The Month With A Cleaver – Junemaggedon

Update: If June 1 turns out to presage June 57, er June 30, Obama should just resign right now.

Consider, Obama now below 50% against Romney — in California. Is this the well deserved collapse???? Is Paris Burning?

Consider, Bill Clinton did not just stick the knife into Obama’s campaign on CNN. Bill Clinton is also going against Obama’s choice in a New Jersey congressional race. Can you guess why Bill is endorsing lately?

Consider, this from the highly regarded, in Big Media circles, Ron Bonjean of U.S. News:

“Bill Clinton Undercuts Barack Obama in Wisconsin

Is former President Bill Clinton going rogue against President Obama’s presidential re-election aspirations? It looks that way if you look at mounting evidence that Clinton may be paying back the Obama campaign for the vicious 2008 primary against his wife, now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [snip]

Sensing a major loss coming, the last thing the White House wants to do is send in the president for fundraisers and pep rallies held in vain. Seeing this opening, Bill Clinton understands that by showing loyalty and risking political capital, he will be viewed honorably by the party faithful in a battleground state. It also sends a clear message to Democrats across the country: “President Obama is only looking out for himself and has no chits to spare. The rest of you are on your own.” When Scott Walker wins, watch how Wisconsin Democrats trash the White House for leaving them out in the cold. This doesn’t help Obama in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since Ronald Reagan, but has a real chance to to do so this November. [snip]

It is simply amazing to witness a former president of the same party sweep the legs out from underneath the Obama campaign’s entire campaign strategy to make Romney look like a greedy capitalist who only cares about enriching a few at the cost of a middle class work force. In a few seconds, this strategy has been flushed down the toilet now that Bill Clinton has given the Romney campaign all the ammunition it needs to shoot down these attacks. It’s hard to see how the Obama team will recover from this blow and if they can do anything to get Clinton to change his tune.

Bill Clinton doesn’t forget his enemies, but he definitely isn’t forgetting his friends who endorsed Hillary either. [snip] Clinton has also thrown his weight behind Rep. Brad Sherman, an early supporter of Hillary’s, in his race against fellow California Democratic Rep. Howard Berman.

Whether or not Hillary is tacitly backing all of this is another question. We’ve all heard the line that “revenge is a dish best served cold,” but Clinton is making this playbook look like a spicy, hot tamale with lots of jalapeno peppers for dessert. He has one of the most brilliant politically devious minds in modern history and it’s impressive to witness the payback. Maybe it’s time for another beer summit.”

We’ve been writing about the war by Barack Obama on Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Clinton counter-punches for years. Finally, Big Media takes notice.

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May was a month of horrors for the Obama reelection circus. June promises to be even worse. You can say “June has a cleaver and it’s sharpened for Obama’s veiny neck.”

June bookends include the Wisconsin election in the first week and the Supreme Court decision on the Obama health scam at the end of the month. Both those events bode ill for the Hopium Guzzler brigades. Sandwiched in between those monumental events is the publication of the Marco Rubio autobiography (book tour through swing states included) as well as the Arizona immigration law ruling from the Supreme Court. But it’s much, much worse for Team Booberama.

June 1 opened this fine morning with a horrid jobs report: Only 69,000 jobs added, jobless rate rises to 8.2%. Unemployment is much worse than those numbers reflect but the bottom line for the Obama argument of “Forward” is “We’re going in the wrong direction.” It’s like the line from Raiders of the Lost Ark: “They’re digging in the wrong place!

Obama is digging a bigger hole, Obama is making it worse. It’s the worse jobs report in a year.

As bad as the jobs report and the unemployment rate rise is new news from the first black president. Yes, we’re talking Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton is in Wisconsin today showing the flag in the apocalyptic Wisconsin recall election race. Bill is just showing the flag. Bill knows Wisconsin is lost to Obama and the unions and that Scott Walker will win the recall election. But Bill Clinton is by his very appearance showing all (especially the Hopium Guzzlers that believed Barack Obama when he said words during the 2008 campaign about defending unions) that Obama cannot be trusted.

But the first black president has more punches to bloody Obama with. The first black president, the one that helped black Americans get jobs and grow into the middle class, joined other black Americans such as Cory Booker and Deval Patrick in mocking Barack Obama. Bill Clinton declared attacking Romney’s “sterling business career” a non-starter. “The shelf life of President Obama’s Bain Capital strategy appears to be rapidly shrinking.”

Oh Bill, revenge is best served cold:



“So I don’t think that we ought to get in the position where we say this is bad work, this is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought to be what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other, that’s the most relevant thing. There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office, and you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.

Does this sound like a man who would want his wife to hitch her wagon to Obama’s star and join the ticket as a running mate?

“What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do?” Bill knows the answer to that question.



Mitt Romney has a “sterling business career” says Bill. What about that evil anti Barack Obama Birther Donald Trump? What about The Donald Bill?:

“WEINSTEIN: “You know, speaking of un-cool, Donald Trump has a benefit for Mitt Romney. And I know Donald Trump to be a sane, smart businessman. But he has this benefit, Romney comes, and he talks about that birth certificate again. How do you put that out of the minds of the American public –”

CLINTON: “I don’t know.”

WEINSTEIN: “– once and for all? And doesn’t he realize how un-cool he is?”

CLINTON: “I don’t know, you know, Donald Trump has been uncommonly nice to Hillary and me. We’re all New Yorkers.”



“And I like him” says Bill! We can hear Michelle Obama tearing sleeves.

The Sista Toldja:

“Not only that, but do you ever get the impression that Bill Clinton is only going through the motions in supporting Obama? Everytime I hear Clinton speak about Obama, it is always tinged with exactly the type of tone used in his interview on Piers Morgan – a tone that suggests Clinton is not enthused about the prospect of having to stump for O, almost like it’s an obligatory thing he’s done for payback for Obama picking Hillary Clinton to be SOS. You really can’t blame Bill Clinton for being a tepid supporter of Obama’s, considering the way the Clintons were treated by him during the 2008 presidential primaries, but at the same time Clinton is the consummate politico, able to hide his true feelings on any given issue or person in the blink of an eye. But he just can’t seem to get that down pat when it comes to President Obama.”

It’s not payback for SOS, it’s just payback – the street kind Sista. And June has just begun.

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306 thoughts on “The Month With A Cleaver – Junemaggedon

  1. Romney was ready for the jobs report:

    Obama is digging in the wrong place. Obama is making the hole bigger.

  2. Yeah, payback: Support Romney, cozy to Trump. And tepid support to Obama. I will always remember WJC’s 2008 evaluation of Obama’s qualifications for the presidency: “He’s over 35 and a US citizen.” Period. And even the “US citizen” is in doubt.

    So, tepid is the word. Tepid support is the kiss of death.

  3. I love this post Admin.

    Good stuff on the Clintons.
    Trump kudos from Bill.
    Smack the MSM around a little while Bill barely hides his repugnance of the tin calf.
    Barry’s October surprises start in June.
    Music and humor to boot.

    This is my kind of Friday post.
    Thank you admin!!!

  4. I think he has gotten his bang for the buck and his footnote in history for being the first half black president. The rest of the historical narrative will be entirely negative, as in he destroyed the country. He compares himself to Bill and implies he is a better leader–as in the difference between 1994 and 2010 is you have got me. Well, Bill left office with a huge budget surplus, whereas Obama will leave office with a $16 trillion budget. Oh sure, ask any pundit and he will tell you its a long way to November. But beyond the election mechanics–which happen to favor republicans in terms of money, evolving gotv structures, and a 24/7 attack on a failure of governance, there is the issue of megapolitics–which some call the zeitgeist. Like a hammper pounding relentless–it is the biggest game of all and it is beyond the mechanics of the system, the ability of his media disciples to fashion false narratives and create false polls, and it is beyond the ability of his minions to cheat. It is the game that determines how and when the world changes, and that hypothetical gun he once talked about bringing to a knife fight is now trumped by a battallion of howitzers. Politically speaking, he is a goner. But the nature of his mental condition is such that he and his followers will be the last to know. And when he is gone, there will be chaos in his party. But at least the country will have a chance to survive, which is more than anyone can say for sure now. They think they have a few cards up their sleeve, and his campaign will conspire with big media to rig the debates, just as they always have. But it will make no difference. He may talk about envy, class warfare, but the truth is what the country wants now even more desperately than it did in 2008 is real hope and real change from this portrait in failure Barackobamason.

  5. It’s not just the right, it’s all Obama opponents:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/mitt-romney-fighting-moderate-wins-over-the-righ

    BOSTON, Mass. — After a day spent waging bi-coastal combat with the Obama campaign, Mitt Romney’s team in Boston earned the highest compliment Rush Limbaugh has ever paid them Thursday afternoon: “I’m telling you,” he said. “This is not the McCain campaign.”

    Once-skeptical conservatives knew exactly what he meant. In the eyes of many on the right, John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid was a disaster not because he lost, but because he refused to fight. Conservatives believe McCain bought into a liberal media narrative that personal attacks on Barack Obama were unseemly and even racist. The conservative caricature of Candidate McCain that emerged in the wake of the Republicans’ defeat wasn’t of an unreliable moderate — rather, it was one of an Establishment figure paralyzed by political correctness, and unwilling to go blow for blow with Obama.

    But if the Vietnam veteran disappointed conservatives with his gun-shy campaign in 2008, Romney is uniting the right by playing the role of the bomb-thrower.

    The unapologetically aggressive tone of Romney’s campaign is manifest at every turn — from his aides’ fierce Twitter wars, to the candidate’s surprise press conference at failed green solar company Solyndra, and the campaign’s continued refusal to apologize for Donald Trump‘s outlandish conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth certificate. It’s all part of a deliberate — and, so far, successful — strategy aimed less at convincing undecided voters, and more at rallying the Republican Party around its candidate.

    “There were a lot of folks who didn’t think he’d have the edge to really take on the president,” a Romney advisor, who outlined the campaign strategy on the condition of anonymity, told BuzzFeed, refrring to “the Santorum people and conservatives who have been off the bandwagon.”

    “They’ve been pretty surprised and impressed at how willing Boston has been to push back,” the advisor said. “We’re raising money, and I’m getting calls from people saying, ‘This is amazing… I didn’t think this would happen.”

    “Now there’s a narrative that this guy is going to fight back and that’s not going to be a McCain situation where they get to attack you and everything you say is off limits,” he said. [snip]

    “I thought we were going to see John McCain all over again,” said Brad Thor, a bestselling novelist and popular figure on the right who supported Santorum. “But you know what? That fire I’ve felt for previous candidates, I’m starting to feel it. And that surprise presser at Solyndra was like pouring accelerant on the fire.”

    Thor said when he heard about the Solyndra stunt, he cheered aloud: “Way to go Mitt!”

    “My God, this is right out of Breitbart’s playbook. I love it!” he said. “I swear to God, if he roller skates into the DNC convention, or hijacks an Obama press conference — if he does either one of those I’m going to give my kid’s college money to his Super PAC.” [snip]

    Romney’s aides and advisors tick off a series of punches and counterpunches that form the core of this new brand of conservative outreach, beginning with his staff’s decision to turn Democrats’ absurdist attacks on his treatment of a family dog into an absurdist assault on Obama’s memory of having eaten dog meat as a boy in Indonesia.

    Same thing with the Mormon issue,” said the advisor, noting the course of MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s attack on Romney’s faith. “The nex thing you know you’ve got Ricketts talking about Jeremiah Wright” — a planned Super PAC, unconnected to the campaign, which threatened to air ads attacking Obama’s former pastor — “and David Axelrod comes out and says everything is off limits.

    Also part of this pattern has been the campaign’s refusal — mystifying to liberals and the media that praised McCain — to stand up Trump’s birther crusade. President Obama has even questioned the candidate’s “moral leadership” as a result of his alliance with The Donald. But the Romney campaign sees instances like McCain’s publicly rebuking a supporter who called Obama an “Arab” as moments of political weakness — the equivalent of throwing the base into an ice bath when he most needed them fired up.

    His campaign’s most recent muscle-flexing stunt came Thursday, when Romney pulled off the surprise visit to Solyndra in San Francisco, using the bankrupt company’s headquarters as a backdrop to hammer the president for “picking winners and losers” in the economy. Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away, campaign aides, interns, and volunteers crashed a press conference scheduled by senior Obama adviser Axelrod on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse. The rowdy crowd drowned out the speakers at times with loud boos, blew bubbles at them when they were talking, and interrupted with chants of, “Five more months!”

    “They were on our home turf,” campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said. “They had this botched sneak attack. This was personal for us since they were right up the block. We’re not just going to sit by and let them do that — we’re not weak.”

    Kevin Madden, a Romney adviser, said they’re simply making good on their promise in the primaries to take the fight to Obama.

    “As a campaign, we won’t cede even an inch when it comes to delivering the governor’s message,” he said.

    And Romney himself said his supporters were merely responding to rowdy Democratic behavior.

    “And at some point you say, ‘You know what, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,'” he said. “If they’re going to be heckling us, why we’re not going to sit back and play by very different rules. If the president is going to have his people coming to my rallies, and heckling, why, we’ll show them that, you know, we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does.”

    That kind of talk has won approval from the Republican grassroots figures who took McCain’s civility for surrender in 2008.

    Time and again, he pulled back from lines of attack that could have been productive against Obama,” said Rick Wilson, who cut slashing ads for the National Republican Trust PAC, an outside group McCain denounced. “He undercut surrogates and supporters. His consulting team acted like it was wine-tasting night at the Borgia’s.”

  6. Truly remarkable that Bill Clinton’s Bain remark taken as “undermining Obama” not “currying favor with 1% pals & CGI donors”

    They look for anything to beat Bill with, don’t they. Damn if he does, damned if he does’nt.

  7. CNBC reports Dow dropped 220 points when Obama started talking, now down 252 points as he continues to speak………………

  8. I just got done watching the most duplicitous interview I have seen to date concerning the stimulus. MSNBC ratboy Chuckie Cheese Todd interviews Stepanie Cutter who is supposedly the deputy campaign manager for Obama. Whereupon he says it is not fair for Romney to decry Obama’s decision to pick winners and losers in deciding who will receive stimulus monies, because when he was head of Bain he did the same things. Ratboy neglects to mention, however, that Romney was dealing with private money whereas Obama was dealing with taxpayers money–because he is a partisan liar. Whereupon Cutter corrects him and suggests that it is even worse than that because Romney is a crony capitalist whereas Obama allocated those stimulus monies strictly in the public interest.
    Those lies deserve a response:
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    B. The Misallocation of Stimulus Monies:
    Shortly after Obama took over, Congress passed the American Recovery and Re-investment Act of 2009, aka the Stimulus Plan. The purpose of the Stimulus Plan was to save and create jobs, to provide unemployment benefits and to invest in infrastructure, education, health and green energy, based on Keynesian theory. Congress authorized $787 Billion for those purposes.
    Whereupon a construction management executive in New York named Peter Leher raised the pivotal question:
    Will the program be truly successful, will it put people back to work on worthy projects, or will it bog down in bureaucracy, and be driven by a multitude of negative forces coming from politicians, lobbyists special interests, trade associations, government at various levels and so on? . . .
    Leher went on to suggest that Obama find a modern day point man for the project like Harry Hopkins, who would select a small group industry smart people to create a mechanism for filtering projects, and a rigorous set of controls, standards and accountability to warrant it worthy of taxpayer money. This group of industry experts would then have sole authority to select projects based on rigorous criteria. http://enr.construction.com/opinions/viewpoint/2009/0218-StimulusGuidelines.asp
    Unfortunately, Mr. Obama paid no heed to Mr. Leher’s sage advice. Instead of Harry Hopkins, Obama appointed Steve Spinner- an Obama campaign bundler to direct disbursement of stimulus funds in the green energy area. And Spinner arranged a $535 million loan for an Obama contributor who owned a company called Solyndra. Obama got a photo op for this, but shortly thereafter the company Solyndra went bankrupt, and taxpayers got stuck. According to CBS there are a dozen more Solyndras in the weeds. A review of the internet shows $3 Billion wasted projects. And, that is merely the tip of the iceberg. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/13/cbs_news_11_more_solyndras_in_obama_energy_program.html
    C. The Inside Scoop:
    John Kass is an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He has studied the Chicago Machine up close for decades. And, he knows a pay- to- play scheme when he sees one. Mainstream media dismissed the Solyndra scandal as “bad optics”. Kass however was wise to their game, and to Obama’s. Here is his take on the matter:
    The FBI wants to know what role fundraising played in the guarantee of the questionable loan. (snip) White House spokesmen flail desperately like weakened victims in a cheesy vampire movie. So forget about optics. What about smell? (snip) Or, did you really believe it when White House mouthpieces promised they were bringing a new kind of politics to Washington? This is not a new kind of politics. It is not new at all. It is the Chicago kind.
    And now we learn that the U.S. Department of Energy employee who helped monitor the Solyndra loan guarantee was one of Obama’s top fundraisers. Fundraising? Contracts? Imagine that.
    Steve Spinner was the Obama administration official in charge of handing out billions and billions of tax dollars to “green” energy deals. Spinner the other day invited Obama’s national political finance committee to a meeting in Chicago. The name of the fundraising initiative?” Technology for Obama.”
    The idea of the Obama fundraisers getting together, talking “green,” and perhaps offering taxpayer loan guarantees to insider businesses in the interest of helping the environment — it all seems rather fresh. Like a mountain meadow.
    Until you realize it’s the same old politics, the same kind practiced in Washington and Chicago and anywhere else where appetites are satisfied by politicians. When the government picks winners and losers, who’s the loser? Just look in the mirror, hold that thought, and tell me later. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-18/news/ct-met-kass-0918-20110918_1_solyndra-loan-guarantee-obama-fundraisers-obama-white-house
    (N.B. It has been reported that Obama will receive $1 billion in campaign contributions in this cycle. This money is coming from bundlers who represent people who want a big return on investment. This is part of the bitter harvest this nation will reap if it re-elects Mr. Obama.)

  9. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-01/obama-tells-donors-health-care-fight-may-loom-after-court-rules.html

    Obama Tells Donors Health-Care Fight May Loom After Court Rules

    President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.

    As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments. Guests at the $35,800-a-plate dinner in the Manhattan apartment of Blackstone Group LP (BX) President Tony James were asked to check their smart phones and BlackBerries at the door.

    The president has made similar remarks, usually in response to questions, at other fundraising events since the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case during the last week of March, according to two other activists, who also requested anonymity.

    Obama’s answers, which begin with the president repeating his contention that the high court will uphold the law, have led some contributors to conclude the White House is making contingency plans should the justices strike down parts of the law, which would give Republicans a powerful talking point about one of his signature issues. [snip]

    On April 3, Obama professed “enormous confidence” the law is constitutional and “the court is going to exercise its jurisprudence carefully,” in response to a question at the Associated Press’s annual meeting. A day earlier, he said the Supreme Court would have to take “an unprecedented, extraordinary step” to throw out “a law that was passed by a strong majority” in Congress.

    Yet a planning memo, including a reminder that it’s important “to continue projecting confidence that the court will uphold the law,” was discussed at a May 29 meeting hosted by a group called Protect Your Care, attended by officials from the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, said one of the attendees, who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting.
    Staging Events

    “The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event that shows average people actually responding to the news,” according to the memo, e-mailed on May 16 by an official at the Herndon Alliance, a coalition of groups that backs the health-care overhaul.

    “The White House is obviously very involved in this stuff,” said Bob Crittenden, executive director of the Herndon Alliance. “Some of the groups we work with have very close connections with the White House.” [snip]

    The odds are that it’s slightly more likely to overturn the individual mandate,” said Richard Kirsch, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the former campaign manager for Health Care for America Now, a group that fought for the overhaul. After the court makes its ruling, “one of the battles will be to define what’s happened.

  10. Romney is uniting the right by playing the role of the bomb-thrower.

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    Yup, and he is uniting the middle and Hillary’s army too.
    Not the McCain campaign, thank God.

    This time I see the Republican tanks roll into town and handsome Romney is a nice guy with a bazooka.

    The Big Dawg and Hillary are eating popcorn with us as Barry and thugs spin out of control.

  11. I love this….

    “My God, this is right out of Breitbart’s playbook. I love it!” he said. “I swear to God, if he (Mitt) roller skates into the DNC convention, or hijacks an Obama press conference — if he does either one of those I’m going to give my kid’s college money to his Super PAC.” [snip]

  12. I like this more aggressive Mitt, his backers are doing a good job making Barry and thugs look like fools.

    An experienced, strong President, more to the center, just what we need.

    With Bill’s blessing…this is a great day. Tomorrow may turn to $hit, but today is great.

  13. UM is saying the same thing about Mitt…

    Romney Campaign – These People Are GOOD

    by Ulsterman

    The speed and ability at which the Mitt Romney campaign has been able to counter-attack the repeated attempts by the Obama team is both remarkable and likely of great concern to Barack Obama and his supporters. Simply put – the Romney campaign to this point has proven very good at this. Check out this ad just released that hits Obama both on the Solyndra scandal and unemployment on the SAME DAY the media is now digesting the rise in unemployment to 8.2% for the month of May. It is almost as if somebody with the Obama political playbook has given that book over to the Romney campaign…

  14. Sweet! Big Dawg’s comments brightened my day (especially those regarding Trump). I think Bill has just given others in the Dim Pary tacit permission to come out against BO on Bain and his failing economy.

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    So far so good with Mitt. Actually, I didn’t think he had it in him to fight back so quickly and in such a smart way. Let’s hope he and his team only get better over the summer. Can’t help but wonder how Palin — the barracuda — would have fared as Mitt’s VP, rather than McCain’s. (Perhaps she’s too much of a reformer for Mitt.) In any case, Rubio would be a great choice.

  15. You know McCain, for all his “war” savy, did not know how to fight. Sarah Palin did, but she was prevented from doing so. I supported Newt during the primaries because I believed that he would be the ultimate fighter that was needed to bash little Barry to smithereens. Well, if Romney and his staff are doing what I have read in the article by the admin, then I concede that Romney will fight. I realized this some time ago when I read about Romney’s people sabotaging Sarah Palin in the past. Althougb that bothers me since I have a lot of respect for Sarah, I am heartened to read that the Romney campaign is engaging the rat bastard Obama campaign in a manner befitting to it. Fight fire with cluster bombs, imo. Make sure every rat gets what is coming to him/her. And how funny to read about the bubbles? I laughed aloud when I read that bubble were blown. That is something that people can’t help but notice, and a great idea as far as I am concerned. What a distraction, lmao.

  16. Dow’s gains for 2012 are gone after a 270-point drop in trading as of mid-session after Obama started spewing forth crap earlier.

  17. I think Obama’s people are a little stunned because Romney is throwing Obama’s playbook right at him, thank goodness they realised that to beat Obama they needed to crawl into the gutter because that is exactly where Obama lives.

    Axelgrease seems flustered about what to do.

