Mitt Romney And The New Fair Deal

Harry Truman. This year was supposed to be the year Barack Obama switched persona, again. No longer the great and wise Abraham Lincoln (and extravagantly gaudy Mary Todd’s spouse), Barack Obama was to refashion himself into give ’em Hell Harry Truman (Michelle presumably sewing the sleeves back on her frocks to assume the role of modest Bess). Barack Obama was to abandon his celebrity sports friends in order to troll the streets of the nation at taxpayer expense damning the “do nothing Congress” and demanding “fairness”.

The fly in the ointment, the flaw in that notion, is that Harry Truman campaigned for popular New Deal programs. Obama has only Obaminations hated by the oppressed populace to offer. How to campaign against a “do nothing Congress” when the American people would have the Congress “do nothing” rather than legislate hated diktats?

But on “fairness” Obama was to be the head Occupy Wall Streeter occupying the White House (even though his coronation would be held at Bank of America stadium). Obamas were to parade like subsidized Colombian street walkers, on the taxpayer dime, shouting “FAIRNESS” while fist-bumping the unemployed peeps.

Michelle grudgingly agreed to her temporary supporting role. Usually dressed in garish outfits more appropriate to a drag queen remake of Queen of Outer Space (“I hate zat qveen“) Michelle Obama is now frequently the homespun “folksy” girl (“It could all come down to those few thousand folks we need to help to get to the polls…”). Michelle won’t give up those free vacations without a fight even if she has to lose her glue-on nails in the struggle.

Barack bowed to sacrifice as well. Slumming into dive bars to hang with the homies Barack suffered yogurt showers and foul breaths. The unfairness of it all – having to campaign again instead of just a shout of acclamation ‘midst Grecian columns. To Barack that is the real “unfairness”. But Barack still agreed to talk about the unfairness suffered by those other than himself. And that was to be the campaign theme. That was to be the message. But an odd thing happened….

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It wasn’t Mitt Romney, Mitt the presumptive Republican nominee, speaking the words of successful challenger Bill Clinton’s campaign that was so odd:

“Just as the Clinton campaign (whose manager James Carville famously coined the phrase ‘it’s the economy, stupid’) resisted President George H.W. Bush’s attempts to make the 1992 election about the then Arkansas governor’s character, Team Romney will try keep the focus on Obama and his record.

In this respect they will be helped by the cult of personality that surrounds Obama, and in large part on which his 2008 campaign was based. And Obama’s well-developed self-regard (he was quoted this week as telling the Democratic National Committee chair: “It’s not about you, it’s about me) could also play into Romney’s hands. [snip]

But there were other areas where Romney made clear he would fight for every inch of ground. He was determined not to allow Obama to own the concept of “fairness”.

It could be that last night Mitt Romney announced his campaign theme and it is to be about fairness. A New Fair Deal:

“He said: “This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.”

Romney told his story. A dad that “sold paint from the trunk of his car” and later became the governor of that state. A young Mitt Romney “helping start a business that grew from 10 people to hundreds of people.” But it was the subject of “fairness” that resonated. In a country enraged about bank bailouts, insurance company bailouts and mandates to the citizenry to bail out the insurance companies by becoming serf customers, it is a powerful message.

To the urban poor, Latinos, Blacks, the White working class, the idea of school choice will be the way Romney intends to reach out. To socially conservative Latinos and Blacks this might be a way of prying them loose from Obama Dimocrat tentacles if not actually getting them to push the electoral ballot button for Romney. To Latinos concerned about immigration reform the Romney message will be economic opportunity. To all hard workers and those paying their own way, their own mortgages, it’s the Romney New Fair Deal.

Romney’s New Fair Deal is the mirror image of arguments Harry Truman made when he argued for the Fair Deal list of programs. Romney won’t necessarily be proposing new programs. Romney will seek to restore “fairness”. You know, if you work, you advance type fairness. You know, don’t bail out Wall Street and kill Main Street fairness.

After the second world war Americans needed a direction and help for returning soldiers. Truman proposed a 21 point domestic program (and the G.I. Bill of Rights) building on Roosevelt’s New Deal. Republicans opposed Truman. The Republican congressional majorities campaigned on the slogan “Had enough?” Truman won that battle.

Such is the corruption and incompetence of Barack Obama that – Mitt Romney will be able to run on both a New Fair Deal as well as the outrage expressed by “Had enough?”



As the American economy slows down yet again (durable goods orders drop 4.2% in March) Mitt Romney has a strong case to make against Barack Obama. Americans indeed have had enough. Americans indeed want fairness restored.

Mitt Romney already has an abundance of slogans to run on – “Obama Isn’t Working”, “Obama Made It Worse”, and “Had Enough?”. But if Mitt Romney needs a positive message, a campaign theme that weaves all the slogans together, all the messages into one, “Mitt Romney’s Fair Deal” is the ticket.

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507 thoughts on “Mitt Romney And The New Fair Deal

  1. For those interested in Jorge Zimmerman’s trial, Alan Dershowitz will shortly be on Megyn Kelly’s program (on Fox News).

  2. Great post! H4T here who has great political instinct picked up on Romney’s ‘fairness’ argument turning tables on Obama last night. Brit Hume picked up on it on Fox and Juan complained weakly it needed to be developed further. Maybe Romney will work on sharpening it but he is onto a great start.

    On a side note, bringing this from H4T’s comment on the last thread: They [many who voted for Obama in 2008] are never going to accept that they were conned by flim-flam man, so it’s better to attack Obama on his failures to deliver.

    This is the key that Newt and Santorum supporters and conservatives could not get through their thick heads. Some still don’t. Romney walked a fine line through the primary without damaging himself for the general though his opponents tried.

  3. admin
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
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    gees, looks like he did not get the attention from the messiah he wanted.

  4. admin
    April 25th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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    great! I was hoping this morning somebody would do a side by side of those two.

  5. Baracko has really become the Poverty Pimp:

    Admin- Obamas were to parade like subsidized Colombian street walkers, on the taxpayer dime, shouting “FAIRNESS” while fist-bumping the unemployed peeps.

    Great post admin.
    BTR

  6. Rush is going on about the Clinton years, saying he’d be fine with going back to to Clinton taxes, if we FIRST go back to Clinton-era spending of 18%, not 25% of GDP. Adjust for inflation.

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    But do a comparison of where that spending went. For example, I bet Clinton’s percentage on military (remember the ‘peace dividend’?) was less than Bush’s or Obama’s.

  7. I’m betting that the part that requires state law enforcement to check status of those actually detained for other reasons will stand, because it’s reasonable. Cops run a license check, warrant check, etc when you are arrested, so adding checking “whether or not this person has also broken immigration law” is not a big stretch.

    I think the “can stop on suspicion of being here illegally” part may get struck down. But I could be wrong.

    I have mixed feelings on the AZ law. I think it could potentially be abused. But I don’t think it was passed out of racist racist racist xenophobic motivation. I think it was passed out of sheer frustration, in a state being overwhelmed, and their struggles IGNORED by the federal govt.

  8. I was wondering, why with the drivers license info, they can’t also store the immigration status of the person..

  9. My husband along with his hiking club friends was driving in Alabama (as part of a state highpoint trip). They were stopped by the police and one of the women is originally from Korea but now naturalized and is actually married to an American who was with her on that trip. The cop asked her for her passport?!

  10. Romney also hit back in a subtle way last night re: attacks on his role at Bain. He pointed out the companies that had prospered (Staples, etc.) when Bain took over. Then he pointed out the reality that others didn’t do so well, that there are winners and losers.

    THAT IS THE INVESTMENT BUSINESS. You pick a bunch of companies to turn around. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don’t. Weaker business models get weeded out and fail, successful ones expand and hire. There is not a damn thing wrong with that. That’s how it works.

  11. Another point in Mitt’s favor – he is not running away from his success and wealth. He’s throwing it right back in Obama’s face as “So you don’t want Americans to be successful? That’s a bad thing now? On what planet? Or rather, in what country?”

  12. Weaker business models get weeded out and fail, successful ones expand and hire. There is not a damn thing wrong with that.
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    Unless the govt intervenes and bails them out..and they still fail.

  13. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SUPREME_COURT_IMMIGRATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-04-25-03-16-08

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.

    Liberal and conservative justices reacted skeptically to the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check, and another provision allowing suspected illegal immigrants to be arrested without a warrant, part of the Arizona law aimed at driving illegal immigrants elsewhere.

    You can see it’s not selling very well,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Obama administration Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. [snip]

    But Chief Justice John Roberts was among those on the court who took issue with Verrilli’s characterization of the check of immigration status, saying the state merely wants to notify federal authorities it has someone in custody who may be in the U.S. illegally. “It seems to me that the federal government just doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally and who’s not,” Roberts said.

  14. HillaryforTexas
    April 25th, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    Very good article on examining school choice. http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/04/25/who-wants-a-debate-on-education-fairness/

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    From the article at Hotair:
    How can we have fair school choice without adequate transportation programs for students? To this, I’d always respond: would you deny food stamps to a single mother because you were afraid she wouldn’t be able to get to the store? You work out transportation issues locally and after you know where kids are going. (Vermont’s “tuition towns” handle transportation in a variety of ways, as I detail in this paper here.)

    The comparison to food stamps is illogical. And the link given leads to the Cato Institute where there is an html link that doesn’t work, and a pdf link that did work.

    Once I got the PDF*, I had to search for ‘transportation’ and finally found this:
    “Of the 14 towns examined, 11 provide or
    pay for school buses to transport students to
    nearby public schools.
    Only one town of the 11 pays “the whole cost of transportation”.

    Overall the Hotair article has more emotional barbs than facts.

    So do these vouchers really cover all the cost of a good private school? Not mentioned, sfais.

    *http://www.cato.org/pubs/briefs/bp67.pdf

  15. The funny stuff just keeps popping up. There is a graphic going around that shows HIM sitting at a computer. The caption is that the DELETE button is pressed to get rid of one Consitutional Admendment one after another.

  16. I plan to start referring to the juvenile, shallow Obama as “Preezy of the United Steezy”. Rush is already doing it, and will likely get called a racist for it. But that’s what Obama was called in his Fallon appearance, so too bad. I’m stealing it.

  17. Oh, and I am henceforth calling our juvenile, unserious president “Preezy of the United Steezy”, every chance I get.

    And I dare the Obots to call me r*cist for it, since Obama himself was perfectly fine with that moniker on national TV with Fallon.

    What a childish little American Idol preznit we have. I’m going to rub his nose in it.

  18. “the whole cost of transportation” = “the whole cost of transportation [to voucher schools]

    I should have closed italics here too. Sorry.

  19. I hope the Supreme’s roast Barry on the immigration case and the HellCare case making BarryCakes a total legal failure, Oh, Mr. Constitutional Scholar/Professor/Lecturer of planet NoCanDo.

    Supreme Court casts doubt on Obama’s immigration law claim

    Supreme Court justices took a dim view of the Obama administration’s claim that it can stop Arizona from enforcing immigration laws, telling government lawyers during oral argument Wednesday that the state appears to want to push federal officials, not conflict with them.The court was hearing arguments on Arizona’s immigration crackdown law, which requires police to check the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, and would also write new state penalties for illegal immigrants who try to apply for jobs.

    The Obama administration has sued, arguing that those provisions conflict with the federal government’s role in setting immigration policy, but justices on both sides of the aisle struggled to understand that argument.

    “It seems to me the federal government just doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said at one point.

    The Arizona law requires all police to check with federal officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally. The government argues that is OK when it’s on a limited basis, but said having a state mandate for all of its law enforcement is essentially a method of trying to force the federal government to change its priorities.

    Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said the federal government has limited resources and should have the right to determine the extent of calls it gets about possible illegal immigrants.

    “These decisions have to be made at the national level,” he said.

    But even Democratic-appointed justices were uncertain of that.

    “I’m terribly confused by your answer,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who went on to say that the federal government can always decline to pick up illegal immigrants when Arizona officials call.

    The Obama administration was on its firmest ground when it argued Arizona should not be allowed to impose state penalties such as jail time against illegal immigrants who try to seek jobs.

    Federal law chiefly targets employers, not employees, and Mr. Verrilli said adding stiffer penalties at the state level is not coordination. He said Congress’s 1986 immigration law laying out legal penalties was meant to be a comprehensive scheme, and Congress left employees untouched — and Justice Sotomayor seemed to agree.

    “It seems odd to think the federal government is deciding on employer sanctions and has unconsciously decided not to punish employees,” she told Paul D. Clement, who argued the case on behalf of Arizona.

    A decision is expected before the end of the court’s term this summer.

    Only eight justices were present for the arguments. Justice Elana Kagan recused herself from the case, presumably because she was the Obama administration’s solicitor general in 2010, when the law was being debated in Arizona.

    more.. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/25/supreme-court-casts-doubt-obamas-immigration-law-c/

  20. Some great slogan ideas, admin.

    My suggestion: “He’s likeable enough – but not ready for prime time” or something to that effect that works in the “He’s likeable enough” phrase.

    Need something short and snappy for the second part. A one word all-encompassing critical but classy insult.

    pink brainstorm.

  21. Shadowfax
    April 25th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I hope the Supreme’s roast Barry on the immigration case and the HellCare case making BarryCakes a total legal failure, Oh, Mr. Constitutional Scholar/Professor/Lecturer of planet NoCanDo.

    Agreed.

    And if we can also get the green light for the Keystone Pipeline – wipeout!

  22. Barack Obama Literally BEGGING For Campaign Cash

    A clearly desperate President Obama sends out a plea for supporters to donate anything they can to his campaign…

    I’ll be going to a special event at George Clooney’s house in a few weeks, and two grassroots supporters and their guests will join us . . .

    So let’s nail it down: Any donation you make today will automatically enter you and a guest to win.

    Once you decide who you’re inviting to join you, we’ll be all set. The campaign will take care of your airfare and hotel for you.

    Please pitch in $3 or whatever you can today, and keep your May 10th clear . . .

    Hope to see you soon.

    Barack

    There is something almost sympathetic in witnessing a sitting president of the United States imploring their supporters to please donate “whatever you can today” in the hopes of generating interest in his own political campaign. I say almost sympathetic because in this president’s case, he has overseen an administration that has trampled upon individual liberties, decimated large sections of the American economy, insulted some of our strongest international allies while all the while apologizing to America’s enemies – and he very much hopes for another four years to do more of the same.

    Stupid is as stupid does…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/04/25/barack-obama-literally-begging-for-campaign-cash/

  23. Love that “If I wanted America to Fail” clip. I posted it a couple of days ago.

    OTOH, check this.

    Must Read! EPA admits their approach towards oil and gas producers is CRUCIFICATION!

    I kid you not!

    Some excerpts.

    Inhofe to investigate EPA official’s ‘crucify them’ approach to oil and gas companies
    “EPA needs to be held accountable,” Inhofe said on the floor. “The American people deserve to know exactly why EPA pushed ahead with such intensity to capture alarmist headlines, and then, when their investigations didn’t pan out the way they had hoped, they were forced to reverse their claims.”

    According to Inhofe, it is imperative that the EPA answers for their apparent hostility to oil, gas and coal producers.

    “[T]wo things are clearly incontrovertible,” he concluded. “1) the Obama Administration has done everything it possibly can to destroy domestic production of oil, gas and coal. And 2) the Obama Administration now is successfully carrying out its admitted plan to ‘boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe’ and make energy prices ‘necessarily skyrocket.’ Fortunately for the American people, they have yet to fully achieve their goal and we have got to stop them.”

    “Against the backdrop of recent events, and Administrator Armendariz’s admission that EPA is out to crucify natural gas companies, it’s clear that EPA did not base these three studies on sound science or engage in the proper scientific process; the agency has been using questionable authorities while usurping the rightful regulatory authority of states,” he said announcing the investigation Wednesday. “EPA clearly went through with these investigations based on preconceived conclusions with the explicit goal of tying potential environmental harms to hydraulic fracturing
    *****************************************************************************

    Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, highlighted a recently discovered 2010 speech by Obama-appointed Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz, in which the EPA official described the agency’s enforcement philosophy.
    “Oil and gas is an enforcement priority, it’s one of seven, so we are going to spend a fair amount of time looking at oil and gas production. And I gave — I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said,” said Armendariz, according to Inhofe.

    “It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them,” Inhofe quoted Armendariz saying. “And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there.”

    Inhofe said Armendariz’s words offer a “rare glimpse” into the Obama administration’s mindset, and pointed to examples of the EPA allegedly employing the strategy against natural gas producers in Parker County, Texas, Pavilion, Wyoming, and Dimock, Pennsylvania.

    “In all three of these cases, before these investigations were complete, EPA made headline-grabbing statements either insinuating or proclaiming that hydraulic fracturing was the cause of water contamination,” he said, according to prepared comments, explaining in all three instances the agency later walk back their proclamations quietly.
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    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/25/inhofe-to-investigate-epa-officials-crucify-them-approach-to-oil-companies/

  24. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-! Preezy just keeps on breaking all the rules, including the Fallon appearance.

    Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.” By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often, and his lead band singer would warble in support of Obama’s propaganda.

    Only one problem, aside from the fact that this was possibly the worst “comedy” segment in the history of mankind: it violated campaign finance law.

    The equal time rule states that if a licensee permits a person “who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station.”

    There are exceptions to the rule: appearances on (1) a bona fide newscast, (2) a bona fide news interview, (3) a bona fide news documentary, or (4) on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events.

    Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.” By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often, and his lead band singer would warble in support of Obama’s propaganda.

    Only one problem, aside from the fact that this was possibly the worst “comedy” segment in the history of mankind: it violated campaign finance law.

    The equal time rule states that if a licensee permits a person “who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station.”

    There are exceptions to the rule: appearances on (1) a bona fide newscast, (2) a bona fide news interview, (3) a bona fide news documentary, or (4) on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/04/25/Obama-Fallon-Appearance-Violated-Law

  25. This is a long post but it needs to be read and analyzed.This is Hillary at her best and to me the message is clear.She will run on her time and place.America and the world needs her more than ever.

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    April 24, 2012

    Thank you very much. Thank you all. Thank you and welcome to my announcement to run for president of Malta. (Laughter.) I am so delighted to be here in New York in the United States of America at this event, and I want to thank Rick Stengel and everyone at TIME for bringing together this remarkable group of people and for including me as well. Truth be told, as Richard just mentioned, I did invite him to travel with me to all those countries, including Libya, just after the revolution, and it was, frankly, a transparent ploy to make the TIME 100 list. (Laughter.) So if you ever want to make the list again, or for the first time, just follow that example.
    We’re here in the greatest city in the world, and I’m delighted that TIME has included two of the newest residents: Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow. And for both of them, I’m sure they will have already discovered what a welcoming, exciting place New York is. And if you want any advice, if you need a little help getting your bearings, I’ve put together some ideas for a Listening Tour – and if you just travel around, you’ll hear all kinds of things from New Yorkers. And for me it was a great experience representing this exciting state.
    Now, there’s a lot to be done tonight, but there’s not really a lot of room for more than one internet meme sensation, so I’m afraid that Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin really take the cake here. Speaking of New York though, I was delighted to see that our wonderful Governor Andrew Cuomo is on the TIME 100 list, along with others like Marco Rubio. And the two of them and I have ended up on some other lists this past couple of months. (Laughter.) And I assume it’s their keen interest in foreign policy that brings us together. But for me, looking through this list and looking at that exciting video depiction of everyone, I just want to say how impressed and grateful I am.
    TIME has honored so many national and global leaders; you couldn’t possibly acknowledge every one. There’s many I haven’t had a chance to meet yet – I was sort of hoping Kim Jong-un would show up. (Laughter.) I don’t think he’s here but if you catch sight of him, let me know. We’re still trying to figure out what he’s all about. (Laughter.)
    But I do want to give a shout-out to Angela Merkel and Dilma Rousseff and Portia Miller, Christine Lagarde, who are also on this list and prove once again that you actually can run the world in heels and pantsuits. (Applause.) Because the day is over when women leaders could only aspire to a supporting role. And by the way, I think we may have just found Kristen Wiig’s next movie. She can call it: “Bridesmaids No Longer.” (Laughter.)
    I am – just excited to have the chance to say a few semi-serious words. Because aside from the dictators – and I am not talking about my friend Harvey – (laughter) – this is a truly remarkable list with so many distinguished leaders, artists, and activists, people who are on the front lines across the globe, whether it’s fighting AIDS in India, corruption in Russia, gender-based violence in Pakistan. And I am personally pleased at how many courageous women are on the list this year.
    Now what does this actually mean, besides a fabulous evening in one of the great spots of New York? You’ve been deemed as influential. And I think it means that, at least according to TIME and the process they went through, people are inspired by your grace and your grit, moved by your refusal to give up even when the challenges appear insurmountable, motivated by your focus on solving problems that actually matter in people’s lives, showing us all what it means to work hard, to innovate, to advance our common humanity, to lead.
    And the challenges that so many of you and others who couldn’t be with us tonight take on every day – conflict and persecution, corruption and poverty, hunger and disease – go directly to the security and prosperity of this country and all countries.
    Today a flu in Canton can become an epidemic in Chicago. Or a protest in Cairo can reverberate to Calcutta causing economic and political shockwaves. And we know too well the destruction that an extremist cell in Karachi or Kandahar can cause. The world has changed – technology and globalization have made nearly every country and community interdependent and interconnected; citizens and non-state actors like NGOs, corporations, cartels are increasingly influencing international affairs for good or for ill. And the challenges we face have become so complex, so fast-moving, so cross-cutting that no one nation can hope to solve them alone. So how we practice foreign policy needs to change as well.
    And when President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State, people were asking, “Is America still up to the job of leading in this rapidly changing world?” And we faced two wars, an economy in free-fall, diplomacy had been deemphasized, our traditional alliances were fraying, the international system the United States had helped to build and defend looked increasingly obsolete.
    So the President set a clear objective to secure and advance America’s global leadership in the 21st Century. And to achieve that goal, we could no longer rely primarily on military solutions or on a go-it-alone approach. We needed to expand our thinking and our horizons, to use every tool in the proverbial tool box, every asset, every partner, in an integrated approach. And that meant breaking out of old bureaucratic silos, engaging with emerging powers, and most importantly, as Rick said, with people themselves, not just governments. It also meant harnessing market forces to help solve strategic problems, finding new partners in the private sector. In short, we needed to change the way we did business from top to bottom. And we called this new approach: “Smart Power.”
    And it’s been more than three years now. By the time I finish next January, I guess I’ll have traveled a million miles, visited more than 100 countries. And I know a couple of things. One, the world remains a dangerous place, but I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. We have integrated the three pillars of American foreign policy: diplomacy, development, and defense. And we have worked hard to restore America’s standing, especially by repairing alliances and deepening relationships, and paying a lot of attention to the so-called rising powers. And also putting together coalitions to do things like protect civilians in Libya, or to try to, through pressure and sanctions, influence behavior in Iran. Putting people at the center of our foreign policy, especially those long pushed to the margins like women and young people, religious and ethnic minorities, the LGBT community, civil society. That was important because we want to make clear that America’s values of inclusivity and democracy, of fairness and equality of opportunity really were at the core of who we are and who we will be. So we determined to make innovation and partnerships the foundation of what we did.
    And America’s global leadership is not a birthright. It has to be earned by each successive generation. So putting the common good ahead of narrow interests is what I think is not just a nice thing to do, but essential. And that’s as true at home as it is abroad. To be innovative, integrated, visionary, it’s all critical to the kind of future we want.
    And there is no substitute for American leadership. I feel it everywhere I travel, every time that big blue and white plane with the words United States of America on the side touches down in another country. And yes, I appreciate greatly our military and material might. But at bottom it is our values and our commitment to fairness and justice, freedom and democracy that has set us apart and hopefully, God-willing, will always set us apart. It’s what makes American leadership so exceptional.
    So let me leave you with just one final thought. Because as much as the world changes, this will always be true: Sometimes nations must be willing to do what is right no matter the odds or the costs. We must be prepared to act strongly and decisively, with every tool and, even occasionally, weapon at our disposal.
    Some of you might have seen that photograph from the White House Situation Room on the day Usama bin Ladin was killed. And I’m often asked: What was going through my mind during that very long, tense day? And first, I remembered all the people here in New York who I had gotten to know, who I was privileged to represent in the Senate, and how much they, and we, deserved justice for our loved ones. And I thought about America and how important it was to protect our country from another attack. And I prayed for the safety of those brave men, those Navy SEALS risking their lives on that moonless Pakistani night.
    So America will not only continue to lead, we will do so because we must. It’s who we are. It’s in our DNA. And I want to be sure that as I finish off my term as Secretary of State, and eventually get to a point where I can put my feet up and actually enjoy just being a citizen again, there’s a lot of work still to be done. There’s not a moment to lose.
    And as I head off to another country and go on to all the meetings that I’ll be having, I will have the privilege to meet people like those we honor tonight. I will have the privilege to see firsthand what they are doing to advance freedom and opportunity to stand up to injustice, and I will know that America needs to be on their side. We need to continue doing what America does best: solving problems, standing for our values, and making it clear that the future will be just as exciting, filled with potential, as we have enjoyed a past that has given so many of us the opportunities that we sometimes take for granted, but which we are privileged to have as we gather here tonight.
    So we need your help to continue this mission, this human mission. And next year when the editors of TIME begin putting together their list, I hope that they, and we, will find a world perhaps a little more peaceful, more prosperous, and more free.
    And thanks to all of you for your contributions in making that so. Thank you all. Goodnight. (Applause.)

  26. Basil99 – a few more…

    He’s likeable enough, or not.

    He’s likeable enough, just not qualified.

    He’s likeable enough, or so he says.

    He really isn’t that likable, nor qualified.

  27. the green light for the Keystone Pipeline – wipeout!
    —–
    Stuuuuuuurike three and he’s out!

  28. What, the child had huge ears and a petulant pout? Poor kid.

    Obama touches child’s head and remarks — doesn’t this look like a “Barack.” – per WH Pool—
    (@toddstarnes) April 25, 2012

  29. Sarah weighs in on farm chores:

    The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.

    My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.

    Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

    – Sarah Palin

  30. jtjames
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/hillary-clinton-president-2016-bill-clinton_n_1452182.html

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

    Thanks for a nice article. I’m picking out some names of people Bill is helping. so we can watch and applaud them:


    Bill Clinton prefers to help Democrats such as Kathleen Kane, a lawyer who won the party’s nomination for attorney general of Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
    [….]
    Rep. Jason Altmire had flirted at length with endorsing Hillary in 2008 — he went so far as to demand a long car ride with the former president — but in the end stayed neutral. Rep. Mark Critz’s predecessor, an old bull named John Murtha, had endorsed Hillary.
    That history was apparently enough for Bill. He endorsed Critz, who won on Tuesday.
    [….]
    the former president endorsed a political novice, millionaire banker John Delaney, for the district’s Democratic congressional nomination. Yes, Delaney and his wife, April, were major Hillary bundlers in 2008.

  31. JtJames, thanks for that article. Anyone who thinks Hillary or Bill Clinton don’t remember 2008 should read it. Anytime Bill or Hillary say something nice about Barack Obama that article should be reread. “There are three leading political parties in America.” Guess which one we belong to?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/hillary-clinton-president-2016-bill-clinton_n_1452182.html

    This article should be read in full and parsed and examined and re-examined. Then read again and examined again.

    BTW, O”Hanlon is an Obama suckup. Delaney is a winner.

  32. like this part the most although I wouldn’t call it a mom and pop operation…
    We have three leading political parties in America today: Republican, Democratic and Clinton. The last is a mom-and-pop operation, with a Chelsea. It’s been 12 years since they had a president in office, but they still keep score, tend to their base and ponder what to do next with their political, financial and charitable clout

  33. like this part the most although I wouldn’t call it a mom and pop operation…

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

    Yeah! I think we need to cultivate a new generation of the Clinton party, since Chelsea isn’t even interested in running, apparently.

    Elizabeth WArren, maybe?

  34. and just for the hell of it… from Elizabeth Joyce’s monthly predictions for APRIL 2012
    Events will begin to move quickly now, especially in the political arena. I still get that Obama will not be on the presidential ticket in the fall.
    From my memory she said in 2008 it was not Hillary’s race to win that hers would be 2012 and she keeps saying it. I’ll have to go back and see if I can find out the predictions she made back then. We shall see, I predict supreme court overturns obama care, bottom falls out of Obama and Hillary runs. June cannot come quickly enough.

  35. We have three leading political parties in America today: Republican, Democratic and Clinton. The last is a mom-and-pop operation, with a Chelsea. It’s been 12 years since they had a president in office, but they still keep score, tend to their base and ponder what to do next with their political, financial and charitable clout

    ————> Still waiting for Hillary’s turn.

    A little rest for our favorite lady then, Ca-Ching, a headband is tossed into the Presidential ring.

  36. “Yeah, but neutral was the same as endorsing Barack,” the former president said, according to the intermediary, who declined to be named because of continuing friendships with both men. “The answer is still no.”

    ———Neutral, as in voting 3rd party in 2012, IMAlmostHO.

  37. I love this line too…

    … (Hillary) …the Beltway chattering classes wonder aloud whether she will be a candidate for president in 2016. She has said no in many ways, none of them utterly definitive. “And nobody would believe her anyway, no matter how Shermanesque,” said Phillipe Reines, her longtime aide.

    (admin said it should be dissected) 😉

  38. Ohio:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/mandel-to-run-early-tv-ads-in-ohio-120902.html

    Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel is going up tonight with his first TV ads of the 2012 campaign, a source tracking the national air war tells me.

    Mandel, Ohio’s state treasurer, is the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. A youthful war veteran and former state legislator, he has attracted national attention as an up-and-coming Jewish Republican, and has won out-of-state endorsements from Marco Rubio and Chris Christie.

    The Mandel campaign’s TV flight runs to about $580,000 over two weeks, my source tells me — a big, early investment from a candidate who’s proven to be a powerful fundraiser.

    Ohio is high on the list of Senate seats drawing national attention and money from both Democratic- and Republican-leaning outside groups, and Mandel’s ad buy is another indication of how expensive this race is likely to be. Given how cluttered the airwaves will soon be with Obama and Romney ads, early exposure could make a difference as Mandel seeks to close the gap against Brown.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/now-sherrod-browns-going-up-121644.html

    We reported a week ago that Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel – the Republican state treasurer – was going on the air with his first TV ads against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Now, Brown’s campaign is preparing to return fire with its own commercials starting tomorrow. [snip]

    The cost so far is $150,000 — not as much as Mandel’s buy, but a sign that Brown isn’t taking his challenger lightly. And it’s one more indication that the national campaign is starting to engage more fully on more than the presidential level.

  39. The Marine Corps said Wednesday it has decided to discharge a sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.

    The Corps said Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members.

    The San Diego-area Marine has served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. He has said he was exercising his free-speech rights.

    The discharge will mean he loses all benefits.

    A federal judge previously denied a request to block military discharge proceedings against Stein, who called Obama an enemy on Facebook.

    U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff ruled then that the military has the right to respond to Stein’s online comments in a case that has called into question the Pentagon’s policies regarding social media and the limits regarding the speech of active duty military personnel.

    Attorney J. Mark Brewer told Huff the entire process violates the First Amendment, which federal courts have the right to uphold.

    Huff disagreed, calling Stein’s postings “truly troubling.” Service members have had their speech limited since the Civil War, especially if their comments are believed to disrupt good order and discipline.

    The judge pointed out Stein’s March 1 comments on a Facebook page used by Marine Corps meteorologists in which the sergeant stated, “Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/25/marine-corps-discharges-sergeant-who-posted-facebook-posts-critical-obama/

  40. jtjames
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    ————–

    Lots of job and career change for Scorpios, 😉 and for the better..

  41. http://www.reuters.com/article/comments/idUSBRE83O18H20120425

    Finally! A fact-based narrative about Zim.

    George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

    By Chris Francescani
    SANFORD, Florida | Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:20pm EDT

    Excerpts:
    Pprosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.

    But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman’s past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

    Based on extensive interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers of Zimmerman in two states, law enforcement officials, and reviews of court documents and police reports, the story sheds new light on the man at the center of one of the most controversial homicide cases in America.

    The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

    A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.
    Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

    “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

  42. BASIL99
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    —————–

    I just finished reading that article. I wondered why he was carrying a gun and this article explains why — something about a neighbor’s pitbull running loose and attacking others in the neighborhood. I have a neighbor who used to let their dog loose, it is friendly but..(they stopped doing that after we yelled at them).

  43. HillaryforTexas
    April 25th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This story has me seeing red and is enough to bring me out of semi-medical leave retirement to write about the dozens of farms in this area which would be severely affected by such a decision.

    Check the EPA story I posted upthread. These agencies are all related-EPA, The Dept of Labor, the Health and Human disservices committee, the every child’s fat behind committee — they should all be fired and exiled – together – on some remote island and have to live with one another the rest of their lives making up one rule after another to govern themselves in eternal misery.

  44. 😳

    Wrong link.

    Here it is.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/us-usa-florida-shooting-zimmerman-idUSBRE83O18H20120425

    Also. you realize it was the COPS who told Zim to get a gun to deal with the aggressive dog.

    (Boy, we just can’t get away from dog stories!)

    The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

    “Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

    “Get a gun.”

  45. What happened in the Supreme Court makes the district judge who issued the injunction against the State of Arizona look Guinness Book stupid. It is harder than hell to get an injunction, courts are loathe to grant them, and the typical response is either there is no irreparable harm or the remedy at law is adequate. This Judge however, who was recommended by John Kyle of all people, had no problem issuing one. Once issued, the Ninth Circuit did its usual dance and upheld an erroneous decision, which is why they are the most reversed court of appeals in history. Now the Supreme Court digs into this and even the lefties on he court can’t find much of a fig leaf to hide behind. Obama can blame the Solicitor General for this loss and for the loss of Obamacare, but the buck stops with him, whether he knows it or not. And it is hard to see how being stuck down on his two signature policy initiatives strengthens his hand. Quite the contrary, it supports the narrative that he overreaches in the assertion of federal power, and behaves like a dictator–the little dictator, not a competent one.
    —————————————————————
    In the case of immigration, in 1996 Congress even required the federal government to respond and investigate someone’s immigration status when asked by state or local police. In other words, the Obama Administration is mandated by federal law to comply with this provision of Arizona’s plan.

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    Associated Press

    The state is simply using its own resources to execute rules set up by Congress. The Administration is using pre-emption doctrine as a pretext to not enforce those rules and strip Arizona of the authority that Congress bestowed as part of its power to manage the nation’s borders. In effect, Justice is claiming that Arizona has the wrong enforcement priorities so the Obama Administration can create a new immigration policy by fiat. This is the real constitutional violation in this case.

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Administration, even though a slew of Supreme Court precedents say otherwise valid and constitutionally sanctioned state laws cannot be pre-empted simply because an Administration doesn’t like them. The appellate court’s partially split decision drew a distinction between “ad hoc” immigration enforcement by state and local police and “systematic” enforcement efforts that the court claimed can be pre-empted.

    This distinction does not exist in any bill passed by Congress that we’re aware of, which helps to explain why the Ninth Circuit is the most overturned appellate court in the country, if not the universe.
    ***

    Many on the political left are throwing up civil-rights smoke in this case by claiming that Arizona is racially profiling as part of its law. On the substance of the statute, we agree that states are wasting their scarce resources if they have cops picking up landscapers and other workers.

    But the racial claim has no basis. In 2005, Arizona’s then-Governor Janet Napolitano—a Democrat who now runs homeland security for Mr. Obama—declared a state of emergency as a result of illegal aliens. Is she a racist too? If the claim had merit, the Justice Department would use it, but it makes no such argument in its brief to the Court.

    The heart of this case is the balance of state and federal power, not immigration. The Obama Administration is the party abusing the Constitution’s architecture for purely political ends, and we assume the High Court will say so.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303459004577363960855096838.html?grcc=88888Z0ZhpgeZ0Z0Z0Z0Z0&mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion

  46. A little rest for our favorite lady then, Ca-Ching, a headband is tossed into the Presidential ring.

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

    That would make a great cartoon.

    Maybe the hats would be labeled. The headband would need no label. 😉

  47. wbboei,

    You provide us non-legal eagles with the most delicious insight!

    Thanks. Better watch out. I might start sending you questions about legal issues from stories I cover.

    😀

  48. Re:HillaryforTexas
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The only thing surprising about Marco Rubio is that he is on the height challenged side for a male; but you love him if you listen to him. He is authentic, something that would be an asset for Romney. He is smart. He loves this country. And, it appears that he can tell the truth about ObaMAO without sounding bitter.

    Romney best not choose a pale pastel choice; Rubio fits the bill. I stated waaaay back that whoever selects him as VP would get my vote; otherwise some would find it nearly impossible to vote for the milquetoast Romney. And if Romney and ObaMAO are ‘deemed’ eligible and can assume office, then so can he.

  49. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog.

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

    “Cornered Shellie” — by doing what? “Frightened” another dog — by doing what?

    So for this, Z gets a gun and prepares to shoot the dog instead of even trying pepper spray first? (Or, yanno, talking to the owner.)

    This begins to sound more and more like a poster case for stricter gun control.

  50. You really do need remedial reading work.

    “The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

    “Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

    THAT’S WHAT THE COP SAID! DON’T USE PEPPER SPRAY ON THE DOG!

    WHY DON’T YOU READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, WHICH WAS TOO LONG TO POST IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE COMMENTING? I PROVIDED THE LINK UPTHREAD!

    I AM USING CAPS TO GET YOU TO PAY ATTENTION INSTEAD OF SPOUTING OFF WITHOUT A CLUE ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE ARTICLE REFERENCED!

    I GIVE UP. THERE IS NO HELP FOR YOU.

  51. from ace
    ****************

    UK Slips Into Double-Dip Recession
    —Ace

    Foreshadowing?

    Britain’s economy slid into its second recession since the financial crisis after official data unexpectedly showed a fall in output in the first three months of 2012, piling pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron’s embattled coalition government.
    The Office for National Statistics said Britain’s gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 after contracting by 0.3 percent at the end of 2011, confounding forecasts for 0.1 percent growth.
    The contraction was prefigured by a huge fall in construction activity.

    I don’t know if this campaign line works, but I’ve been thinking Romney could say something like: “Barack Obama has been trusting Europe to pull us out of recession. But we’ve never counted on Europe to pull the world out of recession before — America has always been the engine. This time, we’re counting on weaker economies to pull us out of recession instead of doing the job ourselves, and it’s having predictable consequences.”

    That’s very first-draft. But the basic idea is to tie together four different things — Obama’s passivity, Obama’s disregard for America’s position as the Indispensable Nation, his overfondness of European socialism as an economic model, and of course his miserable failure.

  52. BASIL99, this is why I don’t even bother anymore. Main points and broad ideas are never discussed – only some tiny little irrelevant nit is latched onto like the Most Important Truth of the Century. Rabbit trail after rabbit trail, ad infinitum.

    Just scroll. It’s easier.

  53. Regarding the article posted by JtJames and Basil99 there is a lot there. Apparently there was a rash of burglaries committed by young black men (or so it is alleged even by black residents). Also it seems many of the residents were not homeowners and possibly were trashing the place. There is no information as to whether the girlfriend of Trayvon’s dad was a renter or an owner.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/us-usa-florida-shooting-zimmerman-idUSBRE83O18H20120425

    By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Previously a family-friendly, first-time homeowner community, it was devastated by the recession that hit the Florida housing market, and transient renters began to occupy some of the 263 town houses in the complex. Vandalism and occasional drug activity were reported, and home values plunged. One resident who bought his home in 2006 for $250,000 said it was worth $80,000 today.

    At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.

    In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men. Twin Lakes is about 50 percent white, with an African-American and Hispanic population of about 20 percent each, roughly similar to the surrounding city of Sanford, according to U.S. Census data.

    There is a lot of potentially racially inflammatory information in the article. In court the racial information is not going to be in play because the prosecution has already given up on that angle and in either case there is a lot of information of how racially tolerant Zimmerman’s history is.

    Zimmerman is much more understood after all this information is read and comes off as a pretty good guy.

  54. With apologies to admin and all other posters I feel posting the entire article is the only sane response. It speaks for itself. Apologies for the space use.

    (Reuters) – A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.

    The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

    “Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

    “Get a gun.”

    That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.

    By June 2011, Zimmerman’s attention had shifted from a loose pit bull to a wave of robberies that rattled the community, called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. The homeowners association asked him to launch a neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman would begin to carry the Kel-Tec on his regular, dog-walking patrol – a violation of neighborhood watch guidelines but not a crime.

    Few of his closest neighbors knew he carried a gun – until two months ago.

    On February 26, George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in what Zimmerman says was self-defense. The furor that ensued has consumed the country and prompted a re-examination of guns, race and self-defense laws enacted in nearly half the United States.

    During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.

    But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman’s past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

    Based on extensive interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers of Zimmerman in two states, law enforcement officials, and reviews of court documents and police reports, the story sheds new light on the man at the center of one of the most controversial homicide cases in America.

    The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

    A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.

    Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

    “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

    “MIXED” HOUSEHOLD

    George Michael Zimmerman was born in 1983 to Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the third of four children. Robert Zimmerman Sr. was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam in 1970, and was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, in 1975 with Gladys Mesa’s brother George. Zimmerman Sr. also served two tours in Korea, and spent the final 10 years of his 22-year military career in the Pentagon, working for the Department of Defense, a family member said.

