Impeach Hillary Clinton!

It’s the headline we never wanted to write. But we have no choice. Impeach Hillary Clinton!

Five years ago, April 19, 2007, this website began to publish. We’ve all been through a great deal. We’ve defended Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton when no one else has but only when they have deserved defending. But now it is time. Impeach Hillary Clinton!

What vileness requires such drastic action? Shamelessly we list the bill of particulars:

Charge #1: Hillary Clinton earlier this week while in Cartagena, Colombia took a half hour vacation.

Charge #2: While in Cartagena Hillary Clinton guzzled a bottle of beer paid for by the taxpayer.

Charge #3: Hillary Clinton has yet to condemn Barack Obama devouring dogs. World criminal Hitler has been moved to express outrage but Hillary Clinton remains silent about this outrage.

The lucid and courageous Niles Gardiner of the Telegraph is our prosecutor, our Javert, our Starr:

“Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?

The pictures of Hillary Clinton dancing the night away in Colombia during the Summit of the Americas are now all over Twitter, and were first reported by ABC News: [snip]

The overwhelmingly liberal US media is treating the story as a bit of fun, with the usually austere Mrs Clinton seen as letting her hair down. But I suspect that a lot of US taxpayers will see it differently – as a senior government official having a jolly time on an official overseas junket at taxpayers’ expense. And this was hardly a display of good judgment at a time when nearly 13 million Americans are unemployed, and US soldiers are laying their lives on the line every day in Afghanistan. In an effortless display of leading from behind, Hillary was partying in Colombia while the Taliban were about to launch a wave of terror attacks in Kabul.

It is hard to imagine Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright or Henry Kissingerlivin’ la vida loca on the world stage. This was less an example of “smart power” than a boozy nightclub audition for the sixth season of Jersey Shore. Hillary Clinton’s Colombian antics are an embarrassment for a high-level cabinet member on official duty, and have lowered the office of Secretary of State. Not exactly the sort of image the federal government should be projecting at a time of widespread public disillusionment with Washington excesses.”


Guzzle

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A shameless hussy! People are dying and Hillary Clinton is partying like it’s 1999. Get thee hence to the Jersey Shore with Snookie you floozie.


BadAssCool

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It’s shocking and disgusting! How dare she! A whole half hour wasted.

But what is even more shocking is the Hillary silence on the lurid practice of eating dogs! Hillary Clinton cannot pretend she does not know of this Fido cuisine. Today it was a Dog Day Afternoon at the White House as the doggie doo hit the White House: “Question for Jay Carney: Does Obama know that people are talking about him eating dogs?

Hillary Clinton cannot pretend she does not see. Barack Obama is already plotting his next assault on our pets. The menu is being planned. Run Bo Run.


Map The Menu

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Hillary Clinton cannot pretend she is unaware of the shocking Barack Obama dog eating. Hillary Clinton must speak up. For the sake of Fluffy, for the sake of Spot, for the sake of all our furry friends – Hillary Clinton must speak out against this savagery – or be impeached!


Puppy Love on a bun.

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Some will say we are overreacting. Indeed we are somewhat shocked that it is a Republican/right wing website that defended Hillary Clinton when they heard Hillary has a beer in Columbia:

“The photos are here in case you missed them elsewhere, and here’s the obligatory pun-tastic New York Post cover. Two camps on this one: Team Gardiner, which thinks she’s an embarrassment for cutting loose publicly in a way no other SoS would, and Team Fleischer, which thinks everyone should mellow out about an adult having a drink with staffers after work. I’m on Team Fleischer. The problem with the “beneath the dignity of the office” argument, I think, is that, like it or not, she’s not just any Secretary of State. She’s Hillary!, the rare SoS whose political stature exceeds that of the office. The public will cut her slack on this that it wouldn’t cut, say, Warren Christopher because they know Christopher only through his official role whereas they’ve known Hillary as First Lady, Senator, presidential candidate, feminist icon, and now chief diplomat for 20 years. She’s familiar in a way few apparatchiks are so it’s easier to relate to the human side of her. Frankly, I don’t even think of her as taking official trips when she’s jetting off to see some foreign leader in Europe or the Middle East or South America or wherever. She and Bill have known all of those people for years and could get a meeting with them even without the State Department’s imprimatur. Go figure that she thinks she’ll get a little slack for a half hour of light partying in Colombia.”

Well, the fact that Hillary is a fabulous political power is no excuse for the debauchery. True she is not the first diplomat that has taken a drink in the line of duty, even though the above defense does not mention that aspect of diplomacy.

What must be condemned is Hillary Clinton displaying in an international forum her BAD ASS COOL! Where is Texts From Hillary now that we need it to explain her thinking That she can be so brazen with her BAD ASS COOL. All the while Obama made a spectacle of himself in the realm of BOOBERY.

Some of our readers will no doubt object to our IMPEACH HILLARY CLINTON demand. Perhaps they will not be persuaded by our reasons and/or reasoning above. But surely this next reason will be universally accepted as dispositive. Without referencing a certain HOOKER situation, here’s something else that happened in Columbia:

“If you want to feel embarrassed about a diplomatic gaffe — assuming the pathetic Secret Service scandal hasn’t already given you your fill — here’s O trying to talk about the Falklands. Emphasis on “trying”:

President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.

Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India…

D’oh! What a Homer. What an international embarrassment! What a boob!

Perhaps we have been too rash. We do not know what provocations Hillary suffered after spending so many hours with Barack Obama. Perhaps at dinner he offered Hillary a hot dog of dubious pedigree. Perhaps Hillary suffered too much and simply needed a beer to burn the memory of Barack Obama’s booberies out of her head.

Perhaps we are wrong that Hillary Clinton should be impeached as punishment for taking a half hour off to drink a beer. But we certainly are correct that Hillary Clinton should be impeached as a reward – anything to rescue her from Obama and his ceaseless booberies.

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422 thoughts on “Impeach Hillary Clinton!

  1. LOL! Admin, I read the comments at the conservative HotAir when that story broke. They were running about 80% : “Leave her alone. I don’t even like her much, but she has as much right as anyone else to let her hair down a little! God knows she must be sick of working for Obama. So she had a beer? WTF is your problem??!”

  2. So Dims are reduced to hawking a ‘Not a Republican’ bumper sticker. It will sell on at least two Hillary sites I know of.

  3. I think Jay is being too conservative. You can ignore the polls that over sample democrats–except to say that it is telling that ABC and NBC feel the need to lie about his real standing. To me the most important poll is the right track wrong track analysis which shows that only 27% think the country is on the right track.

  4. If Obama people trotted out Clooney for $3, they are really in trouble raising real money from the small donors.

  5. A beer, OMG a beer without a glass, and with her staff.

    Too bad Hillary haters. Wait until she QUITS her SOS job near the end of the December holidays and dances the night away, maybe drinks two beers and kicks off her shoes, lets her hair down…and has sex with her Bill!

    How will these judgemental FOLKS handle that shock?

    Hillary couldn’t care less and she will dig out her headbands just because the media hates them.

    Go Hillary, do it your way!

  6. pm317, not just small donors. Big ones too. Paul Begala is trying to get them to WAKE up, but sadly, the wallets remain closed:

    Today’s New York Times reports an eye-popping figure: The pro-Romney forces may be able to raise and spend no less than $1 billion to oust President Obama. That number could climb considerably higher, if the fundraising by Romney-aligned outside groups is a success.

    Which raises a question: Why is Dem outside-group fundraising failing to keep pace?

    “The fact that the Romney forces are going to be able to amass at least $1 billion dollars should be a tremendous wake up call for our side,” Paul Begala, an adviser to Priorities USA, the main pro-Obama outside group, tells me.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/time-for-democratic-donors-to-wake-up/2012/04/17/gIQAxjsaOT_blog.html

    Also, remember all of Admin’s posts about the big money Jewish donors? I’m betting they are having a BIG problem with them as well, because a reporter interviewing Eric Cantor pushed and pushed and pushed to try to get him to say…… wait for it….. that the GOP is just crawling with anti-semitism. The Dems are scared, and trying to scare all the little sheep back into the fold.

  7. Oh, and the morons are already screaming and yelling that Romney’s slogan, “Obama Isn’t Working”, is RACIST!!!!!

    I hope Mitt tells them to go pound sand.

  8. Every time I see Christie on tv, I think of Tony Soprano. 😉

    They both have a certain In-your-face charm.

  9. Barack Obama’s leadership of the country is “shriveling before our eyes,” former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove writes in the Wall Street Journal.

    He has now given at least three conflicting explanations as to why he wants the so-called “Buffett Rule” — that would increase taxes on the nation’s highest earners — introduced, Rove said.

    “Mr. Obama is not just showing he’s a tax-and-spend liberal who will increase taxes to fund an ever larger welfare state,” he said. “He is also abandoning a long-existing bipartisan consensus that encouraging savings and investment adds to prosperity.”

    Special: Should Obama’s Health Plan Be Overturned? Vote Here Now!

    Rove said the president initially said the Buffett Rule — named for billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has publicly said he should pay more in taxes — was needed to “stabilize our debt and deficits for the next decade.”

    Then Obama changed his tune to say the rule was needed to bring more fairness into the tax code and now he claims it would strengthen the economy and create jobs.

    “With the country’s serious economic challenges, all the president can offer is the Buffett Rule? Mr. Obama is shriveling before our eyes — not physically, but in stature and leadership,” Rove wrote.

    “We may be at a political tipping point where acts confirm impressions that become impossible to shake. Mr. Obama is in danger of being seen as weak, inept and not up to the job,” he said.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Rove: Obama ‘Shriveling Before Our Eyes’
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

  10. The National Review, you wouldn’t think they will come to John Edwards’ aid, but they do. If only that louse were not running in 2008 or got caught early?!

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/296534/questionable-prosecution-brjohn-edwards-editors

    John Edwards, the Dorian Gray of the Democratic party, is one of the most loathsome characters in American politics, corrupt himself and a source of corruption in others, a preening, moralizing fraud who went so far as to have a staffer claim paternity of the illegitimate child he fathered with a campaign contractor. Even after he was exposed, Edwards denied that he was the father of the child until a paternity test forced him to own up to the fact. But for the charms of John Kerry, he would have been vice president of these United States. But for the labors of the National Enquirer, he might have been president, Democrats having learned in the 1990s how to make their peace with such situations.

    If being a louse were a crime, John Edwards would hang for it. But he is instead facing prison for alleged campaign-finance violations, and it is our obligation to come unenthusiastically to his defense. He may be guilty of bribery, and if he were a sitting senator he would likely be guilty of gross ethics violations, but the facts do not support prosecuting Edwards under campaign-finance laws.

  11. Aaaaaand now we start with the anti-Mormon attacks. You know how the Left all opined that it was going to be the nasty horrible evangelicals that would have a problem with Mitt’s religion? Turns out not. Turns out that those nasty bigoted Christians are mostly cool with anybody’s religion. And the Left is really bummed that their whole stereotype of how the evangelicals were going to reveal the ugly ugliness in their ugly hearts just isn’t happening. How could that happen? They were counting on their laughable caricature of Christians being true!

    So they’ve decided to take matters into their own hands, and get their bigotry on for themselves. Because they are big fat stinking honkin’ BIGOTS.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/19/brian-schweitzer-mitt-romney-s-family-came-from-a-polygamy-commune-in-mexico.html

  12. Which raises a question: Why is Dem outside-group fundraising failing to keep pace?
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    A question? More like an indictment.

  13. yeah, saw that article earlier and had the same thoughts as you do.
    hmm. let us see where does Obama’s family come from? Obama’s family comes from Rev. Wright’s commune. As to the sexual orientation of that commune, the media has put a lid on it.

  14. jbstones, we love ya, but just stop, please. You show up like clockwork every time there is a bad poll to wail doom. Unless you know the internals of the poll, and what their samples and methods are, they are worthless.

    Some recent polls included in the RCP average had MORE percentage of Democrats in the sample than voted at the very height of Obamamania in 2008. Not gunna happen.

  15. pm317, not to mention that if we want to talk polygamy, Obama’s family is chock full of it! And you don’t have to go back more than 3 generations to find it, either!

  16. H4T, they will say, he was far removed from it — didn’t have much to do with his Kenyan relatives. But disowning his dad who had multiple contemporaneous wives in multiple continents would be difficult. Who will bring it up and how? Treacher must be on it combing through The Dreams, :).

  17. I love the graphic of Him eating the Dog Leg. Funnnnnnny.

    Optics??? That again? Only very superficial people look at someone and think,hmmm bad optics. If optics of overweight and obese people were really important we would never have had Taft,Cleveland, McKinley, Taylor or Theodore Roosevelt. It is the content of the character, not the optics, at least for me and my family. If it were about ‘optics’ neither Elanor Roosevelt nor Michelle Obama could EVER have been First Lady. Is relying on ‘optics’ not some higher form of prejudice – like racism, sexism, and homophobia?

  18. I thought this was obvious but apparently not for some people. Obesity raises questions about physical fitness (and scares some people) — diabetes, stroke, heart attack. Even he talked about it freely in an interview.

  19. Considering that a lot of people in the country are overweight themselves, I doubt it would hurt him much.

  20. Christie is pretty good at dealing directly with the “fat man” stuff. He is a hard hitter, and funny, and plain-spoken.

  21. I hope at least that Romney is getting pointers from Christie. If Romney says that ObaMAO is a nice guy one more time…..Michelle Malking did a good turn in pointing that fact out to Romney and she said the same thing that she was sick and tired of Romney saying that He was a nice guy. He is not a nice guy; it is criminal how he is going about systematically deconstructing our country.

  22. I do agree that Romney is better off letting surrogates do any personal nastiness. But thee is a big difference between refraining from personal attack and saying he’s a nice guy.

    Although I would LOVE for Romney, the next time he is asked if he likes him personally, to say, “Sure! He’s likeable enough.”

  23. Red State Blog
    if you think Ann Romney and Seamus the Dog aren’t important you don’t belong in electoral politics
    Posted by streiff (Diary)

    Wednesday, April 18th at 2:34PM EDT

    157 Comments
    In the past week the presidential campaign has been hit by two events that many have termed silly. First there was the Hilary Rosen comment denigrating Ann Romney’s decision to stay at home and actually raise her children rather than elect to have a stranger do that. Second was the softer Seamus-on-the-roof story rolled out by the Obama campaign yesterday.

    Many, especially our own “smart set”, have criticized the attention these events have attracted as somehow taking away from the high minded policy discussion that is supposedly taking place.

    Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Since Mitt Romney has become the presumptive GOP nominee we’ve seen two broad lines of attack opened against him. The first is “Mitt is an out of touch rich guy.” The second is “Mitt is a Mormon and Mormons are very, very strange.”

    The closest they have come to making a policy attack on Romney is criticizing him as a conservative. How this is supposed to hurt him is anyone’s guess as the major knock on Romney during the primary was that he wasn’t conservative.

    Both the stories on Ann Romney and Seamus the dog are designed to build a meme portraying Romney as a plutocrat, some sort of latter day (nyuk nyuk) J. P. Morgan. For instance, the recent Paul Begala article in The Daily Beast refers to Romney as Thurston Howell III:

    And I mean elite. In Mitt Romney the Republicans have the apotheosis of wealth worship. Romney has amassed a fortune so vast he is expanding his $12 million beachfront mansion and installing an elevator … for his cars. For his cars, people. If you’re insanely rich, you might have an elevator in your mansion. But a lift for your Lexus? Keep in mind he’s running for office, for Pete’s sake. What’s he going to do if he wins? Use orphans as human golf tees?

    […] So far Romney has had a case of Marie Antoinette Syndrome. Every time he tries to connect with a middle- class voter he makes the Grey Poupon guy look like Joe Lunchbucket. He brags about his friends who own NASCAR teams and NFL franchises. He casually makes $10,000 bets. He says the $374,000 he made in speaking fees isn’t a lot of money. When a kid gives him an origami duck made out of a $1 bill, all he has in his pocket to replace it are hundreds.

    Romney apologists will say I’m taking this out of context. Baloney—or rather, Wagyu filet mignon. The context is that Romney truly is out of touch [my emphasis] , and middle-class voters may conclude that he is not on their side.

    To understand why this important one has to take a short side trip through recent presidential campaign and think about some notable moments. What do we remember about Gerald Ford? Sorta slow and sorta clumsy. Did his falling on the steps of Air Force One or hitting a woman spectator with a golf ball really say anything about his presidency? Absolutely not. To say they did not play a measurable role in his loss to Jimmy Carter is nonsense. Of course they did and today Ford is remembered as much for being sorta slow and sorta clumsy as he is for pardoning Richard Nixon.

    Fast forward to 1992. Two images stand out from that campaign. George H. W. Bush impatiently looking at his watch during a debate (he wasn’t the only one doing that, trust me) and George H. W. Bush seemingly amazed by a supermarket scanner. Did either of those accurately reflect Bush’s presidency which encompassed a successful end to the Cold War and successful war with Iraq? No. But they buttressed a meme developed by James Carville and Paul Begala as, wait for it, an out of touch rich guy who believed he was owed the presidency as a birthright. In that same campaign, the ridicule of Vice President Dan Quayle became an art form.

    In addition to the attacks on Romney’s wealth the left and the media, to the extent they aren’t the same, is gently rolling out the Mormons are strange attack. In this case, from Buzzfeed’s staff “Mormon expert” McKay Coppins an article called “Why Ann Stayed Home” you can see how cleverly the “Mormons are Strange” and the “War on Women” are linked.

    Ann Romney was already fully immersed in stay-at-home motherhood — raising five sons, ages six to 16, in her Belmont home — when Mormon prophet Ezra Taft Benson took to a pulpit on February 22, 1987 and delivered a definitive sermon on gender roles in the church titled, “To the Mothers of Zion.”
    His message to working moms: “Come home.”

    The religious dynamic of the Romneys’ Leave It To Beaver lifestyle has been largely lost on the partisans making hay out of the latest flare-up in the mommy wars, which was sparked by a Democratic strategist charging that Ann “has never actually worked a day in her life.” But while much of the debate has centered on class — with liberals casting full-time motherhood as a luxury for the rich, and conservatives hoping working-class women will identify with her — the fact is that even if Mitt were a middle-class schoolteacher, there’s a good chance Ann still would have foregone a career.

    That’s because for many Latter-day Saint women, staying at home to raise children is less a lifestyle choice than religious one — a divinely-appreciated sacrifice that brings with it blessings, empowerment, and spiritual prestige.

    Contrary to what a lot of folks on our side are saying these attacks are far more important to defend against than obsessing over Romney’s position on Afghanistan or the capital gains tax because this election is not going to be fought over issues and ideas. Were ideas and issues really important, Obama would be sitting alone in a by-the-hour motel room with a bottle of cheap bourbon and straight razor. He doesn’t have issues and he doesn’t have accomplishments so all that is left to him is to tear down Romney.

    If he can convince you that Romney is a cross between Scrooge McDuck and Moe Howard who adheres to a very strange set of religious beliefs then he wins.

    In both of these cases above we dodged the bullet. The rather stupid attack on Ann Romney’s decision that raising her kids was important has, in effect, made a mockery of the whole “War on Women” meme the Democrats have spent months developing. The Seamus story was short circuited by an own goal, Obama’s self-reverential memoir brags about him having eaten dog, and by Ann Romney’s candid discussion of the issue.

    Had we taken the advice of any number of pundits, by Election Day these incidents would have been as much a part of Romney’s public persona as President Bush and the supermarket scanner.

  24. The incidences with Ford, Bush the watch, Kerry the surfer, Quayle and potatoes and Bush with the scanner…each of them brings a movie screen up in my mind; and that is what I particularly remember with high definition playback. I think that after a few days that no one will be able to look at Him without thinking of the Dog Leg in his mouth. I will remember that for sure.

  25. bstonesfan
    April 19th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Electorate numbers look bad for Mitt today on RCP.
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    As HillaryforTexas said, do not accept these polls at face value. They have no validity, as the following quote from Jay Cost makes rather clear.

    “The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has a large Democratic oversample (D+11), so his job approval is positive and fairly healthy looking at 50-45. Ditto the CBS News/New York Times poll that came out last night (D+8) at 48-42. On the other hand, Gallup, Rasmussen, Fox, and a few others consistently show a tighter spread between the two parties, thus making his job approval look worse. For what it is worth, actual election results over the last 10 years tend to reflect the latter batch of polls in terms of party ID, and no election in 20 years has had as outsized a Democratic advantage as what the ABC News/Washington Post or CBS News/New York Times polls regularly “find.”)

    This is why I think the 2012 conventional wisdom is oversold. If Trende is right (and I believe he is), then Obama is going to have to get his job approval above 50 percent with the electorate, something he has not managed to do on a sustained basis in over two years.

  26. ShortTermer–I spoke to ABM 90 tonight, he is doing fine and sends everyone his best regards. He is following what everyone is saying on the blog, but has been attending to household chores and will be back with us shortly.

    Someone we have not heard from for awhile is Jan. I hope she is doing well. Maybe she has posted and I just missed it.

  27. wbboei, I am so glad that ABM90 is doing well. No, I have not caught that JanH has posted in the recent past. I hope confloyd does well. I gave up on sending emails; they do not seem to be reaching anyone.

    wbboei, I loved that video that showed Rubio slipping and referring to his work as ‘Vice President’…..do you see any reason that he might be held up as eligible to run? If Rubio was the running ate, it would be checkmate. But others are good as well, my next favorite being Paul Ryan, but I guess he is right that his value is in his present position, if they could get help in the next election. I like Christie, but if the people still can not warm up to Romney [conservatives] then that ticket just might not do as well because he is seen as even more moderate than Romney by that group.

  28. Unfortunately, this is satire. Romney may SAY that SAHMotherhood is the most important job, but he’s not even saying he’d do anything to help them.


    http://guerillawomentn.blogspot.com/2012/04/stark-introduces-bill-to-recognize-low.html

    Stark Introduces Bill to Recognize Low-Income Mothers’ Care for Their Young Children as Work

    If passed, this bill would serve as a paid maternity leave act and go a long way toward raising this country’s abysmal infant mortality rate. The USA is one of only 4 nations in the world too poor or too miserly to mandate paid maternity leave. Our unpaid Family Leave Act is simply a bad joke. For those who live paycheck to paycheck, TANF is and has always been the only Family Leave Act in town.

    If raising children is ever to be regarded as critically important work in this family-unfriendly nation, the work must be compensated and that would certainly include social security credits for the women (and some men) willing to perform the vitally essential work:

  29. VP picks:

    Ryan is impressive. He has ideas that he expresses clearly and forcefully, backing them up with reasoning and calculations. That makes him a political force to be dealt with.

    But so far, I disagree strongly with some of those ideas and view them as dangerous. For example, he has proposed a flat tax. A flat tax is one further step toward exonerating the rich and gouging the middle class and even the poor. The next step would be a head tax, where everyone pays the same amount, and then exempt the rich because they’re the ones that create jobs…. He has also proposed a value-added tax, which is just as regressive as the flat and head taxes because it takes more out of the middle class than out of the rich man’s pocket. We need progressive taxation like we had it before Reagan.

    But Ryan also proposes a generational privatization of Social Security. Actually, I don’t think this is a bad idea at all: It would make Social Security into a retirement system just like the ones they have in dear old socialist Europe. What makes me laugh about this is that this privatized socialist system is not billed as “socialist” in the US because “socialist” is anathema here, but rather is part of the religion of the Republican “conservative” ideologues and opposed by the “liberals”. Go figure.

    In fact, Ryan’s system would be even better than the European retirement systems because this sort-of 401K-ization of Social Security would make it possible for the individual’s account to be capitalized, and used as security for the purchase of a home, for example. In Europe, the systems are all pay-as-you-go and they are only now thinking of capitalizing the private accounts. Who will get there first? The European Socialists or American Republicans?

    So, mixed feelings about Ryan on the issues. Good debater, but a little scary. wbboei says Ryan isn’t interested? So much the better.

    Christie? The optics didn’t keep him from becoming governor of a deep blue state, where he has a successful history parallel to Romney’s. NJ is my native state, so I might be partial; anyway, I like his manner – a straight-talker with his feet on the ground – not an ideologue. He has said he wanted to work out his term as governor and wasn’t ready for national politics, but I think he would respond to a call from Romney.

    If not Christie, then who?

    Sorry, people, but I am a goddam fothermucking feminist and I want to see a woman in the race this year. Romney has an boatload of women who have enough baggage to run with him. Olympia Snowe would cut across party lines much like Romney though she would not bring in the conservative vote. For the conservative vote and Tea Partiers, there are both Palin and Bachmann, for whom I was routing in the primaries. I like all three of these possibilities. There are more: McCain pulled Palin out of his hat, she was an unknown before Sept 1 ’08. Romney could do the same with quite a few Republican women governors, representatives or senators.

  30. admin: Five years ago, April 19, 2007, this website began to publish. We’ve all been through a great deal.
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    Indeed you have. I hope there was time for some merriment in celebration of Big Pink’s 5th. Many thanks (( 5 X 365) + 2) AND Happy Anniversary!!!!

    PS: I’m certain that Hillary tipped a brewski publically in PA in 2008, causing great “concern” amongst her critics. You’d think she’d learn [to ban press, use security to turn in all digital devices ….. but then HRC has nothing to hide. 🙂 ]

  31. Common sense will tell you that the SS mentality has been overlooked/permitte for some extended period of time. This article tells it even better:

    Two senior Secret Service officers in Colombia prostitution scandal identified –

    One of the Secret Service supervisors ousted from the agency this week for their involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal made light of his official protective work on his Facebook page, joking about a picture of himself standing watch behind Sarah Palin.

    David Randall Chaney, 48, posted several shots of himself on duty in a dark suit and sunglasses, including one that shows him behind the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee during that campaign.

    “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?” Chaney wrote in the comments section after friends had marveled at the photo. He is married and has an adult son. Chaney, who had been a supervisor in the Secret Service’s international programs division, retired under pressure Wednesday, according to people familiar with an internal agency investigation into the allegations that 11 agents and uniformed officers participated in a night of carousing April 11 ahead of President Obama’s visit to the Summit of the Americas. He was one of two senior supervisors who are accused in the scandal, which investigators believe included heavy drinking, visits to a strip club and payments to women working as prostitutes. Several people familiar with the matter have identified the other supervisor as Greg Stokes, who was assistant special agent in charge of the K-9 division. Stokes has been notified by agency officials that he will be fired, although he will be given an opportunity to contest the charges, those with knowledge of the case said.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2012/04/19/gIQAmIt7TT_print.html

  32. Ah. Perhaps some poetic justice:
    Altmire becomes target for unions over healthcare law vote
    …But unions have been working hard to help Critz overcome his geographic disadvantage, and a recent poll shows that Altmire’s once-substantial lead has shrunk considerably. …
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/222709-altmire-becomes-target-for-unions-in-primary-over-healthcare-law-vote?utm_campaign=thehill&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  33. For YOU, JBStonesfan

    The coming conservative landslide
    By Michael Patrick Leahy

    Wishful liberals and Chicken Little conservatives who watch the weekly fluctuations in the presidential polls have concluded that President Obama is a shoo-in for re-election. They point out that Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, can’t connect with women, has a large likability gap and is slightly behind Obama in most national polls as well as in the key swing states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.

    The despair of faint-hearted conservatives deepens when they contemplate President Obama’s disastrous performance in office. His record of fiscally reckless extremism is unparalleled in American history. In three short years, federal spending as a percentage of GDP has climbed from 20% to 24% while the national debt has exploded from $10 trillion to $15.5 trillion. By the end of his term, Obama will have increased the national debt by a staggering 67%.
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    Conservatives across the nation should be of good cheer, however. The United States remains a center-right nation. This November, voters will choose common sense over fiscally reckless extremism in what will be a landslide conservative victory. Republicans will retain the House, gain the Senate and win back the presidency with a 2-to-1 Electoral College margin.
    The most recent Rasmussen poll shows Mitt Romney ahead of President Obama, 48% to 44%. Obama’s support has softened significantly since 2008, and opposition continues to grow on all sides. In that election, Obama defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin in the popular vote. Since then, as the Rasmussen poll demonstrates, Obama has lost the support of 9% of the voting population. Much of that loss is permanent. Defectors include disappointed voters under 30 who supported him by a 2-to-1 margin in 2008 but can’t find a job in today’s lackluster economy, disaffected Catholics turned off by his high-handed tactics and virtually every small business person in the country, to say nothing of disillusioned Democrats opposed to his individual healthcare mandate.

    But the polls are missing one key ingredient: the intensity of feeling and the level of determination among the 28% of American adults (66 million people) who consider themselves part of the tea party or are supportive of it. To these people, 2012 is not “just another election.” It is the defining political battle of our lifetime.
    Most of these 66 million tea partiers will vote in November. But they will do much more than vote. They will also make unprecedented personal sacrifices in time and money to help get out the vote. To a person, these 66 million Americans believe that if Barack Obama is re-elected, the constitutional republic as we know it will be destroyed. They are determined not to let this happen on their watch.
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    Reports that the tea party movement has lost steam are entirely the creation of a mainstream media that wants the movement to go away. Recent polls show that support for the movement is higher today than it was two years ago, in the spring of 2010. The tactics of this large and growing group have evolved from the high-profile rallies of 2009-2010 to a more organized and focused national get-out-the-vote effort. Every night, the country is honeycombed with a series of local and regional conference calls among the local leaders of this dedicated group. New tea party groups — estimated at around 3,000 at the start of the year — are being formed at an accelerating rate. These new groups are smaller, more localized and highly focused on one objective: getting out the vote in November.
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    As we’re beginning to see, conservative donors are finally realizing that the scope of the conservative victory in November will be determined by the level of financial support they provide to local grassroots conservatives. They understand that when it comes to political return on investment, local tea party groups provide the biggest bang for the buck.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/18/the-coming-conservative-landslide/

  34. HillaryforTexas
    April 19th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    Aaaaaand now we start with the anti-Mormon attacks. You know how the Left all opined that it was going to be the nasty horrible evangelicals that would have a problem with Mitt’s religion? Turns out not. Turns out that those nasty bigoted Christians are mostly cool with anybody’s religion. And the Left is really bummed that their whole stereotype of how the evangelicals were going to reveal the ugly ugliness in their ugly hearts just isn’t happening. How could that happen? They were counting on their laughable caricature of Christians being true!

    So they’ve decided to take matters into their own hands, and get their bigotry on for themselves. Because they are big fat stinking honkin’ BIGOT
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    That’s always the case with nearly everything in their world view. They have a cartoonish understanding of reality, yet are so certain of it, and project it onto the world around them. Then when the facts don’t square with what they expect, they gin something up.

  35. Donnie and Marie Osmond should be familiar goodwill ambassadors for their religion. I don’t think they were ever hounded over their church. Maybe they could say something public. Maybe they could go on the road with Mitt till the association began to stick. Of course, none of this should matter in the land of the free. But only POTUS’s religion is regarded as out of bounds.

    Which reminds me – Philadelphia has had several bank robberies and two days ago a murder. May not be same perp, but the full woman’s Muslim attire was used for all those crimes to conceal. Yesterday references to the Muslim garb were removed from the murder reports issued earlier. shudder. what is going on. is that secret DOJ force we read about in Sanford now in Philly? dumbing up those of us who would follow this to conclusion?

