Right To Fight

Update: Another example of “If you fight you win.” Good news: Egyptian woman known for pro-9/11, anti-semitic tweets to be honored by State Department. It is Michelle Obama that, as we note in one sentence below, intended to break the sequester blockade and spend money awarding this anti-American anti-Semite. Now this anti-American anti-Semite’s award from Michelle Obama is put on hold pending a “review”. If you fight you win.

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Well, finally, at long last, after a long Winter of near despair and piled on discontents, after many variations of Kabuki theater, after a lot of “sound and fury signifying nothing” Spring arrives. The one question that matters is finally getting an answer. After November 2012 there has been only one question:

“The question that needs to be answered is “Will Republicans Fight?” Until the answer to that question is “Yes, Republicans are fighting with deeds – not words or promises to fight – and the evidence is that they did this and this and this, etc.” not much will matter. Not much will matter. [snip]

Republican “leaders” could get all the evidence proving them right on everything since the beginning of history but it won’t matter unless they decide to fight. There is no Republican leadership and there is already a moderate Republican group dropping “Republican” from name. A lack of leadership has even more dire consequences than a lost election.

By not panicking, while Obama fear/smear campaigned in state after state against them, Republicans did a great deal when they did nothing and let the sequester take place. The impact of this non-action “bravery” is that Obama is on the ropes, called out as Chicken Little. Barack H(enny Penny) Obama.

So total is the collapse of Obama’s weeks long fear and smear campaign against the sequester that now even at the New York Times it is time for some sequestration-scrutiny of Obama’s leisure time. Michael Shear writes:

‘Amid Cuts, Does a President Dare Tee Off? [snip]

Ari Fleischer, press secretary to President George W. Bush, said: “If George Bush were playing golf while this was under way, there would be pandemonium in the press corps about it.” [snip]

“People are going to be hurt,” Mr. Obama declared just hours before the cuts went into effect last week.

So the president’s White House advisers are going to have to confront the question of how, or whether, to adjust his family’s activities. Should they go to Martha’s Vineyard? Will Michelle Obama and the couple’s daughters avoid trips like the ski vacation they took to Aspen last month? And what about the golf that Mr. Obama frequently plays at the nearby Joint Base Andrews?

Mr. Fleischer pointed out that the Pentagon’s leaders have warned that the budget cuts will have a serious impact on the readiness of the nation’s military. “What does it say about a sequester if a military golf course can stay open during it?” he said.”

According to Politico, preparations are already underway for Obama’s next vacation on Martha’s Vineyard during the skyfall sequester. Michelle Obama will be further exhausting government monies in a White House ceremony honoring a vicious anti-American anti-Semite.

The sequester spine displayed by Republicans heartened the hearts of Obama opponents even if it was doing something by doing nothing. Then yesterday, Rand Paul, got in the ring and boxed for 13 hours. According to Rand Paul his filibuster was to some extent a spur of the moment decision. He did not have on comfortable shoes, wore no catheter, had a few chocolate bars, and an issue he cared about. RP found the senate floor available, something that is rare in these days of Harry Reid control, and decided to go for it. The filibuster was on.

In that one moment Rand Paul lifted up a great many hearts tired of the craven leadership. The Professor has a good list of the many and varied Rand Paul filibuster accomplishments. Among these accomplishments the Professor writes is “Exposing, Once Again, the Old Failed Republican Guard”, “Exposing, Once Again, the Old Failed Democratic Guard”, “Exposing, Once Again, Elizabeth Warren”, “Making Obama/Holder Surrender on Something”, “Awakening Another Sleeping Giant”.

Those of us who toiled in Democratic Party politics for so long are especially ashamed and disgusted at the now corrupt Obama Dimocratic Party which Jonathan Turley describes:

“Sen. Rand Paul has ended his day-long filibuster against President Obama’s claim to be able to kill any U.S. citizen on his own authority without criminal charge or conviction. What was most striking about this principled stand is the virtual total absence of Democrats in speaking out against Obama. Just this week, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that this policy could include killing citizens on U.S. soil with drones. Yet, the Democrats worked to stop not the kill list policy but Paul’s filibuster. Obama apologists have attacked Rand for some of his other positions to avoid dealing with the fact that Obama is claiming the powers of an Imperial President. I do not agree with Paul on many things, but I commend him for this stand and condemn those who remained silent, again, in the face of this authoritarian policy of Obama. [snip]

The lack of opposition to Obama’s kill list policy is a national disgrace. It shows the triumph of a cult of personality within the Democratic ranks where both members and voters have chosen Obama over long-standing values of civil liberties that once defined their party.

In the face of such ugliness, a cult of Obama fanatics in control, there can be nothing but all out opposition to Barack Obama from us.

For Republicans Rand Paul was a great tonic which helps dispel the gloom and depression of last November:

“Ever since losing the presidential election, the right has been consumed by envy of President Obama — of his mobilization of key voters, his digital strategy, his ability to successfully shift blame to Republicans and the way he is able to seemingly exploit every crisis for his political advantage. My colleague Tim Carney has a good post explaining what Rand Paul accomplished with his 12-hour plus filibuster. But I also wonder if this could be seen as the moment where post-election conservative envy of Obama subsides, and they begin to see him as vulnerable again. [snip]

It was impossible to dismiss this as just a right-wing Tea Party attack, because a lot of liberals agree with the substance of Paul’s criticism. This filibuster had to get under Obama’s skin. As much as anything else, he was elected on a promise to turn the page on the Bush era and conduct the war against terrorism with greater concern for civil liberties. Watching Paul’s filibuster last night, I couldn’t help but think that this is how Obama imagines himself – a principled crusader for justice. When Bush and Cheney were running the show, whatever could be said about them, at least they were consistent in supporting broad presidential powers in the realm of national security. But it’s hard to look back at the pre-2009 Obama and see him as anything other than an arrogant hypocrite now — somebody who thinks a muscular executive branch is okay so long as he’s running it. [snip]

Also, for all the post-election discussions about the demise of the Republican Party, the filibuster also showed how it could have a bright future. Watching stars like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio help out Paul showed that the GOP’s got talent.

Republicans obviously have a long way to go. But taken together with the emerging sense that Obama overplayed his hand on the sequester, things are looking much brighter than they were in January. And Paul’s filibuster is probably the most galvanizing moment for conservatives since the election.”

It’s not just conservatives, as Tim Carney notes, that might now be galvanized against hypocrite Obama:

Paul made a libertarian outreach to the anti-war Left. Much of Paul’s arguments last night involved the need for constraints on power, even constraints on the majority. He often hinted towards the Ronald Reagan line that a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to kill you while sitting at cafe.

The only check on an executive armed with flying death robots is the separation of powers and an understanding of the Constitution as a limit on government power. This has implications beyond counter-terrorism and war.”

Today in a slimy letter Attorney General Holder responded to Rand Paul. Holder said that the answer to Rand Paul’s question is “no”. It took a filibuster in the senate to get that “no”. Rand Paul yesterday managed to show that publicity stunts when done for principles have value. Rand Paul knew from the outset that he could not stand and talk forever and that eventually he would falter and the vote would proceed. But still he fought for principle and that has to be especially admired.

Having to employ a filibuster to get an answer to an ugly but simple question is an outrage. But if that is what it takes….

Lindsay Graham does not think much of Rand Paul’s filibuster. Rand Paul sucked up all the Big Media attention Graham thought he would get after his dinner with Barack last night. Lindsey Graham to GOP senators: Funny how you guys didn’t worry about drones under Bush. Graham is wrong as anyone not eating dinner with Obama last night but rather watching C-Span knows:

“It shows the power of transpartisan thought and action. Make no mistake: Despite the presence of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), yesterday’s filibuster was a GOP-conducted orchestra. But what was most bracing and ultimately powerful thing about the filibuster was that none of the speakers exempted the Republican Party or former President George W. Bush, whose aggrandized view of executive power still roils the sleep of the Founding Fathers, from withering criticism and scrutiny. How else to explain that hard-left groups such as Code Pink were proud to #standwithrand yesterday on Twitter? The same with reliable Rand and GOP critic Eugene Robinson and many others who up until yesterday thought little of Rand Paul.

The filibuster succeeded precisely because it wasn’t a cheap partisan ploy but because the substance under discussion – why won’t the president of the United States, his attorney general, and his nominee to head the CIA explain their views on limits to their power? – transcends anything so banal or ephemeral as party affiliation or ideological score-settling.”

John McCain thought Rand Paul’s filibuster was “ridiculous” which itself is ridiculous.

Republicans who have been a’thinking-and-a’wondering what to do after their stupid election defeat in 2012 can stop thinking and wondering. The answer is obvious but not easy: FIGHT!

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  1. Another victory: As regular readers know we think Michelle Obama either steals her kids’ clothes, shops at sci-fi conventions and regularly gets fashion advice and accessories at PepBoys. [note: we slam Michelle because we don’t believe in unilateral disarmament. Obama supporters are the ones that mocked Hillary and then Sarah Palin on physical attributes and clothing choices so now we take every opportunity to give back what they started.] Now Vivienne Westwood thinks Michelle Obama wears dreadful clothes too. http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2013/03/westwood-first-ladys-clothes-are-dreadful-158755.html?hp=r6

    We reprint the comment from Shadowfax:

    “Thumbs down for PepBoys…

    Designer Vivienne Westwood does not approve of first lady Michelle Obama’s wardrobe, she told The New York Times:

    Q. You must love our first lady, who is famous for recycling her clothes.

    A. Don’t talk about her. It’s dreadful what she wears.

    Q. What?

    A. I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her. Jackie Kennedy was a different matter altogether. It just has to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous. That’s what fashion is there for. It’s there to help, not just to make you look more conservative.

    😆 “

  2. Good post Admin!

    I am more a fan of papa Dr. Paul than his son, Rand….but

    “Rand Paul yesterday managed to show that publicity stunts when done for principles have value. Rand Paul knew from the outset that he could not stand and talk forever and that eventually he would falter and the vote would proceed. But still he fought for principle and that has to be especially admired.”

    ——- I gained more respect for Rand Paul yesterday than I have for most congressmen and the Amigos, pretend leaders McCain and his sidekick, Graham. A lot of hot air AFTER the election and a free meal with the man that shouldn’t be King.

  3. Update: Another example of “If you fight you win.” Good news: Egyptian woman known for pro-9/11, anti-semitic tweets to be honored by State Department. It is Michelle Obama that, as we note in one sentence below, intended to break the sequester blockade and spend money awarding this anti-American anti-Semite. Now this anti-American anti-Semite’s award from Michelle Obama is put on hold pending a “review”. If you fight you win.

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  4. Now this anti-American anti-Semite’s award from Michelle Obama is put on hold pending a “review”.

    The review and prize is by/from the State Department:

    Samira Ibrahim originally was been selected to receive one of the International Women of Courage Awards on Friday when First lady Michelle Obama joins Secretary of State John F. Kerry in presenting the prizes at the State Department.

    —-> Call me crazy, but I can’t help but think behind this reversal may be a very intelligent ‘blond’ woman, that fights for women’s rights, ran the State Dept and not only loves America but supports Israel and she loves her son-in-law…who is Jewish.

  5. Excellent Post Admin!

    i have a sneaky suspicion, that jeb bush and his cohorts are behind the media push back on 0bummer.

    i think a president jeb bush would be a total nightmare, but i appreciate the exposure of Zero for the slacker he is!

    Happy Tweets!

  6. Excellent Post Admin!

    i have a sneaky suspicion, that jeb bush and his cohorts are behind the media push back on 0bummer.

    i think a president jeb bush would be a total nightmare, but i appreciate the exposure of Zero for the slacker he is!

    Happy Tweets!

  7. Excellent Post Admin!

    i have a sneaky suspicion, that jeb bush and his cohorts are behind the media push back on 0bummer.

    i think a president jeb bush would be a total nightmare, but i appreciate the exposure of Zero for the slacker he is!

    Happy Tweets!