  18. The Cable News Nightmare: CNN (Piers Morgan) in Audience Crisis

    “It’s really a bloodletting; there’s no other way to describe it,” says Robert Thompson, professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. “The biggest problem is inherent in their brand. They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting when their rivals have worked out that to draw an audience when there aren’t major stories breaking you need to do the opposite.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/the-cable-news-nightmare-cnn-and-piers-morgan-in-audience-crisis-7808466.html

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    It’s not the CNN is “unbiased”; it’s that they don’t tell the truth — especially when it comes BO and his administration. Their audience is dwindling because CNN is another propaganda site for The One and his policies.

  19. Bill Clinton is saavy enough to take Obama down slyly and covertly and from the inside.

    Payback is a bitch.

  20. “You know McCain, for all his “war” savy, did not know how to fight. Sarah Palin did, but she was prevented from doing so.”

    Well said! I felt / feel the same way too. Although I didn’t support Newt in the primary, I can see how some were drawn to his fighting spirit and his smarts. I always felt he could not win in the GE. In any case, I hope Mitt keeps his fighting spirit up.

  21. Yup, it’s official, the Mitt Romney campaign is smart:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/76960.html

    Mitt Romney thanks Bill Clinton for Bain praise

    Mitt Romney on Friday thanked former president Bill Clinton for complimenting his work at Bain Capital, saying he was “happy to see President Clinton…called my record superb.”

    “I think Bain Capital has a good and solid record. I was happy to see President Clinton made a similar statement … and called my record superb,” the Republican presidential candidate said.

  22. In fact, when WJC says that we should be looking at how each candidate sees “where we are now and where do we go from here”, he is also undercutting support for Obama, because Obama either doesn’t know or doesn’t care to know where we stand now, and has no ideas about where we should go in the future, whereas Romney never stops talking about just that.

  23. Just wondering what nasty things Axelgreaserod, and his snakes are working on to destroy Romney. So far, they have failed to have any impact, but you know the sleazep are up to no good.

  24. The pursuit of MX as Obama’s Daddy would not be in our best interests to continue because in the end it does not serve our purpose. As reviled as MX may be by the majority of Americans; he was an American citizen..

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    I agree. Wouldn’t the ‘birther’ argument then have to rely on something you mentioned, iirc, about him not registering something by age 18?

  25. holdthemaccountable, I think you’re onto something…. Looks like BO’s distraction tactic has been put into play for the weekend.

    This said, it is terrible news for Zimmerman and his upcoming trial (i.e. if he doesn’t cop a plea).

  26. jeswezey
    June 1st, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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    Most definitely! It is not a comparison that anyone with a sorry-assed record would want recognized. Bravo to BC!

  27. If this court case blows up to a full scale investigation; there may be a good chance the House will vote to remove the president from office while he’s under investigation and until there is resolution to the status of his citizenship.

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    Well, the GOP House might, but imo if this is before November, cooler heads would say wait to see if he’s re-elected.

  28. wbb
    ******

    Computer finally up and running, I read your post on Korea and Patton, how I love my Patton…Thanks so much

    “whose names I can’t pronounce but whose people I have exterminated” lol ( his reference to towns in Austria and Germany )…We could use a Patton right about now…

  29. Mrs. Smith said:
    The pursuit of MX as Obama’s Daddy would not be in our best interests to continue because in the end it does not serve our purpose.

    ——
    Shadowfax said:
    If there is proof that MX is the babydaddy, then it shows that Barry is a fraud, the BC is a sham, and that he has lied about who he is and his book is bs.
    It could also unravel the empty suit.
    I say, any proof from any angle should be a plus…there is so much hidden about him by the media that exposing any set of lies is worth the trouble.

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    Even if proved, DINObama himself was not consulted when the BC was filed in Hawaii 50 years ago. To charge him with fraud would mean showing that he had found out about his real father sometime before writing his book.

    As to exposing lies relevant or not, what kind of proof of such a wierd story would be believed? DNA test? The ‘birthers’ would be accused of faking it, etc etc. Even if it WERE true, the accusers would just be made to look silly.

    (And as said, it would WEAKEN the non-NBC case.)

  30. Mrs. S,

    Great insight.

    “Clinton supporting Romney’s business acumen?

    Does everyone have any idea what this means?

    If you don’t know, I’ll tell you what it means…
    It means the Klayman assault on Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot in Florida is going to go all the way because Obama does not have a defense to argue a dispute of the facts presented.

    Bill Clinton NEVER goes all out with a full endorcement of a political opponent… NEVER!

    If you read the link submitted by jtjames.. it’s all there. Even Obama’s loyal supporters are turning tail and distancing themselves from him..

    This is the day and the time we’ve been waiting for… there is nothing in the news today that trumps this happening… nothing!

    Obama’s days are numbered.. He will NEVER serve another term in office.”

    * – from previous post.

  31. Trixta:

    It’s not the CNN is “unbiased”; it’s that they don’t tell the truth — especially when it comes BO and his administration. Their audience is dwindling because CNN is another propaganda site for The One and his policies.
    —————————-
    You are 100% correct. On the eve of the 2008 campaign, CNN hired media consultants to come up with words like “polarizing” and “divisive” to describe candidate Hillary Clinton, salted their panels with mostly anti Obama people, and who repeated those words with the same regularity as weapons of mass destruction. Their legal expert Jeff Toobin is a jurnolister who demanded that Hillary concede at the mid point in the campaign, and when Carvelle tried to say things positive about Hillary they put a gag order on him but let that fat slob Brazille run her obscene mouth. So when Professor Robert Thompson tells us that CNN is losing audience because they are trying to remain politically neutral, I see a professor who is either corrupt as hell, or dumber than a sack of rocks. I wonder if he knows what the word homework means, or does he just spout off without having the facts. The guy is a loser. I may drop him an email and tell him so.

  32. If you don’t know, I’ll tell you what it means…
    It means the Klayman assault on Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot in Florida is going to go all the way because Obama does not have a defense to argue a dispute of the facts presented
    —————-
    Question: how does he get around the legal issue of standing which has thwarted prior attempts to shine a light on this issue? That may come up on appeal. Of course we could say we are no longer talking about whether he was eligible to run in 2008, but whether he should be allowed to run in 2012.

  33. If there is proof that MX is the babydaddy, then it shows that Barry is a fraud, the BC is a sham, and that he has lied about who he is and his book is bs.

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

    Another point here. At DINObama’s birth, Stanley Ann would not be thinking of fraud to present him as NBC for a future POTUS run! If anything, she’d be thinking of US citizenship and perhaps eligibility for welfare.

    Any later fraud for POTUS eligibility would have named as father someone who was a US citizen.

    For that matter, any fraud by Stanley Ann would have done better by claiming a US citizen as father. This is evidence that she was being truthful about the fatherhood, as there is no advantage to her or at that time to claiming a foreign father. (Other than credibility, as the two Obamas do resemble each other; see photos from his Africa visit.)

  34. Question: how does he get around the legal issue of standing which has thwarted prior attempts to shine a light on this issue?

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

    Well, didn’t the story say that Florida had a law that does give citizens standing to challenge elegibility of a candidate? If so, then the SC might have to strike down that Florida law itself.

  35. Anyone watching their clock?

    Let’s see how long it will take Dims to call Bill a racist for his support of Romney’s stellar business experience.

  36. Obama campaign 2012, starring David Axelrod:

    As big fans of L&H we are ashamed of ourselves. 🙂

  37. Shadowfax, expect “Asking Obama what he has done and what he will do is racist” any moment now.

  38. Pat Caddell on fire on Cavuto. He’s talking about revenge by Bill Clinton and how Hillary supporters are still angry at Obama. We’ll try to get the clip if/when it is available.

  39. It’s good to see others recognizing finally what we have been writing since 2008 – Bill does not like or intend to actually help Obama:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/329772.php

    Sterling business career? Good Lord, that is going quite a bit further than honesty dictates. That’s almost being vindictively honest, against Obama’s interests.

  40. In one short interview, Barry must feel he has just run into a wall of the powerful Three Musketeers:

    Mitt-Trump-Bill

  41. Sterling business career? Good Lord, that is going quite a bit further than honesty dictates. That’s almost being vindictively honest, against Obama’s interests.

    Sounds like someone is working up courage to spitting out the word, “Racist!”

    ‘Further than honesty dictates’ – What rule of honesty is this? Minimal honesty, stealth honesty or just a tiny whitish lie?

  42. I think there are certain people in the democrat party, including bill, who see that the party has a reputation of being anti business in terms of its campaigns and in terms of its governing philosophies. They will have to live with that reputation now for at least eight years, and that is not a good thing for the country. The signal Obama has sent over the part four years, his forcing Booker to do the perp walk, all supports that premise and frankly that is now how the party is perceived. I would hope that by now the business interests who supported Obama, and no less the democrat party would see the utter futility of doing so, because once he has their money he will eventually slit their throats too. In this pay to play environment the only thing you can be sure of is if you think you have a good deal, you can be damned sure somebody else has a better one. To be an Obama democrat is to be anti business.

  43. This whole thing is the very thing Cost talked about. Bill lifted the party to the point that is could be a responsible partner to business, and Hillary always spoke in those terms too, like she did at the high dollar donor event I went to at Stan Barers house on Lake Washington. But that is NOT where the party is at. They have brushes aside the wisdom of the Clintons and reclaimed the welfare state platform and tax business t oblivion. The inevitable result has been national failure, and if Obama wins it will be infinitely worse. Of course I am betting he won’t win. I am not seeing Bills statements as political as some of you are, but as an earnest attempt to save the party from itself, which is impossible if Cost is right, but Bill is a great man and I admire him for trying. The Obama legacy is a racially divided country where ignorant armies clash by night. But again this is not entirely Obama’s fault–he is what he is. The real fault lies with big media.

  44. Big media is the cancer that is killing to body politic. Speaking of which I guess I am going to a meeting tonight with a guy named Westin who has writtne some book on the role of the media, focusing of course on FOX. And that will attract a predominatly leftist audience. If I go I will find an opportunity to set the prick straight.

  45. On the other hand maybe I am wrong and it is political. Maybe its like the old saying about how to boil a live frog–turn up the heat on him slowly–ever so slowly until he can’t even feel it, and when it is too late show him the menu which features frog legs. In Obama’s case it would be dog legs ozambucko.

  46. From ACE…The Dems try to walk back Clinton’s comments…not going to happen!
    **********************************

    Sterling business career? Good Lord, that is going quite a bit further than honesty dictates. That’s almost being vindictively honest, against Obama’s interests.

    And since then, via Andy aka @TheH2, Steny Hoyer — the Number Two Democrat in the House — has tried to walk-back Clinton’s remark.

    Let me explain. I think Hoyer’s statement is being misinterpreted on the right, and his intent misinterpreted.

    Hoyer claims he agrees with Clinton — then changes what Clinton said, in order to claim that while private equity as an industry shouldn’t be criticized, “bad practices” — such as Obama is claiming of Bain — should be.

    See, here’s what Hoyer said:

    I think President Clinton is correct. Private equity is a very important aspect of growing our economy. Obviously there’s good practices in private equity; there are bad practices. You criticize bad practices but not the whole enterprise itself.
    But that is most emphatically not what Clinton said. Clinton said that Romney’s career at Bain was “sterling.” He did not just say that private equity, in general, is an important industry.

    Clinton specifically called out Romney’s specific career as “sterling.”

  47. I will bet you that Obama war room is going crazy right now. Boxed in. Time to “pivot” as slimy Jake Tapper would say. Pivot means repudiate what you have said and done before, charge off in the opposite direction and hope nobody will notice. I guess ice skaters and tango dancers can do that but if it is Obama he just might slip on a banana peel. In that case, big media including impartial cnn will pick him up, dust him off, and send him right back into the game. But what do you do when the country sees you as pro business. I guess you could have Obama appear before a teleprompter and say how could I be anti big buiness? I received half a trillion for them in o8. Or I suppose Corey could go back on stage and repudiate his prior repudiation of his statement prior to that praising Bain. He could praise Obama, praise Bain, but condemn Romney. Yea. Thats a keeper.

  48. Oh look Holder at it again………….

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/01/us-usa-voting-florida-idUSBRE85011W20120601

    Justice Department tells Florida to end voter purge

    The Justice Department has asked Florida, a key electoral battleground state where a small number of ballots can swing a presidential race, to end a controversial voter purge effort.

    In a two-page letter on Thursday, T. Christian Herren Jr., chief of the Justice Department’s Voting Section, said the effort appeared to violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities.

    In his letter, to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Herren also said the effort seemed to violate the 1993 National Voter Registration Act and its rules for maintaining “accurate and current” voter registration lists “in a uniform and non-discriminatory manner.”

    Supporters of Florida’s voter scrub, being done under the state’s Republican Governor Rick Scott, say it is aimed at clearing voter registration rolls of non-citizens. But critics call it part of longstanding Republican efforts to deter minorities and the poor, who tend to vote Democratic, from casting ballots.

    ………………………

    Bullshit, if they are not legal voters, get them off the rolls.

  49. Hoyer cannot spit hairs that way. The party is on record under Obama as being anti business. Any ambiguity in their comments must be resolved accordingly. The point is he agreed with Bill and lacked the mental acuity to accurately repeat his message. Stenny is on the short list for vp so he is on the hot seat here.

  50. Obama has been in damage control mode for months, its like the whole campaign is wearing size 20 clown shoes and is driving a exploding clown car.

  51. MEMORANDUM

    TO Obama and Big Media aka joined at the hip:
    FR Kismet
    RE Why You Are Now On The Defensive

    “No regime lasts forever. Human mortality assures this even when the hazards and vicissitudes of political life do not. In this sense, all political regimes are only temporary occupants of the heights of power to which they have climbed. None is entirely secure. None lives in a complete political vacuum. The heights each occupies always become, sooner or later, a besieged fortress. They are confronted by others anxious and striving to occupy those heights. And awareness of this fact is what causes each of them to constitute, to some extent, a conspiracy against all that lies outside their own ranks and presents a threat to their power”. –George Kennan (Around The Cragged Hill).

  52. This guy has done a complete 180 since 2008.

    http://harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/06/mitt-romney-is-now-the-frontrunner-to-win-the-white-house-in-2012.html

    Mitt Romney is now the front-runner to win the White House in 2012

    If Mitt Romney turfs Barack Obama out of the Oval Office in November, then we might well look back on today and say that this was the day that the 44th President of the United States lost his bid for re-election.

    The jobs numbers were appalling – just 69,000 jobs added last month, unemployment clmbing to 8.2 per cent and the ranks of the long-term unemployed swelling by 300,000. As Jim Pethokoukis of AEI notes, if the Obama administration hadn’t slashed the numbers looking for jobs, unemployment would be 10.9 per cent.

    Unemployment among young people is over 12 per cent, with a knock-on effect across the country as twenty-somethings continue to live with there parents. Barely any recent economic indicator has been good. Today, the Dow plummeted, wiping out its 2012 gains.

    And then none other than President Bill Clinton weighed in last night, saying: “I don’t think we ought to get in a position where we say this is bad work. This is good work.”

    He even declared Romney to be ready to be President: “There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and, you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”

    …………………….

    Hehe Bill Clinton really did whallop Obama between the eyes today.

  53. Question: how does he get around the legal issue of standing which has thwarted prior attempts to shine a light on this issue? That may come up on appeal. Of course we could say we are no longer talking about whether he was eligible to run in 2008, but whether he should be allowed to run in 2012.
    ______________

    Florida Elections Law opened the door for this suit to be filed. Klayman is defending Florida’s right to keeping a presidential candidate off the ballot if they are not in compliance of the legal definition of ‘natural born citizen’.

    Klayman said that during a hearing today on discovery issues in the case, Judge Lewis noted that while Klayman’s brief cited a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision defining “natural born citizen” as the offspring of two citizens of the nation, the White House’s arguments provided no citations.

    “Klayman had cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Minor v. Happersett from 1875.

    Lewis ordered further briefing on the issue before the hearing.

    The definition of the term is critical. Such a step has not been reached in any of the more than 100 legal cases that have been brought over Obama’s eligibility since before his election in 2008.

    The U.S. Constitution imposes a special citizenship status requirement on occupants of the Oval Office. The “natural born citizen” requirement is not imposed on other federal officials. From the writings of the Founders, its apparent aim was to ensure that no person who had divided loyalties – to the United States and to any other nation – would serve as commander in chief.

    The Minor v. Happersett ruling defines “natural born citizen” as the offspring of two U.S. citizens.

    But since the term is not defined in the Constitution, there are many who equate being a “citizen” or a “native-born citizen” with being a “natural born citizen.”

    It appears that a court ruling on the definition could be coming, Klayman said.

    Klayman has argued that since Obama was not born to two citizen parents, he is is not a “natural born citizen” as required by Article II of the Constitution and, therefore, is ineligible to be a candidate on the state’s election ballot.

    “Klayman explained in his court filings that Florida’s election statutes provide broad protections for voters to ensure that the integrity of the election system is beyond reproach. One of the laws allows voters to challenge the nomination of a candidate who is not eligible for the office he is seeking.

    Voeltz, a registered Democrat, challenged Obama’s eligibility because the president’s father was not an American citizen.

    “The framers were not stupid. They understood that a president with divided loyalties could present a security and other risks for our nation,” said Klayman.”

    Klayman told WND that the case is in the discovery stage in which attorneys are supposed to be able to request documents, evidence and testimony that would further refine and define the issues in dispute for the court.

    “Obama’s briefs [said] it would be an undue burden and expense to have discovery,” Klayman said.

    “Then the judge said he wanted Obama’s representatives to cite the “authority” on which they based their argument that it isn’t necessary to have two citizen parents to be a natural-born citizen.

    _______________

    BINGO! Because there is not cite to an authority…

    The bottom line is Obama has no defense and he cannot answer the judges question with any cite to an authority addressing his non citizen parents making him a “natural born citizen”.. slam-dunk!

    You can read the rest of the anecdotal evidence @

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  54. Obama–think of Bobby Rush–it is going to be deja vu all over again. Think of how that stung. Your wife tried to talk you out of running against him and you would not listen–and he kicked you ass. Well she told you not to run for a second term too didn’t you. As of today, Barack, I am putting the same curse on you that you felt back then. When you close your eyes at night and when you open them in the morning Barack think of one thing. You abandoned the American People and now they are abandoning you–permanently. They want and need winners not failures.

  55. Exciting news, posts, and comments today. Admin, how oh so clever of you to use Beaver’s mother……..the sleeve jerker is not June Cleaver, neither is her husband Ward……..but I could see Ann as June Cleaver, and her husband as Ward.

    Re: turndownobama
    June 1st, 2012 at 12:11 am
    I would not associate myself with PUMAs; for one thing they claimed to have raised enough money to pay off Hillary’s debt….and yet the debt did not get paid off.

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

    Wow. First, who spoke for ‘they/them’? By what authority? I know some PUMA groups have raised money for Hillary’s debts. Maybe someone made a mistake thinking everything was paid off when some debts (Penn?) remained? But why would that be a reason for you to condemn everyone who is or was PUMA, even in other PUMA groups?
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    My your memory is not what it used to be: go to YouTube, look up Darragh and Will Bower’s videos; they were on national news. Look up the info on YouTube, Facebook, and the internet on rumproast. They ALL worked under the umbrella of Just Say No Deal. Look up the keywords: Retire This! Will Bower on Hillary’s Debt; and PUMA Leaders Lie. Oh, contrare, I did not comdemn everyone, I said that for MYSELF I wanted nothing to do with them. They are now defunct.

  56. Mrs. Smith
    June 1st, 2012 at 5:45 pm
    ———————–
    Hope so. We will see what happens.

  57. moononpluto

    Obama has been in damage control mode for months, its like the whole campaign is wearing size 20 clown shoes and is driving a exploding clown car.

    ——-
    😆

    An instant keeper.

  58. Exciting news, posts, and comments today. Admin, how oh so clever of you to use Beaver’s mother……..the sleeve jerker is not June Cleaver, neither is her husband Ward……..but I could see Ann as June Cleaver, and her husband as Ward.
    ——————–
    June Cleaver for Mitt. Lorena Bobbitt for Obama. I like it when the equation balances.

  59. Question: how does he get around the legal issue of standing which has thwarted prior attempts to shine a light on this issue? That may come up on appeal. Of course we could say we are no longer talking about whether he was eligible to run in 2008, but whether he should be allowed to run in 2012.
    ___________________

    This is quite a clever legal case in the way that Klayman is exploiting the Election Laws of Florida.

    The others who have come before Klayman such as Berg and Taitz were taking the issue of Obama’s birth head on… Every judge in every case cited almost the same response.

    There is no person ‘with standing’ named in [the suit] relation to Obama’s birth status that has been harmed.. (these decisions were adjudicated before and just after the election..)

  60. wbb, and if things weren’t bad enough, look what’s on the horizon — amendment 114 to the Defense Authorization Act that would legalize state-sponsored propaganda. Hope the bill is shot down in the Senate.

    [….]
    “Should the State Department be authorized to allow its propaganda to be broadcast to us in the U.S.?

    Or, should we maintain the separation barring U.S. propaganda produced for foreign audiences from being broadcast in the U.S.?

    Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) in their “The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012” (H.R. 5736), suggest the former–that it is time to free up the authority to broadcast U.S.-produced foreign propaganda in the U.S.”
    [….]

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/05/move-to-change-propaganda-laws-opens-up-cold-war-argumen/

  61. Re: turndownobama
    June 1st, 2012 at 12:11 am
    I would not associate myself with PUMAs; for one thing they claimed to have raised enough money to pay off Hillary’s debt….and yet the debt did not get paid off.

    Will Bower made the claim on national media. He had been duped, was his explanation to me.

    They ALL worked under the umbrella of Just Say No Deal.

    JSND compiled a listing of all, or most, of the PUMA groups, but each was PUMA group operated independantly. PumaPAC never worked under an umbrella group. Just so you know.

  62. “They are now defunct.”
    ___________

    Yes agreed- Someone asked me when the big trip to Denver was planned, how many buses were hired for PUMAS for transporting them to Denver after their huge fundraiser raised thousands of dollars from generous donors… I didn’t know- maybe the titular head of Puma knows?

  63. wbboei
    May 31st, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Axelrod bears a close family resemblance to a skunk. I think it is genetic. When they were heckling him he slunk down the ground like skunks are known to do before releasing their noxious vapors. Honestly, the body language gives him away.

    😆 😆
    nailed it

  64. Bill Clinton is also in New Jersey today. Bill endorsed U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell over Rep. Steve Rothman. Rothman is Obama’s pick and boasts Axelrod’s endorsement. Here’s a clue:

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/bill_clinton_endorses_bill_pas.html

    Like most New Jersey Democrats, Pascrell endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2008, while Rothman was the state’s highest-profile backer of Barack Obama.

    So far this year, Clinton has endorsed several Democrats who supported his wife four years ago, and who now face competitive primaries.

    The race between Pascrell and Rothman — who have both served in the House since 1997 — is being watched more than any other in the state. The two men have large campaign war chests and almost identical voting records.

    Enjoy:

    http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/Rothman_meets_with_Obama_in_Oval_Office_Pascrell_awaits_Bill_Clinton_arrival_in_Paterson.html

    Friday, June 1, 2012 Last updated: Friday June 1, 2012, 11:09 AM
    BY HERB JACKSON

    President Obama met in the Oval Office with Rep. Steve Rothman Friday morning, hours before former President Bill Clinton is due to headline a rally for Rep. Bill Pascrell in Paterson.

