Stoopid Party: Paul Ryan Loves Hillary Clinton, Plus Immigration, Benghazi, And How To Stop Kerry And Stop Hagel, Part I

Update: Our next article will answer the question “Why was Susan Rice sent to lie about Benghazi for Obama on the Sunday talk shows and not Hillary?” Tonight, on Fox News, Hillary friend Greta Van Susteren will get a chance to ask Hillary questions.

Greta will probably ask better, tougher (a.k.a. impertinent) questions to Hillary than the guy from Sixty Minutes thought of asking. We hope Greta won’t play pattycake with Hillary as did the “60 Minutes” reporter on pattycake Obama/Hillary interview: They knew we weren’t going to “play gotcha” with them.

We hope Greta, a Hillary friend, still proves true what Margaret Thatcher said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” Which brings us to Lindsay Graham.

Bill Clinton impeachment manager Lindsay Graham must be trying to appear tough again. Petulant Lindsay said:

Hillary Clinton got away with murder in my view. She said they had a clear-eyed view of the threats. How could you have a clear-eyed view of the threats in Benghazi when you didn’t know about the ambassador’s cable coming back from Libya?” the South Carolina Republican told host Greta Van Susteren Monday on “On The Record”.

Our guys tried to ask questions, she is very good on her feet, deflecting the questions. But she said two things that will come back to haunt her, they had a clear-eyed assessment of the threats in Libya, and they had close contact with the Libyan government. I don’t believe either one of them,” the lawmaker added.”

“Our guys tried to ask questions”. Really? We missed that. Republicans on the House and Senate committees had a well deserved chance to get answers. Did they even try? We saw a fawning display of flattery and bumbling but hardly any questions that hit the mark. Republicans caved on Benghazi long ago and Lindsay should try to devise a coordinated plan of questioning instead of going on TV flinging about the word “murder” as if Vince Foster was back in Lindsay’s impeachment bed.

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There is a time to fight and a time to retreat. There is a time to cooperate and a time to obstruct. Being smart is knowing what time it is and doing what that time requires. Being the stoopid party is doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. Guess who the “stoopid party” is now?

The GOP is doing all the stoopid things at the wrong time – cooperating with Obama when they should be fighting. Hillary Clinton is doing all the smart things at the right time – lulling the enemy until… – when the time comes the DailyKooks and other Obama supporters will find their heads on the floor separated from their bodies.

The DailyKooks are lulled and gulled but soon enough orders will come down for the opposition to Hillary Clinton to begin from the left. Hillary supporters who have never forgotten or forgiven what happened in 2008 are on the move already:

“A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is launching a campaign to draft her to run for president — the first major push from an outside group for her to run.

The group, “Ready for Hillary,” filed as a super-PAC with the Federal Election Commission late last week and plans to roll out a website in the coming weeks.

It has already been active online, with nearly 50,000 Twitter followers and almost 30,000 people following the group on Facebook.

The effort is being spearheaded by Allida Black and Judy Beck, two longtime Clinton supporters who were on Clinton’s Virginia Women’s Steering Committee in 2008 and helped her raise more than $100,000.

The two also were behind Women Count, a political action committee that ran ads pushing back against calls for Clinton to drop out early from the 2008 presidential race.

Wise Republicans will stock up on popcorn to watch Hillary supporters go up once again against the DailyKooks. But right now Republicans/conservatives are mostly worried and seeing Obama as a Hillary ally for the nomination fight in 2016.

Two years from now, as it becomes clearer that Barack Obama will do everything in his power to block Hillary Clinton from the nomination in 2016, yesterday’s Sixty Minutes interview will be seen as we have described it not as many others are seeing it (tonight the O’Reilly show will probably be particularly dumb when Karl Rove and Brit Hume join in on this discussion). And a warning from us to HillaryLand: Wake up, Obama will not remain neutral as the efficient Mack McLarty hopes.

No doubt tonight Rove and Hume will repeatedly cite Sunday night’s Sixty Minutes show as Obama embracing Hillary and vice versa instead of mutual convenience for the moment. For Kirsten Powers: That Obama-Clinton interview looked just like “state-run media propaganda”:

“It was really something you would expect from like, the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned. … I can understand maybe in agreeing to the interview, letting them have maybe one softball question in the beginning and then move on to more important things. This was a joke. Just not challenging basic things like the president claiming that Hillary’s been a great secretary of state in part because they have dismantled Al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the president not asked about Algeria, Mali, Libya? These are front and center in the news right now.”

Poor Kirsten Powers thinks she is in 20th or 21st century America and does not realize we are in Borgia Italy where shadowboxing and palace intrigues are all that matter. Kirsten is not alone in her temporal dislocation. Paul Ryan is suffering from temporal dislocation too.

Poor Paul Ryan wants to get things done. It’s one of the great stupidities of we Obama opponents.

Hillary Clinton is a serious person who has a lifetime of policy work she wanted to accomplish. But in 2008 Barack Obama worked the palace intrigue angles and managed to get Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelousy to gift him the Democratic Party nomination in 2008.

John McCain is a former prisoner of war with a long history of policy work (such as immigration reform) he wanted to get done. Barack Obama played the race card on McCain too and while McCain talked policy and shadowboxed with Big Media and Obama’s cult Obama romped.

Mitt Romney is a career business person who specialized in turning around failing companies. Romney had a career in government too. But Mitt Romney did not realize he was living in Borgia Italy. Romney never took into account that palace intrigues and shadowboxing are what matter in Borgia Italy. Romney made the supremely foolish mistake of selecting a policy man for vice president instead of one that would have been a shield against Obama’s race baiting history.

Paul Ryan is a serious person. He has been a serious person since his father died when Ryan was a very young man. Paul Ryan is a serious man who does not realize he is in Borgia Italy. Paul Ryan wants to get things done so he continues to fight the good fight. On Sunday Paul Ryan appeared on Meet The Press:

“DAVID GREGORY, HOST: It was interesting on the day of the inauguration, Brian Williams and I and others were talking, and we noticed some video during the luncheon after the inauguration. And one of the things that caught our eye was a great moment here. You have your back to us. But there you are speaking, you’re with Secretary Clinton but also President Clinton. And that’s just one of those moments where you say, gosh, what were they talking about? Any advice there coming from the former President?

CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN (R-WISCONSIN): We were talking about personal health. Both of us lost our dads when we were young, and we were just talking. I got concussions when I was young, and Hillary was telling me about hers. We were just kind of chumming it up.

Look, if we had a Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles chief-of-staff at 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.

GREGORY: And you don’t blame conservatives, particularly in the House, for thwarting that effort?

RYAN: Both parties – forget about just the recent past – both parties got us to the mess we are in, this fiscal crisis, Republicans and Democrats. And you know what? It’s going to take both parties to solve this problem. That’s the kind of leadership we need today.



For his desire to get things done Paul Ryan’s remarks have further angered many Republicans/conservatives.” We can’t blame them. Paul Ryan wants to get things done not just obstruct – even though now is the time to obstruct.

Paul Ryan was not alone on Sunday. With his appearance on the Sunday talk shows Senator Bob Corker employed his time to also discuss Hillary Clinton. Republican Senator Corker had this to say on Fox News:

“Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said the blame for the misinformation about Benghazi lies squarely with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice‘s Sunday talk show appearances, and not with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Asked by host Chris Wallace whether there was truth to Hillary’s phrase that it doesn’t make a difference whether the administration was “telling the truth to the American people” in the days following the Benghazi attacks.

The deception around the Benghazi issue did not come from the State Department, and no doubt emanated from Susan Rice on this program and others, on that Sunday morning,” Corker told Wallace.

“She didn’t do it by herself,” Wallace cautioned.

It was more of a White House political operative deception that was carried out. Not from the State Department,” said Corker. “I do think that Senator Johnson and Secretary Clinton were talking past each other. I understand the point she was making. Certainly, I understand the emotions of the American people who feel like they have been misled and, in fact, Americans were misled in the beginning about what happened around the Benghazi attack.”



Both Paul Ryan and Senator Corker are doing something smart. It might not appear to be so to those that think they live in a 21st century democracy and not Borgia Italy. But what they did was very smart and it is the key to stopping Chuck Hagel and to a lesser extent John Kerry from further destroying this country. But, as we previously promised to answer, that’s for Part II.

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516 thoughts on “Stoopid Party: Paul Ryan Loves Hillary Clinton, Plus Immigration, Benghazi, And How To Stop Kerry And Stop Hagel, Part I

  1. O’Reilly will have race-baiter Colin Powell tomorrow night. We’ll watch to see if O’Reilly calls Powell out on his recent spate of race-baiting.

  2. admin… I’m loving these Borgia Italy articles! lol what an imagination you have…
    It will be interesting to hear what Colin Powell has to say tomorrow night and how tough O’Reilly will be with him. There was a time as a democrat that I thought Powell should be our first black president.

  3. Here in Chicago this 8th day of January in the year 2013 it’s bracingly cold…with the sort of chill that gets right into your bones. The new Obama taxes are hitting paychecks and a great many very foolish people are shocked that they have so much money left after taxes in this the Golden Age of Hope and Change.

    I know this is going to be a very sober and austere year for almost all of us…but I hope it truly is a sobering one for everyone out there that either voted for Obama or chose to sit home on Election Day. Right now, we could be gearing up for the inauguration of someone who actually had a plan for getting millions of people back to work…

    Instead, we’re just going to get another four years of high taxes and insane increases of health insurance premiums with job cuts and losses left and right. Hope! Change!

    But, in this first week of 2013 it’s not all bad news. The Ministry of Truth is not as strong as it thinks. There are little cracks here and there that fascinate me. One story I enjoyed following in the last few weeks involves Matt Lauer and how he’s being driven insane by New Yorkers shouting profanities at him whenever he’s out and about in the city. This is because Lauer insisted that his co-host on the Today Show, Ann Curry, be fired back in the summer of 2012.

    NBC then forced Curry to publicly humiliate herself and announce her own firing live on the air; she cried…and the public permanently turned against Lauer. Now, people shout things at him in the way they used to scream “Murderer!” at O.J. Simpson whenever he’d try to eat in a restaurant. This has taken both Lauer and NBC itself by complete surprise. ”You’re a bad guy, Matt!” they holler. ”What you did to Ann was wrong!”. ”Boo!”.

    This gives me such immense hope, I can’t even tell you.

    Because it means that there really is a point when people do indeed think for themselves and turn against the Ministry of Truth and those that comprise it. Lauer thought he was invincible and master of his little fiefdom…but he went too far when he ousted Ann Curry. He’s paying the price now and his public image is never going to recover. Watch for him to be released from his contract at Today as soon as NBC finds a suitable replacement (in my opinion a dime store mannequin would do, but apparently there’s more to it than that).

    I know New Year’s Resolutions are supposed to be all about losing weight or drinking less and all of that…but I think it would be more fun to make 2013 about doing little things to make the people around you turn on the Ministry of Truth. Matt Lauer proves the Ministry is vulnerable…and that something emotional can resonate with the public, if Americans get disgusted enough.

    I know that YOU feel pretty disgusted by the nonstop lefty propaganda the Ministry churns out…but 90% of the public isn’t that tuned-in.

    I think 2013 is the year that you and others like you turn the table on the Ministry…and cause your friends and neighbors to become permanently alienated from the talking heads on their tee-vee screens.

    It’s going to be tough, but nothing great was ever achieved without adversity and corresponding perseverance.

    And, honestly, on a very personal level it would just be a whole lot of fun to see Matt Lauer’s colleagues become as reviled as he is by the end of the year. Just imagine if everyone on MSNBC and CNN and the other wings of the Ministry was booed and jeered wherever they went.

    Read more http://hillbuzz.org/hillbuzz-open-thread-tuesday-january-8th-2013

  4. Grrrrrrrrreat post admin!

    Ryan, McCain, Corker love Hillary.

    Sexist Kooks hate Hillary.

    They always say Hillary stirs up strong emotions in people because she is a STRONG, intelligent woman. They either love her or hate her.

  5. Colin Powell is a joke. He has attempted to distance himself from everything Bush by
    supporting everything Obama. Complete loss of respect for this race batter.

  6. jbstones, I so agree about Powell.

    Just a comment about Hillary’s “what different does it make?” remark. Uppity Woman was spot on in speculating that in reporting on and discussing the hearings, the media and other Hillary Haters would purposefully leave out part of that remark in order to further slam Hillary. Hillary actually said, “At this point, what difference does it make?” Hillary used this rhetorical question to emphasize and remind the committee of the true purpose of the hearings. I agree with Uppity that omission of the phrase the “At this point” alters the meaning and intent of Hillary’s statement, and that it has been left out by those with CDS in order to create a false and negative interpretation of Hillary and of this particular segment of her testimony.

  7. freespirit – Very good point about the purposeful omission of a certain phrase. That’s the downside of this age of sound bites when TV time costs so many thousands of $ per second: there’s always an editor to twist, slant and spin just by eliminating a qualifying phrase.

    Thing is, this is done with every politician, including Obama. It all depends on who is doing the editing, for what audience.

  8. admin: Both Paul Ryan and Senator Corker are doing something smart
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    It’s about time, but am grateful it has been done at all – also news from hillbuzz re Lauer very welcome.

  9. In the field of insurance, they talk about something called adverse selection and the moral hazard.

    For example, if you are an insurance company, and you underwrite a particular risk such as fire, and you let people who have a history of arson be insured then the rule of probablility says you will be paying for lots of fires, and before too long, you will go broke. That is called adverse selection, and it is the price you pay for having no underwriting standards. If you fail to investigate those claims, to determine whether there was bad faith–or criminal behavior involved but simply pay out the money, then you will go broke again. There will be more arson not less, and those with a propensity for arson will burn and collect with wreckless abandon. This is what is called the moral hazard. You have created an economic incentive for more bad behavior.

    Both of those principles are manifest in what I have seen in the new amnesty proposal we have seen. And the principles of economics fortell what the result will be. In the real world, the practical effect of rewarding illegal behavior is more illegal behavior. And you can talk about fences and other deterrents to more illegal behavior, but you will go broke trying to fix the problem you have created, and your solutions will not work. This is another wedge issue within the Republican Party. It is another triump of politics over fiscal sanity.

    The right way to do it? That opportunity was missed a generation ago. All you need to do is go through the nursing homes of this country, the good ones I mean, and you will see many people from the third world working in earnest. They are a credit to this country. All or most of them are legal immigrants. Without them we could not keep up with the needs of a population which has doubled in my lifetime, and I have no problem with that. But what has been done now, to steal credit from the sociopath, is the embodiment of what Kipling talked about in that poem I posted here a couple days ago–you’ll never get rid to the Dane.

  10. I will give you another example of this/

    Twenty years ago, under the regime of its vaunted black mayor Dinkins, the City of New York decided to cut costs, so they laid off half of their legal staff, and took the position that the City would not contest personal injury claims which were below the threshhold of $5000, but would simply pay them out. Whereupon, every plaintiffs attorney in the five burrows found clients who sustained sundry injuries in an amount of $4999.99, claims were filed, and there came a point, where even Dinkins realized this was not the wisest of policies for the City. So he changed the policy, and begged the top firms in New York, including the one I did business with, to contest these claims pro bono case by case. Finally, they got rid of the Dane. Sadly, that will not work with amnesty.

  11. foxyladi14
    January 29th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    In the field of naval and arial engineering, there is a principle of physics called “the righting moment”. It is the counterforce that exerts itself when a vessel (or plane) rolls to one side or the other on its horizontal axis. A destroyer can sustain a 60 degree roll and still recover. Anything beyond that it will capsize. As I look around the political scene, I wonder what the righting moment for this country, or whether we will capsize. At the rate we are going, the answer is self evident. Yet not enough people see it–particularly young people. Goethe said beware what a young man asks for in his youth, because in old age, he will have it.

  12. Whenever someone (like me) raises the question “quo vadis”, i.e. where is this out of control country going, some all knowing wag is sure to say, tut tut don’t worry, be happy, we will all just muddle on through–as Churchill so aply put it. Sometime after Churchill made that famous, or infamous remark (depending on your point of view), Britain lost her empire, her middle class and became a second rate nation. But, thank god, the elites of that country did manage to muddle on through, less so the working class however. I do not think it ever dawned on Winnie how wrong he was until that closet German, Montbatten, Viceroy of India, gave away the jewel of the empire. By then, what choice did he have.

  13. If all this sturm and drang to draft Hillary is serious, and not just another false start, is how do you make a woman on the verge of seventy sufficiently attractive to an electorate with an average age of 40? Political correctness screams from the belfy sexism, etc. Reagan was seventy, etc. Well . . . . that was a very different era. I think McCain suffered from the same disability, but he had other problems as well which needed to be sorted out. Sarah Palin was youthful and attractive, which is why the elites feared her. The world belongs to the young–especially in this society, and if you doubt that fact, then consider the fate of those over fifty who cannot find a job even though they have the skill set plus experience. And, just remember, when a child of four is shown a picture of Mother Teresa on the one hand, and Britiany Spears on the other, the child recoils from the first, and embraces the latter. Well, you say, the electorate is smarter than a child of four right? On many things yes, but with respect to politics, clearly, the results of the past two elections suggests otherwise. Furthermore, we do not read anymore. This is an image based society. In 2008, this was not a problem, contrary to what Sharon Stone said about it. Eight years however is an eternity in politics.

  14. One of the great blindspots of the Republican Party was to think they could make macroeconomists out of the electorate. It was a futile exercise in teaching pigs to sing–waste of time, and it annoys the pigs. The electorate asks only two questions of a candidate: i) is he or she like me?, and ii) can I trust him? To that you can now add a third component: iii) how much will he or she give me for doing essentially nothing?

  15. Amnesty Now; Enforcement Never

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | January 29th, 2013 at 07:58 AM | 32

    RESIZE: AAA

    There is something Orwellian about the spectacle of a Senator who employed an illegal immigrant sex-offender unveiling an “immigration reform” proposal. In addition to Bob Menendez’s presence at the press conference yesterday, the competition over who could speak more Spanish, along with McCain’s passionate assertion that this proposal is virtually the same as the Kennedy plan, made this spectacle a full-court circus. It was even more absurd to watch McCain sell this proposal as a way of winning elections for Republicans, as Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin smirked behind him.

    In terms of substance, here are some points to consider:
    ■The central problem with any amnesty proposal is that even if you agree to the premise of some sort of amnesty, it cannot be enacted before future waves of illegal immigration are prevented. We’ve been giving lip-service to border security, workplace enforcement, and visa tracking for years. There are many laws on the books to address these proposals brought up in the Rubio/Schumer working group proposal, yet they have not been implemented. This is an executive problem, not a legislative problem. How are we going to ensure the amnesty does not beget another wave of illegal immigration if we don’t implement the enforcement measures for several years prior to the amnesty? But fear not, there will be another COMISSION that will serve in an advisory role to determine when we should implement the amnesty after border security. Moreover, every member of the Gang said yesterday at the press conference that the illegals would be awarded a legal status immediately. There is no way any enforcement certification or lack thereof would thwart the runaway train of citizenship.

    Moreover, were we to implement some sort of amnesty in return for enforcement, we can never do so while Obama is president. He has granted defacto amnesty while amnesty was illegal; why in the world would he follow the few limitations on amnesty in an amnesty bill? He has vitiated the 287(g) program and sued states that upheld the federal laws; we are supposed to believe that he will uphold the new laws once he gets his candy? Remember, the Supreme Court largely upheld Obama’s lawlessness.
    ■The proposal subtly implies that Arizona-style enforcement laws (which have actually worked) are tantamount to racial profiling. So how will any of their proposed mechanisms not fall under this same charge? Any workplace enforcement will be subject to legal challenges from the truculent immigration attorneys, and they might succeed in striking down the laws.
    ■Proponents of amnesty have framed this debate as a straw-man false choice between going door-to-door and physically removing everyone vs. granting anyone who comes here illegally the ability to achieve the desired result of their law-breaking; namely, a path to citizenship. How will this change for the next wave of illegals? Aren’t we ostensibly saying that anyone who comes here illegally will always get to stay and become a citizen? I know, I know, they will have to pay a $300 fine and buy an English textbook.
    ■Are we doing a good job of assimilating our immigrants over the past two decades? How will that play out with 12 million new illegals and an increase in legal immigration?

    Ultimately, this proposal does nothing to give us confidence that we won’t repeat the mistakes of 1986. Amnesties ultimately invalidate any legal immigration process. Marco Rubio rightfully said the following during a debate with Charlie Crist in 2010:

    As far as amnesty, that’s where the governor and I disagree. He would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason why I think it’s wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it’s back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.

    With John McCain affirming that this is ostensibly the same proposal, I would hope that Senator Rubio heeds his own warning. His 2010 warning was prescient. The only way such a proposal could work is if enforcement is decoupled from amnesty, and implemented first. Only after several years of implementation, in which we could ensure that the executive is enforcing the laws, that the laws are working, and that the courts don’t void the laws, can we discuss amnesty. Otherwise, we’re headed to the path of amnesty now; enforcement never.

  16. foxyladi14
    January 29th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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    Thanks for that link. There were some pretty strick rules in who could donate to retire that debt, which I found interesting. However, they overshot the mark by almost double. She had a $250,000 debt, and now she has a surplus of $203,000. These were with Obama donors that were eligible.

  17. wbb

    FuCk all the 40 year olds that think the job of President is just another American Idol contest.

    What next, the first Hispanic MAN, the first Indian MAN, the first Chinese MAN…

    It’s not what age will Hillary be in 2016, the sexists of both parties were afraid of her abilities since the 90’s and will attack her no matter how old she is. Remember when Bill was in the WhiteHouse and Republican’s attacked her then for working on health care? She was Bill’s partner then and they expected her to shut up and just decorate the Whitehouse and serve tea.

    I am sick and tired of the excuses as to why Hillary is never good enough and with a through-the-roof rating now, the haters are outnumbered.

    Very soon, the Republican’s and Kooks will froth at the mouth to find something ugly they can say about Hillary, her scrunchies, her ankles, her weight, her age, her hair style, her clothes, her shoes, and any edited soundbite they can use to try show her as someone that is unworthy and undesirable.

    Will she run at all – is the real question and many of us will fight even harder if she runs again. I don’t think a superpac can force Hillary to run if she really doesn’t want to, or if either she or the Big Dawg is in deteriorating health in 2016…but other than that, Fu@k the haters and I hope Hillary kicks their a$$es!!

  18. The institutional left is following the nazi program to the hilt under the guise of progressivisim.

    Consider the latest example: the institutional left, as seen in local chicago media outlets and NPR are now encouraging women to have babies. In a constitutional democracy, this decision is a private decision, and there is no room for intrusion by the State. In the world of Obama however it is now a matter of public policy. And it hearkens back to lebansborn policies of the Nazi state. How this affects their support for abortions as well, is not clear. But it is yet another example of state intervention into the private lives of people.

  19. NewMexicoFan
    January 29th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    foxyladi14
    January 29th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    ————
    Thanks for that link. There were some pretty strick rules in who could donate to retire that debt, which I found interesting. However, they overshot the mark by almost double. She had a $250,000 debt, and now she has a surplus of $203,000. These were with Obama donors that were eligible.

    ——–

    NMF

    When they say these were ‘Obama supporters’ they are really talking about registered Democrats. I never gave one red cent to Obama, but I also received these emails and donated another $20.16 to retire Hillary’s debt.

    They say it took 120 people’s checks to accomplish this, but they don’t count the little people’s money that was also included.

    My question is, can Hillary use the money that is now in the black if she runs in 2016?

  20. So Kerry’s nomination has cleared the Senate Committee, means our girl Hillary will be free by the end of the day.

    I truly hope Kerry does not think this gives him another run at the presidency in 2016 but i’m quite sure he will let it go to his head.

  21. Shadowfax
    January 29th, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    wbb

    FuCk all the 40 year olds that think the job of President is just another American Idol contest.
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    I am with you Shadow.

    I am 62 years old.

    I think I still count. Maybe.

    But trust me the forty year olds do not think so.

    Alas, I am an artifact of the pre-digital world.

    And what makes sense to me–wisdom, experience, character, mean nothing to them.

    What they want is hip, cool, with it, now, young, sexy all that crap.

    This problem even affects first generation Asians–wives and families.

    They become Americanized.

    A friend of mine is with a big Washington DC firm.

    He walked into the office of an old client with a new boss.

    39 years old he was.

    And on his clean desk there was one book: First, Break All The Rules.

  22. wbb

    Don’t accept the stoopidity of 40 year olds and give them any credit in this area. I am the same age as Hillary and I am pretty in-tune with the digital age.

    Modestly I say, we are both intelligent…don’t count on us bending over until they fit us for a box. 😉

    I will fight this bs until my last day on earth.

  23. It used to be true that young people entering the workforce went through some form of apprenticeship–even though it was never referred to as such outside the blue collar trades. The value of this interegnum between adolencence and responsibility is it allowed the prefrontal lobes to develop, the hormonal shocks to the system to mitigate to a degree, and some sense of corporate culture, responsibilty, a broader perspective to develop. The kids you see now are okay if they had a good upbringing, but many did not, and with the technological advantatage they hold over the prior generation, Gordon Gecko is more likely to emerge.

  24. Don’t accept the stoopidity of 40 year olds and give them any credit in this area
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    The problem is one of quantity, not quality.

  25. Welcome back Moon!

    So Kerry’s nomination has cleared the Senate Committee, means our girl Hillary will be free by the end of the day.

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    Oh happy day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary can shed her chains and sleep in with her Big Dawg.

  26. wbb

    The problem is one of quantity, not quality.

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    There is no shortage of boomers and folks over 40.

    40 year olds don’t rule the world, and soon they will be 50. 😆

  27. Shadowfax
    January 29th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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    You wanna know what the real hell of it is? Read the Dean Plan and you will have your answer. It began with the notion that there are those in the electorate whom they call influencers. These people influence the votes of roughly ten other people. You target your message to them, and let them dissemeninate it. You let the media become an echo chamber and you use outfits like Soros funded media matters, to attack not only right wing pundits (many of whom love the action, truth to tell), but responsible members of big media who have not sold their soul to Satan Obama. Then, you promise big business anything they want in exchange for massive camaign contributions. And then you look at the key electoral districts which will determine the election result and you buy off key people, attack voter identification laws and corrupt the machines. And finally, you wait for your opponent to promote people like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to leadership positions, and Washington insiders like Ed Gilespee to run your campaigns. The end result is a foregone conclusion.

  28. wbb

    The one thing I agree with is that any adult that does not know how to use a computer and try and keep up with technology in the business world will be at a major disadvantage. That is an easy remedy with classes everywhere.

    Younger folks lack experience, but are cheaper employees. You get what you pay for, Obama is a good example.

  29. wbb

    The end result is a foregone conclusion.

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    True: cheating, in-the-tank media, a-holes like Soros and the jacka$$es that pull Obama’s strings have more ‘power’ than the average voter. Nothing new, just on steroids with the Chicago thugs.

    I will never give in to accepting this as America’s fate…I will fight it in my small part of the country, the best I can.

  30. By the way, the foregoing was the strategy the left used to defeat Hillary and McCain in 2008. If Hillary runs again, and the left decides she is too centrist for them, then they will oppose her again and deploy those same tactics. To her credit, she did hire Peter Dao (sp) who was good, but too little too late, as was also true of the caucus states, I will say no more about that.

    If you think back to 2008, you may recall that Hillary told superdelegates that if they selected Obama, they would lose the election. The response by the left–Brazile and others, was that may be true, but we are more interested in control of the party. You can be sure dumb Donna did not think of that on her own, and neither did racist Clyburn. It was a clear case of from Soros lips to their ear, euch that is a hideous metaphor. Ask his late great mistress who sued his fat ass in New York district court last year.

    So it is clear to me that the left will fight against any resurgence by Hillary’s army in waiting, that is true, and there is no one who can take her place in that fight. At one point it was reported to me that she wanted Evan Byhe to be her surrogate, but I doubt that is still true.

  31. And because control of the party will be the critical issue for the left after Obama is gone, if Hillary gets the nomination, it is not unthinkable that the left would conspire with Republicans to defeat her in the general election. After all, that is exactly what happened in 2008–the Rove/Brazille unholy alliance.

  32. wbb

    Yup, but if Hillary decides to run, she will be more prepared to tackle the dirty, rotten tricks of the gangsters. She will also have to be more careful of moles in her team.

    She needs to pick loyal delegates and superdelegates that will not give her vote away to her enemy.

