NO, America Is Not A Helpless Giant In The #Ukraine Crisis

Update: Obama took a few minutes off from threatening Israel today to lazily fling platitudes from his comfy chair. Obama to Putin: You’re on the wrong side of history, buddy. Wow, that’s telling them. Nothing at all like what we recommend should be done if we had an American president with strong belief in American and Western values. As we ask at the end will any 2016 wannabee president take up the real world challenge?

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If we had an American president with belief in American values and willing to fight for those values, instead of a president only concerned with his stinking “brand”, the Ukraine crisis could be easily turned into a Churchillian moment in Western history. The occupant of the White House is at best a man-child naïf or, as we increasingly believe, a malevolent subversive whose every action is designed to weaken the west and destroy American leadership. This vulgar instrument of destruction is protected by a Big Media establishment and deluded “liberal” elites that seek to rationalize as wise every stupidity or malevolent act inflicted by Barack Obama.

As we noted in our previous article, as the danger escalated in Ukraine Barack Obama golfed for three days then followed that bit of insouciance with an announcement that the American army was to be squeezed back to pre-World War II size. Over the weekend Barack Obama sent the signal to Putin of his real level of concern by skipping a national security briefing on Ukraine. This week Barack Obama is focused on screaming more threats in his meeting today with Prime Minister Netanyahu against the only democracy in the middle east, Israel.

When American allies are in trouble Barack Obama will scream and shout for their removal such as in Egypt with Mubarak. Barack Obama deposed of American ally Mubarak in order to birth the Muslim Brotherhood control of Egypt. When the Muslim Brotherhood proved to be worse than Mubarak Obama remained silent and protected the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood. In Venezuela, the people rise up against an American enemy – Barack Obama remains silent. In Ukraine the Evil Empire blueprints for return are put into action and from Obama the usual usual.

What can be done in Ukraine? The United States has a mighty nuclear arsenal, a still powerful armed force, an economy that dwarfs the former Soviets. Military action? No, Ukraine is not an American vital national interest so no military action is warranted. But the attack on Ukraine by the former Evil Empire must be beaten back. Barack Obama sycophants at the New York Times, Big Media, wan foreign policy elites, and DailyKook hangouts would have us all believe that nothing can be done because we should not use military force and that is the end of that. We disagree.

What would an American president with deep belief in American values do?

For those who are so cynical as to believe that listing the actions that should be taken by an American president who believes in American values are a waste of time we reply that because such an American president does not at this moment exist there is still the opportunity for someone else to rise up and place on her shoulders the mantle of leadership. Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, someone who wants to lead America and the free world can and should do as we suggest. It’s the challenge of leadership.

An American president at this time who believes in American values and the values of the Christian West would leap to action. The first symbolic action of such a president would be to recall the ejected bust of Winston Churchill and place it back in a place of honor on the desk in the Oval Office.

Next, such an American president would, alongside Mitt Romney fly to the German capital of Berlin and with Lech Walensa at his side address the peoples of Europe, the West, and the world. To a candid world, in words of brutal truth, such a president would place the attack on Ukraine in historic context. “Ich bin ein Ukrainer” would echo from JFK. “Mr. Putin we forced Mr. Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall'” and Reagan could for a second be remembered. But more than that, an American president with American values would place the crisis in Ukraine in the context of the West and the long fight for freedom and self-determination of nations.

An American president with granite belief in American values would remind the world that people and nations run TO the west and FROM totalitarian regimes.

An American president with American values would remind the world that the crime of the Ukraine in the eyes of the Evil Empire redux is the preference for the values and freedom and economic hope provided by the West. An American president with American values would remind the world that there was a time when half a continent was called the “captive nations”. An American president with American values would remind the world that evil will not live forever and that even though the Hungarian revolution was crushed by the Evil Empire, tens of thousands killed, freedom came to Hungary and it is free today after a long twilight struggle between the West and the totalitarians.

An American president with American values would, with Lech Walensa at his side, remind the world that the workers of Poland defied the totalitarian ideology that hid behind slogans such as “workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.” An American president with American values would rejoice in public that the workers of Poland united and did lose their chains. The Evil Empire threatened to snuff Walensa and his Solidarity movement but instead it was the solidarity of the West that snuffed out the Evil Empire.

An American president with American values would, with Lech Walensa, Mitt Romney, and freedom fighters who united to defeat the Evil Empire, go from European capital to European capital to denounce totalitarianism and defend the values of the West. An American president with American values would not only denounce the totalitarian evil of the former Soviet being reborn in the new Russia but such a president would also denounce the totalitarian theocracies of the Muslim world. An American president with American values would defend the West and the value of the West in Spain, England, France, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and yes even in Lithuania and the other Baltic states.

At the Academy Awards on Sunday, it was Jared Leto, an actor, who took on his shoulders the responsibilities of what ordinarily would be the job of an American president if such president treasured American values. Leto expressed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and Ukraine:

“To all of the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, ‘we are here,’” he said. “As you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”



There are many who believe that America should say nothing or do nothing about the attack on Ukraine by the revanchist Russian imperialists. But that is uneducated foolishness. It was the United States that led Ukraine to surrender in good faith its nuclear weapons in exchange for promises of American/British protection in the Budapest Accords signed by President Bill Clinton. If Ukraine is allowed to be slaughtered by the West this will send a message to totalitarians in Tehran and elsewhere to get nuclear weapons and not surrender them under any circumstance. Indeed this would lead to a real domino effect as Gulf oil regimes will also go nuclear in response to Tehran’s atomic achievements – which would lead to more and more proliferation of nuclear weaponry. Eventually, like a schoolhouse of children given matches, a nuclear fire would eventually ignite. Add an American president who rejects American values and the West in preference to attacks on Israel and the danger ratchets up.

Additional consideration for those that want no strong American/Western response to the Russian attack on Ukraine is the historical fact that appeasement and in Bob Dylan’s “blowing in the wind” phraseology, pretending not to see, only leads to further acts of evil. The Russian bear will not stop at devouring Crimea as it already has. The Russian bear will extend it’s claws against all of Ukraine. The Baltic states will later be swallowed whole or intimidated into a latter day Soviet style union. Europe, with its great reliance on Russian fossil fuels will be blackmailed into subservience. The bear won’t stop eating after taking a small bite of a toe. Bears and totalitarians want it all.

Those that think Barack Obama is not a malevolent subversive but only a failure brim full of naivite now include the Washington Post. WaPo: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy”:

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.” [snip]

Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power. [snip]

The White House often responds by accusing critics of being warmongers who want American “boots on the ground” all over the world and have yet to learn the lessons of Iraq. So let’s stipulate: We don’t want U.S. troops in Syria, and we don’t want U.S. troops in Crimea. A great power can become overextended, and if its economy falters, so will its ability to lead. None of this is simple.

But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not. While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.

As Mr. Putin ponders whether to advance further — into eastern Ukraine, say — he will measure the seriousness of U.S. and allied actions, not their statements. China, pondering its next steps in the East China Sea, will do the same. Sadly, that’s the nature of the century we’re living in.”

An American president with belief in American values would thunder Churchillian rage against the rape of Ukraine. After reminding the West of its values and the need to be resolute there are other steps to be taken:

“Kick Russia out of the G-8”; isolate Russia from “Western banking and finance networks”; and:

“3) Void the visas

As Putin looks inward, the country’s elite is looking outward. They have become significant players on the world stage, making high-profile investments, including in professional sports franchises in the United States and England. Their children attend U.S. and European universities.

Unlike being evicted from the G-8, a travel ban would impact Putin’s wealthiest supporters who have grown used to open access to the West.

“A lot of Russians are used to traveling in the West, having investments in the West, sending their kids to school in the West,” Talbott said. “Insofar as Putin is creating not just the impression, but the fact, that he’s taking Russian behavior back to the pattern of the Soviet Union, that is going to make a lot of Russians very, very uneasy,” Talbott said.”

Senator Marco Rubio has eight additional steps to implement of which we disagree strongly with the Sixth one:

First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion. The Obama administration must publicly acknowledge that its “reset” with Russia is dead. The president must now accept that the only way to deal with tyrants like Vladimir Putin is with a clear understanding that they can’t be trusted and that only decisive action will deter their provocative moves.

Second, President Obama should dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Kiev to show U.S. support for Ukraine’s transitional government, and urge our allies in the European Union and NATO to send representatives there as well. [snip]

Third, the United States should rally our allies to boycott this June’s G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia. And if Russian troops do not leave Ukraine immediately, Russia should be expelled from this group altogether.

Fourth, any and all discussions and negotiations with Moscow on any issue unrelated to this crisis, including trade and other matters, should be immediately suspended.

Fifth, the U.S. and our allies should put forward a condemnatory resolution in the United Nations Security Council. A Russian or Chinese veto would make clear to the world the hypocrisy of these governments, since they say they oppose foreign intervention into the affairs of sovereign countries—unless of course they are the ones intervening.

Sixth, we should renew a push for eventual membership in NATO by the Republic of Georgia and aim to provide the country with some of the defensive capabilities the Georgians have requested ever since they were invaded by Russia in 2008.

Seventh, the Obama administration should immediately add more Russian officials to the Magnitsky list, which places travel bans and other sanctions on them – something President Obama failed to do in December. [snip]

Finally, in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid should immediately halt his effort to force a Senate vote on Rose Gottemoeller next week to be under secretary of state for arms control and international security. As I, Sens. John Cornyn and Jim Risch said yesterday, we shouldn’t even be thinking about arms-control negotiations with Russia anytime soon. And especially not negotiations led by a State Department official, such as Ms. Gottemoeller, who has tried to play down and potentially kept information from Congress and our allies about Russian violations of arms-control agreements.

This is a critical moment in world history. The credibility of the alliances and security assurances that have preserved the international order is at stake. If Putin’s illegal actions are allowed to stand unpunished, it will usher in a dark and dangerous era in world affairs.

We strongly urge Senator Rubio to do all the above that an American president with American values would do. Senator Rubio won’t get as much attention as an American president but it would demonstrate leadership and presidential potential. Likewise, we urge Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to do the same. We urge Mitt Romney, whom we praised when he met with Lech Walensa, to do the same. Governor Christie and Governor Walker can bolster their foreign policy credentials by do the same. Former Governor Jeb Bush should do likewise. Hillary Clinton could demonstrate her greater than Obama influence by doing the same.

It is time for all of these wannabee presidents to demonstrate that they are up to the job with more than resumes and words. Maybe someday one of them can enter the White House and be an American president with strong belief in American values.

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177 thoughts on “NO, America Is Not A Helpless Giant In The #Ukraine Crisis

  1. Barack Obama is a malevolent force for evil. Israel is today’s target. Obama wants time to “test” Iran but if Iran gets a nuclear weapon and fails Obama’s “test” it is Israel that will be in cinders:

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-warns-fallout-israel-peace-effort-fails-022245172.html;_ylt=AwrBJR_vEBRTRisAdkvQtDMD

    Obama, speaking to Bloomberg View, also made clear that he would press Netanyahu to allow him the time needed to test Iran’s willingness to curb its nuclear ambitions, despite the Israeli leader’s deep skepticism of the West’s diplomatic engagement with Tehran.

    Responding to the interview, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said the Netanyahu government was serious about peace but would not be pressured into endangering the Jewish state.
    [snip]

    Kerry’s recent warning that failure to resolve the Palestinian issue could fuel anti-Israel boycotts stirred controversy in Israel, where he was accused of trying to pressure for concessions.

    Obama’s comments, made in an interview on Thursday, were published shortly before an Oval Office meeting in which Iran is expected to be the thorniest issue. The two leaders have a history of sometimes testy relations.

    The Obama interview was received coolly by Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, a Netanyahu confidant who accompanied the prime minister to the United States.

    “I didn’t like all of the remarks. I think there is no reason to put pressure on Israel,” he told Israel’s Army Radio.

    “Netanyahu will, I think, give a clear answer: ‘We are ready for peace. We want to advance a diplomatic accord. But we, rightly, worry about and fear for our national security.’

    In the interview, Obama repeated his opposition to any congressional move to impose further sanctions on Iran while it is engaged in talks with Washington and other world powers.

    “It is profoundly in all of our interests to let this process play itself out,” Obama said. ” Let us test whether or not Iran can move far enough to give us assurances that their program is peaceful.”

    Saying that new sanctions would derail diplomacy, Obama said: “You don’t start shooting in the middle of the room during the course of negotiations.”

    However, Obama did not touch on the main point of contention – Netanyahu’s demand that Iran be forced, in a final nuclear deal, to dismantle all of its uranium enrichment centrifuges, compared to the president’s suggestion that Tehran could be allowed a small program for civilian purposes.

    Steinitz said the current course of the diplomacy could turn Iran into a “nuclear threshold state” – with the required infrastructure to get the bomb in short order.

