Some Answers: Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, And The Nomination Fight For 2016, Part II

Update: [note: we posted this update Sunday night but for some reason it did not take.]

Sixty Minutes anyone? We don’t watch hostage tapes so we won’t watch this either.

We know that both Hillary and the Obamination are saying “let by-gones be by-gones and we are all over that 2008 reality”. We also know that they will say that at first, right after 2008’s Obama race-baiting, it was difficult to forgive and forget but now they are best of friends. Can any of this be true? Even if it does, we remember, and we do not forgive being called racists nor any of the other Obama/DailyKooks ugliness.

Is any of this lovey dovey real? Well, we remember the Hillary/Obama kiss of 2008 and it was as phony then as it is phony now. What we wrote in 2008 applies equally to today:

“Not since Michael Jackson kissed Lisa-Marie Presley has there been a more tortured embrace.

Michael Jackson/Lisa-Marie legally united for publicity – they untied themselves soon thereafter.”


As we document below, Barack Obama will do his utmost to make sure Hillary Clinton never becomes the 2016 nominee. Hillary’s tough and ugly job is to dance with demons until the time comes to cut their throats. We’ll play Cary Grant to notorious Ingrid Bergman and not like a minute of it.

So why the show? The Obamination needs Hillary’s hard poll numbers to overcome his flaccid droop. Hillary needs to gull Obama’s Hopium Guzzlers into complacency until we can take over the DNC again, squash the DailyKooks, and begin from there to restore America to sanity.


Want to know about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Read on as we get real.

We live in Borgia Italy but too many Obama opponents who are usually smart continue to insist we are in 21st century America. We live in the Age of Fake but too many Obama opponents who are usually perceptive try to fit the world into their notion of truth. It’s so sad it’s laughable.

In 2008 at the Obama inauguration Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, among others, pretended to play live music. We briefly wrote about that flim-flam in the context that it was another small example of the much greater Obama “Age of Fake”.

Comes inauguration day 2012 and all the talk is about Beyonce and the Marine Band lip synching songs. Somehow lost to Obama opponents, particularly those belonging to the party very smart Republican Governor Bobby Jindal correctly calls “the stupid party”, is the real lip synching scandal.

The real lip synching scandal is not Beyonce but the Senate and House Republicans at the Kabuki theater experience some fools expected to be about Benghazi.

Benghazi??? Isn’t that the place Mitt Romney completely ignored at the alleged foreign policy debate during last year’s presidential election? Benghazi was ignored when it mattered but somehow it is supposed to matter now.

Somehow, according to these dullards who sought to resurrect Benghazi as some kind of issue, fear of Benghazi led Hillary Clinton to hide under hospital beds faking illness for months. At least that silly notion is put to rest. Anyone who thinks Hillary Clinton cannot smash irksome ‘interrogators without a clue’ had only to watch Hillary go up against Senate and House Republicans “leaders”.

Before and after Hillary’s appearance we read all sorts of comments about all sorts of evidence that proves Hillary Clinton is a liar. Well, it that is true why wasn’t any of this incredible proof utilized to destroy Hillary? Here, take a look at what even Hillary haters (please note the worst Hillary haters are not on Fox News but on the left as we will discuss below) on Fox News had to say:

Note that in the video Jon Stewart says that there are serious questions about what happened in Benghazi and we deserve answers. We agree.

Is Benghazi important? You betcha. Should Republicans have attempted to “grill” Hillary. Yes.

But, as we will have to expound upon in another article coming real soon, questions about Benghazi have to be made relevant to what is happening NOW. “What difference at this point does it make?” is entirely correct. Cartoonist Ramirez on the “difference” might be funny but not the clue Republicans need to get.

Hint for Republicans that want to uncover what happened in Benghazi not act like fools: the nomination of John Kerry, the appointment of Denis McDonough, Egypt, F-16s, the coordinated attacks on Hillary by Barack Obama over foreign policy.

That article, made clear the Obama secret war against Hillary Clinton. But for the dullards who cannot accept the fact that the America they knew is no longer, that we live in Borgia Italy where palace intrigues and shadow boxing reign, all these dullards see is Hillary Clinton (along with Bill) and Barack Obama arm in arm walking happily along. These dullards are wrong.

It’s easy for dullards to see Hillary, Bill, and Barack as one corrupt whole. But that is shadowbox analysis and you do not win boxing shadows. For Republicans to win, or Obama opponents to win it is imperative to see beyond the shadows and tackle the shadow making machinery and players.

What do we mean by all this? We mean that most Republicans, conservatives, and otherwise sane Obama opponents assume Hillary Clinton will be the next nominee of the Obama Dimocrat party and that Barack Obama will do everything to get Hillary the nomination because (a) he owes his reelection to Bill Clinton’s oratorical skills and Hillary Clinton’s silence; (b) some sort of deal was worked out with Bill to secure Hillary the nomination and the presidency. This is all wrong.

Barack Obama and his minions will do everything in their power to destroy Hillary Clinton and make sure she does not get the nomination in 2016 let alone the presidency.

There is no way that the crazed Obama left is going to go back to the hated paradigm of clinton-bush-clinton-bush interrupted by Obama for clinton-bush years. The crazed left minions might think they love Hillary Clinton now, but wait until their overlords decide they will oppose Hillary and the minions will fall back into the Hillary hate line.

The crazed Obama left is not going to have Hillary Clinton, THE CLINTONS, be the culmination of their revolution by having Hillary inherit the mantle of Obama. The left might be crazed but it is not stupid and the leadership of the totalitarian Obama left is not about to surrender its power to Hillary and Bill and Terry and the hated DLC.

The crazed left is happy that Bill Clinton made some smart calculations in backing Obama. Loathe his decision or not Bill Clinton saw what many of us saw: Romney was a weak candidate unable because of RomneyCare to effectively attack ObamaCare from the get-go; and Romney would not go for the jujular and do what was necessary to take down Obama.

Bill Clinton made some smart calculations to survive and take the party back from Obama but he might have been too smart for his own good. Bill better have some other tricks up his sleeve because as we always have written:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

The crazed left is not happy that Obama had to go to “racist” Bill Clinton and that Hillary Clinton is now more popular than their beloved Barack. The crazed left is looking for a candidate and a way to get rid of the Clintons and thanks to Barack Obama they think they have found the answer.

This past week the announcement of the Obama campaign organization’s new role was announced. Many within the Obama Dimocratic party are baffled and exposing the divisions within the party. But the answer to many questions about why this new organization has been formed is very simple: this latest version of the Obama campaign is the way to keep Hillary away from the nomination in 2016 and to keep Obama in control of the abomination he now owns:

Dem officials fret over new Obama nonprofit

Some key Democrats worry that President Obama’s new Organizing for Action group will marginalize the traditional party apparatus, cannibalizing dollars and volunteers while making it harder to elect down-ballot candidates.

State party leaders grumbled Tuesday at the Democratic National Committee’s meeting in Washington about a lack of detail on how exactly the new tax-exempt advocacy organization will work.

“It’s still a big question mark right now,” said Minnesota Democratic chairman Ken Martin. “We were told before the end of this campaign that all of that [the Obama campaign machinery] would fold into state parties. Now we’re being told something different, which is they’re going to set up this 501(c)(4).” [snip]

“I’m not a dummy,” he said. “I understand post-Citizens United the necessity to set up vehicles for different types of money to flow, but the reality is you can’t strip the party bare and expect in four years that we’re going to be able to pick up the pieces and get a Democrat elected president if you’ve completely stopped building capacity within the party.”

Contrary to his protestations, Martin is a dummy. Obama intends to keep control of the party and that means good bye Hillary. The answer is staring them right in the face but they refuse to see, or rather they refuse to admit to themselves, what Obama is up to:

“People are very concerned. They don’t know where it will lead,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Parker. “The concerns vary. Nothing in particular, and everything in general. … There’s always a question of what does a successful reelection campaign do after the show is over. Is there another play to be involved with? Or what? And we’re in the ‘or what’ stage?”

“I would love to know,” he added. “It’s like the three wise men come to [King] Herod, and Herod says, ‘Well, this is really cool. After you find the baby Jesus, come back and tell me where he is so that I too may go worship,’” Parker added. “Now, was he acting in good faith or did he kill all the children in Bethlehem? I don’t know how the story ends.” [snip]

“Essentially, it’s an end run around the DNC and state parties,” said a third state chairman. “For the long-term health of our party, I don’t think it is the way to go. I don’t think fighting for donors is the way to do it. … We’ve won five of the last six popular votes in the general elections, so something’s working.

“The simple truth of the matter is that OFA 4.0, or whatever it is now, is not going to work to elect our local legislators,” the chairman added. “It’s not going to work to elect our local governors. It’s going to work to push the president’s agenda. I come from a state where the president’s not very popular. My elected Democrats are not always going to line up with him, and getting the activists all juiced up over it doesn’t help elect Democrats.” [snip]

Behind the scenes, though, the new incarnation of OFA will undoubtedly diminish the DNC’s relevance and overshadow Wasserman Schultz. Many insiders believe Obama’s decision to allow her to stay on as chairman for another term suggests a lack of interest in the party as much as a vote of confidence in her leadership.”

It’s all about Obama guys. It’s about Obama retaining a death grasp on the party. It’s all about keeping Hillary away from the nomination and the presidency.

Only now do we read about the past tensions and the present and future tensions that result from the Obama cult control:

“DNC members said they were caught off guard when the leaders of the president’s reelection team announced Obama for America was morphing into Organizing for Action (OFA), a nonprofit group that can take unlimited “soft money” donations.

The group will be spearheaded by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and advocate for Obama’s policies by mobilizing the millions-strong list of grassroots supporters built by the campaign.

While the new group will seek to go toe to toe with GOP outside groups like Crossroads GPS, some Democrats aren’t pleased that Obama didn’t fold his powerful grassroots operation back into the DNC. [snip]

We’re not quite clear on what exactly OFA is going to be doing. We saw an email [announcement] just like everyone else saw an email the other day,” Kanoyton said. “I had no advance warning. [snip]

There has been some tension between the DNC and OFA in the past — even when OFA was technically operating as a part of the broader Democratic Party apparatus — with fights over sharing resources and prioritizing issues.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), an outgoing DNC vice chairman, said he’d found out about the change to the Obama organization from young staffers of his who were on OFA’s mailing list.”

About that mailing list and other assets of the Obama campaign:

“The tech team behind the 2012 Obama campaign has probably received more attention than any political programmers in history. A so-called “dream team of engineers from Facebook, Google and Twitter [who] built the software that drove Barack Obama’s reelection” were extolled in the press for bringing Silicon Valley strategies like Agile development to the normally hidebound process of a political campaign. In the post mortems that followed Obama’s victory, many credited the superiority of the Democrats’ tech team and its famous Narwhal platform, in contrast to the failure of Mitt Romney’s digital efforts, with mobilizing the vote and winning crucial swing states.

But in the aftermath of the election, a stark divide has emerged between political operatives and the techies who worked side-by-side. At issue is the code created during the Obama for America (OFA) 2012 campaign: the digital architecture behind the campaign’s website, its system for collecting donations, its email operation, and its mobile app. When the campaign ended, these programmers wanted to put their work back into the coding community for other developers to study and improve upon. Politicians in the Democratic party felt otherwise, arguing that sharing the tech would give away a key advantage to the Republicans. Three months after the election, the data and software is still tightly controlled by the president and his campaign staff, with the fate of the code still largely undecided. It’s a choice the OFA developers warn could not only squander the digital advantage the Democrats now hold, but also severely impact their ability to recruit top tech talent in the future.

