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Sen. Chris Dodd is in deep electoral trouble. Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images


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That's the percentage of Connecticut voters who believe Sen. Chris Dodd (D) is "honest and trustworthy", according to new poll data in the Nutmeg State released today by Quinnipiac University.

Dodd's numbers on the honest and trustworthy question are unchanged from a late May Quinnipiac poll despite the fact that the incumbent has been on television for weeks seeking to rebuild his image in the state.

And, Dodd's showing is mediocre across party lines. While Republicans are expectedly down on Dodd (14 percent say he is honest and trustworthy), his numbers among Democrats -- not even six in ten (58 percent) self-identified Democrats view Dodd as honest and trustworthy -- are troubling; among independents a whopping 61 percent say the incumbent is not honest and trustworthy.

The problem for Dodd encapsulated in these numbers is that voters currently see him as a flawed messenger.

Given that fact, Dodd's only hope to win re-election next fall is to find a way to turn that "honest and trustworthy" number around -- and quickly. If a majority of voters continue to see him as something short of entirely up front and honest, it will be next to impossible for Dodd to attack former Rep. Rob Simmons or former Ambassador Tom Foley -- the two most likely Republican candidates.

If Dodd can't pull that off -- and it is no easy feat given that that more than 90 percent of the state voters are familiar with him -- then all of the Democratic chatter that Simmons is a poor candidate who was ousted from the House unceremoniously in 2006 won't likely matter.

In spite of that dire political prognosis, Dodd has shown no signs of reconsidering his pledge to seek a sixth term in 2010. And, the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee passed a unanimous resolution on Wednesday affirming its support for Dodd; state party chair Nancy DiNardo called the vote a "significant and a clear signal that they trust Chris Dodd is the guy who can get things done for Connecticut."

Still, Senate strategists almost certainly took note of the fact that state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who is widely seen as the heir apparent if Dodd steps aside, was wildly popular in the Q poll; 79 percent approved of the job he is doing while just 13 percent disapproved.

Those numbers suggest that if Dodd stepped aside and Blumenthal stepped in, this would be an easy hold for Senate Democrats. There doesn't appear to be much pressure on Dodd to follow that path yet but if his numbers don't improve by the end of the year, there will almost certainly be an effort by national party strategists to talk him out of the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2009; 10:58 AM ET
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You really have to wonder about these wingnuts.

OK, they don't care if what they say is true or not, no news there. They've been OK with lying for at least 30 years.

But they don't even try to make up credible lies anymore, they just flail. Like Jake with his birth certificate thing, or the misquotes of Palin's seeing Russia from an island in Alaska.

Now we have TheBabeNemo claiming that the Americans without health coverage aren't citizens, they're illegal aliens. Oh! Then there's no problem, right?

Wrong. We have 50 million Americans without health insurance and there are at most 12 million illegals.

Hard to figure how they would be counted among the uninsured .. what are they going to do, come forward and demand it?

What pitiable nonsense. No wonder these guys can't win elections.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

(hint: it's just a slightly higher number than the total number of illegal immigrants currently residing within our borders).

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Someone call the Guinness Book of Records, we have a first! A lie from a Republican!!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks:
no, they paid their executives
that's who got the TARP monies

Just like Baby Bush wanted.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

dbw:
TheBabeNemo:
Since you are on David Axelrod's mailing list, has he sent out an e-mail yet explaining why he agreed this morning in an interview on Fox and Friends that 95% of Americans already have health insurance? What happened to 50 million?

*****well dbw, in true style, i would have to confirm that he did, indeed, say that.

I know Democrats struggle with math, so let me show you how it works. If there are 300 million Americans, and 95% have insurance...that's 285 million Americans with insurance.

If 285 million have insurance, and there are 300 million total residents....how many don't have insurance? (hint: it's just a slightly higher number than the total number of illegal immigrants currently residing within our borders).

