How NOT To Be Ready For Hillary Clinton 2016

Update: Lots of reports confirming what we have forseen and advised for months (if not years). Run Hillary, Run against Obama and his Obaminations. Forthwith the Quotes of the day: “…Hillary Clinton, has already left the administration and can thus, in classic Clinton form, ditch unpopular policies….” That’s about how Biden is trapped defending the indefensible.

The Hill newspaper also sees Hillary Run Run Run away from Obama and his Obaminations. But as Clinton distances herself from Obama, rakes in the cash and prevents other Democrats from prepping a national campaign for a White House run in 2016, she might look around at the polls and see just what will happen to Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections if all current estimates are correct.

The Wall Street Journal noticed Hillary demonstrating the toughness Obama only fantasizes about as he watches burly men on the basketball court. Hillary said she is “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the Obama sell out of American/Israeli interests.

For success, Hillary Clinton 2016 must run away and eventually denounce Barack Obama and his Obaminations. It’s beginning to happen albeit not fast enough. Whatever loses this strategy costs in loss of Obama cultists and DailyKooks will more than be matched by increased support of the white working class and senior citizens both groups which once formed the Democratic Party base.



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For Republicans the strategy on how to destroy Hillary Clinton 2016 is obvious and real easy. For Hillary Clinton 2016 the road to success is more treacherous but the Republican attacks can be anticipated, prepared for, and protected against, if and when Hillary Clinton decides (after November 2014) to commence Hillary Clinton 2016.

As we have advised before, Hillary Clinton 2016 must be like hockey great Wayne Gretzky and anticipate where the puck will be in 2016. Republicans have the same task. Republicans also have to get rid of their practice and image as hypocritical panty sniffers more concerned with the bedroom activities of other adults than their own sexual hijinks and policy prescriptions. Republicans have taken a giant step in at least putting forward an initial attempt to fix their image with a new campaign which features YouTube videos like this one:



That video upends what most people believe Republicans look like which in itself stokes attention to the message. The message from the mouths of normal looking everyday people is at the heart of Republican philosophy. Yet it is not difficult to believe that a great majority of what is said in the video will find agreement with most Americans whatever their political persuasion. In short this is an agreeable, smart, honest, accessible, positive, attractive, inclusive, surprising, feel good, expression of what the Republican Party image can and should be. The problem comes when the red flag of battle is waved which causes Republicans to forget this type of “addition politics” and revert to emotionally satisfying ugly self-destructive foolishness.

We are not suggesting for a second that Republicans should not be tough during a campaign. Quite the contrary. We are once again suggesting that Republicans (and Hillary Clinton 2016) be tough. In 2012 we fumed when Mitt Romney said Barack Obama was a nice guy. Mitt Romney should have exposed Barack Obama as a race-baiter whose entire campaign history was ugly attacks on opponents while publicly demanding a “new politics”. By saying Barack Obama was a nice guy Romney undercut himself by telling a lie. Now Mitt Romney is talking tough about Obama (shades of Chris Christie) but when he should have been tough Mitt was mostly a doughnut.

All the above we have written before and will write again and again and again until the message sinks in. Some of our message is taking hold. For instance, the intelligent Jay Cost has advice of his own for Republicans on how to destroy Hillary Clinton 2016 most of which we have written long ago. Most Republicans will not be able to tolerate what Cost is telling them let alone take his good advice. Jay Cost does provide one suggestion we find counterproductive, but overall it is good advice which will stick in the craw of many Republicans. Here is the smart part of the Jay Cost advice for Republicans which comes after Cost raises the specter of the massive Clinton money machine:

Not Ready for Hillary

The GOP has another problem with Hillary: In the last quarter-century, it has exhibited no facility for countering Clintonism in the public mind. This failure is arguably worse than any cash crunch; it does not matter how much money you spend making a bad argument if it is still a bad argument. And that is all the GOP ever seems to have against the Clintons.

Republicans have had three at-bats against the Clintons—the elections of 1992 and 1996 and the impeachment proceedings of 1998-99—and struck out every time. To date, there is little evidence they have learned from their defeats. Rand Paul has been raising Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct, something that backfired while Clinton was president. Meanwhile, some Republican pundits are saying that Hillary Clinton has never really accomplished anything, a line that got George H.W. Bush nowhere in 1992.

Almost certain to be outraised and lacking any compelling case against the Clintons, the Republican party, it is fair to say, is not ready for Hillary. If anything, the classic Clinton shtick—“I feel your pain”—should play particularly well in this age of seemingly permanent economic anxiety.

Context is still important. In 1992, when Bill and Hillary Clinton waxed eloquent about the middle-class squeeze, they were flanked by an unemployed steelworker and a single mother working two jobs. Nowadays, they are more likely to have Warren Buffett on one side and Mick Jagger on the other. That’s the price you pay for being at the top of the world’s political, social, and economic hierarchy for a quarter-century: You are bound to lose touch with the “folks” (a Clintonian classic) who elevated you to those heights in the first place. In 1992 George H.W. Bush was the out-of-touch elitist who (supposedly) did not understand how a grocery scanner worked. In 2016, Hillary Clinton will not have driven her own car for 25 years.

And therein lies the GOP’s best opportunity.”

At this point Jay Cost goes off the rails. Cost is absolutely correct in asserting what we have constantly shouted about why the Clenis, Lewinsky, Brodderick, Paula, Whitewater, bimbos, travel office, Mena, blue dresses, draft dodging, pot smoking, black baby daddy, Gennifer Flowers, missing papers, release of papers, furniture, pardons, yackety yack yack yack yada yada yada etc. etc. etc. won’t hurt Bill or Hillary Clinton. If anything this all helps them. Republicans might not like it, but these things help Bill and Hill more than anything else. Scandal fatigue is transmuted to at worse entertaining entertainment. Cost is right about this.

But when Cost discusses the “GOP’s best opportunity” he has forgotten 2008 and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Here is Jay Cost’s proposal to the GOP:

“Put simply, the party should try to occupy the same political space the Clintons seized in 1992, and cast the Clintons in the role of the out-of-touch elitist. Bill’s appetite for the rock-star lifestyle—hobnobbing with the gilded elite in Davos rather than the diner crowd in Little Rock—facilitates this effort. So does Hillary’s presumably endless grasping for campaign contributions, which unmistakably connects her to the elite (and reviled) quarters of this country. Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein is already on board for Hillary, which tells you all you need to know. It should, in theory, be possible for the GOP to expose the hypocrisy of the Clintons’ pitch to the “forgotten middle class,” given that they seemingly have forgotten all about their own middle-class backgrounds.

That’s the theory, at any rate. In practice, success depends upon the nominee. Some candidates are well equipped to make a populist pitch to the middle class, others not. [snip]

This time, Republicans would be well advised to cast against type. They should consider a candidate who has not spent much time in Washington, somebody whose parents struggled to reach the middle class, someone who has had to work hard in the last 20 years to retain that status, somebody who is, if not hip, at least relatively young (the younger candidate has won the popular vote in the last six presidential elections). In general, one cannot overstate the power of symbolism in a presidential election. The vast array of issues that confront the electorate is bewildering, and an easy heuristic to deal with the messy questions of policy is: Which candidate has more empathy for people of my social and economic status? The Republicans should find a candidate who seems more empathetic than Hillary Clinton.

Indeed, “The Republicans should find a candidate who seems more empathetic than Hillary Clinton.” But c’mon. Really? Does anyone think the Republicans have someone more empathetic than Hillary??? No, really, c’mon. Ain’t gonna happen. Let’s get real here.

In 2008 Hillary Clinton roared and rallied the white working class to her side. That’s not “elite” Jay. In 2009 through 2014 it has and will be Bill and Hillary Clinton that can go, to cheers and applause, to places that no Democrat can go to and win. Hillary can knock back a drink and wiggle a dance in any working class bar in any country in the world. So don’t go there Republicans. That’s an area you cannot yet compete in.


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Could we be wrong in this? We suppose so but right now we cannot think of a Republican candidate that fits “the bill” so to speak better than Hillary. Rand Paul? The guy that loves to talk Clenis? Chris Christie? He could say, as we have strongly suggested, that he is a fighter for the people but empathy? We don’t think so. Ted Cruz is smart and tough. But empathy? Jeb Bush, Huckabee, Martinez, Walker, Ryan, might be the empathetic miracle Cost is summoning but we have not yet seen any evidence they can be more empathic than Hillary. Rubio? Is he still an option after his immigration reform campaign?


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As for Republicans denouncing Hillary Clinton 2016 for fundraising, or as Cost terms it “Hillary’s presumably endless grasping for campaign contributions” unless Republicans forgo fundraising in 2016 that appears to be a non-starter too. Yes, Barack Obama got away with his fundraising lies and hypocrisies but that was well, “racism” if you pointed it out.

Jay Cost is also right that Republicans need a “Sister Souljah moment” but that is a discussion for another day. The best part of Cost’s article for Hillary Clinton 2016 and Republicans is this paragraph about Bill Clinton:

“Meanwhile Clinton mentioned “work,” “working,” or “hard work” 29 times in his 1992 address, and in so doing produced a lasting shift in the party’s image. No longer would it be the party of the radicals, the grievance mongers, or those blindly pushing government for its own sake. It would be the party that wields government to help those who are already working hard. That was the essence of the “New Democrat” label.”

If Hillary Clinton 2016 and Republicans run a campaign based on that paragraph all Americans will be better off.

How does Hillary Clinton 2016 win? How do Republicans win in 2016? Cost comes close to suggesting what we have been suggesting for some time now:

“An economic calamity would sink the standing of Barack Obama, the Democratic party, and the Clintons as well, in which case any reasonably qualified GOP nominee could probably win. Similarly, an economic boom might restore Obama’s reputation and render moot the entire GOP campaign, wafting Clinton into office on her predecessor’s coattails. But if the current state of affairs prevails—Obama is unpopular, but Democrats are united and Clinton remains detached from the incumbent in the public’s mind—the GOP should worry. This could produce something close to a 50-50 race, making the party’s message to the electorate of crucial importance.”

If Republicans want to win in 2016 all they have to do is make sure that Hillary no longer “remains detached from the incumbent”. If Hillary Clinton 2016 wants to win then the effort must be to make sure that “Clinton remains detached from the incumbent”. Tie Hillary to Obama – Republicans win. Get away from Obama as far and fast as possible and Hillary Clinton 2016 wins.

For Hillary Clinton 2016 the time is now. Barack Obama has been a boon to Republicans and poisonous stink to anyone near him. The latest attempt by James Carville, a close adviser to the Clintons, to rally the party lacks spirit and conviction. Carville writes:

“In early February this year, I wrote a column for The Hill in which I tried to talk Democrats off the cliff. I warned them against having such a gloomy outlook for November. To tell you the truth, though, when I saw the result from the Florida special election last Tuesday, I asked myself where my straight razor was because I thought I might need it.”

Another Clinton advisor, Doug Sosnick, analyzes Republican prospects:

Since Obama became president, the party has not fared particularly well. The WSJ/NBC polling trends indicate that Democrats’ favorability ratings have dropped 21 points during Obama’s time in office, going from a rating of 49 percent positive/31 percent negative during his first term to being underwater now with a 35 percent positive /38 percent negative rating. (See May 9, 2013 memo)

All of these indicators would seem to suggest that 2016 should be a “time for a change” election, creating a window of opportunity for Republicans.”

Sosnick is stating what we have stated:

“The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops.”

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE! Hillary Clinton is already tiptoeing away from the Hell-Hole called ObamaCare. Hillary will have to run faster away from the domestic disaster that is ObamaCare. ObamaCare is going to get much worse and the costs will continue to rise for Americans. But at least she has begun the walk-trot-run-race away from ObamaCare.

ObamaCare will continue to kill ObamaCare supporters. In Colorado, according to the Dem pollsters at PPP, “There’s little doubt that it’s the unpopularity of Obamacare and Barack Obama himself that’s making the Colorado Senate contest look so potentially competitive.” It’s not just Colorado and it’s not a problem that can be fixed with distractions and squirrels, “The Democratic power elite now believe that appeals to raise the minimum wage and extend unemployment insurance are not enough to overcome Obama’s deep unpopularity and frustration with the president’s signature health care law.

Hillary Clinton 2016 has begun to run away from ObamaCare but not quickly enough. Barack Obama is poison and the party that destroyed it’s winning FDR-Kennedy-Clinton coalition to embrace the Obama “creative class” “coalition of the ascendant” is finally beginning to figure out what we warned them about starting in 2007. Hillary Clinton 2016 can avoid the “screaming siren” “turnout issue” by mobilizing white working class voters and senior citizens to her banner again. The problems of 2014 will repeat themselves in 2016 even though it is a presidential election year because the population will rise up in pitchforks to burn down ObamaCare and all the evil works of Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton has also begun to get away from Barack Obama and his foreign policy disasters. We’ll be discussing Hillary Clinton, foreign policy, her record at the State Department very soon. But for now let’s briefly glance at Hillary Clinton and the Obama weakness on Ukraine. Obama weakness emboldens Putin and today more bad news is Breaking: Ukraine military to pull out of Crimea

Like the proverbial 98 pound weakling on the beach, flabby fool Barack “coward” Obama is getting sand thrown in his face and sandwiches by the strong guy Vladdy “Punchin'” Putin. Putin and his pals are laughing at Barack Obama openly and twittering their contempt. Who can blame them? When you see such contemptible weakness posing as a tough guy the testosterone demands kicking in the teeth and administering noogies on the noggin. We are sure Putin stays awake at night – thinking of new ways to mock Obama and humiliate the preening jerk. When Putin finally drifts off to sleep he dreams of kicking and punching Barack Obama again and again to general guffaws as he further demonstrates his ability to humiliate the tall hapless dope that occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Barack Obama? Barack Obama is busy preening in front of various mirrors only too happy to remind himself that Michelle will soon be gone for a few glorious days of mooching off the taxpayer purse. World affairs, missing airplanes, ObamaCare disasters? Barack is busy watching burly men sink basketballs and cheering them on with his bracket picks.

Hillary Clinton? Hillary is saying some of what needs to be said:

“Hillary Clinton on Tuesday painted Russia’s actions in the Ukraine as an affront to “our values” that will set a dangerous precedent if left unpunished. [snip]

Her remarks came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the Ukrainian region of Crimea for Russia.

“I hope there’s not another Cold War,” she said, when asked if that was how she saw the conflict playing out. “Obviously, nobody wants to see that. I think that’s primarily up to Putin.”

The United States earlier this week announced some sanctions targeting officials tied to the crisis on Monday, to mixed reviews.

Clinton, who recently likened Putin’s moves in the Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler’s in the 1930s, warned that allowing Russia to escape relatively unscathed from its actions in the Ukraine sends a problematic message.

