Holy Fiasco Friday Batman! Barack Obama To Meet Idiot Matt Damon In Elysium

Update: Try to stay awake. The usual Obama publicity stunt on a Friday before vacation is on. Most everyone is likely to write an open thread: Obama presser type article/blog entry to discuss this non-event. The usual lies and sounds of distorted reality will be emitted. We don’t expect Big Media to ask Obama a question about how life is in Elysium with once pretty boy Matt and his private school kids hypocrisy.

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Warning! Another publicity stunt tomorrow! Barack Obama, as usual before every one of his many vacations, will perform at a press conference publicity stunt. The press conference publicity stunt is scheduled on a midsummer Friday so that when Obama proves himself a boob, again, the news or lack of news will be lost to the public because Big Media will have an excuse to ignore the gaffes sure to come. After the publicity stunt Barack goes to Elysium to meet with hypocrite and idiot Matt Damon.

We’ve discussed the once pretty boy, Matt, back in 2011. Our article then was titled Matt Damon Proves He Is Too Stupid To Be Allowed To Criticize Sarah Palin (fun videos to be watched there). Pretty boy Matt of course used to be a big stupid Obama supporter in 2008 and attacked every woman who dared challenge giving Barack Obama more authority than getting Bill Clinton coffee. Now Matt is getting paunchy, bald, and grumpy, – not to mention more hypocritical and idiotic than ever. Paunchy is now so grumpy he is even unhappy with Barack.

But there was a time when the boy blunder used to love himself some Barack. Did you read our last article about Obama’s Face? It’s not just that “milky loads” pig Andrew Sullivan nor overly botoxed horse-face John Kerry that loved Obama’s Face. Then pretty Matt Damon had this to say about Barack, “I think a lot of the problems in the world would be mitigated if he were the face of our country.” That’s not exactly an example of what Matt condescendingly calls “higher order thinking” is it?

We’ll get back to Matt Damon and his meeting with Barack in Elysium shortly. We need to bid good riddance to Barack as he goes on his latest multimillion taxpayer subsidized vacation. Barack Obama, like his mentor Jeremiah Wright, who shouted ‘na, na, na, Not God bless America, God Damn America’ on the Sunday after September 11, 2001 and then moved to a gated community and into a mansion so big it has an elevator in it, Obama knows where to get his buns butttered.



Like the man who mentored him and from whom he borrowed for a book title – Barack is on his way to Elysium for vacation:

“When he vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama will stay at the $7.6 million home of a wealthy financier who specializes in corporate restructuring, the type of thing Obama and his allies mercilessly slammed Mitt Romney for during the 2012 campaign.

The owner, David Schulte, is the founder of Chilmark Partners, a company that has been “been providing companies, creditors, and other key stakeholders with clear, careful advice in complex restructuring situations for more than 27 years,” according to its website. The firm also “has decades of mergers and acquisition experience, both in distressed contexts and for healthy companies.” Schulte “has more than 30 years of restructuring experience” and before Chilmark “created and ran Salomon Brothers Corporate Reorganization Group.”

Bain Capital, which Romney led, took controlling stakes in companies and restructured them – sometimes painfully – in an effort to profit from a newly lean and mean corporation. For this basic exercise in capitalism, Romney was relentlessly pilloried during the 2012 campaign as an iniquitous corporate looter by Obama and his Democratic allies. [snip]

But Obama’s moral objections to Romney’s behavior apparently end at the door of his exquisite new vacation rental property.”

Ambrosia. How wonderful to be in Elysium! How knee buckling the splendors of isolation with your own kind. It must be thrilling to know that you’ve left all those poor saps in Chicago, hiding from murderers and poverty, not to mention the stench of the stockyard history, so so behind after so successfully fooling the boobs with flowery words. This weekend is one of entertainments and who knows what debaucheries behind the gates. Perhaps the citizens of Elysium will gather together to watch the film Elysium? Ya think? Maybe?

There’s nothing Obama likes more for relaxation than watching himself so why not watch Elysium the film? Elysium the film opens nationwide tonight as Thursday becomes Friday. By now you must have heard of the film Elysium, right? Elysium stars Matt Damon:

“‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp, star Matt Damon deny movie has political agenda

LOS ANGELES – The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “politically charged flight of speculative fiction.”

Newsmax refers to it “sci-fi socialism” and “political propaganda.”

Variety said its one of the “more openly socialist political agendas of any Hollywood movie in memory, beating the drum loudly not just for universal healthcare, but for open borders, unconditional amnesty and the abolition of class distinctions as well.” [snip]

“I don’t think it is trying to say anything. It just presents the issue – the distinct difference between the haves and the have nots,” he told FOX411 while promoting the flick.”

The haves and the have nots? We know what side Barack Obama and Matt Damon are on. In the “two Americas” hypocrite treacherous boob Barack and idiot once-pretty boy Matt stand with John Edwards and Jeremiah Wright. They’re all in Elysium:

“Set in the year 2154, “Elysium” imagines a world where two distinct classes remain. There is the overpopulated, crime-riddled, poverty-stricken slums of Earth, and then there are the excessively wealthy who reside on Elysium, a slick, mind-blowing man-made space station that comes complete with a cure for every illness, and humans and robots that stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyles of Elysium’s lucky few.

Doesn’t this tiresome movie plot sound like Detroit versus wherever Barack Obama is?

Which is not to say that Boob Barack is entirely welcome in Elysium. As our commenter Lil Ole Grape would no doubt remind us, not everyone in Elysium wants to see that Obama mole scarred puss:

“Some of the local newspapers on Martha’s Vineyard report that island goers “can expect extraordinary and lengthy up-Island detours, after President Barack Obama and his family arrive Saturday.” [snip]

One commenter responds, “He really needs to find another place to go. He treats people here terribly.”

Darn it, there are dissidents even in Elysium!:

“The official synopsis for the upcoming science fiction film “Elysium” has been released online. It’s from “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster:

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

Darn that Jodie Foster! How dare she block immigration reform! Er… we forgot for a few seconds that it’s just a film. Still… immigration reform in what passes for the real world would really hurt low wage workers in America today... but what the Hell, Barack has to help keep down wages doesn’t he? That’s why Matt Damon looking for workers on his Elysium plantation is happy about Plan B on immigration reform for amnesty supporters: Have Obama issue an order granting temporary amnesty. But back to the movie.

Elysium, the film sucks! That’s what Matt Demon’s friends and Barack Obama supporters at The Atlantic think:

“The Epic Disappointments of ‘Elysium’ [snip]

Loud, clunky, and disappointingly shallow, Blomkamp didn’t rock the studio system so much as it seemingly rocked him.

What’s most jarring, and dismaying, about Elysium — about a ruined and impoverished 22nd century Earth and the gleaming space arcology where all the rich people live — is how many tired action movie cliches Blomkamp traffics in. There are many, far too many, Matrix-esque slo-mo shots, so predictable and hacky by now that parts of Elysium look no more sophisticated than a Resident Evil movie. [snip]

In addition to the corny tricks and gimmicks that Blomkamp uses to gild his cluttered, ultra-violent (several people gorily explode in the movie) action sequences, Elysium suffers from a dearth of thoughtfulness. The allegory he’s working with here is about immigration and health care, and while those are indeed pressing topics ripe for spinning into dark and insisting fables, here the messaging is too literal and blunt. A ship full of illegals lands on (in?) Elysium and they flee like immigrants across the U.S./Mexico border, only to be brutally and inhumanely captured. Basic healthcare is hardly available on Earth, whereas on Elysium they have machines that can cure anything, essentially granting immortality. [snip]

Elysium is a disappointment. A big one, in fact.”

Sounds like Elysium the flim sucks huh? But before we descend, or ascend, into movie reviewers let’s discuss that lovable ex-pretty boy blockhead Matt Damon and Barack “the boob” Obama. They are the worst of our American Elysium:

The place in which they currently work, snicker, frolic, and make millions, is in fact Elysium.

If you want to experience “Elysium” today, just drive down Wilshire or Melrose. In just a couple of miles those famous boulevards turn from a gorgeous, mile-high, palm tree-lined gilded city where the Matt Damons shop, dine, exercise, enema, valet, facelift, chant, and enjoy the greatest healthcare in the world — to shit-hole city: urban sprawl, graffiti, crime, filth, and grinding poverty.”

The hypocrite idiots called Barack Obama and Matt Damon are the worse of any Elysium. The treacherous boob Barack:

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

What about Matt Damon? We know he’s an idiot. Is he a hypocrite? You betcha:

“He’s an actor. And activist. And, so brave. A bravactivist. Who high-tails it from the status quo he enables at the first sign his own children might have to suffer the crappy education the rest of the little people do.

A father of four (three daughters, aged seven, five and three, and a stepdaughter, 15), this summer he is moving his family from New York to Los Angeles, and the challenge of giving them a childhood that remotely resembles the one he enjoyed is about to get even harder.

Choosing a school has already presented a major moral dilemma. “Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big, big deal. And it was a giant family discussion. But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don’t have a choice. I mean, I pay for a private education and I’m trying to get the one that most matches the public education that I had, but that kind of progressive education no longer exists in the public system. It’s unfair.” Damon has campaigned against teachers’ pay being pegged to children’s test results: “So we agitate about those things, and try to change them, and try to change the policy, but you know, it’s a tough one.”

Hypocrite John Edwards used foundation money that was supposed to fight poverty to pay for his personal travel around the country when he ran for president. Edwards then premised his campaign as a “two Americas” war on poverty even as he built a monster house on real estate in Elysium. Likewise Matt Damon is a hypocrite of monumental proportions. In 2011 pretty boy Matt stroked his activism on behalf of public schools, in public:



What flowery words Matt. How dreamy! Too bad you won’t send your kids to be beaten up on buses because they refuse to buy drugs in the public schools you have flowery words for but won’t put your money or kids where your idiot mouth is. But then again you and Barack live in Elysium don’t you?



How wonderful it is to live in Elysium where you are exempt from your own words.



Matt Damon and Barack Obama have made wonderful lives for themselves by having two faces. One face is the public compassionate face that emits soothing verbiage against the “capitalist system” and that wins applause from fools happy to be parted from their money and their well being.

The other face is ugly, brutal, hate-filled for anyone that stands in their way. They are leaders in Elysium.

If that’s an example of Elysium – we’ll stay in the good ol’ U.S.A.

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222 thoughts on “Holy Fiasco Friday Batman! Barack Obama To Meet Idiot Matt Damon In Elysium

  1. Way to nail some hypocrites, Admin. Excellent.

    Man, that Elysium must be some kind of wonderful place. Sounds like they don’t have to struggle with complex solutions to difficult problems – the kind of problems that can be solved only by individuals with expansive knowledge, extraordinary analytical skills, access to vast and excellent research and data resources. Apparently, in Elysium the problems are simple, requiring only quick, easy, black and white answers:

    Some of the elysiumites, want to protect the perfection that is Elysium, and to preserve it’s beauty and its limitless treasures for themselves and their offspring. They recognize that just on the other side of the massive, golden doors to Elysium live the unfortunate Other People. Because these elysiumites, belong to a race known as MeanAss-Racist, they care little about social justice. They choose not to consider the concepts of oppression, MeanAss-Racist privilege, or cultural diversity. They could reach out to the Other People, but they deliberately choose not to do so. They care nothing for the suffering of the Other People, indeed, they enjoy it.

    The Other People know little of the joys of Elysium. Their days are not spent in bliss and beauty. Their nights are not spent in peaceful fulfillment. Their home holds none of the treasures to be found in abundance inside Elysium. Their only hope for happiness is to gain entrance into this utopia. They need access to the beauty, safety, and peace available behind that doorway. If the MeanAss-Racists refuse them refuge in Elysium, this will offer sufficient proof that they are a flawed and lost people, undeserving of redemption. They must be made to turn from their wickedness and selfishness, and to share their blessings with the throngs of Other People, awaiting a welcome.

    No need to worry about how the Other People with earn their livelihood. They, like the MeanAss Racists will find a way to share the jobs available. When there are no jobs left, the Benevolent Master, president of Elysium, will print money for them. These are perfect solutions, and no one will ever know suffering again. The MeanAss Racists and the Other People will dwell in harmony together, singing in the sunshine, as the Benevolent Master orders more money to be printed, or borrows a big beautiful bundle from the emperors of other lands. Everything will always be well. The people will multiply, and enjoy the never-ending resources of the land.

    How easy it is to solve problems in Elysium.

  2. Samantha Power: USA Has to Give Up a ‘Pinch of Sovereignty’

    If your hackles just went up when you read the title of this article, that’s a good sign. The message – you have to give up just a ‘pinch of sovereignty’ – comes from Socialist chick, Samantha Power, our new UN Ambassador. She is married to Socialist and former science czar Cass Sunstein.

    Samantha is an anti-semitic, far-left extremist who wants to see the USA sign treaties that surrender our sovereignty to the UN. The UN is comprised of Socialists and dictators.

    Those treaties and agreements would include the Arms Trade Treaty, TPP Agreement, Agenda 21, the UN CRPD, the ITU, LOST, UN Rights to Your Child, a UN global tax, UN Space Code, the UN International Criminal Court, et al.

    All of the above are Obama far-left initiatives and all of them cede what they would call a ‘pinch of sovereignty’ to the UN. It’s far more than a pinch, however.

    This administration wants us to abandon the USA as an individual, sovereign nation and embrace the global, one-world philosophy. It is a very dangerous concept.

    This ideology is why we see our borders evaporating with full-scale illegal immigration being welcomed. It is why Obama has no problem sending companies like GM and GE overseas. It is why Obama has diminished our influence in the world. It is why we won’t recognize the USA soon.

    Samantha Power was approved without even a whimper from Republicans. She received 87 votes despite the fact that we heard Republicans would fight her nomination.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/samantha-power-usa-has-to-give-up-a-pinch-of-sovereignty/

  3. Great post Admin.Still curious regarding your feelings on immigration. Seems the Repugs are giving America away. Third party is inevitable.
    Good article Leanora

  4. More of that entertainment/news wall at NBC News — raging homophobe Alec Baldwin’s going to host a MSNBC show.

    Sewer level now surpassed.

  5. Corrupt as hell.

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/fbi_ties_chicago_representatives_to_zimbabwe_lobbying-226951-1.html?pos=htmbtxt

    Two Democratic lawmakers from Illinois worked to help lift economic sanctions against Zimbabwe after being targeted by an illegal $3.4 million lobbying scheme, according to FBI testimony unsealed in federal court.

    Reps. Danny K. Davis and Bobby L. Rush, both of the Chicago area, were identified by Chicago media as “U.S. Representative A” and “U.S. Representative B” in the case, given that they were the only Illinois Democrats to have sponsored a failed 2010 resolution to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe cited in court documents.

    Two other Chicagoians, Prince Asiel Ben Israel and C. Gregory Turner, are charged with accepting millions in illegal payments from Zimbabwe officials to lobby U.S. lawmakers to remove sanctions against the African nation. Such sanctions have been in place for almost a decade due to long-time President Robert Mugabe’s record of abuses of power.

    Davis and Rush were not named in the affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Steven D. Noldin, dated July 16.

    According to the affidavit, U.S. Representative A sent a letter on official Congressional letterhead to Mugabe in August 2009 requesting a meeting, saying that he had been briefed by Ben Israel, “who continues to ‘inform and sensitive African American Leadership on not only the plight of the people of Zimbabwe, but on the economic and political direction of the African Continent.’”

    On Oct. 17, 2009, U.S. Representative A wrote a letter to Mugabe thanking him for “the most positive and productive meeting in New York” and confirming the best dates to travel to Zimbabwe for a follow-up.

    “Know that I am fully committed to working toward the removal of the sanctions placed upon Zimbabwe,” the letter said.

    U.S. Representative B, meanwhile, was part of an official U.S. congressional delegation to Africa in August 2009, and his involvement was shared with Zimbabwe officials.

    Both U.S. Representatives A and B are identified in the affidavit as lawmakers who represent districts in Chicago, but it was not immediately clear from the testimony which lawmaker corresponded with which letter.

    According to an official statement provided to CQ Roll Call, it appeared that Rush aligned himself with Representative B.

    “I had been scheduled to travel to Africa as part of an official delegation in 2009. If my itinerary had been shared with anyone connected with Zimbabwe or Zimbabwe officials, I had no knowledge of it,” said Rush in the statement emailed to CQ Roll Call by his press secretary. “Zimbabwe was not on my itinerary which included the following countries: Ghana, South Africa, Angola, Liberia, and an overnight stay in Morroco. Due to sudden illness I did not travel with the delegation. This is the first I’ve heard of this. I have not been questioned and I am not a cooperating witness. Also, I have not been notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that I am representative B. I have not retained private counsel and see no need to do so at this time.”

    Davis’ spokesman Ira Cohen told CQ Roll Call that the congressman has either retained, or will retain, legal counsel in preparation for whatever next steps might need to be taken in connection with the allegations.

  6. BUSTED

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/cuomo-100k-developer-signing-tax-break-law-article-1.1422003

    Gov. Cuomo got $100,000 from developer, then signed law giving it big tax breaks
    Twin $50,000 donations were made to Andrew Cuomo’s campaign by two companies that have the same address as Extell Financial Services, which is part of Extell Development Co. — one of five developers to receive hefty tax relief thanks to a bill signed by the governor two days after the contributions.

    …………….

    This is major corruption.

  7. moononpluto
    August 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Corrupt as hell.
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    The similarities to ABSCAM are worth noting. In that case, an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik offered money to offered money to six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, in exchange for political favors. The transaction was recorded on video tape, and led to their convictions.several democrat officials, and did so on video t

    Tom Puccio was the assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of that case. I knew him later when he was appointed trustee of Teamsters Local 295, which was the union featured in the movie Wiseguys. He was appointed by Judge Eugene Nickerson, who was part of the Long Island political machine run by John English. The attorney who represented Hillary before the Rules and Bylaws Committee on March 31, 2008 is, or was at that time, a member of English’s law firm.

    Tom struck me as a rather distant character. You could speak to him at times and wonder where his mind was. He was driving his Mercedes along the side of a waterway, and somehow the car went into the water. Tom managed to get the window open and swim to safety. However, his young son was killed which saddened all of us. I see where Tom died last year, of leukemia. He became a celebrity attorney and represented Clause Von Beulow, among others.

  8. I just received this in my e-mail and I’m passing it along…
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    President Obama’s FY2014 Budget–Nationalized Retirement Accounts!

    Do You Have a Retirement Account or know someone who does?

    Our Government’s Plan to De-Privatize and Seize Retirement Accounts is REAL, and has been in the works since Obama’s 2008 Presidential run.

    The National Debt, along with the lack of demand for U.S. Treasury (debt) Bonds, leaves President Obama & BIG Government with no other option. Trillions are due in obligations, and the U.S. has no one to borrow from, Except Your 401k & IRA!

    This is Not a conspiracy theory!

    Read the Senate Bills AND the petitions that aim to stop it.

    Learn More Here –
    http://news.goldworth.com/townhall/

  9. The decision by the Republican national committee to cut NBC and CNN out of the loop in the primary debates on the grounds of blatant partisanship is a welcome event by many, including myself. The Crowley debate where she and Obama tag teamed Romney is good and sufficient grounds unto itself. But I can assure you, it was not a welcome event by the corrupt executives at NBC and CNN. They pushed the envelope too far–and they are reaping the whirlwind. What exactly does that mean? First of all, the Democrat primary will be tantamount to a coronation, if Hillary decides to run. I am reasonably sure that Hillary will run, and that was decided by the editor of NYT Bill Keller and others when she declined to run against Obama in 2008. That means the viewing audience will be far less interested in the Democratic Party debates than in the Republican debates which will be competitive. It is rather obvious that big media and Washington insiders are in the bag for Christie, and they want the general election to be between fat boy and Hillary. And they want the opportunity which the debates will provide to smite down Christie’s challengers, i.e. Ron Paul, Ted Cruz, etc. who represent the people who live outside the Beltway, and are, therefore, a threat to the elites who wish to run the country, and supersede the Constitution. If you want proof of this, recall Ulsterman’s reporting of how big media choreographed the nomination of McCain, so Obama would win. The bottom line? By losing their presumed right to moderate the primaries, NBC and CNN lost three things: first, the fig leaf of neutrality; second, the ability to determine the Republican candidate; and third, the revenues which they expected to derive from the only debates that will be competitive, not a coronation, and therefore the object of public interest. Those are huge losses in terms of stature, power and money–the drugs to which they are addicted.

  10. Leanora
    August 9, 2013 at 10:20 am
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    That will happen for sure, if the Dims hold the Senate and take the House.

    It may be the only way to wake up the sheeple.

    I withdraw that foolish, unthinking, ignorant comment.

    Nothing will wake up the sheeple.

  11. declined to run against Obama in 2008—I meant 2012 when many of us, and Bill, begged her to run. To have run against him at that time would have exposed the complicity of big media, and by not running, the issue was avoided, and those who did raise it at all could be dismissed as racist, “crackers”, and the sheeple would swallow it hook line and sinker.

