Managed Decline For America By Barack Obama

Update III: We write in one of our rare tweets on Twitter #Ukraine Olympics results: #Putin get gold, #Obama loser does not even get bronze. #Russia has determined leader #US has “managed decline”.

We thought we had heard every possible degradation of the English language from Obama. But the latest abuse beggars description. Did you know Russia is not invading Ukraine? No the U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”. It’s a variation of “you can’t rape the willing”.

Russian military planes and armored personnel carriers are entering Ukraine. “Just lean back baby. There’s nothing you can do so you might as well enjoy it” – words uttered by armies from time immemorial.



It was Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of America that inspired the Russian bear to come out of hibernation. The Russian Putin bear is back and all we bereft Americans have is a babe in the woods full of malevolence.



Who would’a thunk it? For one, the maligned Sarah Palin had it right. And Sista Sarah is appropriately reminding us of what she said at the twilight of America:

“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as “an extremely far-fetched scenario” by the “high-brow” Foreign Policy magazine. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

The highbrow mockers didn’t see what was obvious. As we noted in our first update “U.S. intelligence” up to Thursday night had not a clue. Mama Grizzly knew exactly what the Russian Grizzly Bear was up to.



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Update II: A good summary of today’s events can be found at this Open thread: Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 4:45. Obama has spoken and to say the least, words failed him, again.

We wrote in our penultimate paragraph below, “Expect Barack Obama, via Kerry, to draw a red line which will induce gut busting laughter from Vladimir Putin.” That prediction came true today in the form of new terminology. As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”. The line is not Syrian red but Obama-Kerry-Carney call it an “intervention” line. Putin must literally be be rolling on the floor laughing his ass off.

The “intervention” line for clowns must surely involve thirteen Russian aircraft loaded with thousands of Russian troops. Putin might just go for the Ukrainian throat and simply invade just to make sure everyone understands his very credible red line. Or will Putin be like the arrogant boyfriend who first brings in a backpack, then slowly some shopping bags full of clothes, then his electronics, and before you know it he has moved in, invasion accomplished.

Whatever. Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of the United States is now in full flower. Many are reviewing this video:



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Update: The assessment by what is called “U.S. intelligence” was a big “don’t worry, Russia is not going to invade Ukraine”. This morning that Panglossian foolishness was contradicted by Video: Armed men seize two Crimea airports.



The roads to the airports are blockaded, helicopters fly in and out, as Russian flags fly overhead. The original invaders have been replaced by men in camouflage uniforms.

This is the type of instability and militarism that rises when the world knows the White House occupant is a boob.

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This 2013 Superbowl commercial by Hyundai should inform American policy makers:



The skinny kid determined to get back his football, without a whine, understands fearless executive authority and the value of teamwork. The chubby kid grappling the bear should be in the Pentagon or State Department in charge of our response to the Russian grizzly and assorted nogoodniks. The black kid carries at least five times his own weight and is a hero to be valued in any effort. The hefty redhead isn’t hoisting donuts to his mouth – he’s getting ready to fight.

Here’s a variation of the commercial we like so much:



Tackle!!!

Barack Obama does not understand that Hyundai commercial. Obama prefers the delusional world of Panglossian HOPE to be embraced by children but not adults embroiled as leaders in a hostile world.

Earlier this week, via Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama announced to Russia that the United States won’t stand in his way. The United States, or rather Barack Obama – let’s not confuse the two – declared the American army will be reduced in size to pre World War II levels. It was brilliant timing if the intent was to signal weakness to Russia at a critical tipping point in the Ukraine and world-wide.

Already Barack Obama rolled over for Russia/Putin in Syria. Syria was a collapse of “red line” credibility. After the Obama “red line” surrender whenever Barack Obama declares this or that to be a “red line” world leaders will see a yellow streak. Back in April of 2009 we noted that world leaders consider Barack Obama a sucker ready, willing, and desirous of rolling over for them. The only difference between then and now is that, as reflected in polls, Americans now understand Barack Obama is a weak and indecisive creature.

That intelligent Pentagon cuts and costly programs designed only to keep congressional backers bringing bacon to their districts should and must be cut is not the issue. The issue is Barack Obama’s attack on America in the form of “managed decline”. Those two words are missing in the post Hagel surrender speech analysis.

Back in 2011 when we thought Republicans would mount a serious presidential challenge in 2012 we thought for sure that Marco Rubio would be on the ticket. One of the reasons, among many, for having the Tea Party Marco Rubio (not the immigration amnesty Rubio) on the Republican ticket we wrote was because a debate was sorely needed about Barack Obama’s policy of “managed decline”.

As we wrote back then, Barack Obama’s purpose is to manage the decline of the United States. We cited Charles Krauthammer on American decline:

“The weathervanes of conventional wisdom are engaged in another round of angst about America in decline. New theories, old slogans: Imperial overstretch. The Asian awakening. The post-American world. Inexorable forces beyond our control bringing the inevitable humbling of the world hegemon. [snip]

The question of whether America is in decline cannot be answered yes or no. There is no yes or no. Both answers are wrong, because the assumption that somehow there exists some predetermined inevitable trajectory, the result of uncontrollable external forces, is wrong. Nothing is inevitable. Nothing is written. For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice. Two decades into the unipolar world that came about with the fall of the Soviet Union, America is in the position of deciding whether to abdicate or retain its dominance. Decline–or continued ascendancy–is in our hands.

We wrote then that Krauthammer’s article “is essential reading” to understand the road to ruin Barack Obama wants to force march the nation onto. It wasn’t conservative Krauthammer however that prompted our ruminations on managed decline years ago. The unintentional never-the-less acid critique came from a fortress of liberal politics, The New Yorker. Yes, The New Yorker.

Liberal Ryan Lizza let the pig out of the poke:

“One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It’s a different definition of leadership than America is known for, and it comes from two unspoken beliefs: that the relative power of the U.S. is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the U.S. is reviled in many parts of the world. Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and modesty as well as military strength. “It’s so at odds with the John Wayne expectation for what America is in the world,” the adviser said. “But it’s necessary for shepherding us through this phase.”

What to Liberal Lizza is “balance” to world leaders is surrender. Grinning Barack Obama is leading America down the garden path to decline like sheep to the slaughter.

Back in 2011, or was it 2009, many Obama critics believed that the American “shining city on a hill” would wave the flag of surrender to the Forbidden City. But we were all of us deceived. The surrender is to the successors of those we vanquished in the Cold War.

Liberal Richard Cohen at the Washington Post misses a great deal in his discussion of Susan Rice and her recent performance of scripted lies. But it appears, optimistically speaking, that Cohen is a few years away from understanding that what he is describing is part of a greater arc that we call “managed decline with lies”:

“Susan Rice and the retreat of American power [snip]

Rice’s was a splendid performance, characteristic of an administration that values the sound of policy over its implementation. But it bore directly on another urgent foreign policy problem confronting Washington and the world: Ukraine. Of course the revolution in that country was discussed, and Rice warned Russia not to resort to force, saying that would be “a grave mistake.” She declared the United States on the side of the Ukrainian people, an airy but prudent generalization. This will have to do for the moment.

But matters may soon get out of hand. Russia may not permit the major nation on its southwestern border to align itself with Europe. It’s not likely that tanks will roll, but it is not all that unlikely that the Russian-speaking east of the country may turn to Moscow for support.

Ukraine on its own would be a formidable challenge. But it is not alone. [snip]

In the Middle East, Syria is flying apart, a Kurdistan is gestating, Iraq will never be the same. And in the Far East, Japan and China, feeling their nationalistic oats, bicker over a collection of rocks.

An increasingly messy world is looking for guidance. But not only does the United States refuse to be its policeman, it won’t even be its hall monitor. The utterly false choice in Syria articulated by Rice — America can do nothing because it won’t do everything — is noticed by the rest of the world. Obama threatened “consequences” if someone stepped “over the line” in Ukraine. Ah, another line. Is it red?

Economically the world grows closer together. Simultaneously, the world fragments and empires crumble. Believe it or not, these were the conditions that preceded World War I when nationalism burst all constraints. Four empires — the Russian, the German, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman — collapsed and the world hurtled toward an Armageddon that ended only with Hitler putting a pistol to his head and the Enola Gay obliterating Hiroshima.”

Cohen is concerned about “the retreat of American power”. Cohen is late to consciousness, again. Years ago the warning was made by us and by others. Tea Party Marco Rubio was one of those, who in his maiden speech to the United States Senate, warned a warning against managed decline:

“One of my favorite speeches is one that talks about our role in the world. It was the speech President Kennedy was set to give, had he lived just one more day. It would have closed with these words:

“We in this country, in this generation, are- by destiny rather than by choice- the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

Almost half a century later America is still the only watchman on that wall of world freedom. And there is still no one else to take our place.

What will the world look like if America declines? Well, today all over the world, people are being forced to accept a familiar lie, that the price for their security is their liberty.

If America declines, who will serve as living proof that liberty, security and prosperity are all possible together? Today, radical political Islam abuses and oppresses women, has no tolerance for other faiths and seeks to impose its views on the whole world. If America declines, who will lead the fight to confront and defeat them?

Today, children are used as soldiers and trafficked as slaves. Dissidents are routinely imprisoned without trial, and subjected to torture, forced confessions and forced labor.

If America declines, who will take these causes as their own? What will the world look like if America declines? Well, who will create the innovations of the 21st century? Who will stretch the limits of human potential and explore the new frontiers?

If America declines, who will do all this, and ask for nothing in return?

Motivated solely by the desire to make the world a better place?

The answer is no one will. There is still no nation or institution in the world willing or able to do what we have done.

Ronald Reagan described America as a shining city on a hill. Now, some say that we can no longer afford the price we must pay to keep America’s light shining. Others say that there are new shining cities that will soon replace us. I say they are both wrong. Yes, the price we will pay to keep America’s light shining is high, but the price we will pay if it stops shining will be even higher.

Yes, there are new nations now emerging with prosperity and influence. And that is what we always wanted. America never wanted to be the only shining city. We wanted our example to inspire the people of the world to build one of their own. You see, these nations, these new shining cities, they can join us, but they can never replace us. Because the light coming from them is but a reflection of our own. It is the light of an American century that now spreads throughout the world. A world that still needs America. A world that still needs our light. A world that still needs another American century.”



Today Russian ships, seeing no JFK in the White House, possibly in preparation to intervene in the people power rebellion in Venezuela which so mimics the Ukraine rebellion, secretly dock in Havana harbor. In the Ukraine’s Crimea, where the Russian Black Sea fleet is headquartered, the parliament building has been occupied by armed men hoisting the Russian flag over the legislature. Expect Barack Obama, via Kerry, to draw a red line which will induce gut busting laughter from Vladimir Putin. The ousted leader of Ukraine, sheltered by Russia, can expect Russian troop movements to bolster his claims to power or at least force Moscow’s way onto the Ukrainian populace. Russian military jets are already on the job sending a message of their own, real, red line.

Russia, China, tin pot dictators, rogue regimes, Islamic theocracy thugs are all on the move and ready to rise. Barack Obama is forcing America on a death march of managed decline – which leaves him all that time to golf and make celebrity appearances on TV.

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222 thoughts on “Managed Decline For America By Barack Obama

  1. Something smart Hillary said yesterday:

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-02-26/health/os-hillary-clinton-orlando-health-conference-20140226_1_hillary-clinton-good-data-czars

    “There is no doubt he has absolute authority. It is reminiscent of authority exercised in the past by Russian leaders, both the czars and their communist soviet leaders,” Clinton said. “You have to deal with President Putin from a position of strength and firmness, but not to the point where you push him into taking actions like he did in Georgia in 2008,” referring to Russia’s brief war with that republic.

  2. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is formulating a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine and is working with the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations that would provide the money.

    Kerry, speaking to reporters today at a roundtable in Washington, said the Obama administration is also considering additional direct assistance to Ukraine.

    “I don’t think it’s enough to be heralding the advent of democracy and not doing anything,” Kerry said. There is strong congressional support for providing aid to Ukraine, he said.

    Ukraine’s interim government is seeking as much as $35 billion in financial aid to avoid a default after Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from the presidency last week amid deadly protests. The U.S. guarantee may speed initial aid because past IMF aid proposals for Ukraine led to protracted negotiations, as the country’s leaders balked at austerity measures demanded by the lender.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/loan-Ukraine-Kerry-Russia/2014/02/26/id/554960#ixzz2uYyMva9m
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  3. If I were advising the bakery who does not want to bake the cake for the homosexual couple, I would tell them to farm out the job. In other words, have somebody who does not have those religious convictions bake the cake. That way the gays have the cake, the bakery does not have to do something against their will and everybody is happy. And best of all, big media has nothing to write about, and rub people’s noses in. This is the logical response to the problem, which is why Brewer never thought of it. If this were the only bakery in town, then my advice would be different. In the workplace employers are required to make a reasonable accommodation to religious preferences, so the concept is not novel. This is not the kind of issue that the nation should waste its time on. We have much problems to deal with.

  4. Managed decline is the kiss of political death for anyone who advocates it. It cannot inspire, because the end game of managed decline is not homeostasis, it is death. In the future, a different kind of leader will emerge who owes his or her allegiance to neither party, someone who has not made a name either by speech or by writing. Someone who has meditated in silence, and may not even realize his or her talents. That person will seize hold of opinions, of opportunity, of fortune, and will wrap himself in destiny, and will say all that my rivals tell you, I will carry out. He or she will be the negation of Obama, in every sense of the word. Obama will be relegated to the dust bin of history.

  5. Heckler’s veto:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/27/federal-appeals-court-schools-can-ban-students-from-wearing-american-flag-t-shirts-in-order-to-prevent-violence/

    Federal appeals court: Schools can ban students from wearing American-flag t-shirts in order to prevent violence

    The court’s ruling: School administrators can force you to remove your American-flag tee if the alternative is a classmate punching you in the face. That’s because, per the Supreme Court, students don’t have the same free speech rights at school that adults do on other public grounds. At school, the name of the game is order and instruction; you’re entitled to free expression to the extent you don’t interfere with those goals, but once you do, the school’s entitled to limit your expression accordingly.

    In other words, a bully can get the principal’s office to silence you by promising to beat your ass if they don’t.

    This is, as Eugene Volokh notes, a classic “heckler’s veto” in that it rewards a violent actor by suppressing the speech that’s irritated him instead of punishing him for being violent. What sort of incentives does that create? If the answer’s not obvious, here’s a snippet from the equal-protection section of the opinion that made my eyes pop. The students who had to take off their stars-and-stripes shirts wanted to know why students wearing shirts with Mexican-flag colors weren’t also asked to take off their shirts. Simple, says the court: No one was threatening to beat them up.

    If you want to make your classmate shut up, you need to credibly threaten violence. That’s how “free speech” works in the nation’s schools. Take a lesson, America.

  6. Federal appeals court: Schools can ban students from wearing American-flag t-shirts in order to prevent violence
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    The author of this opinion and those in the majority were Bill Clinton appointees. The author was a member of Perkins Coie, which is the law firm that represents Obama. Does anyone but me see the pattern?

  7. When assessing the weight to be accorded to judicial opinions it is important to note that they tend to be decisive in cases where the party they rule against lacks political power, and reticent, as we say with Roberts when the party they are asked to rule against has political power. At one time, it was said that the Supreme Court follows elections. Today, I would have to say it is a bit more than that.

  8. This is one of the issues that professor Turley mentioned in his testimony, namely the relative passivity of the courts in reigning in abuses of executive power. What I pointed out in my letter was that Madison was not inclined to be timid in this area, nor for that matter, was John Marshall.

  9. The public believes that judges are constrained by the law in deciding cases. Sometimes that is true. But more often than not there is legal authority on both sides of the question, therefore the judge will be called upon to decide which precedent to follow. Often that decision is based more on the political beliefs of the judge than the equities of the case. Roger Trainer was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California. He was a contemporary of Earl Warren and shared his values. Both men were judicial activists in the best or the worst sense of the word, depending on your political philosophy. My contracts professor was Trainers main law clerk. He told me that the way Trainer decided cases was he would make a political decision and then go tell his clerk to find him the case law to support it.

    In a related light, Professor Turley, a self defined progressive with a scholarly resume second to none, is sounding the alarm about Obama. He understands the importance of preserving the system of government bequeathed to us by our forefathers, in ways that others simply do not. Those people will not appreciate the virtues of our system until we lose is and descend into a type of dictatorship which offends their sensibilities. I can think of no better example of this than Jerry Seib, Chief Washington correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, who is among other things a closet supporter of Obama. To may amazement, he proceeded to defend Obama’s usurpation of congressional authority, as a remedy for gridlock. I wonder if he will be as cheerful about it when a Republican president invokes that same precedent against a democrat majority in some future congress. He is an ignorant man, when it comes to our system, and for that matter, human nature. Never liked him.

  10. wbboei
    February 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm
    This is one of the issues that professor Turley mentioned in his testimony, namely the relative passivity of the courts in reigning in abuses of executive power. What I pointed out in my letter was that Madison was not inclined to be timid in this area, nor for that matter, was John Marshall.
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  11. Tea Party Marco Rubio?
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    Not any more.

    He was swept into office by their vote, but his support for the Gang of Eight proposal has cost him dearly. He does poorly in straw polls and if the 2016 election were today, he would have no chance.