****is that 300 million American residents?
Those Americans...wait, those residents.....that have insurance (making up the 95% that you say David said).......i'm busy doing fuzzy math, so you will have to excuse me.

do we have 300 million Americans.
or do we have 300 million American residents?
i would need for you to define that.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 - Actually that story is more than a little inaccurate. Goldman *borrowed* money for that TARP loan repayment to avoid government oversight and guess who they got the money from? China and India! Yep, our "free trade" partner's are propping up the "free traitors" here.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 23, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone read zouk posts?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

so simple simon has the Lib mentality that if a single dime of the lent money returns, it is profit and should be spent in a vulnerable Libs district.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks writes
"You need to take another look at those TARP payments."

My source was:

http://marketplace.publicradio.org//display/web/2009/07/22/pm-tarp/?refid=0

"Earlier today Goldman Sachs bought its warrants back from the Treasury Department. Cost 'em about a billion-and-a-half-dollars. For those of you keeping track at home, when you add up the interest on Goldman's $10 billion bailout, plus buying back the warrants, taxpayers got a 23 percent annualized rate of return."

Which is basically what dbw1 writes, below. While I agree its too early to claim total success, I'll take it as good news. In the context of the economy 9 months ago, when this money was doled out in order to avoid the collapse of the financial system, getting money back from these banks, with interest, is pretty good news to my ears.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 23, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse


wait a minute here..
wasn't it the Dodd Amendment that stalled HR1?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

And posters who bring their repetitive side-issues like birth certificates into every single god damn thread

Posted by: chrisuxcox
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

JakeD - I think he has a crush on you. When I was in PreK we used to pull pigtails. Pretty much the same level of emotional intelligence we are dealing with here.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Chris can muzzle posters who just make stuff up.

==

And posters who bring their repetitive side-issues like birth certificates into every single god damn thread

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"As a result of the clear indication that the government take-over of health care is a total flop.

Once the polls show that the Libs will lose the house in 2010, the market wil roar back to life."

Zing of kook just likes to make stuff up.

1. There's no mention in the story about health care, so zouk just makes that theory up.

2. The market is roaring back to life already, so zouk just makes up some financial news from an alternate universe.

Perhaps Chris can muzzle posters who just make stuff up.


Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 23, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Dodd's dishonesty concerning his housing values certainly put a sour taste in those who are currently being foreclosed on. Rob Simmons isn't a great candidate, but he is well ahead of Dodd in polling right now. However, don't count Dodd out yet. He's gotten votes of confidence from the Conn. Democratic party and they want him to be their man. Why? Because Chris Dodd has delivered for Conn's. interests for years & years. Dodd is a prolific fundraiser and has no type of primary, as I'm aware of. This gives him time & money to rebuild his image...and to tear down his Republican opponent. Believe me, tear them down he will when he figures out who it will be. Simmons has no free ride to the nomination, either. Tom Foley has great foreign relations experience & is also a prolific fundraiser, while Simmons is not a great fundraiser it seems. This race is still open, despite these sagging poll numbers for Dodd. The argument "vote for the devil you know, not the devil you don't" may well work in this case & in Pa. with Specter. Don't count these 2 old dogs out yet. Although, I think Specter is a much stronger surviver than is Dodd. Dodd will have to rely on his clout as banking chairman and the argument he can work for Conn. better than any other Senator. Make no mistake, Dodd is in trouble and may well lose. I think Foley will be the better candidate than Simmons, although if Gov. Rell dips into the race on someone's behalf, that person will then be the clear favorite.

Posted by: reason5 | July 23, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:
Since you are on David Axelrod's mailing list, has he sent out an e-mail yet explaining why he agreed this morning in an interview on Fox and Friends that 95% of Americans already have health insurance? What happened to 50 million?

I know Democrats struggle with math, so let me show you how it works. If there are 300 million Americans, and 95% have insurance...that's 285 million Americans with insurance.

