Fringe Media: GOP roots against America; this is why you don’t send US presidents to do an emmissary’s job

bathtub duckies

What can the Fringe Media say? …after Team (Omama,Obama & Opfrie) got handed their self-earned Non-Victory in Copenhagen?

Fringe Media Answer: The GOP is rooting against ‘America’ «

The god[sic] ship Obama got its bottom ripped out by the IOC and it went to the bottom  in 1 second. Fringe Media had no time to don life jackets and having never drilled for an Obama sinking, were dumb struck as they were left bobbing in the water like so many bathtub duckies with mouths agape!

Barack Hussein Obama
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Well… Obama was recently video-ed saying he was not interested in “Victory.’ Yes? No?

Obviously, the IOC saw him say it,  took Obama at his word, and promptly handed the Victory to a country who IS interested in Victory… Brazil.

Barack Hussein Obama
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The angle the Fringe Media is now spinning is based on the ad hominem that America changed to an Obama America when Obama was elected.

Understanding the definition of ad hominem is very worthwhile as it is a favorite tactic of the Socialists, the Fringe Media, and in particular, Obama.

The truth is… America did not change the night Obama was elected, regardless of what Obama and the Fringe Media said that night on November 4, 2008.

The fact that America is still the same America in spite of the Socialists assuming power of the government is what eludes the Socialists and their Fringe Media.

America = We the People
Not, We the Government

What happened in Copenhagen was a bitch slap to the Big Three, O, O & O, and without APORN and the SEIU to defraud the voting process, there was no chance in hell that Chicago would be awarded  billions to be funneled into the pockets of the Slumlord Gangs of Chicago.

Additionally, the reputation of Chicago’s deep rooted moral and political corruption is well known through out the world.

Yet another reason for rejection of Obama is Obama’s  spineless presidential enabling of Terrorist Emboldened behavior in the US, thus the high likelihood of Terrorist Attacks on any Olympic Games held in Chicago or any other American city so long as Obama is in power.

The Fringe Media and the Socialist Congressional Thugs continually make changes which benefit terrorists and weaken American abilities to EFFECTIVELY deal with Islamic Terrorism, both internationally and especially here at home in the United States.

So… did the IOC reject America? Not in my view… they rejected Obama and his gang of corrupt and dangerously inept Socialists. The world has seen ‘Obamas’ before… we all know history repeats itself… Obama is a Loser and so is his Madonna wife. They are an international embarrassment.

So… are GOPers rooting against America?

Of course not…

They are rooting of the defeat of Socialism


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96 Responses to Fringe Media: GOP roots against America; this is why you don’t send US presidents to do an emmissary’s job

  1. tellitlikeitis says:

    US Unemployment May Hit 15% in 2010: Strategist

    Unemployment can go as high as 12 to 15 percent in the United States next year, as the economic situation will get worse and more banks will go bankrupt, Nicu Harajchi, CEO at N1 Asset Management, told CNBC Friday.

    “We expect the (unemployment) numbers to increase… we believe that going into the fourth quarter we are going to see increased unemployment and I also think that in 2010 we are going to see somewhere between 12 to 15 percent in the US,” Harajchi told “Worldwide Exchange.”

    Liquidity will start being withdrawn from financial markets, making things more difficult, he added.

    “We are very pessimistic on 2010 because this is when we think that all that liquidity that has been pushed into the markets by the central banks and by the Fed, at some point they’re going to come and they’re going to need some of that money back,” Harajchi said.

    Three banks went bankrupt in 2007, 25 in 2008 and this year the number of US banks that went bankrupt is nearly 100.

    “We think that 2010 is going to be a much worse year,” he said.

    In Europe, the banking sector, which has rallied 162 percent since March, was among the top losers Friday on concerns over the growth picture.

  2. VotingFemale says:


    as the worm turns, tellit

  3. VotingFemale says:


    Top Ten Bizarre Aspects of ObamaCare

    10. Doctors who treat the oldest patients will be fined by the government: The government will create a “hit list” of doctors who are in the top 10% of Medicare costs per patient nationwide. Those doctors on the list automatically lose 5 percent of their total Medicare reimbursements, which are already abysmally low. Because the most aged patients are the most costly to treat, doctors will shy away from treating the oldest segment of the population for fear it will relegate them to the hit list. Put simply, this stricture will dramatically reduce access to health care for our most vulnerable seniors.

    9. Democrats have combined free health care for illegal immigrants with measures to increase the number of illegals in this country: All GOP efforts to amend the health care bills to require a photo ID, a Social Security number and similar measures have been defeated on party lines. This is consistent with a June report (“If the American people found out…”) that “[pro-illegal immigration group] La Raza said if they get this, they don’t even care about amnesty, because they’ve fixed it so that one family member can apply for all extended family members.”

    8: Seniors will receive hefty tax hikes for care: Medical devices are taxed by the Baucus bill in order to raise about $4 billion annually. So much for the promises that the middle class won’t see their taxes raised. These newly taxed devices include pacemakers, hip joint replacements, gastrointestinal tubes, artificial hearts, hearing aids, heart defibrillators, powered wheelchairs, etc. In other words, the taxes will hit seniors hardest, make procedures less affordable, and punish the device manufacturing sector.

    7: Choose to self-insure? You’ll face a year in prison: Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold [confirmed] the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance: Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty.

    6: Taxes for everyone with health care insurance will increase: To pay for the $1 trillion cost of the bill, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants either an income surtax on the wealthy or higher taxes on “Cadillac” health plans (e.g., most comprehensive plans, including those of union members). Again — so much for the promises that the middle class won’t see their taxes raised.

    5: Nearly half of all doctors would consider quitting if ObamaCare becomes law: Two out of three doctors oppose the bills under consideration in Washington. And hundreds of thousands of doctors would take an early retirement or shut down their practices if the bills become law. Lastly, “72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.”

    4: Health care companies are under a “gag order” and can not criticize the bill: In an absurdly illegal repudiation of the First Amendment, “the federal government has now told all companies that provide Medicare Advantage to seniors to stop communicating with their clients about the effects of that legislation — even telling them what they can and cannot post on their websites. This gag order [is] enforced through an agency of the federal government at the request of a Senator… Citizens, either as individuals or grouped together in companies, have a fundamental right to talk about legislation they favor or oppose. That is the core of the First Amendment’s protections on speech. Unfortunately, this is part of a troubling trend of efforts to dismiss the concerns raised by the American people over the past few months.”

    3: President Obama says that the health care bill is a job-creating stimulus package: The President stated that small businesses would especially benefit because they ‘could buy health insurance through an exchange… ‘where they can compare the price, quality and services of a wide variety of plans’… [and the] government would subsidize health insurance for many businesses and individuals.”

    2: 47% of households pay no taxes — and their ranks are growing: Thus, government-run health care is the greatest wealth transfer in history. The 53% of tax-paying households will therefore subsidize the 47% who pay no taxes. And: with the “$787 billion economic recovery package, which included a host of new or expanded tax breaks,” the 47% number is certain to grow.

    1: By a margin of nearly 2-to-1, Americans don’t even want government-run health care: Gallup’s latest polling confirms what the 9/12 celebrations, the “tea parties” and other grassroots movements should be telling the bureaucrats in Washington. That is, “89% of Republicans, 64% of independents, and 61% of Americans overall say Americans themselves — rather than the government — have the primary responsibility for ensuring that they have health insurance.”

    also see demographics of who is for and against ObamaCare at Gallup Polls:

    That won’t stop the Statists, of course, so vote accordingly in 2010.