  8. A former spokesman for al-Qaeda and son-in-law of its founder, Osama bin Laden, was captured overseas and secretly brought to New York this month to face a criminal trial for allegedly conspiring to kill Americans, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was initially detained in Turkey last month but was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan while he was being deported to Kuwait, U.S. officials said. He is expected to appear in federal court Friday in the Southern District of New York.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/osama-bin-ladens-son-in-law-captured-turned-over-to-us/2013/03/07/50a2b1d6-8746-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394_story.html?hpid=z1

  9. Matthew Cooper tries to muddy the waters by discussing Manning in his article but he also writes this which is good:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/rand-paul-and-washington-s-night-of-hypocrisy-20130307

    Greater hypocrisy lies with Democrats, who have expressed only modest interest in Paul’s cause. Where was Al Franken last night? Or Barbara Boxer? They could have joined Paul on the floor briefly, as did Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, all while pledging to vote for the president’s pick to head the CIA, John Brennan. But their voices were in absentia. [snip]

    The biggest blame, though, ought to go to President Obama, who campaigned on reversing Cheneyism and has prosecuted the wars of 9/11 while keeping Gitmo open and making the drone the symbol of his military policy. Did Obama really think he could whack Americans from the sky and not have a statute or a judicial mechanism to be a backstop against such awesome unilateral powers? I believe the president’s staff when they say he agonized over such killings. But thoughtfulness isn’t policy. The administration tossed about a legal rationale. But the white paper was a red herring. It made sense as far as it went but it was preposterously indifferent to the political climate in Washington and the country. All Obama had to do was to propose legislation with a kind of secret judicial review like the courts established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and he would have seemed wise and respectful toward a feisty Congress. Instead, the constitutional law professor had to be schooled by a Fed-hating, goldbug, libertarian doctor from Kentucky. Somewhere, Dick Cheney is laughing.

    No mention by Cooper of Obama’s FISA lies.

  10. BRAVO! FANTASTIC! EXCELLENT! THANK GOD! and any other adjective you want to add…

    FINALLY…

    thank goodness…someone is speaking out and waking up the sluggish, sleeping people who once believed…believed that our country did and does actually stand for something…and that something is more than the cult of Obama and protecting him at any cost…and at our cost…

    this kind of a post and the energy that Rand’s actions have stirred give me chills…and hope that maybe there really is still ‘hope’ and a chance ‘we the people’ still matter…and our country is better than the direction it is going in…

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    admin…you beat me to the punch with that Vivienne Westwood comment…she spoke another reality so many people share…but again are afraid to speak…otherwise the rath of the cult of O will demolish you…with the cult of O you must never believe your own thoughts or what you see…you must only believe what you are told and allowed…

  11. …the once great but now “too busy” democratic party…principles abandoned

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/rand-paul-filibuster-democrats_n_2830850.html

    Rand Paul Filibuster Leaves Senate Democrats Struggling To Explain Absence

    Posted: 03/07/2013 3:43 pm EST

    Most democrats declined to join Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in his filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to the post of CIA director.

    WASHINGTON — While many Senate Democrats said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised legitimate concerns about the Obama administration’s drone program during his epic filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director, most of them were unable to explain why they didn’t join him on the Senate floor.

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was the only Democrat to join Paul and 14 other Republicans in a 13-hour filibuster Wednesday. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also took to the floor twice, but mostly to defend the U.S. government’s authority to target American citizens in “extraordinary circumstances.”

    “I don’t know, there’s a lot of debates I don’t join that I agree — I’ve got stuff to do and was doing a lot of other things,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told HuffPost when asked about his whereabouts the day before. “I think the question should be answered. I think [Sen.] Paul was generally right on it.”

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who launched the most recent old-fashioned “talking” filibuster before Paul’s in 2010 against the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, said flatly that he never considered joining Paul’s effort — but added that the absence of most Democrats was a “good question.”

    “I’m working right now on many, many, other issues,” Sanders said.

    “Presumably you go down on the floor because you believe in something,” he added, though he argued that the method Paul used to raise his questions and his timing weren’t “particularly constructive.”

    The White House responded to Paul’s concerns Thursday, when Press Secretary Jay Carney read a letter Attorney General Eric Holder sent to Paul at the top of his daily briefing.

    “It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?'” Carney read. “The answer to that question is no.”

    Paul embraced the response, calling it a “victory.”

    “Hooray!” he told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after she read him Holder’s letter for the first time on air. “For 13 hours yesterday, we asked him that question. So there is a result and a victory. Under duress, and under public humiliation, the White House will respond and do the right thing.”

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said she’s been satisfied with the administration’s response thus far, though she added that oversight of the drone program remains important.

    She justified the lack of Democrats present on the floor by saying that many of them “weren’t in the building,” and that almost all of them were taken aback by Paul’s use of the talking filibuster.

    “We all were shocked Republicans were doing a real filibuster instead of a procedural filibuster that has been their standard operating procedure for the last two or three years,” she said.

    Some Democrats argued that the concerns over transparency extend beyond drones.

    “I think there’s a host of issues here, not just simply issues related to drones but related to overall powers to spy on Americans and to take action without any sort of check,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

    “I think broadly I share the concerns of the amount of secrecy [and] I share the concerns about secret law with the FISA court making interpretations of common law language that we don’t know what it means,” he added.

    Merkley, a leading advocate of filibuster reform who has championed the use of the talking filibuster, told HuffPost he didn’t join the effort because he believes the president should be granted an up-or-down vote on cabinet nominees.

    “I’m not supporting blocking the opportunity for that,” he said. “But certainly the arguments that Rand Paul was making last night are legitimate ones and important ones to raise … I salute his filibuster last night.”

    “Everyone’s got a lot of priorities and people are busy,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) “But it’s an important debate. I think as we begin … developing kind of a legal architecture around a set of difficult issues, it’s going to be important that we all engage, but right now we need to get a CIA director in place.”

    Wyden, the lone joiner, said that he could only speak for himself when asked why more Democrats didn’t join. “I thought it was an opportunity to demonstrate that on some of these key issues with respect to balance between liberty and security, there are progressives and conservatives that can find some common ground,” he told reporters.

    “I think you’re going to start seeing the emergence of what I sometimes call around here a checks-and-balances caucus, and there’ll be a lot of Democrats in it,” Wyden added.

  12. MSNBC…the great bastion of the progressives…the ‘lean forward’ arm of the O admin…the loudest voices of the self acclaimed progressives…

    MSNBC…MIA when it counts and when it can take a principled stand…

    …the loudest big mouths…Shultz, Matthews, O’Donnell…MIA when it came to principles…

    MSNBC Hosts Mostly Ignore Or Dismiss Rand Paul’s Filibuster

    The majority of MSNBC’s prime time hosts either ignored Rand Paul’s filibuster of John Brennan or dismissed it as a partisan stunt.

    Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, wound up speaking for nearly 13 hours in opposition to the Obama administration’s drone policy.

    Though the filibuster riveted social media, and was discussed on all of CNN’s prime time shows and every Fox News show except Bill O’Reilly’s, both Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews avoided it, spending none of their segments talking about Paul. Ed Schultz spent 58 seconds on the filibuster, using most of the time to read comments from Facebook followers who called Paul “obstructionist.” By comparison, he spent nearly seven minutes analyzing Bill O’Reilly’s body language.

    Lawrence O’Donnell devoted five minutes to Paul, dismissing the filibuster as a “stunt” that he needed for fundraising purposes. He said that Attorney General Eric Holder had already answered Paul’s questions about the use of drones on American soil, but that Paul went ahead with his filibuster anyway because he wanted the attention.

    Rachel Maddow, by contrast, gave Paul her nightly “Best New Thing In The World” designation, and spoke to Ron Wyden, the lone Democrat who joined him in his filibuster. She said that partisan politics were definitely playing a role in Paul’s actions, and she criticized him for what she called his “gratuitous Hitler references.” But she also said the filibuster was “dramatic and significant and full of meaning,” and praised Paul for staying on his feet.

    “There is something important about the United States Congress finding its footing and wanting to assert its role — its oversight role — in where and why and how its country wages war,” she said. “Congress demanding to play its part in the waging of war is, in broad strokes, the way Congress is supposed to work.”

    The network has been similarly divided on the drone issue in the past.

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    does anyone seriously believe that if this were the Bush, McCain, or Clinton admin…that the drone story would have been the nonstop story of the day from Morning Joe to the last MSNBC evening show…

    such freaking phonies…

  13. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/samira-ibrahim-speaks_706609.html

    Yesterday, THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported that the State Department was about to bestow an International Woman of Courage Award on an anti-Semite and 9/11 fan. Egypt women’s rights activist Samira Ibrahim had left a record on her Twitter feed of statements quoting Hitler, celebrating the murder of Israelis in Bulgaria last summer, and the September 11, 2012 siege of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

    Ibrahim claimed yesterday that her Twitter page had been “stolen” and she was not responsible for the hateful comments. Today the State Department announced it was deferring her award pending further review.

    Finally, Ibrahim herself has spoken, writing in Arabic on her Twitter page. Egyptian democracy activist Mina Rezkalla provides the translation: “I refuse to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America regarding my previous anti-Zionist statements under pressure from American government therefore they withdrew the award.”

    This would seem to settle the question as to whether or not her page had been “stolen.” Now all that’s left is for the State Department to demand that Ibrahim reimburse American taxpayers for her trip to the United States.

  14. An inclusive writeup of the Obama/Jackson political history. Better late than never? Not.
    www dot bendbulletin.com/article/20130303/NEWS0107/303030352/

    Current LATimes deceptive headline:
    Obama charm offensive sows goodwill
    … The course correction appears, for now, to be sowing seeds of goodwill…But even in the earliest stages of Obama’s new inside game, the tricky task of courting rivals was clear. Obama’s outreach offensive comes as Organizing for Action, a group formed out of his campaign organization, is revving up campaign-style pressure on potential GOP allies. The targets include Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), a dinner guest with whom Obama exchanged pleasantries about their children, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who was on the receiving end of an Obama call this week as he seeks to form a “common sense” caucus….
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-outreach-20130308,0,1464904.story

    OBAMA’S NEW INSIDE GAME – yes, I guess with him that is what it is. For others it might have been a return to civility.

  15. #SecKerry and @FLOTUS deliver remarks at International #Women of Courage Award Ceremony 3PM ET today. Watch on http://www.state.gov ! #IWOC
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    Wonder if a branch of OFA went to State Dept. Tweets seem much more organized – as if they were a priority lol. No doubt MO and JK cozy from here on out?

  16. I would always vote for people like this. the person not the letter behind the name. 🙂

    “But certainly the arguments that Rand Paul was making last night are legitimate ones and important ones to raise … I salute his filibuster last night.”

  17. The Power of One Man’s Conviction

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | March 7th, 2013 at 01:02 PM | 100

    RESIZE: AAA

    What was it about Rand Paul’s filibuster that has captivated conservatives all over the country and reinvigorated their desire to fight for our Constitutional Republic? The irony is that the drone issue was not even one of the most popular issues among many conservatives until last night. I suspect that many conservatives don’t necessarily agree with some of Paul’s assertions about targeting terrorists like Al-Awlaki overseas, although we are all (everyone except for McCain and Graham) concerned about targeting Americans on American soil. Yet he has become an overnight sensation, not just among his core libertarian base, but among the broad conservative movement.

    Conservatives have been starving for a fighter; longing for someone who will do something drastic, engage in a media savvy fight against an imperialistic president who has no respect for checks and balances and an invidious disregard for the separation of powers.

    We have witnessed this president shred the Constitution and implement his radical agenda by administrative fiat. We the People stand by flummoxed and frustrated at the lack of courage among Republicans to counter the president with anything more magnanimous than a press release. We have seen him abrogate our immigration laws, grant administrative amnesty, and let criminal aliens out of jail. Yet nobody has used their position and identified a point of leverage at which to take a stand and draw extended scrutiny to the issue or any other breach of authority.

    Finally, when administration officials began asserting that the president might even have the power to launch drone strikes on American soil, Senator Paul decided he would hold up a major nomination to command the attention of the entire country. Many of us sat back and watched the impassioned speeches from Paul and the stirring words of Ted Cruz. We wondered why we had not witnessed this sort of spirited opposition during Obamacare.

    Yet that is exactly the point. Most of these senators are new to Washington. They have charted a new path forward, one that is not paved with backroom deals but with forthright demonstrations of courage and commitment to the principles that buoyed them into office. Instead of cutting a deal to invoke cloture and having Brennan’s nomination sail to confirmation, Paul has united a fractious Republican Party against this – that is everyone except for Obama’s dinner companion Lindsey Graham.