If the code OFA built was put on ice at the DNC until 2016, it would become effectively worthless. “None of that will be useful in four years, technology moves too fast,” said Ryan. [snip]

While the campaign and winning the election were fulfilling for these developers, Ryan isn’t planning a return to politics. The aftermath has jaded him. “I think it just reiterates the fact that change won’t come from Washington,” says Ryan. “If techies want change, we have to do it from the outside.

It’s all about Obama guys. It’s a cult the cult leader intends to keep for himself. Barack Obama now has the apparatus to ignore the DNC. All Barack needs now is a candidate or a willing dupe.

There are rumors of a lantern jawed Michelle Obama throwing her garish self into the ring. We believe Martin O’Malley will be the crazed left candidate for the DailyKooks (after Montana’s clownish Brian Schweitzer is filtered out). Barack Obama is keeping his own clown close to the vest:

Obama Is Boosting Biden’s 2016 Prospects

In case you haven’t noticed, President Obama and his vaunted PR machine are orchestrating a full-court press to boost the presidential stock of his loyal vice president, Joe Biden.

It is not clear whether Biden will seek the Oval Office next time — he will be 73 years old when 2016 rolls around. But just in case, the political foundation is carefully being laid and the public expectation is being buttressed by White House strategists, and dutifully documented by the media.

“Biden stokes talk of presidential campaign in 2016,” said a headline in Sunday’s Washington Examiner.

Since the Obama-Biden re-election in November, the loquacious vice president has been all over the place, doing everything from the ceremonial (attending the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia) to the monumental: leading a high-profile presidential task force on gun violence that will make recommendations to Obama on Tuesday.

Thanks to the president putting him in charge, rather than someone such as the FBI director or a prominent jurist, the work of the task force — a big deal since the Newtown, Conn., shootings last month — has given the vice president a lot of face time on television. He met last week, amid much media hoopla and commentary, with groups such as the NRA, video-game executives and representatives of the entertainment industry.

In addition to all that, Biden found time to negotiate an eleventh-hour “fiscal-cliff” compromise deal with Senate Republicans, visit devastated New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, lead the official U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, and meet or phone a bevy of world leaders including Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.”

Swearing in new members of the U.S. Senate, shopping at Costco (co-founded owned by an Obama bundler), planned Sandy Hook publicity stunts with families of the dead, Ezra Klein incense lightings, Barack calling him his “extraordinary” vice president and providing him lots of assignments are some of the Barack-to-Biden love. It’s a dead fish message:

“Perhaps the president is sending a message to Hillary Clinton that he will not automatically back her if she decides to run in 2016. With Biden in the field, Obama has a ready excuse as to why he can’t endorse the early front-runner. To be sure, Clinton has been a loyal secretary of state. But Biden’s loyalty has been second to none, and Clinton was Obama’s strongest and bitterest rival for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Moreover, her recent health problems might compromise her presidential prospects. Though younger than Biden, she still would be 69 shortly before Election Day 2016.”

It used to be that Hillary’s age would be the line of attack against her by the crazed left. Now it will not be her age, because she is younger than Biden, it will be her health. You know the health problems that many dolts derided as a fig leaf for cowardice.

But is Biden running? The Washington Post thinks so:

“One thing became abundantly clear during the past several days of inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C.: Joe Biden is running for president in 2016.

Ok, Biden isn’t technically in the race. (Technically, there isn’t a race yet either.) And, of course, minds can change between now and 2016. But, Biden is doing everything that someone who is planning to run would do. Everything. [snip]

* Biden — with Beau, a major rising star in both Delaware and nationally, in tow — not only stopped by the Iowa State Society’s inaugural ball on Saturday night but also delivered this gem of a line: “I am proud to be president of the United States, but I am prouder to be Barack — I mean, excuse me.” [snip]

* Biden invited New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to attend his private swearing-in for a second term on Sunday at the vice presidential residence. [snip]

* Biden was in full Biden mode during the inaugural parade on Monday, working the crowd in a way that had “Vote for Me!” written all over it.”

Republican/conservative Hotair sees the Biden hot air as a 2016 prep too and quotes CNN’s report of private sit-downs with DNC delegates.

Politico thinks Biden is gunning for the top spot in 2016 too:

“Joe Biden ‘intoxicated’ by 2016 run

Joe Biden summoned more than 200 Democratic insiders to the vice presidential residence Sunday night to chat about the 2012 triumph — but many walked away convinced his rising 2016 ambitions were the real intent of the long, intimate night.

“I took a look at who was there,” said longtime New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, “and said to myself, ‘There’s no question he’s thinking about the future.’ ”

He’s intoxicated by the idea, and it’s impossible not to be intoxicated by the idea,” said a Democrat close to the White House. And the intoxication is hardly new. Officials working on the Obama-Biden campaign last year were struck by how the vice president always seemed to have one eye on a run, including aggressively courting the president’s donors. Obama aides at times had to actively steer Biden to places where he was needed — like Pennsylvania — because he kept asking to be deployed to Iowa, New Hampshire and other early states. [snip]

A Democrat close to both Biden and Clinton said it is extremely unlikely that they would challenge each other. “They’re both going to build up teams and see how it goes,” the Democrat said. “One of them will fade away, as it becomes more obvious which one of them should be the standard-bearer for the Obama legacy. I can’t see them both announcing for president. But both of them will have teams that try to get to that.”

It always will come down to Hillary and the will she won’t she question. Politico continues somewhat along the lines of what we see:

“Here’s a little intrigue that only Obama knows the answer to: Will the president really want a Clinton to replace him after spending eight years redirecting the party away from the centrism of Bill Clinton? After all, it was Clinton who declared the era of Big Government is over. And it was Obama, in his second inaugural speech, who declared it very much back on.

Obama would rather be succeeded by a Biden type than a Clinton type,” a prominent Democrat told us. But the same Democrat went on to say that if Hillary Clinton were running, she would be running on the Obama legacy, not her husband’s.

The crazed left will never trust that Hillary is “running on the Obama legacy.” The crazed left hates Hillary and won’t believe her on this issue once Obama puts out the word that his man is not a woman. We are in Borgia Italy and so we have to continue to watch as Hillary moves in the shadow world to determine what we will do in the general election. For the nomination we will strongly back Hillary Clinton if only to spite the Obama left.

Back to Politico and Biden:

“Biden’s most revealing move may have been to hold a little-discussed Sunday night party at the vice president’s mansion. He invited about 200 Democratic insiders over to his home and the guest list included some of the most influential figures in national and early-state Democratic politics.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, NAACP head Ben Jealous, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon all were in attendance.

But what really raised eyebrows among the attendees were just how many Democrats from the traditional first nominating states made the trek to the Naval Observatory.

There were big names such as South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a Palmetto State powerhouse, but also lesser-known activists.”

Hillary hater and race-baiter Jim Clyburn will assist Barack Obama to make sure Hillary Clinton never gets the nomination in 2016.

Stu Rothenberg thinks Biden is gunning for the top job too:

“The 2016 Presidential Race Begins Today

After recent work on congressional deals, Biden looks like a more serious contender in 2016, if he chooses to run. [snip]

After Clinton and Biden, the list becomes more speculative. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are seen as ambitious and interested. Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer probably should be on the list as well.

Cuomo’s oratorical skills and access to New York state’s Democratic dollars can’t be ignored, and while O’Malley didn’t exactly set the world on fire at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, his state has put up good numbers on education and his very liberal views could be appealing to Democrats. Schweitzer has a folksy quality that many like, though I have felt for years that he tries way too hard.”

We believe Biden is merely a stop Hillary candidate and a place for Barack Obama to hang his hat. Eventually it will be Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland an Hopium guzzler extraordinaire who will become the darling of the crazed left. If O’Malley can gin up sufficient support then Barack will back him as the best stop Hillary candidate.

Already O’Malley has gun control laws prepared as the way to signal he wants the nomination:

“HUSTLING TO keep pace with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is preparing to lay out his own package of tough new gun laws in the aftermath of December’s bloodbath at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Many Republicans, in thrall to the gun lobby, have scoffed at both governors as intent more on burnishing their viability as presidential candidates in 2016 than on halting gun violence.”

It will be O’Malley or some other Hopium guzzling loon who will get the crazed left vote. For those that doubt the left will attack Hillary, just read Michael Kinsley’s early January article Hillary Clinton’s Ego Trips.

John Kraushaar has a smart article that notes the gun control issue won’t help O’Malley or Cuomo in 2016 while noting that it might help get attention at least:

“The bigger question is whether Cuomo and O’Malley merit the first-tier presidential stature they’ve been receiving lately. I’ve written about how thin the Democratic presidential bench looks for 2016, sans Hillary, with a bunch of secondary politicians looking to punch above their weight class. Desperate to build their national stature and fill a vacuum, they’re looking to grab at national issues to please the base ahead of a presidential run.

O’Malley (after dispatching Schweitzer) will be the candidate of the loon left. Biden will be the placeholder for those wanting to stop Hillary from getting the nomination. Barack Obama will orchestrate the next nomination in the same way that Reid, Ted Kennedy and Pelosi orchestrated Obama’s gifted nomination.

But, but, but, Hillary will appear with Obama on Sunday, skeptics will retort. Well, Obama wants to get some of that Hillary luster near him to help his poll numbers and maybe borrow one of Hillary’s ovaries for the coming fights with congress and the courts.

For her part Hillary will try to co-opt Obama supporters with her appearance as she leaves government service for now. What??? You don’t like the idea of Hillary Clinton making moves out of political motivation? You used to like Hillary but you want the “truth” and a “principled stand” – for her to blast Obama in Congress and on TV – and because that prancing unicorn is not in your stocking you now hate Hillary? Maybe you’ll be happier with Michelle Obama as the next nominee of the party with a closet full of race baiting tricks to wear.


202 thoughts on “Some Answers: Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, And The Nomination Fight For 2016, Part II

  1. Other than Hillary the important news of the day is the Appeals Court move against Obama and the unitary executive (remember when the DailyKooks cared so much about the “unitary executive”?)

    The professor has the decision some good reading:

    HotAir has good reading on the decision too:

    “In an embarrassing rebuke, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Obama violated the Constitution by making appointments while the Senate considered itself in session: [snip]

    The ruling means that a full year of work from the NLRB will go down the tubes, if the Supreme Court upholds this ruling. The three appointments allowed the panel to form the quorum necessary to pass decisions. Now every ruling made by the NLRB will be delegitimized as soon as those harmed by the rulings take this into court. What a mess — and an unnecessary mess at that: [snip]

    It wasn’t just the three appointments to the NLRB, either. Obama appointed Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose appointment ran out when the 112th Session of Congress expired earlier this month. The appointment is being challenged in a separate case but in the same circuit, which means we can expect a similar ruling. Obama re-nominated Cordray to the post yesterday: [snip]

    Update: It’s also worth pointing out what a monumental screw-up this was from a historical perspective. No one has provoked the legislature (and others) to fight over recess appointments in the courts, which meant that the executive branch had considerable gray area in which to operate, at least politically. No more, if this precedent stands; future Presidents (and the present one) will now be at the Senate’s mercy. [snip]

    Update II: To underscore the point I was making in the previous update, take a look at pages 17-18 in the opinion. Not only did Obama unconstitutionally arrogate to himself the ability to determine when the Senate is in session, the court now holds that the appointment power exists only in the formal Recess between sessions: [snip]

    Not only that, but the court also ruled that the vacancies had to arise during The Recess as well (page 23):

    Wow. If this stands, the recess appointment will all but disappear — and future Presidents can thank Obama for screwing that up for them.”