  4. VotingFemale says:

    Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Democrats now favor the plan while 80% of Republicans are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 39% favor the plan, but 55% oppose it.


  5. samiam60 says:


    Obama Holds Doctors’ Summit in Effort to Promote Health Care Overhaul
    President Obama is meeting with physicians from across the country Monday — at least one from every state — to discuss the urgency of passing sweeping health care reform legislation

    The doctor made a White House call Monday — 150 of them, in fact, all costumed in white hospital coats — to try to help President Obama administer a booster shot to his ailing health care reform drive.

    White House spokesman Reid Cherlin described the assembled physicians, from all 50 states, as the best voices for reform because they witness the current health care system on a day-to-day basis.

    “These folks know better than anybody about what works and what doesn’t,” Cherlin told, adding that the physicians come from “a variety of groups that we work with.”

    But the doctors in the Rose Garden were all supporters of health care reform — and the invitation-only guest list drew heavily from Doctors for America, a grassroots organization that backs a government-run insurance option.

    Roughly 98 percent of the group’s 15,000 members support a public insurance option, Doctors for America spokeswoman Megan Smith told She said roughly 40 of the 150 doctors who attended the meeting were from the organization.

    Cherlin insisted that the doctors “were not invited based on their support for a public option.”

    Nearly 63 percent of doctors prefer both a public and a private health insurance option, according to a recent survey by the New England Journal of Medicine.

    “We, as a group, think a public option is necessary because we need some mechanism to get health care into the hands of people who are falling between the groups,” said Dr. Christopher Hughes, a Pittsburgh-based intensive care physician and member of Doctors for America, who was invited to attend the summit.

    “We view having a public option as a way of holding private insurers accountable,” said Hughes, who added that a public option would create “healthly competition” in the marketplace and force private insurers to lower their costs while enhancing the quality of patient care.

    Hughes said he was chosen to attend the gathering because he’s been heavily involved in promoting reform at the grassroots level in his home state of Pennsylvania.

    But the decision to invite doctors who support an optional public health plan has angered organizations like “Mad As Hell Doctors,” a group of physicians advocating a single-payer system.

    “I didn’t get an invitation to the garden party,” said Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an Oregon emergency medicine physician and a member of the group who wrote a letter to Obama asking to be included in the summit.

    “It just appears that President of the United States, at this point, is choosing to meet with only those who support his agenda,” added Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Maryland pediatrician and congressional fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program, which had also sent a letter to the president requesting to participate in Monday’s meeting.

    “The current health reform being written in Congress, particularly that being put together in the Senate Finance Committee, will not be universal and will not control health costs,” Flowers said. “It will not stop medical bankruptcies and foreclosures due to medical debt. It will not end the suffering and preventable deaths. It will not produce a health care system that uses our health care dollars wisely.”

    Republicans, like House Minority Leader John Boehner, were quick to lash out at the president’s meeting with doctors Monday, characterizing Obama’s public option as a “government takeover.”

    “Members of the medical community, who deal with red tape day in and day out, rightly recognize that the Democrats’ government takeover would weaken the doctor-patient relationship that is so critical to making the right health care decisions,” Boehner said in a press release.

    The president’s call for a government-run insurance plan faced a potential setback last week when the Senate Finance Committee voted to strike two amendments to the committee’s legislation that would call for some form of public option in conjunction with private insurance options.

    Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana has said that a public option is not likely to pass in the Senate, while Majority Leader Harry Reid has stood steadfastly behind it. The pivotal Senate committee is set to vote tomorrow on its final legislation.

  6. samiam60 says:






  7. samiam60 says:

    First doses of H1N1 flu vaccine going out.

    First to get the vaccine stated:




  8. samiam60 says:

    Sharp division inside White House on Afghanistan, analyst says

  9. samiam60 says:

    Deliberations over what to do in Afghanistan are taking place behind closed doors, but the divisions among some of President Obama’s trusted advisers are starting to emerge.
    President Obama says the question of resources will come after his team nails down the best Afghan strategy.

    President Obama says the question of resources will come after his team nails down the best Afghan strategy.

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has made no secret about his belief that the U.S. needs to send more troops now — or it will risk failure, making an unusual appearance last week in front of a global strategic think tank to present his case.

    “We need to reverse the current trends, and time does matter. Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely,” McChrystal said last week in a speech in London, England.

    McChrystal argued the same point in an interview that aired last week on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

    Obama has said he needs time to meet with his advisers and evaluate the best way forward before making a decision about resources. As discussions continue this week — including two meetings with his national security team — some are suggesting that it would be best if talks about strategy be kept behind closed doors. Video Watch as the administration will debate the way forward »

    Obama also plans to host a bipartisan, bicameral meeting Tuesday with congressional leaders about the war, two Democratic officials said.

    Obama will be joined by, among others, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the heads of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, the officials said.

    Asked whether McChrystal’s public request for more troops has complicated the White House deliberations, national security adviser James Jones said, “Ideally, it’s better for military advice to come up through the chain of command.”

    And Jones made clear that McChrystal’s opinion is only part of the equation.

    “I think that McChrystal and the others in the chain of command will present the president with not just one option … but a range of options that the president can consider,” said Jones, a retired Marine Corps general. “Troops are a portion of the answer but not the total answer.”

    Jones’ comments came a day after at least eight American troops and two members of the Afghan national security forces were killed in a firefight at a remote outpost in the Nuristan province — the largest number of Americans killed by hostile action in a single day in more than a year, according to CNN records.

    Hundreds of militants in eastern Afghanistan attacked the troops, opening fire on an outpost from multiple locations with rockets, mortars and heavy-caliber machine guns, according to an initial U.S. military report on the battle.

    Before Saturday’s attack, the U.S. had announced plans to leave that outpost. McChrystal has said he wants to focus more on protecting Afghan civilians rather than holding remote outposts such as the one that was attacked.

    Ed Rollins, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, said the generals under Obama are playing a dramatically different game than in the previous administration.

    “Under President Bush and Vice President Cheney — who kind of had a war mentality — they were very much at the table. I think McChrystal went into Afghanistan assuming he had that same premise,” Rollins said. “I think you have other voices that aren’t quite so pro-war, and I think to a certain extent, I think McChrystal made a big mistake by going out and publicly advocating.”

    In March, Obama announced plans to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to provide security for a national election. That move followed what Obama and others call years of inadequate resources in Afghanistan due to the Bush administration’s focus on Iraq.

    The Obama strategy was based on a counterinsurgency mission intended both to defeat terrorists based in Afghanistan while winning local support and helping with development.

    McChrystal, who replaced Gen. David McKiernan as the top commander in the region in June, recently submitted his assessment of the situation to the Pentagon.

    McChrystal is said to want up to 40,000 more troops to carry out the mission in Afghanistan. Obama has yet to respond to McChrystal’s report, prompting opponents to accuse him of indecisiveness.

    David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN, said there’s “clearly a sharp division” inside the White House.

    “And it’s a rift that could be the sharpest break we’ve seen in years between a president and his commanding general in the field,” Gergen said.

    Some helping to shape the strategy support counterinsurgency, which would involve a large number of troops focused on fighting the Taliban, plus efforts to rebuild the country and its economic system. Others, such as Vice President Joe Biden, favor a counterterrorism strategy in which a limited number of troops would target only al Qaeda. See who has Obama’s ear on Afghanistan »

    Some critics have said the White House is playing politics with the decision and putting U.S. troops at risk.

    “It’s well-known, it’s broadcast all over television, that there are individuals — including the vice president of the United States, now unfortunately the national security adviser, the chief political adviser to the president, Mr. Rahm Emanuel — who don’t want to alienate the left base of the Democrat Party,” Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said last week.

