Obama’s people really do love Hillary after all… Or her two dimensional cut-out, at least.

Clinton Cutout With Obama SpeechwriterQuestion No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: “Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)“Question No. 63 asks that applicants “please provide any other information … that could … be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect.

For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama’s immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question.

That’s when some interesting photos of a recent party he attended — including one where he’s dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and another where he’s placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady’s chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer — popped up on Facebook for about two hours. The photos were quickly taken down — along with every other photo Favreau had of himself on the popular social networking site, save for one profile headshot.

Asked about the photos, Favreau, who was recently appointed director of speechwriting for the White House, declined comment. A transition official said that Favreau had “reached out to Senator Clinton to offer an apology.”

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And just when you think it is all over… she’s back.

And badder than ever?  (Guess that means this website won’t be mothballed with most of our military capacity after all.)

 Hillary Clinton back as Secretary of State… Obama is either a genius or a complete idiot.

Obama has chosen Senator Hillary Clinton as the new Secretary of State, confirming weeks of internet and UK rumors.

Hillary Clinton on Monday vowed to make the United States a new “force for positive change.”

“The American people have demanded not just a new direction at home, but a new effort to renew America’s standing in the world as a force for positive change,” Clinton said after being nominated to the post of secretary of state by president-elect Barack Obama.  Clinton vowed to “reach out to the world again” after eight years of President George W. Bush’s administration and promised to give “this assignment, your administration and my country, my all.”

“America is a place founded on the idea that everyone should have the right to live up to his or her God-given potential. It is the same ideal that must guide America’s purpose in the world today,” said Clinton. Her nomination requires Senate confirmation, which is an all but foregone conclusion at this point.

Obama said that Clinton’s appointment as top diplomat was a “sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances.”

That and a sign of “change,” of course.  Nothing says “change” quite like picking a Clinton.

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Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock… Time is running out for Hillary Clinton

When will the other shoe fall?  Soon…

 

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You Mean A Crazy Canuck Wasn’t the Best Choice for Theme Songstress?

Celine Dion Leaves as Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Decides Against Canuck’s Theme SongSongstress may or may not be a word, but ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports that less than 30 days before the critical Iowa caucuses, there’s a shake-up in the Clinton presidential campaign.  Hillary Clinton and Celine Dion appear to be parting ways.  The song was chosen by “fans” of Clinton by voting - the same way she, and her husband, have made all important policy decisions

For months, the soprano headlined Clinton’s, D-N.Y., campaign appearances as Dion’s “You and I” served as the former first lady’s campaign theme song.  Of course, one problem with this as a song choice is that it was originally written to be the theme music for AIR CANADA - not helping the socialist “ring” to her campaign that Hillary can’t seem to shake off.  “High above the mountains, far across the sea,” bellowed Dion over loudspeaker after loudspeaker.

“I can hear your voice calling out to me, Brighter than the sun and darker than the night, I can see your love shining like a light,” the Canadian songstress would sing as the aspiring American president took or departed the political stage.

The song played on, from Iowa to South Carolina, without missing a beat.  But, now, only the sounds of silence can be heard from the Clinton camp’s Celine CD.

Instead on the trail these days, Big Head Todd and the Monsters are in and their “Blue Sky” is seemingly the campaign’s favorite as the New York Senator enters and exits the stage.

The Clinton camp had no response when pressed by ABC News to explain why the sudden change from chick-favorite Vegas-anchored Dion to the masculine, Colorado-native Monsters.

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“It Won’t Happen Again” - How Many Times Have We Heard That Before?

BillarySIOUX CITY, Iowa —  Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that it planted a global warming question in Newton, Iowa, Tuesday during a town hall meeting to discuss clean energy.

Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elliethee admitted that the campaign had planted the question and said it would not happen again.

“On this occasion a member of our staff did discuss a possible question about Senator Clinton’s energy plan at a forum,” Elliethee said.

“However, Senator Clinton did not know which questioners she was calling on during the event. This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.”

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Male Dog, Female Cat… But who’s the First Bitch?

Hillary with Socks - The First BitchAs the “first pet” of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed “chilly” Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea. So where is Socks today?

Once the presidency was over, there was no room for Socks any more. After years of loyal service at the White House, the black and white cat was dumped on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s personal secretary, who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his relationship with the intern Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton’s treatment of Socks cuts to the heart of the questions about her candidacy. Is she too cold and calculating to win the presidency? Or does it signify political invincibility by showing she is willing to deploy every weapon to get what she wants?

Clinton wrote a crowd-pleas-ing book Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets, in which she claimed that only with the arrival of Socks and his “toy mouse” did the White House “become a home”.

Being Clinton, she also lectured readers that pets are an “adoption instead of an acquisition” and warned them to look out for their safety. (Buddy, the chocolate labrador, it should be noted, bounded into a road soon after leaving the White House and was promptly run over.)

The financial sleaze that dominated the final Clinton years is also making a comeback. After Norman Hsu, one of Clinton’s biggest campaign “bundlers”, was exposed as a fraud, it emerged last week that waiters, dishwashers and street pedlars in New York’s Chinatown have been handing over $1,000 and $2,000 sums to her campaign – some with genuine pride, others because they were ordered to do so by neighbourhood bosses.