  12. Leanora
    August 9, 2013 at 10:20 am
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    Yes, it is a rather brazen approach. Rather than stealing from the unborne, Obama is stealing from the living. But of course it is their patriotic duty to contribute to his vision, because China will not lend us money forever, and there are more contributors to Obama who are looking to feed like pigs at the public trough. Simply put, I want them to follow through on this, so there is no ambiguity of what the game is here. Go for it, and when the public gets up in arms, I will join the chorus of calling them racists, and opposing the benign policies of our first black president. So go ahead Obama, and the rest of the dims, force through a 5000 page bill which nobody has read. You will get no argument from me. Any argument to the sheeple is like pissing in the wind.

  13. http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/08/09/seventy-vineyard-rooms-booked-secret-service/

    In a sign of the expense taxpayers incur treating President Obama to a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the Secret Service has had to book 70 rooms at a single hotel on the island at a cost of at least $175,000.

    It’s just a small portion of the costs assumed by the public for a president who takes major vacations at least twice a year. Other costs add much more to the total, including the tab for flying Air Force One at about $180,000 per hour roundtrip to Cape Cod, where Obama will land before choppering onto the island, as well as separate military cargo planes.

    There are also many additional rooms required for staff and countless other logistical needs.

  14. Admin-

    The haves and the have nots? We know what side Barack Obama and Matt Damon are on.

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    Ironic that two well financed Haves, are the hypocrites that pretend to fight for the HaveNots. If they really supported the haveNots, they would share some of their Haves – with them.

    Bill Gates is putting his money where his mouth is…

    Damon, Barcko…only empty words, smoke and mirrors

  15. Our beloved Big Media . . .

    Pretends to speak truth to power . . .

    However . . .

    Their adamant refusal . . .

    To simply ask . . .

    These simple, straightforward and logical . . .

    Questions . . .

    Which any who calls himself a journalist . . .

    Would be compelled by his profession

    Pursuant to its role in a constitutional democracy . . .

    To ask . . .

    The man who occupies the White House . . .

    And to demand responsive answers . . .

    In the name of the time honored principle of . . .

    Political accountability . . .

    Makes these snakes . . . snakes . . . and—

    Accomplices to the destruction of this country, and its future.

    So here are the questions they love to censor . . .
    —————————-

    Top 10 Questions Journalists Won’t Ask President Obama at Press Conference

    Obama rarely makes himself available to the mainstream media. They adore him anyway. At rare press conferences, such as the one scheduled for noon Friday at the White House, they lob softball questions or accept his evasive, meandering answers, rarely pressing him for clarity, much less truth. But there are many questions that the president ought to answer, yet which he is unlikely to face at all.

    10. In 2008 you promised not to “do an end-run around Congress” with signing statements. Yet you have used signing statements and you have taken executive actions to circumvent Congress on immigration and other issues. Recently, you decided the employer mandate will not be enforced on October 1. Yet that date is stipulated by law. Doesn’t the Obamacare delay violate your powers under the Constitution?

    9. Last week we learned that dozens of CIA personnel were in Benghazi at the time of the attack, and that there may be ongoing efforts to suppress information about what actually happened. In October 2012, you said that you issued three directives when you learned of the attack, yet these have never been seen. What did you actually do during the Benghazi attack, and why weren’t you more actively involved?

    8. Last month, IRS officials testified to Congress that IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins, whom you appointed, was directly involved in reviewing applications for non-profit status by Tea Party groups. He also met with you in April 2012, prior to issuing new “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) criteria for evaluating such applications. What was your personal knowledge of the IRS scrutiny of conservative groups?

    7. Recently your administration launched a new round of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestinian leaders. Israel had repeatedly said that it would negotiate without preconditions, but Palestinian leaders would not. Your administration, through Secretary of State John Kerry, pressed Israel to release 104 terrorists from Israeli jails. Was there a single new concession you demanded from Palestinians?

    6. You have publicly dressed down the U.S. military on the issue of sexual assault. In the 2012 campaign, you were very involved in specific controversies, even calling Sandra Fluke, for example. Yet you have refused to say anything about the conduct of a fellow Democrat, Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego, who refuses to resign. Aren’t you setting a bad example on sexual assault, as commander-in-chief, in the Filner case?

    5. Edward Snowden has continued to reveal new information about the National Security Agency’s abilities to gather information about Americans’ private communications. Leaving aside the question of whether the government should have that power, or whether you have broken past promises on civil liberties, the fact that these leaks happened at all is striking. Why is Gen. Keith Alexander still the head of the NSA?

    4. Recently you announced that you were canceling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, over the Snowden issue and gay rights. Yet last month, even after Putin indicated he might offer Snowden asylum, you were still offering drastic cuts in America’s nuclear arsenal. It looks like the “reset” with Russia is a failure, after so many concessions. Isn’t it time to stop offering new cuts to U.S. nuclear weapons?

    3. You are backing the Senate immigration bill, which passed because Democrats agreed to include border security measures. Regardless of whether those measures are sufficient, they depend on a commitment to enforce the law as written. Yet you have refused to enforce existing immigration laws, even imposing a so-called “Dream Act” by fiat. Why should Americans trust you to enforce a new immigration law?

    2. You campaigned on the promise to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. Yet you have helped the Taliban open a new office in Qatar, complicating relations with President Hamid Karzai, and recently suggested that there could be a “zero option” in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, as the U.S. withdraws, Al Qaeda is on the offensive across the region, and might return. Are we not repeating the mistakes of the past in Afghanistan?

    1. You are about to head into a new round of budget negotiations. Some Republicans leaders have suggested that they are willing to offer concessions on the budget sequester if you commit to entitlement reform. You have spoken in theory about making some cuts but have never presented a plan, on paper, and have rejected all suggestions, even the Simpson-Bowles commission. Where is your plan to reform entitlements?

    Bonus question: Last month, you spoke at length about how the African-American community views the death of Trayvon Martin case. You also asked people to respect the decision of the jury. Yet your Department of Justice is still aggressively investigating George Zimmerman, who is living in hiding, though all previous investigations showed no racial bias. Aren’t you violating Zimmerman’s civil rights?

    UPDATE – Additional bonus question (from the comments): When you signed the Affordable Care Act, it included the Grassley amendment, subjecting members of Congress and their staff to the same rules as everyone else. Yet this week you signed off on special subsidies for members of Congress and their staff. Given your focus on inequality, how do you justify giving Congress Obamacare subsidies?

    UPDATE 2 – Another bonus question (via Twitter): There is no longer any doubt that Nidal Hasan was motivated by radical Islamist beliefs. In May, you actually acknowledged for the first time that the Ft. Hood attack was an act of “Islamic jihad.” Yet your administration still considers is “workplace violence,” which denies victims certain benefits. Isn’t it time to declare the Ft. Hood shootings a terrorist act?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/08/09/Top-10-Questions-Journalists-Won-t-Ask-at-President-Obama-Presser

  16. it’s time to “dismantle” Obamacare–Rove (emphasis added)
    —————-
    There is the slight of hand by fucking Rove. He says dismantle. He does not say de-fund. What exactly does the word dismantle mean? I know what defund means. But this word dismantle was chosen because it is deceptively similar, ambiguous, calls for no specific action, and requires the Republican Party to do nothing but run its mouth. No sale.

  17. Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell are upset that NBC is producing the puff piece on Hillary. They say it detracts from their image as serious journalists. Today, NBC announced that Alec Baldwin will be joining Todd and Mitchell, which proves just how serious NBC is about journalism. People think of Alec as a drunken, loud mouth, homophobic, oscarless pretender. What they fail to realize is that he went to Occidental College, Columbia and received a professional degree from Harvard–in finger painting. What better credentials could anyone have to join the east coast elites, and one day be president?

    Breitbart has a story on this. They call the hiring of Baldwin ironic. I would say it is par for the course for NBC. P.S. Whatever gave Todd and Mitchell the idea that THEY were serious journalists, any more than Baldwin is? I think the entire discussion is discriminatory, and is best referred to Obama’s EEOC with all deliberate speed.

  18. “Which is not to say that Boob Barack is entirely welcome in Elysium. As our commenter Lil Ole Grape would no doubt remind us,”
    —————————————
    Yes, ADMIN, that Chilmark crowd of hypocrites still loves him. As for the rest of the island, even former supporters with a modicum of intelligence and character, do seem by now to realize they made one hell of a huge mistakes in’08…while those of us here who knew better in ’08—oh, lordy words cannot describe how we despise this repulsive anti-American chiseler who conned his way to the White House and is doing such terrible damage to the country.
    Fortunately, we won’t see much of him. He really is not welcome here except by that Chilmark clique who, btw don’t belong here, either. They buy up beautiful acres, build monstrous houses totally out of place in the landscape and seal off access to ‘their’ beaches. They don’t contribute anything to the island; they just pretend they do; they are exploiters, and they too, are despised.
    He really ought not to come here—he only reminds us of the years when Bill Clinton visited here. Now, there was a real president—a man who cared about the welfare of the people, a man who walked the streets, meeting and greeting, most often not for the camera, but wanting honestly, earnestly, to know and understand how we live, what we think about our government, asked us to think harder and learn more, to ask questions more often and demand answers – he asked me, for example, to think more about centrism; I was amazed he was almost intuiting my drift and so surprised that he would take the time to have this sort of conversation with a nobody. Little children clung to him by his hands, his shirttails, his belt, and begged to be held in his arms, because, as one little boy said, when asked why he liked Prez Clinton (quoted in a local newspaper), “He’s like a daddy.” OK, nobody’s perfect, but damn, there’s a man of substance. There seem to be so few of them, nowadays.
    Ah, well…please, God, if there is a God, allow us a real leader, a caring, mature and supremely qualified true public servant—Hillary. And send to hell, the sooner the better, all the fakers in this “Age of Fake.”

  19. Update: Try to stay awake. The usual Obama publicity stunt on a Friday before vacation is on. Most everyone is likely to write an open thread: Obama presser type article/blog entry to discuss this non-event. The usual lies and sounds of distorted reality will be emitted. We don’t expect Big Media to ask Obama a question about how life is in Elysium with once pretty boy Matt and his private school kids hypocrisy.

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  20. Lil Ole Grape, we figured you would have an opinion. You don’t disappoint. 🙂

    “this repulsive anti-American chiseler who conned his way to the White House and is doing such terrible damage to the country.”

    How come we never used the word “chiseler” to describe Obama? What an oversight on our part.

  21. Avoiding the heat?? 🙂

    A senior Internal Revenue Service official who until recently served as an adviser to embattled official Lois Lerner is leaving the agency, according to an IRS agent with knowledge of the situation. Sharon Light has “accepted a position with the American Cancer Society, leaving a critical vacancy in the Senior Technical Adviser team for the Director of Exempt Organizations,” Lerner’s replacement, Kenneth Corbin, wrote this morning in an internal e-mail to Exempt Organization employees.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/355384/sixth-senior-irs-official-departs-wake-targeting-scandal-eliana-johnson

  22. “trapped in a world of distorted reality” seems appropriate for our (not completely abandoned) Friday video festivals:

    Hereinafter known as “Matt Damon’s theme”. 🙂

  23. “I was amazed he was almost intuiting my drift and so surprised that he would take the time to have this sort of conversation with a nobody. ”
    *******
    And no matter how large the crowd, he made you feel that you and he were the only people there; an amazing ability.

  24. Obama Bodyguard Found Dead After Having an Affair With a Foreign National

    A Bodyguard of Obama was found dead in his car, ruled a suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning from the car exhaust. Before he died, he was under investigation for an extra marital affair with a foreign national.

    Employees for the government sometimes are required to inform the agency about relationships with foreign people, allegedly to confirm that the person is not a threat to ‘national security’. Apparently, one of Obama’s bodyguards, Rafael Prieto, had an affair, and killed himself for some reason while under investigation. His secret was revealed by other agents during their investigation for another sex scandal.

    Maybe the reason he killed himself was his marriage failing, or maybe it was something more complicated, such as what he saw working for the government, or what he learned. Maybe he was murdered, but that is not likely because it is difficult to force someone to sit in a car filling up with carbon dioxide. Maybe he was knocked unconscious first.

    This may be noteworthy to provide insight into the behavior and mental complex of these employees of government; bodyguards, agents, officers. In some cases, the track record of these people is to be filled with prostitution, indulgence in alcohol and criminal behavior, etc. Earlier this year, 13 Secret Service agents were implicated in a prostitution scandal in Colombia.

    More @ http://www.thedailysheeple.com/obama-bodyguard-found-dead-after-having-an-affair-with-a-foreign-national_082013

  25. From link Shadofax posted above:

    This excerpt from that article lists a few of the organizations that have already declared support for Hillary, with Emily’s List first in line. Am I mistaken, or did Emily’s List not pretty much embrace Obama in 2008 primary? I mean, they made some positive noise about Hillary, but not until the end, when the misogynist bastards of MSNBC and a couple other networks were lobbing sexist slams at her, and even at Chelsea, did Emily’s List actively condemn the sexism that was rampant in 2008, if I remember correctly. I’m not entirely sure about this, but that’s my recollection of how little Emily’s List, as well as NOW, supported Hillary.

    Looking at the last line of this excerpt:

    “Her position is almost as good as an incumbent president seeking reelection, and in some cases better.”

    This seems likely to be one of those cases – when Hillary looks better than the incumbent POTUS. I’m sure that some of the Obama-lovers would ever admit that.

    Good article, Shadow.

    _________

    “‘ALMOST AS GOOD AS AN INCUMBENT’: The organizations supporting Hillary Clinton in this pre-campaign period – Emily’s List, the already-established American Bridge PAC, and the newcomer Ready for Hillary PAC, just for starters – are in part a reflection of the enormity of the Clinton and ex-Clinton operations, plus the fact that some former Obama campaign operatives are eager to work on another winning campaign. What’s being built is something well short of a campaign-in-waiting. But if the ventures deliver as promised, they would provide Clinton with the raw material with which to build a campaign. “If she decides to run, all these pieces are going to fall into place very, very quickly,” said Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic strategist who isn’t involved in the emerging pro-Clinton efforts. “Her position is almost as good as an incumbent president seeking reelection, and in some cases better.”

    http://abcn.ws/11PxanW

  26. Leanora

    August 9, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Samantha Power: USA Has to Give Up a ‘Pinch of Sovereignty’

    ________________________________________

    WHAT THE F_&K?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Hillary 2016

  27. Leanora

    August 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Obama Bodyguard Found Dead After Having an Affair With a Foreign National

    _____________________________________________

    As with all of Bumbles sideshows, expect the worst…..

    Hillary 2016

  28. Americans Giving Up Passports Jump Sixfold as Tougher Rules Loom

    Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules.

    Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through June from 189 in the year-earlier period, according to Federal Register figures published today. That brought the first-half total to 1,810 compared with 235 for the whole of 2008.

    The U.S., the only nation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside, is searching for tax cheats in offshore centers, including Switzerland, as the government tries to curb the budget deficit. Shunned by Swiss and German banks and facing tougher asset-disclosure rules under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, more of the estimated 6 million Americans living overseas are weighing the cost of holding a U.S. passport.

    “With the looming deadline for Fatca, more and more U.S. citizens are becoming aware that they have U.S. tax reporting obligations,” said Matthew Ledvina, a U.S. tax lawyer at Anaford AG in Zurich. “Once aware, they decide to renounce their U.S. citizenship.”

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-08-09/americans-giving-up-passports-jump-sixfold-as-tougher-rules-loom

  29. foxyladi14

    August 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    ____________________________________

    Bumbles is so full of sh_t, I can’t understand why any percent of the country still believes him. In the answer above, he contradicts himself in the same sentence AND demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge of the enemy he is ‘fighting’ (supposedly). He says that core al Qaeda’s has been decimated, though they have metastasized and can carry out regional attacks. Anyone with a basic knowledge of oncology knows that a metastatic cancer is the worst kind. So he is saying then that even though he has decimated al Qaeda, they are getting stronger.

    This also demonstrates a lack of understanding of what kind of enemy he is dealing with. The structure of terrorist organizations is not like that of CENTCOM or NATO, i.e. a central command structure handling the operational planning of major missions and the overall war, but rather like a hydra, i.e. a many-headed organism where if one head is cut off, another head grows in its place. And even if the new head is not AS strong as the one that was just cut, its overall strength is irrelevant to the families of victims of the new head.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  30. It’s a shame the GOP is so incompetent as Obama is very weak and hey could make some gains if they still were not so stupid.they learned nothing from 2012.

  31. Bret Baier’s special on FOX about food stamps could easily make one’s blood boil. People are being pushed into taking food stamps and the number of people on them has almost doubled during BO’s administration.

    It’s unbelievable. Some liberal dude was on and said that this country is just a step away from some people starving or some such. You bet. That’s what all of us have seen across this country…skinny, starving people everywhere.

    Yes, jbstonesfan. “It’s a shame the GOP is so incompetent as Obama is weak…”

  32. How does (did) E.F. Hutton measure success? One investor at a time?

    How does (did) E.F. Hutton achieve success? They did it the old fashioned way–the EARNED IT.

    How does Messiah Obama, and his gang of incompetents measure success? By how well they can bamboozle the sheeple?

    How does Messiah Obama, and his gang of incompetents achieve success? By dismantling American domestically and abroad.

    His success in Egypt deserves special attention.

    The problem is all those rednecks like Putin, the leader of Iran, the head of Syria, the former Soviet block and the new leaders of Egypt.

    When you hire bundlers as ambassadors, let them run their mouth, dance with the devil, have no coherent strategy, and send necons like McNutt, and Light in the Loafters (LOL) Lindsey to do your bidding and get their ass kicked.

    Then as his admirers and bootlickers in big media would say, time for another well earned vacation at taxpayer expense

    And, those big media types also say–take me along–my lips will sing something jubilant clear and loud and strong, oh please take us, your media whores, along . . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oRPWbraGpR8

    Meanwhile, Arab Spring continues to blossom . . . like the rhododendrons at Augusta National Golf Course

    Or, more like the sweet sent from the Fishkill Garbage Dump

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    On their current trip to Cairo, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), two of President Barack Obama’s most persistent critics on everything in foreign policy from Syria to Benghazi, have found common cause with him at last.

    All three fear that the anti-American (and generally anti-human) Muslim Brotherhood (MB), whom they mistakenly see as “moderate,” will disappear from the halls of power in Egypt, our most important Arab ally. They also evidently worry that the MB’s leading figures, such as now-deposed (and arrested) President Mohamed Morsi—who had awarded himself powers greater than any previous ruler in Egypt’s history—will not be free to plot a return to power in an ancient nation that he had nearly destroyed in only one year.

    Echoing earlier White House warnings, the two senior senators suggested that we may cut off our $1.6 billion in annual (mainly military) aid, the very tie that binds our countries together, as it has for more than thirty preciously peaceful years. Not to comply with their demands, McCain and Graham said August 6, would be—as Graham put it–a “huge mistake.”

    With their current stance on Egypt, President Obama, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham are risking one of America’s most crucial alliances.

    The White House, McCain and Graham have warned that the aid may be cut if the MB’s leaders are not freed from detention—they have been under arrest since President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown July 3 by the military in response to the historically huge popular demonstrations at the end of June. (Morsi has since been charged for having been part of a 2011 prison break alleged to have been carried out by Hamas.)

    They further demand that the MB be brought into the new transitional government of technocrats appointed by the quietly charismatic (and mysteriously Islamist, but apparently independent) strongman minister of defense, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi–who had himself been appointed by Morsi. That new government, headed by Adly Mansour (a Supreme Constitutional Court justice) as interim president and respected economist Dr. Hazem Beblawi as prime minister, claims it has reached out to the MB, which refuses to respond to its overtures. Meanwhile, the Islamists are gathered in two major squares in Cairo, waiting for the security forces to clear them away—and for the chance to be martyred when they do.

    In response to McCain and Graham’s warnings, Mansour denounced what he called “unacceptable interference in internal politics.” In this, even a nation infamous for its political xenophobia can be forgiven for seeing a not-so hidden hand attempting to steer the ship of state.

    But by blundering this way, Obama, McCain and Graham are joining the departing U.S. ambassador in Cairo, Anne Patterson—widely mocked (with gross inaccuracy) as a hayzaboon, or old crone, for reportedly hectoring Egyptians not to rise up against the elected government (which had turned itself into an Islamist dictatorship)—on a list of new Ugly Americans. She unfortunately gave this advice shortly before the largest demonstrations ever seen in human memory were directed against her suspected client, Morsi. (Reflecting heightened paranoia, her possible successor, Ambassador Robert Ford—who had previously served in Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria—is under considerable Twitter fire in Egypt, bizarrely accused of having caused the strife that has recently plagued those countries.)

    And by going this route, Obama, McCain and Graham are risking one of America’s most crucial alliances. They would do so for a not-so-beautiful friendship with a far from benign band of brothers that actually wants to conquer and rule the world (not just the Middle East) in a revived Islamic caliphate. (It is the same risk that Obama took when, after brief vacillation, he abruptly dumped our country’s long-term “friend,” Hosni Mubarak, in 2011, knowing that Islamists like the MB would likely be the only force capable of winning many votes in the new “democracy.”)

    The Brother’s goals are hardly secret, despite eight decades of adroit, religiously-sanctioned lying, or taqiyya about their intentions. But they were elected, and so, it is said, we ought to support them. Then again, the U.S. cut off aid when Hamas, the MB’s Palestinian branch, won parliamentary elections in 2006–because they refused to renounce terrorism, recognize the State of Israel, and accept agreements that the previous government had signed.

