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Original post made by Menlo Observer, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on May 30, 2013

Eric Holder has scheduled an off the record press conference regarding the abuse of the IRS that is being boycotted by:

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Posted by J Richards
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

"an off the record press conference regarding the abuse of the IRS"

WRONG. Even Breitbart didn't make such a stupid error.

The Holder meeting is NOT about the IRS, but are meetings "which are being held to discuss changes to the Justice Department’s guidelines for subpoenas of reporters."

Much like the erroneous 'thinking' which went into Menlo Observers original error, the rest is also noise without substance.

"The Democratic Party, in the interest of self preservation, will abandon him politically as it tries to distance itself from Obama in hopes of salvaging the 2016 presidential election."

really? Obama's popularity indicates otherwise. RCP:
Poll Date Sample Favorable Unfavorable Spread
RCP Average 3/20 - 5/28 -- 52.2 45.8 +6.4

Compare that with Bush in 2006.

Or any current Republican office holder.

But Menlo-Observer knows history (!) - just look at how many times M-O saw McCain speak publicly with Bush in 2008. And how many times did Romney campaign publicly with Bush in 2012?

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm

President Barack Obama's job approval rating has plunged in the wake of the trifecta of scandals surrounding his administration, the Quinnipiac University poll has found.

Fewer than half the registered voters surveyed now believe Obama is "honest and trustworthy," according to the poll That figure had stood at 58 percent the last time the question was asked in September 2011. Now it is at 45 percent.

And it is the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service that is hitting Obama the hardest, the survey found. The voters, who were surveyed between Wednesday last week and Tuesday of this week, believe that controversy is more worrying than those surrounding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, or the seizure of phone records from journalists.

According to the Quinnipiac survey, more people now view the president negatively than positively. Slightly under half -- 49 percent -- say they have a negative view of Obama, while 45 percent have a positive view.

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Posted by J Richards
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Menlo Observer won't comment on her errors in the first post, instead she deflects and shifts to polls. There's a reason to use a composite of numerous polls; after the last election, you would think conservatives would understand that. Or is Karl Rove still protesting that Romney has a chance?

About the Q poll, if you take other polls into the mix, you get the RCP results I posted this morning.


"Quinnipiac’s results stand in contrast to Gallup, which has found that Obama’s approval rating has gone largely unchanged since the IRS scandal and other controversies. According to its Gallup Daily Tracking poll, the president has a 50 percent approval and 43 percent disapproval." Read more: Web Link

M-O and the Bachman-ettes are so hoping to find any real evidence of a scandal, so much so, that until then they are just making it up. Ask Bob Dole, who said yesterday that Reagan wouldn't be welcome in today's GOP.

You know, I notice that M-O doesn't list the favorables of John Boehner, the House GOP or any other national GOP elected official. Frankly, off the top of my head, the only republican I can think of with better numbers than the president is the guy who walked the shore boardwalk yesterday with Obama... Chris Christie.

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Posted by Old MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

It is a well known fact that the IRS went after a couple of churches after it was revealed that ministers and/or guest speakers at church services gave anti-Bush and anti-Iraq war sermons.

I'm a registered independent. So I don't care what party it is - but it is no secret that IRS has been used to intimidate all sorts of people, companies and so on. Don't forget that Al Capone went to jail for tax evasion, not for murder and racketeering.

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Posted by Political Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Eric Holder was a good jurist. Unfortunately when he joined the Obama Administration he allowed himself to be inveigled into committing crimes that he would not otherwise be predisposed to doing. Watch for a resignation in the following months. Another formerly good person falls on his sword to keep the corrupt Obama in power.

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Posted by And they would be?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Crimes that he would not otherwise be predisposed to doing? Care to make a list, PO?

And while you're at it, what kind of personal knowledge of Eric Holder do you possess that makes you certain that "he would not otherwise be predisposed" to committing the alleged crimes you list in your next post?

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Posted by GOP smear fear monger
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on May 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Corrupt Obama? Based on what? A couple dummies in Cincinatti?

