Saturday, May 30, 2009

The "O" ness sells books

Yep, not just Oprah. Bookmark time for!!!

When President Barack Obama recently told The New York Times Magazine that he was reading “Netherland,” the novel caught fire.

Sales quickly rose by 40 percent and as of last week, the book had sold more than 95,000 copies.

“It was getting so much attention and we were in such demand that we decided to move up the release of the paperback by a month,” said Russell Perreault, vice president and director of publicity at Vintage Books, the novel’s publisher. “It’s been fantastic.”

Like presidents before him, when Obama reveals the current title on his nightstand, good things happen for that book.

It also happened after Obama suggested he was modeling his Cabinet on Abraham Lincoln’s “Team of Rivals,” and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book of the same name shot up the charts last November, a full three years after it was published.

Howard Yoon, a literary agent with Gail Ross said, "few people in the world" have the influnce Obama has when it comes to the literary world.

"There's Oprah and now Obama," Yoon said. "Those are the two titans. But it's more than just influence. It's also respect and trust. Here you have a sitting president who's not only trained as a legal scholar but also a New York Times best-selling author. His credibility and trust is extraordinarily high when it comes to book recommendations."

So what’s next to get the Obama seal of approval? Aides say he read in recent months “What is the What,” a novel about a real-life Sudanese refugee who is separated from his family during the civil war when the Arab militia wipes out his village.

Obama liked the book so much, a senior aide said, he urged White House aides to read it, too.

First lady Michelle Obama also tries to make time for books. In recent weeks, a senior White House aide said she finished up “Life of Pi” — a book about an Indian boy who survives a shipwreck, which she read with daughter Malia — as well as Zadie Smith’s “White Teeth,” which describes as a novel about “race, sex, class, history, and the minefield of gender politics.”

With “What is the What,” author Dave Eggers was surprised to find out, in a call from POLITICO, that Barack Obama had actually read his book.

“It’s surreal,” said Eggers, who also wrote the bestseller "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius." “There’s no brain I respect more than Obama’s. To have occupied his time for a few hours…it’s a profound honor.” read more here...

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Date Night for the Obamas: NYC, Broadway with RNC Hate (Pictures)

Well, all is negative in Republican Land.

They are now criticizing the Obamas for going to NYC, to Broadway for dinner and a show. The dastardly, nasty beasts. They don't understand that the Obamas have downsized everything and not taking the famous 747 jet. Oh, well when you are in the dumps, you jump on anything and hopes that it sticks. And the Obamas dined at the Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village.

The Obamas dined at the Blue Hill restaurant near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

h/t Escapade And full hit piece by RNC, here.
Well, you can say the Obamas are at least trying to keep the costs down. They downsized the transportation opting not to take the normal Air Force One 747.

It’s not like they took the $10 Fung Wah Bus either though. They just hopped on a smaller plane. Although it is still called Air Force One, it’s just part of the fleet.

The plane they took this afternoon is an Air Force Gulfstream V (C-37A) — a 12 passenger aircraft. (H/T Mark Knoller). And there are no plans to circle the Statue of Liberty.

I don't understand the RNC hate. The Obamas are a young couple and like to get OUT OF THE BUBBLE. They were not like the Bushs who practically went NO WHERE. And the country likes to see their president out and about with the missus.

Again, when you have no new ideas and running around in circles after your own tail, what else can you expect? Closing on a postive note, Al Rodgers pictures, enjoy!!

U.S. President Obama departs White House for New York City

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Michael Eric Dyson on President Barack Obama (Video)

You decide, Dyson got valid points. Dyson salty because he has not been "invited" to the White House. h/t to JJP

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Bob Woodward writing a book on Obama White House

If the Obama White House is smart. NO ACCESS.

This is the very Bob Woodward who had information of the Iraq War, but withheld it due to BOOK SALES.

All this information came forward on his last book, State of Denial. Yes, it was a great book, but he had all the information from that book PRIOR to it coming out, but did not include it in his Bush trilogy, due to the climate at the time and for selling books.

Obama Administration, tread carefully with Woodward.

In early May, White House Counsel Greg Craig circulated a memo inside the West Wing. Part of a series of memos on protocol, it explained how to deal with writers researching books and articles on the White House. (Craig's unsurprising instructions: Clear interview requests with the press office.) While the memo didn't mention any journalists by name--and while there are currently no fewer than half a dozen major reporters under contract to write books about the nascent Obama presidency and the 2008 campaign, any of whom could conceivably end up embarrassing the administration--there is one person in particular the White House is undoubtedly nervous about: Bob Woodward.

Since the inauguration, the Washington Post legend has been quietly reporting a new book on the Obama White House. "I'm in the preliminary stages of working on it," Woodward confirmed to me by phone recently. "I'm working on it and making progress."

Officially, the White House says it is not adopting a press strategy to respond to Woodward. Ben LaBolt, an Obama spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that the Craig memo "was not issued in relation to any inquiry related to a specific reporter or author." Still, there is reason to think that Woodward might make the administration particularly anxious. "Every White House is wary of Woodward, " says New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker, who worked alongside him at the Post. What's more, Obama's White House is known to hate process stories, exactly the sort of exhaustive, in-the-room descriptions of high-level debates at which Woodward excels. And, even worse, Woodward has some extra motivation to fill his next book with big scoops. His fourth and final Bush book, The War Within, sold just 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, far below his third Bush installment, State of Denial, which sold more than half a million. "The last time I talked to him about books, earlier this year, he had been lamenting the fact his last Bush book didn't sell as well," one of Woodward's friends told me.

And an especially hungry Bob Woodward is especially bad news if you're one of the people being written about. "Good luck," another Woodward friend told me when I asked if the White House will succeed in keeping Woodward out. "If you want to hide things from Bob, it always comes out. It always does." read more here.....

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In Case You Missed It: PA paper takes out ad for Obama assassination

I kid you not. My question, "Who was asleep at the wheel on this one?"

