Obama’s War: The Horsesh*t Hits The Fan

Update: Scott Brown gets it – “You know, I thought a lot about this and I do support arming them. But I’m frustrated with the incoherent policy that led us to this point.”



That one ad is an attack on Obama’s illegal immigration amnesty plans combined with an attack on Obama’s weakness against terrorism along with a visual reminder about Brown’s military background designed to appeal to “security moms.” The tough and truthful ad ties Ebola Obama to Senator Shaheen.

Not tough? Barack Obama brought his brand of sleeping pills to the United Nations today. “Incoherent” and “weak” are insufficient to describe the bumbling drone. The president seems to be thinking that he’s playing a game of “Risk” with his high school friends in Hawaii.

Today’s UN soporific is proof that Obama is unhinged from reality. Obama demands that the world see things his way and if not… well… there will be another speech. And if bombs have to be dropped because of “security mom” votes needed to win in this November’s elections, so be it… but don’t worry ’cause Obama isn’t serious about force. Yeah, Obama rebukes Russia, demands action against ISIS, invokes Ferguson in UN speech but no world leader believes Obama or thinks Obama is relevant or trustworthy.

Wanna know who understands force? The guys that chop off heads understand force and fear. They laugh at Barack Obama.

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Hillary Clinton should have resigned. Leon Panetta should have resigned. The Joint chiefs should have resigned. Obama’s War should finally end the notion that any of the above should have resigned in protest or for whatever noble or principled reason.

Hillary, Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in normal times with a normal American president should have resigned in protest over the bumbling, stumbling, the lies, the boobery, the treacheries. But imagine if any of these had resigned in protest. What sycophant, what loon, what contrary-to-American-interests Samantha Power/Susan Rice types would Barack Obama have appointed in their stead? Picture a Ralph Nader in uniform promoted to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for some idea of that alternate future scenario.

Hillary and Bill Clinton, Leon Panetta, Bob Gates, the American military top brass all advised Barack Obama to arm the Syrian rebels at a time that Barack Obama made tough threats about “red lines”. Ted Cruz, with good reason, worried that Obama’s “red lines” would turn the United States air force into an pro-Al Qaeda air force.

The problem was that once Barack Obama made the “red line” threat he had to put up or shut up. Syria stepped over the “red lines” that led to an Obama display of his yellow streak and Obama blamed the world for his own empty words. The advice to arm Syrian “rebels” was a way to keep a threat, wise or unwise, by an American president credible. “Speak softly but carry a big stick” was perverted by Obama into “boast loudly and stroke a small flaccid dick”. The advice to arm Syrian “rebels” was a stinky fragrance out of a sewer of bad smells.

In a sense this advice was a variation of the smart Ronald Reagan strategy during the Iran/Iraq War of “arm the loser”. It is a strategy of “let them kill each other” and if anything good comes of this then good for us and let’s keep it going. Instead we are now involved in yet another exercise of nation-building. That is exactly what the left lionized Barack Obama would not do. Instead we have what David Gergen has called another version of the ObamaCare rollout.

At the time the allegedly “moderate” Syrian rebels could have been supplied with arms. Then it was a matter of what these alleged “moderates” did with those arms and a determination of who the “moderate” rebels were. By “moderates” the distinction is comparable to the East Coast versus West Coast fights of American rappers. Think “Bloods” versus “Crips”.

If the “moderates” turned out to be “moderates” in any sense then the arms could continue to flow. If supply of weapons to these “moderates” turned out to be a mistake then the supply of weapons could have been turned off quickly. That was the advice from Hillary, Panetta, Gates, and the Joint Chiefs.

Obama called that advice a “fantasy” and later “horsesh*t”. It was the kettle calling the pot black. Now Obama is become what Obama mocked. Obama policy is become what Obama derided.

Now we have the worst of all scenarios. Obama’s “fantasy” has become Obama’s War.

The first American president under the Constitution, George Washington, warned in his farewell address against foreign entanglements such as we face now in the Middle East. Any claim to clarity of purpose in Obama’s War is shattered by the intricate analyses of Shiites and Sunnis and factions within factions of terrorist groups and tribes and Imams and customs and sorts of lunacies we should not have anything to do with.

George W. Bush led the country into an unwise war in Iraq. The beneficiary of that war was Iran. The main beneficiary of Obama’s War is Assad of Syria as well as Putin of Russia. Iran is also smiling. There are plenty of oil despots also happy. America used to have client states in the Middle East to project our power and interests. Now, because of Barack Obama the United States is now the client state to despots and tyrants.

It was Obama’s yellow streak of cowardice that led to Obama’s War in Syria. This cannot be blamed on George W. Bush.

Because of Barack Obama’s appeasements, obeisance to Muslim despots, and sweet words to the “Muslim world” the darkest of dark forces have been let loose. ISIS is a genuine threat to the United States. ISIS is enabled by Barack Obama. No bomb drops will change the fact that ISIS was birthed and teated by Barack Obama who thought of them as junior varsity collegians he could entreat like a lonely faculty member in the Harvard cafeteria.

In 2008 Hillary Clinton and those of us who questioned Barack Obama’s lack of, or warped “naive” world view were attacked as racists. Now Politico goes full racist:

President Barack Obama is back at the United Nations this week, but the more peaceful world he saw emerging just a year ago is looking like a distant, even naive, dream.

“We’ve also worked to end a decade of war … shifting away from a perpetual war footing,” Obama told the U.N. delegates and fellow heads of state last September. “The world is more stable than it was five years ago.”

Just in the past few months, the rise of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group has lured the U.S. back into military action in the Mideast, Russia has annexed part of Ukraine and a deadly virus has rampaged across Africa, killing thousands and threatening to bring down governments there.

In each crisis, Obama has been faulted for dithering while the situation grew worse and turning aside opportunities to act in the hope of assembling an international response that has so far proved inadequate.

“He’s in a much worse position, without a doubt, than a year ago. … You’ve got a world on fire,” said former Mideast peace negotiator Aaron David Miller. “The presidency is all about managing disorder and unruliness and managing perceptions so that the world’s not seen as being in chaos. He’s not been able to convey a strategy for dealing for all this, so I think it’s much grimmer for him a year later.”

The left propped the bag of feces called Barack Obama as if it was a golden calf. Now the chickens have come home to roost:

Indeed, much of the past week was a reminder of foreign policy failures.

Last year, Obama pushed U.S. efforts to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict only to see peace talks fall apart and relations escalate into full-scale war as Israel responded to rocket attacks from Gaza with incursions by Israeli ground forces and artillery shelling.

Talks with Iran over its nuclear program are continuing in New York this week, but they may be headed for a kind of stalemate. The Obama administration is reportedly exploring stopgap measures that might satisfy it but seem unlikely to be palatable to Israel or its supporters on Capitol Hill.

And Tuesday, Obama is scheduled to speak at a U.N. session on climate change, an area in which his administration stumbled diplomatically early in his presidency and has since struggled to craft meaningful policies that can pass muster with Congress.

On Wednesday, the president delivers his main speech to the General Assembly before leading the Security Council meeting on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He’ll also host an event on open government before he wraps up his visit on Thursday with a high-level meeting on the Ebola epidemic.

This will be the second time Barack Obama assumes the role of king of the Security Council. No other American president has done this. Its as if Barack Obama does not want to be the American president anymore and has moved on to run the United Nations world. Obama should resign and move on to his new job at the East River.

The left will continue to applaud Barack Obama. Barack Obama – war-monger:

With his new offensive against Islamic State terrorists in Syria, Barack Obama has a chance to revive his presidency, but the only way he can do that is to become a brand-new president, one who will be almost unrecognizable to his supporters. Obama must go from being the president who was elected to end wars—his most treasured self-image—to the president who finally leads one effectively. [snip]

For Barack Obama, what is happening now no longer falls into the category of cleaning up old wars. This is no longer the war of the Afghan “surge,” which was mainly intended to end a war that was already underway. Or Obama’s aggressive policy of launching covert drone strikes and special operations missions against al Qaeda and its affiliates. This is a wholly new war, Obama’s very own, and it is out in the open.

War-monger Obama! “Hooray!” says the hypocrite left. Some of these loons even suggest that Barack Obama’s War is brilliant and all about the November American elections:

Even if the skeptics are right and the airstrikes prove insufficient to diminish the threat from ISIS the subsequent dispatch of American forces to do a time-limited job of clearing out the bad guys is likely to stir even more patriotic fervor.

The president’s leadership role during this fight has the potential to pump up his public approval and that will benefit several Democrats locked in close senate races. [snip]

An upswing in the president’s approval rating as the nation gets in line behind the commander-in-chief could tip the outcome of a political fight now based on voter turnout and last minute advertising.

The left on Obama’s War is the neo-cons they deplored when it was “Bush’s War”

Next up? Boots. More lies and broken promises by Barack Obama are next. Boots. Boots on the ground. Production for use. Boots.



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141 thoughts on “Obama’s War: The Horsesh*t Hits The Fan

  1. Admin: a truly superb analysis, which provides clarity on the central issue. This is Obama’s war, one that he bumbled into by ignoring the advice of qualified people. He is so fixated on destroying this nation domestically, that foreign policy decisions which could interfere with that agenda are cast to the back burner where his yellow streak will takes over. He is one yellow bellied sap sucker and his big media lap dogs can rot in hell.

  2. ISIS has no better friend in the world than Barack Hussein Obama.

    And, his co-conspirator the NYT.

    This odd couple birthed ISIS,

    They teated ISIS

    And they told us not to worry

    It may look to you like a monster

    But it is just junior varsity

    Not Kobe Bryant.

  3. Juan Williams is a fucking loon.

    October surprise?

    Give me a break.

    The public does not have its heart in this war.

    And what about the strong reservations expressed by the generals.

    And body bags coming back from the front do very little to stir the patriotism he talks about.

    They cause the war to become highly unpopular over night.

    Juan is delusional.

  4. The November election ploy will likely backfire on Obama:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/with-national-security-emerging-as-top-issue-candidates-adjust-strategies-20140922

    With National Security Emerging as Top Issue, Candidates Adjust Strategies
    In Arkansas, Democrats thought Tom Cotton’s hawkishness would be a major vulnerability. Now, it’s a late-breaking asset.

    The shifting politics of foreign policy has scrambled the calculations for both parties ahead of the November elections. It has put some Senate candidates, unaccustomed to talking about national security issues, in an uncomfortable position, while elevating others with military experience and foreign policy bona fides.