    Admin would make a perfect delegate!

    Who knows wbb, Hillary may have had enough of the cheating and attacks and just decide to work at CGI with her love.

  33. To make a point, I need to make an assumption which is manifestly untrue, but indulge me for the moment.

    Even if Obama was not the self absorbed A.D.D. ridden sociopath he is, and–

    Even if his vision for the country was constructive, as opposed to destructive, and–

    Even if the circumstances were such that a temporary expansion of government power was necessary and proper—

    Not in families, not in business, and surely not in government is it wise, prudent, or effective to balkanize the group of people whom you want to accept the change you want, to deny them a role in its implementation, and to treat them as he clearly does as cattle to be herded.

    To do this invites revolt, and that is what we are likely to see in his second term. If the lawful processes for resisting this imposition of what is in effect tyranny, then self help in one form or another is likely to ensue.

    The democratic party does not understand this. The republican party understands it but does not know what to do about it, or anything else for that matter.

  34. Correction: To do this invites revolt, and that is what we are likely to see in his second term. If the lawful processes for resisting this imposition of what is in effect tyranny FAIL, then self help in one form or another is likely to ensue.

  35. Obama Wants ‘Second Bill of Rights’

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/29/Sunstein-Obama-Wants-Second-Bill-of-Rights

    His inspiration was FDR!
    ———————-
    Cass Sunstein has been an advocate of this for thirty years. It adds to the original four freedoms articulated by FDR, economic equality, which equates to socialism. FDR was never able to do this, but with big media behind him and the left wing political apparatus at its disposal, the forces behind Obama, are likely to have their moment in the sun. The immigration bill furthers that objectives. The trump card in all this is a tax not on income, not on spending, but on net worth itself. If they are willing to go that far, then it will become morally sustainable. Because then all the rich bastards like Buffet who are throwing the middle class to the wolves, because they can afford a 10% increase and still make a trillion dollars per year. But a net worth tax on the Oracle of Obama, like maybe, half a trillion, every year in his case, would give him a taste of how the other half lives, and disabuse him of his hypocrisy.

  36. Berry blows off Israel again…

    US President Barack Obama said he would be happy to visit Israel during his second term, but only if he sees diplomatic progress in the region, according to a Channel 10 report Sunday.

    Obama came as a candidate in 2008 but has yet to visit Israel as president, instead sending high-level envoys in his place,

    Israeli President Shimon Peres recently sent an informal invitation to Obama to visit sometime in 2013, specifically mentioning the Presidential Conference that is scheduled for June and his 90th birthday celebration, set for August.

    Obama replied that he would be happy to come if there is a diplomatic reason to do so.

    Candidate Obama visited Israel in July 2008, while campaigning for his first term in office.

    In the last four decades, the only sitting US presidents to visit Israel were Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    Obama was recently quoted as saying he was fed up with Netanyahu over settlement building, and feared that Israel under Netanyahu was not acting in its best interests. Netanyahu countered by saying only Israelis would determine where their best interests lie.

    Same site as foxy posted above worldjewishdaily.com

  37. Today Hillary said:

    [snip]

    She also gave a noncommittal answer when asked if she would run for president in 2016.

    “Well, I am not thinking about anything like that right now,” she said. “I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation.”

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/01/29/clinton_benghazi_was_my_greatest_regret_as_secretary_of_state

    —-

    That is not exactly, “Hell no, I don’t want that job and I am finished with politics!” 😉

  38. Update: Our next article will answer the question “Why was Susan Rice sent to lie about Benghazi for Obama on the Sunday talk shows and not Hillary?” Tonight, on Fox News, Hillary friend Greta Van Susteren will get a chance to ask Hillary questions.

    Greta will probably ask better, tougher (a.k.a. impertinent) questions to Hillary than the guy from Sixty Minutes thought of asking. We hope Greta won’t play pattycake with Hillary as did the “60 Minutes” reporter on pattycake Obama/Hillary interview: They knew we weren’t going to “play gotcha” with them.

    We hope Greta, a Hillary friend, still proves true what Margaret Thatcher said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” Which brings us to Lindsay Graham.

    Bill Clinton impeachment manager Lindsay Graham must be trying to appear tough again. Petulant Lindsay said:

    Hillary Clinton got away with murder in my view. She said they had a clear-eyed view of the threats. How could you have a clear-eyed view of the threats in Benghazi when you didn’t know about the ambassador’s cable coming back from Libya?” the South Carolina Republican told host Greta Van Susteren Monday on “On The Record”.

    Our guys tried to ask questions, she is very good on her feet, deflecting the questions. But she said two things that will come back to haunt her, they had a clear-eyed assessment of the threats in Libya, and they had close contact with the Libyan government. I don’t believe either one of them,” the lawmaker added.”

    “Our guys tried to ask questions”. Really? We missed that. Republicans on the House and Senate committees had a well deserved chance to get answers. Did they even try? We saw a fawning display of flattery and bumbling but hardly any questions that hit the mark. Republicans caved on Benghazi long ago and Lindsay should try to devise a coordinated plan of questioning instead of going on TV flinging about the word “murder” as if Vince Foster was back in Lindsay’s impeachment bed.

    —————————————————————–

  39. How could Benghazi not be her greatest regret as Secretary of State.

    If I had been questioning her about it in Congress, my first question to her would have been this:

    Madame Secretary, apart from appointing a committe to investigate, what do you mean when when you say you “take responsibilty for what happened in Benghazi”? What exactly does that mean? What are the consequences? And what do you say to the families of those who were killed other than we will get the video maker?

    Yes, there is political exposure there. And I have a sneaking hunch that she was protecting Obama as much as herself. If so then as Susan Rice might say, loyalty has a price.

    The other question that weighs on my mind this:

    Let us stipluate that if Hillary were president, we would not have the debt crisis we do under Obama, and we would not be promoting racist policies. The Republicans have conceded both of those points already. The question is given what has occurred, would she be capable of steering a more moderate course, or would the loss of the white working class demographic in the party compel her to pursue the same socialist policies as Obama?

  40. Republicans caved on Benghazi long ago
    ————————
    No question about it. It is a cornocopia of lies and deception. Part of it is the CIA involvement, which is always a problem. Too many power obessed spooks. But the largest question of all is why did no Republican ask Obama for a copy of the order he claims he gave to do everthing possible to help the imperiled garrison. That question would have impeached him once and for all. But it was never asked, because big media knew the answer, and did not want to inform the American People that their CIC is both a coward and a liar. And as you say, the Republicans went along with it.

  41. Apropos of what I said earlier about young turks who take over as ceo and say first break all the rules, Jeff Zucker has been appointed CEO of CNN, after destroying NBC. And a long list of old people–defined as anyone over forty is hitting the trail. The list includes Jim Carvalle, Mary Matlin, Eric Erickson etc. They have decided to get younger and more marxist in their air coverage, according to Zucker. The fact that the old ones have said nice things about CNN on their way out the door, just like Lou Dobbs did, suggest that lucrative severance agreement not to be confused with hush money were paid out to them. How much? Just a guess: $5 million each. Principle over principal every time.

  42. admin –

    Greta will probably ask better, tougher (a.k.a. impertinent) questions to Hillary
    —-

    I hope you or someone posts what happens on Greta, I have to go to a class and will miss it.

    Greta questions like an attorney (cause she is one) yet is not out to slander or score a gotcha for Fox.

    I hope there is video of this online.

  43. Hillary Clinton got away with murder

    Yup, when I heard this on Fox, what little respect I had almost gained from Lindsey was flushed down the toilet…along with McCain and a woman senator, the three amigos didn’t bother to ‘get tough’ until after election night.

  44. Greece? No, France.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9832845/France-totally-bankrupt-says-labour-minister-Michel-Sapin.html

    France ‘totally bankrupt’, says labour minister Michel Sapin

    France’s labour minister sent the country into a state of shock on Monday after he described the nation as “totally bankrupt”.

    Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande battling to undo the potential reputational damage.

    There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.”

    The comments came as President Hollande attempts to improve the image of the French economy after pledging to reduce the country’s deficit by cutting spending by €60bn (£51.5bn) over the next five years and increasing taxes by €20bn.

    Data from Banque de France showed earlier this month that a flight of capital has already left the country amid concerns that France’s Socialist leader intends to soak the rich and businesses. The actor Gérard Depardieu has renounced his French citizenship and decamped to Russia in protest, while David Cameron said Britain will “roll out the red carpet” to attract wealthy individuals.

    Pierre Moscovici, the finance minister, said the comments by Mr Sapin were “inappropriate”.

  45. Well if France can’t support their social services, Barry is gonna have a heck of a time with ObamaFlimFlamHellCare…but we already know that.

  46. Gérard Depardieu might want to hang out in Texas…at least he could hop over the border without a green card and shoot all the guns he wants.

  47. O’Reilly with Colin Powell will begin shortly in the east coast. As tough as O’Reilly thinks he barks he is not tough at all. Will be interesting to see how “tough” he is with Powell.

  48. As expected it was a weak interview. On Powell’s anger at Sununu saying Obama was “lazy” after the first debate O’Reilly did not bother to note that Sununu was exactly right and that the Obama campaign people and Obama himself had said Obama had taken debate prep too easy. O’Reilly did not mention that Obama has called himself “lazy”. O’Reilly was lazy.

    According to Powell you can’t call a lazy black person lazy because that is “racist”. What would Powell call a black person who is lazy? An obama?

    As to the Republican Party being racist according to Powell or at the very least sending out racist vibes why didn’t O’Reilly tell Powell that it was Republicans who especially wanted him to run for President decades ago.

    O’Reilly is lazy and weak.

  49. O’Riley has been Obama’s water boy since from early on. I think Krauthammer is the only legitimate conservative left.

  50. O’Reilly is lazy and weak
    ——————–
    Bill O–

    Weak? Lazy? How could that be.

    As he has told us 3000 times, he is just looking out for the folks.

    He loves on to shoot clay pigeons—deranged leftists who walk around with kick me signs on their rump.

    Assumes the role of the is the the Grand Inquisitor of Seville.

    Just looking out for the folks—Bill-O.

    But he turns into Uriah Heep when faced Obama or one of his minions.

    Just looking out for the folks.

    Bill-O had a little problem with sexual harrassment–a few years back.

    No, I am wrong, it was not a little problem.

    It was a seven figure problem for Bill-O

    He settled, and thank God for that

    Because if she had hung him by his testicles

    There would be no one left in the universe to . . .

    (you guessed it)

    Look out for the folks.

    He is a fucking RINO.

    There are people on that channel who are the best in the business.

    Megan Kelly, Greta Van Sustern and Bret Baier.

    Those three, along with Sharyl Atkisson (a second degree black belt)

    Are the only journalists left.

    All the rest are zombies.

    Sir Charles is good, but he is a pundit.

    He does not question guests, he merely comments.

    The former four function like trial lawyers. Krauthammer is more like an appellate lawyer

    With the wisdom of Solomon.

    Interestingly, the Left leaves him alone.

  51. Michel Sapin uses his asshole for a mouth.

    At least Hollande gets the big picture and is trying to pick up the pieces after Sarkozy. In fact, Sarkozy didn’t have the political power to pull off a rise in taxes and a cut in spending. Hollande does, but nobody likes it.

    Concerning the social services, these are not taken out of taxes, are not bankrupt (except the retirement funds), and no one wants to curtail them. Go find someone who wants to cut education or health care!

    France has a flagging industrial sector. This sector has been declining for 30 years, while German industry is now the strongest in the world. There are just a few fields where the French are competitive, like aerospace, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, the nuclear industry.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the French had something to make up for the loss of industrial capacity, like specific branches of services they excelled in – for example, an entertainment industry which is much stronger than Germany’s but not even as good as Britain’s, or computer services but all their brainpower is hired off to Silicon Valley, or scientific research which is the best in the world but it doesn’t pay. If you consider tourism an industry, it is a very strong one in France.

    Hollande received the Gallois Report in November, giving him a set of measures to be taken and a strategy to follow over the coming 4 years of his presidency, and which should be sustained over the decades to come if France is ever to become competitive again.

    In the meantime, firing Michel Sapin would be a good first measure. The Labor Ministry he heads has an important role to play in the plan that Gallois laid out. It would be best if the minister reads the report, which he apparently has not.

  52. wbboei Jan 29 @ 11:40 am

    “… we do not read anymore. This is an image-based society. In 2008, this was not a problem…”

    Oh yes it was a problem in 2008. Obama’s face (i.e. the image, his skin color) was supposed to change our image of ourselves and the image the rest of the world had of us. The rest of the world is not as image-based as we.

    This is all the fault of TV, where “seeing is believing”. Maybe movies too.

    You are right in your general comment and the point is well taken: If Ryan faces Hillary in 2016, he would win on looks. So would Palin, and so would Bachmann.

    Maybe we should think of putting up Gillibrand in 2016? Gillibrand won with 72% of the vote in 2012. 72 % !! But above all, she is “the best-looking Senator” (Reid’s words).

  53. foxyladi 14 Jan 29 @ 12:10 pm

    “…. She had a $250,000 debt and now she has a surplus of $203,000….”

    Shadowfax Jan 29 @ 1:20 pm
    “…. I donated another $20.16 to retire Hillary’s debt.”

    Good for you; I maxed out once again last quarter during Bill’s latest effort to bring in contributions.

    “…My question is, can Hillary use the money that is now in the black if she runs in 2016?”

    And the answer is simple: yes, she can. Remember 6 June 2008 when she “suspended” the campaign? She never shut down the operation.

    Alternatively, she could shut it down and pocket the $203,000 as partial reimbursement of the $11 million she lent to the campaign. But I’m betting she won’t do that.

    As long as she leaves the account open at hillaryclinton.com, I will continue to max out. This will definitely send a signal to the Clinton camp that some people want her to run and are putting their money where their mouths are. In the long run, if she decides not to run, the money will just go into her pocket or will go to the candidate of her choice. OK with me.

  54. People tend to lump CBS together with the other three big media channels. That is a mistake. You may not like Leslie Moovnes personally, but you have to give him credit for letting Sharyl do the investigative work she does, and does so well, with great courage and integrity. She is an object lesson to the profession. Compare her to David Ross at ABC, who makes things up, and does not do his homework. Remember how he had the wrong guy in one of the killing sprees and blamed the Tea Parties because he wanted to believe it was the tea parties because that is how his mind works. What mind you might ask. I had a telephone tip for him one time, and I put the source on the line. His behavior was nothing short of strange. If you are good at the job of investigative reporter, you learn to size people up quickly, and you ask for proof. That is not Brian’s mo. It is more like hi how are you gotta go. If I did not know better I would say he was a celebrity. But then again he couldn’t be because he never offered to give me his autograph. But then again I never asked for it.

  55. jeswezey
    January 29th, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    foxyladi 14 Jan 29 @ 12:10 pm
    ——————–
    Her finances are unfathomable, and as I recall spega had a problem with that. I guess I did too, but at the time, all I could think of was finding some way for Hillary to get the presidency, and nothing else mattered. I would be more circumspect the next time, if there is a next time.

  56. Oh yes it was a problem in 2008. Obama’s face (i.e. the image, his skin color) was supposed to change our image of ourselves and the image the rest of the world had of us. The rest of the world is not as image-based as we.
    ———————————–
    It depends on the meaning of the word “it”. The it I was referring to was the it of the silent movie era which was a veiled reference to youth and sex appeal. Sharon Stone’s comment was to that Hillary had too much it to be president. Obviously, the image based society occurred long before that. In fact, if you go back to the 1960 election, those who listened to it on the radio felt Nixon won, and those who saw it on television felt Kennedy won. Nixon looked old, sweaty and a 5 pm shadow. Kennedy looked like he had just stepped off a yacht. A friend of mine was doing a powerpoint for a Fortune 100 company which does high tech. A comment back from the company was more pictures please, because “no one reads any more”.

  57. NBC is at it again with their “creative” editing. Follow the link to see the side-by-side videos both edited and unedited. BTW, anyone hear anything else about the Treyvon Martin shooting and the so-called racists “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman?
    _____________________________________________________

    And just today, NBC was caught in yet another malicious edit, this time to make Second Amendment advocates look as though they did something as heinous as heckling the heartsick father of a child who lost his six-year-old son in the Sandy Hook massacre. You can watch the full video and NBC’s science fiction adaptation side-by-side here.

    All of this has happened under the watch of Stave Capus (pictured above), who’s not only the president of NBC News, but also the “the arbiter of issues involving ethics, style, standards, safety and other matters that affect the Division’s journalistic bearing.”

    But Capus has obviously done nothing to stop the ongoing and flagrant fraud committed by his subordinates — and in some cases his anchors.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/29/NBC-News-Again-Caught-Using-Deceptive-Edit

  58. admin
    January 29th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    snip…

    According to Powell you can’t call a lazy black person lazy because that is “racist”. What would Powell call a black person who is lazy? An obama?

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

    that is a good one…

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

    according to what is racist from a black POV…all behavior is supposed to be excused…because it is racist to mention it…

    absurd and ridiculous…beyond politically correct…it is about censorship and shutting up others…

  59. But Capus has obviously done nothing to stop the ongoing and flagrant fraud committed by his subordinates — and in some cases his anchors
    ———————
    Capus is a numb nutz. Always has been–always will be. I wrote letters to him, and to his general counsel the name of whom escapes me at the moment, in a futile effort to muzzle sexist Matthews. No reponse. The New York Chapter of NOW which has more moxy than those stupid asses in their Washington office will ever have, picketed the NBC/MSNBC operation and Capus met with them. Whereupon Matthew offered a limp dick apology, stepped back and they handed the ball off to the Olberman, who suggested that if Hillary did not concede to Obama, that someone should take her in the backroom, and only one of them emerge. Remember that little gem? And all this was done on Capus watch— after he had been warned. What would happen if some well intentioned individual did the same thing to Capus’s wife and/daughter. Would he say that is their first amendment right, or would he press charges. We know the answer and we know what kind of a schlockmeister he is. No need to speculate on that one. Capus is scum.

  60. Apart from his racism, Powell is an ungrateful wretch. He was the beneficiary of affirmative action, was more of a politician than a general, did a Susan Rice on WMDs (talking points without prior due diligence) and since then, to mask his own failures, turns on the people who gave him the breaks. Like Henry Belafonte.Day-o, daylight come and he wouldn’t go home.

  61. No one watched Hillary on Greta? I guess I am home in time to watch the 10 PM PST re-run.

    Did admin watch and was disappointed?

    I think Greta loves Hillary and also Sarah, so lets see if she has burning questions SHE wants answers to that the Repubs didn’t as or not.

  62. Sorry, for the multiple posts. Everytime I hit refresh, it didn’t show the post.

    Shadow, I am worried about her Bengazi comment about gun-running. If it comes out between now and 2016 that the gun-running was US, she is in trouble because she would have known that.

  63. Maybe we should think of putting up Gillibrand in 2016? Gillibrand won with 72% of the vote in 2012. 72 % !! But above all, she is “the best-looking Senator” (Reid’s words).
    ————————
    Harry gets in trouble when he goes off script.

    Like the time he said Obama was light skinned enough to be electable.

    They don’t get much larning in Seachlight Nevada, from whence he hails.

    And it is a known fact that he is near sighted, which explains his comment about Gilibrand.

    Harry looks like an old prune, and sounds frail when he talks.

    But if he would take a page out of the Pelosi playbook, i.e.

    1)laseck surgery, a couple face lifts,

    2) a tummy tuck

    3) and a labotomy

    Then he too could be a jackanapes, rather than a mere wannabe.

    And wouldn’t that be grand.

    So grand that they would have a Harry Reid day in Searchlight Nevada, population 1.

  64. Listening to Hillary and Greta…

    Greta asks extensive questions on foreign policy and Hillary goes into real depth with her answers. What the US is doing now and what they need to continue doing in the future. No short answers from our girl yet.

  65. Voting Hillary

    Shadow, I am worried about her Bengazi comment about gun-running. If it comes out between now and 2016 that the gun-running was US, she is in trouble because she would have known that.

    ———-
    Greta asked the Bengazi questions and seemed satisfied with Hillarys answers.

    Hillary said there were guns in the area, that is why many branches of the gov were there, besides folks from the State Dept.

    They were there partly to find the guns before they were taken across the borders to Syria, etc. If, as the Repubs think that Barry was running guns over there, it wouldn’t necessarily be info Hillary would be told about if it was between Barry and his military commanders. Pinning it to Hillary would have to be proven. I highly doubt that the State Dept was sending their people to trade in guns. I could be wrong, but it seems like a snipe hunt when it comes to Hillary.

    Time will tell, but Barry and the Defense Dept would be the ones in real hot water if this happened?

    I think some in Congress thought they could bully Hillary into spilling some beans on the administration about Bengazi, but they just kept repeating the same talking points and didn’t ask more specific questions to her.

  66. Obama is sticking his nose into the bi partisan immigration plan and demanding amnesty now which will not fly. Security comes first. All Obama can do now is fuck it up. He was a day late on this, and the Senators are invested in what they did, not what some lame duck interloper is doing in an effort to grandstand. This reminds me of how he fucked up the Arab Israeli peace process. He sticks his fucking nose in it, changes the incentives, and suddenly you cannot put Humpty Dumpty together again. You can be damned sure the Republican members of the Gang of 8 will give him nothing more than what they have already agreed to,—they are already out on a limb over this, and with an egomaniac like Schumer signed on the democrat side, if Obama demands more than what Schumer agreed to in the blue print, it makes him look weak if he accepts it. This whole thing may scuttle over the sociopathic character of Obama.

    Speaking on Fox News on Tuesday, Rubio insisted that illegal immigrants not be allowed to obtain green cards — let alone citizenship — “until the enforcement stuff is in place.”

    “I think that would be a terrible mistake,” Rubio told Fox News. “We have a bipartisan group of senators that have agreed to that. For the president to try to move the goalposts on that specific requirement, as an example, does not bode well in terms of what his role’s going to be in this or the outcome.”

    He said: “If that’s not in the bill, I won’t support it.”

    Obama stressed Tuesday that if Congress cannot move forward “in a timely fashion,” he will submit a proposal drafted by the White House.

    Amid the exchanges, Republicans congressional leaders expressed a willingness to debate the issue while cautioning against Obama getting too involved.

    “There are a lot of ideas about how best to fix our broken immigration system,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. “Any solution should be a bipartisan one, and we hope the president is careful not to drag the debate to the left and ultimately disrupt the difficult work that is ahead in the House and Senate.”

    The issue of immigration reform was put on the back burner during Obama’s first term — overtaken by debate over health care legislation and economic measures. But along with gun control, it is one of the top items on his second-term domestic agenda.

    The eight U.S. senators got ahead of him Monday, unveiling a blueprint that calls for, among other things, a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/29/obama-presses-immigration-agenda-as-senators-draft-new-overhaul/#ixzz2JRLARCUP

  67. President Barack Obama plans to name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff. … Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor and a former senior fellow at the far left Center for American Progress, is the man most responsible for orchestrating the Benghazi jihad cover-up. McDonough rewrote the CIA talking points on Benghazi, misrepresenting the video, when the true motive behind the terrorist attack was well known. But lying to the American people was what was most important to Obama, not American lives, to ensure his re-election.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/01/benghazi-bag-man-denis-mcdonough-to-be-named-obamas-next-chief-of-staff.html

  68. Prepare to be infuriated!

    After a long legal battle Morningland Dairy in Missouri was raided by the government and their property destroyed this week.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/shock-video-morningland-dairy-raided-another-family-business-destroyed-by-government-ruling-class/

    On January 25, 2013, Morningland Dairy in Missouri was raided and over 36 tons of personal property was confiscated by the Missouri State Milk Board. In operation for over 30 years, Morningland Dairy has never received one complaint from a customer or any illness reported as a result of consuming their product.

    Will your business be next?

  69. If Bush was doing this there would be millions of aggravated citizens marching through the cities. So, where are the protesters? What will it take to get them out on the streets?

    Washington has secured an agreement with the government of Niger to establish a US military base in the Northwest African country, which borders Mali. The agreement comes in the midst of the French intervention in Mali, employing ground troops and warplanes.
    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/01/30/afri-j30.html

  70. Forget Congress: This is Obama’s Immigration Bill by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2013, 9:16 am
    …In the end, a bill will begin to move that looks like it does enough on enforcement of the border to gain the handful of Republican votes necessary for passage. And once Obama signs it, his administration will “interpret” the enforcement provisions however it wants, and a new movement in Congress will begin to junk them altogether. http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/01/30/forget-congress-obamas-immigration-bill/

  71. “If the President decides to support a plan to the left of this, he will do so in conflict with leaders of his own party – not to mention the majority of Americans – and ultimately bear the responsibility for derailing a bi-partisan immigration plan.”–Marco Rubio/

    Question: will he or won’t he derail this plan?

    Answer: most likely he will, so he can blame the Republicans. There is really no role in this debate for him, and the more he tries to intervene and make it a win for him, the more likely it is to fail. I will not say it will be fun to watch, because I know it will be agonizing and I will not watch. The moral hazard and the problem with adverse selection are addressed prosectively, not retrospectively, and for me that is a problem.

    ——————————————

    Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration

    By: Sen. Marco Rubio (Diary) | January 30th, 2013 at 11:38 AM | 0

    RESIZE: AAA

    I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Erick’s post last night regarding the principles for immigration reform I have recently developed. Before diving into the details of the plan, I want to take a moment to point out how the debate about immigration reflects positively on the conservative movement in general. Unlike the left, whose default tactic is to attack and destroy the personal character of those who disagree with their views, the conservative movement is capable of accommodating a vibrant internal debate on important issues solely on the merits. RedState has always been a welcoming forum for that sort of debate.

    First, let me identify the problem we face. We have a legal immigration system that doesn’t work, we don’t have an effective system to enforce our immigration laws, and we have by some estimates as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty. It’s a problem that has both political and economic ramifications on our nation.

    On the political front, a growing number of voters of Asian and Hispanic descent have been convinced by the left that conservative opposition to immigration reform equates to being anti-immigrant. This is unfair, and it is untrue. But they have pulled it off and, as a result, our ability to convince these fast-growing communities that the principles of limited government and free enterprise are better for them than big government and collectivism has been impaired.

    The economic ramifications, however, are even more serious. For example, our technology sector creates roughly 120,000 computer engineering jobs a year, but our universities only graduate about 40,000 students a year in that field. The long term answer, of course, is to get more American students to graduate in this field. But the immediate problem is that, in the absence of an immigration system where these workers can be brought here, these jobs are sent overseas to them.

    Another example is in agriculture, where a stable and affordable domestic supply of food is critical to our national security and our quality of life. Agriculture has always required a significant work force from abroad, but we do not have a system through which growers and dairies can bring a workforce legally into the U.S.

    This broken system of immigration, combined with lax enforcement, has resulted in our illegal immigration problem.

    In an ideal world, we could go back to 1986 and rewrite the immigration reform efforts implemented then to account for these issues and to ensure that real enforcement measures would be implemented. But in the real world, we cannot do that. We have to deal with what we have in the best way possible and make sure that this never ever happens again.

    The principles I have proposed to deal with this issue are not perfect, but I believe they create a framework for dealing with this reality in a responsible and reasonable way. And I think conservatives have already won important concessions from Democrats that we can build on to shape the actual legislation.

    First, we would modernize our legal immigration system. In essence, we create one that meets the needs this country has in this new century. For example, while I support our family-based system of immigration, we can no longer afford to have less than ten percent of our immigration based on skill and talent. We need a functional guest worker program so that, in times of low unemployment and rapid economic growth, our industries have the labor they need to continue growing. And we need an agricultural worker program that allows our growers to contract the seasonal and year round labor they need legally.

    Second, we need real enforcement mechanisms. An employment verification system is the key to this. We have the technology to implement such a system, so we just need to do it. Over 40 percent of our illegal immigrants entered legally and overstayed their visas. That’s why we need to have a complete system of tracking the entry and exit of visitors, using the technologies available to us today. And we need to achieve control of our borders. This is not just an immigration issue; this is a national security and sovereignty issue. And it can be done. The southern border is actually divided into nine separate sectors. There has been progress made in some sectors and not enough on others. We need to establish the high probability of intercepting illegal crossings in each of these sectors in a timely and effective manner.

    And third, we have to deal with those who are here now without documents. I am not happy about the fact that we face this problem. But we do. Most of these are people who will be here for the rest of their lives with or without documents, so it is in our best interest to deal with them and to make sure this never happens again.

