Hillary Clinton 2016 Versus The Obama Totalitarian Kook Left

Update: Is it time for Charlie Cook to retire because he is too old and too stupid and can’t use Google? Cook writes he has not come across anyone who thinks Hillary will not run in 2016. His collegue at National Journal has written exactly that and the wackadoodle Rand Paul has said he doesn’t think Hillary will run – which makes his recent attacks on the Clenis even more bizzare and clearly self-serving because they further harm the Republican Party brand as panty sniffers. There are many of us who think Hillary just might tell the Obama Dimocrat party to fu*k off after she makes a bundle giving speeches and writing books but Charlie Cook is clueless.

Today, DrudgeReport has this slam (Is Hillary too old to run?) against Hillary from National Journal written by Cook:

Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?
Entering a presidential race is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another eight if she runs for reelection and wins. [snip]

Clinton turns 67 this October. At that age, she will likely be making her candidacy decision, and if nominated Clinton would turn 69 two weeks before the 2016 general election, notably the same age Ronald Reagan was when he was first elected in 1980. [snip]

A law school friend of the Clintons’ put it to me this way to me last year: “If Bill and Hillary are healthy, she will run,” a subtle reminder to me that her husband will be 70 by Election Day 2016, having already gone through quadruple cardiac bypass surgery and two heart stents. [snip]

There would absolutely be many challenges along the road for Hillary. For one, the challenge of a 68-going-on-69-year-old going after a considerably younger electorate, particularly in the primaries, and how to make herself more relevant to the future, rather than to the past. Running on how great the economy was in the mid-to-late ’90s, when her husband was president, would be tantamount to a sequel of Back to the Future. Clinton needs to lay out a rationale for her relevance to the future electorate of a rapidly changing country. Not that she can’t do it, but it would be a different battle than that of 2008.

Finally, don’t expect that Hillary would have a free ride for the nomination. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presumably wouldn’t run if she does. Similarly, it would seem unlikely that another major woman like Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, or Elizabeth Warren would make the race either. But there’s Vice President Joe Biden, and one could easily see former Govs. Howard Dean of Vermont and/or Brian Schweitzer of Montana decide to take a stab at it.

Unmentioned by the doddering can’t-use-Google-can’t-relate-to-the-present-electorate Cook is that Joe Biden is older than Hillary and goofier than Uncle Si, yet Biden is touted as the backup nominee by Cook without age being mentioned. The same “too old” argument against McCain was made by goofballs like Matt Damon in 2008. Damon argued that McCain was too old and actuarial tables showed he would die in office and Palin would become president and that Palin was beyond the pale. McCain is still aliive and Damon’s career is dying. Cook also raises the specter of Howard Dean as president but fails to mention Dean will be the same age as Hillary by the end of this year.

This “too old” argument is only used against those that are opposed by Big Media and/or Kooks. Likewise, the “dynasty” argument is never used when it is a Kennedy, Rockefeller, Cuomo, Gore, Salazar, or Udall. It’s time for Cook to reture and make way for someone who can use Google – he’s too old.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hillary Clinton 2016 has finally had a really good week. Credit goes to attempted attacks on Hillary Clinton that fizzled – or flowered into full love bouquets for Hillary.

First, Rick Lazio Rand Paul decided to re-fight a lost battle that lost a war. Some think the wackadoodle mad dentist with two head’s attacks brilliant as strategic landscape setting. If you believe that then, hey, let’s have another battle to settle a war in Southeast Asia at Dien Bien Phu.

Then the reptile Jim Clyburn decided to gin up some publicity for a package of lies he calls a book. Clyburn claims Bill Clinton called him up in 2008 to hurl insults and blame. Way to go Bill, you should have physically slapped liar, phony, race-bait con artist Clyburn.

Finally, the full-time Kooks began to fulfill our prophecy that they will go all Kook all the time against Hillary Clinton 2016. Kracked Krystal flung her ball from MSNBC against Hillary Clinton 2016 pins:

“MSNBC host Krystal Ball told her audience on Tuesday that she admires former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and she would support her over any Republican and most Democrats to replace President Barack Obama. However, she said that America’s present “existential crisis” requires a candidate that is not as “anti-union” and friendly to Wall Street as Clinton. For that reason, Ball urged Clinton not to run and for freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to get in the race.”

Kracked Krystal brings up Walmart rubbish we debunked long ago and all the other lies from Kookdom against Hillary Clinton 2008.

“In a time when corporations have hijacked our politics,” she continued, “is someone who sat on the rabidly anti-union board of Walmart the right person to restore workers’ rights?”

“In a time when we’re still reeling from global financial disaster brought on by foolhardy bank deregulation, is someone who took $400,000 to give two speeches at Goldman Sachs the person we need to wrest control of the asylum back from the banking inmates?” Ball asked. The MSNBC host further assailed Clinton for reassuring the “masters of the universe” that “banker-bashing” on the left was “unproductive.”

Ball swiped at Bill Clinton as well for signing into law much of the deregulation she was decrying. Ball said that she would back Warren to replace Obama as an example of a politician who felt “in their bones the plight of the worker.”

“Don’t run, Hillary,” she concluded. “Don’t run.”



Kracked Krystal’s attack from the Realm of the Kooks was echoed at the National Journal:

“Is Hillary Clinton Blocking a New Generation of Democratic Leaders?

The former secretary of State’s inevitability is good for Democrats in the short-term. But it masks the party’s longer-term challenges. [snip]

But her inevitability masks a potential weakness within the Democratic Party: the lack of a deep bench of future national leaders. For a coalition that prides itself on diversity, the list of presidential hopefuls is filled with white men: Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. With Clinton, the party that nominated Barack Obama in 2008 is now looking to the past for their presidential hopeful.

Furthermore, the Democratic dependence on Hillary Clinton hampers the development of a Democratic farm team. With Clinton expected to take up so much room in the post-Obama party, is there much room for anyone else?

There’s a lot of rubbish and hogwash at the National Journal “analysis”. For instance did you know that if Hillary does not run “there are a lot of substantive potential candidates” such as Biden? Once you stop laughing you can appreciate how funny and desperate the full tilt Kook wing of the Kook Party is.

To the rescue came… Republicans? Conservatives? Hide the salami Howard, the world is upside down!

Lefties desperately searching for reasons not to nominate Hillary:

“If Hillary wants the nomination, nothing’s going to stop her. And the worse Obama’s second term gets, the fewer Democrats there’ll be who are willing to forfeit her electoral advantages in order to roll the dice on a purer liberal like Elizabeth Warren with one-tenth the name recognition of the Clintons and one-thousandth the fundraising potential. There’s a cold calculation coming, just as there was for Romney: At the end of the day, who’s most likely to help us win power? Lay aside what he or she might do with that power. At a bare minimum, no matter how bad it gets, at least we’ll be keeping the ball away from the other team. [snip]

Democrats are deathly afraid that increased turnout among minority voters for Obama’s two elections will dissipate once he’s out of politics. If the “Obama coalition” falls apart, they’re in trouble — although Hillary, probably uniquely among Dems, might be able to make up the shortfall with increased support from women. [snip]

Exit question: How soon will it be before lefties seize on Hillary’s ruthlessness as a new reason to block her? Bridgegate is an easy peg for a pretext like that. E.g., “How can we criticize Chris Christie for bullying when we’re poised to re-nominate a couple who keep an enemies’ list?”

The Obama coalition led what was once the Democratic Party into a cul-de-sac Cult. It was no way to build a party based on the coalition built up and expanded by FDR-JFK-Bill Clinton.

As to “ruthlessness” we have repeatedly written that the halls of the DNC will be awash in waves of blood from Obama cultists if/when Hillary Clinton 2016 grabs control of the party once again. Hooray for ruthlessness we say. We will continue to defend “ruthlessness” over flabby weakness as we so recently did. Hey, we are not alone. Thursday morning Don Imus who insults Bill and Hillary Clinton regularly sang the praises of “ruthlessness” and Hillary Clinton (starting at around the 3:30 mark):



Some may think “revenge” or “ruthlessness” will hurt Hillary Clinton 2016, but after flabby boob Barack Obama’s weakness and cowardice it’s time to throw out the ruth. Watch and weep as Don Imus, notorious anti-Clintonite Imus (who is in the interview brutally analytical on Benghazi, women who hate Hillary because of her marriage decisions, and Bill Clinton) applauds along with us.

Phony Clinton friend and Primary Colors liar Joe Klein likewise does not think the “ruthless” charge from the “Hillary Papers” hurts:

“Blair was ill then, suffering from cancer, but she was vehement about two things: that Hillary was a dynamite friend–smart, funny, thoughtful and loyal–and that the Clintons had a real marriage. She told me a story about the two of them getting into a wild, screaming fight over some obscure policy issue, a fight so intense that she was beginning to get embarrassed and thought about making for the door…when Bill took Hillary’s face in his hands, looked over to Blair and said, “Isn’t she amazing?”

And so I wasn’t expecting much dirt from the Diane Blair papers, even though they were splashed internationally on Drudge on Sunday, with a big SCANDAL headline. And I wasn’t disappointed: not much there, except Hillary’s stiletto discription of Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony tune.” Indeed, the “editor” of the “publication” that “broke” this story described the then-First Lady as “surprisingly human.”

To which I can only ask: Why surprisingly? I’ve known Hillary Clinton for nearly 30 years now. I wouldn’t say I know her particularly well, but well enough to describe her in an entirely different way–as relentlessly human. She has been willing to get really angry in my presence (I didn’t like her health plan). She has been willing to have open, questioning discussions about policy. She has, at times, displayed a wicked sense of irony; she has, at other times, admitted to having been badly hurt by the public reaction–the spitting, the invective–that splattered her 1994 health plan speaking tour. She has a profoundly goofy okey-dokey-artichokey personal manner; she is an extremely hard worker and clear thinker. She really cares about people, including the people on her staff, all of whom would stop a bullet for her. I’m not nearly cynical enough to attribute these qualities to pretense. She is obviously ambitious and can, at times, be ruthless–but so what? She is one of the finest people I’ve known in public life. (Which is not to say that I don’t think she may have some real problems running for President, problems of insufficient boldness and sometimes being just plain wrong–but that’s a different story.)

Oh, and one other thing: She loves her husband. The marriage is not a “partnership.” She loves the guy. Indeed, one of the saddest intimacies of the Blair papers was the implication the Clinton blamed herself, in a way, for the Lewinsky disaster.

My overwhelming reaction to the release of the Blair papers was sadness–sadness because I remember Diane Blair fondly, the sort of smart, level-headed person I’d want as a friend. But also because it brought back the disgraceful bilge volcano of the Clinton years–the non-stop garbage peddled and sleazed by Drudge and Rush and the then frisky young Fox Network, the fact that the Clintons were accused of drug-trafficking, murder, financial scandals and all sorts of vile craziness–none of which proved to be true. And no apologies have ever been forthcoming from the greasy perps.

In the end, Bill Clinton‘s behavior toward women was primitive and embarrassing. He defiled the Oval Office…but looking back, he wasn’t a half-bad President, was he?

And hey, after all that there’s Bill O’Reilly. Unfortunately O’Reilly video is behind a pay wall so we can’t access a video of this week’s Wednesday night show wherein O’Reilly repeatedly said, what we have written, that Hillary Clinton 2016 must get away from Barack Obama. Like us, O’Reilly insists that Obama is toxic and Hillary Clinton 2016 cannot be seen as in any way a continuation of Barack Obama and his Kook Kingdom. The only video we can produce of Wednesday night’s O’Reilly show is this one of O’Reilly taking on the Kooks:

“With President Obama’s job approval numbers falling, and the Democratic Party having trouble in an election year. You would think that committed liberal Americans would low key it a bit. You would think.

But no, they are upping the rhetoric especially the anti-capitalism stuff. Hillary Clinton is widely seen to be the Democratic nominee in 2016 for president but she portrays herself as a moderate. That’s not good enough for some on the far left.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BALL: Does Hillary Clinton sound to you like the right person for this moment? In a time when corporations have hijacked our politics enabling them to reap all the profit without feeling any compunction to do right by their workers?

As someone who has sat on the rabidly anti-union board of Wal-Mart for six years, the right person to restore worker’s rights. At a time when we’re still reeling from a global financial disaster brought on by foolhardy bank deregulation, as someone who recently took $400,000 to give two speeches at Goldman Sachs, the person we need to wrest control of the asylum (ph) back from the banking inmates.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O’REILLY: Now that anti-capitalistic commentary is the far left’s signature issue. “Talking Points” believes there must be oversight on banks and big business to trust them to do the right thing is foolish and naive. If you don’t believe me, read a little Teddy Roosevelt.

But many on the left want to dismantle the entire corporate system and we are seeing the consequences of that in the Obama administration. Now entering his sixth year in office the President has not been a friend to corporate America. He advocates high taxes to pay for an entitlement culture.

Business knows that and has not expanded, preferring to hoard profits or keep them overseas where they cannot be taxed. That’s why the job situation and income for working Americans is stagnant. For every good job available, there are plenty of applicants therefore salaries are suppressed.

It’s hard to believe but the far left does believe that the government can provide well-paying jobs on a mass scale. It cannot. And every country that has tried that has failed. 90 miles off the coast of Florida take a look what happen in Cuba; that should be an affluent country but communism has killed the economy.

So Hillary Clinton must fight zealotry on her left. She will defeat it she will get the nomination and Mrs. Clinton will run as a moderate Democrat promising to reform some of President Obama’s anti-business policies. That’s what she’ll do.



O’Reilly guests political scientist Dr. Jeanne Zaino and former Obama campaign aide Ellen Qualls agreed that Hillary Clinton 2016 has to differentiate Hillary from Obama. But the Obama Kook wants Hillary to move closer to the left too:

There is an enormous and increasing division in the Democratic Party,” Zaino declared. “You see the attacks that Hillary is getting from her left and many people predict Wall Street will be her Achilles Heel in 2016 the same way the Iraq war was in 2008. People on the ‘progressive’ left fear that she’ll be too close to Wall Street and will continue her husband’s moderate policies.” But Qualls dismissed the notion that there is a great rift in among Democrats. “I see a rhetorical concern about whether Hillary Clinton is talking to the right people and hearing the right ideas. People on the left want to have Elizabeth Warren’s voice represented in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. But there is a great unanimity among Democrats that Hillary Clinton will be a great candidate and we’d love to have her.”

As in 2008 the Kooks want to force the party further and further into the totalitarian left. The opening gambit is to have “Elizabeth Warren’s voice represented in Hillary Clinton’s campaign” but it won’t stop there. These Kooks somehow think that Hillary Clinton will foolishly accept their poisoned chocolates and paper hearts as well as surrender to them. Instead it is their hearts that will be stomped on once plucked from their chests later to be fed to dogs.

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228 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton 2016 Versus The Obama Totalitarian Kook Left

  1. I had already seen the MSNBC clip, admin, and was going to post it until Ball said Warren should be the Dems’ candidate. That is when I decided not to bother the forum with this juvenile politcal assessment of hers.

    BUT, I do bring you yet another example of what you always say….The BOOB CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

    http://youtu.be/a3IWq3CXHyc

  2. admin
    February 14, 2014 at 12:03 am
    The totalitarian Kook left war on Valentine’s Day:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/347151.php

    Valentine’s Day Is an Environmental Travesty The carbon costs of greeting cards
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    They must consider Mother’s Day environmental armageddon.

  3. Wbboei:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-12/latest-obamacare-delay-is-probably-illegal.html

    The delay is probably illegal. Law professor Jonathan Adler argues in the Washington Post that this latest delay — which comes just six months after the administration delayed the employer mandate the first time — clearly violates existing legal precedent:

    Whatever the stated reason for the new delay, it is illegal. The text of the PPACA is quite clear. The text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides that the employer mandate provisions ‘shall apply’ after December 31, 2013. The Treasury Department claims that it has broad authority to offer ‘transition relief’ in implementing the law. That may often be true, but not here. The language of the statute is clear, and it is well established that when Congress enacts explicit deadlines into federal statutes, without also providing authority to waive or delay such deadlines, federal agencies are obligated to stay on schedule. So, for instance, federal courts routinely force the Environmental Protection Agency to act when it misses deadlines and environmentalist groups file suit.

  4. I like Jonathan Turley, but he is late to the fair.

    On February 6, 2012, I wrote a 28 page dissertation entitled:

    “An American Tragedy: A Brief Analysis of Why Our Political System Has Lost Sight of the Common Good.”

    “Will Somebody Please Wake Up? A Brief Analysis of Barack Obama’s Sustained Attack on the American Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

    I sent these out to people who I thought might be interested, but only one was and he is too involved in expanding his operations in Asia to do much with it.

    I even sent one to Trump, but he never replied. He doesn’t show me much but mouth and gut wind.

    So be it.

    I never sent one to Turley.

    Perhaps I should have.

    But this much I can tell you for sure.

    The people of this country are not interested.

    Believe me I have tried.

    And it was not just the messenger.

    It was the message itself that does not register.

  5. The second paper went out 3 weeks later and it was 50 pages.

    I sweated blood over it, and it was all for naught.

    Used to be you could lead a horse to water, but could not make him drink.

    Any more you cannot lead him to water because he is too drunk to follow you.

    The big missing element is Turley’s analysis is why Obama does what he does.

    Unless you understand that piece, which is rooted in his twisted psychological make-up

    You will assume that the chaos we see is unintentional, which it is not.

    It is purposeful.

    It is what Joseph Schumpter referred to as “creative destruction”.

  6. Thanks Admin.

    You are the best.

    The one point Turley made was good, and I have thought about it only in the vaguest terms.

    The Supreme Court, which is charged with defending the Constitution, has failed to uphold the Constitutional system itself, based on what appears to be a position of judicial self restraint–treating the expansion of executive power as a political question to be resolved at the polls by what we now can see are the ignorant masses–to use a term Obama–and Marx would be familiar with. To my mind this is an abdication of the judicial function. Questions regarding the separation of powers cannot be resolved through the vote. They are made to order for the judiciary, and I would bet my life that John Marshall would have met them head on, rather than hiding under the table like Chief Justice John Roberts did. In essence, he failed the Constitution, the American People and himself when he ducked the question and he opened the door for Obama to steamroll. I am telling you though, these are just words, and as Holmes said he wondered words, and time honored concepts like this are merely passing fancies.

  7. The actions of Obama represent a sort of death rattle for our constitutional system. He and his ilk hate this nation and all that it stands for. The law should not but it does follow politics, and politics follows economics, in this case the great tectonic plates shifting away from this country and toward Asia. The end result requires that the people be managed down to the smallest detail and that B.F. Skinners notions of social control in is book Beyond Freedom and Dignity be deployed against them, lest they threated the good life enjoyed by the elites. The elites have formed a clear alliance with the underclass, against the middle class, and they share one thing in common: neither the underclass nor the upper class believe that the rules of society apply to them.

  8. The latest example of the above was an article written just yesterday by University of Maryland Professor Peter Morci noting that the voting patterns of the wealthy and the underclass are positively correlated. In other words, its not just me.

  9. But when Turley suggests that we have become enablers of Obama, because we have failed to speak out against his abuse of power and defiling our constitutional order, Admin and the rest of us on this blog can say in response our conscience is clean. For us the problem was the problem of Cassandra. Seeing the future, but unable to get people to believe us until it is too late.

  10. Big media enablers who banded the Unaffordable Health Care Act with the name of their Messiah, called it the greatest civil rights act since 1964 and castigated Cruz for showing more muscle in trying to stop it than all the limp dick RINOs combined, are seeing it all go gone aft agley. They This is worse than you break it you own it. As Krauthammer correctly notes: “When You Take Over A Sixth Of The Economy, You Deserve The Blame For Everything That Goes Wrong” (regardless of whether you actually caused it or not.)

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/02/13/krauthammer_when_you_take_over_a_sixth_of_the_economy_you_deserve_the_blame_for_everything_that_goes_wrong.html

  11. According to Poindexter, i.e. George Will, democrats are avoiding Obama like he has an infectious disease. I cannot understand why. Sure his signature legislation is box office poison. Do they really believe that by not having him campaign for them that they can wash off the stench? Do they? Surely they realize that their vote in favor of that toxic act is a matter of record. And, surely they realize that those compromising pictures of them standing next to him in a state of rapture will be used by the opposition to run them off. And, if that is indeed the case, then why not invite him back in to mesmerize the ignoranti like he once did, and pretend it is 2008 still, and nothing that has happened these past five years, really matters. Would the voters who voted for him then vote for him if they knew what they know now? That is a hypothetical question, and a foolish one. The answer is yes of course they would. Their political IQ is right around zero.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/02/13/george_will_to_obama_voters_if_youd_known_what_you_know_now_would_you_have_voted_for_him.html

  12. wbboei
    February 14, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Thanks Admin.

    You are the best.

    ____________

    What wbb said. Nailed it, Admin.

    The conservative media talking heads were all about Turely – all day yesterday! I’m glad a leftie finally called Barack out on the lawlessness. The Democrats in the senate and house are also guilty of “enabling” Obama. They have a duty to protect the constitution. They have a responsibility to reign in any president – Dem or Pub – who usurps the power of the legislative branch, thwarting the system of checks and balances – a profound guiding principle in the framing of the constitution and the founding of this country. The Democrats have refused to hold this president accountable. The Republicans in congress have done little more than the Dems to address Barack’s violations of law.

    What will it take to get congress to do something? If Barack engaged in some random sexual indiscretion (that media didn’t cover-up) maybe then Dem (and Republican) senators and representatives would call him out. Our elected officials seem to get riled up only if there is some kind of sexual activity involved.

