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May 26, 2012

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narciso

And this is just plain delusional;


Returning the compliment of an open letter Beyonce wrote in praise of the First Lady, she replies that she would be the singer.

'I'd be Beyonce,' she says. 'I'd be some great singer... It looks like musicians just have the most fun.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2148798/He-tucks-gives-kiss-talk-Michelle-Obama-First-Couples-bedtime-ritual.html#ixzz1w2qrUsJ0

narciso

Shirley he cannot be serious,

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/26/michael-tomasky-on-the-media-s-foolish-elizabeth-warren-witch-hunt.html

Threadkiller

Exhaustive research:

"Smith and the media failed to investigate what the activists at SAM were actually doing: encouraging students to break the law by not registering for the Selective Service and harassing military recruiters.

Obama wrote that SAM “was formed in response to the passage of the registration laws in 1980.” Obama noted that the activists had “fostered awareness and practical action necessary to counter the growing threat of war.” That “awareness” and “practical action” went beyond mere protest, or encouraging students to break the law. SAM also wanted to break the military itself by sapping it of support—as Obama must have known from contemporaneous articles in the Columbia Spectator and from campus politics."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/26/obama-and-sam

Somehow they missed the part where Obama's Selective Service card is a forgery and the government is stonewalling a current investigation.

MC Obama sez:"can't vet this"

bgates

Neal Boortz:
Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers. Forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don’t see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The winners drive home in the dark.

The First Lady of the United States of America:
We live above the store, which means 6.30pm is dinner

Joan

The Elizabeth Warren Native American heritage has been a topic on JOM several times and up to today's entry I've read all of the comments. I've been busy today and just now have a chance to read, but am so tired I just skimmed through searching for comments on what I've kept expecting to see. So, if this has been discussed, please excuse me; however, why haven't any of you mentioned the fact that if Warren is truly a member of a Native American tribe she'd be on their rolls. For example, to be a legitimate member of the Cherokee Tribe of Native Americans, Warren would have had to prove her membership by a blood link to a member on the Cherokee Nation's Rolls. That's the only way to legally PROVE a person has a blood link to a Cherokee. The Nation opened its rolls in 1898 and closed in 1906. Thereafter, to "reap" the benefits of being a Cherokee, a person has to have legitimate proof, i.e., birth certificates linking back to a Cherokee with a roll number, to BE a Cherokee or as the colleges drool to have enrolled a MINORITY.

Has anyone mentioned this? And, by this I mean anyone in authority or anyone in the press or anyone in the Massachusetts political arena, say ... a Democrat, who should want a bona fide Native American, not one that claims to be one. I read a few days ago one comment that practically everyone in Oklahoma claims some Native American blood, even though they only wish they were, not that they were (I'm sort of paraphrasing here, but the message is the same.) The fact is, yes, lots of people in Oklahoma can claim Native American blood and legitimately so--they all aren't wannabes. My grandmother was 1/2 Cherokee, however, my grandfather didn't want her on the rolls (people weren't always proud to be a minority back then.)

Guess what I'm saying is that it would be very simple for some enterprising reporter to ask "Ms. Warren, what is your roll number?" because she'd have it because it is precious.

Joan

Darn. Wish I hadn't gotten on so late. I really want to know if Warren claims a roll number.

Charlie (Colorado)

Warren and HLS also deny that her checking the "American Indian" box had anything whatsoever to do with her being recruited.

Of course Harvard does: saying it would be, as I understand it, illegal. Certainly the department chairman I'm talking about never said "Oh goody, you're an Indian".

By the way, my story on this is leading PJ today.

Charlie (Colorado)

"Don't blame Warren." I can see letting her pretend, without any effort to verify a family legend, but she now has no evidence.

Mark, what my great aunt told my mother about this was "but don't tell everyone -- to some people, that's like saying you're part nigger."

Is there no point at which her calculated use of this identity has to end?

What evidence dio you have that she's ever used this in a "calculated" way -- except, of course, that she's on the other side in an election?

Charlie (Colorado)

I blame Warren. I think she decided that she wanted to take advantage of AA and as a result checked that box. She got all of her teaching positions prior to that by being the wife of a professor.