A northwestern Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for running a classified advertisement calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama.

Warren Times Observer Publisher John Elchert says the ad appeared Thursday. It read, "May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!" The four presidents were all assassinated.

Elchert tells The Associated Press that the newspaper's advertising staff didn't make the historical connection.

He says the newspaper turned information over to police and that the Secret Service is investigating the person who placed the ad.

A note in Friday's paper says the newspaper "apologizes for the oversight."


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Joe Sestak: The machine is coming after you for running against Arlen Specter.

Not an Ed Rendell fan. If you don't know, he is Governor of Pennsylvania. Straight up old school, runs it like the Chicago style politics, machine style politics. We already know the White House wants Sestak to re-consider running against Specter.


Because he, Specter, was promised an easy primary. The one major reason why Specter switched to the Democratic Party is because he read the tealeaves in the Republican waters. He was going to lose the Republican Primary, he even stated this fact. Period. So, he jumped ship and his friend, Vice President Biden, helped him up on the Democratic boat.

I am not a Specter fan, but he is in the Democratic Party. Stating this, Specter should not expect a free ride to victory, I don't care what was promised him. Sure, plenty politics being played here, but even Obama will admit that you must work for the nomination and that it should not be GIVEN TO ONE. Even Obama gets that message.

Joe Sestak has every right to run. He has over 3M in the bank and there are many out there who are willing to listen to what he has to say. His background is impeccable, he is a former Navy Admiral and don't think the military will not come to his aid, they will. Furthermore, the unions in Pennsylvania are tired of the wishy-washy ways of Specter, they are talking to Sestak.

No nomination is in the bag. If that is so we would be talking about President Hillary Clinton. If Sestak believes he has a chance, go for it. Arlen Specter get ready, the fight is on.

Final point. Expect President Obama to stump for Specter, it was their agreement, just as Specter must deliver his votes on Obama's agenda in the senate. It is strictly politics.

From the Ed Show:

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In Case You Missed It: Pat Buchanan and Bob Shrum argue over Sotomayor (Video)

Worth a view. And Pat Buchanan with the...."that woman"...comment. Tells you what Buchanan is really about. h/t crooks and liars

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The Obamas hitting Broadway tonight

When the pictures are out, I will post. And if you look at President Obama's itinerary to the left, they will leave for NYC shortly. And they are flying in a small plane, not the famous 747 jet.

For all of the people sprawled out on those lawn chairs along shuttered Broadway in Times Square, take note: A certain famous family plans to be awfully close by on Saturday evening.

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, plan to visit New York City on Saturday and take in a Broadway show, the August Wilson play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theater on West 44th Street, according to three theater executives who have been informed of the First Family’s plans.

The theater executives spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president’s itinerary, and cautioned that the trip was subject to change.

“The president and the first lady will be making a personal visit to New York tomorrow,” said Bill Burton, a spokesman for the president, who declined to elaborate on the schedule.

The Obamas plan to attend the 8 p.m. performance of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” a critically acclaimed production that has been nominated for six Tony Awards, including best revival of a play. read more here.....

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Week in Review on Judge Sonia Sotomayor (Video)

All the chatter of the right....note all the talking points.....

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Defense Secretary Gates statement on the North Korea conflict (Video)

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Disgust of the GOP: Tancredo, Liddy (Video and Audio)

Talk about over the top!!

The type of hate spew that has come out of some GOP talking bots mouths has been unreal. But nothing has been over the top like former Congressman Tom Tancredo and the former indicted convict, G. Gordy Liddy. Talk about turning women away from the Republican Party.

First, Tancredo. Tancredo has been all over television showing his real colors. Questioning if Obama hates white people. Remember, Obama is HALF WHITE. What an utter ridiculous question.

Then the racist, sextist G. Gordon Liddy. Talking about Sotomayor's temperament on her menstrual cycle? What kind of sick shit is that? And she talks, "illegal alien"? Does the Republican Party need the Latino vote? Obviously not.

Lastly, does this man look like he is an authority on women's health?

Folks, you decide. h/t to MOMocrats


FLOTUS, Michelle Obama's visit to Bancroft Elementary School, Washington, DC (Pictures)

It was time for Michelle Obama to return the favor.

She put out the welcome mat at the White House and is opening its doors to all types of visitors, schoolchildren especially. She even turned to some fifth-graders for help when she decided to plant a "kitchen" garden on a patch of the South Lawn.

These students have had a school-based, organic garden for several years, and were excited to turn soil and plant crops with the first lady.

When visitors come and go from the White House, Mrs. Obama likes to respond by going to see them in "their space." So, on Friday, she climbed into her SUV and rode over to Bancroft Elementary School for a look.

She helped plant cucumber and red pepper seedlings in their garden, too.

Before slipping on the gardening gloves, Mrs. Obama listened as four students read from essays describing how much their relationship with her, their involvement with the White House garden and her message about eating more fresh fruits and vegetables means to them.

"It has inspired us to eat better, work harder and grow more vegetables," said fifth-grader David Martinez.

Involving the students in the White House garden was about more than just digging in the dirt, Mrs. Obama said.

"They've really learned some lessons about nutrition," she said, as the rest of their classmates and their parents listened from the sidelines. "They're making different choices because they're a part of the process of planting and tilling the soil and pulling up the food."

She held up the project an example of what can be done nationally with kids and nutrition, particularly at a time of rising obesity rates and illnesses in youngsters that have been attributed to being overweight. read more here....

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President Obama's Weekly Radio Address, May 30, 2009 (Video and Transcript)

The Experience of Judge Sotomayor

download .mp3 or .mp4 (63.8 Mb) | also available youtube | read transcript

Republican Response

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Friday, May 29, 2009

GOP has no restraint..... (Video)

La Raza now a Latino "KKK", the Republicans really showing that real ass....racist ass, that is....

