The Return Of John Edwards: Martin O’Malley 2016 Versus #Hillary2016

Today we recall the rotted corpse of Elizabeth Edwards. We all remember Elizabeth don’t we? In the 2008 election cycle we rarely wrote about the John Edwards campaign other than to toss compliments to Mrs. John Edwards. We lived to realize how wrong we had been in our compliments to Elizabeth Edwards. We lived to begin to understand how toxic a schemer Elizabeth Warren Edwards was. We learned that few schemers and scam artists match Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards.

But in 2008 there were many idiots who loved John Edwards. Years earlier we had attended some John Edwards speeches so we realized how charming a weasel he was in person. Even as we admired Edwards for his suave personality we knew there was something very wrong with him and we fled.

But in 2008 many people were taken in by John Edwards and listened to the testimony on his behalf by his wife Elizabeth Edwards. Eventually as the Edwards campaign collapsed (we provided the reasons for that collapse in our analysis from years ago) most of those supporters ran into the lying arms of Barack Obama. Some fools will never learn.

But in 2008 many people believed and trusted Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards. The toxic waste dump called Elizabeth Edwards used her disease and the public sympathy caused by her situation to attack Hillary Clinton in the most personal terms. The shameless Elizabeth Edwards who was aware of her hubby’s wandering penis even dared say that her marriage was happier than the Clinton marriage.

Whether the Edwards marriage was or was not as happy as the Clinton marriage it certainly was not as long lasting. We don’t particularly care about the happiness level of married couples or what goes on in the private life of others. If Elizabeth Edwards had restricted her public comments to delusions about her husbands fidelity we would not be writing about her sordid life today. But toxic Elizabeth Edwards had much more to say:

Elizabeth Edwards offers sharp critique of Hillary

John Edwards would be a better women’s President than Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Edwards said yesterday, trashing the New York senator as too quiet on feminist issues and too muddled on abortion.

Edwards, the cancer-stricken wife of White House hopeful John Edwards, took her shots at Clinton in an interview yesterday before she, Clinton and another 2008 competitor, Sen. Barack Obama, spoke to a Planned Parenthood convention.

“Keeping [the] door open to women is actually more a policy of John’s than Hillary’s,” Elizabeth Edwards, a lawyer, told Salon.com.

But she said she was sympathetic to Clinton and understood, from her own dealings with male lawyers, why Clinton might not focus on women’s issues.

“You want to reassure them you’re as good as a man. And sometimes you feel you have to behave as a man and not talk about women’s issues,” Edwards said.

Edwards, who is fighting terminal breast cancer, said that Clinton, aside from being a woman, has offered no reason for people to vote for her.

“When she announced her candidacy she said, ‘I’m in it to win it.’ What is that? That’s not a rationale,” Edwards said.

She also slapped Clinton for what the senator does say on women’s issues, particularly on abortion. Clinton has tried to soothe religious voters by focusing on preventing unwanted pregnancies and describing her stance as keeping abortion “safe, legal and rare.”

“I don’t think we should muddle the language,” Edwards said. “The wiggle room in what she says makes me feel uncomfortable.”

The Clinton campaign declined to comment, although Clinton herself promised during her campaign rollout that she’d “deck” any opponent who attacked her. She also has declined to counter Rudy Giuliani and Obama. [snip]

Obama, who campaigns on the theme of change, suggested the country has moved beyond the “culture wars” that dominated politics in the Clinton years.

“I am absolutely convinced that the cuture [sic] wars are just so ’90s,” he said. “It is time to turn the page. We want a new day here in America.”

Obama’s promise to “turn the page” is certainly a laugh today but when we mocked his “turn the page” crap then it was we who were mocked. Likewise the Clinton campaign refusal to attack Obama with the vigor we suggested is lamentable when viewed from today. Hillary’s rational voice in 2008 as compared to the Obama style nonsense emitted today is a head scratcher which will be paid for in blood during the general election. But the most startling of all the statements from that 2007 article belong to Elizabeth Edwards.

Today, something called Quinn Mulholland puts on Elizabeth Edwards’ dusty dress, and in Harvard Political Review asks Why Not Martin O’Malley?:

Both reflect a deep concern that all Americans don’t have an equal shot at prosperity. Both demonstrate a growing opposition to the centrist Democratic policies of the Clinton era—the trade policies and the welfare reform—that seemed to mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans.

Yet it is Martin O’Malley, not Elizabeth Warren, who has a proven record of accomplishing real progress on these issues on a state level. It is Martin O’Malley, not Elizabeth Warren, who became the first major Democratic politician to endorse a national $15 minimum wage at the Institute of Politics on Thursday. And it is Martin O’Malley, not Elizabeth Warren, who is seriously considering challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

So why have political pundits come to the consensus that Elizabeth Warren is the only one who could give Hillary a run for her money in the Democratic primary? Perhaps it is O’Malley’s lack of name recognition. He is currently polling at around 0.3 percent in the Iowa Democratic Caucus, compared to Clinton’s 58 percent, and Warren’s 17 percent. But that number is increasing, and O’Malley received a warm reception in recent trips to New Hampshire and Iowa.

Not content to only wear Elizabeth Edwards’ old dresses, this Mulholland character puts on her lipstick and makeup as well. As if a fowl-like transvestite character from the film Psycho Mulholland speaks the words in the voice of Mrs. John Edwards:

Perhaps it is because O’Malley is not a woman. While a first female president would certainly be a symbolic victory for women, it is unclear that a Clinton presidency would produce many tangible benefits for women. In fact, in terms of policy, O’Malley seems to have proposed just as many, if not more, policies to help women as Clinton has. At the Harvard Institute of Politics, O’Malley declared, “We must recognize that policies that are good for women and families, like paid leave and safe and affordable child care, are also good for our national economy, and for economic growth, because when women succeed, our American economy also succeeds.”

O’Malley also proclaimed his support for a federal $15 minimum wage, which would give a much-needed raise to the 3 million Americans who work at or below minimum wage, 62 percent of whom are women. Clinton has voiced her support for fast food workers striking for a higher wage, but she has yet to establish how much of an increase in the minimum wage she would support. Despite his gender, O’Malley could be the candidate that would make the biggest difference for women. [snip]

Clinton will be nowhere near as “inevitable” in the general presidential election as she was in the Democratic primary, assuming—perhaps prematurely—that she wins it. She will have to face voters on the left concerned with her ties to Wall Street and her flip-flopping on gay marriage and immigration, as well as voters on the right who will have been inundated with anti-Hillary attacks for months. Perhaps America is ready for a genuinely populist Martin O’Malley campaign. O’Malley certainly appears to be ready.

Martin O’Malley is scheduled to announce he is running for president at the end of this month. Thus far Martin O’Malley has made two contributions to the 2016 debate.

The first Martin O’Malley contribution to the 2016 discussion has been to dredge up every horrible consequence of left wing kook control of America’s cities. We call him “Baltimore O’Malley” as those initial letters befit O’Malley’s Barack Obama style boobery.

A different type of boobery is Martin O’Malley’s second “achievement” this early in the 2016 campaign cycle. Martin O’Malley can’t seem to keep his shirt on.

Barack Obama showed America his flabby man-boobs while dirtying up the waters of Hawaii late in 2008. Martin O’Malley has taken pec pictures to a new low. Doesn’t he own a shirt?

Baltimore O’Malley will do to America what he did to Baltimore. As to those man-boobs, at least John Edwards never inflicted America with man-boob pictures.

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341 thoughts on “The Return Of John Edwards: Martin O’Malley 2016 Versus #Hillary2016

  1. From end of last thread:

    wbboei
    If you examine English literature you find a recurrent theme: lost innocence.

    From William Blake to William Wordsworth to Matthew Arnold to Oscar Wilde to Thomas Hardy to William Butler Yeats to TS Elliott.

    The catalysts? technological change, war, and the shattering of faith in institutions.

    Today we have a similar loss of faith in our government.

    If you examine American literature as transcribed in blog entries and Ani’s book and another book, here, today, in America – that event for many of us was the Rules and Bylaws meeting. We lost the innocence (and security) of thinking that one party was good and the other bad. We lost faith in our government as we learn more and more about how corrupt most seem to be…. And we have to try to second guess what the politicians really mean… it’s exhausting, neverending, and often feels hopeless….

  2. From end of last thread:

    wbboie’s article:

    Western kids are reportedly trying to join ISIS; why? Perhaps because the only spiritual movement being discussed in public, however ugly its ideology, is extremist Islam.

    This thinking always bothers me. The vast majority of “western kids” who do this either were brought here from a Muslim country when they were children, or were born here of recently immigrated parents. Bottom line: they are from families that have not assimilated. So, technically they are “Americans”… but not really. IMO, it’s not our growing secular society that causes this, but our societal move away from the melting pot and towards diversity.

  3. Yet it is Martin O’Malley, not Elizabeth Warren, who has a proven record of accomplishing real progress on these issues on a state level.

    Wow, it takes a lot of chutzpuh for a dem operative and media member (but I repeat myself) to claim that Baltimore represents progress on any issue.

    —-

    I had to chuckle. Nowhere is the thought that there are no moderate Dems more true than in Maryland. In their Senate race, they are painting Chris Van Hollen as not liberal enough for Maryland. Good grief.

  4. Last from last thread:


    gonzotx
    May 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    http://m.therightscoop.com/new-judicial-watch-memos-reveal-obama-lies-about-benghazi/

    What a surprise
    hwc
    May 18, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    gonzotx:

    The Judicial Watch memos from the Defense Intelligence Agency confirm that significant arms shipments were going from the Port of Benghazi to Syria (to arm the Syrian rebels, AKA ISIS). At least now we can see why we were in Benghazi in the first place….

    Yes, it’s popping up all over

    (one ex, http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/05/18/fox-report-today-documents-reveal-benghazi-libya-weapons-provided-by-u-s-and-nato-shipped-to-syria/)

    But, there were anonymous involved people reporting this same thing several years ago.

    There is even Sy Hersh out now reporting that the bin Laden capture was not as Obama spun it, that there was no big firefight that instead a Pakistani guy turned in his location for the $25,000 reward, that he was not buried at sea but dumped in the mountains from a helicopter, that we had known for years where he was. The latter two I had heard about shortly after the event, I believe NQ had the info from his former CIA coworkers.

    You know how “they” (I don’t know who, some international groups) rate countries on different aspects. I’ve finally realized that if you have a compliant media and good narrative writers and enough scary punishment to make those involved agree with your lies, you could be rated really well as a government and a country, but maybe be one of the most corrupt….

  5. Great post Admin…

    admin
    May 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm
    “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” —–> That’s a priceless scene.

    ‘BOM’ thinks he can have a skin-win. Ain’t gonna happen, just like Feathers isn’t gonna fly to any general election. But………….I do think it’s good for Hillary to have these duds to debate with, so she can wipe the floor with them.

    More dim idiots need to jump into the game.

  6. …are also good for our national economy, and for economic growth, because when women succeed, our American economy also succeeds.”

    Oh for heaven’s sake, he’s plagiarizing her. She has said this in other countries (including about microloans to women, because they create a business, while the men drink the money away) and here.

  7. I have a funny feeling that Hillary may choose a VP that is a Hispanic, someone smart, shares her views and will help her win in a critical state.

    Does anyone you like fit the bill, Admin?

  8. Well, for my evening’s entertainment, I tracked down two of the nine cases in which Ted Cruz has given oral arguments at the Supreme Court and listened to the back and forth between Cruz and the Justices.

    Wow. I don’t think any Democratic operative debate moderator (but I repeat myself) is going to catch him slow on his feet parrying a gotcha question…

    This is so awesome. Joe Scarborough goes on an epic rant about how stupid Ted Cruz is, wondering if he even went to law school, and having no clue about the Heller decision (which overturned DC’s ban on handguns. Scarborough thinks Cruz is completely insulting thinking that the Heller Supreme Court case would overturn a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons. Awesome rant with Mika nodding like one of these dashboard bobble heads. They go on and on about how Cruz’ positions are so extreme as to be incomprehensible to anyone familiar with the Supreme Court case. Cruz responds at the end:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY66_I9IghM

    Ooops.

  9. Julian Castro has been touted as Hillary’s VP choice.

    Funniest comment I’m seen: “We’ve had a Hussein as President. Now a Castro as VP. If Biden wants to run for the Democratic nomination, maybe he should change his name to Joe Stalin…” 🙂

  10. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 12:04 am
    ——
    I have never had much respect for Scarborough, either as a conservative, or as an intelligent pundit.

    So far as I know Scarbough does not have a law degree, did not graduate from Harvard Law School, did not clerk for Chief Justice Rhenquist, was not listed as one of the top trial attorneys in the nation, did not argue 7 cases before the Supreme Court successfully and did not represent 31 states in the Heller case in which he also prevailed.

    Yet Scarborough who knows nothing about nothing presumes to question whether Ted knows anything about Constitutional Law and tells us that he does not understand the Heller case, while Heilman plays straightman and Mika does her usual bobble head routine, while affecting a reproachful look whenever Ted’s name is mentioned.

    From that little production, I can only assume that Cruz scares the billiebejiggereds out of the corrupt political class, and like the ghost of Christmases to come warns them of their impending demise. For the good of this country, their fall from grace cannot come too soon. The longer they survive, the deeper the hole will be that we must endeavor to dig ourselves out of.

  11. Joe is so bad, he almost makes you wish to hear the the patron saint of washpo david ignatius admonish us in his ward clever manner to keep our dauber up because under Obama we have peace and prosperity. Too bad ISIS isn’t listening. Maybe if the saint went over to Rhamadi and spoke to them mano a mano they would understand. Or else, we would not have to listen to him any more. Either way it is a win-win.

  12. No one would be happier than me if Hillary is the democrat nominee and Cruise is the Republican nominee, because I think the debates would be excellent, and the common enemy big media would be set back on its heels.

    I have tested your patience with my incessant indictments of big media. They began in the primary, when I was sure Russert would give her a fair shake, and learned that would never happened. Thereafter, I saw how the entire media conspired to take her down. Thereafter, I resolved to never let a minute go by without critiquing everything they did, and while I was so engaged, I realized that others outside the beltway were doing the exact same thing, such that now they are the second least trusted institution in society. In my book, they are number 1–because their sin is not self interest—it is downright betrayal of the American People.

  13. Visit Paris for the first time, and it blows you a way. Dine at a world class restaurant once and it is delighful. Campaign for someone you believe in who represents your values, and it is totally engaging. But the second time around, it is never the same. Ever. Like the old song: The Thrill is Gone. And so is the magic. Perhaps that is best, because you are spared the agony, which goes hand in glove with the ecstasy. I thought of that when I watched Hillary’s speech in Iowa, and thought about all that has happened since 2008.

  14. I’m not sure this is a comprehensive list, but these seem to some of the take-away policy proposals from Hillary’s speech:

    1) Universal free Pre-K education.

    2) Increase the pay for kindergarten teachers

    3) Government programs to help teach parents how to raise kids

    4) Increase taxes on the rich

    5) Free community college, lower college debt for everyone else

    6) Fix the biggest problem with Obamacare — kids getting kicked off their parents’ plan when they turn 27 and not being able to afford health care

    7) Do something about meth epidemic in Iowa and the heroin epidemic in New Hampshire

    8) Do something to stop teen suicide.

    9) A litmus test on appointing only Supreme Ct justices who will overturn Citizens United and work for a constitutional amendment

    10) Do something to stop the corruption of money and influence peddling in politics.

    11) Work with our allies to solve problems overseas.

    12) More green energy.

    It was great to be able to hear her stump speech.

  15. Oh, I almost forgot.

    13) Institute some kind of government program to get everyone to love each other more, especially in Washington.

  16. Quinn Mullholland of the Harvard review who touts Oh Mal EEE also said this:

    Republicans had no interest in passing immigration reform, so there was no reason for Barack Obama to wait for Congress; if anything, the president should have acted sooner

    In other words, he is a scumbat and a bot.

    Quinn?

    Mullholland??

    Who names their baby Quinn Mullholland???

    Must be an alias.

    Or, just an ass.

  17. I thought of that when I watched Hillary’s speech in Iowa, and thought about all that has happened since 2008.

    Running for a third term is hard. Hillary and Jeb have the same burden and I am struck by the similarity in their first stab at a stump speech. Both feel like they just got off the boat after being stranded on a desert island with no communication to the outside world for the last eight years.

  18. If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.

    Enough of this dismal science called politics.

    In the end we do not control it.

    In the end we will all get screwed.

    Unless we align ourselves with someone who has figured out a way to exploit the system, the way buffet does

    Since most of us can’t we can at least

    Worry about Kimmie’s marriage

    And whether Jenners into man boobs or girl boobs this week.

    This is what happens when you cannot participate in the decathalon any more

    You invent your own decathalon and the invite big media into your tent to talk about it

    Or, like Patton, you go to war with the Hunn

  19. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 2:01 am
    —-
    Point taken.

    Stump speeches rooted in welfare state thinking and globalist economics are not particularly inspiring.

    Except to donors and special interests they benefit.

    But certainly not to the rest of us, who get stuck with the bill.

  20. Wow, do yourself a favor and don’t watch the Saturday Night Live Hillary skit from this weekend. I never thought I would feel sorry for a politician, but yikes. Not. Funny. Just mean.

  21. I do not think it is a coincidence that there is a huge grab for executive power that would enable the POTUS to further destroy them middle class and that standard of living, under the pretext that he needs that power to oppose China’s trade, while there is a new member here who is behaving like an overbearing troll.

    I hope people are not distracted from what is going on with the TPP. There does not seem to be any organized efforts to oppose this bill but I suggest to you that it is important to call your representatives, ask them how they are voting and tell them what you think.

    China’s economy is imploding and the Global economy is failing. The power grab is not a coincidence. I do not understand why people are not rioting in the streets about the TPP.

  22. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 2:30 am
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    Gee, thanks for directing my viewing. I just do not know what I would do without you here telling me what to do and what to think. Poor Hillary. I guess we should all give up because resistance is futile. Boo, hoo.

  23. I do not understand why people are not rioting in the streets about the TPP.
    ——
    Because they have no foresight, and no wisdom.

    Only when the wolf is at the door, do they stir from the couch and figure out that something ain’t right.

    The worst offenders of course are the Harvard trained intelligencia, who are immersed in high living and self preening.

    When the shit hits the fan, you can count on them to double down on liberal fascism.

    And you can be equally sure that in the fulsomness of time, it will blow up in their faces.

    As Richard Rodrigeuez said pay no mind to those poor players who prance across the stage.

    In terms of the bigger picture, from Harry Reid to George Clooney, those jamokes are passee.

    The hard point of the matter is this: they have no constructive answers to the current dilema.

    Just hashed over versions of what we know by now does not work.

    Rather than trying to reason with unreasonable people, it behooves us to simply stop listening to them.

  24. I do not think it is a coincidence that there is a huge grab for executive power that would enable the POTUS to further destroy them middle class and that standard of living, under the pretext that he needs that power to oppose China’s trade.
    ——–
    That IS part of what is going on. I have been talking about it for years. And if you look at what China is doing, it makes sense at that level. Just as it made sense before after the fall of the old Soviet Union. By making sense, I mean it made economic sense. Whether it made political sense, or moral sense–that is a different matter entirely. A former Clinton undersecretary made the point a few years ago when he said during our term in office we were so focused on what the top line was doing that we forgot to look below that line on the balance sheet to realize how free trade was affecting working people. Translation: we were so obsessed with pleasing Wall Street that we totally neglected the interests of mainstream, particularly since they were too asleep to realize whose frog was being boiled. Now it is different. It manifests itself in a complete distrust of the system, including the media and its leaders. And that is why 2016 is destined to be a change election. That said, it is not impossible that the establishment will prevail, but if they do then as I see it they will have a hard time governing an increasingly unruly nation. Suppose for example white people manifested the same disregard for the law that we see in large elements of our black citizenry. It is fine and well for Bill to come forward and deplore the fact that we have put a generation of young black men in prison, a statement which incorporates a large element of hyperbole with a kernel of truth inside, but the truth is what is the alternative. The answer does not lie in liberal theology which is a study in failure.

  25. These fights over global markets are a distant mirror of the competition for empire that came after the discovery of the Americas and the rush for empire by the great powers of the day and their successors.

    plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  26. They will tell ANY lie to cling to power. Unfortunately, the American People are stupid enough to believe them, and to take what they say as gospel. How else can you explain their continuing support for Obama. This phenomenon can be explained no other way. Consider the latest evidence of this big media conspiracy, which is highly coodinated, and leaves the few honest reporters left forced to ignore their own reporting and to parrot a preconceived set of talking points which amount to nothing more than propaganda. They cling to power like a drowning man clings to a razor blade.
    ——–
    Every once in a while you stumble into a news cycle and think, “This cannot be a coincidence.”

    We begin on May 16th with the Washington Post. The GOP has such a big field of candidates, party leaders are “anxious about their chances in ’16.” That’s the actual title. It seems having such a deep field is a bad thing, unlike last time when having such a shallow field was a bad thing.

    If only the GOP would coronate one candidate, just like the Democrats.

    Keeping up the theme, the New York Times on the same day, claimed the GOP was baiting the left to turn on Hillary. .

    Slate rushed in with some back patting for the Democrats. Turns out ISIS’s leader is just like a Republican candidate for President. Fear not Democrats, they’re all just an easily beaten fringe.

    The Atlantic chimed in yesterday that if you watch Fox News, you are stupid, dumb, and incapable of grasping reality.

    Fear not Democrats, the Republicans are so deluded that there is no way they can win.

    And today the Politico gets in on the game. Yes, “the GOP is dying off. Literally.” That’s their headline.

    The GOP will not pick up millennials, it is the party of old people, and it is just so outdated.

    So fear not Democrats.

    The media has you covered.

    The GOP will never win again because it is closed minded, only watches Fox, is fringy like ISIS, is dying off, has too many candidates for President.

    No, it just has to be a coincidence that on the same weekend five major media outlets run the same basic talking points against the GOP.

  27. As with prior megapolitical catastrophies, big media–who by their own admission are part of this administration, are up to this most current castastrophe–the meltdown of the middle east, up to their proverbial necks, and are trying to hide the fact by skipping over an entire chapter of recent history (2008- present) which implicates them and their messiah, and are now attempting to shift the verdict of history backwards to the president they despised George W Bush. Their current effort to do precisely that is well coordinated between the major networks, and WashPo/NYT. And yet, as you will see from the article below, not everyone is fooled:

    The collapse in the Middle East feels like Black April, 1975, the month South Vietnam fell. And it should, because just as the collapse of Saigon did not happen in Black April, but in a political American decision to allow South Vietnam to fall after a “decent interval”, so also is the ongoing collapse rooted, not in the recent tactical mistakes of the White House, but in the grand strategic decision president Obama made when he assumed office.

    This is the plan. It would be crazy not to acknowledge it. To effectively combat ISIS — or whatever it morphs into next – president Obama would essentially have to retrace his steps and return to a posture very much like that of George W. Bush. But that would mean starting a 500 kilometer march eating crow every step of the way and he’s not going to do it.

    To a cynic, what follows next is quite simple: to be the winner stand back and watch while the Arabian peninsula, Levant and North Africa destroys itself. Take every opportunity to make it worse. Clearly a humanitarian catastrophe of unprecedented scale will result. Hundreds of thousands are already dead and millions of displaced persons are on the road. That will only grow in scale and number to millions of dead and tens of millions of refugees. Therefore steps like preparing to sink the people smuggling boats, as the EU is doing, are in order.

    If you can stomach it, it can work like a charm. To our Harvard trained elites, it poses no moral dilemma, as long as their caviar supply is not interrupted . . . And here you thought the middle class in this country would not be their next victim. Silly goose.

    Both the liberal establishment — as reflected in the Washington Post’s editorial — and president Obama, are living in a kind of denial over what they’ve actually chosen.

    The Big Beards of Islam know this. They are well accustomed to dealing with lies, grue, gold and gore. They probably know in their heart of hearts they are damned to hell — whatever the Koran says — and are consequently comfortable supping with the devil. And knowing this, they must have expected that it was only a matter of time before Scratch appeared to demand his due from the man in the Oval Office.

    They knew the score; and despite the imbalance in power on leadership level it was always Big Beard vs Big Bird.

    President Obama need not have worried about a lack of legacy. He will have a legacy in abundance for historians, if there are any left in the future, as will the liberal project of the 20th century.
    ——

    The Road to Damnation
    by Richard Fernandez

    The Washington Post’s editorial on the unfolding catastrophe in Iraq has the quality of a man mumbling after waking from a dream — or a nightmare. Written by the editorial board it begins by repeating a falsehood.