    In his final years in Virginia before retiring to Florida, Robert Zimmerman served as a magistrate in Fairfax County’s 19th Judicial District.

    Robert and Gladys met in January 1975, when George Mesa brought along his army buddy to his sister’s birthday party. She was visiting from Peru, on vacation from her job there as a physical education teacher. Robert was a Baptist, Gladys was Catholic. They soon married, in a Catholic ceremony in Alexandria, and moved to nearby Manassas.

    Gladys came to lead a small but growing Catholic Hispanic enclave within the All Saints Catholic Church parish in the late 1970s, where she was involved in the church’s outreach programs. Gladys would bring young George along with her on “home visits” to poor families, said a family friend, Teresa Post.

    “It was part of their upbringing to know that there are people in need, people more in need than themselves,” said Post, a Peruvian immigrant who lived with the Zimmermans for a time.

    Post recalls evening prayers before dinner in the ethnically diverse Zimmerman household, which included siblings Robert Jr., Grace, and Dawn. “It wasn’t only white or only Hispanic or only black – it was mixed,” she said.

    Zimmerman’s maternal grandmother, Cristina, who had lived with the Zimmermans since 1978, worked as a babysitter for years during Zimmerman’s childhood. For several years she cared for two African-American girls who ate their meals at the Zimmerman house and went back and forth to school each day with the Zimmerman children.

    “They were part of the household for years, until they were old enough to be on their own,” Post said.

    Zimmerman served as an altar boy at All Saints from age 7 to 17, church members said.

    “He wasn’t the type where, you know, ‘I’m being forced to do this,’ and a dragging-his-feet Catholic,” said Sandra Vega, who went to high school with George and his siblings. “He was an altar boy for years, and then worked in the rectory too. He has a really good heart.”

    George grew up bilingual, and by age 10 he was often called to the Haydon Elementary School principal’s office to act as a translator between administrators and immigrant parents. At 14 he became obsessed with becoming a Marine, a relative said, joining the after-school ROTC program at Grace E. Metz Middle School and polishing his boots by night. At 15, he worked three part-time jobs – in a Mexican restaurant, for the rectory, and washing cars – on nights and weekends, to save up for a car.

    After graduating from Osbourn High School in 2001, Zimmerman moved to Lake Mary, Florida, a town neighboring Sanford. His parents purchased a retirement home there in 2002, in part to bring Cristina, who suffers from arthritis, to a warmer climate.

    YOUNG INSURANCE AGENT

    On his own at 18, George got a job at an insurance agency and began to take classes at night to earn a license to sell insurance. He grew friendly with a real estate agent named Lee Ann Benjamin, who shared office space in the building, and later her husband, John Donnelly, a Sanford attorney.

    “George impressed me right off the bat as just a real go-getter,” Donnelly said. “He was working days and taking all these classes at night, passing all the insurance classes, not just for home insurance, but auto insurance and everything. He wanted to open his own office – and he did.”

    In 2004, Zimmerman partnered with an African-American friend and opened up an Allstate insurance satellite office, Donnelly said.

    Then came 2005, and a series of troubles. Zimmerman’s business failed, he was arrested, and he broke off an engagement with a woman who filed a restraining order against him.

    That July, Zimmerman was charged with resisting arrest, violence, and battery of an officer after shoving an undercover alcohol-control agent who was arresting an under-age friend of Zimmerman’s at a bar. He avoided conviction by agreeing to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that included anger-management classes.

    In August, Zimmerman’s fiancee at the time, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman reciprocated with his own order on the same grounds, and both orders were granted. The relationship ended.

    In 2007 he married Shellie Dean, a licensed cosmetologist, and in 2009 the couple rented a townhouse in the Retreat at Twin Lakes. Zimmerman had bounced from job to job for a couple of years, working at a car dealership and a mortgage company. At times, according to testimony from Shellie at a bond hearing for Zimmerman last week, the couple filed for unemployment benefits.

    Zimmerman enrolled in Seminole State College in 2009, and in December 2011 he was permitted to participate in a school graduation ceremony, despite being a course credit shy of his associate’s degree in criminal justice. Zimmerman was completing that course credit when the shooting occurred.

    On March 22, nearly a month after the shooting and with the controversy by then swirling nationwide, the school issued a press release saying it was taking the “unusual, but necessary” step of withdrawing Zimmerman’s enrollment, citing “the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.”

    A NEIGHBORHOOD IN FEAR

    By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Previously a family-friendly, first-time homeowner community, it was devastated by the recession that hit the Florida housing market, and transient renters began to occupy some of the 263 town houses in the complex. Vandalism and occasional drug activity were reported, and home values plunged. One resident who bought his home in 2006 for $250,000 said it was worth $80,000 today.

    At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.

    In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men. Twin Lakes is about 50 percent white, with an African-American and Hispanic population of about 20 percent each, roughly similar to the surrounding city of Sanford, according to U.S. Census data.

    One morning in July 2011, a black teenager walked up to Zimmerman’s front porch and stole a bicycle, neighbors told Reuters. A police report was taken, though the bicycle was not recovered.

    But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.

    On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy’s bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically.

    “I said, ‘What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!'” she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.

    Police arrived just as the burglars – who had been trying to disconnect the couple’s television – fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.

    After police left Bertalan, George Zimmerman arrived at the front door in a shirt and tie, she said. He gave her his contact numbers on an index card and invited her to visit his wife if she ever felt unsafe. He returned later and gave her a stronger lock to bolster the sliding door that had been forced open.

    “He was so mellow and calm, very helpful and very, very sweet,” she said last week. “We didn’t really know George at first, but after the break-in we talked to him on a daily basis. People were freaked out. It wasn’t just George calling police … we were calling police at least once a week.”

    In September, a group of neighbors including Zimmerman approached the homeowners association with their concerns, she said. Zimmerman was asked to head up a new neighborhood watch. He agreed.

    “PLEASE CONTACT OUR CAPTAIN”

    Police had advised Bertalan to get a dog. She and her husband decided to move out instead, and left two days before the shooting. Zimmerman took the advice.

    “He’d already had a mutt that he walked around the neighborhood every night – man, he loved that dog – but after that home invasion he also got a Rottweiler,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a friend and neighbor of the Zimmermans.

    Around the same time, Zimmerman also gave Rodriguez and his wife, Audria, his contact information, so they could reach him day or night. Rodriguez showed the index card to Reuters. In neat cursive was a list of George and Shellie’s home number and cell phones, as well as their emails.

    Less than two weeks later, another Twin Lakes home was burglarized, police reports show. Two weeks after that, a home under construction was vandalized.

    The Retreat at Twin Lakes e-newsletter for February 2012 noted: “The Sanford PD has announced an increased patrol within our neighborhood … during peak crime hours.

    “If you’ve been a victim of a crime in the community, after calling police, please contact our captain, George Zimmerman.”

    EMMANUEL BURGESS – SETTING THE STAGE

    On February 2, 2012, Zimmerman placed a call to Sanford police after spotting a young black man he recognized peering into the windows of a neighbor’s empty home, according to several friends and neighbors.

    “I don’t know what he’s doing. I don’t want to approach him, personally,” Zimmerman said in the call, which was recorded. The dispatcher advised him that a patrol car was on the way. By the time police arrived, according to the dispatch report, the suspect had fled.

    On February 6, the home of another Twin Lakes resident, Tatiana Demeacis, was burglarized. Two roofers working directly across the street said they saw two African-American men lingering in the yard at the time of the break-in. A new laptop and some gold jewelry were stolen. One of the roofers called police the next day after spotting one of the suspects among a group of male teenagers, three black and one white, on bicycles.

    Police found Demeacis’s laptop in the backpack of 18-year-old Emmanuel Burgess, police reports show, and charged him with dealing in stolen property. Burgess was the same man Zimmerman had spotted on February 2.

    Burgess had committed a series of burglaries on the other side of town in 2008 and 2009, pleaded guilty to several, and spent all of 2010 incarcerated in a juvenile facility, his attorney said. He is now in jail on parole violations.

    Three days after Burgess was arrested, Zimmerman’s grandmother was hospitalized for an infection, and the following week his father was also admitted for a heart condition. Zimmerman spent a number of those nights on a hospital room couch.

    Ten days after his father was hospitalized, Zimmerman noticed another young man in the neighborhood, acting in a way he found familiar, so he made another call to police.

    “We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy,” Zimmerman said, as Trayvon Martin returned home from the store.

    The last time Zimmerman had called police, to report Burgess, he followed protocol and waited for police to arrive. They were too late, and Burgess got away.

    This time, Zimmerman was not so patient, and he disregarded police advice against pursuing Martin.

    “These assholes,” he muttered in an aside, “they always get away.”

    After the phone call ended, several minutes passed when the movements of Zimmerman and Martin remain a mystery.

    Moments later, Martin lay dead with a bullet in his chest.

    (Editing by David Adams, Daniel Trotta and P

  55. Sorry for the long article but some people need to have all info and are apparently too lazy to check links themselves.

    George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/us-usa-florida-shooting-zimmerman-idUSBRE83O18H20120425

    SANFORD, Florida | Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:20pm EDT

    (Reuters) – A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.

    The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

    “Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.
    “Get a gun.”

    That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.

    By June 2011, Zimmerman’s attention had shifted from a loose pit bull to a wave of robberies that rattled the community, called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. The homeowners association asked him to launch a neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman would begin to carry the Kel-Tec on his regular, dog-walking patrol – a violation of neighborhood watch guidelines but not a crime.
    Few of his closest neighbors knew he carried a gun – until two months ago.

    On February 26, George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in what Zimmerman says was self-defense. The furor that ensued has consumed the country and prompted a re-examination of guns, race and self-defense laws enacted in nearly half the United States.
    During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.
    But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman’s past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

    Based on extensive interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers of Zimmerman in two states, law enforcement officials, and reviews of court documents and police reports, the story sheds new light on the man at the center of one of the most controversial homicide cases in America.

    The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

    A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.
    Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

    “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

    “MIXED” HOUSEHOLD
    George Michael Zimmerman was born in 1983 to Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the third of four children. Robert Zimmerman Sr. was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam in 1970, and was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, in 1975 with Gladys Mesa’s brother George. Zimmerman Sr. also served two tours in Korea, and spent the final 10 years of his 22-year military career in the Pentagon, working for the Department of Defense, a family member said.
    In his final years in Virginia before retiring to Florida, Robert Zimmerman served as a magistrate in Fairfax County’s 19th Judicial District.

    Robert and Gladys met in January 1975, when George Mesa brought along his army buddy to his sister’s birthday party. She was visiting from Peru, on vacation from her job there as a physical education teacher. Robert was a Baptist, Gladys was Catholic. They soon married, in a Catholic ceremony in Alexandria, and moved to nearby Manassas.

    Gladys came to lead a small but growing Catholic Hispanic enclave within the All Saints Catholic Church parish in the late 1970s, where she was involved in the church’s outreach programs. Gladys would bring young George along with her on “home visits” to poor families, said a family friend, Teresa Post.

    “It was part of their upbringing to know that there are people in need, people more in need than themselves,” said Post, a Peruvian immigrant who lived with the Zimmermans for a time.
    Post recalls evening prayers before dinner in the ethnically diverse Zimmerman household, which included siblings Robert Jr., Grace, and Dawn. “It wasn’t only white or only Hispanic or only black – it was mixed,” she said.

    Zimmerman’s maternal grandmother, Cristina, who had lived with the Zimmermans since 1978, worked as a babysitter for years during Zimmerman’s childhood. For several years she cared for two African-American girls who ate their meals at the Zimmerman house and went back and forth to school each day with the Zimmerman children.

    “They were part of the household for years, until they were old enough to be on their own,” Post said.

    Zimmerman served as an altar boy at All Saints from age 7 to 17, church members said.
    “He wasn’t the type where, you know, ‘I’m being forced to do this,’ and a dragging-his-feet Catholic,” said Sandra Vega, who went to high school with George and his siblings. “He was an altar boy for years, and then worked in the rectory too. He has a really good heart.”

    George grew up bilingual, and by age 10 he was often called to the Haydon Elementary School principal’s office to act as a translator between administrators and immigrant parents. At 14 he became obsessed with becoming a Marine, a relative said, joining the after-school ROTC program at Grace E. Metz Middle School and polishing his boots by night. At 15, he worked three part-time jobs – in a Mexican restaurant, for the rectory, and washing cars – on nights and weekends, to save up for a car.

    After graduating from Osbourn High School in 2001, Zimmerman moved to Lake Mary, Florida, a town neighboring Sanford. His parents purchased a retirement home there in 2002, in part to bring Cristina, who suffers from arthritis, to a warmer climate.

    YOUNG INSURANCE AGENT
    On his own at 18, George got a job at an insurance agency and began to take classes at night to earn a license to sell insurance. He grew friendly with a real estate agent named Lee Ann Benjamin, who shared office space in the building, and later her husband, John Donnelly, a Sanford attorney.

    “George impressed me right off the bat as just a real go-getter,” Donnelly said. “He was working days and taking all these classes at night, passing all the insurance classes, not just for home insurance, but auto insurance and everything. He wanted to open his own office – and he did.”

    In 2004, Zimmerman partnered with an African-American friend and opened up an Allstate insurance satellite office, Donnelly said.

    Then came 2005, and a series of troubles. Zimmerman’s business failed, he was arrested, and he broke off an engagement with a woman who filed a restraining order against him.
    That July, Zimmerman was charged with resisting arrest, violence, and battery of an officer after shoving an undercover alcohol-control agent who was arresting an under-age friend of Zimmerman’s at a bar. He avoided conviction by agreeing to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that included anger-management classes.

    In August, Zimmerman’s fiancee at the time, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman reciprocated with his own order on the same grounds, and both orders were granted. The relationship ended.
    In 2007 he married Shellie Dean, a licensed cosmetologist, and in 2009 the couple rented a townhouse in the Retreat at Twin Lakes. Zimmerman had bounced from job to job for a couple of years, working at a car dealership and a mortgage company. At times, according to testimony from Shellie at a bond hearing for Zimmerman last week, the couple filed for unemployment benefits.

    Zimmerman enrolled in Seminole State College in 2009, and in December 2011 he was permitted to participate in a school graduation ceremony, despite being a course credit shy of his associate’s degree in criminal justice. Zimmerman was completing that course credit when the shooting occurred.

    On March 22, nearly a month after the shooting and with the controversy by then swirling nationwide, the school issued a press release saying it was taking the “unusual, but necessary” step of withdrawing Zimmerman’s enrollment, citing “the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.”

    A NEIGHBORHOOD IN FEAR
    By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Previously a family-friendly, first-time homeowner community, it was devastated by the recession that hit the Florida housing market, and transient renters began to occupy some of the 263 town houses in the complex. Vandalism and occasional drug activity were reported, and home values plunged. One resident who bought his home in 2006 for $250,000 said it was worth $80,000 today.

    At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.

    In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men. Twin Lakes is about 50 percent white, with an African-American and Hispanic population of about 20 percent each, roughly similar to the surrounding city of Sanford, according to U.S. Census data.

    One morning in July 2011, a black teenager walked up to Zimmerman’s front porch and stole a bicycle, neighbors told Reuters. A police report was taken, though the bicycle was not recovered.

    But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.

    On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy’s bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically.
    “I said, ‘What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!'” she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.

    Police arrived just as the burglars – who had been trying to disconnect the couple’s television – fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.

    After police left Bertalan, George Zimmerman arrived at the front door in a shirt and tie, she said. He gave her his contact numbers on an index card and invited her to visit his wife if she ever felt unsafe. He returned later and gave her a stronger lock to bolster the sliding door that had been forced open.

    “He was so mellow and calm, very helpful and very, very sweet,” she said last week. “We didn’t really know George at first, but after the break-in we talked to him on a daily basis. People were freaked out. It wasn’t just George calling police … we were calling police at least once a week.”

    In September, a group of neighbors including Zimmerman approached the homeowners association with their concerns, she said. Zimmerman was asked to head up a new neighborhood watch. He agreed.

    “PLEASE CONTACT OUR CAPTAIN”

    Police had advised Bertalan to get a dog. She and her husband decided to move out instead, and left two days before the shooting. Zimmerman took the advice.
    “He’d already had a mutt that he walked around the neighborhood every night – man, he loved that dog – but after that home invasion he also got a Rottweiler,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a friend and neighbor of the Zimmermans.

    Around the same time, Zimmerman also gave Rodriguez and his wife, Audria, his contact information, so they could reach him day or night. Rodriguez showed the index card to Reuters. In neat cursive was a list of George and Shellie’s home number and cell phones, as well as their emails.

    Less than two weeks later, another Twin Lakes home was burglarized, police reports show. Two weeks after that, a home under construction was vandalized.

    The Retreat at Twin Lakes e-newsletter for February 2012 noted: “The Sanford PD has announced an increased patrol within our neighborhood … during peak crime hours.

    “If you’ve been a victim of a crime in the community, after calling police, please contact our captain, George Zimmerman.”

    EMMANUEL BURGESS – SETTING THE STAGE
    On February 2, 2012, Zimmerman placed a call to Sanford police after spotting a young black man he recognized peering into the windows of a neighbor’s empty home, according to several friends and neighbors.

    “I don’t know what he’s doing. I don’t want to approach him, personally,” Zimmerman said in the call, which was recorded. The dispatcher advised him that a patrol car was on the way. By the time police arrived, according to the dispatch report, the suspect had fled.
    On February 6, the home of another Twin Lakes resident, Tatiana Demeacis, was burglarized. Two roofers working directly across the street said they saw two African-American men lingering in the yard at the time of the break-in. A new laptop and some gold jewelry were stolen. One of the roofers called police the next day after spotting one of the suspects among a group of male teenagers, three black and one white, on bicycles.

    Police found Demeacis’s laptop in the backpack of 18-year-old Emmanuel Burgess, police reports show, and charged him with dealing in stolen property. Burgess was the same man Zimmerman had spotted on February 2.

    Burgess had committed a series of burglaries on the other side of town in 2008 and 2009, pleaded guilty to several, and spent all of 2010 incarcerated in a juvenile facility, his attorney said. He is now in jail on parole violations.

    Three days after Burgess was arrested, Zimmerman’s grandmother was hospitalized for an infection, and the following week his father was also admitted for a heart condition. Zimmerman spent a number of those nights on a hospital room couch.

    Ten days after his father was hospitalized, Zimmerman noticed another young man in the neighborhood, acting in a way he found familiar, so he made another call to police.
    “We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy,” Zimmerman said, as Trayvon Martin returned home from the store.

    The last time Zimmerman had called police, to report Burgess, he followed protocol and waited for police to arrive. They were too late, and Burgess got away.

    This time, Zimmerman was not so patient, and he disregarded police advice against pursuing Martin.

    “These assholes,” he muttered in an aside, “they always get away.”

    After the phone call ended, several minutes passed when the movements of Zimmerman and Martin remain a mystery.

    Moments later, Martin lay dead with a bullet in his chest.

  56. gonxotx,

    When I was in London one guy told me that in Scotland there were at least 20 applicants for every advertized job.

    Holland, of all places, Holland, the centuries-long origin of global commerce, is also on the verge of declaring bankruptcy.

    Maybe that’s why they charge for using the loo. 👿

  57. It was the COP who told Zim “Get a gun.”

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

    Only if you consider an “Animal Services Officer” to be a “COP.”

    According to the article:
    Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.
    “Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.
    “Get a gun.”

    Great “services” to animals, but there you are.

    I hope the article left out some intermediate steps. I used to run an animal rescue project. You don’t go straight to calling the DOGCATCHERS without talking to the owners several times, finding out WHY the dog is loose, offering to fix the fence or whatever the problem is. You sure don’t buy a gun and plan to shoot the dog!

    What’s related here adds up to poor judgement, trigger happy…. (Try reading the whole article.)

  58. The frequency of burglaries in the neighborhood had been mentioned frequently in early stories but then were dropped once the press took off on the Crump/Sharpton/Corey storyline. And buying a gun because a neighbor has a vicious dog running loose is a lot more common than many might think. People just do not advertise it to further antagonize the situation.

  59. And buying a gun because a neighbor has a vicious dog running loose

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

    Vicious as shown by what actions? What did the neighbors say about the dog? What is the dod owner’s side of that story?

  60. Information from Wikipedia about George Zimmerman posted by me as general interest. I will post a Christian Science Monitor article next.

    Zimmerman’s role in the neighborhood watch

    As the only person to volunteer when the homeowners association wanted to organize a community watch,[48] Zimmerman was appointed coordinator by his neighbors, according to Wendy Dorival, Neighborhood Watch organizer for the Sanford Police Department.[49] The homeowner’s association told residents who saw suspicious activity to call Zimmerman if they could not contact the police.[50] “He [Zimmerman] once caught a thief and an arrest was made,” said Cynthia Wibker, secretary of the homeowners association.[48]

    The Retreat at Twin Lakes, north entrance
    Police had been called to The Retreat at Twin Lakes 402 times from January 1, 2011, to February 26, 2012.[48] Zimmerman was the caller on 12 of those calls in that time frame. Crimes committed at The Retreat in the year prior to Martin’s death included eight burglaries, nine thefts and one shooting.[48] The City of Sanford posted a “George Zimmerman 911 Call History” listing 46 event reports naming George Zimmerman as the caller between 2004 and the night of the shooting.[51][52][53][Note 1]

    Zimmerman was licensed to carry a firearm.[48] Sanford police chief Bill Lee stated that neighborhood watch volunteers are not encouraged to carry a gun but have a Constitutional right to do so.[48] Lee further stated, “Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying his weapon when this incident occurred.”[57]

  61. From CSMonitor.com

    George Zimmerman: Social justice activist with a gun

    The depictions of George Zimmerman that have emerged since he killed Trayvon Martin in the Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 have trended mostly around suspicions that he is a racist vigilante, a product of a “shoot first” mentality.

    But as more information about Mr. Zimmerman’s past surfaces, a contrasting picture is emerging that  suggests his values may also align closely with those of social justice activists who have sought his arrest and prosecution for murder.

    Suggestions by his parents that their son worked to protect society’s have-nots raise a question: Is Zimmerman, a registered Democrat of mixed ethnicity who views himself as a Hispanic, actually a different breed of citizen altogether: a social justice activist with a gun?

    At a bond hearing Friday, Zimmerman’s Hispanic mother, Gladys Zimmerman, disagreed with prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda’s suggestion that a 2005 arrest for assaulting a police officer showed a violent streak in the married 28-year-old, who stands accused by the state of second degree murder

    Instead, she said it fit his personality in another way: His zeal to intervene to protect a friend who was being pushed up against a wall by men who turned out to be two plain-clothes law enforcement officers. (A first time offender, Zimmerman escaped a conviction by agreeing to a judge’s request that he take an anger management course.)

    According to his mother, Zimmerman, who was once beaten up in high school, cares about the downtrodden and forgotten, going so far as to rally Sanford residents in defense of a homeless man who was beaten, eventually getting a commendation from the city’s mayor for his work on behalf of social justice.

    He also ventured into what was viewed as a dangerous neighborhood in Orlando to mentor a pair of  black kids, telling his mother, “If I don’t go, they don’t have nobody.” He continued meeting the kids twice a month even after the program was shut down for lack of funds, she said.

    “That was George, that was my son, who organized a meeting so that a poor man could have justice,” said Gladys Zimmerman, under oath. “He’s very protective of people, very protective of homeless people. He likes to defend people. He likes to protect people.”

    “He’s always been concerned about people in society, so he wanted to be able to help somehow,” Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s father, told Judge Kenneth Lester in response to a question about why Zimmerman had been studying criminal justice in college.

    Social justice has been at the core of the Trayvon Martin story.

    It was the social justice website Change.org that introduced the petition that brought notice to the case, eventually leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor and second degree murder charges. Offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement have rallied for Zimmerman’s arrest and on behalf of Trayvon and his family. Civil rights activists have held vigils and protests across the country.

    Certainly, suggestions by his parents that Zimmerman shares some of the values of his harshest critics doesn’t absolve the notion that racial stereotypes, specifically Zimmerman’s view of young black males, may have played a role in his decision to pursue Trayvon on foot, against the advice of a police dispatcher, leading to the confrontation where Trayvon died.

    Police say Zimmerman made a mistake in “profiling” Martin as a criminal. Moreover, Zimmerman’s social justice ideals may have clashed with a desire to safeguard his neighborhood, where he had organized a neighborhood watch group after a series of burglaries.

    “Zimmerman is said to have mentored two black children …. Does that prove he’s not a racist? No,” Touré, a well-known cultural critic (who uses a single name), writes this week in Time magazine. “Humans are filled with contradictions, so Zimmerman could have gotten to know those neighborhood boys and embraced their humanity but not extend the expectation of humanity to someone he didn’t know.

    Nevertheless, as more is known about Zimmerman and the circumstances that brought him to a Seminole County courtroom on Friday, the judgement of his values, which have driven much of the public debate and political division around the case, has become more complicated.

    The latest revelations about Zimmerman’s social justice work come as even some progressives are looking harder at both the facts of the case and their own attitudes and prejudices about race, specifically reactions to young black males.

    Blogger Sarah Milman recounts a moment where she put away a fancy new cell phone as she walked near a young black man wearing a hoodie.

    “Personally, I gained a nice sense of self-satisfaction by joining a lot of other people, white and of color, in condemning Zimmerman’s apparent racism and the laws and police behavior that backed him up,” Ms. Milman writes. “After all, I don’t own a gun, I’m generally suspicious of police, I wouldn’t vote for a politician who supported pro-gun … laws. I mean, c’mon, I give money to incredible organizations that fight for equal justice.”

    But then she concedes that pocketing the cellphone “was the smallest of interactions, which means this isn’t a big risk for me to admit, but in it, I could have been … George Zimmerman.”

    Black New York entrepreneur Ama Yawson blogs:

    “I personally can’t cloak myself in absolute moral superiority because I am not yet able to observe all others in a completely neutral fashion without ascribing some negative or positive values to them based on the combination of their race, ethnicity, age, religion, clothing and or other characteristics. To the extent that George Zimmerman has come to represent prejudice then ‘George Zimmerman’ dwells within me. Does ‘George Zimmerman’ dwell within you?”

    Revelations about Zimmerman’s values are important, both because they could help influence a potential jury and because they challenge a basic narrative that’s run notably along political lines: Liberal Americans and blacks largely condemn Zimmerman and a justice system that originally let him go free, while many conservatives have come to Zimmerman’s defense, saying there’s been a rush to judgment about his motives and the exact circumstances of how the fight started and Zimmerman reacted.

    In what became the first personal glimpse of  Zimmerman’s character, he took the stand Friday to apologize to Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.

    “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman said Friday from the stand. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I was, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

    The family called the apology disingeuous. But his attorney, Mark O’Mara, said he hoped that Zimmerman’s appearance on the stand and the nature of the evidence in the case would help “refocus” frustration and emotion about the handling of the case “away from George.”

    Calling two previous run-ins with the law “run of the mill … for Florida,”Judge Kenneth Lester ruled that Zimmerman is not a flight risk and not a danger to society. Judge Lester allowed him to post a $150,000 bond and move out of state to a secret location while he awaits trial.

    Even as his lawyer said he’s worried about Zimmerman’s safety amid numerous threats, he’s expected to be released from jail this weekend. Under the judge’s order, he must wear an electronic monitoring device, and he’s not allowed to carry a gun.

  62. turndownobama
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    Vicious as shown by what actions?

    OK I’ll bite. A few years ago while walking to my car in the drive way to go to work, I hear screaming and hollering across the street from inside the garage. Another neighbor does also and both of us run over. In a corner of her garage is my neighbor being cornered and snarled at by a pair of young pit bulls. Her husband is trying to push them away with yard tools and they keep advancing on her. I throw a trash can at the dogs and they do not even notice but keep advancing on her. My other neighbor has run back home and returns with a rifle. This woman is hysterical and had open heart surgery less than a month before and we are afraid she is going to collapse with disastrous results. Both dogs are shot.

    The police and an ambulance are called. She is carried to the hospital with an extremely elevated heart rate. We do not know where the dogs came from and have never seen them before. The police locate the owner about a half mile away who tells them he does not know how they got loose. His neighbors say that is not true as they are turned loose every morning for a couple of hours. Then a co-worker calls and tells the police that he brags about them shitting in other peoples yard. He is fined.

    When your dogs are not with you, you do not know what the hell they act like or are doing. Just because they would never corner a woman in her own garage if you are present does not mean they won’t do it when out running as a pack if they get loose. Because no one can claim with absolute certainty that their dogs will not cause harm is why we have lease and restraint laws. No one is obligated to notify an owner before they contact the dog catcher if they will just say my dog would never do that which is what most are told by the owners.

  63. Mormaer
    April 25th, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    —————–
    Some of what you write relates to our own experience. Neighbors two houses down the road would routinely let their dog loose. It got into the habit of pooping all over our front yard. I didn’t even know about it until the painters painting our house started putting stakes everywhere and I asked them why. We even caught the dog in the act one afternoon. I went and tell the owner and she is like ‘are you sure it is our dog?’ I thought it might stop after that since the painter said he witnessed the dog doing it. But no. I contacted the animal shelter people and the leash law people. They sent their officers to her house and still nothing. Next time I saw the dog loose, I went to her house with my husband in tow and went ballistic. She challenged me again — how do you know it is our dog? Exactly what you wrote, I asked her if she knew what her dog did while she let it out without supervision. I was beside myself with anger but my husband was calm and said that we don’t want to see her dog on our property, period. It seems to have stopped for now. These are supposed to be ‘educated’ yuppie Lexus driving 30 something people. It was a lot of aggravation and I am afraid of dogs.

  64. I was walking down a country road as my daughter had her horse riding lessons and was attacked by 4 dogs. I was lucky to get away with minor bites, but afraid they may have not obtained rabies vaccines, and guess what, they hadn’t! I got in my car and followed them to their owner and at least he was honest. I called the police and had them pounded for ten days as I sweated it out. People are irresponsible. Pepper spray and a pit, what the hell have you been smoking!

  65. As previously discussed. I think the Florida prosecutor is in trouble–politically, legally and ethically. Dershowitz does a fine job of laying out the how and the why of it. Her statement we are here to seek justice for Travon–was exactly what Brian Williams and Al Sharpton wanted to hear, when in fact her duty as a prosecutor was to seek justice for both parties and society. The affadavit she filed does not do that. I wonder how Governor Rick Scott is feeling now–after he said he had complete confidence that justice would be done. The state needs a plea bargain here to get out of this, and Zimmerman has no incentive to give it to them. I suspect they will offer him probation and a new identity and anything else he wants just to get out of the catch 22 they are now in. The last thing they want is an acquittal followed by riots. As Dershowitz intimates, far from preventing riots, this prosecutor has raised expectations to the point that when after the justice system does its work and murder 2 is not achieved we are likely to see them. Of course Brian Williams can always blame the jury. (Note: the term Brian Williams is synonomous with big media, because he is the kind of dead soul who does their bidding behind a thin veneer of respectability and supposed intellect of the college dropout that he is).
    ————————————
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/25/dershowitz-trayvon-prosecutor-overreached-with-murder-charge/

  66. More on deconstructing Mitt’s speech:

    Americans resent people cheating or making a dishonest buck. But they have no problem with wealth itself. Probably because, unlike Europe, wealth here was never historically associated with nobility and lineage and absolute privilege of birth. We do not have that resentment in our cultural history, so it’s not part of our collective psyche.

    One of the biggest mistakes that European-style socialists and communists have always made here is they assume that the same levers that work in Europe will work here. Not necessarily.

    Culturally speaking, Americans are NOT Europeans. At all.

    Politicians and activists fail who have no clue what a unique culture America is – that we are ourselves, not something else.
    This is why I think it was smart for Romney to not back off and try to downplay his wealth. “Yeah, I’m rich, and I worked for it, and I’m damn proud of it. You gotta problem with that? ” is more effective.

    The next step is going to be attacks on Bain as completely predatory (i.e. a dishonest buck), since plain old “he’s a rich bastard” isn’t working. Romney began to preemptively undercut that a little last night, by pointing out the big-name companies that Bain was successful with, and admitting openly that some didn’t make it. That’s how investment companies work – you invest in lots, some do well, some you cut your losses.

    Mitt is playing this smart. Very smart.

  67. @H4T: We do not have that resentment in our cultural history, so it’s not part of our collective psyche.
    ———————

    As an outsider looking in when I first came here, I was most impressed about how fair this society was. I can’t think of examples right now but the general feeling was that I would not be paying a price for who I am or what I looked like (call it discrimination but a lesser emotion will do). I think that feeling of embracing anyone and everyone leads to the absence of resentment. You see Steve Forbes standing behind you in a line at the cafe just like you (happened to me once). Bill Clinton said something that may be relevant here — that if you do ‘a b c’, you will get ‘x y z’ — a well defined effort versus results mapping. Purely transactional and result oriented and it does not depend on who you are or where you came from. That kind of thing works well in this society which is why less resentment. In fact, Marco Rubio mentions similar thoughts and ideas from immigrants point of view in his speeches.

  68. Exactly, pm317. Which is why Americans get angry at people cheating the system, but do not see a system that allows people to get extremely wealthy as intrinsically unfair in and of itself.

  69. wbb,

    1.) Don’t pay attention to the polls, it’s too early

    2.)http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/04/obama_wins_close_or_loses_big.html

  70. I wonder if Mitt is ‘test driving’ Marco Rubio by having him campaign on the trail and his giving a major speech and so on.. not a bad idea.

  71. gonzotx
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    —————
    my stress dreams are sometimes to do with dogs attacking me. Surprisingly I have never been bitten by a dog. My niece is the same way — she is afraid of dogs also.

  72. For the most part, I am in favor of PPP, always have been, though I believe they have been poorly managed for some time. This article may be a bell-ringer for the MITT. He has a chance in PA…Redstate
    ************************************

    Planned Parenthood’s Bad, Bad Night

    Posted by Marjorie Dannenfelser (Diary)
    Wednesday, April 25th at 5:49PM EDT

    An untold story today following yesterday’s Pennsylvania primaries is what a bad, bad night it was for Planned Parenthood.

    In Pennsylvania’s 134th House district, they spent an eye-popping $100,000 on a TV ad campaign trying to sink the candidacy of Republican Ryan Mackenzie by linking him to ultrasound legislation that was before the legislature.

    As Politico noted, this was seen as a trial-balloon of sorts:

    Most state legislative races and ad campaigns don’t necessarily have any larger resonance, but Democrats have been working to make the ultrasound bill the kind of liability for Republicans in Pennsylvania that a related proposal became for Republicans in Virginia.

    That trial balloon popped when MacKenzie cruised to victory by an 18-point margin, 59 percent to 41 percent.

    Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania’s 31st district, former Planned Parenthood CEO and board member, Republican Helen Bosley, lost in the primary to a pro-life Republican woman, Anne Chapman. Thanks to the help of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, abortion played a central role in the race and again, it was no contest. Despite Bosley’s endorsement from the Bucks County Republican Committee, pro-life Chapman won with 63 percent to 37 percent – a commanding 26-point margin.

    And on the Democratic side, they didn’t fare much better. In the tightly contested primary between Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz, Altmire relentlessly attacked Critz – in TV commercials, in the mail, and in debates — for voting to defund Planned Parenthood. Altmire went down by four points, despite leading in most polls leading up to last night.

  73. wbb,

    1.) Don’t pay attention to the polls, it’s too early

    2.)http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/04/obama_wins_close_or_loses_big.html
    —————————-
    I know Gonzo. I think this will be a landslide for Romney. I think his campaign theme, and his strategy are superior. I guess my point is why should it take $1 billion campaign to convince the public that Obama is an unmitigated disaster. Where is their common sense? I think the mass movement strategy of Obama will be far less effective than the television oriented strategy of Romeny which will pound Obama’s massive governing failures into the public psyche night after night after night will work. The eventual outcome will be Vote for Obama if you want four more years of failure.

  74. I wonder if Mitt is ‘test driving’ Marco Rubio by having him campaign on the trail and his giving a major speech and so on.. not a bad idea.
    ———————
    It looks that way alright. You noticed, perhaps, that Jeb Bush said Rubio was his favorite vp candidate. That is a signal which comes from Poppy. It is not a lock by any stretch but if the convention were today, I do believe Marco would be feted.

  75. $100,000 on a TV ad campaign trying to sink the candidacy of Republican Ryan Mackenzie by linking him to ultrasound legislation that was before the legislature.
    ——————————-
    If Planned Parenthood receives federal funding, they should be prohibited from contributing money to support or oppose candidates. I think they should lose federal funding over this.

  76. wbboei, if I had to bet right now, I think it would be Rubio. But I also think that Ryan and SD Senator John Thune are on the short list. Thune is very affable, a midwesterner, and comes across as just a really nice, normal, well spoken guy. He goes on Greta a lot.

  77. pm, I absolutely love dogs and have had them all my life, from American Eskimo’s, German Shepherds, Pit mix’s, mutts, Labs, I love them all, but there is a responsibility in that love and ownership that sadly, like parenting, have diminished in this country. People expect the state to feed their kids 2 meals a day at school ( I now hear that many schools are bringing the food into the classroom so as not to embarrass the poor children), teach them sex ed, be responsible for counseling because their behavior is so atrocious, is it any wonder people do not take responsibility for their dogs?

    My daughter is a teacher and today she bought 60 dollars worth of clothes ( her school has uniform dress code) for a girl that nobody seems to give a damn about at their home. It’s amazing, just amazing.Same girl she would pick up to practice basketball because her mother and father were still drunk in the morning.

    Despite my rantings pm, dogs are wonderful animals, wonderful, and this is the best country in the world, but we have to realize this is THE fight, we MUST win this one to save this great country that so many millions from all over the world have come to call home. We have been that light, as our Lady in NY shines in the harbor to proclaim. If that light goes out I will fear forever the future of mankind.

  78. I know wb, it can get disheartening to think people would vote for this fool on the hill again, but then 1 in 7 are on food stamps, 3 years of unemployment, they are scared they may have to get back to work. I understand the jobs they had are not there, but as a nurse I can tell you people are flocking to nursing by the thousands because it is a good paying job and you can actually still get an RN in a two year school! That is being phased out thank God, but it is still possible. Most RN’S in my area start at 50,000 a year and that’s not too bad when you have been unemployed. It’s a tough job, but so much flexibility and avenues for advancement with advance degrees. My CEO of nursing makes 650,00 a year, not bad, not bad at all!

  79. gonzotx, yeah.. I see my lazy neighbors letting their dog loose without regard to what it may do or if it is safe — it is black and in the dark it may get hit by a car. Fortunately it is a friendly dog but I still would not go anywhere near it (just my phobia).

    I think tough times are ahead for this country.

  80. I think Romney tried out Ryan, now Rubio, who knows who will be next. He needs the Hispanic vote, I am just worried Rubio is so inexperienced, I would rather he go with Ryan, but I think it will be Rubio. I can live with that.

  81. wbb,

    If Planned Parenthood receives federal funding, they should be prohibited from contributing money to support or oppose candidates. I think they should lose federal funding over this.
    *********************

    I believe you are right, can you contact the right authorities? Wonder it wasn’t done.

  82. gonzo, another hispanic horse not being talked about much is Gov Sandoval of Nevada. Also Susan Martinez of NM.

  83. Cost’s take on the election:http:
    This is a lesson not just for the wonky backwaters of predictive modeling, but a good lesson for moving forward through this presidential cycle. If the only real swath of persuable voters amounts to maybe 10 percent of the electorate, then we need to be careful in how we look at the horse race. After all, we are talking about a group of people that have virtually no partisan or ideological attachments, pay very little attention to politics, and often create the crazy swings we see in the horse race polls during the course of the cycle. They are at the least fickle and at the worst maddening, as they regularly tell pollsters they have settled opinions when in fact they do not!

    That’s why I’m keeping an eye on the fundamentals – rather than the horse race polls – until relatively late in the cycle. My instinct is that this swath of 10 percent or thereabouts is going to “break” late, but they already have pretty well-formed opinions about Barack Obama, especially regarding how he’s handling the biggest issues of the day.

    //www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-90-percent-electorate-locked_642061.html?page=1

  84. I spoke to a friend in Pennsylvania tonight. He voted for Obama, but doesn’t particularly like him much now. He likes Obamacare except for the mandate. I scratched my head with that one. Anyway, he doesn’t like Romney because he thinks that he is soooo rich that he doesn’t/can’t relate to the regular people. He is thinking that Obama will win a second term. I always put Obama down when speaking with him. I talked Romney up with him tonight, too. Maybe I will eventually say something that will click with him to encourage an anti-Obama vote. My friend was making some comments about all these people getting government benefitsthst he thought unfair. His rant sounded very Republican-like to my ears, so I told him so. It stopped him in his tracks. My hope is that he will now remember some of the things I have told him about Obama and the Democratic party in general.

  85. Susan Martinez, Gov NM has consistently said no to VP consideration. However, if her Party determines that Romney polls the best with her, I am sure there would be considerable pressures placed on her to take it.

    Regardless of not having a majority in the legislative body, they say that Susan is a very popular figure with both party voters. She is a very forceful personnality.

  86. nomobama, the Dems keep trying to paint this picture that the R party is SOOOO extreme compared to the R party of the past and that they have not moved left at all.