What a joke!

The repugnicans never did any of the things they promised in 2010 (Boehner: jobs are job #1) and now they are just going to obstruct the economy until 2016.

35 Obamacare repeal votes, dozens of abortion votes and ZERO JOBS BILLS

Along the way, they'll build a meme (based on nothing) to get the low knowledge voter to think the GOP thugs should get a chance over Hilary.

Smear, fear and monger. That's todays' GOP. Who needs facts? Make it up!

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Posted by Get Real
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 31, 2013 at 2:49 pm

You Obama sycophants have really drunk the kool aid. There is little doubt that Eric Holder will resign under a cloud of suspicion. The only thing left to be determined is when he will make his ignominious exit.

"Holder is directly involved in essentially every aspect of President Obama’s second-term scandalpalooza. Not only did he sign off on the search warrant for Fox News’s James Rosen’s personal emails, he is at the center of questions over the state’s broad surveillance of the AP, an operation that has raised hackles across the political spectrum regarding First Amendment issues and civil-liberties concerns." “even the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups for special scrutiny—[finds its] nexus at the top of the Justice Department.”

Pelosi's prospects are also very dim. It is very unlikely she will be Speaker of the House in the next two terms. The only chance she has is in the 2018 mid-term elections and she will be yesterday's news by then. Obama's socialist redistributionist policies have not resonated with the majority of Americans. The only reasons he won the last election were:
1) Romney ran an ineefectively weak campaign, and
2) The press were actively campaigning for Obama

2016 will be a rebuilding year get get the United States back on track after 8 years of failed socialism. The prospects for the Democratic party are inauspicious at this point. However, the Republicans face the daunting task up proffering a candidate who can appeal outside the narrow focus of the right by opening the aperture with moderate social policies that will resonate with independents.

Right now the far right wing of the Republican Party is the Democrats last hope for the presidency in 2016. I for one hope that the moderate Republicans can win the battle with the far right and revitalize the Republican party and our great nation.

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Posted by Ted Cruz for pretzeldent
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on May 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Failed socialism?!?!?!?!?! Do you fools know how crazy you sound to middle America when you freak out like that?

Explain how the Dow is near records if our capitalist system is now a bastion of socialism! Did we nationalize Exxon and BP? I must have missed the news.

Dude, you're just got blinders on for Fox, Krauthammer and dizzy Walsh. You should at least put a link or attribution to your copy and paste.

Keep up making excuses for Romney though - that's always a fun read for us! Dude got blown away by a weak president in a recession, a minority at that, and still lost by over FIVE MILLION VOTES! You guys had no candidates at all this time around, and no one on the horizon. If you couldn't beat Obama in 2012, what on earth makes you think you'll find a tea party whacko that can beat a stronger Hillary in 2016? Ted Cruz?

Please! Run, Ted, run!

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Mitt Romney was not a weak candidate. He was far better and stronger than the rest of the field. Solid business experience. Great family, with the wonderful George Romney as patriarch. Good looking, charming, clean, wholesome and smart enough to repeat all the right things.

Except he was never programmed to repeat the most important thing. Romney lost because he never explained how he was different than George Bush. Romney had too many Bush team members on his team. How Mitt Romney managed to get 47 percent with all that Bush baggage is beyond me.

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Romney lost by less than 5 million votes not by more than 5 million votes as Ted erroneously stated.

Über liberal Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz said regarding Ted Cruz:
"Cruz was a “terrific student. He was always very active in class, presenting a libertarian point of view. He didn’t strike me as a social conservative, more of a libertarian.”

“He had brilliant insights and he was clearly among the top students, as revealed by his class responses,” Dershowitz added.

Dershowitz said he and Cruz would often debate issues presented in Dershowitz’s criminal law class. “Cruz’s views were always thoughtful and his responses were interesting,”

Dershowitz said "Cruz’s career has not surprised me. I thought he would go on to accomplish important things.”