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The Ham-BERGER-lar is Back! Sandy Berger Returns to “Advise” Clinton

sandy berger advising clinton Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Berger, who was fired from John Kerry’s presidential campaign when the scandal broke in 2004, has assumed a similar role in Clinton’s campaign, even though his security clearance has been suspended until September 2008. This is raising eyebrows even among Clinton’s admirers. “It shows poor judgment and a lack of regard for Berger’s serious misdeeds,” said law professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University, who nonetheless called Clinton “by far the most impressive candidate in the Democratic field.”Adler told The Examiner that it is “simply incomprehensible to me that a serious contender for the presidency would rely upon him as a key foreign policy advisor.”

He added: “If Senator Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, at some point she will begin to receive national security briefings that will include sensitive information. At such a point, continuing to keep Berger on board as a key advisor, where he might have access to sensitive material, would be beyond incomprehensible.”

The Clinton campaign declined to comment.

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Well That Seals the Deal : Rob Reiner Endorses Hillary!

Rob Reiner Endorses Hillary ClintonCampaigned for Gore in 2000, Dean in 2004, and now to complete the perfect Trifecta of Losers!

Given the choice of seeing Hillary in a “Thong” (Sandal), we’ll choose her more comfortable footwear of “Flip-Flops”

hillary clinton thong … err… flip-flops

Sen. Hillary Clinton scored with a Democratic audience last night by contradicting her husband’s belief that a terrorist could be tortured to foil an imminent plot - but what observers didn’t know is she was contradicting herself, too.

“It cannot be American policy, period,” Clinton (D-N.Y.) told debate moderator Tim Russert, who asked if there should b

e a presidential exemption to allow the torture of a terror chieftain if authorities knew a bomb was about to go off, but didn’t know where it was.

When Russert revealed ex-President Bill Clinton advocated such a policy on a recent NBC “Meet the Press” appearance, Hillary Clinton won huge applause from the Dartmouth College audience with a deadpan comeback:

“Well, I’ll talk to him later.”

She may have to give herself that talk, too.

Last October, Clinton told the Daily News: “If we’re going to bepreparing for the kind of improbable but possible eventuality, then it has to be done within the rule of law.”

She said then the “ticking time bomb” scenario represents a narrow exception to her opposition to torture as morally wrong, ineffective and dangerous to American soldiers.

“In the event we were ever confronted with having to interrogate a detainee with knowledge of an imminent threat to millions of Americans, then the decision to depart from standard international practices must be made by the President, and the President must be held accountable,” she said.

Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to numerous requests for comment on the eye-popping contradiction.

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Hillary Giving Back $850,000 Given by Hsu - How much is 1 night in the Lincoln Bedroom these days?

One of Bill and Hillary’s similarities seems to be their proclivity to questionable political contributions from foreign nationals.Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign dramatically severed all ties to disgraced fundraiser Norman Hsu, announcing Monday night it will return more than $850,000 he raised from some 260 donors. (Including those folks that live in a small bungalow in San Francisco; see post below.)

Clinton’s campaign, one of several Democratic committees that Hsu raised money for or donated to, also has decided to increase its screening of major fund-raisers, requiring them to submit to the extraordinary additional step of a criminal background check, campaign aides said.

The dramatic return of all Hsu-raised donations was aimed at ending a controversy that awakened comparisons to Bill Clinton’s 1990s fund-raising scandal and renewed scrutiny of others major fund-raisers and donors inside Sen. Clinton’s presidential campaign.  The fact that a foreign national can buy so much access to the former first lady and presidential contender should be alarming, although this does seem to be only the tip of the iceberg.

Sen. Clinton “simply didn’t want to have to keep answering questions about a bundler whose background is now clearly in question,” a senior adviser said, speaking only on condition of anonymity.   Note that the response is not that she thought anything was wrong, just that she didn’t want to have to keep answering questions.

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Hillary on Oil Profits - Take them for the common good…

Lenin… err, Hillary, leads off with a great call for the taking by the government of profits earned by the private sector; No better way to ensure complete dependence on the government to keep the masses in line.

Hillaryo Reacheso Outo

hillary spanishThe first presidential forum to be conducted in Spanish placed a couple of the Democratic participants in an uncomfortable position Sunday night: answering tough questions while simultaneously fiddling to make sure their earpieces didn’t fall out and they could the hear the translation of the next question.

Those questions dealt with a range of issues of interest to Latino voters, from health-care policy to relations with Latin America.

Several questions focused on immigration, and the seven participants exhibited little difference on the issue, with all supporting changes that would allow illegal immigrants now in the country to stay and eventually receive U.S. citizenship, and all criticizing anti-immigrant sentiments. Nearly all the candidates committed to overhauling immigration laws in their first year in office, days after Republican candidates accused each other in a debate of supporting “amnesty.”

“We all know that this has become a contentious political issue,” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) said. “It is being demagogued, and I believe that it is being used to bash immigrants, and that must stop. The Republican candidates need to understand that they are doing a great disservice to our country.”