    The MB undoubtedly believes that to get what it wants in the short-term—to halt the flow of American cash and equipment to its enemies in the military–is to continue to boycott the bogus “reconciliation” process. (Already, Obama has suspended the scheduled shipment of four F-16s last month, in a move that angered millions of Egyptians.)

    If an aid stoppage should last, that could lead to the collapse of the transitional government and Morsi’s reinstatement as president—the MB’s irreducible demand. Hence they have resisted the senators’ calls to dialogue with the new regime. There is no obvious reason for the Brotherhood to change this strategy.

    The estimated eight-to-twelve billion dollars quickly coughed up by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cover emergency imports of diesel fuel and wheat and to rebuild depleted hard-currency reserves are surely crucial for now. But if the military—Egypt’s most prestigious institution and itself a pillar of the economy—should have nowhere else to go, Russia and China are always waiting in the wings, and would love to have a presence on both the Nile and Suez.

    Refusing to recognize that popular will can mean more than just elections, America’s “huge mistake” begins. Given that the ratio of MB opponents to supporters is now perhaps seven-to-one, added to the resentment that most Egyptians feel against any effort to tie vital aid to the tyrannical MB, and the wildly-popular al-Sisi’s own fury at the Brotherhood for pushing him (and most Egyptians) into such a place, it is likely Morsi’s side that will fail.

    And with it, our own.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/08/08/obama-mccain-and-graham-make-huge-mistake-in-egypt/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2bWwITnob

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  33. ““It’s a shame the GOP is so incompetent as Obama is weak…”
    ******
    Who benefits and follow the money, it’s a bi-partisan tax payer rip off. SNAP,and other benefit programs have turned into government/corporate welfare with the so called beneficiaries acting as a pass through for the big dollars. For SNAP, the big lobbying dollars and congressional payoffs to expand the program and to prevent restrictions come from Monsanto, Pepsi, Coke, Tyson, Wal-mart, Retail Grocers Asso., etc. The politics of “The GOP want to stave children” and the “Dems are feeding deadbeats and buying votes” is pure street theater; in the back rooms, members of the Uni-Party are clicking ice cubes in cocktail glasses and laughing at the suckers who vote for them.

  34. Larry is of the view that the CIA has become a farce. Frankly, it is hard to argue with him on that point. This Brennan character is bad medicine. I was told that by a senior Reagan Administration official—said he was okay at one time, but has gone over to the dark side. His second in command, Morrell, is bat shit crazy. The crap Morrell is pedding now is he hopes that the sunni terrorists do not take over Syria, notwithstanding the fact that we have been supplying them with arms, all at the behest of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia (who helped install Obama as President, and got him into Harvard) seems to be having a strong dose of buyers remorse. They are dealing directly with Russia, and offering a 15 billion bribe to get Putin to not block a security council motion on Syria.

    In another article, Spenglar, whose grasp of the power grid in the middle east rivals Kissinger, claims that Putin believes there is a method to Obama’s madness, and clearly Russia’s strategic interests are threatened by the instability which big media’s messiah has inflicted on the middle east. We no longer control events in that region, we are not trusted, but big media loves Obama. Like diamonds, their love affair is forever.

    (N.B. The Saudis are now realizing that Barack Obama is weak and feckless. And they labor under the illusion, enabled in part by their long relationship with the United States, that they can buy anything, including the demise of Bashar Assad.)

    ——————————————

    Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday.

    The proposed deal between two of the leading power brokers in Syria’s devastating civil war was set out by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, they said.

    Russia has supported Assad with arms and diplomatic cover throughout the war and any change in Moscow’s stance would remove a major obstacle to action on Syria by the United Nations Security Council.

    Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Gulf gas would not threaten Russia’s position as a main gas supplier to Europe.

    In return, Saudi Arabia wanted Moscow to ease its strong support of Assad and agree not to block any future Security Council Resolution on Syria, they said.

    The Saudis are now realizing that Barack Obama is weak and feckless. And they labor under the illusion, enabled in part by their long relationship with the United States, that they can buy anything, including the demise of Bashar Assad.

    Let us pray that the Saudis and the Turks fail in their endeavor to promote the spread of Sunni Salafist rule. The ideology is the root cause of terrorism that has afflicted us over the past 30 years. A curse on the House of Saud.

    UPDATE–NY Times is out with an important piece today detailing how Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United States have facilitated a new safehaven for radical Islamists. Let there be no doubt–the policy of the Obama Administration towards Syria is fueling the revival of the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11, 2001.

  35. A tribute to Obama’s success in the middle east. He measures success one disaster at a time. Wonder if this kid is still on hopium.

  36. 52 minutes and 46 seconds of absolutely nothing but evasive language and glossy ideas w/o any concrete method.

    BTW, check out Rassmussen today. He is officially over the 50% disapproval. When the going gets tough, this guy goes on vacation.

  37. NSA’s practice of collecting data on American citizens appears to have been effectively addressed. Not stopped, however. The creative solution will allow NSA to continue these violations, undetected. The agency will fire 90% of the administrators within NSA in order to “purge potential whistleblowers.”

    **********

    Article from http://www.commondreams.org

    Published on Friday, August 9, 2013 by Common Dreams

    “NSA to Can 90% of Admins to ‘Purge Potential Whistleblowers’

    Critic: “It would be nice if they reduced the amount of information they are collecting on people by 90%”

    – Sarah Lazare, staff writer

    “Critics charge that an aggressive NSA purge of 90 percent of its system administrators—in an apparent attempt to prevent the next Edward Snowden from having access to secret information—is evidence that the agency seeks to hide the truth about spying from the public and remove the roll of human conscience from the agency, instead of curbing spying in response to mass anger.

    NSA director Keith Alexander (Photo: Doug Kapustin/Reuters)

    “It would be nice if they reduced the amount of information they are collecting on people by 90 percent,” Dave Maass, spokesperson for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Common Dreams.

    The mass firing will accompany an agency-wide shift towards automation of these roles, NSA director General Keith Alexander told a New York City cyber-security conference Thursday, a shift he claims will make the agency “more defensible and more secure.”

    snip

  38. From link posted by The Rock.

    “President Barack Obama on Friday denied he has poor relations with Vladimir Putin after canceling their Moscow talks, but said the Russian president can sometimes appear “like a bored kid in the back of the classroom.”

    *****

    Even if it were true that O and Vlad don’t have “poor relations” -which is absurd, they damn sure will after Obama’s childish insult.

  39. ACLU not entirely happy with Obama’s plan. I suspect some at ACLU, one of the most progressive organizations in the country, understand Matt Damon’s heartbreak. They embraced him like a brother from whom they had been separated at birth. Like Damon, they couldn’t have had a great deal of knowledge about O or his abilities on which to base their adoration, since he really hadn’t done a damn thing prior to being selected POTUS. They knew who his friends were – Dorhn and Ayers, among many other far left wingers. This, of course, was a big plus. But, nothing O had done prior to running for POTUS (or more accurately, hadn’t done), held as much attraction for Damon and the ACLU as did the color of his skin. It was certainly not “the content of his character” they found so compelling.

    “ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Proposed Surveillance Reforms”

    “While the initial reforms outlined by the president are a necessary and welcome first step, they are not nearly sufficient. The bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is only one of several troubling programs disclosed over the last two months. The president must work with members of Congress to reform all of these surveillance programs, including those authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which collect, monitor and retain the contents of Americans’ communications without a warrant. We also urge the president to release the relevant FISA Court opinions and agency memos that have created a body of secret law that is far removed from public oversight and adequate congressional review. We must ensure that the government’s surveillance programs once again adhere to the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment.”

    This statement is available at:
    aclu.org/national-security/aclu-com

  40. freespirit
    August 10, 2013 at 12:31 am

    We are living in an Orwellian society. That man ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION TO THE WORLD WITH NO FEAR OF REPRISAL. Because there is no one in a position of power to reprise him. Seinfeld called it bizzaro world, right?

    IT WOULD BE HILARIOUS IF IT WAS A COMEDY ON THE BIG SCREEN!!!!!

    Hillary 2016

  41. way OT but just one little bitty thing bugging me…

    if I…or any of you…go into a fancy smancy store in Switzerland and ask to see a $35,000 Tom Ford handbag and the sales person turns to me and says:

    “No, no, no, you don’t want to see that one, You want to see this one because that one will cost too much and you will not be able to afford that.”

    …just wondering, should I just assume she is being racist against me…? (can someone actually be racist against a white person, or is it only black people that are the targets of racism???)

    because that’s where Ms O immediately went with it…and now is all over TV and creating more ‘it’s racism’ analysis…

    everything is racism…this is such nonsense…

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

    btw…got to say, I love that Dr Ben Carson…he was on Book TV c-span last week (think you can watch it online) and caught a bit of him on the radio with Hannity today…what an intelligent, calm, really special person…I love how he avoids the usual ‘go-to’ labels and keeps talking about getting above that with solutions…love how he emphasizes explaining things so the issues can be understood…

    …and he has that gentle smile…he really is a born healer…

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

    lil ole grape…loved your comment

  42. Even the AP? Can’t trust anybody these days.
    ===

    Associated Press retracts bogus North Pole lake photo

    The Associated Press issued a formal retraction of a photo it published that claimed to show that a large lake had formed at the North Pole due to global warming.

    In its retraction, the AP admitted that not only was the “lake” simply a small melt-pond but that it was natural, not due to global warming. The AP also admitted that the “lake” wasn’t even at the North Pole, explaining that the monitoring station where the photo was taken had drifted hundreds of miles to the south.

    See more at: http://rare.us/story/associated-press-retracts-bogus-north-pole-lake-photo/#sthash.ry22m99N.dpuf

  43. Last month in my neighborhood the local Catering Hall that had been serving the community for over 50 years had to close because the Italian Catholic family who owned and ran it wouldn’t participate in something that so totally goes against what they believe in. They had no freedom either. 🙁
    ====

    It begins: Iowa Civil Rights Commission investigating Mennonites for not allowing gay weddings on their property

    We have reached that place in America in which “freedom” is no longer about having the liberty of living by your beliefs and principles. No, “freedom” now means that one tiny minority gets to force their beliefs and principles (or lack thereof) on everyone else.

    Here’s the rub: contrary to what these homosexual fascists seem to think, the Mennonite is not a “public venue.” It is a private venue, owned by private citizens. The couples who want same-sex weddings are free to choose a different venue if they don’t like the way the private owners of this one do business. But no, instead of valuing liberty, they’re trying to force their beliefs on others.

    Brace yourselves, America. Much more of this liberal fascism is on the way.

    http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/57803226499/it-begins-iowa-civil-rights-commission-investigating

  44. Exactly who is a journalist?
    A real reporter, declared Madame Feinstein during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, is “a salaried agent” of a media company like the New York Times or ABC News, not a shoestring operation with volunteers and writers who are not paid.
    Feinstein voiced her concern “that the current version of the bill Media Shield Law] would grant a special privilege to people who aren’t really reporters at all, who have no professional qualifications,” like bloggers and citizen journalists.
    http://www.infowars.com/feinstein-youre-not-a-real-journalist-unless-you-draw-a-salary/

  45. I really like the words which end this post:
    “Matt Damon and Barack Obama have made wonderful lives for themselves by having two faces. One face is the public compassionate face that emits soothing verbiage against the “capitalist system” and that wins applause from fools happy to be parted from their money and their well being. The other face is ugly, brutal, hate-filled for anyone that stands in their way. They are leaders in Elysium. If that’s an example of Elysium – we’ll stay in the good ol’ U.S.A.”
    ————————————————
    Fort Hood trial again has low visibility. So I went looking. From ABC in writing of Friday, Day 4.
    …How Hasan would defend himself was the biggest mystery heading into the trial. The American-born Muslim wanted to argue that the killings were in “defense of others,” namely members of the Taliban fighting Americans in Afghanistan. But the judge denied that strategy. His mostly silent defense so far may prompt prosecutors to scale back their case, said Victor Hansen, a former military prosecutor who now teaches at the New England School of Law. “You may see fewer witnesses called,” Hansen said Friday. “Instead of hearing from maybe two or three forensic experts, you may only hear from one or two.”
    Prosecutors said they would meet Friday night to discuss their strategy
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/written-killed-fort-hood-shooting-19915252?page=2

  46. A real reporter, declared Madame Feinstein during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, is “a salaried agent” of a media company like the New York Times or ABC News, not a shoestring operation with volunteers and writers who are not paid.
    Feinstein voiced her concern “that the current version of the bill Media Shield Law] would grant a special privilege to people who aren’t really reporters at all, who have no professional qualifications,” like bloggers and citizen journalists.
    http://www.infowars.com/feinstein-youre-not-a-real-journalist-unless-you-draw-a-salary/
    ——————
    This is another attempt to save what is, and really should be, a dying industry.

    These jamokes crossed the Rubicon, and sealed their fate in the marketplace, when they abdicated their pivotal role in our democracy, abandoned journalistic standards for the rosier lights of power, and became boot lickers for to an administration that is working day and night to transform this nation into a police state and have & have not society.

    It gets back to the original question posed by Tom Sowell: who should determine the direction of government– the elites or the people? And what is there about the elites that gives them any greater insight into these questions? A Harvard education–is that it? Isn’t the debacle we see in the middle east engineered by Harvard trained experts like Obama, Power, etc. all the proof you need that the elites in this country do not know what they are doing? Isn’t it possible, indeed isn’t it rather likely that these pampered pets of the ruling class are throwing snake eyes with our future? It sure seems that way.

  47. moononpluto
    August 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Everyone who seems to cause trouble for Obama seems to just manage to die……

    ___________________________________

    Follow the dead bodies. 😯

  48. holdthemaccountable

    Feinstein voiced her concern “that the current version of the bill Media Shield Law] would grant a special privilege to people who aren’t really reporters at all, who have no professional qualifications,” like bloggers and citizen journalists.
    http://www.infowars.com/feinstein-youre-not-a-real-journalist-unless-you-draw-a-salary/

    __________________

    “no professional qualifications”. As opposed to the ‘professional” journalists, who tirelessly ferret out the truth, exposing corrupt politicians and questionable government practices. These “professionals” objectively and without bias report actual facts, regardless of their own political leanings. They have never openly worshiped a political candidate, or felt their thighs tingle at the sound of his voice. Nor have they ever openly and repeatedly ridiculed and/or demeaned the only serious female candidate for president in history, as did journalists on both the left and right, in 2008.

    By all means, Feinstein must fight for these “salaried”, “professional” journalists. Why, without them, we might not have had Barack as POTUS. We would have missed out on witnessing our economy destroyed, our freedoms usurped, and full time jobs dwindle down to a small hand full.

    One thing that has struck me repeatedly about the media both right and left – in most professions, a code of ethics provides a framework within which the professionals must function. If there are serious or repeated, though less serious violations, sanctions are applied. Obviously, the profession journalism has no such code. In which case, one has to wonder, just how “professional” they are, to begin with.

    Let it go Feinstein. They ain’t worth protecting.

  49. foxyladi14
    August 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

    moononpluto
    August 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Everyone who seems to cause trouble for Obama seems to just manage to die……

    _______

    It’s positively uncanny.

  50. Calling out Racism. 🙂
    The only black lawmaker in the U.S. Senate blasted Senate majority leader Harry Reid on Friday for comments suggesting Republican opposition to President Barack Obama is the result of racism.

    South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, called on the Nevada Democrat to apologize after saying during a radio interview on Friday that he hopes Republican opposition to Obama is “based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”

    “I am sincerely disappointed by continued attempts to divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator,” Scott said.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/09/black-senator-blasts-harry-reid-for-suggesting-republicans-are-racist/#ixzz2bZuAbZRD

  51. From foxy’s post:

    “I am sincerely disappointed by continued attempts to divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator,” Scott said.

    __________________________

    Well, WTG, Scott. Well articulated, and spot on. Take that Harry, you pathetic little self-important weasel. It’s people like Harry who are the true racists. They use their public platform to exploit a serious issue, and in so doing, totally diminishes the importance of true racial equality.

  52. diminish – not diminishes – sorry. My fingers are getting ahead of my brain today. Tense shifts, punctuation errors, all kinds of grammar probs. Sorry.

  53. freespirit
    August 10, 2013 at 10:35 am
    Feinstein
    ———————-
    [I can’t really get this comment the way I want it to be and posting it anyway. Feel free to improve it.]
    In 2008 I wasted a lot of time shouting to Democrats that their method of nominating Obama was not American. Until I realized they heard me and didn’t care.
    Then I wasted more time shouting at the media. They don’t care either.
    Thing is, they all know what they’re doing. Or maybe not. I wonder if Feinstein is that old, isolated, that she thinks its necessary essentially to license journalists. How many others are like her, just not seeing forest for trees? And how many are drooling rabid like POTUS. And if we are to license journalists, what will be next: governors, & down the line?

    All this because a highly unqualified evil-driven being conned his way into the Oval Office. Sure hope the Tea party plans to change things bring results. There does not seem to be much else to pin any semblance of hope to. 🙁

  54. Its the sign of the times . . .

    Dawkins, a well known atheist, tweeted: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

    Writer and Independent columnist Owen Jones responded: “I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it?”

    What, he didn’t say that?

    Let me get this straight: he is a professional, right? he is paid a salary by an established media outlet, correct? And he voted for Obama, true? Then he is entitled to the protection of the Feinstein shield law, yes?

    Then surely his response was a model of high minded civility, right?

    Well, not exactly.

    Bear in mind Jones did not have to look the atheist in the eye when he responded. And he was in no fear of imminent bodily harm if his response was not fully appreciated. Consequently, like the idiot black football player who tweeted a death threat against Zimmerman, and then said he was sorry, Jonesy stepped up to the tee and let it rip.

    “How dare you dress your bigotry up as atheism. You are now beyond an embarrassment.”

    This is the behavior of an Obama bot, an Obama troll, a paid blogger for Soros.

    Roger Simon will take it from here:

    Ah, but is it “bigotry” when you are factual? And Dawkins, as many will remember, has also attacked Christianity with great disdain many times over. Needless to say, however, he never got such pushback.

    Bashing Christianity is fair game but bashing Islam is not. For Dawkins or just about anybody else.

    Never mind that these days so much more murder and mayhem is committed in the name of Islam than Christianity, we’re not supposed to mention that out loud — not even if our name is Dawkins.

  55. Let me get this straight: he is a professional, right? he is paid a salary by an established media outlet, correct? And he voted for Obama, true? Then he is entitled to the protection of the Feinstein shield law, yes? too funny. Ready yet for somewhat lighter reading?
    ————————
    MULLEN: Obama says Snowden no patriot. How would Ben Franklin’s leak be treated today? 8/9/13.
    Snip. Tyrants slandering patriots is nothing new. History decided that Franklin was a patriot. It was not so kind to the Hutchinsons and Wedderburns. History will decide who the patriots were in the 21st century as well. It will not be concerned with health care programs or unemployment rates. More likely, it will be concerned with who attacked the fundamental principles of freedom and who risked everything to defend them.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/9/mullen-obama-says-snowden-no-patriot-ben-franklin/

  56. Leanora
    August 10, 2013 at 6:14 am

    It begins: Iowa Civil Rights Commission investigating Mennonites for not allowing gay weddings on their property

    We have reached that place in America in which “freedom” is no longer about having the liberty of living by your beliefs and principles. No, “freedom” now means that one tiny minority gets to force their beliefs and principles (or lack thereof) on everyone else.

    Here’s the rub: contrary to what these homosexual fascists seem to think, the Mennonite is not a “public venue.” It is a private venue, owned by private citizens. The couples who want same-sex weddings are free to choose a different venue if they don’t like the way the private owners of this one do business. But no, instead of valuing liberty, they’re trying to force their beliefs on others.

    Brace yourselves, America. Much more of this liberal fascism is on the way.

    http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/57803226499/it-begins-iowa-civil-rights-commission-investigating

    Leonora, what if a group of Nazis are operating a business? Will you be ok with them excluding all Jews or Blacks? What about Muslims operating a business? Will you be ok if they exclude Christians or Jews?

  57. ICYMI. SNIP The grassroots organization, Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, has attracted similar volunteer efforts all over the country, according to their website. The Florida contingency held sign-waving events on overpasses across the state on Tuesday, Kilinksi said. At last count, the cities visited included Boca Raton, Ocala, Port St. Lucie, Naples, West Palm Beach, Orange City, Spring Hill, Kissimmee, Jacksonville and the Tampa/Clearwater/Sarasota area. Orlando had multiple events. Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, with Facebook pages for chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., gained national attention after a rally in Southern California snagged traffic in early June. SNIP http://www.rightwingnews.com/barack-obama/impeach-obama-campaign-catches-fire-in-florida/

  58. admin
    August 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Headline at DrudgeReport: “GALLUP LOWEST: OBAMA FALLS TO 41%”
    ___________________________________

    I am surprised Admin. That it is that high. 😆

  59. Rickya, in all these discussions which implicate religion what many forget is that the U.S. Constitution (and the Iowa Constitution) have an “establishment clause” which protects the “free exercise” of religion. To be very brief, religion holds a very special place in the Constitution (the First Amendment) and in the nation’s history. Any and all attempts to violate this “liberty interest” are going to face strong opposition in civil life and in the courts – as in the instant case of the Mennonites who are an acknowledged religious group with laws and practices long protected by civil practice and in the courts.