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Obama's remarks on Cyber Czar (Video)

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Obama establishing Cyber Czar position in the White House

This is about protecting our computer networks against infiltration of hacks, viruses, etc.

America has for too long failed to adequately protect the security of its computer networks, President Barack Obama said Friday, announcing he will name a new cyber czar to take on the job.

Surrounded by a host of government officials, aides and corporate executives, Obama said this is a "transformational moment" for the country, where computer networks are probed and attacked millions of times a day.

"We're not as prepared as we should be, as a government or as a country," he said, calling cyber threats one of the most serious economic and military dangers the nation faces.

He said he will soon pick the person he wants to head up a new White House office of cyber security, and that person will report to the National Security Council as well as to the National Economic Council, in a nod to the importance of computers to the economy. read more here....

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RNC Chair Michael Steele telling Republicans to chill on Sotomayor

Well, he should after the polls have come out and the public is behind her. This racist talk does the Republican Party no good, in fact it makes them more narrow minded than ever to the public. Why should any Latino want to be a part of a party that goes after a credible Latina nominated for the Supreme Court? Keep it up, Republicans.

The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has intensified a long-simmering racial divide within the Republican Party.

African-American and Hispanic conservatives who have questioned her judicial philosophy also note the historic nature of the appointment and praise her triumph over economic hardship. White conservatives, on the other hand, have been far more personal and aggressive in their attacks on Sotomayor's record, repeatedly accusing her of "reverse racism" and questioning her intelligence.

"I'm excited that a Hispanic woman is in this position," said Michael Steele on Bill Bennett's radio show Friday. He added that instead of "slammin' and rammin'" on Sotomayor, Republicans should "acknowledge" the "historic aspect" of the selection and stick to a "cogent, articulate argument" against her.

Steele argued that the GOP should not "get painted as a party that's against the first Hispanic woman" picked for the Supreme Court. read more here....

Party against Hispanics. That is a label that the Republican Party is starting to wear, thanks to them allowing voices like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich and Hannity to craft it.

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All the conservative tv analysts and "she's a racist" (Video)

This is how Republicans want to win elections, down the road....

And a "Latino KKK"?

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Finally a Republican Senator telling Newt and Rush to leave Sotomayor alone

Senator John Cornyn of Texas.

All the faux rage of Sotomayor by all these Republicans, note the ones not running for anything, is ridiculous. Also, note that Cornyn is from Texas and how many Hispanics are living in Texas? Yeah, you got it yet?

All the arguments of the Republicans against Sotomayor have just evaporated, especially the concern of her "empathy" tag, when it was Justice Alito who said out right during his confirmation that "empathy" would be one part of how he would craft his decisions and let not forget that former President George H.W. Bush said that Justice Thomas is one who had clear empathy during his trot to the Supreme Court.

The use and backlash against Sotomayer with the "racist" tag is one that will hurt the Republicans down the road. The clips, tapes are out there and will be used, no doubt. But Cornyn, like McCain from a state with high Hispanic voters read his tea leaves, too.

Cornyn, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told NPR's "All Things Considered":

"I think it's terrible... This is not the kind of tone any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent."

Cornyn dismissed Limbaugh and Gingrich, adding: "Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials. I just don't think it's appropriate. I certainly don't endorse it. I think it's wrong."

In recent days, Limbaugh and Gingrich have made headlines and stirred up controversy, along with condemnation from the White House, with their comments.

And the Gallup Poll for Sotomayor has 47% of the public viewing her excellent or good, 20% at fair and 13% poor.

Expect more Republican Senators to finally step out and try to stop the negative noise from their crazy right-winged part of the party. Especially Republican Senators from the West or those who represent states with high Hispanic constituents.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Are the torture pictures a figment of the imagination? Or are the pictures real?

The UK Daily Telegraph has reported pictures DO EXIST showing raping of Iraqi women and graphic prisoner abuse, by American hands.

Now I am hoping this is not true and that this UK paper is just blowing smoke out of its "you know what", but criminal and horrendous things happen during the time of war.

We will see.

A former U.S. general said graphic images of rape and torture are among the photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse that President Obama's administration does not want released.

Retired Major Gen. Antonio Taguba, who oversaw the U.S. investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, told Britain's Daily Telegraph in an article published Wednesday that he agreed with Obama's decision not to release the pictures.

"I am not sure what purpose their release would serve other than a legal one and the consequence would be to imperil our troops, the only protectors of our foreign policy, when we most need them," Taguba was quoted by the Daily Telegraph. "The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it."

Two Obama administration officials didn't immediately respond to e-mail requests for comment Wednesday night.

Took the White House more than 24 hours to respond:
The Pentagon on Thursday denied a British newspaper report that photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse, whose release U.S. President Barack Obama wants to block, include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the Daily Telegraph newspaper had shown "an inability to get the facts right".

"That news organization has completely mischaracterized the images," Whitman told reporters. "None of the photos in question depict the images that are described in that article."

Thursday's Telegraph quoted retired U.S. Army Major General Antonio Taguba, who conducted a 2004 investigation into abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, as saying the pictures showed "torture, abuse, rape and every indecency."

The newspaper said at least one picture showed an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

Now there is a reason for not releasing these "suspect photos" and I understand why Obama changed his mind on it. If these photos exist and this happened, it kills us overseas further as Obama is attempting to make inroads after the Bush Administration destroyed our international standing.

Again, things happen during war. For anyone to believe this possibly could not happen, take your rose colored glasses off. These things do happen and don't think we, the United States of America is above it all. After all, we waterboard, we did torture. This possiblity is not outside of the relm.

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Sotomayor would be the poorest justice on the Supreme Court bench

Again, a brilliant pick on every level from Obama.

A woman who is not a millionaire, billionaire as most justices are prior to sitting on the bench. She brings a reality to it all, especially with a bench of majority white men.

If U.S. Appellate Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed as the Supreme Court’s newest justice, she would be among its poorest.

