listening to him speak…he seems very authentic to me and really talks like a real leader, unlike the
    golfing thug we got stuck with.

  • turndownobama

    turndownobama, there were no “facts” given, just opinion.

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

    There are different levels of ‘fact’ and ‘opinion.’ For example, compare:
    1. Obama’s campaign was largely financed by Wall Street, and
    2. Obama is a tool of Wall Street, and
    3. Obama is a dishonest idiot.

    1. Is a claim about facts. If you like, it’s an opinion about what the facts are. But it refers to facts that can be checked. (Whether there is enogh evidence given to make that a reasonable, or an unquestionable opinion, is a different question.)

    2. Is an opinion, but there is some clear, solid evidence pointing to it: how he voted or acted on different issues.

    3. Is largely opinion.

  • turndownobama


    Origin of Speciousness

    I was unhappy with President Obama’s decision to call Republicans “social Darwinists” — not because I thought it was wrong, but because I wondered how many voters would get his point. How many people know who Herbert Spencer was?

    It turns out, however, that right-wing intellectuals are furious, because … well, it’s a bit puzzling. One complaint is that some 19th-century social Darwinists were racists; well, lots of 19th-century people in general were racists, and racism is not the core of the doctrine. The other is that modern conservatives don’t literally want to see poor people die; so?

    As Jonathan Chait says in the linked piece above, the real defining characteristic of social Darwinism is the notion that harsh inequality is both necessary and right. And that’s absolutely what today’s right believes — which is the point all the faux outrage about the Darwinist label is meant to obscure.

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/origin-of-speciousness/

  • wbboei

    An interesting exchange—

    KenoshaMarge

    The constant stream of juvenile ad hominem attacks are enabled by an equally adolescent media.

    The party I grew up with and supported for most of my adult life had people of substance who could talk issues with wit, wisdom and substance. Now once they wander past their talking points they have nothing to say.

    As soon as the media starts talking about one candidate or another being “cool” you know they aren’t worth spit. “Cool” is for kids, substance is for adults.

    Like
    Reply

    Today 01:27 AM
    in reply to DianaLC

    stodghie

    very true diana. are there any adults left in the dem party i wonder.

    Like
    Reply

    Yesterday 06:42 PM
    in reply to DianaLC

    Flop_Flipper

    Very few. Most of the intelligent ones were voted out or quit because they were too moderate.

  • wbboei

    No. McCain/Palin. Who did you vote for?
    —————————————-

    Me too. There was no other rational choice was there?

    May I therefore assume that you will vote for Romney?

    If so, then I beg you to belay this Fifth Circuit talk for now.

    We don’t want to give the bots any ammunition.

  • holdthemaccountable

    In the 4 years I’ve “known” her, Lu4PUMA has been an avid Hillary supporter. She is also a credentialed and brilliant scientist, mathematician. Have a look at what she’s done to motivate FEC to investigate OFA 2008: http://www.mur6142.com

  • Southern Born

    Wbboei, I’m SO glad you are back here again. I scroll by some but your comments I always read.

  • Lu4PUMA

    wbboei,

    You are missing the point. BO is just going to ride the backlash of his failed Obamacare if they nix it. Clinton could have gotten us a good deal AND defended it.

    Get out of the problem and in to the solution. Bad or worse is not a good choice.

    Hillary 2012!

  • admin

    Newt knows it is over.


  • admin

    What is about to happen and why Obama’s good times are over:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/us/politics/major-republican-super-pac-prepares-to-take-on-obama.html?pagewanted=all

    American Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican “super PACs,” is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest.

    With an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million, officials at American Crossroads said they would probably begin their campaign this month. But they said they would focus the bulk of the first phase from May through July, which they believe is a critical period for making an impression on voters, before summer vacations and the party conventions take place. [snip]

    The ultimate goal of the Crossroads campaign, Mr. Law said, would be to better connect Americans’ disappointment with the economy to their views of the president, especially among crucial swing voters.

    The Crossroads advertising push — the timing of which has been the subject of avid speculation at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago — would give the campaign of Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, the time and cover to map out its national organization, replenish its bank account and put the finishing touches on its own long-discussed advertising plan, which is expected to highlight the economic pain of ordinary Americans.

