Skin In The Game: Anita Finlay, Trayvon Martin, Jorge Zimmerman, War On Women, Sexism, Racism, Race-Baiting, And Why Rush Limbaugh Is A Better Person Than Slut Barack Obama

Anita Finlay comments as “Ani” on several website blogs such as this one. Along with an successful acting career, Ani has written a book.

Many Dimocrats and Republicans are perplexed about why websites of Hillary Clinton supporters, such as this one, mock Occupy Wall Street, deride as a scam Obamacare, do not jump on the Trayvon Martin bandwagon, are not on the barricades in the “War on Women” and some even side with Rush Limbaugh instead of Barack Obama in the Fluke contraception spat. The perplexed might want to read Ani’s book to begin to understand what happened to us and why we no longer jump when the usual red flags are waved on issue after issue which once mobilized us into action.

The book written by Ani, available for purchase right now, is called Dirty Words On Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening. Anita Finlay is not restricting her analysis to Hillary Clinton and Clinton supporters. Ani understands that 2008 is also the year of Sarah Palin hate. Ani writes “2008 is the year misogyny was made cool.“:

“The treatment received by Hillary Clinton, who won more votes than any candidate in Primary history, and Sarah Palin, only the second woman to get on a presidential ticket, served as horrifying cautionary tales rather than encouragement. Why would more qualified women run for higher office when a misogynist gauntlet awaits them?

2008 is the year misogyny was made cool. Four years later, the verbal and visual assaults against women continue unchecked. The culprits may surprise you. The facts will shock you.”

This April 19th we will celebrate our fifth anniversary of publishing this website. Our original intentions were to support Hillary Clinton (fully expecting she would get the nomination in 2008) and then move on to the general election as a united Democratic Party. But something happened, which is the focus of Ani’s book. We saw what we saw and we spoke up. We saw unbridled sexism and misogyny. We saw corruption and race-baiting. We saw a party which pumped out hate, treachery, lies. We were shocked that it was our party. Ani saw it too.



As Ani writes the “verbal and visual assaults against women continue unchecked.” Much was made when Rush Limbaugh recently called a young woman a “slut”. We know why words such as “slut” are deployed against women. The Women’s Media Center commissioned a poll which we discussed and which documented how effective it is to make sexist attacks against women. Particularly effective was calling a woman politician a “whore”. Although the poll was concerned with women political candidates it is likely that the results hold true when any woman speaks.

But what about Rush? Rush’s views have been well known for a long time. Rush enjoyed himself immensely for years deriding women’s rights activists as “femi-nazis”. No one should be surprised by Limbaugh calling anyone a “slut”. We never viewed Rush Limbaugh as an advocate for women. As bad as Rush is he is being true to what he believes. What Rush said is despicable but Rush has never pretended to be Gloria Steinem.

If you want to despise Rush Limbaugh despise him for 2008’s Operation Chaos in which Rush urged his listeners to vote for Barack Obama in order to thwart Hillary Clinton (and later Hillary in order to thwart Obama). Limbaugh treated the primary process as a game and he to some small extent should be held to account for helping Barack Obama get the nomination when Limbaugh certainly knew that Barack Obama lacked the experience (at the very least) to be chief executive.

Rush Limbaugh has never pretended to be Gloria Steinem. Barack Obama however appeared on the cover of Ms Magazine with the caption “This is what a feminist looks like.” What a slut! It was Obama who ran a 2008 campaign based on race-baiting and misogyny. It was the once decent Democratic Party that enabled the sexism and misogyny – to everlasting shame. It was slut Obama who pretended to be Gloria Steinem, not Rush Limbaugh.

But these days Gloria Steinem pretends to be Gloria Steinem. Recently Barack Obama urged supporters to donate to a SuperPac. The call was answered by Bill Maher who donated a million dollars to the SuperPac. Bill Maher has called Sarah Palin a c*nt and a t*at. Maher has a history of sexism and misogyny. But Barack Obama takes Bill Maher’s money. Barack Obama is a slut who will take the money from sexist/misogynist Bill Maher.

On his cable TV show Bill Maher was confronted on his sexism and misogyny. The episode in which Bill Maher was confronted featured as guests Gloria Steinem and Ann Coulter. Guess who it was that confronted Bill Maher? It was Ann Coulter. Gloria Steinem remained silent.



Gloria Steinem’s money has not been silent however. Gloria Steinem continues to raise money for Barack Obama. Recently Gloria Steinem held a fundraiser for Obama as the book The Obamas was making headlines. In that book it was revealed that Anita Dunn (whose husband is White House Counsel so perhaps she knows something of the law after discussions with him) described the White House as legally fitting the definition of a hostile workplace for women. Gloria Steinem is not Gloria Steinem anymore.

As to Anita Dunn formerly of the hostile workplace White House, it was her public relations firm that was hired to represent the woman Limbaugh called a slut. Who can believe any of these people? Who can believe any of this “War on Women” propaganda when it emanates from a crew that utilizes sexism and misogyny like a 2×4 when it needs to beat up on a woman that gets in their way?

The Bill Maher hypocrisies also play into the Trayvon Martin versus Jorge Zimmerman scam. Jorge Zimmerman was accused of using a racial slur so archaic few even know it is a racial slur. Use of the “N” word cannot even be used in a comedy club (as Michael Richards learned). But words such as t*at and c*nt can be used to general amusement. Skin color attacks are forbidden but a woman can still be skinned alive.

Barack Obama, the Gloria Steinem of our age, is a slut that will accept money from sexists and misogynists like Bill Maher while talking about a “war on women”. Barack Obama will even dance up after an introduction to a song about having “99 problems and a b*tch ain’t one“.

We have a slut problem and Barack Obama is one of them:

“On February 23, comedian Bill Maher announced that he was giving a one million dollar donation to President Obama’s Super PAC. [snip]

Among other comments, Maher has referred to Sarah Palin as a “cunt,” called Michele Bachmann a “dumb twat,” and asked whether the real name of Bristol Palin’s book should be retitled, “Whoops, There’s a Dick in Me.”

We have a slut problem called Barack Obama:

“Yes, Obama’s Super PAC accepted a $1 million donation from serial misogynist Bill Maher — but Obama had a “woman problem” long before that. While Obama has always worked assiduously to ensure that female voters will support him in his upcoming reelection bid (most recently even going so far as to call Sandra Fluke!), he apparently has been less concerned about the relative contentment of his female staffers. You might recall that journalist Ron Suskind released a book last fall called Confidence Men that included a quote that suggested the Obama White House was a “hostile” workplace for women.”



Ani saw the sexism and misogyny unleashed against Hillary Clinton in 2008 and that the attacks came from beasts on the left and the right. We never doubted that the right would attack but the ugliness from the left was a brutal assault that will never be forgotten.



The rot came from Barack Obama. It was the Obama speech writers, Jerry Brown calling Meg Whitman a “whore”, Howard Dean pretending that he just doesn’t see that awakened Ani and many others. In 2008 we saw that the party of women haters is the Obama Dimocratic Party.

The women haters are in control. It took Greta Van Susteren to fight Big Media on the all too apparent sexism and misogyny:

“Another pig….and a media association has hired the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner for the big media dinner? Really? I am not going. I refuse to go. Everyone in the media should join me in this boycott.

The headliner of this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner is “comedian” Louis C.K. Comedian? I don’t think so. Pig? yes.

He uses filthy language about women…..yes, the C word…and yes, even to describe a woman candidate for Vice President of the United States. It isn’t just Governor Palin he denigrates. He denigrates all women and looks to the crowd to laugh.

I refuse to show any support for this guy or for the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner Committee who hired him. I think the organization that hired him is just as bad as he is. It is no secret that he denigrates women.

Here is a sample of what he said about Governor Sarah Palin and you tell me whether any member of the media should sit in the crowd while he speaks to them:

Louis C.K. says of Palin: “her f*** retard making c***” and “the baby that just came out of her f**** disgusting c***.”

To Palin: just “stick your t** in its mouth and shut up.”

And here is more: ”…her f***** retard making c****”

Need more to convince you? Here is what he says on twitter:

“I want to rub my father’s c*** all over Sarah Palin’s fat t***”

Greta Van Susteren spoke up and the invitation to this pig was withdrawn. But why was it even necessary for Van Susteren to speak up? If it wasn’t the word “c*nt” or “t*at” but rather the “N” word would any of this be allowed? Would any of it be considered? Would any such invitation be issued? Has Michael Richards who used the “N” word at a comedy club been invited to any Big Media function?

The sexism and misogyny that was deployed full force against Hillary Clinton was later turned as a weapon against Sarah Palin and other women such as Michelle Bachmann. So when we see Barack Obama hold events to dupe votes from women we will remind women that Barack Obama is a sexist and a misogynist when it is to his advantage (which is often).

When we hear Nancy Pelosi and other Obama enablers urge Hillary Clinton to run in 2016 after demanding Hillary Clinton get out in 2008, we know that is merely a way to fool women and Hillary Clinton supporters into support for slut Obama in 2012. Calls from Obama enablers for Hillary 2016 are a means to fool women into voting for Obama.

Every trick will be deployed to fool most of the people most of the time. It is all they have left because Obama knows the game is on but the messages is off.



Soon we will hear that women have to vote for treacherous Barack Obama because of the Supreme Court. In other words Obama will ask for a political vote to appoint a political appointee to the court all the while attacking the Supreme Court as political. But it won’t work anymore. The red flags won’t work anymore. Obama’s recent attacks on the Supreme Court have only increased the popularity of the Supreme Court. Shocking but true. The Supreme Court ratings jump to new high after ObamaCare arguments is true according to a new poll.

There is some hope for Barack Obama. If Mitt Romney chooses a woman for his VP the Obama campaign will unleash waves of sexism and misogyny from their potent arsenal of hate. Ani will have more material for another book.

We will have more material too. We’ll continue to speak out.

The Barack Obama thugs thought that once the campaigns of 2008 were over a fog of amnesia would befall us all. That hasn’t happened. Very recently a new website called Texts From Hillary has made it’s appearance. It’s a fun filled website full of pictures and amusing captions proving Hillary supporters have not left the battlefield. It’s a lesson Barack Obama and his henchmen will learn in 2012.

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245 thoughts on “Skin In The Game: Anita Finlay, Trayvon Martin, Jorge Zimmerman, War On Women, Sexism, Racism, Race-Baiting, And Why Rush Limbaugh Is A Better Person Than Slut Barack Obama

  1. I have already purchased Ani’s book, and am reading it now. It’s good. And this, admin?

    The perplexed might want to read Ani’s book to begin to understand what happened to us and why we no longer jump when the usual red flags are waved on issue after issue which once mobilized us into action.

    Exactly. I don’t jump for anybody anymore. I wait, I think, and I plan strategically. I am no longer “Hair-On-Fire Hysteria on Demand” for the Democratic party.

  2. Fantastic essay, Admin. Congrats to Ani on her book. Let us hope it sells far and wide and people (women and men who stand with them) get to know the real Democratic party and Obama.

  3. Via NQ. Women laughing and giggling in this video are not seeing the real Obama even when he reveals himself so clearly.


    Look at that video- it is some kind of women group and no men in sight and he is baiting them and they are captive audience. What he says is not even funny let alone flattering. And to H4T’s comment from last thread, why is there so much segregation in the Democratic party. Everybody is neatly pigeon-holed with false assurances of protection. Not equality but false protection from evil people. Women are half of the population and more. But most women behave like they are minorities and the Dems have milked that to the fullest. If somebody starts a viable independent party of women and men, I will donate, volunteer and even run for office.

  4. Admin,

    Thank you so much for your support of my work, and my deepest thanks to all of you here at Hillaryis44.

    Since power players were so busy sweeping the truth of the misogynistic horror show of 2008 under the rug, we continue to deal with it today. As there is so much focus gaining the votes of women this election cycle, I am hoping this book will be an eye opener to many.

    Admin, I appreciate your essay here as well, providing a clearinghouse of more or the debasing rhetoric that bombards women daily. Bravo.

  5. A quick and dirty look at both parties contributing to the detriment of the country’s women.

    http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/102441/war-women-democrat-snowe

    The Republican Party’s alleged “war” against women is fast emerging as a major trope of the 2012 elections. And the charge is largely true: As the GOP has become increasingly conservative, so too has it become increasingly hostile to feminism and insensitive to women’s issues.

    But Democrats have not merely been horrified bystanders wringing their hands as this “war” has unfolded. The Democratic Party has actively encouraged the GOP’s descent into antifeminism. And though Democrats have reaped considerable gains from the fallout, their efforts have often ultimately been to the detriment of the country’s women.

    Van Hollen who replaced Morella is from my district. I hate the guy.

  6. Find me a Nikki Haley on the Democratic side. But GoP has to play it smart and they can’t do that while giving platform to people like Santorum.

  7. Thanks for the information regarding this book. I hope it gets wide spread attention. On another note, if any of you have kids like me, have you noticed Michelle appearing a lot on TV? They are making her out to be the “All-American” mom. Did you see the Obamas, so protective of their children, walk to church yesterday for Easter? It is an amazing double standard as MSM attack other woman but are doing everything possible to make her and the kids appeal to the electorate.

  8. I only watched about 5 minutes of Hillary Clinton Mad as Hell/Bitch before I had to shut it off.

    I started heading into a rage, the same rage I felt when I left MSMBC and found blogs of other Hillary supporters that were angry as Hell at it too.

  9. One more link because it fits right into this discussion and Obama’s chicanery and hypocrisy. {and then I am off.}

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

  10. Hubby just got his copy of your book, Anita, and I’m buying another in Kindle format when it becomes available. Thank you for putting 2008 under a microscope! Like many, I’m still so enraged about 2008 and the Neo Dem’s continuing war on women candidates. As you say, misogyny and sexism have become cool, so we all have our work cut out for us. Your book is a great start and an inspiration! BTW, loved your video….

    Thanks, Admin, for a brilliant article!

  11. Obama administration diverts $500M to IRS to implement healthcare reform law

    The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.

    Republican lawmakers have tried to cut off funding to implement the healthcare law, at least until after the Supreme Court decides whether to strike it down. That ruling is expected by June, and oral arguments last week indicated the justices might well overturn at least the individual mandate, if not the whole law.

    “While President Obama and his Senate allies continue to spend more tax dollars implementing an unpopular and unworkable law that may very well be struck down as unconstitutional in a matter of months, I’ll continue to stand with the American people who want to repeal this law and replace it with something that will actually address the cost of healthcare,” said Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee for healthcare and is in a closely contested Senate race this year.

    The Obama administration has plowed ahead despite the legal and political challenges.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/220475-white-house-has-diverted-500m-to-irs-to-implement-health-law

  12. O’Keefe Voter Fraud Investigation: Young Man Offered Holder’s Ballot…video shows proof that Holder’s ballot can be stolen, easily…

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    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that there is no proof that in-person voter fraud is a problem. He’s about to see proof that even he can’t deny.

    In a new video (below) provided to Breitbart.com, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas demonstrates why Holder should stop attacking voter ID laws–by walking into Holder’s voting precinct and showing the world that anyone can obtain Eric Holder’s primary ballot. Literally.

    The video shows a young man entering a Washington, DC polling place at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, on primary day of this year–April 3, 2012–and giving Holder’s name and address. The poll worker promptly offers the young man Holder’s ballot to vote.

    The young man then suggests that he should show his ID; the poll worker, in compliance with DC law, states: “You don’t need it. It’s all right. As long as you’re in here, you’re on our list, and that’s who you say you are, you’re okay.”

    The young man replies: “I would feel more comfortable if I just had my ID. Is it alright if I go get it?” The poll worker agrees.