    This is how I have proposed we do so. First, those who have violated our immigration laws must come forward and undergo a background check. If they have committed a serious crime, they will be deported. If they have not, they will have two choices. They can avail themselves of the current law which requires them to return to their native country, wait ten years and then apply for a green card. Or if they decide to remain in the United States, they will do so under the equivalent of a non-immigrant work permit by paying a substantial fine and back taxes. If they choose the non-immigrant work visa, they will not qualify for any federal benefits, including ObamaCare.

    Those who choose the non-immigrant work permit will not be allowed to apply for a green card for a substantial period of time. And they will not be allowed to apply until the enforcement mechanisms outlined above are in place. Thereafter, once these conditions are met, and if they have not violated any laws while holding the work permit, the only thing they will be allowed to do is apply for a green card using the same process everyone else uses. That is, they apply, they wait in line behind everyone who has applied before them and when their turn comes up, they have to qualify for one of the existing green card programs.

    In his post, Erick raised several points. First, he expresses doubt that the border can ever be secured because no one will ever agree that it is secured. There are ways to measure the security at the border. There are real and identifiable standards that can be used. And there are ways to certify this, free of political interference. If the bill that is ultimately crafted achieves this, I will support it. If it does not, I won’t.

    Second, he objects to the notion of “jobs that Americans won’t do”. He correctly points out that the more accurate description is “jobs that Americans won’t do at that price point”. The fact is that, as Americans, we have reached a certain standard of living that requires us to make a certain amount of money before we will do certain jobs. The problem is that, in a free market, the cost of production is always passed on to the consumer. That is one of the reasons why I object to tax increases – because the cost is always paid by workers and customers. The same is true for labor costs. There is a price point at which our farmers simply won’t do business because they will not be able to offer products at an affordable price.

    Erick’s final objection is that the plan does nothing to address the real problems with immigration – in other words, the black market for low skilled labor, long delays in the system and so forth. This is not accurate. Our principles call for the creation of a guest worker program that, when effectively implemented in conjunction with a workplace verification system, would wipe out the black market for low skilled labor. And as the principles call for, any modernization effort would have to address the long delays in the system, which a modernized agricultural worker program and STEM visa reform would do.

    Perhaps the most widely used criticism I have seen is that this nothing but an updated version of earlier efforts. There are significant differences. The previous efforts did not have effective border security, workplace enforcement and entry-exit enforcement triggers, whereas this plan must or I will not support it.

    The previous plan created a special pathway to citizenship through a Z-Visa, whereas these principles do not. And if the bill does, I will not support it.

    Finally, Erick expresses concerns that we should not pander in the name of a solution. On this point, Erick and I are in total agreement. I’m not pursuing reforms to our immigration system because of the last election or future elections. I’m doing what I can because I believe it’s important for our country, because conservative principles can make this legislation better, and immigration is one of the few issues where government has a legitimate and central role to play.

    As I have clearly stated, I will not engage in a bidding war with the President to see who can come up with the fastest and cheapest path to citizenship. That is why having these principles in writing was so important. We now have a bipartisan collection of senators – including some prominent allies of the President – committed, in writing, to border security and other enforcement triggers, a functional guest worker program and the idea that those who violated our immigration laws and stay on a work permit will not be able to receive federal benefits. We even got President Obama to concede that undocumented immigrants who avail themselves of this program will not be eligible for federal benefits, including Obamacare, during their lengthy non-immigrant status. If the President decides to support a plan to the left of this, he will do so in conflict with leaders of his own party – not to mention the majority of Americans – and ultimately bear the responsibility for derailing a bi-partisan immigration plan.

    I do not pretend that this is a perfect solution. I know that the idea of accommodating people who violated our immigration laws, in any way, makes many people uncomfortable. But I have concluded that it is not good for our country to continue to allow this problem to linger. We are better off solving this once and for all.

    Now begins the process of turning these principles into a bill. The details will matter a lot. This is another place where conservatives and readers of RedState can help influence the final outcome. When I was elected, insisting on transparency and openness in Congress was a central topic of discussion. It’s something I will insist on throughout this process. I welcome input, criticism and suggestions. A bill this important cannot be written behind closed doors and then forced on the American people. Whatever our work group comes up with is a starting point, not a take-it-or-leave-it proposition.

    And I understand there are those who will not support any effort. Some raise valid points and I respect their views. But in the end, to leave things the way they are now is de facto amnesty and a barrier to accomplishing important government reforms in other areas. It is no way to run a nation of immigrants.

  72. No matter he will use executive fiat to change things to his advantage in the end.
    ————————–
    Yes, he will try to do exactly that. And this time, he will get spanked by the Courts, like they did to him in the NLRB case.

    WE AT THE HEIGTH ARE READY TO DECLINE.
    There is a tide in the affairs of men
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures. (IV.ii.269–276)

  73. Some fun from across the pond. 🙂
    Michelle Obama tweets pictures of freshly picked cabbage after rumors fly that she has dropped anti-obesity Let’s Move campaign
    29 January 2013
    Michelle Obama promptly tweeted pictures of freshly picked vegetables today, after it was suggested that she had dropped her anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move. The White House Dossier – an unauthorized blog about the U.S. President and his family – posted an article this morning which highlighted that the First Lady had done little to personally publicize the initiative since last September. However several hours later Mrs Obama hit back via her FLOTUS Twitter account with an image of cabbage and broccoli ‘harvested’ from her Kitchen Garden. The snap included a link to a soup recipe on the Let’s Move website…
    The blog, known for its frequent doses of humor and satire, writes: ‘Michelle’s exit from the Let’s Move campaign coincided with growing reports and a widely circulated satirical video alleging that the new food guidelines were leaving children hungry.The bad publicity clashed with President Obama’s efforts to stir support among young voters for his candidacy…Let’s Move was also proving a juicy target for Republicans, who alleged Michelle’s food strictures promoted a ‘Nanny State’ that intruded on free choice and personal responsibility….
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2270381/Michelle-Obama-tweets-pictures-freshly-picked-cabbage-rumors-fly-dropped-anti-obesity-Lets-Move-campaign.html

  74. Michelle Obama tweets pictures of freshly picked cabbage after rumors

    ——-
    Sounds like the perfect experience needed to run for President…

  75. Sounds like the perfect experience needed to run for President…
    ——————-
    A January harvest, eh? She’s as credible as her hubby I suppose.

  76. Do you have more money in the bank than Zimbabwe?

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/01/zimbabwe-down-its-last-217/61562/

    There are cash-strapped governments and there are broke governments. And then there’s Zimbabwe, which, after paying last week’s government salaries, has just $217 left in the bank. No, we didn’t forget any zeroes to the end of that figure. Zimbabwe, the country that’s home to some of the world’s largest platinum and diamond reserves, literally has the same financial standing as a 14-year-old girl after a really good birthday party. The country’s finance minister admitted as much in a press conference on Tuesday. “Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 [left] in government coffers,” Tendai Biti told reporters. “The government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment. We are failing to meet our targets.”

    So it seems. However, Zimbabwe is hardly a stranger to financial hyperbole. The economy started to come apart at the seams in 2000, when President Robert Mugabe seized the land of over 4,000 white-owned farmers, effectively dismantling the country’s agriculture industry. Over the course of the next decade, the country spiraled into an extended period of hyperinflation, the likes of which the world almost never sees. It peaked in August 2008, when inflation reached 11,200,000 percent and economists around the world started to say that the country’s situation was hopeless. Prices were doubling by the day, and the government had to print Z$100 billion notes. The following year, they went ahead and printed Z$100 trillion notes, just before deciding to chop 12 zeroes off of the currency. A new coalition government formed that year and started on the long process of financial recovery, a process that is clearly going to take a little longer.

    Well, at least they don’t have Obama.

  77. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/01/30/rick-santelli-responds-negative-gdp-report-we-are-now-europe#ixzz2JTHtLTJv

    Rick Santelli made a stunning observation Wednesday about the shocking report that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year.

    “We are now Europe,” he declared on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

    “Hey Joe,” Santelli said, “when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe, and our discussions with economists sounds like we’re in Europe. They have the same discussions constantly.”

    “They’re always doing the right thing,” he continued. “They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe.”

    Steve Liesman pushed back, “We reduced federal spending, government spending by 15 percent. Which part of that’s not Europe don’t you get?”

    “And why do we need to reduce government spending?” asked Santelli. “Because we run trillion dollar deficits for crying out loud.”

  78. Shadowfax
    January 29th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    The brainwashing crap by the media has begun…

    Why Clinton and Biden Won’t Run in 2016

    (Too old, want the easy life………..may as well say they are headed off to the rest home…)\
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Hey, what about that maaaaarvelous, popular First Lady, Meeeechelle Obama???

    She’d be young enough, she was a lawyer (who let her license expire, or had it yanked), and she’s enough of a political neophyte (like Obama in 2008) that she has JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF “EXPERIENCE”: all hat, no cattle, a reality tv type ready made for 2016.

    Can’t wait!!!

  79. Leanora
    January 30th, 2013 at 6:46 am

    OMG! OBAMA APPROVES CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK ON SYRIA!!
    ______________

    That link doesn’t work, either that or the story’s been scrubbed.

  80. First Lady, Meeeechelle Obama???

    She’d be young enough, she was a lawyer (who let her license expire, or had it yanked), and she’s enough of a political neophyte (like Obama in 2008) that she has JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF “EXPERIENCE”: all hat, no cattle, a reality tv type ready made for 2016.

    ———-
    all hat, no cattle

    MO is all PepBoys and no sleeves.

  81. foxyladi14
    January 30th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    ——–
    Hillary looks wonderful here and is giddy that her job with Barry is finally over.

  82. valleyboy
    January 30th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    Leanora,
    Found it on infowars, includes screenshots of the hacked emails.
    This would be explosive if it turns out to be true.
    ……
    Even if it is true, our media makes sure to cover it up to protect Obambi.
    Our republican stupids will cower to ask any pertinent questions

  83. What really amazes me is all the articles out there that raise huge red flags, get everyone upset and Fox blusters about them for weeks…then the bluster dies down and the story just floats away without any resolution.

    Some stories are tossed out as political distractions, some are blown up out of proportion…but if we soak up every one of them, along with our ongoing lives…we will no longer be able to see the forest though the trees of media hype.
    We won’t be able to tell a real event from a manufactured hype.
    IMHO

  84. http://www.sheepdogreport.com/httpwww-dailymail-co-uknewsarticle-2270219u-s-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-syria-blame-assad-html/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html

    Article Recovery

    U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’ ,
    Part of channel(s): Syria (current event)

    Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

    A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

    Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.

    It reads: ‘Phil. . . We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

    ‘We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.

    ‘They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

    ‘Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

    ‘Kind regards, David.’

    The emails were released by a Malaysian hacker who also obtained senior executives resumés and copies of passports via an unprotected company server, according to Cyber War News.
    Dave Goulding’s Linkedin profile lists him as Business Development Director at Britam Defence Ltd in Security and Investigations. A business networking profile for Phil Doughty lists him as Chief Operationg Officer for Britam, United Arab Emirates, Security and Investigations.

    The U.S. State Department had not returned a request for comment on the alleged emails to MailOnline today at time of publication.

    A leaked U.S. government cable revealed that the Syrian army more than likely had used chemical weapons during an attack in the city of Homs in December.

    The document, revealed in The Cable, revealed the findings of an investigation by Scott Frederic Kilner, the U.S. consul general in Istanbul, into accusations that the Syrian army used chemical weapons in the December 23 attack.

    An Obama administration official who had access to the document was reported as saying: ‘We can’t definitely say 100 per cent, but Syrian contacts made a compelling case that Agent 15 was used in Homs on Dec. 23.’

    Dr. Nashwan Abu Abdo, a neurologist in Homs, is certain chemical weapons were used. He told The Cable: ‘It was a chemical weapon, we are sure of that, because tear gas can’t cause the death of people.’

  85. …not to belabor the point…but…

    happened to turn on ‘The Five’ and they were talking about racism and what is racist…

    …and Greg Gutfield says: “being born white is racist…how dare you be born”

    …that about says it these days…

  86. Awww. New SOS forced to pimp himself to serve. How sweet.
    Richest U.S. Senator, John Kerry, Rails Against ‘Corrupting’ Money in Politics in Farewell Address 3:26 PM, Jan 30, 2013
    “…There’s another challenge that we must address and it is the corrupting force of the vast sums of money necessary to run for office,” said Kerry. “The unending chase for money I believe threatens to steal our democracy itself. I’ve used the word ‘corrupting’ and I want to be very clear about it: I mean by it not the corruption of individuals but a corruption of a system itself that all of us are forced to participate in against our will….”
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/richest-us-senator-john-kerry-rails-against-corrupting-money-politics-farewell-address_698932.html

  87. A good summation of where we are, and why we are failing the American People–the living and the yet to be born, under the corrupt regime of this “First Black President”, the counter cultural ignoranti, and his harem of big media whores. This article provides clarity and alignment for everyone, i.e us, the corrupt party and the stupid party.
    It tells it how it is. Finally.

    The bankruptcy of the Obama-Pelosi ‘progressive’ agenda
    By Peter Morici

    Published January 30, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    No one can accuse the Democrats of being the party of personal responsibility. Confronted with an economy that contracted in the fourth quarter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed Congressional Republicans for obstructing the president’s agenda and creating uncertainty.

    In the wake of the financial collapse, the Democrats took full control of both the Congress and the Presidency in 2009 and were presented with an historic opportunity to put their ideas into practice. Unfortunately, the newly elected President Obama and Speaker Pelosi treated the situation as a political opportunity to build a Democratic majority rather than an obligation to fix what’s broken in the economy.

    Shrewdly, President Obama cobbled together a broader Democratic coalition by delivering to women free health care services, to Hispanics amnesty for young adults, to younger folks overly generous student loans, to teachers and civil servants subsidies to protect their jobs, to labor unions a rebuke of Simpson-Bowles recommendation that the retirement age be raised, and to his political friends generous subsidies for solar panels, windmills and other whimsical projects. Meanwhile, he cut defense, raised taxes on small businesses, and imposed unproductive regulations on manufacturing.

    No surprise, the revolution of the takers has instigated a strike among the makers. Rather than be slaves — yoked under burdensome taxes, regulations and endless hectoring from the Left — small banks aren’t lending but instead are looking to sell out to the Wall Street barons who financed the President’s rise to power. Small businesses are not expanding, and multinational corporations are taking factories and jobs to China and other Asian venues where genuine enterprise and capitalism, paradoxically, is supported.

    Now, Mr. Obama’s tepid recovery is failing.

    When the President campaigned in 2008, he promised to address the huge trade deficits with China and oil, which together sap demand and slow growth and jobs creation, and address skyrocketing health care costs.

    Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama blamed China’s undervalued currency for slow U.S. growth and warned Chinese leaders if they did not cooperate to redress the situation, he could act unilaterally. Liberal economists like Paul Krugman, conservative economists like this author and moderates like the Peterson Institute’s Fred Bergsten all recommended viable courses of action.

    Sadly, the President talks tough in front of friendly audiences and to Republicans when he enjoys the high ground, but brings his kneeling pad when negotiating with Chinese leaders. He has simply done little to reverse the flow of money and jobs to the Middle Kingdom and other venues in Asia.

    In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the President punished the entire oil industry to gain political points and appease environmentalists. So much for substantially reducing the oil deficit!

    His most significant accomplishment — ObamaCare has turned into a massive subsidy for the health care industry and welfare program for working class voters he hopes to secure for the next generation. Health care costs 50 percent more than in Germany — where outcomes are better — and health insurance premiums and co-pays borne by business and the middle class keep rocketing.

    Government spending is up over a trillion dollars, the federal deficit is spinning out of control and the country faces a credit downgrade by Moody’s. Former speaker Pelosi vilifies Republicans for not embracing the President’s “balanced” approach, but he shows no interest in cutting spending and only passion for raising taxes on success.

    America hardly lacks the technology, capital and enterprise necessary to succeed, but unfortunately, it is led by a man hell bent on building a political majority, and with little interest in fixing what’s broke in the economy.

    Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and widely published columnist

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/30/bankruptcy-obama-pelosi-progressive-agenda/#ixzz2JYTSOBf6

  88. A good summation of where we are, and why we are failing the American People–the living and the yet to be born, under the corrupt regime of this “First Black President”, the counter cultural ignoranti, and his harem of big media whores. This article provides clarity and alignment for everyone, i.e us, the corrupt party and the stupid party.
    It tells it how it is. Finally.

    The bankruptcy of the Obama-Pelosi ‘progressive’ agenda
    By Peter Morici

    Published January 30, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    No one can accuse the Democrats of being the party of personal responsibility. Confronted with an economy that contracted in the fourth quarter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed Congressional Republicans for obstructing the president’s agenda and creating uncertainty.

    In the wake of the financial collapse, the Democrats took full control of both the Congress and the Presidency in 2009 and were presented with an historic opportunity to put their ideas into practice. Unfortunately, the newly elected President Obama and Speaker Pelosi treated the situation as a political opportunity to build a Democratic majority rather than an obligation to fix what’s broken in the economy.

    Shrewdly, President Obama cobbled together a broader Democratic coalition by delivering to women free health care services, to Hispanics amnesty for young adults, to younger folks overly generous student loans, to teachers and civil servants subsidies to protect their jobs, to labor unions a rebuke of Simpson-Bowles recommendation that the retirement age be raised, and to his political friends generous subsidies for solar panels, windmills and other whimsical projects. Meanwhile, he cut defense, raised taxes on small businesses, and imposed unproductive regulations on manufacturing.

    No surprise, the revolution of the takers has instigated a strike among the makers. Rather than be slaves — yoked under burdensome taxes, regulations and endless hectoring from the Left — small banks aren’t lending but instead are looking to sell out to the Wall Street barons who financed the President’s rise to power. Small businesses are not expanding, and multinational corporations are taking factories and jobs to China and other Asian venues where genuine enterprise and capitalism, paradoxically, is supported.

    Now, Mr. Obama’s tepid recovery is failing.

    When the President campaigned in 2008, he promised to address the huge trade deficits with China and oil, which together sap demand and slow growth and jobs creation, and address skyrocketing health care costs.

    Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama blamed China’s undervalued currency for slow U.S. growth and warned Chinese leaders if they did not cooperate to redress the situation, he could act unilaterally. Liberal economists like Paul Krugman, conservative economists like this author and moderates like the Peterson Institute’s Fred Bergsten all recommended viable courses of action.

    Sadly, the President talks tough in front of friendly audiences and to Republicans when he enjoys the high ground, but brings his kneeling pad when negotiating with Chinese leaders. He has simply done little to reverse the flow of money and jobs to the Middle Kingdom and other venues in Asia.

    In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the President punished the entire oil industry to gain political points and appease environmentalists. So much for substantially reducing the oil deficit!

    His most significant accomplishment — ObamaCare has turned into a massive subsidy for the health care industry and welfare program for working class voters he hopes to secure for the next generation. Health care costs 50 percent more than in Germany — where outcomes are better — and health insurance premiums and co-pays borne by business and the middle class keep rocketing.

    Government spending is up over a trillion dollars, the federal deficit is spinning out of control and the country faces a credit downgrade by Moody’s. Former speaker Pelosi vilifies Republicans for not embracing the President’s “balanced” approach, but he shows no interest in cutting spending and only passion for raising taxes on success.

    America hardly lacks the technology, capital and enterprise necessary to succeed, but unfortunately, it is led by a man hell bent on building a political majority, and with little interest in fixing what’s broke in the economy.

    Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and widely published columnist

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/30/bankruptcy-obama-pelosi-progressive-agenda/#ixzz2JYTSOBf6

  89. A good summation of where we are, and why we are failing the American People–the living and the yet to be born, under the corrupt regime of this “First Black President”, the counter cultural ignoranti, and his harem of big media whores. This article provides clarity and alignment for everyone, i.e us, the corrupt party and the stupid party.
    It tells it how it is. Finally.

    The bankruptcy of the Obama-Pelosi ‘progressive’ agenda
    By Peter Morici

    Published January 30, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    No one can accuse the Democrats of being the party of personal responsibility. Confronted with an economy that contracted in the fourth quarter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed Congressional Republicans for obstructing the president’s agenda and creating uncertainty.

    In the wake of the financial collapse, the Democrats took full control of both the Congress and the Presidency in 2009 and were presented with an historic opportunity to put their ideas into practice. Unfortunately, the newly elected President Obama and Speaker Pelosi treated the situation as a political opportunity to build a Democratic majority rather than an obligation to fix what’s broken in the economy.

    Shrewdly, President Obama cobbled together a broader Democratic coalition by delivering to women free health care services, to Hispanics amnesty for young adults, to younger folks overly generous student loans, to teachers and civil servants subsidies to protect their jobs, to labor unions a rebuke of Simpson-Bowles recommendation that the retirement age be raised, and to his political friends generous subsidies for solar panels, windmills and other whimsical projects. Meanwhile, he cut defense, raised taxes on small businesses, and imposed unproductive regulations on manufacturing.

    No surprise, the revolution of the takers has instigated a strike among the makers. Rather than be slaves — yoked under burdensome taxes, regulations and endless hectoring from the Left — small banks aren’t lending but instead are looking to sell out to the Wall Street barons who financed the President’s rise to power. Small businesses are not expanding, and multinational corporations are taking factories and jobs to China and other Asian venues where genuine enterprise and capitalism, paradoxically, is supported.

    Now, Mr. Obama’s tepid recovery is failing.

    When the President campaigned in 2008, he promised to address the huge trade deficits with China and oil, which together sap demand and slow growth and jobs creation, and address skyrocketing health care costs.

    Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama blamed China’s undervalued currency for slow U.S. growth and warned Chinese leaders if they did not cooperate to redress the situation, he could act unilaterally. Liberal economists like Paul Krugman, conservative economists like this author and moderates like the Peterson Institute’s Fred Bergsten all recommended viable courses of action.

    Sadly, the President talks tough in front of friendly audiences and to Republicans when he enjoys the high ground, but brings his kneeling pad when negotiating with Chinese leaders. He has simply done little to reverse the flow of money and jobs to the Middle Kingdom and other venues in Asia.

    In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the President punished the entire oil industry to gain political points and appease environmentalists. So much for substantially reducing the oil deficit!

    His most significant accomplishment — ObamaCare has turned into a massive subsidy for the health care industry and welfare program for working class voters he hopes to secure for the next generation. Health care costs 50 percent more than in Germany — where outcomes are better — and health insurance premiums and co-pays borne by business and the middle class keep rocketing.

    Government spending is up over a trillion dollars, the federal deficit is spinning out of control and the country faces a credit downgrade by Moody’s. Former speaker Pelosi vilifies Republicans for not embracing the President’s “balanced” approach, but he shows no interest in cutting spending and only passion for raising taxes on success.

    America hardly lacks the technology, capital and enterprise necessary to succeed, but unfortunately, it is led by a man hell bent on building a political majority, and with little interest in fixing what’s broke in the economy.

    Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and widely published columnist

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/30/bankruptcy-obama-pelosi-progressive-agenda/#ixzz2JYTSOBf6

  90. A good summation of where we are, and why we are failing the American People–the living and the yet to be born, under the corrupt regime of this “First Black President”, the counter cultural ignoranti, and his harem of big media whores. This article provides clarity and alignment for everyone, i.e us, the corrupt party and the stupid party.
    It tells it how it is. Finally.

    The bankruptcy of the Obama-Pelosi ‘progressive’ agenda
    By Peter Morici

    Published January 30, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    No one can accuse the Democrats of being the party of personal responsibility. Confronted with an economy that contracted in the fourth quarter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed Congressional Republicans for obstructing the president’s agenda and creating uncertainty.

    In the wake of the financial collapse, the Democrats took full control of both the Congress and the Presidency in 2009 and were presented with an historic opportunity to put their ideas into practice. Unfortunately, the newly elected President Obama and Speaker Pelosi treated the situation as a political opportunity to build a Democratic majority rather than an obligation to fix what’s broken in the economy.

    Shrewdly, President Obama cobbled together a broader Democratic coalition by delivering to women free health care services, to Hispanics amnesty for young adults, to younger folks overly generous student loans, to teachers and civil servants subsidies to protect their jobs, to labor unions a rebuke of Simpson-Bowles recommendation that the retirement age be raised, and to his political friends generous subsidies for solar panels, windmills and other whimsical projects. Meanwhile, he cut defense, raised taxes on small businesses, and imposed unproductive regulations on manufacturing.

    No surprise, the revolution of the takers has instigated a strike among the makers. Rather than be slaves — yoked under burdensome taxes, regulations and endless hectoring from the Left — small banks aren’t lending but instead are looking to sell out to the Wall Street barons who financed the President’s rise to power. Small businesses are not expanding, and multinational corporations are taking factories and jobs to China and other Asian venues where genuine enterprise and capitalism, paradoxically, is supported.

    Now, Mr. Obama’s tepid recovery is failing.

    When the President campaigned in 2008, he promised to address the huge trade deficits with China and oil, which together sap demand and slow growth and jobs creation, and address skyrocketing health care costs.

    Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama blamed China’s undervalued currency for slow U.S. growth and warned Chinese leaders if they did not cooperate to redress the situation, he could act unilaterally. Liberal economists like Paul Krugman, conservative economists like this author and moderates like the Peterson Institute’s Fred Bergsten all recommended viable courses of action.

    Sadly, the President talks tough in front of friendly audiences and to Republicans when he enjoys the high ground, but brings his kneeling pad when negotiating with Chinese leaders. He has simply done little to reverse the flow of money and jobs to the Middle Kingdom and other venues in Asia.

    In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the President punished the entire oil industry to gain political points and appease environmentalists. So much for substantially reducing the oil deficit!

    His most significant accomplishment — ObamaCare has turned into a massive subsidy for the health care industry and welfare program for working class voters he hopes to secure for the next generation. Health care costs 50 percent more than in Germany — where outcomes are better — and health insurance premiums and co-pays borne by business and the middle class keep rocketing.

    Government spending is up over a trillion dollars, the federal deficit is spinning out of control and the country faces a credit downgrade by Moody’s. Former speaker Pelosi vilifies Republicans for not embracing the President’s “balanced” approach, but he shows no interest in cutting spending and only passion for raising taxes on success.

    America hardly lacks the technology, capital and enterprise necessary to succeed, but unfortunately, it is led by a man hell bent on building a political majority, and with little interest in fixing what’s broke in the economy.

    Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and widely published columnist

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/30/bankruptcy-obama-pelosi-progressive-agenda/#ixzz2JYTSOBf6

  91. Where are the JOBS?? 😯

    The US economy shrank 0.1 per cent at an annualised rate in the fourth quarter of 2012, the first contraction in three years, rattling financial markets and highlighting the danger of across-the-board federal spending cuts due in March.

    Much of the fall in gross domestic product was due to a big reversal in business inventories and a plunge in federal defence spending which each

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/32ca94f2-6ae1-11e2-9670-00144feab49a.html#ixzz2JWNnCwiF

  92. …here we go…just wait until this scam begins to unravel…and all the O supporters see they got stuck with the bill the is padding the pockets of the drug and insurance companies…and they are forced to do it…or get stuck with a penalty for nothing in return…

    http://www.wtop.com/289/3212723/Glitch-in-Obama-health-law-may-leave-some-without-insurance

    Some families to be priced out of health overhaul
    Wednesday – 1/30/2013, 9:55pm ET

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president’s plan had hoped.

    As a result, some families that can’t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear.

    The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress wrote the law. Officials said the administration tried to mitigate the impact. Families that can’t get coverage because of the glitch will not face a tax penalty for remaining uninsured, the IRS rules said.

    “This is a very significant problem, and we have urged that it be fixed,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, an advocacy group that supported the overhaul from its early days. “It is clear that the only way this can be fixed is through legislation and not the regulatory process.”

    But there’s not much hope for an immediate fix from Congress, since the House is controlled by Republicans who would still like to see the whole law repealed.

    The affordability glitch is one of a series of problems coming into sharper focus as the law moves to full implementation.

    Starting Oct. 1, many middle-class uninsured will be able to sign up for government-subsidized private coverage through new health care marketplaces known as exchanges. Coverage will be effective Jan. 1. Low-income people will be steered to expanded safety-net programs. At the same time, virtually all Americans will be required to carry health insurance, either through an employer, a government program, or by buying their own plan.

    Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, an advocacy group for children, cited estimates that close to 500,000 children could remain uninsured because of the glitch. “The children’s community is disappointed by the administration’s decision to deny access to coverage for children based on a bogus definition of affordability,” Lesley said in a statement.

    The problem seems to be the way the law defined affordable.

    Congress said affordable coverage can’t cost more than 9.5 percent of family income. People with coverage the law considers affordable cannot get subsidies to go into the new insurance markets. The purpose of that restriction was to prevent a stampede away from employer coverage.

    Congress went on to say that what counts as affordable is keyed to the cost of self-only coverage offered to an individual worker, not his or her family. A typical workplace plan costs about $5,600 for an individual worker. But the cost of family coverage is nearly three times higher, about $15,700, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    So if the employer isn’t willing to chip in for family premiums _ as most big companies already do _ some families will be out of luck. They may not be able to afford the full premium on their own, and they’d be locked out of the subsidies in the health care overhaul law.

    Employers are relieved that the Obama administration didn’t try to put the cost of providing family coverage on them.

    “They are bound by the law and cannot extend further than what the law provides,” said Neil Trautwein, a vice president of the National Retail Federation.

  93. what a freaking mess this is going to be…

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/280117-obama-administration-implements-health-laws-individual-mandate

    Obama administration takes steps to implement individual mandate
    By Sam Baker – 01/30/13 12:28 PM ET

    The Obama administration took new steps Wednesday toward implementing the individual mandate in its signature healthcare law, downplaying the scope of the unpopular provision by stressing rules that allow exemptions from the requirement to purchase insurance.

    The Internal Revenue Service and the Health and Human Services Department emphasized exceptions to the mandate, which were detailed in new regulations that also laid out the process by which the IRS will calculate penalties for going uninsured.

    The mandate requires most taxpayers to either buy insurance or pay a fine to the IRS. It’s one of the most politically unpopular provisions of the healthcare law, and was at the core of last year’s historic Supreme Court case over the healthcare law.

    HHS referred to the politically charged provision as a system of “shared responsibility” payments.

    The mandate penalty “applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage,” HHS said in a fact sheet on the new rules.

    The same fact sheet also noted findings from the Congressional Budget Office that less than 2 percent of the American public will have to make a payment under the mandate.

    In 2014, people who choose not to buy insurance and don’t quality for an exemption from the mandate will have to pay a fine of $95. The penalty increases to $695 by 2016, and then rises annually based on a pre-determined formula.

    Although conservatives have railed against the mandate since Obama adopted it in 2009, some policy experts are concerned that it’s too weak to work — that it won’t be an effective incentive for young, healthy people to buy insurance.

    Still, HHS and the IRS chose to focus on exceptions as they implemented the mandate Wednesday.

    The Affordable Care Act includes exceptions for people with religious objections to traditional healthcare services, as well as a slew of income-related carve-outs.

    “A principle in implementing the individual shared responsibility provision is that the shared responsibility payment should not apply to any taxpayer for whom coverage is unaffordable, who has other good cause for going without coverage, or who goes without coverage for only a short time,” HHS said.

    People who do not make enough money to pay federal income taxes aren’t subject to the mandate, and neither are people for whom coverage would be unaffordable, as defined by the healthcare law. For employer-based coverage to meet the law’s definition of affordability, it can’t cost more than 9 percent of an employee’s salary.

    Undocumented immigrants aren’t subject to the mandate, since they’re ineligible for government assistance to help buy healthcare coverage.

    HHS also clarified in the new rules that short gaps in coverage won’t trigger the coverage requirement — meaning people who are temporarily unemployed won’t have to pay a fine for losing their health coverage between jobs.

    Anyone who had insurance for one day of a month will count as having coverage for the whole month, HHS said.

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

    and then this…

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/280135-hhs-clarifies-exemptions-from-individual-mandate-in-states-that-buck-medicaid-expansion

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

    this sounds like the middle class…once again…is going to get stuck with the bill…and the penalties…for everyone else…

    I feel so bad for really young, healthy people who are going to be enslaved to this for life…whether they use the traditional medical system or not…

    unfreaking believable…

  94. …love this comment re: the upcoming Ocare mess:

    ” The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress wrote the law. “–

    The Obama administration—- meaning the Democratic Party since they controlled both the HOUSE & SENATE to cram thru this nightmare called Obamacare…Maybe they should have worked all the bugs out BEFORE hand.

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

    let me add…maybe the DEMOCRATIC House and Senate…should have actually READ this scam and monstrosity before they rammed it through Congress in the middle of the night (while they satisfied the drug and insurance companies that bribed them to do it…oh, check that…gave them ‘political contributions’)

  95. Israeli Jets Blast Arms Shipment Inside Syria

    Israel bombed a suspected shipment of antiaircraft missiles in Syria on Wednesday, according to regional and U.S. officials, in its most ambitious strike inside its neighbor’s territory in nearly two chaotic years of civil war there.

    The early-morning strike in a border area west of Damascus targeted a convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah, the anti-Israel Shiite militant and political group in Lebanon, according to a Western official briefed on the raid.

    Israel launched an airstrike against a convoy of trucks moving near the Lebanon-Syria border Tuesday, a senior U.S. official and a Lebanese security official said.

    Israeli officials declined to comment on the report, and to a Syrian allegation that Israel had bombed a Syrian military facility.

    A strike draws Israel further into Syria’s conflict—a civil war that has already deepened the region’s divides as its powers have taken sides with arms and funding. It also marked a challenge to Iran, which has backed and financed Hezbollah.

    “An attack of any kind is a major escalation,” said Timor Goksel, an expert on Hezbollah and a professor at American University in Beirut. “Why would Israel do this out of the blue?”

    The answer, according to several Western officials and security analysts, is that Israel took a calculated risk that Syria’s government, strained by its own internal war, would choose not to retaliate. Meanwhile, Hezbollah and Iran—both facing coming elections and financial challenges—would also be unlikely to strike back at Israel now.

    In addition to taking out weapons that could be used by Hezbollah against Israeli warplanes in a future conflict, Israel sent what amounted to a message of warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran against attempting to transfer any chemical or biological weapons to Hezbollah, U.S. and Western officials said.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323701904578273861863731082.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

  96. Watching Hagel, much like like Obama, it pains him to say anything positive about Israel other than the typical bs we support Israel.

  97. There are no words….to state how despicable Barack Obama’s response to this has been:
    A week after performing at Obama’s inaugural events, teen shot dead in Chicago Published January 30, 2013 FoxNews.com

    A week after she performed at festivities during President Obama’s inauguration, a 15-year-old majorette was shot dead in Chicago.
    Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital.
    Authorities say Hadiya was one of about 12 teenagers sheltering from heavy rain under a canopy when a man jumped a fence, ran toward the group and opened fire. The man fled the scene in a vehicle. No arrests have been made.
    “As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose,” said Chicago Police Officer Damon Stewart, 36, Hadiya ‘s godfather. “I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/30/week-after-performing-at-obama-inaugural-events-teen-shot-dead-in-chicago/#ixzz2JanBr1qx

    BUT THEN CHICO, with its tough gun laws, does not make his case like GABBY does.

  98. Posting only for humor not that I care, one way or the other.

    Michelle Obama’s Cabbage-Gate?

    A seemingly oddly timed tweet came from the FLOTUS twitter account recenlty, displaying a professional-looking batch of beautiful and (apparently) just harvested batch of cabbage and broccoli grown in the First Lady’s garden that sits just adjacent to the White House. The fact it is now the middle of winter/end of January, gives one pause looking over the photo. Beyond the impressively healthy looking vegetables on display, one can’t help but notice how green the grass also appears. Washington D.C. has had a reasonably cold winter – with nighttime lows regular dipping to below freezing. Either Michelle Obama is utilizing a very well staffed (and thus expensive) green house operation, or this photo is yet another example of an odd “Why would they lie about that?” moment by the Obama White House.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/01/31/michelle-obamas-cabbage-gate/

  99. In the ongoing forced Battle Royale between a president and what he sees as his all but captured USA civil society, there’s no longer any mystique behind the “Fundamental Transformation of America”. It’s becoming more clear by day that the ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’ is a long-planned formula that is forcing legal civil society into a complete illegal society.
    FULL STORY HERE:

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/52763

  100. Tommorrow at 2:30pm ET the State Dep Youtube Channel will broadcast Hillary’s farewell to the S Dep employees at the Lobby (the same place where she received that wonderful welcome in 2009),
    http://still4hill.com has great info about all these final days!

  101. From Mr. Hagel’s home state, Senator Deb Fischer told Mr. Hagel that he held “extreme views” that were “far to the left of this administration.”
    —————-
    Let’s parse those word:

    Far
    To the Left
    Of THIS Administration

    If by this administration, she means the Obama Administration, that is pure bullshit.

    Just look at how they have treated Israel.

    Just look at what the have said about Israel.

    Far from being far to the Left of the Obama Administration

    Chuck Hagel is in their sweetspot.

    Anyone who would characterize him as to the left of Obama

    Is too ignorant to serve in Congress

    Far to the Left
    Of THIS Administration??????????????????

  102. That said, personally, I would give him a pass and concentrate on more important issues to oppose Obama on. Like the next supreme court vacancy. It really does not matter who is secretary of defense anyway. The job will be run out of the White House, like all other cabinet position. And that means with or without Hagel, it will be a classic case of situation normal all fucked up thanks to Obama.

  103. The thing I do like about Hagel is I think he would take on the military industrial complex. Some of the stuff coming out now about how badly Haliburton robbed this country, is Teapot Dome on stereoids, but for the fact that we have a completely dishonst media in this country, the worst in the civilized world, and they treat the people of this country like mushrooms, by keeping them in the dark and feeding them shit. Eisenhower warned us about them, and his words were never heeded. If Hagel walks the gauntlet and survives, then he may well address that issue. It is badly in need of redress. Frankly, I thought McCain and Imhoff were pretty pathetic in their questioning. And Linday Graham never served in combat whereas Hagel did.

  104. Republican Hypocrisy with Hagel

    By Larry Johnson

    on January 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM in Current Affairs

    So, let me see. Chuck Hagel had the audacity to suggest that Jewish lobbyists intimidate members of Congress and what happens? Hagel is pursued by the Republican rabble like Nazis chasing down the Jewish Combat Organization in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in April 1943. Jesus Christ! This is beyond absurd. Of the course the Jewish and the Israeli lobbies are strong in Washington, DC. If admitting that fact makes one an anti-Semite or Jew hater, than I am guilty.

    Only one little problem. I do not hate Jews nor Israel. Pilloring Hagel for the temerity of speaking truth is what makes the Republican display today so pathetic. Did any other country important to U.S. security get the mention and attention that Israel did today? Nope. Is there any other country that gets more U.S. foreign aid and contributions from private citizens than Israel that was mentioned more frequently? Nope.

    So cut the faux outrage. Admit it. US politicians–both Republicans and Democrats–must tread cautiously when it comes to Israel or their very qualification to serve in a high office will be called into question.

    Then there is the nonsense about Iraq. Hey McCain, Go Fuck Yourself. Just because you get shotdown does not make you a hero.

    McCain climbed all over Hagel for his proper claim that the surge would be a disaster. In the McCain fantasy universe the surge worked perfectly. Really? Tell me how we’re doing in Iraq? Suicide bombings disappeared? Nope. Just last week there was this:

    A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded scores more Wednesday at a funeral near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, police said.
    The attack occurred in the ethnically mixed town of Tuz Khurmatu, roughly 56 miles (90 kilometers) south of Kirkuk, and also wounded at least two senior Iraqi government officials.

    And January 2012?

    Attackers killed at least 60 people in Iraq on Thursday in strikes that targeted Shiites and renewed fears of sectarian violence, authorities said.

    The deadliest attack was a suicide bombing targeting Shiite pilgrims just west of the southern city of Nasiriya. It killed at least 36 and wounded 72 others, police and Interior Ministry officials said. A series of blasts in Baghdad left 24 dead and dozens wounded, an Interior Ministry official said.

    So spare me the self-righteous, ridiculous bullshit of McCain and Lindsey Graham. The surge accomplished nothing other than an opening to cover the ass of George W. Bush and Barack Obama and allow us to pull out of Iraq without having to be totally humiliated by admitting that we left a broken country. The sectarian violence continues and Iraq is effectively split into three ethinc sub-regions. And McCain and these other pricks are proud that we wasted the blood of American soldiers for a worthless outcome? Fuck them.

    I am livid about this. How can Republicans hope to repair the dishonesty of the Obama Administration when they cannot even admit to the reality of what really happened in Iraq. In this regard, Republicans and Democrats are the same. Despicable, dishonest politicians who would deny that the Sun rises in the East if they were staked out on Miami Beach. Hell, they would claim there is no such thing as a Sun. In fact, anyone who would insist the Sun exists must be a hater of Jews and Israel. Dishonest all.

  105. There’s a reason people have been building fences for, oh, 5,000 years. They work.

    The current Senate proposal must be improved, either in the Senate or by the House. It’s not complicated. Build the damn fence. And give “probationary legal status” to the 11 million — not on the day the bill is signed but on the day the fence is completed. Have the president drive in the golden fence post at Promontory Point II and sign the amnesty right there. Great photo op.

    With the sequencing — and thus the incentives — so properly aligned, I assure you the fence will go up with amazing alacrity. As it should. The point is not to punish anyone or to make things harder, but to ensure we don’t have to do this again — agonizing over the next 11 million cruelly living here in the shadows.

    I know many Republicans are coming over to immigration reform because of the 2012 election results. Fine. I’ve been advocating this for seven years (“First a wall — then amnesty,” April 7, 2006). Welcome aboard.

    But remember: Enforcement followed by legalization is not just the political thing to do. It is the right thing to do — an act both of national generosity and national interest. It has long been the best answer to the immigration conundrum. It remains so.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/31/how-to-make-immigration-reform-work-this-time/#ixzz2Jc3EXbB9

  106. Bill Jacobsen is worried about China hacking the New York Times newspaper. He regards this as an attack upon our freedom. I disagree. I regard the New York Times as a far greater threat our freedom, ergo not worth defending. I wish China all the luck in the world with this effort. If the New York Times goes down because of it, then we can regard it as a teaching moment which can be studied and applied to protect reputable newspapers. Like I say, if China slips a shiv between the ribs of NYT, I have no objection. They deserve it. Not worth saving. And surely not going to war over.

  107. This is one of the most pitiful displays of stupidity that Oh’s thughs have sent to their Dims. ( An email I received.)

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    If half of the country voted for him…millions, lookie how much they collected, and the sum is probably a scam too….

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  108. Hagel had no chance until Schumer gave his blessing, and that was all that was needed. The powerful Jew Senstor from NewYork has assured us that Hagel, whose disdain for Israel and affinity for the the Muslims/Arabs is clear, will help Obama in
    his effort to isolate and extract more concessions from the Jewish State. Thankfully, Bibi once again showed he will protect Israel and the world from Syrias chemical wespons arsenal despite the forces of evil working hard to destroy the chosen people.

  109. Jb: I do not think it makes a wit of difference—Obama is the anti-Semite, and his connections to people like Franklin Marshall Davis, Reverend Wright and Reverend Farrakan proves it beyond cavil. Moreover, his White House will control the position, whoever occupies it. In that sense, I think Hagel is a wash. He is no more anti-Semitic than many Jews who support Obama. On the positive side, I think he could reduce the power of the military industrial complex, and thus mitigate the game that ruins nations. On the negative side, he is not glib. I do not know why we need to televise these hearing. Somebody has got to do that. I find the Republican response to him literally sickening. They are cowards of the worst kind. McCain and Graham are horrible. Give them a formidable target and they fold. Given them an easy one and they attack mercilessly. They are worthless, except for Issa, and maybe Rubio. How did it ever come to pass that boneless wonders like Boehner, McConnell and McCain speak for the party?

  110. Churchill’s famous comment in 1931, is as true now as it was then. Only the names have changed: Today their names are Boehner, McConnell, and the rest of the establishment Republicans, who would rather switch than fight.
    ————————————————————

    “I remember when I was a child, being taken to the celebrated Barnum’s Circus, which contained an exhibition of freaks and monstrosities, but the exhibit on the program which I most desired to see was the one described as “The Boneless Wonder”. My parents judged that the spectacle would be too demoralizing and revolting for my youthful eye and I have waited fifty years, to see The Boneless Wonder sitting on the Treasury Bench”.——Winston Churchill

  111. Hagel had no chance until Schumer gave his blessing, and that was all that was needed. The powerful Jew Senstor from NewYork has assured us that Hagel, whose disdain for Israel and affinity for the the Muslims/Arabs is clear, will help Obama in his effort to isolate and extract more concessions from the Jewish State
    ———————————–
    Frankly, I would be far more concerned about Kerry than Hagel on that point, given the position he occupies, i.e. Secretary of State, and his over the top promise to “implement Obama’s vision”, which is most assuredly anti Semitic and anti-Israel, for the reasons mentioned above, and the record of the past four years extant.

  112. By jumping into this immigration thing now, Obama may well have doomed it. He is toxic waste in the eyes of most Republicans, and even Boehner is on record saying that Obama’s goal is to destroy the party. When the other side believes that, and when the base does too, no Republican with any smarts wants to partner with Obama on any sweeter to the bi-patisan deal, and yet Obama sociopathic nature will never leave well enough alone. At the end of the day, it may be enough politically for Rubio to have tried and failed, even though the media is sure a deal will be passed. Franky, they do not realize just how toxic, they and their boy are to millions of Americans. Therefore, they seek reassurance from Republicans they interview through questions like you don’t really believe that the President is out to destroy the Republican Party do you, and the guests cynically tell him no, whereupon big media calls it a tea party conspiracy and goes back inside the bubble they live in, where they can continue misreading the situation–and wilfully lying to the country. As I say–good luck to China on the NYT project.
    —————————————————————————-

    There’s one other thing that’s different, though: now, thanks in large part to the Hispanic vote, Barack Obama is President. That will make working for a bill harder for the Republicans who want to see something passed. It’s one thing to give up on some of the same principles the G.O.P.’s base fought so hard for just a few years ago, but doing so in partnership with Obama is something else entirely. The President’s endorsement—his very presence—can suddenly make almost any proposal toxic for a great many Republicans, and anyone who works with him may have some explaining to do come primary season. As a result, before Obama had so much as landed in Las Vegas to deliver his speech, even those Republicans who are in favor of reform were criticizing him for what he would say in it.

    “The President has an important decision to make… when he gives his speech,” Senator Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, said during an appearance he made on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Tuesday. “He can either decide that he wants to be part of a solution or he can decide he wants to be part of a political issue and try to trigger a bidding war. I’m not gonna be part of a bidding war to see who can come up with the most lenient path forward…. if he’s gone to Las Vegas to give a speech and try to trigger a bidding war, then, no, it doesn’t bode well. There won’t be a solution.”

    It’s not often that you see a politician building the explanation for why he might come to oppose his initiative just one day after he announced it, but that is exactly what Rubio, who was part of the group of eight senators who released their ideas for reform, seemed to be doing.

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/01/will-obama-save-immigration-reform-or-kill-it.html#ixzz2JcznuX9M

  113. I’m happy…..

    CNN Cancels Soledad O’Brien Show, Says It Wasn’t Due to ‘Ethnic’ Viewership

    The tumult at CNN that has seen several contributors leave the cable news network continued on Wednesday, when Soledad O’Brien’s morning show, “Starting Point,” was canceled because her program’s small audience was “too ethnic, based on the high concentration of minority viewers.”

    Despite ending O’Brien’s morning show, a CNN spokesman told Politico on Thursday that “Soledad is very important to the network, and we’re discussing various options with her.”

    ……………………

    Could not happen to a nicer person, she should be permanently canned.

  114. Ed Koch died this morning. In 2009 he designed his own tombstone:

    On my tombstone, which awaits me at the Trinity Church nondenominational cemetery at 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, I had inscribed the last words of Daniel Pearl ­ uttered at his publicly viewed murder ­ which were, “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” I believe those words should be part of the annual services on the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, and should be repeated by the congregants.

    In a strange coincidence, Daniel Pearl also died on February 1st.

    These words brought me to tears.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/02/01/photo-ed-kochs-headstone-quotes-daniel-pearls-final-words/

  115. It just dawned on me why Obama selected Hagel as Secretary of Defense. It was not because of his competence, leadership, diversity, or former Republican credentials. It was first, last and always because of his opposition to the Iraq War, which was perhaps the greatest mistake as the Bush Administration. This also explains the vitrol of the Republican questioners, which was over the top–like McCains mawkish demand for a yes or no anwer, or Inhoff’s skip that question when he was challenged, and Graham’s over the top behavior. Obama had hoped to keep that issue–the Iraq War front and center, but it is not working out that way. The risk he ran with Hagel was that he would be destroyed in the advise and consent stage, which is what seems to be happening now, in which case Obama may think he has another card to play–the obstructionist Congress, but because the media is dominated by Jews–that is an empirical fact, not a critique, it will be harder for them to protect him based on his views on Israel. At this point, I am less certain then I was that he will be confirmed. And in that case it would be a defeat for Obama.

  116. Yup backtrack……

    Obama administration announcing broader opt-out options for religious nonprofits over birth control coverage

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BIRTH_CONTROL_RELIGIOUS_GROUPS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control.

    The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, according to a source familiar with the changes who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

    Religious groups had said the old birth-control coverage rule violated their religious beliefs. Many filed lawsuits or said they would simply not comply.

  117. wbboei
    February 1st, 2013 at 2:02 am
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    As Obama continues along his path of destroying this nation–and everything in it, bi-partisanship will the opposing party in Congress, may be marginally acceptable to Republican and conservative voters.

    BUT, bi partisanship with Obama is THE KISS OF DEATH to any Republican leader. The counter example of Boehner, and the way he allowed himself to be bent over time and again proves it.

    A Republican like that is like holds the same distinction as a vichi would in Paris in 1946.

    What this means is that anything with Obama’s fingerprints on it now has no hope of bi-partisan support. It also means that he will need to push more stuff through executive order and given the decision by the Washinton DC Circuit, will lead to a Constitutional crisis.

  118. Thanks for sharing re Ed Koch’s headstone. Very emotional. Sadly, too many liberal Jews run away form their heritage and that is why we have Obama as President.

  119. wait until the O supporters start getting these bills…even Labor is starting to freak out…what a scam…

    Ocare is going to drive the middle class into poverty

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/02/irs-anticipates-cheapest-obamacare-family-plan-will-be-20000-in-2016.html

    Friday, February 1, 2013
    IRS Anticipates Cheapest ObamaCare Family Plan Will be $20,000 in 2016

    Aiee! CNS News found this tidbit (hat tip furzy mouse), contained in IRS final regulations published on January 31. Now admittedly these are examples for the purposes of illustrating how to make various calculations under the new regulations, but the assumptions are pretty clear. The cheapest type of plan in ObamaCare is a bronze plan, and bronze family plans for 4 and 5 person families are assumed to cost $20,000 in 2016.

    First see this section on p. 53:

    see inserts on site

    Now we see how affordable coverage thresholds relate to income in these examples, and notice the plan cost assumptions:

    see inserts on site

    Now before you freak out and worry that that is what you will actually have to pay, there are various types of credits for people who are deemed by formula to “lack affordable coverage”. This is above my pay grade. But I’m pretty stunned at the premiums the IRS is assuming will be generally applicable. One of the benefits claimed for Obamacare was that it would help lower premiums by bringing healthy people who heretofore had gone un or underinsured into the risk pool. It looks like the insurers plan to more than offset that by the premiums they are charging for the higher risk groups they had heretofore managed to exclude. Or at least that will be their excuse.

    Some of the backers of the ACA are finding it to be less of a deal than they had anticipated. From the Wall Street Journal (hat tip Tyler Cowen):

    Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.

    Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.

    To offset that, the nation’s largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.

    I expect the gnashing of teeth over the ACA to get louder as it is rolled out. We said at the time, and we’ll say it again: this plan is a gimmie to Big Pharma and the health insurers. It makes the underlying problem of the American health care industry, that of excessive costs, only worse. The predictable outcome will be costly insurance that does not cover much. Expect it to be OK on routine care, restrictive on preventative care (that may not be entirely bad given how much doctors overtest) and stingy on big ticket items.

  120. It seems that young Arthur (Saltzberg) owner of NYT cannot run a business, much less a bona fide newspaper. Let’s hope China suceeds in their hacking mission, and NYT stock drops down to pennies. A new buyer could come in, invalidate their union contracts, and not assume the pension liabilty. That is one instance where I have no empathy for the employees displaced, since through their corrupt enterprise and shoddy practices they have been either directly or indirectly responsible for the demise of so many other companies and their employees. There is no substitute for honest reporting and their corporate culture is inimical to same.
    —————————————————————————–

    Real estate billionaire Donald Trump says he has looked at purchasing The New York Times, but that it would be a difficult deal.

    “I think a lot of people are hoping it’s true” that he’d buy it, Trump tells Fox Business Network. “I’ve looked at the numbers. Their numbers are amazingly bad. They have a tremendous unfunded liability. I guess it’s over $1 billion.”

    The company also has a dual-class share structure, “which makes it very tough,” Trump says.

    Editor’s Note: Billionaires Dump Stocks. Prepare for the Unthinkable.

    He says it would be quite interesting to have The Times’ liberal economic columnist Paul Krugman working under him. “That would be really a lot of fun. He might not be reporting for very long,” Trump says.

  121. S
    February 1st, 2013 at 12:33 pm
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    Thanks S.

    I have a strong hunch that Zucker who is now head of CNN, was forced out by comcast.Capus was a slug, and a yes man for Zucker. Thus, Capus’ departure is hardly surprising. He was instrumental in creating a defective product and a toxic corporate culture. The man is morally defective.

  122. BREAKING: Steve Capus Out as President of NBC News

    by Alexander Marlow1 Feb 2013, 9:53 AM PDT29post a comment

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    Steve Capus first showed up on our radar when a misleading edit of a 911 call broadcast on MSNBC portrayed the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman as racially motivated.

    The buck has to stop somewhere, and Capus had been the President of NBC News at the time. But not any more. Despite signing a long term deal just last year, Capus announced in a memo today that he will be leaving NBC.

    As it happens, he had been at the helm for not one, not two, not three, but five selective edits that have mislead the American people on the news of the day. The latest of these was the fake “heckling” of Neil Heslin, a father of a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre, while he gave testimony to Connecticut lawmakers earlier this week.

    My colleague and real life Godfather John Nolte was the first to identify the fact that Steve Capus was the common factor in all of the NBC Newsroom bogus editing fiascos, and today Nolte got his man. Hearty congratulations are in order.

  123. Massachusetts: Brown Won’t Run for Senate

    http://atr.rollcall.com/massachusetts-scott-brown-wont-run-for-senate/

    Former Sen. Scott P. Brown, the Massachusetts Republican unseated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012, will announce Friday he will not run in the Senate special election to fill the seat held by Sen. John Kerry, according to The Associated Press.

    Kerry’s resignation from the Senate will take effect Friday afternoon and he will soon be sworn in as secretary of State.

    Two Democrats are vying for the Senate nomination in the special election: Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch. Markey, who has the backing of the Washington, D.C., Democratic establishment, begins the sprint to the April 30 primary as the front-runner.

    The Republican bench in the Bay State is thin. Potential contenders include former Gov. Bill Weld and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.

  124. 2nd Oval Office Readied in White House Rehab Project

    (2 years of construction…. ? Sure, spend more of our tax money to upgrade your throne. )

    This summer there will be two Oval Offices in the White House complex, and it won’t be a case of double vision.

    In preparation for a major, two-year renovation of the West Wing, the government is undertaking extensive work to complete a new executive office for President Obama at the south end of the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building, RCP has learned.

    The president’s facsimile Oval Office, created as a nearly identical replica of the most famous ovoid room in the world, is slated to be ready for occupancy by August if Obama is ready to move and if design challenges are resolved. The build-out of the new “West Wing quarters” inside the Eisenhower building has begun, but unforeseen construction hurdles may alter plans for the eventual placement of the new office inside the EEOB, according to several knowledgeable sources.

    The timing of Obama’s move to a substitute executive suite is in part dependent on the president’s readiness to begin working in the temporary quarters for what could be as long as two years, sources told RCP. The West Wing phase of a larger, $376 million project begun in September 2010 was put on pause through last year’s election, although funding and contracts were ready, the sources said. If Mitt Romney had won in November, Obama would have handed decisions about whether and how to proceed with the rehab project to his successor, they added.