    Crossroads was founded with help from the Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie — the latter just signed on as an adviser to Mr. Romney — and so far it has largely been sitting on the sidelines, studying the electorate and planning for the fall as the Republican nominating contest continued. [snip]

    Combined with expected activity from a pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, and a Republican National Committee with better finances than expected, Crossroads is helping to ease fears among some Republicans that Mr. Obama’s projected financial advantage — with more than $80 million on hand and expectations to have raised at least $750 million all told — would overwhelm Mr. Romney, who had $7.3 million on hand in his last filing report from February, especially at the start. [snip]

    (In the final phase of the campaign, Romney officials believe that the election could come down to just four states: Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.)

  • pm317

    Lu4PUMA, great work with the FEC audit and OFA campaign funds irregularities. No one can say you are not doing enough to expose Obama, in fact may be more than some who lecture others on this forum. This time around we will get some help from the Republicans about Obama shenanigans. I think he put back in the security code requirement for credit card donations once that video and the article surfaced a few weeks ago.

  • Mrs. Smith

    Long but worthwhile read if you are not aware of Obama’s plan for eventual relinquishment of US sovereignty to the UN. Promoted by words similar to Hop and Change.. We are now into “Socialism = Happiness”! (It just doesn’t state who’s happiness. Certainly not ours!)
    ___________________

    April 9, 2012

    U.N. Report: Happiness Is…World Socialism

    By Daren Jonescu

    According to the United Nations’ new “World Happiness Report,” European socialism is the road to well-being, and it ought to be imposed on all mankind. The 150-page report uses that special brand of question-begging statistical analysis that leftists substitute for science to support its conclusion that — surprise! — the major obstacles to increased “Gross National Happiness” are social and environmental injustice. And of course, where there are obstacles, there must be a government steamroller to remove them.

    The lead editor of the report is Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s “Earth Institute.” Professor Sachs is a leading “sustainable development” advocate, a leading “anti-poverty” advocate, and a member of the Spanish Socialist Party’s think-tank, Fundación IDEAS. We might conclude our assessment of the report’s value, integrity, and scientific objectivity right there.

    However, such dismissive revulsion on the part of conservatives is precisely the psychological mechanism that the left counts on. By refusing to tackle their societal manipulation head-on, we grant the socialists unchallenged access to the public square, particularly in the sphere of cultural presuppositions. Once these broad themes, disseminated as scientific knowledge through the mainstream and academic media, become accepted truisms, freedom’s defenders are reduced to pleading helplessly with their neighbors to wake up and recognize what has happened to them.

    The most extraordinary fact about this document, given its title, its conclusions, and the extreme assault on liberty that its authors are recommending, is that it never defines happiness. The statistics used to assess the happiness of various nations are derived from survey respondents’ subjective evaluations of their level of “happiness,” or “life-satisfaction,” without reference to any explicit standard or stipulated definition of the study’s key term.

    Interestingly, the authors repeatedly cite Aristotle’s name, and refer approvingly to his notion of happiness as “eudaimonia,” which the report falsely translates as “excellence” (p. 20). Excellence of what? Conveniently, the authors never say. And this is no mere colossal oversight. The omission is necessary, for to define happiness in any concrete manner would either force them to reveal the moral and political bias of their study, or force them to concede that the entire basis of the study — subjective self-evaluations without any theoretical context — is bogus. (The careful avoidance of any definition of happiness that might be objectively observable is consistent with the U.N.’s replacement of the scientifically measurable “global warming” with the nebulous “climate change,” which can literally be used to account for anything.)

    Their only discernible reason for citing Aristotle’s eudaimonism is to contrast the alleged ideas of “the sages” (the Buddha is also cited repeatedly) with modern hedonistic “materialism,” which they equate with the view that wealth alone is the source of happiness. Has anyone ever really believed that money alone brings happiness? This popular caricature of the American ethic forms the premise of the report’s straw-man argument against individual liberty, as it allows the authors to propose that, beyond moderate levels of material wealth and achievement, no further economic gains will enhance one’s happiness. From this they derive their utilitarian conclusion that limitations on wealth-acquisition in the name of greater equality are conducive to overall happiness (p. 95-96).