The most remarkable part of the 90-minute forum, held at the University of Miami, proved to be not the responses but the format: Questions were posed in Spanish by two moderators from the Spanish-language television network Univision, which broadcast the event nationally; interpreters immediately translated the questions into English for the candidates, while a written English translation was beamed onto a screen in the arena for the crowd of more than 3,000.

Univision required candidates to answer in English, because only New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) speak Spanish fluently. That prompted Richardson to criticize the network from the stage Sunday night.

“I’m disappointed today that 43 million Latinos in this country — for them not to hear one of their own speak Spanish, is unfortunate,” Richardson said. “In other words, Univision is promoting English-only in this debate.”

He then switched to Spanish but was cut off by moderators Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.

Salinas and Ramos, meanwhile, delivered challenges of their own. Dodd, Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) were called to account for their votes to build a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border. All three noted their support for broader rights for Latino immigrants, both legal and illegal, but they said tighter border security is important. “That has to be part of comprehensive immigration reform,” Clinton said, adding that in some points she supported “even a physical barrier.”

Richardson called the fence “a horrendous example of misguided Washington policy.”

“If you’re going to build a 12-foot wall, you know what’s going to happen,” he said. “A lot of 13-foot ladders. This is a terrible symbol of America.”

That seven of the eight Democratic candidates came to South Florida — Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) did not attend — underscored the increasing importance of Latino voters in U.S. politics. Obama’s campaign recently announced that he would skip some of the forums organized by liberal groups in the Democratic Party, but he was sure not to miss this event.

And the candidates were eager to connect their experiences with those of the Latino community.

Clinton noted that her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, is a Latina, while Obama likened the work of labor activist Cesar Chavez to that of Martin Luther King Jr.

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) bragged that the small town where he grew up, Robbins, N.C., “is now half Latino.” And Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) said Spanish should become a second national language, a stance that Dodd and Richardson would not adopt.

Richardson, the only Latino running for president, was the most explicit he has been in this campaign in discussing his Mexican American heritage and in identifying himself with Latino issues.

“I am of the view that Latinos can make a difference in this presidential election,” he said. “Forty-three million of us all around the country can decide not just what is best for Latinos but what is best for America.”

Latinos make up the nation’s largest minority group, about 14 percent of Americans, but they represent only about 9 percent of the electorate because of lower citizenship and participation rates. Still, their votes are coveted, in part because Latinos are regarded as a group still up for grabs between Democrats and Republicans, and because their numbers are particularly strong in several states Democrats regard as must-wins, such as Florida, California and New York.

Clinton leads national polls of Latino voters by a wide margin, and she has gained the support of Latino politicians such as Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

But her Democratic rivals are aggressively courting other Latino leaders. Federico Pe?a, a Cabinet member in the Clinton administration, announced on the eve of the forum that he is backing Obama.

Univision had scheduled a forum for Republican candidates next week, but only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) said he would attend. Several other candidates cited scheduling conflicts.

Democrats see an opportunity to peel off Latino voters in 2008 because of the opposition of many leading Republicans, including almost all of the party’s White House candidates, to President Bush’s policy that would create a citizenship path for some illegal immigrants — a policy that some have labeled “amnesty.”

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Who is Hsu? Gore all over again - how many questionable characters can Hillary surround herself with?

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was a wanted man again after he failed to show up for a court date Wednesday and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest.

Hsu, whose criminal past has roiled the campaigns of top presidential candidates, was scheduled to ask a judge to cut in half the $2 million bail he posted last week when he turned himself in after spending 15 years on the lam from a felony theft conviction.

Instead, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles ordered Hsu’s bail forfeited to the county and issued a new arrest warrant. If Hsu is arrested again, he will be jailed without bail this time.

Hsu, a Hong Kong native, was also supposed to turn over his passport Wednesday. Hsu’s prominent Silicon Valley criminal defense attorney Jim Brosnahan said Hsu failed to give the passport to the legal team on Monday.

“Mr. Hsu is not here and we do not know where Mr. Hsu is,” Brosnahan said outside court. Brosnahan said that “there was some contact” with Hsu a few hours before the scheduled 9 a.m. court appearance, but he declined to say how and who talked to Hsu.

Hsu pleaded no contest in 1991 to a felony count of grand theft, admitting he’d defrauded investors of $1 million after falsely claiming to have contracts to purchase and sell Latex gloves. He was facing up to three years in prison when he skipped town before his 1992 sentencing date.

Prosecutors said they suspected Hsu fled the country then. But a few years ago, Hsu re-emerged in New York as an apparel executive and a wealthy benefactor of Democratic causes and candidates. Among them was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose presidential campaign designated Hsu a “HillRaiser” - a title given to top donors. Presidential contender Barack Obama also received contributions from Hsu for his 2004 Senate campaign and his political action committee, Hopefund.

Brosnahan said he didn’t know if Hsu returned to his Manhattan condominium or stayed in California after his five-hour jail stint Friday when Hsu turned himself in. He was released from jail after posting $2 million bail, which a judge refused then to reduce to $1 million.

Prosecutors with the California Attorney General’s office had agreed to the bail reduction because it would be used to reimburse the victims Hsu admitted swindling out of $1 million in the early 1990s.