“What Putin did is illegal,” she said.

Dripping sarcasm, she continued, “It’s not because we gave the poor little Baltic states NATO protection. And people need to say that, and they need to be very clear: This is a clash of values and it’s an effort by Putin to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe. If he’s allowed to get away with that, then I think you’ll see a lot of other countries either directly facing Russian aggression or suborned with their political systems so that they’re so intimidated, they’re in effect transformed into vassals, not sovereign democracies.”

The issue requires “visionary leadership,” she said, adding that Europe — especially Germany — is dependent on Russia for energy.

How far this aggressiveness goes, I think, is really up to us,” she said. “I would like to see us accelerating the development of pipelines from Azerbaijan up into Europe, I’d like to see us looking for ways to accelerate internal domestic production [in places like Poland] … and just really go at this in a self-interested, smart way. Russians can only intimidate you if you’re dependent upon them.

Clinton added that there’s no need to “be rattling sabers, that’s not useful. But people need to get moving in protecting themselves against future intimidation.”

We especially like that Hillary calls what is happening in the Ukraine as a “clash of values” as we have suggested. Even before those tough, not wimpy flabby foolish remarks like what oozed out of Barack Obama’s mouth, Hillary was seen by many as stepping away from Barack Obama – on foreign policy:

Hillary Clinton Steps Away From Obama on Foreign Policy
She rolls out tough rhetoric on Russia as the president treads lightly with Putin.

In recent weeks, as the standoff over Ukraine escalated, Hillary Clinton did something that she never did as secretary of State: She put considerable distance between herself and the president she served loyally for four years. While Barack Obama cautiously warned Vladimir Putin to back off his claims on Ukraine, Clinton rolled out a rhetorical cannon, comparing the Russian president’s moves to the seizure of territory by Adolf Hitler that set off World War II. Her comments were so harsh and controversial that she was forced to walk them back a bit, saying, “I’m not making a comparison, certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before.”

Clinton’s remarks appeared to be an indication of two things. One, she’s concerned enough about shoring up her reputation for toughness that she may indeed be thinking about running for president in 2016. Clinton offered up, in other words, a rare and enticing hint about the question that everyone in the politics game is asking these days. Undoubtedly she knows that the effort she led as secretary of State in 2009, an attempted “reset” of relations with Russia that included a new arms treaty, now looks naive in the face of Putin’s repudiation of Obama over Ukraine and his lack of cooperation on other issues, such as resolution of the Syrian civil war. Two, Clinton could be worried that by the time the next presidential season rolls around, what was once seen as one of Obama’s stronger points—foreign policy—could easily become a liability to whomever is seeking the Democratic nomination.[snip]

Putin’s continued recalcitrance, and Obama’s hesitancy over how to react to the biggest foreign policy test of his presidency, is only the capstone to a series of apparent failures and abortive efforts to avert war in Syria, resolve the situation in Afghanistan, and tamp down the resurgence of al-Qaida. If, as is likely, Russian forces are still occupying Crimea come 2016—or worse, advancing westward—if chaos and bloodshed still reign in Syria, and if Afghanistan begins to look as chaotic as Iraq has in the aftermath of the planned U.S. troop withdrawal at the end of this year, the narrative will be very different in the next presidential campaign.

Republican attacks on Obama in recent months are an early indication of what’s to come. Sen. John McCain, Obama’s 2008 opponent, has been almost beside himself with fury in condemning the president as weak on Ukraine, Syria, China, and Iran. With negotiations failing over Syria, Egypt becoming a military-run state, and Putin indicating he intends to stay where he is in Crimea, the killing of bin Laden will be but a distant memory in 2016. Even some prominent Democrats, such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, have turned into persistent critics of Obama’s policies abroad. “Our policies toward Russia require urgent reexamination,” Menendez wrote in The Washington Post this week.

“It’s absolutely true that things are tough for the president all around right now, whereas before, his foreign policy and relations with the world were one of the high points for a long time,” Campbell says. “She can credibly create the separation for herself. It’s going to be a lot tougher for Vice President Biden.”

Hillary Clinton is saying what must be said about events in Ukraine. Hillary Clinton is doing what must be said and done. Hillary Clinton is also getting away from Barack Obama on domestic policy and foreign policy which is another imperative priority for Hillary Clinton 2016.

Hillary Clinton 2016 must get as far from Barack Obama and his Obaminations as fast as possible. Hillary Clinton must realize that the only way Republicans can defeat her in 2016 is to tie her to Barack Obama.

Likewise, for Republicans to win in 2016 they must tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. It’s a race to see who will do a better job of linking or shielding from poisonous snake Barack Obama first.

Mitt Romney is doing his best to tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. But that is a topic for another day when we discuss Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s record at the State Department.

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170 thoughts on “How NOT To Be Ready For Hillary Clinton 2016

  1. Wonderful post Admin!

    “Dang, Hillary hasn’t driven her own car in 25 years”. [Scratching head…]

    This reminds me of how the Dims tried to paint Mitt as too rich and elite for the 99% voters.

    How they also painted McCain as too old and broken to use the internet.

    Are the GOP trying to play by the ‘Obama-book-of-Chicago-thug-rules?

    Make up $hit, and see if it sticks?

  2. Vice President Joe Biden “just wants a little respect,” CNN political reporter Peter Hamby submitted on Wednesday. His observation came as a report in the Wall Street Journal indicated that former Clinton aide, and current White House counsel, John Podesta wants to organize a series of meetings between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff and Barack Obama administration officials in preparation for a potential 2016 presidential bid.

    http://t.co/b5zdl4pXLf

  3. Tell Little Grape that Moo is going to take over the vineyard before she gallivants off to China on our dime.

    How much of this similar lifestyle do we have to pay for, after 2016?

  4. Vice President Joe Biden “just wants a little respect

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    Respect has to be earned Joe, get crackin’.

  5. Admin. Another excellent post–one of so many, infused with so much insight—more than the Republican consultant class as a whole. If they (the other party) were to take Cost’s advice, i.e.

    They should consider a candidate who has not spent much time in Washington, somebody whose parents struggled to reach the middle class, someone who has had to work hard in the last 20 years to retain that status, somebody who is, if not hip, at least relatively young (the younger candidate has won the popular vote in the last six presidential elections)

    then they might turn to someone like John Kasick. I met him in the Congressional dining room. He came over to my table, and wanted to check on how she was voting on an upcoming piece of legislation. He is intense, very smart, and not slick. He is the son of a postal worker, knows how to move legislation, has executive experience—he is impressive. But to many young people who fall for celebrity, John will come across as a bit of a nerd. He is not, but perception is reality.

  6. President Obama will take the administration’s furious healthcare pitch to the Ellen Degeneres Show on Thursday, The Hill has learned.

    The president won’t be in-studio with the Oscars host, but rather will urge viewers to sign up on the new exchanges before the March 31 deadline in an appearance streamed live from the White House.

    Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have also made the rounds of daytime and nighttime talk shows to push ObamaCare.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/201179-obamacare-show-heads-to-ellen

  7. Correction: I meant our table, where I was dining with my friend in Congress. The conversation was between the two of them. She introduced me to him, but I was just a fly on the wall. Today, there are too many flies on the wall, and half of them carry water for Soros. I never realized what a force he is in our politics. Before 2007, I had never heard of him. Its only when you start digging into things that you realize just how far his influence extends, particularly in the Democratic Party due to the 527 rule which he was instrumental in passing. Soros betrayed Hillary in 2008, but now he sees her as a vehicle to advance his perverse nation destroying agenda beyond Obama. I hope she can find a way to visibly separate himself from her, and if I were on the other side, and giving advice to the other party like Cost does, I would focus on that connection. That is why I say, chuck the old Nazi–you don’t need on the team. This is important.

  8. admin
    March 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    Mooch, mooch, mooch, and signal you are not serious to America’s enemies. Via the Martha’s Vineyard Times:

    “Planning begins for another Obama vacation”
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    Look out Grape . . . incoming mail. This time, its not the London Blitz–its the Obama blitz–and his loyal big media hordes, and a messenger from Soros—probably his golf partner Wolf who is a soros man, all to your neck of the woods.

    My sympathies.

  9. Note: in the video on Kasich, N.B. Neil Cavuto’s comment that Soros says that Kasich, with his proven track record of job growth and economic improvement and concern for the underclass is the candidate that he, Soros, fears the most.

    Again, this gets back to the Soros agenda which is to destroy the middle class, and obliterate our sovereignty, for the sake of his vision of world government. He does not like sovereignty because he believes it leads to nationalism which leads to war. However, he is not adverse to promoting revolution. He, Brzenskeski and the CIA were the architects and co sponsors of the Colors Revolutions of the 1990s in Georgia, Ukraine, etc. And now Putin is undoing their handiwork. This is why we have violence now in the streets in Crimea–the CIA and Soros are sponsoring it. It is the Dean Plan strategy–flash mobs, chants, charismatic leader, violence, demands on government to step aside, and he polarization of society.

    Soros and his billionaire buddy Chairman Mo of the UN and Rio Treaty were the sponsors of the cap and trade initiative. They set up an exchange to cash in on it, and paid for some of the junk science used to support it. Soros has stated that the middle class consumes too much of the world’s resources, and wants to tax them through carbon credits. Soros favors open borders. Soros favors the legalization of all drugs, not just marijuana. And Soros is actively engaged in efforts to undermine the US dollar as the reserve currency.

    Why would a man who worked for the Nazi government in Hungary, collecting the last remains of Jews sent off to the death camps, who fled his country after the war for that reason, went to the London School of Economics under the radical Karl Popper and was sent to the United States in 1957 by the Rothschilde family to work in its New York Bank, who thereafter became the largest currency trader in the world, crashed the British pound in 1992, generated the Asian crisis of 1998, has been held guilty of unethical trading practices in France, ran the Quantum Fund which included drug lords, and feasted on the corpse of the ex Soviet Empire, seek to destroy the nation that gave him a home, and allowed him to become a member of the Council of Foreign Relations? Answer: because he is a sociopath and it is in his nature.

    Ergo, avoid him like the plague.

  10. If you have any doubts that Soros is a sociopath, I commend to your attention an interview of the man conducted by Steve Croft on 60 Minutes in 1992. In that interview, Kroft recounted Soros experiences as a grave robber for the Nazis, and asked him a pointed question, i.e. do you have any regrets? Soros responded no, and Croft was a bit incredulous. Why not, he asked. Soros responded that in his view, it was no different than an economic transactions, where he was the winner, and those poor souls were the losers.
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    Here is a partial transcript from an interview done by Steve Kroft for CBS’ 60 Minutes George Soros on December 20, 1998:

    George Soros Interview On 60 Minutes

    When the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944, George Soros’ father was a successful lawyer. He lived on an island in the Danube and liked to commute to work in a rowboat. But knowing there were problems ahead for the Jews, he decided to split his family up. He bought them forged papers and he bribed a government official to take 14-year-old George Soros in and swear that he was his Christian godson. But survival carried a heavy price tag. While hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were being shipped off to the death camps, George Soros accompanied his phony godfather on his appointed rounds, confiscating property from the Jews.

    (Vintage footage of Jews walking in line; man dragging little boy in line)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) These are pictures from 1944 of what happened to George Soros’ friends and neighbors.

    (Vintage footage of women and men with bags over their shoulders walking; crowd by a train)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) You’re a Hungarian Jew…

    Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

    KROFT: (Voiceover) …who escaped the Holocaust…

    (Vintage footage of women walking by train)

    Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

    (Vintage footage of people getting on train)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) …by–by posing as a Christian.

    Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Right.

    (Vintage footage of women helping each other get on train; train door closing with people in boxcar)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.

    Mr. SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.

    KROFT: In what way?

    Mr. SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and–and anticipate events and when–when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a–a very personal experience of evil.

    KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

    Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

    KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

    Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

    KROFT: I mean, that’s–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

    Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t–you don’t see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.

    KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

    Mr. SOROS: No.

    KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

    Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c–I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was–well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets–that if I weren’t there–of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would–would–would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the–whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the–I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.

    Of course most of us here are already aware of Mr. Soros’ highly questionable actions during the Nazi occupation. (Though the public at large undoubtedly has a different perspective, if they know anything about his earlier days at all.)

    But the statements he made in this interview to my mind are quite chilling. He forgives himself everything. He says that if he hadn’t done it somebody else would have.

    All of which would seem to indicate that Mr. Soros has no conscience. A lack of conscience is said to be a common symptom of sociopaths.

  11. Hillary Clinton 2016 has begun to run away from ObamaCare but not quickly enough. Barack Obama is poison and the party that destroyed it’s winning FDR-Kennedy-Clinton coalition to embrace the Obama “creative class” “coalition of the ascendant” is finally beginning to figure out what we warned them about starting in 2007. Hillary Clinton 2016 can avoid the “screaming siren” “turnout issue” by mobilizing white working class voters and senior citizens to her banner again. The problems of 2014 will repeat themselves in 2016 even though it is a presidential election year because the population will rise up in pitchforks to burn down ObamaCare and all the evil works of Barack Obama.
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    If all the red state democrats lose their jobs and if the party loses the senate then maybe they will wake up. And maybe Obama will find himself and his big media courtesans encamped on a tropical island called Pitcairn Island, rather than Hawaii. Or better still the island of St. Helena–the cursed rock of Napoleon. The inhabitants of that Island call themselves Saints, and Obama always wanted to be a saint. And he should no by now that this windswept British protectorate in the stormy Atlantic is the closest he will get to being a saint. And how about dear old Mo? Will shall accompany him to that forlorn local to stare at the moon? Hell no! Mo has got big plans. She will be pursuing a dramatic acting career in Hollywood in preparation for a presidential run in 2024. Yes, you heard it here first.

  12. Barack Obama is poison and the party that destroyed it’s winning FDR-Kennedy-Clinton coalition to embrace the Obama “creative class” “coalition of the ascendant” is finally beginning to figure out what we warned them about starting in 2007.
    ——————
    Haven’t heard much from fat Donna lately have we? Probably preparing to conspire with Sydney Greenstreet (Rove)to undermine Hillary. You can count on it from that slob.

  13. Brilliant, Admin, brilliant.

    Hopefully, Hillary sees the writing on the Pink wall, and will flee the failed O’s legacy. It would be futile for her to remain in the Ocare camp in order to endear herself to Obama Dim voters. First of all, the Progressives won’t like her regardless of what she does. Secondly, mainstream Dem voters know Obamacare is a crock. They’ll be happy to see her move away from it. She will also gain Indy votes by doing so, as well as Republicans. I posted a poll a week or so ago which indicated that 1/4 of Republicans said they might vote Clinton in 2016. Any votes she loses from the far left, she’ll pick up from moderate Indy and possibly Republican voters.

