An Open Letter: Watch Out Bo – You’re On The Menu

Update: Mitt Romney is correct. This election is about jobs not about Obama eating dogs. However the Michael Vick president wanted to attack Romney on Seamus and now that does not seem like such a good idea.



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Dear Bo:

Please understand. We Americans are a good people. You are an innocent Portuguese Water Dog afflicted with a most unfortunate name. You were gifted to your current masters as a political sacrifice by someone who is now dead. Your suffering is not yet ended. Watch your back! Be ever vigilant.

We have to explain to you why we are more worried for you than ever before. Last time we wrote to you directly it was December of 2010. We advised “Run, Bo, Run”. What we wrote then should make your four legs shake:

“While you are kept captive, leashed to that horrible name, you have to be watchful every second. You don’t know what you are living with. None of us completely do.

For instance, your “master”, the one who promised once again for the third or fourth time to keep completely focused on the economy, turned his focus away from the economy to express compassion for this guy:

The “guy” your master supported is a man called Michael Vick. Now it’s worse Bo. We thought your “master” was a better man, surely not a physical danger to you. Now we see we have been too kind. We have been too innocent. We were fools when we wrote this:

“Supporters say Vick apologized for his actions. But in his famous press conference apology, Vick admitted only to fighting dogs, despite the fact that he pled guilty to all charges, including the killings. He admitted to “making mistakes” and “immature acts.” But deliberately and repeatedly planning dog fights and repeated premeditated violent killings of dogs are not “mistakes.” They are not the acts of someone who’s merely immature. They are the acts of a sociopath and a predator.”

Birds of a feather, Bo. Your “master” took time out from his all important vacation to praise the “second chance” given the monster – the sociopath, the predator. We’re in Jeffry Dahmer territory here Bo.

We’re not saying that your “master” is a dog killing sympathizer. We’re not saying he is a dog killer or animal killer either. What we are saying is that no one knows who this guy is. Common sense tells us to watch out. You should watch out too Bo.

Back then we did not dare think your master is a “dog killing sympathizer”. Now we cannot be sure. We’re afraid for you Bo. Run, Bo, Run.

We have to give you some history for you to fully understand what is happening Bo. We homo sapiens have things called elections to elect what to you would be something like a pack leader. Your master wormed his way into that prestigious position and he is now up for reelection against a man called Mitt Romney.

Back in September of 2011 we warned that if a man called Romney was the alternative to your horrible master the life of dogs would be an issue in this election. We warned last year:

“There is one Romney problem we have only briefly discussed before and that during the 2008 election cycle. It’s that dog problem. Yeah, that dog problem:
[snip]

Do we really need to point out that Move-On, or somebody, at the behest of the Obama thugs will recreate that lurid drive for all American voters to see? A few days ago this tongue in cheek item appeared:

“I’m amazed that a 2012 presidential candidate hasn’t taken advantage of that, filmed a series of dog-loving commercials and pushed for things like “more dog beaches” and “better veterinarian health care benefits” as part of their platform. Dog lovers are totally irrational. I include myself. If Obama wants to improve his approval rating, he should rescue a mutt every six weeks and keep, like, 10 or 12 dogs in the White House — he’d have dog-lover voters saying, “Even if I’m let down by the last four years, I gotta be honest … it was pretty neat how Obama kept rescuing those dogs.”

Does anyone doubt that a desperate Barack Obama will utilize Romney’s soiled dog if it gets two or three votes from dog owners? Anybody?

We’re sure Barack Obama is already thinking that if Michelle Obama somehow gets herself impregnated that might help him get some votes. But that is a gruesome task few want to take on, let alone Barack. So the default emotional pull for the Obama 2012 campaign will be to remind everyone of Romney’s dog. Please spare us that horror Republican primary voters.”

Well Bo, Republicans have for all intents and purposes nominated Mitt Romney to run against your horrid master. But then yesterday the Mitt Romney campaign did a great thing for dogs. Mitt Romney’s campaign warned all our furry friends, including you Bo, of the horror in the White House:

“Much has been made about Mitt Romney, in 1983, putting his family dog Seamus in a kennel on top of his roof and driving from Boston to Canada, with said canine Seamus making his displeasure known in a rather scatological way.

Democrats have signaled they have every intention of making sure the American people — especially dog-lovers — know the tale. In January, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president and Bo in a car, with the snide observation: “@davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs.”

The Romney campaign signaled Tuesday night that they are not about to cede any ground when it comes to a candidate’s odd past with man’s best friend.

And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting the Romney team was attacking a child, since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

The Daily Caller noted that in President Obama’s best-selling memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” the president recalls being fed dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.”

That’s right Bo – Obama used to eat dog meat. In 2008 Obama bragged about how important the formative years, when he was ten years old, meant that he had foreign policy experience. Now we read that in his formative years Barack Obama ate your relatives Bo.

We’re worried for you Bo. Michelle, the one with the angry face, the perpetual scowl, could snap your leg bone with her lantern jaw like a matchstick. To Michelle and Barack you are the other white meat – and we are not discussing Louis Farrahkhan style white meat either. We are talking about our furry friends.

For a long time Bo, since 2007 we have had as the Big Pink catechism:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

We have written:

“Barack Obama’s seal of approval on “trust” is as worthless as the latest Oprah diet.”

We were writing then about the endless stream of Obama vacations and the corruptions and lies of the Obamas – Michelle and Barack. Now Bo, Barack Obama is attempting to bamboozle yet again by using the word “TRUST”:

“Trust” to Join “Fairness” as Obama Buzzword, Sources Say

If the White House gets its political way, “trust” will be a word President Obama and his surrogates use in the next few weeks as often as Obama has talked about “fairness,” and Mitt Romney, once dubbed as hollow to the core, will increasingly be ID’d as a card-carrying ultra-conservative who bobbles into Etch A Sketch moments because his core is causing him problems.

There are six words at the end of that last sentence that cry out for quote marks, but the deep-background rules imposed Monday at the White House preclude the use of direct quotes or identifying the three “senior administration officials” who sought to lead reporters into the next phase of the campaign as well as strategy for Congress’ return to Washington. [snip]

But if voters select the next president based on the state of the economy since 2009, the senior officials conceded that continued high unemployment and a slow recovery could complicate Obama’s plea that middle-class voters trust his vision for the economy in a second term.”

Bo, a man that repeatedly lies about TRUST will lie about anything. You better watch out. Your life is in danger. You are as safe as an Indonesian boy invited to dinner at Jeffrey Dahmer’s house.

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187 thoughts on “An Open Letter: Watch Out Bo – You’re On The Menu

  1. Really going to be difficult to look at him the same way, but then I always looked at him with disgust.

    Wonder what other gems are in his book that apparently no one really read!

  2. They have a chart on ACE, “Most damaging chart this election”? and it show how many dogs the fraud ate, one vs Romney, zero.

  3. GonzoTx, it’s not just Bo. The disrespect for women comes from the top. Following Barack’s example the Secret Service men didn’t want to pay the women who secretly serviced them. And now, as we wondered, drugs:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/new_low_blow_VCZSU5Mmdn2nzzkLPMIR4H

    The Secret Service sure knows how to party.

    Cocaine and several bottles of whiskey apparently fueled the elite agents’ boneheaded fling with about 20 hookers at a posh hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, a hotel staffer told The Post.

    The employee responded to the trashed room with police and other Hotel El Caribe workers when one prostitute raised hell after a Secret Service member initially refused to pay her.

    “When I went upstairs I walked into a messy room. The room was littered with two whiskey bottles — and a line of white powder, I believed to be cocaine, was on top of a round glass table in the room,” the staffer told The Post.

    He painted a picture of morning-after mayhem in the lobby — just two days before President Obama landed in the country for an international summit.

    The prostitute was screaming in the lobby that he didn’t pay her,” the early-morning shift worker recalled. “She looked like she had a few drinks in her. She just wanted what was promised to her.

    “She was very upset,” he said.

    “The agent was supposed to pay her a [bar] fine on top of the pay rate for her sexual services, but he didn’t,” he said, referring to the local practice of paying a fee to the red-light district hot spot Pley Club to take one of its “dancers” out on a date, and then another fee directly to the woman.

    The Secret Service didn’t return calls for comment.

    At least 11 Secret Service members and 10 US military personnel partied with as many as 21 hookers at the hotel, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

    “Who were these women? Could they have been members of groups hostile to the United States? Could they have planted bugs, disabled weapons, or in any other ways jeopardized security of the president or our country?” she fumed.

    “Given the number of personnel involved, does this indicate a problem with the culture of the Secret Service?”

    The problem is Obama, Susan.

  4. Bwa-ha-ha-ha! You nailed it. Hope BO reads this.

    Also hope he watches this clip of one of his peers showing his aversion to the POS.


  5. gonzotx,

    Saw that chart. What a riot!

    How many dogs has Romney eaten? – 0

    How many dogs has the POS eaten? – 1 (that we know of)

    Also, admin, did you see the joke about Vick telling BO, “Hey Bro, all I did was kill the dogs. I never ate them. WTF is wrong with you?”

  6. I have NO idea of the context of this Romney remark in some candidate debate but it is funny!

    “I’m not going to eat Obama’s dog food.”


  7. These secret Service guys sound like they were hired from the ranks of the New Black Panther party, not the trustworthy crew that he was come to depend on. I hope someone searches these nitwits and finds out if the whole UnSecret Service has gone to Hell or if this is the New World Order under Barry?

    They sure didn’t care about the safety of their President, even had his schedule in the room for outsiders to see.