    Barack has said he plans to rule by executive order, and Sheila Jackson Lee is planning for her caucus to write
    a few orders for the Foolish Prince to sign and issue.

    ____________________________

    http://www.amren.com/news/2014/02/sheila-jackson-lee-writing-executive-orders-for-obama-to-sign-our-number-one-agenda/

    Posted on February 5, 2014

    “Sheila Jackson Lee: Writing Executive Orders for Obama to Sign ‘Our Number One Agenda’”

    Patrick Howley, Daily Caller, February 4, 2014

    Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said that the new Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.”

    {snip}

    “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” the Texas congresswoman said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength,” Jackson said Jan. 29 at a press conference where she and fellow Democrats launched the Full Employment Caucus.

    “In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders—draft them, of course—and ask the president to stand with us on full employment,” Jackson Lee added.”

    “Snip)

  13. Overnight I figured out to whom Turley’s comments about the American People being silent and not speaking out against the abuse of power and the dismantling of our constitutional system in favor of a left wing dictatorship. This was not an indictment of the American People en masse even though the language he chose to convey his point was broad and plenary. His comments were directed toward one particular subset of the American People–that being the beltway media, political, academic, and administrative structure, who claim to be superior people and guardians of the system. If my interpretation of the real meaning of his comments is correct–and I think it is, then there is really nothing to wonder about here. The reason they refused to speak out was primarily economic and power related. Economically, the beltway establishment has profited like no other group in the country from this ugly power grab and transformation of our system. It serves to enhance their power. So when someone like this esteemed professor asks why the beltway group did not speak out, it hearkens back to the old saying that it is hard to get people to understand a particular point, then their livelihood, power and halcion future depends on them not understanding. And asking them to look beyond the horizon to the point made by Niemoller–ultimately it will impact them, is asking too much for a community of narrow minded self interested people who are wedded to group think. Do I cast this net too broadly? Only to a degree.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_

  14. What I am talking about here is very real. Two examples will suffice. A friend of mine who is a decent individual and a democrat made a comment to me in response to some political work I was doing in Idaho which I felt could have value beyond that single state and quite possibly to the entire nation. He was not only dismissive of the point, but went on to say that the gene pool in Idaho is limited. He merely said what so many others in the four counties surrounding the Beltway a thinking. Likewise, you have a guy like Chris Wallace, who works for FOX but is a democrat. He said he has to be, because you cannot get anywhere in that town career-wise unless you are a democrat. You have the comment by the sainted David Ignatius dean of foreign policy writers of the Washington Post admonishing us to not be anxious, because we are living in a period of peace and prosperity–which is true enough, but only inside the beltway. And finally you have that metamorphis which takes place when people like Orin Hatch who was once a conservative firebrand go to Washington, sit beside a scumbag like Teddy Kennedy, and become nothing more than a beltway fixture, unresponsive to the needs of his constituents. Now if that is the group, expecting them to speak up against a democrat president who trades on his race, and abuses his power reminds me of the old rhetorical question posed by Milton Freidman: does a cat bark?

  15. Late last night I read a comment on another blog, by someone who advocated widespread civil disobedience against what Obama is doing. There would need to be a catalyst for that and big media would need to fan the flames. Truth to tell, I do not see it happening. What I do see, however, is a poor showing by RINOs and the rise of the limited government constitutional wing of the party. But absent a return to economic prosperity, which is probably not in the cards, it is highly unlikely that they can take us back to the status quo ante–even if they manage to capture the presidency–which is a dubious proposition to me. But an honest president who respects the American People would be keen to roll back these executive orders, which are reversible without congressional approval, and she or he can start appointing judges who are not traitors to the Constitution.

  16. wbboei
    February 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    The scandal ridden Holder is far and away the biggest traitor to the Constitution.
    ___________________

    Along with his Boss and most of the Cabinet. 👿

  17. A Fox News poll shows that most swing-voters think President Barack Obama is overstepping his legal authority by selectively enforcing Congress’ laws, such as the 2010 Obamacare law.

    Sixty-six percent of independents, and 90 percent of Republicans said they disapprove of “Barack Obama going around Congress and using executive orders.”

    Only 15 percent of independents, and 7 percent of conservatives, think Obama’s efforts to bypass Congress are “the way our government is supposed to work.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/14/poll-shows-swing-voters-hating-everything-obama/#ixzz2tJQGxlxX

  18. wbb, you make some excellent points.

    It occurred to me as I was reading your comments that even if the Republicans keep the House and win the Senate, if the Fresh Prince of DC continues to rule by executive order, the Republican’s won’t be able to prevent that – unless they take formal action of some kind. There seems to be no one on the Dem side trying to prevail upon Barack to change his dictatorial ways. The Lefties have made the point that he has issued fewer than Bush or Clinton. Of course he has three more years to go, so he’ll catch up. Plus, the kinds of mandates issued in his executive orders and verbal commands (as re ACA) seem to have much more impact on the well being of Americans.

    I’ve read several comments addressing Hatch’s inaction, as you pointed out in your comments above. How did we get to this point in the relatively short time since the country’s founding. Not that the earlier leaders of this country were as pure as the driven snow, but there seems to have been some sense of service to country, of self-sacrifice. Most of those in power now are all about themselves – and getting power and money here and now. Little thought of protecting this country for the long term.

  19. freespirit: the hard left wants to take down the system. Therefore they engage in the phoniest of arguments which is to say he is no worse than his predecessors in terms of the NUMBER of executive orders he has issue, as you correctly point out thus far. The point is this: It is not the number of executive orders he has issued, it is the CONTENT. In that respect, it is as if he issued only one executive order: the constitution is hereby abolished and “I can do anything I want”. Congress ceded a portion of its legislative powers nearly a hundred years ago when it created administrative agencies and vested within them quasi legislative powers under the label of rulemaking. But that transfer of authority was limited in the sense that it was to fill in the gaps, in other words to go where congress has never gone before. It was never intended to override congress, to defy congress, or to assume the power to legislate on major policy matters where the country itself is deeply divided, like the Dream Act, etc. The best way to take that pen of his and shove it up his ass where it belongs is to flood the court system with cases, all bearing on the single issue of the separation of powers, the violation of the core principles of federalism, the suppression of civil liberty, in other words, do not go gently into that good night. I firmly believe that John Roberts is a moral and a legal coward. But if he is confronted with a slew of such case, then I believe he may be more cowardly of not acting than acting. Or if he persists in his cowardness, then his moral character, or the lack thereof will be clear to all concern. Notice how Turley’s comments about the failure of the courts to rein in executive power, and thereby preserve the constitutional framework were a sub silentio indictment of the third branch of government which has sat on its hands while Rome burns preferring to deal with the minor issues which are safer. The argument in favor of judicial restraint was well stated by Alexander Bickel, a Yale Professor and early critic of the excesses of the Warren Court as it made end runs around Congress: the judiciary has neither the power of the purse or the pen, etc. Never-the-less, there does come a point where they should stand for something, and the something they should stand for–Roberts and his 4 left wing co-horts is the protection and preservation which they have a higher duty than anyone else who takes the oath has a solemn duty to defend.

  20. I am getting senile: the power of the purse or the SWORD.

    By the almighty, they have the power of the pen.

    The problem is they do not use it, the way John Marshall would have.

  21. In case it was not clear, that transfer of legislative power was to the Executive branch. Those administrative agencies are part of the executive branch. Also, in thinking back forty years to Constitutional law courses in law school, they recognized that the president is the sole agent of the United States in foreign affairs. However, they did reserve the right to ratify treaties. Notice how he had even tried to subvert that authority by finding lawyers who will tell him that the treaties he signs do have the force of law without congressional approval, but they do not rise to the level of an approved treaty which commands the same level of authority as the Constitution even though it was never approved by the people like the Constitution and Amendment are. The treaty making power is, therefore, one more way he is stripping the American People of all control over their destiny. The entire goal here is what Congressman John Dingle blurted out in an unguarded moment: it will take us time to put in place the laws that will control the American People. A Freudian slip if ever there was one.

  22. Government Lays Groundwork To Confiscate Your 401k and IRA: “This Is Happening”

    Thursday morning Reuters obtained a leaked proposal disclosing that European Union officials are looking for new and innovative ways to fund their immense debt levels. As noted by Zero Hedge, they’re no longer turning exclusively to central bankers to simply print more money as needed. Because last year’s bank bail-in forcing the confiscation of funds from average depositors in Cyprus worked so well, EU regulators and bankers have determined that they’ll use a similar method to fund their future endeavors.

    In a nutshell, and in Reuters’ own words, “the savings of the European Union’s 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says.”

    The solution? “The Commission will ask the bloc’s insurance watchdog in the second half of this year for advice on a possible draft law “to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing”, the document said.”

    Mobilize, once again, is a more palatable word than, say, confiscate.

    This is what happens when governments run out of money.

    But if you think this is limited to just Europe, then consider the words of President Barack Obama in his recent State of the Union address.

    For all intents and purposes, a similar groundwork is being laid right here in America.

    They’ve already taken over the health care industry… why not nationalize our retirement savings while they’re at it?

    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/02/14/government-lays-groundwork-confiscate-401k-ira-happening/

  23. I see where Judge Neopolitano says the only remedy for curbing Obama’s destruction of the Constitution is impeachment, and neither party has the stomach for that. He goes on to say that any lawsuit over that action would be tossed out of court. I disagree.

    Napolitano: Impeachment Only Way to Stop Obama’s Executive Actions

    Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 06:13 PM

    The only way to stop President Barack Obama from nullifying duly enacted laws is impeachment, says Judge Andrew Napolitano. The problem is, neither Congress nor the American public have the guts for it.

    “The president is doing the opposite of what he was elected to do,” Napolitano said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” Napolitano is a former New Jersey Superior Court judge and a Fox News legal analyst.

    When Obama picks and chooses which laws, or portions of them, to enforce, he actually is telling people how to avoid obeying the law, he told Cavuto.

    “At some point he is totally frustrating what Congress has written,” Napolitano said.

    Republicans have accused Obama of using his executive powers improperly to delay portions of his own healthcare law for political expediency. They also say he has used those powers to enact gun control and immigration rules.

    Napolitano said there are 11 million people in the United States who could be deported to their native countries, but Obama has told them, “If you do A, B, C, D, and E, I won’t deport you” — effectively telling them they can break the law and suffer no consequences.

    Faced with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and fear of losing the Senate over the unpopularity of Obamacare, the president vowed in January to take more executive action.

    Though Sen. Rand Paul sued Obama this week over NSA surveillance, Napolitano said a lawsuit over Obama’s executive actions would be tossed out of court. A judge would tell any member of Congress bringing such a suit to instead begin impeachment proceedings.

    But that won’t happen, Napolitano added.

    “There’s sort or a cult around him in the Democratic Party that he’s ‘our guy’ and he can do whatever he wants.” he said.

  24. …don’t watch MSNBC but got one question…

    are the Totalitarian Kooks at MSNBC and on the blogs making a minute by minute issue of the O admin and his role if and when he allows the merger of Comcast and Time Warner…

    Hey, Kristen Ball…are you doing show after show about the anti-trust issues if the O admin allows this merger…a merger that is rife with lobbyists and big bundlers to the O campaign…millions of dollars raised for O

    (or are you silent because you might lose your job supplied by comcast)

    are Kristen Ball, Ed S, the Kooks, etc stamping their feet nonstop every second about how this merger will work against consumers…??? just wondering…

    …so quick to poin the finger at Hillary…what about your guy that is in power NOW???

    …or is it more crickets and hypocrisy from the usual suspects…

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/comcast-time-warner-merger-donations/2014/02/14/id/552798

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/will-the-obama-administration-stop-comcast-from-buying-time-warner-20140213

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

    snip

    It may not hurt that, since 2006, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has given Democrats $76,000 in campaign contributions and only $13,500 to Republicans. He also has worked closely with Obama — serving on the president’s Job Council, attending business and technology meetings at the White House, as well as golfing on Martha’s Vineyard with the Obama, The Hill reports.

    According to The New York Times, David Cohen, the chief lobbyist for Comcast, helped raise $1.44 million for Obama in 2011 and 2012, bringing in a total of $2.22 million since 2007 — putting him in the top 25 of Obama fundraisers.

    At a fundraising event in Philadelphia in 2011, the president said Cohen and his wife had been “great friends for so many years.”

    Time Warner Cable CEO Robert Marcus, who has only been at his post for 44 days, also has favored Democrats in his campaign contributions.

    Marcus has donated a total of $8,500 to Democrats since 2010, including to New York’s Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Steve Israel of New York. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of of New Hampshire is the only Republican to whom he’s donated.

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s employees have also heavily favored Democrats in their donations.

    snip

    But Comcast has deep ties to the Obama administration that may prove useful. David Cohen, who oversees Comcast’s lobbying team, was one of Obama’s top bundlers and held a fundraiser for him at his home in Philadelphia in 2011. At the event, Obama thanked Cohen and his wife for being “such great friends for so many years.”

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

    big money that goes to O and the Dims…here is their chance to put their actions where their mouths are…

    Are you going to protect the consumer??? or screw us over again…with a double whammy of Ocare and this merger…

    Let’s go get some quotes from Elizabeth Warren to ‘shame’ the rest of them…

  25. There’s sort or a cult around him in the Democratic Party that he’s ‘our guy’ and he can do whatever he wants.” he said.
    ———————
    If that is indeed the attitude, then the other side would be fully justified in taking the exact same approach to reverse all his folly. And when the left takes to the streets and start burning things, the police powers of the state should be directed at them. This is where the elites have really shit in their own mess kit. They like to see the boat get rocked, so long as it does not affect their income. But when it rocks too badly, it can capsize in which case their gold plated life preservers may not be enough. Jennifer Rubin, someone I do not particularly relish quoting did say this a couple years ago. She does not live in Washington because when the wrath of the American People finally does reach critical mass–something which is unknown and unpredictable, the boom that Washington residents are now enjoying will come to an abrupt screeching halt.

  26. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of of New Hampshire is the only Republican to whom he’s donated
    ——————-
    Like I said, she is owned by lobbyists. Which is why she is keen to pass the Gang of 8 proposal.

  27. one more perspective…

    http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwire/2014/02/consumer-groups-are-predictabl.php

    Consumer Groups Are, Predictably, Already Screaming About the Proposed Comcast Purchase of Time Warner Cable. The Question Is, Will the Obama Administration Approve the Deal? Comcast’s Ace in the Hole National Journal, WSJ

    The $45 billion question this Valentine’s Day is whether or not the Obama administration will approve Comcast’s same-sex marriage to Time Warner Cable.

    “The companies say they expect to close the merger by the end of the year, but they first will have to survive what is sure to be a brutal regulatory review, and opponents are already pressing the Obama administration to block it entirely,” reports the Washington, D.C.-based National Journal.

    “‘Comcast cannot be allowed to purchase Time Warner Cable. Antitrust authorities and the FCC must stop it,’ John Bergmayer, senior staff attorney for Public Knowledge, said in a statement. He claimed that Comcast, which already owns Universal and NBC, would become a ‘bully in the schoolyard,’ able to dictate terms to other companies and hike prices on consumers. ‘TV viewers, Internet users, and everyone who depends on a well-functioning communications marketplace would not benefit from an even more powerful Comcast,’ Bergmayer said.”

    snip

    Finally, the story notes that Comcast may have an ace in the hole that can help ensure the deal’s approval: “Comcast has deep ties to the Obama administration that may prove useful. David Cohen, who oversees Comcast’s lobbying team, was one of Obama’s top bundlers and held a fundraiser for him at his home in Philadelphia in 2011. At the event, Obama thanked Cohen and his wife for being ‘such great friends for so many years.'”

    A separate National Journal article reports: “Comcast counts more than 100 lobbyists at its disposal. Among them is Meredith Attwell Baker, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, who left that post to join Comcast four months after voting to approve a merger between Comcast and NBC Universal in 2011.

    “The 2013 combined lobbying outlays of Time Warner and Comcast would rank fourth in the nation — behind only the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.”

  28. Just reading admin’s new Valentine’s post. Happy Vanentine’s Day!!!

    As someone that majored in Philosophy of Lit., mainly existential philosophy and logic…I can say beyond a reasonable doubt, that this Krystadoodle has no idea what she is talking about.

    Even before I read this statement, her name was a dead giveaway-

    —-

    “Krystal Ball told her audience on Tuesday that she admires former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and she would support her over any Republican and most Democrats to replace President Barack Obama. However, she said that America’s present “existential crisis” requires a candidate that is not as “anti-union” and friendly to Wall Street as Clinton. For that reason, Ball urged Clinton not to run and for freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to get in the race.”

    She admires but…

    STFU

  29. I just cannot believe the Dims think Americans are stupid enough to buy the talking point below re: Ocare that they are all pushing

    Sink, however, says the CBO report is actually good news that points to the “exciting prospect” that Americans will have more choice and greater freedom in their lives.

    “Over the years, particularly the past five six years when we’ve been in this horrible economic environment, Ive had so many people express to me, ‘Boy Alex, I’d love to start a business or I’d love to change jobs, but I can’t because Ive got good health insurance at my workplace now. I’m stuck in a dead-end job and I’m not very happy in but I have to stay here,’ ” Sink said.

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

    how stupid do they think we are…yes, Americans that have frankly been ‘unemployed’ for the last 5 years…really, really want less hours and less money so that they can be enslaved to funky and almost useless Ocare for the rest of their lives…

    Americans really want to trade being tied to Ocare forever instead of extra money they make working and feeling productive so they can actually purchase things they might want…but now, like being on welfare, will instead have to forget that because they need to keep their Ocare at all costs…

    …maybe they can investigate illegal methods to get around the requirements of Ocare…this is where Ocare and the Dims are pushing the country…

    honestly, if this is the philosophy they are going to be pushing they have really, really gone off the deep end…

  30. The more I read of Admin’s Kook-account, the sicker I get.

    The whole plot of bypassing Hillary for someone like the Possible-One-Drop-of-Native-American-Blood, “purer liberal like Elizabeth Warren with one-tenth the name recognition of the Clintons and one-thousandth the fundraising potential.”

    …is no different than the dog and pony show we over-40-year-olds have seen for decades in the corporate world. Kick out the experienced and wiser stable workers, and replace them with the cheaper, inexperienced kids, fresh out of college. Then the business goes to Hell, and management scratches their heads.

    The longer the Kooks are able to derail the Democratic Party, the less voters they will keep under their tent.

    Similar bs is going on with the Rethugs.

  31. Maybe Lizzie won’t have such smooth sailing. For one thing, she’s got the role (new, fresh) Obama had in 2008. Also, it is surprising to me that the deBlasio progressive trail is bumpy already. Perhaps the whole progressive brand is curdling. 🙂

    De Blasio digs in on liberal agenda, runs into pushback from fellow Dems
    Voters knew Bill de Blasio would be turning the Big Apple into a test tube for liberal policies. But New York City’s new mayor is moving surprisingly quickly as he pushes for changes that would give ID cards to illegal immigrants, hike taxes on top earners and raise the city’s minimum wage.
    The unabashed “progressive” who ran and won on promises to end New York’s income inequality is now running into pushback from members of his own party, including the state’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.
    The governor already has rejected two of de Blasio’s pet projects, and used choice words to describe one of them. This week, he panned the mayor’s push to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to fund a New York City pre-K program. Cuomo, who wants a statewide program, called the idea of letting “richer communities” fund only their own districts “repugnant.”
    While the de Blasio-Cuomo spat has captured the attention of the New York media, de Blasio’s debut as mayor speaks to a broader concern.
    Some political watchers warn that de Blasio, who captured 73 percent of the vote during November’s general election, is blowing through his political capital and is now in jeopardy of becoming the latest in a long line of New York City mayors who have floated grand ideas only to have them knocked down and defeated in Albany. snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/14/de-blasio-digs-in-on-liberal-agenda-runs-into-pushback-from-fellow-dems/?intcmp=latestnews

  32. Oh, and one other thing: She loves her husband. The marriage is not a “partnership.” She loves the guy.

    —–
    Anyone that questions Hillary’s love for her Bill has never been in love.

    There is a big difference between being level headed partners that intellectually need each other, and two best friends that are really in love and aligned in almost all intellectual ways.

    Happy Valentine’e Day – Hillary and Bill Clinton!

    All the folks that hold what Bill did against Hillary, especially since she decided to keep him, can all go to Hell.

  33. Looks like Joe has been reading Admin. 🙂

    Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats they should be optimistic about the state of the nation, “in spite of who’s president.”

    Biden was addressing the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md. on Friday when he discussed why he feels positive about America and the upcoming mid-term elections.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/eric-scheiner/biden-be-optimistic-state-nation-spite-who-s-president

  34. Given his batting average at predicting the future, which hovers somewhere around zero, there is reason to batten down the hatches and prepare for the end, when Biden says he is optimistic about the state of the nation.

  35. Sink, however, says the CBO report is actually good news that points to the “exciting prospect” that Americans will have more choice and greater freedom in their lives
    ———————-
    In reality, they will have fewer choices/

    WSJ had a front page above the fold article so stating, yesterday.

  36. purer liberal like Elizabeth Warren
    ——————–
    Pure Bolshevik.

    Lets knock off the pretense.

    The left wants to substitute the tyranny of government for the tyranny of corporations.

    In other words, they want tyranny, but of a different and more oppressive kind.

    A world in which everyone is equal, and some are more equal than others.

  37. I see where Judge Neopolitano says the only remedy for curbing Obama’s destruction of the Constitution is impeachment, and neither party has the stomach for that. He goes on to say that any lawsuit over that action would be tossed out of court. I disagree.
    —————–
    Allow me to elaborate.