    “I’ll be back Faster than you can say Furious,” the young man jokes on his way out, in a reference to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal that has plagued Holder’s Department of Justice.

    Holder has maintained that voter fraud is not a major problem in the United States, and that voter ID would not curb voter fraud in any case.

    As Project Veritas has proven, voter fraud is easy and simple–and may be increasingly common in the absence of voter ID laws.

    Project Veritas has already shown how dead people can vote in New Hampshire, prompting the state senate to pass a voter ID law; they’ve also shown people can use celebrity names like Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to vote in Minnesota, prompting the state legislature to put voter ID on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/09/Okeefe-Holder

  13. TPM was one of the worst Hillary Hate sites in 2008. Josh Marshall exposed himself as a pig. The sexists and misogynists at TPM appear to be changing their minds (the comments are also telling):

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/the-hillary-clinton-boomlet-hits-high-gear.php

    What a difference four years makes: When she was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton was parodied as drab and calculated, especially compared with young and vigorous Barack Obama and winking and fresh-faced Sarah Palin. Now, she’s fueling Internet jokes based on her own brand of badass cool.

    More than just an image rebound, Clinton is enjoying a genuine resurgence.

    Her 2008 campaign, which once seemed a cautionary tale about hubris, looks at least somewhat better with age. Obama touted a unifying national message in his run against Clinton, suggesting that Clinton’s scars from decades of battling Republicans would make it difficult to ever be effective in the White House.

    Now Obama’s post-partisan vision has given way to a tough dogfight of a general election in which he’s running against the intransigent Republican party’s “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” And Clinton’s popularity — including with Republicans — has never been higher, prompting yet another boomlet of interest in a 2016 presidential run. [snip]

    Still, given how well established — and polarizing — a political figure Clinton was considered prior to her appointment compared to many of her predecessors, the scale of her popularity is impressive. A recent Gallup poll showed her favorability rating reach new heights at 66 percent, including 40 percent of Republicans who view her positively, an astronomical figure for a prominent Democrat these days. From the public’s perspective, it’s clear that she’s settled easily into a behind-the-scenes role as a loyal and competent secretary of State.

    Her lower visibility seems to have created some pent-up demand from her fans, though. This week a website “Texts From Hillary” created by two supporters, Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, exploded on the Internet, generating tens of thousands of links on Facebook and Tumblr in its first 24 hours. The site features several two-panel gags that show Clinton on her Blackberry, clad in shades on a military jet, purportedly texting with various political and pop culture figures, from Condoleezza Rice to Ryan Gosling.

    Clinton’s cold, relentless style was considered one of her biggest vulnerabilities, forming the basis for parodies of her on “Saturday Night Live” and attracting a number of sexist jabs from pundits. By the end of her campaign, however, she had drawn considerable respect even from many critics for her toughness and resolve during a long and difficult primary. Lambe told TPM he was hoping to capture this trait in his site.

    “That photo just captures how people tried to make her out to be a bitch when she’s actually the head bitch in charge,” Lambe said. “Ever since she was appointed secretary of State there’s been a renewed appreciation for Hillary.”

    As for the idea for the initial two-panel gag, “the alcohol helped,” said Smith.

    It’s no accident that the notion of Clinton as the peak of steady competence has proven so resonant. Phil Singer, a spokesman for her 2008 presidential campaign, told TPM Clinton’s recent success follows a consistent trend in which she is best regarded when working on policy instead of politics. Before her 2008 run, for example, Clinton was an extremely popular senator both in New York and among her colleagues. [snip]

    Were Clinton to run she would almost certainly shed a significant amount of her current popularity with the right as soon as she seized a partisan mantle again. But her impressive tenure as secretary of State in a difficult transition period from the tumultuous Bush era would only boost her core appeal as the party’s most battle-tested heavyweight.

  14. Scary and certainly explains Obama….

    American Universities Infected by Foreign Spies Detected by FBI

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-08/american-universities-infected-by-foreign-spies-detected-by-fbi.html

    Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon contacted the Central Intelligence Agency in late 2009 with an urgent question.

    The school’s campus in Dubai needed a bailout and an unlikely savior had stepped forward: a Dubai-based company that offered to provide money and students.

    Simon was tempted. She also worried that the company, which had investors from Iran and wanted to recruit students from there, might be a front for the Iranian government, she said. If so, an agreement could violate federal trade sanctions and invite enemy spies.

    The CIA couldn’t confirm that the company wasn’t an arm of Iran’s government. Simon rejected the offer and shut down undergraduate programs in Dubai, at a loss of $3.7 million.

    Hearkening back to Cold War anxieties, growing signs of spying on U.S. universities are alarming national security officials. As schools become more global in their locations and student populations, their culture of openness and international collaboration makes them increasingly vulnerable to theft of research conducted for the government and industry.

    “We have intelligence and cases indicating that U.S. universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services,” Frank Figliuzzi, Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director for counterintelligence, said in a February interview in the bureau’s Washington headquarters.

    …………………

    read on, details would frighten you. Universities need watching and certainly clearing out of these elements.

  15. Ani–very impressive video intro for your book. Powerful and convincing.

    We have got our work cut out for us. If I were Romney, I would select Nikki Haley as Vice President.

    Right now, polls indicate Obama is having great success with his Republican war on women meme.

    If Romney picked a woman it would rebut that charge.

    Also, it would lure misogynistic comedians, dims and media out of their hovel.

    I keep thinking people have learned and yet the other night I spoke to one of my neighbors who is the widow of the general counsel of two major corporations. At some point in the conversation she let drop the statement many Americans cannot stand the idea of having a black president, and he is doing a wonderful job. I gave her the contrary evidence and she was infuriated with me for it. This has happened with other elderly women in my building. They have this fictional concept of who Obama is and will not allow themselves to be shaken loose from those tenuous moorings.

  16. admin
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    TPM was one of the worst Hillary Hate sites in 2008

    ——-
    I’m glad you posted this article admin, I saw it before and thought it was strange how they seemed to want to say the texts have caught on because of Hillary’s popularity, all the while making fun of her…

  17. Ani–I hope and pray that your book has the courage to identify the perpetators by name and by organization. That is where the rubber meets the road. When it comes to a bottom feeder like Marshall, his recent conversion is akin to the devil quoting scripture. The words may sound fine, but he does not cease to be the devil. He has simply found a new disguise. Put differently, it is not what these bottom feeders say after the fact, to cover their tracks; it is what they say and do at the moment of decision that counts, and they should be held accountable for that.

  18. wbboei, My book is comprehensive. But you can decide for yourself how much courage it has. Let’s put it this way, I write under my own name. Considering the subject matter, that takes an enormous amount of courage in itself.

    Hope you’ll get a copy.

  19. …also there are 315 endnotes in it — plenty of quotes and plenty of perpetrators are called out on the carpet.

  20. Admin, This is an excellent article. I applaud you for pointing out Gloria Steinem’s inconsistency when it comes to misogyny and ALL women’s rights, not just the rights of women who think simularly to her. I do not like her politics, and therefore, I do not pay any heed to what she says. She referred to Sarah Palin as unqualified to be President, yet the thin skinned Obama with the sparse resume, yet radical background was considered suitable in her perverse view.

    Perhaps Gloria Steinem was showing her true colors, much like Obama has operated. Grandstanding for her own advancement with concerns of other females being of a secondary concern. Or is it the political ideology to which she is beholden, the democratic socialism she wholeheartedly supported, an ideology that seems to churn out its fair share of women bashers?

    I appreciate your continued respect shown toward Sarah Palin who shattered a glass ceiling in her own right, and who has gotten politically raped for doing so. Absolutley disgusting what has been done to her and her family, yet I see comments even on His44 that are thinly veiled attempts at demeaning her. I chalk tha up to what I consider to be a faux feminism in which, like Steimen seems to believe, only those of a leftist belief system can be a true feminist, regardless of how conservative females conduct their lives, and make their contributions to the betterment of all females.

    As for the supposed Republican war on females, I DON’T BUY IT! Your article shows who the real culprits have been by and large, and continue to be. I am interested in hearing about what others have read from Ani’s book. So, hopefully there will be some commentary here.

    I also hope that you somehow repeat this article one or two more times in the future since I believe it damaging to Obama and his supporters, and maybe just a little too early an attack on him. Misogyny and the Democratic party connection needs to be harped on repeatedly.

  21. Ani–I have enjoyed your posts here and at NQ immensely. I look forward to reading your book, and will order a dozen copies for friends. I think your book needs to go viral. We need to get the best people into public office. The greatest impediment of all to that objective is the media. The second biggest obstacle are the two political parties. The third biggest obstacle is dirty money.

  22. Agreed, wbboei. I thank you for your support of my work. You are all part of the first wave — the more you spread the word and put the book in the hands of others, then there is at least a 5% chance of changing the narrative. Aside from making this otherwise buried history available, I got good and sick of being force fed a false narrative these past four years — um, how many “efs” can I cram into one sentence! 🙂

  23. just bought the book on amazon I love LOVE that you used my absolute favorite picture of Hillary on the cover. Can’t wait to get it…. i hope it reaches every corner near and far and I hope to see it on best seller lists everywhere.

  24. Congratulations on your book Ani. My wife, SIL, who are dems, yet have no intentions of falling for the Dems’s herding tactics, have your book, and enjoying it immensely.

    I’m going to buy it once its available on Kindle.

  25. HillaryforTexas
    April 9th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Hello H4T, yes, I have noticed the same, that’s because conservatives in general look at an individual as just that, an individual, dems — at least the state they are in now — look at people as part of a voting block, not a single person.

  26. I just ordered Ani’s book, as well, and bought some extra copies to give to my friends and cousins.

  27. LOL. Have to give tremendous credit to James O’Keefe for exposing all this potential for all this voter fraud.


  28. Just saw the first Bank of China ad on CNBC. Hope & Change, just not the kind in America’s favor.

  29. Ordered your book through the NQ Amazon link, Ani. Also ordered Paulie Abeles’ book “Admit The Horse” which should also be good.

    Thanks for doing such hard work on this. Have been a fan of yours since 2008 when you were posting at NQ.

  30. Great post, Admin.

    Ani, I received your book last Friday and must admit I had an approach-avoidance relationship with it at first. I just didn’t know if I wanted to re-0open the woundsfrom 2008 as it continues to seem like just yesterday. Finally, this weekend, I was determined to read it. I think I’m into only 20 pages of it and already I’m sorta rationing the pages. This is very unusual for me because I normally don’t start rationing the number of pages until I’m close to the end of a very good read because I want to savor it and make it last.

    Thank you for memorializing our common experience of the previous presidential shenanigans. I can’t begin to imagine the kind of courage it took to re-visit the serial travesties of 2008 and beyond, nor can I imagine the strength it took to make yourself so vulnerabe writing specifically and intimately about your personal background. Thank you so much.

    Brava! You’re another woman who smokes!!

  31. Senneth! So nice to “see” you!!! DWP, thank you!

    It’s like old home week! So many of you kept me going in 2008 and beyond. I thank you for hanging in there with me throughout this journey. Writing (and rewriting) this book was its own special hell and heaven, both. But now I am enjoying this because I get to share it at last. The journey, ultimately, was most empowering for me. I hope those who choose to take that journey with me will find it so as well.

  32. Seen on Politico about who is behind the tumblr blog ‘TextsfromHillary’

    So it’s week two and we’re still talking about Texts From Hillary, the simple-yet-brilliant meme started by D.C.-based communications professionals Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith.

    I had not understood the Anna Wintour vs Hillary, H-B, I-C but this quote from Stacy Lambe gave me the clue, duh.

    “It’s just the idea that Hillary is a force to be reckoned with, and she is still very relevant among Americans,” says Stacy Lambe, one of D.C.’s young communications professionals who came up with the idea with a friend over drinks this week. “We just captured on a simple idea about who she is, this whole ‘head bitch, in-charge, badass’ image that the photo itself demonstrated and we just had fun with that. It wasn’t a commentary on anything, but the success might be due to the fact that there’s this appreciation for her that has grown since she took over as Secretary of State. I think people have learned to appreciate who she is and value her again.”

  33. Stacy in Stacy Lambe is a guy. Admin, what do we know about him? All this praise coming toward Hillary makes me suspicious. It is as if they are making her campaign for Democrats in proxy. Sort of mollifying disgruntled Hillary supporters to lure back into the fold.

  34. Occupy Chicago chants “Fuck the bourgeoisie!” Do these morons know that “bourgeoisie” means small shopkeepers and merchants? I.e. the middle class, small business owners? Fucking idiots.


  35. hmmm.. this is from buzzfeed but a positive story on Romney:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/the-heroic-romney-rescue-that-for-some-reason-th

    It’s a story that’s not often told. Mitt Romney at his family’s summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H. on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee whisking into the night on a Jet Ski with two of his sons to rescue a drowning family of four, their two friends, and their dog.

    On the weekend of July 4th, 2003, the Romney family was enjoying their picturesque summer home in New Hampshire on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. In the early evening, according to reports at the time, Craig Romney and his older brother Josh were cleaning up the beach while their father rummaged through the garage. Suddenly, screams from the lake broke the silence.

    “We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” Josh Romney told the Boston Herald. The Romney brothers and their father quickly raced to their Jet Skis. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

  36. Re the above video I posted – Oh, I’m sure many are ignorant, but you can bet your ass that some of the organizers know precisely what it means. Communism requires that the middle class be destroyed, and it’s the primary thing that stands in the way of uniting the lower classes.

    Communists made no bones about the fact that they fully intended to destroy the independent middle class. These little wannabe radical chic hipsters with their Che-the-racist-mass-murderer teeshirts need to learn some goddamned history.

  37. Ani–tried to send message at to you at your website. For whatever reason it did not work. It would not accept my name and email address. Is there a better way to reach you, or could you take a look and see if there is a website problem. Or should I send it to the publicist address?

  38. wbboei – i just sent a test message and had no problem. Please try again, and if that does not work, just send to my publicists and they will get the info to me. Thanks!

  39. admin
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    TPM was one of the worst Hillary Hate sites in 2008. Josh Marshall exposed himself as a pig. The sexists and misogynists at TPM appear to be changing their minds (the comments are also telling):

    There is some strategic walk back starting. Anyone who can read a poll knows that Obama does not have a lock on re-election and is deeply unpopular in much of the country. Hillary is the only part of the administration who has excelled and is adamant that she is walking out on Obama at the end of his term. Writers such as Marshall went all in with Obama in 2008 for a variety of reasons some of which are probably related to opportunities to earn money. When you pick sides based on financial return you start looking for ways to mitigate your commitment to make sure you aren’t wiped out if things don’t work out. The Obama re-election may not work out and some on-line media empires (sarcasm) as well as the MSM may have chose the wrong side.

  40. I’ll buy your book as well, Ani, when it comes out on kindle. When I think of ACORN I think of Navyvet48 and Father of 3. It seems so long ago. I think they were the ones who gave us the first clue to ACORN. I still feel bad that Navyvet48 is not with us to witness the difference in this election.

  41. ““It’s just the idea that Hillary is a force to be reckoned with, and she is still very relevant among Americans,” says Stacy Lambe, one of D.C.’s young communications professionals who came up with the idea with a friend over drinks this week. “We just captured on a simple idea about who she is, this whole ‘head bitch, in-charge, badass’ image that the photo itself demonstrated and we just had fun with that. It wasn’t a commentary on anything.”
    _____________

    Either Hillary or Bill had better step-in NOW telling this a-hole he doesn’t have permission to use her image for entertainment purposes. The fact he’s labeled her the “head bitch” should be a clue to anyone with a modicum of common sense- this guy is a lose cannon not a friend she should be associated with. He is a wolf is sheep’s clothing and before things get ugly and embarrassing for Hillary, he needs to be stopped.