If 285 million have insurance, and there are 300 million total residents....how many don't have insurance? (hint: it's just a slightly higher number than the total number of illegal immigrants currently residing within our borders)

Posted by: dbw1 | July 23, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 - You need to take another look at those TARP payments. The taxpayers are getting pennies on the dollar, nowhere near what we loaned them and nowhere near their present value. Worse, Obama's corporate insiders have us on the hook for 23.9 TRILLION dollars in liability. In the meantime, these Wall Street vermin are issuing each other record bonuses. Those same vermin have turned from issuing bad mortgage paper and now play in the commodity markets, artificially inflating the price of everything from credit card rates to oil and food. The incompetent insiders in this Administration are setting us for a disaster. When I hear you so-called liberals blathering about the market numbers leading real recovery numbers I want to scream. That is the "trickle down" nonsense economists have been criticizing for years and to hear Obama's gerbil's trot it out is so laughable, so intellectually bankrupt, that I cannot believe you actually can write stuff this with a straight face. You sound like Neocon's! And Obama has turned out to be nothing more than a third term of Bush complete with the same failed ideas and policies.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 23, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1:
"FYI, TARP has been making money - banks have been repaying the loans, earning the Treasury up to a 23% annualized return. The argument has moved on to what to do with the excess."

Uhhh, FYI, TARP is not making money and we are a long, long way from having any 'excess' to talk about.

The 23% return you brag about came from one bank: Goldman. The same bank that was politically connected enough to survice the past 12 months while other less-connected banks (read: Lehman) were allowed to fail. Trust me, they were scratching the back of their politician friends by paying back a "23% return" so Barney Frank would have something to boast about.

What you forgot to mention is that the other 8 banks that have (so far) been approved to return TARP are going to do so at much less (if any) return to the taxpayer. You also forgot to mention that while 9 banks have been deemed healthy enough to exit TARP, 10 banks have not....and those 10 are responsible for nearly 80% of the total TARP taxpayer monies lent out.

Tell me this: if you loaned $10 each to 10 buddies, and the first two guys each paid you back $12, would you go around with the $24 bragging about your big "20%return" and ponder how you will spend "the excess"?

Or, might you be wondering whether you will ever get the other $80 back from the 8 guys you know are in really bad financial shape?

Posted by: dbw1 | July 23, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

So instead of a "GOP comeback" piece we get a "Democrat in trouble" piece. Can't remember when the last time it was the other way around.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

drindl: exactly-repulsives get blamed for "the stall".
so be it

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

yeah, but king,
remember, the RNC wants to initiate a cross country town-hall type outreach whereby they can instill their "live your lives our way at all costs" idealogoy into the common man.
At a gymnasium near you soon.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27, employment figures always lag the other economic indicators. Unemployment goes up well after the markets start going down, and goes down well after the markets have started going back up. If you're concerned about employment figures, you want to see the market going up asap because employment won't start to rise until the markets have been heading up for many months. It's not *either* the markets *or* employment, as you seem to imply.

Posted by: nodebris | July 23, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks: criminey, it's been 7 months. How can you say "failed"?

chris: it's Gates, I'm tellin' ya!

bsimon:
banks may be repaying the US Treasury
with the TARP funds (bush) but they are doing nothing to save the American homeowner from losing their homes.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Many conservatives are viewing the health care debate as a personal political battle against Obama, claiming health care reform could be the president’s “Waterloo” and advising that GOP members of Congress “resist the temptation” to work with Democrats and instead “go for the kill.” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is offering the opposite advice. “If we don’t do something on health-care reform,” Grassley said, “the voters are more apt to blame Republicans than Democrats.” Grassley also expressed his disagreement with the Republican Party of Iowa, which called health care reform an “experiment Iowa cannot afford.” “I would suggest there have been some Republicans who haven’t been looking at the polls,” Grassley said in a weekly conference call with Iowa reporters, in which he announced he would continue to seek a bipartisan bill:

He referred to a poll showing voters would assign blame 30 percent to the health industry, 22 to Republicans, 11 percent to Democrats and only 4 percent to Obama.