    It’s not a matter of what a particular citizen or group believes in and holds dear when it comes to the question of the free exercise of religion. For instance we don’t like, for purposes of this discussion, segregation by gender. But Muslims and many/most Orthodox Jews segregate their adherents by gender in ceremonies and other events. It’s their belief system and the Constitution builds a mighty wall to protect them against those of us who may disagree with the practice. Even though we disagree with that particular practice we applaud the Constitution and it’s shield of the free exercise of beliefs we may disagree with.

    In your examples the first one fails because the Nazi’s are not a religion. As to exclusions of groups in your tangled examples we recall that black people were not welcome by those of the Mormon faith and although we do not agree with that now overturned doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the majestic American Constitution is a sword and a shield which protects the free exercise of religion. As to your question to Leonora we doubt many are “ok” with such discrimination. But we don’t have to agree with the beliefs and practices of others to wholeheartedly defend to the death their right to freedom of speech and to practice their free exercise of religion. It’s the American way.

  60. holdthemaccountable
    August 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    freespirit
    August 10, 2013 at 10:35 am
    Feinstein
    ———————-
    [I can’t really get this comment the way I want it to be and posting it anyway. Feel free to improve it.]
    In 2008 I wasted a lot of time shouting to Democrats that their method of nominating Obama was not American. Until I realized they heard me and didn’t care.
    Then I wasted more time shouting at the media. They don’t care either.
    Thing is, they all know what they’re doing. Or maybe not. I wonder if Feinstein is that old, isolated, that she thinks its necessary essentially to license journalists. How many others are like her, just not seeing forest for trees? And how many are drooling rabid like POTUS. And if we are to license journalists, what will be next: governors, & down the line?

    All this because a highly unqualified evil-driven being conned his way into the Oval Office. Sure hope the Tea party plans to change things bring results. There does not seem to be much else to pin any semblance of hope to. 🙁
    ___________________

    I don’t think it could be said any better. The whole Dem Primary season was like watching a hijacking in slow motion, knowing that it could be stopped, and mistakenly believing that if warned repeatedly, those with the power to do so would believe, understand, and intervene. The pieces of the puzzle fit together so well, it was unthinkable that someone in the Dem Party – someone with one ounce of patriotism, decency, and good sense would stand by and allow the party to place this light-weight, who so obviously had little regard (total disdain) for America into the WH.

    But, when reasonable people raised valid and serious questions about O, they were ignored, ridiculed, or accused of being racist. When an attempt to inform the public of gross media bias, and their work on behalf of Their Chosen One, the media protest in NYC was given no coverage – or very little.

    By the time the primary was over, it felt like we were in some kind of weird parallel universe, where truth had become evil, and lies were accepted as fact. The cognitive dissonance was extreme. Some of us remarked after the primary, that we almost felt as if we had PTSD. Many of us Hillary supporters had worked for civil rights and equal rights for African Americans, and still felt passionate about that good cause – still do. But, we were labeled as racist. Referred to as old, stubborn, white bitches who would not get on board with the party, and support their pre-selected narcissistic, hate mongering, unpatriotic, shell of a candidate.

    And then, in the GE, I’ll be damned if the Republicans were not just as reluctant as the Dems had been to speak the freaking truth, and even more stupid. They stayed at home, in droves – because McCain was too moderate! Now I’m not a huge McCain fan – never really was. But, Lucifer, himself, would have been better than the corrupt Dem candidate.

    At that point, all hope was lost. Deals with the devil had been made. Fixes were in. Documents and facts were hidden. Backs were scratched. Palms were crossed. A fairy godmother had appeared to transform Barack from an inexperienced fraud into POTUS. Up was down. Wrong was Right. Good did not triumph over evil.

    There was clearly more to the election of King Barack that met the eye. Too many things just fell into place. Too much cheating and voter fraud was ignored. From the media to the college trust-fund potheads, to ACORN, to the Republicans – there were just too many folks paving the way for this travesty. No one wants to say “conspiracy” for fear of being seen as a total kook. But, only an idiot could look at the 2008 election and believe everything that occurred was just Barack’s good fortune and charisma. But then, there’s no shortage if idiots, is there?

  61. As I posted, he is vulnerable and the republicans should pick up seats in both houses but for their inability to have a unified front. Look how Benghazi disappeared .

  62. Admin

    “But we don’t have to agree with the beliefs and practices of others to wholeheartedly defend to the death their right to freedom of speech and to practice their free exercise of religion. It’s the American way.”

    ________________________________

    Amen!

    Likewise, while some religions strictly adhere to rules and “laws” that are in direct conflict with the laws of the land, these religions cannot override our constitutionally protected rights. Nor can they replace the existing laws under which we (and they) are governed. It is incumbent upon the government not to infringe upon religious rights, and on religions to accept the laws of this government, even when they conflict with their own.

  63. Correction – religions don’t have to accept the laws of the land. Some Christian groups believe homosexuality to be wrong. Obviously, they don’t have to agree with the laws allowing gay marriage. Heaven knows, they have fought against women’s reproductive rights. Those who went too far, and murdered abortion doctors, or blew up abortion clinics were prosecuted.

    People can believe as they wish. They can even work like hell to get rid of laws they believe are wrong. But, they obviously, are can’t, with impunity, commit crimes to ensure fulfillment of their religious commandments or beliefs.

    Sharia law, as I understand it, is another example. I absolutely hate the fact that in the Muslim religion women are seen as inferior to men. And, I have nothing for the women who accept this. But, I can’t, nor should I be able to, do a damn thing about it – except express a differing point of view. If however heinous acts are committed against women in this country, in the name of Islam and according to Shara Law, there is much that can be done – at least for now. In America, you can’t kill your wife or your daughter if she has been raped.

  64. admin
    August 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    Rickya, in all these discussions which implicate religion what many forget is that the U.S. Constitution (and the Iowa Constitution) have an “establishment clause” which protects the “free exercise” of religion. To be very brief, religion holds a very special place in the Constitution (the First Amendment) and in the nation’s history. Any and all attempts to violate this “liberty interest” are going to face strong opposition in civil life and in the courts – as in the instant case of the Mennonites who are an acknowledged religious group with laws and practices long protected by civil practice and in the courts.

    Religion holds a special place in the Constitution (whicn I argue it should not) but that doesn’t mean that you can do anything with impunity in the name of religion. All the first amendment guarantees is that everyone has a right to practice their religion. A restaurant owner or an establishment that rents out space for events is not practicing their religion when they engage in these activities. Are you saying that you agree with the practice of restaurants refusing service to Jews or Christians?

    It’s not a matter of what a particular citizen or group believes in and holds dear when it comes to the question of the free exercise of religion. For instance we don’t like, for purposes of this discussion, segregation by gender. But Muslims and many/most Orthodox Jews segregate their adherents by gender in ceremonies and other events. It’s their belief system and the Constitution builds a mighty wall to protect them against those of us who may disagree with the practice. Even though we disagree with that particular practice we applaud the Constitution and it’s shield of the free exercise of beliefs we may disagree with.

    People can do any crazy thing they want just as long as they do it to themselves, AFAIC. But if a religion is engaged in a business, their religion ends where the business begins. Their religion has nothing to do with their business.

    In your examples the first one fails because the Nazi’s are not a religion. As to exclusions of groups in your tangled examples we recall that black people were not welcome by those of the Mormon faith and although we do not agree with that now overturned doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the majestic American Constitution is a sword and a shield which protects the free exercise of religion. As to your question to Leonora we doubt many are “ok” with such discrimination. But we don’t have to agree with the beliefs and practices of others to wholeheartedly defend to the death their right to freedom of speech and to practice their free exercise of religion. It’s the American way.

    What do you mean the Nazis are not a religion? That doesn’t skirt the question for me. What if I create a religion tomorrow that teaches evil things like “Jews are evil”? Wouldn’t adherents of my religion be the same as the Nazis? As to their right to exercise their religion, no one is impinging on that right. If you are to engage in a business, I argue that you should bring your religion out of it.

  65. …from Dowdie’s latest…

    snip

    But in other ways, Hillary is not such a natural successor. The Clintons are ends-justify-the-means types with flexible boundaries about right and wrong, while the Obama mystique is the opposite. His White House runs on the idea that if you are virtuous and true and honorable, people will ultimately come to you. (An ethos that sometimes collides with political success.)

    snip..

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

    oh please…are you kidding me? she must be kidding…must be trying to be sarcastic…she cannot believe those words…the kid from Chicago and his posse running on the idea that if you are virtuous and true and honorable, people will ultimately come to you

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

    …I have no further words for this insanity…omg!

  66. S, there’s little else that can be said, is there? MoDo demonstrates that she’s card carrying crazy every time she speaks or writes of the Clintons, or Obama – whom I believe she once described as “hot”. You have to wonder if the woman is really as stupid and irrelevant her writings reflect, or does she just write batshit crazy stuff so people will talk about her? She does seem to love her some attention.

  67. Fifty years ago, the country believed there was such a thing as the domino effect, i.e. if one country fell to communism, it could spread to neighboring states. Big media was all for the Viet Nam war before they were against it. Therefore, the embraced the domino effect initially, and then repudiated it when it became convenient to do so.

    But just because big media saw fit to abandon the domino effect as a matter of convenience, and could get some token conservative like Storm’n Norman Ornstein, the village idiot of the American Enterprise Institute, to say yes to anything they wanted him to say, does not mean it is invalid.

    On the contrary:

    This is one of those rare instances where the Messiah has been useful in demonstrating the continuing validity of the domino effect. He proclaimed Arab Spring, which helped topple our ally Mubarak, which led to the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia Law, which led to Libya mission failure, which led to Benghazi mission failure, he dithered on Iran, which led to the collapse of the peace movement, he led from behind which let Russia and China take the initiative, in pushing us out of the middle east, which led to Holy War between between Shia and Sunni forces, which led to spying on Americans, etc. The domino effect lives, and through negligence, cowardice, mismanagement, Obama has proven it.

  68. So . . . . .

    I happened to tune in on an interview of an Obama strategist, who was shown a video clip of journalist Ed Henry gently inquiring why, after Obama made the solemn promise that we would get the people who orchestrated the Benghazi attack, and the leader is hiding in plain view in Libya and saying if you want to talk to me, Obama, I am here, that nothing has happened. Obama picked his nose and then delivered a whopper saying in effect it took time for me to get Bin Laden, which we know he had to be dragged kicking and screaming to do in the first place, but since it worked he takes credit for it–and oh, by the way, he did it, and silly goose, you thought it was the SEALS. Whereupon, the Obama strategist was asked why Obama has failed to make good on his promise. And she replied, well maybe if the American People had more confidence in “our” president than they do in Edward Snowden, we would have our man. A perfect non-sequitur. But then again so is Obama, his supporters, and their benighted administration. Modos comments qualify her for the last living Nazi award, which includes an Knights cross of the iron cross oakleafs with swords, and diamonds. She can use that trinket to sneak past the White House butler.

  69. And then Modo can get off her Dorothy Parker whopper:

    “One more drink and I’ll be under the host”.

  70. This is what Obama wants to do to this country:

    [A] great humanist and contemporary of the French Revolution, Wilhelm von Humboldt, defined as the best state one which is least felt and restricts itself to one task only: protection, protection against attack from outside and oppression from within . . . in general, taxation [by the Muslim gov­ernment] was merciless, and a very large section of the population must have lived permanently at the starvation level. From many letters one gets the impression that the poor were concerned more with getting money for the payment of their taxes than for food and clothing, for failure of payment usually induced cruel punishment. . . . [T]he Muslim state was quite the opposite of the ideals propagated by Wilhelm von Humboldt or the principles embedded in the constitution of the United States. An Islamic state was part of or coincided with dar al-Islam, the House of Islam. Its trea­sury was mal al-muslumin, the money of the Muslims. Christians and Jews were not citizens of the state, not even second class citizens. They were outsiders under the protection of the Muslim state, a status characterized by the term dhimma, for which protection they had to pay a poll tax specific to them. They were also exposed to a great number of discriminatory and humiliating laws. . . . As it lies in the very nature of such restrictions, soon additional humiliations were added, and before the second century of Islam was out, a complete body of legislation in this matter was in existence. . . . In times and places in which they became too oppressive they lead to the dwindling or even complete extinction of the minorities.

  71. So Big Sis is involved in this one too. Surprise, surprise.
    ==

    Biden, Napolitano involved in McAuliffe arm-twisting at DHS?

    The New York Times provides a little more background on the efforts by former Democratic Party chair Terry McAuliffe to secure EB-5 visas ­ and a little more of the scope, too. When McAuliffe and other GreenTech officials met with US Customs and Immigrations Services chief Alejandro Mayorkas, they didn’t land the meeting from their own personal charm alone. According to whistleblowers sending information to Senator Charles Grassley, McAuliffe got some help from Vice President Joe Biden’s office, and a boost from Mayorkas’ boss, outgoing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano:

    He and his lawyers sent a stream of e-mails to a senior official in charge of approving foreign investments that Mr. McAuliffe sought, and he went up the chain of command to Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, documents show. …

    He reached out to Ms. Napolitano and to a White House liaison to clean energy companies ­ a meeting that a GreenTech lawyer said was set up through Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

    “Terry knew somebody in Biden’s office and that’s how the meeting got coordinated,” said the lawyer, Stephen Yale-Loehr.

    That wasn’t the only involvement of Napolitano in the process. When McAuliffe and his team sat down with Mayorkas, Napolitano made an appearance, and apparently an impression:

    See More:
    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/08/10/biden-napolitano-involved-in-mcauliffe-arm-twisting-at-dhs/

  72. 19 Illegal Immigration Facts You’ll Never Read in Legacy Media

    Should we roll out the red carpet and allow millions upon millions of thieves, rapists, gang members and drug dealers to come waltzing into this country any time they would like? Should we broadcast a message to the rest of the world that anyone that can find a way to enter this country and somehow get to a “sanctuary city” can sign up for a plethora of welfare benefits and live a life of leisure at the expense of hard working American citizens?

    Yes, those questions sound absurd, but what I have just described will essentially be official U.S. government policy if the immigration bill going through Congress becomes law. And unfortunately, Democrats now say that they have the Republican votes that they need to get “immigration reform” through the House of Representatives. If this amnesty bill becomes law, it will encourage even more illegal immigration and it will be one more step toward making the U.S. border essentially meaningless.

    Right now, we desperately need the American people to contact their representatives in Congress and demand that they vote against this bill. Sadly, this is not likely to happen because most Americans have absolutely no idea how negatively illegal immigration is affecting this nation.

    The following are 19 very disturbing facts about illegal immigration that every American should know…

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/08/19-shocking-illegal-immigration-facts.html#more

  73. Now and again I donate to Jim Hoft, and I did so recently but took time to leave him “instructions” for my order. Told him how I appreciated so much of what he does, “but as a disowned Democrat, I have to look the other way when you smash the Clintons.” He thanked me extra for donating. Will my comment bring some needed change? eh.
    At Twitter, I’ve been hanging with a bunch of conservatives. One is truly impressive. Here is his latest, and I include all but the two videos.

    ANN BARNHARDT MAY BE THE PERFECT WOMAN
    “I have no idea how I am only now discovering Ann Barnhardt. Oh, I had heard of her and knew that she was somewhat controversial. I also knew that, like me, she had sort of gone Galt. But I had no idea that she epitomized courage, brains, femininity, and the American Spirit in a way that I have never seen before.
    She rips Lindsay Graham to shreds in the first video. She does it with smarts, facts, and style. At one point she challenges Graham to go head to head with a person of intellectual parity. Despite the fact that she is taunting him at this point, she is truly being modest because she has a far more advanced mind than Graham.
    I find what she does to the Koran, in the second video I will share, to be offensive and crude. I cannot deny that it is also brilliant and elegant. It is tough to be crude and elegant at the same time, and Ann has pulled it off. Elegance always manages to simultaneously pull off simplicity with brilliance. This is the essence of Ann Barnhardt.
    I don’t like what she does in burning the Koran, but I agree with 99% of what she says and I will absolutely defend her right to do it. This is political speech in your face. This is the American attitude in your face. This is a beautiful and brilliant woman with more guts than just about any man I have ever met. This is kind of strong, independent woman that makes liberals run for the shadows.
    I’ll probably be looking at her videos and studying her for the next several days. As someone who is a patriot Christian that has been deeply affected by the objectivist libertarianism of Ayn Rand, I am always thrilled when I find what appears to be, someone with similar ideology and values. I have been deeply disappointed in Paul Ryan. He seemed to be one of us. Now he just seems more and more like a typical Republican establishment wimp. I have a feeling Ann won’t disappoint me. She may challenge me. She may offend me. I’ll be surprised if she disappoints me.”
    http://patriotjournalist.com/TweetSweet.php?c=82

  74. Nausea alert. Powers at UN echoes Obama in DC.

    Samantha Power: United Nations ‘has lost its Way. 8/11/13/
    “…Bureaucracies are built. Positions become entrenched. And while the United Nations has done tremendous good in the world, there are times when the organization has lost its way, when politics and ideology get in the way of impact,” she said….
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/samantha-power-united-nations-lost-its-way-95422.html#ixzz2bfu67Dq8

  75. United Nations has done tremendous good in the world
    ————–
    Power is a Harvard educated idiot, whose academic theories rest on the viability and efficacy of international institutions like the United Nations. Whether it has ever done “tremendous good in the world”, depends on how you define tremendous. In those instances where it has done good, the open question is whether similar or greater good could have been done without the United Nations through bilateral agreements, and balance of power notions. There was a time, fifty years ago, when Dag Hammersholt was Secretary General, and the body was led by the western nations where it could replicate what could have been done in its absence, while providing an appearance of legitimacy and a veneer of international law. In those days, Britain, France, Taiwan and the United States frequently voted as a block–except in the Sueze crisis, with the United States abstaining. Since that time, however, the General Assembly has descended into a tower of Babble, of voices in distraction, and demands for reparations for colonialism. And the Security Council has tied the hands of the United States in defending its actions, and placed our troops under UN command. Granted, Article 51 of the UN Charter preserves in theory a right to self defense. However, that right is degraded when you have a cowardly administration that seeks cover for not defending our interests. Quite simply, an administration like this one, with over educated Harvard trained idiots like Obama and Power.

  76. There are academicians who can make the leap from academia to government, and do great things. Henry Kissinger is one of them. Arguably, Henry Kissinger has done more good in the world than the United Nations, and far more good than Power will ever do in a thousand years. The problem with the hatchet faced Power, other than the fact that she looks like a Pict without the blue face, is her academic theories are just that–academic and, therefore, have the smell of the lamp to them. And the mischief which her misguided theories can do in the world is not a matter of speculation. All you need to do is look at the meltdown in the middle east, and her efforts to beat up on Israel to see that she is a failure. But success or failure is not the test for survival in this administration. Rather it is politics and a willingness to repeat the big lie, which was the stock and trade of all dictators.

  77. I’ve had about an hour to digest Power’s message to the UN and it has just hit this brain like a bolt: she’s paving the way for Obama so he can do for the world what he has done for us.
    Now more urgent than ever that GOP hold him to account.
    And what would become of US government … vacuum left? To be filled by ?
    Am I thinking too much?

  78. To put an even finer point on it, the problem with Power and her ilk, is they see national sovereignty as an obsolete institution in the world, and the source of world wars. In their cloud cuckoo land, international power should derive from international institutions run by bankers and bureaucrats, from Harvard. The European Union is their end game, and although they dare not say it aloud, an Atlantic Union with Europe. When they finally decide it is time to get tough with a recalcitrant nation which threatens the vital interests of the United States, they shame themselves and this country, by going to people like Putin on their knees and begging. All the leverage we have amassed in the world since we strode like a giant colossus cross the globe in the aftermath of World War II has been dissipated by this administration. We no longer act like we are in charge–all we do is make speeches. Consequently, the international order which was predicated on the power of the United States is crumbling before our eyes, to the incessant cheers and hail Caesars of big media and the tears and regrets of our allies, who looked to a miscreant like Obama for leadership. Leadership is not in his genes.

  79. holdthemaccountable
    August 11, 2013 at 9:30 am
    ———————–
    That is what I was referring to when I said the big lie. Unable to build much of a legacy on the domestic front, he is aiming for the international arena to build his graven image, and false god status. Unlike the domestic arena, where there are tools for measuring success or failure, the international arena he aims for is largely devoid of such empirical criteria. You can become a God in that arena, by appearing to rise above the interests of your own nation, and making flowery speeches about divine vision, while knocking your own country. It is a perfect forum for him to pursue his congenital hatred of colonialism, which has been gone from the scene for half a century, and to redirect the world’s ire from the bankers and bureaucrats who aspire to control the world, to false issues like racism. Power was put in that position to lay the ground work for his legacy, but I doubt it will be successful. But I wonder if he is looking for success at all, or just continuing access to the world’s elite.

  80. what if a group of Nazis are operating a business? Will you be ok with them excluding all Jews or Blacks? What about Muslims operating a business? Will you be ok if they exclude Christians or Jews?
    ===

    I’m afraid that comparing groups of religious people who choose to live their lives according to the Sacred Scriptures – all of which have condemned the sin of sodomy for thousands of years – with a group of Nazis who were responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people is so far beyond my comprehension that I can not offer a reply.

  81. Bill Richardson on Meet the Press just lied to the American people saying that healthcare costs have gone DOWN since the ACA was enacted.

    Asshat. Liar.