“We did think that was enough,” Deputy Attorney General Ralph Sivilla said outside court. Sivilla also said he was troubled that Hsu didn’t turn in his passport.

Federal Election Commission records show Hsu donated $260,000 to Democratic Party groups and federal candidates since 2004. Though a top fundraiser for Clinton, he also donated to Obama’s Senate campaign in 2004 and to his political action committee. He also contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to state and municipal candidates.

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Hillary Clinton Caves to Scrutiny (First time ever!?) and Gives Away Questionable Campain Contributions

 

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said yesterday that it would give to charity $23,000 it had received from a Hillary Clinton and Hsu - Chinese Connection prominent Democratic donor, and review thousands of dollars more that he had raised, after learning that the authorities in California had a warrant for his arrest stemming from a 1991 fraud case.

The donor, Norman Hsu, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democratic candidates since 2003, and was slated to be co-host next month for a Clinton gala featuring the entertainer Quincy Jones.

The event would not have been unusual for Mr. Hsu, a businessman from Hong Kong who moves in circles of power and influence, serving on the board of a university in New York and helping to bankroll Democratic campaigns.

But what was not widely known was that Mr. Hsu, who is in the apparel business in New York, has been considered a fugitive since he failed to show up in a San Mateo County courtroom about 15 years ago to be sentenced for his role in a scheme to defraud investors, according to the California attorney general’s office.

Mr. Hsu had pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft and was facing up to three years in prison.

The travails of Mr. Hsu have proved an embarrassment for the Clinton campaign, which has strived to project an image of rectitude in its fund-raising and to dispel any lingering shadows of past episodes of tainted contributions.

Already, Mrs. Clinton’s opponents were busy trying to rekindle remembrances of the 1996 Democratic fund-raising scandals, in which Asian moneymen were accused of funneling suspect donations into Democratic coffers as President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were running for re-election.

Some Clinton donors said yesterday that they did not expect the Hsu matter to hurt Mrs. Clinton unless a pattern of problematic fund-raising or compromised donors emerged, which would raise questions about the campaign’s vetting of donors. Mr. Hsu’s legal problems were first reported yesterday by The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday about his bundling of questionable contributions.

“Everyone is trying to make the implications that it’s Chinese money, that it’s the Al Gore thing all over again, but I haven’t seen any proof of that,” said John A. Catsimatidis, a leading donor and fund-raiser for Mrs. Clinton in New York.

Some donations connected to Mr. Hsu raise questions about his bundling activities, although there is no evidence he did anything improper. The Wall Street Journal reported that contributors he solicited included members of an extended family in Daly City, Calif., who had given $213,000 to candidates since 2004, even though some of them did not appear to have much money.

 

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One of Hillary’s Largest Campaign Contributors Lives in a Small Green Bungalow?

Hillary Clinton’s Huge Campaign Contributor’s Bungalow HomeOne of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.

Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.

That total ranks the house with residences in Greenwich, Conn., and Manhattan’s Upper East Side among the top addresses to donate to the Democratic presidential front-runner over the past two years, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of donations listed with the Federal Election Commission.

It isn’t obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess. Records show they own a gift shop and live in a 1,280-square-foot house that they recently refinanced for $270,000. William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative. Alice Paw, also 64, is a homemaker. The couple’s grown children have jobs ranging from account manager at a software company to “attendance liaison” at a local public high school. One is listed on campaign records as an executive at a mutual fund.

The Paws’ political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her most prominent money-raising events.

People who answered the phone and the door at the Paws’ residence declined requests for comment last week. In an email last night, one of the Paws’ sons, Winkle, said he had sometimes been asked by Mr. Hsu to make contributions, and sometimes he himself had asked family members to donate. But he added: “I have been fortunate in my investments and all of my contributions have been my money.”

Mr. Hsu, in an email last night wrote: “I have NEVER asked a single favor from any politician or any charity group. If I am NOT asking favors, why do I have to cheat…I’ve asked friends and colleagues of mine to give money out of their own pockets and sometimes they have agreed.”

Lawrence Barcella, a Washington attorney representing Mr. Hsu, said in a separate email: “You are barking up the wrong tree. There is no factual support for this story and if Mr. Hsu’s name was Smith or Jones, I don’t believe it would be a story.” He didn’t elaborate.

A Clinton campaign spokesman, Howard Wolfson, said in an email: “Norman Hsu is a longtime and generous supporter of the Democratic party and its candidates, including Senator Clinton. During Mr. Hsu’s many years of active participation in the political process, there has been no question about his integrity or his commitment to playing by the rules, and we have absolutely no reason to call his contributions into question.”

 Full Story at the Wall Street Journal

Hillary : Politicizing terror, says it is good for Republicans

Sen. Clinton raised the prospect of a terror attack before next year’s election, warning that it could boost the GOP’s efforts to hold on to the White House.

Discussing the possibility of a new nightmare assault while campaigning in New Hampshire, Clinton also insisted she is the Democratic candidate best equipped to deal with it.

“It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world,” Clinton told supporters in Concord.

“So I think I’m the best of the Democrats to deal with that,” she added.

The former first lady made the surprising comments as she explained to supporters that she has beaten back the GOP’s negative attacks for years, and is ready to do so again.