    Since the Oval Office was added to the White House in 1909 (during the Taft administration), decades of repairs, redecoration and technological add-ons have been layered atop an antique foundation — meaning that other presidents have been inconvenienced in this fashion.

    Herbert Hoover, for example, had to make significant repairs after an electrical fire in 1929, and relocated for a brief time across the street to the secretary of the Navy’s office. Sources described how Obama’s West Wing rehab will tackle a down-to-the-studs overhaul of America’s iconic seat of power.

    Though Obama won’t be the first modern president to work in an executive suite nearby, he has described the Oval Office as a “surprisingly comfortable” place in which to get real work done, and he lauds his 70-yard walk from home to office as one of the perks of his position.

    http://realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/02/01/2nd_oval_office_readied_in_white_house_rehab_project__116887.html

  125. S
    February 1st, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Hillary live on c-span…saying her good bye to state dept
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    I watched and loved every minute of it. 🙂

  126. Bomber kills guard in terror attack on US Embassy in Turkey
    Published February 01, 2013 FoxNews.com
    A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the outside perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Friday, killing himself and an embassy guard in a terrorist attack whose motives are under investigation.
    The attack was initially believed to be the work of either Al Qaeda or a proxy for Iran. Turkish officials, though, said the bombing was linked to leftist domestic militants.
    The White House and U.S. State Department said it’s too early to determine who is behind the bombing. The attack, nearly five months after the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, comes as John Kerry was formally sworn in as secretary of State Friday.
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/01/at-least-2-dead-in-terrorist-attack-outside-us-embassy-in-turkish-capital/#ixzz2JhH2GX90

  127. Bomber kills guard in terror attack on US Embassy in Turkey

    ——
    At least they aren’t pushing Rice out to make up a spin for Barry…yet.

    Welcome to the new job you have been begging for, HorseFace Bride.

  128. Still mourning Americas Loss. 🙁

    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign quietly donated nearly $90,000 to the Red Cross in late November, according to a report filed Thursday night with the Federal Election Commission.

    The donation came on Nov. 30 – about one month after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, stretching thin the organization’s resources, and weeks after the GOP candidate lost to President Barack Obama.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/romney-campaign-gave-90k-to-red-cross-after-sandy-87054.html#ixzz2Jgq0VuRx

  129. foxyladi14

    For the first time in 30 years neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton is on a public payroll somewhere.

    ——-
    They were worth their weight in gold and will probably go down in history as the most important couple America has ever had.

    Glad they are in my life.

  130. foxyladi14
    February 1st, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    S
    February 1st, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

    Foxi…

    Hill is so classy…she speaks from the heart…no teleprompter…no notes…a genuine woman with depth…

  131. Rest Up, Hillary Clinton: 2016 Will Be Different

    Hillary worked hard for us. And we worked hard watching her. Some of us cheered her on, wishing her well; others booed her relentlessly. Regardless, we spent countless hours reading about her, talking about her, criticizing her hair, commenting on her clothes. We picked apart her words, her movements, her facial expressions. We watched as she shook hands with countless dignitaries, ate regional dishes, drank regional liquor, danced to regional music. We laughed with her, cried with her.

    But now it appears she is just taking a break. Can she sit still? Can we sit still?

    I surmise that there has never been a national political figure so watched and so examined as has Hillary Clinton. Perhaps it’s the digital age we live in; but perhaps its that she is the first woman to reach such political and popular heights. When we think of the women who ran for president in modern times, many of them were formidable candidates with great ideas, and had they lived in a different time, we may have elected them. But our country was not ready to accept a woman in the highest office, and we made caricatures of them, then and now.

    But our idea of Hillary is different, and luckily for her, she is of an age that is ready for that difference. She is an incredibly smart and talented politician; and as important as her gender is, it is not the primary thing that defines her. Things are different now, and consequently, I think the U.S. is ready to see her as President. Whether you like her politics or not.

    So rest up, Hillary. We will rest with you and try not to watch your every move. In four years, we as a country will be even more ready than we are now to see a woman in the White House. When that time comes, try as we will, we will again watch you closely and talk about you. But it won’t– but then again it will– matter that you are a woman.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizadonnelly/2013/02/01/rest-up-hillary-next-time-will-be-different/

  132. Jeeze, all the articles covering Hillary stepping down as SOS almost make it sound like she passed on………it gives me the creeps.

    Hillary is alive and well and will fight on after she gets to sleep-in a little.

    Go Hillary, go!!!!!!

    You have done a fantastic job, now you need to rest and take time to smell some flowers, dance and life with less stress for awhile.

  133. Fox talking about Hagel…all his mistakes and lack of knowledge…

    This guy was either hiding under a rock for years, was drunk or makes Biden sound like Einstein.

    Guess Barry just wants someone that’s a yes man like Biden, and the rest of his current cabinet. Hillary and McCrystal knew it was time to blow that fox hole.

  134. Fox gave Hillary full coverage for her departure address to her staff and it was a real work of art and she was given an ovation that was the best in her career.Fox also gave her afternoon time that limited her available audience.Prime time tonight was they let loose their hate and trash “Gas Bags on her”.It was laura Ingraham night the moth eaten blond mouthpiece hate monger.I hope I can hang in there and see our national treasure Hillary as our World famous Lady POTUS.

    ABM95

  135. ABM95

    Yes, we all need to stay healthy so we are around when our Hillary becomes our President.

    Good to see you here on the day that Hillary gets away from Obama.

  136. Media bias in the age of Obama

    To say that the elite media has a liberal bias is similar to declaring that the sun rises in the east. But it’s never been this transparent, the infatuation never this deep, the advocacy this passionate. We are now seeing shows like “60 Minutes”–once a fearless giant in journalism–give interviews that you would expect to see on Entertainment Tonight or state-run television. We’re at the point when we have to count on tough interviews coming from news outlets like Univision. …

    A combination of factors, I think. One is the rise of Fox News. For decades progressives had a monopoly on news, which meant they were content to slant the news but not routinely cross the line into advocacy. But now that Fox News has offered not only a different perspective, but a popular one, journalists may feel they must, in order to compensate for their loss of influence, increase their liberal advocacy.

    A second factor is Barack Obama. He is liberal, Ivy League, and a person of color. That is simply too powerful of a combination for the elite media to resist. (If Obama were conservative, Ivy League, and a person of color, he would be a marked man, as Clarence Thomas has been.) Mr. Obama touches the media’s erogenous zone in ways that no other president, even JFK, ever has. One gets to sense that journalists not only like Mr. Obama; they are in awe of him. They want to impress him and please him and are afraid of being rebuked by him. (It is very much how my 3rd grade son views his teacher.) Being a bright fellow, Mr. Obama understands this, which is why from time to time he transitions from being president to being media critic. He issues marching orders to the elite media–and a stunningly high number of journalists salute and do as they are told.

  137. Do you think Hillary should cut her hair or keep it like it is now. The longer style seems to make her more I don’t know how to say it but more sincere .. I think the public as gotten used to her longer hair and keeping it the lenght it is now, they will remember her work these 4 years.

  138. Ah, what would Hillary’s last day be without one last bit of sexism? Why are so many of the reports saying HER last day is marred by the Turkey bombers and not KERRY’S first day is marred by it?

    Rest up, Hillary. I will do the same and we will battle our sexist media again in 2016.

  139. watch this warm/personal interview wit Hillary. at the end she’s asked what she’d say to the women and girls that adore her , why she wouldn’t run in 2016, and she says that she won’t fade away, she’ll be there fighting for the causes she cares about, you’ll love the sincerity and pasion in her voice about the amazing girls she has met around the world.
    http://www.pbs.org/ttc/episode_2147.html

  140. I think it well worth noting that Hillary’s departure was done just as she started. To me, it speaks volumes of her consistency that she left with just as adoring a State Department membership as she did when she started.

    Barack Obama can’t make that same claim as he enters his second term. The “thrill” is gone with him. But that is no surprise. It is the difference between style and SUBSTANCE. Style comes and goes…substance remains constant.

    It is this kind of consistency of leadership we so desperately need in this country.

    Hillary 2016

  141. Sweet Jesus, it’s ABM 95 now!

    Seeing that makes me feel time flies… and yet it’s dragging on so slowly until 2016!

  142. Sweet Jesus, it’s ABM 95 now!

    Seeing that makes me feel time flies… and yet it’s dragging on so slowly until 2016!

  143. foxyladi14

    “For the first time in 30 years neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton is on a public payroll somewhere.”

    Hey – Bill gets retirement pay. I think HIllary gets some too!

  144. ABM95 – you slipped in another birthday!!! Hope it was happy.
    ————————————————-
    Here’s a lighter protestation of media bias:

  145. Watch your wallet. Again.
    Retirement Savings Accounts Draw U.S. Consumer Bureau Attention
    By Carter Dougherty – Jan 17, 2013 9:01 PM PT
    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is weighing whether it should take on a role in helping Americans manage the $19.4 trillion they have put into retirement savings, a move that would be the agency’s first foray into consumer investments. “That’s one of the things we’ve been exploring and are interested in in terms of whether and what authority we have,” bureau director Richard Cordray said in an interview. He didn’t provide additional details.
    MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-18/retirement-savings-accounts-draw-u-s-consumer-bureau-attention.html

  146. dot48

    4 years ago this was made. WE’LL BE WAITING FOR YOU HILLARY.

    Have been watching Hillary the last 2 weeks, her testimony at Benghazi hearing was brilliant. She still has it. I will back her again if she runs. RUN HILLARY RUN

    I can’t help it, I just love her.

    —–
    A big YUP to that.

  147. VotingHillary
    February 2nd, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Hillary’ complete speech courtesy of C-SPAN. Kerry has a tough act to follow.

    ———
    HorseFace isn’t even in the same horse race when it comes to stepping into Hillary’s shoes.

    Kerry is so far up Barry’s bum, only his hooves are visible.

  148. VotingHillary

    Hillary’ complete speech courtesy of C-SPAN

    ——–
    Thanks for posting the link. I see I am not the only one that needs to touch Hillary, the long line of people from the State Department that needed the same thing.

  149. Leanora, Thanks for that link. However, the next sentence in that Koch article just grinds my geats: Clinton will deliver his speech on behalf of President Obama, who will not attend the service at Temple Emanu-el on East 65th Street in Manhattan.
    [I’d just begun to realize that The Presidential SlimeBag would be wanting to garner some of the love being sent Koch’s way, and I guess that is how he has decided to do it. The next two sentences bring me back from my rage, though….]
    “President Clinton is in Japan. He’s cutting his trip short to come back,” said Arzt.
    Koch had a very good relationship with both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
    “They talked on a lot of issues and the mayor was very helpful during her [Hillary Clinton’s] campaign for senate,” Arzt said.
    Koch also supported Hillary in her presidential run, his spokesman added.[SNORT TEE HEE HEE – no wonder he’s not coming]
    Mayor Bloomberg will also speak, along with friends, family and dignitaries, including Ido Aharoni, the Israeli consul general in New York.
    Koch, the city’s 105th mayor, died on Friday. He was 88.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/exclusive_bill_clinton_to_speak_wIAt0Ep8GsmYvBafk5A2uK

  150. Obama WENT ON RECORD SAYING THIS?
    “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”

  151. Wow. Obama is losing the black left. Maybe being called an Obama will someday be a bigger insult than being called an Uncle Tom. From Black Agenda Report:

    The White House Un-Reality Show

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    “He merely peppered the speech with progressive buzzwords and references – just enough notes to get the faithful to fill in the empty spaces with their own internal music.”

    Like an abusive spouse who preys on the emotional desperation and dependency of his domestic victim, Barack Obama knows that all he need do is offer some cheap street corner flowers and a few sweet words, and the previous nights and months and years of beatings will be forgiven. Just hum a bar or two of an old, shared song, and the battered partner will supply a full symphony of Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra – because she needs to hear it, if only inside her own head.
    http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/white-house-un-reality-show

  152. Why are we concerned if Iran has nuclear weapons? The principle of Mutually Assured Destruction is just as valid today as during the Cold War. Iran surely knows they will be obliterated if they use a nuke on Israel, or on any country.

    THIS is what bothers me about Iran:
    Iran unveils finger amputating machine for use on thieves
    Iran has unveiled its latest innovation in criminal punishment – a machine that cuts off the fingers of thieves.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9831727/Iran-unveils-finger-amputating-machine-for-use-on-thieves.html

  153. Jeepers, I was worried when Big Pink was down tonight. Glad admin got it working again.

    Alone in this Obama world without Big Pink, it would be Hell.

  154. Ed Koch, late N.Y. mayor, was familiar face in Palm Beach County
    [but how we wish he had not endorsed Obama. I’ve included the whole writeup of his Presidential endorsements because overall it is quite remarkable]
    …Koch was a lifelong Democrat but crossed party lines in 2004 to endorse Republican President George W. Bush’s re-election, saying Bush was a stronger defender of Israel than Democratic nominee John Kerry. Koch campaigned in Palm Beach County that year as the GOP tried to chip away at traditionally strong Jewish support for Democrats. “They pretty much had him camping out here in South Florida,” recalled Republican Palm Beach County Mayor Steven Abrams, who was mayor of Boca Raton at the time and active in GOP outreach to Jewish voters. “He made a speech at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton where he nearly caused a riot. He was very outspoken.”
    Even for those who disagreed with Koch, Abrams said: “He was just entertaining to listen to. He could draw a crowd just by being Ed Koch.” Four years later, former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman campaigned extensively among Jewish audiences in South Florida for Republican nominee John McCain. Some Democrats questioned Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s pro-Israel credentials.
    Koch returned to the Democratic fold and endorsed Obama. His appearances for the Democratic nominee in South Florida gave Obama a significant boost with Jewish voters, said former Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel.
    “They knew that he was completely outspoken and would tell people exactly what he was thinking. It was reassuring that a guy who was not just completely committed to Judaism but to Israel was putting his ‘hechsher’ on Barack Obama,” said Siegel. Hechsher is the Hebrew word for the certification that a product is kosher. snip Both the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Republican Jewish Coalition paid tribute to Koch on Friday.
    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/ed-koch-late-ny-mayor-was-familiar-face-in-palm-be/nWC7z/
    [However Barack Obama will not attend tomorrow’s funeral; in his stead, WJC cut short a visit to Japan. Let’s see what Obama’s schedule tomorrow entails.]

  155. A friend of mine who fell for Obama hook line and sinker told me last Friday that he voted against Hillary in the 2008 primary, but is now glad to see that Hillary will be the inevitable candidate in 2016. He knew how invested I was in Hillary in 2008, and was afraid to tell me this before. However, he proudly announced that he was supporting her this time, and was taken aback that I was not gushing righ along with him about 2016.

    I told him that with me, I never fell for the image, because all politicians have feet of clay. The question is in addition to paying off their friends and contributors, and making speeches, can they find anything left in their bag of tricks to advance the general welfare. It is obvious to people who study politics with an objective eye that Obama has zero concern for the general welfare, and will undermine the country to advance his own perverse agenda.

    What prevents me from dedicating myself to this 2016 patter, is three things:

    1. Bengahzi

    2. Big media support for her candidacy.

    3. The new democrat party, which has no longer represents the interests of working class whites.

    With respect to the first issue, I have stated my views previously, and will not repeat them. Either you see the problem or you do not. My friend is a veteran but he does not see the problem–thinks it is a tempest in a teapot. To me however, it is an important tell, as you look for in any poker game.

    With respect to the second issue, I have grave misgivings that big media, and the DC establishment now supports her candidacy. Four years ago that was not the case. They torpedoed her. Part of the reason for that Hillary was never a Washington insider as she is now. As long as she was independent of them, she was capable of representing us. Conversely, no politican who is loyal to the Washington establishment, can possibly be loyal to the American People.

    With respect to the third issue, the party has changed consistent with Gresham’s Law: the bad money drives out the good. The party has become the party of minorities, and as such it represents a continuing grievance against this country to which there is no solution other than to continue villifying whitey. This phenomenon has been cynically exploited by the vested interests, which has made it worse. If you want to know why the country is divided you need look no further than that.

    These are my concerns going forward. Frankly, I prefer to remember Hillary as the champion for the American People which she was in 2008, rather than an agent of the destructive tsumami which has swept across this country during the past eight years. I do not look to the Republicans for answers, and absent any ability on their part to provide an effective check and balance, I fear for the worst.

    Time will tell whether these are simply an old man’s fears, or if there is something to them.

  156. wbboei: “…Hillary was never a Washington insider as she is now…”

    Hillary was very much a part of the DC scene, it was even something that the Obama crowd held against her.

    “…loyal to the Washington establishment…”

    “Loyal” is not fair either. Hillary is and has always been her own woman.

    Every election cycle, there is at least one candidate that prides himself on being an “outsider” to Washington, ergo running against Washington. Obama did it in 2008 and surprisingly did it again in 2012. McCain/Palin styled themselves as “mavericks”, which was true and resembled an “outsider” theme. Romney, of course, was an outsider and didn’t have to say so.

    Both Romney and Hillary sloughed the “outsider” meme and put forward their ability to work across the aisle. This is more significant in my eyes than being an outsider.

  157. Has this guy been a journalista?
    Glen Johnson, political editor for Boston.com, is joining Secretary of State John Kerry’s staff
    Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson is resigning to take a post as a senior State Department adviser, working for John F. Kerry.
    Johnson, 50, a 27-year journalism veteran who has covered five presidential elections, said his focus would be on strategic communications.
    “This is an unexpected opportunity. All I’ve ever wanted to do ¬since junior high school – and have done professionally – is be a news reporter. But this chance to serve the country —-BARF —– http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2013/01/31/glenn-johnson-political-editor-for-boston-com-joining-secretary-state-john-kerry-staff/IPLgxlGCByM2KyKEBXDKuN/story.html

  158. ABM95 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
    You have been so loyal and supportive of Hillary and a great inspiration to me and motivation to visit this site in a time when a lot of the bloggers were against Hillary, but your support for her as SHADOW’s FOXILADY and others were great for me.Have a great day as we prepare for 2016, and please go and sign up at
    http://www.facebook.com/ReadyForHillary
    and watch this funny interview with her from last week
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcaaeulWaY

    Enjoy!

  159. This sounds like Democrats but it is the other side taking lessons from a bad crowd.
    Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races
    OUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races…. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/politics/top-gop-donors-seek-greater-say-in-senate-races.html?ref=politics&_r=0

    IMPOSE A NEW SENSE OF DISCIPLINE???

  160. anyone else notice that since and right after the election:

    (1) the unemployment went up from the mysterious low of 7.7 just before the election
    to now climbing to 7.9(and heaven knows what the actual number is)

    (2) that the gas prices are steadily creeping up and are now at about $3.60 – $3.95 a gallon…and not a peep from the dims…the same dims that used to be screaming that Bush and the oil co were in collusion

    (3) that the young people and kids graduating out of college cannot find jobs…and if they do, they are low wage jobs…these are the same young people that O’care and the dims are counting on to pay for healthcare that will enable O’care to pay for those that do not have and cannot pay for O’care and for the cost of covering the seniors/elderly (this is going to become a MAJOR PROBLEM)

    (4) more and more layoffs happening and on the horizon…Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, etc…AND the health device companies…all headed south because they cannot afford the taxes, the O’care demands…and business is bad…

    (5) …and finally, a complete cover up and no mention of any of this so as to protect O…between the MSM and the dishonesty and corruption of the dims and O…our country is headed for dire straits…the middle class cannot continue to subsidize all the whims of O and the dims…O’care penalities coming in a year to sap more from the middle class and the bottom line they are struggling with…

    …this is all going to lead to one big crash…count on it…and the media and the dims are complicit in the downfall that is coming…

  161. Foxy…for the hell of it I took a peek at TM…boy, that crowd is still buying everything O is selling hook, line and sinker…according to that crew, his pic shooting is so “in your face”

    …I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time…they have got to be kidding…

    this is just the kind of coverage I am talking about…forget ODS…this is OPS…meaning Obama Protection Syndrome…regardless if common sense and simple honestly says the opposite…

    coin that phrase…Obama Protection Syndrome…OPS

  162. Vcal
    February 3rd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for that video, Vcal. I have always loved the original interview she did with Hamus and Andy and that follow-up video was a hoot as well.

  163. foxyladi14 February 3rd, 2013 at 9:13 am This is so sad. Prayers for the family.
    Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, was one of two people fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range Saturday, Texas Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News.
    ————————–
    Yes. And kind of puts a hole or so in Obama’s strategy for pushing thru gun control legislation. I hope people sit up and take notice because this latest shooting shines a huge spotlight on the mental illness angle of the problem. This guy was in the slammer in less than a NY minute, charged with capital crimes and has a huge bail. The whole situation should be used to leverage the plight of #FtHood victims since their shooter remains a paid and coddled member of their military – a fact that is likely enough to drive any of our troops stark raving mad.

  164. 11:39 AM. WJC has just concluded his eulogy to Koch and he focused on the relationship he and Koch had when he was president. I’d need to doublecheck but I’ll say he did not mention that he was sent by Obama. Hillary is there. It is a beautiful, beautiful Temple.

  165. I’d thought the blonde beside WJC was Hil with a new hairdo, but now that appears to be in question.

  166. Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | February 4th, 2013 at 04:30 AM | 68

    RESIZE: AAA

    American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it.

    It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the GM bailout, Harriet Miers, etc., etc., etc. are really hacked off that people have been rejecting them. In 2012, about the only successful Republican candidates were the ones who directly rejected the legacy of these people.

    So now they will up their game. They don’t like being shut out. They blame the tea party and conservatives for their failure to win primaries. They’ll now try to match conservatives and, in the process, call themselves conservatives.

    I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement. They’ve made it really easy now to figure out who the terrible candidates will be in 2014.

    The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.

    The problem will not be the weeding out. Certainly some candidates should be weeded out. Todd Akin should never have gotten the nomination, but tea party groups in Missouri were too divided to rally against him. Weeding out candidates will not be the problem. The problem will come when conservatives do rally and Karl Rove disagrees. In calling his group the “Conservative Victory Project” he intends to lend a veneer of conservative credibility to candidates who may not be in the same way the Bush Presidency tried to create “big government conservatism.”

  167. holdthemaccountable
    February 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Koch carried out to applause and organ playing New York, New York
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Beautiful.and fitting. 🙂

  168. Texas loves Hillary too??

    —-

    According to that poll last week showing that Hillary Clinton could carry Texas, 50 percent of voters there have a favorable opinion of her, and only 43 percent have a negative one.

    Two months ago, President Obama lost the state by 16 points to Mitt Romney. But Clinton beats Chris Christie and Marco Rubio, within the margin of error, and she trounces Texas Gov. Rick Perry by eight points.

    That head-to-head number with Perry has gotten the most attention, but it actually says less about Clinton than it does about Perry, who’s notched 3.5 terms at this point, and is grating on the homestate electorate.

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2013/02/7490507/republican-texas-and-special-case-hillary-clinton

  169. Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent.

    “The situation has obviously deteriorated. It is a systematic deterioration,” said longtime Benghazi resident Jalal Elgallal, who was spokesman of the now-defunct National Transitional Council.

    Mr. Elgallal recently escaped harm from a nearby bomb blast as he waited in his car at a traffic light.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/3/benghazi-libya-deteriorating-into-security-nightma/#ixzz2Jxw8T7Cp
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

  170. DOW Down 133 points!!!!!! 😯

    U.S. stocks fell sharply Monday, the first trading day after the Dow hit its highest level since the financial crisis.

    The Dow Jones industrial average dropped as much as 129 points in late morning trading. It was down 117 at 13,892 as of 11:52 a.m. EST.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 13 points to 1,499. The Nasdaq composite index lost 36 to 3,143.

    The declines followed a surge Friday that pushed the Dow above 14,000 for the first time since 2007, before the financial meltdown that routed world markets.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/4/stocks-fall-after-dows-rally-14000/#ixzz2JxyQBnY5
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

  171. I vote for this and hope he invites Barry for a peace summit…

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he’s ready to take the risk of being the first Iranian astronaut sent into space as part of Iran’s goal of a manned space flight.

    “I’m ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country’s scientists,” the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in an address to space scientists in Tehran.

    http://news.yahoo.com/ahmadinejad-wants-irans-first-astronaut-115509770.html

  172. A quote from Ed Koch:

    “Listen, there’s no question that some New Yorkers think I’m gay, and voted for me nevertheless.
    The vast majority don’t care, and others don’t think I am.
    And I don’t give a s—- either way! What do I care? I’m 73 years old. I find it fascinating that people are interested in my sex life at age 73. It’s rather complimentary! But as I say in my book, my answer to questions on this subject is simply F—- off. There have to be some private matters left,” on his sexuality in the April 6, 1998 issue of New York Magazine. Koch was a longtime bachelor and never married.

    http://www.politico.com/gallery/2013/02/outspoken-ed-kochs-best-quotes/000769-010973.html

  173. A great quote from Ed Koch:

    “If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12, see a psychiatrist,” a common slogan used in several of his campaigns.

  174. I know Webb well enough to know he would never run on a presidential ticket behind Warren. Warren however would run, and why not. Isn’t she just exactly what the dumbed down electorate is looking for? Bill is worried about it. And maybe he is right. The left has figured out how to win elections. What they have not figured out is how to govern–other than bribes, threats and bankruptcy. Yup, Warren looks pretty good for the job. As with her faux Indian heritage which she used for affirmative action purposes, she never let a little thing like the truth stands in the way of a good story. The only problem is she is too white for the party of Howard Dean.
    ————————-

    “Elizabeth Warren / Jim Webb 2016″

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:30pm

    Think the unthinkable.

    Left-wing bloggers are:

    “[Webb] would also be the perfect candidate for vice president in 2016 with Elizabeth Warren, which would allow the Dems to build again, not from ’60s nostalgia, but from original new strengths.

    And so are mainstream liberal publications.

    It’s one of the reasons we created and will continue to build up ElizabethWarrenWiki.org, which is beginning to get recognition as a one-stop shop for reasearch on Warren, as written up by Patrick Howley at the The American Spectator, New Online Encyclopedia Chronicles Warren’s Past:

    Cornell Law School professor and high-profile conservative blogger William Jacobson has launched a new website, ElizabethWarrenWiki.org, to definitively compile all of the information on the background of Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    “I decided after the election that I didn’t want this information to get lost. No single place brought it all together. So I created a resource for future people who research her,”Jacobson, the founder of the conservative blog Legal Insurrection, told me in a phone conversation last week….

    Millions of Americans heard at least some of the details of Warren’s Indian scandal. But those details weren’t reported by mainstream papers or amplified by mainstream networks, as Jacobson’s wiki page clearly demonstrates.

    Conservative websites were deep-diving into an issue the liberal press was determined to play off as some kind of fatuous right-wing study-hall prank. Remarkably, the story still got out….

    “In four years if she runs for president, people can now go to (ElizabethWarrenWiki.org) and look deeply into her background,”Jacobson said.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  175. Vcal

    Thanks so much for the link to Hillary’s site. I wonder if she will be the person watching it or if she will have an assistant doing it for her?

    I wonder what she is hoping to hear from the public?

  176. Shadowfax
    February 4th, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    Vcal

    Thanks so much for the link to Hillary’s site. I wonder if she will be the person watching it or if she will have an assistant doing it for her?

    I wonder what she is hoping to hear from the public?

    ___________________________________________________

    Three words is what she is hoping to hear/read…..

    RUN HILLARY RUN!

  177. Three words is what she is hoping to hear/read…..

    RUN HILLARY RUN!

    ———
    😆

    Yuppers….now we will have another three years of tea leaf reading…

  178. EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans!!

    http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans?lite

    A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

  179. Thanks Leanora for the great UK link on Ed Koch’s service; it’s good you were able to watch.

    Obama would have been extremely uncomfortable at that place where honor and integrity and accountability were attributes frequently cited. And then there is the similarity of last names Ed and the Koch Brothers who probably do for the group ‘Americans For Prosperity’ what Soros does for MoveOn dot org. Spelling of the two family names is the same – only pronunciation differs. They could easily be related. Obama in fits of rage lunged at them verbally during the campaign up to GE. Who could forget. Better this example of Affirmative Action gone amuck hide himself in Minnesota than pretend he could fit in even for a moment. And of course – all the Jewishness there. POTUS would probably have broken a sweat thinking of all the damage to his closet friends.

