Was Obama’s Illegal Immigration Ploy Brilliant Or Stupid?, Does This Mean Rubio Fills The VP Slot For Sure? Why Is Romney On A Bus Tour?

Update: Sean Trende agrees with what we wrote below on just about every point we made:

“Most analysts portrayed the decision as a smart move to shore up Obama’s flagging standing with Latino voters. [snip]

I think the decision will probably wind up a net negative for the president. [snip]

There is a trade-off here. Fifteen electoral votes could still be crucial in a close election. But here’s the rub: The analyses that focus only on the potential effect among Latino voters miss half of the equation: The potential effect among white voters. [snip]

This is important, because Obama has ongoing weaknesses with working-class white voters. So weak, in fact, that they threatened his presidential bid during the Democratic perfect storm of 2008. [snip]

The financial collapse is what changed this; in late September, McCain’s leads were six and 11 points, respectively. Without this shift, 2008 would have been a very close race; Obama might have lost, even in a year where everything else was going in his favor. [snip]

These voters are the critical voting bloc in several must-win states for the president, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Michigan.

Now, some may say that the DREAM Act polls well, and this is true. Remember, however, that the parties never campaign on the other side’s best frame of their policies, or even the most accurate frame. [snip]

In short, it’s not really clear what Obama’s tack on immigration really accomplishes, politically speaking. It probably will result in minimal gains among Latino voters, in states with only a few electoral votes. But what it costs him could easily offset those gains, and then some.”

As we write below, “everything Obama touches turns to sh*t”.

As to polling, we also wrote there might be a very short lived boost. Today a Bloomberg poll: 64% agree with new immigration policy. We can’t critique the Bloomberg poll because no demographic data is provided by the pollsters. But the unimpressive 64% support for the unconstitutional policy is not boosting Obama in Gallup, Rassmussen or DailyKooks polls.

Remember: “Everything Obama touches turns to sh*t.” Remember also, “It’s the economy, stupid.”



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After Thursday’s latest widely panned snore-fest “pivot” to the economy Barack Obama, like a hoochie coochie dancer, unveiled yet another (major) distraction from the economy. Obama opponents immediately started worrying that this distraction matters. Really. For sure. “This is the game-changer” the pearl clutchers squeaked. “Obama outsmarted us” wept Republican/conservatives. “The Latino vote is lost to Obama” swooned the foolish. “Obama just won the election” moaned the weak and silly.

But we’ve been watching Barack Obama for a long time. We remember him twitching for a nicotine fix in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Boston during the Democratic Convention in 2004. We remember applauding him in our seats during his 2004 speech in convention hall – but at the same time having a conversation about how out of touch, or downright stupid if not cleverly manipulative, he was with that nonsensical “no red America, no blue America, just the United States of America” crowd pleasing garbage.

That “no red America” nonsense was always nonsense. Yes, it temporarily made Obama look like a “uniter” to the always gullible. But that “unity” schtick did not work out so well when in office did it? Fact is there is a “red America” and a “blue America” and we are all part of the United States of America. It’s an unruly United States with major divisions on major issues – but it almost always is this way.

The one thing we most definitely know about Barack Obama is that he is a boob. When he touches gold it turns to sh*t.

But didn’t he win the nomination and the election and that turned out all right? Well he had to be dragged across the finish line for the nomination stealing delegates along the way and if it wasn’t for the economic meltdown in September 2008 John McCain would have maintained his weeks long lead and, outspent and out-machined, beaten Barack Obama in an election which just about any Democrat would have won.

But Obama did win the golden prize of the presidency and since then it has turned to sh*t. Now he is fighting for political life and forced to do whatever it takes to win. No Distraction Left Behind.

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Be assured. What looks like a great moment and a masterstroke from Obama will soon turn to a muddy mush that will choke him.

First and most important: As with the gay marriage “evolution” Americans will see this constitutionally dubious illegal immigration/DREAM Act ploy as a political ploy. Obama’s gay marriage “evolution” was viewed by 67% of Americans as prompted by election year political pandering. That the gay marriage “evolution” was a personal not a political “evolution” with policy ramifications is not ignored by gay Americans.

Gay Americans also know that Obama is thus far refusing to make gay marriage a policy plank in the Dimocratic platform and Obama is also refusing to issue an anti-discrimination executive order long demanded by the contributors of the gay community. Further gay Americans know that Obama could have “evolved” earlier. According to reports from the White House Barack Obama had decided in January to “evolve” on gay marriage but postponed his announcement for political effect to the Bank of America Dimocratic convention in September. So much for doing what is right. Gay Americans are not stupid and they know Obama is in it for Obama not anybody else.

Second, and very important: Latinos are not stupid. Barack Obama long ago said he could not do what he has just done. Latinos are not stupid and know Obama is just playing them.

Latinos in everyday conversations and in Spanish language broadcasts (surprisingly the level of education does not matter and the same parliamentary language is used) almost always state that Obama had a filibuster-proof Senate and House majorities but did nothing on immigration reform – other than make promises that he would do so in 2009, 2010, 2011. Now it’s election season and Obama is in trouble so he decides to do what he said he could not constitutionally do.

Latinos are not stupid and they will correctly ask, “why now?” Why not before? They, and others, will also ask if this entire effort is constitutional. As more and more Obama schemes fall prey to the rigors of the Constitution of the United States and the Supreme Court, Latinos will realize that Obama is writing a check that cannot be cashedno constitutional authority.



Latinos are not stupid. Latinos know this illegal immigration patch will soon fall off and that only legislation matters if they want a permanent solution. Senator Marco Rubio was reportedly working on an immigration reform proposal and the pearl clutchers are now saying that Obama has stolen his thunder. Is this for real?

Senator Marco Rubio is a Latino from the very important 29 electoral vote rich state of Florida. These facts plus his ability to speak excellent English and even better Spanish place Marco Rubio on the top five list for anyone looking at VP picks for Mitt Romney. Does this latest Obama distraction on illegal immigration assure Marco Rubio the VP nomination?

June will be the deciding month for Mitt Romney on Marco Rubio. A few days from now, on June 19, the Marco Rubio autobiography will be published. There will be an author’s book tour. On the same day an anti-Marco Rubio biography will be published. There will be an author’s book tour.

After the Rubio books are published and Marco Rubio is on his book tour Mitt Romney will get the facts required to determine if he wants Rubio on the ticket. Rubio will soon be a major focus of attention and Romney will assess whether Rubio can stand up to the national scrutiny.

If Rubio wilts in the vicious spotlight then Rubio will stay in the Senate. If Rubio does as well as many expect he will be a lock for the VP nod, right? Not necessarily. There is something else going on in June that will matter.

The current Mitt Romney Bus Tour will also determine whether Rubio gets the Vice Presidential nomination.

What does the Mitt Romney Bus Tour have to do with Marco Rubio? Consider this analysis of what it takes to win in 2012:

“The overriding fear of Team Obama is that the president’s support among white voters will collapse. The math is simple. If Romney gets 65 percent of the white vote (which will likely comprise — at least — 72 percent of the electorate) then he gets 48 percent of the total vote. From there, Romney need only get 20 percent of all non-white voters to win by a comfortable margin.”

Romney might actually only need 60% of the white vote and 20% of the minority vote to win:

“The Obama campaign is counting on repeating an unprecedented performance among non-white voters. If the Obama campaign succeeds, Romney will need to counter with a historic share of the white vote. Should non-white voters support Obama to the extent they did in 2008, Romney will need to compensate by winning 60 percent of the white vote while holding Obama to 38 percent.

In the modern political era, it has taken extraordinary circumstances for Democrats to do so poorly with whites. [snip] (That said, to the extent that congressional elections can be used as a proxy, the 2010 midterms augur better for Romney: In 2010, House Democrats only won 37 percent of the white vote.) [snip]

Of course, just because Romney is in uncharted territory doesn’t mean he can’t conquer it. Given the prevailing political and economic climate, Romney will certainly have the opportunity to assemble the requisite number of votes—especially since there is no guarantee that non-white voters will turnout and support Obama as they did in 2008. [snip]

There are still many unresolved questions that will be pivotal to the election. Will Obama’s young and diverse base turnout to the degree necessary to force Romney to make historic gains among whites? If Romney does need to win 60 percent of the white vote, who are the voters he will need to persuade?”

If you believe after all the circus failures of these past three years that Obama will get higher turnout than in 2008 among blacks and young people as well as gentry liberals then Obama has a fighting chance. But really. Does anyone think that there is more Mess-iah fever in 2012 than there was in 2008? Anyone?

White voters will comprise at least 72 percent of the electorate in 2012. More likely, with the carnival failure presidency of Barack Obama, the white vote will be much higher and minority turnout will be much lower. But let’s stick with the 72 percent white turnout number and assume Mitt Romney needs 65% of that 72%. Mitt Romney could not possibly get that much of the white vote could he?

In 2010 Obama Dimocrats got only 37% of the white vote. But what about now? What about Obama and Romney’s share of the white vote? Can Romney really expect upwards of 60% of the white vote? Realy???? Really???? Gallup from June 12, 2012:

Whites make up about three-quarters of all U.S. registered voters, and are therefore the most important racial or ethnic group in any election, at least mathematically. Even if Obama were to regain his 2008 level of support among blacks and improve his support somewhat among Hispanics, he could still lose if his support among whites slips any further. By the same token, even a slight increase in whites’ support could secure his re-election. [snip]

Currently, 43% of white 18- to 29-year-olds say they plan to vote for Obama in the election, down nine points from the 52% backing him in 2008. By contrast, Obama has lost five points among whites aged 30 to 49 and six points each among the two older age groups.”

What does this have to do with Mitt Romney’s Bus Tour, Marco Rubio’s VP chances, and Obama’s Latino ploy? Look at where Mitt Romney is going on his Bus Tour. Romney started his six state bus tour on a farm in New Hampshire. The Romney “Every Town Counts” tour goes through “bitter” “clinging” small town America:

“The tour begins in New Hampshire and will hit the battlegrounds states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. In addition to being key swing states in the fall, these states share another distinction: They were all won by Barack Obama in 2008.”

Mitt Romney’s bus tour is about whether or not his campaign should turn to the Great Lakes and get to that 60-65% of white voters. Romney can, if he so chooses, turn to the Great Lakes and states with big working class white populations such as Pennsylvania to get to his electoral vote goals. Two Michigan polls have Romney ahead there and perhaps Romney might decide that the 60-65% strategy will work best. In that case he can choose as his VP someone to specifically help him with white voters and in the Great Lakes’ states and Pennsylvania. Someone like Rob Portman or Paul Ryan.

If Romney decides on a Great Lakes strategy then it is adios Marco Rubio. But even if there is a Great Lakes strategy there is a case left for Marco Rubio as VP. Mitt Romney might decide that he can outflank Obama on all sides – in the Great Lakes and even on the illegal immigration issue. In either case, June will tell if Rubio is on the ticket after we all see how he performs on his book tour and we catch a glimpse of him discussing illegal immigration as well as leading the soon-to-come backlash.

The backlash to Obama’s illegal immigration ploy of Friday might scorch Obama and anyone seen as anything less than strongly anti-illegal immigration. The backlash is already starting.

Today the Washington Post wonders: What will hundreds of thousands of job permits do to the economy?:

“With potentially as many as 800,000 new workers flooding into the system, what happens to the millions of Americans who can’t find work now? The Washington Post wonders the same thing, and more:

President Obama has just opened a floodgate of opportunity for young illegal immigrants in the United States, but could it squeeze the aspirations of legal Americans in the process? …

Under the new policy, as many as 1.4 million undocumented immigrants under age 30 will be able to apply for the amnesty, allowing them to work and attend college legally. [snip]

Federal law already grants all undocumented immigrants the right to a public-school education and emergency hospital care.

The new policy could entail additional costs for administration and enforcement, however, and put pressure on state systems of higher education to meet growing demand for slots.”

This Obama illegal immigration ploy might be enough to get Mitt Romney over the 60-65% white vote goal. And remember what we wrote above that everything Obama touches turns to sh*t? What happens if 1.4-800,000 job seekers flood the employment lines? What happens to the unemployment rate and Obama’s chances of reelection? Unemployment rate up, Obama goes down.

Everything Obama touches turns to sh*t. How happy will poor blacks be to vote for Obama if this happens?:

“But Steven Camarota, a researcher with the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, said that the Obama administration was not taking into account the new measure’s probable impact on competition for jobs at the low end of the economic scale, where chronic unemployment is highest. Among Americans with less than a high school education, he said, the jobless rate is 13 percent.

“It doesn’t seem the administration is considering the cascading consequences,” Camarota said. “What does this mean for unemployed Americans who will be competing for jobs with a million-plus people who can now apply for work authorization? Is this really a good idea?”

Everything Obama touches turns to sh*t. Count on it. Whatever very short term publicity benefits, whatever upticks in polls Obama gets from his illegal immigration ploy, it’s going to turn to sh*t. Count on it. When the unemployment rate goes up, Obama’s illegal immigrants will be taking the blame.

Mitt Romney is playing the Obama ploy just right. Let Obama go on with his distractions. Let Mitt Romney focus on the economy. It’s the economy, stupid.

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384 thoughts on “Was Obama’s Illegal Immigration Ploy Brilliant Or Stupid?, Does This Mean Rubio Fills The VP Slot For Sure? Why Is Romney On A Bus Tour?

  1. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=027B452F-8238-40EB-8DAE-7176BA2DE739

    Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his important supporters –like Hispanic voters and the gay community — don’t like.

    “If the president says we’re not going to enforce the law, there’s really nothing anyone can do about it,” University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor Kermit Roosevelt said. “It’s clearly a political calculation.”

  2. A jam-packed analysis, admin. There’s so much to consider, and I really appreciate being shown your thought processes through this horrible journey with Obama.
    It’s not like I haven’t seen Obama lie before, but the Univision video above really brought that fact home. Put it in my bones, I guess.
    Like many others, I frequently feel a need to express gratitude for having these internet respites. Four years ago it was just desperation and not knowing where to turn. But better days are ahead.

    PS: It seems Beverly Jarrett’s daughter will be married in Chicago today. I pasted an article at the end of “Forward…”

  3. “If the president says we’re not going to enforce the law, there’s really nothing anyone can do about it,” University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor Kermit Roosevelt said. “It’s clearly a political calculation.”
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    Nothing? Really.

    ARTICLE 2: UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

    Section 3: Presidential Responsibilities

    Clause 4: Caring for the Faithful Execution of the Law

    “The President must take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    This Constitutional Law Professor assumes that the power of the president in this area is unchecked. No checks and balances. He just enforces the laws he likes and ignores the ones he does not like. If that is true, then they above language has no meaning.

  4. “If the president says we’re not going to enforce the law, there’s really nothing anyone can do about it,” University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor Kermit Roosevelt said. “It’s clearly a political calculation.”
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    Nothing? Really.

    ARTICLE 2: UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

    Section 3: Presidential Responsibilities

    Clause 4: Caring for the Faithful Execution of the Law

    “The President must take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    This Constitutional Law Professor assumes that the power of the president in this area is unchecked. No checks and balances. He just enforces the laws he likes and ignores the ones he does not like. If that is true, then they above language has no meaning. I would like to get a second opinion from someone with a little more experience and objectivity. I notice he writes novels on the side. Perhaps that, and not this, is his forte and true calling. His name is what really opened the door for him.

  5. The Portman angle eludes me. I have not heard him, but he does not look all that dynamic. He is from Ohio, I get that part. But if you are going to go north, Paul Ryan makes more sense, subject to what I said before. Ohio is a swing state, but so is Florida. Ryan has done some heavy lifting for the party. Portman, I am not so sure. If Portman is not an interesting candidate, then Romney should not select him, because Romeney is not very energizing either. A think he needs a vp who will energize the ticket, and attack Obama. Portman’s attacks on Obama have been subdued from what I can tell.

  6. Ditto what Wbboei said at 5:19…Ryan I could accept, Portman not so much. Milquetoast Romney; milquetoast Portman, not a good match if he is seeking additonal voters.

    I guess I am one of those pearl clutchers Admin describes, because I believe that one intent among many was to steal Rubio’s thunder; and evidently it was a surprise to the other campaign…so, they CAN keep a secret, heh? And it well could be turned on its head, if the Congress and Republicans are smart, but the McCain/Republican strategies still haunt me. One effect, inmho, is that those who are going to be given amnesty by the Black Hole’s dream act, are celebrating in the streets right now and that enthusiasm will grow; a small victory is better than no victory for them on the immigration situation. It is also going to make border states’ work much harder and require more effort in preventing a stampede from Mexico of more illegals.

    My goodness, as Rumsfeld would say. I surely do hope that Admin’s calculations are right, except that I LOVE me some Rubio….and Ryan. Ryan is right, though, about being of more value where he is, especially with a majority in the senate and POTUS spots. So, it is Rubio for me. And if it is not to be, just keep it a secret from me for the present time.

  7. Fantastic stats-packed article, admin.

    f MR can’t get 65% of the white vote all I can say is whites have a death wish.

    Every other group votes in one block and is unified. Whites had better start thinking of their own preservation rather than that of groups who want to destroy them.

    Hate to be so blunt but that’s the way it is in the world of BO.

  8. latest from ulterman about gingbergs slip up, I don’t believe I ever remember a justice openly saying something about a case that has not yet been decided. I find that is taking away from the supreme ct as an insitution, I think she is the same justice who praised the South African consitution over the america one.
    I wonder if she or Kagan tipped off OTurd over what was decided. How Kagan got put on as a justice, I’ll never understand.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/06/16/chief-justice-ginsburg-hints-court-sharply-divided-over-obamacare-ruling/

  9. Tim,
    The Ginsburg comments are strange. Does it mean she does or does not think ACA will be overturned? I have no idea. I read through all 500 comments on the article and the majority expressed the opinion that ACA would go down either 5-4 or 6-3.

    But there were plenty of dissenting voices pointing to phrases in the Ginsburg comments which could indicate the court will uphold ACA.

    I was struck by her use of the term “prayer circles.” That seems a rather insulting caricature of a large group of conservative-leaning voters.

    ” Ginsburg described the oral arguments in the case as unprecedented for the number of “press conferences, prayer circles, protests and counter protests” that occurred on the courthouse steps.”

    Her reference to “a head of broccoli” had many commenter saying that means the mandate is being overturned.

    “She noted that one ACA-related question the court must decide is whether the whole law must fall if the individual mandate is unconstitutional — “or may the mandate be chopped, like a head of broccoli, from the rest of it?”

    The point some posters made is that if the entire law were ruled constitutional the issue of “chopping the mandate like a head of broccoli” would not arise.

    And her reference to McCullough v. Maryland has me scratching my head.

    The 1819 case, according to some sources, established:

    1. The Constitution grants to Congress implied powers for implementing the Constitution’s express powers, in order to create a functional national government.
    2. State action may not impede valid constitutional exercises of power by the Federal government.

    So I have not got a clue. Personally, I want the law to crash and burn because of the awful impact it should have on BO.

    It seems probable that Kagan and Sotomeyer have been keeping the WH informed. One comment said that might be the reason for BO’s bizarre behavior the past few weeks. He knows his signature legislation is going down.

    Finally, her statement “Those who know don’t talk. And those who talk don’t know,” would seem to indicate SHE doesn’t know because she’s talking.

    Or is it an insult to non-libs?

    Honestly, I am not “counting” any chickens

  10. it is the Middle East negotiation mistake all over again. There as here, there was a concession which was on the table, but should never have been given away unilaterally, and without getting something in return.

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    Same pattern as bowing to the Bishops, rolling back rights to women’s health coverage that had been common practice for years.

  11. “…. by commenting on the merits of pending cases over which the judge is presiding, she is elevating her personal interests (most commonly, either self-aggrandizement or self-defense) over the interests of the parties or even the more abstract interests of justice.”

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

    Ginsberg’s comments may have been incorrect, and/or uncustomary. But the writer is not a mind-reader, and should not be claiming to know her motives.

    She is past ordinary retirment age already, so is not looking for promotion to a better job.

  12. started millions of other votes walking toward the borders…Gov Jan’s borders, Rick Perry’s borders, etc.

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    Attracted by the GOP description which misreprents the plan as offering more than it really does.

  13. Basil

    I agree with you, it would seem pretty probable that she and Kagan, who only worked for the WH just a year or so ago, are telling the WH what’s going on. The thing is, and I firmly believe this, if the indiv mandate is done, and it appears that is most likely the case, but the rest of this crap law is upheld, it will be even more devastating to the businesses. Because if it is kicked back to congress, who the hell know what frankstein nonsense they’ll come up with next.

    The whole thing is a po$ law, it was never meant to lower costs or increase access, its only making care worse ,access worse for everyone and the costs worse for all. They just put it together, no one read the damn thing, and then expect businesses to just fall in line with this nonsensical added costs.

  14. I would not be surprised if this “executive order” is just so as it can be striked down and he can go boohoo, i tried but those nasty republicans do not want you.

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    Obama has used a lot of issues that way, imo. Eg Lily Ledbetter. To the low-info women, he says, “Look what I did for you! Problem solved! Now move along!”

    To the high-info women, “Waah, I tried, but the GOP wouldn’t let me!”

    To the GOP in private, “Okay, I deflated that issue for you. they won’t bother to bring it up again. That’s what us Community Orgnaizers do; ask Mayor Daley.”

  15. Wbboei, the thinking on Portman is that he is bland but substantive. Portman is very popular in southeast Ohio which borders on southwest Pennsylvania. Portman’s “affinity voters” target are precisely those that would help Romney get to that 60-65%. Portman’s brand of boring will play well not only in Pennsylvania but might also play well in the states surrounding the Great Lakes. If Portman plays in those states better than Rubio or Paul Ryan (Ryan is a problem because he lacks foreign policy experience of the most minimal sort. Obama not having any when he ran is not apt for comparison because Romney will not want himself or his veep to be compared in any way to Obama) he will be on the ticket.

    We still think the smart play is Rubio. Even on the natural born citizen objection, a Rubio selection will at least bring the topic up and hit Obama as well. We won’t recite all the benefits of Rubio and his family to Romney now. We will soon publish a speech we think will help Rubio. In either case before the month is out we will know whether Rubio will be on the ticket as his book tour develops.

  16. Mrs. Smith realclearpolitics does not have embed code. We found the video you linked to elsewhere:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/15/krauthammer-new-obama-immigration-policy-out-and-out-lawlessness-video/

    On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said that the president’s shift on enforcing immigrations laws and granting certain privileges among illegal immigrants is “out-and-out lawlessness.”

    Krauthammer told host Chris Wallace that this was a so-called “end-run” around the legislative branch of the federal government and explained how it defied the Constitution.

    “Beyond the pandering, beyond the politics, beyond the process — is simple constitutional decency,” Krauthammer explained. “This is out-and-out lawlessness. You had a clip of the president himself say months ago ‘I cannot do this on my own because there are laws on the books.’ Well, I have news for president — the laws remain on the books. They haven’t changed.”

    He said this appears to be the White House attempting to enact the DREAM Act, which failed to pass muster with the Congress after several attempts over the past several years.

    “He proposed the DREAM Act of which the executive order is a variation,” Krauthammer continued. “He proposed a DREAM Act. The Congress said no. The Congress is the one who makes the laws. What the administration does is it administers law.”

    “And in fact, what it is pretending to do is to use discretion,” he said. “That’s what the Homeland Security said. This is not discretion. Discretion is when you treat it on a one-by-one basis on the grounds of extenuating circumstances. That is declaration of a new set of criteria, which is essentially resurrecting the legislation that the Congress has said no to.” (VIDEO: Neil Munro explains his exchange with President Obama in Rose Garden)

    Krauthammer reminded viewers of the criticisms the Bush administration took on when some perceived it to have been overstepping its bounds, while those same detractors have little to say about this.

    “And I think this is not how you run a constitutional republic,” he continued. “This ought to be in the hands of Congress, and it is an end-run. And what’s ironic of course is for eight years, the Democrats have been screaming about the imperial presidency with the Bush administration — the nonsense about the unitary executive. This is out-and-out lawlessness. This is not how you govern. And I think that is the first issue that should be on the table.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/06/15/krauthammer_obamas_immigration_policy_is_out-and-out_lawlessness.html

    “Beyond the pandering, beyond the politics, beyond the process is simple constitutional decency. This is out-and-out lawlessness. You had a clip of the president himself say months ago ‘I cannot do this on my own because there are laws on the books.’ Well, I have news for the president: The laws remain on the books, they haven’t changed,” syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on “FOX News” tonight.

    “He proposed the DREAM Act of which the executive order is a variation. He proposed a DREAM Act. The Congress said no. The Congress is the one who makes the laws. What the administration does is it administers law. And in fact, what it’s pretending to do is to use discretion, that’s what the Homeland Security Secretary said,” Dr. Krauthammer said.

    “This is not discretion,” he said. “Discretion is when you treat it on a one-by-one basis on the grounds of extenuating circumstances. This is the declaration of a whole new set of criteria, which is essentially resurrecting the legislation that the Congress has said no to.”

    “And I think this is not how you run a constitutional Republic. This ought to be in the hands of Congress, and it is an end-run. What’s ironic of course is for eight years, the Democrats have been screaming about the imperial presidency with the Bush administration, the nonsense about the unitary executive. This is out-and-out lawlessness. This is not how you govern. And I think that’s the first issue that should be on the table,” Krauthammer concluded.

  17. Honestly, admin, how can MR choose Rubio when he is the child of Cuban parents, even though they were “naturalized,” I believe, in the 1970’s?

    Isn’t that the same issue BO has faced, that his father was from Kenya and his parents were not NBC’s?

    Additionally, I think Rubio is too young (in this day and age)to be named VP. I also wonder if a Romney selection of Rubio might seem “gimmicky” in the same way many characterized McCain’s choice of SP?

    It would seem that MR isn’t likely to get much support from Hispanics anyway and he might do better sticking to a campaign of winning over the white population.

    IMHO, of course.

  18. I just don’t know about Rubio, he just seems so young, Portman seems like a nice competent man, will probably to keep the focus on Romney.

    At this point, I honestly don’t know if the vp will make that much of a difference, unless they are too young, or too divisive, etc.
    I wonder if the VA gov would be a choice they make, he’s pretty popular in VA from what I’ve read. I like chris christie, but I don’t know if he would take away from Romney, but Christie would make one heck of an attack dog for romney.

  19. Some interesting Hispanic stats.

    These nine Latino concentrated states experienced significant declines in the
    number of registered Latino voters during 2009-2010.
    :
    California, Texas, Nevada, Florida, Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, New Jersey, and
    Pennsylvania;
    2008, in Flordia, 1,342,000 voters. In 2010, 1,239,000 votes, a decline of 10%.

    Previous national projections for Latino voter growth to 15 million registered voters now appear overly ambitious given that the 2011-12 mobilization started from a 2010 baseline of about 11 million voters instead of the projected 12 million voters.

    That is, the Latino vote shrank by 5% nationally during 2009-10 instead of
    growing by 5% (the average Latino voter registration off year growth from 1991 to 2006) -a swing of 10%!

    Therefore, WCVI’s national Latino voter growth projections will be revised downward to a ceiling of 13 million (from our previous projection of 14-15 million) registered Latinos, and national Latino turnout is projected to be no higher than 10.5 million votes cast (from our previous projection of 11-12 million).

    2008, in Flordia, 1,342,000 voters. In 2010, 1,239,000 votes, a decline of 10%.
    Trends in Latino voting – March, 2012

    http://www.wcvi.org/press_room/press_releases/2012/120308_release.pdf

    Is THIS why BO is courting Hispanics?

