Romney For Economic Recovery, Obama For More Publicity Stunts

Tonight Barack Obama will stage yet another expensive campaign publicity stunt. This time the campaign publicity stunt is not on the basketball court or a late night TV show. The campaign publicity stunt tonight comes from Afghanistan, paid for by the American taxpayers.

Tonight’s Obama publicity stunt is yet another Bin Laden linked campaign publicity stunt on this the one year anniversary of the death of the Islamic terrorist (“Obama to celebrate rare actual accomplishment“). The Occupy White House/golf regularly publicity stunt president has the football spiked and Obama will address the nation on the Bin Laden anniversary live from Afghanistan. Should we repeat that? Obama, Afggagnistan, Bin Laden, oh my!

Tonight’s Obama campaign publicity stunt will be one of many more and is the product of many more earlier campaign publicity stunts. But these publicity stunts are not really going to matter. That’s because Mitt Romney knows IT’S THE ECONOMY.

Mitt Romney is focused on what the American people want: real, not phony, not pie in the sky, not promised, but genuine economic recovery. That’s why the manner and substance of Mitt Romney’s reply to Obama’s attempts to take credit for Seal Team Six’s courage was so spot on. Romney almost ignored the issue, declared c’mon even Jimmy Carter would have given the order to take out Bin Laden in similar circumstances, and continued to talk about the economy.



It’s the economy and Mitt Romney might be a bore but he is not stupid. Mitt Romney also knows that this election might be over on Hillary Clinton’s birthday:

“Why the presidential election could be over at 8:30 a.m., October 26

This may be as good as it gets. Sputter-speed growth of around 2% and a moribund labor market. As the above chart suggests, the recovery is losing momentum. Here’s Goldman economist Jan Hatzius:

Goldman Sachs is turning increasingly bearish on the U.S. economy, expecting the nation to have added only 125,000 new jobs in April, as the effects of a warm winter, which buoyed employment late last year, wear off.

The forecast is far lower than the Reuters estimate of 170,000, and the average 177,250 jobs created every month from December to March. According to a report by the bank’s Chief U.S. Economist Jan Hatzius, the jobs report will be a further sign of a weakening economy, where inventory accumulation has accelerated and final demand growth remains sluggish.

“Real income growth remains soft, partly because of higher energy prices, wealth effects are not yet particularly positive, consumer confidence remains modest, and again some of the recent strength in retail sales probably reflects weather effects,” Hatzius said.

Nothing new there for regular Big Pink readers. We wrote then same thing months ago and the data confirms what we wrote at the time. Hatzius is not alone. Abby Joseph Cohen agrees with Hatzius and this election will get tombstoned on Hillary Clinton’s birthday:

“Wait, the second half will be “more difficult” than the first? We might be lucky to have 2% growth in the first half. The econ team at Citigroup seems equally as sober: “The 1Q GDP data, a month of rising jobless claims, and likely back-to-back moderate gains in non-farm employment should dampen remaining optimism that 2013 would be the year of decisive growth acceleration in the U.S. Why should any other quarter in 2012 be markedly better than 1Q?”

And given the reluctance of big banks to make U.S. recession calls, I have to think that plenty of these folks are worrying we might get a negative quarter at some point this year. Imagine the political shock wave if, say, the third quarter dipped even a smidgen. To use President Obama’s favorite analogy, the U.S. economy would be back in the ditch. And that report would be released by the Commerce Department on Oct. 26, just 11 days before the election.”

Stick to the economy Mitt Romney. Let Obama continue to waste taxpayer dollars on campaign publicity stunts. Soon the bill will come due and Barack Obama will have to pay.

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245 thoughts on “Romney For Economic Recovery, Obama For More Publicity Stunts

  1. My husband was working in front of the TV, on mute and the nincompoop yapping away. I told him to change the channel and he did.

  2. Comment seen on NQ: WSJ article highlights the contrast between Bush and this other guy:

    Obama after the OBL raid:

    “‘I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority . . . even as I continued our broader effort. . . . Then, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community I was briefed . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . And finally last week I determined
    that I had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . ’

    Contrast with Bush after the capture of Saddam Hussein:

    [The capture of Saddam Hussein is] ‘a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.’ He attributed it to “the superb work of intelligence
    analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many
    dangers. . . . Their work continues, and so do the risks.’…

    “He did mention himself at the end: ‘Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.’”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303916904577374552546308474.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

  3. The end of the clip message. Perfect. They are now out for blood. I can’t wait.

    “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.

  4. pm317,

    Dick Morris had a theory today during his lunch break clip. Not sure I agree with all of it. Let me know if you want the link or just google Dick Morris.com

  5. SEAL-boat him?!

    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?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/will-resentful-navy-seals-swift-boat-obama

  6. basil, I was thinking this spiking the ball with bin Laden was a little too early and similar comments were voiced by Hokma on NQ (a commenter I like to read). Wonder why they are that desperate this early?

  7. basil, saw the dickmorris video. I don’t understand how the money can be used to retire the debt. But so be it.

  8. 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.

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

    IIrc, Warren earned her current high income through her own work AFTER graduation, having come from a poor family.

  9. SEALboat him. Good one.

    I was thinking that BO went to Kabul more because of the symbolism of the anniversary of the announcement of OBL’s death on May 2 2011,

    Not sure they expected the kind of response they’re getting but we all know how friggin tone death he and his idiot frat boys are.

    Hope to see more of Veterans for a Strong America and other groups like that. What BO did with his recent insinuation that MR might not have made the call to go after OBL is vintage passive-aggressive BO.

    Just like in the Trayvon case, Instead of coming out and saying blacks are discriminated against he says if he had a son he would look like Trayvon. In other words, black. I wonder of BO knew at the time that sweet little Trayvon had a bottom denture full of gold teeth.

    They’re not so much getting desperate as sloppy and I expect that will continue. The one- ring circus is coming to an end. The one-trick pony has worn out his welcome.

    I hope.

  10. No offense to the poster, I’m sure it was just posted for information ss to what the press was saying about Zimmerman. But before closing the old thread, I just want to say that I think the CS Monitor used some really slimy journalism here. I’m not sold on Zimmerman as a hero, I suspect he was too exciteable and trigger happy to be carrying a gun. But these people making assumptions about his assumptions really disgust me.

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


    April 25th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    From CSMonitor.com

    George Zimmerman: Social justice activist with a gun

  11. pm317
    May 1st, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Saw that comment. Hokma has a point. But you know the administration was going to remind the public of the 1 year anniversary of the OBL killing. This was probably in the works for months.

    Not that it was a good idea the way the B’s handled it. His ego was on full display and after a certain amount of seeing that kind of buffoonery and bloviatiousness the public gets turned off. (I may have just invented i.e. massacred a word)

    IMHO.

  12. As Romney will be the inevitable nominee- I think the Republicans are quickly shifting into second gear because they know Obama is wounded.

    And like any wounded animal, he is getting desperate and dangerous now that he has been exposed with this OWS/Blow up the Cleavland Bridge Boon-doggle.. and the R’s are making haste opening the flood gates of repercussions come at Obama full force for all the fraud and dishonest dealings, signing statements, back end and front end deals, his newly proclaimed role as authoritarian of the US…

    The other shoe has dropped.. with a Big Bang.. and all Hell will be let loose on Obama and his minions!

    Watch and see-

  13. “The other shoe has dropped.. with a Big Bang.. and all Hell will be let loose on Obama and his minions!

    Watch and see-”

    Got the guacomole and chips ready.

    😉

  14. OWS… FAIL

    ZIMMERMAN LYNCHING… FAIL

    OBAMACARE… FAIL

    US vs AZ BORDER CASE… FAIL

    anyone care to add to Obama’s list of failures-
    have at it.. I listed ones off the top of my head..

  15. Got the guacamole and chips ready.
    _____________

    Yep, I think this is what we’ve been waiting for-

  16. Trayvon had a bottom denture full of gold teeth.

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

    Do you have a cite on that? If it’s true, the forensic evidence could hardly have missed it.

  17. I watched the old Dickens “Tale of Two Cities” the other night… it’s history repeating itself once again. If you recall the story, the Occupiers/so-called Revolutionaries turned into the people who precipitated their Revolution. The Guillotine was visted daily by between 75 and 100 people a day after the noblemen were eliminated.

    The same fate will be visited upon us if this metastasized cancerous growth is not removed sooner rather than later from our seat of government before it’s too late.

    The old saying about government, “when you get them in the wrong; keep them there” until you win.. I believe is the working theme from here on in-

  18. Drudge has a good pic calling it ‘Campaign Stop: Kabul’ and Obama is saluting just like Kerry, 😉 wonder if he said ‘reporting for duty’?

  19. Jewish Voters Leaving Obama
    Polling significantly worse than in 2008

    Obama is far behind his 2008 pace with Jewish voters, new polling shows. According to Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner:

    The latest survey of Jewish Americans, conducted March 14-27 by a firm called Knowledge Networks for the American Jewish Committee, shows Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney by a 61%-28% margin. That’s significantly behind Obama’s 78%-21% margin over John McCain among Jewish voters in the 2008 exit poll. …

    Obama gets 72% of the votes of those most concerned with the health care issue, according to the current AJC survey, and 62% among those most concerned about the economy. But Romney leads Obama among those Jews whose major concern was national security issues (44%-42%) and U.S.-Israel relations (44%-42%). Clearly Obama is losing some Jewish voters on foreign policy issues.

    http://freebeacon.com/jewish-voters-leaving-obama/

  20. Come Mr. tallibon, tally me ba-nana….

    (Sounds like something he would say to his Body man, Love or Larry Sinclaire.)

    —–
    Admin

    admin

    He keeps saying “tallibon” as if it is an Harry Belafonte song.

    Good one! 😆

  21. New York Post says on its website

    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.

    If it is true that POS was not in Kabul, how was it endangering the President?

    Is the statement not indirectly confirming the report and in fact endangering the life of President?

  22. Flashpoints on Occupy May Day FIZZLE!

    The Occupy movement targeted May Day as the day “the people of the planet will take to the streets.” Crowds formed in many major cities, joining protesters worldwide on International Workers Day to demand economic equality. But the day remained mostly peaceful. Promised stoppages of mass transportation and commerce by the Occupy movement largely fizzled across the country.

    Overall, there were a modest number of arrests and clashes in a handful of cities. Many of the demonstrators reported splinter groups dressed mostly in black who turned demonstrations violent.

    Here’s a roundup of flashpoints in the United States:

    Seattle

    Mayor Mike McGinn authorized a seizure of potential weapons after crowds of vandals dressed in black known as the “Black Bloc” smashed up banks and other businesses with sticks, batons, and rocks, reports the Seattle Times.

    Niketown and American Apparel downtown were hit. A half dozen Starbucks closed early after stores reported broken windows.

    At least two were arrested during the vandalism spree. Police said the vandals dressed in black were hard to track because they discarded their clothing to blend in with onlookers. Tear gas was used to stop some of the vandals.

    The protesters also took out their anger at the U.S. Court of Appeals building, shooting paint balls at it, shattering glass doors, and attempting to ignite an incendiary device.

    Los Angeles, San Fran, NY @ link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/occupy-may-day-mostly-quiet-160849836.html

  23. Occupy Wall Street #OWS Training:

    Their Target is the Tea Party

    Hundreds of OWS training workshops took place this month throughout the country, in all 50 states, including small rural areas. Inside one of the training workshops, attendees report that OWS is “specifically instructed to go to any and all Tea Party gatherings, rallies, etc., to be confrontational and create havoc and disruption.”

    They are being trained to recruit and enlarge their numbers in their assigned geographic locations, to use the correct messaging, to incite any opponents, engage in confrontation, employ tactics to evade police blockades and create gridlock.

    OWS workshops are extremely organized and clearly well funded. Each workshop had a trainer, DVD’s, handouts and a training manual.

    OWS has deep pockets and they will be providing food, water, entertainment and more… just as we saw last Fall with the gourmet meals, tents, hotel rooms and printing presses for their newspapers.

    OWS is not a grassroots movement, as demonstrated by the training, resources and coordination at their workshops. OWS is orchestrated and organized by George Soros’ MoveOn.org and Media Matters, Van Jones, Steve Lerner, Francis Fox-Piven, Barack Obama, Union leaders (e.g. SEIU, AFL/CIO, UAW), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and other radical far-left anti-American organizations who are dedicated to the destruction of our free market system and the overthrow of our Constitutional form of government.

    Eric Holder, Barack Obama, the Democrat Party – including the Marxist/Communist members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus – and the news and print media are all in bed with OWS.

    …snip…

    Manufacturing chaos via OWS will enable Obama to declare a National Emergency and invoke the unconstitutional powers he has amassed through Executive Order and recent legislation designed to transform our country. Indefinite detainment of Americans without charge or trail, suspending the Constitution and ushering in their new totalitarian form of government, taking over more industries and seizing more of our money and property… that is their goal… to transform our way of life and end Liberty as we know it.

    (a great article – it continues with helpful suggestions on how to deal with these destructive idiots)

    http://gulagbound.com/28728/occupy-wall-street-ows-training-their-target-is-the-tea-party/#.T6CR9XK43b0

  24. Flashpoints on Occupy May Day FIZZLE!

    —–
    Most of the punks come out at night after getting drunk or whatever…there are not enough Ayers type of wackadoodles to get the masses they dream of.

  25. This is why Israel must act now. With his support dropping among
    Jews, he cannot afford to throw Israel under the bus if Bibi
    defends Israel from Iran with a justifiable preemptive strike on Irans
    nukes.

  26. jbstonesfan
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    This is why Israel must act now.
    ________________

    The US should act now and remove Obama from his self appointed dictatorship-

  27. Shadowfax
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    Last thread, good post by Ulsterman and now I know who the ‘old man’ is.
    —————————

    Can you tell us who?

  28. Long time reader (since 2008), first time poster. Just had to let y’all know: The tingle up the leg is back & it feels so good. Chris Matthews tonight actually compared Obama to Henry V, saying his speech in Afghanistan was “just what the troops wanted to hear” (as if Matthews would know what soldiers needed or wanted to hear). The fact that Obama spoke to an empty room as a publicity stunt & Henry V — a true warrior king — fought side by side with his men at Agincourt is irrelevant, I guess. Obama 2012: Fantasy will supersede reality! FORWARD!”

    See the shameless & delusional sycophant here:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/05/01/chris_matthews_i_was_so_proud_of_obama_speaking_to_troops_in_afghanistan.html

  29. Thanks for new post, admin. And certainly all of us enjoy your extra participation in the comments section.
    Last evening ObaMedia was in high gear for The Once. Did their best to portray Romney weak at NYC event where the woman was shouting: it was reported that Romney left early due it and implied Romney retreated, handing wrap-up of that event to Guiliani. I’ve not seen other coverage to know what may happened, but I had to wonder why security did not remove her.

    Seems I’m following lots of R’s on twitter. One of them turned up this, and it is a familiar topic here. You will appreciate this pronouncement of death.
    Twenty Years Later, the New Democrats are Dead
    Posted by Ron Nehring at 3:20 pm on May 01, 2012
    Republicans in 1992 faced a new threat from the Democrat Party, and one which ultimately proved successful for our competitors on the left to win the White House for two terms and capture a large number of the nation’s governorships. That threat was the movement known as the “New Democrats,” led by Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

    BIG SNIP Twenty years ago, Democrats embraced a number of specific policies long supported by Republicans. When those policies were implemented on a bipartisan basis (NAFTA, welfare reform), the results were positive both for the country and voters rewarded many New Democrat candidates at the ballot box. Today, however, from the White House down to campaigns for city hall, we see a Democrat Party that is once again in the hands of its most extreme ideological elements. The results are bad policy, and more divisive politics.
    http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2012/05/01/twenty-years-later-the-new-democrats-are-dead/

  30. oops, market stalled.

    US private sector added 119,000 jobs in April, less than the 175,000 expected – WSJ

  31. Tony Stark 1:14

    I think that knowing who these people are and making that public on this blog might result in bodily harm or even death. I also want to continue to hear the inside information, and that might stop if information is shared like that.

    I understand the curiosity. Maybe Admin can arrange for that to happen privately.

    I feel the insider must be protected.

  32. Our Girl does it again because she is trusted and respected by even our world wide competitores.

    Secretary’s Remarks: Chen Guangcheng
    05/02/2012 07:39 AM EDT

    Chen Guangcheng

    Press Statement
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StateWashington, DC

    May 2, 2012

    I am pleased that we were able to facilitate Chen Guangcheng’s stay and departure from the U.S. embassy in a way that reflected his choices and our values. I was glad to have the chance to speak with him today and to congratulate him on being reunited with his wife and children.
    Mr. Chen has a number of understandings with the Chinese government about his future, including the opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe environment. Making these commitments a reality is the next crucial task. The United States government and the American people are committed to remaining engaged with Mr. Chen and his family in the days, weeks, and years ahead.This is the magic that she does so well including keeping my engine running sowell.Remember THE 4 R’s that we must always be aware of (The Bait Obama uses to lure his misguided STASHSEEKERS)

    1 RESTITUTION
    2 RETRIBUTION
    3 REDISTRIBUTION
    4 REVOLUTION

  33. The magic of Hillary every day.

    Burma – National League for Democracy and Parliament

    Press Statement
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of StateWashington, DC

    May 2, 2012

    Only eighteen months ago, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest. Today, the pro-democracy leader and several other members of the National League for Democracy have taken their newly won seats in Burma’s parliament. For the first time in the country’s history, Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her party will have a role and voice in government.

    I would like to send my congratulations to these pro-democracy leaders, other newly elected Members of Parliament, and the hundreds of thousands of voters for their courage and commitment to achieving a more representative and responsive government. President Thein Sein and his government have also taken important strides toward democracy and national reconciliation.

    This is an important moment for Burma’s future. A genuine transition toward multi-party democracy leading to general elections in 2015 will help build a more prosperous society. I encourage all political parties, civil society representatives and ethnic minority leaders to work together to address challenges and seize new opportunities for a more democratic, free, peaceful, and prosperous future.

  34. So the fact that Anonymous anarchists have been deeply involved in OWS from the start, not just “hanging around the edges” as some claim, is starting to be more evident to a lot of people. One OWS organizer had a rare moment of honesty on MSNBC:

    Harrison Schultz, a leader of the Occupy Wall Street movement, was interviewed on MSNBC today. Tamron Hall asked him what OWS had been up to in the recent months.

    His reply: “We never left. We were just tired. I mean anarchy isn’t easy.”

    I’m seeing many OWS defenders no longer denying that the anarchists and communists and radicals are even around in any great numbers (which is what they were saying before.) Now they’ve shifted to “well, you can’t control who shows up when you hold a protest”.

    Sure you can. You can confront them when they show up. You can publicly go on camera and say that radical communists and anarchists are NOT welcome. You can carry signs pointing at the “infiltrators” as NOT WITH US. You know, all the things that the teapartiers did when a few dickheads showed up at their rallies. You can exclude them from your tents and organizational meetings and planning sessions.

    The creeps have been part of the movement from day one, and OWS has made no effort at all to expel them, and has in fact welcomed them. Saying that “MOST of us are peaceful and didn’t bust any windows” doesn’t negate that association that they themselves accepted and encouraged, or the central role of these radicals in planning and organizing OWS from the get-go.


  35. Think things are going to get much worse….just in.

    BREAKING NEWS: March factory orders fall 1.5 percent, largest drop in three years – Reuters

  36. Goldberg rips Matthews

    Classic quote: there are only 2 groups in America who see EVERYTHING that happens in racial terms: skinheads and liberals. Liberals are hard core leftists and the hordes of ignoranti who get swept along in the undertow. Once upon a time, liberals were not like that. But remember at the conclusion of the primary a fight emerged within the party between the centrist and the leftists and some of us said at the time that once that fight was over the party would become one thing. They have, and frankly, what they have become is so bad, that they make the Republicans look good, if only by comparison. The people running the party today are the promise and fulfillment of the Orwellian quote I have posted here too many times. Race and unlimited power are their only obsessions. The American People are their cannon fodder.


  37. Think things are going to get much worse….just in.

    BREAKING NEWS: March factory orders fall 1.5 percent, largest drop in three years – Reuters
    —————————
    Obama needs to get off the campaign stump, fly to China, get our the knee pads and assume the position. Somehow the image of that befits him.