    Bullshit. I have been involved in politics for a long long time. The freakazoids were always hanging around the fringes of the Dem party, but they were never in control liek they are now. And neither party in my lifetime wanted to foster the degree of utter govt dependence and interference that the Dims now do.

    They screech about Ryan’s budget, or plans to cut govt agencies as “RADICAL!”, when even if it was implemented with zero modifications, the federal govt would still be bigger and more invasive than it’s been for most of my life. I went to schools when the freaking Dept of Education did not even exist. And we were fine. We were also fine when the EPA had 1/4 the power and size it has now.

    The Dims don’t pass the smell factor for me. They talk about cutting back to a level of govt that we did fine with for MOST of the modern era as some wild-eyed crazy idea that will result in ZOMG!!!!! doom and despair and starving in the streets!!!! Bullshit. I LIVED when our govt was that small. We had a pretty good life.

  87. Vicious as shown by what actions?

    —————-

    OK I’ll bite. A few years ago while walking to my car in the drive way to go to work,

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

    I don’t think you drive through Zimmerman’s neighborhood. I’m questioning the characterization of the Florida dog Zimmerman wanted to shoot as ‘vicious’.
    This would need evidence from third parties and the dog’s owner should have his say also. So far all the story told was Z’s version.

    If Z over-reacted to the dog, he may have over-reacted to Martin also. He may be a ‘nice guy’ and not guilty of ‘murder 2’ — but still too exciteable to have been trusted with a gun.

  88. nomobama
    April 25th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I spoke to a friend in Pennsylvania tonight. He voted for Obama, but doesn’t particularly like him much now. He likes Obamacare except for the mandate. I scratched my head with that one. Anyway, he doesn’t like Romney because he thinks that he is soooo rich that he doesn’t/can’t relate to the regular people. He is thinking that Obama will win a second term. I always put Obama down when speaking with him. I talked Romney up with him tonight, too. Maybe I will eventually say something that will click with him to encourage an anti-Obama vote. My friend was making some comments about all these people getting government benefitsthst he thought unfair. His rant sounded very Republican-like to my ears, so I told him so. It stopped him in his tracks. My hope is that he will now remember some of the things I have told him about Obama and the Democratic party in general.
    ———————————
    Why don’t you try sending him some of the Dick Morris video tapes which I post here from time to time, hoping that someone here will send them to someone like him who is wavering on Obama. Show him that Obama re-election prospects are not good. Tell him that Morris has worked for Democrats and Republicans.

  89. Hi ABM90..

    I’ve been absent as well.. Just in from the Grand Hotel in the UK lots of chatter going on there about Hillary’s Times 100 speech. She made me so proud to be an American, even if we are the leaders of the Free World (approaching Third World status.) They just LUV the face of America, Hillary Clinton, singing her praises all the while with smiles beaming lighting up the room…. chanting Hillary 2012.

    Hillary has taken “Smart Power” to a whole new level. Her Galla 100 speech was so relateable crossing international barriers in syncronicity, everyone ‘gets it.’

    Good seeing you back posting again. We worry when you are absent for a few days and in withdrawal from Hillary’s daily itiniary.

  90. turndownobama
    April 26th, 2012 at 2:34 am
    I’m questioning the characterization of the Florida dog Zimmerman wanted to shoot as ‘vicious’.
    This would need evidence from third parties and the dog’s owner should have his say also. So far all the story told was Z’s version.

    I must have missed the part about Zimmerman shooting a dog. He didn’t shoot a dog? He just bought a gun because he thought he might have to shoot a dog that kept repeatedly getting out and cornering his wife and M-I-L. He was supposed to wait until the dog owner gave him permission to buy a gun to protect himself, his wife and his M-I-L against a dog that the dog owner may have self servingly and conveniently said is not dangerous. It is AOK in your opinion for dogs to scare the hell out people and bite them to prove to your satisfaction that the dog MAY be vicious before they are allowed to take steps to prevent injury. People come first not dogs.

  91. HPublic Schedule: Public Schedule for April 26, 2012
    04/26/2012 08:12 AM EDT

    Public Schedule for April 26, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    April 26, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

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

    10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the swearing-in ceremony for Take Your Child to Work Day, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    10:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts and delivers remarks at the Global Impact Economy Forum, at the Department of State. Please click here for more information.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Counselor Mills and USAID Administrator Shah, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    7:40 p.m. Secretary Clinton keynotes the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Gala and receives the Public Service Award, at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Washington, DC.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
    Pre-sets for video cameras: 5:00 p.m. from the front entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel.
    Final access for journalists and still photographers: 6:00 p.m. from the front entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel.
    Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be streamed live on http://www.state.gov.
    For further information or to rsvp, please contact Drew Sample of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at 202 691 4379 or by email at Drew.Sample@wilsoncenterere is the schedule for our girl today.

  92. Thank you Mrs Smith for your kind comments.I so glad to be part of the this site and the hope that Hillary will soon become POTUS.I will soon be 94 and I must live to see her inauguration.I have lived thru many political changes but the present occupant of our WH is on a path of destruction for many good hard working and patriotic Americans.He must be Impeached for his mis-deeds and activities.He has 4 goals for his supporters and they are treasonus.

    1 RESTITUTION
    2 RETRIBUTION
    3 REDISTRIBUTION
    4 REVOLUTION

    Scary stuff but fodder for the HANGMAN.

  93. More EPA shenanigans in its cooperation with the plan to make America fail. April 26, 2012
    Inhofe on EPA official’s apology for ‘crucify’ comments: ‘Meaningless,’ ‘Get real’

    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is not buying the mea culpa offered by the EPA official who bragged about the agency’s “crucify them” enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies.
    “His apology w
    as meaningless,” Inhofe told The Daily Caller in a Thursday morning interview.
    “You’re going to treat people like the Romans crucified the church? Get real,” he said.

    According to Inhoffe, Obama-appointed Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz’s claim in his apology that the agency is focused on “fair and vigorous enforcement” isn’t supported by the facts.

    “We get calls all the time saying ‘the EPA has just put us out of business.’ I always say, ‘send the [EPA’s] letter to me’ because it is a threat letter that is meant to scare them, to intimidate them and that is what they are doing,” Inhofe said.

    Inhofe added that Armendariz did not apologize for the EPA wrongly accusing companies — like the Range Resources drilling company in Parker County, Texas — of misdeeds and then quietly withdrawing their complaints when the agency realized they could not withstand a court challenge.

    Armendariz apologized Wednesday evening for the language he used in a 2010 speech Inhofe had highlighted on the Senate floor that morning.

    “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,” Armendariz said in a statement provided to TheDC. “It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws. I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws.”

    His apology was followed by a restatement of the EPA’s enforcement mission courtesy of EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Cynthia Giles.

    “Strong, fair and effective enforcement of the environmental laws passed by Congress is critical to protecting public health and ensuring that all companies, regardless of industry, are playing by the same rules,” she said in comments provided to TheDC. “Enforcement is essential to the effectiveness of our environmental laws, ensuring that public health is protected and that companies that play by the rules are not at a disadvantage. The same holds true for companies involved in responsible and safe development of our nation’s domestic energy resources.”

    According to Inhofe, however, the EPA’s actions speak louder than Armendariz’s and Giles’ words.
    “Of course they’re not [focused ‘fair and effective enforcement],’” Inhofe said in reaction to Giles’ words. “How can it be fair when they come in and make the accusations without developing the case, without having the evidence, and take enforcement actions that would put the company out of business — when they don’t have the evidence to back that up?”
    “Their mission is to put people out of business,” Inhofe added. “Their mission is to kill hydraulic fracturing.”

    Inhofe announced Wednesday that he is launching an investigation into the EPA’s tactics — specifically with regard to the Parker County, Texas case as well as cases in Pavilion, Wyoming, and in Dimock, Pennsylvania.

    The apology has not deterred Inhofe’s investigation.

    “This is all a part of Obama’s war on fossil fuels,” Inhofe added. “He knows he can’t win that war but he can stop hydraulic fracturing which has been safe for over a million applications, there has never been a case of groundwater contamination.”

    According to Inhofe, while the president might say good things about oil and gasoline for political purposes the administration is trying to do away with hydraulic fracturing.
    “My point is, you can’t get the oil and gas without hydraulic fracturing, but the public doesn’t know that,” he said. “So if they can kill hydraulic fracturing they have successfully killed oil and gasoline production in America.”

    The Armendariz speech in question had the EPA official comparing the agency’s enforcement method to that of Roman conquerors.

    “I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said,” Armendariz said. “It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean.”

    “They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them,” Armendariz continued. “And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/26/inhofe-on-epa-officials-apology-for-crucify-comments-meaningless-get-real/

  94. admin, Please embed if you have a chance.

    Clip of the EPA official talking about the “crucifiction” tactic to be used on American energy manufacturers.


  95. ABM90
    April 26th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I’m afraid #4 – ABM90 Revolution will be our only alternative. When has it happened in the history of the United States, we have 3 potential candidates for Executive Office and none of them fulfill the Constitutional requirements for the office of the President or VP slot as candidates for the O/O in the US.

    Obama, Romney and Rubio.

    a Kenyan, Mexican and a Cuban

    Very sad indeed- Hillary or Biden are the only ones who could qualify..

  96. Some vintage MOTUS humor.

    A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in

    a remote Pasco pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

    The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?”

    Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”

    The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

    The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg,Germany.

    Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

    Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

    “That’s right.. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.

    He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

    Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

    The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

    “You’re an aide in the Obama Administration”, says Bud.

    “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

    “No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars’ worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. …

    “Now give me back my dog.”

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/

  97. “It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean,” he said. “They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw, and they’d crucify them.

    “And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” he said.

    Armendariz went on to say that “you make examples out of people who are in this case not complying with the law … and you hit them as hard as you can” — to act as a “deterrent” to others.

    Armendariz issued a statement apologizing after Inhofe slammed the comments on the Senate floor, and fired off a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson highlighting them.

    “I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words,” Armendariz said. “It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws. I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/26/epa-official-apologizes-for-call-to-crucify-oil-companies-senator-investigating/#ixzz1tA1bc5HC
    —————————-
    Two questions are pertinent:

    1. Whom (other than a blithering idiot) would accept the explanation that this was merely a poor choice of words for which he appologizes to anyone who may have been offended? For those who live in the same world as most of us, this is a man who is absolutely positively drunk on power and is determined to punish–or to use his felicitous word ” crucify” anyone who disagrees with him?

    2. Why should he apologize for saying what he truly believes? Is this not a clear and unambiguous statement of everything Obama believes–when it comes to oil companies, white people, Jews, America and its role in the world. They are all guilty as hell, and he and his minions will make them pay. In the words of the recent Daniel Day Lewis movie There Will Be Blood. I say this man should receive an award for telling the truth about the Administration and President he serves. Why mince words?

  98. I have thoughts floating around in my head, sort of a tentative thesis, about how white guilt, rather than white racism, has been more largely responsible for destroying the black community.

    It has to do with feedbacks in a civilized society. Part of what keeps us “in line”, so to speak, re: social behavior is feedback from the larger society around us. If any subculture begins behaving in ways that are detrimental, society around them objects. They get feedback from the larger community that tells them: “This is not okay”.
    White guilt cut off the black community from those normal societal feedbacks. White guilt cruelly deprived the black community of what every other community has – a larger society that considers them a part of the whole, and thus has expectations.

    Anything and everything, no matter how destructive, was either applauded or ignored. Music that celebrated violence and misogyny, attitudes toward education that were insanely counterproductive, embracing of ignorance and belligerence as “keeping it real.” And all the precious little white-guilt apologists smiled and clapped at all the beautiful “authentic blackness”, while the black community got sicker and sicker.

    Human beings are social animals, and we form societies for specific functions. One of those functions is social feedback regarding what is and isn’t destructive to the whole. White guilt, much more so than white racism, shoved the black community into an isolated, infantilizing bubble that left them cut off from the social fabric, and denied them what the rest of us the have benefit of – honest feedback from our larger community.

    So I guess you can say that I agree that whites are at least partly responsible for the problems in the black community. But not in the way that lefties think.

  99. H4T, I had a few thoughts on the black/white dynamics in this country back when we were talking about this:

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/33151/their-ancestors-ghosts/

    It is also about two words, ‘minority protection’ and the liberals assume the mantle of ‘protecting’ minorities, the underdogs, the downtrodden — that is their cherished milieu. It all falls into place for them with their big egos as the only ‘do gooders’ in society. It would be good if they studied their own proclivities and unintended consequences. But they won’t because their ego won’t let them. Then politics intrudes or capitalizes on that mindset — it is a kind of chicken and egg situation though — does politics of that kind make these groups or the groups align toward that kind of politics? But the evidence is all there that it happens regardless — for instance, the AA voting block voting in majority for the Dems.

    The politics of one party hijacking minority groups to form vote banks is nothing new. In India the Congress party is seen as nurturing and coddling Muslim grievances, exaggerated in many instances for their own good and to the detriment of their progress.

  100. pm317, and trying to get some actual work done while popping in and out, but I’ve bookmarked and will definitely go read and comment.

  101. H4T, no problem. Your idea of stifling feedback from the society at large (regardless of whoever does it or how it manifests) is a good one.

  102. He just bought a gun because he thought he might have to shoot a dog that kept repeatedly getting out and cornering his wife and M-I-L.

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

    According to the story, that’s the reason he had the gun when he “had to” shoot TM. As I said, I hope the story left out some stages in the dog incident. But if the story is right, then there’s a pattern of alarmism and officiousness in Z’s behavior.

    We only have Z’s word that the dog had ‘cornered’ Shellie. Even if so, the story only said that happened one time. The last time the dog was not even described as ‘cornering’ anyone, just as ‘being out’.

    Z may have been a ‘nice guy’ as in having good intentions of protecting the neighborhood from burglars and from dogs (and leading a movement about a homeless man, etc). But good intentions wihtout good judgement can have tragic results.

  103. Re EPA, the speaker is being misrepresented. He never said he wanted to ‘crucify’ the whole industry. He wanted to make examples of a FEW companies so as to frighten the other companies into compliance.

    Yes, he chose a shocking word and example. Perhaps instead he should have talked about hitting a few targets with grapeshot “pour encourager les autres.”

  104. pm and h4t,

    I dont’ have time to look for it, but I’ve seen support for a similar idea: about some local black ‘community leaders’ being part of the problem, ie wanting to keep the problems going so as not to work themselves out of a job, so to speak.

    In particular there was a quote from some such leader condemning those blacks who as soon as they got a good job, would move out to a better neighborhood, instead of staying in place to ‘fight for’ the bad neighborhood. (There may have been an implication that instead of getting educated and getting the better job, they should have spent all their time ‘fighting’.)

  105. BREAKING: (2 news breaks…)

    Top Obama DOJ Official RESIGNING Over Fast and Furious and VI Bribery Scandal

    April 26, 2012

    Reports now indicating U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to step down under pressure from Fast and Furious scandal as well as ongoing investigation into multi-million dollar bribery scheme….

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/top-obama-doj-official-resigning-over-fast-and-furious-and-vi-briberyscandal/

    ___________________________

    Truth and Justice says:

    I heard some encouraging stuff this morning on Glenn Beck’s radio program….
    he had on Michelle Bachmann, who is a member of the Intelligence Committee – she was confirming to Glenn that his “Rumors of War” series which is about getting the truth out on what the Musl im B rotherhood has and is doing – now boldly meeting with “WH” – probably plotting our “demise”. She commended his “experts” who she knew would know. She said people just don’t know how much they have infiltrated the highest levels of our Govn’t. Huge red flag!

    She has started a caucus that targets this & will be working as much as she can on this – to educate our Congress people and hopefully DO something — to investigate, etc. This is something WE can do to help — go to his site and check out — share with everyone you can think of:

    h.. w.. glennbeck.com/rumorsofwar/

  106. I am on an Iphone which makes it difficult to cut and paste “snips”. Please go to this site and read the post. There may be evidence that the phone log presented as Trayvon’s may have been created to fit the timeline of the incident. I think this is all being based on what the phone log indicates which is phone call times are listed as pacific time. There’s more information in the link.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/04/22/is-abcs-matt-gutman-in-collusion-with-trayvon-family-attorney-benjamin-crump/

    It sure smells like it…..

    The March 19th “ABC exclusive” expose’ story regarding the phone records found by Tracy Martin, and subsequently the mysteriously scripted “DeeDee” phone call/non-interview talking points, which aired on ABC News appears to have been staged, contrived and made up by Trayvon Martin Family Attorney Benjamin Crump.   Willfully and intentionally sold without question by ABC reporter Matt Gutman.

  107. http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets/2012/04/vacation-backlash-blue-collar-dems-jealous-angry-obamas/538141

    Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas

    April 26, 2012 — 12:39 PM

    Blue collar workers are upset with the number of vacations the first family take.

    The Obamas are shown returning from their Christmas vacation in Hawaii in January.

    Blue collar Democratic voters, stuck taking depressing “staycations” because they can’t afford gas and hotels, are resentful of the first family’s 17 lavish vacations around the world and don’t want their tax dollars paying for the Obamas’ holidays, according to a new analysis of swing voters.

    “They view everything through their own personal situation and if they can’t afford to do it, they can’t enjoy it, they don’t like Obama using their tax dollars to benefit himself,” said pollster John McLaughlin. “In this case, they see him as out of touch. While they are struggling he’s not sharing in that struggle and he’s basically doing what they can’t do on their tax dollars,” added the GOP pollster.

    He and several other top-tier Republican pollsters, organized by Resurgent Republic, traveled to 11 battleground states to host focus groups of independent and swing voters, mostly Democrats, who voted for President Obama in 2008 but who are now on the fence.

    McLaughlin handled blue collar and Catholic voters in Pittsburgh on April 3 and Cleveland on March 20. He found that they are very depressed about the economy and feel that their tax dollars are being sucked up by both the rich and those living on government assistance.

    During the focus group discussions about debt and spending cuts, many in his group volunteered criticism of the presidential vacations as something that should be cut. Among the lines McLaughlin wrote down was one from a Democratic woman who said, “Michelle Obama spends $1 million to take the kids to Hawaii,” and another who said, “President Obama was the only president to take so many trips.”

    The theme, said McLaughlin, is that the first family “is out of touch” with working class voters.

    He added that the president’s attack on the rich and GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s wealth is working, but the voters were also lumping in the president’s vacation spending in with the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas scandal and federal spending for those who aren’t looking for work.

    “There really wasn’t a real dislike for Romney. It was just that he is too rich. But on the other hand there is a start of resentment of the government,” he said. “What surprised me is that these were Democrats back biting on their own president,” added McLaughlin.

  108. A DOJ Fast &Furious reject has been appointed Dean of Law School at Baltimore U. Forget name. Will track back after I get this in:
    Really surprised to see a non FoxNews link on their home page but here it is:
    U.S. Puts Limits On Employee Background Checks To Protect Minorities
    snip
    “The ability of African-Americans and Hispanics to gain employment after prison is one of the paramount civil justice issues of our time,” said Stuart Ishimaru, one of three Democrats on the five-member commission.

    It’s going to be much more burdensome,” said Pamela Devata, a Chicago employment lawyer who has represented companies trying to comply with EEOC’s requirements. “Logistically, it’s going to be very difficult for employers who have a large amount of attrition to have an individual discussion with each and every applicant.”
    http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/04/26/eeoc-issues-updated-guidance-on-employee-background-checks/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000058?test=latestnews

  109. Mrs. Smith 2:46 pm This is same guy:
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    U.S. Justice Department’s Ronald Weich Named Dean of Law School
    April 25, 2012
    Contact: University Relations
    Phone: 410.837.5739

    University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny has named Ronald Weich, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs in the U.S. Department of Justice and former chief counsel to both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, as the new dean of the University’s School of Law. Weich, a longtime federal official with expertise in criminal justice and legislative process, will begin his tenure as dean in July. The University of Baltimore School of Law is the sixth largest public law school in the country, with more than 1,100 students at its midtown campus.

    “Ron Weich is the right person to continue the growth and transformation of the UB School of Law,” Bogomolny said in announcing Weich’s appointment. “During this time of considerable transition in legal education and the legal profession, it is important to have leadership with integrity and vision. Ron Weich embodies those qualities. I look forward to working with him, and I know our students, faculty, staff and alumni will be energized by his arrival.”

    “UB is a law school with tremendous strengths and endless potential,” Weich said. “I’m honored to be selected as dean, and I can’t wait to join this vital institution.”

    Weich was appointed to his current Justice Department position by President Barack Obama in March 2009 and confirmed by the Senate the following month. In this role, he develops and implements strategies to advance the department’s legislative priorities, coordinates the department’s response to congressional oversight and guides nominees through the Senate confirmation process.

    Prior to his work at the Justice Department, Weich served as chief counsel to Senator Reid from 2007-09 and in a similar capacity when Reid was minority leader in 2005-06. As principal legal adviser to the Democratic leader, Weich helped to manage Senate floor activity on Judiciary Committee bills and judicial nominations and coordinated related activities of the Democratic caucus. Weich played a key staff role in enactment of the 2007 ethics reform law, the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other significant legislation.

    As Senator Kennedy’s chief counsel (1995-97), general counsel (1992-95) and counsel (1990-92), Weich advised the senior senator from Massachusetts on civil and criminal justice issues, drug control policy, patient safety legislation, constitutional amendments and other matters.
    snip
    http://www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/news-events/index.cfm?news_id=1589

  110. Ronald Weich should be in jail. Instead, he gets appointed a law school dean. Thanks to his involvement in the corrupt Kennedy machine and his affiliation with Obama. Were there other candidates for this job? Undoubtedly there were. But did they have the job related qualifications to be dean of a law school? No sir! Weich was the only candidate on the list who launched an illegal gun smuggling operation which cost an American border agent his life, cost 200 Mexican citizens their lives and then fell on his sword to protect higher ups–like Lanny Brewer, Eric Holder and God knows who else. The President of the University of Baltimore, a world renowned center of higher learning often compared to Kings College Oxford, told the ecstatic faculty and trustees, that those were the very qualifications they were searching for,and a candidate who possessed them, like Weich, will do much to advance the reputation of the school, and the ethical education of its students.

  111. Even in death, an Egyptian woman has nor rights. Great job at instilling the MB you POS.

    ‘Farewell Intercourse’ law allowing sex with dead wives sparks fury in Egypt

    Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament is set to introduce a law allowing husbands to have sex with their dead wives up to six hours after death. Critics fear it highlights a trend of increasingly anti-female legislation since the Arab Spring.

    ¬The “farewell Intercourse” bill was inspired by a Fatwa issued by a Moroccan cleric last year. Zamzami Abdul Bar said that since the two would meet in Heaven again anyway, death shouldn’t get in the way of one last post-mortem marital romp.

    Along with the rather grim “farewell Intercourse” draft law, parliament is also set to approve legislation that would allow girls as young as 14 to get married.

    Lawmakers are also seeking to eliminate a reform implemented over a decade ago that allows women to end unhappy or abusive marriages without interference from their spouses.
    NCW head Dr. Mervat al-Talawi sent a message to the People’s Assembly speaker outlining the plight of women in post-revolutionary Egypt.

    Apart from the controversial marriage reforms, she also reportedly appealed to parliament not to legislate away a woman’s right to education and employment under the guise of religion, Al Arabiya reports.

    But with the Muslim Brotherhood securing the biggest bloc in parliament and posed to take the presidency in next month’s elections, the rights women enjoyed during the Mubarak era may soon be a thing of the past.

    http://rt.com/news/egypt-sex-dead-wife-054/

  112. Kings College is Cambridge–Queens College is Oxford. I am sure the president of University of Baltimore does not know the difference, but some of you may. Mea culpa.

  113. Hopefully, the “backbiting” mentioned above will translate into a massive anti-Obama backlash.

  114. Now I get it. The reason they selected Weich is obvious. Justice Holmes said it best in his seminal article The Path of The Law, HLR (1896): “If you want to know what the law is, do not ask a judge–ask a thief”. I feel much better about it now.

  115. I don’t much care who Mitt picks as a VP, who ever will help him boot out Barry is good enough for me.

    I don’t want Mitt to be in the Oval beyond 4 years anyway, I want Hillary to run in 2016 if she won’t play in 2012.

    4 years of resting up, working at CGI is enough, then she can start kicking buns as the first female President of the US.

  116. April 26, 2012
    Congressmen: EPA official who wants to ‘crucify’ companies needs to resign

    Two congressmen are demanding the immediate resignation of an Environmental Protection Agency official who publicly claimed it was his policy to “crucify” companies into compliance.

    In a video that Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe first publicly criticized Wednesday, EPA Region VI administrator Al Armendariz compared his personal philosophy to that of ancient Roman conquerors.

    “I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said,” Armendariz said in the video. “It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them.”

    After that, Armendariz added, “that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

    While Armendariz has since apologized publicly for his remarks, Louisiana Republican Rep. John Fleming doesn’t think that’s enough. He thinks it’s time for the EPA official to resign now. (SEE ALSO: Inhofe to investigate EPA official’s ‘crucify them’ approach to oil and gas companies)

    “The use of threats and intimidation to force energy companies to submit to an extremist agenda may be fitting under a totalitarian regime, but it is never acceptable in the United States,” Fleming said in a Thursday afternoon statement. “The sad reality is that Mr. Armendariz employed this strategy. Without real evidence, the EPA tried to stop a company that was safely drilling with hydraulic fracturing. The case was finally dismissed earlier this year, but it stands as an example of the EPA’s willingness to ‘crucify’ energy companies.”

    The official’s “apology for his remarks is simply not enough,” Fleming added. “He should no longer be in a position from which he can wield his authority to intimidate hard-working companies.”

    Fellow Louisiana Republican Rep. Jeff Landry also called for Armendariz’s resignation or firing.
    “Americans should have no doubt that 4 more years of Mr. Obama in the White House is 4 more years of extremely high gas prices,” Landry said in a statement. “So, for the sake of American families and businesses, I am not only calling for the firing of Dr. Armendariz but also that of his boss — President Obama.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/26/rep-fleming-epa-official-who-wants-crucify-companies-needs-to-resign/

  117. wbboei
    April 26th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    ————–

    Is it not possible that the corruption in the justice department can affect his new career in a negative way, especially if he is implicated in one or more of the current scandals? He may just be a “temp” at his new job, and deservedly so.

  118. Geeze… is there spell ck on tablets?

    If there is… I can’t find it..

    ——–
    I think everyone should get a free pass on tablets and iPads. 😆

  119. Shadowfax
    April 26th, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Geeze… is there spell ck on tablets?
    If there is… I can’t find it..
    ——–
    I think everyone should get a free pass on tablets and iPads.
    ————–
    IPods, too! The small screen and tiny keyboard are dangerous! lol

  120. Mrs. Smith
    April 26th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Great find.

    Glad Michelle is speaking up. Wait ’til she hears about the new post-mortem sex law passed in by the Egyptian Brotherhood giving husbands the right to cohabit with their dead wives.

    I guess this is one law women wouldn’t demand equal rights for.

    😛

  121. holdthemaccountable
    April 26th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Mrs. Smith 2:46 pm This is same guy:
    ___________

    Same guy- Obama slipped him into a Deanship to the tune of $355K/a yr when the law started closing in on the bribery scandal that the Virgin Islands. I have the link at Pumas Unleashed.
    _______________

    BASIL99
    April 26th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    yeah, I hope the Intel Committee lets her procedd unhampered with the investigation and she doesn’t get stonewalled.
    ___________________

    Shadow, I found an android and IPad app that will interface spell check using Splashtop.. I downloaded the Splashtop software for HD streaming video for free and I think the Quick Office app comes with spellcheck so I’ll have to check if QO has a fee. You can spend half a day playing with this stuff when you don’t know if it’s the right thing..

  122. wbb,

    This Welch debacle stinks from the high heavens. What do you think about a call in campaign to the school?

    This F&F has got to be pressed all the way to the WH. Holder and the fraud must be held accountable.

    AB, good to see you?

  123. EVEN THE NYT TIMES CAN’T DENY WHO IS AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN

    Gail Collins acts surprised…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/opinion/collins-the-end-of-newt.html?_r=1&ref=opinion#

    The piece is a huge swipe at Republicans, but contains this juicy paragraph:

    Ignore the polls, I beg you. It will just make you nervous and crazy for no good reason. When it comes to their political preferences, the American people are like a bunch of middle school students picking their best friend on Facebook. Do you know who one of the most popular political figures in the United States is right now? Hillary Clinton! Nearly two-thirds of Americans are crazy about Hillary Clinton, and only 27 percent view her unfavorably. Do you remember when she was the most polarizing name in politics? Do you remember when she lost to Barack Obama and we all said it was like the cool popular guy versus the hard-working student council treasurer? Barack Obama would kill for Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings now.

  124. Gail’s snarky tone seeks to undermine Hillary’s popularity, because apparently, “the American people are like a bunch of middle school students picking their best friend on Facebook.”

    Not that Obama is massively underqualified, an incompetent Empty Suit, seeking adulation, but must resort to polarization and race-baiting to make up for his deficiencies.

    Meanwhile, Hillary is hardworking and effective. And she works for sane, implementable policies.

    Gee, no wonder she’s “popular”.

  125. Some interesting details about the conditions under which BO grew up, clearly as a 1 percenter.

    © Miri WTPOTUS April 25, 2012

    Too many times over the past few weeks, Barack Hussein Obama II has alleged that he was NOT born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth. But he most certainly was! FACTS turned up by our team here at WTPOTUS, supported by our intrepid force of Internet, library, and newspaper researchers and commenters, have proven that this man grew up in circumstances that many in today’s America would envy. To wit:
    • Obama’s grandmother was vice president of the Bank of Hawaii.
    • Obama’s grandparents on his mother’s side both attended college.
    • Obama’s parents both attended college.
    • Obama lived with his maternal grandparents from age 10 until he went to college in California. They lived in a 2-story apartment at the top of a high rise in one of the most expensive areas of Honolulu.
    • Before Obama’s mother and grandparents moved to Hawaii, they lived on Mercer Island–one of the 100 richest zip codes in America.
    • Obama’s first home in expensive Hawaii (when he was an infant) was less than 10 years old and had 5 bedrooms and two baths.
    • Obama’s second home in expensive Hawaii, where he lived with his mother and new stepfather, had four bedrooms and 2000 sq. ft. of living space.
    • Lolo Soetoro, his stepfather, was a colonel in the Indonesian Army, was from a wealthy Indonesian family, and was a manager at an oil company. Obama’s childhood friends in Indonesia said on the record that Obama lived in the largest and nicest home in the neighborhood–4 bedrooms, 3 baths, room for 6 cars.
    • Obama was taken to school in a chauffeur-driven limo. He wore the best clothes. He had a nanny. The family had other servants besides.
    • Obama attended a private school and then later a public school reserved for the children of the “elite.”
    • His sister Maya attended a private college prep school that today costs more than $20,000 per year.
    • From childhood through young adulthood, Obama traveled the world–Indonesia, Hawaii, Japan, Bali, Kenya, England, France, Pakistan, India. A regular jet-setting family in an age when air travel was not the norm.
    • Obama and his sister Maya attended Punahou school in Hawaii, one of the most expensive schools in the USA.
    • Obama’s father worked as an economist for the government of Kenya and had many wealthy connections, including Tom Mboya and other leaders of government. Obama Senior’s second wife was born to wealth, and he lived with her in one of the most upscale areas of Nairobi. His education was funded by several wealthy American women. His children by his second wife also attended expensive international college prep schools.
    • Obama inherited nearly a half-million dollars from his grandmother Madelyn Dunham, when she died.
    http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/obamas-silver-spoon-a-reprise/#more-15116

  126. John Edwards Trial.

    Wouldn’t it be great if it somehow came out that BO had a hand in keeping the JE affair secret? I mean, we all KNOW something went down between the two (Edwards and BO) but what if some evidence arises proving the connection of BO helping keep JE’s campaign alive? (To hurt HRC, of course).

    Oh well. I can dream.

  127. rgb44hrc
    April 26th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    EVEN THE NYT TIMES CAN’T DENY WHO IS AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN

    Gail Collins acts surprised

    She is an idiot. Isn ‘t she also the ope who wrote 56 MR DOG stories?

    ‘This is a Tumblr account (”String and Sealing Wax“) logging every time New York Times columnist Gail Collins publicly writes about Seamus, the dog who once belonged to Mitt Romney‘s family and was infamously strapped to the roof of their car in a crate for a lengthy road trip.

    Earlier this week a columnist for the Post-Gazette called Collins a “mean girl” for obsessively writing “more than 50” times on the dog incident.

    As of this morning’s edition of the Times, Collins has publicly written about Seamus 56 times. Collins somehow managed to slip it in a column about Newt Gingrich‘s withdraw from the presidential race and Tuesday’s primary results.’

  128. Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe became the third congressman to call for EPA Region Six Administrator Al Armendariz’s resignation Thursday evening.

    “The comments made by Administrator Armendariz back in 2010 confirm what we’ve known all along: the EPA’s crusade to destroy the oil and gas industry is a politically premeditated effort, not one meant to protect the environment,” Poe said. “Administrator Armendariz’s words reflect his disdain for the oil and gas industry and make clear that his decisions are made without an ounce of impartiality. He should be fired.”

    Armendariz made headlines Wednesday following a Senate floor speech by Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe in which he highlighted a 2010 speech by the Obama-appointed official. In that speech Armendariz spoke of a “crucify them” enforcement policy for oil and gas producers.

    DailyCaller

  129. Ulsterman

    WHAT GUTSY CALL? CIA MEMO REVEALS ADMIRAL CONTROLLED BIN LADEN MISSION

    Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission. Here’s the text, which summarized the situation:

    Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.
    Read more in News
    « BREAKING: Top Obama DOJ Official RESIGNING Over Fast and Furious?

    The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

    …The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.

    …President Obama made the right call to give the green light to the mission. But he did it in a way that he could shift the blame if things went wrong. Typical Obama. And typical of him to claim full credit for it, when he didn’t do anything but give a vague nod, while putting his top military officials at risk of taking the hit in case of a bad turn

  130. pm317.

    Why not send that to Gail Collins? She must be running out of Seamus stories by now after writing 56 of them.

    Great account.

    “We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said Josh Romney, who immediately hopped onto his Jet Ski. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

    Roughly 300 yards out onto the lake, six adult family members and their dog were floundering in the water, after their boat suddenly sprung a huge leak — sinking in less than 90 seconds, Josh said…

    In the middle of the rescue, the governor actually took a dunking himself — thrown off the Jet Ski as one anxious boater scrambled aboard and tipped the craft off-balance.

    The rescuing Romneys also managed to snatch the family dog, McKenzie, from a watery grave — grabbing the Scottish terrier first because it was the only passenger without a lifejacket.

    “It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh, who held the waterlogged pooch on the ride back to shore.

  131. for wbb and jones

    D+9 Poll of Registered Voters: Romney 47% Obama 46% (Bonus Map)
    —CAC

    The weekly YouGov/Economist poll, which had already shown Romney shrinking the gap in it’s previous weekly release, now gives Mitt a tiny lead amongst registered voters surveyed. Partisan breakdown is 42% Democrat, 33% Republican, 24% Independent, and age groups, race and gender all break down matching registered voter population.

    Further, amongst hispanics (which every other pollster has screamed HUGE GAP OMGZ! DEMOGRAPHIC DOOOOOM): Obama 52%, Romney 42%.
    Amongst women: Obama 49% Romney 45%. So much for the War on Women.

    Then (for me) the moneyshot: when asked who they thought would win, Obama is down to just 52% of respondents, Romney comes in at 44%. This is significant, as many voters oftentimes break with whomever seems popular and destined to win. The perception that you have a candidate that can win boosts turnout and enthusiasm amongst your base, particularly after a daunting primary in which the eventual winner did little or nothing to pitch themselves to them.

    Update- A few morons mentioned to me there is a lot of eeyoring today, particularly at a few sites I will not name, because of a few maps floating out there I’m not going to link. Well guess what? They’re wrong or Im wearing a shirt made out of bacon. AoSHQ map as of 4/26/2012 below:

    http://ace.mu.nu/

  132. How about the end of Gail Collins–a waste of protoplasm. But the good news is she is dumb as a post. For the sake of the human race, pray that she has no children.

  133. As in Holmes famous line is a sterilization case which came before him whilst he was Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts: “three generations of idiots is enough”. In Gail’s case one generation of idiots, i.e. her, is too many. She is enough to make a devout right to lifer question his convictions. She is a snarky Hillary hater and a shameless Obama (devil) worshiper.

  134. Gonzo–

    1. Rome burns

    2. 52% think Obama will win??????????

    3. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People–H.L. Mencken.

  135. Thanks for the Bibi video. He will do whatever is necessary to prevent another Holocaust while Obama worries about 4 more yrs.

  136. gonzotx, Rove is spreading a bit of doom with his electoral map (via hotair) but it is still too early.

  137. pm317, I saw that story about Romney and his son saving the dog and the people whose boat was sinking.

    But the personal story about Mitt that is most impressive to me is this one. He shut down Bain Capital and flew the entire staff to NYC to comb the streets, and hired his own private investigator, when the druggie kid of his partner went missing.

    They found her. Saved her life:

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/02/mitt-romney-did-save-business-partners-teen-daughter/

  138. On the Rove poll, there is a method to the madness:

    1. first, its too early to make anything of it

    2. second, the weighting is artificial (i.e. Texas “leaning” Romney? Pennsylvania for Obama?? NFW

    3. third, if he believed the situation was this bad, do you really believe he would be raising $300 million–a large portion of which targets Obama?

    4. fourth, this is a money raising technique

    5. fifth, this is to suck Obama in–to play into his illusion–and all the leftists starting with Slate–to make complacent.

    6. sixth, this is to create a base line before Rove/Barbour machine digs in–so when Romney wins he can pat himself on the back.

    That is my surmise. What other reason or reasons could he possibly have for presenting this pessimistic picture now?

  139. The other thing–if you look at what the conservative Republican god head Richard Viguery is saying–that Romney is more like Obama than Reagan–a point which Soros has also made from the communist side, this characterization could breed complacency among bona fide conservatives. Therefore, the final purpose of this map could be:

    7. seventh, to light a fire under the conservative base who are reluctant to support Romney.

  140. Yeah, Allahpundit was guessing it may be a fundraising tactic too. Well, if the conservatives sit at home this time around, they will get what they deserve.

  141. These political appointees (like the EPA guy) are tone deaf and maybe incompetent like their boss. Who knows what their credentials are. When it comes to Obama, it may all be pay to play. Labor dept is walking back from their no chores for children.

  142. H4T, yeah, I know about that story. If the press was half as fawning of Romney as they are of Obama, these stories would be known to everybody by now.

  143. As of this morning’s edition of the Times, Collins has publicly written about Seamus 56 times.

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

    Good for her.

  144. Re: wbboei
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    This is exactly what I have been reporting here; and a loooottttt of conservatives have been saying; a really white Obama – no difference. Well, I do see one difference their wives and children. I do like Ann Romney and love it when their sons stick up for their parents. But hardly anyone cared that it is likely to be 2008 again. Even Jimmy Carter in the video posted here saw Romney as a moderate/progressive. The only hope is that they see the deconstructing of the country by the present occupant and will vote against that.

    I am busy on a big project; and then will be on a trip until the middle of the next month. I do appreciate ABM90, wbboei, Mrs.Smith, basil99, Hillary4Texas, nomobama, and Admin and others who always present with such thought provoking posts.

    On question in my mind is can Pam Bondi not step in and correct this lynching of George Zimmerman? She has done a good job with the HellCare suit.

  145. I haven’t checked the quote, but if Gail Collins said this about Hillar — again good for Gail!


    Do you know who one of the most popular political figures in the United States is right now? Hillary Clinton! Nearly two-thirds of Americans are crazy about Hillary Clinton, and only 27 percent view her unfavorably. Do you remember when she was the most polarizing name in politics? Do you remember when she lost to Barack Obama and we all said it was like the cool popular guy versus the hard-working student council treasurer? Barack Obama would kill for Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings now.

  146. Geeze… is there spell ck on tablets?

    If there is… I can’t find it..

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    I think everyone should get a free pass on tablets and iPads.

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    FRee pass on spelling everywhere, imo!

  147. Somebody should tell the conservatives that Romney will not be playing so much golf or taking vacations or being cool with Hollywood and sports friends and TV comedians. If they are this dumb, may be they deserve an Obama second term.

  148. The ATF, Eric Holder F/U’s never stop, but will they ever be convicted?

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    April 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    ATF’s mysterious grenade smuggler case: new photos, documents turned over to Congress
    By Sharyl Attkisson Topics News ,Law and Order
    New evidence photos recently turned over to Congress show a stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.
    Evidence photos just turned over to Congress under subpoena show a frightening stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. It was all hidden in a spare tire of an SUV crossing from the US to Mexico in 2010. The accused smuggler, an alleged drug cartel arms dealer named Jean Baptise Kingery, was questioned by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) but released.

    Documents handed over to Congress by the Justice Department shed new light on missteps in the grenades case, and how ATF tracked the suspect for years.

    ATF started watching Kingery in “2004 related to AK47 purchases,” according to an internal email, “it is believed that he is trafficking them to Mexico.” A full five years later in late 2009, ATF also learned Kingery was dealing in grenades: he’d ordered 120 grenade bodies on the Internet.

    Grenades are weapons of choice for Mexico’s killer drug cartels. An attack on a casino in Mexico last year killed 53 people.