    Candidates’ past votes, comments, and even their biographies are emerging as huge opportunities in key Senate races—and glaring vulnerabilities in others. And in Arkansas, where Democrats hoped to exploit war-weariness among the public against hawkish GOP Senate nominee Tom Cotton, the Islamic State terrorism has suddenly changed the mood in the state and given the military veteran a clear political advantage.

    Cotton’s campaign has pounced on a vote taken earlier this summer by his opponent, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, to block aid to Syrian rebels. At the time, Pryor’s summertime maneuver looked like a clever ploy to draw a contrast with his challenger, who was a rare congressional voice calling for aggressive U.S. action in the Middle Eastern country.

    But last week, it was Pryor who was playing defense after he voted this week to train and equip Syrian fighters. Cotton’s campaign accused Pryor of flip-flopping, and said the vote demonstrated the Democrats’ “complete lack of seriousness.”

    The vote was evidence of a broader change in the race, which—when it began—looked in part a test of whether Cotton’s approach to foreign policy would alienate voters. A summer of international crises, punctuated by the beheadings of two American journalists, have upended that assumption, so much so that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the Pryor campaign has rejected including foreign policy as a topic in an upcoming showdown between Cotton and the senator. [snip]

    Cotton, a former infantryman in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is one of four Republican candidates with a military background running in a Senate battleground this year, joining Dan Sullivan in Alaska, Scott Brown in New Hampshire, and Joni Ernst in Iowa. Republicans haven’t drawn notice to their military-laden class of recruits, and until lately it hadn’t mattered much in the campaigns. But the emergence of foreign policy has thrust their background to the forefront and, in some cases, helped bolster their arguments. [snip]

  5. Oh, I am sorry, I failed to read the fine print.

    Juan assures us that throwing ourselves now into the cauldron created by Obama when he renounced our traditional role as the arbiter of religious factions will be a limited war.

    Or, more precisely, a limited war for limited objectives.

    As LBJ characterized Viet Nam.

    But much as he came to be despised, LBJ had one thing going for him that Obama does not.

    Vast experience in government, and a willingness to stay focused on the nation’s problems.

  6. If Obama was concerned about the terrorist threat to this nation, he would seal the border immediately and he would renounce his commitment to provided amnesty for 20 million law breakers, some of whom the law of probability tells us have terrorist ties.

  7. Cotton, a former infantryman in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is one of four Republican candidates with a military background running in a Senate battleground this year, joining Dan Sullivan in Alaska, Scott Brown in New Hampshire, and Joni Ernst in Iowa.
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    Is that not the real point.

    If the public has its heart in this war, then that sentiment will inure to the benefit of Republicans rather than Obama.

    That fox news jackass stilwell, never considers that possibility. All he wonders about is whether it will help Obama because it will stir a patriotic rallying around him.

    To me, that is just nuts.

    As Admin points out, this war is one of Obama’s making.

    Some October surprise Juan–you idiot.

  8. This bullshit is so typical of the political class, and their crony capitalist allies. When the fuck something up all by themselves, like failing to nip ISIS in the bud, or failing to act upon prior knowledge that a housing bubble was forming and when a tipping point occurs where everything they did and failed to do goes blatto, then, all of a sudden it becomes our problem–meaning the problem of the American People, and now we are supposed to line up single file and march behind the same people who created the problem in the first place, and tell us it was never their fault. The border mess will yield the same result. It is only a matter of time. Fuck. Them.

  9. Last night the United States and the Coalition of the Useless launched the first round of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. It was a predominantly American affair but a handful of Arab states tagged along as window dressing:

    The attack was carried out using a mixture of warplanes dropping bombs, remotely piloted aircraft and ships firing cruise missiles.

    Aircraft from several Arab states took part in the attack. They were: Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Defense Department.

    Notably absent from the strike packages were aircraft from Britain, France, Germany, or Turkey.

    Let’s review the bidding. After destabilizing the region by a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq over the objections of his military and civilian advisers and by encouraging and arming rebels against Syria’s Bashar Assad and waiting for a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions to materialize, Obama has finally acted… albeit without the approval of Congress. And he has acted in a way that is least likely to have any significant impact: airstikes that are not coordinated with a ground offensive against a target that is very low tech and highly mobile.

    Predictably, the major media got onboard. For example AP.

  10. The headline in NYT this morning?

    Weeks of American bombing in Iraq fails to dislodge ISIS.

    That right there should be enough to impeach the credibility of the messiah who aims to fight ISIS (started to write Issa) with air strikes and no boots on the ground.

    We would not be in this position if Obama had done his job. The public needs to understand this, so none of the support for the troops sticks to him.

  11. Obama’s Children’s Crusade

    by Larry Johnson

    We never learn a damn thing. Can you remember all of the excitement and breathless reporting that accompanied the first air strikes in Baghdad way back in March of 2003? Despite all of the political spin and cheerleading bullshit at the time, the actual effect of those air strikes was modest and inconsequential. Here we are again. The White House spin machine is in full gear and insisting the United States has won a great victory with a magnificent international coalition.

    Horseshit!!

    Obama has cut a deal with Saudi Arabia–he’s promising to get rid of Bashir Assad in exchange for Saudi political cover in going after ISIS. Don’t believe me, just listen to Obama. He just finished his “address” to the world justifying his latest war crime. He specifically states that:

    … we will move forward with our plans, supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress, to ramp up our effort to train and equip the Syrian opposition, who are the best counterweight to ISIL and the Assad regime.

    What the hell are we doing? This is a most dangerous time. Not a single person surrounding Obama at the White House has military or intelligence experience of any consequence. Their sole concern is domestic politics and the are oblivious to the international implications of what they are doing.

    The incompetence surrounding Obama is profound. We do not even have a decent junior varsity team. We have the Estrogen Squad–Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Valerie Jarret. As some analysts have properly noted, notwithstanding almost 200 strikes by US bombers over the last 6 weeks, ISIS/ISIL remains firmly in control of vast swaths of Iraq. The bombing is not shifting the campaign on the ground. The Kurds and the Iraq Army are having no measurable success in ousting the muslim extremists.

    If we are actually striking ISIS/ISIL positions with effect then we are acting as the Air Force for Syria. (I would actually support such a move.) But our most of our Arab allies in this misadventure–Saudi Arabia, Qatar–are pushing to get rid of Assad and helped fund and create ISIS.

    Meanwhile, Turkey, the other great enabler of muslim extremists, continues to sit on the sideline and refuses to grant the United States access to airfields for conducting operations against ISIS/ISIL.

    Should also be an interesting discussion at the Security Council. Cannot wait to see what the Russians have to say about carrying out air strikes in another country without the permission of that country’s leaders. The so-called alliance with the Arab nations is cynical window dressing. Nothing more.

    If you are reading here then you must understand what is the real issue with respect to ISIS/ISIL. This is first and foremost a sectarian war. Shia versus Sunni. In that regard, the armies of Syria, Iran and Iraq are fighting ISIS/ISIL. An important subtext is the Persian versus Arab conflict. The Arab states in the Persian Gulf initiated the growth of ISIS and other radical muslim groups as part of a broader strategy to dislodge Iran. What Obama and his team have failed to grasp is that they cannot preserve a strong, functional Iraq without strengthening Iran. Iraq and Iran, despite the ethnic difference of Arab versus Persian, is bound more tightly by the theology of Shiism.

    I will be watching with great interest what ISIS/ISIL does in the coming weeks. They can really force Obama’s hand if they invade Baghdad. That will be a game changer.

    When is the Nobel Committee going to demand that Obama return his ill-gotten Peace Prize?

  12. “Notably absent from the strike packages were aircraft from Britain, France, Germany”

    Why?

    “Obama has cut a deal with Saudi Arabia–he’s promising to get rid of Bashir Assad in exchange for Saudi political cover in going after ISIS.”

    How?

    Not a single person surrounding Obama at the White House has military or intelligence experience of any consequence. Their sole concern is domestic politics and they are oblivious to the international implications of what they are doing.

  13. Obama’s actions are in violation of the Constitution–congress has the power to declare war, and of the UN Charter–conducting air strikes against a sovereign nation (Syria) without a declaration of war.

  14. Saudi Arabia promoted Obama, by getting him into Harvard Law School and funding his political campaign through cut out donors abroad. So did Soros. Now, both of them are calling in their chips. Saudi Arabia on deposing Assad. Soros on open borders, climate change, and the micro targeting project that he is secretly funding.

  15. OH HELL YES, ADMIN!!!!

    Just starting to read your wonderful post up top, and I love it when your give it to him!!

  16. The Peace Prize ‘winning’ War Clown pushes America over the cliff.

    What about all the innocents and our children in the service that are at the mercy of O’DumbAss and his nitwit ideas?

    What the Hell does Obama have to do to get kicked out of office?

    Where are the big talking Republicans? Oh, that’s right, they are only interested in impeachment when it comes to SEX!

  17. Another (indirect) Bill Clinton slap at Obama:

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-bill-clinton-outlines-100-day-agenda-for-next-president-20140922-story.html

    Rose questioned Clinton about why people consider him to be “the best political animal that’s ever been in American politics.”

    “I don’t know if that’s true or not. But to be really good at this, you’ve got to like people; you’ve got to like policy; and you’ve got to like politics,” Clinton said. “You’ve got to have a pain threshold.”

  18. Big media has convinced the American People that the heart of this conflict is Muslim vs Christian, but in truth it is a battle between the monarchical Shiites and the more plebian Sunni religious sects. This is a conflict between the Sunni goal to establish an Arab caliphate and the Shiite desire to establish a Persian empire over roughly the same turf and beyond. It is rooted in history and religion. The despotic leaders who ran the region before Carter’s naïve push for democracy which eventuated in the overthrow of the shah, with British help shortly after he told them that they would not get the same sweetheart deal on oil in the future, kept things stable. He would have never have allowed the Taliban to get a foothold. And now Obama has made the same mistake as Carter, overthrowing despots like Mubarack and the head of Libya in favor of this arab spring bullshit. As we sew so shall we reap. I was told by an Iranian friend today that the peoole of Iran love the United States, and the two contending religious factions hate eachoher more than they hate either the US or Israel.