    Obama and Rothman left the office together and walked past reporters through the Rose Garden colonnade before separating. Obama then walked onto Marine One without taking questions.

  65. Just like Admin asks us to scowl on by when a Hillary supporter we disagree with here ruffles our feathers, I feel the same way about Hillary’s PUMAs.

    I know boat loads of them, they are still standing on Hillary’s side, haven’t shut up nor do many of them blog for their own reasons. I went with them to Denver, not on a bus, on a plane and had the best and saddest time…I will never forget.

    I personally know most paid everything they could to help retire Hillary’s debt, even if it was small amounts, over and over again, like I did. How much was it, was it enough, who knows. Not something others should make fun of in my book.

    I call all of us Hillary’s army, PUMAs then and without title now…all the same, we support and hope she will run again in the future.

    Will Bower is a stand up guy, I ‘know’ him and he does not deserve scorn.

  66. admin

    Bill Clinton is also in New Jersey today.

    ——-
    Bill is kicking Barry all the way down the street in the past 24 hours.

    Obama must absolutely be going nuts.

  67. Re: dwp
    June 1st, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    That may be true today, but PUMApac was listed under the umbrella of JustSayNoDeal as were dozens of other blogs; that was back in 2007 and 2008. I understand that PUMApac is no longer a pac, so perhaps they changed their name….nevertheless Darragh and others worked with Will Bower…I was on conference call/s with Will and Darragh, so I know for a fact that PUMApac participated in the umbrella group. It was on a conference call with them both, Will and Darragh,that I questioned the donation to PUMApac I sent in to go toward an ad that never existed. I was one of the lucky ones that did get their money back.

  68. admin
    June 1st, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    It’s not just the right, it’s all Obama opponents:..

    …snip…

    “They were on our home turf,” campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said. “They had this botched sneak attack. This was personal for us since they were right up the block. We’re not just going to sit by and let them do that — we’re not weak.”

    Kevin Madden, a Romney adviser, said they’re simply making good on their promise in the primaries to take the fight to Obama.

    “As a campaign, we won’t cede even an inch when it comes to delivering the governor’s message,” he said.

    “Way to go, Mitt”

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

    love it…Boston ‘smarts’ vs Chicago ‘corruption’…Go Boston!!!! Game ON…

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

    Bill made our day today…just love him…and the irony of Bill cheerleading for Romney on CNN with Harvey Weinstein…hello Hollywood…

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

    by the time the wayward Dems, Bill Clinton, Trump and Mitt get done with O, his head will be spinning and he will never know what hit him…oh, and what were those job numbers today? and what numbers had to be revised downward for the last couple of months?

    O finally has a smart, confidant and imposing guy to take it directly to him…someone who is not afraid of all the PC and racism baloney

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

    caught Hillary on the news tonight.she looked in charge and great…

  69. Update: If June 1 turns out to presage June 57, er June 30, Obama should just resign right now.

    Consider, Obama now below 50% against Romney — in California. Is this the well deserved collapse???? Is Paris Burning?

    Consider, Bill Clinton did not just stick the knife into Obama’s campaign on CNN. Bill Clinton is also going against Obama’s choice in a New Jersey congressional race. Can you guess why Bill is endorsing lately?

    Consider, this from the highly regarded, in Big Media circles, Ron Bonjean of U.S. News:

    “Bill Clinton Undercuts Barack Obama in Wisconsin

    Is former President Bill Clinton going rogue against President Obama’s presidential re-election aspirations? It looks that way if you look at mounting evidence that Clinton may be paying back the Obama campaign for the vicious 2008 primary against his wife, now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [snip]

    Sensing a major loss coming, the last thing the White House wants to do is send in the president for fundraisers and pep rallies held in vain. Seeing this opening, Bill Clinton understands that by showing loyalty and risking political capital, he will be viewed honorably by the party faithful in a battleground state. It also sends a clear message to Democrats across the country: “President Obama is only looking out for himself and has no chits to spare. The rest of you are on your own.” When Scott Walker wins, watch how Wisconsin Democrats trash the White House for leaving them out in the cold. This doesn’t help Obama in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since Ronald Reagan, but has a real chance to to do so this November. [snip]

    It is simply amazing to witness a former president of the same party sweep the legs out from underneath the Obama campaign’s entire campaign strategy to make Romney look like a greedy capitalist who only cares about enriching a few at the cost of a middle class work force. In a few seconds, this strategy has been flushed down the toilet now that Bill Clinton has given the Romney campaign all the ammunition it needs to shoot down these attacks. It’s hard to see how the Obama team will recover from this blow and if they can do anything to get Clinton to change his tune.

    Bill Clinton doesn’t forget his enemies, but he definitely isn’t forgetting his friends who endorsed Hillary either. [snip] Clinton has also thrown his weight behind Rep. Brad Sherman, an early supporter of Hillary’s, in his race against fellow California Democratic Rep. Howard Berman.

    Whether or not Hillary is tacitly backing all of this is another question. We’ve all heard the line that “revenge is a dish best served cold,” but Clinton is making this playbook look like a spicy, hot tamale with lots of jalapeno peppers for dessert. He has one of the most brilliant politically devious minds in modern history and it’s impressive to witness the payback. Maybe it’s time for another beer summit.”

    We’ve been writing about the war by Barack Obama on Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Clinton counter-punches for years. Finally, Big Media takes notice.

    ——————————————————————————————

  70. Wait till the DailyKooks read that Bonjean article. Whatever is left of their minds will turn to pudding.

  71. Trixta: Adam Smith is a union bug (machinists) and back bencher from my state. Thornsberry is from the Texas panhandle and looks to be a back bencher too. Neither one of them inspires much confidence in me.

    You wonder whether Adam even understands what he is are doing. This bill does raise propaganda related concerns. If there is a good argument for this I have yet to hear it.
    ————————
    Congressman Thornberry, along with Democratic Congressman Adam Smith of Washington State, co-sponsored an amendment to the fiscal 2013 defense spending bill reversing a ban on the dissemination of propaganda produced by the State Department and the Defense Department within the United States, neutralizing the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987, which were to protect U.S. audiences from government misinformation programs. The bill passed with the amendment on May 18, 2012.[2] The bill also endorsed the indefinite detention without trial of United States citizens suspected of involvement in terrorism.[3

  72. Admin, as noted earlier I have seen a huge number of posts by the left liberal loons who still support him on FB. They are all cookie cutter, I may be crazy, but crazy can be fixed and stupid is forever. The byword for them all is stupid……stupid, stupid, stupid people who do not worship and refuse to support ObaMao. I so want to just ‘pinch their little heads off.”

  73. admin–that bojean analysis is terrific. And he did it inconspicuously with a sterling verbal knife. Hey steny, what about the sterling part. Since you agree with the statement you obviously agree with that part too.

  74. “We’ve been writing about the war by Barack Obama on Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Clinton counter-punches for years. Finally, Big Media takes notice.”

    That, admin, is the reason we come to Big Pink.

    😉

  75. It’s not only “impressive” to watch the payback, it is divinely deliciously devilishly fun and I want more from the Dawg. What I would not give to be a fly on the wall of the interior quarters of the White House as the Narcissist in Chief frets over the Clintons. More, more more please!

  76. A couple years ago I had lunch with a former secretary of the navy. He had just been back to Washington and met with Axelrod and Emanuel. He told me he was impressed with their political acumen but was amazed that they had no business people in the administration. Later they brought in Daley to cure that problem, but he got bounced, because what we are dealing with is a power circle of socialists–bo, mo, jarheard and totus. And as the national debt approaches $16 trillion, the wise words of Lady Thatcher ring true: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend.” And that is a problem beyond the mental capacity of bo mo, jarhead and totus. Perhaps they will kick it upstairs to the Portuguese Water dog, if they have not already eaten him.

  77. Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
    But there is no joy in Mudville – Barack Obama has struck out.

  78. Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)

    The economy is headed in the tank and now the lefties are in a panic. Their stimulus did not work. The President faces defeat. Uh-oh.

    I am stuffed. Been feeding on the tears of the left all day over this. It’s terrible economic news. The funny part is they really do think all we needed was more stimulus.

  79. I would not associate myself with PUMAs; for one thing they claimed to have raised enough money to pay off Hillary’s debt….and yet the debt did not get paid off.

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

    WRONGLY ATTRIBUTED! I quoted that to strongly disagree with it! Bower and Pumapac and all the other PUMAs I know (even though some of them have given up the term) are good people. Let’s not spread gossip against any of them.

  80. “We’ve all heard the line that ‘revenge is a dish best served cold,’ but Clinton is making this playbook look like a spicy, hot tamale with lots of jalapeno peppers for dessert. He has one of the most brilliant politically devious minds in modern history and it’s impressive to witness the payback.”

    *******

    Yeah, Baby!! Can’t wait for Bill to go all habanero on BO!

  81. Yes, trixta…won’t it be fun when O loses and people turn to Bill to ask why ‘he thinks O lost’ and Bill can explain in detail…

  82. Indeed, S! That would be the icing on the cake — and Bill’s book on the 2008 Dem primary would be the cherry on top of the icing on the cake.



  83. ———————-
    What A Difference A Day Makes/or

    Into The Life of Every Mess-I-Ahhhhh A Little Rain Must Fall (But Too Much Is Falling In Mine, Thank you very much)
    ———————–
    1. First, the hull of the good ship Obama has been ripped apart–they were all set to hang Romney from the Sour Apple Tree and the bots were foaming at the mouth to do it–just do it they wailed. Then that Booker steps in and rains on their parade–heresy forced labor camp swear fealty to Obama, whew that was close, but we are okay now, drop the gallow doors so we are sure it works. Then, another distraction, Bill pops up and tells the world they are hanging the wrong man. That did not bother them–like Schtrelekoff in Dr. Zhivago they say it does not matter whether they were innocent a village was burned a point was made–your point their village. The problem for them was the timing–why tell the world he is innocent before they hang him–that could thwart their plan. Bad bad bad hair day.

    2. Second, Bill goes to Wisonsin to campaign for the challenger, whereas Barkey cannot afford to go in so it looks like Bill supports democrats in distress, whereas Barkey turns tail and runs–just like General Gates in the American Revolution. And then Bill supports campaigns for a candidate who supported Hillary, who is opposed by Obama.

    In military tactics this is what is known as a pincer. But the left is undaunted because they are and will always be Mad About The Boy–sorry Tapper I know that word throws you into a hissey fit, but it is only a song. If you don’t like it then take it up with Noel Coward.


  84. Today is such a wonderful day to be on Big Pink.

    These are the moments we have all been waiting, and waiting, and waiting ……..for.

  85. I am sitting here getting a little choked up. Sega who was on the blog yesterday made a valiant effort to get the McCain campaign to wake up to what they were dealing with, and on a much lesser scale I tried to do the same thing in this state. I had the contacts, but they just were not interested. By contrast the Romney campaign understands exactly what they are up against, and they are willing to launch preemptive strikes which I can assure you have demoralized the Obama campaign. And right now the pain from that and the Bill Clinton pincer have Obama curled up in a fetal (fectal?) position, thumb in mouth. But it is early, too early for people to start demanding that he step down, but if we have a few more good days, that needs to happen. And that would be an event that big media would have to cover. It is good to know that the wheels of cosmic justice are turning and the dog who eats other dogs is having his day. Obama will soon meet his waterloo.


  86. Clinton may be paying back the Obama campaign for the vicious 2008 primary against his wife
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    It is so good to hear someone from the media finally admit that the Obama campaigns attacks on Hillary were in fact vicious. Big media has rewritten history to say that Hillary was the one who was being vicious–which is pure bunk. Some of you who were on here in 2007 may remember a poster who put up a blog of Obama pot smoking and as naive as we all were at the time we banned it. Later we had the deal in New Hampshire where Hillary fired a campaign manager over that same thing, at the prodding of the Obama controlled media. Somewhere in that time frame I discussed that issue with Ann Lewis, and her advice to me could not have been more clear: you are free to define the differences between the candidates, but Hillary will never support an attack on a fellow democrat. But of course Obama and is media minions were attacking Hillary every chance they got, and he did nothing about it–except for a couple apologies from Powers and General Peak which amounted to nothing. By contrast, Axelrod conspired with big media including Toobin on the left and Michael Goodwin on the right to create the false narrative in South Dakota that she was waiting around for Obama who was leading in pledged delegates to be assassinated. Axelrod was working the media and they turned it into a 3 day story despite strong denials from RFK Jr. and the South Dakota newspaper staff. So finally, USA Today has acknowledged that the Obama campaign viciously attacked Hillary–and the narrative big media and Axelrod promulgated that she was the offender is yet another lie from an administration that deals only in lies. Finally, there was the big media set-up in North Carolina which was orchestrated by Clyburn, Axelrod and Ted Kennedy, and faithfully reported on by Professor Sean Wilentz. The truth is finally coming out, but not from the main culprits NBC, CNN and ABC.

  87. pm317
    June 1st, 2012 at 9:54 pm
    ——————-
    Now that is a great ad. Mitt has got to hammer these example home over and over and over even to the point that the late night comics make jokes about how hard he is hitting it. Just remember in a courtroom, or in life, many things are said which are objectionable. But no one who knows what they are doing objects unless what is being said is doing real damage to his case. Solendra does great damage to Obama, and it must be repeated every chance Romney gets. We want voters to carry that picture with them in their heads when they walk into the voting booth.

  88. Pm, among the AA community, they call people like Obam that name, meaning that he tells them he is going to change their lives for the better, while he takes their vote, donations and leaves them much worse off.

  89. (via Althouse) An excerpt from Maraniss’ book. Imagine if details like these had come out in 2008.

    “Allegedly stoned and drunk one night at Occidental, Obama and a friend stopped to talk to an attractive girl and…”
    “… ‘Barry launched into a riff on nudity, offering his theory that the human race would be better off if people did not wear clothes. This declaration was made with the urgency of someone ready to strip then and there. … It seemed apparent that Barry was trying to seduce the woman right in front of’ his friend who had a crush on the girl.”

  90. Pat Caddell must be a poster on Big Pink because on his latest interview he stated pretty much the same thing that Admin has written here; even down to the revenge is a dish best served cold. He thinks this was a serious blow to ObaMAO by Bubba. I can not tell you how much satisfaction the effect of those few words by Bubba gives me.

  91. Mrs. Smith
    June 1st, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    “They are now defunct.”
    ___________

    Yes agreed- Someone asked me when the big trip to Denver was planned, how many buses were hired for PUMAS for transporting them to Denver after their huge fundraiser raised thousands of dollars from generous donors… I didn’t know- maybe the titular head of Puma knows?
    ———————————————–
    I don’t know how much money was raised to hire the busses but the realization followed that it was not enough to hire enough busses in for enough locations to be efficient. The money was then dedicated to anyone who needed to be subsidized financially in terms of transportation to Denver and the return trip home, and lodging, meals, etc. while in Denver. There are other people on this board who know this to be true.

    PumaPAC also foot the bill for Puma Headquarters in Denver, lodging for the leaders and the afore-mentioned who needed assistance, lodging, transportation for the film crew, many of the guest speakers, sound equipment and crew for the public events at various venues, transportation, catering, rental of the venue for Audacity of Democracy preview and catering of same.

    I know PumaPAC teamed up with Will Bower, JSND, HireHeels, and other groups with the same objectives for some actions, just as PumaPAC teamed up with The Confluence and the 300 Group roll call group action at the convention, but PumaPAC was always an independant group, especially since it had to act within the rules and boundaries of a political action committee.

    For anyone insinuating that Darragh misappropriated money for her own gain, trust me, Darragh has enough of her own money and more than enough character not to indulge in cheating anyone out of money, or anything else.

    Were mistakes made? Yes. Were some actions ineffective? Yes. Please remember, PumaPAC was started by an ordinary citizen, not a political professional adept at strategizing or national planning. Basically, most of us were flying by the seats of our pants. Those who participated have nothing to be ashamed of. We all did the best we could at any given time.

  92. Well, I went to Townhall and listened to David Westin who was in charge of the ABC newsroom form 1997-2010. He has written a book called Exit Interview and was promoting it, which is how I happened to be in town. He is a very handsome guy and pleasant to talk to. I asked him whether there are any virgins in the big media whorehouse and he laughed by had nothing to say. Silence is an admission. He was an attorney with Wilmer Cutler which is a big dc firm. I was hoping the book would give some insights into what is wrong with the media and how it could be fixed. Instead, it appeared to be a collection of war stories, and the main protagonists were the late Peter Jennings and Dianne Sawyer–and babawawa and the little greek, all of whom he praised profusely. That made me wonder whether there was any value.

    I listened to his talk and he told a few war stories which went in one ear and out the other. He talked about how the media has changed, and worried that with the proliferation of media sources on the internet editorial standards would suffer. Of course, from my perspective, big media is no longer the guardian of the truth but the oppressor.

    I decided to mix things up by asking him a couple questions. First, told him that I was concerned about the tendency of parent companies to exert undue influence over the editorial content of their media subsidiaries. I cited the example where GE bought NBC fired the newsroom, installed its own people and then proceeded to reach dictate editorial content. I cited the example where Immelt who was head of GE visited an NBC affiliate in New Jersey during the 2008 primary and killed a story critical of Obama. He claimed that at ABC that kind of thing never happened. However, he conceded that there were times when he would call the parent company and give them a heads up but never succumbed to top down pressure with respect to editorial content. There were however discussions about profitability, which is natural.

    Second, I told him that I was concerned about the problem of access and influence. In other words, journalists need access to public figures in order to do their job, but public figures will deny them that access if the journalist says something critical about them. I told him that was a conflict that came with the territory. He disputed that it came with the territory, and claimed he never pulled his punches. I suppose there are saints among us, but I am sure I have never met one, not even tonight. I mentioned the story where CNN refused to support on Saddaam Hussein autrocities for fear of losing access. He said he interviewed one of Saddams mistresses, but conceded that he had heard that story too. I then told him about the article by Richard Benedetto whom he did know, which decried the unwillingness of the White House press corps to ask any serious questions of Obama, and offered to send it to him. I told him that his guy Tapper was one of the tongue tied. He claimed Jake was a bold journalist not afraid to ask anyone anything. I told him he is tough when it comes to Carney but a pussycat when it comes to Obama.

    Nice guy. But I did not learn much. Now he is trying to come up with a new business model for the industry which will allow them to recapture revenues which are either lost to the internet, or to social network. I paid $5 and that was about all this was worth. Hard to get people in the industry to open up in front of strangers in an open forum.

  93. Next thing we know we will find that Obama and Hunter S Thompson were habituaes behind the green door at Mitchell Brothers Theater in San Francisco. Two lost lambs on the highway of life aint even got a sister or brother–but they got each other. Damned Yankees.

  94. ShortTermer we wrote about that interview earlier today. Thanks for reminding us about it. We wrote we would put the video up if/when it was available. Here it is:

    http://mittromneycentral.com/2012/06/01/romneys-ad-symbol-of-failure-bill-clinton-praises-romneys-sterling-business-career-unemployment-rises/

    Speaking this afternoon on Your World with Neal Cavuto (FOX News), former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said “Clinton has just done enormous damage to President Obama. … He has just put a torpedo right into the Obama campaign. This is as bad as it gets.”

  95. Not only does Bill think Romney’s record is sterling, but he likes The Donald. If Bill can get along well with those chaps, then why can’t Obama? Hell, Obama is all about unity, post racial understanding, sipping tea with mullahs and all the other things you learn by spending the better part of your youth in a Kenyan Village where you were born. He told us hes got game, so he needs to reach out to Romney and Donald and say you were right–I resign. So why isn’t he? What gives?

  96. I am wondering whether those two Cost articles were not part of the catalyst for this whole thing. In the absence of other evidence I think they may well be. I really do. They are a very powerful statement of where the party is today, and where it is headed. Obama is anti-capitalist to the corps and that is a lethal position to take in these economic times for the party and for the country. The humiliation of Corey Booker did not end it. The stage is now set for the act of stage of Obama’s sociopathic disease. Bats in the belfry. The angry ossified child is starting to stir. If Anthony Hopkins is available we have an Oscar winning role for him. And who knows we may even throw in a couple of Nobel Prizes for the role he is going to play.

  97. Clinton has just done enormous damage to President Obama. … He has just put a torpedo right into the Obama campaign. This is as bad as it gets.”

    ——-
    I just doesn’t get any better than this.

    Bill and Hillary haven’t forgotten, no more than we have.

  98. wbboei, how about Jim Carrey to play Barkey….and Dustin Hoffman to produce?

    I have witnessed the ‘acting out’ stage of someone diagnosed with Peter Pan syndrome which is a different name for the same mental problem. They are capable of extreme and horrifying violence toward even those they purport to love. They are determined and methodical and cunning and calculating and violent.

  99. wbboei, how about Jim Carrey to play Barkey….and Dustin Hoffman to produce?
    ————————–
    Very good shortermer. How about we get Charlie Manson to play the role of Axelrod.

  100. The guards at San Quentin will want their cut, but Obama bundlers can take care of that part. And Squeakie From could play Maurine Dowd.

  101. Squeekie Fromm will need that little red riding hood costume so the bundlers will have to cover that as well.

  102. I will bet you the lights are on at the Chicago headquarters and they are tearing their hair out. Those that still have any. Maybe this will cheer them up.


  103. How could the big dog have done grave damage to their campaign strategies on Bain. They were failing. He did them a big favor. Now they can blame it on the Big dog.

    So what is your so called group of exceptional campaign personnel going to do next. Perhaps, replay videos of the 2008 campaign, and ask themselves how could they be brillant then and so bad now.

    The answer is: Obama had to do the job, and everyone found out he could not. You will have a hard time spinning that fairytale again (sorry Big Dog, that was your line).

  104. Not only does Bill think Romney’s record is sterling, but he likes The Donald.
    —-
    Trump was a very strong supporter of Hillary and also liked Bill as a President and plays golf with Bill. They are not strangers and evidently have a pretty good relationship.

  105. Basically, most of us were flying by the seats of our pants. Those who participated have nothing to be ashamed of.

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

    PumaPac and all PUMAs have much to be proud of! Goddess bless you all! There was a lot of confusion and misinformation but we all did great work, especially Pumapac, whois still doing it, with FECK etc. We all need to pull together and support each other now more than ever.

    [[[[[ hugs PUMAS ]]]]]

  106. Finally, there was the big media set-up in North Carolina which was orchestrated by Clyburn, Axelrod and Ted Kennedy, and faithfully reported on by Professor Sean Wilentz.

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

    Wilentz defended Hillary in a great op-ed called “Race Man” accusing Obama of playing the race card. This was after Wilentz practically endorsed Hillary as the best qualified and as capable of being the next FDR.

    I’m sure that’s what you meant but your sentence was a little abbreviated.

  107. lol……from journo’s tweets.

    Obama campaign email subj line: “Bill Clinton: Praising Romney’s business record doesn’t connote endorsement”.