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If you can’t run your own house, You can’t run the White House

Michelle Obama on Hillary Clinton

Michelle Obama on what could be viewed as a slap against Hillary Clinton’s less than believable claim that she was blissfully unaware of Bill’s tendency to “stray”.

At a stop in Atlantic, Iowa, Michelle said she travels with her husband in part “to model what it means to have family values,” adding “if you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House.” She didn’t elaborate, but it could be interpreted as a swipe at the Clintons.

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Hillary Against Being For Labor Against Labor Unions

If you can follow that ;)
From: Howard McKeon

A former union organizer today detailed for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions tactics used to manipulate workers as part of controversial “card check” campaigns. The panel met to hear testimony on legislation, the “Employee Free Choice Act,” that would strip workers of their right to a secret ballot in union organization elections and replace it with a mandatory card check that would end workers’ rights to freely choose whether to unionize.  Card checks notoriously leave workers open to coercion, pressure, and outright intimidation. “I began my career with UNITE with a strong belief in worker’s rights and democracy in the workplace,” said Jen Jason, a former organizer for UNITE-HERE, a union that represents nearly a million workers and retirees in the textile, lodging, foodservice, and manufacturing industries.  “During the course of my employment with the union, I began to understand the reality behind the rhetoric.  I took in the ways that organizers were manipulating workers just to get a majority on ‘the cards’ and the various strategies that they employed.  I began to appreciate that promises made by organizers at a worker’s house had little to do with how the union actually functions as a ‘service’ organization.” Tactics detailed by Jason included: ·         A “blitz,” in which union organizers go directly to the homes of workers; the workers’ personal information and home addresses used during the blitz are obtained from license plates and other sources that were used to create a master list.  According to Jason, “The workers usually have no idea that there is a union campaign underway. Organizers are taught to play upon this element of surprise to get ‘into the door.’” ·         Rarely showing workers an actual union contract, which often does not reflect what a worker would want to see.  Jason noted, “We were trained to avoid topics such as dues increases, strike histories, etc. and to constantly move the worker back to what the organizer identified as his or her ‘issues’ during the first part of the housecall.” 

·         Manipulating unit size, in which organizers would change the size of the group of workers they were going to organize after the drive was finished.  According to Jason, “During the blitz, workers in every department would be ‘housecalled,’ but if need be, certain groups of workers would be removed from the final unit, regardless of their level of union support.  In doing so, the union reduced the number of cards needed to reach a majority.” 

It is beyond me how one can possibly claim that a system whereby everyone – your employer, your union organizer, and your co-workers – knows exactly how you vote on the issue of unionization gives an employee ‘free choice,’” said Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the Subcommittee’s Senior Republican.  “It seems pretty clear to me that the only way to ensure that a worker is ‘free to choose’ is to ensure that there’s a private ballot, so that no one knows how you voted.  I cannot fathom how we were about to sit there today and debate a proposal to take away a worker’s democratic right to vote in a secret-ballot election and call it ‘Employee Free Choice.’”

The current right of workers to a secret ballot in union organizing elections also was brought into focus at the hearing.  Charles I. Cohen, Senior Partner with Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP and a former Clinton Administration appointee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), detailed the process.

If a group of employees in an appropriate collective bargaining unit wish to select a union to represent them, the [National Labor Relations] Board will hold a secret ballot election based on a petition supported by at least thirty percent of employees in the unit,” explained Cohen.  “The Board administers the election by bringing portable voting booths, ballots, and a ballot box to the workplace.  The election process occurs outside the presence of any supervisors or managerial representatives of the employer.  No campaigning of any kind may occur in the voting area.  The only people who are allowed in the voting area are the NLRB agent, the employees who are voting, and certain designated employee observers.” 

The decades-old right to this secret ballot would end if the “Employee Free Choice Act” were to become law. 

“Simply put, the so-called ‘Employee Free Choice Act’ provides employees with anything but free choice,” concluded Kline.  “It would replace a system today, in which workers are empowered to cast their vote on whether or not to unionize in a thoroughly monitored, federally-supervised private ballot election – with an unregulated, unmonitored “card check” process in which everyone – a worker’s employer, his coworkers, the union – knows how he or she votes.” 

Take that all into consideration, and then watch Hillary Clinton, and others, somewhere where the major news networks aren’t:



Judicial Watch Keeping an Eye on Hillary Clinton’s Continued Cover-Ups

Hillary Clinton Judicial Watch Lawsuit ComplaintIronic, somehow, that Hillary’s first ad was named “Invisible“, as Judicial Watch is still not able to get access to important portions of the records from Hillary’s time as First Invisible (At least Bill didn’t see her.).

From Judicial Watch:

Just like any other native-born American over the age of 35, Hillary Clinton is free to run for president.  But, as she well knows, with her candidacy comes close scrutiny of her public record…  And any discussion of Hillary Clinton’s public record begins and ends with her past crimes and corrupt behavior.

Presidential Fundraising Data

Total Receipts: $36,054,568
Total Disbursements: $5,079,789
Individual Refunds: $13,193
Latest Cash On Hand: $30,974,779
Debts Owed By: $1,582,639

  • The first time Hillary Clinton campaigned for the Senate in New York, she violated campaign finance laws by failing to report almost $2 million in contributions. 