  19. If Obama had been smart, he would have made a deal with Assad and assisted him in wiping out ISIS. Instead at the bidding of Saudi Arabi (who got him into Harvard law school and funded his campaign) he is aiding the al Quaeda and Isis forces (until recently, which is why he sought to minimize them as junior varsity until they started lopping off the heads of journalist (how did they miss AP?) which are trying to overthrow him. The Soros/Zeib crew of the CIA is also mixed up in this, and oil is at the bottom of it. It-is-a-cluster-fuck. If we want to stop illegal immigration then some wag should lop off a couple AP reporter heads south of the border, so Obama can commence bombing operations against Mexico, to follow through on the logic of all this. It is wrong.

  20. If this is what drives public reaction anymore it is sad. How many Americans die per week in Chicago and we hear nothing about it.

  21. The other thing to bear in mind in deciphering the irrational foreign policy of Obama:

    In Iraq, under Saddam we had a Sunni minority ruling a Shia majority with an iron hand, and the man we installed to replace him was a Shia and he punished to Sunnis, which is why they have revolted. And now that horses ass and Mr. Ed look alike Carey expects the lion and the lamb to lie down with eachother in a governing coalition.

    In Syria, we have the opposite situation under Assad, namely a Shia minority ruling over a Sunni majority with an iron hand, while Sunni Saudi Arabia supports the rebels and Shia Iran supports Assad, and Putin worries about his own southern border.

    In Libya, we had Shia Gadaffi ruling over a Sunni majority with an iron hand, and Saudi Arabia aiding the rebels who overthrew Gadaffi, producing a state of civil war.

    When you preach democracy and Arab spring in an environment like this the last thing you will end up with is democracy. What you will get is needless slaughter, regional instability and worse.

    People say Obama has no foreign policy and that is why he is a failure. I say he has a foreign policy, it is exactly that, and that is why he is a failure. He and his entourage are rank amateurs.

  22. Jb, I fail to see how this can help the democrats. If you look at what is happening it is working the other way. It has given a shot in the arm to the other party in two key senate races Iowa and Arkansas–Joanie Ernst and Tom Tillis. I think the polls show that. What is more, it should increase public concerns over border security which are now at risk given Obama’s open door policies.

    Now that is being logical. The problem is the electorate is not. And believe me my friend I have no answer for that. They lack critical thinking skills, want freebees and shudder at things that go bump in the night. Perfect rubes. They are being swindled and they are too dumb to realize it.

    I will be going off line now for several days.

  23. It’s gonna take me a few more readings … everytime I see Sunni and Shiite in same sentence, confusion reigns. 🙁 Nonetheless TY admin.
    In the meantime, and for the record:
    O, bomber! Obama bombs 7th country in 6 years
    Published time: September 23, 2014 20:01
    Edited time: September 24, 2014 02:49
    American jets hit targets in Syria on Tuesday in the US-led fight against Islamic State. Although the US has not declared war since 1942, this is the seventh country that Barack Obama, the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize, has bombed in as many years. Snip
    http://rt.com/usa/190048-usa-bombing-six-country/

  24. Obama is at the UN. He’s in “inspirational” mode. Obama thinks it is 2008 and people still listen to him and faint.

  25. Why Obama is doing what Obama is doing (this was collected before the attacks on Syria):

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/388704/obama-slumps-35-latest-approval-poll-brendan-bordelon

    Obama Slumps to 35 in Latest Approval Poll

    Barack Obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance even as he leads the nation into a war against Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East.

    Fifty-eight percent of Americans expressed disapproval of the White House’s current occupant — 37 percent of them “strongly.” Just 17 percent strongly approved of Obama’s current performance. The poll is based on a five-day rolling average.

    The White House has struggled under a series of escalating foreign-policy crises, at times appearing to flail for a response to Islamic State brutality and the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine. The poll likely does not reflect reaction to the administration’s broad air attack on Islamic State targets in Syria, conducted Monday night and slated to continue for the foreseeable future.

  26. Bill Clinton again at the opposite policy as Obama who wants to make this a major issue for November 2014:

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/09/23/?entry=476

    When asked whether inversions — the practice of American companies acquiring a small overseas rival and reincorporating abroad to lower their tax bills — are unpatriotic, as many critics say, Mr. Clinton said that publicly traded companies, in particular, “feel duty bound to pay the lowest taxes they can pay.”

    “I should make full disclosure here,” Mr. Clinton told CNBC’s Becky Quick. “I signed and supported the bill that raised the corporate taxes in America to the level they are now.”

    But, he said it was a different environment when he was in office. “We were deciding we had to reduce the deficit to get interest rates down and spark an investment boom in America, and it worked,” Mr. Clinton said.

    The former president added that it’s Treasury Secretary Jacob L. Lew’s job to get as much revenue as possible from corporations, but that the tax rate should not be higher than the average rate of countries in the the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or O.E.C.D.

    “We have the highest overall corporate tax rates in the world, and we are now the only O.E.C.D. country that also taxes overseas earnings,” Mr. Clinton said. “A lot of these executives, even if they wanted to bring the money home, they think this is crazy.”

  27. Barack Obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance even as he leads the nation into a war against Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East.
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    Which would indicate that his wag the dog policy lauded by the always brilliant Juan Williams as the October surprise is not getting off to a good start. Perhaps the open conflict he is having with his generals over whether the goal of this projection of military power should be to defeat ISIS, or to simply prevent a Republican take over of the Senate is preventing the public from rallying around the so called Commander In Chief. Big media is promoting this war with no idea where it will lead, and when it goes south they will cut and run, like he will. Then they can both tell the Saudis we love you but if it has to be one of us that takes the hit its gonna be you. At that point big media will praise him for showing he cannot be pushed around. There is no end to the excuses those cocksuckers can come up with to justify his incompetence and malfeasance. That is because they are part of it.

  28. Lattee salutes, birkshire designed combat boots, some commander in chief he is. He makes Andre Nevarre, commander of the French Garrison at Dien Bin Phu who had his own chef, a harem, and lost French Viet Nam to the Communists look, like a stoic.

  29. Time for another well earned vacation.

    I worry that he is working too hard.

    Marth’s vineyard was four weeks ago.

    Again it beckons.

    But the timing depends on when Soros.

    As always, he sends his man Wolf (UBC) into that venue.

    To play golf with Obama and give him his marching orders.

    Far from the madding crowd.

    I have been watching and count five times this has happened.

  30. this was collected before the attacks on Syria
    ———–
    Sorry, I missed that parenthetical note.

    The rest of the comment stands.

    Since we are in a state of perpetual war, the public has become de senstitized to it.

  31. CURRENT ARTICLE
    Barack’s Bullshit, Useless, Illegal Bombing Campaign in Syria
    By Larry Johnson on September 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM in Current Affairs

    You cannot make this up. Per the Pentagon briefer today–a three star Army General–we launched a $1.4 million dollar cruise missile to take out a $5,000 antennae array on top of a building in Syria. Yeah, that’s cost effective.

    The absurdity of the Obama war will become increasingly apparent in the coming weeks. ISIS/ISIL will continue to advance and, despite the delusional claims of great international support, the US effort will fail to deliver a fatal blow to the muslim extremists now in control of a large swath of Iraq and Syria.

    Pressure on the US, from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to do something about Syria’s Assad will grow. ISIS/ISIL is laughing its ass off at the feckless pinpricks launched by Obama, who talks tough but is failing to degrade the ISIS/ISIL capabilities.

    With each passing hour the Information Operation aka IO theme becomes more transparent. When you have White House mouth pieces and retired General Jack Keane spinning the same nonsense, you know you are getting the theme. Both the White House and Keane are celebrating the bombings in Syria as a great achievement because it represents “Sunnis bombing Sunnis.” And we are told that a group no one had been touting was now on the verge of an “imminent” attack. That’s a goddamn lie.

    Sunnis bombing in Syria gets sold back in Sunni land as a bombing against an Alawite enemy, not a Sunni enemy. The only Sunni regime genuinely worried about ISIS/ISIL is Jordan.

    And then we have the manufactured justification of the Khourasan Group poised to launch attacks (unspecified) on the United States. That is the bogus fig leaf used to justify this attack. Hitler and his henchman set fire to the Reichstag in order to justify an invasion of Poland in 1939. Just consider the an updated version of the Reichstag fire. A total hoax.

  32. Update: Scott Brown gets it – “You know, I thought a lot about this and I do support arming them. But I’m frustrated with the incoherent policy that led us to this point.”



    That one ad is an attack on Obama’s illegal immigration amnesty plans combined with an attack on Obama’s weakness against terrorism along with a visual reminder about Brown’s military background designed to appeal to “security moms.” The tough and truthful ad ties Ebola Obama to Senator Shaheen.

    Not tough? Barack Obama brought his brand of sleeping pills to the United Nations today. “Incoherent” and “weak” are insufficient to describe the bumbling drone. The president seems to be thinking that he’s playing a game of “Risk” with his high school friends in Hawaii.

    Today’s UN soporific is proof that Obama is unhinged from reality. Obama demands that the world see things his way and if not… well… there will be another speech. And if bombs have to be dropped because of “security mom” votes needed to win in this November’s elections, so be it… but don’t worry ’cause Obama isn’t serious about force. Yeah, Obama rebukes Russia, demands action against ISIS, invokes Ferguson in UN speech but no world leader believes Obama or thinks Obama is relevant or trustworthy.

    Wanna know who understands force? The guys that chop off heads understand force and fear. They laugh at Barack Obama.

    ———————————————————

  33. I think Larry’s analysis is sound. Very much so. The proof is in the pudding. Look at how effective air strikes against ISIS have been in Iraq. The NYT headline from yesterday makes clear that after weeks of bombing, they have not been dislodged. It has been like this ever since the aerial bombings of WWII. And when the enemy retreats into major population centers, whatever capacity they have to degrade enemy forces is neutralized, and as our surrogates continue to get their assess kicked the call for troops on the ground is inevitable. From a strategic standpoint, the whole plan is fatally flawed and we are doing the bidding others. There is no military victory or political victory to be had here for the dims.

  34. admin

    September 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Update: Scott Brown gets it – “You know, I thought a lot about this and I do support arming them. But I’m frustrated with the incoherent policy that led us to this point.”
    ————–
    Excellent.

  35. We cannot allow politics to stop at the waters edge.

    That formulation is obsolete.

    It is the policies that got us into this no win situation that should be the grist for political accountability.