    Jones adamantly denied McCain’s assertion. “I don’t play politics, and I certainly don’t play it with national security and neither does anyone else I know,” he said.

    “The lives of our young men and women are on the line. The strategy does not belong to any political party, and I can assure you that the president of the United States is not playing to any political base.”

    Obama met with McChrystal for 25 minutes last week aboard Air Force One during the president’s trip to Copenhagen, Denmark.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama and others plan to use McChrystal’s assessment, as well as the opinions of those on the diplomatic and intelligence sides, to come up with the best strategy for success in Afghanistan.

  10. samiam60 says:

    This is an Outrage and each day that passes puts more and more of our brave young men and women in greater danger. Samiam60

    Asked whether McChrystal’s public request for more troops has complicated the White House deliberations, national security adviser James Jones said, “Ideally, it’s better for military advice to come up through the chain of command.”

    And Jones made clear that McChrystal’s opinion is only part of the equation.

    “I think that McChrystal and the others in the chain of command will present the president with not just one option … but a range of options that the president can consider,” said Jones, a retired Marine Corps general. “Troops are a portion of the answer but not the total answer.”

  11. VotingFemale says:

    Thanks for the posts, Samiam.

    I was just reading the Doctors Who Suck Up to Obama article you posted from FOX and was going to post it here… you are way ahead of me!

    Afghanistan? War? What War?
    that jerk is letting out outnumbered troops get slaughtered and he does nothing…

    I see a McChrystal Resignation in the future… and a future Outspoken Opponent to Obama resulting

  12. samiam60 says:

    “And it’s a rift that could be the sharpest break we’ve seen in years between a president and his commanding general in the field,” Gergen said.

  13. VotingFemale says:

    There are only two options that are viable…

    Surge the crap out of the Taliban or nuke em

  14. VotingFemale says:

    Think Obama will try to bribe the Taliban?

  15. samiam60 says:

    Obama and Obamamama need to go now.

    This Failure of a President needs to be addressed and he needs to resign as President and go back to Chicago.

  16. VotingFemale says:

    Obama is more afraid of DEM opinion of him than anything else…

  17. samiam60 says:

    Obama will ask the Taliban to come to America as illegal aliens and then grant them amnesty in exchange for their votes in 2012.

    Oh, and Free Health Care may just get them all over here as long as the Doctors are all virgins.

  18. VotingFemale says:

    The Torygraph reports that Team Obama is peeved with the outspoken General McChrystal:

    According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week.

    The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago’s unsuccessful Olympic bid.

    In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

    He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.

    When asked whether he would support it, he said: “The short answer is: No.”

    He went on to say: “Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”

    The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House.

    Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette makes an interesting point:

    Seriously, I can think of several alternatives to General McChrystal’s plan for carrying out the administration’s Afghan strategy, but certainly none I’d want my name associated with in any way, shape, or form. In D.C., no one in the administration (or the Pentagon) is willing to have their name associated with any alternative plan, but apparently many are willing to whisper to reporters that there is one and Biden thinks it’s great.

    Just something to think about.

    We are eagerly awaiting the Obama Plan.

    MORE: The Times wrote about the lowered profile of Gen. Petraeus and included this:

    How much General Petraeus’s muted voice will affect Mr. Obama’s decision on the war is unclear, but people close to him say that stifling himself in public could give him greater credibility to influence the debate from within. Others say that his biggest influence may simply be as part of a team of military advisers, including General McChrystal and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    The men are united in what they see as the need to build up the American effort in Afghanistan, although General Petraeus, who works closely with General McChrystal, said last week that he had not yet endorsed General McChrystal’s request for more troops.
    Together the three are likely to be aligned against Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., as well as other administration officials who want to scale back the effort. In that situation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who has worried about a big American presence in Afghanistan but left the door open to more troops, could be the most influential vote.

    Gates, Mullen and Petraeus have an encouraging track record.

    ERRATA: I can not shake a thought which ocurred to me while reading “The Gamble”, in which WaPo reporter told us about the surge in Iraq and the men who implemented it. As I recall it, Gen. Petraeus apparently pulled off a rare, if not unprecedented, double – he was first in his class at Ranger School and then first again, years later, at General’s School (a special Army program for the next generals). Petraeus is also wildly intelligent and well-read, a fitness nut, and an architect of the semi-successful surge.

    So when the book described the meeting between Gen. Petraeus and candidate Obama in the summer of 2008 I could not shake the contrast – here was a meeting between a rising star with a tremendous record of success in a challenging field and a fellow who had done a fabulous job climbing the slippery pole of politics and not much else. I assume Petraeus has sufficient respect for the process and the game (See NOTE, below) that he was able to maintain the appropriate demeanor for such a meeting.

    NOTE: We talk a lot about respect for the game about the time when Jeter is leading the Yankees into the playoffs.


  19. samiam60 says:

    High court to decide if war memorial violates Constitution

    CIMA, California — Driving along a pockmarked road amid rocks and Joshua trees in a lonely southern California desert, religious controversy might be the last thing you’d expect to encounter.
    A judge ruled the Mojave Cross must be covered until a First Amendment issue can be resolved.

    A judge ruled the Mojave Cross must be covered until a First Amendment issue can be resolved.

    And if you don’t look too closely, you’re likely to zip right past the focus of a hotly contested Supreme Court battle.

    A federal judge has ordered the Mojave Cross, a war memorial erected by a veterans group 75 years ago, to be covered. It’s boxed in plywood.

    The issue is less about what the cross symbolizes and more about where it sits: In the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, which is government land.

    The high court on Wednesday will consider whether the display violates the First Amendment’s provision for a separation of church and state.

    More specifically, does an individual who protests the cross have legal standing to take the case to court? Do congressional efforts to minimize the appearance of a constitutional violation carry any weight?

    “Religion is always very hard fought in the Supreme Court, and this is no exception,” said Thomas Goldstein, a Washington appellate attorney and co-founder of

    “A single cross on a single plot of land has given rise to this huge constitutional controversy. The court will look at whether Congress, with a kind of wink and a nod, (can) say that this governmental cross is now on private land or are we (going to) say, no this is a governmental war monument and it has a religious symbol on it.”

    Riley Bembry, who served as a medic in World War I, helped erect the cross in 1934. It sits on a 4,000-foot plateau and was a place of reflection for many vets who retreated to the desert in part to recover from severe lung diseases caused by mustard gas attacks during the Great War. An annual Easter service is held there, but until recently only locals knew about it. The site is not on any maps. Video Watch a video about the Mojave monument »

    Bembry never got permission from the government to erect the cross, but for decades nobody seemed to care. He was the caretaker of the memorial for five decades until he died in 1984.

    In 1994, 1.6 million acres of desert — including the land with the cross on it — was transferred to the National Park Service. A few years later, a resident wanted to put up a Buddhist shrine near the cross. The request was denied.

    Frank Buono, a former deputy superintendent of the preserve, filed a lawsuit with the help of the ACLU, claiming federal officials were acting unfairly.

    “He thinks that the government is in effect misappropriating this sacred symbol and trying to give it just a secular meaning,” said Peter Eliasberg, managing attorney of the ACLU of Southern California.

    “It strikes me as sort of odd that it just happens to be in that shape,” Eliasberg said. “If what they really wanted to do was have a war memorial, there are hundreds of other shapes that it could be in. … Mr. Buono does not have an objection to the government having a war memorial there that’s in the shape of a soldier, or that’s in the shape of the Vietnam memorial.”