    It has been apparent for some time that the United States lacks a strategy to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State since it has no plan to root out the terrorists’ base in Syria. There was hope, though, that Mr. Obama’s half-measures might be enough to blunt the Islamic State’s advances in Iraq, leaving the Syria problem for the next U.S. president. With the stunning fall of Ramadi on Sunday, even that modest optimism is questionable.

    This falsehood is so basic that it needs to be fixed. It should read: “President Obama began a course of action at the start of his term to leave Iraq and Syria to their fates. He hoped the fallout of this action might be blunted until the next US president could be stuck with it. Now, with the stunning fall of Ramadi, ISIS is presenting the president in advance with the logical consequence of his strategic decision.”

    Having fixed the foundational idea, it is easy to understand the rest of the Washington Post’s editorial in the proper light:

    “ISIL is on the defensive, and ISIL is going to lose,” Mr. Obama declared on Feb. 11, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “We’ve seen reports of sinking morale among ISIL fighters as they realize the futility of their cause.” …

    But U.S. airstrikes late last week proved powerless to block a sophisticated Islamic State offensive to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 80 miles west of Baghdad. Once again, the Islamist terrorists are slaughtering captives and sending civilians fleeing in fear. Once again, they have seized U.S. military equipment, including about 30 vehicles the government sent into Ramadi the day before its fall. Once again, in the absence of more intensive help from the United States, the Iraqi government is turning to Shiite militia and the Iranian armed forces that support them. Iran’s defense minister, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, flew into Baghdad on Monday.

    The Shiite militia cannot save Iraq, as its Shiite prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, well understands. Anbar is Iraq’s Sunni heartland, and many of its residents will regard the militia with as much or more fear than they feel for the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State. But Mr. Obama will not permit U.S. trainers to work with Iraqi forces on the ground or send U.S. spotters to make airstrikes more useful.

    The president was never going to defeat ISIS, because that would require what he will not do. Despite the Post’s belated exhortations, America won’t come back to Iraq. If Baghdad pulls it together, it will be a minor miracle. But it doesn’t look like it. One hundred thousand refugees are reported on the road to Baghdad, fleeing the house-to-house reprisals of ISIS and running straight into the hands of waiting bloodthirsty Shi’ite militias.

    Behind the tide of misery is the Islamic state, now in control of a supply route running from Syria to the Baghdad. “This is a very big threat to Baghdad. If [ISIS] controls Ramadi and Anbar, it gives them a big morale boost,” Iraqi General Najim Abed al-Jabouri told The Daily Beast. “The road between Syria and Ramadi is open, so they can always send more fighters to Ramadi.” The capital, consumed with suspicion and hatred, waits in suspense for the assault, unable to trust itself with guns, unable to unify its strategy. Jacob Siegel of the Daily Beast reports:

    The Sunni force to retake Mosul has not been built yet. The force to take back Ramadi exists, but it needs weapons, ammo, and more important, Baghdad’s willingness to trust it enough not to disarm it afterward. It may also need Iran’s approval.

    The Iranians are running the show now. Obama is out the game. He’s benched himself. This basic fact must be grasped if anything is to make sense. America’s forlorn tribal allies in the the western reaches are making a last plea for help, as if Michael Jordan could still re-enter the match and turn the tide with 3 pointers from way out. But Michael’s retired now. He’s not coming back.

    A Sunni sheikh from Iraq’s besieged Anbar province is meeting with U.S. lawmakers and administration officials this week to ask the U.S. government to arm and train Sunni tribes to repel militant advances. Sheikh Abdalrazzaq Hatem al-Sulayman said in an interview that he could rally thousands of Sunnis in Anbar to fight Islamic State, or ISIS, but they lack both resources and expertise.

    The collapse in the Middle East feels like Black April, 1975, the month South Vietnam fell. And it should, because just as the collapse of Saigon did not happen in Black April, but in a political American decision to allow South Vietnam to fall after a “decent interval”, so also is the ongoing collapse rooted, not in the recent tactical mistakes of the White House, but in the grand strategic decision president Obama made when he assumed office.

    This is the plan. It would be crazy not to acknowledge it. To effectively combat ISIS — or whatever it morphs into next – president Obama would essentially have to retrace his steps and return to a posture very much like that of George W. Bush. But that would mean starting a 500 kilometer march eating crow every step of the way and he’s not going to do it.

    Deep in their hearts the Washington Post and the New York Times must realize they endorsed Obama precisely because they knew that when this moment came he would harden his heart and refuse to re-engage, except for show. Since this is the plan, the only effective strategy, the only sane thing to do is to accept the liberal gambit and continue it.

    The obvious continuation is not to dampen the sectarian conflict, but to exacerbate it to the greatest degree possible. America, like Britain in the Napoleonic age, should adopt the policy of supporting first one side then the other, or preferably both at once, so that the combatants inflict the maximum degree of damage on each other.

    To be perfectly fair to president Obama, the weapon of sectarian warfare was originally the brainchild of Abu Musab Zarqawi. Aided ironically by the Iranians, Zarqawi sponsored attacks on the Shi’ite population because Tehran cynically calculated a civil war would loosen the grip of the United States on post-Saddam Iraq. The idea was that when America withdrew Zarqawi’s gang — and Iran — would inherit the carpet of bodies.

    By an extraordinary effort of will America beat the civil war back temporarily, cementing it together with the the trust that people used to have in the good old USA , perhaps for the last time in history, forming a coalition in what was known as the Surge. But it did not last. With Obama’s 2008 election, it was plain to the wicked and cunning old men in Turkey and Tehran that he would throw it away and that the conflict would continue as soon as he withdrew and they could inherit what was left.

    The British empire in its heyday would have understood the logic perfectly. That’s how it advanced, setting one potentate against the other, one tribe against the next. But the American liberal elite was psychologically unable to follow the implications of their own handiwork to its logical conclusion, any more than they could acknowledge the boat people or victims of the Khmer Rouge were somehow connected to a support for Ho Chi Minh. And so they pretended and temporized and spun and lied, until the time for lies was over.

    To a cynic, what follows next is quite simple: to be the winner stand back and watch while the Arabian peninsula, Levant and North Africa destroys itself. Take every opportunity to make it worse. Clearly a humanitarian catastrophe of unprecedented scale will result. Hundreds of thousands are already dead and millions of displaced persons are on the road. That will only grow in scale and number to millions of dead and tens of millions of refugees. Therefore steps like preparing to sink the people smuggling boats, as the EU is doing, are in order.

    If you can stomach it, it can work like a charm.

    The main problem with this strategy is that Obama may not be able to contain its effects. The growing catastrophe may simply swamp European border controls. And playing balance of power politics is complicated by the fact that nobody will trust America — at least not Obama — any more. The Sunnis rulers have shown a distinct skepticism toward him and are now acting independently.

    But that may not last forever because coalitions break up and form with new members. In fact, the Islamic world may attempt to turn the tables on Obama. The Sunnis could make a tactical alliance with Tehran to join forces against the infidel at least temporarily. The president has not shown much of a talent for building coalitions. Divide-and-conquer takes a level of skill he may not have.

    The biggest failure of containment would be an acquisition of nuclear weapons by regional powers. One of the reasons the Iranian nuclear deal is so important, is if Obama had held MENA, he might have risked an Iranian bomb. But he cannot risk both Islamic civil war and allow Tehran to get the bomb at the same time. Yet this is precisely what he has done.

    The London Times reports that Saudi Arabia is now trying to buy a nuclear arsenal from Pakistan because they have concluded that Obama will let Tehran get the bomb. “The Saudis — who financed much of Pakistan’s nuke program — are fearful of international efforts to keep its enemy Iran from acquiring a bomb, the Sunday Times of London reports. The Saudis think the deal, backed by President Obama, will actually accelerate Iran’s nuke push.” The West and Israel can ride out the storm, but not if there are nukes on both sides on the loose.

    Both the liberal establishment — as reflected in the Washington Post’s editorial — and president Obama, are living in a kind of denial over what they’ve actually chosen.

    The Big Beards of Islam know this. They are well accustomed to dealing with lies, grue, gold and gore. They probably know in their heart of hearts they are damned to hell — whatever the Koran says — and are consequently comfortable supping with the devil. And knowing this, they must have expected that it was only a matter of time before Scratch appeared to demand his due from the man in the Oval Office. They knew the score; and despite the imbalance in power on leadership level it was always Big Beard vs Big Bird. So they were confident. It looks like the time has come to embrace the suck, Mr President.

    President Obama need not have worried about a lack of legacy. He will have a legacy in abundance for historians, if there are any left in the future, as will the liberal project of the 20th century. At best the balance of power game will be as sad and dolorous as the clever machinations of imperial Britain in its heyday, which if nothing else, produced the Pax Britannica or the maneuvering which let Franklin Roosevelt enter World War 2 in time to win and produce the Pax America. At worst it will be worse than we can imagine.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2015/05/19/the-road-to-damnation/#ixzz3ab2fqU7S

  28. The other thing that is coming to an end in the fast fading light is that fine bromide of Michael Dell, that if we could get everyone in the same supply chain, then the kingdom of god would be at hand, because nations in the same supply chain do not attack each other. Now, if he could just get the generals in the People’s Liberation Army to go along with that, then all would be well. And I am equally sure that the big beards who, hitherto have marched to the drum of an eighth century religion and slaughter thousands with reckless abandon are just itching to climb aboard the good ship loyllypop offered to them by our benighted liberal establishment. Because behind every ISIS savage lies an American consumer just waiting to burst forth.

  29. Gee, thanks for directing my viewing.

    Actually, I didn’t provide a link.

    It was truly a mean attack. Attacked her on a personal level, not political. It’s significant in that, if that’s the way she is viewed by the Saturday Night Live crowd (her base), she is in for an hard uphill climb to the nomination, even running unopposed.

    ————–

    As to the TPP trade deal and why people aren’t more up in arms? Don’t you think people have just gone past the point of caring with Obama. I mean, the lies, the cover ups, the power grabs, the corruption. Good grief, this is an administration that used the IRS to target political opponents. The well of outrage has been pretty much pumped dry.

  30. Only now can we begin to appreciate the profound wisdom of the Obama state department spokeswoman–Marie Haft who assured us that the problem in the middle east is not ISIS, but the lack of jobs. I can think of no better example of what Rodriguez is talking about when he makes reference to the failure of the 20th century liberal model, which is as impervious to reality and the world around it, as was the old Soviet system, which could repress its people, but could not provide satisfactory solutions to real world problems, other than doubling down on the same failed policies. Collapse was inevitable. It was only a matter of time.

  31. As to the TPP trade deal and why people aren’t more up in arms? Don’t you think people have just gone past the point of caring with Obama. I mean, the lies, the cover ups, the power grabs, the corruption. Good grief, this is an administration that used the IRS to target political opponents. The well of outrage has been pretty much pumped dry.
    —–
    In other words, you believe they have given up.

    Please note, however, that the Republican Party, is in pare delicto with Obama on this issue.

    Both are firmly committed to destroying the middle class.

  32. It was truly a mean attack. Attacked her on a personal level, not political. It’s significant in that, if that’s the way she is viewed by the Saturday Night Live crowd (her base), she is in for an hard uphill climb to the nomination, even running unopposed.
    ——–
    Saturday Night Live is not a bell weather. On the contrary, it is a reflection of what the liberal establishment is obsessing over at a given moment in time. It that sense it is not predictive of anything in the future. It is merely a snapshot.

  33. Let me be the first to congratulate big media on their coverage of Bruce Jenner and is Hamlet like deliberations over transgender issues–to be or not to be–that sort of rot. Perish the thought that they would delve into issues that really do affect their lives, such as the serial failures by the big media beloved messiah which have set the world on fire. Better to dwell on what Bruce is thinking this week. Bras or boxer shorts. And has Kimmie locked hubby out of her bedroom. And what is going on with lyin’n brian, and steppie.

  34. Saturday Night Live is not a bell weather. On the contrary, it is a reflection of what the liberal establishment is obsessing over at a given moment in time. It that sense it is not predictive of anything in the future. It is merely a snapshot.

    Exactly. The liberal establishment is Hillary’s base. If this is what they are thinking about Hillary at this moment in time, she is in deep political trouble. Remember, her consultants said all week that her strategy is to energize the Obama base.

    ———–

    On TPP. Nobody who has seen it can talk about what in it. It’s a secret negotiation. Obama doesn’t care what we think. He’s going to do it anyway. Like I say, how deep is the outrage well. I’m still outraged over Rezko buying half his house in Chicago for him.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/tpp-elizabeth-warren-labor-118068.html

  35. Public announcement of a milker bill:

    Ex-Im Bank amendment could complicate trade bill’s future
    By BURGESS EVERETT 5/19/15 12:07 PM EDT
    Senate backers of the Export-Import Bank are making a new attempt to save the embattled agency, which is set to dissolve at the end of June unless Congress takes action.
    Senators in both parties are negotiating whether to allow a vote that would attach an Export-Import Bank reauthorization to fast-track trade legislation that the Senate is racing to finish by the end of the week.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/export-import-bank-amendment-trade-bill-118088.html#ixzz3abPby42V

    License to milk extortion payments from opponents and supporters of he Ex Im Bank. Lets all gather in expensive Capitol Hill steakhouses and collect PAC checks…

  36. If this is what they are thinking about Hillary at this moment in time, she is in deep political trouble.
    ——–
    No. You miss my point. This moment in time does not last forever. These people have the attention span of a flea. Trust me. Once the Republican field narrows, and the O-Mal-ee is history, they will unite behind her. The thing you should worry about is whether you want to ally yourself with them. For me that is the hardest issue to come to terms with. If you believe as I do that they are the root cause of what ails this nation, then it may be a bridge too far. It depends on who the other party puts up.

  37. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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    They will have to dish out a lot of pork to make this thing work.

    The Import Export Bank is strongly opposed by the base of the Republican Party.

    Especially in the House.

    Attaching it to TPP will complicate the political equation.

  38. The goal of a milker bill is not to address problems. Not to pass a bill. Or reject a bill. The goal is simply to provide a vehicle to milk extortion payments from special interests. Whether they pass it or reject it, the resolution will be a temporary measure so that they can go back to the well again having kicked the can down the road long enough to cash the checks.

  39. Here’s a lengthy interview with Rand Paul with the CNN anchor aggressively trying to grill him — on what he would do with ISIS is Iraq, on the Patriot act, etc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSI8ibMnQm0

    I think some of these Repubs are going to really frustrate the Dem operatives and media pundits (but I repeat myself). They come across as, dare I say, sane. That certainly doesn’t fit the script.

  40. HWC: I know their pattern. They will push the story up to a point and then they will drop it like a hot potato. Read Sharyl Attkisson’s book and you will see exactly what I am talking about. Trust me. They will eventually support Hillary. It is in their economic and power related interest to do so. I am a negotiator. I look past positions to underlying interests. I can read these phony cocksuckers like a book. For the sake of your own health and my arteries stop this hyperventillating over this demise of Hillary. As Mark Twain once opined, rumors of my untimely death have been greatly exaggerated.

    As for big media, they are not merely a disease, they are THE disease.

    If you want more on this, I commend to YOUR attention the following article:

    SCANDAL RAP SHEET: 48 REASONS TO DISTRUST & DESPISE THE MEDIA

    The American mainstream media is filled to the brim with liars, frauds, partisans, cheats, plagiarists, and those who tolerate, defend and enable all of them. There is no American institution — not the NFL, not the tobacco companies, not any corporation or enterprise regularly targeted by the media — that engages in anywhere near the amount of fraud and dishonesty that serially oozes from Our Media Overlords.

    Forget bias for a moment. Forget mistakes and misstatements and stupid or nasty things said during live telecasts. There isn’t enough Internet to begin to list the countless instances of left-wing bias and politicking and idiocy the media engage in. What I’ve accumulated below is the scripted, planned and intentional.

    Although I’m sure that more than a few examples have been overlooked (let me know which ones in the comments), this list is still a mind-blowing reminder of just how shamelessly corrupt the American media is. For these are the intentional lies, the intentional violations of ethics, the intentional manipulations, the intentional attempts to hurt the political right by employing the kind of tactics used by Third World propagandists.

    And here is the most striking part…

    All of these scandals involve an attempt by a media that advertises itself as non-partisan (MSNBC excepted) to aid and abet the Democrat Party, or undermine Republicans, or advance the media’s primary cause, which is to increase the size and scope of America’s central federal government.

    As you read the list below, ask yourselves which American company or institution could survive a rap sheet even half as long as this one — decades of lies, cover ups, dictator-coddling, outright fraud, theft, and the fabrication of evidence.

    The Watchman don’t need to be watched.

    The Watchman are a disease that need to be cut completely out of our society.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/05/19/scandal-rap-sheet-48-excellent-reasons-to-distrust-despise-the-media/

  41. HWC: I know their pattern. They will push the story up to a point and then they will drop it like a hot potato.

    The media, yes. Obviously the media will assume their roles as Democratic spokespeople when push comes to shove.

    But, Hillary’s strategy, especially with her announced tack to the left, is a turnout game. Turnout of a voter demographic that needs to be “fired up and ready to go” to make it to the polls. Just having “support” doesn’t help. The Dem model requires getting people to go vote who aren’t naturally inclined to bother. They need enthusiastic support (or an awful lot Haley Barbour’s walkin’ around money).

  42. HWC: you are killing me.

    After I (meaning big media, and their messiah) have fucked the middle east up until hell won’t have it any more, what would you (meaning Rand Paul, who is a confirmed isolationist) do to save it? Is this a confession on their part, or an admission, or simply an attempt to shift the blame. By the almighty, THIS is exactly what Rodriguez is talking about: a failure of grand strategy which began the moment he took office which was supported by big media and the foreign policy establishment, which confirms Spengler’s assessment that Cruz is the only Republican arrogant enough to be president, because he is brilliant and because he does not suffer foreign policy gurus gladly.

  43. admin
    May 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

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    Yup, real nice. These could be Brack’s sons. So mistreated that they have to attack and destroy just for the fun of it.

    No cops around while they film this? Oh, that’s right…cops aren’t allowed to protect themselves or other innocent people or they will get shot in their cars.

    This is why there are so many minorities filling our jails.

  44. This lurch to the left does one thing beyond that: it severely restricts governing options, to the extent that it is successful.

  45. They need enthusiastic support (or an awful lot Haley Barbour’s walkin’ around money).
    ——–
    And if Cruz wins the nomination, you can be certain that Haley will telling blacks he is supported by the KKK and paying them walk around money to vote against him.

  46. And if Cruz wins the nomination, you can be certain that Haley will telling blacks he is supported by the KKK and paying them walk around money to vote against him.

    I don’t believe that for a second. If Ted Cruz wins the Republican nomination, he will have a unified party and the full support of the PAC Poobahs like Haley Barbour, Karl Rove, and Reince Priebus.

    Not that it would matter in Mississippi. Cruz would take Mississippi in a landslide.

  47. DrudgeReport follows our lead. The big headline on DrudgeReport is about Baltimore O’Malley. There is also this link:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/martin-omalley-2016-presidential-launch-details-118090.html

    Martin O’Malley’s likely presidential launch will occur on the morning of May 30 in Baltimore’s Federal Hill Park, the Democrat said Tuesday.

    The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, who is all but assured to announce a bid at the event beginning at 10 a.m., revealed his plans on Twitter and in a Snapchat video released at noon. The park, near the city’s Inner Harbor, overlooks downtown Baltimore. The short video, which didn’t have any audio, showed various scenes of downtown Baltimore, ending with a sign at Federal Hill Park.

    The likely presidential hopeful also linked to a website advertising a “special announcement.” If he enters the race, O’Malley will become the third declared Democratic candidate in a field that includes Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    O’Malley supporters view the two-term governor as the most electable liberal alternative to Clinton, the establishment front-runner. The potential candidate held an off-the-record meeting in New York City last week with about 30 progressives, telling the group that he’s the most viable option for progressives who support liberal icon Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator who has said repeatedly that she won’t run in 2016.

    Last Thursday, O’Malley held a 13-minute call with donors, supporters and activists from the first three presidential nominating states, pointing to a May 30 announcement in Baltimore and telling them “he is inclined to run for president.” On the call were O’Malley’s political director Karine Jean-Pierre, an alum of Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and senior advisor Bill Hyers, who was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign manager. O’Malley didn’t mention Clinton by name, only saying, as he has in the past, that “history is full of times where the inevitable front-runner is inevitable until they’re no longer inevitable.”

  48. Is this a terrorist threat?:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/19/are-you-ready-for-president-biden.html

    If these were ordinary times, a happy warrior like Joe Biden would be first out of the starting gate in the race for president. It would be so easy; politicking is what he loves to do.

    But with Hillary Clinton so dominant in the polls, Biden is hanging back, watching and waiting to see if maybe there’s an opening. He’s telling supporters in the early states that he’ll decide in the next four weeks, or by end of summer.

    On that thin thread, Draft Biden 2016, a SuperPAC designed to draft him into the race, is lining up endorsements in Iowa, the first contest, and organizing house parties and meet ups across the country, from Maryland to Alaska.

    “Our goal is to have one party in each state, including Alaska,” says executive director Will Pierce. [snip]

    The commercial interests and the enthusiasm that is generated by a competitive campaign is what a lot of politics is about especially in the early contests.

  49. I don’t believe that for a second.
    ———–

    I don’t want to believe it.

    But I do.

    Keep in mind what Cruz represents.

    He represents the interests of the American People.

    He calls out the corruption of Washington.

    And many of the corrupt people are establishment Republicans.

    And who is at the top of that list? Rove and that pompous pachyderm Barbar.

    In which case, it is the mirror image of what we see in the democrat party, yes?

    The establishment vs. the base.

    And the establishment would rather lose an election than lose control of the party.

    They know that they can campaign like republicans, govern like democrats and continue sucking the blood out of the middle class.

    What could possibly go wrong (for them), so long as they do not have to deal with Ted Cruz and his supporters.

  50. admin
    May 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    This video will help promote tourism in Baltimore and the campaign of former Mayor O’Malley who brought prosperity and racial harmony to a great American city, just like he promised.

  51. WBBOEI:

    You are forgetting that the Barbour/Priebus/Rove crowd was happy to support Tom Cotton, who is arguably to the right of Ted Cruz. They are pragmatists. They want to win elections.

    They don’t want candidates who are too dumb, or too inexperienced, or too undisciplined to keep from blowing up the election with some idiotic Todd Akin comments.

    Certainly, Cruz would not be their preference, but he would not cause them to hit the Todd Akin panic button. They know he’s no fool. Quite the opposite.

    I think anyone seriously looking at the Republican field right now has to consider the possibility that Cruz could end up being a very strong candidate. If it ends up being a “we’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more” election, he could arguably be the strongest nominee. I am pretty sure that Priebus, Rove, and Barbour are seriously looking at the Republican field.

  52. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm
    ——–
    I hope you are right, but I know otherwise.

    Cotton and Cruz are alike in the sense that both are Republicans, supported by the Tea Party, and are willing to challenge democrats.

    However, they are different in the sense that Cotton is not running for President (which means the leader of the party) and Cotton does not challenge the power and prerogatives of his own party.

    That is the difference. It is megapolitical.

    The only thing that might give the non-leader leaders of the Republican Party pause is if they piss off the base too badly they will lose another election, and after that there may be no way to come back. They may feel their backs are against the wall.

    As the Brooklyn Dogers used to say, sure we got our clocks cleaned, but there is always next season. For establishment Republicans however it could be that there is no next season. That is the dynamite they are playing with.

  53. They don’t want candidates who are too dumb, or too inexperienced, or too undisciplined to keep from blowing up the election with some idiotic Todd Akin comments.
    ———-
    There is a subtler dimension to this.

    It has to do with who will control the party.

    The business elites, or the grass roots.

    The two are in conflict, on such megapolitical issues as illegal immigration.

  54. The only thing that might give the non-leader leaders of the Republican Party pause is if they piss off the base too badly they will lose another election, and after that there may be no way to come back. They may feel their backs are against the wall.

    Right. They aren’t stupid. They saw what happened to Eric Cantor and others. They know that, to win in 2016, they are best served nominating a candidate:

    1) Who the establishment will support (if they have to).

    2) Who the base will support (if they have too).

    3) Who can walk and chew gum at the same time and not stumble into brain dead errors.

    4) Being able to strongly articulate a compelling narrative would be plus.

    I don’t know. Rove does know. Barbour doesn’t know. Priebus doesn’t know. Nobody knows who that is. You certainly don’t see Rove running to endorse somebody. He refused to endorse Bush last week and sensibly so.