  108. S posted:
    [….]

    love it…Boston ’smarts’ vs Chicago ‘corruption’…Go Boston!!!! Game ON…
    [….]

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

    caught Hillary on the news tonight.she looked in charge and great…

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

    That was a fun post, all the political back and forth and then at the end Hillary appearing looking in charge of the real world, just like in “Texts from Hillary”! 😉

  109. Yes, Obama needs to convene a beer summit–first he can serenade Putin and then The Donald. What has he got to lose?
    ——————-

  110. You know sleeves are gonna fly and the narcissist is looking for something to buffer his ego when his Darling HuffNPuff has a headline like this:

    TOTAL MESS

    Stocks Tank After Bleak Jobs Report… All 2012 Gains Erased
    Jobs Data: Only 69,000 New Jobs… Fewest This Year… Previous Gains Revised Down… Unemployment Up… World On Recession Watch… Terrible Growth ‘Alarmingly Clear’… Record Eurozone Unemployment… Obama’s Original Sin

    without mentioning Bill Clinton’s scuds to the O’campaign.

    Bad day in the land of Unicorns.

  111. About the heroic PUMAs of 2008, there was an informal ‘umbrella’ proposed getting the major PUMA blog owners speaking as a group to the media. PumaPac was part of that, though iirc Diane or someone else organized it.

    PumaPac’s financial activities weren’t under any ‘umbrella financial group’: financially they were a top level official PAC group of their own.

    I’m sure they were the first (and maybe only?) PUMA group to do the work and expense of forming an official PAC. I remember writing blogs and letters saying that I wanted to show I was serious about switching to McCain if Obama was nominated; I wanted some place to make a conditional donation to go to Hillary if she was nominated and otherwise to McCain. PumaPac served that need, though not donating to McCain; still a donation to PumaPac was proof we were serious. Heidi Li’s and ‘Tom in Paine’s “Denver Group” was another project that took and documented donations, tho I don’t know whether they became an official PAC.

    Anyway these were all great PUMAS doing great things, and we shouldn’t be dissing any of them!

  112. Obama campaign email subj line: “Bill Clinton: Praising Romney’s business record doesn’t connote endorsement”.
    ———————
    Of course not. When he says Romney has a sterling record and is qualified to run because of it, and that Obama is over 35 years old an has a right to run, that is not an endorsement of either candidate. Just an innocent observation.

  113. Bullshit, if they are not legal voters, get them off the rolls.

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

    Scott is throwing off legal vot3rs who happen to have Hispanic names.

  114. Stocks Tank After Bleak Jobs Report… All 2012 Gains Erased
    Jobs Data: Only 69,000 New Jobs… Fewest This Year… Previous Gains Revised Down… Unemployment Up… World On Recession Watch… Terrible Growth ‘Alarmingly Clear’… Record Eurozone Unemployment… Obama’s Original Sin
    ———————————–
    Gosh with all that going on we need to summon TOTUS to the rescue. Speeeech. Meanwhile big media is behaving like a cat on catnip savoring the prospect of yet another bloviation. Let us hope these empty epistles are being saved for posterity. They may be short of jobs, homes and families before this thing is over, so they may need some humor in their lives. And Obama is just the clown to provide it, after his round at Congressional, and shooting a few hoops.


  115. Btw my Bot friend now says he’s voting third party, and wants to empower third parties so we can have some real contests and end with coalition governments. He seems to be really over Obama.

  116. ShortTermer June 1st, 2012 at 6:58 pm Murphy on Fox and Friends
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    Good to see that interview again. Murphy and PumaPAC were my rock for the longest time.

  117. Not only do Bill’s comments blunt the Obama attack on Bain they validate the people who are attacking him. Therefore, they undermine both Obama’s offense and his defense. And some of this will show up in campaign videos. Much harder for the commies to paint Romney as a croney capitalist after this, or to defend their record of failed governance now. This plus the economic news provide the perfect “stimulus” for Obama to begin the act out stage. When the things that have worked in the past do not work now he will begin to come unraveled. It may not be visible at first but it will be manifest in what his campaign says and does to divide and punish the country.

  118. BASIL99
    June 2nd, 2012 at 9:08 am

    oh, but he is just sooo cute and adorable with his feign stutter and hyena smile. **puke**

  119. I do not want to single out David particularly, because he is really just characteristic of the breed. They call themselves journalists, but his book is heavy on celebrity and very light on critical self analysis. The greatest failing however is they went to school together eat together work together and live together hence there is no free thought. The book line was too long for me to wait to tell him this, but increasingly they have an acute myopia about the reality of life outside the beltway, and when they do venture forth into the hinterland, they return with the same air as a well healed Brit returning from a visit to the colonies in days past. Suddenly it becomes a case of I have been more places than I remember and remember more places than I have been. In addition they have this air of hubris. But I still say, at the bottom of it all, beyond the point any of them would acknowledge or may even be consciously aware of they are defenders of the status quo and arch enemies of any and all gate crashers. The sign on the front door says no trespassers. But if that is true, then they are incapable of representing our interest or speaking truth. David was so proud of what they have done–honest to God I do not see it. They are part of the problem–not the solution. But they have taken the whole process to far, and as often happens with those who are arrogant and drunk on hubris they have underestimated the American People. Today everyone’s world is at risk, we know we cannot depend on the political class to defend our interests much less save us from whatever may lie ahead, hence the very bias that they no longer bother to even disguise causes thinking people to either be sceptical of or reject altogether whatever they say, on the familiar evidentiary grounds of bias, motive and interest, which are traditional grounds for witness impeachment. So where do we go for the truth? David worries that we will settle for the lowest common denominator rather than the rigorous standard of journalism offered by big media. I almost asked for his card so I could send him a long remembered article from Peter Kahn former editor of the Wall Street Journal listing the 10 deadly sins of mainstream media. But that would be pointless. They know what they are and the kind of stuff David promotes is just marketing tripe. But again where do we go for the truth. Well, its happening right now before our eyes. Ed Kline’s book on Obama has been systematically ignored by all of big media save one hostile review by NYT. Even the Chicago newspaper could not make up its mind whether to cover it, which is hardly surprising when you realize is is owned by the LA Times. Yet, inspite of their concerted effort to reduce his book to irrelevancy it is number one on the NYT Best Seller List. In other words, big media has lost its monopoly on the dissemination of information, and ever since they adopted the fierce support of Obama, whom they created out of whole cloth, the public at large has begun to reject their opinions, and relevate them to the dust bin of history. If I am right this will take time, but there will come a point where nice guys like David who are robots and defenders of that system will not be able to mesmerize an audience with names like Peter Jennings. I do not doubt for a minute that Peter worked hard. It is the value of his work product to society that I would be inclined to question. This was never the case with Cronkite or Sevaraid but those were different men from a different time, who cut their teeth in Europe during World War II. The current crop have no parallel experience in their resume and by God it shows.

  120. Now Obama is blaming Europe.

    Obama Tells Donors Europe to Blame for Weak Job Growth

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-01/obama-tells-donors-re-election-chance-to-break-partisan-fever-.html

    President Barack Obama told campaign donors in Chicago and Minnesota that Europe’s sovereign debt crisis is largely to blame for the slowest month of U.S. employment growth in a year, seeking to counter an issue weighing on his re-election bid.

    “We’re not where we need to be; we’re not there yet; you saw that in today’s jobs report,” the president said at a Chicago fundraiser, the fourth of six yesterday in the Midwest. “A lot of that’s attributable to Europe and the cloud that’s coming over from the Atlantic. The whole world economy has been weakened by it, and it’s having an impact on us.”

    ………………………..

    The Whiner in chief strikes again.

  121. Edward’s Mistress is coming out with her book shortly. I just am so tired of the Book Parade. Of course, I have no intentions of buying her book. I could care less about why she decided to commit adultary with a married man. At one time you used to be stoned for that. Now they write a book to become millionaires.

    As for the little girl, what a messy family history to have to someday deal with.

  122. Now McCain locates cojones, reverses line famously attributed to MeMe:
    …“I can’t think of a time in the many years that I have served this country in many ways that I have been more embarrassed about my country and their failure to carry out our fundamental principles,” McCain told Fox News. “It is shameful because the countries in the region say that they need American leadership not American unilateral action…. It is patently obvious that this president does not believe that America leads….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/02/mccain-slams-obama-on-syria-as-lieberman-says-administration-moving-too-slowly/

  123. Whiner in Chief, I liked that. He threw a little money at the problem and expected the cycle to take care of it. Is he in there planning, taking action, meeting with the people in Europe, of course not.

    He is campaigning for re-election. Of course, he did so well the first time.

  124. HTA 10:16

    He acts like someone should bring him a plan with the congressial approval already negoitated, and it will solve everyone economic problems. Then he can claim how WONDERFUL he is.

    Somehow I never had a job like that.

  125. Uh oh…campaign killer.

    REPORT: Elizabeth Warren made fortune flipping foreclosed homes.

    Elizabeth Warren, who has railed against predatory banks and heartless foreclosures, took part in about a dozen Oklahoma real estate deals that netted her and her family hefty profits through maneuvers such as “flipping” properties, records show.

    A Herald review has found that the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate rapidly bought and sold homes herself, loaned money at high interest rates to relatives and purchased foreclosed properties at bargain prices.

    http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1061136010

  126. Comment seen on Althouse and Romney supporters should really take note of it.

    If Obama uses Clinton on the campaign trail, Romney supporters should show up an chant “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”–because ask just about any Republican, and they’ll tell you they would have preferred Hillary.

  127. Another comment: I forgot to associate the date May 31st with Bill’s comments.

    Or maybe Bill’s having a little fun. He chose May 31st, a day that will live in infamy for Hillary’s supporters, to publicly say that Romney has more than passed the qualifications for the presidency with a “stellar career” in business. Maybe he’s being “helpful”.

  128. Obama Tells Donors Europe to Blame for Weak Job Growth
    ——————–
    He is not an actor on the world stage. He is nothing more than a talking head. He accepts no responsibility. There is no plausible case to vote for him. He is a cipher.

  129. cientists believe they’ve found a jar of freckle cream belonging to Amelia Earhart in the South Pacific

    A jar of anti-freckle cream found in the South Pacific may provide another clue in the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s 75 years ago, Discovery News reports.

    Famed as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart vanished during an attempt to circle the world’s equator. Later declared missing and eventually dead, many believed her plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean.

    But now historians say the jar could provide further evidence to support the theory that Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan may have landed the plane and survived as castaways on the uninhabited island of Nikumaroro in the republic of Kiribati.

    The jar was discovered by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) who made the connection between Earhart’s dislike for her freckles and the identical glass jar used by Dr. C. H Berry’s Freckle Ointment, a cream sold in the early 20th century used to help fade freckles.

    The theory also gained support from Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in March when she encouraged scientists and historians to continue the search the full story behind Earhart’s disappearance.

    DNA testing will take place to try and confirm that the cream was hers.

    — A new search starts in July.

    http://forums.military.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/672198221/m/6640026192001

  130. The latest slowdown in jobs and growth gives Mitt Romney an enormous opening to offer the American people a better way. Criticizing the results of the last four years and saying that Mr. Obama is in over his head are not enough.

    Mr. Romney needs to explain why the Obama policies, and in some cases the Bush policies, have failed to promote a durable recovery. He needs to explain, as Ronald Reagan did, why some tax cuts work but others don’t. Above all, he needs to offer and fight for his vision of how to restore American growth and prosperity.
    ————–

    An Economy Built to Stall
    With a third slowdown in three years, maybe the problem is the policies.

    Well, this week makes it official. The weakest economic recovery since World War II has become weaker still, sinking into a spring slowdown for the third year in a row. Are we finally ready to debate a change in the policies that have led to this pass?

    On Thursday the government reported that growth in the first quarter was 1.9%, even weaker than the 2.2% initial estimate. Then Friday delivered the third slower jobs report in a row, which qualifies as a depressing trend. Employers created only 69,000 net new jobs in May, and April’s total was revised down to 77,000 jobs. Stocks were crushed in the backwash.

    The jobless rate of 8.2% marks more than three years of unemployment at or above 8%, despite an economy that ostensibly emerged from recession in July 2009. Few industries outside of manufacturing (up 12,000 in May and up by a robust one-half million since January 2010), transportation and health care saw job growth.

    The rare good news is that the overall labor market expanded with 642,000 new entrants, and the labor force participation rate rose to 63.8% from 63.6% in April. This means that more workers have re-entered the job market, perhaps because they believe they can find a job or because their 99 weeks of jobless benefits have finally run out. The bad news is that 63.8% is still about two percentage points—about three million fewer workers—below the modern norm.

    Even worse is the news that hours worked declined slightly, hourly earnings were up only 0.1%, and hourly earnings on a year to year basis are up a meager 1.7%. All of this means that income growth after inflation is stagnant.

    On Friday the White House blamed the third slowdown of its four-year term on Republicans for blocking the President’s policies, but what policies are they talking about? In his first two years in office, Democrats gave Mr. Obama everything he wanted, save for cap and trade and union card-check, which would have done even more harm to job creation. They passed stimulus, ObamaCare, multiple housing bailouts, Dodd-Frank and more.

    Even after Republicans took the House, they gave Mr. Obama the payroll tax holiday he demanded first for 2011 and again for 2012. Far from some new fiscal “austerity,” overall federal spending hasn’t declined. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has delivered monetary stimulus after stimulus—QE I, QE II, Operation Twist, and 42 months of near-zero interest rates with the promise of 30 months more.

    Mr. Obama has had the freest run of policy of any President since LBJ. The problem is the policies.

    Maybe Milton Friedman was right that “temporary, targeted” tax cuts don’t change the incentives to invest or hire because people aren’t stupid. Maybe each $1 of new federal spending doesn’t produce a “multiplier” of 1.5 times that in added output. Maybe the historic burst of regulation of the last three years has harmed business confidence and job creation. And maybe the uncertainty that comes from helter-skelter fiscal and monetary policy has dampened the hopes for a durable expansion.

    On Friday, the same architects who designed this economy built to stall were calling for one more rescue by the Fed. And gold jumped more than $60 an ounce, suggesting that markets believe that Chairman Ben Bernanke will oblige with some version of QE III. But the lesson of the last four years is that easier money can provide at most a temporary reprieve from otherwise rotten policies. Markets rally for a time, but then they fade when the money-fix is withdrawn.

    Far more constructive would be a bipartisan attempt to remove the tax cliff that the economy is rolling toward in January 2013. One of the biggest fears among investors and businesses is that tax rates on capital gains, dividends and personal income are all scheduled to go way up at the same time.

    This is an entirely artificial crisis created by the mantra of “temporary, targeted” tax cuts, combined with Mr. Obama’s campaign strategy to run against high-income earners with his Buffett rule and attacks on bankers and Bain Capital. If Mr. Obama wants a better chance at re-election, and especially with troubles in Europe and China, he’ll call off the class war and call for no change in taxes for at least another two years until there is a larger tax reform. He’d find he’d get little resistance from Republicans.

    As for Mitt Romney, the latest slowdown in jobs and growth gives him an enormous opening to offer the American people a better way. Criticizing the results of the last four years and saying that Mr. Obama is in over his head are not enough.

    Mr. Romney needs to explain why the Obama policies, and in some cases the Bush policies, have failed to promote a durable recovery. He needs to explain, as Ronald Reagan did, why some tax cuts work but others don’t. Above all, he needs to offer and fight for his vision of how to restore American growth and prosperity.

  131. pm317
    June 2nd, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Another comment: I forgot to associate the date May 31st with Bill’s comments.

    Or maybe Bill’s having a little fun. He chose May 31st, a day that will live in infamy for Hillary’s supporters, to publicly say that Romney has more than passed the qualifications for the presidency with a “stellar career” in business. Maybe he’s being “helpful”.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Yep!! the day the Undemocratic party died.:(

  132. @ Shadowfax

    The Big Dawg and Hillary are eating popcorn with us as Barry and thugs spin out of control.

    And we’re lovin’ it. I’m walking on sunshine. 😀

  133. I am sorry, I have to link this.. because I am going crazy with it since last night, 🙂 Along with ELO, Chuck Berry..

    Jimi Hendrix..He seems like an amazing guy — watch the interviews on Cavett’s show on the side bar.


  134. OPublic Schedule: Public Schedule for June 2, 2012
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    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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    SATURDAY JUNE 2, 2012
    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
    Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Tromso, Norway. The Secretary is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Gordon, Director Sullivan, VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS, and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European Affairs Liz Sherwood Randall. Please click here for more information.
    9:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in an Arctic research vessel tour with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, in Tromso, Norway.
    (POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)
    11:45 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a discussion on High North, Environment, Energy, Business, and Climate with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, in Tromso, Norway.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
    12:35 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere deliver joint press statements, in Tromso Norway.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    1:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a lunch hosted by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, in Tromso, Norway.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)n the road again:

  135. Note: the new big media narrative is 2012 is like 2004 where the incumbent survived by a narrow margin. That is a false and misleading comparison. 2012 will be more like 1980. Only big media does not want to face the music, or assume a neutral position.
    ———————————————
    Among the greatest political assets any president has is the public’s perception of him as a leader. If voters see an incumbent president as strong and effective, many will vote for him even if they don’t fully agree with him on some important issues.

    But this president is perceived by many, even some in his own party, as indecisive, too willing to outsource the writing of key legislation to Congress, too eager to lead from behind, too political, too calculating, and too ready to discard frequently voiced promises. Most importantly, he appears hostage to events rather than in control of them.

    Playing into the impression of Mr. Obama as an unusually weak chief executive is his practice of blaming the nation’s challenges on everything from his predecessor to a tsunami in Japan to ATMs to the Arab Spring to airport check-in kiosks to Fox News to Super PACs to the Supreme Court. The blame game can work for maybe a year; after that, it is (rightly) seen as weak and whiny.

    A president is strongest when he takes more responsibility and less credit. Too frequently, Mr. Obama does the opposite. The self-portrait the president has painted is of a weak liberal, buffeted by events. That will make this election more like 1980—when Ronald Reagan defeated an ineffectual Jimmy Carter—than 2004.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303552104577436072151084152.html

  136. Elizabeth Warren, who has railed against predatory banks and heartless foreclosures,

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

    How dare Warren stand up for HIllary’s policies! Let’s help the rightwing Boston Herald lynch her!

  137. Toby Harnden: Mitt the front runner.. and in other news Obama is under 50% in CA! What is with Deval Patrick throwing Obama under the bus?

    http://harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/06/mitt-romney-is-now-the-frontrunner-to-win-the-white-house-in-2012.html

    Ed Rendell, a former Pennsylvania governor and DNC chair called the ads “very disappointing”. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts described Bain as “a perfectly fine company” whose role had been “distorted”.

    And then none other than President Bill Clinton weighed in last night, saying: “I don’t think we ought to get in a position where we say this is bad work. This is good work.”

    He even declared Romney to be ready to be President: “There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and, you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”

    So centrist Democrats view the attacks on Bain as anti-capitalist. Clinton spent a lot of time and effort in the 1990s making the Democratic party more business-friendly and he is clearly dismayed that Obama’s strident, populist rhetoric will be about as effective as Al Gore’s “people versus the powerful” message a dozen years ago.

  138. Obama’s strident, populist rhetoric will be about as effective as Al Gore’s “people versus the powerful” message a dozen years ago.

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

    I’m still not sure where some posters draw the lines between the evil ‘elites’ and ‘globalists’ and the good ‘Wall Street’ and ‘powerful’.

    But Gore did win the popular vote in 2000, and the electoral votes if the Bush SC had allowed Florida’s votes to all be counted. So the people supported Gore but the powerful Bush SC prevailed.

  139. They are beating up on Jay Carney on one of the other blogs. Why? For being an ignoramus? There is no law against that surely. Because of his non-answers? Well, what do you expect. If you were Obama, and you wanted to cover up what you were doing, would you want a knowledgeable press secretary or an ignoramus. That is what he is there for–hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. His dearly departed predecessor Robert Gibbs did a boffo imitation of Porky Pig whenever he took the podium. To some this was suggestive of Animal Farm. But Carney is a different sort of diversion. He is like Richie Cunningham on an acid trip. Therefore, gaffs, non-sequiturs, and incoherent logic is to be expected. What the worshipful Washington Press Corps, which includes Tapper, fail to realize is the joke is on them. And you can be certain that Obama–their master is laughing.

  140. I’ve no idea who Peter Wehner is. But his concluding remarks are harsh….

    Obama Is Simply Overmatched by Events « Commentary Magazine [don’t let that stupid headline get in your way]

    snip This would be very troubling news for any incumbent president – but for one who has virtually no achievements he can point to with pride, it is triply damaging. Whatever fault one wants to ascribe to Obama’s predecessor, and whatever excuses the president can dream up, what is now beyond any reasonable dispute is that Obama has no clue how to fix things. That is not a political judgment; it’s an empirical one. Barack Obama may be well-intentioned. He may be a fine father. He may have an excellent jump shot. And he may be a first-rate community organizer. But as president, he is simply — and by now almost undeniably — overmatched by events. By Obama’s own standards – by what he said and by what he promised — he is a failure. For Obama, that is a politically lethal conclusion for a majority of the American people to come to. They were well on their way to arriving at this conclusion before today. They’re now further along than they were. And soon, very soon, there will be no way to undo it.
    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/06/01/obama-overmatched-by-events/

  141. I was just watching French Open and the ad in between was from Garnier. Inspired by the words used there (for anti-wrinkle or some such thing), here is a slogan for our campaign:

    4 years ago, they had HOPE, now we have PROOF!

  142. More on the congressional race in Passaic County, New Jersey Pascrell versus Rothman. This race was mentioned upthread by the admin, if I recall correctly. I only wish for whoever is least pro-Obama to win. Ideally, I would prefer to see the Democrats lose the seat, which is very unlikely, unfortunately. By the way, South Paterson has a large Muslim population of which some rejoiced in the streets after 9/11. Now ask me again why I do not like or trust Muslims in general.

    JERSEY ROAR
    DEMOCRATIC HOUSE PRIMARY TURNS INTO ETHNIC PROXY WAR OVER ISRAEL

    BY: Adam Kredo – June 1, 2012 1:20 pm
    A Democratic primary race in northern New Jersey has devolved into a highly competitive proxy war over Israel, pitting the state’s pro-Israel community against a growing constituency of Arab voters who have accused a sitting congressman of putting Israel’s interests before America’s.

    As the race between Democratic Reps. Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell nears its Tuesday finish, veteran political observers on the ground have expressed concern at the way the battle between the two veteran lawmakers has transformed into a troubling ethnic brawl.

    “One side says, ‘We want this Jew out of office’ and, frankly, it’s pretty unsettling,” Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee based in Englewood Cliffs, told the Free Beacon. “They emphasized [Rothman] is a Jewish congressman.”

    Others say they simply cannot recall a congressional race becoming a referendum on a candidate’s religion.

    “For the first time in recent American political history, we are witnessing a proxy battle between supporters and detractors of Israel, and it’s playing out in the Ninth District of New Jersey,” said one veteran campaign strategist who is knowledgeable about the district.