  42. Ani, congratulations on the publication of your book, and thank you for having the courage to expose the truth. My copy is in route. TD

  43. I agree with the comments of this new found admiration for Hillary by the proven Hillary haters from 2008, I just recently heard Pelosi say she would like Hillary to run in 2016. I see, to herd the PUMAs, say whatever is needed to be said, pretend like 2008 never happened, like May 31th 2008 never happened.
    Scum, all of them. Next, I suppose Randi Rhoades will be praising Hillary, next Howard Dean will be praising Hillary. Next Patrick Leahy will be praising Hillary, next Carolyn Kennedy will be praising Hillary. This is well beyond Hillary, this is what the “democratic” party did to its own members, stealing votes from one candidate to give to their chosen candidate! And they still have the gall to call themselves “democratic”.

  44. andyp
    April 9th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I’ll buy your book as well, Ani, when it comes out on kindle.
    _______________________

    Hi Ani- Thrilled about your new book and glad you were able to stomach the gut wrenching to put it all down in print for us- I have Kindle as well and will be doing like andyp and a few others waiting for the book’s adaptation to Kindle.

    Best of Luck for all the thought and hard work that went into making Hillary’s journey a historical happening documenting how she paved the way for all the young girls coming up to emulate, it can be done…

    Hoping you put the quote in: “when you see the torches… keep going..” 😉

  45. Shadowfax — it will be on Kindle in a couple of days.

    I am working with Smashwords as well but not done reformatting for them yet. Their site is not as user friendly so it may take a bit longer but I promise I will get there.

    Andyp — thank you and yes, I miss navyvet48 too — she was taken way too young.

    Thank you TD!
    Can’t wait to have you all read the book!

  46. Mrs. Smith — yes, I believe that quote is in there. In any case there is plenty about Hillary that is uplifting in the book to counter all the pain it also dredges up.

    Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes.

    Please know how you are all so very much appreciated…

  47. TexasDarlin
    April 9th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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

    Wow,long time no see you! {{ hugs! }}

    ( from 1950democrat )

  48. Stacy in Stacy Lambe is a guy. Admin, what do we know about him? All this praise coming toward Hillary makes me suspicious. It is as if they are making her campaign for Democrats in proxy. Sort of mollifying disgruntled Hillary supporters to lure back into the fold.
    ——————
    None of this happy talk started until these misogynists were sure Hillary would not run against Obama. Prior to that they treated her like a non-person–including that evil nome married to Greenspan who now gushes mawkishly on the subject of Hillary running in 2016. The same crap that airhead neighbor of mine is peddling. Talk about seeing nothing, hearing nothing and learning nothing these past four years. Ani’s book has the potential to unmask all of them, if can just get the right exposure. The audience it really needs to reach is the undecideds.

    The people the Occupy Wall Street crowd should be hanging in effigy are not the shop keepers and job producers. The people they should be hanging in effigy are Pelosi. A rich liberal who incites the underclass to attack the middle class in order to protect themselves is what she is. As a friend of mine has pointed out, when the wealthy demagogues made common cause with the underclass to destroy the farmer soldier class, the empire began to crumble. Pelosi is a poor excuse for a human being. And she has plenty of company in that party.

    The why of it was touched on by Jay Cost in a recent blog. The Modern Democrat Party had its roots in the progressive movement of the early twentieth century and the big city machines which survived on patronage. FDR put those two groups together and only recently have they fallen apart. The problem is the patronage piece. The list of Democrat clients who demand their own quid pro quo from the public treasury, has become so boisterous, overbearing and demanding that there is no room left for that party to pursue the common good. Oh, it continues to do so rhetorically, but as Hillary said one time when you are dealing with politicians pay no attention to what they say, but watch very closely what they do, or in this case, what they do not do about what they promise.

    So when Messiah tells the 300 apparatchiks who gathered around him to start the practical equivalent of world war III under the banner game on, I worry about the stupidity of the American People. Like my neighbor, they are gullible and stupid in ways prior generations were not. And the problem is there are so many stupid ones that will never be reached. In the state of nature they would perish, based on Darwinian logic.

  49. The reason they gush now about Hillary is they know they have huge exposure. Unfortunately for them, it is a matter of record. At the appropriate time it would also be helpful to revisit the movie We Will Not Be Silenced.

  50. The above reference to the farmer soldier was of course to Rome. The farmer soldier is epitomized in the opening scene of The Gladiator, where the soldier comes home passing through wheat fields and running his hand over them.

    “The small landholders who had been the foundation of Rome’s republican tradition were impoverished by the economic burdens of taxes and war. They paid the disproportionate costs for the endless wars. The spoils however were hogged by the senatorial elite–LIKE PELOSI. The Great Reckoning, Lord Reese Mogg, James Davidson, page 67.” Pelosi and her ilk are the ones who sick the Occupy Wall Street Sickos on the wrong parasite. The parasite they should go after is Obama–a poisonous wood tick on steroids.

  51. Now here is a pretty good explanation of why the democrat party cannot pass a budget, cannot solve problems, and can only loot the public treasury to reward donors. Any more, they are all about keeping an unending supply of cash coming into their coffers, in return for which they gladly give away the future of you and I. As Tom Donohue of the chamber put it if you are not paying for the meal, then you are on the menu. That is the party of Obama. They are stealing us blind, while the American People sit there dumb as a post.

  52. (continued from above)

    Posted by Moe Lane (Diary)

    Sunday, April 8th at 4:00PM EDT
    9 Comments

    Via Legal Insurrection comes this interesting story about DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her rather embarrassing Jewish liaison Dani Gilbert. As you may remember, Ms. Gilbert had some unfortunate comments surface from her Facebook page – essentially, stuff from 2006 where she used admittedly self-derogatory religious/cultural epithets. At the time, I wondered when exactly DWS had hired the young woman – just on the off chance that the DNC chair had knowingly hired an underaged drinker, which the DNC chair is certainly dumb enough to do. It turns out that this was a new hire (for the DNC position, at least)… but, hey, that’s where this gets interesting!

    Turns out that the DNC already had a Jewish liaison – Ira Forman. Mr. Forman brings to the table a large amount of experience, as one would expect from a former executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. But he’s just one person – and not the daughter of two Florida Democratic bundlers who put together 500K for the Obama campaign, which is apparently Ms. Gilbert’s primary qualification for the job. Shockingly, it’s being reported that the Obama administration recognized that Ms. Gilbert may not have been the most suitable candidate for this position; even more shockingly, Debbie Wasserman Schultz defied them… actually, not shockingly. The Gilberts are also very heavy donor’s to Wasserman Schultz’s own campaign coffers, and since it’s clear by now that Barack Obama plans to get himself elected first and worry about everybody else in the Democratic party when he feels like it, the DNC chair may be feeling the need for a little insurance.
    And that’s where we’re at. As LI’s William Jacobson put it, “The DNC Chair appears to have used DNC resources to reward two big donors with a job for their daughter.” And… it’s a little depressing to contemplate how unsurprising that is, is it? It also handily explains why the original comments didn’t prevent Ms. Gilbert from getting the job in the first place, too: they might have been too much if Gilbert hadn’t been Jewish herself, but as such said comments didn’t exactly stop the campaign cash from coming in, did they? – And that’s what it’s clearly all about for the Democratic party these days: keeping the campaign cash flowing.

    Well, it’s not as if they have any ideals, principles, or coherent programs to run on at this point.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: It’s not that it’s illegal; it’s not illegal. It’s not even that it’s legal, really. It’s that the people – who carefully made sure that it was legal – then presume to lecture the rest of us on ethics.

  53. Debbie Wasserman Schultz–The Chair? Hardly. Debbie Wasserman Schlutz–The CMode. Now that is more like it.

  54. Ani, congrats again on the book. I too plan on buying several hard copies and send as gifts. Especially to my fraud loving friends that just, still, don’t get it.

    Admin, wonderful post(s).

    I miss Navyvet48 too. Talked to her quite a bit in 2008. She wrote on Bitterpol a lot too. She was one of the first to draw the connection to Acorn. Bless her.

  55. Just a comment about Sarah Palin. Up thread a nomobama stated “Absolutely disgusting what has been done to her and her family, yet I see comments even on His44 that are thinly veiled attempts at demeaning her”

    I myself have made comments about SP that are critical after initially being a supporter. Her quitting the Governorship in Alaska made me re think my feelings toward her. I get it, she had mucho frivolousness lawsuits, but she also had the means to make enormous amounts of money through speaking engagements, books, etc that very few people do. She may not have been able to reap the awards of that while Gov, but she only had a year left to serve. It broke a trust I believe in many peoples eye’s, one that can not be easily fixed, nor should it. In fact Hillary and Bill I am sure have faced legal challenges that make SP’s pale in comparison.

    SP was an effective Gov for Alaska and her constituents. I am sure, had she not been selected as VP for McCain, she would have eventually made it to the national spotlight on her own. She remains a bigger than life politician with a solid following in her own right.

    I just can’t go with a quitter, but I also don’t think that makes me, nor other bloggers faux feminists.

    Gloria Steinem is one of the biggest disappointments of Feminism in my lifetime. There is no liberal Feminism, they all sold out.

  56. admin
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    A quote from Admin’s comment and link on TPM about Hillary:
    Now, she’s fueling Internet jokes based on her own brand of badass cool.

    pm317
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    A quote from the Politico link:
    The ‘TextsfromHillary’ Tumblr guy Stacy Lambe uses the same word badass to describe her.

    ———————–
    If I am playing detective, 😉 I would notice that they both use the same word to describe her (it is possible that the unoriginal Marshall picked it up from the famous quote from Stacy Lambe that is being repeated). But they are both about similar age I think, and part of the DC in crowd. I am surprised by the amount of attention ‘TextsfromHillary’ has got and perpetuated in many different venues (Textfromxyz format for a blog is not new.). So it is all deliberate and pre-mediatated looks like. There is a Journolister thing going on here and they are using Hillary (the idea) to advance their agenda. That Stacy Lambe is very smart to adopt some PUMA like attitude in the blog like disliking Anna Wintour, or mocking the Facebook guy, mocking even Obama and Biden and so on to make it look like it is coming from a real Hillary supporter.

  57. gonzotx
    April 10th, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Just a comment about Sarah Palin.
    —————–

    What Palin has become is a haymaker with a strong conservative brand (brand is the operative word). She knows that and she uses that pretty effectively to make money and advance her brand. That is also one reason why she has shied away from endorsing Romney. Once she endorses Romney (or if she did it too soon) it hurts her image and brand which is why she is trotting that fine line — she tried to prop up Newt and that didn’t work and then tried the same with Santorum but even she realized he would hurt her brand). While in Alaska couple of years ago more people I talked to disliked her for quitting her office to make money — she is smart to realize that she had to strike the iron while it was hot and that she would not have had the same punch if she had stayed on as governor and then did the stuff she did.

  58. While in Alaska couple of years ago more people I talked to disliked her for quitting her office to make money — she is smart to realize that she had to strike the iron while it was hot and that she would not have had the same punch if she had stayed on as governor and then did the stuff she did.

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

    Really? There’s a contradiction right there. She could have made more money as Governor still doing other things, than by ‘quitting’ which got her criticized by those people. Being endorsed by a popular Governor would be more valuable than by a controversial ex-Governor.

    Also pls examine the assuption that she quit for more money. She quit because she was being harassed by nuisance lawsuits, under a then-recent law (since changed iirc) that made it very easy to sue a governor but very hard for the governor to fight back. AMong other things, it required a governor to pay his/her own legal fees, no help from the state; so her family was being driven bankrupt. (Remember the Clintons leaving office in 1999 near bankrupt from paying legal defense agaisnt Starr?)

  59. There is a Journolister thing going on here and they are using Hillary (the idea) to advance their agenda. That Stacy Lambe is very smart to adopt some PUMA like attitude in the blog like disliking Anna Wintour, or mocking the Facebook guy, mocking even Obama and Biden and so on to make it look like it is coming from a real Hillary supporter.

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

    Which agenda, exactly, does this advance?

    As for where the ideas for each item are coming from, at the top of the page there is a link for “Suggestions” iirc. Maybe some of the 18 million have sent some suggestions.

    As for “badass”, I suppose there was a time when it was a negative, but that’s hard to remember. Now it’s more like “a kick ass heroine” meaning someone gutsy and fast and successful.

    I’m sure their motives are shallow and they can be co-opted, but so far I think they’ve pretty much got it right. 😉

  60. she also had the means to make enormous amounts of money through speaking engagements, books, etc that very few people do. She may not have been able to reap the awards of that while Gov, but she only had a year left to serve.

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

    Why do you think she could not do those things while continuing in the office of Governor? The title would have given her even more clout.

    There are feminists on all sides. Hillary is a ‘modern progressive’ feminist.

  61. Gosh – he stole the election from Alice Palmer too.

    I wish I could say that the story of obama is unraveling

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

    Well, the Palmer story has been known for a long time. I put up a lot of cites about it in my Hillary blog at 1950democrat.livejournal.com back in 2007 and early 2008. It was mentioned in some big profiles (Chi Tribune etc iirc), sometimes as a positive!

  62. We wrote (I did at NQ and Admin certainly wrote about it post after post) about how Obama will fail as a post-racial president in 2008 and we were right. But many who thought they could be objective and give the man the benefit of the doubt stayed away from such pronouncements. Now they are belatedly coming around to where we were and the catalyst, at least one of them is the recent Zimmerman/Martin case.

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/zimmerman-family-is-in-hiding-because.html

    Good lord, what an ugly place we are in right now. Who would have thought that in the last year of Obama’s presidential term, the public mind would obsess over race at this level? I’m recalling the media coverage of election night, 2008, and the inauguration, when there was a rhapsody of closure and a feeling — some called it “hope” — that we had entered a new era of harmony. How did we get sucked into some nightmare parody of the past? If it’s not Obama’s fault, can he at least do something to yank us up out of this awful place? In 2009 or even 2011, he would have given a speech. He would have believed he could rescue us with a speech, perhaps because we kind of thought he could. Maybe no one believes anymore. There’s a hope vacuum, and look what’s moving in.

  63. About the Palmer story, I misspoke. It was more than mentioned, it was related at length! By Lizza also iirc.

  64. We posted a comment yesterday about the coming ad war. Politico does today’s Obama clean up but it’s not a very good job:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74974.html

    National Democrats are banking on a long-shot strategy to shield President Barack Obama from an expected onslaught of outside GOP spending in the 2012 election: nuking the messengers.

    The Obama campaign has long warned that it would face attacks from heavily funded Republican super PACs and other groups that can take unlimited contributions. Now, as several of those groups begin launching television blitzes, the task of defending Obama from their offensive has gained new urgency. [snip]

    Democrats acknowledge that matching those groups dollar for dollar will be a difficult challenge — Crossroads alone may spend up to $300 million on all 2012 federal races, including the presidential contest. Instead, the president’s campaign and the Obama-sanctioned super PAC Priorities USA Action are attempting to undercut the spending by tainting it in the minds of voters, linking it to oil magnates and other unpopular corporate interests. [snip]

    “When you see this ad, remember who paid for it and what they want,” the Obama commercial said, flashing images of the AEA spot and of Romney.

    It was a fragmented message, simultaneously defending Obama’s energy record, targeting the AEA and trying to tar Romney in the process. The goal, Democratic operatives say, is to drill into voters the idea that they simply can’t trust what they see on television about the president — and make Republicans pay a price in the process. [snip]

    Operatives on the other side of the air war aren’t impressed.