  2. The DC Circuit is not the most liberal. That dubious accolade goes to the 9th Circuit. But they out there. So for them to strike down this tendril of the imperial presidency as it squeezes the life out of the nation is rather interesting.

    It is even more interesting that they would find anything left of the Constition after Chief Justice Roberts’ dumpster dive on Obamacare, which will break many families.

    The zombies are appealing to the Supreme Court and betting that they can bend Roberts over once more. The truth is, they probably can, based on what they know about him. Still, nothing is certain.

    I know what you’re thinking, Barry: You’re thinking Does the Other Side have four Supreme Court Justices in its corner, or five? Well, to tell the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track, myself.

    But being as there’s about a year’s worth of rulings at stake – rulings that will make your allies very mad if they’re all thrown out – you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?

    Well? Do ya… punk?

    –Moe Lane

  3. Admin-

    For her part Hillary will try to co-opt Obama supporters with her appearance as she leaves government service for now. What??? You don’t like the idea of Hillary Clinton making moves out of political motivation? You used to like Hillary but you want the “truth” and a “principled stand” – for her to blast Obama in Congress and on TV – and because that prancing unicorn is not in your stocking you now hate Hillary? Maybe you’ll be happier with Michelle Obama as the next nominee of the party with a closet full of race baiting tricks to wear=======

    A bolded YUP to this.

    And the possibility of the three candidates running for the primary – IMO


    Biden would get, limited votes against Hillary, and none of the minority votes against MO.

    MO would get the AA’s and many Hispancis, and the true ‘brain dead Kool-aid drinkers’ that like her style and think being the sugar killing Queen is just the right type of experience needed for a new President.

    Hillary would get back most of her 18 million plus many dims that are sick and tired of big government, no jobs and huge debt. Also, the folks that care about Israel would stand by Hillary in this race.
    Centrists would vote for Hillary and depending on the Rep candidate, she would pull in some of their votes too.

    Hillary in the shadows…

    MO as President…….I would leave the US.

  4. Congratulations to Tina Turner

    Tina has lived in Switzerland for years with her love and learned German.

    The video is shot across from the Twin Towers, sad…

  5. But for the dullards who cannot accept the fact that the America they knew is no longer, that we live in Borgia Italy where palace intrigues and shadow boxing reign, all these dullards see is Hillary Clinton (along with Bill) and Barack Obama arm in arm walking happily along. These dullards are wrong.

    It’s easy for dullards to see Hillary, Bill, and Barack as one corrupt whole. But that is shadowbox analysis and you do not win boxing shadows. For Republicans to win, or Obama opponents to win it is imperative to see beyond the shadows and tackle the shadow making machinery and players.
    The hard question in all this is whether, if Hillary sought the nomination, she would have the will and capacity to move the country back to a more centrist, constitutional order. Frankly, after eight years of Obama, and the frothing hard left in control of the party, that is an impossible dream. This may not be the Borgia court, but it is the real world, and in the real world for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The only way to restore any sense of the republic is to hire a Republican president in 2016. The problem is none of them gives me any confidence, just as in 2008 the only way to restore a sense of the Republic was by hiring Hillary. Unfortunately, the electorate lacks the ability to think in these terms, and is either swayed by celebrity or strictly on the dole. They are the real dullards.

  6. There is an historical antecdote for this. During the middle ages the Catholic Church needed to change. The reasons are beyond the scope of this comment. But the conflict produced the Thirty Years War which killed over 6 million and the Hundred Years War, so the differences were far from trivial. Two figures rose to the challenge of reforming the Church. One advocated change within and the other advocated separation. Their names were Erasmus of Rotterdam and Martin Luther respectively. Change from the inside was impossible. Change from the outside prevailed.

    The problem with the Democratic Party is everything Jay Cost talks about in his book Spoiled Rotten, plus the fact that by playing the race card they have permanently alienated themselves from the working class whites, which were once the core of the party. Prior to her testimony on Benghazi, I maintained a vague hope for Hillary–that she could show the bi partisan side when she was senator and I supported her. That Hillary was not present in the hearings. Instead, politics triumphed over concern for the nation.

  7. If you have noticed at all, the preponderance of my comments since the election have been directed against the Republican Party, who have been paying the dane geld rather than defending the nation. For every patriot like Issa we have ten Boehners and McConnells who follow the very course bemoaned by Kipling:

    Rudyard Kipling


    “It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
    “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
    And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say: —
    “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: —

    “We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that pays it is lost!”

  8. wbboei, I haven’t been on the blog in a few weeks. I read your comments from yesterday concerning Hillary’s testimony, and I tend to agree with your view, plus the views of the others who are now questioning what is going on with Hillary. I know that upsets some, but it is what it is. I don’t excuse any politician for things that I deem revolting. Hillary needs to do a lot of explaining. If she ran in 2016, I would not support her at this point in time. I have not hate toward her. I just don’t trust the Clintons any longer. Additionally, people can spare me their acts are for the greater good. The greater good of who? Themselves, not me. My mind could change in the future, but I honestly have not liked what I have seen in the past four years. My feelings did not come about from a single incident. Consider me disappointed which leads me to be very cynical. For the most part, politicians in America have failed America. They are only out for themselves, and for each other. There is one political class in America, and they are ruining America. I align with the Tea Party philosophy at this point, and neither the DemoRats or Republicans cut it for me. I want more Tea Party people in congress. People want to talk about the “do nothing” Congress. Well, in my opinion, a Tea Party majority in Congress will show America what can be done, and how quickly it can be done.

  9. Wbboei, you certainly have tried, many of us tried to get the Republicans to face reality and get away from their own Hopium laced dreams. Republicans had to fight but instead they surrendered. Why, we do not know.

    It’s nice that people like Rush Limbaugh now declare that Obama is a monstrosity but let us never forget that Limbaugh bears some responsibility for electing Obama because of Rush’s “Operation Chaos” designed to help Obama. Today Peggy Noonan writes some smart things about Obama but she too spent 2008 attacking us and swooning about Obama.

    It is only now that some Republicans are waking up to what we have been writing for more than 5 years now. Bobby Jindal, whom we have mocked previously, had some smart things to say recently and today Haley Barbour appears to get on the train we have been driving.

    I think its safe to say that there’s a solid consensus forming among some top Republicans on a couple of points, whatever other ‘soul-searching’ the party may need to do; 1) that President Obama is most definitely out to “annihilate” the GOP, and 2) conservatives better wise up and quit allowing themselves to fall prey to the Democrats’ soul-crushing antics.

    Now they realize this?????

    Hillary had a completely different problem than the Republicans when she faced Obama. After all Hillary needed to win Democratic primaries in which African-Americans had great influence weighted even further by party rules. Hillary still has that problem. Republicans don’t have this problem. Republicans have no excuse.

    As to your question: “The hard question in all this is whether, if Hillary sought the nomination, she would have the will and capacity to move the country back to a more centrist, constitutional order.”

    We believe that by definition a Hillary nomination would move the party and the country to the center. A Hillary nomination, as our article notes would be a defeat for the Obama left. As the left begins to see that Hillary is headed for the nomination and they will lose power the left will wake up and attack Hillary. A Hillary victory in the nomination fight would defang these dogs.

    We have not been joking or being naive when we say the country needs the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. Both should be serious parties pushing their ideological programs. The Democrats should be the party of the working class pushing for greater opportunities while the Republicans should be the party which urges caution and fiscal probity.

    Right now we have none of this. The Obama Dimocrats are race-baiting hypocrites led by gangsters out to fleece, loot, and flim-flam. The Republicans can’t seem to find one testicle, one functioning ovary, to articulate let alone fight for their ideological viewpoint which should be as Reagan articulated “government is the problem”. Between the “government is the problem” and “government must help” there is a happy medium which would pay the bills without borrowing yet grow the economy so that a rising tide will lift all boats. Hey, it happened under Bill Clinton.

    Our nightmare is this: Hillary gets the nomination and promises to fight for “Obamaism” – and we believe she means this and that it is not a ploy but a real road to Damascus conversion; Rand Paul or someone as clueless as he is gets the Republican nomination. In that case we would advise everyone to join Tina.

    Best thing for the country: Hillary gets the nomination and we are convinced that she will begin a party purge of the Obamaites and the Republicans nominate someone who is articulate and smart.

    We are in Borgia Italy but if the Republicans wake up and decide to fight they still have the potential to win big in 2014. After ObamaCare is the law for a full 9 months in 2014 let’s see what the public thinks. The numbers also favor the Republicans in the House and Senate but the numbers favored the Republicans in 2012 and they still managed to screw things up.

  10. Hillary will keep her promise of not running for POS because unlike 2008 where
    she and Bill got blind sided, it will be abundantly clear to anyone other than a dullard
    that she win not have the support of her party’s President and political machine. Hillary
    will never be President.

  11. The only way Hillary will not become President is if she doesn’t run.

    If she smells 2008.2 brewing against her by the Cheater-in-Chief, she will find another way to serve, like CGI.

  12. If Hillary did run, she would be wise to check out Admin and some Big Pinkers as some of her new delegates.

    No way in holy Hell will many of us be pushed into a corner or give our vote in the primary to the other candidate. If I were there, there would be ‘blood on the dance floor’.

    It’s Friday. 😉

  13. Is anyone watching HANNITY’S BOOMTOWN on FOX right now? Shame on Washington D.C. especially our Congress people and especially shame on Bush Jr. and BO!

  14. So, how do we get Hillary for our President? How do we get out Party back? How do we get our Country back?

    The corrupt Obama For American can morph into a non-profit and leave the stooges who supported O, high and dry. They have been BARRACKED. They should have listened to Big Pink – Barack Obama cannot be trusted. Did they think he would backstab everybody else, but no them?

    The Obama system is corrupt and flawed. O already paid hefty FEC fines for the GOP complaint and MUR6142 is still an active complaint with the FEC for 2008. The FEC itself has gone after the 2012 campaign for irregularities. The thing is, the GOP raised as much money as the DNC in 2012. The GOP controlled a larger amount of the money than the Romney Campaign, while the DNC controlled less than the Obama Campaign. The joint fund, the Obama Victory Fund, took in money and transferred to the DNC and mostly to the Obama for America Fund. It screwed up alot and put donors over the limit. That is what made the 2008 campaign funds such trash, alot of “reattributions” that did not add up. The FEC filings had up to 6 revisions, each. Any criminal can turn off the CVV filter and take contributions from Osama Bin Laden from Pakistan. The system is garbage, like the scum it served. I think it laundered a couple of hundred million dollars for the campaign that was actually from foreign donors and donors over the limit, but it is not something that can stand up to scrutiny. It needs to stay in the darkness of Obama’s corruption.

    Yes, the GOP raised as much as the DNC did in 2012. The only reason the OFA looks good is because the GOP show was run by a bunch of stupid white male penguins and Rove is a cow. Ineffective utilization of resources. And the MSM.

    We need a plan. A Hillary 2016 plan.