  38. Obama is too busy campaigning and phot-opping to give a shit about the economy, i think he seriously just wants to enjoy his last 6 months and spend as much money on himself as possible.

  39. I do not see how half the population sees no correlation between our economic malaise and dwindling future prospects, and the serial failures of the goldbricking preening asshole in the White House, whose only goal is self promotion and stealing from the American People to reward his cronies. That is all there is to the man. Nothing more. Nothing as in . . zero. He has not evolved one iota beyond his Rezko days. Even if you want a sugar daddy, and support him for that reason, there is that line from Irving Berlin when the cupboard is bare, and government largess turn to miserly:

    He’s your guy
    When stocks are high
    But beware when they start to descend

    Its then that those louses
    Go back to their spouse
    Diamonds are a girls best friend.

  40. Classic bumpersticker:

    Want more economic failure?
    Vote for Barack!

    or

    Double down on Failure
    Because he is black?

  41. Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)

    Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:56AM EDT

    1 Comment
    A week ago I wrote:

    Like the Great Oz, the Democrats prefer no one pay attention to the economic disaster behind the curtains. I have run a great many campaigns. Each has a real narrative focus. The goal of the campaign is to try to stay on that narrative focus and not get distracted by the team worried about losing. The Democrats’ antics reveal they are deeply worried about losing. They cannot fight on the issue that is singularly at play in this election — Barack Obama’s bungling of the economy, so they must try to force Mitt Romney to play elsewhere.

    Now Mr. Obama has gone to Afghanistan to address the nation for seven minutes.

    It’s hard to combat Barack Obama going to Afghanistan — his first war zone visit in 17 months — when our guy flew in a fighter jet, landed on an aircraft carrier, and gave a speech in front of a “Mission Accomplished” sign. We may know the differences, but the average voter does not. It’s not worth our time and effort trying to set the record straight because it is all a distraction anyway.

    What the average voter does know that we can use are two things that are not distractions.

    First, Barack Obama made it all about himself. His repeated spiking the football and his Tourette’s Syndrome like need to throw out the words “I”, “me”, and “my” about every moment of his Presidency grate on most Americans, not just Republicans. Even some of his supporters have suggested his dragging Osama Bin Laden’s metaphorical corpse through the town square these past few days was a bit much.

    Second, it’s the economy and it remains the economy.

    The Romney campaign, you, and me must keep bring it back to the economy.

    It’s all well and good the President gave the order to get Osama Bin Laden. Perhaps he needs to send SEAL Team 6 in to rescue the economy too.

    Don’t get distracted. Barack Obama wants this election to be about anything and everything except the issue voters care most about — the economy.

    In 1992, President George H. W. Bush, facing a struggling economy, touted his foreign policy and national security credentials. Then Governor Bill Clinton was not afraid to acknowledge those credentials, suggesting it was a shame President Bush had not been as successful at saving the economy as he was saving Kuwait.

    Then Governor Clinton became President. He did not get distracted.

  42. You know, it is like if a tree falls, does it make noise? Obama went all the way to Afghanistan and made a speech aimed at people here and nobody seems to care. And most people who are not as political as we are, seem to scratch their heads and say, why did he go all the way for that? Again, there was no build up to make it a legit trip even for the uninitiated. Not Romney but all his supporters should point this out. I am thinking this will not even be close by November.

  43. Obama The Polarizer By Jay Cost)

    (Or What The Ignoranti who still support him fail to understand because they think they are smart and are really stupid.
    ——————————————–
    I can’t recall seeing the president (Obama) engage in an “honest process of give-and-take” with his opponents, at least not in public; instead, he has mischaracterized their positions at every opportunity. And he never once tried to constrain the Democrats when they were in the majority; instead, his notion of “bipartisanship” was the phony version that he decried in 2006.

    Does this mean that Obama is the cause of the polarization of the current age? I would say no. As the above graph makes clear, polarization obviously predates January 2009. Nevertheless, he still deserves more than a little blame for it. Not only did he make no good faith efforts to restore comity, as he promised he would, he has systematically endeavored to exploit this yawning ideological divide for his own political gain.

    And so, partly due to factors beyond his control, partly due to his political approach, Obama is on track to have the most polarizing first term in the postwar era.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-obama-polarizer_643067.html

  44. admin
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    He keeps saying “tallibon” as if it is an Harry Belafonte song.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    The mere sound of his voice is grating to me. I think he tries to come off as “I’m smarter than you, this is how you correctly pronounce it: Pok-ee-stahn”.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    admin
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    He’s mentioned at least twice that he is “commander in chief”. What a pig.
    &&&&&&&&&
    Agreed, it’s overbearing.

  45. The mere sound of his voice is grating to me.
    ———————-
    He is repulsive to look at and repulsive to listen to. He is a scam artist and that is all he is.

  46. Shadowfax: “Last thread, good post by Ulsterman and now I know who the ‘old man’ is.”

    Pray tell…?

  47. Shadowfax
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Come Mr. tallibon, tally me ba-nana….

    (Sounds like something he would say to his Body man, Love or Larry Sinclaire.)

    You craack me up. Day-O was one of the songs I always taught the lower grades during Black History Month. It’s actually Tally Man, as in a labor boss who would count the number of bananas each worker picked down on the Caribbean plantation.

    “Come Mr. Tally Man, Tally me bananas” as in count the number of bananas I’ve picked so I can get paid.

    But I love your interpretation. 😉

  48. pm317
    May 2nd, 2012 at 10:45 am

    April TV stats show CNN WAY down so n o one’s watching it in the US but as i said a fw days ago, while I was in Europe CNN was practically the ONLY reliably accessible English news channel. Interesting. Fits in with OWG.

  49. Big diplomatic flap now with China demanding an apology from the US for accepting the blind Chinese protester in the US embassy.

    “Obama needs to get off the campaign stump, fly to China, get our the knee pads and assume the position. Somehow the image of that befits him.”

    Think that’s in the script.

  50. http://www.dickmorris.com/obama-gives-away-our-sovereignty-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

    This just can’t be true . . .

    But I do think he is dangerous as hell in the final months of his presidency. Morris says Obama will push this international court of justice treaty through in the next few month, which would make our civilian and military leaders who initiate future wars to protect US strategic interests subject to prosecution in that court, unless those actions are approved by the Security Counsel meaning Russia and China. What he does not say is that a treaty of this nature would require 2/3 support and the DIMS do not have 66 votes. Even if the leaners like Murkowski, Snowe and Collins folded Obama would still not have enough votes to ratify such a treaty. And you might get somebody like Joe Manchin (D-WV) to cross party lines and vote against it, so I do think this is not a major threat extant. But I would still like to know where Hillary stands on this. My guess is she sees it mainly in the context of a Miloshevik type of action, and would not intend to tie the hands of our commanders. Remember, she had 36 flag officers who supported her candidacy whereas the Messiah had only one, who had the shortest tenure in history and was universally despised by his troops–McPeak of course.

    http://www.dickmorris.com/obama-gives-away-our-sovereignty-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

  51. Broken Promises: Jobs and the economy.


    Don’t know if this has been embedded but if not, admin can you lease embed. Stark stats. Follow-up to MR’s recent release called Broken Promises: Obama isn’t working.


    BrOken PrOmises with the O as a BO symbol. Works for me as a bumper sticker.

  52. Impromptu? sure. For Julianna Goldman? Of course.
    Cakewalk | Washington Free Beacon
    President Obama’s trip to Afghanistan, which lasted just 6 hours and 5 minutes, ended with birthday cake for the President and the White House press corps even as Kabul erupted in violence, according to the pool report. The impromptu party occurred during the flight last night from Bagram Airfield as the president led the press cabin in a round of “Happy Birthday” after serving birthday cake, complete with a lit candle, to Bloomberg reporter Julianna Goldman, according to Politico’s Josh Gerstein, who was aboard Air Force One. Goldman, who moderated a Republican primary debate in October, belongs to a family that has been prominent in Democratic politics and fundraising for some time. Her ex-husband is David Shuster, the former MSNBC daytime host who used to guest-anchor Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. Her parents are Democratic donors and power-players in Washington. Her mother, Barbara Goldberg Goldman, sits on the Executive Committee of the National Jewish Democratic Council. The NJDC, a 501c4, is an arm of the Democratic Party tasked with liaising between the party and the Jewish community. Goldberg Goldman frequently hobnobs with Democratic power players like DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and in 2008 was co-chair of the Obama campaign’s Jewish Community Leadership team. She is also a frequent reader and Facebook commenter of the Washington Free Beacon. Barbara Goldberg Goldman contributed at least $1,000 to DSCC in 2010, $714 to DNC in 2010, and $500 this year to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s Senate campaign. The Huffington Post reports that her donations to Democrats in 2008 totaled $5,425.
    As Obama celebrated with the press pool, Kabul erupted into violence after the president’s departure at the end of a secretive trip yesterday to sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Afghan officials reported seven dead and 17 wounded in a suicide attack on a compound that houses Westerners. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    http://freebeacon.com/cakewalk/

  53. Meet the First Obama Girlfriend

    ________________________________________

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/02/obama-girlfriend-revealed

    It only took nearly six years for the media to begin vetting President Obama’s past.
    Today, Vanity Fair released an excerpt from a new biography of Barack Obama by David Maraniss. The excerpt discusses Barack Obama’s first love affair, with a white Australian woman named Genevieve Cook. It’s a telling examination of who Obama was as a young man — and it shows a self-absorbed “internationalist” with delusions of grandeur.
    *************************************************************************
    The most telling part of this expose, however, lies in Obama’s friends and actions. All of Obama’s friends were Pakistani – Hasan Chandoo, Wahid Hamid, Sohale Siddiqi, Beenu Mahmood. As Mahmood described to Maraniss:

    He could see Obama slowly but carefully distancing himself as a necessary step in establishing his political identity as an American. For years when Barack was around them, he seemed to share their attitudes as sophisticated outsiders who looked at politics from an international perspective. He was one of them, in that sense. But to get to where he wanted to go he had to change.
    ************************************************************************************
    When he first moved to New York, he was in the midst of an affair with Alexandra McNear, a girl from Occidental. They exchanged a series of purple letters with one another – turgid missives from overfevered young minds. Here, for example, is tendentious Obama explaining
    But the heart of the Maraniss excerpt surrounds Obama’s relationship with Genevieve Cook, whom he met when he was 22 and she was 25. He picked her up at a party, and they were together for several months. Her diary is as purple as his writing:

    Obama wrote about Genevieve in Dreams from My Father, although he didn’t mention her by name. He even inserted incidents into their past that weren’t there, as even he admitted, playing up their racial tensions. Perhaps the most entertaining portion of this excerpt is Genevieve recounting a race she ran with Obama; after she beat him, Obama “continued to feel a bit unsettled by it all weekend … I told him I didn’t feel that good about winning, and he promptly replied probably cos of feelings of guilt about beating a man.” War on women alert!
    ******************************************************************.
    In other words, Obama embraced his quasi-Americanism not because he believed it, but because it was a tool to the fulfillment of his political aspirations. Obama, while he made noises about discarding leftist radicalism, continued to associate with groups like the far-left New York Public Interest Research Group.
    ************************************************
    The major takeaway from the Maraniss piece has nothing to do with Obama, however. It has to do with the media. Only after years of urging the media to vet Obama has anyone in the mainstream media begun to do it – and only after Andrew Breitbart called out the media for failing to vet him.

    In the end, what we find out about Obama is what we already suspected: he was deeply narcissistic, pretentious, and in his own mind, an outsider to America. His relationship with Genevieve underscores all of that. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t seem to have changed since those halcyon days in New York.

  54. Big diplomatic flap now with China demanding an apology from the US for accepting the blind Chinese protester in the US embassy.

    “Obama needs to get off the campaign stump, fly to China, get our the knee pads and assume the position. Somehow the image of that befits him.”

    Think that’s in the script.
    ————————–
    No he should send Jesse Jackson.

    If Obama goes, he will give up our sovereignty.

    He would do anything for that opportunity.

    If China gives it to him, then they will own him and through him us.

    By the way, this is a non-issue. The economy is all that counts.

  55. The composite girlfriends looks an AWFUL lot like he PO’s mother. See previous link.

    (Politico) — One of the more mysterious characters from President Obama’s 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father is the so-called ‘New York girlfriend.’ Obama never referred to her by name, or even by psuedonym, but he describes her appearance, her voice, and her mannerisms in specific detail.

    But Obama has now told biographer David Maraniss that the ‘New York girlfriend’ was actually a composite character, based off of multiple girlfriends he had both in New York City and in Chicago.

    “During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a “compression” of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago,” Maraniss writes in his new biography, an excerpt of which was published online today by Vanity Fair.

    Though Dreams From My Father is an autobiography, and hence non-fiction, Obama makes no mention of this “compression,” nor is their any note by the publisher, Broadway Books. In fact, Obama only acknowledged the “compression” after Maraniss learned that Cook had no recollection of some of the events at which Obama said she was present.

    Broadway Books, a division of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  56. George Zimmerman: Defense team creates gzlegalcase.com to discuss George Zimmerman’s case – WPIX
    …On the blog, GZLegalCase.com, O’Mara’s firm acknowledges it is “unusual” to “maintain a social media presence on behalf of a defendant. First, we contend that social media in this day and age cannot be ignored,” the site says. “We feel it would be irresponsible to ignore the robust online conversation, and we feel equally as strong about establishing a professional, responsible, and ethical approach to new media.” The website has a blog-style format, with posts in reverse chronological order. The Twitter account, @GzlegalCase, has been used to tweet links to blog posts and discredit imitators. On Facebook, Zimmerman’s defense solicited reader input on the subject of $200,000 in donations Zimmerman gathered through his original website. More than 300 people have responded.
    O’Mara did not respond to numerous requests for comment. However, late Monday, Zimmerman’s defense posted an update on its blog in response to “a lot of press today regarding the online presence we have put in place for the defense of George Zimmerman.” In the post, Zimmerman’s legal team acknowledges that its use of social media is “relatively unprecedented. We repeat our contention that social media in this day and age cannot be ignored, and it would be, in fact, irresponsible to ignore the robust online conversation,” the new post says. The post goes on to explain that O’Mara’s office was deluged with requests after he took on the case, and social media “is the obvious answer.”
    However, the post says the defense team won’t use its online presence “as a vehicle” either to comment on or disclose evidence in the case, nor to “comment on the character of” Trayvon Martin or his family or supporters….
    http://www.wpix.com/news/nationworld/os-george-zimmerman-defense-website-20120430,0,6458225.story

    basil @2:15 bumpersticker. Yep. Me too.

  57. Whooooooooooops……

    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV) has announced that he will not endorse Barack Obama for re-election, stating, “[the president] has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia’s economy, coal and the energy industry, out of business.”

    This was not unexpected; the Obama campaign had already admitted that the past few years under Obama have been rotten for West Virginia. Tomblin is running for re-election and is vulnerable to a Republican challenger.

    This is certainly a welcome sign for Mitt Romney’s campaign. While West Virginia voted for Bush twice, and went for McCain in 2012, it borders battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. “Neither President Obama nor Governor Romney has earned my vote at this point,” said Tomblin, accusing Obama of undertaking policies that would “destroy the economic fabric of our state.”

  58. Some Bin Laden news:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17907764

    This happened exactly one year before Bin Laden was killed in a secret operation of the US Navy Seals in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, located some 300km (186 miles) to the north-east of this remote tribal compound.

    The shock of his death prompted one of his former hosts to tell close friends about this unexpected visit, which is how I came to know about it.

    After some persuasion, I was able to speak to two of the men who’d met Bin Laden on that occasion. Both requested that their names and locality be kept secret.

    During the three hours Bin Laden spent with them, they said he offered prayers, rested, and ate the lamb chops, chicken curry and rice they’d prepared for him and his entourage. [snip]

    Following Bin Laden’s death a year later, both Pakistani and American officials had insisted that the al-Qaeda chief had lived in total seclusion for nearly five years, without once leaving his Abbottabad compound.

    That would seem not to be the case. And many questions remain unanswered.

    The area where he showed up in 2010 is in the middle of a vast tribal hinterland which was, and to an extent still is, the focus of a number of military operations against militants. Troops stationed there were on high alert and had set up dozens of security checkpoints to monitor commuters along both regular and rarely frequented routes.

    How did he get past those posts undetected?

    http://gizmodo.com/5906940/this-treasure-hunter-says-he-has-located-bin-ladens-body

    Warren—who claims he has discovered more than 200 shipwrecks during his career as a treasure-hunter—says that bin Laden’s body is still at that same location, deep under water. His thought is that, since the Navy weighted down the bag, the body hasn’t moved from where it was dropped. He is now trying to rent Russian deep diving equipment to locate his payload, and to conduct DNA tests once he finds him.

    At least, that’s what he believes. He says he pinpointed the drop point from photos recently released by the US Navy.

    Warren is now in Azerbaijan, apparently working for their government in a contract to locate some old ships. But he is ready to start the diving for Osama’s body bag: he says he’s aiming at starting the mission on June 1, and that he may be able to find the body in “under a week.” He also claims that the search would last a maximum of three months. He declares that his only fear is that the US Government would kill him or sink his boat.

  59. jeswezey
    Shadowfax: “Last thread, good post by Ulsterman and now I know who the ‘old man’ is.”

    Pray tell…?

    —–
    He is talking about the Wall Street Insider as the Old Man. They must know each other well enough that the Insider saw him and reported on his health improving a little. They don’t know if he ill live until the election.

  60. BASIL99

    Come Mr. tallibon, tally me ba-nana….

    (Sounds like something he would say to his Body man, Love or Larry Sinclaire.)

    You craack me up. Day-O was one of the songs I always taught the lower grades during Black History Month. It’s actually Tally Man, as in a labor boss who would count the number of bananas each worker picked down on the Caribbean plantation.

    “Come Mr. Tally Man, Tally me bananas” as in count the number of bananas I’ve picked so I can get paid.

    ——-
    Good to know what Belafonte was saying, thanks. 😉

  61. Warren is now in Azerbaijan, apparently working for their government in a contract to locate some old ships. But he is ready to start the diving for Osama’s body bag

    —-
    Those must have been some freakin’ amazing photos that the Navy released if this guy could find a needle in the middle of the ocean, looking at them.

    2 years in a weighted down body bag…good luck finding the pieces Mr. Warren. Don’t quit your day job.

  62. Notice how instead of vetting Obama and searching for the transcripts, Big Media instead spends resources searching for those asking to have Obama vetted?

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/01/10000-bounty-offered-online-for-obama-college-transcripts/

    The Daily Caller has identified the owner of a website that promised on Tuesday to pay $10,000 to anyone who can provide an authentic copy of President Barack Obama’s course transcripts from his days at Occidental College, Harvard University or Columbia University.

    Although its one-page website is presented anonymously, conservative blogger Brooks Bayne confirmed to The Daily Caller that he is responsible for it.

    Bayne told TheDC that a group of eight people – including some he called “recognizable” figures – are coordinating the effort to make Obama’s college transcripts public, Bayne told The Daily Caller. He declined to name any of them.

    We are doing this because we are tired of the media not doing their job,” he said. ”We are tired of the PR propaganda coming out of places like Media Matters, and we are tired of this administration stonewalling over things like Fast and Furious.”

    “We are tired of a lot of things.”

    The $10,000 reward, he explained, is “absolutely” real and will be paid to anyone who can provide any verifiable college transcripts belonging to Obama. Bayne said his organization’s members plan to pool their money to raise the cash prize, and added that the amount could grow if others step forward to contribute.[snip]

    Bayne confirmed that neither Gov. Mitt Romney nor his presidential campaign is involved with his group’s effort, or with the $10,000 reward for Obama’s college transcripts. The question itself prompted a laughing fit that lasted for roughly 20 seconds. He also insisted that there are no right-wing pressure groups — what he called “shadow groups” and “beltway douche-bag groups” — pulling the strings.

    But like right-leaning groups in Washington, D.C., Bayne believes media outlets have given President Obama a free pass on his personal history. And because academic records are an indication of a candidate’s intellect and seriousness, he said, Obama’s college transcripts are fair game,

    But for some reason, he mused, no one has been able to find Obama’s. ”But they sure found George Bush’s college transcripts, didn’t they?”

    The website advertising Bayne’s $10,000 bounty reads like a direct challenge to the press.

    You’ve failed, media,” it says.

    You’ve had over three years to vet President Barack Obama. Yet in three years in office and over a year of campaigning beforehand, you have either been oddly uninterested or purposefully ignorant of Barack Obama’s educational history.”