    Therefore, if the goal of good government is to promote societal happiness, maintaining a moderate level of material wealth for everyone is superior to allowing people to pursue “inequality” of outcomes. That equality of outcomes is the proper goal, and that governments have the moral authority to act on such a principle, is never questioned. In other words, the study begins with the presupposition that individual outcomes are irrelevant independently of the collective.

    Aside from the fatally absurd avoidance of any definition of happiness, the study complements its dizzying array of survey results with a pile of convenient assertions for which no evidence is provided. Example:

    Empirical work on the effects of inequality on life satisfaction has yielded very mixed results. Many studies have failed to find any effect. The most positive results are in an interesting time-series study using both the U.S. General Social Survey and Eurobarometer. This finds that in both the U.S. and Europe increases in inequality have (other things equal) produced reductions in happiness. The effect has been stronger in Europe than in the U.S. This difference probably reflects ideological differences: some 70% of Americans believe that the poor have a chance of escaping poverty, compared with only 40% of Europeans.

    Interestingly, the actual facts are actually the other way round: there is more intergenerational social mobility in Europe than the U.S. And there is more mobility where there is greater income equality. But attitudes have an effect on perceptions and thus on happiness. (p. 71)

    To paraphrase: we had to search pretty hard to find a study that actually supports our desired result, namely that income inequality is related to a reduction in societal happiness. As for why even that one study shows that Europeans are more bothered by inequality than Americans, let’s chalk it up to the fact that Americans are ideologically stuck on their foolish fantasies of an American Dream of social mobility, although in fact European socialist nations show the greatest levels of social mobility.

    Needless to say, no explanation is offered of what “social mobility” would mean in the context of an egalitarian economy, nor how this might be essentially different from true social mobility achieved in a free society.

    Notice that this relationship between inequality and unhappiness, which the report obliquely admits is substantiated by little research, forms the report’s main argument for socialism — along with the need for extreme levels of “cooperative” activity to combat climate change.

    And this is where we can see most clearly the advantage of conducting a study on happiness which never defines happiness, but rather relies on subjective reports of contentment. The greater degree of self-described contentment among the most established socialist societies would be the expected result of generations of nanny-state control. Citizens, no longer able even to conceive of what they have lost (and to be unhappy about it), and beaten into submission and self-abasement by a lifetime of collectivist morality and superficial material “security,” believe they deserve, and can hope for, nothing more. This state of emotionally sated acquiescence to authority, offered in exchange for perpetual childlike “safety,” counts for happiness at the U.N.

    At its most disturbing core, the report begins with the unstated “happy pill” premise that living purposefully, making good choices, and enjoying the pride of accomplishment are irrelevant to happiness. Happiness means having no complaints, feeling no unfulfilled aspirations, and being content in one’s mediocrity. Happiness means being a well-adjusted cog in the socialist machine.

    But the report goes farther than merely recommending socialism. Once one grants that collective “life satisfaction” is a proper government objective, the whole issue of the consent of the governed can be jettisoned.

    At present many countries use a traditional form of cost-effectiveness analysis, in which benefits are measured in money units on the basis of what citizens would be willing to pay for those benefits. This works quite well when the primary benefits are indeed financial or can be readily transferred into monetary equivalents. This is often true for policies on industry, transport, education and employment. However … [t]he bulk of public expenditure is on health, social care, law and order, the environment, child welfare, and income support. In none of these cases does willingness to pay provide adequate guidance to the benefits that arise. Happiness would be an excellent added criterion for evaluating these expenditures. (p. 95, emphasis added)

    In other words, when it comes to nanny-state beneficence, which the report unquestioningly asserts will constitute the bulk of government “expenditures,” citizens’ “willingness to pay” should not be a primary consideration. Government knows best, and citizens can and should be forced to pay for these happiness-inducing programs against their will. This proposal, offered in the name of the general well-being, is nothing less than naked tyranny.