    To Republicans, the discredit-them-early, discredit-them-often tactic is reminiscent of the Democrats’ last-ditch effort in 2010 to raise the alarm about GOP spending by telling voters the attack ads they were hearing could very well have been funded by foreign money.

    That message was a total dud last cycle and the fact that Democrats are delivering it sooner and more insistently this year doesn’t make it any more convincing, Republicans say.

    “Barack Obama has literally taken more money from Wall Street than any politician in history,” said American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio. “The Obama campaign’s repeated, hypocritical overtures about money in politics can’t hide [the president’s] ineffective attempts to jump-start the economy.” [snip]

    One fear for Democrats, however, is that these outside groups may prove a more formidable foe than Romney in the fall. [snip]

    Democratic media strategist Steve Murphy suggested that when there’s a true head-to-head race between the parties’ nominees, the air war will engage along more conventional lines — and the 2012 money race will even out a bit, too.

    “We still don’t have a clear Obama-Romney campaign yet. The traditional demarcation point for engagement is when you have two putative nominees,” he said, predicting: “When the strong Democratic donors have maxed out to Obama and maxed out to the [Democratic National Committee], I think you’ll see the super PAC raising more money. That’s just a question of sequencing, if you will.”

    If it seems like the Democratic response plan rests in part on optimism and wishful thinking — that voters will be smart enough to see past attack ads, that their own cash resources will swell, that Obama will prove more resilient than congressional Democrats did in the midterms — there’s not much party strategists can do about that.

    After all, the avalanche of outside money is coming. If the Democrats’ assumptions are wrong and it’s possible to incinerate Obama with super PAC money alone, then the race may as well be over.

    Republicans should also remind voters that Obama did not complain when he had more money than McCain. Republicans should also remind voters that Obama had promised to take public funding when he was running against Hillary but then turned around and loaded up on Wall Street money to defeat the out spent McCain.

  65. In 2009 or even 2011, he would have given a speech. He would have believed he could rescue us with a speech, perhaps because we kind of thought he could.

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

    Instead, in 2012 he rode on Martin’s hoodie, claiming he might look like Martin’s father, or something like that. ;-/

  66. HotAir makes the argument about the phony new poll showing Obama beating Romney:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/10/wapoabc-poll-adds-seven-points-to-dem-advantage-in-sample/

    I love the Washington Post/ABC poll.  It’s a great object lesson in how to manufacture news.  Need a story that the incumbent President’s fortunes are looking up?  Well, just adjust the sample a bit and voila, he takes a seven point lead over his presumed rival in the fall election!  [snip]

    You know where else Obama got a double-digit lead?  In the polling sample.  In 2008, when Democrats surged to the polls after eight years of George W. Bush, CNN’s exit polls showed a seven-point advantage for Democrats, 39/32, which mirrored Obama’s seven-point victory in the popular vote.  In 2010′s midterms, CNN exit polls showed a 35/35/30 split.  By contrast, the previous WaPo/ABC poll in March had a D/R/I of 31/27/36, which undersampled both parties relative to independents but left Democrats with a 4-point advantage — perhaps an arguable model for 2012 turnout.  Today’s has a D/R/I of 34/23/34, adding seven points to that Democratic advantage and presenting a completely unrepresentative, absurd model for the 2012 turnout.

    What happens when you switch from a D+4 to a D+11 in measuring Obama’s standing?  Suddenly, his job approval goes from 46% to 50% — actually, a rather weak gain given the sampling distortion in the poll.  Not coincidentally, the last time Obama hit 50% in this poll was in February, which also had a D+11 sample, after January’s D+7.  Adding seven points to the Democratic advantage impacted Obama’s performance in all areas, although perhaps not as much as the editors had hoped:

  67. turndownobama
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:09 am
    —————–
    What you wrote here is correct, so thank you for that. I find it interesting how some things get absorbed while other things get ignored, bypassed, buried, lied about, or overlooked possibly because of information overload. Sarah was being attacked from all different directions including from some other Republicans like the despicable Lias Murkowski who had an ax to grind. I will now scroll up to see to what you were responding.

  68. Spot the trend:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/220675-dem-senator-wont-be-very-active-in-obama-reelection-effort

    Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) says he won’t be “very active” in campaigning for President Obama’s reelection.

    Speaking with with The City Wire, a local Arkansas news site, Pryor, who endorsed Hillary Clinton for president during the 2008 presidential elections, said he would be “not very active” in the 2012 elections, including campaigning for Obama

    “As much as I may love all of our presidents, I just don’t really get involved in those races. My view is, Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter, my view is I’m in Washington to try to work with people,” Pryor said in an interview that was published Monday afternoon.

    Pryor did not elaborate in the interview what “very active” would mean, and didn’t say if he would endorse a candidate for president.

    Pryor described himself as a “nonpartisan” legislator.

    “And whether it’s a President Romney or whoever it may be next time, or President Obama next time, or whether the Senate is majority Democrat or majority Republican or same with the House, that is totally secondary to me. I just try to work with people, work together.” Pryor continued. “I’m a Democrat but I’m really bipartisan, some people might say nonpartisan.”

    Pryor said his role as a senator was to represent his state.

    I’m not there to represent a president. I think that is one thing that I think people in Arkansas understand, but nationally people have forgotten this,” Pryor added.

    Pryor is up for reelection in 2014.

  69. admin
    April 10th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    ——————
    This was so funny. Democrats wanting to suggest that MAYBE Romney’s attack ads are funded by foreign money? LOL! I guess they recall all the foreign money that poured into the Obama campaign back in 2007/2008. And to instruct people to not trust what they see about Obama in the media? Ha! We’ve known not to do that like f-o-r-e-v-e-r, although it’s when Obama presents himself in the media that we know not to believe a flipping thing the LIAR says. Those Dumbocrat strategists are just sooo smart.

  70. We wrote (I did at NQ and Admin certainly wrote about it post after post) about how Obama will fail as a post-racial president in 2008 and we were right. But many who thought they could be objective and give the man the benefit of the doubt stayed away from such pronouncements. Now they are belatedly coming around to where we were and the catalyst, at least one of them is the recent Zimmerman/Martin case.
    —————————————
    The argument to the fools who voted for him in 2008 is he deceived you, the country–however you want to phrase it to protect their fragile egos. The argument to those who intend to repeat the mistake of 2008 has got to be I know what he said, but just look at what he had done. Why double down on failure?

  71. Ok, now I understand why you responded in the manner that you did turndownobama, and pm317 is one of the posters who goes about knocking Palin. Does one even know the background about who was providing their opinions on her trip to Alaska? For all one knows, it (or they) could have been a Democratic party apparatchik.

    So, it was ok for Hillary to take it all the way to the convention because she was so popular and starting to show real strength especially toward the mid and latter primaries, yet not ok for a Republican like Santorum who still may show some strength in some of the more conservative states (like Texas) in upcoming Republican primaries? It’s a blatant double standard. I am not a fan of Santorum, but he has shown an ability to win in the primaries, and therefore, he should not be told to sit down and shut up. There’s still time for things to play out, but admittedly, it would be nice to see who the Republican candidate will be. As previously noted, it was a strong conservative in Ronald Reagan that taught the Democrats a lesson on election day, not some “moderate” (I believe liberal in Romney’s case) Republican who did not present much of a difference to what was already in office. People tend to give the benefit of the doubt to someone they already know when presented with such a choice.

  72. admin

    At first we thought this was about Obama’s dad: 🙂

    A British sperm bank founder who guaranteed his customers sperm from “above average” donors apparently made good on his promise by secretly using his own sperm, and may have fathered as many as 600 children in the process.

    ——–
    Maybe that can be Barry’s next career move after being kicked out of the WhiteHouse, he can party, golf and vacation for life on OUR dime, and make extra money selling his overinflated sperm to his swooning Obots.

    Wadda life.

  73. ani

    Shadowfax — it will be on Kindle in a couple of days.

    I am working with Smashwords as well but not done reformatting for them yet. Their site is not as user friendly so it may take a bit longer but I promise I will get there.

    ——-
    Great, looking forward to your book and thanks for being courageous enough to step up for all of us and put this in writing. The best to you and stay safe if it gets to the liberal media.

  74. gonzotx

    Gloria Steinem is one of the biggest disappointments of Feminism in my lifetime. There is no liberal Feminism, they all sold out.

    ———
    You forgot the real feminist that is still big as life and has never faltered in defending women…….

    Hillary Rodham Clinton! She is a liberal, a real Democrat, not an O’demoRat.

  75. Gonzo,

    Sarah Palin is a decent person. My comment was made more in the vein of a generalization. Faux feminists, to me, would mean someone who is consistently for women of one political stripe, while not caring so much about those females on the other side of the political divide. No offense intended to you with that comment, although I disagree with you on Sarah. She is not a quitter. She’s a survivor as far as I can tell, although maybe not in the manner that you would have preferred for her. Yet, she knew what the effects were of what was being done to her and her family, including the bankrupting of their finances, so she made a strategic decision to protect herself and her family. The Clinton’s had a similar situation. Both families faced financial ruin over frivolous lawsuits which I believe was the goal of those attacking them. When it comes to nuisance lawsuits and their effect on personal finances, it’s all relative. One family’s financial ruin does not pale in comparison to another family’s financial ruin. They both end up in the same boat.

  76. Shadowfax
    April 10th, 2012 at 11:32 am
    ————-
    LOL! Gross! Designer Obama sperm for those looking for skinny, purple lipped children with big ears, and strategically placed moles who habitually lie, and foster hatred between the races. Sounds like a winnerloser to me.

  77. admin
    April 10th, 2012 at 10:16 am
    HotAir makes the argument about the phony new poll showing Obama beating Romney:
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Even with oversampling done, Odud is only +1.2%, and only at 48.2% approval. And that is with ABC/WashPo having him +5, and CNN at +6 (the latter which is almost three weeks old).

    In the past, there truly was a higher percentage of Democrats as compared to Republicans, but the spread has shrunken since The Inept One tried ineffectively to implement broken legistlation. Some Dems turned Indy or Republican, or just became disinterested. Republicans got energized. Just look at the 2010 Massacre.

  78. The phony recovery:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/47005811

    Where Has All the Trading Gone? Volume Hits 4-Year Low

    It’s one of the biggest mysteries on Wall Street. How can stocks be in their fourth year of a bull market and trading activity be so low?

    During March, average daily volume in equity shares was at their lowest level since December 2007, according to new data from Credit Suisse. This is the same month that marked the three-year anniversary of the bull market that caused the Standard & Poor’s 500 to double from its March 2009 credit-crisis low.

    Credit Suisse tried to solve the riddle by blaming the growing popularity of options and futures markets [cnbc explains] , a drop in high frequency trading and stock splits.

    “There’s no way to sugar-coat it: Volumes are down and trending lower,” wrote Ana Avramovic of Credit Suisse, in a note to clients. “A growing preference for other asset classes may be drawing money away from equities.” [snip]

    But the answer may be simpler than this. After two vicious bear markets in a decade, the average investor simply doesn’t trust this market anymore. [snip]

    Some investors blame financial regulation for the poor volume, saying it has restricted trading activity by the major banks. But others believe the banks — and their hand in causing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression — are ultimately to blame.

    “The financial industry has placed itself above the investing public (“muppets”) and will take every advantage it can secure,” said Alan Newman, author of the Crosscurrents financial newsletter. “The public’s confidence has been shattered, possibly beyond repair.”

  79. Phony recovery, part II:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303815404577335362143272608.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks fell sharply, building on a four-session series of declines, as worries over rising borrowing costs for European countries weighed on investor sentiment ahead of the start of earnings season.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 130 points, or 1%, to 12804 in midday trade on Tuesday. [snip]

    We were priced for perfection and it’s a lot less than perfect out there,” said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners LLP. “If earnings start to be disappointing, it’s a perfect storm. And given how quickly the market’s risen, it suggests to me that this market will find a base, and that it’s going to be lower.”
    [snip]

    Stocks extended declines shortly after the open following a Commerce Department report showed that stockpiles at U.S. wholesalers increased more than expected in February. The inventories increased by 0.9% from the prior month, while economists had forecast a 0.5% increase.

    Earlier, the National Federation of Independent Business’s index of optimism among small businesses fell to 92.5 in March from 94.3 in February, snapping a six-month streak of increases. Increased inflation pressure was the top concern among small-business owners, with worker compensation costs rising to the highest level since 2008.

    Most European markets resumed trading with sharp losses after a four-day weekend.

  80. Admin, I put up a couple of articles (from the NYT no less) on the previous thread that poke major holes in the “green shoots” con job they (Obama, his handlers, and their cronies in the media) are trying to perpetuate on the American public, in order to foist four more years of Oturdism.

  81. nomobama
    April 10th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Drudge is indicating that Santorum is out of the race.
    ——————-
    Just got that as breaking news.

  82. LMAO! Obama never learns with the Twitter hashtags. He started another one. #BuffetRule is now full of such comments as:

    “Stop hogging all the baby corns!” and “All sons of sons of sailors will be mandated to go out on the sea for adventure”

  83. Santorum speaking now. His campaign is suspended. This means the air war against Obama will begin much sooner than planned.

  84. So, not having TV, what was Santorum’s reason for dropping out?

    Also, I took a quick view of the Free Republic blog, and there are people there commenting that they will NOT vote for Romney, and one indicated that it was time to find a new political party to join.

  85. From Mitt Romney:

    “Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.”

  86. admin
    April 10th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Santorum speaking now. His campaign is suspended. This means the air war against Obama will begin much sooner than planned.
    __________

    Hopefully, Santorum’s suspension has thrown Obama a curve and upset the malevolent plans he has in store for US!

  87. e a strategic decision to protect herself and her family. The Clinton’s had a similar situation. Both families faced financial ruin over frivolous lawsuits which I believe was the goal of those attacking them.

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

    And the Clintons were in a lot better position to absorb losses and get new donations to replace them. The Clintons have a broader base with many rich donors (eg Lady Lynn etc). Sarah had only enemies in the rich of Alaska, sfaik. And of course the Clintons have many ohter sources of income.

  88. Fireworks before the Fourth of July? LUV IT! Let the thrashing and gnashing of teeth begin!
    ________________________

    GOP Super PAC to Begin Anti-Obama Campaign

    WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) —

    American Crossroads, the largest of the Republican super PACs, said it plans to begin its first major anti-President Obama ad campaign this month.

    Leaders at American Crossroads said they would focus most of advertising from May through July, The New York Times reported Sunday.

    Steven J. Law, president and chief executive officer at American Crossroads, said the ads address “how to dislodge voters” from Obama, who polls show is viewed favorably even though disapproval of his handling of the economy is high.

    A super PAC, or political action committee, is an organization that campaigns for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. Observers said they anticipate greater super PAC participation in the 2012 election because of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FCC, which effectively ended the restrictions on political contributions from the general funds of corporations and unions.

    The Crossroads advertising push would give the campaign of GOP front-runner Mitt Romney the time it needs to complete its national organization, refill its bank account and finish its own advertising plan, which is expected to highlight the economic hurt experienced by ordinary Americans.

    Obama campaign aides said they’re planning another round of ads, Web videos and Twitter postings painting Romney as one who favors the rich and would put an unfair burden on the middle class and the poor, The Times said.

    Senior Obama strategist David Axelrod, asked about American Crossroads’ advertising plans Sunday, said the super PAC’s campaign would be a “tough sell” because voters “would see right through those who want to go back to the same failed policies that were so punishing for them and the entire country.”