    Finding the president’s transcripts, the website adds, “would represent more intellectual curiosity about the leader of the free world than the media has demonstrated since Obama won the Democrat primary.”

    The statement provides a link to the college transcripts of former President George W. Bush, which The New Yorker published in November 1999, a full year before his election to the presidency.

    “Media, your stranglehold on the truth ends NOW. Let the vetting begin,” the website proclaims.

    The statement is signed “Bellum Letale,” a Latin expression meaning “deadly war.”

  63. Worst excuse of all time as suggested by some posters?

    NAH, BO ATE THE DOG WHICH ATE MY HOMEWORK IS BETTER.

    Elizabeth Warren: I Only Lied About Being A Minority So I Could Be Invited To Lunch With Native Americans…

    Could be the worst excuse of all time.

    Via Boston Herald:

    Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, fending off questions about whether she used her Native American heritage to advance her career, said today she enrolled herself as a minority in law school directories for nearly a decade because she hoped to meet other people with tribal roots.

    “I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am. Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it and so I stopped checking it off,” said Warren.

    The Harvard Law professor argued she didn’t use her minority status to get her teaching jobs, and slammed her Republican rival U.S. Sen.Scott Brown for suggesting otherwise.

  64. admin, please embed. We need a dogs-eye view story. Can’t separate clip from story

    Blind Golden Retriever befriends dog at hospital who becomes his guide

    Tanner, born blind and suffering from seizures, is led on leash by fellow pooch, Blair, at Okla. clinic

    Tanner, a blind Golden Retriever in Tulsa, Okla., met a compatible seeing canine named Blair at the Woodland West Animal Hospital.
    It was a rough life for Tanner, a blind Golden Retriever suffering from epilepsy — until he found a four-legged friend to be his eyes.

    Blair, a 1-year-old Black Labrador with a troubled past, grabs hold of Tanner’s leash and leads him around the Tulsa, Okla. animal hospital they call home, staff there told the Daily News on Monday.
    “They go out every time,” said Karen Miller, Woodland West Animal Hospital’s practice manager. “It’s amazing to see them together.”
    Tanner was born blind 2-1/2 years ago and had a home until his owner died in 2010. He bounced around between a foster family and the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, which currently owns him.

    The rescue group placed him at the animal hospital last December to care for his seizures, which cause him to be incontinent and “go into a biting frenzy,” Miller said.
    It wasn’t until he met Blair, who arrived at the hospital after being found homeless and shot, that staff noticed a change.

    “One day [Blair and Tanner] were exercising in a play yard together,” Woodland West vet Dr. Mike Jones told local ABC affiliate KTUL. “Blair all of a sudden seemed to realize that Tanner was blind and just started to help him around.”

    Since meeting, Tanner’s seizures have become less frequent, while Blair has become less anxious, hospital staff said.

    “We’ve worked with a lot of different service dogs to provide these services for people,” Jones told ABCNews.com. “But it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this, the special relationship these two dogs have.”

    Officials are hoping someone will adopt the pair together. It would be a heartwarming ending for a pair that faced being euthanized, said Pamela Denny, vice-president of Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue.

    “I’m sure we will be able to place them,” Denny said. “It’s about finding the right home to love them.”

    eortiz@nydailynews.com

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/blind-golden-retriever-befriends-dog-hospital-guide-article-1.1070177


  65. Disabled fish (poss nitrate poisoning is being helped by the younger, more able fish, to the surface to feed.

    OK. I couldn’t resist. Couldn’t find my fav of a disable black koi carried to the aquarium top by a gold.

  66. Islam – the real truth is more basic than religion or culture…it goes back to the caves when the MAN with the biggest club or the most agressive behavior ruled the clan, raped the most women, spread the most ‘seeds’ and was killed off by the upcoming alpha male. Might makes right, keep the smaller species uneducated and preggers.

    Islamic men still love their caves and their ‘religion’ is just their PC way of trying to excuse their hatred of women.

    Cufk all of their Sheria lovin’ asses… Arm those women and see if they choose to be submissive to their masters or not.

  67. I love that dog buddy story. These two sure deserve to have a best friend and someone to spend their lives with.

    Awesome.

  68. What the heck is wrong with Debbie W S hair?
    A bad perm or just a bad hair day EVERY day.

  69. Kerry in Egypt again. Another reason to hope Romney can win or this 1% elitist lefty
    will replace Hillsry as our SOS.

  70. Minor details which are a wee tad searing in IBD.

    One little-noticed provision of the agreement Obama and Karzai signed Tuesday, however, is that American troops will remain in Afghanistan for not one, not two, not even three more years. They will be there for 12 more years, until 2024, helping. So, John McCain was correct after all about lengthy U.S. troop stationings.

    In his speech last night the president noted the more than a half-million Americans who’ve served in Afghanistan. But in remarks that Obama wanted focused on an optimistic end to the conflict, he failed to mention the 1,957 Americans who’ve died there since 2001, 68% of them during his presidency. And 93 in the last 122 days.

    Nor, as it turns out, could the politically-inclined president of the United States find room anywhere among his 1,556 words for the seven letters that could make his surges and all those sacrifices seem more worthwhile: “victory.”

  71. IBD

    news.investors.com/article/609958/201205020818/obama-visits-afghanistan-to-talk-troop-withdrawal-speech-text.htm?p=full

  72. Someone commplained about Elizabeth Warren now having money. Here’s how she earned it. (Hint: her father was neither a governor nor an auto executive.)

    Elizabeth learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing middle class families. When she was twelve, her dad suffered a heart attack. The store where he worked changed his job and cut his pay, and the medical bills piled up. The family lost their car, and her mom went to work answering phones at Sears to pay the mortgage.

    Elizabeth got her first job at nine, babysitting for a family across the street from her house. She started waiting tables at 13 at her Aunt Alice’s Mexican restaurant. All three of her brothers served in the military. She got married at 19, and after graduating from college, started teaching in elementary school. Her first baby, a daughter Amelia, was born when Elizabeth was 22.

    When Amelia was two, Elizabeth started law school. Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born. She practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching. Elizabeth has been a law professor at Harvard for nearly 20 years and has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and more than a hundred articles.
    http://elizabethwarren.com/elizabeth

  73. turndownobama
    May 2nd, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Someone commplained about Elizabeth Warren now having money. Here’s how she earned it. (Hint: her father was neither a governor nor an auto executive.)
    &&&&&

    Turndown, interesting that you usually seem to find stuff that is supportive of Obama’s chosen people…like Warren.

    Jus’ sayin’…

  74. admin
    May 2nd, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Notice how instead of vetting Obama and searching for the transcripts, Big Media instead spends resources searching for those asking to have Obama vetted?
    &&&&&

    Good one.

  75. Remember when Hillary was accused of ‘lying’ because she said she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary? That was what her family had told her.

    Now Warren is being accused of ‘lying’ because she once listed herself as having Indian ancestry — which her family believes and told her.

    If they’ve found one of 32 that definately was Indian, that doesn’t mean the other 31 were definately something else. It just means they haven’t found out one way or the other yet.

    At least they seem to have dropped the accusation that she received or applied for Affirmative Action! Though of course it will go on bouncing around the lower levels, like accusations against the Clintons.

    Now it seems to be down to accusing various university people of thought crimes: of wanting her as a token Indian even though there’s no evidence of them having said so.


    Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic challenger to Sen. Scott P. Brown in the closely watched Senate race in Massachusetts, released statements Monday night from officials at all of the law schools where she has taught insisting that her hiring was based on merit, not ancestry.
    [….]
    The Warren campaign confirmed Monday that Warren had listed herself as a minority member in a legal directory, but that she had done nothing wrong and that Brown was creating smoke where there was no fire.

    The Warren campaign has offered no hard proof that she is of American Indian heritage. But neither has the Brown campaign proved that she has benefited personally from the claim.

    On Monday night, officials involved in her hiring at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas and the University of Houston Law Center all said that she was hired because she was an outstanding teacher, and that her lineage was either not discussed or not a factor.
    [….]
    Officials at the University of Texas said Monday that electronic records listed Warren as white. “Based on a preliminary search of electronic records, her ethnicity group is white,” said Annela Lopez, the university’s open records coordinator.

    At a campaign stop earlier Monday, Brown had sought to distance himself from the controversy while at the same time stoking it. “I haven’t accused her of anything,” Brown told reporters in South Boston as he encouraged them to continue investigating the matter.

    Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma, has said that her maternal ancestors were members of the Cherokee and Delaware tribes, an assertion that she said was based on “family lore.”

    The immediate issue is whether she allowed Harvard Law School to represent her as a minority member in the 1990s when the school was under attack for failing to hire a diverse faculty. The Brown campaign pointed out that Warren had listed herself as a minority member in a directory of the Association of American Law Schools, a legal reference book, starting in 1986, when she was teaching at the University of Texas, through 1995, when she moved from the University of Pennsylvania to Harvard.

    [[ Doesn’t Brown’s campaign have anything better to do? ]]

    When Warren was appointed to the Harvard faculty in 1995, The Harvard Crimson hailed the move because she was a woman, with no mention of any ethnic lineage. She became the 10th female professor out of 69 members of the law school faculty, The Crimson said.

    The matter erupted Friday when The Boston Herald reported that Harvard Law School identified Warren in a 1996 article in The Crimson as American Indian in an effort to appear diverse.

    [[ So where’s that alleged 1996 article? ]]

  76. rgb,

    Warren’s not much of a ‘chosen person’ of Obama’s. She created an agency for watching for bank fraud — so Obama passed her over and hired a man to run it!

  77. Now they’ve shifted to “well, you can’t control who shows up when you hold a protest”.

    Sure you can. You can confront them when they show up. You can publicly go on camera and say that radical communists and anarchists are NOT welcome. You can carry signs pointing at the “infiltrators” as NOT WITH US. You know, all the things that the teapartiers did when a few dickheads showed up at their rallies. You can exclude them from your tents and organizational meetings and planning sessions.

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

    Well, if they showed up with signs, maybe you could. Or if they stand up in a meeting and read an International Workers of the World manifesto, you could.

    But if they show up looking ordinary and talk sane, how are you going to know? Do a TSA pat-down to see if they’re carrying molotov cocktails? Scan to see if they’re Card Carrying Members of the International Anarchist Party?

    I don’t think that wearing a beard is really conclusive, nowadays….

  78. Re: Shadowfax
    May 2nd, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I have talked to DWS in person. That is her natural curl to her hair; it is natural like her ability to obfuscate and lie like a sailor. I so want her, Bill Nelson, and what’s her name? Corrin Waters DEFEATED. They are poster children for what is wrong with politics.

    I saw a neat bumper sticker: The Government is not your Babies’ Daddy.

    Off on my trip; thanks Basil99 for the well wishes. You all always do a great job holding down the fort.

  79. Hey what do you know.. I drove alongside Romney’s campaign bus on Tuesday afternoon. He was in VA yesterday.

  80. So all white girlfriends of Obama’s are coming out of the woodwork now. I didn’t know there was so much talk of being white, being black in his book, Dreams.. His white half is so racist.

  81. ha ha; white half so racist LOL
    ——————
    Democratic Convention Fundraising Lags – WSJ.com Updated May 3rd
    …Now, one set of donors the party was banking on—organized labor—says it won’t help pay for the event or will scale back contributions, partly because it is upset that the convention will be in a state considered unfriendly to unions. Labor unions chipped in $8.6 million of the $60.5 million the party spent in 2008 in Denver. This year, a number of construction unions, as well as the labor organization Unite Here, plan to give nothing, officials say….snip
    With about four months to go before the Sept. 3 opening of the Charlotte convention—which has been scaled back from the one in Denver four years ago—Democrats are about $20 million short of their fundraising goal of $36.7 million, according to two prominent Democrats who have been briefed by convention planners. That has led to a scramble. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been requesting meetings with wealthy Democrats. Mr. Foxx’s representatives have asked longtime Democratic donors in Philadelphia, for example, to see him when he visits the city later this month. Suzi Emmerling, press secretary for the host committee, which is responsible for coming up with the money, wouldn’t specify how much money has been raised or how close the group is to reaching its goal, other than saying fundraising was “right on track.” snip
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303877604577380381437953766.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird%23printMode

  82. holdthemaccountable
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:44 am
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    Great link, HTA!

    This emerging story about his white girlfriends and him denying that they were real and the spin around all that.. their aim is to project Obama, the boyfriend image that NYT’s Judith Warner like women fantasize about. I think it will backfire just like the dog story. As those tweets show it is the condescending, ‘damsel in distress’, women need protection, women are dumb if they are housewives kind of memes that will bring Obama minions down. Any self respecting woman would be foolish to go for this ‘Obama, the boyfriend’ meme.

  83. jbstonesfan
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Unemployment to be under 8% by election day.
    ============================================
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120503/D9UH39VO0.html
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    jbstonefan–let me make a suggestion. Before you post something like this check out who the writer is–I mean google him. This writer’s name is Paul Wiseman, and he is a bot journalist of the tingle down the leg variety. I remember his mawkish worship of Obama when the Fraud visited Australia. Below is some accurate insight on him. The reason I make a point of this is first, there is no sense getting people depressed over what is in effect propaganda. Look at last months jobs report, Goldman projections, Admin’s post. What you are seeing here is a counterfactual. And counter factuals are Obama’s stock in trade. There is a joker at No Quarter–which I lurk but no longer post, most likely a bot who pretends to be retired special ops who was talking last night about the majority of the military being pro-Obama. This is the power of the allegation which is counter intuitive, counterfactual and unsuppoted by the weight of the evidence–and you know as the fine lawyer you are–and I know you are that this is not a case of some evidence, because for any proposition there is always some evidence, sometimes legitimate and sometimes factual, but it is the weight of the evidence plus the law of probability plus bias motive and interest which infest Paul Wiseman’s propaganda and make it inadmissable.
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    Paul Wiseman
    AP Won’t Let Go of ‘Government Budget-Cutting’ As Reason For Tepid First-Quarter GDP Growth

    By Tom Blumer | April 30, 2012 | 16:07

    On Friday evening, it was Christopher Rugaber and Paul Wiseman. Today it’s Martin Crutsinger. Together with Derek Kravitz (who isn’t in on the latest offense — yet), perhaps the just-named quartet of alleged journalists should be named “The Four Distortsmen.”

    Today, it was Crutsinger who, in the wake of a mediocre report on consumer spending, again invoked “government budget-cutting as the primary culprit explaining why the economy only grew by an estimated annualized 2.2% during the first quarter:

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/category/people/paul-wiseman#ixzz1tottsjNw

  84. Now we come to the interesting part–the laziness and gullability of the Georgetown social set. They are outraged over this business of the composite girlfriend, and why pray tell is that? It is the usual outrageous they summon up from the bile over anything that hints at Obama, because they see the entire world through the prism of race? Or is there, perchance, more to it? Could it possibly be that Moe Lane is right? That these ignoramuses who pretend to be smart never actually read the book Dreams of My Father? That they just adopted Obama as there mascot because he was black, left wing and Harvard educated–like many of them? Could it actually be that this so called intellencia is a monumental fraud? Could it be that they buy every book on the NYT best seller list so they can tell their friend I am reading X, I am not finished, but it is great and but they never actually read it? Could it be that they are as big a fraud as Obama? If so then why should we listen to them?
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    Posted by Moe Lane (Diary)

    Thursday, May 3rd at 9:30AM EDT
    8 Comments

    Not that I actually ever ‘had’ one of those – what’s that? Oh, it’s a nerd thing. You’ll get guys claiming that they’re going out with this girl that they met online, only she lives in Canada so it’ll be a while until you meet her. I do not judge: that could have been me.

    So I mostly just find this entertaining (that explicitly includes the title):

    Why it matters that Obama dated a composite and ate a dog

    There was a brief media firestorm yesterday when Vanity Fair broke the news that Obama’s famous “New York girlfriend” was a fiction. She appears in his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, described in some detail by her appearance, voice and mannerisms. But a new biography of Obama – with an excerpt published in Vanity Fair – “reveals” that she was actually an amalgam of several different women. Politico immediately ran with “Obama: ‘New York girlfriend’ was composite” and Drudge headlined with “Obama Admits Fabricating Girlfriend in a Memoir.” Coming hot on the heels of the news that the Pres once ate a dog, his weirdo factor seems to have hit the roof.

    Now, as Tim Stanley noted later, this was known… in the sense that Obama mentioned it in a part of his book that most people apparently didn’t read: i.e., the actual text. Which is kind of important, because in my opinion a large part of the liberal outrageously outraged outrage over this ‘revelation’ seems to be rooted in the fact that it’s becoming clear that apparently nobody in the media actually read Dreams of My Father. This sounds bizarre, I know – but between this and the ‘Obama ate a dog’ incident, you really do have to wonder who has actually read that book*.

    Actually, that’s not true: conservative troublemakers have read the book. And there’s a bunch of stuff yet to come, I’m sure. What will make it really interesting is that – as Tim also noted in his article – this is the vetting that you’d expect to have happened in 2008, not 2012 (I’d have said in the 2004 Illinois Senate race, but never mind that right now). So we don’t actually know, really, what’s going to stick – until we actually throw it to the wall, that is…

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    *We already can see who is pounding the table and shouting in the hope that you’ll ignore the fact that they didn’t read Obama’s books.

  85. Rove is a smart man, but he has been a little slow to realize that Obama is a narcissist. Some of us here have been on to Obama for that since the primary. Better that wisdom should come late than not at all. Fortunately, it is not too late. Dana Perino’s point is apt.
    —————————————————————————————-

    My former White House colleague, Dana Perino, recently made this acute observation about Team Obama: Never underestimate their ability to overdo anything.

    They diminished the commander in chief by putting his decision, which should unify the nation, in the same frame as a partisan political attack, which divides it. For Mr. Obama to repeat the charge about Mr. Romney at his Monday news conference with the Japanese prime minister made things worse.

    Moreover, the attack on the former Massachusetts governor doesn’t ring true. Mr. Romney was obviously right in responding that, given the intelligence, even President Jimmy Carter would have ordered the strike.
    About Karl Rove

    Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

    Before Karl became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes, and nonprofit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

    Karl writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a Fox News Contributor and is the author of the book “Courage and Consequence” (Threshold Editions).

    Email the author atKarl@Rove.comor visit him on the web atRove.com. Or, you can send a Tweet to @karlrove.

    Click here to order his book,Courage and Consequence.

    Nor does Team Obama understand that sometimes less is more. An acknowledgment of the day, focused on high praise for those who carried out the operation, would have been a masterstroke. Instead Americans got Web videos, television ads, a political offensive on cable and Sunday morning television shows, several prime-time interviews in the Situation Room, a cover story in Time, and a trip to Kabul. Someone forgot that too much hype cheapens the moment.

    Finally, Mr. Obama showed again it’s all about him—his decision, the stakes for him, and the ramification for his re-election. Lost was proper credit for the intelligence operatives who painstakingly traced the thin fragments of evidence to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan; for the pilots and logistics and support personnel who carefully planned and made possible the mission itself; and of course the brave warriors of SEAL Team 6 who executed the plan to perfection.

    The president deserves to take credit for his decision to move against bin Laden. But the way he is doing so will diminish the credit he will receive. Mr. Obama should have left well enough alone, but narcissists never do.

  86. pm317
    May 3rd, 2012 at 11:26 am

    holdthemaccountable
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:44 am
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    Great link, HTA!

    This emerging story about his white girlfriends and him denying that they were real and the spin around all that.. their aim is to project Obama, the boyfriend image that NYT’s Judith Warner like women fantasize about. I think it will backfire just like the dog story. As those tweets show it is the condescending, ‘damsel in distress’, women need protection, women are dumb if they are housewives kind of memes that will bring Obama minions down. Any self respecting woman would be foolish to go for this ‘Obama, the boyfriend’ meme.
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    Isn’t this exactly what I was saying the other day, about unmarried women supporting Obama 2 to 1 because they view him either as their phantom lover–or if they are on the dole, their sugar daddy. Very different with married women. This is merely a generalization, but there appears to be some truth to it, and your comment is apt. Warner wrote a book about Hillary years ago—I think it was complimentary.