Based on what, Jane? I am her rough contemporary, I was looking for academic jobs about the same time, and -- go read my article for more details -- I certainly wasn't looking for the leverage.

I recognize it's politically convenient, but that's not evidence.

Charlie (Colorado)

the real tragedy is that at harvard like other liberal institutions there is a real disadvantage to having white skin. racial discrimination by the people that are opposed to and made racial discrimination illegal.

Exactly. If it weren't for that, me being a quarter Choctaw would be exactly as interesting as my being an eighth Hungarian.

Charlie (Colorado)

o, if this has been discussed, please excuse me; however, why haven't any of you mentioned the fact that if Warren is truly a member of a Native American tribe she'd be on their rolls.

I talk about it a little in my article, but basically you're making an error. If Warren were a registered member of the Cherokee nation, she's be on the rolls. But that's actually different than being of Cherokee descent. The Eastern Band wasn't on the Dawes Roll at all and has different qualification methods. Chad Smith, ex-Principal Chief, is a distant cousin, but his ancestry isn't perfectly established either.

glasater

Don't know why but the fact that Scott Brown brought the molestation experience from his childhood really bothered me.
Why he wanted to use the event to draw attention to himself and the thinking behind it just are incomprehensible to me.

Joan

Thanks, Charlie, didn't know that about an Eastern Band being legitimate. To be a member of the Cherokee Nation, it was my understanding that one had to have a roll number. Of course being of Cherokee descent means you have blood linkage (of whatever it is called and I bow to your superior intellect, not being snarky, I've read you for several years and know you are quite intelligent), it's just that I now wonder if Eastern Band Cherokees can obtain or are entitled to all Federal benefits, as the Cherokees on the Dawes Roll are. Guess I should research it.

Joan

Excuse typos and grammar. Last sentence was a bit convoluted. sp

franko

I’m in academia and I can say without a doubt that upon her hire, the other faculty privately congratulated each other with, “And she’s a two-fer – an Indian AND a woman.” I’ve heard that exact thing in other, similar, situations. It never fails.

Joan

Just checked. Eastern Band does get Federal Benefits.

Charlie, you have such a widespread area of knowledge. How many bachelor degrees of study do you have? Don't get ticked that I didn't think to just say degrees, cause you probably have masters, etc.

Extraneus

I’ve heard that exact thing in other, similar, situations. It never fails.

So have I, in both industry and academia. Just about a week ago most recently.

If anything can be said to be "un-American," it's AA. A disgusting racket.

Jane

Charlie,

I could not disagree more with your premise at PJM. You seem to be asserting that Warren was proud and clueless, and after applying to and graduating from law school it never occurred to her that AA was an advantage. That simply does not pass the giggle test.

I too was told growing up that my ancestors were Indians. Never for one second would I have considered checking off that box without some verifiable proof.

You don't think your mother was aware of that advantage. I can not imagine that, frankly. I would bet that she brought up your heritage precisely because it was an advantage. So did Warren.

Jane

Clarice -

Loved the Pieces - Do you think that is the buzz throughout DC?

pagar

Clarice, Pieces was great!

Jim Ryan

OBAMA: Come on, people, I need something. I need something!

AIDE 1: We could do the Iraq War thing again, about how Bush-

OBAMA: No no no! Pete!

AIDE 2: Me? Um, how about Romney's Bain thing?

OBAMA: Bain? Bain....

AIDE 2: Yeah, robber baron, fat cat, yada yada....

OBAMA: Bain....

AIDE 1: Sir, or either we could do the environment. Romney thinks global warming is bull, and we could-

OBAMA: IT IS BULL, JEAN! IT IS BULL!

AIDE 1:

AIDE 2:

OBAMA: [FACEPALM]

AIDE 3: Um... How about jobs and how... No, that wouldn't-

OBAMA: [CONTINUED FACEPALM] Let's... Let's just go with Bain. Pete, write that up and send it downstream. Get some teleprompter copy by tonight.

AIDE 2: Yes, sir.

Jim Eagle

Jim Ryan,

You can add this to your scenario. How do we win Florida?