    Obama insisted that, contrary to Netanyahu’s assertions, existing sanctions on Iran are largely holding. He also expressed confidence that Tehran was convinced he was keeping all options on the table, including military action, should diplomacy fail and Iran seek to develop a nuclear weapon.

    “I know they take it seriously,” Obama said.

    Iran says it is not seeking a nuclear bomb and that its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful civilian purposes.

    Another phony Obama “red line” no one, not even Iran, takes with anything but mirth.

  2. Does Obama’s interview about Israel reveal a president who has finally broken free of reality?

    Mano a mano, I’d bet on Netanyahu against Obama every time. Nation to nation, though, Bibi has the misfortune to be facing off against a spoiled, Leftist, anti-Israel, pot-smoking adolescent who nevertheless controls the world’s greatest military and economic power. I’m still betting on the Israelis, but it’s not a no-brainer ­ especially because Obama appears to have reached his conclusions by ignoring stubborn facts and, instead, substituting data that is entirely unrelated to any facts on the ground.

    I bring this up because, although the headlines are about Ukraine, no Jew who cares about Israel can have missed Obama’s truly dreadful interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. In it, he made clear that, as far as he’s concerned, the only thing stopping Middle East peace is Israel’s peculiarly stiff-necked intransigence.

    More: http://www.bookwormroom.com/2014/03/03/does-obamas-interview-about-israel-reveal-a-president-who-has-finally-broken-free-of-reality/

  3. Update: Obama took a few minutes off from threatening Israel today to lazily fling platitudes from his comfy chair. Obama to Putin: You’re on the wrong side of history, buddy. Wow, that’s telling them. Nothing at all like what we recommend should be done if we had an American president with strong belief in American and Western values. As we ask at the end will any 2016 wannabee president take up the real world challenge?
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    “The wrong side of history”

    Not if you read The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking of the World Order.

    It was written by Sam Hunnington who is a Harvard Professor.

    But Obama would not know about that because he went to Occidental as an undergrad.

    And when he did go to Harvard Law School, he was conspicuous by his absence.

    Obama has no mind of his own and he hates all history prior the getting installed as president by the likes of Soros.

    What is the difference between Hunnington vs Soros?

    Hunnington realizes that culture, religion, and history are here to stay.

    And they determine what is and is not possible

    And they express themselves in one word which begins with s and ends in y . . . . sovereignty.

    Soros believes that sovereignty was the cause in fact of the wars of the 20th century.

    And he thinks wants a global marketplace, UN goverance and toppling soverign governments to achieve it.

    The Obama/Soros concept of history has failed wherever it has been tried—from Arab Spring to the current showdown with Russia.

    In sum, history shows that Obama–not Putin, is on the wrong side of history.

    Soros believes that

  4. I have a slight dermatological condition which flares up during the winter months, and is easily controlled with cremes which he prepares. So I called the doctor I have been dealing with for forty years and asked if he could prepare them and I would stop by and pick them up. He told me that I would have to set up an appointment to see him, since I have not seen him for over six months. I objected because the bill would over $100, we both know what the problem is, I am on fixed income, my premium has gone up by three thousand a year, and the deductible has doubled. So I had no choice. I went in to see him. We talked about what is going on with Obamacare, under the “pretext” of covering the uninsured, and it appears to both of us that the real motive of government is to find out what services are in highest demand and reforming the policies so the insurance companies are not required to pay them. There are many examples of this. In other words, the primary motive behind a billion pages of unintelligble regulations is to screw the American People. Like many others in his field who care about their patients more than their yachts, they are caught in a squeeze between getting the best care for their patients, and the attempt by government to actually thwart that objective. And while the fault for this does lie with Obama and big government, the ultimate responsibility for the demise of this nation, from health care, to jobs, to security lies with big media. Just remember, they are the ones who called Obamacare the greatest achievement since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They have worshipped Obama, and hid the truth that the American People need in order to make sound decisions. This is the ultimate cost of their stark betrayal of their journalism, and the best interests of their office. Yes, we need to be done with Obama–I agree. But big media is the greater culprit, and I do not give a flying fuck if only now they are willing to write articles critical of him. The only knowledge that matters is the knowledge that is known by the decision-maker at the moment of decision. That is the one exception to Frankfurter’s comment that we should not despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all. If it comes late now, it does not matter. It is like the man who steals a car, and after he is caught tells the policeman how sorry he is. Only in this case, it is far more serious. Big media has ruined this country. And I do not know what the right punishment for that is, but it must begin with a concerted effort to not give them their eyeballs, and a bold decision by the Republican Party to boycott them in the election season. They are afraid to do that, but after what Crowley did to Romney in the second debate, the question I have for those faint hearted so called leaders is: what have you got to be afraid of? What can they possibly do to you that they have not done already? Or, why do you continue to sit in on a poker game where you know the dealer is crooked.

  5. As previously noted, big media is owned in its entirety by multi national corporations:

    NBC—-General Electric in 2008; Comcast now

    ABC—-Disney

    CBS—-Westinghouse

    CNN—-Time Warner AOL

    They own these networks so they can promote their own corporate interest, and to keep the American People in the dark.

    They have no integrity–zero.

    Why then do we pay any attention to them, much less allow them to define the dialogue.

    92 million people not working.

    But they focus our attention on forcing Christian bakers to bake wedding cakes for gay couples.

    It is a fools errand to pay any attention to big media.

    And when someone says I just heard Brian Williams say, my response is you don’t really listen to Ly’n Brian do you.

    Put them on the defensive immediately.

    And never let them get a word in edgewise.

    Otherwise, it is a losing battle for the nation.

  6. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/03/03/krauthammer_obama_admin_shocked_russia_goes_after_territory_after_saying_climate_change_is_greatest_threat.html

    Remember the speech he gave at the U.N. when he started his administration? He said no nation can or should dominate another. I mean, there’s not a 12-year-old in the world who believes that. And he said the alignment of nations rooted in the cleavages of the long ago Cold War make no sense in this interconnected world. As our Secretary of State said today, or yesterday, after all this, this is a 19th century action in a 21st century world. As if what he means his actions where governments pursue expansion, territory domination, no longer exist in this century, as if that hasn’t been a constant in all of human history since Hannibal. They imagine the world as a new interconnected world where climate change is the biggest threat and they are shocked that the Russians actually are interested in territory.

  7. The stupidity that inspired the OAF poster. John Kerry at the DNC convention mocked the guy that was correct:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meiyldvHhqA

    “…but not Mitt Romney. He’s even blurted out the preposterous notion that Russia is our ‘number one geopolitical foe.’ Folks: Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.”

  8. The fool mocking the guy that was correct:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS2a44F5TgM

    “A few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia…the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

  9. How horrifying to put your trust in America and we don’t show up. I have to wonder how BY feels today.

  10. GonzoTx, instead of sniffy the Clenis and panties it would be a service to the country for Republicans and Big Media to ask Bill Clinton about Ukraine.

    Bill Clinton signed assurances to Ukraine that if they surrendered their nuclear weapons the U.S. and Britain would guarantee security. Bill Clinton has to make a defense, at least in words, of the Ukraine people and government.

    Bill Clinton would be an ideal person (Hillary too) to do as suggested in the article. Bill Clinton (or Hillary) will antagonize the DailyKooks if they go to Europe and rally the West against the totalitarian Evil Empire redux.

    Bill Clinton does have a responsibility and a moral duty to speak out -at the very least – in defense of Ukraine.

  11. Found on another blog, this:

    “Peace in our Time” …. and free Obama phones.

    What’s not to like?”

  12. I couldn’t stomach listening to any of the MSNBC idiots…they make my skin crawl and my temper go though the roof.

  13. The bitter taste of eating your own words:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rothman-msnbcs-most-embarrassing-mockery-of-romneys-russia-warnings/

    The smug self-assuredness that often suffices for expertise on cable news was perhaps never more smug than when former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned the American public that Russia was rapidly positioning itself as America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Among the worst offenders were the hosts and guests who provide MSNBC with content on a daily basis.

    In early 2012, President Barack Obama was caught on an open microphone telling Russia’s then-President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility” after the presidential election in his dealings with Russia. Romney reacted strongly to that comment. Appearing on CNN, the GOP nominee said that the United States should regard Russia as a geopolitical adversary and should work to limit Russia’s flexibility rather than to secure it. His observation was soundly criticized by the president’s defenders who, at the time, were still attempting to rehabilitate Obama’s floundering “Reset” with Russia. [snip]

    “I don’t know what decade this guy’s living in,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said with a sigh on March 28, 2012. “Is he trying to play Ronald Reagan here, or what?”

    “This is Mitt Romney’s severely conservative problem,” University of Georgia professor Cynthia Tucker opined on-the-air. “It made Romney look dumb. He’s not a dumb man, but he said something that was clearly dumb.”

    Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein agreed that Romney’s statement was evidence of an “antiquated worldview.” He fretted further about how Romney, should he become president, would enter the office having severely complicated America’s bilateral relations with Moscow given his carelessly provocative statement.

    “I personally am worried about what it says to the Russian people,” Matthews added to a chorus of sagely nods. [snip]

    But the worst offender was one who should have, and likely did, know better, former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The former Army general greatly entertained his MSNBC hosts with some of the most snide commentary about Romney’s observation.

    “Come on, Mitt. Think,” Powell said of Romney’s remark in May to the chuckles of host Joe Scarborough. “That isn’t the case.”

    He went on to suggest that Romney’s assessment of the threat posed by Russia was so dubious that it was possible he was being disingenuous or he was coached to make that statement.

    “I think he really needs to not just accept these cataclysmic sort of pronouncements,” Powell admonished. “Let’s not go creating enemies where none yet exist.”

    “Does this mean that we should trust Putin or Medvedev?” he continued. “No. Let’s be mature people and look at the reality of the situation and not find ways to see if we can hyperbolize the situation.”

    Just shy of two years later, Russia would invade its neighbor on a trumped up pretext with the aim of annexing that territory. They would justify this action by insisting that Moscow has the legal right to protect by military force ethnic Russians in territories abroad – a second flagrant violation of international law and norms in the space of a decade.

    The president and his political appointees were the worst offenders when it came to mocking Romney’s clearly vindicated assessment of the threat posed by Russia. “The 1980s called, they want their foreign policy back,” Obama told Romney during a presidential debate. “Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV,” Secretary of State John Kerry announced to a squealing crowed at the Democratic National Convention.

    This habit has apparently died hard. Obama’s advisors are still scoffing at their Republican counterparts in the flailing effort to mask their own readily apparent failures even as Russian heavy artillery rolled across the border.

    These and other dubious assurances are forgivable from the political class, but they are inexcusable coming from self-described members of the press. Their job is to determine accuracy or validity of the statements made by political actors in order to separate fact from fiction. That responsibility was abdicated by the personalities above in 2012 in defense of their preferred political outcome. That kind of behavior is so many things, but one thing it is not is journalism.

    Lots of other examples and lots of video at link

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rothman-msnbcs-most-embarrassing-mockery-of-romneys-russia-warnings/

  14. You say we are not helpless . . . but we are:

    According to Rassmussen, Obama is up one point in February, to 47%.

    And the generic democrat is 3 points higher than the generic Republican.

    Either Rassmussen is wrong, or else the message is not getting through.

    There is only one reason why the message is not getting through.

    Big media controls what people in this country think.

    Until that changes, we are helpless.

    That is the center of gravity of this nation.

    The counter example is Bush.

    He was perceived as too aggressive, rather than too timid.

    Big media attacked him day in and day out.

    His approval rating sunk into the mid 20s.

    By that logic, the blind support big media gives Obama is worth 20 points in opinion polls.

    That is my definition of hopeless.

  15. The only way that will ever change is if FOX news gets on the regular channel.

    That is the only viable answer I can see.

    I wish I had a better answer.

    But I don’t.

  16. As noted above, big media is owned by big business, which is not in the news business. The only network that is owned by an entity which is in a news business is FOX. Ideology aside there is much to be said for that–including a diversity of viewpoints. There is no diversity of viewpoints in big media. In 2008 and 2012 they stacked all their panels with Obama supporters. And the corporations that own big media have done very well under his reign of terror–and 92 million Americans are not working. They introduce the pro Obama stories on the evening news, repeat them on their morning shows and repeat them again in the late night. There is a word for this. And discretion prevents me from saying it.

  17. Admin you of course are right, BC owes the Ukraine and the time to step up is now. This is also Hillary’s best chance to separate herself.