    Documents show ATF secretly intercepted the grenade bodies Kingery had ordered, marked them, and delivered them to him on Jan. 26, 2010. Their plan was to follow Kingery to his weapons factory in Mexico, with help from Mexican authorities Immigration and Customs (ICE).

    Jean Baptise Kingery (Credit: AP)
    ATF realized they might lose track of Kingery and the grenade parts in Mexico. But their emails show little attention to those who could be killed. Instead, officials expressed concerned with tying the grenades to Kingery after they reached Mexico. “Even in a post blast, as long as the safety lever is recovered we will be able to identify these tagged grenades,” says one email.

    An official now investigating ATF and the Justice Department for their actions in the Kingery case tells CBS News: “All the usual safeguards of law enforcement were thrown out. They were more worried about making a big case than they were about the public safety.”

    The plan to allow Kingery to traffic grenade parts into a foreign country and track him to his factory drew strong internal objections.

    “That’s not possible,” wrote a lead ATF official in Mexico. “We are forbidden from doing that type of activity. If ICE is telling you they can do that, they are full of [expletive]…”

    ATF officials in Mexico worried that once Kingery and the grenades crossed the border, they would disappear. And that’s exactly what happened. Though ATF agents say they’d given all the specifics to Mexican military and police, the Mexicans failed to stop Kingery once he crossed into Mexico.

    Four months later, Kingery surfaced again in the U.S. This time, the Border Patrol caught him trying to smuggle the new stash of grenade hulls shown in the photos. ATF questioned him but, once again, he was let go. Nobody has stepped forward to explain why Kingery was released after this incident. He allegedly continued to supply the Mexican drug cartels for another year and a half.

    Evidence photos turned over to Congress
    Kingery might still be on the street if Mexican authorities hadn’t arrested him last August after raiding his stash house and factory. Police say they found enough parts to build 1,000 grenades. They also say Kingery confessed to teaching cartels how to make grenades, as well as helping them convert semi-automatic weapons to fully-automatic.

    The Justice Department Inspector General is investigating the Kingery case along with ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in a failed attempt to take down a major cartel.

    There are some similarities between the Kingery grenade case and Fast and Furious. The chief suspect in Fast and Furious, Manuel Celis-Acosta was stopped by law enforcement three times but released — while allegedly trafficking firearms for cartels. It wasn’t until weapons linked to him turned up at the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that ATF finally charged Acosta.

    The Kingery case and Fast and Furious were both supervised out of ATF’s Phoenix office by Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell. It was Newell who wrote an email and delivered the bad news about Kingery to Washington DC headquarters: Mexican officials “lost Kingery” even though “they had plenty of notice and descriptive info.”

    The Justice Department and ATF had no immediate comment.

  149. Rome’s Bureaucrats Better than the EPA’s at Increasing Prosperity!A comparison, with graphics, of how Rome’s takeovers left areas prosperous, whereas Obama/Government interference has the opposite effect. For example, PAX ROMANA vs POX OBAMA. In conclusion — Rome knew how to create wealth. And, despite the fact that Roman soldiers had little qualms about inflicting pain, I would also argue they showed more compassion during their crucifixions than the EPA does during theirs.

  150. The problem pm is that if the fraud wins, we all lose. I further think it is a tactic by Soro’s and Carter to paint Romney a liberal like the fraud, they know we don’t trust them, what worse than saying in effect, “he’s one of our guys”. As far as conservative Republican god head Richard Viguery saying virtually the same, not sure what the game is there, but he is a Ron Paul backer. Seems more Libertarian than Republican in truth. Some interesting facts about the guy:

    Viguerie founded Conservative Digest magazine in 1975 and served as its publisher for ten years. Opposing President Gerald Ford’s election, Viguerie in 1976 unsuccessfully sought the presidential nomination of the American Independent Party, which had been formed eight years earlier by George Wallace. The party instead nominated former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox, to challenge Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter, also a former Georgia governor.[5]

    In 1977, Viguerie worked on a project to raise money for Sun Myung Moon’s Children’s Relief Fund, which reportedly only received 6.3% of the $1,508,256 raised. $920,000 went to Viguerie according to New York State charity auditors.

    Viguerie has long been associated with conservative activist Howard Phillips through creation of the Moral Majority in 1979.

    Got the stuff from wiki, so, you know.

  151. turndownobama
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:29 pm
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    In 2008 she was a Hillary critic and Obama supporter. She makes a gratuitous statement for Hillary now only because it supports Obama. It is an insincere gesture, much like that witch Caroline Kennedy sending Hillary a $2500 donation after she and her pervert uncle had thrown their support behind the fraud–which as you may recall Hillary returned. Jesus, you have got to read between the lines here. Motive is everything.

  152. Compare the Cook Report to what Rove is saying.

    http://moelane.com/2012/04/26/looking-at-cook-reports-looking-at-the-2012-race/

    Conservatives call him Tokyo Rove. We know he conspired with fat ass Brazille. There is not much he is incapable of.

    Conservatives are saying Rove wants a brokered convention so they can nominate the Pillsbury Dough Boy Jebediah Bush, to make mommy dearest happy–the battle ax. I don’t see that happening myself.

    That son of a bitch Nate Silver of NYT has his own warped opinion too.

    My point is how can anyone know at this point, before the $300 million dollar attack on Obama’s record has been launched?

    To me, it goes back to the 7 points above.

    I think Obama will soon be history.

  153. Jesus, you have got to read between the lines here.

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    Serves Collins right to quote her out of context then.

  154. ShortTermer
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Re: wbboei
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:01 pm
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    Bondi should step in. But even more so, the governor. He is the one who assured the nation that justice would be done here. He was emphatic about it. And he never said justice for Trayvon, but justice, which means justice for Tray, Zimmerman and society. I suspect the governor is having one of those malox moments, and he needs to get involved.

  155. wbboei, remember Rove and Krauthammer were livid when Christine O’Donnell got the promotion and their candidate did not? Everybody thinks that Morris is incorrigible; perhaps they think of the wrong fat guy?

  156. ShortTermer: a friend of mine was McCain’s campaign chairman for my state, and he tells a story about how Rove planted false stories in South Carolina slandering him over a young black girl he tried to help. If you ever saw The Maltese Falcon, then you saw an actor named Sydney Greenstreet aka the fat man. Karl Rove is a spitting image to him both in terms of girth and malevolent scheming. And, ironically enough in the scene below we find the fat man and Bogie are talking about the black bird while the immortal Kevin Dobson looks on. Small world isn’t it>

  157. ShortTermer
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:27 pm
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    I like to read your posts, too. I relate more to conservative positions as I get older, and I see that point of view in your postings. HillaryforTexas commented on how the Democrats have tried to make the Republicans out to be these manaical miscreants which is something I might have fell for back in the 80’s, but I just don’t buy that nonsense anymore. The Democrats, a party that I do not recognize anymore, so I vote against now, are Sooooooooo Much Worse. I do.not.trust.them at all at this time. I used to view Reagan Democrats as traitors. Now, I view them as smart, and ahead of their time. I am a Republican voting renegade Democrat. This suits me for now.

    I hope you have a nice trip.

  158. Mrs. Smith, Thanks for the reminder, and for your good work. I’ve just returned from Pumas Unleashed and will add it to my daily rounds.

  159. nomobama: “…Democrats have tried to make the Republicans out to be these maniacal miscreants…” Yes, but in the context of Dubya, you have to admit they were far off. With Romney bearing the R standard, it’s a whole different story.

    “I used to view Reagan Democrats as traitors. Now, I view them as smart…”
    ====

    I never viewed them as traitors; but I have never viewed them as “smart” either, because they were voting against their own interests.

    Mind you, at the time, the D party offered no reasonable alternative. Did they think I was going to vote Carter? And in 1984, the only reason I voted Mondale was because he had chosen a dazzling VP. Mondale himself I knew personally, and thought he was an asshole. But I voted D anyway, because Reagan was bad news from the get-go.

    Before 31 May ’08, I considered myself a D but was never registered as such, and was actually an independent who voted occasionally R, such as for Nixon in 1972 (McGovern was the ‘effete intellectual snob’ that Agnew said of him, and I judged Nixon to be a good POTUS until Watergate).

    Basically, though, I’m agreeing with you: I don’t recognize the D party any more and have now resolved to vote on the basis of character and competence, with the “issues” taking back seat in campaign mode. I see Romney as having the necessary character and competence, and Obama as having neither. The choice is easy. I’m just wondering about Romney’s VP pick and when he will make it.

  160. Noonan: A Bush League President
    …It’s interesting that the Obama campaign isn’t using what incumbent presidents always sooner or later use, either straight out or subliminally. And that is “You know me. I’ve been president for almost four years, you don’t know that other guy. In a high-stakes world do you really want someone new?”
    snip
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:vRyJ9rRDnsUJ:online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html+peggy+noonan&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

  161. HTA- Don’t forget Hillary Unleashed..

    Hopefully, where I mentioned the danger posed to Hillary by Obama’s malevolent intentions, it has captured someone’s attention… and they are explaining a bit more how Hillary’s hands are tied when it appears she is placating PA Authority..

    Obama’s getting really clever… stating fed Law chapter and verse, official orders carrying out his agenda..
    ___________

    Obama Bypasses Congress, Allows Funding for Palestinian Authority

    http://hillaryunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/obama-bypasses-congress-allows-funding-for-palestinian-authority/

  162. Another Zimmerman hearing in progress. Live on orlandosentinal site. I’m probably going to pass on it, though.

  163. Not certain orlando link works. Did snatch this info, tho: SANFORD –Special Prosecutor Angela Corey wants the judge in the George Zimmerman case to slap a gag order on Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara. Word of Corey’s request surfaced as attorneys for the Orlando Sentinel, WFTV-Channel 9, NBC, CNN, The New York Times and other media companies gathered in court today to fight for access to records in the Zimmerman case.

  164. nomobama, I never voted for Reagan, but I did sit out Carter’s reelection bid. Could not vote for that failure. And I understood why people did vote for Reagan, considering the alternative.

    I’ve been called everything from a raging conservative to a flaming socialist, to a libertarian, depending on the topic at hand.

    I differ from libertarians in that I see the State, at times, as the most practical means of pooling resources and taking care of various needs in society. I am not ideologically opposed to any and all State involvement other than enforcing laws and contracts, and protection.

    I differ from the Left in that despite those practical considerations, I do not view the State as an intrinsically benign or even neutral actor. When the people allow the State to get involved in something, whether it be welfare or healthcare or old age financial support, both the limits and the extent of that action need to be clearly and very narrowly defined. Because the State will always seek to exceed its current power and boundaries. Always.

    I don’t mind those who argue that we the people ought to transact with the State to accomplish various good. I do have a problem with those who blithely refuse to even recognize that a transaction is, in fact, occurring That we are trading X for Y, a bit of absolute freedom for a societal benefit, each time we ask the State to do something. They approach all State actions as : “It will accomplish good, so there is no other consideration! What’s your problem? You must hate women/puppies/the poor/the elderly” You can’t discuss trade-offs with them.

    You have to recognize that a transaction is taking place before a sane discussion can be had as to whether the tradeoff is beneficial, and the gain worth it, or if this price in this circumstance is too dear. Most of today’s left drifts about in utopian thinking that completely ignores the transactional nature of The People vs. The State, of liberty vs. control.

    So I part with libertarians and strict conservatives on whether or how often or in what areas that bargain ought to be made. But today’s left, with their eagerness to tout only the benefit and ignore the price (both in liberty and in dollars), are not the ones I want at that negotiating table on my behalf.

  165. This is appalling but not a surprise that Obama stoops to this level.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304723304577368280604524916.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    Strassel: The President Has a List
    Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

    Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.

    Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for “betting against America,” and accuses you of having a “less-than-reputable” record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.

    Are you worried?

    Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

    Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”

  166. pm317, can you imagine the outcry if Bush as POTUS had named names and singled out private citizen Dem donors to condemn them? Or individual journalists or radio show hosts? The left would have been screaming we were living in the Third Reich.

  167. I listen to him closely and find myself daydreaming: This is the best-tailored president since JFK. His suits, shirts and ties are beautifully cut from fine material. This is an elegant man. But I shouldn’t be thinking about that, I should be thinking about what a powerful case he’s making for his leadership. I’m not because he’s not.

    It is still so surprising that a person who seems bored by politicking has risen to the highest political office in the land.
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    Surprising? In one sense, perhaps, i.e. how could the powers that be entrust the fate of the country to someone like this, who by every indication, hates America. Maybe it was their turn to “rule” the country, as fat Howard Dean so crudely put it. But even at that, to select someone like this goes beyond self interest and enters the realm of a treasonous act, when you consider the problems this country is facing. Since that act was intentional, it cannot be forgiven as negligence.

    But let us put that piece aside for a moment and examine the issue which as cutclueless Peggy Noonan adrift from her moorings. One the one hand she says Obama is elegant and on the other hand they say he is elegant. Pay attention here because if you have an unmarried daughter who supports Obama, and you cannot convince her that he is a fraud, you may get a clue as to why. Peggy says it, without understanding what she is saying–he is elegant, and when she listens to him she finds herself daydreaming. Daydreaming–about what? Chances are it is all about him.

    I have a friend who comes from a culture where they sleep at day and party by night. If you have ever heard the song Havana then you have a sense of what I am talking about. http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/linda_eder/havana.html Those lyrics are classic, and they sum up what is going on with many people at some level if they are in touch with their feelings. They help us understand: i) the gender gap, and ii) the difference between married and unmarried women with respect to Obama.

    My friend claims he was a valentino in his youth, and I believe him. He can describe in great detail how he would work a room, approach the object of his intentions and seduce her. As good as he was, he conceded that if Bill Clinton entered the room, he would not like it. He would not like the competition. Surprisingly, he says the same thing about Obama. Men do not like Obama for that reason, and because the virtues they prize–courage, character, truthfulness etc. are conspicuous by their absence. They see him for what he is–a conniving backshooter–and a million years of genetic history tells them that. But unmarried women are easily seduced by that–and the appeal is strictly non-verbal. To them he is a ghost lover and at the same time a sugar daddy. Kaine’s wife let it slip when she called Obama at metrosexual man. When someone is under that sort of influence, they lose sight of what he is doing to them or the country–which explains Gail Collins.

    My friend continues–the reason that happily married women (happiness being a relative term) are not so easily seduced is because they have their security, and they do not want someone like this robbing them of what they have rightfully earned. Also, once they have children, they become concerned about others, and their future. Obama is a killer of the future.

    The question is, how do you deal with the fact that unmarried women support Obama by a factor of 2 to 1. The answer, according to him, is you show them that he is not THEIR sugar daddy, and he is not their ghost lover.

  168. This article hits it put of the park about the deliberate, malicious intentional lying of nearly all BM to turn the Martin case into a martyrdom for blacks issue.

    Must read which is why I am posting the entire test.
    The author NAILS BM.

    Motivated By Media Lies About George Zimmerman, a Hate Crime Occurs In Chicago

    We’re learning today that in Obama’s Chicago, 18 year-old Alton L. Hayes has just been charged by police with “attempted robbery and aggravated battery along with a hate crime” for attacking and robbing a 19 year-old man. Hayes is black, the victim is white, and Hayes told investigators “he was angry about the [Trayvon] Martin shooting and decided to attack the victim because of his race.”

    Now why would Hayes do this? For starters, Zimmerman is Hispanic, not Caucasian. Secondly, there’s absolutely zero proof Zimmerman was racially motivated to shoot Martin. In fact, an overwhelming amount of evidence suggests race had nothing to do with it.

    My guess is that if Hayes is telling the truth about his sinister motives, he’s been watching too much CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and ABC. After all, those are the media outlets guilty, in some cases, of outright racial fabrication in their zeal to aid Barack Obama’s re-election campaign by falsely attributing racism to Mr. Zimmerman’s motives.

    The bottom line is that if Hayes’ professed motive for attacking another man is based on lies told over and over and over again by Obama’s Media Palace Guards.

    For those of us who monitor the corrupt media, the Trayvon Martin story was on our radars as a media phenomenon. But what confirmed the political motive was when our divisive, polarizing President gave his media minions the green-light to go all-in after he cynically made the shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager all about race (“My son would look like Trayvon”).

    Florida is a must-win swing state for the President and turnout is where his fortunes will live or die. Ginning up the base brings voters to the polls and nothing gins up Democrat voters like a good old-fashioned racial firestorm. And because the media’s in bed with Barack Obama, a racial firestorm (based on misinformation) is what we got.

    First came the media’s obvious disappointment over the fact that the alleged shooter, a man with the name “Zimmerman,” was neither Caucasian nor Jewish. Never ones to let facts get in the way of a witch hunt (remember Tucson), the media solved that little factual problem by making up an entirely new racial category for Zimmerman: “white Hispanic.” Like our President, one of Zimmerman’s parents is white, and yet we never hear Obama described as a “white African-American.”

    But of course we don’t. That wouldn’t fit the narrative. But in order to cast this story in the kind of light necessary to make enough voters angry to tip Florida Obama’s way, Zimmerman cannot simply be Hispanic because that’s another voting bloc Obama desperately needs to win the state.

    The Narrative Beast was still hungry, though, and required constant feeding. Not only must Obama’s Media Palace Guards in some way make Zimmerman white, he must also be turned into a — duh, duh-duhnnn — racist! And it was in this department that the sycophant media sold what was left of their souls.

    To kick things off, before ABC News examined surveillance tape with the full technology available to them, the network released a half-baked and rushed examination of the tape with this hysterical headline:

    “Trayvon Martin Video Shows No Blood or Bruises on George Zimmerman.”

    The only problem is that ABC News jumped the gun. Later, a full enhancement using all the technology available to ABC showed a pretty serious gash on Zimmerman’s head. But the damage was already done. By accident or design, the die was cast for many that Zimmerman had lied about shooting Martin in self-defense after the teenager attacked him.

    But the media was just getting started. CNN — “The Most Trusted Name In News,” donchaknow — went one step further than ABC News. They examined the audio of a 911 tape and before enhancing the audio using the full technology available to them, suggested to the world that Zimmerman had called Trayvon a “fucking coon.”

    Later, CNN was forced to walk this back and admit Zimmerman had said no such thing, but once again, by accident or design, the seed Obama so desperately needs planted to divide this country racially, had been planted by his media pals.

    But the Crown Jewel of irresponsible racial fraud most definitely goes out to NBC News, who on their oh-so legendary “Today Show” would broadcast to the world 911 audio that had been maliciously edited to make Zimmerman look racist:

    Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

    When the truth is that the unedited audio actually went like this:

    Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

    Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

    Zimmerman: He looks black.

    And do I even need to point out the 24/7 smear campaign launched in the fever swamps of MSNBC?
    To understand just how sinister the whole of the media has been here, you have to remember that this is the “whole of the media.” This isn’t Dan Rather with forged documents or those Left-wingnuts at MSNBC.

    To aid Barack Obama’s re-election campaign to racially divide and enflame this country and most especially a swing-state, the whole of the media ganged up to fabricate, parse, and misinform the public about a private citizen. And guess who was listening….

    Alton L. Hayes. And by his own admission, this intentional and politically-driven misinformation campaign created by Obama’s Media Palace Guards, motivated Hayes to target and assault an innocent man.

    The media is not biased.

    The media is not out of touch.

    The media is corrupt, and now they have blood on their hands.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/04/26/Motivated-By-Medias-lies-hate-crime

  169. Oh, goody. FMG suggested as mandate for all Egyptian women – by another woman. Must be something really beneficial to have an 11 year old girls blankety blank blank blank cut off and the remains sewn shut. Female mutiliataion is a great concept. So much more advanced than non-Muslim practices. Some on this blog must LOVE that idea. I mean, it’s so civilized, so kind, so fair.

    👿

    Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood MP Seeks to Abolish Female Rights and Enforce Female Genital Mutilation

    by Raymond Ibrahim • Apr 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    Cross-posted from Jihad Watch

    According to the Egyptian website Youm 7, Azza al-Jarf, a female Member of Parliament representing the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice Party,” is trying to abolish several laws currently enjoyed by Egyptian women—including preventing them from divorcing or even separating from their husbands, because “the man has the authority and stewardship” (see Koran 4:34); mandating that fathers must circumcise their daughters; and trying to get the Egyptian educational system to ban the teaching of the English language—on the grounds that it is an “infidel” tongue—while separating boys and girls in classrooms and forcing girls to wear the hijab.

    Azza Jarf: Putting a stop to infidel freedoms in Egypt’s new parliament.
    Ms. Jarf, of course, is not the first Muslim female in Egypt opposed to her own gender; earlier, another female politician declared that “women are deficient in intelligence and religion,” and that, in agreement with Sharia law, they are banned from running for presidency.

    At any rate, repressive and discriminatory laws, not to mention laws that mutilate the human body—such represent the Muslim Brotherhood’s idea of “Freedom and Justice,” the telling name of their political wing.

    http://www.raymondibrahim.com/2012/04/egypt-muslim-brotherhood-mp-seeks-to-abolish

  170. BASIL99

    But…but….but… ARAB SPRING! Egypt is chock full of a HUGE majority of benign peaceful Muslims who just want Mubarak gone so that the peaceful and civilized nature of their culture can blossom in all its beauty! What do you mean, you don’t foresee that happening? Radical Islamists barely exist there – there’s like FIVE of them in the whole country. You’re an Islamophobe hater!!!

  171. Islam as a religion in a mixed society historically does better and never is a good option for a republic. I guess that could apply to any religion that falls into the hands of fundamentalists of that religion. It would have been better if the uprisings had forced the fundamentalists out. They have a knack for shooting themselves in the foot. But their problems spill over to the rest of the world. Case in point, Pakistan.

  172. ROTFLMAO!!! Obama is really desperate and flailing all over the place. His has a new ad out touting his getting Bin Laden, and questioning whether Romney would have made that decision.

    So which is it, Axelrod? Is Mitt a flaming neo-con “Reign of Terror” warmongering most extreme scary Republican EVER, or a mild-mannered squish who would have let Osama go free given the chance?

    Yeah, chest-beating macho Obama is the new meme. ROTFLMAO! Axelrod, you ain’t making metro-sexual, Mr-admirable-pants-crease Obama into war hero no matter how hard you try. Jeebus, these people are just hilarious.

  173. Pertinent comment from HotAir. Yeah, this says it well:

    Guys, I seriously hope Obama tries to make bin Laden a big issue. I’ve spoken to enough liberals and swing voters and moderates (note that these are LEFT-LEANING ones too, which is telling) who actually roll their eyes at the “but he got bin Laden!” argument in favor of Obama. And these are people who still like Obama!

    The point is that, even though everyone’s glad that (to quote Radiohead) UBL is getting eaten by the worms and weird fishes, nobody — even left-leaners — takes it seriously as an argument for reelection. It’s a bauble. Everyone knows that any President would have done the same. To the extent it has any effect, it allows liberals to say “see, Obama isn’t the COMPLETE p*ssy you people think he is!” But again: it’s still the economy, and we’re not stupid.

    So again: I hope Obama really tries to run with this. People are going to subconsciously take it as an admission that he’s got nothin’, no other accomplishments to run on.

    Esoteric on April 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

  174. The Death of the Moderate . . . Democrat

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)

    Friday, April 27th at 4:45AM EDT
    18 Comments

    It is worth noting that on Tuesday several moderate Democrats went down in flames in Pennsylvania, continuing a trend that has escalated since 2008. Liberals do not want moderate Democrats in their caucus.

    What is most interesting about it from a conservative perspective, however, is how there has not been a ton of coverage about the death of the blue dogs — more dogs dead in Barack Obama and the left’s war on dogs. Had moderate Republicans been defeated, we would have major stories on pretty much every news network and on the front page of every paper in America.

    Routinely we hear that Republicans cannot win in New England, despite Republican successes in New England in 2010. Routinely we hear about the GOP driving moderates out of the party. Big tent cliches surround the stories. Rarely does the ongoing purging of the Democratic Party make such news.

    In fact, the Democratic Party has become increasingly hostile to moderates, though the media rarely cares to focus on this because the reporters who’d pay attention often are to the left of the moderate Democrats and proclaim their position the center. Those moderate Democrats are, therefore, well outside the mainstream.

    I do not lament the decline and fall of the Blue Dog Coalition. The United States remains a center-right nation and Democrats must continue to run as “centrist” to appeal in swing states. Their true colors ruin their chances. The fewer “centrists” they have, the more difficult it becomes for them to appeal to voters, including Hispanic voters who continue to be some of the most socially conservative voters in America.

    The lesson, here, though is that partisans in both parties prefer their candidates to stand for something and fight for something. The media’s predominant bias is a good government bias and reporters hail those Republicans and Democrats who work across party lines to get things done in Washington. And what have they done?

    We’re at $15 trillion and counting to what they’ve done. But it was done in the name of good government — a concept that is always framed as our salvation and will ultimately be our damnation as we go bankrupt with repeated good government compromises.

  175. HillaryforTexas
    April 27th, 2012 at 10:43 am
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    LOL indeed. Obama is too cool of a celebrity to become a war hero! May be one on TV like his buddies from Hollywood.

  176. pm317
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:16 pm
    H4T, yeah, I know about that story. If the press was half as fawning of Romney as they are of Obama, these stories would be known to everybody by now
    **************************************************************************

    pm317 & HFT…I think the Romney campaign is saving many of those stories for the heat of the campaign…when they really start to roll out the nominee, MR…we are in the presumptive, but still unofficial stage…after labor day things will begin to really excellorate…

    …I strongly think that they – the R camp – must be getting alot of these ‘testimonials’ on tape and lining up people ready to go…and i suspect there are even more ‘do-gooder stories’ we do not know about…by the time they – the R camp and supporters – get done really ‘rolling out and introducing’ Mitt Romney he really will be “Father Knows Best”

    …there really isn’t as much value to exploiting those humanistic stories right now…they will get disappated with all the other noise and distractions…but as smart as the R camp has shown to be…someone…someway is going to make those stories known…maybe before, at, or after the convention…wherever they can get the biggest bang and impact…

    ************************************************************

    also, I still contend that Mitt Romeny will be subliminenly and optically morphed into Reagan…he has the ‘Reagan’ look and visual stature…i don’t think it will be blatant but it will be there…i have no doubts about that…it has already begun…

    *********************************************************

    shorttermer…this is our best shot at regaining the WH…all of us like others, but N and Santo could not secure the votes and the whole national camp would have been over before we even got started…as in O landslide…

    …as it stands now, independents are ‘returning’ to MR…the person who will win must have independents…a tea party spokesperson is quoted as saying they will definitely support MR…
    married women are behind MR…

    Carter mentioned MR helps…it further emphasizes the MR is a moderate…translates, not scary, not threatening…that image helps MR to win…and truth is no one doubts that MR is a moderate…and that will bring him more votes…getting votes is the key to taking back the WH

    …the notion of calling him a white O is offensive…they are not one in the same…far from it…ask the MB or take a look at the justice dept…R will not be an O…come on now…

    …these are all plusses and going in the right direction…to our Step # 1…

  177. According to the Egyptian website Youm 7, Azza al-Jarf, a female Member of Parliament representing the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice Party,” is trying to abolish several laws currently enjoyed by Egyptian women

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

    How many others co-sponsored her Blunt Amendment, defunding Planned Parenthood, weakening the Violence against Women bill etc? 😉

  178. Yeah, not wanting to foot the bill for someone else’s elective abortions is EXACTLY the same thing as female genital mutilation and having sex with dead wives and child marriage.

    Exactly. No difference at all. *eye roll*

  179. HillaryforTexas
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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

    The point is, how many other MP’s go along with this crazy one? We know how many Republicans have co-sponsered with the crazy ones, it’s on record.

    And that’s just in the national Congress — not even looking at our state Republican legislatures’ crazy War on Women bills.

  180. Usually when I see someone accused of ‘flip-flopping’, I suspect strawberry jello. But this might be a real one.

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

    In 2005, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy that centered on the idea that selfishness is “virtue”. The New Republic wrote:

    “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

    Ryan also noted in a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it.”

    But today, Ryan is singing a far different tune.

    From an interview with National Review’s Bob Costa this week:

    “I reject her philosophy,” Ryan says firmly. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas,” who believed that man needs divine help in the pursuit of knowledge. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand,” he says.
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/04/26/471730/paul-ryan-ayn-rand/?mobile=nc

  181. I know I am in the minority–the distinct minority when I say this, but I will say it anyway. I do not think Axelrod is that good, and his less than boffo performance in the Chris Wallace interview is merely the tip of the iceberg. I think he is most likely a blackmailer, and I also think he has had the Soros think tanks backing him up. But now he has a candidate whose record of governance is checkered–blinkered to say the least. Therefore his strategy is to obfuscate and push emotional buttons and I do not think it will work.

    That said, however, he holds the distinction of being the premier campaign consultant in the country. And politics, even among consultants, is a competitive business, just as politics is the competition for power. And that means Bush’s Brain is now the bridesmaid rather than the bride. And I am just guessing, but I do not think that sits well with dear old Karl. I think he would like nothing better than to bury Axelgrease and regain the title. (Note: you can say its not Axelrod anymore it is Plouffe rhymes with fluff, but everyone knows that is bullshit, just as the cogniscenti, like the Clintons, know it aint Kennedy but Soros.) Thus, where Rove is concerned Axelrod is the man to beat. And unlike McCain who held a legitimate vendetta against Rove for the reasons previously discussed, Romney has welcomed him into the fold–to win and bury Grease, once and for all. I think that map is part of it. To give him the baseline, before he goes to work for Romney. And when Romney buries BamBam Rove will say–look at the baseline I (not we) started with. I may be full of shit here, it may be all supposition and conjecture, but if this aint part of it, I would be very surprised.
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    Rove rides again, as a force behind Romney

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    Former Bush White House official Karl Rove drives by reporters after being interviewed by federal prosecutors at his attorney’s offices in Washington, May 15, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Giroux

    By Samuel P. Jacobs

    WASHINGTON | Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:29pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Nearly a decade ago he was dubbed “Bush’s Brain,” for his influence in guiding Republican George W. Bush to the U.S. presidency.

    This year, Karl Rove could be Mitt Romney’s brawn.

    Perhaps no one, besides Romney himself, will have a greater influence on the course of the Republican presidential campaign this fall than Rove, the brash, often-controversial architect of Bush’s two successful bids for the White House.

    Bush called Rove “Turd Blossom,” a term Texans use to describe a flower that grows from a pile of cow dung. This year, thanks to the American Crossroads “Super PAC” organization that he co-founded, Rove will have vast resources to fertilize Romney’s campaign: a massive wallet, one of the loudest megaphones in conservative media, and close ties to Romney’s campaign.

    It’s a dramatic re-emergence for Rove, who resigned as Bush’s deputy chief of staff in 2007 amid questions about his role in the firing of a federal prosecutor.

    In an interview with Reuters, Rove described his vision for Crossroads, which he founded with his friend Ed Gillespie in 2010. Crossroads – which has received seven-figure donations from several wealthy Republicans – hopes to spend $300 million on this election.

    Beyond helping Romney match Democratic President Barack Obama’s vast fundraising effort, Rove said he wants Crossroads to be a permanent figure on the political landscape – a big-money, independent group that works in concert with the Republican Party on strategy and involves its most influential donors.

    Rove forecast a nasty presidential race and called the Obama campaign’s complaints about Romney’s penchant for secrecy a veiled, “bigoted” attack on the Republican’s Mormon faith – a claim Obama’s staff rejects.

    On Tuesday, one wing of Rove’s organization, Crossroads GPS, reported raising $77 million in donations during 2010 and 2011. A healthy share – $17 million — had been paid out to fellow conservative groups, elevating Rove’s presence among advocacy organizations now boosted by his fundraising.

    American Crossroads, the other wing of Rove’s machine, has raised $27 million, more than any other political action committee (PAC) involved in the presidential race except Restore Our Future, a Super PAC that supports Romney.

    A 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowed Super PACs like American Crossroads to receive unlimited donations from groups and individuals. Tax law allows non-profits like Crossroads GPS to keep its donors anonymous as long as a majority of its money is spent on non-political “social welfare” purposes – for example, TV ads that focus on issues rather than specific candidates.

    Democrats have been slow to accept Super PACs, saying they will corrupt elections by giving outsized influence to the very wealthy. Donations to campaigns are limited to $2,500 per individual for the primary season, and another $2,500 for the November 6 election.

    Rove counters that his organization simply levels the playing field against liberal groups and unions that have poured millions into their own causes for years.

    “I got sick and tired of fighting with one hand tied behind my back,” Rove said, adding that he started Crossroads “after getting our brains beat in for decades” in campaign fundraising.

    Early ads purchased by American Crossroads suggest that like Restore Our Future, Crossroads will help Romney by attacking Obama and his policies.

    Last week, Crossroads released a radio ad in Ohio and Pennsylvania coal country blasting Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa Jackson, over federal regulations.

    In the radio spot, a United Mine Workers union leader says, “I would say this: The Navy SEALS shot Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington.”

    INTRIGUING STORYLINE

    Rove’s role in the 2012 campaign offers an intriguing storyline.

    Under the law, Romney’s campaign may not coordinate its activities with Crossroads. Romney advisers say they have no idea what Rove is what up to, but campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul praised groups such as Crossroads for their help.

    “President Obama and his political team have signaled they will spend a billion dollars to hold onto power,” Saul said. “We are pleased that independent groups will be active in fighting this entrenched power so the country can get back to work.”

    Rove said he talks with Romney advisers but devotes his attention to his own organization. “I can say, ‘So and so wants to help,'” Rove said.

  182. turndown, do you have any reading comprehension or sense of human complexity at all? There is no conflict in saying that Ayn Rand’s writings inspired one to go into economics, and that you admire so many of her ideas about how free markets function and are beneficial and how State Collectivism harms society, and at the same time saying that you reject her overall atheist and objectivist philosophy as a moral code for all of life.

    I believe in Newton’s laws of physics – gravity and such. They have inspired so many scientists! Give me Newton! But I utterly reject his ideas on alchemy and the occult. Don’t give me Newton on that. ZOMG! I just flip-flopped!

  183. And BTW, the crap getting thrown at Ryan over Ayn Rand is similar to the crap that gets thrown at Hillary over Alinsky, She has quoted Alinsky in a positive light before, and did a thesis on him where you can cherry pick quotes to make her out to be a total Alinskyite.

    But only if you ignore the fact that while she appreciated and agreed with much of what he had to say, she rejected swallowing whole his underlying philosophy that always and in all cases the end justifies the means.

    ZOMG, Hillary is a flip-flopping hypocrite! No. Not to anyone with a brain who understands that an intelligent mind can walk and chew gum at the same time. An intelligent brain can hold various concepts in juxtaposition to one another, appreciating aspects of each, without mindlessly and whole hog endorsing every single permutation of one or the other.

  184. * Romney had $10 mln cash on hand, pro-Romney PAC $6.5 mln

    * Obama had $104 mln in the bank at end of March

    * Big money war underway between political parties

    * CONSERVATIVE CROSS ROADS GROUP RAISED ALMOST $100 mln !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  185. An intelligent brain can hold various concepts in juxtaposition to one another, appreciating aspects of each, without mindlessly and whole hog endorsing every single permutation of one or the other.

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

    Gore got attacked over that — he made public statements so long and nuanced that different journalists would quote different parts at different times and cry “Flip!” But those were about wonky detials on issues like medical marijuana.

  186. 1. Peggy Noonan: “The old Washington gossip was that the Obama campaign was too confident, now it is that they are nervous. The second seems true if you go by their inability, months after it was clear Mitt Romney would be running against them, to find and fix on a clear line of attack. Months ago he was the out-of-touch corporate raider. Then he was a flip-flopping weasel. They momentarily shifted to right-wing extremist. This week he seems to be a Bushite billionaire.”

    My Reaction: correct. Moreover, if you think back to the primary, big media claimed that Hillary’s campaign was failing because it seemed to present a different message every week. If there is any validity to this argument–and there may have been since Penn was over here and others in the campaign were over there, then Obama has the same disease now in spades. If big media wanted to be consistent they would say he is failing at the messaging level–big time.

    2. Peggy Noonan: “There is a growing air of incompetence around Mr. Obama’s White House. It was seen again this week in Supreme Court arguments over the administration’s challenge to Arizona’s attempted crackdown on illegal immigration. As Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News wrote, the court seemed to be disagreeing with the administration’s understanding of federal power: “Solicitor General Donald Verrilli . . . met resistance across ideological lines. . . . Even Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court’s only Hispanic and an Obama appointee, told Verrilli his argument is ‘not selling very well.’ ” This follows last month’s embarrassing showing over the constitutionality of parts of ObamaCare.”

    My reaction: spot on. The polls we see now are merely a reflection of the successes of the past, and they do not recognize the serial failures in government. Grease, I am sure, would like to skip over all that and rekindle the themes of 2008 unblemished by a blinkered governing record. When we look at the sky on a clear night we see stars. But the light our eyes see is not what is happening now, but what happened 2000 years ago and it has taken that long to reach earth travelling at the speed of light. In the world of politics the speed is much greater, and it will be visible before November. Discerning people will then see that a vote for Obama is a vote for continuing incompetence, graft and failure writ large.

    3. A word to the wise for King Obama: “No regime lasts forever . . . the heights each occupies always become, sooner or later a besieged fortress. . . And knowledge of this compels them to become psychologically a conspiracy against all that lies outside its own ranks and presents a real or potential threat to its power. In a democracy it will include all the elements that are susceptible to influence by the opposition”–George Kennan. And of all the redoubts, fortresses and earthen works constructed to protect Obama against the force of nature, the last to fall will be big media. And when he steps down, his successors will sift through the carnage and realize the great damage this man had done to this nation.

  187. There is no conflict in saying that Ayn Rand’s writings inspired one to go into economics, and that you admire so many of her ideas about how free markets function and are beneficial and how State Collectivism harms society, and at the same time saying that you reject her overall atheist and objectivist philosophy as a moral code for all of life.

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

    Heh. Sometimes I think I’m the only one who makes distinctions like that.

    Ryan’s best defense might be to show that he was already a Catholic at the time he spoke at a Rand celebration — and show he condemned Rand’s moral philosophy before an audience of her fans. And hope no ex-staffer turns up with one the books (if any) inscribed by Ryan (or perhaps forged, by now).

  188. Months ago [Romney] was the out-of-touch corporate raider. Then he was a flip-flopping weasel. They momentarily shifted to right-wing extremist. This week he seems to be a Bushite billionaire.”

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

    On what planet would those aspects not fit together quite neatly?

  189. Can you win the argument and still lose the election? Don’t ask H.L. Mencken. You must have faith that the American People still believe 2+2=4–even if the pollsters do not.

  190. Months ago [Romney] was the out-of-touch corporate raider. Then he was a flip-flopping weasel. They momentarily shifted to right-wing extremist. This week he seems to be a Bushite billionaire.”

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

    On what planet would those aspects not fit together quite neatly?
    ——————-
    Turndown: put on your trial lawyers hat. If you want to persuade someone do you offer them a smorgusboad of reasons, or do you pick your strongest argument and drill down on it. The answer is always the latter. Here, what we are seeing is a form of schitzophenia–where the Obama people cannot tell the same story from one day to the next. Thematically that equates to failure.

  191. Turndown: put on your trial lawyers hat. If you want to persuade someone do you offer them a smorgusboad of reasons, or do you pick your strongest argument and drill down on it.

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

    I don’t have a trial lawyer’s hat. I have a schoolteacher’s hat. Different listeners will relate to different reasons (as long as the reasons don’t contradict each other).

  192. A National Disgrace.

    That’s what one longtime NASA official called BO’s shutdown of the NASA Shuttle Program and his complete silence on the amazingly bittersweet flight of the Enterprises hitched to a 747 soaring above Manhattan for its final destinations – first Kennedy Airport and then Intrepid Air Space Museum on 44th Street.

    What an amazing 4 decades that little craft has had. What a testament to American hard work. But not a WORD about it for the POS in the WH.

    NOT ONE word of acknowledgement when the 747 tipped its wings during its flight over Washington.

    I have NEVER hated anyone as much ass this POS and his POS FLOTUS. They have no pride in American achievement. They have the nerve to shut down one of our country’s premiere programs and jet off using millions of tax dollars worth of vacations and golf outings and then say stuff like the Boston cops were stupid and that if BO had a a son he would look like Martin.

    Disgraceful is a kind description of the POS.

  193. Links at the site:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/04/26/more-debunking-of-the-ex-nasa-49-climate-change-deniers/
    The Earth is warming up. The rate of warming has increased in the past century or so. This corresponds to the time of the Industrial Revolution, when we started dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases warm the planet (hence the name) — if they didn’t we’d have an average temperature below the freezing point of water. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which is dumped into the atmosphere by humans to the tune of 30 billion tons per year, 100 times the amount from volcanoes. And finally, approximately 97% of climatologists who actually study climate agree that global warming is real, and caused by humans.

  194. OT: what do you guys think about AmericansElect?

    What if Hillary won their online primary and got on the ballot in all 50 states? She might win it outright due to her high popularity, or she would certainly split the Obama vote in two. Either way, it’s an ABO outcome.

    I’ve heard some rumors that it is a Soros backed operation and therefore not legit. What say ye?

  195. New Data Shows World Temps Have Remained Almost Stagnant During Last Two Decades…

    (Daily Mail) — World temperatures have remained almost stagnant in the last two decades, new figures have revealed.