Her personal financial disclosure form filed last year puts her sum total of investments at the end 2007 from $50,001 to $115,000. She reported only two assets: a checking account and a savings account — both at Citibank.

The form does not require disclosure of the value of a judge’s personal residence. But New York City records show that Sotomayor owns a Greenwich Village condo that she bought in 1998 for $360,000. It's now worth about $1.4 million, according to And city records indicate two outstanding mortgages totaling $450,000.

Papers submitted in connection with her nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in 1997 say she was earning $1,100 a month in rent on a co-op apartment that she owned in Brooklyn. As recently as 2004, she reported less than $30,000 in her two bank accounts.

A source told The Washington Post earlier this month that Sotomayor once said that filling out her financial reports
was a breeze. “When you don’t have money, it’s easy. There isn't anything there to report,” she was quoted as saying.

Sotomayor is divorced and has no children.

She now earns $184,500 a year as a federal appeals court judge. As an associate justice on the Supreme Court, she would make $213,900. Both salaries went up 2.8 percent this year.

In 2007, Sotomayor supplemented her federal judicial salary with nearly $25,000 from teaching at the Columbia and New York University law schools.

She has missed out on the escalation in salaries and profits at major law firms in the past two decades. She reported making about $150,000 in 1990, her last full year as a private lawyer in New York. She said she was due about $25,000 for her partnership interest in a small firm, Pavia & Harcourt.

By contrast, when Chief Justice John Roberts left a major Washington law firm, Hogan & Hartson, in May 2003 to take a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court, he was paid more than $1 million in salary and compensation for his partnership interest. read more here.....

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morning joe admits GOP's ship is sinking (Video)

Can I type? FINALLY!!! GOP is very irrelevant right now.... Again, Scarborough is a fair weather friend. He flips opinions so much, as my dog Snoop, flips and rolls in the grass.

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Obama reviews release of government secrets

All about transparency....

Expanding his drive to open government, President Barack Obama is ordering two studies of whether the government is classifying too much information and using too many different ways to keep it from public view.

He wants the answers in just 90 days, and it's no secret which way he's leaning.

In a memo Wednesday, Obama ordered national security adviser James L. Jones to consult relevant agencies and recommend revisions in the existing presidential order on national security classification that lays out the rules under which agencies can stamp documents "confidential," "secret" or "top secret."

That same memo also ordered Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to set up a government-wide task force on standardizing so-called controlled but unclassified information. This is data with stamps like "for official use only" or "limited official distribution" that are not authorized by the executive order but have grown up over the years to keep sensitive data from the public even if it doesn't meet standards for national security classification.

Obama noted that there are now 107 different stamps for such data, also known as "sensitive but unclassified" information, and 130 different procedures for applying those stamps. He said a 2008 order by former President George W. Bush had "a salutary effect" in establishing a framework to begin standardizing these designations for sensitive terrorism-related data, but he asked the task force to recommend whether that work should be expanded to cover all sensitive but unclassified information government-wide. read more here....

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GOP playing into Obama's hands (Video)

From morning joe

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Obama names Ambassadors

He unleashed a list today:

The White House put out a list of top ambassadorial posts today, naming an early supporter, former 9/11 Commissioner and Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer, Ambassador to India.

And some things never change: To the donors go the true plums.

Obama also gave out a traditional prize to a top fundraiser, making Chicago banker Lou Susman Ambassador United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. A top California campaign fundraiser for Obama will be Ambassador to France.

Other interesting picks include Rev. Michael Battle, a prominent minister who will be the Ambassador to the African Union; Miguel Diaz -- a Catholic scholar, rather than the usual campaign donor -- who gets the Vatican portfolio; and former Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund President Vilma Martinez, headed to Argentina.

The rest, with less glamorous posts going to career foreign service officers:

* Thomas A. Shannon, Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil
* Laurie S. Fulton, Ambassador to Denmark
* Robert S. Connan, Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland
* John V. Roos, Ambassador to Japan
* Christopher William Dell, Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo
* Patricia A. Butenis, Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives.

And the France appointment goes to:
To other capitals, Obama planned to nominate Charles Rivkin, an outside homeland security adviser, to France. A former financial analyst, he also ran entertainment companies such as The Jim Henson Company and Wild Brain Inc.


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Obama's Remarks on 100 Day Mark of Stimulus Bill (Video)

From Las Vegas, NV

When pundits and reporters set out to chart the progress of the Obama administration at 100 days, some in the White House disparaged the exercise as a foolish contrivance focused on a meaningless marker. But today the White House conjured up its own 100-day milestone -- the time elapsed since passage of the president's economic stimulus bill -- and used the occasion for a round of self-congratulation.

"One hundred days ago, in the midst of the worst economic crisis in half a century, we passed the most sweeping economic recovery act in history: a plan designed to save jobs, create new ones and put money in people's pockets," President Obama said after touring a solar energy farm on the edge of Las Vegas. "One hundred days later, we're already seeing results."

Specifically, Obama said the legislation had "created or saved" nearly 150,000 jobs, cut taxes for 95% of working families and boosted Social Security payments for 54 million senior citizens.

Not surprisingly, Republicans had a different take. Party Chairman Michael Steele branded the White House progress report a publicity stunt. "American families want jobs . . . not another 'report,' " Steele said.

The president tempered his remarks, as he usually does, so as not to seem unduly optimistic or callous toward the millions of Americans still struggling to get by -- many of whom lost their jobs in the months since the economic bill passed.

"This is just the beginning. There are still too many Americans out of work and too many who worry that their job may be next," Obama said. "There are still too many families struggling to pay the bills and too many businesses struggling to keep their doors open . . . that is why my administration will continue an unrelenting, day-by-day effort to fight for economic recovery on all fronts." read more here....

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Chris Matthews from Hardball destroys Roland Burris (Video)

Roland Burris, don't go on television ever again, interviews are NOT FOR YOU.