  15. Admin…

    …all so sick and sad…and all so true…

    the dims need to wake up to the self centered,narcissitic dictator they have supported…he will leave this country with over 20 Trillion in debt and just go on his merry way…

    remember his own words…”he’s a fun guy and likes a good party”…

  16. Lu4puma

    I love it when you explain the corruption with the FEC stuff…it sort of goes over my head as to how both parties can still get away with breaking the law when they keep getting caught. Also, why does Barry need to keep stealing voters donations…what will he do with that money when he is in his second term…can he steal it for his own benifit? If Joe or MO don’t want to run in 2016, could he use the money to push Jarrett into the primary?

    A plan, yes…admin probably has the most ideas.

    I say anyone that has an idea, toss it out there.

  17. Shadowfax,

    I think he wants to keep the system to keep it from being scrutinized. It is not what people think it is. It is mostly a big scam. A way for illicit donors to put money into the system. I estimated around $219 million of the 2008 Campaign Funds were fraudulent. Prove it? Not likely. But I think eventually they could get busted. And you have to have the illicit donors who are willing to use the system, too. It does not work without that.

    It is a graft machine.

    The contacts and email lists are already getting old. I get alot of garbage email from O and his minions. And I have never given O a dime.

  18. For her part Hillary will try to co-opt Obama supporters with her appearance as she leaves government service for now. What??? You don’t like the idea of Hillary Clinton making moves out of political motivation? You used to like Hillary but you want the “truth” and a “principled stand” – for her to blast Obama in Congress and on TV – and because that prancing unicorn is not in your stocking you now hate Hillary? Maybe you’ll be happier with Michelle Obama as the next nominee of the party with a closet full of race baiting tricks to wear.

    Ahhh. Yup.

    Hillary is in Politics. It’s a dirtier nastier sport than football or professional wrestling.

    Let us find a single politician who is 100% principled and saintly. And I’ll show you a one-term local mayor.

    Thanks admin, for the good research.

  19. Lu4Puma, did you see this (from Obama lovin’ Politico too 🙂 )?:

    Barack Obama’s new ‘grass-roots’ group isn’t quite

    When President Barack Obama rolled out his new political outfit last week, he and his allies declared it would be powered by grassroots activists and change politics from outside Washington.

    Not exactly.

    In its first days, Organizing for Action has closely affiliated itself with insider liberal organizations funded by mega-donors like George Soros and corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Citi and Duke Energy.

    And it has quietly sought support from the same rich donors who backed Obama’s campaigns, asking for help from Democratic donors and bundlers in town for the Inauguration at a closed-door corporate-sponsored confab that featured Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker.[snip]

    Dubbed the “Road Ahead” meeting, the conference was sponsored by a White House-allied trade association called Business Forward, which is funded by major corporations including Microsoft, Walmart and PG&E – each of which sent senior executives to participate in a panel on how to boost American economic competitiveness.

    Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager and the Organizing for Action national chairman, and OfA Director Jon Carson, pleaded with invited big donors to support the new group. “We need you. This president needs you,” Messina said, adding Organizing for Action was “building a national advisory board filled with people in this room.”

    Carson told the donors, who were treated to cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres after the day’s sessions, “there’s going to be a place for each and every one of you.

    Grassroots activists? They got their own pitch the next day at a bigger, no-invitation-necessary gathering called the “Obama Campaign Legacy Conference” held at the Washington Hilton. There, Carson told reporters that OfA would “absolutely” be funded mostly by grassroots donors like those Obama highlighted in his campaign, rather than big corporate donors.

    An OfA spokeswoman declined to comment on the group’s presentation at the Newseum, its fundraising or relationship with other deep-pocketed liberal groups.

    The initial fundraising push highlights the tricky path Obama’s allies face in starting the new group. Consider: Obama, who long cast himself as an ardent opponent of big money in politics, is to some extent tying the fate of his populist second-term agenda to a non-profit group registered under a section of the tax code – 501(c)4 – that allows the secret, corporate donations he spent months decrying after they were unleashed by a 2010 Supreme Court decision. [snip]

    And despite it’s pledge to allow local activists to chart its course in their communities, OfA also seems poised to become the center of a constellation of mostly secret-money nonprofit groups. [snip]

    Told of the meeting, Fred Wertheimer, head of the money-in-politics watchdog group Democracy 21, expressed concern.

    This is the worst possible way for President Obama to start his second term in office,” Wertheimer said. He urged Obama to “immediately” shut down Organizing for Action, calling its creation “an inexplicable action by the president that directly contradicts the message President Obama has been taking to the country for years about the dangerous role played by corporate and special interest money in influencing the way business is done in Washington.”

    Anyone remember all the 2008 attacks on Hillary by Obama because of Walmart?

  20. Barack Obama’s new ‘grass-roots’ group isn’t quite…

    I must be a little dense, what is he going to do with this big business and union, Soros money? Buy the next candidate he wants to get in the WH in 2016…to not unravel all the money funneling to his homies???

  21. Barack Obama’s new ‘grass-roots’ group isn’t quite…

    I must be a little dense, what is he going to do with this big business and union, Soros money? Buy the next candidate he wants to get in the WH in 2016…to not unravel all the money funneling to his homies???

  22. admin
    January 25th, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    If they had fired Gilespee, Rove, Priebus and all the others who give strategic advise for a large fee only to be proven disasterously wrong—and simply listened to the advice you were giving them, then they could have turned this thing around. Now, it is too late in the game. There needs to be bloodletting within the party, and I do not mean the Tea Party, I mean the elites who are only in it for the money. Simply put, they need new leadership. As long as Boehner and McConnell remain in power, there will be more backpeddling, regardless of what they say. One of the things I have noticed in business, the military and politics is that it is far easier to take someone who is too tough and send them to charm school, than it is to take two cowards and expect them to act courageously. Even if Boehner stood under a weeping willow, with sword raised and proclaimed himelf to be the reincarnation of Seigfreid, it would not matter. All the enemy would see was the weeping willow and he would never be taken seriously. Obviously, you do not want to engage the enemy every waking moment, on the contrary you hope to deter him where possible, but the only way that happens is if he believes you are credible, and no one believes John or Mitch are that. So to pretend the the problem is the two anti diluvian candidates in Missoui and Indiana is to miss the overarching point. The current leadership must go.

  23. And when I say they must go, I mean John AND those in his chain of command, meaning Cantor, McCarthy and McMorris Rogers. Not tough enough for the job. Give me Issa, Trey, and a handful of others who are up for the fight, and can handle big media. Only then will the game change.

    Nearly a hundred years ago, one of my heroes, George Kennan worked in the newly established Moscow embarassy, where they dealt with the likes of Stalin and those who came after. He met all of the world leaders and tried to resist the urge to be seduced by their power. He had help however. The ambassador at the time, William Bullitt, told him that every time he started to become in awe of those prestigous personages, he remined himself that like all other human beings they were 90% water.

    The same is true of Boehner and McConnell, only it aint water it is bullshit. And at the tender age of 62, I think I know the difference.

  24. I do not know whether to credit this story or not. It is hearsay upon hearsay. But I was told by a guy tonight who just returned from Northern Idaho, that Homeland Security is moving to set up check points at state lines. I told him that is bullshit, and the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Edwards vs. California (1941)–the only opinion ever written by Mr. Justice Byrnes, that US Citizens have a fundamental right to travel between states, as the Oakies did to California to escape the dustbowl and the grapes of wrath, and just as we have today. But in the event of a terrorist attack or a Reichstag Fire, does anyone seriously believe that scumbags like Obama or Emanuel would respect the dictates of a musty constitution and a decision which is beyone the memory of living men. For sure, big media would bury all recollections of it, under a thick cloud of Obama love. This is the problem with the liberal mind: it does not matter what is done—it matters who does it—it is unconstitutional only if the Republicans do it. If their own side does it, i.e. violates the constitution, then it is racist to object.

  25. Fred Wertheimer, head of the money-in-politics watchdog group Democracy 21
    an old trusted friend.

  26. jbstonesfan
    January 25th, 2013 at 9:21 pm


    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!


    Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.

    Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82

  27. I must be a little dense, what is he going to do with this big business and union, Soros money? Buy the next candidate he wants to get in the WH in 2016…to not unravel all the money funneling to his homies???

    Come on Shadow. You know what is going on. It is what I have been saying about Obama for five years. He is brand Obama invented by Wall Street to serve their interests, and not those of the American People. The game is called inverted totalitariansim and managed democracy. Professor Sheldon Wolin defined the term, and it is central to the thesis of Chris Hedges–an honest man of the Left.

    “Inverted totalitarianism finds expression in the anonymity of the Corporate State. It purports to cherish democracy, patriotism, and the Constitution while manipulating internal levers.”

    ― Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

  28. Wbb
    Spell it out for me. The donations are going back to the Wall St. fat cats? But Barry doesn’t do anything unless HE profits from it, so what’s in it for him?

  29. I did not realize Santelle wrote the opinion. He is an excellent judge. Not a left wing zombie like those O appointed.

    The WSJ article that follows is telling. Particularly, the final paragraph which questions the extent to which Obama will be able to achieve the unitary executive role he aspires to (spelled left wing dicator)and govern strictly by executive order. If he is unable to do that, despite the fact that he won 52 percent of the electorate which he claims is a mandate, and despite the fact that he has 90% of the beltway press corp with their collective noses up his ass, and willing to tell any lie that suits his political objectives, then the next two years will be hard on Bambi, and his sociopathic persona.

    Let us hope that the dims go full bore after all the guns, and the nation responds the way it should by witholding taxes. The rationale for this is clear, and it goes back to Hobb’s justification for government, i.e. to protect citizens from the risk of violent death, which exists in the state of nature where there is no goverment. It therefore follows that if government takes away the right of people to protect themselves against the risk of violent death, by stripping them of their means of self defense guaranteed in the Constitution, that the citizens owe no allegiance to that government, and no obligation to provide financial support for it. None. I guarandamnedtee you that Jefferson would have said exactly that only more eloquently.
    WSJ Editorial Page (1/25/13)

    Obama’s Abuse of Power

    President Obama has shown increasing contempt for the constitutional limits on his power, and the courts are finally awakening to the news. A unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the President’s non-recess recess appointments are illegal and an abuse of executive power.

    Related Video

    Assistant editorial page editor James Freeman on the DC federal appellate ruling that President Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional. Photo: Associated Press
    On January 4, 2012, Mr. Obama bypassed the Senate’s advice and consent power by naming three new members of the National Labor Relations Board and appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other Presidents have made recess appointments and we’ve supported that executive authority.

    But here’s the Obama kicker: He consciously made those “recess” appointments when the Senate wasn’t in recess but was conducting pro-forma sessions precisely so Mr. Obama couldn’t make a recess appointment. No President to our knowledge had ever tried that one, no doubt because it means the executive can decide on his own when a co-equal branch of government is in session.

    In Noel Canning v. NLRB, a Washington state Pepsi bottler challenged a board decision on grounds that the recess appointments were invalid and that the NLRB thus lacked the three-member quorum required to conduct business. The D.C. Circuit agreed, while whistling a 98 mile-per-hour, chin-high fastball past the White House about the separation of powers.

    In the 46-page opinion, the three-judge panel said that “not only logic and language, but also constitutional history” reject the President’s afflatus. The Federalist Papers refer to recess appointments expiring at the end of the following session of Congress, the court explained, so it stands to reason that recess appointments were intended to be made only when the Senate is in a recess between sessions, not any time the Senators step out of the Capitol.