    Obama’s supportive super PAC, Priorities USA Action, isn’t nearly as well heeled as its GOP rivals. The group and its issues-oriented partner, Priorities USA, raised $6.1 million last year, financial documents showed. American Crossroads and its affiliated Crossroads GPS raised $51 million last year.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/10/GOP-super-PAC-to-begin-anti-Obama-campaign

  89. I was wondering if Sweaters would drop out when he couldn’t win Penn. and then his little daughter ended up in the hospital again. I wondered how he could take on the stress of the presidency with a baby that may have a short life from a terrible disease.

  90. gonzotx
    April 10th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    She quit. End of story.

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

    Hillary not only quit her campaign, she turned around and CAMPAIGNED for Obama.

    Women do what they have to. We need to support decent women even when they can’t do what we think would be perfect.

  91. He had to drop out now as Obama is pulling way ahead of Romney in key states and unless he can turn it around and start campaigning full time against Obama, his odds were dwindling . Hopefully, this gives him a boost and they can start focusing on Obama’s record or lack thereof.

  92. TD, quitting a campaign and quitting an elected position are apples and oranges. I won’t be addressing this again with you MS OCD.

  93. I guess Obama’s plan is to use Trayvon Martin as the wick for igniting Civil War and blood in the streets of the country- really! How desperate IS this black man and how gullible will his black people be to go along with unjustifiable homicide?..
    _______________

    Trayvon Martin Lawyer Warns Prosecutor of ‘Pandemonium’ if Zimmerman Not Charged

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:15:38 PM by kristinn

    In comments that can be seen as an effort to intimidate Florida’s special state prosecutor Angela Corey with nationwide race riots, Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of slain 17 year-old black Floridian Trayvon Martin warned of “pandemonium” around America and the world should Corey decide to not prosecute admitted Martin killer George Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense. Crump issued the dire warning in an interview with BBC5.

    In a case that has inflamed racial tensions across the United States and drawn global attention, the unarmed Martin was shot to death by Zimmerman on February 26 as he walked in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, where Martin was staying with his father at the home of his father’s fiance. Minutes before the shooting, Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious man in his community where he served as a neighborhood watch volunteer.

    Sanford police briefly detained, but did not charge Zimmerman in the shooting. The 5’9″, 28 year-old Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, saying Martin had attacked him and he feared for his well-being as the 6’3″ Martin pounded his head on the ground after knocking him off his feet with a sucker punch.

    Crump was speaking to the BBC after the special Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey announced on Monday that she would not empanel a grand jury in the case and would decide on her own whether to prosecute Zimmerman.

    Crump expressed confidence that Corey would eventually charge Zimmerman, but when queried by the BBC that Corey could indeed choose to not prosecute Zimmerman, Crump said,”She could, yeah she could. And I think if she did that (decided to not prosecute Zimmerman)it would be pandemonium. There would be outrage all over America and all over the world.”

    Crump has waged a successful public relations campaign to bring public pressure on authorities to investigate the shooting of Martin. Because Zimmerman was characterized in the media as a ‘white Hispanic’ and Martin was black, the case has been played out in racial terms as well as simple calls for justice. The Obama Justice Department is investigating whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights by committing a so-called hate crime.

    Crump’s statement warning of global “pandemonium” adds to racial and vigilante tensions in the case already inflamed by statements from President Obama, the New Black Panthers and white neo-Nazis, as well as by celebrities Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr who publicized what they believed to be the home addresses of Zimmerman and his family.

    Early Tuesday morning,an unmanned Sanford police car parked outside the neighborhood where the Martin shooting took place, had it’s windows shattered by reported gunshots. That followed the Sanford police headquarters being shut down by peaceful college students who blocked the building’s entrance to demand Zimmerman’s arrest.

    A $10,000 bounty for the dead or alive capture of Zimmerman has been announced by the New Black Panther Party. The Obama administration has been silent in the face of the Panthers’ clear violation of the law and threat to civil society.
    __________

    From the BBC and video:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17666801

  94. jb

    He is dropping out because he was going to get slammed in PA…Again!

    Don’t believe the polls!

  95. Black people are already believing the entire Trayvon narrative. Any apologies by the fraud media now fall on deaf ears. I hate to think what the summer will bring.

    They believe Trayvon represents their everyday experience.

  96. From a DailyKook in a discussion of Texts from Hillary:

    http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1082211/45688083#c49

    I’ll never forget

    when I went to my first caucus to vote for Obama and an elderly couple who sat across from me were voting for Hillary. The LOOK on their faces when they saw how many of us were voting for Obama will always be etched in my mind! It was a shocked look that said we’re giving away experience for a WHIM. I also think about what Hillary said about Obama: “He gives good speeches, but…” and thinking about how the last 3 years have gone by watching Obama coddle, enable, and bend over backwards to appease Republicans at OUR expense and to end up where we started – with the racist GOPers hating Obama regardless. Hillary got that lesson they hate anyone who isn’t “them” (and so many more lessons) years ago and when Bill was in the WH! When I think about it all, I wish I would have voted for Hillary then at that caucus too. It’s my own opinion: I was foolish to throw away experience for a whim that has wasted so much precious time, lessons, and effort and has taken me from hope to near hopelessness.

    This dim DailyKook will still vote for Obama and not understand how stupid he/she still is for enabling Obama.

  97. Someone from the Neo’s has got to have spoken to Santorum- If his daughters health and safety isn’t enough to force him to quit by itself, then the word has to be coming from on high.

    Something Big is in store for us… like hyping this Trayvon thing onto something it isn’t.

    Can’t wait to see Clint Eastwood’s reality tv series. Playing Dirty Harry- demonstrating how to be Locked and Loaded for the Big One.

  98. Santorum: may I ask that we wait to do a victory dance over the suspension of Santorum’s campaign?

    There may have been more than one reason for the suspension; one being the welfare of his daughter and his need to be with his family. I listened for a reason for Santorum’s suspension, and unless I missed it none was given. But when I look at Karen Santorum’s face in that video, I believe it is because her child is near death. Her eyes are the eyes of a loss, but a much deep kind of loss than a political one. Her eyes are those of a grieving mother who is trying to be brave. I had voiced concern over him being taken seriously as POTUS because that child is in such fragile health. Prayers for little Bella and her family.

  99. jbstonesfan
    April 10th, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    He had to drop out now as Obama is pulling way ahead of Romney in key states and unless he can turn it around and start campaigning full time against Obama, his odds were dwindling .
    &&&&&&&&

    If you mean “pulling way ahead of Romney” using the over-sampled (skewed toward Democrats) polls, then Obama’s lead suddenly (POOF!!) disappears.

  100. Thanks for the update Short Termer-

    I haven’t been following Bella’s condition. Sad for the family, if her condition has deteriorated to that point.. Prayers for the Santorum family-

  101. Zim going against his attorney’s advise. Maybe because they are doing such a lousy job? Whoever they sent out at the beginning was the worst.. stumbling and tripping all over himself never getting control of the message-

  102. quitting a campaign and quitting an elected position are apples and oranges.

    —–
    I agree 100%.

  103. Free market medicine createsFirst Bionic Blogger: Gentlemen, we can rebuild MUT. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic blogger. She will be that pundit. Better than she was before. Better, stronger, faster.

  104. Re: Mrs. Smith
    April 10th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    That was one interesting interview; wish they had put the person who kept asking about the racist stuff on camera. Urich was prominent in the Casey Anthony trial.

    He gave a fantastic account of what the Racists for Hire, the congresswoman, and lamestream media has done to George Zimmerman. Yay, for Urich.

    Congratulations on your book, Ani, and much success.

  105. turndownobama
    April 10th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    ————–
    Oh, no! I find myself agreeing with you again, LOL! Of course it’s not exactly the same, but similar enough. One difference is that Sarah handed her position over to her capable Lt, Governor. Hillary handed her support to a sleaze ball. It just shows you that sometimes a person does things that just make others wonder why? I respect both women either way, even though I was really very disappointed and admittedly angry when Hillary gave up. Does anyone not remember Hillary making the comment that she would leave it up to her supporters as to what she would do (or something similar). I sent her csmpaign a message pleading that she continue campaign into the convention, Oh, well.

  106. I also hope that Bella Santorum’s life is somehow spared. I feel terrible when the oh so young pass at such an early age. Prayers to her and her family.

  107. quitting a campaign and quitting an elected position are apples and oranges.

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

    Quitting an elective position at your own timing with your own Lt Governor in place to continue your policies, is not as bad as quitting a campaign and then turning around to campaign FOR a miognyous cheat.

  108. #jtjames
    April 10th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    our girl been reading text’s from hillary… she met the founders of the site today.
    http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/

    ———————–

    Cool! I am kind of relieved to see them meet. I suppose we can conclude that those boys are not Obots but may be real admirers.

  109. I wondered how he could take on the stress of the presidency with a baby that may have a short life from a terrible disease.

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

    Isn’t he the one that Palin called a “knuckle-dragging Neanderthal” when he said that she stayed away from a convention because “she has all those children”? (She has 5 — he has 7.)

  110. This is such BS…The fraud gave Hillary the max personal donation (he and mo), like what, $5,200?
    *******************
    Rick Santorum asked supporters to help pay off his campaign debt after he suspended his presidential campaign this afternoon.

    “I am planning to do everything in my power to bring a change about in the White House,” he wrote in a campaign email. “But our campaign has debt, and I cannot be free to focus on helping defeat him with this burden.”

    He added that his daughter, Bella, “has pneumonia, but like her Dad, she’s a fighter.” Santorum declared the presidential race “over” during an event in Gettysburg, Pa., today after spending the weekend in the hospital with his daughter.

    Then-candidate Barack Obama helped Hillary Clinton pay down her debt, and encouraged his donors to help her as well, in 2008. It will be interesting to see if Santorum comes to some sort of agreement with Mitt Romney along those lines.

  111. #jtjames
    April 10th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    our girl been reading text’s from hillary… she met the founders of the site today.

    http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/
    _________________

    Perfect- any inkling as to the conversation that transpired in that conversation?

    Hillary wouldn’t go there to meet with them just because she is flattered by the attention. She went there to see who these guys are and who they are connected-to- ( which by the way, as a good attorney in her own right, she most likely already knows the answer to that question)… and I would say, she would tell them if they want to continue making money off their little funnies, they sign a well written agreement stating what they can and can’t say and do in those captions… if they want to continue their little cottage business at her expense.. Don’t forget, Hillary is a brilliant attorney…and been burnt enough times to be wary of Greeks bearing gifts even if they offered her a sum of money in the bargain- Money is the last thing she would consider… Her image and reputation would be her paramount concern.

  112. This why the only “reporter” OTurd will go on with on CNBC is John Hardwood, an Obot. Maria Bartiromo is a very good reporter, no wonder OTurd refuses to go on an interview with her.


  113. gonzotx
    April 10th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This is such BS…The fraud gave Hillary the max personal donation (he and mo), like what, $5,200?

    ——-
    I know he did, but not sure about MO.

    Sweaters sugar daddy flipped over to Mitt.

    Bye, bye sweaters…

  114. moononpluto
    April 10th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Drudge in sinuating……Obama, thin and wasting away….i agree, he looks very ill.
    _________________

    From that photo- Notice the wrinkled forehead, the glazed over hooded eyes, ( most likely the result of a relaxant) (valium). He doesn’t believe a word he’s saying. He’s under great stress, just trying to get through the speech and be somewhere else anywhere but where he is-

  115. I’ll be putting on not only my noseplug, but a full HazMat suit, and trying to get the ugh Mittens elected. Why? Four words that chill my soul:

    Supreme Court Justice Eric Holder

  116. If I were Zimmerman or his lawyer, I’d request a full criminal trial (and hope for acquittal or bargain). Bring out all the evidence, discuss it publicly. Clear the air.

    Forensic evidence would tell the story — IF the police bothered to collect any.

  117. gonzotx
    April 10th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    She quit. End of story.
    ____________________________

    Your comments omit the fact that the *people* of Alaska were not well-served by their executive branch of government getting hijacked by paid out-of-state political operatives. I think quitting showed who mattered to her most – the citizens. And it shows great ability to put her ego aside and do the right thing; she had to know people would simplify it as “she quit”. It was a tough decision that worked out in the end for the people and for her. Sometimes you have to take a loss to keep moving forward, which she has. Obviously not the end of her story as we are still talking about her.

  118. Tony Stark
    April 10th, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    —————–

    Link from his comment. Thanks for posting it. She has a great sense of humor.

    Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, the two guys behind the site, said they received an email from a member of Clinton’s staff on Monday afternoon, out of the blue.

    “We didn’t even believe it at first,” said Smith. “Stacy and I IMed each other at the same time, basically saying, ‘Oh my god, this email!'”

    The staffer invited them over to the State Department, saying the secretary loved the site and wanted to meet them. Her staff also submitted Clinton’s own idea for a post to the site, which went up on Tuesday. In it, Clinton calls out Smith and Lambe for their creation (and makes a scrunchie joke).

    Smith said that the submission was from the Clinton herself — although she may have had some help on it — and that they talked about it with her at the meeting. She told them that her favorite post was the one with Ryan Gosling.

  119. #HillaryforTexas
    April 10th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’ll be putting on not only my noseplug, but a full HazMat suit, and trying to get the ugh Mittens elected. Why? Four words that chill my soul:

    Supreme Court Justice Eric Holder
    ——————–

    How many people has he promised then? I heard Kamala Harris, AG of CA is in line too (her mother is Indian and a well known scientist and dad, Jamaican, I think but mostly grew up with her single mother).

  120. valleyboy
    April 10th, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    **************

    I have heard that story myself, but in all reality, “doing it for the good of the people” doesn’t hold water to me. Hell, Bill certainly could have used that as an excuse during the Republican witch hunt his entire eight years as President, which actually started during his Governorship. I have no doubt he would have been more effective if he didn’t need to spend so much time and money on the personal attacks, but his stepping down would not have served him or this country. He certainly would not be looked upon with the love and respect afforded him today.

  121. pm317
    April 10th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Thanks pm317, he comes from great stock and walks the walk. This family really is the salt of the earth, what we all wished are families were like in reality. Respectful, hard working, supportive of Women’s rights, not just words upon blue lips.

  122. Your comments omit the fact that the *people* of Alaska were not well-served by their executive branch of government getting hijacked by paid out-of-state political operatives.

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

    Val, can you tell us more about this? I think Gonzo is over-simplyfing a situation that you seem to know more about.

  123. gonzotx
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    ————–

    Yeah, I am very impressed. They need to get on with telling these stories.

  124. TD,

    Your special, and I will now refuse to be engaged in your endless babbling on any subject. Whoa be the stranger to your fly fishing expeditions. Is that “simplyfing a situation” enough for you?

    Don’t answer that question, it was rhetoric.

  125. Lenore Romney was a GW graduate in those days.. The video is worth watching how Romney’s dad says they were equal partners. She seems very strong. Mitt R. should use these videos to tell his story. Gender gap, my foot? What is he waiting for?

  126. Trixta, Tim, Andyp, Mrs. Smith and Shadowfax — forgive me if I missed anyone!

    The Kindle version of DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN is now available.
    for the next few days, it has its own link, and then will be merged with the main book link thereafter.

    You can buy it here: (Admin, please embed)

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SWU74C

    So many thanks!!
    Ani

  127. ani
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Excellent- I’m happy the publisher moved quickly on it. I love my Kindle but was surprised to learn the I-Pad wasn’t equipped to download books electronically.. but needs to be in a pdf format..
    Is that right Shadow?

    When I purchased the Kindle Touch, I did it with the intention of keeping the thousands of books downloaded books all in one place.. and I feel comfortable I did the right thing knowing you need to buy space with a tablet if you need more memory.