    Temperatures across the globe rose by around a third of a degree last year from the average of 14 degrees Celsius recorded between 1961 and 1990.

    In some years, temperatures rose by just 0.29 degrees C while in others they rose by .53 degrees.

    The findings come as consumers feel the full force of a raft of environment policies introduced by the coalition and the previous Labour government in the name of climate change.

    By 2030, ‘green’ policy burdens could cost families an extra £267 a year and have already raised current energy bills by £78 annually.

    The figures on global temperatures were published by Environment Minister Gregory Barker in a parliamentary answer to Tory MP Anne Main.

    Mrs Main said it raised questions about whether vulnerable people should be made to make the choice between heating and eating.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/04/26/new-data-shows-world-temps-have-remained-almost-stagnant-during-last-two-decades/

    A sampling of comments.
    • Wy-owe-me Homie says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:39 am
    Just a way to control the people. We can’t change the weather, we can’t even predict it reliably.

    • johnny chimpo says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:44 am
    “…By 2030, ‘green’ policy burdens could cost families an extra £267 a year and have already raised current energy bills by £78 annually….”
    =============================
    78 pounds …? thats bullshit…
    its triple that figure.. if not more… right now…
    and 267 pounds.. in 20 years..?
    another incredibly low ball figure
    people in the UK are starving right now… just trying to stay warm…
    “green energy” … is killing people

    • Mackie says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:49 am
    The Global Warming,Climate Change,green energy actions are one of the biggest farces ever forced onto to man.

    • veldy says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:50 am
    Expect to hear shortly how this simply validates man made climate change, kind of like the old airport check in joke “If someone put something in my baggage without my knowledge, how would I know”? with the response “that’s why we ask”

    • richwill says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Madoff went to prison for a money scam, why not algore and his sycophants?

    • skydiver says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am
    Trillions and trillions of OUR USA taxpayer pissed away over the years on this corrupt worthless bullshit! Trillions more will be spent on the tens of thousands of regulations installed under this TOTAL SCAM! Why is it that the regulations are rarely every removed by either party when the truth comes out?I know,can’t upset the “gravey train”!

    • chickadee says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:57 am
    @johnny chimpo,
    “green energy”…is killing people’
    Yes, it is. That is one of the goals of the ‘greenhoax.’
    Reducing (controlling) the human population.
    That and taking in lot$ of money.

    • Xavier says:
    April 26, 2012 at 9:57 am
    The interesting thing is that this is in the Daily Wail, which has led the AWG UK bandwagon for years.
    Rats, ship.

    • Dennis says:
    April 26, 2012 at 10:08 am
    As a Wooly Mammoth, I object to the term “Global Warming”…… It is a lie! It is designed to make me feel like an idiot..

    • big-pete says:
    April 26, 2012 at 10:24 am
    The lack of global warming is do to…global warming, of course. The data proves this conclusively!

    • Spurwing Plover says:
    April 26, 2012 at 11:02 am
    Revoke AL GORES two undeserved awardsand cut off all funding to those who push this greenhouse effect fruad
    • Oldguy says:

    April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    Loook out warmist heads exploding!!!!!!!!

    • NoDragonspeak says:
    April 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    Goracle unavailible for comment .. to busy counting his money & expanding his franchise program / gang developement

  196. I don’t have a trial lawyer’s hat. I have a schoolteacher’s hat. Different listeners will relate to different reasons (as long as the reasons don’t contradict each other).
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    That is not the way a political campaign works.

  197. I just had lunch with a maritime arbitrator. There are rumbling son the waterfront that there will be nation-wide union action on May 1, 2012. The parties will be the ILWU in San Francisco/Oakland, Seattle, the ILA in New York, Philadelphia, and the SEIU–and the Occupy Wall Street movement. If this happens it will be part of the Messino strategy for Obama. We will not have to wait very long to find out whether this rumor is true. The rebuttal argument will be to show how much money Wall Street contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008.

  198. BASIL99
    April 27th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    New Data Shows World Temps Have Remained Almost Stagnant During Last Two Decades…

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    That’s a lot of bandwidth spent on trashy comments.

    As for ‘stagnant’, I’d have to look up a cite, but iirc this ‘stagnant’ plateau is still higher than the last couple of centuries, iirc. So the warming may have temporarily paused, but it’s certainly not cooling off or going back to ‘normal’. (Some known, temporary factors may be causing the temporary pause.)

    Hm, I wonder if there’s a relation between a pause in warming and all the freak weather lately….

  199. That “bandwidth” pales when compared to the piles of trash you have inflicted on this blog over the past few years.

    I won’t hold my breath while you look up the ‘cite’ and pronounce your imperial decision as to its validity. Afterall, you are the resident expert on everything just like the characters in that old classic, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; a pocket guide to life, the universe and everything.

    As far as “bandwidth” is concerned, I hate to break the news but that is none of your business. Decisions on “bandwidth” belong to admin.

  200. ‘That is not the way a political campaign works.’

    Unfortunately, it IS the way a brainwashed, indoctrinated, entitlement-minded schoolteacher’s mind works. I know. I spent nearly 2 decades amongst that species.

  201. valleyboy
    April 27th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    OT: what do you guys think about AmericansElect?

    What if Hillary won their online primary and got on the ballot in all 50 states? She might win it outright due to her high popularity, or she would certainly split the Obama vote in two. Either way, it’s an ABO outcome.

    I’ve heard some rumors that it is a Soros backed operation and therefore not legit. What say ye?
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    I do not know. I am heartened and impressed with the fact that Lady Lynn de Rothschilde is backing it, because I think the world of her, and trust her motives. If I believed Hillary would accept I would be tempted, but I do not think it would because she will not challenge Obama, for reasons which are best left unsaid. The people who are saying this is a Soros thing are most likely the Republicans because it would siphon off part of the anybody but Obama vote, whereas Obama’s whole strategy is to go double down on his base, hence the losses on his side of the ledger would be de minimus in comparison. In terms of practicalities, it is a non-starter. And that is a shame because if we have learned anything over the past 12 years, assuming we did not know it from before, neither party can be trusted with the fate of this nation. Or, as George Bernard Shaw wisely observed every profession is a conspiracy against the laity. And politicians are no exception, even that demigod with feet of clay who stood amid Corinthum columns and blathered on about a new heaven and a new earth, whilst the faux NYTwit conservative David Brooks fluttered and fainted and they had to send for smelling salts, and oxygen.

  202. I registered at Americans Elect and am supporting Hillary as a Draft candidate there. I encourage others to do likewise. Time is running out– there’s less than two weeks left. And yes, Lynn Forester de Rothschild is one of the people behind this.

    https://secure.americanselect.org/profile-candidate/342395/draft-status
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    Suppose, for the sake of argument, that all 18 million Hillary supporters went to America elects and wrote in her name. Revenge as they say is a tactic best served cold. In that case, the pundits, elitists and Obama bots would surely say this proves we are right–she should run in 2016. Whereupon, we could say nay nay nay, as usual you are wrong. What this proves is the people want her, not Obama, to be our president in 2012. And but for your misfeasance, she would have been our president in 2008, and we would not have the problems we do not. And by the way, don’t call us sweetie.

  203. Months ago [Romney] was the out-of-touch corporate raider. Then he was a flip-flopping weasel. They momentarily shifted to right-wing extremist. This week he seems to be a Bushite billionaire.”

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    Dunno from trial lawyering, but istm that these alleged factors support each other, making the combination (and each) more credible than if it were the only argument given.

    “Why is he acting like a rightwing extremist now?”

    “Because he’s a flip-flopping weasel who stands to profit from more Bush-like policies, which allowed his corporate raiding.”

    “But he seems so nice. And he has five SONS! How could a handsome guy hurt people this way?”

    “Because he’s out of touch.”

  204. The Obama machine keeps trying to make Romney look scary, but frankly he isn’t. The only one who is afraid of Mittens is Obama.

  205. Then he pointed out the reality that others didn’t do so well, that there are winners and losers.

    THAT IS THE INVESTMENT BUSINESS. You pick a bunch of companies to turn around. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don’t. Weaker business models get weeded out and fail, successful ones expand and hire.

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    Thus the term ‘Social Darwinism’.

  206. The Obama machine keeps trying to make Romney look scary, but frankly he isn’t.
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    He looks bland.

  207. Then he pointed out the reality that others didn’t do so well, that there are winners and losers.

    THAT IS THE INVESTMENT BUSINESS. You pick a bunch of companies to turn around. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don’t. Weaker business models get weeded out and fail, successful ones expand and hire.

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

    Thus the term ‘Social Darwinism

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    Lets not get too confused here. A corporate raider is an investment group that goes into a healthy company and either liquidates its assets which exceed the value of its stock, or does a slash and burn and then peddles the company to a buyer who pays more for it than they did. I have seen too many examples of this, and I deplore it. But is that a fair characterization of Romney. I know that is what the Dims are peddling, but is it accurate?

    Romney founded Staples. Staples is an office supply company. It is well run, sells good products, employs lots of people and gives its investors a decent return on business. You could call that social darwinism since Staples has outperformed its competitors and survived whereas they did not. proved to be more fit to survive than its competitors therefore it has succeed where they have not. But that is hardly a pejorative.

    Romney headed up Bain. It is a management consulting firm like McKensie, the Boston Group. Boards of directors of troubled companies bring consulting groups in to study their operation and analyze what it will take to turn them around. If they fail then the alternative is Chapter 11 (a scaled down operation) or Chapter 13 (liquidation). Companies in this position often do not survive, because their business model is obsolete, their management is corrupt or some other reason. They too are an example of survival of the fittest. But normally that is not the fault of the management consulting firm. Most often what you see is the management consulting firm used as a catspaw by management–or in a merger situation to give the new management team option on how to combine the entities. Often in my experience they are less than effective.

    Raiders, entrepreneurs, and consulting firms are all part of the capitalist system. Sometimes they do gorge themselves. Sometimes they grow fat. And with or without them jobs are lost. But it is a profound mistake to confuse them and every situation must be analyzed on its merits. And if that is not satisfactory, just remember who put Obama in office, namely the world’s largest currency trader who was personally responsible for crashing the British pound in 1992, generating the Asian Financial crisis of 1997, looting the economies of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union–he and the insufferable ass Professor Jeffrey Sacks. A man who confiscated the personal belongings of Jews headed for death camps in 1944 and when asked about it on Sixty Minutes half a century later told Steve Croft that he had no remorse about it, that it was just like how financial markets they were the losers, and he of course was the winner. Obama’s godfather.

  208. Jen the Michigander, Wbboei, the problem with Romney all along has been that he looks benign. A great part of the Republican electorate wanted a firebrand candidate and Romney was too tame for that role. In Wbboei’s very apt description Romney is “bland”.

    In an earlier post we discussed the attempts to play the race card against Romney. Race baiters such as Clyburn declared that Romney reminded them of the racists that tormented Rosa Parks. We remarked that if those 1950s racists were in any way like Romney then the entire civil rights movement was a tempest in a teapot because Romney is not a very threatening character.

    Mitt Romney might turn out to be a vampire prince from Transylvania who devours virgins and decimates entire village populations. But Romney simply does not look the part of a “threat”. Romney is “bland”. Romney is not anyone you walk into a room or watch on TV and are frightened. If Mitt Romney frightens at all it is with the possibility that you will fall asleep.

    The Barack Obama campaign thugs and liars have a tough job. They have to turn Mitt Romney into someone sufficiently interesting as to be dangerous.

    As Jen the Michigander observes “The only one who is afraid of Mittens is Obama.” That is exactly on target. Romney’s “bland” is terrifying to Obama but only to Obama.

  209. I saw the corporate raider thing with my dad’s company in late 1960s. It was god awful. The father of tennis star John McEnroe was in charge of the legal aspect, and he fucked it all up. Too focused on John’s career. He was with one of the great New York firms–Paul Weiss. If you recall the Oliver North testimony before Congress his inquisitor was a partner in that firm. A good lawyer but Ollie in his marine uniform was too slick for him. Anyway that was an ugly deal.

  210. admin
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:06 am
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    Very nice summary and accurate in all respects. As I have said before, your foresight has been so accurate, that at times I have wondered whether Shakespeare was right about life being a stage, in which case you obviously wrote the play. But it always gets back to the problem of Cassandra–the ability to predict the future is one thing–getting people to open their eyes to it is something else. I remember how correct you were on how Romney needed to play the debates in order to beat Obama, and it was not until the third debate when I happened to send him your advice, that he finally won a debate and only then said thank you your advice made the difference send me whatever you have. I told him I don’t need to. Go to Hillaryis44, because Admin has been telling the truth about Obama since the inception. What I wanted to tell him was if you had been reading admin’s advice from the outset you would have won all three of them, but then I am sure he would have gotten hot under the collar.

  211. Mitt Romney might turn out to be a vampire prince from Transylvania who devours virgins and decimates entire village populations. But Romney simply does not look the part of a “threat”. Romney is “bland”. Romney is not anyone you walk into a room or watch on TV and are frightened. If Mitt Romney frightens at all it is with the possibility that you will fall asleep.
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    It is hilarious in one sense. On the one hand, you have Obama who is all about stagecraft, lighting, position on stage, telepromters, speeches from the podium, flashing eyes floating hair, etc where his own political persona is concerned, down to the smallest detail. And he has hired a Hollwood director to cast him in the role of Seigfried in the killing of Osama–as in Obama snuffs Osama. But then, on the other hand, you have the Obama machine which has connived this gruesome gothic tale of this vampire hovering over the land, and into that dramatic role they have cast Ward Cleaver in the starrign rold. In the old days, they went through long lists of actors–I don’t know how many David O. Selznik looked at for Gone With The Wind before he finally found Vivian Lee, but the list was long. But here they just build this role around a character who is all wrong for the role. Well, I leave you with this quote from Napoleon: never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

  212. Now don’t get me wrong–Newt was my original choice, but if they had gotten Newt then they might have made that plot work, but with Mitt, I would say that dog won’t hunt, but that is because Obama ate him.

  213. Romney is not anyone you walk into a room or watch on TV and are frightened. If Mitt Romney frightens at all it is with the possibility that you will fall asleep.

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    Obama may be scared his Bots will sleep through the election. (As I’ve been saying. 😉

  214. Strassel: The President Has a List
    Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

    Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.

    Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for “betting against America,” and accuses you of having a “less-than-reputable” record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.

    Are you worried?

    Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

    Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”

    These are people like Paul Schorr and Sam and Jeffrey Fox, investors who the site outed for the crime of having “outsourced” jobs. T. Martin Fiorentino is scored for his work for a firm that forecloses on homes. Louis Bacon (a hedge-fund manager), Kent Burton (a “lobbyist”) and Thomas O’Malley (an energy CEO) stand accused of profiting from oil. Frank VanderSloot, the CEO of a home-products firm, is slimed as a “bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

    These are wealthy individuals, to be sure, but private citizens nonetheless. Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal. Not one has the barest fraction of the position or the power of the U.S. leader who is publicly assaulting them.

    “We don’t tolerate presidents or people of high power to do these things,” says Theodore Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general. “When you have the power of the presidency—the power of the IRS, the INS, the Justice Department, the DEA, the SEC—what you have effectively done is put these guys’ names up on ‘Wanted’ posters in government offices.” Mr. Olson knows these tactics, having demanded that the 44th president cease publicly targeting Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, which he represents. He’s been ignored.

    The real crime of the men, as the website tacitly acknowledges, is that they have given money to Mr. Romney. This fundraiser of a president has shown an acute appreciation for the power of money to win elections, and a cutthroat approach to intimidating those who might give to his opponents.

    He’s targeted insurers, oil firms and Wall Street—letting it be known that those who oppose his policies might face political or legislative retribution. He lectured the Supreme Court for giving companies more free speech and (falsely) accused the Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to bankroll U.S. elections. The White House even ginned up an executive order (yet to be released) to require companies to list political donations as a condition of bidding for government contracts. Companies could bid but lose out for donating to Republicans. Or they could quit donating to the GOP—Mr. Obama’s real aim.

    The White House has couched its attacks in the language of “disclosure” and the argument that corporations should not have the same speech rights as individuals. But now, says Rory Cooper of the Heritage Foundation, “he’s doing the same at the individual level, for anyone who opposes his policies.” Any giver, at any level, risks reprisal from the president of the United States.

    It’s getting worse because the money game is not going as Team Obama wants. Super PACs are helping the GOP to level the playing field against Democratic super-spenders. Prominent financial players are backing Mr. Romney. The White House’s new strategy is thus to delegitimize Mr. Romney (by attacking his donors) as it seeks to frighten others out of giving.

    The Obama campaign has justified any action on the grounds that it has a right to “hold the eventual Republican nominee accountable,” but this is a dodge. Politics is rough, but a president has obligations that transcend those of a candidate. He swore an oath to protect and defend a Constitution that gives every American the right to partake in democracy, free of fear of government intimidation or disfavored treatment. If Mr. Obama isn’t going to act like a president, he bolsters the argument that he doesn’t deserve to be one.

  215. What ‘Gutsy Call’?: CIA Memo Reveals Admiral Controlled bin Laden Mission
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    Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission. Here’s the text, which summarized the situation:

    Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.

    The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

    This, of course, was the famed “gutsy call.” Here’s what Tom Hanks narrated in Obama’s campaign film, “The Road We’ve Traveled”:

    HANKS: Intelligence reports locating Osama Bin Laden were promising, but inconclusive, and there was internal debate as to what the President should do.

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: We sat down in the Situation Room, the entire national security apparatus was in that room, and the President turns to every principal in the room, every secretary, “What do you recommend I do?” And they say, “Well, forty-nine percent chance he’s there, fifty-one … it’s a close call, Mr. President.” As he walked out the room, it dawned on me, he’s all alone. This is his decision. If he was wrong, his Presidency was done. Over.

    Only the memo doesn’t show a gutsy call. It doesn’t show a president willing to take the blame for a mission gone wrong. It shows a CYA maneuver by the White House.

    The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.

    The memo is crystal clear on that point. It says that the decision has been made based solely on the “risk profile presented to the President.” If any other risks – no matter how minute – arose, they were “to be brought back to the President for his consideration.” This is ludicrous. It is wiggle room. It was Obama’s way of carving out space for himself in case the mission went bad. If it did, he’d say that there were additional risks of which he hadn’t been informed; he’d been kept in the dark by his military leaders.

    Finally, the memo is unclear on just what the mission is. Was it to capture Bin Laden or to kill him? The White House itself was unable to decide what the mission was in the hours after the Bin Laden kill, and actually switched its language. The memo shows why: McRaven was instructed to “get” Bin Laden, whatever that meant.

    President Obama made the right call to give the green light to the mission. But he did it in a way that he could shift the blame if things went wrong. Typical Obama. And typical of him to claim full credit for it, when he didn’t do anything but give a vague nod, while putting his top military officials at risk of taking the hit in case of a bad turn.

  216. Published on Apr 27, 2012 by John Boehner
    How in the world did we ever get here?

    Today the House “ignored a veto threat” and passed a measure to stop new student loan rates from doubling this summer. The bill pays for extending current rates by cutting a slush fund the president himself proposed cutting from ObamaCare — a law that’s making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, including recent college graduates. Read more: http://www.speaker.gov
    http://youtu.be/XZJjwv5ePM8

  217. My comment misleads re video title. The title is ‘House votes to stop student loan rates from doubling”. Speaker was doing pretty well and I wished to highlight one of his lines….

  218. Is Big Pink rubbing off on Chi SunTimes?

    Dems can’t hide Obama’s failings – Chicago Sun-Times
    Steve Huntley 4/26/2012
    snip The line of reasoning that voters might prefer competence to likability got a boost from, of all people, former White House chief-of-staff Bill Daley, though he obviously didn’t mean to. In a Chicago speech, Daley said, “The president has a very difficult time with the business community. Most people in business and most people who are successful are Republican. That’s just a fact of life.” Considering that fact of life, who would you rather have in the White House, a charisma-deprived guy from the party of success or the likeable guy from the party of, well, not success?
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/huntley/12147900-452/dems-cant-hide-obamas-failings.html

  219. All alone am I ….
    Hate this hate it hate it. Would it be better if I left this off Big Pink?

    President Obama will attend two fundraisers this weekend with former President Bill Clinton, as his one-time nemesis takes an increasingly active role in his reelection campaign. The White House announced that Obama and Clinton will hold two private fundraisers in Virginia this Sunday. The fundraisers, which include a dinner that costs $20,000 to attend, should raise at least $1.6 million to be divided among the Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and state Democratic parties. Earlier this week, the Obama-approved superPAC Priorities USA also asked the Clintons for fundraising help. Clinton is giving personal assistance to the campaign, but his donor network will not contribute to the superpac until Obama’s high dollar backers write some big checks. Obama’s campaign has also turned to Clinton for strategic advice. David Axelrod, the president’s top campaign consultant, met with Clinton in November, and the former president’s suggestions caused Axelrod to change the way he attacks Mitt Romney http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-turns-bill-clinton-fundraising-help/508221

  220. holdthemaccountable
    April 28th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Is Big Pink rubbing off on Chi SunTimes?
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    Not in my recollection- The Sun Times w/Lynn Sweet has always been a good source for us and Pink’s information about Obama and the Chicago Combine. She is a local reporter and well placed within Chicago enclaves seeking inside information. One of the greatest pitfalls is thinking Pink is the source of everything. It isn’t- Pink’s hallmark is gathering information from a variety of trusted sources and printing information in a blunted manner telling it exactly the way it is…

  221. Here’s a good one- Notice the Edwards case is finding little play in the news now that conflicting facts concerning Young’s grand jury testimony and facts represented in his book are coming to light..

    Edwards is no angel. But the impetus of Edwards fall from grace most likely began with an Obama dirty trick. Getting his affair exposed with Rielle Hunter and all that was to follow eliminating him from the promised VP slot… After all, Edwards ran a huge offensive against Hillary during the debates affording Obama ‘clean hands’ of a behind the scenes attacker.
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    Ex-aide: John Edwards told me life with cancer-stricken wife was ‘a living hell’

    Convinced he would be VP nominee and ‘needed to keep the cover-up going,’ Young testifies

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Edwards drove erratically in a borrowed black SUV down rural North Carolina roads, as his once-trusted aide tried to keep up. The former presidential contender pulled into a secluded dead-end road and beckoned for the aide, Andrew Young, to get in.

    Young, testifying Wednesday at his longtime boss’ corruption trial, noticed Edwards seemed nervous. Beads of sweat formed on his forehead even though the air conditioner was running.

    Edwards confessed that life inside the nearby gated estate he shared with a cancer-stricken wife angered by his affair had become “a living hell.” Young said Edwards then shocked him by denying any knowledge of $725,000 in secret checks from an elderly heiress used to buy his mistress’ silence.

    “I didn’t know about these, did you?” Edwards asked, according to Young.

    Worried he was being taped, Young lied and said no.

    The August 2008 exchange, also recounted in Young’s tell-all book about the Edwards scandal, reads as if pulled from a political thriller. It was Young’s third straight day of testimony as the government sought to prove Edwards masterminded a scheme to use nearly $1 million from wealthy campaign donors to conceal his affair with Rielle Hunter from voters as he sought the White House. Edwards’ attorney sought to point out inconsistencies in Young’s testimony and other accounts of his story during cross-examination Wednesday.

    Young had falsely claimed paternity of Edwards’ daughter with Hunter as the politician dismissed the stories as “tabloid trash” while campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    During the 2008 meeting in his car, Young told Edwards he had kept evidence of the cover-up, including voicemails, emails and an intimate tape made by the woman. He said he threatened to go public if Edwards’ didn’t come clean about the fact the baby was his.

    “You can’t hurt me, Andrew,” Edwards told Young as he opened the door to get out, Young said. “You can’t hurt me.”

    read to Pg 2 at link

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/john-edwards-thought-obama-running-mate-reports-love-child-surfaced-ex-aide-article-1.1067484
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    Mark Geragos appeared on Today saying the prosecution’s case against Edwards for ‘misuse of campaign funds’ is falling apart. Just a smear campaign by I wonder who..

    The only reason I thought it worth mentioning was for this money quote from John Edwards when he was on a roll…..and the sequence of events that would take Edwards out of contention from the presidency and the VP slot.

    “Edwards’ political hopes dimmed that July in 2007 when tabloid reporters photographed him at a California hotel with his mistress and baby daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, who was then 5 months old. Despite the grainy photos, Young said Edwards moved ahead with a planned overnight visit to Mellon’s Virginia estate, where he was to ask the heiress to provide another $50 million to establish an anti-poverty foundation.

    “He said he could be to poverty what Al Gore was to the environment,” Young testified.”

  222. The fact that Obama has decided to use the Bin Laden incident as a campaign point invites a proctological examination of what his role was in that incident, and the reluctance to act which is his general and too often observed imprimatur. The prior assumption of the campaign was that they were in sole possession of the facts, and could reshape what actually occurred into a compelling narrative, only to find that at the worst of times, this memorandum hits the transom. Granted, it needs some explaining, but Breitbart above, and the following article below do that to a fare thee well. Far from a gutsy move, this memo shows a cover my ass move so typical of Obama. The irony of this is–even if it were true, it does not matter a farthing. It is unfortunate that WJC has chosen to insert himself into this charade–at the very moment that the factual predicate is unravelling. This cannot help him or his legacy with the people that count–the American People. And if they think his support for Obama will redeem Obama’s standing with white working class voters they are dead wrong. That train has departed the station. All it will do is diminish Bill. The charade is easily refuted by the simple question, will you be president if Obama wins–or will he go back to dissing you as he has consistently done every single time you or Hillary have tried to help him? Wise up. Larry Johnson calls the game here.
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    Barack Obama, Despicable Buck Passer

    By Larry Johnson on April 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM in Current Affairs

    CIA Director Leon Panetta’s memorandum for the record, which I first mentioned in my 43 Comments yesterday, deserves a post of its own. It is stunning. Here it is again:

    Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.

    The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

    So much for the incredibly brave Commander-in-Chief meme. The only one with balls in this story was Bill McRaven.

    There is a formal process in DOD that the military follows in planning. It does not matter whether it is “deliberate” planning or crisis planning. It is called JOPES. Both follow the same menu, although in the crisis mode it is much more compressed and dynamic. In this case, the process actually was a mixture of deliberate and crisis planning. It spread out over three months and was held very tightly.

    Phase I–Event occurs with possible national security implications. The CIA notified Admiral McRaven, then Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command aka JSOC, in January 2011 that they had a bead on Bin Laden. JSOC started planning.

    Phase II–Crisis Assessment. National Command Authority (NCA, i.e. the White House)/Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff decide to develop military COA aka Courses of Action. Admiral McRaven was tasked to start drawing up options for how to go about getting in and out of Pakistan and taking out Bin Laden.

    Phase III–Course of Action Development. CJCS sends WARNING ORDER to Admiral McRaven. McRaven in turn prepared and sent to the CJCS and the White House a Commander’s Estimate with recommended COA. We know from info already in the public sphere that the COA’s included dropping a bomb as well as HAF (Helicopter Assault Force) on the target.

    Phase IV–Course of Action Selection. CJCS presents refined and prioritized COAs to NCA (i.e., the President). CJCS releases COA selection by NCA in ALERT ORDER. This was the part that took so long. Obama delayed until mid-April approving a COA.

    Phase V–Admiral McRaven received the ALERT ORDER and prepared the OPORD (Operations Order). The OPORD was given to White House, it appears, on April 28th.

    Phase VI–NCA decide to execute OP. Obama did give the green light on 29 April.

    Here is the critical part to note–Obama laid the entire responsibility for this mission on McRaven. If the op went sour it was McRaven who was on the chopping block. Not Obama. It is disgusting that Obama is so desperate in trying to get the credit for the actions carried out under the command of Admiral McRaven.

    Now, if you ask McRaven, he will credit the President. He is a professional military officer and respects the chain of command; even if the CINC is a dope. But get those guys who worked with and for McRaven in a private conversation and you’ll get a totally different story.

    If you were appalled by George W. Bush strutting around the aircraft carrier in 2003 with Mission Accomplished in the background, you should be equally sickened by the spectacle of Rambo Obama taking credit for decisions that were forced on him. I am glad he finally caved and green lit the mission. But he was more concerned about saving his own ass than kicking

  223. Obama is running a reality TV show from the WH. He will give you a play by play account from the Situation Room of how HE and he alone (count the I’s) caught Bin Laden.

  224. cal of Obama. The irony of this is–even if it were true, it does not matter a farthing. It is unfortunate that WJC has chosen to insert himself into this charade–at the very moment that the factual predicate is unravelling. This cannot help him or his legacy with the people that count–the American People. And if they think his support for Obama will redeem Obama’s standing with white working class voters they are dead wrong. That train has departed the station. All it will do is diminish Bill. The charade is easily refuted by the simple question, will you be president if Obama wins–or will he go back to dissing you as he has consistently done every single time you or Hillary have tried to help him?

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

    Not to get into details of this charade. But why is Bill helping him now? In the past we speculated that Hillary would need the Bots if she ran again. But if she is really retiring, then why bother to help Obama? (Maybe she doesn’t want the Republicans in??)

  225. Obama is giving our security away to the enemy.. i.e Iran. Iran has already bragged it is duplicating the “DRONE” aircraft that mysteriously fell from the sky, intact, in a soft landing on Iranian soil. How are we supposed to distinguish from a doppelganger drone from one of our own?

    Now, the Iranians need to have a look at how out National Defense communication system is set up in the “Situation Room”.. the Iranians want to mirror a duplicate system of their own so it can be used for hacking control of the functionality and direction of the system.

  226. Sure, Romney may be ‘bland’ but that is what will endear him in the end. Can you imagine another politician in this day and age that was this normal? It is the reality TV show guy versus the class nerd.

  227. If you don’t have confidence in Bill Clinton or Hillary for that matter, why bother asking a loaded question without a link to specifics explaining your point..

  228. When I think of how low the standard for doing the job and the actual low performance standard have been set for O, I have to laugh at how high my standards/performance standards were. I should have run for President as it would have been a lot easier.

  229. Admin or asst admin.. could you please embed this video- thanks in advance…
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    Obama’s REAL Views On Religion Captured On Video – Government is Greater than God

    Though not new to some who have been paying attention to Barack Obama since he began running for president in 2007, this video from 2006 may stun those not yet aware of its existence, showing Senator Barack Obama dismissing America’s Christian heritage, mocking passages of the Bible, condemning the United States Defense Department, calling for “universal” values over “religion specific” values, and indicating the United States is not a nation under God – and in fact indicates the will of government is superior to the those of God. The public Barack Obama of 2012 is not the real Barack Obama – the REAL Barack Obama is the one speaking here in this video – a radical universalist, both dismissive and angry over the concept of a Christian values based United States of America.


  230. November 11, 2008

    Obama’s Fascinating Interview with Cathleen Falsani

    Steve Waldman

    The most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama’s faith came in a 2004 interview he gave Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani when he was running for U.S. Senate in Illinois. The column she wrote about the interview has been quoted and misquoted many times over, but she’d never before published the full transcript in a major publication.

    Because of how controversial that interview became, Falsani has graciously allowed us to print the full conversation here.

    Falsani is one of the most gifted interviewers on matters of faith, and has recently published an outstanding memoir called Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace. To get a free download of the audio book, click here.

    * * *

    At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2004, when I was the religion reporter (I am now its religion columnist) at the Chicago Sun-Times, I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee joint at 330 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, to interview him exclusively about his spirituality. Our conversation took place a few days after he’d clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that he eventually won.

    We spoke for more than an hour. He came alone. He answered everything I asked without notes or hesitation. The profile of Obama that grew from the interview at Cafe Baci became the first in a series in the Sun-Times called “The God Factor,” that eventually became my first book, The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People (FSG, March 2006.) Because of the staggering interest in now President-Elect Obama’s faith and spiritual predilections, I thought it might be helpful to share that interview, uncut and in its entirety, here.

    –Cathleen Falsani

    Full transcript here:

    http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2008/11/obamas_fascinat.html

  231. Today the House “ignored a veto threat” and passed a measure to stop new student loan rates from doubling this summer. The bill pays for extending current rates by cutting a slush fund the president himself proposed cutting from ObamaCare — a law that’s making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, including recent college graduates. Read more: http://www.speaker.gov
    http://youtu.be/XZJjwv5ePM8

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

    Haven’t seen the video, but this sounds like it might be very deceptive. Does the House bill actually extend the current student loan rates, or does it ONLY cut the “slush fund” — whose purpose isn’t even mentioned in this quote. “[…..] that’s making it harder [etc]” is OPINION, not information about what’s actually in the “slush fund”.

  232. NewMexicoFan
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    When I think of how low the standard for doing the job and the actual low performance standard have been set for O, I have to laugh at how high my standards/performance standards were. I should have run for President as it would have been a lot easier.
    ______________

    And I would have felt alot safer knowing you had a New Mexico Combine behind you… “Fighting for Truth and Justice in the American Way”… Superman quote.. 🙂

  233. Oh, shucks I stole my own thunder by swallowing up a word.

    Should read: If you are NOT for the cool guy….

  234. Mrs. Smith, Barack Obama sounds like a freshman who just started college in that youtube on religion. His is ridicule disguised as intellectual analysis. It is a childish reading of complex thought. Obama should read about the “viper’s brood” – those who know the words of the law but do not understand the spirit of the law.

  235. admin
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Mrs. Smith, Barack Obama sounds like a freshman who just started college in that youtube on religion. His is ridicule disguised as intellectual analysis. It is a childish reading of complex thought. Obama should read about the “viper’s brood” – those who know the words of the law but do not understand the spirit of the law.
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    “viper’s brood” is the perfect metaphor and parallel. Considering his parents and grandparents were atheists and anti-American indirectly influencing government actions. His cherry picked Bible quotes certainly reinforce your read on his childish reading of complex thought.
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    O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matt 12:34

    Is Answered By The Very Next Verse:

    A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
    Matt 12:35

    Christ is referring to hypocrisy, and those that look for the least failure in other´s, while they themselves drink bowels full of sin.

    ________________

    I should add, my video and text above are from our friend ’till the end’ Ulsterman, the steadying hand we rely on for info we will never read on msm.

  236. The cool meme is heating up. If you are for the cool guy, you are not cool. Never mind his coolness a while ago meant that he was cold and unfeeling but now he is the reality TV show guy playing the CiC in the real Situation Room.

    Pretty cool compilation of Obama’s latest PR that the media is sucking up.

    http://news.investors.com/article/609561/201204271858/mainstream-press-parrots-obama-pr-talking-points-.htm
    ———————-Today, mainstream media is seen for the bitter partisans there are, and they can no longer pretend to be neutral, impartial, fair and unbiased. Their credibility has been destroyed, and not by any outside force, but by their very behavior. Nobody with any sense listens to them or credits their opinion. Everything they give us is seen for what it is pure Obama propaganda. If you compare foreign news about the United States with what big media gives us, they stand impeached as well by their global competitors. Every little artifice, device, ploy, trick, nuance, magic show, and race baiting attempt is seen for what it is. They are an embarrassment to the country, and a discredit to journalism.

  237. A thorough examination of the list of those who have succumbed under the BO regime. Shadowfax and a couple of other Pink posters started the list several months ago. Now a poster from another site has gone into detail about exactly who some of these people were.

    Some excerpts”
    Crossing Obama Can Be Deadly!
    Posted on April 28, 2012 by Bridgette | 1 Comment

    Obama’s “Dead Pool”
    Deaths connected to the Obama White House
    By NACHUMLIST

    Andrew Breitbart – Died of a massive heart attack, walking outside late at night, alone, in the dark approximately one week before he was to produce tapes of Obama’s extremist activities in college. More speculation: Breitbart: “Wait ‘Til They See What Happens March 1st”, Breitbart’s Footage Shows Obama ‘Palling Around’ With Terrorists….. Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I Spoke with Andrew Breitbart Shortly Before he Died ……An Eyewitness Speaks Out About Andrew Breitbart’s Death Scene… Breitbart’s skin color described as bright red. … Was Andrew Breitbart assassinated?…More murder speculation: Was Andrew Breitbart Murdered? Los Angeles Coroner: Breitbart Died of Heart Failure.
    Steve Bridges Dies At 48 – Impersonator Who Offended 0bama …Steve Bridges as President Obama – August 2011 ….It appeared that he died of natural causes…

    The deaths of Seal Team Six …who never would fly an entire company in one helicopter alone.
    Kam Kuwata – was found dead inside his Venice home after friend — concerned that they had not heard from him for a few days — alerted police. Political consultant in California. Democratic insider. Possibly the Obama consultant referred to in the Ulsterman Report: Allegedly viewed bizarre drug induced behavior from Obama during the the 2008 campaign: “The Troubling Timeline”…. The Death of a Political Operative – The Troubling Timeline… (UPDATED)

    Did Obama Assassinate Clinton delegates? Bill Gwatney and Stephanie Tubbs Jones?………… Hollywood Producer Bettina Viviano: Bill Clinton Directly Told Me Barack Obama Not Eligible – ….Caucus death threats (audio)… also reported by Jerome Corsi at WND: Hillary supporter’s untold Obama horror stories Allegations of intimidation, manipulation, sudden death

    Bill Gwatney, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton and a Clinton super delegate at an upcoming convention in Denver and was fatally shot in 2008. Shooter had a post-it note with a mystery phone number.

    Stephanie Tubbs Jones: found brain dead in 2008. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Cleveland, a super delegate and one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, was found in her car unconscious

    Obama’s grandmother, [Madelyn Payne Dunham], died 2 days before the general election. Flew up to see her for one hour – alone.

    (Mysterious death category – Madelyn Payne Dunham – Granny who died 2 days before the election and yet no funeral information or medical information can be found. Yet supposedly her dust was tossed into the ocean.

    Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro – no medical records and no hospital records are available for showing she bore the bad seed, and there are none showing she died in a hospital due to cancer or other causes.

    Neither had a funeral. Both were allegedly turned to dust.)

    Lieutenant Quarles Harris Jr.- A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church
    Christopher Kelly -Committed suicide, under pressure to testify against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    John Wheeler III- former presidential and Pentagon aide John Wheeler III was found in a Delaware garbage dump. Wheeler’s cell phone discovered – Cause of death released in Wheeler case, blunt force trauma — Wheeler’s cell phone found in a taxi — His family wants information – John Wheeler was assassinated by a hitman in a targeted killing, his widow has claimed – Who killed Jack Wheeler?

    Donald Young- Openly gay friend of Obama’s at Murdered at Trinity Church in Chicago-…Key Witness In Obama Passport Fraud Case – Video report: Obama-Donald Young murder (December 24, 2007)……….All 3 Homosexual Members Of Obama’s Trinity Church Murdered Within 6 Weeks.
    Larry Bland and Nate Spencer: Two other black members of Trinity Church Murdered at the same time – Report: Mother Of Obama’s Murdered Gay Lover Speaks Up – With Video

    Beverly Eckert, Continental Flight Victim, Was 9/11 Widow (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW), was at the White House with Barack Obama, part of a meeting the president had with relatives of those killed in the 2001 attacks

    Michael Scott – Although Chicago school board president Michael Scott’s death had been ruled a suicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Chicago police characterized the case as a death investigation, and have not concluded that Scott’s death was a suicide- was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury looking into the admissions practices of Chicago’s elite schools. -also was under scrutiny over Olympics-related real estate dealings.

    David Koschman, murdered in a Chicago Rush Street brawl by Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of Mayor Daley and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley- Homicide case involving Daley nephew closed without charges, Witness to Killing Involving Daley Nephew: Deceased Didn’t Start It

    Ashley Turton, wife of the Obama administration’s House of Representatives liaison, Dan Turton, was found dead in a burning car Monday morning, Roll Call and other news outlets are reporting.

    Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, Obama’s First Dog Trainer Dies At 52. Rumored to be salaried at over $102,000 per year at tax-payer expense

    “Mama Lois” Anderson, 79, and her 52 year old daughter Zelda White: Two US women aid workers were shot dead in Nairobi in Kenya (2008) were the retired Presbyterian Church missionaries of Pennsylvania (USA), known to thousands of Africans. The suspected killers of the US women, who were travelling in a car with diplomatic license plates, allegedly shot dead by police later. They were well known for their work. There is speculation that they possibly had knowledge of the birth and care for Barack Obama in Kenya and were later murdered to cover the trail.

    Obama Death List
    “SARAH BERKLEY – Author of “The Jihad at the Ballot Box” – a book examining Obama’s relationship with radical Islam. Died in a mysterious car crash in 2003.

    RUSSELL MCDOUGAL – Former FBI operative, January 23rd, 2007. McDougal was known to hold sensitive information about meetings Barack Obama had with arms smugglers. His wife was murdered March 2006 after he went public with his initial reports. His father died July 8, 2006 four hours after McDougal presented his findings on the Savage Nation. Suffered administrative retaliation after reporting discussions by jihadist groups concerning Obama to his superiors.

    RODRIGO VILLALOPEZ, a television news camera man who shot the footage of Obama describing small town voters as “bitter” and “clinging to their guns during the primary season.

    BRIAN GORING – A defense attorney for Obama patron Antoin Rezko during his trial for extortion and bribery. Died of apparent “natural causes.”

    MERCEDES HUGLEY, one of Obama’s many white, female conquests while at Harvard. Filed sexual assault charges against Obama for date rape in 1990. Because “date rape” was not considered a crime like it is today, she ended up dropping the charges. Two years later, she was found dead of an apparent cocaine overdose.

