What’s The Sound Of A Lame Duck Quacking?

At 70 years of age, after years in a multiple sclerosis induced coma, original Mickey Mouse Club member Annette Funicello died today with her family by her side. “She’s on her toes dancing in heaven… no more MS. My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us.”

The Iron Lady died today too. Margaret Thatcher, the woman who put steel in the spine of a wobbly George H. W. Bush during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait deserves respect even from ideological opponents today for a life well lived. Margaret Thatcher not only broke the glass ceiling in Great Britain but she also rose to Prime Minister in class conscious Britain from her beginnings as a grocer’s daughter.

Instead of respect, reptiles like Donna Brazile who embraced Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, has the hideous effrontery to ask “Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin” Donna Brazile is a pig. Donna Brazile is a stupid pig.

Baroness Thatcher and Annette Funicello, dead as they both are, still have more honesty and life in them than the still breathing Barack Obama.

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What is the sound of a lame duck quacking? That “quack” sounds more like a croak. Lame duck Obama is croaking and Big Media is beginning to notice:

“Obama running short of time to burnish legacy in second term

The next 10 weeks are a make-or-break period for President Obama’s second-term agenda.

He needs quick victories in the Senate on gun control and immigration if he is to build momentum for a fight in the Republican-controlled House — the chief obstacle to his agenda. [snip]

As the gun-control fight has gone on and Obama’s initial talk of wide-ranging reform has been trimmed and trimmed again, the president has faced renewed criticism over his ability — or inability — to shepherd meaningful legislation through Congress.

On immigration, there are doubts as to whether he seriously wants a deal. [snip]

Obama has thrown the weight of his office behind a push for stricter gun-control measures, squaring off against the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the most powerful lobby groups in Washington.

Losing such a high-profile battle when polls show voters support an assault-weapons ban and expanded background checks would rank as one of Obama’s biggest policy failures.

Proponents of immigration reform say it must pass before the end of June to avoid becoming entangled in the fight over the federal debt limit, expected in July.

Obama’s immediate problem on guns is weak support from Democrats, especially centrists running for reelection next year in conservative or swing states. [snip]

When asked about legislation to expand background checks to cover sales between private individuals, Begich said he wanted to see a Republican with an “A” rating from the NRA endorse it.”

Yeah, that’s gonna happen. Begich has a long wait.

The problem is that… well have you noticed that all the stories about North Korea emphasize the danger of inexperienced leadership in North and South Korea? Go ahead, Google it.

North Korea and South Korea have inexperienced leaders and that is somehow a problem. But in the mighty United States having a boob with no experience in moving legislation forward or any leadership qualifications… and 2008 Big Media cheers “Let’s go with change and hope for the best because anyway he’s not that woman we don’t like who does have experience and leadership skills.”

The problem is Barack Obama. The plucked chickens are coming home to roost on his scrawny ass:

“PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama’s IOUs start coming due

He’s promised to set a course in law against global warming, stop Iran from gaining the ability to make nuclear weapons, slash America’s use of foreign oil, restrain college costs, take a big bite out of the national debt even while protecting the heart of the big entitlement programs and overhaul immigration law.

He’s promised to make health insurance not only universally accessible, but “affordable,” through a 2010 health care law that is finally entering prime time and will soon be tested.”

Barack Obama thought he could exploit the deaths of small children to pass gun control measures that would have done nothing to prevent the deaths of small children in Newtown Connecticut. It should have worked. Small children and cute pets steal scenes in movies and in a political war you just can’t beat a cute kid – especially one that has been butchered while in school. But Obama can’t even do the easy stuff

“President Obama’s make-or-break week on guns

President Barack Obama finds out this week whether he scratches out a narrow victory on gun control — or ends up with nothing at all. [snip]

Senate action is Obama’s best chance for a deal — but even there, Democrats haven’t settled on which bill to advance. The White House and most Democrats are behind a proposal that requires background checks for all gun sales, although even that is far less than what gun control advocates had hoped. Obama, though, won’t get anything better in the House, and he might not get that much.

After the Newtown tragedy, Obama pledged to use the full power of his office to prevent another such rampage.”

Obama’s “full power” is about the same as two aged fireflies with asthma.

Barack Obama’s firepower is less than a broken water gun:

“Proposed bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are all but guaranteed to go down to lopsided defeats. The battle is now over how tough to make a background checks bill for gun sales — which polls show the public broadly supports. Conservatives have balked at record-keeping requirements when background checks are conducted, and Democrats have had a difficult time finding a GOP ally to sign on to a deal including them. [snip]

Reid has promised gun control advocates votes on an assault weapons ban and prohibitions on high-capacity ammunition magazines — both of which will go down to certain defeat — but it is the battle over expanding background checks where all the action is focused.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and a dozen other Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida — have threatened to filibuster any gun bill, potentially restricting Reid’s options over what can be brought up for votes. [snip]

Reid is also boxed in by his desire to protect red-state Democrats up for reelection in 2014. These lawmakers would be happy to oppose the assault weapons ban or magazine limits yet might not want to be forced to support a Democratic-authored background checks bill with no Republican cover.”

Barack Obama and lantern jawed Michelle Obama can traverse the country burning fuel along the way all they want. But Obama’s fate, according to Obama lovin’ Politico, is in the unsteady hands of the promiscuous Hill:

“Hill holds President Obama’s legacy in its hands

It’s now or never for the White House.

President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda is in doubt as Congress returns to Washington this week for a spring and summer stretch that could go a long way to define the scope of Obama’s legacy.

Obama will unveil what his team is calling a “compromise” budget on Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats alike are already criticizing elements of the plan.

The president’s effort on gun control might do no better than a watered-down bill destined to fail in the House, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may bring to the floor as early as this week. Gun control advocates who had hoped for an assault weapons ban or other big reforms are bound to be disappointed by a strategy expected to allow for votes on those issues but don’t secure victories.

And Obama’s push to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws — the best chance he has to enact a sweeping social policy change in his second term — still faces significant hurdles, even in the Senate, where chief negotiators have fallen behind schedule.

The window for action on these issues will start to close as the 2014 midterm election cycle whips into full swing at the end of the year. After that, the next Congress figures to be colored by partisan posturing for the 2016 presidential election.

The president and his aides say Republicans will determine whether gun control, immigration reform and a major deficit-reduction deal become law or fade away.

Republicans can barely do what is in their own interests. Yet Barack thinks Republicans will save him. What is the sound of this lame duck quacking? “Baaaaaraccckkkk”, “Baaaaaraccckkkk”, “Baaaaaraccckkkk”.

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172 thoughts on “What’s The Sound Of A Lame Duck Quacking?

  1. Very nice admin, how you brought together the passing of two outstanding, respectable and respected women, then forged the so well-deserved plight of Obama.
    Regarding Margaret Thatcher’s passing, I would be curious to know what you thing HRC would have done or said in her former official capacity of SOS.
    Thanks.
    BBT

  2. HoldThemAccountable, we believe Hillary would acknowledge the most powerful post war Prime Minister was a woman who deserved respect even from those that fiercely disagreed with her policies.

  3. http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/04/poll-obama-underwater-on-guns-immigration-deficit-161134.html

    A new CNN/ORC International poll found President Obama’s overall approval rating has ticked up to 51 percent but ratings have fallen on his handling of the key issues on his agenda: immigration, guns, and the deficit.

    On immigration, 44 percent approve of the way he is handling the issue, down from 51 percent in January. At the same time, disapproval has jumped to 50 percent, up from 43 percent in January.

    On guns, 45 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove, the poll found. In January, 46 percent approved and 49 percent dispproved.

    And on the deficit, 38 percent approve of his handling of the issue, down from 41 percent in January, while disapproval ticked up slightly to 58 percent from 57 percent.

  4. Donna Brazillenut sold her sole to the Devil and will be remembered for her trechery to all women except MO and her puppet BO.

  5. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/04/09/will_hillary_clintons_media_honeymoon_last_117855.html

    A few days after Barack Obama finally emerged as the Democratic nominee in his epic 2008 showdown against Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric delivered a rare editorial commentary in an online video. The then-“CBS Evening News” anchor captured the emerging sentiment among much of the media establishment, which suddenly found itself with time for reflection.

