Barack Goes Bonkers!!! – The Obama Drone Strategy Versus The State Of The Marco Rubio State Of The Union Statement

Update: Republicans better learn how to race-bait like Barack Obama in order to protect their “minority” candidates. Republicans better learn to start to race-bait like Barack Obama – early and often. It’s how Obama and the Chicago thugs operate. If Republicans continue to emulate the mistakes of Hillary Clinton in 2008, John McCain 2008, and Mitt Romney 2012, they will lose in 2016 and in 2014.

HotAir, dangerously, has only half a clue in their analysis to the latest from Big Media outlets such as CNN: Could Rubio sipping that water be a career-ender?

“Judge for yourself whether Blitz was playing for laughs. I confess, as I was writing this post this morning, I thought maybe I was being the teensiest bit unfair in indicting the media for peeing themselves over Rubio’s quick-sip. Sure, they had devoted thousands of times more coverage to it than it deserved, but they weren’t really “taking it seriously.” Then I saw the AP’s article, and then I saw this. Vindication. [snip]

Exit question: Is this headline set the media’s version of “cleverness” or just a sly way to impugn him to really, really low-information voters?



Yes it is a way to impugn Rubio to low information voters. And it works.

Republicans should immediately have some Latina from somewhere USA or South American way denounce CNN and all those Big Media outlets focused on Rubio drinking water as “RACISTS!!!!”. Republican Latinas and Republican Latinos should start screaming “RACISM” any time anything even the slightest bit critical of Rubio or a “minority” Republican is even implied.

Forget the nonsense that politics is the reason for the attacks. Forget the “but we are better than that” foolishness (we 2008 Hillary supporters know how stupid it is to keep the dainty kid gloves on and say “we are better than that, we won’t stoop so low“). Forget the “Big Media will laugh at us for saying something so foolish”. Intimidate Big Media as RACISTS too if they mock any Republican “minority”.

Marco Rubio is handling the response to the “Watergate” attacks, and they are attacks, well. He’s having fun by joking that he’s going to start drinking water in the middle of all his speeches from now on because of all the new twitter followers he has gained. But Republican operatives should take off the kid gloves and put on the race-baiting brass knuckles.

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Update II: The Rubio response – in Spanish:



Transcript Here.

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Update: Is anyone watching tonight? A lot of people are not wasting their time on Barack. We’ll be watching, or at least listening. Most people know what they are getting tonight and have an open thread: Time for another instantly forgettable Obama SOTU. Tonight Obama will be more than forgettable. Once again, he’s unbelievable.



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You may have noticed we haven’t published much lately. We’ve written a great many articles but just haven’t had the heart to hit that “publish” button. We’re too disgusted.

The source of our disgust is not just the ur-Boob Barack. Our volcanic hurl of disgust these days mostly comes from the Republican “leadership” whose sole aim these days appears to be to find new and ever more demoralizing ways to cave in to Barack Obama.

Tonight, if Barack Obama declares a run for Pope, with Michelle as Chief Nun, you can be sure the Republican “leadership” in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will at first think it is a good idea because that will rid them of Barack. Secondly they will worry because Hillary now won’t run for Pope herself and thereby be too busy to run for president in 2016. Thirdly they will divide over whether this will make Barack more powerful or more weak, but in the end the decision will come down to help Barack be the next Pope because after all ‘he is such a nice guy even if we have some disagreements with him’.

Perhaps we are exaggerating just a tad about these Republican weaklings but as we wrote back when we had our 2012 meltdown – who wants to fight next to a bunch of losers whose first instinct is retreat and whine on issue after issue after issue? It’s as if you receive a “save the date” notice for an event months away and you agree with your friends to go all out for that night. For months you diet until you are dizzy. You have trainers beat you to a pulp with an exercise regime tougher than the Bataan Death March brutality. You spend a fortune at Chanel and Ferragamo on a smashing outfit and shoes. The big day comes and your friends show up in PayLess shoes, hair in curlers, and frocks from the Michelle Obama collection at Pep Boys. Whaaat??? You tell these losers to go home and you go out alone.

So why are we here today with fingers crossed, chocolates at hand and Champagne chilled – once again hoping for the best even though we know all too well that hope is not a strategy? Why are we holding off on our promised Hillary articles and all the other articles that require publication and instead writing this? It’s because of Marco Rubio.

When we had our 2012 meltdown it was on the day we made a strong case for Marco Rubio for Romney’s vice presidential pick. We still weep thinking about how right we were in our analysis that entire week. We’ll be writing about that too because, you know, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Tonight Marco Rubio will deliver the response to Barack Obama’s drone strategy. Barack Obama will drone on and on until our brain stems attempt to snap themselves in order to stop the drone attack and then Marco Rubio will speak. Rubio will not only speak in English, but in Spanish too. Imagine!

Imagine! Marco Rubio speaking in fluent Spanish and lacerating Barack Obama. Imagine what is going on in the thesaurus zone in the basement of the White House as Barack runs around in a frenzy trying to decide whether he should attempt to get a Spanish phrase or two inserted in the drone speech.

Barack will call the Castro brothers, not Raul and Fidel we hope, but rather Julián Castro and the twin that sometimes pretends to be Julián in order to get some nifty phrases of Spanish. But then Barack discovers that Julián speaks no Spanish. How about Ted Cruz? asks Barack. Nope, Cruz is another Latino Republican. “Well then, forget about it or get me something super simple to say that will hide my pigeon Spanish from the masses.”

Barack’s big concern tonight is how to upstage Marco Rubio. Obama’s big concern won’t be, as even NBC notes that fiscal reality will mean Obama’s speech tonight is dead on arrival. The big concern for Obama tonight won’t be that perhaps the Republicans might actually stop acting like cowards and decide to fight on fiscal issues and that they might easily win if they do decide to fight.

Obama’s big concern tonight won’t be North Korea and nuclear weapons. It won’t be Iran and nuclear weapons. It won’t even be how to get anything done even as reports suggest the White House weighing how many executive orders President Obama can reasonably get away with.

Barack Obama’s big concern tonight is Marco Rubio and how to disguise that his big concern is Marco Rubio.

Barack might take a lesson from the lantern-jawed yet canny Michelle. Michelle has a face that is perpetually twisted into a scowl. So Michelle ordered her underlings to purchase her a new wig to help disguise the scowl. To some extent that strategy has been successful.

Unfortunately Michelle’s new wig has helped with the scowl problem but created a new problem – buck teeth. The way the new wig cuts her face it looks like Michelle can chisel, unassisted, the Obama logo onto Mango seeds (for use as belt buckles?) with those buck teeth and give Alvin and his band-mates competition.

Barack might borrow Michelle’s strategy of wearing disguises to trade problems. “Publicly, White House aides have been nonchalant about Rubio. Behind the scenes, they are intrigued by his every move. Does Obama acknowledge Rubio or continue to ignore him?” So don’t be surprised if Barack Obama shows up tonight wearing a sombrero in order to continue to gull Latinos even as he slaps down African-American dupes finally buying a clue about how Obama feels about them.

Tonight Barack Obama will drone on about stuff he knows he will not get done. Like his many other fake promises at earlier State of the Union drone speeches Barack will lie and lie again. Us? We’ll be up to watch and listen to Rubio and jeer Obama. Isn’t that the sensible thing to do?

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279 thoughts on “Barack Goes Bonkers!!! – The Obama Drone Strategy Versus The State Of The Marco Rubio State Of The Union Statement

  1. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/rubio-readies-republicans-response-obama_701127.html?nopager=1

    But Rubio’s remarks will likely provide a contrast to the president in other ways, too – particularly on tone. Rubio’s speech, expected to run between twelve and fifteen minutes, will be broad and upbeat. Leaks from the White House about Obama’s speech suggest it will be “combative” and “aggressive” and “specific.” Rubio’s response won’t be soft – he intends to lay out for the American people exactly how the president attacks his opponents and mischaracterizes their arguments. And Rubio will be blunt about how he views Obama’s idea of America. “On issue after issue – there is virtually no problem in America that he thinks doesn’t have a government answer, from concussions in football to the weather.”

    Rubio’s remarks will be personal, sharing stories he’s heard from friends, relatives, and constituents to translate esoteric Washington policy debates into solutions for the day-to-day problems that Americans are having. Rubio will talk in some detail about the American dream – not as an ill-defined concept popular in modern political rhetoric, but in terms of what it means to the parent of a newborn who sees in his child the promise of a great country. He will attempt to speak to those Americans who are concerned about the current state of the union and despondent about its future. And even in a time of despair for his party, Rubio is determined to be optimistic – about the country, about its politics and even about the prospect of agreement with an increasingly intransigent president.

    “We’re not just here to block everything the president’s for,” Rubio insists. “We’re not against everything the president’s for, we’re only against the bad ideas.”

    Which of the president ideas does Rubio think are the good ones, I wonder.

    Rubio laughs.

    “That’s what we’re searching for,” he says. “We’re looking for a couple.”

  2. Drone attack lies:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/excerpt-nothing-i-m-proposing-tonight-should-increase-our-deficit-single-dime_701159.html

    Obama: ‘Nothing I’m Proposing Tonight Should Increase Our Deficit By a Single Dime
    “It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.”

    The White House has released limited excerpts of President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

    “It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

    “It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

    “It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation of ours.”

    “A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?”

    “Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.”

  3. Drudge has Rubio speech excerpts:

    http://www.drudgereport.com/flashmr.htm

    “This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs. Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems.”

    “Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy. The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

    “Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.”

    “The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That’s why we need a balanced budget amendment. The biggest obstacles to balancing the budget are programs where spending is already locked in. One of these programs, Medicare, is especially important to me. It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity. And it pays for the care my mother receives now. I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.”

    “Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important. If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever. And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America’s decline.

  4. I’m hoping no one will even tune into the POS as all eyes are riveted on the Dorner drama.

    I further hope the Dorner capture occurs just before Rubio’s speech.

    The pos and Mo must be fuming about this unexpected trumping of their event. From what I have been seeing even LSM bootlickers like Blitzer seems relieved to have something other than the pos to follow.

    Karma.

  5. BTW,

    You were so right about Rubio. I now believe he could have swung the election Romney’s way. What a waste.

  6. Basil, there is another diversion too. Compliments of Diane Sawyer this evening. First I give you this caption from a pic of Mooch: First lady Michelle Obama stands with Kimberly Munley of Killeen, Texas, and Mark Todd of Killeen, Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 27, 2010, prior to the start of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Then some clarifying text and the link:
    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

    This coverage of Fort Hood was originally scheduled for last night but the Pope’s resignation postponed it. I was so afraid it would be lost again due to Dorner. But to ABC’s credit, they squeezed this bit in and there is more promised on Nightline at 12:35 AM. If so, Fort Hood will be prelude and postlude to this POTUS SOTU.

    Admin you’ve been sorely missed; thank heaven this night brought you back to us. I would not for the world diminish your analysis of Rubio’s importance to the Romney campaign. Having said that, I’ve got to hope that tonight Rubio will be speaking to a more hushed and sober America, one that is now eager to absorb his message.

  7. SWAT team in cabin. No doubt the POS is getting prissy about his big day being preempted and sent out orders to shut Dorner down before 9 pm EST.

  8. Cabin’s on fire. POS saved to torture us on National TV. I’ll be watching The Face.

    OT, isn’t it a huge conflict of interest for a prominent NYS Governor, like Cuomo, to have a brother, Chris, prominently employed by CNN?

    He and Anderson are getting their rocks off watching the Dorner freak show and twisting themselves into knots to justify his rabid behavior same way they bent over backwards to defend Nidal Hassan.

  9. I can’t stomach Sawyer so I will rely on your report.
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    For me, it’s just this once.
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    SWAT team in cabin
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    Great observation. Tough night for POS.

  10. Creep this morning with nuclear rocket. Creep this afternoon killing in California. Creep tonight giving a speech.

  11. yes, admin…some us of have noticed you have not published in a while…it’s is appreciated and encouraging to see you have not lost your touch…

  12. http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/02/12/dorner-screws-obama/

    Dorner Screws Up Obama’s Big Moment

    In what hopefully will be his final destructive act, rampaging and murdering ex-police Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner is busy tonight distracting attention from President Obama’s State of the Union speech as he appears to be going down in flames in a California cabin just as Obama is about to begin speaking.

    If members of Congress on TV seem to be looking at their electronics, you can be sure they are trying to view a drama more compelling than the one they are attending.
    [snip]

    That is, this drama probably will continue throughout the president’s speech. The networks may even run with a split screen that shows the Dorner thing playing out on one side while the Obama thing plays out on the other.

  13. my two cents…

    …as for Rubio…all i will say is that I frankly do not think anything could have turned the tide against O pulling it off…many of us saw very plainly that many states, including and especially Florida were rigged…the chaos and the lines and the “provisional ballots”, etc just made the rigging and stealing of the election all that much easier…

    if I believed for one second that Rubio could have “won” or “swung” the election with Romney on the top…as it unfolded in reality, I would be the first to concur…i simply honestly believe the ‘fix’ was in…no matter what…the media and the O cult were not going to be stopped…Rubio was smart to stay clear of that avalanche…

    Rubio has his own plan for his future…running under the wings of Romney was not it, I don’t think he sees himself as second tier, I think he wants to use his unique position in ‘time’ to create his own moment in “history” and build his own MOMENTUM…it will be interesting to see how his future unfolds…but no matter what, Rubio wants to launch his future his own way…

  14. I cannot bare to watch Mr. Teleprompter man for the next hour, I’ll check in for the erudite observations and comments here…he is just way too irritating to listen to … and watch…

    thanks ahead of time to all that will endure the next hour

  15. Obama going on about how he opposes his own sequester. He immediately launches into tax the rich talk as Boner looks dead behind him.

  16. Boehner is giving BO a super duper evil eye! He’s staring at the back of BO’s head like he is picking out a spot he’d like nothing more than to put a great big whop on.

    He knows exactly what kind of fraud Obama is.