  36. America’s Crisis of Character – WSJ.com Peggy Noonan
    …The leveling or deterioration of public behavior has got to be worrying people who have enough years on them to judge with some perspective.

    Something seems to be going terribly wrong.

    Maybe we have to stop and think about this.

    I didn’t want to give the twitter link – it is from somebody else and I don’t have any idea what info it may contain. Hope you can find it if you want more. It is all good, but Noonan’s last 3 lines dovetail with what Big Pink knows.

    Am logging off now for the last time today. I promise no more interruption to the natural flow here. until tomorrow. 🙂

  37. Wbboei, as HillaryForTexas writes about streiff “He GETS it.” We’ve written about the dog not only because it is funny but because it is an important line of attack in Obama’s politics of personal destruction.

    This type of attack is what Obama has always done. It is why we were able to write about this being a future line of attack a long time ago. This is what Obama always does. Usually what happens (with us standing by screaming there should be a response) is the attack is ignored and Obama begins to state his narrative without interruption. Romney’s campaign has been masterful in responding to both the dog episode and the attack on his wife.

  38. Jeswezey, depending on what strategy Romney chooses he has choices for VP. For instance, if he decides to completely solidify Ohio and cement Indiana and make the big play for Pennsylvania then he will choose Rob Portman.

  39. How the politics of personal destruction is waged under Obama changes from attacks on the wife to the dog. In Pennsylvania Romney is under attack by the Obama Dimocratic Party on cookies:

  40. With the recent two big successes, the formula is set for Romney. If it is not Romney’s own people, I think all the other supporters will get in on the act. And creating these twitter (and other) storms is fun and entertainment for many. I am amazed at the quick change from 2008 and now. The big Obamamedia has more or less been neutered. But so far Romney’s campaign has been reactive. It will be curious to see how they will do being on the offense.

  41. admin
    April 20th, 2012 at 9:52 am
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    Hotair is keeping track of these ‘outrage!’ du jour.

  42. Sorry, people, but I am a goddam fothermucking feminist and I want to see a woman in the race this year. Romney has an boatload of women who have enough baggage to run with him. Olympia Snowe would cut across party lines much like Romney though she would not bring in the conservative vote. For the conservative vote and Tea Partiers, there are both Palin and Bachmann, for whom I was routing in the primaries. I like all three of these possibilities. There are more: McCain pulled Palin out of his hat, she was an unknown before Sept 1 ‘08. Romney could do the same with quite a few Republican women governors, representatives or senators.
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    Olympia Snowe????? That would go down like a mouthful of grass burs, just as conservatives are adjusting to the idea of Romney and he is doing everything possible to convince them that he is one of them. There were plans to primary Snowe because she was perceived as unreliable, and madly in love with Obama. Apart from that, she ranks as a mediocre senator at best. I can think of no better way for Romney to shoot himself in the foot than to appoint Snowe. If you want a woman for the vp position, I mean if that is important–and it may be, then consider Nikki Haley. She has a compelling story to tell, a reliable record, and knows how to handle the Media. She would enhance Romney rather than drag him into the swamp, where swamp flies like Brian Williams could sting him to death–which is obviously big media’s plan.

  43. Wbboei, as HillaryForTexas writes about streiff “He GETS it.” We’ve written about the dog not only because it is funny but because it is an important line of attack in Obama’s politics of personal destruction.

    This type of attack is what Obama has always done. It is why we were able to write about this being a future line of attack a long time ago. This is what Obama always does. Usually what happens (with us standing by screaming there should be a response) is the attack is ignored and Obama begins to state his narrative without interruption. Romney’s campaign has been masterful in responding to both the dog episode and the attack on his wife.
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    Agreed. It is refreshing to see this. Many of us have been advising him to do this from the sidelines, and I have mentioned this website in a paper I wrote for his people. The next step in the process would be for them to find subtle ways to limit the power of mainstream media. The general rule is never get in a pissing contest with someone who buys ink by the gallon, but in this case they have to. I do not think Romney should sully his coattails by calling them out for the liars they are, but I do think Gingrich could be effective in that role, if he can elbow his way back on the stage. My idea would be to take the debates off NBC, CNN and ABC, and move them to more neutral turf, where fair questions are asked by people who are bona fide journalists. Jim Leherer or Brian Lamb would be good moderators. Same way with interviews. This would have to be done subtly and incrementally. At some point, they would begin to see that they are not the cock of the walk they pretend to be, but are at risk of losing their audience and political access. Then perhaps, the parent organizations would step in, as they are doing with Capus and Griffin at NBC. Shockingly, Capus knows this but he has not told Griffin. Go figure.

  44. A subtler way would be to create a lottery where there were 2 slots and NBC, CNN and ABC bid against each other. You just cannot have people who are this corrupt running our political system, concocting phony polls, spreading slander–people with on journalistic standards running the system. So when Dr. Obvious–Peggy Noonan whines about the decadence and demise and wonders who we have become, I say ask big media. They are the main cause of the decline in culture, the loss of civility, the absence of accountability, and if we are to survive as a nation, it seems to me they must be dealt with rather harshly.

  45. Zimmerman granted bail. The prosecutors wanted a million dollars. The judge set $150,000. The family should have no problem with 10% of that amount to bail bondsmen.

  46. This was all for show. As the judge said, the result here is fairly routine. Yes, he does look like a good judge. I think the defense lawyer is pretty good too–no need for a speech, it is all in the cases which your honor is familiar with.
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    On a different note, Montana Governor Brian Schweizer has once again covered himself with glory, causing serious people to wonder whether he is perhaps the stupidest politician in the universe. An inference to that effect was raised when he appeared at the 2008 convention, drunk or sober it is hard to tell with him, and proceeded to brag about how he had cleverly arranged to move voting booths around so Republicans could not find them. Well, now he has one upped even himself by giving the world this Hennie Youngman one liner: Romney has some serious explaining to do because his father was born in a Mormon Commune that practiced polygamy. Unfortunately, Schweitzer neglected to mention that Obama suffers from the same infirmity where his father is concerned.

    This oversight, coupled with his gutspilling at the Convention, has catapulted Schweitzer into the top tier of Darwin Award Contestants, and the bookies are giving him a 2-1 edge. For the uninitiated, the Darwin Award is given out to people who though their own acts of mindless stupidity remove themselves from the gene pools, and in his case, it works for the benefit of all.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards. Fortunately for this asshole, he is term limited. In the late 19th century, Montana had a cattle rustling sheriff named Plummer–no relation to Joe. When the citizenry got wind of it, Sheriff Plummer had his own Miss Otis Regrets moment. In a just universe, Schweitzer would merit the same fate, but in his case he was saved by the bell–term limits.

  47. Does this argument regarding Zimmerman, from a Left Talker, resonate with anyone?:

    http://www.talkleft.com/comments/2012/4/20/41251/3578/20#20

    I have been kind of sickened by how it became a big dog and pony show with everyone crying racism, labeling Zimmerman a “WHITE” Hispanic, when for years all Latino people have been considered people of color so as to isolate one more group of people in the “we’ve been victimized by white people” pen.

    Immediately Zimmerman was labeled racist and words were put in to his mouth (indistinguishable word must be “coon”) and thoughts (“those people” must mean “black people”) in to his head.

    The Martins were indeed all over the news making demands about how the case should be handled and people in the streets as well as pundits and celebrities became their enforcers. I don’t blame them. I blame the people who handed that power to them.

    The fact is that we do not know what happened, but most people think they do. Most people on the left are positive that the stand your ground law is at fault and Zimmerman is a racist who decided to be judge and jury and killed Martin in cold blood.

    Is anyone of reason making the case for reserving judgement or giving a rational scenario of how Zimmerman might be innocent, not a racist? It is not like the left is going to be swayed by Fox news pundits.

    I am glad there is one person to give, if not the other side, at least the idea that there might be another side.

    I learned all about being labeled racist back in 2007/2008. It used to be there wasn’t a race card played that I wouldn’t bet my last dollar on. All that changed for me then. It is hard to explain to someone who has not been burned by that fire, the unease you feel when you smell the smoke again.

    The Martins have been the face of a bit of a mob movement and that makes me very nervous. To think that people imagine that is how to best make our legal system work, it’s not a good thing.

    Just my opinion.

  48. wbboei: Nikki Haley, great! See how much depth there is in the Republican field? I guess that’s no surprise to you…

  49. As much as I don’t like to hear Wiber say Barry is a nice guy either, it still plays into the polls for Barry.
    Many people still think he is a ‘nice guy’…(obots) but that he lies and is a terrible President.

    I would like Romney to be a big mouth like Trump, but he is a nice guy and doesn’t like to go down that road. He does act more presidential that way though, IMO.

  50. bstonesfan

    Electorate numbers look bad for Mitt today on RCP.

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    You’re slipping back into your bad habit of only posting doom and gloom again.

    Eat some chocolate or smell the flowers, 4 years of misery is hard enough on all of us and we need you to buck-up. PLEASE.

  51. wbboei
    I spoke to ABM 90 tonight, he is doing fine and sends everyone his best regards. He is following what everyone is saying on the blog, but has been attending to household chores and will be back with us shortly.

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    Awesome. Take care of yourself ABM90.

  52. admin: Five years ago, April 19, 2007, this website began to publish. We’ve all been through a great deal.

    Yes, Happy Birthday admin and Big Pinkers and thank you for being here.

    My political life would be Hell without you.

  53. Many thanks (( 5 X 365) + 2) AND Happy Anniversary!!!!

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    Me too! From this dummy who’s been out and can’t count. 😉

  54. Oh, WOW. I didn’t know this, but Andrew Breitbart was working on a feature film about OWS before he died. It’s going to be finished & released, in memory of him. Citizens United is funding it, so yeah, they are assholes, but they are effective assholes with lots of money.

    Spring 2012: Occupy Unmasked. This is going to put a damper on the whole Spring uprising thing, and make a lot of Dems and media people look pretty bad. These R’s are not playing. This is not 2008.

    http://www.occupyunmasked.com/

  55. Conservative bloggers are having their convention right now. They are all watching the pre-release of the movie. They are SHOCKED, and tweeting that the union involvement in planning the whole OWS thing is huge. This film is going to shock some people.

    Evidently Breitbart had some sources and did a LOT of digging. He was planning this before he died.

  56. …would have liked if Romney skipped Liberty U commencement…he is essentially the nominee now and could have passed on that…just gives fuel to the crazies…he should start his slow but steady movement to the center…stay rational and reasonable and away from extremes and provocations…

  57. Citizens United is funding it, so yeah, they are assholes, but they are effective assholes with lots of money.

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    That’s Citizens United Not Timid. If that’s not clear enough, see their logo.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/02/01/what-to-remember-about-citizens-united/

    They made a movie which was a personal attack on Hillary’s life and career. You think their new movie will be any more honest?

    And they took their case to the SC and got the Corporate Personhood ruling.

    How about, the enemy of Hillary should be suspected, not cheered. Do we really want to lie down with C * * T and get their fleas?

  58. S, I am wondering if Romney put the Liberty U thing on his schedule awhile back, while Santorum was still in the race and Mitt was trying to shore up the evangelical vote in the primary.

    If so, he likely can’t get out of it now, even though he no longer really needs to do that so overtly.

  59. The fact is that we do not know what happened, but most people think they do. Most people on the left are positive that the stand your ground law is at fault [….]

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    I’ve been saying wait for the forensic evidence (if any). But better gun control laws (or better obeyed) would have prevented the tragedy. Or perhaps, the Stand Your Ground law enabled it.

  60. Sticking to my “Never again, not once, ever.”

    Politifact did their usual truthometer on whether Obama ever ate a dog, and decided that they really couldn’t say, it was too “complex” and the “context” was unclear. LOL! Lapdogs.

  61. *whistles past*

    The Dems are now talking about Romney’s “high value” friends. Not sure they want to go there with an Obama administration stuffed with Goldman Sachs employees and him trotting around with Buffet and Oprah on a leash.

  62. Flop flipper, a commenter at NQ, has given us the quintessential graphic image of Mr. Obama, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here then is the real Barry, or should we say Dingle Barry. No, sorry, John Dingel (D-Mi) is spoken for. He is the one who wanted to pass Obama care to get “control of the people”. Obama’s ambition is modest by comparison. He merely wants to destroy the country, and have a gay old time doing it.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/66955/why-obama-does-not-have-a-silver-spoon-in-his-mouth/#more-66955

  63. TurnDownObama, we have written about the Citizens United decision before. To recap, the case concerned a disgusting movie attacking Hillary Clinton. At the Supreme Court hearing held in March of that year a huge horror occurred. It was Elena Kagan who forced the Supreme Court to issue the ruling it did. For her stupidity Obama rewarded her with a nomination to the high court.

    What happened? At the March hearing the government was asked if according to their theory seeking to suppress Citizens United type expenditures in election season the government could ban books. It was a shattering response that came forth. Yes, the government would be able to ban books said the government.

    The Supreme Court did not issue a ruling as expected at the end of term that June. Instead the Court, shocked by what was said in March, scheduled an additional hearing for after the summer. After that hearing the Citizens United ruling was served.

    In short, the government sought power to ban books under the guise of “campaign finance reform”. The Supreme Court said no. The Supreme Court was right to do so. “Corporate Personhood” arguments be damned. We stand with the First Amendment even if that First Amendment protection leads to attacks against Hillary Clinton.

  64. Sorry if I posted a wrong link on the last thread. Here’s the link and quote of Ann Romney explaining to Diane Sawyer where she gets her information about what issues women are concerned about.

    Imagine how Hillary would have used that many words! She’d talk about real practical level issues (Lily Ledbetter, maternity leave, ‘gender equity’, etc — the sort of questions that Mitt has been deflecting to “I wish my wife were here.”

    When Ann Romney really is there, this is what she says.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/transcript-diane-sawyer-sits-mitt-ann-romney/story?id=16150624&page=6
    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.

  65. One more thing regarding Citizens United. As we recall the organization “C.U.*.T.” was an organization started and run by Roger Stone not Citizens United. We wrote about it at the time. The website “Political Carnival” is wrong.

  66. Admin, I am reminded of the brave Jewish lawyers who defended the right of Nazi groups and the KK to have peaceful demonstrations.

    The first amendment does not just cover speech we agree with. Nor does it only cover films, books, or speech by groups or corporations we agree with. ABC is a corporation. CNN is a corporation. So is MoveOn.org. So is the NYT. So are publishing houses.

    Which corporations can produce a film or book containing political speech, and which cannot? Who decides? That was the question before the court – not campaign contributions as it is commonly portrayed. They answered it correctly, IMO. Still want campaign reform? Pose a better question.

  67. HillaryforTexas
    April 20th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    S, I am wondering if Romney put the Liberty U thing on his schedule awhile back, while Santorum was still in the race and Mitt was trying to shore up the evangelical vote in the primary.

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    good point HFT…that makes sense…oh well

    re: Politifact and O eating dogs…didn’t they hear him say he ate dog…the words came right out of (his dog eating) mouth while reading his book…

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    …it sounds like there is an O supporter trying to change minds…there is no use in trying to rationalize things…our purpose it to make sure O is not re-elected…period…someone supporting O’s efforts in any way can provide links until the “cows come home” (as our Bill might say)…it does not matter…tunnel vision on changing the leader in the WH…and yes, we may have to replicate his tactics and fight fire with fire…we welcome it…we have been waiting a long time for the chance…end of story

  68. HillaryforTexas

    Oh, WOW. I didn’t know this, but Andrew Breitbart was working on a feature film about OWS before he died. It’s going to be finished & released, in memory of him. Citizens United is funding it, so yeah, they are assholes, but they are effective assholes with lots of money.

    Spring 2012: Occupy Unmasked. This is going to put a damper on the whole Spring uprising thing, and make a lot of Dems and media people look pretty bad. These R’s are not playing. This is not 2008.

    http://www.occupyunmasked.com/

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    Great, this may be what Breitbart was killed over, by the way, where is that darn final decision on his cause of death that was so freakin’ ‘NATURAL’?

    There is a huge difference between regular out of work kids, adults and people that protest because their life now sucks and the anarchists and thugs that took over Occupy and made it into another evil, Bill Ayers type of protest. Fires, violence, and property damage are their trademark. I’ve been to many protests since I was in high school, and the more attention the protest gets, the more anarchists are trying to take over and take it in THEIR direction. The Tea Party was different.

    Who these people are and that Barry is supporting this violence is important to expose.

  69. @admin: In short, the government sought power to ban books under the guise of “campaign finance reform”. The Supreme Court said no. The Supreme Court was right to do so. “Corporate Personhood” arguments be damned. We stand with the First Amendment even if that First Amendment protection leads to attacks against Hillary Clinton.

    Pelosi as recently as yesterday is saying as much.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/19/pelosi-we-have-a-clear-agenda-to-amend-the-first-amendment/

  70. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/20/Dershowitz-prosecution-immoral

    With ABC News’ release of the George Zimmerman photo showing blood flowing freely from his head, the question becomes whether Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the case, had access to the photo before charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

    The arrest affidavit did not mention the photograph, or the bleeding, gashes, and bruises on Zimmermans’ head. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School stated upon release of the arrest affidavit that it was “so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge … everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense.”

    After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”

    Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie.”

    When asked if it made a difference whether the prosecution had the bloody photograph at the time they charged Zimmerman, Dershowitz responded, “We do know that there were earlier photographs before the affidavit was done that strongly suggested blood on the back of the head, and we know the police had first access to him, so if there was blood they [the prosecution] would know about it …

    “I’ve had cases in Florida against prosecutors,” Dershowitz said, “and this is not the first time they have willfully omitted exculpatory evidence. It’s a continuing problem. Here, it’s not only immoral, but stupid. The whole country is watching. What do they benefit from having half-truths in an affidavit?”

    Dershowitz added, “I’m not taking sides, but I’m insisting that both sides play by the rules, and so far the prosecution is not playing by the rules.”

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  71. Cannibalman is slip sliding away internationally. Seems those lavish all expenses paid vacation cleverly disguised as state visits, have failed to rekindle that old honeymoon feeling outside this country–except those with racial or historical ties to the Loser.
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    US leadership has lost some of its luster abroad, suggesting President Barack Obama can’t count on as much global euphoria as he gears up for a fierce reelection campaign, a new survey found Thursday.

    The report card was particularly dire from Serbia and Iran where approval ratings for the White House were below 10 percent. India, Cyprus, Belarus and Egypt also gave the Obama administration less than stellar marks.

    Overall, median approval ratings for Washington’s leadership across 136 countries stood at 46 percent in 2011 — largely unchanged from 47 percent across a smaller sample of 116 states a year earlier, but better than during the final years of George W. Bush’s presidency.

    Approval ratings for the original pool of 116 countries, meanwhile, declined from 47 percent to 43 percent between 2010 and 2011.

    “US leadership ratings in 2011 failed to regain the momentum they lost in 2010 and instead remained static or retreated even more in some places,” said the “US-Global Leadership Project” report, released jointly by Gallup and the Meridian International Center.

    Ratings were strongest in Africa due to enthusiasm in the sub-Saharan part of the continent, the study said. Scores were less rosy in North Africa, however.

    The lowest ratings in the region were recorded in Egypt, where a mere 19 percent of those surveyed showed approval for Washington — virtually unchanged despite the revolution that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

    In Europe, meanwhile, the picture was mixed.

    The highest and lowest ratings were recorded in the Balkans, with 90 percent of Kosovars saying they approved of US leadership, compared to just eight percent of Serbians. Obama has been a steadfast supporter of Kosovo’s independence, anathema to Serbians.

    Cyprus gave Washington a mere 18 percent approval rating. Belarus, often criticized for human rights issues, came in at 19 percent.

    While Washington’s approval increased by double digits in Britain and Belgium in 2011, it lost favor on other fronts, including double-digit declines in France, Germany, Spain and Sweden.

    In Asia, the Obama administration’s new foreign policy focus, India’s approval rating was just 18 percent. In contrast, the White House got a 75 percent score from Singapore. Iran, under scrutiny for its nuclear program, gave the White House a mere nine percent.

    The survey showed waning support for Obama abroad as the US president gears up for a bruising reelection battle in November against likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney, a multimillionaire businessman and former governor of Massachusetts.

    The results were based on interviews with approximately 1,000 individuals aged 15 and older in 2010 and 2011. The maximum margin of error ranges from 1.7 percentage points to 5.7 percentage points

  72. Well, they were right about John Edwards. And some of those Hilary Rosen visits to the Whitehouse were to meet with Michelle.

    But behind the scenes, her fingerprints were all over the scandal, said an inside source.

    “Michelle had her claws out to get Ann, but it quickly backfired and Barack was livid when he heard she had secretly directed the attack,” said the source.

    “What Michelle didn’t remember was that when Barack was running for president, he told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that it was unfair to attack Michelle, saying his wife was off limits. Here they were, however, doing the same thing to Romney’s wife four years later.

    “But even though Michelle was the instigator, the political grenade blew up in the president’s face.”

    The White House also caught heat when it was revealed Rosen had been a guest there 35 times – three times more often than Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

    “Michelle thought Rosen, an out-of-the-closet lesbian and close pal, could be their attack dog, but she miscalculated badly by going after stay-at-home moms,” said the source.

    “Behind the scenes, Michelle has vented that she worked hard as a lawyer in addition to being a mom.

    She also made jokes about Ann Romney ‘working at leading a rich lifestyle,’ includ­ing the fact that Ann competes in horse shows.

    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/revealed-michelle-obama-masterminded-ann-romney-mom-smear

  73. I have wondered about this and commented here or elsewhere on it. Rubio as VP complicates immigration issue for Romney — something he may not want to tackle in his first term.

    The Romney camp is closely watching Rubio’s moves on immigration, and campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the former Massachusetts governor would “study and consider” Rubio’s proposal when he eventually unveils it.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75379.html#ixzz1sc1yhZWu

  74. Indeed you are correct admin. In fact, Citizens United (the real corp) sued Roger Stone over the similar name for trademark violations. It is shocking how many sites out there confuse the two groups, but not surprising.

  75. A comment from the article Basil posted above, which is interesting:

    ———————————
    This whole bullshit story is an infantile liberal fantasy dreamed up by Bill Ayres in an effort to make Obama appear an exotic, noble brown (savage) to the morons he needs to vote for him … “oh, how diverse, how extraordinary, let’s say he ate dog meat and ‘it was tough’” (I can’t comment on the toughness of dog meat because I’m an American and Americans don’t eat dogs) and, oh, how about snake (“even tougher”). Obviously snake meat never made it onto Ayres’ silver spoon because I’ve eaten snake probably a dozen times and can attest that it is among the most tender, delectable meat I’ve ever tasted.

    The sweet irony here is that Obama never ate dogs, nor snakes, nor tigers, but he can’t run away from this story which is now blowing up in his face without revealing that he had absolutely nothing to do with writing his own autobiography – a juvenile liberal fantasy that makes him look even more weird, more alien, and more un-American that he already does.

  76. Admin,
    Thanks for the correction.

    H4T,
    So which Citizens United made the anti-Hillary movie, and which one made the Breitbart movie?

  77. It could be that Rubio is one of several individuals being vetted for VP. I doubt he has the job already. I’m sure Team Romney will be very thorough as they consider each potential candidate.

  78. Jen the Michigander
    April 20th, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    —————

    Yeah, Rubio is one of several despite his Freudian slip.

  79. @ Jen, re: VP I’m betting the primary discussion going on is whether to go with experience or go with younger and exciting. They are also looking at swing states, which is what brought Portman into play, even though he’s very bland.

  80. Althouse has another passage from the Dreams about Obama witnessing a chicken being killed as a kid and thinking how fortunate he was. Looks like the book was written with the express purpose of impressing people (on the left and the middle). Otherwise, how would they sell it? Embellishments a la fiction.

  81. Pm317, thanks for the Pelosi link. The idea of campaign finance reform is a great idea. But the First Amendment is an even better idea. Obama Dimocrats, indeed non Obama citizens like John McCain, love to bash the Supreme Court on Citizens United. But no one ever references the book banning the Supreme Court was horrified at in that March hearing we discussed earlier.

    That Pelosi wants to gut the First Amendment in order to establish “campaign finance reform” is abhorrent. It would not be long before internet websites (such as this lovely pink oasis) would be banned along with books. To hell with that. We stand with the First Amendment.

  82. admin, we could do campaign finance reform if we went with TOTALLY publicly funded elections. But that is not the goal of the Dimocrats. Fairness isn’t their goal, either.

    Their goal is to cut off funds for anyone but themselves. To silence opposition while they roll in all the Union dough and “Non-profit” dough they please, as well as get the benefit of a media complex that they pretty much control. The Dims increasingly want all voices silenced but theirs, because they HATE honest opposition. It gets in the way of their big plans for us.

    Not to mention that Nancy has ZERO intention of having a constitutional convention about anything. It’s all just grandstanding to play on the “Look over there – those people have nasty dirty money, and us poor Dems don’t!” lie.

  83. In a marketplace of ideas, everyone needs to talk.. The survival of the fittest will be applied to the ideas and not to the people. Which is why twitter like tools are so great. Citizens United or some other may lavish money on some product only they can produce but, a democratic tool like twitter has the same potential to produce similar effect from the man on the street. Look at Palin using Facebook while having no access to NYT and such and still causing grief. Pelosi can go to hell! Her version I bet would involve silencing Citizens United but empowering OWS. It will not work.

  84. BO booed at Fenway

    At Red Sox game, President Obama comes on big screen to recognize Fenway’s 100th anniversary, followed by loud chorus of boos.

    (From a tweet)

    Guess dog-eating is frowned upon in Massachusetts. After all the Boston terrier was named after Boston, right?

  85. Citizens United or some other may lavish money on some product only they can produce but, a democratic tool like twitter has the same potential to produce similar effect from the man on the street.

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

    Twitter may be more fair than expensive ads — but CU can also buy tweets (by all these paid bloggers that some people talk about 😉

  86. our purpose it to make sure O is not re-elected…period… [….] and yes, we may have to replicate his tactics and fight fire with fire…we welcome it…we have been waiting a long time for the chance…end of story

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

    Imo on each case of a dirty tactic being used by the GOP, it’s up to each individual PUMA to make her own INFORMED choice about that case.

  87. Barack Obama’s re-election bid is already in deep trouble

    UK’s Daily Mail

    The RealClearPolitics poll average puts President Barack Obama at 47 percent and Romney at 44.2 percent – statistically insignificant lead of 2.2 percent.

    Drill down into the numbers of the latest CBS poll and there are ominous signs for Obama. Only 33 percent of Americans believe the economy is moving in the right direction. A mere 16 percent feel they are getting ahead financially. Some 38 percent think their situation will get worse if Obama is re-elected, 26 percent think it will get better.

    A cursory look back at incumbent versus challenger presidential races does not give Obama much comfort.

    In April 1976, President Gerald Ford was in about the same position as Obama is now. He lost the 1976 general election to Jimmy Carter by two points. In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter was leading Ronald Reagan by 38 points to 32 points with John Anderson on 22. In November 1980, Reagan won by 10 points.

    In April 1992, President George H.W. Bush was on 46 percent and Bill Clinton on 26 percent. In November 1992, Clinton won by six points. In April 2004, President George W. Bush was on 50 percent and John Kerry on 44 percent. In November 2004, Bush won by two points.

    We are already past the point at which it seems plausible that 2012 will be a repeat of 1996 when the incumbent (Clinton) cruised to a comfortable eight-point victory over the challenger (Bob Dole). Rather, we are probably looking at a 1992 scenario – an incumbent defeat – or a 2004 race – the incumbent (or the challenger) eking out a narrow victory.
    All the signs are that Obama will try to do to Romney what Bush did to Kerry in 2004 – make the election turn on the character of the challenger rather than being a referendum on the incumbent. It was brutal, it was ugly and it was a process of grinding out a win on the basis of consolidating the Republican base and dividing the country.
    …..If you viewed all this solely through the prism of media coverage and listened just to Washington pundits, you’d conclude that Obama has about an 80 percent chances of victory. In reality, his chances are much closer to 50:50, perhaps even with Romney holding an advantage (though many things can and will happen in six months).

    This cognitive dissonance is partly because of a liberal tilt but also because most reporters and talking heads live in bubbles of comfortable affluence insulated from the economic pain most Americans are facing.

    Even without factoring in the likely negative political impact of, say, Obamacare being struck down by the Supreme Court in June, Obama’s re-election bid is already in deep trouble.

    Only a fool would underestimate Obama’s campaign machine, his ability to raise money and the fact that he remains personally likeable to a majority of Americans despite the state of the country. Anyone who argues at this stage that Obama is doomed to defeat is deluding themselves.

    But the reality of this campaign is that it is likely to be brutal, very close – and could well result in Mitt Romney becoming the 45th President of the United States next January 20th.
    http://harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/04/barack-obamas-re-election-bid-is-in-deep-trouble.html

  88. Romney just appointed an openly gay man as his national security/foreign policy spokesperson. Richard Grenell.

  89. Only a fool would underestimate Obama’s campaign machine, his ability to raise money and the fact that he remains personally likeable to a majority of Americans despite the state of the country. Anyone who argues at this stage that Obama is doomed to defeat is deluding themselves.
    —————————–
    Only a fool . . . . ? Too much back pedaling here. As with any market, you must proceed on the assumption that it will behave in a rational manner, and if it does in this case, Obama will be swept from office–into hospitable environs where he can eat dog’s liver and rats gizzards to his hearts content. This election is not a choice–it is a referendum on Obama, and that referendum will depend heavily on the state of the economy over the next six months. His record as a whole is an unmitigated disaster, and it is beginning to look like Romney will out raise him because Obama is a clear and present danger to the future too many powerful people–and the public at large. The strongest case for what I am saying comes from Sean Treade and Jay Cost, who have done a good job of rebutting what passes for conventional wisdom by those afflicted with Potomac Fever. Only a fool would fail to realize that these factors are relevant and they weigh heavily against Obama.

  90. Eric Fehrnstrom Eric Fehrnstrom ‏ @EricFehrn
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  91. Re: Romney’s new appointment, I think that regardless of where one falls politically, it is healthier for ANY “special interest group” to not be wholly owned by one party. Much more clout if they know you have other options, and aren’t beholden to them for everything.

    I am watching with interest the sea changes happening in the R party. They are currently having their big conservative blogger convention – which represents the cutting edge of the “newer, younger, hipper” conservatives who are dominating the internets for the right. Breitbart’s group and lots of others.

    There are several gay bloggers there, including GayPatriot and his friends. NO ONE has an issue with it. They’re all drinking up and going to seminars and having a good time.

    If the Democrats don’t realize that fighting a caricature of the R party that existed 30 years ago is a losing game, they are going to get their asses kicked. They’d better step it up and offer some fresh ideas about good governance. The New Dimocratic Party is in big trouble, because they went with the fraud and are still relying on surface crap rather than sensible policy.

  92. Oh, and you can always tell who is more about their own political power than actual advancement for gay people. How? Instead of applauding the above as a good sign for the country, they will reflexively sneer at it and try to tear it down and belittle it.