  128. I don’t know what 70s were like here in America. But Lenore Romney was pretty cool! It fits well with this thread talking about strong women. Watch the video if you like before opining.

  129. From the article above: Lenore Romney ““I found in my campaign that many men and women openly resented the fact that a woman would even try to unseat a man,” she was quoted as saying in a 1971 Look magazine article. “The rawest example of prejudice came from a farmer who told me, ‘Ma’am, we don’t vote for women or [racial epithet] in this county.’ . . . When they indicate that women have no business in politics because it’s dirty, I take exception. It’s the real world, and women have every right — and duty — to be in it.””

  130. #gonzotx
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Respect, not Deifying, there’s a difference…
    ——————

    More like curiosity and wanting to know more. She seems like a fascinating woman.

  131. ani
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Mrs. Smith – Ipad has a kindle app so that you can use to buy a kindle book.
    _____________

    Well, that is good news. I think Shadowfax will be happy to know that… I’m glad I mentioned it..

    It really is amazing that Amazon can send you an entire book electronically in just a few minutes…
    I’m going to get your book after I sign off tonight.. then stay up until 3 am reading.. 😉

  132. This guy is delusional. Newt thinks he has a chance now. via hotair:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/10/gingrich-ive-finally-got-romney-one-on-one/

    I can’t find the clip online but, via Fox Insider, he actually told Huckabee this afternoon, “[T]here may be a debate […] between Romney and me.” Delusional and desperate for attention: When exactly did Newt turn into Mirlande Wilson?

    It’s time for an intervention. We need the one person he respects above all others to go pat him on the back, congratulate him on his indefatigability, and tell him that it’s time for the lion in winter to retreat to his lair. How about it, Mr. Toffler?

  133. I have heard rumors that Newt has a shot at winning….. Delaware, I think it is. And he’ll wait til after that to bow out, so as to go out on a win. Not sure if that’s true at all, just scuttlebutt.

  134. Diane Sawyer had the Hillary Texting stuff on tonight. She is getting some interesting press from it.

  135. Thanks Ani and Mrs. S-
    When I downloaded the iPad/Kindle app, it wanted me to sign with my Amazon account, which I don’t have, will have to investigate further unless the book will come out in iPad format, epub….then I will wait for it.

  136. pm317.
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    ************

    Yes, the more I know, the more I want to know about about the Romney’s. It is really amazing considering the status of women in the Mormon church. This is not your typical Mormon woman of 1970’s.

  137. pm317
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    *********************************

    I watched the video of Mitt’s mother, she was a remarkable woman. I see some Hillary in her.

  138. Shadowfax
    April 10th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Call Amazon and have them tell you how it works and if you decide to use it, they can walk you though it.. yes?

  139. Shadowfax,

    An amazon account is easy breezy and they don’t bother you once you get one (well, they don’t bother me anyway). If you want to wait for epub, of course, that is fine but just to let you know it may be weeks until Smashwords has that up and available…

    Thanks so much for your interest.

  140. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/295571/millennials-turn-rightward-nathaniel-botwinick

    The “luster of Obama’s promises has worn off” and “hope” and “change” no longer drive young voters. In 2008, the “millennial” generation, comprising those between the ages of 18 to 29, voted for President Obama by a margin of 2–1. In 2004, President Bush lost this demographic by nine points to John Kerry. But, for the first time in over a decade, it appears the trend has reversed — young Americans are now reconsidering their allegiances to the Democratic party. Why have the millennials, the group that Obama has described as “the foundation of [his] campaign,” abandoned him? To quote another Democratic campaign, “it’s the economy, stupid.” [snip]

    Furthermore, among the millennials interviewed, there was a “palpable sense of underemployment” according to Luke Frans of Resurgent Republic. Although these young voters still like Obama personally, they now hold him responsible for his policies. Discussions of “hope” and “change” only elicited cynicism from them. A young North Carolinian surveyed said that President Obama “promised the moon and could not even deliver the upper atmosphere,” while another voter from Raleigh complained that “we expected a lot more.”

  141. Ani and Mrs. S- thanks, I will wait for the iPad version…too many accounts now, too many passwords to remember as it is.

  142. Yup Admin, I have been hearing the same from young Obots, they thought he would be more honest and something young and new in Washington.

    Too bad, so sad.

    We told them so!

  143. Obama was here in Boca earlier today and spoke at FAU. It was pretty hard to take
    watching the crowd worshipping his every word. These Obots still think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. What concerns me is that with the racial tensions, war on religion masked as a womans right to contraception, he is effectively re-energizing his base at the right time. In contrast, even on a day when
    Romney finally gets sweaters out, his crowds are small and at least
    on TV, come off very unenthusiastic.

  144. Romney finally gets sweaters out, his crowds are small and at least
    on TV, come off very unenthusiastic.
    ————————————
    When Rubio starts appearing with him that will change in most parts of Florida, but probably not Boca Raton.

    Doug Schoen thinks the next few weeks are critical to Romney, because he must unite the party and fine tune his attacks on Obama. Perhaps. Perhaps. But I do not think we should put too much stock in any pundit right now. They blow with the wind.

  145. Erickson at Red State appears on CNN as does Larry Johnson. Therefore, it is understandable that they would pull their punches when dealing with that network. However, by my yardstick they are the second most depraved network on the air. NBC is a notch higher and ABC is bringing up the rear. ABC is depraved as well. CBS and FOX by comparison are credible.

    Whether it is rigging GM trucks to explode, or playing music calling Sarah a bitch, and now doctoring takes to pour gasoline on an incipient race war NBC is in a league of its own. Let us hope there is no more blood, but if alas there is, then by the Almighty, let it be theirs.
    ——————————————————
    Here is Eric . . .

    Growing up, 60 Minutes was, to me, journalism done right. They asked questions and got answers and highlighted problems and, though sometimes falling short of the goal, tried not to put themselves in the story.

    I’d like to think that if Mike Wallace were able in his latter days, he’d be kicking the asses of most of the journalists who have dared weigh in on the Trayvon Martin killing for destroying the integrity of a tragic story in the name of agenda journalism.

    Just about every single network and journalist who has touched on the Trayvon Martin matter should be deeply and terribly ashamed of themselves. I am disgusted by just how badly the media has botched the handling of a very real tragedy.

    What we know is that Trayvon Martin was killed.

    We know that the 911 operator told George Zimmernan not to follow Trayvon Martin, but he did anyway.

    We know, from Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, that Trayvon was being following and a scuffle happened.

    We know from an eyewitness that Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman beating up George Zimmerman.

    We know from that same eyewitness that George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

    We know that for a month, until outrage built, the police did nothing and treated this case as a matter of self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute.

    This whole sordid story is a tragedy in and of itself.

    But then there is the other tragedy.

    We know that journalists spent a good bit of time trying to decide if George Zimmerman said “punks” or a racial slur on a 911 tape.

    We know that journalists tried to prove that George Zimmerman had no lacerations on the back of his neck and certainly did not look like he’d been beaten up contrary to the eye witness and others there that night.

    We know that journalists edited the tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call to make it sound like Zimmerman was concerned because Trayvon Martin was black.

    We know journalists have repeated used old photographs of Trayvon Martin that give him a more youthful, innocent appearance while using George Zimmerman’s mugshot.

    We know that journalists first ran out the door with “white on black crime” as a headline only to have to walk it back when the white guy appeared a bit too hispanic to keep up that pretense.

    We know that an NBC personality went on CNN with a CNN personality and had the audacity to attack the CNN personality for daring to suggest there might be more than one side to the story.

    Each of these acts is troubling.

    Instead of the facts, journalists decided to do what they do in pretty much every story these days — make it a victim vs. victimizer story. They sensationalized parts of the story, dramatized parts of the story, and fictionalized parts of the story. Instead of letting the facts decide the winner and loser, the journalists decided who would win and who would lose the story.

    In one clear attempt when a journalist, Piers Morgan of CNN, tried to actually suggest there might be a larger story, an NBC personality of the network that edited a 911 tape to make it look even more damning, was offended at the very thought of there being a bigger story.

    Journalists believe that even though we have our nation’s first black President we still have all sorts of racial problems in this country. And with the Trayvon Martin story, instead of trying to be a force for good in honestly resolving those issues, the journalistic community has poured salt on the wounds.

    Trayvon Martin died a tragic death. There are many questions that should be answered. But in trying to help answer those questions, the media has allowed itself to become part of the story. The journalists involved should all be ashamed of their conduct.

  146. doctoring tapes–is the charge and the admission. The claim that the network does not approve of this is a bold faced lie. Top management have knowingly created the kind of culture where things like this are bound to happen. And they promote the meme. Therefore in the same sense that a man is deemed to have intended the natural and probable consequencs of his action if not the result itself actions as a matter of law, the same principle applies here. Putting aside all the faux internal investigations and contrite statements fat Phil Griffin of NBC spreads poison and if innocent lives are lost he needs to swing. I hope the day comes when the American People take action against these uber corrupt executives.

  147. Floyd Abrams is widely regarded as the greatest defender of freedom of the press in the American Bar Association, but for my money he is a plodder, and the practical effect of his plodding is big media–meaning these multi billion dollar multi national corporations have been given vast unchecked power over the American People. As I say, these are not patriots with printing presses in their basement–these are huge corporations what ride roughshod over the liberty of millions of Americans, and they should not enjoy the kind of immunity they now have to destroy people lives without recourse.

  148. Even this iteration however could be rendered salvageable if these billion dollar multi national corporations established ethical standards and policed them internally. But as we can see from the Tray case, it does not work that way. They behave like a school of piranhas, and what they chew up and spit out is typically a lie or a distortion of truth.

  149. One more point on the media. When I was campaigning for Hillary, a San Francisco Judge’s son and I opened a campaign office in a small town called Kitani, which is on the Allegani River. This was in the congressional district of the late John Murtha, and we used the old democrat party headquarters which looked to be pre civil war. That town was like others I campaigned in–beautiful setting, industrial base gone, town structure decaying, drug use, etc. Sadly, it was a typically pattern, and I felt very proud to be part of Hillary’s army at that time, because she understood what was happening in this country, and the moment when she promised blue collar workers in Ohio that she would review NAFTA, and Dittohead Obama said me too and then sent Austin Goolsbee on a secret mission to reassure the Canadian minister not to worry about this beause it was just campaign talk, I began to sense that this thing was not going to turn out well. We were promised a group of people to help with canvassing and get out to vote effort, but none of them showed up except for a middle aged lady and her young daughter who was something of a child protegee. How different she was from the little asshole Obama had in Charleston WV who was like the artful dodger and picked peoples pockets. But this little girl and her mother put over 30 hours in 2 days. One of the things we found was that the husband of Linda Douglas of ABC News was from that town, and the two of them had held a lavish dinner for Obama the night before somewhere in the area. This seemed odd to me because this town was a picture of white poverty and its best days were clearly in the past, a great place to raise a family once, but no more. The bundlers must have come in from elswhere. At that point, I was just beginning to see the broad parameters of the conspiracy we were up against. Later, as part of the revolving door which exists between ABC News and the Obama White House Linda was given a lucrative job as an Obama truth minister charged with ferreting out lies about Obamacare and punishing the perpetrators. That continues to be the role of big media, for they are joined to the hip with Obama.

  150. Looks like Newt is going to force Romney to earn his keep, much to the chagrin of ST. Romney supporters.
    __________________________

    Gingrich: I’m Staying In

    Newt Gingrich said today in a statement that he will not be dropping out of the Republican race for the nomination, even in the wake of Rick Santorum’s decision to end his campaign for the nomination. “Rick,” the statement said, “has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles.” He continued:

    I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice. I humbly ask Senator Santorum’s supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa. We know well that only a conservative can protect life, defend the Constitution, restore jobs and growth and return to a balanced budget.

    Gingrich may be staying in because he reportedly has significant campaign debt. He has held secret meetings with Mitt Romney with regard to dropping out.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/10/Gingrich-Staying-In
    ______________________

    Although it’s ABO, Romney does not seem to have captured the adoration of Breitbart commentators..

  151. Paul Ryan: Obama’s Attacks Are “Verbal Tantrums” video

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/04/10/paul_ryan_obamas_attacks_are_verbal_tantrums.html

    “You know, we’ve gotten kind of used to this sort of verbal tantrums from the president. To me it’s a little more petulance than presidential. “He’s trying to use this kind of rhetoric to distort away from his failed record,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said about President Obama’s social Darwinism and Trojan horse remarks.”

  152. America The Beautiful lays out the case for Obama @ Ulsterman:
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    AmericaTheBeautiful

    April 10, 2012

    They must rig the polls and manufacture an aura of approval around Obama…So that when the faceless Foreign company that counts and steals our votes, and the hundreds upon hundreds of millions of putrid foreign and illegal funds are illegally pouring into Obama’s campaign coffers for evil….the stupid are supposed to believe their lying eyes.

    A new day is dawning…. and Obama’s PsyOps fixer Cass Sunstein (husband of Samamtha Power) will no longer convince the American voter to believe just anything… the American people, lovers of freedom, DO NOT TRUST Obama…They will neither trust nor respect this communist excuse for a leader ….nor are our youth grovelling for more hope and change….not a chance in his hell. 88 Million working age Americans are out of work or underemployed…a number equal to the entire population of Germany…with no hope for jobs on Obama’s fake horizon.

    While it may have appeared in 2008 that the American youth were in full adoration mode of Obama, please remember the PsyOps was in full throttle then too, as at every event in 2008—the Obama Campaign gave away free beer and had big draw concerts to create the illusion of mmm mmm mmm….When in fact no greater number of college students or the youth voted in 2008. The breathless support of Obama was All fallacy….A lie.

    Not a chance this time…people are locked and loaded, American’s will do anything to stop the Communist usurper bent on redistributing the wealth, the prosperity, the jobs and the freedom that are the core of this country and her people…we will not let this evil fraud rip the heart of our country out….We have fought and died on battlefields the world over to bring OTHERS freedom…Do they imagine we will do less for our own freedom??

    We not only have a responsibility to protect the land that we love and inherited, to protect the freedom our forebearers fought and shed blood for, to pass unbroken the legacy we were entrusted with for the freedom of future generations of Americans….but also a moral responsibility to guard the shining light on the hill that sends a beacon of hope to our oppressed brothers and sisters the world over.

    We will not be deterred by the disgruntled malevolent snake that looks to create the MIRAGE of HOPE and the DEVIL’S OFFERING of CHANGE as he snuffs out our life.

  153. When in fact no greater number of college students or the youth voted in 2008.

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

    Is that really true? It would fit with the fact that by exit polls HIllary would have won in Nov 2008 with 5% more than Obama did.

  154. Gingrich staying in? I saw elsewhere a remark that now all the people who God told to run have dropped out. Did God tell Gingrich to?

  155. How could anyone consider the downright ineptness and of any candidate for POTUS but our great lady and the most popular womand in the world that can give this masterpiece of speeches.