  17. Boehner’s face says it all! He just took a drink of water. You can bet that after having to sit there and listen to all these lies and drivel by BO that he wishes it were something way, way stronger.

  18. BO must have a new make up person this year. Last year at the State of the Union he looked kinda orange. This year he looks a bit yellow and sorta red around his eyes. Do you suppose the make up artist is trying to make a statement?

  19. Southern Born, part of the problem is this year he did not darken his grey hair as much and it looks as if the make-up person used a lighter powder on him which is not meshing well with the overly darkened eyebrows.

    As to Boner, he is most definitely giving Obama the skunk eye.

  20. This is a very efficient speech. As soon as the words are out of the Boob’s mouth they are instantly forgotten. It’s like a long forgotten fax machine in which the paper goes directly into the garbage can.

  21. LOL! Administrator.

    As a retired teacher, I’m sick up to my eyeballs of hearing all that drivel about education. I’ve heard it and heard it for years and years and years. The solution is always more money for education going 40 plus years now. Hello!!

  22. admin…oh how I have missed your humor. Like a sunrise on a warm summer day over Hawaii……………..ahhhhhhhhhh.

    I have had the drone One in the background for the past 15 minutes…still waiting for the red cape and sombrero, but all I hear is bla, bla, so, bla, bla…wait a little longer for that long promised unicorn, I have to find more pixy dust, we can fix this…(just because I haven’t done a damn thing in over 4 years).

  23. Shadowfax, we were waiting for a sombrero to appear too but alas as with everything Obama – we were disappointed.

    As to Michelle Obama we’ve given her appearance short shrift tonight. Now for some equal time:

    Barack’s bad make-up job was discussed earlier so now let’s examine Michelle. Her make-up “artist” might be a mortician. She is overdone and overcooked. Her eyebrows could fly kites they’re so hooked. As to the dress, we sort of like it but still… the dress looks like a high end ketchup bottle.

  24. Transcript of Rubio’s remarks (we provided bolding on parts we think are good):

    http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2013/02/transcript-provided-for-marco-rubios.html

    Transcript provided for Marco Rubio’s response to State of the Union address
    The following is the prepared transcript for Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union message:

    Good evening. I’m Marco Rubio. I’m blessed to represent Florida in the United States Senate. Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term. Tonight, I have the honor of responding to his State of the Union address on behalf of my fellow Republicans. And I am especially honored to be addressing our brave men and women serving in the armed forces and in diplomatic posts around the world. You may be thousands of miles away, but you are always in our prayers.

    The State of the Union address is always a reminder of how unique America is. For much of human history, most people were trapped in stagnant societies, where a tiny minority always stayed on top, and no one else even had a chance.

    But America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a God-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them.

    Like most Americans, for me this ideal is personal. My parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity to improve their life and give their children the chance at an even better one. They made it to the middle class, my dad working as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and a maid. I didn’t inherit any money from them. But I inherited something far better – the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.

    This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs.

    Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity.

    But President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems. That the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough and control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more.

    This idea – that our problems were caused by a government that was too small – it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

    And the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hardworking middle class taxpayers – that’s an old idea that’s failed every time it’s been tried.

    More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back.

    More government isn’t going to create more opportunities. It’s going to limit them.

    And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private sector jobs. It’s going to create uncertainty.

    Because more government breeds complicated rules and laws that a small business can’t afford to follow.

    Because more government raises taxes on employers who then pass the costs on to their employees through fewer hours, lower pay and even layoffs.

    And because many government programs that claim to help the middle class, often end up hurting them instead.

    For example, Obamacare was supposed to help middle class Americans afford health insurance. But now, some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with. And because Obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these businesses aren’t hiring. Not only that; they’re being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers.

    Now does this mean there’s no role for government? Of course not. It plays a crucial part in keeping us safe, enforcing rules, and providing some security against the risks of modern life. But government’s role is wisely limited by the Constitution. And it can’t play its essential role when it ignores those limits.

    There are valid reasons to be concerned about the President’s plan to grow our government. But any time anyone opposes the President’s agenda, he and his allies usually respond by falsely attacking their motives.

    When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can’t control the weather – he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air.

    When we suggest we strengthen our safety net programs by giving states more flexibility to manage them – he accuses us of wanting to leave the elderly and disabled to fend for themselves.

    And tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts – cuts that were his idea in the first place.

    But his favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him – they only care about rich people.

    Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

    The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.

    And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

    So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

    Hard-working middle class Americans who don’t need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They want a plan to grow the middle class.

    Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012.

    But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade.

    Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.

    One of the best ways to encourage growth is through our energy industry. Of course solar and wind energy should be a part of our energy portfolio. But God also blessed America with abundant coal, oil and natural gas. Instead of wasting more taxpayer money on so-called “clean energy” companies like Solyndra, let’s open up more federal lands for safe and responsible exploration. And let’s reform our energy regulations so that they’re reasonable and based on common sense. If we can grow our energy industry, it will make us energy independent, it will create middle class jobs and it will help bring manufacturing back from places like China.

    Simplifying our tax code will also help the middle class, because it will make it easier for small businesses to hire and grow.

    And we agree with the President that we should lower our corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world, so that companies will start bringing their money and their jobs back here from overseas.

    We can also help our economy grow if we have a legal immigration system that allows us to attract and assimilate the world’s best and brightest. We need a responsible, permanent solution to the problem of those who are here illegally. But first, we must follow through on the broken promises of the past to secure our borders and enforce our laws.

    Helping the middle class grow will also require an education system that gives people the skills today’s jobs entail and the knowledge that tomorrow’s world will require.

    We need to incentivize local school districts to offer more advanced placement courses and more vocational and career training.

    We need to give all parents, especially the parents of children with special needs, the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice.

    And because tuition costs have grown so fast, we need to change the way we pay for higher education.

    I believe in federal financial aid. I couldn’t have gone to college without it. But it’s not just about spending more money on these programs; it’s also about strengthening and modernizing them.

    A 21st century workforce should not be forced to accept 20th century education solutions. Today’s students aren’t only 18 year olds. They’re returning veterans. They’re single parents who decide to get the education they need to earn a decent wage. And they’re workers who have lost jobs that are never coming back and need to be retrained.

    We need student aid that does not discriminate against programs that non-traditional students rely on – like online courses, or degree programs that give you credit for work experience.

    When I finished school, I owed over 100,000 dollars in student loans, a debt I paid off just a few months ago. Today, many graduates face massive student debt. We must give students more information on the costs and benefits of the student loans they’re taking out.

    All these measures are key to helping the economy grow. But we won’t be able to sustain a vibrant middle class unless we solve our debt problem.

    Every dollar our government borrows is money that isn’t being invested to create jobs. And the uncertainty created by the debt is one reason why many businesses aren’t hiring.

    The President loves to blame the debt on President Bush. But President Obama created more debt in four years than his predecessor did in eight.

    The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That’s why we need a balanced budget amendment.

    The biggest obstacles to balancing the budget are programs where spending is already locked in. One of these programs, Medicare, is especially important to me. It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity. And it pays for the care my mother receives now.

    I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.

    Republicans have offered a detailed and credible plan that helps save Medicare without hurting today’s retirees. Instead of playing politics with Medicare, when is the President going to offer his plan to save it? Tonight would have been a good time for him to do it.

    Of course, we face other challenges as well. We were all heart broken by the recent tragedy in Connecticut. We must effectively deal with the rise of violence in our country. But unconstitutionally undermining the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is not the way to do it.

    On foreign policy, America continues to be indispensable to the goal of global liberty, prosperity and safeguarding human rights. The world is a better place when America is the strongest nation on earth. But we can’t remain powerful if we don’t have an economy that can afford it.

    In the short time I’ve been here in Washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices like the ones the President laid out tonight.

    The choice isn’t just between big government or big business. What we need is an accountable, efficient and effective government that allows small and new businesses to create middle class jobs.

    We don’t have to raise taxes to avoid the President’s devastating cuts to our military. Republicans have passed a plan that replaces these cuts with responsible spending reforms.

    In order to balance our budget, the choice doesn’t have to be either higher taxes or dramatic benefit cuts for those in need. Instead we should grow our economy so that we create new taxpayers, not new taxes, and so our government can afford to help those who truly cannot help themselves.

    And the truth is every problem can’t be solved by government. Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians.

    Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important.

    If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever.

    And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America’s decline.

    At a time when one showdown after another ends in short-term deals that do little or nothing about our real problems, some are starting to believe that our government leaders just can’t or won’t make the right choices anymore.

    But our strength has never come from the White House or the Capitol. It’s always come from our people. A people united by the American idea that, if you have a dream and you are willing to work hard, nothing should be impossible.

    Americans have always celebrated and been inspired by those who succeed. But it’s the dreams of those who are still trying to make it that sets our nation apart.

    Tonight, all across this land, parents will hold their newborn children in their arms for the first time. For many of these parents, life has not gone the way they had planned.

    Maybe they were born into circumstances they’ve found difficult to escape. Maybe they’ve made some mistakes along the way. Maybe they’re young mothers, all alone, the father of their child long gone.

    But tonight, when they look into the eyes of their child for the first time, their lives will change forever. Because in those eyes, they will see what my parents saw in me, and what your parents saw in you. They will see all the hopes and dreams they once had for themselves.

    This dream – of a better life for their children – it’s the hope of parents everywhere. Politicians here and throughout the world have long promised that more government can make those dreams come true.

    But we Americans have always known better. From our earliest days, we embraced economic liberty instead. And because we did, America remains one of the few places on earth where dreams like these even have a chance.

    Each time our nation has faced great challenges, what has kept us together was our shared hope for a better life.

    Now, let that hope bring us together again. To solve the challenges of our time and write the next chapter in the amazing story of the greatest nation man has ever known.

    Thank you for listening. May God bless all of you. May God bless our President. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

  25. I am with you S, Rubio would have made it closer, but the cheating was on, in the end, it wouldn’t matter. Going forward, I don’t know how anyone win’s that the powers that be don’t want to win. I have never felt like not voting, but nationally, I am beginning to wonder why bother?

    Rubio would have taken the VP. No doubt about it. They don’t blame Ryan, and they wouldn’t have Rubio. No one wants to look nationally at the blatant cheating,140% fraud in more than one precinct? Please…

    I get it,we need to reach Latino’s before they are brainwashed by the left and radical Latino’s,but,I think it is imperative that cultures immerse in American culture. I am sure the Germans, Italians, Polish, would have liked to have kept their language, but they understood…they came here to be American, for a new life. Their culture absolutely contributed to what we have become and the Latin culture is especially rich…but we are American’s first. Rubio is smart enough to blend the two. As you can guess, as my name applies, I know a bit about Latino’s.

    I just hope he hasn’t made too many backroom deals. His questioning of Hillary did not show leadership. It was too safe.

  26. He’s nervous JBStonesFan. This dry throat effect tends to give him that valued “sincerity” factor – but he will be mocked by the Obama Hopium guzzlers. He was smart to take a drink when he realized his mouth was dry but couldn’t someone have provided a glass, instead of a plastic bottle, of water?

    The content of the speech is good. He is ending strong too.

  27. he does have the ‘sincerity’ factor…i could almost hear music in the background…the spanish version must have touched many…

  28. Agreed administrator. As a young attorney it happened to me a lot. I remember being so nervous at one of my first hearings that when I went to sit down I missed the chair and fell on my a–. Looking back, I miss those days…l

  29. Admin: you are a better man than I Gunga Din. I would not watch that prick for all the tea in China–or should I say all the American dollars in China. However, I would support you vigorously and tirelessly if you ever decide to run for President.

  30. Jeepers, almost wish I had ‘watched’ the drone speech instead of just using it as background noise…just want to see the ketchup bottle dress and kite flying eyebrows on MO.

  31. Oh Jbstonesfan, don’t get me started. In Anatomy of a Murder, Sir Wilfred Robards, the toast of the Inns of Court, confessed to his law clerk that in his first murder trial involving a pharmacist who poiseoned his wife, he rose to make an objection and his wig fell off. And in the first felony trial I watched in federal court as a law student, I saw a fledgling assistant district attorney post an illustrative exhibit on a podium precariously, and when he bumped the easel, the exhibit fell down on his neck and knocked him to the ground. Which presented an interesting question of law: who could he sue for his injuries? And where could he go for relief, besides a chiropractor?

  32. We’re not the only ones disgusted by Republican cowardice:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/02/12/Nugent-GOP-has-lost-their-scrotum-while-other-side-is-ruthless

    Rock star and conservative activist Ted Nugent told Breitbart News that he thinks the Republican Party does not fight back against President Barack Obama’s agenda because “they somehow has lost their scrotum.”

    Working hard, playing hard America is literally recoiling in shock and dismay on an hourly basis,” Nugent said. “Where is the GOP? There must be a system by which we can stop this stuff.”

    Nugent’s interview with Breitbart News came in Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman’s office on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before Obama’s State of the Union address. Nugent was Stockman’s guest at the speech. [snip]

    Nugent said Republicans are too focused on being polite and looking pretty than on winning the fight.

    “They got to quit adjusting their ties and be more forceful,” Nugent said. “Did you see me fix Piers Morgan? That should be shown at every Republican gathering and say ‘this is how you do that.’ You don’t back off, you don’t acquiesce, you don’t stop your statement to allow him to attack you further. You escalate.

    Nugent said Republicans don’t seem to have that street fighter mentality necessary to win.

    It’s almost like Mr. Rogers with Lawrence Welk music,” he said. “That can’t win anything. The other side is ruthless. They’re just ruthless. They’ll do whatever they have to do. Improvise, adapt and overcome would serve us better.”

  33. so true re: disappearance of republican fighters…

    what happened to those killers that went after Bill and Hill in the 90’s…they knew how to play every dirty trick in the book and played them every damn day…the al dimatos and his ilk…

    it is like O’s ruthless crew took over where the repubs left off and then O’s crew just snuffed them out and scared them to the point of being afraid of their own shadows…

  34. Meh… Not a Rubio fan. He talks too much about himself, not unlike Obama. I’m supposed to like this guy because he speaks Spanish and his skin is darker than mine (except it isn’t) and he reminds Republicans of Ronald Reagan (who wasn’t that great).