  93. H4T, still scary if a Santorum (or Newt) can rise like he did with all his rhetoric. But the Dims are no better.

  94. April 20, 2012
    Gallup: President Obama on the Brink, Polls WORSE THAN CARTER
    —CAC

    He is on the brink of losing, despite a small rebound.

    If history and numbers mean anything, then Gallup has a sobering reminder to any on the left who think Obama is still the odds-on favorite:

    The improvement in Obama’s approval rating is likely tied to more positive economic news in recent months, especially concerning unemployment. Obama’s approval rating reached as high as 50% in Gallup Daily tracking, for April 3-5, before settling back down into the mid- to high 40% range in recent days.

    Although Obama’s approval rating is improving, this is offset by the fact that it remains below the averages at the same point in time for presidents who were re-elected. All presidents since Eisenhower who were re-elected enjoyed average approval ratings above 50% during their 13th quarters in office.

    Presidents have a small sliver of “I approve of the President’s effort, but I want someone else” built into their approval ratings. So if Obama is at 45.9%, his solid vote share is stuck in the low forties. The closer the President approaches 50%, the less sleepless nights he will have, as the margin his opponent can snag drops.

    President Obama has seen his numbers recover from the nadir of last Fall, but he is by no means a lock for re-election. He’s in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney, who just emerged from a nasty primary and who still has a chunk of his party vote dragging their feet to fall behind him.

    When polling firms are oversampling Democrats to pump polling results showing the President up 9, or even to show him up 3 or 4, you realize how small a base he actually has.

    And how much of a real shot we actually have of kicking him out.

  95. Great find, FoxyLadi! And, compared to other media, the Enquirier has as much credibility and in many cases more.

    An excerpt from your link:

    Political sources revealed to The ENQUIRER that MICHELLE OBAMA brain-stormed the scheme to sic a pit bull strategist on the GOP contender’s wife ANN ROMNEY and it backfired!

    Talking head Hilary Rosen set off a firestorm when she mocked Mitt Romney for relying on his wife for advice on the economy, sniping that Ann – who raised five sons, has battled breast cancer and suffers from mul­tiple sclerosis – “never worked a day in her life!”

    Rosen was forced to apologize, say­ing her words were “poorly chosen.” Even President Obama got into the act, saying there’s “no tougher job than being a mom.”

    A publicly sympathetic Michelle, 48, tapped out a message on Twitter, writing: “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be re­spected.” But behind the scenes, her fingerprints were all over the scandal, said an inside source.

    “Michelle had her claws out to get Ann, but it quickly backfired and Barack was livid when he heard she had secretly directed the attack,” said the source.

    “What Michelle didn’t remember was that when Barack was running for president, he told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that it was unfair to attack Michelle, saying his wife was off limits. Here they were, however, doing the same thing to Romney’s wife four years later.

    “But even though Michelle was the instigator, the political grenade blew up in the president’s face.”

  96. I am watching with interest the sea changes happening in the R party. They are currently having their big conservative blogger convention – which represents the cutting edge of the “newer, younger, hipper” conservatives who are dominating the internets for the right. Breitbart’s group and lots of others.

    There are several gay bloggers there, including GayPatriot and his friends. NO ONE has an issue with it.

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

    What do these younger, hipper conservatives say about the anti-gay bills still being pushed by Republican legislators in office?

  97. @Basil99 and Foxiladi – I saw that earlier and laughed. I take the Enquirer with not just a grain but pounds of salt, but I must admit that they were right on Edwards.

    Besides, the funnest thing about it is that it’s becoming more acceptable to print negative stuff about the Obamas. 😀

  98. More than 100 scientists rebuke Obama on global warming. Some of the scientists are current and former UN IPCC reviewers and some have reversed their views on man-made warming and are now skeptical.

    http://www.iceagenow.com/More_than_100_scientists_rebuke%20Obama.htm

    I applaud the ones who are honest enough scientists to look at the more recent data being revealed, and say, “Hey, not so fast. This isn’t so settled as you are saying.”

  99. If MO was behind the attack on Ann, it doesn’t bode well for her hatred of white women with bond hair. (Hillary too)

    RACIST!!!!

  100. I can think of so many things that would apply:

    He is on the brink of:

    – Quitting his job as Prez
    – Running off to the Men’s club in Chicago
    – Chain smoking
    – Gaining some weight
    – Amputating that mole
    – A divorce
    – Telling a truth
    – Coming clean on his dog eating snacks
    – Deciding to put in a days work
    – Saying he’s sorry he stole the election from Hillary

  101. Oh, what a shock. (NOT)!

    CBN News has uncovered Media Matters for America’s foundational IRS documents – and they show that Media Matters was constructed as a weapon against Christians. According to its application for non-profit status, it was created in order to counter pro-Christian “bias in news reporting and analysis by the American media”:

    It is common for news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote … a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology.

    Yet, as Vince Coglianese of the Daily Caller points out, the public mission of MMFA somehow leaves out that little tidbit of information.

    That’s typical. The real agenda of MMFA is to cover for the ultra-left, which despises both Israel and Christian America that supports it. As we’ve been exposing all week, Media Matters is filled to gills with anti-Israel extremists – and all of those anti-Israel extremists despise Christians just as much.

    . http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/20/Media-Matters-Anti-Christian

  102. That Pelosi wants to gut the First Amendment in order to establish “campaign finance reform” is abhorrent. It would not be long before internet websites (such as this lovely pink oasis) would be banned along with books. To hell with that. We stand with the First Amendment.
    ————————
    Take away ALL her money, and ALL her husbands money, the liquor cabinet full of grey goose vodka which she lifted from the speakers airplane when she had to step down as speaker, and all the rest of the perks and what have you got left. Marie Antoinette. And, yet NOW magazine coronates her.

  103. If the health care bill goes down before the Supreme Court, that will greatly diminish whatever legacy this nincompoop is banking on. Or, put differently, it will establish the legacy she deserves–none, and nothing but a flash in the pan.

  104. Re: Shadowfax
    April 20th, 2012

    Neither ‘racism’ or that ‘green eyed monster’ are very pretty or flattering are they? I can’t help but smile,remember how smug and uppity she was in spouting off to Hillary that “…if you can’t control your own house…?”

    Admin, in reference to your request for response on the Zimmerman debacle:
    -I feel bad for Trayvon’s mom at the loss of a son, but she said that all they wanted was for him to be arrested….now it seems that she really wants Zimmerman to fry, nothing less. And yes to the promotion of the parents in the mob movement effect, they are guilty as all it would take would be for them to go on media and say they did not want mob mentality, lynching, or racism.So, if something happens to Zimmerman they will have blood on their hands, too. I know she is hurting, but is Zimmerman’s parents and family hurting any less…he is the son of a mother and father, too. I have less empathy for the Trayvon’s father; should they not have guided their son better…..his twitter page does not protray their parenting skills very well for Trayvon has all the symbols of being a thug, or a thug wannabe
    -I have a HUGE problem with the media, even Fox, who kept posting the photoshopped images of Zimmerman that made him look white and ghost like or made him look yellow and jaundiced all in an effort to make him look WHITE. Look at O’Mara and Zimmerman side by side. O’Mara is WHITE, Zimmerman is an obvious visibile minority and is not WHITE. IMHO that was poisoning any potential jury pool; same for the press….even on the stand today, the prosecutor used the word ‘CRIME’ for the incident…he may as well have said MURDER for the effect and there seems to be no shame in lying….or stretching the truth from here to kingdom come
    -on Kelly’s Court today the affidavit and the author of the affidavit was presented; each section of the affidavit was talked about, then the snippet of testimony by the author absolute contradicted what he wrote in the affidavit; that affidavit being the sole basis of bringing charges for 2nd degree murder. The faces of the two prosecutor lawyers and Meghan Kelly was priceless. It was almost as if someone else had written the report and the author never read it;he refuted every section in testimony. He should be brought up on charges; and Zimmerman should own him through a lawsuit. You are not supposed to lie or leave out anything in the affidavit……..these people do not seem to care that a person’s life is at stake…shame on them.
    -Zimmerman seems so NOT like a killer; and it appears he has some intelligence…good on him. He is being lynched in the media and in the court. Lynched I say. Shame on the court system, shame on the media, shame on Florida.
    -and it is my opinion that even if he is aquitted that the bounty will be claimed….remember Dead or Alive. Shame on the DOJ for not protecting the citizens from such hate groups as the NBP and the shillers of hatred.

  105. HillaryforTexas posted on
    April 20th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    More than 100 scientists rebuke Obama on global warming. Some of the scientists are current and former UN IPCC reviewers and some have reversed their views on man-made warming and are now skeptical.
    w w w .iceagenow.com/More_than_100_scientists_rebuke%20Obama.htm

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

    That links to this. Both nutty trashy sites. Doesn’t even tell what fields the ‘scientists’ were in.

    http://ilovecarbondioxide.com/2009/03/breaking-news-100-plus-scientists.html
    Thanks to Justin Credible for this link

    Also on the ilovecarbondioxide site:
    See the full-page newspaper ad HERE

    This links to a pdf at the Cato Institute. Which looks good, compared to the first two sites.

  106. -Zimmerman seems so NOT like a killer;

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

    They both seem not like killers (or serious threats).

    Perhaps a case of the gun did it, one way or another. Here’s one conclusion perhaps safe to jump to: If Z had carried pepper spray instead of a gun, they’d both be better off.

  107. pm317
    April 19th, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    Jay Cost is calling Obama the underdog now.
    &&&&&&&&

    Are those supposed to be exceptionally tasty? I bet Mitt is will to dine on that one.

  108. The office of the Los Angeles County coroner has completed its investigation into the death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1, and has confirmed that he died of natural causes, namely heart failure.
    Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News that the final autopsy report would be released next week.
    A press release issued by the Department of Coroner (below) notes: “No prescription or illicit drugs were detected. The blood alcohol was .04%,” a negligible amount.
    The press release concludes: “No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected.”

    ——
    I will wait for the details next week.
    Pretty damn convenient timing for Obama.

  109. Confloyd, their GOP convention is August 27th in Tampa, so Mitt has plenty of time to pick a VP. I doubt a choice will be made before August.

  110. You just slide in like it’ just a regular thing.
    Great to see yo confloyd!
    I hope the very best results comes from your health issues.

  111. Oh, was that your first post since coming back? Welcome back, confloyd! Hope all the medical stuff is getting resolved.

  112. These hard core leftists, like those at the New Republic live in a heremetically sealed world, where oxygen is in short supply. Today their assistant editor makes a big deal about the RNC chairman calling the alleged war on women a myth perpetrated by the dims and their fellow travellers in the media, and making a reference to catepillars which sounded like a throw away line, whereupon some nevish from the White House takes umbrage, and according to the media magot author this is high drama. And the idiot commenters all do their ritualistic we hate Republicans meme. They have learned absolutely nothing during the past four years. This kind of crap does not resonate with the public. What resonates is the Obama attack on stay at home moms, dog eating and the like. More of this left wing crap–like we saw in the 2008 campaign, where they conjure up a false grievance and claim that a hang nail and terminal cancer are really the same. This self delusion can continue only in these hopium dens of the left which are allergic to reason and common sense–where madness reigns.

  113. While the self congratulatory White House idiots, and New Republic camp followers obsess about caterpillars, the American People are increasingly skeptical about the governing premise of Obama, i.e. we need more big government in order to help people. Put differently, it is hard to trust government when government proves itself to be wholly untrustworthy.
    ——————————————

    Secret Service, GSA Cases Fuel Dissatisfaction, Make It Harder to Argue That Government Helps People
    Wall Street Journal

    By COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON

    The scandals simultaneously plaguing the Secret Service and General Services Administration have been disconcerting enough for the Obama administration. But beyond that, they have the potential to be a political liability for Democrats, who are making an election pitch to voters that the government is here to help.

    Public confidence in nearly all facets of federal government has been on the decline for years. A January Gallup Poll found 69% of respondents somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the size and power of the federal government. Now, political scientists say, these tawdry tales and evidence of government waste are likely to fuel cynicism about Washington.

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    A view on Thursday of Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, where Secret Service agents brought women back to their rooms earlier this month.

    “For those who tend to be skeptical about the increasing power of the federal government—which includes a lot of independents—these outrageous escapades really provide a dramatic and tangible example of their wildest nightmares,” said Bill Adams, a professor of public policy and public administration at George Washington University.

    For President Barack Obama, who has argued government is the solution to some of the country’s most urgent problems, recent revelations could undercut his message, perhaps unfairly given the relatively small scope of the scandals, some Republicans said.

    The Secret Service scandal “could politically hurt the president, but it shouldn’t.…The president has no responsibility for this,” said Rep. Peter King, (R., N.Y.). The actions of a small number of agents aren’t an extension of the president or his policies, he said, but some people don’t draw that distinction.

    The General Services Administration has come under fire for a raucous conference near Las Vegas that cost taxpayers more than $800,000. An assortment of other perks for GSA managers and their family members also has sparked criticism. In the Secret Service scandal, 12 employees were taken off duty amid allegations they brought prostitutes to their hotel in Colombia, before Mr. Obama arrived there for a summit. So far, five have left the agency and one is set to be fired, including three resignations on Friday.
    Earlier

    Three More Secret Service Agents Resign Over Misconduct Allegations
    More Firings Seen at Secret Service
    Secret Service to Get a Closer Look
    Secret Service Misconduct Is Alleged
    Video: Secret Service Comes Under Scrutiny
    Brother: Secret Service agents will ‘pay forever’
    Opinion: America’s Crisis of Character
    Ex-GSA Chief Apologizes Over Conference
    Washington Wire: Another GSA Official Is Put on Leave After Spending Scandal

    Mr. Obama has called for a thorough investigation of what transpired in Colombia. In a press briefing this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discouraged attempts to link the two scandals, and said Mr. Obama believes everyone who works in the government “needs to hold themselves to the highest standards of public service.”

    Republicans have been cautious about making a partisan issue out of the events, in part because the Obama administration is not the first to endure scandal. Democrats note that confidence in government declined precipitously on President George W. Bush’s watch, as questions mounted about his handling of the Iraq war and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    While there’s general agreement that the Secret Service is necessary, limited-government advocates see these scandals as evidence the federal bureaucracy should be scaled back. Republicans and Democrats are divided over how much government is too much, sparring over issues ranging from the auto bailout to the health-care law.

    Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the more things the government tries to do, the fewer it can do well.

    “The Obama administration has to explain why we shouldn’t look at this and question government,” he said. “If the government can’t organize a two-car motorcade without a stop at the brothel, do we really want to put them in charge of health care?”

    William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees union, disagreed, saying: “Poor judgment by a handful of public servants and managers basically allows the rest of the federal workforce to be vilified.” Thousands of federal employees are working hard but “that story doesn’t get told.” That’s really the story of government.

    Before taking office, Mr. Obama argued the government could be a positive force to revive the economy and succeed where the private sector had failed. In this year’s State of the Union address, he invoked Abraham Lincoln, saying government “should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.”

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    By COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON

    The scandals simultaneously plaguing the Secret Service and General Services Administration have been disconcerting enough for the Obama administration. But beyond that, they have the potential to be a political liability for Democrats, who are making an election pitch to voters that the government is here to help.

    Public confidence in nearly all facets of federal government has been on the decline for years. A January Gallup Poll found 69% of respondents somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the size and power of the federal government. Now, political scientists say, these tawdry tales and evidence of government waste are likely to fuel cynicism about Washington.

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    A view on Thursday of Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, where Secret Service agents brought women back to their rooms earlier this month.

    “For those who tend to be skeptical about the increasing power of the federal government—which includes a lot of independents—these outrageous escapades really provide a dramatic and tangible example of their wildest nightmares,” said Bill Adams, a professor of public policy and public administration at George Washington University.

    For President Barack Obama, who has argued government is the solution to some of the country’s most urgent problems, recent revelations could undercut his message, perhaps unfairly given the relatively small scope of the scandals, some Republicans said.

    The Secret Service scandal “could politically hurt the president, but it shouldn’t.…The president has no responsibility for this,” said Rep. Peter King, (R., N.Y.). The actions of a small number of agents aren’t an extension of the president or his policies, he said, but some people don’t draw that distinction.

    The General Services Administration has come under fire for a raucous conference near Las Vegas that cost taxpayers more than $800,000. An assortment of other perks for GSA managers and their family members also has sparked criticism. In the Secret Service scandal, 12 employees were taken off duty amid allegations they brought prostitutes to their hotel in Colombia, before Mr. Obama arrived there for a summit. So far, five have left the agency and one is set to be fired, including three resignations on Friday.
    Earlier

    Three More Secret Service Agents Resign Over Misconduct Allegations
    More Firings Seen at Secret Service
    Secret Service to Get a Closer Look
    Secret Service Misconduct Is Alleged
    Video: Secret Service Comes Under Scrutiny
    Brother: Secret Service agents will ‘pay forever’
    Opinion: America’s Crisis of Character
    Ex-GSA Chief Apologizes Over Conference
    Washington Wire: Another GSA Official Is Put on Leave After Spending Scandal

    Mr. Obama has called for a thorough investigation of what transpired in Colombia. In a press briefing this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discouraged attempts to link the two scandals, and said Mr. Obama believes everyone who works in the government “needs to hold themselves to the highest standards of public service.”

    Republicans have been cautious about making a partisan issue out of the events, in part because the Obama administration is not the first to endure scandal. Democrats note that confidence in government declined precipitously on President George W. Bush’s watch, as questions mounted about his handling of the Iraq war and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    While there’s general agreement that the Secret Service is necessary, limited-government advocates see these scandals as evidence the federal bureaucracy should be scaled back. Republicans and Democrats are divided over how much government is too much, sparring over issues ranging from the auto bailout to the health-care law.

    Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the more things the government tries to do, the fewer it can do well.

    “The Obama administration has to explain why we shouldn’t look at this and question government,” he said. “If the government can’t organize a two-car motorcade without a stop at the brothel, do we really want to put them in charge of health care?”

    William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees union, disagreed, saying: “Poor judgment by a handful of public servants and managers basically allows the rest of the federal workforce to be vilified.” Thousands of federal employees are working hard but “that story doesn’t get told.” That’s really the story of government.

    Before taking office, Mr. Obama argued the government could be a positive force to revive the economy and succeed where the private sector had failed. In this year’s State of the Union address, he invoked Abraham Lincoln, saying government “should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.”

    For many Republicans, that remains too much, at least in Mr. Obama’s definition. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, has called for a smaller, simpler bureaucracy. He promised to make cuts to government departments including housing and education.

    The scandals fuel “the broader argument, like the one used against Jimmy Carter: We have a president who hasn’t fixed the economy and doesn’t make the government run well,” said Steve Duprey, a former New Hampshire GOP party chairman who now represents the state on the Republican National Committee. “It doesn’t help the public perception that the Obama administration is competent.”

    Mr. Adams, the professor who has studied public attitudes toward the federal workforce, said Republicans shouldn’t overplay their hand. The details speak for themselves, he said.

    For many Republicans, that remains too much, at least in Mr. Obama’s definition. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, has called for a smaller, simpler bureaucracy. He promised to make cuts to government departments including housing and education.

    The scandals fuel “the broader argument, like the one used against Jimmy Carter: We have a president who hasn’t fixed the economy and doesn’t make the government run well,” said Steve Duprey, a former New Hampshire GOP party chairman who now represents the state on the Republican National Committee. “It doesn’t help the public perception that the Obama administration is competent.”

    Mr. Adams, the professor who has studied public attitudes toward the federal workforce, said Republicans shouldn’t overplay their hand. The details speak for themselves, he said.

  114. Good article on people fleeing California. Mostly young families. California has lost it’s freaking mind. Oh, and the guy in the article is a Democrat who voted for Brown. He’s had enough.

    And things will only get worse in the coming years as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his green cadre implement their “smart growth” plans to cram the proletariat into high-density housing. “What I find reprehensible beyond belief is that the people pushing [high-density housing] themselves live in single-family homes and often drive very fancy cars, but want everyone else to live like my grandmother did in Brownsville in Brooklyn in the 1920s,” Mr. Kotkin declares.

    “The new regime”—his name for progressive apparatchiks who run California’s government—”wants to destroy the essential reason why people move to California in order to protect their own lifestyles.”

    Housing is merely one front of what he calls the “progressive war on the middle class.” Another is the cap-and-trade law AB32, which will raise the cost of energy and drive out manufacturing jobs without making even a dent in global carbon emissions. Then there are the renewable portfolio standards, which mandate that a third of the state’s energy come from renewable sources like wind and the sun by 2020. California’s electricity prices are already 50% higher than the national average.

    Oh, and don’t forget the $100 billion bullet train. Mr. Kotkin calls the runaway-cost train “classic California.” “Where [Brown] with the state going bankrupt is even thinking about an expenditure like this is beyond comprehension. When the schools are falling apart, when the roads are falling apart, the bridges are unsafe, the state economy is in free fall. We’re still doing much worse than the rest of the country, we’ve got this growing permanent welfare class, and high-speed rail is going to solve this?”

    Mr. Kotkin describes himself as an old-fashioned Truman Democrat. In fact, he voted for Mr. Brown—who previously served as governor, secretary of state and attorney general—because he believed Mr. Brown “was interesting and thought outside the box.”

    But “Jerry’s been a big disappointment,” Mr. Kotkin says. “I’ve known Jerry for 35 years, and he’s smart, but he just can’t seem to be a paradigm breaker. And of course, it’s because he really believes in this green stuff.”

    Much more at the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577340531861056966.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet

  115. Governor Manchin promised to endorse whoever won the West Virginia primary. We won the primary by 67 to 26. I called Manchins office and so did others. We asked him to endorse. He ignored our request and never made good on his promise. This is all just posturing. The people of his state have no use for Obama, and he is up for election. If he gave you his word it wouldn’t mean anything. We made that mistake once, and never again. Still, it makes for a fine headline.
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    Dem Senator Doesn’t Know If He Will Vote For Obama
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    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks to reporters after voting against a procedural vote on an authorization bill on Capitol Hill on Dec. 9, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for his party’s leader, President Barack Obama, or the likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

    In a statement Friday, the West Virginia lawmaker said he had “some real differences” with both leaders, finding fault with Obama’s energy and economic policies while questioning whether Romney could understand the challenges facing ordinary people.

    “I strongly believe that every American should always be rooting for our president to do well, no matter which political party that he or she might belong to,” Manchin said. “With that being said, many West Virginians believe the last 3 ½ years haven’t been good for us, but we’re hopeful that they can get better.”

    RELATED: ROMNEY DISMISSES POLYGAMY REMARKS

    Manchin, one of the more moderate Senate Democrats, has broken with his party on several issues as he seeks re-election this year. His state has backed the Republican candidate in the last three presidential elections, and Obama did not fare well in 2008. Obama lost to GOP nominee Sen. John McCain, 56-43 percent, and was overwhelmed by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, losing 67-26 percent.

    Manchin, the former governor who won the Senate seat in 2010, remains popular in West Virginia and is not considered vulnerable in his rematch against Republican John Raese.

    In an interview with National Journal published Friday, Manchin said he will “look at the options” in casting his presidential vote. Elaborating in Friday’s statement, he criticized Romney, saying “there are many West Virginians who believe that he’s out of touch, especially because of his plan to end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security.”

    He added that like many West Virginians, he has concerns “about the Obama administration when it comes to energy — coal in particular — and the need to get our financial house in order.”

    The administration has angered some in West Virginia with its increased scrutiny of the destructive practice of mountaintop coal mining, which is concentrated in Appalachia. It announced in 2009 that it would eliminate expedited reviews of the practice, take a closer look at 150 to 200 water pollution permits granted by the Army Corps of Engineers and reverse a Bush-era rule that let the rubble be dumped near streams.

    In January 2011, the EPA took the rare step of vetoing a Corps permit — but recently a judge overturned that decision.

    In addition, electric power producers have blamed air pollution regulations adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency for helping to shut down older coal-fired power plants, which were already struggling to compete because of cheap natural gas.

    Manchin’s possible break with the party and the president would not be a political first. In 2008, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., backed McCain although Lieberman h

  116. Quite frankly, if I was working the SOS job for Bawack…I would have taken up chain smokin’ early on. And I sure wouldn’t be kickin’ it with a beer, there would be liquor cabinets needing to be filled everywhere. That unmitigated gall. 😀

    Great post.

  117. http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Cheri_Jacobus_C69950C3-E1DF-46FD-B549-1D92630FE11C.html

    Can presidential dog taunts be brought to heel?

    The new low is with those in the media who only ask this question after there is effective pushback to the ridiculous and lowbrow tactics from the Left. For months, the Democrats have been talking about a 30-year-old incident where Mitt Romney placed a dog carrier containing the family dog on the top of the car for the drive to a vacation spot. In contrast to the taxpayer-financed elaborate vacations the Obama’s take, the Romney’s apparently do what average Americans do – pack the kids in the station wagon and drive to a modest vacation.)

    For months, the media said nothing, except to join in the slamming of Mitt Romney. There was no question raised about whether or not the taunts should be brought to heel. Now that there are mentions about President Obama eating dogs while growing up in Indonesia, the media wants to tamp down the dog talk.

    Likewise, after polls earlier this year showed Romney beating Obama with women (a group Obama handily won in 2008) Democrats panicked and launched the campaign lie charging a GOP “War on Women” – a vile tactic that the media accepted and encouraged. Not until Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen claimed that because Ann Romney stayed home to raise five boys (while battling MS, breast cancer and serving as first lady of Massachusetts) instead of getting employment outside the home – a comment that launched a firestorm in among women, did the media join in with backtracking Democrats in lamenting the silliness of any war against women talk, now that a high-profile Democrat had stuck her foot in her mouth. (BTW it’s interesting that the media fail to mention that Rosen is a wealthy women, having been one of the highest paid lobbyists in D.C., and is business partner with former Obama communications director who now is doing PR for Sandra Fluke, the 30-year-old Georgetown law student who is the spokesmodel for the argument that opposition to having taxpayer pay for her birth control pills, as opposed to her or her sexual partners) constitutes a “war on women”.

    If the media wishes to have a shred of credibility in playing the grown-up or voice of reason is such matters, they need to call out the Democrats when the offense occurs, rather than waiting until Republicans launch an effective response, and then taking both parties to task equally.

  118. HillaryforTexas
    April 20th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for that great article. Kotkin really gets it. “Progressives” see themselves as the over-class. They come up with these dystopian rules for the good of the little people while retaining the perks and goodies for themselves. They are so convinced that they are smart they just cannot believe that everyone does not want to do what they say. Most of these progressives are just flunkies who think one day they will be an overlord because of their superior skills at the keyboard and screaming shut up. Obama fit their idea of “dear leader” to a T because they saw themselves. A shifty, platitude spouting Ivy League demagogue slacker with no practical experience except for rabble rousing and taking checks who could hector and threaten the citizenry while they hollowed out the middle class. Governor Moonbeam is promoting the conversion of Cali into a feudal estate. They are so ignorant that they do not understand this is why our ancestors left Europe (or at least mine did).

  119. Truly shameless (as if we’d not figured that out a few years back, but the depth of their shamelessness is astounding)

    Democrats blow the budget—Rich Lowry – NYPOST.com

    …There are two varieties of budgetary boldness. There’s bold like Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. This involves passing out of committee detailed budget resolutions that go on to pass the entire chamber and to spark a full and frank debate about the nation’s fiscal future.Then there’s Kent Conrad boldness. This involves having the fortitude to defend doing nothing with threadbare rationalizations and weaselly misdirections. Fresh from his stalwart act of nonbudgeting, Sen. Conrad said it was too hard to pass a budget in an election year. But Senate Democrats hadn’t passed one in 2011 or 2010, either. This year is a presidential election year, 2011 was an off-year, and 2010 was a midterm election year. That covers every kind of year there is in Washington. By this standard, the Senate will have an annual excuse not to pass a budget resolution for the rest of time….
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/boldly_doing_nothing_WivIgOCcKyQmZPkPv6s6yI

  120. mcnorman
    April 21st, 2012 at 12:32 am
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    That was hilarious. I don’t think this dog thing will go away. Anecdotal evidence — even my husband is making jokes about it. 🙂

  121. Mormaer
    April 21st, 2012 at 5:44 am

    HillaryforTexas
    April 20th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for that great article. Kotkin really gets it. “Progressives” see themselves as the over-class. They come up with these dystopian rules for the good of the little people while retaining the perks and goodies for themselves. They are so convinced that they are smart they just cannot believe that everyone does not want to do what they say. Most of these progressives are just flunkies who think one day they will be an overlord because of their superior skills at the keyboard and screaming shut up. Obama fit their idea of “dear leader” to a T because they saw themselves. A shifty, platitude spouting Ivy League demagogue slacker with no practical experience except for rabble rousing and taking checks who could hector and threaten the citizenry while they hollowed out the middle class. Governor Moonbeam is promoting the conversion of Cali into a feudal estate. They are so ignorant that they do not understand this is why our ancestors left Europe (or at least mine did).
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    To me this is the great danger we face in the computer age. Critics of the left bemoan the loss of privacy BUT when a left winger is in power they turn a blind eye to it, like the children they really are. But the bigger problem is the loss of freedom itself. Why? Because the computer enables people who believe they are inherently superior, and know what is best for others even when it is not, to exert Orwellian control over them, and to thereby achieve what a leading democrat described as the ultimate purpose of Obamacare–to control the American People–what they think, what they eat, what they say, how they live their lives and how and when they die. And yet those the rules they concoct do not apply to them because, consistent with the English philosopher, the sovereign is above the law.

    The pattern these elitist display consists of these steps: first they select a particular problem which they claim is urgent and must be addressed through government action. Then they select a mascot, and gin up some phony statistics to support their its now or never proposition. Then they come up with a government program, and give the work involved to their campaign contributors. Critics charge the problem is not as dire as they claim, and the program they propose will not work. Whereupon, they call those critics ignorant or malicious or uncaring. They implement the program, it fails miserably just as their critics predicted. Whereupon they say think how much worse the problem would have been had we not intervened, and they call for more hair of the dog that bit us, which is counterproductive and wasteful, but there are more campaign contributors to be fed at the public trough. That is the left wing mind in a nutshell. And when they have the degree of social control which a computer gives them, totalitarian government is the inevitable result, as Orwell described.

  122. “The pattern these elitist display consists of these steps: first they select a particular problem which they claim is urgent and must be addressed through government action. Then they select a mascot, and gin up some phony statistics to support their its now or never proposition. Then they come up with a government program, and give the work involved to their campaign contributors.”
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    Oh dear- the Republicans and the Right do the same thing only in a different way to their own benefit. The Democrats use department Czars for creating regulations favorable to government wheras Republicans LOVE to legislate rules into Federal Code while deleting language out of existing Regs favorable to their particular interests. Try reading the Uniform Commercial Code and you’ll see what I mean.

    Neither party is best for America. They are acting as ONE party in concert with each other to achieve the same goals. If the Republican House was any quieter than they are over Obama’s treasonous activities, they’d be a House full of Zombies.

    The only dissimilarity for the time being is the Rothschilds do not hold the same influence over the Neocons as they do over the Democrats. Democrats are the intellectuals too lazy and proud to agree on following a leader. Clinton was the perfect leader for the democrats. He held the country’s best interests first- Republicans almost killed the man over a BJ when today they are tight lipped over the current source of exasperation killing the people and and the country.