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Newt Gringrich "TWEETS' that Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a racist

Newt Gingrich of all people is the last gasping, gas bag who needs to call anyone a racist or tell anyone to resign. PUHLEAZE.

This is all about smearing Judge Sotomayor and forcing her to resign. Why? Because the Republicans simply do not and will not have the votes when it comes to block any confirmation. They do not and will not have the power to start the process. They do not and will not have the say on the dates of the confirmation. They will be FORCED to attend these confirmations, they will not be given MONTHS to review Judge Sotomayor opinions, since she was confirmed TWICE by many still sitting in the senate. Elections DO HAVE CONSEQUENCES!! And soon this whine farce will be over!!

Just a day after President Obama announced he was nominating appellate court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the battle over her confirmation has begun with former House speaker Newt Gingrich branding her a racist and saying she should withdraw.

Gingrich today joined the chorus of conservatives such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, who called Sotomayor a "reverse racist."

The accusations are aimed at comments Sotomayor made during a 2001 lecture at the University of California-Berkeley. Referring to former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's saying that "a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases," Sotomayor said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

On Wednesday afternoon, Gingrich wrote on Twitter: "Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman' new racism is no better than old racism."

"White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw," Gingrich wrote.

Judge Sonia, just hang in there. You will be confirmed by the end of the summer and it will be upwards of 70 votes of the senate. This faux nonsense by the Republican Party is the reason they are out of power. They are grasping for air and trying to get any straw. They are represented by the likes of King Rush and Shrill Ann Coulter, with despicable Hannity and Glenn Beck following suit.

The real racists are the bigots making the noise.

Stay classy, Judge Sonia Sotomayor it won't be long until these gas bags must STFU.


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It is over for Roland Burris!! (Video)


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MSNBCs Novotny goes after Curt Levey for sexist and racist statements against Sotomayor (Video)

This man don't give a damn and it just falls from his mouth. This joke is from Committee for Justice. GOP, Republicans KEEP IT UP, you are just running the Hispanic voters to the the Democrats. Keeps quoting the anoyomous sources from that shit by Jeffrey Rosen from The New Republic. Oh, yeah he is trying to walk it back.

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David Axelrod sets it straight on morning joe, "No comparison of Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas" (Video)

As usual, morning joke was attempting to compare Judge Sotomayor to Clarence Thomas. NO COMPARISON, PERIOD. Good try though, joke.

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Chuck Todd speaks some truth about Sotomayor and Harry Reid on morning joe (Video)

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Sonia Sotomayor's Ad (Video)

Coming to your television, soon.....

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Pat Buchanan, a relic from the throwback era

I was getting coffee this morning and of course, my husband had on morning joe or morning joke, as I call it. Anyway, here comes the sour puss face of Pat Buchanan. But there was one thing different here, he really looked sour and upset, as in defeated.

Buchanan showed his age by the old "affirmative action" argument. A racist argument from the 60s, 70s. This was used against African-Americans ALL THE TIME. Now that the Hispanics are the fastest growing group, I guess this old argument must be dusted off and used, AGAIN.

The truth is he and many who THINK like him are defeated.

The plight of the "white male" as the end all and be all of everything has been over, Buchanan has just realized this as the train has left.

Yesterday, I watched Hardball, Buchanan looked like he was about to have a heart attack in regards to Sonia Sotomayer. In fact, Buchanan was so livid that he said, ".....the Republicans better stand for something...." in regards to going after Sotomayor.

The fact is that most Republicans, especially D.C. Republicans are showing much restraint. Sure you have the bottom feeders that will always be there to be "shock jocks" or the wingnuts in talk radio land, but in the end these folks are not up for re-election, nor are they helping their own cause by bringing more to the Republican fold. The heads up on this was the John McCain statement for Sotomayor:

"I congratulate Judge Sonia Sotomayer on her nomination by the President to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court," read a statement from his office. "I look forward to examining her record thoroughly during the Senate confirmation process."

McCain smells the tealeaves. McCain is up for re-election in 2012 and Arizona has a heavy Hispanic voting block, don't expect him to ruffle any feathers in regards to Sotomayer. In fact, if McCain was not the Republican Presidential Candidate from Arizona in 2008, Obama would have won Arizona, EASILY. McCain only won his home state by 53% of the vote and expect Arizona to lean blue for 2012, if all holds well for Obama.

Buchanan is from a very dying legacy. The legacy of the "angry, bitter, white male". These are the same men who run the Republican Party and are staunchly refusing that word called, "change". This is the party that is embracing the likes of Rush Limbaugh who has angered every ethnic group except the "angry, bitter, white male."

We must thank the political mastery of the Obama White House. They have made the argument and sold it to the public that what the Republican Party is about is what we hear and see daily: the Rush Limbaughs, Dick Cheneys, Hannitys, Glenn Becks, Newt Gingrichs, Joe Scarboroughs, Bill O'Reillys, Pat Buchanans, with the comic relief and exception of their token clown, Michael Steele. These are the faces of the Republican Party. One that includes no one but "angry, bitter, white males". This is a turn off to everyone else that is not in that group, including women. Their continued hate on anyone not like them have turned the American Public, off. These are the political analysts that have the pulse on the American Public and have been wrong at every turn.

As long as we have the fat cat, King of Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a racist and President Obama a reverse racist, the Republican Party will never get the Hispanic vote for decades to come. And, they will NOT get the African-American vote EVER. WORD on that one.

Cross-posted @ Daily Kos

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Republicans scared of Anti-Hispanic rhetoric in Sotomayor (Video)

As they should be. And this notion that she is "not qualified" is bogus, bullshit and I am being kind here. These clips from The Today Show.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From Hardball: Pat Buchanan having a heart attack on Sotomayer and said the ....the Republicans better stand for something.... (Video)

The code talking, Pat Buchanan has read the tea leaves. When John McCain came out immediately with this statement on Judge Sotomayer:

"I congratulate Judge Sonia Sotomayer on her nomination by the President to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court," read a statement from his office. "I look forward to examining her record thoroughly during the Senate confirmation process."