  20. Basil99, we addressed the natural born citizen objection in a comment a short while ago.

    As to “gimmicky” and “too young” we will see what happens as Rubio gets into the spotlight for his book tour. We’ll know the answer to these questions this June. As to a comparison with Sarah Palin, let’s recall that Palin helped McCain but then she came under attack and the McCain campaign did not come to her aid. The Obama campaign moved swiftly to define her and trashed her thoroughly with all the lessons learned from trashing Hillary. But Rubio won’t be like Palin.

    Rublo’s book (and anti-book) comes out this week. In the next five months he will be a known quantity/commodity/person. Further Rubio has been talked about incessantly for years whereas Palin was a shock and surprise.

    Your last point is one we hope to address either on or before Tuesday. Short version: anyone who thinks Latinos will not vote in substantial numbers for Rubio is smoking something. That belief about Rubio not garnering Latino votes is one the Obama campaign wants to believe more than anything – but rest assured – Rubio scares the stuffing out of the Obama campaign.

  21. admin, I hope you are right about Rubio, I will admit, while I think he is too young, everytime I have heard him speak whether in as a speech or in a combative interview, I have been impressed by how focused his counter arguments are.

  22. Tim, speaking of the 80s, Taranto at the Wall Street Journal compares Obama to A Flock Of Seagulls:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303734204577468651410095084.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion

    He made a good first impression with his uplifting 2004 Democratic National Convention speech. Since then, what? His “race” speech drew extravagant praise at the time, and it succeeded in diverting attention from his association with his hate-mongering “spiritual mentor,” Jeremiah Wright. But no one remembers what he said in it. We liked his Tucson memorial speech last year, but apart from that the Obama presidency has been a long series of supposedly crucial speeches that amount to nothing.

    Obama’s admirers sometimes describe him as a “rock star.” If so, he’s a one-hit wonder. They thought they were getting the Beatles but ended up with A Flock of Seagulls.

  23. LOL. “one hit wonder”

    yep, at least with one hit wonders, they won’t “transform” the entire base of the music industry to screw it up.

  24. “Basil99, we addressed the natural born citizen objection in a comment a short while ago.”

    Yes, I saw that.

    “Rubio scares the stuffing out of the Obama campaign.”

    No doubt you are right about that. And according to the stats in the 8:18 link the 10 states with the highest Hispanic populations are:

    NM, TX, NJ, CA, Ill, AZ, FL, NY,CO, NV

  25. one of my former business collegues, who did vote for OTurd in 2008, now calls him a “post turtle”, I had never heard that term and ask him what that meant, this is what he emailed me back then about what the term “post-turtle” means:

    “An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man from the city. He compares a politician to a “post turtle”. The young man doesn’t understand and asks him what a post turtle is.

    The old man then says, “When you’re driving down a country road and you see a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle. You know he didn’t get up there by himself. He doesn’t belong there; he can’t get anything done while he’s up there; and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down.””

  26. see, even Sam Donaldson says anyone who opposes OTurd must be a racist.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/16/sam-donaldson-tucker-carlson-daily-caller-obama-interrupted_n_1602526.html

    Sorry admin, I know, a huffpoop link, I couldn’t find one from another source yet.
    Here is the excerpt for those that don’t want to go to that deranged infested pool:

    “and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! ”

    See, we are ALL racists for even questioning the one, we should ALL be showering Barry with rose petals.

  27. admin,

    I didn’t mean Rubio would be overwhelmed by BO trashing him as SP (unfairly) was. I just meant I think that many saw SP’s choice as “pandering” to the women voters and a Rubio choice could be perceived in a similar manner but with Hispanic voters.

    I did not feel that way (about SP).

    I also agree Rubio has had more experience than SP on the national level and it will be interesting, as you pointed out, how his book and tour turns out.

    Personally, I am not crazy about Rubio as a choice, now, but I can’t name anyone else who I would prefer except maybe Christie and he says he’s not interested.

    IMHO, of course.

  28. There is a reason that the Democrats did not pass immigration legilation. That is because more than 50% of Americans now understand that illegal immigration and open immigration/ chain immigration policies are a disaster for this country, both financially and culturally. (Chain immigration refers to the fact that in the US currently a citizen can bring not only immediate family but aunts, uncles nieces nephews etc which can add up to 250 people. It is not family reunification it is family relocation)
    I spoke today with the campaing manager for Altschuyler R in NY….an important house race against Tim Bishop D. Everywhere he goes, illegal immigration, illegal housing and illegal workers were the most important issue to voters….and that is in liberal Long ISLAND, NY. PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT. I can only imagine how bad it is for ppeople in Arizona.
    We want an ALTERNATIVE to the open immigration policies that have gone unchecked for too long. The lifeboat is full and in danger of sinking if more people pile on. Every other developed country understands that to protect resources, access to healthcare and standard of living, there must be controlled and regulated immigration.

    Rubio is not much better than the Dems on this mnatter. Nothing should be done that encourages more illegal immigration and that is exactly what Rubio and Bush are suggesting and what Obama has done.

    I highly recommnend that readers Google “They Come to AMerica” by Dennis Lynch. You can see some clips of the documentary online. It was really gripping and eye opening. It is a film that every American should see.

    As for Paul Ryan, I think he is too controversial for many Dems that I know who want to vote for Romney but are waiting to see who his VP will be. Romney cannot win without the moderate voters and Clinton Democrats. We are the ones who will swing this election. I know my husband is sitting on the fence. I pray that Romney makes a good choice….not a stupid one…and I hope it won’t be Ryan or Rubio. Rubio is another pretty face with the right ethnic tag….too young and inexperienced to be president as far as I am concerned. Have Americans learned nothing!

  29. admin
    June 16th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for making the effort and getting the video posted. Speaking Truth to Power

  30. As I said a few days ago this could, emphasis on could, be a game changerone way or another. It was a political calculation made based on significant polling to solidify the hispanic vote. This, along with the pending health care decision will have tremendous ramifications.

  31. All of the faux news outlets have been all fluttering about Obama’s immigration street theater and miss the Friday PM news dump where Dear Leader tells Congress that the US military is now involved in “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen. I presume, since the announced “direct action” was made to satisfy the provisions of the War Powers Act, that “direct action” means troops on the ground.

  32. admin
    June 16th, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    _________________________
    Well, there are 41 electoral votes between Pennsylvania and Ohio. If the selection of Portman would put both states in the Republican column that would be significant and it would breach the dimocrat firewall. I guess I could accept him as the default candidate if Rubio falters. Since big media refused to vet Obama, people should take a dim view of their insistence on vetting the Republican candidates. And the Republican Party should refuse to hold presidential debates on their network.

  33. Re: admin
    June 16th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    True that.

    Romney was the candidate to ‘satisfy’ the threshold for the moderates, if there is such a thing any more; the conservatives do not accept him as conservative. Period. I have met Rubio in person. He is short. He is articulate. He speaks from the head through to your heart. He is knowledgable and authentic; and if perceived youth be the problem then the same objection was raised against JFK. I mean, really? Rubio has a WIDE appeal to white voters like me PLUS the latinos. The latinos in Florida do not want to be associated with hispanics….to them that makes them a part of the enter illegally and flood and overwhelm the system group. If you want to insult them called them hispanics or mexican.

    But above all Rubio is a patriot and loves the country. I so look forward to his autobiography, I sort of have an inkling what it will be like. He has an appreciation for it few have that have been natural born citizens for generations back. And the nbc thingy…………don’t even go there. If the Black Hole can be POTUS without documentation and Romney, then by George, do not challenge Rubio.

    I plead………….no more addtions of milquetoast.

  34. Wonderful post admin, and even on a Saturday when I least expected it.

    I totally agree with you and especially on the immigration issue. Besides this possibly being another unconstitutional issue, where I eagerly await lines of lawyers marching to the courts, I see the flood of illegals costing our overtaxed states a heap of trouble. Jobs in this economy now going from those off of unemployment checks, or kids that had to drop of out of college, find a job to help their families will now have to compete for jobs, placements and fellowships/grant money in colleges, county money to keep them out of the emergency rooms and now what, a flock of them returning back over our borders.

    How will those 99% feel about all this? Looks like another knife to the back from their Dear Leader

    More shit coming down the pike.

  35. All of the faux news outlets have been all fluttering about Obama’s immigration street theater and miss the Friday PM news dump where Dear Leader tells Congress that the US military is now involved in “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen. I presume, since the announced “direct action” was made to satisfy the provisions of the War Powers Act, that “direct action” means troops on the ground
    ————————
    They cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. But it will produce more criticism on his left flank.

  36. Barry did talk about being transparent, and even the most manipulated of his flock can now see his lies and self serving peas on the tin plate.

    He is making the mistakes that only an amateur could make.

    Is that the sound of a millions of voters laughing at him in the background????

  37. admin
    June 16th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Basil99, we addressed the natural born citizen objection in a comment a short while ago.

    ————
    I must have missed your comment about the NBC issue, would you please point me to it? I wonder what your take on it is.

  38. Wbboei, regarding Portman he would probably lock up Ohio for Romney due to his knowledge of the state and connections there as well as name recognition. As to Pennsylvania we’d like to see polling in the Philadelphia collar communities to see how he does there. It’s possible that his probity would play well there. We’re not sure of that claim. Portman is more than a bit of a bore but after celebrity Prezzy, boring might be fashionable. The Philly collar communities plus the western part of the state is the way to win without winning Philly proper.

    We’d like to see polling to see if Christie helps in the Philly suburbs. New Jersey and Pennsylvania share media markets so Christie is a known commodity in large swaths of Pennsylvania.

    We noticed that Rubio campaigned in Pennsylvania with Romney a while back so the Romney campaign is taking him seriously. No doubt the Romney campaign will poll all the candidates to see how they do in Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as other states Romney is targeting. These polls will not be made public but they will influence Romney’s ultimate decision.

  39. Shadowfax,

    Here is a comment above from Admin on the natural born issue:

    We still think the smart play is Rubio. Even on the natural born citizen objection, a Rubio selection will at least bring the topic up and hit Obama as well.

  40. Shadowfax,

    Here is a comment above from Admin on the natural born issue:

    We still think the smart play is Rubio. Even on the natural born citizen objection, a Rubio selection will at least bring the topic up and hit Obama as well.

  41. It has been reported to me that the National Labor Relations Board, which is staffed with union people, has adopted a new doctrine which makes it possible for a union to organize employees in a micro-unit of a facility, whereas before a micro unit would not have been an appropriate unit. This raised the possibility that different unions could represent the same group of employees in different parts of the facility, which would be unmanageable.

    One of the people who worked for me had been vice president of a regional trucking company years ago. He had a facility in Union City New Jersey and transferred all or part of those people to a new facility in Pennsylvania pursuant to an approved Change of Operations committee decision. The decision specified that the Pennsylvania local, not the New Jersey local would represent those employees.

    But the head of the Union City Local 560 pushed the issue. He insisted that his stewards represent the employees who transferred and that new employees hired at that facility would be represented by the Pennsylvania Local. My friend told him he could not accept a micro unit, it would be unmanageable, the the New Jersey would not accept it.

    His name was Tony Provenzano. He was a capo in the Genovese Family, and he was later implicated in the murder of Hoffa Sr. http://www.onewal.com/w-proven.html. Provenzano went balistic toward my friend and others got him out of the hotel to a safe place. Provenzano people then cornered the head of the Pennsylvania local and broke his knees with a baseball bat–Bob Corr was his name.

    The reason Pro was intent on having his own stewards was because those stewards were wise guys themselves, and Pro used them to run the rackets off the trucking dock–like loansharking, gambling, and other sordid activities which made money for the family.

    Years later, Pro got indicted for extortion in connection with the Sea Train project, and for the murder of a fellow Teamster in the early 1960s. A bunch of employers got together and raised money for his legal defense. They held a meeting and my friend went to it. He caught Pros eye, and Pro had him come over and sit beside him at on the davenport. My friend laughed nervously and told Pro he wasn’t sure that Pro would be glad to see him after their disagreement about the micro-unit.

    Pro laughed and said, you know Vince, if you had not got out of there when you did, I would have killed you–I looked for you but you were gone. But that is all over now, I am glad you are here and I say let by-gones be by-gones. True story.

    And it was all because the union insisted on a micro unit, and the employer was determined not to give it to them. But now the Obama NLRB has done the dirty work for them and nobody had to die.

  42. As to Pennsylvania we’d like to see polling in the Philadelphia collar communities to see how he does there.
    ——————
    An excellent point. Those collar communities were originally Republican but have been trending more democrat in recent years. I know an attorney who was US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and he runs one of those collar communities which remains staunchly Republican. But I am not sure about Bucks County and some of the other places. The people in Eastern Pennslvania are more like the people in New Jersey–less laid back, more in your face–I like them but I think that is a fair observation, and it is why Christie works well there. Whereas, the people in Western Pennslyvania are laid back, like those in Ohio. And central Pennsylvania where I campaigned for Hillary is also more like that.

  43. Good analysis, admin. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as much Obamania in this election cycle, so it should be more difficult for Obama to win. One cannot discount massive fraud in key areas (states), though. I think a bigger concern would be Obama instigating an event that keeps him in office illegally. I read something about that type of scenario. I wouldn’t put it past him.

  44. Excellent post, Admin. I had mentioned here a while ago that if it is Rubio for VP, Romney would have to deal with the immigration issue and he may not want to. Now Obama has forced the issue on him. Your 65% strategy analysis is very insightful. That pushes Portman into the forefront. A while ago when he first came on the scene I looked him up. He is not as big a bore as some people think (and I feel like you do that after Obama, boring or being nerdy may be an asset). He has many interesting talents that would appeal to get the 65%. He is not as much of a lightening rod as Paul Ryan. But he worked in the Bush administration and that may be something Obama will exploit.

  45. I also read the following comment in the comment section of another blog. I post it here because I have never seen this discussed before. I remember his flub, and now wonder if we should all be concerned about the possible implications of his action (if there are any in the first place). Is there anything to this?

    Obama NEVER took a valid oath to uphold the constitution. The first one was flubbed on purpose. Second one in private …no hand on the bible

  46. Good one!

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/233053-romney-obama-should-have-been-a-governor-before-president

    “He upon becoming governor — excuse me, president last time,” Romney said, according to media reports.

    Romney than used the gaffe to his advantage, saying that a gubernatorial stretch might have provided Obama with the proper experience needed to govern.

    “Governor might have been a better job for him to have started with,” Romney joked.

    “I say that because I actually think you learn from experience. I think it helps to have been in business before you actually start to run something in government. And then after you’ve done something in government, it helps to start perhaps a little lower level before you become president,” he added.

  47. Wow. Anyone else catching Fluff this morning? He sounds shrill, hysterical, bumbling – just like Axeldouche. And he keeps stressing the election is going to be close He does not present the face of a calm campaign. He’s on NBC no was on Mathews earlier. Wallace rode him hard and even Gregory is uncharacteristically harsh.

  48. I would not expect hispanics to flock to the Republican Party at the same rate that Blacks who were already in the Democrat Party flocked from Hillary to Obama, which is to say I doubt they are as racist, but I would expect the presence of Rubio on the ticket, who has been working on a comprehensive immigration plan as opposed to an unconstitutional stunt, and even his ability to speak the Spanish language fluently would produce at the very least an even playing field. And he will have Tea Party backing except for the people who do not want a settlement of the illegal immigration issue. I think he can credibly attack what Obama has done here as a mere political “stunt” which leaves the main issue of amnesty and a path to citizenship unaddressed. For me, the big question will be the one admin posed–how well will he weather the storm, as the media who categorically refused to vet Obama, gets the long knives out for him, and attempts through their typical blow job interviews to elevate the stature of the asshole who wrote the book. If he does not survive their hyper partisan vetting process, then the Party will be forced to turn to another candidate, like Portman, who escaped the kleig lights and if big media thinks he is weak enough, in an effort to project fairness to an audience who knows they are all scumbags, leave him alone. In that case, I suspect Florida is gone. And then that aspect of the campaign narrows to a single issue, do you want amnesty or don’t you. Should people be allowed to ignore our laws, walk across our border, have children and become our responsibility. The unlawful move Obama made could then be characterized as something that is unlawful and will excacerbate the central issue of our time–jobs, which is the overriding issue in the 2012 campaign. The other side would scream racism, but outside minorities that word has lost its power. When everyone who disagrees with you is a racist, no one is a racist, and the charge stigmatizes its author more than its target. Obama has fired one of his few remaining shots, and over time it will be seen that it did not work–in fact it backfired. The blip in the Hispanics who see the issue only one way will be shortlived, and if Rubio survives and has a comprehensive plan, the pendulum will shift. Remember the election is not until November. I think this shot was fired prematurely, and that was yet another mistake.

  49. pm317
    June 17th, 2012 at 9:07 am
    —————

    All we heard about the historic speeches O had made or were about to make, not one phrase is remembered by anyone

    ————————–
    However Hillary’s phrase “It takes a Village” is used a lot, and when Bill speaks, he talks to your soul. He never speaks too long and makes great points. He told them at his nephrew’s graduation never be afraid to try and fail, and since we are 99% alike we need to cultivate working together for the greater good.

    ————–
    The media made fools of themselves early on. Now they point out he is just regurgitating older speeches. As I remember the earlier speeches were regurgitations also.
    ———–
    I am at the point where they should fire all the reporters, and just allow the internet decide what is good. Because actually they cannot recognize what is good.

  50. OBAMA CAMPAIGN VICTORIES TO DATE

    (Or, how the Advertising Age organization of the year “defeated the Clinton machine” with a little bit of help from big media, Soros ilk, bribery, extortion and maybe just a little murder) morphed into the gang who could not shoot straight by 2012. Here are their failed initiatives to date)

    1. create occupy wall strategy to counter tea party

    2. vilify Bain, and all capitalists

    3. dismiss Mrs. Romney wife as a stay at home mom not

    4. defeat Scott Walker

    5. fail to address immigration reform–LAWFULLY

    6. failure of stimulus plan–pay to play

    7. blame Bush and everyone else

    8. shortfall in contributions

    9. campaigning on taxpayer dollar–not governing

    10.throwing fellow dims to the wolves

  51. Their governing failures are far more extensive–and among those the failed economic recovery and the national debt are primus inter pares–top the hit parade.

  52. @NMF:I am at the point where they should fire all the reporters, and just allow the internet decide what is good.
    ————–
    With damned few exceptions, that is true. In the past, they could say they fill an important role in our society, because they are willing to speak truth to power and challenge those in power. But today, they have forsaken that role, and become a tool to those in power, and, consequently an enemy of the people. In a word, they are now a mouth piece of the state, who censors valuable information from public view. And now, more than ever, they are seen for what they are–and are not. Journalists–no way. Propagandists–for sure. And the worst of it is, again with rare exceptions, they are totally incapable of engaging in the kind of introspection and self analysis that might–might save them. This has been evident to me for some time, but it was drawn into high relief the other night, when I spoke to the former head of the ABC

  53. He was not concerned with editorial content. His concern was how can we capture the revenues which have been lost to the internet.

  54. Just watched some dem hack laughing like a hyeana that the repubs should sue over this blatant amenesty. So that’s all people are to the dem, just blocks of votes.
    The legal hispanics, citizens of this country can get behind the illegal ones.
    Never thought the dems would disgust me more than the repubs. Scum. Everything is for votes.

  55. Howard Dean: should see a psychiatrist. It is not just the drivel this fat slob vomits out on camera, it is his delusion that anyone believes him. He is a funny man, and a good shrink could have a field day with him.

  56. It sounds like Plouffe bombed on television today. I did not see it myself, but according to what I read, he ran away from the questions. A picture of evasion. The people the Fraud puts out there to represent him are really pathetic.

  57. admin
    You could not be more right on the gay issue. People are not that stupid and if you are one of society’s fringe dwellers being played with for personal gain is a mammoth insult. The local political players in the gay community will continue singing kumbaya and chanting obama because its all about access and keeping their silly power. I know not one homosexual over the age of 25 who fell for his ploy.
    Anywho cherish your posts and am so relieved to be able to read them again when I wake up at the crack of noon.

  58. There is a great movie called The Lawman. In one scene the Lawman (Burt Lancaster)talks to the town sheriff (Robert Ryan), who was a great gunfigher once but has lost his nerve. The Lawman has not. On the contrary he has become a killing machine, and his only rule is I never killed a man that didn’t draw on me first. The Sheriff talks about how he lost his nerve and asks the lawman what keeps you from running sand inside. The lawman responds, I was out of town when the man in question was killed, I could have chased a few tracks and packed it in. But I am the law in Bannock, whoever breaks the law comes against me, I don’t know any other way to play it.

    Lieberman has called for a Special Counsel to investigate the leaks. He points out that Holder cannot investigate himself and neither can the people he has chosen. At a minimum this creates a huge conflict of interest. So when Plouffe says we should trust the people who Holder has chosen, one of whom is an Obama bundler appointed to the US Attorney job primarily for that reason, how likely is it that he will chase a few tracks and then pack it in rather than bring in the guilty party.

    The tip off that this is strictly political can be seen in the mandate itself which empowers these two clowns to investigate CONGRESS as well as the Administration. There is no evidence that Congress was involved in the leaks, and we know by now who the culprit was–Obama’s national security advisor. Hence, this is simply one more cover-up, which big media will aid and abet. That much you can be sure of.

  59. Boobery is contagious:

    http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/beau_biden_takes_shot_at_mitt_romney_hits_gov_bev_perdue

    Beau Biden, the son of the Democratic vice president, went “off script,” as he called it, to fire a shot a Republican Mitt Romney but hit Gov. Bev Perdue at the same time.

    At the N.C. Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner, Biden mentioned that Romney didn’t seek a second term as Massachusetts governor, suggesting his failed economic policies hurt him. “I’ve never met a successful politician who didn’t run again,” said Biden, the Delaware attorney general.

    The crowd collectively groaned. Biden’s line sounded similar to what Republicans say about another governor who isn’t seeking re-election: North Carolina Democrat Bev Perdue.

  60. A former neighbor of mine now living in FL just emailed this. Perhaps some here will give it some mileage although language used is awkward. So here it is with a big [sic]
    Subject Line: Country Division – this is unspeakable.

    If you share this message please delete all previous addresses and use Bcc when selecting your recipients.
    Thank you

    THIS IS A REAL DISGRACE……….WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE !!!
    Wow, who is prejudiced? Who is dividing our country by race? We are not playing the race card; that would be our leader who is dividing the country.
    President Obama Announces the 2012 Launch of African Americans for Obama

    WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE MEDIA IF ROMNEY RELEASED A VIDEO ANNOUNCING A WHITE AMERICANS FOR ROMNEY CAMPAIGN???????
    Need we say more!!
    This is truly racist.
    This needs to go viral. This could come back to haunt him big time. We need to make it happen
    UNBELIEVEABLE

    Please circulate this to everyone in America. It is racism at its worst. Can you imagine what the NAACP, CORE, ACORN and hundreds of other black organizations, as well as the media, would say if a white Republican put up an ad that said that the white people need to vote for the white candidate?
    Please circulate this now before it is taken off the internet.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdjoHA5ocwU

    [it’s me: the video was uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Jan 31, 2012]

  61. Somebody must be reading us several years too late:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/16/roberto-unger-obama_n_1602812.html

    “President Obama must be defeated in the coming election,” Roberto Unger, a longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama, said in a video posted on May 22. “He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.”

    Unger said that Obama must lose the election in order for “the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life.”

    He acknowledged that if a Republican wins the presidency, “there will be a cost … in judicial and administrative appointments.” But he said that “the risk of military adventurism” would be no worse under a Republican than under Obama, and that “the Democratic Party proposes no new direction.”

    “Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest,” he said. “This is less a project than it is an abdication.”

    The professor went on to list his complaints:

    “His policy is financial confidence and food stamps.”
    “He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices.”
    “He has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money.”
    “He has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice.”
    “He has reduced justice to charity.”
    “He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight.”
    “He has evoked a politics of handholding, but no one changes the world without a struggle.”

  62. admin
    June 17th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Boobery is contagious:

    http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/beau_biden_takes_shot_at_mitt_romney_hits_gov_bev_perdue
    Beau Biden, the son of the Democratic vice president, went “off script,” as he called it, to fire a shot a Republican Mitt Romney but hit Gov. Bev Perdue at the same time.
    ——————–
    What can I say. Some would blame it on demon rum. I on the other hand think part of the problem is heredity.

    There are those times when life imitates art. And this happens to be one of them. Both Bidens bear a close resemblance to that fictional western hero Kid Shaleen.


  63. wbb and a bunch of vowels
    Thank you
    I just bought a bar or rather a building with a bar and due to prior nuisance complaints it took forever and a day to get the place up and running during that time I had no internet access as I had to wait and then have the whole building rewired. Place was a hole. Where a poet would go before committing suicide for that last drink. Not what I wanted but I sat outside before buying and counted the traffic. Huge. Gutted the place. I forbid loud coarse language and have zero tolerance for fights. If someone drops the f bomb they pay a quarter which will go to the valedictorian of the local high school. If they use the C or N word I remove their drink and refund their money and ask them not to come back. Everyone said I was going to fail. Business is up every day. Point is is that there are more people out there who share a sense of decency and common sense but sadly the bottem feeders are more vocal so they end up defining. Same thing with politics.

  64. Let’s just hold off for a few days and see what this does to the polls. I think that Barack Obama just shot himself in the foot again. How many votes is this going to get him and how many votes is this going to cost him? This is going to piss off a lot of people, especially black Americans struggling with ridiculously high unemployment. How overjoyed will they be to have a million new unemployed workers in the workforce competing for the few jobs left? How about law-abiding Hispanic-American citizens? Will they be overjoyed to compete against a million new unemployed workers with freshly minted work permits despite having no legal right to even be in the country?

    No need for Mitt Romney to do anything. This whole thing is about to blow up in Barack Obama’s face. Popcorn, anyone?

  65. One area that many are forgetting is all the Hillary votes!

    Trump is smart enough to know and hear that some of these white voters voted for Barry as a last resesort because they didn’t like McCain (too war like) and the image of Sarah that was trashed on the MSM.

    Romney needs a VP to also get those folks, blue collar, white collar, centrists, socially liberal and independents.

    Just catering to one etnic group isn’t enough to win in my book.

    I also think this person need to be experienced in business and dynamic.
    Not shy, outspoken and sincere.

    Personally, I like Rubio, but I don’t think he is experienced enough yet.

  66. henry
    June 17th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Bravo on your new venture, reading your words are truly very inspiring, I have run across more businesspeople on the other side on that optimism you have and so reading your success with the new bar you opened up is very inspiring. Continued success with your new venture.

  67. tim
    Many thanks
    I have only just begun I have a lot more in the pipeline. My pup is 5 years old and she got a total of seven wrong answers while in kindergarten and she argues that 4 of those were worded incorrectly. And not once has she had to be disciplined. She was a child that was essentially thrown away. Somebody has to step up to the plate and start banking money for the brat to attend college.

  68. BASIL99
    June 16th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Honestly, admin, how can MR choose Rubio when he is the child of Cuban parents, even though they were “naturalized,” I believe, in the 1970’s?

    Isn’t that the same issue BO has faced, that his father was from Kenya and his parents were not NBC’s?
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    admin
    June 16th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    That belief about Rubio not garnering Latino votes is one the Obama campaign wants to believe more than anything – but rest assured – Rubio scares the stuffing out of the Obama campaign.
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    It would b a mistake for Romney to choose Rubio. Romney has his own nbc issues and we’e giving him a pass (which he should be grateful for) for mounting a campaign to run against Obama. I am sick to death of compromising the Constitution to accommodate someone else’s problems because they do not qualify as a candidate for the presidency according to Article 2’s requirements.