    The race took an unprecedented turn on Monday when an Arabic campaign poster supporting Pascrell surfaced. It urged the “Arab diaspora community” to “elect the friend of the Arabs” and billed the race as “the most important election in the history of the [Arab] community,” according to a WFB translation of the sign.

    “I don’t read Arabic well, but I am pretty sure that the pro-Pascrell posters that have appeared across the district are not calling to elect the candidate who supports a strong relationship between America and the only democracy in the Middle East, one which is rooted in progressive Western values—women’s rights, gay rights, tolerance, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.,” said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Observers such as Susan Rosenbluth, publisher of the New Jersey-based Jewish Voice and Opinion, say the race took an anti-Semitic turn in late February, when a prominent Arab supporter of Pascrell accused the state’s Jewish voters of being more loyal to Israel than America.

    “Unquestionably, this primary election is pitting two otherwise harmoniously coexisting communities: the Muslim and Jewish communities,” Aref Assaf, president of the New Jersey-based American Arab Forum, wrote in a New Jersey Star-Ledger column headlined “Rothman is Israel’s man in District 9.”

    “As total and blind support for Israel becomes the only reason for choosing Rothman, voters who do not view the elections in this prism will need to take notice. Loyalty to a foreign flag is not loyalty to America’s,” Assaf wrote.

    The canard—reminiscent of the “Israel firster” controversy that has engulfed the left-wing Center for American Progress Action Fund and Media Matters for America—reverberated through the tight-knit Jewish community, raising alarm among pro-Israel stalwarts.

    “A number of Arab-American constituents have come out with outrageous attacks on Rothman,” said Rosenbluth, whose newspaper is based in Englewood. “I haven’t heard a dual loyalty charge for years.”

    At that point, things really “started to get ugly,” said NORPAC’s Chouake, explaining that “for the pro-Israel community, it’s not about Jewish or not-Jewish or helping an ethnic culture, but about believing there should be a homeland for a people oppressed and slaughtered for 2,000 years.”

    “It’s a little bit scary,” said Chouake, who noted that massive voter registration drives in the Arab community have added at least 6,000 new names to the rolls. Some of those registrations have been disputed.

    Most disturbing, said Rosenbluth and others, is that Pascrell has remained silent, refusing to condemn the charges of dual loyalty.

    “I called Pascrell’s office and asked, ‘Will you condemn it?’ ” Rosenbluth said. “They said, ‘We didn’t write it.’”

    As Election Day approaches in the tight race, Assaf again has taken to the pages of the New Jersey Star-Ledger to rally the Arab community.

    “The more we vote this year, the more important our community will be in future elections,” Assaf wrote Wednesday. “In New Jersey’s Ninth District race between Pascrell and Rothman, our vote will be of pivotal significance to the outcome.”

    In a separate column released Monday, Assaf referred to the city of Paterson a “Little Jerusalem,” and deemed “the root of the conflict” in the race as lying “thousands of miles from Paterson, in the heart of the Middle East.”

    Assaf went on to make several unfounded claims about what he said is Rothman’s “misdirected commitment” to Israel.

    “The Arab and Muslim community of northern New Jersey is taking notice of how Steve Rothman is using his support of Israel as the centerpiece of his campaign,” Assaf wrote in the op-ed, which included a picture of the pro-Pascrell Arabic campaign poster. “They take issue with Rothman bragging about his help in getting Israel over $50 billion in aid since 2001, while bringing back only $2 billion to New Jersey residents.”

    Rothman has consciously avoided adding fuel to the ethnic fire by focusing instead on his congressional record, note political observers in both New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

    “Rep. Rothman has run an issue-oriented campaign, focused on progressive values domestically and abroad, including his strong pro-Israel credentials, among other things,” said Block. “Rep. Pascrell, however, has implicitly endorsed odious attacks on Rothman’s religion and commitment to the United States. These claims are reminiscent of canards regularly bandied about by White Supremacists and anti-Semites.”

    Pascrell is clearly “seeking the support of Muslim and Arab voters at the cost of his Jewish support,” one political operative in New Jersey said.

    Meanwhile, the district’s typically Republican Orthodox Jewish voters have mobilized behind Rothman.

    In February, Orthodox leaders from 15 synagogues in Passaic urged their congregants to switch party affiliation so that they would be eligible to vote for Rothman in the primary.

    “This is very important to the Orthodox community, and Rothman’s relationship with the Orthodox community is strong,” said Rosenbluth. “Pascrell’s has been tenuous.”

    That has led Pascrell to embrace a growing community of Turks, Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Jordanians—many of whom were moved into the Ninth District last year when congressional maps were updated in response to the census.

    Pascrell in recent weeks has waged a charm offensive in the Arab community, campaigning alongside a Hamas-sympathizer and many who have expressed hostility towards Israel.

    James Zogby, president of the American Arab Institute, recently helped Pascrell collect more than $50,000; Zogby is a longtime critic of Israel who has accused the U.S. of “being the coat holder and cheerleader” for the Jewish state.

    Pascrell also has embraced Imam Mohammad Qatanani, a controversial Passaic spiritual leader who stands accused by the State Department of hiding a conviction in Israel for having ties to the terror group Hamas.

    Last Friday, Pascrell held a high profile event at a local mosque where he was joined by Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn), a prominent ally of the fringe group J Street and the first Muslim member of Congress.

    Pascrell, too, has come under fire for his association with J Street. In 2010, the lawmaker endorsed the so-called “Gaza 54” letter, which demanded that President Obama force Israel to end its “collective punishment” of those living in the Gaza Strip. It is a vote that Pascrell has said he “doesn’t regret.”

    “By campaigning so hard with one group, were Congressman Pascrell to win reelection, it seems that his marginally supportive voting record on Israel may take a turn for the worst and become openly hostile,” said the New Jersey-based political operative.

    Others are worried that the pro-Israel and Jewish community will suffer if Pascrell is victorious.

    “If Pascrell gets in, I’m very worried and concerned because he’s broken many bridges with the Jewish community,” said Rosenbluth. “I resent him turning his back in such a blatant way on the Jewish community.”

  143. More on the congressional race in Passaic County, New Jersey Pascrell versus Rothman. This race was mentioned upthread by the admin, if I recall correctly. I only wish for whoever is least pro-Obama to win. Ideally, I would prefer to see the Democrats lose the seat, which is very unlikely, unfortunately. By the way, South Paterson has a large Muslim population of which some rejoiced in the streets after 9/11. Now ask me again why I do not like nor trust Muslims in general.

    JERSEY ROAR
    DEMOCRATIC HOUSE PRIMARY TURNS INTO ETHNIC PROXY WAR OVER ISRAEL

    BY: Adam Kredo – June 1, 2012 1:20 pm
    A Democratic primary race in northern New Jersey has devolved into a highly competitive proxy war over Israel, pitting the state’s pro-Israel community against a growing constituency of Arab voters who have accused a sitting congressman of putting Israel’s interests before America’s.

    As the race between Democratic Reps. Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell nears its Tuesday finish, veteran political observers on the ground have expressed concern at the way the battle between the two veteran lawmakers has transformed into a troubling ethnic brawl.

    “One side says, ‘We want this Jew out of office’ and, frankly, it’s pretty unsettling,” Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee based in Englewood Cliffs, told the Free Beacon. “They emphasized [Rothman] is a Jewish congressman.”

    Others say they simply cannot recall a congressional race becoming a referendum on a candidate’s religion.

    “For the first time in recent American political history, we are witnessing a proxy battle between supporters and detractors of Israel, and it’s playing out in the Ninth District of New Jersey,” said one veteran campaign strategist who is knowledgeable about the district.

    The race took an unprecedented turn on Monday when an Arabic campaign poster supporting Pascrell surfaced. It urged the “Arab diaspora community” to “elect the friend of the Arabs” and billed the race as “the most important election in the history of the [Arab] community,” according to a WFB translation of the sign.

    “I don’t read Arabic well, but I am pretty sure that the pro-Pascrell posters that have appeared across the district are not calling to elect the candidate who supports a strong relationship between America and the only democracy in the Middle East, one which is rooted in progressive Western values—women’s rights, gay rights, tolerance, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.,” said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Observers such as Susan Rosenbluth, publisher of the New Jersey-based Jewish Voice and Opinion, say the race took an anti-Semitic turn in late February, when a prominent Arab supporter of Pascrell accused the state’s Jewish voters of being more loyal to Israel than America.

    “Unquestionably, this primary election is pitting two otherwise harmoniously coexisting communities: the Muslim and Jewish communities,” Aref Assaf, president of the New Jersey-based American Arab Forum, wrote in a New Jersey Star-Ledger column headlined “Rothman is Israel’s man in District 9.”

    “As total and blind support for Israel becomes the only reason for choosing Rothman, voters who do not view the elections in this prism will need to take notice. Loyalty to a foreign flag is not loyalty to America’s,” Assaf wrote.

    The canard—reminiscent of the “Israel firster” controversy that has engulfed the left-wing Center for American Progress Action Fund and Media Matters for America—reverberated through the tight-knit Jewish community, raising alarm among pro-Israel stalwarts.

    “A number of Arab-American constituents have come out with outrageous attacks on Rothman,” said Rosenbluth, whose newspaper is based in Englewood. “I haven’t heard a dual loyalty charge for years.”

    At that point, things really “started to get ugly,” said NORPAC’s Chouake, explaining that “for the pro-Israel community, it’s not about Jewish or not-Jewish or helping an ethnic culture, but about believing there should be a homeland for a people oppressed and slaughtered for 2,000 years.”

    “It’s a little bit scary,” said Chouake, who noted that massive voter registration drives in the Arab community have added at least 6,000 new names to the rolls. Some of those registrations have been disputed.

    Most disturbing, said Rosenbluth and others, is that Pascrell has remained silent, refusing to condemn the charges of dual loyalty.

    “I called Pascrell’s office and asked, ‘Will you condemn it?’ ” Rosenbluth said. “They said, ‘We didn’t write it.’”

    As Election Day approaches in the tight race, Assaf again has taken to the pages of the New Jersey Star-Ledger to rally the Arab community.

    “The more we vote this year, the more important our community will be in future elections,” Assaf wrote Wednesday. “In New Jersey’s Ninth District race between Pascrell and Rothman, our vote will be of pivotal significance to the outcome.”

    In a separate column released Monday, Assaf referred to the city of Paterson a “Little Jerusalem,” and deemed “the root of the conflict” in the race as lying “thousands of miles from Paterson, in the heart of the Middle East.”

    Assaf went on to make several unfounded claims about what he said is Rothman’s “misdirected commitment” to Israel.

    “The Arab and Muslim community of northern New Jersey is taking notice of how Steve Rothman is using his support of Israel as the centerpiece of his campaign,” Assaf wrote in the op-ed, which included a picture of the pro-Pascrell Arabic campaign poster. “They take issue with Rothman bragging about his help in getting Israel over $50 billion in aid since 2001, while bringing back only $2 billion to New Jersey residents.”

    Rothman has consciously avoided adding fuel to the ethnic fire by focusing instead on his congressional record, note political observers in both New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

    “Rep. Rothman has run an issue-oriented campaign, focused on progressive values domestically and abroad, including his strong pro-Israel credentials, among other things,” said Block. “Rep. Pascrell, however, has implicitly endorsed odious attacks on Rothman’s religion and commitment to the United States. These claims are reminiscent of canards regularly bandied about by White Supremacists and anti-Semites.”

    Pascrell is clearly “seeking the support of Muslim and Arab voters at the cost of his Jewish support,” one political operative in New Jersey said.

    Meanwhile, the district’s typically Republican Orthodox Jewish voters have mobilized behind Rothman.

    In February, Orthodox leaders from 15 synagogues in Passaic urged their congregants to switch party affiliation so that they would be eligible to vote for Rothman in the primary.

    “This is very important to the Orthodox community, and Rothman’s relationship with the Orthodox community is strong,” said Rosenbluth. “Pascrell’s has been tenuous.”

    That has led Pascrell to embrace a growing community of Turks, Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Jordanians—many of whom were moved into the Ninth District last year when congressional maps were updated in response to the census.

    Pascrell in recent weeks has waged a charm offensive in the Arab community, campaigning alongside a Hamas-sympathizer and many who have expressed hostility towards Israel.

    James Zogby, president of the American Arab Institute, recently helped Pascrell collect more than $50,000; Zogby is a longtime critic of Israel who has accused the U.S. of “being the coat holder and cheerleader” for the Jewish state.

    Pascrell also has embraced Imam Mohammad Qatanani, a controversial Passaic spiritual leader who stands accused by the State Department of hiding a conviction in Israel for having ties to the terror group Hamas.

    Last Friday, Pascrell held a high profile event at a local mosque where he was joined by Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn), a prominent ally of the fringe group J Street and the first Muslim member of Congress.

    Pascrell, too, has come under fire for his association with J Street. In 2010, the lawmaker endorsed the so-called “Gaza 54” letter, which demanded that President Obama force Israel to end its “collective punishment” of those living in the Gaza Strip. It is a vote that Pascrell has said he “doesn’t regret.”

    “By campaigning so hard with one group, were Congressman Pascrell to win reelection, it seems that his marginally supportive voting record on Israel may take a turn for the worst and become openly hostile,” said the New Jersey-based political operative.

    Others are worried that the pro-Israel and Jewish community will suffer if Pascrell is victorious.

    “If Pascrell gets in, I’m very worried and concerned because he’s broken many bridges with the Jewish community,” said Rosenbluth. “I resent him turning his back in such a blatant way on the Jewish community.”

  144. The elites of the democratic party were quite content to let Obama play the race card, and they did a fair share of that themselves. They are less comfortable with Obama however as he plays the class card, because that puts them in the crosshairs–where many of them do belong. It is an old familiar pattern of history where in tough economic times, questions focus on who is responsible, and who is prospering while the rest of us suffer. And to be clear, we should not assume that just because someone is wealth, that they are ipso facto, a job creator. Too often they are little more than gluttons. Therefore, you can be sujre that many donors are less enamorate of Obama now than they were. I, on the other hand, am perfectly content to see them attack the well off, because that is often where the maldistribution of the nations wealth ultimately lies, and they are unwilling to share it. It is opm–other people money–that they believe in sharing. Their latest argument is that they pay a disproportionate share of the taxes. Rather than complain, they should say it makes me feel good because I then know that I am buying civilization.

  145. By the way, South Paterson has a large Muslim population of which some rejoiced in the streets after 9/11.

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

    Very unlikely.

  146. How Florida Governor Rick Scott Could Steal The Election For Mitt Romney — “Will history repeat itself in Florida this year? By one estimate, 7000 Florida voters were wrongfully removed from the voter rolls for the 2000 presidential election — 13 times George W. Bush’s margin of victory in that state after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the post-election recount.”

  147. potus obamba says buy thingamajigs.
    Typical one percenter. Not everyone’s furnace comes with a thingamajig. Mine runs on whatchamacallits, you elitists
    😆 😆

  148. Nomobama,

    Yes, nomobama. I was living in West Paterson, NJ and teaching in PATERSON, home to the largest population of Muslims in the northeast, and indeed I also saw celebrations in the Muslim community following the WTC attacks.

    I also later discovered that two of the hijackers lived in an apartment building I passed every day on my way to work, several had gotten passports in Totowa, the city bordering Paterson and Mohammed Atta had lived five miles away near a motel just outside the Willowbrook Mall on Route 80.

    Oh, and several hijackers took lessons out of nearby Caldwell Airport.

    Paterson school district had been browbeaten into declaring school days off for Muslim celebrations like el faid -whatever even as early as 2001.

    It was and is disgusting.

    When I would sometimes take mini-buses into NYC 20 miles away, we would drive through neighborhood after neighborhood of Muslims, women all burgua’d up and men in the customary clothing.

    One of the main mosques in the NE US is in downtown Paterson.

    So, as usual, someone doesn’t know WTF they’re talking about.

  149. turndownobama
    June 2nd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    By the way, South Paterson has a large Muslim population of which some rejoiced in the streets after 9/11.

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

    Very unlikely.

    There is no other way to say this. You are ignorant, stupid and severely lacking in research skills.

    Ignorance is excusable but arrogant ignorance is not. Arrogant ignorance refers to someone who constantly comments on things they have no knowledge or experience of.

  150. Muslims make a home in New Jersey, U.S.
    Published in the Home News Tribune 1/13/02

    If the number of new mosques opened or in the planning stages in the past decade is an indication, there’s little doubt that the Muslim population in Central New Jersey is growing.

    ________________________________________
    Just 18 years ago there were no formal religious centers for followers of Islam in Middlesex County. Local Muslims in the 1970s and early 1980s had to travel to Paterson to attend the nearest mosque on special holidays and gather in rented meeting rooms in local hotels for regular Friday prayers.

    http://www.chebli.com/muslims.htm
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    New Jersey is home to about a half-million Muslims, and 100 mosques, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. According to the Pew Research Center, the Muslims population in the U.S. is 2,454,000. Muslim groups give higher estimates.
    http://www.northjersey.com/news/105505668_Schools_weigh_closing_for_Muslim_holidays.html
    Atheist Group Plans Paterson Billboard

    PatersonPress.com staff
    **************************************************
    Thursday, March 1, 2012 • 11:10pm
    PATERSON, NJ – A national atheist group has picked Broadway in Paterson as one of two locations in the metropolitan area where it plans to unveil billboards on Monday, according to a story on cnn.com.
    The American Atheists picked Paterson because of its heavy Muslim population, the story said. A second billboard will go up in a Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood near the Williamsburg Bridge.

    *************************************************
    http://thealternativepress.com/articles/atheist-group-plans-paterson-billboard
    Paterson, NJ – An influential New Jersey Muslim leader whom U.S. authorities had sought to link to a terrorist group and have deported has won his fight to gain permanent U.S. residency.

    *******************************************************
    A federal immigration judge ruled today that Mohammad Qatanani, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, can remain in the U.S.

    The 44-year-old Palestinian has served as the imam, or Muslim religious leader, since 1996 at the mosque in Paterson, a city that is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the region.

    U.S. immigration authorities had sought to deport Qatanani on grounds that he failed to disclose on his green card application a prior arrest and conviction in Israel for being a member of Hamas — a group classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

    You do the rest of the research. I lived and worked in the area for 15 years.

  151. Spam won’t let me post links but do the friggin research yourself.

    Muslims make a home in New Jersey, U.S.

    If the number of new mosques opened or in the planning stages in the past decade is an indication, there’s little doubt that the Muslim population in Central New Jersey is growing.

    Just 18 years ago there were no formal religious centers for followers of Islam in Middlesex County. Local Muslims in the 1970s and early 1980s had to travel to Paterson to attend the nearest mosque on special holidays and gather in rented meeting rooms in local hotels for regular Friday prayers.

    New Jersey is home to about a half-million Muslims, and 100 mosques, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. According to the Pew Research Center, the Muslims population in the U.S. is 2,454,000. Muslim groups give higher estimates.
    \*********************************************************
    Atheist Group Plans Paterson Billboard
    PatersonPress.com staff

    Thursday, March 1, 2012 • 11:10pm
    PATERSON, NJ – A national atheist group has picked Broadway in Paterson as one of two locations in the metropolitan area where it plans to unveil billboards on Monday, according to a story on cnn.com.

    The American Atheists picked Paterson because of its heavy Muslim population, the story said. A second billboard will go up in a Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood near the Williamsburg Bridge.

    ****************************************************************
    Paterson, NJ – An influential New Jersey Muslim leader whom U.S. authorities had sought to link to a terrorist group and have deported has won his fight to gain permanent U.S. residency.

    A federal immigration judge ruled today that Mohammad Qatanani, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, can remain in the U.S.
    The 44-year-old Palestinian has served as the imam, or Muslim religious leader, since 1996 at the mosque in Paterson, a city that is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the region.

    U.S. immigration authorities had sought to deport Qatanani on grounds that he failed to disclose on his green card application a prior arrest and conviction in Israel for being a member of Hamas — a group classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
    Qatanani has denied being a Hamas member and said he was detained, not arrested, by the Israelis while traveling to his native West Bank in 1993.

  152. Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    typical Obama supporter!

    Agreed. Doesn’t seem like one can come to any other conclusion.

  153. BASIL99
    June 2nd, 2012 at 6:33 pm
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    your post creeped me out. i spent a couple years working in totowa/wayne nj. the first time they put me up in a real shit-hole crown-plaza right next to a big mall. i think it was off route 46, though. for the remainder of my time spent in the area, i stayed at the hampton-inn, about a mile from the mall.

    makes me sick the fu**ers could have stayed in the same place.

  154. Florida give a big FU to Holder.

    Florida state officials will continue their quest to purge purportedly ineligible people from voter-registration rolls, a representative of Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Saturday, in defiance of objections from the U.S. Justice Department and county officials who say the policy violates two federal voting laws.

    On Thursday, T. Christian Herren Jr., the head of the Justice Department’s voting section, said the effort to remove voters appears to violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlaws discriminatory voting practices that disenfranchise minorities. On a list of almost 2,700 voters the state suspects are noncitizens, blacks and Latinos were disproportionately represented, according to an analysis by the Miami Herald, which concluded Democratic and independent voters are the most likely to be targeted.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/02/florida-tells-holder-to-blow-it-out-his-ass/

  155. More of what Bill said about Romney:

    I think he had a good business career. The — there is a lot of controversy about that. But if you go in and you try to save a failing company, and you and I have friends here who invest in companies, you can invest in a company, run up the debt, loot it, sell all the assets, and force all the people to lose their retirement and fire them.

    Or you can go into a company, have cutbacks, try to make it more productive with the purpose of saving it. And when you try, like anything else you try, you don’t always succeed. […] So I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work. This is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought to be, what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other?

    That’s the most relevant thing. There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and, you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, the man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold. But they have dramatically different proposals. And it’s my opinion, anyway, that the Obama proposals and the Obama record will be far better for the American economy and most Americans than those that Governor Romney has laid out. And that’s what the election ought to be about.

    from HuffPo

  156. Alcina, You were near the site of Atta’s last known living quarters.

    Routes 46, Route 23 and Route 80 all merge about a mile east of the Willowbrook. I think the Hampton was on 23, no?

    Anyway, I have tons more info about that time which I won’t clog the blog with now. I saw the rubble of the WTC from Garrett Mountain Park on 9/11 after school got out early. Next day I went into Manhattan and saw what was left of the WTC for myself.

    A$$hats who comment on what happened in 2001 without ever having set foot near the crime scene or the surrounding 20 mile radius have no clue of what they are talking about and IMO are traitors for the misinformation, lies and deceptive views posted here.

    Why would anyone who has not lived or visited Paterson, much less looked it up on map, make such a stupid comment about something they clearly know nothing about.

    Oh, never mind. Obot on board.

  157. “By the way, South Paterson has a large Muslim population” — plausible

    “of which some rejoiced in the streets after 9/11.” — very unlikely.

  158. ROTF!

    Bill is still at it!

    “I said, you know, Governor Romney had a good career in business and he was a governor, so he crosses the qualification threshold for him being president,” Clinton said. “But he shouldn’t be elected, because he is wrong on the economy and all these other issues.