Dershowitz further said "Cruz was an outstanding student in my class. “Without a doubt he is among the smartest students I’ve ever had… I’ve had great students but he has to be at the top of anyone’s short list, in terms of raw brain power.”

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

Now this site is reverting to drumming up the endless (and stupid) conversation from Republicans still stinging over Watergate? Almanac editors.... Leave it to Fox News and the weirdo Tea Party.

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Posted by Nelly
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jun 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

Electoral vote... Obama 332 ... Romney 206
Popular vote..... Obama 65,899,660 ... Romney 60,932,152
Percentage....... Obama 51.1% ... Romney 47.2%

4,967,508 vote margin of victory for Obama

*** "Obama got 51.1 percent of the popular vote to Mitt Romney's 47.2 percent, a four point margin. (Let's all pause for a moment and savor the fact that history will show that Romney won … 47 percent.) That's a wider margin than George W. Bush won by in 2004 (51-48), when pundits on the right like Charles Krauthammer declared that he had earned a mandate.
*** That makes Obama the first president to crack 51 percent two elections in a row since Dwight Eisenhower more than a half-century ago. (Sorry, conservatives, Ronald Reagan only reached 50.75 percent in 1980.)
*** Obama piling up 332 electoral votes. You can think of it another way: There is no state in Obama's column which would have swung the election to Romney had he won it. In other words, if Romney had pulled a stunning upset and won California's 55 electoral votes … he'd still have lost."

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Posted by Nelly
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jun 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

Dershowitz said nice things about his student of of 30ish years ago?

That's nice.

"Dershowitz also gave a high estimate of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who has decidedly different political views than Cruz."

"Dershowitz places Cruz alongside Warren among the Senate’s smartest members.

“Their election raised the IQ level of the Senate discernibly. The two of them have to be among the smartest senators now,” Dershowitz said." Read more: Web Link

One wonders if we go back and look at Menlo Observers previous posts about another brilliant Harvard student, hmmmm... head of the Harvard Law Review, hmmm... I'm sure Menlo Observer had nothing but nice things to say about Obama at Harvard!

Elizabeth Warren for President!

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Posted by Nelly
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jun 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

Shall we start a list of brilliant students for Menlo Observer to support?

Let's see, there's the head of his list, Ted Kaczynski....

Obviously qualified as a Harvard alum, in Menlo Observer's mind. And how did that dual degree guy do? You know, the MBA/JD guy. Williard Mitt something or other....

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Posted by Lloyden
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Jun 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

So who is this chameleon Cruz?

A libertarian like Ron Paul, a tea partier like Michelle Bachman or a Republican like Mitt Romney? Sounds like he is trying to be many things to many people. Will be fascinating to see what he claims to be when he settles on a persona.

Warren for president? Not in a million years.

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Posted by Norman
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

Not one of my many Liberal friend is appalled at this massive breach of our rights as citizens. They all commiserate with the IRS and Holder because the other side got what they deserved. The lack of a defense of our Constitutional principles by Liberals is what truly worries me.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm


rest assured if the shoe was no the other foot none of your conservative buddies would have anything to say about defending our constitution. It's all about which party's ox is being gored.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I would be just as outraged if Attorney General John Ashcroft did this as I am that Attorney General Eric Holder did this. Fortunately, I'm in reasonable company with right wingers like Jonathan Turley, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher.

I would suggest that those posting on this thread calm down. The last election was just seven months ago and voters made a clear choice. November 2016 will come soon enough and you'll have plenty of time to rev your search engines and make your respective points while ignoring those made by your adversaries.

It's all so entertaining...

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Posted by Only Electoral votes count
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm

If you don't like it then get a constitutional amendment. Only one problem it will never happen.

In 1980 Ronald Reagan received 489 electoral votes. Jimmy Carter received 49 electoral votes. In 1984 Ronald Regan received 525 electoral votes and Walter Mondale only received 13. Even Bill Clinton's affair with Walter Mondale's daughter Eleanor Mondale did not help Walter Mondale.