    As for the rest of the Republican Party, I’m tired of them. In 2008, I was able to form a temporary alliance with some of them but the key word here is temporary. That’s over now. They piss me off as much as any obot, albeit for different reasons. Plus, I was never a fan of much of their agenda to begin with. If Hillary runs in 2016, the Repubs will be as nasty to her as they were in the 1990s. So why bother with them?

  35. Jen, I pretty much feel the same, I do think Rubio is a good guy, maybe ready for a VP pick but too green for Prez.

  36. I didn’t watch the original broadcast but the replay. I only made it to the 37 minute mark….37 minutes of my life I will never get back. Glad I didn’t waste an hour.

    But what really erked me and why I shut it off is the continual insistance by the Dems that minimum wage should be a “living” wage. Let’s hike it again.

    Here is a reality check. Minimum wage is paid for jobs that require the bare minimum of an individual. It is not rocket science to flip a burger, fold clothes in a clothing store, etc etc.

    Every time the government raises the minimum wage, businesses respond by cutting back on staff. Doubt that? How many times have you cussed in a retail establishment because you couldn’t find help? How many times have you cussed because the lone person you finally found didn’t have a clue?

    Minimum wage jobs were supposed to be entry-level jobs that lead to better jobs had the person educated themself. Minimum wage jobs were resume builders for the future after you graduated high-school, college or a trade apprenticeship. Instead, they have now become a means to an end.

    What the government fails to realize is that every time they raise minimum wage they cut jobs. And the jobs they cut are the ones for our young.

  37. Howdy, Jen, and we are on the same page. Rubio is the Republican version of Obama. Great media hype but hasn’t earned his way yet.

    I personally like Rubio, but if it came down to it, I would rather have Suzanne Martinez, Govenor of New Mexico, than Rubio. She has a proven track record in her state.

    Rubio just has the media spotlight.

    My dream ticket for 2016..a bi-partisan ticket of Hillary/Suzanne. Two women who know how to get the job done.

    BTW, Martinez used to be a Dem. Sound like common ground for many of us in here?

  38. VotingHillary

    The min. wage thing is really an issue/problem with no jobs for adults, many have to take those low paying jobs just to put food on the table in many states and frighting for these jobs are also the college kids, high school teens and illegals.

    BO is all for helping the bottom of the scale while he lives it up as the new Pharaoh. He is so full of crap.

  39. Southern Born
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    Boehner is giving BO a super duper evil eye! He’s staring at the back of BO’s head like he is picking out a spot he’d like nothing more than to put a great big whop on.

    He knows exactly what kind of fraud Obama is
    ——————–
    If it were only true. The problem is the Bullshit Artist at the podium is standing in Boehners line of vision to a young lady he has taken a fancy to, and soon he will be fetching his trusty aide (Sammy is his name, and he is a butt kisser if there ever was one, and John kids him to death over that) to steal up to her after this dumb speech is over and say The Speaker would like to have a drink with you at the Mayflower, or Willard, or Hay Adams Bar in an hour. Look for him in the far corner of the barroom where the lights are low. You will not be disappointed.

  40. State of the Union–Open Thread »

    By Larry Johnson

    on February 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM in Current Affairs | 24 Comments

    Okay ladies and gents. Here you go. I can’t bear to watch the arrogant ass. My tolerance for listening to a litany of lies was surpassed months ago.

    The yawning gulf between the myth of Obama pushed by the fawning media and the actual reality of a disengaged egotist puts the Grand Canyon to shame.

    We learned last week from the outgoing Secretary of Defense that Obama was missing in action while American citizens in Benghazi were under attack and Ambassador Stevens had gone missing. Rather than order U.S. military forces to the scene to seize, hold and protect the two U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Obama hopped a plane for Vegas. He had fund raising to do.

    And now, tonight, we get to hear him once again insist that the economy and jobs are his top priority. That is one steaming pile of bullshit

  41. Jen the Michigander
    February 13th, 2013 at 1:22 am
    Meh… Not a Rubio fan. He talks too much about himself, not unlike Obama. I’m supposed to like this guy because he speaks Spanish and his skin is darker than mine (except it isn’t) and he reminds Republicans of Ronald Reagan (who wasn’t that great).

    As for the rest of the Republican Party, I’m tired of them. In 2008, I was able to form a temporary alliance with some of them but the key word here is temporary. That’s over now. They piss me off as much as any obot, albeit for different reasons. Plus, I was never a fan of much of their agenda to begin with. If Hillary runs in 2016, the Repubs will be as nasty to her as they were in the 1990s. So why bother with them?
    _______________

    Way to go, Jen! I feel the same way.

    I will admit to being a little curious about what Pubs in general, are thinking about the next presidential election, and have listened to FOX news radio as well as other conservative stations for the past several weeks. I don’t think Republican losses have sparked even a clue about the problems the Republicans face. Almost all of the hosts of the talk shows (couldn’t tell you who they are because I listen my car at various times – just whenever I happen to be driving)- blame their losses on the fact that their last two candidates have been too moderate. They talk about McCain as if he were as liberal as William Ayers. And, when they talk about Romney at all, it’s as if he were from another planet. And, don’t even get them started on Rubio. He’s not even a true Republican – to hear most of these Con-Radio guys talk. And, what’s amazing is the number of listeners they have. It’s like they are a whole separate culture – their own language, the same religion, the same god … of course I’m referring to Ronald Regan (well, there are a few who believe he was too liberal). Now, obviously, the moderate candidates have not fared well, but they have drawn votes from the Indys. A hard core right winger will not. The Republicans have a real problem on their hands. If the more moderate faction cannot convince the Crazy Right to forget about trying to elect people who want to control the personal and religious behavior of Americans, the Pubs are done for.

  42. ABC’s Nightline came through with decent coverage of the Fort Hood situation – and in a situation we are becoming more and more accustomed to, video of the shooting has “recently” been found. The link given is video of the entire episode starting with Dorner, proceding to SOTU, then Ft. Hood at 12:10 although I don’t know how to advance it to there.
    http://abcnews.go.com/watch/nightline/SH5584743/VD55274237/nightline-0212-chris-dorner-manhunt-fugitive-ex-cop-in-shootout-with-police

    Think it was Nightline that wrapped up this SOTU would be remembered for gun victims. The ones in the audience with special ribbons. Not the Fort Hood ones. I hope to help change that.

    Rubio: I’ve just seen parts of his reply; loved the Spanish!!! One can never be absolutely certain what he said unless you too know it fluently. ha ha Thought the rest of it was good enough; don’t see justification for criticism of his sipping from a plastic bottle, but it is out there.

    ———————–

    I know my House Rep is just one of 400 some. Yet I take a measure of heart. The day we all heard that OFA had become OFO, I fired an email to my guy. HIS guy in DC just called and we had a good talk. He said TOM MARINO keeps in touch with all constituents who contact him, and now I have to believe he does. His contact made certain I had his telno and correct spelling of his name too. It sounded like Pelosi and I rather gasped, but the spelling of his is entirely different.

    Saw elsewhere that Bret Baier pulled sequester origin truth out of Jay Carney.

  43. Freespirit

    The Republicans have a real problem on their hands. If the more moderate faction cannot convince the Crazy Right to forget about trying to elect people who want to control the personal and religious behavior of Americans, the Pubs are done for.

    ——–
    That’s the way I see it too. The crazies on the right are as bad as the kooks on the left, they are not the majority.

    Either party can’t cast out the voters that are more to the center, ‘moderates’ without slitting their own throats.

  44. ——–
    That’s the way I see it too. The crazies on the right are as bad as the kooks on the left, they are not the majority.

    Either party can’t cast out the voters that are more to the center, ‘moderates’ without slitting their own throats.
    ____________

    Well said, Shadow. Your comment perfectly describes the situation.

  45. The whole thing is about power and nothing else. When your guy is in, you forgive everything bad he does, and whenever the other guy is in there you ignore everything good he does. Power is the measure of all things. If logic were the governing factor, then we would say they were hipocrites. But that implies inconsistency. There is no inconsistency here–I wish there was, and that it favored the truth and the general welfare. Unfortunately there is none. The consistent factor is power, and the general welfare falls to it every time.

  46. Either party can’t cast out the voters that are more to the center, ‘moderates’ without slitting their own throats.

    —————————–
    Shadow: I do not know what a moderate is in the current political spectrum–where the country is deeply divided. I do not know how anyone can be moderate toward a man who is destroying the country, unless they are brain dead. And if they are brain dead, then who cares. What we are really talking about when we say moderate is low information voter–or a wishing washer voter. Again, who cares. Independent is a better term. That is someone who says trust all men but cut the cards. That is someone who is in play for both political parties. Nevertheless, they are capable of beign brainwashed by the media. Anyone who follows msn is at risk.

  47. wbboei says:
    February 13th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The whole thing is about power and nothing else. When your guy is in, you forgive everything bad he does, and whenever the other guy is in there you ignore everything good he does. Power is the measure of all things. If logic were the governing factor, then we would say they were hipocrites. But that implies inconsistency. There is no inconsistency here–I wish there was, and that it favored the truth and the general welfare. Unfortunately there is none. The consistent factor is power, and the general welfare falls to it every time.

    and Shadowfax says:

    That’s the way I see it too. The crazies on the right are as bad as the kooks on the left, they are not the majority.

    ********************************************************************
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    it is all about power…and money…whoever has the power gets the money…the repubs and the dims are interchangeable…hypocrisy is the result..

    power and money run washington…one party…two different brand labels…

  48. Glad to see there’s some critical thinking going on about Rubio…:

    Jen the Michigander February 13th, 2013 at 1:22 am
    “Rubio… talks too much about himself, not unlike Obama. I’m supposed to like this guy because he speaks Spanish and his skin is darker than mine (except it isn’t) and he reminds Republicans of Ronald Reagan (who wasn’t that great).

    [and some critical thinking about Reagan too! Congrats, Jen!]

    Shadowfax 
February 13th, 2013 at 1:34 am 

    “… Rubio is a good guy, maybe ready for a VP pick but too green for Prez.”

    [Yup, we’re on the same page again Shadowfax…]

    VotingHillary February 13th, 2013 at 1:50 am
    “Rubio is the Republican version of Obama. Great media hype but hasn’t earned his way yet.
    =====

    So some of us see, as I do, the resemblance between Rubio and a certain silver-tongued freshman senator who wormed his way into the White House by lulling the throngs with his dulcet phrases.

    Once Obama won the nomination in 2008, he campaigned using Hillary’s playbook using, for instance, the talk about the “middle class” – a concept that Hillary had popularized during her campaign and a concept that Obama knew nothing about.

    Now we find the “middle class” concept again in Obama’s SOTU and in Rubio’s response.

    When I read Rubio’s speech, I saw it as smooth talking – a right-wing Obama. He talks about himself again, his family and upbringing; and though this is a sincere story with some real meat to it (as opposed to Dreams from my father), I’m starting to get sick of it already.

    When we look at the beef in the speech, it’s mostly hackneyed Republican trash about small government and tax cuts. Along the way, Rubio shovels some bullshit:

    Rubio: “… a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies….”

    No, Marco, the housing crisis was not created by reckless government policies. It was created by rapacious loan shark banks who raped the lower middle class and were never brought to account for their fraudulent, criminal behavior by a government that wouldn’t raise a hand against Wall Street. That was, sorry to say, Dubya’s administration, not Obama’s. Of course, Obama did nothing either….

    Some more bullshit:

    “We must effectively deal with the rise of violence in our country. But unconstitutionally undermining the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is not the way to do it.“

    This is just pandering to the gun lobby. Not even the NRA thinks that the 2nd amendment should go untouched, no regulations applied, no gun-free zones in cities. Regulations on or outlawing of certain weapons is not unconstitutional and they do not undermine anybody’s rights.

    Anyway, if you don’t want to set bounds on 2nd amendment rights, Marco, what idea do you have for “effectively [dealing] with the rise of violence in our country”?? Rubio has sidestepped the issue entirely by offering no other direction to go.

    No, in the final analysis, I view Rubio as a nice, more sincere guy than Obama but essentially the same ilk. Had he been on the R ticket in 2012, it would have been a liability in my eyes (I still would have voted Romney, but with less conviction for all that matters); and if he is on the ticket in 2016 I will definitely give the other side a fair shake, even if it’s Me-Shell Obama!

  49. wbb

    Moderate –

    Myself for example, even if there is an ass-hole in the WH it does not change my moderate beliefs.

    I don’t support anyone in any party if I think they stink to high Heaven, I would rather throw my vote away on a third party person that vote for someone I thought was a dimwit or evil. (Never for a Bush, never for a Raygun, no Kook, no religious person like sweaters.)

    I am still a Clinton Democrat that has no party right now.

    The dirty tricks of this administration as well as the dirty tricks of the past Rethug presidents do not change my beliefs, just who I support or vote for.

    I think you are talking partly about party power and the stupidity of Obama lemmings and the weaklings of the party yes men…

  50. President Barack Obama attempting to redefine the word “citizen”

    Throw out your Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, folks. President Barack Obama is now redefining words.

    During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the POTUS expressed his belief that U.S. citizenship is only partly about one’s legal status.

    “We are citizens,” the President said. “It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made.”

    more:

    http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/02/12/president-barack-obama-attempting-to-redefine-the-word-citizen/

  51. HotAir links to a Politico article which discusses Rubio’s speech:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/13/rubio-offers-philosophical-rebuttal/

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/marco-rubio-as-the-anti-mitt-romney-87571.html

    Marco Rubio as the anti-Mitt Romney

    His desperate need for a drink of water created the immediate headline, but Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) much-anticipated speech Tuesday night had a very serious intent: It was as much an exercise in erasing Mitt Romney’s legacy on the Republican Party as it was a traditional response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    The selection of Rubio to speak for his party marked the latest, and perhaps most overt, step in the GOP’s rehabilitation project since Election Day, an effort to repackage its identity without altering its policies.