    Republicans have repeatedly entreated us to the tired bromide that they only control one-third of one-half….. What these banal bulls of Washington dealmaking don’t understand is that with complete control of the House and a filibuster strength minority in the Senate there is a lot they can do. With the ubiquitous nature of C-Span and social media, Republicans can use critical leverage points to seize on winning issues and put Obama in the defensive position.

    That’s why yesterday’s act of cowardice on the CR in the House was so incomprehensible to many conservatives. Even if they planned to ultimately cave on Obamacare to avoid a shutdown three weeks from now, why not initially bring it to the floor under an open rule and debate Obamacare for a few days? Let’s at least draw attention to the injustice of Obamacare at a time when many people are feeling the pain of higher insurance premiums.

    We are also told that the juggernaut of a biased media is too powerful to overcome were we to force some sort of a dramatic battle over critical issues, such as Obamacare or illegal immigration. It’s true in fact that the media is incorrigibly in the tank for the left, and there’s nothing we can do about that. But one thing about the media is that they are impressed by a show of force and stimulated by something new and exciting. Rand Paul proved that last night, as even some mainstream media reporters gave him positive coverage.

    When the CR comes before the Senate, conservatives should hold it up at least for a day or two to educate the American people on the ramifications of funding Obamacare. When the nomination of the new radical nominee for EPA director comes before the Senate, they should take turns launching filibusters into the night, educating the public on how that agency has cost jobs and raised the cost of living on the working class. They should draw attention to onerous policies like ethanol mandates.

    We didn’t send Republicans like Mitch McConnell to Washington to cut backroom deals and to passively and blithely ignore the injustices that are perpetrated by the statist class on a daily basis. Nor did we send Republicans to Washington to echo those injustices, like John McCain and Lindsey Graham do on a daily basis. It’s no coincidence that this effort was initiated by the disciples of Jim DeMint. And with the 2014 election cycle beginning now, it’s incumbent upon all of us to help send reinforcements to the ranks of our fighters.

  18. Unfortunately, job report very strong. Unemployment down to 7.7%
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    Not sure that even matters. At one time we believed it did, but we now know better. Besides the numbers are phony. Nobody that I know pays any attention to this metric. So many people have fallen off the reports, that it is beyond irrelevant.

  19. …California’s new Dream Act laws that allow them to get the help despite their immigration status

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    Don’t even get me started on this whole CA Nightmare Act, my outrageous taxes paying for illegals while we have American’s homeless and out of work, the whole issue makes me livid!

  20. Quinnipiac has apparently taken a poll placing Chris Christie before Ryan and Rubio and HRC before Biden and Cuomo as the leaders in their respective parties for the 2016 nominations, and that HRC would win handily. See:

    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/hillary_clinton_would_beat_chr.html

    and

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/quinnipiac-poll-hillary-clinton-would-beat-top-2016-gop-presidential-picks-91445/

    and (with awful pic)

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/03/07/hillary_clinton_2016_polling_former_first_lady_bests_chris_christie_marco.html

    Considering that candidates used to announce at Labor Day the year before the election and are announcing earlier and earlier now (Obama announced in December 2006, almost 2 yr before the 2008 election), we could expect an HRC announcement at mid-2007, which is only 2 ¼ yr away.

  21. No doubt MO and JK cozy from here on out?

    —-
    As long as Kerry stays on his knees to the Obamas and keeps kissing their asse$. MO wants to support women/men that she thinks aline with her way of thinking.

  22. jbstonesfan

    Unfortunately, job report very strong. Unemployment down to 7.7%.

    ——–
    Jobs opening up is a good thing for the unemployed.

    Then again, it depends on where these jobs are and if they are long term or another Obama scam, like with the green jobs that were propped up and then, crashed and burned.

  23. Ghattas doesn’t talk much about 2016, but one thing she does say is that decisions will be made within the D party so that Biden and HRC will not campaign against each other.

    —-
    Interpretation: Biden will not run for President if Hillary throws her hat in the ring.

    Biden has no chance in Hell winning against Hillary.

  24. Shadwofax TY
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Our troops have double politics to deal with.
    Troops To Obama And Congress: Don’t Wreck Our Military
    Budget crisis brings shortages of ammo, supplies and more
    By Andrew Tilghman
    …For example, the gates at Fort Hood, Texas, are increasingly manned by uniformed soldiers, not civilian contract guards.
    “You’re going to see soldiers doing things you’ve seen civilians do over the last 10 years — anything from mowing lawns and washing windows to replacing light bulbs,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.
    “Someone who’s a sharpshooter … he’s not going to be practicing those skills,” she said. “He’s going to be washing windows and mowing lawns.” The cutbacks also promise to fuel tensions between officer and enlisted that could hurt morale.
    “It just seems like every time there is a budget issue, NCOs lose their training and the officers get to keep it,” said one Army sergeant first class with more than 20 years in uniform.
    One senior enlisted soldier said troops are grumbling about the senior officers who continue to travel to events like the recent annual Association of the U.S. Army conference in Florida.
    “The day is coming when I will have to tell a soldier, ‘No, you cannot go to training,’ and he/she will ask, ‘How come General Bigshot gets to go to Florida?’ I won’t be able to give an answer I believe in,” the soldier said….
    http://ebird.osd.mil/ebird2/ebfiles/e20130225917079.html#.UToTx9ozmPc.twitter

  25. jeswezey
    There’s an 18-minute video

    What a great video, thanks for posting it. I now have to buy the book.

  26. Shadowfax 11:45 am

    “Biden has no chance in Hell winning against Hillary.”

    Yeah, I guess that’s how it will end up. I see Biden having about as much popularity in 2015 as Cheney did in 2007, and for the same reason: too closely attached to Obama.

  27. I have a short update on the murder of a guard in Canaan PA. Federal prison; high security. Reported last night and this morning that such facilities have been overcrowded and understaffed for sometime. Poor control officers across the land have been expecting such an event and this Canaan one is reported to have sent a chill cross prisons of the country. Piecing together things which have been broadcast, a guard was murdered. Later a guard working in the same place comitted suicide. There are rumors that over a dozen guards at Canaan have resigned. And finally that perp had been near a fatality at another prison so was moved to Canaan. Since he’s associated with a second murder he has been moved again.

    I am sorry to be reporting this in such an oblique fashion. Source I had been quoting does not allow me to follow it on twitter. Being as it is a tv station that is rather surprising but I’ve been critical of them in past. This station has identified King5 TV of Seattle, reporter Chris Ingalls in particular. There exists a video of two inmates beating up a guard and it has been aired here. That is wbboei’s territory? Perhaps he can secure a better grip, more secure information. I just hate to think of our prisons being volatile and their employees in imminent danger.

  28. Actually, I first heard that paying to keep the WH open was Newt’s idea. He was going to raise money for it to shame Barry. They talked about it on Fox last night, Hannity and then Greta. Cost about $5700 a week, if I remember correctly. Hannity said he would pay for a week, but also said if the pResident had to ‘play around’ with things like this to prop up his doom and gloom M.O., then Hannity could play around too.

    Not sure how serious any of these guys are, show me the money.

  29. The Power of One Man’s Conviction

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | March 7th, 2013 at 01:02 PM | 100

    snip

    Conservatives have been starving for a fighter; longing for someone who will do something drastic, engage in a media savvy fight against an imperialistic president who has no respect for checks and balances and an invidious disregard for the separation of powers.

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

    …it is not just conservatives that have been starving…and longing…for a fighter

    there are many independents, democrats and simply fair minded people that are starving and longing for the same thing…a fighter…a hero…someone that carries the truth torch instead of being part of the backroom deals…

    …the person who emerges that can do that will ring true…this is what has been missing for a long, long time…the hypocrites and self interested manipulators from both sides have been in charge

  30. I wonder if this is true or a joke… I hope it’s a joke from some wackadoodle website.

    Hillary Clinton is joining “The View” – replacing Joy Behar!

    Joy Behar, a longtime standup comic and liberal, has been on the ABC talk show since 1997. She said she would leave in August of this year, when her contract expires. Her exit leaves Barbara Walters as the show’s only remaining original co-host.

    “It seemed like the right time,” Behar told Deadline. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.”

    Walters reportedly announced that Hillary Clinton would be replacing Behar. Since leaving her post as Secretary of State, Hillary has been fielding many offers for job opportunities. Barbara Walters is a dear friend of Hillary’s and it’s something completely different for the former First Lady. ”She’s thrilled to be joining The View,” said a close friend of Hillary. ”She’ll still be running for President in 2016, but this will allow her to have some fun every day.

    “The View” has not had a cast change since 2007, when Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd arrived. It has weathered many storms — most notably, the extremely acrimonious departures of Rosie O’Donnell and Star Jones. Behar, however, has been a constant.

    Producers of the show feel like the got the “Holy Grail” by signing Hillary to a two-year contract. ”Hillary is the most popular politician in the world and to have her on set every day with Elizabeth, Whoopi, Barbara and Sherri… well, we are thrilled!”

    http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/55150/hillary-clinton-to-join-the-view/

  31. WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama held a private dinner recently with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the trio enjoyed the conversation but isn’t releasing details.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/white-house-says-obama-held-private-dinner-with-hillary-clinton-and-president-bill-clinton/2013/03/08/e8437ce0-881e-11e2-b412-2e8596e7c927_story.html

    ——
    What does Barry want from them now?

    Jeeze, can’t he stand on his own two feet and accept defeat?

    His poll numbers are in the tank because his fraudness is showing.

  32. President Obama’s advisers have telegraphed their goal to win control of the House in 2014, which would give the president unfettered control to advance his favored policies. But the bigger concern for the White House should be the more realistic possibility that they could lose the Senate in 2014 – an outcome that’s only enhanced by the president’s second-term strategy focusing on rallying the base over centrist governance.

    It’s no coincidence that on Wednesday, in a welcome about-face, Obama belatedly engaged a charm offensive with Republicans, inviting leading senators to a private dinner and pow-wowing with Paul Ryan for lunch on Thursday to discuss the budget. This, from the president who predicted that he would be able to work with the GOP only after he won reelection, arguing their “fever may break” upon his victory.

    All of this is a result of the Republicans (unexpectedly) scoring twin victories in the battle over the sequester, getting their cuts all while pressuring the president’s popularity downward. The White House overreached in parading Cabinet secretaries to exaggerate doom-and-gloom consequences. And the public is demonstrating its frustration, handing Obama new lows in his job-approval rating since the election.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/against-the-grain/in-making-play-for-the-house-president-obama-could-lose-the-senate-20130308?mrefid=earthbox

  33. Jon Stewart joins Team Rand after filibuster

    It wasn’t quite a full-throated attaboy, like the one he’d no doubt deliver with his clown nose off for a Democrat standing up against a Republican administration on something like killing non-combatant American citizens, but it’s not bad.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/07/jon-stewart-joins-team-rand-after-filibuster/

    ——-
    Since Stewart has such a wide audience of obot twentysomethings, too bad he didn’t play serious clips from Rand Paul that would have made a better case and educated the uneducated youth.

  34. Rand Paul and others who supported him have helped to re-awaken the too-long sleeping giant that is Conservative America. Figures such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham now look increasingly pathetic and irrelevent in the face of the re-awakening. They would have millions of citizens simply go back to sleep and let the government continue on its way to disaster. That isn’t going to happen old-timers.

    2014 and 2016 cannot come soon enough…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/03/08/republican-operatives-take-on-mccain-and-graham-r-i-related/

  35. Leanora

    Will Bill Clinton Help Bolling and Hannity?

    —-
    Hell no, Bill shouldn’t follow the Hannity parade of silly shame, Bill should tell Barry to stop the expensive golf games or campaign flights until the WH tours are fully paid for.

  36. yes, I know the Globe is a gossip rag…however today at the market i saw the headlines…there is MO in her gown from the Oscars and headline says something like ‘she is obsessed with Hollywood and wants a multimillion dollar mansion in LA/BH’…and then a sub headline with O saying ‘you are ruining my Presidency’…

    ok, ok…it’s gossip…however…just think about this…

    with the sequestor and all the cuts…just how much money is MO spending with travel and body guards and SS men with all those trips to LA for all those TV shows…she must be costing a fortune in unnecessary expenses just to be in the limelight…

    again, they can shut down the WH to the everyday ordinary folks and kids, but spare no expense for MO and her ego trips, travels and vacations…

    heard someone say today that O & MO are planning the MV trip…and he wondered if they will again cost the taxpayers double travel expenses because they cannot travel as a family and she has to do her thing without waiting for her husband…costing twice the airplane and security expenses..