    ——

    “Respect has to be earned Joe, get cracking’.”

    Lol, yes, and it actually may be way too late in the game for Joe to earn it. He has made some bad choices.

    Wbb, I wouldn’t put anything past the irrelevant Donna. You’re right, she has been keeping a low profile lately. Or, maybe her New Dem Coalition which seems to have disappeared, took her with them.

  14. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/19/clinton-campaign-not-a-done-deal-some-advisers-say/

    Clinton campaign not a done deal, some advisers say

    But as a 2016 candidacy increasingly seems all but inevitable to many, loyalists to the former secretary of state are trying to tamp down expectations that she definitely will run.

    They fall into two groups. Some are staunch supporters who want Clinton to run but are concerned the pressure on her to make a decision so early could effectively force her into a protracted campaign. One Democratic strategist and Clinton supporter described her camp as “overwhelmed” by the narrative that her candidacy is a foregone conclusion.

    “They really want to tamp down on that,” the strategist said.

    A smaller but influential contingent, including Clinton’s State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills, as well as Maggie Williams, her longtime aide and 2008 campaign manager, have voiced opposition to a presidential run, several sources tell CNN. Mills’ opposition was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

    Hillary Clinton’s confidantes flagging their concerns see their role as a counterweight to all the encouragement Clinton has received to toss her hat in the ring, according to several sources.

    “Not too many people privately tell her not to run,” the strategist said. This group “wants a counter-narrative.”

    The ambivalence of Hillaryland aides who have weathered the political ups and downs with their boss for decades is very real, another Democratic strategist and Clinton backer told CNN.

    This is from people who are like sisters for her, who think ‘someone else can run the country, I don’t want my friend to go through this crap,‘” the source said, but also added, “If you love your country and you want to make history, and you know how hard it is to win three (Democratic presidential terms) in a row, she’s your only hope.”

  15. I don’t want to see Hillary go though the primary crap either, but everyone that runs goes though some of it.

    If any woman can deal with the crap and keep going, it’s Hillary.

    Run Hillary, run!

    In my dream, she said she would run. I’m counting on it. 😉

  16. Addressing a Jewish audience, HRC delivers a “muscular policy speech” on Iran, among other things, and talks about her upcoming book, which she is proposing to name “The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 countries and it’s still all about my hair”:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clinton-describes-her-book-writing-process-plenty-of-paper-and-advice/2014/03/19/de96d5ca-af78-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html?tid=hpModule_f8335a3c-868c-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

  17. Barack Obama is poison and the party that destroyed it’s winning FDR-Kennedy-Clinton coalition to embrace the Obama “creative class” “coalition of the ascendant” is finally beginning to figure out what we warned them about starting in 2007.
    =====

    I hope you don’t mind a suggestion. Please don’t group Kennedy’s name with those others. Don’t compare him with anybody. He was different. If he had lived to complete his term the USA would not be in the mess we are in now. There would have been no war in Vietnam and he would have ended the Federal Reserve. You can look it up. The information is available.

    On June 4, 1963 Kennedy signed Executive Order 11110 which called for the issuance of $4,292,893,815 in United States Gold and Silver Notes through the U.S. Treasury rather than the traditional Federal Reserve System. The bill was signed 6 months before Kennedy’s assassination. EO 1111O has never been repealed, amended or changed. It is still an active executive order. We just haven’t had a president since John Kennedy brave enough to activate the order.

  18. Shadowfax March 20, 2014 at 1:56 am

    In my dream, she said she would run.

    May your dreams come true!

  19. There are wars or rumors of wars all over the world, our economy is in tatters, but we have money to send Michelle and the girls to China for a vacation and “scientists” to Uganda to discuss their sex lives!
    ===

    Secretary Kerry: U.S. To Send Scientists To Discuss Homosexuality With Ugandan President
    The Ugandan president committed to meeting with American “experts” on homosexuality to try to change his mind about the Anti-Homosexuality Act signed into law last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a forum at the State Department moderated by BuzzFeed.
    “I talked personally to President Museveni just a few weeks ago, and he committed to meet with some of our experts so that we could engage him in a dialogue as to why what he did could not be based on any kind of science or fact, which is what he was alleging,” Kerry said. “He welcomed that and said that he was happy to receive them and we can engage in that kind of conversation… maybe we can reach a point of reconsideration.”
    Kerry suggested this conversation was an example of the “tailored approach” the State Department is now developing to respond to anti-LGBT laws currently in place in around 80 countries worldwide. Shortly before his remarks, the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to Kerry urging it to examine relations with all countries with anti-LGBT laws, not just Uganda.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/sec-kerry-us-to-send-scientists-to-discuss-homosexuality-wit

  20. I’m just terribly fond of seeing again the scenes of HRC knockin-em-back and dancing. What a travesty that we cannot see her as she really is … except for rare occasion.
    ———————————–
    She’s up and running and taking pre-orders for her book!
    Fresh off her resignation from CBS News, journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s website dedicated to seeking the truth about the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare and other important issues is gaining national attention.
    http://sharylattkisson.com/home.html

    The site looks real…sort of.

  21. Reporters Held to 4 Minutes With President By Countdown Clock, Looming Aide, and Standing Up

    According to a local CBS Arizona affiliate, President Obama and his team have 3 tactics to make sure reporters stick to the 4 minutes the White House has allotted them to interview the leader of the world: a countdown clock, a looming aide, and they have to conduct the interview with the president while standing up.

    One CBS anchor called the measures “a little ridiculous.”

    “We immediately launched into our interview because there was a person standing behind him actually counting down to the four minutes. And by the time he answered my last question, I realized that we had already gone over the four minutes, so that’s why I took an opportunity to sort of ask a lighter question afterward because I figured at that point, you know, why not? I have nothing to lose,” said the local reporter.

    “But what was interesting–a side note–is the reason why we’re standing, I was told by one of his staffers, is because he likes to get comfortable when he’s sitting and he tends to get very chatty. And so this was another way to keep him–and us–at the four minutes that they were suggesting that we not go over.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/reporters-held-4-minutes-president-countdown-clock-looming-aide-and-standing_785599.html

  22. Sharyl Attkisson did what she was supposed to do as a journalist. These creeps do not do their jobs:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/reporter-wh-press-secretary-gets-questions-reporters-press-briefing_785607.html

    Reporter: WH Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing

    A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.

    According to the reporter, Jay Carney told her this yesterday at the White House:

    [snip]

    “And then he also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.”

    Banana republic journalism which kow-tows and colludes with those in power.

  23. Shadowfax
    March 20, 2014 at 1:56 am
    I don’t want to see Hillary go though the primary crap either, but everyone that runs goes though some of it.

    If any woman can deal with the crap and keep going, it’s Hillary.

    Run Hillary, run!

    In my dream, she said she would run. I’m counting on it. 😉

    _________

    Right on, Shadow!!

    In 2008, Hillary had to resist her own party’s efforts to shut down her primary run – when she was winning! And, while MSM and the Dems defended Obama, they were silent when the Pubs and Obama hurled sexist insults at Hillary and her daughter, and told lie after lie about her.
    Hopefully, she won’t have to fight the DNC if she decides to run in 2016.

    But, as Shadow said, If anyone can handle a though race, it’s Hillary.

  24. Last few days have heard rumblings of this…..

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sees an opening in the 2016 field and is seriously considering an attempt to become the third member of his family to occupy the White House.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/18/Jeb-Bush-Giving-2016-Serious-Look

    Those in Bush’s inner circle have said that he has not ruled out a run as he has in previous cycles.

    A Republican strategist told Reuters that Bush “has not given anyone the wave-off at this point” for 2016 and his “inner circle” is “at the beginning of a very serious conversation.”

    “He’s really giving it true consideration,” the strategist said. “Possibly if you’d asked two years ago, we’d say, ‘Oh gosh, I don’t think he’d do this.’ But I think he’s giving it a real, serious look now.”

    Former Republican Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) also indicated that Bush is “leaning toward joining what promises to be a crowded field of Republican presidential contenders.”

    According to the Reuters report, Bush’s enhanced travel schedule is also fueling speculation that he is testing the waters for a potential run. His “itinerary for the next several weeks includes stops in Tennessee, New Mexico and Nevada to appear with Republican candidates in this fall’s elections or help them raise money for their campaigns.” He will then speak “at a dinner ahead of a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting featuring several potential Republican presidential contenders at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas,” which is owned by “casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who gave over $100 million to Republican candidates in 2012.”

    Though Bush may be the establishment’s top choice after the “Bridgegate” scandals that have engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a national Washington Post-ABC News poll found that half of the country would “definitely” not vote for Bush in a general election.

    ………………………..

    Eurgh…..

  25. Hollywood protects Obama (witness Ellen thanking Obama for ObamaCare). Comedians have been even worse suck-ups. When they make “fun” of Obama the jokes typically still protect Obama by making him seem “cool” or “really cool” as in “too cool for school to be bothered with details”. Jimmy Fallon has been one of the worse suck-ups. Fallon has finally made a joke somewhat at the expense of Obama which is getting attention. Maybe Fallon is beginning to realize that successful comedy pokes fun at the powerful.

  26. You can’t handle the truth John Kerry:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/201215-kerry-blasts-israel-over-defense-ministers

    Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning to protest insults the Israeli defense minister directed at the Obama administration this week, the State Department said.

    According to reporters for Israeli media outlets, Ya’alon phoned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday evening to apologize. A U.S. defense official confirmed the call to The Hill.
    In a speech at Tel Aviv University on Monday, Ya’alon criticized President Obama for having a weak foreign policy, and said Israel could no longer rely on the United States to lead nuclear negotiations with Iran.

    “Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. And he protested to him his concerns about these comments,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.

  27. Horseface neighing at Bibi and Putin, could there be anything more comical?

    America with such frauds and lightweights, is embarrassing.

  28. I shall not weep…….good riddance and may you burn in hell for the pain you inflicted.

    Phelps DEAD

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26669967

    The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said.

    The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84.

    The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops.

    It claimed their deaths were punishment for America’s tolerance of gays.
    ‘Diabolical’

    Their signs read “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “Thank God for 9/11” and the like, and bore messages offensive to gay and lesbian people.
    A member of the Westboro Baptist Church protests in Topeka, Kansas, on 22 November 1999 The church was made up mostly of his extended family

    Born in Mississippi in 1929, Mr Phelps was raised a Methodist and attended the US Military Academy.

    He was ordained a Baptist minister, though Westboro was not attached to any mainstream denomination.

    Mr Phelps earned a law degree from Washburn University in 1964, but was stripped of his licence to practise in Kansas in 1979.

    The Kansas Supreme Court said Mr Phelps made false statements in documents and “showed little regard” for professional ethics.

    Later, he and his small congregation – founded in 1955 and later dubbed “the most hated family in America” by the BBC’s Louis Theroux – aimed their vitriol at many groups, including immigrants and Jews. But their signature slogan was “God hates fags”.

    “You’re not going to get nowhere with that slop that ‘God loves you,'” Mr Phelps once told the Religion News Service. “That’s a diabolical lie from hell without biblical warrant.”

    In 2009, Mr Phelps and his daughter were barred from entering the United Kingdom due to their anti-gay preaching.

    The church’s actions inspired a federal law and numerous state laws limiting picketing at funerals.

    In 2011 the church won a major legal victory when the US Supreme Court ruled it could not be sued for monetary damages for inflicting pain on grieving families.

  29. Shadowfax
    March 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    Tell Little Grape that Moo is going to take over the vineyard before she gallivants off to China on our dime.
    wbboei
    March 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    Look out Grape . . . incoming mail. This time, its not the London Blitz–its the Obama blitz–and his loyal big media hordes, and a messenger from Soros—probably his golf partner Wolf who is a soros man, all to your neck of the woods.
    My sympathies.
    —————————————————————————
    Love to you both! and thanks for the sympathy. My only comment to your sweet remembrance is: Darlings, unfortunately I’m too old to be an assassin!

    So here comes the stupid pseudo-aristocratic Obama entourage to clutter up this little island—block the roads, make us all miserable, take and take and give nothing—not even a crumb of noblesse oblige
    ————————–.
    Wbboei. I watched that interview with Soros years ago and never forgot it—his character was deformed before he joined the Nazis. He was 14 years old; his predilections were already formed. Given an ‘Office of Exterminations,’ he’d have just as unconscionably sent those he robbed to the ovens. At 14, I knew what I stood for and so did you. That creep was bad seed to begin with. There were many 14 year-olds who fought the Nazis, preferring to die fighting than join the enemy.
    ————————————
    For whatever it’s worth, re “Hillary run” climate on Martha’s Vineyard, I dunno if the Island Dimocrats have awakened yet—I can only say I’m not hearing much “Heil, Obama, Elite Black Man in the Oval Office” from them these days, but on the positive side I can tell you that all the island Republicans I know keep repeating that they would “vote for Hillary in a heartbeat!”

  30. President signed new executive order authorizing the U.S. to sanction ‘a whole slew’ of wealthy Russians and a bank that holds their assets. New move freezes assets of new targets and prohibits them from doing business in the United States

    President Barack Obama has signed a new executive order that authorizes his administration ‘to impose sanctions not just on individuals but on key sectors of the Russian economy,’ he said Thursday morning.

    Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One en route to Florida, he also announced a new raft of anti-Moscow choke-holds that the White House is attempting immediately to ‘impose additional costs on Russia.’

    ‘We’re imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government … [and] other individuals who provide material support’ to them, Obama said in a brief statement.

    He also announced new sanctions on Bank Rossiya, which he said ‘provides material support to these individuals.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2585374/Sanctions-expand-Obama-goes-wealthy-Russians-crony-bank-freezes-assets-denies-US-access-response-Ukraine-crisis.html

  31. Current Article

    Russia Ready for Hardball, Obama? No Balls

    By Larry Johnsongravatar

    on March 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM in Current Affairs

    As I have written before, I fully back Russia’s play in the Crimea and Ukraine. We are not confronted with an ideological foe. The Communist inspired Soviet Union is in the dustbin of history. Good riddance. Nope. We are back to good old fashioned Russian nationalism. Candidly, it is none of our damn business.

    Russia distrusts the West for a reason. None of us can recall the Crimea War of the 19th Century but this fact is certain–Britain and France intervened and attacked Russia. They were worried about “power politics.” I believe that Russia is entitled to the same rights and considerations that we, the United States, insist on for ourselves.

    If we want to play this bullshit game of moral superiority then let’s start by returning California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to Mexico. We fucking stole those states. Only in our delusional fantasy world can we pretend that we somehow “liberated” them.

    Putting hypocrisy aside for a moment, let’s focus on real politic.

    Until recently, we were working with Russia to contain Iran’s nuclear threat. In light of our weak attempt to bully Moscow, I would not be surprised to see Putin and Company tell us to fuck off and go all in with helping Iran acquire and solidify its own nuclear capability.

