Happy New Year!? Yeah, OK, Whatever. Hooray!

Update: Music for tonight from 1936. All lyrics here.

There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill
And while we still
Have the chance
Let’s face the music and dance


Suicide might or might not be painless. But sorry, it’s not allowed. We do however understand the desire to end it all before the horn blows at midnight.

The nauseating news that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have spawned almost sent us over the edge and we started scouting for tall edifices and/or strong medications to relieves us from having to ever hear or see Barack Obama or his lantern-jawed spouse ever again. We recovered briefly from that news but almost immediately we were forced to hunt for termination medication upon reading that 2013 will be a year of film prequels, sequels, and reboots (and really! Ice Age 4 was the second biggest grossing film this year???).

The news just breaking: Obama to speak about the fiscal cliff at 1:30 ET doesn’t help our disposition any. Add the rumors, speculations and video: Hillary Clinton hospitalized with a blood clot and spending the holiday in hospital, along with all the fiscal cliff nonsense from Washington and we’re almost ready to set a place of honor for the Grim Reaper at tonight’s banquet table and take one last meal with friends.

We’d jump over a cliff and end it all but then we wouldn’t be able to have a hearty laugh at fiscal cliff Kabuki theater. And there is a lot to laugh about as the fiscal cliff Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane.

We’ve explained why Republicans have a great deal of leverage in the fiscal cliff follies. Problem is Republican “leaders” don’t seem to believe us. But if we are wrong and Obama’s position is so strong why is Obama even “negotiating” or pretending to negotiate with Republicans? Over at the Obama Dimocrat cult left Jonathan Chiat is upset and wonders why Obama is playing so badly:

“The negotiating style Obama has displayed in these instances is what poker players call “tight-weak.” A tight-strong player avoids throwing in his chips, saving them for a big hand, which he plays aggressively in hopes of a huge win. A loose-weak player plays lots of hands, bluffing frequently. Tight-weak is the worst of all worlds — when you have a weak hand, you lose, and when you have a strong hand, you fail to maximize your position.”

Maybe Obama knows that his hand is not as strong as he has convinced his cult followers (yeah, we do mean Big Media and the DailyKooks) it is. Even Obama cult leader Greg Sargent is beginning to suspect we are right. Or maybe Obama read former supporter Mort Zuckerman’s article on the reality of our economics:

“We are on a trajectory of cumulative fiscal deficits that cannot possibly be sustained. We have gone from being the world’s largest creditor nation, with no foreign debt at the end of World War II, to the world’s largest debtor, with roughly half of our public debt held by foreign lenders. Over the last four years, our national debt has grown by more than $5 trillion to over $16 trillion. We have to service that debt. The Federal Reserve is keeping rates historically low but here’s the cost of paying interest on the debt for fiscal 2012: $359,796,008,919.49

What do you get for that? Nothing.

The greatest fiscal challenge to the U.S. government is not just its annual deficit but its total liabilities. Our federal balance sheet does not include the unfunded social insurance obligations of Medicare, Social Security, and the future retirement benefits of federal employees. Only in the small print of the financial statements do you get some idea of the enormous size of the unfunded commitments. Today the estimated unfunded total is more than $87 trillion, or 550 percent of our GDP. And the debt per household is more than 10 times the median family income. [snip]

If the American public saw our financial statements in the same way that public companies report their pension liabilities, it would clearly see the magnitude of danger represented by the future borrowings that these liabilities to an aging population imply—borrowing on a scale that would not only bankrupt the programs themselves but the entire federal government. And to a worrying extent, we are locked into continued escalation by the fact that social insurance programs, as well as other mandatory programs, carry payments that are in accordance with automatic formulas written into law and are not subject to an annual spending limit. Today, less than 40 percent of our budget is actually decided by Congress and the president, down from 62 percent 40 years ago.

If we continue in these irresponsible ways, an eventual reckoning cannot be avoided. The liabilities are so huge, and multiplying so fast, that there will be one unavoidable demand as the various bills come to their due date.”

It’s an entirely depressing article that by comparison will get us to “kitchy-koo” the Kanye-Kardashian crib occupant. Well, not really. It’s all still very depressing.

So what to do? Invite the Grim Reaper for a fluted glass of Drano? Or celebrate the turning of the 12 to a 13 with some Champagne?

For all the bad ju-ju about the number 13, it usually is a good luck number in our experience. So maybe???? Maybe not all is bleak and 2013 will be a good year? Maybe???? Pretty slim grapes to drink in a Champagne flute though.

But there is tonight the function of ritual. And ritual is not to be cast off lightly. New Year’s Eve is a bittersweet time to remember the past year, glories and defeats, old acquaintances as well as to fill the emptiness of times and persons who have left us with the great surprises of what life presents. That’s what Auld Lang Syne is about.

Yes it is a bittersweet time.

For us the song of the night is not so much the old Scottish favorite. It’s a German song. It’s a German song that during fierce battles and even during imprisonment in camps both sides of the struggle listened to in the quiet of the night. Lili Marlene.

So yes, tonight we will lift and drink a glass of cheer. For real. Hooray! Rejoice. We won’t cast aside the ancient ways but bow to the rituals and honor memory.

Have a Happy New Year one and all.


302 thoughts on “Happy New Year!? Yeah, OK, Whatever. Hooray!

    The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been hospitalized after suffering a thrombosis (blood clot) following a concussion two weeks ago, said Philippe Reines, The Secretary’s Spokesperson.
    Hillary Clinton, 65, fell ill more than three weeks after a “nasty stomach virus” and then fainted after dehydration a week later which caused a concussion.
    After these health problems were resolved Hillary had indicated that she felt better and wanted to resume her professional activities on Monday, however during tests performed yesterday, doctors discovered that a blood clot had formed in the wake of the concussion suffered a few weeks ago, said Philippe Reines.


  2. admin
    December 31st, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    Shocker! We agree with Barack!

    President Barack Obama began his afternoon remarks at the White House by saying, “I realize that the last thing you want to hear on New Year’s Eve is another speech from me.”…

    This probably preceded his speech.

  3. Lili Marlene – English version

    Cheerfully pilfered from English Lyrics

    Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate,
    Darling I remember the way you used to wait;
    ‘Twas there that you whispered tenderly,
    That you lov’d me, you’d always be,
    My Lilli of the lamplight,
    My own Lilli Marlene.

    Time would come for roll call time for us to part
    Darling I’d carress you and press you to my heart.
    And there ‘neath that far off lantern light
    I’d hold you tight we’d kiss goodnight,
    My Lillie of the lamplight,
    My own Lilli Marlene.

    Orders came for sailing somewhere over there,
    All confined to barracks was more than I could bear;
    I knew you were waiting in the street,
    I heard your feet, but could not meet,
    My Lillie of the lamplight,
    My own Lilli Marlene.

    Resting in a billet just behind the line
    Even tho’ we’re parted your lips are close to mine,
    You wait where that lantern softly gleams
    Your sweet face seems to haunt my dreams,
    My Lillie of the lamplight,
    My own Lilli Marlene.

  4. Not good….I’m upset.

    BREAKING – Sec Clinton blood clot “in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull”

  5. However…

    Drs. report Sec State Clinton “is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery.”

  6. Doctors say Secy Clinton’s blood clot “did not result in a stroke or neurological damage.” That however is very good news.

  7. moononpluto

    Not good….I’m upset.

    BREAKING – Sec Clinton blood clot “in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull”

    I just heard this on Fox too……..

    Prayers for Hillary…

  8. Well it just turned to 2013 here, so Happy New Year, did not get my wish this year but i’m wishing hard again for someone to please remove that muppet from office.

  9. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a blood clot in a vein between her brain and her skull, her doctors said Monday, predicting however she should make a full recovery.

    A scan on Sunday had revealed “a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage,” the doctors said in a statement. But, they added, Clinton “is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery.”


  10. moononpluto

    …shit sandwich we got dealt in November.


    It’s what that shit on a stick will get away with before the masses finally wake up and turn on him, that worries me. Hopefully any damage he causes can be reversed by our next President.

  11. foxyladi14
    December 31st, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    Obama: ‘I Cut Spending by Over a Trillion Dollars in 2011

    He made the same jaw-dropping statement during his speech today, surrounded by “ordinary citizens” who we are supposed to think just happened to be hanging around the White House waiting to be props.

    With no deal reached I think it makes O look really stupid to stage a photo op only for no deal to be reached, at least as of now. Good for the Republicans for hanging tough and not giving O a political victory.

    Are we surprised he didn’t give a shout out to the Kardashian spawn in his speech?

    Happy New Year everybody!

  12. Happy New Year to Admin and everyone here!

    And a get well soon to Hillary (plus kudos to the attentive medical team treating her)…

  13. Happy New Year and thanks to Adm and fellow bloggers for keeping this great site
    going despite what was a horrific year. The Kayne /Kadashian love child is a fitting way
    to end one of the most politically disappointing years of my life. Onward to 2013 and
    it is not looking pretty. On a positive note, I got to see The Rolling Stones with Mick Taylor and this was the biggest joy I have had in many years.

  14. The State Department is not at fault for Benghazi. Under Obama, we have become a rogue nation. I am no longer proud of this country. Not since they elected Obama— twice. And, contrary to Bachelor’s quip, I enjoy absolutely none of this. This is what I was saying about that fiasco 6 months ago–what it was really about. And we can now begin to see why they covered it up, why NBC, CNN and ABC tried to bury the story. This is the kind of stupidity that could touch off world war III. The Muslim brotherhood as our ally? Give me a fucking break

    Since I can do nothing about this, and a majority of the people in this country are insane, I intend to limit my blogging activities. It is like the old admonition about teaching pigs to sing–it is a waste of time and it annoys the pigs. I am impressed with people like Professor Jacobsen who defend principle with the same resolve as the soldiers who stood guard at Pompeii, and were covered with red molten lava. The only hope I can see is a third party. If that means the end of the republican party, and a police state, that may be the price, but that is where we are headed.

    I have never seen as much corruption in this system as I see now, and sooner or later there will be blood.
    Current Article

    December 28, 2012 Unclassified Benghazi, to Be Continued (open thread)

    By John Batchelor

    on December 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM in Current Affairs

    Susan Rice
    I recently spoke to Joe Kernan, of CNBC “Kudlow Report,” [see video below] re the unclassified report on the Benghazi tragedy, and I aimed to be clear that the State Department is not at fault (about nine minutes into the lengthy segment).

    The Benghazi mission was and continues to be a national security operation for arming, training, funding and transporting Libyan ihadists from Cyrenaica Province of Libya to Syria to pretend to be the “Free Syrian Army.”

    This is the Obama foreign policy after two years of the Arab Spring — making common cause with strongmen and hiring gunmen to do the bidding of the powers.

    Benghazi is a window on the larger operation that aims to pressure Assad to leave Damascus or to pressure Tehran to negotiate with the US in order to preserve Assad.

    The men who killed the ambassador and the CIA ops at Benghazi were cutthroats and blackguards who were also the known hirelings of the US and Turkey. The strike that day was a revenge attack in response to the US drone-killing of a Libyan gangster who was No. 3 at Al Qaeda, named al-Libi.

    This is what the classified report begins to discuss. The Benghazi story will play out for years. What is also true is that the Islamists and jihadists know they can play Washington for chumps. No hurry on the details. White House speakers propose distortions of the narrative. History disposes the distorters (Susan Rice).

    Game is afoot, to be continued, enjoy.

  15. One thing you should know about the Muslim Brotherhood: it was created by the British during the colonial period. Could that be why we are supporting them now? I suspect so. But just because they created it, does not mean they can control what they created, any more than Dr Frankenstein could control what he created. I have a friend who is a highly educated Iranian, who has told me all about the games the Brits have played. It is funny. This mirrors what La Rouche has been saying about British influence. Wouldn’t it be something if it turned out the was right all along. The only thing we can be sure of is big media is into this whole thing up to their necks, and whatever they say is as reliable as Pravda when it was the mouthpiece of the communists. A distinction without a difference.

  16. Amazing. I have gotten to the point where there can be no peace with the other side. If they are for it, then I am against it, regardless. All this wailing about why can’t we find a common ground–one side wants to cut off your head, the other side wants to bash it in, so they say lets settle for stabbing him to death and call it a compromise. Yea, that is a compromise, but there is no moral reason to embrace it.

    Lest we forget:

    I will not “denounce” anyone on my side because nothing anyone on my side says can come close to comparing to what the Left tosses about every day. And when saying whatever it is that gets the left’s panties in a wad, the people on my side are not trying to destroy the culture of this nation and pervert (quite literally in many cases) our laws and traditions. These people are trying to destroy Christianity itself.

    How anyone can claim Rush Limbaugh calling Fluke a “slut” is even in same league with the Randi Rhodes, maybe drunk maybe not, discoursing on the religion of Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley? It isn’t. Not even close.

    So I join with Dr. Fish in affirming that “fairness” is for suckers and that our first loyalty is to our allies.

    Many moons ago, the inestimable Thomas Crown wrote

    Should the entire American Left fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.

    That is my philosophy moving forward from today.

  17. Finally, before I sign off, it is hard to see how there can be any happy new year, with the White House and the Senate occupied by the enemy, and the house leadership behaving like the Vichy government.

  18. Current Article

    Fiscal Cliff Pork

    By Larry Johnson

    on December 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM in Current Affairs

    Think the Democrats are worried about America? Think again. They are only thinking about themselves and feeding their clients at the pork barrel. Received the following from a friend who was privy to a briefing by some Democrat lobbyists in the last couple of days:

    I just spent an hour on a conference call with some scumball Democrat lobbyists who described how they were going to load the fiscal cliff legislation with pork that they needed to then dispense to various companies, with a hefty cut for themselves, of course. One of the lobbyists was actually laughing about how the hurricane Sandy victims actually got very little of the recent relief funding that Congress appropriated for them.

    That’s how the Democrat controlled Senate rolls.

    If the Democrats are smart (and evil), they will try to peel off House Republicans by trying to toss some of the crumbs of this deal to them as well. That is the corruption that is Washington.

  19. The Darkling Thrush
    By Thomas Hardy 1840–1928 Thomas Hardy

    I leant upon a coppice gate
    When Frost was spectre-grey,
    And Winter’s dregs made desolate
    The weakening eye of day.
    The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
    Like strings of broken lyres,
    And all mankind that haunted nigh
    Had sought their household fires.

    The land’s sharp features seemed to be
    The Century’s corpse outleant,
    His crypt the cloudy canopy,
    The wind his death-lament.
    The ancient pulse of germ and birth
    Was shrunken hard and dry,
    And every spirit upon earth
    Seemed fervourless as I.

    At once a voice arose among
    The bleak twigs overhead
    In a full-hearted evensong
    Of joy illimited;
    An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
    In blast-beruffled plume,
    Had chosen thus to fling his soul
    Upon the growing gloom.

    So little cause for carolings
    Of such ecstatic sound
    Was written on terrestrial things
    Afar or nigh around,
    That I could think there trembled through
    His happy good-night air
    Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
    And I was unaware.

  20. wbb

    Benghazi is a window on the larger operation that aims to pressure Assad to leave Damascus or to pressure Tehran to negotiate with the US in order to preserve Assad.???

  21. Best wishes to Administrator and all here at Big Pink. May we survive 2013 and the next four years with some semblance of financial, physical, and emotional security. Here’s hoping that Administrators article are frequent, Obama’s speeches are few and his executive orders are none existant in 2013.

  22. From Irving Berlin in 1936, before the war, a song written for nights like tonight:

    There may be trouble ahead
    But while there’s moonlight and music
    And love and romance
    Let’s face the music and dance

    Before the fiddlers have fled
    Before they ask us to pay the bill
    And while we still
    Have the chance
    Let’s face the music and dance

    We’ll be without the moon
    Humming a diff’rent tune
    And then

    There may be teardrops to shed
    So while there’s moonlight and music
    And love and romance
    Let’s face the music and dance
    Let’s face the music and dance

  23. Happy New Year Admin and all Hillaryis44 posters. Let’s look forward to 2013 being a better year, and a complete recovery for Hillary. She deserves some rest and relaxation. Keep on Keeping On!!!

  24. Bad luck to wish happy new year before the bell sounds; but now it has (maybe not yet in California?); so, Best of New Year’s to everyone, good health and good cheer.

  25. But a serious question about the quote in today’s article:

    “Our federal balance sheet does not include the unfunded social insurance obligations of Medicare, Social Security, and the future retirement benefits of federal employees.”

    Why does the author say that these insurance obligations are “unfunded”? We pay into Medicare, we pay into Social Security, and federal employees pay into their retirement system, so they are funded. Maybe he has calculated that there will be a shortfall sometime in the future? That’s entirely different from being “unfunded”!

  26. wbboei
    December 31st, 2012 at 10:43 pm
    “Should the entire American Left fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.”

    Truly a breath of fresh air!

  27. Happy New Year to everyone…let’s hope for the positive…

    btw…well said…


    King Obama the Irrelevant

    The “fiscal cliff” fiasco has made it clear that President Barack Obama is entirely irrelevant to the everyday task of governing. He is not interested in it, and he is not good at it. He is great at campaigning and terrible at leading. He is essentially a symbol, a political celebrity who could be re-elected forever because people seem to like what they think he stands for, and what he tells them he stands against. But he does nothing positive for the country.

    The deal that took shape on Capitol Hill over the past few days and weeks happened almost without President Obama’s involvement–and despite his hyper-partisan press conference yesterday, which nearly poisoned the entire process. No doubt he will be able to offer sophisticated-sounding reflections on the entire affair, which largely repeat analyses from policy briefings and the press. But President Obama was absent, and unwanted.