  • Judicial Watch then filed an official complaint against Hillary Clinton with the Senate Ethics Committee and began a public pressure campaign on the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission.  (In response to the Judicial Watch complaint, the Federal Election Commission fined Hillary’s Senate campaign fundraising operation $35,000 for failing to accurately report the contributions.) 

    Senate Fundrasing Data

    Last report: December 31, 2006

    2001-2006 Total Receipts: $51,567,732
    2001-2006 Total Spent: $40,828,991

    Cash on Hand: $11,021,087


    Fundraising by Cycle:
    2006: $39,833,526
    2004: $102,784,459
    2002: $1,455,747

  • The purpose of “Hillary Watch” is to closely monitor Hillary Clinton activities and filings for any  irregularities and reporting violations.  Judicial Watch will take action should any problems be discovered.  (Judicial Watch is also monitoring other presidential candidates with ethical issues, including Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Rudolph Giuliani, and John McCain.)

  • “Judicial Watch does not support nor endorse candidates and Hillary has every right to run for office, but Judicial Watch has every right to ensure she is held accountable to the rule of the laws,” said JW President Tom Fitton.  “Hillary is free to run for president.  But Americans are free to ask the tough questions and to hold her to account for her past crimes and ethical transgressions.” 

 Al Gore needs to be looked at as well - the only question remaining is whether or not the Lawsuit will work in time for voters to know enough.

For text of Judicial Watch’s Complaint, go here.

“Really? I’m Pretty Sure You’re Not Smart Enough to be My President”

Dennis Miller, on Bill-O, commenting on Hillary Clinton’s lack of awareness or her deception regarding even the easy “catches”.



Hillary Goes Nuts - No Vouchers Because of “School of the Jihad”

So apparently it is too dangerous to use tax payer dollars on anything that would give private citizens some say in how the government spends their money because then we’d have to let the terrorists use our money also.  Again, her rhetorical question of “How do we make these decisions” would be easy if someone with 1/2 a lick of sense were making the decisions instead of someone who was <insert inappropriate comment here, again.>



Hillary Clinton Has Her Priorities Straight; Thanks, YouTube guy!

This ad had always rubbed folks the wrong way, but this 1 minute YouTube video does a great job of highlighting why.



Hillary Clinton Iowa Advertisement

We might well wish she was as invisible to America as she was to Bill, but she may be more surprised to find out that George Bush is not running for President in 2008.  Hillary walking through cornfields to sweet music, not taking a single position that could even begin to be classified as one demanding leadership.  “I love children, puppies, and warm summer evenings.  I should be president.”



Hillary Clinton on the KFC Billboard?

Perhaps some of the more tech-savvy readers could verify this one as legit or a pretty good photoshop, but this was submitted as an Iowa Kentucky Fried Chicken advertisement/sign regarding the “Hillary Special”.  The question now becomes, “Would Bill eat there?”

Hillary Clinton as the “Special” on a KFC Sign

Hillary Clinton’s WhiteWash Cover Up, Continued

Clinton Looking at Us With ContemptIt’s hard work to be this contemptuous of the public and condescending at the same time.

 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cites her experience as a compelling reason voters should make her president, but nearly 2 million pages of documents covering her White House years are locked up in a building here, obscuring a large swath of her record as first lady.

Clinton’s calendars, appointment logs and memos are stored at her husband’s presidential library, in the custody of federal archivists who do not expect them to be released until after the 2008 presidential election.

A trove of records has been made public detailing the Clinton White House’s attempts to remake the nation’s healthcare system, following a request from Bill Clinton that those materials be released first. Hillary Clinton led the healthcare effort in 1993 and 1994.

But even in the healthcare documents, at least 1,000 pages involving her work has been censored by archives staff because they include confidential advice and must be kept secret under a federal law called the Presidential Records Act. Political consultants said that if Hillary Clinton’s records were made public, rivals would mine them for scraps of information that might rattle her campaign.

“Those files — that’s the mother lode of opposition research,” said Ray McNally, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento. “Opposition researchers would be very hungry to see what’s there.” Robert Shrum, senior political strategist in Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, said: “In 2 million pieces of paper, would opposition researchers hope to find one where she wrote a memo saying, ‘I wish I’d never gotten involved in healthcare?’ Sure. That’s what they’d love to find.”

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Hillary’s Own 756*

Hillary’s own *For Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, it was a monumental achievement: Her campaign announced in April that she had raised $26 million in the first quarter of the year, more than any other presidential candidate.

The tally was especially important because it nudged her past Senator Barack Obama, whose campaign reported a surprisingly strong $25.7 million, and allowed her to claim victory in the “money primary” that is widely viewed as an early test of endurance in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.

But like a certain home run record, Mrs. Clinton’s big numbers might require an asterisk.

Her campaign has since had to subtract hundreds of thousands of dollars from its first-quarter total because of a variety of problems, including donors whose credit cards were mistakenly charged twice, contributions exceeding the legal limit and checks that bounced. As a result, her total was reduced to $25.6 million — dead even with Mr. Obama, whose first-quarter take also shrank, albeit to a lesser degree.