    Now they are praising the ‘smackdown’ that bumbles gave to Putin calling him a little child or whatever.

    Asshats.

    Hillary 2016

  82. This is funny. 😆

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle were met with signs saying “Obama lies” and “Kenyan Go Home” ahead of a speech in Florida on Saturday.

    According to a White House pool report, the president’s motorcade was pulling into the Hilton Orlando where the Disabled American Veterans are holding their convention when it passed about 50 protesters on both sides of the street. The protesters — “many of them older and most of them white,” according to the report — were holding birther signs and signs calling to “Impeach Obama.”

    Obama cited progress in reducing the backlog of disability claims in his address Saturday. The first lady also addressed the veterans during the appearance, the Obamas’ last before they go on vacation.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/10/obama-birthers_n_3737054.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037

  83. holdthemaccountable
    August 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

    foxyladi14
    August 11, 2013 at 9:09 am
    ————–
    loving your emoticons!

    ___________________________-

    Thanks I am an emotional old Lady. :mrgreen:

  84. freespirit
    August 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Bill Richardson on Meet the Press. I guess Dan Quail was busy.
    ______________________-

    Looking for his Potatoes!!! 😆

  85. Bill Richardson on Meet the Press
    ———————-
    Its called “scraping the bottom of the barrel”.

    Good ol’ Judas Richardson.

    Hopes to become SOS when Hillary becomes president.

    Promises to deliver New Mexico for her.

    I got an email from ABM 94 describing how it was on the way to Berlin.

    He would remember Harry James and Helen Forrest.

    In my opinion, they were the best of the big band era.

    When Harry married Betty Grable, the only ones unhappier than the G.I.s was Helen.

    She stood out on the ledge of a building–fortunately they grabbed her in time.

    This bud’s for you ABM 94.

    I am honored to call you my friend:

  86. I try to be broad minded in my views. I try to look at the opposing side of the argument and say, could I be missing something? Do they have a valid point? If I may, permit me to illustrate:

    I think Andrea Mitchell is a beautiful woman. I think none of her fellow journalists really mind when she arrives late at a press conference, and moves her chair up to the front of the room right in front of Obama, like nobody else was there. I think her husband is a hunk, and it is only the age discrimination in Hollywood which beaches great actors once they turn 30 is to blame for him not getting his just deserts. I think he should be doing fruit of the loom boxer shorts commercials to show off his manly physique. I am sure his that his own irrational exuberance had nothing to do with the stock market crash of 2008, and the fact that the 36 economists he had working for him at the fed, with all their PHD’s in mathematics failed to recognize a real estate bubble based on speculation reminiscent of Tulip Bulb. When handsome Alan and gorgeous Andrea vote across the dance floor it is a tragedy of epic proportions that the cameras of Dancing with The Stars are not there. I categorically reject the vicious rumor that those two lovers spent their wedding night at the old Fort Worth stock yards–something David Gregory started. And most of all, I reject the slanderous suggestion and false diagnosis that MoDo is floridly delusional and clinically insane.

    The only thing that still perplexes me is how lovely Andrea and Chuckie Cheese Todd would get all up tight just because their employer, who freely admits that they are part of the Obama Administratio, has decided to run a documentary on Hillary. If I fully understand their argument, it boils down to this: we are journalists, and for NBC to sponsor a partisan project such as makes us appear as partisans, not journalists. All I can say about that argument is it is an insult to our intelligence. Or, if you prefer, who are you going to believe–queen Guenevere and Rat Boy, or your lying eyes. I freely accept everything else, but the idea that people who draw a paycheck from an organization that plants evidence, explodes trucks, doctors tapes, and distorts the political process is a bastion of journalism is for me at least a bridge too far. I hope Alan is not too old to swim. Or do I?

  87. wbb, I would say you had been on vacation in that Bazarro World of Seinfeld’s, that The Rock mentioned above.

    Seriously, well said. Message is clear.

  88. “Thanks I am an emotional old Lady.” :mrgreen:

    That cracks me up, hta.

    If you are, you’re a sharp as hell “emotional old lady”.

  89. Foxy, that video is priceless. When Bush was in office, books were written about his verbal gaffs. I had a couple of them “Bushisms” 1 and 2. Why has no one written a book about Obama’s mistakes – which, in some instances seem more like Freudian slips.

    Oh wait. I know why. Probably that whole fear of being targeted by NSA thing.

    Favorites: When vowing to halt the “rise of piracy” Obama spoke the truth, and said “halt the rise of PRIVACY”. Big time Fruedian slip.

    “Constitution written 20 centuries ago”

    Health care reform will bring more “inefficiencies”.

    lmao.

  90. free – That was foxy, not me. And she IS sharp. think I read she is mother of 5. Gotta be on your toes for that. not to mention all the stuff she does around here.
    —————————
    but none of that is a denial that I’m old.
    ——————–
    wbb – It was helpful to hear what is likely up with Powers and Obama at the UN.
    ————————–
    Just out by Mark Steyn. August 9, 2013 5:45 PM
    Know Thine Enemy. Major Hasan is honest about himself; why aren’t we?
    http://m.nationalreview.com/article/355421/know-thine-enemy-mark-steyn
    A really good read.

  91. wbboei
    August 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This bud’s for you ABM 94.

    I am honored to call you my friend:
    ________________________–

    Thank you for sharing Wbboei.
    And very happy to hear from
    ABM94. 🙂

  92. “Dowdie won’t be able to sleep at night…pad and post its by the bedside praying for zingers to come into her consciousness to go after Hill…and Bill

    Dowdie is a relic”

    ____________________

    Oh but, S, she’s just so cool and above it all. We regular people just don’t get someone with her flair, her sense of the ironic, her razor-sharp wit and cynicism. lol

    Would you not love to see her in a one on one battle of the words with Hillary ?! Hillary would chew her up and spit her out before MoDo could sling that red hair of hers into and out of her eyes – as she typically does, over and over again. lol

  93. All literature can be divided up into categories: tragedies, comedies and histories.

    For too long, I have treated big media eruptions like histories, looking for some fair accounting of what has occurred. This was a reasonable assumption, since the competition for power requires a honest broker, lest the system fail. Well, everywhere you look today, the system is failing, due to their errors of omission and commission. Consequently, if their tripe can be classified as literature, then it does not meet the test of a history.

    You could argue that their tripe is tragedy, because from their high and mighty station, the elitists who run it make no secret of their disdain for the American People and fancy themselves as citizens of the world. Yes, that it a tragedy because at some point their machinations become self fulfilling prophesy.

    But I would prefer to think of big media as a comedy. Set aside for the moment and the pretense, and self flattery, such as we saw when Pumpkin Head died of a well deserved cardiac arrest, and for three solid days, they sat around talking about how great he was, and by inference how important they are.

    Take a good look at how these fucking numbskulls operate on their Sunday news programs. See how they watch intently what others say, and mold their own comments to conform to the group think. It is one sorry spectacle. Sometimes, they get flummoxed, until they hear from some elder statesman like David Ignatius.

    Who is David Iganatius you ask? You mean you did not know, I ask (incredulously). Why he is the Lebanese borne Washpo assistant editor, the thinking man (he furrows his brow when he speaks, that is how you know), and he is on the short list of invitees to the best of parties on Embassy Row. So when David talks his co panelists look for pearls of wisdom.

    Nothing of substance is ever emitted from those lips. But you would never know it, watching the reaction of his co-panelists. It is akin to shock and awe in the presence of such a great man. But for the uninitiated like me, who have no desire to crash the best of parties in Washington, he sounds like Tony Curtis when he was horribly miscast in the movie Ivanhoe, and when it came his turn to speak, he said in perfect Brooklynese–yonder is me fodders cast el.

  94. Modo reminds me of the opening scene in Macbeth. She is the living embodiment of those three:

    A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

    Enter the three Witches.

    1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
    2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
    3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
    1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;

    In the poison’d entrails throw.—
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and nights has thirty-one;
    Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!

    ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

  95. Now even WaPo refers to Obama’s terror policy as “wishful thinking”

    (The Editors of the Washington Post) knew (in 2008) the policy that Barack Obama espoused and knew that it wasn’t a good idea. By 2012 they knew that it wasn’t working. How the United States projects its power in the Middle East is a critical foreign policy issue- if not the most crucial – and the yet the editors endorsed Barack Obama for a second term.

    I suppose it’s welcome that the Washington Post is calling out the president for a failed policy. But they knew it before and it should have forced them to reconsider their support for the President. The criticism is welcome, but a mea culpa for failing in their civic duty is in order too.

    Though not as bad as blaming the president’s critics for his failures, if the Washington Post and other media outlets wish to restore their depleted credibility, they will have to do acknowledge their own mistakes, not just point out the predictable failings of the candidate they embraced.
    ———————–
    While I do agree with the thrust of this article, namely that WashPo flunked journalism 101, I disagree in part:

    I see them as elitists. I see them riding the country into the ground. I see their contempt for the country. And I have no interest whatsoever in letting them restore their “depleted credibility”.

    As Obama’s credibility goes, so does theirs. He is their surrogate, not ours.

    We do not want to hear from them any further. Let them retire to the rubber room with the rest of their delusional elites.

    Here’s the tip of the day. You need a stable country like the United States used to be enforcing the rule of law. Otherwise the international arena degenerates into a Hobbsian war of all against all.

    And in that kind of a world, a citizen of the world like them is an easy target for those who wish to make him their next victim.

  96. Elysium on its way to be a flop. Yes it was #1 at the box office this weekend. But it needed to make at least 35milliondollars and it is not getting there:

    http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/were-the-millers-opens-to-1-7m-late-shows/

    Elysium was sci-fi, R-rated, and cool – yet it still underperformed and may not break $30M because of summer movie fatigue. Studio is banking on foreign coin and told me its first international territory – Russia – is ”huge”. Problem is that pic hasn’t been as well-received as Blomkamp’s previous District 9 sleeper hit which opened to $37.4M in mid-August 2009 on its way to earning $210.8M worldwide. Elysium cost Sony $115M for worldwide rights since it was packaged, financed and produced by Media Rights Capital: it received only a ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences but 67% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.

  97. holdthemaccountable
    August 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    free – That was foxy, not me. And she IS sharp. think I read she is mother of 5. Gotta be on your toes for that. not to mention all the stuff she does around here.

    ________________________

    Thank you for your kind words.
    In addition to my own 5. I just finished up raising 3 Grand Daughters.
    Now that was a real treat. 😆 😆

  98. Larry is on a long hitting streak . . . Of course David Igantius of WashPo would disagree, and he was named for a saint–Ignatuius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. Ergo, far be it from me to dismiss him lightly merely because he does not know what he is talking about. I will just dismiss him with extreme prejudice and leave it at that.

    Cudas to Larry, for summing up the entire foreign policy in the middle east in one simple sentence: “What do the weak and the incompetent do? They cut and run. That’s Barack Obama.”
    ————————————————————-
    Current Article
    Barack Obama’s Failed Scare Tactics

    By Larry Johnson on August 11, 2013 at 1:57 PM in Current Affairs

    George W. Bush did it. And Barack Obama is doing it. What? When the political heat comes on the best diversion is a dire warning of imminent terrorist doom. That’s what we got last week from the Obama Administration. With the enabling help of the most of the media and some of the neo-con Republican politicians, Barack Obama claimed that we had “SPECIFIC” intelligence about a looming attack.

    Where was it going to happen? Well, they did not quite know that.

    What were the terrorists going to do? Obama and team did not quite know that either. Could be a bomb, could be ambush, could be a wet fart on a crowded airplane. But goddamn it, it was “SPECIFIC.”

    And what was Obama’s courageous response? He demanded that 22 Embassies be closed.

    What else was the community organizer of Chicago supposed to do? Well, let me tell you what a someone who knows something about command would do.

    For starters, you go to the host nation and demand they increase the security perimeter around the Embassy. Then, assuming you actually have “specific” intelligence worth a damn (you know, something about the the particular device or the technique), you share it with the host government so that they can move proactively against the individuals and groups most likely to carry out such an attack. You step up your proactive military and intelligence measures (but you do this quietly, without public fanfare.)

    You also could bolster your own security personnel at the Embassy. Reinforce the Marine Security guards, deploy personnel from the theater CIFs.

    What do the weak and the incompetent do? They cut and run. That’s Barack Obama.

    We now also have more evidence that the billions we are spending on intelligence may be a waste of money. Despite the insistence by Obama and his team that terrorists would strike at the end of Ramadan, this turned out to be true in only one place–IRAQ!

    In Iraq, however, the target was not Americans. Nope. SUNNI extremists, the Al Qaeda guys, attacked and murdered Iraqi Shia civilians.

    Sixty-nine people were killed and 200 others wounded in a series of car bombs in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, when Iraqis were celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Saturday.

    Iraqi authorities said nine blasts rocked mostly Shia neighborhoods.

    “The occurrence of these terrorist acts on the day of Eid al-Fitr and and on the day of celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is the symbol of unity in the Muslim world, once again showed that terrorism is committed to no principle,” Araqchi said Sunday.

    The Iranian spokesperson expressed sympathy with the survivors of the terrorist attacks and added that regional countries are duty-bound to make greater efforts to fight the “ominous phenomenon.”

    He offered his condolences to the Iraqi government and nation and expressed hope the country would overcome the ongoing difficult situation through unity, vigilance and national solidarity among the people and political groups.

    The bombings, which were reportedly coordinated, were similar to the ones that rocked Baghdad on Tuesday, which left 50 people dead.

    We must be honest with ourselves. If Al Qaeda is stronger today and more widespread than it was ten years ago, then our policies and the billions we have spent has been a complete waste. War, whether conventional or unconventional, will be won or lost depending on the strategy and tactics employed. No country and no group can suffer losses and win unless those losses are replaced.

    Do we really believe that Al Qaeda and the various Sunni extremists are more capable and more durable and more resilient than the German Wehrmacht or the Army of Nippon in World War II? Horseshit!!

    If we were candid about our policies of the last ten years–and this is an indictment of both Bush and Obama–we will acknowledge that we fought an enemy in Iraq that we did not need to fight. Moreover, by destabilizing a relatively secularist Sunni government (i.e. Saddam) we facilitated its replacement with a Shia-led government backed by Iran and the rise of Sunni insurgencies that turned from secularism toward religious extremism. Those policies are encouraging and promoting the rise of more Sunni extremism.

    The message we are sending is quite simple and clear–if you are a secular ruler, albeit corrupt, we will likely abandon you or work to unseat you. We did it to Saddam (after backing and supporting his war against Iran in the 1980s). We did it to Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. And we are trying to do it to Bashar Assad in Syria.

    In Tunisia and Libya, we have cast our lot with the religious extremists. Regardless of any public condemnations by Barack Obama, our actions send a clear message–we back Muslim extremists.

    If terrorism is back and potentially worse than ever it is the fault of one man–Barack Obama.

  99. foxyladi14
    August 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    In addition to my own 5. I just finished up raising 3 Grand Daughters.
    ————–
    Tears to my eyes, foxy. Bless you, for you have blessed so many.

  100. And what was an impressive move by Reince and the RNC has now been reduced to crap. And it didn’t even take a fortnight. How sad is that? I mean how sad is it to lose all your credibility in less than two weeks? There is no way that bumbles could ever have become prez without the tacit authorization of the opposing party or the sheer incompetence of the opposing party. I’m thinking it was a bit of both, though this display of utter idiocy leaves me thinking that might be the greater of the two issues the RNC suffers from.

    Asshats

    Hillary 2016

    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/rnc-won-t-boycott-fox-producing-nbc-hillary-173059059.html

  101. Bret Baier’s special investigation program on Food Stamps is on FOX right now. It’s worth watching.

  102. One of the best discussions of the immigration bill by far. I love the comment about “comprehensive” bills and enjoy Brazille’s “Oh crap” expression as George Will just nails what the real problem is with passing this bill.

    OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

  103. A little bit sensitive, are they not? How often did we have to look at Bush masks? Oh, but that was only Bush. A mere president. Now that we have an Emperor no ridicule shall be permitted.
    ====

    Clown’s Obama stunt at Missouri State Fair draws rebuke

    Missouri State Fair officials and politicians on Sunday condemned the performance of a rodeo clown who donned a mask resembling President Barack Obama during Saturday’s bull riding competition.

    A tempest over the incident erupted after the website Show Me Progress reported a Facebook account of it.

    The Facebook writer said he had taken a Taiwanese student to the rodeo Saturday night in Sedalia. During the bull riding segment a rodeo clown appeared wearing an Obama mask.

    “The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull,” the posting said. “The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”

    Another clown then apparently joined the performance.

    “One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy,” the posting said. “Finally a bull came close enough to him that he had to move so he jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.”

    The account quickly migrated to the liberal website Daily Kos.

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/11/4404230/clowns-obama-stunt-at-missouri.html#storylink=cpy

  104. Agencies buying hotel rooms for surge of Mexican illegal immigrants, others released

    EXCLUSIVE: A sudden influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico requesting asylum is overwhelming immigration agents in San Diego, forcing agencies to rent hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.

    Documents obtained exclusively by Fox News show Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been paying for hotel rooms for dozens of recently arrived families to relieve overcrowding inside the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, Calif., processing centers. Some ICE employees are working overtime and others have been asked to volunteer to work weekend shifts. “Duties include intake, placements, transports and release of family groups and unaccompanied minors,” according to a memo obtained by Fox News.

    The surge has raised suspicions about what is driving the influx, amid claims that illegal immigrants have learned they can attempt to get asylum by using a few key words — namely, by claiming they have a “credible fear” of drug cartels.

    “This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody,” said former U.S. Attorney for Southern California Peter Nunez. “It’s beyond belief that dozens or hundreds or thousands of people would simultaneously decide that they should go to the U.S. and make this claim.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/12/surge-mexican-illegal-immigrants-claiming-asylum-overwhelms-border-officials/#ixzz2blTXRmwi

  105. holdthemaccountable
    August 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    foxyladi14
    August 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    In addition to my own 5. I just finished up raising 3 Grand Daughters.
    ————–
    Tears to my eyes, foxy. Bless you, for you have blessed so many.

    __________________________

    Thank you Holdem. for the kind words

    I am Blessed.
    I could never have done all that without my Faith. 🙂

  106. President Obama socks it to the rich on Martha’s Vineyard [pics]

    President Obama, who recently pledged to “spend every minute of every day” rebuilding the economy, must believe that returning the U.S. to full economic health involves inconveniencing the Martha’s Vineyard well-to-do:

    Roads were blocked off, and also tee times of Vineyard vacationers have been bumped to accommodate the president:

    http://twitchy.com/2013/08/12/president-obama-socks-it-to-the-rich-on-marthas-vineyard-pics/

  107. At MO state fair, a rodeo clown donned an Obama mask and mocked The One. Fair officials issue an apology. Representatives from both Republican and Democrat parties raised objections to the clown act.

    You just have to wonder if the same objections would have been raised about W being mocked. He was the butt of many inappropriate jokes, books, much of which was deserved, imo. But, I don’t recall anyone trying to protect him. If this effort to defend Obama by both Pubs and Dims represented an initiative to make political discourse more civil, it would be less absurd. But, we all know it’s not. Had the fair mocked the Bushes or the Clintons, not an objection would have been raised. Obama has to be protected like a freaking emperor or king.

    Maybe if people would stop treating Obama like a fragile treasure, he would get over himself.

    _____________

    From The Hill:

    “Missouri State Fair apologizes after rodeo clown mocks Obama”
    By Meghashyam Mali – 08/12/13 07:41 AM ET

    “Missouri State Fair officials on Sunday apologized after a rodeo clown at an event wore an Obama mask and mocked the president.

    Officials said the show was “inappropriate” in a statement, according to reports. “We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark.”

    The rodeo clown appeared at a bull riding competition on Saturday and was introduced by an announcer who asked the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.”

    “We’re going to smoke Obama, man” said the clown, according to reports, and was chased by a steer as the crowd roared.

    The event drew quick criticism from both parties, with Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (Mo.) calling the performance “disrespectful” in a tweet on Sunday”.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316557-missouri-state-fair-apologizes-after-rodeo-clown-mocks-obama#ixzz2blcyCk4X

  108. If the guy that Obama supported in Egypt, i.e. Mursi (sic Morsi) and his Muslim Brotherhood compadres were instrumental in the Benghazi attack, it is easy to understand why neither he, nor his NBC, CNN, ABC, NYT, WashPo camp followers do not want to get to the bottom of the Benghazi story. This is not conspiracy theory. Hard facts are emerging from Arab language sources which show a significant connection . . . .
    ———————————————–
    Benghazi: Arabic-Language Media Implicates Egypt’s Fallen Muslim Brotherhood Regime
    Arabic sources offer significant evidence of Mohammed Mursi’s involvement in the deadly attack.

    U.S. officials and experts do acknowledge an Egyptian connection to the Benghazi attacks. They’ll point to what they call a ragtag group of jihadists, led by Muhammad Jamal Abdo Al-Kashif (aka Abu Ahmad), known as the “Jamal network.” However, the U.S. administration downplays this Egyptian connection, whereas several Arabic-language sources reveal a much larger connection. It is significant to point out that the first attack against the U.S. embassies on September 11, 2012, happened in Cairo. Egypt was the spark and Egyptians were the agents of both attacks.