    As I read the comments from conservatives, the bloom is off the rose, and it will be a cold day in hell before they trust him again. Their attitude is fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    But things will fall apart on many fronts in the next three years, and as this occurs, and when this happens, they will take a second look at him. The demise of Christie creates a vaccuum.

    As more crises develop surrounding Christie, people grow weary of defending him.

  12. What a freakin’ price we are all paying for the first, half black President of the US.

    Three more years of this worthless slacker while America burns.

  13. Priceless> Here we have Krauthammer talking about what a belligerent thug Putin is, and in the background we see clips of Obama and Putin sitting next to each other, with Obama making out with him and doing his best girliemon routine.

    To me it looks like a bit of a disconnect. But to the sheeple, it is a case of Messiah Obama has brought peace and stabilility to the world, and all he had to do to get that peace was surrender.

    But given a choice between Putin and Obama, I would take Putin ever day. At least he is a mench, whereas Obama is a worm.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3268008277001/krauthammer-on-voters-remorse-on-obama/#sp=show-clips

  14. He’s evicting the children from their schools. I wonder if any of the parents voted for this man!
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    Comrade De Blasio Strikes Again: Shutters 3 Charter Schools, Evicts Hundreds Of Kids From Their Schools

    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall.

    “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem.

    “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor Deblasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”

    Fulfilling a campaign pledge to limit charter expansions within public school buildings, de Blasio revoked approvals granted last year by the Bloomberg administration to two new Success Academy schools and to a third that planned to expand.

    http://weaselzippers.us/177268-comrade-de-blasio-strikes-again-shutters-3-charter-schools-in-nyc-throwing-hundreds-of-kids-out-of-class-for-fall/

  15. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/28/gunmen-crimean-airports-ukraine

    Gunmen seize two Crimean airports in ‘military invasion’
    Ukrainian interior minister says overnight arrival of unidentified gunmen at Simferopol and Sevastopol airports is an occupation

    Gunmen seize two Crimean airports in ‘military invasion’
    Ukrainian interior minister says overnight arrival of unidentified gunmen at Simferopol and Sevastopol airports is an occupation [snip]

    In Simferopol, groups of armed men arrived overnight at the main airport serving the region. They wore military fatigues with no insignia and refused to talk, though one told news agencies they were part of a self-defence unit who wanted to ensure that no “fascists” arrived in the region from Kiev.

    At Sevastopol airport, a military airport that handles few commercial flights, a man who said he was a captain in the tactical aviation brigade but declined to give his name, told the Guardian there were about 300 people of unknown identity inside the airport. “We don’t consider it any invasion of our territory,” he said without elaborating.

    He said the men looked like military, were wearing two different types of uniform and were armed with sniper rifles and AK-47s. “We don’t know who they are, nor where they’ve come from.”

    He added that there were two large trucks inside. “They [the vehicles] looked like they could contain 50 people at a push, so how they got 300 people inside I don’t know,” he said

    A Major Fidorenko, from the Ukrainian military based at the airport, said the Ukrainians had been in touch with the unknown gunmen, who said they were there “to prevent unwanted landings of helicopters and planes”.

    In Kiev, the new interior minister, Arsen Avakov, wrote on Facebook: “I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation.”

  16. For our FLOTUS devotees. 😆

    The first lady will guest star on the season finale of Parks and Recreation, NBC announced Thursday. The one-hour season-six closer is slated to air Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m.

    Obama’s cameo will be in the episode titled “Moving Up,” which was filmed in late February in Miami, where she celebrated investments in healthier out-of-school programs as part of her Let’s Move initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. Amy Poehler was a special guest Feb. 25 during an event Obama held in Miami.

    http://t.co/XP3E9n24w6

  17. jesweezy said:

    If we move into 2016 as obsessed with the downside of Obama as we are now, we will never have her ear because we frankly don’t deserve it.

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    I think we would be foolish NOT to be obsessively concerned about the erosion of freedoms and rights under Obama’s regime. It would be risky not to be obsessively vigilant in protecting those rights and freedoms we still have. It would be dangerous not to be obsessively concerned about the circumvention of the rule of law and democratic process that has occurred under the Foolish Prince.

    Maybe there is an upside, to Obama, Jesweezy. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Obama care was pushed through with many flaws, unanswered questions, and as we now see, it was supported and sold with repeated lies from Obama. You can find some positive points about some small portion of the law. But you’ll never be able to alter the extremely problematic origin of the bill, the manner in which it was forced down our throats.
    You’ll never be able to change the fact that Obama’s repeated lies resulted in real human suffering. You’ll never be able to justify the speed and force with which this flawed bill was passed. And, you can’t deny that for Obama and the Dems, it was NOT about serving the needs of this country. It was about creating Obama a legacy of some kind, ASAP.

    You can build a palace on a pile of sand, but you’ll never make it a solid structure.

  18. Foxy, thank you. I loved seeing FLOTUS and “finale” in the same sentence. 🙂

    VH, that video was priceless.

  19. The volume of significant news going unreported in the establishment press has gone from astonishing to surreal. The best example of that, as intrepid NewsBusters posters have noted now for nine months, is the virtually complete blackout in the establishment press of developments in the IRS-conservative targeting scandal.

    Separately, left-leaning law professor Jonathan Turley warned a Congressional committee on Wednesday that President Obama’s extensive use of executive orders, executive actions, and unilateral regulatory moves threatens to enable the President, as Turley phrased it in a Fox News interview on Thursday, to “effectively become a government unto himself.” If Turley had made his statement in 2006 or 2007 during the Iraq War, it would almost certainly have become a media obsession. Instead, as will be shown after the jump, Turley’s testimony is being completely ignored by everyone except center-right news outlets and bloggers.

    https://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/02/28/jonathan-who-establishment-press-ignores-turleys-government-unto-himself#main-content

  20. freespirit
    February 28, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    Excellent response. But I fear it will fall on deaf ears. When you live abroad, you are insulated from the effects of what is happening here. Hence, it is much harder to get ginned up over it. It does not have to be that way however. All you need to do is listen to Professor Turley’s comments to understand the kind of tyranny which is afoot.

    I think it is neither prudent nor patriotic to keep your mouth shut when this is happening, and Hillary needs to hear the other side. I am quite sure there are many in the current power structure who are demanding that she be Obama III and Obama IV. She needs to hear the other side of the story from people who have spent chunks of their own lives supporting her in the past. We have a right to speak, and it is preposterous to say that we do not deserve to be heard.

    My feeling is we should speak what we believe to be true, and if it is not accepted, so what. It happens every day in all walks of life on issues far less consequential than this. I doubt that many of us on this blog are looking for an ambassadorship, in which case it might be prudent to be politically correct.

  21. Freespirit, Obama and ObamaCare supporters want to believe and to convince everyone else not paying attention that Hillary loves ObamaCare, supports it, and wants to fix it. The obvious rejoinder is what we have been pointing out for so long: Hillary has to get away from ObamaCare and Obama and she just took the first steps in that direction.

    Our next article will likely be about Hillary and ObamaCare (unless some new Obama boobery upsets the schedule) and her recent statements. The bottom line for us is that Hillary is much too slowly moving in the direction away from Obama and ObamaCare but that is the direction she will continue to move along because she has to if she wants to survive.

    In the articles (and comments) published by us on ObamaCare thus far we’ve noted the “have it two ways” Hillary tactic. We’ve now seen that phase come to pass with Hillary’s latest comments. Hillary stated on ObamaCare “mend it don’t end it” in essence which was a successful strategy for Bill Clinton on affirmative action. But that tactic will fail because on health care people are liable to die and everyone has an immediate and direct interest in healthcare and the abominations of ObamaCare.

    In addition, as we have repeatedly stated, ObamaCare cannot be fixed. Anyone who says they want to “fix” ObamaCare is really saying they want to repeal it because the “fixes” lead inexorably to destruction of the foundations of ObamaCare which are not built on sand as you say, but on sh*t.

    Hillary took the first steps away from Obama and ObamaCare in a way that tests how far she can go and how fast. Thus far the reaction from Obama and ObamaCare supporters has been muted which will encourage further movement away from the two zeroes. There will be a reaction and blowback sometime soon.

    But have no doubt, Hillary Clinton 2016 must run away from Obama and ObamaCare.

  22. Run, Hillary, Run, away from Obama:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/02/28/dreams-recovery/

    And it never happened, the Summer of Recovery, even all these summers and winters later. [snip]

    But you can tell me that the seasonally adjusted rate of increase in gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2013 was just downgraded by the Commerce Department from a decent 3.2 percent to a crummy 2.4 percent, bringing growth for the entirety of 2013 to 1.9 percent.

    You really, really have to try hard to keep the U.S. economy down this far for this long. It’s a striking achievement.

    And 2014 might not be much better.

  23. Our pricy POTUS… :mad

    The president spent over $7.3 million on just three trips in 2013, including $2.1 million to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in August, according to new flight documents provided by the Air Force to a public watchdog group.

    Judicial Watch told Secrets that the sky-high jet travel costs for the first family’s 2012-2013 Christmas vacation in Hawaii, their beach vacation on Martha’s Vineyard last summer and President Obama’s brief trip to California in August totalled $7,396,531.20

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/under-obama-air-force-one-cost-per-hour-jumps-27-to-228288/article/2544831

  24. Two types of Roach Motel:

    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/obamacare-plans-nearly-impossible-cancel/nd2s5/

    ORLANDO, Fla. —

    WFTV learned some people who signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act are finding it impossible to cancel their plans.

    Channel 9’s Lori Brown spoke with an Orlando man who’s been trying to cancel for more than six weeks.

    Andrew Robinson was looking forward to getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

    He has a small publishing business, and works part time, so he hasn’t had coverage.

    In early January he signed up for a plan that cost nearly $300 a month.

    About a half hour later he and his wife realized they could barely afford that.

    They quickly found a less expensive plan through Humana for $116 a month.

    I immediately called back Florida Blue and asked them to cancel the policy,” Robinson said.

    But he quickly learned canceling that coverage is no easy task.

    He said Florida Blue officials told him if he signed up for the other policy, his Florida Blue policy would cancel automatically, but the exact opposite happened instead.

    [Florida Blue] took the premium two days later and almost wiped out our account,” Robinson said.

    More than six weeks later, after spending 50-60 hours on the phone, his policy is still not canceled.

    Robinson is still waiting for the payment Florida Blue withdrew from his account to be refunded.

    “This is taking my patience right to the end. I’m on the verge of exploding,” Robinson said.

    Robinson said Florida Blue told him they can’t cancel his policy unless the marketplace notifies them of his new insurance, but the marketplace told Robinson that’s something they can’t do.

    He’s now considering closing his bank account, which he said will cause all sorts of hassle.

    “All this because Florida Blue just won’t cancel my account,” he said.

  25. Admin

    Hillary took the first steps away from Obama and ObamaCare in a way that tests how far she can go and how fast. Thus far the reaction from Obama and ObamaCare supporters has been muted which will encourage further movement away from the two zeroes. There will be a reaction and blowback sometime soon.

    _______________

    I hope she’ll ignore that blowback when it occurs. HRC has only to check the hit-list she allegedly has kept to see that any support promised her by Obama supporters is tentative, at best. If they don’t desert her because of differences with Obama over health care, they’ll desert her over something else. They don’t want her. Never did. She’s just their best hope, for now they believe, to keep Obama’s legacy safe.

    If Hillary has no hit-list, she can certainly refer to one of ours.

    It’s one thing to have voted for Obama out of ignorance. But, it’s quite another to have functioned as his human shield as he has attacked his own country – as the Kooks and the rest of the vile but always vocal prigs have done. The regular always-vote-den-crowd will likely support her no matter what. But the kooks and their ilk will do their best to ensure that no one ever has a chance to vote for her in the GE – no matter what she does.

  26. THIS IS A QUOTE FROM VACLAV KLAUS,

    THE FORMER PREMIER OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC.

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of

    entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and

    undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common

    sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man

    for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than

    Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the

    prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools

    that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is,

    after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as

    those who made him their president.”

  27. foxyladi14 February 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    President Obama just can’t seem to find anybody who wants to be seen with him. Michelle spent her birthday with “friends” in Hawaii. And now the presumptive Democratic Nominee for US Senate in Kentucky doesn’t want to have anything to do with him.

    That must be Alison Grimes, whom WJC is pushing to run against McConnell. It’s an important race if we can get rid of McConnell, and another pony in the Clinton stable.

  28. Update: The assessment by what is called “U.S. intelligence” was a big “don’t worry, Russia is not going to invade Ukraine”. This morning that Panglossian foolishness was opposed by Video: Armed men seize two Crimea airports.



    The roads to the airports are blockaded, helicopters fly in and out, as Russian flags fly overhead. The original invaders have been replaced by men in camouflage uniforms.

    This is the type of instability and militarism that rises when the world knows the White House occupant is a boob.

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  29. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ukraine-says-russian-marines-ring-coast-guard-base

    Ukraine says Russian marines ring coast guard base

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service says about 30 Russian marines had taken positions outside its Coast Guard base in the Sevastopol.

    The agency on Friday quoted the marines from the 810th brigade of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet as saying they were there to prevent any weapons at the base from being seized by extremists.

    In Moscow, the Defense Ministry had no comment.

  30. freespirit February 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

    “I think we would be foolish NOT to be obsessively concerned about the erosion of freedoms and rights under Obama’s regime.”

    OK, but let’s not stray from the subject, which is the Affordable Care Act. Our total opposition to it and lack of any positive alternatives is due to an unhealthy obsession with the Obama that I personally left by the wayside as of Nov 6, 2012.

    The erosion of freedoms and arrogation of power in the executive branch is a different matter from people’s healthcare. That’s what started our little discussion and that’s all I’m talking about.

  31. We don’t know what we don’t know here. Specifically, we don’t know whether this move by Putin was not endorsed tacitly, or off the record by Messiah Obama. If it was, I am sure he will have plausible deniability. There is a school of foreign relations which says that the world should be ruled by regional hegemons, and Russia, as well as Iran are certainly that. What we and Britain before us have tried to do is look at things from a unitary global perspective with the United States as the world policeman. Under Obama we are retreating rapidly from that role, and this nonsense of leading from behind is the antithesis of leadership. And now, will continue along that line to the point that we no longer control our borders, but the Beltway will always be secure even if it takes an army larger than McClellands to defend it. Yes, the boy is leaving behind him a fine legacy–Nero II>

  32. The erosion of freedoms and arrogation of power in the executive branch is a different matter from people’s healthcare.
    ————————–
    Only in the abstract. Under Obamacare however the two are inseparable. Obamacare is the common link.

  33. You have got to admire the way Putin is flumoxing Obama, on ever front. He gives him a helping hand on domestic politics in re. Syria and then reduces the Messiah and his country, to a state of irrelevance in foreign relations, while Obama stages a photo op with Vlad, both of them smiling and waving, and Vlad manages to get a Nobel Peace prize out of it. Judo champion, chess master Vlad. And his victim, who is not smart enough to know that he is the victim. But Bibi does.

  34. Admin says:

    In addition, as we have repeatedly stated, ObamaCare cannot be fixed. Anyone who says they want to “fix” ObamaCare is really saying they want to repeal it because the “fixes” lead inexorably to destruction of the foundations of ObamaCare which are not built on sand as you say, but on sh*t.

    Hillary took the first steps away from Obama and ObamaCare in a way that tests how far she can go and how fast. Thus far the reaction from Obama and ObamaCare supporters has been muted which will encourage further movement away from the two zeroes. There will be a reaction and blowback sometime soon.

    But have no doubt, Hillary Clinton 2016 must run away from Obama and ObamaCare.

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

    I could not agree more…Ocare is like an Octupus that is going to strangle us all if it is not stopped…take the best attributes…pre-existing, maybe kids on parents plan until 26, etc…and bring them into the 21st century with more competition, choices across state lines, and other less controlling and enslaving measures…

    get rid of the mandate…get rid of the link to the IRS, the NSA, the “HUB”…the “navigators”…the whole thing feels like Russian espionage…alerts going out just this week from the IRS about the “taxes” the IRS will collect from you for not obeying Ocare…

    this is not about healthcare…it is enough to make one sick…

    free us…don’t control and enslave us…

    I will be very disappointed in Hillary if she or Bill try to sell Ocare to us as a good thing for us…

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

    also,

    re: admin
    February 28, 2014 at 11:47 am
    people cannot cancel their health policies

    I mentioned something like this weeks ago…Ocare is beginning to verge on robbery…taking and keeping money that belongs to people against their will…causing all kinds of entangelements with banks, law suits, paperwork, on and on…

    and this is supposed to be about healthcare?!

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

    finally

    re: jeswezey says:
    February 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    OK, but let’s not stray from the subject, which is the Affordable Care Act. Our total opposition to it and lack of any positive alternatives is due to an unhealthy obsession with the Obama that I personally left by the wayside as of Nov 6, 2012.

    The erosion of freedoms and arrogation of power in the executive branch is a different matter from people’s healthcare. That’s what started our little discussion and that’s all I’m talking about.