    TAMIKA HILL – A former secretary for Obama’s office in Chicago was murdered July 6, 2005 at a rib shack in the south side. Hill had spoken off the record with a reporter from the Chicago Sun Times about meetings Obama had with black militants in the city. She was murdered before she could ever be properly interviewed.

    HASAD AL SHAREEZ – FBI informant. Reported to his handler in January 2001 that he had a tape of a person named simply “B. Hussein” meeting with 9/11 hijacker Mohatma Atta in Prague. Was found shot in the basement of a mosque in Dearborn, MI in October, 2001.

    DARSANO RAHARDJO – Childhood classmate of Barack Obama when he attended a madrassa in Indonesia. Was found with his head cut off in a Jakarta alley way in 1970. Many children at the school attributed Rahardjo’s murder to the young Barack Obama. It was likely done as an initiation ritual, since Islam demands that a boy spill another’s blood before the age of ten to prove their loyalty to Allah.

    REVEREND DAVID MANNING – Former head of the Trinity Baptist Church in Chicago. Was murdered during the apparent robbery of a catfish restaurant in 1972. Shortly afterwards, Rev. Jeremiah Wright took over as head of Trinity and a many parishioners (who later left the church) suspected Wright in having a hand in Reverend Manning’s death. Decades later, Manning’s son JAMAL MANNING was found dead of an apparent crack overdose in 2004. It was rumored he was going to bring evidence of Wright’s complicity in his father’s death. His testimony was timed to coincide with Obama’s first senate race.

    CHRISTOPHER HARGROVE, a former lover of Larry Sinclair. Found dead in a hotel room of apparent auto-erotic asphyxiation in January 2001. Was said to have been enraged when he found out that Sinclair had cheated on Jackson with Obama in the back of a limousine. To get revenge, Jackson planned to release digital pictures Sinclair had taken of the encounter on the Internet.

    PAUL ROTHCHILD – Democrat National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Washington DC in 2003. A “friend and trusted advisor” to senatorial candidate Barack Obama. Dead of an apparent suicide.

    CURTIS “POOKIE” JACKSON – Chicago drug dealer. Was the subject of a police investigation in which he was suspected of funneling money to Obama’s many various community projects. Killed in 1998 in an apparent gang murder.

    HARVEY KENYON – Head of Obama’s senatorial security team in Chicago. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside of Grant Park in 2005. Kenyon’s son said his father was building a dossier on Obama. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

    SHEILA BAUGH – A Washington DC madame. Died from a gunshot wound. Reported to have a black book of people containing names of influential people who visited the prostitutes in her brothel. One of those names was allegedly Barack Obama.

    KEYSHAWN “SPOON” CALWORTH – Was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose May 18, 1997. Was reported to have ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

    LAWSHAWNA MARTIN- 26 year old mother of five, a Cabrini Green resident with a history of substance abuse. Told two of her co-workers at the Blue Peppermint Gentleman’s Club that she would have to quit work because she was pregnant again. Strongly implied that the “baby daddy” was Barack Obama. The next week, she was reported missing. No body was ever recovered, but Lawshana has not resurfaced since making those remarks.

    BILL FERGUSON- Senior aide to Barack Obama. Found dead of an apparent heart attack.

    GANDY BAUGH – Attorney for Obama friend Antonin Rezko died by falling out an eightieth story window of the Hancock Tower, January, 2003. His client was a convicted Chinese spy.

    http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/crossing-obama-can-be-deadly/#more-14951

  238. “I think the Clintons have been blackmailed by the BO’s.”
    _____________

    nah- Bill would have him canned as dog food sending it to the SPCA by the case at Christmas time..

    The Clintons aren’t as powerless as you may think- and they would resent being thought of as victims of a mindless wonder who sold his soul for a pittance.

  239. “Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, Obama’s First Dog Trainer Dies At 52. Rumored to be salaried at over $102,000 per year at tax-payer expense”
    _____________

    Quite a list Basil- I seem to remember the article about the dog trainer that was hired (I believe at the Kennedy’s recommendation) for training BO..

    Surprised to hear she is no longer among us…

    Good work.. and certainly didn’t realize the list is sooo long!

  240. To me, the more important headline is Palin endorses Lugar’s opponent! I agree with dumping Lugar eliminating one rotten apple from the tree.
    __________

    Palin Endorses Mourdock, KO’s GOP Establishment Group’s Plans in Indiana

    At 2:51 p.m. eastern time on Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who many in the Republican establishment try to dismiss as being irrelevant, endorsed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on her Facebook page over establishment Republican incumbent Richard Lugar.

    “I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana,” Palin wrote. “ Senator Lugar’s 36 years of service as a Senator are appreciated, but it’s time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington that promises to rein in government spending now.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/28/Palin-KO

  241. The Clintons aren’t as powerless as you may think- and they would resent being thought of as victims of a mindless wonder who sold his soul for a pittance.

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

    So why are they supporting Obsma, or pretending to support him? Unless they want the Bots’ support in case Hillary does run again….

  242. Erickson at Red State

    As President of the United States, Barack Obama wants us to know he killed Osama Bin Laden. The SEALs? Pfffffftttt . . . nope. Barack Obama did it. If you don’t believe him, wait till the campaign commercials tell you. Don’t believe them? Well, just in time for the election, Hollywood will provide us with an in-kind contribution of a propaganda film.

    True, the President did give the order and he should be commended, as should the SEALs. And it is fair game for him to want to campaign on killing Osama Bin Laden in the same way George H. W. Bush campaigned as a war hero in 1992.

    In 1992, Bill Clinton would commend George H. W. Bush on the campaign trail and lament that he just wished President Bush was as successful getting Americans back to work as he had been getting Iraq out of Kuwait.

    This morning, my dad called and pointed out that Barack Obama may just be the most successful killer to ever take up residence in the White House — more successful even than the 19th Century vampire slayer who first led the Republican Party into the White House. In fact, consider the serial killing spree Barack Obama has been on:

    Osama Bin Laden
    Our credit rating
    The coal industry
    The oil and natural gas industry
    The healthcare sector
    Job creation
    Economic growth
    Small businesses
    Our relationship with Israel
    Our relationship with Great Britain
    The list goes on and on. Truly, Barack Obama is a killing machine. Well done, Mr. President! I look forward to the GOP highlighting everything else you’ve killed besides Osama on the campaign trail.

    UPDATED: More from friends:

    Religious liberty
    The Blue Dog caucus
    Louisiana’s effort to clean up the BP oil spill
    Hope

  243. Just stopping in before I close my eyes to write that I am reading Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue An American Life”, and it is excellent. I’ve gotten through the first 105 pages, and I would never have thought that my reading is making me like her even more. I know there are those on His44 who could care less about her, but she is an anassuming feminist in her own right, going about it in her own way. I hope she is given the opportunity to lead this nation in the future. She is an American treasure.

  244. Abdo charged with attacking a jailer
    [Or, as jihadwatch puts it: Would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer Naser Abdo charged with attacking a jailer]
    Posted April 27, 2012
    By Brandon Hartman and Christine McCarthy
    WACO – Naser Jason Abdo, the AWOL soldier accused of planning a deadly attack on Fort Hood soldiers last July, is now facing one additional charge for an assault on Thursday. Court records show Abdo scratched a correctional officer’s forearm outside his McLennan County Jail cell, breaking the skin and drawing blood. According to the affidavit, Abdo then confessed to the attack. Last week, Abdo was reportedly in an elevator when he spat on U.S. Marshals after a federal court hearing.
    Abdo is accused of planning to bomb a Killeen restaurant popular with Fort Hood soldiers and then shooting the survivors. His new charge is Assault on a Public Servant, is being added to a list of federal charges, such as terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
    http://www.kxxv.com/story/17843370/abdo-facing-new-charges-after

    Comments after include:
    This Wannabe Terrorist murderer of American/Christians/Soldiers also was in trouble for child porn charges. He is a full faceted less than zero human.

    put him in prison as a traitor, he wont be breathing anymore

    The best thing for this wannabe terrorist, child molester wannabe, is to do as mentioned in the past. Tie him and his hero, Dr. Hasan, together in a large pig skin. Then dump them into the ocean near where Usama Ben Ladin was dumped. PDQ

    If they would nail his tongue to about a 5 inch piece of 1 by 4 it would stop that spitting!

  245. Obama takes on the war on dogs, drunk texts from Hillary Clinton
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/224393-obama-fights-the-war-on-dogs-drunk-texts-from-hillary-with-corespondents-dinner-jokes

    Which prompts me to mention my recent decision to make a habit of tweeting, posting comments at select sites, with quotes of Obama’s misogynistic and otherwise ill-advised statements over the years. With Ani’s new book in hand, and credited where there is space to do so, this may make a dent in what is now TV4OBAMA. PUMA sites obviously don’t need the info already ingrained in our reluctant souls.

  246. If Obama thinks Bill Clinton will share a laugh with him over his ‘scattershot’ humor of Hillary texting him drunk from Cartagena; I wouldn’t count on it… The last thing Obama should want now is risking having BC campaign for him…. campaign for him? Clinton might just bury him for all eternity with just ‘one’ ambiguous remark…

    Go Bill! Or are you gonna let him be up by two on ya? Pull the plug a week before the election!
    _______________

    Romney, Secret Service, GOP, Hillary: Obama mocks them all

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s primaries, the 2008 primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, even the Secret Service and Donald Trump were targets for President Barack Obama’s scattershot humor at Saturday night’s celebrity studded White House Correspondents Dinner.

    Even the entrance to his speech was part of his schtick. The president walked off stage just before he took the podium with an alleged “hot mic,” making fun of getting caught last month on an open microphone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

    “What am I doing here,” he asks off stage. “I’m opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian.”

    Once on stage, the president revisited last year’s dinner, which took place as Navy SEALS were dispatched to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

    “Last year at this time, this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world’s most notorious individuals,” Obama said. Then a picture of real estate mogul Donald Trump appeared on the room’s television monitors. The president last year delivered a scathing roast of Trump, who flirted with running for the Republican nomination and claimed he had solved the “mystery” of Obama’s birth certificate.

    Obama also took a shot at the Republican congressional leadership, whom he thanked “for taking time from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws” to attend the dinner.

    Four years ago, Obama recalled, he was locked in a tough primary fight with Hillary Rodham Clinton, now his secretary of state. “She can’t stop drunk texting me from Cartagena,” he said, referring to their recent trip to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, where Clinton was photographed drinking a beer and dancing.

    This year, Obama is the incumbent, but the dinner was far from a campaign-free zone. The president pointed out his similarities with the presumed Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

    “We both think of our wives as our better halves, and the American people agree to an insulting extent,” the president said.

    “We both have degrees from Harvard. I have one, “he” has two. What a snob.”

    The crack drew a thumbs up from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who was in the audience. Santorum dropped out of the presidential primary campaign earlier this month. He had called Obama a snob for encouraging young Americans to attend college.

    But Obama touched on serious themes as well, remembering The New York Times’ Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London who died while covering the uprising in Syria.

    “Never forget that our country depends on you to help protect our freedom, our democracy and our way of life,” Obama said.

    Then he returned to the lighter side: “I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”

    Kimmel, the night’s featured entertainer, picked up on the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, saying he told the Secret Service that for $800 he wouldn’t joke about them, “but they only offered 30.”

    “If this had happened on President Clinton’s watch, you can damn well bet those Secret Service agents would have been disciplined with a very serious high five,” Kimmel said.

    Kimmel later asked Obama: “You remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious.”

    “There’s a term for guys like President Obama,” Kimmel said with a pause. “Probably not two terms.”

    Among the eclectic crowd attending Saturday night’s dinner were former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the cast of the hit TV show “Modern Family,” actress Lindsey Lohan, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., actor George Clooney and director Steven Spielberg.

    Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards for distinction in the profession.

    The association was formed in 1914 as a liaison between the press and the president. Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended the dinner.

    Several journalists were also honored at the dinner:

    — Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of The Associated Press, for winning the Edgar A. Poe Award for their stories about the New York City Police Department’s widespread surveillance of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It’s the fourth major prize for the series, which has also won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and a George Polk Award.

    — ABC’s Jake Tapper and Politico’s Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Bresnahan, for winning the Merriman Smith Award for excellence in presidential coverage under pressure. Tapper won in the broadcast category for breaking the news that rating agency Standard & Poor’s was on the verge of downgrading the federal government’s triple-A credit rating because of concerns over political gridlock in Washington. In the print category, Thrush, Budoff Brown, Raju and Bresnahan of Politico won for their report on the deal between Obama and congressional Republicans to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h9gfwqkrT6Ej57wT0HJRS-VExV5Q?docId=4a85287db3f04b52a74062d2f5d6ffbd

  247. Appreciate your insight re the dinner, Mrs. Smith.
    h/t gateway, here’s video of Jimmy Kimmel. 24 minutes. a lot [even for us] to enjoy.


    It might also be at CSPAN.

  248. nomobama
    April 29th, 2012 at 3:02 am

    You’re absolutely right about Sarah Palin. When she first came on the scene I took it for granted she was window dressing for the dullard John McCain’s campaign. As time goes by and after watching the docu-drama made about her; I was proud of the way she stood up to her Chief of Staff and basically McCain himself. Palin gets the job done in her own way.. and I loved the quote in the movie “Game Change” when she said at a fundraiser: “See those people out there; I’ve raised millions for John McCain’s campaign- They came for me not for him.” (IOW- don’t tell me what to do..)

    What I like most about Palin is she has done it all. She is politically involved, raising kids, taking care of her husband, her family and her sincere efforts to modify government in a way it helps people. She believes in the preservation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, she is a true patriot in the first order.. It’s obvious her motives are altruistic and her patriotic beliefs are firmly rooted in the basic foundations set out by our Founding Fathers… She has a great future ahead of her once the WH trash is set out at the curb and taken away with the rest of their belongings.

  249. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012

    wow- thanks.. I meant to watch it last night. I noticed there were at least 4 news feeds carrying the event last night… but I didn’t want to upset my stomach after dinner… 🙂

  250. HTA-

    Watched Kimmel’s stand up… He did a great job with his overhead zingers. Especially liked his comment: “Everything that is wrong with America is sitting right here in this room.” I noticed all he gave Obama was a handshake at the conclusion of his rant and didn’t fall into his arms in a bear hug embrace. Very telling- he’s no fan, but made good use of the opportunity given him..

  251. Another thought about Sarah. I’ve watched “The Undefeated” several times and find her leadership & achievement through the mire of AK’s gas/energy problems to be stellar. I think this by far was the biggest threat she posed to the Elites. Sad that the rest of us could not enjoy what Alaska has, in great part due to her influence as governor (eg recent signing for pipeline across the Pacific Ocean – one of her legislative achievements (AGIA?) was mentioned in story. I can probably find the link if asked.

  252. Mrs. Smith 9:04
    Yes, that is particularly smart. Prior to finding that video I had been hanging out at Twitter. All I saw there about the dinner was O this and O that. The Hill had at the time nothing to say about Kimmel. Came away from there with a down feeling. Kimmel brought me right back up.

  253. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Yup, when she made the deal with Big Oil, she included a share of the profits in the form of checks be distributed equally between Alaskan residents. I’m sure when they receive those checks, she feels their LUV reciprocated thousands of times over…

  254. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The AP article I posted wasn’t much better. The video you posted certainly was an equalizer to what the print media portrayed as a downer for the evening.. Nevertheless, if anyone sees BC today walking around with a red faced blush… he’s steaming.. Though, I doubt he will show his true feelings to anyone because he is Mr. Kool, when it comes to payback..

  255. So I went and did some research on the Violence Against Women Act, since all the D’s are screaming about how the woman-hating R’s are refusing to renew it.

    I thought that was odd, since they have had no problem renewing it in years past. So why? This is a question that 5 years ago I would not have asked myself – I’d have just taken the media’s word for it that the R’s were suddenly refusing to renew an act that they had always supported before. Woman haaaateeers!!!!

    Turns out that the D’s added a bunch of amendments and crap onto it, including 15000 set aside asylum visas for illegal aliens claiming domestic abuse, and other stuff.

    The R’s have offered to pass the bill as it has always been, and have also offered a version with fewer amendments than the D’s want, which the D’s have then refused to pass.

    But you will never hear the MSM point this out, or accuse the D’s of hating women for refusing to pass either the old version or the R’s amended version. See, this is how the game is played. And I’ve learned to go check things out before I get all outraged.

  256. gonzotx
    April 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am
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    He just HAD to kill that poor lady because what’s one less white woman in a black man’s land of oppression (snark). This story sounds like something out of South Africa. And you know what? I ber that there is so much MORE of this going on that the rest of us never know about. The US crime statistics report (or whatever it is called) breaks down crime by race, and there are few surprises as to which race is comitting the majority (as a percent) of the crime in this country. The faux “oppressed” are oppressing everyone else. I’d like to know when the race hustlers will finally be sidelined dor their deceitfulness.

  257. Another problem the R’s had with the new Violence Against Women Act had to do with funding and local programs. The newly amended version would require more funding on the federal level, and would cut into and eliminate some very successful state and local domestic violence programs that are working very well in those states.

    So the biggest problem the R’s are having with it is that it contains new federal power grabs, and tries to graft some open-ended amnesty provisions onto a domestic violence bill.

    But the press WILL NOT cover the actual reasons for the R’s objections. It will be portrayed as “they hates wimminz, and don’t care it they are beat up”. Even though many of the Senators who objected did so on the basis of not losing very tailored local programs that are making a huge difference for women in their state.

  258. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012 at 7:50 am
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    That was great! Thanks for linking it here. He went after Obama with courage and humor. Good for him.

  259. One of my friends told me a couple of days ago that the governmemt databases (whatever these databases were) that held information on Muslims in this country who were being watched for security reasons have been wiped clean. The reason given was that the government didn’t want Muslims thinking that there was unfavorable bias toward them. My friend thinks both Holder and Obama are Muslims, and we are on our way toward Sharia law in this country. I had not heard of this, and I was wondering if anyone else had any information concerning this.

  260. Obama’s brittle edged humor- more like snob posting instigating a flutter from pee wee brains in attendance-

    video of Obama’s routine:


  261. Boehner is beginning to fight. His speech before House vote on student loans is upthread; I thought he made a very impassioned plea at that time. Today he is on CNN:

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused President Obama of “picking fake fights” with congressional Republicans.”He is diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights and going after straw men every day,” Boehner said in a recorded interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.snip
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/224403-boehner-accuses-obama-of-picking-fake-fights

    Also, I neglected to note that Kimmel went after MeMe a bit too, and not ineffectively.

  262. Here is the theme song of bots and big media. Skip the ad and go right to the pes de resistance. Then substitute Barry for Harry–as in physically he’s delish mentally superfish but its Barry I’m Plann’n To Marry. If Lee Atwater were living today his theme song would be Its Barry I’m Plann’n To Bury (in November).


  263. LOL!


    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/behind-the-rights-phony-war-on-the-nonexistent-religion-of-secularism-20120425#ixzz1tSC8MOHh
    As Connie Marshner argued in her 1978 “parents’ rights” manifesto Blackboard Tyranny, “Mothers have long observed that after the first child starts school, the rest of the family starts catching more colds and flus. But other forms of disease are not so evident. What about the personality traits that start developing? What about the dissatisfaction with family rules and routines?… Why do children suddenly begin to complain about responsibilities toward little brothers or sisters? Why do they resent doing unaccustomed chores? Why does off-color language or unfamiliar slang suddenly crop up in a child’s conversations?”

    Does he button his knickerbockers BELOW the knee? Are certain WORDS creeping into his vocabulary? Words like ‘SWELL’ — and ‘SO’S YOUR OLD MAN’?

  264. Not a pleasant read, but thought I should bring these paragraphs here:
    …On Sunday evening in northern Virginia, the current and former president planned to make the first of three joint appearances at fundraisers for Obama’s campaign. The host? Terry McAuliffe, a close adviser to both Clintons and one of the most ardent protectors of their political brand. “It makes absolutely clear that, to the extent that there were different wings of the Democratic party, there is now one wing of the Democratic party,” said Chris Lehane, a Clinton backer. “And it’s the president’s party…”
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/29/obama-clintons-deepen-political-ties-as-election-day-looms/?test=latestnews#ixzz1tT3oFQKX

    PS to Bill, Barry, DNC etc: Some of the locals here don’t consider Bill a plus. ha ha. Shirley will never forgive him for Monica. Perhaps it’s more a move of desperation on Oh’s part.

  265. Here’s something for Mitt to chew on-
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    Obama Campaign Website Targets Romney Donors

    The website is called “KeepingGOPHonest” and it touts itself as part of the “Truth Team,” “paid for by Obama for America.” The site features a gloves-off critique of the business morals and backgrounds of some wealthy and prominent contributors to the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney. Is this just another campaign tool? Not so, suggests one pundit who sees a disturbing reflection of former President Richard Nixon’s hit lists.

    The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley A. Strassel recently made the comparison in an editorial:

    “Richard Nixon’s ‘enemies list’ appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice. Save Mr. Obama…”

    Despite such criticism, no one has yet pulled the plug on the site, which boldly hammers away at some of the more high profile Romney supporters. Here’s some of the pitch, from the KeepingGOPHonest website, word-for-word:

    “As the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney is relying on a cadre of high-dollar and special-interest donors to fund his campaign. Giving information about his real policy intentions and high-level access for cash, Romney and Republicans are working hard to pull in as much money as they can from wealthy lobbyists, corporations, and PACs. But just who are the people that Romney has called on for campaign cash?

    “A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them. Here’s a look at just a few of the people Romney has relied on:

    “Donors who benefit from betting against America

    “Paul ‘Chip’ Schorr: Paul Schorr has given $112,500 to Romney’s presidential ambitions through Super PAC and direct campaign donations. As a partner at Blackstone, Schorr closed a deal in 2007 to outsource the services of seven U.S. companies to a firm in India, boosting that firm’s profits by $220 million and making millionaires of the Indian management team. In 2006, he arranged a buyout of a Colorado travel reservations company that led to 841 layoffs while Blackstone and its partners recouped the billions of dollars they invested in less than a year.

    “Sam and Jeffrey Fox: Sam and Jeffrey Fox serve as co-chairman of Romney’s finance operation in Missouri and, together, have donated $220,000 to Romney’s presidential ambitions. They also control the Harbour Group investment firm which bragged about buying automotive accessories manufacturing company in Kansas in 1997 and moving production to Mexico. In 2002, the Harbour group’s Mexico operation decided to outsource to China because China was ‘offering incentives and making it easy to open operations there.’ The Chinese government awarded Sam Fox the Marco Polo Award for “his company’s role in China’s economic development and his humanitarian contributions to that country.

    “T. Martin Fiorentino: T. Martin Fiorentino is on Romney’s Florida finance team and has bundled over $140,000 for the Romney campaign. He also lobbied on behalf of Lender Processing Services, a ‘foreclosure mill’ that paid him to lobby on legislation aimed at preventing lenders from ‘making loans that borrowers would have difficulty repaying.’ The government has reprimanded Lender Processing Services “for unsound practices related to residential mortgage loan serving and foreclosure processing.

    “Special-interest donors

    “Romney’s stances on social and economic issues, like his long-standing alliance with Big Oil, attracts the contributions of high-dollar donors who are interested in pursuing a specific agenda. Here are just a few of special-interest donors that Romney is taking money from:

    “Louis Moore Bacon: An early mega-donor for Romney, Louis Moore Bacon donated $500,000 to the Restore Our Future Super PAC. Bacon makes his profit off of oil, first making a huge profit from successfully betting that gas prices would rise before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1989. Bacon’s firm, Moore Capital, was fined $25 million for attempting to manipulate certain commodity futures markets.

    “Thomas O’Malley: Thomas O’Malley is the CEO of PBF Energy, America’s fourth-largest petroleum refining company, and gave $100,000 to Restore Our Future. Not only did PBF energy help drive gas prices up this year by curtailing gas production, but it spilled 6.6 million gallons of oil at a refinery in New Jersey. The release of toxic gas and eventual explosion at another of its refineries in Delaware also directly contributed to a spike in gas prices.

    Kent Burton: Kent Burton is one of Romney’s new bundlers who raised more than $25,000 in one month for Romney’s campaign. He is also a registered lobbyist for a wide array of energy clients, including Marathon Oil and Shell Oil.

    Frank Vandersloot: Frank Vandersloot is the national finance co-chairman of the Romney campaign and, through his company Melaleuca, has donated $1 million to Restore Our Future. He is also a “litigious, combative, and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement” who “spent big” on ads in an “ultimately unsuccessful effort to force Idaho Public Television to cancel a program that showed gays and lesbians in a favorable light to school children.”

    “These are wealthy individuals, to be sure, but private citizens nonetheless,” admonishes Strassel. “Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal. Not one has the barest fraction of the position or the power of the U.S. leader who is publicly assaulting them.”

    Strassel goes on to cite an expert: “We don’t tolerate presidents or people of high power to do these things,” says Theodore Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general. “When you have the power of the presidency—the power of the IRS, the INS, the Justice Department, the DEA, the SEC—what you have effectively done is put these guys’ names up on ‘Wanted’ posters in government offices.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obama-campaign-website-target/2012/04/28/id/437395

  266. nomobama,

    I have some fascinating video clips of different theories – to be taken with a grain of salt or two and a lot of discarding of sensational claims but STILL a lot of fascinating info.

    If you want the clips email me at hawke at mhcable dot com.

  267. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012

    wow- thanks.. I meant to watch it last night. I noticed there were at least 4 news feeds carrying the event last night… but I didn’t want to upset my stomach after dinner… 🙂

    same here… 😆

  268. For those interested in viewing the WHCD Kimmel part, here it is. (I haven’t and probably won’t watch it)

  269. SHOCKER: Obama Has Held More Fundraisers Than Previous Five Presidents Combined

    He excels at two things and two things only: Running up enormous debt with other peoples’ money and raising cash for his own self-serving ends. He is nothing more than an ordinary street hustler in an extraordinary position.

    (Daily Mail) — Barack Obama has already held more fundraising events to build cash for his re-election bid than all five Presidents since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

    Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

    The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

    Doherty, who has compiled statistics about presidential travel and fundraising going back to President Jimmy Carter in 1977, found that Obama had held 104 fundraisers by March 6th this year, compared to 94 held by Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Snr, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

    Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in 1980, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

  270. MUST READ!
    Breitbart coroner POISONED!

    Breitbart coroner poisoned?, Micheal Cormier may have died from Arsenic Poisoning, Los Angeles County coroner office official, Possible foul play

    “Why was Christopher Kelly transported past 2 trauma facilities on the way to Stroger Hospital?”…Thomas R. Bennett

    “Why did Donald Young, Bill Gwatney, Christopher Kelly, Andrew Breitbart and others with information about Obama all die under mysterious circumstances?”…Citizen Wells

    From CBS Los Angeles April 27, 2012.

    “LAPD: Coroner’s Official May Have Died From Arsenic Poisoning”

    “An official with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office may have been poisoned with arsenic, police said Friday.

    KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports investigators are taking a closer look at the death of 61-year-old Micheal Cormier.

    Cormier, a respected autopsy and forensic technician who also was a photographer with the special operations response team, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank from his North Hollywood home one week ago.

    Hospital staff eventually advised police that there may be “suspicious circumstances” surrounding Cormier’s death, said LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton.

    “We have information that could potentially include foul play,” Hamilton said.

    After Cormier’s body was back at the county morgue where he worked until last week, toxicology tests are being run to determine the cause of his death.

    Police along with a hazardous materials team have also reportedly searched his home on Auckland Avenue.”

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/04/27/lapd-coroners-official-may-have-died-from-arsenic-poisoning/

  271. Since then, Obama has held another 20 fundraisers, bringing his total to 124. Carter held four re-election fundraisers in 1980, Reagan zero in 1984, Bush Snr 19 in 1992, Clinton 14 in 1996 and Bush Jnr 57 in 2004.

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

    That puts Reagan best and Bill Clinton near even with Bush Snr: not a good place for Bill.

    Number of fund-raisers does not say they were all the same size or raised the same amounts. Reagan probably got his in private correspodence, no ‘fund raising events’ necessary. What would be more important would be how much money (adjusted for inflation etc) did each of them raise in those years?

  272. just had the opportunity to watch clip of Kimmel and O

    Kimmel…fairly funny

    O…the usual self serving ‘all about me’ stuff and then flat and boring…seriously

  273. And the hits just keep popping out of the woodwork. Here, a tale of an adopted sister’s mysterious death in 2010. Never reported in US media.

    Holiyah Soetoro Sobah, aka Lia Soetoro, Obama’s adopted sister. Lia died under mysterious, sudden, and very unusual circumstances just as she was getting ready to be reunited with her childhood companion and adopted brother. She spoke of many specific incidences in the household, where she grew up with Barry in Indonesia.

    She saved many items that Barry used during childhood. She was looking forward to seeing him, because she’d seen him on TV and was told that was “Barry”, her little brother; however, Lia had reservations about it and so was anticipating seeing the scars he had from falling out of the mango tree and the limp she said he walked with. That was not to be because she up and died. Read about it here and watch video of her here.

    http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/liaobamas-adopted-sister-died-suddenly/

  274. More on Cormier and a few more victims.

    Hospital staff eventually advised police that there may be “suspicious circumstances” surrounding Cormier’s death, said LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton.

    “We have information that could potentially include foul play,” Hamilton said.
    After Cormier’s body was back at the county morgue where he worked until last week,
    toxicology tests are being run to determine the cause of his death. [Seems to be a conflict of interest. Why would co-workers investigate his death?]
    *******************************************************************

    Oh, good one. I forgot all about the President of Poland. That one is HUGE and involves Barry’s particular friend Vladimir.
    *******************************************************
    Yeah, complete with an Icelandic ocean volcano and a nonexistent soccer game the weekend of the funeral.
    ***************************************************************
    Add Matt Simmons (BP Oil Spill whistleblower – insider), Breitbart and now Breitbart’s coroner Cormier – “arsenic”. yeah, bullshit!! death squads!
    ******************************************************************
    I think Federal Judge John Roll should be added to this list. I think he was supposed to be killed and Gabby Gifford’s got in the way. It probably had something to do with his immigration cases. It was noticeable that there was little news about him.

  275. Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pakistan

    QUETTA, Pakistan —The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said.

    Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Jan 5 while on his way home from work.

    “The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act,” ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. “All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil’s family and friends.”

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the killing.

    read the whole story @:

    http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/29/11457865-red-cross-doctor-found-beheaded-in-pakistan?lite

  276. comment from link above… succinctly said..

    fonze1111 says:

    I’m so sick of helping countries that shake your hand when they want something then spit on you after give it. Any country that is fortunate enough to receive aid from the US should be welcoming us with open arms. When something like this happens anything short of any apology in one
    hand and the head of the barbaric SOB in the other should be considered grounds for NEVER giving them anything again (except perhaps a 7mm round).

    Here’s an idea: No more aid of any sort to the Middle East, North Korea, or any other country that doesn’t have our best interest at hand. If you aren’t willing to bring these barbaric murderers to justice then you don’t deserve our help. Your people are starving: not our problem. Your people need medical attention: not our problem.

    I’m sure there are people in Pakistan who really benefit from our aid and could not live without it. However, when you kill one of our own (US citizen or ally) then burn our flag and praise Allah in the streets you shouldn’t expect penicillin and potable water.

    Oh but I forget this is the religion of “logic and peace.” I think it’s far time they find out how to use their supreme “logic” to treat infections without our doctors and medicine, how to not starve without food from our country, and how “peaceful” it will be when their fragile governments collapse without our help. It will certainly be hard to dance around the streets yelling “death to the infidels” when your starving and septic.

  277. Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pakistan

    Saw that. Was tempted to post link but it is so horrible – especially seeing pix of the guy when his head was attached to his body.

    Those Muslim Islamic Jihadists are a sick bunch., not to mention dangerous to human health.

  278. I just came across and interesting piece from the 60’s… Predictions made by the old radio personality Paul Harvey in 1965- committed to U-Tube. Unbelievable! What are the odds for his predictions to be 100% accurate!
    _______________

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3Az0okaHig&feature=youtu.be

    Long time radio newsman/commentator Paul Harvey created this homily around 1965 and broadcast it several times. Versions of it vary over time. It is a warning to America about its own decay.

  279. BASIL99
    April 29th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pakistan

    Saw that. Was tempted to post link but it is so horrible – especially seeing pix of the guy when his head was attached to his body.
    _______________

    I didn’t post it for the graphic shock value. I posted it because Obama just bypassed Congress and Hillary’s State Department giving the Palestinian Authority $190M in aide last Friday-

    I say, STOP THE CHECK!

  280. More of the imperial presidency on parade. BO funding the PA despite congressional ban.

    Obama Overrides Congress in Order to Send $192 Billion to Palestinian Authority.

    “Still, now that the President of the United States is planning on giving away $192 billion dollars to a terrorist organization that threatens the national security interests of our closest, and only democratic, ally in the Middle East, the U.S.-Israeli relationship is about to get much more complicated.”

    I suspect President Obama and his underlings are really hoping this late night maneuver goes unnoticed.

    US President Barack Obama has lifted a ban on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. Obama stated that the aid was “important to the security interests of the United States.”
    The US Congress froze a $192 million aid package to the Palestinian Authority after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, defied US pressure and sought to attain UN endorsement of Palestinian statehood last September. The presidential waiver means that aid can now be delivered.

    Ed Morrissey over at HotAir gives a more harrowing explanation for why Congress cut the funding in the first place.

    Congress deliberately froze those funds, and not just because of the statehood demand through UNESCO. Hamas, a terrorist organization, reconciled with Fatah and has rejoined the PA, which means we’re putting almost $200 million into the hands of a terrorist organization. The language of the Palestinian Accountability Act could not be clearer:

    “[N]o funds available to any United States Government department or agency … may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.” Obama literally waived that statutory language off yesterday afternoon.

    So how will Congress react? I can’t imagine leaders in the House and Senate were pleased to learn that President Obama – with a stroke of his pen – bypassed the legislative branch to fund an organization that sponsors terrorism and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.

    More to the point, though, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama have a less-than-friendly working relationship. One can’t help but wonder how the president’s shocking decision to provide financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority will be interpreted by Israel.

    Still, now that the President of the United States is planning on giving away $192 billion dollars to a terrorist organization that threatens the national security interests of our closest, and only democratic, ally in the Middle East, the U.S.-Israeli relationship is about to get much more complicated.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2012/04/28/obama_overrides_congress_in_order_to_send_192_billion_to_palestinian_authority

  281. Mrs. Smith
    April 29th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    We’re in sync again! BTW, I wasn’t saying you posted it for shock value at all.

    I agree with myself those Muslim Islamic Jihadists are a sick bunch., not to mention dangerous to human health.

    Honestly, I’m glad YOU posted it so I could also comment on it. What a disgrace. And now BO’s giving the PA 190 million which he was BANNED from doing by the congress.

    Check your email. I sent you some links a while back.

  282. Mrs. Smith
    April 29th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I just came across and interesting piece from the 60’s… Predictions made by the old radio personality Paul Harvey in 1965- committed to U-Tube. Unbelievable! What are the odds for his predictions to be 100% accurate!

    WOW!

    MUST see clip. admin, could you please embed?

  283. admin, Please embed. The faces of honor killings.


    All the BS talk coming from lying dim bastards about women’s rights in this country and not a WORD from the POS and crew about Islamic honor killings going on in the US, Canada and Europe.

    Look at the faces of these beautiful innocent young women cut down in the prime of life by the same imbecilic barbarians who beheaded a British doctor.

    And some still DARE to post on this site that Islam is a religion of peace.

    Here’s the proof in non-graphic form. Only the bittersweet grief at the snuffing out of precious young female lives.

    Uploaded by atlasshrugs2000 on Feb 4, 2012
    April 29th, 5pm, Dearborn, Michigan

    AFDI/SIOA, VAST to Host Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference in Dearborn, Michigan at Hyatt Regency Yahoo News

    NEW YORK, PR Newswire: The prominent human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), its Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program and the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) will be hosting the first-ever human rights conference dedicated to exposing the plight of women under Islamic law in Dearborn, Michigan on the anniversary of the honor murder of Jessica Mokdad: the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.

    The Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference will be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn. After bowing to Islamic supremacist pressure and canceling a speech by Pamela Geller that had been scheduled for a Hyatt in Nashville, Tennessee, the Hyatt reversed its stance, recovered its understanding of the American principle of free speech, apologized and offered AFDI space in a Hyatt for a future Conference to make it up the human rights organization. Geller chose the Hyatt in Dearborn to stand in solidarity there with girls who are in danger of being victimized like Jessica Mokdad.

    Jessica Mokdad was a 20-year-old Muslim woman in Warren, Michigan, who was brutally murdered in May 2011. Fox News Detroit reported: “Authorities say a Minnesota man killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn’t following Islam.” Jessica’s stepfather, a devout Muslim, tracked his stepdaughter over four states to murder her for bringing dishonor on her family.

    AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller said in a statement: “We’ve named the Conference after her as part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness and bring a stop to the phenomenon of Islamic honor killing. These girls have rights, too, they’re human beings, and yet they’re completely forgotten in our politically correct culture, in which speech that is offensive to Islam is increasingly forbidden. We’re standing for the human rights of girls like Jessica Mokdad.”

  284. Basil:

    There seems to be a discrepancy between our links. Is it $192M in my link or $192B in the link you posted.. Soddy reportage from the authors..

  285. Mrs. S,

    Not sure. My link coites both $192 B and $192 M. One is obviously wrong. So I would bet your cite of the $192 M is right.

  286. CITES! :awful:

    “It will certainly be hard to dance around the streets yelling “death to the infidels” when your starving and septic.”

    Bwa-ha-ha. Love that visual.

  287. Several days ago, I mentioned a conversation with a maritime arbitrator and rumors that all hell would break loose on May 1. Today we met again and he confirmed it. This is the moment of truth for the radical left. Obama of course lit the fuse. He and his pal Reverend Al have tried to walk it back, but they are the ones responsible. As in gosh judge all I tried to do was start a camp fire, and before I knew it the whole forest burned down. As Smokey the Bore told Obama, remember oh saint, oh savior, oh blessed one–only you can prevent forest fires–meaning you and big media.

  288. Has this been posted yet?
    _____________

    Republicans seek to hold attorney general in contempt over Fast and Furious

    House GOP leaders draft a citation accusing Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department of hindering their inquiry into the ATF gun-tracking operation.

    April 26, 2012|

    By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times

    * Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. says he and his Justice Department have responded to more than three dozen letters from members of Congress, facilitated numerous witness interviews, and submitted or made available more than 6,400 pages of documents.

    Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. says he and his Justice Department have responded… (Danny Johnston, Associated…)

    WASHINGTON — Republican House leaders have drafted a proposed contempt of Congress citation against Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in which they charge that he and his Justice Department have repeatedly “obstructed and slowed” the Capitol Hill investigation into the ATF’s flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

    The 48-page draft citation is being drawn up by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Top committee officials recently met for most of a day in the House speaker’s office and were given the green light to proceed toward a contempt citation, according to sources who declined to be identified.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/26/nation/la-na-holder-contempt-20120427

  289. Mrs. Smith,

    I’ve been reading about it but haven’t posted coz it seems some think Boehner is still on the fence about it.

    Many interpretations floating about. I hope like he11 it’s true. Only problem is there’s Tony West, Kamala Harrison protege and possible Kam Kuwata murder conspirator waiting in the wings.

    Wbboei – I have been reading about a May 1 Labor strike but not enough for me to think it’s a done deal. Oh well, Tuesday will be here soon enough.

  290. Solyndra: Toxic President Uses Taxpayer Money to Line Pockets of His Toxic Cronies Who Leave Behind a Toxic Building Full of Hazardous Waste

    B-b-b-b-b-b- green energy is Sooooooo much better for the envrionment than those dirty old fossil fuels!

    The story of Obama’s presidency in one sentence.

    MILPITAS (CBS 5) — Three months ago, CBS 5 caught Solyndra tossing millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes used to make solar panels. Now the bankrupt solar firm, once touted as a symbol of green technology, may be trying to abandon toxic waste. . . .

    Meanwhile the next phase of the company’s liquidation is under way. It involves getting rid of all the heavy metals left inside the building that were used to make the panels.
    The Fremont Fire Department’s Jay Swardenski oversees the cleanup. He said some materials, such as cadmium, are toxic, and hard to dispose of.

    “They don’t degrade at all, so we want to make sure we don’t allow these materials to get into the environment,” he said.

    It’s not just the leftover hazardous materials, but also the machinery used to apply them to the glass tubes. “Certainly those tools will need to be decontaminated, cleaned up, handled correctly as they are taken apart,” he said.

    Swardenski told CBS 5 the disposal process is going smoothly in Fremont, but what about nearby Milpitas? Solyndra leased a building on California Circle for the final assembly of its solar panels. But the cleanup at the leased building in Milpitas is in limbo, because Solyndra doesn’t want to pay.

    CBS 5 found the building locked up, with no one around. At the back, a hazardous storage area was found. There were discarded buckets half filled with liquids and barrels labeled “hazardous waste.”

    The building’s owner, a company called iStar, claimed in court documents, “there may be serious environmental, health and safety issues” at the premises. According to the documents, they include, “numerous containers of solvents and chemicals. . . and processing equipment contaminated with lead.”