    A federal court ordered the cross removed earlier this decade. A judge ruled that until the dispute is settled the cross had to be covered.

    In 2001 Congress got involved. Lawmakers prohibited the Park Service from spending federal dollars to remove the display. A year later, they designated the site a national memorial similar to the Washington Monument and Mount Rushmore.

    More importantly, the Republican-led Congress agreed to transfer one acre of land around the cross in exchange for five private acres inside the preserve. A San Francisco, California-based appeals court turned that offer down, saying it failed to satisfy Constitutional concerns.

    The land swap “would leave a little donut hole of land with a cross in the midst of a vast federal preserve” the court said.

    The Supreme Court has traditionally taken a case-by-case approach to similar First Amendment cases. Among other things, it has upheld tax exemptions for churches and the mention of “God” on U.S. currency.

    At the same time, it has banned government-sponsored school prayer and imposed limits on public aid to parochial schools.

    In 2005, a Ten Commandments monument on the Texas Statehouse grounds was allowed to stand because it was surrounded by historical markers. But the same day, the placement of Ten Commandment parchments in two Kentucky county courthouses was ruled unconstitutional. The high court called them “a governmental effort substantially to promote religion.”

    Earlier this year, the justices ruled that a small religious group could not erect a granite monument in a Utah park next to an existing Ten Commandments display.

    This time, the Obama administration will argue in favor of keeping the cross and allowing the land transfer.

    The implications of the case could extend beyond the Mojave Cross. Individual gravestones are not at issue, but war memorials have long featured religious imagery.

    “There are 5 million veterans that we represent … would be quite shocked and horrified to know that those memorials and the symbols chosen by vets 75 years or 100 years ago would suddenly have to be torn down by a bulldozer,” said Hiram Sasser, attorney for the Liberty Legal Institute.

    Wanda and Henry Sandoz have been taking care of the memorial since Bembry passed away. They shake their heads over the legal fight that will take them to Washington.

    “I hope it won’t be too long before we can look at the cross again without that stupid box,” Wanda Sandoz said.

    “Yep, really. We’ll repaint it,” Henry Sandoz said.

    “I already bought some white paint,” Wanda Sandoz said

  20. VotingFemale says:

    That is imbecilic to protest a cross erected as a 75 year old war memorial…

    oy vey

  21. samiam60 says:

    It’s like America has gone nuts.

    Yet, if we find ourselves in harms way then you see the Religious symbols flourish.

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  23. VotingFemale says:

    That will be the first interesting case that Sotomayor will make a vote on…

  24. samiam60 says:

    McCain Blasts Jones’ Strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan
    McCain’s remarks came one day after National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones said he “took exception” to the senator’s claim on the Senate floor that politics are influencing military decisions in Afghanistan.

    Sen. John McCain lashed out at President Obama’s National Security Adviser on Monday, casting doubt on Gen. James Jones’ decision-making in Afghanistan and saying the military strategy Jones recommended in Iraq was “wrong.”

    The Arizona Republican also criticized Jones for saying on Sunday that he “took exception” to McCain’s claim on the Senate floor last week that Jones does not “want to alienate the left base of the Democrat Party,” and that politics are influencing military decisions in Afghanistan.

    Jones, interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, said Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s call for additional troops in Afghanistan was “just one option,” and he said Al Qaeda is not getting stronger there.

    “The good news … in Afghanistan is that the Al Qaeda presence is very diminished,” Jones said. “The maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country. No bases. No ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies.

    “I don’t foresee the return of the Taliban,” Jones added. “And I want to be very clear that Afghanistan is not in danger — imminent danger — of falling.”

    On Monday, McCain shot back, telling the FOX Business Network: “Anybody who believes that you can hand over the country or significant parts of the country to the Taliban and not have to worry about Al Qaeda returning and working with them and becoming a base for attacks against the United States of America has no understanding of the region or the nature of the enemy.”

    McCain went on to criticize Jones’ handling of the war in Iraq, saying his decision to send troops to Iraq’s border to “kill Al Qaeda from the outside” was “wrong” and that the Obama administration should be mindful of that as it plans its military strategy in Afghanistan.

    “General Jones was wrong about Iraq, and the fact is we need to get this decision made and we need to get help to those 68,000 that are over there, and more of them are in harm’s way the longer we delay,” he said.

    Jones, a retired four-star general, said on Sunday that he took “exception” to McCain’s suggestion that politics were influencing Obama’s decision-making.

    “I can assure you that the president of the United States is not playing to any political base. I take exception to that remark,” he said.

    McCain, seeking to clarify his earlier remarks on Monday, told FOX Business Network that he was trying to express “sympathy for the president because the left of his political base is very much opposed to additional troops in Afghanistan.”

    “I believe that the President will do the right thing, which is to send the additional troops. And not just General McChrystal, but General (David) Petraeus and Admiral (Mike) Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs — the people that were right about the surge in Iraq. The ones who said that it would succeed,” he said.

  25. samiam60 says:

    Funding Cuts Threaten U.S. Nursing Homes
    The nation’s nursing homes are perilously close to laying off workers, cutting services — possibly even closing — because of a perfect storm wallop from the recession and deep federal and state government spending cuts, industry experts say.

    HARTFORD, Conn. — The nation’s nursing homes are perilously close to laying off workers, cutting services — possibly even closing — because of a perfect storm wallop from the recession and deep federal and state government spending cuts, industry experts say.

    A Medicare rate adjustment that cuts an estimated $16 billion in nursing home funding over the next 10 years was enacted at week’s end by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — on top of state-level cuts or flat-funding that already had the industry reeling.
    And Congress is debating slashing billions more in Medicare funding as part of health care reform.

    Add it all up, and the nursing home industry is headed for a crisis, industry officials say.

    “We can foresee the possibility of nursing homes having to close their doors,” said David Hebert, a senior vice president at the American Health Care Association. “I certainly foresee that we’ll have to let staff go.”

    The funding crisis comes as the nation’s baby boomers age ever closer toward needing nursing home care. The nation’s 16,000 nursing homes housed 1.85 million people last year, up from 1.79 million in 2007, U.S. Census Bureau figures show.

    Already this year, 24 states have cut funding for nursing home care and other health services needed by low-income people who are elderly or disabled, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit research firm based in Washington, D.C.

    Some facilities are now closed because of money problems — including four in Connecticut — and others have laid off workers because of what industry officials say are inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates. Medicare cuts are troubling, they say, because the higher Medicare reimbursements have been used to compensate for the lower Medicaid rates.

    In Griswold, Conn., the community’s only nursing home shut down earlier this year because of rising costs and an inability to pay for $4.9 million in needed renovations for the 90-bed facility.

    “A 92-year-old woman was screaming and crying as she was loaded into the ambulance, saying ‘This is my home,'” Griswold First Selectman Philip Anthony said. His 88-year-old mother was a resident of the same home at the time.

    Anthony sought and found a new facility for his mother, but she died of pneumonia before the Griswold Health and Rehabilitation Center closed in the spring.

    “To be hit with a sudden and deliberate closure like this, it just drained the heart right out of you,” Anthony said.

    Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state lawmakers gave no Medicaid rate increases to nursing homes in the state last fiscal year and kept the funding flat for the next two years.

    The Griswold home was one of four nursing homes in the state that have closed since December because of financial problems, a higher rate than usual, said Deborah Chernoff, a spokeswoman for District 1199 of the New England Health Care Employees Union in Connecticut, which represents more than 20,000 health care workers in the state.

    “We’re really teetering on the edge of what we see as the collapse of the long-term care system,” she said.