    Here’s the way I look at it. Take an issue like immigration that basically electrocutes any candidate who touches it, from any side, with any position. When I see a candidate who can talk circles around the issue like this, I’ve got to tip my hat:

    Cruz to a Clinton voter on immigration

    And, I am sure that Priebus and Rove and Barbour are aware of the skill it takes to do that.

    If he wins the nomination, they’ll be behind him. Same with as many as half a dozen of the early entry candidates. I’m not that worried about the Republicans not being able to unify behind a candidate. There are scenarios where that might not happen, but the party poobahs #1 objective is making sure there’s unity.

    The nuance I’ve finally understood is that the Roves and Barbours of the world make money regardless of the issues. They extort regardless of the issue. The simple fact is that you can make more money in power than not in power. They would rather be in power with Cruz than out of power with Eric Holder as President.

  55. I called the House Majority Leader and asked about the TPP vote. His aide told me that it would likely be scheduled for the first week of June. When I asked the aide how the Repubs could get with Oliar and come up with such a wholesale sellout of the American People, he did not have a clue or response.

    Pitchforks are the only answer.

  56. 1) Who the establishment will support (if they have to).

    2) Who the base will support (if they have too).

    ——-
    But there is the rub.

    In 2008, the establishment selected McCain–and the base did not turn out.

    In 2008, the establishment selected Romney–and the base did not turn out.

    In the mid-term, the base selected the establishment—and the establishment betrayed them.

    The establishment craves power, and in order to achieve it, they will need to cater to the base.

    But if they conclude that they will lose the party, then all bets are off.

    To make money they need to preserve their role as gatekeeper, and that role is now in jeopardy.

    If they fuck the base again, the talk of a third party will fill the airways, and the establishment will be finished.

  57. It is not 2008 and it is not 2012. Realistically, the Republicans had ZERO chance of winning in 2008. After 8 years of Bush? Mired in Iraq? Yeah, fat chance. McCain was a throw away.

    Pretty much the same story in 2012. You could tell from the parade of wackos and nobodies and has beens in the primaries. Herman Cain? Rick Santorum? Newt Gingrich? Give me a break.

    Not the same dynamic in 2016. Now, it’s the Dems running for Obama’s third term. And you see strong candidates coming out of the woodwork on the Repub side.

  58. From Politico Article

    Obama may no longer be listening to my advice, but Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren might as well be. Warren, of course, has been perhaps the deal’s most vocal critic, but even the more cautious Clinton has raised the right questions on what a good TPP would look like. Her spokesman, Nick Merrill, said: “She will be watching closely to see what is being done to crack down on currency manipulation, improve labor rights, protect the environment and health, promote transparency and open new opportunities for our small businesses to export overseas. As she warned in her book Hard Choices, we shouldn’t be giving special rights to corporations at the expense of workers and consumers.”

    On this count, the current TPP doesn’t measure up. And nothing being considered by Congress right now would ensure that the TPP meets the goal of promoting domestic production and job creation.

    The text of the TPP, like all trade deals, is a closely guarded secret. That fact makes a genuine public debate impossible and should make robust debate behind closed doors all the more essential. But the ability of TPP critics like me to point out the deal’s many failings is limited by the government’s surprising and unprecedented refusal to make revisions to the language in the TPP fully available to cleared advisors.

    Bill Clinton didn’t operate like this. During the debate on NAFTA, as a cleared advisor for the Democratic leadership, I had a copy of the entire text in a safe next to my desk and regularly was briefed on the specifics of the negotiations, including counterproposals made by Mexico and Canada. During the TPP negotiations, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has never shared proposals being advanced by other TPP partners. Today’s consultations are, in many ways, much more restrictive than those under past administrations.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/tpp-elizabeth-warren-labor-118068.html#ixzz3acb5WKbS

    Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

  59. Lu4PUMA:

    The problem is that it’s a union lobbyist who has read the TPP and is proclaiming that Hiawatha is right. I’m sure he thinks she’s right about a lot of things….

    Personally, I figure that anything Obama is hiding from me is probably something I should be against. He does, after all, have a track record with having to pass something to find out what’s in it.

  60. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    It is not 2008 and it is not 2012. Realistically, the Republicans had ZERO chance of winning in 2008. After 8 years of Bush? Mired in Iraq? Yeah, fat chance. McCain was a throw away.
    ——
    Sweeping generalizations like that, ignore the plain fact that if the party had selected a decent candidate who was willing to separate himself from Bush, attack Obama, and present an alternative agenda, then their party could have retained power. If you come back and ask me to state who that candidate was, then you have conceded my point. History and voter fatigue is an issue, but it does not equate to a zero chance. With a more effective campaign, people would have realized that the cure, i.e. Obama, was worse than the disease. And so it is now. But the key to it is for Hillary to dump Obama, and if the secreting of secret documents implicating her to NYT by Obama people is not enough to cause her to change course, then your assumptions will be born out. Going hard left is wrong. She needs to separate herself from Obama.

  61. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm
    —————————————
    It must be nice on your little planet where you are all that.

    But actually, Michael Wessel has a lot more credibility than you do.

  62. Pipelines are thousandfold less environmentally risky than transporting oil by rail (as Warren Buffett’s investments do) or truck.

    To put it into perspective, a 21,000 gallon leak is less than the capacity of one oil tanker rail car (34,000 gallons):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOT-111_tank_car

    A 2009 train derailment in Illinois resulted in the rupturing of 13 of these tank cars filled with ethanol, about 324,000 gallons.

    The 2013 derailment in Canada ruptured 63 of these tanker cars releasing 1.5 million gallons of Canadian crude oil with an explosion that covered an area 1 kilometer in size, killing 47 people.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-M%C3%A9gantic_rail_disaster

  63. Pipelines are also greener than rail or truck transport, using a fraction of the carbon footprint and, therefore, saving the planet (or something).

  64. WBB:

    One of the major problems with running for a third term is that the candidate can’t really separate from the sitting President. Eight years of partisanship hardens positions on all of the issues in the election, so distancing from those positions angers the base.

    The Republicans couldn’t distance themselves from Bush in 2008. Clinton can’t (or won’t) distance herself from Obama in 2016.

    The hawkish McCain was the worst candidate the Repubs could have nominated in 2008, but it’s folly to think they were going to nominate and anti-war candidate with the country involved in a major war. That would have been as unthinkable as the 2016 Democrat party nominating a blue dog.

  65. One of the major problems with running for a third term
    ——————-
    Then why run for a third term?

    Especially when the current president has nothing to show for his time but a track record of failure??

    Why not do as admin suggests and run on a platform of change based on the successes of the Clinton years???

  66. hwc
    May 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Pipelines are also greener than rail or truck transport, using a fraction of the carbon footprint and, therefore, saving the planet (or something).
    —-
    I agree with you on that point/

  67. Alas, the Party of a President who has been in office for eight years is thoroughly populated by loyalists and operatives of that President and committed to his policies after defending them for years against the opposition party. Be honest, didn’t you think Gore made a mistake by attempting to distance himself from Bill Clinton’s administration. Didn’t you resent that just a little bit? I did. It’s human nature.

    Dems in 2012 will reflexively recoil at anything that smacks of “dis’ing” Barack Obama. Plus, the predecessor is still in office, still at the microphone, making it awkward to attack his policies to say the least.

    Anyway, it’s a moot point. After watching her practically award him a second Nobel Prize in Iowa yesterday, Secretary Clinton is obviously not planning to distance herself from Obama.

  68. Well, I am talking about distancing

    You are talking about dissing.

    Two different things.

    Obviously, she has adopted your view, not mine.

    Time will tell whether that was the correct decision for her.

    All I can tell you with absolute certainty is that it is the wrong path for this country.

  69. Hah. Hillary is not the only one who got questions from the media today. A local TV reporter in Texas accused Cruz of “refusing to deny that he has a personal animosity towards gays.” What a hoot. This guy must be auditioning for a network gig:

    http://www.12newsnow.com/story/29108089/ted-cruz-denies-animosity-toward-gay-americans?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=11514975

    He apparently pressed him again later and got this reply:

    “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights. “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/19/cruz-is-there-something-about-the-left-thats-obsessed-with-sex/

  70. USA Today says Secretary Clinton’s campaign going according to plan and accomplishing its goals and enjoying mostly smooth sailing, according to insiders and pundits:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/05/19/hillary-clinton-campaign-democrats-2016-election/27232931/

    Early reviews say Clinton has achieved what she set out to do when she launched her campaign on April 12…

    Clinton “cleared a couple of important hurdles,” says Democratic consultant Ben LaBolt, press secretary for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. “The first is, showing that she’s relatable and down to earth.”

    So far, Clinton’s campaign staff seems to be functioning smoothly, without the internal turmoil that marked her 2008 effort, says Charlie Cook, editor of the nonpartisan Cook Report. “Her campaign may make new mistakes but certainly seems like they won’t be making the same mistakes as last time. The arrogance seems to be gone.”

  71. I think she will face some very tough questions re Benghazi and these emails,O’Malley will gain some traction with the behind the scenes help of the bots, but absent something really damming, Hillary should easily get the nomination. That being said, I felt the same way in 2008.

  72. Gee,now our troll is a pipeline safety expert. If I had only known, I could have come here and learned anything I wanted to know instead of going to engineering school. Too bad about the 536 people that we know of who have died from them in the last 30 years

  73. Here’s O’Malley talking about his record of success in Baltimore and Maryland with Jake Trapper:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/politics/martin-omalley-2016-elections-campaign-launch-youth/index.html

    I particularly like his bit at the end proclaiming that Baltimore is a city where black and whites come together for progress. I’m having a little trouble parsing his spin, but I think he’s basically “blaming it on Barry”, saying that Baltimore is a result of failed national policies. I’m not sure though. He might be blaming it on Booosh.

  74. Interesting material discovered after they took out Bin Laden

    Bin Laden bent on spectacular US attack until the end: files

  75. This jerk off O’Malley does not rate a blip on the radar screen.

    Like Castro, he is a back bencher–and a minor one at that.

    Big media proves what a joke they truly are by giving him the time of day.

  76. This jerk off O’Malley does not rate a blip on the radar screen.

    The great thing about being an independent is that I can sample all the flavors in the Presidential nomination race and give all of the candidates an opportunity to sell me. Since there are no candidate forums or what have you on the Dem side, these candidate interviews and press conferences are all I’ve got.

  77. I didn’t say I was going to vote for him! I’m just trying to give every candidate (or as many of them as I can stomach) a fair hearing. I even listened to Trump’s stump speech Saturday night and I’m certainly not going to vote for him.

    The Dems seem to be having trouble attracting candidates to the race. As an independent, I can vote in either primary. If the Dem contest looks like a yawner when NH rolls around, I’ll almost certainly vote in the Republican primary where my ballot might have more impact.

  78. gonzotx
    May 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm
    ————————-
    Quite distressing. I wonder where Hillary is going to get the money to do all those wonderful things. I would love to see her deal with that in a debate. Do you suppose she will also provide women with attorneys to help them get the same pay as men for the same job?

    But she is really just blowing smoke. And it is a good thing, too. Don’t let the court off the hook for ruling on this to protect the nation from harm. If the courts are not going to stop the executive over-reach, then we will be living in a dictatorship. The immigration problem is a big deal that needs to be dealt with.

    And did you notice that Obola still could not handle being upstaged?

  79. The key to boiling the frog is not to boil it too quickly.

    Hillary’s campaign is boiling the frog too quickly, and that means the frog jump out of the pot before he is cooked.

    This point pertains to her stand on illegal immigration, which is destructive of our nation.

  80. I’m just trying to give every candidate (or as many of them as I can stomach) a fair hearing
    —–
    You and Voltaire.

  81. What is the purpose of hiring an illegal as a member of your campaign?

    Is it to rally the illegals?

    Or is it a bit more?

    Is it to devise a strategy for them to vote in our elections and thereby neutralize the votes of citizens?

    Illegals broke the law to get here, therefore we should expect that they will break it again to vote in our elections.

    I find Hillary’s position on this issue indefensible–and counterproductive to the welfare of our nation.

    Question: would anyone here like to take a stab at defending it???

  82. Rand Paul is 6+ hours into a stump speech on the Senate floor. He started around 1:30 this afternoon. Constitutional rights. Separation of powers. Founding fathers. And so forth.

  83. I know Wbb,

    Disgusting..what happened to the rule of law Hillary?

    Is there no one to protect America sovereignty, American workers, our freaking Constitution, American way of life?

  84. gonzotx
    May 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm
    ——–
    I could see having an illegal in a government position to advise on such issue, in fact, if it were the right person it might be adviseable to bring forth that perspective on policy related matters.

    But to have an illegal in a campaign suggests a whole different purpose, which smacks of Alinsky. Given the position of Holder in re. voter identification, and the massive voter fraud which was Obama’s stock in trade, it becomes obvious that the intent here is to violate our election laws.

  85. Secretary Clinton presumably believes that the Obama administration’s executive orders on amnesty are legal. She has said that they don’t go far enough and that she would expand executive amnesty.

  86. Administrator posts comments from articles in pink in the comment section. We had someone else who did that not that long ago here at Big Pink. Does anyone remember who that was…then?

  87. Secretary Clinton presumably believes that the Obama administration’s executive orders on amnesty are legal.
    ———
    You are kidding. Right? Tell me you are not serious. If you believe that, then you must also believe in the tooth fairy. This is politics uber alles. If you don’t get that part, then you are naivee as shit.

  88. I guess if we reach a point when there are more illegals than legals, and more illegals vote than legals, then the future belongs to a president who can legalize the entire third world on the premise that he or she believes it is legal.

  89. Administrator posts comments from articles in pink in the comment section. We had someone else who did that not that long ago here at Big Pink. Does anyone remember who that was…then?

    When you use the blockquote tag (see HTML tags below) on this site, you get the pink background for the quoted material.

  90. Wbb, an illegal in a government position to advise? Hell no. No illegals, none, nada…

    Now if it were a citizen of Mexico, and so declared, to advise on relationships between the 2 Countries…possibly, nothing else..

    This is not that, not even close.

  91. You are kidding. Right? Tell me you are not serious. If you believe that, then you must also believe in the tooth fairy.

    I have not heard Secretary Clinton say that she has any objection to the Obama executive amnesty orders. I have heard her say that she would expand them. I have to assume her position is that executive amnesty is legal. I have no idea if she is being sincere or just taking a cynical political stance. I don’t know which would be worse, actually.

  92. Southern Born

    May 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm

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

    yes…he/she began with a J…if you look back a few months you will see the same routine from that poster over and over and over again, that one that has suddenly disappeared and now hwc has coincidently appeared with the same routine…a walter mitty character… I have already said twice this is the same person…the same MO of taking over the post and holding on to whatever tangent they are on and stalking people over minute wording or a sentence…and usually in pink frame…not that clever…

    I actually think these “two” people may even be the same person who used to stalk people during the last primaries…I think then they were called Democrat something…maybe democrat1950…not sure…it could be democrat something else…

    reduntant and tiresome…makes me want to do something else with my time

  93. Southern Born…I responded to your question above…my comment is in moderation at the moment…

  94. Bipartisan filibuster. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has joined Rand Paul in ranting against a reauthorization of NSA bulk data collection. Who said there’s no common ground in Washington…. 🙂

  95. gonzotx
    May 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm
    Wbb, an illegal in a government position to advise?
    ——-
    Okay fine.

    But have you seen the kind of people who now work for the government today.

    Oh my god.

    Kafka would puke.

    My main point is to show illegals have NO BUSINESS in a campaign.

    No legitimate business that is.

  96. I have not heard Secretary Clinton say that she has any objection to the Obama executive amnesty orders. I have heard her say that she would expand them. I have to assume her position is that executive amnesty is legal. I have no idea if she is being sincere or just taking a cynical political stance. I don’t know which would be worse, actually.
    ———
    Surely you realize by now that she is not going to object to anything Obama does.

    Therefore her failure to object to his ultra vires actions in re. illegal immigration proves nothing.

    You assume she does this because she believes that unrestricted executive amnesty going around congress is legal?

    Trust me. This has nothing to do with the law–not a damned thing.

    It has everything to do with politics, and rallying the Obama coalition.

    The strategy is to violate the constitution for political gain, and then tie it up in the courts for years.

    I would have assumed that you would recognize the Obama strategy by now.

  97. Southern Born
    May 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    That was mainly jeswezey that used pink.

    I would much rather see just Admin use the pink box, it would make it much easier to zoom past all of hwc’s endless comments about Republicans.

  98. hwc

    When you use the blockquote tag (see HTML tags below) on this site, you get the pink background for the quoted material.

    ————
    We know how to use the blockquote…and I wish you would STOP using it and reserve it for Admin.

  99. You are right gonzo.

    How could an illegal possibly take an oath to support and defend the constitution, after he has already violated it?

  100. You assume she does this because she believes that unrestricted executive amnesty going around congress is legal?

    Her motivation makes no difference to me. I assume that every stance a politician takes is motivated by money and/or votes. Secretary Clinton is clearly not the exception to that rule.

    I simply judge the positions they take. Bottom line, Secretary Clinton’s supports executive amnesty. Frankly, I’d probably give her more credit if she actually thought it was constitutional and good policy. I suspect you are right, however. Probably just a cynical political stance. That’s even worse.

  101. First two minutes of Rand Paul’s nine hour speech tonight. Like him or not, agree with him or not, it is really refreshing to hear politicians discuss serious issues in a serious way. The bulk collection of our phone data, capturing every phone call you and I make, is a serious issue. The 4th Amendment right to privacy is worth discussing in a serious way.

  102. I simply judge the positions they take. Bottom line, Secretary Clinton’s supports executive amnesty. Frankly, I’d probably give her more credit if she actually thought it was constitutional and good policy. I suspect you are right, however. Probably just a cynical political stance. That’s even worse.
    ——–

    You do not seem to grasp what is going on here.

    This is Obama 101.

    History is repeating itself.

  103. We are dealing with a destructive force.

    It has pushed us half way to hell already.

    There is a powerful counter force.

    It emanates from the people who love this country.

    The only one who can harness it effectively is Cruz.

    As Carville implied, the rest of them are squishes.

    And big media will take them down.

    Their mistake is to think they can dance with the devil.

    This is the law of the Yukon, and ever she makes it plain:
    “Send not your foolish and feeble; send me your strong and your sane —
    Strong for the red rage of battle; sane for I harry them sore;
    Send me men girt for the combat, men who are grit to the core;
    Swift as the panther in triumph, fierce as the bear in defeat,
    Sired of a bulldog parent, steeled in the furnace heat.
    Send me the best of your breeding, lend me your chosen ones;
    Them will I take to my bosom, them will I call my sons;
    Them will I gild with my treasure, them will I glut with my meat;
    But the others — the misfits, the failures — I trample under my feet.
    Dissolute, damned and despairful, crippled and palsied and slain,
    Ye would send me the spawn of your gutters — Go! take back your spawn again.

  104. wbboei:

    To be honest, I’m paying more attention to candidates discussing serious issues facing our country in a grown up way than the ones that are giving what amount to superficial platitudes and Entertainment Tonight level discussions….

    For example, a breathtakingly cogent explanation of why Obama’s bad Iran deal could force the next President into a corner. After eight years, I have forgotten what it’s like to hear someone sound Presidential without a teleprompter….

    Ted Cruz on Iran deal

  105. Her motivation makes no difference to me. I assume that every stance a politician takes is motivated by money and/or votes.
    ——–
    That statement tells me nothing.

    The question is: how far would the politician go to secure money and votes.

    Ultimately, would he destroy the village to save it?

    If the politician lacks a moral center then the entire game becomes nothing but the blind pursuit of power.

    And the general welfare gets lost in the shuffle.

  106. hwc
    May 21, 2015 at 1:23 am
    —–
    a superb link.

    Obama’s Iran deal claims to avert war.

    But like the Neville Chamberlain pact with Hitler

    It is destined to have the opposite effect

    And could easily produce World War III.

    Meanwhile Corkers deal on sanctions is counterproductive.

    Corker is clueless but loyal

    Which is why that old turkey buzzard McConnell appointed him committee chairman

    Corker is fool with energy.

  107. Yes. Just a tinge of demagogue in the speech, but wow. A brilliant analysis of the ramifications of a bad deal with Iran and talk about persuasive rhetoric. I would not want to debate this guy. Even better that he was pretty much telling the truth about a serious issue. I don’t even understand why we are continuing to negotiate with Iran.

    His roommate and debating partner at both Princeton undergrad and Harvard was the second black editor of the Harvard Law Review. 🙂

  108. Just a tinge of demagogue
    ———
    What is it about that analysis that troubles your refined sensibilities?

    Is it the fact that it presents the truth of the situation in the bold terms no other politician can and will?

    Was Churchill a demagogue to condemn the leader of his own party for giving us a similar accord which set the stage for world war II?

    If this is what demagogues do, while tipping over a few caviar plates of the elites, then I submit we need more of them.

    And for those who cannot bring themselves to face reality?

    Well, that is why we have smelling salts.

  109. His roommate and debating partner at both Princeton undergrad and Harvard was the second black editor of the Harvard Law Review. 🙂
    ——–
    You cannot begin to appreciate how happy it makes me to know that.

    Was he, perchance, a demagogue too?

    If he roomed with Ted, and debated with him, some of that must have rubbed off.

    So tell me, please: was he or wasn’t he?

    Youth wants to know.

  110. I simply judge (politicians by) the positions they take
    ———–
    Then you take them at their word?

  111. An LA cop traces the unrest in Baltimore to the concept of zero tolerance policing promoted by the data driven former mayor, Martin O’Malley. Exactly what I said when he first announced his candidacy, and began touthing his experience in achieving racial harmony. The problem with zero tolerance policing is it introduces the perverse incentives into police work and thus ignores the bigger picture which is to catch the bad guys without losing the confidence of the community. The intellectual basis for zero tolerance is the Comstock report, and to pursue that doctrine to the limits of its logic, one would turn police into a paramilitary force. Furthermore, it takes the position, knowingly or not, that every citizen is a potential criminal. It is in effect NASA in a bottle. Well, that is my take on it. Here is what an expert in the field, as opposed to an amateur like me who has interviewed one of the leading experts, says:

    ——————–

    As I say above, Mr. Simon understands police work as few outside the profession do, which he made clear in a recent interview for the Marshall Project. In the interview, he gives a rhetorical beating to former Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley, whom he blames for instituting a campaign of zero-tolerance arrests that may have reduced crime in Baltimore, but did so in disregard of such notions as reasonable suspicion and probable cause. The distrust of the police made manifest in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death can be traced in large part to O’Malley’s tenure as mayor, says Mr. Simon. (But if Mr. O’Malley is the Democratic nominee for president, Mr. Simon will vote for him anyway, he says.)

    I share Mr. Simon’s abhorrence for so-called zero-tolerance policing, a tactic I’ve always considered the equivalent of zero-intelligence policing. When it’s been practiced in Los Angeles, it’s been every bit as counterproductive as Mr. Simon says it’s been in Baltimore. But it’s odd that the crime wave now raging in Baltimore may well lead to similar tactics. In the charges against the six officers accused in Freddie Gray’s death, the message to Baltimore’s cops is that doing police work can get you locked up. Why chase a guy with a gun when you get paid the same to take a report after someone has been shot? (Yes, I know Freddie Gray didn’t have a gun, but lots of people in Baltimore do.) When enough murder victims have piled up, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will be begging the cops to get back in the game and do something about it, just as Martin O’Malley did years ago.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/blog/david-simons-the-wire/#ixzz3amLa1AaE

  112. After reading the fine print, I see that the illegal who is working in Hillary’s campaign is one of these so called dreamers, which to me means he was brought here as a child by his parents, and that they, not him (or her) violated our immigration laws. In fairness, I cannot blame him (or her) for that, hence my statement that this person could not take an oath or work for the good of the legal citizens of this country was in error. I would have to know more about this individual personally to say much more on the subject. What bothers me from a policy standpoint however is that people in this category would be singled out for special recognition–to excuse the politicians who flouted our immigration laws, and to encourage more of it.

  113. dem·a·gogue
    ˈdeməˌɡäɡ/
    noun
    a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
    synonyms: rabble-rouser, agitator, political agitator, soapbox orator, firebrand, fomenter, provocateur
    “he was drawn into a circle of campus demagogues”
    (in ancient Greece and Rome) a leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people.

    It’s probably not precisely the right word, because Cruz certainly uses rational argument. Probably the “soapbox orator” or “firebrand” synonyms would be even closer to the thought I was trying to convey. Cruz has an element of old school southern orator/preacher man to his delivery. I’m thinking the tradition of some of the legendary southern and Texas senators.