    “So today, because I didn’t attack him personally and bash him, I wake up to read all these stories taking it out of context as if I had virtually endorsed him, which means the tea party has already won their first great victory: ‘We are supposed to hate each to disagree.’ That is wrong.”

    So first he REPEATS his positive assessment of MR and then he flips a back-handed thumbs up to the TP?

    Love it.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/02/bubba-clarifies-compliment-of-romneys-work-at-bain-i-didnt-endorse-him-but-i-wasnt-attacking-him/#comments

  159. i think i stayed a bit west of the merge of 46 and 80, very close to the mall. regardless, it is a bit unnerving to think i might have stayed in the same place.

    my only real time experience with 9-11 was about 4-6 weeks after in october, 2001. i was in NYC and took the subway down to the site. it was still a huge smoking rubble. you could see the remains of the trade center buldings sticking-up out of pile in obscene angles. i will never forget the burning smell. the city was so sober and silent.

  160. Re: BASIL99
    June 2nd, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I’d wager doughnuts that I know what color her eyes are;I say they are brown.

  161. BASIL99
    June 2nd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    typical Obama supporter!

    Agreed. Doesn’t seem like one can come to any other conclusion.
    _________________

    Shadowfax
    June 2nd, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Turndown, you should be banned.

    99% of the blog would rejoice.
    ____________

    Wait- the night isn’t over yet. Guaranteed a TD defender will show up- every time this begins.. they’re like whackamoleS- 🙄

  162. How sweet it is to see KARMA smacking Obama – in this case, Karma’s name is Bill Clinton. Even MSM can’t hide the dirt all over obama and his cronies. When a president is so lacking in substance, and so incompetent, public dialog will happen – sooner or later.

    Obama’s goal, as we know, has never been to make things better for Americans or to strengthen the country. His primary goal has been about glorifying himself. Secondary to feeding the ego has been the goal of destroying the country in order to remake it into something most of us don’t recognize. I think Big Dawg has other plans.

    Regarding PUMA – As someone who still identifies with PUMA, as I believe many Hillary supporters still do, it’s not necessarily about PUMA PAC or any other group. It’s about Party Unity My Ass. For me, May 31, 2008, was the day I left the Dem Party, the party I had supported, contributed to, and voted for for many years. As bad as the 2008 primary experience was, a valuable lesson came from it. I recognized how foolish it is to vote based only on the party affiliation of the candidate. Some may think that’s a no-brainer – but there were a whole bunch of us who, prior to 2008, voted according to party. We all learned a lesson. For me, at least, PARTY UNITY MY ASS is not just about an organization or about the founding members. It’s a state of mind. I’ll always be a PUMA, regardless of what PUMA PAC, or the PUMA Party, or River Daughter or Murphy have or have not done. I embrace the concept of PUMA, and am proud to be one. Party Unity My Ass!!

  163. That Test of Fire ad gave me goosebumps. It has so much symbolism in so many different ways, as well as a literal meaning.

  164. Regarding PUMA – As someone who still identifies with PUMA, as I believe many Hillary supporters still do, it’s not necessarily about PUMA PAC or any other group.

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

    Yes, exactly! When I say PUMAs, I mean all of us who were in the PUMA movement, whether they still use that term or not. If I mean a particular group (such as PumaPac or the Riverdaughter bloggers etc) I’ll use that particular term.

  165. BASIL99
    June 2nd, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    Fact and verified.

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

    Link to video, pls.

  166. ShortTermer
    June 2nd, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Re: Mrs. Smith
    June 2nd, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Is that the right link for the anti ad?
    _____________

    Yes, it’s a 59 min radio interview with a skip trace debt collector. Basically, naming the Northern Trust as the entity taking out a federal loan from Fannie Mae on behalf of Barack and Michelle Obama for buying their Chicago mansion. Which is FRAUD, a crime and the FBI should be arresting the Obamas for using federal (taxpayer) funds for purchasing their personal property, their home!

  167. It was amazing hearing the radio host calling out the FBI for not doing their job as well as the the US AG’s office… (all falling on deaf ears-)

  168. Oh-no… not Lizzie flipping (foreclosed) houses.. Not a Cherokee Indian.. or is it a woman of color?
    ______________

    Hypocritical Elizabeth Warren Turned Profit Flipping Foreclosed Houses

    When she’s not looking out for the little guy being taken advantage of by predatory lenders, Elizabeth Warren is making high-interest, short-term loans to family members and flipping homes for a profit. That’s the revelation in a story published today by the Boston Herald which identifies nine instances when Warren made a quick profit either buying and reselling homes or loaning money to family members to flip homes in the late 90s.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/02/Elizabeth-Warren-Flip-That-House

  169. Add me to the PUMA list. I still very much identify as a PUMA and count many PUMAs among my close friends.

  170. Is that all that left is 4-5 pumas out of the hundreds who once were in 08′?… I believe the posters that left PP are still part of the 18 Millon that supported Hillary. From my vantage point Hillary is still in good shape without them and why I am and always will be a Pinker! Pinkers endure.

  171. “Bill Clinton, in his speech in Wisconsin just now, framed the recall election as a stark choice between unity and division, between cooperation and conflict, and between shared prosperity and right wing winner-take-all economics. Democrats on the ground in the state are very satisfied with Clinton’s speech, and think he hit the right note to amplify their closing message.

    “Cooperation works,” Clinton said, in a frequently repeated refrain. “Constant conflict is a dead bang loser. And you need to get rid of it.”

    If you believe in an economy of shared prosperity when times are good, and shared sacrifice when they’re not, then you don’t want to break the unions. You want them at the negotiating table. And you trust them to know that arithmetic rules. Show up for Tom Barrett on Tuesday! If you want Wisconsin once again to be seen by all of America as a place of diversity, of difference of opinion, of vigorous debate, where in the end people’s objectives are to come to an agreement that will take us all forward together, you have to show up for Tom Barrett on Tuesday!…

    I can just hear it now, on Wednesday. All those people that poured all this money into Wisconsin, if you don’t show up and vote, will say, “see, we got them now. We’re finally going to break every union in America. We’re gonna break every government in America. We’re gonna stop worrying about the middle class. We don’t give a riff whether poor people get to work their way into it. We got our way now. We got it all. Divide and conquer works.”

    You tell them no. You tell them, Wisconsin has never been about that, never will be about that—by electing Tom Barrett governor!”

  172. “Cooperation works,” Clinton said, in a frequently repeated refrain. “Constant conflict is a dead bang loser. And you need to get rid of it.”
    ____________

    Advise from a very wise man lest our oasis be turned into a desert.

  173. After Hillary suspend her campaign many of us began making plans to go to Denver. One of my friends in Seattle who blogs under the name Abagail Adams and I got hooked up with this 18 million voices group which was planned to take the fight the Denver. I spoke once to Will and I sent him some material. Then I ended up at the house a lady who was out of work at the time, but was pretty high profile and ended up with a job at Microsoft. She and I hit it off pretty well, and a number of us ended up at her house with a strange collection of people who called themselves Confluentians, and were followers of River Daughter. They felt like strangers, were impossible to get to know and I remember one of them who went ape shit when I introduced myself and asked him for his name. I asked my friend what is up with that idiot, and she said he works for the democrat party and is anti Obama but has to hide his identity. I said I come from a blog Hillaryis44 where people are fairly open–nothing like this? I looked at the comments at Riverdaughter and they struck me as not so deep. On the other hand, I think Riverdaughter who heads that blog is excellent. Here is today’s example of her work, with a piece by Glenn Greenwald another honest man of the left, who questions the NYT defense of drones and Obama as SHV did. As noted, the former head of ABC News, whom as I told you was a real company man, more so than a journalist, claimed to worry about the line between entertainment and news. Frankly he should be more concerned about the line between reporting and propaganda, as brought out by Glenn–which I addressed with my pointed questions. Here is Riverdaughter:
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    Saturday Night, Riding it Out Together
    Posted on June 2, 2012 by katiebird

    I can’t let this streak of posts stand on a Saturday night. I’m not exactly in the mood for a party but, this video makes me smile:

    I’m also working on a knitting project:

    Aran Bed Socks

    It’s been sitting on the needles for a while but this seems like a good time to get them going again. I wonder if I can count stitches and drink a glass or two of a nice boxed merlot?

    Filed under: General | Leave a Comment »
    Killing Me Softly With His Drone
    Posted on June 2, 2012 by katiebird

    I keep thinking I should write up something thoughtful. That I should find a way to express my opinion about The Drones, The Presidential Kill List (complete with Power Point presentations!) and the almost complete silence about the issue in both televised media and the fashionable progressive blogosphere. But my brain is stuck on a simple phrase, “Are you fucking kidding me?“

    In a delayed reaction, I’m wondering – Is “militant” more like a religion or an activity?

    Glenn Greenwald, Deliberate media propaganda

    Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration, in order to conceal civilian deaths caused by their drone attacks, “counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants.” Although I wrote at length about the NYT‘s various revelations, I wrote separately about that specific disclosure, in order to emphasize the implications for media outlets reporting on American drone attacks:

    What kind of self-respecting media outlet would be party to this practice? Here’s the New York Times documenting that this is what the term “militant” means when used by government officials. Any media outlet that continues using it while knowing this is explicitly choosing to be an instrument for state propaganda.

    Early this morning, the U.S. fired a missile from a drone in northwest Pakistan — its first since the NYT story – and killed two people.

  174. Glenn is right: NYT has crossed the line and become an instrument of state propaganda. As luck would have it Gail Collins of NYT will be coming to town in a few weeks to promote her new book. I detest Gail Collins. I do not think she is very bright, but she is extremely partisan and pro Obama–I think she has a thing for him, honestly I do. I also know she was a complete snark and attack dog against Hillary, and I detest her for that even more. So I will make it my business to go to her little meeting and cross examine her about this disturbing trend in journalism–becoming an instrument of state propaganda and I will cite someone who comes from her side of the political divide, but unlike her and her employer have the courage to stand up for what they profess to believe in. There are no virgins in the NYT whorehouse, and the biggest whore of all is the publisher Young Arthur who changes girlfriend constantly and is the butt of all the jokes around FOX. The brief fling he had with Caroline Kennedy (barf)was too darned hot not to cool down, and it has.

  175. wbboei-

    singlehandedly, you have been holding up this blog-

    All our regular posters have mostly left… If you deducted your posts from the total on this blog, I doubt there would be a 100 posts..

  176. Mrs. Smith–if I believed this was my fault that people have left the blog, I would prefer to leave myself than to get in the way. But as you know, it has been longer between admin post, and my sense is that like Carol people come here to read Admin’s wise insights and do not engage on the blogs the way we used to do. I think the work you have done here is tremendous, and vitally important to anyone who wants to understand the dynamics which are at work. It takes a lot of work to put all this stuff together but when you are done, it is possible to eliminate what is otherwise obscure, and to cut through the crap we are fed. All of us have an attachment to Hillary. Some see her as the one who broke the glass ceiling. Some see her as first lady and partner in the most successful administration of the twentieth century. Some see her as someone who cares deeply about the welfare of the people of this country. At this point in my life I am non partisan. Most fair minded people would agree that this administration and the one that preceded it have been a disaster for the country. To me Romney is not a stellar choice, but he is the only game in town. And in the fulsomeness of time he may turn out to be stellar as well. I hope and expect he makes productive use of Bill and Hillary because the future of this country depends on their leadership. Obama must be relegated to the dust bin of history where he rightfully belongs. He is worse than Bush.

  177. The public forum at PumaPac is the tip of their iceberg. They do a lot of very solid research and lobbying in their private sections, about FECK etc.

    Bravo all PUMAs!

  178. wbboei
    June 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 pm
    if I believed this was my fault that people have left the blog,

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

    Who in the world suggested any such thing? Yours are the most valuable discussion posts here!

  179. turndownobama
    June 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 pm
    —————
    AGREE! There are several that make wonderful contributions, and you are one of those at the top.

  180. Aww. Barack Obama *misses* the nice, civilized 2008 election cycle!

    Shocker.

    I was going to get awesomely cranky about how suddenly Barack Obama is nostalgic about campaigning against that nice John McCain, but then I realized: feeding a man’s narcissism by writing, long involved posts about him helps neither you, nor the narcissist. So in the interests of Obama’s own mental hygiene, let me be brief:

    In 2008 the Obama campaign released an ad that mocked John McCain for his inability to send an email – which infuriated people, because the reason why he can’t send an email is because his arms have never really worked properly after the North Vietnamese got done torturing him. When Obama’s Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden dared mildly apologize for it, the Obama campaign humiliated Biden by having their lackey Bill Burton come out and retract Biden’s apology.

    This is what passed for ‘civility’ in the 2008 election cycle – but I can understand why Obama would get all misty-eyed about those days. It’s natural for a coward to remember fondly the times when his fights were all with people who wouldn’t – or couldn’t – fight back…

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

  181. wbboei
    June 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Mrs. Smith–if I believed this was my fault that people have left the blog, I would prefer to leave myself than to get in the way.
    _____________

    So you are suggesting what we all know. It is not about you, it’s about the constant contrarian who interrupts and interferes when others are in conversation or picks a phrase out of context and makes and inane comment getting under people’s skin until they get soooo frustrated they leave-

    The newest tactic is blending in with the pumas and using puma goodwill for cover here. The puma movement is a memory warts and all… So, we lived through the 08′ election and are still supporting Hillary at the blog with her namesake… Do we need to tear up this blog with stupid fights about a defunct organization that doesn’t exist anymore?

    If pumas are still disgruntled take the grievances to the puma blog, duke it out there. Why muck up this blog with problems that have nothing to do with us?

  182. MO-DOs mea culpa… more or less..

    ON Friday night, the nation’s capital was under a tornado watch. And that was the best thing that happened to the White House all week.

    As the president was being slapped by Mitt Romney for being too weak on national security, he was being rapped by a Times editorial for being too aggressive on national security.

    A Times article by Jo Becker and Scott Shane revealed that the liberal law professor who campaigned against torture and the Iraq war now personally makes the final decisions on the “kill list,” targets for drone strikes. “A unilateral campaign of death is untenable,” the editorial asserted.

    On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”

    Covering a humorous W. at the unveiling of his portrait, the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and the economy — a sure sign that the Obama magic is flagging.

    On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains.

    The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

    Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney.

    In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch.

    The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.

    As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.

    “The administration lost the communications war with disastrous consequences that played out on Election Day 2010,” Rendell writes, and Obama never got credit for the two pieces of legislation where he reached for greatness.

    The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.

    If he wins the election, “the fever may break,” he said. “My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

    In his new biography, “Barack Obama: The Story,” David Maraniss writes that a roommate of the young Obama compared him to Walker Percy’s protagonist in “The Moviegoer”: an observer of his life, one step removed.

    page2 @ the link:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/dowd-dreaming-of-a-superhero.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

  183. page too good not to post:

    (Page 2 of 2)

    Obama’s boss at his community organizing job in Chicago, Jerry Kellman, observed: “He was not unwilling to take risks, but was just this strange combination of someone who would have to weigh everything to death, and then take a dramatic risk at the end. He was reluctant to do confrontation, to push the other side because it might blow up — and it might. But one thing Alinsky did understand was that within reason, once something blows up, to a certain degree it doesn’t hurt, it helps.”

    Maraniss’s book depicts Obama on an intense odyssey of self-discovery, moving toward defining himself less as a half-white man with white girlfriends than as a black man who wanted to be part of a black community.

    His New York girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, told Maraniss that Obama confessed to her that “he felt like an impostor. Because he was so white. There was hardly a black bone in his body.” When she predicted that his future might be with a black woman — “That lithe, bubbly, strong black lady is waiting somewhere!” she wrote in her journal — he told her “he doubted there were any black women he would feel truly comfortable with. I would tell him, ‘No, she is out there.’ ”

    He wanted to get out of the corporate world he found so distasteful — he described himself as “a spy behind enemy lines” — and reimagine himself as a politician.

    On CNBC on Friday, Romney complained that Obama has “been more focused on his perspective of his historic legislative achievements than he has been focused on getting people back to work.”

    A president focused on historic achievements? Imagine that. But in his lame way, Romney got at Obama’s problem: The Moviegoer prefers to float above, at a reserve, in grandiose mists.

    As Maraniss recounts, Obama said he liked reading Hemingway because of Papa’s “integrity of grasping for those times, those visions, that are ones of true magnificence and profundity.”

    Cook told Maraniss that she thought Obama’s desire to “play out a superhero life” was “a very strong archetype in his personality.”

    But superheroes and mythic figures must boldly lead. Obama’s caution — ingrained from a life of being deserted by his father and sometimes his mother, and of being, as he wrote to another girlfriend, “caught without a class, a structure, or tradition to support me” — has restrained him at times.

    In some ways, he’s still finding himself, too absorbed to see what’s not working. But the White House is a very hard place to go on a vision quest, especially with a storm brewing.
    _________

    Thee End..

  184. Don’t ever let any Obama apologist tell you that it was perfectly fine to install a man who had no executive experience in his resume BECAUSE the job of president is sui generis, i.e. unique and no other job can prepare you for this job. That is pure sophistry. There are common elements between being president which are generic to any executive job whether it be governor or ceo of a major company—elements like having a sound vision, an understanding of the organization, the ability to execute, exercising proper oversight, ensuring efficiency and pursuing the mission. Obama has none of these skills, nor have the jobs he has held ever required them. And that is why he is unable to govern.

  185. “As Maraniss recounts, Obama said he liked reading Hemingway because of Papa’s “integrity of grasping for those times, those visions, that are ones of true magnificence and profundity.”
    ____________

    Sure, Hemingway is everything Obama is afraid to be-

    A risk taker. A go for broke guy. A do or die personality all in prepared to suffer the consequences should that be his fate.

    Another thing. Hemingway wasn’t a Liar… and that post script is something Obama cannot shed no matter how many others he blames for his mistakes, he can’t run fast enough to out-run his inevitable fate, FAILURE!

  186. There are common elements between being president which are generic to any executive job whether it be governor or ceo of a major company [….]

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

    Or, like Palin, running a non-rich household and her own small business and her own city. Obama has none of that!

  187. There are common elements between being president which are generic to any executive job whether it be governor or ceo of a major company [….]

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

    Or, like Palin, running a non-rich household and her own small business and her own city. Obama has none of that!

  188. You could almost say that big media is writing his obituary hoping that it will get them off the hook. But we will never forget what they did. They are the unforgiven.

  189. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2012/06/02/obama-gets-left-behind/

    Obama Gets Left Behind

    From drone attacks to Wall Street regulation, President Obama has been unable to please the left wing voters of his party.

    Come on now. Is Obama really a “psychopathic megalomaniac”?

    I learned of Obama’s problems today. Not from Ron Paul supporters. Not from Glenn Beck‘s Drudge wanna-be news site The Blaze. I read about Obama’s psychosis from left wing Democrats.

    Everyday I get emails from former members of Move On, a pro-Democratic Party group that was famously active during the build-up to the Iraq War in 2003. They’re complaining about one man: President Obama.

    In these emails, one thing is apparent. When it comes to the left wing liberals, Obama is being left behind.

    The left was mostly raptured into political heaven four years ago when they elected Obama on bended knee. He spoke about things dear to their hearts: closing Guantanamo Bay. Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Getting tough on bankers.

    Guantanamo is still open. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, but the military presence remains. (Smacks of imperialism. That’s something the left hates as much as libertarians do.) Then there’s the president’s bit about getting tough on bankers. Where has the White House come down hard on Wall Street? Fuhgeddaboudit. This is New York!

    One anti-Obama Saturday in my inbox:

    Re: Write-in Kermit the Frog!

    If being a ‘pragmatist’ or a ‘realist’ means choosing only amongst evils, count us OUT. Obama betrayed the American voters who expected he would not gut the US Constitution. Both parties are the same. And, in a world of infinite possibilities we choose not between the lesser of two evils. In fact, those of us who are not into denial and work at the human rights front lines prefer to face the Republican snake head-on then the confused and gutless Democrat chameleon whining about being a progressive when they are NOT.” — Ezili Danto, human rights lawyer at the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

    Re: Obama is a psychopath; reminds me of Stalin

    There’s a cancer in the presidency called Barack Obama. We have a psychopathic megalomaniac occupying the White house who could be compared to Nero, Caligula, Stalin, or Pol Pot in his disdain for human life. He and his coven of other like minded DC psychopaths and sociopaths are on a murdering spree and like a third world dictator Obama can have someone and their family (including you) executed or blasted to smithereens with a thumbs up or down. This is sickening to me. They are so blase about murdering that they refer to the hit list photos as “baseball cards”. Killing is a game or a sport to them. There is a “cancer on the Presidency” and that cancer has metastasized throughout Washington DC. It was there before Obama arrived but he brought a whole new and virulent strain with him. Every time there is a shameful incident or embarrassing event perpetrated by “a few bad apples” we hear from the DC psychopaths that “That is not who we are”. They are incorrect. It is who they are in DC. It is not who we the real everyday thinking feeling Americans are. I certainly am not one of the people to be included in their cumulative we.” — Alexander Cockburn, writing for his online publication Counterpunch. Alexander is also a columnist at The Nation, though I have a hard time believing this missive will make it passed Katrina Vanden Heuvel. Alex is a firebrand. I’ve written for him once or twice, and he was kind enough to comment on my reporting about the Iraq War for The Boston Globe in 2003 in his Beat the Devil column. This sounds like Alex being Alex, alright. Gotta love his fire.

    Re: Bush mighta been better.

    Hello!

    “Why should the public believe what the Obama administration says about the people being assassinated by drones? Especially since, as we learn in the New York Times, the administration came up with a semantic solution to keep the civilian death toll to a minimum: simply count all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants. The rationale, reminiscent of George Zimmerman’s justification for shooting Trayvon Martin, is that “people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good.” Talk about profiling! At least when George Bush threw suspected militants into Guantanamo their lives were spared.” — Medea Benjamin, CodePINK

    Obama’s dealings with the working stiff, or the perceived lack thereof, plus his foreign policy has caused much of the anger against him among the left wing of the party.

    snip…and so on…

  190. Sorry, but … huh? I’m not the one who dissed PUMAs.

    turndownobama
    May 30th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    PUMA types are motivated to turn out to register our protest votes
    ————-
    Mrs. Smith
    May 31st, 2012 at 12:13 am
    We’re not Pumas’ here- Pumas are defunct. Pumas were Unleashed years ago. We’re Pinkers from Hillary is 44
    ————–
    ShortTermer
    May 31st, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    Re: Mrs. Smith
    May 31st, 2012 at 12:13 am
    EXACTLY!!!!
    I would not associate myself with PUMAs; for one thing they claimed to have raised enough money to pay off Hillary’s debt….and yet the debt did not get paid off.
    —————-
    [ Many good posts about PumaPac, which is still very active doing good work. ]
    —————-
    Mrs. Smith
    June 3rd, 2012 at 12:21 am
    Do we need to tear up this blog with stupid fights about a defunct organization that doesn’t exist anymore?

  191. Modo dodo is but the latest example of a former true believer who comes forward and says–the thrill is gone.


    Question: how does a sociopath cult leader like Obama deal with the loss of his co-dependent disciples?