    Vice President Joe Biden–an incompetent poseur–is essentially running the country. President Obama delegates every significant responsibility to him–from drafting proposals to stop gun violence, to monitoring the stimulus spending, to boosting the middle class. In the “fiscal cliff” negotiations and the debt ceiling negotiations before them, Biden was the man chosen to talk with Congress–and Congress evidently prefers to talk to him as well.

    It is almost impossible to imagine Obama doing anything else except making speeches. The iconic image of the White House Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound says it all: the President is in the corner, not at the head of the table. It was not a gesture of humility, but rather the preferred posture of a man who relies on those to whom he delegates responsibility, and cannot succeed at anything except getting elected.

    Even as a symbol, Obama is failing. Contrary to what Democrats would like to believe, the United States is more disliked abroad, not less, under Obama than under George W. Bush. And after running one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory, President Obama can no longer pretend to be a uniter. People only like him when they can forget the reality of who he is and what he has done. The less he does, the more popular he is.

    Barack Obama occupies the same place in the American imagination that Queen Elizabeth does in Britain. He is effectively the head of state, not the head of government. People would prefer that he merely give holiday greetings and show up at ribbon cutting ceremonies rather than making important decisions. He costs a lot of money and keeps the press busy and gives parties and reflects upon the world from a position of comfortable solitude.

    He is King Obama the Irrelevant.

    In his own imagination, he wishes he had monarchical powers. He occasionally frets about constitutional limits to his power, and sidesteps the legislature at every opportunity. Many of the changes he has made will have lasting effects. But there may be other would-be kings after him, and they may not share his policy desires. The precedent he has set cuts both ways. And as a wiser king, Solomon, observed in Ecclesiastes, nothing is permanent.


    just go play golf and leave the country alone

  28. Leanora,

    I am not buying any of the stories about HRC’s illness, especially the newest one about a
    blood clot in the sinus cavity. According to several doctors interviewed today it is astonishingly rare. The explanation does not hold water.

    I saw the EU article and posted it elsewhere as I did not want to stir up bad feeliongs on this b;log but I urge everyone here to read it. The EU’s scenariop n is certainly as plausible if not more so than the one being shoved diown our throats by tghe LSM.

    Something has happened to HRC but we don
    ‘t know what it is.

    I’m inclined to lend more credence to LC’s explanation.

    I just do not trust the stories about HRC. Something smells. Major coverup going on IMHO.

    I do think she will be/is fine, in terms of her health.
    wyntre permalink
    January 1, 2013 10:01 am



    Rate This


    “The cartel for Obama just neutralized Hillary Clinton for 2016.

    Those radar waves leave signatures and tracks that I have been speaking about. You cannot feel the damage they are doing. You will not notice a thing. Your eyes or your brain will just start bleeding. The censors will pick it up though and in DC that entire area is either Faraday or under satellite. To zap Mrs Clinton there was the shadow lands at work.

    This only happens by the real powers.”

  29. 😳

    Clean up.

    January 1st, 2013 at 2:25 pm


    I am not buying any of the stories about HRC’s illness, especially the newest one about a
    blood clot in the sinus cavity. According to several doctors interviewed today it is astonishingly rare. The explanation does not hold water.

    I saw the EUT article and posted it elsewhere as I did not want to stir up bad feeliongs on this blog but I urge everyone here to read it. The EUT’s scenario is certainly as plausible, if not more so, than the one being shoved down our throats by the LSM.

    Something has happened to HRC but we don‘t know what it is.

    I just do not trust the stories about HRC. Something smells. Major coverup going on IMHO.

    I’m inclined to lend more credence to LC’s explanation.


    “The cartel for Obama just neutralized Hillary Clinton for 2016.

    Those radar waves leave signatures and tracks that I have been speaking about. You cannot feel the damage they are doing. You will not notice a thing. Your eyes or your brain will just start bleeding. The censors will pick it up though and in DC that entire area is either Faraday or under satellite. To zap Mrs Clinton there was the shadow lands at work.

    This only happens by the real powers.”

  30. Here’s a reminder of what’s coming down the pike in Obamacare. Check this UK story.

    60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told but minister still says controversial end-of-life plan is ‘fantastic’
    • Pathway involves the sick being sedated and usually denied nutrition and fluids
    • Families kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment
    • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’
    • Anti-euthanasia group said: ‘The Pathway is designed to finish people off double quick’


  31. So only FOUR of the 47 Senate Repubs voted against yet another pos monstrosity: Rubio, Paul, Grassley, Lee, Shelby.

    WTF is wrong with these wimphats?

    I say LIB (Let it Burn).

  32. This.

    “One thing is clear: there is serious disdain among House Republicans for what the Senate did in the middle of the night.

    Retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio asked House Republicans why the House would “heed the votes of sleep deprived octogenarians,” according to a source in the meeting.”

  33. I saw the EUT article and posted it elsewhere as I did not want to stir up bad feelings on this blog but I urge everyone here to read it.

    I didn’t mean to stir up any bad feelings. Really. I didn’t even think of it.

    We do all want to find out the truth about what happened to Hillary, don’t we? Well, finding the truth is becoming more and more of a challenge.

  34. http://www.tmz.com/2013/01/01/hillary-clinton-blood-clot-chelsea-clinton-distraught-after-hospital-visit-photo/

    photo of a very upset Chelsea

    Chelsea Clinton was visibly upset as she left the NYC hospital where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being treated for a blood clot in her head — although doctors now say things are looking up for Madam Secretary.

    Chelsea was photographed outside New York Presbyterian Hospital Monday after visiting her mom … who’s been there since Sunday when doctors discovered the blood clot during an MRI.

    Docs say Hill is now on blood thinners, but she’s expected to make a “full recovery.” They also confirmed the clot did not cause stroke or brain damage.

  35. To most thinking persons Jonah Goldberg is an odious little twit, but here is a good assessment of the supreme arrogance of Beloved Leader:

    Column: Fiscal cliff deal first day of Biden presidency

    by Jonah Goldberg

    Presidents Obama’s effort to sabotage his own last-minute deal with the Senate reveals who is the real adult in the White House.

    Story Highlights
    • This is the 3rd time Joe Biden has saved the Obama administration from its inept leader.
    • President Obama’s television performance undermined negotiations while they were still going on.
    • Republicans caved, little has been done to solve the real deficit problem and more strife is just down the road.
    Welcome to the bottom of the fiscal cliff.
    With the failure of Congress and the White House to meet their self-imposed deadline, the nation fell over the cliff just as the ball fell in Times Square.
    And yet, despite all of the dire warnings, no one looks particularly squished. That’s because Washington doesn’t operate according to Earth logic. It’s like when Wile E. Coyote steps off a falling boulder at just the right moment to be able to walk away from the impact unscathed. Or perhaps he lands on a trampoline. Of course, in such situations he’s usually then flattened by an unexpected follow-up boulder or smashed against the underside of the cliff on the bounce from the trampoline. Or perhaps some of his Acme equipment performs in such a way that invites yet another investigation from the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
    Metaphorically speaking, these are all possible outcomes in the coming days. For in cartoonish Washington, what remains certain is continued uncertainty. In the near term, House Republicans may reject the Senate deal hammered out by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and passed in the wee hours this morning. Or they may amend the agreement, making it unpalatable to the Senate or to the president.
    In the longer term, one guaranteed outcome of this not-so-grand bargain is that we will have many more showdowns and budget crises in the weeks and months ahead. In other words, cheer up for the worst is yet to come.
    Perhaps the surest indication that Washington operates on the kooky side of the looking glass now is the sudden, even disturbing, revelation that the sanest, most grown-up and responsible person in the White House is … Joe Biden.
    To be delicate about it, Biden is not famous for having an ironclad grip on reality. He told a man in a wheelchair, “Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see ya.” He proclaimed Brussels, Belgium, “the capital of the free world.” He reminisced with Katie Couric about the time President Roosevelt went on TV after the stock market crash of 1929 to reassure the American people – a time when FDR wasn’t president and the American people didn’t have TVs. He seems to think “literally” is an abracadabra word that makes anything true simply by saying it.
    But, for the third time now, Biden has proved more useful, realistic and constructive in a budget crisis than his boss – a president who used to brag about his ability to work with people who disagree with him. In 2010 Biden and McConnell worked out a deal on the extension of the Bush tax cuts and, again, in the 2011 debt ceiling fight. In the latter, as Bob Woodward’s book makes clear, the president seemed ill-equipped to negotiate a deal.
    Lately, President Obama has been floating the idea that the reason he can’t work with Republicans is that they have an irrational aversion to working with him. It’s a pretty convenient excuse when you think about it. It automatically means any failure is someone else’s fault. But it fails to account for the possibility that maybe there’s a reason Obama is so bad at closing the deal.
    For instance, yesterday, when Biden and McConnell were grinding out the final details of a budget deal, President Obama had nothing better to do than hold something like a campaign event in front of a cheering audience of supporters. The president mocked Congress during the most delicate moments of his own administration’s negotiations with Congress. Moreover, he gloated that if Republicans accepted this deal it would amount to a surrender on taxes. And while that’s a defensible position on the merits, it made things politically harder for Republicans to agree to the deal. He also decided to announce before the deal was signed that any future deficit reductions would require yet more tax hikes. Senate Republicans didn’t take the bait, but it was clear that Obama was baiting them.
    Indeed, at times it seemed like the stunt was designed to sabotage a deal he allegedly wanted. At other moments it just seemed like Obama needed to preen in front of the cameras, as if he were jealous of all the attention Congress was getting. Either way, it was an amusing spectacle given the desperate and ridiculous movie-buzz conversation inside the beltway aimed at likening Obama to Abraham Lincoln. Just the day before, Meet the Press host David Gregory hopefully asked Obama whether this was his “Lincoln moment.”
    Obama has proved himself to be many things, but “Lincolnesque” isn’t one of them.

  36. Here’s the best info I could find about Hillary’s present status:

    Medical Experts Say Secretary of State Was ‘Lucky’ To Get Prompt Care

    Hillary Clinton’s latest health update — cerebral venous thrombosis — is a rare and potentially “life-threatening” condition, according to medical experts, but one from which the globe-trotting secretary of state is likely to recover from.
    In an update from her doctors, Clinton’s brain scans revealed a clot had formed in the right transverse venous sinus, and she was being successfully treated with anticoagulants.
    “She is lucky being Hillary Clinton and had a follow-up MRI — lucky that her team thought to do it,” said Dr. Brian D. Greenwald, medical director at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries. “It could have potentially serious complications.”
    The backup of blood flow could have caused a stroke or hemorrhage, according to Greenwald.
    “Imagine this vein, where all the cerebral spinal fluid inside the head and spine no longer flows through this area,” he said. “You get a big back up and that itself could cause a stroke. In the long-term … the venous system can’t get the blood out of the brain. It’s like a Lincoln Tunnel back up.”
    A transverse sinus thrombosis is a clot arising in one of the major veins that drains the brain. It is an uncommon but serious disorder.
    According to Greenwald, the clot was most likely caused by dehydration brought on by the flu, perhaps exacerbated by a concussion she recently suffered.
    “The only time I have seen it happen is when people are severely dehydrated and it causes the blood to be so thick that it causes a clot in the area,” said Greenwald. “It’s one of the long-term effects of a viral illness.”
    Drs. Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University discovered the clot during a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday.
    “This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear,” they said in a statement today. “It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established.”
    Clinton is “making excellent progress,” according to her doctors. “She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff.”
    Clinton, 65, was hospitalized at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Sunday. She suffered a concussion earlier this month after she hit her head when she fainted because of dehydration from a stomach virus, according to an aide.
    Dehydration can also precipitate fainting, according to Dr. Neil Martin, head of neurovascular surgery at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.
    He agreed that the condition could potentially have caused a brain hemorrhage or stroke and been fatal.
    “In patients with no symptoms after many days, full recovery is the norm,” said Martin. “However, some cases show extension of the thrombus or clot into other regions of the cerebral venous sinuses, and this can worsen the situation considerably — thus the use of anticoagulants to prevent extension of the thrombus.”
    But, he said, anticoagulants can be a “double-edged sword.” With even a tiny injury within the brain from the concussion, these medications can cause “symptomatic bleed,” such as a subdural or intracerebral hemorrhage. The clot location is not related to the nasal sinuses, but are rather large venous structures in the dura or protective membrane covering the brain, which drains blood from the brain.
    Hillary Clinton’s Clot Could Have Been Dangerous
    There are both right and left transverse venous sinuses. “If one is blocked by thrombosis, the other one can take over as a detour,” he said. “Thrombosis of the other nonduplicated sinuses — the superior saggital or straight sinuses – is usually much more dangerous.”
    Dr. Keith Black, head of neurosurgery Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said he was “surprised” by Clinton’s diagnosis. “If I were her treating physician, you would have to ask, why did she develop a thrombosis. A very unusual event following a concussion without a skull fracture.”
    He speculated that Clinton may have had a “predisposition to clot formation.” She had a deep vein thrombosis, a clot in the leg, in 1998.
    “It is likely she will be evaluated for a clotting abnormality,” he said.
    Treatment of this condition consists of reversing the cause when known, controlling seizures if present, controlling the blood pressure in the head, and anticoagulation. Anticoagulation is the most essential.
    The doctors all agreed her prognosis was good, providing the clot does not expand, a likelihood of about 1 percent, according to Black. Over time the clot will either reabsorb or scar down.
    A worst case scenarios would be that the vein would occlude and she could get a venous infarct or stroke in the temporal lobe, the area responsible for speech.
    But Greenwald is convinced Clinton’s excellent health care team “caught it early.”
    “Assuming it was a follow-up MRI, that probably would not have happened for regular people,” he said. “I suspect a lot of other people have poorer outcomes. I would call her lucky.”
    Clinton and her doctors say that with regular monitoring, she will have a “full recovery.”
    “Knowing Hillary Clinton, she can do plenty of stuff from home and at her bedside,” said Greenwald. “It’s not a situation where you want to throw her on a long plane ride to the Middle East, though. She will need to be followed closely medically. But she’ll be back to herself in no time.”

  37. Blue,

    Appreciate the links about HRC but I do not believe anything without proof. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

    There are too many missing pieces in this month-long saga and too many conflicting reports.

    Reminds me of how Benghazzi was handled. First it was a spontaneous reaction in sympathy with the Cairo protests. Then it was an anti-Islam film. Then it was General Petraeus. Then the ball got dropped.

    It’s all fiction with a little bit of truth mixed in.

  38. LC as in “Lame Cherry”?

    I sure hope that was a joke, because only 30 seconds on that website makes it very evident that s/he is seriously mentally ill, probably paranoid schizophrenic with religious preoccupation.

  39. Blue, much of the nonsense in the blood clot story was exacerbated because of the foolish diagnosis made by the doctor (Robert Bazell) of NBC (no surprise to us that even the medical opinion from NBC is not to be trusted). It should now be clear that Hillary has a relatively rare type of clot for which anti-coagulants are advisable.


    Instead of hare brained conspiracy theories we should simply wait for Hillary to get out of the hospital and then for her testimony before congress.

    As we have written before if (a) Hillary is no coward in matters such as this (recall her pink Chanel suit testimony during the Whitewater idiocy); (b) if Hillary did want to “bury” Benghazi she would have testified when last invited to testify before Congress which was during Christmas week when news dumps usually occur because few are paying attention.

    Many will recall our fury and anger when Mitt Romney announced his VP pick. One of our arguments that horrid Saturday was that it was monumentally stupid and amounted to a death wish to make such an important announcement on a Saturday morning – as the Olympics were still ongoing and about to end in a political news killing final ceremony. Timing matters – something that unfortunately thick heads refuse to understand.

  40. FWIW – I used to despise Beck but I have to admit he has been right more often than not in the past year.

    His assessment of Benghazzi, which, of course, HRC played a big part in, does pass the smell test for me. I can’t help but think the neverending story of what really ails her is connected, at heart, to the Libya coverup.

    “Can you imagine a scandal, if it were to come out, that Obama supplied the terrorists, our enemies, with weapons to attack and kill our own embassy and ambassador?” Beck asked.

    “This is why the White House covered, because our ambassador was killed by a guy we were running guns to and we are still running guns today,” Beck said. “Russia Today is verifying that U.S. Stinger missiles are in the hands of the Syrian rebels, the Syrian rebels which are connected to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. We also have a report now from the New York Times that we are using the Muslim Brotherhood to arm the rebels in Syria.
    “This president is on the wrong side,” Beck concluded.

    “It is so crystal clear, that at this point you can begin to make a case for treason.”

  41. lorac,

    Agreed LC is nuts but, interestingly, much of what is posted there contains a kernel, sometimes a mountain of truth.

    I understand many have an aversion to the site but for you to ask “is that a joke” is terribly judgmental.

    I get you don’t get it.

  42. I see I am now being considered one of the “thick heads.”

    So sorry for not swallowing hook, line and sinker the ever-changing stories from the pos administration including what did or did not happen to HRC.

    I am not saying the conflicting tales are her doing. As a matter of fact, the TIMELINE of her illness sounds exactly like it came from the frat-boy musings of the pos’s staff with a bit of Valjar drama thrown in.

    I don’t think HRC has control over the message at this point. Her actions, the stories, the release of facts are all being dictated by the pos. And that is never a good thing. She is being held hostage.

  43. “Many will recall our fury and anger when Mitt Romney announced his VP pick.”

    Will never forget it.

    FTR, you were right about Rubio, too..

  44. basil, I apologize if I offended you. Not trying to be judgmental of you, but yes, I was hoping it was a joke. Judgmental of that site – absolutely.

  45. lorac,

    LC is an acquired taste. Either you like it or you hate it. Curiosity brought me to the site but fascination kept me going back.