    And what would we do? Nothing. There is nothing we could do? If you’re one of those crazies who believe we can bomb our way to victory in Iran then you have not spent the time that I have working on US military war games on this issue. The outcome is ugly and, lest we forget, despite having complete air superiority in Iraq, we were still limited in what we could accomplish militarily on that front.

    Time for Obama and Kerry to shut up and stop pretending to be tough guys. They are playing poker and holding no cards worth a damn. Pathetic.

  32. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/19/curl-obama-the-toxic-avenger/

    President Obama is so toxic to Democrats that even his own one-time sycophantic aides are saying, “Who?”

    In fact, the Great Orator who promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet has all but disappeared on the campaign trail, lost for words that can stop the tsunami set to surge over his Democratic Party.

    If he doesn’t get more involved in raising money and making this a choice you lose the Senate,” former press spokesman Robert Gibbs said this week. “And if you lose the Senate, turn out the lights because the party’s over.”

    Uh, problem: Many of the most embattled Democrats in this November’s election, facing uphill sledding in states where the president got crushed in 2012, don’t want him around. The New York Times even said one Democratic lawmaker called Mr. Obama “poisonous” to the party’s candidates. The New York Times!

    It’s more than seven months until the midterms, but a perfect storm seems to brewing: The president’s approval ratings are hovering at near-record lows; conservatives are bringing in record amounts of cash, and spending heavily, early; the battlefield is severely tilted toward Republicans, with 17 competitive Senate races, 15 of which the seats are held by Democrats; and the wayward GOP leadership seems to have (finally!) figured out how to play Obamacare. [snip]

    Mr. Gibbs wasn’t the only former Obama aide to distance himself from what surely looks like an embarrassing debacle on the horizon. Former election adviser David Plouffe warned that 2014 could be a flashback worse than any bad LSD trip.

    “We have a turnout issue,” he said on Bloomberg TV last weekend. “This is a screaming siren that the same problems that afflicted us [in 2010] could happen again.”

    Democrats blamed just that — their turnout operation — for the stunning loss in a Florida special election this month. There, unknown Republican David Jolly upset Democrat Alex Sink, who almost won the gubernatorial election in 2010. The Republican hammered his opponent on two key issues that had nothing to do with Florida’s 13th Congressional District: Obamacare — and President Obama.

    While Democrats may hope to keep Mr. Obama away from their campaign stops, most can’t hide from their own records of support for the president and his policies. They’ve supported his every move on Capitol Hill and will have to own Obamacare, just as they did in 2010.

    But this time, it’s all bad. Obamacare is becoming the spectacular mess many critics predicted, and will only get worse. The program has signed up about 5 million of the supposed 46 million without health insurance, and three-quarters of those already had coverage. Everything from the disastrous rollout of the $500 million website to Mr. Obama’s repeated alterations to the law will be in play this November.

  33. I just hope her team is being vetted now no surprises as 08 was a disaster.
    She needs 100% loyalty and no one should be trusted completely.

  34. As we know, Obamacare, Obama, and the Dim Party is in big trouble. Two headlines from Hill reflect just how bad things are. Still, according to a third article – Nancy P who is either in denial, a blatant liar, or delusional continues to proclaim how proud the Dems are of ACA. I ‘m going with door number 2. She’s first and foremost a liar. Maybe a delusional liar.

    ______________________

    March 20, 2014, 03:03 pm

    “Opposition to O-Care near its all-time high”

    By Elise Tieback

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/201311-o-care-opinions-holding-steady-despite#ixzz2wZ0EChve

    March 19, 2014, 06:00 am

    “O-Care premiums to skyrocket”

    By Elise Viebeck

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/201136-obamacare-premiums-are-about-to-skyrocket#ixzz2wZ0oHIUQ

    “Pelosi: We ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of O-Care”

    Mike Lillis – 03/20/14 01:36 PM EDT

    Read more: http://thehill.com/#ixzz2wZ0Y67Yy

  35. Freespirit, Larry Sabato on Pelosi:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/20/sabato-pelosi-might-want-to-rethink-that-whole-embrace-obamacare-thing/

    Look, Nancy Pelosi is from a deep-blue district. I have no doubt in her district, in the San Francisco area, you can be for ObamaCare and not have any electoral problems. The difficulty for Pelosi and the Democrats is, in every single reliable survey for a year, a plurality or majority of Americans have been opposed for a variety of reasons. She’s arguing, the best defense is a good offense. The problem with that is, when you are on the offense, using your time in the public arena to discuss a subject people have more or less made up their minds about, and they don’t like it, you’re wasting your time in the arena. Second point, Neil, which I think is even more important for the midterm elections: The people who favor ObamaCare, which is a minority, aren’t really that enthusiastic about it even if they favor it. But the majority who oppose ObamaCare are much more charged up, and they’re the people who tend to turn up in a low-turnout midterm election.

  36. Former Clinton top aide takes over White House from boob Obama:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/03/20/cnn-heads-exploding-vps-office/

    Nevertheless, CNN reporter Peter Hamby said there were “heads exploding” in the vice president’s office over a report by the Wall Street Journal that John Podesta, who goes to work at the same Obama White House that Biden does, wants to start “a set of regular conversations among (Hillary Clinton’s) top aides aimed at thinking through a possible run.”

    Hamby said:

    This is heads exploding in the vice president’s office. It’s not just Podesta. Remember Jim Messina, top presidential adviser recently left to advise a Super PAC that will ostensibly be supporting a presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton. That rankled Biden and his allies.

    Look, Biden, we don’t know if he wants to run but he is certainly keeping his name in the conversation and I think he just wants a little bit of respect. And this has to really — this really has to stick in his craw, I think.

    Does this mean that Obama has chosen Hillary over Biden? I don’t think so. It’s just that Obama’s such a weak executive that the staff is doing whatever it wants. Podesta was Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and, as one of the smartest Democratic political operatives around, he knows that a Biden candidacy is a joke.

    Biden is Fredo. Podesta is Tom.

  37. http://www.politico.com/proreport/0314/proreport13362.html#story31975

    2014 DEMS TIGHTLIPPED ON OBAMACARE, via Paige Winfield Cunningham: “Congressional Democrats with tough races may be back in their districts this week, but they aren’t throwing themselves into the White House’s big final push for Obamacare sign-ups by the March 31 deadline.”

    “One vivid example: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits New Orleans on Thursday afternoon to tout the health care law. She’ll be joined by Mayor Mitch Landrieu — but his sister, Sen. Mary Landrieu, one of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats, isn’t showing because of ‘a previous speaking engagement,’ according to a spokesman.”

    “That’s a contrast with incumbents who aren’t so worried about the midterm elections. Many of them are attending events put on by advocacy groups, hosting informational roundtables or posting pro-coverage messages on social media as their contribution to the White House effort to build and sustain momentum in the last two weeks of 2014 enrollment.”

  38. Admin,

    The hot air article makes a good point. Nancy can afford to embrace Ocare and Obama. She’ll be standin’ by her man while the the Dim losers that ACA helped defeat are crying in their beer and packing up their offices.

    The Hamby piece was surprisingly candid – especially for CNN. Poor ole Joe. He still hasn’t figured out yet that he’s irrelevant, and that theres not a snowball’s chance in hell of his winning.

  39. Pelosi is out of her depth and her mind and this WILL be her last year as minority leader, she will be ousted by next Jan when the new congress convenes because the Dems will want a new broom and the new forces will be rising to get ready for 2016 and i imagine Hillary will want her gone as well.

    2014 is the last swan song of Pelosi. She’s dead and buried as a leader and will soon be binned to history. She will be the disaster that keeps on giving right up until the Nov elections. She will go down as the speaker who lost the house for the Dems after getting it back from the Reps.

  40. How refreshing to entertain idea Poopsie too has her limits. Maybe she can join face uplift freak Joan Rivers selling stuff on QVC.
    ——————–
    David Jolly.

    Self assessment from his Twitter profile: David Jolly, Republican Candidate for Congressional District 13 Unparalleled experience and leadership for the people of Pinellas County. Indian Shores, Fla.

    From his interview with Larry King: David Jolly defends John Boehner, says GOP and tea party have common ground | Sunshine State News

    Snip Jolly appeared on “Politicking” with Larry King on Ora.TV on Thursday night and said he supported U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and insisted Republicans and the tea party were often on the same page.

    “The tea party has been very critical of Speaker Boehner,” King said. “How do you regard the tea party? How do you regard him?”

    “Within my party, we’re all one party,” Jolly replied. “I don’t really subscribe to the labels. I can tell you this: between the tea party and — if you want to call the other faction ‘Main Street,’ however you label it, I don’t buy into the labels — I think on our side of the party, we all agree on certain constitutional principles. We all agree on certain core convictions and I look more at where we come together than where we divide, because I don’t think there’s areas where we divide, sometimes on tactics.
    Snip Well actually, on Election Night, I mentioned the role of big government,” Jolly countered. “And I believe I said, ‘We must never sacrifice our individual freedoms at the altar of big government.’ That was my reference to Obamacare, if you will.
    Snip “You’ve also said that you want to work with Democrats,” King said. “The break in this country is in — I have no memory of when I’ve ever seen such a split — do you think that can happen? Can the Republicans and Democrats sit down and solve issues instead of the bickering?”

    “We have to elect people committed to doing it,” Jolly answered. “Listen, if I lose an election one day because I’m too willing to work with people from both sides of the aisle, that’s OK. I got elected to do a job. I bring certain core convictions to the job and I will carry those forward. But we have to work with civility. We have to find areas to work together. I think one of the issues — why the divisions are so bad right now — speaks not so much to the Congress, but once the Supreme Court allowed district lines to be drawn on political boundaries, we’ve created so many seats that are either super Republican or super Democrat. And therefore, we elect people that are either super Republicans or super Democrats. And so you get to Congress, and of course it’s going to be hard to find common ground. Look, everybody should bring their own convictions to Washington. I intend to do so. I told my colleagues that I respect them for doing so as well. We should at least be committed to finding areas where we can work together, and where we can’t, let’s be civil about it and continue the conversation.”

    After his narrow win over Sink last week, Jolly is a top Democratic target in November. Sink has said she is open to a second run. Last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), told the media he hoped Sink would run again.
    http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/david-jolly-defends-john-boehner-insists-gop-and-tea-party-can-work-together

    But wbboei needs to have serious talk with him about the other faction of GOP lol, for it is not … Main Street.

  41. admin – Thanks for the extensive quotes from Jay Cost, and your analysis of them.

    What strikes me the most about his assessment of the HRC’s empathy is – forgive me for looking so closely at the words (it’s a professional disease) – is his word “seems”:

    “The Republicans should find a candidate who seems more empathetic than Hillary Clinton.”

    It’s as if Republicans just have find someone to act empathetic to undercut the Clinton “shtick”, as he calls it.

    He doesn’t seem to realize that the empathy is for real. HRC doesn’t have to “knock back a drink and wiggle a dance” in some working class bar, as you say, to “show” empathy. It’s actually the reverse: It’s because she has empathy that she goes to those venues in the first place, and has a good time there. And neither the “good time” nor the empathy that inspires it is for show. It’s for real.

    But on this very theme, HRC did have an image problem in 2007-8: I think we can remember the pollsters’ question, “Which candidate would you rather go out and have a beer with?” And the answer was almost never HRC.

    Strange, but even when I met her in 2003, and witnessed her laughing and joking with my companion MM (a Manhattan native), I was too awestruck even to utter a word, no less suggest having a drink together.

    Less so now, perhaps, after the pics of her in Brazil or Columbia or wherever it was, but still, even now, HRC switches instantly to a public mode under the klieg lights and demonstrates her sharp mind and knowledge; but she does not come across as particularly human or even funny. And yet she is very funny and warm when those klieg lights are off.

  42. Obama Administration Looking at Handing Over $7 Billion in Military Equipment to Pakistan – FOR FREE

    With the war in Afghanistan winding down, news reports suggest that the United States may dispose $7 billion in military equipment by handing it over to Pakistan.

    The Washington Post (WP) reported that the potential move could be, “part of an effort by the Pentagon to unload excess military supplies to US allies at no cost”.

    The report said that discussions on this issue has been taking place over several months between American and Pakistani officials.

    One motive for this potential transaction is that the US does not want to pay to ship out leftover military hardware from the conflict in neighboring Afghanistan.

    The WP report gives detail that although a final decision on this issue has not been taken, Pakistan has particular interest in acquiring the US Army’s mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.

    The MRAP vehicles could be used by Pakistan’s military in its fight against Taliban insurgents within its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

    The WP report describes the MRAP as,”the backbone of the US military’s vehicle fleet in Afghanistan…designed to protect American troops from explosive devices”.

    Pentagon leaders have said it would potentially cost more than $100,000 per vehicle to ship MRAP vehicles back to the US.

    The US government is offering the vehicles to allies for free on an “as-is, where-is” basis, said the report quoting a Pentagon spokesman.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/obama-administration-looking-at-handing-over-7-billion-in-military-equipment-to-pakistan-for-free/

  43. Who knew she would be on Jimmy Fallon? Who knew she was?
    March 21, 2014 8:20 AM EDT — Chelsea Clinton appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night, plugging this week’s Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona University. The former first daughter also dished on life in the Big Apple and a possible future in politics. (JulieAnn McKellogg / The Washington Post)
    Video. Very nice. But Oh is next in shuttle so be ready for that. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/national/chelsea-clinton-few-days-go-by-people-dont-ask-if-ill-run/2014/03/21/b18a698e-b0f4-11e3-b8b3-44b1d1cd4c1f_video.html

  44. The goal of Soros, and his organization, is to render the middle class powerless, bankrupt, stoned and dependent on government, so that his elite class can control the world. One of many examples is voter fraud. He is behind Holder’s efforts to prevent states from requiring voter identification at the polls. Also, he has the Secretary of State Project, which works with hackers that can hack into voting machines which are used in 5% of the elections across the country. Until now, the capacity of hackers to subvert an election has been a matter of speculation and conjecture. However, now it has been proven by a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. Pauli, who used to comment here, sent me the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4FPuLNjvAc&feature=player_embedded

    We can thwart Soros, NAACP and other fellow travelers on their collective attempts to subvert our system, as described above, on this aspect of their strategy through paper ballots.

  45. Freespirit, hold on to your hat, laughs aplenty here:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/not-so-fast-hillary-biden-heads-nh

    Not So Fast, Hillary: Biden Heads to NH

    On Friday, the White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden will be traveling to Nashua, New Hampshire. He will be attending an “event highlighting workforce development and the value of on-the-job training opportunities.” The White House said that additional trip details would be released shortly.