    His college roommate, debate partner, and best man at his wedding is David Panton. Harvard Law degree and Oxford PhD. Own a private equity company and is involved in one or more of Cruz’s Super PACs.

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/David-Panton-backs-close-friend-Ted-Cruz-for-US-president_18714041

    http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2013/05/24/david-panton-builds-wealth.html

  114. hwc
    May 21, 2015 at 11:48 am

    When I think of a demagogue I think of Huey Long, i.e.

    Long’s Famous Speeches
    The High Popalorum Speech

    “The Democratic Party and the Republican Party were just like the old patent medicine drummer that used to come around our country. He had two bottles of medicine. He’d play a banjo and he’d sell two bottles of medicine.

    One of those bottles of medicine was called High Popalorum and another one of those bottles of medicine was called Low Popahirum.
    Finally somebody around there said is there any difference in these bottles of medicines? ‘Oh,’ he said, ‘considerable. They’re both good but they’re different,’ he said.

    ‘That High Popalorum is made from the bark off the tree that we take from the top down. And that Low Popahirum is made from the bark that we take from the root up.’

    And the only difference that I have found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership was that one of ’em was skinning you from the ankle up and the other from the ear down — when I got to Congress.”

    Now who in their right mind can dispute that?

  115. His college roommate, debate partner, and best man at his wedding is David Panton. Harvard Law degree and Oxford PhD. Own a private equity company and is involved in one or more of Cruz’s Super PACs.
    ——-
    Halleleya!

    Two former roomates and debate partners.

    One trying to make the world better.

    The other succeeding in making the world worse.

    The world needs less nukes and far less venture capitalists.

    The only one who seems to want more nukes is Messiah Obama, just as long as the Magnum Mansion in Hawaii is secure.

    From there he can wave his hand to the world afire and wish them Aloyha Hoy.

    A fitting legacy for King Obama—a world class fuck up.

  116. Tons of stories on the shakeup at the Clinton SuperPac, Priorities USA.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/fundraising/242697-clinton-loyalists-gain-power-at-super-pac

    As near as I can tell, Obama flack Buffy Wicks is being moved out, replaced by Emily List flack, Anne Caprara.

    At the board level, Media Matters David Brock (yes, him) returns after he quit in a huff in February. Obama flack Jim Messina is being shuffled to a less prominent role:

    Senior Democrats framed the moves to Politico as Cecil and other Clinton loyalists boxing Messina out of power and influence within the organization. They added that Messina’s role is expected to shrink to include only fundraising.

    A number of the stories cite rumors of poor fundraising, but Trippe and Rove on Fox suggested that these rumors could simply be efforts to lower expectations so the campaign isn’t judged against the fantasy $2.5 billion numbers tossed around earlier.

  117. NICHOLAS KAMM via Getty Images

    WASHINGTON — The Senate advanced President Barack Obama’s trade agenda Thursday, voting to end debate on bill that would grant the administration power to fast-track massive new pacts through Congress.

    A number of senators objected to the process, complaining that they were unable to get votes on amendments they deemed essential to making sure that looming deals with 12 Pacific Rim nations and Europe live up to promises of helping U.S. workers.

    But 62 of their colleagues disagreed and voted to halt debate anyway, setting up passage of the fast-track bill by the end of the week.

    “I’ll acknowledge that the process on the floor has not gone the way that any of us would have liked,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and lead sponsor of the measure. He nevertheless argued for passage, saying the “economic health and prestige of (sic) my donors are on the line here.”

    The measure nearly failed, though, and only advanced after about a dozen senators engaged in a tense discussion in the middle of the Senate floor while they were still several votes shy.

    Fast track, formally known as Trade Promotion Authority, would allow the president to cut trade agreements with other nations, then advance them through Congress with expedited procedures that allow no amendments, filibusters or delays, guaranteeing him simple majority votes.

    “The TPA bill is the only way Congress can effectively assert its priorities in our ongoing trade negotiations,” Hatch said. “It’s the only way that we can ensure that our trade negotiators can reach good deals with our trading partners.”

    But other senators said there was no reason to hurry to give Obama such sweeping authority.

    “We’re moving to this massive bill with very little debate even on the fast-track policy. And if that’s adopted and the bill — TPP — appears, there will be no amendments on it,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). “I see no reason that we have to rush this.” Sessions added that he has not received enough assurance from the administration that the trade deals will be good for workers.

    “I sent a letter to the president of the United States asking how fast-track and the vast Trans-Pacific Partnership would impact the jobs and wages of American workers. A simple question. Would it increase or reduce manufacturing jobs and wages in the United States?” Sessions said before the vote. “Shouldn’t we know that? Is that a question improper to be asked? He’s refused to answer. I think the reason he’s refused to answer is because the answer is not good.”

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who has led opposition to the trade deals on the Democratic side, echoed Sessions.

    “Historically when we’ve done trade agreements in this town — as bad as they’ve turned out to be for working families … at least we’ve had open debate where we could open amendments,” Brown said. “The last time we had the Senate debate this there were three weeks of debate. This is about three days.”

    With the procedural hurdle cleared, the bill is expected to pass Friday afternoon.

    However, it still faces an uncertain future in the House, where Democrats are nearly united in opposition, and a greater number of Republicans are reluctant to aid Obama’s trade ambitions.

  118. I finally figured out what the fast-track TPA actually means, thanks to an informative podcast on the issue.

    Fast track means that the final trade agreement will come to the Congress with a public release of the full, final text for 30 days (I think) followed by a straight up or down vote by Congress with no amendments.

    It is apparently impossible to negotiate a final trade deal without fast track, because no country is going to offer up their final position while the US Congress can offer amendments on every word or sentence.

    This fast track vote today doesn’t mean the final agreement is good or bad, it’s simply a necessary step in even trying to get a trade deal done. Nobody has a clue what the final deal with look like because the negotiations haven’t gotten that far.

    ———–

    Of course, none of that will be explained by the media and won’t be a part of the public debate. The only constituency that is knee jerk against any trade deal is the labor unions, which is why it is such a hot button issue for Dems. Looks like Barry will be taking all the slings and arrows on this one.

  119. Looks like Barry will be taking all the slings and arrows on this one.

    Which means that I’m happy to see all the brouhaha. The more the merrier.

  120. The vote sets up passage of the TPA, potentially later in the day Thursday.

    Thirteen Democrats joined with all but five Republicans to advance the bill, braving a fierce assault from liberal pressure groups who had declared the trade vote a major contest for the heart of the Democratic Party.

  121. The actual trade agreement wouldn’t come up for a vote until December 2015 at the absolute earliest. Most, likely, sometime in 2016.

    This round of skirmishing is more about extorting payments from union and corporate interests than anything that leads to resolution of the issue. This round gives them an opportunity for both sides to extort payments now and then extort payments again later.

  122. Will he or won’t he???? (Again)

    I wouldn’t vote for him over Hillary, but he is better than the rest of the Republican’s when it comes to negotiation, independence, business and job creation…etc.

    I don’t really want to hear your opinion hwc, so save it.


    …(snip)

    But no one believes Trump will run, and he knows it.

    When Trump traveled to Iowa last weekend for a GOP cattle call, he said, “People would come up and say, ‘Mr. Trump we’d love for you to run. We know you aren’t going to, but can we have a picture with you?’”

    “They take me seriously, they just don’t think I’m running,” Trump said. “So that’s easily solved. People are going to find out in June. All I have to do is say, ‘I’m running,’ and have a news conference and announce that I’m running.”

    “And I will tell you,” he added, “I’ve already in my own mind very much made my decision.”

    Should Trump announce next month that he will seek the Oval Office, his campaign would look unlike any other. Whereas most candidates network with Iowans at Pizza Ranch restaurants, for example, Trump has invited state party activists onto his private jet.

    Trump also suggested Tuesday that he is prepared to self-fund his campaign, saying he would not personally raise money for a super PAC, as Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are doing.

    “I don’t need a super PAC, because I’ll spend my own money,” Trump said. “The problem with this country is, no politician makes a legitimate decision because they’re controlled by their donors and by their super PACs, and also they’re controlled by lobbyists.”

    Asked how much of his own money he would be willing to invest in his campaign, Trump said he would spend “whatever is necessary.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/05/21/the_donalds_presidential_ambitions_126673.html

  123. At the board level, Media Matters David Brock (yes, him) returns after he quit in a huff in February. Obama flack Jim Messina is being shuffled to a less prominent role:

    Senior Democrats framed the moves to Politico as Cecil and other Clinton loyalists boxing Messina out of power and influence within the organization. They added that Messina’s role is expected to shrink to include only fundraising.
    ——
    Out with the bad air: Pizza face marginalized (Excellent!)

    In with the bad air: The self described former Republican hit man, now purveyor of lies and slander Brock is in (Disaster!).

    Conclusion: her people are winning over Obama’s in the internal campaign.

    Brock, for all his faults, is hers. Messia, for all his faults, is the flotsam and jetsome of Obama. However, it is surprising that the campaign will not use him in an operations role since that is where he has been in the past. Anyone can be a fundraiser. Not everyone has the technical skill to manage the field operations.

  124. 1) Novelty/vanity/Kardashian candidates do not help serious candidates have serious discussions about serious issues. The are squirrels for the media to chase.

    2) Trump will tease a presidential run as long as he possibly can in order to keep in name in the news. The tease will probably include a big announcement of an exploratory committee that looks like an announcement that he is “in” when it really isn’t. The media will chase the squirrel.

    3) He’ll get out the day before he has to start spending real money.

  125. Trump will tease a presidential run as long as he possibly can in order to keep in name in the news. The tease will probably include a big announcement of an exploratory committee that looks like an announcement that he is “in” when it really isn’t. The media will chase the squirrel.
    ———-
    Maybe we should see him as a decoy. Someone big media can chase like a squirrel and ask him all their irrelevant questions and he can begin every sentence by telling them that we have got to get tough with China and we stood have stayed in Iraq. He should stop trying to run and become a celebrity judge. Like you say, his exploratory will conclude that the American People do not have the wisdom to realize that he could solve everything if he put his mind to it. That will happen, as you say, the moment he is forced to start spending his own money. Will he then go quietly into that good night like Perot did. No. He will start bloviating about a third party, where he would be the only candidate, and could ask and answer his own questions, presided over a panel of hand picked croies who give him their questions in advance. And if he did that, then would he be doing any different than big media does? Hell no. Their game is rigged. At this point, it takes a bigger fool than me to listen to their drivel, much less take it as anything more than a bad joke.

  126. On serious discussions of serious issues:

    Ted Cruz on immigration reform in the Senate Judiciary Committee:

  127. If Trump really wanted to have some fun, he should announce that he’s running in the Democratic primary…

  128. It must be very hard to be in the military now, knowing that your putative commander-in-chief has no balls and is determined to lose the war you are fighting, while continuing to pretend that he has the will and capacity to win. ISIS sees Obama for the mouse that he truly is, so do I and so do many people in the military I am sure. He is pathetic beyond words.
    —————

    “Arab Spring” had side effects, one of which was the destabilization of Iraq via the backdoor. Perhaps this was the unintended effect of the administration’s practice of “isolating” one foreign policy issue from others, such that Iran, Syria, Iraq and all the other countries could be treated as if they were sandboxed from the others. They are not.

    In particular, the administration should have been wary of Turkey, which in 2003, sabotaged the American attack on Iraq by denying the 4 ID passage through its territory. For they could stand to gain if Iraq falls to pieces. The motives are suggested in the map above.

    In the colors you may descry the endgame which Turkey and Iran may be fervently hoping for. If ISIS and Assad batter each other into exhaustion and Iraq collapses, the Turks stand to pick up the purple, pink, yellow and lower half of the violet — essentially recreating a large part of the old Ottoman empire.

    Tehran fares less well but they do get Baghdad and the lower Euphrates plus a huge new swath of the Persian gulf coast. Not bad, considering.

    In this endgame, Obama gets squat. He probably understands this now. Only by extending the violet north and to the yellow can he salvage anything from the debacle he caused in the first place. He is like the man who abandoned Pork Chop Hill and realizes, just as he’s left it, that he needs it after all or his whole position collapses.

    But to do that effectively he will have to retrace his steps and recreate a position so similar to George W. Bush’s that it is politically impossible. Therefore that is ruled out. Unfortunately, the means he has allowed the US military to salvage his position is incommensurate with his political objective. Here’s Cordesman again:

    the current level of U.S. military intervention may be too limited and too constrained to succeed, but the risk of failure will be high even if the U.S. uses added force more effectively. …

    A stronger U.S. advisory effort can at best help Iraqi forces inflict tactical defeats on ISIS. It cannot win on a strategic level without far more Iraqi unity, it cannot create secure areas in the west where Sunnis can live a secure and normal life, and it cannot bridge the growing sectarian gap between them.

    The U.S. also cannot help Iraq recover Mosul and the lost areas in Ninewa unless it can create an equally effective forward-based advisory presence for both the Iraq Army and Kurdish forces and can do so in a political and economic climate where Iraq’s Arab and Kurds cooperate in recovering the north, and are willing to compromise over how to govern the liberated areas and restore some kind of normal life and economy.

    In other words Obama did not have, nor will he have any time soon, an Iraqi Army competent to retake Mosul. If Obama did not understand this, ISIS did. They knew that Obama not only did not have the horsepower to take Mosul, he probably did not have enough to hold Ramadi. So ISIS did the obvious thing. It launched a flank attack from the West and directly threatened Baghdad. This spoiled the Mosul offensive and exposed the true weakness of the Shi’ites. Baghdad instantly put aside all thoughts of recovering lost northern territory concentrated on a defensive crouch.

    To return to the Mosul versus Ramadi debate, the former is the proper objective on the offensive while the latter is the right place to watch on the defensive. ISIS understood that given the force levels and rules of engagement Obama had authorized, the US was not on the offensive. It was on the defensive. In the offensive the key objective is Mosul; on the defense the key point is Ramadi. Because Obama deceived himself into believing his Frankenstein “strategy” was offensive, he unrealistically tended toward Mosul. In the meantime ISIS closed the distance and punched in Ramadi.

    ISIS succeeded because they saw the situation as it was. By contrast Obama saw the situation as anything but what it was. Cordesman sums up the situation. Obama’s strategy is fantasy given the means he has provided.

    A stronger U.S. advisory effort can at best help Iraqi forces inflict tactical defeats on ISIS. It cannot win on a strategic level without far more Iraqi unity, it cannot create secure areas in the west where Sunnis can live a secure and normal life, and it cannot bridge the growing sectarian gap between them.

    The U.S. also cannot help Iraq recover Mosul and the lost areas in Ninewa unless it can create an equally effective forward-based advisory presence for both the Iraq Army and Kurdish forces and can do so in a political and economic climate where Iraq’s Arab and Kurds cooperate in recovering the north, and are willing to compromise over how to govern the liberated areas and restore some kind of normal life and economy.

    The administration has been intellectually dishonest about the situation. Its deployments are indistinguishable from abandonment, but its stated goals are in the language of the offensive. Obama is like a boxer fleeing the ring yet claiming to be the champion of the world. The basic contradiction is this: Obama has objectively abandoned Iraq. Yet he talks as if he is still there because he launches a few drone strikes and sponsors training programs.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2015/05/20/mosul-vs-ramadi/#ixzz3aoWIwIl5

  129. Shadowfax
    May 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    The vote sets up passage of the TPA, potentially later in the day Thursday.
    ——————
    What is your source on this?

    I called Kevin McCarthy’s office on Tuesday and the aide told me the vote was not scheduled for this week and next week they are not is session.

  130. Wbb,
    l know the illegal is a dreamer, that doesn’t make him legal, it doesn’t make him a citizen, and I am, sick of our politicians flaunting these millions of dreamers as a reason to legalize illegal immigration. I’m sorry their families broke the law, I’m sorry their here illegally. They continue to come by the hundreds of thousands and always the same old story ,”oh the children”. They use their children to access our, money, schools, and health care, all on our dime. Now they will determine our elections illegally.
    Give me a break
    But Hillary is just another politician flaunting our laws to win the Latino vote.

  131. I called Kevin McCarthy’s office on Tuesday and the aide told me the vote was not scheduled for this week and next week they are not is session.
    ——–
    If those traitors had the votes, they would be rushing it through.

    As noted above:

    “However, it (TPP) still faces an uncertain future in the House, where Democrats are nearly united in opposition, and a greater number of Republicans are reluctant to aid Obama’s trade ambitions.”

  132. wbboei
    May 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I called Kevin McCarthy’s office on Tuesday and the aide told me the vote was not scheduled for this week and next week they are not is session.
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    If those traitors had the votes, they would be rushing it through.
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    That’s what I wondered. The repubs are claiming they have the votes, so I did not understand why they are not ramming it through. I do not know where I am going to find the time, but I am going to get on the phone and makes some noise.

    Just one time, the good guys need to win.

  133. I have been meaning to mention to Admin that O’Malley’s man-boobs are definitely silly. I personally like to see men with hair on their chests and the only one who can get away without it is Putin. The others look like they have been using Nair.

  134. Shadow: I think people are waiting for Hillary to do something they can support. You probably noticed that she is taking fire from big media, and has delayed the formal announcement of her campaign. Some of the things I have heard so far are problematic and I personally think they will come back and bite her. Others disagree. Meanwhile, we are just marking time—and commenting on the Republican field. The one bright spot I see is some Obama people who secreted themselves into her campaign are being expulsed or at least marginalized.

  135. wbboei:

    A couple of significant, but little reported events took place this week that lead me to believe that the Republican primary is ultimately going to boil down to Cruz vs. Bush.

    First, the Texas judge that hosted the confab of evangelical preachers who voted to support Santorum in 2012 endorsed Cruz a couple days ago, over Santorum and over Huckabee who he had endorsed in 2008.

    Second, Cruz was the only presidential candidate to speak to a gathering of 600 evangelical preachers that Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council (the Republican evangelical group) today in Washington.

    http://time.com/3892493/ted-cruz-watchmen-wall/

    Video of the speech/sermon is here:

    http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=PG15E19

    Parts of it, talking about killing Christians and Jews and Obama saying nothing had me near tears.

    If Cruz goes into Iowa with the evangelical wing solidifying behind him, he’s a very strong candidate. The tea party wing loves him for his fight against Obamacare. He’s acceptable on immigration. Acceptable on national security. Acceptable on NSA spying. Acceptable pretty much across the board. And, he’s reported raised $30+ million.

    Combine that with being an outstanding speaker and I don’t see how he doesn’t get into a run-off with the “establishment” candidate.

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see a Cruz/Clinton contest in 2016.

  136. Wbb, unfortunately I think many previous Pinkers have become disillusioned by Hillary and are wandering in the desert.

  137. “You probably noticed that she is taking fire from big media, and has delayed the formal announcement of her campaign. Some of the things I have heard so far are problematic and I personally think they will come back and bite her. ”
    ________________________

    Hillary is damned if she give hourly news interviews and damned if she remains silent. So why talk right now. Big media will make something of it, even if she were to have a news conference and recite a nursery rhyme. Never fear, EVERYTHING will come back to bite Hillary and even if it is proven there is nothing there, the media will spin and spin and make something up or through innuendo suggest there is something vile and evil the Clinton’s are doing. FOX NEWS is in full attack mode. I want to puke everytime I see Karl Rove spewing on there. Makes one wonder if FOX can go 24/7 for the next 17 month with this Clinton Derangement Syndrome…how silly of me, of course they can and will along with all the right wing media and the far left loons.
    ________________________

    “…unfortunately I think many previous Pinkers have become disillusioned by Hillary and are wandering in the desert.”
    ___________________

    Can’t speak for others here, however, when I look at those Dems who would run if she we not in the race and also 90% of the Republican candidates, Hillary becomes like a fresh drink of water.

  138. Southern, I totally agree with your last sentence. She’s not perfect. Thus far she seems to be several degrees to far to the left for my taste. I don’t plan to build an altar to her in my back yard and sacrifice my first born child in her name. But she damn sure beats the hell out of the rest. JMHO

    _________

    Brent Budowsky has a surprisingly positive article about Hillary and Bill. He has been pretty vicious in previous articles about the Clintons, especially in 2008 during the primary.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/brent-budowsky/242732-brent-budowsky-the-magic-of-bill-clinton

  139. Southern and Free…what a relief to see your posts.

    Hillary, you ARE the person I am still waiting for.

    Every other candidate doesn’t hold a candle to you. Stay silent a little longer and come out, guns a blazing.

  140. Wouldn’t surprise me to see a Cruz/Clinton contest in 2016.
    ————-
    That is what I have been saying here.

    Morris made the point that the ever since Goldwater, the establishment wing has gotten the candidate it wanted. The establishment wing is dominated by Wall Street. But today, there is a competing of donors who are not tied directly to Wall Street, and chief among them are the Koch Brothers, and Texas oil interests. They have the wherewithall to fund a non establishment candidate like Cruz, who is a much better candidate than Bush by a factor of 3 to 1. Futhermore, Cruz will have a strong ground army, and will make the press look very bad when they engage in their typical overreaching. There is great hatred for big media across the country and both Ted and Hillary can and should hold those assholes at arms length. Among other things, big media has filled young minorities with so much bitterness and hatred toward the nation in general and white people in particular that they (big media) deserve universal condemnation.

  141. True Free, the media on both sides don’t really care what Hillary says, as long as they can edit her sentences to do as much damage as possible.

    The only politicians that are talking their heads off right now, are the ones that will never win their primary elections.

  142. Big media networks have devoted their entire agenda to promoting racial strife. CNN and NBC would top that list. If you think that is hyperbole go back and review the 48 reasons why big media is despised by the nation, set forth in the Breitbart article plus their week long specials on racial discrimination, plus their characterization of every criticism of Obama as race driven.

  143. Brent Budowsky has a surprisingly positive article about Hillary and Bill. He has been pretty vicious in previous articles about the Clintons, especially in 2008 during the primary.
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    Not that surprising when you consider who and what he is. Budlosky is a schmarmy 60 year old male prog who promotes the war on women routine every chance he gets. Bud is supporting her because he has been instructed to do so by Obama operatives.

    http://dougpowers.com/2012/04/07/worst-op-ed-ever/

    The first comment there under applies directly to Buddie boy:

    The leader of the swamp zombies (Obama) opens his mouth and the o’bots scurry out of their holes, pits, and swamps to fall in line, pick up the standard, and start running, in this case doing double duty.”

  144. The only politicians that are talking their heads off right now, are the ones that will never win their primary elections
    ——————
    I would say the entire republican field are doing a lot of talking right now and one of them will win the primary. On the democrat side,I agree with your observation.

  145. Every other candidate doesn’t hold a candle to you.
    ————
    I agree. There is no other candidate in the democrat party, and I have maintained as much for a long time. Articles like the one by this buds for ewe indicate that the progs will be supporting Hillary this time, contrary to what AB Stoddard is bloviating about.

  146. One of the criticisms of President Obama AS THE YEARS HAVE GONE ON is that he had no experience—Dana Bash to Ted Cruz, as she tries without success to compare him to Obama.
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    Just what the fuck does that mean . . . as the years have gone on.

    Question: should not the sentence read:

    One of the things big media vehemently denied in the beginning and accused critics of being racist for even thinking much less saying what that Obama had no experience and that would prove to be a disaster for the nation, and as two terms in office have made clear, and big media can no longer deny, although at this point the case is so clear that their denials are superfulous is that Obama lacked experience and this would prove to be a disaster for the country, which means not only that the critics were right, but big media perpetrated the BIG LIE on the country, in order to achieve their own perverse objectives. QED.

  147. Maybe Bodowsky now believes Hillary to be progressive enough to merit praise, but his articles about her during 2008 campaign and beyond were sleazy, vicious attacks When it became clear to Bud that Barack could not walk on water with Dim party in tow, he began to call upon the name of Clinton to save the Dims.

    The opinions on both Clintons expressed by Bud over the years have been so inconsistent – ranging from venomous rantings against them to quiet praise and longing for them to save the party – a schizophrenic rat would have expressed less dissonance.

  148. hwc: appropos of what I talked about—the rise of an independent not bush (wall street) controlled source of megafunding for the R’s which tends to favor a candidate like Ted Cruz, and the concomitant erosion of the bush motherload—even though he did manage to raise 100 million—I do not think jebediah can keep that up. Personally, if I had any money I would support the Kock network, hoping that would be enough to give assholes like Reid and Schumer cardiac arrest, so I could boycott their wake–although a wake would be superflous because when they finally and none too soon slip the mortal coil, both of them are going straight to prog hell, along with Osama Bin Laden et. al. where they belong.
    ——-
    Rove’s Crossroads PAC Is No Longer G.O.P.’s ‘Big Dog’

    WASHINGTON — For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates.