  87. Men, again as a general rule, do not support Obama because they see him for what he is and do not want him in their foxhole. They sense that he would either turn tail and run when he say the enemy, or frag them when their back was turned and join the enemy. It is like that old joke–surrounded by Indians, the Lone Ranger turns to Tonto and say well Tanto its looks like we have had it this time. To which Tanto says what do you mean “we” pale face? That is the essence of Obama, and that is why, as Admin has said so often he cannot be trusted by friend or foe alike.

    Sure as day follows night, the Obama campaign will try through people like Wiseman and big media in this country to make this a battle of perceptions, whereas we must question everything they say and make it a battle of facts–provable facts.

  88. This is what HTA’s twitch link baove is referring to:
    apparently, Obama’s campaign has put out story on ‘Julia’ how Obama’s govt helps her through various stages in her life. If women are this dumb to fall for this guy and his condescension and patronizing attitude, they deserve him. No self-respecting woman should fall for this ploy. How dare he?!

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51265

    Who the hell is “Julia” and why am I paying for her whole life?
    by David Harsanyi

    In the new Barack Obama campaign piece The Life of Julia, voters can “Take a look at how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime — and how Mitt Romney would change her story.” It is one of the most brazenly statist pieces of campaign literature I can ever remember seeing.

  89. Anyone who has been a professional negotiator has witnessed the people he or she represented turn from tigers to pussycats when the chips are down, and they find themselves at risk. You try to move the other part through persuasion–once, but no more than twice; when that fails, you try to move the other party through trading something you have that they want in exchange for what you want–they typical bargained for exchange, which you package with other issues; and if that does not work then you use whatever means you have to force them to accept your position. Diplomacy is a very ritualized practice, the norms are constructed in such a way as to avoid offending the other party, but at the heart of it is the issue of leverage. Traditionally, American foreign policy has relied on money and military force as leverage. Under Obama however he has substituted something new–the will of the international community for military action. Wait you say, has he not continued the wars of Bush. The answer is he has, and has not extracted himself, which is a slap in the face to the left which they consciously ignore. But the will of the international community is really no leverage at all–because it subordinates our national interests to the will of Russia and China. And he has made his intentions of not using military force in the future quite clear by pushing a treaty which would make political and military leaders subject to prosecution by any aggrieved party if they launch wars in defense of American interests without the approval of the United Nations. If such treaty becomes law it will be one giant step toward world government, and will negate our ability to protect ourselves in a dangerous world. That is the bottom line.

  90. So 4 years ago he was this dreamy guy, idealistic, intellectual, super smart, blah, blah, the famous narrative created by himself through his memoirs (who writes memoirs when you’re in your 30s?) and magnified thousand times by the media. Now, of course he has a record and his famous narrative is falling apart. Most know he is just one corrupt, cunning, deceitful Chicago pol. He made up his life, a true fairytale for the stupid and the gullible. One more nail in the death of 2008 narrative:

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=5B844F62-8763-4AF2-9882-460FA4A727E0

    Months before Barack Obama knew Mitt Romney would be his political opponent in 2012, the president knew the identity of his foremost literary challenger: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Maraniss, who had been reaching out to Obama’s old friends, classmates and lovers for the past several years.

    The product of his big dig, “Barack Obama: The Story,” seems to be a nuanced, even sympathetic portrayal culled from people who still admire Obama. Yet, make no mistake, this is a dangerous book for Obama, and White House staffers have been fretting about it in a low-grade way for a long, long time — in part because it could redefine the self-portrait Obama skillfully created for himself in 1995 with “Dreams from My Father.”

    The success of “Dreams” has given Obama nearly complete control of his own life narrative, an appealing tale that has been the foundation of his political success. But Maraniss’s biography threatens that narrative by questioning it: Was Obama’s journey entirely spiritual and intellectual? Or was it also grounded in the lower realms of ambition and calculation?

  91. pm317 – thanks for your follow-ups. “If women are this dumb to fall for this guy and his condescension and patronizing attitude”
    ———————-
    A great number of those women contributing to OFA in 2008 appear to be just that. Under “Employer” they’d list “Home.” Under “Profession” some rather-to-absolutely inappropriate entries like Mom, CEO, Mommy&Wifey.

  92. Marannis’s book title is Obama: the Story. He should have called it Obama, the fairytale.

  93. I can’t believe how in a first world democracy, the press and media at large abdicated their responsibility in 2008 and still do. But now the reasons are becoming very clear for why there was no vetting. They gave up full control over what was going to be shared and said to Obama’s campaign. Unbelievable.

  94. pm317
    ——
    Here’s part of a Hill article on Julia:
    Obama ‘Julia’ web tool courting women draws GOP scorn on Twitter

    …The website is the latest in a string of attempts by the Obama administration to court female voters. Last week, during a blistering speech at the Women’s Leadership Forum, the president said that Republican positions on women’s health issues were “appalling” and “offensive” and equated an effort to block his regulation to mandate free contraception to like “being in a time machine.” The effort has paid dividends, with a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showing Obama holding double-digit leads with women in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    But Republicans were quick to mock the website, tying the fictionalized “Julia” figure to reports Wednesday that President Obama wrote of multiple ex-girlfriends as a single composite figure in his memoir. Although Obama admits to doing so in the forward of the book, a Vanity Fair article publishing excerpts from his college-aged love letters prompted Republicans to jab the president of his admitted “compression” of girlfriends….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/225235-obama-julia-web-tool-courting-women-draws-gop-scorn-on-twitter

  95. Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane

    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Melinda Liu, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng says he’s been abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital and begs to leave the country on Hillary Clinton’s plane.

    I’ve known Chen Guangcheng for more than a decade—he’s been through intimidation, beatings, jail, and extralegal house arrest—but through it all I never sensed he was scared. Now he’s scared. Chen, whose case has escalated into a bilateral crisis that threatens to dominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Beijing this week, was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his hospital bed.

    Chen says he now wants to leave China as soon as possible: “My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/02/activist-chen-guangcheng-let-me-leave-china-on-hillary-clinton-s-plane.html

  96. Mitt Romney this evening, speaking to a group of high-dollar donors at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, poked fun at President Obama’s newly unveiled campaign slogan, “Forward,” remarking, “Forward, what, over the cliff?”

    ——

    There are so many ways to mock ‘Forward’…Dave could even make a Top Ten Ways to Mock ‘Forward’.

  97. Republican positions on women’s health issues were “appalling” and “offensive” and equated an effort to block his regulation to mandate free contraception to like “being in a time machine.” The effort has paid dividends, with a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showing Obama holding double-digit leads with women in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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

    Well, that’s true. If the Republicans don’t like the consequences, they should change their actions. Or at least wait till after the election.

    I saw a speculation — didn’t read the details — that they are doing this crazy war on women stuff to get donations from their craziest donors, perhaps hoping that women will forget by November.

    Let’s see, do the Moonies really run some rightwing newspapers? And some Arabs own Fox?

  98. Sandra Fluke -vs- Obama’s New York Love Affair…

    by Ulsterman on May 3, 2012 with 1 Comments in News

    Ok, just a bit of fun here – but the facial similarities between recent “Give me my free birth control” advocate Sandra Fluke and apparent Barack Obama New York girlfriend Genevieve Cook are rather astounding…

    Sandra Fluke – your 15 minutes are almost up!

    Genevieve Cook – alleged former New York girlfriend to Barack Obama, later married to Egyptian accountant, and now suddenly sharing her journal entries with the world regarding a complex and ever so dreamy chain smoking Barack Obama…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/05/03/sandra-fluke-vs-obamas-new-york-love-affair/

  99. Shadowfax
    May 3rd, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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    This article was released yesterday and was written the day before. I think it has been superceded by today’s NYT headlines suggesting that what looked like a victory for Hillary is looking more like a debacle because the dissident is not cooperating or is reversing his position. That may be nothing more than NYT creating an issue where there is none and trying to protect Obama who has poised to push Hillary aside and claim credit if it had gone right. For that reason, I hope it does not go right. I am not up on this thing minute to minute. I see where Gary Locke former governor of Washington state is in the photo op.

  100. The real question here is how does this affect US relations. The operative question is how would we feel if the shoe was on the other foot? Furthermore, is China our largest debtor or our largest creditor? That might be worth considering as well, in terms of how far we want to push this thing. Why should the American People care about this side show?

  101. Why do lefties use the word ‘nuanced’ so much? Does it sound elite, uppity, what?
    ———————————
    Because they do not want to admit he lied. A distortion or exaggeration is a form of lying.

  102. Below is a thought provoking article. The left has moved beyond primary boycotts to secondary boycotts. In other words, rather than picketing Rush, they picket the people who do business with Rush. Rather than picketing Romney, they vilify the people who are his contributors, through slander and the practical equivalent of extortion into forgoing their first amendment rights. Secondary boycotts were a favorite tactic of union prior to the passage of Taft Hartley in 1947. They were prohibited by that act because they had the potential to shut down an economy. It is like that old cartoon in the New Yorker which is posted on the Wall of the Algonquin Hotel in New York which show everybody in New York standing in the middle of Time Square honoring everyone else’s picket line causing the entire town to shut down. This actually happened in Seattle 1919, Minneapolis 1936, etc. The way things are headed and the more Obama exploits the polarization of our society the more likely these sorts of thing become. You reach a point where life becomes so politicized that the operative question becomes not can I do business with you but which side are you on. If the country erupted into a violent civil war, Obama would find some way to exploit it, and that is probably his intent when all is said and done–if it helps him retain power. Power uber alles.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304050304577375583144909656.html?mod=opinion_newsreel

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304050304577375583144909656.html?mod=opinion_newsreel

  103. Obot media is talking about some $900 shirt Ann Romney wore in an interview. Check out the prices for Michelle Obama’s cardigans: They don’t even look nice.

    The first lady’s favorite embellished cardigans from L’Wren Scott range from $2,095 to $3,320. Plain cashmere-blend cardigans from the brand start at $910.

    http://freebeacon.com/the-first-lady-has-nice-clothes/

  104. I love UK Daily Mail reporter Tim Stanley’s take on the newinfo BO’s girlfriends never existed in one person and were in fact composite fictional characters.

    “What stands out from the composite story isn’t that Obama amalgamated characters, it’s that the press hadn’t noticed until now. As with the dog story, this confirms the suspicion that the mainstream media gave Obama a free pass in 2008 and declined to check too deeply into his background. Even The Atlantic’s Graham admits that he’s never read Dreams From My Father, and neither, it would seem, has anyone else in the press corps. They have the excuse that the book is incredibly narcissistic and boring, but otherwise isn’t this exactly the sort of character assessment/assassination that should have happened four years ago?”

  105. You are such an egotistical, elitist, arrogant snob. How dare you mock a woman’s life choice after hysterically denouncing the repubs for a war on women.

    YOU are the face of the war on women and this comment by you is the proof. It salao puts your hypocrisy on full display.

    Disgusting. Bet you agreed with Rosen.

    “A great number of those women contributing to OFA in 2008 appear to be just that. Under “Employer” they’d list “Home.” Under “Profession” some rather-to-absolutely inappropriate entries like Mom, CEO, Mommy&Wifey.”

  106. Basil 3:16 – me too. I have two different paragraphs from same link
    Why it matters that Obama dated a composite and ate a dog – Telegraph Blogs

    …Why didn’t we know all these details four years ago – even though some of them were published in a best-selling autobiography that was sold to us as if it was a fifth gospel? And yet we knew everything there was to know about Sarah Palin, despite the fact that she was in the race for a much shorter space of time than Obama – and only running for veep. That’s the significance of the canine and composite revelations – both of them, aside from their delightful “dish” factors, not really revelations at all. That we are only discussing them this late into Obama’s career suggests that the vetting that should have happened four years ago was unforgivably neglected. But, hey, it’s never too late to start.
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100155478/why-it-matters-that-obama-dated-a-composite-and-ate-a-dog/

  107. Ho9ldthemaccountble.

    The truth is this DOES matter and could be just the shove-over-the-cliff to the clotheless emperor.

    All his lies coming back to bite him. How delicious.

    The other fantastic issue is the runny-eggs all over the faces of the so-called journalists who couldn’t be bothered to vet the black messiah much less read his boilerplate bio and see for themselves the words of this a$$hat.

  108. About friggin’ time.

    Contempt Charges Filed Against Eric Holder

    It’s official, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has filed more than 60 pages of contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder. Issa has sent a 17 page long summary version of the charges to committee members. The first 40 pages of the more than 60 page citation, list all of the actions subject to contempt in this case.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/05/03/contempt_charges_filed_against_eric_holder_for_fast_and_furious_stonewalling

  109. Another about time.

    NBC Fires Another Producer in Fake Zimmerman Audio Scandal But Still Hasn’t Come Clean
    By: Brent Bozell | May 03, 2012 | 13:42

    Another head has rolled behind NBC’s iron curtain as the troubled, so-called “news” network continues to drop the guillotine on those responsible for the deliberately misleading edits to Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call.

    NBC has now fired three people from two different offices over at least two different edits of George Zimmerman’s now infamous 9-1-1 call prior to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Both edits were clearly designed to portray Zimmerman as a racist while raising tensions in an already volatile situation. This latest firing from NBC once again goes unexplained. NBC’s actions vindicate the Media Research Center’s original point that NBC’s two-sentence (non)apology was an insult, and that this is a network out of control.

    http://newsbusters.org/

  110. Another black on white murder you will nver hear about in the LSM.

    Justice is a One-way Street
    Eric Hansen
    Posted at 2:27 PM ET, 5/3/2012

    ON Tuesday April 3, of this year, 29-year-old Daniel Adkins clipped a leash to his yellow Labrador retriever, Lady, and stepped into the night for a walk in his Phoenix neighborhood.

    Around the same time, a 22-year-old man and his girlfriend pulled up to a Taco Bell drive-through window for an evening snack. It was approximately 7:30 in the evening. A seemingly pleasant evening went haywire from there. According to KSAZ FOX 10 in Phoenix, as the couple moved pulled to the pickup window, Daniel and Lady stepped into the path of their car, sparking an exchange of angry words between driver and dog walker. The altercation escalated, finally culminating in a single gunshot that rang across the parking lot. An instant later, Daniel Adkins lay on the ground, and would later die at the scene. The couple claimed that Adkins swung a metal pipe at the driver; a third party witness saw only a swinging fist.

    FOX 10 reported that the driver, whose identity hasn’t been made public, called police to the Taco Bell in the wake of the shooting. Police searched the area, but have yet to recover any metal pipe or other blunt instrument that Daniel may have used during this incident. Meanwhile, the driver claims he fired his weapon in self-defense, and, to date, hasn’t been arrested.

    This story has largely remained a local one in the Phoenix area, and hasn’t exactly drawn wall -to-wall coverage even locally; it’s barely a blip in the mainstream media. Except on The Mike Gallagher Show, where we couldn’t help but have the strangest twinge that we’ve traveled this road before.

    Would it surprise you to learn that Daniel Adkins, a mentally disabled man, unarmed and walking his dog when he was gunned down, was white? Maybe not, but try this: the driver of the car, the 22 year old who pulled the trigger, who claimed self-defense, is African American? The driver’s ID remains under wraps, and his is free, having never been arrested for the shooting. The investigation is ongoing and charges may still be filed at a later date, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department. It may turn out this was just a tragic result of confrontation spun out of control.

    Sound familiar? So, on the show this week, we asked, where is the outrage? Why was George Zimmerman hounded and finally arrested and indicted on second degree murder charges, while this 22 year old driver remains free and clear? Where is Al Sharpton? Where are the protests? Media and activists linked arms howling for justice for Trayvon Martin. But where is the justice for Daniel Adkins?

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/

  111. For jkbstonesfan.

    From AOS.

    Gallup: Unemployment Rate Up
    ADP: Unemployment Rate Up
    Weekly Jobless Claims: Unemployment Rate Up
    Obama’s Announcement of Unemployment Rate Tomorrow: Down, I’m Thinking
    Update: CNN Mentions The “Invisible” Jobless

    Mostly Peaceful Occupier/Terrorist Throws Brick From Roof; Hits Another Occupier In the Face

    Is Philip Klein Right? By Fighting Against Obama’s Distractions of the Day, Is Romney Losing the Big Picture and Thus the Election?

    A Tale of Two Wardobes: Media Very Interested In Cost of Ann Romney’s Clothing; Fails To Mention Cost of Michele Obama’s

    Elizabeth Warren: My Grandpapa Had High Cheekbones, Like Indians Do
    And: I Only Mentioned My “Minority Heritage” In Directories So That I Could Make Friends With Other People With Tribal Roots

    What Do You Call A Secret Held By 40 People? “Not a Secret”

    Obama Administration Really Pitching Itself to Incompetent Women Needing Almost Constant State Assistance

    Admin Releases Some Documents Seized in UBL Raid

    Top Headline Comments 5-3-2012

    Overnight Open Thread (4-2-2012)

    Gallup: Up to 8.6%.

    ADP: Hiring slowed significantly in April (and wasn’t very good in March).

    The four-week moving average of initial jobless claims rises to its highest level since December.

    And the Obama-controlled Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April employment figures tomorrow.

    Anyone suspect another large number of Americans may be non-personed off the labor rolls entirely, so that Obama can claim that the unemployment rate remained steady or even fell?

    CNN Notes the “Invisible” Jobless: With the headline–

    The 86 million invisible unemployed

    There are far more jobless people in the United States than you might think.

    While it’s true that the unemployment rate is falling, that doesn’t include the millions of nonworking adults who aren’t even looking for a job anymore. And hiring isn’t strong enough to keep up with population growth.

    As a result, the labor force is now at its smallest size since the 1980s when compared to the broader working age population.

    This is CNNMoney. We’ll see if it percolates over to CNN’s broadcast division. I doubt it.

  112. A couple of very interesting observations from poster Dan at Ulsterman about the mystery BO lover.

    • Dan
    May 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • This is an attempt to get ahead of something the obama campaign believes to be in the wind, to be coming.

    Somebody has become disenchanted with obama and all things obama, and has some information about his sexual hankerings, past and present, and that information is likely to see the light of day within a few months.

    The timing of this story, coupled with the fact that the birth certificate stuff is just not going away, and is still bubbling, albeit beneath the surface, tells us that the obama team anticipates Romney aggressively pursuing the whole phantasm of the underlying obama narrative.
    The obama team is worried the story is going to break down, so they’re trying to throw just enough flesh around the scaffold of the story so that it will hold up.
    Things are going on behind the scenes, and those things obama and his minions are very much aware of.

    • Dan
    May 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    • Obama got himself all loved up by his Paki friends, and now is decidedly worried that such frolicking here and abroad is about to see the light of day.

    Something is up!

    Something is about to go down!

    And Brietbart KNEW more than he let on, and there’s definitely something fishy about his demise

  113. BASIL99
    May 3rd, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    ——————

    Dan should keep up with the news of the day and see that there is no conspiracy here. The story is from David Maraniss’ book which is being released in June and a long excerpt is published in Vanity Fair on Obama’s white girlfriends. Obama people are worried about that biography intruding on their carefully crafted narrative.

  114. pm317,

    Of course we, and i am sure Dan, know the chatter is coming from the up[coming Maraniss book publication. Dan’s comments go BEYOND that, IMHO.

  115. Another about time.

    NBC Fires Another Producer in Fake Zimmerman Audio Scandal But Still Hasn’t Come Clean
    By: Brent Bozell | May 03, 2012 | 13:42

    Another head has rolled behind NBC’s iron curtain as the troubled, so-called “news” network continues to drop the guillotine on those responsible for the deliberately misleading edits to Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call.

    NBC has now fired three people from two different offices over at least two different edits of George Zimmerman’s now infamous 9-1-1 call prior to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Both edits were clearly designed to portray Zimmerman as a racist while raising tensions in an already volatile situation. This latest firing from NBC once again goes unexplained. NBC’s actions vindicate the Media Research Center’s original point that NBC’s two-sentence (non)apology was an insult, and that this is a network out of control.
    ————————————
    This thing directly from Steve Capus. He is the one responsible for the racist meme that pollutes their coverage and makes them an unreliable source–about the level of The Globe tabloid which set up Frank Gifford. Nor is this an isolated event ever since GE took over, and even though it is Comcast now the people that Welch and his protogee hired are still in place so the bias continues unabated. I do not care what that they are fired. What I want to know is how much severance did they receive. They were fired for just cause and deserve no severance. If they received a lucrative settlement–and I am quite sure they did, then it is hush money. You can be sure that stash in conditioned upon the execution of a non-disclosure agreement. That is how this game was played. Brent should take it down to this level of analysis, because it would refute their present attempt to say this kind of reporting and manipulating of the news is not how NBC does business, when in fact it is precisely how nbc, cnn and abc do business. The only glitch here is they got caught.