    …just saying…got a MA ring to it…

  37. Pro-Israel Jewish students on university campuses live in fear of Muslim supremacist bullies and their leftist lapdogs.

    “Jewish Harvard Students Receive Mock Eviction Notices”.

    In Harvard University’s latest attempt to promote the delegitimization of the state of Israel, Jewish students in freshman and upper class dormitories received mock eviction notices in light of “Israel Apartheid Week”, which is currently being organized on college and university campuses worldwide.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/03/myjihad-at-harvard-jewish-students-receive-eviction-notices-from-muslim-supremacists.html

  38. S

    MO and BO don’t care who pays for their fun times, just as long as they get what they want and pretend to rule the world.

  39. Looks like lots of people were paying attention to Paul Ryan…
    —-

    Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

    Quietly and without much notice, the Air Force has reversed its policy of publishing statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan as the debate about drone warfare hits a fever pitch in Washington. In addition, it has erased previously published drone strike statistics from its website.

    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/03/08/air_force_erases_drone_strike_data_amid_criticism

  40. This is pretty cool, Rand is talking about his filibuster and says this:

    At about 6:30 p.m., something extraordinary happened. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has been recovering from a stroke, came to the floor to give me something. I was not allowed to drink anything but water or eat anything but the candy left in our Senate desks. But he brought me an apple and a thermos full of tea — the same sustenance Jimmy Stewart brought to the Senate floor in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” That was a moment I will never forget.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sen-rand-paul-my-filibuster-was-just-the-beginning/2013/03/08/6352d8a8-881b-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394_story.html

  41. “Now Vivienne Westwood thinks Michelle Obama wears dreadful clothes too[….]”

    ***************************
    Oh, this is soooo rich! Westwood–the zany designer–doesn’t like Michelle’s “style.” LOL! She gets it!

  42. Disgraceful how our elite and not so,elite colleges are used by the extreme left to
    De-legitimize Israel. We had a similar incident down here at a campus in Boca Raton…

  43. 60,000 Border and Customs Agents Told to Take Furloughs
    Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 08:04 PM

    By Todd Beamon

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    inShare inShare14 Sixty-thousand federal employees responsible for securing the nation’s borders and facilitating trade will be furloughed for as many as 14 days starting next month because of $85 billion in cross-government spending cuts.

    The federal government notified the workers on Thursday, CNN reports.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the furloughs and other austerity measures would cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and would reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time, CNN reports.

    Urgent: Obama or GOP: Who’s to Blame for Budget Crisis? Vote Now

    David Aguilar, the agency’s deputy commissioner, said it must cut about $754 million by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

    The agency plans to institute furloughs throughout its departments, a hiring freeze — and to reduce or eliminate overtime, compensatory time, travel and training. Other federal agencies are following similar steps because of the spending cuts that took effect on March 1 through sequestration.

    Customs “continues to evaluate further impacts of sequestration” on its operations, an agency spokeswoman, Jenny Burke, said in a statement reported by CNN.

    “Even with these cuts, though, individuals apprehended illegally crossing the southwest border will still be processed as usual,” Burke said.

    The Customs furloughs will begin in mid-April, with reductions in border patrol overtime starting on April 7, Burke said.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday that she expects customs wait times to increase to 150 to 200 percent of normal, CNN said.

    “I don’t mean to scare, I mean to inform,” Napolitano said. “If you’re traveling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There’s only so much we can do with personnel.”

    Meanwhile, the union representing some 24,000 agency employees predicted on Thursday that the cuts would “undercut” national security and bring a loss of revenue.

    Customs collects more money for the federal government than any agency other than the Internal Revenue Service, the National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement.

    “There is no escaping the reality that sequestration is having serious effects on the traveling public and on vital commerce,” the union’s president, Colleen M. Kelley, said in the statement.

    Late last month, Napolitano and other Obama administration officials came under fire — particularly from officials in Arizona — for the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails to save money as the sequester neared.

    Napolitano has since promised to release more illegals, primarily on supervised release, saying the sequester had left her no choice.

    “We’re going to continue to do that for the foreseeable future,” Napolitano said at a March 4 breakfast meeting hosted by Politico. “We are going to manage our way through this by identifying the lowest-risk detainees, and putting them into some kind of alternative to release.”

    Urgent: Obama or GOP: Who’s to Blame for Budget Crisis? Vote Now

    However, internal Homeland Security documents quoted in news reports indicated that 2,000 illegals had already been released by the time of the sequester — and officials planned to let go 3,000 more.

    As many as 11 million illegal immigrants are in the United States, about seven million of whom are working — primarily in low-skill jobs.

    However, roughly 20 million Americans are without jobs, including several million Americans with few job skills, according to news reports.

  44. John McCain, Go To Hell

    By Larry Johnson on March 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM in Current Affairs

    McCain, in a period of 24 hours, has eroded whatever goodwill and benefit of the doubt most Americans felt for the former prisoner of war. I even supported the crank for President back in 2008 and am now quite happy that he got his ass kicked. McCain’s failure to grasp the basic, simple point that Senator Rand Paul was making about he limits of Presidential power and the sanctity of the Bill of Rights.

    McCain’s bizarre attack on Paul reveals not only a cranky old man, but one whose mental facilities are in question.

    Damn you to hell John McCain.

    This is not a simple disagreement over two equally defensible positions. This is an act of madness and pique by McCain. As our dear friend, KenoshaMarge, observed in another thread, this guy just does not get it and continues to dig himself a deeper hole.

    Rand Paul reminded America that US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are worth defending. McCain, an embarrassment to all Americans.

  45. jbstonesfan
    March 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    ————————
    Are you familiar with David Horowitz. He is a former leftist, and big supporter of Israel and America who is fighting these forces in academia for years. I know him and he is the real deal. I brought him into an event in Sun Valley years ago, and he impressed everyone.

  46. admin
    March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm
    ————————-
    correct. It is a fed created bubble. The true market is probably around 1000. One of my closest friends, the Princeton banker would have much to say about this if he was able. He has a brain tumor, too young. There are now 118 types of brain cancer. The old medical axiom when you hear hoof beats look for horses not zebras does not apply to this stuff. For every stock market bubble there is always a crash. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It was Greenspans fault last time. This time it is on Bernake’s head. This business of printing money until the employment situation improves is madness.

  47. …doesn’t matter where you read this…she has got the bug…she is definitely angling for showbiz…and put it on the taxpayer tab…

    HOLLYWOOD, here she comes! After her surprise Oscar cameo, MICHELLE OBAMA is fast-tracking a plan to host a TV talk show and launch an acting career – while she’s still first lady!

    “BUT Barack has warned her her to focus on issues that are more proper for a first lady, such as educa­tion and healthy eating for children. He’s told Michelle that if she accepts any offers for TV or movie gigs while he’s in office, it will blow up his pres­idency.”

    But sources say President Barack Obama doesn’t want his wife “going Hollywood” until after they leave the White House.

    “Michelle has been bitten by the Hollywood bug bad,” said a source

    But sources say the 49-year-old first lady isn’t willing to sit on her hands. “Michelle wants a TV studio in the White House where she can host a celebrity talk show, and she wants to spend more time in Hollywood pursuing movie and TV roles,” said the insider.

    “She’s told Barack, ‘I helped get you re-elected. Now let me do what I want – and I’m not going to wait four years!’”

    Michelle was the sur­prise of the Feb. 24 Oscar telecast when she presented the Academy Award for best picture via a live feed from the White House.

    That followed re­cent spots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fal­lon” and “Rachael Ray,” and a guest-starring role on the Nickelode­on sitcom “iCarly.”

    She’s also done “Late Show with David Letterman” four times and appeared on “Dr. Oz,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Ellen” and the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.”

    While Michelle insists her TV gigs are to promote her “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight child­hood obesity, others disagree.

    “She’s pretty obviously greas­ing the wheels for a show business career,” said another source.

    And she’s come under fire from some critics. “Washing­ton Post” columnist Jennifer Rubin complained that “she is the first lady for goodness sakes. She’s not a Hollywood celebrity.”

    And FOX news commen­tator Bill O’Reilly scoffed that it was all “propaganda to make (the Obamas) look glamorous.”

    BUT ONE TV HOTSHOT believes Mrs. Obama would be a dyna­mite talk-show host.

    “Daytime syndicators are des­perate for a new voice, and she is tailor-made for it,” said former CNN president Jon Klein.

    The source added: “Michelle has made friends with George Clooney and Will Smith, and she’s also a big fan of directors like Steven Spielberg and Kath­ryn Bigelow. That whole world is open to her. It’s just a question of timing, and whether she’ll jump in fully before she leaves the White House.”

  48. Too funny admin…MO the movie star, then and soon to be Queen of the hop, or the next Ofra. Maybe she can fill in on the View. Barry can be the next Pope and Michelle could even take over the O’ channel.

  49. just watched Marie Antoniette by Sophia Coppola on cable…amazing similarities…

    MO and ‘Let’s move’ movement…who needs food or a job…just move…she will even teach you the dance steps

  50. I don’t find this impossible to believe. That’s why I get discouraged when so many people spend their time focusing on the 2016 election as if we are living in normal times. It’s very likely that there won’t be any more elections.

    Obama Poised to Carry Out Hostile Military Takeover of US

    Just one of many quotes:
    “If Obama fears a threat from another nation, he would not be slashing military spending, cutting our nuclear arsenal down to a third of what it was and he wouldn’t have NOAA stockpiling millions of weapons and ammunition. Everything Obama has being doing and putting in place is pointed inside the US, not outside. We are his target, not Iran, Syria, China, North Korea or al-Qaeda.”

    Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/9782/obama-poised-for-hostile-military-takeover-of-us/#ixzz2N0LPr9N5

  51. [Vengeance is mine saith Preezy.]
    Byron York: Obama resists simple fixes for sequestration cuts
    “…We sent out on Feb. 28 a letter to every Cabinet officer asking them what changes they’d like to have — pluses, subtractions and so on — to give them an opportunity to show us at least one program they would like to have cut, which would then save on sequestration,” Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in an interview Tuesday night. “We did not receive a single answer….”
    March 7, 2013 | 8:00 pm
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-obama-resists-simple-fixes-for-sequestration-cuts/article/2523589

  52. In the blink of an eye, the second Obama term has turned the clock back to the pre-9/11 days, when al-Qaeda was a law-enforcement problem, not a national-security challenge.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/342522/while-you-werent-looking-obama-kills-military-commissions-andrew-c-mccarthy

    Congress prohibited the use of government money to ship prisoners to NYC so this lawless bunch of thugs brought him directly to NYC thus providing him civilian protection not given to other guest at Gitmo. What a hateful administration.

  53. A local PBS affiliate. How low it has gone.
    WVIA currently soliciting donations daily during Sesame Street and other kids’ programs. The interruptions have been going on all week at least. Yesterday ‘the lady’ told the kids that too few people are giving and she does not know what is going to happen to their shows if they don’t give.

    The children whose parents have given have their first names and towns announced on the air and it is frequently noted that these kids are “Clubhouse” members, will receive free days/discounts at amusement parks.

  54. S,

    the Obamas are the most petty, classless,vengeful human beings. How nice it will be if MO could erase the legacy of Oprah (whom she despises) by starting Oprah-like. For all her idealistic gobbledegook about community service and not money, she wants money more than anything else. She thinks she has wasted enough time already. 4 years gone by without her making a pretty penny and now another four years? No way. She has to start something while they think she is still glamorous. May be she knows something we don’t that they both may be out of currency by the end of these four years. She is also about poking people in the eyes — if they want her to be a regular FLOTUS, she will want to do the opposite.

  55. States balk at $15B Obama healthcare ‘tax’ By Ben Goad – 03/08/13 11:34 AM ET A newly unveiled component of President Obama’s healthcare law forcing insurers to pay annual fees is sowing angst in state capitols, where officials view the provision as a $15 billion tax that could disrupt Medicaid programs and other services. The health insurance providers fee, included in the healthcare reform law over the objections of congressional Republicans, is designed to raise tens of billions of dollars in the coming years. In Wisconsin alone, the fee would hit the state’s coffers to the tune of $23 million in 2014, and will likely total more than that in subsequent years, said J.P. Wieske, legislative liaison and public information officer for the state’s Commissioner of Insurance….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/administration/287005-states-balk-at-15b-obama-healthcare-tax-on-insurers

  56. The Vali Nasr article I reported the other day (titled “The inside story of how the White House let diplomacy fail in Afghanistan”) can be read in full at:

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/03/04/the_inside_story_of_how_the_white_house_let_diplomacy_fail_in_afghanistan?page=0,0

    It’s part of a book that will be coming out at the end of April.