    Forrestal Lecture at the Naval Academy

    Remarks
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StateAnnapolis, MD

    April 10, 2012

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much. Thanks for that warm introduction, Zach. Thank you Jordan, who will be helping to moderate the questions at the end of my remarks. Vice Admiral Miller and Captain Clark, thank you for the very warm welcome that you have given me. I also want to recognize a long-time friend, the governor of the great state of Maryland, Martin O’Malley. And I understand that we have delegates from the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, from schools literally around the world, including some Fulbright scholars. So let me welcome all of you as well. I just hope they don’t make you climb Herndon before you leave the academy. (Laughter.)
    And Midshipmen, thank you for taking this time away from your studies. (Laughter.) You’ll take just any excuse. (Laughter.) And Plebes, I’m sure you’d rather be sleeping. (Cheering and applause.) And Youngsters, well, you’re still just glad you’re not Plebes. (Cheering.) And Second Class, you’d rather, I’m sure, be catching up on some homework. (Cheering.) And Firsties, you’re already dreaming of throwing your cover in the air and putting all this in your rearview mirror. (Cheers and applause.)
    But to one and all, it is such an honor for me to be here this evening. Now, I am fortunate to know and work with quite a few graduates of this academy and to call many of them my friends, including the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, and Admiral Harry Harris, class of 1978, who travels the world with me and is here with me tonight. And as I was signing the guestbook for the lectures, I know you recently heard from my former colleague, Senator John McCain, who, by his own admission, was nowhere near the top of his class, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a genuine American hero and a great colleague and travelling companion during my years in the Senate.
    Now, I received a note, an email, from another graduate I know, just in the last day, who had heard that I would be coming here to the academy. And he wanted me to understand how this academy prepares you not just for military service, but for citizenship and life. Carlos came to Annapolis after fleeing Cuba as a child with his parents, who both worked two jobs to make a new life in America. The naval training he received helped him eventually become the first commanding officer of a guided missile destroyer, and his study of strategy and diplomacy landed him a job as a White House fellow.
    But that’s not all. He used what he learned in, yes, electrical engineering classes – and I know how much you all love those – to start his own small business that now employs 50 people. The academy’s emphasis on integrity and character led this first-generation American to get involved in his own community and even to make a run for local office. In his email to me, he said, “My life would not be what it is today if it were not for the United States Naval Academy. Annapolis taught me to always strive in my own small way to make a positive difference in the lives of others because it is the right thing to do.”
    Now, that is not only a wonderful sentiment for an individual’s life, but also for our country and our country’s future. You see, we need you to become leaders who can use every tool and every bit of training to make contributions across a wide range of disciplines. The challenges of the 21st century are blurring the lines between defense, diplomacy, and development, the three Ds of foreign policy. So we need officers who can fight wars, negotiate agreements, and provide emergency relief all at once. Call it the smart power Navy. That’s what Annapolis is preparing you for, and that’s what your country is counting on.
    And as we consider this future, let us also remember our past. This is the Forrestal lecture, named for the first-ever Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. He helped create the modern military and reorganize the government for the Cold War. And throughout his career, he championed the Navy as a pillar of America’s global leadership.
    Now, that was not always a popular position. After World War II, many Americans would have been happy if we just retreated behind our borders. But Secretary Forrestal was part of an extraordinary generation of leaders who realized that Americans’ interests were inextricably linked to the fortunes of people everywhere. In 1946, he noted in his diary that the Soviets believed that the post-war world should be shaped by a handful of great powers acting alone. But “the American point of view,” he wrote, “is that all nations professing a desire for peace and democracy should participate.”
    In the years that followed, the United States and its partners constructed a new international order – an architecture of institutions, norms, and alliances that delivered peace and prosperity across what was then called the Free World. We saw old rivals like France and Germany feeling secure enough to reconcile and break their cycle of conflict. We watched as increasing economic integration raised standards of living, as fundamental freedoms became enshrined in international law, and democracy took root and thrived.
    Now, today, no totalitarian empire threatens the world. But new actors are wielding increasing influence in international affairs. And emerging regions, especially the Asia Pacific, are becoming key drivers of global politics and economics. As a result, the post-war architecture is in need of some renovation. Still, amidst all this change, two constants remain. First, a just, open, and sustainable international order is still required to promote global peace and prosperity. And second, while the geometry of global power may have changed, American leadership is as essential as ever.
    Now, I have said that the 21st century will be America’s Pacific century, just like previous centuries have been. And today, I want to describe briefly the diplomatic, economic and military investments the United States is making in a strong network of institutions and partnerships across the Asia Pacific. This vast region, from the Indian Ocean to the western shores of the Americas, is home to half the world’s population, several of our most trusted allies, emerging economic powers like China, India, and Indonesia, and many of the world’s most dynamic trade and energy routes.
    Surging U.S. exports to the region are helping drive our economic recovery here at home. And future growth depends on reaching further into Asia’s growing consumer base and expanding middle class. Indeed, the shape of the global economy, the advance of democracy and human rights, and our hopes for a 21st century less bloody than the 20th century all hinge to a large degree on what happens in the Asia Pacific.
    Take a look at this month’s headlines, and it shows the challenges and opportunities that the region presents. As we meet here tonight, North Korea is readying a long-range missile launch that will violate UN Security Council resolutions and put its neighbors and region at risk. Now this new threat comes only weeks after North Korea agreed to a moratorium on nuclear and missile testing. The speed of the turnaround raises questions about Pyongyang’s seriousness in saying that it desires to improve relations with us and its neighbors. This launch will give credence to the view that North Korean leaders see improved relations with the outside world as a threat to the existence of their system. And recent history strongly suggests that additional provocations may follow.
    So we are working around the clock with South Korea and Japan to strengthen our alliances and sharpen our deterrent. As President Obama said in Seoul last month after visiting the demilitarized zone, the commitment of the United States to the people of the Republic of South Korea is unshakable. We will also work with Russia and with China. They both share a strong interest in the stability of the Korean Peninsula and will join in sending a message to the North Koreans that true security will only come from living up to commitments and obligations first and foremost to their own people.
    Yet at the same time, Burma offers a meaningful opportunity for economic and political progress. For decades, that Southeast Asian nation has been locked behind an authoritarian curtain while many other countries in the region made successful transitions to vibrant democracies and open markets. The United States, supporting these transitions, has been one of our defining efforts in the Asia Pacific from South Korea to the Philippines to Thailand to Indonesia. In fact, I’m often a little frustrated that people forget how hard it was for those four countries to make their transitions. They went through all kinds of military dictatorships and coups and instability. And so we have to continue to have the patience and persistence to nurture the flickers of progress that I saw when I visited Burma, the first visit by a Secretary of State in 50 years. Of course, it is still too early to say how this story will end. But just nine days ago, the long-imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi was voted into parliament.
    Much of the history of the 21st century is being written before our eyes. And a quick glance at Burma and North Korea shows that we have a deep stake in how that history plays out. So from our first days in office, the Obama Administration began directing America’s foreign policy to account for the Asia Pacific’s growing importance. I broke with tradition and made my first overseas trip there as Secretary. President Obama has traveled to the Western Pacific four times. We stepped up our engagement with countries and institutions in what I call forward deployed diplomacy. And we’re not turning away from our old friends and interests in other parts of the world. Our relationships with European and NATO allies who are, after all, our partners of first resort, remain indispensable for our work around the globe. And we need to deepen our engagement in the Asia Pacific region in coordination with them.
    So just as we are not losing old friends, we are not seeking new enemies. Today’s China is not the Soviet Union. We are not on the brink of a new Cold War in Asia. Just look at the ever expanding trade between our economies, the connections between our peoples, the ongoing consultations between our governments. In less than 35 years, we’ve gone from being two nations with hardly any ties to speak of to being thoroughly, inescapably interdependent. That requires adjustments in thinking and approaches on both sides. Geopolitics today cannot afford to be a zero-sum game. A thriving China is good for America and a thriving America is good for China, so long as we both thrive in a way that contributes to the regional and global good. Let me go one step further. We will only succeed in building a peaceful, prosperous Asia Pacific if we succeed in building an effective U.S.-China relationship.
    So our aim is to build mature and effective institutions that can mobilize common action and settle disputes peacefully, to work toward rules and norms that help manage relations between peoples, markets, and nations, and establish security arrangements that provide stability and build trust. I am well aware that some in Asia fear that a robust American presence and our talk of architecture and institutions and norms is really code for protecting Western prerogatives and denying rising powers their fair share of influence. The argument goes that we’re trying to draw them into a rigged system that favors us. Well, that is just not the case. We agree that regional and international architecture cannot remain static. Rules and institutions designed for an earlier age may not be suited to today.
    So we need to work together to adapt and update them and even to create new institutions where necessary. But there are principles that are universal and that must be defended: fundamental freedoms and human dignity; an open, free, transparent, and fair economic system; the peaceful resolution of disputes; and respect for the territorial integrity of states. These are norms that benefit everyone and that help all people and nations live and trade in peace. The international system based on these principles helped fuel, not foil, the rise of China and other emerging powers such as India and Indonesia. Those nations have benefited from the security it provides, the markets it opens, and the trust it fosters. And as a consequence, they have a real stake in the success of that system. And as their power grows and their ability to contribute increases, the world’s expectations of them will rise as well.
    But some of today’s emerging powers in Asia and elsewhere act as selective stakeholders, picking and choosing when to participate constructively and when to stand apart from the international system. And while that may suit their interests in the short term, it will ultimately render the system that has helped them get to where they are today unworkable. And that would end up impoverishing everyone.
    History shows us that a strong regional architecture can bring to bear incentives for cooperation and disincentives for provocation and problematic behaviors. But this kind of architecture does not just spring up on its own, just as NATO and other aspects of the post-World War II architecture didn’t just happen. It takes consistent effort, strong partnerships, and crucially, American leadership. And that is, at core, what our strategy in the Asia Pacific is all about. All of our actions – diplomatic, economic, and military – are designed to advance this goal. Let me offer three examples about how it works.
    First, President Obama’s attended something called the East Asia Summit this past November. The East Asia Summit is a gathering of the heads of state of all kinds of the nations in the region to grapple with the biggest challenges and pursue comprehensive solutions, whether it’s on nonproliferation, disaster response, or maritime security. But no U.S. President had ever attended before. And President Obama’s decision to participate capped three years of intensive engagement with institutions like ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, and APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and reflected our support for the East Asia Summit as the region’s premier forum for discussing political and security issues.
    Having an institution like this can make a difference. Take the South China Sea. It connects many of the region’s nations, some of whom have competing claims on its waters and islands. Half the world’s merchant tonnage flows through the South China Sea, so the stakes for maritime security and freedom of navigation are very high. The United States has no territorial claims there, and we do not take sides in territorial disputes. But we have always been a seafaring nation, and we have an abiding interest in protecting the seas and respecting international law and promoting the peaceful resolution of disputes that arise out of navigation.
    Trying to settle complex disputes like this bilaterally, one-on-one, was a recipe for confusion and even potentially confrontation. There were too many overlapping claims and interests, and the concerns of some countries were being elevated while others were being diminished. But when President Obama joined his fellow leaders at the East Asia Summit, they were able to support a region-wide effort to protect unfettered access to the South China Sea, work toward developing a code of conduct, and respect the legitimate interests of all claimants to ensure that disputes were settled through a consensual process based on established principles of international law.
    Now, it was a reminder that, for certain issues, there’s no substitute for putting the relevant players in the same room and letting giving them a chance to begin to exchange ideas and work towards sorting out problems. In cases like this one, smaller countries then can be sure their voices are heard. And larger countries, which have a significant stake in broader regional stability and security, can pursue solutions to these complex challenges. That’s what an effective architecture permits.
    Here’s a second example, which demonstrates how strong rules and norms matter in people’s lives. As part of that same trip last November, the President built momentum for a new far-reaching trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that we are negotiating with eight other countries in the Asia Pacific region. This agreement is not just about eliminating barriers to trade, although that is crucial for boosting U.S. exports and creating jobs here at home. It’s also about agreeing on the rules of the road for an integrated Pacific economy that is open, free, transparent, and fair. It will put in place strong protections for workers, the environment, intellectual property, and innovation – all key American values. And it will cover emerging issues such as the connectivity of regional supply chains, the competitive impact of state-owned enterprises, and create trade opportunities for more small-and-medium-sized businesses.
    These kinds of rules help level the playing field for all countries and companies. And when the competition is fair and the rules are transparently known and there are systems to enforce them, American businesses can out-compete and out-innovate anyone in the world. Now of course, the rules only work if they’re known and enforced, which is why this Administration continues to bring suits against violators of trade norms and to speak up against abuses.
    And on the subject of norms and rules, let me add that the United States is increasingly concerned about the growing threat to our economic and national security posed by cyber intrusions, particularly the theft of intellectual property and classified material via cyber means. Because the United States and China are two of the largest global cyber actors, establishing clear and acceptable practices in cyberspace is critical. And I was delighted to hear from Admiral Miller that the Naval Academy is introducing a cyber course that will be – begin to not only educate you about the opportunities and challenges in cyberspace, but help prepare you as part of what will certainly be an essentially function of our defense.
    Now we will continue to be very candid about this and clear-eyed in addressing the harms and risks that have evolved over the past few years. At the State Department, we are attacked countless times every single day. Actually, our defenses aren’t breached, but sometimes people, for whatever reason, decide they want to dump national security material into the public domain. So we have to think figure out how to deal with the human factor while we build up our technical expertise.
    My third example will be familiar to many of you, because it deals with how strong alliances and partnerships – especially our military cooperation with militaries around the world – saves lives, builds trust, and advances our interests. For decades, the United States military and our enduring alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand have underwritten security and stability in the Asia Pacific. Every day, the Navy has some 50 ships, hundreds of aircraft, tens of thousands of sailors and Marines in the Pacific at any given time. And the Navy’s role is growing, as evidenced by President Obama’s new Defense Strategic Guidance.
    Each year, United States Navy ships and sailors and Marines participate in more than 170 bilateral and multilateral exercises and conduct more than 250 port visits in the region. One of my favorite port visits was of the USS McCain to Vietnam. This allows us to respond more quickly and efficiently when we need to work together with partners, such as responding to natural disasters in one of the most environmentally volatile and vulnerable areas in the world.
    I hope you know and are proud of the Navy’s efforts after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan last year. The 7th Fleet had developed a close partnership with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force over many decades, so we were able to work hand in hand, delivering food and medical supplies, conducting search and rescue missions, evacuating the injured, and so much more. After the operation was over, I had the chance to visit with the crew of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald when we were both in Manila, and they told me how all that preparation and partnership had paid off.
    To maximize our ability to participate in these kinds of efforts all over the Asia Pacific and to meet an increasingly diverse set of security challenges, the United States is moving to a more geographically distributed, operationally resilient, and politically sustainable force posture in the region. We are sending Marines to Australia for joint training – the first six-month rotational deployment arrived in Darwin last week. We are deploying state-of-the art ships to Singapore. We are modernizing our basing arrangements with allies in Northeast Asia.
    We’re also working hard to reduce the risk of miscalculation or miscues between the American and Chinese militaries and to try to forge a durable military-to-military relationship. Our navies already work together to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa. But we can, we should, and we must do more together. We also hope to strengthen the newly established Strategic Security Dialogue, which brings American and Chinese military and civilian leaders to the table to discuss sensitive issues like maritime security and cyber security.
    Here’s the bottom line, which I think is worth remembering as you work, study, and prepare for your futures in the Navy and the Marine Corps: The extraordinary service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform makes a difference in the lives of people all over the world. In this region, it made a difference in the lives of those people in the Japanese community rescued from the floodwaters, or to the Singaporean sea captain protected from pirates, or the Korean family shielded from aggression. When it comes to ensuring stability and security in the Asia Pacific and beyond, there is simply no substitute for American power. Only the United States has the global reach, the resources and the resolve to deter aggression, rally coalitions, and project stability into diverse and dynamic areas of danger, threat, and opportunity.
    Now this is not 1912, when friction between a declining Britain and a rising Germany set the stage for global conflict. It’s 2012, and a strong America is welcoming new powers into an international system designed to prevent global conflict.
    We have come through a long decade of war, terrorism, and recession. And these continue to be difficult days for many of our fellow Americans. But America still has the world’s largest economy with the most productive workers, the best universities, the most innovative companies. Our military is the finest in the history of the world, far outclassing any rival. There is no other nation that boasts a global network of alliances and partnerships that can project force on every continent and in every ocean.
    And just as importantly, no other nation can bring disparate countries and people together around common goals. I see it when I travel across Asia and the world: American leadership is respected and required. Now yes, this is because of our military and our material might, but it’s more about our values and our commitment to fairness, justice, freedom, and democracy. Our record may not be perfect, but the United States consistently over history seeks to advance not just our own good, but the greater good. And this is part of what makes American leadership so exceptional. There is no real precedent in history for the role we play or the responsibility we have shouldered. And there is no alternative.
    But our global leadership is not a birthright. It has been earned by each successive generation, staying true to our values and living up to the best traditions of our nation. In the years ahead, it will be up to you and your classmates to carry this important work forward.
    One of the enduring memories of my own childhood is listening to my father talk about his service in the Navy during World War II. He was a chief petty officer, responsible for training thousands of new recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station outside of Chicago before they shipped out to sea, mostly to the Pacific theater. He never forgot how it felt to watch those young men get loaded onto troop trains heading for the West coast, knowing that many would never return home. He never lost his sense of duty or his belief in our exceptional country. And after he died, I received letters and photographs from so many of the sailors who he had trained and who had served with him. Even all those years later, they shared a deep and abiding faith in our nation and the work we must do in the world.
    One day soon, you, too, will leave this place and board ships, submarines, and aircraft bound for distant seas. Some of you will sail the Atlantic, renewing old bonds and defending old friends. Others will head to the Pacific to face the challenges of a new time. Wherever you go, you will represent the pride and power of this great nation we cherish. And you will embody our hopes for a freer, more peaceful, and prosperous world.
    But before you head out into that world, I think you need to make some more memories here at home. So with the approval of the superintendent and the commandant, I am pleased to grant an uncharged overnight for plebes and an uncharged weekend for upper class midshipmen. (Cheers and applause.)
    Thank you. Thank you for your service to our country. Good luck and Godspeed. (Applause.)