    “Sen. Clinton has received her fair share of the blame, and so has her political team, but like her or not, one of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life, particularly in the media,” Couric said. “Many women have made the point that if Sen. Obama had to confront the racist equivalent of an ‘iron my shirt’ poster at campaign rallies, or a Hillary nutcracker sold at airports, or mainstream pundits saying they instinctively cross their legs at the mention of her name, the outrage would not be a footnote. It would be front-page news.

  6. My signifcant others team just won, U of L. He is so excited. They are a group of exceptional young men.

  7. holdthemaccountable
    April 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

    A gift of comedy from The Won:
    As support for gun bill filibuster grows, Obama says backers trying to use ‘political stunts’
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    It takes one to know one 😆

  8. Well HorseFace has his ‘work’ cut out for him in the job he wanted for sooooo long.

    Headlines on Drudge:

    NKOREA ‘TO LAUNCH MISSILE TOMORROW’

    Quake hits near Iran’s nuclear city Bushehr, 3 dead…

    Ahmadinejad Orders Launch of 5 New Reactors…

    WAR DRUMS: Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Near Iran…

  9. Does anyone know what happened to the guest columnists at No Quarter? Larry Johnson’s site? I know a lot of Big Pinkers read there, too.

  10. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-organizing-for-action-loses-website-bid-20130408,0,6909952.story

    WASHINGTON — Organizing for Action, President Obama’s nonprofit advocacy organization, has sought to be nimble as it ramps up a national effort to back his agenda on gun control measures and immigration reform.

    But it appears the group didn’t move swiftly enough to protect its presence online.

    An arbitrator has denied the organization’s effort to obtain the domain name organizingforaction.net, registered by a quick-moving computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., on Jan. 18, when the news broke that Obama’s former advisors were launching the group.

    Derek Bovard proceeded to configure the site so all the hits were directed to the website for the National Rifle Assn. It was one of three domain names for Organizing for Action that the group failed to register before it launched.

  11. Happy phony fake equal pay day!

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/09/obama-declares-thursday-national-equal-pay-day-despite-paying-female-staffers-less-than-male-counterparts/

    Obama declares Tuesday ‘National Equal Pay Day,’ despite paying female staffers less than male counterparts

    President Barack Obama officially declared Tuesday “National Equal Pay Day,” symbolically marking how much extra work women supposedly must perform to reach pay parity with men.

    “Women — who make up nearly half of our nation’s workforce — face a pay gap that means they earn 23 percent less on average than men do. That disparity is even greater for African-American women and Latinas,” Obama said in a statement issued Monday. “On National Equal Pay Day, we recognize this injustice by marking how far into the new year women have to work just to make what men did in the previous one.”

    While Obama, who signed the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make filing employment-discrimination suits easier, has repeatedly lamented statistics showing that men generally earn more than women, the Obama White House has failed in recent years to pay female employees the same amount as male ones.

    A January Daily Caller analysis of the gender-pay disparities in the Obama White House revealed that while the women comprised approximately 50 percent of the White House staff in 2012, the median salary for female staffers was 13 percent less than the median salary of male staffers. (RELATED: Read the analysis)

    The 13-percent disparity was an improvement from the 2011 disparity of 18 percent that a Washington Free Beacon analysis revealed – and both are better than the national average.

  12. Admin, your comments on Donna Brazille were spot on. Where the hell does she get off criticizing Thacher, especially when it comes to the issue of gender equality? I would really like to know what Donna thinks she has done to advance women. During the 2008 primaries she functioned as a hatchet-woman for Obama, slinging mud at Hillary and singing Obama’s praises, all the while declaring herself to be an “undecided super delegate.” She was about as “undecided as she was an advocate for women’s rights..

  13. Freespirit, Brazile even attacked us and demanded of Hillary Clinton that Hillary shut us down. She made a big stink about us and even went on Politico to whine about us. Now Brazile wants a job from Hillary or to at least keep her job at the DNC once Hillary takes over so Brazile is all Hillary Clinton 2016. Brazile is a self interested pig.

    Here’s a link to Brazile’s attacks on us: http://www.hillaryis44.org/2008/04/07/more-worries-for-donna/
    Maybe it’s time for Brazile to get more truth to power emails that provoked her so much in 2008.

    Brazile is the type of pig that must be removed from the DNC.

  14. More along the lines of our article:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/09/washington-is-waiting-for-godot-as-president-obama-s-second-term-agenda-stalls.html

    “Washington Is Waiting for Godot as President Obama’s Second-Term Agenda Stalls
    by Howard Kurtz

    Guns, immigration, the deficit…Obama’s once-promising second-term agenda is in big trouble. Howard Kurtz on why the capital is paralyzed yet again.

    Rarely in modern history have so many in Washington labored so hard and produced so little. On every major item on President Obama’s agenda, there is a flurry of activity that may amount to nothing.

    The gridlocked capital seems unable to act except in an emergency, and sometimes not even then, as we saw with the brief plunge over the fiscal cliff on New Year’s Day. The elusive breakthrough is always next week, next month, after the next recess, as soon as this gang or that group reaches a tentative agreement on the possibility of proceeding. [snip]

    All this is taking a toll on the president. While his approval rating is 51 percent in a CNN poll out Monday, only 45 percent have a positive view of his handling of the guns issue, 44 percent on immigration, and 38 percent on the budget deficit. [snip]

    This is obviously no way to run a government. But the state of dysfunction is such that Obama’s second-term agenda could soon wind up in tatters, even if he tells all the members of Congress how good-looking they are.

  15. Gloria Borger writes the same thing while doing her best to protect Baracky:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/opinion/borger-crunch-time/index.html?hpt=op_t1

    Washington (CNN) — It’s not often that a presidential to-do list (and legacy-making agenda) comes down to a couple of key weeks, but here we are: gun control, immigration reform and the budget — all front and center, right now. [snip]

    It’s a delicate time here in Washington. If nothing happens on guns, for instance, what about the rest of the Obama agenda? “If you can’t pass a bill on guns in this environment, what can you ever do?” asks one senior administration official. “It sets the bar so high for anything, people will be demoralized.”

    The result? Retreat. Maybe some sort of immigration reform passes (it’s in everyone’s self-interest) but no tax reform. No serious entitlement reform. Nothing big on the agenda, just small-scale items.

    Perfect for politicians unable to respond to crisis, much less the will of the people.

  16. The testimony coming out of this courthouse is diabolical! This man is even worse that Tiller the Killer. And the fact that the media refuses to cover it is absolutely shameful!

    We no longer have a free press!

    ‘House of horrors’ abortion clinic worker ‘was handed a screaming newborn with no eyes or mouth and asked to deal with it’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2306261/House-horrors-abortion-clinic-worker-handed-screaming-newborn-eyes-mouth-asked-deal-it.html

  17. Derek Bovard proceeded to configure the site so all the hits were directed to the website for the National Rifle Assn. It was one of three domain names for Organizing for Action that the group failed to register before it launched.

    Now that’s MY kind of geek.
    Great, great, GREAT! 😉

  18. if Hillary does get the nomination, I hope hell she plucks that DNC out of Chicago away from the snake pit…

  19. 10 April 2013 Drone crash in Nevada costs US Air Force nearly $10 million | Fox News
    LAS VEGAS – Air Force officials say a series of errors led to the crash of an unmanned drone aircraft in December in a remote area north of Las Vegas. A report released Tuesday says the pilot didn’t properly execute a preflight checklist before taking control of the drone, which stalled and crashed Dec. 5 in Douglas County near Mount Irish. Nobody was injured in the crash, but the loss of the drone and artillery on board was estimated at $9.6 million. Nellis Air Force Base officials say the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft was being used in an Air Force weapons school combat training mission. It was assigned to the 57th Wing at the base. A Nellis spokeswoman said it wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday morning whether anyone has been disciplined for the mishap.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/10/drone-crash-in-nevada-costs-us-air-force-nearly-10-million/?test=latestnews

  20. Another internet problem for OFA 🙂 🙂
    I typed mybarackobama dot com in browser area. It IS dot com, isn’t it? I wanted to see the organizational writeups for the 400 buses expected in DC today for immigration rally. But I got this warning:

    There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.
    The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website’s address.
    Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server.
    We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website.
    Click here to close this webpage.
    Continue to this website (not recommended).