By "gutsy" leadership in the space program.

So, Capt. Kelly, what flavor of kool-aid do you and Gabby like best?

PS. Great pieces as always, Clarice.

rse

I don't think I will ever get that image of bo out of my head now. Just as well I suppose since I need to describe all sorts of bad things he and others are using ed to foist upon us stealthily.

Jane-I tend to think a weakened warren with all the attention aa will be getting this fall from the SCOTUS arguments will be beneficial to brown in the end.

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

Rep. West provides an additional reason to despise Obama.
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/letter-to-president-obama-in-reference-to-ali-musa-daqduq.htm

Janet

In a sane world with a legitimate MSM, the Warren story & the Kenya bio revelation would have generated story after story about AA & fraud.

pagar

Maybe some of our banks took lessons.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financial-crime/9289673/Former-Lloyds-head-of-fraud-and-security-Jessica-Harper-charged-over-2.5m-fraud.html

GMax

I missed the discussion of Senate pickups, but do want to emphasize what Rick mentioned, RCP has the attitude that all polls are created equal. They include some of the most laughable Adult and RV polls into their average, so you should not be surprised that if you blend in D + 10 polls that it comes out skewed.

It will be near impossible not to pick up 4 Senate seats. If we lose Maine and Mass though, we need 5 ( assumes we take the WH which you know I have been saying is going to happen for a year now ).

Given the sheer number of seats up and the revulsion that many sitting Democrat Senators are seeing in poll after poll showing at best 45% support, I would bet real money on the Senate being free of Harry Reid's "leadership" come November.

Jane

In a sane world with a legitimate MSM, the Warren story & the Kenya bio revelation would have generated story after story about AA & fraud.


Not to mention, encouraging people to commit that fraud.

Jane

Do not underestimate the power of the liberal media: The Herald has been reporting this for a month, the liberal Globe one day:

Harvard Throws Elizabeth Warren Under the Bus

GMax

How about a soccer score. USA 5 Scotland 1

Actually the US scored all 6 goals one being an own goal. Landon Donovan nets a hat trick. The US did not even put Fulham forward Clint Dempsey on the field. The Scots are pretenders. What a humiliation.

clarice

Thanks, Jane. I can't claim to know the buzz in DC but I do think more people are starting to think O's off his rocker.

narciso

More examples on how they view '1984' as a guide book, not a cautionary tale,

http://patterico.com/2012/05/27/brett-kimberlin-gets-his-wikipedia-entry-removed/#comments

AliceH

Mickey Kaus makes a great point:

"Why does [Obama] have to find the perfect line of attack now and stick with it for 6 months? Suggested answer: He doesn’t. He can try out one line of attack, then another, then 10 or 20 more until he finds one that will work in the final post-Labor Day drive."

I wouldn't get too comfortable that they are scraping bottom just yet.

narciso

Ah, you went Pygmalion today, Clarice, bravo;


http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_bane_in_bain_is_really_just_a_feign.html

Captain Hate

More examples on how they view '1984' as a guide book, not a cautionary tale

Shining a light on the wiki turds is a side benefit to this

Porchlight

bgates gets a shoutout from Insty:

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/143825/

Captain Hate

Jeff Zeleney of the NYT (on the FNS panel) looks like Brooks' even dorkier pinhead brother.

Danube of Thought

Minus 13 at Raz today.

Tied with Romney at 45%.

narciso

Oh 'Mr. Enchanted' that never gets old,

Captain Hate

Brit Hume hammering the JEF as having a campaign strategy that reveals how clueless he is on how businesses work.

Captain Hate

He can try out one line of attack, then another, then 10 or 20 more until he finds one that will work in the final post-Labor Day drive.

Don't desert me like my lowlife parents did.

pagar

Jim,mtnview, thanks for the Allen link. By now everyone in America should realize if there is a pro American military side and and anti America military side, Obama and his entire regime will choose the anti American military side.
-------------------------------------------
I know there are some who don't like the CFP
but this one tells it like it is.

http://tinyurl.com/6mus6m4

"Obama forced into back seat by God Bless America"

Rick Ballard

AliceH,

Kaus would have a point if he were speaking of someone with a demonstrated ability to play political chess effectively. The point is rather less effective (Black Knight quality) when discussing someone who has not mastered the double jump in checkers. BOzo doesn't have six months any more and Kaus wasn't particularly clear about the 20 items in the ACME Political Strategery Manual available for play by the President.