    Biden has repeatedly made clear his intention to run for president in 2016, despite polls showing him trailing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dramatically. According to the January WMUR Granite State poll from the University of New Hampshire, Hillary leads Biden by a 74 percent to 10 percent margin in the state. 16 percent of likely Democratic voters said they would definitely not vote for Biden, as opposed to five percent who said Hillary Clinton.

  46. Does this mean that Obama has chosen Hillary over Biden? I don’t think so. It’s just that Obama’s such a weak executive that the staff is doing whatever it wants
    —————-
    That is exactly right. He is so weak that he is nothing more than a cipher. Not for nothing is his most persistent nickname Ozero. But big media loves him with a love that is more than a love, and that is where it stops, starts and ends. I had a long conversation with a friend who was heavily involved in big media, who is insistent that they lost their way when the conglomerates took them over, and used them to promote crony capitalism. The point is, only a fool believes them. And until the left takes that fact to heart, they will continue to be zombies.

  47. admin
    March 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    Mooch, mooch, mooch, and signal you are not serious to America’s enemies. Via the Martha’s Vineyard Times:

    “Planning begins for another Obama vacation”
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    After all the vacations he and Mee-chelle have taken already this year, they must be ready for some down time.

  48. foxyladi14
    March 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm
    Potus does not attend security meetings.
    But does go on Ellen
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    This is how Obummer tries to project a tough to Putin.

    9am meeting in the Oval Office:

    Obama: “Putin is making me look wimpy, and McCain writes in the NY Times that I am making the US appear weak. What are we going to do about this?”

    Aide 1: “Go to Arlington Cemetery for a photo-op”.

    Aide 2: “Visit the troops in Eastern Europe”.

    Aide 3: “Ellen Degeneres is having a show dealing with bullying, and Putin is one big bully”.

    Obama: “After my ‘Between Two Ferns’ appearance with Zach, it would be good for me to do a more serious program like Ellen. Let’s book it.”

    Aide 3: “And next week, we could have you on The View for the 23rd time”

  49. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/21/obamacare-americans-not-fond-this-4-year-old/

    The breakdown – Equally damaging to the White House: its effort to boost enrollment among Hispanics is falling flat. Pew finds a dramatic drop in Hispanic support for the health law from September when 61 percent approved of ObamaCare. Now, despite a flurry of appearances on Spanish television by President Obama, only 47 percent approve of the program. While young people, another critical group remain split, some 32 percent say they disapprove very strongly of the president’s signature healthcare law. If the administration can’t convince enough of these young invincibles to enroll the impact on insurance risk pools could result in even higher premium costs for all.

  50. I say, let the Jackasses squirm.

    Hillary can take her sweet time and after what the Dims did to her, the longer they squirm…is just a tiny taste of payback pie.

    ——
    Hillary Clinton’s delay: Freezing the field or human shield?

    The claim has hardened into accepted fact among many Democratic operatives: Hillary Clinton is freezing the Democratic 2016 field as she waits until possibly late this year to decide on another presidential run. It’s virtually impossible for anyone other than Clinton to raise money or build a campaign infrastructure, the thinking goes, with Clinton hovering overhead.

    Yet Clinton’s allies believe it’s not true — and increasingly they are saying so. In fact, they argue the opposite: that the former first lady is shielding other prospective Democratic contenders from months of attacks and scrutiny they’d probably face without her in the picture. There’s simply no need for Clinton to start a campaign this early, they say.

    More Politico spin and speculation here: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hillary-clinton-2016-delay-104870.html

  51. I say let Biden run, it will be a laugh a minute from the Muppet and will totally destroy any attempt by the MSM to label Hillary as old.

  52. Good idea Moon, also if oBama decides to support Joe, it will give Hillary the perfect reason to untie herself from the O’failures.

  53. Putin shaking from laughter. Putin knows Obama is a boob. Fireworks!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10715440/Putin-orders-fireworks-over-Moscow-as-he-laughs-off-US-sanctions.html

    Putin orders fireworks over Moscow as he laughs off US sanctions
    Russian president painted events in victorious colours, ordering fireworks in Moscow and Crimea to celebrate the official annexation of the penninusla

    Fireworks have been let off over Moscow on President Vladimir Putin’s orders as Russia celebrated the formal annexation of Crimea, in a front to the West.

    Mr Putin laughed off the US sanctions that targeted his inner circle, promising the Russian government would “have the back” of those on the list, and even opening a personal account at a sanctioned bank as an act of solidarity.

    “Far as I’m aware, it’s an average bank,” Mr Putin said on Friday of Bank Rossiya, the only institution on the list of sanctions targets released by the US Treasury Department on Thursday. “I don’t have a personal account there, but I’ll open on on Monday.”

  54. Another big story mostly being ignored is the Turkey angle. Turkey has interests and treaties implicating Crimea so this could all be a lead up to even bigger problems.

    http://time.com/33393/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-twitter/

    Turkey’s Erdogan Turns Off Twitter, Turns Up the Nationalism

    Turkey’s powerful Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is raging against social media and dismissing critics as corruption allegations swirl

    Until Friday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul had not posted anything on his Twitter account for a solid month. But he got busy after the country’s Prime Minister took the extraordinary step of banning the site inside Turkey.

    “I hope this ban will not last long,” Gul wrote. “If there is a violation of privacy on Twitter, only the related pages should be blocked. The platform is impossible to block altogether. Such a ban is also unacceptable.”

    Though not nearly as pithy as Erdogan—“Twitter, mwitter!” the Prime Minister declared at the Thursday campaign rally where he announced the ban—Gul’s prompt use of a banned site said almost as much as the great torrent of outrage unleashed worldwide by Erdogan’s audacious move. Gul, after all, is the official who, while expressing reservations, signed the legislation allowing state organs to ban the internet – a move that cost him 80,000 followers at @cbabdullahgul. Widely seen as the alternative to Erdogan in the ruling Justice and Development Party, known in Turkey as AKP, Gul has tried to navigate a course within the parameters of party loyalty but still wide of the premier’s authoritarian streak.

    But it may no longer be possible now that Erdogan has become Turkey’s honeybadger.

    “I don’t care at all,” he said Thursday. And he may not. Earlier this week, the national election board ruled that his party’s newest ad violated Turkish law by using the national flag to solicit votes. In fact, the flag is the whole point of the ad, which features Turks clamoring to restore a massive standard cut loose by a mysterious man in a trenchcoat (the shadow of its slow descent casting kitchens and workplaces into darkness). The ban found Erdogan nonplussed. “We will ban the ban,” he declared.

    Erdogan has also vowed to ban Facebook and YouTube. (“Out of the question,” Gul replied March 7.) The Prime Minister’s particular loathing for social media began last summer, when protests broke out in Istanbul over a park, and swelled into a rebellion against his autocratic tendencies. “There is now a scourge called Twitter,” Erdogan announced June 2. “This thing called social media is currently the worst menace to society.”

    It’s certainly a menace to his career. Twitter is where links to audio recordings of alleged wiretaps showed up in February, apparently capturing Erdogan instructing his son to move millions in cash out of his house after hearing investigators were raiding the homes of other politicians.

    The apparently devastating tapes surfaced online only after prosecutors and police involved in the investigation were fired by Erdogan’s government. The premier dismissed the most damaging as a “montage,” yet confirmed the authenticity of others. In one he is heard instructing the obsequious head of a Turkish news channel to cut short an interview with a political opponent. Erdogan also affirmed as authentic a tape telling a justice minister to keep an eye on the criminal case repeatedly brought against a media magnate Erdogan regarded as hostile.

    Such is the state’s power over much of Turkey’s mainstream media, which infamously failed to cover the Istanbul protests that international news channels covered live. But the Internet is not so easily contained. As a messenger, it’s pretty much impossible to kill. Which may be why Erdogan is also wrapping himself in the flag. Polls consistently measure Turkey as just about the most nationalist country in the world.

  55. Erdogan has lost the plot and done the one thing he didnt want to do……by banning Twitter, he managed to get all the int’l tv channels talking about the corruption and money thieving and attacks on the law……….and they had largely ignored it before.

    The man is a complete idiot.

    Have talked to my Turkish contacts and it is believed there is something really big coming down the line, perhaps a very incriminating sex tape or other video. Something is happening..

    One theory we have is the AKP party is keeping Erdogan in place until the elections on Mar 30th and then the knives are coming out….others want their rise to the top and Erdogan needs to go for them to do it, waiting until after Mar 30 keeps the voters in place but free hand after that.

  56. I’m sure Putin’s taking back Crimea is just the first of many steps he will try and accomplish while the United States is run by a worthless fraud. He realizes he has no one to stop him.

    He has less than 2.5 years to make Russia ‘strong’ before 2016. If Hillary doesn’t run, America will be pulling in second place on the world stage.

    The GOP has no one that they can run with better foreign policy experience.

  57. interesting>> 🙂

    Noah was being sarcastic about reforming unemployment benefits — abrasively so, if you read the entire piece — but he raises a good point. Eligibility, means-testing, and the backlog were all caused by Republican stubbornness on employment benefits. And while this would normally be public relations disaster for Republicans, Boehner has turned it into a three-part victory.

    Consider: Whether on purpose or by accident, whether in cahoots with his Republican brethren in the Senate or not, Boehner has managed to undercut the compromise deal in the Senate while looking entirely reasonable. And right after doing that, he urged the Senate to pass the House’s jobs bills.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/21/did-boehner-just-pull-a-bait-and-switch-on-the-senate/

  58. One day and China is sick of the moching-from-taxpayers Obamas:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586367/Beijing-hotel-workers-fed-Obama-entourage-3400-square-foot-8-350-night-suite-inconveniencing-pretty-ladys-mother-barking-staff.html

    Beijing hotel workers already ‘fed up’ with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing ‘pretty much everyone’ – and the first lady’s mother is ‘barking at the staff’

    Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother Marian Robinson are staying in a sumptuous presidential suite at a Beijing Westin hotel
    Mrs. Robinson has been ‘barking at the staff since she arrived,’ a hotel staffer said, adding that ‘we can’t wait for this to be over’
    Secret Service agents are monopolizing elevators and booting high-paying guests from their rooms to occupy a block of space near the first lady
    Both front and back doors of the hotel are blocked off, with Chinese and U.S. security agents screening everyone who enters
    Ordinary Chinese describe Mrs. Obama and her family as kind and gracious, but hotel staff are ‘fed up’

    Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced ‘pretty much everyone’ and made the hotel staff ‘fed up,’ a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline.

    The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel – its website calls the room ‘an oasis of comfort – is a 3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, ‘corner sofas with silk pillows,’ and in-room dining for six.

    But the Obamas’ stay has already affected staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that Mrs. Obama’s mother Marian Robinson has been ‘barking at the staff since she arrived.’

    Send the Obamas for a long term occupation of Russia to punish Putin.

  59. Democrats Steal Tea Party Symbol to Promote Obamacare

    How desperate are Democrats to sell Obamacare? So desperate that they’re adopting the Tea Party’s beloved symbol, the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, to sell it, as per this tweet by Democrat strategist Christine Pelosi (yes, that Pelosi family). The flag is a national symbol, of course, but Democrats have spent the last several years describing it as some kind of latter-day version of the Confederate battle flag, or worse.

    Matt Welch of Reason.com has a nice roundup of past Democrat statements about the Gadsden flag. The irony is compounded by the fact that the Gadsden became popular at Tea Party rallies in 2009-10 partly because Obamacare is so damaging to liberty. At the massive anti-Obamacare rally that assembled on Capitol Hill on the weekend, four years ago, that Obamacare was signed, the Gadsden flag was flying all over the West Lawn.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/21/Democrats-Steal-Tea-Party-Symbol-to-Promote-Obamacare

  60. I have been very sad all day after attending a presentation on our local 211 services. These are some very wonderful people trying to help those in need but it all too came through that the joblessness has caused homelessness and suicide. The most startling fact is that the shift in suicides has moved from the elderly to the average white male.

    There are, of course, a lack of resources for the needs.

    This country’s failed leadership has a terrible cost.

  61. …call me a prude…but I cannot imagine how their mother or grandmother can allow Sasha and Malia to wear such short skirts anywhere in public but surely not on a trip to a country like China…there are several photos online where either girl or both and at different times have skirts way up the middle of their thighs…if they sit down…well who knows where those skirts end up

    what is wrong with MO and BO? don’t they have any awareness of themselves or their family or how others view them…guess it is the Beyonce influence they so admire…

    btw…I caught a short clip of O on Ellen and he sounded so inarticulate…he speaks in such slang terms and sounds so superficial…definitely does not sound like a President or someone who commands the office of the President of the USA…no wonder everyone is laughing at him and no one takes him seriously

    like i said…the Kadashian Era Presidency

  62. Is it me, or did Putin wait until Hillary left the State Department before starting all this fuss?

    Hillary 2016

  63. Mrs. Jobinson, Jesus loves you more than you can know….la, la, la…
    We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files
    We’d like to help you learn to help yourself
    Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
    Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

    Well we sure know where Moo got her sweet disposition and scowl.

  64. Lu4PUMA
    March 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    I have been very sad all day after attending a presentation on our local 211 services. These are some very wonderful people trying to help those in need but it all too came through that the joblessness has caused homelessness and suicide. The most startling fact is that the shift in suicides has moved from the elderly to the average white male.

    There are, of course, a lack of resources for the needs.

    This country’s failed leadership has a terrible cost.

    —–
    Yes Lu, it is a damn shame. We have more homeless of all ages and families, and those now in serious trouble because of HellCare.

    The Obama’s need to go down in history for their self-interest, greed, stupidy, laziness and corruption.

    Good luck for the next black person that tries to run for President. The have put a real stain on their race.

  65. TheRock
    March 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm
    Is it me, or did Putin wait until Hillary left the State Department before starting all this fuss?

    —–
    It’s not just you, I think the same thing.

  66. Drudge schooling the lap dogs.
    Snip The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted, “Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not ‘getting covered’… I’M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX.” Snip.
    “Dazed team Obama media reporters think Opt-Out tax ‘year away’?” Drudge tweeted. “Not for small businesses that file Qtr estimates. We’re there NOW, baby #pay.” Snip
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/21/White-House-Leads-Liberal-Media-In-Matt-Drudge-Attack

  67. holdthemaccountable
    March 22, 2014 at 7:33 am
    Drudge schooling the lap dogs.

    THIS is why the Democrats are getting beaten so badly with Obamacare. Why they are sending out mental midgets who are too inexperienced (and poor) to have to file quarterlies to go after a successful news aggregater and business guy like Drudge without fact checking anything is standard. They simply do not know what they are talking about regarding anything. I doubt they know enough to even fact check because they have no understanding of anything in the real world of adults. Automatically calling everyone a liar when you are too stupid to know what you are talking about is pathetic. And to think these are their experts who dare to subject us to their “explanatory journalism”.

