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Monday, March 02, 2009

Obamagic


Obi-One-Can-B.O. promised to return us to the stupendous prosperity of the Clinton Era (1992-2000).

Today, after a mere month in office, he miraculously delivered:

Back to 1997

Just days after suffering its worst February since 1933, the Dow plunged below the psychologically-important 7000 mark on Monday to its worst closing level since April 1997. The benchmark index, which is mired in its longest monthly losing streak since September 2002, suffered its worst first day of March trading ever, easily exceeding 1931's 2.78% decline. The broader S&P 500 briefly fell through the critical 700 level and ended at its worst level since at least October 1996.

57 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In between sessions with Sally, Jefferson would find this interesting:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/4699156/Mother-of-God-a-History-of-the-Virgin-Mary-by-Miri-Rubin---review.html

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More face saving for right wingers who once dreamed of a (disgusting) series of permemant bases in Iraq

http://attackerman.firedoglake.com/2009/03/02/come-around-my-way/

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: Obama letting Repubs save fave - From the above link

"Obama did not inherit a "scheme" for withdrawal. What he inherited was a Status of Forces Agreement with a withdrawal timetable that Bush was outflanked by the Iraqis into accepting. Bush deserves credit for bowing to that reality, but the fact that the SOFA included a timetable at Iraqi insistence was most certainly not what he wanted. It did not include any formula for drawing down troops before 2011. Nor was it in fact "inevitable" that troop levels would in fact come down: had John McCain been elected president, he could have followed through on his campaign rhetoric and sought to revise the SOFA. Instead, McCain flip-flopped.

From Obama's perspective -- and the antiwar movement's perspective -- whatever path conservatives need to take to embrace withdrawal is welcome. The important thing is that conservatives who for years said that a timetable-based withdrawal would be a disaster have acquiesced to the left's position.
"

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush may have given us a bad econcomy and a horror war policy (saved by Dems and Iraqis pressuring him on the SOFA), but I'll give Bush more credit than the Oliver Stones on one issue

Bush showed real guts refusing the pardon Scooter Libby . Cheney's criminal partner deserves to pay a price. Those of us concerned with national security

Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, was a hero too. He spoke about the crimes committed against Mrs Plame-Wilson and Scooter's role in placing a "cloud" over Cheney.

Bush was brave on this sole score.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is getting too funny - Recall that Georgia congressman who recently apologize to Limbaugh - now Steele does.

The racist Limbaugh is an ugly image for the GOP to attach itself too.

Obama is a genius - He's gonna tie that racist hog around the GOP neck and use to rip a lot of educated support away from the GOP.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense John - This seemed a bit like you.

The Vince Foster stuff seemed like the kinda stuff that would have gotten your attention.

The racists who are pushing the birth stuff are different (one of your commenters used to push it) , but it's still pretty funny

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19450.html

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon,

If you read that Politico article about the Vince Foster/9-11 truthers hoping on the Birther bandwagon - Check out page two.
There's a woman Orly Taitz that sounds a bit like a woman who used to spew this stuff on your blog.

Glad to see some right wingers are trying to clean up the mess.

Obama is brilliant enough to get enemies like the psychopath Alan Keyes, the racist Rush, and other people of limited appeal.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Having Karl Rove on to pontificate about the economy is like having Bernie Madoff on to offer advice about investing. What's next? Inviting Chris Brown on to tsk-tsk about the dangers of domestic violence?"

Ariana Huffington.


LOL

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

On National Review - Righ winger ("axis of evil") David Frum:

"A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word – we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time."

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smarter GOPs are starting to panic over Rumpboil taking over the party. I knew they were going down but not like this...beyond our wildest dreams...look at the way the shit has floated to the top...Jindal, the pageboy; Rush, the ass-cyst leader; Palin, Steele who flopped today for Rush...
They'll have to split into insane and don't know it and insane and smart enough to hide it.

10:36 PM  
Blogger John said...

I'll take Rush over Soros anyday.

4:03 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

At the rate he's going, we'll be experiencing the Carter era's DJIA before you know it. The good thing is, he's promising us all government jobs.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul: 'Pretty sad' that Limbaugh is GOP Leader


Echoing many other alarmed voices withing the beleaguered GOP, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) had some choice words of criticism for Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media talk show host who was the star attraction at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference.