He seems to be pinning his hopes on a Hidden Recovery that is ready to burst upon the scene. The foundation for that hope exists only at the top of a rainbow created by a unicorn.

I'm positive the President will try other tactics but I'm also positive that each will be as well thought out and executed as the Bain strategy. Clarice's recounting of the LaBolt/Anderson Cooper exchange provides a very clear example of the perspicacity of the Pinhead Troika.

Soylent Red

Given the sheer number of seats up and the revulsion that many sitting Democrat Senators are seeing in poll after poll showing at best 45% support,

Of the ones Rick mentioned (below), the ones in bold are considered by RCP to be tossup states, and the ones with asterisks considered to be only leaning one way or another, so contestable in the right circumstances:

North Dakota
Nebraska
Wisconsin
Montana*
Missouri
Florida
Ohio

New Mexico*
Virginia
Michigan

Washington
Connecticut

What stands out to me is that in places where there are Congressional seats to be had, the Dems are not going to easily distance themselves from Choomba Barry. He will have to spend a considerable amount of time in these places to get re-elected, meanwhile his erstwhile Democrat allies will need to talking down his policies to get themselves elected. It's called a "fork" in chess, and it's really just a question of which piece the Democrats want to lose in each state.

Today's Pieces is a great wrap up of a week of unforced errors for Team Barry. The big fat collective brain of Axelplouffe E. Coyote (Super Genius) seems to be unraveling as time passes. They're in their own head. I'm afraid that Romney will attempt to pile on, and inadvertently screw things up. While the Mittster is growing on me, I still don't trust him or cruel chance to finally drive a stake through the Obama campaign.

He can try out one line of attack, then another, then 10 or 20 more until he finds one that will work in the final post-Labor Day drive."

This is wishful Kaus-think. As unforced errors pile up on each other, the effect will compound. A new day/new attack strategy will appear weak and grasping to the Muddle. Throwing poo out there and seeing what sticks, so to speak. By mid-summer people will have had enough of it.

Time is running out for Obama to come up with a single line of attack and to formulate a strategy to keep pressing it until October. They know this. The MSM knows this. The pollsters know this. They are all panicking.

MarkO

Warren's a fraud. Her response to the disclosures is exactly that of a common liar. An honest person might well have said she had been wrong and so had her family. Not the lovely Ms. Warren who is so brilliant as to be hired at HLS on her grand merit and so clueless as to have no idea about her true genealogy.

Did her fable have anyting to do with her hire? Well, did Harvard ever publicize the fact that she was an Indian? Right. Irrelevant.

narciso

You misunderstand the media, Anderson was acting as a spotter, relaying targeting information, you think in the final analysis, they will dump him overboard, in favor of T-1000, seriously now,

clarice

I'm with Soylent re the Kaus attack.

Can't say more because I'm in NYC with the Wolverine who has utterly worn me out and has me on the move again this morning.How'd you l like be wakened (after three miles of hiking NYC and the corridors of the American Girl store, vacuuming up assorted goodies)at 6 to,"Do you know it's really just 3 in the morning in Los Angeles?"

DebinNC

He can try out one line of attack, then another, then 10 or 20 more until he finds one that works

So the fact that the first 20 "lines of attack" failed because they were based on provable lies will have had no effect on voters by the time the winning meme finally appears after Labor Day? Even reasonably sane Dems like Kaus seem to lack common sense.

narciso

LOL, Kaus does have a way of ignoring the conclusion of his research;


http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2012/05/27/friedman-if-only-obama-would-talk-about-his-super-awesome-record/

Soylent Red

Clarice:

FAO Schwartz then the American Museum of Natural History. The first one will wear her down, and the second one has comfy benches and theaters in which one can quietly contemplate things. With eyes shut.