  21. S
    April 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    if Hillary does get the nomination, I hope hell she plucks that DNC out of Chicago away from the snake pit…

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    I agree S. out of Chi town 🙂

  22. April 10, 2013 at 11:39 am
    He is singing we are crying

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/04/09/obama_sings_along_to_justin_timberlakes_rendition_of_sitting_on_the_dock_of_the_bay.html
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    O and MO are so out of touch with what is going on in the country…he goes around reading a teleprompter…words he did not even write…and she can’t even remember she is married…she is a ‘single’mother’…

    their sense of entitlement is so insulting to the country…they, with the backing of Hollywood and the media, really do follow the doctrine of…

    “do as I say, not as i do”…

    they just don’t care and will continue to be “in our faces” with whatever they want at any cost they like…it is all one big party for them…la, dee, da…

    the country can burn down. nuclear attacks can be threatened, ambassadoors can be killed…just party on, then go to sleep…

  23. Has anyone read, from a trusted source that Obama is BiPolar?

    I began to wonder when I was reading about Carrie, the actress on Homeland, which led to this article in the NYTs”

    [snip] Not in every sense, of course. I’m not a blond C.I.A. agent, and I’ve never hunted down or fallen in love with suspected terrorists. But as fans of the show — including, it’s said, President Obama — know, that’s not the only important part of Carrie Mathison, the character played by Ms. Danes. Like me, Carrie has bipolar disorder.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/opinion/my-so-called-bipolar-life.html?_r=2&

    There are a lot of crackpot sites talking about it, but not sure if any legit organization talks about it.

    We now know that JF Kennedy had Ulcerative Colitis and other illesses…that were hidden from the public.

  24. admin – not certain I should post this, so sending it to spammy first. U choose.
    Links are random things available to copy – have no meaning to the comment I posted.
    http://bit.ly/Z9ha10
    http://j.mp/11OnI3m
    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040gi.pdf
    http://articles.mcall.com/2013-04-09/news/mc-pa-toomey-pressure-gun-control-20130409_1_pat-toomey-background-checks-illegal-guns

    Shadow, find analysis of Andrew Cunanan. Not definitive but rings a bell.

  25. Finally, some damn good news from my state and also from one of my former representatives…

    C.A.L.I.F.O.R.N.I.A dreamin’

    Hillary Clinton backers see state as key

    As a presidential candidate in 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton handily won California’s Democratic primary against Barack Obama while racking up a crowd of influential fans, many of them women hoping to see the election of the first female president in their lifetime.

    Now many of those supporters are looking ahead to the 2016 campaign, gathering forces to raise money on social media and entice the former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York into another White House bid.

    This week, former East Bay Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who has known Clinton for years and worked closely with her in Congress, endorsed the grassroots organizing campaign at ReadyforHillary.com.

    The group has the support of 150,000 Americans and includes a super PAC to encourage Clinton to run again.

    Tauscher said in an interview Tuesday that she hopes her support will help “build a grassroots army” to boost a Clinton campaign.

    “I’m going to be an active supporter of ReadyforHillary.com and making sure people who supported me in the past can see that this isn’t just about hoping and praying until she makes it happen,” Tauscher said. “There are tangible things, important things that people who want her to run can be doing now.”

    Organizers of Ready for Hillary said they will be very active in Northern California, which was a strong fundraising and campaign base for Clinton in 2008.

    http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Hillary-Clinton-backers-see-state-as-key-4422574.php

  26. admin
    April 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    Freespirit, Brazile even attacked us and demanded of Hillary Clinton that Hillary shut us down. She made a big stink about us and even went on Politico to whine about us. Now Brazile wants a job from Hillary or to at least keep her job at the DNC once Hillary takes over so Brazile is all Hillary Clinton 2016.
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    Donna B.: “Heya, girl friend. Remember me?? I guess you’re going to need some of my ‘expert advice’ when the campaign heats up”.

    Hillary C.: “Remember you? Gee, how could I forget? Surely, there’ll be a job opening for you. We’ll need envelope lickers.”

  27. Cuomo Is A Liar!

    Cuomo promised there wouldn’t be confiscation, apparently he lied. Do you believe the Democrats in the federal government are any different? The Blaze spoke to the attorney who said his client has no criminal record and was never found to be a threat to himself or others. The man’s doctor never told anyone that he was dangerous, and they still don’t know how the government even found out the client took medication for a temporary problem. The more cases we see like this, the less likely law abiding gun owners in New York will be to seek medical treatment for even minor issues.

    Confiscation Of Guns Already Starting In New York
    http://lonelyconservative.com/2013/04/confiscation-of-guns-already-starting-in-new-york/

  28. rgb44hrc

    I’m not sure Hillary would even have an opening for envelope lickers.

    Maybe DonnaBananaNut could hold one of those big signs with handles, on the street corner that says, ‘I was a fool to support Barack Obama, come and kick me…’

  29. Lenora…disgusting, scary

    MSNBC crosses the line from “liberal” to “creepy and disturbing.”
    Children don’t belong to parents or families, they belong to the collective

    – Robert Laurie (Bio and Archives) Monday, April 8, 2013
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    Over at MSNBC the statist zeal runs deep – very deep. That much is obvious. Just how deep it goes has recently been revealed via the following “Lean Forward” commercial.

    In it, MSNBC host – and Tulane political science Professor – Melissa Harris-Perry takes aim at the outdated notion that kids belong to their families.

    “We’ve always had kind of a private notion of children – ‘Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility.’” Harris-Perry laments. “We haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.”

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, she continues.

    “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”

    Wow. Even for MSNBC, that’s strong stuff. It’s worth noting that this isn’t just some kind of loopy claim made by one of the deranged their hosts. It’s not simply Ed Schultz or Chris Matthews spouting off, only to walk it back later. This is a commercial designed to promote the network and its “Lean Forward” philosophy.

    This exact ideology fueled Chairman Mao’s Chinese Cultural Revolution. It was a cornerstone of the governments of Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, and Joseph Stalin. It was the centerpiece of Hilary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” and, now, it’s at the forefront of what is, allegedly, a major American “news” network.

    Over at MSNBC, “Lean Forward” seems to mean “embrace an ideology that was the foundation for the slaughter of millions.”

    Here’s the ad.

  30. Well this is bone tossed to the teacher’s unions and will bring out more pixie dust for all the hopiums with little tots.

    In my email box: [snip]

    Earlier today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2014. LAUP is happy to report that the proposal focuses on the investment of quality preschool education for four-year-olds throughout the nation. “We’ll work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. And we’re going to pay for it by raising taxes on tobacco products that harm our young people,” said President Obama. “It’s the right thing to do.”

  31. Margret Thatcher was the Iron Lady that saved Great Britain from itself, for a period of time unfortunately.The weasels have come back in droves.

    Annette was a sweet child actress. My mother died of MS, horrible disease.

  32. foxyladi14
    April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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    he looks veeerrrry buzzed…

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    love that Hillary Clinton N 16 – Scent of a New Era

  33. I am not going to get excited about 2016 as too many of my dreams have turned into
    nightmares these past 5 yrs.

  34. http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-ben-carson-commencement-hopkins-20130410,0,6125666.story

    Ben Carson steps down as Hopkins commencement speaker

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    this is very unfortunate…must say, I was surprised when I heard his comments…for a smart man and an emerging public figure…one would think that he would think before he spoke…but like many others…sometimes too much attention makes people say and do stupid things…

    i happened to catch a movie that was made about Dr. Ben Carson called ‘Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story’ starring Cuba Gooding Jr…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifted_Hands:_The_Ben_Carson_Story

    amazing man…amazing doctor…he led the team that seperated cujoined twins…a remarkable person that makes O look like a piece of lint on his shoulder…

    he needs some coaching to avoid preventable pitfalls…or to at least tune into his common sense…

  35. I can’t believe this sicko is thinking of running for mayor!! Isn’t he even embarrassed to go around campaigning? This man belongs in treatment – not in City Hall!
    ~~

    End this bizarre fantasy
    Is Anthony Weiner completely delusional? Or is he out of his flipping, sex-crazed gourd?