In 2008 Barack Obama received 365 electoral votes and John McCain received 173 electoral votes. In 2012 Barack Obama received 332 electoral votes and Mitt Romney received 206 electoral votes.

Never in the history of our nation have there been victories like the back-to-back victories of Ronald Reagan. Obama does not even come close.

And before you libs make idiotic arguments about getting rid of the electoral college. Do you think for one moment that Joe Biden would agree to giving up 2/3 of Delaware's vote in every presidential election? Do you think Patrick Leahy would agree to giving up 2/3 of Vermont's vote in every presidential election. The answer is a resounding No.

Given the very unlikely event that a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college passed through both houses of Congress how do you propose to get 3/4 of the states to ratify if only 17 states would benefit to the detriment of 33 states.

So for presidential elections the popular vote is meaningless. Only the electoral vote counts. And thank God for that. It kept that blowhard Al Gore from becoming president. What a freaking disaster that would have been.

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Posted by Reagan wins primary today?
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

The "lib" bashers love to point to Reagan, but never acknowledge his party has left him while simultaneously lionizing him. Reagan couldn't make it past the primaries in today's GOP. Neither could either Bush.

But even with the fabrications about Clinton (Eleanor Mondale? c'mon now...), Clinton would cakewalk both the primaries and general if still eligible. The man is off the charts popular.

How could Gore have been a worse disaster than the known disaster called Bush? Taking surpluses and doubling the national debt? Nope, Bush 'won' that one! Two almost endless wars with no possible "victory"? Nope, Bush 'won' that also!

Becoming a post election success? Did Bush win that by virtue of his paintings? Nice try, Dubya, though we do ALL appreciate your hiding yourself from the public due to the shame. That's at least one point in his favor. Even the GOP is thrilled he has gone into hiding, at least during the election seasons.

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

When Bush took office the National Debt was $5.662T. When he left office the national debt was 10.700T. The increase to the national debt was $5.038T or .630T per year.

When Obama took office the National debt was 10.700T and is now 16.745T. In 4 years and 5 months Obama has increased the Debt 6.045T or 1.369T a year. So for every dollar Bush ran up the debt Obama has run up the debt by $2.17.

Obama is running up the national debt far greater than Bush could have dreamed of doing. Tax and Redistribute Socialism at work.

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Posted by Hilde
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Funny, no one defends Bush opposed to Gore anymore. Quite understandable. Gore may be quite the wooden bore, but has been proved correct regarding his views on climate change and the Iraqi war.

I voted for every Republican since President Gerald Ford, except in 2004. I am proud of my votes for Mr. Reagan, and somewhat for George Bush (father) and Mr. Dole, though Mr. Clinton certainly had his success in cutting government. My vote for Bush (son) makes me sad. I did not vote for him in 2004. I voted for Senator McCain. I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. I don't think if Mr. Romney won, I do not know if I would be very proud of my vote if I make it another 20 years; that was a difficult choice. We shall never know.

As to the debt, Bush had the first trillion dollar deficit and left a terrible economy, the worst in my lifetime. We are on the correct track with jobs compared to where Bush left us. It is certainly not up to snuff, but who is to blame for that?

I do not understand anyone, especially conservatives, defending George W. Bush. He will be viewed as the worst president in recent history, at least since Nixon. Mr. Obama has done a reasonable job digging us out of the hole George Bush left.

Web Link

Recent US Federal Deficit Numbers
Obama Deficits - - - - - Bush Deficits
FY 2014*: $744 billion FY 2009†: $1,413 billion
FY 2013*: $973 billion FY 2008: $458 billion
FY 2012: $1,087 billion FY 2007: $161 billion
FY 2011: $1,300 billion
FY 2010: $1,294 billion

I may well look back, good Lord willing, and accept I made the wrong choices in 2008 and 2012. I pray for our country that Mr. Obama continues to prove many of us wrong.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

"I do not understand anyone, especially conservatives, defending George W. Bush. He will be viewed as the worst president in recent history, at least since Nixon. Mr. Obama has done a reasonable job digging us out of the hole George Bush left."