    Al-Kashif had been locked up in one of Egypt’s most secure prisons, but he was released by deposed president Mohammad Mursi prior to the attacks. Al-Kashif had been Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard. Mursi was the primary agent behind his release.

    Here is Al-Kashif praising Egyptian security for orchestrating his release. Al-Wafd (translated into English) mentions Mursi’s involvement:

    Mursi released the most dangerous of terrorists, who have sentences that include death and life imprisonment, as reported by Nour al-Huda Zaki in her report regarding the terms of the exchange. She quoted Karam Zuhdi, of Jama’t Al-Islamieh, saying that he mediated the liberation of soldiers in the Sinai in return for the release of 18 Jihadi inmates. The list included al-Kashif, who was known to have attacked the American embassy in Benghazi. … This is the most distinguished of the entire group who carried out missions in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. … Allowing the return of 300 from the Jihad and Jama’t Al-Islamieh.

    A leaked Libyan intelligence document dated four days after the attacks also implicates Mursi as being involved in Benghazi. (A full translation of this document is available here.) The document states that Ansar al-Sharia’s Egypt branch, led by Marjan Salem, was the main player, not the Libyan branch:

    The initial investigation shows that the membership of the group [belongs] to the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Egypt which was established and led by Egyptian cleric Marjan Salem. … The most distinguished names that were obtained from the confessions by members of the cell are the president of Egypt, Muhammad Mursi, Safwat Hijazy and Saudi businessman Mansour Bin Kadasa, the owner of Al-Nas TV station.

    An Arabic video reportedly discovered on the ground in Benghazi during the attack features the terrorists stating that Mursi had sent them.

    Multiple Arabic media sources have reported that the purpose of the Libyan intelligence chief’s recent trip to Cairo was to share information about Mursi’s involvement.

    Other Arabic sources (1, 2, 3), including Masress, have reported on the details of the charges being filed against Mursi. They involve his release of Al-Kashif. Per New Elfagr:

    As well as charging [Mursi] in complaint No. 3790 for the year 2012 petitioned by the attorney general for negligence and laxity and plunging the country into a chaotic security breach that caused seas of blood, which destabilized the security and stability of the country. Issuing a presidential pardon for Mohammed Jamal Al-Kashif (aka Abu Ahmad), who was responsible for terrorist operations in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and many of the jihadi groups. These elements — together with the Hamas movement — were behind the killing of 16 soldiers on the border during the last month of Ramadan. These groups also kidnapped six soldiers and then negotiated their release.

    If Mursi was involved, what were his possible motives? Indisputably, the two most prominent voices as of late demanding the release of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman were Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Muhammad Mursi. Interestingly, Mursi made such a demand before and days after the attacks in Benghazi.

    The younger brother of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Muhammad Zawahiri, was outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012, and he made the same plea for Rahman’s release. CNN’s Nic Robertson interviewed him and the blind sheikh’s son, also present, there at the scene. When discussing the protesters, Muhammad Zawahiri stated that they were demanding the release of the blind sheikh.

    There was an additional attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound (SMC) in Benghazi on June 6, 2012. A group calling itself The Brigades of the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman claimed responsibility.

  109. Worth reading . . . If only to realize who is doing the bamboozling, and how they are doing it. They are well heeled secular progressives, with an utterly naive world view.
    ————————

    America’s Three Worst Pravda Press Organizations

    Obsequious Obama lapdogs.

    by
    Tom Blumer

    The competition for the most loathsome news organization in the U.S is fierce.

    Based on their offenses against the basic tenets of journalism seen during just the past two weeks, some of which would have made the propagandists at the former Soviet Union’s Pravda blush, three lame losers — Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Associated Press — have emerged as leaders of the left agenda-promoting, Barack Obama keister-covering brigade.

    Politico is the trailblazer in frequently tailoring and even altering its coverage to minimize Obama administration embarrassment. The practice makes a mockery of its “Our Story” page promise of “tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government” while “delivering nonpartisan news, fast, fair and first.”

    On August 4, the web site’s Kyle Cheney published an item headlined “Poor attendance at Obamacare event in Virginia.” The headline perfectly fit the story. At one such gathering orchestrated by the Obama agenda-promoting Organizing for Action in the Metro DC community of Centreville, “Just one volunteer stayed … and the event’s organizer bolted after 20 minutes.”

    Lo and behold, by the next morning the Obama-embarrassing headline had been altered. It now reads: “Obamacare message war goes local.”

    The next day, Reid Epstein outdid these headline fixers. In a writeup about OFA’s totally unsurprising and questionably legal involvement in efforts to assist Democratic candidates in electoral contests, he informed readers that two people he had already interviewed for his story “asked to be removed” — and that he had honored their requests. The two people involved begged off ”after receiving a phone call” from OFA Executive Director Jon Carson.

    So the leader of Obama’s political shock troops gets to dictate what material Politico can and can’t use. And they still expect us to believe that they’re really journalists?

    Two other Politico items seem to pale in comparison to the first two just noted, but are remarkable for their studious attempt to avoid an inconvenient yet truthful word. As the disgusting bipartisan spectacle of Congress exempting itself and its aides from the ravages of Obamacare by allowing the federal government to continue paying nearly 75 percent of their healthcare premiums unfolded in late July and early August, reports co-authored by John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman, except in one quote from a Republican senator, somehow avoided using any form of the word “exempt.” Their preferred description: “Obamacare fix.”

    The Huffington Post has had its own recent rough and rotten self-inflicted run.

    On July 29, it withdrew and replaced a disgracefully erroneous, completely unchecked report by a University of Kansas undergrad who misrepresented his status there about how “Doubling McDonald’s Salaries Would Cause Your Big Mac To Cost Just 68¢ More.” The truth? The average price of Mickey D’s signature sandwich would have to increase by $1.28 to $5.27, a 32 percent hike. But it’s all good, because the haughty HuffPo found an “expert” to claim that “McDonald’s is so vast and lucrative that it could easily survive a major wage increase.” Not if none of its other competitors followed their suicidal lead.

    On August 7, HuffPo’s Nick Wing — or is it “Nick Left-Wing Nut”? — ever on the alert for opportunities to smear potential Republican presidential contenders, reported the following context-free statement by Rick Santorum about certain supporters of the “pro-choice” movement:

    “They make it uncomfortable for students who come to Austin to shower at a Young Men’s Christian Association, YMCA, gym,” he said.

    In isolation, it appeared that Santorum might have been referring to worries about homosexual or other assault. Many lefty loons with keyboards who read Wing’s woeful piece had no difficulty inferring that.

    There’s only one problem. Byron York at the Washington Examiner, doing work Wing should have done himself, pointed to a story (“Anti-abortion group says it was bullied out of YMCA”) published four weeks earlier at KVUE in Austin. Specifically, a YMCA, which had allowed a group of out-of town pro-life protesters to take nightly showers there for a week, backed out of their agreement after one night because “there were some people that support abortion who talked to our staff, intimidated them. They actually said that they felt threatened, and they asked us not to come back.”

    So Santorum was right, for reasons that had everything to do with pro-aborts acting like thugs and nothing to do with his personal-issue positions. Though HuffPo posted a prominent update, others who linked to it have either ignored it or twisted the situation to legitimize the Y’s cowardly excuse that the pro-lifers, by entering and leaving its facilities wearing T-shirts supporting their cause, were somehow “bringing a political debate” into their precious building. Over at HuffPo, I suspect that the prevailing sentiment is: “Mission (mostly) accomplished.”

    Politico’s and HuffPo’s hypocritical poses, their sheer volume of misinformation and disinformation, and their obsequious treatment of the Obama administration, leftists, and Democrats make them arguably closer to being official wings of the Democratic National Committee than even the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press.

    Not that the AP isn’t trying mightily.

    On August 7, the wire service’s Russ Bynum inserted unspoken words into a direct quote from Obama’s appearance on Jay Leno’s NBC show to make it appear as if the president didn’t misspeak when he referred to Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida as ports “along the Gulf”:

    “If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. — if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs,” Obama said.

    After a tidal wave of outrage and ridicule administered by Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, and center-right sites like Twitchy.com, which first discovered Russ’s ruse, the AP issued a childish “correction.” Its introduction still would not concede that Obama had committed a gaffe. The revised story itself, which is what will remain in the historical record, let Obama’s quote stand without its parenthetical addition, but failed to note that his statement was factually wrong.

    All three of these faux news organizations are suffering as a result of their persistent patterns of bias and ignorance. None of them seem to really care.

    Politico has seen both the Daily Caller and Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com – two sites its arrogant DC insiders surely consider inferior right-wing rags — blow by it in online traffic.

    Drudge reports that HuffPo, which became part of AOL in 2011 as a result of “Huffington’s Heist” — in which Arianna Huffington pocketed an estimated $18 million and a plush CEO job after building her “business” on the backs of unpaid content contributors for over five years — “is said to have lost $7 million last year.”

    AP, organized as a not-for-profit cooperative, has seen its newspaper subscriber base shrink from roughly 1,700 in 2005 to 1,400 in 2011. Employment fell by over 6 percent in 2012. An expected decline in revenues this year will be the wire service’s fifth straight. The AP Stylebook has turned into a parody of political correctness, potentially courting widespread rejection by everyday news consumers. Difficult contract negotiations with its Occupy movement-sympathetic union loom.

    Still, AP’s subscriber base, its influence on broadcast and online outlets, and its completely undeserved but still widely perceived reputation for objectivity make it the most perniciously negative news organization in the U.S. Far too many still treat AP content as presumptive gospel.

    These three news organizations are likely among the cadre of supposedly legitimate “media outlets” to which Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who believes that the government “must define a journalist” and determine their “constitutional and statutory protections,” would want to provide full First Amendment protections. Everyone else? You would apparently be at the government’s tender mercies.

    A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial asserted that if Durbin ever gets his way, “our republic and the liberty it guarantees are in trouble.”

    Actually, thanks to the journalistic malfeasance at the three news organizations just discussed and at so many others imitating their Pravda-like practices, they already are.

  110. The above serves to illustrate that these left wing corporate enterprises have very sick corporate cultures. Truth, objective truth cannot survive in those hot houses of rabid ideological group think which brooks no opposition, and is part of the larger flat earth society of the left. When their theories on the economy, foreign policy etc. fail, they invent false facts and lies to save their failed narrative. We are failing as a country, because of these people.

  111. There is a “Stop Amnesty” tour starting today. I don’t know its schedule, but I’m just back from a nearby city where I noticed what must be the dregs of OFA. Truly I’ve not seen sights this pathetic since I worked in downtown Newark circa 1980’s. Complete with a tood. Strutting around. Just DARING me to lock the car doors before departing the Turkey Hill gas station. click.

    A group of conservative organizations are[sic] headed to Richmond, VA, on Monday evening to protest the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill and ongoing House GOP leadership efforts to try to produce a similar legislative solution. The event, being put on by NumbersUSA, Tea Party Patriots, Eagle Forum, and The Remembrance Project, is the first stop of a “Stop Amnesty Tour” the groups are leading across the country. Speakers at the event include Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Council president Chris Crane, NumbersUSA executive director Roy Beck, Remembrance Project director Maria Espinoza, Progressives for Immigration Reform executive director Leah Durant (who led the March For Jobs against amnesty in Washington, D.C., last month), and many other leaders in this battle. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Monday in Richmond’s Jefferson Park.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/11/Tea-Party-comes-to-Virginia-to-protest-immigration-efforts

  112. Attorney for Whistleblower: 400 U.S. Missiles Stolen in Benghazi

    On August 12, Joe DiGenova, attorney for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers, told Washington D.C.’s WMAL that one of the reasons people have remained tight-lipped about Benghazi is because 400 U.S. missiles were “diverted to Libya” and ended up being stolen and falling into “the hands of some very ugly people.”
    DiGenova represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson. He told WMAL that he “does not know whether [the missiles] were at the annex, but it is clear the annex was somehow involved in the distribution of those missiles.”

    He claimed his information “comes from a former intelligence official who stayed in constant contact with people in the special ops and intelligence community.” He said the biggest concern right now is finding those missiles before they can be put to use. “They are worried, specifically according to these sources, about an attempt to shoot down an airliner,” he claimed.

    On August 4, Breitbart News covered a report in The Telegraph that said 35 CIA operatives were working in Benghazi when the attack against the consulate took place. The Telegraph claimed these operatives were allegedly in an “annex near the consulate [working] on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armories to Syrian Rebels.”

    Months earlier, following then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s February 7 testimony on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi attacks, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested that one of the causes behind the terrorist attack “may have been that there was a gun running operation going on in Benghazi, leaving Libya and going to Turkey and [distributing] arms to the [Syrian] rebels.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/08/12/Attorney-For-Benghazi-Whistleblower-400-U-S-Missiles-Stolen-In-Benghazi-Annex-Involved

  113. admin
    August 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    In a sign of the expense taxpayers incur treating President Obama to a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the Secret Service has had to book 70 rooms at a single hotel on the island at a cost of at least $175,000.

    There are also many additional rooms required for staff and countless other logistical needs.
    &&&&&&&&

    As to those “countless other logistical needs”…

    I don’t think there are that many “ladies of the evening on Martha’s Vineyard…so they’ll have to be flown in.

  114. Is Hillary about to kick off a start for 2016?

    HRC delivers strong defense of Voting Rights Act, the first speech in series to touch on pressing issues.

    Just Breaking : Hillary Clinton announces series of major speeches this fall on restoring faith in government. Voting rights today, natl security next.

    Looks like our girl is gearing up.

  115. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced Monday that she will deliver a series of policy-oriented speeches on the topics of transparency and national security and their impact on America’s leadership abroad in the “next few months.”

    Speaking at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, the potential 2016 presidential candidate kicked off the effort on the subject of voting rights, blasting state efforts such as that of Texas, Florida and North Carolina to restrict voting through stringent voter ID laws that passed “often under the cover of addressing the phantom epidemic of ‘voter fraud.'”

    “Throughout our history we have found too many ways to exclude people from their ownership of the law,” Clinton said, delivering a plea to repair the crippled Voting Rights Act.

    Clinton’s next speech is due to take place in Philadelphia next month, she said.

  116. Interesting piece…insight into stuff i didnt know like who is coming on board…..bit of a nasty piece i will say but interesting information in it.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/clinton-mafia-clears-the-trail-for-hillarys-2016-presidential-run/story-fnb64oi6-1226695800768

    Doug Band, Bill Clinton’s right-hand man, is said to keep a list on his BlackBerry of people who are “dead to us” because they dared to cross the Clintons in the 2008 campaign. Back then, Bill Richardson, a former cabinet secretary, endorsed Obama after initially promising fealty to the Clintons, to whom he owed his career, during a Super Bowl game.

    Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign manager, James Carville, immediately denounced Richardson as a Judas Iscariot who had betrayed the Clintons in return for Obama’s 30 pieces of silver. Richardson’s career was essentially over. Carville, like the Clintons, has never taken prisoners. One of his campaign adages is: “When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil.” And Emanuel was with the Clintons long before Obama appeared on the scene.

    All this is worth remembering now that Hillary Clinton is preparing for a 2016 presidential bid. Sure, she could opt to spend more time with her family or baking cookies, but no one close to the Clinton political family believes she won’t run. It would be like Don Corleone retiring to an allotment.

    While Hillary is temporarily absent from the fray, Clinton loyalists have set up a Ready for Hillary super PAC (political action committee) on her behalf – legally, she cannot associate with them. It’s a clever move. The group has been busy signing up top Democratic donors and enlisting the best operatives.

    As well as Carville, backers include former Clinton capos Thomas “Mack” McLarty, Harold Ickes and Ann Lewis. It’s also been an opportunity for some to make amends. A prominent supporter has been senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, an Obamaite in 2008 who was on the “dead to us” list after saying Bill Clinton was “a great leader but I don’t want my daughter near him”. On Friday she was at a “Madam President” event in Iowa saying she was dreaming of Hillary’s “moment”.

    The first casualty of the Ready for Hillary effort appears to have been Joe Biden. Old Joe (his teeth and hair are considerably younger but he turned 70 last year) had reckoned, as the incumbent Vice-President, that he had a strong claim to be the next Democratic nominee. That was before his 2008 pollster Celinda Lake signed up with Ready for Hillary and the top two grassroots organisers for the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign went to work for the outfit.

    Now, Biden is intimating he won’t run if Hillary does. Other potential Democratic rivals are also withering on the vine. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, another former Clinton cabinet secretary, is likely to sit out 2016. So, too, is Newark Mayor Cory Booker, sometimes described as America’s second black president. It looks as if the field is clear for Hillary.

    Usually it is the Republicans who plump for the previous runner-up – Bob Dole in 1996, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney last year. This time, they look set for a bloody, chaotic campaign. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are already tearing lumps out of each other while senator Marco Rubio of Florida, former Romney running mate Paul Ryan and George W. Bush’s younger brother Jeb are biding their time for now.

    Ironically, Obama’s 2008 win has persuaded other newly elected Republican senators that they too could be commander-in-chief. It may well be, however, that after choosing an untested Obama in 2008, America will be looking for a known quantity next time. Hillary’s campaign will be framed as a historic one to elect the first female president. Just as Republicans have found it hard to attack Obama without appearing racist, running against Hillary means the cry of sexism is never far away. For more than a decade, she has been shedding her old image of a radical Lady Macbeth and crafting a centrist reputation. McCain recently described her as a “rock star” who did a “fine job” at the State Department. An easy primary campaign would mean she could resist moving to the Left while watching Republicans having to pander to their conservative base.

    Obama emerged stronger from his epic 2008 primary battle with Hillary, but that was the exception and, unlike the Republicans now, the ideological differences between the two were minimal.

    At 65, Hillary could be almost a generation older than a Republican opponent. Attacking a woman on age grounds, however, could appear distinctly unchivalrous and while the hefty, trash-talking Christie is often portrayed as a Sopranos character, few mob aficionados would bet on a Soprano against a Corleone.

    The Clintons are making it plain they will not tolerate anyone messing this up for them. Anthony Weiner, the weasel-faced New York mayoral candidate, is already in trouble for disrespecting his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary’s senior aide and a beloved sister in the Clinton world.

    After the latest revelations of his sexts to a young woman, it was made known the Clintons were displeased. Aides leaked that Philippe Reines, Hillary’s consigliere, had launched an expletive-laced tirade against Weiner during a conference call, threatening to “pull out” his throat. When Abedin visited Doug Band, Weiner was ordered to wait outside while his wife took their child in.

    The comic drama of the Weiner campaign and the inevitable dragging up of Bill’s Monica Lewinsky escapade has given Republicans hope that the new, shiny Clinton brand can be tarnished again. If Weiner should win the mayoral primary next month, expect to hear of his body floating in the Hudson shortly afterwards.

  117. Outrageous!!
    =====

    Mo. State Fair bans rodeo clown who mocked Obama

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) ­ The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose depiction of President Barack Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike.

    The rodeo clown won’t be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they’re also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday’s event.

    http://news.yahoo.com/mo-state-fair-bans-rodeo-clown-mocked-obama-183933790.html

  118. On the surface, it certainly looks as if she is, Moon. Speeches all over the place. The timing is a little weird though, don’t you think. With the support she already has in the country, it seems counter productive to make “Policy” speeches, and to work to restore faith in the America.

    The policy speeches, unless she says next to nothing, will piss someone off, and increase the ammo the right already thinks they have against her. As far as restoring faith in America, if she plans to talk about NSA and the justification for invading the privacy of Americans, it will fall on deaf ears, and also piss of people who are against this practice. The ones who believe it’s ok, don’t need convincing.

    Maybe she’s courting the progs, who never really liked her. Maybe she wants to win the hearts of the AA community, who loved her until BO lied about her and Big Dawg being racists.

    Am I being paranoid? Does anyone else see this as just opening herself up for unnecessary criticism, and that the risks far outweigh the potential benefits of this – if she does intend to run in 2016?

  119. I meant to mention above, Moon, that I could read only the first couple of paragraphs of the Australian article – only the first page. Couldn’t get to the rest of it. Would be interesting in knowing who the people are that are now associated her and her (possible) campaign for 2016.

  120. Leanora
    August 11, 2013 at 10:06 am
    what if a group of Nazis are operating a business? Will you be ok with them excluding all Jews or Blacks? What about Muslims operating a business? Will you be ok if they exclude Christians or Jews?
    ===

    I’m afraid that comparing groups of religious people who choose to live their lives according to the Sacred Scriptures – all of which have condemned the sin of sodomy for thousands of years – with a group of Nazis who were responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people is so far beyond my comprehension that I can not offer a reply.

    It is easy enough to understand why these two are being compared – they are both about beliefs. How you missed that baffles my mind. If I accept the concept of sin, I would say that one of the biggest sins is willful blindness.

  121. moononpluto
    August 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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

    Am I to assume she is NOT for identification? If not, very hard to support. She lost BECAUSE of the cheating. It would be another nail in the coffin for my vote.

  122. moononpluto
    August 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced Monday that she will deliver a series of policy-oriented speeches on the topics of transparency and national security and their impact on America’s leadership abroad in the “next few months.”
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    Funny, after five years of “a series of policy speeches”, it would be easy to reflexively say, “Oh NO!!!”.

    With Obummer, it’s all fluff, bamboozling, and lies. “Oh dang, the teleprompter is stuck”.

    But with Hillary, it will be a content-filled policy wonk tutorial, used to define where she intends to lead the country.