“He really doesn’t broaden the base,” said Paul of Limbaugh. “It’s still very narrow and that’s why some of us would like to see an approach that would emphasize personal liberties, civil liberties, looking at the drug war… It’s really the old Republican Party because even Limbaugh was a big supporter of Bush so he doesn’t have anything new either when it comes to bringing our troops homes, not expanding the war in Afghanistan..

In criticizing Limbaugh, Paul joins Major Republican pundit, David Frum and National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who also had some unflattering remarks to say about the popular talk show host.

“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer,” Steele said to CNN's D.L. Hughley on Saturday. “Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes it’s incendiary, yes it’s ugly.”

David Frum, however, has leveled perhaps the most devastating portrait of the new face of the GOP. "A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word – we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time."

9:15 AM  
Anonymous The Fat Hitler? said...

maybe...but without the guts or brains...
PLEASE, DO take Rush...we're counting on it.

Recent poll showed Bush with higher favorable rating than Limbaugh
March 3, 2009


Republicans appear to be bowing down left and right to conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh, even though most Americans view the radio talk show host unfavorably.

In fact, polls by Gallup in February show that Limbaugh has even less favorable ratings from the mainstream public than former President George W. Bush. But while members of Congress and presidential aspirants spent most of the last two years trying to run away from Bush, Limbaugh's power seems to be expanding.

"In a February Gallup poll, 45 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of Limbaugh, to 28 percent with a favorable opinion.

ABC's Jake Tapper also noted Limbaugh's low numbers with the general public hours after Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologized for calling Limbaugh an "entertainer" after the radio host excoriated him in return during his Monday program.

Tapper wrote, "Our polling director, Gary Langer, points out that according to a Gallup poll completed Feb. 1, 28% percent of Americans view El Rushbo favorably, 45 percent unfavorably. The rest, 27 percent, express no opinion."

"That's a 28/45 favorable/unfavorable rating, which is not great," Tapper adds, before noting that his "fave-unfave is 60-23 among Republicans."

DNC chair Tim Kaine quickly took advantage of Steele's apology: "I was briefly encouraged by the courageous comments made by my counterpart in the Republican Party over the weekend, challenging Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and referring to his show as ‘incendiary’ and ‘ugly.’ However, Chairman Steele’s reversal this evening and his apology to Limbaugh proves the unfortunate point that Limbaugh is the leading force behind the Republican Party, its politics and its obstruction of President Obama’s agenda in Washington."


While Bush's unfavorable rating at 59 crushed Limbaugh's 45, previous Gallup polls show that despite a highly unpopular war, myriad political scandals and a recession, the former president's favorable rating never fell as low as Limbaugh's 28.

Media figures keep asking why President Obama and other Democrats keep mentioning Limbaugh. Based on polling numbers alone, they would be insane to ever stop.

9:23 AM  
Blogger John said...

You better shaddup before Rush does to Obama's first midterms what he did to Clinton's.

You remember that, don't you? Of course you do, and that's what this is all about, attempted pre-emption of a clear and present danger.

So you hup-to-it and do what every good little Alinskyite does:

Rules For Radicals #5:

"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon."

(hahahahahahaha)

Rules For Radicals #8:

"Keep the pressure on. Never let up."

(cut-&-paste, cut-&-paste, cut-&-paste, cut-&-paste, cut-&-paste, cut-&-paste...attack-attack-attack)

RULES For Radicals #12:

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

(Bush, Rush)

But you idiots keep forgetting this one:

Rules For Radicals #7:

"A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag."

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how this lapdog criticizes people for cutting and pasting then proceeds to parrot Limbaugh's talking points word for word.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're doing the right thing, reicho...promoting a fat, entitled, greedy, dope riddled, wife dumping, sweating, boy fucking,maid abusing, cigar chomping, draft dodging piece of really vulgar shit to be The Face of the GOP.

I think this is highly appropriate and may even be some kind of cosmic poetry by a witty and humorous god.


There's just no other way things this perfect could come together...whah, I beleeeeves it's like irreducible complexity.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rules For Radicals #7:

"A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag."


haha...exactly why you're in the toilet.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it just be easier for this lapdog to just type "DITTO" or link to Limbaughs website? This place is nothing but recycled disproven rethug talking points.