  8. Thanks Basil99 for the video. It is one of our favorites. As to the joke, we did not see it.

    As to seriousness: we wrote this tongue firmly in cheek but the importance of the story is that this helps neutralize a very strong anti-Romney narrative. The Obama people now have to be careful with the Seamus line of attack and they no longer hold the high ground. The Obama people were counting on this story to hurt Romney’s “likability”.

    For the record we do not like what Romney did even when we hear the reasonable reasons for doing so.

  9. Just watched Romney’s speech in NC. It was good. One laugh moment: Said that this time around at the D convention, Obama would not be standing under any Greek columns, since he certainly doesn’t want to remind the public what has happened to Greece! Attacked Obama a lot, then said very forcefully: “One thing you will NOT see me do is attack the American people. I don’t do that.”

    Talked about Obama’s big promises, quoted parts of O’s own overblown convention speech. Pointed out that all those conditions that Obama was supposed to change have NOT changed, have gotten worse, and it’s his fault. He has failed to do the job, then has tried to blame everyone else under the sun for it. Romney ripped him for not taking responsibility.

    Mitt ain’t pulling any punches. He is going to, I think, continually remind people of Obama in 2008 standing under those Greek columns all puffed up with his grand plans to transform the country just by being Obama. Good strategy, IMO, because the contrast with what he has delivered is so stark.

  10. http://www.wtop.com/?nid=209&sid=2822392

    The Florida judge presiding over the Trayvon Martin shooting case removed herself Wednesday after the attorney for defendant George Zimmerman argued she had a possible conflict of interest that related to her husband.

    Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. will preside over the case. The next judge who would be in the court rotation, John D. Galluzzo, also cited a conflict, so Lester was selected, according to a news release from the court. [snip]

    Lester, 58, was first elected to the bench in 1996.

    He was born in Chicago and grew up in central Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1980, a year behind the special prosecutor in the case, Angela Corey.

    A spokeswoman for Corey didn’t immediately return an email and phone call asking if they knew each other.

    The switch in judges isn’t expected to change Friday’s bail hearing during which Zimmerman will ask to be released on bond.

  11. pm317
    April 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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    pm317…O, MO & his posse are going to rue the day they ever made Mitt’s mutt an issue

  12. S, yes, two big issues in two weeks working to Romney’s advantage. Unbelievable. Republicans are getting smarter.

  13. BASIL99
    April 18th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I have NO idea of the context of this Romney remark in some candidate debate but it is funny!

    “I’m not going to eat Obama’s dog food.”
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    This takes on a new meaning now, 🙂

  14. Romney taking the high road:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/18/romney-this-election-is-about-jobs-not-about-obama-eating-dogs/

    Romney: This election is about jobs, not about Obama eating dogs

    “This campaign is ultimately going to become about jobs not dogs,” said Romney in an interview with Bill Cunningham on WLW radio in Ohio. “You recognize of course that some members of the media, and certainly the DNC and the White house itself are going to do everything in their power to divert the attention of the voter from the failure of the president to try to turn around the economy.”…

    Romney appeared uninterested in furthering the story line about his own dog or the president’s childhood meals, instead bringing the focus of the interview back to the way President Obama has handled the economy.

  15. yes,pm…R is not going to be marginalized if he has anything to do with it…

    from the very beginning – way back when – Mitt has had the best ads on…his group now how to play…and he has alot of youth around him with all those kids…they will keep him tuned in…

  16. BASIL99
    April 18th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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    I remember that utube from a while back…it is priceless…

    O & MO…they are on notice…watch what you wish for…

  17. “For the record we do not like what Romney did even when we hear the reasonable reasons for doing so.”

    I partially agree, admin, but honestly, after living in the mountains for 5 years and seeing all kinds of dogs riding in the back of speeding pick-up trucks and loving every minute of it, and knowing Seamus lived a good long life, I’m more inclined to chalk up the incident to youthful indiscretion.

    Also, having ridden in the back seats of cars with 8 siblings and a dog I sometimes think “Mugsy” would have been happier in a crate on top of the sedan than squished in with 9 kids.

    Then there’s the issue of travel time – crying, uncomfortable, sulking and fighting kids and Mitt probably in a rush to get to his destination – that’s how it was for my tribe when we took 8 hour car rides on the way to go camping. It was torture for us. I can only imagine what it was like for my parents and how they survived it.

    In any case, this BO dog-eating incident is karmic comic relief on a grand scale, IMHO.

    fsIjktu

  18. “and he has a lot of youth around him with all those kids…they will keep him tuned in”

    Excellent point! It’s great to see the gloves finally coming off. Keep it up. Mitt, and the POS will be laughed out of office. Isn’t that one of Alinsky’s main tenets? Ridicule?

  19. But today, Romney appeared uninterested in furthering the story line about his own dog or the president’s childhood meals, instead bringing the focus of the interview back to the way President Obama has handled the economy.

    “He came into the office with economy in a serious slide,” said Romney of Obama. “It was his priority, and it’s not one that he focused on and solved.”

    “He, instead, focused on an agenda that included Obamacare and Dodd-Frank and cutting back our energy resources in this country and paying back the labor unions by putting labor stooges on the NLRB,” said Romney. “Look, he did not do the job that the American people expected him to do which was get us working again.”

    “So they want to talk about dogs, and I want to talk about jobs,” said Romney.

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    …that’s the ticket…stay on message…the ADULT in the room…and keep pounding away until it seeps into collective consciousness

  20. one other thing, with the exception of Hillary…and she was constrained by the first AA and racism stuff…however with the exception of Hill…O has never faced an opponent on the national level that would fight back with no holes barred…

    …Romney is in effect…sucker punching O…he threw the dog snark back in his face…AND took the focused HIGH ROAD at the SAME time…this is getting good…

  21. S, in the last thread, H4T and I were talking about how Romney’s team and republicans(blogs and twitters) in general have become adept at using social media tools. Last two weeks’ episodes, Rosen and this were driven by twitter and not by mainstream media. So another plus in making the Obamedia irrelevant. This is not 2008. If they can defeat Obama and media at the same time, it will be great.

  22. @S: …Romney is in effect…sucker punching O…he threw the dog snark back in his face…AND took the focused HIGH ROAD at the SAME time…this is getting good…

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    yes, indeed.

  23. More on why this story matters:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303425504577351893528082610.html?mod=djemBestOfTheWeb_h

    Bam Bites Dog
    The political perils of personal attacks.

    One time Barack Obama went to an Indian restaurant and ordered the lassi. Was he ever disappointed when the waiter brought him a yogurt drink!

    We’ll be here all week. But seriously, folks, we have a man-bites-dog story for you today.

    First, some background. Last week Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported that “some Obama staffers are reportedly obsessing over a nearly 30-year-old story about [Mitt] Romney’s dog”: [snip]

    “I have heard, in focus groups, the dog story totally tanks Mitt Romney’s approval rating,” Chris Hayes said on his MSNBC show. The Washington Post reported last month that the Seamus story “is ballooning into a narrative of epic proportions”: [snip]

    In January Obama adviser David Axelrod–not to be confused with Axelrod, the Flying A Dog–blew a dog whistle. He tweeted a photo of the president with Bo, the White House canine, in what appears to be the back seat of a limousine. Axelrod’s comment: “How loving owners transport their dogs.”

    In a more serious vein, Lincoln Mitchell of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute writes at the Puffington Host: “For many voters, treating a dog this way is unimaginable and could only be done by somebody who has a problem empathizing with others.”

    But then Jim Treacher, the Daily Caller’s resident wag, picked up his dog-eared copy of “Dreams From My Father,” Obama’s 1995 autobiography, and sniffed out this passage from the second chapter. If Axelrod’s tweet was a dog whistle, Treacher’s post is a dinner bell: [snip]

    It reminds us of the conclusion of the sci-fi tale “A Boy and His Dog”: “It’s a cookbook.”

    The jokes write themselves.

    #ObamaDogRecipes: Yorkshire terrier pudding, mutt chop, Pekingese duck, bichon frisee salad, beagle with cream cheese, pure bread.

    “So, Mr. President, where shall we go to eat?” “I know a great Spot.

    If you want a friend in Washington, don’t eat him (credit to Jim Geraghty).

    Happiness is a warm puppy, with a side of fries.

    Obama’s favorite fast-food joint? Checkers (Patrick Daly).

    I wouldn’t vote for that guy for dogcatcher.

    Did you hear about the insomniac polyphagiac president? He lies awake at night wondering if there is a dog.

    Romney aide Erich Fehrnstrom got into the act last night, retweeting Axelrod’s Obama-Bo snapshot from January with the comment: “In retrospect, a chilling photo.” That may be the wrong adjective, since it doesn’t appear to have been taken in a refrigerated truck. Obama really spoils that dog.

    Almost as funny as the jokes at Obama’s expense have been the discomfited responses of Obama supporters who’ve been dining out for months on the Seamus story. “Had only just noticed new rightwing Obama is weirdo Muslim dog eater meme. Thk you twitter,” tweeted TalkingPointsMemo’s Josh Marshall last night. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to Marshall that as dogs are haram, this should put to rest the Muslim rumors.

    Slate.com actually published a piece in defense of dog-eating–in January 2002. [snip]

    Anyone who argues that the Lolo story is irrelevant while the Seamus one is fair game seems to us to be barking up the wrong tree. Geraghty closes his initial post on the subject with an astute observation:

    In 2008, John McCain’s presidential campaign wouldn’t have touched this anecdote with a ten-foot pole. Between this and the Romney camp’s rapid response to the [Hilary] Rosen comments, we are seeing a Republican presidential campaign that is exponentially faster on its feet and way more nimble than the previous general-election campaign against Obama.