    Whatever big-busted fantasies crawl around the ex-congressman’s delirious noggin, la Weiner made his next goal as clear as the skin of the wholesome college students he craved: He relishes being Mayor Weiner.

    Please, shut up this clown.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/end_this_bizarre_fantasy_v5tqZKLlaVTm0RDj8XuqvM

  36. this is very unfortunate…must say, I was surprised when I heard his comments…for a smart man and an emerging public figure…one would think that he would think before he spoke…but like many others…sometimes too much attention makes people say and do stupid things…
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    Dr. Carson is a brilliant man. Why do you believe it was stupid of him to defend marriage? Do you really think he was correct in giving in to the heterophobes by stepping down? Where is all the tolerance I hear so much about? Or was that just another liberal lie?

  37. Leanora
    April 11, 2013 at 7:24 am
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    Leanora…take a breath…did you not read what i said…that he is remarkable, makes O look like a piece of lint, etc…just watched a movie about this amazing man…

    however…in the climate we live in…24/7 newscycle, everyone ready to pounce…his comments were very charged and regardless of what side anyone is on, smart people can get their message across without hurting or alienating others…

    in fact, the comment below is from Dr Ben Carson

    Carson apologized for his rhetoric last week, but also said he stands behind his views on the issue. He previously said he would step down as commencement speaker if that was what students wanted.

    “I am sorry for any embarrassment this has caused,” he wrote in an apology letter to faculty and students last week. “But what really saddens me is that my poorly chosen words caused pain for some members of our community, and for that I offer a most sincere and heartfelt apology.

    “Although I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman, there are much less offensive ways to make that point,” he continued. “I hope all will look at a lifetime of service over some poorly chosen words.”

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

    one of the things i like about him is his confident calmness and sense of caring…

    that is why i say this whole incident was unfortunate, I would have preferred he was still speaking and not put in a position to withdraw and apologize…and I believe he feels that way to…

    it goes back to the ability to ‘self sensor’ and choose our words wisely…and still make our points…

  38. Just got an email from the Hillary PAC leading to their site and a little video

    http://www.readyforhillary.com/pledge

    Watch the Video and Pledge to Support Hillary in 2016

    After you’ve watched the video, please use the buttons below to share it with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and over email — and urge them to sign the pledge too.

    The next presidential election may be a long time away but our actions today will help ensure that the right person is on the ballot. Hillary Clinton is the leader we need to keep our country moving forward.

  39. Today I finally filed my taxes online…and at the end they wanted me to agree to pass my info on so the Feds could contact me on things about ObamaHellCare.

    I refused…

    I surprised it didn’t lead to a ‘Donate’ to an Obama ‘community organization’ to waste more of my money on promoting HIM.

  40. Greek unemployment numbers:

    [snip]

    Spread by gender, the unemployment rate for males was 23.9%, while a record 31.4% of eligible women had no job in January.

    Finally, youth unemployment once again hit a record high 59.3% in January, even as unemployment among those aged 65-74 has soared from 0.9% in 2008 to 6.9% in 2013.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-11/greek-unemployment-soars-15-one-month-hits-record-272

    —-

    While they are stealing money from people’s bank accounts…

  41. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak7oThj8ju4&feature=player_embedded

    Krauthammer on the Media’s Complete Embargo on the Gosnell Story
    —Ace

    NRO posted this, but honestly, I thought Kristen Powers and Jonah Goldberg made more interesting points on this than Krauthammer. Ah well. It’s something.

    I don’t think this is just about abortion. The media refuses to cover any wedge issue which might hurt Democrats.

    Oh, they do love reporting on things that put pressure on fissures between Republicans or fissures between Republicans and Independents. But when a story threatens to damage the papered-over differences between Democrats, or between Democrats and Independents, suddenly the media isn’t interested in difficult political questions.

    This story exposes faultlines between Democrats, who are by political necessity abortion absolutists, and Independents, who may lean somewhat pro-choice but sure the hell aren’t on board for infanticide. But to report this story at all would put the Democrats in the difficult position of angering its an element of its hardcore single-issue leftist coalition, or alienating independents.

    Thus, the media — which just “wants to report the facts” and “takes no positions on policy questions” and which has no partisan leaning at all — simply doesn’t report the story at all.

    After all, if the public hears of it, they may make The Wrong Decisions.

    You don’t trust children with matches and you don’t trust the American public with information. It’s that simple.

  42. gonzotx
    April 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    Are you breathing yet Lenora?
    *******

    🙂 I’m still breathing but this story might just take my breath away. Grrrrr!

    Obama’s Sequester: Soul Train Party For Me… NO Fourth of July Party For Thee… UPDATE: Four MORE F-16 Fighter Jets to Muslim Brotherhood

    Fort Bragg’s popular July Fourth celebration, which officials estimate draws 50,000 people, is the latest casualty of sequestration. Officials announced the cancellation of the celebration Thursday. “We have to make the decisions, whether they’re tough or they’re easy to make those calls,” said Tom McCollum, a spokesman for Fort Bragg. “There are no sacred cows out there.”

    As if this news isn’t aggravating enough for most Americans. Apparently Obama has no problem lavishly spending to provide to the Muslim Brotherhood. FoxNews reports that Obama will be giving 4 more F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian government despite the outcry over the last gifting of F-16 s.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/obamas-sequester-soul-train-party-for-me-no-fourth-of-july-party-for-thee-update-four-more-f-16-fighter-jets-to-muslim-brotherhood/

  43. Done in very good taste, and therefore inspiring, say I:
    Stand Up For Old Glory And Kneel At The Cross- Mike Purkey
    // www . youtube.com/watch?v=sDBDrSKWGD0&feature=youtu.be

  44. Obama’s budget: Mr. Usurious By Tribune-Review Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m. Updated 10 hours ago
    President Obama trotted out his fiscal 2014 budget on Wednesday. It already has been filed in the “fiction” section of the Library of Congress. Among the lowlights of the inventive but unsustainable $3.78 trillion spending blueprint that The New York Times refers to as “a host of better ideas that put Republicans on the spot,”
    Read more: http://triblive.com/opinion/editorials/3822091-74/penalized-budget-obama#axzz2QG6eUhgI
    Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook

  45. …The last election was the triumph of the urban political machine. In 2008, Obama ran as a national candidate. In 2012, he ran as the figurehead for the urban political machines and let their voter turnout and voter fraud efforts carry the day. In 2008, he tried inspiring people. In 2012, he ran the same tired campaign run by a hundred corrupt mayors in a hundred cities who know that they can’t lose because the game is rigged and the voters have no choice….
    Lots more at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-chicagoization-of-america.html

  46. The State Department continues lying to us. I say just bring the troops home.

    Shades of Benghazi: State Department changes story on Afghanistan blast that killed diplomat
    The State Department has acknowledged that five Americans killed in Afghanistan, including 25-year-old diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, were on foot when they were caught in the blast of a suicide bomber, and not in an armored vehicle as officials told bereaved relatives earlier this week.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/11/shades-benghazi-state-department-changes-story-afg/

  47. HorseFace distorts while passing out rose colored glasses and sprinkling pixie dust.

    A classified Pentagon report, which was disclosed by a congressman, shows North Korea is able to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead — though with low reliability — as Secretary of State John Kerry and other US officials tried to downplay the major revelation.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/12/north-korea-capable-arming-missile-with-nuclear-warhead-according-to-pentagon/

    Between NKorea and Iran…we are in danger.

  48. The media continue to ignore this horror. I couldn’t watch this (I’ve seen too much of it already and it makes me physically ill), but if you can, then I think you should.