3:17 PM  
Blogger John said...

lol I know you little goons like the back of my hand.

And you likewise know the back of my hand very well.

And seem quite enamored with.

You pratically bring it flowers everyday and beg to see it. Up close and personal.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ith it a thuhpwythe that in the fat, white man'th potty that they-o fattetht white way-thitht hath aweddy dethtwoyed the token bwack wee-doe?

Wunth again, weawity twumpth they-o pathetic thymbolithm and tokenithm.

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2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wee-o pwobwem, weenie, ith that yo pathetic, witto dick ith biggo than mine.

2:55 AM  
Blogger berty said...

You've reduced your trolling antagonists to an infantile state, John. Way to go!

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can tell the moderator doesn't have any talking points when his reply is less than 500 words.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Letterman shreds Limbaugh, calling him 'bonehead,' 'gangster'


In a scathing rebuke to Rush Limbaugh, CBS' David Letterman excoriated the conservative talk show host while talking to CBS anchor Katie Couric on the network's 'Late Show' Monday night.

"What about this bonehead Rush Limbaugh? Honest to God, I mean, what is going on there?" Letterman said.

"Dave, don't do this to me, please," Couric interjected. "Don't do this to me."

"He gets up in Washington and he's the keynote speaker at some function and he comes up and he looks like an East European gangster," Letterman continued. "He's got the black jacket on, the black silk shirt and it's unbuttoned like, oh yeah, when you think Rush Limbaugh, you think, 'Ooh, let's see a little flesh.' Honestly. What is he doing?"

"On a serious note -- although I'm thrown by the Rush Limbaugh flesh in the same sentence -- I think it's sort of indicative of the power vacuum in the Republican party right now... and there are ideological differences about role of government but I just don't know if the country can waste time talking about different sorts of approaches and whether Keynesian economists agree with other economists about the free market."

Remarked Letterman: "We get used to Republicans like Newt Gingrich, and Newt resembled a Newt -- but a smart guy. And now you've got Rush Limbaugh, who says, 'Sorry, the casino's closed.' Leave us alone."

"So much for my interview with Rush," Couric concludes

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We never should have put that darkie in there," oink the GOPigs about Michael Steele, "They ain't up to that kind of work."

"But at least we made him shuffle nice before massah Rump. Say that was like ol' times."

4:17 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Racist.

5:11 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

You may put your feelings into other people's mouths, anon but they're YOUR words, nonetheless. Racist puke.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL. The resident racist sexist homophobe who just waits for someone to "race bait" him is crying racism! Just to refresh people's memory this clown equates homosexuality to pedophelia and believes men should have the right to murder their wives if the wife cheats.

5:44 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Notice the "they ain't up to that kinda work" comment.

So you think you are superior? Of course you do. Like "ole times" when the Demokkkratic klan ran the South and Robert Byrd was just a Grand Kleagle.

5:53 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Michael Steele doesn't "shuffle" for anybody anon. Especially not for racist assholes like you.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The poor racist guy is obsessed with convincing himself he's really not.

Everyone else is laughing while he sweats in his private sty.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The full Frum statement...delineating the split in the tiny remnant of the GOP.
When David Frum nails it, the guy nails it ...

Here's the duel that Obama and Limbaugh are jointly arranging:
On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of "responsibility," and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.

And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence - exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we're cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush's every rancorous word - we'll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.

Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Perlmutter said...

We insists you shuffle, boy!

GOP to Steele: Worship Rush or ship out

The biggest potential pitfall for RNC Chairman Tom Michael Steele was never about politics,
it was always about his competence -- or lack thereof and the shaky situation for any token black in the GOP.

But wait - why would you put an incomptent in charge of the party?
Because he's Black and you're tired of being called racist pigs by voters?

Steele has a less-than-stellar history in politics and business and now, thanks to
his brief moment of honesty about Rush Limbaugh, his tenure as head of the RNC isn't looking so great either.

U.S. Whore & World Report's Paul Bedard says some Republicans are talking about firing Steele.
"What is amazing is that Steele was elected because of his communications skills, and it is those skills that are
damaging the Republican Party."

No, his temporary honesty damaged the child-molesting drug addict and we can't have that.