    If the issue was the removal of Obama, for high crimes and misdemeanors, then impeachment would be the prescribed course.

    But that is not what we are talking about here.

    What we are talking about is looking to declare unconstitutional executive orders which are offensive to and in violation of the Constitution.

    The case I would cite back to Judge Neopolitano would be the following:
    —————

    Truman’s Attempt to Seize the Steel Industry

    By Robert Higgs | Posted: Mon. March 1, 2004
    Also published in The Freeman

    In U.S. history, many of the most drastic incursions on private property rights have sprung from the conjunction of a threatened work stoppage, owing to a union-management dispute, and the government’s desire to expedite a war-production program. Such a conjunction underlay the government’s nationalization of the railroads, the telegraph lines, and the Smith & Wesson Company during World War I and the railroads, the coal mines, the midwest trucking operators, and many other companies during World War II. The conjunction occurred again during the Korean War, but on that occasion the government failed in its attempt to seize the steel industry.

    During the Korean War, the government imposed controls of raw materials, production, shipping, credit, wages, and prices. When the wage-price controls created a collective-bargaining impasse in the steel industry, threatening a nationwide strike, President Harry S Truman ordered the Secretary of Commerce on April 8, 1952, to seize and operate most of the country’s steel mills for the ostensible purpose of maintaining production of critical munitions.

    Owners of the seized properties obtained a court injunction against the seizure, and an appeal of that injunction to the U.S. Supreme Court gave rise to one of the “great cases” in constitutional law, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. et al. v. Sawyer.1 Although the Court found the president’s actions to be unconstitutional, its decision did not signify a triumph of private rights or a significant check on the government’s exercise of de facto emergency powers.

    By 1952, Truman had become an unpopular president, even among Democrats, and his attempted seizure evinced a power struggle with a hostile Congress. He had alternative ways to proceed. Although no current statute authorized him to nationalize the steel industry, he had authority under the Taft-Hartley Act to order an eighty-day “cooling-off period,” during which the union-management dispute might have been settled without a strike. The pro-union president chose not to issue such an order, however, because he opposed the Taft-Hartley Act, which Congress had passed it over his veto in 1947. He did not ask Congress to authorize his seizure of the steel industry.

    Instead, Truman rested his seizure order on legally vague national-emergency grounds, citing his inherent powers as president and as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.2 Afterward, he and his official spokesman sought clumsily “to transform the steel crisis from a particular labor dispute into a broader battle against ‘big business,’” a rendering that had little resonance.3

    Why did Truman proceed on such flimsy legal grounds? Although historians have advanced various explanations related to the administration’s political calculations,4 few writers seem to have noted another possibility: The president had seized many industrial properties in labor disputes during past “national emergencies,” and therefore he probably did not worry about getting away with another seizure. Between April 17, 1945, and August 27, 1946, Truman had seized twenty-eight other industrial properties—sometimes entire industries, such as the railroads and the meat packers—in labor disputes.5 High-handedness might have become second nature for Truman. Historian Maeva Marcus notes, “In view of the Supreme Court’s construction of presidential power during wartime, Truman and the White House staff were confident that the courts would uphold the seizure.”6

    The composition of the Supreme Court might have encouraged such confidence. In a recent recollection of Youngstown, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist observes that “all of the nine Justices who heard the case had been appointed by Democratic presidents—five by Roosevelt and four by Truman—and yet by a vote of six to three they ruled against Truman’s authority to seize the mills.”7 Roosevelt and Truman, however, had distinctly different followings. Four of the six majority votes came from Roosevelt appointees; two of the three dissents came from Truman appointees.

    Justice Hugo Black’s majority opinion, which was really a ruling on constitutional separation of powers rather than on emergency or inherent presidential powers, found intolerable the president’s failure to cite specific legislative authority for his action. On emergency powers, however, the justices’ seven opinions—one for each for the six justices in the majority plus one for the three dissenters—spoke more in favor than in opposition. The three dissenters argued that “a [presidential] power of seizure has been accepted throughout our history” (p. 700). Justice Tom Clark, who supported the majority result but not the reasoning of Justice Black’s opinion, agreed (p. 662). Justice Robert Jackson, in a concurring opinion, emphasized “the ease, expedition and safety with which Congress can grant and has granted large emergency powers” (p. 653). Only two justices (Black and Douglas) explicitly rejected the claim of inherent presidential power to seize the industry in the absence of congressional authorization.8

    The outcome: The steel seizure itself was forbidden, but in view of the justices’ reasoning and the fragmentation of their opinions, the vulnerability of private property rights to emergency suspension remained as great as before—which is to say, very vulnerable indeed, as subsequent events have demonstrated repeatedly.9 In Youngstown, as in many other cases, the Court read the Constitution not as a bulwark against government oppression of private citizens but rather as the institutional ground rules according to which high officials in the three branches of government conduct their internecine struggles for supremacy over civil society.

  38. Update: Is it time for Charlie Cook to retire because he is too old and too stupid and can’t use Google? Cook writes he has not come across anyone who thinks Hillary will not run in 2016. His collegue at National Journal has written exactly that and the wackadoodle Rand Paul has said he doesn’t think Hillary will run – which makes his recent attacks on the Clenis even more bizzare and clearly self-serving because they further harm the Republican Party brand as panty sniffers. There are many of us who think Hillary just might tell the Obama Dimocrat party to fu*k off after she makes a bundle giving speeches and writing books but Charlie Cook is clueless.

    Today, DrudgeReport has this slam (Is Hillary too old to run?) against Hillary from National Journal written by Cook:

    Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?
    Entering a presidential race is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another eight if she runs for reelection and wins. [snip]

    Clinton turns 67 this October. At that age, she will likely be making her candidacy decision, and if nominated Clinton would turn 69 two weeks before the 2016 general election, notably the same age Ronald Reagan was when he was first elected in 1980. [snip]

    A law school friend of the Clintons’ put it to me this way to me last year: “If Bill and Hillary are healthy, she will run,” a subtle reminder to me that her husband will be 70 by Election Day 2016, having already gone through quadruple cardiac bypass surgery and two heart stents. [snip]

    There would absolutely be many challenges along the road for Hillary. For one, the challenge of a 68-going-on-69-year-old going after a considerably younger electorate, particularly in the primaries, and how to make herself more relevant to the future, rather than to the past. Running on how great the economy was in the mid-to-late ’90s, when her husband was president, would be tantamount to a sequel of Back to the Future. Clinton needs to lay out a rationale for her relevance to the future electorate of a rapidly changing country. Not that she can’t do it, but it would be a different battle than that of 2008.

    Finally, don’t expect that Hillary would have a free ride for the nomination. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presumably wouldn’t run if she does. Similarly, it would seem unlikely that another major woman like Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, or Elizabeth Warren would make the race either. But there’s Vice President Joe Biden, and one could easily see former Govs. Howard Dean of Vermont and/or Brian Schweitzer of Montana decide to take a stab at it.

    Unmentioned by the doddering can’t-use-Google-can’t-relate-to-the-present-electorate Cook is that Joe Biden is older than Hillary and goofier than Uncle Si, yet Biden is touted as the backup nominee by Cook without age being mentioned. The same “too old” argument against McCain was made by goofballs like Matt Damon in 2008. Damon argued that McCain was too old and actuarial tables showed he would die in office and Palin would become president and that Palin was beyond the pale. McCain is still aliive and Damon’s career is dying. Cook also raises the specter of Howard Dean as president but fails to mention Dean will be the same age as Hillary by the end of this year.

    This “too old” argument is only used against those that are opposed by Big Media and/or Kooks. Likewise, the “dynasty” argument is never used when it is a Kennedy, Rockefeller, Cuomo, Gore, Salazar, or Udall. It’s time for Cook to reture and make way for someone who can use Google – he’s too old.

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  39. I’m watching Brit Hume’s love Valentine to the elder George Bush on TV. I didn’t realize the Bush family has been so wealthy with old money and had inherited such a large summer home at Walker Point in Maine. It’s huge.

  40. another major woman like Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, or Elizabeth Warren would run
    ——————–
    define the word major.

    Hillary is a heavy weight statesman and politician.

    These three are lightweights.

    The comparison here is beyond absurd.

  41. It’s time for Cook to reture and make way for someone who can use Google – he’s too old.
    —————
    I have said the same thing about him here half a dozen times or more.

    They are so lazy that about all they do is go to lunch with insiders and parrot what they hear.

    Charlie want a cracker?

    No.

    Charlie is a cracker.

  42. Hillary too old to run for President…

    Ain’t it great that men only think women they want to sleep with have value? Only women are too young, too old, too stupid, to weak to be President of the United States.

    There is never the ‘proper’ age, the approved feminine intellect or demeanor, or the right Presidential hairdo, wardrobe, laugh, ankles or scrunchies.

    Hillary wasn’t good enough in 2008 because she didn’t divorce Bill, because she wasn’t built like Angelina Jolie, because she was a Clinton.

    Yet, the waste of space golden lamb called Barry was just perfect.

    All these talking heads have the credibility and intellect of a toilet brush.

  43. Shadowfax, lol, but why insult the intelligence of toilet brushes. 😉

    BO traveled to CA yesterday to push his $1B climate change agenda. Here we go again.

  44. NPR Gushes Over Prospect Of Euthanasia In U.S.

    In his response to a recent Pennsylvania court decision on the issue, NPR reporter Richard Knox offered his implicit endorsement of killing off the elderly in a blog on the network’s website.

    The case in question involved a nurse who faced homicide charges for giving her father morphine. A judge dismissed the case against her; and, in Knox’s opinion, that decision has paved the way for euthanasia on a much broader scale in this country.

    Just as the pro-abortion crowd covers the murderous act’s implications by using terms like “choice” and “family planning, “Knox used similarly noncommittal language to express his support of this practice.

    He cited the “reluctance of courts and state legislatures to criminalize medical care that may hasten death.”

    Of course, such “medical care” could be carried out just as effectively by a firing squad; but he continues to drive home his point by heralding the fact that “attitudes about end-of-life care are changing, whatever most statutes say.”

    Included in his article is a defense by Compassion and Choices spokesperson Mickey MacIntyre, who advocates for the right of individuals to kill under certain circumstances.

    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/npr-gushes-prospect-euthanasia-u-s/#f7rLlMClZQHfhWPV.99

  45. How did we become so stupid? The result of dumbing down?
    =======

    1 IN 4 AMERICANS UNAWARE THAT EARTH CIRCLES SUN

    Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.

    The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.

    Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score ­ 6.5 correct ­ was barely a passing grade.

    Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

    And then ….

    http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2014/02/and-apparently-one-of-them-is-physicist.html

  46. Leanora February 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    Government Lays Groundwork To Confiscate Your 401k and IRA
    “the savings of the European Union’s 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis….”

    “The [European] Commission will ask the bloc’s insurance watchdog in the second half of this year for advice on a possible draft law “to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing”

    Mobilize, once again, is a more palatable word than, say, confiscate.

    I’m sorry to contradict your author, but “mobilize” does not mean, nor is it a euphemism for, nor does it imply, “confiscate”.

    Consider: Savings are necessarily invested or else they will draw no interest, in which case they are not savings but hoarding.

    There is a certain amount of hoarding going on around the world, namely in China where gold and other precious metals are being bought up in large quantities with all of that country’s useless stock of dollars.

    But this is also happening in Europe on a large scale: people are buying up gold to stave off what they see as a bleak future. I personally know one person who is has admitted to this, and he is not a rich man by a long shot.

    This is one of the reasons, if not the main one, for Europe’s crippling debt: savings are not being invested, but hoarded.

    The idea of mobilizing these savings is to entice these hoarded resources out of the chimney socks and into long-term investment.

    Why “long-term” rather than “short- and medium-term” investments?

    Shorter-term investments bring higher interest than long-term; but higher interest goes along with higher risk. Short-term investments are the favored market for investment banks and institutions, who measure their risks in the best of all possible worlds.

    Long-term investments, on the other hand, bring lower interest but are also entail lower risk. This is why the Commission sees this as an opportunity for people with small savings to invest instead of hoarding.

    The temptation is still great to go for gold, but these markets are subject to speculation and value may actually be lost in the long run.

    The EU will probably draw up a bill to guarantee and boost the interest on long-term investment by retirement funds, for example. You may not like this, but it is not confiscation.

    Confiscation is when a major corporation goes bankrupt and the workers discover that the management has embezzled the retirement funds they paid into. Embezzlement is not confiscation either, because it’s done by private individuals, unions or corporations, so that’s OK – Republicans would be all for it!

  47. Must be great to be a Dem right now….
    White House On Desperate Push To Get California Latinos Enrolled In Obamacare 2/14/14.
    Snip And Covered California isn’t the only entity scrambling to drum up Latino enrollees. On Thursday, the White House released a video message from President Obama encouraging Hispanics to sign up for health care under the ACA.
    “If you’re one of the millions of Americans, including more than 10 million Latinos,” Obama said in the clip, “who doesn’t have health insurance, you should check out” the federal websites. “Nearly 6 in 10 Americans could be covered for less than a hundred dollars a month,” Obama adds, even using some Spanish to implore people who are already insured to “think about someone you know who needs to hear this news — tu familia, tus amigos, tus vecinos.” snip
    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2014/02/14/white-house-on-desperate-push-to-get-california-latinos-enrolled-in-obamacare/

    Maybe you’ve already noticed similar coverage at Breitbart where it is specifically claimed that illegals are being solicited. And includes a reminder of a particular SOTU and Joe Wilson. Who as it turns out, apologized for good reason.

  48. Shadowfax February 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Anyone that questions Hillary’s love for her Bill has never been in love.

    All the folks that hold what Bill did against Hillary, especially since she decided to keep him, can all go to Hell.

    You go, girl!

    Shadowfax February 15, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Hillary too old to run for President…

    All these talking heads have the credibility and intellect of a toilet brush.

    Southern Born February 15, 2014 at 6:10 am
    … but why insult the intelligence of toilet brushes?

    LMAO… You guys are on a roll!!

  49. Leanora February 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

    1 IN 4 AMERICANS UNAWARE THAT EARTH CIRCLES SUN

    Sounds terrible, but it’s understandable when you realize that 1 in 4 Americans drop out of high school.

  50. Shadowfax
    February 15, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Hillary too old to run for President…

    Ain’t it great that men only think women they want to sleep with have value? Only women are too young, too old, too stupid, to weak to be President of the United States.
    _________________

    Preach it, Shadow.

  51. NPR Gushes Over Prospect Of Euthanasia In U.S.
    ———————-
    Before we embark on such an ambitious project as this (which is being pushed from behind the scenes by Soros inter alia, by the way, with the stipulation that IF you are rich enough then you are not a burden to society–you can buy your way out of it–this is a subset of his useless eaters category which is part of a project to reduce world population from 7 to 2 1/2 billion) I suggest that we test the proposition on the entire staff of NPR, who may or may not be elderly, but if they are not then they have no minds and are therefore worthy subjects for such a study and experiment. Let’s start with Cox? And see how quickly his enthusiasm dissipates. Brandeis in his youth wrote a critique of the banking industry, which the forbearers of Britt Hume’s hero, Poppy, were involved with since the end of the Civil War. It was called Other Peoples Money, which meant by implication, not theirs–but which they treated as if it were theirs. The NPR staff in general, Cox in particular, are worthy of a new book called Other People’s Lives–Not Ours.

  52. Pelosi is the typical “Valley Girl” of the late 1960’s. Naïve, stupid, and stoned out of her mind. Her physical age may be 73 but her mind is still in the throes of adolescence. If you are fixated on getting a woman into high office, she would not be your ideal choice, because she is a poor representative of the female of the specie. Yet she held the highest position of any woman in government. The only way I can see to cure that adverse precedent is by electing Hillary president.

  53. 1 out of 4 are unaware that the earth circles the sun.

    A distinctly pre-Copernican view of the matter.

    That said, I will go you one better.

    In 2008 and in 2012 2 out of 4 Americans believed the earth revolved around Obama.

    Now?

    I am not going to check Rassmussen because I am afraid of the answer.

  54. Sounds terrible, but it’s understandable when you realize that 1 in 4 Americans drop out of high school.
    ====

    That may be true, but I can’t accept that as an excuse. I certainly knew about the sun and the planets before I went to high school. Don’t the grade schools teach astronomy any longer? BTW that’s not the only subject missing from school. I was shocked to learn that my neighbors’ children never learned how to diagram a sentence. They didn’t even know what it meant. I believe the educational system is deteriorating and that’s not good for anyone.

  55. Perhaps keeping the schools open in Wisconsin during a massive snow storm would be OK (well, not really, not in today’s litigious and uber-safety conscious society. Perhaps 20-30 years ago), but NYC? Not so much. Hey, you voted for this hard-core Leftists, New Yorkers, so this is on you

    (USA Today) As New Yorkers struggled to make their way around slushy streets, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep New York City’s schools open Thursday drew criticism and praise. Some said the conditions made it difficult for kids to travel while others backed his stance saying kids needed to be in be school.

    “I think it’s kind of crazy,” said David Martino, 28, who was visiting New York from Oakland, Calif. “For those who have to find their own way to school, it’s really dangerous. You could walk to school today and show up from your waist down soaked. And then, you’re stuck in school for the rest of the day drenched. That’s uncomfortable and it’s not sanitary.”

    De Blasio countered complaints during a news conference.

    “So many families depend on their schools as a place for their kids to be during the day, a safe place ­ a place where they are not only are taught, they get nutrition

    So many families have to go to work, the members of these families have to go to work, they do not have a choice, and they need a safe option for their kids. So as long as we know our kids can get to school safely, and we know we can operate our schools effectively, we make that decision.”

    Some note that the schools are not baby-sitter services. Most schools seemed to have low attendance, and there was very little in the way of reading, writing, test taking, nor education occurring.

    http://www.rightwingnews.com/liberals/ny-mayor-deblasio-learns-the-price-of-keeping-schools-open-during-school/

  56. Russia Today sliding this in today. 2/15/14. It is specific to New York City PBS outlet @WNET. $3.5 mil returned to Enron skunk

    A member station within the Public Broadcasting Service announced Friday that it would return a $3.5 million grant to a former Enron executive who first provided the money to fund an anti-pension series.
    WNET, the New York City affiliate of PBS, said production on the planned series, dubbed “Pension Peril,” would be suspended indefinitely after journalist David Sirota of PandoDaily revealed the money was coming from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
    John Arnold, a former executive at the disgraced Enron before who became one of the youngest billionaires in the US, was once the leading financial backer of a political movement to slash retirement benefits for firefighters, teacher, police officers, and other public-sector workers.
    “The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation,” the journalist wrote. “It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS NewsHour.”
    Sirota revealed that, not only was Arnold behind the “Pension Peril” series, but the PBS affiliate itself had approached him for funding. snip
    http://rt.com/usa/pbs-anti-pension-billionaire-show-136/

  57. I’m no fan of Bill Mahr. He has been as nasty and sexist in his remarks about Hillary as anyone. I was glad, however, to see his response to Rand Paul’s attempts to slam the Clintons over the old, worn out, done-to-death incident with Monica Lewinsky.
    ____________________

    From Politicus USA with h/t to Blogs for Hillary;

    “Bill Maher Makes Republicans Pay for Attacking Hillary Clinton With the Monica Scandal”

    By: Jason Easley more from Jason Easley

    Saturday, February, 15th, 2014, 2:47 pm

    (snip)

    “Before Republicans attack former Sec. of State Clinton with the Lewinsky scandal, they should take a look at some of the polling done in the late 1990s. An August 1998 ABC News/Washington Post poll asked people how they felt about President Clinton misleading the country about his relationship with Monica. Forty five percent of respondents answered bored, and another 45% said they were disgusted. Sixty-eight percent of those polled said that President Clinton should remain in office, and his job approval rating was 61%.

    Time is the other factor that is working against Republicans. Many of the young voters who powered President Obama to victory twice were small children when the Lewinsky scandal happened. They are likely to have a totally different view of this piece of ancient history than the still rabid Clinton hating Republicans of today.

    This emphasis on blaming Hillary for the Lewinsky scandal is only going to deepen their hole with women voters. The implied message that the Republicans are sending with this attacks is that Mrs. Clinton is responsible for her husband’s philandering because she couldn’t keep her man happy at home. That talking point should go over like a lead balloon.

    Republicans are returning to the past because they have no agenda for the future, and they are already on a path to defeat by alienating more voter ahead of 2016.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/15/bill-maher-republicans-pay-attacking-hillary-clinton-monica-scandal.html

  58. Damn, looks like the top legal official of the country may not be stepping down after all, at least not now. Turns out, he disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Right Act, and plans to find a way around fi. Like his boss, he was absent from class the day they covered the system of checks and balances the framers created. Like Barack, he doesn’t give a damn about the fact that there are three separate branches of government for a reason, and that neither he nor the Foolish Prince has the right to usurp the authority and power of the legislative and judicial branches, even if they disagree with their actions.

    How ludicrous for either of them to pretend to be concerned about the number of young black males in prison, when both Barack and Holder have repeatedly violated the law. They have set one of the worst examples imaginable for the youth of this country, especially the black youth they claim to be so concerned about.
    _________________

    “RESURGENT HOLDER PUSHES AGENDA”

    “Conservatives hoping to celebrate the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder might be in for a long wait.
    The attorney general’s position has looked perilous at various points during his tenure. But these days, he seems resurgent, pushing states to strike down voting restrictions on ex-felons and fighting hard to restore some of the key powers of the Voting Rights Act.

    It has been an uphill climb. In 2012, Holder became the first attorney general to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives while, the year before, he had to retreat from his earlier insistence that suspects in the September 11, 2001 attacks should be tried in criminal court in New York.
     