  18. I guess the litany of news clips Admin posted above proves the point I am making. Big media scoffed at the notion that Russia would ever be our enemy, and they made anyone who suggested that possibility look retarded. They embraced Obama like he was a Christ child rather than the four flusher he is. And they sold that bill of goods to the American people who depend upon them to tell them the truth. Will big media be held accountable? Only if the American People have a viable option. It is easy to say that they do have options, the internet for example. But if that is true, then how can anyone explain the high rating Obama still has according to Rassmussen. It is only because they are watching Obama and big media continues to treat him as if he is infallible. Or that the problems we face are somebody else’s fault. I wish there was some way we could fire him, give him a years severance and be rid of him. He is an embarassment to this nation, but he is not an embarrassment to the elites. I spoke to a member of the 9/11 commmission three years ago. He told me that everyone on that commission was there not to find the truth, but to make sure that their side was not implicated. A friend of mine is the neighbor of Richard Benvenista, who is not the one who said that. He gave me an autographed copy of his book which went straight to Davey Jones’ locker.

  19. Admin you of course are right, BC owes the Ukraine and the time to step up is now. This is also Hillary’s best chance to separate herself.
    ———————-
    That is the best piece of advice I have seen. She needs to separate herself from Obama, and this is the way to do it. The bots will go crazy, but separation over this issue is unassailable by rational minds. As I mentioned yesterday, Bill started off with a Cartereque foreign policy but after the 1994 election he was more like Truman. And that is why I said that Putin would not have pulled this shit if Reagan or Bill were president. I believe that.

  20. The reason I am so hyped up on Obama and big media, is because as important as this is, this showing of weakness which threatens the entire rule of law, is because this is 1/10 of 1% of the harm Obama has done to this nation with the full complicity of big media. It will take years for the public to realize this if they ever do. But when they do, it is critical that they realize that they were deceived, not just by Obama, but by the very people they rely on for news. In addition, there are a thousand misfortunes which flow from the loss of confidence in the United States. I believe in some form of strategic withdrawal, but I do not support the weakness I see from Obama. There is a strategy which belongs to the creme of the diplomatic tradition, which says that even though you may not be as strong as your adversary, you can be unpredictable, and strong in places where you have the advantage. Obama and his Harvard trained advisors are weak on all fronts, and worst of all, they are entirely predictable. When you know your adversary is weak, and you can predict with relative certainty how he will react, you can run the table on him. And when his actions never match his rhetoric, his allies recoil from him with a sense of profound disgust, and look for others they can depend on. Big media promotes the big lie, but it is starting to wear thin.

  21. The one other thing I wish people understood. Obama is not a liberal. He is a totalitarian allied with international business.

  22. More evidence of Obama’s goal to destroy this country. And, by the way, Bill appointed a lot of real duds to the bench and the author of this opinion is one of them. It is so consistent with the pattern we see elsewhere. If there is gun violence, they take the guns away from the law abiding citizens. If Russia threatens us with nuclear weapons, they advocate unilateral disarmament. And if thugs wearing the Mexican flag (some of whom are illegals) threaten students who wear the American flag, they force the students wearing to American flag to remove that garment or be expelled and they allow the thugs wearing the Mexican flag to continue doing so. I do not think there is a cure for the racial breakdown we see now, and the courts lack the common sense to deal with it.
    ———————————

    Expelling the American Flag from School – Hecklers Win, Patriotism Loses

    By: Matthew Clark (Diary) | March 3rd, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 1

    RESIZE: AAA

    “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

    Apparently the answer is now, “No.” What King George’s rockets red glare and the British bombs bursting in air could not do, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has accomplished in one sweeping judicial opinion.

    Last week in Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist., the Ninth Circuit ruled that a public school can actually ban the American flag. Making matters worse, the decision allows the school to ban the American flag and still allow students to display flags of other countries.

    Here’s what the court said:

    The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions. The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.

    “Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence,” Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the panel. The past events “made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real,” she wrote.

    The case garnered national attention as many expressed outrage that students were barred from wearing patriotic clothing.

    Here’s how the court reached the decision that the American flag could be banned:

    The court points out that the rights of students in public high schools are limited — under the Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Comm. School Dist. (1969), student speech could be restricted if “school authorities [can reasonably] forecast substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities” stemming from the speech. And on the facts of this case, the court concludes, there was reason to think that the wearing of the T-shirts [displaying the American flag] would lead to disruption. There had been threats of racial violence aimed at students who wore such shirts the year before . . . .

    Wait, so students displaying the American flag were threatened by other students, and the constitutionally appropriate way of handling the situation is to ban the American flag?

    That’s precisely what this school did and exactly what the Ninth Circuit affirmed. It’s an unbelievably conflated view of the First Amendment.

    In legalese, this is called a heckler’s veto. This is when a heckler, the opponent of a particular viewpoint, is able to threaten violence or cause such a disruption that the authorities shut down the viewpoint with which they disagree. In other words, they win. They don’t like a viewpoint; they cause a ruckus; and that viewpoint they didn’t like gets silenced.

    A heckler’s veto is not constitutional.

    In fact, the case cited by the Ninth Circuit, Tinker, actually famously states that “[n]either students [n]or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” In that case, the school wanted to ban students from wearing armbands protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s, hardly a noncontroversial viewpoint – as protests about the war gripped the nation. Yet, the Supreme Court upheld the right of students to express a viewpoint with which others disagreed. Hecklers could not silence them.

    Yet, this school and this three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit have chosen to ban the American flag, while allowing students to display other national flags.

    Here’s the problem: Patriotism was punished while the perpetrators went free.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating Cinco de Mayo in public school. There is absolutely nothing wrong with students displaying the Mexican flag, the British flag, or any other flag. We have a rich cultural history in America – a melting pot of ideas, backgrounds, and interests.

    But there is something very wrong with allowing students to physically threaten other students with violence and then rewarding the perpetrators of violence by silencing their opponents.

    Instead of expelling the students threatening actual physical violence against their fellow classmates, they expelled the flag; they the expelled patriotic speech. And with it, they have expelled the First Amendment.

    The solution could have been so simple: ban the violence, punish the violators, and permit patriotism. Hearing about this decision, my four-year-old exclaimed, “They can’t ban the American flag! What is happening?!” He’s right. It’s so simple even a four-year-old can understand it.

  23. “Come on, Mitt. Think,” Powell said of Romney’s remark in May to the chuckles of host Joe Scarborough. “That isn’t the case.”

    He went on to suggest that Romney’s assessment of the threat posed by Russia was so dubious that it was possible he was being disingenuous or he was coached to make that statement.
    ——————–
    He was wrong on WMDs in Iraq.

    He was wrong that Russia would never again present a threat.

    These are not mere errors of opinion.

    They are Bidenesque blunders.

    And they have far reaching geopolitical consequences.

    But because he is black and leftist (even though he served in the Bush Administration).

    Big media does not hold him accountable.

    Like someone else we know.

  24. Brilliant article, Admin.

    So many people believe Obama is a well-meaning idealist, who just wants to do the right thing. His problem, they think, is that he is just ahead of his time. I have heard die hard Dems make those excuses for him, as they praised him for trying so hard to take the high road.

    Even if that were true, it would mean that Obama was a failure, an ineffective president, unable to grasp the realities and complexities of the real world. He would be simply a well meaning, but ineffective leader, incapable of governing this country. That’s a frightening thought.

    It is no where near as frightening, however, as the realization that Obama at heart, feels great antipathy for this country. He has told us he planned to “transform America”. That ‘s not something a president who loved his country would say. His actions are not those of a a president who has his country’s best interest at heart.

  25. The worst thing any leader can do is to misread the intentions and the capabilities of his adversary. Obama is guilty of that in spades. He saw Putin as just another mark for his charm offensive. And he believed that Putin fall for it just like big media does. That ended however when he drew a series of red lines, the Syrian leader called his bluff, and he ran to Putin and said save me. At that point, the big media beloved messiah became Putin’s bottom. And now they have the perfect S&M relationship. Obama will dish up another word salad of hollow tripe, and token actions. Big media’s word processors will be working over time to find the words to elevate their worship of him to new heights. Obama will bask in it. And Putin will look Obama and is big media enablers in the eye and say one word–checkmate. Big media will censor the comment. A greater than Hannibal they will say–and frankly I am sick of it.

  26. freespirit

    March 4, 2014 at 1:17 am
    ————-
    Correct.

    There are only two problems here.

    Problem 1: Obama is a con man.

    Problem 2: the sheeple love to be conned.

  27. Wbb

    Obama is a con man.


    I think you might be giving him too much credit. To be a con-man would imply some wit and knowledge of the big picture. A plan to bamboozle for his own benefit.

    Barry is selfish and always out for himself, but he is too lazy and not that smart to have a plan in the first place. He has gotten though life with a shuck and jive ass kissing to his gift horses, but never a clear, competent thinker. He reads others words, he dresses up and plays to the camera, but he is only a bad actor.

    People like Jarret are behind the scenes pushing him onto the stage, and that’s why all the idiots in the Whitehouse are bungling everything they do. They can’t hide all their mistakes any longer.

    The media is starting to realize what a clown they backed, and they are just trying to keep their massive mistakes from the public to cover their own jobs.

    That’s how I see it, anyway.

  28. Shadowfax
    March 4, 2014 at 1:54 am
    —————
    I was thinking the opposite. Maybe I have underestimated him. Why? Because I have now learned that he adopted a brilliant strategy to repulse the Russian advance and teach Putin a little respect. It was all very covert until now. Apparently, Obama has ordered our Department of Defense to order the Russian troops to go home to Russia. Putin’s rebuttal was swift and certain. He told the Messiah this is Russia. Whereupon Obama responded then go home to your baracks, and was seen sticking his tongue out. Whereupon Putin, being no fan of French kissing a man whose pedigree and place of birth is subject to controversy did his best immitation of Robin Williams and told the Messiah to just fuck off, girliemon.

    But then I read Larry Johnson who agrees with you that maybe I am overestimating Obama. Larry is so impressed with Obama’s mench that he wrote the following tribute in his honor: Obama projects as much strength as a flaccid penis on an 85 year old man with a swollen prostate. On that score, I think Larry is giving Obama more credit than he deserves. But big media loves him, therefore they continue to promote him, therefore the sheeple still love him and judging by the Rassmussen poll results that is all that seems to matter.

  29. Wbb,
    Cinco de Mayo is not even a real holiday
    It was made up by the beer companies
    It is not celebrated in Mexico.
    Any fake reason to degrade America is the liberal point of view. I am amazed that the articles never mention the beer connection.

  30. I guess I should say Cinco is a very minor holiday NOT celebrated in Mexico and has NOTHING to do with Mexico’s Independence.

  31. People like Jarret are behind the scenes pushing him onto the stage, and that’s why all the idiots in the Whitehouse are bungling everything they do. They can’t hide all their mistakes any longer.
    ——————
    One of her many mistakes was going on Bill O’Reilly, and being confronted with a barrage of questions as to why Obama is failing to address the problem of street culture, the jive, the haute couteur i.e. bagging pants with the crack in their ass showing, the drug dealing and last but not least the knock out game which has even got race baiters like Jessee Jackson nervous when they hear footsteps being them at night on a dark street. The imperial culture of the slum. And here you have the first black president making speeches about slavery, massive education grants to his contributors in the academic community and being worshipped for it by big media 24/7. But no effort on his part to bring them into mainstream culture where they have the same chance to succeed as any other group, if they only learned to speak English. I knew a well known golf profession from South Africa, who missed the bad old days, and he told us that the biggest thing he regretted was teaching them to speak English. The point being O’Reilly point really. Why hasn’t our first black president taken care of the very people he proudly proclaims to be a part of? The answer is quite simple. He could care less about them. He is too busy promoting Harvard trained radicals like him to create a welfare state run by bureaucrats, and letting the distressed neighborhoods languish in squalor and high crime rates. And Jarrett, bless her black heart, has no answer. Worse, she doesn’t even care.

  32. Any fake reason to degrade America is the liberal point of view
    —————-
    They hate this country. They have been invited to leave many many times. But for some reason they refuse to do so. I suspect it is their parasitic nature that prevents them from doing so. That is particularly true with the elites. Their money insulates them from the adverse impact of their policies which are visited on the rest of us. I can think of no better example than the late senator Edward Kennedy, who is/was by any objective measure, a vile character who ruined the lives of many women.

  33. foxyladi14
    March 4, 2014 at 10:08 am
    gonzotx
    March 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm
    _________________

    I am anxiously awaiting comments from Bill about this.
    gonzotx 🙂

    _______

    Yes. I hope he comes through with one of his well-reasoned, flawlessly articulated, skillfully delivered statements that will put this in crystal clear perspective for those whose perspective is skewed- like the White House. Admin is correct. BC should feel a responsibility to respond, given the promises made under his administration to Ukraine. I believe he will. Big Dowg has never been one to shy away from offering an opinion. He’s no shrinking violet.

  34. The sneaky tactics continue. Despite the rhetoric of neo-libs and Obama’s lapdogs in senate, house, and MSM that Ocare is the greatest thing since sliced bread, with only a few website glitches, now fixed, there will be another major delay on the road to Shambala – I mean Obamacare, in order to take pressure off Dems candidates in midterms.