    Not the fireworks and false bravado of assholes like Peter King (R-Ny)

  36. Finally, Obama admits to the world what he is:

    Obama Acknowledges He Is An International Embarrassment

    He wanted us to think he was talking about Ferguson, the thug who attacked the convenience store employee,then the cop who shot him, the media that shouted fire in a crowded theater, and Holders agent provocateur role.

    But the world knows better.

    Obama is the international embarrassment and our erstwhile allies are voting with their feet.

  37. Shirley ( 88 & computer-less ) has just notified that TV is playing up Obama’s latte salute. I’m sure hoping it was not a photo shop.

  38. admin
    September 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    ——–The best part of the video was – replace Boner with Jeff Probst!

    Survivor is on tonight, YES!

  39. That Chris Czilla guy already has long knife out for Hillary.

    Having lost contact with the board for so long can I ask for any info on ABM90 … I remember this poster from way back, elderly.

  40. Many great posters here. As the mid terms approach and 2016 gets closer I am sure many will be posting . Hoping all are well.

  41. There are no good guys to arm in the Middle East except for Israel…

    This is a bad move. This dumb as will just keep arming them regardless of the outcome and our heros will pay the ultimate price.

    Too little, too late.

  42. A last-minute PAC supporting a GOP senate majority has broken through. Announcement via mail:
    Jeff Bell, Republican Nominee for United States Senate, New Jersey joins Senator Mike Lee and Congressman James Lankford in supporting a new initiative, Winning The Senate, an organization exclusively dedicated to securing a Republican majority in the United States Senate. Democrats are not passive in their efforts to fundamentally transform America. And we cannot stop them with a passive approach; the opportunity is far too grand, and the stakes far too high. The time for action is now. I am committed to changing the course of history. Are you? Jeff
    and
    wbboei’s if it is rotten it is from the head down theory turned up in PA. Dem Katie McGinty who ran against Dem gubernatorial nominee in the May primary now heads his PAC. http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-23/news/54244375_1_democrat-tom-wolf-corbett-marcellus-shale

    Do you think there is a a law against this, or does it just stink?

  43. Sure foxy. I’ve been rooting around that PA election business over Wolf and McGinty. Found enough to merit a state post card.
    Obama is not only a 40 minute boob, but all over this country like chicken sh!t. And that is my justification for sharing this partial blog writing which huff n puff even deigned to cross post. August 2013.
    Pennsylvania Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Kathleen “Katie” McGinty, has hired powerful PRfirm SKDKnickerbocker for her campaign’s communications efforts.
    SKDKnickerbocker – once known as Squier Knapp Dunn – is co-owned by President Barack Obama’s former Communications Director Anita Dunn and a member of Obama’s national media team for his 2008 run for President, Bill Knapp. Both Dunn and Knapp previously did PR for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 run for President, as well.
    One of SKDKnickerbocker’s key clients is TransCanada, owner of the KeystoneXL tar sands export pipeline.
    Another key SKDKnickerbocker client: Association of American Railroads, that industry’s version of the American Petroleum Institute. Rail is an increasingly viable alternative to pipelines for bringing tar sands – and fracked oil – to market.
    Both McGinty and Dunn also have key marital connections with skin in the game for the looming decision over the prospective northern half of Keystone XL: Karl Hausker and Robert “Bob” Bauer, respectively.
    http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/08/15/keystone-xl-influence-peddling-web-extends-pa-governor-race-katie-mcginty

    [Did you remember that kathleen is now head of Wolf’s “Fresh Start” PAC?]

  44. FINALLY THAT BASTARD IS GONE…..HOPE HE’S NOT ANGLING FOR SCOTUS.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/25/351363171/eric-holder-to-step-down-as-attorney-general?

    Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

    Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear that he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

    …………………

    GOOD RIDDANCE, DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE ASS ON THE WAY OUT.

  45. On the Holder resignation, the pertinent question is: why now? And do not believe the tripe he puts out claiming to have accomplished everything he set out to do, and the bear hug from his wimpy boss. Obama should save his bear hugs for the Russian bear–and get crushed. Or, he can merely stay the course which leads inevitably to the same result. Now, watch the left try to portray this coward as a war president, with article like Obama at war, limited war, but war which will establish lasting peace and tranquility in the middle east with no boots on the ground. Another example of soft landings and immaculate conceptions from our big media beloved post racial post bush post American middle class commander in chief. This is theater of the absurd, which is why the electorate is likely to swallow it.

  46. Larry and I see it the same way.

    ———————

    Obama’s True Lies

    By Larry Johnsongravatar

    on September 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM in Current Affairs

    on September 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM in Current Affairs

    So, which is it? ISIS/ISIL, with over 30,000 fanatics under arms, are not as dangerous as the Khorasan Group, which has about 50 people. Seriously? Reminds me of this great scene from True Lies:

    Looks like Obama has adopted the Bush fear fantasy in a desperate bid to bolster his sagging domestic political fortune. What next? The “Black Sand Spider of Death?”

    Today’s theme is fighting “terrorist” financing. These clowns still do not get it. This is not about financing terrorism. ISIS/ISIL is a de facto state. They have at least $500 million and more likely exceed $1 billion dollars in assets. They hold territory. They control natural resources.

    Obama has painted himself into a corner. He insists that no US “boots” on the ground is a permanent fact. Yet, in the coming months, the number of US soldiers and marines will continue to grow. Their mission will expand. But the restriction on what they can do will only make them targets while preventing any significant in roads against the political and military strength of ISIS/ISIL. The ISIS/ISIL fanatics are not interested in accommodating the rest of the world. The expect the sinners of the world to repent and embrace their truth. Otherwise, they should die.

    We just do not get it.

    Let me illustrate the cluelessness of this ass clown Obama. Here’s a snippet from his UN speech:

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order. Here are the facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt President fled. Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.

    Now, let me substitute America for Russia and Syria for Ukraine and Damascus for Kiev. Only, I’ll accurately present the facts of what has transpired in Syria. What do you think:

    America’s actions in Syria challenge this post-war order. Here are the facts. Funded by the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and America, Sunnis in Syria rose in revolt against the Government of Bashir Assad. Against the will of the government in Damascus, eastern Syria was annexed by radical Sunnis. America poured arms into Eastern Syria, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When Syria started to reassert control over its territory, America gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border and launched air strikes.

    Putin must be laughing his ass off at the idiocy and blindness of Obama.

  47. Who is his intended audience, when he gives us the kind of tripe we see in his UN speech. It has got to be academics and big media who have no grasp of reality. This bullshit of a new world order which Putin, and others are challenging today, is purely an academic construct, and even if there were such a thing, nothing is permanent, and everyhting is in a constant state of evolution. I can understand how the financial interests who installed Obama might want to believe in this academic construct, but even at that you have China which refuses to play ball, and nationalistic impulses across the world which rebel against the imposition of this new world order. As far as I care to look ahead, this world will be a chaotic place. If you cut through the bullshit of this fucking Obama (which is the two words that go together like the old viceroy commercial–the deep weave filter and the viceroy blend, viceroy’s got it at both ends) THIS is reality:

    ” The future of the world has been privatized, monetized and converted into a source of profit. An entire corporate sector is dedicated to commoditizing and modeling it. Our financial markets take the future as a determinant of present value in a way that was not true a century ago. THIS MONEY DRIVEN FUTURE HAS CROWDED OUT THE CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE OF THE PUBLIC GOOD, in the calculations of our political elites. (snip) Society has given way to a world of individuals who come together as consumers of goods and information. They trust the Internet more than they trust big media, or their political representatives. Governing institutions have lost site of the collective values of res publica–the public good. The heads of state flock to the UN and the world’s financial elites flock to Davos to talk about meaningful reform and pay homage to corporate sponsorship of these events. Our representatives continue to hand over power to experts and self interested regulators in the name of efficient governance while a highly skeptical public looks on. THE IDEA OF GOVERNING THE WORLD IS BECOMING YESTERDAY’S DREAM.”

  48. Holder resigning…’why now!?!…indeed

    something very fishy about this timing…with the USA under threat…and all that is going on…he was just talking about how he and O monitored this latest eminent threat to the homeland…and he just decides now is the timet to go…

    something going on

  49. Yesterday, I went walking on the beach of Discovery Park, looking for a lamp with a genie in it so I could ask to be transformed into a clone of Richard Rodriguez, who has the uncanny ability to read ever situations with a degree of clarity, insight and brilliance second to none. Didn’t find the lamp. But I did find this article–which sheds new light on why Holder is leaving, with everything else going on why he and the jackass he works for are still harping about Ferguson like the world gives a shit about that, and why Obama’s presidency is in ruins. Here is his masters voice on those pertinent subjects. His explanation transcends the conventional its all about the November election which is the only explanation big media understands because they are corrupt and it is where they make their money. The American People however, meaning the sentient ones, have a bigger stake in this ergo to them the truth matters:

    The End of Eric Holder

    By Richard Rodriguez

    September 25th, 2014 – 9:27 am

    Eric Holder has suddenly announced his retirement, declaring it was time to rebuild trust between police and minorities. USA Today writes, “Holder has expressed no specific plans for retirement. But after visiting Ferguson, Missouri last month, he told friends and colleagues he wants to help rebuild trust between police and minority communities.” The Attorney General said he would stay on until his successor was confirmed.

    The word “Ferguson” came up in another context recently. President Obama, speaking at the UN to seek support to fight ISIS in the world, compared that evil to Ferguson as well.

    I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.

    Ferguson is more than a small town. It is now a political bomb shelter. Both Holder and Obama are running for cover in the only place they know how to hide. For a storm is now fairly upon them. The new Iraqi prime minister announced the existence of an ISIS plot to attack subways in New York, London and Paris.

    Foreign Policy writes that “a bad moon is rising”. David Rothkopf says that behind the presidents confident words at UN the panic and disarray was palpable. Obama is trying to minimize a crisis that if anything, is going to grow.

    But offstage, the discussions about all these issues had a dramatically different tone. It was doubtful and largely pessimistic.

    When Obama spoke of dismantling IS’s “network of death,” regional diplomats worried anew that he was overly focused on one terrorist group when they saw the problem as rapidly spreading violent extremism, a threat not just in Iraq and Syria but stretching from Mali to Nigeria to the Horn of Africa, from Libya to Egypt to Gaza to Syria and Iraq, from the Gulf to Afghanistan, Pakistan to China. They worried the U.S. president who was touting his own progress combatting al Qaeda had failed to realize that in overly focusing on one group he opened the door to a spread and proliferation of terror threats that made extremism far more prevalent and dangerous today than at any time in history. Obama spoke of tackling extremism but described it as a generational threat that the people of the region or “the civilized peoples of this world” must combat over time. To one listener from a country burdened by refugees from the war in Syria, this was “a sign that he thought this was too big a problem to deal with, that he was pushing it off into the future.” Another Arab diplomat said to me, “The president is trying to win by defining the problem as narrowly as possible. It makes it more manageable.”