    Part of the reason for that is in 2008 Obama didn’t have a record to defend, so that he ran a campaign that was part hope-and-change and part an attack on the incumbent, who wasn’t on the ballot. This time around, his campaign is nasty by necessity, which makes it vulnerable in new ways. As with the “war on women,” this dog fight is a dispute that the Obama campaign started.

    Then again, somehow in 2008 the passage of “Dreams From My Father” that Treacher highlights escaped the notice of the watchdogs of the press, which is why it is news now, four years later and 17 years after publication. If a Republican turned out to have eaten dog meat as a child, the mainstream media’s vetting would have included a visit to the veterinarian.

  24. admin

    S, maybe Romney has learned from Trump?

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    Trump is coaching Romney, and I am sure that isn’t necessary all Romeny’s choice. 😉

  25. Shadowfax @ 3:52, I seem to recall reading something long ago that Obama wanted to basically “hand pick” his SS detail, and chose certain agents over others, and it caused stress in the agency as that was not the way they ever do things.

    I could be wrong, but something in my head says I read that once long ago – that he got rid of some, kept/brought on others.

  26. How did they teach that little dog to not eat carrots when they mention Barack Obama’s name? My dogs were never that obedient, not even close.

    It cracks me up when she says, “Come on now, Barack Obama likes little dogs.”

  27. @S:O has never faced an opponent on the national level that would fight back with no holes barred…

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    Yeah, he will find out how difficult it is when he needed it to be easy.

  28. pm317

    S, in the last thread, H4T and I were talking about how Romney’s team and republicans(blogs and twitters) in general have become adept at using social media tools. Last two weeks’ episodes, Rosen and this were driven by twitter and not by mainstream media.

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    I was thinking how cool would it be if this Baracko eating dogs goes viral and it turns out that tweets took down an incumbent President in an election.

    It would make fools of the superpacs money and moveondotBS, and put the election back into the hands of the public.

  29. HillaryforTexas
    April 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Shadowfax @ 3:52, I seem to recall reading something long ago that Obama wanted to basically “hand pick” his SS detail,

    I remember that too. At the time I thought he and or she wanted a bunch of butt kissers instead of professionals that would tell him no. If true it will be dug out. Also the ones who were rejected will be glad they were sent to Podunkville.

  30. Yes, Shadowfax, twitter (I had not thought of it this way before) is very good for rapid response because it multiplies quickly orders of magnitude and sets the narrative which the slow media can’t. It is also very democratic — anybody can start this anywhere and take hold.

  31. HillaryforTexas

    I seem to recall reading something long ago that Obama wanted to basically “hand pick” his SS detail.

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    It would sure make sense if he did, I don’t recall when there has ever been such a scandal with the SS.

  32. Well, Larry J. at NQ thinks there is a danger these disgruntled SS agents could leak/talk. Maybe that is why Obama is treating them with kid gloves.

  33. pm317

    Yes, Shadowfax, twitter (I had not thought of it this way before) is very good for rapid response because it multiplies quickly orders of magnitude and sets the narrative which the slow media can’t. It is also very democratic — anybody can start this anywhere and take hold.

    —-
    Yup, look what happened with a little cell phone and Weener.
    Poof, his career was toast.

  34. omg, this will go on for a while, it is entertainment for the witty and the creative and a channel to release all the latent dislike toward Obama..

  35. The jokes write themselves, even regular comments.

    Seen on another blog:

    I bet Obama and Michelle are just steaming right now. Hope it isn’t Bo.

  36. NYTs –

    Colombia — A Secret Service agent preparing for President Obama’s arrival at an international summit meeting and a single mother from Colombia who makes a living as a high-priced escort faced off in a room at the Hotel Caribe a week ago over how much he owed her for the previous night’s intercourse. “I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’ ” the woman said in her first public comments on a spat that would soon spiral into a full-blown scandal.
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    The dispute was that he offered $30 for services she thought they had agreed were worth 25 times that, and it set off a tense early morning struggle in the hallway of the posh hotel involving the woman, another prostitute, Colombian police officers arguing on the women’s behalf and American federal agents who tried but failed to keep the matter — which has shaken the reputation of the Secret Service — from escalating.

    Sitting on a couch in her living room wearing a short jean skirt, high-heeled espadrilles and a tight spandex top with a plunging neckline, the woman described how she and a girlfriend were approached by a group of American men at a discotheque. In an account that tracked with the official version of events coming out of Washington, but could not be independently confirmed, she said the men bought a bottle of Absolut vodka for the table and when that was finished bought a second one.

    “They never told me they were with Obama,” she said. “They were very discreet.”

    A taxi driver who picked up the woman at the Hotel Caribe the morning of the encounter said he heard her and another woman recount the dispute over payment. When approached by The New York Times, the woman was reluctant to speak about what occurred. As she nervously told her story, a friend gave details that seemed to corroborate her account.

    There was a language gap between the 24-year-old woman, who declined to give her full name, and the American man who sat beside her all night and eventually invited her back to his room. She agreed, stopped on the way to buy condoms but told him he would have to give her a gift. He asked how much. Not knowing he worked for Mr. Obama but figuring he was a well-heeled foreigner, she said she told him $800.

    The price alone, she said, indicates that she is an escort, not a prostitute. “You have higher rank,” she said. “An escort is someone who a man can take out to dinner. She can dress nicely, wear nice makeup, speak and act like a lady. That’s me.”

    By 6:30 the next morning, after being awoken by a telephone call from the hotel front desk reminding her that, under the hotel’s rules for prostitutes, she had to leave, whatever deal the two had agreed on had broken down. She recalled that the man told her he had been drunk when they discussed the price. He countered with an offer of 50,000 pesos, the equivalent of about $30.

    Disgusted with such a low offer, she pressed the matter. He became angry, ordered her out of the room and called her an expletive, she said.

    She said she was crying at that point and went across the hall, where another escort had spent the night with a second American man from the same group. Both women began trying to get the money.

    They knocked on the door but got no response. She threatened to call the police, but the man’s friend begged her not to, saying they did not want trouble. Finally, she said, she left to go home but came across a policeman who was stationed in the hallway and called in an English-speaking colleague.

    He accompanied her back to the room and the dispute escalated. Two other Americans from the club emerged from their rooms and stood guard in front of their friend’s locked door. The two Colombian officers tried to argue the woman’s case.

    A hotel security officer arrived. Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. Eager to resolve the matter fast, the American men eventually gave her a combination of dollars and local currency worth about $225, and she left.

    It was only days later, once a friend she had shared her story with called to say that the dispute had made the television news, that she learned that the man had been a Secret Service agent.

    She was dismayed, she said, that the news reports have described her as a prostitute as though she walked the streets picking up just anyone.

    more… http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/world/americas/colombian-escort-speaks-about-secret-service-scandal.html?_r=3&hp

  37. admin

    Now Hitler is upset:

    OMG, that is just about the funniest thing I have ever seen!
    It deserves an Oscar or at least a Peace prize.

  38. Obama’s having a tough week. Maybe it’s time to…wag the dog.

    I just heard that the Secret Service, desparate to shred what is left of it’s credibilty, is investigating Ted Nugent because his rant at the NRA convention was taken as a threat to Ohbrother.

  39. just got home and caught Jeanne Moos comedy piece on O eating dog…

    one of the best lines…

    I’d rather ride on top of Romney’s roof than the roof of Obama’s mouth…

    ::: ))))

  40. pm317

    omg, this will go on for a while, it is entertainment for the witty and the creative and a channel to release all the latent dislike toward Obama..

    ——–
    Oh yes, a lot of pent up anger and frustration since 2007, and finally a way to leave a paper bag full of poop on his doorstep.

    Let it rain humor until he sneaks out the backdoor with his little suitcase.

  41. TEAM ROMNEY – GAME ON! Many were concerned that if Romney were nominated, that the Seamus-on-cartop meme would bite him in the asset. I am thrilled to see that between Ann Romney’s Nuclear Response to “Rosengate” and the plethora of tweets, t-shirts,buttons related to #ObamaDogRecipes, Team Romney seems to have the “fire in the belly” to defeat the Once.

  42. #pm317
    April 18th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    Maybe they will hide BO from now on.. No public appearance for the guy anymore. Bad reminder.
    **************

    But what if the dog is not seen again? Won’t people be wondering?

    Obama has gotten himself in a mess. 🙂

  43. What a day today has been…

    Man Goes ‘Full Monty’ To Protest TSA Pat Downs

    PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who said he was fed up with being harassed by airport security stripped to his birthday suit while in an airport screening lane Tuesday evening and was arrested. According to Portland police, 50-year-old John E. Brennan took off his clothes while going through airport screening at Portland International Airport just after 5:30 p.m. and stood naked before other passengers, including children.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/18/TSA-Freak-Out-Guy-Goes-Full-Monty-To-Protest-Pat-Downs

  44. Has Hairy Reid lost his mind?

    Reid cites seniors’ love of junk mail to argue for passage of postal reform bill.

    “Madam President,” Reid said to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), the presiding officer of the Senate, “I’ll come home tonight here to my home in Washington and there’ll be some mail there. A lot of it is what some people refer to as junk mail, but for the people who are sending that mail, it’s very important.