    But in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Crossroads — among the first outside groups to fully exploit the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashing wealthy donors and corporations — has been buffeted by a rapidly changing political landscape that is testing its pre-eminence, and potentially its survival.

    The nonprofit arm of Crossroads is facing an Internal Revenue Service review that could eviscerate its fund-raising. Data projects nurtured by Mr. Rove are being supplanted in Republican circles by a more successful initiative funded by the Koch political network, which has leapfrogged the Crossroads organizations in size and reach.

    And the group faces intense competition for donors from a new wave of “super PACs” that are being set up by backers of the leading Republican candidates for president, who are unwilling to defer to Mr. Rove’s authority or cede strategic and fund-raising dominance to the organizations he helped start.

  149. I think the main thing that characterizes Rove’s organization is it has been far more effective in enriching Rove and knocking off conservatives in the primaries, than it has been in defeating Obama. What it is is a slush fund for the RINO. And that is why it is losing steam and contributors.

  150. Apologies for posting this long article in entirety, but it provides a comprehensive response to the criticism of Hillary based on her Iraq War vote. This, of course, is not a real issue to anyone who has taken even a semi-serious look at the record. It was initially raised in 2008 by Barack’s campaign to bamboozle young voters. The Barack-Dims – never ones to be all that worried about the validity of their assertions and accusations – continue to bring up this non-issue as evidence that Hillary is not worthy of their vote. The talk about this has been and continues to be …. words, just words.
    _______________________

    FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
    Hillary Clinton Never Supported the Bush/Cheney Invasion of Iraq

    “She voted for the war!”
    “She’s an unapologetic hawk!”
    “She’s just another Dick Cheney when it comes to foreign policy!”

    These are the charges I’ve heard over and over again for years…and as a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter who was against the Iraq War from the beginning, it never ceases to bug the hell out of me. My normal reply, which often starts with an audible sigh followed by “Well, actually…” usually does nothing to change these opinions.

    But as tiring as it may be, I will keep defending her on this issue because the record and her statements over the past 13 years clearly undermine the misconception that Hillary was “for the war”. So brace yourselves, because here is again…the actual truth of the matter:

    Hillary Clinton never voted to go to war in Iraq, nor did she support the Bush/Cheney decision to kick out the UN weapons inspectors and invade.

    Since some may find that statement to be controversial, let’s be crystal clear: Clinton could not have voted to go to war because the United States Congress hasn’t officially declared war on any country since 1942. Her vote was on the “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002”, which many other “war as last resort” Democrats like John Kerry, Harry Reid and Tom Harkin also voted for.

    Clinton herself has explained the reasoning several times, including during the very speech she gave when casting that vote. Here are a few excerpts from that October 2002 speech:

    If we were to attack Iraq now, alone or with few allies, it would set a precedent that could come back to haunt us.
    …this course is fraught with danger.

    …a unilateral attack…on the present facts is not a good option.

    Because bipartisan support for this resolution makes success in the United Nations more likely, and therefore, war less likely, and because a good faith effort by the United States, even if it fails, will bring more allies and legitimacy to our cause, I have concluded, after careful and serious consideration, that a vote for the resolution best serves the security of our nation.

    My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of preemption, or for unilateralism, or for the arrogance of American power or purpose — all of which carry grave dangers for our nation, for the rule of international law and for the peace and security of people throughout the world.

    So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him – use these powers wisely and as a last resort.

    Does this sound like someone who was standing behind the Oval Office desk with pom-poms cheering on President Bush (or let’s be honest, President Cheney) as the decision was being made to kick out the UN weapons inspectors and invade Iraq? No, of course not.

    Since that vote, she has further clarified the reasoning behind her decision. On Meet the Press in September 2007, she said:

    “I cast a sincere vote based on my assessment at the time, and I take responsibility for that vote. I also said on the floor that day that this was not a vote for pre-emptive war. … Now, obviously, if I had known then what I know now about what the president would do with the authority that was given him, I would not have voted the way that I did.”

    As you can see, not only did she ace the answer which recently tripped up Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, but she did it eight years ago.

    On a follow-up appearance on that show in January 2008, she went further by saying that the Bush White House actually lied to her:

    Moderator Tim Russert pointed out that the title of the resolution was the “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.”
    Clinton responded saying, “We can have this Jesuitical argument about what exactly was meant. But when Chuck Hagel, who helped to draft the resolution said, ‘It was not a vote for war,’ What I was told directly by the White House in response to my question, ‘If you are given this authority, will you put the inspectors in and permit them to finish their job?’ I was told that’s exactly what we intended to do.”

    So if Hillary didn’t want to go to war, why did she vote for a resolution with that title? The answer, despite being possibly counter-intuitive at first blush, is that she didn’t want to go to war. That same month, during a debate with Barack Obama in California, Clinton explained:
    I did an enormous amount of investigation and due diligence to try to determine what if any threat could flow from the history of Saddam Hussein being both an owner of and a seeker of weapons of mass destruction.

    The idea of putting inspectors back in — that was a credible idea. I believe in coercive diplomacy. I think that you try to figure out how to move bad actors in a direction that you prefer in order to avoid more dire consequences.

    And if you took it on the face of it and if you took it on the basis of what we hoped would happen with the inspectors going in, that in and of itself was a policy that we’ve used before. We have used the threat of force to try to make somebody change their behavior.

    I think what no one could have fully appreciated is how obsessed this president was with this particular mission. And unfortunately, I and others who warned at the time, who said, let the inspectors finish their work, you know, do not wage a preemptive war, use diplomacy, were just talking to a brick wall.

    But you know, it’s clear that if I had been president, we would have never diverted our attention from Afghanistan.

    http://www.hillaryhq.com/2015/05/hillary-clinton-never-supported.html

  151. Does anyone know Hillary’s position on removing the 10,000 peacekeeping troops from Iraq after the surge had stabilized the country?

  152. Rove’s Crossroads appeared to have have been pretty effective in 2014. They did a LOT of advertising in a lot of races. I’m not sure their plan or the plan of any of these national SuperPacs would be to back candidates early in the presidential primary contest. Rove, by the way, has zero connections to Jeb. I’m not even sure he would vote for Jeb in the primaries. Never worked with him at all. Jeb’s political “mastermind” is Michael Murphy, the RINO GOP operative/talking head who lives in Hollywood, stars on Meet The Press, and who was the political strategist (sic) for the Romney campaign. I suspect this is a big par of the reason Jeb is off to such an tepid start.

    I expect Rove’s Crossroads to be focused mostly on anti-Hillary, anti-Obama stuff in 2015.

    Here’s the ad they released this week, for example:

  153. hwc
    May 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm
    Rove’s Crossroads appeared to have have been pretty effective in 2014. They did a LOT of advertising in a lot of races. I’m not sure their plan or the plan of any of these national SuperPacs would be to back candidates early in the presidential primary contest. Rove, by the way, has zero connections to Jeb. I’m not even sure he would vote for Jeb in the primaries. Never worked with him at all. Jeb’s political “mastermind” is Michael Murphy, the RINO GOP operative/talking head who lives in Hollywood, stars on Meet The Press, and who was the political strategist (sic) for the Romney campaign. I suspect this is a big par of the reason Jeb is off to such an tepid start.
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    So what you are saying is that even though he was George W’s man, he has zero connection to Jeb–or by implication that Bush family. I am sure Rove would be glad to know that. As for Michael Murphy–he is a slow bell. Real slow. Rove survives on Hillary hate, thus it it hardly surprising to see the garbage you posted. I was at a high donor event and she said the minute after the R’s were wiped out in 2006–exactly 8 minutes later Rove sent out an email to his operatives asking: “what are we going to do about her?” This explains in part why he was eager to conspire with fat donna a couple years later. Rove is a fat gellatious blob who has no legitimate place in hte sysem, and more donors are walking away from him. Most of them that remain are tied to the Bush family which is all the more interesting since by your lights Jeb has zero relationship with him. What I am telling you, in case I have not made myself clear, is I think you are wrong about Jeb having no relationship to Rove, and using Michael Murphy. That makes him far easier to beat.

  154. I hope Jeb puts all his marbles on Murphy, because that ensures both of them will sink. It is like the case being so bad, and so poorly argued that the lawyer and his client both go to jail. By the way, Cudas to Murphy for having Jeb so well prepped that he fumbled the ball on the would you have attacked Iraq question, and drowned in it for three days Murphy is priceless as an advisor and useless as a pundit.

  155. Rove’s Crossroads appeared to have have been pretty effective in 2014.
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    Effective alright.

    If I were an R donor and paid Rove to launch an advertising campaign to discredit Hillary and later discovered that her poll numbers were impervious to the attack, and high as ever, then I rather suspect that I would be torn between wanting to strangle Murphy or sue Rove for incompetence. Maybe both.

  156. Not just Mike Murphy, but Vin Weber is also a major player in Jeb’s “brain trust”. Can you say, same old, same old? These guys have lost so many Presidential elections, I’ve lost count.

    In his political career, Murphy handled media and strategy for more than 26 successful Gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns for clients including Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Engler, Terry Brandstad, Christie Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Lamar Alexander, Slade Gorton, Spence Abraham, Paul Coverdell, Dirk Kempthorne and Jeff Sessions. Murphy was senior strategist for John McCain’s historic Presidential race in 2000 and has advised political leaders in many foreign countries. Murphy has a vibrant corporate practice advising Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and interest groups.

    BTW, the thinking is that he will be officially in charge of Jeb’s SuperPac. The reason Jeb is not declaring yet is that, as soon as he does, the SuperPac can’t strategize with the campaign. The SuperPac was set up in Los Angeles, to accommodate Murphy.

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    On Hillary’s poll numbers, they will never go down as long as she is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. She’s their only option, so all Dems have to tell pollsters they support her and view her positively and so forth. One of the real disadvantages of a coronation instead of a nomination is that the Dem pollsters are going to really struggle to understand where they really stand. To get the demographics they need to the polls in 2016, they need enthusiasm.

  157. So what you are saying is that even though he was George W’s man, he has zero connection to Jeb–or by implication that Bush family.

    Not just zero connection to Jeb and Jeb’s “people”, but even rumblings of bad blood. Not that it really matters. I doubt Rove wants to back any candidate in the nomination race. Certainly not early on.

  158. wbboei
    May 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    The Texas (and presumed Rove connected) donors that Jeb was counting on are not lining up with him. Jeb bugged out of Texas a very long time ago and there is no connection for him here like for Shrub or the old man. Jeb presumed there was but Perry and Cruse are cutting him off from a lot of the big money. Jeb was supposed to jump far ahead and then be the only game in town but it is not working out. The public nor the big private donors have no particular use for him like Perry or Cruse. He is seen as a boring dud in Texas and Rove nor his brother can shake any money loose for him while the other two are running around. I predict he drops out after the primaries start due to lack of interest in him.

  159. Why did I spell Cruz Cruse? I just ate a big lunch out and need a nap. Time to go home from my little office! Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone.

  160. I don’t think Perry will make it to the NH primaries. He’s better than he was four years ago, but still far from the league of the top Repug candidates.

    If, as it looks, the evangelicals are moving towards throwing in as a bloc with Cruz, then Perry, Huckabee, and Santorum are done. The thing that has derailed the evangelicals recently is supporting dud candidates (like Huckabee, Perry, and Santorum). You can say a lot of things about Cruz, but he’s not a dud.

    Right now, Jeb is in a battle with Rubio and Walker for the “establishment” candidate support. I’m not sure how that plays out. At the end of the day, I just don’t see how the GOP nominates a Bush to run against a Clinton. That is definitely not going to happen if the Bush keeps campaigning like a Romney…

  161. Secretary Clinton apparently attacked Republicans for wanting to kill the Export/Import bank at her event in NH today. I’m pretty sure this puts her at odds on another issue with Elizabeth Warren. Ex/Im bank has become a symbol of crony capitalism with over 40% of its loan guarantees going to the purchase of Boeing aircraft.

    The fat cat Koch Bros have gone after her on his:

  162. Troll turd from Karl Rove, too I see. I guess they are paid well enough that they do not have to get a real job and have time to collect and deposit turds.

  163. Shadowfax
    May 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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    That was the TPP Senate vote and they punked out.

    The populous here and in a lot of other nations are hoping our Congress will not.

    The repubs say they have the votes to push it through but I wonder because they let the vote be put off to June.

    I am going to work on a list of congressmen who are selling us out. If any body has knowledge of how any of them are voting on the TPP, please post.

  164. Of course the Ex/Im Bank costs the US taxpayer money. They are using the US government credit in the form of loan guarantees to offer below market loans to foreign corporations. Even if no loan ever default, we are still allowing those loans to compete with our efforts to sell treasury notes (something we do a lot of). It’s a subsidy to certain US businesses, plain and simple. A nicely hidden subsidy so pols can extort payments from Boeing without voters being able to hold them accountable. Crony capitalism.

    All these “quasi-indepedent” government agencies are just accounting tricks to get goverment spending off the books. The Postal Service and Amtrak are “independent” agencies that are supposed to pay for themselves, too.

    The EX-IM bank is a relic of the New Deal era and post WWII reconstruction in Europe. If the US government wants to make federally guaranteed loans, loan it to Americans for post-Obama reconstruction.

    I think Boeing can tap the commercial credit markets just fine.

  165. I am going to work on a list of congressmen who are selling us out. If any body has knowledge of how any of them are voting on the TPP, please post.

    There won’t be a vote on TPP until Dec 2015 at the earliest. Probably sometime in 2016…

  166. hwc
    May 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    Uha oh, you are showing your progressive ass. And like such, full of dysfunctional crap that leads to FAIL. Go pick you another Obama.

    And so you are a higher authority than Hillary Clinton about what the country need right now, like JOBS?

    NOT.

  167. Below are the top ten reasons why the Crony Capitalism/Corporate Welfare bank is bad for America:

    Export Import Bank is Corporate Welfare – Barack Obama stated publicly that the Export Import bank is “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.” Senator Obama was giving a speech about ceasing government programs that “don’t work” and he specifically referenced the Export Import Bank in September of 2008. Senator Obama was correct.

    The Export-Import Bank Provides Politically Appointed Bureucrats the power to Subsidize Politically Popular, and Sometimes not Credit Worthy, Causes – According to Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) in a Washington Examiner Op Ed dated March 20, 2012, “Ex-Im, as it is known, is a federal program that gives politically appointed executives power to lend mainly to foreign companies that buy American products and services. Started decades ago with a lending cap of $5 million, like all federal programs its grown over time and now has a taxpayer subsidized $100 billion cap. Senate Democrats want to further expand it by 40% to $140 billion. Ex-Im also has specific mandates to subsidize politically-popular causes like green energy. What’s wrong with this? In principle, it’s wrong because all companies – foreign and domestic – should compete on a level playing field, so that success goes to those companies who offer the best products and services at the lowest prices. In free market finance, we all benefit as businesses compete for investment that follows those with the best innovations, highest quality, at a price buyers are willing to pay.”

    Conservatives Oppose Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank – According to the Conservative Action Project, “with the Federal government saddled with trillion dollars in deficits and debt the Export-Import Bank should be neither expanded nor reauthorized. We urge all organizations and individuals concerned about the size of the federal government to issue op-eds, alerts, blog posts, releases, and other communications warning about the implications of reauthorizing of the Export-Import Bank. Time is short, therefore please do not delay.”

    The Export-Import Bank has Engaged in Politicized Credit – The Wall Street Journal argued on March 3, 2012 that “if you thought Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Solyndra would teach Congress a lesson about politicized credit, think again. The federal Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization, and the only question seems to be how much more taxpayer money Washington wants to put at risk. If the GOP wants to have a principled battle about fiscal waste and market distortions, this is a good one. The ExIm Bank—founded in 1934 to support trade with the Soviet Union, but never mind—provides taxpayer-backed loan guarantees and other services to U.S. business, especially big exporters.”

    The Export-Import Bank Helps Foreign Companies to Compete Against US Companies – Former Congressman Chris Chocola of the Club for Growth writes in the Richmond Times-Dispatch that “the most egregious example of how dysfunctional and misguided the Ex-Im Bank’s actions really are is present in the airline industry. The bank provides financing to foreign airlines that in turn purchase American aircraft, allowing them to compete against U.S.-based carriers. These foreign companies use our subsidy to offer lower prices since American companies cannot qualify for this corporate welfare, and they, in turn, lose business.”

    Ex-Im Funded A Bankrupt Company – The Ex-Im bank tossed $10.3 million to the now bankrupt solar panel firm Solyndra in 2011. According to PV Tech “for the first time, Solyndra used the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) to facilitate the sale of its modules. Ex-Im Bank is guaranteeing an 18-year €7.7 million loan (U.S. $10.3 million) under its Renewable Express process that was provided by KBC Bank NV in Belgium, which meant the project financing approval was arranged in only 41 days from the receipt of the completed application to approval.”

    Export-Import Bank Sought $3 billion bailout in 1987 – According to an LA Times story from 1987, “the Export-Import Bank will seek a $3-billion bailout from Congress next month to counter the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital, the federal agency’s president said in a report published today. John A. Bohn Jr. told the New York Times that he will report to Congress next month that the bank’s capital has fallen below $1.4 billion, half its 1983 level, and will be wiped out within nine months.”
    Export-Import Bank Staffers Engaged in Conflicts of Interest – Bloomberg reported on March 25, 2010 that “in the past two years, the (Ex-Im) bank accepted $366,865 for employee trips, according to information provided under a Freedom of Information Act request. Workers visited projects sponsored by companies including Newmont Mining Corp., ConocoPhillips, Saudi Aramco and Barrick Gold Corp. Such travel should be banned because the money may influence the bank’s decisions on billions of dollars in financing, said Craig Holman, a legislative representative at Public Citizen, an advocacy group based in Washington.”

    The Export-Import Bank Loaned Money to Hollywood Secured by Foreign Contracts – The Club for Growth in a press release dated March 29, 2012 wrote” the Club for Growth today issued the following statement criticizing the Export-Import Bank for guaranteeing loans for the film industry. According to a 2002 press release from the Export-Import Bank, the bank agreed to back “up to 90%” of the loans secured by foreign contracts for four independent films including:
    · “The United States of Leland,” a drama about a troubled youth learning about good and evil
    · “Lost Treasure,” an action film about a reality-based TV game show
    · “Global Effect,” an action film about a lethal virus
    · “High Voltage,” an action film about a military solar energy project gone awry.

    Export Import Bank May Have Loaned Money to Mexican Drug Cartels – According to WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas reported that an investigation “uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars of fraudulent loans that American taxpayers will have to pay for. The Export Import Bank of the United States backed the transactions, leading some to question whether the bank should exist.” WFAA further found that “the man who lives in this posh mansion in Juarez took U.S. taxpayers for $8 million years ago and he’s still living high inside. And despite $213 million of bad loans to Mexican borrowers on the Texas border, the Export Import Bank of the United States is opening a branch in McKinney.” The investigation found “found dozens of loans made to companies with nonexistent identities and addresses and to some people with connections to Mexican drug cartels which leads Congressman Jeb Hensarling to ask: why expand?”

    http://www.redstate.com/2012/05/04/top-ten-reasons-to-end-the-export-import-bank/

  168. Stop pretending you know what the Export-Import Bank is

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/stop-pretending-know-export-import-bank/

    The bank’s official mission reads jobs, jobs jobs. Job support gets top billing in a press release announcing new deals with overseas buyers. Since 2009, the Bank touts that they’ve supported 1.2 million private sector jobs, and 205,000 in 2013. Even Paul Krugman, not the most enthusiastic supporter of the Bank, has argued that “this is exactly the moment when ending an export-support program really would cost jobs.”

  169. 62-37 was the final vote.
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    More bad news.

    Does this make you happy, hwc?

    It makes me sick.

  170. Just for the hell of it. And because even when things kinda suck, IT’S STILL FRIDAY NIGHT!

  171. You can complain all you want about crony capitalism, but it is here and being done on an epic scale, sucking the nation dry of wealth for the oligarchy. The important role of the ExIn Bank right now is what it does for jobs and small business.

    The elite do not need the ExIn bank to continue their looting.

  172. wbboei
    May 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Below are the top ten reasons why the Crony Capitalism/Corporate Welfare bank is bad for America:

    Export Import Bank is Corporate Welfare – Barack Obama stated publicly that the Export Import bank is “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”
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    Obama’s QE and ZIRP is Corporate Welfare ten thousand times the scale of the ExIn Bank and counting. Robbing financially responsible Americans everyday. Growing into a bloated degenerate financial system that is nothing short of a criminal enterprise to supply the elite.

    At least the ExIm bank contributes to jobs and small business.

    There is an elephant in the living room and you are worried about a mosquito.

  173. Lu: if you read this article by a Forbes magazine contributor, you will see why many of us believe the import export bank charter should not be renewed, much less expanded as the proponents argue. I urge you to ignore this claim that it promotes American Jobs, because that is demonstrably false, and focus instead on the fact that it provides free taxpayer money to the titans of big business, and multi national corporations. In fact, it is crony capitalism on stereoids, and much like TARP it privatizes the gains and socializes the losses involved in high risk corporate behavior. The problem is not that we do not understand what the Import Export Bank does. The problem is we do understand it all too well. It begins and ends with the same question that presents itself in a criminal case, in establishing a motive for the time: qui bono (who benefits)? And the answer is big business—and foreign workers.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2014/05/05/close-the-export-import-bank-cut-federal-liabilities-kill-corporate-welfare-promote-free-trade/2/

  174. Obama’s QE and ZIRP is Corporate Welfare ten thousand times the scale of the ExIn Bank and counting. Robbing financially responsible Americans everyday. Growing into a bloated degenerate financial system that is nothing short of a criminal enterprise to supply the elite.
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    You will get no argument from me on that one, Lu.

  175. Does this make you happy, hwc?

    I don’t really care either way. It was just a procedural vote. The real vote will be when the treaty is actually finalized and comes up for a yay or nay vote. Not knowing what will be in the final treaty, I can’t really see getting all worked up over it until there is actually something to consider.

  176. Dear Friend,

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    Our country is under stress from the challenges of a lawless president, an AWOL Congress and sometimes an imperial judiciary. But how wonderful it is that we can hold our president accountable, vote out our Congress and go into the courts to fight the most powerful government in the history of the world — and get a fair hearing! Again, this is thanks to those defenders of our way of life who gave up their lives to protect us from those who would take away these God-given freedoms. It is easy for Judicial Watch to file a lawsuit in defense of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law because of those who did something much more difficult. We honor and remember them on this Memorial Day weekend.

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  177. There is an elephant in the living room and you are worried about a mosquito.

    With the size of the deficit and a totalitarian government that uses the IRS as a weapon against political opponents, I celebrate at the demise of any government program or agency, large or small.

  178. All the lame crap being posted here about Hillary just shows how little of substance you have for bitching and moaning about her shortcomings. The fucktard selected by the progressives has been committing national suicide through debt while the elite suck the wealth out of the nation. The entire global economy is set in a ponzi scheme that is due for a crash

    People all over the world are being killed and tortured, having to leave their homes because of his fucktard foreign policies. And he is about to start WW III with China and/or Russia.

    The country has had 15 years of failed leadership. Fuck the Republicans and the Kook Progressives. Give me bible, a gun and a crony capitalist POTUS who can get this shit show back on track.

    Yea, she is going to have to answer some tough questions before this is done, but the only game in town where the populous has any chance of a decent deal is with Hillary 2016.

  179. hwc
    May 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    There is an elephant in the living room and you are worried about a mosquito.

    With the size of the deficit and a totalitarian government that uses the IRS as a weapon against political opponents, I celebrate at the demise of any government program or agency, large or small.
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    I do not give a rats ass what Kooks celebrate. Your house is on fire and you are to into self to smell the smoke. So burn if you just don’t get it.

  180. I don’t really care either way. It was just a procedural vote. The real vote will be when the treaty is actually finalized and comes up for a yay or nay vote. Not knowing what will be in the final treaty, I can’t really see getting all worked up over it until there is actually something to consider.
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    You have more faith in congress than I do hwc.

    Case in point: Obamacare

    Pelosi: we will have to pass it in order to find out what was in it

    Conclusion: where, as here, then contents of the bill are kept secret, and we do not learn about them until after it has been passed into law then we may not have the luxury of waiting until we have something to consider before we get worked up.

    Do you see my point?

    And believe me, that is how congress works these days–regardless of which party is in charge.

  181. Yea, she is going to have to answer some tough questions before this is done, but the only game in town where the populous has any cha
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    Exactly, Lu !!!!

  182. With the size of the deficit and a totalitarian government that uses the IRS as a weapon against political opponents, I celebrate at the demise of any government program or agency, large or small.
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    Me too.