    Please pass it on because people need to know that this isn’t just about the babies, it is about the treatment these women are getting. if it happened here you know there are more just like it all over the country. Black women were treated like animals and this should be sent to as many as we can.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/04/12/must-see-documentary-about-gosnell-clinictying-women-to-bed-forcing-abortions-on-them-dead-babies-in-jars-and-the-special-room-for-the-white-women/

  49. I can remember a time, and so can you, when we looked to our own media and said: what they tell us is true, and what the Chinese Communists tell us is left wing lies and propaganda. Well, the poles have reversed themselves because today what the Daily Worker tells us my not be entirely truthful, but is more objective and consequential than out own big media, who is only interested in advancing the welfare of the well heeled. You need look no further than Brian Williams, George Stephanophalis, and Piers Morgan to see how far big media has degenerated from the kind of organization they were a generation ago–the kind envisioned by Sarnoff, Paley and the other founders, who saw in the new media an opportunity to create a more civilized and enlighten race of people on these shores.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    China Sides with North Korea
    Something is very wrong in Pyongyang — and in Beijing as well. Also read: Pentagon: North Korea Nuke Report Was Taken Out of Context
    by
    GORDON G. CHANG
    Bio
    April 12, 2013 – 12:27 amPage 1 of 2 Next -> View as Single Page

    “No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains,” said President Xi Jinping on Sunday at a regional forum hosted by Beijing.

    Immediately, global media interpreted the remarks as a rebuke of North Korea. The New York Times, for instance, called Xi’s words “an indirect but clear criticism of China’s longtime ally.”

    Has Beijing finally made the switch from supporting Pyongyang to siding with the international community?

    Most everyone thinks so. After all, who else could Xi have been referring to on Sunday? The North Koreans in recent weeks repudiated the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, announced they were ready to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States, and talked almost daily in apocalyptic terms.

    They also effectively closed the last cooperative project been the two Koreas and deployed two intermediate-range ballistic missiles on their mobile launchers, getting them into position for firing. No wonder White House spokesman Jay Carney welcomed the comments from China’s new leader.

    Not so fast. On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei refused to confirm that Xi had North Korea in mind when he uttered those words.

    And the following day, People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s flagship publication, issued a stinging commentary, leaving no doubt who Xi thought was the culprit.

    “Some country has spent hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars creating a situation that cannot be resolved and has eventually withdrawn in a disorganized manner at the same time causing a financial crisis in its own country,” stated a commentary titled “Who Has the Intention to Create Chaos for the World for Selfish Gain?” “Look back on the world’s security situation to the beginning of the new century. There are many ‘hot spots’ and ‘chaotic spots.’ The first of them are Afghanistan and Iraq.”

    The People’s Daily commentary not only clarifies Mr. Xi’s intent, it also puts the movement of Chinese forces on the border with North Korea in an ominous light. Since the middle of last month, the People’s Liberation Army has been mobilizing troops, planes, and ships there. The border forces once were — and may now still be — at the highest state of alert. There are also reports of Chinese live-fire drills in the area.

    Analysts have assumed that the Chinese mobilization was intended to intimidate the North Koreans, but, in light of Xi Jinping’s comments on Sunday, perhaps the military movements are a warning to America and South Korea instead.

  50. “Some country has spent hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars creating a situation that cannot be resolved and has eventually withdrawn in a disorganized manner at the same time causing a financial crisis in its own country,” stated a commentary titled “Who Has the Intention to Create Chaos for the World for Selfish Gain?” “Look back on the world’s security situation to the beginning of the new century. There are many ‘hot spots’ and ‘chaotic spots.’ The first of them are Afghanistan and Iraq.”
    —————–
    This paragraph in particular mirrors what Putin says about us. If you will recall the article I posted by Spenglar. Both countries believe we could not possibly be this stupid so we must be nefarious. If you look at the past two presidents, you begin to see that stupid is the most likely explanation. But either way the end result is instability and chaos on a grand scale.

  51. Calling Senator Toomey …. [lost cause]:
    Newtown Mom took President Obama’s place to deliver the weekly address on Saturday.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/293699-newtown-victims-mom-ben-experienced-life-at-full-tilt

    I guess FB is making headlines using the last segments of accompanying urls. The headline the publisher used for the article above is: “Newtown victim’s mom: Senate gun control vote is ‘only the start'” AND that is the one Toomey needs to see.

    Instead FB converted it to this: “Newtown victim’s mom: ‘Ben experienced life at full tilt’ “- The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

    I’m thinking Toomey’s defense, and now Rubio’s (whatever it will be) is as lame as Casey and the many other Dems who voted Obama at the request of their children.

    There is a blog somewhere that ties Newtown and infanticide together – says while Obama cries for these school kids now, if we had stepped back in to a time when their situation might have been that of a failed late term abortion, we would have heard crickets from the WH.

    I hope that contrast gains legs as it puts a real fine point this debate.

  52. So Rubio caved? Did anyone expect him to stand strong?

    Missouri State Partol gave names of those with Conceal/Carry permits to the Feds. If they have not already, it will next be those with hunting licenses because it is obvious they own a gun or guns and probably those who added bow hunting onto their license. Will we soon have to have a license to carry a “concealed” pocket knife or own one? Will box cutters and kitchen knives have to be licensed?

  53. According to Breitbart News, MARCO RUBIO is scheduled to create the “Full Rubio” with a record seven appearences on Sunday morning news shows. The hoopla apparently surrounds Rubio’s selling of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill.

  54. This article is by a writer who used to comment on this blog. Also, I have attached a comment that reinforces the concern many of us have about big media, and why they cannot be trusted. I wish more people would wake up about them. I sent this to a friend who still watches them with the tag line: Lyn’n Brian Goebbels.

    Dragged Kicking and Screaming to Their Own Job
    by IOWAHAWK 12 Apr 2013

    In response to Gosnell and Media Bias:

    Remember when journalists reported news to the public, not the other way around? In dribs and drabs, it appears national media are finally being shamed into offering some coverage of the Gosnell trial:

    In addition to Cooper, Eric Wemple of the Washington Post has extracted a pledge from executive editor Martin Baron to assign a reporter to the trial, quoting Baron’s sheepish admission that “In retrospect, we should have sent a reporter sooner.”

    Ya think?

    And in what may be the weirdest confessional tweet I’ve ever read, ABC co-anchor Terry Moran calls Gosnell (whom he has never mentioned on air) “probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world.”

    Hey, nice to know, “Scoop.”

    Forgive me if I don’t give these born-again newshounds a standing ovation, any more than the IRS applauds somebody when they file their taxed 2 years late. The Gosnell story is exactly the kind our media claims it lives for (“if it bleeds, it leads,” remember?), not one they have to be shamed into acknowledging. “Shame,” though, is probably not the right word; It’s more the panicked embarrassment of an office worker caught sleeping off a drunk in his cubicle, and now offers to work overtime.

    So yes, I suppose the media will be covering Gosnell now, but what they’re really covering is their own ass. It will receive the minimum airplay necessary to make it all go away, and be pursued with all enthusiasm of a 6 year old going to the dentist. No roundtable media panels on the story’s “deeper meanings.” With luck, the wingnuts will calm down and the story will fade away in 48 hours.

    Then back to a nap in the cubicle.

    52jude • 8 hours ago

    − This is the “new norm” for the media. There is no such thing as “we report, you decide”. They spend all their time promoting the agenda of their chosen one. The truth be damned.

    Check out the Huff Post; there is an article blaming this on the inability of women to get abortions for free and says that they have to seek out cheap and back alley methods; just like before Roe vs. Wade. In other words deflect, distort, defend and deny. But not one thing about what a monster Gosnell is.

  55. Admin wrote: “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and a dozen other Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida — have threatened to filibuster any gun bill”

    foxylady14 wrote: “The senate votes to move forward on gun bill 🙁
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/04/11/guns-senate-filibuster-vote-live/2073529/

    Hey, Admin, what happened? What went wrong? You promised us his water gun was broken! Darn. 🙁

  56. What exactly is a liberal? Is a liberal someone who believes in limited government and individual freedom? Or is a liberal someone with totalitarian leanings who believes that government should force people to do what they believe is right? If the latter, then how are they really different from the communists. Lest we forget the communists believed that everyone was equal but some people were more equal than others. And, the communists talked about serving the people, but the party was supposedly the vanguard, and people should defer. And the party believed in communitarianism, or as Learned Hand put it, service to the collect is perfect freedom. And of course, the communist party played the race card against the United States, and fomented civil strife. That said, I defy you to tell me what the difference is between a dimocrat and a communist. It is a distinction without a difference. And until we stop using the word liberal to describe left wing totalitarians we will be at sea, in my opinion. If it walks like a duck, if it talks like a duck, then it is a fools errand to call it a liberal.