    I’ve ordered the Kim Ghattas book – The Secretary – A journey with Hillary Clinton from from Beirut to the heart of American power – and will read it during my hospitalization starting March 18. It’s a small book and costs just £7.

  57. uh oh. Who saw this coming?
    Critics hold the line on pro-Obama lobbying group: ‘Shut it down’
    By Kevin Bogardus – 03/09/13 08:17 AM ET
    Organizing for Action has given up corporate cash, but watchdog groups won’t be satisfied until it’s shut down for good.
    Organizing for Action has given up corporate cash, but watchdog groups won’t be satisfied until the pro-Obama nonprofit is shut down for good.
    The lobbying group, which was built from the remnants of President Obama’s reelection machine, has come under intense pressure from good-government advocates who say it’s ripe for corruption.
    “We continue to call on President Obama to shut it down,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. “President Obama should have never gotten into this in the first place, but it’s not too late for him to correct this by having this entity shut down promptly.”
    When Organizing for Action (OFA) was formed, the group reportedly planned to accept money from corporations.
    But Jim Messina, the chairman of OFA and manager of Obama’s reelection bid, reversed course on Thursday and said the group would not accept money from corporations, foreign donors or registered lobbyists. He also promised that the group would disclose every contribution of $250 or more on a quarterly basis….
    http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/287111-critics-hold-the-line-in-opposition-to-obama-group-shut-it-down

  58. “We continue to call on President Obama to shut it down,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. “President Obama should have never gotten into this in the first place, but it’s not too late for him to correct this by having this entity shut down promptly.”

    Good for him. His wife is the Linda Wertheimer at NPR. So may be enough principled Democrats raise their voices, Obama shenanigans like OFA will not come to pass.

  59. S, pm317
    ————–
    You paint a credible picture of MO’s ambitions. Of course Oprah did not fare too well after pimping all she’s got around for Barack. So I hope it will be interesting watching MO watch out for herself while pretending to remain attached to hubby.

  60. Ad pm – thanks for providing the Wertheimer connection to NPR. Would be nice if once credible sources returned to their original purposes.

  61. Here is a video worth watching, Niall Ferguson on rule of law becoming rule of lawyers (and working for the government) and hurting.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/11/26/niall_ferguson_rule_of_law_hurting_the_west.html

    My concern is that Obama has the Democrats exactly where he wants them to be — deaf, dumb, blind (including Hillary supporters who might go mute so as not to offend other Dems because of 2016). This is going to be one hell of a 4 years.

  62. Admin: as you have said, we live in the age of fake, while insiders steal us blind. I am reminded of this every day when I listen to big media’s political correctness, and shading of the truth, and to government statistics on unemployment, which are every bit as accurate as casualty statistics were during the Viet Nam war.

  63. Jesw

    …and will read it during my hospitalization starting March 18.

    —–I hope it’s nothing too serious.
    Wishing you the best.

  64. Why President Obama is losing the drone war By Josh Gerstein
    …The [Holder] letter quieted the drone flap and allowed the confirmation vote on John Brennan to be CIA director. But it didn’t resolve several key questions — how broadly “engaged in combat” can be defined, for one — and didn’t come close to addressing the legal and policy issues swirling around the Obama administration’s drone campaign overseas.
    What the administration’s recent responses did make clear: Despite questions lingering for years about the increased use of drones, the flurry of attention to the issue this week caught the Obama White House by surprise. The White House appears to have misjudged the downside of its stances on transparency and how it could bend existing legal principles to justify the program — complicated by political miscalculations, fumbles by the attorney general and growing concern among some segments of the public.
    “This has been slowly building, and when something is slowly building like this it’s hard to tell whether what has stayed a slow burn and a simmer will never move past that — and when it will suddenly burst into public view,” said Matt Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman.
    “I would say they’re somewhat like stunned bunnies at this point,” said Kenneth Anderson, a law professor at American University and a Hoover Institution fellow.
    One factor in the administration’s ham-handed response may be a lack of political warning for a president accustomed to being bashed by the GOP for being too weak and diffident in his counterterrorism policy, but not used to attacks from the right for wielding military power recklessly…. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/obamas-drone-muddle-88614.html?hp=l10

  65. Jeswezey, good luck and best wishes and it is probably wise not to try this Hillary secret now:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/hot-chilis-and-adrenaline-kept-hillary-clinton-on-the-go-88585.html?hp=r8

    Hillary Clinton’s rigorous travel schedule has become the stuff of State Department legend: During her time as secretary of state, Clinton logged nearly a million miles traveling around the world.

    The BBC’s Kim Ghattas followed Clinton for 300,000 of those miles and has a book out this week about the experience: “The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power.”

    “I’m about half her age, and I could barely keep up,” Ghattas told POLITICO in a sit-down interview. “The daily regimen was exhausting. I mean, sometimes we started in one country, and at the end of the day, we’d be four countries down the line, six time zones difference, six taco salads down the road.”

    Sadly, Ghattas didn’t get frequent-flier miles out of the experience because the travel was on a government plane.

    The secret to Clinton’s stamina, according to Ghattas? Hot peppers.

    She eats those hot chilis that make you sweat, and apparently, it’s one of the ways you can flush your system,” Ghattas said. “It wakes you up. It flushes your system, maybe from whatever viruses are there.”

    Add to that a good old-fashioned case of adrenaline, and you’ve got the secret to Clinton’s success.

    “I think it was the desire to do the job well. It’s what’s driven her for all these years. I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that she works hard, does the homework.”

  66. http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/higher-minimum-wage-costco-walmart/?ncid=webmail17

    I have always admired most of Costco’s action, but not all. However, I find it interesting that they should be criticized for supporting minimum wage, when in fact even if it does get raised, they still are paying their employees more. I don’t think they were promised anything in the past to do this, and if they can make something out of doing the right thing for years, GOOD FOR THEM! However, this writer makes it appear as though Costco is acting in a selfish manner.

    They should look at the executives for Walmart of which the top four are Billionaires, and who’s employees make below the poverty level.

  67. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ASSASINATED

    http://trueliberalnexus.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/you-have-the-right-to-be-assassinated/

    This is a public service announcement:

    You have the right to be assassinated.

    In response to an inquiry by Senator Rand Paul, mafia lawyer Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that American citizens have a Constitutional right to be assassinated on U.S. soil by the President whenever he wishes. This right had formerly been extended only to U.S. citizens on foreign soil, like Anwar al-Awlaki, who was guilty of being suspected of aiding terrorists, or al-Awlaki’s 16 year-old son, Abdul, who was guilty of being al-Awlaki’s 16 year-old son.

    Paul had asked drone-murder aficionado John Brennan whether “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.” Brennan, noting that the CIA only assassinates abroad, passed the question to the Justice Department. In a letter, Holder reassured Paul that the right to death by presidential decree does exist:

    “It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”

    As examples of such “extraordinary circumstances” Holder mentioned 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. Silly FDR shipped Japanese-Americans to internment camps, when under the Constitution, he could have just killed them! But there’s no need to worry that this power would ever be misused. Holder promises that “were such an emergency to arise, I would examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the president of the scope of his authority.” We’re in good hands.

    In a recent white paper, Holder detailed the constitutional process under which you will be assassinated: when “[an] informed, high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States.” This is entirely in keeping with Amendment VI, which states:

    “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury …; and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

    Because Amendment V stipulates that “[n]o person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”, some foolishly “have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen.” Holder cleared up this common misunderstanding in a speech last year. “‘Due process’ and ‘judicial process’ are not one and the same” — a definition Holder made up himself, cutting through red tape to expedite the airmail delivery of your Constitutional Rights package.

    Despite whining from ignorant people that “a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury” is required before a person can “be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime,” it’s perfectly OK for the president to play judge, jury and executioner. That’s because: 1) Congress is “regularly informed” whenever “lethal force is used against United States citizens”; 2) We’re at war, pal, and the president can off anybody he likes in a war. But rest assured, for only The Godfather President obama can make the final decision whether you will be assassinated. It’s obama who keeps the Secret Kill List, obama’s finger that points to the face of the one to die next. We’re in good hands.

    So, if you ever hear a strange buzzing overhead, or get a rude knock on the door in the middle of the night, it means your Constitutional Rights are about to be exercised.

    (c) 2013 by True Liberal Nexus. All Rights Reserved.

  68. Democrat1, it is only the addition of one word. “You have the right to remain silent” is now “you have the right to remain permanently silent.” 🙂

  69. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/03/09/dr-carson-media-bullies-suppress-freedom-speech-beat-anyone-who-doesn

    Dr. Benjamin Carson made some more controversial statements Saturday.

    Appearing on Fox News’s America’s News Headquarters, Carson said, “The bullies are the people, especially the media who like to just beat on anybody who doesn’t toe the line…they suppress freedom of speech” (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

    see video

    UMA PEMMARAJU, HOST: Why do you think your message is resonating with so many people?

    DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: Because I think there are a lot of people who have been bludgeoned into silence who really feel very strongly about the values of this country, and they don’t think that there is anything they can do now. And finally when somebody speaks up about it, they resonate with that. You know, I’ve gotten so many letters from people who said they had given up, and now they were invigorated again. Every place I go, people come up to me and tell me that. And, you know, it makes me understand that there is a large number of frustrated people out there. They just don’t feel like they’re being represented.

    PEMMARAJU: Well, you take aim at political correctness in this country, and you have said somebody has to stand up, quote, to the bullies. Who are the bullies that you’re referring to?

    CARSON: The bullies are the people, especially the media who like to just beat on anybody who doesn’t toe the line, who doesn’t say what they’re supposed to say, and act the way they’re supposed to act. And they suppress freedom of speech and freedom of expression and people have succumbed to that.

    And what I’m telling people to do is don’t succumb to it. You know, talk about what you think is right. You need to talk to even the people who represent you, because a lot of those people don’t really know what you feel if you don’t really speak up and tell them. And they, instead, begin to listen to the special interest groups and the people who are paying them lots of money. And really that’s not the way that the system was set up.

  70. wbboei
    March 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    admin
    March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm
    ————————-
    correct. It is a fed created bubble. The true market is probably around 1000.
    ———
    Correction: 10,000. I am getting as bad as the Congressional Budget Office costing Obamacare. Off by a only a factor of 10. Not bad for government work, but totally unacceptable in the private sector.

  71. …”The tide really turned last night. I think this proved to Senate conservatives that they do have more power than they realized and that the American people are behind them when they use it. It also sent a message to Harry Reid and the liberal leadership there that the American people are NOT with them or President Obama and the Tea Party is NOT dead….” http://palin4america.com/2013/03/tea-party-rising-thursday/

  72. The dims and rinos and big media are determined to preserve–and expand–the IMPERIAL power and privileged status of the beltway elites. For that, they promote the age of fake. But more people are waking up. Obama is simply their mascot.

  73. Political Maturity? That’s what this RINO Boehner henchman calls it. But please, let us dispense with these euphemisms and call it what it is: selling out your constituents. You see Tom. Doesn’t it feel better to tell the truth for a change?
    ——————————–

    Tom Cole: The New John McCain of the House

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | March 8th, 2013 at 09:14 AM | 57

    RESIZE: AAA

    Dear residents of southwest Oklahoma,

    There is only one liberal left in your district (OK-4- PVI=R+18), and he happens to be your representative in Congress. His name is Tom Cole. Maybe you should elect someone next year who will represent the heartland and challenge the status quo instead of serving as a conduit for the left to attack conservatives.

    Tom Cole, like most of the appropriators in Congress has always been a big spending pale-pastel politician who never saw an opportunity to grow government that didn’t strike his fancy. However, he usually kept those sentiments to himself, suffice to merely use his vote to grow government. Now, as Roll Call reports, Cole is on a mission to spread his big government views to the rest of the conference:

    Rep. Tom Cole has firmly staked out a position as a foil to conservative hard-liners in the GOP conference, using the media’s megaphone to push back against Republicans who want to hold a firmer line in spending battles with President Barack Obama.