And that from a decidedly Republican voter. Truly makes on wonder.

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

The New York Times, the darling of many liberals in Menlo Park because it leans further to the left than Pravda and ITAR/TASS has reported in Today's newspaper

"While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about his future, some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit."
“The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time,”

Click on the following link. Eric Holder actually has some defenders who don't live in the Willows

Web Link;

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

"The New York Times, the darling of many liberals in Menlo Park because it leans further to the left than Pravda..."

See: Carnegie, Dale; and "How to Win Friends & Influence People"


What a bunch of noise. Liberals (despite the occasional self-induced hopeful delusions that Obama was a true liberal) knew all along that the two most centrist candidates in 2008 were Obama and Hillary. Obama hasn't changed from centrist, despite the blowhard above who constantly screams "SOCIALIST!" at the top of his lungs, because that's what MO's media choices tell him.

Obama infuriates liberals on any number of issues: Keystone, surveillance, drones, refusal to take a stand against GOP obstructionism, etc.. That said, the topic is about Holder. I'll wait to hear actual evidence of any crimes. Until then, it appears to me that Holder is just following the footsteps of the GOP congress that wanted leaks suppressed at all costs in the name of national security.

Again, I haven't heard many liberals mount a vociferous defense of Eric Holder.

Remember: my 'leaker' is your 'whistleblower', and vice versa...

As for Menlo Observer and the couple of other posts about popularity.... we all know the words used to describe today's GOP:

"closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

Those words, of course, are from today's release of a report on the GOP popularity.

A report written by...

wait for it.......

(you know where this is going.....)

yes: it's the report released today, by....


"closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned."

Web Link "A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation’s leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO on Sunday."

On economics: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

So, is Obama a 'true' liberal? Hell, no. He's a centrist. But he sure as hell beats the alternative, which were two fellas that never told us how they were different from Dubya. That won't stop me from supporting Obama when he's correct (exiting Iraq and Jobs bills,) push him in the right direction when he needs help (Keystone,) as well as chastise him when he's wrong, like on the surveillance issue.

As for the constant noise and scandal mongering (IRS) by Darryl Issa? Expected. Annoying. Frustrating. Damaging to both Obama and the GOP when they are proved wrong. But we all know the GOP is in trouble when Issa himself covers his bomb-throwing with phrases that contain the following words: "We understand" and "in all likelihood".

In other words - he ain't got nuthin'...

Keep it up Darryl. You're just feeding the trolls that like posting noise about Pravda and TASS. You're ticking off good republicans like Hilde. And reminding the public of what the YOUNG REPUBLICAN's report said today:

"closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned."


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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

The Young Republican's report said that "To young voters, the Republican Party can appear “closed-minded, racist, rigid, and old-fashioned." This was not the view of the Young Republicans it was its perception of how young voters perceived the Republican party.

Alfred has made statements characterizing Republicans as racists. Now I am going to post some racists quotes made by Democrats. Lets see if the Almanac editor will allow accusations of racism towards republicans stand and censor actual racist quotes made by Democrats.

According to Ryan Leeza in the Septmeber 10, 2012 issue of the New Yorker Magazine:

"Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy [Obama] would have been carrying our bags.”

More pejorative statements regarding African Americans and Indians from prominent Democrats:

"You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent." -Senator Joe Biden

Mahatma Gandhi "ran a gas station down in Saint Louis."

-Senator Hillary Clinton

"You'd find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva." -- Fritz Hollings (D, S.C.)

"Is you their black-haired answer-mammy who be smart? Does they like how you shine their shoes, Condoleezza? Or the way you wash and park the whitey's cars?"

-- Left-wing radio host Neil Rogers

Blacks and Hispanics are "too busy eating watermelons and tacos" to learn how to read and write." -- Mike Wallace, CBS News

(On Clarence Thomas) "A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom." -- Spike Lee

"He's married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn't want to be black."

-- California State Senator Diane Watson's on Ward Connerly's interracial marriage

"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."