    On the rare occasions when the report mentions “freedom,” it is clear that this freedom has no relation to the protection of property rights, or the need for a government that responds to the will of the people. In fact, in the case of freedom, an implicit definition is provided: “No people can be truly happy if they do not feel that they are choosing the course of their own life” (p. 70).

    Read that last sentence again. It says that the “freedom” required for happiness is merely the feeling that one is choosing one’s own path — not an objective reality of self-determination and voluntary action, but only the subjective sense that one is free. This is the ultimate reversal of all previous notions of practical liberty. It is Tocqueville soft despotism offered as a positive political proposal. Welcome to the brave new world.

    As for this report’s favorite philosopher, Aristotle, the word eudaimonia literally means “well-blessed.” A happy life, for the Greeks, meant a life smiled upon by the gods. Needless to say, the gods are not the concern of this U.N. report, which explicitly seeks to downplay and trivialize any relation between religion and happiness (p. 71-72).

    And what, according to history’s greatest thinker on the subject of happiness, constitutes a “well-blessed” life? Unlike the U.N. report which abuses his name, Aristotle gives a clear and detailed explanation. Happiness means activity in accordance with moral and intellectual virtue. The “crown” of the moral virtues, as Aristotle describes it, is “greatness of soul,” the pride of the great man who refuses to bow before kings, and who eschews “slavish” behavior. And the height of intellectual virtue is theoretical reason, the pursuit of ultimate truth through the application of logic and rational intuition.

    The World Happiness Report, while throwing Aristotle’s name around a lot, actually seeks to destroy forever the Philosopher’s two great keys to happiness: pride in the face of authority, and rational thought about the nature of God and man. Whatever kind of “happiness” Professor Sachs’ plans may result in, it surely will not be the happiness of Aristotle. Nor will it be that which the American founders made central to a constitutional republic. The founders understood where government-promoted happiness would lead. That is why they explicitly limited government’s role to that of ensuring freedom to pursue happiness.

    Reject this report as flighty nonsense from some nutty bureaucrat’s office at your peril. The U.N. chooses its propaganda carefully. Notice that its two main “humanitarian” projects of the past thirty years — anti-poverty and global climate change — are presented as admitting of no solutions that are not based on transnational “equality” and “cooperation.” This new project, worldwide happiness, explicitly subsumes the other two goals under an even broader, vaguer, and cheerier rubric. The World Happiness Report will go down as a watershed moment in the push for global governance. “Gross National Happiness” will henceforth be promoted as the new, overarching goal of all government. And since GNH can best be promoted through equal (and moderate) material possessions, and the salvation of the Earth, this great goal requires every nation’s submission to the project.

    The U.N. already hosts regular international conferences on happiness. Within the next year or two, you will undoubtedly hear of a meeting at which the governments of the world have agreed in principle to meet specific life satisfaction targets within ten years.

    The World Happiness Report, cheerfully adorned with multicultural smiles, has one clear recommendation for America: accept your fundamental transformation, or else.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/04/un_report_happiness_isworld_socialism.html
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    JMC says:

    “Gee, what a surprise! A bunch of European socialists decree that European Socialism is the key to happiness for humanity. They left out one part – “. . . with them in charge”. And of course, we all know it is the key to *their* happiness. Who cares about the little guy? We see how happy the little guys are as they riot, burn and loot their centrally-planned, socialist home cities.”

  • pm317

    admin
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Newt knows it is over.
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    Admin, hotair is asking the right question: ‘so, why not drop out?’ and I will add, and endorse Romney. If Palin quits playing coy and endorses Romney, defeating Obama will become that much easier.