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

    no one is straying from the subject…the ACA is part and parcel and at the heart of the erosion of freedoms and arrogation of power in this executive branch…

    …this executive branch and soley the Dims have constructed a vortex to control all of our lives and control a sixth of the US economy that god knows where the hell it is going…beginning with the IRS, the DHS, the NSA, etc…it has all been centralized very conveniently thru the ACA and “the HUB”…it is corrupt and intrusive to the core…

    now we are even seeing stories about people essentially be robbed of their money because they can’t cancel health care plans they do not want…

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

    @ wbboei
    February 28, 2014 at 10:55 am
    freespirit
    February 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Wbboei and freespirit have tried to simply and eloquently explain what is risk to citizens and taxpayers in the USA…some people get it…some don’t…

    perhaps your decision to leave an “unhealthy obsession with Obama by the wayside as of Nov. 6, 2012 colors or influences your critical thinking in your analysis of his actions and how they are effecting the rest of us…

    as you conclude “due to an unhealthy obsession with the Obama that I personally left by the wayside as of Nov 6, 2012.”

    most of us here at Big Pink have eyes both open and an astute and critical observation of what is going on in our country day after day…month after month…and now year after year…

  35. I am delighted to see that Mike Morrell is happy to be called back before Congress, to answer charges that he mislead them in his prior testimony about Benghazi. I am sure his new testimony will show that he was on the side of the angels. I am also happy to see that Louis Lerner will come back to congress so she can again take the Fifth Amendment, be held in contempt and sent to jail, where she belongs. She has no regard for the First Amendment or the Fourth Amendment, but for some reason, the Fifth Amendment for her has much allure.

  36. Special representative to Crimea: Thirteen Russian aircraft land at base near Sevastopol with 150 soldiers on each

  37. Ukraine says Russian marines ring coast guard base

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service says about 30 Russian marines had taken positions outside its Coast Guard base in the Sevastopol.

    The agency on Friday quoted the marines from the 810th brigade of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet as saying they were there to prevent any weapons at the base from being seized by extremists.
    —————
    It is time for a speech, script to read as follows;

    I, I, I, I, I, have uhhh, uhhhh, spoken with my dear friend, and tag team partner on solving the world’s problems, Vlad the Impaler, and he has assured me that this is nothing more than a simple training exercise, undertaken because his marines are getting fat and lazy because they have no one like my dearly beloved wife riding herd on them, and obsessing over their physical health, My predecessor, the vile evil and vainglorious Bush says he looked into Putin’s eyes, and told us he could trust him. What a foolish statement. I looked down his pants and knew he was serious. (Gales of laughter from big media, hip hip horray, they carry him out of the room on their shoulders, music rises from the orchestra pit, fade to black.)

  38. The game here was lost long before this. Assume you were Putin, that you believed the collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the greatest crises in history, and you wanted to rebuild it. Assume further that you and your shrinks had studied the mind of your main adversary in this project, his world view, and his timid approach to leadership, i.e. leading from behind, honoring his enemies, betraying his allies. Would it not be an easy decision. Why would you not push partisan advantage to the limits of its logic. Peace in our time, and building a working relationship with Herr Hitler. History warns us about that sort of thing, but because the Messiah believes that all history which preceded him is irrelevant, none of it registers. Besides, this is his last election. He is mouth and gutwind. He won’t do much but scratch himelf. The green light here could scarcely be more obvious. I can’t say as I blame him. Never give a sucker an even break.

  39. Picture Obama in the waning days of his presidency as that walking shadow described by Shakespeare: that poor player who struts and frets his hour on the stage and then is heard no more. A veritable idiot, full of sound and fury–and signifying nothing other than the demise of this nation.

    That said, the worst part of this for me is seeing the Neocon trio–McCain, Graham, and that stupid woman from New Hampshire, seizing the microphone and giving us one big unhealthy dose of their bullshit over this nasty business in Ukraine. When I look at those three, I begin to understand why H.L. Mencken called a faux patriotism like theirs, the last bastion of scoundrels.

  40. Wbboei, you say that “we don’t know whether this move by Putin was not endorsed tacitly or off the record by Messiah Obama.” When Obama drew a “red line” then allowed Putin to urinate on him and his “red line” that was tacit surrender to all and any never-do-wells.

  41. For JBStonesFan in particular:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/02/embracing-the-goals-of-people-openly-committed-to-ones-destruction-is-a-form-of-madness/

    So last night I saw a term I had not heard before, “The Jew Flu.”

    I’m not sure how I found the column from Haaretz on that topic. Someone may have tweeted the link, but regardless, it talks about what I’ve noticed regarding the obsession of the Jewish left with demonizing Israel beyond all rational thought.

    How is it that so many progressive Jews are happy to break bread with Islamists and other assorted Jew haters, but can only find harsh things to say about Israel?

    The Haaretz column was by Uzi Silber from 2009, but it rings true today when I see the Jews put out ahead of the BDS movement as cover.

    http://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-flu-the-strange-illness-of-jewish-anti-semitism-1.267172?v=2F6B60232F6E247CA2CADEE196DD5EA8

  42. Obama can Bully Governor’s tho. 😯

    Texas Governor Rick Perry presented a chilling summary of Obama’s meeting with a group of governors at the White House on Monday.

    Perry says Obama made it clear that he doesn’t trust governors to make decisions about their respective states on a variety of issues.

    Perry said, “I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. When you have governors, and we all compete against each other – we are the laboratories of innovation – and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’…that is really troubling.”

    It’s really not surprising because he is after all, the Imperial President.

    Obama threatened any Governor who spoke out against the out-of-control government spending according to Perry: ”As a matter of fact, I heard him (Obama) say in that meeting, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you’ll hear from me.’ If I’m a Democrat governor, if I’m a Republican governor, I’m highly offended by that.”

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/chilling-president-obama-threatened-several-governors-this-week/

  43. Update II: A good summary of today’s events can be found at this Open thread: Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 4:45. Obama has spoken and to say the least, words failed him, again.

    We wrote in our penultimate paragraph below, “Expect Barack Obama, via Kerry, to draw a red line which will induce gut busting laughter from Vladimir Putin.” That prediction came true today in the form of new terminology. As Russia takes over Crimea, Kerry, Carney warn Putin not to cross the “line”. The line is not Syrian red but Obama-Kerry-Carney call it an “intervention” line. Putin must literally be be rolling on the floor laughing his ass off.

    The “intervention” line for clowns must surely involve thirteen Russian aircraft loaded with thousands of Russian troops. Putin might just go for the Ukrainian throat and simply invade just to make sure everyone understands his very credible red line. Or will Putin be like the arrogant boyfriend who first brings in a backpack, then slowly some shopping bags full of clothes, then his electronics, and before you know it he has moved in, invasion accomplished.

    Whatever. Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of the United States is now in full flower. Many are reviewing this video:

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  44. Foxyladi14, that Palin story is a good laugh. Those that said Palin was stupid and Obama is smart don’t know the meaning of those words.

  45. Saturday’s New Moon in Pisces (12:00 am Pacific) is punctuated by a pile-up of planetary events, a major shifting of energies. Four planets (appear to) change directions within a week, and the rare abundance of stationary – apparently motionless – planets recommends rest, reflection and retreat.

    Mercury was the first planet to make the switch, from Retrograde (backwards) to Direct (forward) early this morning. Since February 6, Mercury Retro invited you to rethink your future vision, re-inspire your imagination and reconnect with your intuition. Perceptions and ideas that were submerged beyond the reach of your conscious mind now erupt into awareness – instant intuitive downloads, changes in perspective, and new possibilities for moving

    http://virgomagic.com/2014/02/28/pisces-new-moon-3/

  46. isn’t it interesting that the NSA tracks every single phone call, text, internet search, etc that we and the world make…

    but…

    they are making guesses about what is going on in the Ukraine…heard Wolf say the WH is watching TV and trying to figure out what it happening there…

    huh? all this freaking spying going on 24/7 by the US and O admin all over the world and they are blindsided by Putin…

    Romney and Palin both had the foresight and vision to anticipate these threats…O and the Dims, in his and their usual condescending manner… just laughed it off and started their personal attacks…

    who’s laughing now?

  47. wbboei

    February 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of

    entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and

    undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common

    sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man

    for their president.

    Truer words could not have been spoken/printed than those above!!!!! If this electorate could be so bamboozled by blacky the jumper, then the world sits in a very precarious position. Leadership from the United States is VITAL in maintaining a semblance of order in the world. For example, how many Russian naval task forces are assigned to police piracy? Russian naval doctrine promotes the use of a denial weapon (submarine) vs. the permitting weapon (aircraft carrier) on the open seas. How involved is Russia in terms of human trafficking? What steps are the Russians taking to stamp out AIDS? Cancer? Climate change? Global animal extinctions? What is China doing? These are the two closest economic powers and their focus is not general humanity, but rather advancing their own self interests. And in these troubling times, the electorate chose Bumbles Larue over Romney (he is no Roosevelt, but I am a little under 1300% certain that he would be better than uncle fluffy). If the people of this country elect leaders that don’t see us LEADING the world, the world will become a very dark and unhappy place as is happening right now (circa Turkey, Ukraine, Taiwan, Central Africa, and Egypt just to name a few).

    I don’t cry for the unions. I don’t cry for well meaning democrats that have now seen the light. I don’t cry for my community that has given this guy an unheard of amount of support for absolutely nothing in return. I don’t cry for well meaning liberals that just didn’t want to see another Bush in office, and for that reason voted for bumbles. They all saw what was in front of them and then CHOSE to get in line. I cry for everyone else and hope that we can all make it alive to 2017 to see him leave office. A cheer will rise up from all corners of the earth. Humanity will have evicted the never-do-well that is creating a horrible drag on its progress. And when he leaves office, I won’t support any company or cause he is out in front of, mostly because I don’t think he will support any causes, and if they choose him, I’m not sure I trust that company’s judgment.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  48. This is how World War One started.
    ====

    “Budapest Memorandum” Treaty Signed In 1994 May Commit U.S., Britain To Defend Ukraine

    If this is valid, it sounds like we may have a legal obligation to defend Ukraine.

    Via Daily Mail:

    A treaty signed in 1994 by the US and Britain could pull both countries into a war to protect Ukraine if Putin’s troops intervene.

    The Budapest Memorandum was signed by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine – as part of the denuclearization of former Soviet republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Technically it means that if Russia has invaded Ukraine then it would be difficult for the US and Britain to avoid going to war.

    Sir Tony Brenton, who served as British Ambassador from 2004 to 2008, said that war could be an option ‘if we do conclude the [Budapest] Memorandum is legally binding.’

    It promises to protect Ukraine’s borders, in return for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons.

    Today Kiev has demanded the agreement is activated after insisting their borders had been violated.

    In response Mr Brenton said in a BBC radio interview: ‘If indeed this is a Russian invasion of Crimea and if we do conclude the [Budapest] Memorandum is legally binding then it’s very difficult to avoid the conclusion that we’re going to go to war with Russia’.

    Keep reading…
    http://weaselzippers.us/177483-budapest-memorandum-treaty-signed-in-1994-may-commit-u-s-britain-to-defend-ukraine/#disqus_thread

  49. Update III: We write in one of our rare tweets on Twitter #Ukraine Olympics results: #Putin get gold, #Obama loser does not even get bronze. #Russia has determined leader #US has “managed decline”.

    We thought we had heard every possible degradation of the English language from Obama. But the latest abuse beggars description. Did you know Russia is not invading Ukraine? No the U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”. It’s a variation of “you can’t rape the willing”.

    Russian military planes and armored personnel carriers are entering Ukraine. “Just lean back baby. There’s nothing you can do so you might as well enjoy it” – words uttered by armies from time immemorial.



    It was Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of America that inspired the Russian bear to come out of hibernation. The Russian Putin bear is back and all we bereft Americans have is a babe in the woods full of malevolence.



    Who would’a thunk it? For one, the maligned Sarah Palin had it right. And Sista Sarah is appropriately reminding us of what she said at the twilight of America:

    “Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as “an extremely far-fetched scenario” by the “high-brow” Foreign Policy magazine. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

    The highbrow mockers didn’t see what was obvious. As we noted in our first update “U.S. intelligence” up to Thursday night had not a clue. Mama Grizzly knew exactly what the Russian Grizzly Bear was up to.



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  50. It has been a source of immense disappointment and shame that the progressive Jews are more hostile to Israel than your average citizen. I find the division in our community
    very disconcerting with lifelong friends no longer speaking.
    Also, the transformation of the Democratic Party to the anti -Israel party was accomplished by Obama with the help of very prominent Jews in both the senate and house who constantly give his anti-Israeli bias cover.

  51. The Premier who is concerned about our citizenry needs to remember how the who world stumped for Obama and flooded his campaign with illegal donations. They were as hopey feely stupid as any of our citizenry. He got himself reelected through abuse of his official powers and a lapdog media.

    I am half Russian, myself. My Grandmother left Russia to escape the revolution against the Czar. My people were middle class there, too and she had 6 brothers in the Czars army. Her father was an engineer for the railroad. She stowed away on a steamer when she was 13 years old. She did well and lived to be just 3 months short of 100 years old.

    And on another note, I filed a patent in November and when it came time to make the decision on the foreign patent rights, my attorney told me I could file with Russia for less than half the price because they just entered into the international patent system. So I filed with them. I got their approval yesterday. I will be waiting on the domestic patent for another year, most likely.

    So maybe I should learn a new alphabet and go back?

  52. Wbboei, you say that “we don’t know whether this move by Putin was not endorsed tacitly or off the record by Messiah Obama.” When Obama drew a “red line” then allowed Putin to urinate on him and his “red line” that was tacit surrender to all and any never-do-wells.
    ———————-
    Right. It had to be one or the other. Under my scenario, he told him go for it. I believe he is that kind of traitor, because of his mental state and because of his infamous pronouncement that I can’t do it now but wait until after the election when I will have more flexibility. Under the other scenario, which is based on past history, he showed Putin through the series of bluffs he ran that got called in Syria, that in the words of John Quincy Adams we are (NOT) a nation to be reckoned with.

  53. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/372298/krauthammers-take-obama-tells-world-we-arent-going-do-anything-about-invasion-ukraine

    Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Tells the World We Aren’t Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine

    As reports are coming in that Russia has placed 2,000 troops in Crimea, within the borders of Ukraine, President Obama said that “the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”

    Charles Krauthammer responded on Special Report tonight saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.”

    Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”

    “What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world,” Krauthammer said.

  54. jes, I thought I was on topic in responding to this statement of yours:

    “If we move into 2016 as obsessed with the downside of Obama as we are now, we will never have her ear because we frankly don’t deserve it.”

    I assumed from the reference to “downside of Obama” that you meant Obama in general, inclusive of ACA. If you meant strictly Obamacare, then I think we’ve seen some erosion of rights and freedoms within that act, as well.

  55. Lu4PUMA
    February 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm
    ————————–
    A fascinating story.

    And an excellent analysis.

    Russia lost many of her smartest people under the Bosheviks.

    Those that fled, those who died in the uranium mines.

    There is no difference in my book between a Bolshevik and a Bot, if you give both of them enough rope.

    The same goes for Obama.

    And the same goes for the elite class in this country.

    I happened to be reading a fine essay by the estimable Thomas Crown.

    He saw in the veto of the Arizona bill, something many did not see.

    The left drew a connection between a refusal to serve blacks in the south, and gays at wedding cake shops.

    He decimated that analogy and circled in on the real truth.

    It is part of the larger effort by the left to destroy Christianity.

    If this were the only cake shop in that city, then the point would be clear.

    It wasn’t.

    The gay activists and their fellow bolsheviks selected this shop to put the owners to a test.

    Whether to violate their religious faith or abandon their business.

    That, is soft terroism.

    If you hand a molotov cocktail to someone like that, don’t be surprised if they use it.

    Like Bill Ayers did.

    And just remember those are the same kind of people who are keen to take guns away from law abiding citizens.

    It is not about gun safety.

    It is about this: “it will take us time to enact the laws to get control of the American People”

    John Dingell, Senior Democrat in Congress, and confidante to Obama, ally in passing Obamacare.

    Bolsheviks, bots, and all other extreme leftists–what is the difference.

    Only the length of rope they have at their disposal.

  56. jesweey

    That must be Alison Grimes, whom WJC is pushing to run against McConnell. It’s an important race if we can get rid of McConnell, and another pony in the Clinton stable.

    _____________

    Those are my thoughts, as well. Bill C. is working KY for Grimes, which is one reason obviously, that Rand Paul tried to resurrect the Lewinsky issue there. It will be interesting to see who wins.

  57. Admin: I am shocked that Krauthammer is shocked and I suspect he really isn’t. He knows Obama is a narcissist and he has said as much, with full medical knowledge of what that mental condition entails. And, like me, he knows that where Obama is concerned, his response, repeated over and over in a host of different situations, cannot be otherwise. Why? Victo Davis Hanson forecast everything we see now, from the beginning in the following book, with a few comments attached which amplify the book and illustrate the perverse delusions of his supporters.
    ——————
    A Brief Critique of Obama Administration Foreign Policy

    By Victor Davis Hanson (2009)

    In this revealing broadside, Victor Davis Hanson explains how President Obama has imprinted his domestic ideology of victimhood onto a therapeutic, Carter-inspired foreign policy. In Obama’s vision, the United State renounces its role as a defender of the postwar order and instead becomes an agent of global change – one that questions our existing system of defense, values, alliances, interests, and commerce.