  116. Thanks for the info Basil99. My guess is unemployment drops as well goes under 8 by election. While not reflecting the true numbers, psychologically, people tend to look at that number more than the facts on the ground. If he can get unemployment to 7.8% by election, we are in big trouble.

  117. I am guessing that this book will be a puff piece. The tell is that is was published in Vanity Fair, which is 100% in Obama’s court and was used as a vehicle to attack Bill to force Hillary out of the race in 2008. So do not get your hopes up. If this was the real deal, that rag would not publish it. Trust me on this one.

  118. In fact, in the famous style of the left, I would say they received a million dollars severance–even though I had no proof, and then let them come back and say that is not true–which would not be believed. And when they said that I would respond then tell us how much did they receive. Because the severance package is priviledged, and because it is undoubtedly greater than that, they would plead priviledge. And at that point the public would conclude they are lying. The allegation is always more powerful than the rebuttal unless you have a bullet proof defense which they do not.

  119. The reputation of NBC preceded it, such that when there is a factual dispute over anything involving Obama, their past bias ensures that they will not be believed by the public at large–only by the idiots who watch them, and are a little slow on the uptake.

  120. I am guessing that this book will be a puff piece.

    ————–

    I don’t think Maraniss is a puffy sort of guy. So there will be some things to worry about. Already the meme is that Obama made up stuff about these women in the book making them fictional and that throws questions about other things. These are the kind of things righty blogs screamed in 2008 but nobody paid attention. But now more importantly people are talking about this and everyone is asking why this was not reported four years ago and why media was so silent about all this.

  121. pm317
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I am guessing that this book will be a puff piece.

    ————–

    I don’t think Maraniss is a puffy sort of guy. So there will be some things to worry about. Already the meme is that Obama made up stuff about these women in the book making them fictional and that throws questions about other things. These are the kind of things righty blogs screamed in 2008 but nobody paid attention. But now more importantly people are talking about this and everyone is asking why this was not reported four years ago and why media was so silent about all this.

    ———-
    Before I tell other people to google the author, maybe I should do the same thing myself. Mea Culpa.

    Here is what I found courtesy of WIKI:

    David Maraniss
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Jump to: navigation, search

    David Maraniss (born 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. As a reporter for The Washington Post he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the life and career of candidate Bill Clinton in the 1992 campaign for the U.S. presidency.

    Maraniss began his journalism career as a high school student in Madison, Wisconsin, where he covered antiwar protests and high school football for a local daily newspaper. An associate editor at the Post, he joined that paper in 1977 and has served it in various capacities since.

    Maraniss’s 2008 book was Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World. He also published in 2006 Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, about Roberto Clemente. In 2004 he was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize forThey Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967.[1] Previous books include First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, Tell Newt To Shut Up (co-authored with Michael Weisskopf), The Clinton Enigma, and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. The Post assigned him the job of biographer for their coverage of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama.[2]
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    I think you may be right. What I see in this terse curriculum vitae is a man who has values–that Lombardi book title says it all. Also the title the Clinton Enigma, because nobody who ever lived is all one thing–or the last man who was all one thing died on the cross two thousand years ago if you are a Christian. We all have our flaws and Greek tragedy is based on the great man with the tragic flaw—often that is the one destiny smiles upon. What I am seeing in this is not a Wolfe of msnbc, or a Halprin of Newsweek, or a gushing little screed like Andrea Mitchell, or a dullard like Gail Collins, but someone with the integrity and tenacity and love of the truth who may ultimately vet Obama and pierce the publicity veil which a press corps desperately in search of a mascot refused to do, and discover that what Gertrude Stein said of Oakland is equally true of Obama–there is no there there.

  122. pm 317: I just re-read your post, and I think you are right on the money. This is a case where I am happy to be wrong. Delighted might even be a better word. If our assumptions are right then it will make a lot of people mad. Also, even though I am underwhelmed by the Republican campaign people these days–and have tried to help them, just as I tried to help McCain–tried being the operative word, I hope they have some smarter people than I have seen up to this point. On the odds they do, and if they do, then they are sitting on some explosive stuff. But whatever they have is as nothing compared to what is already in the public domain. I have alluded to it in the past. His comment to someone who is the reason we are on this blog that he can make them–the American People believe anything he wants them to believe. The man suffers from a pathology and the doctor who used to comment on this blog was the first one to identify it. Krauthammer mentioned it later. And now we see Rove using the same word–narcissist. They have figured out what his greatest weakness is, and it is high time to exploit it for full advantage. I swear to you I never saw any evidence that Hillary did anything but play by the rules and tell the truth. But his followers believed she was evil incarnate. I could never understand that–because it was counterfactual but now I think I do. Those followers who saw land where there was no land were reflecting Obama’s own insecurities. Yea, if I were running against Obama, I would make Georgia howl where his ego is concerned. Losing to him is like height is to a man with vertigo–it terrifies him. And when he is terrified he and his people make blunders. I have seen more blunders from him and his campaign people in the last two months than in the last four years. The pressure is getting to them, they will become hateful to Romney out of all proportion, and this time it will drag them down. It cannot be otherwise.

  123. Correction: if our assumptions are right then it will make a lot of people LOOK BAD>

    And now we see Kerry traveling overseas preparing to be secretary of state. How does he introduce himself to foreign leaders?

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=mister+ed+tv+show+utube&mid=A1942061FE5720717D89A1942061FE5720717D89&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1

    (Note: the operative word is not horse, but horse’s ass–who is living off his wife’s money who is living off her late husbands money–John Heintz (R-Pa) who died tragically in a plane crash. She had a rock solid alibi–you will be relieved t know.)

  124. wbboei, I remember Marannis from BC days and have seen many TV interviews of him — he is a mild mannered straight shooter (if my memory serves right). He along with another guy, Gene Lyons(?) both from AR and seemed like they were on BC’s side and Gene Lyons came to Hillary’s aid too in 08. Admin can weigh in on this.

    Read the politico article (with a lump of salt) I linked in my comment at:
    pm317
    May 3rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  125. And Romney’s camp and the righty bloggers are not doing so badly. Watch for them to bring down ‘Julia’ in the next couple of days.

    If only the dumb (I say that because they have their priorities wrong) conservatives rally behind Romney’s back they can defeat Obama. I was at my dentist in VA and republican country and my hygienist is telling me people she knows don’t like that Romney is a Mormon. This is the problem. Why ever not? He seems to have their values and family stuff pat down.

  126. Yes, about frickin’ time.

    Contempt Charges Filed Against Eric Holder

    It’s official, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has filed more than 60 pages of contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder. Issa has sent a 17 page long summary version of the charges to committee members. The first 40 pages of the more than 60 page citation, list all of the actions subject to contempt in this case.

    —–> Did Boner give the contempt charge his blessing or is he MIA on this?

  127. Something is up!

    Something is about to go down!

    ——–
    I get the same feeling. Why bring up Barry’s past girlfriends?

    Is his preference towards men bubbling to the surface again, Love leaves, Barry gets gray and skinny and MO goes on a lot of solo vacations.

    Maybe Larry Sinclair was honest.

  128. It doesn’t take a Dr. degree to know that Barry is a narcissist. Many of us have experience with a narcissist and once you have been around one, you can spot one from a mile away.

    Those little notes Barry sent to his girlfriend are not only totally boring, but they also show he was a narcissist back then too.

  129. Shadowfax
    May 3rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    It doesn’t take a Dr. degree to know that Barry is a narcissist. Many of us have experience with a narcissist and once you have been around one, you can spot one from a mile away.
    ——————————————————
    Oh but it does take a medical degree to diagnose the specific pathology which Obama suffers from. To a layman, he seems like he is completely self centered, in love with himself and convinced of his own superiority. There are many people like that, and a layman like you or me is perfectly qualified to render an opinion on that. In the case of Obama, however, we are speaking clinically about a mental pathology which has a predictable path which starts in childhood and culminates in an act out stage where he is very dangerous. That diagnosis can only be performed by a qualified doctor.

    This is an important insight, and as the general election approaches, you will see this whole behavioral pattern play out. Those who suffer from this pathology cannot help themselves. I wrote about this a couple months ago, and said this:
    —————————————-

    B. The Professional Diagnosis:

    Dr. Krauthammer is a Washington Post columnist, a FOX News political commentator and a distinguished medical expert. He has called Mr. Obama a “narcissist” without explaining what that medical term means.
    Dr. Sam Vaknin is the leading authority in the world on narcissism. He concurs with that diagnosis, and has gone on to explain not only what it means but how it applies to Mr. Obama. Therefore his analysis is highly probative. It is reasonable to assume that every nation we deal with as a friend or foe has profiled Mr. Obama that way. This was evident a year ago he refused to confront Iran on a real world violation because he was too absorbed in his own thoughts about a nuclear free world. Whereupon, President Sarakozy made the tell-tale statement to Mr. Obama “we live in the real world, not a virtual one”. Obviously, he had done his homework.

    C. How Does One Become A Narcissist?
    According to Dr. Vaknin, narcissism is a specific reaction to deep trauma in the patient’s early life. (In Barack’s case there were multiple traumas including abandonment, cultural displacement, mixed race, etc.). The narcissist constructs an alter ego to compensate for that trauma. The alter ego is god-like and omnipotent. (In those days, he called himself King Obama). The narcissist engages in magic thinking to sustain it. The narcissist projects the god-like alter ego to the world. The world falls in love with the god-like alter ego. The god-like alter ego attracts co-dependent people. Those co-dependent people form a cult around the narcissist. The narcissist does nothing to discourage this. Behind the mask is the stunted, immature, angry, ossified child. In time, alter ego and the inner child merge, and you end up with a tyrannical god.

    D. What Are The Telltale Signs of the Pathology?

    The specific markers of Obama’s personality are as follows:
     Messianic vision of himself, his life and his mission. (Magic thinking).
     Tenuous grip on reality exacerbated by trappings of power (theater vs. reality)
     Fosters and encourages a personality cult.
     Surrounds himself with obsequious sycophants. (Admirers are co-dependents).
     Cannot handle a hint of criticism or disagreement.
     Paranoia and feels he is a victim.
     Sublimates aggression and holds grudges. (Inner sense of rage)
     Manipulative and conniving.
     Pronoun density (Uses I, my, & me excessively in speech pattern)
     Glibness and superficial charm.
     Covertly hostile and domineering. (Likes to humiliate victims)
     Pathological lying. (Extremely convincing).
     Shifts positions, views, opinions and ideals opportunistically (Flip flops)
     Shallow emotions. (Feigned rather than experienced).
     Lack of shame remorse or guilt. (Deep sense of inner rage).
     Lack of empathy. (Contempt for feelings)

    E. How Does This Affect His Leadership?

    As president, we find that Mr. Obama displays a cosmic vision, lives in a fantasy world and engages in magic thinking. He believes he can circumvent existing structures and go directly to the grass roots. He is more concerned with theater than real life, appearance than substance, public relations than policy. This can be seen in his tried and failed public relations initiatives in the Middle East, his passage of bills in Congress, and his tendency to grandstand. His speech patterns feature pronoun density, whereby he uses the word I, me or myself 5 times more than an average speaker and conflates the United States with himself. He flip-flops on his stated ideals, opinions and views without explanation or apology. He maligned Bush during the campaign and has since adopted all of Bush’s policies. Once he implements a policy he loses interest in it. He never asks the results of his initiatives, i.e. whether the economy improved, the health care system got better, or the Iranian government listened as a result. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CUp7qdej8g

  130. Why it matters that Obama dated a composite and ate a dog? from Telegraph (UK)
    What stands out from the composite story isn’t that Obama amalgamated characters, it’s that the press hadn’t noticed until now. As with the dog story, this confirms the suspicion that the mainstream media gave Obama a free pass in 2008 and declined to check too deeply into his background. Even The Atlantic’s Graham admits that he’s never read Dreams From My Father, and neither, it would seem, has anyone else in the press corps. They have the excuse that the book is incredibly narcissistic and boring, but otherwise isn’t this exactly the sort of character assessment/assassination that should have happened four years ago?

    Meanwhile, the new biography excerpted in Vanity Fair does reveal some genuinely odd things about Barack Obama. The impression one gets is of an arrogant loner who struggled to fit in with the world around him. This is explained away by his lack of a clear racial or class identity, for which the reader has every sympathy. But it’s hard to empathise with a man with this level of self-absorption. One girlfriend, Genevieve, wrote in her diary that it was impossible to break through his shell of introspection: “The sexual warmth is definitely there — but the rest of it has sharp edges and I’m finding it all unsettling and finding myself wanting to withdraw from it all. I have to admit that I am feeling anger at him for some reason, multi-stranded reasons. His warmth can be deceptive. Tho he speaks sweet words and can be open and trusting, there is also that coolness — and I begin to have an inkling of some things about him that could get to me.” Hanging around his apartment discussing TS Eliot and wearing a sarong (I’m not judging him for the latter; I own a kimono), it felt like Obama was always “so old already,” even when he was just 22. Genevieve: “I have to recognize (despite play of wry and mocking smile on lips) that I find his thereness very threatening … Distance, distance, distance, and wariness.” A woman told Obama that she loved him and he replied, “Thank you.” He was intelligent and charming, but all the joy and spontaneity of youth was lacking. Of their first night together, Genevieve recalled: “I’m pretty sure we had dinner maybe the Wednesday after. I think maybe he cooked me dinner. Then we went and talked in his bedroom. And then I spent the night. It all felt very inevitable.” All very inevitable? In the arms of Barack Obama, even sex has its cool logic.

    Why didn’t we know all these details four years ago – even though some of them were published in a best-selling autobiography that was sold to us as if it was a fifth gospel? And yet we knew everything there was to know about Sarah Palin, despite the fact that she was in the race for a much shorter space of time than Obama – and only running for veep.
    That’s the significance of the canine and composite revelations – both of them, aside from their delightful “dish” factors, not really revelations at all. That we are only discussing them this late into Obama’s career suggests that the vetting that should have happened four years ago was unforgivably neglected. But, hey, it’s never too late to start.
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100155478/why-it-matters-that-obama-dated-a-composite-and-ate-a-dog/

  131. It does take a doctor degree because we are talking about a medical pathology here, as opposed to a layman’s observation. And it is an important insight because it will affect how he reacts between now and the election. It will make it orders of magnitude harder for his campaign team to do their work successfully–especially when he enters the act out stage. Here is what I said about it in a paper entitled An American Tragedy:

    III. A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE
    A. A Pattern of Peculiar Behavior:
    From the beginning, Mr. Obama has exhibited a consistent pattern of peculiar behavior. It goes back to his chaotic childhood when he referred to himself as “King Obama”; to the time he played the race card against Bill Clinton in South Carolina and many times he invoked it thereafter; to the sexist quips he made toward Hillary; to the condescending remarks he made to the San Francisco elites about Americans who live in small towns, and cling to religion and Bibles; to his statement to a confident at the convention: “I can make the American People believe anything I want them to believe!”;
    To his bias toward the white Cambridge cop; to his boorish behavior toward the Prime Minister of Israel; to constant attempts to prove himself superior to Bill Clinton; to his cheap shots from the podium to Associate Justice Alito, Congressman Paul Ryan, Donald Trump when they were in no position to respond; to his disparagement of the work ethic of the American People; to his unstable behavior in the debt ceiling negotiation; to his invocation of class warfare in the current campaign; to his buzzing New York City in Air Force I; to his veiled threats toward the Governor of Arizona; and now to the baited hook he created with the birth certificate (infra).
    Who and what are we dealing with here? To his supporters, that will seem like an inappropriate question. But in fact, it is not only an appropriate question, it is an unavoidable one. He is after all President, therefore he holds the fate of the nation in his hands, therefore when he demonstrates a peculiar pattern of behavior, the American People have a right to know what is going on between his ears. But we are not experts and it is best not to speculate. Therefore, we must turn to those who are, and listen closely to what they have to say about this. Fortunately we have not one but two qualified medical experts who have opined on this very subject, namely the mental health of Mr. Obama.
    B. The Professional Diagnosis:
    Dr. Krauthammer is a Washington Post columnist, a FOX News political commentator and a distinguished medical expert. He has called Mr. Obama a “narcissist” without explaining what that medical term means.
    Dr. Sam Vaknin is the leading authority in the world on narcissism. He concurs with that diagnosis, and has gone on to explain not only what it means but how it applies to Mr. Obama. Therefore his analysis is highly probative. It is reasonable to assume that every nation we deal with as a friend or foe has profiled Mr. Obama that way. This was evident a year ago he refused to confront Iran on a real world violation because he was too absorbed in his own thoughts about a nuclear free world. Whereupon, President Sarakozy made the tell-tale statement to Mr. Obama “we live in the real world, not a virtual one”. Obviously, he had done his homework.
    C. How Does One Become A Narcissist?
    According to Dr. Vaknin, narcissism is a specific reaction to deep trauma in the patient’s early life. (In Barack’s case there were multiple traumas including abandonment, cultural displacement, mixed race, etc.). The narcissist constructs an alter ego to compensate for that trauma. The alter ego is god-like and omnipotent. (In those days, he called himself King Obama). The narcissist engages in magic thinking to sustain it. The narcissist projects the god-like alter ego to the world. The world falls in love with the god-like alter ego. The god-like alter ego attracts co-dependent people. Those co-dependent people form a cult around the narcissist. The narcissist does nothing to discourage this. Behind the mask is the stunted, immature, angry, ossified child. In time, alter ego and the inner child merge, and you end up with a tyrannical god.
    D. What Are The Telltale Signs?
    The specific markers of Obama’s personality are as follows:
     Messianic vision of himself, his life and his mission. (Magic thinking).
     Tenuous grip on reality exacerbated by trappings of power (theater vs. reality)
     Fosters and encourages a personality cult.
     Surrounds himself with obsequious sycophants. (Admirers are co-dependents).
     Cannot handle a hint of criticism or disagreement.
     Paranoia and feels he is a victim.
     Sublimates aggression and holds grudges. (Inner sense of rage)
     Manipulative and conniving.
     Pronoun density (Uses I, my, & me excessively in speech pattern)
     Glibness and superficial charm.
     Covertly hostile and domineering. (Likes to humiliate victims)
     Pathological lying. (Extremely convincing).
     Shifts positions, views, opinions and ideals opportunistically (Flip flops)
     Shallow emotions. (Feigned rather than experienced).
     Lack of shame remorse or guilt. (Deep sense of inner rage).
     Lack of empathy. (Contempt for feelings)
    E. How Does This Affect His Leadership?
    As president, we find that Mr. Obama displays a cosmic vision, lives in a fantasy world and engages in magic thinking. He believes he can circumvent existing structures and go directly to the grass roots. He is more concerned with theater than real life, appearance than substance, public relations than policy. This can be seen in his tried and failed public relations initiatives in the Middle East, his passage of bills in Congress, and his tendency to grandstand. His speech patterns feature pronoun density, whereby he uses the word I, me or myself 5 times more than an average speaker and conflates the United States with himself. He flip-flops on his stated ideals, opinions and views without explanation or apology. He maligned Bush during the campaign and has since adopted all of Bush’s policies. Once he implements a policy he loses interest in it. He never asks the results of his initiatives, i.e. whether the economy improved, the health care system got better, or the Iranian government listened as a result. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CUp7qdej8g

  132. It doesn’t take a Dr. degree to know that Barry is a narcissist. Many of us have experience with a narcissist and once you have been around one, you can spot one from a mile away.
    —————————–
    This is a critical point. It DOES take a medical degree to know that Obama is a clinical narcissist and to understand the behavioral pattern he will follow, because he cannot help it. We are speaking here about a series of compulsions. Watch this video by the world’s leading authority on narcissism. A campaign strategist for a political opponent–or a foreign government will delve into this to know what buttons to push and when. The child constructs a false world with him at the center, i.e. king Obama, and he believes this and attracts co-dependent personalities who want someone to believe in. It produces a man who has an ossified child and a false front, which becomes over time a tyrannical god, and when confronted with reality, he enters the act out stage where he is most dangerous. WATCH this video and you will understand why this is important and you cannot merely say you have seen one narcissist you have seen them all. In his case, we are dealing with a pathology and the implications are dangerous.