    But ISIS is just the tip of iceberg. Obama is facing comprehensive catastrophe in the Middle East. Obama’s Arab backers, writes the Daily Beast, may draw him deeper into the flames and in particular into the divisions between the rulers and their restive subjects.

    The backing from Gulf countries for the military intervention against militants of the so-called Islamic State in northern Syria, far from helping the United States in the battle for hearts and minds, may actually be hurting Washington in the region. And the reasons for that suggest just how densely complicated the Mideast quagmire has become.

    While the participation of the super-rich Gulf monarchies in a coalition against the group widely known as ISIS or ISIL may help with some moderate Muslims, and may reassure European leaders, among those Islamists inside and outside Syria who are at the core of the opposition to President Bashar al Assad this development is viewed with deep suspicion.

    Even Democrats, writes Neil MacDonald of CBC News, don’t know where Obama is going with this. Tom Friedman, who is a bellweather of the inner weathers if nothing else, basically says that Obama can’t win against ISIS. Not that is, without repudiating himself root and branch. And not without getting smack dab in the midst of the Islamic civil war.

    The tension arises because ISIS is a killing machine, and it will take another killing machine to search it out and destroy it on the ground. There is no way the “moderate” Syrians we’re training can alone fight ISIS and the Syrian regime at the same time. Iraqis, Turkey and the nearby Arab states will have to also field troops.

    After all, this is a civil war for the future of both Sunni Islam and the Arab world. We can degrade ISIS from the air — I’m glad we have hit these ISIS psychopaths in Syria — but only Arabs and Turks can destroy ISIS on the ground. Right now, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stands for authoritarianism, press intimidation, crony capitalism and quiet support for Islamists, including ISIS. He won’t even let us use our base in Turkey to degrade ISIS from the air. What’s in his soul? What’s in the soul of the Arab regimes who are ready to join us in bombing ISIS in Syria, but rule out ground troops?

    Obama’s presidency is in ruins. Holder is heading for the hills. The only question is, can he reach the safety of a “we can overcome chorus” before the terrible wave of consequences overtakes him?

  50. Great news regarding Holder. Now some more fun:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/presente-action-latino-vote_n_5877198.html

    A major Latino organization announced plans Tuesday to encourage Hispanic voters to think twice before casting a ballot for four Democratic senators currently seeking re-election in key swing states.

    Presente Action issued a statement Tuesday to say it would target four Democrats who the group says have opposed immigration reform. The group cited the senators’ support for a procedural vote held last week that the group says amounted to a vote against expanded deportation relief for undocumented immigrants.

    The four Democrats are Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).

    While the senators did not actually vote to oppose executive action on immigration, they joined Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in pushing for a vote on amendments that would have restricted the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and prevented any expansion of executive action on immigration. The measure failed 50 to 50, with every Republican, along with five Democrats, supporting it.

    Obama Dims thought race-baiting on Latino issues would help them. Chickens… roost.

  51. Obama’s presidency is in ruins. Holder is heading for the hills. The only question is, can he reach the safety of a “we can overcome chorus” before the terrible wave of consequences overtakes him?
    ———————
    No. He cannot escape the consequences of the chaos that he and his boss have created. It is impossible. Nor, for that matter, can the denizons of big media, who, by their own admission, are “part of this administration, insiders, etc.”)

  52. Holder resigning

    Why now?

    – Could Trey have stated to tighten the noose behind the scenes?

    – Holder is one of the only people still left in the O’administration, things must suck big time for the bros

    – What great job was offered to him?

    – Now that Barry’s shield is bailing out, will the empty suit be more exposed?

  53. Plausible:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/25/eric-holders-resignation-is-all-about-the-midterms-but-who-benefits-more/

    Eric Holder’s decision to resign is the clearest indication yet that the White House believes there is a real possibility that Democrats will lose control of Congress in the coming midterm elections. If the GOP were to take control of the Senate with Holder in place as AG, he would likely have to serve in that role for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

    Holder has, however, said that he intends to remain in his post until his replacement is confirmed. Even if Republicans take control of the Senate after the November elections, there will be a push to confirm Obama’s new nominee in the lame duck session. A confirmation fight over the supremely important post of attorney general looms, and it will probably not be a fight tackled by the 114th Congress’s Senate. Nevertheless, the politics of a confirmation fight is likely aimed squarely at the midterm electorate. Republicans and Democrats both stand to benefit from this shot in the arm.

    Race-baiting for fun and profit.

  54. The following passage draws into high relief the true nature of the messiah. He is the anti Cruz, meaning that if Ted is what he claims to be, namely the defender of the American People which is why big media who is an extension of those elites seeks to destroy him, then Obama is the oppressor of the American People and the puppet of the elites–and by the elites, I mean the trust fund babies, the corporate bureaucrats, the permanent political class comprised of politicians lobbyists staffers industry groups and big media who is their mouthpiece.
    —————
    Ferguson is more than a small town. It is now a political bomb shelter. Both Holder and Obama are running for cover in the only place they know how to hide. For a storm is now fairly upon them. The new Iraqi prime minister announced the existence of an ISIS plot to attack subways in New York, London and Paris.

    Foreign Policy writes that “a bad moon is rising”. David Rothkopf says that behind the presidents confident words at UN the panic and disarray was palpable. Obama is trying to minimize a crisis that if anything, is going to grow.

    But offstage, the discussions about all these issues had a dramatically different tone. It was doubtful and largely pessimistic.

    When Obama spoke of dismantling IS’s “network of death,” regional diplomats worried anew that he was overly focused on one terrorist group when they saw the problem as rapidly spreading violent extremism, a threat not just in Iraq and Syria but stretching from Mali to Nigeria to the Horn of Africa, from Libya to Egypt to Gaza to Syria and Iraq, from the Gulf to Afghanistan, Pakistan to China. They worried the U.S. president who was touting his own progress combatting al Qaeda had failed to realize that in overly focusing on one group he opened the door to a spread and proliferation of terror threats that made extremism far more prevalent and dangerous today than at any time in history. Obama spoke of tackling extremism but described it as a generational threat that the people of the region or “the civilized peoples of this world” must combat over time. To one listener from a country burdened by refugees from the war in Syria, this was “a sign that he thought this was too big a problem to deal with, that he was pushing it off into the future.” Another Arab diplomat said to me, “The president is trying to win by defining the problem as narrowly as possible. It makes it more manageable.”

    But ISIS is just the tip of iceberg. Obama is facing comprehensive catastrophe in the Middle East. Obama’s Arab backers, writes the Daily Beast, may draw him deeper into the flames and in particular into the divisions between the rulers and their restive subjects.

  55. “He is the anti Cruz, meaning that if Ted is what he claims to be, namely the defender of the American People…”
    ****
    When Cruz introduced the legislation to revoke the passports of US ISIS fighters, he caused me wonder how deep is his defense of the Constitution. Is he turning into another Rubio? The Republicans were very happy to tear up the Constitution post 911 for Bush/Cheney and now complain when Obama/Holder extend the abuse. I suspect that if the Dems thought they had majorities through 2020, they would support passport confiscation, especially for Climate Change “deniers” and other Social Justice obstructionists who want to travel outside of the US.

  56. SHV

    September 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm
    ———–
    As a general matter, there is no appreciable difference between establishment dims and establishment rethugs. The political wisdom on that point, among the cognoscenti is clear. The only difference is which group of interests will be rewarded. When Howard Dean said “This is our turn to rule” what he really meant is this is our time to STEAL from the American People. On the narrower point however, the grass roots republicans vs the establishment, the jury is still out, although not on Rubio–he has been outed. As for Cruz, it is too early to tell. He knows how to feed red meat to his constituents, which I am fine with, so long as he that red meat does not include the constitution.

  57. May Eric Holder go on to enjoy the Karma he deserves. Imagine, using our tax dollars to sue American municipalities for not letting Muslims build Mosques where zoning prohibits churches, while half the workforce is paid 20% less then they deserve because of their gender. Fucktard.

  58. You can add Wbb, America to that list…and the tardy won’t close our borders…The perverberal a shit is going to hit the fan in America I am very much afraid.

  59. Good-bye and thanks for nothing, Holder.

    Now my real fear of why this is happening now. The Dems need to win back the Hispanic vote. What better way to do it than try to install as AG the one person guaranteed to run rough-shod over our immigration laws. And if the Republicans protest, well, the Dems will boo-hoo to the low info Hispanic voters how the Republicans are picking on him.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our politically-motivated, completely unqualified (in other words, perfect for this administration) nominee….Joaquín Castro.

  60. What’s the name of that Hispanic nitwit that Barry shoved into the Supremes? SodaMyError?

    We see the caliber of appointees he comes up with. Anyone Barry appoints/wants/rubberStamps, is going to hurt that particular nationality of American’s as much as Barry/Holder did for African Americans.

    He just wants someone that will kiss his ring and make him look smart. Dumb’um down, Barack!

    Choom city

  61. On the day that Holder walks out of the administration, we should all send a roll of toilet paper to the Oval office.

    “Another turd down the hole!”

  62. 20 point lead gone. Another senate race tightens:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/25/mark-warner-9-over-ed-gillespie-virginia-senate-ra/

    A new poll shows Democratic Sen. Mark Warner leading Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by nine points, 48 to 39 percent, among likely voters in a U.S. Senate race in Virginia that has thus far managed to stay largely under the radar.

    Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis takes six percent of the vote in the Quinnipiac survey of likely voters.

    “U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has been the most popular politician in Virginia for the past several years and appears to be in reasonable shape for re-election,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “But his lead is not insurmountable with six weeks to go until Election Day.”

    Independents actually break slightly for Mr. Gillespie over Mr. Warner, 43 percent to 41 percent, with nine percent opting for Mr. Sarvis. But Mr. Warner has a 94 percent-1 percent lead among Democrats, while Mr. Gillespie has a 78 percent-15 percent lead among Republicans.