    _____________

    March 03, 2014, 08:53 pm
    New ObamaCare delay to help Democrats in midterm elections
    By Elise Viebeck

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/199784-new-obamacare-delay-to-help-midterm-dems#ixzz2v0cYtPtk
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  35. I have always been fascinated by the silent film era, and one of the early stars was a Brooklyn born rags to riches actress by the name of Clara Bow. She was billed at the “It” Girl, which was the politically correct term of the day for sex appeal. Eventually, Dorothy Parker corrected the record by noting that it wasn’t the it that attracted an audience of 25 million, it was the those. In any event, she came on the scene at a time when the Hollywood elite were the noveau riche and they aspired to become part of the upper class, and the upper class made them jump through all the usual hoops before extending the golden handshake.

    As the big star of the era, Clara was cast in the uncomfortable role of ambassador for Hollywood to the elites. Suffice it to say, was not a success. She was far too Bohemian for their refined tastes. And to her credit, she was pretty blunt about it. “They yell at me to be dignified. But what are the dignified people like? The people who are held up as examples for me? They are snobs. Frightful snobs … I’m a curiosity in Hollywood. I’m a big freak, because I’m myself!” And that prompted one of my favorite writers Adela Rogers St. Johns to say this:

    Clara is the total nonconformist. What she wants she gets, if she can. What she desires to do she does. She has a big heart, a remarkable brain, and the most utter contempt for the world in general. Time doesn’t exist for her, except that she thinks it will stop tomorrow. She has real courage, because she lives boldly. Who are we, after all, to say she is wrong?

    However, as wiki notes, this led to rumors and blackmail: During her lifetime, Bow was the subject of wild rumors regarding her sex life; most of them were untrue. A tabloid called The Coast Reporter published lurid allegations about her in 1931, accusing her of exhibitionism, incest, lesbianism, bestiality, drug addiction, alcoholism, and having contracted venereal disease. The publisher of the tabloid then tried to blackmail Bow, offering to cease printing the stories for $25,000, which led to his arrest by federal agents and, later, an eight-year prison sentence.

    She retired from the movie industry in 1931 and married a rancher who became the Lt. Governor of Nevada. They stayed married until his death decades later. They are buried together at Forest Lawn in Glendale, where some of my own relatives are buried. If this happened today, given the fact that her husband was a Republican, I doubt very much that the editor of that tabloid would be prosecuted for his lies and blackmail. I am quite sure he would be given top billing on MSNBC along with the other low lifes that inhabit that channel. He might even displace Matthews. That would depend on Madcow to whom the supposed president has delegated the management function. Today, fat Phil is just another pretty face.

  36. Russia is tussling with the West for influence over Ukraine, which claims its former Soviet master deployed troops to block army bases and airports in Crimea after protests in Kiev deposed former president Viktor Yanukovych on Feb. 22. The U.S. and Europe are racing to seal billions of dollars of aid to help the new administration in Kiev avoid bankruptcy.

    … Read More
    Russia is also staking its own claim, saying Ukraine owes state-controlled energy giant OAO Gazprom (GAZP) $2 billion.
    *****************
    LOL, bet our BILLION is going straight onto Putins pockets. Probably was a payoff…

  37. wbboei
    March 4, 2014 at 2:54 am

    —–
    I don’t know Wbb, you seem to think that Barry has some intelligence and strategy. I see him more like an overgrown child, still throwing tantrums to get his way, blaming everyone else for his own mistakes and just not caring about anything but his own self-gratification.

    I see nothing wise, intelligent nor strategic about him. So he can pronounce English written word. So what.

    The media that praise him at this late date are just ‘tv personalities’. They are paid to be the parties mouth puppets.

    Yes, it’s difficult for many American’s to weed though the muck of political opinion. Most just want soundbites they take as truth and get back to the pitfalls of their own lives.

    And then there’s the problem with the polls. I have voted my entire life, am Hillary’s age, and have never been polled, not once. Who the Hell are the few thousand people that are polled each year?

    I can tell you the people in CA that voted him are not happy with him, except for African American’s. They, as a whole would follow him to the edge of the cliff and still scream he is not taken seriously.

    I have not heard one proud proclamation in CA for Obama since the 2012 election has ended, not one in this Obama loving state.

  38. Admin: This morning, I was going through all the Hillary buttons I have collected from 2008, 1992 and 1996 campaigns. Must be a couple hundred of them at least. I should have sent them to ABM 94, but it was one of those things you intend to do, but never get around to doing. In that pile of campaign memorabilia I found the Hillary is 44 button. That one is worth keeping.

  39. jeswezey

    March 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    ————–
    The article is fine, except it fails to take the swipe at Obama he deserves. The author notes that he tried to define his candidacy within the context of the civil rights movement, but fails to note that the net effect has been beneficial to him and detrimental to the black segment of the population. He needs to be called on that, and if the only one willing to do so is O’Reilly then I say let Bill O do it. Projections two years out are meaningless. Hillary’s numbers are high now, but they were high in 2007 as well. And there is always the X factor, as we now see with the erstwhile “inevitable” Republican nominee from New Jersey. One of the advantages of a long career of public service is you can point to many successes achieved on her watch in the various posts she has held. One of the disadvantages of a long career in public service is your adversaries can point to rare instances where success was elusive, Benghazi presents a prime example. Her performance on that issue–from the poor planning, to the cover-up, to the appearance before Congress is hard for me to reconcile with the perception of competence and accountability I saw in her. Her nomination and election success was ever inevitable. But I do think it is likely. The real challenge for her will be to separate herself from Obama. If she fails to do that then I think her presidential prospects are unlikely. But that is a matter of timing, and subtlety.

  40. Here we go again!

    New O-Care delay to help midterm Dems

    The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.

    As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

    Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.

    The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.

    The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/199784-new-obamacare-delay-to-help-midterm-dems

  41. Pitts lives up to his name. He sees everything through the lens of race and gender studies. The goal of Dr. King was a color blind society. Pitts sees it as an affirmative action world. He is just hoping that she runs and wins that she will carry on the legacy of Obama, which is the same legacy that is tanking the country. In his book 92 million out of work is acceptable–and the new normal just as long as his race and gender criteria are met.

    Hearts with one purpose alone
    Through summer and winter seem
    Enchanted to a stone
    To trouble the living stream

    —–Yeats, Easter 1916

  42. I use to think the fraud was stupid. I really don’t think he is stupid anymore, just smart enough, but he is not wise and there is a difference. He is also petulant, narcissistic, and not a student of history.His History is
    Whatever he wants at the moment.

  43. http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/russia-tries-to-keep-moldova-from-getting-close-to-eu-a-956597.html#ref=rss

    If Mihail Formuzal had his way, the revolution in Kiev never would have happened. Then, Moldova would choose Russia instead of Europe, and the planned Association Agreement with the EU would already be history. The 54-year-old Formuzal is president of the autonomous Gagauzia region in Moldova. In early February he carried out a referendum by polling the approximately 155,000 members of the Gagauz Orthodox Christian minority here.

    He wanted to know if they’d rather be part of the Russia-led Customs Union or work with the European Union. The result: 98.5 percent of the participants voted for Russia — 68,000 votes to 1,900.

    In Moldova, the Gagauz are considered Moscow’s fifth column. “We aren’t against the EU, we’re pragmatic,” says Formuzal, a former Soviet artillery major, as he sits in an office on Lenin Street with a massive granite Lenin perched in front of his window. “My son is studying in Giessen, in Germany; Europe’s biggest shoe salesman, Heinrich Deichmann, is Gagauzia’s greatest patron,” he says. “We like all European values, except your gay marriage.” …

    Moscow is now in the process of infiltrating the last pro-European republics in its sphere of influence. Moldova is especially important to the Russians: a country, smaller than the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalia, almost entirely surrounded by Ukraine except for a border it shares with Romania. The republic, which left the Soviet Union in 1991, only has three million inhabitants.

    Until 2009, the communists led the country — but now a pro-European coalition is in power. Moldova long ago agreed on the text of an Association Agreement with the EU and it is supposed to be signed in August. This makes Moldova and Georgia the only ones of the six original former Soviet republics risking rapprochement with Europe.

    But will it actually happen? The Kremlin is currently expending significant effort to loosen Europe’s grasp on Moldova — and using the Gagauz to do so. The Gagauz capital, Comrat, is a sleepy town in the south Moldavian steppe where the only language spoken aside from Gagauz is Russian and people watch Moscow’s Channel One.

  44. Hillary Clinton more popular than Chris Christie in New Jersey

    Hillary Clinton has a higher favorability rating than the president and other political figures, including some possible rivals, in three key states, according to a new poll.

    Clinton is more popular in New Jersey than Gov. Chris Christie (R), more popular in New York than Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and more popular in Virginia than newly-elected Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

    Clinton’s maintains a favorability rating of 64 percent in New York, 56 percent in Virginia and 59 percent in New Jersey, according to a joint poll released Tuesday by Roanoke, Rutgers-Eagleton and Siena College.

    Clinton’s favorable rating is 11 points higher than Christie (R) in his home state, where he maintains a 48 percent favorable rating. Christie’s numbers have likely been hurt by the political controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridget betweeen New Jersey and New York.

    Christie, another potential candidate for president, holds a 40 percent rating in Virginia and a 42 percent rating in New York.

    In all three states, Clinton has higher ratings than other potential GOP candidates including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

    The poll notes the three states contain 56 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/199811-clintons-favorable-rating-tops-others-in-ny-nj-va

  45. http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140303/188053100/Russia-Conducts-Live-Fire-Exercises-in-Baltic.html

    MOSCOW, March 3 (RIA Novosti) – Russian naval warships and coastal troops conducted live fire exercises Monday in the country’s western Kaliningrad and Leningrad Regions, a Ministry of Defense spokesperson said.

    The exercises, part of a combat readiness test ordered by President Vladimir Putin last week, come amid a growing international crisis as evidence mounts that Russian troops have been deployed across Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

    Putin visited the Kirillovsky training ground near St. Petersburg Monday afternoon to personally oversee the final stage of the snap check involving an airdrop mission by paratroopers. But the mission had to be cancelled because of a blizzard.

    A spokesman for the Western Military District, which borders Ukraine, said that a broad range of weapons systems, including ground troops, tanks, and naval artillery and air defense missiles, took part in the Baltic Fleet exercises.

    The Baltic Fleet units engaged dummy air, sea and land targets simulating enemy forces, including tanks, aircraft and submarines.

    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier said the snap inspections of more than 150,000 troops of western and northern military units were not connected with events in Ukraine. The drills were scheduled to end Monday.

    The Baltic states better watch their collective backs.

  46. The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate
    ————————
    The Hill has some of the lamest brains in the Beltway.

    That statement is a white house talking point.

    If the goal was to help these allies in congress, meaning the dims in red states, they would have done things differently.

    The intent of the postponement is to help Obama.

    His goal is to say après moi le deluge.

    The best laid scheme
    Of mice and men (and rats)
    gang aft agley

  47. admin

    March 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm
    ————–
    Being on the wrong side of history is looking pretty good to Putin right now.

  48. If Putin plans to retake much of the ‘dirt’ they lost during the USSR downsizing, he would be a fool not to act while the US is run by Cheech and Chong.

  49. WSJ says Repugs are going to attack HRC on the healthcare issue, or at least her stance on it:
    ————–
    Of course they will. And that is why she must distance herself from it.

  50. I almost choked when I read this headline:

    The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine

    In Ukraine, the president may face his toughest foreign policy test yet. Is he up to the task?

    Politico

  51. Trying to defend Obamacare as people en masse lose their coverage will make the Battle of Stalingrad look like a cakewalk. The strategy should be one of strategic retreat using time and space to advantage–as Von Manstein proposed. Lost Victories/

  52. The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine
    ——————–
    The world knows he is weak so the camp followers of Politico say he is the man of steel. Unfortunately, they misspelled the word. The correct spelling for Obama is STEAL.

  53. Shadowfax

    March 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Here we go again!

    New O-Care delay to help midterm Dems

    The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats
    ————–
    Here is Moe Lane’s reaction at Red State:

    Note that all of this assumes that the administration can get away with unilaterally and retroactively changing the health care law again: Barack Obama is riding the GOP’s quite understandable reluctance to impeach him right into the ground*.

    ◾First off: hey, remember when the Democrats were all absolutely certain that Obamacare was going to lock in the American voting public for a generation**?

    ◾Second: will something like this even work as a blatant political ploy when everybody reports it as being a blatant political ploy? Don’t be so quick to say ‘yes:’ this administration isn’t actually very good at this.