  133. As Rome Burns Obama manages to distract from his recent malevolent behavior once again-

    On the one hand, he is about to sign over our sovereignty to the UN; weighed against.. hmm.. “so 3.5 yrs later it is revealed in a former girlfriend’s diary her private thoughts..
    imo.. it’ all garrbarrge..
    _______________

    I agree with America the Beautiful’s private thoughts:

    “More Kabuki… Alleged girlfriend who suddenly releases her diary…a woman married to an Egyptian… Gee wonder what said Egyptian accountant husband’s ties are to the new powers that be… the newly installed Muslim Brotherhood are??!!…

    Those biographers that have actually vetted and studied Barrack Hussein Obama and read his autobiography, and had writing experts compare said autobiography to Bill Ayers and his writings,…present a case that Obama’s description of his girlfriend match up exactly with Bill Ayers dead, and blown up from her own nail bomb, terrorist girlfriend Diane Oughton… Exactly.

    Obama could not have described a girlfriend because he never had one? until he was ushered into his marriage to Michelle by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

    Because the vetting has finally begun that should have taken place before 2008…

    We are now being presented with an old lovers diary with just enough harping about the elusive and distant Obama… yet of course an excellent lover!!…to convince the people that the empty hole of no girlfriends ever… isn’t really empty at all…

    ”See folks, he does have old girlfriends and gee here is her old diary… and oh boy she had some of the same complaints the American people do”….

    Nothing to wonder about here… Move along…he does have old girlfriends and those gay rumors about Larry Sinclair and Obama’s Choir Director boyfriend mean nothing even though the beau’s Mama says so… cause we’ve got a real live girlfriend who still has her 25 year old diary suddenly presented …and forget about how thin he has become…

    Move along folks… Move along- Nothing to see here!”
    ________

    Yup, thats a wrap! Now about our country entering a Third World status under the thumb of the Rothschild regime.. hmmm..

  134. I just got an email which finds it shocking that Obama would do a video called AAs for Obama. To me this is hardly surprising, except he really does not need to do this. They will vote for him regardless because of his race. But it has got some people really torqued off. They are saying what if Romney said white people for Mitt. I just do not see an issue here. Except when he makes a straight racial appeal like this, it encourages others who would be inclined to support him to think twice about doing so. Never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

  135. Obama could not have described a girlfriend because he never had one? until he was ushered into his marriage to Michelle by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.
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    There is a good chance he is bi-sexual. You just get that sense. If you know anything about Hollywood in the “beef cake” craze of the 1950s, there was a talent scout named Henry Wilson who frequented the gay bars and recruited many of the leading men in Hollywood in those days who were gay like him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Willson. Since I have an interest in old Hollywood, especially the silent movie era, I found a book about him and the young men he promoted. The stories were incredible, like how he had a crush on Rorie Calhoun and followed him to a house somewhere in the Hollywood Hills one rainy night and walked in and found him and Guy Madison en flagrante delicto. These were leading men but when rumors of that got out their careers were Kaput. The other night I was watching the movie Away All Boats which was an excellent World War II story. The hero was Jeff Chandler who was a navy captain who won the navy cross at the battle of Santa Cruz island but the supporting actor was George Nader and he was really the co-hero of the hero as well, yet nowhere is his name mentioned in the credits. Turns out he was the intimate of the secretary for Rock Hudson and once that fact came to light, his career was over and all memory of him was erased. Nothing brick to commemorate him on the Hollywood walk of fame. If Obama is bi-sexual, it would not sit well with black churches which are his base of support. That may be part of the impetus for this revelation of the composite girl friend, which is a complete fiction–just like under the old studio system these star crossed love affairs were promoted for publicity purposes.

  136. There is a good chance he is bi-sexual.

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    Even he were not bi-sexual but gay, he had to have known he would never make it being a gay Black man. Maybe that is why all that coolness toward his girlfriends. May be MO wears that scowl for that very reason.

  137. “present a case that Obama’s description of his girlfriend match up exactly with Bill Ayers dead, and blown up from her own nail bomb, terrorist girlfriend Diane Oughton… Exactly.”
    *********
    Ayers said that he wrote the book (regretted that he didn’t get a cut of the royalties) so no surprise that he would use Diane Oughton as Barry’s fictional girl friend.

  138. jbstonesfan
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Unemployment to be under 8% by election day.
    &&&&&&&&&

    If you are talking about the OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, that doesn’t mean jack shit.

    * I saw a stat today about 86 million people no longer in the “employment pool”.

    * Companies are “doing well”, but “not hiring”.

    * There are also continued layoffs here and there, and for government jobs (local, county, state, federal), they are either laying off, cutting benefits, or cutting hours.

    * College students generally are having a hard time finding “real work”, so what the hay, find a temp job flipping burgers, cutting lawns, whatever. So much for that whole “career” thing, and paying back your college loan.

    All told, people are still struggling.

    So if in late October, they trot out some faceless bureaucrat to state, “The unemployment rate is now 7.8%”, don’t expect that to drag Obama’s sorry ass over the finish line.

  139. Obot media is talking about some $900 shirt Ann Romney wore in an interview.

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

    iF that’s true, it’s just as relevant as the Obamas’ expensive clothes and vacations. Not only extravagant, but stupid.

  140. Furthermore, is China our largest debtor or our largest creditor?

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

    Possibly both, now or soon.

    Which doubles the unlikelihood of either of us bombing the other.

  141. http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/news-events/news-release/girls-born-2009-will-live-shorter-lives-their-mothers-hundreds-us-counties
    In 661 counties, life expectancy stopped dead or went backwards for women since 1999. By comparison, life expectancy for men stopped or reversed in 166 counties. This troubling trend is occurring in 84% of Oklahoma counties, 58% of Tennessee counties, and 33% of Georgia counties.

    Hm, that’s about the time the GOP impeached Bill Clinton, and the counties mentioned are very red counties.

    So it’s not really a GOP war on women, hm?

  142. turndownobama
    May 3rd, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    Obot media is talking about some $900 shirt Ann Romney wore in an interview.

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

    iF that’s true, it’s just as relevant as the Obamas’ expensive clothes and vacations. Not only extravagant, but stupid.
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    Less relevant. Why? Because the American taxpayers did not pay for Ann’s apparel or vacations. In other words, it IS an issue with Michelle, but not with Ann. Those assholes think they are scoring points. They think if they can paint Romney out to be rich then the sins of their leige Obama–like unemployment, a faltering economy, out of control spending and even national default will not be important anymore. Yes, they are definitely that stupid, and some of the electorate is as well.

  143. Ayers said that he wrote the book (regretted that he didn’t get a cut of the royalties) so no surprise that he would use Diane Oughton as Barry’s fictional girl friend
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    This bastard–Ayers should be in the pen. Never ever should he have been pardoned.

  144. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/05/takeaways-osama-bin-laden-documents
    On Thursday, the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point released 17 declassified documents from the raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, along with a report on the records. Thousands of documents were reportedly discovered at bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout, so the handful of communications released reflect purely what the government wants you to see. Here are some highlights:

    What follows is what Mother Jones wants you to see. Funny stuff.

  145. In 661 counties, life expectancy stopped dead or went backwards for women since 1999. By comparison, life expectancy for men stopped or reversed in 166 counties. This troubling trend is occurring in 84% of Oklahoma counties, 58% of Tennessee counties, and 33% of Georgia counties.

    Hm, that’s about the time the GOP impeached Bill Clinton, and the counties mentioned are very red counties.

    So it’s not really a GOP war on women, hm?
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    Really. You infer causation from the fact that life expectancy figures for women dropped after Bill Clinton was impeached? The people who impeached Bill are singularly responsible for lower life expectancy? Those figures were based on historical data. Is it possible that the data includes time periods before he was impeached. Was there anything else going on after 1999 that might account for it or is it just because the Republican boogy man took over? You may want to develop some additional evidence if you intend to prove that Republicans are singularly responsible for a decline in life expectancy for women rather than simply parroting an Obama talking point. Other factors you may want to consider are income level, diet, availability of rural hospitals. If you refine the argument and draw that correlation then at least it will pass the red face test, and maybe you will find some proof to support what you are saying. But you have to close those other doors first.

  146. Other factors you may want to consider are income level, diet, availability of rural hospitals.

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

    Yep. That’s stuff Bill Clinton was doing a good job with, till he got distracted by impeachment.

  147. Turndown–apropos of the above, I know a guy who is a good hospital administrator and he knows as much about medicine as many doctors. Right now he is fighting to keep open a rural hospital east of the Cascade Mountain range which supports a sizeable rural community and if he cannot do it then the hospital will close and that rural population will be without medical help for anywhere near where they live. Now that kind of thing could be an example that would support your concerns, and the county is Republican. But you still have to show it was their fault, and I don’t know that I can–unless the funding for that hospital was denied or cut back pursuant to some cost cutting initiative. The ethically challenged governor of our state–Christine Gregoire who turned on Hillary has been doing alot of slashing to achieve budget goals so it is more probable than not that the demise of this small rural hospital is the doing of democrats or republicans. Democrats of course talk a different tune, but it is all just talk. And that is the gravaman of the problem.

  148. Yep. That’s stuff Bill Clinton was doing a good job with, till he got distracted by impeachment.
    ————————
    Can you show me specific programs he was working on which were responsive to those issues which were subsequently abandoned? And if so by whom and for what reason. Saying it does not make it so. Show me the proof. Again you may be right but if the issue is important then we need to have evidence. There are too many allegations floating around now with no supporting evidence, and big media is the worst offender. If it is true–and it may be then show us the proof.

  149. This Chinese dissident business is a case of much ado about nothing. It is madness for us–whether it is this administration or the one that preceded it to intercede in the internal affairs of another country under the banner of human rights. The only exception is genocide, and there is one place where we should proceed through the United Nations rather than unilaterally. This false drama does nothing for the American People, and it may put strains on our relationship with China which manifest themselves in ways detrimental to the United States–and for what? This is not the kind of thing masters of foreign policy like Bismark would worry about.

  150. wbb,

    Starting now and working backwards, the GOP House voted to defund Planned Parenthood’s mammograms and cancer screenings. Do you dispute that if they succeeded, fewer cancers would be detected early?

  151. Barack Hussein Hype and Blame Shagnasty Obama–A Man for all seasons.

    RNC campaign parodies Obama ’08 sticker

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    By Dave Boyer

    May 2, 2012, 09:50PM

    The Republican National Committee is getting ahead of President Obama’s official campaign kickoff in Ohio and Virginia on Saturday with a media blitz labeling his re-election drive the “Hype & Blame” tour.

    The RNC will sell “Hype & Blame 2012” bumper stickers — a twist on Mr. Obama’s “hope and change” rallying cry of 2008 — accompanied by digital advertising, a fundraising strategy, radio and TV ads and op-eds in local media.

    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins and Ohio Republican Chair Bob Bennett unveiled the strategy in a conference call with reporters Thursday.

    “The candidate of hope and change has become the president of hype and blame,” Mr. Preibus said of the president. “He blames everyone and everything except the man in the mirror.”

    Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will formally launch his re-election campaign Saturday with rallies at Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Republican officials plan to call attention to Mr. Obama’s pledge to deliver millions of jobs in infrastructure and “green energy” in Virginia and Ohio, arguing that he has failed to deliver on those promises. Both states are key battlegrounds in this year’s campaign; Mr. Obama won both states four years ago after Republican George W. Bush won them in the previous two presidential elections.

    Mr. Mullins said it will be different for the president this year in Virginia.

    “Republicans won big in Virginia in 2009, 2010 and 2011,” Mr. Mullins said. “We’ve seen important victories every year since President Obama has been in office, because Virginians are rejecting his agenda. He’s been exposed for what he truly is: a cold, calculating, Chicago political operator.”

  152. Starting now and working backwards, the GOP House voted to defund Planned Parenthood’s mammograms and cancer screenings. Do you dispute that if they succeeded, fewer cancers would be detected early?
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    Turndown, was there a rise in deaths in those counties due to cancers? Were those cancers of the kind nature and type that would have been detected through screening? Prior to the defunding you speak of were those diagnostic procedures widely utilized? After the defunding how extensive was their utilization? Did the reversal in life expectancy occur only after the defunding occurred? What other factors may have accounted for that reversal? Correlation is not causation. Need to get answers to these questions in order to prove your point.

  153. KUHNER: Obama, liberal imperialist
    President is pushing neo-Wilsonian globalism on steroids

    By Jeffrey T. Kuhner

    The Washington Times

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

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    President Obama has put America on the disastrous path toward another Vietnam. This is the real meaning of his recent trip to Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama delivered a nationally televised address from Kabul. The speech was filled with symbolism. The president spoke on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Mr. Obama announced that the war is close to ending. The surge forces are being withdrawn. More troops will be pulled back in the future. The administration, along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, is determined to negotiate with the Taliban. According to Mr. Obama, the conflict is winding down. The “war on terror” supposedly is over.

    The speech was a cheap publicity stunt – political theater masquerading as statesmanship. Mr. Obama was not there to mark America’s victory in Afghanistan or to boost the morale of our soldiers. Rather, his message was aimed at the electorate back home. Opinion polls show that nearly 75 percent of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan. His aim is to convince them he is a successful commander in chief – that under his leadership, the Taliban have been routed, al Qaeda has been smashed and our troops are (eventually) coming home.

    There is one problem with Mr. Obama’s narrative: It is a lie. Shortly after his visit, the Taliban responded to Mr. Obama’s peace offer. They launched an attack, which killed seven and wounded at least 17. They have no intention of laying down their arms. Why should they? The Taliban are bleeding America to death. They have not been defeated. Instead, they are resurgent. With a safe haven in Pakistan, Taliban guerrillas are able to cross the Afghan border with impunity. The native Afghan population is turning on allied forces, increasingly viewing them as foreign occupiers.

    Moreover, al Qaeda has become entrenched in neighboring Pakistan. Contrary to Mr. Obama’s spin, the terror network has grown stronger under his watch. Al Qaeda may be reeling in Afghanistan, but it has metastasized into Yemen, Somalia and Libya – the latter mainly because of Mr. Obama’s reckless campaign to topple Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Islamic radicalism is spreading, not contracting. Jihadists have new sanctuaries from which to attack Western targets. They are winning; we are losing.

    Mr. Obama, however, refuses to cut our losses. While pledging U.S. withdrawal, he has done the unthinkable: committed American blood and treasure to be squandered for another decade in futile nation-building. The president signed a Security Partnership Agreement with Mr. Karzai. It pledges that U.S. forces will remain after 2014, until at least 2024, helping the Afghan army provide stability and security. The agreement also ensures that Washington will continue to send billions in foreign aid to prop up the corrupt Karzai government. The total amount of funding and number of U.S. troops still need to be negotiated. But the message is clear: Uncle Sam is not leaving anytime soon.

    This is imperial folly. So far, the war in Afghanistan has cost more than a half-trillion dollars. Nearly 2,000 U.S. warriors have been killed. Thousands more have been maimed or crippled. Our troops are forced to fight with strict rules of engagement that make victory impossible. It is the longest war in American history. The Afghan environment – its primitive population, vast network of caves and mountains – is perfectly suited for guerrilla warfare. The country is frozen in the seventh century, fractured along tribal and ethnic lines. Militant Islam is rampant. Shariah law pervades Afghan society. The dominant ethnic Pashtuns want America – and all Western powers – out. It is arrogant, bordering on megalomaniacal, to think the United States can transform Afghanistan into a functional, liberal democracy. In fact, it is a recipe for a protracted quagmire – one that will lead to inevitable military defeat and national humiliation. Mr. Obama’s decision to keep us there until 2024 represents the height of irresponsible hubris.

    Contrary to conventional wisdom, Mr. Obama is not some McGovernite peacenik, but a liberal imperialist bent on consolidating a NATO world empire. His foreign policy is eerily similar to that of another socialist superpower leader: the late Soviet ruler Leonid Brezhnev. In 1968, Brezhnev ordered the Red Army to crush the Prague Spring. He later announced what came to be known as the Brezhnev Doctrine: Once a country was part of the Soviet Union’s orbit, it could never leave the “community of socialist states.”

    Mr. Obama has created his own version of the Brezhnev Doctrine. He wants to impose U.S.-led hegemony upon foreign lands – especially Muslim states – in the service of multicultural nation-building. It is a form of leftist utopian social engineering: Use American power to advance economic development, human rights and democratic government in the Third World. It is neo-Wilsonian globalism on steroids. The fact that Islamic civilization has proved to be incompatible with – even hostile to – Western-style liberty is irrelevant to Mr. Obama. He is an ideologue who cannot allow fundamental realities – the enduring importance of faith, tribe and nation – to get in the way of progressive supranationalism. If he can remake America at home, why stop at our shores? It is the inevitable logic of the expansionist leftist super state.

    This is why Mr. Obama has waged a war in Libya, supported the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, left behind 16,000 U.S. “advisers” in Iraq and is cementing America’s semipermanent presence in Afghanistan. He believes in a liberal empire marked by a bureaucratic ruling class, lavish foreign aid and sympathy for Third World anti-Americanism. It is the postmodern version of the “white man’s burden.” Imperial overstretch destroyed ancient Rome, the great European powers and Soviet Russia. Without a policy U-turn, we are destined to suffer the same fate.

    Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

  154. Going to Larry Sabato for political advice makes about as much sense as interviewing the only left winger at AEI Norman Orstein. In both cases, it is a matter of garbage in garbage out.

  155. Need to get answers to these questions in order to prove your point.

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

    The honorable counselor has taken the line I expected. We would also need to know the size of the crate, the speed of the car, the miles remaining after the hosing, whether a veterinarian examied the Romney’s dog upon arrival, where his or her credentials came from (US or Canada), etc.

    Luckily, the honorable H4T can recuse herself from examination of these details.

  156. It is arrogant, bordering on megalomaniacal, to think the United States can transform Afghanistan into a functional, liberal democracy.
    Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

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

    Good points throughout. But did the Wash Times say this when it was Bush starting these Iraq and Afgan wars, and “staying the course”?

    (Not defending Obama on this, but condemning the Wash Times and other rightwing sources for hypocrisy.)

  157. Althouse had a thread going on John Edwards’ trial yesterday. I wonder when the public at large will put 2 and 2 together — that how the affair was kept under wraps for so long and how if it had come out when it should have, Hillary would have won the nomination (without Edwards in the race) and would now be the president. Will the people realize the lengths big media went to keep Edwards in the race?

  158. pm317: “Why do lefties use the word ‘nuanced’ so much? Does it sound elite, uppity, what?”
    ====

    Please excuse me if I go into this question in some depth.

    First, I’d like to point out that it’s not just lefties: I remember McCain also used “nuanced” at least once in 2008, saying that Obama’s stance on some foreign policy question “needs to be nuanced”. He also referred to Obama’s offer to visit rogue countries with extended hand as a sign of “naïveté”, with the French pronunciation, not even Americanizing it to “naivety”.

    The English dictionary has some 9000 words (out of more than a million) of Latin-based roots that came from the French of William the Conqueror, who of course was the founder of today’s British monarchy and aristocratic class.

    In England, the aristocrats have always made extensive use of this elite vocabulary, while the lower classes have used the more extensive vocabulary of Germanic and Scandinavian origin.

    Thus you have ‘beef’ (from ‘boeuf’) and ‘veal’ (from ‘veau’) for meat served on the table, but you have the Germanic ‘cow’ and ‘calf’ for the same meat on the hoof, where the peasantry tended the cattle for their lords. The instances of the elite French vocabulary for the upper classes and the Germanic grunt vocabulary of the lower classes are manifold.

    This inbred elitism in English was of course carried over into education. Aristocrats had access to and dominated education and, to the extent that there was any social mobility at all, anyone who wanted to get ahead in the Church or military needed an education too, and thus had to master this French vocabulary.

    In the meantime, over the centuries and especially in the Enlightenment (18th century), this French vocabulary became widely used by other countries, in particular the many princedoms of Germany, but also Austria, Russia and so forth. French became the lingua franca of the political, military and intellectual elites of Europe as a whole, and remained so until about 1970.

    In 18th century America, there was a groundswell of “education for everyone”, if you will, and the country was strongly influenced by the Enlightenment with its French vocabulary. The result was that America’s “aristocracy” was so huge as to be all-inclusive. Everyone addressed each other as “Sir” and “Madam”, with mutual respect intended for all – an eminently Enlightenment attitude.