  57. wbboei: “I defy you to tell me what the difference is between a dimocrat and a communist.”

    I presume you have a favorable opinion of Hillary, or you would not be here. So what is your impression of Hillary? What do you see as her political philosophy?

  58. What exactly is a liberal? Is a liberal someone who believes in limited government and individual freedom?
    —————————————–
    Sadly, it is even worse than that. Pat Toomey Republican ran as TEA Party and in early letters to constituents, thanked them for the movement which led to his election.

    Now:
    Double jolt from Pa. over gun issue
    Two senators back new laws, a shift, and maybe wise politics.
    …Sen. Pat Toomey sat down in his office with the parents of some of the children killed in the Newtown shootings….
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/congressional/20130414_Double_jolt_from_Pa__over_gun_issue.html

  59. Marco Rubio appears not to be lost to us. Check him out on Chris Wallace. Had no idea my basic Fox channel carried some FoxNews stuff. Most of the time was spent explaining immigration reform. I grew impatient with that. During last few minutes, Chris asks if he’ll vote for Toomey amndmt esp since he was for filibuster. His reponse negative, but evasive: leary of venturing into 2nd amendment area.

    Have to see rest of Chris. BBL.

  60. No matter how many laws they pass on gun control it will not stop the killing.
    Crazy people and evil people do not obey the law
    ———————-
    Yep. Forget which of guests spoke competently about this (might have been Cornyn) … and the thought is out there that Toomey-Manchin would not have stopped any of the last 4 massacres.

    Wish I could remember better w/o notes. But can tell you Dick Durbin was on too and what a mess he is. Guess you all know that already. Wallace asked: do you have the votes for toomey-man? Had to ask a second time after listening to Durbin song and dance.

  61. HenryJohnson
    April 14, 2013 at 5:31 am

    wbboei: “I defy you to tell me what the difference is between a dimocrat and a communist.”

    I presume you have a favorable opinion of Hillary, or you would not be here. So what is your impression of Hillary? What do you see as her political philosophy?
    ——————————
    I am here because my friends are here. My friends are the people who, like me, devoted a year of their lives doing everything they could to get Hillary nominated. We are comrades in arms. We make a distinction on this blog between traditional democrats and dimocrats. Dimocrat is a code word for sheep who judge a book by its cover, and can be bamboozled into supporting a candidate who violates the very democratic principles they claim to believe it—like a color blind society, personal freedom, safety nets, and more or less the legacy of Roosevelt. Now we come to the tough question—my impression of Hillary. It is something of a moving target. It is not and never will be worshipful, and as with any politician, I do what she herself told me and the rest of us to do, which is to pay attention not to what a politician says but to what they do. And that is why I was crestfallen to see how she handled the Benghazi situation, before, during and after. Prior to that, the answer to your question would have been easier. Whereas now, seeing that, and seeing how the very forces we have been fighting in big media are lining up behind her, and those forces are, I submit, the real enemy of the American People, I am inclined to take a more skeptical and neutral stand on the whole affair. Much depends on who the Republicans put up as a candidate. If it is Jebediah, then I would vote for Hillary. If it is someone else, we shall see. But my days of trecking across this country, supporting her state by state are over. And by over, I mean just that, over.

  62. wbboei wrote: “seeing how the very forces we have been fighting in big media are lining up behind her, and those forces are, I submit, the real enemy of the American People, I am inclined to take a more skeptical and neutral stand on the whole affair.”

    Admin, are you roughly in the same place regarding Hillary?

    wbboei wrote: “If it is Jebediah, then I would vote for Hillary.”

    Can you elaborate on that? Thanks.

    Also, is Hillary the only Democratic candidate in which you would have any interest? If no, what are some other Dems who interest you?

    Alternately, if Hillary is your only Dem candidate, and she chooses not to run, which of the Republican possibilities interest you at the moment?

    Admin, are there Republican candidates which interest you? Are there Democratic alternatives which interest you?

  63. HenryJohnson
    April 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    ——————–
    If you had addressed your question to me then I would have said at this point, there are no Republican candidates that interest me. I was interested in Rubio rather than Ryan for vice president but his ties to the Bush people are discouraging. Lets put the shoe on the other foot. Suppose you step down from the role of the grand inquisitor of seville and give the rest of us the benefit of your wisdom on the subject. Or is that asking too much?

  64. I should add that from my perspective, there are no other Democrat candidates who interest me. At one point I saw Evan Bayh as someone of interest, and Hillary may well have selected him as her vice president had she been nominated. But seeing his connections through his wife to big pharma, and seeing how he flip flopped on Obama care because of it, the bloom is off that rose. I have close friends in Indiana, who worked for his father, who also became a lobbyist, who lost faith in him.
    Who else is there? Well, Brian Schweitzer is mentioned–a cowboy democrat from Montana, who got drunk at the Convention and bragged about how they hid voting booths in Montana so only their supporters would vote. Big media loves him but not me. Big sis has been mention–I will say no more about that. And then of course there is Elizabeth Warren. I defer to Bill Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection in determining her bona fides. Truth to tell, the hard left has no candidate this time around, but if past is prologue they will conspire with Republicans like Rove to defeat Hillary because what is most important to them is control of the party.

  65. foxyladi14
    April 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    tomorrow is lil kim’s birthday.:)
    ———————
    Good. Dennis Rodman can send him a singing telegram. They are, as you know, friends for life. Dennis can’t think and Kim can’t play basketball. For those who believe opposites attract, this makes for a perfect marriage.

  66. wbboei wrote: “If it is Jebediah, then I would vote for Hillary.”

    Can you elaborate on that? Thanks.
    ———————-
    Yes. As Holmes said in a famous legal opinion: three generations of idiots is enough. That is the problem with all dynasties. Hemophilia is but one of the many downsides of too much inbreeding. And no to your next question—that does not apply to Hillary.

  67. Head’s up on a rally scheduled for Tuesday. Full of enthusiasm, but very short notice.
    On Tuesday, April 16, Tea Party Patriots is urging all of our members to join activists across the nation protesting the back-room deals that are voted on before anyone can read them…The Senate is supposed to represent the people. With these debates, it is increasingly apparent the Senate largely represents itself and its own interests – violating the principles, traditions, and constitutional values of the American experiment.
    We cannot let this stand, so we again urge you to join Protests at your local Senator’s office at noon local time on Tuesday.
    https://www.teapartypatriots.org/2013/04/call-to-action-save-the-date-for-tuesday/

    There is a place to sign up. Looks like PA has Casey’s office in Pbrgh + Toomey’s in Philadelphia on tap. If I participate it will be at Toomey’s local office. TPP is trying to get supplies, bullet items together but nothing yet.

  68. wbboei wrote: “Suppose you step down from the role of the grand inquisitor of seville and give the rest of us the benefit of your wisdom on the subject. Or is that asking too much?”

    Not at all, but I’m afraid you’ll find my answer a bit disappointing, and it will help explain why I’m asking these questions.

    I am impressed with Hillary. She has a lot of experience, and seems extraordinarily well-qualified, probably more so than almost anyone else who’s frequently discussed. But while I have no doubt that she will lead the nation capably and with competence, I am very vague on the direction she will set. And, for my money, competence is only one half of the coin; the other half is the agenda. And I’m not sure about voting for a candidate without knowing that agenda.

    Which is frankly where you come in, and where sites like this come in. I’m trying to figure out how those who LIKE Hillary and SUPPORT Hillary assess her political philosophy and direction. On the one hand, she is a Democrat. On the other hand, much of what Admin writes here, and much of what is written in the comments, seem to suggest that Hillary is very conservative by Democratic standards. You reinforce that, from my perspective, when you indicate that you prefer Hillary over Jeb, for example (suggesting, as far as I can tell, that Hillary is more conservative than Jeb).

    And yet, as you say yourself, it seems that much of the media seems to like Hillary. If one accepts the premise that that approval stems from what they perceive as her liberal bona fides, then perhaps Hillary, who is after all a Democrat, really is a bit of a liberal, perhaps even more of one than Jeb.

    Just to confuse you more, I’m not necessarily looking for someone who lines up with me on the liberal to conservative scale. I could support candidates who are both more liberal than me and more conservative than me. More specifically, my own issues mix is variable, on some issues I’m liberal, some I’m conservative. Which is why my candidate choices are unpredictable.