    Rubio can be just as effective winning over the Latino voters by simply endorsing Romney for president. We will be opening another can of worms if Rubio is the VP pick and we run the risk of hearing disgruntled Hispanics start crying out the racist meme for any little infraction of the Law they are cited for all over again… and worse if Rubio starts playing the race card just as Obama did. He doesn’t qualify under the law and that is an incontrovertible fact.

    The Constitution has been beaten-up bloodied and is in danger of eradication by the current resident. We should be supporting the Constitution, what’s left of it, strengthening it for future generations to stand by it come what may.. No where in the Constitution does it say, ‘political expediency’ is reason enough to compromise the rules and break it. The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they created the clause in Article 2 preventing dual loyalties via birth of 2 US citizens besides having a presidential prospect born in the USA.

  69. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/clark-judge/2012/06/15/the-invisible-romney-vote-obama-should-fear?google_editors_picks=true

    The Invisible Romney Vote Obama Should Fear

    Something strange is going on in the election campaign.

    Former president Bill Clinton seems to look for every opportunity to undermine the sitting president of his own party. His former political aides publish a memorandum saying the White House message strategy is failing. The morning reports have the press corps dismissing President Obama’s supposedly major speech in Ohio Thursday as a windy nothing-burger.

    Everyone agrees that the president has had one bad day after another, beginning more or less with Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin recall election, the first governor in American history to survive a recall effort. Did that Democratic recall loss throw the White House off its game? Did it prompt the Clinton people to sound Paul Revere-like alarms to the soldiers within their party’s ranks that the GOP army was coming and everyone had better get out of bed and get cracking? [snip]

    The margin of the Walker victory surprised Democratic Party pros. They tried to cover how bad it was by blaming spending unleashed via the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. But as many have already pointed out, if Citizens United had any impact (the Wisconsin election fell under state rather than federal law after all), it was to favor the Democrats. Walker’s funds came from individuals, and individuals have long had no legal restrictions on what they could give in independent expenditures. His opponent, Tom Barrett, relied heavily on union money, which Citizens United did in fact legally unleash.

    So you had to give the Democrats credit in those early hours after the polls closed for finger pointing. They were ready to say anything so as not to acknowledge that, despite a campaign of unprecedented volume and ferocity, the voters had rejected them and their positions. But for getting their message out, just those days last year of closing down the entire state government with demonstrations in the capitol building were worth ten of millions dollars in advertising. Adding everything up, they went into the election with the greater resources. [snip]

    Particularly in big years when the party is pulling in or turning out occasional rather than reliable party voters, part of the GOP vote is invisible to pollsters. In Wisconsin—maybe everywhere—there may be reluctance among union members to acknowledge that they will cast their ballot for candidates and the party their leadership so virulently opposes.

    Then, too, people tend to see pollsters as extensions of the media. Many conservatives distrust the media, seeing it (for good reason) as adversarial to all they support. So they may not want to be candid with questioners.

    Whatever the reason, the big miss by pollsters in Wisconsin raises the question: Could there be a similarly invisible Romney vote in play this year? Almost alone among major pollsters, Scott Rasmussen is showing Romney ahead now. I have heard some pollsters suggest that his 100 percent automated questioning might skew the results away from the Democrats, whose minority supporters may not want to respond to machine calls.

    But maybe it goes the other way. Maybe reticent Republican voters are more confident of their anonymity and the objectivity of questions coming from a machine voice and entered responses.

    But whatever the technical factors at play, the invisible-to-pollsters Walker support in Wisconsin suggests that President Obama is facing the same phenomenon nationally.

    And why not?

    Heart-stopping increases in government spending, dangerous-to-the-national-welfare run ups in deficits and national debt, plummeting labor force participation rates (thanks to almost invisible jobs growth), trampling rule of law including transparent attempts to intimidate the Supreme Court in the Obamacare case, fumbling foreign policy justified as “lead from behind” which appears to really mean “don’t lead at all,” and, oh, yes, a 40 percent drop in family net worth: Looked at objectively, shouldn’t this record spell disaster at the polls for the party in power?

    The real question is not “Why are Democrats and their friends hitting the panic button now?” It is “Why has it taken them so long?”

  70. tim
    June 17th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Great video, tim.. thanks for posting it..

    Happy Father’s Day to All, especially, Henry-

    You are an angel for taking such great care of your niece and always being aware of providing for her future. She is one lucky little girl having an angel like you sitting on her shoulder. When she is old enough to realize how you’ve shaped her life, she will make you proud and return the favor in your old age… I just know it! 🙂

  71. henry
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    my wife just read your comments, while she is pro-choice, she is not one of these zealots who is pro-abortion, she just made a comment I had to type, she is truly moved by your love for your little baby girl. She has a saying, we are all God’s kids, and those who raise them and love them unconditionally are the true forces for good in this world; and sometimes 2 souls find each other in their lives. Your little girl is very lucky to have a dad like you.

  72. tim
    Thank you. I am her great uncle and I’m only 45. Not her dad she laughs when people refer to me as such and then explains that I am her best friend. Crud never stops talking(no idea where she gets that from)but she is healthy and soooo happy. There is joy and beauty out there if you look for it and strive to be a part of it. I miss NYC so much but wouldn’t trade my monster for a penthouse in Trump Tower.

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dads.

  73. admin
    June 17th, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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    Hardly anybody knows who this guy is . . . but I do.

    Over the past hundred years, there have been three great intellectual movements in the path of the law.

    1. Legal Realism: at the turn of the century. This was the first wave. It was was a reaction against the natural law/property rights doctrine of the 19th century, the excesses of the Gilded Age and the closing of the frontier. The leading exponent of legal realism was Justice Holmes. And the staring point was the Lochner dissent in ’05.

    2. Economic Analysis: by the 1970s, the legal realism had run its course, and it could not explain the forces that were reshaping society. A Yale professor named Richard Poser stepped on stage and gave us an entirely new basis for understanding the law. This was the second wave. He saw the law itself and its future evolution in terms of fundamental economic principles, including the notion that in all cases, property passes to its highest valued us. When I was in law school one of my professors was Posner’s reseach assistant so I got a belly full of that stuff. Posner went of to become a Judge on the Seventh Circuit, and he has written a book on the causes of the 2008 real estate collapse which I have mentioned here.

    3. Critical Legal Thinking: this is the third wave, and it was just getting started when I was in law school in the early 1970’s. This guy–he called himself Roberto rather than Robert Unger in those days, lit up Harvard Law School, because my professor among many others could sense that he was a first rate legal mind, and would develop a whole new legal doctrine, which had the potential to fundamentally restructure our country. He was dismissed be some at the time (including me) as a Marxist, but I can see from this video that he is not only more than that, but has actually pointed us in the direction we need to go if we are to survive as a country and compete and lead the world.

    I just wanted you all to know that this guy is not just another Harvard Professor. He is a deep thinker, and a legal giant. Perhaps he is also Admin. They sound rather similar to me.

  74. The real question is not “Why are Democrats and their friends hitting the panic button now?” It is “Why has it taken them so long?”
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    admin- I clicked the link to see who is the author of your article. (see next)

    Clark S. Judge

    Clark S. Judge is managing director of the White House Writers Group, Inc. and chairman of Pacific Research Institute.
    ……………..

    The writer is Manager of the WH Writers Group? Chm. of Pacific Research Institute?

    Oh boy- they have been believing their own hype playing anti-meme provocateurs at their WH parties throughout the beltway for so long, they’ve lost touch with reality. Content to keep replaying the lies and nothing to worry about scenarios to their unaffected demographic, the major suffering going on with the general population from coast to coast has completely eluded them-

    The question at the end of the article is as dumbfounding as it gets. On the bright side- Having white house operatives in denial of the Truth as it resonates with the public, works for us!!

  75. What I meant to say above is I had another professor who I liked who was the assistant to Unger and got his SJD under him. (SJD is the highest legal degree you can get–most lawyers have merely a JD. A few have an LLM.) He was really impressed with Robert(o).

  76. Today is #100:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/14/obamas-100th-golf-round/

    The next time President Obama hits the links, it will be his 100th round of golf since coming to the White House. That’s quite a milestone in just 3 1/2 years. As it takes him about six hours to drive to the greens and complete 18 holes, Mr. Obama has spent the equivalent of four months’ worth of work time golfing. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been stuck in a sand trap.

    Before Mr. Obama teed off for the first time as president, he delivered a State of the Union address that promised his new stimulus bill would “save or create 3.5 million jobs.” At that time, February 2009, unemployment was 8.3 percent and the debt was $10.8 trillion. He kicked off the golf streak on April 26, 2009, and he played a total of 27 rounds in his first year.

    When he returned to the Capitol the following year, he stood in front of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with unemployment at 9.7 percent. He asked the Democratic Congress for a second stimulus and an overhaul of the health care system, and Congress obliged. Mr. Obama also said he would freeze government spending for three years, starting in 2011, but that idea got lost in the woods during the 31 golf games he played in 2010, using his personalized “44” Titleist balls, which remind haughty caddies he’s the 44th president.

    By the time Mr. Obama gave his annual address to Congress in 2011, he was standing in front of new House Speaker John A. Boehner, brought in during the Republicans’ midterm wave. Unemployment was still at a high 9.1 percent. Mr. Obama announced, “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment” and demanded more money be spent. The debt hit $14 trillion.

    Last year, the number of Mr. Obama’s golf outings rose to 33, and many turned out to be memorable. He was on the green on May 1, 2011, when the Navy SEALs were en route to Pakistan, cutting his game to nine holes to hear of their successful mission against Osama bin Laden. Mr. Obama’s golf partners included Mr. Boehner, former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who got asked to tag along with the boss four times in 2011.

    By the time Mr. Obama gave this year’s State of the Union address, he had 93 golf games on his scorecard. Unemployment was 8.3 percent, having never gone below 8 percent in his presidency. He took no responsibility for the $15.2 trillion debt or the nation’s credit-rating downgrade. Instead, he called for higher taxes and the “Buffett rule” while hosting the billionaire’s secretary in his guest box for the speech.

    Mr. Obama had no sense of the inappropriateness of playing 99 rounds of golf while 99 percent of the country couldn’t even afford the cost or time to go once. Now he wants a second term to finish what he started. After the 100th round, voters may want to think twice about giving him a mulligan.

  77. admin
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Today is #100:
    __________________

    hahaha! Good One- admin!

    Barack O’Nero fiddling with golf clubs while the country burns…

  78. admin
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    The question is, will the number of his golf outings soon outnumber the number of his fundraisers?? Hmm.

    How the man does anywork between these 2 activities is maybe something the adoring press can ask him. or not.

  79. he next time President Obama hits the links, it will be his 100th round of golf since coming to the White House. That’s quite a milestone in just 3 1/2 years.
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    Forget about the economy. The pertinent question is with 100 rounds of golf under his belt, and hundreds of idle hours thinking about it and putting into a tumbler on the carpet, has his golf handicap improved. All Hollywood wants to know. He has 10 invitations to play their course, Bel Aire. But he has forsaken the good life to be in Wisconsin standing nest to his friend the former mayor – – ooops strike that–no pickets please.

  80. Henry, Congrats on being a Great Uncle willing to raise a Great Niece. I have cousins who are raising two greatgranchildren.

    My hat is off to everyone who takes in a child (family or not), and commits to raising them.

  81. Sam Donaldson is a dinosaur. He claims part of the opposition to Obama is based on the fact that he his black and not on his policies. That alone if foolish. But when he fails to acknowledge that much of the support for him stems from the fact that he is black, in spite of his policies, he shows that he is a dinosaur unable to adjust to contemporary events.

  82. “one hit wonder” – best line of the week…

    Obama – One Hit Wonder start printing the bumper stickers

  83. Food for thought.. beyond how we think of Obama’s empirical machinations..
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    The Truth Behind Obama’s Immigration Decree

    The Emperor’s plan is to drop nearly 1 million illegal aliens into the United States workforce.

    Given the fact that unemployment is at 8.2 percent and the number of those dropping out of the workforce or those who are way under employed is significantly higher than the “official” figure, the Emperor has, in his unlimited and pandering wisdom, decided the best thing he could possibly do, is dump 1 million illegal aliens into that workforce.

    Why?

    It depends on who you ask.

    Ask Obama and he will tell you because “It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing for America.”

    If that’s not galling enough, he goes on to say that “We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

    Allow me to decode that for you.

    What the Emperor means is that…

    We are a nation of laws he agrees with or imposes upon us without the advice or consent of congress and that we are a nation of illegal immigrants.

    The Emperor will tell you that it’s not right, not…American…to deport CHILDREN who were brought here by their parents.

    Allow me to decode THAT.

    What the Emperor MEANS is that…

    By setting the low end of the scale at 16 rather than 18…it would then become not right or…UN-AMERICAN…to deport the PARENTS of children who are not of the age to be considered adults.

    The Emperor will tell you that these are the brightest, most intelligent young people in the country who will work in our labs, become leaders and members of our military.

    Allow me to decode that for you.

    What the Emperor MEANS is that… Of the 1 million, maybe 1 or 2 percent will actually aspire to those lofty goals while the rest are more likely to become gang members, game the system or eventually become citizens and rely on government handouts.[snip]

    What the Emperor MEANS is that…

    This is a bold and good move for the economy of whatever country these illegal aliens came from to begin with because, being allowed a work visa means they can make MORE money which will then be sent to their family’s country of origin.

    The Emperor will tell you that these young people, these children, are American in every way. They grew up here, they pledge allegiance to our flag, they believe in America but, the only thing that separates them FROM Americans is that they don’t have any documentation.

    Please…Allow me to decode THIS.

    What the Emperor MEANS is that…

    These same youth that he claims, say our Pledge of Allegiance, believe in and love America because they grew UP here are the exact SAME youths who his liberal/socialist party has for YEARS told REAL American youths, would be so HIGHLY offended by any display of an American flag in a school that wearing a depiction of one or having one on a bicycle has been BANNED at many schools and those who BREAK that regulation are SUSPENDED!!!

    Now then…let me tell you the REAL reasons why the Emperor has made this unconstitutional decree.

    1) It’s a preemptive strike.

    Timing is EVERYTHING and within the next few days, it’s a fair bet that the Supreme Court will uphold the Arizona SB 1070 bill which, in all likelihood, start an avalanche of other states enacting carbon copy laws.

    2) It’s direct pandering.

    In an election year when the Emperor is feeling his support from key voting-blocks slip, he must act and fast to shore up that vote. It’s not that he’s afraid Hispanics will vote for Romney as much as it is he’s afraid they simply won’t vote at all.

    3) It’s a counter measure.

    Obama is SO scared of the possibility that Romney might secure enough of the Hispanic vote if he taps Marco Rubio as a running mate that he is attempting to counter that with this move.

    4) It’s ego driven.

    Obama’s ego simply will not allow Marco Rubio, a Tea Party favorite who has been working on producing similar legislation, to get far enough with it that the Rubio measure could get support from republicans in congress. In fact, knowing that Rubio was engaged in drafting such legislation, Obama didn’t even give an advanced heads up to Rubio before unleashing his decree on Friday morning.

    5) It’s imperial.

    Obama long ago decided to completely bypass congress. He knew this would not be popular on the floor and so, he has again, without advice and consent, laid waste to the Constitution and simply decreed his own edict upon the people. Obama feels this expresses his power of the throne.

    6) It’s a distraction.

    Obama can’t gallivant about the country, campaigning on his economic record. He steadfastly blames Bush, natural disasters around the world and Europe’s affairs for the sluggish economy here and now. This gives him something other than his failed green energy initiatives, failed bail outs, failed budgets and sky high debt run up to talk about.

    To believe this move, this open pathway toward amnesty, this soaking of the jobs market will illegal aliens is anything but political in nature or pandering to a select voting-black is absurd.

    He has pandered to the environmentalists by nixing the Keystone XL pipeline. He’s pandered to the gay community by coming out in favor of gay marriage.

    He has pandered to the black community by playing the race card and not objecting to anything the militant arm of the black community, the New Black KKK Panthers do. He’s pandered to Islamists by insisting the Muslim Brotherhood have a seat at the table and by standing against Israel when it comes to action against Iran.

    He pandered to the Jews just a couple of weeks ago by telling them that he knew more about Judaism than any other president and that while in Chicago, he was considered a puppet of the Jewish lobby.

    The list just goes on and on and on.

    Why then would he NOT be pandering to the Hispanic voting-block?

    It’s as transparent as clean mountain air.

    The FACT of the matter is this:

    What the Emperor did on Friday morning with this decree, the stopping of deportations of young illegal aliens coupled with giving them work visas, is clearly and completely unconstitutional. There are laws on the books, voted on BY Congress and rulings on the books by the Supreme Court that clearly spell out immigration law and clearly show that ONLY Congress…NOT the President…can make immigration law.

    Those laws are NOT superseded by this edict and the Emperor KNOWS it. In fact, his Highness HIMSELF said so not but 9 months ago when he told Hispanic journalists that he COULD NOT act by himself on immigration reform BECAUSE of existing laws.

    The question has been asked as to why, when the Emperor had a majority in both the Senate and the House, or before this point in time, he didn’t press immigration reform and get it passed? Frankly, there are several reasons. He wanted to concentrate on Obamacare which, next week, is most likely to be found, in part, unconstitutional. He never saw the shellacking of the 2012 midterm election coming and planned on doing it after getting Obamacare rammed through.

    After the 2010 midterm, he knew that any immigration reform would have to include border security and that point was driven home when the Dream Act failed to pass.

    This combination of events nullified any attempt at open borders and amnesty so, under pressure from Hispanic organizations like La Raza, he was left to act empirically and unconstitutionally.

    Such a blatant act of disregard by a sitting president should be grounds for impeachment but, the Emperor is protected by a Senate sharing his liberal/socialist ideology. It simply will not happen.

    The ONLY way to relieve him of his office and stop further unconstitutional acts by this Emperor and maintain the Republic, is for the PEOPLE to impeach him with their votes in November.

    If this immigration decree isn’t enough to wake people up, I fear I don’t know what it will take.

    Should the Emperor, at the hands of those who would vote for a write-in candidate, win in November, what he will do in the next 4 years will make his current acts of empirical power look pale by comparison. The damage will be irreversible, the constitution, destroyed and the Republic replaced by a combination of absolute monarchy and anarchy.

    Believe it.

  84. tim
    June 17th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wonderful clip. The way MR acts wit his kids reminds me of the fooling around with my 5 brothers.

  85. Mrs. Smith
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    that is a scary outline, I’m forwarding that info you posted + the link to everyone on my email list. Too bad LSM can’t be bothered to research any of this, I guess they’re too busy calling everyone a racist.

  86. tim
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Have at it tim- I’m going to do likewise. Especially to my fence sitting relatives (teachers nurses and supermarket union workers) who voted for the boob.

  87. Mrs. Smith, they are a pro business property rights free market solutions small government group. They are anti-Obama. They remind me a bit of the Cato Institute.

    http://www.pacificresearch.org/about/default.asp

    http://www.whwg.com/about/
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    That is not to say, however, that I disagree with them. Their analysis concerning Obama is correct. The truth does not cease to be the truth, just because someone you might oppose on other issues, utters it.

  88. Mrs. Smith
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
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    is there a link for this, or is it your work?

  89. Romney responds to Obama’s imperial tactics… for the most part every other story with this headline begins with Obama- strange for msnbc doing a reversal!

    GHWB is still a wanker..
    ____________

    Romney promises to seek immigration reform law

    Mitt Romney would pursue some type of comprehensive, long-term reform to America’s immigration system, the former Massachusetts governor and his supporters said on Sunday.

    Republicans accused President Obama of playing politics on Friday when he announced that the government would no longer seek the deportation of immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children, under certain conditions.

    “What I would do, is I’d make sure that by coming into office, I would work with Congress to put in place a long-term solution for the children of those that have come here illegally,” Romney said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

    A top surrogate of Romney’s, Arizona Sen. John McCain, went slightly further. Romney was “certainly willing to address that issue and immigration reform in a comprehensive way,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
    Advertise | AdChoices

    Obama administration won’t seek deportation of young illegal immigrants

    The Obama administration’s announcement on Friday has had immediate reverberations on the presidential campaign trail. The shift in policy was seen as a bid toward energizing Latino voters, who could prove a decisive voting bloc in certain swing states, behind Obama’s candidacy.

    Romney, whose conservative rhetoric on immigration during the primary prompted worries about turning off Latinos, sidestepped a question about whether he should specifically undo Obama’s order. He said that question would be rendered moot — “overtaken by events,” he said — by the long-term solution he would instead put in place.

    For its part, the Obama administration denied that the announcement was motivated by electoral considerations.

    “It wasn’t about politics,” White House adviser David Plouffe said on NBC. “We’re absolutely confident … this is well within our powers to do.”

    more from Plouffe @ link:

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/17/12265984-romney-promises-to-seek-immigration-reform-law?lite

  90. Hilarious the next round of Football’s Euro 2012 and Germany has to face Greece…..you could not have made that schedule happen any better if you tried?

    Merkel in goal?

    Can we put the EU bailout on the line…Greece wins they get it for free, Germany wins, they get Greece?

  91. Interesting how middle class the Romney family looks in that Father’s Day video. They shovel their own snow. They do their own yard work. The background scenery shows what looks like a nice area, but nothing flashy. Not an estate, not a compound. The boys look like kids I could have gone to school with in the 1970s; they aren’t riding around on polo ponies.

    And then we have the story about Obama’s 100th round of golf…

    Which one of these candidates is the rich guy who is out of touch with ordinary Americans?

  92. They tried to cover how bad it was by blaming spending unleashed via the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

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

    Citizens United is a red herring here. The point is that Walker outspent Barrett by at least 8 to 1. (In the 2008 primaries, we thought that mattered.)

  93. knew it would not be long before the usual suspects arrived on scene.

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/17/rev-jesse-jackson-mourns-the-death-of-rodney-king/

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Rodney King’s life exposed the nation to racial profiling and police brutality.

    King was the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by police sparked race riots in Los Angeles. King was pronounced dead Sunday.

    The Chicago civil rights leader says he’d known King for years. Jackson calls King more of a victim than a hero.

    Jackson says the white photographer, George Holliday, who filmed the beating of King was the hero.

    The civil rights leader says the specter of racial profiling hasn’t diminished in the years since King’s beating. Jackson says the residue of racial profiling is visible in high African American incarceration rates and home foreclosures.

    Jackson says that King’s death reminds the nation where it is and how far it needs to go.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………

    elsewhere………….

    Rodney King drank all day yesterday and smoked marijuana for hours before dying at the bottom of his swimming pool early this morning, TMZ reports. Sources close to King say his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, tells them she went to bed at 2 a.m. and was awakened at 5 a.m. by his screams in the backyard of his Rialto, Calif., home. She saw him naked, banging to get in, and she asked, “What’s wrong, Rodney?”

    When she went for her phone, she heard a splash. So she ran outside and, seeing him at the bottom of the pool, called police. But paramedics couldn’t revive him when they showed up. In another story, TMZ reports that King was in good spirits about fighting Jose Canseco in a celebrity boxing match in August. King’s friend Damon Feldman says King was excited to be working again and looking forward to the fight.

  94. moononpluto
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
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    The Rodney King story was a lie from beginning to end. I spoke with the head of a major Washington DC law firm who watched the WHOLE tape—not just the part Big Media showed us, but the deranged out of control and violent 250 lb raging bull which the police were confronted with BEFORE they started hitting him. This is not a defense of corporeal methods by the police, I am no fan of them. It is however an indictment of racist con-men and the big media travelers who turn a tragedy into a racial event. A full examination of King’s life would show a deeply troubled man who was in an out of trouble with the law, and was a danger to other people. Leave it to scumbags like Jackson to use the tragedy to score political points, and to extort money from whitey.

  95. This is a game that Jackson, who is such a reverend that he plays woopie with the hired help, has been playing with big corporations for years. The same Jackson who by his own admission would spit in white people’s hamburgers when he worked at a fast food restaurant. Everywhere he goes and everything he does he creates an us vs them dynamic. In that sense, he is the forerunner of Obama. Not surprisingly his star has fallen since Obama came on the scene, because Obama is an even slicker con man.

  96. I don’t know WTF Rodney King’s death got breaking news status on several shows this morning.

    He was a POS.

  97. The point is that Walker outspent Barrett by at least 8 to 1. (In the 2008 primaries, we thought that mattered.)
    ——————
    That is a phony figure. There were millions spent by unions to win this fight, and they were never reported or factored in. The reason Walker won was because he had the better argument.

  98. The dims start reaping what they have sown, in a panic over a NY congressional primary which could see a radical, ex-BPP member and whitey-hater emerge victorious.

    Suddenly, Charles Barron has regained the ability to shock.

    The New York political world had long ago become accustomed to the incendiary words of Mr. Barron, a confrontational onetime Black Panther turned three-term City Councilman. His more outrageous remarks over the years, from calling Thomas Jefferson a pedophile to likening Gaza to a “concentration death camp” to expressing his desire to slap “the closest white person,” have given way to a reputation as a showboat and provocateur on the political fringe.

    Considered an afterthought when he announced his candidacy for the United States Congress last November — in a speech in which he called Muammar el-Qaddafi “my hero” and pledged to never salute the American flag — Democratic leaders are now fretfully talking about a prospect they once considered unthinkable: a Congressman Barron.

    His opponent, Hakeem S. Jeffries, a state assemblyman and self-styled conciliator who has raised far more money and received far more support from the political establishment, was expected to coast to victory. So there was surprise when Mr. Barron picked up the endorsement of the city’s largest public employees union and the blessing of the man he wants to replace, Representative Edolphus Towns, who will retire. With 10 days to go before the Democratic primary, it has became clear that Mr. Barron is gaining traction, with the help of a passionate voter base in the historically black Brooklyn neighborhoods where his roots run deep.

    There are signs of panic among members of the Democratic establishment, who worry Mr. Barron could prove to be a headache in their ranks and an alienating figure on the national stage.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/16/nyregion/in-brooklyn-councilman-charles-barron-surges-in-a-primary-race-for-congress.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

  99. I don’t know WTF Rodney King’s death got breaking news status on several shows this morning.

    He was a POS.
    ————————-
    And now those who have the stomach for it will see that old hound dog Brian William bring out the footage and say something ridiculous like he smoked dope to forget the horrible beating which those white racist cops gave him because they engaged in racial profiling, and not because he was a clear and present danger to them and to civil society. The real moral to the story is if you want to smoke dope, avoid swimming pools.

  100. There are signs of panic among members of the Democratic establishment, who worry Mr. Barron could prove to be a headache in their ranks and an alienating figure on the national stage.
    ————————
    How is he any different from honest Jim Clyburn? The only difference is he does not steer public projects to his relatives like the former whip does. In all other respects they are the same kind of racist.

  101. PROOF that Bo is up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Even Candy Crowley isn’t buying Fluff’s feeble flustered fibs.

    Must see – only 1.39 minutes.


  102. Right that Cryburn is cut from the same cloth but while he tiptoes right up to the edge of indecent exposure this guy Barron goes full monty.

  103. BASIL99
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    well, at least its all out in the open, normally, they used to hid behind the moderate/centerist dems, but now these bozos can spew their hate out in the open, wonder what Ms. Pelosi will say then? or Mr. Reid, or Mr. OTurd himself?? Because we all know the LSM sure don’t touch this, if he had a R behind his name, Mr. Brian Williams will of course be covering this, since its a D, its all good.

  104. BASIL99
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    oh my. Normally I cannot stand or trust Barry supporting Candy Crowley and still don’t, but her questions were very direct. Thanks for posting that. I’m guessing her blackberry is going to be filled with the WH dem talking points to make up for this deviation.