    Chernoff said many of Connecticut’s 240 or so nursing homes have been reducing workers’ hours to deal with money problems, while two are in bankruptcy now.

    Also this year across the country:

    — The Motion Picture & Television Fund said in January it would close a hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills, Calif., founded to care for actors and other entertainment industry workers, because of financial losses.

    — The Westchester Medical Center in suburban New York said it would close a nursing home and cut 400 jobs to deal with Medicaid and other fund cuts.

    — The Dove Health Care nursing home in Glendale, Wis., near Milwaukee, closed this summer because of heavy debt.

    — Medicaid reimbursement rates to nursing homes were cut this year by Rhode Island (5 percent); Michigan (4 percent) and Florida (3 percent).

    — Washington state legislators whacked nursing home funding by $93 million for the next two fiscal years.

    Gary Weeks, executive director of the Washington Health Care Association, said some of the organization’s 400 assisted living and nursing homes have laid off workers. Some will not survive, he said.

    At the request of Weeks’ association, a federal judge in July issued a temporary restraining order blocking the cuts because state officials didn’t do a required analysis of how the reductions would affect care quality and access.

    “There’s a lot of pain going on everywhere, but it’s clearly a crisis in long-term care,” Weeks said.
    “You’re going to find that some folks go out of business,” he said. “Some will look for more Medicare patients — Medicare pays more than Medicaid.”

    In Washington, D.C., health care interests are resisting President Barack Obama’s plan to pay for his health care overhaul by slowing Medicaid and Medicare spending. Obama wants to trim $313 billion from the two programs over 10 years.

    It’s not clear exactly how all the health spending cuts will affect nursing homes.

    A University of Pittsburgh study earlier this year found nearly 1,800 nursing homes nationwide closed from 1999 to 2005, about 2 percent each year.

    One of the study’s authors, health policy and management professor Nick Castle, said the annual closure rate is rising, for reasons that include inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates and the push for more home and community care.

    “It’s come to a head recently with state budgets being in such jeopardy that they’re cutting in all areas,” Castle said.

    The federal stimulus package approved in February includes $87 billion in Medicaid funding to help states. But Connecticut and several other states are using a loophole in the legislation to divert the money to budget items unrelated to health care, according to a congressional study.

    On average, Medicaid payments by states to nursing homes fell short by $12 per patient, per day last year — nearly $4.2 billion in unreimbursed costs for Medicaid-allowed expenses, according to the AHCA.

    In New York City, the Metropolitan Jewish Health System laid off about 200 of its 1,000 employees at three nursing homes in Brooklyn because the state cut Medicaid funding by 10 percent to 14 percent, said President and Chief Executive Eli Feldman.

    “We understand there’s a recession/depression,” Feldman said. “But this is not health reform…and the victims are basically the people who live in the facilities. The Legislature basically says, ‘Too sick, too old, too bad.”

  26. VotingFemale says:

    well there he is!


    …and where ya been, Kinkmeister?

  27. samiam60 says:

    Kynikos, That is an excellent find you just posted above. I do hope VF reads that one for sure.

    Sarah Palin 2012

  28. VotingFemale says:

    wow… we are thinking strikingly alike today…

    I bookmarked that link after reading it earlier this morning… was researching and toying with possible blogpost titles with the word uterus in it…

    Kynikos says

    Surprising considering the source!!!

  29. Kynikos says:

    Been in the work mode lately, miss the posting and conversation. That one blew me away when I read it, the move is growing for Sara! Been doing some research on her, and planning on a post, but wanted to read her book first, miss you guys back to work till later, Kinkmeister

  30. samiam60 says:

    Campaign Blasts Stuttering YouTube Attack As ‘Cheap Shot’
    The mocking of Creigh Deeds’ occasional stuttering by the co-founder of the Black Entertainment Network is a “cheap shot and a new low” in the gubernatorial race, a spokesman for the Democratic candidate told

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds’ campaign blasted the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television on Monday for mocking the Democrat’s occasional stuttering, calling it a “cheap shot and a new low” in the campaign.

    Jared Leopold, Deeds’ press secretary, said a YouTube video depicting BET co-founder Sheila Johnson criticizing the candidate on his communication skills was a “divisive personal attack.”

    “This is a cheap shot and a new low for this race,” Leopold told in a statement. “Virginians deserve better than personal attacks like this.

    “Creigh Deeds isn’t the smoothest speaker in the race, but when he speaks he is authentic and means what he says. That’s what people will respond to, not divisive personal attacks.”

    In the 32-second YouTube video, shown on, Johnson, who supports Republican candidate Bob McDonnell, is seen telling a group of wealthy donors that Virginians needs a governor “who can really communicate, and Bob McDonnell can communicate.”

    Johnson then says, “The other people I talk to, especially his op-op-op-op-opponent, di-di-did this all through my interview with him.”

    Groans and muted laughter can then be heard from the group of wealthy donors.

    “He could not articulate what needed to be done,” Johnson continued. “So communication is hugely important.”

    Johnson is listed as a founding partner of BET in a biography on the Web site of Salamander Hospitality, where she now serves as CEO. Johnson and her former husband, Robert Johnson, sold the company to Viacom in 1999 prior to divorcing in 2002.

    Crystal Cameron, a spokeswoman for McDonnell, said Deeds has “been unable to express” any vision for Virginia’s future and regularly takes two positions on critical issues.

    “Democratic businesswoman Sheila Johnson was noting that fact,” Cameron said in a statement to “Why the Deeds campaign wants to attack a prominent supporter of both Governor Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama, while reminding voters that she strongly supports Bob McDonnell for governor, is beyond us.”

    Calls seeking comment from Johnson were not immediately returned on Monday.

  31. VotingFemale says:

    go make the donuts, K

    K… mmmm…

    MIB – All Hail K! All Hail K! Ohh K can you see?


  32. VotingFemale says:

    Temple of Mut gave us all here, kudos as a group…

    check out:

    since he is into Egptology, I sent him a trackback the Obama RA Flashy Eyes blogpost lol

  33. samiam60 says:

    We need to use that RA flashy eyes comparison more often. It kicks butt and is so true it is uncanny.

  34. VotingFemale says:

    it sure is…

    If Obama has any sense he will never invite me to the white house in front of news cameras… I will tell him off punctuated with MY RA FLASHY EYES!


    Samiam60 says

    …so true it is uncanny.

  35. tellitlikeitis says:

    On Afghanistan, US military puts Obama on the spot

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – By openly declaring their views on the Afghan war, US military leaders have placed President Barack Obama in a bind as he faces a fraught decision over the troubled US-led mission.

    Obama has refused to quickly approve a request from his commanders for a major troop build-up in Afghanistan, insisting first on a full vetting of the current strategy.

    But while a war council takes place behind closed doors at the White House, top military officers have made no secret of their view that without a vast ground force, the Afghan mission could end in failure.

    “They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong,” Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense, told AFP.

    As a result, if Obama chooses to change course in Afghanistan or decline a request for large numbers of troops, he will be rejecting the advice of the US military, raising the political stakes.

    Commentators on the left say the military ought to keep its advice private without trying to influence public debate, with New York Times columnist Frank Rich accusing the generals of an attempt to “try to lock him (Obama) in” on Afghanistan.

    Korb said the top brass is keen to avoid a repeat of the run-up to the Iraq war under former president George W. Bush, when military leaders bowed to White House demands for a small invasion force — with disastrous consequences.