    Holder has been a consistent conservative target throughout his time in office, with issues from the Fast and Furious scandal to his stance on the Voting Rights Act raising the ire of the right. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-N.H.) has sponsored a resolution in the House with 140 co-sponsors calling for Holder’s immediate resignation.

    Critics of Holder were buoyed by a report in the current edition of The New Yorker that suggested Holder was planning to step down this year.

    But Justice has pushed back against that characterization, arguing that, when the interview was conducted late last year, Holder was simply saying he had a lot more work to do, not setting a date for his departure.

    “The most the attorney general has said is that he still has a lot he wants to accomplish on issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights and LGBT equality. He did not speak about his plans any further than that,” said Justice spokesman Brian Fallon.”

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/198473-resurgent-holder-pushes-new-agenda#ixzz2tRWtBP9j
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  59. Dear Professor

    I have been a lawyer for nearly forty years. I campaigned for Hillary Clinton in four (4) states in the 2008 primary, i.e. Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Virginia, all of which we won. Before that, I was a member of the kitchen cabinet of a prominent (and controversial) Republican Member of Congress. I am an independent voter, a constitutionalist, and a devotee of the American tradition. My interest in politics is as a citizen. I have never drawn a paycheck from it.

    I began studying Obama well before the 2008 election. By then I had a firm grasp of his agenda, state of mind, and support network. Based on that I was able to form an accurate opinion on how he would conduct himself as president. I became concerned. I tried in vain to warn others. But I had the same problem as Cassandra—able to see the future, unable to convince others. At that time, the country was in a state of big media induced euphoria. The Kingdom of God was at hand. Contrarian opinion was heresy. His approval rating was 70%.

    For five (5) years, mainstream media and the establishment have maintained this dangerous illusion. They have dismissed objective criticism of this President as ignorant or malicious, and vilified the critic. And although there was widespread objection to him beyond the Beltway (where the adverse impact of his policies is acutely felt), within the critical five counties surrounding Washington, all was well. This insular state of mind was confirmed just last month by David Ignatius of Washington Post. He told us that the American People should be content because under this president we have peace and prosperity. Two out of five of working age not working is not my definition of prosperity. Thousands of American soldiers killed in the Middle East does not equate to peace.

    What we really have under this president is not the peace and prosperity which Saint Ignatius waxes eloquently and delusionally about, but rather the de facto loss of republican government and representative democracy. The ornamental trappings are preserved to seduce low information voters. But the harsh reality is inverted totalitarianism and managed democracy as defined by Professor Sheldon Wolin.

    You are a self-identified progressive, who voted for Obama and agrees with many of his policies. You and I may disagree on the substance of Mr. Obama’s policies. But we are in full agreement that the manner he has chosen to implement them over the objections of Congress and the American People violates the fundamental framework of the Constitution and the system of ordered liberty which has brought prosperity and freedom to generations of Americans.

    I realize that some, perhaps many in the progressive camp applaud Obama’s expansion of executive powers –his cutting a road through the law to get at the Devil which they perceive, and the unilateral transformation of our political system which this entails. Those people will take umbrage at what you have said. They believe history demographics, global consciousness etc. are on their side. But like others of that persuasion throughout history, they fail to see beyond the horizon. The best response to them was provided by Sir Thomas Moore to someone who proposed a similar course of action. You are familiar with it:

    SIR THOMAS MORE: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

    ROPER: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    MORE: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

    During your eloquent testimony before Congress and your subsequent appearances on television, you raised certain questions, which should give his most ardent supporters pause. Questions such as: Why has the candidate of hope and change forsaken those promises? Why have the watchdogs of our system—big media, courts, etc. become lap dogs? And, what are we to make of this power grab and its future implications?

    Two years ago, I wrote a couple of white papers which addressed these and other pertinent questions raised by the Obama presidency. There was no partisan motive to this. The Republican establishment has offered no effective opposition to what Obama has done. My goal was to find answers, beyond the scope of mainstream media thinking. Consequently, I went to many different sources, and reached conclusions which are either adverse to or beyond the scope of Beltway journalists who hide truth and behave like courtiers in a medieval court.

    I am enclosing them herewith, to wit:

     An American Tragedy: A Brief Analysis of Why Our Political System Has Lost Sight of the Common Good (February 6, 2012)

     Will Somebody Please Wake Up? A Brief Analysis of Barack Obama’s Sustained Attack on the American Constitution and Bill of Rights (February 28, 2012)

    Needless to say, these are my insights, I could be wrong, so take them for what they are worth. But whatever you do with my work product Professor, please continue doing for the American People what you are doing now, i.e. TELLING THE TRUTH. We need a few Paul Reveres, and as I see it, you are one of them.

    In closing, what I find “astonishing” is the degree to which our Third Branch of government has treated issues involving the expansion of executive power in derogation of the Constitution as non-justiciable political questions, and/or held that the remedy for breach is either at the ballot box or through impeachment. Questions of this nature go to the architecture of our government, and the rights accorded to the People and to their duly elected representatives. As such, they are and ought to be the sole province of the judicial branch which is charged with interpreting the Constitution. By contrast, they do not lend themselves to proper resolution at the ballot box, nor should they be settled through the destabilizing process of the impeachment under the color of high crimes and misdemeanors. To brush them aside in this manner is a wholesale abdication of the judicial function—worthy of our current Chief Justice.)

    On the issue of the expansion of executive power, the Judicial Branch would do well to recall what Madison said on the subject, in Federalist Paper No. 51 on February 6, 1788 (which was based on the genius of Baron Montesquieu):

    “To what expedient, then, shall we finally resort, for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the Constitution? The only answer that can be given is, that as all these exterior provisions are found to be inadequate, the defect must be supplied, by so contriving the interior structure of the government as that its several constituent parts may, by their mutual relations, be the means of keeping each other in their proper places”(The Federalist No. 51, February 6, 1788).

    Very truly yours,

  60. Your letter is eloquent, thought provoking, and accurately presents the problems related to Obama, the media, the progressives, and other political/government issues. Thanks for sharing it.

  61. freespirit

    February 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

    —————
    You are quite welcome, freespirit. If all this does is offset the negative letters he is most likely receiving from paid Obama/Soros operatives, and the isolation imposed by those like Sally Quinn, the real Mayflower Madam, then it will be worth the effort.

  62. Man-given rights and government gone wild

    Just what we needed ­ another item to add to the ever burgeoning file labeled “Things that can’t possibly be true in America, but are anyway.” Consider this monstrosity:

    Our formerly constitutional government, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, has developed a plan to put observers in the nation’s newsrooms in order to better understand “the process by which stories are selected.”

    Of course, they won’t just “understand” the process; they will most assuredly and dangerously alter it, merely by the implied threat of their presence in the formerly sacrosanct newsroom. Just ask anyone who ever worked for a newspaper in Soviet Russia or Hitler’s Germany or even Chavez’s Venezuela.

    There is a very good reason why we have a First Amendment to the Constitution. The Founding Fathers had experienced directly the chilling effect of a capricious and imperious government on the free exchange of ideas, so they prohibited Congress from making any law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Through the years, this prohibition has been widened by the courts to protect the press from interference by virtually any unit of government, and so it has stood until now ­ a bedrock principle that has generally come to be known as “freedom of the press.”

    But that has given way to “freedom of the government” to do whatever it wants to do. You heard in this column, and in many other forums, the warning that if the federal bureaucracy could force you to buy health insurance today, then there was no longer any meaningful limit on government power. But even I never imagined how quickly the Constitution would erode, nor how little outcry there would be when the president arrogated to himself the power to write and rewrite laws, nor how quickly forgotten would be the abuse of the taxing power of the federal government through the IRS to punish enemies and shape political debate.

    Oh yes, I am aware that a dedicated band of big-government disciples will deny, deflect and disclaim any allegation of a continuous concerted effort to subvert our rights. They will try to paint me as an extremist or a racist or a raving lunatic. It’s OK. I’ve been called worse. And more importantly, calling me names does not make the abuses of power disappear. They are plainly there for anyone to see. Just do a Google search for IRS abuses or Benghazi coverup or Obamacare mandate delays.

    http://www.dailyinterlake.com/opinion/columns/frank/article_dfb62eb0-96b4-11e3-bfd7-001a4bcf887a.html

  63. Look for America to be even dumber in the near future.
    Flexible. Like Obama. Caveat: I have cherry-picked the text displayed in order to satisfy my personal sarcastic tendancies:

    Thomas Edison State College offers flexible, online associate degree in business administration. 2/16/14.
    The new program will allow students to take free open courses, and then apply what they’ve learned by submitting a portfolio of their work or passing standardized exams through the college’s credit-by-exam program, Saylor, or the College Level Examination Program, which is administered by the College Board.
    “Their courses are of a high enough quality that we thought why couldn’t we put them toward a degree if students can show they learned something,”
    While students can sense how much they’re learning by how well they get through questions and exercises, open courses do not offer grades or direct access to faculty.
    It’s by no means an expert with a Ph.D. in a classroom answering questions,” he said. “But the person who designed the course is that someone.”
    http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/02/thomas_edison_state_college_offers_flexible_online_associate_degree_in_business_administration.html

  64. This is typical – create the problem, then come in to save the victims. And in doing so, they can force the family farmers off of the land they have owned for generations. Very Stalinist. Pure evil!
    ====

    “In December 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is known as a “biological opinion” imposing water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to safeguard the federally protected hypomesus transpacificus, a.k.a., the delta smelt. As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento was channelled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched.”

    Read more here:
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/02/califorinia-drought-is-not-about-climate-change-its-about-failed-liberal-policy/

  65. I am outside the Apple and had nothing to do with this, but I do live in the suburbs and this man is much too close for comfort. He scares me.
    ===

    How Communism Work in Streets of NYC: Communist Party USA Announced It Will Slay the Right Wing

    Are you living somewhere outside the Big Apple and yawning at news of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (born Warren Wilhelm) communist background and present Progressive leadership of New York City? Time to stop the yawning. No, you and I did nothing to elect him, but another foot is in the door and it may be the Big Foot.

    Streets going unplowed, trash piling up, schools open when they should have been closed. Blaming weathermen for his failures. None of this should be a surprise, he’s a communist ideologue, not a competent manager.

    He doesn’t care about managing a city. His mind is filled with other things, like schemes to redistribute wealth, destroy charter schools, give sanctuary to illegal aliens, enrich his rich friends while destroying businesses, and neuter the police force. Source: The Lonely Conservative

    http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2014/02/how-communism-work-in-streets-of-nyc-communist-party-usa-announced-it-will-slay-the-right-wing/

  66. Damn straight, Foxy.

    From link you posted above:
    ___________

    (snip)

    The First Lady flew in late yesterday to the ridiculously in-your-face show of wealth on the tarmac. According to the New York Post, the airport was shut down for security reasons and some private jet setters were just PISSED

    (snip)

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/02/15/michelle-obama-shuts-down-aspen-airport-jets-barack-obama/#ixzz2tXVHE12

    ______________

    Article goes on to say that some of the people pissed about the Queen Bee closing down the airport were Obama supporters. Of course they were. The people who party in Aspen are mega-wealthy, a lot of them are from Hollywood, the home of more Obamanuts than any other place in the country. I hope they all were steamed about MO. As for the rest of us, I don’t give a damn if she shuts down the Aspen Airport or the entire beach in Maui. I just want her to pay for her own f**king trips – including the salaries and transportation of the Secret Service agents who had to accompany her ass. It’s amazing to me that the Obama’s and their wealthy progressive supporters are always talking about economic justice. Hell, they need to just stay at home and give the money saved to those who fall below the poverty level. That’s all it would take. Skip a trip or two, and give the money to the victims of so-called “economic injustice”.

  67. This article from Daily Beast says the pundits who doubt Hillary can win the nomination, and those like Krystal Ball, who think she shouldn’t run have it wrong.

    _______________

    02.18.14
    “Yes, Pundits, Hillary Has the 2016 Nomination in the Bag”

    “Unable to tolerate the idea of a one-woman race, political pundits are pretending Hillary Clinton isn’t the inevitable 2016 Democratic nominee. They couldn’t be more wrong.

    Handicappers in the presidential race abhor the opposite of a vacuum—a campaign two years out where one candidate seems to blot out the entire field. Thus a mini-chorus now rises, and may swell, questioning Hillary Clinton’s apparent lock on the 2016 Democratic nomination. It’s a predictable reflex, but in cold, hard reality, logic suggests that the lock is authentic, not just apparent. And in modern history, or virtually all American history, Hillary’s inevitability is unprecedented for a non-incumbent.

    First, the logic. Who can seriously challenge her march toward a closing night acceptance speech at the next Democratic convention?

    With a deft touch of humor more enjoyable than enlightening, Matt Bai suggests that Hillary is “no more likely to clear the Democratic field and avoid a primary … than Dennis Rodman is to become her Secretary of State.” Her fundraising advantages and her strength among “party regulars” make “her vulnerable to another grassroots challenge.”

    But history doesn’t metronomically repeat itself. There is no Barack Obama waiting in the wings this time—and the last time, he wasn’t exactly in the wings. He had captured the party’s  attention and admiration from the moment he commanded the national spotlight with a stunning keynote speech at the 2004 convention. It’s utter mythology that he came out of nowhere in 2007; some of the smartest Democrats, including Clinton loyalists like Greg Craig, who had defended the president during impeachment proceedings, signed on with Obama early on.
    MSNBC’s Krystal Ball has her version of the 2016 Obama, and argues that Hillary shouldn’t run because the “moment” calls for someone like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, someone “clearly passionate, living and breathing and feeling … the plight of the worker, the middle class.” Hillary, Ball asserts, can’t do that because she was once on the board of Walmart and recently accepted speaking fees from Goldman Sachs. That attack, if an opponent advanced it, could and would be swiftly confounded by the Hillary who, in the penultimate primaries of 2008, in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio, emerged as a powerful, persuasive tribune of blue-collar and middle-class Americans.

    Of course, there is another slight problem with the Warren option: She’s joined all the other Democratic women senators in signing a letter urging Hillary to run. Warren will probably be out there all right—stumping for Hillary, not against her.

    But let’s not stop here. Where would a grassroots challenger find the resources to mount a credible campaign? Obama relied heavily on the Internet. And Hillary’s commanding position among big givers shouldn’t obscure a decisive truth: the fundraising prowess of her own yet-undeclared campaign, and of outside groups like Ready for Hillary, is not the driver of her dominance, but a reflection of it. Most small donors on the Internet and social media are likely to flock to her. In the latest Washington Post/ABC poll, she has a six-to-one lead among Democrats. That is replicated in survey after survey. Women voters overwhelmingly support her, with younger women adamantly for her. So are the young in general—and Democratic men as well.

    Hillary also defeats every Republican by at least eight points in the new McClatchy-Marist numbers —and trounces Chris Christie, once the most electable Republican, whose ratings have fallen off the George Washington Bridge, by 21 points. This matters deeply to Democrats; most of them bear no resemblance to the Tea Party purists who crave kamikaze candidates like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. Democrats are intent on holding the White House for 12 or 16 years because so much hangs in the balance, from economic fairness and Obamacare to the cause of climate change and the make-up of the Supreme Court.

    The other current pundit staple is that maybe Hillary won’t run. Don’t bet on it. If she sat out 2016, the odds on favorite would probably be another veteran of the primary gauntlet, Vice President Joe Biden. But he’s a good guy, maybe the most effective Veep ever, and he doesn’t deserve a bad political ending.  When Hillary enters the contest—she will as long as she’s healthy, and despite empty rumors there’s no reason to doubt that—I hope Biden doesn’t run and I believe he won’t. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo can’t; he would lose his and her own state to Hillary and he would be gone before the primaries ever got there. His financial base prefers her. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley would struggle financially too, and would lose early on. Maybe he’ll jump in anyway, in hopes of a vice presidential nod.

    I wouldn’t recommend it, but there’s no accounting for miscalculation. Howard Dean could declare—in the end, he won’t— or former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer could campaign on a pro-gun platform. At most, each could play a bit part before being dispatched forthwith.

    Historically we have seen nothing quite like this; if not never,  then hardly ever. In 2000, Al Gore became the only non-incumbent to win every primary and caucus; but he nearly lost New Hampshire to Bill Bradley, which would have consigned Gore to a long slog to the nomination. In 2004, John Kerry nearly duplicated Gore’s feat, but he had been utterly written off before his surprising upset victory in Iowa.
    (snip)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/17/yes-pundits-hillary-has-the-2016-nomination-in-the-bag.html

  68. More brute force planned.
    House Dems to use longshot tactic to force votes, tarnish GOP in midterms

    a “discharge petition. snip would require the minority party, in this case Democrats, to persuade roughly two dozen Republicans to defy their leadership and join Democrats in forcing a vote on setting the federal minimum wage at $10.10 an hour.
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said fellow chamber Democrats will push the issue when Congress returns from its break Feb. 24.
    The attempt to force a vote on a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws could occur in a few months.
    Democrats think that a majority of Americans support both issues and that attempting to use the discharge petition will at least portray House Republicans as the obstacle to their success.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/17/house-dems-to-use-longshot-tactic-to-force-votes-tarnish-gop-in-midterms/

  69. freespirit February 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for that article, very well written and a very good read – good enough to have posted the entire article (why did you snip off the end? Was it to save Shadowfax the pain of reading a little history?). Anyway, here’s the end of the article, starting from the second-to-last line of what you posted:

    Historically we have seen nothing quite like this; if not never, then hardly ever. In 2000, Al Gore became the only non-incumbent to win every primary and caucus; but he nearly lost New Hampshire to Bill Bradley, which would have consigned Gore to a long slog to the nomination. In 2004, John Kerry nearly duplicated Gore’s feat, but he had been utterly written off before his surprising upset victory in Iowa.

    In the distant past, two non-incumbents sauntered to nomination because they were imposed by their immensely popular immediate predecessors: Martin Van Buren by Andrew Jackson at the second Democratic convention ever held in 1836, and William Howard Taft by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908—although Taft had lost two of the four first ever Republican primaries. William Jennings Bryan won the Democratic nomination unanimously in 1900 after his opponent, Admiral George Dewey, the Spanish-American war hero, repeatedly tripped over his own tongue and was out of the race two months before the convention.

    It was another war hero, Ulysses Grant in 1868, whose situation most closely parallels Hillary’s. His predecessor in the White House, who had barely avoided conviction in an impeachment trial, didn’t and couldn’t impose any candidate on the Republican Party. On the strength of his own position, Grant prevailed unopposed. In this very different era, 2016 may see other names on Democratic primary ballots, but they will prove to be tokens, not threats.

    The last refuge of the Hillary doubters is that she won’t learn from the past and will repeat the mistakes of 2008. It’s a telling admission that the only person who can defeat or dent Hillary Clinton on the road to her nomination is Hillary Clinton. But as I’ve already noted, she was a changed and far better candidate by the end of her contest with Obama. In 2016, her message won’t center on her experience—that will speak for itself. It won’t be a call to restore the Clinton years or merely continue the Obama years. Obviously she won’t run against the Obama record, but for something beyond it. She’s smart, and she knows she has to offer a vision for the future. And her tempered tone now is exactly right: she shouldn’t be setting out that vision in the off-season, but when the country rather than the political class actually turns its eyes and ears to the campaign. (In fact, that’s what Bill Clinton did in a series of big picture speeches in 1991.)

    Nor will Hillary repeat the tactical blunders, disarray and mismanagement of her previous presidential effort. She will rely on both newer, younger people and the best of her past political advisors like Harold Ickes and pollster Geoff Garin, who came on and became a guiding strategic force in the later stage of 2008, when she was steadily gaining ground. Ready for Hillary has already recruited top Obama organizers who have mastered 21st century ways to communicate, micro-target, and turn out voters. Finally, surprise of surprises, Bill Clinton will confound the skeptics: he will play an invaluable supporting role, a plainly influential but subordinate one. He is a great campaigner, the best in a generation, who won’t freelance his own alternative campaign.

    There is criticism that all the talk of inevitability hurts Hillary. But Hillary and those who are close to her have never suggested publicly that she’s inevitable. Out in Iowa, and then in New Hampshire, she will insist over and over, as she should, that she is taking no vote for granted. She hasn’t even said she’s running yet, although she is. And all this is just the way things are. Operatives and observers can’t help noticing it and writing and broadcasting it—and there are journalists who, well, inevitably push back against it. That’s in their occupational DNA.

    The Republicans know it too. From contorted Benghazi conspiracy theories to Rand Paul’s babble about Monica Lewinsky, they are attacking Hillary fiercely because they fear her most. And they should be very, very afraid.

    Ulysses Grant was a long time ago; today Hillary Clinton is in all but unique situation in our presidential politics. No, Dennis Rodman won’t be anybody’s Secretary of State. But Hillary will win the 2016 Democratic nomination. Maybe, more than maybe, she already has.

  70. Happy Presidents’ Day
    ==

    On Presidents Day – Jefferson Remembers Washington 14 Years After His Death; the Kentucky All State Choir Sings the National Anthem

    On Presidents Day, we remember all those who “faithfully” honored their oath to “execute the office of President of the United States” and to the “best of their ability” strove to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    We especially honor George Washington, the greatest of our presidents, the father of our country, whose birthday we celebrate later this week. He was, in the words of his eulogist, Henry Lee, “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Because he loved his country far more than its government, “a new nation, conceived in liberty,” was born.

    In the following excerpt Thomas Jefferson, perhaps our most brilliant president, remembered Washington fourteen years after his death, in a letter of January 2, 1814, to Dr. Walter Jones.