  68. Run, Hillary, Run – away from Barack Obama and his obaminations. Big Media beginning to notice. Our arguments begining to have influence:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/03/20/clintons-advantage-over-biden-she-got-out-in-time/

    Contentions
    Clinton’s Advantage over Biden: She Got Out in Time

    Nixon served Eisenhower, who left office (via Gallup) with a 59 percent approval rating. George H.W. Bush served Reagan, who left office with a 63 percent approval rating. Gore served Bill Clinton, who left office at 66 percent approval. Humphrey served Lyndon Johnson, who left with 49 percent approval.

    We don’t know where Barack Obama will fall on that list. But he’s struggling now, and this is of particular concern for Biden because his likely opponent, Hillary Clinton, has already left the administration and can thus, in classic Clinton form, ditch unpopular policies and pretend to have had strong strategic instincts from the beginning. Biden cannot.

    For example, Biden announced the administration’s “reset” with Russia, which turned out to be an appalling fiasco. But Clinton, as the nation’s chief diplomat, took high-profile stewardship of the reset. The disastrous policy still follows Biden around, as he must survey the wreckage of his administration’s failures and try to contain the damage. Clinton mocked Mitt Romney’s contention about Russia’s geopolitical threat to America, but now, freed from the administration, she can simply pretend she isn’t totally and catastrophically naïve about Russia…

    This is from a Republican/conservative site. They know Hillary should (and if we have any influence left she will) run from Obama and are not happy about it.

  69. Run, Hillary, Run, away from Obama and his obaminations:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/campaign/201427-candidate-hillary

    In her appearances she is dropping not-so-subtle hints that it’s time to separate from President Obama, not only vigorously criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin but actually predicting the current nuclear deal with Iran won’t work. While she couched her conclusion by saying “This is a development worth testing,” Clinton also posited that the odds aren’t good for reaching a comprehensive agreement and that because of her experience with them, she is “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver.”

    Democrats everywhere now assume – as do Republicans – that Clinton is running for president in 2016. They are well aware that this is what running for president looks like. They only fear that something will happen to make her decide not to run, as her friends’ concerns that she should decline a campaign were the subject of a report in The Wall Street Journal this week. But as Clinton distances herself from Obama, rakes in the cash and prevents other Democrats from prepping a national campaign for a White House run in 2016, she might look around at the polls and see just what will happen to Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections if all current estimates are correct. They will lose badly. Does she want to start spending more time trying to save some Democratic senators in red states former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) won handily, where Obama is very unpopular? Maybe not.

    The best thing for a candidate Hillary, running for president in 2016, is an all-Republican Congress that knocks heads with Obama week in and week out. Should the Democrats hold on to the Senate by a seat or two, and can do little, Clinton will have to run further from lawmakers and a president from her own party.

  70. Run, Hillary, Run, away from Obama and his obaminations:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304026304579453720053676130?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304026304579453720053676130.html

    Hillary Clinton has begun laying out foreign-policy positions that sound a more hard-line note on Iran, Russia and other global trouble spots than is coming from President Barack Obama, underscoring how she might differentiate herself from the administration she served, should she run for president.

    The former secretary of state this week voiced doubts that Iran would make good on an agreement that Mr. Obama hopes will curb that country’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.

    Mrs. Clinton, speaking to the American Jewish Congress in New York, said that she was “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the nuclear deal reached last year.

    Everything is proceeding as we have forseen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAf0QnLFS7Q

  71. Mormaer
    March 22, 2014 at 9:45 am
    admin
    March 22, 2014 at 10:05 am – 10:16 am.
    —————————-
    🙂 🙂

  72. Happy birthday to me!

    We’re going to see a Russian play tonight about Putin and a journalist, followed by din din at a Russian restaurant. I’ve forgotten most of my Russian, I’ll have to look up how to ask for a bowl of goulash and rice for when they march into Paris.

  73. MO supposedly speaking up for free speech, etc…

    …thought this comment talking about here speech summed up her hypocrisy pretty well…

    comment:

    GK R. (RED66)
    🙂
    698 Fans· We must return to a Constitutional government.

    “Mrs. Obama said the free flow of information is crucial “because that’s how we discover truth, that’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities and our country and our world.””

    Really? Then why was the US press banned from accompanying you, Madam First Lady?

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

    ba da bing!

  74. Obama failures, or purposeful policy, in Turkey:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/03/21/twitter-and-turkeys-slide-into-dictatorship-erdogan/

    The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been gradually chipping away at every vestige of democracy in that country for years. Independent press outlets have been suppressed and more journalists are in prison in Turkey than in any other place on earth. Political opponents of his AKP and much of the secular leadership of the military have been jailed, and demonstrators have been brutalized. Despite this terrible record the West, and in particular the Obama administration, have largely turned a blind eye to Turkey’s excesses. But by trying to ban the use of Twitter, Erdoğan may have finally picked a fight that he can’t win in the long run.

    The Turkish government is standing by an order issued by a judge who is friendly to the prime minister to block the use of Twitter in Turkey. The reason for the effort is that social media, such as Twitter and YouTube, is the vehicle for spreading evidence of corruption by Erdoğan’s son and other prominent scions of the country’s Islamist elite. While social media plays an increasingly critical role in the spread of news throughout the free world, it is especially critical now in a country like Turkey because the mainstream press in that country has been effectively silenced by the dictatorial policies of the AKP and its leader. That forced the flow of information elsewhere and Erdoğan’s courts have responded with demands that Twitter and other venues remove the embarrassing content from their sites.

    But by adopting a stand that undermines the notion that Turkey is a modern state that is ready to be integrated into the international economy and the European Union, Erdoğan may have worsened his problems rather than solve them. After 11 years in power during which he has ruthlessly wielded influence, the Turkish leader may have finally crossed the line that separates a feared dictator from a laughingstock. By banning Twitter, Erdoğan has begun to resemble a parody of a despot rather than the strongman who has transformed Turkey from a secular state to an Islamist tyranny.

    As the New York Times reports, his inability to suppress the incriminating information about his son and his regime has sent Erdoğan over the edge: [snip]

    One of the recordings purports to be of the prime minister himself telling his son to get rid of large sums of cash on the morning of Dec. 17, when the homes of three former ministers’ sons were raided. Mr. Erdoğan has repeatedly — and angrily — insisted that the recording was fake.

    [snip]

    This is, after all, the same man President Obama described as his best friend among foreign leaders. While other Western heads of state were not quite so fulsome in their praise for Erdoğan, the result was the same, as the AKP’s excesses at home and its support for Hamas in Gaza were ignored because of Turkey’s membership in NATO and its role in supporting opposition to the Assad regime.

    While the United States has slowly started to edge away from Erdoğan, Washington needs to do more now than merely state its displeasure with the antics of the president’s friend. The same applies to Turkey’s bid for EU membership. Relations with this increasingly despotic Islamist state need to be put on hold until the country and its dictator come to their senses.

    In Turkey Big Media is jailed in order to shut them up. In America, Big Media has willingly chosen to protect those it should be investigating and exposing as corrupt.

  75. Hillary Clinton : The freedom to speak out & to connect is a fundamental right. The people of Turkey deserve that right restored.

  76. jeswezey

    March 22, 2014 at 11:04 am
    __________________________________________

    Happy birthday!! Now that you are just old enough to drink, make sure you have a designated driver and, since you are old enough now, you can stay out as late as you want! 😀

    Many happy returns

    Hillary 2016

  77. The American Govt needs to sit up and watch closely at what is going on in Turkey….

    Whistleblower @ACEMUSAKLARI leaks more info from prosecutor’s investigation that was launched on April 8, 2011, case file 2011/762

    More allegations from the investigation.If these claims are true, Iranian penetration & access to key leadership in Turkey is appalling.

    Iranian Naser Ghafari, Quds Force operative in Turkey,controls different cells. In one cell, Burhan Kavuncu named as agent of influence.

    Burhan Kavuncu is alleged to have maintained secret ties with Iran for 30 years according to investigation file posted on YouTube.

    Police wiretap record reveals Kavuncu talked to Iranian agent Naser Ghafari who used pay phones in Ankara & Istanbul to set up meeting.

    Police surveillance indicated Kavuncu met with Ghafari many times. Photos and video evidence included in the investigation file.

    Burhan Kavuncu has a wide network in Turkish government including then- PM’s chief of staff and now Interior Minister Efkan Ala.

    Efkan Ala is described to have huge sympathy for Iranian revolution and Shiite ideology according to leak claims.

    During PM Erdoğan’s visit to Tehran where he met religious leader Khamenei in 2013, Ala is reportedly was given Khamenei’s prayer stone.

    Furkan Torlak, son-in law of Kavuncu, is alleged to be among those who organized planting Iranian sympathizers/agents in Turkish gov’t.

    Jan.4, 2013 wiretap reveals Kavuncu called Ala to speed up security clearance for his son-in law, Torlak, to start working as PM aide.

    So basically the Govt of Turkey is being infiltrated and run by Iran. Erdogan is effectively a puppet of what the Iranians want.

  78. President Barack Obama had planned a week long trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia to highlight global progress in ridding the world of nuclear materials, soak up the positive publicity emanating from Pope Francis and reassure an anxious Gulf ally of the U.S. commitment to the region.

    Instead, the trip will be dominated by Russia’s military seizure of Crimea and Obama’s efforts to persuade European allies to step up sanctions on Russia, even as critics at home suggest Obama hasn’t been as tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin as he needs to be.

    Obama, who arrives in the Netherlands on Monday for a Nuclear Security Summit, has convened a meeting of the top seven industrialized countries to discuss how to punish Russia and support the Ukrainian government. He’ll also meet Monday with President Xi Jinping of China, who met with first lady Michelle Obama on her China trip.

    He’ll hold a press conference at the close of the summit and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss U.S. efforts in Syria, nuclear negotiations with Iran and the prospect for Middle East peace talks.

    ………………..

    I’m betting Putin does something next week to upstage The Dopeheads little world tour, He is going to do something to steal all the limelight and mess with Obama’s head, he aint gonna let Obama get headlines.

  79. Please please pass this on, The Turkish people need help to access the internet, they are banning DNS after DNs within DNS, making it extremely hard to access any blocked sites……USe VPN’s but it needs to be shown to the ordinary user how to use…….help each other, get the word out. The Turkish people need help to get their voices heard. Plans to ban Youtube and Facebook are next. Turkish Govt is turning very dictatorial.

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  80. Moononpluto,

    Could you be more specific about what would be helpful? When I click on the link, I get a foreign language and I do not understand.

    moononpluto
    March 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

  81. HBD, Jes. And if you do exercise your (not so newly acquired – lol) drinking privilege as part of your BD celebration, drink a margarita for me.

    &&&&

    rgb44hrc
    March 21, 2014 at 11:54 am
    foxyladi14
    March 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm
    Potus does not attend security meetings.
    But does go on Ellen
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    This is how Obummer tries to project a tough to Putin.

    9am meeting in the Oval Office:

    Obama: “Putin is making me look wimpy, and McCain writes in the NY Times that I am making the US appear weak. What are we going to do about this?”

    Aide 1: “Go to Arlington Cemetery for a photo-op”.

    Aide 2: “Visit the troops in Eastern Europe”.

    Aide 3: “Ellen Degeneres is having a show dealing with bullying, and Putin is one big bully”.

    Obama: “After my ‘Between Two Ferns’ appearance with Zach, it would be good for me to do a more serious program like Ellen. Let’s book it.”

    Aide 3: “And next week, we could have you on The View for the 23rd time”

    This is hilarious !!
    &&&&&&&

    Admin, if Joe Joe does run, as he says he will, do you see this as: 1) at the encouragement Obama, as a futile attempt to preserve his so-called (non-existent) legacy and to get away from supporting Hillary; 2) at the encouragement of progressives/anti-clinton Dems, with or without Obama’s support; 3) Just ole Joe being his usual dumb-ass self; or none of the above?

    Logic puts Joe on the losing team, which is where Hillary would be had she remained in the SOS position, or had she run again for Senate, which she would have doubtless, won. Nothing at this point, would make any rational person believe that connection to Obama would help their chances of winning the presidency. Joe and his supporters would have to know that, or maybe, they think the Obama vote rigging machine is powerful enough to pull off another upset. Maybe they think that O can and will make every illegal immigrant a US citizen, ensuring their votes for whomever O supports. Then, again, maybe Joe and pals just aren’t rational.

  82. Did anyone hear if the fraud gave away the internet this week.

    Who knows, he would love to shut down all of us pointing out his failures.

  83. The Dopeheads little world tour


    That’s probably why he stops in the Netherlands first, to load up on the legal brownies.

  84. Oh yea, Joe is the party clown, not serious Presidential material.

    Urging a man in a wheelchair to stand up for the crowd, the person he is honoring…

    Classic Joe Biden.

  85. Please just get the word out that the Turkish peoples free speech has been silenced and that ways to get round the blocks are being eradicated.

    Sorry that is the page in turkish with all the working VPNS that people can use.

  86. Clusterfuck of epic scale….Turkey due to host United Nations Internet Governance Forum in September 2014.

    Guessing that is going to be cancelled……………

  87. the best thing about this Ban is the opposition are all figuring out how to beat the ban and none of the AKP idiots are tweeting at all…..either they are all stupid or folling their leader like lemmings off a cliff.

  88. freespirit

    March 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Barack deserves sainthood?! Joe deserves to be the Mayor of Stupidville.

    😀 Get em free!!!!!

  89. Clintons, Giffords wrap up student conference. 3/23/14.
    PHOENIX (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are wrapping up the annual Clinton Global Initiative University conference Sunday with a service project in downtown Phoenix. The event at a community garden concludes a weekend conference that drew more than 1,000 students who heard speeches from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Arizona Sen. John McCain and an interview with the Clintons by late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel. The former president was headlining a project at PHX Renews, which aims to convert vacant city lots into urban gardens and community space for public use.

    THE FORMER FIRST LADY, WHO IS CONSIDERING A 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, TOLD COLLEGE STUDENTS SHE WAS “VERY MUCH CONCERNED” ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY BUT IS STILL CONSIDERING HER FUTURE PLANS.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/clintons-giffords-wrap-up-student-conference/article_b502ddf7-aa0c-55cb-8109-18d4fc08c930.html

  90. At some point in the past, Big Dawg told Amanpour something akin to “You know better than to ask that.” Now a humiliating reprimand from a Russian.The war of whose media is more trustworthy escalates!