    For now, “it’s the lesser of two evils,” as the man on the street is wont to say- If Romney is the best we can do for the time being, so be it-
    He screws up.. “He Gone”… in 2016

  123. Oh dear- the Republicans and the Right do the same thing only in a different way to their own benefit. The Democrats use department Czars for creating regulations favorable to government wheras Republicans LOVE to legislate rules into Federal Code while deleting language out of existing Regs favorable to their particular interests
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    Mrs. Smith. Read the book. He has a dozen examples which are all progressive. The Republicans have their own vices, but their general premise is markets, as opposed to centralized authority, and what we are talking about here is the inevitable by-product of centralized decision-making, which arrogantly assumes that brilliant Harvard educated Platonic Guardians know what is best for society, down to the individual level, then the parties do themselves. The inherent defect in this thinking is the failure to realize that the parties to an individual transaction know more about their unique circumstances and where a bargained for exchange is best struck than a bevy of Platonic Guardians seated in Washington DC. One of the greatest failures of the progressive mindset is the Great Society Program was it did little or nothing to improve the lot of the underclass, but vastly enriched the power and perks of the bureaucracy, and cost taxpayers a trillion dollars–which would be equvalent to five trillion in today’s dollar. Sowell gives example after example after example of this myopia which is part and parcel of the progressive mindset and to dismiss this important point on the premise that Republicans do the same thing, is factually in error and misses the essential point. The Republicans have fatal flaws as well, but this disease is mainly an affliction of the liberals in the press, academia, Ted Kennedy types, left wing churches and the like. That is not to say that government action is never required–far from it, or that markets always work to the benefit of society at large which we know is not true, but if markets are allowed to operate and if there are boundaries, and if there are safety nets, and if there is true competition, then the general welfare is best served.

    No. Not to the same degree. They have other faults. Read the book I mentioned. It is not worth arguing the point here. It is simply something to be noted in connection with the

  124. Hey, confloyd- glad to see you back in the swing of things and posting again- I realize you are facing surgery.. but at least here on your down time you’ll have friends to talk to when you’ve got a minute..

  125. Mrs. Smith–you know how I feel about Romney. I have misgivings. However, this is a case of any port in a storm.

  126. …A lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s family, Benjamin Crump, told “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-hosts Jeff Glor and Rebecca Jarvis the family is “very disheartened” at the prospect of Zimmerman getting out of jail. He says they found Zimmerman’s apology “very insincere” and “self-serving,” and they suspect it came with “ulterior motives.” Before the family accepts any apology, Crump says, Zimmerman has to tell the truth about what happened when he shot Trayvon because, they feel, he’s given numerous different accounts so far. Click below to see the interview:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57418344/george-zimmermans-release-could-be-imminent/

  127. The Republicans have their own vices, but their general premise is markets, as opposed to centralized authority, and what we are talking about here is the inevitable by-product of centralized decision-making, which arrogantly assumes that brilliant Harvard educated Platonic Guardians know what is best for society, down to the individual level, then the parties do themselves.
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    wbb, I’m not arguing the point.. all I’m saying is not all Democrats are progressives and not all Republicans are neocons. However, it is the Republicans that put us into a war they knew we couldn’t win laying the foundation for bursting the economic bubble that precipitated the financial crisis. Sure, Clinton under pressure from a Republican held Congress allowed the safety net of the Glass–Steagall Act to be removed but I don’t think he in his wildest dreams ever thought he would see the country go to wreck and ruin by an abusive of the system without it.

    He worked too damn hard taking the Bush years of deficits into a surplus in eight short years only to see it blown away by Bush2- with the Iraq War.

    I tend to think in terms of balance. Both sides write books on what is wrong with the system and how to correct it… To forget how we got to where we are now is disingenuous. Clinton is the only modern president that has actually done it in a bi-partisan manner because his interests have never changed… country first has always been his focus ensuring there was a chicken in every pot demonstrating peace and prosperity could be done.. and why I believe people were doubly duped because they believed the democrats were a party of the people and the republicans, the neverending party of the elites..

  128. Just as a follow-up, the main thing you have to watch with Republicans is that private interests do not become too powerful. In fact that is where we are now, under Obama, but this problem began with Republicans–and it was a big problem under Bush as well. There has to be a middle ground where the goal is to benefit the American People, rather than have them looted by bureacrats in government on the one hand or private interests on the other. I could give you examples but it would not serve the interest of defeating Obama, and right now that is the primary secondary and tertitary objective for anyone who understands what is really going on here and loves this country. The betrayal of Roosevelt values began with a man named Felix Rohatten who is the executor of Kennedy’s estate, and a friend of Pelosi. He argued successfully that in order for the party to succeed it must swing far to the left and build financial ties to Wall Steet as the Republicans had.

  129. Just what we need %$^3@#$!

    Researchers at a Texas university have designed a chip that could give smartphones the long-envied ability of comic book hero Superman to see through walls, clothes or other objects.

    A team at University of Texas at Dallas tuned a small, inexpensive microchip to discern a “terahertz” band of the electromagnetic spectrum.

    The design works with chips made using Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor technology behind processors commonly found in personal computers, smartphones, televisions and videogame consoles.

    “CMOS is affordable and can be used to make lots of chips,” electrical engineering professor Kenneth O said in a statement Friday.

    “The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and a transmitter on the back of a cell phone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”

    To assuage privacy worries, the professor and his team at the Texas Analogue Center of Excellence are limiting their study to what the chips can make visible at distances of four inches (10 centimeters) or less, according to the university.

    The terahertz band has wavelengths that fall between microwaves used for mobile phone signals and infrared that is employed for night vision goggles.

    The chip designed by O’s team detects terahertz waves and shows the resulting imagery, perhaps on a smartphone screen.

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    What a great invention for perverts and pedophiles. 😡

  130. Use your wisdom Bill, do as little as possible and pretend you are helping.

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    Struggling Obama super-PAC asks Clinton for help

    Priorities USA, a super-PAC focused on reelecting President Obama, has asked former President Bill Clinton to help them pick up the pace on fundraising.

    Democratic donors have been resistant to giving to the group. This is partly because of liberals’ hesitation about super-PACs in general and partly because Sean Sweeney and Bill Burton, the two former White House staffers heading the group, aren’t as plugged in to the fundraising world as those helping some of the Republican groups, which include heavy-hitters like Karl Rove and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R).

    If Clinton decides to help Piorities USA that could go a long way toward wooing some rich donors off the sidelines. According to Businessweek, he’s leaning towards aiding them.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/222903-struggling-obama-super-pac-asks-clinton-for-help

  131. There are all these devotees now who see in the computer age the opportunity to exert control over all aspects of human behavior to an extent which Rod Serling could scarcely imagine. The fly in the ointment, however, is that these vast apparatuses of power will be operated by human beings. It is like the conservative philosopher, statements and admirer of the American Revolution said, when referring to the Rabble of Paris in 1789: “The French are so concerned with the rights of man that they have completely forgotten his nature.” The proliferation of new rights requires the creation of a vast bureaucratic apparatus to ensure its enforcement. The money spent on that marginal endeavor could solve the problem in more direct ways, without the loss of freedom that bureaucratic power necessarily entails.

  132. Romney: My dad’s dad wasn’t a polygamist

    Mitt Romney shot back at Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer for saying he doesn’t talk about his dad being born in Mexico because his family was part of a “polygamy commune:”

    In an interview with Fox News, reporter Carl Cameron asked Romney about Schweitzer’s assertion that as a candidate, he refrains from talking about his father, George Romney, being born and raised in Mexico because of the family history of polygamy. Romney replied, “My dad’s dad was not a polygamist. My dad grew up in a family with a mom and a dad, a few brothers and one sister.

    “They lived in Mexico and lived a very nice life, from what I understand. And when he was 5 or 6, there was revolution in Mexico and they escaped,” Romney said, describing how the family moved from El Paso to Idaho and then California in search of a new home. “My dad had a very tough upbringing,” he said.

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/romney-my-dads-dad-wasnt-a-polygamist-121203.html

  133. wbboei
    April 21st, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Agreed- and Romney should not be idolized or thought of as a savior of our world. He is our only choice to survive for another day and pull ourselves out of the depths of destruction created by this administration. There was and is only one person we could have depended upon affording us the change we needed after the Bush years.. and that was Hillary Clinton. The Republican Fla state legislators in concert with the DNC ensured Hillary would never see those electoral votes.

  134. If Romney is the best we can do for the time being, so be it-
    He screws up.. “He Gone”… in 2016

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    Unfortunately that didn’t work in 2004.

  135. I am sure Bill understands it is illegal to solicit foreign contribution, even if they are funneled through a domestic subsidiary. I hope he does the right thing and says no to this of legal reasons. This could imperil the CGI, and nobody wants that to happen. The fact that they would make this public suggests they are trying to pressure him.

  136. Environmental Protection Agency for helping to shut down older coal-fired power plants, which were already struggling to compete because of cheap natural gas.

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    Hmmmm….

  137. So what is your solution?

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    1. Elect as many Hillary supporters as possible to Congress, so as to minimize the damage any POTUS can do.

    2. Make Romney vs Obama a close dirty contest like 2000, so that either winner will be seen as illegitimate.

    3. Make defectors to third party a major factor, as in 2000, to send a message that we don’t like either major party.

  138. wbboei
    April 21st, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I am sure Bill understands it is illegal to solicit foreign contribution, even if they are funneled through a domestic subsidiary. I hope he does the right thing and says no to this of legal reasons. This could imperil the CGI, and nobody wants that to happen. The fact that they would make this public suggests they are trying to pressure him.
    ___________________

    I plan on raising the profile on Hillary Unleashed you can bookmark it here if you want, because from what I’ve seen so far, the knives are out for Hillary. Many things have gone on not mentioned here besides Hillary’s beer summit in Columbia.. because I guarantee you Obama wants to ruin her before she ends her stint with his administration.. enabling him to float free and unencumbered in a world where Hillary AND Bill are a threat to him.

    I will be running more of behind the scenes happenings with information not mentioned on Pink where we can be aware of the long knives stalking Hillary.

  139. If Bill Burton fell in the Thames River and drowned that would be unfortunate. If someone threw him a life ring that would be a tragedy. This scumbag was part of the anti-Clinton campaign and the effort to paint Bill Clinton out as a racist. He owes Burton and his super pac absolutely positively nothing–in point of fact, less than nothing. It would be a fools errand to lift a finger to make Bill Burton look good. Bill is no longer a politician–he is a statesman, and needs to remain at that level, where this issue is concerned. Let Obama sink or swim on his own. He was the guy who told everybody he was greater than Bill and if he gets this help he will be as ungrateful to Bill as he was to Hillary when she helped Obama get his sea legs when he first entered Congress. I hope Bill tells Obama kill your own snakes here, you have the money, the media, and the chutspa you need. Don’t ask me to lower myself to this role, and don’t put my charitable work at risk.

  140. Obama would like nothing more than a close election for his Spanish friends doing the required tweeking proclaiming him the winner by 10,000 votes.. Axelrod out there predicting this election will be close.. programming the Kool-Aid addicts with a rehearsed response when exit polls are showing Obama is beat 3 to 1. That’s close enough.

    Thanks but no thanks for the alternatives excuses proclaiming Obama the winner..

  141. Let us assume that the pressure is being directed toward domestic contributors only. If I were Bill, I would call them and say, I have been asked to contact you on behalf of the Obama campaign and to solicit money for one of his superpacs run by Bil Burton, whom you may have seen embarrass himself on television when the was interviewed by Meegan Kelly. You are an astute individual and I would not presume to tell you whether you should contribute or not. But I think you owe it to yourself to consider this request in light of the current state of the party, the 2010 mid-term, and what a second term would mean in light of what occurred in the first term. Also, think about what is best for the country.

  142. Obama would like nothing more than a close election for his Spanish friends doing the required tweeking proclaiming him the winner by 10,000 votes.. Axelrod out there predicting this election will be close.. programming the Kool-Aid addicts with a rehearsed response when exit polls are showing Obama is beat 3 to 1. That’s close enough.

    Thanks but no thanks for the alternatives excuses proclaiming Obama the winner..
    ——————
    Okay. We have identified a potential problem. Who are these people? Why is this being done overseas? Where are the safeguards? These are questions the Romney people must address internally, and externally if necessary. I am sure they are working on it and will cry foul if necessary. Most likely this was a bi-partisan decision and is reversible if there is just cause to do so.

  143. Where’s the outrage about this?

    White people – you have been warned.

    Suspect: I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case
    Notice the fact the perpetrators are black doesn’t show up until the end of P3.
    Updated: Friday, 20 Apr 2012, 4:31 PM CDT

    Published : Friday, 20 Apr 2012, 3:40 PM CDT
    Sun-Times Media Wire

    Maywood, Ill. – Alton L. Hayes III, a west suburban man charged with a hate crime, told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up a white man early Tuesday.

    Hayes and a 15-year-old Chicago boy walked up behind the 19-year-old man victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.”
    The two allegedly rifled through the victim’s pockets, then threw him to the ground and punched him “numerous times” in the head and back before running away, police said. Hayes and the boy are black; the victim is white.

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/crime/alton-hayes-trayvon-martin-white-man-attacked-black-racist-racism-maywood-chicago-suburb-20120420

    PS – I have a shotgun and have completed a pistol carry course but never filed the paperwork. That’s now top of my list for next week. When I work, I drive isolated roads, at night, alone and while I feel safe where I live now, you just never know.

  144. Why is this being done overseas? Where are the safeguards? These are questions the Romney people must address internally, and externally if necessary. I am sure they are working on it and will cry foul if necessary.

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

    Yes. I don’t think we have to worry too much about the Republicans. Currently Obama gives them everything they want; they have Fox and other outlets to make an outcry, justified or not; historically they have been very good at getting the votes counted, or not counted, the way they like (2000 etc).

  145. I am sure H4T has something very interesting to say but biting her tongue. 🙂 I do too not that I claim to have anything very interesting. There are short range plans and there are long range strategies. Right now the only thing that matters is retribution for what Dims did in 2008. Romney is as harmless as it gets. Be thankful it is not Santorum or that other guy who is still around BTW.

  146. James Taranto on polgamy in Obama’s backyard:

    Read the whole thing at:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303425504577355973023374762.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion

    Mitt Romney’s grandparents, Gaskell and Anna Romney, however, were not among them. They wed in 1895, and it was the only marriage for each of them. You have to go back three generations, to Gaskell’s father, Miles Park Romney (1843-1904), to find a polygamous ancestor of Mitt Romney.

    To be sure, that’s still unusual. Most of Western civilization rejected polygamy centuries ago, so that very few non-Mormon Americans are of such recent polygamous descent. But we can think of one major exception among prominent U.S. politicians: a powerful officeholder whose very father was a polygamist:

    [Barack] Obama’s father, who apparently converted to Catholicism while attending a Roman Catholic school, was also polygamous in keeping with local custom, taking an informal Kenyan wife who preceded Obama’s mother but remained a consort, according to accounts by local people and the senator himself.

    That quote comes from that right-wing birther maniac Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, who visited Obama Sr.’s childhood village of Kogelo, Kenya, in December 2008. Kristof fretted:

    Frankly, I worry that enemies of Obama will seize upon details like his grandfather’s Islamic faith or his father’s polygamy to portray him as an alien or a threat to American values. But snobbishness and paranoia ill-become a nation of immigrants, where one of our truest values is to judge people by their own merits, not their pedigrees.

    Not to mention the pedigrees of their supper! Which is actually very much a related point. The Obama campaign and its surrogates have shown an amazing inability to anticipate the ways in which their attacks on Romney backfire against their own man.

  147. Or the outrage about this?

    Black Male Shoots Unarmed Hispanic, Remains Free, Media Mum

    Taco Bell Shooting Victim was Holding Leash, Not Weapon
    Victim’s sister calling for shooter’s arrest

    Updated: Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012, 5:12 PM MST
    Published : Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012, 3:38 PM MST

    LAVEEN – Police are saying more about a shooting at a Taco Bell Tuesday night in which one man died.

    They’re also identifying the victim as 29-year-old Daniel Adkins.

    About 7:30 p.m., a 22-year-old man and his girlfriend ordered food at the Taco Bell drive-thru and were told to pull up while their order was prepared.

    At the same time, Adkins stepped around a corner into the path of the vehicle and angry words were exchanged between he and the driver.

    They got into an altercation and Adkins was shot once by the driver. He died at the scene.
    The driver, a 22-year-old black male, called police but has not been arrested.

    At first, the couple claimed that Adkins had a metal pipe that he swung at them — but it turns out he was holding a dog leash with his yellow lab on the other end.

    Family members want that driver arrested, but he’s claiming self-defense.

    “He needs to be behind bars. I’ll never see my brother again,” says sister Marina Reyes. “If he felt that my brother was threatening him, he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops.”

    http://nation.foxnews.com/daniel-adkins/2012/04/09/black-male-shoots-unarmed-hispanic-remains-free-media-mum

  148. 1. “worked not a day in life.” Strike that, it didn’t work.
    2. “poor poor Seamus.” Strike that, Obama ate Romney’s dog..
    3. “ewwwwwww.. polygamy!” Strike that, are you talking about Obama’s dad?
    4. “oohh.. he is so secretive” Strike that, are you talking about Obama’s transcripts, medical records, biiirth certificate?
    5. “he is rich, rich” Strike that, Obama? who paid for his HI private school, Occidental, Columbia, Harvard?
    6. “Dressage!” Strike that, CO women like horses..wonder if Obama ate horse meat?

  149. So what is your solution?

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

    And #4. Don’t idolize a lesser evil.

    Fighting a forest fire, you may make a controlled burn to stop the wild burn. But then you have to control the burn you set, too.

    Or as Kipling’s Picts said, be careful about calling in Caesar to settle a quarrel with the next tribe. It’s not just Romney the Dog-Hoser we may be calling into the White House, it’s the Republican machine behind Reagan, both Bushes, Ken Starr, torture, and vaginal ultrasounds.

  150. More Taranto. You guy should really read the whole thing at the link:

    CBS News reports that Greg Stokes, one of the agents fired in the Colombia prostitution scandal, “was recently listed on the internet as the supervisor of the Canine Training Section of the Secret Service.” We hear they once asked Stokes to double as the president’s food taster, but he had to turn down the assignment because it would be a conflict of interest.

    ROFL..

  151. I was right about ‘The Dreams’ coming back to haunt Obama this time around. This is not 2008.

    Another excerpt from Taranto’s article:

    If Obama’s supporters are going to bring up imaginary racial antipathy on Romney’s part, there is ample real Obama material with which the Romney campaign can strike back. Here’s a passage from the second paragraph of the first chapter of “Dreams From My Father,” in which Obama describes his life on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at age 21 (circa 1982):

    When the weather was good, my roommate and I might sit out on the fire escape to smoke cigarettes and study the dusk washing blue over the city, or watch white people from the better neighborhoods nearby walk their dogs down our block to let the animals [defecate] on our curbs–“Scoop the poop, you bastards!” my roommate would shout with impressive rage, and we’d laugh at the faces of both master and beast, grim and unapologetic as they hunkered down to do the deed.

    We’re entirely sympathetic with the young Obama’s vigilance about the neighborhood’s quality of life. But what does it tell you about him that in writing this story years later, when he was in his 30s, he made it specifically about “white people”?

  152. I am sure H4T has something very interesting to say but biting her tongue

    ——–
    The first step is to slide on by.

    The second step is to not even read the post.

    Saves a lot of tongue biting and keeps the blood pressure down.

  153. My recollection of New York is the Columbia is upper west side and he lived in upper east side–he was specific about that. Upper west side is Hispanic and poor and upper east side is mainly Jewish and rich. Yet Obama claims he lived on the upper east side, which is as I say rich. So the reference here is strictly racial, and not socio economic. Yup, this asshole has got some slanin to do alright–like when and how did he first realize that he was a racist and why does he hate white people so much since he was a child of privilege, much as he does not wish to acknowledge it.

  154. And #4. Don’t idolize a lesser evil.

    Fighting a forest fire, you may make a controlled burn to stop the wild burn. But then you have to control the burn you set, too.

    Or as Kipling’s Picts said, be careful about calling in Caesar to settle a quarrel with the next tribe. It’s not just Romney the Dog-Hoser we may be calling into the White House, it’s the Republican machine behind Reagan, both Bushes, Ken Starr, torture, and vaginal ultrasounds.
    ————————
    That is not an answer. Let me repeat the question. You say you don’t like Obama, and you clearly do not like Romney or the Republicans. What is the solution? If it is Palin please say so. That I can understand. Far be it from me to idolize Romney. But we are dealing with an any port in a storm situation. That is the basis on which I support him.

  155. Turndown: you and I may be closer together in our thinking than most people realize. If you say this is class warfare, that it cuts across party lines, and it is not in the interests of the American people and we need leaders of whatever political stripe who will put the people first, then the details of any disagreement we might have can be worked out. Frankly, this is the central challenge presented by globalization.

  156. Not surprisingly, Zimmerman’s lawyer has raised concerns about the safety of his client once he is released. The article I read says there will be swarms of big media people there when he is released, and because the intent is to keep him on ice until the trial, big media will conduct a nation-wide manhunt to locate him and report to those who would kill him on his whereabouts. It is hard to know what public interest big media is serving in this instance or in any other instance they inject themselves into. They are a highly destructive and unreliable source, which is personally accountable for the breakdown in respect for the law that we see in this country. I can scarely find words sufficient to describe the harm they are doing to the American People, but until this is widely understood, it will only get worse.

  157. wbb,

    in haste. I voted for Palin in 2008 but she isn’t running now. Ron Paul, Goldwater I wish — I”m sure there are good Republicans who could stand up against the Cheney machine. But none of them are running.

    I’m not sure what question I haven’t answered. I gave a solution for 2012.

    More later. Must fence a goose. Hm, that’s the solution for 2012 too, isn’t it — whichever goose gets elected.

  158. Far be it from me to idolize Romney. But we are dealing with an any port in a storm situation.

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

    Better drift in than ram in.

  159. So evidently the libertarians are having a breakout session at the conservative blogger convention thing in NC. In the bar. Discussing who gets to be Santorum’s porn czar. And whether next year’s libertarian panel will focus on only marijuana, or marijuana and Gay Tentacle Porn.

    VodkaPundit is there, and making me laugh:

    We’re discussing who wants to be President Santorum’s Porn Czar. #BlogConCLT #GayTentaclePorn—
    Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) April 21, 2012

    —-

    I’m sorry, you’re going to have to reshoot this #GayTentaclePorn. It’s not dirty enough. #pornczar—
    Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) April 21, 2012

    This is another area where the Dims make a HUGE mistake by fighting the battles of the past – by trying to caricature today’s GOP as 100% old creaky prudish racist white men, rather than competing on broad policy and ideas. When you keep fighting solely on pushing emotional personal stereotypes that, to a pretty big extent, no longer exists, then guess what happens? The minute people start running into a lot of conservatives who do NOT fit the stereotype, you are revealed as a liar. And you begin to lose.

  160. If the D party, after the disaster of Bush (whom many true conservatives and small-l libertarians despised as well) had answered those libertarian leanings, had vastly reduced executive and govt overreach, while instituting sensible, accountable, fiscally responsible social programs – they could have won for generations.

    Instead they got in bed with everything from the bullying-est of the unions, to radicals and anarchists and wall street. They got in power and started reveling in playing with their shiny new vast bureaucracies, expanding the reach of the State, and telling people to STFU it was good for them.

    Stupid.

  161. New Evidence That Catholics Could Seal Obama’s Doom This November

    Since such records have been kept,no Democrat presidential candidate has ever lost the Catholic vote and won the general election. Republicans can win a general election despite losing the Catholic vote but a Democrat simply can’t. This makes Barack Obama’s war on Christians in general and Catholics in particular so dangerous for him and his Party.

    The results of a new Pew survey of voters by religious affiliation holds devastating news for Obama’s chances of re-election. The ease with which it can be found proves this news is being purposely ignored by a delusional media that believes Obama is cruising toward an easy re-election.

    Pew found Mitt Romney with a commanding lead among Evangelical and Catholic voters that has actually grown by 5 and 8 points respectively in just the past month. Obama now trails Mitt Romney 73/20 among Evangelicals and 57/37 among white Catholics.

    The significance of Pew’s findings among white Catholics grows geometrically when added to that of Evangelicals because it means that Obama is also on track to lose by a very large margin among whites,who make up 2/3 of the electorate in November.

    Over the history of polling by religious affiliation,the Catholic vote has served as a 90% accurate predictor of final results. Moreover,the winning Catholic percentage has consistently been very close to the winner’s victorious percentage in the general election – Obama’s 54% of the Catholic vote was the same as his overall winning margin in 2008.

    Democrats like Hubert Humphrey in 1968 have even won the Catholic vote with landslide numbers (56/37) and still lost their race. Conversely,George McGovern was pummeled in 1972 when he lost Catholics by 20 points.

    The fight is just getting underway.

    The hard numbers point to an electoral disaster for Obama and his Party next November. To avoid this total wipe-out,Obama has to reverse himself and back down from his demands that the Catholic Church change her doctrine to suit him. Since that is not going to happen,the question becomes:how vigorously will the Catholic Church fight back?

    If a new video titled Test of Fire:Election 2012 from a group called Catholics Called to Witness is an indicator of what is coming from Catholics who are determined to defeat Obama,his Election night will be a nightmare. This brief video contains a chilling reminder that the way a Catholic votes next November will be recorded for “eternity.” This time,Catholics are playing for keeps and starting with a huge lead.

    giveusliberty

  162. This brief video contains a chilling reminder that the way a Catholic votes next November will be recorded for “eternity.” This time,Catholics are playing for keeps and starting with a huge lead.

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

    LOL! Let married students use their OWN insurance group to get better prices on contraceptives — and you’ll burn in Hell Forever!

    Publicize more of THAT kind of thinking, and let them all go the way of Santorum. 😉

  163. Good find, BASIL. That’s interesting polling analysis, of how the overall vote tends to track the Catholic vote (or vice versa). I will refrain from picking out the video (which is after all not aimed at me, but at practicing catholics), and address the obvious main point of the article: If their vote, 54%, mirrored exactly the Obama vote in 2008, and now it’s down to 37%, that’s very bad news for him.

    Bad news for Obama is always good news for me. 😀

  164. Suuure this stuff doesn’t matter. The women at Romney’s rope line say so!

    THE RECALL GOV WALKER VOTE IS ON JUNE 5.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/21/us-usa-wisconsin-abortion-idUSBRE83K0EL20120421
    (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has suspended non-surgical abortions in response to a new state law that makes it harder for women to have the procedure, a move that followed anti-abortion measures in several Republican-controlled states.

    The law, which took effect on Friday, requires women visit a doctor at least three times before having a drug-induced abortion, forces physicians to determine whether women are being coerced into having an abortion and prohibits women and doctors from using web cams during the procedure.

    The Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Prevention Act, which was signed by Republican Governor Scott Walker earlier this month, imposes criminal penalties, including a possible prison sentence, for physicians who violate the law.
    [….]

    About a quarter of abortions in Wisconsin are induced using medication, which can be prescribed by a doctor during the first nine weeks of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, however, will continue to provide surgical abortions.

    [….]

    The Wisconsin Medical Society, the largest association of doctors in the state, had called on Walker to veto the bill, saying it “directly infringes on the special and private relationship between the patient and physician.”

    The Wisconsin law is the latest in a number of anti-abortion measures pressed by conservative lawmakers in the nation.

    In Oklahoma, a Republican-led effort to enact a “personhood” law that would have granted embryos full rights as people from the moment of conception failed on Thursday in the state legislature.

    Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a law on Monday that may force the state’s only abortion clinic out of business [….]

  165. With great timidity I posted the dog eating graphic on my FB community. Sad to say I lost 7 liberal progressives as friends….they deleted me. Actually, I told them it was MY page…
    I also commented that if they did not like the graphic, then they would not like the video that this graphic started off….but, again, I found the video very very humorous.
    I posted that it was not meant as ‘political’ by me, but was humorous, very humorous, it looks like my little ones’ puppy being eaten so I addressed it to them….
    Doing my part in every little way I can. Can you imagine how very hard it must be to strain at an elephant and to swallow a gnat? They can give, but they can not take. Thin skinned lunatics they are. Every one. The SHARE button has been hit 8 times so far. Worth it to spread the word even if it is subliminally .

  166. Far be it from me to idolize Romney. But we are dealing with an any port in a storm situation.

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

    Better drift in than ram in.

    ———————-
    You have never been to sea. I have. When you get in a typhoon, you do not drift. You either find a safe port to tie up or else you stay out in it and the ship goes down with all hands aboard. If that is not sufficiently graphic, then I commend to your attention the movie A Perfect Storm.

  167. ( [the video] is after all not aimed at me, but at practicing catholics),

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

    It better be! 😉

  168. today’s GOP as 100% old creaky prudish racist white men

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

    Dunno racist, but who else but old GOP men are pushing these anti-women bills in state legislatures, defunding PP, etc?

    Sorry, those bills are, unfortunately, real.

  169. the Cheney machine.
    ——————
    I think you mean the Texas Mafia. And the head of that is that old battle ax Barbara Bush. I remember her arrogant statement after hurricane Katrina–about the people who lost everything they had. She said something to the effect that is made no difference because they had nothing to begin with. These are not really Texans however–both she and poppy are east coast liberals. Big money–goes back to Brown Brothers Harriman and Prescott Bush. Post civil war robber barons. And I do not consider them Republicans either, although they do appear in that forum.

  170. ShortTermer,

    About Europe – I was in 7 countries in 10 days! I take it you are going to France, only and driving, right? Just be aware that some French rest stations require payment to use the loo. Imagine my shock at having to pay up to 1.5 Euros (roughly $2.25) at some rest stops on our route. It was nuts!

    Anyway, Paris was spectacular and deserves weeks, not just a few days. The countryside is gorgeous and everythng is so neat and clean.

    Interesting note – on my tour there were 12 Kentucky retirees, a dozen Aussies, a dozen plus Orientals and me and a couple of stragglers.

    A LOT of Asian tourists.

    Most countries had at least one TV channel in English and guess which it was – yup – CNN and/or MSNBC. So the view Europe is getting about the US is from the likes of Cafferty, Bashir, Mathews, et al. Some were SHOCKED that BO and MO are so unpopular (I told them the Michelle Antoinette tag) because they see nothing about that on TV and do not read that much about it in the papers.

    Where in France are you going? We visited London, Amsterdam, the Rhine River, Munich, Innsburg, Venice, Florence, Lake Luzerne and Paris. So that’s England, Brussels(briefly on the way to Holland) Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. I am now officially on vacation from my vacation.

  171. wbboei.

    For real? 😯

    “She said something to the effect that is made no difference because they had nothing to begin with.”

    I don’t remember hearing that.

  172. HillaryforTexas
    April 21st, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I am not Catholic, either, but I found those stats stunning.

  173. BASIL, Catholics as a rule don’t vote en masse – their vote is usually split. So maybe that makes them a good bellweather for which way the wind is blowing.