    Such an attitude did not sit well with the English aristocracy, who viewed the Americans as ‘uppity’. The French, on the other hand, had no problem with it – including their monarchy –, because there was no such linguistic division in French. Everyone spoke the same compact language, including the rising bourgeoisie (who led the Revolution) and the peasants and tradesmen. And of course we know that the French monarch bankrupted himself in support of the uppity American colonists.

    One telling example of differences between American and English usage at the time was that Americans used the French “liberty” more often than the Germanic “freedom”.

    I think it is unfortunate that this preference for ‘liberty’ has fallen by the wayside today, because there is a… nuance… of meaning between ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’. ‘Freedom’ is unfettered, unlimited, unbounded, while ‘Liberty’ is conditional: It implies the corresponding responsibility for one’s deeds and a necessary set of rules for everyone to follow.

    The only instance I can think of where ‘liberty’ is used today is when sailors are on liberty in a foreign port, the understanding being that they are to conduct themselves in a way worthy of the United States, in compliance with local laws, and the MPs are there to make sure they do just that. That is ‘liberty’ taken rightly in its conditional sense.

    Today, we speak of “freedom of expression”, on the other hand, without the idea of conditional “liberty”. The idea is amok in the United States that “I have the right to say whatever comes into my head, whenever I want, to whomever I want,” and any criticism or disagreement is taken as a breach of one’s rights or as a personal attack, thus prompting a personal counter-attack or endless screaming like Shabazz on a Philadelphia street corner, with no one listening.

    And then we wonder why our ideas of freedom of expression, and our other ‘freedoms’, are misunderstood, or scoffed at, or hated, by the rest of the world?

    When Austria outlawed holocaust denial, followed by France which also outlawed denial of the Armenian genocide, neither country thought to reference American ideals of freedom of expression. They simply don’t care. To Europeans generally (and even the Brits), the idea of unfettered, unbounded freedoms is madness. If you have no rules and can impose no limits, you wind up with the law of the jungle and the rule of the fittest with death for the rest.

    Do you know that the country that outlawed the Burqa and head scarves in schools also outlawed racial slurs? Imagine that… I mean, doesn’t that just say it all about how authoritarian and freedom-hating the French can be, when Joe Blow can’t even make fun of “nègres”, “frisés” (Arabs) or “chintoques” (Asians) in public without being dragged into court, fined and jailed? And this in the country that prides itself on being the land of Human Rights, hypocritically heading its Constitution with the Declaration of 1789!!

    Actually, I’ve never heard of a case in court over this racial slur business; but that, I think, is because racial slurs no longer exist. The law passed the Assembly unanimously because everyone wanted to put a stop to the whole ugly practice of saying just anything that pops into your head without a thought to the damage it may do to someone else.

    This law is expressed in the Civil Code with corresponding articles in the Penal (Criminal) Code. It in no way contradicts the Declaration of 1789, which is worth a close read by anyone interested. On the contrary, it stems directly from articles 4 and 10 of that Declaration, which say (Wikipedia translation):

    4: “Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else…,” directly tying a deed to responsibility for its effects, and making racial slurs a potential civil offense against another individual;

    10: “No one shall be disquieted on account of his opinions… provided their manifestation does not disturb the public order established by law,” opening the path to making racial slurs a public disturbance and thereby a criminal offense.

    The Declaration of 1789 makes such extensive universal definitions of Liberty but, to define something (in French, anyway), you have to place bounds upon it and establish rules. We, on the other hand, shun rules of any kind.

    Anyway, I’ve conducted this rant on the modern American sense of freedoms before; I just couldn’t help from making it again here. But I do think that these considerations should be taken seriously this year, when Romney has come out against the de-regulation theology of the Republican Party by saying, “free markets need regulation.” Maybe it is Romney’s French experience that brought him to this conclusion? Or is it his extensive business experience? In any event, I agree fully with him.

    Back to your original question about “nuanced”, as I explained above, it is part of the French-based elite vocabulary because only educated people understand or use the word. To know if the person is being elitist or “uppity” depends on who is saying it to whom. My general reaction is that a writer who uses the word is either implying that “this sentence isn’t meant for the common folk,” which makes it elitist, or else he simply couldn’t find a better word.

    The latter may actually be the case, because “nuance” as a verb does not have many thesaurus entries that can be put succinctly into a past participle meaning the same thing. So, while the word is definitely of elite origin, I reserve judgment on the “uppity” or “elitist” feel of the word until I see the context.

    However, all this does bring me back to my rant of a few days ago about the word “folks”.

    The Germanic “folks” is by no means a word of elite origin. But here again, it depends on who is saying the word to whom.

    When the guy on the street says, “I’m having the wife’s folks over for dinner tomorrow,” or “Hey, are you folks coming to Church on Sunday?” the speaker includes himself among the folks, just one of the crowd. That makes it a friendly word.

    But when a political leader refers to “folks” who aren’t smart enough to understand him, or who are barely tolerated because they oppose him, the word becomes a backhanded elitist expression. My reaction then is, “I understand him all right: he’s a fucking narcissistic elitist sociopath.” Or, as Shadowfax says:

    “Many of us have experience with a narcissist and once you have been around one, you can spot one from a mile away.”

    (Thank you wbboei for the professional diagnosis).

  159. ShortTermer
    May 3rd, 2012 at 9:24 am
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    I hope that you have a wonderful trip!

  160. Need to get answers to these questions in order to prove your point.

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

    The honorable counselor has taken the line I expected. We would also need to know the size of the crate, the speed of the car, the miles remaining after the hosing, whether a veterinarian examied the Romney’s dog upon arrival, where his or her credentials came from (US or Canada), etc.

    Luckily, the honorable H4T can recuse herself from examination of these details.
    ——————
    On the contrary turndown. This is the only way to get past all these unsubstantiated allegation sans proof that the hard left is famous for. For example, you say Republicans are responsible for declining life expectancy in rural counties in Oklahoma because Bill was too busy with impeachment to save them. So I say as it stands that is nothing more than a bot talking point. To which you say well they cut federal government funding for planned parenthood, ergo case proven. To which I say that is still just a talking hard left talking point, and in the specific case it proves nothing. If you want reasonable people to accept what you are saying you must find some way to connect the general allegation to the specific case and you have not done that. Therefore it remains nothing more than a bot talking point. I gave you some suggestions on where and how to dig, but you instead you recuse yourself and treat this like it is it is odd, when in fact it is what you need to do if you want us to believe. Otherwise it is like throwing mud at the wall hoping that some of it sticks.

  161. Reading Lame Cherry posts that have ominous predictions of the physical demise of BO. I have read a handful of her posts with this prediction. My only interest with this has to do with accuracy of prophecy. Tinfoil perhaps.

  162. Good points throughout. But did the Wash Times say this when it was Bush starting these Iraq and Afgan wars, and “staying the course”?

    (Not defending Obama on this, but condemning the Wash Times and other rightwing sources for hypocrisy.)
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    I did not realize Bush was still president. You are evading the point. If the point is valid now, then what they said or did not say a decade ago does not matter. If you want to do the research perhaps you can prove a negative.

  163. Turndown, the reason I am making a point of this is because this is all Obama has to work with. The power of unsubstantiated allegatons, and the manipulation of emotions. He cannot defend his record. Therefore, we must not accept these allegations as true. Press him for proof.

  164. Remember when Krauthammer said if the unemployment rate goes below 8% Obama wins. Yup he said it. Stupid. In fact, there is little or no correlation between that unemployment number and the state of unemployment. If anything there is a reverse relationship. As you can see, hiring slows, more people drop off the lists, and the unemployment rate goes down. A real credit to Obama if you ask mainstream media. Obviously he has been working hard on this, and thinking about it every time he looks down at a treacherous 2 foot putt. Krauthammer needs to retract his prior statement and explain that the unemployment rate is a completely misleading metric. You must look at the total number of people who are unemployed regardless of how long they have been unemployed or whether by some bullshit standard they are actively seeking work. Otherwise the number is garbage. Uninformative at best, materially misleading at worst. But seductive to those who want to pretend we do not have a problem.

    —————————————————-

    US hiring slows sharply with just 115K jobs added
    Published May 04, 2012
    Associated Press

    U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April for the second straight month, a sobering reminder that the economy remains weak. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, but only because more people gave up looking for work.

    The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added just 115,000 jobs in April. That’s below March’s upwardly revised 154,000 jobs and far fewer than the pace from earlier this year.

    The unemployment rate has fallen a full percentage point since August to a three-year low. But last month’s decline was not due to job growth. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively looking for work.

    In April, the percentage of adults working or looking for work fell to the lowest level in more than 30 years.

    Employers added an average of 252,000 jobs per month from December through February, a burst of hiring that raised hopes the economy would accelerate. But job gains have averaged only 135,000 in the two months since then.

    The slowdown will heighten fears that high gas prices and sluggish income growth are weighing on the broader economy.

    Average hourly wages rose a penny in April, to $23.38. They have increased 1.8 percent over the past year, trailing the rate of inflation.

    The economy must create at least 125,000 jobs a month just to keep pace with population growth. It generally takes twice that number on a consistent basis to rapidly lower the unemployment rate.

    Weak job gains pose a threat to President Barack Obama’s reelection. He is likely to face voters this fall with the highest unemployment rate of any president since World War II.

    Economists surveyed by the Associated Press said hiring should be sufficient to push the unemployment rate below 8 percent by Election Day. The 32 economists surveyed by the AP see steady job gains averaging 177,000 a month for the rest of this year. That should be enough to lower the unemployment rate to 7.9 percent by November.

    There have been some signs that hiring will improve.

    The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by the most in a year, the government said Thursday. That figure was released after the government compiled its April report. But it could bode well for hiring in May.

    And earlier this week, the Institute for Supply Management, a private trade group, said factory activity grew at the fastest pace in 10 months and a gauge of manufacturing employment showed that hiring jumped.

    Still, service companies expanded in April at the slowest pace in four months, according to a separate ISM survey. And the group said hiring at those companies, which employ roughly 90 percent of the work force, slowed.

    The economy expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter, down from 3 percent growth in the fourth quarter. Economists polled by the AP forecast the economy will grow 2.5 percent this year. In a healthy economy, that would be considered average. But faster growth is needed to spur greater job creation.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/04/us-hiring-slows-sharply-with-just-115k-jobs-added-718606569/?test=latestnews#ixzz1tuZWiS8U

  165. Mitt Romney “would probably make a good president,” liberal icon Ted Turner says in an appearance on the network that fired him on Thursday night.

    Do these Journolists read what they write? Turner was fired Thurday night?

  166. jeswezey, the sentence structure makes it sound as if he was just fired on Thursday night. No, he left CNN years ago. Really bad writing.

  167. nomobama
    May 4th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Reading Lame Cherry posts that have ominous predictions of the physical demise of BO.
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    Would fit in with the contrived Secret Service scandal of late affording the WH the opportunity for reevaluating the loyalty and good intentions of those closest to the King-

    I’ve always thought if BO were to be terminated it could be easily done through the proximity and the auspices of the SS.

  168. Do these Journolists read what they write? Turner was fired Thurday night?
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    For them English is a second language. Where big media is concerned Obama gibberish is their mother tongue.

  169. Now this post falls in with the overall picture that is THE BIG picture of where and why Obama is dragging the US towards giving up our sovereignty if he signs the Treaty spoken and posted about here as he is scheduled to do in a few months- which has gained little notice or comment on this blog..

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    SENIOR Eurocrats are secretly plotting to create a super-powerful EU president to realise their dream of abolishing ­Britain, we can reveal.
    A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.

    The new bureaucrat, who would not be directly elected by voters, is set to get sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union.

    Tellingly, the UK has been excluded from the confidential discussions within the shady “Berlin Group” of Europhile politicians, spearheaded by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.

    Opponents fear the plan could create a modern-day equivalent of the European emperor envisaged by Napoleon Bonaparte or a return to the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne that dominated Europe in the Dark Ages.

    They are concerned that David Cameron’s coalition Government is doing nothing to prevent the sinister plot. The secret talks were uncovered by Independent Labour peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon.

    “This is a plot by people who want to abolish nation states and create a United States of Europe,” he said.

    “The whole thing is barmy. These people are determined to achieve their final objective.

    “The only hope for Britain is to leave the EU and become an independent nation.”..

    [And then what of the United States as we become subservient to the whims of the UN and the veto power of Russia and China, part of the UN Treaty with the Global United States of Europe?]

    …snip…

    “While the UK is not part of that group, we understand that one idea under discussion is a merger of the positions of president of the European Council and president of the European Commission.”

    Lord Howell added: “A merger of the two presidencies would create a potential conflict of interest, undermine the quality of the EU’s decision-making processes and upset the institutional balance within the EU.” Lord Stoddart said: “These sorts of informal discussions within the EU have a habit of rapidly being transferred into formal proposals.

    “Since the Government is not party to these discussions, its reservations are academic.

    “Such a merger would represent a massive shift of power into the hands of a single, unelected bureaucrat. The Government should be taking this far more seriously and voicing its objections very strongly.”

    He added: “The holder of this new office would be both Europe’s political and administrative leader, giving them far more powers than those given to the US president.

    “It really is a great disappointment that we have a Conservative-led Government that is supposed to be Eurosceptic yet ministers just go along with this.”

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/318045/EU-plot-to-scrap-Britain
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    More than likely, Britain intends on being the ONLY stand alone power as was Cameron’s desire in the first place. So, the only reason for the US to be neutralized is to remove the sovereign citizenship rights of Americans by lumping them into this morass of the floundering European Union and have American tax payers responsible for more global bail outs under more restrictive laws of the UN and the European Union.

  170. Romney Calls Job Report ‘Terrible’

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    Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney called Friday’s jobs report “terrible,” as he accused the president’s policies of slowing the economic recovery.

    “It’s a terrible and very disappointing report this morning,” Mr. Romney said in an interview with Fox & Friends Friday morning. “We seem to be slowing down not speeding up. This is not progress.”

    Unemployment ticked down to 8.1% in April from 8.2%, the Labor Department said Friday. But job growth slowed: The economy added just 115,000 new jobs in April, renewing concerns that the U.S. could be headed for its third-straight summer slowdown. The state of the U.S. economy is sure to remain a central argument in the fall election as both President Barack Obama and Mr. Romney try to shape voters’ views about economic conditions.

    Mr. Romney said the economy should be experiencing growth of around 500,000 jobs a month after such a deep economic downturn. “The president’s policies have simply not worked,” he said.

  171. Mrs. Smith
    May 4th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Now this post falls in with the overall picture that is THE BIG picture of where and why Obama is dragging the US towards giving up our sovereignty if he signs the Treaty spoken and posted about here as he is scheduled to do in a few months- which has gained little notice or comment on this blog..
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    I agree and have said as much before. I know some on this blog disagree, but go back to the article on the Transatlantic Union which appeared in Foreign Affairs magazine and you will get a pretty good sense of where they want to take this thing and Obama is both a tool and a prop for them to do it. The perfect Manchurian candidate. And, sadly, most people do not see it. But there was a time when they did not believe Soros was a problem either, whereas now many people get it. But time is working against us and if we must wait until the last deadhead wakes up then it may be too late. I hate consensus decision making–it is only as good as its weakest link.

  172. I also hate Jack Welch. He is personally responsible for what is wrong with mainstream media. He is personally responsible for Imelt. He is personally responsible for the election of Obama. He is a fossil and should quietly retire. He has ruined many promising careers with his cut throat policies and rutheless business tactics. His wife on the other hand is a dynamo. The country needs to hear less from him and more from her, because Suzy has important things to say.

  173. Obama’s West Virginia Woes

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    West Virginia sent some political smoke signals yesterday when Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin became the second politician in his state to straight-arm President Obama. His comments followed similar remarks by Sen. Joe Manchin, who last month said he was having second thoughts about supporting the president this time around.

    Asked whether he’ll support Mr. Obama or Mitt Romney for the White House in 2012, Mr. Tomblin said that neither had earned his vote at this point and that he does “not believe that either candidate has a real understanding of what is important to West Virginia.” Of the president he said, “Mr. Obama has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia’s economy, coal and the energy industry out of business. That will not only hurt thousands of West Virginia families, it will destroy the economic fabric of our state.”

    It was hard not to see this one coming. While the president has paid lip service to a diverse energy market, saying he believes in using “all of the above,” over the past three years the Environmental Protection Agency has effectively been blocking new coal facilities with a bevy of regulations. Last month the agency made it official with a rule requiring utilities to new technologies to meet standards for CO2 under the Clean Air Act. Back in March, Mr. Tomblin excoriated the EPA’s “inappropriate use of its regulatory authority to set policy for our country. Those decisions reside within the Congress, not an unelected bureaucracy.” Mr. Manchin called the move evidence of an EPA “war on coal.”

    West Virginia is usually reliably liberal on the state level—Democrats control both houses of Congress and hold both Senate seats and the governor’s office. But in the presidential election allegiances are shiftier, and Mr. Obama’s record may make Democrats radioactive. Mr. Manchin’s statement about Mr. Obama came shortly after he was one of a dozen Democrats to vote with Republicans on the Keystone pipeline. For his part, Mr. Tomblin is running against Republican Bill Maloney who has made the governor’s position on the Obama energy regulations a mainstay of his campaign, urging Mr. Tomblin to call for EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s resignation over regulations that have put coal miners out of work. A recent poll from the Charleston Daily Mail found that Mr. Tomblin was drawing 38% of West Virginia Republican suppor

  174. More than likely, Britain intends on being the ONLY stand alone power as was Cameron’s desire in the first place. So, the only reason for the US to be neutralized is to remove the sovereign citizenship rights of Americans by lumping them into this morass of the floundering European Union and have American tax payers responsible for more global bail outs under more restrictive laws of the UN and the European Union.
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    FWI- While Bush was in office 2 happenings of little consequence took place that at the time meant little to us as anything that wold affect us.. That is: The city of London was declared separate and apart from England particularly encompassed within the circumference of a mile radius surrounding Buckingham Palace. AND…

    The same caveat ordained within the city exclusively for Washington, DC. Those living within the designated DC parameters are exempt from the laws governing the rest of the peasants within the continental US.

  175. wbboei
    May 4th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Mrs. Smith
    May 4th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Now this post falls in with the overall picture that is THE BIG picture of where and why Obama is dragging the US towards giving up our sovereignty if he signs the Treaty spoken and posted about here as he is scheduled to do in a few months- which has gained little notice or comment on this blog..
    ———————
    I agree and have said as much before. I know some on this blog disagree, but go back to the article on the Transatlantic Union which appeared in Foreign Affairs magazine and you will get a pretty good sense of where they want to take this thing and Obama is both a tool and a prop for them to do it.
    ____________________

    Well, actually, you didn’t take a stand one way or the other when you had the chance.. It would have been good for all to read about it had you posted a link to the article pointed to your reference.

    Here is what you posted:
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    wbboei
    May 2nd, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    http://www.dickmorris.com/obama-gives-away-our-sovereignty-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

    This just can’t be true . . .
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    Reading about the Trans-Atlantic agreement would have been beneficial backing up your previously posted Dick Morris’ lunch alert shouting from the roof tops about Obama’s plan to relinquish our sovereignty to the UN…

    If you can, would you post a link to the info relevant in the Trans-Atlantic agreement?

  176. Charles Krauthammer

    Divider in chief
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    “The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states …” – Barack Obama, rising star, Democratic convention, 2004

    Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he’s been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case. First shredded for his “train wreck” defense of Obamacare’s individual mandate, he is now blamed for the defenestration in oral argument of Obama’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law.

    The law allows police to check the immigration status of someone stopped for other reasons. Verrilli claimed that constitutes an intrusion on the federal monopoly on immigration enforcement. He was pummeled. Why shouldn’t a state help the federal government enforce the law? “You can see it’s not selling very well,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    But Verrilli never had a chance. This was never a serious legal challenge in the first place. It was confected (and timed) purely for political effect, to highlight immigration as a campaign issue with which to portray Republicans as anti-Hispanic.

    Hispanics are just the beginning, however. The entire Obama campaign is a slice and dice operation, pandering to one group after another, particularly those that elected Obama in 2008 – blacks, Hispanics, women, young people – and for whom the thrill is now gone.

    What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary – bogus court challenges, dead-end Senate bills and a forest of straw men.