    “And when talking about seniors, seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world,” Reid continued. “Elderly Americans, more than anyone in America, rely on the United States Postal Service, but unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices … will close. I’ve said this earlier today; I repeat it.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/floor-speeches/222209-reid-cites-seniors-love-of-junk-mail-to-argue-for-postal-reform-bill

  45. admin
    April 18th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Adorable.

    POS has definitely lost the dog wars.

    Wonder if Dogs against Romney will switch allegiance?

  46. Some of the locals in Hawaii eat dog too, so Barry might have snacked on BBQed dog when he was older.

  47. Don’t know if this has been posted but it’s fun–Obama reading his own words where he describes eating dog meat..


  48. S: “O has never faced an opponent on the national level that would fight back with no holes barred”
    ===

    Not barring any holes seems like a risky defense. I think you mean “fight with no holds barred” – more offensive.

  49. Shadowfax
    April 18th, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    How did they teach that little dog to not eat carrots when they mention Barack Obama’s name? My dogs were never that obedient, not even close.
    It cracks me up when she says, “Come on now, Barack Obama likes little dogs.”
    =====

    I like that video too, so I hate to be a spoil-sport, but your question “How did they teach that little dog…” makes me think you don’t know much about basic cinematographic techniques:

    Video is separate from sound track. You can very well give the doggy instructions to make him turn his head away or take the biscuit, which is not much of a trick to teach a dog, but while you take the video you don’t record anything. Afterward, you voice-over the video with anything you want. They’ve been doing that with animals in movies for decades.

    A more common animal trick is to have the dog respond to an (inaudible) dog whistle. In the video, the dog does only one of two things: take the candy or turn its head away. Any dog can master that much of a trick and be directed to turn its head away in response to the whistle.

  50. Leanora
    April 18th, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    —————–

    You’re right. If they hide Bo, they have a different problem.

  51. OH WELL-

    This story isn’t getting any play at all- It did this morning.. as a horrific unthinkable act! That is until the shooter was arrested and she’s black!

    Unidentified woman Ripping a 3 day old baby from a Mother’s arms and fatally shooting the mother in the abduction… in Spring, Texas..

    This morning, the heart wrenching story was on msm’s Front Page.. and now has suddenly vanished! This is the follow up story to the shooting… on yahoo.. Of course, there was no mention of a Black on White crime.. not even after an arrest was made. Now that the shooter has been arrested and the baby returned, the fact that this is a Black Nurse responsible for the shooting… crickets!

    No Jesse Jackson, No Al Sharpton… packing their bags on a mission to console the white husband with a dead wife and a newborn child who will never know his mother!
    ____________________

    Texas nurse shoots mother, steals newborn

    A Texas nurse has been charged with murder for shooting a young mother and kidnapping her three-day-old baby outside a pediatrician’s office, officials said Wednesday.

    (The black nurse) Verna McClain, 30, had recently suffered a miscarriage but did not tell her fiance about it, local media reported. She allegedly kidnapped the baby in hopes of passing him off as her own. (thats a LIE)

    Police managed to find the unharmed baby after several desperate hours of searching by tracing the suspect’s Lexus to a nearby apartment complex.

    McClain didn’t have the baby when she returned home, but told police little Keegan Schuchardt could be found at her sister’s house.

    “To recover a child who was kidnapped and a mother killed by a stranger within no connection within five or six hours is as good of police work as you can do,” Lieutenant Dan Norris of the Montgomery County sheriff department told reporters.

    McClain was parked in front of a pediatrician’s office in Spring, Texas, when Kala Golden, 28, emerged with her son after a checkup on Tuesday afternoon.

    McClain allegedly shot Golden and grabbed the baby, but Golden kept fighting even as blood was pouring out of her wounds.

    Golden tried to grab her son out the car and was knocked to the ground as it sped away. Witnesses said she was screaming “my baby” as she struggled to get Keegan back.

    Witnesses used Golden’s cell phone to contact her husband and mother. She died in hospital before her husband could get there.

    Keith Schuchardt said that while he couldn’t understand why anyone would want to harm his wife he was relieved to have his son back safe in his arms.

    “It was nice to know he’s still alive,” the distraught father told reporters outside his home.

    The shooting sent shockwaves through the community.

    “I feel so, so, so terrible for the family and the baby that will never get to know his mother,” neighbor Amanda Johnson told KHOU news.

    “I can’t imagine. I have an 8-year-old. I can’t imagine not being able to see him grow up. It’s really sad.”

    (No mention of the Black on White murder at all)

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/texas-nurse-shoots-mother-steals-newborn-210250201.html

  52. Obama today: “Unlike some people I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth”

    And I so wish Romney would respond, “Unlike some people, I never had a silver spoon up my nose.”

  53. Read the comments at the yahoo link…
    The Outrage at the media’s double standard is palpable!

  54. HillaryforTexas
    April 18th, 2012 at 9:12 pm
    ————————
    There was a comment I read about Romney’s upbringing. That guy concluded that Mitt was born with a ‘silver-plated’ spoon in his mouth because George Romney despite being AMC’s president, was never as richly paid as the CEOs of the other car companies.

  55. Now Obama saying that sounds really weird. He is the PRESIDENT of the USA. Who talks like that? It is passive aggressive and classless and lacking in pride.

  56. pm317, Romney was born into a well-off family. He was not born into a fabulously wealthy one. Obama was neither born nor raised in penury, either.

    No silver spoon? Who paid for your very expensive college, Obama? We’d like to know.

  57. Agree. But he goes around saying he was raised by a single mother and gullible people believe him. So it is all a show. I fault the people who go to his rallies and listens to this BS and then votes for him.

  58. Taking Mitt Romney at his (latest) word. If raising children is “the most important work”, then this new bill will let welfare mothers stay home like Mrs. Romney did.

    Now we need a bill to let all mothers get Social Security credit for staying home raising their children.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/work-act-low-income-moms-ann-romney_n_1434384.html?1334764071

    WASHINGTON — A handful of House Democrats, encouraged by the recent bipartisan agreement that stay-at-home moms should be considered just as hard working as anyone in the workforce, will introduce legislation to apply that standard to mothers on welfare as well.

    Under current law, raising children does not count toward the required “work activity” that must be performed by recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the federal program that emerged from the 1996 welfare reform. Some states make an exception for mothers with children less than a year old.

    The Women’s Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, a copy of which was provided to HuffPost in advance of its introduction, would allow mothers with children ages 3 and under to stay at home with their children and continue receiving benefits.

    The act was inspired by the recent kerfuffle, in which the political establishment, from President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, took great umbrage at the suggestion by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney had not “worked a day in her life.”

    “All moms are working moms,” Mitt Romney responded.

    If that’s the case, then it’s unfair to apply a different standard to low-income women, reasoned Rep. Pete Stark of California, a top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

    “Mitt Romney was for forcing mothers into the workforce before he decided that ‘all moms are working moms,'” Stark told The Huffington Post. “I think we should take Mr. Romney at his most recent word and change our federal laws to recognize the importance and legitimacy of raising young children. That’s why I’m introducing the WORK Act to provide low-income parents the option of staying home to raise young children without fear of being pushed into poverty.”
    [….]
    Democratic Reps. John Lewis (Ga.), Gwen Moore (Wis.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) are cosponsors of the WORK Act.

  59. partially agree, admin, but honestly, after living in the mountains for 5 years and seeing all kinds of dogs riding in the back of speeding pick-up trucks and loving every minute of it

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

    I’m from redneck country too. Dogs are fine in the back of pickups (if they’re free to get out of the wind when they want to). Some are fine going up to the roof of the cab when they want to.

    Nothing too wrong with making the attempt.

    But a WET dog on top of a station wagon at WINDCHILL speeds is not fine.

    But when the attempt went wrong, hosing the dog and continuing was NOT good ‘crisis management’. (And braggng about it later was worse.)

  60. When I lived near the beach, my wet, sandy dogs rode home in the back of the truck plenty of times. So long as weather is not cold, no biggie. And the Romneys had a windscreen for the kennel.

  61. When I lived near the beach, my wet, sandy dogs rode home in the back of the truck plenty of times. So long as weather is not cold, no biggie.

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

    How far at what speed? The Romney trip lasted several hours total, though I haven’t seen at what point he hosed the dog.

    What breed were yours?

  62. turndown, I’d like to ask you a serious question: Have you ever in your entire life admitted you were mistaken or wrong about anything at all? Or do you just keep moving on into more and more obscure minutiae, in a stubborn effort to find something, anything, one tiny little point you can cling to and be right on, despite having had the entire gist of your argument blown out of the water multiple times.

    Because I’ve seen that on so many diverse topics now that it’s just not worth it anymore. You don’t engage. At all.

    Back to scrolling……

  63. H4T,

    Pls refrain from personal attacks and engage with the issue.

    A short trip at low speed would not expose a dog to as much windchill as a long trip would at highway speeds. Another factor would be what kind of coat the dog has.

    Factors like this ARE relevant. The issue is whether Romney was endangering or upsetting the dob.

    What about the diahhrea? Do you want to consider that as a coincidence rather than a symptom of emotional stress?

  64. Romney: dog rides in crate on top of station wagon
    ObaMAO: BO rides in own Air Force I all alone and crying

    My new motto: “I won’t eat ObaMAO’s dog food.”

    I wonder how many dogs Bill Maher has owned? I wonder where they are now? I wonder if he will find funny in eating dog?

    Basil99, any tips for our upcoming trip? I am definitely excited about the trip now.

    I am busy on a couple of projects and caught up reading, some really serious and some really funny information.