  174. Oops: should read: strain at gnats and swallow elephants

    I am all for anyone person who wishes to pay for someone else’s abortion to open up their checkbook and to write a non-bouncing check. For me, ahhhh hell no. And I do not want my tax dollars paying for others’ abortions at will or birth control either….but then I would never ask anyone else to pay for my sexual needs or gratification. Women are just so stupid to allow their woman parts to be tied to government handouts or charity of any sort in the first place; talk about giving all your power away and willingly becoming a slave to the government. But again, as stated ad nauseum, these topics are distractions to take the useful idiots off message, when will they learn?

    It is the economy, stupid.And the deficit, and government spending, and self sufficiency, and energy prices, and the economy, and the economy, and the economy, and the economy, and Not-the-Dog-in-the-Crate but The-Dog-He-Ate!!

  175. wbboei

    Big money–goes back to Brown Brothers Harriman and Prescott Bush. Post civil war robber barons. And I do not consider them Republicans either, although they do appear in that forum.

    There is a very prevalent and mistaken idea that the rank and file Republican just loved both Bushes and everything about them. Nope. They didn’t. Many of them had big problems with the Bushes.

  176. Re:BASIL99
    April 21st, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I am in real trouble if they charge to pee. That sounds like a trip of a lifetime.

    We will fly to Barcelona, get on a cruise ship then go to ports from Spain, Italy, and back to France, then fly back home from Barcelona to return. I was disappointed that the main attraction on the ship was the Blue Man Group that we can see anytime but have not chosen to do so. I know we will see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Coliseum iirc, I don’t think we will be going to Paris though, and that is okay with me since I have noted how pissy the French can be toward Americans.

    A Professor friend of mine took her oldest grandchild to Paris as she and her husband had planned before he died. The most remarkable thing she talked about was the French made statements like “So mannnny Americans.” I think that made her feel unsafe and uncomfortable, so I have no desire to give those silly people any of my money.I wish we could share photos on here. I would love to see yours.

  177. Walter Russel Mead: Public Schools Failing the Poor

    For years, it’s been widely understood that housing in good school districts is more expensive than others. A new study by the Brookings Institution (h/t Wonkblog) shows exactly how much: houses in high-performing school districts cost a whopping $205,000 more on average than their counterparts in low-performing areas—nearly 2.5 times more, in many cases.

    The big-box school model is more broken than most people realize. Studies like this are just another sign of how that model is failing in its core mission of making a decent education available to everyone regardless of wealth. Those who can afford to live in upscale neighborhoods have access to good schools; the rest are forced into overcrowded and dysfunctional school systems that don’t impart to students the skills they will need as adults.

    Hence the strong case for school vouchers. Vouchers can make for a more just, equal society, because they allow parents who care about education but don’t have a lot of money to do more to make sure their children get the best schooling available.

    It is deeply undemocratic and elitist to support the current educational system.

    http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/04/20/public-schools-failing-the-poor/

    Yup. This is why Switzerland years ago instituted a full voucher system for their schools: public, private, or parochial. The same stratification was happening there, and throwing more money at it was not helping. They made the argument for vouchers from the left. That it is utterly un-egalitarian and unjust for only the wealthy to be able to pick and choose a school for their children.

    The reason that we have not made that very practical and egalitarian change here is for one reason and one reason only: The symbiotic relationship between the Democratic Party and the teacher’s unions. It is not about the children or education, it is about hanging on to power and the union dues that finance Dem campaigns.

  178. Basil, that sounds like a great trip. I was the one talking about Paris and driving in France to French and Swiss Alps. It is coming, end of May. After that trip I will switch to a new job. So can’t wait for both to happen. There are two other American couple going with us to Paris. My husband speaks fluent French and he is sort of their tour guide, haha. He used to live there before we’re married. This is our 4th or so trip to Paris and it never gets old.

    24 years ago when we drove around Germany, they took money at reststops. It is not unusual. I don’t think they did in France then. Recently we drove from Madrid to Lisbon and then the coast to Malaga and no money at reststops there.

    Put your trip pics on tumblr with some nice description of highlights!

  179. Bwahahaha!

    Forbes contributor Steve Zwick calls for action against the faithless:

    “We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.

    They broke the climate. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?”

    Frankly, if you’re dealing with people who have the power to break the climate, you should probably do whatever they want. Fetch us some mint juleps, Zwick, before we hurricane you.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/active_denialists/

  180. Let’s talk about Mitt Romney’s underwear.

    A caller to the radio mentioned them yesterday. He was a sick-sounding man, with an odd cackle, and he over and over asked, “What about Mitt Romney’s magic underwear?”

    He clearly felt he was making some sort of a point.

    And he was.

    That he was an idiot and a bigot.

    But let’s answer his question.

    What about Mitt Romney’s magic underwear?

    >

    More at the link: http://www.wham1180.com/pages/boblonsberry.html?article=10037569

  181. Here is our first installment demonstrating how Obama is undercutting Hillary’s authority to do her job as she sees fit and at the same time rolling over Congress giving The Muslim Brotherhood $1.5B dollars in Military Aide.

    You know what his plan is… tying her to his administrative acts tainting her reputation before she leaves her post near or after the next election.

    We are doing a pre-emptive strike on his efforts:

    http://hillaryunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/hillary-clinton-hardest-working-woman-in-the-state-dept-while-obama-bypasses-congress-gives-1-5b-to-muslim-brotherhood/

  182. Switzerland years ago instituted a full voucher system for their schools: public, private, or parochial.

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    “Full” enough to pay the FULL cost of a private school? Do any of the US voucher proposals do that?

  183. And I do not consider them Republicans either, although they do appear in that forum.

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    I like Palin and her small town small business philosophy. But what we get when the vote goes Republican — is big money people or big money puppets.

  184. Frankly, if you’re dealing with people who have the power to break the climate, you should probably do whatever they want.

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    Oh, come on. First y’all are saying AGW is not proven — now you’re saying it’s not possible.

  185. Chalk one up for the ladies! Mia B. Love, a black republican woman in Utah, just won the GOP nomination for a House seat in her district with a whopping 70% of the delegate vote.

  186. wbb,

    There is no safe harbor in 2012. It is scylla and charybdis. The Democrats ebb and flow, but the Reagan/Bush/Romney heads are always the same.

  187. Jesus christ, i damn near had a heart attack logging on and seeing that headline of an article until i started reading and realised we had’nt been hacked just a wonderful sense of laughing at ourselves. God forbid Hillary should half an hour to herself.

  188. I know, pm317! How could this happen with those racist Mormons?!! If Mia wins, she will be the first black female republican member of congress. So yeah, she’s really groundbreaking here.

    I asked a question of someone on another site a few minutes ago, who was jeering at a gay republican, calling him “self-hating”, and a dick, and a sell-out, etc for being involved with the GOP.

    My question was: “Why is it that when gay people begin to make advances in an area of society that had previously rejected them, whether it be housing or businesses or college campuses, or whatever, it is applauded and seen as a positive step. UNLESS it is the GOP, and then it’s suddenly NOT a good thing to be making advances and steps forward?”

    I feel the same way with black conservatives or whoever. I don’t care if you disagree with republicans on every last policy point – Why would you not applaud this?

  189. H4T, I have a very favorable impression of Utah, the state and its people. It is no surprise that Romney exhibits many of the traits that I think most in that state possess. Granted my evidence is anecdotal but..I was there maybe last year and we were talking about the economy there and how it was doing well and wondered why. My colleague, another Indian who has lived there for over 20 years mentioned this interesting tidbit. That most everyone there is entrepreneurial, disproportionately so. He explained that the reason may be the family support, even extended family support. So they are willing and eager to take risks knowing that if it does not come through, they have a safety net. We have a state back in India which is like that. People from there go everywhere and set up shop, small businesses and build it up. Something in their DNA.

  190. Incidentally Dutch are like that. very friendly but all in the context of being business people. So social differences may not matter much to them because they are thinking they may need me tomorrow for their own advancement. Anyway too much extrapolation on my part.

  191. http://news.investors.com/article/608706/201204201854/democrats-increasingly-abandon-obama-webhed-are-democrats-fleeing-sinking-obama-ship-.htm?src=IBDDAE

    Democrats Are Jumping Ship

    Posted 04/20/2012 06:54 PM ET

    Perhaps Democrats know something the rest of us don’t about Barack Obama’s political fortunes. What else explains the increasing numbers who are openly defying the president on two key election issues?

    The notoriously thin-skinned Obama could not have been happy with the news last week that, as the Hill newspaper put it, “an increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama’s health care law.”

    North Carolina’s Brad Miller, who voted for the law, now laments that “we would all have been better off” if Congress had dealt with more pressing issues “and then came back to health care.”

    Barney Frank complained that the Democrats “paid a terrible price for health care.” And Virginia’s outgoing Sen. Jim Webb said the law would be Obama’s “biggest downside” in the election and had cost him “a lot of credibility as a leader.”

    Meanwhile, stalwart Massachusetts liberal Elizabeth Warren is now calling to repeal a piece of ObamaCare — the 2.3% tax on medical devices — because, she says, it “disproportionately impacts the small companies with the narrowest financial margins.”

    Warren, by the way, is running for the Senate seat occupied by Republican Scott Brown, whose victory in 2010 was a result of the public’s intense opposition to ObamaCare.

    Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis went furthest. “I think the Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years,” he said. “It was not popular when it passed; it’s less popular now.” Ouch.

    These Democrats are no doubt familiar with polls that show surprisingly little support for ObamaCare within their ranks. Fewer than half of Democrats think the government should be able to force individuals to buy insurance — the core element of ObamaCare — according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. Only a little more than a third say the Supreme Court should “uphold the entire law.”

    Subscribe to the IBD Editorials Podcast The fact that they’re willing to trash-talk Obama’s single biggest legislative achievement suggests they’re worried about something more than how the Supreme Court will rule.

    This fear is even more evident when you look at the growing opposition among Democrats to Obama’s position on the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Obama may have thought he’d cleverly handled the issue by putting it off until next year, and that no one would think to defy his veto threats.

    But when Republicans called his bluff with a bill to force a start on construction, 69 Democrats rushed to join them, giving the House bill a veto-proof majority. The Senate bill is just a vote or two away from overcoming a Democratic filibuster.

    The importance of this fight is huge. If Democrats defy him, it will severely undermine Obama’s claim that he’s pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

    Obama came to the White House claiming that he alone was qualified to unite the country behind common objectives. The fact that he’s losing support from his own party on two of the most important issues of the day is significant.

  192. turndownobama
    April 21st, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    wbb,

    There is no safe harbor in 2012. It is scylla and charybdis. The Democrats ebb and flow, but the Reagan/Bush/Romney heads are always the same.
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    The Democratic Party no longer exists. What we have is the party of Obama. The party of Obama and Obama represent the greated evil, by any rational calculation. Even if you cannot accept that premise, just remember the dirty campaign and his big media whores ran against Hillary. Obama is the enemy. And the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  193. There is a very prevalent and mistaken idea that the rank and file Republican just loved both Bushes and everything about them. Nope. They didn’t. Many of them had big problems with the Bushes.
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    Very true. The east coast elites had to find someone to represent them. Their original choice was Henry Cabot Lodge, who I liked as much as I could ever like American Royalty, i.e. the Bushes speak only to the Cabots and the Cabots speak only to the Lodges and the Lodges speak only to God–that sort of thing. He was a solid guy. So was Pete DuPont a generation later. But somehow they end up with Bush, and worse yet baby Bush. I told you the story of my neighbor who was mayor of Juneau, an what Sarah Palin’s predecessor said about Jr. And Barbara is pushing Jeb–like we need another Bush. Interestingly, or ominously depending on your point of view Jebediah is pushing Rubio for vp.

  194. @pm317

    That was hilarious. I don’t think this dog thing will go away. Anecdotal evidence — even my husband is making jokes about it. 🙂

    Who isn’t? I have to say that I could not get through that book when it came out. I would have been laughing since it published had I read about the “dog and snake power.” But it sure would have sealed what I thought about him being a snake.

  195. How Orrin Hatch (almost) beat back a tea party revolt –

    …Utah Republicans denied U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch a clear path to a seventh and final term Saturday, forcing him into a primary with tea party favorite Dan Liljenquist, a former state senator…After Utah’s longest-serving senator spent a near record $5 million on the run-up to the convention, he still has $3 million in the campaign chest to spend if the race goes to a primary. At the same time, national tea party-affiliated groups have been outspent by groups that have backed Hatch, including the National Rifle Association. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has also backed Hatch, an important endorsement in heavily-Mormon Utah.
    Hatch has done several things right, says Keith Poole, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, including recognizing early on that he would be challenged, focusing on the nominating process and, in essence, going back to Utah and “punching noses.” The backdrop for Hatch’s vigilance has been the plight of former US Sen. Bob Bennett, the Utah Republican who lost to a tea party candidate in 2010, and Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, who is in the campaign of his life against tea party-backed candidate Richard Mourdock. In both Utah and Indiana, national tea party groups have tried to replicate their numerous successful attacks against more moderate incumbents in 2010, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars from national donors to air attack ads against two senators whom they see as having lost some of their conservative values and have thus damaged efforts to fight the more progressive agenda of Democrats and the White House….
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/Senate/2012/0421/Utah-Republican-convention-How-Orrin-Hatch-almost-beat-back-a-tea-party-revolt

  196. Obama/Holder: Our worst nightmare. No. Our military’s worst nightmare. Protecting & obeying the likes of these.

    Fresno Four” Face Jail for Arrest of Violent Criminal
    Vol 12, No. 1 (Spring, 2011)
    Four officers from Fresno, California, are facing a nine-count indictment that could result in 10-year prison sentences and cost each of them a minimum of $100,000 to defend. Here are the details of the violent and fast-moving incident that led to the case, The United States of America, Plaintiff, vs. Christopher Coleman, Paul Van Dalen, Sean Plymale, Michael Manfredi, Defendants. It will be tried in the U.S. District Count for the Eastern District of California.

    On October 10, 2005, the 911 emergency call center in Fresno, California, received a frantic call from Veronica Rivera. “My ex-boyfriend is trying to break into my apartment,” she screamed desperately, adding, “He says he is going to kill me.” She and her small children were cowering in a closet. snip

    Five years passed. In October 2010, as the statue of limitations was about to expire, a federal grand jury indicted the four officers on nine counts of violating Celdon’s civil rights and obstruction of justice. Celdon had been deported as an illegal immigrant. snip
    http://www.policedefense.org/newsletter/vol-12-no-1-spring-2011/%E2%80%9Cfresno-four%E2%80%9D-face-prosecution-for-arrest-of-violent-criminal/

  197. Just picked up last week’s mail and found something disturbing: a solicitation from Brenda Lenard for US Senate, Knoxville TN. Self-described black, single mom (3 children) who grew up in the projects, eventually finished college and is running as a “Tea Party” conservative. The thrust of her letter is to convince me to “Tell Senator DeMint that You Want Him to Support Me in 2012”

    Well, that’s not going to happen. I don’t appreciate her cart before the horse approach and worry that she is harming the premise of Tea Parties. And although my reply will be ignored, I am going to tell her so. Senator DeMint will also hear from me.

  198. There is an excellent film that I believe everyone in America needs to watch. You can view clips on the website
    http://www.theycometoamerica.com/
    This film has been rejected by every film festival in the country except the Hamptons film festival…not replied yet. I am involved with a group here “Unoccupy the Hamptons” who has been interviewed by both a senior reporter from the NY POst and a senior correspondent from Reuters. Both have written stories…one pulled and the other in “wait and see mode”. This is the REAL issue of this election as it affects the economy, housing market and healthcare and SS. A must see. There are screenings being done all over the country, but the video can be ordered online for $15.

    I still read Admin’s post somewhat regularly, despite the fact that I disagree with many posters here regarding the political candidates. After 62 years of life as a democrat, I now consider myself solidly independent. With each day that the Clintons continue to support the Obama party, I grow more disgusted.

    and Hillary says “my enthusiasm for the president got a little out of hand.

    Hillary Clinton Implies: Pro-Israel Sentiment Doesn’t Reflect America

    Apr 19, 2012 09:04 pm | Jeff Dunetz

    Sometimes a secretary of state is asked tough questions. How they are answered shows the underlying philosophy of official and government. I genuinely don’t want to make too much out of a single exchange between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a Tunisian audience. Yet the problem is how the approach she took fits into consistent themes of the Obama Administration.

    Whatever Clinton tried to do when talking to a group of young Tunisians, it’s also important to consider how her audience interpreted her statement. Either they thought she was saying that the United States doesn’t really support Israel or they thought that she was telling them a transparent lie that made them more suspicious. Or both of the above.

    The exchange also fits with Obama’s own statement to Russian leaders who wants America to get rid of much of its nuclear arsenal, that elections are a nuisance that will only temporarily interfere with him doing what his government–and his interlocutor, too–wants him to do.

    QUESTION: “After the electoral campaign start[ed] in the United States…we noticed here in Tunisia that most of the candidates from the both sides run towards the Zionist lobbies to get their support in the States. And afterwards, once they are elected, they come to show their support for countries like Tunisia and Egypt for a common Tunisian or a common Arab citizen. How would you reassure and gain his trust again once given the fact that you are supporting his enemy as well at the same time?”

    This question has several significant factors. First, it assumes, as is typical in Arabic-speaking countries, that the Israel issue is a zero-sum game and that Israel is an enemy. One has to be for one side or the other. Second, it assumes that the United States is really hostile toward the Arabs because it supports Israel, indeed it is hinted that Zionists run America. Third, it suggests that America is lying to the Arabs about this and consequently about much else, too.

    What Clinton did, however, was to reinforce all of these problems because, basically, she tried to propitiate her audience by lying to them. And they are not so stupid as to miss the fact that she lied to them. In doing so, she undermined supposed U.S. policy and encouraged the continuation of extremism and conflict in the region.

    Here’s her answer:
    SECRETARY CLINTON: “Well, first, let me say you will learn as your democracy develops that a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention. There are comments made that certainly don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy, don’t reflect who we are as a people. I mean, if you go to the United States, you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim Americans everywhere. That’s the fact. So I would not pay attention to the rhetoric.

    “Secondly, I would say watch what President Obama says and does. He’s our President. He represents all of the United States, and he will be reelected President, so I think that that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our President believes. So I think it’s a fair question because I know that – I sometimes am a little surprised that people around the world pay more attention to what is said in our political campaigns than most Americans, say, are paying attention. So I think you have to shut out some of the rhetoric and just focus on what we’re doing and what we stand for, and particularly what our President represents.”

    Here is her basic answer then: Ignore what these people say, they are just shooting off their mouths to get votes. Actually, we love Muslims. And Obama sets U.S. policy, which is true but implies that while those turkeys are pro-Israel Obama is pro-Arab, which means—in a zero-sum game context—anti-Israel.

    Or to sum up: When it comes to Israel we’re on your side.

    What makes this behavior especially ironic is that it contradicts many of the points Clinton had made to these young people only moments earlier. For example, “I think that certainly you judge political parties both by what they say and what they do.” Also, “I think that one of the biggest problems we have in the world today is people not respecting the views of others.” In effect, after trying to teach Tunisians about democracy Clinton demeaned American democracy.

    Since she was speaking to young people, supposedly the hope of a new Tunisia, advocates of hi-tech and hip, cosmopolitan values, shouldn’t she have used this as a teachable moment? I don’t think you are going to have a successful moderate democracy alongside a worldview calling for genocide against the demonic Jews. And avoiding the question is not cementing pro-American feeling precisely because the hi-tech savvy audience–which, by the way, seemed to be rather carefully screened to let in only the most liberal Tunisians–knows what goes on in the United States.

    How should Clinton have answered? By using accepted U.S. diplomatic language: We favor a two-state solution. We believe that Israel has a right to exist. We believe that everyone would benefit by a negotiated, just, and lasting peace. We think that your true enemies are poverty and dictatorship.

    Clinton isn’t fooling anyone in Tunisia. By adopting their framework she is encouraging more anti-Americanism than if she’d have answered the question honestly. And, after all, she didn’t answer the question at all. The young person wanted to know: How can you support Israel, our enemy, and then come here and pretend to be our friend?

    Her answer implies: Oh we don’t support Israel. That’s just meaningless campaign rhetoric.

    In the framework of her talk promoting modernization, democracy, respect for other’s rights, hi-tech, and a new generation of young people changing the world, Clinton could have indicated that this hatred should also change, that it was blocking progress, that it was dragging people into more war and violence. Getting over an irrational, hysterical hatred of Israel is also a necessary part of entering a modern, post-dictatorial era. And don’t kid yourself, the hatred of America is just as strong and just as big a problem based on a variety of reasons that go far beyond the Israel issue.

    You might understandably protest that Clinton didn’t want to say anything her audience didn’t agree with. But she did so on other issues, for example asserting the rights of homosexuals and transsexuals, an idea not likely to be popular in Tunisia.

    Only Israel gets thrown under the bus. Does Clinton really want to suggest that those who support Israel “don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy, don’t reflect who we are as a people”? Does she want to imply that people who support Israel hate Muslims but we’re not like that because we have lots of mosques and happy Muslims? Has she ever seen the anti-American interviews, full of lies by the way, that American Islamists give on Arabic television?

    Moreover, Clinton also did something a secretary of state should never do, subordinated U.S. interests to partisan considerations. Everything’s ok, she said, because Obama is president. But what if Obama isn’t president after January 20, 2013? She suggested that if the Republicans are in office Arabs and Muslims should then regard America, no longer under the rule of their friend Obama, as an enemy.

    Her approach is also a mistake because it accepts a fundamental inequality, the revolutionary Islamist and Arab nationalist view that the West is inferior and illegitimate. Clinton’s response reminds me of what President John Kennedy warned against: accepting that what’s yours is yours but what’s mine is negotiable.

    After all, if Tunisians have a right to elect a government led by Islamist radicals who hate America—though Clinton is willing to take those people’s word that they are really moderates—don’t Americans have the right to be pro-Israel?

    But she didn’t do any of that. Of course, the secretary of state doesn’t want to set off an incident or make things worse by being provocative. But she took what she thought to be the easy way out yet is in fact the far harder and more dangerous road.

    Clinton told a CNN interviewer later regarding the incident:

    “Well, remember the context of it. I was asked whether the comments in the primary campaign, some of which have been quite inflammatory, represented America. And I represent America, and I know what happens in campaigns. I’ve been there, done that. And I know that things are said that are not going to be put into practice or policy. But I did think I needed to point that out to the audience. And probably, my enthusiasm for the president got a little out of hand.

    Nice.

    But she was not asked at all what she claims she was asked.

    The questioner didn’t refer to some “inflammatory” statement at all but to a general pronouncement of support for Israel as reflecting America. And the questioner was also obviously referencing past U.S. policy as well. In fact, explaining to disapproving Muslims that the United States does view Israel as an ally and isn’t ashamed to admit it has been a task of American diplomats for about four decades. In private, I know that some of them have tended to say some nasty things about politicians and the stupidity of Congress for having such a policy but it’s disconcerting to have a secretary of state imply such things in public.

    As for her partisanship, it seems all too many journalists, teachers and others are letting their enthusiasm for the president get out of hand, trampling their professional obligations. As for Israel, if it gets in the way of Obama’s drive for popularity among Arabs and Muslims it apparently cannot expect much consideration.

  199. Hi Carol, I signed up at theycometoamerica & will probably buy the DVD. Hillary. That was hard to read.

  200. I predicted this was happening- What Hillary is trying to do is explain in a complex way that Obama says one thing and does another. She said, watch his actions forget about what he is saying. She said he claims to support Israel but he’s running for re-election and it’s all political rhetoric saying what he needs to say for donor support from Israel’s lobby in the US.

    You have to read between the lines and reread the articles carefully and she what she is really saying. Hillary cannot come right out and say what she means. She is in a very tenuous situation at this point in time. Obama is undermining all the work she has done over the last 3.5 yrs. She needs to get out now or have an exit plan where there is a big blow up between them and she in effect torpedoes his campaign close to November.

    I am not a fair-weather friend. I don’t give up on people I’ve known over the years understanding how they think. I look for answers rather than being quick to condemn because their statements do not match their actions. This is one of those times.. and I’ve got news for you- incidences like this are going to keep happening to Hillary. Obama is out to destroy Hillary before it’s time for her to leave her position. She is trying to get the message out there and maybe she’s not doing the very best job of it but she is trying to tell people Obama does not represent America or our values.

    I’ve been with her from the beginning, I voted for McCain/Palin and have never wavered in my support for Hillary and I can tell you, you are mistaken about her intentions. How obviously apparent does it have be to anyone. Her own son-in-law is Jewish. Her future grand children will bear a Jewish heritage. Actions speaking louder than words! Cut her some slack and quit helping Obama do his dirty work.

    Tell me how can she stop Obama and still be a factor in keeping Israel safe if she quits now-

    For more of Obama’s bad behavior involving Hillary read here: Hillary Unleashed

  201. How Orrin Hatch (almost) beat back a tea party revolt –

    …Utah Republicans denied U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch a clear path to a seventh and final term Saturday, forcing him into a primary with tea party favorite Dan Liljenquist, a former state senator…After Utah’s longest-serving senator spent a near record $5 million on the run-up to the convention, he still has $3 million in the campaign chest to spend if the race goes to a primary. At the same time, national tea party-affiliated groups have been outspent by groups that have backed Hatch, including the National Rifle Association. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has also backed Hatch, an important endorsement in heavily-Mormon Utah.
    Hatch has done several things right, says Keith Poole, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, including recognizing early on that he would be challenged, focusing on the nominating process and, in essence, going back to Utah and “punching noses.” The backdrop for Hatch’s vigilance has been the plight of former US Sen. Bob Bennett, the Utah Republican who lost to a tea party candidate in 2010, and Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, who is in the campaign of his life against tea party-backed candidate Richard Mourdock. In both Utah and Indiana, national tea party groups have tried to replicate their numerous successful attacks against more moderate incumbents in 2010, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars from national donors to air attack ads against two senators whom they see as having lost some of their conservative values and have thus damaged efforts to fight the more progressive agenda of Democrats and the White House…
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    This was a guy I had very high hopes for when he first came to Congress. His attack on common situs picketing which could have shut down construction projects, thereby insuring that a Davis Bacon result in the private sector, was exemplary, and it made some of us, me mostly, believe that he was of presidential timber. I mentioned that to a friend in Congress, and that friend was taken aback. There were a few chapters missing–the recent ones. He should be primaried. He has become a conservative on social issues, but a liberal on fiscal ones–which is a horrible combination, like we see with Casey.

  202. I am involved with a group here “Unoccupy the Hamptons” who has been interviewed by both a senior reporter from the NY POst and a senior correspondent from Reuters. Both have written stories…one pulled and the other in “wait and see mode”.
    ——————————-
    An interesting place. I have been there exactly once. To play golf. We played the International, which is a course designed by an architect whom they sent to Scotland to brush up his Shakespeare. After a few years someone asked what ever happened to him, he should be back here designing our golf course. They sent the Pinkertons for him, who found him in the cellar of one of the great distilleries, I won’t say which one. He was escorted back to the states, sobered up, and he did his work. Nice course–rustic, not alot of trees, undulating greens, wind swept tough to shoot par. The most memorable part of it was at high noon they blow the whistle and everyone returns to the clubhouse for lobster on the half shell–I swear to God. My host was a defrocked Wall Street trader who like many of them, succumbed to the drug and alcohol habit which was endemic in the late 1980s. So he rented out his seat on the exchange, while he underwent treatment. His favorite trick was to bring his hot dates to the fanciest of restaurants and frighten the horses–offend the locals. The day I was there the locals were bitching and moaning about Speilberg. Seems he had built a big new house there which was reason enough to be mad at him. However, his more grievous offense is he was paying maids and butlers more than the hired help. I am not saying this is your situation, but merely suggesting that when I was there this is exactly what happened.

  203. That is the most succinct statement of Obama’s foreign policy as a whole:

    “What’s yours is yours but what’s mine is negotiable.”

    “What’s yours is yours but what’s mine is negotiable.”

    “What’s yours is yours but what’s mine is negotiable.”

  204. Danette Clark: The Reparation Agenda: Obama’s Religion of Reparations, False Prophets in the White House

    http://rbo2.com/2012/04/22/danette-clark-the-reparation-agenda-obamas-religion-of-reparations-false-prophets-in-the-white-house/

    April 22, 2012 by Brenda J. Elliott (RBO to her fans)

    The first article in this series on President Obama’s Reparation Agenda revealed Sharon Watkins and the Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciliation Church. Watkins is just one of many pro-reparation religious leaders working with President Obama.

    Mark Hanson, Vicken Aykazian, Peg Chemberlin, Noel Castellanos, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Jim Wallis, just to name a few, were all appointed by President Obama to the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and all preach the gospel of social justice and racial reconciliation — deceiving millions — by appealing to their ‘sense of morality’.

    Driving an ideology that is deceptively subtle, but nonetheless, mirrors that of Father Michael Pfleger, James Cone, and Jeremiah Wright, the false prophets of the White House preach that America is a society of white skin privilege that continues to victimize minorities and that must be made to pay a penalty for the sin of racism.

    The dangerous result of pitting race against race is being seen today in the rhetoric surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin. But another inherent danger that is going unnoticed is that of so-called religious leaders using God and politics to guilt corporations, churches, universities, and even cities into publicly apologizing for the ‘sin of racism’.

    President Obama and his band of wolves pretend it’s the moral and just thing to do — recognize and admit that we have committed the sin of racism so that we can move forward and “begin to heal”. Don’t fall for it! A public or written apology is an admission of guilt that can be used against the apologizer in a court of law. Obama is a lawyer. He knows this.

    As we speak, an organization called the Reparations Coordinating Committee is planning to sue the government and major corporations they believe have profited from slavery. It will be interesting to see how many named defendants have already publicly apologized.

    I will talk more about this later in the series. For now, let’s look at some of President Obama’s faith-based appointees:

    • Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, released a statement in 2007 calling upon church leaders to “name the sin of racism and lead us in our repentance of it.”

    Hanson’s statement goes on to express a particular concern with racial profiling wherein he accuses police officers of stopping people of color for “”DWB” (driving while Black or Brown) and “DWM” (driving while Muslim)”.

    • Vicken Aykazian, immediate past president of the National Council of Churches, presided over a meeting just one week after Obama’s election wherein Otis Moss, III (successor to Jeremiah Wright as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ) was invited to address the assembly on the issue of racial justice.

    • Peg Chemberlin, who referred to those in opposition to the mosque near ground zero as bigots, is president of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and a recipient of the Angel of Reconciliation award from Unity Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    The National Council of Churches has a long history of support for reparations. In fact, it was during a conference of the NCC in 1969 that Marxist-anarchist and leader of the Black Nationalists, James Foreman, first presented his Black Manifesto, which was a call for a transfer of power to blacks and for churches to pay 500 million dollars in reparations. The NCC voted in favor of Foreman’s plan.

    Since that time, the NCC has released several statements calling on churches and governments to acknowledge that they benefited from the exploitation of Africans, Asians, and Indigenous Peoples through slavery and colonialism. The NCC also calls upon it’s churches “to address the issue of reparations as a way of redressing the wrongs done…”.