    Enlarge Image

    AFP/Getty Images

    President Obama with Richard Cordray last January after appointing him head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    “An interpretation of ‘the Recess’ that permits the President to decide when the Senate is in recess would demolish the checks and balances inherent in the advice-and-consent requirement,” wrote Chief Judge David Sentelle for the court, “giving the President free rein to appoint his desired nominees at any time he pleases, whether that time be a weekend, lunch, or even when the Senate is in session and he is merely displeased with its inaction. This cannot be the law.”

    Judge Sentelle added, in a clear warning to the lawyers who let Mr. Obama walk out on this limb, that “Allowing the President to define the scope of his own appointments power would eviscerate the Constitution’s separation of powers.”

    In a particular surprise, two of the three judges also ruled that recess appointments are only allowed to fill vacancies that arise during the time the Senate is in actual recess. This has not been the recent practice, and it means that Presidents could not wait, say, until a recess in December to appoint a controversial replacement for a Secretary of State who resigned in October.

    The court nonetheless makes a plausible case based on the text of the Constitution, government practice in the decades after ratification and legal precedent. Mr. Obama’s imperial overreach has invited the courts to re-examine the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and tilt the balance of power back toward the Senate.

    Meantime, the ruling potentially invalidates dozens of NLRB decisions since the illegal recess appointments were made. A similar mess occurred in 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled in New Process Steel v. NLRB that some 600 decisions made by the NLRB without a three-member quorum were invalid.

    The decision also means that Mr. Cordray has no authority to run the consumer financial bureau, which has been busy issuing thousands of pages of regulations since he was illegally imposed in the job. Mr. Obama renominated Mr. Cordray this week, which is an insult to the Senate and after this ruling to the Constitution too.

    One question is whether Mr. Cordray can legally keep accepting his paycheck. Especially as a former Attorney General in Ohio, he ought to resign for having agreed to play along as a constitutional usurper.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney criticized the unanimous decision Friday, which is consistent with the President’s sense of constitutional entitlement. Mr. Obama decided last year he could selectively enforce the immigration laws, exempting certain young people even if Congress hadn’t passed the Dream Act. We support the Dream Act but not his unilateral way of imposing it.

    Mr. Obama has also signaled his intention to govern as much as possible by stretching the legal bounds of regulation and executive orders. The D.C. Circuit ruling is thus a particularly timely warning that while Mr. Obama was re-elected, has most of the press in his pocket and is popular with 52% of the public, he’s subject to the rule of law like everybody else.

    A version of this article appeared January 26, 2013, on page A14 in the U.S. edition

  30. Shadowfax
    January 26th, 2013 at 2:30 am
    It is not Obama. It is the people behind him who profit from this arrangement. And they are the same people who are making the donations. Access, influence and stealing the taxpayers money. My friend Jim Senegal is on this trip. Obama stays with him every time he is in town, and Jim told the Seattle Times that Obama is good for business, meaning his business, i.e. Costco. But not for small business. The same is true of GE. Walmart is a bit of a surprise. I know how this works. It is inconsistent with the general welfare.

  31. Shadow. It is imperative to understand that this is not Obama. As the Princeton banker has told me a million times, Obama is a cheap date. Keep him in jewels and Hawaian vacations and you own him. It is the people behind him, who Wolin, Hedges and in a much earlier time Marine Commandant Smedley Butler warned us about. They are the ultimate problem.

  32. Spell it out for me. The donations are going back to the Wall St. fat cats? But Barry doesn’t do anything unless HE profits from it, so what’s in it for him?
    Power and adulation and continued relevance. It is like Maslow’s hierachy of needs.

  33. Radical-in-Chief’s Sell Off

    “American people are being positioned to suffer most due to the accumulation of debt that irresponsible government officials racked up”.

    There is nothing which Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s revolutionary regime believes is off limits. From American’s right to bear arms, to the destruction of the economy – and everything else in between – little is outside their grip, or so they think.

  34. admin: “… What??? You don’t like the idea of Hillary Clinton making moves out of political motivation? You used to like Hillary but you want the “truth” and a “principled stand” – for her to blast Obama in Congress and on TV – and because that prancing unicorn is not in your stocking you now hate Hillary? Maybe you’ll be happier with Michelle Obama…”

    Like Shadowfax, I take this to be the most useful admonishment to faltering H44 bloggers. I hope they think about it and take it to heart.

  35. wbboei Jan 25 at 6:52 pm: “The hard question in all this is whether, if Hillary sought the nomination, she would have the will and capacity to move the country back to a more centrist, constitutional order. Frankly, after eight years of Obama, and the frothing hard left in control of the party, that is an impossible dream.”

    The “hard question” is only about seeking the nomination. Assuming she can get it, she will have no problem of “will and capacity to move the country back to a more centrist, constitutional order” because she will no longer owe anything to Obama or fear any reprisals from him – and all the more so if she is elected. She will be president, not him or his cohorts.

    admin’s entire article is not about how Hillary would campaign after the nomination, nor what kind of president she would be, but about the impediments Obama will put in her path to the nomination. I admit that admin’s report on the machinations of Biden and O’Malley scare me.

  36. wbboei
    January 26th, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Shadowfax asks:
    I must be a little dense, what is he going to do with this big business and union, Soros money? Buy the next candidate he wants to get in the WH in 2016…to not unravel all the money funneling to his homies???

    Come on Shadow. You know what is going on. It is what I have been saying about Obama for five years. He is brand Obama invented by Wall Street to serve their interests, and not those of the American People. The game is called inverted totalitariansim and managed democracy. Professor Sheldon Wolin defined the term, and it is central to the thesis of Chris Hedges–an honest man of the Left.

    “Inverted totalitarianism finds expression in the anonymity of the Corporate State. It purports to cherish democracy, patriotism, and the Constitution while manipulating internal levers.”

    ― Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

    so well said…what i don’t understand is where are all the “lefties” that are so against all this?…have they suddenly become dumb and blind or just to enraptured with the cult of O to speak out…or have they just caved and become part of the problem rather than the ‘solution’

    …when I think of some of my friends (especially in LA) that I have mentioned during the 08 primaries that were so freaked out with the ‘moderate’ Clintons…that Bill had dared to reform welfare, bla, bla…and now we have the ultimate corporate stooge in place with O, or ‘cheap date’ as you say…I cannot understand the lack of outrage from them…many of these people are very smart…so where are they and why so silent?

    we get nothing…they have all sold out for their chance at a tv slot on msnbc (hayes, ezra) or hopes for something for themselves along the way…or is having a black president enough for them and now they go numb and dumb?

    where is tiabbi’s expose? and linking it directly to O?

    hate to admit it but I concur with JBStones and others here…we are stuck in the forest while our leaders destroy our pathways out…

  37. House Oversight calls on Obama to appoint inspector general to State Department

    A bipartisan group of congressmen in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling on President Barack Obama to appoint an inspector general to the State Department, which has lacked a permanent inspector general for five years.

    No IG for 5 years? Who is watching what’s going on?

  38. Admin. This video at 6:45 explains what I was talking about last night: Boehner will not fight the good fight to oppose Obama. He will cave in as he always has. In fact, he has become the leader of a coalition of maybe 50 liberal House Republicans who are loyal to him and the Dimocrats. I believe they–the dimocrats and their big media allies (Tod Purdam et. al.) are holding his extramartial affairs and displays of public drunkenness over his head, but I also believe he is a coward. The suggestion here is even more distubing however if it is true: the Tea Party Republicans are fine with this abdication of Republican principals by him because they can condemn him, vote against him, rather than confront the real issues, and then run back to their constitutents and say I did everything I could. The very fact that he won the Speakership again, notwithstanding reported dissatisfaction suggest, suggests that there is more than a grain of truth. The bottom line: they are more concerned with their own survival thant they are with the survival of their constitutents or the country. A sad state of affairs. But as Hillary said privately during the campaign it is shocking to see how few leaders there are in the political class. I have had 10 bellies full of Morris, but like a broken clock he is rights twice a day, and by my lights this happens to be one of them. It is why I say nothing changes until Boeher and his entourage are evicted.

  39. where is tiabbi’s expose?
    For him the gate swings one way. He would condemn Hitler but say nothing untoward toward Stalin. He wrote an article falsely accusing a friend of mine of being an associate in the Genovese Family. He based this on some hearsay testimony from a convicted felon. It was categorically untrue. But it was enough to wreck my friend’s business. Matt is a dinsgneous muckraker who leaves the left unscathed. He is the epitome of what is wrong with journalism. Frankly that industry–it is no longer a profession, is sicker that the economy of Greece. No one wants to be a journalist. Everyone wants to be a celebrity. And the truth is they haven’t the talent to carry it off.

  40. “It will be O’Malley or some other Hopium guzzling loon who will get the crazed left vote.”

    Yup. Basically, it will be ABC — anybody but Clinton.

  41. What many of us have been speculating about and theorizing on now for years, in an effort to explain so much of the counter intuituve counterproductive and anti American behavior of big media and the political class who are obviously joined at the hip, was laid bare in a 1 hour program on FOX which showed how under asshole Obama has become a BOOM TOWN which sucks the blood and 25% of the budget out of the American People. It is larded with neopotism and corruption the likes of which never existed at any time in the past. I don’t know if you saw it, I did not but I was told about it. Most places you cannot buy a bottle of wine at a restaurant for under $250, there are fabulous botiques, and $380,000 automobililes. The law of probablity suggest this unsavory state will eventually cause everything to crash. Don’t look to the political class or the media to save us. They are all too busy feeding at the public trough. Jennifer Rubin who is the lone Republican for WashPo (other than Charles K, who is more of a pundit now) made this very point. To the best of my knowledge, recollection and belief she said “this why I live 300 miles outside Washington . . . . I do not want to be around when this thing crashes”. To me, this hearkens back to New York and the 1920s and the reign of the last great Tammany Hall mayor, Jimmy Walker, who left office in disgrace andn his city in shambles.

  42. The town which I neglected to mention is Washington DC. I lived there when I was very young during the korean war, and when I was at Annapolis, and traveled there for twenty years. It has changed in exactly this way. It has become the New Rome. And it will fall, just like Rome did, and for many of the same reasons. When that will happen is the only real imponderable. And the when of it is important.


  44. Just so you know the establishment take on all this. Forget domani. Let’s forget about tomorrow cause, tomorrow never comes.

    A new strategy for the GOP
    By Charles Krauthammer,January 17, 2013

    It has become conventional wisdom that Republicans are suffering an internal split that President Obama is successfully exploiting to neuter the Republican House. It is not true, however, that the Republican split is philosophical and fundamental. And that a hopelessly divided GOP is therefore headed for decline, perhaps irrelevance.

    In fact, the split is tactical, not philosophical; short-term, not fundamental. And therefore quite solvable.

    How do we know? Simple thought experiment: Imagine that we had a Republican president. Would the party be deeply divided over policy, at war with itself in Congress? Not at all. It would be rallying around something like the Paul Ryan budget that twice passed the House with near 100 percent GOP unanimity.

    In reality, Republicans have a broad consensus on what they believe, where they want to go and the program to get them there. But they don’t have the power. What divides Republicans today is a straightforward tactical question: Can you govern from one house of Congress? Should you even try?

    Can you shrink government, restrain spending, bring a modicum of fiscal sanity to the country when the president and a blocking Senate have no intention of doing so?

    One faction feels committed to try. It wishes to carry out its small-government electoral promises and will cast no vote inconsistent with that philosophy. These are the House Republicans who voted no on the “fiscal cliff” deal because it raised taxes without touching spending. Indeed, it increased spending with its crazy-quilt crony-capitalist tax ”credits” — for wind power and other indulgences.