    ◾Third: let us assume, for the moment, that insurers can go along with this scheme (and that it will actually happen). The basic result? …Increased uncertainty. The brutal truth of the matter is that some very unpleasant things are going to happen to people’s healthcare, and that these unpleasant things have been mandated by law. The Democrats would not expect organizations engaged in any other activities to properly function under a regime where they knew that they would be hammered, just not when: why do they expect businesses to operate differently?

    ◾Fourth: this is a fun one, for given (and actually scary) values of ‘fun.’ Is the administration planning to allow healthcare companies to offer those used-to-be-horrid-according-to-Democratic-agitprop healthcare plans to the uninsured, too? – Because if they don’t, congratulations: the Democratic party has just implemented a caste system in American healthcare. Don’t quit your current job, because if you do you lose your current kind of decent healthcare and have to take one of those Obamacare plans that those people are stuck with.

    And, lastly (and from the above link): “Several sources said they had heard chatter about an extension but that the administration had not made efforts to discuss the possibility with industry officials.”

  54. This is working to the distinct advantage of Ted Cruz. His party will be seen as a bunch of liver lipped wimps who did nothing to actually stop this travesty. And then they attacked him for taking a stand, and parroted the White House line that he shut down government. It gets back to Newton’s second law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A weenie assed RINO will not be nominated, when the base examines the damage done to this nation by Obama and Reid. They will want vengeance and restoration of the status quo ante, and by changing the senate rules, Reid has given them all the tools they need to do that.

  55. Rutgers Faculty Approves Resolution to Rescind its Invitation to Condoleeza Rice to Speak at Commencement

    Liberal, duplicitous Rutgers faculty looks to rescind the university’s original invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to speak at their Commencement.

    Condi is just too Republican to speak at Rutgers, according to the libs in the faculty. Get a load of the reason why the liberal elite at Rutgers do not want Condi to speak at the commencement. One professor said, “She was intimately involved in a campaign that was a manipulation. Whether she was aware of it or not. Our students are being manipulated to deliver a political point.” Another said, “an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law.” Hmm, I guess that also means that Hillary Clinton (Benghazi) and Barack Obama (Obamacare and his entire presidency) would be deemed the same as not fitting the criteria to speak at a Rutgers commencement? Add the entire Obama administration since the Rutger’s profs added, “whether some one was aware of it or not.” Who are these two face, elitist, liberal moon-bats kidding. Sadly, they are teaching indoctrinating our children.

    http://scaredmonkeys.com/2014/03/04/rutgers-faculty-approves-resolution-to-rescind-its-invitation-to-condoleeza-rice-to-speak-at-commencement/

  56. So when you add up everything Moe says do you really believe that this latest delay has “eased the pressure” on democrats in red states whose survival will determine control of the senate. Do you think that they will not worry about the sword of Damocles that still hangs over their heads and gets worse with every passing day. If you believe they will not react until it hits them personally I think that is wrong. I think that as with everything else the fear generated from the threat itself is always greater than the executed threat, because once the threat is executed–meaning acted upon the target can assess it and deal with it, but so long as it is unexecuted the fear of it is the trump card. Postponing the mandate will not spare these beleaguered democrats, because there has been enough information put out by now, that they know they are about to be hit by a freight train, and there is nothing they can do about it, so long as the democrats control the senate and the presidency.

  57. Obama protection squad leader Charlie Cook has denied there is a wave election building up. He still tries to paint a rosy for Obama picture. But it looks like even sad sack Charlie has thrown in the towel:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/off-to-the-races/congressional-democrats-face-uphill-battle-in-midterms-20140303

    Congressional Democrats Face Uphill Battle in Midterms
    The party’s chances of holding onto a majority in the Senate are looking increasingly tenuous.

    At this point, eight months before the Nov. 4 election, it’s hard to see a lot of good news for congressional Democrats.

    No matter how you look at it, the House seems out of reach. Today, Republicans appear a bit more likely to gain than to lose seats; it would take a cataclysmic event for Democrats to score the net gain of the 17 seats they need to take the majority.

    What’s changed is that Democrats’ chances of holding onto their majority in the Senate is looking increasingly tenuous. There are now at least 10, and potentially as many as 13, Democratic-held seats in jeopardy. By contrast, only two GOP seats are in any meaningful danger, and that number hasn’t changed in six months.

    Things are starting to look grisly for Senate Democrats. President Obama’s approval ratings average 41 percent, basically where President George W. Bush’s poll numbers were at this point before his own disastrous 2006 second-term, midterm election. And the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislative and policy achievement, is now even more unpopular than it was in October and November of 2010, when Democrats lost 63 seats, control of the House, and a half-dozen Senate seats. It doesn’t help that midterm electorates tend to be older and whiter than in presidential elections. Obama’s current job-approval ratings are also worse than they were in October and November of 2010.

    The two most likely legislative land mines for Republicans to step on between now and Election Day have been defused: The government is now funded, and Congress won’t need to lift the debt ceiling between now and November. As a result, it is not clear where the kind of break that Democrats need could emerge.

    The Senate’s playing field keeps getting larger and, at least so far, entirely at Democrats’ expense. Three of their seats are, to put it charitably, uphill challenges. The open seats in South Dakota and West Virginia are pretty much gone. In Montana, it’s unclear whether newly appointed Sen. John Walsh is in any better position, apart from fundraising, than he was when he was just the lieutenant governor running for an open seat. [snip]

    Although it is getting surprisingly little attention, Democrat Carl Levin’s open seat in Michigan is a toss-up; neither of the candidates is particularly strong or well defined, but the natural advantage that a Democrat in the Motor State could be expected to have is likely offset by ugly headwinds caused by radioactive Obama and ACA numbers. The same can be said for Tom Harkin’s open seat in Iowa. In both states, the presumptive Democratic nominees have Obamacare votes to defend, but the highly problematic GOP nomination process in Iowa might well yield an exotic and unelectable contender.

    Five Democratic incumbents now face tough races, Arkansas’s Mark Pryor is in the most challenging situation, followed by Kay Hagan (North Carolina), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), and Mark Udall (Colorado). Udall became the latest addition to the list when GOP Rep. Cory Gardner announced his candidacy Saturday. Also worth keeping a close eye on are Al Franken (Minnesota); Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), if former Sen. Scott Brown runs; and Mark Warner (Virginia), who is as strong as a Democrat can be in that state but would be in trouble in the event of a meltdown. When there is a president with numbers this bad, even incumbents who might normally be OK need to be watched carefully, particularly if there is deeply unpopular policy weighing down the party’s candidates. [snip]

  58. I am hoping Franklin loses. He cheated but MN is so over the top liberal, I don’t know. I remember listening to Air America when he was on and of course I was a staunch Democrats then and I must say I enjoyed it. I would like to hear some old replays and see what I would think now.

  59. Healthcare…ACA…Ocare…past variations of Hillcare…whatever the repubs have put on the table by the next Prez election cycle…

    …all of it will be front and center in the next presidential election…thinking that that this issue…Ocare…healthcare…will be sidelined and just go quietly into the night is silly…there will be a track record and casualties…and costs…the repubs, at the very least, will pounce…

    if Hillary is serious about a run for Prez…she must get working on putting together her “evidence-based changes” and have them ready to roll out at the critical time…

    “I think we are on the right track in many respects but I would be the first to say if things aren’t working then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,” Clinton said during a speech in Orlando before the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

    Hillary is going to have to be prepared to bring her ‘evidence-based’ plans for healthcare into the 21st century and either defend or eliminate past policy and remarks when it comes to current time…she won’t be escaping having to present what she supports for healthcare in present time…she will have no choice but to either agree with Ocare or run away from it with her own plan…

    I think many people here believe Hillary will need to break from Ocare…or run…run…run…from it as has been said multiple times by many…

  60. I do hope that the dims lose congress, for three (3) reasons:

    1) first, to stop Obama from flooding the judiciary with judicial nominees who are somewhere to the left of Marx, rely on the critical legal thinking school of jurisprudence, and elevate race and gender over competence.

    2) second, to defrock the most corrupt man in Washington, dirty harry reid–and rub his nose in it.

    3) third, to reinstate the filibuster rule, after they have picked off a few choice morsels of the Obama legislative agenda.

  61. “Second: will something like this even work as a blatant political ploy when everybody reports it as being a blatant political ploy? Don’t be so quick to say ‘yes:’ this administration isn’t actually very good at this.”
    ______________

    In the real world a ploy of this kind would be seen for what it is. In the world of politics, it’s easier to pull of such blatant trickery because voters expect politicians, both Republican and Democrat to be treacherous and dishonest.. In the world of Obama politics, the media will cite some bogus justification for the ploy, and repeat it until it becomes truth in the minds of voters.

    The author of this article would be well advised NOT to count on common sense and reason to have much of an impact.

  62. Shadowfax
    March 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I almost choked when I read this headline:

    The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine

    In Ukraine, the president may face his toughest foreign policy test yet. Is he up to the task?

    Politico
    ______________

    Gird your loins. 🙂

  63. S: the problem is everybody has their evidence–so when we say evidence based getting a stipulation as to what the evidence based criteria are will prove difficult. I think the question will be how do we fix what Obama has broken, and that will require going perhaps in a different direction to deal with the consequences. This is not a mend it approach. It is a de noveau approach meaning–Obamacare has created these problems, and there are other problems that pre existed Obamacare which must also be resolved. In other words–thesis (the status quo ante)-Obamacare (the anti thesis) and a new alternative which does not purport to be either a reinstatement of the status quo ante, or an attempt to repair what will be by then the most hated piece of legislation since the Alien and Sedition Acts (synthesis). Since the Republican Party has opposed Obamacare from the beginning, I think calling for a repair of that act is a non-starter.

  64. I think we may end up in a position where the market is so fucked up by Obamacare, that a government take-over is required.

  65. GonzoTx, we worked with Franken to fight the Clinton impeachment by the GOP in the 90s. He essentially loved an audience and not much more. We’ve been elbow to elbow at dinner with Franken at a small high level strategy session for Democrats the first decade of the century and again he loves to hear himself talk and not much more. We also mingled with the top echelons and on air hosts at Air America and they did not like Franken. The assessment was “hyopocrite”. We wrote an article exposing Franken years ago during the 2008 elections but never published it.

  66. foxyladi14

    March 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Shadowfax
    March 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I almost choked when I read this headline:

    The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine

    In Ukraine, the president may face his toughest foreign policy test yet. Is he up to the task?

    Politico
    ______________

    Gird your loins. 🙂

    —————
    Obama will challenge Putin to a game of badminton, winner take the Crimea.

  67. BTW, this Ukraine situation is now really really really a full blown crisis – Shep Smith of Fox News is live from Kiev so expect other anchors to relocate there.

  68. Putin feels his oats while laughing at the Joker in the Whitehouse

    Breaking news- Russia reports ballistic missile test amid Crimea tension…

  69. The author of this article would be well advised NOT to count on common sense and reason to have much of an impact.
    ————–
    Then an imminent fear of what is coming will have to do. My sense is that Machiavelli would have preferred it that way.

  70. BTW, this Ukraine situation is now really really really a full blown crisis – Shep Smith of Fox News is live from Kiev so expect other anchors to relocate there
    —————————-
    Lyn Brian as Step and Fetch it, you are cordially invited to the front line, to be an eye witness to this historical event, and do make sure that your accidental death and dismemberment insurance premiums are fully paid. Ready on the left. Ready on the right. Targets. RSVP.

  71. admin
    March 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm
    ***************

    Good to know! Sometimes I am soo angry at the Dems I wonder if I am blaming Dems by association, but then I realize they have been lock stock and barrel voting and supporting the lies.I will never forget 5/31/2008. No courage, no one stepping up for America. We must clean house. Dems first, pick and chose Repubs ( which sometimes I think about 85% out), try to get the Dem party to return to the common person and STAND for America.If not, serious third party, I really like the name ” American Party”.
    I sooo want term limits.

    I just voted in Texas primary. It was divided Rep vs Dem lines. No one was in the Dem line.

  72. Amazing. When it is religous liberty rights for Mennonites or those opposed to abortion or gay rights or gay marriage the Obama response to these Christians is all out legal warfare to destroy the religious without regard to the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. But Muslims:

    http://www.conservativeinfidel.com/obama/obama-sues-trucking-company-for-requiring-muslim-drivers-to-deliver-alcohol/

    Obama Sues Trucking Company For Requiring Muslim Drivers to Deliver Alcohol

    As a former over-the-road truck driver, I understand that there are times when you might be less than thrilled with a particular load. You might not like where you have to pick it up, where it is going, the road to be traveled, or possibly for a Muslim, the product you are transporting.

    If the driver chooses to voice those concerns, the answer in most cases would be the same. In some form or other, the he would be told to deal with it, reminded of the delivery time and the conversation would be over.

    That was the case recently for two Muslim truck drivers who claim to have felt that their religion precluded them from transporting alcohol. The trucking company didn’t force the issue, but they did make it clear that drivers are expected to take the loads they are assigned and informed them of where to park their rigs. That should have been the end of the story, with both parties free to act within their rights.