    And at four separate moments in his remarks, Rubio went to great lengths to get the message across: The GOP isn’t the party of rich white guys.

    Right from the start, the 41-year-old Cuban-American stated bluntly that he was no senator’s (or governor’s) son.

    “I didn’t inherit any money from them,” Rubio said of his parents. “But I inherited something far better — the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.”

    In another stark reminder about the extent to which Obama defined Romney and the GOP last year, Rubio even went through a litany of the ways in which the president caricatures Republicans and ended with the Democrat’s most effective argument.

    “[H]is favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him — they only care about rich people,” the senator lamented, before reaffirming his working-class credentials.

    “Mr. President, I still live in the same working-class neighborhood I grew up in,” he said. “My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.”

    Later, Rubio returned to the personal, noting that he had to foot his own college bills. “When I finished school, I owed over $100,000 in student loans, a debt I paid off just a few months ago,” he said.

    And ,if he hadn’t gotten his point across, Rubio came back to his class identity toward the end of his remarks in a paean to Medicare.

    “It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity,” said Rubio of government health insurance for the elderly. “And it pays for the care my mother receives now. “

    And if you thought you heard a common phrase laced throughout the remarks, you did: “Middle-class” came in for 16 mentions.

    Of course, Rubio himself is a living, breathing testament to the GOP’s intent on changing its image as the party of white privilege. As more than one Republican noted, he was the obvious pick to respond to the president. He’s as articulate as any high-level official in the party, is playing a key role on immigration reform and is widely seen as among the GOP’s most formidable 2016 prospects. How many other promising Republicans can give a fluent speech in both Spanish and English?

    Given all that, it was a bit of a risk for Rubio to expose himself even more by delivering his party’s response. Because of the ephemeral nature of the State of the Union ritual, little from the state of the union responses is remembered. If anything, it’s the oddities that are recalled. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s awkward speech comes to mind, as does then-Gov. Tim Kaine’s active eyebrow.

    So, years from now, it may ultimately be only Rubio’s quick reach for a bottle of water that sticks out from his performance.

    But his delivery showed why he may ultimately have the last laugh about the aqua lunge.

    Rubio was smooth throughout the address and, with a closing tribute to the country his parents emigrated to, demonstrated his ability to eloquently summon the country’s promise.

    Given how central a role he’s been playing on the issue, the prominence it’s receiving and his references to his Cuban parents and neighbors, it was somewhat odd that Rubio gave immigration reform only three sentences.

    But the GOP remains divided on the topic and the would-be presidential candidate is surely conscious of not getting too far out on what some of his 2016 primary candidates will call amnesty.

    But his role Tuesday was as symbolic as it was substantive. Rubio has three years to bulk up his policy chops. For now, he and others in the party wanted to make a statement about what they are, what they’re not and how they aspire to be seen between now and the next election.

  52. Interesting book:

    In today’s fraught political climate, one thing is indisputable: the dream of the emerging Democratic majority is dead. How did the Democrats, who seemed unstoppable only two short years ago, lose their momentum so quickly, and what does it mean for the future of our two-party system? Here, RealClearPolitics senior analyst Sean Trende explores the underlying weaknesses of the Democratic promise of recent years, and shows how unlikely a new era of liberal values always was as demonstrated by the current backlash against unions and other Democratic pillars. Persuasively arguing that both Republicans and Democrats are failing to connect with the real values of the American people – and that long-held theories of cyclical political “realignments” are baseless – Trende shows how elusive a true and lasting majority is in today’s climate, how Democrats can make up for the ground they’ve lost, and how Republicans can regain power and credibility. Trende’s surprising insights include:

    The South didn’t shift toward the Republicans because of racism, but because of economics.

    Barack Obama’s 2008 win wasn’t grounded in a new, transformative coalition, but in a narrower version of Bill Clinton’s coalition.

    The Latino vote is not a given for the Democrats; as they move up the economic ladder, they will start voting Republican.

    Even before the recent fights about the public sector, Democratic strongholds like unions were no longer relevant political entities.

    With important critiques of the possible Republican presidential nominations in 2012, this is a timely, inspiring look at the next era of American politics.

  53. Shadowfax – Clinton was a “new kind of Democrat” – that’s how he billed himself and that’s what he was.

    He was something the D party had never seen before – and the Republican party either.

    By that I mean he did his homework and did some thinking before he adopted a given course of action, and was always willing to talk things over with his adversaries, who were myriad. That made him a de facto centrist. Not a moderate, a de facto centrist.

    Hillary is of the same brand. She does her homework, she thinks, and she talks with her adversaries.

    People who latch onto a given issue and vote for, or against, Hillary because of her stance on that issue will always be disappointed, whether for or against, because, as she said in her valedictorian address at Wellesley, “politics is the art of making what seems impossible possible”. This is the approach of someone who works hard, knows just how much power she has, and how far she can go. She is necessarily a centrist, but it is hard to say she is a moderate.

    It is why, when she was in the Senate, the liberal/conservative evaluations of her were all over the map. Some said she was among the most conservative members of the Senate, others the most liberal, others in between. Nobody could pin her down because she is not a left ideologue nor a right ideologue, and in fact not an ideologue at all. That’s what’s so unique about her.

    There are no other people I can think of who are not ideologues to a large extent. In any event, the R party is full of them. They’re hard to talk to, hard to drive a bargaining wedge between them as Donald Trump would say. The D party still has the advantage in this regard, to my mind.

  54. S
    February 13th, 2013 at 1:18 pm
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    Yes. It has taken me a long time to learn that lesson. It is futile to speak of good government or principles when we know from experience that this is mainly sales talk and ultimately power, access and influence will be the governing factors. It is a bitter lesson.

  55. The only difference between Rubio’s stress on the Middle Class meme and Obama’s flouting of same is that Rubio knows of what he speaks but Obama does not.

    It has yet to be shown that Rubio’s (thus the Republicans’) proposed policies would do the middle class any good. To my ears, as I said, it’s all hackneyed Republican drivel.

  56. Persuasively arguing that both Republicans and Democrats are failing to connect with the real values of the American people – and that long-held theories of cyclical political “realignments” are baseless
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    That is a question I would like to drill down on: what are the real values of the American People that both parties are failing to connect with. In that respect, the 1960s are relevant. According to the author of inverted totalitarianism, and managed democracy, that was time when certain expectations of participatory government, the general welfare, were set. Those expectations however have never been fulfilled. Ironically, the greatest threat to those values now is big media and the concentration of too much power in Washington dc. Every analysis like Trende’s tends to dicount the subtle pernicious effects of their machinations on representative government. My only hope is that at the end of the day, the American People will see them for what they are and not pay too much attention to them. Their agenda is not ours.

  57. I think the image of Mitt Romney as a white man to be torn down by the Rethugs is almost as bad as what Obama did to him.

    Rubio is a good guy, represents more of the minority middle class…and the racial divide the Republican’s are trying to create will try to pick one type of class over another. They need to include minorities, middle class, and even white, working, wealthy people under their tent too.

    Mitt was too moderate, too well educated, too hard working and experienced – and made Barry appear to be as much of a fraud as he really is.

    I don’t like the idea of parties only praising the minorities, nor men, nor religions, etc.

  58. I thought Rubio was excellent.

    I also think the media obsession over his “watergate” moment is a sign the dims are terrified of him.

    It crossed my mind that Rubio could have been sabotaged. Listening to his voice for the few minutes before he reached for the water reminded me of situations I’ve had with post nasal drip, allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems. There have been times when I was desperate for water. As an ex-musician and teacher, sometime public speaker, you can feel when your voice is breaking and is about to turn raspy. Maybe there was something in the room, an odor, an irritant, an allergen, which affected Rubio’s breathing.

    In any case, I thought he handled the situation in a charming way. I also think no one gave him a bit of help. Why wasn’t the water conveniently placed to his right instead of his left?

    Whatever. Rubio did a great job.

  59. Some people guys are screaming that Boehner is worse than useless because he went up to battle the guy who controls the majority of the government and came home with 80% of the prize instead of 100%
    He deserves kudos for that. 🙂

  60. Obama talks about himself constantly because he is a narcissist. Rubio must talk about himself because it is an important part of the Republican Party MESSAGE for 2014 and 2016:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/12/marco-rubio-the-anti-romney/?wprss=rss_blogsandcolumns&tid=pp_widget

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took his biggest step on to the national political stage on Tuesday, and it was hardly surprising to see him position himself as strongly opposed to President Obama’s policies.

    His best move, though, was in his effort to distance himself from the man he replaces as the de facto standard-bearer for the Republican Party: Mitt Romney.

    Rubio was very much focused on the party’s message during his speech, but he also used the opportunity to intersperse anecdotes about his own uniquely American experience and humble beginnings.

    Rubio alluded to his parents’ immigration to the United States from Cuba, the fact that he still lives in “the same working class neighborhood I grew up in,” and the $100,000 in student loans he only recently paid off (he is 41 years old).

    “My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy,” Rubio said, adding: “So, Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.”

    This is key. A big reason Romney lost in 2012 was because of his inability to connect with the middle class, and the Obama campaign made great gains by painting Romney and the GOP as the party of the wealthy.

    Rubio comes from essentially opposite circumstances. This, of course, is not news to anybody who knows Rubio; it’s a well-documented portion of his biography. But many viewers were introduced to Rubio for the first time on Tuesday, and many people who already knew him were judging him and his ability to take the next step toward a potential 2016 presidential run.

    Where Rubio excelled was in his ability to weave his personal details into a core conservative message. Rubio didn’t dwell on these details, delivering an effective (and pretty strongly conservative) rebuttal to the president’s address as well. Rubio, after all, was speaking for his party and not himself, so the speech couldn’t be too personal.

    In the end, Rubio’s otherwise strong delivery suffered from his momentary, awkward swig from a water bottle — it may be silly, but it will likely be on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and that matters — but it seems doubtful that the stumble will overshadow his entire speech, as did an internet parody of Bobby Jindal’s 2009 response.

    Absent that, what Republicans are left with was an effective response to Obama’s address. And for Rubio, he’s made a solid first impression with a lot of voters who had no or little idea who he was before tonight.

  61. …make no mistake…the demonization and destruction of Marco Rubio has begun…the attempt to repeat the CDS (Clinton derangement syndrome) that evolved into the PDS (Palin) is now evolving with the ususal concentrated ‘group think’ to go after Marco Rubio and marginalize and ridicule…and turn him into a joke…

    I have not hardened my personal opinion of Marco Rubio…it is too early in the game…but one thing i will say and it is in response to something Jeswezey said up above when he/she mentioned “critical thinking’ and compared Obama and Rubio…

    imho, there is no comparison of Rubio to O…as we have all said over and over again…O is a narcissist personified…Rubio is not…their personalities are of a very different nature…

    Rubio is new, it is only natural that he would not only be expressing the Repub message, but also introducing himself to the vast amount of people who have never even heard of him…Rubio projects more empathy and humility and he uses the words “us” and “we”…his personality is completely different from O…O has always been about “me” “I” and “mine”…

    two very different personality make-ups…

  62. Oh My!!!! We can’t have 20 million people hearing the TRUTH!!! 😯

    President Obama Tuesday night butted in to Marco Rubio’s Republican response to his State of the Union address, staging a conference call with supporters just as Rubio was making his remarks.

    The call, organized for Obama’s millions-strong populist group Organizing for Action, was scheduled to begin right after Obama finished his address, which is when Rubio’s response began. The call kept untold numbers of Obama supporters from tuning in to the opposition.

    OFA members – who formerly comprised the grassroots arm of the Obama 2012 campaign – were summoned to the call by emails from the group’s leadership. The email list is said to include more than 20 million people.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/02/13/obama-preempts-rubio-sotu-response/

  63. Rubio was understandably nervous. Who wouldn’t be? Responding to a lavish, orchestrated, pomp and circumstance tradition with an inexhaustibly rehearsed POTUS surrounded by flags and cheering dims. Rubio was all by himself, no backdrop, no fawning pols and reporters and not even one d@mn person to get him a glass of water to sooth an irritated and parched throat.

    It’s not like he could say, hey, Take 2, give me a minute. He was delivering a live performance and the thing that’s unreal to me is how no one was there to lend a hand.

    That’s why I smell a setup.

    Despite the water glitch he kept going, thought on his feet and continued with his speech.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the pos’s teleprompter short circuited?

  64. As if our country isn’t in serious danger and the media distracts by focusing on Rubio’s taking a sip of water.

    Jeeze, what halfwits.

  65. Same old, same old from Obama
    Kirsten Powers

    (Seems like Kirsten is barely able to carry the Obama torch much longer)

    If the State of the Union address Tuesday night is any indication, it appears President Obama’s chief speechwriter has been replaced by a cliché-generator circa 1960. His erstwhile oratory was a melee of cringe-inducing lines ripped straight from a sit-in.

    [snip]

    The president has only a few opportunities to speak to the nation, and he blew this one. It was so hackish, so devoid of any theme or purpose, that it makes one wonder whether part of Obama just wants to see how bad he can be before his cultists in the news media can see it. Every speech is exactly what they wish it to be, regardless of reality.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/02/13/kirsten-powers-state-of-the-union/1914215/

  66. I hope this was true…but probably just wishful rumors…

    This Greek-American Newspaper Has Proof Hillary Clinton Will Run in 2016

    An exclusive from GreekReporter.com reports that Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election and they have the sources to prove it.

    Self-appointed the “leading international Greek news destination,” the web site quotes a close friend and political donor cozy with the Clintons, Angelo Tsakopoulos.

    “Hillary will be our next President and she will be a great one,” Tsakopoulos allegedly told Greek Reporter at a private party in California over the weekend. According to Tsakopoulos, Bill spilled the beans. “I talked to her husband, and he confirmed it. She will run,” he said.