That statement by John McCain says one thing, he is up for re-election, Arizona is heavily Hispanic and expect him to vote, YAY for Sotomayer.

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Conservative Talk Host "Mancow" who got waterboarded on Keith Olbermann (Video)

What next? Will the Republicans disown Mancow for keepin' it honest?

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Obama to visit Saudi Arabia

Obama's big speech to the Muslim world is next week in Cairo, Egypt. While in the Middle East, Obama will visit Saudi Arabia to continue to broker the peace.

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah in Riyadh next week to seek his support over the nuclear standoff with Iran and reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Obama will visit Riyadh on June 3 in a surprise addition to his scheduled three-day trip to Egypt, Germany and France, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, is a staunch U.S. ally in the region and potentially a key player in the drive for a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Obama has declared a top foreign policy priority.

The Obama administration has embraced the 2002 Arab peace initiative, a proposal authored by Saudi Arabia that offered Israel normal ties with all Arab states in return for a full withdrawal from the lands it seized in the 1967 Middle East war, creation of a Palestinian state and a "just solution" for Palestinian refugees. read more here.....

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Roland Burris "BEGGED" for Obama's seat....

and promised to do something for then Governor Blagojevich to get it.

Uh-Oh!!!! Burris tapes are out!!!

Transcripts from a call taped by the FBI show Sen. Roland Burris pleaded to be appointed to the U.S. Senate and promised to "personally do something" in response to a fundraising appeal on behalf of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The promise came in a phone conversation with Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, who led the campaign fund. Burris repeatedly says how much he wants to be appointed to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

In response to an appeal for money from the governor's brother Burris says: "I will personally do something."

The transcript was released Tuesday as part of a motion by the U.S. attorney's office. The U.S. Senate ethics committee is investigating how Burris got his seat.

Burris has been under intense scrutiny since he was appointed by the now-ousted governor at the end of December, and for changing his story multiple times about whether he promised anything in exchange for it. The ethics committee began a preliminary investigation into how Burris got his job, and the Sangamon County State's Attorney was asked to determine whether perjury charges were warranted.

And the senate is airing his dirty laundry, the well hidden dirty laundry.


Republicans if you do not "take a stand" against Sotomayor, you can kiss it goodbye (Video)

Republicans, Robertson is so important that he stated she is "the worst;" and you better stand up and pump your chest to "take a stand" if not Republicans will "kiss their chances" of regaining "power away" !!!

It is ding bats like Robertson that got the GOP in a box....

All of this is sheer laughter, really it is.

But the reality is that the Republicans or GOP are in a box, a real box with the Sotomayor nomination.

We saw inklings of this during the mid-terms of 2006 when millions of Hispanics, legal, illegal, aliens came out of the shadows to march for immigration reform. What did the Republicans, who were in power, do? They went on television and made vile, racist statements. The usual proverbial, "go back to Mexico" shit.

What happened next? The Hispanic vote either voted Democratic or did not show up in 2006. What happened next? The house and senate flipped to the Democrats.

Then we had the 2007/2008 primaries and general elections. The only party that talked about immigration reform and debated in the Hispanic community was the Democrats. The Republican Party was no where to be seen or heard from on this issue. What happened in 2008? The Hispanic community voted in droves for Obama, flipping key western states as Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado to Obama.

The problem with the Republicans is that they don't believe this community is listening to them, so they can continue to say inflammatory things. Like our big, fat cat friend who is King of the right-winged speak, King Rush. Here is the King calling Sotomayor a racist. Yes, he went there:

Does the GOP think this is going to bring the Hispanic community back to their corner by insulting one of their own? Do they? In fact, it is rhetoric like this that pushes the Hispanic community firmly into the Democratic fold. A group, you must remember, that is much needed by the GOP since they have not grasped the idea that, "yeah, the United States of America is really diverse."

And then we have the great John King over at CNN who actually repeated "anonymous sources" to question the intellect of Judge Sotomayor. Grant it a woman who graduated from Princeton and Yale with honors and has been on the bench since 1992, but never the less these "unnamed sources" are quite important in trying to smear Judge Sotomayor as "not smart enough".

And let's not forget how MSNBC's Mark Whittaker just easily reports anonymous sources against Sotomayor, not being "the brightest", again, pushing unknown talking points as fact.

Karl Rove, dropout Karl Rove, questioning the intellect of Judge Sotomayor? Ok, have you stopped laughing, yet?

And getting an opinion from the DUMBEST ATTORNEY GENERAL ever?

I guess I could get angry or jump up and down, but I am not and I won't. In the end, it is about the numbers and the Democrats have it, while the Republicans don't.

So, I applaud all the idiots and the idiots who represent their idiot channels for spewing the GOP talking points. If anyone thinks that Barack Obama is going to let you pull a "Harriet Miers" on him, think again, that ain't happenin'.

Republicans, blaze on and MSM try some real journalism. Going on television with pushed anonymous talking points is as low as you can go. And you guys are scraping the bottom of the barrel daily.

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MSNBC's David Shuster exposes the "she is not smart enough" campaign by the GOP against Sotomayor (Video)

It doesn't take much to show ignorance. And it is not taking long for the GOP to launch this "she is not smart enough" campaign. They are treading on bad ground here.

Right Wing Hit Job Show Commences

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California Supreme Courts upholds ban on gay marriage

One caveat, the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed prior to the voter ban are LEGAL.

The California Supreme Court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage today, ratifying a decision made by voters last year that runs counter to a growing trend of states allowing the practice.

The decision, however, preserves the 18,000 marriages performed between the court’s decision last May that same-sex marriage was lawful and the passage by voters in November of Proposition 8, which banned it. Supporters of the proposition argued that the marriages should no longer be recognized.