    • Noel Castellanos, CEO of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), says he was called to be a reconciler. CCDA was founded on principles of reconciliation, relocation, and redistribution. Castellanos believes that “a manifestation of justice is economic redistribution”.

    • Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the U.S., led a major service last year in North Carolina on Repentance, Healing, and Reconciliation wherein an official apology for the diocese’s complicity in slavery and segregation was given. All 65 parishes within that diocese were represented.

    • Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, is well known as an advocate for social justice. In 2007, Wallis wrote a piece for Sojourners titled America’s original sin: the legacy of white racism, wherein he wrote that “…America was established as a white society, founded upon the genocide of another race and then the enslavement of yet another.”

    Wallis further claimed that anyone who has benefited from domination is to be responsible for it and that the only remedy for such a sin is repentance, and if that repentance were genuine, there would be reparation.

    Again, this is just a glimpse into President Obama’s faith-based council – offering “genuine repentance” and salvation in exchange for money and power to minorities.

    The time is long overdue for someone in the media to take a serious look at what this council is doing with our tax dollars.

  205. Back to impeaching HRC:
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    Madeleine Albright: Hillary’s job not a party

    M.J. Lee (Politico blog)

    Take it from someone who’s been there and done that: According to Madeleine Albright, the recent pictures of Hillary Clinton busting a move on the dance floor and taking swigs from a beer bottle in Colombia hide just how grueling and exhausting the job of secretary of state can be.

    Albright, who served as President Bill Clinton’s secretary of state from 1997 to 2001, told POLITICO in an interview Friday that while there are opportunities to let loose, the Cabinet position is more difficult than people might imagine.

    “I don’t know whether you’d call what she’s doing fun,” Albright said of Clinton, whom she considers a “very good friend.”

    “I used to make the joke, since I was the first women secretary of state: People said, ‘So what’s the difference?’ And I said makeup is wonderful thing. … There’s something so exhilarating about what you’re doing and so you sleep when you can. And it’s exhilarating – that’s the only word I can use.”

    During her tenure at the State Department, Albright said she, too, embraced the more playful moments of a serious job.

    “The truth is that you would never believe this — the things that one does as secretary state: I sang at meetings at the ASEAN regional forum, or played musical instruments. … And we all have our own definition of fun,” she said.

    Albright, whose her new memoir, “Prague Winter,” is due out next week, suggested that if President Barack Obama wins a second term in the White House, his next secretary of state will have big shoes to fill.

    “The capability of negotiating … is something that means you not only have to understand fully what you believe and what your national interests are but in order to be a really good negotiator, you have to try to figure out what the other person on the other side of the table has in mind,” she said. “And you have to be patient, and you have to be willing to state your views firmly.”

    And if Clinton were to make a second bid for the White House in 2016 – a speculation that she has swatted away many times – Albright says her friend will have her full support.

    “I would support Secretary Clinton for anything,” she said. “I think she is a remarkable woman. … I just think she’s a remarkable public servant.”

  206. Man Sues Hillary Clinton, Claims Discrimination

    The man claims he was denied a U.S. passport because he is a Muslim.

    By Sandra Torres

    NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 12: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the UN Security Council meeting on March 12, 2012 in New York City. Secretary Clinton and foreign ministers at the meeting discussed the continued violence in the Middle East. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    An Illinois man filed a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying her department denied his request for a passport, and made the application process overly difficult.

    Cliff Urban, 22, filed a federal lawsuit in November saying he was denied a U.S. passport because he he was wearing a Muslim-style head scarf in his photo, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

    Urban made a formal complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union and Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and says that’s when the post office allowed him to submit his application, the NWI Times reports.

    A few months later, the Passport Agency asked him to send more documents for the process to move forward. Urban submitted the documents, but claims he was ultimately denied because he did not respond to all the requirements, according to the NWI Times.
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    The lawsuit seeks for the agency to issue Urban a passport, the cost of attorney’s fees and an award for costs. The attorney representing Clinton directed all inquiries to the Department of Justice.

  207. Holdthem accountable…you will be spellbound and have your eyes opened.
    The Unoccupy movement here is about illegal workers and illegal housing which are destroying our community and schools and have caused our taxes to double and have put many locals out of work. Our local hospital almost went under. For anyone who watches the video- Mauricio used his first 5 K to by a 3 acre farm in his home country. His father was here for 12 years..illegally of course…and with the benefit of not paying taxes, receving free health care, food stamps etc, he saved enough to buy a 300 hectare (about 900 acres i think)ranch in his home country.What the film also does not reveal is that he is driving a Lincoln Navigator.

    Mrs. Smith…what galls me is how Hillaary is always praising Obama. She doesn’t have to do that.

  208. You wonder sometimes whether we are fighting a losing battle. Ask a dimocrat, and he will say this poor young man has had a bad childhood, and if he only had a path to citizenship, the would give up his life of crime. Reality begs to differ, but these people are not real big on reality. Its all racism.
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    Alabama forced to keep convicted felon because U.S. won’t recognize homeland
    Published April 22, 2012

    FoxNews.com

    He’s a man without a country.

    An immigrant in Alabama who has been arrested 35 times in 12 years cannot be extradited because the United States does not recognize his homeland, the Birmingham News reports.

    According to the paper, federal authorities have tried to remove convicted felon Sofyan Eldani, 45, but couldn’t send him to his native Palestine because the U.S. does not recognize it as a country. Eldani says he is a native of Palestine, though he carries an Egyptian passport.

    Eldani’s arrests include assault, fraudulent checks, criminal mischief, resisting arrests, reckless endangerment, shoplifting, burglary, drug possession, failure to appear, probation violation, possession of a drug paraphernalia and DUI.

    He has at least nine convictions, including four felonies, and served six months in an Alabama prison for receiving stolen property. His most recent arrest was for allegedly being found with crack cocaine during a traffic stop, according to the Birmingham News.

    For now, Eldani will remain in Alabama and face his most recent drug trafficking charge in state court.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/22/alabama-forced-to-keep-convicted-felon-because-us-wont-recognize-homeland/#ixzz1smuDcsNi

  209. ridiclous…if he carries an Egyptian passport, he should be deported to Egypt.

    I recently read “Press 2 for English” by Rob Sobhani, PHD in econ and son of Iranian immigrants. This book shows how the US has changed its immigration policy to something unsustainable and how every other developed nation is acting differently in order to protect their survival.

  210. wbboei: The guy can nonetheless be deported to Egypt. There’s something wrong with the Immigration Service.

  211. OK, this may or may not be something, but some people online are looking at the phone records trotted out by the media to prove that Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend was on the phone with him for a lengthy time during the Zimmerman confrontation.

    Seems that most of what they are claiming as her lengthy conversation is time stamped with the wrong time zone, PST. So if the calls took place in Florida (EST), then a LOT of what they are claiming as “conversation with Trayvon” took place after he was dead.

    I’m not sure what is going on here – but that and the fact that the “girlfriend” did not even go to his funeral, and seems to have appeared out of the blue months later after Al and the lawyers got involved, makes me really wonder.

    Was “Dee Dee the girlfriend’s” story fabricated after the fact? I’m not saying it was – I’m saying there is stuff here that makes no sense.

    This site is a little confusing, but the photos are clear about the time stamps on the phone records.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/04/22/update-11-trayvon-martin-shooting-final-deconstruction-of-benjamin-crumps-media-evidence/

  212. Here is an indication of how much we don’t know about- the problems we don’t hear about until it’s mainstream news Hillary has to deal with Obama long before we hear about it…. Some rationalize this is a precursor to the Israelis attacking Iran because they are calling home Israelis from the peninsula. imo- Bibi is an intelligent man. He is surrounded on three sides by Muslims who hate Israel. To begin a War with Iran, a war Israel could not win on it’s own.. is just sheer stupidity unless Bibi felt it was a last resort and without a firm commitment for help from the US, he intends to go down fighting. I don’t know if Obama would risk changing his plans for a Race War in the US to an uncontrolled Jewish uprising aimed at Obama perhaps helping defeat him in 11-02-12.

    We are living in volatile times. Every little action has a noticeable right or wrong reaction.
    ________________

    Israelis told to leave Sinai over attack fears

    Israeli authorities warned citizens on Saturday to leave Egypt’s Sinai peninsula immediately because of a “critical and immediate threat” of a terrorist attack.

    “All Iraelis in the Sinai are called upon to leave the region and return to Israel,” said a statement from the anti-terrorist bureau.

    “Based on information in our possession, terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip are continuing to work energetically to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli targets on Sinai’s beaches in the immediate term,” it said.

    Resorts dotted along the Red Sea in the Sinai are a popular holiday destination for Israelis seeking a relatively cheap break in the sun.

    But since the start of the uprising in Egypt that toppled president Hosni Mubarak last year, security in the peninsula has deteriorated significantly, with Egypt sending troops into the area to try to bring it back under control.

    Last August, gunmen infiltrated southern Israel from Sinai and launched a coordinated series of ambushes on vehicles on a border road north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat. Eight Israelis were killed and more than 25 wounded.

    Israel’s military intelligence chief, Aviv Koshavi, recently said the Jewish state had foiled more than 10 attempted attacks in the past two months.

    The border area is also a paradise for Bedouin smugglers, with the Israeli authorities often seizing drugs, cigarettes and telecommunications equipment as well as weapons and explosives heading for the Gaza Strip.

    Israel is building a giant steel security barrier along the 240 kilometre (150 mile) frontier, which is due to be completed by the end of this year.

  213. From the “Pakistan Observer”, a critical view of US policy objectives:

    US Missile Shield for GCC States

    In a speech to a first multilateral Gulf-US Security Forum, on 31 March 2012, Hillary Clinton offered for provision of a missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Iran’s missile threat. This statement has come amid gulf countries’ fears that in reaction to further severe US sanctions or an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations by Israel or the US, as already threatened by Iran, it might attempt closing of Straits of Hormuz for international oil exports, and retaliatory action by US Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain might trigger Iran to opt for missile strikes on Gulf Arab states.

    In view of long term politico-economic and defence relationship between the US and GCC states, Hillary Clinton has given the statement to re-assure US support for these countries. Through press statements Iranian leaders have advised GCC countries not to accept US offer of a missile shield. Giving background of long standing uneasy relations between Gulf countries and Iran, this article will discuss as to how Iran and Gulf states can reduce their mutual tensions?

    Arab States of the Persian Gulf comprise Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. These six nations are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) formed in 1981 to counter the perceived regional security concerns in the wake of fears of further spread of 1979 Iranian revolution, although another objective of formation of GCC was to promote free trade between member states. In 1982 GCC formed “Peninsula Shield Force (PSF) as well with the strength of approximately 50,000 troops as a pan-Gulf military force. Apart from creating this force GCC Countries also have defence agreements with the US for provision of support against external threats. Relations between GCC states and Iran have historically been strained in the light of some territorial disputes and perceived threat of spill over of Iran’s Islamic revolution. GCC countries perceive that Iran incites shitte population of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to destabilize those states to establish its domination.

    Leaders of Iran and Gulf countries should take quick bilateral initiatives to address the situation in their own countries as well as in the Gulf. While Iran should initiate talks with the Gulf leaders to address their apprehensions of it interfering in their internal affairs by inciting their Shiite population, Arab leaders should also take tangible domestic policy measures for addressing concerns of their shiite population. The GCC states and Iran also need an agreement that they will not interfere in their internal affairs and will always resolve their issues through dialogue and no side will use force against the other. For realizing such an agreement other major Muslim countries should help them. Iran should also address fears of Gulf Arab countries regarding its nuclear ambitions.

    Gulf countries too should influence the US for resolving Iran’s nuclear issue through negotiations avoiding further sanctions aimed at strangulating Iran’s economy. That is the only way that mutual trust can be built between Gulf countries and Iran leading to elimination of tension and reduction of dependence of Gulf countries for their defence on outside powers.

    In fact, to avoid exploitation of Muslims’ sectarian differences by the foreign powers, leaders of all Sunni and Shiite majority countries including Gulf leaders should also have a dialogue to make an agreement that, whereas these two major sects of Islam should be free to follow and preach their own precepts and beliefs they should not interfere in each other’s affairs. Also no side should make efforts for dominating and marginalizing the other either domestically or at international level. All Muslim countries at OIC level should also make a union/ parliament like EU for deepening their political and economic cooperation. Consequently Muslim countries should start deciding their mutual disputes and politico- economic and foreign policy issues at this forum. Unless and until this is done foreign powers will continue to marginalize Muslim countries by exploiting their sectarian differences.

  214. “imo- Bibi is an intelligent man.”
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    imo, not so much. And intelligence is not an excuse for every action anyway. If it were, we’d be excusing a lot of Obama’s actions.

  215. And BTW, I would not be at all inclined to even suspect that they would find some young girl and embellish the hell out of her story to push a particular narrative, were it not for the fact that the Rev Al does indeed have a history of doing just that.

  216. Obama’s agenda is to cause so much chaos in this country the confusion will be untenable to most people. Where he has already made it known his “real” position on Israel, my guess is this..

    As we draw closer to November, unless this Trayvon/Zimmerman issue is put to bed and the AAs satisfied he is not guilty and it was a crime of self-defense. Obama will unleash his OWSer throughout America and will be the time Iran will attempt a strike on Israel. Obama would like nothing better than total worldwide chaos sending the US and Israel into total paralyses. How this would affect our elections is anybody’s guess… but it wouldn’t be good thing for us or Israel.

  217. jeswezey
    April 22nd, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    “imo- Bibi is an intelligent man.”
    ====

    imo, not so much. And intelligence is not an excuse for every action anyway. If it were, we’d be excusing a lot of Obama’s actions.
    _____________

    Bibi does not recognize Palestine as a country- neither do I or the US.

  218. It’s the first round of French presidential elections today. Predictably, the liberal Bayrou will be hammered bad, maybe 5%. Also predictably, Hollande is coming out on top. 30% in the first round is a big win.

    As an aside, there is one contender, Eva Joly, who is a naturalized citizen born in Norway. She had a brilliant career as “investigating judge” that brought her nationwide attention in the eighties as she fearlessly investigated corruption by the foreign minister who was a Mitterrand crony. She has lost a lot of candle power since then and made a lot of gaffes during the campaign. She’ll lose big, but my point is that the French constitution does not rule out a run for the presidency by a naturalized citizen. Technically, someone like Obama would not have a problem on the grunt qualifications issue.

    Five of the ten candidates running are on the left side of the spectrum, which enhances Hollande’s victory because if he had been the sole contender on the left, he would have won in this first round. This is the first election I can recall where there is no communist candidate. I think they ran their dumb woman first secretary in 2007 and got less than the 2% they needed to get their campaign costs reimbursed. The communists used to poll 22-23% in the early ’70s.

    Since 1975, the communist vote has gradually been divvied up amongst the Socialists, Lutte Ouvrière (“Workers’ struggle”, a Trotskyist party which fielded Arlette Laguiller for President since 1973) and the extreme Right (Front National). Both Lutte Ouvrière and Front National are fielding women candidates: Marine Le Pen for the FN and Nathalie Arthaud for Lutte Ouvrière. They’re both real good lookers and very outspoken. Le Pen will approach Sarkosy at about 15%, with Sarkozy at 18-20%.

  219. Bibi does not recognize Palestine as a country- neither do I or the US.

    Mrs. Smith, that’s because there never was any such country as “Palestine”. The palestinians were spread all over small parts of nowaday Israel, and MUCH larger swathes of Jordan and Syria.

    Notice that the much larger portions of their “homeland” in Jordan and Syria are never at issue. Notice that no one is saying that Jordan or Syria are “oppressing” them by not turning all that land over to become “Palestine”. You know – that land that traditionally held MANY more palestinians than Israel ever did? All those huge swathes of “homeland” inside Jordan and Syria? They are not interested at all in that – nor is the Arab world, nor is leftist West.

    Why is no one making a stink over the poor Palestinians being denied their MUCH larger “historic homeland” in Jordan and Syria? There were a hell of a lot more of them THERE throughout history. Isn’t that very telling? It’s because “the rights of the Palestinians to a homeland” was never the real goal, and is not the real goal today. It’s all about destroying Israel, and always has been. No one in the Arab world gives a flying fig about the palestinians and their supposed historic homeland. They are a convenient propaganda tool – nothing more.

  220. ABC’s this week with George S was interesting

    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/

    First the D and R women on the scandal, showed an amazing amount of agreement that this should not have happened, the are sure it has happened before, and it was a lady agent that blew the whisle.

    Second the round table had good old Keith O on it. I really felt that the D’s lacked spark. They discussed likability, and dislikablity as to whether it influences voters. I just felt that the D’s are a little scared, and lacked the spark they need to win it. In fact it was alittle like they have inside numbers and they were depressed. Oh Well, probably just me.

  221. This was a comment elsewhere about the skepticalscience.com site, attribution uncertain:


    Denialism, whether of global warming or evolution or just reality in general, is like criminal defense. The denialist pecks away at the evidence in individual chunks, never responsible for providing a coherent framework to explain the aggregate hypothesis. Each point the denialist attempts to make is under no obligation to interact sensibly with any other point. So large, well supported bodies of evidence can be safely ignored by otherwise intelligent people blinded by ideology or faith, who are being manipulated by cynical opportunists. Sort of like the OJ trial.

  222. Not a pleasant read, but I thought its existence should be noted:

    The other primary: Obama on brink of clinching Democratic nomination
    It’s official: President Obama will clinch the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday, ending a low-key primary race that many Americans probably didn’t realize was happening.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/22/other-primary-obama-on-brink-clinching-democratic-nomination/

    A side note: tee vee says Rick Santorum’s name is still on the PA primary ballot, so Romney maintains positive ad presence there. Romney is hoping not to be embarrassed by a high turnout for Rick.

  223. FoxNews is carrying lots of water for the Obama’s today. Neither this nor the one I just put above were on thie homepage this morning.
    Michelle Obama becoming the most televised first lady | Fox News
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/22/michelle-obama-becoming-most-televised-first-lady/

    It could be that word is out from the WH to spiff things up. The local NYC station I bank on so heavily had a pundit on Friday afternoon that told bold lies regarding the dog story in order to bolster the argument that Romney had started it and was being petty.

  224. the “girlfriend” did not even go to his funeral, and seems to have appeared out of the blue months later after Al and the lawyers got involved,

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

    1. perhaps scared to
    2. appeared where? in the news? perhaps after the lawyers persuaded her to come forward?

    I’m not getting into this, time stamps are bad enough everywhere. Just a couple of obvious points from your post.

  225. HillaryforTexas
    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Bibi does not recognize Palestine as a country- neither do I or the US.

    Mrs. Smith, that’s because there never was any such country as “Palestine”. The palestinians were spread all over small parts of nowaday Israel, and MUCH larger swathes of Jordan and Syria.
    _______________

    Yes, I know.. and why I mentioned it. It didn’t hurt for jesweezy to have a primer on why not- even though he may not agree..

  226. The results are in and they are very different from what I was predicting just a few minutes ago.

    Hollande gets 28.6, a little less than predicted, but the two big surprises are:

    Sarkozy at 27% and

    Marine Le Pen (“extreme right”) gets 19%, 3% more than her father polled in 2002.

    Le Pen’s voters can be expected to go to Sarkozy in the second round, which all by itself will bring Sarkozy much closer to victory than expected.

    Melenchon (Front de Gauche) is Hollande’s main competitor on the left but his 10.86% voters will definitely go to Hollande.

    The greens (Eva Joly) got 2% so they get their campaign money back, but all the other splinter groups on the left polled less than 2%, even less than 1%. That will go to Hollande in the second round, but it is only a pittance.

    Bayrou did better than expected, at 8.5%. Bayrou is the “centrist” liberal who will once again be the kingmaker. He has no love to lose on Sarkozy, but none to lose on Socialists either. That may play in Hollande’s favor. All depends on how much Bayrou disfavors one group or the other. He may abstain from endorsing either one.

    For months, polls have indicated a 60-40 win for Hollande in the second round. Now it looks like Holland is going to have to work pretty hard to win.

    Martine Aubry (Socialist who lost the primaries to Hollande) was just commenting the results. Aubry is a live wire, clear and outspoken. I’ll bet a lost of Socialists are ruing the day they chose Hollande over her.

    I’ll bet even more Socialists are bemoaning the loss of DSK.

  227. Jeswezey, Hollande is seen by many to be a huge bore. That he has gotten this far is a big win for bores.

    If your rational analysis that Le Pen votes will be nudged by her to Sarkozy, then Sarkozy does really well considering…. Sarkozy was supposed to lose, big time. As you imply, that hotel in New York episode really hurt the Socialists/DSK.

  228. Ho, Ho, Ho:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/lieberman-white-house-should-investigate-its-own-advance-staff-in-colombia-scandal-20120422

    In the midst of an investigation into alleged misconduct by Secret Service agents and U.S. military members in Colombia, the head of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said the White House should launch its own internal investigation into its advance staff on that same trip.

    “The White House ought to be conducting its own internal investigation of White House personnel who were in Cartagena, just to make sure that none of them were involved in this kind of inappropriate behavior,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said on Fox News Sunday.

  229. jeswezey
    April 22nd, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    wbboei: The guy can nonetheless be deported to Egypt. There’s something wrong with the Immigration Serv
    ————————
    That was my assumption as well, since they issued the passport. There must be a technical point here that you and I are missing. I cannot believe the State Department would fail to do the obvious, if that was all there was to it.

  230. there never was any such country as “Palestine”.

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    There was never any such group as “PUMAs” till May 2008, so why should anyone pay attention to us now?

  231. That is the most succinct statement of Obama’s foreign policy as a whole:

    “What’s yours is yours but what’s mine is negotiable.”

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

    And his domestic policy on women’s issues. Health benefits that Catholic institutions have been providing for years, are suddenly negotiable.

  232. There is no safe harbor in 2012. It is scylla and charybdis. The Democrats ebb and flow, but the Reagan/Bush/Romney heads are always the same.
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    The Democratic Party no longer exists. What we have is the party of Obama. The party of Obama and Obama represent the greated evil, by any rational calculation.

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

    At this tide the Democratic party is on the ebb, but Bill and Hillary and others are there to make it flow again in 2016, if we vote them enough Hillary supporters (such as Waters, coakeley, etc — of course turning down Obama himself 😉 ).

    The lesser evil is still an evil. The only safe course for 2012 is to glide between the dangers, not get gobbled up by the Cheyney machine with yet another head.

  233. Turndown: you and I may be closer together in our thinking than most people realize. If you say this is class warfare, that it cuts across party lines [….]

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

    Probably. To put it the other way around, honest competent people could make either philosophy work, eg Palin or Elizabeth WArren. And honest competent people would, like Palin, “govern from the center” first. And a Congress/WH split between the two might work out some good ‘third way’ solutions.

    As for ‘class warfare’ and globalization, imo there are too many different classes=layers to generalize about. Offhand, I see the Koch/Walker types doing ACTIONS against the lower classes, and when the lower classes object in WORDS, the Koch/Walker types accuse THEM of ‘class warfare’.

  234. House Republicans Oppose Bill That Would Help Low-Income Moms Stay Home Like Ann Romney
    [….]
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans emphatically agree with Mitt Romney that stay-at-home moms work just as hard as anybody in the workforce. But when it comes to applying that standard to mothers on welfare, they draw the line.
    [….]
    Mica tried to explain why he thinks the work of stay-at-home moms is different from other kinds of work.
    “It is work, but it isn’t work in the normal sense that you would qualify for those kind of benefits,” he said.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/house-republicans-low-income-moms-ann-romney_n_1438835.html

    And it doesn’t qualify Ann Romney as an advisor to the president on women’s payroll issues, either. Which was Rosen’s point.

  235. There is no safe harbor in 2012. It is scylla and charybdis. The Democrats ebb and flow, but the Reagan/Bush/Romney heads are always the same.
    ——————
    The Democratic Party no longer exists. What we have is the party of Obama. The party of Obama and Obama represent the greated evil, by any rational calculation.

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

    At this tide the Democratic party is on the ebb, but Bill and Hillary and others are there to make it flow again in 2016, if we vote them enough Hillary supporters (such as Waters, coakeley, etc — of course turning down Obama himself 😉 ).

    The lesser evil is still an evil. The only safe course for 2012 is to glide between the dangers, not get gobbled up by the Cheyney machine with yet another head.

    ———————–
    A win for Obama in 2012 will diminish Bill’s legacy. A win for Obama will define the party for years to come. A win for Obama will ruin this country. And yet you say it is best to glide between Romney and Obama? A lesser evil is preferable to a greater evil. It is called the law of proportionality.

  236. So a very few harumphing R prudes are freaking out over Mitt’s appt of an openly gay advisor on Twitter, and are getting SLAMMED for it by the majority of all the “new breed” conservatives, Breitbart’s crew, etc.

    They range from openly supportive to “Who the fuck cares? Is he good at his job? That’s all that matters.”

    It’s nice to see, and I am egging them on. 😀

  237. And yet you say it is best to glide between Romney and Obama? A lesser evil is preferable to a greater evil. It is called the law of proportionality.

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    What Would Indiana Jones Do?

    He’d go just close enough to the snake heads (GOP) to let the Romney-head snatch the whole ship out of the whirpool — but not get swallowed by the Romney head either.

    We may need four years of Romney — but not eight.

  238. Plan A= Hillary 2012
    Plan B= Vote 3rd party 2012, Hillary 2016

    This is my own plan. Other people in swingy-er states may have other plans.

  239. We may need four years of Romney — but not eight.
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    I think that is a reasonable position to take, depending on how he performs and depending on whether we get a democrat or a dimocrat challenger in 2016. I do believe when Obama is defeated the blacks will riot. What tells me this is the projection that 90% of them intend to vote for him, even though he has done little or nothing for them. Obama and his confederates in media, churches, the dnc and the new left have driven false charges of racism up to the highest pitch of human depravity, such that his defeat would be seen by blacks, not as a rejection of his policies and his failure to deliver which it is, but as a repudiation of a failed leader on the grounds of race–which is what Lenin called The Big Lie.

  240. Plan A= Hillary 2012
    Plan B= Vote 3rd party 2012, Hillary 2016

    This is my own plan. Other people in swingy-er states may have other plans
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    I am quite sure other people in swing states will have other plans, as you say. Rather than voting for a 3d party in 2012, consider writing in Hillary’s name if you are unwilling to vote Republican to save us from Obama. I voted for Nader one year, and it was a mistake. Gore would have been better than Bush. As for 2016, that is an imponderable.

  241. Plan A= Hillary 2012
    Plan B= Vote 3rd party 2012, Hillary 2016

    This is my own plan. Other people in swingy-er states may have other plans.

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

    Well put.

    Someone mentioned write-in, which is great IF your state even counts write-ins, and your media reports them.

  242. Lieberman says this will be a close election. Everybody keeps saying that. I wonder if it is true. Momentum will play a big part, and when Obama’s track record is laid bare and people are focusing this could become a rout. And who knows what scandals will emerge between now and then. He says people have changed their thinking alot–which implies that they have fallen out of love with Obama. All other things being equal, the independent vote will be the determining factor. Polls generally indicate they have turned against Obama. Furthermore, Morris has done a study which show that of those who remain undecided until the end, 2/3 of them end up voting for the challenger, and that has been true since Goldwater ’64. I regard ANYTHING you get on this subject now as pure unadulterated bullshit, and I prefer to listen to Cost and Trende to get a feel for what is likely to happen. Right now they are seeing it my way.
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    Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman says he’s not endorsing anyone – Republican or Democrat – for president in November.

    “I’m going to try to stay out of this one,” Lieberman told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who caucuses with Democrats, famously endorsed his friend Republican John McCain over Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

    Wallace joked that that endorsement “didn’t work out so well the last time.”

    “I’m not running for re-election,” Lieberman countered. “I’m enjoying not being involved in the nastiness of campaigning in America these days.”

    Lieberman won’t even say if he would vote for Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

    “This year, when it comes to the presidential election, I’m just going to do what most Americans do: Go in the voting booth on election day and in the privacy of the booth cast my vote,” Lieberman added. “This is a very important election. One thing I will say — it seems obvious from the polling that is going on the whole year — the American people are very unsettled; they are uneasy about the economy, about the government.”

    “They have changed their mind a lot as this has gone on,”

  243. “I do believe when Obama is defeated the blacks will riot.”

    I disagree. I think the “mass rioting of blacks” card has been overplayed, despite the provocations by the usual suspects. Blacks may vote for the Fraud to the tune of 90 percent but that doesn’t mean that they’re all going to riot when he loses. Small groups like Occupy Wall Street may use his defeat as a reason to create disturbances, but they’re always looking for something to complain about, and their resulting demonstrations are always much smaller than predicted.

    On another topic, it’s kind of interesting that the Fraud has proclaimed that he will wait for the facts to emerge before commenting on the Secret Service scandal, something that he conspicuously did not do in the Henry Louis Gates case or the recent Supreme Court Obamacare deliberations. What he really means is “I will wait for my campaign people to tell me how I can spin it to my advantage before I comment.”

  244. I’ve thought about writing in Hillary, but I don’t want to take a chance that my ballot will be considered spoiled and therefore rejected. At any rate, if it gets to the point where Michigan is in play for Romney, that means he has probably already won Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida and has beaten Obama without any help from little old me.

  245. I voted for Nader one year, and it was a mistake. Gore would have been better than Bush.

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

    I cursed Nader in 2000, but this year I’m planning to vote Green myself, accepting the same result.

    Trouble is, I cursed Bush worse in Sept 2001, and since then in 10 years of Cheney/Halliburton war in the ME. Who knows what unimaginalbe evil a Romney admin may come up with.

    Let’s see. If the elction goes to the House, would it be the old House or the just-elected House? I think I’ll dream of an election so close it goes to the (new) house and a brokered House compromises on — Hillary!

  246. I’ve thought about writing in Hillary, but I don’t want to take a chance that my ballot will be considered spoiled and therefore rejected
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    Yes, you would want to check into that first.

  247. Mike Marks
    April 22nd, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    This morning Sen Lieberman, then later Sen Grassley have both suggested that WH (not just Secret Service) advance staff may have been involved in some way with the Secret Service buffoonery. Why two US senators should both come out on this suggestion on the same day is very interesting. Obama might be keeping his yap shut waiting for the other shoe to drop. The Secret Service may not be willing to take the full blame and be willing to take others down with them. Who knows.

  248. “I do believe when Obama is defeated the blacks will riot.”