    “. . . I think I knew General Washington intimately and thoroughly; and were I called on to delineate his character, it should be in terms like these.

    Continued: http://www.sunlituplands.org/2014/02/on-presidents-day-jefferson-remembers.html

  71. Leanora
    February 17, 2014 at 7:34 am
    Happy Presidents’ Day
    ———————
    Om at least two points, thank you for the link. It reinforces what I heard historians say about Washington in a 2003 documentary entitled “George Washington’s First War,” produced by Palladin.
    And it gives plausible credit to those responsible for singing our national anthem at the Hyatt.

  72. You’re right, Jesw, the rest of that article deserved posting, especially the last line. I just have a hang-up about posting an entire article, probably because doing so was strongly frowned upon at a HRC forum I was a member of in 2008. Guess it stuck. lol

    Re: reproductive rights. I don’t want to incite an argument. At Big Pink, we disagree about some issues, and agree on others. Plus, that horse – more dead at some times than at others – has been beaten more times than any of us can count. But, I would like to say that I view a woman’s right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy as a major part of “women’s rights”. I don’t think most people who support the right to choose think of it as “abortion rights”. Hillary said it best when she said abortion should be ‘safe, legal, and rare”. There are some instances when early term abortion is the best course of action. Regarding late term abortion, I do think that should be available only in case of certain very extreme cases.

    The thought of a government officials – predominately male – dictating what a woman can or can’t do with her own body is intolerable. Of course, the male dominated congress has not chosen to legislate any laws or restrictions regarding the male reproductive system. Oh well, my bad, they did finally decided in 2003 that Medicaid could not purchase limp penis drugs. Maybe they would be less interested in restricting women’s reproductive rights if women demanded that they also pass legislation that would mandate vasectomies for dead beat Dads, or chemical castration for male sexual predators, especially pedophiles.

  73. Here’s an article from “Townhall Finance” claiming that the challenger to HRC in 2016 will be Rand Paul, and that the two are the only ones who offer a transformational rationale that is, according to him (Ralph Benko) a necessity now that peace, prosperity and human rights are breaking out all over.

    From a purely political viewpoint, I view Paul as a kamikaze candidate for the R party. This author sees him as a viable alternative to the left, concluding with:

    “Paul vs. Clinton: liberal republicanism vs. social democracy”

    An interesting read. I must say, I was attracted to Ron Paul in his 2008 campaign. Maybe his son is not as much of a crackpot as I thought?

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/ralphbenko/2014/02/17/rand-paul-vs-hillary-clinton-a-radically-transformational-presidential-election-fighting-over-peace-and-prosperity-n1795985

  74. freespirit February 17, 2014 at 8:59 am
    … the rest of that article deserved posting, especially the last line.

    No, for me, the last line is just a restatement of the general thesis, which I admit is very appealing; but what I think we at Big Pink should mull over more intensely is this statement:

    “Obviously she won’t run against the Obama record, but for something beyond it. She’s smart, and she knows she has to offer a vision for the future.”

    I had a little run-in with admin a few weeks ago, saying that we can’t count on HRC to “pummel” Obama’s policies both domestic and foreign. I am dead certain, as is the author of that article, that she will do nothing of the sort. It’s not in her DNA, and furthermore it would be political suicide.

    Our thirst to see Hillary distinguish herself from Obama should be quenched when we know that general election voters in Florida would choose Hillary over home sons Bush or Rubio, while at the same time Obama’s ratings are about as low as they could be in Florida. So, for Florida voters – and I contend for the electorate in general – there is already a lot of daylight between Hillary and Obama.

    I still wonder, of course, what HRC’s “vision for the future” is going to look like. I’ve said in the past that she can’t go into 2016 ignoring healthcare, and this hinges mainly on the success or failure of Obamacare and what is to be done about it. The article’s author also points to this saying:

    “Democrats are intent on holding the White House for 12 or 16 years because so much hangs in the balance, from economic fairness and Obamacare to the cause of climate change and the make-up of the Supreme Court.”

    This is what I liked the most about that closely reasoned article – it swept aside the cares of today’s pundits and put forward what was at stake for Hillary and the country.

  75. http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/lech-walesa-obama-leadership-disappointment/2014/02/16/id/553062

    Lech Walesa: Obama ‘Wasn’t Ready’ to Be a World Leader

    Anti-communist crusader and former president of Poland Lech Walesa tells Newsmax that of all the national leaders currently on the world stage, the one who has “disillusioned” him the most is President Barack Obama.

    Walesa also asserts that Obama “wasn’t ready” to take on the task of leading the world’s most dominant superpower.

    And he calls for reforms at the United Nations so the world body can help fill the vacuum left by the United States’ failure of leadership under Obama.

    Story continues below video.

    Walesa played a key role in freeing Eastern Europe from the clutches of Soviet communism and ultimately in the breakup of the U.S.S.R.

    In 1980, he co-founded Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union. Later in that decade he helped form the first non-communist government in the Soviet bloc, beginning the downfall of communism in Europe.

    Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as Poland’s president from 1990 to 1995. Today he heads the Lech Walesa Institute, which is dedicated to democratization and his personal legacy.

    In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Newsmax, Walesa discusses Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, and more.

    As for his views on Obama, Walesa declares: “Personally, I feel that two politicians disillusioned me the most — myself and President Obama. I prefer to skip talking about myself, but let’s discuss why Obama has been such a disappointment.

    “When he was elected, everyone hoped and expected that he would reform not only the United States but also the rest of the world. But he failed to implement any constructive reforms. Moreover, it seems like perhaps he doesn’t even care if America is still perceived as the superpower it once was.”

    He added, with tongue slightly in cheek: “If that’s the case and if the U.S. doesn’t really want to be a superpower anymore, I’d say let Poland take over that leadership and we’d take care of the rest. I promise you, we’d know what to do.”

    Asked if the world has lost faith in the United States as the lone superpower and world policeman, Walesa responds: “The United States still holds the military leadership in the world, no question about it. But economically, I think you’re much weaker. Most importantly, I think the United States no longer leads the world morally and politically. They lost that power after getting involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    “So it’s unsettling not to have the same world leadership anymore. We’re quite fortunate we haven’t faced any major international crisis so far, because who would defend us?

    “We need a better organization to protect us, should those dangerous times ever come. And the responsibility of the United States as a superpower is to create those programs and solutions that would make the world a safer place. That doesn’t mean to finance them but rather to use brainpower to initiate them and move them forward.”

    When Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, Walesa questioned that maybe it was too soon for him to win the award and it was perhaps undeserved. Asked if Obama has done anything to change his mind about the president’s contribution to world peace, Walesa tells Newsmax: “He’s a very talented president. But his problem is that he wasn’t committed in his mind to leading a superpower.

    “Despite his intelligence and ability to govern, he wasn’t ready to take on this big task. And that’s a shame, frankly, because out of everyone before him, he had the best opportunity to reshape things.

    “But who knows? Maybe there is still a chance that he will suddenly snap out of it and change his way of thinking.”

    snip

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

    Hillary has lots of reasons, including Ocare, for distancing herself from O…starting with probably unlimited frustration she has heard from the world during her travels about the ineffectual and MIA prez O…

  76. “Hillary has lots of reasons, including Ocare, for distancing herself from O…”

    Sure, but I don’t think she has to take any deliberate steps in that direction.

    Not even her Republican critics are trying to equate her with Obama. They’re taking her as the separate entity that she is.

    And I think that’s the way the American electorate will take things going into 2016. Hate her or not, they know she will fight and deliver. That makes all the difference in the world from Obama, who made a big thing about how much people liked him across the board, but never got down in the trenches and fought for anything smart.

    I don’t think Hillary has to worry about Obama or his wilting base. She’s her own woman and people know that, like her or not.

  77. O and the dims…their current position is to try to “minimize” problems with Ocare…or more honestly, ‘continue to try to fool the people that this mess is working…

    broken promises from O and the party that they could keep their insurance and millions of plans cancelled

    increased costs for Ocare policies and outrageous deductibles that almost make the policies useless

    favoritism for waivers for political allies and screw the rest of us…

    forcing people to have policies that cost more because of coverage they do not want

    increased penalties, especially high increases by 2015-16 for not enslaving oneself to Ocare…just wait until the “kids” see that how high that penalty “for life” by then …especially young people with no jobs or low paying jobs…

    scarcity of doctors and little access to the best hospitals and health care

    rural areas lacking not only doctors but the basics for health care

    more and more doctors refusing medicade/care and joing elite boutiques for the wealthy

    being forced onto medicare/medicade

    Ocare wreaks of corruption…

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

    just a sliver of the climate Hillary will be facing because of Ocare…she will have no choice … defend or distance

    the dims will be the party holding this card…and whoever gets the nomination will have to either explain or distance themselves for the damage this monstrosity cost and caused…

  78. The United States of Decline

    America unravels at an increasingly dizzying pace.

    By Deroy Murdock

    America is unraveling at a stunning speed and to a staggering degree. This decline is breathtaking, and the prognosis is dim.

    For starters, Obama now rules by decree. Reportedly for the 27th time, he has changed the rules of Obamacare singlehandedly, with neither congressional approval nor even ceremonial resolutions to limit his actions. Obama needs no such frivolities.

    “That’s the good thing about being president,” Obama joked on February 10. “I can do whatever I want.” In an especially bitter irony, Obama uttered these despicable words while guiding French president François Hollande through Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson ­ a key architect of America’s foundation of limited government.

    That very day, Obama decreed that the Obamacare mandate for employers with 50 to 99 workers would be postponed until 2016 (beyond an earlier extension to 2015), well past the November 2014 midterm elections. This eases the pressure on Democrats, whose campaigns would suffer if voters saw their company health plans canceled due to Obamacare’s unnecessary, expensive, mandatory benefits ­ e.g. maternity coverage for men.

    So, by fiat, Obama has postponed the employer mandate. When Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) effectively tried to do this through legislation last fall, Democrats virtually lassoed and branded him.

    Also by decree last week, Obama decided unilaterally to soften political-asylum rules. Refugees and other immigrants who provide terrorists “limited material support” now can come to America. So what if someone merely clothed and fed Mohamed Atta or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? After all, garments and meals don’t blow up. Welcome to America, Mustafa!

    More @ http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2014/02/nro-united-states-of-decline-america.html

  79. Blogs for Hillary has this from Chicago Now blog:

    “Hillary Clinton Next President of the United States because. . .”
    _________________

    ChicagoNow (blog)

    “Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States. The campaign has begun as the darts are being thrown. It doesn’t matter. She will win the race. It will be historic for more reasons than one. She has paid her dues as a political candidate …”

    http://blogsforhillary.com/2014/02/17/hillary-clinton-next-president-of-the-united-states-because-chicagonow-blog/

  80. Freepirit: the man I am writing to is an intellectual heavy weight, and an honest man. Therefore, the first draft I wrote a couple nights ago will not do. Here is the twentieth draft. It goes out to him tomorrow:

    ———————-
    The Imperial Presidency

    Dear Professor Turley,

    I have been a lawyer for nearly forty years. I have had an interest in politics since I was a child. I became a Reagan Republican because of his love of this country, and his commitment to the Constitution. When the Bush family succeeded him, and began abandoning those principles in favor of business interests, I abandoned the party. By the end of his son’s term, the need for political change was compelling. The question was to whom should we turn?

    When I examined Hillary’s resume, in particular her service in the Senate, the choice became obvious. If we wanted the country as a whole to get back on the right track where all boats would rise with the tide, then she had the experience and policy initiatives to achieve that. On the other hand, if we wanted bread, circuses and failure of a different kind, then the charismatic, radical chic and inexperienced Barack Obama was “The One”. Consequently, I campaigned for Hillary in four (4) states, in the 2008 primary, i.e. Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia, on my own nickel. We prevailed in those states. But the election went the other way, for reasons which are beyond the scope of this letter

    In the course of that campaign, I studied Mr. Obama in earnest. My objective was to stop him, because I knew at the time, as I do now, that he would be no good for the country. In the process, I formed an opinion about him which has proven to be not only accurate but uncanny. This was no gift however. It was a burden. I began to worry for the country. I warned people. But I suffered from curse of Cassandra—able to see the future; unable to convince others. At that time, we were in the throes of mainstream media induced euphoria. The Kingdom of God was at hand. Contrarian opinion was vilified as racism. His approval rating rose to 70%. The only word I can find to describe that moment in time is surreal.

    For the past five (5) years, and through three successive elections, mainstream media has perpetuated this myth, to the detriment of the nation and their own journalistic integrity. How? By treating Mr. Obama like a grand eminence; by burying his scandals; and by not holding him accountable for his negative job performance, as they would any other president. Hell, even in the 2012 election debates, the CNN moderator could not resist the urge to cheat in order to help him win. Across the nation there is widespread opposition to his policies. But you would never know it from the tenor of their coverage. They follow the advice of the newspaper editor in the classic John Ford western: “When myth and facts collide, print the myth”.

    Their motive is immaterial. The fact that they did this to the country is all I need to know. But others that I respect, like you, wonder why they continue to embrace him the way they do. Therefore, I will respond. At this point, it has little to do with magic thinking, or even the threat that they will be labeled racist by the daily Kooks. Nor is it simply their mercenary desire for access and influence. I believe it has far more to do with their initial decision to promote him to the country and the world as a symbol that this nation is committed to racial equality, and that the civil rights movement has broken the glass ceiling.

    Therefore, he is free to fail the American People– but he must not be “seen” as failing.

    Mr. Obama understands this symbolism to a fare thee well, and he exploits it to his own advantage. He knows that mainstream media helped install him, and can ill afford to turn on him now, regardless of what he does to the country. They are trapped and he knows it. In 2008, a friend of mine told me he wanted to vote for Obama because he was black. And I told him, caveat emptor. Before you do so, you must make sure he is the right black president, because if he is wrong, then you are playing with political dynamite and woe betide the nation. I then asked him what he saw in Obama’s sparse resume that warranted that confidence. Mind you I am not attempting to re-litigate the issue. I am merely suggesting that we cannot rely on mainstream media to preserve the Constitutional order against his assaults. They are too conflicted to do so. And, they will continue to carry his water.

    Apropos of that, at the beginning of this year, the Associate Editor of Washington Post told us that we should all be happy because under President Obama, we have peace and prosperity. To my knowledge, this man is neither blind nor stupid. Therefore, I must assume that his words were nothing more and nothing less than a statement of continuing fealty by him and his newspaper to Mr. Obama. The only problem was he did not speak the truth.

    The truth is under this president we have neither the peace nor the prosperity this luminary imagines. Consider the evidence. When 2 out of 5 Americans of working age are not working we have a problem, and that problem has grown worse under his presidency as a direct result of the policies he has pursued. And when our army is bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Taliban is winning, and American soldiers continue to die, can we honestly say that we are at peace?

    But that is not all:

    Under this president, there is an ominous pattern consisting of i)an arbitrary and intrusive executive, ii) inextinguishable debt, and iii) a series of initiatives which subvert the institutions of republican government and representative democracy. This may be acceptable—or tolerable to the Washington cognoscenti, who profit economically, professionally and politically from the expansion of the federal government. To the rest of us however it is repugnant and intolerable.

    You are a self described progressive, who voted for Obama and supports many of his policies. I am none of those. That is immaterial because on subjects of this nature, reasonable minds can differ. But the one thing I believe you and I can agree on is that the means Obama is turning to now to implement those policies– namely by executive fiat and over the strenuous objections of Congress and the American People, violates the Constitution, and places in peril a system of ordered liberty which has brought freedom and prosperity to generations of Americans. As such, those actions present a clear and present danger to all of us.

    The progressive community as a whole will be receptive to Obama’s expansion of executive powers –this cutting a road through the law to get at the Devil, and the transmogrification of our political system which that will entail. They have convinced themselves that he is the Messiah, and that destiny, demographics, and global consciousness are on their side. They are not the first to harbor such illusions. What they fail to realize are the unintended consequences of dismantling the existing system in order to build a new system nearer their hearts desire. Perhaps, the best response to their hubris is the one provided by Sir Thomas More when his son-in-law Roper proposed a similar course of action:

    SIR THOMAS MORE: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

    ROPER: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    MORE: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

    In your testimony before Congress and subsequent appearances on television, you sounded the alarm in a clear, cogent and convincing manner. In so doing, you posed a series of questions which should give pause to any thinking progressive. Questions such as: What has become of the candidate of hope and change–or, why Lord Obama hast thou forsaken me? Why have the designated watchdogs of our system—mainstream media, the Courts, and Congress (whose powers are being usurped) failed to speak out? And, will this expansion of executive power open the door to authoritarianism now or in the future?

    Ironically, I considered those very questions several years ago in a series of papers written for my own amusement. In one of them, I endeavored to analyze Obama’s mindset, agenda, support network and the corruption of mainstream media. Some of this has been traversed by partisans already, but the mindset piece has not been widely considered. It is important to do so, because therein lies real key to how far he will push the envelope during balance of his term. On that subject, the insights of world renowned expert Dr. Vaknin about Obama are probative. His recent comment “I can do anything I want” is probative as well.

    The other paper analyzed his sustained assault on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, article by article and amendment by amendment. This too is important because it shows, that contrary to his professed commitment to civil liberties, he has ventured well beyond Bush 43 to “get control of the people”. The Dean of the House, John Dingell (D-MI) let the cat out of the bag on that one.

    In writing these papers, I was compelled to look beyond the tripe of mainstream media. If I learned anything at all in the 2008 primary, it was that mainstream media is no friend to the American People. They would rather manipulate them like lab rats to a result the media desires, than give them all the facts and allow them to make their own decision. I can think of no better example than the time they openly conspired Obama’s campaign manager Axelrod to drive Hillary out of the race. On the eve of the South Dakota primary, when the delegate count was close, at the direction of Axelrod, mainstream media operatives twisted the words Hillary used in an interview to make it appear that she hoped Obama would be assassinated. This was one of many examples. And I have the proof. And, as you might expect by now, I wrote another paper on just that.

    Today, they behave like courtiers in a medieval court, as Glenn Greenwald has accurately observed. They openly declare that are “insiders” in the Obama Administration; they parrot talking points fed to them by the White House—12 emails per day at one point; they attack Obama’s political opponents; they freely admit that their role is to “make Obama successful”; and they tolerate his efforts to criminalize investigative journalism. It is incestuous literally and figuratively. Many of them are related to people in the Administration by blood or marriage. With few exceptions, they have traded the ethical cannons of their profession for the rosier lights of celebrity, access and influence. As a result, they have lost all credibility with many Americans, to the benefit of FOX News. How different it was 40 years ago, when Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America.

    Turning from the ridiculous to the sublime, one of the many excellent points raised in your testimony was the relative passivity of the courts in this context. My understanding is that they have chosen to treat the expansion of executive power in derogation of the Constitution as a non-justiciable political question, to be resolved either at the ballot box or through impeachment.

    If that is the case, then this is counter intuitive. Why? Because questions of this nature are unique. They go to the architecture of our government, and the rights reserved to the People and their duly elected representatives. As such, they are and ought to be the sole province of Article III Courts, who are the designated guardians of the Constitution. By contrast, they do not lend themselves to proper resolution at the ballot box where competing issues are in play. Nor should they be settled through the destabilizing process of impeachment under the color of high crimes and misdemeanors. This is an abdication of the judicial function.

    In the alternative, the Supreme Court would do well to reflect upon what James Madison, the author of the Constitution, and our greatest lawyer said on the subject, namely that it is incumbent upon each branch, i.e. legislative, executive and judicial, to keep the other branches in their proper places:

    “To what expedient, then, shall we finally resort, for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the Constitution? The only answer that can be given is, that as all these exterior provisions are found to be inadequate, the defect must be supplied, by so contriving the interior structure of the government as that its several constituent parts may, by their mutual relations, be the means of keeping each other in their proper places”.(The Federalist No. 51, February 6, 1788).

    In closing, it is reasonable to assume that the in the days ahead, the plot will thicken. Obama will feel compelled to accomplish all that he was put in office to do, while the days for doing so grow short, and the opposing party regains political strength and legislative power. He will find other ways to destabilize the system. Experience has shown that we cannot rely on mainstream media to accurately inform the public much less to stop him. Therefore, I pray that people in your position, who are not motivated by crass partisanship, but what is true and adorable, will have the courage to speak and the podium to be heard. At this moment in our nation’s history, we need more than one Paul Revere to awaken a slumbering population that is too easily bamboozled.

    Good Luck and Godspeed,

  81. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/17/romney-keep-focus-on-hillarys-record-at-state/

    Romney: Keep focus on Hillary’s record at State

    Should Republicans rehash the Monica Lewinsky scandal if Hillary Clinton bids to win the 2016 Democratic nomination for President, or will that distract from efforts to hold her accountable for her own record? [snip]

    Rand Paul justified his focus on Lewinsky on an earlier show, putting it in the context of the Democrats’ “war on women” and the lack of media outrage over Bill Clinton’s behavior: [snip]

    I have no illusions in determining which person would win with conservatives outside the context of this argument. In this case, though, the establishment, Northeastern, Massachusetts Republican with two losing bids for President is correct.

    This was a losing argument for Republicans when Bill Clinton was on the ticket himself, in 1992, 1996, and a final time in 1998′s midterms that was defined by the Lewinsky affair and the GOP reaction to it. The “bimbo eruptions” started early in 1992, but the carefully-prepared Clintons disarmed it in a 60 Minutes interview, and went on to win a three-way race for the presidency. The 1996 election was mostly a replay with a weaker Republican challenger. By 1998, the Lewinsky affair had exploded onto the national scene, and Republicans impeached Clinton in the House while failing to remove him in the Senate for perjury and obstruction in a related lawsuit. But instead of gaining seats in Congress, as the opposition party almost always does against a President in sixth-year midterms, Republicans made no gains in the Senate and lost a handful of seats in the House.