Today’s decision, written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George for a 6-to-1 majority, said that same-sex couples still have the right to civil unions, which gives them the ability to “choose one’s life partner and enter with that person into a committed, officially recognized, and protected family relationship that enjoys all of the constitutionally based incidents of marriage.” But the justices said that the voters had clearly expressed their will to limit the formality of marriage to heterosexual couples. read more here....

Expect this fight to continue.

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Here comes King Rush on Sotomayor, calling her a "reverse racist" (Audio)

Only in the Land of Wingnuttery....

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The GOP is starting to show that ignorant ass

Only in America.

I stated that it will be difficult to oppose this nomination. First, former President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the federal bench, secondly, former President Bill Clinton picked her for her appellate appointment. I felt, that would be tough enough alone for the GOP.

Now, every judge makes statements and Sotomayor is no different from any other judge that is currently sitting on the Supreme Court, but the GOP needs to walk with caution on this nomination.

The last two cycles, especially 2008 was devastating for the Republican Party. They lost the Hispanic vote, primarily to their divisive and nasty talk from their own party members and of course, from those glorious right wing talk nuts on the radio.

So, here we are and the asshattery of the Republican Party is starting to show:

Michael Goldfarb writes, "[O]n the issue of diversity, Obama seems to have the views of a 21-year-old Hispanic girl -- that is, only by having a black president, an Hispanic justice, a female secretary of State, and Bozo the Clown as vice president will the United States become a true 'vanguard of societal ideas and changes.'"

Well, what more can be said with those brilliant words written!!!

And then the bent of the media, from John King of CNN with this sextist statement, h/t JJP:


“Some are saying that she is not an intellectual firebrand, someone who could compete with Antonin Scalia or Justice Alito, the conservative brains, if you will, on the Supreme Court.”

Can I type, "rolleyes" time?

To the Republicans, "Keep it up!!!!" You are not only alienating a BASE you lost and NEED for the future, but by going down this road you will continue to maintain in the wilderness for decades to come!! This country is diverse, made of all types of colors, ethnic backgrounds, religion and your continued ignorance of this will just make many discount your party as the one of "rich, old white men".

And as I watch MSNBC, the conservative bent are already calling Judge Sotomayor, "....not smart enough...." with of course, "anonymous sources." Keep it up Republicans, this is a dangerous road you are traveling down.

Video and Transcript of President Obama nominating Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

h/t sluggahjells

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Burris wiretaps with Blago's brother to be released

Depending what is on the tape, it could be damaging for Burris. As we know, Burris came into this seat under a cloud of scrutiny by being selected by the now kicked out of office former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

My take, the tapes are damaging and will only put the final nail in Burris' coffin not to even think about running for Obama's seat in 2010.

A federal judge said Tuesday he would allow the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee to have a federal wiretap of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother having a phone conversation with U.S. Sen. Roland Burris.

The conversation between Burris and the former governor's brother occurred while Blagojevich was still governor and before he named Burris to President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Burris has been under intense scrutiny because of the circumstances of his appointment by the disgraced former governor and for changing his story multiple times about whether he promised anything in exchange for the appointment.

The Senate Ethics Committee has begun a preliminary investigation. The Sangamon County State's Attorney is determining whether perjury charges are warranted.


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President Obama nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court (Video and Transcript)

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President Obama's announcement of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court

After just listening to President Obama's introduction of Judge Sotomayor (clip is above), not only is she the right pick, but if the Republicans go after her to try any fillibuster, they can forget the Hispanic vote. Per Chris Cillizza @ The Fix:
In picking Sotomayor then, Obama has almost certainly solidified his standing among Hispanics, the nation's largest minority group and an increasingly influential part of any national candidate's electoral calculus.

Republican strategists have fretted openly that if their party can't find a way to make Hispanics a swing group electorally -- as President George W. Bush did in 2004 when he won 44 percent of the Latino vote -- they may find themselves in a permanent minority status. Bridging that gap between the GOP and the Hispanic community just got a lot more difficult.

The Sotomayor pick also reaffirms the idea in Americans' mind that the Obama presidency is an historic one -- filled with "firsts" that might have seemed unimaginable even a few years ago.

Judge Sotomayor's journey is one that millions of Americans have gone through, a woman many will relate to and look up to. Obama made an excellent pick, now let the arguments begin.
Obama made the formal announcement Tuesday morning in the East Room of the White House.

Calling her "inspiring," the president said, "Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system."

"She has never forgotten where she began," added Obama, who praised Sotomayor for her "wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life's journey."

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter.

Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.

Obama had said publicly he wanted a justice who combined intellect and empathy — the ability to understand the troubles of everyday Americans.

Democrats hold a large majority in the Senate, and barring the unexpected, Sotomayor's confirmation should be assured.

If approved, she would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the current court. read more here.....

Obama's Web Announcement of Sotomayer as his nominee for the Supreme Court

The Breaking News Announcement

Sotomayor's wiki
Sotomayor's compelling story
Judiciary Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, "Her record is exemplary."

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Powell's approval ratings SWAMPS Limbaugh and Cheney

And the Republicans want to follow whom? After losing big the past two election cycles?

Folks, well, Republicans listen up. Cheney and Limbaugh don't really care or give a damn, this publicity is all about their OWN AGENDA.

For Cheney, trying to clean up his image, garner a book deal. Does anyone think after all we know NOW that Cheney is credible? Please.

For Limbaugh, it is all about the ratings for his fanatical radio show. Why would this man really care? This is a man sitting on a 400 million dollar contract? His job is to keep controversy up. Since he has not made much headway with Democrats, he is stirring his own Republican pot and calling out Republicans and stating who is a Republican and who is not.

If you are going to be that gullible to listen to these gasbags, carry on. Soon, you will only be a southern regional party, which is want is happening already.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Monday, suggests that 70 percent have a favorable opinion of Powell, who was Secretary of State during President George W. Bush's first term, and who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulf War.