AliceH

--I'm positive the President will try other tactics but I'm also positive that each will be as well thought out and executed as the Bain strategy--

I don't doubt this, but even so, the reverse Murphy's Law, Stopped Clock, Enough Monkeys-at-typewriters approaches still have a non-zero potential to cause damage.

Couple that with the fact that a vast majority of the voting public isn't really going to start paying attention until September at the earliest (meaning the series of failed efforts are ancient history already long forgotten) and the risk, I think, is quite real.

It's hard to make detailed plans for events that might simply arise entirely by accident, but being surprised if it does come to pass is inexcusable.

Chubby

great Pieces, Clarice.

My bet is that Obama is going to double down on the Bain attacks. And I wish the Romney compaign would stop doing stuff like Jennifer Rubin's #5, sending around the LaBolt interview. No matter the reason, no matter the justification, it is still advertising for their enemies.

narciso

Just remember no good deed goes unpunished,

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/krug_attacks_cv5ld2kSZ5DFnNMQcxt8aJ

Jane

I can't claim to know the buzz in DC but I do think more people are starting to think O's off his rocker.

On the Sunday shows they think he is a brilliant saint, and Romney is pretty much a buffoon.

I'm shocked!

AliceH

The offset to my "don't get cocky" post at 10:43 is, I think the series of failed attacks is actually having an dampening effect on his support in the media. Not a tipping point, but perhaps the occasional "well, I'm not sure that was strictly true" slipping into MFM coverage is really quite a shift in and of itself.

Soylent Red

I don't doubt this, but even so, the reverse Murphy's Law, Stopped Clock, Enough Monkeys-at-typewriters approaches still have a non-zero potential to cause damage.

True enough, but to again use a sports metaphor, every punch you don't land wears you down, expends resources, wastes time. Once they have strung a succession of unsuccessful attacks together, the mental factor of self-doubt will seep in. They know they have nothing substantive and have to find an attack that works, and soon. The failure to do so, repeatedly over time, will demoralize them and cause them to throw more desperate, wild haymakers. It's a compounding effect Alice.

I worry more about Romney stepping into one of them. That's the danger, IMO.

DebinNC

If not praying, Obama and the msm must be strenuously hoping for a hurricane before election day. Tornadoes and earthquakes won't give him and the msm the extended coverage opportunity he wants. Hitting TX, LA, MI, FL, GA, SC, which have competent Rep. guvs, won't help him as much as one heading straight for NC with Gov. "Let's call off the next election" Purdue still incompetently in charge. If Obama wants Gov. Blanco II, Bev fits the bill.

narciso

If they drop the Bain Capital narrative, that would indicate they have a feedback loop, but
as you saw earlier they have a new iteration of the Attackwatch, they are still doing the Romney dog stunt,

Chubby

Someone who chroncially lies about their political opponents will have no scruples lying about their political supporters, if that means more votes. The ties that bind lefty politicians to Wall Street are not going to dissolve no matter what, as long as there is personal profit to be made on both sides. I wonder how much unprovable insider trading goes on within that cozy back and forth.

narciso

True, consider one who vouched for Bain, this week, Steve Rattner, the auto czar who paid a ten million dollar fine, back in 2010, related to insurance transactions in NY State.

Janet

bgates gets a shoutout from Insty:

Congrats to bgates & the alert tipster!

Janet

Newsbusters has this post about another WaPo gay advocacy article.

They've turned into The Blade. They are more excited about all things gay than even gay citizens are. Pathetic.

Soylent Red

Gayest newspaper ever.

matt

don't know if anyone picked it up, but Krugman was in the UK (probably for the Queen's 60th) and was simply savaged by the conservative press.

DrJ

Gayest newspaper ever.

That would be the SF Chronicle.

Janet

With the WaPo "close behind". :)

Rick Ballard

AliceH,

I would place a market crash very high on a potential problem list. Obama got his job because of one and he certainly has close ties with the investment banks which are fully capable of executing another one. The Muddle couldn't distinguish between a private equity firm and a rotten right through the core investment bank, bristling with CDS suicide belts and a PR department with a billion dollar budget dedicated to propagating the lie that TBTF has validity, to save their lives. All Wall Street bastards are the same to the Muddle.