    The desire to relitigate 1998 to go back and win this argument is understandable, but it’s futile. At least at the time it had the virtue of relevance, to both the time and the person. In this case it’s irrelevant to both, unless we want to blame Hillary for her husband’s philandering. If Paul thinks that will help Republicans win the PR battle in “the war on women,” he’s going to find himself sadly mistaken. Most voters won’t even remember 1998 by the time 2016 rolls around, and those that do may be looking back fondly on the era’s economics rather than worry about its ethics. That’s not the kind of nostalgia that’s going to win Republican votes.

  82. HotAir has several articles about Monica, Bill, Rand Paul, etc. There is considerable agreement among many with us that it is a loser argument for Republicans even if it temporarily helps Rand Paul personally.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/17/quotes-of-the-day-1648/

    A column from the Chicago Tribune:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-rand-paul-on-clinton-and-lewinsky-20140217,0,5151843.column

    When Republicans use Bill Clinton’s sex scandal to raise doubts about the wisdom of electing Hillary Clinton president, they are displaying the tone-deafness that helped lose them the last two presidential elections. Rand Paul accused the former president of “predatory” behavior in having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.

    Maybe Clinton did behave in a disgraceful manner. But the fact is, the country went through months of acrimonious debate about his conduct and decided he should stay in office.

    During that time, Clinton’s approval ratings actually rose, while those of congressional Republicans fell sharply. And the First Lady won widespread sympathy and admiration for her determination to preserve her marriage.

    So if Paul wants to talk about Monica Lewinsky, Democrats stand to gain. This sort of attack is bound to backfire, for three obvious reasons.

    First is that it unfairly impugns Hillary Clinton for her husband’s flaws. Second is that it suggests a moralistic GOP preoccupation with matters sexual. Third is that it will strike most younger voters, who have dim or no memories of the scandal, as thunderously irrelevant to the issues of 2016.

    It’s a losing gambit. But that doesn’t mean we’ve heard the last of it from Paul or his fellow Republicans.

  83. National Journal:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/why-lewinsky-shouldn-t-be-a-gop-talking-point-20140216

    Here’s the problem: While Clinton bashing may be a good pre-primary tactic, it’s a lousy politics for the Republican Party in general. We know that because Clinton registered the highest approval ratings of his presidency during the period between the January 1998 exposure of his affair and February 1999, when the Senate voted to acquit him…

    Elections are about the future. The GOP is harping on the past. Romney seem to acknowledge the problem when he said Sunday, “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president.”

  84. We are loathe to quote from Slate, but this makes sense:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/02/monica_lewinsky_and_hillary_clinton_s_marriage_bill_clinton_s_scandal_isn.html

    Mostly, though, going down this road conveys the feeling that Republicans are obsessed. The verdict the country rendered during the Clinton impeachment trial was that the obsession had gotten in the way of reason. In the elections of 1998, which Republicans tried to make a referendum on Clinton’s morality, Democrats lost no ground in the Senate and picked up five seats in the House—a historic aberration. It was the first time since 1822 that the nonpresidential party had failed to gain seats in the mid-term election of a president’s second term…

    Sen. Rand Paul, who hopes to run for president, has talked the most about Bill Clinton as a “sexual predator.” Perhaps it’s a bid to show evangelicals in the Republican Party that he shares their moral code. But throwing “red meat” to evangelical voters feels awfully 1996—a conventional and tiny approach to coalition building when held up against Paul’s larger sweeping promises of creating a futuristic new coalition that attracts Millennials, conservatives, and libertarians…

  85. What’s with Megyn Kelly having a segment almost nighttly now drip, drip, drip attacking Hillary. And here I used to think that Megyn was a decent reporter and going to be fair and balanced. Guess we see her stripes. She had some gal on from the FREE BEACON tonight spewing at the Clintons. They sent someone down to the University of Arkansas to try to dig up dirt on Hillary and found the papers from her friend from 20 years ago. Lanny Davis was on tonight and did a good job of defending Hillary. When Ron’s baby boy Wackadoodle brought this sexual predator stuff up, it opened the flood gates of the Clinton hating neocons.

    I honestly think it takes some of those CLinton haters back 20 plus years to their youth and their rise to fame on the backs of the Clintons. Does it make those Reps and reporters and muck rakers feel like young studs again Like aging sports stars who hit their zenith with their glory days in high school and need to keep reliving it since they have done nothing else in life and are frozen in a moment in time.

    All this fine tooth combing of records in Arkansas by reportere and Reps. from back east surely brings back all the disgusting behavior of the Ken Starr days. Here we go again.

  86. Oops, typos. When I get disgusted with all the attacks of years ago and present reliving them I can’t type straight.

  87. ACTION ALERT!!!

    Correct the Record, part of the American Bridge SuperPAC, is launching the #HRC365 campaign on Twitter. Every day for the next 365 days, they will tweet something about Hillary’s accomplishments. If you are on Twitter, you can follow them at @CorrectRecord. This campaign starts today (Tuesday, Feb. 18). Please follow and retweet!

    You can read more about this campaign at Still4Hill: http://still4hill.com/2014/02/17/correct-the-record-to-tweet-365-days-of-hillary-clintons-accomplishments/

  88. Southern Born
    February 18, 2014 at 1:04 am
    ——————
    I don’t know Southern Born. I do not think it matters one wit to Hillary or to Bill at this point. It is ancient history. Does it rally the Republican base that this point. I seriously doubt it. And people like Bossie are telling them loud and clear leave it alone. And if history shows us anything with Gingrich and his queen for a day successor from the great state of Louisana, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. It is a phony today as this war on women nonsense spewed by the likes of Sandra Fluke, Fluck or whatever her name is. It is a useless distraction. 98% of what we hear from big media involves issues like this and they are pure unadultrated bull shit. Don’t worry about them. As a friend tells me everytime we talk, worry about whether we will have a country in 2016.

  89. OECD: World Tax an Unholy Alliance, Obama Loves It – Requires Global Solution, a Single Global Standard

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Barack Obama have a nasty scheme underway ­ have for quite a while and it may be finally coming together if Obama uses his pen and his phone and bypasses Congress. In 2011, Forbes writer Daniel J. Mitchell (CATO Institute) was attending an OECD meeting in Bermuda. He wrote a post that was subtly hysterical due to the urgent nature of getting his information out. Before getting up-to-date on what’s happening today, look at this warning from Mitchell (2011): (also see a video below by him, very easy to understand and important – he says the OECD is behind the push in the U.S. for a Value Added Tax (VAT) and a tax system similar to that of France)

    SNIP

    But the U.S. president does have a pen and a phone. I hope you watch the video. It’s very clear what’s going on with little attention being paid. Have you heard your Congressman talk about the OECD lately?

    http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2014/02/oecd-world-tax-an-unholy-alliance-tax-evasion-a-global-problem-requires-global-solution/

  90. “OECD is behind the push in the U.S. for a Value Added Tax (VAT) and a tax system similar to that of France”

    Egad! A “tax system similar to that of France” would be crushing – in France, everything is taxed except fresh air, and I’m sure the environmentalists are trying to find some way to tax that too.

    The VAT is a regressive tax – same percentage for everyone regardless of income. The only more regressive tax is a head tax – a lump sum for everyone. They don’t have a head tax in France, but Margaret Thatcher wanted to institute it in England.

    Anyway, the VAT can be made less regressive by varying the percentage on various products depending on their necessity, such as 50% on diamond rings and luxury cars and 5% on food and ready wear clothing.

    Anyway, we already have the VAT in the states. It’s called a “sales tax”. Sales taxes are usually set by state, but the federal government sets sales taxes on things like gasoline; alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

    So the VAT would be nothing new. But a “tax system like that of France”? May the gods help us!

  91. Posted on the chance that some here would be interested in the video here:
    What The FUQ?
    Frequently Unanswered Questions of the Australian Government
    One man’s almost accidental discovery that the “government” of Australia is actually a corporation. Once you let this information sink in… realize that every country with a “central bank” is in the same fraudulent boat.
    http://aboveawhisper.com/documentaries/what-the-fuq

  92. “man’s almost accidental discovery that the “government” of Australia is actually a corporation.”

    So is the District of Columbia, The City of London (Bank of England), The Vatican. The Federal Reserve, of course, is a private corporation too.

    And a lot of village, towns, cities in the US have “articles of incorporation”. “Corporation” is not a play on words, it’s for real, but it’s misleading nonetheless.

    “Wall Street”, however, is not a corporation but a euphemism for a white-collar crime organization and illegal gambling casino.

  93. Southern Born
    February 18, 2014 at 1:04 am

    What’s with Megyn Kelly having a segment almost nighttly now drip, drip, drip attacking Hillary.

    ——

    No one except Greta is fair and balanced on Fox, when it comes to Hillary.

    Megan is no exception.

  94. This is why I think it may not be worth it for Hillary to run. The daily attacks on her (and Bill) from the right, and the progressive attacks on the left begging for anyone (even Biden!!!) to run against her. She really has nothing to prove at this point. I also don’t think she can do that much to repair the standing of America as unfortunately she was an integral part of the team that followed O’s ‘transformation” whether she approved or not.

  95. jbstonesfan February 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, another bad day for you?

    The attacks – the stupid Republicans have nothing else to do but attack somebody else. They still haven’t drawn the lessons of 2012. They need a vision for America that doesn’t use their old refrains and hark back to 50 years ago or more. They have nothing positive to propose, and no viable candidates themselves, so they attack someone who’s not even in office and not running for office either.

    As for the left, everyone’s tired of them. They have no more to propose, either in terms of issues or people, than the Republicans do.

    I’m sure Hillary and her crew are getting a good laugh at all this shit. You don’t have to feel sorry for her.

  96. jesW

    jbstonesfan

    Wow, another bad day for you?

    … I’m sure Hillary and her crew are getting a good laugh at all this shit. You don’t have to feel sorry for her.

    —–

    A big yup to that.

    If Eeyore came on the sight, all full of optimism for anything…I think I would keel over from shock.

  97. Obama to issue executive order on truck fuel standards

    The preisdent just “can’t wait” for Congress to develop new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, so he will do it for them using his power of executive authority.

    Now, isn’t that nice of him?

    Washington Examiner:

    President Obama will again bypass Congress and take executive actions to promote his agenda on Tuesday – this time by ordering the federal government to develop the next round of greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-weight trucks by March 2016.

    Back in Washington from a three-day trip to California, Obama will announce the new executive orders, which the White House said are aimed at curbing climate change, at a Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md.

    In his remarks, Obama plans to call on Congress to take steps to expand fuel choices for American drivers – efforts he will say help “bolster American energy security, cut carbon pollution, save money and support U.S. manufacturing innovation,” the White House said.

    Safeway, a leader in improving trucking efficiency, participates in the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay public-private partnership and has improved the efficiency of its trucking fleet by investing in cleaner, more efficient trucks and trailers.

    During the president’s State of the Union address, he highlighted the role played by American autoworkers in helping make the U.S. a magnet for middle-class jobs and business by creating some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world.

    He is following through on his pledge to build on that success by setting new standards for trucks, so we can “drive down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.”

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/02/obama_to_issue_executive_order_on_truck_fuel_standards.html#ixzz2tiKk4chu

  98. Sorry, it’s been a tough week. At 51 I am beginning to fall apart. 3 herniated discs resulting in chronic lower back pain, had to be screened for glaucoma because of large optic nerve during vision test, 3rd colonoscopy in 10 yrs coming up in two weeks, law practice is getting tougher and tougher as any kids whose parents can pay for law school add another unqualified practitioner to deal with. Besides that, I remain the most optimistic man in America.

  99. Poll: Most Obama Voters Regret Voting for Him

    by
    Bryan Preston

    February 18, 2014 – 12:14 pm

    We told ‘em so.

    Over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for President Obama’s reelection in 2012, according to a new Economist/YouGov.com poll.

    Conducted to test the media hype about a comeback by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the new poll found voters still uninspired by Romney, but also deeply dissatisfied with Obama who has so far failed to capitalize on his victory over 15 months ago.

    In a truly astonishing turn, 100% of Hispanics polled said that they regretted voting for Obama’s re-election. If anyone wonders why the Democrats keep pushing amnesty, there’s your answer.

    I’m not saying that amnesty is the way to lock up the Hispanic vote. It isn’t. But using amnesty to provoke over-reactions among Republicans, which the Democrats/media can use to amp up cries of “racism,” is one of the top moves in the Democrat playbook. Plus, it divides Republicans, as some do adhere to the mistaken belief that amnesty is the way to save the party. Divided opponents are always weaker than united opponents.

    The majority’s buyer’s remorse would, at this point, oust Obama and replace him with Mitt Romney. He would defeat Obama, 55 million to 52 million. That probably says a lot less about Romney than it says about Obama.

    Tell ya what, liberals. Since Obama believes he can re-write laws anytime he wants, how about we re-write election laws and have a snap election, right now, over whether he should keep his job or not. Let’s include a referendum on whether to keep or scuttle Obamacare on the ballot while we’re at it.

    No? Why or why not? Show your work.

    Republicans are being set up nicely by Obama’s record to go for the gold and elect a real conservative. What will they do with this opportunity?

  100. wbboei
    February 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Poll: Most Obama Voters Regret Voting for Him

    ___________

    I was surprised by the numbers in this poll – especially the Hispanic numbers. Maybe voters aren’t as low-information as they have seemed. If this poll is an accurate reflection of the views of American’s who voted for O, maybe there’s hope that MSM is becoming less influential.

  101. Megyn Kelly just had Kathleen Willey, who alledged that Bill Clinton groped her in the Oval Office back in the 1990’s. It had been touted for a few days as a very interesting interview and of course to boost Kelly’s ratings.

    It was so sad. Ms. Willey supposedly had recently had neck surgery. She looked really bad and was just out there spewing at NOT Bill but Hillary.

    After the alledged incident with Bill, supposedly Ms. Willey sent him a few very friendly letters signed, FONDLY. At some point, perhaps later, Ms. Willey claimed she was pregnant by a man she was in a relationship with when she was not and knew she wasn’t. When Megyn asked her about it she said that she was just human, okay. But then she went back to spewing about Hillary.

    Shame on Megyn for bring on poor Ms. Willey for ratings and allowing this woman who may have been on some sort of drugs for neck pain to embarrass herself in such a sad way.

  102. jbstonesfan

    Sorry for your health problems.

    I think you are not alone as far as getting up in age and having real life worries.

    Hope things get better for you soon.

  103. I don’t want to add to anybody’s woes, but here is another example of a lame “conservative” trying to talk Democrats out of presenting Hillary for the Presidency:

    http://guardianlv.com/2014/02/hillary-clinton-may-be-bad-for-the-democrat-party/

    Basically, the reasoning is that she is pulling the carpet out from under other viable candidates and has a lot of negatives dating from way back when. Strangely, this stupid author admits that her record as senator and secy of state work in her favor. Go figure…

  104. It’s not “Under God” that bothers them, but rather the words “Liberty and Justice For All”. Those words deny Islamic supremacism.
    ===

    Hamas-CAIR wants to remove Pledge of Allegiance, “Liberty and Justice for all”? Allahu akbar!

    Slave to Islamic supremacist imperatives, Hamas-CAIR, is schooling us on what the Pledge of Allegiance means and why schoolchildren should not have to say it. They are telling us that it should not be “mandated” in America, when every aspect of daily human life is mandated under sharia. I am sure they would love to mandate the shahada.

    Their allegiance is not with America. Their allegiance is to Islam.

    “Allah’s divine sovereignty is irreconcilable with popular sovereignty, which is the essence of democracy.” And finally, that “Islamic law, the Shari’a is therefore not a supplement to the “secular” legal code, it is the only such code and the only basis of obligation, because a Muslim’s only true allegiance is to Allah, and to Muhammad…” (more here)

    Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, offered the following statement: “We believe that mandating the Pledge of Allegiance contradicts its contents.” Devout Muslims cannot begin to understand it contents: “with liberty and justice for all” is blasphemy under Islam. “Liberty and justice for all” is an assault on Islamic supremacism. You cannot adhere to the tenets of Islam and tolerate “liberty and justice for all,” let alone fight for it, die for it.

    See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/02/hamas-cair-wants-remove-pledge-allegiance-liberty-justice-allahu-akbar.html/#sthash.5kpXdeP5.dpuf

  105. …here is a positive story that gets to the crux of the matter re: Bill and his past…

    …perhaps this will cheer JBS up since it is written by a prominent republican right in his own backyard…

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Paul-Clinton-mistake-Lewinsky/2014/02/19/id/553460

    Rand Paul’s Mistake With Bill Clinton

    Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 12:03 AM

    By Christopher Ruddy

    Sen. Rand Paul was fast becoming the GOP contender of the future — until he resurrected the Monica Lewinsky issue in a series of recent interviews.

    It’s a real mistake for Paul’s rising political future and a strategic blunder for the GOP.

    The Republican Party faces a serious crisis. Demographics are moving aggressively against its ageing white base. Blue states remain firmly entrenched while once-Red states such as Texas and Florida are becoming increasingly Blue.

    In 2012 the GOP spent $1 billion, fielding a telegenic candidate and still lost against an unpopular president presiding over the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    Why? I keep hearing that the party of Lincoln is “out of touch” with working Americans.
    In the face of this reality, the GOP should be grappling with how to offer positive, free-market solutions for America’s ills.

    Instead, Paul’s assault on Bill Clinton is not only throwing the GOP back into the ugly muck of the 1990s, but pairing itself off against a still-popular former Democratic president.

    The Clinton affair was litigated back in the 1990s, and Republicans went so far as to impeach the president. But in the end they lost — Clinton remained in office, and the public, by and large, decided that the GOP’s efforts were not good for the country.

    We will lose again if we make Bill Clinton and the 1990s the issue.

    Clinton, to his credit, has admitted his mistakes, to his family and to the public. He apologized for them and gained redemption with a presidential record that has turned to gold as the years have passed and by acting as a goodwill ambassador for the United States.

    Some years ago Newsmax featured Bill Clinton on the cover of our magazine, focusing on how Clinton had not only re-invented the post-presidency into a powerful bully pulpit, but praising him for engaging globally with the work of his foundation, laudable work even straight-laced Republicans could applaud.

    In recent years, Clinton has won kudos from both sides of the political aisle for his work with his foundation, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various causes since it was established in 2001.

    Recently renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, it has used the president’s immense popularity and fundraising prowess — and that of his wife, Hillary — to improve the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries around the world by alleviating poverty, supporting numerous public health initiatives and developing sustainable development projects that governments won’t touch.

    While in the past many former presidents have retreated to the golf course and corporate boardrooms, and one, Jimmy Carter, has spent his time often siding with American adversaries, Bill Clinton put himself in the frontlines advocating for the country.

    I remember during the dark days after 9/11, it was Bill Clinton who often played both a public, and sometimes behind-the-scenes role internationally in supporting President Bush’s war on terror.

    The Lewinsky matter and the whole array of hobgoblins we once dubbed the “Clinton scandals” happened almost two decades ago. As one of the participants in those battles back then who was a critic of President Clinton, I can say with some degree of certainty we made a mistake.

    Thank God Americans believe in forgiveness and redemption. It makes us a special place. Clinton’s extremely popularity supports that view.

    In fact, his popularity actually reached an all-time high as recently as September 2012, when a New York Times/CBS News poll found that two-thirds of registered voters viewed him favorably.

    That popularity no doubt made a difference in the 2012 elections. Clinton delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention and aided President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

    Clinton’s support, understandably, has angered some Republicans and perhaps helped create the embers that Rand Paul has fanned so successfully over a matter that seems resurrected from the ancient past.

    I think the Republicans — and Rand Paul — should learn a lesson or two from Bill Clinton.

    One is that we need to focus on the future and the policy issues that make the Republican Party a better choice to voters, offering a message of true economic prosperity that creates real jobs and real wealth.

    And, like Clinton, we can actually do something that proves we care.

    Unfortunately, I am not seeing and hearing that important message today from Washington’s Republican leadership. We need to if we want to win.

    Christopher Ruddy is CEO and editor of Newsmax Media Inc.

  106. …btw…caught that Kathleen Willey interview with Megyn and it was sad and unfortunate that Megyn would obviously exploit this woman in this way…Willey is pathetic…she has nothing to lose by saying whatever and is on tv to boot…accept when the host turns on her and makes a fool out of her…

  107. Leanora February 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Hamas-CAIR wants to remove… “Liberty and Justice for all”? Allahu akbar!

    “Allah’s divine sovereignty is irreconcilable with popular sovereignty, which is the essence of democracy.”

    This is indeed a basic tenet of Islam because I have heard ultra-conservative Muslims mouth exactly this before.

    If you believe strongly in an all-powerful, all-knowing god such as Allah, and that Allah will reward or punish you in the afterlife, then it is easy to see how “freedom” means submitting yourself to that god’s will. It can be no other way.

    Far be it from me to pardon or accept this line of “thinking”; but we really should realize that it’s not something new, nor do Muslims have a copyright on this kind of ideology.

    In fact, it was also that way in the West, under Christian Kings and the Pope, before democracy began to raise its at-times ugly head. In fact, submitting oneself to god’s will as a path to freedom was one of the principles taught to me in the Presbyterian Church and in my grandmother’s evangelical church as late as the 1950s and 60s. If I’m not mistaken, this is still a tenet of conservative Christians.