    Drawing on blood-soaked experience in Iraq, military commanders now fervently embrace counter-insurgency doctrine, which calls for large numbers of troops providing security and winning the trust of the local population.

    Amid rising casualties and a spreading insurgency, skeptics in Congress and the White House have floated proposals to freeze or even reduce the 65,000-strong force.

    But McChrystal and his superiors have dismissed such alternatives as half-measures.

    “You can’t hope to contain the fire by letting just half the building burn,” McChrystal told Newsweek.

    Top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen and the head of the regional Central Command, General David Petraeus, have publicly endorsed the manpower-intensive strategy set out in a report by McChrystal.

    The commander’s stark assessment of the war, which was leaked, has set off a flurry of counter-leaks in US newspapers with unnamed officials in the White House voicing skepticism about esclating the American commitment.

    The heated debate over war strategy mostly pits hawks on the right demanding Obama promptly endorse the commander’s request for more troops against voices on the left who raise the specter of a quagmire akin to Vietnam.

    Senator John McCain and other Republicans invoke Iraq, arguing the US military turned the tide there only after a “surge” of additional combat troops and tactics suited to irregular warfare.

    McCain has praised Bush for approving the surge strategy in late 2006, a move that was opposed by most of the US military leadership at the time.

    Dismissing calls by Democrats to hold off on a troop buildup until training more Afghan security forces, McCain said: “We’ve seen this movie before, it didn’t work in Iraq and it won’t work in Afghanistan.”

    But the disputed election in Afghanistan, tainted by allegations of widespread fraud, has jolted the administration and renewed serious doubts about the credibility of the Kabul government.

    “Nobody expected it to go this poorly and that I think that has got people thinking,” Korb said.

    The White House meanwhile acknowledged some members of Obama’s team have been reading “Lessons in Disaster,” a book about flawed decision-making in the Vietnam war.

    In the book, author Gordon Goldstein suggests the late president John F. Kennedy, if he had lived, would have rejected the military’s demand for combat troops in Vietnam — as he had lost faith in his generals’ advice after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba.

    “Perhaps this is Obama?s JFK moment,” George Packer of the New Yorker wrote in his blog. “We?ll know in a few weeks.”

  36. VotingFemale says:

    Rasmmusen Polls show a close tie of Americans on the Afgan war…


    No wonder Obutthole is undecided… lol

    but, No Decision is a Decision of NO more troops in this case…

    Sux to be him…

    Wave the white flag, Obama, you got that part down pat, huh?

  37. samiam60 says:

    A Shooting Star seems to come from nowhere and brightly shines as it streaks through the shy only to fade away as quickly as it appeared.

  38. VotingFemale says:

    This is about a RINO Homosexual named Steve Schmidt who was saying crap about Sarah…

    Palin camp’s Schmidt response: Wait for the book

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sarah Palin is remaining silent about a sharp jab directed at her Friday by former John McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who predicted that a potential Palin presidential bid in 2012 would be “catastrophic.”

    A spokeswoman for the former Alaska governor said Palin is holding her fire until her new book is released next month.

    “The governor will write about all of this in her book,” Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said in an e-mail, referring to the internal fighting that marred the final weeks of McCain’s president bid. “There will be plenty of time to talk about it then.”

    “I think that she has talents,” he said of McCain’s former running mate during a panel discussion with CNN’s John King. “But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result.”

    Schmidt was speaking at The Atlantic’s “First Draft of History” Conference in Washington, D.C.

  39. samhenry says:

    SH is “lurking”!

    Just a quick hello.


    Great post per usual VF. Love those vids.

  40. samhenry says:

    Hey, stop laughing. It’s hard going over boars. They won’t stand still long enough. They are shooting the wild ones in I think Minnesota???? because someone brought them in for hunting and they have eaten everything, reproduced and are not looking for housing!

  41. samiam60 says:

    Commentary: Obama’s mistakes are a warning sign

    PRINCETON, New Jersey (CNN) — During the past few months, two events have revealed a side of President Obama that we knew little about. First came his remark in July when he said at a press conference that the police who arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates had acted “stupidly.”

    The unrehearsed remark triggered controversy right at a time when Democrats needed to focus public attention on health care.

    And last week, at a climactic moment for the health care debate in the Senate, Obama suddenly went to make a personal pitch for holding the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago, Illinois.

    When the International Olympic Committee said no to the president’s hometown in the first round of voting, and then gave the event to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat. The late-night comedians and his political foes were predictably chomping at the bit.

    These events contrast sharply with the other Barack Obama that most of us have come to know since 2007, a study in cool and deliberative decision-making. During the Democratic primaries, nothing seemed to shake Obama.

    Even when his supporters went into full-scale panic when Sen. Hillary Clinton would pull off a big primary victory or some campaign controversy occurred, Obama remained cool. He stayed focused on winning the long-term delegate count and avoided making sloppy mistakes. There were some exceptions, such as when he called working class voters “bitter” in discussing their passion for religion and guns rights. Yet these were exceptions.

    In general, Obama has maintained his steely demeanor in the White House. When critics said he was not distributing the stimulus money fast enough, the White House stood firm with a gradual schedule that it argued would help avoid corruption and the misuse of funds.

    With health care, he began with a long-term strategy whereby he would stay out of the public debate and allow Congress to work through the details of the legislation.

    Even during the highs and lows of the past few months — from the raucous town hall meetings to the Democratic fights over the public option — Obama has stuck to his game plan and continued to let legislators work out a bill. He has not dramatically shifted in more difficult times and he has continued to assure voters that there will be a successful outcome. This president, for the most part, has used the strategy of the tortoise, not the hare.

    Yet the “stupidly” remark and the Olympics decision exposed another side to this politician, someone who is capable of making unnecessary moves at high-stakes moments.

    While the comment about the Cambridge police was more understandable as a slip-up that will happen in the lifecycle of a presidency, the Olympics decision is more troubling. This was a decision vetted by his advisers and clearly thought through by the president himself. The decision caused an embarrassing situation and wasted precious media time, not on health care, but on defending his actions.

    Part of what we are seeing might come from the fact that Obama did not start his term in the White House with much Washington experience. This is an individual who moved from being state senator to U.S. senator to president within a very short time span.

    The incidents bring back reminders of some of President Carter’s rookie mistakes, such as failing to send enough inauguration tickets to Speaker Tip O’Neill or not informing Democratic legislators of when he would be visiting their districts.

    The Olympics fiasco won’t be nearly as important as some politicians suggest. It is very likely that within a few days the media will be on to another story, perhaps another outburst by an angry legislator or new developments in the negotiations over health care.

    In the end, two issues will shape this presidency much more than the Olympics: the outcome of the health care debate and the decision over whether to send troops to Afghanistan.

    Nonetheless, the incident should serve as a warning to the president and his staff. This is the kind of action they should not repeat. While Obama has thus far avoided making mistakes on the big issues of the day, this kind of slip-up would be devastating in a different context. And over time, too many of them, on issues large and small, will undermine the positive impression most Americans still have of his leadership abilities.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Julian Zelizer.

  42. VotingFemale says:

    Thank you dear! encouragement is always helpful. Keeping my fingers crossed for ya 😉

    samhenry says

    SH is “lurking”!

    Just a quick hello.


    Great post per usual VF. Love those vids.

  43. VotingFemale says:


    CNN is telling Obama his inexperience is showing and the inexperience of his administration is showing.

    Additionally that the Olympics screw up, while embarrassing in the short term, is not a big deal in the greater scheme of things, but! then goes into a “there there BoBo, it will be all right… stop crying now, Daddy CNN still loves you,” act.