    That wasn’t the end, though. We’ve entered into a new phase in America, the Totalitarianism of Tolerance, where race-baiters, homosexuals and Muslims are special and deserving of more rights than the common folk.

    On behalf of the former drivers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Star Transportation for failing to accommodate the drivers who refused to do their jobs. [snip]

    Below is the press release for the government’s action from the EEOC website:

    PEORIA, Ill. – Star Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Morton, Ill., violated federal law by failing to accommodate two employees because of their religion, Islam, and discharging them, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

    The lawsuit alleged that Star Transport refused to provide two employees with an accommodation of their religious beliefs when it terminated their employment because they refused to deliver alcohol. According to EEOC District Director John P. Rowe, who supervised administrative investigation prior to filing the lawsuit, “Our investigation revealed that Star could have readily avoided assigning these employees to alcohol delivery without any undue hardship, but chose to force the issue despite the employees’ Islamic religion.”

    Failure to accommodate the religious beliefs of employees, when this can be done without undue hardship, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion. The EEOC filed suit, (EEOC v. Star Transport, Inc., Civil Action No. 13 C 01240-JES-BGC, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria, assigned to U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid), after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its statutory conciliation process. The agency seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the fired truck drivers and an order barring future discrimination and other relief.

    John Hendrickson, the EEOC Regional Attorney for the Chicago District Office said, “Everyone has a right to observe his or her religious beliefs, and employers don’t get to pick and choose which religions and which religious practices they will accommodate. If an employer can reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practice without an undue hardship, then it must do so. That is a principle which has been memorialized in federal employment law for almost50 years, and it is why EEOC is in this case.”

    The EEOC’s Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

  73. Obama spoke to Putin for 90 minutes, according to the White House.

    That is not even a credible lie.

    I can assure you of this much.

    Putin is a man of action.

    He does not have 90 minutes to waste jawboning with the Liar in Chief.

    This must have been an opium induce dream.

    Or else? Yet another lie.

    Ninety minutes . . . give me a break.

  74. admin
    March 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    ***************
    I saw that prior and it is so upsetting, beyond words!

  75. What they will try to do here is use financial leverage to pressure Putin to back off. By they, I mean the western European Nations, with Mouse fart Obama bringing up the rear–strike that, leading from behind. According to the Wall Street Russian Markets are nervous. US Markets are too. And German Markets who rely on the Russian pipe line? Eeeech. For Obama this is just a noisy interlude between golf games. But for Putin it is about more. To Putin, restoring the Russian empire is a high priority, he has the military leverage to do exactly that, and he knows the financial markets will exert far more leverage on Mouse Fart than they will on him, because Mouse Fart is a wanna-be dictator, but Vlad the Impaler is the real McCoy. And we have seen those financial markets break the resolve of courageous, principled Republicans like Boehner, and they will break Obama even faster. Poor baby messiah. He needs to return his license to practice miracles back in the cracker jack box where he found it. But here is the real rub as far as I am concerned. If I were Putin and a ninny like Obama tried to use economic pressure against me, well I’m a thinking that I might just start talking to Iran, Brazil and a few other key players about not recognizing the reserve currency status of the US dollar. So you see, Putin has a nuclear option which has nothing to do with enriched uranium, one that can be equally effective. Does the Messiah know this? Highly unlikely. Remember, he has attention deficit disorder, so it is hard to know what he knows at any time. Their role is to right the script and hand it to him. His role is to deliver with his usual fire and brimstone, only now, nobody with any sense takes him seriously. Through a continuing showing of weakness, Obama has brought this problem on the United States, and at this point it is bit of a sticky wicket. So sticky in fact that he will need to call upon the services of the Supreme Leader of Iran to arbitrate it.

  76. The point I am making here is important. In most negotiations both sides have leverage, and the goal is to make sure that neither side becomes a prisoner of its tactics. And that is where I believe we are at risk, because of Obama’s personality. The points made about him by Dr. Sam Varkin are relevant here. He should not be talking to Putin directly at this point. That is a mistake. He needs an intermediary, so he is not hornswagled into a bad agreement by a superior negotiator, namely Putin.

  77. The guy I would look to to pull our chestnuts out of the fire would be Kissinger if he was 20 years younger.

  78. Shadowfax
    March 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    wbboei
    March 4, 2014 at 2:54 am

    —–
    I don’t know Wbb, you seem to think that Barry has some intelligence and strategy
    —-
    Mea culpa Shadow. I must have misspoke. In my view he fits the William James paradigm to a tee.

    Obama is:

    a blind man

    in a dark room

    looking for a black cat

    that is not there.

  79. All kidding aside Shadow. I see Obama as a puppet of George Soros. And I came to that conclusion based on research, which I conducted with people on this blog (Confloyd, Mrs. Smith, Maryrichards) several years ago–before he became the bette noire of conspiracy enthusiasts. If you compare his agenda to the agenda of Soros they are identical. And Soros money got him elected. Consequently, Obama does not need to have intelligence or strategy. All he has to do is read. At times he is there to push to Soros agenda. At other times he is simply there to distract.

  80. War on Women:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/alan-grayson-accused-of-shoving-wife-104251.html?hp=f3

    A Florida judge has granted a temporary protective order to the wife of Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson after he allegedly shoved her during a weekend dispute, according to a complaint obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

    Grayson, a second-term lawmaker reelected to the House in 2012 after losing his seat the previous cycle, has denied the allegations.

    Grayson and his wife, Lolita, are in the process of divorcing after 24 years of marriage. The couple have two children.

    According to a complaint filed by Lolita Grayson, she and the congressman had an argument when he came to her house on Saturday night.

    She asserts that Grayson “deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result,” according to a copy of a complaint obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

    Lolita Grayson also claims the congressman “has battered [her] and the parties’ minor children” in the past, although she has not previously reported such actions.

    Grayson was not arrested in the Saturday incident, and he faces no criminal charges at this time.

    According to Grayson’s office, Lolita Grayson was the one who initiated the physical dispute.

    “Sadly, it was Ms. Grayson who physically attacked the Congressman as he attempted to visit with his children. He did not respond to Ms. Grayson’s violent assault,” the statement said.

  81. Admin…you were so right! Putin is threatening to abandon the dollar.
    Watch the stock market tumble along with the frauds glass spinal cord.

  82. Hillary begins to say what needs to be said:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/hillary-clinton-compares-russia-moves-to-nazi-aggression

    Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine at a fundraiser in California on Tuesday, making what two attendees described as a comparison between Russia’s decision to issue passports in the Crimean region to the “population transfers” carried out by Nazi Germany before World War II.

    Clinton made the remarks at a $1,500-per-plate fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach at a law firm downtown, Keesal, Young & Logan.

    The comments were Clinton’s first known about the still shifting situation in Ukraine, where an estimated 16,000 Russian troops have been mobilized in the Crimean region since Saturday. Clinton, since leaving the State Department, has been cautious about how and when to weigh in on national security developments.

    Mrs. Clinton talked at length on the situation in the Ukraine,” said one attendee, Harry Saltzgaver, the executive editor of a group of local newspapers in Long Beach.

    Both Saltzgaver and a second fundraiser attendee, who requested to speak without attribution, described Clinton’s parallel between the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler, who resettled tens of thousands of ethnic Germans in Eastern and Central Europe to Nazi Germany.

    She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries,” Saltzgaver said. “She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”

  83. She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”
    ****************

    Adding further that “obama however IS irrational as the instigator of WW II”.

    What she should have said…

  84. She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”
    ****************

    Adding further that “obama however IS irrational as the instigator of WW II”.

    What she should have said…

  85. Comparisons to Hitler are misplaced. Comparisons to Stalin are more apt. Stalin fighting to preserve mother Russia.

    I got a call tonight from someone who was chanting USA, USA, USA. He said that the Russian stock market lost 10% of its value today, and we sustained not even a scratch. He told me it is over. We won.

    I told him he was full of shit. I told him this is merely the end of the beginning. And I laid out some of the tools at Putin’s disposal–financial, cyber etc. I also told him that the issue at stake here is near and dear to his country–a must have. And I pointed out that he is a dictator, which gives him more latitude to act, and less responsibility for the impact on the people. Finally, I reminded him that Russia lost 17 million people in world war II defending their territory which included Ukraine. I mentioned my concern over the reserve currency risk, and the pipeline. And I told him Old Europe is unreliable.

    He wanted to argue. I did not. I told him it was late and I had to go. If that is what we are dealing with USA, USA, USA then I give up. If he wants a war, we may just get one. A war of a different kind. Larry Johnson’s position was that this is Russia’s decision on a matter within its area of hegemony. He advised Obama to not stick our hand in the hornet’s nest. Just leave it alone.

  86. CHECKMATE : Russia drafting law to allow confiscation of assets of European or U.S. companies if sanctions are imposed, state media says.

  87. Not to mention shutting of the gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine…….Putin is a son of a bitch but he knows how to play chess.

  88. Largest European Refinery Catches on Fire – Happens to Be in Russia
    The largest European refinery caught on fire today.
    The refinery happens to be in Russia.
    It will take months to get production back up.

    Amazingly, no one was injured when Europe’s largest oil refinery, like, totally burned with the force of a thousand suns yesterday. And obviously it’s in Russia.

    The refinery is OJSC TANECO, formerly known as the Nizhnekamsk refinery, in Tartarstan. If you get into your Lada and drive due East from Moscow, you’ll get there in about 14 hours.

    Reuters reports that the fire was put out the same evening it started and there were no injuries. It will take a few months to get production back up.

    It churns out 140,000 barrels of gas and diesel a day, and that production all goes to Russia.

    This picture (and the above video) turned up on English Russia and gives you a sense of scale of the blaze…….

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/breaking-largest-european-refinery-catches-on-fire-happens-to-be-in-russia/

  89. Why Is The Mainstream Media Ignoring The Rabid Anti-Semitism In The New Ukraine Government?

    In World War II, the United States fought against rabidly anti-Semitic fascists. In 2014, the United States helps them overthrow democratically-elected governments. And the sick thing is that the mainstream media is acting an an accomplice because it is purposely ignoring or greatly playing down the rabid anti-Semitism in Ukraine. The anti-Semitism of many of the “reformers” that have seized power in Kiev does not fit with the narrative that the U.S. government is trying to push, so the mainstream media conveniently turns a blind eye to the fact that the United States is essentially helping neo-Nazis take power. In fact, leaders of the Svoboda Party have been appointed to numerous important positions throughout the new government. As you will read about below, the head of the Svoboda Party has denounced the “criminal activities” of “organized Jewry”, another top Svoboda official regularly quotes Joseph Goebbels, and the Party itself was known as “the Social-National Party” (in reference to National Socialists) until 2004. There is a long history of anti-Semitism in Ukraine, but our politicians in Washington D.C. don’t seem to care about that. All they seem to care about is making sure that there is not a pro-Russian government in Ukraine no matter what the cost.

    Read More @
    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/03/04/mainstream-media-ignoring-rabid-anti-semitism-new-ukraine-government/#more-25818

  90. I am hearing this point echoed across the Obama administration, the utopian segment of the foreign policy establishment, (as opposed to those who understand real politique and balance of power considerations) and now that little kraut gnome Angela Merkel, that Putin is not rational.

    Is their experience in diplomacy and negotiations so limited that they do not understand the concept of hard bargaining? Apparently so. In that case they need to shut the fuck up and learn something: The essence of hard bargaining is to convince your adversary that you are slightly crazy (when in fact you are focused on the achievement of your goals against an adversary you perceive as weaker than you are). Now the United States plus Western Europe is stronger than Russia economically, but Putin is by far a stronger leader than the pathetic fool we have in the White House. And, say what you will, the issue of Ukraine is tied inextricably to Russian history and Russian security. With good reason, fears that if he loses this one, his southern flank will be vulnerable to radical Islam. And he remembers too well how Brezneski, Soros and our CIA exploited the forces of radical Islam to collapse the old Soviet Union. Consequently, the hard bargaining which surprises our cogniscenti right is likely to get tougher. This is why he will consider the strategy I mentioned yesterday–undermining the US dollar, and working in tandum with Iran, Brazil, Venezuela, drug gangs and anyone else who has similar interests to his. It cannot be otherwise.