    The Tsakopoulous family raised well over $1 million for Hillary Clinton in 2008, primarily the work of Angelo’s daughter, Eleni Tsakopoulous-Kounalakis. Now the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Tsakopolous-Kounalakis was sworn into office by former Secretary of State Clinton in 2010.

    Despite the seemingly credible sources, the story from Greek Reporter appears to be purely speculative. As recently as last week, Clinton denied allegations she would be running in 2016.

    http://www.benzinga.com/news/13/02/3330595/this-greek-american-newspaper-has-proof-hillary-clinton-will-run-in-2016

  67. LSM in a tizzy over Marco’s watergate moment.

    CNN runs HL asking if the sip seen around the world is a career ender.

    Rubio, just like Sarah when a WaPo bloggette claimed she’s been signed to Al Jazeera TV, snarks back on twitter.

    “Picked up over 13,000 new followers on #twitter since last night! Im going to start drinking #water in the middle of all of my speeches!”

    Go Rubio. He’s beginning to remind me a bit of Palin.

  68. CNN continues in its slide to tastelessness and trash.

    CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill: Watching Chris Dorner’s Murder-Spree in Real-Time is “Kind of Exciting,” Like Watching Django Unchained

    Added to “Did Sip Slip end Rubio’s Career” it points to CNN’s looming Nat’l Enquirer Status except that’s an insult to the Enquirer which occasionally breaks real news like with the John Edwards scandal.

  69. Update: Republicans better learn how to race-bait like Barack Obama in order to protect their “minority” candidates. Republicans better learn to start to race-bait like Barack Obama – early and often. It’s how Obama and the Chicago thugs operate. If Republicans continue to emulate the mistakes of Hillary Clinton in 2008, John McCain 2008, and Mitt Romney 2012, they will lose in 2016 and in 2014.

    HotAir, dangerously, has only half a clue in their analysis to the latest from Big Media outlets such as CNN: Could Rubio sipping that water be a career-ender?

    “Judge for yourself whether Blitz was playing for laughs. I confess, as I was writing this post this morning, I thought maybe I was being the teensiest bit unfair in indicting the media for peeing themselves over Rubio’s quick-sip. Sure, they had devoted thousands of times more coverage to it than it deserved, but they weren’t really “taking it seriously.” Then I saw the AP’s article, and then I saw this. Vindication. [snip]

    Exit question: Is this headline set the media’s version of “cleverness” or just a sly way to impugn him to really, really low-information voters?



    Yes it is a way to impugn Rubio to low information voters. And it works.

    Republicans should immediately have some Latina from somewhere USA or South American way denounce CNN and all those Big Media outlets focused on Rubio drinking water as “RACISTS!!!!”. Republican Latinas and Republican Latinos should start screaming “RACISM” any time anything even the slightest bit critical of Rubio or a “minority” Republican is even implied.

    Forget the nonsense that politics is the reason for the attacks. Forget the “but we are better than that” foolishness (we 2008 Hillary supporters know how stupid it is to keep the dainty kid gloves on and say “we are better than that, we won’t stoop so low“). Forget the “Big Media will laugh at us for saying something so foolish”. Intimidate Big Media as RACISTS too if they mock any Republican “minority”.

    Marco Rubio is handling the response to the “Watergate” attacks, and they are attacks, well. He’s having fun by joking that he’s going to start drinking water in the middle of all his speeches from now on because of all the new twitter followers he has gained. But Republican operatives should take off the kid gloves and put on the race-baiting brass knuckles.

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  70. Forget the nonsense that politics is the reason for the attacks. Forget the “but we are better than that” foolishness (we 2008 Hillary supporters know how stupid it is to keep the dainty kid gloves on and say “we are better than that, we won’t stoop so low“). Forget the “Big Media will laugh at us for saying something so foolish”. Intimidate Big Media as RACISTS too if they mock any Republican “minority”.

    Marco Rubio is handling the response to the “Watergate” attacks, and they are attacks, well. He’s having fun by joking that he’s going to start drinking water in the middle of all his speeches from now on because of all the new twitter followers he has gained. But Republican operatives should take off the kid gloves and put on the race-baiting brass knuckles.
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    Absolutely correct.

    There is so much racism and so much sexism in white male dominated big media that it is high time we hoisted those bastards by their own petard. Call them out for the racist, sexist, wealthy white males they are, and never let up. Let the Occupy Wall Street radical picket their offices and homes. They will find out soon enough that the gate swings both ways and those who live by the sword die by the sword. These people need to be targeted for intense bleitzkreig attacks. I pray that happens.

  71. admin
    February 13th, 2013 at 8:04 pm
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    I forget his name at the moment, but the same schlockmeister who ruined NBC is now in charge of CNN, and is turning that organization into a similar orgy of hate.

  72. Marco Rubio is handling the response to the “Watergate” attacks, and they are attacks, well. He’s having fun by joking that he’s going to start drinking water in the middle of all his speeches from now on because of all the new twitter followers he has gained. But Republican operatives should take off the kid gloves and put on the race-baiting brass knuckles.

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    I must have missed the memo on how we should all start calling everyone racists……..???

    Please explain in a short version for folks like Big Pinkers admin…I understand the Rethugs and media going for the throat.

  73. All Rubio needs to do is fight fire with water. Fight the racism. Douse the flames of bigotry. Drown them in their hypocrisy. And the rest of the repubs can either sink or swim.

    You go Rubio. Bring in the anti_latina-stereotypes. How about wetback?

    Go for the tsunami effect. Do it now. Hit ’em hard. Don’t give in and keep the water flowing.

  74. The practice of fracking oil wells began in the 1860′s; however, it did not really get going until the 1940′s. During WWII the United States needed to increase oil production. In the 1800′s most wells were close to the surface; a few hundred feet down. Still no problems with pollution of ground water. Today oil wells are thousands of feet down, with horizontal drilling, even less danger exists. The Arab countries do not want us to become energy independ, so they pay for bs movies about the dangers of fracking. As usual, follow the money.
    *****

    I found this on blg trashing Chris Matthews response to Rubio. Worth some investigation about the ME and money promoting fracking as bad.

    *************************
    jeswezey

    “and if he is on the ticket ( Rubio ) in 2016 I will definitely give the other side a fair shake, even if it’s Me-Shell Obama!

    ****

    What a surprise!

  75. Admin…a little “dish”

    Now the tables are turned and Kerry (Washington) wants to imitate the first lady! “There’s a controversial script making the rounds in Hollywood that explores Michelle’s rise from a Chicago hospital administrator to first lady,” said an insider.

    …little snippet from the tabloids…the same one that outed Edwards when the media ignored his story…

  76. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just announced that he’ll be placing a hold on the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director until he receives answers to his questions about the administration’s use of drones.

    “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said.

    “These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government’s power to use lethal force against its citizens,” he continued. “Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution.”

    Paul sent letters to Brennan on Jan. 25 and Feb. 12 asking a long list of questions about the drone program. “Answering these most basic of questions—especially those dealing with the power of the federal government to kill its own citizens under secret authorizations never to be seen by the public—is a necessary step in the examination of our conduct around the globe, the protection of our Constitutional rights and our values, as well as your suitability to oversee these priorities as the Director of the CIA,” he wrote in the earlier letter.

    In the second letter, Paul added even more questions in the wake of Brennan’s nomination hearing.

    “Before you are confirmed to head the CIA, it must be apparent that you understand and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution. For that reason, I request again that you answer the questions I have submitted, both in this letter and the one before it, and I will object to all unanimous consent requests relating to your nomination until you have done so,” he said.

  77. Shadowfax, regarding your question, this is what we wrote on November 5, 2012 which should answer your question:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2012/11/05/rescue-america-or-goodbye-america/

    A Mitt Romney win on Tuesday will mean that race-baiting as a political movement will end – character, not skin color will determine our choice in leaders. A Mitt Romney win on Tuesday will mean the American voter believes in accountability as to elected officials and not smear and fear slime tactics as practiced so dexterously in Chicago. A Mitt Romney win on Tuesday means the American future is not the Greece present.

    If Barack Obama wins on Tuesday all restraints on race-baiting, fear/smear politics, and unaccountable elected officials will get worse.

    With both these scenarios we’ll bet on the American people but we all have to understand the toxic influence of Big Media on our daily lives and on our electoral process.

    Adapt or die. Hillary Clinton (and Bill to if he has deluded himself into thinking he has somehow appeased the Chicago race-baiters) better learn this lesson too. Things have gotten much worse since 2008. Race-baiting in Borgia Italy is our present.

  78. A former Secretary of the Navy told me that Brennan was reliable at one time but has since gone over to the dark side. The CIA is a rogue organization to be been with. With Brennan at the helm our rights would mean nothing. I hope they can block his nomination. He is a bad man.

  79. I would not say that about Hagel, but I would definitely say that about Brennan. He is a bad man. God help us if he is confirmed.

  80. admin
    February 14th, 2013 at 1:27 am
    Shadowfax, regarding your question, this is what we wrote on November 5, 2012 which should answer your question:

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    Thanks admin, I remember that now and see what you mean. Yes, fight back hard or things will get worse.

  81. Rubio water-swig replay tally: MSNBC 155, CNN 34, Fox News 12 [VIDEO]
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    At Rubio PAC “Reclaim America”:
    “If you donate $25 or more today, we’ll send you a Marco Rubio water bottle.
    Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you…he hydrates you too”
    https://www.reclaimamericapac.com/donate/water-bottle/

    I’m in!
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    Sure hope the the promise of an HRC 2016 run comes to bear!

  82. PAID OBAMA BLOGGER: jeswezey

    “and if he is on the ticket ( Rubio ) in 2016 I will definitely give the other side a fair shake, even if it’s Me-Shell Obama!

  83. PAID OBAMA BLOGGER: jeswezey

    “and if he is on the ticket ( Rubio ) in 2016 I will definitely give the other side a fair shake, even if it’s Me-Shell Obama!

    ——————
    Not only that but a dissembler. Three years ago, I mentioned an article in foreign affairs magazine that a transatlantic union was under consideration, and theorized that could be part of the impetus behind this whole rise of Obama–and the risks that posed to American sovereignty. The whole idea was ridiculed by the person you referred to who said he or she lived in Europe and the Europeans would never stand for it. I saw an article the other day which said that strenghening the trades with Europe was a key priority of the second term. How now brown cow. Naturally, Obama minions would seek to hide this fact prior to Novemember of last year, but now it is open and notorious. Even if this particular initiative is not the whole show, it is most assuredly a move in that direction. As with any merger, it takes time to complete, and where it is this large it will be done in steps. Why it would be in the interests of the middle class of this country to merge with a bankrupt Europe, apart from the fact that it benefits the elites who installed Obama, including interests centered in Washington dc, that is the real question.

  84. PAID OBAMA BLOGGER: jeswezey

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    Jeeze, I could say many are paid Republican operatives too, but that wouldn’t make it any more true.

    Get a grip.

  85. The Missouri democrats forget that they are living in America! They seem to think this is Nazi Germany!

    Missouri Democrats introduced an anti-gun bill which would turn law-abiding firearm owners into criminals. They will have 90 days to turn in their guns if the legislation is passed.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/missouri-democrats-intruduce-legislation-to-confiscate-firearms-gives-gunowners-90-days-to-turn-in-guns/

    Anyone from Missouri – defy this tyrannical order! Do not turn in your weapons. Please!

  86. PAID OBAMA BLOGGER: jeswezey

    You betcha! And every penny he pays me goes into Hillary’s coffers.

    My pretended support for Me-Shell was tongue-in-cheek. You guys can’t take a joke!

  87. Just to clarify the tongue in cheek:

    “…and if he [Rubio] is on the ticket in 2016 I will definitely give the other side a fair shake, even if it’s Me-Shell Obama!”

    My idea is not to give Me-Shell a leg up, but to demonstrate how little I think of Rubio. He is better than Michelle Obama, but not by far. Remember, the whole post talked about Rubio and what I take to be a bullshitter speech.

  88. paid Republican operatives
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    Unpaid and unrepublican. Other than that, guilty as charged. And not a moderate, because I still don’t know what a moderate is. It is a moving target. Do moderates support the consitution, do moderates oppose the loss of sovereignty, and do moderates believe that big money should not control the system. Or do the say, that candidate looks like a nice person, and surely they do not mean what they say, it is just politics, and why can’t we all just get along. Too often it implies a reluctance to stand up for what is right and to simply follow the herd. And too often it is a term used by the media to define those who it wants to co-opt into its agenda. Not you Shadow, but others who hide behind that facade. That is why I prefer the term indepedent. Anyone who thinks for themselves and is not bamboozled eventually reaches that level of wisdom. Every political party is a conspiracy against the laity.

  89. foxyladi14
    February 14th, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    This guy does not scare me nearly as much as Dr. Strangelove–how I learned to stop worrying and love drones killing American citizens on American soil, John Brennan. He is a BAD MAN.

  90. full-scale filibuster of the Chuck Hagel

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    Yea, right. I’ll believe it when it happens.

    It used to be the Rupubs had big tanks and would roll in and do some heavy damage.

    These days, they talk about it on teevee for days and never follow though.

  91. When you give absolute power to a bad man, a disaster will eventually follow. In the case of Obama, this will not dawn on people until five years after he leaves office, and 60% of our national revenue goes to paying the debt. That will leave room for nothing else and it will precipitate a slash and burn orgy which will stir social unrest from people who thought they were handing him other people’s wallets, only to discover after it was too late, that they handed him their wallet too, and his spent it all like a drunken sailor.

  92. These days, they talk about it on teevee for days and never follow though
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    They talk big on teeve and when the moment of truth comes they weewee.

  93. wbb

    Semantics gets complicated when we all have no party but still have our beliefs.

    Moderate, independent, old school Dem…we all know things are not the same after 2008.

  94. I had the pleasure of watching FoxNews’s Megyn Kelly this afternoon. All was interesting. Because I hate NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg so much – as well as the travesty of Jesse Jackson Jr – this interview stuck in my mind. I’ve included notes but the video says it all better.