  105. Jackson calls the photographer George Holliday a hero. Nothing could be further from the truth. George was someone who wanted to make a name for himself and a fast buck. He filmed the whole King incident, gave it to a television station, let them show only one slice of it, and knew or should have known that seeing that one slice out of context would provoke a riot. In sum would say he is a man of low moral character. The proper thing for him to have done was turn the video over to the Los Angeles District Attorney, or at a minimum, insisting that the entire tape be seen. The first jury saw the entire tape and acquitted the officers. The second jury did not, and by then the public wanted blood because they were never shown what provoked it.

  106. All we heard about the historic speeches O had made or were about to make, not one phrase is remembered by anyone

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

    Except things like “the fierce urgency of now” and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” , which it turned out were stolen from earlier speakers.

  107. You can tell when a witness is merely repeating a rehearsed story, rather than answering the question. How can you tell? By listening to Plouffe. That is about as rehearsed as it gets and the tempo of his speech is so fast that it conveys a sense of panic, and amazement that anyone can cram so many unverified assumptions and false statements into a 30 second no answer. It takes a lot of practice.

  108. Crowley is asking him for a concrete plan of action, and he is giving her a campaign speech. Not responsive.

  109. I spoke with the head of a major Washington DC law firm who watched the WHOLE tape—not just the part Big Media showed us [….]

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

    Shouldn’t that whole tape have gone viral by now? Link?

  110. Which one of these candidates is the rich guy who is out of touch with ordinary Americans?

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    Both of them. One has a better public relations firm making his videos at the moment.

  111. There were millions spent by unions to win this fight, and they were never reported or factored in.

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

    Enough to make the actual figures much closer than 8 to 1?

    And is it likely that everything spent by Walker’s supporters was reported and factored in to that figure?

  112. Yes, Governor Walker raised about $32 million and Barrett raised $4 million in the campaign. But Barrett didn’t organize the recall. Government unions did. And Barrett’s contributions number does not count the $21 million spent by three unions.

    Doesn’t sound like Walker outspent Barrett 8 to 1 to me. Does it to any of you?

  113. Admin: the bulk of this article is very much in line with your thinking. The interesting thing, however, is the selection of Rubio is contingent on more than one factor. He must survive the book and the vetting process, for sure. But if the Hispanic vote now drifts to Obama because of this executive order, that may tip the scale away from Rubio and toward Portman. The long term effect however will be to make it even harder for Hispanics to get amnesty, which it now seems is all they are really interested in–more that religion, more than jobs, more anything else.
    ————-

    Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had been considered to be one of the top prospects for Romney’s VP selection. With a new biography and autobiography of Rubio due out next week, and with Rubio working on offering up a bipartisan version of a DREAM Act in the Senate, the Obama announcement on Friday may have diminished the prospects for Rubio’s selection. Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod has seemed obsessed with Rubio, and he may have pushed Obama’s preemptive strike against him.

    AdvertisementNow even if Rubio releases a Senate bill (one that, unlike Obama’s action, will be clearly lawful), it will seem like a Johnny-come-lately-to-the-party approach. To the extent that Romney thinks his chances in Colorado and Nevada are now not that great, it may focus his VP thinking more on the Midwest than the Southwest, and to either Ohio Senator Rob Portman or Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who is Catholic.

    Florida is a state that Romney has to win, but its Hispanic population consists mainly of Cubans and Puerto Ricans, for whom Obama’s policy shift matters far less. Romney may believe he can win Florida without Rubio, a view seconded by New York Times statistics guru Nate Silver. On the other hand, Romney’s current bus trip is through six states — four of them part of the Democrats’ “blue wall.” These are states John Kerry won in 2004. They include New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin (plus Ohio and Iowa), which suggests that Romney sees a path to victory without winning back the states McCain lost in the Southwest

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/obamas-preemptive-strike-for-the-latin-vote/

  114. Candy Crowley isn’t buying Fluff’s feeble flustered fibs.

    ——

    How anyone can take puffTheMagicUnicorn’s 10 cent snake oil seriousl is beyond me. Someone would have to be a complete idiot to believe him.

  115. Shouldn’t that whole tape have gone viral by now?
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    Not if they did not want it to. And they did not want it to. The guy I got this from was the top labor lawyer of his generation. He was the lead negotiator for the airline industry in the 1960’s, had his picture with LBJ on the front page of WashPo for averting a major airline strike, negotiated the Alaska Pipline deal with the Teamsters, etc. etc. As I am sure you know by now, where the media is concerned you see only the cards they want you to see, and this card–the one I mentioned above, was as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story.

  116. Yes, Governor Walker raised about $32 million and Barrett raised $4 million in the campaign. But Barrett didn’t organize the recall. Government unions did. And Barrett’s contributions number does not count the $21 million spent by three unions.

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

    Are you counting the money spent to get the recall signatures etc, against the money spent in the actual campaign?

  117. The first jury saw the entire tape and acquitted the officers. The second jury did not, and by then the public wanted blood because they were never shown what provoked it.

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

    If the first jury saw the whole tape, the police defense must have shown it to them. Why didn’t the police defense show it to the second jury, and/or leak it to the public?

  118. Wasn’t he on PCP?
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    Plouffe (rhymes with fluff) or the King. The guy I feel sorry for here is Canseco. After his tenure with the Oakland Athletics, and steroids etc. he acquired a black belt in karate and got knocked out in his first match. Recently, he scheduled a match with Rodney King but now it is one of those Mrs. Otis regrets situations.

    And the moment before he died
    He lifted up his lovely head and sighed
    Rodney regrets he’s unable to fight next week.

  119. Williams and Rrove in a heated discussion…quite entertaing to see Rove mop the floor with him on the facts.

  120. If the first jury saw the whole tape, the police defense must have shown it to them. Why didn’t the police defense show it to the second jury, and/or leak it to the public?
    ———————
    Because the DA, Gil Garcetti, threw in the towel. If you would like to propound that question to him directly, I will see if I can scare up his telephone number for you. Tell him you know me and I am sure he will take the call.

  121. Williams and Rrove in a heated discussion…quite entertaing to see Rove mop the floor with him on the facts
    ________________
    Juan is likeable enough. But he is way over his head. When Brit Hume led the panel discussions and Juan would offer one of the stupid comments he is famous for, Brit would role his eyes, and eviscerate his argument and him along with it. Nevertheless we all like Juan–don’t we?

  122. Except things like “the fierce urgency of now” and “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” , which it turned out were stolen from earlier speakers
    ——————–
    Oh, but we must not sell him short

    Washington said: the revolution was almost a miracle, and-

    Jefferson said: these 13 colonies are and of right own to be free and independent states, and-

    Lincoln said: four score and seven years ago, and-

    FDR said: we have nothing to fear but fear itself, and-

    Reagan said: we can be that shining city on the hill, our best days are ahead, and–

    Obama said: I am the one you have been waiting for.

  123. I think Obama should declare a national day of mourning for Rodney King, who famously said, why can’t we all just get along. Them’s words to live by, but it would be a mistake to push them too far on a dark night in South Bronx.

  124. “I am the one you have been waiting for” is an oft-used phrase in many of the new agey faux-spiritual manifestos spewing from the feeble minds of gentler OWS types over the past few decades.

  125. “Doesn’t sound like Walker outspent Barrett 8 to 1 to me. Does it to any of you?”

    Nope, it sure doesn’t.

  126. Re: Walker vs Barrett

    The MacIver Institute tracked the recall spending by AFSCME, SEIU, the NEA, and the rest of the government-union movement. They reported spending $21 million on the recall. That total excludes the value of their “in-kind” contributions — manning phone banks, get-out-the-vote efforts, bringing in campaign workers from other states — that the FEC does not require unions to report.

  127. oh my. Who knew, looks like OTurd’s former law professor is now a racist too!

    “President Obama must be defeated in the coming election,” Roberto Unger, a longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama.
    Why are all these academics so far far left?? Is this what they now teach at college? No wonder the country’s in the state its in.


  128. tim
    June 17th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
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    Tim–see above

    wbboei
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  129. Big Media should declare today St. Rodney’s Day, where everybody gets high, dives in empty swimming pools, and just gets along. Big media could then throw live sharks into that empty pool with LAPD stamped on their forehead. Tomorrow, after the drug wears off, we can all go back to hating each other. And in every union contract, St. Rodney’s day would be a paid holiday, and if you worked it would be triple time with a minimum 18 hour guarantee. And when consumers asked why the price of their product doubled, all the dims could standup and I bet you would not object to paying your fare share if Rodney were white.

  130. I am sure the Reverend Jessee Jackson, whose recent book The Fine Art of Race Baiting is drawing national attention, will find something appropriate so say about Rodney at the funeral like . . . ummm . . . he died for your sins. Or, he will be sorely missed. Or, Sayonara Tunney.

  131. Admin can you imbed this video. It is hilarious! It’s supposed to be the doctor who was arrested and is in jail in Pakistan for leading the U.S. to Osama and the White House leaker both in jail.


  132. The video is called Tell on Me and it produced by Latma, Israel’s premiere satire group. It is set to the Music Stand by me and it is about Obama and how he throws everyone under the bus. SKIP the ad at the beginning of the video.

  133. Re: Walker vs Barrett

    The MacIver Institute tracked the recall spending by AFSCME, SEIU, the NEA, and the rest of the government-union movement.

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

    Did they track similar spending by Walker supporters?

  134. Re: Walker vs Barrett

    The MacIver Institute tracked the recall spending by AFSCME, SEIU, the NEA, and the rest of the government-union movement.

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

    Did they track similar spending by Walker supporters?

  135. Shouldn’t that whole tape have gone viral by now?
    ——————
    Not if they did not want it to. And they did not want it to. [….] where the media is concerned you see only the cards they want you to see

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

    According to your later post, it seems the D.A. didn’t want it to be seen by the public either (or by the second jury). This is shaping to be an interesting conspriacy theory, both vast (no media person anywhere, nor blogger, willing to use the scoop) and bi-partisan (liberal media and D.A. in concert to suppress it).

  136. yheitman
    June 17th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
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    I wish there were some way to play this at the dimocratic convention. It would make them proud. And then they could do what they always do–call it a racist plot. How original they are–like a repeating record.

  137. yheitman
    June 17th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Admin can you imbed this video. It is hilarious! It’s supposed to be the doctor who was arrested and is in jail in Pakistan for leading the U.S. to Osama and the White House leaker both in jail.



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    ditto.

  138. According to your later post, it seems the D.A. didn’t want it to be seen by the public either (or by the second jury). This is shaping to be an interesting conspriacy theory, both vast (no media person anywhere, nor blogger, willing to use the scoop) and bi-partisan (liberal media and D.A. in concert to suppress it).
    ————————
    Gil was a weak DA. His predecessor Vincent Bugliosi was a strong DA. He could critique Gil’s work if you want to ask him. He took them apart on the way they handled the OJ case, in a book called Outrage.

  139. tim
    June 17th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    ———————
    For anyone who took the time to vet Obama there was zero doubt about who he was, why he was installed and what he would do. Politicians are people and people are consistent. From the time he was a state senator to a US Senator to now, he protects the money interests and screw the people he was elected to serve, sure as the earth turns. These phony progressives got suckered big time by his race. Now, perhaps, they will listen to Roberto Unger, who is a true progressive, and is telling them in effect what idiots they are. If you dig into so many of these rich liberals you will find their real plan is control the underclass through charity and transfer payments but just like Bismark to deny them real political power. There are so many examples, but I can think of no better one than Teddy Kennedy.

  140. Believe me. If big media wanted to give blacks real political power and an opportunity for advancement they would not put race baiters like Sharpton on as television hosts or treat Jackson like he is the son of Martin Luther King. They put these jackasses forward to stir things up, so that no one realizes who the real culprits are, namely those elites themselves.

  141. There are so many examples, but I can think of no better one than Teddy Kennedy.
    —————-
    Many blacks eulogize Teddy, and fail to realize that he was really their worst enemy, for the reasons mentioned above. He was also the enemy of the rest of the American People as a whole.

  142. Gil was a weak DA.

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

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think weakness of a D.A. is sufficient to account for a video so conclusive not to have shown up somewhere by now. Weren’t World Net Daily and Newsmax etc around at that time?

    According to one of your posts, you didn’t see the video yourself: “The guy I got this from was the top labor lawyer of his generation.” Rather than a thorough suppression of such a video by both sides, the greater probability would seem to be that your informant was mistaken about its importance, or there was some miscommunication somewhere.

  143. Big Media attributed the all white jury in Simi Valley to racism, and thereby caused the bloody riots that ensued in downtown Los Angeles. The acquital however was based on these facts which big media hid from the public. Some of this, I expect, is what the attorney who saw the whole tape was referring to. Bottom line: big media wanted those riots.
    ——————————————–

    One of the first defense witnesses, LAPD Officer Susan Clemmer, developed the defense story of a scary suspect and scared officers. Clemmer said King spit blood at her and repeatedly laughed and said “fuck you” to officers as he lay handcuffed on the road. She quoted Powell as telling her at the time, “I was scared. The guy threw me off his back. I thought I was going to have to shoot him.” Clemmer testified that later, at the emergency room, King had looked at Koon, smiled, and told the sergeant, “I love you.”

    Stacey Koon was of three defendants to take the stand. He proved to be an impressive witness. Koon testified that he had quickly identified King as dangerous, believing him to be an ex-con on PCP. He said he was “concerned” and “a little frightened” by King. He described the use of escalating force–verbal commands, swarming, use of the electric stun guns, and finally metal batons–and how they were used on the night of March 3, 1991. Koon seemed to sincerely believe that the use of force against King had been appropriate and controlled. The most effective moment in his testimony came when he was asked by Mounger, what he was “thinking at the time you saw Melanie Singer approaching with a gun in her hand?” Koon fought back tears as he answered: “They show you a picture when you are in the Academy [taken] at the morgue, and it is four [highway patrol] officers in full uniform that are on a slab and they are dead, and it is the Newhall shooting.”

    In a frame-by-frame analysis of the videotape, expert witness Sergeant Charles Duke backed up Koon’s contention that only reasonable force was used against King. Duke, a critic of LAPD policy banning use of chokeholds, suggested that the King incident showed the inevitable result of a policy that left the police with few viable options short of deadly force. Duke said it was sometimes necessary “to break a bone” and that every one of the fifty-six baton swings shown on the videotape was justified.

    The defense, it would turn out, won its case with Koon and Duke. After Duke left the stand, it was mostly downhill.

  144. turndownobama
    June 18th, 2012 at 1:09 am
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    A skeptic is someone who knows the cost of everything, and the value of nothing.—Oscar Wilde

  145. Easter 1916
    William Butler Yeats

    Hearts with one purpose alone
    Through summer and winter seem
    Enchanted to a stone
    To trouble the living stream.
    The horse that comes from the road.
    The rider, the birds that range
    From cloud to tumbling cloud,
    Minute by minute they change;
    A shadow of cloud on the stream
    Changes minute by minute;
    A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
    And a horse plashes within it;
    The long-legged moor-hens dive,
    And hens to moor-cocks call;
    Minute by minute they live:
    The stone’s in the midst of all.

  146. Duke said it was sometimes necessary “to break a bone” and that every one of the fifty-six baton swings shown on the videotape was justified.

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

    Bullshit!

  147. According to one of your posts, you didn’t see the video yourself: “The guy I got this from was the top labor lawyer of his generation.” Rather than a thorough suppression of such a video by both sides, the greater probability would seem to be that your informant was mistaken about its importance, or there was some miscommunication somewhere.
    ———————
    It is rather pointless. The attorney was who I said he was. He had no reason to lie to me. He was a credible witness, if ever there was one. He was one of a small group who viewed the entire tape. Most likely it was an American Bar Association group he was part of, most likely chairman. He was taken aback by the violent and aggressive behavior of King prior to the beating. He said that would form a solid defense for the policemen, but if you only saw what was depicted by big media you would reach the opposite conclusion. The account of the trial proceedings listed above confirms what the told me. It shows that the police were following proper procedures, they had a dangerous ex felon on their hands who was on drugs. Later reports confirmed this. The first case was a real trial. The retrial was a railroad job by the Justice Department alleging a violation of USC 1981 before a black jury. It was conducted in the aftermath of the riots. Think about how the prosecution has behaved in the Zimmerman trial and you may understand why certain pieces of evidence were either not offered or ruled inadmissable. Garcetti was involved in charge of the first case, and assisted in the second. So whatever remaining doubts you have about any of this you should take up with him.

  148. wbboei, pointless arguing with the constant arguer, it’ll just be a constant barrage of guff to wear us all down which is the usual method of division from them.

  149. Duke said it was sometimes necessary “to break a bone” and that every one of the fifty-six baton swings shown on the videotape was justified.

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

    Bullshit!

    ————–
    Not according to the expert. Interestingly, he is the one who prohibited the use of choke holds, and he has studied the problem of restraining a large aggressive violent man on drugs who has not responded to tazers, and the affect that fear produces on the police. I would accept his testimony, just as he jury did.

    I assume you have never had the pleasure of dealing with this kind of situation, whether as a police officer, or a member of the armed services. If not, then you need to consider what the experts say, especially if they have a history of opposing more force than the situation requires, as this one did.

    I knew an Indian who was big and aggressive like Rodney. His name was Rubin. He was a black belt in karate and a brawler in the local bars around town. One night he went in the sauna of the local health club and consumed a quart of liquor. Thereafter he proceeded to tear the place apart. Six policemen showed up to subdue him, and he put a couple of them in the hospital. Finally, they got him in a straight jacket and from there to jail.

  150. He was one of a small group who viewed the entire tape. Most likely it was an American Bar Association group he was part of, most likely chairman.

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

    None of this explains why that tape (if it were really so conclusive) was never leaked to the public. Such stories are like Loch Ness monster or Juanita Brodderick’s story. Always a “credible witness”, never a possible mistake or difference of opinion. Never any clear evidence, either.

  151. By casting this in racial terms, big media created the chaos, loss of life (54 people were killed) and property damage that followed:

    All Hell Breaks Loose

    Sixty-two minutes after the King verdict, five black male youths entered a Korean-owned Pay-less Liquor and Deli at Florence and Dalton Avenues. The youths each grabbed bottles of malt liquor and headed out the door, where they were blocked by the son of the store’s owner, David Lee. One young man smashed Lee on the head with a bottle, while two others shattered the storefront with their thrown bottles. One of the youths shouted, “This is for Rodney King!” The deadly Los Angeles riots of 1992 were underway.

    Events grew increasingly ugly. Black youths with baseball bats battered a car driven by a white. Another white driver was hit in the face by a chunk of concrete thrown threw his car windshield. Police faced gangs of rock and bottle-throwing youths. The taunting, missile-hurling crowds grew in size, forcing the police to beat a hasty retreat out of the riot area. The Florence-Neighborhood is left to the anarchy of the mob attacking helpless civilians.

    Perhaps the most horrific image of the riots involved mild-mannered truck driver Reginald Denny. Denny was at the wheel of his eighteen-wheeler, carrying a load of sand and listening to country music, when at 6:46 P.M. he entered the intersection at Normandie and Florence. A helicopter overhead captured on videotape what occurred next. Denny was pulled from his truck into the street, where he was kicked and then beaten on the head with a claw hammer. The most vicious attack came from Damian Williams who smashed a block of concrete on Denny’s head at point-blank range, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his head in ninety-one places. The helicopter camera recorded Williams doing a victory dance as he gleefully pointed out Denny’s bloodied figure.

    When the rioting finally ended five days later, fifty-four people (mostly Koreans and Latinos) were dead–the greatest death toll in any American civil disturbance since the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City. Hundreds of people (including sixty firefighters) were injured. Looting and fires had resulted in more than one billion dollars in property damage. Whole neighborhoods in south central Los Angeles, such as Koreatown, looked like war zones. Over 7,000 persons were arrested.

  152. What were the charges against the beaters in the first trial? Wasn’t one charge ‘attempted murder’ — a too-serious charge likely to be acquitted (as with Zimmerman)?

  153. A MO hissy fit coming on…..

    US First Lady Michelle Obama’s ancestry can be traced to a slave owner from what is now Northern Ireland, who emigrated to America in the 1700s.

    A new book claims that Andrew Shields, who fought against the British in the American War of Independence, was Mrs Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather and his family were slave owners.

    Her great-great-great-grandmother Melvinia was a slave who had children by Charles Shields, grandson of Andrew Shields. One of those children, Dolphus Shields, born in 1859, was Michelle Obama’s direct ancestor.

    The claims are made in American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel L Swarns, a writer with the New York Times.

    DNA technology was used to prove the link, and among the genealogists who helped trace Mrs Obama’s roots was Megan Smolenyak, who discovered that President Obama’s roots went back to Moneygall in Co Offaly.

    While the book does not identify where the Shields came from, it was most likely Ulster as the family was Protestant and there was considerable Scots-Irish emigration to the American South at the time.

    It traces dozens of white relatives of Michelle Obama, none of whom knew of their connection through slavery to the first lady. Most were shocked to learn the connection and hoped that the Shields-Melvinia relationship was not one of rape, but love.

    “You really don’t like to face this kind of thing,” said Joan Tribble, whose ancestors owned the first lady’s relative.

    “To me, it’s an obvious love story,” another descendant, Aliene Shields, added, pointing out they had several children together.

    Ms Smolenyak began the project just before Mr Obama was elected president and she said she hoped her discovery would please the first lady.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/michelle-obamas-ancestors-traced-to-ulster-slave-owner-16173749.html
    ……………………………….

    MO will be aghast to find out she’s got white in her too.

  154. Former Obama Econ Adviser: President Should Have ‘A Mea Culpa’ For Dividing Country

    by Tony Lee

    Surrogates rarely go off-message when a leader is strong. Lately, though, even the most prominent supporters of President Obama’s, such as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, have leveled criticisms against Obama or Obama’s campaign strategy. Booker criticized Obama’s attacks on private equity and immediately was forced to walk back those comments. Democrats at the state level have distanced themselves from Obama and his agenda. Former President Bill Clinton and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein criticized Obama.

    And on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, it was Obama’s former economic adviser Austan Goolsbee’s turn to go off message when he conceded that Obama had not lived up candidate Obama’s promises of uniting the country

    “I think Matt’s right that we ought to come forward … and the president should have a mea culpa, that we have gotten into a place that was very different from what the campaign wanted it to be from 2008 …,” Goolsbee said, while also adding that caveat that he felt Republicans should be blamed more than Obama.

    Goolsbee was responding to former Bush strategist and ABC political analyst Matt Dowd’s prior remarks on the show in which Dowd said Obama should issue a “mea culpa” because he ran in 2008 on a campaign of uniting “red America” and “blue America” but, due to his pushing his partisan Obamacare bill, ended up dividing Americans and Washington.

    With so many of Obama’s surrogates committing Michael Kinsley’s “Washington gaffe” in which someone inadvertently says what is true, one has to wonder if Obama can even keep members of his own party in line going into the home stretch of the election.

    One thing is for sure: the number of Obama surrogates that continue to undercut and criticize him and his message is a sign of weakness. It may also be a sign that Obama’s administration and reelection campaign are not ready for — and may have never been — ready for primetime.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/17/Former-Obama-Econ-Adviser-President-Should-Have-A-Mea-Culpa-For-Dividing-Country

  155. “You really don’t like to face this kind of thing,” said Joan Tribble, whose ancestors owned the first lady’s relative.”
    _____________

    Ms. Tribble- no worries. I’m sure the Obamas feel they have achieved remuneration thanks to the willingness of AA’s believing their boy was the answer to their prayers. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The only AA’s important enough to think twice about are themselves, using the pain and suffering of AA’s talked about in the past as a tool for stirring up hatred and violence as a means to their own end.

  156. moononpluto
    June 18th, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Well he is dead in the water to the Obama WH…guaranteed.
    ____________

    Rest assured there are many like minded people silently walking the halls of the WH wondering the same thing. When will this nightmare come to an end… with fingers crossed.

  157. We know the Clintons had more important productive things to do… like attend Bill’s nephew’s graduation in Redondo Beach and later on a fundraiser for CGI.. btw- Bill gave a great uplifting speech to the 2012 class.. He hit just the right tone inspiring them with confidence and a dare to be great assignment… all in the space of 20 min..
    ___________

    Mr and Mrs Important Attend Private Wedding of Jarett’s Daughter In Chicago, Forces City To Divert 200 Police Officers In Midst of Crime Wave

    As the Chicago Police Department was battling a rise in violent crimes and homicides, President Barack Obama played his 100th round of golf in Chicago this weekend while attending the wedding of Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, which forced the city to divert nearly 200 police officers to “secure the perimeter” of the private wedding, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago Police will not be reimbursed by the federal government.

    Jarrett is Obama’s senior adviser and closest confidante in the White House and since the beginning of Obama’s political career.

    read the rest @

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/17/Obama-Attends-Private-Wedding-of-Adviser-s-Daughter-In-Chicago-Forces-City-To-Divert-200-Police-Officers-In-Midst-of-Crime-Wave

  158. Happy Father’s Day from First Lady Michelle Obama – YouTube

    I’ve paraphrased it so you don’t have to watch.

    Barack did not have a father.
    Barack speaking “When I was young I thought life was all about me.”
    Barack did not have a father.
    He is the kind of father he didn’t have.
    Malia and Sasha know their father is President of the United States ….they have love and support of most important man
    dinner together almost every night
    It keeps him focused on where we need to go as a country
    So other folk can be the best parents they can be
    wonderful president, engaged father
    I feel pretty lucky
    Happy Fathers’ Day

    [It ends with one a of his ubiquitous campaign-type signs:]
    OBAMA BIDEN
    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
    share this with a dad
    twitter facebook

  159. pm317
    June 17th, 2012 at 9:07 am
    Bill Clinton and Hillary at his nephew’s HS graduation:
    ——————–
    “And the Secretary of State is with me”

  160. Study: Washington DC averages more corruption convictions per 10k citizens (16.7) than any state.

    No shock there then.

  161. Rubio on immigration : “The White House never called us about this no one reached out to us and told us this was on its way.”

    Why would you be surprised, he has no interest in bipartisan help only what helps his ass get a couple more votes, he’d sell the kids if it got him political capital.

  162. moononpluto
    June 18th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    So apparently the Obamacare SC ruling is due in about 90 minutes?
    ————-
    Wisconsin proves that your instincts are better than mine. And besides I have already opined. Care to take a wild guess at the what the split decision will be? To me Ginzberg’s gut spill suggests that she is not happy, and for us that is good. Lest we forget, she is the one who is on record already preferring the South African Constitution to ours. If they remain sharply divided as she puts it, that suggests to me at least that there has been no compromise that would leave the individual mandate in tact. The question is not the end, but the means. Congress has the right to pass health care legislation, but it may not deploy unconstitutional means to do so. There are other ways to achieve that end which are Constitional, and that is where their efforts should be directed. I am sure that each side has been speaking to law professors who share their views. Always the bridesmaid never the bride Larry Tribe would be one of them. Gerald Guenther on the other side, I would expect. I have not googled them lately, but that is my hunch. You are batting 1000 now. Care to stick your neck out?

  163. My feeling is there will be problems and the 4 liberal justices will force the whole thing to be heard but i could be wrong, especially if they split it down into different arguments but that would not be beneficial to Obama at all because it means a great big cloud from now until election day, gut is one way or another probably 5-4 against the mandate but other stuff may intervene.

  164. aha

    SCOTUS blog on healthcare: “There were four arguments; we don’t know how many opinions there will be.”

  165. split arguments, not good for Obama at all because it could mean just fights on healthcare right up until the election. He wants it dead and buried sorted now or it will cause huge campaign problems.