  91. Some of these people are like my friend. A fine little war, and then USA, USA, USA–like they are sports fans watching a contest on the field. This is very different however, because there is no rule book, no referee, and no time limits. The cogniscenti have a larger media establishment which will behave like the propaganda source they have proven to be in the political venue, but that too is easily over estimated. The irony is there are more people out there in this world of six billion people besides Messiah Obama who hate the United States, and unlike him their hatred has not abated since he was installed in office. They will not be easily swayed by the propaganda of big media. Finally, there is a tendency by our Harvard educated elites to dismiss Putin as simply a cold warrior. He is that alright, in spades, but that is no reason to dismiss him. On the contrary, it is grounds to respect him. Most of the people advising the Liar In Chief are too young to remember what the cold war was like and they have no appreciation of history unless they happen to be history buffs. They are utopians, techies, political hacks, academicians and their ilk. Hence, they do not understand who and what they are dealing with. The cold war was no fine little war. It lasted from 1945-1988, and its affect was felt across the world. The fact that Putin’s behavior does not conform to the values and expectations of the Obama administration is not his problem. It is entirely their–and sadly ours.

  92. The other point of history these passionate young ignorant people in this benighted administration miss is that since the days of Lenin, and the policy of forced collectivization, Kiev and Moscow have been adversaries. When Hitler invaded Russian in Operation Babarosa in ’41, he was welcomed by Ukranians and thousands of them joined the SS. One of the SS officers, who was later killed, recorded in his diary he knew the war was lost when the SS raised the German flag was raised over the Ukraine rather than the Ukrainian flag, which would have honored their sense of national identity. But the point is, the attraction of anti semitism to Ukrainians is nothing new, and is part of the history which big media and this benighted administration will never understand, because they do not want to understand anything that conflicts with their arrogant world view, which got us into this mess in the first place.

  93. I totally evade international news now but cannot imagine that Balmy is not being protected as he was re Palin and Romney. Even as more of the country learns of the 08, 12 services to their “stud”, they evidently continue the ploy. So I affirm that I cannot judge the even-handedness of the Russia Today publishing organization; but I like how they jumped on his defenders as they did in this article.
    Russia’s 25,000-troop allowance & other facts you may not know about Crimea
    Published time: March 04, 2014
    Snip. The media many trust described in hysterical tones how the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was under a full-scale Russian invasion with headlines like: “Ukraine says Russia sent 16,000 troops to Crimea”, “Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia sends more troops into Crimea,” as well as “What can Obama do about Russia’s invasion of Crimea?”. Facts, and ardent statements by top Russian diplomats were totally ignored by the western ‘war press’ Snip. [Further down in this article there is an extensive “Here are the facts section.”]
    http://rt.com/news/russian-troops-crimea-ukraine-816/

  94. WaPo/ABC poll shows Dems behind Repubs in races for senate. Of course, the Dems already knew the country was ready to toss them out of office. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have planned for another Obamacare delay.

    ______________________

    “Poll: Democrats Trail in Senate Races”

    Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 11:21 AM
    By Courtney Coren

    Republicans are in a better position than Democrats in the 34 states with Senate races in this year’s midterm elections even though Democrats poll better on some key issues, a new poll finds.

    In those states, 50 percent of registered voters say they would vote for the Republican candidate versus 42 who would vote for the Democratic candidate, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    (snip)

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Washington-Post-ABC-News-Poll-Senate-Obamacare-healthcare/2014/03/04/id/555928#ixzz2v60JlCbt

  95. Representative Engel, a democrat and Pelosi boot licker scolds us that “now is not the time to play politics”. This was not his position when the other party was in power, therefore, he is a light weight, and his opinion is easily dismissed. It is no different really than the RINO calls for unity against the common enemy, when they price of that unity is the surrender of valid view point and criticism which need to be heard in order to moderate an unsound policy advanced by the party calling for unity. If their argument is sound, there is no need sir to pre-empt criticism. Experience and the market place of ideas will decide the issue. You need to work harder to convince people that you are right, rather than censoring them. If you want us to accept your argument because Obama is the one advancing it, which is clearly your position, you need to understand that we do not trust Obama to act in the interests of this nation, therefore you would be better off keeping that argument to yourself. At best, it is a non-starter./

  96. Snowden was the target of a manhunt because he failed to go through appropriate whistleblower process. U.S. Marshall, Robert MacLean followed the painstaking procedure, but still targeted by Obama and Holder.

    Bottom line is – Nobody had better be blown’ no whistles about Obama’s childish administration.

    _____________________

    Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by TomDispatch

    “Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style
    Supreme Court Edition?”

    by Peter Van Buren

    The Obama administration has just opened a new front in its ongoing war on whistleblowers. It’s taking its case against one man, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Marshal Robert MacLean, all the way to the Supreme Court. So hold on, because we’re going back down the rabbit hole with the Most Transparent Administration ever.

    Despite all the talk by Washington insiders about how whistleblowers like Edward Snowden should work through the system rather than bring their concerns directly into the public sphere, MacLean is living proof of the hell of trying to do so. Through the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to use MacLean’s case to further limit what kinds of information can qualify for statutory whistleblowing protections. If the DOJ gets its way, only information that the government thinks is appropriate — a contradiction in terms when it comes to whistleblowing — could be revealed. Such a restriction would gut the legal protections of the Whistleblower Protection Act and have a chilling effect on future acts of conscience.

    Having lost its case against MacLean in the lower courts, the DOJ is seeking to win in front of the Supreme Court. If heard by the Supremes — and there’s no guarantee of that — this would represent that body’s first federal whistleblower case of the post-9/11 era. And if it were to rule for the government, even more information about an out-of-control executive branch will disappear under the dark umbrella of “national security.”

    On the other hand, should the court rule against the government, or simply turn down the case, whistleblowers like MacLean will secure a little more protection than they’ve had so far in the Obama years. Either way, an important message will be sent at a moment when revelations of government wrongdoing have moved from the status of obscure issue to front-page news.

    (snip)

    Here’s the simple part: MacLean was an air marshal, flying armed aboard American aircraft as the last defense against a terror attack. In July 2003, all air marshals received a briefing about a possible hijacking plot. Soon after, the TSA, which oversees the marshals, sent an unencrypted, open-air text message to their cell phones cancelling several months of missions for cost-cutting reasons. Fearing that such cancellations in the midst of a hijacking alert might create a dangerous situation for the flying public, MacLean worked his way through the system. He first brought his concerns to his supervisor and then to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. Each responded that nothing could be done.

    http://www.commondreams.org

  97. More about Kaiser Wilhelm.
    ====

    Bolting De Blasio: The Exodus Begins

    And so it begins: De Blasio’s war on the producers has triggered a mass exodus form the city. 5,000 very wealthy families paid 30 percent of the city’s income tax. Losing even a few of them means significantly less money for filling potholes and hiring cops. That’s who this clown is attacking?

    De Blasio is making good on his campaign platform ­ destroying the producer and greasing the grubby hooves of the moochers and the looters. Revenge of the loser.

    But it’s not just the wealthy. Yesterday, I posted on the latest attack by Red Bill, closing the best-performing charter schools in the city as payback to the teacher’s union. Targeting the poor for his sleazy backroom deals.

    Props to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, who today came to the rescue of these poor families by promising to step in to pay the rent of city charter schools denied free space under a crackdown by Mayor De Blasio, according to two sources.

    “De Blasio’s anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC,” NY Post, March 4, 2014

    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.

    See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/03/bolting-de-blasio-exodus-begins.html/#sthash.bZKKiRcd.dpuf

  98. Obama wants money to increase the size of “Big Brother”. Someone has to monitor our behavior and enforce the regulations he has penned, and those just waiting to be written into law by Obama, head of both the executive and legislative branches of government. It is perfectly acceptable to ditch the system of chefs and balances put in place to ensure separation of powers, according to a recently discovered, tiny print clause in the constitution. This clause called for striking down the provision for separation of powers if and when a bi-racial racist became president of the country.

    Get ready, Obama needs money to make sure we are doing things according to his orders. Interestingly, the so-called liberals felt the budget request was too small to pay for all of the hall monitors necessary to ensure that all of Obama’s rules were followed.

    ___________

    “Obama’s budget wish list: Money and manpower for regulations”

    Ben Goad – 03/04/14 05:35 PM EST

    Read more: http://thehill.com/#ixzz2v68A1oML

    President Obama’s 2015 budget request contains hundreds of millions of dollars to further a broad array of regulatory initiatives in the waning years of his administration.

    The proposal would bolster Obama’s climate change initiative with additional funding and manpower, and add to the coffers of Wall Street regulators whose responsibilities have grown in the years since the Great Recession.
    The blueprint would direct money toward a renewed gun control push and reforms to the federal criminal justice system. It would devote tens of millions of dollars more to regulations governing the nation’s chemical plants and food safety system, as well as fund a new push to tamp down on compounding pharmacies.

    Elements of the budget met with criticism from across the political spectrum. Conservatives panned the proposal as more of the same from an administration that has expanded the federal bureaucracy, while liberals said it falls short of providing necessary funding in critical areas.

    Ultimately, however, the proposal’s approval hinges on Congress, where it received a lukewarm reception Tuesday from GOP lawmakers.

    “It is important to remember that it is the Congress, not the White House, that holds the power of the purse and will decide where to cut, where to sustain, and where to invest tax dollars to the most benefit of the American people,” said Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

    Still, the budget request sheds new light on the White House’s plans for rule-making initiatives amid pressure from Obama to complete planned regulations before the clock runs out on his administration.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/administration/199887-obamas-wish-list-money-and-manpower-for-regulations#ixzz2v67pKNuj
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  99. Damn my autocorrect. Obviously, we don’t have “chefs and balances”. Although we may by the end of O’s Regime. That’s checks – not chefs.

  100. When Obama throws out the cliche: wrong side of history, he conflates his preferences with actual history. Since he believes in world government and an end to sovereignty, which is the Soros mantra, and the world at large does not share that belief, it leads to foreign policy failures everywhere we turn. National interest continues to guide the conduct of nations and appeals to some brooding omnipresence in the sky called international law, and a group of world bureaucrats ensconced in places like the Hague is a Carteresque flight from reality. Financial leverage and big media propaganda are not enough to change human nature, in any lasting sense of the word. And the record to date corroborates this:
    ———————-

    The End of the ‘Wrong Side of History’
    Of tyranny and clichés and who gets to write history.

    President Barack Obama, in criticizing Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s conquest of the Crimean Peninsula, described Putin as standing “on the wrong side of history.” This curious and arresting phrase has become a frequent cliché among western liberals.

    It is testimony to their self-confidence, and to their belief that they have accurately read the deeper currents and inevitable direction of human affairs. These, in the view of the president and his supporters, point inexorably toward greater cooperation between peoples; a decline in attachment to particularist ethnic, national or religious histories; and a decline in the use of force to settle disputes between states.

    The unspoken assumption behind all this, of course, is that being on the right side of history also means accepting the unmatched dominance of the U.S. in global affairs, and in turn the unchallengeable domination of the U.S. by people supporting the particular progressive world view of the president and his supporters.

    That is, Obama and his supporters use the word “history” to refer to themselves.

    The problem with all this is that in the last five years, many players on the world stage have learned that if “history” and “Obama” are synonyms, being on the wrong side of Obama is a not particularly uncomfortable or worrying place to be. So the threat of it has rather less impact than the president might hope or assume.

    This is not a marginal point. Rather, it is the key factor defining the direction of strategic affairs globally, and in the Middle East in particular. (snip)

    As for inducements to get on the right side of “history” – the president might note that all the players noted above, Israel included, are operating on similar lines. These involve the protection and assertion of clearly defined national interests, the use of force where deemed necessary, the judicious backing of allies and the effort to deter enemies.

    Those who operate along those lines most effectively will get to write the history, in which they will portray themselves as the natural and inevitable victors. Those who fail to do so will find that efforts to equate their own preferences with the natural tide of human events will be a subject for the increasing derision of their peers, and probably also of history.

  101. Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies at Wednesday’s oversight hearing

    Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies openly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, according to her attorney.

    House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced Sunday that Lerner will testify at Wednesday’s hearing, but Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor said that Lerner will seek to continue invoking her Fifth Amendment rights and will also seek a one-week delay of her testimony.

    Oversight members are reportedly open to granting Lerner a one-week delay if she petitions for one in person at Wednesday’s hearing. The delay would allow Lerner’s lawyers to continue negotiating for immunity, which they have been doing since at least September.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/04/lois-lerner-fears-for-her-life-if-she-testifies-at-wednesdays-oversight-hearing/#ixzz2v6kr8MBk

  102. But where’s his teleprompter? I don’t see it.
    ===

    Obama’s Latest Photo Op Shows Why The Global Community Doesn’t Take Him Seriously

    We are embroiled in a global conflict, and the supposed “leader of the free world” is taking photo ops at a grade school, making statements about the invasion of Ukraine on a kids’ rug.

    Meanwhile, Putin incredibly denied that any Russian troops are in Ukraine, and somehow President Barack ‘I-call-the-Russian-invasion-an-uncontested-arrival’ Obama actually thought it was a good idea to set up a lectern on a grade school alphabet mat when the entire world is seeing the consequences of his weakness.