    And… intsruction for him to get his poop together because, why? …this type of a screw-up on a big issue will nail his hide to the wall.

    CNN giving advise to Obama on how to be presidential…

    oy vey

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  46. samiam60 says:

    Letterman makes in-studio apology to wife, staffers

    NEW YORK (CNN) — Late-night talk show host David Letterman offered a “heartfelt” apology before a live studio audience Monday to his wife and female staffers over last week’s “sextortion” revelations, fans at the taping said.
    David Letterman has mined private events in his life for very public jokes on his show.

    David Letterman has mined private events in his life for very public jokes on his show.

    “He really handled it head on, but it was funny too,” audience member Larry Lefkowitz of Brooklyn Heights, New York, told CNN after the taping.

    “You could tell he’d been though a difficult situation and that he was sorry that he hurt other people, but he was also able to keep it funny, throw humor into it too,” Lefkowitz said.

    Letterman revealed on his show Thursday night he had sex with members of his staff and that he testified about those liaisons before a New York grand jury for a case involving an alleged attempted extortion.

    A CBS producer is accused of threatening to go public with allegedly embarrassing information about Letterman’s private life, unless the 62-year-old funnyman paid $2 million.

    Monday’s mea culpa marked his first public remarks since last week’s admission.

    “The staff here has been wonderfully supportive to me, not just through this furor, but through all the years that we’ve been on television. … So, again, my thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in,” Letterman said, according to excerpts released Monday by production company World Wide Pants.

    “Now the other thing is my wife, Regina. She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there’s only two things that can happen: Either you’re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you’re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.”

    Another audience member said Letterman’s apology to his wife appeared to evoke sympathy from some in the crowd.

    “When he made the apology to his wife he was very serious, not looking for any laughs, when he said he had a lot of work — a lot of work to do on the homefront,” said a man who identified himself as John.

    “That was very heartfelt, a lot of women in the crowd — I could hear them literally saying, ‘awww,’ that they felt for Dave and the dilemma he’s probably going through.”

    Although Letterman first admitted the plot and sexual relationships very publicly on his show, most videos of the segment were taken down from YouTube this weekend at the request of CBS.

    The New York Times reported an unnamed source said CBS made the copyright infringement claim at the request of Worldwide Pants Inc., the production company owned by Letterman which produces his show.

    CBS and Google, which owns YouTube, both had no comment about the videos being taken down.

    At least some fans appear willing to forgive Letterman for his admitted dalliances.

    “I still think he’s the king of late night comedy,” Lefkowitz said.

  47. samiam60 says:

    Now we know why the Letterman videos got removed from Utube:

    Although Letterman first admitted the plot and sexual relationships very publicly on his show, most videos of the segment were taken down from YouTube this weekend at the request of CBS.

    The New York Times reported an unnamed source said CBS made the copyright infringement claim at the request of Worldwide Pants Inc., the production company owned by Letterman which produces his show.

    CBS and Google, which owns YouTube, both had no comment about the videos being taken down.

  48. samiam60 says:

    FTC to Regulate Blogging

    Monday, October 05, 2009

    The Federal Trade Commission will try to regulate blogging for the first time, requiring writers on the Web to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products.

    The FTC said Monday its commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the final Web guidelines, which had been expected. Violating the rules, which take effect Dec. 1, could bring fines up to $11,000 per violation. Bloggers or advertisers also could face injunctions and be ordered to reimburse consumers for financial losses stemming from inappropriate product reviews.

    The commission stopped short of specifying how bloggers must disclose conflicts of interest. Rich Cleland, assistant director of the FTC’s advertising practices division, said the disclosure must be “clear and conspicuous,” no matter what form it will take.

    Bloggers have long praised or panned products and services online. But what some consumers might not know is that many companies pay reviewers for their write-ups or give them free products such as toys or computers or trips to Disneyland. In contrast, at traditional journalism outlets, products borrowed for reviews generally have to be returned.

    Before the FTC gave notice last November it was going to regulate such endorsements, blogs varied in the level of disclosures about these potential conflicts of interest.

    The FTC’s proposal made many bloggers anxious. They said the scrutiny would make them nervous about posting even innocent comments.

    To placate such fears, Cleland said the FTC will more likely go after an advertiser instead of a blogger for violations. The exception would be a blogger who runs a “substantial” operation that violates FTC rules and already received a warning, he said.

    Existing FTC rules already banned deceptive and unfair business practices. The final guidelines aim to clarify the law for the vast world of blogging. Not since 1980 had the commission revised its guidelines on endorsements and testimonials.

    Cleland said a blogger who receives a freebie without the advertiser knowing would not violate FTC guidelines. For example, someone who gets a free bag of dog food as part of a promotion from a pet shop wouldn’t violate FTC guidelines if he writes about the product on his blog.

    Blogger Linsey Krolik said she’s always disclosed any freebies she’s received on products she writes about, but has stepped up her efforts since last fall. She said she adds a notice at the end of a post, “very clear in italics or bold or something — this is the deal. It’s not kind of buried.”

  49. arlenearmy says:

    Folks…. CBS are SCRUBBING down the Letterman sex confession videos off youtube NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    I knew I should had saved it. I finally found ONE on youtube & am in process of downloading it now from

    Apparently that video can be used to sue Letterman & the network for sexual harassment by the women who did not have sex w/him or who never got promotions.

  50. arlenearmy says:

    One of found letterman scandal videos

  51. arlenearmy says:

    CBC is hitting up youtubers w/copyright infringements over the letterman confession.

  52. arlenearmy says:

    Not only should we NOT send Obama off US soil. But somebody needs to tell Michelle to stay her ass at home. Muzzle that woman!

    She went to Copenhagen telling a panel of foreign men & the WORLD that she was sitting on her daddy’s lap when she was 20 yrs. old. Gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!!

  53. samiam60 says:

    I asked my wife this morning…
    “What would you do if I won the lotto?”
    She says, “I’d take half & leave you!”
    “Excellent! I won 12 bucks, here’s 6… get the hell out.”

  54. samiam60 says:

    Word press is messed this morning and the page is not loading correctly. I am posting anyway.

    And good morning fellow patriots.

    So ObamaMama sat on daddies lap at age 20? Hope daddy had strong legs.

  55. samiam60 says:

    The world’s oil producers, as well as China, Japan and France, are in secret talks to end the use of the U.S. dollar to buy and sell crude oil, a British newspaper reported on Tuesday, sending the American currency lower in overseas trading.

  56. samhenry says:

    Good morning wailing wolf – loved the joke; not happpy about wordpress and the loss of the dollar as the currency of trade.

  57. m2 says:

    I can’t wait to see what palin says about that little angry tool Steve Schmitt!

    Ha ha!

    … Still waiting on a shipment of RAM from to see if that resolves my boot up prob like the Apple guy told me it would..

  58. Foxwood says:

    Sieg Heil und Guten Morgan fellow Nazi Racist Teabaggers!
    It’s time to unfurl the Confederate Swastika and fire the cannon!

  59. Foxwood says:

    Opps, must of been the load that I didn’t get shot off yesterday…

    Bad day yesterday. Had bad storms come in and break everything. Work work work!

  60. m2 says:

    Hey SH and Sam…
    We’ve known the dollar would die for almost a year now because of the Obama economic policy.. It just baffles my mind that the majority of Americans are insulated from this major shift by propaganda. And fox news doesn’t cover things like this with any vigor until it’s too late, sigh!

  61. m2 says:

    Hiya fox!

  62. m2 says:

    Arlene posted some great comments last night.

  63. Foxwood says:

    Morning Sam and Sam and M too!