    With Hill (and Bill): “You can turn off the teleprompter, it’s creating an unpleasant glare.”

  123. gonzotx
    August 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Leanora
    August 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Would never have happened if the mask was of Bush…Never
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&
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    With Bush, Reagan, Nixon, Clinton, people wearing masks and impersonating The President could rightfully claim, “Free Speech”.

    So what’s with the special treatment of O’Turd? It’s another proof that he’s not up to the job.

    poo widdle bawack…

  124. freespirit
    August 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    . The timing is a little weird though, don’t you think. With the support she already has in the country, it seems counter productive to make “Policy” speeches, and to work to restore faith in the America.

    The policy speeches, unless she says next to nothing, will piss someone off, and increase the ammo the right already thinks they have against her. As far as restoring faith in America, if she plans to talk about NSA and the justification for invading the privacy of Americans, it will fall on deaf ears, and also piss of people who are against this practice. The ones who believe it’s ok, don’t need convincing.

    Am I being paranoid? Does anyone else see this as just opening herself up for unnecessary criticism, and that the risks far outweigh the potential benefits of this – if she does intend to run in 2016?

    You know free, I was thinking the same thing. This soon after her SOS term as she is enjoying such a high public approval rating and with the the WH embroiled in multiple scandals, what benefit does putting your policies positions out in the public do to help your case if you are going to run in 2016? The two reasons I came up with were:

    1)2008 and 2012 demonstrated that this country is full of people with the attention span of a nicotine addicted monkey. Getting a number of policy speeches on the record differing from the current administration’s positions can be used to separate herself from bumbles when the debates begin and the GOP tries to ties her to this administration. (And on a side note, the money can’t be bad)

    2)She could be laying the groundwork for a path to winning some dem seats in congress. Her positions provide anti positions for congressional democrats and potential congressional democrats to latch onto in order to save their skins. Also, it might provide insight to who her TRUE supporters, unlike that woman in Missouri, are as well as begin to lay a groundwork for the direction this country could be headed in should she ever decide to run. I’ll say it ten billion times – she is a good person more so even that a good politician. I base my support for her on that. A good person would not knowingly lead people to a bad outcome. The fact that she is a good politician implies that her leadership would actually get us there. President Carter is a good person. His actions post presidency justifies that. But he was a crappy politician. Bumbles, with the help of Chicago and Muslim money, is a good politician, but he is a bad person, and we can all see where the country is headed now.

    I would never second guess the political strategic mind of either of the Clintons. They have an insight into politics that someone like Bill Belichek has into football. If she is going to run, then this is a calculated move. It keeps her in the news without her declaring, and it unwittingly uses a tried and true bumbles strategy of staying above the fray while everybody speculates and writes and bloviates about meaning. Whatever the reason, the pros and cons were discussed and this is the decision she came to. Whatever the outcome, if she decides to run, her army will be ready…..

    Hillary 2016

  125. “Whatever the outcome, if she decides to run, her army will be ready…..”

    That we will, The Rock. We’ll be ready, willing and able. And you’re right about the political acumen of the Clintons, and the inadvisability of second-guessing them. The Bill Belichec football metaphor is lost on me. lol But, I know what you’re saying.

  126. I believe the candidates in 2016 will be Hillary and Christie. Christie is a wholly owned subsidiary of the elites, the so called ruling class, call them what you will.

    Obama is a surrogate of the elites, not the people as well. Yet try as I did, I could not convince many democrats that this was true. Even now, after seeing the policies he advances, the perks he arrogates to himself, and the utter disdain he projects for the country and the middle class–which is the imprimatur of the elites, all they see is candle light and champagne.

    What most people today do not see, because it is disguised under a big media contrived game of bread and circuses, is the growing centralization of power by the ruling class. This is antithetical to the concept of democracy. And it is compounded by the entry of high tech idiot savants like Zuckerman into politics before their frontal lobes develop.

    This is not a case of first impression. Prior to the American Revolution, the elites in Britain made a similar attempt to violate the spirit of the Magna Carta, and arrogate unchecked power to themselves. They were opposed, however, by leaders who rallied the grass roots.

    That history was much on the minds of Hamilton when he wrote the Constitution and Jefferson when he wrote the bill of rights. They took steps to ensure that the ruling class could not overreach. And that is why Obama, who is a puppet for the elites, is so keen to dismantle the Constitution. It stands in the way of their attempt to centralize power.

    That, in turn, leads to the inevitable question where does Hillary stand? The ruling class opposed her in 2008, whereas now, they intend to support her. On the other hand, in 2008, the people supported Hillary and her campaign was geared to their interests, far more than Obama’s.

    That is a question only she can answer.

    In the meantime, the following article by Jay Cost illuminates the problem of the centralization of power, which the Rimocrats and RINOs wholeheartedly support. To counteract that force, he calls for a new Jeffersonian populism.

    Hillary could lead that movement, but she is probably too close to the status quo to do so. Ted Cruz could do it, but the party will not let him get the nomination.
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    In conservative circles of late there has been an ongoing conversation about a (seemingly) new approach to governance, “libertarian populism.” Timothy P. Carney, a senior columnist for the Washington Examiner, argues that “conservatives need to turn to the working class as the swing population that can deliver elections,” and to do that he suggests a kind of populism that “mesh[es] with free-market principles.” He envisions an agenda of breaking up the big banks, eliminating the payroll tax, ending corporate welfare, cleaning up the tax code, doing away with political privileges, and more.

    This libertarian populism would certainly be a fresh alternative to the decades-old battle between conservatives and liberals, but it nevertheless has deep historical roots in the body politic. An understanding of its (noble) intellectual pedigree would help sharpen and amplify the approach that Carney and others are suggesting.

    A good jumping-off point for this investigation is Ross Douthat’s July 28 New York Times column, in which he links libertarian populism to the political battles of 18th-century Britain, in particular the clash between the “country party” and the “court party.” The country party, led by Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke, was “both conservative and populist at once: they regarded [their opponents’] centralization of power as a kind of organized conspiracy, in which the realm’s political, business and military interests were colluding against the common good.”

    Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and their Democratic-Republican party borrowed heavily from Bolingbroke in their critique of Alexander Hamilton’s financial centralization, a multipronged plan to assume state war debts, charter a private bank, use the tax code to support businesses, and generally establish a sound financial base for the new country’s subsequent economic growth.

    What the Jeffersonians feared—and indeed what connects them to the libertarian populists—is the centralization of political power by the ruling class. The British “court party,” they believed, had undermined the public will by using royal prerogatives to buy off members of Parliament in a quest to unite the political and economic powers-that-be. This is precisely what they dreaded Hamilton was doing, especially by facilitating the “stock jobbing” that surrounded the First Bank of the United States. In a letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson worried that:

    [Hamilton’s system is] calculated to undermine and demolish the republic, by creating an influence of his department over the members of the legislature. I saw this influence actually produced, & its first fruits to be the establishment of the great outlines of his project by the votes of the very persons who, having swallowed his bait were laying themselves out to profit by his plans: & that had these persons withdrawn, as those interested in a question ever should, the vote of the disinterested majority was clearly the reverse of what they made it. These were no longer the votes then of the representatives of the people, but of deserters from the rights & interests of the people: & it was impossible to consider their decisions, which had nothing in view but to enrich themselves, as the measures of the fair majority.

    Madison added that the nexus between private wealth and the public good would ultimately lead holders of the bank shares to become “the praetorian band of the Government, at once its tool & its tyrant; bribed by its largesses & overawing it by clamours & combinations.”

    Thus a core insight for understanding libertarian populism: The growth of government, when combined with the pursuit of private financial gain, runs the risk of undermining if not destroying the country’s democratic institutions. The moneyed interests whose economic dominance depends upon government rents can purchase legislators, thereby subverting the public interest and giving us what these days we call crony capitalism.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/new-old-thing_745838.html

  127. wbb, a very good analysis. The irony is that some of the moneyed who are able to influence legislators and other elected officials, including presidents, condemn the capitalist system that allowed them to gain the wealth which enabled them to buy a few officials, in the first place. Likewise, some of the government officials, who have been put into office by the money earned by the monied in a capitalist society, are even more critical, vilifying financially successful individuals as self-serving and without concern for the less fortunate. Our current POTUS is a prime example of this. The hypocrisy of that kind of thinking is mind boggling.

    The most idealistic and unrealistic of the anti-capitalists are the individuals who believe that there should be no means tests to determine eligibility for government entitlements and subsidies. And, they don’t particularly like policies that limit public assistance or that require recipients who are mentally and physically capable to seek employment, and work toward self-sufficiency. That’s why the progs hate the Clintons so. It’s almost impossible to pick up a college level sociology text written prior to 2004, and even later, without reading a passage or two about how Bill betrayed the poor by signing the Welfare Reform Act.

    Most of us are in favor of providing government assistance to those who need it, and there are plenty of disabled, elderly, and families – including single mothers and their children who really need assistance. I have heard people argue against providing public assistance to single mothers who continue to have children when they can’t finally support them. I have worked in the public welfare system, and am of the belief that the children should not be punished for the fact that their mother can’t support them. The kids need the assistance.

    However, the notion that people should not have to work if able, or that there should be no means testing to determine eligibility for assistance is destructive – to society as a whole, and to the individuals who must depend upon government for their livelihoods. The fact that the progs fail to see this is a testament to their incestuous, group-think way of understanding the world or regular people, in general.

  128. The irony is that some of the moneyed who are able to influence legislators and other elected officials, including presidents, condemn the capitalist system
    —————————————-
    Much of it is posturing. They are not willing to give up their own fortunes e.g. Jane Fonda. Often the capitalism they condemn is in areas that do not impact their personal interests and provide soft targets e.g. Ted Kennedy. At other times, they condemn the traditional capitalist system, preferring instead state capitalism e.g. George Soros, Jeff Imelt etc. All of them were Obama supporters. Hypocrites? Well, Frankie Lane had a song about them:

    This town is full of guys
    Who think they’re mighty wise,
    Just because they know a thing or two.
    You see them every day
    Walkin’ up and down Broadway,
    Telling of the wonders they can do.
    There’s con men and there’s boosters,
    Card sharks and crap-shooters.
    They congregate around the Metropole.
    They wear fancy ties and laces,
    But where do they get their aces?
    They all have got an ace down in the hole!

    Some of them write to the old folks for coin,
    And that is their ace in the hole,
    And others have friends on the old Tenderloin;
    That’s their old ace in the hole.

    They’ll tell you of trips that they’re going to take
    From Florida to the North Pole.
    The fact is, their name would be mud,
    Like a chump playing stud,
    If they lost that old ace down in the hole!

  129. But there is something else at work too.

    Forty years ago when conservation became environmentalism, members of the elite jumped into it with both feet and brandished their social conscience in the process. At the time this happened, one writer offered a keen insight into their banal psychology. He said the environmental movement was honorific, decorative and spearheaded by wealthy people who did not rely on middle class jobs for a living. Consequently, like a late left wing federal judge I knew–Bill Dwyer, they became saviors of the spotted owl, and whole parts of the Pacific Northwest were closed to logging. Sawmills and logging jobs went away, and those people went on unemployment, while the elites toasted each other, and reveled in what superior people they were. It is akin to the vignette in the movie California Suite, where Alda reminds Fonda of the $500 pair of slacks she purchase on Rodeo Drive, so she could protest in style on behalf of Caesar Chavez and the United Farm workers, and raising a mere $100, and then tells her that the farmworkers would have been $400 better off if she had simply donated the money she spent on the pair of slacks. I don’t know whether Neil Simon has a say in who got the role, but this was such a case of art imitating life that I had to wonder.

  130. gonzotx
    August 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    Leanora
    August 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    ****
    Would never have happened if the mask was of Bush…Never
    ====================

    Absolutely Right!!!

    Flashback: Liberals Were Silent When George Bush Dummies Were Used at Rodeos

    Back in 1994, the cowboys used George Bush dummies at the Woodstown, Pennsylvania rodeo.
    For some reason, the liberals didn’t seem to mind this too much.
    Philly.com reported:

    “The big white gate flew open. The bull came out bucking. The rider flopped from side to side and the bullfighters held back, letting the bull make his moves until the rider dropped off. Licciardello crouched in a heavily padded barrel, a human target should the bull decide to charge. Hawkins waited near the barrel, holding his big inner tube. A dummy with a George Bush mask stood beside the clown, propped up by a broomstick.“…

    …”.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy.

    He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/flashback-liberals-were-silent-when-george-bush-dummies-were-used-at-rodeos/

  131. Obama to Sign UN Gun Treaty This Month – Will Lead to National Registry

    Joseph Stalin’s firearms confiscation was a tremendous success for the Socialist state.

    Under the Tsar, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. That all changed when Stalin and the communists took control. Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people… after he took their guns. (Zinnfigur)

    But before Stalin could confiscate the guns he needed a national gun registry.

    In April the United Nations passed sweeping legislation that will regulate the international arms trade and could lead to a national registry in the United States.

    Barack Obama is reportedly going to sign the treaty this month while Congress is on vacation.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/obama-to-sign-un-gun-treaty-this-month-will-lead-to-national-registry/

  132. Official: Embassy Attack Threat “Had No Basis in Fact”

    A high-ranking Yemeni security official has told McClatchy that the Obama administration’s recently announced terror threat which supposedly targeted US embassies had “no basis in fact” and was manufactured merely to dampen opposition to drone strikes.

    After initially warning of a terror plot “thought to have been one of the most serious against American and other Western interests since the September 11 attacks,” the US closed 20 embassies and consulates earlier this month, 18 of which reopened yesterday.

    The announcement of the threat occurred as it was simultaneously acknowledged that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last year was linked to a clandestine CIA arms smuggling operation based in the Libyan city that was being used to transport arms to rebels in Syria, many of whom are allied with Al-Qaeda militants.

    The announcement of the threat against US embassies also served to justify blanket NSA surveillance, leading some to suggest that the alleged plot was being hyped to distract from the Edward Snowden scandal. It was later claimed that the NSA had intercepted a “conference call” of Al-Qaeda members during which militants discussed an attack.

    http://www.infowars.com/official-embassy-attack-threat-had-no-basis-in-fact/

  133. Federal judge rules DACA likely violates the law but he dismisses ICE agents suit on technicality
    By Roy Beck, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
    …The Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security granted this amnesty despite Congress having repeatedly refused to enact such an amnesty and even voted it down in December 2010. The ICE agents contended that DACA led to their bosses in DHS ordering them to violate what Congress had required them to do through enacted legislation. The federal court today essentially agreed with the ICE agents. But the court dismissed the court suit today based on a procedural question and not the merits of the case. The judge wrote in today’s opinion that he had concluded that: Plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the Department of Homeland Security has implemented a program contrary to congressional mandate. “….
    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/july-31-2013/federal-judge-rules-daca-likely-violates-law-dismisses-ice-agents-suit-t

  134. Official: Embassy Attack Threat “Had No Basis in Fact”

    ………………….

    as i thought, a total misdirection to scare the people into accepting reduction of liberties…..

  135. Check out this link – if only to see the food truck that’s been following him around. Politics in NY has become a joke!
    ====

    Anthony Weiner admits sexting scandal has hurt Huma’s career, but she’ll still have a role in potential Hillary campaign

    Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner acknowledged that his sexting scandal has hurt his wife Huma Abedin’s career, but said she will still have a role if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016. Meanwhile, a NYC food truck chronicling the scandal has been spotted.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election/weiner-admits-scandal-hurt-huma-career-article-1.1425166#ixzz2bqsE1xdP

  136. Meet TOD: The Way Obama Wants You to Live

    It will come as a surprise to most Americans that President Obama wants to change the shape of our homes and neighborhoods. So how does Obama hope to make us live? The short answer is, “like sardines.” At least that what the libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation said as it filed a lawsuit last week against the Obama-supported bureaucrats who created “Plan Bay Area,” an ambitious blueprint to block the creation of new suburbs and force the next 30 years of development in the nine-county San Francisco metropolitan region into a few hyper-dense, Manhattan-style enclaves.

    The bureaucratic lingo for this brand of social engineering is TOD, “transit oriented development.” That’s short for letting suburban highways deteriorate while squeezing as many apartments and businesses as possible into tiny neighborhoods around subway stations, so people stop using their cars. With plenty of help from the Obama administration, ambitious plans to impose TOD are about to leap from the Bay Area to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Meanwhile, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new “fair housing” rule is laying the groundwork for the nationalization of TOD.

    The new lawsuit slams TOD as a bunch of “draconian development prescriptions” designed to “micro-manage people’s lifestyle choices.” There is a way forward, says the Pacific Legal Foundation, “without curtailing people’s freedom to live in detached homes in suburban and rural areas with lawns and gardens.” Not if the Obama administration has anything to say about it.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/355514/meet-tod-way-obama-wants-you-live-stanley-kurtz

  137. Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015.
    Published 8/13/13/ Avik Roy, Contributor.
    SNIP There’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you ban lifetime limits, and mandate lower deductibles, and cap out-of-pocket costs, premiums have to go up to reflect these changes. And unlike a lot of the “rate shock” problems we’ve been discussing, these limits apply not only to individually-purchased health insurance, but also to employer-sponsored coverage. (Self-insured employers are exempted.) These mandates have already had drastic effects on a number of colleges and universities, which offer inexpensive, defined-cap plans to their healthy, youthful students. Premiums at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., for example, rose from $245 per student in 2011-2012 to between $2,507 in 2012-2013. The University of Puget Sound paid $165 per student in 2011-2012; their rates rose to between $1,500 and $2,000 for 2012-2013. Other schools have been forced to drop coverage because they could no longer afford it. SNIP
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/08/13/yet-another-white-house-obamacare-delay-out-of-pocket-caps-waived-until-2015/

  138. This guy is a dunce……

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/08/anthony-weiner-hints-at-hillary-clinton-2016-run/

    Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner may have let slip former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s plans to run for president in 2016.

    In an interview with Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith Monday, Weiner said he knew what role his wife Huma Abedin will play in Clinton’s 2016 campaign, suggesting a Clinton presidential run is indeed in the cards.

    “I do,” replied Weiner, when asked directly by Smith about whether his wife will have a role in a 2016 Clinton campaign. Weiner demurred however when pressed to specify exactly what his wife’s role will be.

    “I’m not telling you,” Weiner said to laughter from the audience.

    Weiner added that his most recent sexting scandal has damaged his wife’s professional position. “I feel that what I’ve done has hurt her,” Weiner said. “It’s hurt her professionally, it’s hurt her personally.”

    Abedin, a top adviser to Hilllary Clinton and long-time family friend, is due to take a lengthy vacation from her job with the former secretary of state and first lady. It is unclear when she will return.

    The Clintons are thought to be unhappy with Weiner for continuing his mayoral campaign amid his latest sexting scandal.

    “This isn’t a story that anybody, particularly the Clintons, are happy to see splashed over the front pages and all over the news relentlessly,” former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers told CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ in late July. “I think they as much as anyone would like to see this go away,” Myers said.

    Weiner says he hasn’t spoken to the Clintons in months.

  139. This is the kind of thing that will kill the Republican Party: the yawning gap between what they preach and what they practice. The democrats do not bother to deny their support for the big government programs, the lack of growth and the spiraling debt which are the true legacy of Obama. On the contrary, they proclaim it, and then use it as a pretext to centralize power in the ruling class. As Cost notes in his article, most of the well to do today identify themselves as Democrats, because it gives them the appearance of a social conscience, and the reality of yet another tool to consolidate their power over the American People. Their alliance with Big Data merely serves to tighten this death grip over the American People, while ensuring that the Maitre D remembers their names, and they lead exciting and precious lives at others expense. RINOs are equally contemptuous of the middle class. They are just as addicted to the heroine of big government. Only their rhetoric is difference. They pretend to believe in small government, but their actions belie their words. Erickson cites one betrayal after another. And in each case, the cost of big government is the loss of control, and its handmaiden–corruption writ large. Today’s progressives are a fraud as well. These are not the people who wore the label progressive a century ago–people of modest means, seeking to improve the lot of slum dwellers. Not by a long shot. Today’s progressives are Harvard trained elitists, who seek to recast society in their own image, and look to improve their own lot, often at the expense of their victims. But in point of fact, there is little of substance to distinguish Democrats and RINOS. The only American Dream they believe in is their own. Therefore, national renewal and recovery cannot depend on either of them. If it is to come at all, it must come from the grass roots.
    —————————

    EDITOR OF REDSTATE
    Wimps, Frauds, and Charlatans

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | August 13th, 2013 at 04:30 AM | 12

    RESIZE: AAA

    In case you missed it, because for some reason the national press has ignored what should be a salacious story, Tennessee Senator Lamar! Alexander’s political campaign coordinated the “timing and even funding for” an exhibit about Lamar! Alexander.

    Alexander is gearing up for a re-election campaign in 2014 where he expects to get a primary challenge. He used your tax dollars to secure an earmark for a state museum to do an exhibit about himself. Then the museum coordinated with Alexander’s re-election campaign to turn the exhibit into a traveling exhibit over this campaign season.

    Lamar Alexander is one of those Republicans who has decided he knows best. And he’s willing to use your tax dollars to profit his own re-election to ensure he can keep telling us what is best.