    The writing style is strange. Stiff, formal, illiterate at times with flashes of brilliance and eerie precognition.

    Optics are offputting and can be perceived as sexist but I think LC is a woman and so I find the graphics ironic in most cases.

    Posts contain a lot of symbolism, mysticism blended with a startling glimpse into the inner workings of underground operatives like the mocking bird group.

    Anyway, to each their own.

    Thanks for reaching out.

  46. Basil99

    I understand how you feel about Glenn Beck. My thoughts on his enormous sucess before Soros threatened News Corp to get rid of him was that he was not much more than a very engaging MC. His show on FOX was extremely well research and composed by people much smarter than he. That is why so many of his predictions have already come to pass. The fact is that the information about what the UN and global elitist have in store for US surfs is readily available. People like Nigel Ferrange and Nialle Fergusion and his wife Ayan Hirsi Ali are some outspoken opponents of The New World Order asnd the promotion of Islam.

  47. From a few days ago, a fairly even-handed assessment of “our girl”, with some nice things to say despite the title:


    They never blame Hillary


    Washington can be a cruel and unforgiving place. Want a friend? Harry Truman once said. Get a dog. Or maybe he didn’t say it. But it’s a good point: In this town, nobody gets a free pass from the press, the pundits and the pols.

    Nobody, that is, until Hillary Clinton. At the end of her tenure as secretary of state, she alone has emerged virtually unscathed — the lone superstar of the president’s first term. A recent poll has her numbers well above the president’s and exceeded only by you guessed it — her husband, Bill. And those high favorability ratings have remained pretty consistent since 2008.

    There’s no denying that Clinton has done a very good job as the nation’s top diplomat. But to read the media adulation, you’d think she was about to be admitted into the secretary of state Hall of Fame. Google Chairman Eric E. Schmidt introduced her last year as the “most significant secretary of state since Dean Acheson.” A New York Times profile earlier this year claimed her legacy was nothing less than the “remaking of American diplomacy in her own fashion.”

    Unlike President Obama, she also appears to have racked up almost no deficits. Nothing seems to stick — not Benghazi, not Syria, and not the fact that she never managed to lead and succeed on a single consequential foreign-policy issue. Last week, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza nailed it: Hillary, he wrote, was “the new Teflon Clinton.”

    So what is it about those Clintons, or at least Hillary, that has made her virtually untouchable — at least while running Foggy Bottom? What’s in the secret sauce? How do we explain the magic touch?

    I’m not sure I fully understand it. But here’s my best take.

    1. Everybody loves a star: With the exception of Colin Powell, no secretary of state in American history came to the office with more visibility, fame, fewer asterisks and more good will than Hillary Clinton. She’s even got Thomas Jefferson beat.

    After all, how many of the nation’s top diplomats had already been in the White House for eight years, missed being her party’s presidential nominee by a hair and had a readymade fan base of as many as 18 million Americans who cast votes for her in the primaries before she even settled into the State Department’s seventh floor?

    Add to this a dash of the bipartisanship that allows the secretary of state — alone among the key cabinet posts — to transcend politics, throw in a husband who remains the best politician in America today, and you have a recipe for success.

    2. Work hard, and don’t forget the charm: By all accounts, Hillary Clinton applied the same approach toward Foggy Bottom as she did toward her Senate career. Work hard, master your brief and try not to shine too brightly and offend others gratuitously.

    Her capacity to master her brief and those cumbersome briefing books is legendary. What’s more, she knows what she knows and isn’t afraid or embarrassed to find out what she doesn’t.

    I had one personal experience with her as first lady that confirms it. Dennis Ross, then the State Department’s special envoy for the Middle East, and I accompanied her to the funeral of Leah Rabin, the wife of assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in 2000. This was largely a ceremonial trip — and yet she insisted on using the flight over to engage in a detailed discussion of Israeli politics and Arab-Israeli diplomacy.

    Hillary’s persistence continued once we landed: At each of our meetings in Israel, she insisted on introducing us as if we were somehow of equal rank and importance. She has that Clinton touch, the capacity to connect and to make people feel that they matter and are worth investing in. Madeleine Albright, another strong secretary of state, once quipped to me during the Camp David summit that President Clinton ought to add Hillary to the negotiating team so that we might have a better chance to seal the deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

    3. Be a team player . . . and very careful: Hillary’s political skills have been on display for years — how she’s managed to gain such a stellar reputation as a great secretary of state is another matter. The accomplishments don’t justify the hype: She’s been a loyal and pretty effective implementer of what the president wanted, but hasn’t taken many risks or led on any big issues.

    Her legacy has three parts: She has promoted a kind of 21st-century planetary humanism, consisting of women’s rights, LGBT issues, press and Internet freedom and the environment. She has reorganized and fought for resources for the State Department. And she has relentlessly traveled the globe to improve her nation’s image — and while she hasn’t been successful everywhere (see: the Middle East), she has won enough victories in enough places to mend some of the disaster that was the George W. Bush presidency.

    All of this is fine, but none of it gets her into the company of some of her more illustrious predecessors, like Henry Kissinger, George Shultz or James Baker. And forget comparing her to the giants — George Marshall and Dean Acheson. When it comes to issues of war and peace, or matters of high strategy, she really hasn’t left a mark.

    To be fair, this isn’t all Hillary’s fault. Obama — the most withholding foreign-policy president since Richard Nixon — hasn’t delegated any major issues to her either.

    But here’s the paradox: I think Hillary made a choice early on to keep her head down on the most contentious issues and find her own niche. The president wants to dominate and not delegate? Let him. All of the consequential issues — Iran, Syria, Israeli-Palestinian peace — seemed like losing bets anyway, fraught with the risk of tarnishing her political star. She found her role in the play — not the lead, to be sure — and filled it brilliantly.

    (It’s also worth noting, ahem, that the issues she did own all had safe domestic political resonance and could be useful for building coalitions and constituencies should she decide to make another run for the Oval Office.)

    As she winds down her term, Hillary Clinton does not have any spectacular successes to call her own — but she has no spectacular failures, either. On Libya, she was willing to fall on her sword, but U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice fell on hers instead. (Why Hillary didn’t sign up to read those famous talking points that fateful Sunday isn’t clear. Maybe she took one look at them and decided to steer clear.) On Syria, it’s the president who seems to be taking the heat for not doing more. And on Israel, it’s again Obama who’s seen to be in a face-off with Bibi.

    4. A president-in-waiting: The last secretary of state to ascend directly to the presidency was James Buchanan. And there’s a reasonable chance that within a few short years, we may witness another such political passage. Indeed, the president-in-waiting trope may well provide a partial clue as to why nobody really wants to cross her.

    Everyone in Washington knows Hillary’s run may not be over. So what’s the point in taking her on? Key Republicans seem to like her. Listen to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is no fan of the president’s foreign policy: “She is extremely well respected throughout the world, handles herself in a very classy way and has a work ethic second to none.”

    Nor do the reporters who travel with her have a stake in making enemies. Back in the day, I was on many of those trips: The quarters are close, and your access depends on not alienating people. It’s just too uncomfortable to travel with a secretary of state and their staff if you do. And besides, if you really start being tough, you may not make the access list back home.

    Finally, let’s be clear. She shines because not that many others do. We face a galactic leadership deficit in America today. There are plenty of celebrities, to be sure. But not that many politicians with substance, charisma and class.

    Hillary simply doesn’t have much competition — aside from, perhaps, Michelle Obama, whose favorability ratings top Hillary’s and the president’s too.

    So stick with the playbook, Hillary. You may actually be a star. And in an age of dashed expectations, disappointment and rising cynicism toward America’s political class, that’s no small accomplishment.

    Aaron David Miller is a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

  48. I can’t believe there is a discussion on the blog at this time, on if Hillary’s health is still a fake job or not.

    I personally find this very hurtful.

  49. Leonora
    1-1-13 1:22pm

    I read the EUT article and I believe it. I don’t believe anything that our Soros censored media reports. As opposed to Hillary Clinton’s bevavior in the last 4 years as I am, I do worry about her safety. Obama is a very dangerous man with dangerous friends. Hillary’s Deputy assistant Huma Abeddin is avery dangerous woman with strong connections to Iran and the Islamists radicals. I don’t beleive that any of these people would support a Hillary Clinton presidency. We have a dicator in the White house who is doing everything that every brutal dictator before him has done. He will try despatately to disarm law abiding Americans while arming our worst enemies. He will ignore the constituion and have his corporate sponsors buy him a third term if Americans don’t grow a spine. Remember what he did when Hordorus’ Zeleya defied his country’s constitution and supreme court by announcing he would “run” for a third term. His country ousted him and Obama ran to his defence just as Chavez and that other dictatro from El Salvador did. I believe that Hillary is in danger. I remain very suspicious of the misterious road side “stroke” that killed Rep Stephanie Tubbs Jones just before the 2008 convention.
    When I first read a few chapters from Obama’s books when I was trying to get to know him, I thought “this guy is going to wind up like Malcolm X. He is in bed with dangerous people who will turn on him.” Now I am thinking that way about Hillary Clinton. I am sorry but the stories we have been spoon fed over the past three weeks don’t past the smell test. I have a close friend who is a neurolgist and a huge Hillary supporter. She questions the time line of the concussion then a blood clot. I would never wish Hillary Clinton any harm. I just wish that she had delt with the corruption in her own party the way Sarah Palin has. I hope that SOS Clinton will be alright. But I am afraid she has gotten herself mixed up with some extremely dangerous people.

  50. Shadowfax,

    I understand your feelings but I do not believe most of the criticism is directed at HRC although, personally, in looking over my postings I confess to a certain clumsiness in articulating the source of my doubt and anger.

    While I feel the health story is a complete fabrication and lie which may finally be getting at the truth I do not blame HRC for that. It is the pos administration which is controlling the narrative and that is what I take issue with.

    I despise the lies coming from this WH and because the topic centers around HRC naturally it comes off sometimes as if I am blaming her.

    I am not.

    On the contrary. I think the pos is trying to take HRC out.

    I believe she is being controlled and the narrative is being deployed in a totally sinister, evil manner to keep the public from learning the truth about Benghazzi.

    It’s hard, sometimes, to separate the two issues and apologies if I have not been clear.

    Yes, I think there is a health issue. No, I do not believe the media narrative. No, I do not think HRC is responsible for that narrative.

  51. Had did Michelle Obama become so popular? My biggest fear is like O, she will run
    in 2016 , deny Hillary yet again like Obama in 08, and be the first female, AA, President. She could win IMO as the demographics are in her favor….scary, but a real possibility IMO. This is no longer a slightly right of center country. You have about 53%
    A of the country deeply committed to Obama’s agenda and an opposition party controlled by wing nuts who still don’t understand why they lost. As administrator pointed out, some of us knew it was over immediately after he picked Ryan. Rubio may
    not have been enough, but it dam well would have been more competitive and damaged Obama ‘s agenda more than the softballs Romney and Ryan tossed out.

  52. Go wash your mouth out with soap and water jbstonesfan! And please, never ever ever bring that horrible image to mind again! (You know the one I mean).

  53. JbStonesFan, we’ll address much of what you write about in your comment in several articles soon (hint: Hillary 2016 and Rubio 2016). We avoided addressing those issues for various reasons until enough time passed after the election.

    For now it is enough to note that your comment makes us chuckle at how stupid Republicans (and Hillary haters of all stripes, reasons, and time) are when it comes to Hillary. Instead of using their brains the red flag comes out when they see Hillary.

    Point 1: Obama (with the aid of stupid Republicans who think they have some idea of what is happening and why) will do everything in his power to make sure Hillary does not get the nomination in 2016. The DailyKooks will do everything to destroy Hillary too. They have another candidate in mind for 2016. For their part Republicans and the brain dead assume Hillary is the nominee in 2016 so they will attack her, unwittingly help Obama, and essentially elect an Obama Dimocrat in 2016 as well as destroy themselves.

    Point II: As you note Republicans “still don’t understand why they lost”. This lack of understanding leads to the mess they find themselves in. Instead of discussing the real life consequences of what is happening in Washington now as well as Republican leadership foolishness they are busy diagnosing hospital patients in New York Presbyterian.

  54. jbstonesfan

    How did Michele Obama become so popular?
    It is a sad and disgusting reality that the first “lady” is the most popular among the democrat front runners. She is even more racist than her husband. Have you seen her PSA for Let’s Move.gov? In the video with background music rapping “all the healthy children, all the healthy chidren,” there are only two white children playing and having fun out doors while the rest of the approximately 15 children are children of color. That is hardley a true representation of American children but what makes the PSA so blatantley racist d unraelistic is that “all the healthy children” are the ones of color and the only two white little boys in the video are morbidly obese. The only close up shot of any of the children is one of the two obese white boys drinking from a water foutain. The camera is so close up on his corpulant freckled face in a blantant attempt to make him look even worse. Every time I watch this PSA which I am sure Mooshell had a hand in producing I wonder if most Americans are just numb to the anti-white racism the Obama’s suffer from and have spread like a desease through this country. It is particularly hateful of Mooshell to use children as her bulleye for her racism. Has anyone else here seen the PSA I am talking about?

  55. If MO were to run against Hillary in 2016 and ‘win’, then I would never vote for President again. No big loss, most of the people I have voted for have either ‘lost’ the election or as with Bobby Kennedy, have been killed.

    I am glad you will continue with your political posts Admin, I was worried that you would throw in the towel.

  56. I don’t think it would be fair to ask the adm. to keep up the pace we had in an election
    year, but with a loyal base, there is no reason this blog cannot withstand another 4 years in hell. There is no doubt some inter-board tension regarding Hillary ( whom all
    of us are praying for ) and what she should or should not have done ( or may do in the future),as well as Bill’s extraordinary efforts to ostensibly re-elect Obama. Healthy
    debate and discourse will sustain us and should not divide us.

  57. Blue 1-1-13 5:05pm

    On Joe BIden: He proclaimed Brussels Belgium the capitol of the free world.

    Pay attention to Bidens lose lips.In his lack of slf censorship he reaveals some alarming semi truths. I certainly would not consider Brussels Belgium the capitol of the “Free” world. What it has become in the age of global government is the capitol of evil plans for a global dictatorship which severely limits indiviual rights and liberties under the guise of creating a sustainable economy and sustainable growth. If things go as planned by the UN and globalist bureaucrats in Brussels it will become the capitol of the global dictatorship.

  58. The only thing good about Brussels is “Brussels Affair”, the greatest bootleg in rock and roll history(enjoy):

  59. House passed the bill. Obama is speaking and he thanked all leaders BUT Boehner. Yes, he even thanked Harry “MIA” Reid.

    One more petty dig by our Petulant-in-Chief.

  60. He is talking “balanced” again. Oh, and now he is threatening about the debt-ceiling. He “won’t have one more debate” about it.

  61. And refuses to answer a single question from the media whores. Guess Carney needs time to spin this one.

  62. The bill’s bottom line:

    $620 billion in tax hikes

    $15 billion in spending cuts.

    YEA for BALANCED….good Lord help us.

  63. I can’t stand to see his ugly mug on T.V..

    Thanks jbstonesfan, for the music. I saw The stones perform in Philly may times. They always kicked off their world tours in Philly at the old JFK stadium.

  64. Did you all see BO on TV just how with Biden. Uncle Joe could hardly wipe that smug grin off his face. They both know thet played the Reps for fools and won. Now the spending or “investments” by the fraud will begin.

    BO is in a swaggering, bullying, egomaniac, threatening Reps, campaigning mode. PHEW!

    So now that BO has won big, he says he’s going to…not Disney World but Hawaii…AGAIN.

  65. God protects fools, drunks and the United States of America. That was Churchills comment–over half a century ago. Today? All bets are off. Soros wins. The middle class loses. Erickson states the problem plainly, as I am sure Bill Jacobsen will in due course.

    The Republican Establishment in Washington, DC should be burned to the ground and salt spread on the remains. Republicans who saw Mitch McConnell and John Boehner destroy the last plank of the Republican Party are going to need to look elsewhere for a savior for their party. Boehner and McConnell have declared they will survive. Their party? They don’t really care.

    Conservatives must look elsewhere

  66. wbboei

    This conservative has been looking to the Tea Party. I detest the establishment Bushuplicans. I supported the democrats for way to long because there were no real conservatives to speak of in the republican party until the Tea Party movement began. The establishment republicans are the reason that we wound up with Obama, and the leftist loons are to dumb to see his policies are like Bushs’ on steroids.
    I resolve to continue to awake the many friends and family I have that believe the main stream Obama propaganda. They must be educated as they are to lazy to do their own research. If they have ageing parents who God forbid get sick, they will begin to see just how awesome Obama and his socialist statist policies are.

  67. thanked all leaders BUT Boehner
    Not to worry. Conservatives will thank him and those benedict arnolds who voted with him profusely in 2014. The communists will take control of the House as well in 2014, because the Republican Party is not worth supporting. That is not really a victory for the dims. It is a victory for the conservatives, because it took a betray of this magnitude to move them off dead center. And when the RINOs tell us that we must support them or else the dims win by default, the correct answer will with unprincipled dimwitted cave in artists like you in congress, talking the talk and never walking the walk, what difference does it make? 40 to 1??? You are a disgrace to this country.

  68. Eric is wrong. The only answer is a third party, which the special interests in Washington cannot control. The Republican Party is a dead letter.