And in one important measure, the amount collected from individuals, it now appears that Mr. Obama surpassed Mrs. Clinton. Mrs. Clinton’s overall total included $236,000 from political action committees, while Mr. Obama did not accept money from PACs.

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Hillary Gets Called on the Carpet by Kucinich…

Hillary gets called on the carpet by KucinichYou know it’s bad when the little-imp-that-could is able to spike the softball you serve (I’ll take “Misplaced sports analogies for $200″).

Dennis Kucinich: I think that that single comment by Sen.  Clinton raises questions about her fitness for the presidency.  In a week in which we observe the [anniversaries of the] tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, any American presidential candidate who rattles the nuclear saber must be viewed with the greatest amount of skepticism.  Given Sen. Clinton’s commitment to the neocon doctrines of pre-emption, unilateralism and first strike, all Americans should be very concerned about how she would use the power of the presidency.

There’s another question here, and that is: Is she unaware of the fragility of conditions on the Asian subcontinent with respect to nuclear parity and first-strike concerns?  Does she really mean what she says, and is she ready to take responsibility for potentially catalyzing a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan?  Has she really thought this through?  This really raises questions about whether she has the thoughtfulness to be able to lead the nation.  Given her willingness to attack Iraq without any evidence whatsoever, without having read any of the documents, without having done any of the research—is she that susceptible that she’s willing to reach for the nuclear football?

source: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070811_kucinich_throws_down_the_gauntlet/

Hillary Has Some Competition - Someone’s Breathing Down Her Neck…

Hillary Clinton And Obama Looking Over Her ShoulderDemocratic insiders who are not neutral in the presidential race do not take seriously the USA Today/Gallup poll of Democratic voters showing Sen. Hillary Clinton 23 percentage points ahead of Sen. Barack Obama. They contend national surveys are meaningless because outcomes of the early state contests are still critical.

State polls show a virtual three-way tie among Clinton, Obama and former Sen. John Edwards in Iowa’s early caucuses. Clinton has only a narrow lead over Obama in New Hampshire’s opening primary. Obama has moved slightly ahead in the latest survey for South Carolina, the next primary state.

A footnote: Mitt Romney collects only 6 percent in the USA Today/Gallup national poll of Republicans but leads in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Source: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=21900

Hillary Clinton Failed the D.C. Bar Exam?

Hillary From Back in the Day - Failed the D.C. Bar Exam?Had missed this one somehow:

Bernstein referred to Living History while discussing Hillary Clinton’s friends’ reaction to her disclosure that she had failed the D.C. bar exam (Page 92):

On November 3, the District of Columbia Bar Association notified Hillary that she had failed the bar exam. For the first time in her life she had flamed out — spectacularly, given the expectations of others for her and even more so her own. Of 817 applicants, 551 of her peers had passed, most from law schools less prestigious than Yale. She kept this news hidden for the next thirty years. She never took the exam again, despite many opportunities. Her closest friends and associates — Webb Hubbell, Jim Blair (Diane’s husband), Nancy Bekavac, Betsey Write, Sara Ehrman — were flabbergasted when she made the revelation in a single throwaway line in Living History. “When I learned that I passed in Arkansas but failed in D.C., I thought maybe my test scores were telling me something.”

Those who knew her best speculated that she must have felt deep shame at her failure, and that her self-confidence — always so visible a part of her exterior — was shattered by the experience (though many first-rate lawyers, even Yale Law graduates, had flunked the bar on their first try). There can only be conjecture about what turn her life — and the nation’s — might have taken had she not failed the exam.

Source: http://mediamatters.org/items/200706010006

Hillary: “Do you think Medicare is Socialized Medicine?”

hillaryonhealthcareDuring a forum at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Las Vegas, Clinton was asked why as a candidate for president she is “still insisting” on bringing “socialized medicine” to the United States, when people are “pulling away” from similar systems in Canada and Great Britain. Worse, the questioner said, such systems hurt rather than help poor people.

“That was a string of misrepresentations about me and about the systems in other countries,” Clinton started. “Number one, I have never advocated socialized medicine, and I hope all the journalists here heard that loudly and clearly because that has been a right-wing attack on me for 15 years.”

“Do you think Medicare is socialized medicine?” Clinton asked her inquisitor…

A rhetorical question, but one that Hillary assumed would lead to a conclusion that one can only hope the rest of the country would not.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ content/article/2007/08/09/AR2007080902346_2.html

“Hott for Hill” - Yup.

Nothing could be finer than for most of America to see what kind of folks actually support Hillary et al.  At least Hillary knows Bill won’t go for this girl - she’s way too skinny to be his type.



Hillary Goes Nuclear… and then doesn’t.

HillaryNuclearFlipFlopOnObamaNot getting into whether nuclear weapons should be “on the table” or “off the table” (This is a blog, not a military strategist.), but Hillary doesn’t appear to be following the billiards rule of “one foot on the floor” in regards to the nuclear option being on and off the table.

 Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who chastised rival Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in the war on terror, did just that when asked about Iran a year ago.

“I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table,” she said in April 2006.