    “Essentially it looks like they left a pretty big mess behind,” San Jose State Assistant Professor Dustin Mulvaney told CBS 5. Mulvaney has written a white paper (.pdf) on solar industry waste for the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. . . .

    “Materials labeled hazardous waste require a lot more protocol, so its actually a lot more expensive to clean,” Mulvaney said. “It’s very sad looking at this facility taken apart like this, because a lot of money went into building this.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/

  291. Basil- responded to the Rothschild link-
    They are benefactors to Soros who is used as their agent.. Many here are unaware of the levers of power behind Soros who Rule the world.

    You can post your link here…

  292. BASIL99
    April 29th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve been reading about it but haven’t posted coz it seems some think Boehner is still on the fence about it.
    _______________

    The government responded the same day (last Friday) sending Issa blank pages.. (it’s all in the second link under ‘blank pages’) and here:

    Government’s answer to “Fast and Furious” records requests: Blank pages

    For more than a year, CBS News has been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms’ “Fast and Furious” operation and related cases that also employed the controversial tactic of “gunwalking.” With Justice Department officials refusing all interview requests to date, CBS News requested numerous public documents through the Freedom of Information Act.

    So far, all of the requests that have been answered have been denied in part or in full.

    This week, we received a partial response to a request made more than a year ago. It asked for communications involving “Project Gunrunner,” the umbrella program for Fast and Furious, from 2010 through April 2011. Specifically, it sought any communications to which any of the following top Justice officials were a party: Attorney General Eric Holder; Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division; Kevin Carwile, chief of the Capital Case Unit; and Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals Bruce Schwarz and Kenneth Blanco.

    The response includes mostly-blank pages.

    See the nearly-blank provided to CBS News (PDF)

    Federal agencies can legally claim exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act for a number of reasons including attorney-client privilege, law enforcement purposes, and personal privacy. However, they’ve fallen under sharp criticism from the media and public interest groups in the past decade as a large number of FOIA requests have languished, sometimes for years.

    FOIA was originally intended to expedite the release of public materials to the public and media. However, in practice, FOIA requests are often not even marginally effective at obtaining documents for news reporting. To be most effective and helpful, the requests would often need to be filled in a matter of days or at least weeks.

    Few requests filed by this reporter are answered within a year. When and if documents are ever produced, they are often heavily redacted and the timeliness of the information relative to the public interest has long since subsided.

    Separately the FBI has denied CBS News all information requested regarding the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Two Fast and Furious weapons were found at his murder scene in December 2010. The FBI stated that the information was withheld because the murder investigation is ongoing. That investigation has now entered its second year.

    Republicans prepare contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious

    CBS News appealed the FBI’s denial, arguing that some records had already been made public by FBI to news agencies, that releasing certain parts of its investigative documents would not jeopardize any investigation, and that the FBI should provide, at a minimum, a log of the withheld materials. The appeal was denied. The ATF likewise denied our FOIA request under the basis of “opening investigation.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-57423389-10391695/governments-answ

  293. Mrs. Smith
    April 29th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Has this been posted yet?
    ————————
    Somebody needs to whistle up Judge John Sirica, alias Maximum John of Watergate fame, from the gates of purgatory to hear this case. Since the Obama administration is cool, and fashion is in fashion this election season, I am willing to bet that Holder would look dashing in a pin striped suit, prison cut courtesy of Colors of Beneton. I am sure HuffPo could take a breather from their breathless coverage of sexy Michelle to showcase sexy Eric in a prison shower scene snapping a fashionable pin striped beach towel at the wolf pack surrounding him.

  294. Oh boy! I’ve got headlines + links for Reich resigning, for his appointment to Baltimore U, and for CBS blank pages. All on one little post card. Looking good. Going out to the locals today.

  295. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Not a pleasant read, but thought I should bring these paragraphs here:
    …On Sunday evening in northern Virginia, the current and former president planned to make the first of three joint appearances at fundraisers for Obama’s campaign. The host? Terry McAuliffe, a close adviser to both Clintons and one of the most ardent protectors of their political brand. “It makes absolutely clear that, to the extent that there were different wings of the Democratic party, there is now one wing of the Democratic party,” said Chris Lehane, a Clinton backer. “And it’s the president’s party…”
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/29/obama-clintons-deepen-political-ties-as-election-day-looms/?test=latestnews#ixzz1tT3oFQKX

    ——-

    No comments to this?????

  296. Carol,

    I guess I am not sure what you are looking for. The Clintons, if they are to stay member of the Democratic Party, are really held hostage by them. It is no different than someone held hostage by the Terrorists. They will parade them in front of people, they will have them holding signs, they will use them to support their cause.

    This is the Obama Terrorists Democratic Party, and he will use the Clintons. Must they let themselves be used. They do, if they are to keep the Dems together. Hillary has always been a loyalists. She changed from the Reps to the Dems, so she is a convert. Hillary chose the Dems, and she wants to save the Party.

  297. Good analogy New Mexico- a truly insightful comment.

    We knew about the appearance President Clinton had planned to make at a fundraiser in VA for Obama. We posted it a few days ago. I was interested in reading the text of his statements after the fact, which I did. Not to besmirch the former CIC… but I’ve heard more enthusiasm and passion at a Bereavement Service in commemoration of the passing of a friend or loved one. It appeared Bill’s batteries needed recharging or he was ‘just not into him’ ruminating for words and short phrases that came across blander than oatmeal…I wondered if anyone was awake at the conclusion of the fundraiser besides Obama and his moneychangers counting the loot and pledges?

  298. I think Federal Judge John Roll should be added to this list. I think he was supposed to be killed and Gabby Gifford’s got in the way.

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

    Really now? And the actual gunman, Lohner(sp?) and all his writings aginst Giffords, was just some kind of front, I suppose? Lohner was caught in the act, remember.

  299. Shadowfax: “Dog-eating jokes are the main course at press dinner”

    Yeah, BO may have the last joke on that yet. Nothing more endearing than making fun of yourself.

    “MO is so made up with about 20 lbs. of fake eyelashes…”

    Sure, but I gotta admit, when she’s smiling or laughing, she’s really beautiful even without the eyelashes. Can’t hold that against her. The comedian went easy on her too.

  300. I’ll be out most of today and Tuesday.

    But briefly want to say, in the US ‘honor killings’ (ie punishing women for sex) are handled differently: by refusal of abortion, and of contraception — even in case of rape. And government rape of women is carried out by ‘vaginal ultrasounds’.

  301. miling or laughing, she’s really beautiful even without the eyelashes.

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

    Good makeup artist, good eyebrows now. Compare to pictures of her pre-2008.

  302. I used to be a big fan of Terry MacAuliffe (ever since he pushed HRC onto the podium at the IN primary when the Lake county Obama goons were trying to steal the primary). But these pictures of Terry and Bill back-slapping and raining millions for Obama kind of turn my stomach.
    Btw–if anyone’s interested: I’m on TMU Radio tonight talking about my novel “Admit The Horse” and the 2008 election generally. Broadcast is tonight (4/30) at 10 pm ET but you can download it after broadcast anytime (free) at same link if you miss it tonight but still want to listen. Here’s the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freemenow/2012/05/01/the-majority-united

    Admin: would still love to send you review copy of the book?

  303. I was over on Ulsterman’s site and reading the comments there, this one caught my eye:

    Stirrin the B.S.
    April 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Anyone associated with Oblowme is dirty – that’s all he knows. West raised $65MM in campaign contributions – there’s bound to be dirt in there. West was part of the defense team for Jihad Johnny – not dirty, but certainly questionable. West’s sister in law, Kamala Harris, has been linked to money laundering by WHI.

    Everything and everyone associated with Obysmal will be much more closely scrutinized this time – no free passes will be issued. The blogosphere will force the truth to be exposed.

  304. holdthemaccountable
    April 29th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Not a pleasant read, but thought I should bring these paragraphs here:

    &&&&&&&&&&

    I know it must sicken just about everyone here to hear of Bill Clinton “helping” Obummer. But I leave it to The Master to do what is right: for the country, for the Dems, for his wife’s possible future aspirations.

    Like the Godfather, “keep your friends close, your enemies closer”…

    The white cell works by surrounding the invading parasite, slowly choking it off from resources, and eventually devouring it.

    Bill also has to be cognizant of keeping the Dems together, while quietly wresting control back from the ObamaParty. Lot of magic / voodoo jujitsu involved. I leave it to his and Hillary’s capable hands of ridding the Dems of the corrupt Chicago wing, while retaining what is useful.

  305. jeswezey

    MO’s really beautiful?

    —–> Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

    MO, just ain’t that attractive to me.

  306. MO is one ugly-a$$ed Bytch. And she has zombie eyes, a huge jaw and a permanent scowl affixed to her face.

    FUGLY is the definition of MO. And her scrawny hub.

  307. 1 down, thousands more to go.

    “Crucify” gaffer quits. Wish he’d bring Jackson with hm.

    EPA official Al Armendariz has paid for his 2010 gaffe, captured on video and highlighted by Senator James Inhofe, with his job:

    The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement.

    In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/04/30/epa-official-resigns-over-crucify-comments/

  308. This PROVES pigs can fly

    Politico Rips Obama for “Deficit Attention Disorder”

    by Ulsterman on April 30, 2012 with 8 Comments in News

    Yet another largely pro-Obama media outlet comes out swinging against the many failings of the Obama White House – and Barack Obama himself.

    Excerpts:

    President Barack Obama seems to be governing in some parallel universe — where the United States exists without mortal dangers threatening its economy and the nation’s most pressing exigency is the reelection of its president.

    …While big issues simmer untended, our leader is focused like a laser beam on trivia that benefit him politically but do the country little or no good

    …This president was sold as someone who could rise above Washington’s partisanship. Instead, he’s supervising it.

    …Serious business is possible during a presidential reelection year. And it might be politically beneficial to Obama. President Bill Clinton somehow managed to sign sweeping welfare reform just months before being reelected.

    Instead, Obama is engaged in nothing that even resembles seriousness.

    You don’t know whether to laugh or cry. On the one hand, it’s an affront to the office he was elected to. The nation’s security is at risk — but Obama is tending only to his personal political security.

    On the other hand, the sight of the president spending a week of his presidency talking about a rise in student loan rates while the country is saddled with trillion-dollar deficits is a farce on the scale of Mel Brooks’s “Blazing Saddles,” in which Native Americans suddenly begin speaking Yiddish.

    The absurdity Obama’s priorities would be laughable. Except, it’s so dangerous.
    __________________
    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/04/30/politico-rips-obama-for-deficit-attention-disorder/

  309. RCP OBAMA UNPOPULARITY RATING; PEOPLE JUST DON’T LIKE THIS GUY.

    RCP Avg 4/11-29 47.6 48.0 -0.4

    The newer numbers are not pretty for the poor bastids inside the White House managing his campaign:

    Gallup 4/27-29 47 48 -1
    Rasmuss 4/27-29 47 52 -5
    FOX News 4/22-24 45 51 -6

    The older polls bouy him up:
    NBC/WSJ 4/13-17 49 46 +3
    CBS/NYT 4/13-17 48 42 +6
    Quinnip 4/11 – 4/17 47 48 -1
    CNN/OpRe 4/13-15 49 48 +1
    Reuters/ 4/12-15 49 49 Tie

    And that does not even include the oversample Dems and undersampled Repubs.

  310. Turns out that the D’s added a bunch of amendments and crap onto it, including 15000 set aside asylum visas for illegal aliens claiming domestic abuse, and other stuff.

    The R’s have offered to pass the bill as it has always been, and have also offered a version with fewer amendments than the D’s want, which the D’s have then refused to pass.

    It,s all to make the R,s look bad.they hate the wimminz don’tcha know??

  311. Bill also has to be cognizant of keeping the Dems together, while quietly wresting control back from the ObamaParty. Lot of magic / voodoo jujitsu involved. I leave it to his and Hillary’s capable hands of ridding the Dems of the corrupt Chicago wing, while retaining what is useful.

    AMEN to that.

  312. Carol
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:48 am No comments?
    —————————-
    First, Hi!
    At the time I commented here about Bill Clinton’s current “interest” you might say I was too traumatized to add opinion. Since then, many hours have passed, I’ve had lunch with most pleasurable cousins, picked up the mail and returned home. In the stack of mail was a solicitation for DSCC over Clinton’s signature. I read the letter where he repeats what has been officially recognized as the biggest lie of 2011, then took the return slip and wrote across it in thick large red letters “Shame On You Bill Clinton. Hillary 2012.”

    Now the envelope is ready to send. I pay for the stamp which IMO adds authenticity to my statement.
    All of a sudden I know how I am dealing with this. At least for the moment.

  313. BASIL99
    April 30th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Politico Rips Obama for “Deficit Attention Disorder”
    &&&&&&&&&

    Some poor schmuck at Politico will lose his job for letting an unflattering (that is, “accurate”) assessment of Obumma.

    If he’s lucky, that’s all. Hope he doesn’t get Breitbarted.

  314. THOSE DURN YOUNG VOTERS…may not be able to bamboozle them a second time.

    The first time, in 2008, it was the candidate without a paper trail. This time, there is plenty of track record to evaluate…and it ain’t pretty.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/04/30/obama_losing_rock-star_status_among_young_voters_113986.html

    Key quotes:

    “Obviously, the Obama campaign strategists are worried that he cannot duplicate his 66 to 32 percent margin among young voters back in 2008.”

    “But a March survey of 18- to 24 year olds by the Public Religion Research Institute showed Obama ahead of “a Republican” by only 48 to 41 percent. Only 52 percent had favorable opinions of Obama, and 43 percent had unfavorable opinions.”

    Here’s the whole thing:

    April 30, 2012
    Obama Losing Rock-Star Status Among Young Voters
    By Michael Barone

    Last week, Barack Obama delivered speeches at universities in Chapel Hill, N.C., Iowa City, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo. The trip was, press secretary Jay Carney assured us, official government business, not political campaigning.

    It’s part of a pattern. Neil Munro of the Daily Caller has counted 130 appearances by the president, vice president, their spouses, White House officials, and Cabinet secretaries at colleges and universities since spring 2011.

    Obviously, the Obama campaign strategists are worried that he cannot duplicate his 66 to 32 percent margin among young voters back in 2008.

    Recent surveys of young people show inconsistent results. Gallup’s tracking shows Obama leading Mitt Romney 64 to 29 percent, and a Harvard Institute of Politics poll shows him leading Romney 43 to 26 percent among those who said they had an opinion.

    But a March survey of 18- to 24 year olds by the Public Religion Research Institute showed Obama ahead of “a Republican” by only 48 to 41 percent. Only 52 percent had favorable opinions of Obama, and 43 percent had unfavorable opinions.

    Where the surveys seem to be in accord is that young voters are less engaged, less likely to vote and less enthusiastic about Obama than in the days when he was proclaiming, “We are the change we are seeking.”

    Gallup shows only 56 percent of Americans under 30 saying they definitely will vote. Among older Americans, the figure is over 80 percent. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed only 45 percent of young people taking a big interest in the election, down from 63 percent in 2008.

    Hispanics and blacks make up a larger share of the Millennial generation than of older Americans, and Obama’s support among them seems to remain high. But the Harvard survey shows that only 41 percent of white Millennials approve of Obama’s job performance, significantly lower than the 54 percent who voted for him in 2008.

    Obama’s decision to campaign — er, conduct official business — on university campuses last week was not surprising. According to exit polls, there was no surge of young voters in 2008. They made up 18 percent of voters, compared to 17 percent in 2004.

    But close inspection of the election returns showed that the Obama campaign did a splendid job of ginning up turnout in university and college towns and in singles apartment neighborhoods in central cities and close-in suburbs, like Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from Washington.

    Consider the counties where Obama spoke last week. In Orange County, N.C., Obama won 72 percent of the vote. He did better in only one of the state’s 99 other counties, Durham, which has a large black population plus Duke University.

    Obama carried Johnson County, Iowa, with 70 percent of the vote, more than in any of Iowa’s other 98 counties. He carried Boulder County, Colo., with 72 percent, a mark exceeded in that state only in Denver, one rural Hispanic county and two counties with fashionable ski resorts (Aspen, Telluride).

    What Obama doesn’t seem to have done in 2008 is mobilize more economically marginal and educationally limited young people, except perhaps among blacks.

    His problem this year is that there are a lot more economically marginal young people, including many who are not educationally limited.

    Young people are notoriously transient, and it’s hard for political organizers to track them down. Harder perhaps this year, with many recent college graduates unable to find jobs and a rising percentage of young people moving in with their parents.

    Few young Americans bothered to vote in Republican primaries, and young people’s attitudes toward Mitt Romney seem frosty. They still know little about him.

    That gives him a chance to argue that Obama’s economic policies have failed and that his policies can spark an economic revival that will provide myriad opportunities for the iPod/Facebook generation to find satisfying work where they can utilize their special talents.

    In his campus speeches, Obama stumped for keeping low interest rates on student loans. But young people may be figuring out that colleges and universities are gobbling up the money government pours in, leaving them saddled with debt.

    It’s a side issue. The Harvard survey showed 58 percent of Millennials saying the economy was a top issue and only 41 percent approving Obama’s handling of it. Like Romney, they seem to be saying, “It’s the economy, and we’re not stupid.”

  315. Two more paragraphs from above are worth highlighting:

    “Gallup shows only 56 percent of Americans under 30 saying they definitely will vote. Among older Americans, the figure is over 80 percent. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed only 45 percent of young people taking a big interest in the election, down from 63 percent in 2008.”

    “Hispanics and blacks make up a larger share of the Millennial generation than of older Americans, and Obama’s support among them seems to remain high. But the Harvard survey shows that only 41 percent of white Millennials approve of Obama’s job performance, significantly lower than the 54 percent who voted for him in 2008.”

  316. HAIL MARY TIME ALREADY FOR TEAM OBAMA?

    There may be plenty of time on the clock, but they’re already sweating bullets.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/04/30/president-obama-is-getting-desperate-and-it-shows/

    President Obama is getting desperate — and it shows
    ==========================================

    By Michael Goodwin
    Published April 30, 2012

    It is fashionable to be jaded about a presidential campaign, to complain there’s nothing new and tune it out. Not this one. Watch it, or you’ll miss the antics of an incumbent who has no scruples and no regard for the majesty of his office.

    President Obama’s team put out an ad praising him for sending in Navy SEALs to kill Usama bin Laden and doubting whether Mitt Romney would have done it. To further exploit the one-year anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, he gave an interview to NBC in the Situation Room, from where he observed the raid. And The Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama campaign has an enemies list, a group of Romney donors it singles out by name on a Web site while declaring some got rich “at the expense of so many Americans.”

    As outrageous as those breaches of decency are, they are merely the latest extension of Obama’s polarizing presidency. His tenure threatened, he is growing desperate, almost pathologically so. And it’s only April.

    Where once it was rare for a politician or a commentator to accuse a president of lying, it happens routinely now. Obama’s speeches are filled with distortions and fabrications. Even members of his own party don’t trust him, regarding him as ruthlessly selfish. “An uncurious man,” said one.

    House Speaker John Boehner called the president’s use of Air Force One for campaign events disguised as official business “pathetic” and added: “This is the biggest job in the world, and I’ve never seen a president make it smaller.”

    It is a train wreck for America, unfolding before our eyes. Sad to say, but it makes me nostalgic for the days of Bill Clinton, when it was only sex that shamed the Oval Office.

  317. This really is funny but x-rated for profanity. The King’s luster wears off for SNL’s Lovitz.


    Lovitz tweet.

    Jon Lovitz Astonished His Anti-Obama Speech Went Viral: ‘He’s President, Not King!’

    Actor Jon Lovitz was flummoxed that his expletive-laced, anti-Obama diatribe made international news. “Because I criticized the President, it’s news?” Lovitz tweeted incredulously. “Last I checked, he’s President, not King! This is America! Freedom of Speech. what’s the bfd?”

  318. Senator Lugar is a strange, correction, very strange duck. There is a restaurant around the corner from the Teamster National Headquarters in Washington where we used to go when we were in town which served great eggs benedict. Lugar hung out and encamped there. If you sat in the same room with him you got strange vibs, I cannot explain it really. I know people in his home state of all political stripes and I have yet to meet anyone who likes him. There was a picture of him and Obama and I think I know why. He was a Rhodes Scholar and later joined the navy and served on the staff of Admiral Arleigh Burke who was the legendary destroyer squandron commander of World War II, later became Chief of Naval Operations, later head of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, and is buried at the Naval Academy. Nobody is all one thing.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arleigh_Burke

  319. Romney Campaign Tries To Reopen Obama-Clinton Primary Fight Wounds
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/04/30/151694142/romney-campaign-tries-to-reopen-obama-clinton-primary-fight-wounds

    An exerpt:
    [quote]But President Clinton is, of course, also the husband of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And when she was running for president four years ago, President Clinton had some not-so-complimentary things to say about his wife’s opponent, then-Sen. Barack Obama.

    In a press release Monday, Romney’s campaign offered a collection of news accounts from the height of the 2008 Democratic battle.[/quote]

  320. EPA official Al Armendariz has paid for his 2010 gaffe, captured on video and highlighted by Senator James Inhofe, with his job:

    The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement.

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

    Hm. In 2008 Ferarro said something about Obama benefiting from being black, and the Bots held that tape till some important time to make a fuss about it. Helen Thomas iirc said something about Israel and someone waited a couple of weeks to make a fuss.

    Now the Republicans are making a fuss about something that was said two years ago…. I wonder what’s up with that office.

  321. Someone needs to definitely get their eyes checked! I agree with Basil99 and Gonzotx. That MO is one McFugly man/woman. She makes herself look even uglier with that permanent scowl etched on her face. Saw them on Oprah and I never thought she was in the least bit attractive even before her jug-eared husband declared himself in the presidential race.

  322. BASIL99
    April 29th, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    **************

    Haunting, I sent it viral. We have to help these women, we have to win this

  323. Forward, Comrades! A May Day Journey Through the History of Obama’s Slogan

    Yesterday, the Obama campaign unveiled its new slogan, “Forward.” As we pointed out here at Breitbart News, the slogan borrows not just from left-wing cable network MNSBC’s “Lean Forward,” but also from decades of communist iconography.

    The poster above, “Forward, to the Victory of Communism,” by Veniamin Briskin and Konstantin Ivanov (and available at auction here), is typical not only of Soviet propaganda but also of propaganda throughout the communist world, from the 19th century to the present.

    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, for example, published several articles in 1844 in the pages of the short-lived Vorwärts! (“Forward!”), an important radical journal that was later emulated by communist and socialist publications throughout Europe.

    Decades later, for example, the German Social Democratic party launched the Vorwärts. It was banned, along with the party, by Hitler, but it re-emerged after the Second World War and is available on the web today.

    In Italy, the late nineteenth-century socialists borrowed the term “forward” for their own newspaper, Avanti!, which was later edited by Benito Mussolini before he was expelled from the Socialist Party–whereupon he started a rival publication and began plotting the rise of fascism.

    visuals @ link:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/01/Forward-Comrades-A-May-Day-Retrospective

  324. Good morning all:just a reminder for this day on until Hillary is our POTUS.

    Otrauma at WHCD (Hillary drunken texting)foremost!!!!

    1 RESTITUTION
    2 RETRIBUTION
    3 REDISTRIBUTION
    4 REVOLUTION

    They are taking place everyday every hour every minute of our lives and we are surrounded by this quagmire of misguided souls with hands held out.
    I call them “STASHSEEKERS”and they come in all sizes
    all colors all religions and most are polititions.

    AT age 94 I can only through up arms and ask every morning when I awake “How soon oh LOrd “

  325. This new Slogan is quite intentional and is rolled out on the Eve of the OWS Nationwide Protest. Comrade Obozo has dropped his veil and is exposing his real agenda, for the first time.

    Dump this LOSER on November 6, 2012 or we will lose our Republic forever.

  326. Jen the Michigander
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:00 am Romney Campaign Tries To Reopen Obama-Clinton Primary Fight Wounds

    Silly critics. What do they know. The wounds never healed.
    #######
    ABM90 at7:27 Otrauma
    ——
    Priceless. And many people much younger than 94 can no longer throw up their arms lol
    ######
    wbboei 12:47 am http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137636/SEALs-slam-Obama-using-ammunition-bid-credit-bin-Laden-killing-election-campaign.html
    ———–
    wbb has already found my top pick of the day, so I’ll just add a few paragraphs to the link already posted above.
    SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign
    Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign. SNIP Mr Obama used a news conference today to trumpet his personal role and imply that his Republican opponent Mr Romney, who in 2008 expressed reservations about the wisdom of sending troops into Pakistan, would have let bin Laden live….

  327. SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign

    By Toby Harnden

    PUBLISHED: 18:35 EST, 30 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:34 EST, 30 April 2012
    Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.

    The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137636/SEALs-slam-Obama-using-ammunition-bid-credit-bin-Laden-killing-election-campaign.html

  328. Shadowfax: “MO’s really beautiful? 
—–> Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. 
MO, just ain’t that attractive to me.”

    BASIL99:
 “MO is one ugly-a$$ed Bytch. And she has zombie eyes, a huge jaw and a permanent scowl affixed to her face.”
    gonzotx: “Get your eyes checked.”
    ======

    I did qualify: “… as long as she is smiling and laughing…” ie without a scowl on her face. Beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder, so I defend my statement that she is really beautiful, to the point where I’m willing to cut her some slack for marrying an asshole when she could have had much better. Except for the age difference, I would have been a willing candidate.

  329. I suppose we’re paying for these trips too.
    Michelle Obama: 2012 election is about ‘who we are as a country’
    First lady Michelle Obama attended a fundraiser in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, making the case that the 2012 election would be a referendum on “who we are as a country. This November … we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come,” said Mrs. Obama to 400 supporters at the Tucson Convention Center. Her remarks at the event, part of a four-state swing through key swing states in the West, mirrored the president’s calls for economic equality, addressing middle class tax relief, efforts to aid students with loans, and closing the gender pay gap.“Make no mistake about it. Whether it’s healthcare, the economy, education, foreign policy, the choice we make will determine nothing less than who we are as a country, but more importantly who do we want to be,” said Mrs. Obama.”Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just a few at the top? Who are we? Or will we be a place where if you work hard, you can get ahead no matter who you are or how you started out?,” said continued.”Who do we want to be? Will we tell folks who have done everything right but are struggling just a little bit, are we going to look them in the eye and say, ‘tough luck, you’re on your own?'” snip
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/224691-michelle-obama-2012-election-about-who-we-are-as-a-country

  330. jeswezey
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:31 am
    I’m willing to cut her some slack for marrying an asshole when she could have had much better.
    ———————————————–
    If you study her remarks, her history, and read her Princeton thesis, you will see that Bo and Mo were made for each other – a perfect match.

  331. No no no.

    2012 is not about who we are as a country. That is a meaningless, throw away line.

    2012 is about whether we have a president who gives a big fuck you to the American People, divides the nation, and loots the country to reward his constitutents, or a president who treats the American People as a market for who he provides valuable goods and services. In other words, it is a contest between a political whore and a businessman, at a time when the country needs solutions, rather than more smoke and mirrors.

  332. Here’s one that’s OK because it’s a joke:
    President Obama, campaigner in chief – The Washington Post
    snip “Time after time, the Republicans have gotten together and they’ve said no,” [Obama] said.
    “Boo!” the audience responded.
    “I sent them a jobs bill that would have put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work,” he continued.
    “Boo!” the audience repeated.
    “I went to the speaker’s home town,” Obama said, referring to a trip to House Speaker John Boehner’s battleground state of Ohio, “stood under a bridge that was crumbling.”
    “Let him drive on it!” somebody shouted.
    “Maybe he doesn’t drive anymore,” Obama joked. snip
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obama-campaigner-in-chief/2012/04/30/gIQATAfbsT_story.html?hpid=z5

    Not only is the mockery unsuitable, but I recall reading that a remodel or replacement for that bridge was already in the pipeline.

    I see where John McCain has stated on FoxNews that Real heroes don’t brag. You have to wonder how much shit we must endure before this monstrosity begins sinking.

  333. Yesterday, the Obama campaign unveiled its new slogan, “Forward.”
    ——————————
    How ironic. They failed to do their homework. The slogan of Benito Mussoli was avanti. Avanti means . . . forward. And in his case, here too if this petty tyrant gets four more years, it means forward to disaster. For Italy it was a disaster, and for Mussolini, lets just say he met his own untidy end. Was Hamlet right when he said past is prologue? Here lets hope not.

  334. re Michelle: No no no.
    —————
    Right. I got her pretty good on twitter over that, tweeting “Americans have known for centuries what this country is”.
    Not that I have the courage to tweet directly to either Obama, but that quote is out there somewhere in TwitterLand.

  335. At WH Dossier

    …One current SEAL stuck his neck way out to express his displeasure.
    A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.
    ‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’ Obama rejects the idea that he’s overdoing it. “I hardly think you’ve seen any excessive celebration taking place here,” he said Monday.
    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/05/01/obamas-politicization-bin-laden-backfiring/

  336. When you are a great leader, you don’t have to brag about it, PEOPLE KNOW IT. Unfortunately, the only things he uses to indicate he is a great Leader, someone else did, and resent the Hexx out of the fact that he is trying to use it. There were opportunities for him to lead; however, he did not. He wanted Congress to craft his medical plan not him, he could have resolved the Gay’s in the Military the first day in office, he did not, he could have given equal pay to the women working on his staff immediately upon going into office, he did not and has not, and he could have stood up to the Catholic Church for women, of course he did not. Instead he jumps into racial issues, inflaming them, before he knows the facts. If he is a uniter, not a divider, he should not jump in an inflame the situation, but calm it. FORWARD! Forward with what.

    Oh by the way, Michelle is due in today in ABQ. The local news women anchors are gushing about it. I am sure we will see a lot of footage tonight.

  337. yep, tugging at the bleeding hearts of Americans providing sleeping bags and sustenance…

    Might as well call them what they are; OWS Terrorists!
    ______________

    5 OWS anarchists nabbed in plot to blow up Cleveland bridge

    By Pete Williams, NBC News justice correspondent

    Federal agents have arrested five people who were plotting to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, an incident not connected to the anniversary of former al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s death, officials say.

    The five were nabbed in what amounted to an FBI sting, and agents had them under extensive surveillance for a long period of time.

    “There was never any danger,” one federal official said.

    The five are described as anarchists.

    This story is developing. Please check back for more details.

  338. jeswezey
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:31 am
    I’m willing to cut her some slack for marrying an asshole when she could have had much better.
    ———————————————–

    grape:
    If you study her remarks, her history, and read her Princeton thesis, you will see that Bo and Mo were made for each other – a perfect match.

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

    I tend to agree with Grape on this.

  339. lil ole grape – Hey look, I’m talking only about physical beauty here. I like that she’s 6 feet tall and I even like her biceps when she rips off those sleeves. Everything fits my personal tastes in women, my beholding eye.

    In matters of character, I don’t think she’s a good match at all for her worthless husband. And even if you insist that she is, she’s not the one who ran for POTUS or who is currently smelling up the Offal Office. So I cut her some slack.

    And I still say that she’s nice to look at – as long as she’s not wearing that scowl.

  340. Bravo for the Seals speaking for the Silent Military.

    There is a video out their making a comparison between Bush’s appearance at an Army Base and the crickets heard when Obama made a recent visit addressing the troops. There was no applause for Obama. Instead, Hail to the Chief was played by the Army Corps band helping fill the void of resounding stone faced silence.

  341. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, for example, published several articles in 1844 in the pages of the short-lived Vorwärts! (”Forward!”) […]
    Decades later, for example, the German Social Democratic party launched the Vorwärts. […]
    In Italy, the late nineteenth-century socialists borrowed the term “forward” for their own […]
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/01/Forward-Comrades-A-May-Day-Retrospective

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

    I’m sure Obama’s Teenybotter demographic have all these 19century posters in their dorm rooms.

  342. Mrs Smith: “Forward, Comrades! A May Day Journey Through the History of Obama’s Slogan”
    ====

    The word or idea of “Forward” does have a socialist and communist history behind it, but remember that Ariel Sharon named his new party “Kadima”, meaning “forward” in Hebrew. Also remember that HRC prides herself on always looking forward.

  343. jeswezey
    May 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    “Everything fits my personal tastes in women, my beholding eye.”
    ________________

    And how many X-wives has your personal taste effected? I believe you..

    i.e. ‘shut your mouse- go away’ 🙂

  344. No fun here for the OWSers- intermittent torrential down pours have flushed the protesters out of their clusters running for shelter. They should have ordered a sun shiny day.

  345. more:
    __________

    #OccupySF: May Day Riot Starts Early

    The unions may have bailed on the plan to occupy the Golden Gate Bridge, but the Black Bloc faction of Occupy got an early start as chaos erupted (including Molotov cocktails and chants of “f**k the police”) during a direct action called The Strike Starts Early Street Party.

    “Street Party” is an innocent sounding euphemism for a direct action on the street, similar to the anarchists describing the groups taking violent action to attempt to shut down the Republican National Committee as “The RNC Welcoming Committee”.

    A crowd of about 50 protestors gathered at San Francisco’s Dolores Park, most wearing the now familiar black masks of the Black Bloc. Police were stationed at the perimeter but made no attempt to break up the gathering mob of mask wearing hoodlums. Then the group left the park and broke windows, threw garbage cans and painted anarchist symbols on street signs, businesses and cars in the area of Mission and 16th Street. The group was shouting “Fuck the police” and “Here, piggy piggy!” They were met by a phalanx of riot police, who caused the group to scatter.

    The event was advertised on the website StrikeMay1st.com:

    We call on our comrades from every corner of the Bay to descend upon Dolores Park, 8pm April 30th, for a ruckus street party to counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities.

    Everyday should be strike day.

    They’ve stolen our lives. They’ve stolen our health. They’re taking over every inch of our cities and pushing us nowhere. If there is anything we have learned from the last six months it is this: May 1st isn’t the only day for striking, and isn’t only a day for workers. April 30th kicks off a string of actions in the Bay Area against all who would take our lives from us.

    San Francisco, once a stronghold of the dispossessed, has become a playground for the rich and a living hell for those of us who can’t keep up or have no interest in capitalist relations. Homelessness, gentrification, racist police murders, the displacement of all that is queer, outrageous rent prices, our list is endless: it is time to reclaim our playground.

    No word yet on whether any arrests were made.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/01/Occupy-SF-May-Day-Riot-Starts-Early

  346. Mrs. Smith
    5 OWS anarchists nabbed in plot to blow up Cleveland bridge

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

    The “OWS” was falsely inserted into this headline by the poster. The actual news stories about the FBI sting of thse five anarchists do not mention OWS. You’d think during such a long sting and “close observation”, the FBI would have noticed if they were in OWS. 😉


    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/01/11485641-5-anarchists-nabbed-in-plot-to-blow-up-cleveland-bridge
    Federal officials say Wright, Baxter and Hayne describe themselves as anarchists who considered a series of evolving plots over several months.

  347. Black Bloc faction of Occupy

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

    Black Bloc is not a faction of OWS. BB shows up at other groups’ events and tries to make trouble. They’ve been doing this at least since the 90s.

  348. Must have been a coincidence OWS and the anarchists met at the same time on the same day?

    We all know msnbc protects Obama’s TOOLS!

  349. Yep, the anarchists are dancing around the May pole today, with torches, spray paint and bats.

    A day that is expected to be filled with anti-establishment protests all around the globe began early last night with a roving band of “anarchists” smashing car windows and store fronts in San Francisco’s Mission District. The mini-riot (which was technically on April 30, but still) may have started as a “ruckus street party” organized by Occupy Oakland protesters who invaded their sister city last night, but whoever was responsible appeared to show little regard for the property of either the 1% or the other 99.

    http://news.yahoo.com/may-day-eve-quickly-turns-ugly-san-francisco-091023433.html

    A-holes Day!!

    They had better not mess with me today, I have 4 years of anger to release.

  350. jeswezey
    Except for the age difference, I would have been a willing candidate.

    ——-
    Gack.

    To each their own.

  351. I feel the same way- Alinsky, Cloward-Piven, Acorn- OWS, Black Bloc- All cut from the same whole cloth and ALL belonging to the same STRIPE..

    All Obama Tools for decimating America-

  352. ADMIN – CAN WE HAVE A NEW THREAD PLEASE?

    This one is crashing my browser trying to load…

    Thanks, happy Anarchists May Day.

  353. NM Fan wrote:
    He wanted Congress to craft his medical plan not him, he could have resolved the Gay’s in the Military the first day in office, he did not, he could have given equal pay to the women working on his staff immediately upon going into office, he did not and has not, and he could have stood up to the Catholic Church for women, of course he did not.

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

    Bravo NMFan!

  354. Must have been a coincidence OWS and the anarchists met at the same time on the same day? [Mayday May 1]

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

    That would be more an impossibility than a coincidence, since the anarchists had already been arrested on April 30. 😉


    Federal agents have arrested five people who were plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, Ohio, an incident not connected to the anniversary of former al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s death, officials say.
    Douglas L. Wright, 26, Brandon L. Baxter, 20, and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on April 30 on charges of conspiracy [….]
    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/01/11485641-5-anarchists-nabbed-in-plot-to-blow-up-cleveland-bridge

    Not connected with Bin Laden’s death — or with OWS either, apparently.

  355. Jeswezy,

    “Except for the age difference, I would have been a willing candidate.”

    Good thing for you you never had the chance to compete for much less attract her favor. I seriously doubt you would have survived such an encounter. She does a mean one-hand push-up. Haven’t you seen her showing off for Archbishop Tutu and Ellen Degeneres? And haven’t you ever seen those pix of her devouring the lovely Carla Bruni like an alien ready to pounce in its far superior (in beauty) competitor.

    Sorry pal. MO is one big-butt ugly-a$$ you-know-what. I think you’ve been reading to many style and glamour magazines, not to mention the print media onslaught to convince the public the empress actually does have beauty.

    But to each their own. I just doubt you will find any on this site who agree with you. On Bot sites, NP. MO’s amazing (non)beauty is a major talking point. Kind of reminds me of the “Forward” slogans and songs through Hitler, Mussolini, the Communist Party, etc.

  356. I remember my mom, who was from England, taking me around the neighborhood when I was a kid and placing homemade flower baskets on the front step of all the houses. The trick was to do it when no one was around to see. It was an old English custom.

    That’s what May day should be. A day of welcoming spring.

  357. ACE, confirmed
    *****************

    May 01, 2012
    Five Anarchist Terrorists Arrested For Plot to Blow Up Cleveland Bridge
    Confirmed: At Least Two of the Bombers Are Occupy Organizers
    —Ace

    Enemies, both foreign and domestic.

    A mohawk-wearing anarchist nicknamed “Cyco” was among five men arrested after allegedly conspiring to blow up a bridge about 15 miles south of Cleveland[:] the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and carries a four-lane highway.
    The men were arrested Monday evening in an FBI sting, but posed no real danger to the public because the explosives were inert and were controlled by an undercover FBI agent, the bureau said in a statement.

    CNN refuses to mention the Occupy movement that Obama and Nancy Pelosi embraced — but surely these men were involved in that movement…?

    Morgan Richmond notes the an anarchist website (not associated with the terrorist would-be bridge bombers) has made its ambitions clear enough.

    If we don’t fight back, the crisis may drive a permanent decline in our standard of living, deepen the domination over the oppressed, and widen the gaps in American society.
    And how to “fight back”? Through community organizing, of course.

    Until people take to the streets and assert their power, we have to help lay the groundwork. We need to be immersed in working class communities, helping to build struggles against exploitation and oppression in workplaces, housing, education, neighborhoods, and our homes. We are not in a permanent state of agitation though; fights will pick up and cool down. We need to build intermediate organizations that live through the ups and downs of these struggles. Intermediate level organizations can group together organizers who become conscious and committed to a more equal and just vision of society in organizing, and stay committed to helping others fight back around concrete issues in their daily lives.
    For some reason they run a picture of an anarchist poised to club “Friday” singer Rebecca Black over the head.

    30 years later, and Obama is still pallin’ around with terrorists.

  358. HTA
    *************

    So this is what the frauds son would really look like
    ****

    …The Obama family’s love of pet Bo is well-known, to the point that first lady Michelle Obama described him as “my son” to David Letterman last month….

  359. The brou-ha-ha about Elizabeth Warren claiming American Indian heritage is a riot. Turns out she MIGHT be something like 1/36 Indian on her great-great-great-great-grandmothers’s side, or something like that.

    Problem is, Warren apparently cited affirmative action status in some school loan and grant applications. Not too ethical of her to take such advantage of the 99 percent when she is a 1 percenter.

    Hypocrite.

  360. “Five Anarchist Terrorists Arrested For Plot to Blow Up Cleveland Bridge
    Confirmed: At Least Two of the Bombers Are Occupy Organizers”

    GonzoTX, What a surprise.

    👿

  361. Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?

    The operators’ resentment is real. And their criticism could undermine the president’s clearest-cut victory, the slaying of America’s most notorious enemy.

    Excerpts:

    Almost eight years ago, presidential candidate John Kerry accepted the Democratic nomination with the infamous line: “I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty.” His military service, in a war three decades old, became the centerpiece of his campaign.
    Within weeks, the Republicans had turned what was seen as one of Kerry’s strongest assets against him. Swift Boats Veterans for Truth—which included over 200 Vietnam veterans, most who hadn’t even served with Kerry—succeeded in raising doubts about the heroic narrative Kerry was selling. What seemingly started as a scratch turned into a sucking chest wound for his campaign.