  65. Administration forces schools to new agenda in school cafeteria servings and replaces the Parts-is-Parts chicken nuggets and the soyburgers with….the new meat…Woof. And, iirc, did he not make fun of Palin for her caribou and moose meat?

  66. *sigh*. Turndown. It was a kennel. Well-secured on the vehicle. The weather was warm. The dog was an Irish Setter, which has a fairly good coat. They secured the kennel so that it did not face the wind, AND fastened an extra wind screen on it. The dog got diarrhea likely from a sandwich the kids had been feeding it. It happens. The dog at no point, according to the family, was quaking or afraid or distressed in any way. This is not something they hid – they talked about it openly for years. They obviously loved the dog. There is no there there, no secret horrible cruelty that those creepy Romneys have kept hidden in the closet.

    LOTS of dogs (and other animals) travel in kennels, in truckbeds, on open trailers, in the cold bellies of airplanes in the cargo hold, all the time, every day. It’s not unusual. It’s not weird. It’s not abusive. It happens EVERY DAY, and no one says boo about it.

    All of the facts you seem so eager to “ferret out” have been out there for YEARS, if you bothered to research it. It’s no great mystery, nor is it a new story. “The issue” is that Axelrod just decided to dredge it up and paint it in the worst possible light because Obama is sinking like a stone.

    One of my own FOUR dogs gets diarrhea almost every time he travels long distances. He’s not unhappy. He’s not freaking out. He just gets the runs. It happens.

    Happy now? Because if not, I stand by what I questioned above.

  67. We posted the video hours ago. It goes to show – When Hitler is upset people notice:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/18/video-obama-dog-eating-meme-reaches-its-inevitable-conclusion/

    A meme’s not really a meme on the Internet until it gets its very own “Downfall” parody so here’s the “dogeater-in-chief” gag being enshrined in the pantheon before your very eyes. I’m expecting a “Hitler reacts to that terrible ‘hot girls’ song” clip to hit YouTube too before the week is out so keep watching this space for that.

  68. The dog got diarrhea likely from a sandwich the kids had been feeding it. It happens. The dog at no point, according to the family, was quaking or afraid or distressed in any way.

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

    What’s your source for those details? The most I saw was in a long puff piece, Boston Globe iirc, that since disappeared from Snopes. (Of course that’s what they would say when questioned about it.)

  69. h4t,

    I grew up on a redneck Texas ranch. I’ve ridden in the back of our pickup truck at various speeds. It makes a difference sitting behind the cab or further back or standing up behind the cab with the wind blowing over the cab in my face.

    Dogs in the bed of the pickup whether loose or in a wire crate can be comfortable if placed where the wind is not too bad (and if not wet and going at highway speed). A ‘kennel’ big and strong enough to protect a wet setter on top of a station wagon at highway speed would be a hell of a big kennel, or pretty cramped for a several hour trip.

    Something like that might be done right if the guy was very handy. But you seem to be making all the best assumptions. (And without thinking of the details, since you lump together situations that are not alike, ie “in kennels, in truckbeds, on open trailers, in the cold bellies of airplanes in the cargo hold”. For example, dogs in the cargo hold are not wet and not exposed to wind.)

    If you have sources that give good reason to make all the best assumptions about Romney’s lifestyle at that time, I’d appreciate leads.

  70. turndown, I commented on the last thread about what kind of a crate it was and what Mitt R. did to make it better as told by Romney’s son. This was not the only trip that the dog made in that crate and Ann R. said that in the Sawyer interview. You don’t seem to acknowledge any of the info put out there but raise the same questions again and again doggedly. Why is that?

  71. This is a video of the real live war going on right now in Afghanistan, you know, His preferred war. Well, I would prefer that my relatives come home. This video has one of my relatives in it. Good little soldiers. They are. Sharpshooters, too.

    3/4 Kilo Co 3RD PLT Upper Gereshk Valley Afghanistan
    http://www.youtube.com

  72. turndown, about H4T’s assuming “all the best arguments”, please recognize that there is an assumption of innocence until proven guilty. The only witnesses out there are the Romneys themselves.

  73. Re:pm317
    April 19th, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Because she can; and because she knows it irritates the hell out of people.

    Most kennels, and animal hospitals do not have ‘comfortable’ cages or crates for their wards. Our cat was kept in a shelter for about a month while our house was built, it was a small wire cage with just a hand towel for a floor….not at all what our Queen of Quite a Lot was accustomed to, yet she survived.

  74. This post top to bottom, is a wonderful read. Through the eyes of Bo … admin careful not to use typo BO
    #########
    S April 18th, 2012 at 4:49 pm O has never faced an opponent on the national level that would fight back
    —————
    Yes. And he never had to stay in place this long either. Until now he ran so fast none could catch him!
    ############
    Twitter and Republicans.
    I think they are dedicated to feeling the pulse via Twitter. There are a few following me who would fit that purpose. One in particular seems to have that mission, for on the day I went on and on there about trayvon – he eventually tweeted in protest and I thought he would dump me. But he is still there.

    Re Candice Britton whom I tried to connect with on Facebook but failed. ergo she emails me when she can. I enjoyed this from her, and wanted to share: Carnahan invited me via email to hear him speak a few minutes on Earth Day. I RSVP back that I will be there. I don’t know why he keeps inviting me to all his events? I am his opponent!

  75. HillaryforTexas
    April 19th, 2012 at 12:01 am
    …Back to scrolling……

    Instead of a waste of breath it is a waste of keystrokes. Scrollin’, scrollin’, scrollin’, keep those mousies scrollin.

  76. Yep, Mormaer, that is the solution…takes willpower. Willpower is in short supply. America the Beautiful has encapsulated Obama perfectly and what we are up against- If we can’t stop thread derailment with a simple fix, how can we expect to STOP Obama? Interesting-
    ___________

    AmericaTheBeautiful
    April 18, 2012

    Start with the fact the election was bought with foreign illegal funds, threatened delegates, ACORN cast illegal votes and corrupted elections, a well place machinery put in place by Soros with a fraudulent Media Matters and Journolist corruption of the Fourth Estate…making us all understand that those who have made their way inside all of our highest institutions will fight the dirtiest most violent fight imaginable to remain in power…and if we do not defeat them –we become slaves.

  77. I hunted up the Sawyer interview. I haven’t got to the dog yet, but here’s good detail on where Ann Romney gets her version of women’s issues.

    https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=sawyer+romney+dog+crate
    Mitt goes in the– on the rope line and he gets mobbed. And then I go to the other side of the rope line and I go and talk to people. And I’m– there’s so many women that are there and I’m like, “Why are you guys here? What is– what’s motivating you? What are you talking about? What are you thinking? What are you feeling?” And it’s really interesting the response I get. Number one which is so fabulous for me and it’s so endearing to me is they say they praying for me which is so touching to me, it nearly makes me cry. The other thing they say is I am so worried about the deficit spending and the economy and my husband’s job, my job, my child’s job. That’s all they’re talking about.
    And I have been hearing this now for a year. And I’ve been– after all of this and all this time when everyone else is talking about everything else. And I’m like, “Wait a minute, I know what’s going on. I know what’s happening. I know what people care about. I know what women are talking about.”
    [….]
    I will say for me financial security has not been a huge issue. But that does not mean I’m not compassionate. It does not mean that I have not had different challenges. Everyone in life has their challenges, mine have not been financial.
    [….]
    You don’t have to go through everyone’s specific difficulty to understand that people are having trouble. [/blockquote]

    That’s as I suspected. Her supposed information about women’s issues comes from very short remarks from women who have come to a GOP rally and are outside a rope line (and use the other part of their few seconds of contact to talk about prayer).

    She doesn’t even claim that she’s got perspectives from weomen outside that self-selected group, or even read up on payroll issues. She just talks about “sympathy.”

  78. From the article:

    A source with knowledge of the inner workings of the Gingrich campaign told The Daily Caller that Gingrich recently had three people on his personal security detail, though sometimes there are “many more.”

    “Others on the campaign told me that some of the Secret Service members were even saying it was a waste of time and that he shouldn’t have it,” the source told TheDC. “Staff members thought it was ridiculous too, and just another example of Newt’s arrogance and self-importance.”

    In 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain didn’t request Secret Service protection until late April — months after the point he was considered the presumptive GOP nominee.

    The leader of a government waste watchdog group told TheDC that Gingrich should give up his protection because it amounts to a wasteful use of taxpayer money. (RELATED: Full coverage of the Gingrich campaign)

    “As a former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich should understand better than most how important it is to spend taxpayer dollars wisely,” said David Williams of the Taxpayer Protection Alliance. “Speaker Gingrich needs to give up his taxpayer-funded Secret Service protection to show people that he understands that every tax dollar saved is important.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/19/gingrichs-secret-service-detail-likely-costing-taxpayers-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-a-day/#ixzz1sUawAocE

  79. On the road again.That should be Hillarys theme song.

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    PUBLIC SCHEDULE
    THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Brussels, Belgium to participate in a joint meeting of NATO foreign and defense ministers. Secretary Clinton will also travel to Paris, France for an ad hoc ministerial meeting on Syria. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Feltman, Assistant Secretary Gordon, Ambassador Fred Hof, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS, NSC Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa Steven Simon, and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European Affairs Liz Sherwood Randall. Please click here for more information.