“So it seems to me that we have a responsibility to the Republican Party not to be seen as destroying or at least not talking about things that people believe are wrong with the present health-care system,” Grassley said.

Posted by: drindl | July 23, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like record deficits and spending to instill confidence in Lib frugality.

then the leader goes on tour to make some more speeches, unaware of even what he is preaching. when questioned on it, the vacuuity emerges.

Fall back position - blame someone else. Except it is clear to all but the most ignorant Libs (drivl) that the Dems are the ones holding up the show. Even they know this boondoggle will lose elections. who wants to be the last fool to go down on a sinking ship? the titanic that is Obama.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

jakey needed a teleprompter to post
"LOL"

King reduces his posts to slamming the President on his baseball game after nodebris points out that kings' quotes aren't complete.......

and on top of it all. I get an email from David Axelrod (mailing list) with a subject line of "this is not a game"....
and I'm thinking....WTF
?????????????
(rolling)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks writes
"While Obama and his gang of Wall Street insiders loot the country of it's wealth and give it to their wealthy friends..."


FYI, TARP has been making money - banks have been repaying the loans, earning the Treasury up to a 23% annualized return. The argument has moved on to what to do with the excess. Some are arguing we should use it to pay down the debt, others think it should be used more directly to help homeowners hold off foreclosure. I'm in the former camp, but done properly the latter plan could potentially be an income source, like TARP has been.


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 23, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Dow tops 9,000 as home sales rise for 3rd month


Posted by: drivl

As a result of the clear indication that the government take-over of health care is a total flop.

Once the polls show that the Libs will lose the house in 2010, the market wil roar back to life.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@mibrooks27 - Where on earth did you get the idea that Obama would "end job outsourcing and end the H1-B an similar guest worker visas." He stated support for immigration reform throughout the primaries. For someone who backed Obama, why didn't you listen to what he was saying? If you wanted strident anti-immigration, Tancredo was your guy.

BB

==

It's not the same immigration issue, Tancredo is about racism against Latinos.

The IT industry is loaded with H1-B workers, mostly Indian, conspicuously inferior to the American workers they displace. I can count the exceptions I've run into on one hand. They aren't here because they're talented, they're here because they work for lower wages. In Redmond they have six people living in a small apartment.

I haven't read of the cap being highly raised but the fact we have ANY of these bargeloads of cheap workers still coming over here is a travesty.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 23, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

they were called shovel ready jobs that were supposed to be "out the door"

but out the door on the federal level
is NOT out the door on the state level.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse


king-that scam (with the rabbis) is just breaking in the news, no?

could be PhD behind their name too.
once a crook........

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

dbw: the Gates issue is something that will bring attention to :
"the behavior of law enforcement officers while on the job".

now, i use the word behavior.
what would you use?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

drindl - Yes, drivel, and unemployment ROSE again! While Obama and his gang of Wall Street insiders loot the country of it's wealth and give it to their wealthy friends, jobless claims rose another 554,000 ("seasonally adjusted" -- the actual rise was more than 700,000 by Summers and Geithner massaged the numbers). Wall Street millionaire's getting ever more wealth is no measure of the economic soundness of the country, neither is it a measure of anything like a recovery. The ruthless incompetence of this failed Administration is breath taking. What is even more breathtaking is the shallow minded fawning and intellectual contortions of you gerbils, desperately looking for some sort of good news about the mess these cretins have created.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 23, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Dow tops 9,000 as home sales rise for 3rd month

Posted by: drindl | July 23, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

mike b - you should not mention the metaphor of dropping the ball in an Obama context.

As you may recall he was able to amass a whole 37 points in a bowling adventure. this does seem most like his legislative ability, preferring the gutter to the middle of the lane.