    In tactical terms, Obama believes that his ‘hope-and-change’ rhetoric and non-traditional background give him a moral authority abroad that will trump any inconsistency in U.S. foreign policy. But, as Hanson explains, at some future date, regional hegemons like Iran, Russia and China will demand even more acquiescence on the theory that the present government of the United States either will not object, or will do nothing concrete to stop them.

    Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and also the author of books such as The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, etc.

    He states early in this 2009 booklet, “Foreign-policy mistakes take time to mature; the serial tepid response to radical Islamic terrorism in the 1990s, for instance, did not bear bitter harvests until 2001.” (Pg. 6-7) He suggests that with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama in 2009, “the (Nobel) committee hit pay dirt, and, in a new first, awarded a prize for ‘elegantly expressed’ intentions rather than real achievement—in hopes of influencing ongoing American foreign policy.” (Pg. 9)

    He argues, “Israel now finds itself on its own in a way that it never was in its past relationship with the United States. Should there be another Mideast war, intifada or air strike on Iran, there is real doubt that the present administration would remain a reliable ally or, indeed, wish to continue as a supplier of key parts, military assistance and foreign aid.” (Pg. 11)

    He asserts, “In exasperation, the president thinks that he can either continue his inaction on Afghanistan and wait for a spontaneous Iraq-like American turnaround (a military solution he once scoffed at), or he must grant concessions to obtain an exit for American forces. That would entail inviting the Taliban to cogovern and would be tantamount to an American defeat, giving radical Islam a stunning military and psychological victory after their humiliating defeat and costly setback in Iraq.” (Pg. 18-19)

    He observes, “During the first year of the Obama administration, those previously deemed hostile to the United States earned more attention than staunch allies.” (Pg. 31) He adds, “Concession and appeasement might defuse tensions in the short-term, but this creates bills that will come due in the future when emboldened belligerents take risks that they otherwise might not have if the United States had refused to wear a ‘kick me’ sign on the back of its foreign policy. It is no surprise that … China, India, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan… either paraded new nuclear-weapons systems or announced long-range plans for stepped-up nuclear development.” (Pg. 33)

    He muses, “Bill Clinton began his first year with similar claims on a radical new foreign policy, one to be far more humane than George H.W. Bush’s calculating realism. But after… the 1994 midterm correction, Clinton moved to the center at home and abroad and was reelected in 1996 for his efforts… By 2000, Clinton was not merely considered a centrist in domestic policy but was acknowledged abroad as more of a Harry Truman than a Jimmy Carter.” (Pg. 39)

    And no review would be complete without a word from a couple of deranged bots:

    This book is pure right wing propaganda. It has the same intellectual/academic integrity as Hitler’s Nazi propaganda (Phd: piled higher and deeper)

    The author of this book must feel real dumb now that it turned out that the Obama Administration oversaw the decapitation of al Qaeda, starting with bin Laden, and that he would be tougher on terrorism than Bush in general (Earl the Pearle Diamond)

    Which only goes to show that not all the idiots are in congress.

  58. Right-on, S.

    This statement is priceless:

    “It was Obama weakness and his policy of managed decline of America that inspired the Russian bear to come out of hibernation. The Russian Putin bear is back and all we bereft Americans have is a babe in the woods full of malevolence.”

    “Babe… full of malevolence” describes him to a tee. He’s also full of something else.

  59. The Phd quoted above is seeking that degree in basket weaving. Lord knows we need more basket weavers than lawyers, still when they venture beyond the limits of their discipline, their opinion carries little weight. Like Kathy Griffin and Jeane Garafulo and David Gregory and Chris Matthews they have a sexual thing about Obama and love is blind.

    As for Earl the black pearl, laughing and feeling so superior to Hanson by pointing to Obama’s spectacular success in beheading al Qaeda, I gather that this cheap shot was tendered prior to Benghazi. But that is typical of untermenchen like Earl. They fail to study history, human nature and strategy. By nature, discipline and professional background Hanson does, and armed with this knowledge, he is able to forecast future events. Whereas Earl, like so many bots, is ignorant of such things, and like Pavlov’s dog, salivates when the Obama machine rings the dinner bell, even though there is no dinner.

    Unfortunately, there are too few Hansons, and people who listen to them, then there are deranged loose cannons like Piled Higher and Deeper and Earl The Pearl. And that is why what the former President of Czechoslovakia said what he said and why it resonates as true.

  60. The pivotal question now becomes, what happens to a narcissist when the world does not conform to his vision? If you ask the world’s leading expert in the area, Sam Vakin, you learn that the angry ossified child is likely to emerge. But before that, the prevailing characteristics of that disability will become more acute and pronounced. Then, big media will have even more to hide from the American People. The difference between Obama and them is he cannot help himself, whereas they can. Hence, of the two, they are the more culpable. I notice Time Magazine is starting on a project to build Obama’s legacy. If they stick to the truth, it will be bare as a goat’s ass and long as a whore’s dream.

  61. The next thing we are apt to see is that old crustacean Senator John McNutt (R-AZ) rush on television and say something like the Russian aggression in the area of Ukraine makes the proposed cuts to the military impossible, and dribble on about that with saliva running down his chin. This assumes he can put down his video poker hand held device long enough to pay attention to what is going on, or screaming about wacko birds, who are the natural enemy of dodo birds like him. And it will fall on deaf ears with Obama, because he harbors the world vision described by Professor Hanson, above. A resumption of the cold war, is incompatible with his hope and change vision, therefore he will offer polite meaningless words, hollow threats and no constructive action.

  62. Obama’s “myRA” will sieze your retirement accounts

    I hope folks remember Barack Obama’s State of the Union drivel this past January. Part of the lies and distortions spewed by the fraud-in-chief is his “myRA” plan. The one he touted to help people give up their retirement accounts to the government … er … save for retirement. When the government gets access to money, especially American taxpayer’s money, the need to spend that money is uncontrollable. There is somewhere around $19 TRILLION in private retirement account in America. Is there anyone, liberal or conservative who believes those in the government isn’t trying to think of ways to get at that money?

    David Fischer at Western Journalism posted an interesting and startling piece today. Here are some excerpts …

    “myRA”: An Official Step Toward Seizing Your Retirement Accounts

    Obama, during his most recent State of the Union address, revealed a new plan called “myRA”, which will be a government managed retirement plan. Obama signed this program into effect one day after his announcement by his executive order.

    http://conservativehideout.com/2014/02/28/obamas-myra-will-sieze-retirement-accounts/

  63. Hows that Presidential hiring of a 2 year Senator with a crap employment record working out for ya Democrats……..?

  64. Hello, Vlad . . . I have been trying to reach you . . . the reset button has blown a fuse . . . and your operatives have connected the hot line in my office to a 1-900 line . . . the only date I am looking for right now . . . big boy . . . is with you . . . how could you do this to me . . . okay, I know, I owe you one on account of you bailing out my ass on Syria . . . and I did say I would have more flexibility to sell out my country after the election . . . and I did renege on the Bush promise to give an anti missile defense to Poland and Czechoslovakia . . . and I have rewarded my friends and punished my enemies, but it was for you Vlad . . only for you. I love you Vlad, but I am beginning to feel that love is unrequited. I am under intense pressure from my enemies in the this county, who cannot understand what a love as sublime as yours and mine is, to do something. I thought we would rule the world together. I interceded on your behalf with Soros and his cronies on the Nobel Prize Commission and have their assurances that a Noble Prize with your name on it will be forthcoming. But now I must do something, so my enemies cannot misrepresent my intentions and say that I am weak, and that your fine KGB people that I am acting like a lover spurned. So I contemplating sending a strong message, by sending Monster Power AND Susan Rice to the UN to make a speech for me saying that what you are doing now is not nice. And if you capture the capital and make me look even worse, I will tell the world that we are no longer friends but fremenies. So as you see Vlad, I am not kidding around here.

  65. Big media meanwhile gazes in admiration, wildly applauds, and pulls out their fruit of the loom undergarments and begs for his autograph. The greatest speech is history says ABC News, Knows how to deal with his adversaries, and we can all learn something here says Time Magazine, and woe betide the big media denizon who forgot to bring his fruit of the loom undergarment for signature. There may never be a better moment than this for these scumbags who installed the Liar In Chief to be part of history. There will never be another like him whispers George Step and Fetch I to Ly’n Brian who whispers back yea I know, but we must not be seen agreeing with eachother because the world believes we are competitors and not merely low life Obama operatives.

  66. The State Department picks out the preferred community for refugees and the UN designates who is and who isn’t a refugee. And what do the residents of that community have to say? Nothing!
    =====

    Target Memphis: Another Massive Mega-Mosque Compound in Middle America

    Memphis is one of those gateway cities in which the State Department dumps whole Muslim communities under the Refugee Resettlement programs. The OIC (Organizaion of Islamic Cooperation)-driven UN designates who and who isn’t a refugee. Is it any wonder that Christians are trapped in Muslim countries while jihadists are welcomed here with full entitlements? These towns and cities like Lewiston, Maine, Nashville, Emporia, Kansas et al that are designated as “preferred communities” don’t know what hit them. Memphis is a “preferred community” for refugees, according to the US government, which is doling out grants to further assist these hostile invaders.

    Now that beleaguered city is getting a seven-million-dollar, 63,144-square-foot mega-mosque. Who pays for these mosquestrosities?

    Here is a typical account of what happens to an otherwise oblivious town when invaded:

    See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/02/target-memphis-another-massive-mega-mosque-compound-middle-america.html/#sthash.UtcLucv5.dpuf

  67. Correction: punished my friends and rewarded my enemies

    and drawn a few red lines here and there in invisible ink

    (Note: This is why he is keen on becoming the unitary executive and it hearkens back to the greatest despot in history, Bonaparte, who insisted on unity of command as the first axiom in Napoleonic Military doctrine. In Obama’s case, unity of command is established by placing the three governmental departments Madison spoke of and insisted remain separate, the executive, legislative and judicial under his will, under his command and subject to his will. He achieves that objective by appointing radical judges with no prior judicial background to the bench and a lawless attorney general as the chief law enforcement officer, usurping legislative powers through the wanton and promiscuous use of executive orders and treaties, and ensuring that a stooge like Harry Reid is installed and marches to his drum. And he masks all of this “transformation” by giving cheap baubbles to the most corrupt–and corruptible branch of government, namely the Fourth Estate.)

  68. Those lawless radical judges will then rubber stamp whatever he does, without regard to the Constitution.

    I remember how shocked Greta was that Holder would evolve from a seemingly competent judge into what he has become today. I have thought about this, and come to the conclusion that there is no mystery to it. As a district court judge, he was focused on factual issues, more than matters of policy. That alone helps to explain it. But the more important reason is that as a district court judge, he was subject to the oversight of the appellate court with Republican appointees in the majority. Now, in is current position those constraints have been removed and the wisdom of Lincoln’s words are applicable: if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. And the more absolute power he has, the more about him you will learn. By now perhaps, Greta understands that, which means one more mystery about this corrupt man and administration is solved.

  69. Obama, shrewd operator that he is, has devised one other way to resolve the lovers quarrel between him and Putin: a water polo match between the uppity aristocrat John Kerry and whatever Ivan Skavitsky Skavar that Putin wishes to put up, perhaps even Putin himself. Obama will watch the event from the sidelines, and giggle like a little girl–with George Step and fetch it under the table–as in that great Dorothy Parker line, one more drink and I will be under the host. (Note: Muslim loving Kerry is cast in the role of Abdul in the stanzas that follow);

    The sons of the Prophet are brave men and bold
    And quite unaccustomed to fear,
    But the bravest by far in the ranks of the Shah,
    Was Abdul Abulbul Amir.

    If you wanted a man to encourage the van,
    Or harass the foe from the rear,
    Storm fort or redoubt, you had only to shout
    For Abdul Abulbul Amir.

    Now the heroes were plenty and well known to fame
    In the troops that were led by the Czar,
    And the bravest of these was a man by the name
    Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

    He could jump twenty yards and tell fortunes at cards,
    and strum on the Spanish guitar.
    In fact quite the cream of the Muscovite team
    Was Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

    One day this bold Russian, he shouldered his gun
    And donned his most truculent sneer,
    Downtown he did go where he trod on the toe
    Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

    Young man, quoth Abdul, has life grown so dull
    That you wish to end your career?
    Vile infidel, know, you have trod on the toe
    Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

    So take your last look at the sunshine and brook
    And send your regrets to the Czar
    For by this I imply, you are going to die,
    Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

    Then this bold Mameluke drew his trusty skibouk,
    Singing, “Allah! Il Allah! Al-lah!”
    And with murderous intent he ferociously went
    For Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

    They parried and thrust, they side-stepped and cussed,
    Of blood they spilled a great part;
    The philologist blokes, who seldom crack jokes,
    Say that hash was first made on the spot.

    They fought all that night neath the pale yellow moon;
    The din, it was heard from afar,
    And huge multitudes came, so great was the fame,
    Of Abdul and Ivan Skavar.

    As Abdul’s long knife was extracting the life,
    In fact he was shouting, “Huzzah!”
    He felt himself struck by that wily Calmuck,
    Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

    The Sultan drove by in his red-breasted fly,
    Expecting the victor to cheer,
    But he only drew nigh to hear the last sigh,
    Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

    There’s a tomb rises up where the Blue Danube rolls,
    And graved there in characters clear,
    Is, “Stranger, when passing, oh pray for the soul
    Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.”

    A splash in the Black Sea one dark moonless night
    Caused ripples to spread wide and far,
    It was made by a sack fitting close to the back,
    Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

    A Muscovite maiden her lone vigil keeps,
    ‘Neath the light of the cold northern star,
    And the name that she murmurs in vain as she weeps,
    Is Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

  70. Off thread topic & increasingly a problem:
    Strassel: All the President’s IRS Agents.
    The targeting of groups opposed to the Democratic agenda has not ended—it’s gotten worse.Feb. 27, 2014.

    Snip. And now we have new IRS regulations, which will formalize the crackdown on 501(c)(4) political speech. The IRS has no business here—there is a bipartisan Federal Election Commission to enforce laws about political speech. But the FEC can’t be controlled by the White House, and Democrats have been unable to pass new speech restrictions through Congress. Democrats are instead fully vested now in using the IRS to shut down criticism by outside groups of ObamaCare, overspending or (ironically) the IRS targeting. Even liberal groups are howling about the White House’s use of the IRS to silence political speech, and the House on Wednesday passed a bill to delay the regulations. The White House’s response? A veto threat. At a Senate Judiciary Committee markup Thursday morning, Texas’s Ted Cruz offered an amendment to prohibit IRS employees from deliberately targeting individuals or groups based on political views. It was unanimously rejected by every member of the Democratic majority. The IRS targeting was shocking because Americans expect that agency to be free of politics. In the age of Obama, that era is over. Only when Washington recognizes the IRS for the political tool it has become can it start to fix the problem.
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303801304579409420120090960

  71. holdthemaccountable

    March 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

    At a Senate Judiciary Committee markup Thursday morning, Texas’s Ted Cruz offered an amendment to prohibit IRS employees from deliberately targeting individuals or groups based on political views. It was unanimously rejected by every member of the Democratic majority
    ————
    Naturally.

    And when we have a republican president, I fully expect that these dimocrats will have no objection to him or her targeting left wing groups as well.

    Like it or not, precedents are being set.

    But to empower the IRS to embark on these search and destroy missions?

    The most hated instrumentality in government, with a proven track record of violating civil liberties.

    I know when I raise the question that for big media Obama’s edicts rise to the level of papal decree.

    But for those of us who are not as corrupt as they are and worship a different god, this may not be as smart as they believe.

    As for the Republican Party, they continue to sit in on a poker game where the dealer, i.e. big media is uber corrupt, and complain about the results, I have no sympathy.

    It hearkens back to a comment made by Shakleford in is race to the South Pole which was won by my people, meaning Amundsen. Shackleford looked at one of his forlone crewmen and expeditioners and complained he comes to Antarctia and complains about the weather?

  72. Only when Washington recognizes the IRS for the political tool it has become can it start to fix the problem
    ——————
    If the real game here is the uniparty vs the American People, then the will to recognize and fix the problem, and thereby open up a channel for the American People who do not have a microphone or the money to be heard to protest the effects of their policies, I expect that the will to fix this problem will be elusive–unless we get Cruz or Lee as president. I do not think a RINO will do anything beyond the cosmetic to really fix the problem. I do not want to fix the problem. All I want is a headline. That is how they think–except for the outsiders who represent the people and therefore threaten the fine little heaven of the elites.

    I hope I can look back on what I am saying and eat those words. How wonderful it would be to be wrong about this. How wonderful it would be for the dimocrats to heed the timeless words of one of their own, i.e. Professor Turley. But the way it works is six years in office and you have a lifetime pension, plus all you can steal. Contributors first, party loyalty second, and constituents last. This is one thing I like about LaRoche. He is right sometimes. And where he is really right is how to approach all political discourse in order to preserve your own integrity against the forces of self interest. You must adopt the view that you are immortal and will have to answer to posterity and the unborne for the things you do today which harm their interests. Not a bad credo to live by. And that is why in my letter of support to Turley, I emphasized the value of the system of government bequeathed to all of us by our greatest lawyer and confidante to George Washington, Madison, and which we hope to pass on to posterity, notwithstanding the conniving machinations of one mentally unbalance man. Yes there is more at stake in stake in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in his philosophy, even though it is supported by those who purport to be the liveliest intellects of our time.