  69. I have told you about my personal observations of Boehner in Sun Valley, Seattle, Columbus and in Washinton DC. I never told you about McConnell. We needed congressional help on a proposed acquisition and merger. There was substantial opposition from major players in our industry, and from the organized labor. There were public policy reasons for congress to support the merger, although one of our competitors managed to hire the son of Roy Blount on the assurance that he would work to defeat it. We asked McConnell for help and he told us the only way he would do what was right for the country was if we through a fundraiser for him which we did at my house, with 16 microsoft attendes, the president of Boeing airplane company, and a man who claimed to be the only Jewish republican in Seattle, plus an ex Senator and congressman. Let me repeat: the price to get McConnell to do what was right was campaign a pile of donor money. And without that money he would have done nothing. That is the mentality we are dealing with, and why in retrospect, I realize that nothing I did, or could possibly do could change the corrupt nature of this system. I have better things to do with my time, even if it is just sleeping.

  70. The establishment republicans are the reason that we wound up with Obama, and the leftist loons are to dumb to see his policies are like Bushs’ on steroids
    One of my heroes was Bill Rusher who was a co-founder of National Review, and prior to that was Counsel to the senate. He was as skilful at destroying an adverse witness as anyone I have seen. He was a Princeton product, and generally they are a smarter group than the Harvard boys–Charlie the idiot Gibson being the noteable exception. Bill Rusher was always careful to say that he was a conservative and not a Republican. That was half a century ago, he is long gone. Today? Well now it is like that line from Kipling: east is east and west is west and ne’r the twain shall meet. After tonight, it is fair to say that conservatives and Republicans have nothing in common.

  71. jbstonesfan
    January 1st, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    I would expect them to run Michelle Obama in 2016 if she wants it. The mere fact that it makes no sense, also makes it rather likely. This will give big media the chance exploit that issue–young glamorous black and married to Obama. You see the HuffPo crowd pushing this already, and then of course there is the Mrs. O fashion site. It is softball, and everytime one of their chosen people slips, big media is there to catch them, while they work overttime to destroy their opponents. You noticed, perhaps, that Hollywood was one of the big beneficiaries of the fiscal cliff stunt.

  72. wbboei

    So how do we strat to create a party that is truly conservative. Since I was really a conservative sll the time I voted democrat and identified myself as a liberal I am trying to convince the democrats friends I have who have lived a clean conservative life style that they are living under a kind of tyranny that forses them to identify themsleves as liberal even when it is very apparent that the new liberals are really just libertines. I also try to make them aware of the indoctrination that their children are receiving in the public school system financed by Saudi Money. Sadely many American are more invested in their state’s football team than they are in this country. They are taking their freedom for granted while Obama and the rest of the progressives in both parties sell out our soverngty to the highest bidders. Conservatives have sourage and unshakable faith. And they make up the majority of this country. So why is it that they are so confused when they vote. Well I was confused for most of my life. If I had a chance to listen to a Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann speak when I was younger perhaps I would have realized earlier that I was indeed a conservative with conservative values. But the left corrupted the term “Christian Conservative” by applying it to the Bushes who are neither Christian or Conservative. People who still call themselves liberal and love Obama will becomingincreasingly rude arrogant and classless. It won’t be long before I will have to tell some of my more militant Obama supporter friends that I just cannot stand to be around anyone so stupid and childish. Perhaps the only answer is to shun the Obama zombies who cannot be savd and to gracefully pull the wool off the eyes of the moderate democrat voters who cn be saved. But a new party must bew created. One that treatens the very existance of the establishment New World Order republican party. We have top start working on it and not give up. There will be nowhere to go to escape the tyranny the progressives want to create. It will be a global forse with zero accountable or representation. Patriots start putting your heads together before evil steals the future of your children and turns them into submissive little parasites, content with whatever free shit the governmnet is able to give them ( most of which will be pot.)

  73. I just wanted to ask again if anyone here has seen the Let’s Move.gov PSA with “all the healthy children” of color and only two white children who are morbidly obese, playing outdoors. I give a more detailed description of it at my comment – 1-1 9:46 pm. I think that Michele Obama’s white hate is all over this PSA and I would really like to know what others think.

  74. Juliette
    January 2nd, 2013 at 12:46 am
    At this point, it is an imponderable. But as future developments unfold, the need for a third party will become obvious. It takes a leader. We had one in Andrew Breitbart–who was young, courageous and principled. A consensus needs to form around him. The party we see today cannot go on. It will not be competitive. Conservatives will stay home, fundraisers will balk and in the final analysis it has nothing whatsoever to sell that anyone wants to buy. No leadership, no principle and no spine. Yes, it will happen, maybe not within my lifetime but it will happen. The departure of Jim DeMint from the Senate is a very telling event. He has gone to the Heritage Foundation where he can help attack the left wing culture which have brought us to this pretty pass. That is the key, and it is why old politicians and old ideas are obsolete in this system. People no longer vote on the basis of what is best for the country. In fact, they can be induced to vote against their self interest, by appealing to the culture war–which sucks all the oxygen out of the room. So what a conservative party will need to do is define itself as young, hip and loyal to the enduring values which have produced unprecedented freedom and prospertity for more than two centuries. Like Breitbart did.

  75. I agree with winning the culture back. When the culture is circling the toilet you wind up wil a piece of sh*t like Obama for a president. Conservative women must be the ones to lead here. I would never want to be associated with someone lke Sandra Fluck. She is pathetic and a weak submissive excuse for a woman. I don’t like to pass moral judgement on my friends but it is time that they learn that the trash culture they are rolling around in stinks and it is making me sick to my stomach. I have held back those thoughts for too long because There are some of my friedns who sadley just rufuse to grow up and they are in their fifties! I have lived through the shift from a hippy dippy drug sick culture of the seventies (thank God at least we had good music,) to the much more conservative Regan-Thatcher 80s. I believe things will get too disgusting for good people to remain politly silent. I talk to parents all the time who are concerned about the values of theri children being destroyed. Culture is where we must start. It is how the commies and the Islamist won over this country but they had to use lies. All we need is to get out the truth through the only venues that many Americans pay attention to, movies, popular music and television shows.

  76. by Stephen Green The Deal of the CenturyJanuary 1st, 2013 – 9:20 am

    The deal to take us back from the edge of the fiscal cliff (actual cliff not included) features $41 of real-as-a-heart-attack tax increases for every $1 of imaginary never-gonna-happen spending cuts.

    What did the GOP get out of the deal? The loss of the last thing it actually stood for.

    What did President Obama and the Democrats get out of it? GOP complicity in yet another scheme on the nation’s long road to ruin.

    I said it weeks ago on Trifecta and I’ll say it again here: The GOP had no good bargaining position, and it’s not like the Democrats were ever going to negotiate in good faith anyway — so the GOP shouldn’t have even tried. They had exactly one option open to them, which was to give the Democrats everything they wanted, vote “present” on the disgusting mess, then go home for the holidays.

    Let the Democrats live with the results of their taxes and spending, without a single Republican fingerprint anywhere near it. It wasn’t a great play, but at least then they’d have stood for something. Yes, they’d have paid for it with lost seats in the midterms — but that’s going to happen anyway now, and probably even worse.

    Instead, Obama got everything he wanted, including the Wedge Issue of the Century with which to beat the GOP for the next two years.

    The Republicans could have left Washington weeks ago, with at least their dignity intact. Now they’ll take full ownership of the craptaculent mess we lovingly call “Obamanomics.”

    Congratulations to Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, for becoming the first multi-trillion-dollar losers in our Republic’s history.

  77. Juliette
    January 2nd, 2013 at 1:42 am
    As De Tocqville said: democracy will be over when policians realize they can bribe people with their own money. We are there. A few members of the left can see what we do. Oliver Stone, who is a bad man in most ways, recently raised doubts about Obama’s abandonment of civil liberties. But it is like spitting in the ocean. The left is monolithic and totalitarian. I used to think the otherwise, but seeing is believing. In my case, I have to go back to the fifties and before to find music I can relate to. Country western lasted another couple decades, but it is gone now, and so it its popularity.

  78. I realize there is a lot going on, but I think we should keep our eyes on this case.

    Obama’s EPA is being sued for violating the Nuremberg Code, which was adopted following the Nuremberg Trials at the end of World War II. The Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says no law empowers any judge to stop it from conducting illegal scientific experiments on seniors, children and the sick. Apparently they think they are above any such laws or codes.


    I’m sure Dr. Mengele would be proud of obama and his group of ghouls.

    This is sick!

  79. Found at Gateway this morning. Republicans are the STUPID party; Democrats are the EVIL party. It NEVER changes!!!
    Way slower than admin, Big Pink, but progress is being made lol.

  80. Institute for Policy Studies “fesses up” to 50 Years of Hard Core Subversion

    The Washington DC based Institute for Policy Studies turns 50 this year.

    For half a century IPS has been one of the most subversive and destructive organizations in the US.

    Both domestically and internationally IPS has been pushing its leftist agenda relentlessly.

    From the extreme wing of the civil rights movement, to the feminist and gay rights movements, the anti South Africa campaigns, the anti military movements, anti corporate campaigns, right through to the Occupy Movement, IPS has had its thumbprint om virtually every major subversive movement in the last five decades.


  81. The World from Berlin
    Today’s American Politics a ‘Tiresome Farce’
    Barack Obama’s announcement that a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” has been reached was hailed as a victory for the Democratic president. German editorialists, however, are less certain. They warn that the bitter political wrangling in Washingon is likely to damage the country in the long term.
    …The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes:

    “The annual ritual of expiring deadlines and compromises in the middle of the night has long since become a tiresome farce that no one is interested in seeing any longer. … The political theater is damaging the country both domestically and abroad. Querulousness and anger are growing among the people because the national leadership in Washington isn’t in a position to solve the country’s biggest problems: the mountain of debt, the budget deficit, unemployment, the education crisis, aging infrastructure and the explosion of costs in the health care and pension systems.”

    “This political paralysis could stifle economic recovery. The national debt, which now exceeds the annual economic output of the country, also threatens national security. President Obama’s first term was characterized by procrastination and retreat when it came to foreign and security policy — from Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya and Syria. And without Washington’s leadership, what is to become of the ‘peace process’ in the Middle East and the Arab Spring? Beyond the cliff the world faces more adversity than a world power taking a breather from geopolitics….”


  82. Senate Report Confirms Obama Lied When He Linked Benghazi To Mohammed Film On September 18th…

    Not that the MSM will call him on it.

    (CNSNews.com) – Three days after CIA and State Department eyewitnesses reported on Sept. 15 that there had been no protest in Benghazi, Libya, before terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission and a CIA facility there on Sept. 11, President Barack Obama and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney both publicly linked the attacks, which killed four Americans, to protests against an anti-Muslim video that had been posted on YouTube.

    Carney did it at the White House press briefing on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Obama did it later that same day in a taped interview with David Letterman.

    However, according to a new report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, personnel working at the CIA “Annex” in Benghazi on Sept. 11 reported on Sept. 15 that there had been no protest in Benghazi that day, and State Department security personnel who survived the Benghazi attacks told FBI interviewers on Sept. 15 and Sept. 16 that they, too, had seen no evidence of any protest before the attacks.

    At the White House briefing on Sept. 18, Carney said that there was a protest in Benghazi on Sept. 11 against the anti-Muslim YouTube video and that the attacks there were “sparked” by protests. Obama, appearing on David Letterman’s show that same day, instantly referred to the video and called its maker a “shadowy character” when Letterman asked him what had happened in Benghazi . . .


  83. Will J.B. lose the speaker ship because of this?
    Not immediately. He will step down AFTER they get shellacked over this in 2014. The problem is his number 2 and number 3 buttboys–cantor and mccarthy voted against this–after they determined it would pass without their votes. They need to be defeated as well. Ironically, this vote could prove to be a turning point, and I do not think the dims realize it. By 2020 the grass roots will have either wrested control of the party from the establishment republicans or formed a new party, which is the more likely possibility. How can you win a war with Benedict Arnold as the general? This thing will crash, with big media along with it, and when it does, a conservative party will have a chance. But between now and then there will probably be a civil war–maybe even a race war due to the inflamatory tactics and rhetoric coming from the dimocrat party. An armed nation is a polite nation. And if they want to take that one on, they will fall on their sword. It won’t happen.

  84. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/clinton-leaving-hospital-concussion-treatment-article-1.1231669

    see photos

    Hillary Clinton leaving New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Wednesday.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emerged briefly Wednesday from a Manhattan hospital — only to run around and head back inside a short time later.

    Clinton, last seen in public on Dec. 7, exited from a side entrance at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital and returned about 15 minutes later.

    Both the hospital and the State Department declined comment on the former First Lady’s strange and short trip. Clinton, 65, was admitted Sunday with a potentially dangerous blood clot.

    Clinton was treated with blood thinners to help dissolve the clot located near her brain, doctors said. An MRI revealed the problem shortly after Clinton suffered a concussion in a fall last month.

    The clot was located in a vein behind her right ear that runs between the brain and skull.

    Doctors said there was no neurological damage and Clinton was expected to make a full recovery.

    Former President Bill Clinton, second from left, leaves New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Wednesday.
    She’s among likely Democratic hopefuls for president in 2016.

    Clinton was battling a stomach virus when she became woozy and took a tumble, forcing her to curtail her typically hectic schedule.

    She was already planning to step down from her position as Secretary of State later this month. Clinton was treated in 1998 for a clot behind her right knee while her husband was still in the White House.

  85. http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/hillary-clinton-seen-leaving-hospital-after-4-days-recovering-from-blood-clot-1.4398956

    more photos

    | Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton exits the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with her daughter Chelsea and husband, former President Bill Clinton. (Jan. 2, 2013)

    NEW YORK – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was seen leaving the main hospital building where she has been recovering from a blood clot for four days to visit the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute before returning again to the hospital Wednesday.

    The secretary of state had been speaking with her staff and reviewing paperwork from the hospital, the State Department said Wednesday, as doctors continue to monitor Clinton’s progress and her response to blood thinners intended to dissolve the clot. Aides emphasized that the secretary remained engaged with staff in Washington who are handling U.S. foreign policy in her absence.

    “She’s been quite active on the phone with all of us,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

    Clinton was admitted Sunday to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treatment of a clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier in December. While at home battling a stomach virus, Clinton had fainted, fallen and struck her head, a spokesman said. Clinton, 65, hasn’t been seen publicly since Dec. 7.

    Doctors found the clot, located in a vein that runs through the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear, during a follow-up exam and began administering blood thinners. Her physicians said Monday that there was no neurological damage and that they expect she will make a full recovery.

    Sidelined by her illness for most of December, Clinton was forced to cancel scheduled testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and was absent on Dec. 21 when President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to succeed Clinton when she steps down at the start of Obama’s second term, as had long been planned.

    But Clinton had expected to return to work this week and had already started to resume regular phone contact with her foreign counterparts. On Saturday, the day before the clot was discovered, Clinton had a half-hour conversation with Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. envoy to Syria, in which the two discussed the state of affairs in that civil-war-torn country, Nuland said.

    Also on Saturday, Clinton spoke by telephone with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, discussing recent developments in Syria, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.

    Clinton’s doctors said they planned to release Clinton from the hospital after the proper dose for the blood thinners had been established, and doctors not involved with her care say it’s likely she will have no long-term consequences from the clot. But it remains to be seen whether she will be able to return to work before she resigns as secretary of state.

    The illness has also raised questions about Clinton’s political future and how her health might influence her decision about whether to run for president in 2016, as prominent Democrats have been urging her to consider. Clinton also suffered from a blood clot in 1998, midway through her husband’s second term as president, although that clot was located in her knee.


    Hillary Clinton’s neighbors wish her speedy recovery Hillary Clinton remains hospitalized Hillary Clinton’s doctors: Blood clot located between brain and skull

  86. OT, but good for a laugh…just noticed that Andrew Sullivan is leaving the Daily Beast to start his own subscription website…

    …another legend in his own mind…can just see the stampede to pay to read his nonsense…perhaps it will not be a political website…he is infamous for a variety of things

  87. Hillary just discharged from the hospital…

    take it easy Hillary…set up a good exercise and healthy eating plan…

  88. Thanks for the update and photos S.

    Sweet Hillary is not steady on her feet and I am so happy that Cleasea and Bill are keeping a close eye on her. I hope she has round the clock medical staff checking in on her two…it seems too soon for her to go home for something so dangerous? I can imagine she is stir crazy and does need to have some exercise to keep her blood flowing and hydrated.

    I am still praying for your full and speedy recovery, Hillary.

  89. A well deserved tribute to a trim, demure, wouldn’t say shit if he had a mouthful Obama enabling RINO:

    Yes, Chris Christie is a Fat Blowhard

    By Larry Johnson

    on January 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM in Current Affairs

    I too am fed up. But, unlike Chris Christie, I know when to stop shoveling food into my puss. Yes, I am pissed at Chris Christie. The Chris Christie tantrum today over the refusal of Congress to shell out more of our taxpayer funds to the clowns in Jersey and New York who chose of their own freewill to live in flood prone areas is disgusting:

    Look, I choose to live on the coast in Florida. It is a risk I take. I do not expect the rest of America to back up my risky play. That is absurd and fiscally irresponsible.

    But here we have the Fat Blowhard of Jersey begging for Federal dollars.

    I will be happy to listen to the New Jersey Governor’s lectures on fiscal discipline when he demonstrates the simple of discipline of getting his eating under control. He is disgustingly fat. Yes, a pig. And he is fat by choice. He prefers to chow down on pasta and whole wheat bread, rather than turn to healthier choices.

    Let’s face it. Chris Christie is a walking metaphor of what Federal and State governments have become–grossly overfed, grossly overweight and totally lacking in self-discipline.

    Think I am too harsh?