    Pro-gun Democrat facing opposition from her own party
    16 people in the race. She is frontrunner. Proven record. Been in congress before. Only one who not can be controlled
    For Jesse Jackson’s seat.
    Elected twice before from that district. ppl know her.
    Axelrod Ben LaBOlt Jan schakowsky campaigning against because she will not toe total Dem line on gun control.
    NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s PAC has spent 1.3 MIL in ads against her over the last couple weeks
    IL cut mental health budget;
    Need to create jobs, keep youth in school & fight culture of violence
    She agrees with bckgrd checks & uptodate natl data base
    to get guns out of criminals’ hands
    Mostly gang members shooting each other. 1 more law not going to fix this.
    3 out of town superpacs came in to get rid of her.
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2165372019001/pro-gun-democrat-facing-opposition-from-her-own-party/

  95. Today I was in a meeting with 100% Obots, except me. Yup, that is my world.

    They started talking about the drink of water, ‘Watergate’ and I blew a gentle fuse, because it was at work.

    I told them all this bs on tv about a sip of water from “that guy” was just a distraction and an attempt to belittle him to Dem voters.

    I said, “That guys name is Marco Rubio and it was more important to listen to what he said than to discuss his taking a sip of water!”

    That totally shut them up. They know I am not a Rethug but a strong Hillary supporter, so they all had that ‘deer in the headlights’ looks. 😉

  96. Senate Republicans hold up Chuck Hagel’s nomination to lead the Pentagon on procedural vote, marking the first time the chamber has successfully filibustered a Cabinet nominee — the Senate is expected to take up the nomination at a later date.

  97. Rubio not NBC cannot be Potus. 🙂
    As WorldNetDaily reminds us, the first U.S. Congress, which included eight members of the Committee of Eleven that drafted the Constitution’s “natural-born citizen” clause, defined a “natural born citizen” as a child born of two American parents. The Naturalization Act of 1790 (later repealed) specified that a natural-born citizen need not be born on U.S. soil. It proclaimed, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens… ”

    http://t.co/FEHav9EE

  98. Shocked that Graham is still trying to unravel Benghazzigate. He was just on Baier saying he’s not giving up until he gets all the answers. Says it’s now clear the pos did not communicate with DOD, CIA, SOS, the WH COS or anyone else until the 4 Americans were dead. Calls it a major coverup.

    I agree.

    Says it was an election gambit to save the pos. Again I agree.

    Just saw the pos in a news conference and his eyes are wild – crazy looking.

    Wish the other shoe would drop and we’d get the proof we need to impeach the SOB.

  99. Just saw the pos in a news conference and his eyes are wild – crazy looking.

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    I would say something about this but would probably get hit by a drone.

  100. Basil, did you see the most recent UM post by the WHI? Now UM wants folks to pay 99 cents to read the entire thing.

    That’s where I draw the line, no cash from me.

    Without WHI, the site is dull.

  101. [snip]

    Oh, speaking of conditions for voting yes, the White House finally got back to McCain and Graham about their questions on Benghazi. Turns out that no, Obama never once called Libya’s president on the night an American ambassador was being murdered at the consulate. It was Hillary who took the 3 a.m. phone call. But then, in fairness, Obama was busy that night: He had a campaign event in Vegas to get ready for the next day.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/14/breaking-hagel-filibustered-barely/

  102. WASHINGTON — John Boehner is pulling back. After two stressful years as Washington’s most powerful Republican and a pair of failed, high-profile rounds of budget talks with President Barack Obama — and disappointment over Obama’s re-election — the battle-scarred House speaker has adopted a you-first approach to the Democrat in the White House, his allies who control the Senate and anyone else who wants to work with them.

    Upcoming across-the-board spending cuts set to slam the economy in two weeks? Boehner says a solution is up to Obama and Senate Democrats.

    New ideas to prevent gun violence? Let’s see what the Senate can pass, Boehner says, then we’ll take a look.

    Immigration reform? Boehner says it’s best left to bipartisan working groups in both the House and Senate.

    And the litany of new initiatives unveiled by Obama in Tuesday’s State of the Union address?

    “If he’s got such good ideas, his party in the Senate could pass it,” Boehner told The Associated Press in an interview in his Capitol office. “Then we’d be happy to take a look at it.”

    RELATED: Boehner voices skepticism on budget prospects

    Boehner’s almost Zen-like approach is a break from the experience of two years ago. Fortified by dozens of Tea Party freshmen, he and the GOP House stormed the Washington battlefield with abandon, winning some concessions on spending but seeing many initiatives killed by the Senate and overshadowed by the presidential campaign.

    Boehner has taken political heat from Republicans for two failed rounds of budget talks with Obama in which he got ahead of the GOP rank and file in offering Obama new tax revenues. He left both sets of talks, accusing the White House of shifting demands and being unwilling to address major spending programs.

    “Frankly, every time I’ve gotten into one of these high-profile negotiations, you know, it’s my rear end that got burnt,” Boehner says.

    Boehner also suffered in some GOP quarters after a subsequent tactical retreat last month when he scheduled a vote on higher tax rates for top earners rather than allow the full menu of Bush-era tax cuts to expire. A surprising number of Tea Partyers House members cast protest votes when he was re-elected as House speaker last month. A Superstorm Sandy relief bill for the Northeast drew strikingly little GOP support from lawmakers outside the region.

    Now, as the government lurches toward automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as a “sequester” that are set to drain $85 billion from the Pentagon and domestic programs, Boehner is acting as though it’s not his problem.

    “Remember, this is the president’s idea. He insisted on this,” the speaker says. “And until he puts forward a plan to replace the sequester and his Senate Democratic colleagues pass it, we’re going to be stuck with it.”

    Some of Boehner’s reticence to tackle the sequester may be rooted in weakness. He notes that the House has acted twice to block the cuts, which the Pentagon warns will gut the military. But those votes came last year and that legislation died when the new Congress convened in January just days after a sequester replacement effort squeaked through on a 215-209 vote.

    More of Boehner’s most ardently conservative Republicans are embracing the cuts as the deadline nears, and it’s not clear he could muster the votes to try to replace them with an all-GOP approach.

    Boehner suffers from the perception that he needs to watch his step to avoid provoking his Tea Party-laced rank and file into rebellion, and that can mean the House sometimes acts only when a crisis is near. But he’s not afraid to maneuver the GOP House to places where it has to go in spite of Tea Party opposition, like the recent tax vote and bipartisan spending bills that passed with Democratic support.

    “I’ve got to tread carefully,” Boehner acknowledges. “But there’s nobody that has more guts to take on his own party than I do.”

    Facing four more years of Obama, he isn’t rushing in to grab the limelight on signature initiatives like immigration reform and proposals to reduce gun violence. It’s time, he says, to let the rank and file roll up their sleeves and learn how to legislate. The test case is immigration reform.

    “I want to encourage this bipartisan cooperation that’s under way. I think it’s really important, not only for this issue but important for other issues that could come up,” Boehner says. “It’s good to let these members continue to work. If I weigh in on one side or the other, all it does is make it more difficult.”

  103. Boehner has finally learned that you cannot negotiate with the devil. The devil in this case is Obama. The more you try the more big media jumps in to destry you. With respect to sequester, Obama is the one who proposed it and the Senate has not passed a bill in 4 years. Under the circumstances, he is saying let it happen and then let them twist in the wind. My hands are clean, and it is not my job to save them from the negative consequences of their own bitter partisanship and incompetence. The more I try, the more the media blames me not them. He is finally learning how to rope a dope.

  104. The above is the treatment big media accords to Obama—I’ll protect you from harm and you’ll wake in my arms, you prescious little commie.

  105. wbboei – Just to show you that we sometimes do agree, I concur with your distaste for the word ‘moderate’ when describing one’s political stance or that of a politician. That was the drift of my rant to Shadowfax on Feb 13 at 2:46 pm.

    “Moderate”, to me, applies to someone who does not have strongly held views on any given subject and refrains from going too far in any given direction. That opens the door to a sashaying gaily away from our basic constitutional rights, for example, or letting the national debt accumulate just a little more slowly than it is now.

    “Centrist”, on the other hand, would apply to a politician (not a private citizen) who, whatever his position at the start of a debate, reaches a reasoned solution with his adversaries on the left or right that does not violate his basic values or theirs. “Centrist” describes the result of the debate. That is how I would describe the Clintons, as centrists knowing when to stand their ground and when to reach out.

    As a private citizen, I would not describe myself as ‘centrist’ because I am not involved in the debate, but rather as an ‘independent’, as you do.

    If I were in public life, I would describe myself as a ‘radical centrist’ (and would probably not get to first base with that label). But ‘radical’ suits me just fine anyway, because ‘radical’ means literally ‘going to the root of the problem’ and thus having ideas that are radical. But as a public figure, I would be a centrist.

    As a private citizen, just ‘independent’.

  106. Today is Susan B. Anthony Day. Susan lived from February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906 & was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s rights movement. One brother, publisher Daniel Read Anthony (1824–1904), became active in the anti-slavery movement in Kansas, while a sister, Mary Stafford Anthony, became a teacher and a woman’s rights activist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_B._Anthony

    It will be news to BarackObama that Susan’s brother Daniel was against slavery long before he was.

  107. I do not give a hoot about that letter after a name. I look at the person what have they done to show me that they will govern by the Constitution and for the well being of America and all of her children.
    Also experience does count. 🙂

  108. foxilady14 – Thanks for that link. I think the article it leads to is worth reporting in full:

    Panetta, Dempsey Honor Clinton for Leadership

    By Jim Garamone
    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 – Each generation of Americans must earn the responsibility to lead, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at the Pentagon today as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented her with awards and thanked her for her efforts to work with the military to extend America’s leadership.

    The threats Americans face require military power, but they also require diplomatic efforts and economic levers, Panetta said. Working together, he added, extends American power and influence.

    Clinton joked that in the past, there was no love lost between the State and Defense departments. She praised former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen with reaching out to the diplomats in Foggy Bottom and stressing to Congress the need for fully funding the State Department.

    Clinton took office in January 2009, and her time at State was tumultuous. During her term, she worked to reach out to new governments in wake of the Arab Spring. She helped to put together the coalition that toppled Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and she helped to build support for sanctions against Iran, Dempsey said.

    Those in uniform very much appreciate this last, the chairman said, “so that we can avoid the use of force, although remaining ready to do so, if necessary.”

    The chairman said Clinton recognized the limits of military action, and that the United States needs both hard power and soft power. “You’ve harnessed innovative ways to accomplish engagement, including social media and global town halls, all the while remembering that it’s the investment of your personal time that builds relationships,” Dempsey said.

    Panetta remarked that he has worked closely with Clinton for 20 years. “Because of her leadership, our nation’s diplomats and our development experts are working toward a common mission with the men and women of the Department of Defense, and I’m confident that our successes will sustain the bonds that we have built between the Department of Defense and the State Department,” he said.

    DOD and State Department personnel serve side by side from Afghanistan to North Africa, from the Middle East to Asia Pacific, and are making “great personal sacrifices in order to prevent conflict, to advance the cause of peace and security, and to help achieve the American dream of giving our children a better life,” Panetta said.

    The U.S. national security apparatus must keep innovating and integrating, Clinton said. “We have to remain committed to upholding America’s global leadership and our core values of freedom and opportunity,” she said.

    The United States is the indispensable nation, the former secretary said, and there is no real precedent in history for the role America plays or the responsibility shouldered. “But I often remind myself that our global leadership is not our birthright,” she added. “It has to be earned by each successive generation, staying true to our values and living up to the best traditions of our nation. Secretaries and presidents come and go, but this responsibility remains constant. It truly must be our North Star.”

    Clinton told the junior officers and civilians in the audience that the country looks to them to carry the mission of American leadership forward.

    “So thank you for this tremendous honor that has been bestowed on me by the chairman, and also the honor by the secretary,” she said. “I thank you all for your service. … Let’s wish our country godspeed. And please extend to all with whom you serve my deepest gratitude, not as a retired public official, but as an American citizen.”

  109. That was the drift of my rant to Shadowfax

    ———
    You have a free rant pass from me, just not a topic I choose to debate.

    To me, it’s all semantics and I have plenty of issues to rant about that I have more passion about. 😉

  110. “To me, it’s all semantics…”

    Yeah, but semantics are important, don’t you think?

    “…just not a topic I choose to debate.”

    And just what do you mean by that? You wouldn’t like disagreement from me in a debate? Chicken!!

  111. And just what do you mean by that? You wouldn’t like disagreement from me in a debate? Chicken!!

    —–
    As someone that was a Philosophy major, I normally enjoy a debate. My personal life is very, very stressful and my desire to debate these days is on the back burner…

    You know how life goes petty well for awhile, then a big shoe drops and you cope the best you can…

  112. Hillary and the rest: The Fix’s ranking of the 2016 Democratic primary field

    Time in the 2016 Democratic presidential race is rightly understood as “BHD” and “AHD”. As in, “Before Hillary’s Decision” and “After Hillary’s Decision.”

    That’s because how the race plays out depends heavily on what the former New York Senator, First Lady and Secretary of State decides she wants to do with her political future.

    With Clinton in the race, she is immediately a very clear frontrunner and many of the people currently thinking about running don’t. (That doesn’t mean, however, that Clinton has an uncontested fight for the nomination; some people — like Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — almost have to run in 2016 due to timing issues.)

    Without Clinton in the race, the 2016 contest will be the most wide open nomination fight for Democrats since 1992 or 1988. (In 2008, Clinton’s presence in the race made it, seemingly, less wide open — although Barack Obama proved politics is an unpredictable endeavor.)

    Clinton has been clearly unclear when asked about her plans in recent months — emphasizing that she simply isn’t thinking about what’s next just yet. “I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” Clinton told Barbara Walters in December about a run for the nation’s top office. (It’s not clear how her concussion and subsequent blood clot will influence that decision — if at all.)