  183. Lu4PUMA
    May 22, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    All the lame crap being posted here about Hillary just shows how little of substance you have for bitching and moaning about her shortcomings. The fucktard selected by the progressives has been committing national suicide through debt while the elite suck the wealth out of the nation. The entire global economy is set in a ponzi scheme that is due for a crash
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    I agree.

    If big media devoted 1/10 of their time to the problems you describe, that they devote to their anti Hillary bullshit—and if the held Obama accountable, then we could make a dent in the universe, whereas now it is people magazine bullshit. After seeing how they have been an accessory to Obama–it his hard, no, actually it is impossible to say anything to them but shut the fuck up, you are not worth listening to you scumbags.

  184. wbboei
    May 22, 2015 at 10:13 pm
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    It is a matter of priority and timing. The ExIm bank does provide the jobs and small business resources they claim and having those is more important right now then getting rid of the graft. That is inconsequential compared to QE and ZIRP and the TPP. Those should be the fights. Those are a blatant rape of the populous.

  185. Conclusion: where, as here, then contents of the bill are kept secret, and we do not learn about them until after it has been passed into law then we may not have the luxury of waiting until we have something to consider before we get worked up.
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    They need to go after all of the republicans and democrats who support this travesty. By go after them I mean show who is paying them, and what they are doing to sell out their constituents. Even Ted’s answer on this one is lame. You cannot say I believe in free trade, without recognizing that other nations will see this as a case of unilateral disarmament on the economic front, since most of them want free access to our markets, and our companies cannot compete with them because of our high labor and administrative costs. I want Ted, Hillary and all the rest of them to renounce free trade and embrace fair trade. Fair trade focuses on impacts.

    As Pat Buchanan points out:

    In the 1990s, this writer and allies in both parties fought NAFTA, GATT and MFN for China. The Journal and GOP establishment ran with the executive branch. And the fruits of their victory?

    Between 2000 and 2010, 55,000 U.S. factories closed and 5 million to 6 million manufacturing jobs disappeared. Columnist Terry Jeffrey writes that, since 1979, the year of maximum U.S. manufacturing employment, “The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000 — or 37 percent.”

    Does the Journal regard this gutting of the greatest industrial base the world had ever seen, which gave America an independence no republic had ever known, an acceptable price of its New World Order?

  186. You have more faith in congress than I do hwc.

    Not really. I have so little faith in congress that I see this vote for what it was: kabuki theater. It was simply a procedural vote, setting the ground rules for negotiation of a trade deal and how ratification of the treaty, after final negotiations, is handled by Congress sometime in 2016. There was never any suspense on the outcome of the vote. The only reason they trotted out the show ponies was because it was a “milker bill”. The whole point was to extort payments from unions, corporations, agriculture, pharma, Hollywood, and so on and so forth. Why wait ’til next year when you can extort protection money twice?

    This was just a pay per view WWE wrestling show. The moves and takedowns were all choreographed in advance.

  187. The contents of the Bill that passed Congress tonight are not secret. Here’s a PDF of the full text of the bill:

    http://www.finance.senate.gov/download/?id=FEC41212-F7AF-4A6D-BF83-978401999DAF

    You can read it.

    And a summary can be found here:

    http://www.finance.senate.gov/download/?id=070F3045-8E10-4284-896C-95344D75ECDE

    What is secret is the working preliminary text of the trade bill. Senators can read it, but it is not available to the press because it hasn’t been negotiated yet. The bill passed tonight requires the US Trade Representative to make the full text of the final agreement publicly available on the USTR website 60 days before the ratification vote in Congress.

    Subsection 6(a) specifies that at least 90 days before entering into a trade agreement, the President must notify Congress of the President’s intent to enter into that agreement and publish a notice in the Federal Register. At least 60 days before entering into the agreement, the President must publish the text of the agreement on the USTR website. Within 60 days after entering into the agreement, the President must submit a description of changes to existing laws that would be required by the agreement. At least 30 days before formally submitting the trade agreement to Congress, the President must provide to Congress a copy of the final legal text of the agreement and a draft statement of administrative action proposed to implement the agreement.

  188. Why Is the Trade Deal Top Secret? And Why Is the GOP Helping Obama? UPDATED
    Sickening.

    by Michael Walsh
    May 21, 2015 – 6:31 am

    And you thought the election of 2014 was about putting a stop to Obama’s rule! Suckers:

    u need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you.

    I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.

    The text of the TPP, like all trade deals, is a closely guarded secret. That fact makes a genuine public debate impossible and should make robust debate behind closed doors all the more essential. But the ability of TPP critics like me to point out the deal’s many failings is limited by the government’s surprising and unprecedented refusal to make revisions to the language in the TPP fully available to cleared advisors…

    Bill Clinton didn’t operate like this. During the debate on NAFTA, as a cleared advisor for the Democratic leadership, I had a copy of the entire text in a safe next to my desk and regularly was briefed on the specifics of the negotiations, including counterproposals made by Mexico and Canada. During the TPP negotiations, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has never shared proposals being advanced by other TPP partners. Today’s consultations are, in many ways, much more restrictive than those under past administrations.

    All advisors, and any liaisons, are required to have security clearances, which entail extensive paperwork and background investigations, before they are able to review text and participate in briefings. But, despite clearances, and a statutory duty to provide advice, advisors do not have access to all the materials that a reasonable person would need to do the job. The negotiators provide us with “proposals” but those are merely initial proposals to trading partners. We are not allowed to see counter-proposals from our trading partners. Often, advisors are provided with updates indicating that the final text will balance all appropriate stakeholder interests but we frequently receive few additional details beyond that flimsy assurance.

    Meanwhile, of course, the loathsome Mitch McConnell and the other GOP collaborationists in Congress are doing their best to push this un-American beast through; that he’s joined by Paul Ryan, who once had a bright political future, is both saddening and puzzling.

    Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday the Senate will pass “fast-track” authority to negotiate major trade deals this week, despite opposition to the measure from many of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats. “Yes, we’ll pass it. We’ll pass it later this week,” McConnell said in an interview with ABC.

    The trade issue has made unlikely allies of the Republican majority leader and the Democratic president. McConnell said on Sunday that Obama has “done an excellent job” on the trade issue. The Senate voted last week to consider the fast-track measure, two days after Democrats had blocked debate on the bill, which would clear the way for a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement.

    The Republican representative Paul Ryan said on CNN that he was confident the measure would pass the House. “We will have the votes,” said Ryan, who is chairman of the House ways and means committee. “We’re doing very well. We’re gaining a lot of steam and momentum.”

    Sickening.

    UPDATE: the bill just passed a “key hurdle” in the Senate, thanks to Mitch and his cronies.

    President Barack Obama’s signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Senators voted 62-38 to give Obama a major victory and set up a speedy decision on the “fast-track” trade negotiating authority the president needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. TPP is seen as central to U.S. efforts to counter China’s increasing economic muscle.

    Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second Senate vote. Some supported moving ahead with fast track after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, assured them he would set a vote next month on a bill to renew the Export-Import Bank’s charter, according to leading Democratic senators. The charter is due to expire at the end of June. They were joined by 49 of 54 Republicans, giving supporters of the legislation more than the 60 votes needed to proceed in the 100-member Senate.

    In other words, a complete cave. Kentucky voters, you should have elected Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    The pact is the biggest trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement freed up trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than two decades later, many blame that deal for factory closures and job losses and see the TPP as producing more of the same.

    Remember: Obama sees this as another power grab; the McConnell Republicans see it as a way of serving their Chamber of Commerce masters. When you lose your job down the road, you’ll know whom to blame. Your freedom? That’s already gone.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/05/21/why-is-the-trade-deal-top-secret-and-why-is-the-gop-helping-obama/#ixzz3avfw518a

  189. The baloney about the “secret trade pact” is just kabuki theater. This wasn’t a vote on the Trade Bill. This was a vote on the procedure for the trade bill, including publishing the text of the final agreement on the public website 60 days before the vote.

    This is the perfect example of how pols spin and distort, to get their side up in arms, all the better to extort bigger checks from the lobbyists, doncha know. The more you can scare ’em, the more you can get ’em all worked up, the bigger the checks.

    If the media gave a damn, the pols wouldn’t be able to get away with all the smoke and mirrors. But, alas….

  190. The labor unions are really the only big opponent of trade deals. Their loss of manufacturing jobs isn’t the result of trade deals. It’s the result of bad union labor deals and packages that make union manufacturing shops unsustainable.

    Look at the automobile companies that operate in the United States:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_automotive_assembly_plants_in_the_United_States

    Most of the European and Asian brands have built their factories here after NAFTA was passed and are doing quite well in places like South Carolina, Alabama, etc. Non-union states. Drives the labor unions insane.

  191. freespirit
    May 22, 2015 at 9:56 pm
    Just for the hell of it. And because even when things kinda suck, IT’S STILL FRIDAY NIGHT!

    ———-

    I had sorta checked out of Pink…couldn’t stomach much more, but then you reeled me back in Free…White Rabbit, many of us are sort of down the hole from one person.

    Friday night tunes!!!

    Thanks.

  192. The baloney about the “secret trade pact” is just kabuki theater. This wasn’t a vote on the Trade Bill. This was a vote on the procedure for the trade bill, including publishing the text of the final agreement on the public website 60 days before the vote.

    This is the perfect example of how pols spin and distort, to get their side up in arms, all the better to extort bigger checks from the lobbyists, doncha know. The more you can scare ‘em, the more you can get ‘em all worked up, the bigger the checks.

    If the media gave a damn, the pols wouldn’t be able to get away with all the smoke and mirrors. But, alas…
    ————————

    This will interest you: http://maplight.org/us-congress/contributions

  193. Dear GOP: Don’t Work with Obama — Stop Him
    Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not.
    by Michael Walsh
    May 22, 2015 – 6:04 am
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    GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can “govern” — by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers — before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, the public keep screaming: STOP OBAMA!

    The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the new Congress has accomplished less than they expected, while 4% say it has accomplished more than expected. About half (53%) say its accomplishments are in line with what they expected.

    On both measures, the public’s views are far more negative than they were of the Democratic-led Congress in March 2007, after the Democrats regained control of both chambers following several years of Republican control. Views are also much more negative than they were in April 1995, shortly after the GOP had gained control of the House and Senate for the first time in four decades.

    The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted May 12-18 among 2,002 adults, finds that just 22% approve of the job performance of Republican congressional leaders, little changed since the summer of 2011. Ratings for Democratic congressional leaders are somewhat better (33% approve).

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Suckers! The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party doesn’t care. And certainly not the wing led by the twin dullards, McConnell and Boehner, men of limited intelligence and zero imagination. But then, that’s what happens when politics becomes a profession: it becomes all about process.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/05/22/dear-gop-dont-work-with-obama-stop-him/#ixzz3aw4zCW5K

  194. When streiff calls this case of arrested development from the state department derek chollet who looks like he just just learned to shave an “ass clown” he is being far too kind. But streff is a hail fellow met sort of guy.
    ————

    Obama official: our Iraq policy is the same as our critics’

    By: streiff (Diary) | May 22nd, 2015 at 08:25 PM | 5

    The Obama administration has three tried and true ways of dealing with crises. First, they blame others. Now seven years into his regime of shame, Obama is still trying to blame George Bush for everything. Second, they gaslight, that is they tell you against all evidence that something is working. Just this week, the White House claimed that its Iraq policy was working. I mean, who is the press going to believe? Their own lying eyes? Or the word of their master? Third, they demand what the questioner would do. This last one, in particular, is juvenile in the extreme. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the critic would do. That isn’t even an issue. The issue is what the administration is doing.

    As a sign of how bad things are going, the administration has gone from gaslighting to “hey, what’s your plan” in just two days. For instance:

    Watching conservative pundits and politicians fumble over whether the United States should have invaded Iraq 12 years ago makes clear just how divided and unsure Republicans are about what they would do differently. When one peels away the rhetoric, what they advocate largely resembles the policies of the president they claim is such a failure: Barack Obama.

    “War lessons for the GOP,” the May 19 op-ed column by Michael Gerson, one of conservatism’s brightest minds, is a case in point. After conceding in hindsight that the Iraq invasion was a mistake (a view that many of us who supported the war now admit but that Obama got right at the time), Gerson says we should apply the hard lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan moving forward, then goes on to fault Obama for a policy of “retrenchment and retreat,” “chronic indecision” and “weakness.” So what policy would embody the opposite of these traits?

    This is sort of an epic version of the “what would you do differently” attack as it has elements of gaslighting involved. If you say our policy should avoid “chronic indecision”, etc., this assclown (who, by the way is in no small measure for the unmitigated chaos in the Middle East) says:

    All of that accurately describes Obama’s approach. Today the U.S. military has as many as 3,000 troops in Iraq helping to train security forces and more than 35,000 military personnel in the Persian Gulf to reassure and work with our partners. For nearly a year, U.S. warplanes have bombed targets every day in Iraq and Syria — nearly 3,000 airstrikes so far — and Special Operations forces engage against terrorist targets, as last weekend’s raid into Syria proved. In the past few weeks, Washington has begun military training of the Syrian opposition at a cost of $500­ million. And the United States is partnering with other countries; today European allies are contributing to the Iraqi air campaign and training mission, and Arab states (and Canada) are part of the strikes in Syria.

    This is just ludicrous. There is no one, even this Derek Chollet fellow, who believes the policy of this administration in regards to [fill in the blank] has been anything but vapid, sophomoric, ineffectual and built upon wishful thinking. More to the point, Obama’s critics are under no moral, legal, ethical, or intellectual obligation to offer solutions particularly because those critics were not invited to the table when Obama decided he was going to screw the pooch. The critics have an obligation to point out what is happening. It is the administration that owes us answers on what it is going to do besides blame George W. Bush.

  195. This is just ludicrous. There is no one, even this Derek Chollet fellow, who believes the policy of this administration in regards to [fill in the blank] has been anything but vapid, sophomoric, ineffectual and built upon wishful thinking. More to the point, Obama’s critics are under no moral, legal, ethical, or intellectual obligation to offer solutions particularly because those critics were not invited to the table when Obama decided he was going to screw the pooch. The critics have an obligation to point out what is happening. It is the administration that owes us answers on what it is going to do besides blame George W. Bush.
    ———
    That is beautiful stuff–right out of the Tom Sowell playbook.

    So, when the left refuses to listen to reason, charges forth with a cloud cuckoo land policy, sees it blow up in their faces, invites its critics to clean up the mess, and places the burden of proof on them to do so, there is only one acceptable response:

    Hey commie, you broke it; you own it; you think you are smarter than anyone else what with your Harvard degrees; fine; then do all of us this small favor: kill your own snakes!

  196. And, by the way, we do not need a written confession by Obama that he is the architect of this and many other disasters. Big media may require a signed written confession, but we are practical people. If there is to be any accountability here, then we invoke the timeless prose of my favorite president–Harry Truman: since I am president, the buck stops here. That is yet another truth that the sociopathic messiah obama cannot bring himself to acknowledge, much less respect.

  197. GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can “govern” — by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers — before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, the public keep screaming: STOP OBAMA!
    ————-
    And that disconnect will be their undoing.

  198. And that is what makes Ted an attractive candidate.

    He is just as willing to throw those two Quislings under the bus, as he is to bury Berry Obama and his fellow travelers.

    And that is the truth which the Mike Murphys of this world refuse to acknowledge.

    Years ago I worked in the Alaska salmon industry–lots of small men with oversized egos.

    One of them claimed to be a Horatio Alger, and the only problem with that contention is . .

    Well, its a little like what Oscar Levante said about Doris Day . . . I knew her before she was a virgin.

    But one thing I will say about the man which augers in his favor.

    He was involved in major anti trust litigation involving allegations of price fixing on king crab and salmon throughout Alaska.

    Eventually we prevailed.

    However, there were many tense moments in this ordeal.

    And at one point, the plaintiffs attorney were riding down the elevator with the defense attorneys and their prickly pear client, the great I am I have just described.

    The attorneys shared some jokes and pleasantries.

    Whereupon the prickly pear grabbed his attorney by the nape of the neck, threw him out of the elevator at the captain cook hotel, and told him in no uncertain terms:

    What the fuck if the matter with you. Here I am fighting for my life, and you, my attorney sit their carrying on with the man who wants to bury me.

    If I ever catch you doing this again, I will throw you and your associate out the window right after I fire your ass.

    Frankly, that is the way we should be treating Obama people.

    For their goal is to destroy our world, sure as the earth turns.

    At a minimum, treat them as the adversaries they are, and never ever give them an even break.

    If the shoe were on the other foot and you asked them for comity, you would get none.

  199. This may seem harsh.

    However after six long years, one lie leading to a thousand, and contempt for the rule of law.

    It seems rather reasonable–to me.

    And that begs the even larger question what hath this Obama clown wrought?

    What has his treachery done to the American People.

    Now that is a sobering question.

  200. The distinction lies in the difference between a legitimate adversary and a rabid ideologue.

  201. Overview of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015
    Prepared by the staffs of the Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee
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    Oh yes . . . a ceding of power from Congress to the executive branch.

    Why, why, why?

    House Ways and Means—that would be Paul Ryan.

    And whose hip pocket is he in?

    http://maplight.org/us-congress/legislator/445-paul-ryan

    Why is this necessary?

    And why hasn’t the dangers of the imperial presidency sunken in?

    Well, again I suppose, follow the money.

  202. Paul Ryan…what a disappointment. All that “ah shucks”, Mr. Conservative accountant, going to reign in the debt,all the B.S.

  203. Last week, we sat at the feet of the big media beloved messiah at the Coast Guard Academy and he revealed to us that climate change, not radical jihad, causes radical jihad.

    Yet, a month before that, the state department disciples of the big media beloved messiah told us an entirely different story, namely that the lack of jobs, not radical jihad, causes radical jihad.

    And a year before that, the big media beloved messiah explained to the business world, that contrary to superficial appearances, they did not build the organizations they founded–government did, ergo, by inference he did.

    As in: all things bright and beautiful, all things big and small, all things wise and wonderful, Obama made them all. Big media rises to its feet in thunderous applause, music rises from the orchestra pit, fade to black.

    But there is always one racist in the crowd. Some ignorant chap, who lacks the benefit of a Harvard education, and must persevere through life without it, which does not qualify for ADA protection: That racist might size up this four flusher thusly:

    It is bad enough that the big media beloved messiah, who never let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a good story, should be a legend in his own mind. After all, that is what sociopaths do. To wit: http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

    The problem is, thanks to big media and their incessant priming of the pump, the big media beloved messiah is a legend in the minds of half the country. Moreover, he represents a wonderful role model for troubled back youth.

    While many of them can look forward to a life of crime and incarceration, Obama can look forward to a life of luxury ensconced–or trapped might be a better word with the love of his life in the Magnum Mansion.

    When ISIS is admitted to the United Nations, Obama can be their ambassador. He can help the world understand the difference between terrorism and workplace violence. And, wouldn’t that be grand?

  204. Again we are being distracted, misdirected and disrespected by someone who is dishonest about who they are and what their motives are. We can google for links, ourselves.

    The TPP is a sellout of the populous to the oligarchy. “You can keep your doctor” has become “You can keep your job”. From Obamacare to Obamatrade. One is the Dems gift to the elite and the other is the GOP’s gift to them.

    There is a list of 118 Democrats and 2 Republicans in the Congress who have indicated they will oppose the TPP, listed here: http://delauro.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1455:delauro-miller-lead-151-house-dems-telling-president-they-will-not-support-outdated-fast-track-for-trans-pacific-partnership&Itemid=21

    That leave 72 Democrats that did not sign:
    Adam Smith
    Alma Adams
    Ami Bera
    Bill Foster
    Bonnie Watson Coleman
    Brad Ashford
    Brenda Lawrence
    Brendan Boyle
    Cedric Richmond
    Charles B. Rangel
    Chris Van Hollen
    Dan Kildee
    David Price
    Debbie Dingell
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Denny Heck
    Derek Kilmer
    Diana DeGette
    Don Beyer
    Donald Norcross
    Doris Matsui
    Dutch Ruppersberger
    Earl Blumenauer
    Ed Perlmutter
    Gerry Connolly
    Grace Napolitano
    Gregory W. Meeks
    Gwen Graham
    Henry Cuellar
    James A. Himes
    James R. Langevin
    Jared Polis
    Jim Cooper
    Jim Costa
    Joaquin Castro
    John B. Larson
    John C. Carney Jr.
    John Delaney
    John Sarbanes
    Joseph Crowley
    K. Mark Takai
    Katheleen M. Rice
    Katherine Clark
    Marc Veasey
    Mark DeSaulnier
    Michael Capuano
    Mike Quigley
    Mike Thompson
    Nancy Pelosi
    Norma Torres
    Paul Tonko
    Pete Aguilar
    Richard Neal
    Rick Larsen
    Rick Nolan
    Ron Kind
    Ruben Gallego
    Sandy Levin
    Seth Moulton
    Steny Hoyer
    Susan Davis
    Suzan DelBene
    Suzanne Bonamici
    Tammy Duckworth
    Ted Lieu
    Theodore E. Deutch
    Tim Walz
    Tony Cardenas
    Tulsi Gabbard
    William Lacy Clay
    Xavier Becerra

  205. The two Republicans that are on the Delauro list were George E.B. Holding and Tim Walberg. That leaves 243 Republicans. I am counting 433 Representatives, total.

  206. I know what you mean Shadow. Here’s another one to soothe our souls.

    Dr. John – I Been in the Right Place, But It Must Have Been The Wrong Time

  207. Obama can will be CONDEMNED to a life of luxury ensconced–or trapped might be a better word with the love of his life in the Magnum Mansion.

    Question: and who would that be? (Multiple Choice)

    a. Michelle: that fashion plate turned ninja who runs her hand over a sharp blade with designs on his neck

    b. Reggie: the body man who is the spitting image of Max the Butler in Sunset Boulevard

    c. Sharpton: White House records show he visited the White House 62 times—there must be something going on.

    (Hint: there is no wrong answer. No grades either. No teacher evaluation. A menage a toi is an acceptable answer. What is important here is not education. What is important is self esteem. The crystal ball predicts . . . a government job.)

  208. Lu4PUMA
    May 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Again we are being distracted, misdirected and disrespected by someone who is dishonest about who they are and what their motives are. We can google for links, ourselves.
    ——
    Lu: here is someone you need to know about if you don’t already. She is a true warrior in a cause which you and I care deeply about. The suggestion by one commentor that expanded trade is good proceeds mainly on the basis of theory, and as with any theory it must be measured in terms of empirical results, in other words, impacts. Experience has shown that since NAFTA, GATT and MFN were passed this nation has lost 55,000 manufacturing jobs, because the elites–establishment republicans and democrats have written off that segment of the economy. Although Lori and Ted Cruz are on different wave lengths philosophically, both are Ivy League who rejected the easy route which is to go with their classmates into the upper echelon of society, and have instead opted to make of their lives something more–an offering to work hard to make this country a better place for average people and to blow the whistle on the predatory practices of the elites. I know you are upset about some of the things hwc is saying, but many of the insights he or she offers are brilliant. They expose the truth of what is going on, and with the future slipping away from us and our children, these are the kind of people we need to be listening to. The distractions that drive me nuts are those that big media slips in through a set of propaganda techniques which are right out of the Goebbels playbook. That is where our system has really broken down. And I want people to know about it. With all that said, I find your position on this give away legislation to be spot on. Momare too really impresses me.

  209. As they (the elites) sow, so shall they reap. (Galatians 6:7)
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    We now face the possibility that the post World War 2 institutions are breaking down and cannot now contain the conflicts of the 21st. In that case one of the first casualties will be the prestige of elites. Like the Barons and Kings of ancient England, a widespread catastrophe will portray them as dangers to the public; people who have to be bottled up before they can do it again.

    Recently a speaker at Davos made minor news when he said, ”I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.” They know the storm is coming. And in a diffuse sort of way, so does everyone else. Of course the world is a pretty small place today, and it is doubtful if even New Zealand will be far enough to escape retribution.

    What is far more likely is that popular attempts will be made to reduce the power and influence of institutions which are believed to have been responsible for the hypothetical catastrophe. The elites cannot escape. There will be attempts to restrain them. In this the great universities, newspapers of record and social elites, perhaps even the institution of the presidency, may fare poorly. But none of these efforts — such as might be proposed by Constitutional amendment for example — will really succeed until other institutions have risen to take their place.