  166. I think Matt’s right that we ought to come forward … and the president should have a mea culpa, that we have gotten into a place that was very different from what the campaign wanted it to be from 2008 …,
    ——————
    “Mea culpa” means: my fault.

    Hillary said one time, do not be guided by what a politician. What matters is what they do. And once he took office, all efforts were directed to casting those who disagreed with his radical policies as racists. Thus, for Goosbee to assert that even though Obama was guilty, the other party was more guilty does not pass the red face test. The president has the bully pulpit, therefore his decision to take the low road was the determining factor, and it was iterated, reiterated and re-reiterated by his surrogates, like Dean, Kaine, and Van Hollen,

  167. Second opinion today is in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter. The Court rules that the federal government must pay each Tribe’s contract support costs in full even when Congress has put a ceiling on those costs.

  168. They might not even give the opinion today, who knows, probably getting peoples hope up too high.

  169. yheitman
    It’s supposed to be the doctor who was arrested and is in jail in Pakistan for leading the U.S. to Osama and the White House leaker both in jail.

    ==========
    I love this video, it was pretty darn good.

  170. SCOTUS blog on healthcare: “There were four arguments; we don’t know how many opinions there will be.”
    ——————–
    Four arguments–or four opinions. I assume they mean the latter. At the risk of being wrong, let me take a wild guess, knowing that is will soon be superceded by whatever the actual decision.

    Scalia, Thomas, Alito: strike down entire law

    Roberts, Kennedy: strike down individual mandate.

    Breyer: some other position, which does not strike down the law or the mandate

    Others: uphold the entire law–subtext to read: we refuse to embarrass the fraud who appointed us–who has no respect for the law himself.

  171. moononpluto
    June 18th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    No SCOTUS ruling on immigration or #hcr today, apparently,………………..boring.
    ——————
    Good. By the time they rule and prove me wrong, everyone will have forgotten what I said. I expect we will hear from them later this week however.

  172. I have always considered Chris Cilezza of WashPo to be one of the biggest scumbags in the press. Some of you may recall when he and jurnolister Dana Milbank did their video where they sat around in smoking jackets and called Hillary a “bitch”. Cilezza was is and will always be a pimp . . . (let that word sink in for a moment) . . a pimp for Obama. Consequently, now that Obama has failed to produce the new heaven and new earth he promised, and now that things under Obama have gotten infinitely worse for anyone who sees the big picture, scumbags like Cilezza are reduced to arguing that this is the best of times because we have Obama and the worst of times because the job of president is too big, however, by inference if we merely gave Obama absolute unchecked power then we would achieve the Garden of Eden. This idiot Cilezza needs a straight jacket even more than my friend Rubin did, after he tore up the sauna.

  173. ww.redstate.com/erick/2012/06/18/weve-reached-the-penultimate-jimmy-carter-moment-of-the-obama-presidency/

  174. Second opinion today is in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter. The Court rules that the federal government must pay each Tribe’s contract support costs in full even when Congress has put a ceiling on those costs.
    ——————————–
    I know nothing about this case, but this decision could well involve the interpretation of a treaty, in which case, it would supercede congressional laws, pursuant to the supremacy clause of Article 6.

  175. Obama hopes to win the election based on his campaign rather than his track record of governance. His campaign is akin to a Patent Medicine Show, and practical people will see that in substance there is no there there. Fools will line up at the wagon, listen to the pitch and buy the magic elexir he is peddling expecting it to cure everything from arthritis to flu symptoms to ED. It is year 4 of his presidency and things have not improved. His opponents are saying I told you so, his supporters are desperately searching for excuses, but those who wish to be thought of as objective, have reached the conclusion that his argument for re-election which says we need more time is bogus, because if he had done what Roosevelt would have done which is to say proceed incrementally in the first two years of his presidency he would not be in the position he is in now, and neither would the country. Thus, the failure belongs to him and him alone. This reflects his peoccupation with theater and campaigning, which are the dyamatric opposite of governing. Sean Trende at RCP nails one aspect of it:
    ————————–
    There’s something of an enduring conservative majority underlying American politics. Note that I didn’t capitalize anything, because the median voter in America is largely non-ideological, at least as we conceive of these things in today’s parlance.

    The point isn’t that the median voter embraces the Paul Ryan plan and wants abortion to be illegal. Instead, there’s a long-standing strain in American politics that simply doesn’t like seeing the boat rocked, and that can be overwhelmed by large dollar signs, huge deficits, and radical policy shifts. At the same time, I think these voters can accept an awful lot of change much more easily if it is broken down into smaller bites — Bill Clinton accomplished a lot post-1994, but a lot of it was gradual (even on health care, small things like Kennedy-Kassenbaum and SCHIP have had significant long-term effects).

    Consider what was supposed to have been the model for Obama’s administration: The New Deal. The major accomplishments of the 73rd Congress included: the Emergency Banking Act (March 9, 1933); the Economy Act (a deficit reduction bill) (March 10, 1933); the Civilian Conservation Corps (March 31, 1933); the Agricultural Adjustment Act and FERA (May 12, 1933); the TVA (May 18, 1933); the Securities Act of 1933 (June 5, 1933); Glass-Steagall (June 12, 1933); the NIRA (June 16, 1933); and the Securities Act of 1934 (June 6, 1934).

    To be sure, this scared contemporary conservatives to death, but for most Americans, the message was pretty clear: The president was focused on the economy and reforming Wall Street like a (yet-to-be-invented) laser. The themes of reform and recovery continued throughout the first two years of FDR’s term, before he began pursuing more flatly redistributionist measures with the Second and Third New Deals.

    Now imagine if Roosevelt had passed the relief bills in one omnibus act at the beginning of his term, put off the reform bills until the end of his second year in office, turned to Harry Hopkins and said, “Let’s do Social Security and labor union reform now.” I don’t think the result would have been nearly as well received. Yet that’s basically what Obama did with the omnibus approach to the stimulus, and putting off financial reform until late 2010.

    Instead, the president would have been much better off breaking the stimulus up into five or six pieces, spread out over his first 100 days. His presidency would have had a very different narrative attached to it if the first major piece of legislation passed by his administration had been $275 billion in tax cuts — or even better, two or three pieces of tax-cut legislation, grouped by subject — followed a week later by the unemployment compensation, followed a week later by the infrastructure spending, followed a week later by health care and education assistance, finished off with a miscellaneous bill.

    For one thing, the headlines would have been dominated by the tax cuts, aid to the unemployed and to education, and so forth. Instead, there was a massive, amorphous “stimulus” with a $787 billion price tag for people to digest.

    Quite frankly, Republicans would have supported at least some of the measures — in fact, the “mini-stimuli” approved throughout late 2009 and 2010 almost all passed with substantial Republican support. So it would have been with a “pure” tax-cut bill that kicked off the president’s term.

    As it became clear that the downturn was worse than expected, additional rounds of tax cuts and spending legislation would have been easier to pass, since Obama likely would have maintained a higher approval rating (remember that it was the perception of massive spending, rather than the economy, that initially drove down his approval ratings).

    This should have been followed up with financial regulation that, even if imperfect, would have sent the message early on that he understood why he was elected. The bill could have been fixed later on in his term, if needed, but instead Congress turned to global warming, at best a tertiary issue for most voters in 2009.

    If this template had been followed, I think the president would have had the political capital to get quite a lot done on health care reform, even if he wouldn’t have gotten the whole enchilada. A Medicare buy-in for voters over age 55, improvements to portability, the pool for people (such as yours truly) with serious pre-existing medical conditions all would have been popular, and easily passed as stand-alone legislation.

    The president made a mistake by pivoting to health care reform in 2009, but this was really just an outgrowth of his desire to prove that the country can do “big things.” A more modest approach, reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s from 1996 to 2000, probably would have actually enabled him to accomplish more, and might have even helped to save the Democrats’ majority. Instead, by spending nine months engrossed in the health care bill, Obama lost his desired narrative, as well as control of Congress. If he ends up losing the presidency, he’ll lose the progress he made on health care, as well.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/06/12/what_obama_should_have_done_in_2009_114454.html

  176. Admin: for what it is worth, Morris sees this unlawful move by Obama, as forcing the party to turn now to Rubio. He thinks Rubio can deliver the Hispanic vote, in spite of this, because the decision does not reach the issue of earned path to citizenship which Rubio is working on and Obama lacked the courage to address.

  177. I just, by accident – found that if you are listening to people whispering on an open mike, live stream…if you open multiple windows and listen…you can hear them even better.

    court just started

    thanks Dem1

  178. CAMPAIGN 2012: John Kerry to play role of Mitt Romney in Obama debate prep

    That should be hilarious….2 blowhards Obama and Kerry playfighting.

  179. Obama’s choice for ambassador to Iraq withdraws nomination

    another one quietly slips away, probably for another blowjob on the roof.

  180. Generic Congressional Ballot: #Republicans 45%, #Democrats 38%.. if its that in Nov, say goodbye to the senate and house democrats.

  181. The audacity….

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorneys arguing on behalf of Barack Obama’s re-election plans today urged a Florida judge to decide that Obama is not yet the Democratic nominee for president and ignore evidence challenging his eligibility.

    The arguments were raised by attorney Mark Herron on behalf of Obama in a hearing before Judge Terry Lewis in Florida, who is best known for presiding over the 2000 Bush v. Gore election dispute.

    Lewis is credited with making crucial rulings in the contested 2000 presidential election when ultimately a Florida recount was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court, and George W. Bush was declared the winner.

    Herron argued the Florida process affirms only that Obama is the choice in the state’s presidential preference primary but is not necessarily the party’s nominee for president.

    But the judge noted that the party wrote to Florida’s secretary of state a letter indicating Obama’s name was the only one submitted, and he thought the state’s electors were bound to vote for him.

    ………………………….

    Well if he is not the Dem Nominee, who the fuck is, well we can put a name forward if you like…………..

  182. John Kerry to play role of Mitt Romney in Obama debate prep
    —————–
    Good. In his own debate performance, Kerry made Bush look smart. If that Hollywood producer who has been given all that sensitive intelligence information to make a blow job movie for Obama has nothing better to do, perhaps she can turn this moot court exercise into a new movie, actually a sequel to an old one, called Beevis and Butthead III.

  183. ooooh interesting……switch in the making.

    John Brandt reports that WV Dem Sen. Joe Manchin & Rep. Nick Rahall will not attend Dem convention in NC.

  184. Moon, the Supreme Court was expected to announce their decision on Obamacare today. They did not. I wonder whether this has anything to do with the amnesty announcement which could be seen as a shot across their bow. I suspect that Kagel is leaking stuff to Obama, and that may explain the timing of his announcement. Under normal circumstances, I would not harbor such suspicions, but here I definitely do. This pre-emptive move might, just might, justify taking one more run at the hold out judges. The consistent theme we are seeing is an oversized executive which has no respect for the Constitution or the other supposedly co-equal branches. They really do have to sound a strong message to the administration, and perhaps they will.

  185. Brewer slams Obama’s immigration plan as political pandering


    I love Jan Brewer, even if she stumbles all over her words when she gets excited, she is dead on track.

    Pointy finger at Barry and all.

    You go Jan!!!

  186. Top headline on Drudge

    Russia prepares to send warships to Syria

    With a photo of….

    ……

    ….

    Hillary.

    Wonder why.

  187. Ha ha. Jerry Sandusky. Apologies for bringing that saga here. But with Prosecution side having rested and now this, it could not be helped. 😉

    Prosecutors want damning Sandusky interview footage NBC didn’t air
    Accused Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky came off a lot creepier in that exclusive sitdown with NBC last November than anyone knew, but the Peacock Network oddly chose not to air what sounds a lot like an admission of guilt — and now prosecutors want the whole transcript.”I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped,” Sandusky told Costas in footage that never made the November airing. The disturbing answer first came to light when NBC’s “Today” show aired previously unseen transcripts last Tuesday. That prompted prosecutors from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office to contact NBC lawyers on Friday to request that the network turn over and authenticate the entire transcript from the interview that was used to tape the segment that aired on the news program, “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”The unaired segment includes a back-and-forth between Costas and Sandusky about his work with young people through his charity for troubled kids, the Second Mile.”I’m a very passionate person in terms of trying to make a difference in the lives of some young people,” Sandusky said. “I worked very hard to try to connect with them. To make them feel good about themselves. To be something significant in their lives. Maybe this gets misinterpreted, has gotten depending on. … I know a lot of young people where it hasn’t. I have worked with many, many young people where there has been no misinterpretation of my actions and I have made a very significant difference in their lives.”
    Costas then challenged Joe Paterno’s one-time defensive coordinator, saying: “But isn’t what you’re just describing the classic MO of many pedophiles? snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/18/prosecutors-request-transcripts-from-sandusky-interview-disturbing-unaired/

  188. wbboei,

    For the benefit of non-legal eagles like me could you elaborate on this?

    “I wonder whether this has anything to do with the amnesty announcement which could be seen as a shot across their bow.”

    Do you mean the lawsuits under preparation against BO’s Executive Order? I am confused.

  189. wbboei
    June 18th, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    *****

    God I hope not, this needs to have been decided and in favor of a major strike down

  190. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/don-lemon-neil-munro-how-dare-you_n_1605213.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&ir=Politics

    And people at CNN wonder why no one watches their crap filled “news”station.

    “During his “No Talking Points” segment, Lemon dismissed Carlson’s statement and praised Donaldson’s response. “There’s a huge difference between Sam Donaldson and Neil Munro,” Lemon said. “For starters, who the hell is Neil Munro?”

    Lemon highlighted a second portion of Donaldson’s statement, in which the former White House correspondent addressed what he thought of some of the president’s harshest critics.

    “Let’s face it,” Donaldson wrote. “Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American!”

    Lemon called Donaldson’s statement “dignified” and thanked him for pointing out what he called the “elephant in the Rose Garden.”

    “Finally,” Lemon said. “Thank you, Sam Donaldson – enough said there.””

  191. OT, but after all the jokes made about Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca qualifying for the dressage event at the 2012 Olympics I searched for clips of the winning performance and found this. I think there is supposed to be music which wasn’t picked up by the poor quality video cam but this horse is spectacular.

    Congrats to Ann, I understand horseback riding helped her recover from MS. I have covered several riding programs in the area and equine therapy for everyone from disabled (physically and mentally) kids to adults is a glorious thing.


    Mrs. S?

  192. tim,

    Add to the list Andrea Mitchell at MSNBC who brazenly edited out MR’s comments at a rally to make it see like he was “out-of-touch” in his ignorance about how to order at a fast food restaurant same way they smeared Bush 1 for his “scanner” gaffe.

    Problem is, the original video exists along with the edited version and it is so blatantly a set-up that Mitchell now looks like a fool.

    Check out both clips at HA. The lying is disgraceful

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/06/18/media-pretty-excited-about-romney-talking-up-wawa-subs-or-something/

  193. BASIL99
    June 18th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    oh my goodness. Talk about blatant editing. Ace of Spades has an excellent post on it as well. These a$$sine jokers who call themselves “reporters” have no shame and should not be trusted for a second. What I want to know, do they think people don’t have the internet where they can look at the entire clip? How stupid to they think people are? we saw the nonsense they did to Hillary and then to Palin, do they still think people see them as “objective” reporters??

    http://minx.cc/?post=330217

  194. btw, I have to completely agree with Romney. Wawa is one of the most efficient places to order food, I like Wawa more than Sheetz.

    I would say shame on MSDNC, except I doubt they even understand what shame is.

  195. Love Ann Romney’s answer to hecklers. Wonder how much Axelrod is paying these hecklers compared to what he did in 2008?


    ““We got some distracters out there, but… we can be just as loud about how much we love this country.””

  196. normally cannot stand Rush, but in this clip, he nails it in the following clip.

    “Rush Limbaugh reminds listeners he predicted in early 2011 that the vaunted “Arab Spring” supported by Barack Obama would turn into the fall of Egypt to Islamic Radicals just as Jimmy Carter lost Iran to the radicals in 1979. With the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, that has now come to pass, despite what everything the liberals were saying in early 2011.

    Remember Professor Niall Ferguson destroying Obama’s Foreign Policy in February 2011 and predicting the takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood?”


  197. “I wonder whether this has anything to do with the amnesty announcement which could be seen as a shot across their bow.”
    ——————
    I doubt very much that I am right, but here was the speculation. Suppose that you were the chief justice and you had a 5 to 4 majority to strike down the individual mandate, based on a plurality of four opinions. Suppose further that you wanted to make it 6 to 3–to take the heat off the tie breaker and innoculate the decision against critics who will claim it is just political–all 5 being Republican appointees. And then suppose that you had been trying to persuade the sixth vote by showing that the Administration has an imperial view of its power, which if it is accepted would deny the other two branches their proper role under our system. In that case, the power grab on immigration could give you an opportunity to revisit the power grab on obamacare, could it not, but you would need a day or two more to see if the sixth vote would budge. This was rankest speculation of my part, but that is what I was referring to, since you asked.

  198. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/at-party-bloomberg-tips-hand-on-endorsement/

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York has remained coy about whether he plans to endorse a presidential candidate this year, even as Mitt Romney and President Obama aggressively court the billionaire media mogul.

    The most that the mayor and his aides have said is that Mr. Bloomberg, who did not endorse in 2008, is carefully weighing his options this time around.

    But during casual conversations at charity event a few days ago, Mr. Bloomberg was far chattier — and candid — about the subject, according to three people who overheard him.

    Mr. Bloomberg said that he believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama, according to two guests.

    But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.

    As a result, Mr. Bloomberg said, he intended to remain neutral, said one guest.

  199. wbboei,

    Ahhhh. I get it. So you think the Court was ready to announce their opinion today but held off because of the Obamamnesty announcement.

    Roberts(?) thinks this blatant overstepping of law gives him more ammo to convince someone else to side with him and 4 others by linking Bo’s power grab Friday with the powergrab inherent in the ACA law??

    Is that it?

  200. So you think the Court was ready to announce their opinion today but held off because of the Obamamnesty announcement.

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

    If it had been considered as already decided and ready to announce, that might put a different light on the timing of Ruth Ginsberg’s remarks.

  201. Ahhhh. I get it. So you think the Court was ready to announce their opinion today but held off because of the Obamamnesty announcement.

    Roberts(?) thinks this blatant overstepping of law gives him more ammo to convince someone else to side with him and 4 others by linking Bo’s power grab Friday with the powergrab inherent in the ACA law??

    Is that it?
    ———————
    Yes, that is what I said, and as I also said it is probably wrong. I was speculating.

    How often do we hear people say we are still fighting the Civil War? Often. But how often do you hear them say we are also fighting the Revolutionary War to free ourselves from tyranny? Not the hard tyranny, but soft tyranny, which in the end strips away all our freedom with a boil the frog approach.

  202. I found this to be very good news for us from the state of Pennsylvania. Copied this from RedState.com which shows a map by county of percentages of voters that did not vote for Obama (selected no candidate) in the Democratic primary in April. In some large counties the percentages were as high as 44.9%

    From Red State: “Compare and contrast these maps. First, the “undervote” by county in the recent Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential primary. The numbers in each county represent the proportion of voters in a Democratic primary who selected “no candidate” rather than vote for the incumbent, Barack Obama.”

    http://stevemaley.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/6-18-2012-11-53-58-am.jpg (copy and paste this into your address bar to see the actual map)

    “A significant portion of western and central Pennsylvania Democrats declined to vote for Barack Obama in the April primary, an analysis by PoliticsPA has found. The results there resemble those of Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia, where the President lost around 40 percent of the primary vote to no-name opponents or “undecided”. … Over 30 percent of voters left the presidential ballot blank rather than select Obama’s name in 27 counties.” (Source.)

  203. Sorry. Looks like you can just click on the purple highlighted link to look at the Pennsylvania map.

  204. By authority of the Office of the Inquisition the following are summoned to give answer for making statements which are true on the merits, but not in lock step with the party line and to submit to purification if it is so ordered. The dungeon and all the instruments of torture, from threats, to blackmail, to swatting, to indefinite detention, to public vilification, all await you.

    This is the fate that awaits ANY democrat who strays from the party line, and if The Jackass is re-elected this is what the people of this country will face as well. All the rights which have defined us as Americans will be swept away in the inevitable march to a new world order. What once seemed delusional has now not only obvious but imminent.

  205. BASIL99
    June 18th, 2012 at 9:09 pm
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    Honestly, I never understood what the appeal of Bloomberg was supposed to be. When Koch was mayor, we had a good guy who told it how it is. When Rudi was mayor, we had a not so good guy who was big on law and order and cleaned up the country. But this guy–MIKE, BLOOMY, call him what you will, just strikes me as a mush ball with money. Then again if Obama is the standard, we could just as easily elect a yellow dog and not know the difference. So it does not matter a farthing who this mush ball endorses. But you have got to wonder about a guy who says one candidate could do more for the economy but he does not like his position on social issues, therefore he will not vote for him. When you have a depression on your hands, this does not sound presidential. It sounds like Thurston Howell.

  206. The argument Roberto Unger makes in that video is nothing short of magnificent, and his peroration on why Obama MUST be defeated is brilliant and true. Obama is the anti Christ of the progressive movement and the agent of big money, yet many people who fancy themselves to be progressive throw garlands at him. It will be interesting to see whether Ungers words resonate with progressives or falls on deaf ears. If they realize what a seminal figure he is in American law, it might. If not, then his closing statement is prophetic: the presence of democracy is always dangerous; the absence of democracy is always fatal.

  207. A significant portion of western and central Pennsylvania Democrats declined to vote for Barack Obama in the April primary, an analysis by PoliticsPA has found
    ——————-
    That I can easily believe. I campaigned for Hillary in both places, and they wanted Hillary, and NOT Obama. I cannot imagine that the boobery he has shown us these past four years has caused them to change their minds. It is the Philadelphia suburbs that are important. That is where the state will be won or lost. There are towns like Media which remains to this day an Irish Republican stronghold, and I know the players. But other suburbs have gone democrat in recent years. I believe that Romney can and will change that. I am pretty sure Romney will win Pennsylvania.

  208. Holder in panic mode.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/233257-holder-and-issa-to-meet-on-tuesday

    Attorney General Eric Holder agreed to meet with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday as part of his attempt to stave off a vote to hold him in contempt of Congress.

    In a letter to the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent on Monday, Holder proposed the meeting in order to discuss the role of the Justice Department in the botched gun-tracking operation, Fast and Furious.

    He also suggested having Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of Issa’s panel, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attend the 11 a.m. meeting.

    It is expected that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who first raised the controversial issue of gun-walking in Fast and Furious to Congress, will also attend. The location of the meeting hasn’t been released.

    On Wednesday, Issa’s panel is scheduled to vote on whether to place the attorney general in contempt of Congress for not complying with the powerful Republican’s subpoena for documents related to Fast and Furious. In the lead-up to the vote, both sides have been engaged in a public relations battle, each volunteering to meet with the other and releasing letters to the press to show their willingness to reach a solution.

    Holder said in his Monday letter that the DOJ had delivered to Issa the answers that he has been pressing for.

    “The department has offered a serious, good faith proposal to bring this matter to an amicable resolution in the form of a briefing based on documents that the committee could retain,” Holder wrote.

    “We expect that this extraordinary accommodation will fully address the remaining concerns that you and House leadership have identified in your written and oral communications to the department over the last few weeks.”

    Issa has narrowed his demands of Holder over the past month to focus on documents pertaining to the DOJ’s letter to Grassley on Feb. 4, 2011, in which the department said that it did everything it could to not let guns “walk” into the hand of criminals and be trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Ten months later, the DOJ took the rare step and withdrew the letter because it contained falsities.

    Issa has said he believes the DOJ is involved in a “cover-up,” arguing that the high-level department officials clearly knew about the controversial gun-walking tactics and perhaps even approved them.

    Holder has denied that he ever knew about the tactics. And though he has defended most of the close circle of DOJ officials around him, the top two officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which oversaw Fast and Furious, were reassigned.

    The U.S. Attorney who provided ATF agents legal advice on the failed operation stepped down. And last week, the DOJ official responsible for penning the letter to Grassley took a job as a dean of a university law school.

    Holder said on Monday that the briefing his office provided to Issa’s staff last week gives a detailed answer to the GOP’s questions about how much the DOJ knew and when.

    “These documents explain how the department’s understanding of the facts of Operations Fast and Furious, Wide Receiver and similar Arizona-based investigations evolved during the post-February 4 period, and the process that led to the withdrawal of the February 4 letter,” Holder said.

    But Issa, in a letter to Holder last Friday, was highly skeptical that the information covered in the briefing would be sufficient evidence to avoid a contempt vote for the attorney general.

    “In a meeting yesterday, the department offered some additional details about the subset of post-February 4 documents you are willing to produce pursuant to the committee’s October 12, 2011, subpoena,” Issa wrote on Friday.

    “While I do have substantial concerns that these documents may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation, delivery of these documents to the committee before the scheduled consideration of contempt at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, would be sufficient to justify the postponement of the proceeding to allow for the review of materials,” he wrote.

    In his Friday letter, Issa proposed meeting with Holder on Tuesday, after the attorney general had made numerous public and private offers to meet with Issa, Grassley, and House Republican leadership over the weeks prior.

    Fast and Furious was a gun-tracking operation run by the ATF in the Southwest that authorized the sale of nearly 2,000 guns to straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels. The stated goal was to track the guns and dismantle the illegal trafficking routes. But the ATF did not monitor the movement of the weapons and instead depended on the guns turning up at crime scenes or drug busts to match the serial numbers with the ones sold in the operation.

    It’s estimated that hundreds of the guns are still in the hands of criminals. At least one firearm found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s killing was sold under Fast and Furious. It is unclear whether it was used to kill Terry.

  209. Four years after the fact, Hillary hater Michael Goodwin asks whether Obama is a legend in his mind. Thanks to shv, Krauthamer and others we far past the point of wondering about that. We know what is wrong with him mentally, and at this point his state of mind is about as interesting as a block toilet is to a plumber. Our concern is what will it lead him to do to the country, in the fading days of his power. Still, . . . if you are interested:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/06/18/barack-obama-legend-in-his-own-mind/

  210. A completely off-topic breath of fresh air:

    Edward the 4th

    THIS Monarch was famous only for his Beauty & his Courage, of which the Picture we have here given of him, & his undaunted Behaviour in marrying one Woman while he was engaged to another, are sufficient proofs. […] One of Edward’s Mistresses was Jane Shore, who has had a play written about her, but it is a tragedy & therefore not worth reading. […]

    — Jane Austenjuvenilia

  211. The new Munro Doctrine
    By Rick Manning – 06/18/12 11:28 AM ET

    Sam Donaldson would be rolling over in his grave if he weren’t still alive. The foghorn-voiced broadcaster who boomed questions after fleeing presidents never shied away from asking the tough ones.

    What a difference a generation makes.

    The penned White House media have allowed this administration to turn them into props representing the Fourth Estate without actually acting like it.

    Neil Munro might have changed all that.

    Munro is the Daily Caller reporter who had the audacity to ask President Obama a question related to his unilateral, extra-constitutional decision to effectively stop enforcing the nation’s immigration laws against a portion of the illegal immigrant community.

    Munro’s question, while admittedly ill-timed, was pertinent and worthy of the White House press corps tradition. Munro asked, “”Why do you favor foreigners over Americans?”

    Subsequently, the lapdogs of the media have excoriated Munro for “heckling” and “daring” to ask a question.

    The Daily Caller reporter, with whom I have worked on stories in the past, did not heckle the president — he did his job.

    Obama is notorious for making sweeping pronouncements in front of the White House press corps and then walking away without answering questions. In effect leaving the hard work of explaining the consequences to his press secretary, who actually deigns to answer media inquiries.