    They were willing to risk the fiscal cliff. Today they are willing to risk a breach of the debt ceiling and even a government shutdown rather than collaborate with Obama’s tax-and-spend second-term agenda.

    The other view is that you cannot govern from the House. The reason Ryan and John Boehner finally voted yes on the lousy fiscal-cliff deal is that by then there was nowhere else to go. Republicans could not afford to bear the blame (however unfair) for a $4.5 trillion across-the-board tax hike and a Pentagon hollowed out by sequester.

    The party establishment is coming around to the view that if you try to govern from one house — e.g., force spending cuts with cliffhanging brinkmanship — you lose. You not only don’t get the cuts. You get the blame for rattled markets and economic uncertainty. You get humiliated by having to cave in the end. And you get opinion polls ranking you below head lice and colonoscopies in popularity.

    There is history here. The Gingrich Revolution ran aground when it tried to govern from Congress, losing badly to President Clinton over government shutdowns. Nor did the modern insurgents do any better in the 2011 debt-ceiling and 2012 fiscal-cliff showdowns with Obama.

    Obama’s postelection arrogance and intransigence can put you in a fighting mood. I sympathize. But I’m tending toward the realist view: Don’t force the issue when you don’t have the power.

    The debt-ceiling deadline is coming up. You can demand commensurate spending cuts, the usual, reasonable Republican offer. But you won’t get them. Obama will hold out. And, at the eleventh hour, you will have to give in as you get universally blamed for market gyrations and threatened credit downgrades.

    The more prudent course would be to find some offer that cannot be refused, a short-term trade-off utterly unassailable and straightforward. For example, offer to extend the debt ceiling through, say, May 1, in exchange for the Senate delivering a budget by that date — after four years of lawlessly refusing to produce one.

  45. NLRB: We will continue to act despite the Appeals Court decision
    That is mainly a legal maneuver–to preserve their right of appeal. Their rulings however have no legal effect. What would I advise a client who lost a case decided by that kangaroo court? I believe I would tell him to withold compliance pending a final determination of the right of that body to act. If it involved backpay then I would advise them not to pay it out to the employees whom it was awarded to, but to put it into an interest bearing escrow account. That would infuriate the union, but my response to that would be tough shit. You may have bought the NLRB, but you have not bought off the DC Circuit yet. No doubt that will be the next item on Obama’s perverse anti American agenda.

  46. S
    January 26th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Great posts S and wbboei. I share your frustration with the left. I assume it’s partisan madness, Post Traumatic Bush Disorder.

  47. admin,
    Great article on the slitherings of the O admin and Obidens ambitions.

    “What??? You don’t like the idea of Hillary Clinton making moves out of political motivation? You used to like Hillary but you want the “truth” and a “principled stand” – for her to blast Obama in Congress and on TV – and because that prancing unicorn is not in your stocking you now hate Hillary? Maybe you’ll be happier with Michelle Obama as the next nominee of the party with a closet full of race baiting tricks to wear.”

    Well, “hate” is a strong word and in no way describes how I feel about Hillary. Disappointed is more like it, but at this point she is by far the best in the field of Democrats.

    And Michelle will have a closet full of *sleeveless* race baiting tricks to wear. 🙂

  48. Read it and weep – Boner now realizes he made a mistake in his fiscal cliff “strategy” – if only he had listened to us and decided to fight:

    Boehner full of regret over ‘fiscal-cliff’ moves

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his “fiscal-cliff” strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate.

    In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1.

    Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President Obama won a second term, in which he offered a major Republican concession – new tax revenue as part of a broader fiscal deal.

    “Looking back, what I should have done the day after the election was to make it clear the House has passed a bill to extend all of the current tax rates, the House has passed a bill to replace the sequester with cuts in mandatory spending, and the Senate ought to do its work,” Boehner said. “We’re ready, able and willing to work with the Senate as soon as they produce a bill. It should have been what I said. You know, again, hindsight is 20-20. [snip]

    Boehner now believes that effort was a mistake, and he has vowed to Republicans in the House that he will not negotiate one-on-one with Obama going forward. He is instead recommitting to a “regular order” process, whereby the House and Senate pass legislation independently that can then be reconciled with amendments or with conference committees.

    That has begun with the House GOP’s move to approve a short-term increase in the debt limit in exchange for a commitment from Senate Democrats to pass a budget resolution for the first time in four years.

    After the Speaker’s talks with Obama failed, the House was forced to accept a Senate fiscal-cliff deal brokered by Vice President Biden and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which raised tax rates without reforming entitlement programs, something Boehner had wanted to avoid.

    Boehner has spoken only sparingly with the press in the last month, but during his Ripon Society appearance he was remarkably candid about the problems that his approach caused with members of his conference. More than half of the conference voted against both the fiscal-cliff deal and a subsequent bill providing aid to states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Boehner suffered 12 Republican defections during his reelection vote as Speaker early in January. [snip]

    “You have no idea the suspicions and the undercurrents that it caused, frankly, a lot of my members,” Boehner said of his negotiations with Obama. “It really has, in fact, caused somewhat of a breach that I’ve been in the middle of trying to repair.”

    Boehner attributed the suspicions to the younger members in the Republican ranks who are not familiar with his voting record in the years before he took the Speaker’s gavel.

    “Some of our members don’t realize that while I may be a nice enough guy, and I get along with people, when I was voting I had the 8th most conservative voting record in the House,” he said. “But a lot of our newer members – they don’t know that. And so, you know, they think I’m some squish, that I’m ready to sell them out in a heartbeat, when obviously, most of you in this room know that that ain’t quite who I am.”

  49. they think I’m some squish, that I’m ready to sell them out in a heartbeat, when obviously, most of you in this room know that that ain’t quite who I am.”—Boehner
    John: would you rather be called a Quisling?

  50. wbboei
    January 26th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    It will be O’Malley
    aka Dion O’Banion. A no good Irish thug.

    Hey, don’t pick on O’Banion. He was a damn good florist. Knew how to run a great funeral too. 🙂

  51. Because, as the most popular politician in America — who also happens to be married to America’s most popular ex-president and who has in place a nationwide network of donors, campaign staffers and committed supporters — Clinton has the power to keep potential rivals from raising money or gaining political traction simply by saying, “I haven’t decided what my plans are.” She’s in control.


    The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so.

    Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.

  53. Leanora
    January 27th, 2013 at 5:27 am
    Ironically, the original purpose of the Sullivan Act, which prohibits guns in New York City, was to advantage the Irish gangs over the Italian gangs. Tamany Hall, an Irish invention, was behind it. They wanted the Irish gangs to be present at the polls, just to make sure the citizens voted the right way. The Irish gangs were better in physical combat, generally speaking, than the Italian gangs. So that was the advantage they sought to preserve. In the end, it did not matter, because the law of ethnic succession ordained that the second or third generation of Irish climbed the economic ladder at got out of places like the Five Points, Hells Kitchen, etc. Whereas the Italians who came a gernation later remained in that stratum for another fifty years. When the Lucchese Family was coming apart at the seems, and shooting things up, and John Gotti was much in the news, street thugs came to rule, and then the demise of the Italian Mafia, like the Irish Mafia before them, was iminent. One of our employees, a shop steward at JFK was killed in that murderous spree in downtown Newark at midnight in his car. For some reason, the Sullivan Act did not deter his killer. Go figure, all you fucking gun grabbers.

  54. Fuck you Piers Morgan. Your deportation notice is waiting for you, at Delancy Street at downtown Newark at midnight. Don’t worry you limey prick, the Sullivan Act will protect you.

  55. Obama’s FDA at work. 👿

    Despite significant effort, the FDA found no contamination in any cracks or drains in the cheese plant or even on the legs of the milk talk in the dairy barn. This evidence was not allowed to be introduced as part of Morningland’s defense because the Missouri Attorney General’s office contended that the FDA “was a separate issue.”

    When pointedly asked what the specific process for getting the cheese plant back into production was, the Milk Board representative said it would involve a panel and consultation with the FDA to determine if that were a possibility. The members of the panel, other than the Milk Board and the FDA, and the specific requirements and processes were never delineated and no effort to achieve anything other than the destruction of the plant was ever evidenced by any official arm of the State of Missouri.

  56. foxyladi14
    January 27th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I would watch if Hill was by herself. 🙂

    I plan to watch with my finger on the trigger of the ‘mute’ button.

    Every time I see Hillary give BO a sweet look, I will tell myself…Hillary is a great actress when it comes to the tarnished cow that stabbed her in the back.

    She is happy as heck to not have to work for this man again. 😉

  57. Sarah Palin-

    “The problem is that some on the Right are now skittish because of the lost 2012 election. They shouldn’t be. Conservatism didn’t lose. A moderate Republican candidate lost after he was perceived to alienate working class Reagan Democrat and Independent voters who didn’t turn out for him as much as they did for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008. Granted, those same voters also didn’t turn out for Obama as strongly either. We had an election defined by a biased media plus millions of voters who sat it out in disgust. As long as we allow the media and GOP establishment to tell us who our nominees must be, we can expect to lose. I’m not interested in losing. America’s next generation can’t afford another loss.”

  58. The thing that I cannot fathom is how, in the same week that Hillary took responsibility for: i) the failure to protect the consulate in Benghazi, ii) the loss of life that ensued because of it, and iii) the political cover-up of the real cause of the attacks, which bears an eerie resemblance to Watergate, that her popularity as measured by the Obama loving big media confederates could be in the stratosphere.

    It is counter intuitive, counterfactual and counterproductive, unless–

    We are dealing with a time lag, or a Pavlovian reaction to the vacuous notion of celebrity, or a public who has no sense of accountability.

    Assuming this poll is even legitimate, it is part and parcel of what we heard from the geek who heads Google, who pretended to support Hillary in 2008, and secretly supported asshole Obama.

    “The greatest Secretary of State since Acheson” or so he said. What that hyperbole was based on however, he did not say. Since it was uttered prior to Benghazi, it could not have been based on that.

    A greater than Kissinger? But Kissinger ended the Viet Nam War. A greater than Carters Secretary of State? But he produced the Begin Sadat deal. A greater than Baker? But Baker oversaw the demise of the Soviet Union.

    Whereas, on Hillary’s watch we have seen the collapse of a friendly government in Egypt, an expansion of Iranian power throughout the middle east, the exportation of al Quaeda outside that venue, a UN gun grab simultaneous with the transfer of guns to drug dealers in Mexico and terrorists in the Middle East.

    It has been said that executives cannot manage what they do not measure. Any accounting of who is or is not the greatest secretary of state since Acheson must take account of the challenged faces, but no less the results delivered and when most of those results are negative, such hyperbole becomes ludicrous. Yes?


  59. DCCC email:
    “did you hear?
    “President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton will be on “60 Minutes” tonight.
    “You should definitely tune in. It could be the last time they appear together before Hillary steps down as Secretary of State, and it’s truly the end of an era.
    “By the way, have you signed our card thanking Hillary for almost 30 years of service to our nation? We have almost 300,000 signatures!”

    An awkward bit of text, don’t you think? buh bye Hillary, careful of that door.
    Or did I read too much into it?
    I will not be watching tonight. I like me my Sunday nights stress free. But tomorrow I shall check for those who did watch and cared to share.

  60. jbstonesfan
    January 26th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I like the part about not just preaching to the choir but reaching a larger audience.