    What these successor institutions or arrangements might be is still unclear. In all likelihood they will be led on by new forces representing livelihood and creativity that did not exist in the 20th century. They will be the industries, affinity groups or possibilities that will find the posturings of contemporary politicians like Obama and the mayhem of ISIS equally tedious and a drag on what they perceive to be their lawful occasions.

    Ultimately the current elite will be judged “bad for business” by the rising powers, though what business that is exactly remains to be seen.

    These rising institutions are most probably going to play the role once performed by the Archbishop of Canturbury when he drafted the Magna Carta, and lead the effort to restrain the modern Barons and the Kings from conducting their destructive and high-handed activities. We like to think of the great charter as the foundation document of liberty. But in fact, it was aspirational at best. The true Magna Carta is much older. It is unwritten, unless that word can refer to things that inscribed in the hearts of men.

    Humanity has a tremendously practical streak about it which will tolerate ideology and radical fanaticism but only so far. “Divine and natural law”, if it exists, expresses itself in the ordinary life of the world, where people need to eat, work, have children and dream. It lies dormant in the background. Potentates can seemingly trample upon ordinary life up to a point, after which natural law rises up, seemingly out of nowhere, sets them straight. ”For life,” as Michael Crichton once put it, “finds a way.” The Magna Carta in every age is nothing but the riot act read by ordinary people to their kings.

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2015/05/23/the-ordinary-life-of-the-world/#ixzz3aymbpQ00

  210. freespirit
    May 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    Link to Uppity Woman, another long-term, steadfast Hillary blog.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Free, read Uppity’s post/warning to potential trolls. It is bust-a-gut hilarious!

  211. The Trigger-Happy Generation
    If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.
    ENLARGE
    PHOTO: MARTIN KOZLOWSKI

    By PEGGY NOONAN

    Readers know of the phenomenon at college campuses regarding charges of “microaggressions” and “triggers.” It’s been going on for a while and is part of a growing censorship movement in which professors, administrators and others are accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, gender bias and ethnocentric thinking, among other things. Connected is the rejection or harassment of commencement and other campus speakers who are not politically correct. I hate that phrase, but it just won’t stop being current.

    Kirsten Powers goes into much of this in her book, “The Silencing.” Anyway, quite a bunch of little Marats and Robespierres we’re bringing up.

    But I was taken aback by a piece a few weeks ago in the Spectator, the student newspaper of Columbia University. I can’t shake it, though believe me I’ve tried. I won’t name the four undergraduate authors, because 30 years from now their children will be on Google, and because everyone in their 20s has the right to be an idiot.

    Yet theirs is a significant and growing form of idiocy that deserves greater response.

    The authors describe a student in a class discussion of Ovid’s epic poem “Metamorphoses.” The class read the myths of Persephone and Daphne, which, as parts of a narrative that stretches from the dawn of time to the Rome of Caesar, include depictions of violence, chaos, sexual assault and rape. The student, the authors reported, is herself “a survivor of sexual assault” and said she was “triggered.” She complained the professor focused “on the beauty of the language and the splendor of the imagery when lecturing on the text.” He did not apparently notice her feelings, or their urgency. As a result, “the student completely disengaged from the class discussion as a means of self-preservation. She did not feel safe in the class.”

    Safe is the key word here. There’s the suggestion that a work may be a masterpiece but if it makes anyone feel bad, it’s out.

    Later the student told the professor how she felt, and her concerns, she said, were ignored. The authors of the op-ed note that “Metamorphoses” is a fixture in the study of literature and humanities, “but like so many texts in the Western canon it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom.” The Western canon, they continue, is full of “histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression” that can be “difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.”

    That makes them feel unsafe: “Students need to feel safe in the classroom, and that requires a learning environment that recognizes the multiplicity of their identities.” The authors suggest changing the core curriculum but concede it may not be easy. Another student, they report, suggested in her class that maybe instead they could read “a Toni Morrison text.” A different student responded that “texts by authors of the African Diaspora are a staple in most high school English classes, and therefore they did not need to reread them.” That remark, the authors assert, was not only “insensitive” but “revealing of larger ideological divides.” The professor, they report, failed at this moment to “intervene.”

    The op-ed authors call for “a space to hold a safe and open dialogue” about classroom experiences that “traumatize and silence students,” with the aim of creating environments that recognize “the multiplicity” of student “identities.”

    Well, here are some questions and a few thoughts for all those who have been declaring at all the universities, and on social media, that their feelings have been hurt in the world and that the world had just better straighten up.

    Why are you so fixated on the idea of personal safety, by which you apparently mean not having uncomfortable or unhappy thoughts and feelings? Is there any chance this preoccupation is unworthy of you? Please say yes.

    There is no such thing as safety. That is asking too much of life. You can’t expect those around you to constantly accommodate your need for safety. That is asking too much of people.

    Life gives you potentials for freedom, creativity, achievement, love, all sorts of beautiful things, but none of us are “safe.” And you are especially not safe in an atmosphere of true freedom. People will say and do things that are wrong, stupid, unkind, meant to injure. They’ll bring up subjects you find upsetting. It’s uncomfortable. But isn’t that the price we pay for freedom of speech?

    You can ask for courtesy, sensitivity and dignity. You can show others those things, too, as a way of encouraging them. But if you constantly feel anxious and frightened by what you encounter in life, are we sure that means the world must reorder itself? Might it mean you need a lot of therapy?

    Masterpieces, by their nature, pierce. They jar and unsettle. If something in a literary masterpiece upsets you, should the masterpiece really be banished? What will you be left with when all of them are gone?

    What in your upbringing told you that safety is the highest of values? What told you it is a realistic expectation? Who taught you that you are entitled to it every day? Was your life full of . . . unchecked privilege? Discuss.

    Do you think Shakespeare, Frieda Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes and Steve Jobs woke up every morning thinking, “My focus today is on looking for slights and telling people they’re scaring me”? Or were their energies and commitments perhaps focused on other areas?

    I notice lately that some members of your generation are being called, derisively, Snowflakes. Are you really a frail, special and delicate little thing that might melt when the heat is on?

    Do you wish to be known as the first generation that comes with its own fainting couch? Did first- and second-wave feminists march to the barricades so their daughters and granddaughters could act like Victorians with the vapors?

    Everyone in America gets triggered every day. Many of us experience the news as a daily microaggression. Who can we sue, silence or censor to feel better?

    Finally, social justice warriors always portray themselves—and seem to experience themselves—as actively suffering victims who need protection. Is that perhaps an invalid self-image? Are you perhaps less needy than demanding? You seem to be demanding a safety no one else in the world gets. If you were so vulnerable, intimidated and weak, you wouldn’t really be able to attack and criticize your professors, administrators and fellow students so ably and successfully, would you?

    Are you a bunch of frail and sensitive little bullies? Is it possible you’re not intimidated but intimidators?

    Again, discuss.

    By the way, I went back to the op-ed and read the online comments it engendered from the Columbia community. They were quite wonderful. One called, satirically, to ban all satire because it has too many “verbal triggers.” Another: “These women are like a baby watching a movie and thinking the monster is going to come out of the screen and get them.” Another: “These girls’ parents need a refund.”

    The biggest slayer of pomposity and sanctimony in our time continues to be American wit.

  212. It is a good thing that Hillary has delayed a formal announcement, because as long as this Benghazi stuff has been swirling around the media and the blogosphere, it will receive no traction.

    But there is an even more compelling reason than that to hold back. And that is the environment is changing, and in order to be relevant, she needs to articulate a set of positions which respond to the emerging reality a future president will be dealing with, rather than simply endorsing the failed policies of her former boss.

    You could say she is damned is she does, and damned if she does not–separate herself from Obama, and find, as Bill did, that third way which is between the statism and authoritarianism of Obama, and the divine right of businessmen and billionaires which is promoted by Mitch McConnell, Michael Murphy and their ilk.

    The danger that I see is that some Hillary supporters will respond to the attacks against her which are converging on most sides now defensively, rather than offensively. By defensively, I mean calling people trolls when they try to analyze the big picture, and instead demand a constant refrain of how great thou art.

    That will be comforting I am sure to others who share their views and their commitment to Hillary. But it will do little to persuade those who are on the fence, who might support Hillary if they believed she could be counted upon to address the critical issues facing the nation, with new policies that had a decent chance of working. Rhetoric will not suffice. And neither will putting paint on our faces and dancing around the camp fire.

    This is why you do not find me worrying about current attacks, or being thrilled as something Hillary says, or sticking pins in dolls of her detractors. I have tried the last of those remedies, and I can tell you from experience it does not work. If it did, Obama would be a pin cushion.

  213. The Trigger-Happy Generation

    If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.

    By PEGGY NOONAN

    Wow, great article.

    A lot of good points, but I especially liked this:

    Do you wish to be known as the first generation that comes with its own fainting couch? Did first- and second-wave feminists march to the barricades so their daughters and granddaughters could act like Victorians with the vapors?

  214. The thing I find monstrous in these attacks upon the Clinton foundation is the double standard which big media applies.

    They have never applied the same scope of review to Obama and the miscreants who surround him.

    They have never asked aloud where did his wall of money come from.

    And they have never held him accountable. Period.

    Nor do they worry about the conflict of interest which permeates congress.

    Whereby committee chairman receive donations from the very people they presume to regulate.

    If a judge did that he would receive a one way ticket to Sing Sing.

    And believe you me, it has been known, i.e. Martin Manton of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    So where do these pious cocksuckers from NYT get off attacking her, when they themselves are in pare delicto?

    I suppose their last line of defense for their hypocrisy is she is running for president, therefore we can’t have it.

    Pray tell, since when have the men we elected as president been pillars of civic virtue?

    To answer that question you need look no further than the big media beloved messiah.

    He is a living example of corruption writ large.

    Yet big media is just fine with that.

    Likewise with Ted Cruz, they presume to judge him by the very standard they refused to judge Obama, i.e. experience.

    Dana Bash poses the question to him with the weasel qualifier—

    It has become clear AS TIME GOES ON that President Obama lacked experience–so why should we trust you.

    It was obvious from the outset that Obama’s lack of experience cause a thousand misfortunes.

    It was equally obvious from the beginning that his Middle East strategy was a fool’s errand.

    Yet in both cases, big media was right there with him, promoting his agenda and slandering his critics.

    And there too, only now, are they trying to weasel out of it.

    To do that, they retreat from the role of advocate, and presume to render neutral judgments.

    They need to be reminded that at the moment of decision they supported him to the hilt, particularly the editorial pages of NYT and WashPo.

    And thereafter the nation as a whole must stop listening to them.

  215. The far more interesting vote last night was the refusal of the Senate to approve the House-passed changes to the Patriot Act. In the last dying gasp of the McCain hawks, the Senate went for the full-loaf, extension of the full Patriot Act. They ended up with nothing. Expiration of the entire Patriot Act.

    This is vastly more significant than the passage of fast-track trade authority that Presidents have had since 1975. More interesting politically, as Presidential candidates have staked out all three of the positions on the Patriot Act.

  216. There is no upcoming vote on the TPP scheduled. It hasn’t even been negotiated to a final treaty yet. Once it is negotiated, the fast-track authority requires the posting of the full text on the public gov website for 60 days before votes in the Congress. Experts believe the absolute earliest would be Dec 2015, almost certainly not coming to a vote until 2016.

    The Patriot Act expires in 8 days.

  217. This particular comment in the article posted by Lu is salient. Hwc–would you care to respond to these points? It is a variant on the EU where the real power is not in state capitals any longer but in Brussels.

    —-

    The TPP is not a free trade agreement, it’s a geopolitical strategy to integrate economies by subverting the legal status of the nation-state and transferring some of that status to multinational corporations.

    It is aimed at enabling Wall St., and other Western finance sector “foreign investors”–which basically own the corporations–assert a dominant influence over the member societies.

    It’s also aimed at China, intended to leverage Western finance (and to a lesser extent, intellectual property) as a weapon against China’s raw economic power

  218. The thrill of victory and the agony of indictment from the town that made deflategate famous–Boston, as Howie Carr describes it:
    ————

    It’s always been clear who Boston 2024’s core constituencies are — pinky-ring thug unions and greedhead contractors dreaming of the next Big Dig, as well as shiftless hacks answering the bell for post-Deval no-show six-figure jobs.

    And now another special-interest group leaps into the bare-knuckle Olympic brawl: ex-con politicians. Considering the hordes of jailbirds loitering around the State House and City Hall, this could be the tipping point.

    Come on down, ex-Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, D-Danbury and Roxbury, Bureau of Prisons #21757-038. Like every other sticky-fingered hack in the city, convicted or otherwise, she heard the Boston 2024 dog whistle and tried to sign on as a “consultant” on, what else, “minority issues.”

    We need a new Olympic event Dianne could compete in — bra-stuffing. Once she’s finished, Wilkerson’s bra won’t be stuffed with just C-notes, but also with gold!

    Given their dreams of looting the entire state, Boston 2024 should be out recruiting amongst this native criminal class known as Boston pols.

    Boston 2024 needs to be proactive here. They need a new line on their employment applications — federal Bureau of Prisons number.

    Let me nominate someone — BOP #80641-038. Chuck Turner, former Boston city councilor, winner of the gold medal in “preacher’s handshake.” An amazing scam artist, Chuck also holds the world’s record in the fly zip-up — 1.2 seconds, after being caught leaving his Roxbury manse in a rush one morning.

    Isn’t table tennis an Olympic event? If you can win a gold in pingpong, why not in beer pong? Come on down, ex-Sen. Anthony Galluccio, D-Billerica House of Correction. This grifting grafter (or is it grafting grifter?) could also moonlight conducting drug tests — specifically, on whether or not his fellow athletes’ toothpaste has been tampered with.

    Remember, that was the bust-out solon’s excuse when he failed a Breathalyzer test while under house arrest in Cambridge. Someone put alcohol in his Harvey’s Bristol Gleem.

    Jim Marzilli, the perv in the Prius, could return for the parking-garage dash. Might be some confusion however, if he decides to compete under the alias he used in his park-bench crime spree in Lowell — Marty Walsh.

    Some of our top athletes will have to complete their, uh, prior commitments. Mike McLaughlin was a world-class long-distance man, winning multiple photo finishes with grand juries for decades, before he finally took a tumble in the Chelsea Marathon.

    Old BOP #94973-038 is currently training at the Loretta Lynch A.C. in Lewisburg, Pa. Mike is in prime condition, 69 years old, the same age as one of the Bay State’s world-class competitors in the bribery relay — Sal DiMasi, BOP 27371-038. Sal’s career as a sprinter was cut short when his relay partner, his bagman, turned rat on him.

    Boston 2024 — the thrill of victory, the agony of indictment …

  219. If the above proves nothing else, it shows that big government works and it solves the problems of real people. Namely, the political stocking stuffers.

  220. Please don’t throw me in the briar patch.

    The reason NYT is telling us that the republican they most fear is rubio.

    They go on to make these unsubstantiated assertions that he is the strongest candidate, but he is still beatable.

    Considering his youth and political naivetee and his betrayal of conservatives, the strategy here is obvious.

    NYT knows how beatable he is, therefore they want to stupid party to nominate him.

    In other words, please don’t throw me in the briar patch.

    Same old shit.

  221. The TPP is not a free trade agreement, it’s a geopolitical strategy to integrate economies by subverting the legal status of the nation-state and transferring some of that status to multinational corporations.

    Lots of tinfoil hat nonsense is written as “scare tactics” to drum up public support (and extortion payments). All treaties outline dispute resolution mechanisms. None so far has “subverted the legal status” of the United States or “transferred US sovereign status to multinational corporations”.

    We should probably revisit this when the treaty is actually negotiated and the text is available.

    The TPP is apparently intended to use US law and practices as the basis for a trade within the Pacific region, not Chinese laws and practice. That’s probably a good thing for the US.

  222. wbboei:

    Two things differentiate the Clinton Foundation pay to play from garden-variety run-of-the mill political corruption/extortion:

    1) Contributions from foreign governments and foreign donors are banned in the US. It’s one thing to have US citizens and corporations buying influence. It is a qualitatively different kettle of fish when foreign governments and their agents are doing it.

    2) The shear scale of the payments. Both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton have routinely pocketed $250k to $500k payments. I believe the speaking fees alone have totaled $30 million in the last 18 months.

  223. RE: The NYT and Rubio. I dunno, maybe I’m missing the boat, but somehow I don’t turn to the New York Times and Democrat pundits (but I repeat myself) for analysis of the Republican field. 🙂

    Acela corridor conventional wisdom (including Fox News pundits) is that it’s a three man race among Bush, Walker, and Rubio. I’m not seeing a lot of enthusiasm for any of them in the Republican blogosphere.

  224. hwc: tin foil or not, here is the political reality of the situation—a reality which the RINO and his consultants does not seem to realize. If the RINO does not keep his campaign promises, why should anyone vote for him? How can they have any confidence that he will not betray them, in order to reward his donors. The equation is just that simple.
    ————–

    Republicans lose faith in party leadership

    By Jeff Crouere May 23, 2015 6:56 am

    A new Pew Research Center poll shows that America is unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22% overall approval rating.

    What is especially significant is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve of the performance of the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders received in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, months after the party took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

    There is a major difference between the congressional leaders of today and those at the helm in 1995. During that era, Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House. In the November 1994 elections, Americans sent Republicans to Congress with a mission, enact the Contract with America. Led by Gingrich, the Congress was actually able to get some tangible goals accomplished by moving then President Bill Clinton to the right. As a result, Clinton signed into law bills that lowered capital gains taxes and established welfare reform. Even more miraculous, a significant budget surplus was created.

    Gingrich was an unabashed conservative, who truly believed in the concepts of lower taxes and less government. Unfortunately, today, the GOP leadership in Congress, specifically Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, are typical establishment Republicans who have been on Capitol Hill too long. They are opposed to the Tea Party and true conservatives and have no interest in real reform or following the wishes of grassroots Republicans.

    Just four months after the Republicans took control of the Senate and House, most of the GOP electorate has lost faith in congressional leadership. It is no surprise since nothing has been accomplished except the Keystone Pipeline bill, which President Obama vetoed, and the House passed bill ending abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. On almost everything else, there has been rhetoric, but no action.

    Despite the fact that almost every Republican congressional candidate campaigned against Obamacare and the President’s executive amnesty for five million illegal aliens, Congress voted to fund both programs. The Senate approved the radical nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General and just gave Obama a major victory by approving legislation giving him more power to enact trade deals.

    This trade promotion authority would force Congress to accept the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 other nations without any amendments. It would require Congress to schedule an up or down vote on the trade pact, creating “fast track” legislation. Many conservatives are leery of any trade deal that gives the President more power and might lead to the further dissolution of American manufacturing jobs. Both Boehner and McConnell are supportive of this agreement, which critics label as another gift to big business at the expense of middle class America.

    After passing a trade deal, McConnell will turn to renewing the Patriot Act, despite major NSA abuses and a significant invasion of the privacy of ordinary Americans. It is another issue that pits GOP leadership against the majority of Republicans.

    Clearly, congressional Republicans are not advancing a conservative agenda or stopping President Obama. This betrayal of conservatism is reflected in the Pew poll. The stage is now set for the 2016 presidential race where true conservative candidates will be facing establishment backed candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

    If an establishment Republican is nominated, millions of conservatives will be disgusted and will bid farewell to the GOP. This will insure that the Republican Party, which has lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, will lose again

  225. There obviously is a very important vote coming up for the TPP. I wonder why the troll is so intent in misleading everyone about it.

  226. hwc
    May 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm
    wbboei:

    Two things differentiate the Clinton Foundation pay to play from garden-variety run-of-the mill political corruption/extortion:
    ———
    In the abstract, I agree with you.

    But in context, I think it is a nawthing.

    Let me tell you why:

    Do you recall the credit card scam perpetrated by Obama?

    If not, then here is the link:

    And where was the big media outrage when that occurred.

    Don’t get me wrong, I thought is was a travesty.

    But big media buried it.

    And so did the RINOs.

    So when someone complains to me about the CGI, I say it is no big deal.

    Past practice legitimatizes it.

    And because big media condoned it with Obama, they really need to just shut the fuck up.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/10/08/exposing_barack_obamas_illegal_foreign_campaign_money_loophole

  227. Poor Martin, he got his TPP votes mixed up, even though the point he makes is good.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/apr/23/martin-omalley/martin-omalley-says-congress-wont-see-pacific-trad/

    “There is congressional input into the negotiations as they proceed, but the negotiations take place behind closed doors and are not made open to the public or all members of Congress,” said Robert M. Stern, an emeritus professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. “There may be a democratic deficit, but if the details of the negotiations were publicly available, there would likely be endless discussion and debates about various parts of the negotiations.”

    That sticks in the craw of critics, including O’Malley. Doing it this way puts lawmakers in an uncomfortable position — they are being asked to approve a process that will produce a bill they won’t have the ability to amend when it comes up for a vote later.

    O’Malley “believes that Congress and the American people should be able to read the agreement before Congress votes on giving away their authority — our authority — to change it,” his staff said in a statement to PolitiFact. “The deal will not be made public until after fast track is approved — and then at that point, there can be no changes. That leaves the general public in the dark.”

    O’Malley does have a point that transparency has been lacking so far.

    Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been under way for years, even before passage of Trade Promotion Authority, but they’ve been conducted with extreme secrecy. In fact, much of what the public knows about them so far comes from draft documents obtained and publicized by Wikileaks.

    And under the Trade Promotion Authority bill now being considered in Congress, “detailed and timely information” will be shared with lawmakers and staff with “proper security clearances as appropriate.” Even before passage of Trade Promotion Authority, the Obama administration said, lawmakers and staff with security clearances have access to negotiating texts and summaries and has held hundreds of briefings.

    Some House Democrats say that isn’t enough enough openness. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., told The Hill that the administration is being “needlessly secretive. … Even now, when they are finally beginning to share details of the proposed deal with members of Congress, they are denying us the ability to consult with our staff or discuss details of the agreement with experts.”

    Our ruling

    O’Malley said that “we’re not allowed to read it (the Trans-Pacific Partnership) before representatives vote on it.”

    Strictly speaking, he’s wrong — Congress, and the American public, will be fully informed of what’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership before lawmakers vote to make the agreement part of United States law.

    But he has a point that lawmakers won’t know what’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership before they cast a separate, precursor vote — the vote to authorize Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a fast-track basis in the first place.

    In a meandering radio conversation, O’Malley made a reasonable point that transparency about the deal has been lacking, but in doing so, he conflated two separate congressional votes. On balance, we rate his claim Mostly False.

  228. RE: The NYT and Rubio. I dunno, maybe I’m missing the boat, but somehow I don’t turn to the New York Times and Democrat pundits (but I repeat myself) for analysis of the Republican field. 🙂
    ———-
    For godsake you are missing the boat. Who does the RINO worry about? The NYT. NYT has labeled them obstuctionists, racists and everything else, ergo the RINO canibalizes his own party and does Obama’s bidding to prove NYT is wrong. The only problem is they piss off their base when they do this, and are distrusted as a result. That is the conundrum they have created for themselves, Rove and the rest of those jamokes, and they don’t even realize it. I am quite sure they will find some way to dismiss the findings of the Pew poll as well. The RINO is in the same state of denial as the Obot. Neither one of them realizes what is happening in the real world. I am fed up with all of them. I do think, however, that if this TPP thing passes we will rue the day.

  229. Here is a good summary on what is wrong with allowing the TPP deal

    http://action.sumofus.org/a/fast-track-congress/2/4/?sub=homepage

    Fast Track is also known as Trade Promotion Authority. It creates special rules that empower the White House to negotiate and sign trade agreements without Congressional oversight. Lawmakers won’t be able to analyze and change them — and have only 90 days to make a Yes or No vote to ratify the entire treaty.

    The TPP deal would hand corporations the right to sue the government for billions in secret courts when it tries to pass laws that protect our children, the environment or the economy. And worse, taxpayers would foot the bill.

    The final ministerial round of the TPP talks was just delayed, and an emergency round of negotiations is scheduled to start in two weeks in Hawaii. Sources say the reason for the delay and change in plan is to make sure Fast Track passes — and fast. What this means is that the very balance of the TPP deal depends on Fast Track passing — and that’s why we need to stop it now.

    Congress is still deeply divided on Fast Track — and calls from the people that elected them could make sure they stand up for us and not the corporate lobby.

  230. HWC: please, for your own edification, listen to what Lori Wallach is saying about TPP.

    She is the best of the best.

    And she is giving us the truth with the bark off.

    This is a Trojan Horse.

  231. And, Hillary, for christsake this is where you should be showing some independence from Obama–and from the Republican field.

    Wake up!!!

  232. This TPP thing is a vehicle used by the elites to remodel our entire system of government and to disenfranchise the American People.