  • nomobama

    We got rid of Bush, and got someone almost as bad? Wrong. We got someone worse, and that is why it is so disappointing to me when I realize that most Democrats believe Obama to be better than Bush. Is this a kneejerk reaction to viewing an opposing political party as the enemy even as your own political party goes about destroying the country both economically, and militarily? What needs to happen before eyes become wide open to a political party that pretends to stand for what one may think is good, but all along is systematically destroying the foundations that have served this country well since its very beginning? Pretending that Obama is “almost as bad as Bush denies the evidence that Obama is worse than Bush, and having that letter “D” behind his name has made no difference in how Obama and his ilk have tried to transform the country. Obama is worse! Saying otherwise makes me wonder how that conclusion has been made, and how it will serve in his defeat in November.
    Additionally, the idea that Romney being a moderate will help him win in November is a possibility I suppose, but I wouldn’t take that to the bank if one were to consider recent history. That view seems to be one that is supported more by those who are not conservative leaning, yet the only Republican (and former Democrat no less) to annihalate the Democrats was the conservative Ronald Reagan. Once Reagan was out of the picture, and the Republican party started to morph again into a sort of Democrat-lite party under the Bush 1 reign, that is when Democrats began to make headway again. In 2008, McCain was supposed to be what some are saying Romney is in this election cycle, someone palatable to those in the middle. It didn’t work out all that well, did it? Although I will vote ABO, and I hope people of all political persuasions do the same, it doesn’t mean that all people will follow that view. Conservatives, either Republican or Independent, may not be there for a Romney. I hope that everyone decides to hold their noses and vote ABO because that is a necessity to stop the Obama cabal.

  • nomobama

    By the way, the “coy” Palin has already indicated that it looks like Romney will be the nominee.

  • moononpluto

    This guy literally walked in Holders voting precinct and got his ballot. This demonstrates why Voter id laws are needed.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/09/Okeefe-Holder

    In a shocking new video exclusive to Breitbart.com, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas demonstrates to the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, just why he should be concerned about lack of voter ID laws – by walking into Holder’s voting precinct and showing the world that anyone can obtain Eric Holder’s ballot. Literally.

    ……………

    What a total lack of checks.

  • turndownobama

    wbboei said:
    “If so, then I beg you to belay this Fifth Circuit talk for now.
    We don’t want to give the bots any ammunition.”

    [[ Now, that's a good point. I forget about Politico reading us. Hi, Ben! ;-) ]]

    Lu4Puma said:
    “BO is just going to ride the backlash of his failed Obamacare if they nix it. Clinton could have gotten us a good deal AND defended it.”

    [[ So glad to see you here! You guys do great work at PumaPac. What do you mean about 'ride the backlash'? You're right about Hillary. Do you really think she could still be drafted for 2012? Won't that require a lot of support for Romney early, to get the DNC to dump Obama? ]]

  • HillaryforTexas

    LMAO! Ace rags on Obama’s 2012 white frat boyz campaign staff – where are the black and hispanic people? I only see a few women. Where’s the diversity?

    The pic alone is worth the click:

    http://minx.cc/?post=328259

  • HillaryforTexas

    One thing I was musing on this morning: It would be, of course, ludicrous to say that the Democratic party is all white. There is obviously tons of black and hispanic support.

    But what struck me this morning was the pictorial record that I can recall. While the Dems have lots of blacks and latinos, one most often sees pictures of those groups separately. IOW, if there is an event aimed at “black voters”, you will see a sea of black faces, with a few other races sprinkled in. You will see a rally that is mostly Hispanic. Or you see pics like the one in that Ace piece – a mostly white group with one or two minorities.

    What you do not see very often is a truly mixed group. It’s almost as if the whole thing is very segregated on the D side. With that many minorities in the party, why are there not more pictures floating around of Dem campaign offices, events, etc, where the races are all mingled together?

    I will say this for the R’s – while they do not have as many minorities in their party, the ones who are there aren’t usually seen in a separate group. You see in the teaparty pics, the R events, whatever, that everyone is all mixed together. The minorities aren’t all concentrated in “their own” interest group.

    Not sure what that means, if anything, but I’m pondering it this morning.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • Shadowfax

    Lu4PUMA, great work with the FEC audit and OFA campaign funds irregularities.

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    I agree, she has done a fantastic job with her team.
    Kudos Lu4PUMA.

  • holdthemaccountable

    oh em gee. An incredibly tantalizing title associated with the new post. Gonna clear up some stuff so I can hunker down with it. tnx admin.