    Reminding you that I do not watch corporate Evening news shows. but I do see plenty of local ones. While Larry Mendte of WPIX ALMOST mocked Obama last night in his opinion piece about the skeets, coverage of POTUS has been noticeably absent. In general. Except for the picture.

    And Monday morning’s accolades regarding the DJIA on Friday – gone with the wind by Monday at the close.

  180. Warren. OMG. First time I laid eyes on her it felt like proverbial chalk on board. And never got any better.

  181. Hillary has stated dozens of times she is not running, so I accept her at her word. Too early to even get mildly excited about this as even if she miraculously changes her mind, she will unlikely get the nomination of the 2016 version of the democratic party unless still completely abandons her principles.

  182. Isn’t this the fu@ker that posed with a life sized cut out of Hillary, with a beer in one hand, and his other had on the cut out’s boob?

    ——–

    Jon Favreau, President Obama’s head speechwriter, is departing…

    Jon Favreau’s career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement.

    That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama’s lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama — as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-speechwriter-20130205,0,6789361.story

  183. lolololololol

    Obama Berates Cameraman During Press Conference “Come on Guys! You’re Breaking My Flow!” (Video)
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12:49 PM

  184. Come on Guys! You’re Breaking My Flow!

    Isn’t that a comment some guy would make if someone ran in front of him in the men’s bathroom???

    Gack!

  185. Hillary Clinton Just Quietly Disbanded Her Presidential Committee
    Reuters

    Don’t read too far into this, but Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign organization, Hillary Clinton for President, has finally paid its debts and closed its doors. Documents filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) on Monday confirm as much, and the transfer of the old organization’s leftover cash to a new organization, Friends of Hillary, make the transaction complete. At $102,797, the surplus funds are nothing to scoff at, but they’re certainly a long ways off from the billion or so dollars Hillary would need for a full fledged presidential campaign in 2016. But please, before we go any further, let us remind you once again: Don’t read too far into this. The fabled Hillary 2016 campaign is still a fable at this point and a fable without an ending at that.

    That doesn’t mean that Hillary’s not up to some pretty curious fun, since she left her post at the helm of the State Department a few days ago. Presumably in the same motion as disbanding her old presidential committee, Hillary also launched a new website: http://www.hillaryclintonoffice.com. What a curious URL! Does this mean she’s going to run for the nation’s highest office in three years? Who knows. Twitter certainly though that was the obvious conclusion. After all, the news came just a couple of days after a new super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” launched its website and filed paperwork with the FEC. “Our purpose is simple: we are ready to work for Hillary to be president when she is ready to run,” the super PAC’s chairwoman Allida Black told the Center for Public Integrity. Black and Ready for Hillary are joined by the Hillary Clinton Super PAC, which was formed on January 10 in Iowa.

    Third time’s the charm on this reminder: Don’t read too far into any of this. Hillary’s said very explicitly that she is not running for president in 2016. “I feel it’s time for me to get off the high wire,” are her exact words. “Then why is she doing all this election-like stuff?” you might ask. Well, she’s not doing it, for one thing. Those super PACs are necessarily distanced from the potential candidate, and last we checked, Hillary was not a web developer, so that new website — which is just a picture of Hillary and a contact form, by the way — must’ve come from supporters, too. Maybe she did ask somebody to make it for her, but figuring out why is such a futile exercise. After all, lots of people have their own websites these days. There’s an entire startup dedicated to building “Contact Me” sites just like the one Hillary just unveiled.

    Nevertheless, believers are going to believe, and Allida Black is a believer.

    “I have no doubt she’s gonna run,” says Black.

    “She knows there’s this huge groundswell.

    She sees the challenges.

    She’s not gonna say no. Not because of her, but because of us.”

    Funnily enough, this is how the first male president of the United States was elected, as well.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/hillary-clinton-just-quietly-disbanded-her-presidential-committee/61793/

  186. Healthwise, Hillary is still not out of the woods yet…

    NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton says his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has undergone more medical tests but is “doing much better.”

    He made the remarks Monday to New York Congressman Peter King. The two men spoke in front of reporters outside the funeral of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

    Clinton said his wife had five hours of tests on Sunday and was told to “take it easy for another month.”

    He said if her progress continues, “she’ll be completely recovered.”

    Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said Sunday’s tests comprised a long-scheduled, routine follow-up. He said Hillary Clinton is in good condition but wouldn’t provide further details.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/AP012fd491b0314140b08230c22bfe5387.html

    Take care of yourself Hillary!

    Being grilled by congress for most of a working day was not the wisest decision, but I am sure she felt she had to do it as the media and R’s demanded it.

  187. Go to Chelsea’s or Bill’s facebook site and leave a thank you note for Hillary, please! Let’s her hear from us loud and clear!!!

  188. Back to the Warren article, what is a news organization worth if it only reports part of the story. In a courtroom you have the rule of completeness. In our political system, we don’t. In our political system the truth belongs to the asshole with the microphohne. Which leaves us with two distinct choices: Either take the microphone away from the asshole, or give everyone a microphone. But if you leave things status quo, then the asshole controls society, because the electorate is too stupid to see through the lies.

  189. Being grilled by congress for most of a working day was not the wisest decision, but I am sure she felt she had to do it as the media and R’s demanded it.
    ————————-
    With a few notable exceptions it was less of a grilling and more of a coronation.

  190. Shadowfax
    January 30th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    Michelle Obama tweets pictures of freshly picked cabbage after rumors

    Sounds like the perfect experience needed to run for President…
    &&&&&&&&&&

    That, and all that stylish clothing. 2016 indeed! Another Obama for two more terms!! Woo hoo!

  191. VotingHillary
    February 6th, 2013 at 12:52 am
    Eveyone needs to read this and pass it on. This is so bad even Rachel Maddow called out the administration.
    &&&&&&&&

    I keep wondering how BAD it has to get, how FAR Obummer will push the envelope of “executive privilege”, before the Left realizes they’re living under a dicatatorship.

    &&&
    Obama: “I’ve declared indefinite martial law, and have suspended the 2016 election, because of an undisclosable threat to these Unite States of America”.

    Mother Jones: “Dang.”

    Huff Post: “Well now I’m getting a little upset”.

    NYT: “He probably is justified…”

    Bill Maher: “If this had to happen, it couldn’t have been under a better president.”

    Daily KoS: “If this was Bush, we’d be marching on Washington. I wonder if this doesn’t look just a tad hypocritical. I think I’ll tweet, ‘Is this a good idea, Mr. President?’. That should keep my lefty creds good for another cycle.”

  192. Hey, to those who read Lame Cherry, might someone be able to explain who “Mockingbird” is?

    LC is wicked cool.

  193. hi there.
    LC refers the this in her blog: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKmockingbird.htm

    this is the first where she talks extensively about it: http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2011/06/hitting-fan.html

    definitely worth reading… few quotes:

    Kennedy was out of control and as Mary Meyer related, he was eliminated as he could not be controlled any longer.
    Mockingbird put out all those conspiracy books to cover the tracks of who shot Kennedy. There were numerous reasons from Kennedy balking at Vietnam, his printing his own money etc…, but Mary Meyer after divorcing Cord was one on one with JFK and she kept a diary of it all for protection.
    It did not do her any good, as her staged assassination by a “black man” who was a CIA operative meant to be seen as the real sanction was carried out by a top man, James Angleton, who silenced another in a long list of people who knew too much.

    Cord Meyer knew the Mockingbird crew murdered his wife and were in on John Kennedy’s assassination.
    It would be the para military offshoot of Mockingbird which would murder Joseph McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover. This is why to this day one reads smears on these two Americans as those behind Mockingbird are still covering their tracks by making McCarthy anti American and Hoover in a tutu.

    snip:

    The reason this matters is children, why did you not suppose when this blog exclusively informed you that Gabrielle Giffords was a calling card for Sarah Palin?
    It has been Mockingbird in a quasi operation by Karl Rove and Steve Schmidt which has been smearing the Governor for these years to destroy her.

    Get this………….really get this, when Obama took office, this blog exclusively informed you that it was the Kennedy intel ops who went after Lawrence Sinclair first. When that did not shut him up, but filleted off Joseph Farah who was a target also, the Delaware Syndicate was unleashed with Mockingbird on Sinclair in he was supposed to have died when lost in that DC prison of natural causes.
    That is what was supposed to have been the fate of Jerome Corsi in Kenya when the Obama Odinga thugs threw Mr. Corsi into a cell without food and water. Natural causes were supposed to have carried out this soft assassination.

    Old Man Bush was hip deep in revamping Mockingbird and hiding it. He knew like all in intel the tracks of this group as well as others.
    WHEN THIS BLOG EXCLUSIVELY POINTED OUT that the BATF was floating those bizarre “Obama is in danger from white people” and started arresting people they egged on……….this includes Hutatree to smear the Tea Party, this was Obama’s federal police carrying out his murder operations already in 2008…………AND IT IS WHY THE BATF IS BEING SKEWERED NOW IN PROJECT GUN RUNNER. The Management is not pleased Obama contracted with the BATF thugs and did not handle things in house………..which he could not do as CIA and FBI were under the effects of Porter Goss who cleaned out most of that crap and Robert Mueller who was actually protecting Americans.

    Focus on Giffords again, in this blog exclusively informed you that the Rovians who had been smearing Sarah Palin for years, all of a sudden ran for the hills for cover.
    Why do you conclude they did that?
    The reason is simple, old man Bush immediately recognized Obama had Mockingbird targeting the Bush clan. The Bush family would be blamed for Sarah Palin’s murder as they have been character assassinating her for years.
    That is what set off the alarm bells for those patricians and they backtracked big time as they walked into an Obama sponsored trap.

    Exclusively here, you were informed that Obama was going to have Bush 43 arrested in Europe or extradited in 2012 and Obama was going to run against him again to steal that election. This is why old man Bush moved hard to team up with the Clintons in moving a coup against Barack Obama in a deal was reached with the Rothschilds.
    As only stated here, Sarah Palin is at this moment under the umbrella of intelligence operatives of a different order than the Clintons and Bushs. I will leave that part at that as I have eluded to what took place there in a previous posting.

  194. Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence media beginning in the 1950s.

    The operation was first called Mockingbird in Deborah Davis’ 1979 book, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and her Washington Post Empire. More evidence of Mockingbird’s existence emerged in the 2007 memoir American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and Beyond, by convicted Watergate “plumber” E. Howard Hunt and The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford (2008).[1]

  195. More at wiki

    In 1948, Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects (OSP). Soon afterwards OSP was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the covert action branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on “propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”[2]

    Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence foreign media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham from The Washington Post to run the project within the industry. According to Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great; “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”[3]

    In 1951, Allen W. Dulles persuaded Cord Meyer to join the CIA. However, there is evidence that he was recruited several years earlier and had been spying on the liberal internationalist organizations he had been a member of in the late 1940s.[4] According to Deborah Davis, Meyer became Mockingbird’s “principal operative”.[5]
    “I’m proud they asked me and proud to have done it” – Stewart Alsop [6]

    In 1977, a People article by Alexander Butler alleged that one of the most important journalists under the control of Operation Mockingbird was Joseph Alsop, whose foreign affairs articles appeared in over 300 different newspapers. Other journalists alleged by People Magazine to have been willing to promote the views of the CIA included Stewart Alsop who headed the international bureau of the New York Herald Tribune, Ben Bradlee, the foreign affairs correspondent for Newsweek, James Reston for the international section of the New York Times, Charles Douglas Jackson, the foreign photo-journalist for Time Magazine, and international correspondents such as Walter Pincus of the Washington Post, Charles Bartlett of the Chattanooga Times and William C. Baggs and Herb Gold of The Miami News.[7] According to Nina Burleigh (A Very Private Woman), these journalists sometimes wrote articles that were commissioned by Frank Wisner. The CIA also provided them with classified information to help them with their work.[8]

  196. Foxy – here is more about the immigrant movement – not terribly obvious to me who is pushing it.

    Posted in Media Coverage | Comments (0)
    Undocumented and Unafraid — Book Trailer
    June 6th, 2012
    by DRC Admin
    Check out our promotional video. Please feel free to share it!
    http://youtu.be/AKS_mpJfbSU
    Also, at www dot UndocumentedUnafraid dot com is this info:
    Undocumented and Unafraid Summer
    August 21st, 2012 by DRC Admin
    We hope everyone has had a great summer of organizing, learning, and growing!
    Since the publication of our book, the immigrant youth of our country have continued to organize, and fight for their dreams. Largely due to their commitment, perseverance, and courage, President Obama made a historic announcement on June 15th that he will stop deporting immigrant youth and grant them work authorization. For more information on what is now being called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) please visit USCIS, We Own the Dream (United We Dream), and Educators for Fair Consideration, for additional resources. The work of immigrant youth does not end here, and they continue to mobilize around this issue.
    Undocumented and Unafraid has reached audiences all across the country–from Los Angeles to D.C.–and it continues to reach many more. Immigrant youth groups have been utilizing the book to raise funds, community organizations have been using the book to educate and motivate their base, and educators have been assigning it in the classroom. Most importantly, this book has been a useful tool for everyone to help contextualize DACA. The book tells stories that demonstrate that victories like this do not happen overnight and that the road towards humane immigrant rights in this country are only beginning to get paved.
    It is amazing to see where sharing stories takes a movement. From Tam Tran, who testified before Congress for the first time, the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who have shared their story across the country, to the authors in this book who openly share their triumphs and pain — it’s all connected. We are moving forward, but so much more work needs to happen.
    Onward and forward,
    The Undocumented and Unafraid Publication Team
    P.S. If your organization is interested in being part of the book tour, please contact info@undocumentedunafraid.com.
    [Of course they have a presence at the various social media sites.]

  197. taking the election internet operation live to the nation.
    worth reading: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/52923

    money quote: RB: I asked the person showing me [the binder] that question. Supposedly, it has to do with their budget, or the project funding.

    DH: Go on.

    RB: The instructions seemed very specific. Infiltrate web forums, collect screen names, avatars, and posters’ tag lines, and attempt to resolve these to their actual identities. I read one paragraph that listed circumstances when the “asset” was only to monitor but do not disrupt without authorization. There was another section titled “Divert, Disrupt and Destroy,” listing “how to’s” in certain cases.

    There was also a section on maintaining a social media presence, and another on the most effective use of Twitter.

    Lastly, there was a “reference section,” which included statistics, specific language to use to marginalize different posters, and effective methods to discredit people while maintaining a sense of legitimacy.

    It was surreal, to say the least.

    Oh, one more thing that’s important. As I said, these “kids,” or young people I believe, are known collectively as “Cyber-Warriors for Obama.” The subheading was “And the truth shall set you free.” Truth? Really? They were hired on their hacking abilities, or more precisely on their abilities to make postings through proxy servers and effectively use alternate identities and multiple e-mail addresses. Their purpose is to spread disinformation, not truth.

    There were also motivational statements on various pages, including one that referred to Obama as the “Pharaoh of the Internet,” which I thought was an odd characterization.

    But what’s important is that suddenly, through the use of Internet aliases, multiple e-mail addresses, and screen names, a project that employs 3,575 people will have the appearance and effectiveness of maybe 10,000 or more different people.

  198. Many Rep Gov’s are quietly agreeing to Obamacare…sad

    Kasich Caves on ObamaCare; Will Implement Medicaid-Expansion for Federal (and… Ohio) $$$
    —Ace

    Elections and consequences.

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who campaigned as a limited government Republican, on Monday announced that he would implement one of the costliest provisions of President Obama’s health care law by expanding the state’s Medicaid program. His decision, a huge victory for the White House that will provide cover for more Republican governors to do the same, serves as a great case study on how difficult it is to impede the growth of government.

  199. Drone Strikes’ Risks to Get Rare Moment in the Public Eye
    By ROBERT F. WORTH, MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE Published: February 5, 2013
    “… As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees, a volley of remotely operated American missiles shot down from the night sky and incinerated them all, along with a camel that was tied up nearby ….”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/with-brennan-pick-a-light-on-drone-strikes-hazards.html

  200. Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R-NE) recommendation by the Senate Armed Services Committee for Secretary of Defense to the Senate, via a vote, has been postponed and no new date for the vote has been given. Apparently, recent audio has surfaced from a 2007 speech in which Hagel spoke to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and said that the U.S. needed to “reverse optics” in its

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/02/06/New-audio-Hagel-tells-Arab-audience-U-S-must-reverse-optics-on-Israel-2007

  201. An attorney I know tells a story of how when he entered government service in 1972 his boss told him that as a government lawyer, his client was the public, and how, when he left government service twenty years later, he was told his client was not the public, but the bureaucrat down the hall. That flash of insight did not sit well with him, so he devoted his private practice to representing private citizens harmed by government action. He is one of those lawyers who has that designation of super lawyer, which means he is respected by his colleagues.

    What happened during that twenty year period to account for this? He said when he entered government practice, government was a place you went right after law school to gain some experience, so that you could then leave and go out into the public sector. In other words, it was not a place where you spend your entire career, and brought your sons and daughters into. Moreover, it was not a place where ideologues could take up residence and use public power to punish citizens in futherance of their ideological perspective. And for sure, it was not a place where there were unions who fed democrat politicians campaign contributions in exchange for jobs that never sunset. Goverment service has become a perpetual self serving bureacracy, and a threat to the American People.

    So when I watch young people line up lemmings to support a big government agenda, and hang in effigy (or worse) those who oppose it, I think of that line by Matthew Arnold that we are prisoners on a darkling plain where ignorant armies clash by night. It is even worse with the dependent class, whom Soros is on record as saying he wants medicated–meaning drugged up and docile so they will not resist an imposition upon their liberty.

  202. When someone says that government is dysfuctional, it begs the question dysfunctional to whom? To the citizen who pays the taxes that support it, and hopes that it will do its job and not infringe upon his or her liberties? From that perspective, which those like me believe is the proper perspective, government is, per force, dysfuctional, and the record is replete with examples. On the other hand, it is not dysfuctional to the bureaucrat or the democrat party who have a symbiotic relationship, and thrive off of it at public expense, truth to tell.

    This begs the question, in an ideal world, as opposed to one where the public mind is persuaded by a corrupt big media to do things which are not in its interest, what is the answer? Is the answer slash and burn, or is it to reform government to make it responsonsive? Neither alternative provides a perfect solution. The goverment bureacracy and dependent class and dimocrat party will oppose any effort to cut government jobs. However, they will be equally unreceptive to any SERIOUS effort to make government responsive–and will thwart that effort by creating more bureaucracy to make the existing bureacracy more responsive, at least of paper. They do this at the same time as value creating activity is moving from the United States to China.

    These questions have been much on my mind lately personally, politically and professionally. My fear is that the achitects of this corrupt system hold the advantage, and nothing will change until there is some gotterdamerung, which I for one do not envy or hope for. But you do not have to be apolcalytic to see that is where it is heading.

  203. sirmrks
    February 6th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    hi there.
    LC refers the this in her blog:
    &&&&

    Hey, thanks for the scoop!

  204. So where was the scumbag.

    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

    Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, “up to us.”

    In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    Panetta said that, save their 5 o’clock prescheduled meeting with the president the day of September 11, Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that day. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/panetta-obama-absent-night-benghazi_700405.html

    ………………………..

    Now someone please ask where exactly, the Potus, the VP was on that night, everyone is playing musical chairs.

  205. Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence media beginning in the 1950s.

    The operation was first called Mockingbird in Deborah Davis’ 1979 book, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and her Washington Post Empire. More evidence of Mockingbird’s existence emerged in the 2007 memoir American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and Beyond, by convicted Watergate “plumber” E. Howard Hunt and The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford (2008).[1]

  206. Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence media beginning in the 1950s.

  207. More on MB

    In 1948, Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects (OSP).

    Soon afterwards OSP was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC).

    This became the covert action branch of the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on “propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”

    Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence foreign media.

    Wisner recruited Philip Graham from The Washington Post to run the project within the industry.

    According to Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great; “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”

  208. Weisner headed a covert branch of the C I A. It concentrated on propaganda, economic warfare, assistance to resistance groups, sabotage, anti-sabotage, etc. MB was a program to influence foreign media.

    He “owned” members of the NYT, CBS, Newsweek, etc.

    Sorry for the shorthand but pots on this subject are not getting past moderation.

  209. Anyone else catch the story about the Ground Zero Mosque promoter indicted for fraud? Course most of you would probably not have seen it. Not a peep from LSM. After Holder, the pos and lots of other libtards insisted the GZ Mosque was a viable and praiseworthy endeavor now that it turns out what those of us who had researched knew all along – that it was a hoax – crickets.

    Unbelievable the sh!t this administration gets away with. And chilling. Just as in Stalin’s and Lenin’s day, the media has been coopted.

  210. NY Daily News: The ex-“Ground Zero” imam, his pockets stuffed with donations given to Islamic nonprofits, splurged on a high-flying lifestyle that included expensive trips with a New Jersey gal pal, a stunning new lawsuit charges.

    The married Feisal Abdul Rauf fleeced the Malaysian government for $3 million and a Westchester County couple for $167,000, according to a lawsuit filed by the couple, businessman Robert Deak and his wife Moshira Soliman.

    The money was given to help Rauf’s two nonprofits, the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement, which work to combat anti-Islamic sentiment.

  211. Good evening everyone.

    almost 4 months since November. The democrats and liberals no longer cease to stun me, the pure and utter hypocrasy of drones on americans, and not a peep from the so called “liberals”, I’ll give credit to Kirsten Powers for calling the so called american “media” out on this. No one will shed a tear over a scumbag terrorist like al-waki being taken out by a drone, but his 16 year son, who is also an american citizen, and Robert Gibbs’s answer to his, paraphrasing, “he had a bad father”, really so that is justification for killing an american citizen now?
    So, according to liberals, the same liberals who bashed Bush, killing american citizens on suspicion of terrosim, that’s alright, but waterboarding known and captured terrorists, not ok. Of course if a republican president does this, then Wash Post, NYT will put in on the front pages, if a democrat does it, hey then, its alright, liberal’s principles is that they have none

    At least the Code Pink people at today’s hearing have intergrity, as lunatic as they sometimes tend to be, they have been consistent on their stance, went after Bush, now going after Barry the king.

    As for Hillary, I hope she completely recovers, I respect this woman, I campaigned for her, contributed to her campaign, as a senator, as presidential candidate. However what I saw in the Benghazi hearing, and now after hearing General Dempsey say, they received no request from the State dept, stunning to hear that. I have no idea if she will run in ’16, I suspect she will, Bill Clinton certained growled and peddled enough for Barry in 2012 as a downpayment for Hillary’s run in 2016, however if she runs, I will not support her, I will not vote for her. Its all a game to them, a game for power. As for the democrats, pure utter hypocrasy. I wonder if they think independent minded americans truly are that stupid not to see their pure hypocritical double standards, same goes for the so called American “media”.

    I’m going to continue to stay away from politics and my computer for a while, never thought I would see the day when I would say democrats are worse, as bad as republicans are — although some I have grown to have a lot of respect for people like Ron Johnson and Rand Paul, Tim Scott, Ted Cruz & sarah Palin, but democrats in their current form are much much worse.

    Hope everyone has continued good health in this new year. And thanks to Admin for providing such a good forum of his/her thoughts over these last few years and a place for users to express their thoughts.
    May our country and our people survive this bad patch we are going through, and may the higher powers watch over our brave military, which now remains the only remaining american entity in protection of our US Constitution.

  212. If this was a republican, maybe the press would care. Since its a democrat, there is nothing to see, business as usual.

    Menendez hires Holder’s former spokeman to defend against Holder’s investigation against him.
    www dot jammiewf.com/2013/clever-menendez-hires-former-holder-spokesman-to-defend-against-doj-investigation/

    Menendez intervened to stop a federal audit of his biggest contributor
    www dot jammiewf.com/2013/report-menendez-intervened-with-2009-fed-audit-of-melgen/

  213. Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
    ————————
    Absent? Or a deserter? Does this contradict Obama’s claim that he was present and ordered the generals do everyhing possible to rescue our troops? It is hard to keep all his lies straight. But big media adores him, and in the public mind the media myth is all that counts. It is like the John Ford western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence where the fictious newsman is heard to say: when the facts conflict with the legend, print the legend, or in this case, the lie big media has been promoting since 2006.

  214. Elitist Hypocrites.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-07/santelli-hypocrisy-elites-no-one-will-ever-take-away-punchbowl

    “The infamous Bob Rubin appeared on CNBC this morning – extolling the “nobody could have seen this crisis coming” meme – and Rick Santelli went after the hypocrisy of these so-called elites and what they did and didn’t know. The glaring hypocrisy of claiming that S&P knew that everything they rated was a P.O.S. and yet no-one else could have seen the crisis coming. The crony capitalism of Geithner’s proximity to Rubin’s Citi during the dark days – especially considering the increasing evidence in book after book – prompts Santelli to suggest we “draw our own conclusions.” From saving the GSEs to Maxine Waters ignorance and Barney Frank’s slamming of any pessimists, Santelli covers a lot of ground fast but notes, with venom, that none of these ‘elites’ ever want to be the naysayer (due to the implications) and they will never “take away the punchbowl,” and while he proclaims that if S&P goes down then everyone should suffer clawbacks, he reminds us all, “you can’t fight City Hall.”


    Video at link.

  215. Make this one go viral at every other site you are a part. This is what intelligence sounds like. This is why Obama figgits and squirms through out this speech. This is what Obama thinks he is and the truth is smacking him in the face.

  216. Wow – there seems to be a reunion going on today.

    Everyone in the path of the blizzard – please stay safe. It’s going to be a bad one.

  217. Mendte: Drones Memo puts Brennan tough spot.(video)
    http://landing.newsinc.com/wpix/video.html?freewheel=91044&sitesection=wpix&VID=24339330

    Most serious consequence is that US is regularly committing acts of war over soverign spaces. Needs to be limited. Brennan not at fault but must defend what he’s not responsible for in order to be approved. Feinstein (?) objects that lawyers on her staff, who would understand implications better than she, cannot read the documents.

  218. SEATTLE | Fri Feb 8, 2013 12:57am EST
    (Reuters) – A plan by Seattle police to send aloft miniature robot drones equipped with stealth spy cameras has been grounded, following heated criticism of the project by residents concerned about privacy rights, the mayor said on Thursday…The miniature helicopters, known as Draganflyer X6 drones, weigh 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg) and are equipped to carry video, still and night-vision cameras…A recent push for unmanned police aircraft was driven by U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants, including $80,000 used by Seattle to buy the eye-in-the-sky choppers in 2010…The drones, which could only remain aloft for 15 minutes before their batteries ran out, will be returned to the vendor, McGinn said.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/08/us-usa-drones-seattle-idUSBRE91704H20130208

  219. Stunning, not a peep from the so called liberals like Patrick Leahy, who wanted war crimes to be charged against Bush for getting a suponea for monitoring incoming calls from terrorists to Americans (I thought this policy made sense, it protected americans, but also forced for a suponea to monitor americans who may be up to no good)

    But now this, where are these so called “liberals” now, where is “Democracy now”? Where are loud mouths like Russ Feingold, MSDNC, santimonous hypocrites like Brian Wiliams and David Gregory andrea mitchell, charlie rose? Oh right, according to liberals, their principle is that they have no principles. If a dimocrat does it, it’s fine, alright, nothing is wrong, everything is justified, all because a dimocrat is in the WH.
    If its a republican in the WH, then its to be scrutinized, to be lied about.

    So, for the US consitutional rights to be protected, better to have a republican president, because it looks like with a dimocrat one, nothing is off limits, the American MSM as the mouthpiece for the left will cover up everything, justify every action, every decision, lie for the dimocrat, nothing is off limits.

    So, when a republican is president again in the future, these hypocrites like, liberals, dimocrats, their protective Obot media, the politico, the Wash compost, the NYT, Time etc, better realize, they are just proven to be a bunch of damn lying hypocrites, who have no principles, no core philosophy, nothing, its anything goes, when a dimocrat is in charge.
    Dimocrats, much much worse than republicans.