    If you think that is hyperbole, you need to listen to Lori/

    You really do.

  233. Lu4PUMA
    May 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    There obviously is a very important vote coming up for the TPP. I wonder why the troll is so intent in misleading everyone about it.

    ————-
    He has his own agenda. He doesn’t care that he disagrees with Admin and most of the folks that blog here, and he certainly doesn’t care if he takes over everyone’s conversation.

  234. Also, how do we know that Hillary has been given the privilege of reading what the TPP is about if only Congress gets a chapter at a time, can’t talk to their staff about it for help and it’s all so effin’ secret??

  235. HWC: please, for your own edification, listen to what Lori Wallach is saying about TPP

    I don’t listen to anything from Ralph Nadar’s Public Citizen. I can’t stand Ralph Nadar or anything he’s ever done.

  236. Wbb – Well, there you have it…the open mind only goes one way.

    hwc
    May 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

  237. I don’t listen to anything from Ralph Nadar’s Public Citizen. I can’t stand Ralph Nadar or anything he’s ever done.
    ————–
    Well . . . I am disappointed.

    You have provided good insights on other issues.

    But here, you dislike the messenger therefore you ignore the message.

    I suppose it is easier to ignore the evidence than it is to refute it.

    I think we ignore this message at our peril.

    It is clear from the testimony of multiple witnesses that this is more than just a trade agreement.

    You really ought to think about that whether or not you like Nader.

  238. If this woman is correct, Congress doesn’t really get to openly talk about what they have read and Obama and the big corporations are secretly screwing people all over the planet for the big effin’ profits.

    Congress members are not allowed to publicly discuss the working preliminary drafts that are made available to them at this point. These drafts have not been agreed to. They are negotiating drafts, undergoing constant revisions.

    When the final trade agreement is negotiated and signed off on before ratification, it will be posted on a US gov public website, where anyone can read it and discuss it for 60 days before the vote in Congress.

    For example, here’s the final text of the Columbian Trade Agreement that became effective in May 2012.

    https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/colombia-fta/final-text

  239. Sorry. I just will not read anything from Ralph Nadar and his groups. I would go one step further. If Ralph Nadar’s groups say something, my default position would be to believe just the opposite. He’s kook-koo for cocoa puffs.

  240. You might as well tell me to read something from Jeremiah Wright on race relations. Not going to do it. Sorry.

  241. Shadowfax
    May 23, 2015 at 11:51 pm
    ——-
    It would appear so.

    I like Lori because she is brilliant and a straight shooter.

    Her message to the people of this country on this issue is clear cogent and convincing.

    It is the sort of message that should unite conservatives and liberals.

    It is the sore of message that the uniparty does not want us to know.

  242. hwc
    May 24, 2015 at 12:00 am
    ———–
    That is a pretty emotional reaction coming from someone who has been a pillar of logic up to this point. I am sure you have your reasons for not liking Nader. But you are making a big mistake to throw the baby out with the bath water. You can hate the messenger all you like but it is a fools errand to ignore the message.

  243. It’s not emotional at all. When someone spouts nonsense for over 40 years, I stop listening. You might as well try to see me on Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders as credible sources.

    I’m not defending the TPP. It hasn’t been finalized yet and won’t be for another 6 to 12 months. I don’t have the first clue whether or not it will be good deal. Knowing Obama, it will probably be chock full of global warming carbon tax nonsense. He does have the reverse-midas touch. But, that’s a discussion for another day.

  244. hwc
    May 24, 2015 at 12:18 am

    It’s not emotional at all. When someone spouts nonsense for over 40 years, I stop listening. You might as well try to see me on Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders as credible sources.
    ——-
    Well then I am sure you would feel the same way about me.

    Have you done any work in this area?

    I have.

    I drafted two congressional bills in the 105th Congress to require that meat entering this country for further processing be labelled to reflect where the source animal was born raised and slaughtered. Then as now, the concern was that some of that meat could carry e coli and mad cow disease. At that time, the government had only 60 inspectors, so the feeling was that it was imperative for the customer to have this information so they could make a prudential decision. Today, under TPP the trading block will be expanded to Viet Nam where we dropped agent orange during the Viet Nam war. We were fought tooth and nail by the processors—Cargill, Conagra, and IBP (which has since been bought by Tysons. They objected on the basis of NAFTA, GATT etc. And they used their lobbyists to defeat our efforts. This was before the Jack in the Box episode. These same corporate interests are at work here as well. In all candor, I do not trust them to do the right thing where the public is concerned. What they are interested in are two things: cheap labor, and new markets. As with Obamas job czar immelt, the jobs they create are overseas.

  245. It’s not emotional at all. When someone spouts nonsense for over 40 years, I stop listening.
    ——–
    Well, I feel that way about some people too—like Paul Krugman for example.

    But 40 years ago, we had not lost 55,000 manufacturing companies, 7 million manufacturing jobs, and did not have 93 million people of working age not working. In sum, the situation has changed materially.

    It is high time that we started listening to other points of view, because if this is any indication, what we are doing now is not working, except for the elites.

  246. hwc
    May 24, 2015 at 12:20 am
    There obviously is a very important vote coming up for the TPP

    When?
    ——
    That is an easy one:

    Whenever Boeher and the lobbyists have bribed enough congressman to secure enough votes for the measure to pass, and after big media has told us 20 times it will be a cliff hanger, because you see this is not only a milker bill for congress, it is a milker story for big media.

    Any other questions?

  247. Bribery or extortion.

    Which is it?

    Are the corporations bribing congress to get their way?

    Or–

    Is congress extorting money from corporations by holding them hostage?

    A good question for every incumbent in congress:

    Tell me exactly what you have done during your tenure in congress to benefit your top 10 donors.

    Tell me precisely what impact this has had on your constituents.

    Tell me whether what you have done for your donors squares with the promises you made during your campaign.

    A good question for presidential candidates:

    Tell me who your largest contributors are and how you intend to use your office to benefit their interests.

    Tell me in essence what you will do, what you will not do, and what remedy we have when you do what you promised not to do.

    Tell me where the powers of the executive end, and where those of congress begin.

    Tell me the judicial philosophy you will look for in future court appointments, etc.

  248. wbboei:

    The United States exports more agricultural products than it imports, by a considerable margin. We exported $150 billion comapred to $112 billion imported in 2014.

    Here are two TPP countries for which I could find the agricultural import/export data for 2014.

    South Korea

    EXPORT $6,896 million
    IMPORT $457 million

    Japan

    EXPORT $13,184 million
    IMPORT $546 million

    Seems to me that, if a trade agreement changed tariffs, barriers, and safety requirements equally on agricultural products, the US would probably be a big winner. Agricultural output is an area where we dominate.

    I’ll defer to experts on food safety standards, but generally trade agreements seeks to establish a standard set of guidelines, labeling, etc.

    Here’s a PDF of the State Department’s info to Congress on the TPP. The food and agriculture section begins on page 27 with trade barriers first, followed by a discussion of food safety regulations.

    http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/201985.pdf

    As I read the section on safety and standards, the tough issue isn’t agreeing to new standards, but deciding whether to go beyond existing WTO enforcement mechanisms.

    Everything else I can find on the food safety provisions of the TPP is either from unions or from the organic zealots. I’m really not interested in reading nonsense from either of those partisan fringe groups.

  249. I have told me what my involvement has been in this issue, and what hands on experience has taught me.

    What is your experience relative to this issue.

    Is it academic, or hands on?

    It is little different being on the front lines, than being an arm chair quarterback parroting talking points cobbled together by McConnell staffies.

    Let me give you another clue: I have also drafted bills to curtail workplace violence which were supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and sponsored by Sam Johnson (R-Tx) an air force pilot who was shot down over viet nam, resided at the hanoi hilton, and unlike McCain was never broken by the commies. But the time that bill worked its way through congress with all the amendments it was an anti union bill.

    The point being simply this: when we are talking about these omnibus trade bills, and when one component of the bill will curtail internet freedom–something that the FEC tried to do, and based on the public outcry was forced to back off on because of the public outcry–TPP will do so under the guise of Stopping Internet Piracy. When these ideas are run through the political process the end result can be the opposite of what the original bill started.

    It therefore follows that what you are reading now gives those of us who have seen the elephant no comfort whatsoever that in the end, the American People will get rolled by the political class. That is what we hope to avoid. Or, as Thomas Jefferson said, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. And where these omnibus bills are concerned that wisdom applies in spades.

  250. Want another example?

    McCain Feingold.

    Yes, I like Russ Feingold, despise McCain, so just shoot me.

    But the point is the purpose of that legislation was to prevent soft money, and by extension the efforts of unions, and others to buy politicians and limit democracy.

    The end result, after the bill worked its way through the political process, and the right politician got their vigorish, was the 527 exception engineered by none other than George Soros, which drove more big money into the system in the form of issue advocacy that at any time before or since, until citizens united was the opposite of what it set out to do.

    HWC I value your insights, and I am not trying to get too personal, but stop being naiive.

  251. Everything else I can find on the food safety provisions of the TPP is either from unions or from the organic zealots. I’m really not interested in reading nonsense from either of those partisan fringe groups.
    ————
    What if some of those zealots are canaries in the coal mine? Would you reject their message as well as the messenger? Would you trust the bureaucrat to look out for your interests? This is not a defense of fringe groups like PITA. A friend of mine who was a three term congressman used to hold endangered salmon bakes and pass out tee shirts that read Earth First, We Will Log the Rest of the Planets Later. One of the PITA terrorists threw a bucket full of salmon guts on her at a legislative forum in Montana, and we had him arrested. She liked to incite those wackos, but even more, she loved to incite the real zealots in big media. She asked me whether she should do an interview with 60 Minutes—they had invited her into their star chamber, and I reminded her of something Nixon said with respect to that program: they leave the best part of the interview on the cutting room floor. I will shut up now, because I fear I am boring you.

  252. Well, what can you do when you have a troll that is an expert on everything? Just don’t let them get you off track. The issue is the upcoming vote on TPP in Congress and what can be done about it.

    Apparently, congress has a “cursory” vote that big media and our troll are trying to dismiss. Then there is the vote on the treaty itself some months from now, when there will be no changing the details and it will be stuffed down the throats of the American People.

    So what we might need is a list of websites with petitions and letters opposing Obamatrade. What we might need is a list of House Representative and their positions on it.

    I can call on Tuesday and get more information on just when these votes are.

    Watch out for falling troll turds from Carl Rove and the Koch Brothers.

  253. The United States exports more agricultural products than it imports, by a considerable margin. We exported $150 billion comapred to $112 billion imported in 2014.
    —————-
    Our agricultural products have grown and our manufactured processes have shrunk.

    Illegals do the agricultural work at minimum wage.

    US Citizens did the manufacturing work at wages sufficient to support a family.

    And the other shoe has yet to fall.

    White collar jobs are also on the chopping block.

    You can get 26 stock brokers in New Deli for the price of 1 stock broker on Wall Street.

  254. Lu4PUMA
    May 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    —–
    The Koch brothers are okay in my book.

    They are the antecdote to anti american globalists like Soros.

    If the spread their money equally between the two parties, Reid would shut up.

    All that cocksucker cares about is getting the vigoish.

    I think (or at least hope) that Steve Wynn has written him off as he has Obama.

    New construction for him has moved off shore for that reason.

  255. “Journalism is in a bad place right now,” said Jake Tapper, Chief White House correspondent for CNN. I think that we in journalism need to come to a place and realize that when you make mistakes you need to own up to them immediately and apologize,” he said. “People expect our stories, whether they’re on [David] Letterman or behind an anchor desk, they expect them to be correct and accurate. And when we mess up we need to accept it, apologize and own it. And it distresses me that it’s a lot easier to not apologize and a lot easier to not disclose 100 percent. But if you are involved in something, that could affect the way you are covering an issue, you need to disclose it.”
    ———–
    This is complete and utter bullshit.

    Its like saying labor feels this way, when what they really mean is the big unions feel this way. Lest we forget, only a small percentage of the workforce is unionized, outside the public sector, which never should have been unionized in the first place.

    Likewise, when Mr. Taptoes tells us that journalism is in a bad lace, what he really means is big media is toast. They have become a propaganda ministry who advocates the interests of the political class in Washington over the welfare of the nation. Fortunately, there are many other sources of information who unlike big media do actually practice journalism.

    Hillaryis44 happens to be one of them.

  256. MATT DRUDGE SLAMS BOEHNER FOR PROMISING TO PASS OBAMATRADE: ‘CLEARLY TREASON

    Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk.

    The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals.

    Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted.

    On Friday, 14 Democrats and 48 Republicans banded together to clear Senate hurdles from Democrats. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) 40% praised the deal and promises to push it through the House, clearing the way for Obama’s signature.

  257. So, HWC, I guess you have a new name to add to your black list of zealots and partisan fringe groups who are so delusional that they do not trust big business, the RINO and Obama to do the right thing for the country in re. this omnibus trade bill.

    His name is . . . Matt Drudge.

  258. WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)6%

    (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States.

    Merkley’s comments came as the Senate voted to give Obama “fast track” authority that will allow him to negotiate a deal that Congress can then approve with an up or down vote, but cannot alter.

    While Obama has said that the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is “the most progressive framework for trade” the United States has ever had, Merkley argued on Friday that the deal would hurt American workers, increase inequality and undermine American sovereignty.

    “We are creating a structure of a group of seven very poor nations with very low wages, five affluent nations with higher wages, and think about the difference between running an operation on the mound or Malaysia or Mexico, with a minimum wage of less than $2 an hour, and in Vietnam with a minimum wage of 60 to 70 cents depending on what part of the country you’re in,” Merkley said. “Think about the difference between that and the minimum wage in the United States. It is a 10-to-1 differential.”

  259. I tried to put a list of websites together on the TPP and there are just too many. But I am going to suggest it is worth the time to google and go through them. A lot have contact your representatives and petitions options. My representatives in congress are Dems who say they are opposed.

    This treachery should not go unopposed by an irate populous. The Republicans who are pushing this are traitors. Paul Ryan, who helped Mitt lose the 2012 presidential election, seems to be leading the pack. The two sides of his brain do not connect.

  260. Wbb
    …the Senate voted to give Obama “fast track” authority that will allow him to negotiate a deal that Congress can then approve with an up or down vote, but cannot alter.

    —> Just like ObamaCare was voted on before Congress had time to read and understand the bill.

    Many of us bloggers over at PUMAPac took sections of the bill, read our section and made a layman’s analysis of what we had read…………it was like tying to unwind an endless ball of spiderwebs.

    This is the Obama way…give HIM absolute authority, and HOPE the CHANGE will be good for our country, which he has proven for 7 years that he will pimp the US out at every turn, for some sort of self glorification or payola.

    Why this criminal isn’t in effin’ jail at this point, is beyond my comprehension. Yeah, the legal system is broken, Congress is broken, media is broken, economy is broken…………..2016 couldn’t come soon enough.

    I do believe Obama will be proved to be the most, or one of the most corrupt and stupid pResidents we have EVER had.

  261. When Mr. Taptoes tells us that journalism (by which he means big media) is in a bad place right now (which means their front men have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar) he tells us that the cure lies in disclosure of conflicts of interest. Sorry Jake. A band aide cannot cure cancer. And you people have got terminal cancer.

    The rot we see in big media goes to the very role they have arrogated to themselves since 2008. They have become the instrument which the ruling class uses to shut down ideas and groups who challenge the power and priorities of the ruling class. In addition, they serve as the instrument for mobilizing the biases of ignorant people against those challengers.

    This explains their constant reference to racism–but only where blacks are attacked by whites—never the reverse. It also goes for this trade legislation. To dismiss substantive objections to this major shift in power to an imperial president, and to lay the groundwork for a massive disenfranchisement of the American People, is wrong. And big media is guilty as hell.

  262. I can’t wait until after Baracko the clown is chased out of the White House and all the tell-all books come out that prove what a horrible pResident he was.

    His effin’ ‘legacy’ will stink to high Heaven.

  263. Wbb

    The rot we see in big media goes to the very role they have arrogated to themselves since 2008. They have become the instrument which the ruling class uses to shut down ideas and groups who challenge the power and priorities of the ruling class. In addition, they serve as the instrument for mobilizing the biases of ignorant people against those challengers.

    This explains their constant reference to racism–but only where blacks are attacked by whites—never the reverse. It also goes for this trade legislation. To dismiss substantive objections to this major shift in power to an imperial president, and to lay the groundwork for a massive disenfranchisement of the American People, is wrong. And big media is guilty as hell.

    ———-
    Absofrickin’lutely!

  264. Shadowfax
    May 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    When Francis Fukiyama gave us his end of history thesis—that war was obsolete and the future belongs to markets, the elites began devising a blue print to continue to control the world not through military force, but through world government and treaties. The EU was there model and there was talk of a trans-Atlantic union as well. This is what is being accomplished now through these massive omnibus bills which no one gets to read. It is intellectually dishonest to suggest that the only opposition to this is the unions. If all the facts were put on the table, then the opposition would be much broader throughout the society. Thus, the role of NYT is to not disclose those details, to assassinate the critics, and to keep the American People in the dark. That is what they are there for, and for Tapper to suggest that this depraved state of affairs can be cured through disclosure is simply more smoke and mirrors. Put differently, harm inflicted on this nation through the vivid imagination of Brian Williams, and/or the bribery attempts by Bob George are nawthing compared to the harm which big media inflicts on the population censorship, lies, character assassination, and other nefarious practices. That is the bad place they are in, and they will never reform for the same reason a drug dealer continues doing what he is doing: it is where the money is. So lets not delude ourselves into thinking that a robust policy of disclosure of personal conflicts of interest will do anything to move the ball forward in a constructive direction.

  265. Here’s the sell out on the TPP

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/05/20/Key-Democrat-Who-Can-Help-Pass-TPP

    By Rob Garver,
    The Fiscal Times
    May 20, 2015

    Everybody seems to want to know where House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) stands on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and a related bill on Trade Promotion Authority, which would give President Obama the ability to bring trade agreements directly to Congress for an up or down vote.

    It’s no surprise really. Hoyer is a longtime advocate of free trade, but the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives has been trying to present a united front by withholding commitments to vote one way or the other while saying that they are looking for a way to “get to ‘Yes.’”

  266. Oh, to be a Democratic Congressman under the Obola Administration

    http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/04/10/whats-driving-seattles-opposition-to-international.html

    The massive Trans Pacific Partnership is in “real trouble,” and much of that is because average voters find nothing in it for them.

    That’s the view of Rep. Adam Smith, a Western Washington Democrat representing the Ninth Congressional District. He spoke during a University of Washington conference on intellectual property protection in India Friday, and touched on the controversial TPP in response to a question.

    “I don’t have average constituents saying ‘Do pass the trade agreement,” he said. “I do have average constituents beating down my door, saying ‘Don’t you dare vote for that.’”

  267. The great thing about the TPA, is that politicians in both parties have taken firm stands. On the Republican side of the presidential race, Rand Paul voted against the TPA, everyone else supports it. Cruz voted for it because 2.2 million jobs in his state rely on US exports.

    On the Democrat side, I believe that Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and O’Malley have all taken clear stands. One candidate has taken a firm “wait and see” stand.

    If TPA is your number one issue, then of the active presidential candidates, you can support O’Malley, Sanders, or Paul.

  268. Here’s your guy:

    “This agreement, like bad trade deals before it, would force American workers to compete with desperate workers around the world – including workers in Vietnam where the minimum wage is 56-cents an hour,” said Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., who is running for president and had called out Hillary Rodham Clinton for keeping her distance from the issue.

  269. and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    Oh, he’s going to have a legacy, all right!

    Just not the one the pretend-president was trying to pretend-create lol

  270. My whole life I voted for whomever was the democrat, and I took my cues from NPR and the NYT. I lived in an echo chamber and I didn’t realize it until everything changed for me at the RBC meeting. Now I try to listen to both sides, because very often both sides are only telling one side of the story (the media and both parties prefer that, I think, because they want us to stay focused on allegiances rather than the actual issues – they’re more able to manipulate us that way).

    And I remembered that I’ve always loved when sometimes they will publicize the audio of part of the Supreme Court deliberations. I loved hearing one person say “if we say X, then Y”, and someone else says, “but if Y then doesn’t that mean Z is true?”, and they go back and forth that way. I don’t know, I just always found that extremely interesting, to hear the different parts of something discussed.

    So, personally, I don’t mind hearing issues discussed here. They’re not insulting each other or being rude, they’re just having a back and forth, which could provide information for everyone reading.

    And in this age of “microaggressions” and all (people attempting to shut down free speech), I find it very interesting and American. 🙂

    Just my humble opinion.

  271. The massive Trans Pacific Partnership is in “real trouble,” and much of that is because average voters find nothing in it for them.
    ————
    That is a non sequitur.

    If the average voter found nothing in it for him, then the bill would not be in trouble. Or, it would be in no more trouble than the thousand other bills that are routinely passed that nobody cares about.

    Assuming arguendo that the bill is in trouble, the most likely reason is because prior bills of this nature have resulted in the loss of seven million jobs, we have over 93 million people not working, the political class from Obama to McConnell to Boehner brazenly lie to them, the terms of the bill are kept secret from them and once it is past into law it will take precedence over the Constitution, thereby backdooring issues like internet regulation which could never pass if the process was done in the open. This bill portends a major loss of liberty and prosperity for the American People.

    Consequently it is not that there is nothing in this bill for them, which suggests that the defect is cosmetic and could be cured with a few Obamaphones here and there. The problem goes to the heart of the bill. And there is something in it for the American People, namely a good fucking.

  272. Here’s your guy:

    “This agreement, like bad trade deals before it, would force American workers to compete with desperate workers around the world – including workers in Vietnam where the minimum wage is 56-cents an hour,” said Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., who is running for president and had called out Hillary Rodham Clinton for keeping her distance from the issue.
    ———-
    My guy?

    It is possible to oppose a bad bill like this one without embracing the socialist philosophy of Bernie Sander.

    In the alternative, why not address the reasons the bill is in trouble.

    Why not show Lori Walloch where she is in error?

    Why not prove this bill will not result in the loss of American jobs, or depress wages, or curtail liberty?

    And why not demand that the terms be made public rather than kept secret?

    You have got to admit, the comparison to Bernie Sander is a RED herring.

    (Note: I do not mean the statute—I mean the regulations—the ones that Sunstein has been working on to promote globalization?.

  273. OK. Here’s the Ted Cruz statement on his vote for the TPA:

    Sen. Cruz: Trade Promotion Authority Creates a Path for Prosperity
    WE MUST ENGAGE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY TO IGNITE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY AT HOME

    May 22, 2015 | 202-228-7561
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today released the following statement regarding legislation to establish trade promotion authority:

    “The American middle class is getting crushed by the Obama economy,” said Sen. Cruz. “Middle class incomes are stagnating, and the labor force participation rate has not been this low since the Carter Administration. While I have serious concerns about the all-too-typical Washington backroom deals that enabled this bill to get to the floor, I could not in good conscience vote against a bill whose most significant impacts will be jobs, growth, and opportunity for struggling American families.

    “By passing Trade Promotion Authority, we create a path for trade agreements to reduce government-created barriers to prosperity. More economic growth will expand opportunity to those working to climb the economic ladder and achieve the American Dream.

    “This bill increases the transparency of trade deals considered under its rules. It requires the public posting of the full text of any such agreement for at least 60 days before Congress begins consideration and reaffirms that Congress gets the final say. It would enable both this President and the next to expand trade that benefits American workers.

    “This legislation ensures the United States will not be stuck on the sidelines as China aggressively pushes the 19 trade agreements it currently has under construction. It sends a message to the world that the United States will play an active role in writing the rules that will govern international trade this century. The cost to peace and prosperity of doing otherwise is too great to let this opportunity pass.”

    ###

  274. Cruz has said elsewhere that there are 2.2 million jobs in his state of Texas that depend on US exports.

  275. Admin: Hillary can–and will–run out the clock on Benghazi. You can see it happening now. Even if they elevate the issue to the Speaker’s level with a request that she be held in contempt, I am pretty damned sure nothing will come of it. They know the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who is an Obama flack will take no action. And his motive will not be to protect Hillary but to protect Obama. With that in mind, I do not worry about Benghazi. As long as they cannot tie Obama to it, it is in my rear view mirror. Where she does have political exposure however is with the Libya policy which has been a disaster, and Benghazi is an outgrowth of it. Sooner or later, after they realize the Benghazi investigation is going nowhere, and big media is helping bury it, the party of stupid will tap its way through to the Libya debacle, and then the missing emails will not be an issue. Powerline agrees with this assessment.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/05/hillarys-real-benghazi-problem.php

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