  64. samiam60 says:

    AG: ACORN Embezzlement Totaled $5M, Not $1M
    An internal review by ACORN’s board of directors found that $5 million was embezzled from the community organization, far more than previously reported

  65. m2 says:

    Acorn is just a piece of shit. Let’s just be frank about it

  66. samiam60 says:

    Anyone else having trouble with wordpress this morning?

  67. m2 says:

    I’m on the iPod and commenting is going fine… It’s tiring to type on an tiny keyboard however.

  68. m2 says:

    I just bought Bejeweled last night.. I’m going to play some now & check back later…

  69. samiam60 says:

    I would like to know if Acorn has any racial issues. I am curious of the proportion of white families helped vs black families.
    With large amounts of taxpayer money available I am wondering if it was used equally among those it was designed to help.

  70. VotingFemale says:

    Arlene, she also bragged publicly that when she went to Copenhagen that she would “Take No Prisoners.” That translated into other languages must come off as terrible…

    And yes, it was obvious that her speech writer was not attendent to the lies written into that speech of Omama else she had a wierd relationship with “Daddy.”

    arlenearmy says

    Not only should we NOT send Obama off US soil. But somebody needs to tell Michelle to stay her ass at home. Muzzle that woman!

    She went to Copenhagen telling a panel of foreign men & the WORLD that she was sitting on her daddy’s lap when she was 20 yrs. old. Gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!!

  71. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning M2! Foxwood! Samiam! SamHenry!

  72. VotingFemale says:

    Fox? Think I have a copy of letterman’s confession?

  73. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning VF, M2, Foxwood, SamH, and Arlene thank you for your posts early this morning. I am having trouble posting and so will bbl. Have to try and figure out what is wrong with wordpress.

  74. VotingFemale says:

    ACORN is the Black Eye of the Socialists and reveals their inate lack of interest in the rule of law.

  75. Foxwood says:

    It’s wordpress Sami. I’ve checked other blogs and they act the same.

  76. VotingFemale says:

    You may need to reboot, Sam.

    WordPress is running very well for me.

    samiam60 says

    Good Morning VF, M2, Foxwood, SamH, and Arlene thank you for your posts early this morning. I am having trouble posting and so will bbl. Have to try and figure out what is wrong with wordpress.

  77. VotingFemale says:

    ahhh now it is acting up…

    I work around that problem by having two tab set up for wordpress.

    I post a comment and without waiting for the reload, I switch to the other tab and reload there.

    poof no reload hang

  78. VotingFemale says:

    Michael Moore’s $9 a copy crapumentry on capitalism is getting a ton of crap dropped on his capitalist ass…

  79. Foxwood says:

    I won’t watch a POS movie from a hypocrite that made his money with Capitalism.

    Michael Moron can bite me.

  80. VotingFemale says:

    I dont view any of Moore’s productions either.
    That Socialist Troll has hopefully train wrecked with his latest film which he sells in a free market system called capitalism.

    Mean while… Obama is edging up with the polls a bit at a time lately and so is his ObamaCare.

    People are being sold snake oil… there is no such thing as money growing on trees… and the bait and switch is luring the pidgins with the oldest scam in the book.

    Suckers are born daily.

  81. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Letterman is a total jack ass. I can’t believe anyone watches his pathetic show. CBS should fire him and puts him out of his misery.

  82. tellitlikeitis says:

    The pole number spike is a sympathy reaction to the smack down he got in front of the olympic commitee last week. It won’t last long. His numbers will drop again.

  83. Foxwood says:

    BBL, out to work.

  84. tellitlikeitis says:

    The demise of the dollar

    In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading

    By Robert Fisk

    Tuesday, 6 October 2009

    Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars.

    In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.

    Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.

    The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years.

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    The Americans, who are aware the meetings have taken place – although they have not discovered the details – are sure to fight this international cabal which will include hitherto loyal allies Japan and the Gulf Arabs. Against the background to these currency meetings, Sun Bigan, China’s former special envoy to the Middle East, has warned there is a risk of deepening divisions between China and the US over influence and oil in the Middle East. “Bilateral quarrels and clashes are unavoidable,” he told the Asia and Africa Review. “We cannot lower vigilance against hostility in the Middle East over energy interests and security.”

    This sounds like a dangerous prediction of a future economic war between the US and China over Middle East oil – yet again turning the region’s conflicts into a battle for great power supremacy. China uses more oil incrementally than the US because its growth is less energy efficient. The transitional currency in the move away from dollars, according to Chinese banking sources, may well be gold. An indication of the huge amounts involved can be gained from the wealth of Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar who together hold an estimated $2.1 trillion in dollar reserves.

    The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. “One of the legacies of this crisis may be a recognition of changed economic power relations,” he said in Istanbul ahead of meetings this week of the IMF and World Bank. But it is China’s extraordinary new financial power – along with past anger among oil-producing and oil-consuming nations at America’s power to interfere in the international financial system – which has prompted the latest discussions involving the Gulf states.

    Brazil has shown interest in collaborating in non-dollar oil payments, along with India. Indeed, China appears to be the most enthusiastic of all the financial powers involved, not least because of its enormous trade with the Middle East.

    China imports 60 per cent of its oil, much of it from the Middle East and Russia. The Chinese have oil production concessions in Iraq – blocked by the US until this year – and since 2008 have held an $8bn agreement with Iran to develop refining capacity and gas resources. China has oil deals in Sudan (where it has substituted for US interests) and has been negotiating for oil concessions with Libya, where all such contracts are joint ventures.

    Furthermore, Chinese exports to the region now account for no fewer than 10 per cent of the imports of every country in the Middle East, including a huge range of products from cars to weapon systems, food, clothes, even dolls. In a clear sign of China’s growing financial muscle, the president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, yesterday pleaded with Beijing to let the yuan appreciate against a sliding dollar and, by extension, loosen China’s reliance on US monetary policy, to help rebalance the world economy and ease upward pressure on the euro.

    Ever since the Bretton Woods agreements – the accords after the Second World War which bequeathed the architecture for the modern international financial system – America’s trading partners have been left to cope with the impact of Washington’s control and, in more recent years, the hegemony of the dollar as the dominant global reserve currency.

    The Chinese believe, for example, that the Americans persuaded Britain to stay out of the euro in order to prevent an earlier move away from the dollar. But Chinese banking sources say their discussions have gone too far to be blocked now. “The Russians will eventually bring in the rouble to the basket of currencies,” a prominent Hong Kong broker told The Independent. “The Brits are stuck in the middle and will come into the euro. They have no choice because they won’t be able to use the US dollar.”

    Chinese financial sources believe President Barack Obama is too busy fixing the US economy to concentrate on the extraordinary implications of the transition from the dollar in nine years’ time. The current deadline for the currency transition is 2018.

    The US discussed the trend briefly at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh; the Chinese Central Bank governor and other officials have been worrying aloud about the dollar for years. Their problem is that much of their national wealth is tied up in dollar assets.

    “These plans will change the face of international financial transactions,” one Chinese banker said. “America and Britain must be very worried. You will know how worried by the thunder of denials this news will generate.”

    Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq.

  85. Kynikos says:

    Step one in the road to blog sensorship using the Sustine model!! Note the law is geared at advertisers, but lets just see if it is expanded to take away our first admendment rights!! Back to making doughnuts!!,2933,560501,00.html

  86. samiam60 says:

    Is anyone else having a problem with wordpress? It is the only site giving me problems.

  87. VotingFemale says:

    perhaps a shorter comment log will speed up wordpress reloading…

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