    In recent weeks, he’s compared the GOP’s right flank to the drunk uncle of a dysfunctional family, suggested Republican critics of the Violence Against Women Act were racist, and singed the tactics of Speaker John A. Boehner’s detractors as “amateur night at the Bijou.”

    In the interview, he said he was on a mission to fight “political immaturity” within the ranks of the right. His candor is quite illuminating. I couldn’t have coined a better term myself. It is this very “political maturity” that is destroying our Republic.

    In recent years, well over half the Republicans elected to Congress have entered with a fresh “immature” perspective that the answers to our policy problems are not found in Washington. They intuitively understand that many problems need to be solved on a state level, others need to be dealt with in the private sector, and still others aren’t problems at all. Yet, after several years (or even a few months), most members rapidly mature and begin advocating Democrat-lite policies. Tom Cole is one of those members who never needed time to mature. He fit right into the cesspool from day one.

    It is this very form of political maturity that has engendered our cradle to grave government-run-all society, higher cost of living, lower incomes, and fewer jobs. All we have to show for it is $16.7 trillion in debt and over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

    As residents of conservative southwest Oklahoma, I’m sure you can find someone who is not schooled in the political maturity of Washington to replace this paragon of statesmanship.

  74. Rand Paul Draws Blood and Scares the Shit Out of the Neocons

    By Larry Johnson on March 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM in Current Affairs

    The warmongering chicken hawks that led us into an unnecessary war in Iraq are nervous as a long tailed cat in a room of rocking chairs filled with five year old boys. Their tails are getting squashed and Rand Paul is doing the damage.

    My proof? Consider the following.

    The Washington Post editorial board, which was a neocon bastion screeched the following:

    AFTER SEN. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held the Senate hostage Wednesday in order to warn that American citizens could be targeted by drone strikes on U.S. soil, he was rightly taken to task for gross and irresponsible mischaracterizations of the Obama administration’s policy. We’ve got another complaint: Mr. Paul and his followers are distracting attention from the real issues raised by the administration’s secret warfare.

    Want more proof?

    Here is neocon John Podhoretz trying his best to adopt the tone of a disappointed friend in waving the red flag about the dangers of Rand Paul:

    And yet, while Paul’s brilliant advocacy and command of the public stage were remarkable, in the end it is his opinions that matter. And they are highly problematic at best and genuinely worrisome at worst.

    He began on a very narrow point — whether a president could order military drone strikes on unarmed US citizens who are not enemy combatants on American soil. The answer is obviously no — though for some reason Attorney General Eric Holder found it difficult to say those words in a hearing on Wednesday. (He finally said them categorically in a one-sentence letter yesterday.)

    But as Paul continued to speak, he broadened his message. It wasn’t just the drone strike against al Qaeda leader Anwar al Awlaki, killed in Yemen even though he was born in the United States — or the drone strike a few weeks later that killed Awlaki’s 16 year-old son.

    In point of fact, Awlaki’s membership in an enemy organization as an unconventional soldier stripped him of any and all due-process rights as it did, say, confederate soldiers fighting against the union in the Civil War. And we don’t know the circumstances under which his son perished.

    But the real problem, as Paul made clear, isn’t the use of drones against US citizens on American soil; it is American foreign policy itself, under both this president and his predecessor.

    His indictment was radical, sweeping, total, unconditional — and wildly overdrawn. Just to take one example, he said we are living in a state of perpetual and endless war, and used Iraq as an example — Iraq, from which we pulled out entirely in 2011. To listen to Paul, you’d think America was already a police state, and the planet its evil playground.

    The fact that Podhoretz could claim Paul’s totally accurate statement, “we are living in a state of perpetual and endless war,” as “wildly overdrawn,” underscores the fright that Paul sparks in the soul of these crazed warmongers. They hinge their crazy statements on the hope that Americans have Alzheimer’s disease when it comes to remembering the propaganda they showered on America–e.g., Bin Laden was in league with Saddam Hussein, Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ready to be unleashed on America, etc. So we went to war, got more than 4000 good American sons and daughters killed, and for what?

    We turned Iraq over to Shia that had been funded and protected by Iran. Iraq has become a de facto puppet of Iran. And what do the neocons want? War with Iran.

    We hear the same silly bullshit about Iran–e.g., Al Qaeda is in league with Iran, Iran is on the verge of getting nuclear weapons and we must stop them at all costs.

    Rand Paul, so far, has not been willing to subscribe to this nonsense. The fact that his filibuster last Wednesday resonated so widely and deeply throughout America has now unleashed a coordinated pushback from those politicians and pundits who are keen on a perpetual war and who are more than willing to sacrifice your loved ones to achieve their pathetic, delusional fantasy.

  75. http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/10/open-thread-sunday-morning-talking-heads-64/

    Tired of watching Jeb Bush maneuver on immigration and hedge on 2016? Then turn off your TV. Not only is he set to appear on all five major shows today (the rare “full Ginsburg”), he’ll be on Univision’s “Al Punto” too — the first time in modern political history that someone’s done six separate appearances in a single Sunday morning. When did we as a society reach the point where Jeb talking about his new book is worthy of saturation coverage on the order of a national emergency?

    Meanwhile, not only is Rand Paul not scheduled, the rest of the guests penciled in across the dial this morning seem to be on tap to talk budgets and the sequester, not drones or counterterrorism. You’d think the Paul/McCain dust-up yesterday would warrant one or two navel-gazing segments about libertarianism, interventionism, and the “fight for the soul of the GOP” or whatever.

  76. read these facts about Barack Hussein Obama and wise up before you become a real victim. Hey Barack:
    It is you that wears a ring inscribed there is no other God but Allah. It was you who told an Islamic dinner – “I am one of you.”
    It was you who on ABC News referenced – “My Muslim faith.”
    It was you who gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.
    It was you who wrote that
    In the event of a conflict -”I will stand with the Muslims.”
    It was you who assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that – “I am a Muslim.”
    It was you who bowed in submission before the Saudi king.
    It was you who sat for 20yrs in a Liberation Theology Church condemning Christianity and professing Marxism.
    It was you who exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.
    It was you who purposefully omitted – “endowed by our Creator” – from your recitation of The Declaration of Independence.
    It was you who mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount while repeatedly referring to the HOLY Quran.
    It was you who traveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States of America.
    It was you who instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center.
    It was you who refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the WH.
    It was you who ordered both Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested that the mosques you have visited adjust their decor.
    It was you who appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.
    It was you who appointed rabid Islamists to Homeland Security.
    It was you who said that NASA’s “foremost mission” was an outreach to Muslim communities.
    It was you who as an Illinois Senator were the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.
    It was you who were the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the WH, and went so far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the WH tree.
    It was you who curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.
    It was you who refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.
    It is you who has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.
    It was you who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.
    It was you who funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.
    It was you who ordered the USPS to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.
    It was you who directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community.
    It was you who embraced the fanatical Muslim Brotherhood in your quest to overthrow the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak.
    It was you who funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.
    It is you who follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadam.
    It is you who NOW departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal WH religious events.
    It was you who was un-characteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, formerly America’s strongest ally in North Africa; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.
    Do we really need to go on?
    Barack, you may be a lot of things; but, for certainty, you are no Christian. Obama, who refers to himself as: “A man of Africa”, is precisely the type of ‘divided loyalties” individual that our Founders attempted to prohibit from ascendancy to the presidency when they constructed our Constitution

  77. Sarah Jessica Parker fan of Hillary Clinton

    Los Angeles: ‘The Sex and the City’ actress Sarah Jessica Parker says she is a fan of former US secretary of state because she is cultured and very curious.

    “I`m a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. Her curiosity is so compelling to me, her desire to listen and learn and travel,” showbizspy.com quoted Jessica Parker as saying.

    The 47-year-old also wants Hillary, 65, to run for President elections.

    “Personally, and I mean this with all sincerity, I will be very, very sad if she doesn`t choose to run. I think she has so much to offer and is equipped to do it well, to be thoughtful, reasonable, strong, authoritative, empathetic.

    “The conventionally female parts of her can partner well with the parts of her that are considered not as female to make a great leader,” she added

  78. foxyladi: Very enlightening video. It reminds me of my run-in with the police of Hollywood FL in 2003, far from any foreign borders – even Cuba. He is repeatedly asked if he is a US citizen, or what country he is a citizen of, and rightfully responds that he does not have to answer the question. Just like me with the Hollywood police, except Hollywood police are not border patrol.

    When the woman insists (about 2:40 into the video) that “you need to answer my question”, the man could very well have ended the conversation by “taking the 5th” – the fifth amendment, the right to remain silent.

    Finally, at 4:30 into the video, he “pleads the fifth” and then “chooses not to answer any more questions without a lawyer present.”

    You seem to be “interested” or perhaps surprised by the video.

    In fact, people who know their rights don’t have to cooperate with or answer any questions from anyone, with or without a badge, and could actually get the “lawman” into trouble for overstepping his authority – for example, detailing de facto the driver for hours without reason. At 5:15 in, “Lazala” says “we can play your little game all day” but in fact he can’t – the driver could sue the border patrol for damages in that case.

    9:50: “There is no reason why a normal person shouldn’t allow us to run checks on their identification to see if they have a criminal history.” Bullshit 101. Bullshit 102: “As far as you impeding us from doing our job, that’s a big difference right there.”

    Later in the video (13:00 onward) you have a lot of references to the fourth amendment, guarding against unreasonable searches and seizures. The driver is on shakier grounds here.

    The video maker gets almost snarky at about 14:20 when he asks the “lawman” if he’s a US citizen and if he has any ID to prove it! In fact, that is something anyone can ask a man of the law in the US, but the lawman cannot ask it of a private citizen.

  79. Shadowfax (March 9, 12:24 pm); holdthemaccountable (12:29 pm); admin (12:57 pm); foxyladi14 (1:12 pm); NewMexicoFan (1:25 pm); trixta (1:33 pm); wbboei (3:01); democrat1 (6:29 pm) –

    Thank you all for your best wishes, but I’m sure everything will be OK. Another thing for sure, though, is…

    “…it is probably wise not to try this Hillary secret now:

    … Hot peppers. [Hillary] eats those hot chilis that make you sweat, and… you can flush your system.”

    Spicy food is indeed off my diet until the (intestinal) operation and – funny strange – fruits and vegetables are off too! So hot peppers have a skull and crossbones next to them, as do harissa and wasabi, my favorite spices.

  80. I love Hillary 4ever, but could not in good faith vote for her if she runs on the current DNC platform. Also, the hatred towards Israel by the left must be called out if she is to regain my support.

  81. Like Admin said FIGHT.
    When Republicans show up and fight, as Cruz and Paul have done, Holder makes mistakes, and the administration retreats in the face of an aggressive opposition. That’s the lesson of the Paul filibuster 🙂

  82. Huh?!!!! Sarah Jessica Parker’s comment sounds like a back-handed compliment. As far as I’m concerned SJP is an unmitigated BOT. She needs to STFU when it comes to Hillary.

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

    Sarah Jessica Parker: “The conventionally female parts of her (HRC) can partner well with the parts of her that are considered not as female to make a great leader,” she added.

  83. foxyladi14
    March 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

    No Bible at swearing in???? 👿
    _____________________________

    For Brennan’s swearing in they used a draft copy of the Constitution – without the Bill of Rights!

    Brennan takes oath on draft Constitution—without Bill of Rights
    By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – Fri, Mar 8, 2013

    Oh, dear. This is probably not the symbolism the White House wanted.

    Hours after CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office—behind closed doors, far away from the press, perhaps befitting his status as America’s top spy—the White House took pains to emphasize the symbolism of the ceremony.

    “There’s one piece of this that I wanted to note for you,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at their daily briefing. “Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.”

    Earnest said Brennan had asked for a document from the National Archives that would demonstrate the U.S. is a nation of laws.

    “Director Brennan told the president that he made the request to the archives because he wanted to reaffirm his commitment to the rule of law as he took the oath of office as director of the CIA,” Earnest said.

    The Constitution itself went into effect in 1789. But troublemaking blogger Marcy Wheeler points out that what was missing from the Constitution in 1787 is also quite symbolic: The Bill of Rights, which did not officially go into effect until December 1791 after ratification by states. (Caution: Marcy’s post has some strong language.)