    The problem is that where Hillary is concerned, I don’t have a clear picture of her political philosophy. When I came to this site, I figured this site would help me to determine that; but it doesn’t seem to be making it easier for me. Not anyone’s fault; I guess it’s just one of those things.

    wbboei wrote: “I was interested in Rubio…At one point I saw Evan Bayh as someone of interest”

    I have no doubt that you are being honest, but I don’t see the common thread that runs through Hillary, Rubio and Bayh, so, frankly, that doesn’t help me suss out where Hillary is philosophically.

    wbboei wrote: “Big sis has been mention–I will say no more about that.”

    Well, yeah, I’m curious about whom you mean. Something tells me you would have been less cryptic if you had wanted folks to know whom you meant, so I won’t bother asking!

  69. This blogger comment caught my eye. Until I have read the legislation however, or someone I trust has done so, I cannot say whether Marco’s efforts have been for the good of the country, or simply for the good of the party and the Bush clan. Stay tuned.
    ———————————
    John Sydney McCain

    Juan Sydney McAmnesty

    Marco Sydney Rubio

    Marco ScrewedThePoochio

    Well since McCain is close to retirement or death, i guess the Media needs a new compliant republican darling that thinks democrat that they can hug and say why cant more republicans be like him.

    Rubio fits the bill

    …a little on the short and chubby side…just like Juan
    …balding with a comb over…just like Juan
    …and dumb as a brick when it comes to understanding that democrats dont hold to their end of the deal ever…just like Juan

    And one day he will run for president just like Juan and the media will turn against him during the campaign just like Juan.

    Meh…so much for that conservative rising star…just like Juan in more ways than one.

  70. I am impressed with Hillary. She has a lot of experience, and seems extraordinarily well-qualified, probably more so than almost anyone else who’s frequently discussed. But while I have no doubt that she will lead the nation capably and with competence, I am very vague on the direction she will set. And, for my money, competence is only one half of the coin; the other half is the agenda. And I’m not sure about voting for a candidate without knowing that agenda.
    ————————–
    Yes. But I wonder in the end how much that really counts. If you take the Madisonian view of the constitution, it marks the outer boundaries of the arena within which competing factions in our political system compete for power, influence and public money. The speeches are simply marketing. The motivation of establishment Democrats and Republicans is to serve the agenda of the factions they represent. My mistake was falling for the marketing. I highly recommend to you the book by Jay Cost called Spoiled Rotten, which describes how the national political organization known as the Democratic Party, first formed by Andrew Jackson in 1824, that has always prided itself as the party of the poor, the working class, the little guy is anything but that—rather, it’s a corrupt tool of special interest groups that feed off of the federal government. The Republicans for their part are not much better. They pretend to believe in limited government, but they practice the opposite. That is why both parties are bitterly opposed to the Tea Party, who in its better moments embraces an agenda of putting the American People first.

  71. Which is frankly where you come in, and where sites like this come in. I’m trying to figure out how those who LIKE Hillary and SUPPORT Hillary assess her political philosophy and direction. On the one hand, she is a Democrat. On the other hand, much of what Admin writes here, and much of what is written in the comments, seem to suggest that Hillary is very conservative by Democratic standards. You reinforce that, from my perspective, when you indicate that you prefer Hillary over Jeb, for example (suggesting, as far as I can tell, that Hillary is more conservative than Jeb).

    And yet, as you say yourself, it seems that much of the media seems to like Hillary. If one accepts the premise that that approval stems from what they perceive as her liberal bona fides, then perhaps Hillary, who is after all a Democrat, really is a bit of a liberal, perhaps even more of one than Jeb.

    Just to confuse you more, I’m not necessarily looking for someone who lines up with me on the liberal to conservative scale. I could support candidates who are both more liberal than me and more conservative than me. More specifically, my own issues mix is variable, on some issues I’m liberal, some I’m conservative. Which is why my candidate choices are unpredictable.
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    I think liberal vs. conservative is a false canard. The acid test is do they represent the American People or the special interests at the expense of the American People. So which is it–because it cannot be both. Take a guy like Durbin. Likeable enough. But a charter member of the pay to play Illinois Combine. Take a guy like McCain. Thinks of himself as the leader of the party, and is strictly establishment and neocon to a fault. One liberal one conservative and neither one of them is what they pretend to be. And neither is in touch with the American People. Now that is where it gets confusing. We need new terms. And then there is that other comment by Holmes where he wondered whether politicians are not akin to the dung sweepers who walk behind the circus elephants which are the great social movements or economic calamities of the age. When her campaign was collapsing, Hillary made a comment about how few leaders there were in both parties.

  72. when you indicate that you prefer Hillary over Jeb, for example (suggesting, as far as I can tell, that Hillary is more conservative than Jeb).
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    You have got to get away from this liberal or conservative dichotomy. The pivotal question is are they problemsolvers and can they deliver. That is the basis on which I prefer Hillary. As between the two, Jebediah is more conservative. Sot it has nothing whatsoever to do with that.

  73. “Big sis
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    Neopolitano. Head of Homeland Security has been mentioned as a possible left wing nominee. If big media supported her she could get the nomination. Merit–or the lack thereof has little or nothing to do with it. When we talk about big media, experience shows that they are interested in one thing, which trumps objectivity, fairness and concern for the country. And what is that one thing? power. Nothing more and nothing less. The facade is gone. What you see is what you get.

  74. Interesting conversation going on between Wbb and Henry J…

    Henry, my guess is you are either a young voter and don’t know of Hillary’s past record before she became SOS, or something else is going on here that I am not quite sure of.

    I agree with Wbb that it is really not a black and white issue of Democrat/liberal vs Republican/conservative. Most of us here on the blog had a completely different opinion of what the Democratic party stood for in 2007, but we have seen corruption from the DNC and party leaders that stinks as much as the Republican leaders stink, corruption and false promises galore. Political window dressing, flowery words, marketing as Wbb says…and what happens after that is just a game on the chess board, the American voter isn’t even a part of the real game.

    Personally, I have lost faith in most of congress and the current administration is a bad joke.

    Hillary is one of the very few people in politics that I really trust. Is she perfect, no more than you and I are perfect. Would she make a great President? Hands down, I would have to say YES. To find out more about what Hillary is about, how she would most likely lead, would take something like Admins blog, going back to the beginning to explain, or try reading one of Hillary’s books to get an idea of what her beliefs are. Generally, I would say she is a social liberal and a semi-conservative when it comes to Defense and fiscal responsibility…similar to Bill Clinton’s policies, minus the sexual indiscretions.

    Best of luck deciding who to support, however, come 2016 there will only be a few people you can vote for, and it is entirely your decision.

  75. wbboei: First, thank you for several replies today for my questions. To save space, however, I’m just going to comment on one passage of what you wrote, for now, though I’m happy to revisit other areas of what you’ve said today, if you’d like:

    “Take a guy like Durbin. Likeable enough. But a charter member of the pay to play Illinois Combine. Take a guy like McCain. Thinks of himself as the leader of the party, and is strictly establishment and neocon to a fault. One liberal one conservative and neither one of them is what they pretend to be. And neither is in touch with the American People.”

    By inference, you appear to be saying that Hillary doesn’t fit into these sorts of categories, an important reason why you tentatively view her favorably. Just a reminder that my favorable view of her is based on her intelligence and experience. Despite those virtues, I see a woman who is not particularly immune from the typical flaws of politicians like Durbin and McCain. You, apparently, see a woman who IS somewhat immune to those flaws, if I understand you correctly. On what basis do you so conclude?

    Shadowfax wrote: “Henry, my guess is you are either a young voter and don’t know of Hillary’s past record before she became SOS, or something else is going on here that I am not quite sure of.”

    You are exactly right. I am indeed a young voter, and my first-hand knowledge of Hillary is largely based on what I’ve seen of her after I started paying attention to politics, and is indeed largely confined to her tenure as SOS.

    Shadowfax wrote: “Hillary is one of the very few people in politics that I really trust. Is she perfect, no more than you and I are perfect. Would she make a great President? Hands down, I would have to say YES.”