  156. admin
    April 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am
    Although these young voters still like Obama personally, …
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    Obligatory throw away line that must accompany every published article that mentions disatisfaction with jackass.

    Maybe I should use it as a signature line.

  157. war on religion masked as a womans right to contraception,

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    LOL! So 400+ proposed new laws limiting women’s health care is not a ‘war on women’, but this Catholic flap is a ‘war on religion’?

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  159. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/republicans-try-to-disappear-their-contraception-wars.php?ref=fpa
    In fact, two of those female senators have criticized their party’s positions on reproductive rights.

    Snowe, who voted against the Blunt amendment, recently described the contraception push as “a retro-debate that took place in the 1950s,” and said it’s “surprising in the 21st century we would be revisiting this issue.”

    Murkowski was less restrained, describing the issue as an “attack on women.” On an Alaska radio show, she said, “If you don’t feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters.” Murkowski voted in favor of the Blunt amendment, but said she regretted doing so soon afterward.

  160. HillaryforTexas: “Occupy Chicago chants “Fuck the bourgeoisie!” Do these morons know that “bourgeoisie” means small shopkeepers and merchants? I.e. the middle class, small business owners? Fucking idiots.”

    ” Re the above video I posted – Oh, I’m sure many are ignorant, but you can bet your ass that some of the organizers know precisely what it means.”
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    Let’s take a look at precisely what “bourgeoisie” means. Its meaning has evolved, but not very much, since the word was first coined.

    What ‘Bourgeoisie’ meant was the moneyed city-dwelling elite, mainly major merchants and financiers, as opposed to the landed aristocracy, the Church (the elite of the cloth) and the military (the elite of the sword).

    In the 16th through the 18th centuries, the Bourgeois became visible, claimed or bought aristocratic titles, bought offices in the Church and military establishments with their money, thereby corrupting those establishments; and in the 19th century the Bourgeois constituted the concentrations of money (capital) necessary to drive the industrial revolution.

    Marx appropriately called them “capitalists” and, in his dialectic, did not say they had to be destroyed but “overthrown” once they had outlived their usefulness and made slaves, or “proletarians” of the workers. After their bloodless revolution, the proletarians would then rule by “diktat” for a while until the communist ideal was achieved and history came to an end.

    In Marx’s time and, for that matter, in the time of Lenin and Stalin too, there was no such thing as a “middle class” and therefore no mention of it in Soviet propaganda.

    The Middle Class is a uniquely American invention, and it assumed monumental proportions in the US after the second world war. The Middle Class was the free-market answer to the Soviet command economy. It was based on the rags-to-riches American Dream available to all.

    The massive Middle Class had its upper and lower segments, basically dividing those who got ahead faster from those who got ahead slower. It was assumed that anyone who didn’t make headway, or who fell behind, was lazy or stupid and responsible for their own downfall; but a safety net was provided anyway by welfare (resented by the successful), medicaid (less resented) and medicare.

    The Upper Middle Class was referred to as the “Bourgeoisie” with its (all-American) bourgeois manners and thinking. That is how the Upper Middle Class was referred to when I was a young man (and part of the Upper Middle Class myself!).

    The word still has that meaning now. It does not mean, and has never meant (even in Europe), the “small shopkeepers, merchants and business owners” or tradesmen that you and I defend.

    It should further be remembered, when hearing OWS cry “Fuck the Bourgeoisie”, that the lower segment of the Middle Class has been assailed, ignored and beaten down over the last 30 years, with the possible exception of the Clinton years, to the point where precious little of it exists any more.

    In other words, the America of today no longer resembles post-WWII America with opportunities for the downtrodden to set out on an upward-bound journey from rags to riches. Upward mobility has become a thing of the past in the U.S. The “small shopkeepers, merchants and business owners” are being pushed out of business and are destined to become debt slaves to the nth generation.

    The Upper Middle Class is doing well for itself, the Lower Middle Class no longer exists.

    This was the configuration upon which Marx based his whole revolutionary hypothesis – the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
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    “These little wannabe radical chic hipsters with their Che-the-racist-mass-murderer teeshirts need to learn some goddamned history.”
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    Please advise me on history, then. How can I found out more about “The Che” that made him a racist mass murderer ?

  161. ABM90
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    How could anyone consider the downright ineptness and of any candidate for POTUS but our great lady and the most popular womand in the world that can give this masterpiece of speeches.

    Forrestal Lecture at the Naval Academy

    Remarks
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StateAnnapolis, MD

    April 10, 2012
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    Yeah, she was the keynote speaker at the Naval Academy. I read an article on this in Yahoo! about what she said about Bin Laden’s raid that nobody could breathe for 30-35 minutes. I think still4hill will have the video of it soon if not already.

  162. Mitt, Mormans, Blacks, racism from the late oh I forget his name. If you watched Lenore Romney’s video I posted last night, you will see what Romney says in this video to be true.

  163. jeswezey
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    HillaryforTexas: “Occupy Chicago chants “Fuck the bourgeoisie!” Do these morons know that “bourgeoisie” means small shopkeepers and merchants? I.e. the middle class, small business owners? Fucking idiots.”

    ” Re the above video I posted – Oh, I’m sure many are ignorant, but you can bet your ass that some of the organizers know precisely what it means.”

    jes said:
    Let’s take a look at precisely what “bourgeoisie” means. Its meaning has evolved, but not very much, since the word was first coined.

    What ‘Bourgeoisie’ meant was the moneyed city-dwelling elite, mainly major merchants and financiers [….]
    Marx appropriately called them “capitalists” [….]

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    Well, obviously for some of us it HAS evolved to mean ‘middle class respectable Philistines’, as H4T says.

    I doubt many of OWS really want to, er, diss small shopkeepers etc. Many of OWS come from middle class background themselves, and are protesting losing middle class jobs or having their middle class businesses hurt by Wall Street shenanagins.

    So I’d dismiss H4T’s video as a fluke, maybe a prank of one isolated OWS crowd. Maybe a prank by some local OWS who understand Jes’s elite sense of the word.

    You know, we COULD do such an odd thing as ASK those OWS people who they do mean by ‘bourg-whatsis’, and whether that particular chant was serious…?

  164. HOW THAT RANT AT THE SUPREME COURT GO OVER???

    Maybe not so well:

    http://www.langerresearch.com/uploads/1136a4HealthCare.pdf

    April 11, 2012

    New Low in Support for Health Law;
    Half Expect Justices to Go Political
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    Last month’s hearings on the constitutionality of health care reform didn’t help its popularity: Public support for Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation has hit a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with criticism of the individual mandate as high as ever.

    Half the public, moreover, thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the legislation on the basis of the justices’ partisan political views rather than the law. Fewer, 40 percent, think impartial legal analysis will carry the day, with the rest unsure.

    Fifty-three percent of Americans now oppose the law overall, while just 39 percent support it – the latter the lowest in more than a dozen ABC/Post polls since August 2009. “Strong” critics, at 40 percent, outnumber strong supporters by nearly a 2-1 margin in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

    Two-thirds continue to say the high court should throw out either the entire law (38 percent) or at least the part that requires most individuals to obtain coverage (29 percent) or face a penalty; just a quarter want the court to uphold the law as is. Those numbers, like views on the law overall, are essentially unchanged from a month ago.
    [snip]

  165. “GREEN SHOOTS”, MR. PRESIDENT?

    Stock markets posted worst day since Nov. 2011.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/10/markets/stocks/index.htm?iid=HP_LN

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The fear trade picked up steam Tuesday, as investors grew increasingly worried about Europe’s fiscal health. All three indexes closed down more than 1.5%, marking the fifth straight losing day for stocks.

    Early in the day investors, traded out of stocks after reading headlines about rising borrowing costs for Spain and Italy. As the day progressed, investors grew increasingly jittery over the health of the global economy, which caused the sell-off to intensify.

    [snip]

  166. From elsewhere:

    In his speech at at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy recently, Obama said this:

    … and she was smart and tough and disciplined, and she worked hard. And eventually she rose from being a secretary to being vice president at this bank, and I’m convinced she would have been the best president that bank had ever seen, if she had gotten the chance. But at some point she hit the glass ceiling, and for a big chunk of her career, she watched other men that she had trained — younger men that she had trained — pass her up that ladder.

    And who was Obama talking about? His grandmother, of course; not Hillary.

  167. Well, you can fix polls, but how do you fix the stock market, and the unemployment numbers, the ones that will really get him, the numbers that got McCain.

    As to the Elite vs the Bours, I lived in France in the 60s and that caste system was still very much inplace. The Americans got in a lot of trouble when they would hire in French workers, and heaven forbid, put Bours supervisor over an Elite Frenchmen. Also they had a parade every year which honored Joan of Arc. The young lady riding the white horse was always selected from the Elite. JofA was probably turning over in her grave.

  168. turndownobama
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:59 am
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    Yeah, he could sound all poetic in his speeches but he as a young man cheated and stole his first election from his mentor Alice Palmer (name?) and went on to cheat and steal from other women including his current one.

  169. Mrs. Smith
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    America The Beautiful lays out the case for Obama @ Ulsterman:
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    I guess when you are the unthinking half of the American People–honestly it is now about half who are too stupid, way too stupid, to look behind the campaign slogans to the destructive agenda he and his fellow travelers are promoting, all you are left with is do I like him, or don’t I. Mainstream media works 24-7 to make sure the country likes him while he is destroying their future, just as mainstream media worked 24-7 to make sure the country hated Bush. I will not scruple to say what the unthinking half of the American People think, because like my neighbor they don’t think. All they do is parrot the talking points which mainstream media feeds them, and tell themselves they are in touch with the issues. If likeability is all you are left with in re. these zombies, then American Crossroads has it work cut out for them, but their biggest ally in that fight will be Obama and his narcissism. His Achilles heel is he never knows where and when to stop. His main delusion is he sees himself as a demigod, ready to lead the masses to construct a new Utopia while he stuffs his pockets with as much dirty money has he can find. If there is a secular version of evil, measured in terms of playing upon all the weaknesses of the American People, this dirt bag Obama really is “The One.”

  170. Gingrich: I’m Staying In
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    He had better get his head on straight. A couple months ago, the departure of Santorum would have been a boon for Gingrich, because the anti-Romney vote would have consolidated behind him. Today, that same departure has an entirely different effect, which is to signal the end of one phase, i.e. the primary, and the consolidation of the party behind its inevitable nominee so they can train its Howitizers on the Bolshevik in the White House. The media wants this internal fight to continue so they can continue to write stories about how the party is shattered and the Bolshevik will win. And the Bosheviks want it too, because they are keen on destroying this country. Until the public at large comes to the full realization that what I am saying is not hyperbole or reductio ad absurdum, but a fair statement of what is going on behind all the lies and propaganda, the will be at the mercy of this machine. It is as if Lucifer had taken control of their minds–because with so many people he has, and they do not see the train wreck which lies just around the bend.

  171. If we were just a week out from the election then there might be cause for concern. But that date is more than six months away. Think of Obama and his chums as crazed German tribesmen hunkered down in the forest ready to attack the army of ROMNEY. Think Russell Crowe in the first few minutes of the movie, GLADIATOR:

    Unleash Hell! If Obama had a record worth an ounce of parakeet shit he would have little to fear. But he does not. When the SuperPacs begin to unload Obama will have no option but to squat on the ground and weep about the unfairness of politics and life. He’s gonna get served. Let’s just hope his “crack” team continues to believe the fantasy that Romney is a joke and this election is a cake walk.
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    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/66683/november-is-a-long-ways-off/#more-66683

  172. They do underestimate the power of the anybody but obama vote. Mainstream media is determined to see that the entire burden of the shift in the world economic realignment falls on the middle class, and does not reach the fair heads of their big money. That is why they feed the masses words like bourgeois which the ignornati cannot spell much less define. Trust me, this is class warfare of a different kind. There is nothing philosophical about them or their motives. It is naked power and materialism they are protecting, namely their own.

  173. Drudge’s main title is gonna make Barry seethe and MO rip sleeves…again.

    Barack ‘N Bones! Obama drops even more pounds.

    Maybe he will disappear by November?

  174. NMF: “As to the Elite vs the Bours, I lived in France in the 60s and that caste system was still very much inplace. The Americans got in a lot of trouble when they would hire in French workers, and heaven forbid, put Bours supervisor over an Elite Frenchmen. Also they had a parade every year which honored Joan of Arc. The young lady riding the white horse was always selected from the Elite. JofA was probably turning over in her grave.”
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    Quite true, the fallen aristocrats have always resented the bourgeois “new money” in France. In the 1960s, many aristocrats sided with communists (yes!) and later with socialists, who were led by Mitterrand, who was himself very much the intellectual elite.

    Today, the new elite are technocrats, and they rule all of Europe, not just France. There are a couple of nice things about this:

    (i) Mob rule is no longer a tendency
    (ii) Being a technocrat depends on education and experience, so generally you can’t buy your way into a position of power
    (ii) No single technocrat has enough power to override common sense
    (iv) Technocrats make their decisions by consensus, not by majority rule. So things move more slowly, but more surely because the minority is not overlooked.

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    wbboei: “…they feed the masses words like bourgeois which the ignornati cannot spell much less define. Trust me, this is class warfare of a different kind.”
    ====

    Well, I see it as “classical” class warfare in the way Marx defined it: proletarians against big money and, as you say “naked power and materialism”. Ever hear of Marxist materialistic approach?

    I don’t see why you say there is “nothing philosophical about them or their motives.” Marx’s followers would say that it’s all about class warfare, but that the bourgeois don’t even know that their ideas are earmarked by their own class, and the proletarians need to become aware, conscious, of their proletarian class status.

    This is all classical Marx.

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