  73. But what about the muslims in Arizona?
    =====

    Obama sues to allow Illinois Muslims to refuse to perform their designated job for religious reasons and not get fired

    So, according to the Obama administration, if you are a Muslim in Illinois who signed a contract to work for a company, but you find that you just don’t want to do something your boss tells you to do, why, you just don’t have to do it. Oh, and if you are fired for refusing to do the work you contracted to do, why, Obama will sue your employer for you.

    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2014/03/01/never-hire-a-muslim-reason-114-obama-sues-to-allow-illinois-muslims-to-refuse-to-perform-their-designated-job-for-religious-reasons-and-not-get-fired/

  74. Leanora

    March 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

    ——————-
    When your goal is to tear down the Christian foundations of this nation and the destroy the Constitition, in favor of a secular dictatorship, then this is most definitely a means to that end. It is only when you examine it in the narrower context of advantaging one faith over another that a direct inconsistency appears. I think Obama’s goals are clear and unambiguous. Likewise, the complicity of big media in this entire scheme. In for an inch is in for a mile. None of them are the least bit troubled by this, as long as their jobs are secure and they are making money hand over fist. Yes, it all makes perfect sense. No more of this temporizing about a good family man–we have no hard proof of that. No more of this nonsense about an intelligent man in an intelligent house in an intelligent city–that is delusional. The proof we do have all points in the direction of a demagogue with a chip on his shoulder and an agenda to destroy this nation. It is hard for me to understand why this is so hard for millions of Americans who presumably do not want their country destroyed to wrap their minds around this simple truth, and to be so easily and so completely bamboozled. Is their hatred for white people, Christianity and this nation really that intense. Evidently.

  75. Nancy P is pissing off her peeps. Nancy apparently takes rules and traditions about as seriously as does Barack.

    ____________

    from: Roll Call

    “Pelosi Ignites Caucus by Choosing Sides in Ranking Member Battle”

    By Emma Dumain Posted at 6:02 p.m. on Feb. 28

    House Democrats could soon be at war.

    The internal drama over who will take the top Democratic slot on the Energy and Commerce Committee next year has spilled into public view, with some lawmakers unhappy with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for taking sides so early — or at all.

    Pelosi stunned colleagues on Thursday with a letter outlining support for her fellow Californian and close friend Anna G. Eshoo against Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, and now some Democrats find themselves in a difficult position. House Democrats put significant stock in years of service when doling out plum committee assignments, and the simple choice of picking the Energy and Commerce Committee’s current No. 3 — Pallone — now has been complicated by Pelosi’s endorsement of Eshoo, who is No. 5 in seniority.

    Many lawmakers and aides told CQ Roll Call they don’t see stark enough differences between the members to justify waiving the seniority precedent and allowing Eshoo to leapfrog over Pallone. Both lawmakers, they have argued, are equally able to do the job, and there is little reason for Pelosi to choose sides so publicly in a move surely aimed at influencing undecideds.

    One House Democrat said Pallone has paid his dues.

    (snip)
    http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/pelosi-picks-eshoo-over-pallone-energy-commerce/

  76. New Snowden Doc Reveals How GCHQ/NSA Use The Internet To ‘Manipulate, Deceive And Destroy Reputations’

    from the and-not-just-terrorists dept
    A few weeks ago, Glenn Greenwald, while working with NBC News, revealed some details of a GCHQ presentation concerning how the surveillance organization had a “dirty tricks” group known as JTRIG — the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group. Now, over at The Intercept, he’s revealed the entire presentation and highlighted more details about how JTRIG would seek to infiltrate different groups online and destroy people’s reputations — going way, way, way beyond just targeting terrorist groups and threats to national security.
    Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140224/17054826340/new-snowden-doc-reveals-how-gchqnsa-use-internet-to-manipulate-deceive-destroy-reputations.shtml

  77. So whats the chocolate teapot President been up to today, has he issued anymore, do what or i say or i’ll scream and scream and scream ultimatums…jesus, The US looks like a complete asshole on the world stage about now because of this useless fuckwit who is about as tough as a an elastic band and i am insulting an eleastic band in doing so.

  78. Frank Pallone Jr. is a blithering idiot. I do not exaggerate one iota. A blithering idiot. If you saw him promote Obamacare, and the resulting cancellation of insurance for 5 million people, I swear to god he was on drugs. He had that loopy look about him and kept saying over a dozen times, that the cancelled policies were lousy and the victims of this legislative malfeasance should be glad to have no insurance since the government websites were not working. Apparently that is what they mean by paying his dues. This guy is so bad that he makes Biden look sober, respectable and circumspect in his comments. For Pallone, Bidenisms like telling a paraplegic to stand up and be recognized are amateur hour. If you want to see a real fuck up in action, tune in to Pallone. Therefore, I must say that for once in her miserable existence, Luberack was right, but for the wrong reason, i.e. crass patronage. The sheer insanity of Frank Pallone was never good and sufficient cause to bar him from high position. Want proof? I give you Harry Reid.

  79. On The Edge blog http://snunes.blogspot.com/ links to the article below from Economic Populist. The segment of the article I posted is long, but the article in entirety is very long and detailed with (if accurate- and it seems to be) some scary info.

    This article discusses Estate Recovery, which was a provision in legislation passed in 1993, allowing government to recover money spent on hospitalization and nursing home care for Medicaid patients over 55 years of age (soon to be reduced to 45 years of age) from their estates. The author makes the point that with Medicaid eligibility qualifications expanding, and people being “tossed” onto Medicaid sometimes without their knowledge and often without their consent, the government will be essentially robbing the graves of the people it forced to be placed on Medicaid. Barack used and built on the existing Estate Recovery clause, vastly increased the number of Americans to which it would apply, and giving the government the right to steal their assets at their death. It’s a kind of death tax that most people don’t know about, and even if they did, they couldn’t do a damn thing about.

    Article also indicts committee members who, with full knowledge of and endorsement, subjected Americans to the effects of this sneaky scheme.

    _____________________

    “Picking the Financial Bones of the Dying and the Dead”

    Submitted by Paul Craig Roberts on February 11, 2014 – 9:54pm

    The anonymous Obamacare expert, who provided us a year ago with the most complete account of Obamacare available, has returned with an explanation of estate recovery. Obamacare herds the poor into Medicaid which requires some enrollees to forfeit homes and other assets they might have to the state to cover the cost of their medical care. The research article below is meticulous and demonstrates that Obamacare was not enacted to serve the people.

    Obamacare: The Final Payment
Raiding the assets of low-income and poor Americans

    Since writing “Obamacare: Devils in the Details” posted on this site on February 3, 2013, I have investigated in detail other aspects of the insurance industry’s program to bring health care to Americans. In this article I explain estate recovery to which poorer Americans herded by Obamacare into Medicaid are subject. In violation of moral philosopher John Rawls’ second principle of justice, some of the poorest Americans will pay thehighest cost of health care as they, and they alone, are subject to having the family home and any other assets they might possess confiscated by the state in order to reimburse Obamacare for thecost of their medical expenses. The compassionate rhetoric aside, Obamacare makes the poor pay the most.

    Under what was deceptively named the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, which is unaffordable for the patient in more ways than one, beginning January 1, 2014, citizens without health insurance must pay a tax penalty to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Qualified individuals and families with incomes between 138 and 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) can shop for commercial insurance policies at a Health Insurance Marketplace (an exchange) and may be eligible for a subsidy from the government to help pay for a plan. Those with incomes at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level will be tossed into Medicaid unless there are specific reasons why they would not be eligible.

    The Federal Poverty Level incomes for different family sizes for 2014 established by the Department of Health and Human Services can be found here: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm To determine whether you will be put into Medicaid, find the Federal Poverty Level annual income that applies to your family size for 2014 from the HHS tables and multiply the amount by 1.38. If your annual income is not larger than this amount, into Medicaid you go. For example, to avoid being put into Medicaid by Obamacare, a single individual in the 48 states and D.C. needs an income that is more than 138 percent of $11,670 (more than $16,105). A family of four needs an income that is more than 138 percent of $23,850 (more than $32,913). Poverty level incomes in Alaska and Hawaii are higher due to the higher cost of living in those states.
    You won’t find estate recovery in the ACA. It’s in the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993 (OBRA 1993)–a federal statute which applies to Medicaid, and, if you are enrolled in Medicaid, it will apply to you.

    ESTATE RECOVERY:

    OBRA 1993 requires all states that receive Medicaid funding to seek recovery from the estates of deceased Medicaid patients for medical services received in a nursing home or other long-term care institution, home- and community-based services and related hospital and prescription drug services regardless of age. It also allows, at state option, recovery for all services used in the Medicaid state plan at age 55 or older. At minimum, states must pursue recovery from the probate estate which includes property that passes to heirs under state probate law, but states can expand the definition of estate to allow recovery from property that bypasses probate. This means states can use procedures for direct recovery from bank accounts and other funds. The state keeps a running tally, and even if you have a will, your heirs are chopped liver. Estate recovery can be exempted or deferred in certain situations after your death, but the regulations for this are limited and complicated with multitudes of conditions.

    Your estate is what you own when you die–your home, other real estate in which you have a legal interest, personal property, bank accounts, annuities and so on. For cash-strapped states, recovery provides an income stream, and with the expansion of Medicaid states will be in dire need of money, particularly in the current economy.

    You must first understand that if an exchange determines you are eligible for Medicaid, you have no other choice. Code for exchanges specifies that an applicant is not eligible for a subsidized plan to the extent that he or she is eligible for coverage under Medicaid. Therefore, when you apply, if you are found eligible, you will be tossed into Medicaid. You can also be auto-enrolled in Medicaid if you are presumed eligible through a database such as SNAP (food stamps). If you are enrolled in a subsidized private plan through an exchange and your circumstances change making you eligible for Medicaid, in you go.

    Obamacare revises Medicaid regulations in order to make more Americans eligible for Medicaid. Revised regulations include an increase in age and income limitations, and the asset test no longer applies. Prior to these revisions, applicants were not eligible for Medicaid if they had more than a specific dollar amount in assets. But, under Obamacare, those who likely own a home or have savings set aside–for example, early retirees or people who have lost their jobs and, as a result, are in a low income bracket–will find themselves in Medicaid, and their assets will be looted by the government when they die for medical services used at age 55 and up.

    Estate recovery can have a damaging impact on low-income and poor Americans. It is a pernicious death tax on those who have the least and are the most vulnerable. Often, the only asset they have is the family home and what’s in it, and, for some, this has been the family home for several generations. The threat of losing the home causes people to forego health care.

    Home equity is part of a deceased Medicaid recipient’s estate and except under certain circumstances is subject to estate recovery. Surviving family members may either sell the home and use the proceeds to satisfy the Medicaid claim or, if they wish to keep the home in the family, they can satisfy the claim with their own personal funds. This Medicaid clawback not only confiscates family property but also robs people of their dignity as Medicaid allows only an amount it considers reasonable for services provided by a funeral home and burial costs. In some states, funeral homes are responsible for notifying Medicaid if there is excess money in a burial trust fund so it can also be pillaged.

    Some might think it fair that those who are enrolled in Medicaid pay back the benefits they received. However, under a mandate that requires all Americans to be covered by health insurance or pay a tax penalty to the IRS, estate recovery is unconscionable since Obamacare offers no other viable option for this income-segment of the population. It also discriminates by age since only Medicaid enrollees who use benefits in the state plan at age 55 and up are subject to estate recovery, but those who use benefits at age 54 or less are home free unless they receive long-term care. Under federal law, discrimination is not permitted on the basis of age, but, obviously, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to to its own law. Perhaps, when states need more money due to the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid, and as the jobless economy continues causing more people to be eligible, age discrimination will be broadened to 45 and up.

    You may be eligible for an exemption from having to pay a penalty for being uninsured if you meet specific requirements–for example, if you are in jail, if you have a sincerely-held religious belief that prevents you from seeking and obtaining medical care, if you are eligible for Medicaid under its expansion but live in a state that opted not to expand Medicaid, if you are a member of an Indian tribe, and several other situations. But there is no exemption for people who refuse to sign up for Obamacare because of the Medicaid estate recovery program.

    Since the plans at the Obamacare exchanges are income-based, you may be put into Medicaid when you apply for insurance. Or, you may start off enrolled in a subsidized plan, confident that estate recovery won’t apply to you, but several months or a year later, due to a change in your circumstances, find you have been tossed into Medicaid. You can increase your income in order to avoid Medicaid, but it would have to remain over 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level throughout the taxable year. If paying for insurance will deprive you of food or shelter, you can try filing for a hardship exemption, that is, if the government site is working smoothly, and if you can find the form. It is important to understand how this income-based scheme works so you can figure out how best to survive the many caveats of Obamacare. To learn more and what to watch out for, read my lesson on how Obamacare works,see Obamacare a Primer.

    Estate recovery was not an unintended consequence of Obamacare. The House Ways & Means Committee and The House Energy & Commerce Committee share jurisdiction over health care, including Medicare and Medicaid, and both worked extensively on Obamacare. So, don’t bother thinking that the members of these committees didn’t know that estate recovery would impact millions of Americans who would be tossed into Medicaid. The asset test was dropped and the age limit was increased explicitly in order to expand Medicaid. Yet, did We the People hear any concern about estate recovery? Certainly not in the many floor speeches given by Democrats as well as Republicans or from the media.

    Obama stated during his 2008 presidential campaign that transparency would be the leverage needed to ensure that people stay involved in the national health care reform process. The expansion of Medicaid was part of the process. Did Obama or your representatives tell you that Medicaid, depending on your age, is a loan subject to deferred payment by your estate? Did they tell you the government subsidy for a private plan at an exchange is a loan, that must be repaid if your income increases? Transparency was highly selective. The bait was shown but not the hook.

    Obama also often made the point that the public should receive the same level of coverage and care as members of Congress. Medicaid is hardly the same level of coverage and care, but, aside from that, tell us, Mr. Obama, because your health care is funded by taxpayers, will your estate be subject to recovery?
    The fact that Obamacare did not revise existing federal statute–in other words, it retained estate recovery–most certainly undermines the compassionate rhetoric about helping low-income and poor Americans.

    http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/picking-financial-bones-dying-and-dead-5524

  80. moononpluto

    March 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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    Putin gets approval to move against a legitimate government to protect ethnic Russians, like Hitler did to Austria, Poland and Russia to protect ethnic Germans and in Washington it is happy hour if you are a democrat. At this very moment Putin is trembling at Obama’s veiled threat that there will be costs, and big media is saying take me along (to the cocktail party) if you love a me. Putin is withdrawing his ambassador over Obama’s ill timed and self defeating comments, to make his victory over the delusional messiah complete. If the sheeple don’t give a shit, why should I. Rome burns but it is all just le bon temps roule.

  81. Upper house to demand recall of Moscow ambassador to U.S.

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s upper house of parliament will ask President Vladimir Putin to recall Moscow’s ambassador from the United States, the chamber’s speaker said on Saturday.

    Valentina Matviyenko, the head of the Federation Council, asked the Council’s Committee on Foreign Affairs to draw up a proposal setting out the demands to Putin.

    http://news.yahoo.com/upper-house-demand-recall-moscow-ambassador-u-160038208–finance.html;_ylt=AwrBJR9bBBJTxhQAp0nQtDMD

  82. MoonOnPluto, please refrain from complimenting Obama on this website. Calling Obama “useless fuckwit” tough as an “elastic band” is much too generous to that abomination that occupies the White House. We know there really are no words to describe the subversive abomination that occupies the White House but we must try harder to find a vocabulary of insults fit to describe the stench that occupies the White House.

  83. admin, lol. :)is this good enough?

    DeMint: Obama Must Show ‘Global Leadership’ in Ukraine Crisis
    Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint today called on President Obama to provide “global leadership” rather than “weak statements” in responding to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin and “the thugs in the Kremlin” need to fear U.S. intentions. snip “Going forward, President Obama must understand that his ‘reset’ with Russia has been a disastrous failure and that his promises to Putin of post-election ‘flexibility’ have backfired. He must also rethink his entire policy of deserting our friends and cozying up to our enemies, as well as plans to neuter our military might. But now, what we need is clarity and global leadership.”
    http://blog.heritage.org/2014/03/01/obama-must-show-global-leadership-ukraine-crisis/

  84. Well what can i use, lower than a worms tit, sounded too generous too, now i dont know what to use.

  85. The White House in a “hastily arranged” press conference warned Vlad the impaler there will be consequences–NYT
    ————————–
    The only mystery here is why this press conference was hastily arranged. Aren’t Messiahs supposed to be omniscient. That is what they have been telling us. If so, then why was the great one, and his big media dirtballs caught flat footed? More hope and change perhaps? Or was it just that Mike Morrell is no longer in the CIA massaging the intelligence to make Obama look like he knows what he is doing?