  90. There’s a Guy in this old town
    I’m tellin’ you a fact
    He measures five feet up and down
    And five feet front and back
    He’s a Roly Poly Baby
    Pleasin’ as they come
    He’s a Roly Poly Baby
    A Ton of Fun

    They call him
    Ya Ya Roly Poly
    Ya Ya Roly Poly
    Ya Ya Roly Poly
    Ya Ya Roly Poly
    Ya Ya Roly
    Ya Ya Poly
    Ya Ya Roly Poly

  91. It all makes sense . . . Buffett just bought green energy companies for $3 billion and viola, this:

    Though the tax carve-out habit resumed after Reagan, this New Year’s passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 marks the return of the progressive tax utopia, with a great many Finlandized business interests complicit. In the anti-Reagan model, the favored fish—left-wing constituencies and bloodless commercial interests—swim through streams of revenue processed by the tax code out of the general fund and back to the favored fish.

    No real appreciation of the hellishness of the deals is possible unless one reads methodically through the details of the “Summary” released New Year’s Eve. Herewith, a summary of the Summary, but bear in mind: It can’t go on. This is a Ponzi scheme. Bernie Madoff, the biggest financial fraud ever, recycled $65 billion for 30 years. The bigger the pot, the longer the Ponzi can run. Ask Europe. The Obama Ponzi starts now.

    The section titled “Business Tax Extenders” gets ink because it is so ripe for “Daily Show” ridicule. Jon Stewart merely has to read the text: “Credits for certain expenditures for maintaining railroad tracks.” A “seven-year recovery period for motorsports entertainment complexes.” “RIC qualified investment entity treatment under FIRPTA.” Hollywood can expense $20 million of production costs “incurred in economically depressed areas of the U.S.,” which must mean most of Manhattan is an “economically depressed area.” I’ve got to get in on this. How about an energy tax credit for walking to work?

    Reading through the list, you feel like a sap. Sure, broad breaks such as the deduction on mortgage interest flow to millions, but a rational working stiff would throw over his 9 to 9 slog to try this: “Facilities that produce electricity from wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, small irrigation, hydropower, landfill gas, waste-to-energy, and marine renewable facilities are eligible for a production tax credit.”(snip)

    The New Year’s night vote came without applause or cheers. Sullen House Democrats voted and left. The progressive president boarded Air Force One for a 4,700-mile flight to his middle-class vacation in Hawaii. Why not? For a nation buying into its own Bernie Madoff paradise, it all makes sense.



  92. There is only one Republican who is tough enough to take on these commies, and his name is Darrel Issa. Cantor and McCarthy are ball less wonders. They are no great improvement over Boehner. If Boehner hangs on until after the 2014 shellacking–the tea parties will not turn out for establishment Republicans, then perhaps the establishment cabal will collapse, and a principled conservative will emerge like a Phoenix from the ashes. I was reading the bios of Cantor, and especially McCarthy and wondering how in the hell they ever got into a leadership role.

  93. I did not know that when Bill was in the WH Hillary had a blood clot behind her knee. I guess that might be why they watched her so closely, thankfully. Get Well H.

  94. From BJstonesFan’s link above: (thanks for this link)

    …Even so, the brief dread that it could be something worse sent panicky messages ricocheting throughout her enormous network of friends and admirers. Haunting memories returned of how her ambassador, Richard Holbrooke, fatally exhausted by grueling Af-Pak missions that his friends begged him to curtail, collapsed in her office two years ago and died days later from a ruptured aorta.

    The idea of losing Hillary has seemed especially unbearable at this political moment. It’s as if she has become, literally, the ship of state. She stands for maturity, tenacity, and self-discipline at a time when everyone else in Washington seems to be, in more senses than one, going off a cliff—a parade of bickering, blustering, small-balled hacks bollixing up the nation’s business. She’s a caring executive too, and that takes its own emotional toll. What a disgrace that John Bolton and his goaty Republican ilk accused Her Magnificence of inventing a concussion to get out of testifying at the Benghazi hearings. Bolton is not fit to wipe her floor with his mustache.

    Bill Clinton, talking about the need to financially empower wives and mothers in regressive countries, once remarked that women have “the responsibility gene.” No one has that gene more markedly than his wife. Her determination to defy fatigue and keep going beggars belief. On the eve of Thanksgiving, for instance, just when she’s about to wind up a trip with Obama to Cambodia and yearning to dive under a duvet in Chappaqua, the president sends her off instead to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo to arm-wrestle a Gaza ceasefire—which she duly delivers.

    It’s not just Washington’s antics that make us value Hillary the Stoic more than ever. These are scary times. Everyone feels terrified of economic and societal volatility. The pace of change from destructive innovation and cutthroat global competition and demographic shifts and media proliferation is making us a nervous, increasingly medicated nation. We’re unsettled, too, by the crash of so many blue-chip people and corporations. Petraeus, Penn State, Barclays, the BBC—it’s hazardous to have a reputation these days.

    U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Government House on Nov. 15, 2012, in Adelaide, Australia. (Pool photo by David Mariuz)

    Hillary has just been voted the most admired woman in America for the 17th time in 20 years. That’s why we should also tell her now, firmly, in unison, that it’s time to stop. Don’t be a heroine, Hillary! Give yourself a break!

    In an era of quicksand, everyone is looking for a rock, and you’re one we depend on…

  95. Shadowfax
    January 2nd, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Hillary has just been voted the most admired woman in America for the 17th time in 20 years. That’s why we should also tell her now, firmly, in unison, that it’s time to stop. Don’t be a heroine, Hillary! Give yourself a break!

    Happy New Year, Shadow. Forgive me, but I don’t trust anything from Tina Brown. I doubt her reason for why she wants Hillary to stop. Brown did everything in her power to make sure Hillary couldn’t get started in 2008.

  96. VotingHill, Happy New Year to you too.
    I pasted the words from Brown, not because I know anything about her, but because I agree with what she said.
    I don’t want Hillary to stop forever, I just want her to take time to heal her brain/body so she is not in any health crisis.
    When she is well, no one will be able to stop her.

  97. Not Even Orwell Could Make This Up:

    Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over American citizens.

    The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?


  98. related to Leanora 10:11
    …The multimillion dollar deal came after Current rebuffed TheBlaze when it approached the network about buying the channel last year. According to a source close to the negotiations, officials at TheBlaze were told that “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.” [So Al Jazeera was a match lol]
    An executive for TheBlaze confirmed these details on Thursday, noting that the decision not to sell to Beck’s network came only hours after executives reached out to a Current representative to discuss the matter. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Hyatt said that the decision to go with the Middle Easter outlet came, in part, because, “al-Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current.”
    This admission on the part of Current clearly shows that the network aligns itself with al-Jazeera — at least when it comes to goals and aspirations — something critics will likely question. As the AP noted, Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked for the network for a time, left in 2008 after sensing an anti-American bias.
    A source close to negotiations also told The New York Times that the deal was probably worth around $500 million, meaning a $100 million pay-day for Gore, who was reportedly eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31 in order to avoid higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1.
    Unfortunately for Gore, the deal wasn’t signed until Wednesday, however.

    WSJ has more details:
    Al-Jazeera, which is owned by the government of Qatar, became famous in the U.S. about a decade ago when its Arabic-language outlet aired videos of Osama bin Laden in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Since then the English-language version of the channel, which is available online in the U.S. and on TV in a few cities, has gained plaudits for its international coverage.
    The purchase of Current TV could give al-Jazeera national cable distribution in the U.S., something it has been seeking for years. But al-Jazeera doesn’t plan to replace Current TV with its English-language channel. Instead it will create a new channel, al-Jazeera America, and will “invest significantly” in new programming, Mr. Hyatt wrote in a note to Current TV staff announcing the deal. The channel will be based in New York and expand al-Jazeera’s U.S. staff to more than 300, the company said in an announcement.
    Not all cable operators are on board with the change. Time Warner Cable Inc., the second-largest cable operator, said late Wednesday it was dropping Current TV. The network’s owners acknowledged the deal was the reason.
    News of the pending deal was first reported by The New York Times. Executives from al-Jazeera and Current did not immediately comment to the New York Times.
    Current CEO Joel Hyatt confirmed in October that they were considering selling the 7-year-old network, which has long suffered from poor viewership.
    Current’s programming line-up includes Eliot Spitzer, Jennifer Granholm and Joy Behar. Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was fired from the channel in March after less than a year.

  99. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/hillary-script-buzzing-in-hollywood-85696_Page2.html

    By KEVIN CIRILLI | 1/2/13 10:42 PM EST
    Hillary Clinton has gone Hollywood.

    One of the hottest political screenplays in Tinseltown is about the outgoing secretary of state, and it’s by a 39-year-old newcomer writer from South Korea.

    Dubbed “Rodham,” Young Il Kim’s screenplay follows a 20-something Hillary Rodham as she’s trying to decide between her career and boyfriend.

    This is, after all, the Clintons, so the stakes are of historic proportions. Her job? The youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee working to impeach President Richard Nixon. Her boyfriend? Bill Clinton, who was trying to launch his political career in Arkansas.

    “There’s this incredible irony that she worked on the impeachment process that was used against her husband,” Kim told POLITICO, referring to Bill Clinton’s impeachment scandal involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

    Kim continued: “But it’s also really a journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her professional ambition — both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas, and she did not want to leave Washington, D.C.”

    This isn’t a history book. It’s Hollywood. And just last month, the script came in at No. 4 on Hollywood’s all-important Black List, an annual poll of nearly 300 film executives about their favorite scripts. Films that have made the list in the past: “The Social Network,” “Juno” and “The King’s Speech,” among others.

    Kim said he wrote the film in four months while in and out of New Jersey coffee shops, based off research from dozens of Clinton books. Hollywood veteran Richard Arlook sent the query letter to his executive Jason Hong, who read the script and urged Arlook to do the same. Arlook read it while in Atlanta visiting his father, who had recently retired after 50 years of working for the government.

    “I just remember being at his house, and when I put the script down, I was like, ‘Dad, did you know this about Hillary Clinton? Did you know that about Hillary Clinton?’” Arlook told POLITICO.

    He continued: “I’ve always seen her in the public light and formal and buttoned-down, and here she is making out with Bill and graduating college and trying to find a job. It’s them starting off and meeting and falling in love and facing all the challenges and struggles that everybody else does.”

    And it’s that personal, younger side of her that the screenplay sheds new light on. As Kim described: There’s a scene with Hillary and Bill making out in her Dupont Circle apartment. There’s an “office flirtation” between her and former Gov. Bill Weld, who worked with her on the impeachment committee. There’s even a scene where she’s putting on makeup and singing Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.”

    Since Arlook has signed on to manage him, Kim is being represented by the United Talent Agency, one of the largest agencies on the planet. Jenny Maryasis, who helped discover Lena Dunham, is the UTA agent on the script, as is veteran Barbara Dreyfus. And Temple Hill Entertainment — the same folks behind the “Twilight” vampire flicks — are attached with Arlook to produce the film. Arlook said the next step in the process is to get funding.

    There’s been talk about a Clinton film before. Bill Clinton said in May that he’d like Meryl Streep to play Hillary. But Kim’s script calls for a younger actress, and he’s tight-lipped about rumored casting.

    Kim worked in venture capital in the dot-com industry. But after witnessing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he decided to chase his dream of becoming a screenwriter. He earned his master’s in screenwriting from the University of Southern California in 2004. He moved to New Jersey, tutoring part time while he wrote drafts of screenplays.

    He said he got the idea after he saw a photograph of Hillary Clinton in the Situation Room with President Barack Obama and others watching the raid to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

    “That photo … made me remember another photo,” said Kim, whose family moved to America when he was 9 years old from the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea.

    While attending Harvard, he worked at the student newspaper in 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for president.

    “There was this photo of Hillary when she was in her 20s with coke-bottle glasses and long, hippie hair,” he said. “And it was those two images that really made me realize that this would be a great way into this story just to focus on a moment in her life when she’s in her 20s, and she doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.”

  100. VotingHillary
    January 2nd, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Happy New Year, Shadow. Forgive me, but I don’t trust anything from Tina Brown. I doubt her reason for why she wants Hillary to stop. Brown did everything in her power to make sure Hillary couldn’t get started in 2008.


    Voting Hillary,

    I have to agree with you re: Tina Brown…when it became acceptable to like Hillary and Bill again AFTER O was Prez, Tina Brown suddenly admired Hillary…

    I will never forget the time Hillary was in the news when she snapped at a young reporter in Africa when he asked her what Bill thought about an issue and she snapped back she was the SOS not Bill…

    Tina was on Morning Joe talking about it and she was going on about Hillary’s hair and weight…and I thought, ‘Tina, have you looked in a mirror lately?…your hair is nothing to brag about and you are certainly in no position to be criticizing Hillary’s hair…Tina was petty when it came to Hillary…and worse when it came to Bill…

  101. Leanora
    January 3rd, 2013 at 11:19 am
    Hillary Clinton will testify in front of Congress about the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya – despite receiving a concussion and being hospitalized for a blood clot, it was revealed on Thursday.


    RGB Times gains inside scoop of what Hillary will say:

    Hillary: “Here are all the damn emails to the White House. Most were ignored. There were a few responses that were of the nature, ‘let us think about it’. But I just couldn’t come out publicly and blurt out that it was all Obama’s and Jarrett’s fault. Believe me, I wanted to. Now under oath, I have to.”

  102. gonzotx
    January 2nd, 2013 at 7:18 pm
    Hillary needs to stay hydrated. Caused her a lot of problems. Glad she went in.

    I’m still suspicious about who’s doing what to whom.

    * HW Bush hospitalized.
    * Schwartzkoff dies age 78.
    * HRC virus/concussion/clot.

  103. John Boehner just gave a speech to Congress and cried and wiped away tears. I realize he is an emotional man as the media said in excusing his crying. BUT…can you imagine if a female or if Hillary even had gotten misty eyed without getting to the point of having to wipe away tears and blow her nose what would happen?

  104. rgb44hrc
    January 3rd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    As usual, we are on the same page. I was going to post that the other day but decided not to. Glad you did.

  105. Hillary Clinton Returning to the Office Next Week

    Really Hillary?

    Stay home and get well first, please.

  106. Foxy, sometimes I have to sign in all over again, I think my problem is more Firefox needing to be closed and reopened after being open for a long time?

  107. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is reportedly planning to leave the Obama administration at the end of January, likely before Congress addresses the debt limit.

    Bloomberg reported Thursday that the president’s economic point man has told the White House he is planning to leave, with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew the leading candidate to replace him, citing two people familiar with the matter.

    Geithner has made no secret of his plans to leave the administration. He has wanted to leave public service for over a year, but has been persuaded by the president to stay on. He initially wanted to leave following the last debt-limit fight in the summer of 2011, and has been vocal that he has no intention of serving far into the president’s second term.

    The Hill

  108. Rgb
    BUSH is an old old man, the general was old and had medica issues .hillary was dehydrated you can cause severe problems. and death .Most people don’t understand the seriousness of dehydration even young football players die because of it

  109. Shadow fax
    January 3rd, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Foxy, sometimes I have to sign in all over again, I think my problem is more Firefox needing to be closed and reopened after being open for a long time?

    Thanks Shadow fax. 🙂

  110. Leanora – Thanks for the tip on the new fluorescent bulbs. Just another goofy example of good intentions having nasty unanticipated consequences. We’ve already changed a couple of them.

  111. I know Jones. Ever since 9/11 its like we are in a relationship with an abusive husband that we know will end up in our demise if we don’t leave.
    Ican’t believe I voted for Gore anymore.

  112. Hillary Clinton to return to work next week
    Jan 3 2013
    …Clinton’s return sets in motion a quick succession of congressional appearances that had been on hold pending news of her health, with a goal of handing off to Kerry shortly before or after Inauguration Day.

    Clinton plans to keep her earlier pledge to testify to House and Senate committees about the fatal attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Nuland said. No date has been set for those appearances, and they are not likely before the week of Jan. 14, two officials said….

    re “a quick succession of congressional appearances”, Hope she gives ’em lots to think about.

  113. Another Patti Page. Allegheny Moon. Hard to choose between scratchy 78 and smooth but boring 45.

  114. Exclusive: Cleric may have booked pre-9/11 flights for hijackers, FBI documents show By Catherine Herridge
    Published January 04, 2013
    …Fox News was first to report in the special “Fox News Reporting – The Secrets of 9/11,” broadcast in September 2011, that the cleric was an overlooked key player in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

    Fox News was also first to report that the cleric was a guest speaker on moderate Islam at a Pentagon executive dining room in February 2002. The newly released documents now suggest the FBI knew five months earlier of al-Awlaki’s probable link to the hijackers.

    Fox News was also first to report that al-Awlaki was held at New York City’s JFK airport on Oct. 10, 2002, under a warrant for passport fraud, a felony punishable by 10 years. However, as Fox News was first to document, an FBI agent, Wade Ammerman, from the bureau’s Washington field office ordered the cleric be released from custody, even though there was an active warrant for his arrest.

    Fox News’ reporting, which has not been publicly disputed by the bureau, suggests that after the 9/11 attacks the FBI tried to work with al-Awlaki or track him for intelligence purposes. Fitton says the newly released documents raise hard questions for two administrations.