    Russia’s UN envoy Churkin replies to CNN anchor Amanpour
    …As to my unwillingness, as you put it, to leave my “comfort zone” – you are absolutely right. After 8 meetings of the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea (six of them in front of TV cameras) I feel very comfortable that the truth is beginning to come across.
    If, though, you imply that I don’t want to answer tough questions, then you are mature enough to know that I spoke to the “full house” at the Washington National Cathedral in October, 1983, two weeks after the South Korean airliner was downed, and then testified at the US Congress in May of 1986 after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, not to mention hundreds of other media and “live” appearances. So I can explain to anyone what “leaving a comfort zone” means.
    But I wouldn’t be writing to you if you did not also choose to personally attack my daughter – your younger colleague – a Russian TV journalist. I am very proud of her – not only is she a good journalist, but she strictly keeps her professional distance from me.
    Incidentally, I recall you married the State Department Spokesman. How was your professional credibility in the course of your courtship?
    Don’t bother to answer. I don’t really want to know.
    Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin
    http://rt.com/usa/churkin-response-amanpour-cnn-465/

  91. The Rock, Foxyladi – Thanks for the B’day greeting.

    As for my newly bestowed drinking rights, it couldn’t be a Margerita as freespirit suggested, but vodka all the way – aperitif, dinner and after-dinner. Normally I don’t drink anything but bubbly mineral water, but there I must have downed half a quart of vodka. Fortunately, I’m not sick this morning.

    Why was it an all-Russian evening? I had nothing to do with it: my soulmate planned it all. She’s an admirer of Putin.

    The play was about a journalist (woman) who covered the Chechnya story sympathetically in 2005-6 and was eventually murdered in her Moscow elevator. Her story was impassioned and tragic, but making a “play” out of it in a cramped theater was beyond me. It was as boring as could be, and I left before the end.

    The restaurant was great, though, and the owner promised me a bowl of goulash and rice, at a very high price, for when the Russians come.

    I’ll have to learn how to ask for rice in Chinese too, because they may get here first….

  92. By the way, “Putin” is pronounced “Poo-teen’ in both Russian and French. When I hear Americans pronounce it I do a double-take – don’t know who they’re talking about at first.

  93. freespirit
    March 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Barack deserves sainthood?! Joe deserves to be the Mayor of Stupidville.
    ______________________________________

    😆

  94. freespirit March 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Admin, if Joe Joe does run, as he says he will, do you see this as: …

    3) Just ole Joe being his usual dumb-ass self

    It’s pretty obvious that (3) is the only or best answer, plus the factor that Joe thinks he deserves a little more respect than he actually commands.

    In 2008, I glued an extra sticker on my brother’s pickup, next to the McCain/Palin sticker and with a question mark between the two. The second sticker read:

    -/Biden

    because at the time I thought Biden was a valid candidate, for the vice-presidency at least. I had some respect for him, thought his gaffes were funny, and thought he had the empathy that was lacking in the other candidates except HRC. He was sort of a nutty uncle figure for me.

    Back forward to 2014 and all you can see is that Biden will now come across as Obama III. As such, he’s doomed; and it would be better for his own ‘legacy’ if he just stayed out of the race altogether, because being slaughtered by a non-incumbent would be humiliating.

    It would be like the 2012 D primaries again, if you remember, when Obama was almost bested by some unknown favorite son who pulled in 45% of the vote in two states on a shoestring budget, and some disenfranchised criminal pulled in the same 45% in another state.

    If some known Democrat had been willing to stick his neck out in the 2012 primaries, Obama would have lost the nomination for his coveted second term. Obama is twisting in the wind, Joe: Don’t try to stick your own head into the noose!

  95. No Honey for You!!! 🙂

    Some Russians are taking sanctions imposed on their country by the Obama administration with a grain of salt (or a spoon of honey, as the case may be) and imposing their own improvised sanctions in return.

    In one example, this Russian-language sign just appeared on the entrance door to a small store in Moscow called “Myod,” which sells honey products. Translated into English, it says:

    SANCTIONS

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/21/barack-obama-banned-from-russian-store-that-sells-honey/

  96. When I hear Obama celebrate the fourth anniversary of his signature legislation, which has caused people to lose coverage, doctors, higher premiums, higher deductibles, , requires coverage they do not want or need, fails to achieve its putative legislative purpose, i.e. to cover the uninsured, and which may cause his party to lose control of Congress, I wonder what parallel universe this cocksucker lives in. More and more, we will see the angry ossified child, totally detached from reality–which makes him a threat to this country. The people who put him in there must be held accountable–I don’t mean the ignorant voters, I mean the big media hucksters and Wall Street vultures. They are the ones who visited this black plague (yes, I know he is half white, but he is so obsessed with self loathing that he cannot admit it) on the nation.

  97. His partner in that parallel universe is obviously Biden. Like many alcoholics, he has suffered from the delirium tremors, his blood is 90 proof and the only time he makes any sense is when he is six sheets to the wind. When his is sober he is delusional and incoherent. In that parallel universe, then, he is clearly presidential timber. Truth to tell, he could scarcely be worse than Obama. But he would not be much better.

  98. wbboei
    March 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    —-
    Sing it from the highest mountain!

    “I wonder what parallel universe this cocksucker lives in.” -Wbb

    Could it be Candyland, on Planet Delusional?

  99. Bill Clinton defends American control of Internet domain name system

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Former President Bill Clinton presided over a star-studded panel Friday evening, voicing his preference that the United States maintain control of the Internet’s domain name system, which will soon be ceded to an international body.

    Clinton appeared on stage for a Clinton Global Initiative event with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, among others, to discuss how social change could come about through online engagement.

    “Whatever you think our country has done wrong, the United States has been by far the country most committed to keeping the Internet free and open and uninterrupted,” Clinton said at Arizona State University.

    More: http://washingtonexaminer.com/bill-clinton-defends-american-control-of-internet-domain-name-system/article/2546105

  100. jeswezey
    March 23, 2014 at 10:17 am
    By the way, “Putin” is pronounced “Poo-teen’ in both Russian and French. When I hear Americans pronounce it I do a double-take – don’t know who they’re talking about at first.
    =====

    That’s interesting. I didn’t know that. Thank you. Is the accent on the first or second syllable?

  101. Massive gains all over France for the Far right National Front party, gaining outright majorities in many different councils and districts….France paying the penalty for its stupidity over the years in immigration and socialist policies. France will be going through an extreme period of turbulence now. Hold onto your hats.

    This is not going to be pretty.

    NF gaining outright control of mayorships and councils turfing out the ruling parties…..This is the fault of years of deafness of the left and right refusing to listen to people……does this sound familiar? Coming to county near you if these parties do not wake up.

  102. FYI…

    …nice selection of photos of Hillary from her college days to present in today’s Washington Post

  103. From Leanora’s post –

    “Whatever you think our country has done wrong, the United States has been by far the country most committed to keeping the Internet free and open and uninterrupted,” Clinton said at Arizona State University.” by Bill Clinton

    —-

    Hell Ya, Bill!!!

  104. foxyladi14
    March 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    **********************************

    Foxy…it would have been nice to at least have an adult, ie…a serious minded, mature person, in office and running things while we await 2016, instead of the juvenile antics we have to put up with…

    also…

    when I hear this kind of nonsense coming out of Democrats it makes them sound even more delusional…this from Durbin:

    Durbin continued, “Osama bin Laden is gone. The war in Iraq is over. Afghanistan is coming to a close. … I’m afraid Governor Romney’s forgotten those facts.”

    …what? the war is over…really how many troops are still there, how much money are we still spending in Iraq…and what condition is that country in now? after all the blood and treasure we lost there

    re: Afghanistan…Karzai is making a fool out of O…his soldiers have actually murdered ours and we still give billions of dollars to him and his corrupt govt and everyone knows it…and Karzai complains constantly for the US to get out of “Afghanstan’s business while simultaneously making nice with the Taliban…and that country is also falling apart…as in O’s war and his resurgence…

    …and let’s not even get started on the failure of Ocare…

    O’s entire Presidency is one missed opportunity after another…O, MO and the dims are all in some alternative reality…

  105. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303802104579451162959061196

    A Costly Failed Experiment

    The law’s treatment of people is arbitrary and unfair. Its economic impact is only going to get worse.

    By
    John C. Goodman

    Updated March 21, 2014 7:20 p.m. ET

    With Sunday marking the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, it’s worth revisiting the initial purpose of the president’s signature legislation: Universal coverage was the main goal. Four years later, not even the White House pretends that this goal will be realized. Most of those who were uninsured before the law was passed will remain uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    Democrats also fixated on another goal: protection for people with pre-existing conditions. One of the first things the new law did was create federal risk pools so that people who had been denied coverage for health reasons could purchase insurance for the same premium a healthy person would pay. Over the next three years, about 107,000 people took advantage of that opportunity.

    Think about that. One of the main reasons given for interfering with the health care of 300 million people was to solve a problem that affected a tiny sliver of the population.

    More recently, the president has had to explain why between four million and seven million people are losing their health insurance despite his promise that they would not. The new insurance will be better, he tells us. No longer will insurers be able to cancel your coverage after you get sick. What he doesn’t say is that this practice was made illegal at the federal level by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and was illegal in most states long before that.

    While the president and his party struggle to find more convincing reasons why we need ObamaCare, three huge problems won’t go away.

    • An impossible mandate. For the past 40 years real, per capita health-care spending has been growing at twice the rate of growth of real, per capita income. That’s not only true in this country; it is about the average for the whole developed world.

    Clearly, this trend cannot go on forever. So what does ObamaCare do about that? It limits the government’s share of the costs while doing nothing to protect individuals or their employers.

    The law restricts the growth of total Medicare spending, the growth of Medicaid hospital spending and (after 2018) the growth of federal tax subsidies in the health-insurance exchanges to no more than the rate of growth of real GDP per capita plus about one half of 1%. This means that as health-care costs become more and more of a burden for the average family, people will get less and less help from government—to pay for insurance the government requires them to buy!

    • Unworkable subsidies. A family of four at 138% of poverty level is able to enroll in Medicaid in about half the states and obtain insurance worth about $8,000. Since the coverage is completely free, that’s an $8,000 gift. If they earn $1 more, they will be entitled to join a health-insurance exchange and obtain a private plan that costs, say, 50% more in return for an out-of-pocket premium of about $900. That’s a gift of more than $11,000.

    At the same time, the employees of a hotel who earn pretty much the same wage as in the two previous cases will be forced to have an expensive family plan and they and their employer will get no new government help. The only assistance is the long-standing tax break that exempts employers’ premium payments from federal income and payroll taxes. Even so, the ObamaCare mandate amounts to about a $10,000 burden on these businesses and by extension their employees.

    These are only a few of the many ways in which ObamaCare’s treatment of people is arbitrary and unfair.

    A bigger problem is the impact these differential subsidies will have on our economy. As businesses discover that almost everyone who earns less than the average wage gets a better deal from the federal government in the exchange or from Medicaid, and that most people who earn more than the average wage get a better deal if insurance is provided at work, trends already evident will accelerate. Higher-income workers will tend to congregate in firms that provide insurance. Lower-income workers will tend to work for firms that don’t. But efficient production requires that firm size and composition be determined by economic factors, not health-insurance subsidies.

    • Perverse incentives in the exchanges. Under ObamaCare, insurers are required to charge the same premium to everyone, regardless of health status, and they are required to accept anyone who applies. This means they must overcharge the healthy and undercharge the sick. It also means they have strong incentives to attract the healthy (on whom they make a profit) and avoid the sick (on whom they incur losses).

    The result has been a race to the bottom in access and quality of care. To keep premiums as low as possible, the insurers are offering very narrow networks, often leaving out the best doctors and the best hospitals. By keeping deductibles high and fees so low that only a minority of providers will accept them, the insurers are able to lower their premiums, thus attracting still more healthy individuals at the expense of overall care.

    So four years into this failed experiment, what are the alternatives? Getting rid of the mandates, letting people choose their own insurance benefits, and giving everyone the same universal tax credit for health insurance would be a good start. More easily accessible health savings accounts for people in high-deductible plans is another good idea.

    Every provision in ObamaCare that encourages employers either not to hire people or to reduce their hours should go. Everything in the law that prevents employers from providing individually owned health insurance that travels from job to job should go. And everything that makes HealthCare.gov more complicated than eHealth EHTH +0.47% (a 10-year-old private online exchange) should go.

    Mr. Goodman is president of the National Center for Policy Analysis and the author of “Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis” (Independent Institute, 2012).

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

    but Nancy P wants us to believe this is “affordable…affordable, over and over again, etc, etc, etc”

    they are going to bankrupt the middle class

  106. S
    March 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    https://twitter.com/jimmykimmel/status/447558620939440128/photo/1

    Jimmy Kimmel selfie with 3 Clintons…Hill, Bill and Chelsea
    _____________________________________________________

    Get a stiff drink before you read the comments. The so-called progressives are still living in the past and I think Hillary is going to have her work cut out for her if she runs in 2016.

    But then again, it would be nice to vote for POTUS someone that actually WORKS!

  107. MoononPluto…in the event you have not read this article yet and in regards to your comments about France…this may interest you…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/business/international/some-french-entrepreneurs-say-au-revoir.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Au Revoir, Entrepreneurs

    bottom line…the entrenpreneurs are leaving France and many going to London

    snip

    “A lot of people are like, ‘Why would you ever leave France?’ ” Mr. Santacruz said. “I’ll tell you. France has a lot of problems. There’s a feeling of gloom that seems to be growing deeper. The economy is not going well, and if you want to get ahead or run your own business, the environment is not good.”

    snip

    That is the kind of thinking that drew Mr. Santacruz to London. “Things are different in France,” he said. “There is a fear of failure. If you fail, it’s like the ultimate shame. In London, there’s this can-do attitude, and a sense that anything’s possible. If you make an error, you can get up again.”

    snip

    France has been losing talented citizens to other countries for decades, but the current exodus of entrepreneurs and young people is happening at a moment when France can ill afford it. The nation has had low-to-stagnant economic growth for the last five years and a generally climbing unemployment rate — now about 11 percent — and analysts warn that it risks sliding into economic sclerosis.

    Some wealthy businesspeople have also been packing their bags. While entrepreneurs fret about the difficulties of getting a business off the ground, those who have succeeded in doing so say that society stigmatizes financial success. The election of President François Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party who once declared, “I don’t like the rich,” did little to contradict that impression.

    snip

    Those initiatives, however, have not yet closed the spigot on the flow of French citizens to other countries. Hand-wringing articles in French newspapers — including a three-page spread in Le Monde, have examined the implications of “les exilés.” This month, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, which represents 800,000 businesses, published a report saying that French executives were more worried than ever that “unemployment and moroseness are pushing young people to leave” the country, bleeding France of energetic workers. As the Pew Research Center put it last year, “no European country is becoming more dispirited and disillusioned faster than France.”

    snip

    A one-month wait for a license turned into three months, then six. They tried simplifying the corporate structure but were stymied by regulatory hurdles. Hiring was delayed, partly because of social taxes that companies pay on salaries. In France, the share of nonwage costs for employers to fund unemployment benefits, education, health care and pensions is more than 33 percent. In Britain, it is around 20 percent.