Before people begin to completely judge him as worthless, Steele needs to focus and knuckle down on building
a strong foundation at RNC so we can begin rebuilding our majority," one "top GOP strategist" told Bedard.
"If his implosion continues, RNC members are likely to call a special session to dump him for an effective chairman.
There is not much patience for failure."

Especially with the darkies.


ha ha

"No patience for failure?"
You just gave us eight long years of the Worst President Ever!

Here imagine a picture of Dumya picking his nose.

10:14 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Anon can't explain why he's got such racist thoughts about Michael Steele and quickly changes the subject.

Got hypocrisy much, troll? You can run but you can't hide.

4:20 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

Oh, wow! A second racist screed painting Steele as an incompetent darkie. All pulled from Anon's own worm eaten and adled brain.

You know those Democrats. Leave them unsupervised for ten minutes and they start burning crosses and resurrecting Jim Crow.

4:25 AM  
Blogger berty said...

Racism being repackaged and then falsely attributed to innocent third parties.

How low can the so-called "progressives" go?

Keep watching folks. Nice catch FJ!

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Fulton Lewis III said...

Michael, YazBoss,Steele says, "My Personal Opinion Doesn't Matter In This, only Massa Limbaugh's Does."

Now, that's some fine shuffling. What do you expect from a guy who decided to stay on the plantation?

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Perlmutter said...

"...innocent third parties"

lol...you mean like those direct, verifiable quotes from the fat, whiiiiiite, GOP bosses?

Farmer Coon Poon tries so hard though; it would be almost touching...if he wasn't a rabid, racist bigot.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that someone has uttered the word coon that gives Farmer Racist free reign to fire off a list of racial epithets. The floodgates are open, let your unrepentant racism fly!

1:13 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Sorry anon, but it looks like you'll have to take your Klan postings back to the Puffington Post where they belongs.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least FJ is no longer denying his racist, sexist, homophobia.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave FJ alone. Unlike John he can't comprehend the complex talking points and can only hurl third grade insults like "I know you are but what am I!" It isn't fair to pick on the developmentally disabled.

8:11 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Looks like Anon is no longer denying her racist, misandronistic heterophobia either. Have you completed your probablistic analysis of your marrying "The Bachelor" yet? LOL!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Alice Gorable said...

Anon's looking to snag "The Bachelor"? I'm surprised she isn't out snapping her thong for chimpy. ROTFL!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can your ass even fit in a thong. And once and for all can you settle the debate over whether you are a guy or a girl? John implied you had testicles a while back and you never denied it.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again FJ replies with "I know you are but what am I". Well played sir. Hey fatty, if Chimpy isn't racist what is it?!!?

9:25 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

Perhaps you can explain to us all why "chimpy" wasn't a racist slur against a former president before Obama became one, anon?

9:40 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

Are the words "stupid" or "incompetent" racist slurs now, as well?

9:42 AM  
Blogger John said...

I don't like Perlmutter. He's dismissed.

11:34 AM  
Blogger John said...

So apparently these moonbats think that there's a different set of rulebooks for different races.

That's racist. But they don't get it. Their pro-simian skulls are too thick.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, Deny, Deny, Deny. As if these bigots havent equated African Americans to Monkeys for centuries. Must be an innocent mistake. You guys would never do anything like that!

12:57 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

For the past eight years our racially hypersensitive friends thought it perfectly acceptable to label our former president with the friendly yet demeaning appellation of "chimpy", so it seems to me that only a hyper sensitive modern racist could now object to a continuation of this time honored tradition.... and such has the case been proven. Evidently, matters concerning past racial bigotry transcend and supercede contemporary matters of high political office.

10:24 AM  
Blogger FJ said...

In other words, stop living in the past you Darwinian un-evolved political monkeys. There's a brave new world out there, and you're move-dot-on-dot-org past the heyday of Democratic rule, featuring Jim Crow and the KKK.

Republicans freed the slaves... they can be anything they want to be now, even if it sometimes means being derided and called the same names other Republicans are called. And don't worry... they "can take it"... they don't need your condescending "magic negro" loving patronizing.

10:32 AM  
Blogger John said...

Hear hear!

11:36 AM  
Blogger John said...

fj said:

"There's a brave new world out there.."

Under the circumstances, I really hope you're speaking figuratively.

7:57 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Savage!

9:32 AM  

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