    Yesterday, the Obama campaign got clawed.

    Drudge blasted the headline from London’s Daily Mail: SEALS SLAM OBAMA FOR MAKING IT POLITICAL.

    What was supposed to be an easy win—a victory lap on the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, trumping up the president’s most militant moment—appeared to be slipping away.

    The frustration—or, even anger—within the SEAL community is real, and has been brewing for months, particularly among a politically conservative core of operators. It started immediately after the raid, with questions among the Special Forces and intelligence community of whether the president should have waited to announce the kill to exploit the intelligence cache at Osama’s compound. It simmered after a Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing 30 Americans, 22 of them Navy SEALs from Team Six.

    Was it a coincidence, SEALs asked themselves, catastrophe hit Team Six so soon after being named as the team responsible for the killing?

    The White House narrative on the Geronimo mission would soon come under scrutiny as well, after Chuck Pfarrer, a former member of Seal Team Six, published a book length account questioning the official version of the story. The controversial book was viciously attacked—a JSOC spokesperson called it a “fabrication”—and it was widely dismissed by the press.

    What the pushback revealed, however, was an extreme sensitivity in the White House as to who would have the privilege to tell the Bin Laden story, best expressed in a compelling, if well stage-managed, story in the New Yorker. The piece recounted the Abbottabad raid based on interviews with senior administration and military officials, while imbuing the story with the drama of a SEAL’s eye view. Yet the author conceded he had not actually interviewed the men who did the shooting.

    Over the past few days, I’ve reached out to a number of SEALs, both active duty and former. Most active duty SEALs were reluctant to go on the record venting or praising their boss, but one of the most interesting responses I received from an operator was to direct me to Leif Babin, a SEAL who left active duty last year.

    Babin, who runs the consulting firm Echelon Front, wrote a little noticed op-ed in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal four months ago. The headline: OBAMA EXPLOITS THE NAVY SEALS. Babin took aim at “the president and his advisors, writing: “It is infuriating to see political gain put above the safety and security of our brave warriors and our long-term strategic goals.”
    ************************************************************
    Like Kerry’s war record, the vulnerability to the president’s Bin Laden story isn’t so much from the other side, as it from those who can claim the mantle of veteran. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the website: navysealsagainstobama.com sprout up soon. Sure, military servicemen are accustomed to being exploited by both the left and the right. But that strategy can have its weaknesses, too. If the assault on the Bin Laden narrative continues, and if the anger expressed in private by the SEALs remains very public, the campaign might be forced to retreat.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/will-resentful-navy-seals-swift-boat-obama

  362. Elizabeth Warren: I Declare I’m 1/32nd Cherokee

    —Ace

    Via Hot Air, is Elizabeth Warren’s “family lore” accurate?

    Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career, the Harvard Law professor’s campaign last night finally came up with what they claim is a Cherokee connection — her great-great-great-grandmother.

    “She would be 1⁄32nd of Elizabeth Warren’s total ancestry,” noted genealogist Christopher Child said, referring to the candidate’s great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, who is listed on an Oklahoma marriage certificate as Cherokee. Smith is an ancestor on Warren’s mother’s side, Child said.

    1/32nd? She’s as white as I am.

    The premise behind “diversity hiring” — I’m not agreeing with it; I’m stating the premise behind it — is that those with different experiences and backgrounds can contribute intellectually to a group in ways that whites can’t.

    But Elizabeth Warren is white. She has not been mistaken for anything except Anglo-Saxon all her life. She has lived in white culture. She has never once had anyone look shiftily at her due to a suspicion that she was a minority.

    For her to claim she’s “minority” is an insult — or ought to be — to anyone who believes in the “diversity”/minority voices theory.

    Because universities (especially universities!) make a special fetish of hiring minorities — Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be a minority, and her self-claimed status as such, and her listing of herself as a minority in directories, displaced an actual minority who would have had her position.

    Some think this whole racial quota system is ridiculous. I tend to agree. But at least a black guy who gets a position partly due to his minority position is doing so honestly (even if I disagree with the theory behind the special racial advantage).
    Elizabeth Warren gamed herself the best of both worlds — she’s actually white, and so has never faced any degree of Outsider Status in her life.

    But she claims minority status in order to benefit from institutional preferences for minorities.

    1 out of 32 parts.

    And yet someone with 32 out of 32 parts of minority heritage was displaced so that Elizabeth Warren could get her promotion.

    http://minx.cc/?post=328886

  363. scandal upon scandal & this one all in the family
    Top ICE figure pleads guilty in brazen, $500G scam
    In a brazen criminal scheme to defraud taxpayers, one of the highest-ranking officials in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to helping embezzle more than $500,000 from the federal government. Over three years, James Woosley and at least five other ICE employees scammed the agency by fabricating expenses for trips that were never taken and for hotel, rental car and restaurant expenses that did not exist, according to court records.His son, also named James Woosley, and live-in girlfriend, Lateisha Rollerson — both ICE employees — allegedly ran the scam out of the elder Woosley’s two Virginia homes snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/01/top-ice-figure-expected-to-plead-guilty-to-brazen-500g-scam/?test=latestnews

  364. A mohawk-wearing anarchist nicknamed “Cyco” was among five men arrested after allegedly conspiring to blow up a bridge about 15 miles south of Cleveland[:] the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and carries a four-lane highway.
    The men were arrested Monday evening in an FBI sting, but posed no real danger to the public because the explosives were inert and were controlled by an undercover FBI agent, the bureau said in a statement.

    ———-
    Anyone that has gone to protests since we were in Viet Nam knows these a-holes ALWAYS try to blend in with the crowd and derail it by bringing in violence. These jerks are just like Ayers, and what his thugs did to the peaceful protests in the 60ies.

    These people are just crazies, luns, and violent a-holes that want to use a protest as an excuse to destroy others property and be leaders of a mob.

  365. Basil 2:19 pm Cherokee
    —————-
    That may be having an immediate and severe impact on her campaign finances. Something is, for an appeal came here today. I was surprised because I’d donated a little long ago, then asked for it back; since then nothing until now.

  366. BTW, about that healthcare bill saving all Americans money. 😳

    It seems a new report of Fortune 500 Companies shows that so far roughly 71 would phase out employee healthcare coverage and pay the fine, instead. In one instance, the amount projected saved was $400 mill by putting employees on the gov’t exchange.. Other estimates of savings are much higher.

    Of course, that was the goal all along. Get to a UK style healthcare system. The regime is just months away from accomplishing that. Is anyone paying attention?

    What a bunch of morons running this country into the ground.
    ***********************************************************************

    A new report prepared by Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee suggests that companies would save billions of dollars by ending health insurance coverage for employees under Presidents Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

    Based on an analysis of health care data received from 71 of the America’s Fortune 100 companies, the report found that if the companies terminate insurance coverage in favor of paying the $2,000 per employee penalty, they would incur a financial benefit.
    According to the report, companies surveyed would save on average $400 million — or a total of $28.6 billion in 2014 — simply by putting their employees on the government exchanges.
    Between 2014 and 2023, the report says, the average savings per company would be nearly $6 billion, a total savings of $422.4 billion.

    “These employers spent an average of $5,197 on health insurance benefits, after taxes, per employee in 2011,” the report reads. “In 2014, this average would increase to $6,487 per employee, which far exceeds the $2,000 per full-time employee penalty they would pay for not offering coverage under the Democrats’ health care law. One Fortune 100 company could save more than $3.5 billion in 2014 alone, while another could save $1.8 billion. Four companies could save in excess of $1 billion in 2014 if they dropped health coverage and paid the mandate penalty.”

    Committee Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, said the data indicates a threat to employer-based insurance.

    “The findings of the report, along with existing research, show that the Democrats’ health care law threatens the stability and sustainability of the employer-based health insurance system,” Camp said in a statement.

    “Anyone who gets insurance through their job should be worried about what will happen next, because there is a distinct financial incentive for employers to terminate health care coverage under the Democrats’ health care law,” he added. “It is clear to me that because of this law, Americans will not be able to keep the health care plan they have and like. American workers and taxpayers simply cannot afford to have this law remain on the books.”
    In 2009 Obama said the new law would not interfere with individuals’ current coverage — if they did not want it to.

    “Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you,” Obama said. “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

    In mid-March the Congressional Budget Office estimated that that under the president’s plan 3 million to 5 million fewer people will be receiving health care through their employer each year from 2019-2022 than under prior law.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/01/report-companies-likely-to-save-billions-dumping-employee-health-care/

  367. holdthemaccountable
    May 1st, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    scandal upon scandal & this one all in the family

    It is scandal soup. Only way to get rid of it it is to dump it down the toilet.

  368. gonzotx
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    ACE, confirmed
    *****************

    May 01, 2012

    Five Anarchist Terrorists Arrested For Plot to Blow Up Cleveland Bridge

    Confirmed: At Least Two of the Bombers Are Occupy Organizers

    —Ace
    ____________________

    An inside source said it’s impossible.. Then it must be categorized a MIRACLE… wooo-ooo-woo of sorts-

  369. Native Americans PO’d about Warren’s duplicity.

    A prominent Native American group says Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren had “better be able to defend” her past claims of being an American Indian minority.

    The Democratic candidate is facing questions about her heritage following the revelation on Friday that she described herself as a Native American minority in professional law school directories during the 1980s and ’90s.

    “Once you put that down, you better be able to defend it,” Ray Ramirez of the Native American Rights Fund told The Daily Caller on Monday.

  370. An inside source said it’s impossible.. Then it must be categorized a MIRACLE… wooo-ooo-woo of sorts-

    Heheheheheheehee.
    Not much noise from OWS globally. Checked British and European rags.

    I wonder if the problem will be tomorrow – the first anniversary on My 2, 2011 of the announcement of OBL’s death?

  371. An upper:
    Obama Slow-Jams, and the Media Dance to the Beat
    Richard Benedetto
    …Meanwhile, with the press breathlessly caught up in the president’s college hoopla, Vice President Biden quietly slipped off to New York on Thursday and somberly delivered a major foreign policy speech that mostly slipped under the media’s radar except for its attacks on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s lack of foreign policy experience.Coverage of the speech was so low key that reports of a young woman spilling yogurt on the president’s pants during a stop at a Boulder, Colo., student hangout got more publicity than Biden’s far more important talk. What’s wrong with this picture? At first glance, one might think the president and the vice president somehow got their roles reversed. It seems a no-brainer that the commander-in-chief would make the major foreign policy speech and the vice president would be dispatched to carry the less-important message on student loans. But that’s not the way things work in Obama Land, where re-election is Job One….
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/05/01/obama_slow-jams_and_the_media_dance_to_the_beat__114016.html

  372. BASIL99
    May 1st, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    The brou-ha-ha about Elizabeth Warren claiming American Indian heritage is a riot.
    &&&&&&&

    If that whole Senate race thing doesn’t work out, maybe she can open a casino.

  373. I just can’t resist posing this heartfelt beautifully expressed comment from Ulsterman about BO’s phoney grandstanding.

    Powerful stuff.

    InTheKnow
    May 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I just want to point out two things that are becoming increasingly obvious to me and has both WHI’s and WSI’s (and their like-minded associates’) hands all over them:

    – It is becoming increasingly clear that a significant portion of the Democratic Party and their friends in various stations (media, military, etc) are very publicly abandoning Obama and Obama’s extended circle. This is being seen in things like the Panetta Memo on OBL, the leak that Pelosi apparently lied about the CIA, etc. WHI has said as much in the past, and now seems to be the time when Brutus has decided to stab Caesar. We are reminded of what WHI told us about Daley being sure to resign very publicly from helping lead this administration. We are also reminded of Hillary Clinton’s public pronouncement that she is not coming back for a second Obama term.

    – It is becoming increasingly clear that WSI and his associates are making sure that the media WILL report such stories as the Panetta Memo and other “vetting” type of information on this administration and its figurehead.

    In short, the Zeitgeist is turning on Obama. Or, to probably be more accurate, the Zeitgeist is being made to turn against Obama by a powerful collusion of interests at the top of the food chain.

    The uninitiated, unwashed masses (just using Progressive terminology here) will not even know WHY they are coming to dislike Obama so much leading up to the pending election; they’ll just know they don’t like him so much any more.

    A brilliant, critical plan is now fully in the execution phase. You can see it everywhere. And Obama’s circle knows it as well, which is why you are seeing so much flailing about from them. They understand that they are now in the “Fredo on the lake” position, but it is beginning to look as though they will not be able to stop the inevitable outcome.

    As Sinclair Lewis once told us, it CAN happen here. And it has been happening, for the past 4+ years.

    What is happening now, thankfully, is that a group of well-connected and well-educated patriots — including, of course, WHI, WSI and UM — is making a mostly-secret but well-conceived stand against a would-be tyrant. All of these people, everybody, has my eternal gratitude for that.

    WSI’s family fled to these shores to escape a madness infecting Europe in the middle of the previous century. He understands the danger facing us presently. He wants to make sure that he doesn’t have to witness similar horrors twice in his lifetime, particularly when he may feel as though he helped bring about the second version.

    I have never been prouder of my country in my life. This is America; this is freedom.

    As one of the Insiders mentioned, this IS the political fight of our generation. We have to win it, as the world had to defeat the evil of the middle of last century. There is no alternative.

    What I can see now, clear as day, is that the battle has been fully joined by the “forces of good.” There is much yet to be done, of course, and nothing is resolved yet, but the cavalry is — finally — coming over the hill.

    WHI said he wanted to landslide Obama in 2012. If what is happening now keeps up for another 8 weeks or so, I think such an outcome is very possible. In fact, I think if such an outcome appears likely, Obama will quit the race. He and his associates don’t do losing well. Better to step aside for some fake reason than be permanently shattered as a brand.

    Again: Thank You to all of the patriots who are now stepping out of the shadows to get this project done. We are all with you, and you will never be forgotten. Together, we will repel this menace and move on with our nation. As one.

  374. Two House Democrats knew about the program…
    ______________________

    Agency ignored program to save homes, tax dollars, documents show

    A top U.S. housing regulator failed to implement a plan to cut loan principal balances for millions of underwater homeowners even though a pilot program showed two years ago it could save taxpayers money, two House Democrats said Tuesday.

    Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees mortgage giant Fannie Mae, “apparently ha(s) been withholding from Congress” documents showing the potential benefits of the program to taxpayers and homeowners, according to Reps. Elijah Cummins of Maryland and John Tierney of Massachusetts. The two Democrats, in a letter to DeMarco that was released to msnbc.com, said they obtained the documents from an independent source.

    Cummins and Tierney cited internal documents at government-controlled Fannie Mae describing the pilot program with Citibank, beginning in 2009, that showed that “principal reduction programs have enormous potential to save U.S. taxpayers significant amounts of money.”

    A spokeswoman for FHFA, which oversees the government agencies holding 60 percent of America’s home mortgages, said the agency could not comment because it had not yet received the letter.

    Since last fall, DeMarco has resisted pressure to reduce principal balances on underwater mortgages despite calls from more than 100 members of Congress, who have argued that the action could help reduce taxpayer losses on government-owned loans and keep more families in their homes. So far the government has spent more than $160 billion in taxpayer funds to prop up Fannie Mae and sister agency Freddie Mac.

    DeMarco’s resistance to the idea is based on his “philosophical” opposition to reducing the amount a homeowner owes, according to a former Fannie Mae official quoted in the letter.

    The collapse of the housing market in 2006 has erased some $7 trillion of equity from the value of American homes and left roughly 11 million homeowners underwater, meaning they owe their lender more than their home is worth.

    Those homeowners, effectively unable to sell their homes, are locked out of the housing market and sidelined from creating the buying demand needed to support any housing recovery. Five years into the housing recession, they’re also more likely to consider walking away from their mortgage, adding to the backlog of foreclosures that could further depress home prices, forcing more households underwater.

    To help stabilize the housing market, proponents of principal reduction argue that homeowners and lenders are better off avoiding those defaults and foreclosures.

    According to the letter sent to DeMarco, those proponents include Fannie Mae officials who were favorably impressed with the results of the Citibank pilot program.

    In a December 2009 review, Fannie Mae officials estimated that the pilot program of cutting loan balances would cost about $1.7 million to implement and generate potential taxpayer savings of more than $410 million. That review estimated that “more than half of Fannie Mae customers will see some benefit from the program” within six months.

    According to a November 2009 presentation to Fannie Mae’s risk analysts, redefault rates on loans given principal reductions in the trial program were “far below rates on other modification portfolios,” according to the letter from Cummins and Tierney.

    But the program was suspended in July 2010, without explanation, according to the letter. In November 2010, Fannie Mae officials continued to press internally for principal reductions. To make their case, they prepared a research paper that concluded that “Fannie Mae might reduce its losses substantially in many cases by writing down principal.” The paper said Fannie Mae losses resulting from foreclosures following default were “large multiples of the amounts by which the loans were underwater,” according to the documents cited in the letter.

    In response to congressional pressure, DeMarco agreed to review the agency’s opposition to cutting principal balances on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages. Last month, in a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DeMarco outlined some of the reasons for his opposition to the policy.

    “Most Americans that are underwater on their mortgage realize they’ve signed a contract — they’ve got an obligation to make that payment and in fact they are,” DeMarco said. Those underwater homeowners should be encouraged to continue doing so, he added.

    But other government officials argue that by cutting principal or deferring a portion of the balance until a home is sold, some defaults could be prevented, thereby reducing losses and foreclosures. The recent mortgage settlement among 49 states, several federal agencies and five large banks aims to promote the practice by providing those lenders with financial incentives to cut loan balances.

    much more at link:

    http://economywatch.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/01/11476793-agency-ignored-program-to-save-homes-tax-dollars-documents-show?lite

  375. eye-popping video, basil. And Mrs. Smith, guess as long as it’s an inside source it must be true 😉

  376. rgb44hrc,

    ‘If that whole Senate race thing doesn’t work out, maybe she can open a casino.’

    All I can say is she better watch her scalp.

  377. holdthemaccountable
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    The headline at the host blog sums it all up.

    “This is just getting sad.”

    There were roughly 200 people gathered.

  378. Ohhhhhhhhhhh Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    Obama To Spike The Bin Laden Football On National TV, Will Address The Nation Tonight From Afghanistan…

    Breaking: Obama To Spike The Bin Laden Football On National TV, Will Address The Nation Tonight From Afghanistan…

    Make it stop!

    (CNN) — President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today on the one year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. While in country Obama and President Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement which provides the framework for U.S.-Afghanistan partnership after transition and the draw down of U.S. forces. The president will also address the nation live from Afghanistan at 7:30pm ET.

  379. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, AGAIN???

    Oy, you knew he was going to grandstand.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/bin-laden-raid-anniversary-obama-makes-surprise-visit-190839124.html

    On bin Laden raid anniversary, Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
    ===============================

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, touching down in the war-torn country one year to the day after al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden died at the hands of elite American troops in neighboring Pakistan.

    Obama planned to make a televised address to the nation at 7:30 p.m. from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

    Journalists traveling with the president reported that he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai would sign an agreement laying out the United States’s role after combat forces leave in 2014.

    Obama’s trip, shrouded in secrecy for security reasons, came as he and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney waged a pitched political battle over how much credit the president should get for the daring Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s fortified compound in Abbottabad.

    The president left Andrews Air Force Base, home to his blue and white liveried Air Force One, at 12:09 a.m. Tuesday morning and landed at Bagram at 10:20 pm local time. He then took a helicopter to the presidential palace in Kabul, where he arrived just after 11 p.m. local.

    The unannounced trip recalled President George W. Bush’s Thanksgiving 2003 trip to Iraq, a cloak-and-dagger operation that saw him sneak off his Texas ranch, fly to Washington and then on to Baghdad with a small group of aides and “pool” reporters. Obama’s visit comes on the ninth anniversary of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech about the Iraq war.

    Obama had previously visited Afghanistan in March 2010 and December 2010, and traveled to Iraq in April 2009. Bush visited Iraq in November 2003, June 2006, and September 2007, and traveled to Afghanistan in March 2006. In December 2008, the Republican visited Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The TOLONews website that specializes in news about Afghanistan reported Tuesday, citing Afghan officials, that Obama had arrived in Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. That report was widely picked up in world news outlets, but it was immediately denied by the U.S. embassy in the Afghan capital as well as the White House. That fed speculation that the president was on his way to Kabul but not actually on the ground yet.

  380. Norfolk, Virginia: 100 Teens Who Would Look Like Obama’s Sons Pummel White Couple…

    Oddly, the MSM is hardly touching this one, neither is Obama rushing to condemn it as he did with Trayvon Martin.

    I tried commenting on the site reporting it but couldn’t register.

    Ironically, the couple were reported for a local Virginia newspaper which refused to report on it except for an editorial several weeks later.

    Guess it didn’t quite fit with the narrative that black= good while white=bad.

    Hate to say it but serves them right. Let a couple dozen more media types get beat up, thrashed, robbed and taunted by mobs of marauding black teens and maybe the coverage will change.

    What I got from reading the story is the paper was AFRAID of inflaming racial tension. WTF!!!!!!!! What about telling the truth????

    Sooner or later the media may be FORCED to do just that to save themselves. If it’s not already too late.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/05/01/norfolk-virginia-100-teens-who-would-look-like-obamas-sons-and-daughters-pummel-white-couple/

  381. Oh at 7:30 pm. After most evening news is over but before prime time. Fortunately I watch 2 1/2 Men reruns from 7 – 8. Then turn off tee vee. Just boggles the mind to approach an understanding of how full he is of himself. Not too much celebrating? I was willing to concede that there had NOT been celebrating per se, but now that offer is off the table. His trip is his celebration.

  382. Shocker: Leftist Arrested In Ohio Terror Plot An Occupy Cleveland Spokesman

    Five individuals — at least three of them involved in the far-left Occupy Cleveland movement — were arrested on April 30 in Cleveland in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad bridge. The FBI described the arrested individuals as “anarchists.”

    Brandon Baxter, one of the alleged plotters known to his associates as “Skabby,” served as a spokesman for Occupy Cleveland, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer in early March that he felt “the powers that be, whoever they might be—on all levels of government and those who hold corporate power—are not listening, because not enough people are actually taking a stance.”

    Posts on Occupy Cleveland’s Facebook page indicate that Baxter was involved in helping the organization organize and advertise events as recently as February 2012. Baxter and two of the other alleged co-conspirators — Joshua Stafford and Anthony Hayne — list Occupy Cleveland as their “Employer” on Facebook, where the three list one another as friends.
    According to the FBI affidavit, an earlier plot involved setting off smoke grenades as a distraction while the alleged plotters destroyed signs on banking offices in downtown Cleveland.

    FBI Special Agent Ryan Taylor claimed that co-defendant Douglas Wright planned to “deploy smoke grenades on the Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting downtown Cleveland to Ohio City, as a diversion while they knocked the bank signs off the tops of the larger buildings in downtown Cleveland.” According to Agent Taylor, the group allegedly target the signs because they were “the most important part because they need to make sure everyone knows that the action was against corporate America and the financial system, and not just some random acts.”

    Apparently growing more ambitious, Baxter and his co-defendants allegedly plotted to obtain C4, a highly destructive plastic explosive, to destroy the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge. The Route 82 bridge crosses from Brecksville to Sagamore Hills, over Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

    FBI agents monitored the alleged terrorists and provided dummy “look-alike” explosives. The FBI affidavit asserts the public was “never in any danger.”
    ********************************************************
    Baxter suggested engaging in more grandiose levels of destruction, asking his cell members if they knew “how much do we need to take out a bridge?” Baxter speculated about “how taking out a bridge would lead to the government having to put security on every bridge in the country.”

    “The defendants took numerous and repeated acts that demonstrated a commitment to violent, terrorist acts,” said United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach in an interview with 610 WTVN. ”Protecting our community from attacks is our top priority.”

    http://ohio.mediatrackers.org/2012/05/01/fbi-busts-occupy-cleveland-members-in-alleged-bomb-plot/

  383. Good for Mitt, he sounds like the adult in the room and is more Presidential…

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama to not let the killing of Osama bin Laden become a “politically divisive event.”

    Romney says Obama can rightfully take credit for bin Laden’s downfall. But he says it was “very disappointing for the president to try to make this a political item” by suggesting he wouldn’t have ordered the raid, saying, “Of course I would have.”

    Romney tells “CBS This Morning” Tuesday that he and Obama have plenty of issues to fight over without parting company on anti-terrorism strategy.

    Without mentioning Romney’s name, Obama suggested the former Massachusetts governor had waffled on whether he would have taken out bin Laden.

    Romney says, “I think trying to attack me on that basis is inappropriate and the wrong course.”

  384. I do believe Mr. Johnson is spot on with this analysis.

    Welcome to Barack Obama’s botched spike. Instead of playing the role of humble leader he decided to act like a rookie loser who had never scored a touchdown. He is getting a penalty flag for unnecessary celebration.

    Hell, even Arianna Huffington is appalled. He also has woken the sleeping SOF warrior community. The SEAL community, by and large, is livid over being made into the poster boys for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

    It was bad enough that the Obama team could not keep their mouth shut after the success of taking out OBL last April and started revealing “made-up” versions of what the SEALs actually did on the ground. To make matters worse, the Obama team exposed sensitive TTPs–aka Tactics, Techniques and Procedures. SEALS and other SOF units are professionals who take pride in their work and only talk about it with close friends and cleared persons.

    Take it to the bank–within the next three months retired SEALS opposed to Obama will go public and will make the swift boating of John Kerry look like a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

    THIS I can’t WAIT to see.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/67261/the-obama-osama-fumble/#more-67261

  385. For those saying that the bridge bombers and anarchists are NOT part of the Occupy movement: BULLSHIT

    Some of us tried to point out from the very beginning that Anonymous and anarchists were a driving force behind Occupy from the start. They were not “hanging out on the fringes” as they have for other protests. They were a big part of the initial planning, and continued as a big part of OWS all along.

    One of the leaders of the Occupy Cleveland movement, Brandon Baxter, is one of those arrested for today’s terrorist plot to bomb a bridge in Cleveland. Occupier Brandon Baxter appears to have gotten the guidance he sought.

    OCCUPIED — Occupy Cleveland organizer Brandon Baxter gets some shade in the Occupy Cleveland tent in downtown Cleveland on March 21, 2012. Baxter, one of the few remaining members of Occupy Cleveland’s physical presence downtown, said the group has seen a sharp decline in numbers since last October because of increasing disorganization. “We need guidance,” he said.

    Another of today’s suspects is Anthony Hayne, named previously in a report on Occupy Cleveland.

    “I just want to be very clear: we are not occupying Lakewood,” said Anthony Hayne, who is organizing the information session. Hayne, a Lakewood resident since 2001, said there will be about six or seven members of Occupy Cleveland, which stems from the Occupy Wall Street movement, at the table Saturday.

    These anarchist radical guys did not just “show up” to “hijack” OWS. They have been involved all along, and did HUGE amounts of the organizing and publicizing of OWS, along with union activists, FROM THE START.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/01/occupy-cleveland-leaders-involved-in-bridge-bomb-plot

  386. H4T,

    I can’t wait to see the upcoming documentary about OWS which goes into its REAL origins.

    Meanwhile, the FBI has said these guys are part of OWS so those denying it are doing the equivalent of running around sticking their fingers in their ears screaming la-la-la-la-la i can’t hear you.

    BASIL99
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Shocker: Leftist Arrested In Ohio Terror Plot An Occupy Cleveland Spokesman

  387. @SenBobCasey is rattled. Within the last 45 minutes, I’ve tweeted pointed messages to him about Obama’s unseemliness regarding OBL. Bob has just tweeted: “One year ago, our brave service members and intelligence officials delivered justice with the death of Osama bin Laden.”
    HAHAHA on Oh
    BTW SOF stands for ?

  388. HillaryforTexas
    May 1st, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    For those saying that the bridge bombers and anarchists are NOT part of the Occupy movement: BULLSHIT

    Some of us tried to point out from the very beginning that Anonymous and anarchists were a driving force behind Occupy from the start. They were not “hanging out on the fringes” as they have for other protests. They were a big part of the initial planning, and continued as a big part of OWS all along.
    ___________________

    I don’t know the singular for “those”- but which post are you referring to… the incoherent one or the snotty one?
    __________

    Mrs. Smith
    5 OWS anarchists nabbed in plot to blow up Cleveland bridge

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

    The “OWS” was falsely inserted into this headline by the poster. The actual news stories about the FBI sting of thse five anarchists do not mention OWS. You’d think during such a long sting and “close observation”, the FBI would have noticed if they were in OWS. 😉
    ______________

    Apparently, it was correctly inserted identifying the perps as we knew it had to be…

    “Birds of a feather”..

  389. Having identified a couple of OWSers as part of the conspiracy to blow up the Cleveland bridge is a big blow to Obama’s support of the Occupiers as his defenders of the 99% meme- and has categorically exposed him as a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER to America.

    When do the Impeachment Hearings begin?

  390. Having identified a couple of OWSers as part of the conspiracy to blow up the Cleveland bridge is a big blow to Obama’s support of the Occupiers as his defenders of the 99% meme- and has categorically exposed him as a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER to America.

    When do the Impeachment Hearings begin?

    Excellent Point but I’m not gonna hold, my breath.

    😡

    BTW, remember wbboei saying he had heard about something going down this week? Wonder if it’s related to the May 2 anniversary of OBL’s death.

  391. WHAT?

    BO is declaring the end of the Afghan War? That’s why he’s in Kabul? There’s a pic of him handing Karzai “documents after signing the Strategic Partnership Agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.”

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Under intense security and the cover of night, President Obama slipped into Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement cementing a US commitment to the nation after the long and unpopular war comes to an end.
    Obama was to be on the ground for about seven hours in Afghanistan, where the United States has been engaged in war for more than a decade following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    The trip carries major symbolic significance for a president seeking a second term and allows him to showcase what the White House considers the fruit of Obama’s refocused war effort: the killing a year ago of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national
    /obama_in_afghanistan_to_sign_post_dLOjuQ2B039OpqGW72ZE2J

  392. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha–ha

    White House too stupid to keep some newsrags off the scent. Their attempt to keep BO’s trip to Kabul fails miserably. One NY Post editor tweets that it is is so empowering to think Kabul reads the NY Post.

    Excerpts and link.

    By 9:37, the New York Post had published an item on the trip based off the TOLONews tweet, and by 9:53 it was running in the ticker “Breaking News” at the top of its home page. By 10:06 the story was updated to add the “strong” White House denial and minutes later the breaking news alert was removed from the homepage. Sometime in the interim, the initial tweet from TOLONews was removed as well.

    But the White House was only partially successful at keeping the press at bay. The Post kept their story up for hours without a homepage link, and by 11:30 it was a red link at the top of the Drudge Report.

    By early afternoon, however, the New York Post story was gone as well. After the news broke, a Post spokesman email a self-congratulatory statement from editor in chief Col Allan:

    The White House informed the Post today the report on its website that President Obama was in Kabul was not accurate and that, in publishing it, the paper was endangering the President’s life. With due respect to the White House and out of an abundance of caution, the Post removed the story from its website. We are impressed the White House believes the Taliban, while hiding in caves and dodging American drones, are, like millions of others, avid readers of nypost.com.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/how-the-white-house-smothered-the-news-of-obamas

  393. Must Read!

    WHI spin on the Kabul Trip. And be sure to check the site for the poster of BO holding OBL’s head.

    From Ulsterman

    I don’t have time to answer all your questions. Will just focus on the matter at hand and that is the president’s trip to Afghanistan. What everyone is now calling the “spiking of the football”. You ask me if that is an accurate description. Hell yes that’s an accurate description. That is exactly what he is doing and it’s been in the works for quite some time. The irony is he’s such a pansy ass little -expletive- he wouldn’t know the first thing about playing football now would he? And he’s gonna spike that football right into the faces of the military who actually carried out the mission that was developed by Panetta and others without the direct knowledge of this -expletive- absentee president.

    What you’re gonna likely see coming out of the mouths of the media elites who support the president is the explanation of the trip along the lines of Obama being invited by Karzai. NOT TRUE.

    The administration reached out to the Karzai people at least 3 months ago on this to inform them the president would be coming to mark the Bin Laden anniversary. The little agreement pact or whatever they are calling it is a political ruse. Typical stuff. This administration isn’t too good at keeping their mouths shut about it though.
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    « The Photo That Proves The Truth Of White House Insider-And The Fraud That Is Barack Obama

    The Karzai regime was told to play nice and let the president have his moment. Karzai needs American money and at least some American military presence to ensure his own safety. If those two items are removed he either gets his ass out of Afghanistan or he’s dead within a month. He is hated by some rather powerful tribal forces who are far more hardcore with the Muslim jihad thing than he is. They see him as a propped up pro-Western World political whore.

    They’re right of course. He always has been. The difference now is that Barack Obama is willing to -expletive- right up the ass without a moments hesitation if he don’t play ball with his re-election goals. Not play ball with American military interests. Obama don’t care about that. Or he only cares as much as those interests protect his own re-election campaign. He really needs that second term to finish the job and ensure the real money rolls in for him after the fact. Remember the one term/two term study they did for him a while back I told you about? That thing stuck and Obama and those closest to him want their full payday and that comes with a second term.

    So when Obama’s trap opens up tonight as he addresses the nation and the world, just know that he forced Karzai to let him show up there. That meet up will only make Karzai that much more hated by certain groups in Afghanistan, and therefore that much more at risk when the Americans finally pull out for good, which I also hear Obama’s people want to happen about a month before the vote in November with a lot more “ain’t I just the best president ever” stuff to go along with it.

    Sidenote for you. The old man is doing a little better and I gotta give him some real credit. His work has been outstanding in evening out the playing field. Hope he can stick around because if we pull this off, he deserves a hell of a lot of gratitude from the country. I don’t know how many resources and favors he’s used up in the last few months but it’s gotta be off the chart stuff that you or I can only dream of.

    You’ll see him again. I’m pretty confident of that.

    I know I keep promising a sit down with you but the schedule just keeps filling up for me. Will be in touch though. Def. want to have a talk soon. Will make it happen.

    And you’re doing good work. Keep at it. Your efforts are getting noticed and I may not say it enough. Have I ever? I do appreciate it.

    -WHI

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/05/01/white-house-insider-aint-i-just-the-best-president-ever/

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  394. WM | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 4:36 pm | Like | 56 Comments »
    May Day In Seattle: Occupiers Set Fire At Federal Courthouse, Smash Store And Car Windows…

    Pelosi says “God Bless Them.”

  395. Breitbart is BLOWING UP the Occupier’s involvement conspiring to Blow Up the Cleveland Bridge… BIG TIME-
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    Occupy Leaders Apparently Involved in Bridge Bomb Plot, Suspects Named-

    One of the leaders of the Occupy Cleveland movement, Brandon Baxter, is one of those arrested for today’s terrorist plot to bomb a bridge in Cleveland. Occupier Brandon Baxter appears to have gotten the guidance he sought.

    OCCUPIED — Occupy Cleveland organizer Brandon Baxter gets some shade in the Occupy Cleveland tent in downtown Cleveland on March 21, 2012. Baxter, one of the few remaining members of Occupy Cleveland’s physical presence downtown, said the group has seen a sharp decline in numbers since last October because of increasing disorganization. “We need guidance,” he said.

    Another of today’s suspects is Anthony Hayne, named previously in a report on Occupy Cleveland. “I just want to be very clear: we are not occupying Lakewood,” said Anthony Hayne, who is organizing the information session. Hayne, a Lakewood resident since 2001, said there will be about six or seven members of Occupy Cleveland, which stems from the Occupy Wall Street movement, at the table Saturday.

    Barack Obama embraced the Occupy Movement when he saw his poll numbers sliding. Now, with so called Occupiers calling themselves anarchists and hurling Molotov Cocktails, that’s still apparently not far enough for some. CBS has the names and official complaint here. The plot is now directly linked to the Occupy movement. A Doug Wright, found here on Facebook, also appears to have been involved.

    The official said that during the investigation, several of the suspects repeatedly complained that the Occupy Wall Street movement, which had spread to other cities from New York, wasn’t violent enough.

    Douglas L. Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Monday night on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23.

    The complaint said while the group had not figured out how they would demolish the signs, according to Wright, “the signs are the most important part [of the plan] because they need to make sure everyone knows that the action was against corporate America and the financial system, and not just some random acts.”

    Clearly, their targets are completely aligned with those of any official Occupy movement. When the Tea Party was at its peak, Democrats and news media were quick to blame the Tea Party for any and every violent incident of protest around the country–and then some. How quick will they be to point out the roll of Democrats and even Barack Obama in pushing the Occupy movement, now breeding violence across America?

    Breitbart author and researcher Liberty Chick contributed to this report.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/01/occupy-cleveland-leaders-involved-in-bridge-bomb-plot

  396. “Clearly, their targets are completely aligned with those of any official Occupy movement. When the Tea Party was at its peak, Democrats and news media were quick to blame the Tea Party for any and every violent incident of protest around the country–and then some. How quick will they be to point out the roll of Democrats and even Barack Obama in pushing the Occupy movement, now breeding violence across America?”
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    I’m hoping this little/big backfired plan of Obama and his merry band of domestic terrorists has lit the fuse the House Republicans have been waiting for… With IMPEACHMENT PAPERS in hand and before Obama touches down on US soil back from his PR trip to Astan- He is in the custody of our US Military and frog marched down our White House steps cuffed and stuffed into a waiting US military vehicle!

  397. Mrs. S
    no doubt i’m day late dollar short. #seamayday
    & now signed off for day.

  398. WOW!

    America the Beautiful from UM has some brilliant isights.

    Check out this post. I remember seeing Brenner on Wallace and thinking how uncharacteristically uncomfortable Wallace seemed.

    AmericatheBeautiful
    May 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Very Nice Um…let’s keep vetting.

    The people need to understand what’s at play. Remember the young man that got into the State Department files?? Covering the break with his story—saying he wanted to see McCain’s, Hillary’s and Obama’s passports?? THEN the young man within weeks was found with a bullet into his head in front of church?

    Well that man worked for John O Brennan at TAC… our CounterTerrorism “Czar”
    …and The ex CEO of The Analytics Corporation, now Solera. Brennan was Obama’s consultant in Obama’s 2008 campaign.

    Brennan stepped down from being approved as head of the CIA because he could never have passed through the Congressional approval process. I believe he had his man steal the State Department files info on Obama and his passport travels info…it would have proved more than just embarrassing…and the only man that saw those files ended up with a bullet in his brain in short order.

    James Clapper is supposedly the head of National Security but that is in name only—same as Napolitano in Homeland Security…Brennan is running that show with Obama’s subversive Czar’s team –the team that would never pass Congressional security background checks …That team is running the show.

    Brennan needs to be vetted by the people’s media.

    These videos will interest you …for several reasons

    This interview makes it plain they are not even keeping Clapper informed in any way…hell he could be drugged.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9HEsaHNipY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    This will further enhance your views…watch both embedded here.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/02/10/video-bolton-rips-director-of-national-intelligence-james-clappers-muslim-brotherhood-comments/

    This past Sunday with Chris Wallace, Brennan a scary twisted arrogant guy….start at the 7 minute mark
    Wallace is almost afraid to cross any lines with Brennan and Brennan makes it clear he will call all the shots … Just read the man.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1612276166001/john-brennan-talks-war-on-terror

    Look into the Brennan and his counter terrorism…consider the arsonist in the Middle East and especially Egypt.
    Check out Solera, it’s ties to Homeland Secuity and it acquisitions…in some cases our loss of liberty is simply their profit margin…

    Understand Brennan who was banished from the Bush administration and Brennan’s deep dislike of Cheney.
    Brennan is part and parcel of what we see happening in our country and around the globe … and his vetting will tell us much.

    Revisit the pic of the Osama raid …bet Brennan was not in the inner circle of the informed. Why??

    Open this can of worms UM

  399. PLEASE EMBED!

    It begins.

    Must see Veterans for a Strong America clip. Hits the fothermucker in what’s left of his balls.


  400. Published on May 1, 2012 by v4sa

    America knows who deserves the credit for killing Osama Bin Laden – United States Navy SEALs and the American intelligence community. Join with Veterans for a Strong America and let President Obama know who really deserves the credit.

  401. Media BLACKOUT on white couple attacked by 100 blacks. Couple were both reporters from the local newspaper.

    There’s outrage in Norfolk, Va., today after a white couple was attacked by a group of 100 black teenagers, and the local newspaper did not report on the incident for two weeks, despite the victims being employees of the paper.

    Even today, the Virginian-Pilot did not cover the crime as news, but rather as an opinion piece by columnist Michelle Washington.
    Guess what would have happened had it been 100 whites attacking 2 blacks?

    I hope American whites pull theirs heads out of their butts and acknowledge the new reality: It’s hunting season.

  402. Tell President Obama:

    Our Service members sacrifice to protect the country.

    Not to benefit his political campaign.

    VeteransForaStrongAmerica.org.

    It is heating up in the WH. I would LOVE to see these heroes “swiftboat” the POS not only for using them as props in his campaign material but also for endangering their lives and likely causing the deaths of dozens of SEALS who died in that bizarre Afghanistan helicopter crash.

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