  86. Upper house to demand recall of Moscow ambassador to U.S.
    —————–
    I quite agree. The Messiahs insenstitive racist insults against the rights of self determination of ethnic Russians demands a strong response. Putin needs to withdraw his ambassador from Washington, kick Obama’s contributor who pretends to be an ambassador from Moscow, and insist as a condition of detante that Obama undergo sensitivity training so he understands the plight of ethnic Russians.

  87. Question: Is Obama the new Rodney Dangerfield, meaning he gets no respect from the people who count? Given the bitch slapping he has received from Putin, the answer would appear to be an unequivocal yes. Obama said there would be costs associated with Russian action, but he was never specific as to what those costs would be and to whom they would be directed. Probably American citizens. Here is what I am getting at. The stability of our currency depend in no small measure on a perception our adversaries that we are a nation to be reckoned with. We know that Russia, Iran and some of our allies have been talking about a new reserve currency, and Soros who is hell bent on destroying this nation, has been encouraging them. Could that be the ultimate effect of Obama’s inactions?

  88. Not one world leader likes Obama because Obama is a flippant charlatan and they all know it.

    We knew Obama would be behind the worst foreign policy crises ever…I am so glad Hillary got the hell out of dodge because right now this is a clusterfuck for Obama and Kerry and Hagel.

  89. I must tell you that I was disappointed but not surprised that the dimocrats would follow Obama to the Capitol Hilton like poodles and trip the light fantastic at the very moment our prestige in the world is going down like a head shot goose.

    It leads me to believe that they are on a merry go round which is traveling do fast that they have become giddy, and unable to get off.

    Also, it suggests that Professor Turley’s message to them is falling on deaf ears.

  90. Not one world leader likes Obama because Obama is a flippant charlatan and they all know it.
    ——————-
    Not necessarily moon. Lest we forget, Castro endorsed him for re election, and so did others. I would venture to say that anyone who hates the United States and aims to take it down, would be delighted with Obama, because he is doing the heavy lifting for them.

  91. Admin: at some point managed decline becomes mismanaged decline, which is even worse. At some point, Herr Obama morphs into daffy duck. Look out Putin, you are about to be apologized to by the messiah. Personally, I find his insensitivity to the plight of ethnic Russians to be intolerable, and I am working myself up to the same kind of fever pitch over it as we saw with Jean Garafulo. It is up to Obama to repent of his sins and undergo sensitivity training before he returns to office. That is a non negotiable demand. Community organizers of the world unite. And repent of your sins.

  92. Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine

    A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.

    “The President’s national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon,” reads the full statement.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skips-national-security-team-meeting-russia-ukraine_783659.html

  93. When nothing is going well in the United States,

    the world is on the edge of several wars,

    and there is no reported NEWS for weeks…

    makes we wish we had spy cameras insides the Whitehouse to see,

    what the Hell is going on in there?

    Without big parties and vacations, is anything else really happening?

    They don’t have Hillary tossing rocks at the windows to wake them up any more.

  94. Garbage scow Maureen Dowd finally comes to the conclusion we did years ago that Obama is a big nothing. Here’s some of the acceptance that Obama is just a minor footnote in history, not the transformational messiah idiots believed him to be:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/opinion/sunday/dowd-brace-yourself-for-hillary-and-jeb.html?smid=tw-NYTimesDowd&seid=auto&_r=0&referrer=

    “Barack Obama, who once dreamed of being a transformational president, will turn out to be a mere hiccup in history, the interim guy who provided a tepid respite while Hillary and Jeb geared up to go at it. [snip]

    The Clintons don’t get defeated. They get postponed. [snip]

    When the Clintons lost to Obama, they simply turned Obama’s presidency into their runway. Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, and a passel of other former Obama aides, are now helping Hillary. And Bill is out being the campaigner-in-chief, keeping the Clinton allure on display in 2014.”

    There is a lot of the stale Hillary hate from the corpse of Dowd in her latest bit of rubbish. What is good is to see that even Dowd realizes Obama is a flaccid dud.

  95. Tweet of the night…..

    “Vladimir Putin is successfully blitzkrieging entire countries. Barack Obama got owned by an insurance policy website. Advantage: Putin.”

  96. “The Clintons don’t get defeated. They get postponed”

    I’m sure MoDo doesn’t consider this a good thing, but I do love the idea.

    That crazy heifer finally says something that makes sense. How bright these NYT columnists are. How their educations from prestigious universities have paid off. They can write droll commentary, sizzling satire, scathing editorials, but they don’t know a two-bit con-artist when they endorse and protect one – as he glides effortlessly into the Oval on the magic carpets they placed underneath his sorry ass.

    First term he focuses on partying, entertaining movie stars and rap stars in the WH, golfing, and preparing to unleash ACA. Second term he focuses on partying, entertaining movie stars and rap stars in the WH, golfing, and issuing edicts and orders. Like Moses descending from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, Barack breezes in from the golf course, takes up his “pen and phone” and issues commandments.

    With all that Barack has done – and has not done, in March of 2014, 6 years into Barack’s regime, Maureen Dowd’s keen powers of perception kick in, and she recognizes that Barack is not the great, sexy, breath of fresh air and supreme messiah she thought he was. Her parents must be proud.

  97. Article linked at The Tygrrrr Express. http://tygrrrrexpress.com
    Video of Barack linked in article.

    ___________________

    “Yes, I can… President’s Obama’s abuse of power”

    By Eric Golub, Communities Digital News

    LOS ANGELES, February 25, 2014 — During a daytime stroll with an ideological soul mate, President Obama gave Americans keen insight into his thinking. Video captured a sound byte in which Obama told French President Francois Hollande that one of the great things about being the American president is, ”I can do whatever I want.”   

    Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/yes-i-can-presidents-obamas-putin-like-abuse-of-power-10606/#qDD451pXXyVGTJ2V.99

    There’s a video link at article.
    Yes, I can… President’s Obama’s abuse of power
    By Eric Golub, Communities Digital News
    LOS ANGELES, February 25, 2014 — During a daytime stroll with an ideological soul mate, President Obama gave Americans keen insight into his thinking. Video captured a sound byte in which Obama told French President Francois Hollande that one of the great things about being the American president is, ”I can do whatever I want.”   

    Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/yes-i-can-presidents-obamas-putin-like-abuse-of-power-10606/#qDD451pXXyVGTJ2V.99

  98. Well that was a screw-up. I didn’t think it posted, couldn’t stay connected to internet. Firefox apparently wants to sell mac cleaning software. It’s constantly failing to link to Hillary 44 site. It’ll get there, then flash off to an error page. Then, the next time I go to firefox, it’ll say I need to buy software to clean my mac – which doesn’t need cleaning. I’ll be using safari from now own. Anyway. the above post got really botched. Sorry.

  99. freespirit
    March 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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    The way around this is for the party in question to set up a trust and transfer the assets they own into that trust so that they are not part of the estate upon death. However, there is what they call a look back provision in the law, which allows the state to reclaim assets transferred into the trust five years or less prior to decedent’s death. Therefore, estate planning sooner rather than later is indicated. Wealthy people can afford to hire an estate planner to manage such contingencies, whereas people of modest means cannot. Often they die with no other asset than the house they live in, and the beneficiaries under the will expect to receive that asset consistent with the terms of the will. Thus, they are unpleasantly surprised when they find out that the government takes to house to satisfy medicaid costs. Medicaid is generally used by poor people, so once again under Obama the middle class gets screwed and the upper class escapes scott free. It is hardly surprising that the wealthy love Obama, but the middle class and lower middle class would not if they had any inkling of what he is really doing to them. They buy the sizzle not the steak.

  100. The other way to manage that contingency is for the person with the house to convey the house to the beneficiaries while he or she is still living, in fee simple absolute, while reserving a life estate for themselves, which expires upon their death. This was the way it was done 50 years ago. Whether the claw back provision would apply in that case I do not know. Real estate law and estate planning are way over my head. Also, in some states the claw back period will vary. Anyone faced with that situation should seek competent legal advice from a qualified expert. That expert needs to understand how Obamacare will affect these rights.

  101. I listened to an audio lecture which purported to explain the mysteries and hidden gotchas of Obamacare. That act is Byzantine in complexity, with a trap door behind every corner. I learned absolutely nothing from that lecture, and part of the reason for this is every part of it is to be determined. As a result, Ms. Luberack told us yet another lie when she said we would have to pass the law in order to find out what is in it. The law has been passed, and if this expert is any indication, we still do not know what the law provides, except for added cost and coverage we don’t need.

  102. When the Clintons lost to Obama, they simply turned Obama’s presidency into their runway. Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, and a passel of other former Obama aides, are now helping Hillary
    ——————-
    Jim Messiah–yes we know about the pizza faced albino leper who tells SEIU thugs to attack tea party people in St Louis, that resulted in a black conservative vendor being viciously attacked, an former aid to Harry Reid and Deputy Chief of Staff under Raham Emanuel who likes to threaten people in the showers.

    But what about the rest of that sentence, i.e.

    “-a passel

    – of former

    -Obama aides

    Let’s parse that one out

    A passel means a large group

    Okay, who are they, how many, what are their jobs???

    How do you know this—you are not exactly an insider, are you?

    Of former. . . in other words, they are not currently employed by the liar in chief but helped him in times past.

    If there is any truth to this, this is a large group of campaign operatives who served Obama

    Whose expertise lies in cheating in every sense of the word.

    Opinions about them may vary but in my book they are scum.

    Is Hillary the one who is employing those low lifes, or is it Soros?

    Are they being employed for campaign purposes, or to deny them to other potential candidates?

    Are they being employed in lieu of the people who served her faithfully in 2008?

    I am just saying you cannot trust Modo, without knowing where she gets her information.

    On the odds, it is a combination of hearsay, spite and a personal hatred she bears toward Hillary which is deranged.

    Which is hardly surprising because the paper she works is deranged as well.

  103. That crazy heifer finally says something that makes sense. How bright these NYT columnists are. How their educations from prestigious universities have paid off. They can write droll commentary, sizzling satire, scathing editorials, but they don’t know a two-bit con-artist when they endorse and protect one – as he glides effortlessly into the Oval on the magic carpets they placed underneath his sorry ass.
    ——————-
    Those prestigious universities gave them a to the manor borne attitude, and simultaneously educated the common sense out of them. Thomas Sowell, the hero I recently had to put in hac for 24 hours because he attacked Ted Cruz wrote a whole book about these people entitled “The Vision of the Annointed”, which proves to a fare thee well how fucked up they really are, and how they are destroying this nation. I think this is getting down to Noah’s Ark time, where the few good journalists left in big media need to get over to FOX and survive, because the Great Flood is about to happen. Let’s see, who is worth saving. Number 1 on my list is Sharyl Attkisson who is the best investigative journalist ever. Johanathan Karl might be worth dropping a life ring in the water for. Ditto Major Garrett. I have a soft spot in my heart for Dana Bash for the one time she challenged Obama. The rest of them? To the slaughterhouse. Greenspan can save Andrea Mitchell, if her colleagues do not get to her first.

  104. What to do with David Brooks . . . I’ve got it. He can be the hood ornament on Noah’s arc. Tom Friedman? Hope he knows how to swim. No, I really don’t.

  105. Update III: We write in one of our rare tweets on Twitter #Ukraine Olympics results: #Putin get gold, #Obama loser does not even get bronze. #Russia has determined leader #US has “managed decline”.
    ————
    Obama gets the BOOB-IE prize. But since he is a crony capitalist, bent on the privatizing profits (for Soros et. al.), and socializing the losses, the middle class gets the boobie prize and he keeps the Nobel Prize.

  106. Shadowfax

    March 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    When nothing is going well in the United States,

    the world is on the edge of several wars,

    ———————-
    Yes indeed Shadow:

    “Things fall apart, the center cannot hold (snip)

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

    And everywhere the blood dimmed tide is loosed.

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned.

    The best lack all conviction

    While the worst are full of passionate intensity”

    —Yeats, The Second Coming.

  107. Did you know Russia is not invading Ukraine? No the U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”. It’s a variation of “you can’t rape the willing”.
    ——————-
    Eventually, Obama will be telling us it was a Bar Mitzvah. And the sheeple will accept that explanation. And his approval rating will reach 60% according to Rassmussen with an MOE of plus or minus 50 percent. Hitlers take over of the Sudatenland to protect the rights of ethnic Germans was an uncontested invasion as well. Panzer tanks helped make it uncontested. Ditto Russian tanks here. Ly’n Brian Williams will read the White House script, and ad lib about Obama’s firm resolve–to do nothing.

  108. sorry. a non contested ARRIVAL. Perish the thought that the Obama spinmeisters would characterize this busman’s holiday as an invasion. Were they to do so, Obama would come under pressure to react. But if it is just an arrival, well then it is nothing to get excited about, and as he says its party time. Except for the people who are not ethnic Russians. Their fate at the moment looks rather bleak. But Messiahs cannot worry about trifling matters such as that. Not when the golf god beckons.

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    stodghie • 10 hours ago

    Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine

    A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/

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    0getfitnow1 stodghie • 7 hours ago

    Just like Benghazi — where is he?

    Tomorrow he’ll tell us the Russian invasion was caused by a video.

  110. Is it that Obama gets no respect, or is it that he gets the respect he deserves which is no respect. It is a conundrum. A riddle within a riddle.
    ——————————————————————–
    President “Mouse Fart” Obama Fluffs Again

    By Larry Johnson on February 28, 2014 at 6:51 PM in Current Affairs

    Why does Barack Obama not understand the concept of STFU? Seriously, his latest performance today trying to portray strength and warn Russia to stay out of the Ukraine was a pathetic, empty, meaningless gesture.

  111. Breaking : Ukraine warns Russia that Crimea intervention will lead to war

    ……………………..

    Good luck with that…..it’s exactly what Russia is banking on you doing. Ukraine is in no position and Russia would have its soldiers and machinery in Kiev in no time just like they rolled into Czechoslovakia in 1968, its the Breshnev Doctrine and Operation Danube all over again…..In that instance…Lyndon Johnson did nothing just like Obama will do now.

  112. AFP: Ukrainian security chief says the country is calling up all military reservists

    ………………………………

    We are headed for a full scale conflict but one that will end very quickly.

  113. Moon–I remember the incident you are talking about. What I am concerned about here is all the mistakes Obama has made on foreign policy which led up to the today, when we cannot do anything. It is like Victor Davis Hanson talked about–the idea that what happened on September 11, 2001 was the end result of mistakes which were made during the 1990’s. The idea that there is a period of gestation before cumulative mistakes result in a debacle. The other thing is foreign policy depends on how you adversary perceives your will and capacity to react if he takes a certain action. I am just saying that Putin would not have dared to try this with Reagan, Bill Clinton by the end of his second term who was more like Truman than Carter, or with Cheney. But Obama made it a point of telling him by word and deed that he would not stand up to him. The first indication of this was when he reneged on Bush’s promise to give a missile defense system to Poland and Czechoslovakia, when Putin objected to it. Obama is a push over and the world knows it. A joke, and every day he proves it.

  114. Exactly Wbboei, Putin knows he can do anything he likes and the rest of the world will not do anything…

    FFS the US and USa announced this morning they are taking this immediately to the UNSC…….Russia loves the UN, so say hello to the Russian Veto…absolutely ridiculous.

    Obama is a pushover, all the world powers know it……At least with Reagan, Bush, Clinton, people knew where they stood, those Presidents had balls……this ones balls are in his wifes handbag. He just does not give a shit, he’s bored, too disinterested, its a distraction for him, that is all.

  115. Michael Shrimpton – Obama born in Mombasa Kenya – British Intelligence have recorded phone call

    British Intelligence, specifically MI-5 acknowledge that they were aware of DNA on Obama from a water glass while he was at a gathering in NYC.

    This isn’t a birther deal, it’s factual.

    It doesn’t get much better than Obama also admitting he was born in Kenya on a wire tap.

    It’s impossible the members of the U.S. congress didn’t know about Obama the farce as Nancy Pelosi submitted and eligibility form that didn’t say Obama was eligible to run for President of the United States.

    You didn’t really expect her to fall on her sword for Obama did you?

    http://dancingczars.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/michael-shrimpton-obama-born-in-mombasa-kenya-british-intelligence-have-recorded-phone-call/

  116. Obama’s Presidency is de facto ended, its only procedurally now, he has in sitting back doing nothing for the next 2 years.

    Most Useless President Ever.

    Russians running rings round him , lapping him in the race.

    Its the most embarrassing period in the life of the US and people though Bush was bad, he makes Dubya look like General Patton.

  117. To my mind? Unbelievable.
    2/28/14. US Navy admits it needs massive investment to fight for Arctic seaways control. Snip The document specifies a large number of detailed tasks and deadlines the US must meet to compete on equal footing with other Arctic nations, already lining up for tough competition for natural resources under the Arctic seabed. Snip. http://rt.com/usa/us-navy-arctic-plans-146/

  118. Well of course they are leaving the city! What the HELL did he expect them to do – calmly turn over their earnings to him? Besides being an angry and power hungry man, de Blasio is proving himself to be quite stupid too.
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    De Blasio’s anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC

    Money ­ it’s the root of all evil. Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Or at least an unfair advantage.

    That’s the gist of the liberals’ creed and justification for their war on wealth. The other half of their view holds that the poor are innocent victims of life’s rigged game.