    Palin ’16

  61. This is ominous indeed.

    Will press Israel into new so-called land-for-peace talks

    The negotiator said top members of the Obama administration told the Palestinians the U.S. president will renew talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state in the so-called 1967 borders – meaning in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and, notably, eastern Jerusalem.

    The negotiator further revealed when it comes to dividing Jerusalem, Obama wants to rehash what is known as the Clinton parameters.


  62. Update: Sixty Minutes anyone? We don’t watch hostage tapes so we won’t watch this either.

    We know that both Hillary and the Obamination are saying “let by-gones be by-gones and we are all over that 2008 reality”. We also know that they will say that at first, right after 2008’s Obama race-baiting, it was difficult to forgive and forget but now they are best of friends. Can any of this be true? Even if it does, we remember, and we do not forgive being called racists nor any of the other Obama/DailyKooks ugliness.

    Is any of this lovey dovey real? Well, we remember the Hillary/Obama kiss of 2008 and it was as phony then as it is phony now. What we wrote in 2008 applies equally to today:

    “Not since Michael Jackson kissed Lisa-Marie Presley has there been a more tortured embrace.

    Michael Jackson/Lisa-Marie legally united for publicity – they untied themselves soon thereafter.”


    As we document below, Barack Obama will do his utmost to make sure Hillary Clinton never becomes the 2016 nominee. Hillary’s tough and ugly job is to dance with demons until the time comes to cut their throats. We’ll play Cary Grant to notorious Ingrid Bergman and not like a minute of it.

    So why the show? The Obamination needs Hillary’s hard poll numbers to overcome his flaccid droop. Hillary needs to gull Obama’s Hopium Guzzlers into complacency until we can take over the DNC again, squash the DailyKooks, and begin from there to restore America to sanity.


  63. admin

    Update: Sixty Minutes anyone? We don’t watch hostage tapes so we won’t watch this either.

    Yup, that kiss was creepy.

    I will probably watch Hillary tonight, but I have less than 2 hours to change my mind. If I can stand watching, I will give a short review…guess I might be the only one trying to watch it. 😉

  64. Shadowfax, Downton Abbey tonight. Also Notorious is free on Youtube. Lesson from Notorious is when you work behind enemy lines, be convincing.

  65. I watched the 60 Minutes piece. Steve Kroft tried hard to dig up dirt on 2008, but neither Obama nor Hillary would take the bait. They were basically trying to get all the Democrats together to sing “Kumbaya” but I don’t think they quite pulled it off. Then again, I am an Independent (and damn proud of it), not a Democrat. You would have to ask a member of the party faithful what they thought of it. But for the most part, I don’t pick up on any buddy-buddy chemistry between Hillary and Obama. It’s all business, no warmth. They’re like the members of a rock band that’s always having “musical differences”. By contrast, I do detect buddy-buddy chemistry between Hillary and Biden as well as between Hillary and McCain. Yeah, he was tough on her during the Benghazi hearing, but go to Still4Hill’s blog and look at the photos from the following day at John Kerry’s hearing.

    There wasn’t much time for serious discussion on the issues. The most interesting parts for me were when Hillary talked about her health and when she laughed off any talk of 2016, because technically she is still Secretary Of State and cannot discuss politics.

  66. And Chris Matthews and crews’ “Elect Biden” campaign is already on:

  67. Good Lord, let’s try again:

    On Sunday, NBC’s Chris Matthews and his guests discussed the political prospects of the two leading Democratic politicians who may seek to succeed President Barack Obama in 2016. The Washington Post’s conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said she thought it was possible, even likely, that Hillary Clinton would not run for president in 2016. When asked why, she said that not running would be her “ultimate revenge” against President Bill Clinton.

    RELATED: Limbaugh: ‘Every Man In Hillary Clinton’s Life Has Sent Her Out To Lie For Him’

    Matthews said he thinks the president has been favoring Vice President Joe Biden, offering him the spotlight more and elevating his political profile ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid.

    NBC News Reporter Kelly O’Donnell said that the president was showing loyalty to both Clinton and Biden rather than favoring one over the other.

    “I would not be surprised if Hillary does not run,” Parker said. “I think women have a better sense of priorities in life than men do, and I think she may just want to enjoy her life. And there’s also this: Who wants her to run more than anyone else?”

    “Big Bill,” replied Matthews.

    “Big Bill,” Parker repeated. “And maybe that’s her ultimate revenge.”

    (Video at the link.)

  68. I watched the last have of the interview. Hillary was sharp, confident and a little giddy.
    BO seemed more serious and didn’t pull the Me, ME, me dialogue he normally does. I could be wrong, but I got the feeling he is really not looking forward to having her step down. He seemed respectful to her.

  69. Hey, Big Pinkers. Just a reminder that retailers in all but 10 states can now add on a credit card “swipe” fee to your purchase if you use a credit card for the purchase. Ask up front if they are adding it before you make your purchase (although the retailers are supposedly required to post a sign if they are.)

    If you’ve started taking a closer look at your budget for the New Year and are trying to scale back some of your extra expenses, don’t overlook your credit card statements for extra fees in the near future. The consumer advocacy group Consumer Action advises consumers to be on the lookout for “checkout fees” that some retailers may be tacking on to credit card transactions starting January 27. While this practice is banned in 10 states, consumers are encouraged to be on alert for these fees that would legally be passed from merchant to consumer. Here’s what you need to know:

    How credit card swipe fees work. Last summer, a settlement following a lawsuit that was filed in 2005 against MasterCard, Visa, and some financial institutions made it possible for merchants to impose a “checkout” fee that would amount to about 2 to 3 percent of purchases charged to a credit card. This has been an ongoing battle involving banks and major credit card companies including MasterCard and Visa, and on January 27, merchants in the United States and its territories will have the option to add a surcharge to either all credit card transactions they process or to certain types of credit card transactions.

    From a consumer’s perspective, now may be a good time to consider how much credit and debit payment systems are benefiting them.

    Retailers have long been complaining about swipe fees where credit card processors charge a fee to the retailer every time a customer uses a credit card to pay for their purchase. After the settlement and new agreement, some retailers would be permitted to impose a surcharge for credit card purchases.

    Before the class action settlement, Visa and MasterCard prohibited retailers from adding a surcharge to consumer credit card purchases. Now, retailers have the option of charging a checkout fee. In the event of a return, the prorated surcharge could be refunded as well.

    Who will charge checkout fees? Ultimately it is up to each retailer to determine what the price of certain products and services are, and what types of payments they accept. Consumer Action reports that retailers are still required to limit their fees and the typical charges will range between 1.5 and 3 percent of the credit card purchase. Retailers are also required to disclose what the fees are on the customer receipt and post signs that they are imposing checkout fees on credit card purchases. Checkout fees vary from card to card, so retailers must also disclose the fact they are not imposing any charges that are higher than the costs they assume to accept different types of cards. Consumers shopping with these merchants should be aware there is an added charge to the transaction and can make their purchasing decisions accordingly.

    Retailers are permitted to offer discounts to consumers who choose alternative methods of payment, such as paying with a card from a specific card network or paying with a non-rewards credit card. However, they must still disclose any discounts and other incentives they are offering.

    How consumers can handle checkout fees. Several organizations and consumer advocacy groups have voiced their complaints about these upcoming changes, and organizations such as Consumer Action are providing resources for consumers to better understand these changes. is one such website that outlines what people can expect in the oncoming weeks as the outcome of the settlement goes into effect.

    Savvy consumers may consider paying only with cash for larger purchase and even finding ways to negotiate prices if they are able to pay with cash. For example, shopping with a merchant or retailer that has a low sales volume may give the consumer more room to negotiate, since the seller may be keen to lower the price if the consumer agrees to pay with cash or a debit card. Finding alternative methods of payment may be the best way to keep costs of that next purchase as low as possible.

    Ten states have laws restricting any type of surcharge fees: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas. Any consumer who suspects a violation related to credit card surcharges should get in touch with the state Attorney General’s office.

  70. There is a difference between an agnostic and an atheist. When it comes to religion I am neither. When it comes to politics I am an atheist. At this point, I have seen far to much to be anything else. They all have feet of clay. And none of them has the will and capacity to stem the slide into national decline. What is the answer. To paraphase Dostoevsky the answer is there is no answer—unless you have got enough money to bribe a politician.

  71. Obama was complaining about Republicans fearing getting slammed by Fox News if they tried to be bi-partisan, but watch this video from today’s Meet the Press roundtable. Note at the 3:42 mark as DeMint is speaking they put up a side bar stating he is the most conservative Senator and a Tea Party favorite. This “side bar” was only done to him. The point of it was to distract from his comments. You couldn’t listen if you were reading the sidebar. I am an independant and not a fan of DeMint, but this is a prime example of what is wrong with our media.

  72. Obama was complaining about Republicans fearing getting slammed by Fox News
    He is so full of shit.

    And pretty irrelvant now to boot.

    Again, you have Boehner and about 50 liberal republicans, who are scared of their shadow.

    They are the problem.

  73. It’s not just the ‘lefties’. This is from Sen Hatch!

    “A foreign-born president?”

    “Mr. Hatch acknowledges what most scholars regard as the reason the Framers denied eligibility to naturalized citizens: concern that a foreign power might place someone inside the young and fragile nation and contrive to have that person elected president.

    But that concern, says Mr. Hatch, is hardly so compelling today. And so, he argues, the natural-born requirement shouldn’t be allowed to stand, especially not since it works in what the senator calls a “decidedly un-American” manner. By which he means that it’s unfair to naturalized citizens, because they are denied an “equal opportunity” to run for president; and unfair to us voters, because we are denied “every opportunity to choose” our leaders. Not surprisingly, Mr. Hatch calls his proposal the “Equal Opportunity to Govern” amendment.”

    This is ridiculous! Neither Mr. Hatch – nor anyone else – should be allowed to decide what stands in the Constitution and what does not. There is a process congress and the states are supposed to go though to make those kind of changes.

    Thinking such as this is the reason our country is now being destroyed piece by piece by an anti-American Kenyan Thug!!

  74. As usual, I’ve already seen today’s tee vee news which is already pushing immigration. Guess gun control is in his pocket. Obie off to Las Vegas. 4 states already issuing DL’s to illegals, so it feels like a tidal wave.
    Hillary who? Truly no mention of the CBS interview. I do confess that I spent little time in front of the tube.
    I miss ABM94.

  75. Shari Lewis, LambChop’s beloved puppeteer, often sang “This is the song that never ends.” Now we have the campaign that never ends. While the main event is already well known here, the details perhaps were not so well known until NBC fleshed some of them out.
    Obama campaign gives database of millions of supporters to new advocacy group By Michael Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News Published “2 hours ago”
    President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has turned over its most valuable asset — a massive computer database containing personal data on millions of American voters — to a new advocacy group created to advance the White House agenda on issues ranging from gun control to immigration reform. Organizing For Action (OFA), the advocacy group set up in recent weeks by the president’s top political aides, has already acquired access to the database under a leasing agreement with the Obama campaign, Katie Hogan, a former Obama campaign aide who is now serving as spokeswoman for the lobbying group, told NBC News. The information will be used to unleash an “army of the door knockers” to back the president’s legislative agenda as well as raise money for “issue ads” – particularly in crucial congressional districts, she said. As an opening salvo, the group on Friday urged the president’s supporters to call members of Congress in support of Obama’s gun control proposals, even offering a sample script of what they should say.
    The creation of OFA [Obama For America], which is being chaired by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, is stirring controversy – both among public interest groups over the group’s plans to except unlimited corporate donations, and among privacy advocates over the transfer of the database…..