    8:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in the NATO-Russia Council for Foreign Ministers, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    9:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    10:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    10:35 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a meeting of NATO and Non-NATO ISAF contributing nations, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    11:45 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    12:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    1:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary-General of the European External Action Committee Pierre Vimont, and Admiral James Stavridis, in Brussels, Belgium.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

    6:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in an ad hoc ministerial meeting on Syria, in Paris, France.
    (POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

  80. Via Althouse:

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/obama-eats-dog-story-is-needed-to.html

    My preference would be for everyone to stop talking about the dog stories, but that’s not how speech works. No one notices that some speakers are refraining from speaking. In a free-speech marketplace of ideas, you’ve got to provide more speech. You might say, well, let’s be high-minded about this and say things like: Let’s avoid distractions and discuss things that really matter, like the economy. But that won’t drive the Seamus story away. You’ve got to offer an equivalent product in the marketplace of ideas, and Obama-eats-dog is that product.

  81. Turndown @ 3:40 a.m. “would appreciate leads” so he/she can dig deeper into the Romney family’s ……what? Hatred of animals? LOL, please. Mitt Romney is right: this election is about jobs, not dogs. Highlighting Obama’s dog diet as a kid just serves to highlight how ridiculous this attack on Romney was. Now we can bury the bone so to speak and move on.

    Obama and his lackies are unaccustomed to having a challenger who’s fearless in mentioning anything about Obama’s upbringing or radical associations or radical agenda.

    [For example, I hope that the Romney camp will correct the widespread myth perpetuated by Michelle and the Obama Media that he was raised by a “single mom.” It’s not true. He spent many more years living with mom and step-dad, or with grandparents, than with mom alone. Of course it’s not difficult to sort out this biographical information but no one in the mainstream media bothers. And why is there a code of silence when it comes to discussing his step-father?]

    This election is about honor, honesty, character, competence, values. Jobs. It’s not about dogs — not about how they travel, not about how they taste. Sorry, Turndown, it’s over.

  82. Sorry I fouled up ending the blockquote.

    Okay, here’s the dog.

    (And hm, at the end of the 11 pages: “Note: This transcript has been edited for clarity and brevity.”)

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transcript-diane-sawyer-sits-mitt-ann-romney/story?id=16150624&page=8#.T5ARQKs7Xqd
    ANN ROMNEY: The dog loved it. The dog was, like–

    DIANE SAWYER: But the dog got sick, right?

    ANN ROMNEY: Once, he– we traveled all the time and he– he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs. But– he would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for t– in– in– in a kennel for two weeks, so.

    Her statement doesn’t tell much unless she said the dog had the runs BEFORE going on the highway. And even then it would just be her word.

    pm, perhaps I missed something from you quoting Romney’s son about “what kind of crate”?

    jes, imo it’s not a matter of legal “innocense”. Rednecks who carry hunting dogs in their pickups are pretty competent about cages and crates and such. I don’t think Romney had that kind of lifestyle, though. 😉

    ST, I’m not talking about a cushion in the cage, but about whether it was large enough for an irish setter to stand up in.

  83. http://www.dog-crates-online.com/size.html

    Height of Dog Crates – The ideal size should allow your dog to stand up without having to duck his head.

    Width & Length of Dog Crates – The crate should be wide enough so your dog can lie on her side and stretch out, and long enough for her to lie down fully stretched out without having to curl up.

    For a Irish Setter, this site recommends a “depth of crate” of 42 inches.

  84. This election is about honor, honesty, character, competence, values.

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

    That’s exactly what is shown by HOSING then windchilling a sick dog.

  85. I commented on Althouse:

    The dynamic of what happened on twitter with the Obama Ate A Dog story was fascinating to watch in real time. Those who seem to believe that the right was seriously saying that they had a problem with Obama eating dog as a child has missed the entire point. The point was to mock the trotting out of the Seamus story by an administration that has nothing to run on. The point was to mock the entire dynamic of a media who have no problem turning big nothing-burgers into minor scandals so long as they get to choose what gaffe or minor biographical detail, and whose, gets targeted.

    The point of the Obama Ate A Dog viral joke meme was to point and laugh as official campaign spokesmen took great umbrage and came out to very seriously and solemnly refute… a joke. About eating a dog.

    Imagine Bill Clinton’s spokespersons taking to the airwaves to bat down every viral cigar joke. Yeah. That. Would you laugh even harder? I would.

    The point of the viral Obama Ate A Dog meme was to give a big finger to the entire “We Control The Narrative” political and media complex.

    The fact that they then stamped their feet and screeched “Stop that! Stop that right this minute!” was just gravy.

    On a dog.

  86. About the above link:

    The interview of Bettina Viviano by Jerome Corsi. She says the Clintons always brought up his ineligibility. They (in her group, the delegates) were always told that Bill would tell the truth about Barry’s ineligibility. She doesn’t know why the Clintons WOULD KNOW AND NOT TELL THE TRUTH.

    People in her film were threatened. Threatened to be killed or to lose their jobs. Or to be kicked out of the party.

    Bill Gwatney was killed. An AK superdelegate, one of Bill Clinton’s best friends. The killer killed, no motive given ever found.

    It was “shut up, Bill, or you’re next” (don’t talk about Obama’s BC). Bill said he was going to reveal it anyway and then Chelsea was threatened, so he shut up.

    The threat was about outing Barry’s lack of a birth certificate. She says “we all know” these are “forged documents” and she doesn’t believe he has “the best intent for this country.”

  87. Turndown you’re a dog with a bone with this crate matter, huh? Well, if you think that incident makes Romney less qualified than Obama to be POTUS, great. Vote your conscience and live with the consequences. I think most people are over it and I suspect the Obama campaign is desperate to move on now that the door has been opened to exploring the weird world of Obama’s step daddy. But if you want to keep researching dog crates and wind chill factors, go for it. It’s amusing to watch.

  88. turndownobama
    April 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am
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    Not sure what your agenda is? If you want Obama reelected? Since you are here, I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you probably don’t want Obama reelected. You seem also anti-republican in the mold of riverdaughter, violet, and so on. So you will probably cast your vote to some third party idiot who has no chance of winning. OTH we want our vote to count and make it doubly hard for Obama to win. A Romney win would mean defeating the lapdog media and Obama and I think that needs to be done to punish and rehabilitate the Dem party for hoisting this guy when we had a better choice.

  89. pm317: Yeah, I guess everyone’s agenda here is to get rid of O and the best way seems to be to vote for Romney, like people who had qualms about McCain in ’08 but finally decided it was better than voting third party or abstaining: 2/3 of the PUMAs.

    With that ’08 struggle in mind, I think we will have less of a problem swallowing Romney. I do, anyway.

    Like McCain, Romney has character in my opinion. Better than McCain, Romney has clear competence with an executive record to point to, both in private business and in public service.

    On the “issues”, Romney has said a number of intelligent things that set him off from the conservative wing of the Republican party, especially W’s neocons; and he can point to the fact that he governed a blue state successfully. He works across party lines and seems to be a centrist.

    Concerning campaign style, his “flip-flops” of up to a few months ago seem to be a thing of the past. And he’s got good reactivity, which we were also worried about up to a few weeks ago.

    There remains the question of his VP pick. I’d love to see him take Palin, but he has a broad field to choose from.

    And there also remains the workings of O’s wee mind: Will it get across to him before the D convention that he is a sure loser? Will he pull a Truman/LBJ? Because only then can we hope for what we want most… the plucky blond lady.

  90. I have not paid attention to this Althouse some of you refer to, but if anyone here has her ear, and if I am correct that she voted for Obama in 2008 and has now become a critic, then even more important than her commentary on current events and Obama’s mad hatter schemes, would be a highly informative discussion of how she went from an Obama supporter to an Obama critic, and came to see him finally as a God That Failed.

    The God That Failed is a 1949 book which collects together six essays with the testimonies of a number of famous ex-communists, who were writers and journalists. The common theme of the essays is the authors’ disillusionment with and abandonment of communism. The promotional byline to the book is “Six famous men tell how they changed their minds about Communism.

    The reason that is important is many people who bought the hope and change crap in 2008 now see the mountain of contrary evidence, but need to go through a process of self analysis and redemption. With the exception of the honest people of the left, of which there are very few, his base is still on the Koolaide, and simply do not want to talk about it. Thus, if people of standing were willing to talk about this it could accelerate his demise.

  91. To be against the Tea Party movement is to be a witting or unwitting defender of the spoils system which is part and parcel of the status quo. In the final analysis, that is what the 24-7 attacks by the establishment are all about. Those of us who support the movement are the first to acknowledge that under any rational scheme of government–as opposed to anarchy, authority must stop somewhere. The problem with the current elite class is they are cannibalizing the middle class. These attacker are either dupes, or agents of the status quo. I rather suspect this Altmire is of the first persuasion, which is to say a dupe–or if you prefer a useful idiot.

  92. I am not talking about Harvard degrees–I am talking about something no Harvard degree can confer: sound judgment.

  93. Just to add one more note to my last comment and then I have to disappear, some of us (I will include H4T and I don’t think she will protest) are interested in analyzing the campaign dynamics, the role of the media, the successful use of social media, the strategies and the tactics of political campaigns. I don’t think we have inside track to either of the campaigns but it is fun to analyze things as observers rationally without the tinfoil stuff. For instance, we don’t care if the crate was good enough for the dog or if Obama as a kid ate dog meat — neither of which says much about the character or lack thereof of either candidates. We give the benefit of the doubt to Romney because he does not look like a sadistic person who would abuse his dog and cause misery in its life deliberately from everything else we know. We can criticize both Romney and Obama with equal interest. But I do want to cheer when Romney’s camp one ups Obama because that is the trend I like. Perspective, it is a good thing for obsessive and compulsive people.