    “If he was working for us, to then kill him, that’s an extraordinary decision. And we need more information from the administration,” Fitton said. “And remember this is not just about the Obama administration. A lot of what we are talking about goes back to the Bush administration. So the Bush administration and the Obama administration need to answer about how Awlaki was handled.”
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/03/exclusive-al-awlaki-booked-pre-11-air-travel-for-hijackers-fbi-documents-show/#ixzz2H1W4yRWg

  115. Here’s a good precis on the recent “Fiscal Cliff” saga. The corruption is becoming ever more standard and the public is so weary that it is just taken for granted. (more at http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/04/16334798-fiscal-cliff-deal-includes-at-least-679-billion-for-special-interests?lite)

    Fiscal cliff deal includes at least $67.9 billion for special interests
    The fiscal cliff compromise includes tax breaks worth $70 million over two years for the owners of race tracks like Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
    By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
    Taxpayers aren’t the only ones who won’t be flying off the fiscal cliff — this year, at least. Add race cars, movies and asparagus to the list.
    As part of their last-second deal to slam the brakes on an economy racing toward the so-called fiscal cliff, lawmakers gave the green light this week to extending dozens of business and industry tax breaks, like a cost-recovery program that will save the owners of “motorsports entertainment complexes” (that is, racetracks) about $70 million over the next two years.
    Much of the compromise agreement that President Barack Obama’s autopen signed into law Thursday was targeted at individuals and families, notably preserving most of the tax cuts that passed under President George W. Bush, which were set to expire Monday. In an interview with MSNBC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called the deal “a big gift-wrapped present of certainty to the middle class.”
    But the agreement also came loaded with extensions of separate existing tax breaks for businesses and industries that had expired in the past year — about $67.9 billion worth this year, as tabulated by Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation.
    (The extensions will actually cost much more: Not only were they made retroactive to cover 2012, but some of the breaks and credits will be in effect for 10 years. Many cover only one or two years, however.)
    In addition to extending tax breaks for racing moguls, the legislation also extended:
    • A tax credit for construction of renewable energy projects, like wind turbines and biomass, geothermal and hydropower generation, for one year. It’s projected to cost about $116 million, the committee said.
    That may seem like a drop in the bucket, but here’s the kicker: While the extension to qualify for new projects covers only 2013, the actual tax credit itself is good for 10 years. That means new projects that break ground in 2013 will be able to claim the credit for the next decade, at an overall price tag the committee put at slightly less than $12.2 billion.
    • An arcane provision of corporate tax law, called active financing income, that lets U.S. corporations defer taxes on some income they earn from their overseas subsidiaries. That provision will cost the U.S. Treasury more than $9 billion this year and $1.8 billion next year.
    • Tax breaks for Hollywood producers who shoot their movies and TV shows in the U.S., at a cost of about $430 million through 2014.
    • A program that sends most federal taxes collected on rum produced in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands back to those territories to subsidize domestic production. Bar tab: $222 million over two years.
    • A tax break worth about $15 million a year for asparagus growers hit hard by cheap asparagus imported from Peru.
    • $4 million in tax breaks over the next two years for people who buy “2- or 3-wheeled plug-in electric vehicles” — in other words, electric scooters, Segways and the like.
    The purpose of the deal was to prevent a series of steep spending cuts and tax increases on the middle class from automatically taking effect in the new year. But “we’re not making it (the tax system) better or fairer,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on the House floor Tuesday in explaining why he was voting against the measure.
    Big policy losers in tax deal: deficit reduction and ‘certainty’
    “We’re not getting rid of the NASCAR loophole. We’re not getting rid of the electric motor scooter low-speed loophole. We’re not getting rid of a whole lot of tax things that are here,” Issa said.
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., tells Ed Schultz how the Democrats and the White House plan to move forward, with or without House Speaker John Boehner, pictured, as a larger fight over the deficit looms.
    Neither new nor secret
Although many of the provisions are being characterized as new pork barrel programs that sneaked their way into the bill under cover of darkness, there’s nothing new or secret about any of them.
    Most of the tax breaks had been scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2011, and as long ago as February, lawmakers were seeking a way to revive them.
    Industries in limbo as Congress mulls expired tax breaks
    Eventually, they were packaged together as the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012. It was so titled because “people need certainty to plan their finances, and businesses need certainty to hire, invest and grow,” as Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Finance Committee, said when the committee passed the package in August.
    Once it was out of committee, the measure went nowhere. That is, until this week, when — with a lame-duck Congress just hours away from going home without having addressed the fiscal cliff — it was substituted almost word for word into the deal brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
    It makes up Titles III and IV of the final bill, with many of the alterations reading like this:
    Paragraph (1) of section 7652(f) is amended by striking “January 1, 2012” and inserting “January 1, 2014”.
    Former Sens. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., left, and Erskine Bowles, D-N.C., co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s 2010 deficit commission, said Congress missed a ‘magic moment’ to reform the tax code.
    By taking the clock down to 00:00 and backing itself into a corner, Congress “missed this magic moment to do something big to reduce the deficit, reform our tax code and fix our entitlement programs,” said former Sens. Erskine Bowles, D-N.C., and Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., the co-chairmen of Obama’s 2010 commission responsible for finding a way out of the country’s economic morass.
    “We have all known for over a year that this fiscal cliff was coming,” they said in a joint statement Tuesday, adding: “Yet even after taking the country to the brink of economic disaster, Washington still could not forge a common sense bipartisan consensus on a plan that stabilizes the debt.”
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was less diplomatic.
    “It’s so incredibly disappointing that members of Congress saw fit to add hundreds of millions of dollars in special-interest handouts to the recently passed ‘fiscal cliff’ bill, which had the simple purpose of avoiding massive tax rate increases on average Americans,” McCain said Thursday.
    “It’s hard to think of anything that could feed the cynicism of the American people more than larding up must-pass emergency legislation with giveaways to special interests and campaign contributors,” he said. “And this growing cynicism — largely justified in my view — will make it harder for us to deliver the tough medicine needed to address our crushing national debt.”

  116. The staggering cost of keeping these animals in the White House is now beyond obscene. Their fabulous arrogance as well as their utter contempt for everyone else set new records for naked self esteem. There is a new book out which will share some of this with our fellow citizens but one has to wonder if it will do any good with the ineducable dolts who elected him.

    – The Daily Caller –
    Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year, perks questioned in new book

    Posted By Alex Pappas
    Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.
    In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.
    Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.
    Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”
    “The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.
    “The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told TheDC.
    Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.
    When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.
    “When the United States’ billion-dollar air armada is being used politically, is it fair to taxpayers that we only be reimbursed by the president’s campaign committee for the value of one first-class commercial ticket for each passenger who is deemed aboard ‘for political purposes?’” Gray asks in the book.
    “And is that bargain-price advantage fair to those opposing an incumbent president?”
    In the book, Gray admits Americans want their president to be safe and comfortable but argues the system should be reformed to stop the amount of unquestioned perks given to the president.
    “There is no mechanism for anyone’s objection if a president were to pay his chief of staff $5,000,000 a year,” he told TheDC. “And nothing but a president’s conscience can dissuade him from buying his own reelection with use of some public money.”
    Aside from a salary, the president gets a $50,000 a year expense account, a $100,000 travel account, $19,000 entertainment budget and an additional million for “unanticipated needs,” he notes.
    Here is a sample of other pricey taxpayer funded perks exclusively reserved for the president:
    The president can to appoint high-paid staffers without Senate confirmation: Obama has 469 senior staffers and 226 are paid more than $100,000 a year, according to the book. Seventy-seven are paid as much as $172,000 per year. He also has appointed 43 “czars.”
    The president can vacation for free at Camp David: Gray writes that each round trip made to Camp David costs the taxpayers $25,350. It’s also estimated that the combined transportation and personnel costs for a Camp David visit are $295,000 per night.
    The president has a full-time movie projectionist in the White House theater: Projectionists sleep at the White House and are there 24 hours a day in case anyone needs to see a movie. “Compared to the 450 times President Carter used the movie theater in his four years in the White House, the average American citizen, according to industry statistics, goes out to see a movie slightly less than five times a year,” Gray writes.
    The president’s family’s gets certain travel and security expenses paid while vacationing: “First Lady Michelle Obama drew flack from the media and irate citizens when it was disclosed that, not counting Saturdays and Sundays, she spent 42 days on vacation — within the span of one year.”
    The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer: “Bo made the news when he and his handler were flown to join the president on vacation in Maine,” Gray wrote about the Obama family dog. “It has been reported that the first family’s dog handler was paid $102,000, last year.”

  117. Hillary Movie in the works.


    American politician Hillary Clinton could be swapping Capitol Hill for Hollywood if plans for a movie biopic are given the green light.
    The Secretary of State, who was hospitalized in New York over the holidays, is the subject of a new screenplay which tells the story of her university days, her romance with husband Bill and her rise to the role of America’s First Lady.
    The story reportedly focuses on the agonising decision when she had to choose between her budding career in Washington, D.C. and her relationship with Bill.
    The film is currently titled Rodham after her birth name.
    Clinton hit headlines last week when she was hospitalized in New York after doctors found a blood clot close to her brain. She has since been discharged and is recovering at home, with plans to return to work next week.

  118. What to believe? I thought she was resting at home and slated to return to work next week.. What’s all this?

    Hillary Clinton leaves hospital, but only briefly
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefly left the New York hospital where she’s been under treatment for a blood clot, but is not being discharged, according to a report.
    Camera crews staked out at New York-Presbyterian Hospital caught Clinton leaving the hospital around 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Wearing sunglasses and a dark coat, she held daughter Chelsea’s hand and a railing as she walked down a few stairs and out to a waiting black van. Former President Bill Clinton followed close behind.
    But Clinton wasn’t returning home and was back at the hospital an hour later after a brief outing for tests, local ABC affiliate WABC reported, citing unnamed officials. Some reports initially indicated that Clinton had been discharged from the hospital.
    State Department officials did not immediately respond to POLITICO’s requests for comment.
    Earlier Wednesday, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that Clinton has been “quite active on the phone” to keep in touch with her staff. On Saturday, she called a few foreign officials, including the UN Special Envoy on Syria.
    Nuland also defended the department’s efforts to offer public updates on Clinton’s condition, noting that there have been eight statements in the last three weeks, including two from the secretary’s doctors. “I think really we’ve been extremely forthcoming, including from her doctors, on the very specific issues here,” Nuland said.

  119. …and so it begins for the low information O supporters:


    Obama voters stunned to discover that they too are “millionaires and billionaires”
    1:31 PM 01/04/2013

    Congratulations, genuises. Turns out you’re rich!

    Democratic Underground:

    America: You break it, you buy it.

    Twitchy.com has more reaction as Obama voters get their latest, smaller paychecks.

    The next time an Obamabot complains about taxes, or rising prices, or falling wages, or anything else having to do with the money coming out of his own pocket, you just need to ask him one question:

    “Why are you so greedy?”

    Update: Trending: #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek

    Update: What’s the taxpayer pricetag for Obama’s latest Hawaiian vacation? A mere $20 million.


    …just wait until they get the O’care bill…or deduction…

  120. Can’t help rubbing it in. Friggin fools.

    I thought Obama wasn’t going to raise taxes on the middle class, but my paycheck was down by 2 percent today. That
    Kind of hurts. Yikes!—
    Abe Linkcoln (@Abraham1863) January 04, 2013

    Smaller paycheck thanks to social security that I will never see #awesome—
    Kyle Meranda (@ktmeranda247) January 03, 2013

    First paycheck of the new year…. What the hell happened to taxes not going up on the middle class?—
    Craig (@CraigGradin) January 03, 2013

    Totally reflected on todays paycheck 🙁 –>Social security tax withholding will increase from 4.2 to 6.2 percent on earnings up to $113,700.—
    Americas Sweetheart (@OMG_itsDestiny) January 03, 2013

    My first paycheck of 2013 is $45 short. Thanks new taxes!—
    (@melissareagan) January 03, 2013

    Just checked my pay stub… My taxes went up $25 a paycheck in 2013. That’s $650 more a year. Ouch!—
    Mandy Mullinix (@mandymullinix) January 03, 2013

    Obama promised not to increase taxes on families making less than $250,000. Why do I have $30 less in my paycheck Mr. President?—
    SPG (@shawnglancy) January 03, 2013

    Objects in paycheck may be about $10 less than what you’re used to. Thank you new social security taxes.—
    kelli venezia (@kellivenezia) January 03, 2013

    @ChrisWarcraft 1st paycheck noticeably smaller after the FC was avoided. Glad hard working politicians got a raise tho. #crooksandthieves—
    Mike Herring (@mikeherring81) January 03, 2013

    Also yay for my paycheck being smaller because of Social Security! Totally winning this week, you guys!—
    Chris (@xminustDC) January 03, 2013

    @barackobama please explain why my paycheck was less this week than I normal. I thought “99% of households” wouldn’t see taxes raised #kbye—
    Sara (@SJHotel) January 03, 2013

    Most recent paycheck gutted by taxes. Thanks Obama, so much for not raising my taxes. Last time I checked I wasn’t raking in over $400K—
    Mike Lombardi (@MTLombo) January 03, 2013

    My already small paycheck gets smaller, thanks Obama. #traitor—
    G. Ahrens (@astralnugget) January 03, 2013

    Much more at


  121. Hagel will ensure a nuclear Iran and further diminish our r/s with Israel which many liberal Jews seem perfectly ok with.

  122. Besides the stunning amount of pork in the fiscal cliff bill, there is the added attraction of it harming small businesses because they are competition for the corporate giants.

    “The entire political and tax system operates to diminish the chances of small business to compete against the virtual unrestricted capital access of major public companies. 2013 will be a watershed year that regretfully will see the systemic demise of privately held endeavors.

    The replacement of free enterprise, with state/capitalism has produced a fascist economy.

    When the establishment operates under the favoritism principle, the inevitable result is that crony capitalists dig the graves of independent business operators, with publicly funded shovels.”

  123. I was pretty damn thrilled, like the rest of the working class to see that I was ripped off by Obama and his buddies, a chunk of money I can’ t afford to depart with, but rest assured, we need to run faster on that hampster wheel so Baracko and his MO can vacation like kings in a Hawaiian mansion.

    We all know how hard he has worked at campaigning and golf…and 7 Million takes a lot of hard working hampsters.


    Ain’t we lucky to be like slaves that built the pyramids?

  124. Although Blue Ridge Cable News @BRCTV had the good sense not to document this anywhere I can find, it did broadcast Pike County’s unemployment rate as down a tad but still the highest in the state. Reporter John Bartrell focused most on documenting difficulty in landing a job using perspectives of those looking and those hiring.

    The advice given at the end? Move to an area with better opportunity. How Obama-ish.

  125. Lu4PUMA – kudos kudos kudos. (I provided clerical help, but the project would have gotten nowhere without Lu because she is the one who understands the numbers.)
    FEC fines Obama’s 2008 campaign $375,000
    Associated Press
    Updated 10:42 pm, Friday, January 4, 2013
    Washington —
    President Obama’s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the election.
    The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for almost 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million.
    Campaigns are required to file reports within 48 hours on donations of $1,000 or more received during the final 20 days of the campaign. The fine was detailed in a conciliation agreement sent to Sean Cairncross, chief counsel for the Republican National Committee.
    Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan said the 2008 campaign had more than 3 million donors and “the very few outstanding questions have now all been resolved.” Obama’s campaign raised nearly $750 million from 2007 to 2008.
    The fines followed an FEC audit of the campaign in the aftermath of complaints by the Republican National Committee and other groups. The Obama campaign paid $230,000 in fines and the Democratic National Committee, which ran a joint fundraising committee with the campaign, paid the remainder.
    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/FEC-fines-Obama-s-2008-campaign-375-000-4168966.php#ixzz2H7JP18Sc

  126. How about this very familiar tune that we sang during the great 29-39
    depression. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”.

    See how our money is is wasted. I remember the great depression of 29
    thru 39. The national anthem song was
    “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”.

    Hum it and weep ABM94. The Obama “Stash Waiters” better learn the words.They have been HAD

  127. holdthemaccountable
    January 5th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I sent the following email to SFgate. Those fines do not include all they will be getting for MUR6142, that is still active. I stopped maintaining the website at MUR6142.com, but maybe I should put it back up.

    Where is PUMAPAC?


    I am outraged by the lies told by the campaign spokesperson in this article:


    I belong to a PAC that filed MUR6142 with the FEC over Obama’s Fraudulent Funds.

    3 million donors, my ass. Obama for America recorded 2.6 million donations from fewer than 700,000 donors. They reported donors under the reporting limit and had an implausible amount of “unitemized donations” that were alleged to be from people under the reporting limit.

    They also had about $2 million in donations that was over the maximum limit. MUR6142 is still an open case at the FEC so the fines so far are not all that are to be had.

    And do not even get me started on the donations from King Kong, Doodad Pro, Good Will and Anonymous Anonymous. The donors lists were an affront to the campaign finance process and American Voters.


  128. Lu, Hold’um and all the hardworking PUMAs over on PUMApac that worked so hard on this and filed MUR6142 have walked the walk and have my respect.
    Thanks again.

  129. Here’s Peter Beinert in the Daily Beast expounding in an interesting way about a potential winning strategy for 2016. I suspect this might have a chance, but I really don’t have much of a preference so long as we get rid of the arrogant incompetent we have in the White House and the dimwit Congress.

    Good News for Republicans
    by Peter Beinart Jan 4, 2013

    A GOP strategy for 2016 is coming into view. And it has a good chance of working. Peter Beinart explains.
    The last few days remind me of the Clinton impeachment fight. In the late 1990s, a radicalized Republican Congress—convinced that only it could prevent America from going the way of an ancient Rome—faced off against a popular, recently reelected Democratic president. Back then, the GOP’s crusade was against baby boom immorality, not just government spending (though it was against that too). Back then, as today, the GOP’s insistence on ideological purity led it afoul of public opinion. And back then, as now, Republican leaders found themselves sandwiched between the militancy of their congressional rank and file and the demands of political reality. That dynamic, which my then–New Republic colleague David Grann dubbed the “Robespierrism of the Right,” crushed Newt Gingrich’s speakership, as it is now crushing John Boehner’s. And it sparked vicious infighting in the Washington GOP.

    Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a news conference at New Jersey’s State House on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. Christie blasted fellow Republican John Boehner for the House Speaker’s decision Tuesday to delay a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief and says the inaction is “inexcusable.” (Tim Larsen/NJ Governor’s Office, via AP)
    Listen to Christie’s rhetorical assault on Boehner, and you can hear the beginnings of a new, Bush-like, anti-Washington Republican centrism.
    In other words, Republicans, buck up. Your salvation may soon be at hand.
    What I mean is this: the Republican impeachment disaster ultimately helped elect George W. Bush. It did so in two ways. First, although Americans blamed Republicans more for the debacle, it made everyone in Washington look awful. Americans hated the partisan knife-fighting. They hated how small their leaders looked. All of which made them more receptive to an anti-Washington message than they should have been in 2000 given the booming economy. Running against a de facto incumbent in Al Gore, Bush put frustration with Washington at the center of his campaign. He boasted endlessly about how he had worked with Democrats in Texas, and promised to be a “uniter not a divider,” something Gore—who had been present for the impeachment train wreck—could not.
    But the impeachment fiasco didn’t only make it possible for Bush to run against Washington. It made it possible for him to run against Republican Washington, and thus develop a brand separate from the national GOP. In 1996, Bill Clinton had tied Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole to Gingrich. But in 2000, Bush made that impossible by aggressively distancing himself from the Republican Congress. Bush’s disagreements with the congressional GOP were sometimes vague, but in keeping with his “compassionate conservative” mantra, he gave the impression that he considered Gingrich and company too punitive and exclusionary. And he got away with this triangulation because the impeachment disaster—and resulting GOP losses in the 1998 midterms—had left the congressional Republican Party so reviled that tweaking it didn’t engender resentment from the Republican voters Bush needed to win.
    The fiscal cliff deal, and the budgetary mudwrestling to follow, lays the groundwork for another Bush-like Republican presidential campaign. Even if Democrats don’t choose Hillary Clinton, their 2016 nominee will be the de-facto incumbent. The worse Washington looks, the easier it will be for a Republican to campaign, as both Bush and Obama did, as outsiders untainted by beltway dysfunction. Even more importantly, the recent cascade of Republican horribles—Boehner’s inability to control his caucus, the breaking of the anti-tax pledge, the dissing of the Hurricane Sandy victims—has made it easier for Republicans to bash their Washington leadership, even from the center. Listen to Chris Christie’s rhetorical assault on John Boehner over Sandy aid—especially his declaration that in New Jersey, unlike Washington, people work together across party lines—and you can hear the beginnings of a new, Bush-like, anti-Washington Republican centrism. In 2012, Mitt Romney didn’t dare put much distance between himself and the national GOP, especially during the primaries. But Christie has already shown that post–fiscal cliff, with Washington Republicans in disarray and the GOP’s anti-tax orthodoxy cracking, Republicans are more open to leaders who define themselves against their party’s leadership, even if that means tacking somewhat to the center.
    I don’t want to exaggerate. Bush’s moderation proved largely cosmetic. And in 2016 the GOP will still likely be too right-wing to nominate anyone who offers a frontal challenge to the party’s anti-government dogma. But over the past week, the foundation has been laid for a GOP presidential candidate to run against the Washington GOP. And for a party that hasn’t had much in recent weeks, that’s reason for hope.

  130. Leonora 1-5-13 6:57am

    Obama’s relationshp with the Muslim Brotherhood is something that we must loudly expose. We should demand answers to questions like why exactely is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Dept. Chief of Staff in our US State Department? Why is Valerie Jarret a cheif advisor to our president. Both of these women have life long ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and so does the president and first lady through their derelict friends like Rashid Khalidid and Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. If you think it is a waste of time calling your representatives in congress; mine is Alyson Scwartz who must be out of her mind for supporting such a Jew hater as Obama this is what I say. I still call her office because I know I wont be speaking to her but to a young impressionable intern or staff member who is taking comments by phone. There is always a chance that you can wake up one of these young staffers. Everytime I call Rep Scwartz’s office to voice my concerns and outrage about Obama’s lust for the Muslim Brotherhood the person I was speaking to seemed to be very respetive. Most democrats live in a bubble and have avioded nay critisim of Obama like the plague. We have a traitor in the white house and a multitude of traitors like Farrid Zacarri in the media. We must demand answers as to why Iran is allowed so much high level access to our executive branch and other branches of government. When Hillary testifies before congress I for one would like her to be questioned about Huma Abedin and how an agent for the Muslimbrotherhood became her Dept. Cheif of Staff. Could this have anything to do with our disasterous foriegn policy decisions like supporting Spring time for Hitler and the Muslim Brotherhood (Arab Spring) in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, and now Syria? These are most valid questions and must be asked. We have a dead ambassador and still the trators who most likely are responsible are at the highest levels of council in our government. Really people get loud about this. America and Irael is being sold out by traitors in our own country. It must stop.

  131. Juliette: I still call her office because I know I wont be speaking to her but to a young impressionable intern or staff member who is taking comments by phone. There is always a chance that you can wake up one of these young staffers
    I’m seconding your motion, although I’ve never gotten comfortable using the telephone. Instead I use snail mail, figuring that if I’m willing to invest time and $ to communicate, my message may be taken more seriously. And I mail to one of the smaller offices for reasons similar to those you cite in calling.

    I guess in the beginning Allyson Schwartz used to support Hillary. For some reason she was on my list of Democrats who might be willing to listen. That list, of course, got shorter and shorter. Now it is non-existent.

  132. Uh-Oh. I checked that picture again and found this correction. Sorry.

    Editor’s note: We have corrected the headline to indicate that the photo came from the @BarackObama campaign feed and not the official @WhiteHouse account. We apologize for the error.

  133. McChrystal takes responsibility for career-ending article

    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal uses a new memoir to accept responsibility for comments, published in a magazine article, that hammered the Obama administration’s handling of the war in Afghanistan and ultimately ended his career.

    “Regardless of how I judged the story for fairness or accuracy, responsibility was mine,” the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing the memoir, which is set for release Monday.

    McChrystal was the head of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan in the summer of 2010 when Rolling Stone magazine published an article that quoted anonymous members of his staff criticizing Vice President Joe Biden and other White House officials over the war, particular McChrystal’s push to increase the number of troops in the embattled country.

    McChrystal was quick to apologize, but that did little to put out the media wildfire that accompanied the comments. The general stepped down shortly afterwards.

    In his memoir, “My Share of the Task,” McChrystal says the decision to resign was his alone.

    “I called no one for advice,” he writes, according to the AP.

    In accepting McChrystal’s resignation, Obama praised his “extraordinary dedication” to the country, but also emphasized that the Rolling Stone article revealed conduct that “does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.”

    “It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our Democratic system,” Obama said at the time, “and it erodes the trust that’s necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan.”

    McChrystal was replaced by Gen. David Petraeus, who suffered his own scandal last November when the news broke of his extramarital affair with his biographer. Petraeus, who was head of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, resigned shortly thereafter.


  134. Five years late???? correction: five years TOO late . . .

    The FEC can go fuck themselves . . .
    President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign.

    The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing filings for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million. Campaigns are required to file the reports during the final weeks of the campaign.

    Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan said the 2008 campaign had more than 3 million donors and “the very few outstanding questions have now all been resolved.”

    The fines were first reported by Politico.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/06/obama-08-campaign-fined-375000-by-fec/?test=latestnews#ixzz2HEgTiueq

  135. This should have been reported BEFORE the 2012 election, would you not think?

    Again, I say the FEC can go fuck themselves.

  136. Elizabeth Warren is a commie Muslim Brotherhood loving, warmed over hippy chick and a treasonist liar.

  137. I cam’t wait until Admin posts again and changes the tone on the blog again.

    Not even worth posting right now…

  138. Shadowfax
    January 6th, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    Shadow, think back on what we have been through.

    We played by the rules for six years–

    And nobody else did.

    Not big media.

    Not the dimocrat party.

    Not the establishment rethugs.

    Not the child like electorate.

    Not big business.

    Not Bernake.

    Not the banks.

    And not even the regulatory watch dogs–like the FEC.

    The system is broke.

    And there is nothing we can do about it . . .

    But curse.

    Oh we could go on I suppose, trying to teach pigs to sing.

    But we now know it is a lifetime exercise in futility.

    And it annoys the pigs.

    Concerning Elizabeth Warren . .

    Professor Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection has ably demonstrated that she is a fourflusher.

    I accept his argument in its entirety.

  139. Wbb

    Yes, we have all been though Hell, and all American’s will pay the price with the jerks second term. I have to believe the common American is not going to put up with this crap for four years without fighting back.

    I don’t have the answers to how the masses will change, but I don’t think hatred of everyone is the answer. Hatred of all Democrats, hatred of all Repubs, hatred of all blacks…etc is going to move us forward.

    I guess I kinda believe in Karma, and the evil ones will get their due…at some point.

  140. Yes, indeed, Administrator, we do miss you and look so forward to your next article and wise words. We’re certainly not drowning in hope here.

  141. TheRock

    And here I thought that the new healthcare law was supposed to solve the rising cost problem.

    Those were just some of the lies in the box of fairy dust that BO passed out to his gullible fans. I think he just wanted to pass a bill, any bill, no matter how bad it was, just to try and say ‘neener neener’ to Hillary for not passing her Health Care Bill.

  142. Shadowfax
    January 6th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Oh I know. I just come here to vent my directed sarcasm because the majority of posters here are sane. I’m surrounded by Obots where I am. Talking to them is like talking to a 9-month old child that only knows 1 or 2 words. So many of them (including members of my family) parroted the mess Obumbles was spewing about ‘bending the cost curve’ as though cool words would make the action come true. Now that the dawn is breaking and the ‘wait and see” excuses arent valid anymore, they have gone back to the ‘you just hate Obama defense instead of accepting the truth.

    We are sooooo f*^ked……

    Hillary 2016

  143. The Rock, I work in the land of unicorns too, and it’s really pitiful to see them all act like deaf sheep. Most of them read the NYTimes as if it were their Bible of truth and still feel proud of themselves for pushing the half black guy ahead. When the see he has ‘won’ a second term, they feel secure in their vote and direction of their fellow unicorns.

  144. Most of them read the NYTimes as if it were their Bible of truth and still feel proud of themselves for pushing the half black guy ahead. When the see he has ‘won’ a second term, they feel secure in their vote and direction of their fellow unicorns.
    Now that Pravda has gone legit, what else is there but the NYT–other than comic books?

  145. Once upon a time, illiteracy was viewed as a mark of ignorance. Today, reading the New York Times carries the same stigma. People who read that newspaper think they are sophisticates, but are really just naive. What they fail to see is the agenda, the lack of objectivity, the cover-ups, the selective reporting, the blatant bias, and the fact that the reason they operate this way is because they want to be power brokers, and for that they are perfectly willing to overlook the destruction of our civil liberties and separation of powers. They are content to see the country go to hell, so long as they can be among the survivors. How can anyone read their tripe and take them seriously? Once upon a time I did so, but after I saw the hatchet job their editorial staff did on Hillary, and what they have done to anyone else who opposes the jack ass in the White House, and found out about how young Arthur is behaving in his personal life, I came to the realization that they have filled the void left by Pravda. Anyone who quotes that rag as authority is completely naive.

  146. The Italian Communist thinker Antonio Gramsci lays bare what the NYT is all about. The ignoranti who treat it as their bible fail to realize that this is class warfare, and that newspaper is an organ of the elites. The stark enthusiasts who treat it as gospel without knowing would do well to read this:

    Antonio Gramsci 1916

    Newspapers and the Workers


    Source: Avanti! (Piedmont Edition) December 22, 1916;
    Translated: by Mitchell Abidor;
    CopyLeft: Creative Commons (Attribute & ShareAlike) marxists.org 2008.
    Proofread: by Andy Carloff 2010.


    These are the days of subscription campaigns. The editors and administrators of bourgeois newspapers tidy up their display windows, paint some varnish on their shop signs and appeal for the attention of the passer-by (that is, the readers) to their wares. Their wares are newspapers of four or six pages that go out every day or evening in order to inject in the mind of the reader ways of feeling and judging the facts of current politics appropriate for the producers and sellers of the press.

    We would like to discuss, with the workers especially, the importance and seriousness of this apparently innocent act, which consists in choosing the newspaper you subscribe to. It is a choice full of snares and dangers which must be made consciously, applying criteria and after mature reflection.

    Above all, the worker must resolutely reject any solidarity with a bourgeois newspaper. And he must always, always, always remember that the bourgeois newspaper (whatever its hue) is an instrument of struggle motivated by ideas and interests that are contrary to his. Everything that is published is influenced by one idea: that of serving the dominant class, and which is ineluctably translated into a fact: that of combating the laboring class. And in fact, from the first to the last line the bourgeois newspaper smells of and reveals this preoccupation.

    But the beautiful – that is the ugly – thing is this: that instead of asking for money from the bourgeois class to support it in its pitiless work in its favor, the bourgeois newspapers manage to be paid by…the same laboring classes that they always combat. And the laboring class pays; punctually, generously.

    Hundreds of thousands of workers regularly and daily give their pennies to the bourgeois newspapers, thus assisting in creating their power. Why? If you were to ask this of the first worker you were to see on the tram or the street with a bourgeois paper spread before him you would hear: “Because I need to hear about what happening.” And it would never enter his head that the news and the ingredients with which it is cooked are exposed with an art that guides his ideas and influences his spirit in a given direction. And yet he knows that this newspaper is opportunist, and that one is for the rich, that the third, the fourth, the fifth is tied to political groups with interests diametrically opposed to his.

    And so every day this same worker is able to personally see that the bourgeois newspapers tell even the simplest of facts in a way that favors the bourgeois class and damns the working class and its politics. Has a strike broken out? The workers are always wrong as far as the bourgeois newspapers are concerned. Is there a demonstration? The demonstrators are always wrong, solely because they are workers they are always hotheads, rioters, hoodlums. The government passes a law? It’s always good, useful and just, even if it’s…not. And if there’s an electoral, political or administrative struggle? The best programs and candidates are always those of the bourgeois parties.

    And we’re aren’t even talking about all the facts that the bourgeois newspapers either keep quiet about, or travesty, or falsify in order to mislead, delude or maintain in ignorance the laboring public. Despite this, the culpable acquiescence of the worker to the bourgeois newspapers is limitless. We have to react against this and recall the worker to the correct evaluation of reality. We have to say and repeat that the pennies tossed there distractedly into the hands of the newsboy are projectiles granted to a bourgeois newspaper, which will hurl it, at the opportune moment, against the working masses.

    If the workers were to be persuaded of this most elementary of truths they would learn to boycott the bourgeois press with the same unity and discipline that the bourgeoisie boycott the newspapers of the workers, that is, the Socialist press. Don’t give financial assistance to the bourgeois press, which is your adversary. This is what should be our battle cry in this moment that is characterized by the subscription campaigns of all the bourgeois newspapers. Boycott them, boycott them, boycott them!

  147. ‘bending the cost curve’
    So it goes straight up.

    With God as my witness, I swear Obama is a dumb son of a bitch.

    But like a trained parrot he can say words like bend the cost curve–

    Or Navy Corpse man

    And the NYT will say he is the smartest man who ever lived.

    Theater of the absurd.

  148. Thanks Al for unleashing Al Sharia news on an unsuspecting nation. In the words of the freepers I used to detest: Hey algor, you suck.

  149. Soros is the Organ Grinder.
    Sorrows came immediately to mind when I read this from an email forwarded to me; the email touts a petition supporting Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary and ends:
    “Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 7 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.”

  150. I am going to laugh with ridicule (for it IS the Obama Way) for some time to come over the developments noted here:
    CURL: Obama supporters shocked, angry at new tax increases Jan 6 2013
    Sometimes, watching a Democrat learn something is wonderful, like seeing the family dog finally sit and stay at your command.
    With President Obama back in office and his life-saving “fiscal cliff” bill jammed through Congress, the new year has brought a surprising turn of events for his sycophantic supporters.
    “What happened that my Social Security withholding’s in my paycheck just went up?” a poster wrote on the liberal site DemocraticUnderground.com. “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease is gonna’ hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?”
    Shocker. Democrats who supported the president’s re-election just had NO idea that his steadfast pledge to raise taxes meant that he was really going to raise taxes. They thought he planned to just hit those filthy “1 percenters,” you know, the ones who earned fortunes through their inventiveness and hard work. They thought the free ride would continue forever.
    So this week, as taxes went up for millions of Americans — which Republicans predicted throughout the campaign would happen — it was fun to watch the agoggery of the left.
    “I know to expect between $93 and $94 less in my paycheck on the 15th,” wrote the ironically named “RomneyLies.”
    “My boyfriend has had a lot of expenses and is feeling squeezed right now, and having his paycheck shrink really didn’t help,” wrote “DemocratToTheEnd.”
    “BlueIndyBlue” added: “Many of my friends didn’t realize it, either. Our payroll department didn’t do a good job of explaining the coming changes.”
    More at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/6/obama-supporters-shocked-angry-new-tax-increases/

  151. I wonder what keeps any one going with Tea Party things these days. And yet there are some. On her own, Jenny Beth Martin deserves high honors for having the will to keep Tea Party Patriots afloat and viable. But there are more not yet willing to lay down tbat dream
    …Critics who dismiss the tea party take note: Some big names will assemble in South Carolina this weekend for “State of the Union: A Constitutional Perspective,” a two-day gathering of experts, speakers and authors intent on crafting “pragmatic, common-sense solutions to the greatest threats facing the country since the Constitution was written in 1787….”