    I disagree. I think the “mass rioting of blacks” card has been overplayed, despite the provocations by the usual suspects. Blacks may vote for the Fraud to the tune of 90 percent but that doesn’t mean that they’re all going to riot when he loses. Small groups like Occupy Wall Street may use his defeat as a reason to create disturbances, but they’re always looking for something to complain about, and their resulting demonstrations are always much smaller than predicted.
    ——————–
    Well, lets hope you are right. The problem is i) Obama has racialized his campaign, ii) big media has adopted the same tack–racialize everything, tamper with evidence, proclaim guilt before the facts are known, iii) the incident in Florida is merely the prelude, iv) pollsters tell us that 90% of the black population will vote for him–even though he has done little or nothing for them, v) blacks groups will be active in his campaign, vi) Soros funded 527s will depict the election in stark racial terms, and present Romney in that light, and vii) the hard left–will portray the defeat of Obama as comparable to the assassination of Martin Luther King. Not for nothing are all the experts predicting that this will be the dirtiest, ugliest campaign in history, and this is what they are talking about. that 90% of them are in Obama’s corner, he will play the race card aggressively between now and the election, the media will racialize everything that happens–the Tray incident is merely a warm-up, many blacks will campaign for him, and when they say this will be the most ugly negative election ever I think that is what they mean. The unemployment rate in the black community–especially black youth is very high, so I think the risk is very high. If I were in charge of security in a major city with a large black population, I would make it my business to prepare for just such a scenario. I know Michelle does not like to be referred to as an angry black woman, and that is not what I am saying. Bujt there was that tape–the one that disappeared, but Larry J, and Clinton people said existed where MO said the problem of black crime will not be taken seriously until it moves to the white neighborhoods. I think if you asked former Virginia governor Doug Wilder who predicted Riots in Denver if Obama was not given the nomination, he would agree with me. The problem if they do riot, this time they are dealing with a well armed population, like the Koreans in Los Angeles who stood their ground, etc.

  249. Correction to above–

    Well, lets hope you are right. The problem is i) Obama has racialized his campaign, ii) big media has adopted the same tack–racialize everything, tamper with evidence, proclaim guilt before the facts are known, iii) the incident in Florida is merely the prelude, iv) pollsters tell us that 90% of the black population will vote for him–even though he has done little or nothing for them, v) blacks groups will be active in his campaign, vi) Soros funded 527s will depict the election in stark racial terms, and present Romney in that light, and vii) the hard left–will portray the defeat of Obama as comparable to the assassination of Martin Luther King. Not for nothing are all the experts predicting that this will be the dirtiest, ugliest campaign in history, and this is what they are talking about. The unemployment rate in the black community–especially black youth is very high, so I think the risk is very high. If I were in charge of security in a major city with a large black population, I would make it my business to prepare for just such a scenario. I know Michelle does not like to be referred to as an angry black woman, and that is not what I am saying. But there was that tape–the one that disappeared, but Larry J, and Clinton people said existed where MO said the problem of black crime will not be taken seriously until it moves to the white neighborhoods. I think if you asked former Virginia governor Doug Wilder who predicted Riots in Denver if Obama was not given the nomination, he would agree with me. The problem if they do riot, this time they are dealing with a well armed population, like the Koreans in Los Angeles who stood their ground, etc.

  250. What I am talking about is the absence of any moderation or restraint in the Obama campaign or big media. Past is prologue. Only more so. Power attracts corrupt people and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Past is prologue. I wish it were otherwise.

  251. This morning Sen Lieberman, then later Sen Grassley have both suggested that WH (not just Secret Service) advance staff may have been involved in some way with the Secret Service buffoonery. Why two US senators should both come out on this suggestion on the same day is very interesting. Obama might be keeping his yap shut waiting for the other shoe to drop. The Secret Service may not be willing to take the full blame and be willing to take others down with them. Who knows.
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    I expect that Obama has already done the investigation and knows who is dirty. Any president would do that under these circumstances. But he is not one to come clean on anything. So he has decided to lay low and wait and see how much of what he already knows comes out, and tailor his campaign message to that.

  252. Blacks may vote for the Fraud to the tune of 90 percent but that doesn’t mean that they’re all going to riot when he loses.

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

    They’ll certainly have less reason this time, now that they’ve seen he isn’t really doing much for them.

  253. I cursed Nader in 2000, but this year I’m planning to vote Green myself, accepting the same result.

    Trouble is, I cursed Bush worse in Sept 2001, and since then in 10 years of Cheney/Halliburton war in the ME. Who knows what unimaginalbe evil a Romney admin may come up with.
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    If you vote green that would certainly be consistent with the views you have expressed here so often with respect to the issue of global warming.

    The reason I liked Nader at that time was because he had figured out that both parties are controlled by major corporations and do not serve the interests of the American People. My view is not grounded on left wing ideology however. It is based on the thinking of the historian Frank Beard, a West Pointer Professor Bacevich, Sheldon Wolin and yes, Pat Buchanan, Chris Hedges, who come at the problem from different political perspectives, but agree the United States should be a Republic–not an empire and government should serve the people–not special interests.

  254. Blacks may vote for the Fraud to the tune of 90 percent but that doesn’t mean that they’re all going to riot when he loses.

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

    They’ll certainly have less reason this time, now that they’ve seen he isn’t really doing much for them.

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    No one is suggesting that because 90% voted for Obama and he loses 90% would riot. It does not work that way. If you look at the riots of the late 1960’s in Watts, Newark, Detroit, etc. it was only a minority who rioted, and when they did so, they burned places in their own communities. After the first Rodney King trial where the policemen were acquitted only a minority rioted but that was still a lot. The key to containment would be keeping mainstream media out of it as much as possible because they are inclined to incite such things, and make the matter worse.

  255. They’ll certainly have less reason this time, now that they’ve seen he isn’t really doing much for them.
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    He will promise them reparations in a second term. Besides, it is not what he is done for them. It is the racial identification, and how he exploits it that will provide the impetus. Remember the mind we are dealing with–a narcissist, and he is entering the act out stage. It would be a mistake to assume that he will be a gentleman about it.

  256. On Sunday, Doug Wilder, the mayor of Richmond and a former governor of Virginia, went even further, predicting riots in the streets if the Clinton campaign were to overturn an Obama lead through the use of superdelegates.

    “There will be chaos at the convention,” Wilder told Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

    “If you think 1968 was bad, you watch: In 2008, it will be worse.”

  257. HillaryforTexas
    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 am

    This is just sick. Daily beast columnist writes a column that basically says he doesn’t care if Zimmerman is guilty or innocent, he should just plea bargain and go to jail, so as to avoid making black folks angry and provoking riots.
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    On the contrary, we should commend Mansfield Frasier for his singular interest in avoiding riots, and since guilt or innocence are immaterial to him, perhaps he should go to jail for Zimmerman in order to avoid riots. He could pretend he was Ronald Coleman in the Charles Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities, who faced the guillotine to save his friend and say:”For it be a far far better thing that I do (i.e. going to jail to avoid riots) that I have ever done before.

    The guy is a 14 carrot wack job. He writes an insignificant column in an insignificant publication called CoolCleveland. If you have been to Cleveland, you know that is a stretch–or maybe in the winter. A clear case of ADD.

    Journalists often lament that our profession has gotten too professional, no longer a haven for interesting characters. Guess they don’t know Mansfield Frazier. This week’s column attests to the wild life he’s lived. So does his 1995 book, From Behind the Wall — the author’s bio notes he’s been “arrested 15 times on felony charges and convicted 5 times.”

    Sometimes I wish CoolCleveland edited him more, to hone the rough diamond and ask the unanswered question (such as, Do you really think your wife did what she hinted at? If so, how?). On the other hand, his rough edges are part of the fun.

    This became obvious when I compared Frazier’s original Obama column and the edited version in the Plain Dealer. Most of the edits improved it (including the helpful correction that the plural of “honky” is “honkies”). But PD readers lost his aside about the late Ms. Lewis (“sharing only went so far with Fannie”), his assessment of Obama as “cooler than Frosty the Snowman,” and a great digression about a Harlem street hustler nicknamed Seldom Seen, who “knew that in all cultures and societies, too much access deflates value and diminishes cachet.”

  258. Tina Brown is forever scraping the bottom of the barrel to be provocative. She outdid herself however with this wack jog. Mansfield Frazier? With a name like that he must hail from Shaker Heights.

  259. No one is suggesting that because 90% voted for Obama and he loses 90% would riot.

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    That was my point; sorry I was unclear.

    90% will probably vote for him again for the racial identiy thing (or just to vote Democratic). But fewer will have the same kind of hopes, and I hope fewer if any would riot (though Sharpton etc might provoke some small riots).

  260. Some of those fat, old, puritanical, backward, redneck, violent, racist teapartiers are looking forward to November:


  261. wbb,

    Buchanan and others supported the Green party, or Nader, or both? That’s news to me.

    A third party vote to me is a rare case when really ‘perception is reality’. The message most people seemed to get from the Green vote was that Gore wasn’t far enough left for those voters. That’s the message I want to send about Obama. (Because he’s to the right of Hillary.)

  262. It’s not custom, it’s not culture, it is criminal.

    Recently two Muslim men were accused in a British court of abducting two teen age girls and repeatedly raping them and then passing them around to their friends. In their defense they claimed that the girls enjoyed it and that they were entitled by their culture to rape non-Muslims especially during Eid celebrations.

    This reminds me of the story General Charles Napier who was the English Viceroy in India in the 1850ties. A Hindu priest had come to him to complain about the prohibition of Sati by British authorities. This was the custom of burning a widow alive on the funeral pyre of her husband. After listening to the Hindu priest, General Napier replied,

    “Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.” No suttee took place then or afterwards.

    Of course that was an era in which Western civilization fought for its own survival.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/muslim_fun_and_games_part_of_eid_celebrations.html

  263. Tina Brown is forever scraping the bottom of the barrel to be provocative.

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

    Dunno what else she’s been up to, but she ran a good cover story on Palin. Didn’t she organize the event where Streep said good things about Hillary? And didn’t she do a good story on Hillary herself, maybe?

  264. Dunno what else she’s been up to, but she ran a good cover story on Palin. Didn’t she organize the event where Streep said good things about Hillary? And didn’t she do a good story on Hillary herself, maybe?
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    That is quite true. Tina is a friend of Hillary’s and she has given her good press. It is the rest of the stuff she has done that I was referring to. I was unaware of the fact that she had done a piece on Sarah Palin. Was it critical or complementary? My sense of it is she is part of the 21 club set, that at one time embraced Truman Capote.

  265. Speaking of which, I happened to see a video of Call Me Barbara, and Streisand sang some numbers from the movie Funny Girl which was playing on Broadway at the time. Some of those numbers were original and they were timeless. Some of them were new and written for that stage play by Jules Stein and they were forgetable. Jules was the grandfather of Katherine Vander whatever who used his money to buy The Nation. He was big stuff because he founded MCA, but as a lyricist I would have to say candidly that he was very very very unremarkable. Just like his to the manor born grand daughter who professes to be a leftist but cannot bring herself to criticize Obama. Being a leftist is nothing more than a fashion statement–they neither live those values, or defend them when it stands in the way of what is de rigeur.

  266. wbboei@11:56PM

    I agree with everything you list except #7; I don’t believe the hard left will be able to make the leap of comparing the defeat of Obama to the assassination of Martin Luther King. The riots that you cite (Watts, Detroit, Newark, Rodney King), were all reactions to either the King assassination or localized crimes of police brutality; I don’t see Obama’s defeat as being perceived in the same way, as long as there’s no proof of voter fraud by the GOP.

    Wilder’s predictions of riots in Denver in 2008 were based on false perceptions of possible cheating by Hillary (winning with superdelegates) by people who were too lazy to read the DNC rules, and not predicated on a legitimate loss of the nomination by Obama.

    But I certainly agree with everything else you write, that the election will be ugly, racialized, well-funded on both sides, and media-hyped. So what else is new? But riots if he loses? Unlikely, if that’s the only issue.

    I appreciate your comments.

  267. Romney is what he is–an excellent businessman–and that is what the country needs at this point. Obama pretends to be a populist, but Hedges lifts the curtain and exposes him for the poseur he most definitely is. There is a further point. Just as Republicans who preach morality and practice sin merit condemnation, Obama who preaches populism and practices corporate cronyism deserves to be condemned and rebuked in November. Hypocrisy has its limits.

  268. Journalist Chris Hedges writes of this, the Left’s ongoing pattern of tacit complicity in Obama’s duplicity, at TruthDig.com in a piece entitled “Liberals Are Useless.” It reads in part:

    Liberals are a useless lot. They talk about peace and do nothing to challenge our permanent war economy. They claim to support the working class, and vote for candidates that glibly defend the North American Free Trade Agreement. They insist they believe in welfare, the right to organize, universal health care and a host of other socially progressive causes, and will not risk stepping out of the mainstream to fight for them. The only talent they seem to possess is the ability to write abject, cloying letters to Barack Obama—as if he reads them—asking the president to come back to his “true” self. This sterile moral posturing, which is not only useless but humiliating, has made America’s liberal class an object of public derision.

    I am not disappointed in Obama. I don’t feel betrayed. I don’t wonder when he is going to be Obama. I did not vote for the man. I vote socialist, which in my case meant Ralph Nader, but could have meant Cynthia McKinney. How can an organization with the oxymoronic title Progressives for Obama even exist? Liberal groups like these make political satire obsolete. Obama was and is a brand. He is a product of the Chicago political machine. He has been skillfully packaged as the new face of the corporate state

  269. wbboei (Chris Hedges writing): “I am not disappointed in Obama. I don’t feel betrayed. I don’t wonder when he is going to be Obama. I did not vote for the man. I vote socialist, which in my case meant Ralph Nader, but could have meant Cynthia McKinney. How can an organization with the oxymoronic title Progressives for Obama even exist? Liberal groups like these make political satire obsolete. Obama was and is a brand. He is a product of the Chicago political machine. He has been skillfully packaged as the new face of the corporate state.”
    =====

    These are statements are entirely to my liking; and wouldn’t you know, they come from a man who confesses to voting socialist. Hedges was born in Vermont and Vermont has the only socialist representative in the US congress.

    Anyway, his whole statement shows why socialist-minded people may sometimes vote “conservative” or at least Republican, because character-free liberals disgust them.

  270. About deportation to Egypt:

    wbboei: “I cannot believe the State Department would fail to do the obvious, if that was all there was to it.”

    It’s a moot point, I guess, but the Immigration Service (INS) comes under Homeland Security, not the State Department.

  271. admin: “If your rational analysis that Le Pen votes will be nudged by her to Sarkozy, then Sarkozy does really well considering”
    =====

    But I have a lousy crystal ball and have been wrong many times before. This morning Le Pen said that her vote “exploded the UMP” (Sarkozy’s group).

    And in just the past few weeks, Le Pen garnered a large portion of the 18-24 y age group, who said that they were going to vote Le Pen “rather than Hollande” like their parents.

    So, like in 2002, the surprising Le Pen vote is anti-incumbent. In 2002, Jospin was the victim of this. In 2012, the victim may be Sarkozy.

    This morning’s polls still favor Hollande 56-44 in the second round.

  272. HillaryforTexas
    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 am
    That suggestion of a Christ figure like Zimmerman going to jail to wipe all the sins away is the suggested theme of the day from the PR machine. Geraldo suggested it also last night on his show. They get a nobody like this guy to suggest this, put it on a lefty virtual bird cage liner news site, start repeating it, and see if it floats. Their problem is Zimmerman is out of jail, getting briefed from his lawyer on what they are trying to do to him, reading the press, and understanding he owes them NOTHING. I bet this PR push was set up with the presumption that he would not get bail and they were too far along when he was turned loose. This prosecutor wanted a plea when they overcharged him. It did not work.

  273. George Zimmerman released on bond with GPS tracker early Monday
    [considerable snipping throughout]
    The 28-year-old walked out of the jail wearing a brown Pittsburgh Steelers jacket and carrying a brown paper bag. He quickly got into the back seat of a white BMW and was driven away. He did not comment to reporters, who were kept at a distance.snip His life has been threatened numerous times.
    Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting, which happened in his gated Sanford neighborhood. Zimmerman left the jail with his bondsman, Michael Smith of Magic Bail Bonds, who escorted Zimmerman from the jail and drove him away.
    At a hearing Friday that legal experts said exposed flaws in the state’s case, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda failed to convince Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. that Zimmerman should stay locked up. At Friday’s bond hearing, a surprise witness for the defense, prosecution Investigator Dale Gilbreath, took the stand and said authorities do not know who started the deadly fight
    “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not,” he said. That statement contradicted his Feb. 26 call to dispatchers, whom he told Trayvon looked to be in his late teens.
    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-23/news/os-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-released-bail-20120423_1_bond-statement-electronic-monitoring-device

  274. Plan A= Hillary 2012
    Plan B= Vote 3rd party 2012, Hillary 2016

    This is my own plan. Other people in swingy-er states may have other plans

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    The problem with that plan is that if Obama gets reelected, no Dem, even hillary, will have a chance in 2016.
    What’s left of this country will be disgusted unless the open immigration policy lets in enough south americans to take over control of the country .

  275. Carol: “The problem with that plan is that if Obama gets reelected, no Dem, even hillary, will have a chance in 2016.”
    =====

    If Obama does not get re-elected, no D will have a chance either in 2016. 2016 will be a re-run of 1984:

    Reagan took over from a D flop president in 1980 and was popular enough by 1984 to win in a historic landslide.

    I am currently predicting that the same thing will happen between now and 2016. That of course depends on the success of Romney, but I have a hunch that Romney will be able to do something substantial to save the economy and will generally work as a centrist president, maybe even introducing effective reforms that true progressives want. That’s why I think he will be very hard to beat in 2016.

    Furthermore, I predict that Hillary will not be inclined to run against a popular R incumbent. She owes the Ds nothing and her unspoken reaction will probably be, “Go find yourselves some dazzling freshman senator to send to the chopping block.”

    That puts us off till 2020. In 2020, Hillary won’t run either. But she has a mutual investment in the current junior senator from NY, who in 2020 will be 54 and will have 3 very successful senatorial campaigns behind her and a record to stand on. If she picks up Hillary’s standard and gets the D nomination in 2020, the Ds will have lived down their infatuation with Obama and may be back into presidential politics. But not until then.

  276. Carol 8:15 am
    ———————-
    I’m guessing that those voting 3rd party or staying home are doing so based on deep-seated and admirable principle. I once had unshakable principle. So many of us were brought up to embrace the rules of honor, fair play.

    Just about 30 years ago, and I still remember the event … my immediate supervisor stopped by my desk to comment in a surprisingly casual, yet honest way: He asked out of the blue, “Do you know what your problem is?” It turned out to be a rhetorical question, so as I contemplated a response, he continued “You’ve got scruples.” After delivering that bombshell, he moved on to chat with his groupies.

    I was a 30-something at the time, and had never considered abandoning the core basis of my parents’ teachings. But for the rest of my days the debate within me has continued: My Goals vs Principle. I’d once believed the two were compatible, even absolutely connected. Over time, that changed for me.

    Now it is easy for me to game the ballot, vote for Romney, for I am convinced that doing anything else will doom the Republic.
    However, those who’ve not experienced the rude wake-up call that came uninvited to my desk decades ago, can believe that principle held long enough will prevail.

  277. holdthemaccountable
    April 23rd, 2012 at 9:16 am
    ——————

    I think you are still acting out of your principles. You just figured out who deserved your vote more. The current Dims don’t deserve your loyalty less so your adoration. I think independents are the lever in this country who keep it grounded and I am amazed at how they bring back balance when the pendulum shifts to the extreme one way or another. When I first registered I firmly believed that I was a Democrat and was surprised when my friend said he wanted to be an independent — why give them that power? I agree with him completely now.

    {BTW, my adviser in school here told me something similar (like your boss) but more as a compliment.}

  278. One of those ABC videos interviews Former Deputy Director Barbara Riggs who believes irreparable harm has been done to SS. Same video includes Palin saying something like “I’ve had enough of these guys being dogs.” ha ha on Sarah!

  279. George Zimmerman Released From Florida Jail – Media Flashes License Plate of His Escape Car (Video)

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/04/george-zimmerman-released-from-florida-jail-after-posting-bond-video/

    And here’s a sampling of comments from Twitchy.

    “@xSimplyAniya: I think imma personally kill George Zimmerman ..anyone’s welcome to join (:” Leggggoooo !—

    I WOULD KILL DA SHYT OUTTA DAT ZIMMERMAN DUDE IF I SAW HIS ASSS BOAAAAA—
    Nay Nay (@HeLoves_SexcNay) April 23, 2012

    I would kill George Zimmerman—
    Trizzy T. Montana (@TrizzyTroof_CA) April 23, 2012

    someone pass me a gun, imma go follow zimmerman, shoot and kill him and say #imstandingmyground—
    Chatia (@Mslips88) April 23, 2012

    Lets kill #zimmerman—
    Yes Its ZAIN (@YesitsZain) April 23, 2012

    They done let Zimmerman free lets kill that MF—
    Louis Davis Jr (@HeartBreakJay_) April 23, 2012

    George Zimmerman Released From Jail 150,000 Bail! WTF!
    Nigga You Are About To Die, Start Writing Your Will!
    Justices Has Not Been Served—

    WillFolarinMawana (@RealWillMawana) April 23, 2012

  280. pm317 (holdthemaccountable): “I think you are still acting out of your principles….”
    ====

    Yes, that’s my reading too. It’s a matter of live and learn. Nobody who acts out of principle ever really gets their way, the way they want it, in a democracy “by” the people, because the majority is made up of people with different principles and people with no principles at all. As time goes on, you learn to settle for the lesser of two evils most of the time, but you still keep your principles intact.

  281. MOTUS hits it out of the park with this blog!

    “Did I not tell you that Hilary Rosen really didn’t appreciate being thrown under that bus? Generally in this town – especially if you’re in charge – you can get away with dissing a lot of people. Butt a menopausal lesbian militant feminist? Good luck with that, I don’t care who you are.”

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/

    Definitely worth a peek.

    BTW, H4T, loved that band upthread! See you in November.

  282. “BROWN SHOOTS” OBAMA

    It’s getting harder and harder to sell the fiction, that there are “green shoots” and that “prosperity is just around the corner.

    This article from the NYT is from April 10, but still worth sharing:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/business/daily-stock-market-activity.html

    Weak Jobs Report Sends Shares Lower for 4th Day
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    By CHRISTINE HAUSER
    Published: April 9, 2012

    A disappointing jobs report, the latest sign of an uncertain economic recovery, set off the fourth consecutive daily decline for stocks on Monday.

    Markets were closed in the United States on Friday when the Labor Department released its monthly report, delaying until Monday investor reaction to the news that the economy created only 120,000 net jobs in March. That was about half the number analysts had expected and about half of what had been added in each of the previous two months.

    Analysts said the jobs report reduced optimism just as concerns had sharpened over credit conditions in Europe and the economy in China.

    [snip]

    “I think the prior months’ jobs data, and some of the other items that were positives on the macroeconomic side that have come out, had gotten expectations up for perhaps the recovery accelerating,” said Jason Arnold, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets. “The jobs data on Friday threw the monkey wrench into the equation.”

    [snip]

    Company results had been a bright spot in the recovery, but analysts were predicting little if any growth in earnings when companies start reporting this week.

    [snip]

  283. MAYBE OBAMA WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION??

    Hmmm, I guess the hopey-changey thrill thing has worn off. And, the well off realize that Obama is not worth reinstalling into office.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/us/politics/obama-campaign-faces-dropoff-in-big-donations.html

    Obama Sees Steep Dropoff in Cash From Major Donors
    ========================================

    By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DEREK WILLIS
    Published: April 20, 2012

    President Obama’s re-election campaign is straining to raise the huge sums it is counting on to run against Mitt Romney, with sharp dropoffs in donations from nearly every major industry forcing it to rely more than ever on small contributions and a relative handful of major donors.

    From Wall Street to Hollywood, from doctors and lawyers, the traditional big sources of campaign cash are not delivering for the Obama campaign as they did four years ago. The falloff has left his fund-raising totals running behind where they were at the same point in 2008 — though well ahead of Mr. Romney’s — and has induced growing concern among aides and supporters as they confront the prospect that Republicans and their “super PAC” allies will hold a substantial advantage this fall.

    With big checks no longer flowing as quickly into his campaign, Mr. Obama is leaning harder on his grass-roots supporters, whose small contributions make up well over half of the money he raised through the end of March, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. And Mr. Obama is asking far more of those large donors still giving, exploiting his joint fund-raising arrangement with the Democratic National Committee to collect five-figure checks from individuals who have already given the maximum $5,000 contribution to his re-election campaign.

    “They clearly are feeling the pressure,” said one major Obama fund-raiser, who asked for anonymity to characterize his conversations with campaign officials. “They’re behind where they expected to be. You have to factor in $500 million-plus in Republican super PAC money.”

    With no primary to excite his base, the economy struggling to rebound, and four years of political battles with Wall Street and other industries taking their toll, Mr. Obama’s campaign raised about $196 million through March, compared with $235 million at the same point in 2008. It has lagged behind its own internal quotas in some cities, according to people involved with the fund-raising efforts. But that has been offset by a highly successful joint fund-raising program with the national committee, which raised about $150 million, twice as much as in 2008.

    Mr. Obama has held more than a hundred joint fund-raisers since last spring, far more than President George W. Bush during his 2004 re-election, and has tucked fund-raising stops into many of his official presidential trips.

    The result: The national committee’s fund-raising from the technology industry, entrepreneurs, Wall Street and the entertainment industry have all risen sharply compared with 2008, even as the Obama campaign’s performance in those areas has tailed off, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. And with no primary to fight, Mr. Obama is spending much less than he was at this stage in 2008: He had about twice as much money in the bank at the end of March than he did four years ago.

    All told, Mr. Obama and the Democratic committee ended March with about $130 million in cash on hand, a sizable war chest and far more than Mr. Romney and the Republican National Committee. Candidates typically raise more as the election nears, and Mr. Obama’s fund-raising accelerated sharply in the summer of 2008.

    But Mr. Obama faces a major challenge in the months ahead. To raise as much money for his campaign as he did four years ago, the president would have to raise about $70 million a month through the end of the election cycle, more than triple the rate he has been bringing in cash so far.

    Jim Messina, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, has publicly set a more modest goal, saying the campaign expects to exceed Mr. Obama’s 2008 fund-raising of about $750 million only by counting money he is raising for the national committee as well. That would require the campaign and the committee to raise about $51 million a month through November. Mr. Messina has also warned the party’s two Congressional campaign committees not to expect their traditional allotments of Democratic National Committee cash this year, money Mr. Obama is husbanding for his own efforts.

    Mr. Romney, the likely Republican nominee, ended March with just $10 million in cash on hand, according to campaign reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission, and has raised about $87 million during the Republican primary season. His aides are hoping to raise a total of $800 million for the fall elections in combination with the Republican National Committee, which last week finalized a joint fund-raising agreement with Mr. Romney. The committee ended March with $23.4 million in cash on hand.

    But Mr. Romney is also expecting significant support from Republican super PACs and other outside groups. On Friday, officials at American Crossroads, the leading conservative super PAC, reported that they had raised close to $100 million so far this year for the group and an affiliated organization, Crossroads GPS. Crossroads alone is aiming to raise as much as $300 million this year, while other conservative groups, like Americans for Prosperity, have aimed at raising close to $200 million.

    The super PAC backing Mr. Romney in the Republican primary, Restore Our Future, has raised $51.9 million, and plans to raise twice that by November.

    By contrast, the network of Democratic super PACs has raised far less. Democratic groups with close ties to the party’s Congressional leaders have raised about $18 million so far during the 2012 cycle. Priorities USA Action, founded by former Obama aides as a counterweight to Crossroads, raised about $9 million through the end of March.

    To remain competitive, the Obama campaign has spent millions of dollars on high-tech, small-dollar prospecting. They have used sophisticated data mining techniques and low-dollar promotions — like $3-a-head raffles for dinner with the president — to reassemble the network of millions of supporters whose contributions helped propel him into the White House.

    All told, about 58 percent of Mr. Obama’s total fund-raising during the election has come in checks of less than $200, compared with about 38 percent in 2008. In March alone, Mr. Obama took in $14.2 million worth of checks under $200 — more than all the money his campaign raised in February.

  284. BROWN SHOOTS, PART II:

    Rising Fears That Recovery May Once More Be Faltering
    ==============================================

    By ANNIE LOWREY
    Published: April 19, 2012

    WASHINGTON — Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again, raising fears that the winter’s economic strength might dissipate in the spring.

    In recent weeks, European bond yields have started climbing. In the United States and elsewhere, high oil prices have sapped spending power. American employers remain skittish about hiring new workers, and new claims for unemployment insurance have risen. And stocks have declined.

    There is a “light recovery blowing in a spring wind” with “dark clouds on the horizon,” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Thursday, at the start of meetings here that will focus on Europe’s troubles and global growth. Ms. Lagarde implored world leaders not to become complacent.

    Forecasters have said that the trends point to a moderation of economic growth in the United States, but they still expect the recovery to continue this year. The slowdown in part reflects an unusually warm winter, which pulled forward economic activity, making January and February seem artificially good and perhaps making recent weeks look worse than they truly were.

    Still, the breadth of the recent weakening of activity shows that the economy remains fragile, as is typical in the years following a financial crisis.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index had been generally rising from last summer through March, but has fallen more than 3 percent since early April. Initial jobless claims had been on a long, slow fall since 2011, but have jumped about 6 percent in the last three weeks, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday.

    Persistent economic worries — about both a potential slowdown in the near term and almost certain sluggish growth in the long term — have formed the backdrop for the annual spring meetings of the monetary fund and the World Bank. Finance ministers and central bankers are convening in Washington to discuss how to lift growth and reduce unemployment.

    The fund this week upgraded its estimate of global growth in 2012 and 2013 from estimates made in January, but did so with major caveats. “An uneasy calm remains,” said Olivier Blanchard, the International Monetary Fund’s chief economist. “One has the feeling that any moment, things could well get very bad again.”

    Europe remains the central concern. In a report released this week, the fund’s economists said that financial institutions in the European Union would shrink their balance sheets by up to $2.6 trillion by the end of next year, reducing the availability of credit for businesses and households by as much as 1.6 percent.

    Private analysts have also warned of weakness in Europe, despite the European Central Bank’s effort to quiet markets by providing financial firms with unlimited low-cost, short-term loans — a policy credited with pulling down bond yields this winter.

    Policy makers in Washington also have domestic worries. Speaking on Wednesday at the Brookings Institution, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner noted that the recovery had been slow and cautioned that headwinds remained.

    Europe and the United States together account for about a third of global trade flows, and their financial systems are inextricably linked. For that reason, Mr. Geithner has urged European leaders to keep up efforts to bring down bond yields and bolster growth.

    “It’s very important to get that balance right” between growth and austerity, he said. “You’re undermining the prospects for some stability in growth” by cutting too fast, he added.

    But some domestic indicators have weakened in recent weeks as well.

    First, there are signs that the sharp decline in the unemployment rate — which fell to 8.2 percent in March from 8.9 percent in October — might be over, with economic growth not robust enough for employers to continue adding jobs so rapidly.

    In March, employers added just 120,000 new jobs, the fewest since November. The recent rise in new jobless claims has raised worries that the April report will also be disappointing, although some forecasters say the jobless-claims statistics have been affected by the timing of Easter.

    In addition, oil prices remain stubbornly high, though they have dropped in recent days. Nationwide, gas prices are about $3.90 a gallon, up from $3.85 a month ago and $3.84 a year ago. That has cut into household’s budgets and hit consumer sentiment, which had been rising. Falling industrial production and home sales also point to a spring slowdown, as occurred in 2010 and 2011 as well.

    A third straight year of economic disappointment could have major political implications, hurting President Obama’s re-election campaign and helping Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, make the case against Mr. Obama.