    Their narrative of evil winners and noble losers clears the way for self-heroic redeemers. They will deliver social justice by meting out punishment and spreading the wealth around. Their virtue entitles them to power.

    It sounds like a comic-book view of life, but it’s the reality of liberalism today. And thanks to the de Blasio administration, New Yorkers are getting a bitter taste of its divisive nature. So much so that talk about quitting Gotham is surging in some circles.

    One friend says 10 wealthy people have told him they are leaving and another says disgusted New Yorkers bought $1 billion in residential property in Florida since the November election. The Sunshine State confers an automatic tax cut of about 12 percent because it has no city or state income tax, nor does it have an inheritance tax.

    Beyond taxes, the mayor’s open hostility is a factor. His insulting treatment of former Mayor Bloomberg at the inauguration remains a cloud over him. As one affluent woman, a self-described liberal, told me, “De Blasio hates me, so I hate him.” She doesn’t personally know him, but draws her conclusion from his words and deeds.

    The central problem is the mayor’s childish view of wealth.

    More: http://nypost.com/2014/03/02/de-blasios-anti-rich-policies-are-driving-wealthy-people-out-of-nyc/

  119. freespirit
    March 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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    I would uninstall Firefox Run a complete virus scan.
    Reboot and reinstall Firefox.Freespirit. 🙂

  120. No Budget No Problem!!! 😡

    “Senate Democrats are required by law to produce a budget,” Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Friday. “Our nation is in enormous financial distress, and workers and families are suffering. Senate Democrats have produced only one budget in the last five years. This Senate and, more importantly, the American public, deserve to see a detailed ten-year financial plan to contain our dangerously rising debt and revitalize our dismal economy.”

    A senior Democratic aide said the GOP is not interested in debating the long-term solution to budget deficits and just wants to play politics.

    “Republicans are sorely lacking in credibility when it comes to our budget process. Last year, after spending years calling on the Senate to pass a budget, Republicans spent seven months blocking a budget conference and finally pushed the country into a completely unnecessary government shutdown before begrudgingly agreeing to a two-year budget,” the aide said.

    The aide added that Republicans “just want to reopen the FY15 budget so they can hijack the process to play politics and use a vote-a-rama for partisan and campaign-related show-votes.”

    Ryan will face some challenges in writing his resolution, which he plans to have lead to a balanced budget within 10 years.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/199579-senate-dems-to-skip-2015-budget#ixzz2uoiVdYpq
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  121. Lenora, It’s amazing the love/hate relationships with which neoliberals, out of touch progressives struggle, isn’t it?

    They sneer at the wealthy, but require their wealth – otherwise economic equality would mean we are all equally poor,

    They look down on those who support gun rights, but if an Ivy league educated, latte-swilling neolib were facing certain harm or death of family at the hands of criminals – say in a home invasion scenario – given a choice, would he want to be int the presence of a professor who could explain to him why IN HIS OPINION the dominant culture has created the poverty, crime, drug abuse, and inequality which in turn, have created desperate individuals who commit violent crimes – or – an “ignorant” proponent of gun rights, with a fully loaded 357 Magnum.

    They consider regular, hard-working, middle class, people from the middle of the country to be xenophobic hicks, rednecks, uninformed, unsophisticated, simple minded buffoons. They condemn all Southerners, considering them to be ignorant, inbred, racists .Lord knows we’ve seen how they feel about women, in their treatment of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton – yet – they perceive themselves to be solely responsible for upholding fairness, eliminating prejudice, fighting for equality.

    The neo – libprogs have blown so much smoke up their own asses, their cognitive faculties have become warped, capable of grossly incongruent beliefs- cognitive dissonance on steroids.

  122. Obama’s reaction to heckler at DNC a telling sign of his cult-like power

    They’re still crazy after all these years.

    President Obama was well into a speech to the Democratic National Committee summit on Friday ­ larded up with the usual liberal tropes and his latest “populist” message ­ when a heckler in the back of the audience interrupted.

    “Mr. Obama, tell us about your plans for nuclear war with Russia!” the man shouted, according to a transcript released by the White House.

    Obama was dismissive ­ bordering on disdainful. And that contempt triggered the crowd.

    They drowned the man out with chants of “O-bah-ma! O-bah-ma!” until the heckler either settled down or found himself in the hotel basement with six Secret Service agents and an IRS auditor.

    No news outlets that covered the event have reported what set the heckler off, and no sane person thinks Obama is really contemplating nuclear war with Russia anyway. (Think what it would do to health insurance premiums.) But what’s really telling is how the Obamabots responded.

    Back when George W. Bush would get heckled by the Code Pink weirdoes or some other lefty outfit, Republican crowds used to drown them out with chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

    Not only do libs not chant “U-S-A, U-S-A,” it wouldn’t even occur to them to in the first place. That’s because it’s not really about the country at all ­ for them or for him.

    It’s not just a presidency ­ it’s the personality cult it’s always been, except now it’s stoked by the arrogance of five years in power.

    Check out the video here…

    http://www.thedailysheeple.com/obamas-reaction-to-heckler-at-dnc-a-telling-sign-of-his-cult-like-power_032014

  123. freespirit
    March 2, 2014 at 11:15 am
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    I look at the young people today, and many of them impress me. They don’t seem to be too troubled by how much the deck is stacked against them, they are too immersed in their own lives, careers and problems to think about it. Maybe it is just what Disraeli said about youth being a blunder, middle age a struggle, and old age a regret. They wanted someone from their generation or closer to it, and so they voted for Obama and thereby blunder. With some of them there was a sense of superiority over those who came before them, a feeling that because if their proficiency with a new technology, they did not have to stand in line, pass through the chairs, or even listen to older people. You see that expecially in personnel deparments where young people do the hiring and with rare exceptions hire young people. Proficiency tests are geared to that demographic. But those relative advantages are smoothing out over the course of time, meaning that they themselves must confront the problem of functional obsolescence, as their skills are superceded by those who come later. I live in a town which is full of those people, more of them here than anywhere else on the planet. Many of them are chip on their shoulder geeks who line up to vote for Obama, and would do it again against all the evidence. And many of them are like Paul Allen, who acquired wealth beyond anyones dream, and now want to control the economic life of a major city and impose their cultural preferences on the rest of u. But some of them, if they marry and if they acquire parenting skills will look beyond themselves and their flattering unctions to the long term. There are glimmerings and mumerings of that now, and I think I perceive them, vaguely. The one thing that troubles me more than anything however is their failure to see the federal government and big media as their friend, when nothing could be further from the truth. The other problem is the accelerating efforts to control the people and to cast aside the whole framework of the Constitution in the process. And they now have the means to do exactly that. And history has shown when the capacity to control your adversary–and that is what the American People are to the elites, then the temptation to do so becomes irresistible.

  124. Wbb, you hit the nail on the head. Traditionally, past generations of youth have temporarily seen the older generations as irrelevant, to some degree. This usually subsides when they begin to try to earn a living and begin a family. Now, with adolescence officially extending well into the twenties, their disdain of their elders is a factor for an extended period of time. Your theory related to technology is spot-on, and a factor I had failed to incorporate into my own perception of youth. Obviously, we all know that most youngsters own technology , thanks to the ability and willingness of their parents, whom they perceive as dumbasses, to purchase the latest, newest tech for them. We know too that they are generally much more proficient with technology than previous gens, a fact of which they, the perpetually young, are fully aware.

    You’re right, their tech savvy would bolster their theory that their predecessors are inferior to them and sadly lacking in the smarts and relevance departments. Add to that the requirement that public schools and universities incorporate advocacy for “social justice” (interpret as income distribution and repayment for all ills created by dominant culture), and condemnation for the dominant , European descended, oppressive culture (in the view of academia and the neo-libprogs), and you have a bunch of smart asses whose understanding of history is nil and whose concern for protection of rights and freedoms is sadly lacking.

    Obviously, that does not apply to all young people, but a significant number.

  125. freespirit
    March 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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    Correct on all counts.

    There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in their narrow ignorant arrogant philosophy. As in Replace Academic Freedom with Academic Justice, for woman and minority with big brother as the enforcer. http://collegeinsurrection.com/2014/02/harvard-student-replace-academic-freedom-with-academic-justice/

    (Note: somebody needs to tell this Havaad ninny that justice is not some objective standard, or some brooding omnipresence in the sky (like Biden on a 3 day bender). “Justice depends on whose ox is being gored”–Martin Luther.

    Just another week of college antics, political correctness and general lunacy in the place we call “Higher Education” (Professor Jacobsen at College Insurrection)

    And that is why I mocked Obama, saying he needed sensitivity training to appreciate the plight of ethnic Russians. No detente without it.

    And to stretch the analogy a bit further, but surely not to the breaking point, there is no appreciable difference between the Russian invasion of a sovereign wherein King Obama stands with the international community which is doing alot of jawboning but very little standing right now because of his own default in leadership, and the illegal incursions into the civil liberties, property rights, free speech, security, privacy, due process rights of American citizens. Perhaps, the only salient difference is the Ukranians know they are being invaded, while the American People, the 52% who voted for him are and remain dumb as a post.

  126. Seriously, if the length and breadth of your philosophy is right out of the playbook of Jerimiah Wright, then how do you explain Putin. More important, how do you muster the courage to deal with him on terms that he will respect, and modify his behavior in response to. Hasn’t Obama tried it the other way–be nice, bend over, do not offend, give up territory to him and let him snatch the ball away from you and score as many touchdowns as he wants, and declare that you have salvaged the US reputation in the world. Good luck with that one. That is the dream we have been living these past five years, and for most of us, it has been a nightmare. Those who do not realize that by now are in for a rude awakening.

  127. I went to law school, I was in my early twenties. One of my classmates and friends, Feldman was his name, was fifteen years older. He was a genius. My brother had a complex trigonometry problem at the UW. I could not solve it so I had him meet with my friend and it was solved in five minutes. One thing about him I remember well. When he was thinking about a problem, he would speak clearly and his eyes would move back and forth and then he would get a smile on his face and say yes, it all fits together. For me, he was like a radio receiver who could pick up waves that most of us could not. But he was patient with us, and would explain them so the rest of us understood. In some ways, Charles Krauthammer is like that. At this point, I have no difficulty understanding him, and my wire on these matters is just about as good as his. But there is a clarity to his explanations, and a discipline to his thinking that you do not see elsewhere. I guess I would rate Megan Kelly and Sharyl Attkisson in that league as well. I wish Sharly was at FOX too, for her own well being. To have the truth and to be prevented from presenting it because the president of cbs is the brother of Obama advisor Rhoades, and to have to report to a woman who screens stories who wants to suck up to the president is no good.

  128. Finally, there is the wonderful soliloquy by Hillary supporter Jack Nickelson in the movie A Few Good Men. Where the died in the wool Obama supporter is concerned, he neither wants the truth, or can handle the truth. He is perfectly content to survive on his illusions and to attack like a beast when those illusions are challenged, whether directly or obliquely. The daily Kooks and jurnolisters are like that.

  129. Scathing WAPO Indictment of Obama: Rarely Has US Prez Been Dismissed so Quickly, Comprehensively – Calls Him a Community Organizer

    The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson says, referencing Obama’s absent leadership around the world, but specifically in Ukraine, “rarely has a threat from a U.S. president been dismissed as quickly ­ and comprehensively –…” as Obama’s Friday night warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s not all, he refers to Obama as a “former Community Organizer” and Putin as a “former Cold Warrior.” Chickens are roosting at home.

    http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2014/03/scathing-wapo-indictment-of-obama-rarely-has-us-prez-been-dismissed-so-quickly-comprehensively-calls-him-a-community-organizer/

  130. Lastly, it is a pleasure to be part of this blog. Our admin is the smartest political analyst I have seen, and I have seen more than my share of them. Haven’t we all?

  131. Leanora
    March 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    Leanora, maybe the answer is just what you said. He is a community organizer. In Chicago it was the urban black population which he sought to organize. Today, as president it is the world community–that eccletic group of first second and third world countries, most of which are undereducated, and authoritarian, and poor compared to the west. In other words this is not a homogenous community like the one he was accustomed to. But that begs the question of an agenda. When he was a community organizer in Chicago, his agenda was to insinuate himself into the pay to play structure at the time when the white Irish/Polish power structure was giving way to the black power structure and Mayor Washington was the most conspicuous symbol of that change. The grievance was that the city was racist and reparation were due. Fast forward to his current role as president and community organizer. Here the organizing principle he is attempting to use involves a condemnation of the west in general and the United States in particular, casting the country he (theoretically) represents as the oppressor of people of color. Now if that is the principle around which he seeks to reorganize the world, and demote the United States from defender of the world order to simply another nation, then he has no answer for what Putin is doing. His head is in the clouds, and like Kissinger said about the sons of the Prophet, they are not concerned about the world that exists, but only about the world they hope to bring about and for which they will give their lives. In sum, this is not in his playbook, thus he is flummoxed.

  132. …this is way, way off topic…

    …however for those that enjoy a good TV series…good acting, sets, story line, etc…

    Bates Motel – Season Two – returns tomorrow, Monday night at 9 pm on A&E…the beautiful Vera Farmiga as Norman’s mom, the intriguing Freddie Highmove as Norman and the handsome Max Theiriot as the brother…

  133. What a fucking joke. Liar in chief says he has a tough conversation with Putin, claims it lasted 90 minute and Kerry says it was important. As far Liar in Chief (Hereinafter LIC) is concerned do you believe him . . . ? If you like your coverage you can keep your coverage, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, the affordable care act will save the family an average of $2500 per year. I ask again do you believe LIC. If he spent 90 minutes on the phone, then LIC was licking Putin’s balls. And that would be tough, but not for a Messiah. As for Kerry, how would he know what an important conversation is, since he has never had one. There are times when life imitates art and this happens to be one of them. Barack is Zero mostel without the Mostel. No, its not Springtime for Hitler, winter for Poland and France. Itss Springtime for Putin–winter for Bambi and Ukraine.

    But this comment from another blog tells it all. It is not that he is paralyzed now that troubles me nearly as much as what he did to create the conditions that made it possible for Putin to do what he has done. The constant showings of weakness, indecision, the inability to build a coalition, leading from behind in all its permutations, were the predicate for all that we are seeing now. The grand climeractic of Hope and Change, set to the music of Alban Berg.

    comment:

    Who would have ever thought that this would happen. Not in my life time, I didn’t. Heck, we didn’t even want Communism in the Americas… not the least in the Oval Office!

    This is laughable. It really is. Let’s see: Obama is crippling our economy…no money…no guns. Then we have him down sizing our Army to pre WWII levels. Then there is always Obama’s follow-though…let’s see…some nut made a movie about Islam and fanatics (sensitive ones, of course) attacked our second rate embassy in Benghazi and our country LET THOSE MEN DIE…THAT IS RIGHT…LET THEM. Who would have thought we were running guns through Turkey to the Syrians Rebels. Oh well, Putin does not like Muslims…remember Croatia. The BRIC countries don’t want to deal in dollars any longer because our money is worthless…and here he comes…Barry the Beast to scare Putin. lol.

    The stage was set Secretary Kerry…when Obama sold Georgia out and let the Russians take their land. We had a pact with them and Obama just looked the other way. Now, according to the Great Kerry (you know the guy that tax cheated his precious MA because he docked his yacht in RI) Obama is getting tough. What does Obama look like when he gets tough…oh…I know…his voice gets low.

    We sold out our allies and bolstered our enemies with weapons and $$$. Europe wants its own Internet because of the NSA…and remember…Obama doesn’t know anything about that. We have no checks and balances…Obama did away with that with his EO’s. But Russia…has anyone on the board ever seen the picture of Barry throwing out the first ball for baseball season…and you wonder why we are having so many bakery and flower problems in the USA…hope you got that one.

    Nobody is going to do anything about this and given that the man, Obama, has no military experience…and Putin knows this all too well, why is this even a story. He’s going to send men into the field?…what men…he is downsizing. What military machines…he downsized them. Well, we always have drones…but then again…countries that “invest” in modern day weapons always have the advantage…we lost that in 2008.


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  134. On Saturday, Gallup released its latest 3-day poll noting Barack Obama’s disapproval numbers have soared to 56% of those polled. The highest disapproval percentage Obama has ever registered in the Gallup weekly poll has been 53%. Only 40% approve of how he performs as president, which ties the lowest number in any weekly poll since he took office
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    Not so bad really. Ted Williams batting average was 400 one season, whereas Bambi is batting 470. (1000-530=470)

    “Racist” screams big media. Same old sad sensation.

    And Garulo. Where for art thou? In Las Vegas, show closing, staring at the open balcony window and wondering whether what song says is true, i.e. It Only Hurts For A Little While”–or Life without Barack is not worth living.

    Meanwhile, back at the Kremlin, it really is “party time”. How sweet it is, as Jackie Gleason used to say–sweet to be on the winning team. And they owe it all to Vlad, and his butt boy Barack.

  135. Flash: “Important”-“Tough”-90 Minute Conversation.

    Core message: retreat or I will huff and puff and blow your house down.

    Response: neyt. And if you want to try me, go right ahead, whimpy.

    Comment: Putin would never say such a thing if he ever saw Barack throw a baseball.

  136. Putin on the attack, Obama on his way to Connecticut!

    Don’t look now but the very short fuse in Eastern Europe is getting perilously close to ignition.