Her views expressed while she was gearing up for a presidential run stand in conflict with her comments this month regarding Obama, who faced heavy criticism from leaders of both parties, including Clinton, after saying it would be “a profound mistake” to deploy nuclear weapons in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“There’s been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That’s not on the table,” he said.

Clinton, who has tried to cast her rival as too inexperienced for the job of commander in chief, said of Obama’s stance on Pakistan: “I don’t believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons.”

But that’s exactly what she did in an interview with Bloomberg Television in April 2006. The New York senator, a member of the Armed Services committee, was asked about reports that the Bush administration was considering military intervention _ possibly even a nuclear strike _ to prevent Iran from escalating its nuclear program.

“I have said publicly no option should be off the table, but I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table,” Clinton said. “This administration has been very willing to talk about using nuclear weapons in a way we haven’t seen since the dawn of a nuclear age. I think that’s a terrible mistake.”

Clinton’s views on the potential use of nuclear weapons appear to have changed since then.

 Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/09/AR2007080900855_pf.html

Hillary Clinton meets with Natalie Portman

It’s hard to tell who was more “excited”. Yes, this/that is juvenile. However, what really jumps out at first is Hillary’s freakish death-stare. This was from a while ago, but was just brought to our attention.

Hillary Clinton With Natalie Portman

Hillary Soprano - From Arkansas to NY… now to Jersey?

Other than being not as poorly done as it could have been, there is not much to be said that is positive about a potential future leader of the free world choosing this as her “coming out” video. Of course she’s looking out for Bill… of course (Not sure if it counts as “irony” that in a diner with a mob boss the one she is “looking out for” is Bill.).

Hillary Mimics the French - “Buys Stock” in White Flag Manufacturer

 Hillary’s ready to wave the white flag in true French style, but the Pentagon isn’t having it.

 WAHillaryClintonAgainSHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.In a stinging rebuke to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman responded to questions Clinton raised in May in which she urged the Pentagon to start planning now for the withdrawal of American forces.A copy of Edelman’s response, dated July 16, was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

“Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia,” Edelman wrote.

Source: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070719/D8QFUN500.html

Hillary on Iraq - Just for the record…

Hillary’s statements on Iraq show a shifting conscience, or a complete lack of the same.

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“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security. This much is undisputed.”

Senate speech (10 October 2002)

“From almost the first day they got into office, they (President Bush and Vice President Cheney were trying to figure out how to get rid of Saddam Hussein. I’m not a psychiatrist – I don’t know all of the reasons behind their concern, some might say their obsession.”

Town Hall speech, Berlin, NH, as reported in The New York Times (10 February 2007)

“Look what the Iraq Study Group came up with. You know, that was a totally nonpartisan group of, you know, 10 wise Americans, you know, some of them Republican, some of then Democrats from different, you know, experiences. They came out with a long list of recommendations. Now, you can say well, I wouldn’t agree with that one or wouldn’t agree with this one, but the fundamental point they made is that there is no military solution. There is only a political resolution and you’ve got to bring everybody into the game in order to move it forward, you know. And for whatever reason, this administration rejects that. They won’t talk to bad people. That means they won’t talk to the Iranians and the Syrians… If they’re our enemies, then believe me, I think they are, because they certainly don’t wish us any well outcome, then we need to know more about them. I think it’s a sign of strength to get into a process with people who you are concerned about their motives, who’s really calling the shots. This administration won’t do that. So, to a certain extent we’re flying blind.”

Interview with Greta van Susteren on FOX News (19 January 2007)

Hillary Castro!

 ”Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you … We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” - Hillary Clinton

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 Source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20040629-0007-ca-clintons-sanfrancisco.html

Hillary Contact - Getting in Touch with Our Feminine Side

So it’s not hard to see her on TV every day, but you want your voice heard, even if it is just to a junior staffer or web-flunky.

http://clinton.senate.gov/contact/

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/help/contact/

http://www.votehillary.org/CMS/Contact

For those of you with myspace, do look at her myspace page also.

MySpace 1

MySpace 2

Oops! Hillary Clinton actually named for Hillary Scott…

At least that makes just as much sense to us.

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In 1995, Hillary Clinton said her mother had named her after Sir Edmund Hillary, co-first-climber of Mount Everest, and that was the reason for the unusual “two L’s” spelling. However, the Everest climb did not take place until 1953, more than five years after Clinton was born. Oops!

In October 2006, a Clinton spokeswoman said she was not in fact named after the mountain climber, rather “It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add.”  It is one thing if she had made the claim as a child or a teenager who either did not know better, or who believed the obvious fabrication, but to be making such claims well into the middle of her life speaks poorly of her.

Righty-O! It only follows that she might instead have been named after adult film star “Hillary Scott”, as what she is planning to do to America seems to be much more in line with Scott’s chosen profession.

Sources:
Hillary Scott - (Safe, Wikipedia.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Scott
“Hillary, Not as in the Mount Everest Guy”, The New York Times, October 17, 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/nyregion/17hillary.html
“How to Beat Hillary in 2008″, Intellectual Conservative, February 12, 2006. http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2006/how-to-beat-hillary-in-2008/