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

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

    Brennan: Due Process Not Necessary to Kill Americans for Potential Future Actions

    Thursday at his Senate Committee Hearing, CIA Director Nominee John Brennan said oversight by a court of the drone strikes on American citizens ensuring their 5th Amendment rights would be difficult because the individuals are not being targeted for crimes but instead potential future terrorist actions.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/02/07/Brennan-Killing-Americans-Without-Due-Process-Not-Because-of-What-They-Did-But-What-They%20Might%20Do

  220. BASIL99
    February 7th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Foxy.

    I will post on non-HRC issues.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    😆 Basol Amazing there really are a few other things to talk about.. 🙂

  221. NOT ONE PEEP in any media about Obummer being awol on the night of Benghazi. WHY WHY WHY Even Fox news has gone silent on the issue. The only thing I can figure out is they are giving him enough … to …. himself. The old saying as it goes. Something is up. Watched Wolf Blitzer yesterday to see how theyw ould report on it….they never even mentioned it until 45 minutees IN never even reported Obummer was not EVEN around. NOR HILLARY it seems.

    Something is UP. Shit is getting ready to hit the fan. MEDIA could not be silent on this BIG ONE, unless they know something.

    TOO QUIET

  222. WOW. Senator Graham made monkeys out of Panetta and Dempsey—and their boss, no doubt about it. Their bureaucratic run on narratives were cut short, and all three of them were left out in the public square with their private parts hanging out. Big media of course will misreport, misinterpet and mischaracterize everything that occurred with headlines like the Presidents men tried to provide honest and insightful testimony, but were harassed unmercifully by right wing racist republicans. And the public chant? Those mean Republicans, subtext to read we are really stupid.

  223. The collective wisdom of John Q Public today was summed up in the memorable words of arch thug, dearly departed Rodney King–why can’t we all just get along? We can’t we all compromise—there is a middle ground between vice and virtue, lets find it and double down? Why can’t we all just be nice, and worship Obama, like the children of the damned. Excellent questions? For useful idiots, yes.

  224. Hi Tim. Welcome back.

    Here’s another on the list of things LSM fumbled.

    Anyone read a word about the evidence (which most of us HERE already knew) that OWS was a mostly white, mostly affluent bogus movement? Nope. Not a peep from the media.

    Just like the Ground Zero Moswqe, the pos, the dims, everything is manufactured. So glad I can count myself among those who CAN see the forest for the trees..

  225. This is a great societal battle between traditional culture and the counterculture of the 1960s. Big media is tipping the scales in favor of the counterculture, and is an equal partner in the destruction of this nation.

  226. NY Post

    OWS is exposed: Rich, white, educated and working

    By BETH DEFALCO

    It seems those Occupy Wall Streeters were a lot closer to the 1 percent than they would like to admit.

    A new study of the OWS movement in New York found that many of the protesters were highly educated and not nearly as down on their luck as they portrayed.

    A third of protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York lived in households earning more than $100,000 and more than two- thirds were employed professionals, according to the study from CUNY’s Joseph A. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

    The study also showed the movement was mostly organized by experienced political operatives and nearly all of those involved — 76 percent — were college educated.

    Of those, half had graduate degrees and among those with bachelor’s degrees, and 28 percent had attended elite universities.

    “Occupy Wall Street was not a spontaneous eruption but rather an action carefully planned by committed activists,” the study concluded.

  227. Big Media should be arrested and imprisoned. Did you see the info about Mocking Bird? I couldn’t post most of it coz I kept ending up in moderation. But the media propaganda has been ongoing for decades. It’s jumped the shark with the pos.

  228. At the heighth of Soviet power, neither Pravada nor Isvestia engaged in the level of sheer deceit that we see in our beloved big media. The words liars, hipocrites, butt boys etc. hardly suffice to describe these flesh eating maggots. They are chronic and habitual liars. Only a fool would waste their time listening to them.
    —————————————————-

    Lead StoryThe Blame Righty mob falls silent

    By Michelle Malkin • February 8, 2013 09:05 AM

    I’ve documented Blame Righty Syndrome countless times over the years (see here here here here). This week, the Blame Righty mob fell silent. The silence and the selectivity speak volumes.

    Related: ABC’s Brian Ross strangely silent about Christopher Dorner’s political views

    ***

    The Blame Righty mob falls silent
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2013

    Question: How many times over the past four years have exploitative liberal journalists and Democratic leaders rushed to pin random acts of violence on the tea party, Republicans, Fox News and conservative talk radio?

    Answer: Nearly a dozen times, including the 2009 massacre of three Pittsburgh police officers (which lib journos falsely blamed on Fox News, Glenn Beck and the “heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces”); the 2009 suicide insurance scam/murder hoax of Kentucky census worker Bill Sparkman (which New York magazine falsely blamed on Rush Limbaugh, “conservative media personalities, websites and even members of Congress”); the 2009 Holocaust museum shooting (which MSNBC commentator Joan Walsh blamed on Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and yours truly); the 2010 Times Square jihad bomb plot (which Mayor Michael Bloomberg falsely blamed on tea party activists protesting Obamacare); and the 2011 Tucson massacre, which liberals continue to blame on former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

    Question: What will this rabid Blame Righty mob do now that an alleged triple-murderer has singled out prominent lefties in the media and Hollywood for fawning praise as part of his crazed manifesto advocating cop-killing?

    Answer: Evade, deflect, ignore and whitewash.

    This week, former Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Dorner allegedly shot and killed three innocent people in cold blood. He was the subject of a massive manhunt as of Thursday afternoon. Dorner posted an 11,000-word manifesto on Facebook that outlined his chilling plans to target police officers.

    CNN headlined its story on the rant: “Alleged cop-killer details threats to LAPD and why he was driven to violence.” MSNBC reported: “Manifesto: Alleged Revenge Shooter Named Targets.” KTLA-TV in Los Angeles went with: “Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto (Disturbing Content and Language).”

    There was a curious, blaring omission in both the headlines and the stories from these supposedly objective outlets, though. Dorner expressed rather pointed, explicit views of news personalities and celebrities who have influenced, entertained and uplifted him. Dorner praised stars from Ellen DeGeneres and Charlie Sheen (“you’re effin awesome”) to “Jennifer Beals, Serena Williams … Tamron Hall … Natalie Portman, Queen Latifah … Kelly Clarkson, Nora Jones, Laura Prepon, Margaret Cho and Rutina Wesley.”

    The shout-outs to liberal journalists go on at length:

    “Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien (sic), Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera (sic), Tavis Smiley and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead,” Dorner cheered. “I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings.”

    Dorner also offered an “atta boy” to notorious, anti-Second Amendment CNN anchor Piers Morgan, suggesting he be given “an indefinite resident alien and Visa card.” Offering up his political counsel, Dorner added: “I want you to know that I agree with you 100 percent on enacting stricter firearm laws, but you must understand that your critics will always have in the back of their mind that you are native to a country that we won our sovereignty from while using firearms as a last resort in defense and you come from a country that has no legal private ownership of firearms.”

    Dorner reminded MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that they had “met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family and life.” The alleged triple-murderer also advised “Today” show personality Willie Geist: “(Y)ou’re a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most.”

    It’s ridiculous, of course, to blame these journos for the deaths of three innocents in Southern California. But herein lies a teachable moment. In the sick cycle of recent politicized tragedies, the Blame Righty mob demanded that conservative media personalities and GOP politicians apologize for crimes they didn’t commit; called for increased regulation of political free speech; and cranked up its decades-old machinery to stifle conservative talk radio in the name of public safety and civility. Even the remotest connection to anything right-wing was excuse enough to convict conservatives for homicidal sprees.

    And while the Blame Righty crowd still inveighs about Palin’s completely innocent use of crosshairs on a political map, they have fallen silent about the stunning admission of Floyd Lee Corkins, who pleaded guilty this week to attempting to murder members of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., last summer.

    Corkins said he wanted to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches (he had brought) in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” How did he pick the office? From a “hate map” published by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center — the leading guilt-by-association witch-hunt crew targeting conservatives.

    Ho-hum. Nothing to see here, move along. Be vewwy, vewwy quiet

  229. It’s ridiculous, of course, to blame these journos for the deaths of three innocents in Southern California
    —————————-
    Is it? Not by the logic of the left. It is no more ridiculous than their passion to take guns away from law abiding citizens because some nut like this one takes the delusional ravings of Matthews inter alia to the next logical step.

  230. There is such a thing as hate speech, and that is Matthews stock and trade. Under the right circumstances hate speech can be banned on a principle analogous to the Holmes dictum about yelling fire in a crowded theater.

  231. Rove is trying to grease the skids for Jeb Bush to run for president. Anyone with the name Bush is a non-starter for me.

  232. Big media is now telling us we will never know exactly what happened in Benghazi.

    Bullshit.

    We now know.

    After Panetta’s testimony, we know.

    —————————————-
    Dereliction of Duty: Obama Did Nothing to Save American Lives in Benghazi–and Lied About It

    ——————————————————————————–

    by Joel B. Pollak7 Feb 20131518post a comment

    Nothing. That is what President Barack Obama did on the night of September 11, 2012, as terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and killed four Americans, among them Ambassador Christopher Stevens. President Obama’s inaction was revealed in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday by outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.

    Under direct questioning by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Panetta admitted that he had no communication with President Obama after their “pre-scheduled” meeting at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The attack on the consulate had already been under way for 90 minutes at that time. Neither the president nor anyone else from the White House called afterwards to check what was happening; the Commander-in-Chief had left it “up to us,” said Panetta.

    Panetta’s testimony directly contradicts President Obama’s own claim to have issued “three directives” as soon as he learned “what was going on” in Benghazi. As he told a Denver reporter in October:

    I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.

    That same claim was subsequently repeated by other Democrats, including Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who came to the president’s defense. But if those directives were indeed given–and proof has never been produced–they were given long after the attack, not while the attack was going on, during which time the president did nothing.

    Panetta and Dempsey also admitted, under questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), that they were not in touch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the attacks, and did not receive a request for help from the State Department. Dempsey also testified that he had been “surprised” at Clinton’s testimony last month that she did not know of an urgent cable from Ambassador Stevens last August about the dire security situation.

    To borrow a metaphor from the 2008 Democratic primary campaign: when the 3 a.m. call came (at 5 p.m. in the afternoon), neither Clinton nor Obama were there to respond.

    Panetta was also forced to admit, in the face of vigorous questioning by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), that no military action at all had been taken to intervene in Benghazi after the attack had begun, promising only that a similar lapse would not happen again.

    Later, on Thursday afternoon, during Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan’s confirmation hearing to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) demanded to know why the administration failed to interview a suspect in the attack.

    Brennan’s response was merely that the Tunisian authorities who had arrested him “did not have a basis in their law” for allowing the U.S. to question him about the attack.

    In sum: President Obama did nothing to save Americans under attack from terrorists. His Secretary of Defense did nothing. His Secretary of State did nothing. The Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did nothing. His Deputy National Security Adviser defended doing “nothing” to help bring the perpetrators to justice. And the entire administration participated in an effort to cover up the truth. Because there was an election to be won.

  233. I seem to recall that Hillary was up most of the night talking to other governments about the incident. I am not sure she did nothing to save those doomed people. I don’t know. I am sure–so sure I would bet my life on it, that Obama was MIA, and too obsessed with his campaign to worry about a little think like the murder of one of his ambassadors. It is very clear that the failure before, during and after the terrorist attack can be traced to his campaign. Romney was a fool to not press that point in the debate. I imagine it was Gilesppee’s idea.

  234. “talking to other governments about the incident. I am not sure she did nothing to save those doomed people. I don’t know. I am sure–”

    According to General Dempsey, they received no request for help from the State dept. If this was Bush and Cheney, I would lay the complete blame at their feet for the murder of 4 Americans pleading for help and receiving none. I blame Barry and Hillary completely for their sheer incompetence for these deaths. Barry didn’t even pick up the 3am call, Hillary might have answered the 3am call, but did nothing that mattered in the end to help those 4 Americans.
    Larry Johnson did a superb job outlining her incompetence, it was confirmed by General Dempsey when he testified this week.

  235. Jack Lew has a pretty substantial cayman island account. But hey, that’s a-ok, since he’s Barry’s pet and nominee and a democrat, its all ok, absolutely nothing to see. So one set of rules for every other American to be lecture to by Barry, and another set of rules for Barry and his palace jokers.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/lews-cayman-islands-fund-a-likely-issue-at-confirmation-hearings/

    Not one democrat will bring this Cayman account up. Just like with that cop killer in CA, not one msm will bring up how they are heroes to that cop killer, yet they went after Palin with no evidence the shooter in AZ was inspired by Palin.

  236. tim
    February 9th, 2013 at 7:44 am
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    Yes, Larry has been pretty direct. It seems that our “leaders” were more concerned about distancing themselves from a politically messy situation, than in doing everything possible to save those lives. The first priority should have been saving those lives, rather than calling other embassies–unless the purpose for those calls was to request military support. The best evidence of this failure of leadership is the way NBC, CNN and ABC have covered up for them. They refused to talk about it, and when they finally did, they claimed that it was not Obama’s fault. If one was enough of a fool to rely on those networks for your news, then he or she would be blind as a bat on what is happening in the world. Meanwhile, the masthead of the corrupt NYT should be changed from “All That’s Fit To Print” to “All That Our MacDaddy Obama Wants Us To Print”.

  237. wbboei, yes, as Pat Cadell accurately pointed out, “The American LSM is the enemy of the american people now”.

    Good article over at Hot Air.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/08/reason-establishment-media-getting-even-more-establishmenty-on-obama-drones/

    “”The difference is that they switched sides, arguing dissent, human rights, and the Constitution during Bush’s tenure. These days, though, they’re arguing that the President should be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to targeting Americans for assassination.” Not to worry, though. The Nobel Peace Prize committee says it’s okay for Nobel laureates to whack Americans. It’s one of the perks. ” Cont…

    So, it appears, to have more adherenace to the US Consitution, and rights of the American citizen preserved, if they are doing something bad, then fine, give them due process and prosecute them, but killing them with a drone with no trial, no due process, nothing, and according to Brennan, they now justify using drones on american citizens on the potential future crimes. So, to have the US Consitution more adhered to, have a republican president, because according to dimocrats, if a dimocrat president does this, it a-ok. In fact if a dimocrat president does anything, its all a-ok, its all convulutely justified.

    And oh yes, if a republican becomes president, then only are these rules not applicable. A dimocrat president, hey, its all good, all ok.

  238. tim
    February 9th, 2013 at 11:48 am
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    During his tenure, Obama has violated every major provision of the Bill of Rights, and reduced it to a hollow shiboleth. Specifically, he has violated freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, the right of to be free of unreasonable search and seizure, the right to due process, the right to a speedy trial, the right to be free of cruel and unusual punishmnet, the right of privacy, states rights, and the separation of powers. And he left people to die in Benghazi.

    Yet the institutional Left brushes it all under the rug, whereas when Bush did some of these things, they screamed to the top of their lungs about arrogance, violation of our Constitution, dicatorship, and Bush lied people died, etc.

    What are we to make of this. A law school dean I was friends with, who was himself a card carrying liberal, and a sweet old man, used to say his conservative friends were more CONSISTENT in their views than his liberal colleagues. Many conservatives would agree. But that is merely an observation. It does little or nothing to uncover the real motive.

    For that, we must turn to the writings of someone who understood the Left to a faretheewell. The quintessential example, the expert, the final authority on the true perversity of the institutional left was Orwell. When big media types dabble in these matters to be fashionable they fail to realize that the more they follow the flow the more it leads down river to the sunless sea Samuel Taylor Coolridge described. You can see this in the evolution of the jurnolister, who is one step closer to Goebbels in this devolution. And here is the puss pocket of evil that every hard core leftist believes in his heart, much as the try to sprinkle fairy dust on it to seduce the gullible. Shorn of the formalities, this is the Obama credo—what it means at its core. Its achitect is Soros and he was a former Nazi collaborator:

    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power

  239. I guess it’s time on Big Pink to string up Hillary again…gonna take a break from the blog until Admin puts up a new post or this seems like Hillaryis44 again.

  240. wbboei
    February 9th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    excellent comment wbboei. After being a loyal dem for decades, I saw what happened in 2008, I have seen constitutional conservatives, and I do not count the Bushes as one of them, be much more willing to adhere to limited govt, more indiv rights. I no longer see any dem in that capacity anymore. All their bashing of Bush, and now Barry’s doing even worse, and you have people openly say, oh its fine, and people who excoriated Bush, now going along with it. And as much as I respected the Clintons, I lump them into this lot as well.

    Consitutional principles are beyond any one person, where they be a dem or repub. And most of these people are for power, one of the few people I’ve seen that so far has been very consistent is Rand Paul. I’ll probably not be welcome on this blog anymore, I don’t see Hillary in that capacity. And that’s fine and will respect that view. I’m not loyal to a person, people are flawed, etc. So, I suspect this will continue to be a blog devoted to Hillary, and that is perfectly fine & should be respected as this is a free society, still. For me, I’m moved on beyond her, and frankly don’t trust her anymore, will still respect all the work she’s done in the past, but I don’t trust her anymore. Power hungry is a characteristic in most politicians, and clintons are no exception, Bushes sure as heck aren’t, and Barry, he’s beyond that point of arrogance.

  241. Please listen to this amazing speech by Dr Benjamin Carson at National Breakfast Meeting and you will be glad you listened.

  242. tim,

    I agree with everything you said.

    It’s a shame that some people on this blog try to hound out those who don’t agree with their POV’s. We are adults, here. If anyone exhibits behavior which is detrimental to the country, no matter WHO it is, it is the right and the obligation of those who witness it to speak the truth.

    I don’t get why the truth is such an enemy to those who are not obots. I don’t get why reasoned logical discussion and legitimate justified criticism of anyone, including HRC, is such a cardinal sin.

    It’s why I have mostly stopped commenting here. Just because we don’t like HRC’s position or actions does not mean we are bashers or haters. It simply means we are more devoted to the truth than to the cult of personality. I don’t get why criticism of HRC elicits such hysterical responses.

    Oh well. I expect to get flamed. I have committed the unpardonable sin. I have referred to HRC in a less than flattering light. I say get over it. She is not a God(dess).

  243. democrat,

    Head it. He is fantastic. It’s clear the pos didn’t like sharing the podium with an intelligent, brilliant, competent and deserving black man.

  244. Kathleen Parker:

    To the point, was the White House’s response (about Benghazzi) deliberately misleading? Or was Rice merely regurgitating what she had been told, using the best available information?

    Clinton’s huffy response during testimony that was otherwise measured and cool was likely intended to put a lid on this can of worms:

    “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    Well, it all makes quite a bit of difference, though inarguably less now than it might have just weeks before the November election. Clinton’s response was so loaded with explosive potential, it’s a mystery why no one on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attempted to provide an answer. Apparently, Johnson and his Republican colleagues were so hornswoggled by Clinton’s irritation that no one wanted to volunteer.

    Most important, obviously, is the possibility that those four American lives might have been saved. More prosaically, it is very possible that President Obama’s reelection might not have been assured had possible incompetence at the highest levels been highlighted sooner rather than . . . now.

  245. I would rather have Hagel than Brennan confirmed. Brennan is doctor strangelove. That observation comes from insiders. He is very dangerous.

  246. SHADOWFAX,

    I’m with you.It’s becoming painful to come here to a Hillary site and read all these negative comments about her.All these people don’t trust her anymore but they come here and time and time again are so negative against her.I THINK IS FINE, but not as a constant, they don’t have nothing positive for her anymore but only depressing comments and news. Administrator seems to have forget this site,too. So until news about him and Hillary friends is so depressing for me, too. SHADOW, I’ll look for your website and we could meet at STILL4HILL.com too.

  247. BASIL99
    February 9th, 2013 at 5:40 pm
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    I think the reason some people respond negatively to any criticism of Hillary is because she has been attacked so often in the past for the wrong reasons. They are inclined to conflate legitimate criticism with mean spirited attacks, and that is the problem. When we are invested in someone, we do not want to hear negative things about them, things that could force us to face the fact that all politicians have feet of clay. The black art of publicity makes them seem larger than they are, and as symbols they represent our hopes and aspirations. But in the last analysis they are all just people, and are subject to the same human flaws we all are, magnified by power. Rarely if ever do you find an individual who can accept power and not be affected by it. Henry Adams was the son of a president and the grandson of another president, and he said it is impossible to describe the distortions of personality which power engenders, like a passion for drink or a diseased mind. He concluded by saying a friend in power is a friend lost. This is something I try to remember when I feel my own magic thinking kick in.

  248. wbboei,

    Well said,

    I also agree with you about Brennan. I had never really herd him speak at length until the Confirmation Hearings last week. He gives me the creeps. One bad-news dude.

  249. “but they come here and time and time again ”

    I assume this is directed at me. As far as I remember I have not commented since last November. But your point is well taken, this is indeed a Hillary devotee site. I only speak for myself, I supported them in the 90s, her senator times as well as 2008, however as I said in my post, I don’t trust her, or Bill, anymore, I still have respect for some of her past work, will never be one of these knee jerk bashers of her, but will not be a devotee of hers either, based on what I’ve seen her do, Benghazi, etc, her sheer incompetence and lying about something this serious is something I cannot overlook just because I supported her in the past, wrong is wrong, I frankly don’t care who does it. I blame Barry the most, but Hillary is not excluded from the blame.

    But as this is a Hillary devoted site, you are correct, the remaining Hillary fans should have a place without others putting negative comments etc, we certainly saw enough of this hounding from the daily kooks against Hillary supporters back in 2008 and they followed them everywhere beyond the daily kooks website.
    So, my apologies for my negative comments about Hillary on this Hillary devoted site, probably time to find another place to express my comments. I certainly wish those devoted to and supportive of Hillary the best, I’ve learned a lot from the posts here in the last few years.
    I’m sure there will be still support for her in 2016, but I will not be supporting her in any future political position.

  250. Tim, here is one you will like. It shows the game that the big money interests play of progressive revolution at the expense of democracy to reap profits. This is the world of George Soros. It is from an old series starring Patrick McGoohan one of the great actors of the last generation. The relevant parts run from 1215 to 1825.

  251. David Petraeus was betrayed by his own bodyguards and vengeful high-ranking enemies in the CIA, who made sure his affair with his biographer was exposed to the public, a new book claims.

    MailOnline can reveal a new angle on the story that rocked Washington last fall. It comes from two retired special operations commandos – a Navy SEAL and a Green Beret – who say they discovered a plot against the former CIA director while doing research about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276139/David-Petraeus-CIA-directors-bodyguards-exposed-affair-Paula-Broadwell-claims-Benghazi-The-Definitive-Report.html#ixzz2KTdyIlQX

  252. “… The well-sourced Ron Fournier of National Journal* reports that White House aides say they and the president were “stung by the coverage of the inaugural address.” They were evidently surprised that the feisty liberal speech was seen as a feisty liberal speech. And so, they say, Barack Obama is going to be less partisan in his State of the Union address Tuesday and will talk more about jobs and the economy than about gun control and immigration. Sounds like still another pivot to jobs, which we’ve been hearing about for nearly four years….” http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-seems-to-think-all-decent-people-share-his-views/article/2521035

  253. Different writer, same vein, same source: “…White House spinners are working furiously in the final 72 hours before President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Their job: convince the recession-scarred American public that economic recovery is Obama’s top priority — after everything he has said and done to suggest otherwise….” http://washingtonexaminer.com/after-ignoring-unemployment-obama-seeks-to-convince-americans-its-his-top-priority/article/2521077

    Damned skinny bastard worm.

  254. David Petraeus was betrayed by his own moral weakness…
    If John Brennan is a Muslim, then I’m a 747…how ridiculous.

    This is a pro-Hillary site, created to promote her election as POTUS, not an anti-Democrat site.

    I am saddened by the fringe, conspiracy monger, anti-Democrat turn the site has fallen prey to
    and hope that sometime in the near future, after Hillary has taken some much deserved personal
    time, written that book, and acted as a “special envoy” in some peace negotiation, when she
    announces her candidacy for President, that the site returns to its original and positive purpose.

    Hillary IS 44…2016

  255. Good Sunday morning to you too. It is still freezing and I am still buried under feet of snow, but let’s hope it is a good one.
    ***

    Ahhhh, Benghazi, that little *hell hole* in Libya that Barack Obama wishes would just go away.

    Well, it’s NOT going away, it HAS been on the *back burner* for several days but you can’t just ignore Benghazi. Obama wants us to, that little *gun* issue concerning the Second Amendment may have been a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from Benghazi, but it just didn’t work.

    http://www.texasfred.net/archives/19995#more-19995

  256. Hi Realist, I also consider myself to be a realist. In 2008 The Party ignored my vote. I’ve no choice but to declare the party rotten. (And in the ensuing years, it has validated my view.)
    1. Kerry Endorses Obama as Campaign Goes Nationwide By JEFF ZELENY Published: January 10, 2008
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/us/politics/10cnd-campaign.html?_r=0

    2.Transcript Bob Casey Endorses Barack Obama Published: March 28, 2008 The following is a transcript of Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania endorsing Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, as provided by CQ Transcriptions via The Associated Press.
    SENATOR BOB CASEY: Thank you very much. First of all, I want to thank everyone for being here, and I’ve got one question for this crowd: Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and work for the next four weeks to elect Barack Obama? [AHEAD OF THE PA PRIMARY APRIL 22 SO THAT OBAMA CAN BEAT HILLARY?] www dot nytimes.com/2008/03/28/us/politics/28text-casey.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    3.And from Politico 4/20/08, about 2 days before PA primary, this lifesaver: Casey Vouches For Obamas Values
    PHILADELPHIA — When Sen. Barack Obama’s remarks about “bitter” Pennsylvanians tumbled into public view, he turned quickly to the politician whose family name is synonymous with the working-class, culturally-conservative voters Obama had inadvertently insulted: Sen. Bob Casey Jr. Obama needed his character witness. Casey, the son of a former Pennsylvania governor who bucked the Democratic Party establishment and had endorsed two weeks earlier, took a call from Obama Friday night, April 11, after his comment became public. They talked again Saturday. By Sunday morning, Casey went on CNN to defend Obama. Later in the day, Casey stood by him as he lit into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for capitalizing on the comment. “I have had support from places in Pennsylvania where Democrats don’t usually get support — I knew [Obama’s comment] would be the subject of a lot of attacks,” Casey said in an interview last week. “But I knew that it didn’t in any way reflect his values, his attitudes.”
    At first, the Casey endorsement was simply a pleasant surprise for Obama. Now, it’s his life vest.
    [IOW PARTY LEADERS WERE WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TOOK.]
    Realist, I’ll not respond further to your opinion. Just thought that of mine and others here needed dusting off.

  257. Well, Realist, here’s the clip of the ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who wrote the agencies first Muslim Brotherhood Training Manual, saying Brennan is a Muslim convert.

    He claims Brennan converted to Islam while working in Saudi Arabia, probably sometime between 1996-to 1999 when he served as CIA Station Chief in Riyadh.

    When you look back at Brennan’s involvement with the passport office break-in in 2008, after which the pos was forced to admit he had traveled to Pakistan, the subsequent death of the person responsible for the break-in, who was an employee of Brennan’s, added to Brennan’s statements in support of Islam and against anti-jihadists, it is not a stretch to imagine Brennan is indeed a muslim

    And that is chilling.

    Add Jarrett’s birth in Iran, her recent visit to the country for strategic talks despite the fact she has no governmental clearance for those activities, and the evidence the so-called anti-Mulsim video which the administration swore was responsible for the Benghazzi attack is now being linked to Brennan as well, it does not seem implausible for those of us who do not trust the pos and his minions to continue digging into the issue.

    Whether or not you consider the matter nonsensical is your opinion.

  258. I have to admit to you all that reading this report got me very nervous. It’s more obamacare. He not only wants us to enjoy healthy foods, but now he wants us all to live in healthy housing.

    My God! Just think of the implications of this.

    This week, the Obama administration released a “bold new vision for addressing the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home.”
    The project has a name: “Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action.”
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/mold-leaky-roof-obama-administration-says-all-americans-must-have-healthy-housing

  259. I didn’t know about this EO. It is hard to keep up with them. I’m afraid that this council he created to send to the UN is going to have dire consequences for us all.
    ~~

    In an important pre-Christmas action that received scant media attention, President Obama announced appointments to a number of key administrative posts, including nine members of the President’s Global Development Council, an organization he created by executive order one year ago, on February 9, 2012. The appointments will turn out to be very important as they pertain to the dispersal of billions of dollars in foreign aid, particularly when it comes to promoting programs and policies of the United Nations on abortion, population control, homosexual practices, condom distribution, Agenda 21, “sustainable development,” “green energy,” wealth redistribution, and other controversial issues.
    http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/14472-obama%E2%80%99s-global-development-council-promotes-abortion-un-redistribution

  260. TheRealist
    February 10th, 2013 at 9:23 am
    —————————
    Then, by your calculus, we, who have devoted the past four years to giving her the support you speak of are suddenly traitors, or to use your words “fringe, conspiracy monger, anti-Democrats” et al. when we hold her accountable for what occurred in Benghazi–just as we would any other politician. The clear implication is that we should check our mind and our conscience and the door and accept blindly and obediently her statements that she takes responsibility (whatever that means), that we will get the video maker who caused this al Qaeda attack, and at this point what difference does it make?