    That means: No freedom of speech and of the press, no right to bear arms, no Fourth Amendment ban on “unreasonable searches and seizures,” and no right to a jury trial.

    How … symbolic?
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/brennan-takes-oath-constitution-without-bill-rights-205110620.html

  84. trixta March 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    “… As far as I’m concerned SJP is an unmitigated BOT. She needs to STFU when it comes to Hillary.”

    Well, the opinions of movie stars are of no greater importance to me than those of Joe and Jane Schmoe’s; and their opinions are not all the same, which just goes to show that no matter what their life experiences are they still have minds of their own, for which I respect them nonetheless.

    Parker may have been a big Obama supporter as was Nathalie Portman, for example, but there’s no sense holding that against them going forward, imo. These people have influence and if they use it to better ends in the future, I’m with them.

    I admit that the last sentence in my quote is bewildering, though.

  85. The only LEGAL definition of “Natural Born Citizen” was given
    in the Naturalization Act of 1790. It
    states; ….”And 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://bit.ly/14MDgmD

  86. Trump puts his money where his mouth is and makes Barry look like fraud he really is:

    —-

    Donald Trump said Monday that he’d be willing to foot the bill for the White House tours that President Barack Obama’s administration nixed because of sequestration budget cuts.

    Last week, Newt Gingrich recommended that Trump fund the tours, tweeting:

    Donald trump should offer to pay for the white house tours. He can afford it and it would show who cares more for American students
    — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 8, 2013

    “I think it’s so nice of Newt to suggest that, I don’t know anything about it… . I like Newt a lot,” Trump said Monday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends. “I didn’t hear this, but it sounds reasonable to me. Why not?”

    Trump said that he thinks the tours were canceled to prove a political point.

    “I guess it’s political. They want to hurt the people … If you look at what’s going on, I guess they’re trying to make a political point. It’s just really ridiculous. I don’t think it’s a big deal, frankly. But it does make us look awfully bad and awfully pathetic,” Trump said.

    Last week, Obama administration officials announced that they were canceling White House tours to deal with sequestration, the $1.2 trillion automatic cuts in federal spending over a decade that took effect March 1.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/trump-willing-to-fund-white-house-tours-88682.html?hp=l7

  87. Jury convicts former Detroit mayor Kilpatrick on corruption charges
    Published March 11, 2013 Associated Press
    DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday of corruption charges, ensuring a return to prison for a man once among the nation’s youngest big-city leaders.
    Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including a racketeering conspiracy charge. He was portrayed during a five-month trial as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008.
    Prosecutors said Kilpatrick ran a “private profit machine” out of Detroit’s City Hall. The government presented evidence to show he got a share of the spoils after ensuring that Bobby Ferguson’s excavating company was awarded millions in work from the water department.
    Business owners said they were forced to hire Ferguson as a subcontractor or risk losing city contracts. Separately, fundraiser Emma Bell said she gave Kilpatrick more than $200,000 as his personal cut of political donations, pulling cash from her bra during private meetings. A high-ranking aide, Derrick Miller, told jurors that he often was the middle man, passing bribes from others.
    Internal Revenue Service agents said Kilpatrick spent $840,000 beyond his mayoral salary….
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/11/jury-convicts-former-detroit-mayor-kilpatrick-on-corruption-charges/?test=latestnews

  88. Victor Davis Hanson at PJ Media:
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    It is not easy to ruin the American economy; doing nothing usually means it repairs itself and soon is healthier than before a recession.

    But don’t despair: there are plenty of ways to slow down even an inherently strong economy. History offers plenty of examples. But as more contemporary models, take your pick of successfully ruined economies — the Venezuelan, the Cuban, the North Korean, the Greek, the Italian, the Portuguese, or pretty much any from Mediterranean Africa to the Cape of Good Hope. There are certain commonalities about why and how they fail. Let’s review some of them.

    Government

    The state can never be too big. Ensure that it is unaccountable and intrusive, in constant need of more money and more targets to regulate. The more government, the more people are shielded from the capital-creating, free-market system. Think the DMV or TSA, not Apple. The point is for an employee to spend each labor hour with less oversight, while regulating or hampering profit-making, rather than competing with like kind to create material wealth. Regulatory bodies are a two-fer: the more federal, union employees, the more regulations to hamper the private sector. The more federal mandates, like new health-care requirements and financial reporting, the less employers profit and the fewer employees they can hire. Washington should be a growth city, absolutely immune from the downturn elsewhere, a sort of huge and growing octopus head with decaying tentacles. State jobs should be redefined as something partisan — whose expansion is noble and helps the helpless, and whose contraction is evil and the design of a bitter and aging white private-sector class.

    On the other end of the equation, ensuring 50 million on food stamps, putting over 80,000 a month on Social Security disability insurance, and extending unemployment insurance to tens of millions all remind the jobless that life is not too bad (thanks to the government), and certainly a lot better than working at a “low-paid” job that equates to giving up federal support. To paraphrase Paul Krugman, the more and the longer the jobless receive, the less likely they are to take chances looking for a job. That too might be again a good thing if you wish to slow down the economy. In general, even Arnold Toynbee, a man of the Left, acknowledged that the greedy drive of the scrambling private sector was not as pernicious to civilizations as the collective ennui produced by vast cadres of lethargic and unaccountable public “servants” doing supposedly noble work.

    The Law

    To ensure capriciousness and unpredictability for both suspect employers and investors, make the law malleable, even unpredictable from day to day, in the style of an Argentina or Venezuela. Redefine the law as what is deemed socially useful. For federally subsidized bankrupt auto companies, creditors should be paid back on the basis not of contractual law, but of nobility — why borrow to give a rich man a return on his superfluous investment, when a retired auto worker might have to pay a higher health care premium? Boeing wants to open a non-union plant in South Carolina? Have the NLRB try to stop it (and illegally staff the NLRB with recess appointments). Illegal aliens? They are neither illegal nor aliens, as federal immigration law is itself a capricious construct. Does the Senate really have to present a budget? Do presidents need to meet budget deadlines? Who said there is a Defense of Marriage Act?

    What law says that gays cannot serve overtly in the military or women cannot fight at the front — some reactionary construct? The point is to restore a simulacrum of popular sovereignty: the law is what 51% of the people are perceived by technocrats to want on any given day. I would hammer away at legal fictions like the very idea of borrowing and paying back loans and debts. Soon the popular culture would respond in kind, and run ads constantly on radio, TV, and the Internet in a way rare just a generation ago: how to renegotiate IRS debt, how to renegotiate mortgages, how to renegotiate credit card debt, and how to renegotiate student loan debt.

    The man who owes $50,000 has been taken advantage of; the man who is owed $50,000 already has enough without being paid back. The aim is to create a general climate where when one borrows, one does not necessarily have to the pay back the full sum for a variety of legitimate considerations. The more bubbles — housing, student loan, credit card — the more avenues for government intervention and relief. Do all that and perhaps lending itself might slow down, again not a bad thing for our purposes. The debtor, not the lender, is the true American success, as our collective debt underscores.

  89. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323826704578354543929974394.html

    A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.

    The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided Monday.

    The regulations are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” the judge wrote. “The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole….the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule.” [snip]

    The city rules, set to take effect on March 12, didn’t include convenience stores, such as 7-Elevens, and supermarkets, both of which are regulated by the state government.

    In his ruling, Judge Tingling found the Board of Health’s mission is to protect New Yorkers by providing regulations that prevent and protect against diseases. Those powers, he argued, don’t include the authority to “limit or ban a legal item under the guise of ‘controlling chronic disease.’ “

    The board may supervise and regulate the city’s food supply when it affects public health, but the City Charter clearly outlines when such steps may be taken: According to Judge Tingling, the city must face imminent danger due to disease.

    “That has not been demonstrated,” he wrote.

    Judge Tingling also suggested that Mr. Bloomberg overstepped his powers by bringing the sugary drink rules before the Board of Health, which is solely appointed by him. The City Council, he wrote, is the legislative body “and it alone has the authority to legislate as the board seeks to do here.”
    [snip]

    Limiting the size of sugary drinks, however, wasn’t proving as popular with voters. “He always tells us what to do. It’s not just about soda,” said Dante Nero, who was drinking a large cola while having lunch with a friend Monday at Dallas BBQ in the East Village of Manhattan.

    “It ridiculous to put this kind of money and legislation into something that people are going to find a way to bypass,” said Mr. Nero, 46 years old, of Brooklyn.

  90. Republicans Must Hammer Limited Government
    Peter Morici

    Rand Paul’s filibuster last week to smoke out the Obama administration’s position about using drones on U.S. soil was a principled act. — He was defending Americans’ right to due process of law in face of the sovereign monopoly on the use of force. Yet, the episode demonstrated why Republicans face difficulties establishing their party as a defender of personal liberty and wining national elections.

    The Obama administration could offer no justification, other than expediency, for why Americans on U.S. soil, who may be illegally conspiring with terrorists but posing no eminent threat, should not be arrested and tried in a court of law instead of being killed by executive order through a robotic device.

    Yet, Republican Senators McCain and Lindsey Graham, without offering any better reason,chided Senator Paul and denied Republicans the opportunity to establish the GOP as the assured defender of every American’s right to security of person and protection from arbitrary government violence—something President Obama and Attorney Holder seem hesitant to embrace or understand.

    To win elections, Republicans must embrace limited government, beyond how much the government taxes and spends, to situations they find discomforting.

    On immigration, contraception, gay rights and other social issues, President Obama’s positions are also premised on expediency—maintaining a Democratic coalition of minorities, women and gays—with little respect for the rule of law or constitutionally guaranteed liberties. Yet, over and over again, Republicans come up short and fragmented in their responses.

    Some plan must be devised to deal with the 11 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. Deporting all or most of them would cripple the U.S. economy after countenancing their presence and practical contributions to our society for so many years. And failing to offer some pathway to legitimacy and forcing them permanently into the shadows and denying them legal protections violates the basic human rights the United States has espoused and defended at home and abroad for generations.

    Senator Marco Rubio and other Republicans are correct to condition enactment of such a naturalization process to finally securing U.S. borders. President Obama’s opposition to guaranteed border security in exchange for a pathway to citizenship is nothing less than political expediency in his quest for Hispanic votes—this at the expense of restoring rule of law to U.S. immigration policy, protecting American workers from unfair competition from illegal immigrants working in exploitive conditions, and ensuring the problem of millions of illegal immigrants does not reemerge 10 or 20 years from now.

    When conservative Republicans oppose any naturalization process, because desperate people illegally snuck across the border while most Americans looked the other way and profited from their presence, or merely embrace naturalization out of political necessity, they permit liberal pundits to tag the GOP as the “White Guys Club.”

    The ObamaCare requirement that church-related organizations offer employees health insurance and provide contraceptive drugs and devices—even though those are widely and inexpensively available—is not about a woman’s right to choose. Rather, it is about the federal government negating religious freedom by forcing one person to pay for another person’s birth control choices.

    Yet, the opposition of many Republicans to any government support for contraception, even for poor women, is an equal affront to religious personal choices, and permits liberals in the media to characterize their posture as a “Republican War on Women.”

    On gay rights, Republicans should simply heed former New York Mayor Giuliani’s admonition to stay out of people’s bedrooms. Moderate voters—who determine the outcome of elections—have quite widely varying views about homosexuality, but generally they believe that the government has no right to interfere with personal sexual choices that do not impact on others.

    To win elections, Republicans must embrace limited government, beyond how much the government taxes and spends, to situations they find discomforting—the choices most Americans have already made about the rights of illegal immigrants, poor women, gays, and whoever else may violate their private sensibilities.

    Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and widely published columnist. Follow him on Twitter @PMorici1.