    But in the Christian world, we had the ‘Enlightenment’ in which God was essentially eviscerated, leaving him as the Grand Architect of the Universe who kept Nature ticking. In the Enlightenment, people braved the fury of the Church and asked themselves the question, “Does God exist?” They also equated God with Nature, and “becoming one with nature” was soon to lead to the idea that each of us has a bit of god in himself. In any event, there was no denying the self any more.

    Also, people noticed that God wasn’t doing much to defend the good and punish evil on a day-to-day basis, and that meant that people would have to take responsibility for the proper conduct of their business. So, we threw out the divine right of kings and invented democracy.

    So the history of democracy is indeed linked to the overthrow of God. We still have our interpreters of God’s will today; though they are a minority. But when you are amongst them, as I sometimes am, you hear them talking pretty much like this Adam Soltani fellow. It’s shocking to us only because Soltani hits the nail right on the head – right where deep belief in God conflicts directly with democracy.

  108. Megyn’s own little embarrassing “war on women” to push the Rep narrative against the Clintons may not have turned out as expected.

  109. S

    “Recently renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, it has used the president’s immense popularity and fundraising prowess — and that of his wife, Hillary — to improve the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries around the world by alleviating poverty, supporting numerous public health initiatives and developing sustainable development projects that governments won’t touch.

    While in the past many former presidents have retreated to the golf course and corporate boardrooms, and one, Jimmy Carter, has spent his time often siding with American adversaries, Bill Clinton put himself in the frontlines advocating for the country.”

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    S, I’m so glad you posted this. I often forget to check out News Max, and would have missed it had you not. I especially like the above statement.

  110. “George Soros Preparing Libya Scenario For Ukraine” Said Ukraine Leading Political Party

    The Ukrainian situation has nothing to do with ‘patriots fighting tyrants.’ Before November, who had even heard of chaos in Ukraine? We didn’t. Admit you have been played.

    How many dumb Americans have thought that what is conspiring in Ukraine is a ‘just cause’? Patriots fighting their government? Well, they are wrong and the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting results to be different. First, it was Egypt, then Libya, then Syria, then Ukraine. And, you still didn’t learn. Embarrassing. Well, I learned by looking to ALTERNATIVE media regarding foreign events and listening to my friend, QV (who so many bloggers put down) because they hate the truth.

    HERE IS THE TRUTH ABOUT UKRAINE:

    Soros with EU/USSA operatives, including McCain and Nuland have been turning Ukraine (Ditto Syria) upside down on behalf of Mr. Moneybags Soros, himself – and you were for it, cheering it on without researching. George Soros demands submission to his evil oligarchy. And, he plays Americans like dumb puppets. Websites like Media Matters ‘for’ America are just tools for Soros, right down to the Benghazi situation: Fox’s Benghazi Lawyer Lashes Out At Criticism From “George Soros’ People”

    STOP supporting the chaos in Ukraine. It is not just, it is violent on behalf of GEORGE SOROS not losing 100 million dollars. We should not be on ANY side but the side of peace, law and order.

    http://themadjewess.com/2014/02/19/flashback-2011-george-soros-preparing-libya-scenario-for-ukraine-said-ukraine-leading-political-party/

  111. This is quite surprising coming from someone at Mediaite. He really shreds 0bama in this article.
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    Rothman: Obama’s Blood-Soaked ‘Reset’ with Russia

    The abject naiveté with which President Barack Obama’s administration approached America’s relationship with Russia after coming to power was timidly underscored by its campaign-like slogan: “Reset.” In theory, this “reset” was to be an abandonment of the confrontational, “cowboy” diplomacy of the Bush years, but in practice it amounted to excess deference to Moscow and the creation of space designed to allow the Kremlin to pursue what it regards as its national interests.

    The abandonment of American interests in an effort to provide Moscow with reparations for the perceived offenses of the previous eight years has evolved from puerile and foolish to downright irresponsible. Today, real lives are being lost and the world has been made less secure as a result of the president’s folly.

    This administration’s prevailing ideological approach to Russia, one more forgivable in 2009 than in 2013, was recently articulated by Meet the Press host David Gregory during an appearance on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC program. He insisted that Obama had exposed the “great lie of the Bush administration” when he revealed, through inaction and blundering alone, that “the U.S. really can’t trust Putin.”

    Gregory was opining on Putin’s single greatest offense ­ embarrassing Obama ­ after he granted political asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But Russia’s antagonism toward the West was evident to any interested observer. In spite of a series of overtures toward Moscow at the expense of America’s most willing allies, the U.S. was repeatedly rebuffed.

    The White House angered the Czech Republic and Polish governments in 2009 when it unilaterally backed out of a Bush-era proposal to position interceptor missiles and radar installations in those countries. America’s Central European partners, acutely aware of Moscow’s designs for nations formerly in its sphere of influence, were more than frustrated by America’s wavering. The Obama White House later committed to dismantling American nuclear weapons and shelving fissile materials in exchange for Russia’s reciprocal decommissioning of intercontinental and submarine launched ballistic missiles and bombers. America delivered. Russia did not.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/rothman-obamas-blood-soaked-reset-with-russia/

  112. Jbstonesfan.

    I am sorry to hear about your back problems. I wonder whether you have a good chiropractor and trainer. If not, you should get one. They have done wonders for me on problems similar to yours. The whole trick is getting the right ones. Foam rollers, exercise balls, stretches and massages can do wonders. As for the increasing onerous demands of the profession, you are preaching to the choir.

    The only doctor I know in your state was an old golf partner of mine. He had an illustrious career and was the Chief Psychiatrist for the city of Miami from 1958 to 1975. He invented the sugar defense and testified often in court on that subject. I asked him whether he did pro bono work like you and I do, and if so whether he could do so for me. I did so while he was standing over a two foot putt for all the marbles which he subsequently missed. Later I discovered that he needed help more than I did. He hired an off duty policeman to dispose of a lawyer who he believed was harrassing a girlfriend of his. If he is still in practice, which would make him 90, I would not refer you to him.

  113. JB: also, consider a stand up desk. Half the problems in the world are from sitting in a chair. The other half come from some traumatic event.

  114. Leanora
    February 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    “George Soros Preparing Libya Scenario For Ukraine” Said Ukraine Leading Political Party

    ——————
    Several years ago, he bragged to a reporter that “the old soviet empire is now the soros empire”.

  115. I am beginning to not even recognize my country anymore…there is something really diabolical about having a person in power who charms his way into stripping more and more freedom from his citizens…and his side doesn’t even blink an eye as they are led to their own demise…
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    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/021314-690050-fcc-newsroom-plan-all-about-controlling-the-free-press.htm

    The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms

    First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place “researchers” in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?

    As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren’t menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn’t supine enough.

    Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.

    Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its “researchers” to newsrooms across America to seek their “voluntary” compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as “wade into office politics” looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.

    Pai questioned if such a study could really be voluntary, given FCC’s conflict of interest (and, he might have added, the Obama record of going after political opponents).

    The origin of the idea is a recrudescence of the Fairness Doctrine, inoperative since 1987 or so, to provide equal time to leftist points of view in broadcasting and other media that otherwise wouldn’t have a willing audience in a free market.

    It’s an idea so fraught with potential for abuse it ought to have news agencies screaming bloody murder. The very idea of Obama hipsters showing up in newsrooms, asking questions and judging if newspapers (over which they have no jurisdiction), radio and TV are sufficiently diverse is nothing short of thought control.

    But the reaction from the National Association of Broadcasters was mealy-mouthed. The FCC “should reconsider” “qualitative” sections of its study, it wrote.

    The FCC now says it will be “closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited,” as a result of Pai’s warning. Adweek actually reported that as a “retreat.”

    It’s because of this don’t-rock-the-boat attitude that Reporters Without Borders said the U.S. had “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom in the world last year, dropping 13 places to a wretched 46th in its newly released global ranking. If the FCC has its way, it can drop even further.

  116. Government monitors to be placed in newsrooms? This is FUBAR!

    Thomas Jefferson, author of our Declaration of Independence stated, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

    Well the first amendment freedom enshrined in our Constitution – like just about everything else about our fundamental principles – means nothing to President Obama and his administration.

    I hope you’re sitting down while reading this. The Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions. As reported by Red State, the FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of “critical information” “that it believes local newscasters should cover.”

    I truly wish this were a “tinfoil hat story,” but the Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country which Red State calls an “absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.”

    Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/02/government-monitors-placed-newsrooms-fubar/#GOqdEgvJUwMCiBxd.99

  117. Yes. He never told me that but I read about it later. He did tell me that he was to have headed up the debriefing program for prisoners of war at the end of the Korean War, but never served because the program was disbanded. He told me other things which were obviously not true. I can remember one time we were playing the Doral Golf course, it had rained heavily the night before, so the Blue Monster was closed–that is the one where they used to play PGA events–the last hole is a killer, I kid you not. So he and I played the Gold Course. He did not like to stay on the cart path, even when it rained and it was cart paths only. So he would drive down the middle of the fairway leaving tank tracks in his path. Everybody on the course yelled at him but he kept doing it. His case became something of a cause celere and one of the news programs did a feature story about him, which I happened to catch–the point being here he had invented the defense for others and now here he was using it himself. They showed him after the araignment with his lawyer and both of them were having a big laugh. His lawyer was smoking the largest cigar I had ever seen, and I am quite sure he was counselling his client to act as crazy as possible. If you don’t know about his, ask around. The people in the law community down there if they are over 50 will remember him. I called him the next time I was down there a year later, and his office had closed. So I lost track of him. If you and I ever hook up I will tell you the rest of the story. I would send it to Ripley but I am quite sure he would right back and say I don’t believe it.

  118. Megyn Kelly is not one bit cowed or bowed by her disgusting interview last night with Kathleen Wiley. Most of us would have been way too embarrassed to have used part of that sad episode again tonight. But no-o-o-o, not Megyn who used Wiley for ratings and is still attacking Hillary. I’d say that Megyn is the one who is having a war on women. She’s showing her true stripes as a partisan Rep. attack bitch….dog, that is.

  119. S, i heard about Obama’s latest slap in the face of freedom relative to FCC monitoring the process of story selection by news media – extending the authority of FCC to cover print media as well as broadcast. If true, it’s damn scary. Unfortunately, no one will challenge Obama’s authority to issue this new command. Our government officials would apparently rather relinquish the freedoms and rights guaranteed Americans than to risk being called “racist”.

  120. Leanora
    February 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    This is quite surprising coming from someone at Mediaite. He really shreds 0bama in this article.
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    Shocking! 🙄

  121. Are you feeling the pinch?
    Propane here is rationed 100 gal. at a time and almost 5.00 a gal.
    So we are using two big Electric heaters to help the furnace.
    I may need to take out a second mortgage to pay my Electric bill. 😯

  122. COULTER’S TAKE ON OBUMMER-CARE

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-promise-life-keep-013006121.html

    NEW OBAMA PROMISE: IF YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN KEEP IT
    Ann Coulter

    Liberals are winning wild praise for their candor in admitting problems with Obamacare. It shows you the level of honesty people have come to expect of our liberal friends. Now, liberals are applauded for not lying through their teeth about something.

    What are they supposed to say? This Obamacare website is fantastic! And really, haven’t you already read all the magazines in your current doctor’s office anyway?

    The New York Times has described Obama’s repeated claim that you could keep your insurance plan and keep your doctor under Obamacare as a mere slip of the tongue: “Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.”

    Misspoke? How exactly does one misspeak, word for word, dozens of times, over and over again?

    That wasn’t misspeaking — it was a deliberate, necessary lie. Even Democrats couldn’t have voted for Obamacare if Americans had known the truth. It was absolutely vital for Obama to lie about people being able to keep their insurance and their doctors.

    Of course, it was difficult for voters to know the truth because every time Republicans would try to tell them, the White House and the media would rush in and call the critics liars.

    The White House posted a specific refutation of the “disinformation” about not being able to keep your doctor or insurance plan. That claim, the website said, was being disseminated by Republicans “to scare people.”

    Their proof consisted of a video of Obama clearly stating, “If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.”

    A video of someone asserting the very fact in dispute does not rise to the level of “evidence,” but it was more than enough for MSNBC.

    Even when pretending to be critical of Obamacare, liberals lie about the real problems. They tell us they’re worried about the percentage of young people signing up for Obamacare. The mix of young and old people in Obamacare is completely irrelevant. It won’t help if a lot of young people sign up because their premiums are negligible.

    To keep the system afloat, what Obamacare really needs is lots of healthy people, preferably healthy older people. Their premiums are astronomical — and they won’t need much medical treatment.

    Premiums are set by your age, not your health. It doesn’t matter if you never go to the doctor. Obamacare punishes you for having a healthy lifestyle. The Obamacare tax is a massively regressive poll tax on the middle-aged and the middle class.

    Apart from those who are subsidized, everyone pays the exact same amount in penalties or insurance premiums for his age group. It doesn’t matter if you don’t make as much money as Bill Gates. Any 58-year-old male who doesn’t qualify for a subsidy will pay the same Obamacare tax as Gates.

    When Margaret Thatcher tried to impose the same tax per person, as a “community charge,” there were riots in the street.

    Our extremely progressive tax system, where nearly half the country pays no income tax at all, and the other half pays about 40 percent of their income, may not be fair. But most people also don’t think it’s fair to tax a guy making $80,000 a year the identical amount as one making $80 million a year. That’s exactly what Obamacare does.

    With Obamacare, the Democratic Party has foisted the most regressive tax possible on America. This ruthless assault on the middle class is all so we can have a health care system more like every other country has.

    Until now, the United States has had the highest survival rates in the world for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Cancer comparisons are the most useful because all Western countries keep careful records for this disease.

    For all types of cancers, European men have only a 47.3 percent five-year survival rate, compared to a 66.3 percent survival rate for American men.

    European women have only a 55.8 percent chance of being alive five years after being diagnosed with any type of cancer, compared to 62.9 percent of American women.

    American survival rates for breast, prostate, thyroid and skin cancer are higher than 90 percent. Europeans do not have a 90 percent survival rate for one of those cancers.

    The European rates are even worse than they sound because many cancers are not discovered until the victim’s death — twice as many as in the U.S. All those cancers were excluded from the study.

    Canadian cancer survival rates aren’t much better than the European rates — and they’ve been able to sneak into to the U.S. for treatment! Women in the U.S. have a 61 percent survival rate for all cancers, compared to a 58 percent survival rate in Canada. Men in the U.S. have a 57 percent survival rate compared to 53 percent in Canada.

    That’s why your insurance premiums have to go through the roof and your Obamacare tax is the same as Bill Gates’. So across the world, we’ll all be equal, dying of cancer, heart disease and diabetes as often as everyone else.

    It’s not that Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism; it’s that he wants to end it.

  123. Leanora
    February 19, 2014 at 7:24 am
    THEY REALLY SAID THIS — White House: Employers Can Prevent Job Losses After Minimum Wage Hike By Making Less Money, “Accepting Lower Profit Margins”

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    …or, Employers can prevent lowere profit margins by trimming the number of employees and/or their hours worked. :^)

    Gee, that was easy.

  124. Obama Crackdown on Press Freedom Escalates

    Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

    Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

    Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

    Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

    The AP’s President and CEO Gary Pruitt stated, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.” Fox News’ James Rosen was also targeted by the DOJ after running a story about North Korea nuclear development. His State Department visits were tracked and his movements were followed. His parents’ phone records were even grabbed.

    MORE: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/20/White-House-crackdown-press-freedom

  125. S February 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Rand Paul’s Mistake With Bill Clinton

    By Christopher Ruddy

    … I think Republicans… need to focus on the future and the policy issues that make the Republican Party a better choice to voters, offering a message of true economic prosperity that creates real jobs and real wealth.

    And, like Clinton, we can actually do something that proves we care.

    Aside from the nice things that Ruddy has to say about WJC and HRC, it was these last two statements that struck me the most in this article you posted (for which I thank you) because Ruddy has hit the nail on the head as far as the Republican predicament goes.

    My heart goes out to the Republicans….

    What puzzles me is why it has taken so long – is it just decades or doesn’t the problem really date from before Teddy Roosevelt? – for the Republicans to realize that they are fundamentally disconnected from the American people and, what’s more, from the modern world?

    The Republican party may be unable to do anything about this state of affairs. It is rather that the American public has finally realized that the Republican party doesn’t stand for anything; and now that so much money has been poured into the D party, the R’s are left with nothing.

    Why has it taken so long to realize that they ‘actually have to do something that proves they care’? And has it gotten through their thick skulls yet?

    It’s not by mouthing the tired old do-nothing refrains of Herbert Hoover, plus Reagan’s supply-side economics and Dubya’s tax cuts for the rich, plus the whining of small-government enthusiasts like the Libertarians, that they are going to convince people they have the magic formula for the revival of the middle class. All their rhetoric is pointless.

    It’s not so much that they have to re-think their message or offer up some new ideas. What they really need is to throw out all this worn-out religion they’ve been peddling for decades and take stock of what’s happening in America and the world. This would take a whole new attitude, which, I’m sorry to say, would mean throwing out nearly all their contingent in Congress and putting in people who have minds and hearts.

    Maybe that’s what the Tea Party is all about? Maybe that’s why the R party is so scared of them, wants to marginalize them?

  126. freespirit
    February 20, 2014 at 8:33 am
    S, i heard about Obama’s latest slap in the face of freedom relative to FCC monitoring the process of story selection by news media – extending the authority of FCC to cover print media as well as broadcast. If true, it’s damn scary. Unfortunately, no one will challenge Obama’s authority to issue this new command. Our government officials would apparently rather relinquish the freedoms and rights guaranteed Americans than to risk being called “racist”.
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    yes, freespirit, I agree…this will require major pushback…it is absurd…the man is taking over all the freedom in our government…he really wants to control the press…

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    …fwiw…Admin, I have posted two comments, one a good article re: FCC and their possible invasion into newsrooms and both were put into ‘moderation’ and then never saw the light of day…

    I point that out not for ‘my comments’ but to alert you that some moderation comments may be getting chewed up…and never posted…

  127. Obama Crackdown on Press Freedom Escalates

    Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd
    to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/20/White-House-crackdown-press-freedom

  128. foxyladi14
    February 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Are you feeling the pinch?
    Propane here
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Last delivery here (2/11) $3.90 per gal. Thot no rationing but checked invoice and they filled just to 60%. (I have 2 100 gal tanks.) Thanks for jogging my brain. Right now snow to tanks is 4 feet; usually a path is plowed to them but so much snow this year that guy ran out of room. I assumed I had until 3/11 to get it cleared but that is not the case. In the meantime, Shirley who gets the local Times-Tribune has mentioned an article in it stating that the shortage is over. Thot you’d like to know lol.

    Here in Casey country Bob is echoing Barack on Ukraine. May Hillary please come back to us; when either Clinton speaks, I understand the message.

  129. n the wake of President Obama’s 23rd vacation, Judicial Watch estimated the first family has milked the public trough for more than $18 million in hotel and resort expenses, security costs, car rentals and airfare. And the “most transparent administration in history” has been anything but cooperative, the Washington Examiner reported last week

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/02/20/obamas-are-abusing-perks-of-public-office-wh-in-cover-up-mode-says-fitton-101945

  130. Democrats in full on panic mode……

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/371539/senate-democrats-why-didnt-someone-tell-us-obamacare-would-cut-medicare-jim

    Senate Democrats: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us Obamacare Would Cut Medicare?

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee points out that North Carolina senator Kay Hagan and other vulnerable Senate Democrats are now whacking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid . . . for enacting changes required by Obamacare. Hey, Senator Hagan, if you want to blame someone, blame the foolish or dishonest lawmakers who voted for the law!

    Wait a minute, that’s you!

    In 2009, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) promised North Carolinians who depend on Medicare that she was going to “protect Medicare” and that they would “not see a drop in their Medicare coverage.”


    But in 2010 Kay Hagan voted to slash Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare. (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #72: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)


    In North Carolina 463,159 seniors depend on Medicare Advantage plans (28% of all Medicare enrollees).

    According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, in North Carolina, seniors on Medicare Advantage plans experienced cost increases and benefit cuts of an estimated $50-60 per month as a result of this year’s 6 percent cut to the program due to ObamaCare.

    Now, as North Carolina seniors are being crushed under the weight of ObamaCare and as her own poll numbers plummet, Kay Hagan admits in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid that she cut Medicare for seniors after promising North Carolinians that they wouldn’t “see a drop in their Medicare coverage”


    Hagan’s letter reads: “We write to raise serious concerns about the Medicare Advantage (MA) 2015 rate notice and the impact further cuts may have on the millions of individuals enrolled in the program,” the senators write. “We are strongly committed to preserving the high quality health plan choices and benefits that our constituents receive through the MA program. Given the impact that payment policies could have on our constituents, we ask that you prioritize beneficiaries’ experience and minimize disruption in maintaining payment levels for 2015.”

  131. The world has gone crazy….Ukraine is up in smoke along with Venezuela, Bosnia has kicked off again and Turkey is basically on the edge of martial law. That on top of Syria makes it a clusterfuck…..

    All i can say is Thank God Hillary is not SoS right now because the shit level being laid at the door of State is astronomical now.

  132. President Obama’s 23rd vacation, Judicial Watch estimated the first family has milked the public trough for more than $18 million in hotel and resort expenses, security costs, car rentals and airfare.

    ——
    And think about all the pilfered money to green start-ups that where probably nothing more than money laundering.

    I would like to see the real bill for wasted taxpayers money by the o’Bama’s since they were handed the keys to our tax coffers.

    Doesn’t our Constitution put limits on this kind of abuse?