-- Former Klansman and US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate", in a letter written in 1944, after he quit the KKK.

"I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state .... The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia .... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va .... I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities."

-- Former Klansman and US Senator Robert Byrd

"These laws [segregation] are still constitutional and I promise you that until they are removed from the ordinance books of Birmingham and the statute books of Alabama, they will be enforced in Birmingham to the utmost of my ability and by all lawful means."

-- Democrat Bull Connor (1957), Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama

"I'll have those n***ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."

-- Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler's Book, "Inside The White House"

"There’s some people who’ve gone over the state and said, ‘Well, George Wallace has talked too strong about segregation.’ Now let me ask you this: how in the name of common sense can you be too strong about it? You’re either for it or you’re against it. There’s not any middle ground as I know of." -- Democratic Alabama Governor George Wallace (1959)

And one more on Hillary with regard to Jewish people

On Jews

"You f*cking Jew b@stard." -- Hillary Clinton to political operative Paul Fray. This was revealed in "State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton" and has been verified by Paul Fray and three witnesses.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Struck a nerve, did we?

I did NOT make a statement "characterizing Republicans as racists." That's a lie, as Menlo Observer freely admits it was a statement by the Young Republicans (both of them?)

Take the rest of Menlo Observer's comments with similar grains of salt.


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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

Now MSNBC is now withdrawing support for Eric holder. MSNBC sometimes refered to as MSLSD for its far left views is no longer defending Eric Holder.

If Holder decides to "spend more time with his family" it won't be for the crimes he has allegedly committed; it will be because he is a political liability. In Obama's eyes Executive Branch members can commit all the crimes they want in furtherance of the Obama administration's goals; just don't get caught. Unfortunately for Holder he got caught.

Obama has no loyalty, except to himself. If you are perceived as a liability then you are gone. It does not matter how much you have sacrficed for Obama cuz it's just politics.

Web Link

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Posted by ALfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

The GOP overreach continues.

Scandal (real or imagined) is not an Agenda.

Other than anti-abortion votes and the 37th failure to repeal Obamacare, the GOP House has done nothing this year.

Seriously, without going to google, can you recall anything off the top of your head that the House has championed? Something to create jobs, perhaps?

Me neither.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

Passing a budget.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

Ah, yes, the annual Paul Ryan austerity exercise in futility, passed in March(?); thank you Pogo.

Or as the Young Republicans referenced it yesterday: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

Been listening to MSNBC in the background since I read Menlo Observer claim of the network announcing about Holder. Oddly, I haven't caught that announcement. Another Menlo Observer reach?

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

Well, you asked for something and I gave it to you.

Austere or not, it's demonstrably more than the Senate has done.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

Not that the Senate budget is any more likely to pass the House than the House Austerity Budget will pass the Senate, but the Senate passed it's budget around the same time in late March.

Of course, the most interesting budget proposal didn't pass either branch. It's the budget that creates jobs, rebuilds America's infrastructure, hires teachers, and balances itself far faster than Paul Ryan's budget.

Peoples Budget’s Bottom Line
• Deficit reduction of $5.6 trillion
• Spending cuts of $1.7 trillion
• Revenue increase of $3.9 trillion
• Public investment $1.7 trillion

- Eliminates the Deficit and Raises a $31 Billion Surplus In Ten Years
- Safeguards Social Security for the Next 75 Years
- Brings Our Troops Home

The Peoples Budget: Web Link

Forbes said:

"instead of gutting programs for the poor like Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps, and the new healthcare law, the People’s Budget focuses on cuts in defense. It also doesn’t scrap new financial regulations designed to at least partly stave off another massive financial collapse like the one that put us in this mess in the first place."

The Economist - “Courageous”

“Mr Ryan's plan adds (by its own claims) $6 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, but promises to balance the budget by sometime in the 2030s by cutting programmes for the poor and the elderly. The Progressive Caucus's plan would (by its own claims) balance the budget by 2021 by cutting defence spending and raising taxes, mainly on rich people.”