    Also don’t look now but our Commander-in-Chief, after issuing his typical useless rhetoric regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is on his way to Connecticut to talk about the minimum age.

    WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 5, the President will travel to Connecticut and deliver remarks at Central Connecticut State University on minimum wage. The President will be joined by Governor Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, Governor Chafee of Rhode Island, and Governor Shumlin of Vermont to discuss the importance of raising the minimum wage and giving hardworking Americans the raise they deserve.

    Perhaps someone should let the President know that his true and only mandates as POTUS are to uphold the Constitution and national security.

    He is of course failing miserably at both!

    For anyone out there who voted for Obama once or even twice you are now reaping what you sowed while dragging the other Americans who knew better and the rest of the world down with you!

    http://politicsandfinance.blogspot.com/2014/03/putin-on-attack-obama-on-his-way-to.html

  137. Okay, fine, I was not there, so I can only surmise. But I can tell you exactly what that conversation between LIC and Putin was about. Past history and the law of probability makes it completely predictable. You do not need a crystal ball, a video camera, a hidden tape recorder or the like. The content is obvious. Obama hereinafer Liar In Chief hereinafter LIC was steamed not because Putin infringed upon the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation allied with the west. LIC has not foreign policy agenda other than the half baked cloud cuckoo land idea noted above. His concerns were neither strategic, economic or geopolitical. The only thing LIC was concerned about, I guarandamnedteeyou, is that by moving on the Crimea with the instruments of war, Vlad made LIC look weak. In Obama’s mind it is no problem to be weak just as long as you are not seen as weak, and Putin’s actions, coupled with Obama’s pathetic response which made him look even weaker sealed his fate, and created the lasting impressions among friends and foes alike that he cannot be relied upon. The former President of France Sarkozi (sp) warned Obama about this years ago when he told him that we live in the real world, not a virtual one. But because Obama is a narcissist, that is not true in his case. Like his Arab Spring Manifesto, it is not about the doctrine, the context or those elements of the real world that determine an outcome. Rather, with Obama it is entirely about the stage, the lightening, the speech, the delivery, the roar of the crowd and the smell of the grease paint. A virtual world divorced entirely from the one we live in. Putin disrupted that virtual world for Obama in a way which will be well nigh impossible to repair. It is not the merits of the case, nearly as much as the abiding impression that the would be emperor has no clothes. If the conversation was heated, that is why.

  138. I had to leave for most of the afternoon and evening, so missed some of these good posts. Wbb, i think some American young people are accustomed to fairy tale endings in popular movies, TV, music, etc. that the thought of something truly threatening to their daily lives is remote. With regard to justice and fairness, although they begin to develop the ability for abstract thought at 9 or 10, they still see some things in very black and white, concrete terms, especially threats to life and freedom around the world.

    I have a friend who is a successful mental health therapist. She says that cartoons have a much greater effect on the behavior of young and sometimes even older school age children. They see characters like Wiley Coyote bombed, shoved off a cliff, run over by a steam roller, etc., But, he gets back up and starts chasing that road runner again. Consequences for ignorant, dangerous behavior never cross the minds of the coyote. Maybe there is something to her theory. lol

    I totally agree with this:

    wbboei
    March 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    “Lastly, it is a pleasure to be part of this blog. Our admin is the smartest political analyst I have seen, and I have seen more than my share of them. Haven’t we all?”

    Smart Admin, smart posters make this blog extraordinary.

  139. I was speaking with an acquaintance this afternoon who is a cattle rancher. He said that he recently needed to have a new stock pond built on his land, and engaged the services of a man who had a contract with the government to do dig the ponds. Apparently, there is some program through which the government defrays part of the costs of digging stock ponds for ranchers, and possibly other farming/ranching needs, although I’m not familiar.

    Anyway, the contractor informed him that he was being paid about $1000.00 less to dig this particular pond than he had been paid for two previous ponds, which were smaller, and suggested that he call the people in charge (sorry, I didn’t ask who administered this particular program) and find out why. When the rancher, who is white did so, he was told that minorities receiving this service from government contractors were allowed a allotment of around $1.000.00 more than whites.

    I know no other details about this, but thought it unusual that there was no means testing to determine ability to pay for whites or minorities. Years ago, I worked for a public welfare agency and the amount of benefits never were determined based on race. It was always based on financial resources. I would resent this if I were a member of a minority race. The implication is that more government aid is needed just because of skin color. If such an assumption were made in other respects, the government would involve itself to correct the issue. Damn , how much damage the half black president has wrought, with regard to minority issues and race relations.

  140. Ellen DeGeneres at tonight’s Oscar joked the following:

    There are some predictions for tonight’s Oscars. One is 12 Years a Slave wins for Best Picture.

    Other prediction, if it doesn’t you all are racists.

    I damn near choked with laughter over that one.

  141. Admin, not an invasion by Russia but “an uncontested arrival” – as people of the Ukraine protest in the streets carrying signs that say “Putin, go home”.

    Barack is trying to make this sound as innocent as someone going to the party without having bothered to RSVP.

    Were his explanations on this and so many other issues not so transparently slanted to push his POV, and had we not become so accustomed to his contrived,rehearsed, dishonest responses – right out of the spin your ass off rule book, he would appear completely delusional to anyone with any sense at all.

  142. The typical well meaning ignoramus who voted for Obama now asks what happened to the brilliant man we saw in the campaign? Why is the change agent so . . . different (subtext to read incompetent) when it comes to being president. Why? Why? Why? I am so disappointed I want to cry.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=S6CZKVGSb1E

    Well, Mario Cuomo took a swing at that one. And as far as I am concerned, he missed. He said you campaign through poetry, and you govern by prose. That statement is so brilliant that nobody but him can begin to understand it, and I am not sure about him. Maybe Biden in his best drunken stupor can find meaning in it. All I know for sure is I can’t.

    My take? Well, it gets back to the difference between virtual reality vs. reality. Or, if you prefer, theater and real life. Or, shadow boxing vs. working against a real opponent inside the ropes. Not for nothing does Mo want to be in pictures, no more politics for her, so she says. And Obama would rather be entertaining campaign contributors or hob nobbing with Ann of a thousand years Winthrow, or rotund Oprah, rather than getting his ass kicked by Ted Cruz.

    To put an even finer point on it, Obama wants certainty. The lighting, the acoustics, the conference hall, the script must all be right, and no one must muss the crease in his blue serge pants. Bottom line: he is not a president, he is an actor pretending to be president. And there is a cold hole in the ground for the country between the two.

  143. “To put an even finer point on it, Obama wants certainty. The lighting, the acoustics, the conference hall, the script must all be right, and no one must muss the crease in his blue serge pants.”

    _______________

    All show and no substance – a choreographed performance, like the Denver Parthenon or Greek Graceland, where he accepted the nomination promised and stolen beforehand, which was why it was necessary to steal Hillary’s votes and give them to him, and why it was necessary to rig all of the debates between the two of them, and why the Dems allowed and even participated in the grossest, most blatant sexist, unfair treatment of her. The Nomination was Barack’s back in 2004.

    If we can just get through the rest of his term, ANYONE, Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, anyone will be surely be better. Obviously, Hillary would be preferred, but just get Barack out the door and let the good times roll!

  144. “I damn near choked with laughter over that one”

    _____________

    I missed that line. Wish I had seen it. It’s amazing that she even said it, VH.

  145. See how we taxpayers have been spending our money.
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    Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses

    Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained flight expense records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that President Obama incurred $7,396,531.20 in flight expenses alone for his 2013 vacations to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard and his trip to California to appear on the Jay Leno Show. The records came in response to Freedom of Information lawsuitfiled after the stonewalling of requests filed in August 2013.

    According to the Department of Air Force documents:
    The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obama 2012 – 2013 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2, 214, 393.60. The return flight to Washington was $1,871,961.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $4,086, 355.20.
    The outbound flight to California in August, 2013 for Obama to dine with high-dollar fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40.The return flight to Washington was $935,980.80. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.
    The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington was $273,945.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.

    From December, 21, 2012, to January, 5, 2013, the Obama family spent their Christmas vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the president briefly flying back to Washington to work on a budget deal before returning to finish out his vacation. In early August, 2013, Obama flew to California to dine privately with high-dollar fundraiser DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg in the presidential suite at the Hilton Woodland Hills Hotel and to appear for the sixth time on the Jay Leno “Tonight Show.”

    http://floppingaces.net/most_wanted/obamas-set-new-record-for-vacation-travel-expenses/

  146. This sounds frightening.
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    13,000 Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicles To Be Distributed To Police Depts Around Country

    The U.S. Army is giving away 13,000 armored trucks, worth about $500,000 each. The 20-ton MRAPs, or Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected trucks, were built specifically to save U.S. soldiers from roadside bombs in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now the trucks are patrolling U.S. city streets. U.S. law enforcement agencies have received the lion’s share of this high-powered military surplus.

    http://weaselzippers.us/177952-13000-mine-resistant-armored-vehicles-to-be-distributed-to-police-around-country/

  147. Looks like our NASA astronauts will have to look elsewhere to hitch a ride to/from Space Station #Russia #Ukraine #EpicFail

  148. Someone named Eric Zuesse has published some more (HuffPo) about HRC’s statements about healthcare last Feb 26, in an article entitled “Hillary Clinton Likes Obamacare, and Opposes Single-Payer Health Insurance”.

    Speaking to a closed-to-the-press meeting of the “HIMSS14” (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Conference 2014) in Orlando Florida on February 26th, she condemned the Canadian and other nations’ single-payer healthcare systems by saying, “We don’t have one size fits all; our country is quite diverse. What works in New York City won’t work in Albuquerque.” The presumption is that what works in Canada cannot work here, that local control must trump everything in order to fix what’s wrong with American health care.

    The data prove her statement to be false, if not irrelevant.

    He goes on to give the relevant vital statistics and economic data, plus polls of Americans of whom a significant plurality would prefer single-payer health insurance.

    Hillary received many bursts of applause from her audience of people who profit from other Americans’ being vastly overcharged for inferior healthcare. In fact, the transcriber of her speech headlined “Hillary Clinton wows the HIMSS14 crowd.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-zuesse/hillary-clinton-likes-oba_b_4881399.html

    This is the same venue that I reported on last week, and of course it would be hard to believe that HRC would come down hard on the Affordable Care Act in such a context. But when she condemns a single-payer system in favor of local control with such a silly statement as “What works in NYC won’t work in Albuquerque”, I find it hard to believe that she is taking her first steps away from Obamacare, as admin claims.

    What exactly is the difference between an appendectomy in NYC and in Albuquerque? Why do you have to have different insurers for each geographical circumstance? And if you get appendicitis while on a trip to NYC, why would you have to make the trip back to Albuquerque to get operated?

  149. There isn’t going to be a war over Ukraine. There isn’t even going to be a crisis over Ukraine. We will perform our ritual war-dance and excoriate the Evil Emperor, and the result would be the same if we had sung “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” on a road trip to Kalamazoo. Worry about something really scary, like Iran.

    Ukraine isn’t a country: it’s a Frankenstein monster composed of pieces of dead empires, stitched together by Stalin. It has never had a government in the Western sense of the term after the collapse of the Soviet Union gave it independence, just the equivalent of the family offices for one predatory oligarch after another–including the “Gas Princess,” Yulia Tymoshenko. It has a per capital income of $3,300 per year, about the same as Egypt and Syria, and less than a tenth of the European average. The whole market capitalization of its stock exchange is worth less than the Disney Company. It’s a basket case that claims to need $35 billion to survive the next two years. Money talks and bullshit walks. Who wants to ask the American taxpayer for $35 billion for Ukraine, one of the most corrupt economies on earth? How about $5 billion? Secretary of State Kerry is talking about $1 billion in loan guarantees, and the Europeans are talking a similar amount. That’s not diplomacy. It’s a clown show.

    Ukraine’s revolution is odd, even by recent standards. The deposed

    http://pjmedia.com/spengler/2014/03/01/ukraine-is-hopeless-but-not-serious/

  150. freespirit March 2, 2014 at 12:18 am
    I forgot about internet explorer. Thanks, wbb.

    You have a Mac, right? The last IE for Mac was published in 2002 and Microsoft suspended maintenance on it in 2005.

    If you try to use that old version on a Mac, it will ruin your Safari. Better just stick with Safari.

  151. “Asking a candidate to ‘be real’ in a campaign is like asking someone to put on a happy face during dental surgery. It’s just not the venue for that kind of thing. Campaigns are phony by design. Candidates inhabit multiple personalities every day as they switch from one audience to the next audience. They bury complexity in favor of soothing bromides and though they are human, they are never allowed to admit mistakes or say the wrong thing. Still there is a demand that candidates “be real,” because voters can make their decisions based on their heart, not their head. Or if it’s not what governs their final decision, your authenticity is what may at least get you a hearing. Grunwald puts ‘be real’ in quotes because she and Clinton know she is not talking about actual reality. She’s talking about what the political press and voters think is ‘real’ in the context of the intense scrutiny Clinton faces.”

  152. Russia’s fleet has ordered Ukraine’s forces in the disputed Crimea Peninsula to surrender by 5 a.m. local time or face “a real assault,” according to a statement from a Navy commander.

    “If they do not surrender before 5am tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea,” Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Commander Alexander Vitko told the Interfax news agency Monday, Sky News reports.

    Ukraine’s defense ministry did not immediately confirm the statement, Reuters reports. The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting this afternoon to address the crisis.

    http://tinyurl.com/q85rh36

  153. He writes for Salon and HuffPo, bills himself as an “investigative historian”, and is by all appearances an Obama acolyte. His name is Eric Zuesse, or Zeus to his friends. In a court of law we tend to reject the testimony of such a witness as tainted by bias, motive and self interest. However, if he is what he purports to be an investigative historian (whatever the fuck that is) then one would assume that he would investigate a bit of history where Hillary and this monstrosity called Obamacare is concerned. If the claims that he prefers Obamacare over single payer than he may be surprised to learn that the program she advanced in 1994 was single payer, the program she rejected was the forerunner of Obamacare, which, if memory serves was proposed by Republicans through the uber corrupt Ted Kennedy, with the backing of the insurance industry, which assailed her because she supported single payer. Good old Zeuz. He is not much of an investigative historian, but he is a determined revisionist historian, like all the other Bolsheviks. Whatever she says now about Obamacare, given the debacle it has proven to be, must therefore be viewed as political. Or, she may see it for what her critics accuse it of being, namely a step in furtherance of single payer. But to claim she prefers Obamacare over single payer, is simply a lie.

  154. Perhaps you have noticed. Lerner was scheduled to testify this Wednesday. Now she wants a postponement. After a 9 month hiatus, she wants more time to prepare. Why? To me, this suggests that something is happening. I must assume that her attorney has not one but three ball in the air at the present time. One of those balls is obviously Congress–where her goal is to avoid charges of contempt. One of them is the US Attorney’s office, which is investigating her conduct in what I believe is designed to protect Obama, given who is spearheading that negotiation. And the third ball is the White House itself which is keen to protect Obama, obviously, but is equally determined to protect the former White House counsel Bauer who pulled similar tactics to these when he was legal counsel to the Obama campaign. In other words, if I am right, he is playing a game of three way chess. And while it is unethical, I would be surprise frankly if there was not some discussion of testimony with the White House, not directly, but through the US Attorney’s office which is known to be sympathetic to Obama. If you were in their shoes, you would want to know what she is going to say, and you would want her to know that a pardon might be given is her testimony came out the right way. The logic is the logic of a plea bargain, only in this case, it would serve political ends only and would be prejudicial to the interests of justice. This is all just a theory you understand. But why else would she need a postponement, if stuff like this was not happening. I am afraid it is how Washington works. And more is the pity for that.

  155. When are people going to have enough of this? No Michelle – we can’t afford to send you and your kids and your mother on another vacation! We are broke!
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    Mooch To Go On Taxpayer-Funded Sightseeing Tour of China…

    Michelle Obama plans a weeklong visit to China this month that includes meetings with China’s first lady and high school and university students.

    It will be her first visit ever to the Asian economic powerhouse.

    The White House says Mrs. Obama will travel from March 19-26. She will spend several days in the capital of Beijing, followed by stops in the central city of Xian (SHEE’-ahn) and the southwestern city of Chengdu. Her schedule includes a meeting with Peng Liyuan (puhng LEE’-yoo-en), the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

    Mrs. Obama will focus on education during stops at a university and a high school in Beijing and at a high school in Chengdu.

    She will be accompanied by her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.

    http://weaselzippers.us/177980-mooch-to-go-on-taxpayer-funded-sightseeing-tour-of-china/

  156. Leanora
    March 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    When I hear the name Michelle Obama, I think of the expression “bread and circuses” to distract the American People. She is not, nor does she aspire to be co-president. And that is why I have been reluctant to accept the bots delusions that she will be the first female president.

  157. Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post columnist and author of the forthcoming The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, reacted swiftly Sunday evening to President Barack Obama’s suggestion that he would warn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that time is running out for Israel to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians: “I think Obama needs to realize that he is not scaring us,” she said.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/03/02/Glick-to-Obama-You-re-Not-Scaring-Us

  158. You’re right, Foxy! How much more serious can it get before they come to blows? lol

    Jes, thanks for the info.

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