    Why else would the Justice Department challenge the photo ID law in Texas? To charge Republicans with seeking to disenfranchise Hispanics and blacks, of course. But in 2008 the Supreme Court upheld a similar law from Indiana. And it wasn’t close: 6-3, the majority including that venerated liberal, John Paul Stevens.

    Moreover, photo IDs were recommended by the 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter. And you surely can’t get into the attorney general’s building without one. Are Stevens, Carter and Eric Holder anti-Hispanic and anti-black?

    The ethnic bases covered, we proceed to the “war on women.” It sprang to public notice when a 30-year-old student at an elite law school (starting private-sector salary upon graduation: $160,000) was denied the inalienable right to have the rest of the citizenry (as co-insured and/or taxpayers – median household income: $52,000) pay for her contraception.

    Despite a temporary setback – Hilary Rosen’s hastily surrendered war on moms – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will resume the battle with a Paycheck Fairness Act that practically encourages frivolous lawsuits and has zero chance of passage.

    No matter. Its sole purpose is to keep the war-on-women theme going, while the equally just-for-show Buffett Rule, nicely pitting the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, is a clever bit of class warfare designed to let Democrats play tribune of the middle class.

    Ethnicity, race, gender, class. One more box to check: the young. Just four years ago, they swooned in the aisles for Obama. No longer. Not when 54 percent of college graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.

    How to shake them from their lethargy? Fear again. Tell them, as Obama repeatedly does, that Paul Ryan’s budget would cut Pell Grants by $1,000 each, if his domestic cuts were evenly distributed. (They are not evenly distributed, making the charge a fabrication. But a great applause line.)

    Then warn that Republicans would double the interest rate on student loans. Well, first, Mitt Romney has said he would keep them right where they are. Second, as The Washington Post points out, this is nothing but a recycled campaign gimmick from 2006 when Democrats advocated (and later passed) a 50 percent rate cut that gratuitously squanders student aid by subsidizing the wealthy as well as the needy.

    For Obama, what’s not to like? More beneficiaries, more votes.

    What else to run on with 1.7 percent GDP growth (2011), record long-term joblessness and record 8 percent-plus unemployment (38 consecutive months, as of this writing). Slice and dice, group against group.

    There is a problem, however. It makes a mockery of Obama’s pose as the great transcender, uniter, healer of divisions. This is the man who sprang from nowhere with that thrilling 2004 convention speech declaring that there is “not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

    That was then. Today, we are just sects with quarrels – to be exploited for political advantage. And Obama is just the man to fulfill Al Gore’s famous mistranslation of our national motto: Out of one, many.

  177. catching up…

    pm317
    May 2nd, 2012 at 8:37 am
    New hi tler video

    very funny!

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    Basil…love your animal videos…

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    O…starts partying on the 3rd for cinco de mayo…because “they love to party at his WH”

  178. Mrs Smith, about these things happening under Dubya:

    “city of London was declared separate and apart from England” – I’m interested in knowing your references on this. To my knowledge, the City became a sovereign state in 1694 when William III of Orange privatized and turned the Bank of England over to bankers, equivalent to the Federal Reserve Act but involving the declaration of the City as an independent City-State as there were about a dozen others at the time.

    “same caveat ordained within the city exclusively for Washington, DC. Those living within the designated DC parameters are exempt from the laws governing the rest of the peasants within the continental US.” To my knowledge, the District of Columbia is 10 square miles of land in the heart of Washington, subject to its own laws and not the Constitution, created as a separate corporate government by an Act of 1871.

    The world’s third (or perhaps first) most powerful city-state is the Vatican, the world’s smallest principality that emerged from the Lateran Agreements of 1929. The Pope’s wealth is in the hands of the Bank of England, currently owned by Evelyn de Rothschild, who also handles the wealth of the Queen.

    That puts a very large share of the world’s wealth in the hands of the Rothschilds, who are also part owners of the Federal Reserve.

    This whole system has been built up over a very long time – since 1812, to be exact.

  179. jeswezey
    May 4th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Mrs Smith, about these things happening under Dubya:
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    jeswezey, I don’t have a citation and haven’t looked for one. However, my post was from memory as I read it probably around 05′ or 06’… Otherwise how would I know these things existed?

    I appreciate you posting the history of the speciality of London and DC relative to current events, though- Most likely the reason Prince William and his bride are moving soon from their apartment into Kensington Palace out of the jurisdiction of this New World Order.

  180. Top headline on Drudge – October surprise

    TV report: Netanyahu holding elections so he is free to deal with Iran in September-October

    Channel 2 commentator says PM is going to polls early so he can handle Iran threat when safely re-elected and with Obama paralyzed in presidential campaign

    I

    srael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling early elections so that he and his government will be free to deal with Iran’s nuclear program this September-October, one of Israel’s best-informed political commentators said on Friday night.

    Netanyahu is set on Sunday to announce that he is dissolving parliament and calling elections for September 4 — a year ahead of schedule. In the weeks immediately after that vote, said well-connected commentator Amnon Abramovich on the top-rated Channel 2 news, Netanyahu will head a transition government at home and have no need to worry about voter sentiment, and he knows that President Barack Obama will be paralyzed by the US presidential campaign.

    Netanyahu has shocked the nation in the past few days by indicating that he will be calling elections a year ahead of their scheduled date in October 2013, leaving analysts baffled as to his reasoning. Speculation has focused on differences among the various coalition parties over legislation on national service for ultra-Orthodox Israelis, and over elements of the national budget.

    But Abramovich said that the dramatic decision to bring the elections forward relates to Iran. After the September elections, which all polls show Netanyahu winning easily, he will head a transition government for several weeks while a new coalition is formed. During that period, Netanyahu “will not be beholden to the voters,” and will be free to take decisions on Iran that many Israelis might not support, Abramovich said.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-report-netanyahu-holding-elections-so-he-is-free-to-deal-with-iran-in-september-october/

  181. a 30-year-old student at an elite law school (starting private-sector salary upon graduation: $160,000) was denied the inalienable right to have the rest of the citizenry (as co-insured and/or taxpayers – median household income: $52,000) pay for her contraception.

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    KRAUTHAMMER BULLSHIT!

    The student health insurance at Georgetown is paid for BY THE STUDENTS COVERED; it simply allowed group purchase rates.

    Taxpayers had nothing to do with it. Co-insured were other students at that same “elite” school, ie n the same category as Sandra.

  182. the contrived Secret Service scandal

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    Must have been interesting work setting up that contrivence. 😉

  183. the sentence structure makes it sound as if he was just fired on Thursday night. No, he left CNN years ago. Really bad writing.

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    Yes. And was Turner even fired at all? Istr he sold out.

  184. You must look at the total number of people who are unemployed regardless of how long they have been unemployed or whether by some bullshit standard they are actively seeking work. Otherwise the number is garbage. Uninformative at best, materially misleading at worst.

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    Yes. Better they should report how many jobs actually exist (‘payroll count’?) and how that number has been changing.

  185. (Not defending Obama on this, but condemning the Wash Times and other rightwing sources for hypocrisy.)
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    I did not realize Bush was still president. You are evading the point. If the point is valid now, then what they said or did not say a decade ago does not matter.

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    Sure it matters — toward the credibility of the Wash Times and other rightwingers. Their philosophy on intervention depends on who is in the White House.

    When Bill Clinton helped Kosovo, the rightwingers were saying the US should not try to impose our standards on other countries. When Bush got into Iraq and Afgan, suddenly we had a white man’s burden to help the Arab countries with “nation builiding.” When Obama continues Bush’s wars, suddenly they’re bad again.

  186. What I am getting out of the following is that the US cut a bad deal for the release of the Chinese dissident–a deal which pushed him out the door of the embassy and did not protect his family. But we did announce a ground breaking agreement with the Chinese government on cook stoves–so all is well that ends well. This is not what Hillary would do. This is the Obama re election machine calling all the shots here, and all they wanted was a headline this week. Everything else–like the protection of US interests are secondary. Mark Twain said no man is safe when congress is in session. I would say no American is safe when that little dirt bag tax cheat Geithner is in China. And no one is safe with the Fraud in the White House. That much is certain. But at least we have the cook stove problem under control/ We can thank the Messiah for that.
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    http://online.wsj.com/video/F94A8C50-F53B-43FF-A5DF-A72EAB487DDA.html

  187. After seeing what a mess Obama’s negotiators have made of this Chen episode, Hillary is trying to cut a better deal. Campbell is an Obama plant in the state department, and his marching orders from Jarret were get me a headline which Obama can use against Romeny. That is why the rush took place, and when you are in a rush “mistakes are made”. Obama needs to intercede and sprinkle pixie dust over the whole sordid affair and everything will be fine in the morning. But for reasons we all understand since there is no victory here ergo he will stay as far away from it as possible. There are times when even a messiah has to be . . . . how shall I put it . . . . circumspect.
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    Hours after Chen Guangcheng agreed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing Wednesday under a deal that would let him relocate within China, he changed his mind. The blind Chinese dissident and his family now want asylum in the U.S., and late Thursday he made a plea by phone to Members of Congress. American diplomats seem to be negotiating again on his behalf, only now they have less leverage.

    Reuters

    A photo from the U.S. Embassy Beijing press office shows activist Chen Guangcheng, left, accompanied by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, right, and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, center, in Beijing.

    So much, then, for the feel-good story about smart U.S. diplomacy in which everyone comes out a winner. Instead we have a case of claims and counter-claims—with the potential to tarnish America’s reputation as a defender of human rights. In one interview after he left the embassy, Mr. Chen accused U.S. officials of passing along Chinese government threats to harm his wife. U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke denies that claim, and Mr. Chen has also said that the U.S. protected his interests.

    Mr. Chen’s apparent inconsistencies may be forgiven. After being injured during a traumatic escape from house arrest, he was vulnerable to Chinese government manipulation. The Chinese Foreign Ministry agreed to bring Mr. Chen’s wife and daughter to Beijing to encourage him to accept the deal. But it then threatened to send them back to Shandong, where they faced violent retribution from local officials, if he didn’t leave the embassy.
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    Editorial board member Mary Kissel provides an update on Chen Guangcheng’s situation and how it could affect economic talks between the U.S. and China. Photo: Associated Press

    This must have left Mr. Chen feeling that his back was against the wall. It didn’t help that the U.S. didn’t allow Mr. Chen to have a cell phone or call his friends freely while in the embassy. It also didn’t help that Mr. Chen says the U.S. pressed him to make a quick decision, almost certainly so the issue could be settled before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s arrival in Beijing for a Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

    Once Mr. Chen left the embassy and called fellow dissidents, they expressed doubts about the deal. U.S. officials promised to stay with him in the hospital but then disappeared. It’s hardly surprising that he grew anxious once he was back under the thumb of Chinese police.

    Now more than Mr. Chen’s best interests are at stake. The case will reverberate within China and in U.S.-China relations for years. In response to Beijing’s demands that the U.S. apologize for sheltering Mr. Chen for six days, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell—who had helped negotiate the deal—said “this was an extraordinary circumstance” and “we don’t expect it to be repeated.”

    That may have been diplomatic of Mr. Campbell, but it was credited by Chinese state media as a sign of “contrition.” It certainly smacks of weakness that could end up harming Mr. Chen, his family, and U.S. interests.

  188. Sure it matters — toward the credibility of the Wash Times and other rightwingers. Their philosophy on intervention depends on who is in the White House.

    When Bill Clinton helped Kosovo, the rightwingers were saying the US should not try to impose our standards on other countries. When Bush got into Iraq and Afgan, suddenly we had a white man’s burden to help the Arab countries with “nation builiding.” When Obama continues Bush’s wars, suddenly they’re bad again.
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    I get it now. Everybody to the right of you is a right winger. The problem with that iteration is there are alot of pragmatists who realize there are limits to US power, military, financial etc. And while I did support the Kovoso matter because it was a case of genocide, I do not thing we can afford to act as the world policeman any longer, whether to protect oil or human rights. I think we need to get drilling in Alaska big time now.

  189. They need to realize they are not dealing with an honorable man.
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    Ads to Unseat Obama Dwell on Disappointment

    By NEIL KING JR.

    A young man recounts how inspired he was by Barack Obama’s “promise to change Washington’s corrupt culture.” A woman recalls how she voted for Mr. Obama “because he spoke so beautifully.”

    Fans of the president? Hardly.

    Both people star in television spots attacking Mr. Obama, and both help answer a question that has vexed conservatives for months: how to go after a president whose personal popularity remains unusually resilient, even amid lukewarm ratings of his job performance.

    The answer: Acknowledge the potency of Mr. Obama’s 2008 appeal. Then steep the ads in disappointment and lost promise.

    Groups gearing up to unleash a wave of negative ads say the effort to unseat Mr. Obama comes freighted with challenges not unlike those posed by another controversial but popular president, Ronald Reagan, when he sought re-election in 1984.

    “The trick is to recognize Obama’s underlying popularity even while attacking him, which requires a more delicate context than the political culture is used to,” said pollster Frank Luntz, who has tested a stream of conservative attack ads using focus groups across the country.

    One of his findings, he said, is that “ads that attack Obama too personally turn people off in ways that will keep them turned off.”

    Mr. Obama’s victory in 2008 was fueled by a surge of support from independents and even moderate Republicans in a number of battleground states, including Ohio and Virginia, that will determine the outcome of this election, too. Now, conservatives need to whittle away millions of those votes to help win the race for the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

    The challenge they face is that many centrist voters who disapprove of Mr. Obama’s performance say they still like him personally. In a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, for example, only 32% of independents said they had high confidence that Mr. Obama had the right goals and policies, but 42% viewed him in a positive light nonetheless.

    “Our whole approach is to craft messages that are very closely modulated for the political middle,” said Colin Hanna, who directs a group, Let Freedom Ring, which plans to advertise heavily against the president starting in late spring.

    “That means separating the personality from the policies, without being too heavy-handed in pointing out the president’s failures,” Mr. Hanna said.

    The approach suggests that voters probably won’t see the kind of ridicule that President George W. Bush used to diminish Democrat John Kerry in 2004, at least not right now. One Bush ad showed Mr. Kerry windsurfing back and forth across the water while a narrator accused him of changing positions with the wind on the Iraq war and other issues. At the same time, the anti-Obama groups say their plans could change if the race turns particularly nasty.

    Mr. Hanna has road-tested around half a dozen ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states, including the one that begins with the young man citing Mr. Obama’s promise to change Washington’s culture. All are aimed at independents who voted for Mr. Obama but are now on the fence. Mr. Hanna’s group is looking to go on-air starting in June with $20 million in ads in four states.

    In one of the group’s ads, four mild, concerned-looking people recount Mr. Obama’s campaign pledges to spurn all money from special interests and lobbyists. A mournful violin and piano play in the background. The ad points to energy loan guarantees going to campaign donors and cites the bankruptcy of the California solar-panel company Solyndra LLC.

    “Why are you saying one thing and doing another?” asks one woman, downcast but earnest looking straight into the camera. “Why, Mr. President, why?” says a man at the end.

    An Iowa-based conservative group called American Future Fund went on-air last week with a $2 million ad buy in eight battleground states. “On tax day, did you ask yourself: How exactly does President Obama spend your tax dollars?” the narrator says. The ad cites the Solyndra tab and a lavish Las Vegas conference thrown by the General Services Administration.

    Rather than accusing Mr. Obama of wrongdoing, the ad ends on a softer note: “Shouldn’t someone be in charge?”

    American Crossroads, the conservative group founded with the assistance of Karl Rove and current Romney adviser Ed Gillespie, is set to be one of the biggest spenders on attack ads against the president. In all, the group plans to pour around $200 million into the presidential race, most of it on advertising.

    The group is still debating when—and whether—to take the gloves off. American Crossroads distilled months of research into a prominent TV ad last year that featured a mother in bed at 3 a.m., kept awake by worry.

    “I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully,” the woman says plaintively. “But since then, things have gone from bad to much worse.”

    Steven Law, president of American Crossroads, describes the “Wake Up” ad as “a good touchstone” for the tone the group intends to keep when it unleashes its ad strategy starting in June. Mr. Law describes the group’s target as “people in the middle who aren’t strongly aligned either way and were supportive of President Obama in 2008.”

    That said, American Crossroads is flirting with some tougher material. Last week, it posted a Web video, “Cool,” that lampooned Mr. Obama as a celebrity hamming it up on late-night TV. The spot became an Internet hit, prompting the group to start testing it for possible use as a paid TV ad.

    “The sensation around this video tells us that Obama’s pop-icon status is cutting against him,” Mr. Law said.

    But the spot also drew howls from some on the right, with Donald Trump saying “it made Obama look bigger than life” rather than just frivolous, as intended.

    Several groups, including American Crossroads, said they were ready to shift tactics if the Obama campaign turned sharply negative in its attacks on Mr. Romney.

    The Obama camp appears to be moving in that direction already. On Tuesday, it released a 30-second spot accusing Mr. Romney of moving jobs overseas as a private-equity manager and as Massachusetts governor. The ad also hit the challenger for keeping money in a Swiss bank account until 2010.

    “If Obama unleashes a series of tough, ad hominem ads attacking Romney, that will affect the tone of what we put on air,” Mr. Law said

  190. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-hyperpartisan-discussion-ends-gay-spokesmans-stint-with-romney-20120502,0,1542763.story
    The tenure of an openly gay spokesman for Mitt Romney’s campaign lasted less than two weeks.

    On April 19, Romney’s campaign announced it had hired Richard Grenell, 45, as its foreign policy spokesman. On Tuesday, Grenell tendered his resignation, citing a “hyperpartisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from being on a presidential campaign.”
    [….]Grenell, an unabashed supporter of gay marriage who has a longtime partner, was attacked by evangelical Christian conservatives who, like Romney, oppose gay marriage, and said Romney was compromising himself on the issue by hiring Grenell.

  191. Did anybody see the OWS guy on Hannity last night? What a moron? He could not articulate any of the things. Then he challenged Hannity to find him a job. Hannity had him back on his radio show today (I heard later, I don’t listen to his or any radio shows) and offered to find him a job. That guy wanted $80-$100K and he has no skills!

  192. Charles Krauthammer

    Divider in chief
    ———————
    What a well written piece. It defines the problem factually and philosophically.

    Notice how it proceeds in 2 line paragraphs–3 at most. Very persuasive.

    But it does not tell us how to beat him.

    Put differently, if he divides the country, and robs everyone to give each group what they want

    Then we are back to de Tocquiville–where unscrupulous politicians bribe people with their own money.

    With no concern for the general welfare.

    This is the kind of people big media has sold its soul to.

  193. Brony over at NQ thinks big media is coming around because mrs vanderbuilt’s precious baby boy had the audacity to slap a media matters robot for only attacking republicans. Very courageous–as a matter of fact from this point hence he shall be known as the very courageous anderson cooper from the very courageous cnn with the very courageous pollster who always has his thumb on the scale. Brony is over optimistic.

  194. I’m with Netanyahu. It’s now or soon or never. Time to protect Israel.

    Dates mentioned are May 15, October or December. I say go now.

    From Ulsterman.

    From a Times of Israel report:

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling early elections so that he and his government will be free to deal with Iran’s nuclear program this September-October, one of Israel’s best-informed political commentators said on Friday night.
    Netanyahu is set on Sunday to announce that he is dissolving parliament and calling elections for September 4 — a year ahead of schedule. In the weeks immediately after that vote, said well-connected commentator Amnon Abramovich on the top-rated Channel 2 news, Netanyahu will head a transition government at home and have no need to worry about voter sentiment, and he knows that President Barack Obama will be paralyzed by the US presidential campaign.

    Netanyahu has shocked the nation in the past few days by indicating that he will be calling elections a year ahead of their scheduled date in October 2013, leaving analysts baffled as to his reasoning…Abramovich said that the dramatic decision to bring the elections forward relates to Iran.
    …And finally, said Abramovich, the September-October period would see Obama, who has publicly urged more patience in allowing diplomacy and sanctions to have their impact on Iran, in the final stages of the presidential election campaign, with a consequent reduced capacity to try to pressure Israel into holding off military intervention.Obama, “on the eve of elections, won’t dare criticize Israel,” said Abramovich. From Netanyahu’s point of view, “the conditions would be fantastic.”

    …Netanyahu has been repeatedly drawing parallels in recent weeks between the Iranian nuclear threat to Israel and the Holocaust, has said sanctions are not working, and warned that he will not allow Israel to have to live in the shadow of “annihilation.t

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