Most amusing was his attempt at baseball pitching. first he dressed in Mom jeans and a white sox jacket, forgetting the name of the stadium where they play.

then he manged to throw like a girl, ending his pitch in the dirt, several feet short of the plate, only being saved from utter embarrasement by a first baseman's ability to catch the dirt ball before it bounced into the stands. and the camera angle engineered by the white house to avoid showing the trajectory of the ball.

another perfect analogy - avoid showing the trajectory. remind anyone of health care, rabid enviro or porkulus.

the truth eeeks out indeed.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"the truth eeeks out."

That's pretty funny. Koz copy-n-pasted the entire comment except for the last four words, of which one is miscapitalized and another grotesquely misspelled. He manages only a 50% accuracy rate in simple, 15-character sentence consisting of no words longer than five letters.

Oh, and he removed this paragraph from the source he quoted:

"But whatever the problems faced by Obama and his party, they still earn higher approval ratings than other Washington leaders or the Republican Party, according to the Public Trust Monitor poll. And the loss in trust in Democrats did not correspond with a gain for the GOP: Trust in Republicans fell from 40 percent in March to 36 percent in the recent survey."

Posted by: nodebris | July 23, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade - It was prominently featured on his campaign literature. This pretty much confirms what I have thought all along, too. Most of you mindless twits that blather and fawn over Obama here didn't campaign for him and don't have the slightest idea of what he promised or stood for. Well, I did and he LIED. You and your fellow gerbils and "progressives" are disgusting and rather lazy fools. Most of you were Clinton supporters and I well recall your threats to stay home or vote for McCain. Twits like drivel and her sisters were enraged about Clinton's being denied the nomination and assured us that they would never ever vote for Obama. We heard the same stuff from the just about every other "progressive" twit. I took you at your word - you stayed home or you voted for McCain. With Obama's victory you parasites have piled on and claimed a seat at the table for for a whole host of issues that has nothing whatsoever to do with why Obama won. That distraction has led us down this road. THE issue in the election was jobs - cubing outsourcing and ending the H-B visa. It wasn't health care, getting out of Iraq had become a side issue by the time of the late primaries, it wasn't gays rights or racism or "women's issues". It was the economy and Obama has dropped the ball.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 23, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

BB - all that remains is to find someone to blame it on.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The truth eeks out? That makes for an interesting image: Unemployment up to 9.5%. Eeek!

Perhaps we can get Mickey Mouse or Danger Mouse to delivery the news.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 23, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

Posted by: JakeD | July 23, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Just as Obama intensifies his efforts to fulfill a campaign promise and reach an agreement with Congress on health care reform, the number of Americans who say they trust the president has fallen from 66 percent to 54 percent. At the same time, the percentage of those who say they do not trust the president has jumped from 31 to 42.


The president’s party has taken a similar hit since the last Public Trust Monitor poll, with only 42 percent of respondents saying that they trust the Democratic Party, compared with 52 percent who do not. The party’s numbers are nearly the inverse of March’s survey, in which 52 percent said they trusted Democrats and 42 percent did not.

Only 44 percent of those polled said the federal government is headed on the right track. In March, only a few months into Obama’s presidency, 54 percent said the federal government was on the right track, up 19 percentage points from the closing days of the Bush administration in December. Meanwhile, trust in the federal government has dropped from 63 percent to 58 percent since March, while trust that it will manage its finances responsibly has fallen from 40 percent to 32 percent during that time.


the truth eeeks out.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

[Republican Sen. Chuck] Grassley said: “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made… and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency’.”

Ah, Mr. Personal Responsibility strikes again.

There is only one person destroying his presidency: Barack Obama.

He inherited a destroyed presidency - coming soon.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

dbw1 wrote: "it's nuts like Prof Gates who scream racism at every perceived slight"

Yeah, what's with these crazy black folks, getting pissed about being accosted and then arrested in their own homes? How very unreasonable of them. A white person certainly wouldn't get upset at that, right?