    The real story of “outrage” over a reporter attempting to ask Obama an unscripted question should be over how far the White House press corps has fallen.

    They are now on a peer-to-peer relationship with the press secretary, and asking/demanding that the president answer questions on a major policy decision announcement that has far-reaching political, legal and constitutional ramifications is deemed to be rude and out of place.

    Ironically, this all occurred in the same week that The Washington Post has been busily celebrating 40 years after Watergate, all the while never noticing that they have ceased to be anything more than the defenders of the Democratic Party establishment in the intervening years.

    While I am confident that the press corps will be much less docile during a Romney administration, and that we will see papers like the Post suddenly wake up to their responsibilities, it is sad that it took a single reporter standing up and asking a simple question to show just how far the once-esteemed media has slipped.

    In honor of that reporter, there should be a new internal policy in the press corps called the Munro Doctrine, which states that no president shall stand before the media making a policy speech and refuse to take questions.

    After all, if the president is not taking questions, then the event is nothing more than a photo-op that is more suitable for the presidential campaign press corps than their colleagues at the White House.

  212. Jake Tapper had a minor coronary when Neil Munro asked Obama an unplanted question. Tapper denounced this ugly breach of protocol. Our role is simple Tapper explained. We stand at attention, repeat in unison god morning mr president, then we all sit down and transcribe everything he says, and if he lets us ask question we pitch him softballs like has being black made it harder to be president and we nod and smile to whatever he says. Jake was so distressed about this that after he got out of the hospital, he sent a letter of apology to Obama on behalf of his fellow journalist which begins as follows: mr president . . . today I am ashamed to be a reporter.

  213. Are there any journalists left of the calibre of yesteryear that dare to go toe to toe with the WH. The days of the WH being scared of the free press is long gone as the free press no longer exists.

  214. Are there any journalists left of the calibre of yesteryear that dare to go toe to toe with the WH. The days of the WH being scared of the free press is long gone as the free press no longer exists.
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    Amen Moon.

  215. Are there any journalists left of the calibre of yesteryear that dare to go toe to toe with the WH. The days of the WH being scared of the free press is long gone as the free press no longer exists.
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    When the relationship between people who are supposed to be adversaries becomes so cozy that one of them stops doing his job and become a whore for the other, the public interest is almost always compromised. This is true in so many walks of life. But nowhere is it more true than what we see today with big media and this White House. Their relationship is incestuous. As a result the people are deprived of the information they need to be knowledgable voters.

  216. The media should be entirely in the middle and on no ones side but it is more obvious than ever they favour one over the other, its quite nauseatingly vomit inducing.

    Journalists that cannot and will not hold the Govt accountable should be stripped of any licence to be a journalist and hold no post at any media outlet.

    There needs to be an independent congressional office that holds power to make sure media complies with a doctrine of independence and not allow any of them away with it. MSNBC has become ridiculous, you can almost hear the slurping sound as they perform on their knees.

  217. Obama got big problems…………..here comes that fight again that got him in big shit the last time

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/233389-senate-dems-balk-at-ending-bush-tax-rates-for-wealthy

    Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthy

    A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit.

    At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year.

    That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension similar to the deal Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck with President Obama in December of 2010.

    Democrats running for reelection, such as Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), have declined to endorse their leadership’s call for a tax increase on wealthy families.

    Instead, they want Congress to pass a broad package that would cut spending and reform the tax code, which they argue would inject new confidence into the private sector.

    “I would much prefer dealing with the tax code, with all the expenditures, in a bigger package similar to the Simpson-Bowles [deficit reduction] proposal,” Tester said. “If we can do that and we can roll out a big package that is significant, then we can do something with the tax rate from a reforming-it standpoint and do some things that really get our deficit and debt under control.”

    Manchin sounded the same theme.

    “I’m totally for the Bowles-Simpson [plan] and will continue to work for Bowles-Simpson. We need to revamp the system and I think Bowles-Simpson is the pragmatic way to do it.”

    The blueprint crafted by former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) would achieve $4 trillion in savings over 10 years through spending cuts and tax code reform.

    Bowles and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) are scheduled to brief a bipartisan group of senators this week on the need for a broad deficit-reduction package.

    But many lawmakers are skeptical that a multitrillion-dollar entitlement and tax reform package can be passed during the compressed lame-duck

    session between Election Day and New Year’s.

    The most tempting option for some Democrats would be to extend the Bush tax rates temporarily to give Congress more time to work on a broader deal, which is what congressional Republican leaders have proposed.

  218. Andrea Mitchell Smears Romney with Deceptive Edit

    MSNBC continued its tradition of leaning so far forward that its corporate head became lodged in its corporate backside today with a story on Mitt Romney and Wawas. Andrea Mitchell attempted to use a deceptively edited clip to persuade her audience that Romney is out of step with the average voter.

    Sooper Mexican compared the edited clip with the full Romney remarks. They clearly show Romney was amazed at the ways in which private sector competition motivates businesses, a fundamental that the government lacks. Mitchell deliberately omitted this point to falsely portray Romney as a fool.

    http://youtu.be/zTrmwDmOjy4

    breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/06/18/Economic-Meltdown-Grave-Robbery-Spree-Hits-LA

    (several other videos at the bb link germane to the story)

  219. New film version of “1984′ is on its way, apparently……

    They could just film today and have Obama as the star, he’s getting close enough to play the part well.

  220. moononpluto June 19th, 2012 at 6:04 am Instead, they want Congress to pass a broad package that would cut spending and reform the tax code, which they argue would inject new confidence into the private sector.
    ——————–
    That’s precisely what Boehner was peddling before Christmas. Dem’s would have none of it. Boehner had a big head of grass roots steam behind him when I left the computer for an hour or so. I sat down at the tee vee which told me Boehner had gotten weak-kneed and caved. I could not believe it.

    Now water under the dam, but today’s small group of Dems are repeating what Republicans proposed in December. They even had charts prepared. I’d screen-copied and mailed them out, but Boehner left me hanging.

  221. I know, I know… seems like repetitive posts. The point is watching the WH attack team work feverishly under the media umbrella to ‘get Romney’ caught up in a loser argument… …developing…
    ___________

    Romney Refuses to Take Media’s ‘Illegal’ Bait

    While our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has criticized Obama’s cynical, politically-timed power grab, he has yet to say whether or not he would repeal President Obama’s executive decision to no longer enforce our laws with respect to somewhere around one million Mexican illegals. Instead, first thing this morning, the Romney campaign went right back to talking about Obama’s failed economy:

    http://youtu.be/AOvFGWT-lZ8

    A number of my fellow conservatives, many of whom I admire, are hitting Romney for not taking a stand on this, but what exactly is Romney supposed to do? This entire story is, quite obviously, a coordinated trap set up by both the Obama campaign and their White House Media Palace Guards to change the subject and gum Romney up in divisive identity politics for the next ten days.

    Within seconds of Obama’s unilateral move (remember when the media hated those?), many of the Media Palace Guards I follow on Twitter were tweeting things like “game changer,” because, after having no choice but to report on Obama’s very bad two weeks, they were all in agony and desperate to change the subject — desperate for a “game changer.”

    So the media tried to turn Obama violating his oath of office to uphold the laws of our country into exactly that. The MSM quickly turned Obama’s disregard for the law into a story about his compassion, decisiveness, and how brilliant the move was politically.

    Then, of course, they trained their fire on Romney.

    What will Romney do?
    What will he say?
    Oh, look, Romney is refusing to make a statement.
    Oh, look, Obama put Romney in a no-win situation.

    But the no-win situation was created by the lapdog media with a single question that you can bet is a White House talking point: “As president, will you repeal the Obama policy?’

    If Romney says he won’t repeal, the Right explodes (and rightfully so), and we have ten days worth of stories about Romney losing his base.

    If Romney says he will repeal, the media still attacks. Suddenly we have twn days worth of stories about all these poor oppressed illegals, about Romney’s problems with the Hispanic vote, about Romney-The-Cruel.

    This was the plan:

    1. Obama releases the news on Friday in order to affect the Sunday talk shows. (Team Obama also knew Romney would be on “Face the Nation” with their water-carrier Bob Schieffer).

    2. As they always do, the Sunday talk shows comply with White House strategy by making Obama’s compassion and political brilliance The Big Story. This is also a move to set up the narrative for the coming week regardless of how Romney answers the repeal question.

    3. Regardless of how he answers the question, Romney enters a world of media-created hurt for the following week.

    Instead, and wisely in my opinion, Romney lifted his middle finger to the entire ploy and refused to take the bait.

    Now the story is, “Romney won’t answer,” which isn’t flattering but is certainly better than all the alternative stories you can bet the media had already written.

    And now Romney is back on track talking about Obama’s failed economic policies, which is the only ground upon which this election will be won.

    Yes, leadership is the act of making tough decisions. But sometimes the toughest decision of all is to take the hit for not making a decision. You never fight on the enemy’s turf. Never. Even if it means turning tail and running. Ask those “cowards” George Washington and Sam Houston about that.

    My guess is that Romney will answer this question in his own time and on the ground of his choosing.

    This is chess not checkers, and right now — as we saw on Friday — Obama and his MSM pals are frantically playing checkers.

    Romney, unlike McCain, who always allowed the media to put him in reactionary mode, is not.

    breitbart.com

  222. moon 6:38am

    “[Rubio] said something that will stay with me a long time,” Romney said at a recent rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “He said when I was a boy living poor in this country with my family, we saw some other homes, great big homes and fancy cars. He said, ‘I never heard my parents say why can’t we have what they have. Instead my parents said aren’t we lucky to live in a country where with education and hard work, there’s a shot we have of earning that ourselves.’ That’s the nature of America. We’re the land of opportunity.”
    ____________

    A more timely assessment is… We were the land of opportunity, meaning opportunity for ALL-

    Now America is the Land of Opportunists.

    Rubio’s quote touched me but in hindsight things are no longer the way they were 30 or 40 yrs ago. They may never be because we cannot no matter how hard we try.. live in the past trying to reclaim it. The New America has been shaped in the image of the Obama presidency; corruption begets more corruption until it’s business as usual.

    If you want evidence, just look at a silent Congress whose job was created to act as a *check* balancing the other two branches of government. They are not checking anything. Instead they are covertly enriching themselves while they still can, raking in favors and side deals with both hands.

    Unless you live in a very small town this corruption will eventually filter down to your little metropolis if it hasn’t done already. If you are on the outside of this sewer of political criminals beware… “They covet”..(Hannibal Lecter quote) They want what you have and will Lie Cheat and Steal to get it..

  223. adding to the above post.. and there is no one we can call to stop it! We will have to do it ourselves. Be a little bit smarter. Act a little bit quicker and most of all persevere until we WIN..

  224. Mrs Smith: Dem Dopes Dim?
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    Much better!

    By now I’ve seen Romney respond several times to tough questions and I must say his bland demeanor works very well for him.
    Bland yes.
    Confident yes. Like a rock. An unassuming rock. A refreshing change from the Oh. Just my 2¢

  225. It is hard for me to believe that Rubio is not in the running. However if that story is true, then I would start checking to see if he is vetting Gov Martinez of NM. She solves two problems for him, delivers NM and might have an impact in TX and AZ. She also is a tough campaigner. She chewed up the Dems lady candidate and spit her out. Not to mention she is hispanic and a women.

  226. Our Hillary is the most important and qualified person on the scene right now as BO(Il Duche) never mentions her name or her daily accomplishments of holding this world together by negotiations and stern warnings to the worlds trouble makers.
    Public Schedule: Public Schedule for June 19, 2012
    06/19/2012 08:05 AM EDT

    Public Schedule for June 19, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    June 19, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    Secretary Clinton returns from foreign travel in Los Cabos, Mexico.

    4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report, at the Department of State. Please click here for more information.
    (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
    Pre-set time for cameras: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a flag ceremony for James Jeffrey, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

  227. No … it cannot be … Dems going rogue? tea party-ish?
    Senate Dems balk at ending Bush-era tax rates on wealthy without a deficit deal
    A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit.
    At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year….
    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/233389-senate-dems-balk-at-ending-bush-tax-rates-for-wealthy

  228. Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthy

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

    Istr Bill Clinton being quoted as saying not to raise taxes till the economy is better, then correcting that to say except for taxes on the very rich?

  229. moononpluto
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Rubio’s NOT the one. Not being vetted at all for VP?

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/marco-rubio-not-being-vetted-to-be-mitt-romneys-running-mate/
    —————-
    There are three possibilities here:

    1. Rubio is being vetted, and these un-namend Republican sources are throwing ABC a curve ball, so they have less incentive do a hatchet job on him during his book tour, than they would if he would if he was the prospective nominee

    2. he will be vetted in the future, and these un-named Republican sources are throwing ABC a curve ball so they have less incentive to do a hatchet job on him during his book tour, than they would if he was the prospective nominee.

    3. he is not and will not be vetted, and these unnamed Republican sources do not want ABC news and the rest of big media to waste their time attacking the wrong Republican, because they know big media is not committed to re-electing the fraud and, merely wishes to be fair and even handed.

    If it were me, where big media is concerned, I would hue to the thinking of W.C. Fields: never give a sucker an even break.

  230. This is the issue Roberto Unger–and no one else is speaking with real insight. I do not care if he has Marxist leanings, so long as he says what he said which is that Obama is a tool of big money, there will be no solution for the average American while he is here and only the rich–like that sphinx faced head of Vogue and the Washington dc elites will prosper. So here is a concise statement of the problem, by a guy who wnd calls the modern day nostradamus. Frankly, I do not know whether he is that, but sure as hell he has defined the problem, which gives context to the solution proposed by Unger.

    In his new book, Implosion: Can America Recover from its Economic & Spiritual Challenges in Time? (Tyndale House Publishers), Rosenberg explores the question a growing number of politicians, academics, authors and others are asking about the future of the United States
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    “My concern is we are experiencing an epic failure of leadership at almost every level of American society right now,” Rosenberg told WND. “Something has gone terribly wrong with the American experiment. Our families are imploding, our national debt is exploding, experts on the left and right are warning us that we need to change our direction because we’re on an unsustainable trajectory economically, socially and culturally.

    “Unfortunately, too many leaders in our country are stuck in business as usual mode and Americans are getting anxious that the ice is cracking under our feet.”

  231. http://www.theagitator.com/2012/06/18/reuters-on-the-painkiller-issue/

    But critics say applying the same strategy to the legitimate supply chain as to Colombian drug lords is ineffective and is also causing supply shortages that hurt pain patients.

    “Going after a pharmaceutical manufacturer is not like going after the Medellin cartel,” said Adam Fein, president of Pembroke Consulting, which advises pharmaceutical manufacturers. “I don’t believe it is appropriate for the DEA to shrink the supply of prescription drugs, because it has unanticipated effects that have nothing to do with the problem.”

    Effects like making life a living hell for pain patients—and effects that are entirely predictable, no matter what the drug czar says. The DEA is now quite literally treating doctors and pharmacists like potential drug dealers.

    The agency has expanded its use of tactical diversion squads, which combine special agents, diversion investigators and local law enforcement officers to track down and prosecute prescription drug dealers.

    Forcing the two sides to come together was not easy at first, Leonhart said, since special agents initially were reluctant to work on “pill cases.”

    But the effort has shown some results. Asset seizures on the diversion side rose to $118 million in 2011 from about $82 million in 2009, Leonhart said.

  232. Suppose you were a management consultant hired by a company which was failing in the marketplace, and there was pressure in the board room to peddle the company if it could not be saved. You saw people like Reid, Pelosi, Boehner, and McConnell in key positions where they could not be removed, ruining the country, and you saw a the top of the pyramid a sociopathic leader like Obama who was embezzling from the company, and destroying its future. What would your recommendation be? Would you propose a business as usual approach? Or would you propose to throw out the bums, bring in new executive management with the right mission vision and values, and track record of success? There is no way we can stay the course. If we do we will peddle our future to China. What Obama did on this immigration decision may be right on the merits, but from a governmental perspective, if strikes at the heart of our constitutional order.

  233. I think it was a big mistake for Issa to give Holder a way off the hook. I do not believe it was Issa’s decision. I believe it came from Boehner. It stinks.

  234. wbboei, its probably rope a dope. Either Holder comes up with the goods publically or have his head handed to him.

  235. It should be increasingly obvious to anyone who pays attention that we are governed by a single party in this country–the party of the east coast establishment, and big media is its handmaiden. The Democrats and the Republicans are just different flavors. In order to change this dynamic, we must go through the kind of dialectic that Unger speaks about. First, Obama must be defeated. Second, the Democrat Party must do the requisite introspection and rid itself of these ties to big money that have corrupted its soul, and of which Obama was a tool. Third, there must be a real competition of ideas on how the party will be transformed to meet the needs of the American People, not just the elites. Only after that transformation takes place will we have two viable choices. But this is heavy lifting. The easier course is to play the propaganda game which protects the vested interests, and leaves the American People with a much bleaker future. A future which I regard as unsustainable. Here is one of a million examples. It cost me $5000 to go to law school. Today if you go to a fourth rate lawschool the cost is $150,000. If you make only $50,000 when you get out, you will be in hock for the next 20 years. That is why the tax take must be increased. That may be a poor example however, because the last thing we need in this society is more lawyers. The problem is this financial problem also arises in the professions we do need, like engineers, etc.
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    Many liberals are now coming to terms with their hubris and it is an ugly sight to behold. They were convinced the Constitution did not matter. They were convinced the individual mandate was constitutional because their left-wing law professors who also thought the Constitution didn’t much matter told them so. They had been surrounded by a lot of Republicans who in 1990 thought Congress could regulate guns around schools who went on, three years later, to think Congress could force people to buy health insurance. Neither the Republicans then nor the left now really thought the Constitution had much meaning beyond regulating the division of otherwise plenary power between branches of a federal government.

    The reality is far different.

    The Republicans of 1990 who sided with the Democrats on guns were the same Republicans who in 1993 supported an individual mandate as a way to undermine Hillary Clinton. They are not the free-market entrepreneurs like a future Florida Governor named Rick Scott who, with his own money, helped build the arguments to undermine Obamacare and Hillarycare before it. For the most part, they are not the same Republicans who, two decades later, came in to Congress wanting to restore the federalist balance of the Constitution.

    More importantly, they are not the Supreme Court who, after the Heritage Foundation in 1989 had first suggested the individual mandate and after the Republicans in 1993 proposed it, ruled in 1995 that there were real limits on the commerce clause. Most importantly, they were not the voters who threw the Democrats out of Congress in 1994 and again in 2010 for their efforts to shake up the constitutional order under the guise of healthcare reform.

    All the left’s handwringing over the Republicans’ support of the individual mandate fails to pay attention to Lopez, which came out after the GOP had largely abandoned the individual mandate. The left also fails to pay attention that the GOP’s base expended a great deal of energy driving from the party those who still supported the individual mandate and the GOP base has been far more successful at purging its establishment than the left has been. See e.g. Senator Ned Lamont . . . errrr . . . Senator Joseph Lieberman and former Senator Bob Bennett.

    The left and its mouthpieces in the media will claim the Supreme Court is a partisan creature of the GOP. The reality is that the left is just really bad at remembering history.

  236. The wealth of this nation, and along with it, our future opportunity has been trapped in the pockets of the Washington establishment rather than put into the mainstream where it could revitalize our society. And as long as Obama is concerned, he will cannibalize the middle class, in order to serve the elites who installed him. That editor of Vogue is right out of the Addams family, and is the epitome of what is wrong with the system. If you were a campaign seeking to ingratiate itself to the average American, and to convince them that you were on their side, can you think of a poor example of what you want to project to the world as a symbol of what you are?

  237. moononpluto
    June 19th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    wbboei, its probably rope a dope. Either Holder comes up with the goods publically or have his head handed to him.
    —————-
    I hope you are right moon. I have been told by hunters that if you have been tracking a varmit for some time and finally you get a clear shot you are wise to take it, because you may never get the perfect shot you might hope for. Obviously, I am speaking metaphorically. In Holders case you have a track record of evasion, stonewalling and obstruction of justice. If it had been me, I would have let it go at that, done what they did and recount his transgressions and made him a central issue in the campaign, rather than giving him one more opportunity to muddy the water and big media to save his sorry ass. Again, I do not blame Issa. I blame Boehner for letting the quarry escape. Lets hope I am wrong.

    guess that time will tell. I think it is a little like hunting a varmit. Sometimes you have a good shot. If you wait for the perfect shot you may never get him in your sites again. Life is not a game of perfect. I speak figuratively of course.

  238. Here we go…

    Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) on Monday proposed legislation that would block enforcement of President Obama’s new policy of letting certain illegal immigrants request temporary relief from deportation.

    Schweikert’s bill would specifically prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from allowing that relief, which Obama described on Friday as an option for up to 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally at a young age. Schweikert said his bill would prevent Obama from “dictating” immigration law from the White House.

    “Last week, the president decided to grant amnesty and hand out work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while over 23 million Americans remain unemployed and the civilian participation rate is at a 30-year low,” he said Monday. “This amounts to an abdication of duty to the American people who are struggling in this economy.

    “Instead of working with Congress to secure our border and reform our immigration policy, President Obama sought to circumvent Congress once again.”

    On Friday, Obama said the DHS would immediately allow people who don’t pose a national security risk to ask for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. While Schweikert’s bill would prevent DHS from enforcing executive orders on immigration, Obama’s policy change came only in the form of a memo on prosecutorial discretion from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, not an executive order.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/233431-gop-proposes-bill-blocking-enforcement-of-obamas-immigration-policy

  239. Here is mcgurn in todays wsj:

    The best outcome would be for Mr. Holder to reach an accommodation with the House Oversight Committee’s Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) that would avoid a contempt vote altogether. Unfortunately for the attorney general, he enters the conversation with a highly politicized record—here investigating CIA interrogators whose intel would later help his president hunt down bin Laden, there declining to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, there again declining to prosecute Black Panthers for voter intimidation.

    Mr. Issa and House Speaker John Boehner have their own calculations to make. They must weigh whether holding the attorney general in contempt would backfire if Americans decided it was the latest Beltway attempt to criminalize policy differences. Forcing that political calculation is also as the Framers intended.

    For tea partiers, this is a crisis that shouldn’t go to waste. We’re well reminded of the Obama people who today express doubts about a special prosecutor but sang a very different song when Bush administration folks were the target. We’re even better reminded that the possibility that the nation’s highest law enforcement officer might be held in criminal contempt by Congress means we need not look outside the Constitution for accountability.

  240. McGurn misses the point entirely. The point is Holder’s obstruction of justice prevents congress from being able to do its job. It throws a monkey wrench into the gears of representative government. And he needs to pay the full price for it, which is a contempt of congress citation. This belated offer to comply following two years of non-compliance is too little too late–and is strictly a political maneuver. It is ridiculous to suggest that this is criminalizing policy differnce–because this is not a policy difference, it is the wilful non-compliance with an investigation into a series of illegal acts which cost the life of a border agent and 200 people in Mexico.

  241. Rasmussen…..i think the immigration thing has not helped one bit.

    Rasmussen : Daily Tracking: #Romney: 48%, #Obama: 44%

  242. BWAHAHAHA,

    Byron York@ByronYork

    WH pool: At Mexico summit, Obama motorcade passes fans with ‘Welcome Hillary!’ signs.

    19 Jun 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

  243. Breibart punches their msbc lights out. Here they edit Romneys remarks to make him appear out of touch. A couple months back, they were editing tapes in connection with the zimmerman case to support their racist meme. They just make it up as they go along. And when the get caught, you get the pro forma apologies and denials. They are just liars, and if you want the truth, don’t go to them.
    ———————————–

    Andrea Mitchell Smears Romney with Deceptive Edit

    by Dana Loesch

    MSNBC continued its tradition of leaning so far forward that its corporate head became lodged in its corporate backside today with a story on Mitt Romney and Wawas. Andrea Mitchell attempted to use a deceptively edited clip to persuade her audience that Romney is out of step with the average voter.

    Sooper Mexican compared the edited clip with the full Romney remarks. They clearly show Romney was amazed at the ways in which private sector competition motivates businesses, a fundamental that the government lacks. Mitchell deliberately omitted this point to falsely portray Romney as a fool.

  244. Michael–

    The big problem with Obama is he is interested in campaigning, not governing. If he had been interested in governing, then he would not have taken a key element of the immigration negotiations, and appropriated it for his own personal use. This is really no different that what he did to scuttle the mid east peace talks–he removed a key element of those negotiations, I.e the 1967 borders and demanded an immediate concession from Israel. The art of governing consists of negotiating solutions when the time is right, and that means such elements must be part of the package–rather than preemptively removed for shallow partisan purposes. Your guy Gerald Seib would probably object to that point because he tilts noticeably to Obama. But as a WSJ subscriber for many years, I think it is worth mentioning in the hope that you may give it some thought.

    All my best,

  245. So then if I lie on my resume and they do a background check and determine that I have lied, I can simply say well sure, I lied 38 times, but that was literature. Or does that only work if you are black? Yes, I know, but I am turning their own argument around against them–the one that goes that reporter would never would have asked Obama a question during the immigration speech if he had been white, etc.
    ———————
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/06/19/Obama-Biographer-Makes-Excuses-For-Obama-Lies?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+June+19%2C+2012&utm_campaign=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+June+19%2C+2012&utm_term=x_dc_mtp_taketwo_06-17_jpg_3Fw_3D145

  246. Here is an email I just sent to a wsj reporter who purports to analyze the political impact of the Obama immigration reversal.
    —————————-
    The big problem with Obama is he is interested in campaigning, not governing. If he had been interested in governing, then he would not have taken a key element of the immigration negotiations, and appropriated it for his own personal use. This is really no different that what he did to scuttle the mid east peace talks–he removed a key element of those negotiations, I.e the 1967 borders and demanded an immediate concession from Israel. The art of governing consists of negotiating solutions when the time is right, and that means such elements must be part of the package–rather than preemptively removed for shallow partisan purposes. Your guy Gerald Seib would probably object to that point because he tilts noticeably to Obama. But as a WSJ subscriber for many years, I think it is worth mentioning in the hope that you may give it some thought.

    All my best,

  247. My email to WSJ reporter who presumes to analyze teh political impact of the Obama policy reversal:

    The big problem with Obama is he is interested in campaigning, not governing. If he had been interested in governing, then he would not have taken a key element of the immigration negotiations, and appropriated it for his own personal use. This is really no different that what he did to scuttle the mid east peace talks–he removed a key element of those negotiations, I.e the 1967 borders and demanded an immediate concession from Israel. The art of governing consists of negotiating solutions when the time is right, and that means such elements must be part of the package–rather than preemptively removed for shallow partisan purposes. Your guy Gerald Seib would probably object to that point because he tilts noticeably to Obama. But as a WSJ subscriber for many years, I think it is worth mentioning in the hope that you may give it some thought.

  248. Women march in Rio to protest ‘green economy’

    Thousands of women representing social and farm movements marched in central Rio Monday to rail against the “green economy” advocated by the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development.

    Behind a large banner from the international peasant movement Via Campesina proclaiming “the peoples are against the mercantilization of nature”, they marched several miles to the Flamengo park, the venue for the “People’s Summit” organized by civil society groups on the sidelines of the Rio+20 event.
    ******************************************************************

    Perched atop a truck fitted with loudspeakers, a female activist howled: “This is a march of urban and rural women against this Rio+20 charade.”

    “No to green capitalism! Yes to an economy based on solidarity, yes to people’s sovereignty,” she added.