    Do you believe that is Realist-ic? If so, then are we really any diffent than bots?? For me that is a bridge too far.

  261. I did not realize that some of us see this site as a shrine to Hillary, where holding her accountable is contra bonus mores. I thought we had moved beyond this, but evidently not. Some of us want a safe harbor where people say only positive things and free thinking is heresy. Fine. Here is what that world looks like. It is bot land.

  262. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276139/David-Petraeus-CIA-directors-bodyguards-exposed-affair-Paula-Broadwell-claims-Benghazi-The-Definitive-Report.html#axzz2KVQpNCmp

    snip

    Murphy and co-author Brandon Webb also revealed that the September 11 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, was retaliation by Islamist militants who had been targeted by covert U.S. military operations.

    The book claims that neither Stevens nor even Petraeus knew about the raids by American special operations troops, which had ‘kicked a hornet’s nest’ among the heavily-armed fighters after the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
    John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, had been authorizing ‘unilateral operations in North Africa outside of the traditional command structure,’ according to the e-book. Brennan is Obama’s pick to replace Petraeus as head of the CIA.

    snip

    Webb and Murphy claim that the ‘inside’ story of the attack – as told by their connections in the CIA and special operations units of the military – show that Brennan never warned the CIA or Stevens about ongoing U.S. military operations in the country.

    Had the State Department and the intelligence community known about what was happening, they would have stepped up security in Benghazi and could have prevented the tragedy.

    Webb counts Doherty, 42, as one of his best friends and he is furious that the real story of what happened has not yet surfaced.

  263. BASIL99
    February 9th, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    Kathleen Parker:

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

    btw…Kathleen Parker is as big a boob as O…she has always hated the clintons…at the Clinton’s very best, she has hated the clintons…she takes joy in trying to ridicule them…and always has…

    anything she has to say is inconsequential…boobette!

  264. ICURI:
    Autumn Manning‏@WWWife
    #FtHood victims on ABC Nightly News w/Diane Sawyer tomorrow night 6:30EST/5:30PST. Be prepared to be shocked #dontstanddown #combatstatus

  265. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nobody_wake_barack_mIetWRbcrPXyEE9QI7jYEM/1

    Nobody wake Barack

    By MICHAEL GOODWIN

    Last Updated: 4:09 AM, February 10, 2013
    Posted: 11:24 PM, February 9, 2013
    Michael Goodwin

    The Benghazi terrorist attack was a debacle in three distinct stages. The fatal mistakes occurred in the first two — the failure to provide adequate security before the attack and the failure to provide help once it started. Those mistakes were tragic, but the Obama administration’s explanations are coherent, though hardly defensible.

    The mystery always has been the third stage — the aftermath, or more accurately, the coverup. Even before the bodies of the four Americans came home, the White House was eager to tell any story except the real one.

    Aides twisted and turned to create the false narrative that a protest over an anti-Muslim video was spontaneously hijacked by radicals. But two problems quickly emerged: There was no video protest in Benghazi, and the attack, which used heavy weaponry, was well planned.

    So, why did the White House spin the web of deceit? Don’t they know the coverup is worse than the crime?

    Finally, we have the answer, thanks to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In his reluctant Senate testimony, he provided the missing piece of the puzzle: The commander in chief was MIA. The coverup was created to protect his absence.

    According to Panetta, President Obama checked in with his military team early on during the attack, then checked out for the rest of the night. The next day, we already knew, he blamed the video maker and flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event.

    Meanwhile, half a world away, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans had been slaughtered by Islamists. Their murders on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 gave the incident extra gravity and led the White House to conceal the facts. An honest chronology would have revealed the president’s shocking behavior during the most successful attack against Americans by foreigners since 9/11.

    Imagine the questions that would have come: What did Obama do through the long, bloody night? Whom did he talk to? When did he learn that Stevens was dead?

    There is still much we don’t know, but Panetta, under persistent Senate probing, revealed that Obama simply wasn’t involved. Did he just go to sleep?

    That question, like other good ones, was asked by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs, Martin Dempsey, told Graham they didn’t sleep, but said they didn’t know if Obama did.

    You would think a presidential conscience would keep him awake and engaged until he knew what had happened in Benghazi. You would be wrong.

    Instead, the two officials said they had only one, 30-minute conversation with Obama. It began at around 5 p.m. Washington time, 90 minutes after the first attack started, and they never spoke to him again that night.

    The president’s only instructions, Panetta said, were, “Do whatever you need to do,” though he left the details “up to us.”

    The president never asked what military assets could be used, where they were and when they would get to Benghazi. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton never spoke to them at all, Panetta said.

    By the time the meeting with Obama ended, one American was dead, Stevens was missing and the survivors had retreated to a nearby villa.

    At 2 a.m. in Benghazi (8 p.m. in DC), the villa also came under mortar and gunfire attack in what witnesses called a planned, sophisticated ambush. Two more Americans died there.

    About four hours later, at dawn in Libya, officials retrieved Stevens’ body from a hospital. He had been alive when he was taken there by Libyans who converged on the burned-out consulate after the first attack; they found him unconscious in an interior room, and a doctor could not revive him.

    More than two hours after that, after 8 a.m. in Libya and 2 a.m. in Washington, a State Department plane left with the last group of survivors and four bodies.

    It would be nice to know what Obama did during the nearly 11 hours from the start of the first attack until that plane left Libya, but in truth, we know enough to understand the meaning. His detachment during a terrorist attack was a shameful dereliction of duty.

    Had he been a military officer, he would face charges. If he were George Bush, he would face ridicule and condemnation, at the least.

    But this is Barack Obama, the president who went missing during a terrorist attack against America and escapes without a scratch.

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    the MSM and the OPS (Obama Protection Syndrome) protects O and puts the rest of us at risk

  266. S,

    You could be right about Parker but the excerpt from her article that I posted rings true.

    As for Goodwin. if you don’t like Parker you shouldn’t care much for Goodwin who was a bootlicker of the highest order back in 2008.

    So he now realizes the error of his ways? Meh.

    I don’t think his explanation holds water. Can’t imagine the video excuse was used primarily to cover up the pos’s incompetence.

    There is something much more evil going on. After all, everyone knows the pos’s incompetent. What everyone does not yet realize is how much he hates the country and wants to destroy it.

    IMHO, of course.

  267. Hayes is a straight shooter

    Brennan’s Evasions
    Feb 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 22 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES

    John Brennan is no Chuck Hagel. That much was clear from the confirmation hearings on Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA. Unlike Hagel, who stumbled and mumbled through his performance, Brennan demonstrated a deep knowledge of his brief and answered (or gamely parried) tough questions with great self-assurance and forcefulness.

    But several of Brennan’s answers before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were problematic. Indeed, his three and a half hours of testimony raised important questions on two issues central to his nomination: the politicization of intelligence and the Obama administration’s approach to fighting radical Islam. Brennan will face additional questions in both areas at a closed hearing on his nomination on February 12. He should.
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    If Brennan’s apparent change of heart on EITs causes concern about his ability to put analysis ahead of politics, his comments on Ali Harzi, a suspect in the Benghazi attacks last fall, raise questions about the Obama administration’s approach to radical Islam and—more immediately troubling—Brennan’s veracity.

    Did John Brennan lie under oath? The answer appears to be yes.

    Here’s the backstory. Senator Marco Rubio asked Brennan about Harzi, who was detained in Tunisia and eventually released by the Tunisian government. When Rubio asked why the United States couldn’t prevent Harzi’s release by the Tunisians, Brennan responded that the United States must respect Tunisian law and traditions. “The Tunisians did not have a basis in their law to hold him.” And when Rubio pushed further, Brennan dismissed his concerns and made a claim that simply isn’t true.

    “We didn’t have anything on him, either,” Brennan said. “If we did, we would have made a point to the Tunisians to turn him over to us, but we didn’t have that.”

    We didn’t have anything on him?

    First, Harzi had a history. He’d been detained by the Tunisian government for five years, from 2006 to 2011, on terrorism charges. Among other concerns, he was then seeking to join his brother, a midlevel operative in Al Qaeda in Iraq. Second, after the Benghazi attack Harzi was detained in Turkey, at least in part on the basis of intelligence provided to the Turks by the U.S. government. Third, Harzi was held in Tunisia for three months on the strength of intelligence the U.S. government collected about his involvement in the Benghazi attacks.

    According to the Beast, that intelligence included real-time social media updates from Benghazi about the unfolding attack. Fourth, Harzi’s own lawyer says that the Tunisian courts are still monitoring Harzi because he remains charged with membership in a terrorist group.
    If Brennan believes the U.S. government doesn’t have “anything” on Harzi, it’s hard to find others who share that assessment.
    *****************************************

    Brennan’s eagerness to downplay Ali Harzi should concern senators for another reason.

    It’s consistent with the Obama administration’s response to jihadist attacks and radical Islam more broadly. So when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit, the president falsely claimed he was “an isolated extremist” long after it was clear that he was a committed jihadist with strong ties to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. And when Faisal Shahzad sought to blow up an SUV in Times Square, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano called it a “one-off” attack by an unaffiliated individual, ignoring claims of responsibility from the Pakistani Taliban.

    And on Benghazi, the Obama administration’s official line, as articulated by Susan Rice five days later, was that the attacks that killed four Americans were “spontaneous” and the result of an anti-Islam video. She said this despite a report from the CIA station chief in Libya that the assault had been a terrorist attack and also claims from the nation’s two top defense officials—Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey—that they knew this on the night of September 11. And Brennan’s claims of transparency notwithstanding, the White House still refuses to produce 70 emails that top administration and intelligence officials exchanged in preparing the “talking points” for Rice’s television appearances.

    John Brennan may not be Chuck Hagel. But that’s not a reason to confirm him.

  268. More from S’s link to the UKDM story

    “Barack Obama was utilizing the massive stash of Libyan weapons made available after the fall of longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to initiate and arm further unsupervised military actions throughout North Africa and the Middle East. This ongoing operation was directly coordinated, according to this newly published report, by then Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan – given wide discretion by President Barack Obama to do so – with Obama’s only caveat to Brennan basically being DON”T GET CAUGHT.

    Add this information to the timing of former CIA Director David Petraeus’ hasty resignation from the Obama administration, (to be replaced by John Brennan no less) and we have the clear makings of a massive cover-up of a highly illegal and far-reaching gun running program by the Obama White House. Many have speculated in recent months this was what was going on before the events that ultimately led to the Benghazi Massacre. Now it appears that speculation is forming into known fact.”

  269. Now THIS is interesting, IMHO.

    A poster from another site wrote this:

    “Brennan is little barry dunham’s CIA “handler.” Brennan is a major player in the One World cabal. Barry is not picking Brennan. Brennan picked barry a long time ago because he and his ilk knew that the liberal left would fall for the image that was created of a genius, multiracial, multicultural hipster. In reality, barry is a drug addled, imbecilic sodomite. But hey, the trickery worked and the foxes are firmly entrenched in the hen house.”

    Remember the pos tried to get Brennan in 4 years ago.

  270. More on Guandolo. the ex-FBI agent who outed Brennan as a muslim.

    In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996-2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice-President, Members of Congress and other high-level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others. In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence.

    Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI. His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere. In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit.

  271. Another side of Guandolo according to Right Wing Watch

    ” . . .he (Guandolo) resigned (from the FBI) when it was discovered that he had been sleeping with a key witness in the corruption case against former Congressman William Jefferson. As reported by The Times Picayune:

    As the corruption case against former Rep. William Jefferson was about to go to trial in June, prosecutors learned from their star witness that she had had a sexual relationship with the undercover FBI agent who drove her to all the meetings where she secretly taped and delivered cash to the New Orleans Democrat.

    But according to court documents unsealed last week, the FBI and its Office of Professional Responsibility knew at least as far back as last December that the agent, John Guandolo, “had had an intimate relationship with a confidential source that he thought could damage an investigation.”

    In the name of transparency

  272. Brennan in 2010

    “Our enemy is not “terrorism” because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not “terror” because terror is a state of mind, and as Americans we refuse to live in fear. Nor do we describe our enemy as “jihadists” or “Islamists” because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community.”

    http://www.meforum.org/2949/john-brennan-jihad-holy-struggle

  273. John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, had been authorizing ‘unilateral operations in North Africa outside of the traditional command structure,’ according to the e-book. Brennan is Obama’s pick to replace Petraeus as head of the CIA.
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    Deja vu all over again. Iran-Contra. And Obama has “plausible deniability”. You will recall how livid the dims were when the Reagan White House, Poindexter and Ollie did their “off the books” operation. But when dimocrats do it, it is okay, and big media turns a blind eye. Big media is the enemy of the American People. You CANNOT run a country this way without courting disaster. I said it before anyone else ever did, and I said it at the time of the Pirate episode. Obama cannot deal with a crisis. He assumes the fetal position. And when it is over his butboys in Hollywood, the media and the party construct revisionist history to make him a hero rather than a coward.

  274. On the lighter side.

    Tonight’s Grammy nominees for Best Spoken Word Album were Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Maddow, Michelle Obama..and Janis Ian.

    Janis who? Those of us that are of a “certain age” know who she is and I am pleased to announce the winner is…JANIS IAN. “Been a long time.”

    Congrats, Janis.

    For those who don’t know who she is and need a reminder, her Grammy winning song from 1976:

  275. http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail/?ReleaseID=1849

    Well she is as popular as she ever has been. However, in 2008 she had a high standing also. Then the fake leader came in and created a dream. I don’t trust that not to happen again. If we have learned nothing else we should know that the voters are fickle, and can be easily swayed one way or another. All it takes is one false story the media decides to publish, should they have an agenda to elect someone else.

  276. Full Statement from Resigning Pope

    Dear Brothers,

    I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

    Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

    From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

    BENEDICTUS PP XVI

  277. From the Washington Times, a few thoughts about Hillary’s popularity in the recent Quinnipiac poll:

    WASHINGTON, February 9, 2013 — The brightest star in the political sky is Hillary Clinton. According to the latest the Quinnipiac University survey of voters (a highly respected poll), the former Secretary of State, U.S. senator and first lady is more popular than President Obama who beat her in the 2008 presidential race and even more popular than some of the Republican 2016 hopefuls.

    She scores higher in favorability than the other national figures named in the survey:

    * 61 – 34 percent for Hillary Clinton
    * 46 – 45 percent for President Barack Obama
    * 46 – 41 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden
    * 25 – 29 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 45 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion;
    * 20 – 42 percent for House Speaker John Boehner;
    * 27 – 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 57 percent who don’t know enough;
    * 34 – 36 percent for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan;
    * 43 – 33 percent for new Secretary of State John Kerry;
    * 14 – 18 percent for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, with 67 percent who don’t know enough about him.

    If she were campaigning for president today, Hillary could run away with the election, including being a favorite of Independents at 59% and of men by 54%. Among women, African-Americans and Hispanics she is the blowout candidate. Add to this she overwhelms everyone else’s numbers with her strong support of more than 58% in all age categories as well as those with and without a college degree.

    [More than 58%? And yet Shadowfax’s straw poll indicates that only one-third of H44 bloggers support her any more!]

    Ahhh, but she is not running today and there is plenty of time for voters to turn on her.

    Sure, she survived the fallout from Benghazi with nary a mark on her [not true – her popularity was at 69% before Sept 11, then 66% afterward, and now it’s 61%], despite a hostile grilling by the Senate. But once she is candidate Hillary Clinton, watch the sharpened knives come out, especially from the far Right. Will they wound her enough to make her vulnerable to one of the GOP’s shining lights is another question, since Hillary is one tough cookie and can dish it out as easily as she can take it.

    [I think that is a misguided judgment of the far right. Remember, a surprising number of Republicans were willing to vote for her in 2008 if she reached the general election. The religious right adores her firm Methodist convictions despite her pro-choice stance, and she’s known to be tough, which the right generally appreciates.]

    What is also interesting in the poll numbers was how low in esteem Republicans in Congress are held. While Obama’s favorability numbers have fallen 7 percentage points since the election, the Congressional Republicans’ approval rating now stands at 19%. The disapproval number of 72% tells the whole story, particularly when you see that a majority of Republicans (51%) feel that way too.

    However, Congressional Democrats are not winning any popularity contests either, with a 59% disapproval rating.

    So where does this leave Hillary Clinton? Sitting in the catbird seat for now. And being out of office will solidify her numbers [a dubious statement], especially when she further builds her reputation by good works in the non-profit world (Americans, who are basically very similar to our Puritan forefathers at heart, just love politicians who do good works).

    However, once the rough and tumble of a campaign is underway, Hillary’s numbers will dip, but if they have remained solidly positive over the previous couple of years, she has a strong reservoir of good will among voters to tap into for a winning campaign.

    The best guess right now, three years out from the 2016 election, is the presidency is hers if she wants it.

    [The Quinnipiac telephone survey of 1,772 registered voters from Jan. 30-Feb. 4 has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.]

  278. jeswezey

    Yup, we are still on the same page.

    Thanks for that uplifting post in this recent sea of doom and gloom.

  279. I understand why many of our regular posters are upset with Hillary.

    A great tragedy occurred and 4 of our people died in the hands of terrorists.
    Some body slept at the wheel. Was it Hillary, CIA, DOD or POS? No body knows at this moment because a concerted effort is being made to bury this story.

    Who ever it is, that person must be made accountable. Unfortunately in stead of getting at the truth, every effort is being made to bury this in order to protect POS.

    As the fighting was going on for 7hours, no help was sent. Why and who was responsible?

    That is the only question that need to be answered. In spite of several hearings, no body is trying to put pressure on the executive to come out and answer. In stead every effort is being made to cover it up.

    This is similar to Iran Contra of Reagan times. Then every one protected Reagan and now every one including Hillary are trying to protect POS. In fact Hillary had no choice. Even if she comes out openly and put the blame where it really belongs, she will be the one who will be taken to task and not the culprits. For a moment, think that she tells the whole truth and it becomes clear that POS was the one responsible for this tragedy.
    The whole dimocratic party, leftist goons and the presstitute gang will kill her.

    During Reagan times, at least the press was independent and tried to get at the truth.
    Now the press and the media were the first in burying this story.

    Under these circumstances, I think it is unfair to blame her for this tragedy with out knowing what happened really. If she is the one negligent in providing security, she does not deserve to be POTUS. We have to remember it is not a consulate really but a CIA annex where this tragedy occurred and if so the major blame lies with director of CIA or who ever is supposed to provide security for those people.

    Looking at what is going on, it seems that this will be buried for now to protect POS and if Hillary runs again, the rethugs want to use this against her. So the rethugs are not really interested in finding the truth

  280. I think it is unfair to blame her for this tragedy with out knowing what happened really
    ———————
    That would be true if she had not said “I accept responsibility”. That is not a throw away line. It is fraught with consequences. One of those consequences is blame. She is not willing to say why she did this–whether to protect a man who is destroying this country, or a rogue CIA operation, or to fend off deeper inquiries, it does not matter. It is tantamont to a confession, and additional facts are irrelevant. Prior to that statement, I was trying to find ways to explain why she was not at fault, but her statement superceded my efforts. At this point, it cannot be helped. This is why I had hoped that she would be a cooperative witness when she appeared before congress, but she did not do that either. If you add it all up, plus the statement to the father of the slain SEAL, the it becomes a Watergate like cover-up, which is ironic since Hillary was one of the people who were chasing Nixon forty years ago for a similar sort of cover-up, except there, unlike here, no American lives were lost.

  281. If Big Media had held Obama accountable for the Benghazi tragedy, people would be calling for his resignation or calling for his impeachment. But big media is a servant of the Administration, hence they perpetrate its lies. And they give the American People a steady diet of bullshit, bread and circuses, which undermines the entire notion of self government, which is bitterly opposed by the elite class. They want it all for themselves.

    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses”—Roman Poet Juvenal

  282. Weird, lightening strikes Saint Peters hours after the Pope talks about stepping down.

    [….the theme song of the X-Files in the background…]

  283. U.S. President Barack Obama says North Korea nuclear test is “highly provocative act” that “undermines regional stability”

    I will send them a strongly worded letter Valerie has written telling them they cannot come to my party in the WH next month. There I told them.

  284. However…. i would not be shocked if……..”Is it too early to blame the North Korea nuke test on a provocative cheap video done by people wanting to upset others who don’t like the United States.”

    I can write these all day. In fact they write themselves.

  285. U.S. President Barack Obama says North Korea nuclear test is “highly provocative act” that “undermines regional stability”
    ————–
    So praytell what are you going to do about it numb nutz, besides flap your jaw and lie? Half his words are lies, and the other half are just bullshit. Foreign leaders read him as a weak suck, and they are inclined to push the envelope because nobody fears him, or respects him. Machiavelli posited that a Prince could opt to either be loved or feared. Obama is neither. He is loathed.

  286. Nothing more sickening than to watch the big media camp followers who follow him around like love stuck school girls. They are revolting to watch. His advisors warn him that he has gone too far on taking away the guns, so he poses with a skeet gun before the camera. He says he does this all the time. I guess no one ever told him he was holding the gun wrong, or else he had never done this before. One more lie, in an endless see of lies. He has no ability to tell the truth. A chronic and habitual liar.

  287. Wow…IOC has dropped Wrestling as an olympic sport. What an ignorant decision removing one of the founding original sports that has survived from Ancient Greece.

  288. Rubio’s rise: GOP star returns to the spotlight with response to Obama By Michael O’Brien, NBC News Political Reporter
    …Marco has to articulate a clear and optimistic vision for growth in America but at the same time present a clear alternative to President Obama’s call for a big, centralized government,” said Ana Navarro, a Florida Republican strategist.
    But accomplishing that goal could be difficult, even for a well-spoken politician like Rubio.
    “It’s an opportunity to be seen and heard by the nation but you run the risk that if you bomb, it’ll be on your tombstone,” Navarro said. “Marco is an eloquent speaker, an extraordinary orator. But this is the toughest gig in politics, by far. Following the president of the United States at the [State of the Union], which is full of pomp, circumstance and tradition, it’s not an easy task.”
    Rubio’s importance to the Republican Party is practically assumed at this point. When reports emerged in June that suggested Rubio had been left off Mitt Romney’s short-list of running mates, the GOP presidential nominee had to hastily stage a statement to declare that the Florida senator was being “thoroughly vetted” for the job.
    Now, the Floridian has a chance to add another notch his burgeoning political belt.
    Rubio has most recently shouldered the burden of selling a comprehensive immigration reform framework – which he helped craft as a member of a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senatorial group – to skeptical conservatives….
    http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/12/16929362-rubios-rise-gop-star-returns-to-the-spotlight-with-response-to-obama

  289. The clapping seals of big media and the young lemings will be out in force tonight applauding Obama and his destruction of this country.

    Meanwhile there is this. Call it what you like. I call it the counter example to Obama. Two black men separated only by competence, a pro American agenda, and mental health. Oh, yes, I neglected to mention, the one who is incompetent, anti American and mentally challenged is the darhl’n of a corrupt and voracious big media.

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    Spirit of Dr. Ben Carson Will Transcend Tonight’s State of Union Address
    – Judi McLeod (Bio and Archives) Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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    A real feeling of Hope & Change will pervade at tonight’s State of the Union Address. The first overriding feeling of Hope & Change that cannot be masked by the hypocrisy of the preening Obamas, by the hype of the Mainstream Media or the stridency of Nancy Pelosi.

    The roughly 50 percent of Americans who stand firmly against the Fundamental Transformation of America have waited four long years for someone to tell President Barack Obama he has no right to destroy an America built by its Founding Fathers.

    That ‘someone’ emerged Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in the person of Dr. Ben Carson.

    Americans thrilled to the carefully chosen patriotic words of the celebrated neuro surgeon, who not only put out the call to save America, but did it with Obama seated just a few feet away.

    Obama’s peeved facial expressions and unsuppressed body language gave patriots their first soaring adrenaline boost since Election Day, 2008.

    There was the antithesis of Obama standing right before Obama—and the nation. You can find Obama’s life incorporated in the book Dreams From My Father, published when he was still a government-funded community organizer, as a narrative spoon-fed to an unsuspecting America.

    Dr. Ben Carson, whose life is one worth one of the most inspirational books of our lifetime, got out and proved himself before writing his first book.

    Leftist critics of the America-loving neurosurgeon, who claim his speech was inappropriate and even offensive, criticize in vain because Americans can easily distinguish the difference between a usurper and the real McCoy.

    And now Dr. Carson’s words to leftist critics come like healing medicine on a raw wound: “Somebody had to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies”.

    The world renowned surgeon does his talking without the crutches of Marxist dialectic or teleprompter.

    “What we need to do is we need to be able to discuss intelligent ways of solving the multitude of problems that threaten to destroy our nation,” Dr. Carson told Neil Cavuto on Foxnews last night. “And there are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for us in the long run.”

    In an Obama society, Christians can’t speak, Constitutionalists can’t speak, Tea Party members can’t speak, returning veterans can’t speak, 1st and 2nd amendment advocates can’t speak, and now surgeons aren’t supposed to speak.

    While none of the above can speak, the political elite can harangue incessantly.

    “One of the things I also said during the speech, there will be some people who will say, but you’re a doctor and you’re a surgeon. You should be sticking to that,” Carson explained. “And I mentioned the fact that five physicians signed the Declaration of Independence and were involved in the framing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and several other things.

    “There’s absolutely no reason at all that physicians, scientists, shouldn’t be involved in things that affect all of us. We’re people who’ve learned how to make decisions based on facts, empirical data, rather than on ideology. And one of the geniuses—one of the real things that made us a great nation—is that we brought people from all backgrounds into the legislative process.”

    Dr. Carson is here to remind us that the support for President Obama’s health care law is low within the medical community.

    And Americans would be the first tell you that in an aging population the morale of the medical community matters.

    The difference between Barack Obama and Ben Carson couldn’t be more stark. Obama feeds class warfare and rails about growing up in America in a single parent home, without ever bothering to thank an America that bestowed him a life of privilege. Carson was goaded on to success by a mother whose motto is: “Do your best and God will do the rest”. In his poverty-challenged youth, with a mother who steadfastly refused victim status, Carson was reading books, not writing them.

    Even with all odds stacked against him, Ben Carson went on to turn poverty into celebrated success.

    Meanwhile, there’s a pall cast over tonight’s State of the Union address. It’s the Hope & Change Americans see in Mrs. Sonya Carson’s little boy, Benjamin Carson.

  290. foxyladi14
    February 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    He went to bed to get his beauty sleep.He had a BIIIIIIIIIG day of campaignin tomorrow
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    I think this is why Hillary said she took responsbility…as I recall, it was phrased in a way that limited her scope. She didn’t want to be the one implicating the preezy, she knew that there’d be plenty of others compelled to testify, that she didn’t have to get all mucked up.

    It’s like the Godfather. He doesn’t go around killing people, he just says, “Take care of this matter.”

  291. Naval officer, SEAL, HBS, Summit, devoted family man – this guy is way too high caliber for Massachusetts.

    If it turns out he’s a fake Colombian who used his fake Colombianess to get ahead, then maybe he’ll have a shot if he switches parties and runs as a Democrat

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    http://legalinsurrection.com/

  292. I have a straw poll. If today was the primary in 2016, and your favorite candidate was on the ballot, who would that be? If you have two choices, you can pretend one is running for President and the other VP.

    I’m curious as to who Big Pinkers are leaning towards these days, who they trust.

    Everyone already knows I would pick Hillary as my top choice. I have no real second choice at this point if she doesn’t run.

  293. Shadowfax, sorry I have no imagination for these things. I will have to wait for a short list; maybe then I could pick one from few 🙁
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    As you all probably know, Fort Hood is one of my highest priorities. TONIGHT!!! Diane Sawyer is supposed to cover it on ABC World News with more on nightline. Here is article about topic to be discussed:
    Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.”Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.” “Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fort-hood-hero-obama-betrayed-victims/story?id=18465024

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