  94. HillaryforTexas

    Yeah, I thought so. Never again. Not once . On any topic. Done.

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    You got sucked in again… 😉

  95. wbboei
    April 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I am not talking about Harvard degrees–I am talking about something no Harvard degree can confer: sound judgment.
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    Brace yourself, wbboei- no-one will be listening. It’s all about having fun and re-covering ground we’ve watched evolve and commented about here over the last 3.5 yrs.. What more does it take to demonstrate to those who constantly excuse this behavior with lame justifications when a poster supports and defends all of Obama’s positions? Being able to recognize an Obama operative consistently, daily, derailing thread discussions with inane arguments that amount to nothing more than unhealthy distractions and a hefty paycheck for the operative. What, you thought thread derailments are free? They get paid by the word. The more words that are used in a single session, the bigger the paycheck.

    Sarah Palin and the T-Party are the only way for now- besides ensuring Romney is the next president. Unless a last minute contender steps in the ring if Romney weakens.

    We can try posting serious discussion, wbboei, but I doubt it will go anywhere especially when our focus will never see the light of day and Obama will be reelected. All in the name of fun-

  96. I have no problem voting for Wilburrr this time around. Voting for McPalin was a little painful, the first time is always a little shocking, but this will be my second GOP anti-Barry vote and it will be easy.

    I like some of the things Ron Paul says, but I would never waste my only vote to kick Barry in the ass and help get him out of DC by throwing that vote away on someone that has no chance in Hell of winning.

    Mitt is the best of the GOP candidates for me, he is more to the center and I am happy as a lark that he flips to the center. It ain’t easy being a GOP ‘conservative’ and not bending to the religious right like sweaters.

    I am voting for survival, not on wishful thinking.

  97. Unemployment Rises As Voters Give Romney Big Lead Over Obama On Economy

    It appears the most recent reports of an American economic recovery by the mainstream media were once again premature as the latest batch of unemployment numbers are revised upward, and Mitt Romney now enjoys among likely voters a commanding lead over President Barack Obama when asked who would do a better job on the economy….

    First, those unemployment figures as reported by CNBC:

    Weekly Jobless Claims Hit Higher Level Than Expected

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said. But the prior week’s figure was revised up to 388,000 from the previously reported 380,000.

    The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, rose 5,500 to 374,750.

    “The number suggests that improvement is slowing down,” said Subodh Kumar, chief investment strategist at Subodh Kumar & Associates in Toronto.

    The poll cited by the Washington Times report also indicated voters are still maintaining rather high “likeability” ratings for Barack Obama – in this case 81%. Just a bit of postulation on my part here – but I would chalk that up to many people still feeling uncomfortable openly stating a dislike for a man the media has repeatedly elevated in status as America’s “first Black president”. (A claim of course that completely ignores the fact Barack Obama is half-white whose father was not African-America)

    This discomfort in feeling “racist” for openly stating one dislikes Barack Obama will not reproduce itself within the privacy of the voting ballot. Barack Obama’s popularity has fallen greatly – of this I am certain. There are those inside the political operations profession who have repeatedly indicated this fact to me. And remember, “likeable” and “competent” are two very different things. For many who may find Barack Obama a nice guy, a good many of them also consider him a disaster as President of the United States.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/04/19/unemployment-rises-as-voters-give-romney-huge-lead-over-obama-on-economy/

  98. I am voting for survival, not on wishful thinking.

    This. My underlying principles do not change, but I have eyes wide open to the reality of the political system around me. Every force has a counterforce in politics. I do not have the option at present of anyone or any movement that is totally in line with my thoughts and values. Wailing about it and wishing for one is utterly pointless and masturbatory.

    I observe and analyze, and try to nudge here and there, to encourage counterforces to things that I see as destructive to my country. What the biggest danger is, IMO, will change over the years. At present, Obama and his hangers on are the biggest danger, followed by the lapdog press. An excellent counterforce to both is the rise of the TeaParty and their use of social media. The topic – dogs or SAHM’s, is really secondary.

    There may come a time when I once again see the old GOP as the biggest danger. At that point I will change tactics. At no point have I changed my principles. One current tactic is to egg on the more libertarian bent of many of the younger GOP these days. I see that as a positive thing – a counterforce to the corrupt Old Guard, so I encourage it. It doesn’t mean that I 100% agree with these young libertarian-ish republicans. It means that I see them as a useful counterforce to some bad things.

    I am playing a political long game – the same one that those intent on fucking up my country are playing. Tribal loyalties and emotional attachment to certain political personalities has bupkus to do with it. I have those attachments to some degree. But I try not to let it influence clear-eyed strategy. This is war.

  99. “I am voting for survival, not on wishful thinking.”
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    You nailed it, Shadowfax. And I am not against taking a breather and having fun but if we expect to get somewhere in the next Election, there isn’t much time left for us to be able to explain to others in current, easily understood, terms why they shouldn’t vote for Obama. And why it’s that important not to feed the animals and get distracted by the obvious baiting… I’ve been guilty of it myself.. I know full well how difficult it is not to respond.. and I do not encourage it, like some here do to our detriment-

  100. Just a little blip from our old friend confloyd:

    Just got off the phone with Confloyd- she’s been invited to a ho-down in Texas I’m invited to. She said, she has a tumor on her Thyroid and may be operated on soon as the doctor schedules the surgery.. Best of Luck for a healthy outcome with your surgery confloyd and hope seeing you up and around by the fourth…

  101. It never ends… unless we END IT!
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    Obama attempting to “Zone the Ocean” in new power grab.

    President Barack Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas.

    The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic environment.

    “This one to me could be the sleeping power grab that Americans will wake up to one day and wonder what the heck hit them,” said Rep. Bill Flores (R –Texas).

    ,b>“This is pure administrative fiat,” said Sen. David Vitter (R –La.). “It’s very troubling.”

    “This is purely a unilateral administrative action with no real congressional input or oversight,” Vitter said. “I think it clearly threatens to have a big impact on a lot of industry, starting with energy, oil and gas, and fishing.”

    But in his zeal to curb sea sprawl, lawmakers say the president’s executive order also gives Washington officialdom unprecedented reach to control land use as well.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50880

  102. What stuck out the most for me with this exchange was Barry’s comment (in bold below), where he admits HE DIDN’T PAY FOR HIS EDUCATION!!!!

    He has been given everything he has and never had to work for it, talk about out of touch with the American public. Why doesn’t the GOP pound on that???

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    Romney says Obama ‘likes to attack’ people who are successful

    Mitt Romney on Thursday said he won’t apologize for the success of his family after President Obama remarked that he wasn’t “born with a silver spoon” in his mouth.

    “I’m certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life,” Romney said Thursday morning on “Fox and Friends.” “He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn’t have a college degree, and one of the things he wanted to do was provide for me and for my brother and sisters. I’m not going to apologize for my dad’s success.”

    Romney said Obama is trying to divide Americans, a theme the candidate has been increasingly hammering on the campaign trail.

    “I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans. He’s always looking for a scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad.”

    Obama’s comments came Wednesday during a speech before community college students and job seekers in Ohio.

    “Somebody gave me an education,” Obama told the crowd at Lorain County Community College. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance, just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”

    Romney’s father was a prominent Detroit auto executive and served as governor of Michigan.

    The Hill

  103. this blog hos some of the most rational and intelligent posters around. that combined with admin is why I return day after day… and usually read almost the entire comment section.
    I also believe that paid obama trolls were part of the sites past and while they might not be paid anymore they stayed because there is no where else to go 🙂 hotgas opening registration was a disaster as it attracted a huge troll base.

    WB TD!

  104. Mrs. Smith
    April 19th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Just a little blip from our old friend confloyd:

    Just got off the phone with Confloyd- she’s been invited to a ho-down in Texas I’m invited to. She said, she has a tumor on her Thyroid and may be operated on soon as the doctor schedules the surgery.. Best of Luck for a healthy outcome with your surgery confloyd and hope seeing you up and around by the fourth…

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    Please give her my best, tell her I miss her around here and a prayer is on the way for her successful surgery. A ho-down is just what the doctor ordered.

  105. Obama: “…just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”
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    There he goes with “folks” again. AAAAArrrrrgh ….

  106. simrks: It’s a relief to hear your assessment of our bloggers, after the evaluation by a certain “andyp” who chimed in a few weeks ago, saying he had no respect for anyone here.

  107. Romney’s father was a prominent Detroit auto executive and served as governor of Michigan.

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    But gave his daughter-in-law no household help with her five SONS?

  108. I like some of the things Ron Paul says, but I would never waste my only vote to kick Barry in the ass and help get him out of DC by throwing that vote away on someone that has no chance in Hell of winning.

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    Half of that vote, perhaps. As was discussed in 2008, voting for McPalin took away from Obama AND gave to McP, while voting third party only took from Obama without also giving to McP. But half is still something.

  109. Romney because he does not look like a sadistic person who would abuse his dog and cause misery in its life deliberately from everything else we know.

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    Who said sadistic? Perhaps unthinking, uncaring, impractical, inflexible. Could not adapt his plan to a new problem. Must Keep Schedule At All Costs. Brags about “unemotional problem solving.”

    That fits with talking about WORKING women’s economic problems in terms of “sympathy”, rather than practical ways to actually help.

  110. “…voting third party only took from Obama without also giving to McP. But half is still something.”
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    Pursuant to what I said just above, there was much more reason to have misgivings about McCain than about Romney now. For that reason, there will be far fewer people abstaining or voting 3rd party.