    People’s Summit militants view the “green economy” concept touted by organizers of the official Rio+20 gathering as just “another stage of capitalist accumulation” after the failure of the current model.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/women-march-rio-protest-green-economy

  249. Obama’s boss in mid-80s Jerry Kellman says O wld “weigh everything to death, & then take a dramatic risk at the end”

    just what we dont need in a job that needs decisions fast. Totally fits.

  250. I have tried 3x to post an email I just sent to wsj, pointing out that what Obama did on immigration is no different than what he did on the middle east negotiation process, i.e. extract a crucial element from a package solution and use it to puff up his own image. There is was the 1967 border, here it is the dream act. In the latter case, his pre-emptive move had the affect of scuttling the negotiations. This is why so many issues go unresolved. When he should be governing, he opts to merely campaign, and the net effect is no solutions for us or the world. He needs the vaudeville hook.

  251. admin
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    Today is #100:
    &&&&&&&&&

    But think how much worse the economy would be if Omulligan didn’t create all those jobs for caddies and groundskeepers.

  252. Gerald Seib worked as an intern for a relative of that great American Huey Long who was the inspiration for the 1952 movie Kings Row starring Broderick Crawford. Huey to his everlasting credit managed to turn the whole state of Louisiana into a Tammany Hall machine, in a rural as opposed to urban environment. Scumbag.

  253. Obama’s Puzzling Immigration Decision
    By Sean Trende – June 19, 2012

    President Obama made waves last week by announcing significant changes to the government’s stance on the deportation of certain illegal immigrants. Most analysts portrayed the decision as a smart move to shore up Obama’s flagging standing with Latino voters.

    I’m far less certain. Setting aside the actual merits of the policy — and we can’t pretend that a decision announced in June of an election year was made solely on the merits of the policy — I think the decision will probably wind up a net negative for the president. Three points in particular stand out:

    1) Latinos are underrepresented in swing states. While the Latino vote is frequently portrayed as a critical voting bloc, in truth it is concentrated in only a few swing states with just a handful of electoral votes. The only states where Latinos make up more than 10 percent of the electorate are: Arizona (16 percent of the electorate in 2008), California (18 percent), Colorado (13 percent), Florida (14 percent), Nevada (15 percent), New Mexico (41 percent), and Texas (20 percent).

    Of these, only Colorado, Florida, and Nevada are swing states; New Mexico and Arizona are at best borderline swing states. In Florida, the Latino vote largely (though decreasingly) comprises voters of Cuban descent and is therefore atypical of other Latino electorates.

    So in the end, we’re talking about Colorado and Nevada as the states where this is likely to produce dividends of any size, for a total of 15 electoral votes.

    2) There is a trade-off here. Fifteen electoral votes could still be crucial in a close election. But here’s the rub: The analyses that focus only on the potential effect among Latino voters miss half of the equation: The potential effect among white voters.

    I’ve made this point before, but consider the case of Arizona. For many liberal commentators, the silver lining to the state’s immigration bill was that it presaged the eventual death of the state’s Republican Party. By alienating Latino voters, Republicans would soon find it impossible to forge winning coalitions in the state.

    To be sure, Latino voters were alienated. In 2004, George W. Bush won 43 percent of that group in Arizona. Four years later, John McCain won 41 percent. In 2010, Jan Brewer pulled in a paltry 28 percent.

    Yet Brewer ran ahead of both McCain and Bush overall. The key is that her policies played well with white voters. In particular, McCain captured 60 percent of whites without college degrees and 58 percent of whites with college degrees.

    Brewer actually ran somewhat behind McCain among whites with college degrees, capturing 55 percent of their vote. But among whites without college degrees, Brewer won 66 percent of the vote. This is where her increased victory margin came from.

    This is important, because Obama has ongoing weaknesses with working-class white voters. So weak, in fact, that they threatened his presidential bid during the Democratic perfect storm of 2008.

    At the beginning of August 2008, Obama trailed McCain among whites with only high school diplomas by 13 points, and among those with some college by 14 points, and was only a few points ahead of McCain overall. Gallup found that from Sept. 8-14, McCain scored a 22-point lead over Obama among white voters with high school educations, and a 28-point lead among those with some college.

    The financial collapse is what changed this; in late September, McCain’s leads were six and 11 points, respectively. Without this shift, 2008 would have been a very close race; Obama might have lost, even in a year where everything else was going in his favor.

    In other words, we might expect Obama to court these voters carefully. But that hasn’t been the story of 2012 so far, and the deportation decision is at odds with such a strategy. Even more of a head-scratcher: These voters are the critical voting bloc in several must-win states for the president, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Michigan.

    Now, some may say that the DREAM Act polls well, and this is true. Remember, however, that the parties never campaign on the other side’s best frame of their policies, or even the most accurate frame. “Voluntary individual Social Security accounts for the young” polls fairly well, which is exactly why Democrats run against “Social Security privatization.” Similarly, Republicans won’t run against “stopping deportations of young Latinos brought to this country by their parents.” They’ll run against “amnesty,” which is radioactive with the white working class.

    3) Latinos aren’t monolithic. Finally, I think it’s important to remember that Latino voters’ views on immigration aren’t uniform, and that just as there’s a ceiling on the Republican share of this vote, there’s probably something of a floor. (Harry Enten provides some good analysis here.)

    I’d just add that in 2008, only 69 percent of Latino voters described illegal immigration as “very” or “extremely” important to them in exit polls. Of these, nearly one-third voted Republican, suggesting that a near-majority of Latinos either thought that illegal immigration wasn’t an important issue, or thought it was and voted Republican anyway.

    Remember also that on several controversial ballot issues in California, which supposedly cost Republicans their competitiveness in the state (notwithstanding the fact that the Republican share of the Latino vote in California has been stable since 1988), large portions of the Latino community cast votes that were directly opposed to what is broadly considered their “interest” on immigration issues. Even Jan Brewer managed to win almost 30 percent of the Latino vote.

    In short, it’s not really clear what Obama’s tack on immigration really accomplishes, politically speaking. It probably will result in minimal gains among Latino voters, in states with only a few electoral votes. But what it costs him could easily offset those gains, and then some.

  254. Glad someone else nticed the diversions…..

    Eric Cantor : It seems that the President is interested in talking about everything but jobs, the economy and getting people back to work.

    Diversion after diversion.

  255. But think how much worse the economy would be if Omulligan didn’t create all those jobs for caddies and groundskeepers.
    ———————-
    If that were all, I could live with it. The problem is he has also created millions of jam boys. During the 1920s, golf was a game for the rich, and it was not above rich men to take a jam boy as well as a caddy out on the course with him. The job of the caddie was to know the distances, how to read greens, and the rules. The role of the jam boy was to cover himself with a sweet smelling stick substance and ward away the flies which would otherwise congregate around the rich man, because they are attracted to the smell of . . . jam. To repeat, Obama has created as nation of jam boys. And he has been known to boil a frog or two along the way as well.

  256. rgb44hrc
    June 19th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    —————–
    Excellent analysis. Sean is like Jay Cost: he cuts through the big media lies, and all the wailing and nashing of teeth in the outer darkness. In today’s political environment those traits are rare indeed, and always worth listening to.

  257. DOWNWARD HO!

    1. June 16th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    RCP has Dickhead down, -1.2%. And this is where the only two positive polls for Obummer are older polls from like 3 weeks back.

    2. Today, RCP has it worse for Obummer, -1.6%. Again, this includes the two older polls. And don’t forget, some of the polls used in RCP’s equation use “adjustments”, which conveniently skew toward the Occupy White House lead-from-behind guy.

  258. Mrs. Smith
    June 19th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Russian President Dominates Weaker Obama
    —————
    Can we expect a 30 second pin?

  259. RIGHT TRACK / WRONG TRACK?

    Not even close.

    Again, RCP’s “Direction of Country”:

    Poll….Date…… Right Wrong Spread
    RCP Avg 5/16 – 6/11 31.3 61.8 -30.5
    Reuters 6/7 – 6/11 32 63 -31
    Rasmuss 6/4 – 6/10 29 64 -35
    CBS/NYT 5/31 – 6/3 31 62 -31
    NBC/WSJ 5/16 – 5/20 33 58 -25

  260. KIND OF A DRAG…

    Negative coattails. How unappealing!

    Dem hopes of taking House dim
    =========================

    By Cameron Joseph
    06/19/12 05:00 AM ET

    Democratic hopes of recapturing the House are dimming as a series of race-by-race setbacks and economic uncertainty suggest that the 25 seats they need to net might be out of reach.

    The Hill projects that Democrats will net somewhere between 10 and 15 seats, assuming the presidential election remains a close contest.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has given her party a better than 50-50 chance of wresting control of the lower chamber — but missed opportunities in specific races and increasing economic worries have put that prediction in doubt.

    “The environment certainly isn’t as good as it was six months ago for Democrats,” a senior Democratic strategist who works on House races told The Hill, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to comment candidly.

    “Democrats are way off track of where they need to be to regain the majority,” said David Wasserman, the House race editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

    The situation for the left is slightly better in the Senate, where strong recruitment and the surprise retirement of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) has increased Democrats’ odds of holding the upper chamber.

    House Democrats lost a prime pickup opportunity in California earlier this month when they failed to get a top recruit through the state’s new “top two” primary system. Instead, two Republicans will face off for control of a seat that would have given President Obama 56 percent of its vote in 2008 — a result that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) admitted to The Hill was a “setback.”

    They also suffered blows recently in Arkansas and South Carolina, where the party’s preferred recruits failed to win their primaries in three GOP-leaning districts.

    While the Arkansas and South Carolina seats were going to be difficult for Democrats to win even with their favored candidates, in a year in which they need everything to break their way, the results further limited the number of seats they have a chance at.

    Predictions for who will control the House in the 113th Congress have predictably fallen along party lines.

    Israel argues it is possible for Democrats to win control, while avoiding making any guarantees. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in late April that there was a “1 in 3” chance his party could lose the chamber, while National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) predicted in early May that the GOP would expand its majority.

    Republicans argue the Democrats’ recent struggles are the latest sign the GOP would hold onto the House.

    “This cycle has turned out to be nothing but a drought instead of what Democrats hoped would be a river of dreams,” said NRCC communications director Andrea Bozek.

    Presidents rarely have long coattails during their reelection campaigns.

    A party with a sitting president has only picked up more than 25 seats in a presidential year once in the last half-century: President Johnson helped 36 Democrats into the House in 1964.

    To engineer a wave election of that size, Democrats would need a strong wind at their backs — and while polls show Dems hold a slight lead in recent generic House polls, there is no sign of strong momentum that could give them a win.

    “House races are always going to be tied to the top of the ticket,” the Democratic strategist said. “The better Obama’s doing, the redder the districts Democrats can be playing in, and the economy is very important to the president’s success.”

    There are signs that the economy might be stagnating. Last month’s jobs report showed the unemployment rate tick up slightly, to 8.2 percent, the first increase in a year. Just 69,000 jobs were created in the month, the third consecutive month in which job growth did not reach expectations.

    On top of that, the ongoing economic crisis has caused instability in U.S. markets. While Greece’s election of a pro-bailout party staved off an immediate banking crisis on the continent, there are numerous signs that things might be going in the wrong direction in Europe. That would further roil U.S. markets and damage the already fragile economic recovery, which in turn could hurt Obama and the House Democratic candidates who need strong coattails from him.

    Many political scientists say that voters’ perceptions of the economy are cemented months ahead of a presidential election, and a poll conducted by The Hill this past weekend showed three-quarters of voters were either “very” or “somewhat” concerned the economy was heading for another recession.

    “If we don’t see these jobs numbers stabilize and start improving, the trend is only going to continue to be difficult for the Democrats,” said another Democratic strategist who works on House races. “This trend on unemployment, I don’t want to say it’s scary, but it’s certainly getting people’s attention.”

    Democrats publicly argue that the generic congressional ballot test shows that they can win back control of the House, and point to two recent polls showing them leading by a handful of points, although because of redistricting they will need to run a few points ahead of 50 percent nationally to win back control.

    They also point to their recent victory in the special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in a GOP-leaning district as evidence that their Medicare messaging will work in the fall.

    “In last week’s special election in Arizona, Democrats ran against the Republican plan to drastically cut Medicare while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and Republicans rehashed the same tired themes they ran in 2010,” said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. “Despite the fact that the district voted for George W. Bush in 2004 and John McCain in 2008 and Democratic outside groups were outspent, our message won and it’s clear the Republican majority is in jeopardy.”

    While the election did indicate their message worked, the GOP candidate was flawed, and had failed to win in the 2010 Republican wave election for the same reason.

    Republicans were able to shore up many of their 2010 gains in redistricting — by Wasserman’s calculations, the process netted the GOP eight more seats, making the hill for Democrats to climb back to the majority even steeper.

  261. Syria, Iran, Russia and China plan joint war games, Iranian news agency says

    Largest exercise in Mideast history set to take place within a month; Syrian official denies report

    Iran, Syria, Russia and China are planning the “biggest-ever wargames in the Middle East,” according to an unconfirmed report on the semi-official Iranian news site Fars News. A Syrian official denied the claims.

    According to the article, the four countries are preparing 90,000 troops, 400 aircraft and 1,000 tanks for the massive joint maneuvers, which are to take place along the Syrian coast within a month.

    The report states that Russian “atomic submarines and warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers as well as Iranian battleships and submarines will also arrive in Syria” and that Egypt has agreed to let 12 Chinese warships cross the Suez Canal for the exercises.

    According to Israel Radio, Bouthaina Shaabana, a Syrian official and President Bashar Assad’s special adviser, said the reports about such a drill are “baseless” and false.

    The IDF spokesman’s office called the report a “political matter” and declined to comment.

    Iran is currently holding talks with six Western powers over the fate of its nuclear program. The talks, said to be held in a tense atmosphere in Moscow, seek to alleviate world concerns that the Islamic Republic is developing nuclear weapons.

    Syria meanwhile faces international pressure to end a 15-month crackdown on local rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    China and Russia have come to the aid of both countries in recent months at the UN Security Council, vetoing military intervention in Syria and expanded sanctions on Iran.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-news-agency-reports-joint-syria-iran-russia-and-china-wargames/

  262. BREAKING NEWS:

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has formally requested asylum in Ecuador, the country’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said.

    Patino, speaking at a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, read from a statement that Assange was currently at Ecuador’s embassy in London, England, where he formally requested asylum.

    The request comes after the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Thursday dismissed an application filed by an attorney for the WikiLeaks founder who was seeking to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

  263. This front page story in Japs Bomb Pearl Harbor size lettering should give that Homer Simpson brain trust Phil Griffin a malox moment or two. Caught red handed, editing. In a court of law this is called spoliation–the intentional editing or altering of a document to enhance your legal position. It is punishable. Thirty years ago, an adversary of mine in another matter introduced a forged deed which he forged into evidence, and the Judge read him his Miranda rights on the spot. Later he was disbarred. For a news organization this goes to the issue of trust, and while it may not be actionable, it does significant damage to the brand. Let’s hope it works that way here. The entire msnbc organization is reminiscent of the role played by Robert Finch in the movie Network–100% out of control.

    http://www.foxnews.com/

  264. Lawrence O’Donnell Mocks Ann Romney for Riding Horses to Combat Multiple Sclerosis

    msnbc video @ link

    June 19, 2012

    With each passing day, the Obama-loving media stoop to new lows in attacking the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his family.

    On MSNBC’s The Last Word Monday, host Lawrence O’Donnell mocked Ann Romney for having the nerve to combat her multiple sclerosis by riding horses (video follows with transcript and commentary):

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/06/19/lawrence-odonnell-attacks-ann-romney-riding-horses-combat-multiple-sc#ixzz1yFeibq2i

  265. What is the point of having war games in the Middle East? What could go wrong? Somebody slips and bombs Israel? Then what?

  266. I have been searching high and low for the results of the Calif. primary…especially in the Democratic primary – how many of those voters selected “no candidate” rather than vote for the incumbent, Barack Obama?

    Nada, zip, zero that I can find. So, I decided to do my own math.

    Starting with this bs…

    Barack Obama (Dem) 1,977,013 100.0%
    . . . .(Sounds like election results from North Korea)

    Here is the link: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/president/party/democratic/

    So, all us folks that did not check off Barry, but used the line to write in a candidate, our votes were flushed down the john. Nice.

  267. Okay, I sort of gave up on my own math above, trying to figure out how many Dems are in CA…then adding up all the repub votes, subtracting the independent votes…but it’s all crap and must be really terrible if they won’t even put it in the papers for their voters to see.

    I did find this tidbit of good news though:

    California Voter and Party Profiles

    The share of independent voters continues to increase.

    The share of California voters who say they are independent or decline to state a party continues to rise and is now at 20.4% (3.5 million voters; it was 18.8% or 2.9 million in 2007, the last pre-presidential election year). The California Secretary of State reports that as of February 2011 Democrats numbered 7.6 million (44%) while Republicans numbered 5.3 million (30.9%). Currently there are 17.2 million California voters, 72.8% of eligible adults. In 2008, the last presidential election year, there was a spike in the number of registered voters, which benefitted Democrats most and Republicans least. Our surveys indicate that among those we consider most likely to vote, 44% are Democrats, 35% are Republicans, and 17% are independents.

    Just this info shows the obots that came out to vote for their Dear Kim BarryCakes was about 1.5 million voters less than the total number of Independents in CA, and they are only 20% of the voters.

    In other words, Barry sucks in CA too.

    http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_show.asp?i=526

  268. rgb44hrc
    June 19th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    RIGHT TRACK / WRONG TRACK?

    Not even close
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    How could it be otherwise–unless you name is Bill Maher, Ann Winnotor, or George Clooney.

  269. Syria, Iran, Russia and China plan joint war games.

    ——–
    Great, that means they have laid their cards on the table as to who’s side they are on.

    Looks like America is kinda on her own in defending Israel. A little help here and there from our real allies.

  270. Lawrence O’Donnel is roadkill baked in the hot arizona sun so it stinks so bad that the buzzards wont tough it.

  271. Looks like America is kinda on her own in defending Israel.

    Correction: with Barry in the Oval, he will not commit American troops to defend Israel until it’s too late.

  272. Many political scientists say that voters’ perceptions of the economy are cemented months ahead of a presidential election, and a poll conducted by The Hill this past weekend showed three-quarters of voters were either “very” or “somewhat” concerned the economy was heading for another recession.

  273. Why are more details of this leak coming out and the big headlines on Drudge??

    Where is our Natl.Security force?
    Hey there, wake up idiots!!!!

    U.S., Israel developed computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say

    The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected critical intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.

  274. Correction: with Barry in the Oval, he will not commit American troops to defend Israel until it’s too late.
    ========================================
    The fact we did nothing in Syria showed tremendous weakness and now Assad may well stay in power as Iran’s proxy, with the aid
    of Russia and China. Iran also steadily moving ahead to nuclear weapons, and Israel will have to make the most important decision regarding whether to take military action or not, knowing Obama will not help defend her.

  275. I thought this was interesting, a comment on Ulserman about Barry’s problems.
    Some of it we all know…

    ThroughtheLookingGlass

    He has Destructive Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which is a Borderline personality disorder that encompasses his sociopathic behavior and pathological behavior of lying. Also noteworthy is his severe clinical depression and speech disability–he stutters which is why he relies heavily on a teleprompter and seldom takes questions from the press.

    OT: The Rose Garden Event
    I was troubled more by Barry’s reaction to the interruption of his speech rather than the interruption itself. His speech patterns and irritable nervous behavior were more telling about him and his personality. He stuttered and stammered and injected his massive ego into his admonition. THAT is the indicator of his issues. His depression reveals in his using the word “sir” as if he’s speaking to someone above his grade level. He has been taught well to be respectful, though he is insecure in his public personna when ‘off prompter’. Then he refers to his position as president, which is where his massive ego, which has been bestowed upon him, is revealed as he scolds the reporter for interrupting him. I’m surprised no one said more about the tone of Barry’s voice and his demeanor. Being half black has nothing to do with his bizarre impromptu response to a perceived heckler.

  276. Update: Sean Trende agrees with what we wrote below on just about every point we made:

    “Most analysts portrayed the decision as a smart move to shore up Obama’s flagging standing with Latino voters. [snip]

    I think the decision will probably wind up a net negative for the president. [snip]

    There is a trade-off here. Fifteen electoral votes could still be crucial in a close election. But here’s the rub: The analyses that focus only on the potential effect among Latino voters miss half of the equation: The potential effect among white voters. [snip]

    This is important, because Obama has ongoing weaknesses with working-class white voters. So weak, in fact, that they threatened his presidential bid during the Democratic perfect storm of 2008. [snip]

    The financial collapse is what changed this; in late September, McCain’s leads were six and 11 points, respectively. Without this shift, 2008 would have been a very close race; Obama might have lost, even in a year where everything else was going in his favor. [snip]

    These voters are the critical voting bloc in several must-win states for the president, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Michigan.

    Now, some may say that the DREAM Act polls well, and this is true. Remember, however, that the parties never campaign on the other side’s best frame of their policies, or even the most accurate frame. [snip]

    In short, it’s not really clear what Obama’s tack on immigration really accomplishes, politically speaking. It probably will result in minimal gains among Latino voters, in states with only a few electoral votes. But what it costs him could easily offset those gains, and then some.”

    As we write below, “everything Obama touches turns to sh*t”.

    As to polling, we also wrote there might be a very short lived boost. Today a Bloomberg poll: 64% agree with new immigration policy. We can’t critique the Bloomberg poll because no demographic data is provided by the pollsters. But the unimpressive 64% support for the unconstitutional policy is not boosting Obama in Gallup, Rassmussen or DailyKooks polls.

    Remember: “Everything Obama touches turns to sh*t.” Remember also, “It’s the economy, stupid.”



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  277. bstonesfan
    June 19th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Correction: with Barry in the Oval, he will not commit American troops to defend Israel until it’s too late.
    _______________

    Agreed- There will be a whoops moment and it will trigger a retaliation from Israel and the ME will explode into a fireball of destruction…

    Obama agreeing to this tempest in a Tea-Pot is a sad day for America!!!

  278. admin
    June 19th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Update: Sean Trende agrees with what we wrote below on just about every point we made:
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    wbboei
    June 19th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    God that is a brilliant analysis by Sean. It reinforces what admin has said.

  279. bstonesfan
    June 19th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Correction: with Barry in the Oval, he will not commit American troops to defend Israel until it’s too late.
    _______________

    Agreed- There will be a whoops moment and it will trigger a retaliation from Israel and the ME will explode into a fireball of destruction…

    Obama agreeing to this tempest in a Tea-Pot is a sad day for America!!!
    ——————
    I would not take such a morbid view of the situation. Obama has a contingency plan to deal with everything. Here he will send Secretary of State John Kerry over there and he can throw a temper tantrum and hurl his Viet Nam medals against the west wall. And then for the pez d resistnace as Iran crosses the nuclear threshold you will get the Kerry Dances. Oh the days of the Kerry dancing. Gone alas like our youth too soon. Three fiddlers–Nero, Barack and Kerry. Estem generis.

  280. Every day Romney is not talking about the economy is a day Obama wins–per Krauthammer. We know that–and so does big media. They will try to pull him off track. He must not allow them to do so.

  281. So the G20 summit has agreed to bail outSpain and Italy to the tune of 600 billion….exactly where are they going to find this money.

  282. Breaking : “Mubarak’s heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond.”

    Mubarak clinically dead.

  283. Issa talks to Holder Cover-Up? Who ? Us?
    ____________

    “Issa has said he believes the DOJ is involved in a “cover-up,” arguing that the high-level department officials clearly knew about the controversial gun-walking tactics and perhaps even approved them.

    Holder has denied that he ever knew about the tactics. And though he has defended most of the close circle of DOJ officials around him, the top two officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which oversaw Fast and Furious, were reassigned.

    The U.S. Attorney who provided ATF agents legal advice on the failed operation stepped down. And last week, the DOJ official responsible for penning the letter to Grassley took a job as a dean of a university law school.

    Holder said on Monday that the briefing his office provided to Issa’s staff last week gives a detailed answer to the GOP’s questions about how much the DOJ knew and when.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/233257-holder-and-issa-to-meet-on-tuesday

  284. Breaking : “Mubarak’s heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond.”

    Mubarak clinically dead.
    ————————-
    Arab Spring and Obama’s Transformative Agenda have prevailed. Now the Muslim Brotherhood takes its turn. If Obama received the Nobel Prize not for what he had done, but for what he would do, one can only wonder if he had earned it yet with this dismal track record.

  285. Egypt’s Mubarak taken to hospital after stroke

    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    CAIRO — Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak was transferred from prison to a military hospital on Tuesday after suffering a stroke and being defibrillated, state news agency MENA said.

    “Former president Hosni Mubarak has been transferred from Tora prison to the armed forces hospital in Maadi,” the agency said, adding that the ousted leader was admitted to intensive care.

    The transfer came after Mubarak suffered a stroke without losing consciousness and was defibrillated in prison, prompting sources to say they expected he would be moved on Tuesday evening if his condition worsened.

  286. The face-to-face meeting between GOP Rep. Darrell Issa and Attorney General Eric Holder scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on the congressional investigation into the botched anti-gunrunning operation Fast and Furious will take place as scheduled, several sources tell Fox News.

    The meeting — which was announced Monday but has since appeared to be in jeopardy of being canceled due to scheduling conflicts — is still set for the original 5 p.m. start on Capitol Hill.

    Holder has posed making a deal with Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, by offering some key documents in exchange for Issa calling off a contempt vote scheduled for Wednesday.

    Fox

  287. Unbelievable- well, I doubt Romney is going to take on this tsunami in it’s blow back stages-
    _______________

    Marco Rubio says he would come to the U.S. illegally if he had to

    June 19, 2012

    Hypothetically, if Marco Rubio were not an American citizen and could not provide food for his family, he says he would cross the border illegally to come to the United States.

    While discussing immigration policy in his new memoir, An American Son, Rubio called for “common decency” in dealing with undocumented immigrants and said that if put in a similar position as those who are fleeing destitution, he would break the law, too.

    “Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn’t feed our families,” Rubio writes in his book, which went on sale Tuesday. “If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law, no matter how restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/marco-rubio-us-illegally/story?id=16601077

  288. Rubio is becoming the poster child for the attitude of children not born of US parents who are nbc citizens. Hard to believe he is foolish enough to think children of US citizens would compromise our country’s laws to accommodate people who think our laws are meaningless existing for their wants and needs. Multiply his attitude X 10 million people-

    Rubio self destructs…

  289. Mrs. Smith
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:23 pm
    *****************

    Rubio will not be VP. Maybe he didn’t want it, I don’t know, but he isn’t stupid so one has to assume he wanted to go no further than Senator.

    Maybe he will wait till the Hispanics take over the majority population in the USA, getting closer everyday.

    It may be Ryan.

  290. Rubio’s family, actually pretty much did that, except Cuban’s have a free pass. Maybe he feels guilty, either way, dumb and dumber.

  291. Christie would over power Romney, he is not too second banana by nature. I don’t think he will go female and Martinez, but maybe he will.

  292. Issa talks to Holder Cover-Up? Who ? Us?
    ____________

    “Issa has said he believes the DOJ is involved in a “cover-up,” arguing that the high-level department officials clearly knew about the controversial gun-walking tactics and perhaps even approved them.
    ———————
    A cover-up? Ya think??? Surely not Holder. He is a choirboy.