  91. KNIGHT: Last chance to repair Mr. Roberts’ Obamacare error
    Liberty U. challenges on religious liberty grounds 11 March 2013
    In 1919, back when the United States was a constitutional republic, Congress passed a child-labor law imposing a 10 percent excise tax on companies that violated it.
    A North Carolina furniture maker challenged the law and won. In 1922, the Supreme Court ruled in Bailey v. Drexel Furniture that although child-labor laws have a noble purpose, the means — Congress using taxing power as a penalty — was unconstitutional.
    This was before Franklin Roosevelt’s court-packing threat in 1937 ended the Supreme Court’s resistance to grandiose expansions of federal power. The child-labor issue, by the way, was resolved when states enacted laws prohibiting exploitation.
    The Drexel decision resurfaced as precedent last year at the Supreme Court in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. That’s where the Roberts court upheld the individual mandate to buy health insurance as an indirect “tax,” and thus upheld Obamacare as constitutional.
    The court ruled that Congress can’t make people buy a product, but that it can tax people who choose not to buy it. Yes, it’s as wacky as the 1942 Wickard v. Filburn ruling, in which a farmer was fined under interstate commerce regulations for raising grain for his own cows. And you wonder how the federal government got so big?
    In the Obamacare case, the majority justified the “tax” ploy by saying that the individual mandate didn’t rise to the level of a “punitive penalty” as rejected in Drexel.
    The Roberts court also ruled that the employer mandate to provide employee health insurance could not be justified under the Taxing and Spending Clause that the court used to justify the individual mandate because it involves a severe penalty like the one that Drexel struck down.
    This brings us to a glimmer of hope that the court will right the massive wrong of finding Obamacare constitutional. They can do this by ruling for Liberty University, which has sued to overturn the employer mandate on religious freedom grounds. The independent Christian college has several reasons for challenging the employer mandate, but it boils down to the fact that the penalty is so severe that it would bankrupt the college…. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/11/last-chance-to-repair-mr-roberts-obamacare-error/#.UT42ow8T83Y.twitter

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    admin I hope that bothers Mikey like it has bothered me up until this point.

  92. “I admit that the last sentence in my quote is bewildering, though.”

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    I understand and appreciate your sentiments, Jeswezey, and I have nothing against SJParker as an actor. I agree, entertainers have a right to their opinions (they are U.S. citizens, after all), but I have a problem with anyone who is committed to Party ideology rather than to the best person for the job. And SJParker has shown that she is committed to O’Party ideology. I guess I still haven’t gotten over 2008, so for her — or any other BOT — to now fawn over Hillary not only turns my stomach, but is insulting. Anyway, I’m not so sure the Left will support Hillary in 2016, should she decide to run. I fear she will be attacked all over again. I, too, would like to move forward — someday. In fact, “Going forward” for me would be to rid the Dem Party of all its O elements.

    As for SJParker’s comment about HRC, it’s questionable IMO because it dissects Hillary into feminine and masculine “parts,” etc. — all of which feed into the never-ending vicious attacks on and fantasies about HRC’s womanhood and/or sexual preference. A compliment should be genuine and positive, not unambiguous such that it feeds into rumor, etc. SJParker is usually articulate, so her choice of words is unfortunate, at best. Okay, so much for the rant….

    Hope you get better soon, J!

  93. BASIL99

    ….just cause he’s black…

    No $hit, that’s the only reason he is in the WH. THE ONLY FREAKIN’ REASON!

  94. Of course we all know that’s the only reason he gets a pass on everything. Chilling to actually see and hear what we all know to be true.

    Not to mention the sheer stupidity of these low-info voters who screwed the country just because he’s black.

  95. Don’t kid yourself, many that voted for Barry because he is black are not low-info voters…they know full well that he shot blanks, but they voted for him anyway, and voted for him the second time when they knew he had fallen flat on his face for the past 4 years.

    I am surrounded by these voters day in and day out.

    He got a free pass because he was going to ‘lift’ minorities up.

    Not one of these people have ever said he has done a good job at anything, not one.

  96. foxyladi14
    March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    Well they are finally going to do it
    the dems are going to pass a budget by Easter.
    ******************

    Will the Bunny come with it?

  97. This was my first tweet of the day;
    In President’s Outreach to G.O.P., Past Failures Loom http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/us/politics/obamas-gop-outreach-hits-barriers.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 CIVILITY SHOULD BE A CHARACTER TRAIT – NOT A CAMPAIGN STRATEGY.
    ——————————
    Then I shot a reply to toomey/casey/marino whom I address as: “Those men elected to represent in all matters the majority wishes of Pennsylvanians”
    ——————————-
    And now I’m going to tweet a reply directly to this statement in that article:
    “I find it sort of hard to stomach the criticism that he has not been reaching out to Republicans,” said Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, a Democrat close to the White House.”

  98. The day is beginning well for things to mock Obama about snicker snort:
    Copy Clinton on guns, Feinstein tells Obama
    By Alexander Bolton – 03/12/13 05:00 AM ET
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the lead sponsor of a federal assault weapons ban, says President Obama needs to take a more active role in pushing legislation to prohibit military-style weapons.
    Feinstein says she wants Obama to match the effort former President Clinton made two decades ago to round up votes for the measure on Capitol Hill.
    “Yes, I obviously would like it. I would appreciate anything he and other members of the White House and the Justice Department can do,” said Feinstein.
    With Clinton’s help, Feinstein and her allies passed the federal assault weapons ban in 1994, which sunset 10 years later….
    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/287499-copy-clinton-on-guns-senator-tells-president-

  99. Harvard Search of E-Mail Stuns Its Faculty Members
    By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    Published: March 10, 2013 139 Comments
    Bewildered, and at times angry, faculty members at Harvard criticized the university on Sunday after revelations that administrators secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans in an effort to learn who leaked information about a student cheating scandal to the news media. Some predicted a confrontation between the faculty and the administration.
    “I was shocked and dismayed,” said the law professor Charles J. Ogletree. “I hope that it means the faculty will now have something to say about the fact that these things like this can happen.”
    News of the e-mail searches prolonged the fallout from the cheating scandal, in which about 70 students were forced to take a leave from school for collaborating or plagiarizing on a take-home final exam in a government class last year.
    Harry R. Lewis, a professor and former dean of Harvard College, said, “People are just bewildered at this point, because it was so out of keeping with the way we’ve done things at Harvard.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/us/harvard-e-mail-search-stuns-faculty-members.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  100. Memo to Boehner: don’t fix it; kill it. Unfortunately, the lobbyist have gotten to John like they always do. I am afraid he is their man—not ours.
    ————————

    http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/12/fight-club-vs-the-weenie-brigade/

    This comment to the above article is telling:

    Everything about ObamaCare is failing already. The list is very long —

    1. The CLASS Act (shelved)
    2. The 1099 Provision (repealed
    3. The federal risk pools (out of money)
    4. The retiree health subsidies (out of money)
    5. The small employer tax credit (used by almost no one)
    6. The Health IT initiative (delayed)
    7. The CO-OP Health plans (repealed)
    8. The ACO roll out (delayed)
    9. The state-based exchanges (fewer than half are doing it)

    10. Medicaid expansion (many states are not doing it)

    11. The limit of FSA funding (hurts the sickest people)

    12. The reduction of the Medical Expense Deduction (hurts the sickest people)

    13. The medical device tax (hurts the sickest people)

    This all has already been repealed, shelved, delayed, run out of money already, or is simply not doing what was promised.

    The individual mandate will suffer the same fate — no one is going to comply with it. In fact, it gives people an opportunity to save whole lot of money by not buying coverage until they need it. The result will be FEWER people insured, not more.

    Republicans should be on record as doing everything possible to avert the disaster, else they will share the blame.
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  101. If you think about it for a minute, politics is more about the fight for lobbyists, than a noble effort to serve the American People. That is what campaign finance reform, and citizens united have done to our political system and our country. Soros has been instrumental in this and his goal is to bring down our country.

  102. Hamas is warning that if President Obama visits the Temple Mount it would be a “declaration of war” against the Islamic world.

    Israel National News reports the terror group made the threat during a protest march at the religious site following riots on Friday.

    Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman, called for a third intifada if Obama visits the contested religious site in Jerusalem’s Old City between Israelis and Muslims.

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/03/12/hamas-declaration-of-war-if-obama-visits-temple-mount/

  103. Years ago, Andrea Mitchell wrote a book. Not surprisingly, it is chalk full of self serving tripe. In those days she was anti Republican and pro Clinton. Fast forward ten years and she was anti Republican, anti Clinton and pro Obama. And like so many others she is married to someone in government. You can call them power couples if you like, but that is strictly a euphemism, which masks what is really going on. At the personal level government and big media are now one. And when they speak, they speak only for the Washington elite, and not for the country. And that reality sheds new light on Nial Ferguson’s insightful comment:

    Telling comment by one of the great thinkers of our time, Nial Ferguson:

    The third driver of change — nearly always overlooked by political scientists — is the tendency of even the best systems to degenerate as rent-seeking special interests grow on the body politic like barnacles on a ship’s hull, and civic virtue yields to human frailty. Westerners are justly proud of their various democratic systems, and Americans in particular regard their Constitution as the world’s best. Yet every comparative study of institutional quality — from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index to the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators — tells the same depressing story. In many Western countries there has been a perceptible decline in the rule of law. Among the worst cases are South European “cradles of democracy,” Greece and Italy, which receive shockingly bad scores from the World Economic Forum. In the United States, meanwhile, the World Bank reports marked declines since 2000 in the control of corruption, regulatory quality, accountability and government effectiveness.

    This “great degeneration” helps explain the slowdown in growth and productivity we have witnessed in the West in the past decade. We cannot blame it solely on the financial crisis, nor on the fact that (as the economist Robert Gordon recently argued) the information technology revolution has delivered much less than its own hype led us to expect. The world is changing not just because the Rest have got better, but also because — quite independently — the West has got worse. Indeed, much of the developed world today reminds me of what Adam Smith said about China in “The Wealth of Nations”: It has reached a “A STATIONARY STATE IN WHICH GROWTH IS NEAR ZERO AND PROSPERITY IS ENJOYED ONLY BY A CORRUPT BUREAUCRATIC ELITE. (Emphasis added).

    This has many implications. One of the more salient is the would be young sophisticates who plaster Obama stickers on their cars have no idea what they are supporting and how it does nothing to benefit them. Useful idiots is the proper description. Likewise, people who vote democrat because of what the party once was are blind to the fact that their party has been the subject of a hostile takeover.

  104. Drenched nominee faces a sequester wait on Hill for hearing
    President Obama’s pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau got a firsthand taste of the effects of the government sequester while trying to get to his confirmation hearing Tuesday.
    Richard Cordray, who was accompanied by his wife, Peggy, and twin children, Danny and Holly, had to wait outside in the rain in a long line that wrapped around the corner of the Dirksen Senate office building to get into his 10 a.m. hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. Citing the budget cuts from the automatic sequester cuts, the Capitol Police have shut down several entrances to the congressional office building, resulting in longer waits at the doors and security checkpoints that are open.
    Mr. Cordray was a recess appointment to be the first head of the CFPB, but his appointment was tossed out by a federal judge who ruled President Obama had violated constitutional guidelines in bypassing the Senate confirmation process. He was testifying Tuesday after Mr. Obama formally renominated him for the post.
    The nominee’s hair, wet from the rain, was sticking up once he finally got inside the building.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/mar/12/drenched-nominee-faces-sequester-wait-hill-hearing/

  105. holdthemaccountable
    March 12, 2013 at 11:36 am
    Drenched nominee faces a sequester wait on Hill for hearing
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    Poor wittle Obama nominee, stuck in the rain. They probably told him NOT to use an umbrella, to come in looking like a sad sack, so they can again remind us how the Evil Republicans’ sequester is crippling our country (which conveniently omits the fact that Obummer was the one who pushed for the sequester option in 2011).

  106. BASIL99
    March 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    “Don’t kid yourself,”

    Who the he11 is kidding themselves?

    What kind of a dig is that?
    ——-
    Basil, I didn’t mean it as a dig to you. I only meant that lots of the people that voted for Barry, both times are not low-info voters. Many are very informed and went ahead and voted for him despite his lack of experience and false promises the first time, and continued to vote for him the second time around even when they thought he had done a poor job. I am basing this on the attitude of voters I have talked to and listed to here in CA for five years.

  107. et tu Dems?
    Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Common Dreams
    House Democrats Demand Answers from Obama about Drone Killings
    ‘Targeted killing’ program sets ‘a dangerous precedent’
    – Jon Queally, staff writer

    …Reminding the executive branch of their congressional oversight authority, the Democratic members of the House — including CPC co-chairs Reps. Keith Ellison (MI) and Raul Grijalva (AZ), Barbara Lee (CA), John Conyers (MI), Donna Edwards (MD), Mike Honda (CA), Rush Holt (NJ), and Jim McGovern (MA)–say that though appreciate recent release of pertinent memorandum to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, more is required.
    “Every American has the right to know the underlying legal rationale that ensures due process,” the members said in their letter….
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/12-3

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