    Because Clinton is the prime mover in the race, she may not have years to make up her mind on running. As long as we are living in “BHD” days, it will be very tough for the likes of O’Malley, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and even Vice President Joe Biden to rally the support among donors and activists that they will need if they want to run and win. Everyone in the Democratic world — or at least the vast majority — will wait to see what Hillary does before making up their own minds.

    What IS clear: Clinton is an even stronger frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016 than she was in 2008. (That’s probably a good thing for her given how that last race turned out.) Judging by the polling out there, she is the heaviest favorite to be the Democratic presidential nominee since Al Gore in 2000 and, if you leave out sitting vice presidents, Hillary may well be the biggest favorite for the nomination in the post-World War II era.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/15/hillary-and-the-rest-the-fixs-ranking-of-the-2016-democratic-primary/

  113. According to HuffPuff, leftist Matt Taibbi (from Rolling Stone) tweeted that “Elizabeth Warren will be president someday.” The Left will not support Hillary, I believe, should she decide to run.

  114. Sequester looking pretty inevitable
    posted at 9:21 am on February 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

    So says The Hill, with good reason — Congress has taken a break with just two weeks to go before the deadline. The House and Senate won’t return until February 25th, which only gives them three days to cut a deal to avoid it. That won’t be nearly enough time, and is out of the question if John Boehner sticks to his pledge of normal-order budgeting. The question now will be how long it lasts rather than whether it hits:

    The question in Washington is no longer whether the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester will be implemented: It’s when and even if the spending reductions will ever be shut off.

    The $85 billion in cuts looming on March 1 would run through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, leaving more than $900 billion in cuts for Congress and the White House to wrangle with over the next nine years.

    Pressure may intensify to pass sequester legislation in March as federal workers are furloughed and Pentagon and other government programs are cut.

    But the cuts seem also certain to begin rolling given the vast distance between Democrats and Republicans over how to avert them.
    One measure of the urgency given this deadline is the very fact that no one felt compelled to stick around next week to deal with it. Another measure is the fact that it’s been a well-known deadline for months now, and yet it took until yesterday for Senate Democrats to offer an alternative to the sequester — and one they knew would be completely unacceptable to the House. That was just a proposal, and a preliminary one at that, with no legislative language for consideration. (The House has twice passed a replacement package that the Senate won’t even consider.)

    Of course, at different times both parties have expressed support for letting the sequester hit. Democrats thought it was a great idea when the White House demanded that Republicans accept it in the summer 2011 budget deal, and as late as just a few months ago, Barack Obama scolded Republicans for trying to “wriggle out” of the deal. When Republicans embraced the cuts, suddenly Democrats started talking about how dangerous they are. Perhaps neither side is terribly anxious in reality to undo the only reductions in spending that they’ve so far managed to produce, and that’s why they’re all leaving town rather than deal with the consequences.

    If that doesn’t seem terribly dignified, don’t tell Nancy Pelosi. She complained yesterday that the sequester would reduce the “dignity” of Congress and their staffs by forcing them to work for less money. No, seriously:

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.

    “I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”

    The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing for ways to absorb them with minimum damage to programs and personnel.
    Ahem. Is this the same body that hasn’t produced a single normal-order budget since 2009, despite being required by law to do so? What exactly have they done with “dignity” on Capitol Hill during that time? They shouldn’t get paid at all if they can’t even bother to budget, one of their core responsibilities. There may be many things wrong with the sequester as it is currently constituted, but the insult to Congressional dignity is pretty far down the priority list.

  115. trixta
    February 15th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    ——————–
    I mentioned before the run in a friend of mine had with Tabbi. Tabbi accused him of being an associate of the Genovese family, which he was definitely not. The unfounded allegation damned near wrecked his business, which depended first and foremost on public trust. His competitors used it to discourge potential customers. He wanted me to help him rehabilitate his reputation, whereas I wanted him to sue Tabbi for libel, but he felt that the spectacle of that would destroy any hope he had of restoring his business. That is how Tabbi operates. He is a snake.

  116. “The $85 billion in cuts looming on March 1 would run through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30,”
    *******
    They are crying over a paltry $85 billion while the US Treasury is spending $40-50 billion/months buying worthless MBS (Mortgage based securities) at face value. This little bit of corruption has no end point.

  117. Creepy alert.

    Drudge has an old photo of BO and MO on their site. Somehow it looks like a gay man being clung to by a straight, clingy woman.

    Ick.

  118. “[Taibbi] is a snake.”

    ***********
    Yes. He’s also full of himself…thinks he’s so hip and God’s gift to reporting. There’s a permanent smirk on his face.

  119. jeswezey
    February 13th, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Shadowfax – Clinton was a “new kind of Democrat” – that’s how he billed himself and that’s what he was.

    Hillary is of the same brand.
    &&&&&

    Extremely well said.

    The Dems that caved in a lurched over to the Manchurian Candidate in 2008 got a lot of “splaining to do”.

    Obummer Slacker in Chief never did his homework, and fails to do his job EVERY DAY. Even the NY Times writes basically, “while we applaud his generalisms, we think he needs to back it up with action…”. Slacker Preezy still fuckin’ doesn’t know how to communicate w/ Congress (Dems as well as Repubs), or even care to try. Much easier to jet out to N.C. or Minn, give “another speech”, and say to himself, “I am SOOOO proud of me”. Barf!!

    The Clintons do their homework, know who owns what turf, negotiates the minefields, and use that knowledge for a greater good.

    Barry Soetero is only interested in generating some false sense of Greateness. He is a truly pathetic being.

  120. Shadowfax
    February 15th, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    Speaking of creepy, this is Friday and I love this song.
    &&&&&

    I love how that song starts out so mellow, barely perciptible lyrics, then the pause, then the loud crunch of guitar in overdrive, like a hammer to the head. Then back to the mellow.

    It’s also just plain beautiful.

  121. Shadowfax
    February 15th, 2013 at 5:12 pm
    Creepy alert.

    Drudge has an old photo of BO and MO on their site. Somehow it looks like a gay man being clung to by a straight, clingy woman.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Drudge:

    “The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado. The two daughters will be with Michelle.”

    When will he just come out already. After the impeachment?

  122. foxyladi14
    February 13th, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    Oh My!!!! We can’t have 20 million people hearing the TRUTH!!!
    &&&&

    Anyone who is a TRUE OBOT would not be able to keep an OPEN MIND, despite that those on the far left would claim that as one of their greatest strenghts.

    Nope. Much easier to listen to sweet stylings of Dear Leader.

    OBOT 1: “Didja hear?? We’re pulling out of Afghanistan, the economy is surging, unemployment is improving, Obamacare is working, he vowed to fight for the underprivileged. I’m SO EXCITED”.

    OBOT 2: “Pinch me. Too bad we can’t change the Constitution to have him run for a third term”.

    OBOT 3: “Well, he did joke about, ‘Too bad I’m not the Emperor”.

    OBOT 1: “I wish he was Emperor”.

    OBOT 2: “Yeah, it would be sooo great.”

  123. admin
    February 13th, 2013 at 9:23 pm
    Wbboei, Jeff Zucker.
    &&&&

    Admin, didn’t you mis-spell the last name??? 🙂

  124. This goddam AP. They follow Obama’s every move on the campaign trail, but when it comes to 8 missing hours on the night of 9-11 where he was AWOL they are completely incurious. Useless bastards.

  125. jeswezey
    February 15th, 2013 at 10:39 am
    foxilady14 – Thanks for that link. I think the article it leads to is worth reporting in full:

    Panetta, Dempsey Honor Clinton for Leadership

    By Jim Garamone
    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 – Each generation of Americans must earn the responsibility to lead, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at the Pentagon today as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented her with awards and thanked her for her efforts to work with the military to extend America’s leadership.
    &&&&&&

    If DoD is expressing their gratitude to the recently departed SoS, methinks it is a slap in the face to POS, er, POTUS.

    Translation: “SHE works hard to extend America’s leadership. POTUS undermines America’s leadership with every breath he takes”.

  126. rgb44hrc

    I love how that song starts out so mellow, barely perciptible lyrics, then the pause, then the loud crunch of guitar in overdrive, like a hammer to the head. Then back to the mellow.

    It’s also just plain beautiful.

    ——–

    I absolutely agree with you rgb, it is haunting.

  127. rgb

    BO and MO on their site. Somehow it looks like a gay man being clung to by a straight, clingy woman.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    When will he just come out already. After the impeachment?

    ———–
    Seriously.

    That photo says it all in my book. 😉

  128. Ok, at this point I have to say something about the whole “Obama is gay” thing going on here.

    First, it is a bit offensive…no, it is very offensive to gay Hillary supporters (of which I am one for editorial disclosure)to insinuate Obama is gay, therefore bad. It might not be how you mean for it to come across, but it IS how it is coming across.

    Reminder that Hillary is a strong supporter of gay equality and established equal benefits for same-sex partners in the State Department. She did that on DAY 1. Thank you, Hillary.

    There is much about Obama policy-wise to reprimand. Please don’t make your presumption that he is gay one of those things. Especially on a pro-Hillary site.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

    Luv ya, Big Pinkers.

  129. trixta February 15th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    “… The Left will not support Hillary, I believe, should she decide to run.“

    I concur. Hillary is not a leftist. Nor a rightist. But she gets solid support from what is usually taken to be the right (“religious right”, military, “patriots”, tough-minded people generally) and the center, i.e. independents. This will put her in a very good position in the general election, but will be a handicap in the run for the nomination, as it was in 2008.

    A Warren run? She’s a baby boomer almost as old as Hillary, so 2016 or 2020 would be her years, and preferably 2016. In 2016, she would be no match for Hillary, so, no; and if Hillary wins in 2016 Warren will not run in 2020. If Biden wins the nomination in 2016, and then the GE, he may abstain from a second term in 2020, which would give Warren her only chance. Otherwise, she has no chance in 2020, and no chance at all afterward.

  130. VotingHillary February 16th, 2013 at 12:53 am
    “… it is very offensive to gay Hillary supporters… to insinuate Obama is gay, therefore bad. It might not be how you mean for it to come across, but it IS how it is coming across.”

    I think you know this, but since you are offended, I think I should stress that the talk here about Obama being gay is about Obama’s hypocrisy in making believe he’s straight, not outing himself, being against gay marriage before he was for it, and so forth, and not about the fact that he is gay because in fact we don’t know that.

    I don’t participate in any of this because, while I (like Hillary) am against gay marriage (it’s a matter of semantics, as Shadowfax would say), I am also against outing gays against their will, even if they are public figures, and am also against speculating on the matter. I view Obama’s flip-flop on gay marriage, though, as hypocritical and politically stupid.

    I live in a large city with a gay mayor who was not outed until after his election (the press/TV duly protected him as is customary in France), a mayor who was re-elected handsomely because he is largely viewed as the best mayor the city has ever had. I mention this because the attitude of the public (as opposed to my own individual attitude) is important when speaking of gays. I imagine someday Rahm Emanuel will out himself, but he might make a run for the presidency first.

  131. Here are some excerpts of a preview of a book about to be published by a BBC reporter who spent a lot of time following Hillary around the world:

    “Hillary Clinton: book tells plane truths behind aims as secretary of state
    BBC reporter publishes insider’s account of four-year airborne campaign to reposition the US – and perhaps the lady herself

    …. Kim Ghattas knows the kind of detail we want from her book, The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of Power.

    Ghattas is… sharp-eyed on the secretary herself. The Clinton she sees is indefatigable – physically, emotionally and intellectually. She reads everything.

    Bill Clinton… his uncanny ability to memorize the smallest detail about people and places… his wife is equally as good. Hillary spent her many hours on the plane (which she thought of as a travelling caravan) with enormous briefing books and a very tight circle of advisors. You don’t get a sense that there was much down time on these trips.

    The way Ghattas describes it, Clinton survived the four years high on the adrenaline that comes from high-stakes meetings. During a trip to Pakistan…. a day that had begun in Washington DC had lasted for 32 hours.

    The Clinton who travels with the press is friendly and funny but not cuddly. This is a woman who understands the power of manipulative charm and uses it to her advantage.

    She had a knack for becoming friends with everyone from the boorish Boris Yeltsin to the quiet president of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak. She often ended up liking people she never expected to like because she had come to understand and empathize with their history and background.

    Clinton’s agenda over the last four years… seems to have been to reposition the US not so much as a dominant superpower but as a willing partner that people can do business with, whatever the nature of the business.

    As a senator, Clinton constantly looked for consensus; she did the same as secretary of state. Her constant travels accomplished two goals: they gave her a degree of autonomy in a job where policy was being crafted by the White House, not the state department, and they allowed her to sell the USA in person.

    She could not have achieved any of this without a dedicated team of logistical wizards. It is telling that Ghattas describes Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, as still having political campaign reflexes: “She wanted the flexibility of switching gears or directions at the last minute.”

    Abedin has long been Clinton’s right arm. She plans policy with her boss, helps prepare for events, even carries her bag. If Abedin saw international travel as a continuation of a political campaign, you can bet Clinton did too. So maybe that’s what the million miles of travel was all about – not just selling America to partners around the globe, but selling Hillary Clinton too.

  132. The Rubio Sip one more time:
    “…Rubio, of Florida, appeared to wipe away sweat during his rebuttal from the Speaker’s conference room in the U.S. Capitol shortly after Obama’s address….”
    http://www.myfoxny.com/story/21141705/rubio-takes-quick-water-break-in-gop-response

    Do we have any photos of Obama appearing to sweat? I thought not.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    jeswezey
    February 16th, 2013 at 8:03 am
    ——————-
    Re Hillary book. Wow, and what is written is so credible. Had to know it was not a US author.

  133. This is from the Globe tabloid so who knows if there is any grain of truth but they have an article saying Hillary is going to write a book about her experiences as SOS and it won’t be flattering to the Obamas. They are reporting she will be paid (or has been paid) a $20 million advance. The story is in the new issue that just came out. Hope its true….they have some details about how she was treated by the Obamas

  134. Some ideas about Texas and Florida turning blue at The Hill’s Pundit blog by Brent Budowsky, also with some remarks about Hillary:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/state-a-local-politics/283419-texas-blue-florida-blue-ted-cruz-red-rick-perry-fading-hillary-clinton-coming

    There is also a remark that I agree with about your beloved Rubio:

    The problem of the latest GOP “savior,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), is not that he slurped bottled water on camera, but that he slurped the ideas he presented that were little more than recycled Herbert Hoover.