    Assuming that they tell him about this, he is apt to go blatto. (No, not Blago)

  192. Everyday I get emails from former members of Move On, a pro-Democratic Party group that was famously active during the build-up to the Iraq War in 2003. They’re complaining about one man: President Obama.

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

    I’m glad to see Obama getting attacked from the Left. But the writer has an odd description of Move On.

    Move On began during the Impeachment as a grassroots thing to SUPPORT Bill Clinton by telling the GOP to drop the witch hunt and MOVE ON. A lot of people joined, so they tried to form an organization with similar goals to AmericaElect: ie to back MODERATES of both parties, though focusing on Congressional races instead of the Presidency.

    They slowly drifted into leftwing causes and people futher left took it over.

  193. From Robert Scheer: Hope Burning
    This is clearly not the Obama whom many voted for in the hope that he would stick by his word, including the pledge he made on his second day in office to ban brutal interrogation and close the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. “What the new president did not say was that the orders contained a few subtle loopholes,” the Times now reports concerning the early promises by Obama. “They reflected a still unfamiliar Barack Obama, a realist who, unlike some of his fervent supporters, was never carried away by his own rhetoric.”
    Parse that sentence carefully to learn much of what is morally decrepit in our journalism as well as politics. The word “realist” is now identical to “hypocrite,” and the condemnation of immoral behavior addresses nothing more than “rhetoric” that only the “fervent” would take seriously. The Times writers all but thrill to the lying, as in recounting the new president’s response to advisers who warned him against sticking to his campaign promises on Guantanamo prisoners: “The deft insertion of some wiggle words in the president’s order showed that the advice was followed.”

  194. When BP’s oil well malfunctioned and Oh said there was nothing he could do about it, there were comments made that HRC would have been out there in a row boat. Well. Look at this dated only AFP 18 hours ago:

    Clinton in Arctic to see impact of climate change
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a first-hand look Saturday at the way a warming climate is changing the Arctic, opening the region to competition for vast oil reserves. Experts here estimate the value of the Arctic’s untapped oil alone — not including natural gas and minerals — at $900 trillion, making it a huge prize for the five countries that surround the Arctic if they can reach it. And with climate warming opening up some 46,000 square kilometres (18,000 square miles) a year that had once been bound in ice, the region is expected to burst open, not just with oil exploration but with East-West trade along a more accessible northern route. Returning from a tour of the Arctic coastline aboard a Norwegian research trawler with scientists and government officials, Clinton told reporters that she learned “many of the predictions about warming in the Arctic are being surpassed by the actual data. That was not necessarily surprising but sobering,” she said. The United States wants to see that change managed by the Arctic Council, an advisory group composed of the Arctic’s closest neighbours, even as other countries, among them China, are drawn to the region for oil, gas and trade.
    “A lot of countries are looking at what will be a potential for exploration and extraction of natural resources, as well as new sea lanes, and are increasingly expressing interest in the Arctic,” Clinton said. “We want the Arctic Council to remain the premier institution that deals with Arctic questions.” The council has its headquarters in Tromsoe, a university town of 70,000 people inside the Arctic Circle that is now emerging as a hub for research and increasingly oil and gas exploration of the region. “Governance has to keep pace with these changes,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, who accompanied Clinton on her visit here, told reporters.
    Despite worries that a thawing Arctic could set off a “Great Game” among powers seeking to carve out their slice of undersea riches, experts here say that under the Law of the Sea only five countries can lay claim to most of it. They are Russia, which has about half the Arctic coastline, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the United States….
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/clinton-arctic-see-impact-climate-change-151737949.html
    ################
    And on a personal note, I’d say we need everyone who wanted to be here to stay. Maybe it is time to recall how WJC & HRC move rather graciously within all kinds of human groups, and by so doing, generate volumes of hope and some change. We know Hillary insists upon blooming where she is planted.

  195. What’s this? Obama Longs for GOP Rival Like McCain

    WASHINGTON

    President Barack Obama seems to think that the world of politics would be better if someone like John McCain were running for the White House.

    The Democratic incumbent and his re-election advisers are waxing nostalgic about the Republican senator from Arizona who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential race. They’re embracing McCain as a reasonable voice on climate change and immigration, someone who took on extremism in his own party.

    It’s all a way of drawing a contrast with Obama’s current GOP rival, Mitt Romney, and trying to convince crucial independent voters that the former Massachusetts governor is outside the mainstream.

    But Obama’s flattering memories of McCain conflict with their campaign clashes of 2008. Back then, Obama hammered his rival as “out of touch” with many of the problems facing people in the United States.

    Today’s platitudes also conceal the reality of Obama’s current dynamic with McCain. The senator is one of the president’s staunchest critics on everything from health care to foreign policy, and he’s a vocal Romney supporter.

    To hear Obama tell it now, the McCain who ran against him in 2008 was an example of a principled Republican who knew how to reach across the aisle. The implication from Obama is that those qualities simply don’t apply to Romney.

    “John McCain believed in climate change,” Obama told supporters at a fundraiser in Minneapolis Friday. “John believed in campaign finance reform. He believed in immigration reform. I mean, there were some areas where you saw some overlap. In this election, the Republican Party has moved in a fundamentally different direction.”

    Obama’s take on McCain has become a standard part of his fundraising appeal to donors. As the general election heats up, the Obama campaign is relishing more opportunities to try to turn its former foe into an asset.

    When Romney didn’t condemn his supporter Donald Trump for raising more questions this week about the president’s citizenship, the Obama campaign dug up old video clips of McCain correcting supporters in the 2008 who said they were scared of Obama and one clip of a supporter who thought he was an “Arab.”

    “As the Republican nominee, John McCain stood up to the voices of extremism in his party,” an Obama Internet video says. It then asks why Romney won’t do the same.

    The 90-second video ends with words on the screen that read: “McCain and Romney: Two Republican nominees, only one willing to lead.”

    Brian Rogers, a spokesman for McCain, said Friday that if McCain and Obama “share so many priorities and are in such agreement, why didn’t the president or his staff ever reach out to Sen. McCain to work on them?”

    Not surprisingly, veterans of the 2008 campaign are split down party lines over whether the 2012 Obama campaign’s strategic embrace of its former rival makes sense.

    “They’re not announcing that they’re embracing all of (McCain’s) positions on issues,” said Jennifer Psaki, a former Obama White House official who also worked on the president’s 2008 campaign. “But they are highlighting the standards that John McCain held himself to that Mitt Romney has not.”

    Steve Schmidt, a senior strategist to McCain’s 2008 campaign, said voters will see through the Obama team’s attempts to use the former GOP nominee to paint the party’s current standard-bearer as an extremist.

    “It’s very difficult to make the case that Mitt Romney is a right-wing nut, particularly because a lot of real right-wing nuts have spent a lot of time saying Romney’s not one of them,” Schmidt said.

    Like Romney, McCain faced criticism from Democrats in 2008 who said the independent-minded senator had kowtowed to the conservative wing of the party in order to claim the GOP nomination.

    The nearly four years since Obama and McCain’s electoral face-off have been filled with interactions that the president probably won’t be bringing up at campaign fundraisers or using in a campaign video.

    In a meeting during the 2010 health care debate, McCain criticized how Democrats were constructing the legislation. Obama cut him off, saying “We’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.”

    McCain responded: “I’m reminded of that every day.”

    McCain has characterized Obama as often being too passive on foreign policy, and in recent days, said it was “embarrassing” that the United States wasn’t doing more to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

    The Obama and McCain conflicts aside, Schmidt said he’s not surprised to see his former boss back in the electoral mix: “The last guy is never more popular than after there’s a new guy.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/02/Whats-this–Obama-longs-for-GOP-rival-like-McCain

  196. There is a great Spanish proverb which I ran across in an obscure biography of the actress Rita Hayworth. En vida, tomo lo que quiero–y pagar. In English it reads take what you want from life–and pay for it. There is wisdom in this, and the application is rather universal. It applies in spades to NYT.

    If you think back to the 2008 primary, their board endorsed Hillary, and shortly after doing so their writers went on a full scale attack against Hillary and her campaign. The typical headlines read Clinton campaign in disarray, skies darkening over her campaign, and after Iowa they began demanding that she withdraw. Meanwhile they presented a fairy tale about Obama, and became campaign operatives for him by sharing inside information. And they pushed the weakest Republican candidate and after he won the primary, proceeded to attack his wife unmercifully, while insisting that Obama’s wife and family were off limits. They sent seven investigative reporters to Alaska to dig up dirt on Sarah, and magnified the partisan attacks upon her by corrupt locals. They are in short the epitome of what I meant when I asked the former president of ABC News whether there are any virgins in the whore house–a question he would not answer for obvious reasons.

    Take what you want from life . . . for example, an Obama presidency . . . and pay for it . . . turning a blind eye to his manifest deficiencies and thereby forfeiting the good will and reputation for journalistic integrity.

    Much of this is the handiwork of one man. Bill Keller–this man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Keller . A child of privilege, drunk on power and willing to deceive his audience and prostitute the values of grey lady to maintain access, influence and power. In subtle ways that is what every media source is after, whether they admit it or not. But if you take it too far, as Bill undoubtedly did you destroy your good will among the public, and other journalists who realize that you are the leader of an industry and what you do reflects not only on you but upon them.

    Even though he has stepped down as executive editor for Liz Rosenthal, whom I assume is the daughter of Abe–my favorite was Apple but he is long gone, Bill remains. And I do note with interest that a few months back he was writing articles trying to push a Hillary to join the ticket, and I know for a fact at the time that she was considering it. The subtext read, forget about what we have done to you in the past Hillary, if you help save Obama, and us now, we will be much nicer to you than before and trumpet 2016. For the reasons presented by Jay Cost, posted by Admin. that is a Faustian Pact for her.

    If you look at big media as a whole one of the things that will strike you is how incestuous it is. This Gail Collins creature is married to a senior executive at CBS. The foreign press sees this problem, and I think they find it rather laughable. At the bottom of it however is class warfare. These people are devotees of the good life who are perpetuating the interests of their own class. Their fear is the middle class. They know a great reckoning is under way,and are keen to ensure that they survive even if millions of others do not.

    But as I say, this comes at a price. Part of that price is to find ways to walk back their lies about Obama, and to reposition themselves so as to maintain their position as leaders of the national dialogue. But there is no subtlety or artifice that can undo what they have done, and they must pay the ultimate price, which in their case means no that the American People will no longer consult or listen to them. When bias, motive and self interest are as clear as they are with NYT they have breached the commitment to their readers and rendered themselves irrelevant.

    I think a subtle reappraisal is going on about the role of the Times, and whether it continues to reflect the highest principles of the profession.

  197. Mrs Smith 8:43
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    Wow. He just won’t stop with the divide and conquer, will he?

  198. Of course Obama would LOVE having an opponent like McCain, who wouldn’t? The docudrama, “Game Changer”> revealing the interaction between McCain and Palin was an eyeopener. Palin was up against her own handlers, McCain’s Chief of Staff, his chief campaign adviser, the Obama thugs working against their campaign, and at times McCain himself.

    People were coming in droves to support the Palin-McCain ticket. Sarah Palin raised millions and millions of dollars for McCain. Sarah Palin should have been at the top of the ticket. At least she would have put up a better fight than ‘rollover’ McCain. McCain owes Sarah Palin big time- she saved him from making a complete if not total embarrassment of himself.

  199. But of course, someone is sure to say, what about young arthur–he calls the ultimate shots at NYT–he is heir to the founding family. Well now that is a fine whopper. Try floating that one around the executive offices of FOX, they like a good laugh. They would say something about the family curse which afflicts the third generation, and point out more specifically that Arthur is the perennial adolescent, too much of a skirt chaser to be taken seriously–except that the preferred shares of stock are held in trust in his name. Oh, I get it, a regency. Only in his case it is not lifted when he gains his majority, i.e. 21 years old. Rather, it operates in perpetuity.

  200. If you think back to the 2008 primary, [ NYT’s ] board endorsed Hillary, and shortly after doing so their writers went on a full scale attack against Hillary and her campaign

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    NYT and WP behaved the same way to Gore, though in different chronology. Throughout the campaign, their profile writers and others attacked Gore in transparently nasty ways. Then at the last minute, both editorial boards endorsed him.

  201. Politicians will learn that TRUST does not come with a refill. Once the bottle is empty….there is no there there. Media will learn the same lesson. They will have to wait for the next generation of know nothings for access to those who wish to be duped. The bottle of trust is empty for bots as well.

  202. holdthemaccountable
    June 3rd, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Mrs Smith 8:43
    —–
    Wow. He just won’t stop with the divide and conquer, will he?
    _________________

    Obama is becoming a walking talking caricature of himself. A pathetic joke foisted on the American electorate promulgating Big Promises, delivering excuses enveloped in more lies.

    Could it be the very reason why Obama doesn’t get it? Because he really isn’t an American? He cannot frame his message to think like an American. His mindset is that of a Kenyan or an Indonesian. Doesn’t he realize he isn’t speaking to a people who do not know what Independence Day/ July 4th represents to us? The Constitution, the Bill of Rights… that by those documents they have created the world’s only Super Power. With those truths delivered, what that world represents to us?

  203. The docudrama, “Game Changer”> revealing the interaction between McCain and Palin was an eyeopener. Palin was up against her own handlers, McCain’s Chief of Staff, his chief campaign adviser, the Obama thugs working against their campaign, and at times McCain himself.

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

    I haven’t seen the movie, but the Newsweek issue about women had a review of it saying that the latter part of the movie was negative toward Sarah.

  204. As the Obama campaign and his big media surrogates endeavor to reposition him from the revolutionary leader they posited in 2008 to the conventional politician they posit now, who is the victim of his own failures, the threshold question is can this be done? The French have a saying on this–a revolution eats its children. In other words, those who lead a revolution do not necessarily end up enjoying the fruits of their labors and are more likely to become its victims. The other thing is even when a revolutionary leader does succeed in the transition, as we saw with Castro for example, he must liquidate the Ancien Régime before it can regroup and thwart his transformational plans. Obama has not liquidated the opposition, and that was at the heart of his attempts to banish FOX. Furthermore, the centerpiece of his transformational agenda is likely to suffer an ignominious death at the hands of the Supreme Court. He may think he can rally the base around that, and conservatives may worry that he will, but those hopes or apprehensions are overshadowed by the fact that said reversal will be seen as one more failure in governance which must be explained away to an increasingly skeptical audience. The pundits tell us this will be a close election. But if people came to realize that to support him is to endorse support continuing failure I wonder. To me that is the message coming out of California, courtesy of Rassmussen–that today in the bluest of blue states his approval rating has slipped below 50%. I am not as wise as those pundit guys but strictly between us two. The lady that kissed him and pinched his poke was the lady that’s known as Lou.

  205. below 50%. I am not as wise as those pundit guys but strictly between us two. The lady that kissed him and pinched his poke was the lady that’s known as Lou.

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    That one lost me. 😉

  206. I think this a first- for me posting something from Limbaugh…
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    Bill Clinton Basically Endorses Mitt Romney

    RUSH: First it was Cory Booker, who said that Obama’s attacks on Romney and Bain Capital he didn’t like. They were nauseating. This kind of politics he doesn’t like. Then Fast Eddie Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, echoed Cory Booker, ripping into Obama for attacking Romney and Bain. And Lanny Davis, Mr. Bill Clinton defender, goes on TV and totally rips Obama for the campaign of blaming Romney and Bain Capital. And the latest, Deval Patrick, governor Massachusetts; the latest is now Bill Clinton. And you may not have heard this ’cause it was on CNN last night on Piers Morgan, and nobody is watching CNN. But we have the sound bite.

    There was a fill-in host for Piers Morgan. You know who the fill-in host was? Harvey Weinstein. You know who Harvey Weinstein is? You don’t know who Harvey Weinstein is? Miramax. Former Miramax chief, now runs the Weinstein Company. You’d know his movies. Huge Hollywood mogul. He’s made his share of very good ones. But Weinstein is one of these huge, slavish Bill Clinton supporters. When Clinton’s portrait was unveiled in the White House, Weinstein was there in the front row. That’s how tight they are. So Harvey Weinstein, who I’m not aware of having made a media appearance as a guest, is guest-hosting the old Larry King show on CNN last night, and he’s got as his guest Bill Clinton, and here came the question from Harvey Weinstein. “Romney keeps talking about his experience at Bain Capital, producing jobs. Do you think Romney can produce jobs that Obama can’t?”

    CLINTON: I think he had a good business career. If you go in and you try to save a failing company, and you and I have friends here who invest in companies, you can invest in a company, run up the debt, loot it, sell all the assets, and force all the people to lose their retirement and fire them. Or you can go into a company, have cutbacks, try to make it more productive with the purpose of saving it. When you try, like anything else you try, you don’t always succeed. I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work. This is good work. There’s no question that getting up and going to the office and basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.

    RUSH: Oh-ho-ho-ho, yes! So Bill Clinton describes Mitt Romney, been governor, sterling business career, crosses the qualification threshold. Yes, Mr. Weinstein, I think he can produce jobs that Obama can’t. That’s how he answered the question. Harvey Weinstein’s question was, “Can Romney produce jobs that Obama can’t?” Translation is: Look, he’s been in business. Does that make him more qualified than Obama? Clinton said: “Yeah, it does.”

    That’s basically what Clinton was saying. (imitating Clinton) “Hey, you know, there’s two kinds of private equity guys and I think it’s good work, it’s good work, there’s no question getting up and going into the office and basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor, had a sterling business career, crosses the qualification threshold, Harvey. Yeah, I think Romney’s a great guy, Bain Capital, great. You and I both know these private equity guys. Hell, I’m living off of ’em, Harvey. I fly around on those private equity guys’ jets. Back in the old days before my heart gave out I was out chasing women with ’em. I love these private equity guys that got two, three jets. I’ll give you names. I’m not gonna give you names here, but I mean I’ve been all over the world with them. You know, when I had to go over to Bangkok, give a little speech, how do you think I get there, Harvey? I don’t get there on Obama’s plane. I get there on these private equity guys’ jets and they don’t charge me for it. And then we all go out and party. Now, I don’t think Romney’s a big party animal and all that, but I mean he’s made a lot of money in private equity and he’s saved a bunch of companies, guy is qualified. I think, yeah, I think he’s okay. I think he’s perfectly qualified, Harvey.” That’s Bill Clinton.

    So Romney this afternoon on CNBC was asked about this. “Do you believe that these attacks on you are unfair? Why have you not more publicly embraced your past in private equity?” Which is a weird question because Romney has been actively defending his private equity days. He hasn’t been running from it. Romney said, “Well, I’m happy to embrace my past in private equity. I’m very proud of my record. I’m proud of the work that I’ve had both as the governor of Massachusetts and as well as the leader of the Olympics. And certainly at Bain Capital, an enterprise I helped found and I think Bain Capital has a good and solid record. I was happy to see President Clinton made a similar statement today, called my record superb. I certainly believe it’s a record that shows I understand how the economy works.”

    So you’ve got Clinton out there praising Romney’s qualifications, performing the essential functions of the office, been governor, sterling business career, yes, he can create jobs, he’s done it. Romney thanks him for it. Meanwhile, Obama’s out in Minnesota as close as he can get to Wisconsin without being there, blaming Congress and Bush for no jobs, after being in charge for three-and-a-half years. So you add Clinton to Deval Patrick, Fast Eddie Rendell, Cory Booker and Lanny Davis, and there have been others, I just can’t think of them off the top of my head. But there are other Democrats who have come out and defended private equity. ‘Cause they know.

    These Democrats that have served in office or on K Street couldn’t get along without the private equity guys. The private equity guys are at the top of the list in membership at exclusive golf clubs. I mean these are the guys that make the world go round for politicians. Private equity is what makes the world go round in the private sector for politicians. And for Obama to be out there ripping it, and it’s the primary thrust of his campaign, and it’s all being thrown back in his face like a giant pie. So after all this, Clinton is gonna go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker, which you’d have to say is campaigning for Obama. Sound bite eight. This is Clinton last night with Harvey Weinstein, and after this answer that you just heard, Weinstein says, “The race between Obama and Romney, how close do you think it really is going to be?”

    CLINTON: I still think the president will win by five or six points. But it’s closer than that today. Because of the condition of the economy. Still, people feel uncertain, you know, when you got a lot of people getting up in the morning looking in the mirror, starting the day thinking they’ve failed, that’s a problem.

    RUSH: They think Obama’s failed.

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: I’m gonna give you a wild theory. It’s not a theory, by the way, that you haven’t heard. You’ve heard me chat about this in circuitous ways on previous occasions. Snerdley just asked me, “Do you think Romney set a trap for these guys?” Because for the longest time the theme in the media was, “Boy, Romney, he’s not gonna have a defense on this Bain stuff. Once Obama lets loose, that’s it! How’s Romney gonna defend it.” All of a sudden the Bain assault hits, and who is it defending Romney but a bunch of Democrats?

    The question was: Do you think Romney knew that these Democrats like private equity? He knows them and that they’re not gonna sit there and just let private equity go down the tubes. I said, “Well, it’s possible,” but I think there’s something else going on here. Folks, with what Bill Clinton just said, we basically heard Bill Clinton endorse Romney! That’s what you just heard. When you strip it away, Bill Clinton just endorsed Romney. And he covered his bases with the next line.

    (impression) “Well, I think Obama is gonna win by five or six points, but people are still getting up and they’re looking in the mirror and they’re starting the day thinking of failing.” That’s not an endorsement of Obama. What I think is happening, is this economic disaster is real. It’s not an academic exercise that’s happening over there somewhere that doesn’t affect anybody. It’s not a bunch of people theorizing in the faculty lounge. This is REAL. There is genuine economic destruction taking place that is directly tied to the policies of Barack Obama.

    Now, what party does he belong to?

    The Democrat Party.

    We still live in the real world, and I’m telling you: The Democrat Party has people in it that are scared to death over how in the world they are gonna recover from this. The heck with Obama. He’s a passing politician. He gets reelected or he doesn’t, but he’s gone someday. But the Democrat Party goes on, and it is as indicted in this as Obama is. And I’ve often speculated (or asked), “Are there any adults left in this party who have any sense at all what’s happening to them here?”

    Nothing in the last 3-1/2 years that’s happened is how you build a party, folks. There’s no party-building going on, and the polling data — and these people live and die by it. The numbers of people that self-identify as conservatives and Republicans is overwhelmingly atop Democrats who self-identify as Democrats. I think when you’ve got all these Democrats, elected and otherwise, coming out to defend private equity — and, in a sense, defend Romney here — it is because the Democrat Party is being taken down the tubes along with Obama.

    And, my gosh, if this were happening under a Republican? If we had a Republican in office and this was happening, how would we feel? We’d feel like the end of our party was here. “How do we ever convince people that we know what we’re doing and to vote for us again? ‘Cause we’re not gonna give the store away to buy votes. How are we gonna do it?” They have got to be asking themselves that question. I mean, adult, ranking Democrats. There aren’t very many of them, by the way, but there are enough, and I think that’s what’s going on.

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: I should add Steny Hoyer is also saying Bill Clinton was correct when he defended Romney’s work at Bain. Steny Hoyer just today said that Clinton was correct. So add him to the list criticizing Obama.