Only 30 percent of those polled have a favorable view of Limbaugh, the popular conservative radio talk show host, with 53 percent saying they hold an unfavorable opinion.

In poll numbers released Thursday, 37 percent say they have a favorable opinion of Dick Cheney, with 55 percent indicating they hold an unfavorable view of the former vice president.

Among Republicans, it's a different story. The poll suggests that 66 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Cheney, 64 percent give Powell a thumbs up, and 62 view Limbaugh in a favorable way.

Republicans may love Rush, but Republicans can't win with just Republican votes. It was antics by the Limbaughs of your party that ran everyone away, especially the independents, to voting Obama. If you can not see the handwriting on the wall, hey, the wilderness must be lovely for the next 20 years.


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As long as the job numbers are horrific, foreclosures will continue to rise

I am for the stimulus program, I see the Obama Administration signs around various construction jobs, but one thing that bothers me is the job numbers. The unemployment numbers are not coming down, the numbers are going up and I am not sold on the economy bottoming out.

Why is that? Well, I went out of town this holiday weekend. I left from one of the busiest airports in the world, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. I am here to report that the travel was LIGHT. The plane I was on was half full leaving to my destination, though full on the flight back, but all in all, the airport traffic was one of the lightest I have seen in a very long time.

That says something. It says people don't have the money to travel, even though you can get good deals out there. It also says that if folks are not traveling, it has a roller ball, ripple effect on everything else.

Another indicator is the malls. The one big mall that I have frequented over the years have cut the hours down, drastically. My hairstylist, who works at this large mall, told me that it is hard to book all the stylists at Mario Triccoci, work there has been cut down. Shopping malls are another indicator of how strong the economy is. Case and point, I went to Best Buy to purchase Twilight on a Saturday and I have not been in Best Buy for quite a while, since I purchase most of my goods from the internet, going in that store was a reality check. It was a ghost town. This is an anchor store at a shopping mall, which at one point was crowded EVERY WEEKEND, was like a ghost town. Sure, folks are shopping on the internet, but when people don't have money for a basic lavish necessity as a DVD, times are hard. Yep, the shopping malls are ghost towns.

On the low-income east side of Charlotte, N.C., the 1.1-million-square-foot Eastland Mall recently lost a slew of key tenants, including a Dillard's and, next month, a Sears. Sales per square foot at the venue fell to $210 in 2008 from $288 in 2001.

The Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park, Kan., is languishing after plans to redevelop it into an open-air shopping district fizzled. The stretch of shops that connects the two largest tenants -- a Sears and a Macy's -- stands mostly vacant, patrolled by security guards.

With their maze of walkways and fast-food courts, malls have long been an iconic, if sometimes unsightly, presence in the American retail landscape. A few were made famous by their sheer size, others for the range of shopping and social diversions they provided.

But the long recession is helping to empty out the promenades. Some analysts estimate that the number of so-called "dead malls" -- centers debilitated by anemic sales and high vacancy rates -- will swell to more than 100 by the end of this year.

For many when money is tight people move into the survivor mode of thinking, which means if I don't need it, I won't buy it. So, the smallest of luxury items, like a 13.99 DVD, is put in the I don't need list and if this mode of thinking is out there now, a lot of shopping malls are going through some tough times.

Enters that pesky job number or unemployment number, which is over 600K a month. Americans single most asset of value is their home, period. Americans have seen their home value plummet and the notion that it will pick back up is just a fallacy. It won't, not for a very long time. And since folks are getting the pink slips at record clip, this includes solid home owners, with solid credit, who are now behind on their mortgages.
As job losses rise, growing numbers of American homeowners with once solid credit are falling behind on their mortgages, amplifying a wave of foreclosures.

In the latest phase of the nation’s real estate disaster, the locus of trouble has shifted from subprime loans — those extended to home buyers with troubled credit — to the far more numerous prime loans issued to those with decent financial histories.

With many economists anticipating that the unemployment rate will rise into the double digits from its current 8.9 percent, foreclosures are expected to accelerate. That could exacerbate bank losses, adding pressure to the financial system and the broader economy.

“We’re about to have a big problem,” said Morris A. Davis, a real estate expert at the University of Wisconsin. “Foreclosures were bad last year? It’s going to get worse.”

Economists refer to the current surge of foreclosures as the third wave, distinct from the initial spike when speculators gave up property because of plunging real estate prices, and the secondary shock, when borrowers’ introductory interest rates expired and were reset higher.

“We’re right in the middle of this third wave, and it’s intensifying,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s “That loss of jobs and loss of overtime hours and being forced from a full-time to part-time job is resulting in defaults. They’re coast to coast.”

To be honest, there is only so much at this point that government can do. The shame of this is that the Obama Administration inherited a huge financial anchor on its neck and no matter who was in the driver seat; the reality would be the same. The automotive industry is not helping the job numbers, expect unemployment numbers to escalate.

The reality is this in the end:
The issue here is that even the best credit rating in the world is little protection against the fact that if you’re laid off during a recession your income may drop a huge amount. Foreclosures, in turn, help make the economic situation worse and drive up the unemployment rate.

And that is a dilemma that the Obama Administration is in, they can not wave a magic wand and make it better. It will take time. And for some, time is not on their side.


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Meet the Press, Sunday, May 24, 2009 (Video and Transcript)

The politics of national security and the debate over how best to keep the nation safe. Plus, Speaker Pelosi's claim that the CIA misled her on the use of waterboarding. An exclusive debate on these key issues dividing Washington: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) vs. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA). Plus, our political roundtable: National Review's Rich Lowry, NPR's Michele Norris, The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, and NBC's Chuck Todd.


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Colin Powell on CBS' Face the Nation (Video)

Bob Schieffer spoke with Secretary Of State Colin Powell about Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh's comments doubting Powell's party loyalty; and Dr. Alvin Poussaint's advice for parents of the recession.

Part One

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Obama's interview on C-Span,, May 23, 2009 (Video)

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