    The poll of 1,010 likely voters taken from Sept. 22-27 puts Mr. Gillespie much closer to Mr. Warner than other recent public polling, which has the incumbent with leads ranging from the low double digits to around 20 points. The Quinnipiac poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

  63. The viability of the stock market depends on three contingencies:

    1. fed policy

    2. current valuations (p/e)

    3. a possible black swan event.

    Obama is confronted with 3 black swan events which could affect his presidency.

    1. ISIS

    2. a terrorist attack

    3. Ebola

    Of those, number 3 is far and away the most serious

    It is spreading faster than big media reports

    It has the potential to become a modern variant of the Black Death

    It even has the potential to rain on the Obama/big media parade.

    4. Knowing how the public rallies around the CIC in a time of crisis

    The question become pertinent whether Obama would stage a Reichstag fire

    The answer appears to be no—too big a footprint

    On the other hand, would Obama fail to respond to a known threat

    That is not unlikely.

    In fact that has been his pattern.

    In the past he did not know because he was oblivious.

    But in this hypothetical he would know and would just let it happen.

    Just as Roosevelt knew about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor and let it happen to save the country

    Obama the narcissist would let it happen to save himself.

    That is a concern.

  64. I had a conversation today with a friend who is an expert on the media, compared to that goofball Howie Kurtz.

    She believes that what motivated big media has been infatuation, and now an unwillingness to admit they are wrong.

    She is not as “bitter” toward them as I am.

    She also puts great weight on the youth vote who felt empowered by the Liar In Chief.

    She also blames the 24 hour news cycle which leaves no time for serious analysis and fact checking.

    I agree with her observation, but I am convinced the problem goes far deeper than that.

    The one thing we agreed on, despite her media background is that big media can no longer be trusted.

  65. Well that was incoherent. ..phone sabotage.

    Wbb, explain Roosevelt’s allowing thousands of young men to die such horrible deaths, saved the Country? Surely, if we had a smidgen more of warning their lives could have been saved or minimized the mass killing and yet the attack would have galvanized Americans no less?

  66. Holder was a scandal ridden polecat–who looked like a polecat.

    He was driven out of office by the legal victories scored against him by Judicial Watch.

    Victories that opened up the files on major scandals which he fought to keep closed.

    Victories which reveal his corruption and personal contempt for the rule of law.

    Victories which sounded as the hoof beats of the cavalry charge bearing down on him personally.

    So when he chokes up and seeks to cast his tenure in glowing terms, comparing it to Bobby Kennedy????

    Judicial Watch offers by way of rebuttal the true legacy which will stick to Holder like stink on shit:

    “In Eric Holder, President Barack Hussein Obama found his John Mitchell – an attorney general who would lie, obstruct investigations, and ignore or simply not enforce the law in order to advance his president’s unbridled will,” Fitton said. “As the press is writing his political epitaph, I hope it is also remembered how Holder lied to Congress and how his agency assaulted Freedom of the Press by collecting the private email correspondence of reporters, seizing their phone records, and tracking their movements as part of an investigation of perceived leaks. ‘Justice’ took a holiday during Eric Holder’s imperious reign at the Department of Justice.”
    ——————-
    Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement on Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning as his group is close to nailing the Department of Justice on Operation Fast and Furious.

    Judicial Watch just won a key battle in federal court against the administration on the Fast and Furious documents President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over to hide them from the American people and Congress. Fitton said:

    It is no coincidence that Holder’s resignation comes on the heels of another court ruling that the Justice Department must finally cough up documents about how Holder’s Justice Department lied to Congress and the American people about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, for which Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives. Over the past several months, Judicial Watch also exposed how Holder’s Justice Department was implicated in the IRS scandal and how Justice Department lawyers helped defend the illegal stonewall that kept secret key material related to Benghazi.

    The court ruling to which Fitton is referring is an order by a federal judge that by Oct. 22 the DOJ must provide Judicial Watch with a listing of the Fast and Furious documents the administration is hiding under Obama’s executive privilege—called a “Vaughn index.”

    “A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption,” Judicial Watch noted in its press release announcing the ruling on Thursday.

    Fitton said that the resignation of the “disgraced Holder” is “past due accountability for Holder’s Fast and Furious lies, and I hope it brings some solace to the family of U.S. Border Patrol Brian Terry and the hundreds of innocent Mexicans likely killed thanks to the Holder Justice Department’s scheme that armed the murderous Mexican drug cartels.”

    Fitton noted that Judicial Watch opposed Holder’s confirmation as Attorney General back in 2009, saying then that “Mr. Holder’s record demonstrates a willingness to bend the law in order to protect his political patrons.”

    Congress didn’t listen to Judicial Watch then, and several Republicans joined with the Democrats to confirm his appointment as Attorney General. Fitton said:

    The U.S. Senate, including many Republicans, ignored Holder’s record and confirmed a man who went on to be one of the worst Attorneys General of the modern era. Mr. Holder, his appointees, and his agency have lied repeatedly to Congress and the American people. He has damaged the Justice Department by putting politics, ideology, and race above the rule of law. Disturbingly, Mr. Holder refused to enforce the law in a race-neutral manner. And, when it comes to government transparency, Holder’s Justice Department became one of the worst violators of the Freedom of Information Act, manufacturing new legal excuses for government secrecy that would make Richard Nixon blush.

    Judicial Watch has been all over Holder’s actions as Attorney General since he took office, aggressively investigating every scandal and nefarious move Holder has made. Judicial Watch has hit Holder for allegedly lying under oath to Congress about the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) voter intimidation scandal, for backing the White House and GSA decision to not arrest “Occupy” movement protestors who allegedly broke the law, for helping form the legal basis of Obama’s executive amnesty programs for illegal aliens, for sanctioning then FBI director Robert Mueller secretly meeting with Islamist groups, for voting rights issues, for coordinating with ACORN-connected projects, and so much more.

    “In Eric Holder, President Obama found his John Mitchell – an attorney general who would lie, obstruct investigations, and ignore or simply not enforce the law in order to advance his president’s unbridled will,” Fitton said. “As the press is writing his political epitaph, I hope it is also remembered how Holder lied to Congress and how his agency assaulted Freedom of the Press by collecting the private email correspondence of reporters, seizing their phone records, and tracking their movements as part of an investigation of perceived leaks. ‘Justice’ took a holiday during Eric Holder’s reign at the Department of Justice. The man can’t leave office soon enough.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/25/Judicial-Watch-Holder-Went-Down-As-We-Forced-DOJ-s-Hand-On-Fast-and-Furious-in-Court

  67. gonzotx
    September 26, 2014 at 2:50 am
    Well that was incoherent. ..phone sabotage.

    Wbb, explain Roosevelt’s allowing thousands of young men to die such horrible deaths, saved the Country? Surely, if we had a smidgen more of warning their lives could have been saved or minimized the mass killing and yet the attack would have galvanized Americans no less?
    ———–
    I guess you are right.

  68. Because the attack was launched without a declaration of war, it still would have violated international law and galvanized the country, thus providing a justification to overcome the isolationism which stayed our hand up to that point.

  69. Gonzo: you are thinking of General Mark Clark at Anzio. He got so many boys from Texas killed in that ill fated landing, that he was never able to set foot in Texas after the war, for fear of his own life. My dad told me about him. I think he became Superintendent of either Virginia Military Institute or the Citadel after the war.

  70. The word that comes to mind in describing the gentleman referred to above is zealot. That is the last thing you want in an attorney general. Where he broke his pic was with this criminal prosecution of D’Nsh when in past cases of this nature the remedy has been civil as opposed to criminal, and then misrepresenting the case law at the sentencing stage seeking to get the most draconian penalty possible thereby taking this conservative activist out of the 2016 election.

  71. CNN says the Repugs get it:

    Republicans’ favorite label for Hillary Clinton 2016: ‘Obama’s Third Term’
    By Dan Merica, CNN

    Washington (CNN) — Republicans who want to taint Hillary Clinton are going to lengths to link the former secretary of state with President Barack Obama and his sagging poll numbers.

    Throughout the party’s infrastructure, Republicans say that linking Clinton with Obama, especially labeling her possible 2016 campaign as “Obama’s Third Term,” is the most potent attack.

    America Rising, an anti-Clinton super PAC that has looked to define the former first lady for the better part of a year, will push out a series of talking points giving Clinton the third-term label, and the group plans to fundraise off the push staring Tuesday.

    “Hillary Clinton has a Barack Obama problem,” reads a lengthy research document that will go out to GOP pundits, strategists, conservative organizations and media members Tuesday. “No matter how many of her advisors whisper to reporters that she’s different from Barack Obama, Americans still know who she is: Barack Obama Part Deux.”

    The document lists “10 Reasons Why Clinton 2016 = Obama’s Third Term,” including her praise for Obama as she left the State Department in 2013, her role in his first four years of foreign policy and Clinton’s support of Obamacare.

    “Looking ahead to 2016, it’s critical that Obama’s 3rd Term is an element of the broader narrative defining Sec. Clinton, especially since she still has a higher approval than he does,” Tim Miller, the group’s director, said in a statement to CNN.

    Multiple Republican operatives said this strategy — which is coming from national party groups, outside super PACs and GOP politicians — is best at engaging the base and raising money. Therefore, it is something they plan to continue in the coming months and possibly years.

    Democrats, too, are concerned about the attack line. In August, some close to Clinton told CNN that labeling the former secretary of state as the successor to Obama’s legacy was a possible problem.

    “She was in his government, she was at his side,” said one source. “That is, the way to go after her is four more years of the same old thing. The question they should ask her is ‘Tell me 10 things that you disagree with him on.’ ”

    Republican lawmakers — including those who may challenge Clinton in 2016 — have been quick to use some variation of Obama-Clinton in speeches, statements and interviews.

    Hillary Clinton’s fall to-do list

    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been the most strident in linking Obama and Clinton, a tactic he first used after the former secretary of state headlined a CNN town hall in June.

    “The most consistent error of the Clinton/Obama foreign policy is a failure to understand the nature of the people we’re dealing with, of our enemies,” Cruz said in an interview with CNN after the event.

    According to a senior Cruz aide, the attack engages the senator’s base and is something Cruz plans to use again.

    “His mindset is it is not just Obama’s failed policies, it is all of them,” the aide said. “We want to draw attention to the fact that she owns this foreign policy and she is not speaking. She is supposed to be the leader, especially on foreign policy, and she is saying nothing. She has a voice, she doesn’t use it.”

    Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, too, have been linking the two. In an op-ed earlier this month, Rubio called for voters to reject the “the veiled isolationism of Obama and Clinton,” and Paul has looked to link the two on issues including terrorism and Syria.

    For her part, Clinton has both distanced herself from Obama and drawn closer to him.

    In her memoir, “Hard Choices,” Clinton distanced herself from Obama on Syria and did so again in a much-talked-about interview with The Atlantic.

    But the former secretary of state has also heralded Obama, like in Iowa this month when she touted his handling of economic issues as getting the country “on the road to recovery.”

    This is a common refrain for Clinton. At the Brookings Institution this month, she touted Obama’s “extraordinary leadership,” adding “thanks to the economic policies that were pursued by the President and endorsed by the Congress … we are in a much stronger economic position than we were.”

    Whether she will continue this trend of heralding Obama while also distancing herself depends, according to former aides.

    Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and Al Gore’s 2000 campaign manager, said whether or not Clinton needs to break with Obama “all depends on the political climate and environment in mid-2015 to 2016.”

    “In 2000, I had to answer this question,” she said. “And the answer is always the same. Each year is different and every candidate must make his or her case to the voter of why they represent someone else.”

  72. Brent Budowsky in The Hill:

    http://thehill.com/opinion/brent-budowsky/218701-brent-budowsky-hillary-clinton-reconsidered

    Among other things:

    …. Given the weak state of political leadership at a time of national security danger, two potential presidents rise above the crowd. The first is Mitt Romney, whose foreign policy views in the 2012 race were credible. The second is Clinton.

    I strongly opposed the Iraq War in 2003 and have been supportive — and at times constructively critical — of Clinton. Observing various potential presidents react in real time to global crises, however, one point becomes paramount: unlike most leading politicians of democratic nations, Clinton possesses an intelligent and coherent world view, grounded in experience and rooted in history. Her views are not calculated to be the most popular. They are not always the most popular.

    When Clinton said years ago we should have supported Syrian rebels, she was right. America would be safer today if her advice had been heeded then.

    When Clinton described Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as reminiscent of Hitler’s attack on European nations prior to World War II, she was right. Europe would be safer today if NATO’s response to Putin had been stronger then.

    Hillary Clinton understands that the best way to avoid war is to be strong enough to deter war, while the only way to destroy ISIS is to win a war that must be fought and won. Her ad about who should answer the red phone in the middle of the night was more true than we realized, and could be the decisive factor in 2016.

  73. We freaking don’t behead people in America! WTF! This the religion of Peace, the fraud says so. I am sure he and Sharpton will be visiting the family, or the man that could have been the frauds son. Come on people, wake up.

    Yes, I have a mosque across the street from me, a converted church in Conservative Texas, they do that because it’s so much easier than trying to get permits to build ( communities don’t want them ), can’t tell you how shocking it was, didn’t even know it was for sale. Rarely see woman, even rarer children. When I do see women, they are wrapped like burritos. Oftem they are there after 10pm, very weirde

  74. Ofuctard a Holdtard have been busy trying to stuff Islam down the throats of Americans who DON’T WANT THEM. Now their State is calling for murders and the freaks are going to be doing it. How failed can you get?

    Islam is misogynistic, aggressive and violent.

  75. I really do love W.J. Clinton. I believe myself to be lucky to have been able to live through his presidency at the age that I did. Willy Jeff was just on Charlie Rose (again). I heard him for the first time go after the media establishment. Also, Charlie asked a great question. He asked if Bill was advising a presidential candidate in this time and climate, what narrative would he advise them to run on. As soon as that link becomes available, I am going to post it here (unless admin does it first hint hint). I daresay that Hillary’s narrative will sound something like his answer….

    Hillary 2016

  76. Chelsea’s Twitter announcement:

    “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky”

  77. Big, Big, Big Congratulations and Best Wishes to Chelsea and Mark and Hillary and Bill…and a big welcome to Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky…

  78. “a converted church in Conservative Texas, they do that because it’s so much easier than trying to get permits to build”

    They do that because its their doctrine to replace the infidels houses of worship to push them out…its all planned. Saudi and other ME countries pay billions every year to build and build bigger and bigger mosques…its replacement strategy…..it needs to be stopped or these will be on every street corner.

  79. Yes moon, political correctness will be the end of use. I am so appalled I almost can’t breathe.

    Beheadings in America…fu#king bast#rds all.

  80. Joining the rest in celebrating the birth of “Clinton Baby” Charlotte. I’ve gingerly returned to my FB account where no one mentioned her arrival, but MattZ probramming did display it under ‘trending’ lol.

    I went there to spread the word about something nasty showing up Colorado kids, and will cite it here too:
    Published 9/26/14/
    VIRUS PROBED IN PARALYSIS CASES IN 9 COLORADO KIDS
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_CHILDREN_VIRUS_PARALYSIS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-09-26-17-48-59
    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ – enterovirus 68 – was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear.
    The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. Health officials don’t know whether the virus caused any of the children’s arm and leg weaknesses or whether it’s just a germ they coincidentally picked up.
    “That’s why we want more information,” and for doctors to report similar cases, said the CDC’s Dr. Jane Seward. snip

    You can likely file this under “Open borders”

  81. S
    September 27, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Big, Big, Big Congratulations and Best Wishes to Chelsea and Mark and Hillary and Bill…and a big welcome to Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky…

    _______________________

    Yes

  82. jbstonesfan
    September 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    Dems running on ” war on woman” but never call out Islam’s treatment of woman .
    ____________________

    Ain’t it the truth.

  83. Here’s a young man’s take on how HRC can take on income inequality without frightening the business community:

    http://theweek.com/article/index/268564/how-hillary-clinton-can-be-a-populist-without-scaring-off-big-business

    Note that the author is a recently graduated law student from Boston U. Also, all his ideas are socialist, so I’m comfortable with them; but for the last 30 years, socialism has been synonymous with good business.

    Don’t take the current misery of France as indicative of socialism gone bad: Germany is arguably more socialist than France and has one of the world’s most vibrant economies. Then there are Sweden and Israel, both of which vie for the title of most socialist countries on the planet.

    Anyway, this Joel Dodge seems to be a strong young supporter of HRC.

  84. S September 27, 2014 at 2:53 am
    foxyladi14 September 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Big, Big, Big Congratulations and Best Wishes to Chelsea and Mark and Hillary and Bill…and a big welcome to Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky…

    And here’s hoping that Charlotte will someday have a kid brother!!

  85. TheRock September 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    …. Charlie Rose asked … if Bill was advising a presidential candidate in this time and climate, what narrative would he advise them to run on. As soon as that link becomes available, I am going to post it here (unless admin does it first hint hint).

    Please don’t forget to post that link, I’d love to hear it too.

  86. It was fun hearing Cruz say about Harry what Harry says about us. But don’t go up or down too far in this speech if you want to keep your smile. 🙂

    Sen. Cruz: Joy Cometh in the Morning
    REMARKS AT VALUES VOTER SUMMIT September 26, 2014
    snip And a pretty good rule of thumb by the way, if you’re suing nuns, you’ve done something really wrong. Look, just a few weeks ago following Hobby Lobby the Democrats introduced legislation in the Senate to repeal the protections on religious liberty in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That act passed just two decades ago with almost unanimous support, signed in law by a democrat, Bill Clinton. There used to be bipartisan agreement regardless of our differences over marginal tax rates. We used to come together and say, we’re going to respect the religious liberty of everyone. When the vote came to strip Hobby Lobby and Christian companies of their, of religious liberty rights, when the vote came to strip the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Catholic charities of their religious liberty rights, do you know how many Senate Democrats stood with religious liberty, stood with the Catholic church? Zero.
    It is heartbreaking. Two weeks ago Democrats in the Senate introduced a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment. To take away the rights of the people in this room to speak out, to give Congress the authority to determine whether your speech and my speech is quote, reasonable. Or not. You know how many Democrats stood with the First Amendment against that effort? Zero. These are dangerous, ex-radical times.
    You know in 1997 the Democrats tried something similar. And that same famed right-wing activist, Ted Kennedy, spoke against it. He stood up and said in over 200 years we haven’t amended the bill of rights. Now is no time to start. I gave a floor speech on the senate floor with a giant poster of Ted Kennedy’s face and that quote next to it. Scared my father to death. He turned on C-SPAN and said, good God, my son’s gone native.

    How do we turn this country around? We offer a choice. Not an echo. How do we turn this country around? We don’t paint pale pastels. We paint in bold colors.
    We’re 39 days away from a pivotal election. If you want to defend the First Amendment, our free speech, our religious liberty, vote Harry Reid out. If you want to defend our Second Amendment, our right to keep and bear arms, vote Harry Reid out. If you want to defend the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, our right to privacy, if you want to defend the Tenth Amendment, then vote Harry Reid out! Snip
    http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1758

  87. Bumbles legacy – Hey, it’s no my fault…..

    Obama: U.S. intelligence underestimated militants in Syria- CBS

    From article……

    U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become “ground zero” for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast on Sunday.

    Conversely, the United States overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the militant groups, Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview taped on Friday, days after the U.S. president made his case at the United Nations for action.

    Citing earlier comments by James Clapper, director of national intelligence, Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.

    Islamic militants went underground when U.S. Marines quashed al Qaeda in Iraq with help from Iraq’s tribes, he said.

    “But over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you have huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos,” Obama said.

    “And so this became ground zero for jihadists around the world.”

    Obama last week expanded U.S.-led airstrikes, which began in Iraq in August, to Syria and he has been seeking to build a wider coalition effort to weaken Islamic State. The group has killed thousands and beheaded at least three Westerners while seizing parts of Syria and northwestern Iraq.
    …….

    Saying a solution involved “how these countries teach their youth,” Obama said: “What our military operations can do is to just check and roll back these (militant) networks as they appear and make sure that the time and space is provided for a new way of doing things to begin to take root.”

    Obama said he recognized the contradiction in opposing the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while battling Islamic State militants who have been fighting Assad’s government.

    “For Syria to remain unified, it is not possible that Assad presides over that entire process,” Obama said. “On the other hand, in terms of immediate threats to the United States, ISIL, Khorasan Group, those folks could kill Americans.”

    ISIL is the acronym the U.S. government uses to refer to the Islamic State.

    Asked about how despite assembling a large international coalition against Islamic State, it appeared the United States was doing most of the work, Obama replied: “That’s always the case.

    “America leads,” he said. “We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world. And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don’t call Beijing. They don’t call Moscow. They call us.”