  76. One about Organizing For Action in moderation. Then this list for which I have been searching. If it is slanted beyond reason, will someone please indicate that to me?
    The 5 Worst/Recent Mass Murders in the USA (with a Firearm) Came from Democrats
    Check it out …
    Ft Hood: Registered Democrat/Muslim.
    Columbine: Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.
    Virginia Tech: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff.
    Colorado Theater: Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal.
    Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians.
    Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats.
    Also, of the worst killings in the last several decades, only one was a female, all the rest were boys, barely men. Their role models were rappers, action movies, comics and violent video games.
    Our problem isn’t weapons, it’s boys without boundaries. Who live in ‘progressive’ households.

  77. holdthemaccountable
    January 28th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Wow. I was wondering about this the other day, and you just confirmed my suspicions. Democrats with guns are the problem. Democrats and
    guns do not mix. A Democrat’s weapon of choice is a gun. Stop this Democrat madness. Ban Democrats from owning guns. Leave everyone else alone.

  78. nomobama. Almost.
    I don’t know where/if the man who shot Gabby Giffords should have been listed with the 5 mentioned above as far as numbers killed, numbers wounded goes, but CBS is on record saying he was a registered independent who did not vote in 2010. So a right-leaning site would conscientiously leave him out based on that.
    A bit more to refresh the memory. From wikipedia:
    On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others were shot during a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Arizona, in the Tucson metropolitan area. Six people died, including Arizona District Court Chief Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Rep. Giffords’ staffers; and a nine-year-old girl, Christina-Taylor Green
    Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect, was described as a white male in his mid-20s with short hair and “dressed in a shabby manner”.

    Nonetheless, the nefarious group in toto does lean left.

  79. Hillary gets some support from across the aisle (reported in CBS News Political Eye):

    “Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and possible future presidential contender himself, lauded both Hillary and Bill Clinton on NBC’s Meet the Press, arguing, “Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles as Chief of Staff of the White House or president of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That’s not the kind of presidency we’re dealing with right now.”

    It is not clear whether Ryan was talking about a Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton presidency, but it was eminently clear that he thought both Clintons would be better fiscal stewards than Mr. Obama.

    And Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to “Fox News Sunday” to run interference on Hillary Clinton’s behalf.

    Some Republicans aggressively questioned her at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week and tried to blame the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the government’s controversial explanation afterwards on Clinton, but Corker absolved her of any culpability in the tragedy, noting, “The deception around the Benghazi issue did not come from the State Department and no doubt emanated from Susan Rice on this program and on others…It was more of a White House political operative deception that was carried out, not from the State Department.”

    “I understand the point she was making,” he added.”

  80. Morsy declares state of emergency amid spreading unrest


    Top news: President Mohamed Morsy declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major Egyptian cities, deploying one of the most hated tools of the Mubarak regime in order to quell rising unrest on Egyptian streets.

    Clashes between police and protesters over the weekend left at least 50 dead and hundreds injured as critics of Morsy’s government launched nationwide protests to mark the anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power and to protest what they view as an increasingly authoritarian government. With the situation already tense, a ruling issued by a court in Port Said that sentenced 21 defendants to death for a deadly soccer riot in February, 2012, caused protesters to take to the streets there, resulting in pitched street battles in which police opened fire on protesters. Taken together, the violence is some of the worst the country has seen in the two since Mubarak’s downfall.

    In a televised address Sunday, Morsy said that street-violence represented a potential counter-revolution and that he was acting in order to stop a blood bath. “There is no room for hesitation, so that everybody knows the institution of the state is capable of protecting the citizens,” he said. “If I see that the homeland and its children are in danger, I will be forced to do more than that. For the sake of Egypt, I will.”

    Morsy’s government, which has struggled to jump-start the languishing Egyptian economy and heal the social and political rifts exposed by the revolution, sent a bill to the Egyptian parliament on Monday that would give the military a greater role in maintaining law on order on the streets. The slow pace of reforms and the government’s unwillingness to hold accountable individuals, particularly within the armed forces, have been key in sowing dissent and fueling explosive street protests.

    Brazil: At least 233 people were killed in a fire at a Brazilian night club in the city of Santa Maria. Sparked by the band’s pyrotechnics, the fire quickly swept through the club, leaving a panicked crowd composed mostly of local students little time to escape. Many of the doors to club had been locked, resulting in a mad scramble to the exit.

    Middle East

    Israeli officials said they would consider launching a pre-emptive strike to prevent Syrian chemical weapons from falling into the hands of terrorist groups.
    Iran denied foreign media reports that a major explosion had occurred at its underground uranium enrichment site at Fordo.
    A brain scan carried out on former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has spent the last seven years in a coma, indicated significant brain activity.

    French and Malian forces seized control of the Timbuktu airport and roads leading to the city.
    Islamist extremists set fire to a library in Timbuktu containing troves of ancient and historic manuscripts.
    Though the effort has not yet received Security Council approval, U.N. officials are planning for an intervention force to combat rebels in Congo.

  81. And Chris Matthews and crews’ “Elect Biden” campaign is already on:
    The entire party is in the grip of special interests. All we get out of it is bread and circuses. Whoever they put forward as a candidate does not really matter much any more. When Obama sends tanks it is because the military industrial complex says send tanks. When Obama sends fighter jets to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which will eventually be used to attack Israel, it is not because Obama does this wilfully. It is because the military industrial complex favors it. This guy is a campaigner, and his specialty is bamboozling the masses. He cannot sit in a room for a serious discussion of strategy for longer than five minutes. He is a tool and all this is merely an empire of illusion. I used to worry for Hillary. After Benghazi however, no mas. Hillary can take care of herself. My concern is for the country, and finding a leader who is capable of promoting the general welfare. It has been a long time since we had one of those. And right now, I do not see anyone like that who is capable of running the gauntlet to the White House past the left wing press and pundit class. That is the hell of it.

  82. And Chris Matthews and crews’ “Elect Biden” campaign is already on…

    All the sexists march to the same drummer. They would rather support a male corpse then elect Hillary or any competent woman.

    Keep the men on top, women are only good to serve men.

    Fu@k um!

  83. BO must be shaking in his boots, knowing that Hillary has one foot out the door…

    Headlines on Drudge:

    Israel warns of possible pre-emptive strike in Syria…
    Ahmadinejad: Muslims should mobilize to uproot Zionism…
    Kissinger: Iran nuclear crisis close…
    Key facility hit?
    Journalists arrested in raids on newspapers…

  84. This was one of the most interesting clips of 60 Min to me last night:

    You can watch the complete “60 Minutes” interview here. Below, we’ve plucked out the five moments you don’t want to miss.

    1) Obama and Clinton addressed the question on everybody’s mind by … not addressing it at all. Will Clinton run for president in 2016, and will Obama back her? “I was literally inaugurated four days ago, and you are talking about elections four years from now,” Obama said. Clinton chimed in: “I am still secretary of state, so I am out of politics.”

  85. Jen

    Yup, Greta might even be a Hillary supporter…

    Hillary Clinton to give round-robin interviews

    Outgoing Sec. of State Hillary Clinton will sit for interviews with the five major news networks this week, POLITICO has confirmed.

    Clinton spokesperson Phillipe Reines told POLITICO that Sec. Clinton was “sitting with all five US networks before leaving office on Friday.”

    Those five networks are Fox News, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS, which aired its joint interview with Sec. Clinton and President Obama Sunday night on 60 Minutes.

    Fox News host Greta Van Susteren has landed her network’s interview, which will air Tuesday night — a rare get for Fox, which is not the preferred outlet for the Obama administration. But Van Susteren has given Clinton a fairer hearing than many of her colleagues, defending the secretary when others questioned the legitimacy of her recent illness.

    “I have interviewed her for years — since she was First Lady… and many times when she was a Senator including at Ground Zero in NYC,” Van Susteren told POLITICO by email. “I have traveled with her and interviewed her in Afghanistan, Pakistan , Haiti, Germany etc so it will be fun to do this ‘exit interview.’ … although I suspect it is a temporary exit… she will be back.”

  86. Email just in from The Poops. She must be trying to keep DCCC relevant:
    …Just 8 days into President Obama’s second term, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads GPS is already running vicious smears distorting President Obama’s agenda. In Congress, Paul Ryan is reviving his radical budget proposal that puts millionaire tax breaks before the middle class — the election may be over, but Republicans are not done putting obstruction and extremism before the will of the American people.
    We’re trying to raise $1 million in grassroots donations before this week’s fundraising deadline to combat the right-wing and their well-financed outside groups standing in our way. Will you help out? Our progressive agenda depends on it.
    Donate $3 or whatever you can to support President Obama’s agenda — House Democrats will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.
    This week’s FEC fundraising deadline is the first test of our commitment to President Obama’s second term agenda.
    We must have a strong showing — that’s why if you donate today, House Democrats will match your gift. Can we count on your support?

  87. holdthemaccountable
    January 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    The House Dems are going to *personally* contribute to match donations? Not very “grassroots”.

  88. If you took establishment Republicans, and ran them through that reality show, featuring venture capitalists (whom seem to destroy every business they get involved in sooner or later), how many of those Republican candidates would get the money? The reason I ask the question is because that is exactly the reality show the Republicans are playining with their donors right now, and with the Tea Party in terms of support. There is no mission, vision, vaules or strategic objectives in that party. And worst of all, absolutely no leadership. They are better than the communists in the other party, but that is damning with faint praise.

  89. Headlines are saying Jesse Jr 2 receive significant jail time. We know how to read that. Here is more toward the reality of what he’ll get:
    …According to CBS Chicago, Jackson could be facing a punishment ranging anywhere from probation to a five-year prison sentence. The severity of the punishment will reportedly be decided by a federal judge who has not yet been named.

    Sources told ABC Chicago the deal — including a guilty plea for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements — was signed on Feb. 1 and that federal prosecutors will be seeking a maximum sentence of five years….
    apologize that it’s hufNpuf. Many others are simply sticking to the ‘significant jail time’ meme and that has no credibility.

  90. Looks like we are alone Foxy, and I’ll soon abandon my computer effort for today. I always enjoy your company 🙂

  91. holdthemaccountable
    February 8th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Looks like we are alone Foxy, and I’ll soon abandon my computer effort for today. I always enjoy your company


    Thanks luv and may I say the same. 🙂

  92. VIDEO – Attorney General Eric Holder discusses gun violence at Clark At University in Georgia.

  93. Ricks says Hagel’s position right now is a “problem.” He writes, “The prospect of a Hagel regime at DOD is a real problem now because the next SecDef will need to do two things: Work with Congress to reduce the defense budget thoughtfully, and work with the military to re-shape the military to make it relevant to future conflict. “At the moment, Hagel appears to lack the political capital to do the former, as well as the intellectual appetite to do the latter.”

  94. The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for the first time—an Indian tribal agency. In all, the list includes more than 20 new entities over the FAA’s original list, bringing to 81 the total number of public entities that have applied for FAA drone authorizations through October 2012.

    Some of these new drone license applicants include:

  95. Big Sis has now declared that ALL electronic devices coming into the country are now subject to search and seizure WITHOUT probable cause. Furthermore, that the “4th Amendment Exclusion Zone” extends 100 miles within the borders.

    What this means is that even though I don’t live on the border, I DO live about a half mile from the COAST, which is also considered to be a border. So legally speaking, they can grab your computers, phones, etc. any time they want to.

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