    “Every week, more tax letters would come,” Mr. Santacruz recalled

    snip

    Diane Segalen, an executive recruiter for many of France’s biggest companies who recently moved most of her practice, Segalen & Associés, to London from Paris, says the competitiveness gap is easy to see just by reading the newspapers. “In Britain, you read about all the deals going on here,” Ms. Segalen said. “In the French papers, you read about taxes, more taxes, economic problems and the state’s involvement in everything.” (this sounds like where NYC might be headed)

    snip

    A pledge that Mr. Hollande made in January included a “responsibility pact” — a promise to relieve businesses of some of the burden to finance France’s welfare state. In February, he announced additional measures to lure investors back to France, unveiling plans to stabilize corporate tax rules, simplify customs procedures for imports and exports and introduce a tax break for foreign start-ups.

    snip

    “Generally, if you are self-made man and earn money, you are looked at with suspicion,” said Erick Rinner, a French executive at Milestone Capital Partners, a British-based investment bank, who has lived in London for 20 years.

    Mr. Hollande’s election, and especially his proposal — since ruled unconstitutional — to impose a 75 percent tax on the portion of income above one million euros (about $1.4 million) a year, have only reinforced that perception.

    “In London, every day is a fight,” she said. “But then you get rewarded. I don’t think this would have been possible in France.”

    snip

    In Britain, “it has been surprising to see the level of deprivation of some of my fellow citizens,” she said. “When things fail here, they can wind up without a penny in their pockets, living on the street. That’s the part of the story you don’t hear.”

    At the same time, she said, France’s generous safety net could not continue unchanged without risking further economic malaise. “Socialist politicians all agree on that now,” Ms. Lemaire said. (yes, the people they expect to pay for the safety net are going broke and leaving France…

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    I hate to say this…but this sounds so much like what O and the Dims are trying to do to the USA…taxes up the gazoo, giveaways without any oversight to anyone and everyone…increasing debt…regulations strangling business and start ups…

    the NSA spying on our every move…the secret O admin controlling everything…and the totalitarian left looking for more and more ways to just control everyone and everything they possibly can…

    and the mother…or father…of them all is Ocare…corrupt and with costs skyrocketing for the middle class with no end insight…Hollande and his proposed 75% tax (declared unconstitutional)…that is robbery…total enslavement of hard working people…and if O and the left could get away with it they would jump at the chance to do it here in the USA and strip all individuality and freedom from people…

    that’s why even pro-O Nate Silver is seeing a big backlash coming against O and his posse…

    complete insanity…

  108. Jimmy Kimmel selfie with 3 Clintons…Hill, Bill and Chelsea

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    All three look really cute, and Hillary looks fantastic and happy, happy, happy.

  109. Obama pledges $1 billion to Ukraine in violation of Foreign Assistance Act of 1961

    The Washington Post reports on March 4, 2014, that the Obama administration’s pledge of a $1 BILLION aid package for Ukraine has bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate.

    Leaving aside the facts that the United States has a national debt more than $17½ TRILLION (more than 108% of America’s GDP) and that the Obama administration wants to reduce the size of the U.S. military to pre-WWII levels due to budget constraints, there is another problem with the proposed $1 BILLION “aid” gift to Ukraine:

    It violates a U.S. law, specifically the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said […] the plans of the US administration to allocate $1 billion to the current authorities in Kiev contradict existing US laws.

    ‘Indeed, in accordance with the amendments made several years ago to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961,’ it is banned to provide financial aide to the government of any country, whose president elected legitimately has been overthrown as a result of a military coup or unlawful decision, the statement said.

    More: http://cofda.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/obama-pledges-1-billion-to-ukraine-in-violation-of-foreign-assistance-act-of-1961/

  110. Me: ““Putin” is pronounced “Poo-teen’”

    Leanora March 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    “Is the accent on the first or second syllable?”
    ****

    I forgot to mention that there is no tonic accent or emphasis. Russian is spoken that way, without accent. It’s a beautiful language, full of sibilants.

    I also forgot to mention that it is not only French that uses the Russian pronunciation, but every other language I know, including UK English.

  111. Here’s a rare & minimal chance for us to influence how wapo responds to this query:

    Dear readers, what are the biggest presidential lies in recent history? 3/24/14.
    The Fact Checker is seeking reader suggestions for a video that will highlight the biggest presidential lies. We are looking for at least one false statement from each president — or authorized by a president — since the television age began.
    Some are fairly easy to put on a list.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/03/24/dear-readers-what-are-the-biggest-presidential-lies-in-recent-history

  112. Michelle Hits The Great Wall: Did She Buy an Obamao T-Shirt?

    irst lady Michelle continued her all-expenses-paid (by taxpayers) vacation in China, this time making at stop at the Great Wall. She rolled with a huge entourage, including her mother and two daughters, and raced through the barricaded streets in a massive motorcade.

    A pool reporter tagged along, and picked up an interesting little tidbit. He checked out rumors that merchants near the wall had been told to stop selling a popular “Obamao” T-shirt that features the president in a hat made famous by the longtime leader of the communist country. He found a shirt, but it wasn’t easy.

    Writing in a pool report, sent out to other reporters who weren’t lucky enough to be chosen for the plum assignment: he wrote: “Another reporter in the pool had a similar experience with a separate vender, but managed to snap a photo of one of the T-shirts. I would be glad to share with anyone who wants to investigate why Chinese authorities made sure, for a day, that Mutianyu was visibly free of Obama-Mao T-shirts.”

    Read the whole report below:
    http://www.truthrevolt.org//news/michelle-hits-great-wall-did-she-buy-obamao-t-shirt

  113. You can get the video of the entire closing plenary session (1 ½ hr) to the CGI University with Jimmy Kimmel and all the Clintons here:

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/03/23/Hillary-Clinton-dodges-2016-questions-onstage-with-Jimmy-Kimmel/1881395611963/

    It is only at the last question (1:13 in) that a student from Berkeley ventures to draw HRC out of her silence by asking about 2016 this way:

    “Ms. Clinton, if you don’t represent women in politics in America as future president, then who will?”

    HRC was hard pressed to wiggle her way out of answering the question, posed that way.

    Otherwise, throughout the interview, Chelsea is very impressive with her own talking points, remarkable self-assurance, and a beautiful voice.

  114. Very inteesting. 🙄

    President Barack Obama meets with “public face” post-coup Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, or to put it another way, Soros and Lagarde tell Barack Obama to jump, and he happily replies, “how high?”

    What this meeting did was signal legitimization of a government that came to power via a bloody and violent mob – a mob both motivated and funded by George Soros and the IMF. A government that utilizes political tag lines so familiar to us in the United States following our own 2008 election/coup. Phrases like “open borders”, “social justice”, and “fair share”.

    Regarding two world leaders, one is a product of, and thus a staunch advocate for, the Soros agenda, while the other is now actively fighting against it. One appears to love his nation, (however flawed that love might be.

  115. About Clinton and Turkey . No one is talking about Erdogan’s enemy Gulen and the Gulenist support for Clinton back in 2008. Wondering what would happen if she will be elected in 2016.

    She visited The Gulenist Turkish Cultural Center in New York many times. They donated lots of money etc and Gulen is a Clinton supporter.

  116. Don’t they get tired of this farce? Hey, I wish someone would send some global warming to the east coast. It’s 14 degrees here this morning!
    ====

    BEFORE THE DEAD ARE COUNTED – Liberals Blame Washington Mudslide on Global Warming

    Before the dead have been counted… Liberals are blaming the horrific mudslide in Oso, Washington on global warming.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/before-the-dead-are-counted-liberals-blame-washington-mudslide-on-global-warming/

  117. Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs

    Cornerstone of U.S. Naval power eliminated under Obama budget

    President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.

    The Tomahawk missile program­known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”­is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.

    In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly­from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.

    The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in 2015, according to Obama’s proposal.

    The proposed elimination of these missile programs came as a shock to lawmakers and military experts, who warned ending cutting these missiles would significantly erode America’s ability to deter enemy forces.

    We have neither alternative, superior weapons, or other plans. We are simply disarming.
    Well, in 2012 we didn’t need bayonets. Now we don’t need advanced, accurate missiles.
    What does this man intend?

    http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2014/03/and-as-20k-rooskis-nestle-aggressively.html

  118. I hope this is not the basis upon which Obama is accusing Putin of being the aggressor. [Probably best if you go to link to understand.]
    “…While Psaki [US DOS] herself didn’t get into specifics RT looked but could not find what exactly Ms Psaki was referring to (neither did google). It all started with Psaki’s opinion, stated as fact, that ‘Russia shot first’ in an incident at a facility in Crimea which left two people dead. RT’s Anastasia Churkina picked her up on it and Psaki responded thus: “We don’t see how it’s possibly true that the Russian claim that someone else was the aggressor, that the Ukrainians were the aggressor can possibly be true….” http://rt.com/usa/psaki-rt-russian-translation-837/

  119. [What Snowden revealed, Obama tosses to Congress to fix.]
    Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/us/obama-to-seek-nsa-curb-on-call-data.html?hp&_r=0

  120. Veteran New York Times Reporter: The Obama Administration Is “The Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom That We Have Encountered In At Least a Generation”

    Veteran Journalists Reveal that – Contrary to It’s Claims of “Openness” and “Transparency” – The White House is Trying to Crush the Free Press
    Veteran New York Times reporter James Risen said last Friday:

    [The Obama administration is] the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.

    [The administration wants to] narrow the field of national security reporting to create a path for accepted reporting.

    [Anyone journalist who exceeds those parameters] will be punished.

    [The administration’s aggressive prosecutions have created] a de facto Official Secrets Act. ”

    New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson agrees:

    Cont’d:
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/veteran-new-york-times-reporter-obama-administration-greatest-enemy-press-freedom-encountered-least-generation.html

  121. Flashback:
    Showing results for jill abramson graduation speech obama

    Obama bumps Jill Abramson at Barnard – Politico
    http://www.politico.com/…/obama-bumps-nyt-editor-jill-abramson-116…‎
    Politico
    Mar 3, 2012 – President Obama will deliver the keynote address at Barnard College’s 120th Commencement ceremony this May, replacing Jill Abramson, the …

    Jill should not be surprised for the man is capable of anything negative. In all likelihood, she isn’t surprised.
    ——–
    Just like we did not find out things about Ocare until it was passed, we did not find out things about him until he was elected. Then more things when he was re-elected. 🙁

  122. Well, Ulsterman has confirmed what I have been saying for four years about Soros. Obama is his boy. The confrontation between the western powers (I use the term loosely) is a personal one between a man who hopes to rebuild the old Soviet Empire, or some version thereof vs. an old Nazi who is the living breathing embodiment of Satan, in every secular sense of the word. Putin vs. Soros. But beyond that, it is also a battle for who will control the world–nationalists and their publics vs bankers and high tech geeks. Obama is a complete cipher who takes his marching orders from Soros, almost a decoy, but certainly an actor, not by virtue of his competence, or character, but by virtue of the position his clings to tenuously as the clock winds down for him. But the conflict is also conceptual–as in what kind of a world do you want to live in? The thing that rankles Soros is the threat that sovereignty poses to the global model which he is working to establish. If nation states say no, we do not want to be governed by world governing entities–we don not wish to be their slaves, then what happens to the free flow of money, outsourcing, open borders, and in short what happens to the entire new world order. Putin is a threat to the old Nazi and his untermenchen just as much as the Tea Party. It sports a death mask and it whispers to him and his ilk in the verse of the Roman poet Virgil– “death twitches my ear, live, I am coming.”

  123. Hold’um
    [What Snowden revealed, Obama tosses to Congress to fix.]
    Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection

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    I don’t have my hopes up on this one. Normally, I would say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But, we will probably NEVER ‘see’ the proof that it has stopped. I am sure their will be all sorts of exceptions, and legal loopholes for the NSA to reinvent.

    The ‘bill’ should make the NSA wipe out all the data they have collected illegally, but a hard-drive is never really wiped.

    At least they are not sweeping the issue under the rug.

  124. S March 24, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for the article – a good read, well-informed and pretty understandable. I do take exception, though, to the statement:

    “For the past 40 years real, per capita health-care spending has been growing at twice the rate of growth of real, per capita income. That’s not only true in this country; it is about the average for the whole developed world.”

    This is false as it concerns other countries of the developed world. The per-capita cost of healthcare has remained stable, rising at the rate of per-capita income. Since the author claims that this makes the individual mandate “impossible”, whereas the other healthcare systems of the developed world cover absolutely everyone from conception to death, this part of his argument is devoid of good metrics.

    I also note the author has some suggestions for making the ACA work and is not calling for its repeal.

  125. Shadowfax
    March 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm
    I don’t have my hopes up on this one
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    True. If he really wanted it, he’d have used his pen. ;/

  126. Word of Erdogan now getting around? Very short video here.
    Turkish PM banned Twitter to cover up corruption’: Zaman editor

  127. Soros is the one who told Obama to transfer control of the internet to an international body. This is a direct assault on the United States power and sovereignty, pursuant to the Soros/Schmidt agenda to abolish sovereignty and substitute world government in its stead and place. Obama lacks the legal authority to do this, and it must be stopped at all cost. An emergency writ should be filed with the Supreme Court to enjoin this pre-emptive move pending a final determination of whether he has such authority. Of course, it all depends on that craven Roberts who wilts when the pressure is on. What a tragic state of affairs. In his time, Thucydides witnessed the decline of his nation, and that is what we are seeing now, thanks to Soros and his ilk.

  128. Pentagon Changes Special Forces Mission From Killing Or Capturing Terrorists To Gaining “Trust,” Elevating “Non-Lethal Skills”…

    Via Allen West:

    Thanks to movies like “Lone Survivor” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” America has a greater and fuller appreciation of our elite warriors of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). We know they are lethal shadow warriors who carry out dangerous and deadly missions.

    But that may be changing.

    According to a report from the National Review, there is a new mission statement for the unified Special Operations Forces: to achieve strategic outcomes by working with and through interagency and foreign partners to understand and influence relevant populations.

    Say what?

    More:
    http://weaselzippers.us/180517-pentagon-changes-special-forces-mission-from-killing-or-capturing-terrorists-to-gaining-trust-elevating-non-lethal-skills/

  129. EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands

    In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways.

    The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property.

    “The … rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history,” said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

    The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country’s so-called “intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands” — which are created during wet seasons, or simply after it rains, but are temporary.

    At issue is whether the smaller streams and wetlands are indeed part of the “waters of the United States.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/25/epa-land-grab-agency-claims-authority-over-more-streams-wetlands/

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