    McCain was bellicose about foreign affairs, talking about 100 yr in Iraq “if necessary”, shaking W’s hand with photo op to try to assuage the conservative base. Plus, McCain had no economic smarts and that hurt him real bad after the Lehman Bros crash; There were a lot of people – 1/3 of PUMAs – who couldn’t bring themselves to vote McCain.

    Romney doesn’t scare people the way McCain did. He does need to fire up the conservatives, though, which is why I think he should pick Palin. Palin did McCain that favor.

  111. Oh, It’s no secret Obama pays his operatives and there isn’t any reason to think their help has been retired. Operatives can be an invaluable tool for Obama promoting his propaganda. He has work to do.. He is moving swiftly doing as much damage as he can by fiat. i.e. signing statements. The Senate is taking him to task on his recess appointments. Hopefully, addressing that problem will hamstring him somewhat occupying his time with marshaling a defense for his judicial pics.

    Hillary4Texas and Shadow- my payers go with yours to confloyd. She said she reads here and has tried keeping up with the latest happenings. I’m sure she is locked and loaded like everyone else it seems living in Texas if we fail and the whole country goes to sh!t. That is where I will be for the duration. We may think it’s an impossibility but the huge increase in gun sales this year do not reflect a country content with the status quo. There isn’t a doubt in my mind we will do everything we have to do to save our county for our kids and grandchildren as the democracy it was intended as founded by our brilliant forefather.

  112. I agree with those here suggesting Ryan as a running mate for Romney- He can be outspoken and brutally honest and can be of great help running interference for Romney. I am not thrilled with his suggested Medi-Care cuts but that bridge has yet to come before things can change. So, for now, Ryan is my VP pick.

  113. Brace yourself, wbboei- no-one will be listening. It’s all about having fun and re-covering ground we’ve watched evolve and commented about here over the last 3.5 yrs.. What more does it take to demonstrate to those who constantly excuse this behavior with lame justifications when a poster supports and defends all of Obama’s positions? Being able to recognize an Obama operative consistently, daily, derailing thread discussions with inane arguments that amount to nothing more than unhealthy distractions and a hefty paycheck for the operative. What, you thought thread derailments are free? They get paid by the word. The more words that are used in a single session, the bigger the paycheck.
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    This is where my earlier suggestion comes into play. Someone who took the heroine fix and then went though cold turkey is in a better position to tell others not to start, or get off the needle if they did, than someone who never succumbed to the in the first place. I find myself uniquely unqualified to chart a course back to reality for these erstwhile Obama lovers, because I never succumbed to that delusion– my delusions you see were of a smaller scale. The easy way out for these people is to say we were deceived which does not require them to admit they were wrong. Someone who drank the koolaide and then spit it out is the healer I am looking for to help these people see the light.

    I saw a headline the other day from this Julie Dreyfus–who I am proud not to know. She proudly announces that she has no problem with Obama. To me that sounded like damning him with faint praise, and much depends on the context in which the statement was made, whereas I never got past the headline. But if the statement is taken at face value, it suggests that Obama has not adversely affected her world, which is probably true, and she lacks sufficient awareness, and depth of understanding that he has adversely affected the world of millions of other Americans, and she fails to see any connection. A better case perhaps would be Hanks, Cruise, or that fool with a fiddle–Robert de Nero.

  114. heroin–not heroine–unless the heroine is on heroine which is not the case here or anywhere I can think of but then again I lack the omniscience of Obama. Somewhere in his pantheon of victims who need government help there is some Sandra Fluke who could speak for that oppressed minority of one.

  115. “For the record we do not like what Romney did even when we hear the reasonable reasons for doing so.”

    Admin: While I agree with the above statement I know that dogs were treated a lot differently in the 1980s than they are now. These days people treat their pets like little humans. They treat them like little princes and princesses and dress them like dolls. Special houses, special treats, special eating/dining establishments for dogs.

    My parents didn’t treat our dogs like people do today. While my parents treated our dogs lovingly they were still “just dogs.” They were no big deal.

    My dogs (two Scotties and a Leonberger) are my babies. I don’t dress them up or even have them groomed, as they we live on six rural acres, but the two Scotties sleep with us and they are all very special. I am just devastated when one of them gets sick or hurt. I don’t treat them “like dogs.” Call me crazy, but I talk to them constantly and ask them questions and to me they understand and are very smart.

    I think things were a lot different back then and Seamus was “just a dog” like my parents thought of ours. My parents thinking would have been, “Ok, it’ll be uncomfortable for the dog, but he’ll survive,” and it would not have been a big deal.

  116. I agree with those here suggesting Ryan as a running mate for Romney- He can be outspoken and brutally honest and can be of great help running interference for Romney. I am not thrilled with his suggested Medi-Care cuts but that bridge has yet to come before things can change. So, for now, Ryan is my VP pick.
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    I do not think that is how the powers that be are thinking. They would be inclined to say he is too much of a lightening rod, too easily charactured, and he would frighten the horses. I can tell you for a fact he is not interested. He would say, I am where I can do the most good, and when we take the senate in 2012, I will have more power to affect positive change than I would as vice president–which Ted Nance Garner described as not worth a warm bucket of spit (notice the rhyme), or in the case of Crazy Gugenheim Biden not worth a warm bucket of Ballentine’s Irish Whiskey. Here’s to crazy Joe.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=crazy+guegnheim+utube&mid=C690676631389A70F236C690676631389A70F236&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1

  117. yheitman
    April 19th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
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    very perceptive and very true.

    I love dogs myself and I always have.

    John Steinbeck in one of his short stories talked about the million or more year friendship between dogs and humans. In that essay, he claimed that dogs played a crucial role in the survival of our specie at the dawn of time, because they allowed our ancestors to sleep through the night without being attacked by predators drawn to the camp fire/

  118. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L4n0CMLvGpM

    ADVICE FOR ROMNEY: Two thing in the above clip that are winners:

    1) Turn Obama’s “rich elite silver spoon” attacks into attacks on his dad. His dad who unlike Obama’s dad, did not have an Ivy league college education. Who marched with MLK. Who succeeded from hard work, and made life easier for his kids. “No, I will not apologize for my father’s success.” is a great line, and it also makes the hearer think about Obama’s dad – which is not a favorable contrast. This might be a bit too far, but I’d like to hear something like: “I won’t apologize for being the result of my father’s dreams and aspirations for me.” THAT would be a way to hit Obama hard on contrast, and sneaky.

    2) The “I will attack problems, not people” is a great counter to Obama’s constant attempt to get people to hate this or that segment of society (the rich, teapartiers, old white women, tonsil-robbing doctors,whatever). Obama has NOTHING if he cannot get people to vote out of resentment for this or that demographic. Romney needs to use that line, and often, and point it out every time Obama does so.

  119. …although he is also a ‘lightening rod’, I think Christie could be a good choice…a good blend of the gentile Mitt and the streetsmart, streetfighter, Christie…

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    also HillaryforTexas…your comments have been right to the point and appreciated…

  120. First Barney Frank, then Jim Webb, now Elizabeth Warren coming out talking about how they knew all along that Obamacare was a bad bill, blah blah blah……

    Oh, and we are supposed to pat you on the back for that now? Because, like, honesty! Really?. Because what you are telling me is that you knew it was a crap sandwich that was being shoved down the country’s throat against our will and via a completely corrupt process, and you voted for it anyway.

    Fuck you each and every one. May you rot. May your names be synonymous for craven political cowardice and selfish ass-kissing of power at the expense of your countrymen for all fucking eternity.

    *spit*

  121. To Jim Webb-

    You say you knew Obamacare was a bad bill?

    Yet you voted for it?

    In other words, you knowingly voted for a bad bill?

    To whom do you owe your loyalty? Obama or the country?

    Very truly yours,

    A former contributor who believed in you.

  122. Clooney should be ashamed.
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    They may have achieved some degree of fame and notoriety in the field of acting, but when it comes to politics Clooney and De Nero (De Niro) are dilettantes. Their judgment is sadly lacking. And, they are not worth listening to. I would sooner ask my dentist who has never fly fished in his life, to expound upon the subject of fly fishing in the streams of western Montana.

  123. Don’t get me wrong. I would vote for Ryan or Christie in a New York minute. I was not talking about me. I was talking about the trembling tower of tapioca republicans who are the establishment.

  124. HillaryforTexas, you is smart, you is competent, you is on the same page as myself.

    ABM90
    April 19th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    I had been wondering about you; missed you.

    Mrs. Smith, please convey my concern to confloyd.

    I have been having fun posting the joke about the dog on my FB community; no one can complain about my politics when it is a joke. The one I like best is: Why did Romney put the dog in a crate on top of the car? Because he was afraid Obama would eat it. Let us make it go viral.

    Admin, could we please put ‘you know who’ in a crate? On top of a bus. Going to Mexico. With no passport back?

  125. Indonesian Diplomatic Source Tells Breitbart: You’d Have To Really Go Out Of Your Way To Eat Dog Here, Because It’s Really Not Our Custom.

    AOS.

    Which raises the question: Where did Bill Ayers go where he ate dog?
    Like, how mad is Obama right now at Ayers for tossing that Multi-Culti Feel-Goodery into “his” autobiography?

    McCain tweets Dog Joke;

    “Good pic of my son Jimmy’s bulldog, Apollo – I’m sorry Mr. President, he’s not on the menu!”

  126. Which raises the question: Where did Bill Ayers go where he ate dog?
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    To jail?

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