    And why do you have such trust in her? I get the impression you think she belongs in an entirely different category from other American political leaders. Why? In my own case, while I view her as somewhat more intelligent and competent than the other presidential wannabes, I fail to see why so many have concluded she so dramatically stands apart from other politicians; I just don’t see this big difference, only a difference in degree (of intelligence and competence). What am I missing?

    Shadowfax wrote: “I would say she is a social liberal and a semi-conservative when it comes to Defense and fiscal responsibility”

    If I understand you correctly, this is how you would answer my question regarding Hillary’s relative position on the political spectrum. On the other hand, you’re not necessarily claiming that this particular mix of political philosophy is why you approve of, and support, her. In fact, you seem to be implying that if someone else came along with exactly the same political philosophy mix, that would not, in itself, particularly endear you or not endear you to a candidate. Have I got that right?

  76. Melissa Harris-Perry Doubles Down: ‘We Need To Impinge On Individual Freedoms’ For ‘Common Good’
    “This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple hundred years.”

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    Not only is this philosophy abhorrent to the meaning of the Constitution, but the woman is not rational. She stands there and talks about the ‘common good’, while supporting affirmative action (or what I call affirmative discrimination) quotas, group identity politics, class warfare, special interests and unending entitlements.

  77. As in other campaigns…it’s not even the 2016 election cycle yet and we are already getting visited.

  78. rickya wrote: “Who did you support during the 2008 Democratic Primaries?”

    I wasn’t involved — too young (also too young for 2012 — turned 18 too late). That said, I’m not that thrilled with Obama. I don’t think I dislike him as much as some here, but I feel that he is the improv president, and his improvs are erratic and unpredictable. An excellent example has been afforded us just in the last few months, where he started out making a liberal second inauguration address and then flips to become a Republican-inviting supporter of chained CPI. It’s dizzying, and I don’t think it stems from any super-clever Machiavellian instincts; I think it stems from indecisiveness and insecurity, two flaws which Hillary doesn’t have. I’m not particularly opposed to implementing the chained CPI (I’m no expert on Social Security, and don’t really have an opinion on that yet), but it bothers me that a presidential leader abruptly changes signals like that.

    foxyladi14 wrote: “I believe that Hillary is very conservative by Democratic standards.”

    Now here you’ve provided me with something intriguing, confusing and potentially useful. Do you count her conservatism as a plus? Is it one of the reasons you support her? If that is the case, what’s your take on the fact that she’s a Democrat, not a Republican? What’s your take on the fact that the Clintons historically have won elections through the FDR coalition (blue-collar and urban, older white and minority, very different from the Obama coalition)? Was not FDR a liberal hero? Do you approve of FDR?

    Basically, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I know why I’m leaning toward her: intelligence and competence. But I’m looking to amass and understand the case for Hillary, not on the part of a snot-nosed green-around-the-gills kid like me but from the point of view of folks like those who participate on this web site, who seem to have been around a while. Thanks.

  79. HenryJohnson
    April 15, 2013 at 3:45 am
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    I am glad you are on this blog. I am sure we can all learn from each other.

  80. wbboei wrote: “I am glad you are on this blog. I am sure we can all learn from each other.”

    Thank you.

  81. HenryJohnson
    April 15, 2013 at 3:45 am
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    I am glad you are on the blog also. I appreciate the respect with which you are talking to people, even when you disagree with them.

    I am here because I do believe in Hillary. Maybe it is her Republian past, and the difficulties that she has handled with her family that make me believe in her. She is loyal, decisive, yet practical. I found myself just this morning agreeing with a conservative friend of mine on facebook. I don’t think things are all Dem or Rep (Black and White), but shades of gray. I think Hillary understands this and I also feel that with her performance in the Senate she has proven she can work across the aisle (even with some people considered to be her enemy), she can craft legislation, and she understands the problems of health care indepth more than anyone else.

    If she perfect? No, but I would and will join her Army anytime as I believe she will make the fairest decision for ALL the people of this country.

    Welcome to the Blog, and please keep coming back.

  82. Welcome HenryJohnson. 🙂

    I believe that Hillery is more of a center rather then far left.
    I like center minded people not extreme ones for POTUS.. 🙂

  83. Henry J

    I agree with others that you are a welcome addition to the blog.

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    Shadowfax wrote: “Hillary is one of the very few people in politics that I really trust. Is she perfect, no more than you and I are perfect. Would she make a great President? Hands down, I would have to say YES.”

    And why do you have such trust in her?

    [Call it history, I am the same age as Hillary and have followed her since she was First Lady, back in the ‘covered wagon days’… My personal beliefs are pretty close to what Hillary has tried to accomplish, and I admire her intelligence, core beliefs, hard work, courage and her tireless work for women all over the world.]

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    I get the impression you think she belongs in an entirely different category from other American political leaders. Why?

    [To me, Hillary is in a different category, why, because ‘what you see, is what you get’.

    She doesn’t try to con you, she doesn’t promise you something she doesn’t actually try to get. Take her Universal Health Care plan she tried to push forward when Bill was President, it was blocked at every turn by the Republican’s, they hated the fact that she was even given such a task as First Lady. It never went though, but not because Hillary didn’t try her best.

    She is a complex woman, who doesn’t fit into the ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ box IMO, she is a strong believer in defending America, more so than most liberals, and she doesn’t believe in raising taxes to pay for a list of freebies, like Obama. She does believe in the social safety nets, but she tries to think of fair ways to pay for them. To me, these examples show that Hillary is more of a centrist Democrat, left leaning woman…and so am I.]

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    Shadowfax wrote: “I would say she is a social liberal and a semi-conservative when it comes to Defense and fiscal responsibility”

    If I understand you correctly, this is how you would answer my question regarding Hillary’s relative position on the political spectrum. On the other hand, you’re not necessarily claiming that this particular mix of political philosophy is why you approve of, and support, her.

    [Yes, as I stated above, I am a centrist, leaning left…and that’s why I agree with so many things Hillary has done. I always thought of myself as a liberal, until Obama came along and took it so far left I could no longer identify with the Democratic Party under Obama, I am still a registered Democrat.]

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    In fact, you seem to be implying that if someone else came along with exactly the same political philosophy mix, that would not, in itself, particularly endear you or not endear you to a candidate. Have I got that right?

    [Nope, I stand by Hillary and no one else comes close to her in my book except her husband, Bill Clinton.

    To me, they are in a class of their own…all others pale when it comes to intelligence and policies I believe in.

    I’m sure there are other good people that could lead this country, but no one I can think of that would match up to Hillary.]

  84. Dangerously Rewriting History: Manufactured Muslim Myths Presented As Fact

    Historical revisionism has taken on a new life, as history is scrubbed and manufactured Muslim myths are presented as fact.

    Pioneering historian Bat Ye’or recently visited the British Museum and found that “Palestinian propaganda and its cohorts of EU bowdlerizing troops have also visited the Museum – which is why all the information notes pertaining to the artifacts that mention the history of the Kingdoms of Judea and Israel now also mention the word “Palestine” – even 3,000 years B.C. – while the name was only given to the land in 135 A.D. by Roman Emperor Hadrian when he incorporated it into the Roman Empire.”

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/04/british-museum-dangerously-rewriting-history-manufactured-muslim-myths-presented-as-fact/

  85. Leanora
    April 10, 2013 at 6:04 am
    Obama and his ‘cult’ seem to love sticking it to the taxpayers.
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    Let me get this straight. As far as I know, the White House tours are still suspended due to the “extreme financial hardship imposed by sequestration that those mean Republicans foisted on us” (nevermind the fact that Obama is the one who came up with the whole sequestration idea).

    Yet here’s Preezie kicking out the jams. “Hey, let’s order 20 magnum size Dom Perignons, ya know, to celebrate all our ‘hard work’, heh heh”.

    So they cancel tours which actually generate revenue, but stick the American tax payers for the bill for the good time enjoyed by their small clique.

    Nice. The empty suit celebrity 1600 resident knows no shame.

  86. ..Two explosions at Boston marathon finish line
    By Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 4 mins 23 secs ago….Email0Share0
    Share10Print……BOSTON – Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries.

    Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

    “There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina.

    He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

    About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line.

    Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

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