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/03/119155-obamas-latest-photo-op-shows-global-community-doesnt-take-seriously/

  103. Sounds serious. No wonder she was scared.
    ====

    New Inconsistencies with Malik Obama’s IRS Paperwork Revealed on Eve of Hearing
    Barack H. Obama Foundation’s tax exempt status approved on a Sunday

    As the scheduled March 5th House Oversight Committee Hearing draws closer, the man who filed complaint No. 1761/2013 against Malik Obama – Dr. Sadek Raouf Ebeid – is sending a fax to Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, along with members Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan, notifying them of even more disturbing inconsistencies. Many of these inconsistencies involve former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, who is scheduled to appear before the committee.

    For starters, the date stamped at the top of the Barack H. Obama Foundation’s 501(c)(3) approval letter which bears Lerner’s signature, is dated June 26, 2011. That day was on a Sunday. This new revelation comes after it’s been known that Malik Obama’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) received expeditious and potentially illegal tax exempt status from Lerner when the approval was backdated by 38 months. That this approval was granted on a Sunday raises more questions.

    This is where Ebeid comes in. Within a few short hours of this posting, Ebeid will be faxing the following letter to Issa, Gowdy, and Jordan. Each one of their offices will receive this information approximately 24 hours before the hearing is convened (click on image to view letter):

    http://shoebat.com/2014/03/04/new-inconsistencies-malik-obamas-irs-paperwork-revealed-eve-hearing/

  104. Mediamatters reports that pundits are complaining of “Clinton fatigue” and has some choice comments for Maureen Dowd and Andrew Sullivan, besides stating the obvious, which is that Hillary has been living remarkably low-profile for the past six months and any fatigue there is, is due to the pundits’ obsession with Hillary:

    “Obsessing Over Hillary, Pundits Complain About Clinton “Fatigue””

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/03/obsessing-over-hillary-pundits-complain-about-c/198306

    The author also points out that it is the chattering class, and not Democratic voters, who are tired of talking about her.

  105. The following is reported in Politico and is perfectly on-topic for today’s article:

    Hillary Clinton, in some of her first comments on the evolving crisis in Ukraine , compared Russia’s move to issue passports in Crimea to “population transfers” in pre-World War II Germany, according to a report late Tuesday.

    The remarks at an event in Southern California by Clinton, who generally has shied away from public discussion of foreign policy issues since she left the State Department in early 2013, were first reported by BuzzFeed, quoting people who attended the speech.

    Clinton referenced the passports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been issuing to people with Russian ties in Crimea, according to reports.

    “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ‘30s,” Clinton said, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which had a reporter covering the otherwise closed-press event and later posted a story. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people, and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

    “Mrs. Clinton talked at length on the situation in the Ukraine,” Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of a Long Beach newspaper group, told Buzzfeed earlier.

    Both Saltzgaver and a second fundraiser attendee, who requested anonymity, described Clinton’s parallel between the actions of Putin and Adolf Hitler, who resettled tens of thousands of ethnic Germans in Eastern and Central Europe to Nazi Germany.

    “She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries,” Saltzgaver added. “She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”

    “She talked about how what Putin is doing now is similar to what Hitler did, essentially providing these ethnic Russians in the Crimea region access back to Russia,” a second attendee told BuzzFeed. “And that it was destabilizing.”

    The event was a $1,500-a-head fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach. It was not open to the media at large.

    Clinton talked about her experience with that region “both regarding Putin’s attitude of wanting to put Mother Russia back together, and the pressure put on the Ukrainian president not to sign agreements with the European Union,” Saltzgaver told the website.

    Clinton spokesmen did not respond to two emails requesting comment.
    The situation in Ukraine is still developing, and Clinton, according to the report, offered no comment on the path forward.

    Clinton’s relationship with Putin has been tumultuous. In 2009, she presented Russia’s foreign minister with a “reset” button that was meant to signify the rebooting of the relationship between Russia and the United States but was inscribed with the wrong word. She was deeply critical of Putin, however, during the 2008 presidential campaign.

    Putin accused Clinton of egging on opposition protests in 2011, amid increasing tensions surrounding the uprisings in the Mideast.

  106. Here’s another Politico article reviewing HRC’s past posture and initiatives with regard to Russia and commenting on her remarks of yesterday:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hillary-clinton-ukraine-2016-election-104213.html?hp=t1_3

    The article ends with:

    Putin “sits as the absolute authority now in Russia and it is quite reminiscent of the kind of authority exercised in the past by Russian leaders, by the czars and their successor Communist leaders,” she said, according to CNN. She added that it was imperative for the U.S. to back a “unified Ukraine.”

    On Monday night, the pro-Clinton group Correct the Record, which hadn’t weighed in on the Ukraine issue before, came to her defense:

    “Secretary Clinton worked to successfully secure Russia’s cooperation toward anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, and worked with Russia to secure critical, crippling sanctions against Iran. Not to mention, Secretary Clinton oversaw passage and enactment of the New START Treaty reducing nuclear weapons and making us all safer. This is another case of selective memory lapses by Republican opportunists,” communications director Adrienne Elrod said in a statement, after the group posted tweets to that effect.

  107. Drudge, of course.

    If this is true, the DNC is still tingling over their rusted calf:
    —-

    DNC Attendees Can’t Name a Single Hillary Accomplishment

    Last week, the Democratic Party had their winter meeting and MRCTV’s Dan Joseph decided to ask DNC committee members and guests if they’re ready for Hillary–and why.

    Some said she had about a hundred moments of greatness when she served under President Obama – but, strangely, couldn’t name a single accomplishment of hers, besides marrying Bill Clinton.

    Another attendee mentioned Clinton’s stance on abortion as a reason to be super excited for Hillary Clinton in 2016. As for her accomplishments, none came to mind, but she noted that Obama saw a reason for her to be nominated as Secretary of State.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/matt-vespa/dnc-attendees-cant-name-single-hillary-accomplishment#sthash.Ak8dqyDt.I6XqOStd.dpuf

  108. The UN representative that they sent to Crimea just got ceremoniously attacked, forced to hide in a coffee shop and ordered out of the country, taken straight to the airport and sent packing by Russian troops.

    Putin is not messing around.

  109. On Fox –

    From reset button to Nazi talk, Hillary the hawk returns

    FROM RESET BUTTON TO NAZI TALK, HILLARY THE HAWK RETURNS
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put some distance between herself and the Obama administration on Russia’s strong-arm tactics in Ukraine. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner, compared recent Russian troop deployments in the region to policies implemented by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. “[This is like] what Hitler did back in the 30s,” Clinton told donors at a charity event in California, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.’” Later in her remarks, Clinton described Russian ruler Vladimir Putin as a man “who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness … When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”

    [snip]

    Later in her remarks, Clinton described Putin as a man “who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness … When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”

    However, the former top American diplomat did strike a cautiously optimistic note as she claimed that the ongoing Crimea situation was “a real nail-biter, right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric. Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do.”

  110. Nato to review all cooperation with Russia and step up engagement with Ukraine’s civilian and military leadership

  111. fantastic article. I think Bibi pushed back pretty strongly but with more finesse than his last tutorial to Obama on the realities of the middle east. As for the Ukraine, the Jewish community, some 200k strong, are being told to lay low and not say anything least they become the focus of attack. Sadly, that strategy has not worked.

  112. The Obama/Putin call in 10 seconds.

    Obama : Let me be clear

    Putin : Knock Knock

    O : Who’s there

    P : Crimea

    O: Crimea who?

    p : Crimea River…..

    O : Click

  113. Really???? 🙄

    President Obama on Tuesday warned Democratic donors that the party could not repeat the mistakes of the 2010 midterms, and must focus on turning out voters in November.

    “Democrats are really good at presidential elections these days, if I do say so myself,” said Obama at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in McLean, Va. “But there’s something about midterms.”

    “We get a little sleepy,” he continued. “We don’t turn out the vote. That has to change.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-democrats-get-sleepy-in-midterm-years/article/2545090

  114. John Kerry following meeting in Paris: “we cannot allow sovereignty of Ukraine to be violated”, Russia has made the “wrong choice”

    Big Words, Big Mouth…..Putin is just gonna tell you to F**8 Off.

  115. MoonOnPluto, Putin is the giant lion tamer in the center ring. Obama/Kerry are one of a dozen teeny clowns in a tiny car scrambling and falling over themselves in a side ring.

  116. “Mediamatters reports that pundits are complaining of “Clinton fatigue” and has some choice comments for Maureen Dowd and Andrew Sullivan, besides stating the obvious, which is that Hillary has been living remarkably low-profile for the past six months and any fatigue there is, is due to the pundits’ obsession with Hillary:”

    “Obsessing Over Hillary, Pundits Complain About Clinton “Fatigue””

    _________________

    Exactly. Their own obsession is resulting in their fatigue.

  117. foxyladi14
    March 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Really???? 🙄

    President Obama on Tuesday warned Democratic donors that the party could not repeat the mistakes of the 2010 midterms, and must focus on turning out voters in November.

    “Democrats are really good at presidential elections these days, if I do say so myself,” said Obama at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in McLean, Va. “But there’s something about midterms.”

    ____________

    Barack must be hoping everyone has forgotten that he guaranteed the Dems would lose seats in 2010 midterms, arrogantly proclaiming, “They’ve got me” (or something very close to that). He could do what Bill Clinton couldn’t. History gets revised, again in Barack’s Playbook. The title of which, by the way, is “They be Trippin”.

  118. BREAKING: Obama Again Delays Deadline For Plans Cancelled Because of Obamacare, Can Now Keep Them Until 2017…

    Just rewriting laws as he goes along, no biggie.

    (Washington Examiner) – The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it would allow insurers to keep until October 2016 health plans that do not meet Obamacare regulations, pushing back another Affordable Care Act deadline well past November’s midterms.

    Facing the prospect of another wave of cancellation notices this fall, the administration took even further action to mitigate the blowback from President Obama’s broken promise that all Americans could keep their health care plans under Obamacare.

    The Department of Health and Human Services had already given insurers the option of continuing those plans facing cancellation through 2014, and on Wednesday said those policies could remain in effect an additional two years.

    For example, if an individual renewed their health plan on Oct. 1, 2016, their coverage would last into 2017.

    “We’re extending this to give people an opportunity to make a judgment about what works best for them and their families,” a senior administration official said, briefing reporters on the major policy change.

    http://weaselzippers.us/178318-breaking-obama-again-delays-deadline-for-plans-cancelled-because-of-obamacare-can-now-keep-them-until-2017/

  119. admin
    March 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    MoonOnPluto, Putin is the giant lion tamer in the center ring.

    Obama/Kerry are one of a dozen teeny clowns in a tiny car scrambling and falling over themselves in a side ring.

    ——
    Huston, I have a visual.

  120. Leanora
    March 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    BREAKING: Obama Again Delays Deadline For Plans Cancelled Because of Obamacare, Can Now Keep Them Until 2017…

    Just rewriting laws as he goes along, no biggie.

    …………………….

    So basically the bastard has just dropped the entire thing in Hillary’s lap. What a total bastard.

  121. and she’ll now have to run on that disaster in 2016, She’ll need a good plan to get round that debacle. The SOB did it on purpose. This is no accident.

  122. How does Barack have the ultimate power to completely change the Obamacare law? Stop, start, delay, swing to the left, swing to the right, sit down, shut up, fight, fight, fight.

    Does he have the ultimate power to force the insurance companies that canceled policies starting in Jan 1st and cover those health premiums?

  123. Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan Call It Quits

    By: streiff (Diary) | March 5th, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 13

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    Today the Senate voted down a particularly noxious Obama nomination. Debo Adegbile, whose only claim to fame was agitating on behalf of a convicted, unrepentant, and vicious cop killer, was voted down 47-52. Pressing this nomination was a stupid act by the White House, though it has become boring to write that phrase over the course of the past six years. The nomination was toxic with no greater purpose than for Obama to demonstrate that he has stump broke Harry Reid and thereby further cow Mitch McConnell. It forced Red State Democrat senators to make a difficult vote. Some took the easy way out:

    Other Democrats who voted against the Obama nominee were Chris Coons (Del.),Bob Casey (Pa.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.V.), Joe Donnolly (Ind.) and John Walsh (Mont.).

    Manchin, Pryor, and Walsh are all on the endangered species list, voting against Adegbile was mandatory for them even if it meant embarrassing the Man-God at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. More curious is who is on the list voting yes: Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan. Even though both are floundering and all indications are that Kay Hagan is circling the drain a vote against Adegbile would have helped, or worst casing it been neutral, while a vote in favor would hurt.

    The conclusion is obvious. Both Landrieu and Hagan have avoided Obama when he visited their states. This indicates that they are not members of the Obama fan club. Why make this counter-intuitive vote? Because they want jobs in the Obama Administration after they are defeated in November. Rather than making a vote for the benefit of the voters back home, they made their vote to curry favor with Obama.

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