    “If the Obama administration wasn’t really concerned about the actual guns – they lost over a thousand or so, right? Can’t find them. No idea where they went. So those guns weren’t the concern. It was the crime they wanted to trace back to those guns that were sold in the United States. It was the crimes they wanted to happen – they fu—ing encouraged to happen – that was the purpose of all of this. Turn around and use those crimes to push through much tougher federal gun controls, and push through some kind of amnesty immigration policy. WE killed 200 Mexicans – that message…guilt voters into amnesty, right? And I’m not opposed to some immigration policy – it’s needed, and long overdue. But for God’s sake – I’m not for killing people to get there. This White House was willing to do that. This White House, the Obama administration – they were willing to kill Mexicans. But they made a mistake…the killing of the border agents – they didn’t prepare to have those killings linked to the weapons. Or if they did, they didn’t realize it would backfire against them like it did.”

    http://askmarion.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/white-house-insider-they-got-obamacare-now-they-want-the-2nd-amendment-the-ulsterman-report/

  293. HOLLAND, Mich.—Mitt Romney said Tuesday his campaign is vetting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as a potential vice presidential candidate, contradicting several reports suggesting otherwise.

    Romney told reporters Rubio is being “thoroughly vetted” for the VP job and described stories reporting contrary news as “false.”

  294. MR is not backing down from BO’s thug tactics. instead, he has memorized the playbook and is turning it back on the BO campaign with enormous relish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_0binu7cy0&feature=player_embedded#!

    MR – for all his faults – is an ALPHA MALE and BO and crew can’t handle it.

    MR has FIVE sons. The amount of testosterone in a 6 male household – well – even though his sons are grown up and on their own MR has spent his life surrounded by male energy.

    I am a single female for a reason. Too much testosterone gets on my nerves. But it’s what we need in a leader. Heck, HRC knows that and is the champ of testicular fortitude.

    MR reminds me of a more refined Putin. There is steel running in that guy’s nerves. Plus, unlike John McCain, MR WANTS to win. It’s like he’s saying bring it on to the Bo’s. He likes a fight, he likes to compete and he wants to be the victor.

  295. Rubio is stating a truism. People will do what is necessary to provide for their families. The problem is our government has left the door open, it offers them incentives like citizenship to emigrate here illegally, it provided medical help and it does not punish employers who hire them. If you have a horse and you put a stick at one end and a carrot at the other, you can be pretty sure which direction that horse will move. But what about the people who try to come here legally? They wait their turn, only to see those who violated are laws be rewarded.

  296. gonzo,

    From HA.

    In particular, few women except for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte – a freshman lawmaker from New England with only scant federal experience – are thought to be under consideration by Romney.

    “I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that,” said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. “I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they’re worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny.”

  297. i worked as a volunteer for kelly ayotte during her run for US Senate in 2010. she was our attorney general and very well respected here in NH.

    though i think the world of kelly, she is not ready for the VP slot. however, i believe she would end up with a cabinet position in a Romney WH.

  298. The American Spectator home

    Weathermanson

    By DANIEL J. FLYNN on 6.15.12 @ 6:08AM

    The Manson Family was no less an outgrowth of 1960s leftism than the Weathermen — a fact conveniently forgotten.

    Convicted killer Charles “Tex” Watson, the muscle behind the Tate-LaBianca murders, has filed a motion to stop the Los Angeles Police Department from obtaining tapes of him talking with his lawyer in the aftermath of the Manson Family arrests. The eight hours of tape, access to which Watson had once granted to an author, became available as a result of the deceased attorney’s bankruptcy proceedings.
    The LAPD seeks to possess rather than merely listen to the recordings because of suspicions that they might shed light on Manson Family murders beyond those affirmed by the courts. Accounts of a supposed one-man-game of Russian-roulette-gone-wrong played by a cultist with a fully-loaded revolver (strangely witnessed only by other Family members), the mysterious disappearance of a defense attorney, and a follower’s throat-and-wrist-slashed suicide in London continue to raise suspicions. Of this last case a Family member cryptically wrote, “I would not want what happened to Joel to happen to me.”
    Forty-three summers after the Helter Skelter murders, the Manson Family still provokes headlines and head-scratching. One needn’t six-degrees-of-separation to connect the villains and victims to as diverse a collection of characters as Doris Day, Steve McQueen, Neil Young, and Lou Costello, proving that the entertainment Mecca was still like a village where everyone’s connection extended to everybody. A friend of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson killed friends of the Mamas and the Papas’ John and Michele Phillips for reasons found on a Beatles album.
    It didn’t make sense, but then again so little during the late 1960s did.
    Most mysterious of all is why what we know, and not just what we don’t, remains so obscure. Specifically puzzling is why a group so mired in the leftist counterculture is so disassociated or at least considered anomalous from the sixties Left.
    “His words and courage inspired us,” explained Yippe Jerry Rubin, who visited Manson in jail. “I fell in love with Charlie Manson the first time I saw his cherub face and sparkling eyes on TV.” Counterculture newspapers fell for a conman’s Christ complex by depicting the establishment crucifying Manson. Weatherman adopted a split-fingered greeting, and featured a cell named “The Fork,” in homage to the culinary implement stuck into the murdered Leno LaBianca’s stomach. A banner even spelled out victim Sharon Tate’s name in bullets at a 1969 “War Party” gathering in Flint, Michigan.
    Like Weatherman, the Manson Family started on a college campus—Berkeley, to be precise, where the group’s messiah recruited his first follower, University of California librarian Mary Brunner. Both groups fetishized African Americans as the vanguard of a pending world revolution. Whereas the Weathermen appropriated Bob Dylan lyrics for their name and manifesto, Manson discovered cryptic messages embedded in The Beatles’ white album. Both cults used communal living, sex on demand, and narcotics as means of control.
    Most importantly, Weathermen and Manson cultists set out to kill people they regarded as “pigs”—sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and murder.
    But it’s somehow uncouth to draw parallels between, say, Bernardine Dohrn and Charles Manson. Was Manson’s “Helter Skelter” prophecy of race war really any more outlandish, or that different, than the Weatherman manifesto’s contention that “the real interests of masses of oppressed whites in this country lie with the Black Liberation Struggle,” its overthrow of the U.S. government, and the world communism that would supposedly ensue?
    The Manson Family provokes endless curiosity. Desert excavations in search of bodies and periodic parole hearings stoke public interest. Suggest the reopening of a case connected to Weatherman, as Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid did several years ago regarding the 1970 murder of San Francisco police sergeant Brian McDonnell, and listen to the crickets.
    The media frenzy that greets new information in a case in which the major figures remain incarcerated strangely becomes media indifference when the reinvestigation focuses on scot-free academics with powerful friends and enormous bank accounts. Never is the search for truth (and justice) so maligned as a campaign of harassment as when it involves the crimes of well-connected old lefties.
    If Brian McDonnell had been a movie star rather than a cop his murderers would be behind bars instead of lecterns.
    Weatherman cultists found sinecures in academia, won generous publishing contracts, and even cultivated friendships with a future president. Manson Family members, on the other hand, hide from society, change their names, and rot in jail.
    This status discrepancy, like certain deaths surrounding both cults, remains an unsolved mystery.

  299. BREAKING: After Issa and Holder Meet, Still No Documents, Contempt Charges Still Looming

    Jun 19, 2012 05:47 PM EST

    The meeting between Attorney General Eric Holder and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has ended after 20 minutes of discussion. Holder came with an offer of a briefing on Fast and Furious documents, but did not physically turn over any documents. This is unsatisfactory to Issa who has said repeatedly that in order for Holder to avoid a contempt vote Wednesday at 10 AM, he must hand over 1300 Fast and Furious documents to the Committee.

    “The documents they may choose to give in the future, we need before tomorrow,” Issa said to reporters. ““Ultimately the documents needed for postponement seem to be in their possession.”

  300. Long, I apologize, but I thought worth the read..
    ****

    American Spectator

    Obama’s Post-Constitutional Wingmen

    By Jeffrey Lord on 6.19.12 @ 6:09AM

    Access, bias, herd mentality in Munro incident — the corruption of the White House press corps.

    “Good evening, everybody. (Applause.) I would like to welcome you all to the 10-day anniversary of my first 100 days. (Laughter.) I am Barack Obama. Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter and applause.) Apologies to the Fox table. (Laughter.) They’re — where are they? I have to confess I really did not want to be here tonight, but I knew I had to come — just one more problem that I’ve inherited from George W. Bush. (Laughter.)”
    — President Obama addressing the 2009 White House Correspondent’s Dinner

    You don’t interrupt the president.

    So goes the media narrative in the wake of the media hysteria surrounding the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro and his so-called “heckling” of President Obama.

    Yeah, right. This is bunk.

    A pluperfect illustration of a double-standard, as was illustrated in this space yesterday with a video clip of the White House press corps not only interrupting then-President Ronald Reagan as he read a statement but then shouting and shrieking at him as he left the room.

    But is there more than meets the eye in this dust-up over Mr. Munro? (Munro, by the way, a longtime professional who formerly reported for the respected National Journal has answered his critics here stating the obvious — he had no intention of interrupting the President but simply thought the President had finished his statement.)

    Yes. There is more here. A lot more. None of it pretty.

    Someone needs to say this: There is a culture of corruption in the media world that is the White House press corps.

    Let’s be specific.

    This corruption — corruption defined as not honestly reporting the news or asking hard questions of the President of the United States and his White House colleagues — revolves around three very real, very specific problems. And a looming fourth problem that we will get to shortly.

    • Problem One: Access — Not unnaturally, White House reporters want access to the President, the Vice President, and the White House staff. That is, in theory at least, why there is a White House press corps in the first place. They are there to report to the rest of us — the “rest of us” defined as both the American people and the world at large — what’s going on in the Oval Office and environs.

    Sounds unremarkable, yes? In practice — no. What happens in the real world is that the White House — the President personally and his band of loyalists, generally represented to the press by the White House press secretary — always have a message to get out. This fact of daily presidential necessity effectively sets up a world class game of the carrot-and-the- stick — with the White House in charge.

    If the White House likes you — you being a White House reporter — then presto! You get the carrot! You get the access to the President and all that this implies — his staff, his Vice President, his wife. Even more of a bonus — the White House will signal to your news organization that someone outside the immediate presidential orbit — a Cabinet Secretary, say, or a major presidential ally on Capitol Hill or even outside the government — will talk/confide/leak to your guys.

    And there’s another way White House correspondents seek the carrot. They use their skills to build up the image of White House official X — from the President all the way down to the lowliest staffer.

    This reality of dealing with the White House press corps would drive then-Reagan White House Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan to frustrated furies. Regan had succeeded the politically savvy James Baker, but his public image quickly went downhill, unlike Baker’s. Regan had been the CEO of Wall Street’s Merrill Lynch before becoming Reagan’s Treasury Secretary, a job that suited him. But being a White House chief of staff is a political job requiring political sensibilities, which Regan, alas, did not have. He was the veritable babe in the woods when dealing with the White House press corps. He realized — too late — how the game was played. Why Jim Baker got favorable press — and he didn’t. Said Regan later in his unhappy memoir, For the Record:

    My predecessors, and even some of the senior staff in my time at the White House, had chummed with journalists, dining with them in the evening and playing tennis with them in the cool of the mornings. I abjured these pleasures.

    Regan, an older man of considerable self-made financial success, hated this kind of thing — and so rejected the many invitations to socialize. As a result, Regan became convinced — correctly — that the negative stories about him piled up because the press’s carrot to him was rejected. And that he, Regan, would refuse to leak inside stories to this, that, or the other member of the White House press corps — thus generating his own personal negative press.

    In short, what Regan discovered was that there was a direct relationship between leaks to reporters — and favorable coverage of the leaker. There is no accident that people like Jim Baker or Colin Powell or the late Ted Kennedy were afloat in a veritable sea of favorable press.

    It is very safe to assume that leaks from the Obama White House — lately on matters of intelligence — are done to generate positive coverage.

    And the stick? The stick for the White House is — no access.

    For either you or your news organization. None, zero, zip, nada. You can sit there at White House press conferences until the cows come home or hell freezes over, and you will never, ever be recognized by the President when he steps into the White House briefing room or any other place he’s holding a press conference..

    The Obama Administration has been compared to the Nixon Administration on occasion, and the Nixon White House and Watergate is a good, non-Obama example of how the carrot and stick game works.

    Needless to say, the Nixon White House was unhappy at the Washington Post’s questions and investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal. When the 1972 election was over, with Nixon beating the leftist Senator George McGovern in a landslide in spite of the Post’s Neil Munro style of coverage, the Nixon White House played the stick end of the carrot-and-stick game.

    In their respective memoirs, the Post’s famous Watergate-era Executive Editor Ben Bradlee and the paper’s owner, the late Katharine Graham, wrote of just how the stick end of this game was applied to his paper.

    A reporter for the Post’s then competitor (the Washington Star-News has since folded) was told by a senior Nixon aide to “come in with your breadbasket, and we’ll fill it.” Meaning, all the access the Star could possibly want to the world of the Nixon White House was to be granted — to specifically punish the Post. The President’s first exclusive interview in his second term went to — a Star reporter, the Post shut out. A Post reporter — an older woman who covered the First Lady — was “systematically excluded from all pools, where she would have a chance to report directly, rather than accept force-fed handouts.” Nixon himself was captured on the Watergate tapes saying the Post would suffer “damnable, damnable problems.” Graham adds that calls were not returned, administration personnel were forbidden to attend editorial board lunches, and certainly not to accept invitations to dine at Mrs. Graham’s. In short, says, Bradlee, the Post had so displeased the Nixon White House the paper was plunged into a “black hole” — access shut off.

    Take a look again at the strange silence from his colleagues surrounding Neil Munro as he asks his question. Take in all the media outrage you are hearing over Munro. What are you really seeing and hearing?

    You are seeing a group of supposed professionals caught in the act of playing the carrot-and-stick game. The silence is in reality a most vocal plea for access. “Not me!” it telegraphs to the President and his staff. “I didn’t do it… it was Munro over there.”

    These are not journalists…they are White House poodles.

    And to make certain that their wagging tails are not missed — various of these people take to the airwaves or print or blogs to condemn Munro. Message: Arf! Arf! More access please!

    This carrot and stick dynamic is intended to produce a specific effect — and we have seen evidence of how this works in just this recent incident with Mr. Munro.

    We will come back to this. But on to…

    • Problem Two: The Herd Mentality — Washington in general, and the White House specifically, suffers perpetually from what is frequently called the “herd mentality.” Loosely defined as writing or talking about what everybody else around you is talking about. There is no room for individuality here, and in fact in a thousand ways large and small individual thinking is discouraged.

    Examples? Think for a moment of Woodward and Bernstein uncovering the Watergate scandal. Who were Woodward and Bernstein in 1972-1973? Correct — they famously were young, aggressive reporters for the Washington Post. What were they not? Members of the White House press corps. Which is to say, all of the goings on within the Nixon White House weren’t even discovered by the very people in the press whose job it was to show up at the White House press room every single working day and ask questions.

    This pattern repeated itself in the Clinton scandals. Who discovered Paula Jones? Who made the discovery that over time led to the impeachment of the President for lying to a federal grand jury and a judge? Yes indeed. That discovery was made right here in the pages of The American Spectator. And who revealed the news of Clinton’s involvement with Monica Lewinsky? Right again — Matt Drudge. Newsweek even had the story — but they refused to run it. They hate sticks at Newsweek.

    This is the herd mentality at work. At that point in their careers, Woodward and Bernstein were so young they were heedless to the herd mentality — so they just plowed ahead. But Ben Bradlee, Katharine Graham, and company were not immune, and as is recorded, Bradlee and Graham constantly worried that their two young reporters were not running with the herd. Graham called this period a “lonely moment” and wondering “where is everybody else?” The herd mentality is a major cultural factor in all of Washington, not to mention in the White House press corps. Mr. Munro, thankfully, clearly doesn’t have the problem. But the harshly negative responses to Munro from various media personalities shows just who does. The herd is running as fast as it possibly can away from Munro — and by extension his colleagues at the Daily Caller. Why? That’s what the herd does.

    And if this were 1986 and Neil Munro had done to Ronald Reagan what he did to Barack Obama? Neil Munro would have been the toast of Georgetown, the new regular on the talk show circuit, the man to be lavished with book contracts and honorary degrees. Why? That’s what the herd does.

    • Problem Three: Bias — No news flash here. The charge of liberal bias in the media is an old one. But let’s see how it worked in terms of the White House press corps in the two incidents involving Presidents Reagan and Obama as they appeared in front of the press corps to discuss these two issues of Iran-Contra and immigration.

    Take another look at the Reagan press conference on Iran-Contra. The White House press corps is going crazy here — not simply heckling Reagan but shrieking and shouting at him. So — why the frenzy? Why the fury?

    Let’s look to the assessment of former Reagan press secretary Larry Speakes, who was on the job at that point. Speakes in his own book wrote of the White House press corps and the issue of Reagan’s Central American policy. When Speakes would walk into the White House press room to brief the assembled correspondents,

    … any discussion of Central America would boil down more to a debate on it than to a news session. There was just a strong bias against American [read: Reagan’s] policy in Central America within the [White House] press corps.

    Now.

    What exactly do you think is the bias inside that White House press room today to Obama’s immigration policies? Of course. These are the very people President Obama cited at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in 2009 as not just covering him but voting for him — only to be greeted with thunderous applause and laughter.

    So if you’re standing there in the White House Rose Garden “covering” President Obama as he makes an announcement you agree with — Neil Munro becomes the guy who had the audacity to, as they say, spit up at the dinner table. And applying the White House correspondent’s un-written rules of access, the herd and bias — you are going to go after Neil Munro with everything you’ve got.

    If, on the other hand, you are sitting in the White House press room covering President Reagan as he makes an announcement you disagree with — indeed are in furious disagreement with — then interrupting the President is not only no big deal — the herd is running and you can and will interrupt and yell to your heart’s content.

    And while we’re on the subject of bias — let’s deal directly with charges from leftists that acting like a real journalist is racist. That’s right, Mr. Munro is being accused of being a racist because he is white (a legal immigrant from Ireland, by the way) and the President is black.

    One can only be astounded at Tommy Christopher’s racial obsession over at Mediaite, surfacing not for the first time. Christopher is rapidly gaining a reputation as a journalistic George Zimmerman, although in fairness to Zimmerman a jury has yet to hear the facts and decide whether Zimmerman was actually racially profiling Trayvon Martin.

    There is no such question about Christopher, who as with many liberals (here is Congressman Elijah Cummings’s latest) is obsessed with Obama’s race. It was Christopher, remember, who characterized a Romney campaign banner that read “Obama Isn’t Working” as — really and truly — “evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.”

    This time around Christopher wrote the following:

    In the aftermath of Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro’s clownish outburst in the Rose Garden Thursday afternoon, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart ably explained to the ignorant likes of Tucker Carlson, the difference between shouting impromptu questions after an event, and interrupting a President during remarks. Guest Julian Epstein asked the inevitable question “Would the right-wing press be doing this if we had a white president there?”

    Putting aside the obvious answer — yes, Messrs. Christopher, Capehart, and Epstein, reporters really did interrupt the white Ronald Reagan and yes, Mr. Capehart, they most assuredly did interrupt Ronald Reagan during his remarks — there’s more here than just, let us say, “clownish” historical ignorance.

    Mr. Christopher’s racial obsessions should be seen in context. They are but the latest dreary exhibition of the ham and eggs tie between progressives and racism that we have documented here and here and here. The racial obsessions of the Left written, sad to say, in the hard drive of American history. Never forget when dealing with progressives that race is the base — and which race never matters. They are interchangeable when it comes time to push the progressive agenda.

    The ignorance of presidential history on display here by Christopher and the others, not to mention the traditional racial obsessions exhibited whether lefties are supporting slavery, segregation, lynching, the Klan, racial quotas or illegal immigration is breathtaking if unsurprising.

    Now, onto the last point.

    Mark Levin wrote a book that came out in January of this year called Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America. In writing of how ancient left-wing fantasies of utopia have been injected into the American bloodstream as a post-Constitutional Ameritopia, Levin cited two notable quotes. The first, from Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in 1829:

    [G]overnments are not always overthrown by direct and open assaults. They are not always battered down by the arms of conquerors, or the successful daring of usurpers. There is often concealed the dry rot, which eats into the vitals, when all is fair and stately on the outside. And to republics this has been the more common fatal disease. The continual drippings of corruption may wear away the solid rock, when the tempest has failed to overturn it.

    The second was from Benjamin Franklin, who in 1787 said of the newly written U.S. Constitution that it

    …is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall be corrupt as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other…

    Alas, the Obama Executive Order on immigration — the highly controversial subject of the Obama talk in the Rose Garden — is exactly to Levin’s point.

    No less than Obama himself went last year to La Raza, a Latino civil rights group, and said:

    Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. (Applause.) And believe me, right now dealing with Congress —

    AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!

    THE PRESIDENT: Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. (Laughter.) I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. (Laughter.) But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Change it!

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

    Got that? “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting…But that’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

    And yet — that is exactly what Barack Obama did on Friday as he stood in the Rose Garden on Friday in full view of the White House press corps. He went right ahead and executed the next step in attaining a Post-Constitutional America.

    With the exception of Neil Munro of the Daily Caller no one — no one — had a single question.

    The rest of the group? They acted not as journalists but as presidential wingmen. Aiding and abetting a Post-Constitutional president as he stepped baldly in front of the cameras to do something he himself admitted was “tempting” but un-constitutional.

    What would you expect?

    Perhaps this is why even NBC ‘s Tom Brokaw, a former White House correspondent himself, has expressed his concern about the big glitzy White House Correspondent’s Dinner (which, full disclosure, I have attended) and what it has come to represent:

    If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people it’s supposed to serve, symbolically, it’s that one. It is time to rethink it… I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where the whole talk is about Cristal champagne…, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think the Washington press corps has to look at that.

    Think of that Brokaw description (“glittering….the whole talk about Cristal champagne…who had the best party, who got to meet the most people”) and add it to where we began — with President Obama’s joke to members of that same group that “…Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me.”

    Then think of how the White House press corps treated Ronald Reagan in that one film clip — and the obsequious silence with which they greeted Barack Obama last Friday.

    This is no longer a group devoted to hard journalism. This is a group whose addiction to access, the herd mentality, combined with the prevailing winds of liberal bias effectively radiates a kingdom of insiderdom — a culture of corruption.

    Is it any wonder why so many Americans look at the White House press corps not as reporters but as little more than presidential wingmen — flying protectively along at his side as this president tries to rocket this country into a post-Constitutional America?

    With only one journalist in their midst– an immigrant from Ireland, no less — who has the guts to stand up and demand answers.

    Naturally, the push will be on to do the obvious.

    The obvious? Meaning clean up the White House press corps by making sure Neil Munro never steps foot inside the White House grounds for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

    After all, you can’t have a real journalist at the White House asking questions, now, can you?.
    ******

  301. 😳

    The entire article.

    The meeting between Attorney General Eric Holder and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has ended after 20 minutes of discussion. Holder came with an offer of a briefing on Fast and Furious documents, but did not physically turn over any documents. This is unsatisfactory to Issa who has said repeatedly that in order for Holder to avoid a contempt vote Wednesday at 10 AM, he must hand over 1300 Fast and Furious documents to the Committee.

    “The documents they may choose to give in the future, we need before tomorrow,” Issa said to reporters. ““Ultimately the documents needed for postponement seem to be in their possession.”

    Holder’s failure to produce documents at the 5 PM meeting come after he failed to present them by this morning as requested, after he failed to respond to an October 2011 subpoena as requested and after more than a year of requests for transparency surrounding his role in Operation Fast and Furious.

    Issa said there is a chance Holder would submit the requested documents tonight but that a contempt vote is still scheduled for Wednesday and has released an official statement.

    “I had hoped that after this evening’s meeting I would be able to tell you that the Department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow’s vote on contempt. The Department told the Committee on Thursday that it had documents it could produce that would answer our questions. Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation.

    “While I still hope the Department will reconsider its decision so tomorrow’s vote can be postponed, after this meeting I cannot say that I am optimistic. At this point, we simply do not have the documents we have repeatedly said we need to justify the postponement of a contempt vote in committee.”

    During remarks to reporters from Attorney General Eric Holder, he said he made an offer to Issa and the Oversight Committee to make these things [Fast and Furious documents] available and blamed politics for the looming contempt vote. He said the vote will move forward due to Issa “rejecting his extraordinary offer.” His offer, in short, was to brief the Oversight Committee on documents they’ve already requested be handed over.

    “They are acting more in political gamesmanship than trying to get the information they say they need,” Holder said. “Ball’s in their court.”

    Holder also said there is no effort by his Department to mislead or deceive Congress in their Fast and Furious investigation.

    “We need the documents, not the briefing,” Issa said.

  302. The meeting between Attorney General Eric Holder and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa has ended after 20 minutes of discussion. Holder came with an offer of a briefing on Fast and Furious documents, but did not physically turn over any documents. This is unsatisfactory to Issa who has said repeatedly that in order for Holder to avoid a contempt vote Wednesday at 10 AM, he must hand over 1300 Fast and Furious documents to the Committee.

    ———
    Folks have waited all day for Holdumup to come empty handed.

    Unflippin’ believable this guy would think this is okay.

    If Issa doesn’t slap him around with a contempt tomorrow, I am personally going to put on a pair of jackboots and kick his ass all the way down the block.

  303. MR says Rubio undergoing vetting.

    Mitt Romney makes it official: “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” he said today, hours after an ABC report said he was not being considered as Romney’s running-mate.

    “There was a story that originated today apparently at ABC based upon reports of supposedly outside unnamed advisers of mine,” Romney said in Holland, Michigan. “I can’t imagine who such people are. But I can tell you this: they know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process. There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not: And that’s Beth Myers and myself. And I know Beth well. She doesn’t talk to anybody. The story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/06/19/romney-youd-better-believe-marco-rubios-being-vetted-for-vp/

  304. Its the rope a dope Wbboei and i discussed this morning, in public get Holder there, Holder hands nothing over. Issa can then say you were given the chance and institue proceeedings clear that Holder had been openly contemptuous the whole way. Its not like Holder has not been amply warned.

  305. Barf Bag Alert.

    Holder presser about his EXTRAORDINARY efforts to satisfy Issa all for naught.

    Count how many times he uses the word extraordinary.
    Arrogant POS.

  306. Issa Plans to Move Forward With Holder Contempt Vote

    House Republicans plan to press on with consideration Wednesday by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding a stand-off over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious” sting operation.

    The announcement Tuesday night by committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., followed a closed-door meeting at the Capitol between Issa and other Republican and Democratic lawmakers with Holder at the U.S. Capitol. Issa described himself as disappointed and still hoping for a breakthrough.

    “I had hoped that after this evening’s meeting I would be able to tell you that the Department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow’s vote on contempt,” said Issa, in a statement.

    Issa claimed the Justice Department had told the Committee last Thursday that it had documents it could produce that would answer our questions.

    Holder, speaking in the Capitol Rotunda to reporters, said he had come “in good faith” and that he had made a number of documents, specifically those from February to December of 2011, available.

    Asked if he thought he and his department could avoid the contempt vote, Holder said, “The ball’s in their court.”

    But Issa said, “Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation.”
    “While I still hope the Department will reconsider its decision so tomorrow’s vote can be postponed, after this meeting I cannot say that I am optimistic. At this point, we simply do not have the documents we have repeatedly said we need to justify the postponement of a contempt vote in committee,” said Issa

    http://influencealley.nationaljournal.com/2012/06/issa-plans-to-move-forward-wit.php

  307. JEEZ!

    Caught a glimpse of the POS’s closing speech at the G-20 and he looks like he’s shrinking.

    He’s a diminished deflated figurehead. Putin must have slapped him around pretty good.

    Stick a fork in him.

  308. He is stumbling, bumbling, uhhhing and errring and going off on unrelated tangents with answers which are part history professor, part imperialist and part leftover Choom Gangish.

    He is making NO sense! I think he forges the questions!

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