    Mitch McConnell already has a primary challenger who he has been attacking as “Bailout Bevin.” Never mind that Matt Bevin did not start running the bailed out company until after the bailout money had been taken. McConnell, though, as he guided TARP through the United States Senate saw major American banks flood his campaign coffers with donations.

    John Cornyn, in Texas, is telling anyone who will listen that he wants to repeal Obamacare and stop it. But he yanked his name off Mike Lee’s defund effort after some arm twisting by Mitch McConnell. Now Cornyn says Mike Lee does not go far enough, but Cornyn won’t go even that far to actually do something.

    The House side is no better. Republicans in the House, every time conservatives demand they do something about Obamacare, throw out a symbolic vote to rally the red meat crowd. Then they cite the number of repeal votes each time the public demands they do something substantive. They don’t want to do anything substantive.

    The whole of the GOP save a handful is so intent on winning reelection they’re perfectly happy to lose the country. They will not do what is right because they might put in awkward positions. When groups like the Heritage Foundation pressure them, they send out Jenn Rubin to bad mouth the Heritage Foundation on the Washington Post’s website.

    On Sean Hannity’s radio program yesterday, Senator Mike Lee and Karl Rove debated defunding Obamacare. Lee just devastated Rove and made the point, which had to be conceded, that the GOP always caves. Leadership, Jenn Rubin, and Karl Rove say the President will never blink. They presuppose that they themselves will blink.

    Why?

    As Ted Cruz said at the RedState Gathering, it is very simple. JUST DON’T BLINK.

    It is time conservatives throw out their own bums. It is time to stand with the challengers. It is time to replace the wimps, frauds, and charlatans with men and women who will stand up and do the right thing. It’s time for a change. Until conservatives collect scalps from their own side, nothing will change. Obamacare will be funded. The GOP will keep claiming they oppose it. And conservatives will keep being lied to.

    Republican Leaders in Washington have given up on defeating Obamacare. They don’t want to tell you because they know what you will do. Well … do it anyway. They’ve given up. So let’s replace them with people who will not give up.

  140. gonzotx
    August 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    moononpluto
    August 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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

    Am I to assume she is NOT for identification? If not, very hard to support. She lost BECAUSE of the cheating. It would be another nail in the coffin for my vote.
    ________

    I totally agree with you. My town is overrun with illegal workers and we know they are voting in huge numbers. People have been able to register to vote here without proof of citizenship.
    I will not vote for anyone who advocates for amnesty either. Border controls for the airports as well as thesouthern and northern border and e verify must come before any “compromise” on amnesty. When Hillary was a Senator here, she got it and modified her position on drivers licenses. We will ave to see. I certainly will not give money and campaign for her again. Her support of O and her comments on Benghazi make me less enthusiastic about her.
    One aspect of this massive illegal migration is not often talked about. Our access to Doctors have been sevely curtailed as the numbers have grown. There simply are not enough MDs so Drs have expanded their practices by adding Physician Assistants and nurses. Patients are charged the same $ but are seen by the MD.

  141. Just to illustrate the point, looking back on his long and checkered career as a so-called “public servant”, can you think of any example where he actually served the public as opposed to the party? Just one example? Whether it is the budget deficit, Obamacare, immigration, cap and trade, in each and every interest, dirty Harry has proven himself to be nothing more than a bag man for the party, and the interests of the elites, and never once the interests of the American People. Yet in the uber corrupt world of Washington, Harry not only survives, he prospers, and worse yet, he rules. Same with Miss Lubrack in the lower house. And, to illustrate my earlier point, McConnell and Boehner are no different. McConnell has a primary challenge from a very credible tea party candidate, Bevins. And the Republican National Committee has vowed to spend every nickel it has to defend McConnell, who is a geriatric insider who has no regard for the base. This is why the Republican Party will not succeed.

  142. Greene County constitutes the southwest border of PA. Democrats within that county have done something offensive. Several other PA Dem groups have issued statements objecting.
    Democrats Promote Violence Against Governor Corbett August 13, 2013
    HARRISBURG, PA – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement in response to offensive handouts that were distributed by the Greene County Democratic Committee. Photos of these handouts are included below. “State Democratic Chairman Jim Burn, State Senator Tim Solobay and State Representative Pam Snyder should immediately denounce this type of propaganda. We call on the Chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee to apologize to Governor Corbett for condoning such disgusting imagery on their table. Reasonable people can disagree, but creating something like this is just unacceptable. “Let’s not forget that it is President Obama and Democrats who have declared war on Greene County’s coal industry and heritage. Governor Corbett has stood up for Greene County and Pennsylvania with pro-energy policies that have added to the 130,000 private sector jobs created across the Commonwealth. “I don’t expect Jim Burn to stop promoting his party’s job-crushing agenda, but I can ask him to call upon Democratic organizations to denounce this type of action.”
    – See more at: http://www.pagop.org/2013/08/democrats-promote-violence-against-governor-corbett/#sthash.3OoYN6Y5.dpuf

  143. Excellent analysis, which goes right to the heart of the issue. The real war in this country is between those who believe in personal responsibility and those who believe that the responsibility lies with government. But there is a deeper logic to this as well. What are we to make of the fact that democrats were all for the Constitution when the Republicans were in power, but now that the tables are reversed, they have been strict enthusiasts of abandoning the constitution and centralizing power in Washington. More specifically, what are we to make of the fact that they are keen to politic on the problems of the inner city, but reluctant as hell to actually solve them? My answer would be this. Like all totalitarians, they want the problem to continue so they can use it to claim power, and when it ultimately crashes they want to build the entire society anew. From the French Revolution, to the Bolshevik Revolution, to the Cuban Revolution, a fairly straight ideological line can be drawn to Obama. And to those who protest, saying that those revolutions were different because they were not inspired by capitalists, I give you the New York Banking House of Shiff, which were the financiers of the Bolshevik Revolution, and other uber capitalists to whom these revolutionaries turned for money. After all, if you are to do great things in this world, and especially terrible things, you must have the means. It is no coincidence, then, that Soros was a Nazi collaborator, and anyone who chalks this up to the situation he grew up in–Nazi occupied Hungary, is naive as hell.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2600869764001/the-issue-that-is-really-dividing-americans-/

  144. State Dept Offers $10 Million Reward For Kill or Capture Of ‘Enemies Of Islam’

    This is one step beyond The Twilight Zone …. it’s the O’Zone, just as poisonous and deadly. (Thanks to Armaros)

    Obama’s state department is now calling devout Muslims “enemies of Islam.” This is madness. Are counter jihadists considered enemies of Islam?

    State Dept Offers $10 Million Reward For Kill or Capture Of ‘Enemies Of Islam’ IJ Review, August 12, 2013

    As with most things his administration does, I’m sure Obama will be shocked when he reads in the newspapers about the State Dept. declaring a $10 million bounty on the head of what it calls an “enemy of Islam.”

    From a State Department Press release:
    The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad. These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community.

    Obama’s representatives tell us we don’t take sides in religious wars, but somehow it’s okay to issue a State Department “fatwa” against the enemies of Islam?

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/08/state-dept-offers-10-million-reward-for-kill-or-capture-of-enemies-of-islam.html

  145. As with most things his administration does, I’m sure Obama will be shocked when he reads in the newspapers about the State Dept. declaring a $10 million bounty on the head of what it calls an “enemy of Islam.”
    —————————
    Because he is an absolute cipher, in matters of governance (as opposed to campaigning), I cannot imagine Obama, ever calling some bureaucrat on the carpet and saying to him what the fuck are you presuming to do in my name, and under my authority. He aversion to ever doing that makes the American People the victims of an army of bureaucrats marching boldly toward a brave new world conjured up in their own perverse imagination. Government is already too big, but it is utterly unmanageable if the nominal titular executive is unwilling to demand some level of accountability. Without that, government power is what Cardozo called “delegation run riot”. That too is the legacy of Obama. In a recent article one writer could hardly contain his glee for having successfully pined the tail of Obama care on the donkey Obama, who never read the bill, never understood what was in it, but was perfectly happy to sign it and take the credit once it had been rammed through congress. As that writer went on to explain, the democrat leaders in Congress believed that the country wanted universal health care, saw this as a means to that end, and believed that this legislation which was conceived by them but bore his name would be the ticket to future electoral victories. Meanwhile, Obama saw it as a means to personal glory, and a vehicle to lock in Republican donors. If the other party ever gets its act together, this assumption will be proven wrong, consistent with the old adage which applies in politics and life in general: never wish for anything too much because you may have the misfortune of getting it.

  146. totally disgusted
    August 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    gonzotx
    August 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    moononpluto
    August 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    _______________________________________

    http://news.yahoo.com/nc-governor-signs-measure-requiring-voter-id-010009286.html

    From what I can tell, this bill IS a hodgepodge of voter suppression actions, like reducing the time allotment for early voting, reducing public discourse on matters and allowing more corporate campaign money into the process. As wbb so eloquently (and regularly) points out, the MSM chooses to focus on one issue that really should be an easy fix. So when Hillary weighed in on the overall bill, the MSM made it seem like she is against voter going to the polls without ID.

    Asshats.

    To solve the ID problem, all dems in disenfranchised areas need to do is get the SOS of that state to okay onsite state ID registration at the sites of the voter drives. Make the requirements for getting the ID fair (i.e. for elderly people on SS they must provide a social security card, or foreign nationals should bring citienship documentation for example), and then have the dems that support it pay for the pictures and the filing fee. I do think that this should include some grandfather clauses for the elderly poor that do not have some of these things because they were not in existence at the time of initial processing (my friend was a CNA for a lady that was 94 years old that just died. She didn’t have a DL, birth certificate, or social security card at the time of her passing last year).

    The key is challenging the actual parts of the bill that seem unconstitutional like reducing the early voting times in certain districts, or the extremely sad amount of money being poured into campaigns, with either congressional action, or a challenge by from the federal government.

    Hillary 2016

  147. like she is against voter going to the polls without ID.

    I meant to say …like she is for voters going to the polls without ID…

    My bad..

    Hillary 2016

  148. Hey. Here’s GOP squawking….
    Senator: Asylum request ‘abuses’ should put brakes on immigration bill
    …Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of the most vocal critics of the comprehensive immigration overhaul being pushed on Capitol Hill, said the surge in asylum requests “has exposed another grave flaw” in the implementation of federal immigration law….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/13/senator-asylum-request-abuses-should-put-brakes-on-immigration-bill/

  149. One aspect of this massive illegal migration is not often talked about. Our access to Doctors have been sevely curtailed as the numbers have grown. There simply are not enough MDs so Drs have expanded their practices by adding Physician Assistants and nurses. Patients are charged the same $ but are seen by the MD.
    *************
    Totally Disgusted

    I am a nurse and I can tell you that nurse’s are becoming NP ( nurse practitioner ) at an alarming rate. Many nurses’s allowed in the programs do not have the experience, nor are the programs based on a medical school model. NP’s have a role, but it has been allowed to dilute the product and is very scary IMHO. These NP’s are practicing independently at an alarming rate without the background to do it. Would you want a RN that had an accounting degree, allowed to obtain a nursing degree within 9 months in an accelerated program, have no experience and go forth into a 2 year NP program and be the one responsible for
    your healthcare?
    The pay-rate for the NP’s is about $150,000/yr in my area,

  150. Oh good holy fuck…..

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/13/michelle-obama-to-release-a-19-track-pop-music-collaboration-for-lets-move/?wprss=rss_election-2012&clsrd

    Pulling the ultimate mom move, first lady Michelle Obama is joining forces with the nation’s biggest music stars to release a 19-track music album for her anti-childhood obesity campaign, Let’s Move. While she won’t sing on the album, Obama’s compilation will feature Jordin Sparks, Ashanti, DMC and E-Street Band’s guitarist Nils Lofgren.

    “Songs for a Healthier America” will include pop, hip-hop and country songs targeting kids as young as grade school and as old as high school. It will feature tracks titled “We Like Vegetables,” “U R What You Eat,” and “Veggie Luv.” The first track “Everybody” was released for free download in June as was the music video featuring vocals by American Idol winner Sparks and a brief rap verse by Dr. Oz.

    ……………..

    Honestly WTF.

  151. and it gets scarier…they aint getting one near me, these are nurse job killers.

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/medical-robots/profile-veebot#.UgqG0nOFUZQ.twitter

    Please hold still: Veebot’s robot system can find a vein and place a needle at least as well as a human can. Clinical trials are expected to begin this year.

    You probably know the routine for drawing blood. A medical technician briefly wraps your arm in a tourniquet and looks your veins over, sometimes tapping gently with a gloved finger on your inner elbow. Then the med tech selects a target. Usually, but not always, she gets a decent vein on the first try; sometimes it takes a second (or third) stick. This procedure is fine for the typical blood test at a doctor’s office, but for contract researchers it represents a significant logistics problem. In drug trials it’s not unusual to have to draw blood from dozens of people every hour or so throughout a day. These tests can add up to more than a hundred thousand blood draws a year for just one contract research company.

    Veebot, a start-up in Mountain View, Calif., is hoping to automate drawing blood and inserting IVs by combining robotics with image-analysis software. To use the Veebot system, a patient puts his or her arm through an archway over a padded table. Inside the archway, an inflatable cuff tightens around the arm, holding it in place and restricting blood flow to make the veins easier to see. An infrared light illuminates the inner elbow for a camera; software matches the camera’s view against a model of vein anatomy and selects a likely vein. The vein is examined with ultrasound to confirm that it’s large enough and has sufficient blood flowing through it. The robot then aligns the needle and sticks it in. The whole process takes about a minute, and the only thing the technician has to do is attach the appropriate test tube or IV bag.

  152. moononpluto
    August 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Is Hillary about to kick off a start for 2016?

    HRC delivers strong defense of Voting Rights Act, the first speech in series to touch on pressing issues.

    Just Breaking : Hillary Clinton announces series of major speeches this fall on restoring faith in government. Voting rights today, natl security next.

    Looks like our girl is gearing up.

    —–
    YUP, sure sounds like it to me. She is writing her book, and she doesn’t sound like she is home baking cookies and watching the soap operas.

    She probably doesn’t expect any decent support from Barry and his bros and she needs to set herself apart from the Incompetent One.

  153. A republican donor? Wow! This is nice. For those of you who have never visited Long Island I can assure you that Sagaponack is a beautiful place. No no – I don’t live there. I have merely passed through the town. 🙂
    ===

    The Clintons have rented an $11 million Hamptons mansion owned by a wealthy Republican donor for the summer, MailOnline can reveal today.

    Former president Bill, 66, and ex-Secretary of State Hillary, 65, are expected at the six-bedroom property in Sagaponack – owned by Michael Saperstein – at the end of the week.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2390432/Clintons-rent-Republican-donors-11million-Hamptons-mansion–HALF-expensive-summer-rental.html

  154. What a mess….

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/08/13/another-obamacare-delay/

    Yet another part of the unwieldy Obamacare leviathan is to be delayed, the New York Times tells us: “In another setback for President Obama’s health care initiative, the administration has delayed until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care.”

    The cost may be significant: “The limit on out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and co-payments, was not supposed to exceed $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But under a little-noticed ruling, federal officials have granted a one-year grace period to some insurers, allowing them to set higher limits, or no limit at all on some costs, in 2014.”

  155. John Lewis on Hillary Clinton: “the most qualified person in America” to be POTUS in 2016

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/lewis-says-he-will-back-hillary-clinton-for-president-if-she-runs/?smid=tw-share

    Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and elder statesman of the civil rights movement, said in an interview that he would support Hillary Rodham Clinton if she sought the White House in 2016, and called her “the most qualified person in America to be president.”

    Mr. Lewis, a longtime Clinton ally, famously abandoned Mrs. Clinton in 2008 to cast his vote as a Democratic convention superdelegate for Barack Obama, a move that was significant because of Mr. Lewis’s standing as a leader among African-Americans. He cited a “sense of movement and a sense of spirit” around the Obama candidacy.

    His new remarks about Mrs. Clinton, which he insisted were not an endorsement, are the first time he has weighed in on the 2016 race. He spoke during a lengthy interview in his office in Washington, during which he reflected on race relations in America today, and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which he helped organize.

    “I won’t make an endorsement, but I will say this: If she makes a decision to run I would be with her,” Mr. Lewis said. “I think today she is the most qualified person in America to be president. No one has worked so hard or done a more effective job in representing this country as secretary of state in modern times.”

    Mr. Lewis said the decision to endorse Mr. Obama in 2008 was “a tough decision, a hard decision,” because he had been so close to Mrs. Clinton and her husband, the former president, for so long. But, he said, he never felt any wrath. “They understood.”

    Mr. Lewis remains a strong supporter of Mr. Obama, and said the president “did the right thing to speak out” after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, was acquitted in the racially charged shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. He said he did not ask Mr. Obama “directly to speak out,” but made his views known during a meeting between the president and members of the Congressional Black Caucus before the verdict.

    While some black leaders have criticized Mr. Obama, especially earlier in his presidency, for not talking enough about race relations, Mr. Lewis said Mr. Obama’s public comments on race, including a speech he gave in Philadelphia while running for president, “made sense.” He used a line the White House has used to explain Mr. Obama’s thinking, saying, “He’s the president of all Americans, not just African-Americans.”

    But Mr. Lewis, the sole surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, also says Mr. Obama owes his presidency to the march, and the movement.

    “If it hadn’t been for the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act of ’64 the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for the leadership of Martin Luther King and the involvement of hundreds and thousands of other people,” Mr. Lewis said, “there would be no Barack Obama as president of the United States.”

  156. Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and elder statesman of the civil rights movement, said in an interview that he would support Hillary Rodham Clinton if she sought the White House in 2016, and called her “the most qualified person in America to be president.”

    Mr. Lewis, a longtime Clinton ally, famously abandoned Mrs. Clinton in 2008 to cast his vote as a Democratic convention superdelegate for Barack Obama, a move that was significant because of Mr. Lewis’s standing as a leader among African-Americans. He cited a “sense of movement and a sense of spirit” around the Obama candidacy.

    His new remarks about Mrs. Clinton, which he insisted were not an endorsement, are the first time he has weighed in on the 2016 race. He spoke during a lengthy interview in his office in Washington, during which he reflected on race relations in America today, and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which he helped organize.

    “I won’t make an endorsement, but I will say this: If she makes a decision to run I would be with her,” Mr. Lewis said. “I think today she is the most qualified person in America to be president. No one has worked so hard or done a more effective job in representing this country as secretary of state in modern times.”

    Mr. Lewis said the decision to endorse Mr. Obama in 2008 was “a tough decision, a hard decision,” because he had been so close to Mrs. Clinton and her husband, the former president, for so long. But, he said, he never felt any wrath. “They understood.”

    Mr. Lewis remains a strong supporter of Mr. Obama, and said the president “did the right thing to speak out” after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, was acquitted in the racially charged shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. He said he did not ask Mr. Obama “directly to speak out,” but made his views known during a meeting between the president and members of the Congressional Black Caucus before the verdict.

    While some black leaders have criticized Mr. Obama, especially earlier in his presidency, for not talking enough about race relations, Mr. Lewis said Mr. Obama’s public comments on race, including a speech he gave in Philadelphia while running for president, “made sense.” He used a line the White House has used to explain Mr. Obama’s thinking, saying, “He’s the president of all Americans, not just African-Americans.”

    But Mr. Lewis, the sole surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, also says Mr. Obama owes his presidency to the march, and the movement.

    “If it hadn’t been for the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act of ’64 the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for the leadership of Martin Luther King and the involvement of hundreds and thousands of other people,” Mr. Lewis said, “there would be no Barack Obama as president of the United States.”

  157. http://nationalreview.com/corner/355667/irss-lerner-used-personal-e-mail-conduct-official-business-investigators-say-eliana

    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner sent official documents from her government e-mail address to a personal account, according to House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and his colleague, Ohio congressman Jim Jordan.

    “This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business,” the GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter to Lerner demanding all documents from her non-official account for the period between January 2008 and the present. “Additional documents related to the Committee’s investigation may exist in these non-official accounts over which you have some control, and the lack of access to this information prevents the Committee from fully assessing your actions,” they explained. Issa and Jordan are requesting that Lerner produce the documents by August 27.

    The use of personal e-mail accounts to conduct government work also has the potential to impede federal-records requests by the public because personal accounts are not archived by the government. Controversy erupted, for example, over former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of a government account under the name Richard Windsor which, like a personal account, would not be captured by records requests relating to Jackson.

    Lerner, the former director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations unit, was placed on administrative leave in late May after refusing to resign her post. She invoked her Fifth Amendment rights in testimony before the Oversight Committee and has yet to speak at length about her knowledge of the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups. E-mail correspondence recently unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee shows Lerner exchanging messages with an FEC attorney about two conservative groups; one tax-law expert told National Review Online that the information she disclosed about one group constitutes a felony.

    Congressional investigators have not yet called Lerner back to testify; she is demanding immunity in exchange for her testimony.

  158. Who can take a nation
    Plunder it to hell
    Lavish love on lobbyists
    While NBC says fine and well
    The Banana Man can
    Banana Man Obama does it
    And the RINOS fall in line

  159. Who can take a nation
    Plunder it to hell
    Trash the Constitution
    While the watchdog press
    Says fine and well
    The Banana Man can
    Obama goes and does it
    And RINOS say yes he can
    Banana Man Obama can
    Plunder our nation and
    Destroy our future and
    Turn us into a Banana Republic
    Banana Man Obama can

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