The removal of the Treasury and Fed props might be enough to crash the market without investment bank help but never doubt that the investment banks will choose the path of self preservation without regard to even the lowest standards of ethics or morality imaginable.

Just ask Don Corzione or Turbo Timmy.

Ignatz

--I would place a market crash very high on a potential problem list. Obama got his job because of one and he certainly has close ties with the investment banks which are fully capable of executing another one.--

Rick,
Not sure if you're suggesting a market crash would help Barry but if you are I find that highly dubious.

Rick Ballard

Ignatz,

The efficacy of the occupooper movement was highly dubious.

The efficacy of the Wisconsin Fleebaggers was highly dubious.

The efficacy of dumping untold billions into loans to Skydragon slayers was highly dubious.

The efficacy of #ArabSpring was highly dubious.

Obvious stupidity is no bar to an Obama decision. AliceH is justly concerned with "what ifs" and an orchestrated market crash makes just as much sense as an obvious failure highlighting his opponent's success in an attempt to knock him down. I would not expect the TBTFs to be of any help should the Treasury and Fed withdraw their market props.

narciso

The circumstances regarding Lehman's implosions ,including the wave of phantom trades, suggest it was pushed over the gang plank, As I noticed before, I can't recall a financial crisis imploding within the 60 day window,

jimmyk

Obvious stupidity is no bar to an Obama decision.

I could see it as a 'Hail Mary' if he's down 10 points in October, as is likely. I don't see Bernanke going along with it, though.

Ignatz

--Obvious stupidity is no bar to an Obama decision.--

Yeah, I wasn't sure if you were attributing the idea a market crash would help him to Barry or were taking that position yourself.

Chubby

a market uptick would help obama but a market crash would not. bernanke could easily swing a unptick. the question is would he? obama would then use the uptick as vindication of his policies.

clarice

Soylent, today we did the playground at Central Park. The wolverine announced it was badly designed and she hated it. Then off to the Museum of Natural History.I finally left them all and returned to the hotel to sleep.

daddy

Re: Lizzy Warren

If these people are 1/10th as bright as they claim to be, then just imagine the dinnertime conversation between Liz and her hubby.

Hubby: "What? Harvard offered you a job and tenure and not me? And I'm the one with way many more qualifications and a way better education and CV and more publications and classroom teaching rave recommendations. How can that be?"

Liz: "Who knows. All they said was that they want me."

Hubby: "Do you think it's possible they want to hire you because you're a woman and what with all the EEOC stuff going on at Harvard right now they need more women on the Faculty to take the pressure off?"

Liz: "Impossible. They must simply want me, even tho' my quals are way less than your quals. Being a woman can't possibly have anything to do with it."

Hubby: Maybe it's that Native American business? Do you think they want to hire you because of that and all that stink from Professor Bell causing on campus protests for not having HLS Profs of Minority Status?"

Liz. "Nope. It has to be because they think I'm wonderful and qualified. None of that other stuff could possibly be a factor in offering me a job and tenure, not being a woman, not being a Native American, even tho' you are 3 times more qualified for the job than I am."

Hubby: "Certainly is a mystery. Well congratulations. Guess these things just happen."

Liz: "Guess so. What do you want to eat tonight---the Cherokee Crab recipe with Indian mayonnaise or the Cherokee herb tomato recipe with Indian mayonnaise?

Hubby: "The crab. BTW, did you read that Fordham says HLS says they're thinking about hiring a woman of color. Wonder who it is?"

Liz: "Beats me."

Jane

Perfect Daddy!

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

With the WaPo "close behind". :)

Ewwww :)

caro

dittos,daddy!

Beasts of England

Darn. Wish I hadn't gotten on so late. I really want to know if Warren claims a roll number.

Posted by: Joan | May 27, 2012 at 03:29 AM

I brought up rolls and registries some time back. Others may have, as well. No word at all about her listing. Her best evidence to date: a marriage certificate which was inconclusive and not considered proof by the tribe, either. So, the answer is clearly 'no'.

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