    Hillary 2016

    BTW – Still waiting on that Charlie Rose interview. It hasn’t posted on Hulu yet, but I’m checking fairly regularly….

  88. The Alison Grimes campaign reports that Donald Trump did a robocall for McConnell saying he would make a great “Speaker” [of the House]. I’m surprised the McConnell campaign let the robocall go through!

    Anyway, with all the money the Koch brothers and Rove are dumping into Kentucky, Grimes is still polling neck-and-neck with McConnell, which sounds the knell for the latter because the 15% undecided tend to go to the non-incumbent.

  89. Here’s a New Republic article that claims that HRC is wrong in her approach to inequality:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119622/inequality-brazil-shows-why-hillary-clinton-wrong

    The author claims, using Brazil as an example, that “there’s no alternative to targeting the rich,” and that “Hillary needs to stop messing around and get to work” as if she’s in a position to get to work right now.

    Although the author doesn’t suggest it, rolling back the Reagan tax cuts would target the rich and also bring in some needed cash to the US treasury.

    We might also introduce a progressive tax on wealth.

    Then there’s the “Tobin tax” that would bring in a trillion a year, buffer Wall Street swings and cut out the millions being made each day in trading securities.

    Starting from the above high-water marks, tax cuts could be introduced for transactions that produce steady jobs.

    Aside from the above items “targeting of the rich” — and I repeat that the author doesn’t suggest any of them — there is the fact that income disparity itself can be ignored as long as middle class jobs and income are on the rise. This is the statement the author himself makes about the Clinton economy of the 1990s, so I don’t know where he gets off saying HRC is “wrong”!

  90. Lu4PUMA September 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    … I want to vote for Cruz. I sure hope wish we could get rid of Reid.

    Reid must be in trouble. HRC is out there campaigning for him.

  91. holdthemaccountable September 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Guess Chelsea, Marc to be on their own really quick with baby Charlotte:

    Yeah, that’s quite normal. The baby belongs to the parents, not the grandparents.

    Any speculation that HRC will call off a presidential campaign because she wants to play grandma is bullshit: Can you imagine Chelsea telling Charlotte 5 years from now, “Your Grandma could have been President but preferred to stay home and help change your diapers…”????

    If anything, the addition of a grandchild – even more so, a granddaughter – to the Clinton fold will make HRC decide for sure in favor of a run, and redouble her effort to win.

  92. jeswezey
    September 29, 2014 at 10:51 am
    —————-
    Yes, the child is her parents’ responsibility. As a 2 time grandma myself, tho, I find it surprising that she got on with business before the first week was out. Who knows though. It’s 2014. Maybe mom and dad are already back to business too.

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

    Not certain I can explain this well, and should be outside doing work I don’t like. Have been thinking maybe Bill/Hill will do for us when we prove ourselves strong enough against Reid and company. They really cannot re-prioritize DC all that much without tons of support.

  93. Cruz? Me too.

    SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 4:00 AM
    In Virginia, a Tightening Senate Race
    Suddenly, hope glimmers for Contract with America veteran Ed Gillespie.
    By Quin Hillyer

    If you really want to strike fear into Democratic hearts this fall, tell them that not even their popular senator from Virginia, Mark Warner, is an entirely safe bet for reelection. Suddenly, Democrats are starting to feel afraid. Warner’s happy warrior of an opponent, longtime Republican-party leader Ed Gillespie, has cut a 22-point deficit to just nine, before even beginning his first advertising blitz in the expensive D.C.-area market.
    Snip Yet Warner’s liberal record is not Gillespie’s own focus, except in a few understated but surgically effective strikes. By phone on Thursday, Gillespie enthusiastically focused on thefive-point agenda for economic growththat his campaign has been relentlessly promoting. It includes fairly detailed plans for replacing Obamacare, pursuing tax and regulatory relief, reforming education by emphasizing family choice, and cutting wasteful spending (including support for a Balanced Budget Amendment, which Mark Warner voted against). Then there’s the issue that seems most likely to move Virginia voters in wholesale fashion, namely a vigorous embrace of energy development.
    “We in Virginia can be the energy capital of the East Coast,” Gillespie said. “We have the best coal resources in southwestern Virginia, ones that are under assault by this administration, and untapped resources [wind, oil and especially natural gas] off our deep-sea coast that are under moratorium by this administration. I would fight for our coal miners and the families and small businesses that rely on them. Mark Warner hasn’t. In fact, he supports cap-and-trade legislation and a carbon tax.” snip
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389039/virginia-tightening-senate-race-quin-hillyer

  94. Lu4PUMA
    September 27, 2014 at 10:15 am
    Congratulations to the Clintons!

    Our children, our daughters, and their future is worth fighting for.
    ————–

    Spot-on, Lu

  95. By Peter Foster, Washington

    9:03PM BST 29 Sep 2014

    President Barack Obama was facing a fierce political backlash on Monday night after he blamed US intelligence chiefs for being caught by surprise by the sudden rise of the Islamic State (Isil) terror movement in Iraq and Syria.

    In a highly unusual step, Mr Obama singled out James Clapper, his director of national intelligence, when asked by a television interviewer whether he had underestimated the threat posed by Isil after its fighters burst across the Syrian border into Iraq this summer, capturing large swathes of territory.

    “I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Mr Obama told CBS News.

    The president’s apparent unwillingness to take responsibility for his administration’s failure to foresee the threat was met with disbelief by both policy experts and senior Republicans, who have long warned of the risks of ceding strategic space to the jihadists in Syria.

    “This was the ‘dog ate my homework speech’,” Senator John McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate who has long called for Mr Obama to arm moderate rebel forces in Syria, told Fox News, adding that Mr Obama should follow other presidents and admit his mistake.

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    “Every president in history had made a mistake, acknowledged it and then moved on. President Reagan with Iran contra, President Clinton in Bosnia, President George W Bush after the debacle in Iraq, when he started the surge – but it doesn’t seem to be in this president’s DNA,” he said.

    Mr Obama’s foreign policy approval ratings are at a historic low, with almost 60 per cent of American disapproving of his handling of foreign policy – a number that has not improved since the president began implementing his strategy to “degrade and destroy” Isil.

    Frederic Hof, the former State Department special adviser on Syria now with the Rafik Hariri Center in Washington, who argued for greater support for the rebels but later resigned in the face of White House opposition to the policy, said the intelligence community was not to blame.

    “I very much doubt that the intelligence community was asleep at the switch while Isil was gaining strength in Syria,” he told The Telegraph, “None of this was exactly hidden from view.

    “No doubt President Obama and his advisors were perplexed when it came to policy options, and no doubt the scope and speed of the Isil thrust into Iraq were surprising. But I doubt that the US intelligence community is to blame for any policy shortfalls.”

    The White House denied that Mr Obama was trying to shift the blame away from himself and onto the intelligence community.

    “That is not what the president’s intent was,” said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, adding the president had “the highest degree of confidence” in the intelligence community.

    However Mr McCain warned of ‘blowback’ from the intelligence community which already appeared to be moving to defend itself, with a former senior Pentagon official who worked on Isil intelligence assessments telling the Daily Beast website: “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullsh——.”

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    With his foreign policy approval ratings at a historic low, Barack Obama meets furious reaction after blaming US intelligence agencies for failing to predict rise of Isil in Syria

    By Peter Foster, Washington

    9:03PM BST 29 Sep 2014

    President Barack Obama was facing a fierce political backlash on Monday night after he blamed US intelligence chiefs for being caught by surprise by the sudden rise of the Islamic State (Isil) terror movement in Iraq and Syria.

    In a highly unusual step, Mr Obama singled out James Clapper, his director of national intelligence, when asked by a television interviewer whether he had underestimated the threat posed by Isil after its fighters burst across the Syrian border into Iraq this summer, capturing large swathes of territory.

    “I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Mr Obama told CBS News.

    The president’s apparent unwillingness to take responsibility for his administration’s failure to foresee the threat was met with disbelief by both policy experts and senior Republicans, who have long warned of the risks of ceding strategic space to the jihadists in Syria.

    “This was the ‘dog ate my homework speech’,” Senator John McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate who has long called for Mr Obama to arm moderate rebel forces in Syria, told Fox News, adding that Mr Obama should follow other presidents and admit his mistake.

    Every president in history had made a mistake, acknowledged it and then moved on. President Reagan with Iran contra, President Clinton in Bosnia, President George W Bush after the debacle in Iraq, when he started the surge – but it doesn’t seem to be in this president’s DNA,” he said.

    Mr Obama’s foreign policy approval ratings are at a historic low, with almost 60 per cent of American disapproving of his handling of foreign policy – a number that has not improved since the president began implementing his strategy to “degrade and destroy” Isil.

    Frederic Hof, the former State Department special adviser on Syria now with the Rafik Hariri Center in Washington, who argued for greater support for the rebels but later resigned in the face of White House opposition to the policy, said the intelligence community was not to blame.

    “I very much doubt that the intelligence community was asleep at the switch while Isil was gaining strength in Syria,” he told The Telegraph, “None of this was exactly hidden from view.

    “No doubt President Obama and his advisors were perplexed when it came to policy options, and no doubt the scope and speed of the Isil thrust into Iraq were surprising. But I doubt that the US intelligence community is to blame for any policy shortfalls.”

    The White House denied that Mr Obama was trying to shift the blame away from himself and onto the intelligence community.

    “That is not what the president’s intent was,” said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, adding the president had “the highest degree of confidence” in the intelligence community.

    However Mr McCain warned of ‘blowback’ from the intelligence community which already appeared to be moving to defend itself, with a former senior Pentagon official who worked on Isil intelligence assessments telling the Daily Beast website: “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullsh——.”

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    no shame, no responsibility…MO – just pull out the bus for everyone else to throw under

  96. jeswezey

    “…Any speculation that HRC will call off a presidential campaign because she wants to play grandma is bullshit: Can you imagine Chelsea telling Charlotte 5 years from now, “Your Grandma could have been President but preferred to stay home and help change your diapers…”????

    If anything, the addition of a grandchild – even more so, a granddaughter – to the Clinton fold will make HRC decide for sure in favor of a run, and redouble her effort to win.”

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    I was thinking something similar, now that little Charolette is a girl baby. I have a feeling that if anyone will stay home with a little child it will be Chelsea, not Hillary.

    I just don’t see Hillary giving up as the first woman President to babysit a two-year-old.

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