    I think even the Queen of England has to live within a budget???

  133. The world has gone crazy….Ukraine is up in smoke along with Venezuela, Bosnia has kicked off again and Turkey is basically on the edge of martial law. That on top of Syria makes it a clusterfuck…..
    ———————–
    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  134. NEW OBAMA PROMISE: IF YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN KEEP IT
    ———————
    Oh?

    Not under Obamacare.

    Lest we forget, it provides for that heavenly sanctuary otherwise known as death panels.

    Or was messiah Obama lying about that too.

    I’ve grown accustomed to his lies

    They almost make the day begin

    I was serenely independent and secure before we met

    Sort of like a habit that I wish we could forget

    I’ve grown accustomed to his mug

    Accustomed to his facial wart

    And accustomed to his lies

    Oh Betty Comden love of my life art thou now?

  135. It is so damned funny.

    Tom Brokaw bemoans the fact that Bill O’Reilly is the most famous media celebrity in the business.

    Tom says that is a great injustice because Bill O could not make it on msm.

    And from everything I can tell that is true.

    It is not that O’Reilly is that good.

    Rather, it is that mainsteam media is that bad.

    How bad?

    So bad that Jolt’n Joe Goebbels would approve.

  136. Senate Democrats: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us Obamacare Would Cut Medicare?
    —————-
    What are you?

    Potted plants?

    Did you ever think to ask.

    This is not a problem if you approach it the right way.

    Just do what your messiah does.

    Say something like I regret that I was not clear enough in my comments so ignorant people could understand what I meant.

    And if that does not work, then by god run out the clock, with one uh uh uh after another.

    That formula has been proven to work, and it is manna from heaven for mainstream media.

  137. Megyn Kelly has a 200 IQ, and O’Reilly is in the high double digits. It is funny to watch how she handles that blowhard.

  138. The Dems running in midterms can breathe a sigh of relief. Social Security cuts – no problem. Obamacare fallout – no problem. NSA domestic spying initiative, Government takeover of media – no problem there. Obama knows how they can win. They just have to “make midterms sexy”.

    ____________

    “Obama to Dems: Make midterms ‘sexy'”

    By Justin Sink

    “President Obama warned that Democrats often get into trouble during the midterm elections because state-level races aren’t as “sexy” as national presidential elections during a meeting with Democratic governors and party donors Thursday night.

    “We know how to win national elections,” Obama said. “But all too often it’s during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble because, I guess we don’t think it’s sexy enough.”

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/198868-obama-to-dems-make-midterm-races-sexy#ixzz2tvTVWLPL
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  139. Here’s Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg waving off the article I linked to yesterday about how HRC dominance of the D nomination field is harming the D party and its supposed “farm team” of future stars.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-19/no-hillary-clinton-s-domination-isn-t-stifling-democrats.html

    The article is a little hard to follow in its reasoning because the author claims that no new star arose out of the 2008 battle. But read the second half of it and it makes sense.

  140. Rand Paul called Bill Clinton a “sex predator”, but wants Ted Nugent to apologize for calling Obama an “offensive mongrel”. How about an apology from you, Rand.

    _________

    “Paul: Nugent should apologize to Obama”

    By Mario Trujillo

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday night called on Ted Nugent to apologize for his “offensive” comments about President Obama.

    Paul, in a Twitter message, said Nugent’s words describing the president as a “subhuman mongrel” had no place in the political debate.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/198875-paul-nugent-should-apologize-to-obama#ixzz2txiRnClY
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  141. Scott Walker on Fox News says Hillary is too deeply connected to DC and it will be a big liability for her.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/20/scott-walker-hillary-clinton-has-been-product-washington-all-her-adult-life/

    Looks like Walker is looking to run on the “outsider” meme. All he can put forward is that he doesn’t know anything about DC (like Obama) and doesn’t know anything about international affairs either (again, like Obama).

    Such ignorance didn’t do Obama any harm, so I guess it won’t hurt Walker either.

  142. It’s almost as if the President wants the Democrats to lose the Senate this cycle, the better to make his last two years an endless confrontation that will ensure that Barack Obama remains the center of the Democratic party’s attention…
    ————————–
    What do you mean “almost”.

    God damn it to hell.

    There is no mystery here.

    No reason to be shocked.

    His behavior is predictable to a tee.

    And anyone who tells you otherwise does not understand

    What a narcissist is and what he does in this situation.

    The question is, like the song, does Hillary want to be around to pick up the pieces.

    I weary of the entire discussion.

  143. Here is another report of the Quinnipiac poll:

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is among prospective Republican challengers lagging Democrat Hillary Clinton in an independent poll of prospective 2016 presidential matchups.

    A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday finds Ohio voters favor Clinton over Kasich 51 percent to 39 percent. Nearly half say Kasich wouldn’t make a good president, compared with 55 percent who believe Clinton would.

    Among Republicans tested, 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan fared best against Clinton in the critical battleground state.

    Kasich came next, followed by Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a tie; Sen. Marco Rubio; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Sen. Ted Cruz.

    Margin of error for the telephone survey of 1,370 registered voters conducted February 12 to 17 is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

  144. How sick are the schools going to get? These people are so perverted that they shouldn’t be allowed near these children! They wouldn’t come near any of my family members – that’s for sure.
    ====

    UC Berkeley Liberals Expose Elementary Kids to Giant Penis and ‘Pin-The-Tail on the Anus’ Game

    As debates continue on whose job it is to educate children and teens about sex- the parents or schools- University of California Berkeley, a liberal haven of radical social agendas, gave young elementary school children quite an “education” as they filed past a man in a giant penis costume who was handing out condoms and were exposed to other school-sponsored sex games such as “pin-the-tail on the anus.”

    http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/20/uc-berkley-liberals-expose-elementary-kids-to-giant-penis-and-pin-the-tail-on-the-anus-game/

  145. Does he mean it or is he just worried about reelection? That’s the question.
    ====

    Manchin: ‘I Will Vote Tomorrow to Repeal’ Obamacare

    A first Democratic senator has indicated he thinks it might be time to scrap Obamacare. While legislators should work to fix the law in the meantime, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia told Beckley’s Register Herald that he would support getting rid of the law entirely.

    “I will vote tomorrow to repeal [the Affordable Care Act], but I want to fix the problems in it,” Manchin told an audience.

    He described the law as a product that the government has failed to “sell.” Manchin made similar comments in November when he said Obamacare was “more than a rollout problem ­ there is a product problem.”

    In July, before the law’s troubled rollout, Manchin said that he thought it needed more than just minor tweaks. “This is not a trim job,” he said of the needed changes to the bill. “This is a pretty good haircut that has to be looked upon.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/371663/manchin-i-will-vote-tomorrow-repeal-obamacare-andrew-johnson

  146. Priceless.

    According to Marie Antoinette

    Young people are

    To use her felicitous term

    KNUCKLEHEADS

    And whey is that Big Mama

    Because they could buy health insurance

    (Which they won’t use)

    For the cost of a pair of gym shoes

    (Which they will use)

    And as everyone knows

    Everyone under 30 owns gym shoes

    There are no exceptions to that cardinal rule

    Well, I guess it goes to show you

    In her prime this idiot said never trust anyone over 30

    And now that she has hit fifty she says never trust anyone under 30

    If you put those two statements together they read never trust anyone

    And, in her case, carpe diem, because it will not last

  147. Leanora

    February 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Does he mean it or is he just worried about reelection? That’s the question.
    —————–
    Did he vote for it initially?

    If the answer is yes, then he does not mean it.

    It is a token symbolic vote

    If he knew that it would not work then shame on him.

    If he did not know it would not work, did he even bother to ask, and shame on him.

  148. Michelle Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” Thursday to sell Obamacare:

    Fallon: While you’re here, I have to talk to you — I want to talk to you about the Affordable Care Act. March, is there a deadline?
    Obama: The end of March, absolutely, yes it is.
    Fallon: Because a lot of young people watch our show. Would you like to tell me — why would they — because a lot people don’t have the money to spend on this.
    Obama: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26. But once they hit 26, they’re on their own and a lot of young people think they are invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads, you know? They’re the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open. They’re dancing on the bar stool. They’re, you know.

    http://ow.ly/tRfjR

  149. I do not care if they vote to repeal Obamacare. It has no effect. The time to have stopped it was before it got passed. This is the game that ET McConnell, and wax museum figure Boehner love to play. God how ghastly she looks through the rouge the lady that’s known as Lu—I mean Boehner and McConnell.

  150. Leanora

    February 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Does he mean it or is he just worried about reelection? That’s the question.
    ————
    So what is Big Mama–Carnak? (The Mind reader)

    Before they were 26 they did not cook for themselves

    And now that they are 26 they fall off barstools

    Ergo they are knuckleheads if they refuse to buy Obamacare?

    There is only one idiot in this little vignette.

    And it aint the kids.

  151. Not to sound too stuffy about it, but with so many problems facing the country, it really does do a disservice to the nation to have these luminaries of the political class wasting their time on late night comedy shows. I know they think it humanizes them and gives them access to an audience of mindless fools who vote, but in point of fact, the problems of this country are no laughing matter. And this asshole Fallon is not the kind of interlocutor who will pull answers out of them. He wants punch lines.

  152. How sick are the schools going to get? These people are so perverted that they shouldn’t be allowed near these children! They wouldn’t come near any of my family members – that’s for sure.
    ——————–
    Send them to the Ukraine.

    Let them try that one on the Cossacks.

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

    Now that WOULD be a laughing matter.

  153. Leanora
    February 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    Video Surfaces of Dem Congressional Candidate Calling For A “Barack Obama Dynasty”…
    &&&&&&&&&&&&

    That would be an interesting “dynasty”… Weak, uncertain leadership, incompetence, reneging on essentially every 2008 promise, cult-of-personality, lacking skills or determination to work with Congress, undermining his own party.

    Yeah, I could see where a whole string of empty suits could carry on THIS GREAT TRADITION, this mantle of Obama.

  154. Welcome to Hope and Change.
    ===

    Baltimore’s people of the woods: Inside the hidden homeless camps made of milk crates, wooden doors and tarps on the outskirts of town

    A sheet of plastic laid over a clothesline. A mini-fortress of milk crates stacked under a tree. A thin mattress on a flimsy crate lying in a dark tunnel.

    On the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands, dozens of the city’s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters.

    Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, ‘The Camps’, documenting the struggle, loneliness and ingenuity of Maryland’s people of the woods.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564858/Baltimores-people-woods-Inside-hidden-homeless-camps-milk-crates-wooden-doors-tarps-outskirts-town.html

  155. HUFFPO willing to print: “John McCain Calls Obama ‘The Most Naive President’ Ever”

    Doesn’t that undermine their golden calf? Or have they turned on him, after he used too little lube?

    This link has the video:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/20/john-mccain-obama_n_4828187.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn’t hold back criticizing President Barack Obama Thursday in a radio interview.

    Reflecting on Obama’s handling of relations with Russia and the crisis in Ukraine, McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “played us so incredibly” on Obama’s watch.

    “This is the most naive president in history,” McCain said. “The naiveté of Barack Obama and [Secretary of State] John Kerry is stunning.”

    As violent protests in Ukraine escalate, with reports of at least 70 activists dead, McCain insisted on targeted sanctions against the country.

    White House reports indicate that Obama hasn’t decided on sanctions. McCain warned the administration is running out of time.

    “This thing could spiral out of control into a major international crisis,” McCain said. “The first thing we need to do is impose sanctions against people in leadership positions, including the oligarchs who control this collapsed economy.”

    McCain also said the U.S. should keep an eye on Putin once the Olympics end in Sochi, saying of the Russian president: “He’s amoral, he’s cold, he’s distant, he’s tough.”

    “Putin believes Ukraine is an integral part of Russia. He will not go quietly into the night about when Ukraine moves into the European orbit, so to say,” McCain said.

  156. knuckleheads, really?

    she should know…if not for those ‘knuckleheads’ her husband would not be prez…and she would not be doing skits and dancing with actors in drag on Jimmy Fallon…

  157. Good Afternoon all!

    Work has me in the office for 60hrs a week these days which is why I have become a lurker here lately. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the hours except to say that it is keeping me away from here. Great post admin. Great catches on the news items that everybody has been linking. The only addition I have is that bumbles budget is crap. In Olympic news, the U.S. lost to Canada on the ice :(. They will be playing for the bronze tomorrow. Have a great day all!

    Hillary 2016

    http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/2015-budget-details-revealed-140212992.html

    I guess a $56 billion dollar course correction or a 10 year $230 billion dollar budget correction are examples of the transformational change that we always knew was there, we just had to wait for the second term to see it.

    Asshat.

  158. It looks like he finally flipped out.
    ======

    Farrakhan Asks Obama To Open Area 51 To Prove Existence of Giant UFO That Will Destroy White America…

    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan asked that President Obama open up Area 51 to scientists in a sermon he gave on Saturday, February 15. It was the last of a yearlong sermon series titled, “Time and What Must Be Done.”

    Farrakhan has often referred to a UFO he calls the Mother Wheel, which according to The New Yorker, he describes as a “heavily armed spaceship the size of a city that will rain destruction upon white America, but save those who embrace the Nation of Islam.”

    In his recent sermon Farrakhan said, “We believe our words that we have shared on the presence of the Wheel could help the president and America to avert Allah’s warning of chastisement and destruction if America does not bow down.”

    Apparently his suggestion to open Area 51 to scientist would help in those efforts, somehow.

    http://weaselzippers.us/175575-farrakhan-asks-obama-to-open-area-51-to-prove-existence-of-giant-ufo-that-will-destroy-white-america/

  159. Farrakhan has always been nuts, but he’s taken it to a whole new level to batshit crazy. Most religions of the world consider the level of malice and hatred that Farrakhan apparently feels for white Americans to be sinful. I guess F’s interpretation of Islam, like that of the radical fundamentalist Islamic terrorists of the Middle East, allows for a little more leeway when it comes to hatred of one’s fellowman. God knows they hate their fellow-women.

    I guess it’s true what they say about hatred destroying the one that hates. It’s done a number on Farrakhan’s brain.

    The Rock, it’s good to see you. Your absence has been noticed.

  160. Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych has reportedly fled Kiev for Kharkiv amid “[the loss] of most of his power base following the bloodiest day in a 72-hour period in Ukraine.”

    He announced “early elections” prior to fleeing, although he did not “[specify] when they might be held.”

    Tweets coming out of Ukraine on February 21 described the protests that led up to to Yanukovych’s departure as “the biggest demo in modern history.”

    While in Kharkiv, Yanukovych is expected to “take part in a Congress of the ‘Ukranian Front.'” The Congress is expected to reflect the chaos in the Ukraine, which will contribute to the idea that “it is politically necessary for the southeast to become a separate entity.”

    There are “17 buses carrying activists from Right Sector toward Kharkiv,” and Yanukovych is expected to “make [a] statement about [a] split of Ukraine.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/21/Ukrainian-President-Reportedly-Flees-Kiev-For-Kharkiv

  161. Darrell Issa has issued some “suspicions” that HRC told Panetta to “stand down” on Benghazi. “The Fact Checker” (WaPo) cleans his clock on the subject, and in the meantime shows that the real problem on the evening of 9/11/12 was with the DOD’s very slow response. Very enlightening, I hadn’t learned before of the DOD’s response.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/02/21/issas-suspicions-that-hillary-clinton-told-panetta-to-stand-down-on-benghazi/?tid=hpModule_f8335a3c-868c-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

    Issa made the remarks before a political audience, so the partisan tilt of what he said is obvious. The Republicans want to rub HRC’s nose endlessly into an incident for which she has already claimed responsibility. Somewhere along the line, I think even Republicans are going to get tired of this.

  162. “The Ohio Country, 1755. General Braddock’s British army has been annihilated near Fort Duquesne [now Pittsburgh]. The ‘French & Indian War’ has begun. With French-led raiding parties marauding on the frontier, Virginia now turns to its most experienced young leader, George Washington. For three years, Washington matches wits with ‘the most skillful of enemies,’ until finally the British government launches new campaigns against the French in America, and George Washington will face his greatest challenges of all….” http://www.paladincom.com/washfirstwar.shtml

  163. Great editorial from the NY Post. Remember that de Blassio’s real name is Wilhelm.
    =====

    Kaiser Wilhelm

    Memo to Bill de Blasio: You’re the mayor ­ not the king. Perhaps you should act that way.

    Alas, that hasn’t been the case for the past two months. Surrounded by political sycophants and seeing his 3-1 electoral win over Joe Lhota as a mandate (though 81 percent of registered voters failed to back him), he seems to think he can do whatever he likes. We’re not just talking about driving over the speed limit, as his car was caught doing this week, two days after he called for lower limits and vowed to hold “ourselves to this standard.” (And never mind that the very next day The Post caught him jaywalking.)

    Consider that in just the past few weeks, we’ve seen that de Blasio:

    • Personally placed a late-night call to the NYPD following the arrest of a political pal, Bishop Orlando Findlayter.

    • Is allowing his police department to withhold the bishop’s arrest report.

    • Has barred the press from a number of speaking engagements.

    • Omitted a speech to pro-Israel AIPAC from his public schedule.

    • Held secret meetings with members of the Obama administration.

    • Insists on taxing the wealthy for pre-K, even though Gov. Cuomo offered to give him state aid to fund it instead.

    • Refuses to answer questions he finds inconvenient.

    It’s starting to look like an imperial mayoralty. De Blasio has created an image of an official for whom the rules of accountability don’t apply, one who seems to have contempt for the public, the press and anyone who disagrees with him.

    Nor does he fear pushback even from fellow elected officials in the city. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Public Advocate Letitia James are both mute on the Findlayter episode, for example. (Would former Public Advocate Warren Wilhelm, er, Bill de Blasio have been so silent about then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg?)

    None of this bodes well for the city. It could be a long four years.

    http://nypost.com/2014/02/21/kaiser-wilhelm/

  164. “John McCain Calls Obama ‘The Most Naive President’ Ever
    —————
    I am not sure it carries much weight when a loon like McNutt calls you naive.

    There is nothing nada nicht naive about what this traitor, Obama, does.

    It is all planned–and no way no how by him.

    In boxing, the things that McNutt calls naive is like the rope a dope action in boxing.

    And McNutt and his fellow RINO necons are the dopes.

    On a related note, while Boehner is buying a Florida condo, his first lieutenant is saying

    We are now going to take a stand–against executive power.

    Wow.

    I wonder if they ever heard of the little boy who cried wolf.

    Nobody really believes them.

  165. One thing you find in life/

    If you are good at something, you don’t have to prove it.

    All you have to do is hint, and the understand.

    And words alone, detached from action, or the realistic prospects of action are ineffectual.

    That is Obama’s dilema on foreign policy.

    It is the RINO’s problem with opposing Obama.

    Too many lines in the sand, which when crossed engender no push back, only more retreats.

    Forgive me if I tell you I am sick of these useless jackasses–the whole lot of them.

    I will not be won by weaklings
    Subtle and swave and mild (today we call them passive aggressives)
    But by men with the hearts of Vikings
    And the simple faith of a child
    Dissolute damned and dispairful
    Cripped and palsied and sain
    Oh ye spawn of the gutter
    Take back your spawn again—

    Or words to that effect.

  166. S
    February 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    knuckleheads, really?

    she should know…if not for those ‘knuckleheads’ her husband would not be prez…and she would not be doing skits and dancing with actors in drag on Jimmy Fallon…
    —————
    Congratulations S.

    Best comment of the week!

  167. CNSNews.com) – The electricity price index soared to a new high in January 2014 with the largest month-to-month increase in almost four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Meanwhile, data from the Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, indicates that electricity production in the United States has declined since 2007, when it hit its all-time peak

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/electricity-price-index-soars-new-record-start-2014-us-electricity

  168. Honestly should she run the only ones who could beat her is another Obama type who
    the far left embraces and or Christie, warts and all. Biden may go for that far left vote but he has become such a joke it would be hard to see him winning mote than a handful of primaries.

  169. jbstonesfan

    February 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm
    —————-
    I think you have hit upon the only political strategy which is viable in the age when the media has taken sides and abandoned the truth. Remember how they hung Judge Bork out to dry. He had a track record which they could delve into and to distort and big media ate it up. The lesson for the ages, then, is this: if you want to win elections in the toxic environment which exists today, then rule number on is find a stealth candidate with no track record they can distort. Rule number two have that candidate equivocate on every issue–so as not to offend anyone. Rule number three make sure that candidate is multi racial with pink and purple pocadots so everyone can say geeee he is just like me. Rule number four smile while everything you do fails and the country goes to hell–the sheeple don’t know shit from shinola, but they know any candidate who looks them is the eye and grins like a possum eating shit out of a hairbrush is 100% trustworthy. Rule number five–every time mainstream media asks the candidate a question, and tells them I am not going to do your homework for you, you useless jackasses. As Casey Stengel said, look it up.

  170. So, What “Leader” Will Obama/Soros/EU Hand Power In #Ukraine? Probably ANOTHER Morsi

    Former Soviet citizen, now in USA is sick over what is happening:

    Americans were played like fools again by Soros/ EU/ Obama USA just as they were with Egypt, Libya and Syria. What leader will Obama and Company put into power in Ukraine?

    Probably someone like Morsi, a fascist-extremist..

    http://themadjewess.com/2014/02/22/so-what-leader-will-obamasoroseu-hand-power-in-ukraine-probably-another-morsi/

  171. FYI. A friend of mine who has a family member working for the NYPD told me that the security detail for de Blaise’s wife had to be removed early on when they complained that she smoked dope every day and they would have to arrest her.
    The info is third hand but it does not surprise me.

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