  135. Tweet from @GreatDane: Wash. Post Slashes Staff. Sold Soul To Elect O Now Face Consequences To Live In O’s Economy -More Than Justice
    That tweet is based upon the following:
    On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, WaPo officially discussed the circumstances surrounding the layoffs of employees, FishbowlDC sources have learned. Internal sources appropriately place the number at 54, though a publicist hasn’t confirmed the exact number. Every department facing cuts was asked to keep the news to their department only, as to not make it look like a mass layoff. We’re told those given pink slips include Beth Jacobs, General Manager of Mobile, and Ken Dodelin, Director of Mobile Products. Sources say the entire Mobile Product Management and IT Project Management staffs have been eliminated.
    “[CIO and VP Shaliesh] Prakash thinks these are ‘inefficiencies’ – that is the exact word he uses for human beings who are not useful according to him,” said a source who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “Get rid of experienced people to save money, under the garb of streamlining is the new trend inside the Post.”
    The news comes on the heels of the NYT, which recently offered buyout packages to 30 employees. That target number wasn’t reached; it isn’t clear how many employees were let go.
    Jacobs’ LinkedIn profile describes her as a “senior-level executive with over 20 years experience in the in marketing, business development, product management and operations in the digital media and mobile sectors.” Before WaPo, she was VP of Mobile Business Development at AOL. She earned degrees from Bucknell and NYU Business School. She has been employed at WaPo for two and a half years.
    More at http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/washington-post-layoffs-valentines-day_b96626

  136. Ha! No such hiccup with spouse of previous SOS…..
    The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved Friday to freeze a Switzerland-based account that was used in a case of suspected insider trading to collect more than $1.7 million ahead of this week’s acquisition of H.J. Heinz Company.
    The commission alleges that unknown traders took risky bets on Heinz’ stock just before Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital agreed to acquire the company in a deal valued at $28 billion.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/finance/283561-sec-freezes-swiss-account-over-heinz-mega-deal-

  137. “Opportunity” sounds pretty, but government cannot ensure equality of result. This is still more nanny state action, government will provide. A raise in the minimum wage will throw thousands, maybe millions, out of work when companies can’t afford to pay the higher cost, they will get rid of the low level wage workers. The last minimum wage raise is one reason why so many young people were unemployed.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/16/obama-government-should-ensure-every-american-has-ladder-of-opportunity-into-middle-class/

  138. Picking up on Foxy’s link of February 16th, 2013 at 4:07 pm”
    Speaking at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, POTUS called for government to take an active, wide-ranging role in ensuring every American has a “ladder of opportunity” into the middle class.
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    Yes, and one of the ways is by plying tee vee’s broadcast/cable avenues with dot EDU ads that sicken. Around here it is McCann.edu, IT something dot edu, Devry dot edu.

    The basic message of these ads is “We need you. Call.” A secondary message is “We know you have a life; we will make this easy.” I’ll have to do more research before I mention the name promoting the last claim for it is of a respected and until now, legitimate long-established college.

    Believe it is McCann which asks “Do you know how many masseuses are needed to give the 35 MIL massages required this year?
    One of the same ilk points out that the “Medical Assisting” field is breaking wide open.

    Like I said, my research, where I sit in front of the tee vee with pencil and paper has yet to begin. Maybe those here who still watch the vile thing will notice the same trend.

    Give them all the idea we owe them the education, that it must be free and easy too…..

  139. Obama admin winds down plan for ‘uninsurables’ Feb 16, 4:00 AM EST Associated Press
    Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president’s health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can’t get private insurance….Designed as a stopgap solution until the law’s full consumer protections are in effect next year, PCIP has served more than 135,000 people, a lifeline for patients with serious medical problems such as cancer and heart failure. But Congress allocated a limited amount of money, and the administration’s technical experts want to make sure it doesn’t run out….Enrollment around the country has been lower than expected, partly because some people could not afford the premiums. But individual cases have turned out to be costlier than originally projected. In documents provided to the states, the administration said the program has spent about $2.4 billion in taxpayer money on medical claims and nearly $180 million on administrative costs, as of Dec. 31. Congress allocated $5 billion to the plan. “From the beginning (the administration) has been committed to monitoring PCIP enrollment and spending closely and making necessary adjustments in the program to ensure responsible management of the $5 billion provided by Congress,” PCIP director Richard Popper wrote in a memo. “To this end, we are implementing a nationwide suspension of enrollment.”The sole exception: program beneficiaries who move to another state will still be able to get coverage in their new home. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_PRE_EXISTING_CONDITIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-02-16-04-00-09

  140. Free and easy??? What happened to Work hard get an education and strive daily to obtain the American Dream.
    Obama is dumbing down our great country with this kind of rhetoric. 👿

  141. WhiteHouse dossier has an article on Obie’s golf. Seems that crack golf coach is the one who got Tiger so far & evidently causing CincyCinco to opine:
    I wonder if Tiger’s coach will also instruct him on marital infidelity? It WOULD be amusing to watch Mooch’s big biceps rippling in the dawn light while she chases Hopey down the drive with a Ping 3 wood. He’d be fine though, as long as his spindly little legs can carry him to the nearest bulletproof limo (something TIger devoutly wishes HE’D had)…

    Of course, The Angry Caliph tends towards, eh, male companionship, but cheating IS cheating, whether you pitch or catch, and Shelly don’t seem like the forgiving type – if word were to actually get out about a bathouse tryst during their separate vacations. Otherwise, it’s unlikey she’d even care, since the whole “Marriage” thing is an Emmy-worthy sham…

  142. You’ve got to love gateway’s snark: Obama White House Boycotts FOX News on Sunday Talk Shows — But Will Hold Direct Talks With Iran

  143. Now I am going a little crazy, I guess; but drones have me fired up and this is way more than I bargained for already having happened.

    As sales of drones increase so do privacy concerns. Tuesday, February 12, 2013 (VIDEO AT LINK)
    …On a frigid Saturday morning along the banks of the Delaware River, Steve Hindi was hot on the trail of what he calls a case of animal cruelty. An animal rights activist in town from Chicago, Hindi came too far to let a privacy wall stop him from seeing the alleged activity which is why he brought along a drone. Armed with a video camera and a powerful zoom, he hovered 400 feet over the subjects of his private investigation, seeing what they do without them ever knowing he’s there.

    “You want this. This is technology you want to develop,” Hindi said. It seems many agree. The FAA now forecasts that unmanned aircraft will be a $94-billion dollar business in the next decade. It is a burgeoning industry that some Penn students are pioneering in their University City lab; they are designing unmanned technology of the very near future. The practical uses are near endless: farmers keeping an eye on vast acres of crops, news media getting a high angle at a relatively low cost, and for police, who just days ago used a drone to help end a week long hostage standoff in Alabama, it’s a potential game changer.

    “It is going to revolutionize police work. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, it’s going to happen,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. But along with that protection comes concern over privacy…..
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/special_reports&id=8989272

  144. Republicans rip Obama immigration plan; Rubio calls it ‘dead on arrival’ | Fox News
    allows illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years
    The president is torpedoing his own plan,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday.” “It shows me he is really not serious.
    Obama’s bill would create a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country
    Immigrants who served more than a year in prison for a criminal conviction or were convicted of three or more crimes and were sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail would not be eligible
    Those immigrants facing deportation would be eligible to apply for the visa
    Obama has said he would not submit his own legislation to Congress so long as law makers acted “in a timely manner.” If they failed, he said, “I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/17/report-bill-would-set-8-year-path-to-residency/

  145. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked NBC’s David Gregory a question Sunday that should be asked of virtually every media member in this country.

    During a heated exchange about the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, McCain said to his Meet the Press host, “Do you care whether four Americans died?” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz2LBvcdnty

  146. Hold’um 2:37

    That was a good link, thanks.

    On that same page I had to chuckle as I read and heard this line from Rushbo…

    “Every Week is a Bad Week with Barack Hussein Kardashian”

  147. gotta love this…last laugh…stick it to the MSM…

    he has his own ‘Rubio’ water bottle…genius… : )

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/marco-rubio-has-sold-more-than-3100-water-bottles-raising-10

    When Marco Rubio paused to take a sip from a water bottle during his response to the State of the Union this week, it become an instant viral sensation. The Florida Senator has now capitalized on the moment to raise more than $100,000 for his Reclaim America political action committee by selling branded water bottles.

    A source close to Rubio tells BuzzFeed that the water bottles, which were sold on the senator’s PAC website to anyone who makes a donation of $25 or more, sold like hotcakes. In the period since they went on sale Wednesday, more than 3,100 of the PAC’s “Marco Rubio Water Bottles” have been sold.

    “Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you…he hydrates you too,” the donation page reads.

    Rubio has made light on the incident in interviews following his speech Tuesday saying during an appearance on Good Morning America that “God has a funny way of reminding us that we’re human.”

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    especially after that asinine skit on SNL…

  148. At FOX:
    …The White House has prohibited media coverage of Obama’s weekend golf outing, prompting Fox News’ Ed Henry, who is the president of the White House Correspondents Association, to issue a statement saying, “a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend.”
    To which the White House responded to by saying the press access granted Sunday was “entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings.”[Classic Obama logic]
    But Henry maintains, “there is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.”[Since when?]

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/17/obama-plays-golf-in-florida-with-tiger-woods/

  149. Then the UK sharpens Ed’s point:
    …It is not hard to see why Barack Obama is rather camera shy over his latest golfing outing, this time with sports superstar Tiger Woods. The optics certainly don’t look good for a president who has in the past called on Americans to make sacrifices, while blatantly refusing to do so himself….
    Read more at http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100202609/why-president-obama-keeps-the-press-away-playing-golf-with-tiger-woods-doesnt-look-good-with-12-million-americans-out-of-work-and-a-16-trillion-debt/

  150. Oh no. A stalwart from my kids’ childhood is gone. I too loved Underdog.
    RIP. BOSTON (AP) — The co-creator of the cartoon “Underdog,” the mild-mannered shoeshine boy who turned into a caped superhero to rescue his girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, has died. William Watts Biggers was 85.
    The Classic Underdog Intro: http://youtu.be/fcjOi_3H7gw

  151. Booker will need to mend fences in time for 2014 Senate campaign By Alexandra Jaffe – 02/18/13 06:00 AM ET
    …Booker’s decision to run for Senate instead of challenging Gov. Chris Christie (R ) rankled many Democrats, who say his handling of the decision — announcing before Lautenberg had officially made up his mind on retirement — was disrespectful to the incumbent. They also believe Booker left the party in the lurch by eliminating its best chance at defeating Christie.
    But with Lautenberg out, other names will likely emerge in the coming months, and Booker’s slight could be but a distant memory come 2014. State Sen. Ray Lesniak, a Booker ally and a top power broker in the state, said that the political players in New Jersey don’t tend to hold grudges….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/283585-booker-will-need-to-mend-fences-in-time-for-2014

  152. Hutchinson drops out of contest for former Rep. Jackson Jr.’s seat

    snip This morning Senator Toi Hutchinson announced that she is withdrawing from the race and endorsing me. While Senator Hutchinson and I haven’t agreed on everything, we have a strong mutual respect and share a passion for public service and dedication to the people in Chicago and the Southland. I’m pleased to have her on our team, and look forward to working with her and other community leaders to get guns off our streets and bring jobs to our neighborhoods,” Kelly said via her Facebook page.

    Kelly faces former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) in the upcoming primary. Halvorson on Sunday accused Hutchinson and Kelly of striking a backroom deal.
    “With nine days remaining in this primary, a behind the scenes closed door meeting was struck between Toi Hutchinson and Robin Kelly. The voters of the 2nd Congressional District deserve better,” she said in a statement.“These old political games are what got us in this mess in the first place,” she added. Gun control had emerged as a central issue in the race, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (I) super-PAC and CREDO super-PAC, a liberal group, both targeting Hutchinson and Halvorson over their strong ratings from the National Rifle Association….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/283645-candidate-drops-out-of-race-for-jesse-jackson-seat

  153. holdthemaccountable
    February 18th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Are you all going to let me publish every comment today?
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    The Calvary has arrived Good Morning Big Pinkers :mrgreen:

  154. The Calvary has arrived Good Morning Big Pinkers
    ————
    Good morning and praise be.
    Evidently Iraqi’s soon to be looking for Cavalry/Calvary (either would work!)
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    Everything I knew and counted on is leaving. I had a grandmom who rolled with the times but I am unwilling to adopt her attitude now. Western Pennsylvania stock, she was only family member who would accompany me to Elvis Presley movie, Love Me Tender. On the way out of theater she remarked “A nice looking fellow.” To set some context, may I mention that the local NW New Jersey radio station had already banned rock and roll. Grandma was in her late 70’s before ever taking an airplane flight or donning a bathing suit to walk the beaches of FL. Said she did not feel as foolish as she’d thought she would. But I digress.

    Reader’s Digest files for bankruptcy; iconic magazine will still publish
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/18/readers-digest-files-bankruptcy-iconic-magazine-wi/

  155. trixta
    February 18th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
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    better…to get it said and out on video for all to see…than never…

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    foxy…yes, we all knew it…but it is poetic justice to hear all the nay sayers saying it…as we go forward…reminds me of dominos falling…one by one…

  156. Bernie Goldberg was making a good point about the pipline that big media uses to destroy significant challengers. We saw it with Hillary, then Sarah Palin, then Gingrich, then Romney and now Rubio–and soon Carlson if he gains traction:

    Their snark and bias starts at the news desk which they control,

    Then it moves to the late night show, morons like Letterman, which they control

    Then it moves to the morning shows, which they also control.

    A closed loop of thought control which seeps into the public consciousness.

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