    Economists are divided over the import of the recent slowdown, with many saying it is more likely to seem like a blip than a major change.

    “After a few months of good data, people got more aggressive with their expectations,” said Ian Shepherdson of High Frequency Economics. “The data are having a brief pause, or a consolidation. The consensus forecast had gotten stronger, so it’s easy to overshoot.”

    Moreover, recent signals have been mixed. Retail and auto sales, for instance, have posted significant gains. And oil prices have moderated, partly as a result of an effort by the White House and its international partners to talk prices down and bring new sources of oil on line, with major exporters increasing production.

    Nevertheless, the United States is forecast to grow at a relatively sluggish pace of about 2.5 percent this year. And the global economic picture remains characterized by anemic growth and high unemployment.

    The leadership of the monetary fund and the World Bank will underscore these problems at the meetings in Washington. Officials plan to warn low-income countries not to depend on investment from debt-soaked advanced economies, and caution that aid and remittances may fall this year. They will also urge cash-rich middle-income countries, like China, to ensure a soft landing if their economies cool off.

    Most of all, officials will urge Europe to bolster economic growth in countries like Italy and Spain, while raising new lending capacity for the monetary fund itself. “With the anxieties late last year, I think the E.C.B.’s extraordinary actions were appropriate, but I think some misled themselves because they only bought time,” said Robert B. Zoellick, the outgoing head of the World Bank, on Thursday. “Further actions are going to be called for.”

    Domestically, most analysts still see an economy with a self-sustaining recovery, if not a spectacular one. “These things just don’t go up in a straight line,” Mr. Shepherdson said. “It is a tango.”

  285. DEMS CAN THANK OBAMA FOR THE NEW ELECTORAL MAPS.

    Obama’s negative coattails not only shrunk Dem’s margins in the Senate and lost the House, but at the state level, he helped usher in a wave of Republican governors and Republican state legistlators. Just in time for the 2010 census map redrawing.

    Way to go, big guy!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/us/politics/north-carolina-a-front-in-democrats-battle-for-house.html

    New District Maps Toughen Democrats’ Race for House
    ===========================================

    By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Published: April 19, 2012

    CONCORD, N.C. — Representative Larry Kissell slid into a diner booth here and sought to explain — with no small amount of irritation, since he has apparently been asked many times — his decision to run in his newly configured House district, in contrast to two fellow North Carolina Democrats who retired rather than risk defeat in districts reshaped by Republicans.

    “Those are decisions they had to make on a personal level,” said Mr. Kissell, whose district outside Charlotte has gone from being mildly Republican in his first election in 2008 to 12 percentage points in favor of the opposition party now. “I really view this as being a job of serving the public. It’s not a campaign for me; it’s just doing our job. And if we do a good job, the results will go our way.”

    Republicans have a different view. They see North Carolina as the state that stands between Democrats and their dreams of retaking the House.

    Congressional redistricting, a decennial process that generally allows the party in legislative power in each state to draw new lines, has not created many opportunities for new seats for Republicans, as the party’s leaders once expected. But it has forced multiple House Democrats, viewing their odds in new districts as slim, into retirement. Many of those districts are now either in play or solidly Republican, making the climb for Democrats all that more onerous.

    On paper, Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to take back House control. In reality, the number is closer to 30 or even 35, since the party is likely not only to lose the seats of retiring Democrats in North Carolina, but also to face tougher odds in Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois and perhaps in Arizona, in the district once served by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

    Over all, 15 Democrats have announced their retirements from the House, compared with 10 Republicans. Seven Democrats and eight Republicans have also opted to run for other offices. Among the lot, Republicans leave far more safe seats behind than their Democratic counterparts.

    Of the seats where members are not seeking re-election, just two — one in Illinois and the other in California — have the potential to flip from Republican to Democrat, said David Wasserman, House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, while at least six seats held by Democrats are at risk of falling to Republicans, thanks to new lines. Among those are the North Carolina seats being vacated by Representatives Heath Shuler and Brad Miller.

    “Democrats are at a disadvantage because of these retirements,” Mr. Wasserman said. “Those retirements have hamstrung their requirements of picking up the 25 seats they need.”

    Between the retirements and new office seekers, members who have already been picked off in primary battles and the addition of new Congressional seats in some states via redistricting, 56 House seats are now left without incumbents, the highest number since 1992, Mr. Wasserman said. This has led both parties to study maps obsessively, looking for new places to eke out victory. Both will find them, but Democrats will find fewer on balance.

    “Democrats are feeling the Tar Heel blues in North Carolina and across the country, with Democrats choosing to retire rather than be saddled with the albatross of a failed Obama economic agenda,” said Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “These retirements serve as a cautionary sign of the troubles House Democrats face with Barack Obama on the ballot in November.”

    The retirements of Mr. Shuler and Mr. Miller, both veteran lawmakers who won in tricky political terrain, have been a blow to Democrats here in North Carolina, and Mr. Kissell and Representative Mike McIntyre have been pressed into districts with steep Republican advantages.

    All the Democrats running for re-election here know they are laboring in a state that Republicans feel is their Illinois — the one state where Democrats had a firm hand on redistricting and used it to cause Republicans potential harm — and often hear discomforting words like “bloodbath” describing their prospects here.

    But the party is not going down without a fight. Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Kissell are both well known in their districts, even the newer parts, in a state where voters are sometimes known to vote Republican for president and Democratic for the House. Mr. Obama’s re-election efforts will be in full force here — the Democratic National Convention will be in Charlotte — and all Democrats will benefit from his team’s get-out-the-vote efforts among base voters in a state he carried in 2008.

    “I am a firm believer and still have confidence in North Carolina voters,” said Hayden Rogers, the longtime chief of staff to Mr. Shuler who, after failing to persuade his boss to run again, decided to go for the seat himself. “I think they are looking for candidates who are rational, and they are less inclined to vote by political affiliation.”

    Finally, Democrats here are used to running uphill.

    “I am not going to sugarcoat it,” said Representative Steve Israel of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It is always hard to lose a valued colleague, but we’re not going to concede North Carolina. Our incumbents survived the toughest climate in recent political history: 2010. They know how to win independents, they know how to win Republicans, they are battle tested, they are field ready, they did it before and they’ll do it again.”

    Richard Hudson, a former Congressional staff member, smells opportunity. He is running among a handful of others in the Republican primary in the Eighth District, where Republicans hope to pick off Mr. Kissell. “Part of the challenge is name identification,” Mr. Hudson conceded. “My name ID is 10 percent. Larry Kissell’s is 70 percent.”

    But, Mr. Hudson said, under redistricting, Mr. Kissell “does not match the district.” For instance, Mr. Hudson said, while Mr. Kissell voted against the health care law, he did not vote for repeal.

    As he walks around the district, Mr. Hudson applies the rules he has learned on the trail. Do not step on lawns; use the walkway. Never sneak up on someone mowing the grass. Do not be too pushy.

    “I’m aware of your face!” exclaimed one resident of Concord as he slipped into her yard. Mr. Hudson seemed pleased.

  286. That suggestion of a Christ figure like Zimmerman going to jail to wipe all the sins away is the suggested theme of the day from the PR machine. Geraldo suggested it also last night on his show. They get a nobody like this guy to suggest this, put it on a lefty virtual bird cage liner news site, start repeating it, and see if it floats. Their problem is Zimmerman is out of jail, getting briefed from his lawyer on what they are trying to do to him, reading the press, and understanding he owes them NOTHING. I bet this PR push was set up with the presumption that he would not get bail and they were too far along when he was turned loose. This prosecutor wanted a plea when they overcharged him. It did not work.
    ———————–
    Their motive is . . . how shall I put it . . . obvious. Their fear is this second degree murder charge will go to trial and the jury will acquit. That will make the prosecutor and all the media and campaign operatives lwho chose to present this tragedy as a white on black crime, a return to the days of the Ku Klux Klan look more than a little embarrassed before their peers who said whoooa Nelly, step back, don’t jump to conclusion, let the criminal justice system sort this out, don’t say he said coon when he didn’t ABC, don’t present a false and misleading account of police tapes to support your erroneous claim that this is a hate crime NBC, don’t treat this as another chapter on Race In America which pretends there has been no progress on that front in 150 years, there was no civil war, no Brown vs Board, no Civil Rights Act of 1964, CNN, and this is not just another Tawana Brawley incident Al Sharpton you witch doctor you, and don’t exclude material facts from the just cause affidavit, which bear on the issue of self defense. A plea bargain vindicates the only principle which interests them: a happy ending to their not so light leitmotiff, which makes them heroes rather than what they really are.

  287. jeswezey
    April 23rd, 2012 at 9:14 am


    Furthermore, I predict that Hillary will not be inclined to run against a popular R incumbent.
    &&&&&&

    I think it would be hard for any president to get things humming along.

    If Romney wins this year, I doubt he’d be “unbeatable” four years later. Given Hillary’s track record and growing appreciation by the public, including Indies and Republicans, I’d be willing to bet on her in 2016.

  288. rgb44hrc
    April 23rd, 2012 at 10:52 am

    DEMS CAN THANK OBAMA FOR THE NEW ELECTORAL MAPS.

    Obama’s negative coattails not only shrunk Dem’s margins in the Senate and lost the House, but at the state level, he helped usher in a wave of Republican governors and Republican state legistlators. Just in time for the 2010 census map redrawing.

    Way to go, big guy!
    ——————–
    When Hillary had her own voice this is what she tried to warn them about. Now they are paying the price for ignoring this concern. What we have now is a party that is anti white, anti taxpayer, anti American to the core, because it reflects Obama. It is interesting to see conservative white democrats–a dying breed, like Webb shake his head over things like Obamacare, and decide not to run again. It is also interesting to see Manchin refusing to say he will put Humpty Dumpty together. Time is not on their side. If Obama gets four more years, it will be too late for the party and too late for the country to do much about it. The last best hope is for him to lose decisively in 2012. This viral strain must be eradicated from the body politic in order for the patient to survive.

  289. jeswezey
    April 23rd, 2012 at 9:14 am
    —————————
    The rule of probability favors your interpretation of what is likely to happen and not happen in 2016. That is not to say there will be no pressure on her to run. The same forces who conspired to destroy her in 2008 meaning big media will grovel at her feet to run because they have no one else–no one else in the pipeline. Compare and contrast the Republicans who have a very deep bench, and do not hate America. If that is how it plays out, and the country is recovering, it would tarnish her legacy to run and lose. If we could resurrect the Hillary of 2008 it would have great appeal, but for the life of me, I do not see that Hillary today. Perhaps she is still there and I do not see her. Not when she talks about how great Obama is.

  290. rgb44hrc: “I think it would be hard for any president to get things humming along.”
    =====

    Actually, you’re making excuses for Obama here, buying into Obama team’s meme that “he’s done the best he (or anybody) could.”

    There is one simple thing that a president can do to get the economic machine up and running: to instill confidence. Confidence undergirds the free market machine because it determines how much businesses and investors are willing to invest.

    Obama knows nothing about business or economics and has not bothered to do his homework. The business community senses this, and this “psychological” factor is primordial. Any action he takes, even such a positive one as the first stimulus, is viewed with skepticism. With each step he takes, things get worse. In addition, even such a step as the first stimulus (which many agreed with) was squandered.

    Romney will not be subjected to this kind of skepticism from the business community. With Romney, it will be just the reverse – anything he does or says will go down well with the business community and the underlying indicators will all start to go up. Within six months, the economy will be booming again with employment on the rise. Just by instilling confidence again.

  291. wbboei: “…no one else in the pipeline…”
    ====

    Exactly. That is why they’re already talking about “Hillary 2016”. 2016 is a long way off, but I can place a few bets now: I really do think that Hillary has decided to send a definitive FU to the D party. They screwed her over, now they can go to hell. She has better things to do than to salvage the wreckage of the D party. Her praise of Obama doesn’t bug me. It doesn’t cost anything, and after all, he is her boss.

    Outside of presidential politics, she and WJC can still remain a force in US political life – just as WJC campaigns for his friends now. In the long term, that will bear its fruit. The D party has to be taken back from the Chicago thugs, and I’m predicting that that will require a defeat in 2012 and another defeat in 2016 with the Clintons on the sidelines cheering their own friends on. That opens the door to a comeback in 2020 with Hillary’s protégée.

  292. The Washington Post, perhaps the most Liberal newspaper in the country, printed this article. It should be read by everyone prior to the next election. Please forward it to all of your Democrat and Republican friends. This is not an attempt to sway who you may vote for, but, it will add another dimension to being informed prior to casting any vote.

    Obama: The Affirmative Action President
    by Matt Patterson
    (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

    Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as
    an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria
    akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder,
    did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into
    thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s
    most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

    Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered
    into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores
    along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career
    as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly
    devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”) ; and finally an
    unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of
    which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy
    in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.

    And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the
    white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s
    “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s
    colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian
    looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected
    president?

    Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz
    addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:

    To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken
    hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like
    Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was
    black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out
    with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a
    bit extreme, he was given a pass.

    Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass — held to a lower standard —
    because of the color of his skin. Podhoretz continues:

    And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so
    articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all
    of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and
    thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

    Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama
    phenomenon — affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But
    certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws
    and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and
    especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

    Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on
    the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are
    not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor
    performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if
    these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the
    emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist
    policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist.

    Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his
    skin — that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism,
    then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.

    True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why
    would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for
    Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was
    good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was
    told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the
    Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good
    enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary. What
    could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time
    Obama speaks?

    In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications
    nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool
    character. Those people — conservatives included — ought now to be deeply
    embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and
    that’s when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is
    absent he can barely think or speak at all.***Not one original idea has
    ever issued from his mouth — it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that
    has failed over and over again for 100 years.*

    And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and
    everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited
    this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise
    his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But
    really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for
    anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

    In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the
    temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. *When you understand that,
    and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and
    prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in
    the Oval Office.*

  293. jeswezey
    April 23rd, 2012 at 11:44 am

    “That is why they’re already talking about “Hillary 2016″. 2016 is a long way off, but I can place a few bets now: I really do think that Hillary has decided to send a definitive FU to the D party. They screwed her over, now they can go to hell. She has better things to do than to salvage the wreckage of the D party.

    Her praise of Obama doesn’t bug me. It doesn’t cost anything, and after all, he is her boss.”
    ________________

    Exactly- The Hillary of 08′ hasn’t gone anywhere. She has spent her time taking care of bidness improving relations with foreign nations providing the glue where needed to keep the world intact. Hillary doesn’t need or want ‘fairweather’ friends that pivot on dime after she throws a few airy accolades at her boss. After all, for the time being, he does represent America- It’s her country’s accomplishments she’s praising more than Obama. The Clintons prioritize loyalty and trust first and foremost. They are seasoned statesmen revered by the world. Hillary’s never lost an election. The Two thousand an eight election was stolen from her- In my eyes it doesn’t count as a loss unless the people thinking that have vision problems… shortsightedness, perhaps.

  294. Electing Bush who also didn’t have a lot to speak for in the accomplishments department was a precedent that elected Obama — it set the bar too low. The country was also too emotional and less rational after the 2000 elections and then more so with the 9/11 and the erratic response by the Bush team it was pushed over the edge to accept someone like Obama. But the Dims were the crooks here. They had a chance to do it right but they squandered it.

  295. Mrs S-

    I am not a fair-weather friend. I don’t give up on people I’ve known over the years understanding how they think. I look for answers rather than being quick to condemn because their statements do not match their actions. This is one of those times.. and I’ve got news for you- incidences like this are going to keep happening to Hillary. Obama is out to destroy Hillary before it’s time for her to leave her position. She is trying to get the message out there and maybe she’s not doing the very best job of it but she is trying to tell people Obama does not represent America or our values.

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    One big YUP to this.

  296. Yes- Shadowfax.. and why I’ve changed strategy keeping track @ Hillary Unleashed of the Obama hits that will just keep coming from Team Obama until she finally exits his corrupt administration.

    Obama’s MO is begin softly, then as time goes by start ramping up…until they can entrap her.

  297. Lame Cherry’s soulfulness is about a breakthrough in thought of stealing the next election. He may have been imbibing a bit when writing his post. The value gained in reading his post? Think of it as an esoteric exercise in reading between the lines.. The only requirement for reading here is making your own syntax corrections to understand the meaning.. Big Bonus- today’s post an absence of bad language…
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    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Revenge of the Birdie

    You children missed this did you not?

    April 20, a little known story out in Los Angeles posted about how Air Force II “hit a bird” coming in for a landing and how Vice President Aaron Burr Biden aka President Biden was on board, and his traveling orgy of spending tax dollars had to have another plane to bring them to Delaware?

    I suppose you missed in this, this blog noting that Biden was beng introduced as “President Biden”.

    I suppose you missed this blog in an event is being spoken of in the Obama benefactor circles of his plane attempting to walk on water in December on his Hawaii vacation as he always flies off to.
    I suppose you missed in the reality that once the human mind starts initiating things in the matrix of thought, as in Obama counselling hisself in the 2012 election theft, that perhaps in his race wars it might be viable if someone tried to scuff him in wag the dog so he could whip the GOP Congress into line in branding Boehner and McConnell are lynchmob racists trying to Travyon Martin innocent Barack Hussein Obama Osseiran.

    Would be much easier if you children stopped looking at the girl choir feeding you Mockingbird and started figuring out what the drool on the scribbled wall here is saying, as Baby is even cryptic in what she posts ‘in response to the oh so Lame Cherry”.

    The shadow signature now points to an “accident”, apparently a bird accident in response to Mr. Obama and Mr. Axelrod, Mr. Plouffe and Ms. Jarrett’s stage theater to surpass the BATF arrests in the south in 2008 to race bait the elections.
    Whatever scuffing Mr. Osseiran has planned for hisself has really gotten the attention of the internet spiders as they keep focused on the murder and removal of Pope Ben in the future as the cartel and Mr. Osseiran overthrow the Catholics and the Jesuits for their order.

    This ill will event directed at LBJ Biden is from the Obama monkey demons for what Biden is progressing toward in replacing Obama. It was a natural event of natural forces in witchcraft to the voodoo Obama conjures up in demonphilia.

    http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/

  298. Basil- Are you snowed-in in NY?
    Heard lots of power outages upstate.

    We’re getting heavy wind and horizontal rain..no snow.. TG.

  299. admin
    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:48 pm
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    While I was “sleeping in” Sunday (we went to a party and barely hit the hay before the sun rose), admin was busy submitting this video regarding the debt under presidents from Reagan through Oclowna.

    Nice find.

    Gee, that Clinton feller seemed to do a good job.

  300. That opens the door to a comeback in 2020 with Hillary’s protégée.

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    What protege? Coakley? Eliz Warren? Gillibrand?

  301. Within six months, the economy will be booming again with employment on the rise. Just by instilling confidence again.

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    Fireside chats?

  302. rgb44hrc
    April 23rd, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    admin
    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:48 pm
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    If we don’t drown in the waters off FL on the way to PR, we will be lucky. Or are we taking in water already?

  303. If that is how it plays out, and the country is recovering, it would tarnish her legacy to run and lose.

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    If offered the nomination, I can’t imagine her putting her legacy (f she lost to a Republican) above the good she could do for the country (if she won)!

  304. If Romney wins this year, I doubt he’d be “unbeatable” four years later. Given Hillary’s track record and growing appreciation by the public, including Indies and Republicans, I’d be willing to bet on her in 2016.

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    Me too!

  305. Re: Mrs. Smith
    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 pm and 1:53pm

    I keep recalling what she wrote in her book; that when she was about to embark upon her career that she comtemplated the employment that would take her outside the system (and where she could name her ticket and price)and those that kept her inside the system where she could make a lot of difference. She chose the less monied route of inside the system where she knew she could effect a differnce…for mankind. That is what I keep in mind, even though it is painful to hear her throw compliments HIS way, that she is in there, working on the inside to make a difference at some later time and date.I appreciate your efforts to document Hillary’s actions and deeds, at minimum it will make a nice book in the future. Which, speaking of, I can hardly wait for Hill and Bill to be free to write their own books about 2008, the day the lights went out for the hithertofore Democrat Party.

    Twitchy is Michelle Malkin’s site; and I so worry that Zimmerman’s days are numbered, just as the NBP wanted. But, I applaud Malkin for keeping tabs on the process; when something does happen maybe, just maybe, something might be done to get rid of the DOJ monster in chief.

  306. Bravo Hedges on Obama! But did Hedges say he was going to vote Repblican this time? Sounds like he always votes Socialist: ” I vote socialist, which in my case meant Ralph Nader, but could have meant Cynthia McKinney. How can an organization with the oxymoronic title Progressives for Obama even exist? Liberal groups like these make political satire obsolete. Obama was and is a brand. He is a product of the Chicago political machine. He has been skillfully packaged as the new face of the corporate state”

  307. I was unaware of the fact that she had done a piece on Sarah Palin. Was it critical or complementary?

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    Balanced and realistic. It was about Palin’s confidence, how successful she’d been so far. Cover picture of Palin in an odd pose, like a heroine in a feminist pb thriller, in front of a field of flowers.

    The first or an early issue after Tine took over? Maybe I’m misremembering where the article appeared?

  308. incidences like this are going to keep happening to Hillary.

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

    Being photographed partying? That didn’t ‘happen to’ Hillary. She knows perfectly well that she can get photographed at such occasions and that such occasions are perfectly fine. As Albright said.

    if anything, this would counteract the impression that she’s too old and straitlaced, making her more electable. Now she’ll probably get criticized for that, too.

  309. H4T,

    The crate story may not have been as bad as the short versions suggest. That’s why we need the details.

    For example, a best case version might go like this: Solid wind proof wooden crate. Many short test trips, then medium length trips, previous to the 12 hour trip. Taking the dog out of the crate and carefullly hosing ONLY the dog’s back legs, then giving him time to dry and recover before continuing (though that doesn’t fit with the Globe’s version where even the kids didn’t get bathroom breaks because Romney was keeping a tight schedule).

    Details DO matter. In this case, as with Zimmerman, details may make the action look better. But we need to have the details.

  310. Mrs. Smith
    April 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    Lame Cherry’s soulfulness is about a breakthrough in thought of stealing the next election. He may have been imbibing a bit when writing his post.
    &&&&&&&&

    Hmmm, that was some hard-to-fathom writing to wade through. Imbibery is indeed a possibility. I thought I had into a James Joyce novel.

  311. Told ya. The. Science. Is. NOT. Settled.

    James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.

    Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared.
    He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”

    However, the professor admitted in a telephone interview with msnbc.com that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far.”
    The new book, due to be published next year, will be the third in a trilogy, following his earlier works, “Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity,” and “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can.”
    The new book will discuss how humanity can change the way it acts in order to help regulate the Earth’s natural systems, performing a role similar to the harmonious one played by plants when they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.

    It will also reflect his new opinion that global warming has not occurred as he had expected.

    “The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said.

    “The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said.

    “The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.

    He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future.

    http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11144098-gaia-scientist-james-lovelock-i-was-alarmist-about-climate-change

    We don’t really know, and there is NO freaking emergency. None. No need to overhaul and destroy entire economies over it. None. Keep studying, see what pans out. But the hair-on-fire, “OMG DO SOMETHING, NOW!!!!” freaking out over global warming of the last two decades was completely bogus.

    And no, I will not let people forget that those who were saying nothing more than “Slow down, nothing is settled yet” were LAMBLASTED as evil evil anti-science Exxon-loving “denialists” Guess what? They were freaking right – and that is becoming more and more evident as time goes on. The data is not conclusive, and more importantly, the model has not been predictive, which is the litmus test for any theory.

  312. Mrs. Smith,

    No snow where I an, I’m happy to report. No power outages or any other problems, either. Looks like we missed the bullet this time. A foot or more expected in towns along Lake Erie. Yuck.

  313. BTW,

    I didn’t know lamecherry was back! Great news! That blogger is crazy as a loon but manages to come out with sometimes stunning insight. And it is always entertaining except when (s)he delves too deeply into the religious stuff.

  314. holdthemaccountable
    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    wbboei @ 12:17
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    Viral, yes, but pls check
    http://blog.teaparty-nil.com/2012/01/affirmative-action-president.html
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    THANKS. I received this in an email this morning from someone I worked with/for and whom I trust. I am not sure where he got it from, but I was one of a number of recipients. I looked for a date on this but there was none. Let’s assume it is fraudulent. In that case, we should say–if the Washington Post had any integrity then this is what they would say. But I withdraw my prior suggestion that it go viral based on what you have shown me. Good catch, and thank you.

  315. BASIL99, I seriously doubt Obama is happy with anyone right now. He never blames himself, so he must be flinging blame hither and yon. And Michelle is ripping those sleeves!

  316. I can’t help but think of the night I first read Lame Cherry talk about Rover and Brazillnut plotting to overthrow Hillary’s campaign and help Barry.

    I think I was working on a stroke, late that night and things have never been the same.

  317. From hope to hypocrisy: the Senator who became a sellout.

    EXCELLENT RNC ad using with the words of LIB media grunts grilling BO.


  318. “And Michelle is ripping those sleeves!”

    THAT is one of admin’s all-time best visuals! I have NEVER been able to get the thought of her actually doing that out of my head.

    BTW, on our one day in Paris I went to Versailles and one bit of Marie Antoinette MO might not like (besides the guillotine part) is that Marie evidently had to give birth in public surrounded by her court. We saw the bed. YUCK!!!!!!!!!!! Just had to throw that tidbit of useful info in.

    Oh, and it just occurred to me in this day and agfe Marie might have said “Let them eat dog.”

    😀

    Along with this – another of women’s cruelty to other women – in one African country mothers “iron” their daughter’s breasts. I kid you not.

  319. In case you want to know what it is;

    ‘Breast ironing is the pounding and massaging of a pubescent girl’s breasts using heated objects in an attempt to make them stop developing or disappear.[1][2] It is typically carried out by the girl’s mother in an attempt to protect the girl from sexual harassment and rape,[2] to prevent early pregnancy that would tarnish the family name,[3] or to allow the girl to pursue education rather than be forced into early marriage.[3][1] It is mostly practiced in parts of Cameroon, where boys and men may think that girls whose breasts have begun to grow are ready for sex.’

  320. I plan on raising the profile on Hillary Unleashed you can bookmark it here if you want, because from what I’ve seen so far, the knives are out for Hillary. Many things have gone on not mentioned here besides Hillary’s beer summit in Columbia.. because I guarantee you Obama wants to ruin her before she ends her stint with his administration.. enabling him to float free and unencumbered in a world where Hillary AND Bill are a threat to him.

    I will be running more of behind the scenes happenings with information not mentioned on Pink where we can be aware of the long knives stalking Hillary.
    THANKS I bookmarked it 🙂

  321. Barky is up to no good again. Here is a particularly insidious device that needs a lot of sunshine and publicity…

    An $8 billion trick?
    By BENJAMIN E. SASSE & CHARLES HURT
    Call it President Obama’s Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. Only this isn’t some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term. A massive amount of it, too — $8.3 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B. Here is how it works.
    The most oppressive aspects of the ObamaCare law don’t kick in until after the 2012 election, when the president will no longer be answerable to voters. More “flexibility,” he recently explained to the Russians. But certain voters would surely notice one highly painful part of the law before then — namely, the way it guts the popular Medicare Advantage program. For years, 12 million seniors have relied on these policies, a more market-oriented alternative to traditional Medicare, without the aggravating gaps in coverage.
    But as part of its hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts, the Obama one-size-fits-all plan slashes reimbursement rates for Medicare Advantage starting next year — herding many seniors back into the government-run program. Under federal “open-enrollment” guidelines, seniors must pick their Medicare coverage program for next year by the end of this year — which means they should be finding out before Election Day.
    Nothing is more politically volatile than monkeying with the health insurance of seniors, who aren’t too keen on confusing upheavals in their health care and are the most diligent voters in the land. This could make the Tea Party look like a tea party. Making matters even more politically dangerous for Obama is that open enrollment begins Oct. 15, less than three weeks before voters go to the polls. It’s hard to imagine a bigger electoral disaster for a president than seniors in crucial states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio discovering that he’s taken away their beloved Medicare Advantage just weeks before an election. This political ticking time bomb could become the biggest “October Surprise” in US political history.
    But the administration’s devised a way to postpone the pain one more year, getting Obama past his last election; it plans to spend $8 billion to temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don’t lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama’s re-election bid. The money is to come from funds that Health and Human Services is allowed to use for “demonstration projects.” But to make it legal, HHS has to pretend that it’s doing an “experiment” to study the effect of this money on the insurance market.
    That is, to “study” what happens when the government doesn’t change anything but merely continues a program that’s been going on for years. Obama can temporarily prop up Medicare Advantage long enough to get re-elected by exploiting an obscure bit of federal law. Under a 1967 statute, the HHS secretary can spend money without specific approval by Congress on “experiments” directly aimed at “increasing the efficiency and economy of health services.”
    Past demonstration projects have studied new medical techniques or strategies aimed at improving care or reducing costs. The point is to find ways to lower the costs of Medicare by allowing medical technocrats to make efficient decisions without interference from vested interests. Now Obama means to turn it on its head — diverting the money to a blatantly nonexperimental purpose to serve his political needs.
    A Government Accounting Office report released this morning shows, quite starkly, that there simply is no experiment being conducted, just money being spent. Understandably, the GAO recommends that HHS cancel the project. Congress should immediately launch an investigation into this unprecedented misuse of taxpayer money and violation of the public trust, which certainly presses the boundaries of legality and very well may breach them.
    If he’s not stopped, Obama will spend $8 billion in taxpayer funds for a scheme to mask the debilitating effects on seniors of his signature piece of legislation just long enough to get himself re-elected.Now that is some serious audacity.
    Benjamin E. Sasse, a former US assistant secretary of health, is president of Midland University. Charles Hurt covers politics in DC.

  322. BASIL99

    In case you want to know what it is;

    ‘Breast ironing
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    Don’t even get me started with how wrong all of this is…

  323. Mrs. Smith,

    This is TOO BIZARRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s like we sometimes have exactly the same thought at exactly the same time!

    Doodoodoodoo doodoodoodoo.

    😀

  324. Shadowefax,

    I know what you mean. I stumbled on the info clicking through channels while exercising on the stationary cycle and watching the Discovery Channel.

    Women are other women’s worst enemies.

  325. foxyladi14
    April 23rd, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    great- thanks.. Seeing the negatives aimed at Hillary will be popping up randomly one turd at a time.. if you see an article (mostly related to foreign affairs) please post it here for a pick-up and I will start stringing them together, archived, at Hillary Unleashed for future reference..

    JanH and Carol, would appreciate your help. thanks-

  326. blue,

    Yup. The old bait and switch. Senior citizens stupid enough to fall for this a second time have no one to blame except themselves.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

  327. Basil

    Women are other women’s worst enemies.

    These mothers think they are helping protect their daughters from being raped..

    I say, forget the hot rocks and give ‘um a gun. A big damn gun and see how sexy they are when they can protect themselves.
    I don’t own a gun, but if it was have a gun or get raped…

  328. The outrage of the day! Romney likes Paris and vacations in France. An innocent statement that deserves no scorn but it does form the lefties. He was asked about it but could not hear what the question was.


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