    The roster is a who’s who of the grass-roots movement. Among those attending: Heritage Foundation President-elect Jim DeMint; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan, Mick Mulvaney and Tom Rice; FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe; Americans for Prosperity President Tim Philips; High Frontier Chairman Henry F. Cooper; former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith; and organizers Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots and Joe Dugan, state coordinator for the South Carolina Patriots
    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2013/jan/7/demint-fires-tea-party-strategy/#ixzz2HJyv2KVt

  152. holdthemaccountable
    Move-on claims to have 7 million members.

    That is a complete and utter lie.

    Worse than enemy causal statistics in Viet Nam.

    And in other ways very similar.

    7 million? More like 70,000 if they are lucky.

    And what exactly does it take to become a member?

    Visiting their wretched site once in a lifetime?

  153. Clinton returns to work after month-long illness
    By Julian Pecquet – 01/07/13 02:08 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was greeted Monday by a standing ovation from State Department employees after returning to work after a weeks-long illness.
    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/terrorism/275921-recovering-clinton-returns-to-work-to-ovation-gifts#ixzz2HKcbHDLn

    Headline says month. First story line says week. Sounds about right for today’s era people reporting “news”.

  154. foxyladi14
    January 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I wish she had stayed home a little longer.


    Me too Foxy, how many people go to work with a life threatening blood in the head?
    Too soon, be careful Hillary.

  155. The former U.S. Marine who penned a blistering letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in response to her strict gun control proposals is continuing to speak out in defense of the Second Amendment. Appearing on “Fox and Friends” Monday, Joshua Boston warned that history repeats itself, saying in the “Third Reich” no one “saw [gun control] coming until it was too late.”


  156. Forgive me if this was posted already…

    THIS is the reason why she is my number 1! When your subordinates do this, they have a tremendous regard and a high level of affection for you. THAT is someone that people enjoy working for, even if the work is hard. And her reaction is wonderful. A huge smile and thanks to all present for their well wishes. I will ask this until I am blue in the face – HOW IS SHE NOT PRESIDENT?!?!?!?!?!?

    Hillary 2016


  157. TheRock

    Thanks for that link, it was uplifting…something we have far too little of on Big Pink these days.


    …Clinton’s staff confirmed Monday that Clinton does expect to testify before she leaves her post.

    “She will testify while she is still sitting secretary of state,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a briefing on Monday. Nuland added that Clinton’s office is working on the scheduling, but noted that Congress is out of session until after the presidential inauguration, “so it obviously couldn’t be before then. But I don’t yet have dates to announce. You might talk to the [Foreign Affairs] committee, too, but we’re continuing to work on that.”

  158. I will ask this until I am blue in the face – HOW IS SHE NOT PRESIDENT?!?!?!?!?!?

    Hillary 2016


    Hillary and 18 million voters were stabbed in the back, and we will NEVER forget it.

  159. wbboei
    January 6th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Five years late???? correction: five years TOO late . . .

    The FEC can go fuck themselves . .

    When we started MUR6142 with the FEC over the O abuses of the campaign finance system in 2008, we were looking at 2007 and 2008 during the primary and how that funny money that came in, creating the illusion that is Obama, changed everything. The damage was done then. Hillary was gone and replaced by a Scumball.

    We did not stop the evil obama machine and the FEC could not either. They were an underfunded, untrained, unprepared organization that was not prepared for the swarm of misinformation. We initiated the complaint with a dozen of us sending in partial analysis of the funny money. The case was consolidated as MUR6142 and we have been updating it. It is unlikely that they will audit a sitting president, but that is what we are asking them to do. As long as it is open, the campaign must retain it’s records. The FEC has 5 years to respond to the complaint. The last update to our complaint was filed in February 2012.

    The FEC has been taking actions on our complaint. During the 2012 campaign the FEC reviewed every campaign finance report and issued Requests for Additional Information regarding many of the issues we included in our complaint. The FEC report summary has been modified to include a line item for “unitemized” contributions and the campaign must report a specific amount (instead of just leaving it as an imbalance)

    The unitemized contributions are a loophole in the campaign finance laws and there is nothing that can be done about it. The campaign is not liable for the contributions over the limit, the donor is. They can be subject to fines for it, too. But it is the sum of these irregularities that are required to justify an audit.

    And if we never get that audit it will still be worth every ounce of effort to let the Obama Goons know that we are not their chumps. Don’t blame the FEC. The uninformed American voter who bought in to BO’s quick fix snake oil without looking into the facts, is to blame. I will not be one of them.

    Did I mention that the IRS got a listing of the foreign donors to BO’s 2008 campaign?

  160. TheRock January 7th, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    “…When your subordinates do this, they have a tremendous regard and a high level of affection for you. THAT is someone that people enjoy working for, even if the work is hard.”

    Yes, Hillary haters used to say that Hillary demanded loyalty from her staff, from the days of Hillaryland in the White House through her days in the Senate and now at the State Dept.

    There is a difference between demanding respect and commanding respect, or should I say simply deserving it. Hillary does her job and her subordinates know it. They also know she depends on them, listens to them, reads their reports and acts on their advice. This gives their job meaning.

    They know she’s doing her job, and that she expects them to do theirs; so they do it to the best of their ability. This boils down to loyalty freely accorded and not because it is demanded.

  161. The Hagel nomination has the potential to become an enormous embarrassment for Barky. Jennifer Rubin here exposes what he is trying to do and she makes a clear call for opposition. If those who decry anti-semitism so loudly now will have the courage to oppose Hagel it might be the beginning of a nice smackdown for a president who is not used to getting his tukus kicked. Maybe some of his “invincibility” will be shown to be a sham.

    The Hagel litmus test
    By Jennifer Rubin
    If Republicans had nervy firebrands like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, someone would rise up to declare, “Chuck Hagel’s America is a land in which gays would be forced back in the closet and Jews would be accused of dual loyalty. Chuck Hagel’s world is one in which devastating defense cuts become a goal, not a problem; we enter direct talks with the terrorist organization Hamas; and sanctions on Iran wither.”
    The Hagel nomination expected to come on Monday is so outrageous and the rationale for his nomination so weak that it becomes an easy no vote for all Republicans. Phillip Terzian aptly sums up the problems with Hagel that go beyond his extreme views: “Simply stated, there is no evidence that Chuck Hagel has the experience or temperament to master the gigantic defense establishment, or deal effectively with Congress on delicate issues. On the contrary, there is every indication that he would quickly suffocate in the details of running the Pentagon, and run afoul of his political masters in the White House.”
    Unlike the Democratic Party, support for the U.S.-Israel relationship has become a positive litmus test for national office in the GOP, in large part due to the intensely pro-Israel Christian conservatives. The opposition to Hagel will be fierce. At the very least the battle will potentially suck up much of the oxygen in the Senate, put other issues like gun control on hold and threaten to become the blockbuster hearing of the Obama presidency as the Judge Robert Bork hearing was in the Reagan administration.
    But this is not merely about Israel or Iran policy or defense spending. It is about the acceptability of the worst expression of anti-Semitism, the accusation of disloyalty. There is no other meaning to Hagel’s phrase “Jewish lobby.” The declaration from Hagel that he is not “the senator from Israel” (Who said he should be?) is again a direct attack on Jews’ fidelity to the United States. For decades this kind of venomous language has been gaining acceptance in Europe. But never in America. In elevating Hagel the president in a real and troubling way moves us closer to Western Europe. Indeed the most disturbing aspect of Hagel’s nomination is not his impact on policy (President Obama has and will continue to make one blunder after another), but what it says about the U.S. president’s willingness to embrace a man espousing the world’s oldest hatred.
    The nomination will trigger a batch of litmus tests for various political groupings:
    The 2016 GOP presidential contenders. Who will move boldly not to say he or she has “concerns” but he or she will do whatever it takes to block the nomination?
    The 2016 Democratic presidential contenders. The Hagel pick becomes a burden for Vice President Biden and even for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they are forced to defend him publicly. Why didn’t they use their good offices to urge the president take another tact? And will savvy pols like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley take the opportunity to step into the national limelight to speak out against a nominee who questioned the loyalty of Jewish Americans?
    Jewish organizations. Many like the Anti-Defamation League, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the American Jewish Committee have already spoken up and will continue to pan the choice. AIPAC almost certainly will remain quiet on the theory that to do otherwise would destroy the appearance of bipartisan support for Israel. But would it really invite senators who vote yes to be honored at its March national convention? If the organization will remain officially neutral, individual members certainly will not.
    Pro-Israel Democrats. They’ve defended the president and turned out in huge numbers to reelect him. But now the president embraces a man who has accused American Jews of standing apart from their country and at odds with its best interests (“Jewish Lobby”). There is no way to countenance a nominee who speaks of Jews as a Fifth Column. If the president were to declare opposition to late-term abortions or embrace an nominee who repeatedly spoke in disparaging terms about African Americans, they would be up in arms. Do they mutely accept this outrage and  line up behind the president? (One recalls the Jewish “leaders” of the 1930′s too afraid of making a fuss to take on FDR when it came to rescuing the Jews of Europe.)
    Pundits. Mainstream media pundits and cable talking heads would go ballistic if a Republican president nominated a cabinet secretary who was so overtly anti-Israel, went to battle against gays serving in government or opposed Iran sanctions. In fact they’ve done just that when the provocateur was Rick Santorum or Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.). So what do they do now? Be obedient spinners for the president or show some intellectual consistency (for once)? Will any TV interviewers grill the president, his advisers or Senate Democrats on the Hagel pick?
    Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats, especially those up for re-election in 2014 (e.g.,  Minnesota’s Al Franken, Michigan’s Carl Levin, Illinois’ Dick Durbin, Virginia’s Mark Warner) will face a vote that can’t be fudged. It is a binary choice: Do they approve Hagel’s rhetoric and extremist views or not? He is far out of the mainstream of both parties on everything from Russian anti-Semitism (his 99 colleagues implored Russia to cease anti-Semitic conduct, but not he!) to Hamas to Iran sanctions.  In addition, potential Democratic candidates (e.g., Massachusetts’s Ed Markey, New Jersey’s Cory Booker) will come under tremendous heat to stand up to the president on this one.
    Republican candidates. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has often felt the heat from the right for going easy on Democratic presidents’ nominees, but here is a chance for him to stand tall, engage in ferocious questioning and lead the opposition. Likewise, if Scott Brown is going to make it back to the Senate, he will likely feel compelled to weigh in.
    In short the nomination will confirm suspicions the right harbors about Obama (he doesn’t like Israel, he takes Jewish voters for granted, he is weak on defense). They can with much justification claim that Obama is revealing his true preferences and instincts, which lead him to go to the mat for the most anti-Israel nominee in recent memory (in either party). Because it is such a powerful bit of evidence in the right’s favor, a Hagel nomination then forces an early decision in the second Obama term for Senate Democrats: Do they tie themselves to the fate of a lame-duck president who no longer needs to keep up the pretense of moderation or do they put some daylight between themselves and Obama?
    A final note: Republicans should be circumspect about tossing around the word filibuster. In this case, the real pressure is on Senate Democrats, who ideally should be compelled to vote, not be spared by shifting the argument to one about process and denying the president an up-or-down vote. On the contrary, Republicans should insist that the hearings be exhaustive and timely. Unlike the budget, this will be a distasteful vote Senate Democrats cannot ignore. And most of all it will settle the argument about the president’s attitudes toward Israel and the American Jewish community.

  162. As a Jew I can only watch with utter contempt what Obama and his Jewish lap dogs
    are attempting to do to Israel and to our position as the world’s superpower. We Jews
    have to be the most self-loathing people to support a President whose animosity towards Israel is only secondary to his contempt for traditional American values.

  163. jeswezey
    January 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm
    TheRock January 7th, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    “…When your subordinates do this, they have a tremendous regard and a high level of affection for you. THAT is someone that people enjoy working for, even if the work is hard.”

    Yes, Hillary haters used to say that Hillary demanded loyalty from her staff, from the days of Hillaryland in the White House through her days in the Senate and now at the State Dept.

    You cannot demand respect, only fear. Respect has to be earned. Considering the standing ovation and gifts given, I would say Hillary EARNED their respect in a major way.

  164. jbstonefans 9:21 pm Jan 7

    Let’s face it jb. The deomcrat party was puchased as a troubled asset after the Clinton-Lewisky affair. The buyer, to use your desciption, is the worlds most self loathing Jew,George Soros. A proud former Nazi collaborator who can censor broadcast news,SNL skits and even get wildly sucessful hosts on Fox News fired owns the democraps. His name should be included in every critism of Obama’s and the dimocrats policies. Obama not only wants to destroy Israel, he wants to destroy the Catholic Church and look at how many Catholics voted for him. The White House Web -Site now has a petition up calling for the official declaration of the Catholic Church as a Hate Group! The White house can and should remove the petition because the Catholic Church does not meet any of the documented criteria for a Hate Group. Reps like Debbie Schultz Wasserman and Allyson Schwartz should be exposed as traitors to their own people. They are like Soros. They will sell out their people for money and have no remorse about it.

  165. VotingHillary: “Considering the standing ovation and gifts given, I would say Hillary EARNED their respect in a major way.”


    Absolutely, all I was doing was explaining how she earned it, which is just another way of saying she deserved it.

  166. Gabby will now forever be a pawn for Obama’s gun control efforts:
    Giffords launches new gun-control initiative
    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday launched a new effort to promote gun control, on the two year anniversary of her shooting at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz.
    In an op-ed in USA Today Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly said their new group Americans for Responsible Solutions would “raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby, and will line up squarely behind leaders who will stand up for what’s right….”
    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/275999-giffords-launches-new-gun-control-initiative-#ixzz2HOyViyvM

    YEP. All we need are leaders doing what’s right /snark.

  167. Normally I’d not give WND a mention, but their observation re Newtown CT shooter Lanza is worth my note:

    …But where, I’d like to ask my colleagues in the media, is the reporting about the psychiatric medications the perpetrator – who had been under treatment for mental-health problems – may have been taking? After all, Mark and Louise Tambascio, family friends of the shooter and his mother, were interviewed on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” during which Louise Tambascio told correspondent Scott Pelley: “I know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home cause he couldn’t deal with the school classes sometimes, so she just homeschooled Adam at home. And that was her life.” And here, Tambascio tells ABC News, “I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.”
    It has been more than three weeks since the shooting. We know all about the guns he used, but what “medication” may he have used? (One brief mini-hoax emerged when the New York Daily News published a story claiming the shooter, according to his uncle, had been on the controversial antipsychotic drug Fanapt. That story was quickly withdrawn after the “uncle” turned out to be a fraudster with no relation to the murderer.)
    So, what is the truth? Where is the journalistic curiosity? Where is the follow-up? Where is the police report, the medical examiner’s report, the interviews with his doctor and others?
    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/the-giant-gaping-hole-in-sandy-hook-reporting/#bHhiR4Tv7x0kOX0t.99

  168. Lu4PUMA
    January 7th, 2013 at 7:26 pm
    There is more than one way to look at this.

    I look at it this way:

    Which is worse—an incompetent sheriff, or no sheriff at all.

    When you have no sheriff, you can say the reason we have a lawless town is because we have no sheriff.

    When you have an incompetent sheriff–whatever excuse for that there might be, the outlaw can say this: If what I am doing is bad, why is it that the sheriff has not arrested me?

    The abuses of 2008 should have been presented by the FEC prior to the 2012 election.


    First, they reflect on the character of Obama, and his campaign. That issue could have then been placed front and center before the voters, before they made the same mistake twice.

    Second, the discovery that his 2012 website was constructed in such a way as to preclude the identification of foreign contributions, should have given further impetus to this disclosure before, not one month after the election.

    Their failure to do so represents one more betrayal of our democracy, made poinyant by the fact that they gutspilled this relevant information only after the fat lady sang.

    So I say fire the head of that agency. I don’t need excuses. I want his or her head. Nothing less will due.

  169. holdthemaccountable
    January 8th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Foxy – seems he has already been for and against everything at least once.

    Like a flipping YO YO. 😆

  170. this will hurt a lot of people and companies!! 👿

    Among the five new ObamaCare tax hikes that kicked in Jan. 1, one in particular is attracting opposition from both Republicans and Democrats: the tax on medical devices.

    Last month, 18 Democratic senators and senators-elect (including New York’s own Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to delay implementation of this 2.3 percent excise tax on the sales of everything from pacemakers to tongue depressors. The House already voted to repeal the tax, which is projected to extract as much as $29 billion from medical-device firms.

    There’s a reason that lawmakers from both parties are looking to scrap the tax: It will cost many Americans their jobs, stifle innovation and lower job-creation in the sector.


  171. He will free the blind Sheik more than likely while Pollard dies in jail for doing absolutely nothing.

  172. Shadowfax,

    That was Bloomturd.

    And Cuomo -my A$$HAT Gov, an incompetent nepotistic SOB – just announced “sweeping gun legislation” which he hopes will be ready for announcement at his State of the State speech on Thursday.

    I applied for a pistol, permit in November and I am hoping the laws won’t be changed before it’s granted.

    We are ruled by attention whores ready to jump on any passing band wagon for a brief moment of notoriety.

    I am sick to death of NYS with its billion + laws governing d@mn near every facet of existence.

    Honestly, Texas is beginning to sound pretty good. Or maybe Tennessee. No state income tax.

  173. The “Fiscal Cliff” deal is beginning to smell like a week old flounder. Here is a timely discussion of the crony payoffs that are built into it. The idea of Barky redistributing assets to the poor and middle class is a quaint and naive fantasy that many of our benighted brethren still believe — despite all the evidence to the contrary.


  174. alcina,

    It’s COOOOOOOLD up there!

    But, seriously, didn’t NH vote for the pos? I’m looking to get as far away from leftie looniness as I can.

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