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Actually, I don't "enjoy" this at all. And an increasingly number of Americans appear to feel the same way. Disgust with politicians has become the new American pastime.

While this may be political theater to you and others, whether it's the intransigence of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell or the obstinance of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, an increasing number of people are getting tired of this unproductive political gamesmanship. And just doing it "their" way, isn't the answer, either.

Politicians ignore this change at their own peril. Keeping track of political points has gotten very old.

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Posted by lying eyes
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

@menloobserver posts a bunch a lies

That noise about Holder ans msnbc or whatever he calls it

Prove it. Show us a link to prove the network has withdrawn whatever supposed suppport you claim.

Noise from the fringe

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Is it tracking "political points"? Or is it tracking "the stupid"?

So, other than a budget that will never be implemented, and the 37th attempt to repeal the ACA, and oh yeah, some anti-abortion votes, the House has done nothing this year.

Except that changes TODAY!

"House Republicans are scheduled to vote on two separate budget bills this week, each of which would reject funding for the poverty activism group ACORN, despite the fact that ACORN disbanded three years ago." Web Link

The economy is fixed! Job growth is up to snuff!

Happy Days are here again!

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The above post could not have been more timely.

Thank you for proving my point. I had to wait a whole 23 minutes.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

23 minutes to prove that the best you could come up with to defend the entire 2013 House (in)action on improving our economic lives was a budget and a bunch of stupid votes on insane issues?

My pleasure. I'll try not to keep you waiting so long next time (but lunch called)

bon apetit!

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm


did you have to duck when POGO's point went whizzing over your head?

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

MV: Nah, just a mere bob to the side, like for any other invalid assumption. Much like it's okey-dokie-artichokey for someone to shift the discussion onto the Senate ("it's demonstrably more than the Senate has done") but when his/her point is being dismembered (Senate passed a budget also... Big Whoop-de-doo...) then to imply gamesmanship.


What I find most disheartening is the general lack of condemnation for the veritable filth we saw above 19 hours ago. More important to try to score a point in the House v Senate meme.

But I'm the one who was supposed to duck? Nah....

The sun has come out - yippee! Time to duck outside!

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Posted by old man
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Al, iignore them. They will never admit the hypocrisy, like their hero Chris Christie signing a bill to consolodate elections.

Then chrisitue calls for the special election to be on a ddifferent day than his reelection because he. Needs lowedrf turnout on his election day. Cory's special election would swamp Christies election with dems, so hypocrite christie spends taxpayer money for two elections instead of one.

All that to save his surgically thinning,fiscally hypocritical, a**.

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Posted by Alfred
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Thank you, poster 'old man'.

Can't ignore them, like Menlo Observer's lies and fabrications. MO lies in so many posts, he has to be called on them. He started this whole thread on a LIE.

Look at his original post and the LIE that Bush appointee "Shulman had visited the White House more than 157 times". Menlo Observer heard it from Bill O'reily, Breitbart or any of the other fringe loons that read a sentence and failed to read the whole thing.


O'Reily has known since Friday it is a LIE and still repeats it. (I know, you're all just shocked at that, aren't you?)

Fact: Shulman was CLEARED by the Secret service for a visit about 150 times, but only visited the West Wing a few times, and the rest of the White House complex (the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Old Executive Office Building, etc..)

"The Fake Story About the IRS Commissioner and the White House - White House records show Douglas Shulman signed in for 11 visits, not 157, between 2009 and 2012.
Garance Franke-Ruta May 31 2013, 10:35 AM ET " Web Link

Never believe the claims of Menlo Observer. He rarely substantiates them with valid links, and never comes back and corrects them.

Poster 'lying eyes' called him on his MSNBC claim, and Menlo Observer hasn't backed that one up either.

Menlo Observer started this thread with lies, continued for days, and now has disappeared when called on it.

The filth he posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm, needs to come down.


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Posted by Barney
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

Pretty amusing reading these fake rightwing outrage stories in hindsight!

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