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Folks, I’m gonna tell you something. I’m very serious about this. This business of all these Democrats defending Romney and defending Bain, defending private equity, if it were just that, that’d be one thing. But in doing that, they are undermining their president. They are undermining Obama. And Obama had better do something about this or it’s gonna spin out of control on him.

    This is a much bigger deal than it appears. We’re all getting our chuckles out of it. We’re all getting our yuk-yuks out of it. But this is insubordination. This is political insubordination involving the president of the United States, public humiliation of the president of the United States. And if he doesn’t do something about it, it’s gonna spin further and further out of control.

    It’s Open Line Friday. And I’m gonna take phone calls in this segment. I just realized, I only took one so far. That’s — I’m sorry about that. But I’m just loaded here. And you know me, I always have so much to say. It’s 800-282-2882 if you want to be on the program. So a quick little monologue, couple sound bites, then phone calls.

    Look at this as a football team, Mafia family, I don’t care. You’ve got the president of the United States and his number one campaign premise is destroying Romney, taking Romney out by virtue of his being a huge capitalist, Bain Capital, private equity. And in the midst of your attack, prominent Democrats, including a former president, come out and defend Romney, essentially endorse Romney. Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, a rising Democrat star. Fast Eddie Rendell, entrenched, the governor Pennsylvania, done everything in the Democrat Party. Lanny Davis, number one defender of Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, who has doubled down today on his defense. Steny Hoyer has come out and said that Clinton was right in what he said about Romney.

    Now, folks, the Democrats, the White House here, somebody, Axelrod, “Fluff,” whoever, they had better start disciplining these people. I mean it’s woodshed time. Look at what happened to David Stockman back in the eighties when he undermined Reagan and supply-side economics, look what happened. A very public trip to the woodshed. Now, the Democrats had better start disciplining these people, and it’s gonna be tough. How do you discipline a former president? How do you discipline the sitting governor of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania? How do you discipline the mayor of Newark, who is one of your rising stars? Because they are telling the truth, and the truth is a slippery slope for Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. They are not often found on the same side as the truth. That’s what’s so remarkable about all this in one way.

    Admit it. You’re shocked just because the Democrats are opposing Obama. They’re supporting Romney. But the double shock is they are telling the truth at the same time, which they’re not known for telling the truth. Can we just be honest here? The Democrats and the truth are strangers. The Democrats normally can’t use the truth. The truth about what they are and what they want to do would kill them, as evidenced by this. When’s the last time the Democrats came out for capitalism, private equity, Wall Street, when have they done it? Well, the only time they’ve done it in recent years is to defend the Republican nominee. Now, it could well be, and I think we must consider this. Clinton might be doing it just ’cause Obama’s black. I don’t know. Fast Eddie Rendell, Lanny Davis, might just not like Obama ’cause he’s black. There might be racism causing them to do it. But that will not explain Deval Patrick, Cory Booker.

    I’m telling you, the only time I can recall in many years prominent Democrats defending capitalism is in the context of endorsing the Republican nominee while undermining their president’s primary reelection strategy. Once you admit one truth, others are likely to follow. And the truth will doom the Democrat Party. And before you know it, the whole edifice of liberalism and progressivism slides down the hill to the bottom. Folks, I’m not trying to be funny here. I’m trying to get everybody to realize how profound what’s happening is. They’re not just defending Bain, and they’re not just defending Romney. They are defending capitalism. They are defending the number one enemy of their sitting president. Whether they’re aware of that or not, I don’t know. But they’re doing it. And in the process, they’re not just undermining liberalism or Obama. They’re undermining their whole ideology.

    I’m not trying to make it bigger than it is, and I’m not saying it’s turned things around. This is profound for Obama. This is profound for the presidential reelection effort. Once you admit one truth, others are likely to follow. I don’t know how you let this go if you’re Obama without disciplining these people. But then again, I don’t know how you discipline them. What does he do? But I’m gonna tell you, if Barack Obama causes a worldwide depression, the Democrat Party is not gonna survive it. And the Bill Clintons will be forgotten, footnotes in history. The Democrat Party will be in the ash heap of history if this guy is allowed to do what he wants to do. It isn’t Bush. It’s not Reagan. It’s not any of Obama’s enemies.

    Barack Obama is the one that put us on this path, and he’s driving the car, he’s got the keys, and he’s got the pedal to the metal. You remember what happened — to illustrate my point — when Gorbachev came out with Perestroika and Glasnost, what was Gorbachev trying to do? Save himself; save the Soviet Union. They knew it was over, for whatever reason, it was Star Wars, but they knew it was over. They didn’t want to give up communism, they couldn’t, so they tried to parcel out a little freedom. And they told a few little bits of truth, and it all imploded not long after the Berlin Wall came down. And all it took was for one Marxist to admit that it didn’t work. All it took was for one Marxist to admit they needed to change and suddenly it all went down the drain, at least as far as the Soviet Union is concerned. Not all of capitalism, but that branch of it, which was pretty important and big at that time.

    So what is happening here is of profound weight. A little honesty is a dangerous thing for Democrats. But even if they were lying, still, the fact that they are publicly undermining Barack Obama, and for all intents and purposes endorsing his opponent and his credentials, his qualifications. This is not happenstance. It’s not coincidental. What do we have? Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, last night, CNN. Again, nobody saw it, so I’m gonna play it for you. Anderson Cooper said, “You have said that some of the attacks on Bain Capital have been distorted. Some of the ways that Bain Capital’s been portrayed have been distorted. How so?”

    PATRICK: I don’t think Bain is a bad company. I don’t think that — that private equity has an inappropriate role in the private economy. The question is, what was Governor Romney’s record when he was at Bain — (crosstalk)

    COOPER: But the Obama campaign has had people coming forward saying this is vulture capitalism.

    PATRICK: You haven’t heard — Anderson, you haven’t heard that from me. I spent most of my life in the private sector. I respect Bain, and I respect Bain’s role.

    RUSH: He doubled down. Here’s Anderson Cooper doing his best, “Come on, just tell us it’s vulture capitalism. Please, just parrot Obama, this is vulture capitalism.” “Ah, ah, I like it.” You might not-a heard this ’cause Cooper was talking over him, but Deval Patrick said, “Romney created a lot of wealth.” Now, the White House message is Romney destroyed jobs, Romney destroyed companies, but took profits out for himself. That’s what the White House wants the Democrat Party saying. Here’s Deval Patrick after the controversy has erupted doubling down on it saying, “No, no, Romney created a lot of wealth.” “Anderson, you haven’t heard vulture capitalism from me. I spent most of my life in the private sector. I respect Bain. I respect their role.” It’s starting to make me wonder about Bain, to tell you the truth.

    END TRANSCRIPT

  207. Although as much of a surprise as it is to us,the tide has finally turned on Obama in the Clinton camp- the fact that Obama’s college room mate who supplied him with the plan for ObamaCare has turned against him is a stellar development.

    With key democrats turning on their Commander in Chief shall we say, a ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ has begun- Every Man and Woman for themselves!

    Next we will be looking at Pelosi, Reid, Panetta and Gates. Looking to see where they are standing? What about Biden? Where is his two cents in all this? Then the DNC.. are they going to go down with a sinking ship now that Obama is wearing cement overshoes and possibly the destroyer of their own Party?

    Poor Dr. Dean- He must be holding his head and trembling in his doctor blues thanking God he has a day job if the DNC Party goes BUST because it appears the public is done with buying the selling of lies to the general electorate. And it’s accountability time for the Democrats… How long will these key democratic spokespeople for their party keep showing their faces safely at public appearances before a vegetable rebellion occurs, full rashers of tomatoes coming in the end of July?!?.

  208. Completely OT, but curious. The press and the Dems are hammering hard on Romney’s “weird” religion, and one thing I keep seeing as “OMG creeepy” is the early Mormon belief that Native Americans were lost Jews.

    Turns out that was not a weird bizarre belief for the time at all. Prominent Jewish scholars and people like Wllm Penn of PA thought so too. It was a very common theory:

    http://www.myjewishlearning.com/history/Modern_History/1700-1914/America_at_the_Turn_of_the_Century/Regional_Judaism/Peddlers_and_Frontier_Judaism/Native_Americans_and_Jews.shtml

  209. Now that Obama has moved the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee from Washington DC to Chicago, I full expect that during his second term, the capitol of the United States will be relocated from Washington DC to Chicago as well. Just a stones throw from the House that Rezko bought. This would be more convenient for the Messiah, as big media will undoubtedly point out. How could it be otherwise?

  210. Eric Femrnstin (sp) Romney’s media spokesperson is too weak to be the front person on TV…he looks good, non threatening as oppossed to Axelrod, but seems too passive and a little too calm…Stephanie Cutter pretty much walked all over him on This Week and hogged alot of time and then Donna Brazile tag teamed and hogged more time…what bothered me was Eric let charges go unchallenged…

    …the same thing occurred on MTP…Krugman and others threw out alot of things that Kevin Madden, Romney’s guy should have challenged…and did not and left it on the table…

    Come on Kevin and Eric…man up…you have to learn to interrupt or follow up with the intensity and commitment of a Krugman or a Cutter…

    Romney’s people on tv are weaker than desired…they need some sharp, quick, strong responses…

  211. CLINTON: I think he [Romney] had a good business career. If you go in and you try to save a failing company, and you and I have friends here who invest in companies- [pause] Or you can go into a company, have cutbacks, try to make it more productive with the purpose of saving it.

    [OR] you can invest in a company, run up the debt, loot it, sell all the assets, and force all the people to lose their retirement and fire them.
    ________________

    And give investors (read generous campaign donors) (tax-payer) money to construct a brand new brick and mortar building, give them the money for a business start-up and within a year go bankrupt and call it Solyndra along with two or three other “green” companies Obama subsidized with tax payer dollars all filing Chapter 11 one after the other.
    ________________

    I just marvel at Bill’s ability to mesh two contrary thoughts denoting two different sides of the coin into a simple understandable statement. I’ve dubbed in the past as “Clinton-speak”… All that is necessary for understanding Clinton-speak is being a good listener and a cognizant reader… It’s free. It doesn’t cost anything for these invaluable necessities.

  212. Mrs. Smith, I’m a drop-in who reads this blog every time there’s a new article. You and several others post a lot of good information and links to relevant articles, and it’s enormously useful info. But, rarely are all – or even most – of the posts relevant to the topic of Admin’s article. That’s why it seemed odd that you would have a problem with PUMA being discussed. That name means different things to different people, as I said. Many of us, myself included,have never been more than an occasional poster at PP. I like the blog and all of the people who comment – just as I like this one – but it doesn’t represent PUMA to me.

    Often the regulars here, including yourself, attack other posters – particularly the occasional ones. It’s counterproductive to have rivalry between Hillary blogs, and among Hillary supporters. And, it always baffles me to see such animosity about a freakin’ comment.

    You guys do great work here – but sometimes the trashing is over the top – especially, when it’s over something as ridiculous as discussing a topic you don’t like – when topics are always all over the place. I commented on PUMA because I wanted to confirm (as was mentioned in another post) that it can mean just someone who was and is staunchly supportive of Hillary and no longer affiliated with the Dem party. Seems like a pretty innocent thing. Yet, as has happened previously on this blog – simple statements draw unfriendly fire.

  213. freespirit, my suggestion would be to ignore the unfriendly fire (they don’t own the blog) and participate more often. We should all help admin get more traffic for his/her blog and not discourage people from commenting here. We are all Hillary supporters.

  214. I’ve been watching pars of the spectacular 1000 boat salute to Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubillee Celebration and I’ll bet the POS wishes he had such admirers willing to brave torrential rain, the raw English weather and hours upon hours of boats passing by.

    It is a spectacular site.

    She was only 25 when she became queen and has been a beacon for civility and kindness for the past 60 years.

    A monarch to be proud of. Though she’s 86, she has been standing for hours as the fleet winds up the Thames River.

    What a gorgeous and inspiring site.

    My mom is from England so I have a special affection for the U.K.

  215. My mom does.

    I was just watching a bit of Channel MSNBC and the nasty black anchor just made fum of the Queen’s Jubilee saying something like she doesn’t know how to do anything except “wave’ and ending her segment with a “Hi Queen.”

    Disrespectful, disgusting POS.

  216. “52% See Romney As Mainstream, 45% Say Same of Obama.” A Rasmussen poll of likely voters. 45% see Obama’s views as “extreme,” while only 30% say that about Romney.

  217. Jen the Michigander
    June 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Add me to the PUMA list. I still very much identify as a PUMA and count many PUMAs among my close friends.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Like Me!!! Hi.Jen. 🙂
    We meet every day over at Gratefulness candles and light candles for our Hillary. 🙂

  218. pm317 and freespirit…I agree…just scroll by…things have gotten much better since Admin spoke out…however, there will always be some…

    for those who do not feel the need to attack each other…this is a valuable place to communicate and share info and ideas…and I, for one, am always amazed at the perspective, insight and bottom line courage of Admin and the primary posts here…as well as many of the contributions of others…

  219. …besides it is so much more fun to spotlight the ones we are really after…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/rnc-chairman-reince-priebus-david-axelrod-boston_n_1566038.html

    Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman, Mocks ‘Tough Guy’ David Axelrod Over Boston Disaster (VIDEO)

    video clip is there

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus openly mocked David Axelrod, President Obama’s campaign strategist, and the rest of Obama’s campaign on Sunday over their reaction to a disastrous press conference in Massachusetts this week.

    “For these tough guys from Chicago to cry about it, I just find it laughable,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday morning. “It’s politics, and I think that rallies and protests and people getting out there and voicing their First Amendment rights is something that’s pretty normal.”

    A feisty crowd of Mitt Romney supporters and campaign staff drowned out Axelrod’s message in Boston on Thursday as he tried to highlight Romney’s economic failures as governor of Massachusetts. When the Obama supporters shouted “Forward!”, the Romney supporters chanted, “Off a cliff!”

    A frustrated Axelrod told the crowd they “can’t handle the truth,” and Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith later lambasted the Romney campaign for employing “juvenile,” “circus-like tactics” to ruin the event.

    Priebus said the Axelrod press conference was “the height of a political stunt,” and that Obama’s team wants “us to believe that we’re not living on earth, and the president is not the president, and all these things that are going wrong have nothing to do with President Obama.”

    Axelrod said that it was the Romney campaign that had turned his event into a stunt.

    “Look, we went up there to make a point about Governor Romney’s economic record,” he told “Face the Nation” host Bob Shieffer. “He had the wrong economic philosophy and he failed. I was disappointed that they chose to send a bunch of campaign staff to try and drown out the speakers, but you can’t drown out the record, Bob. The record is very clear.”

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    awwwhh…poor baby Axelrod…and O

  220. BASIL99
    June 3rd, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve been watching pars of the spectacular 1000 boat salute to Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubillee Celebration and I’ll bet the POS wishes he had such admirers willing to brave torrential rain, the raw English weather and hours upon hours of boats passing by.

    It is a spectacular site.

    I have been watching it too.
    I have always loved her. 🙂

  221. frankly, I cannot stand even the sound of hyperactive Chris Hayes’ voice, but Jeremy Scahill did not shy away or mince any words when describing O and his “kill list” mission

    http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/06/02/how-coverage-of-obamas-role-in-drone-executions-provokes-liberal-outrage/

    a few tidbits…

    Scahill explained how Obama has been “out-Cheneying Cheney” by “running an assassination program where in a two week span in Yemen he killed three US citizens, none of whom had been charged or indicted or charged with any crime.” Two of the victims, Samir Khan and Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, were clearly innocent. The FBI told Khan’s family that his speech—the propaganda he was writing and his work as editor of the magazine of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Inspire, was protected First Amendment speech and he had broken no US laws. In the case of Awlaki, a 16-year-old US citizen “whose only crime appears to be that his last name was Awlaki, he was “murdered in a US strike.” No explanation, Scahill said, has been given as to why he was killed.

    “There is no indication that any suspected militants were killed. There is no indication that any known al Qaeda figures were killed. That family deserves an explanation. The American people deserve an explanation.” Scahill continued: “”People talked about Cheney running an executive assassination ring. What’s President Obama’s policy? This would have sparked outrage among liberals and they are deafeningly silent on this issue.”

    Then, Hayes had Scahill address what really upset liberals the most: the fact that Scahill would say with a straight face Obama was a murderer for killing innocent people with drone strikes.

    Scahill stated “the most dangerous thing” the US is doing “besides murdering innocent people in many cases is giving people in Yemen or Somalia or Pakistan a non-ideological reason to hate the United States, to want to fight the United States.” Hayes told Scahill calling it murder is a “provocative” way of describing what is happening and he wanted Scahill to defend using the word murder.

    HAYES: Jeremy, you used the word “murder” before when you talked about the people who have killed by these strikes who are not combatants we can establish? And obviously that’s al oaded word because it carries certain legal and moral ramifications. Why do you use that word?

    SCAHILL: If someone goes into a shopping mall in pursuit of one of their enemies and opens fire on a crowd of people and guns down a bunch of innocent people in a shopping mall, they’ve murdered those people. When the Obama administration sets a policy where patterns of life are enough of a green light to drop missiles on people or to use to send in AC-130s to spray them down —

    JACOBS: That isn’t the case here (cross-talk)

    SCAHILL: If you go to the village of al Majala in Yemen where I was and you see the unexploded cluster bombs and you have the list and photographic evidence as I do of the women and children that represented the vast majority of the deaths in this first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen, those people were murdered by President Obama on his orders because there was believed to be someone from al Qaeda in that area. There’s only one person that’s been identified that had any connection to al Qaeda there and twenty-one women and fourteen children were killed in that strike and the US tried to cover it up and say it was a Yemeni strike and we know from the WikiLeaks that David Petraeus conspired with the president of Yemen to lie to the world about who did that bombing. It’s murder. It’s mass murder when you say we are going to bomb this area because we believe a terrorist there and you know women and children are in the area. The United States has an obligation to not bomb that area if they believe women and children are there.

    Trevino responded to Scahill by raising a historical example of US armed forces killing French civilians during World War II. He argued that America knew there were innocent people where they were bombing and then essentially asked if the people who carried out those attacks were murderers. Scahill said yes, which led Trevino to suggest that people should be arguing Dwight D. Eisenhower should have been prosecuted. It was a poor strawman that Trevino tried to construct to get Scahill to back down from arguing that the US government has killed people it has known to be innocent and this should not have happened.

    From this point, Scahill and Trevino went back and forth with each other throughout the rest of the segment. Trevino contended there was a long history of dealing with Americans who have decided to make war on the United States and that it was not reasonable to expect Lincoln to have handled the Confederacy in the way that people are suggesting Obama should handle US-born terror suspects. Trevino said Obama is “part of a continuum.” That was not something of which Scahill disagreed.

    “We have a dictatorship of the Executive Branch of government when it comes to foreign policy,” said Scahill.

    Later in the show, Trevino attempted to shut down a lot of what had been said by Shamsi on the legal issues posed by the drone program and what Scahill had said about Obama murdering people. He argued, “Part of the reason there isn’t an outcry over this is that the American people really are getting the policy that they want. It’s not that controversial.”

    Scahill rightfully replied in agreement, “Obama has normalized assassination for a lot of liberals who would have been outraged if it was President McCain.” The nation has developed a “bloodthirst.” Citizens now “treat targeted killings like sporting events and dance in the streets” (e.g. what happened when Osama bin Laden was assassinated).

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    agree or not, if this had been Prez Hillary, Bill, McCain or Palin…the media…the liberal media…would be crucifying them…now, they are asleep at the wheel…another good example of media bias

    …just like the two O books, Maraniss and Klien…hardly getting any mention so far on tv…but MO is all over the networks and cable with her puff book

  222. S
    June 3rd, 2012 at 1:56 pm
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    That is interesting because the head of FireDogLake–Jane Hampsher has failed to condemn the use of drones–as Glenn Greenwald pointed out in his excellent article in Slate.

  223. Ouch! Juan Williams Mocks Latest Obama Ad With ‘Dr. Evil’ Anna Wintour – YouTubehttp://youtu.be/yRFIioW4XXM
    FoxNews h/t gateway

  224. below 50%. I am not as wise as those pundit guys but strictly between us two. The lady that kissed him and pinched his poke was the lady that’s known as Lou.

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    That one lost me. 😉
    ——————–
    It is the closing line in The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert Service. I’m not as wise as those lawyer guys, who try to understand the motive for the crime, and fail to examine the underlying details. They get too lost in their own narrative to see what is there and what is changing if they would only look. Group think has its consequences and one of them is flawed analysis.

  225. the early Mormon belief that Native Americans were lost Jews.
    Turns out that was not a weird bizarre belief for the time at all.

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

    Not just a belief about Native Americans either. Weren’t there people in Britain who thought the British were one of the Lost Tribes?

  226. HTA, that was great!.. Wintour also suggested that the WH do something about low end retails stores selling designer merchandise at throw away prices. The fool did not know it was illegal. That IS her reason to support Obama, illegal price fixing for her stupid wear. Good for Juan..

    Here is the link you posted again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRFIioW4XXM

  227. June 3rd, 2012 at 11:39 am
    Mrs. Smith, I’m a drop-in who reads this blog every time there’s a new article. You and several others post a lot of good information and links to relevant articles, and it’s enormously useful info. But, rarely are all – or even most – of the posts relevant to the topic of Admin’s article. That’s why it seemed odd that you would have a problem with PUMA being discussed.

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

    Especially since she is the one who STARTED the controversy about ‘PUMA’ by posting this:

    Mrs. Smith
    May 31st, 2012 at 12:13 am
    We’re not Pumas’ here- Pumas are defunct.

  228. That is interesting because the head of FireDogLake–Jane Hampsher has failed to condemn the use of drones–as Glenn Greenwald pointed out in his excellent article in Slate.

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    I just learned about the ‘kill list’ issue by reading a few posts at Riverdaughter’s Confluence. I don’t have the stomach to read that in mainstream media or even Slate. I’d rather think the charge was all partisan nonsense. I’m too shocked. I don’t want to believe it’s real.

    At least the Republican administrations had enough decency to do their assassinations in secret, or make up some cover story (as Bush did about bombing a bomb shelter in Iraq, iirc).

  229. Hi guys. Great article Admin. I have to say–having seen the juggernaut of Obama-ification in 2008, I am amazed at how out-of-touch his campaign is. Going after Bain Capitol on the same day he’s fundraising from private equity? Standing for the 99%–supported by Anna Wintour? Sending out the really unlikeable Axelrod on all these news programs? Granted, a lot of these kind of things happened in 2008–the press just never reported it. So what do you think? Is that the difference? Is it because the overseas money has dried up? I will say, I am enormously RELIEVED that Romney appears willing to not just push back against Axelrod and Obama–but his palace guards in the media as well.
    Last question: what do you think about court case in FL on Article 2 (hearing set for June 18th). It seems to me, Obama stands a real chance of being thrown off the FL ballot (as unlikely as that seems after so many false starts). What do you think??? And Admin–couldn’t you write an article about it–since Article 2 is very legitimate issue?

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