Posted by: nodebris | July 23, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Now most of the money that we're investing as part of this plan will get out the door immediately and go directly to job creation, generating or saving three to four million new jobs," Obama said.

"And the vast majority of these jobs will be created in the private sector. Because, as these CEOs well know, business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country."

Six months later, the president sings a different tune. On July 13, he told the American people, "The Recovery Act was not designed to work in four months - it was designed to work over two years."

As a previous president might say, it depends on what your definition of "immediately" is.

the endless lies of the fluff and fold admin. now it's more care for less money. We're the government, that's what we do. except when we don't. like up till now.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK - Two northern New Jersey mayors, several rabbis and other politicians were arrested on Thursday in a federal investigation into public corruption and international money laundering, U.S. authorities said. Among the approximately 30 people arrested were Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, who took office 23 days ago, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini,(Snip)The international money-laundering was "high volume,"

since there is no letter behind their names, you can bet it is implied (D).

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck reports that an animal-rights fanatic is on track to become President Obama’s regulatory czar. That individual is the radical legal theorist Cass Sunstein who has argued that: your money doesn’t really belong to you because the government laid the foundations for your success; Internet censorship is a good idea; animals should be allowed to sue people; (Snip) and Americans’ support for property rights (Snip) is an “incoherent” form “of so-called individualism.”


wow, chrissuxcox is becoming a czar. fitting.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Dodd has plenty of time to rehabilitate his flagging poll numbers. He can start by urging Team Obama to make good on its pledge to restore human and civil rights in America:

***

PROF. GATES' COP-INVASION ORDEAL:

Standard "M.O" for a Federally-enabled, Police-protected American Gestapo?

FEMA, Secret Service, FBI, the U.S. military and intel agencies are among the federal enablers of volunteer community policing, anti-terrorism and town watch organizations transmogrified by Bush-Cheney into fronts for a nationwide, civilian Gestapo-like army -- an army that remains on the march under Team Obama.

This grassroots-based extrajudicial targeting and punishment "torture matrix" uses covertly implanted GPS tracking devices to stalk, harass, vandalize and terrorize unjustly "targeted" Americans and their families.

When "targets" travel, the GPS system alerts vigilantes affiliated with local units of this American Gestapo, and the harassment follows. Local police cooperation denies these targeted Americans their Constitutional right of equal protection under the law.

Silent, injury- and illness-inducing microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons" are being used to torture, and to degrade the lives of targeted citizens -- what could be described as a quiet, ideologically-motivated genocide.

This weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum is every bit as socially significant as the invention of gunpowder -- but the mainstream media has yet to report in detail on the ramifications.

Victims charge that members of this civilian Gestapo have INFILTRATED THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, calling into question the quality of the services they receive when they need hospital or emergency care.

And companion array of “programs of personal financial destruction," using the IRS as a political weapon, sabotages the finances of targeted families. Their telecommunications and U.S. mail appear to be subject to warrantless surveillance, interception and tampering, including the alteration of financial accounts and credit card and utility billing statements.

This systematic bypass of the American judicial system makes a mockery of the rule of law -- and political "dissidents," "whistle-blowers" and those considered to be social "deviates" are among its prime targets.

Civil rights advocates: Wake up and smell the police state that has co-opted POTUS and a deluded Congress into becoming enablers of vigilante injustice and domestic torture.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

See "GESTAPO USA" at http://NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 23, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I could also see Dodd stepping down with the promise of a prominent position in the administration. I could see Dodd as an Ambassador of England, or some other prominent European nation.

That being said Dodd thought high enough of himself that he ran for President so he may think that these numbers are going to turn around. He could be right too. If he leads the Healthcare fight and wins he may use that to show how important he is in the Senate. Dodd's future, IMO, is going to come down to how well the Economy is looking one year from now. If we are on the upswing then he wins in a squeaker, if not then he will get beat by a 10% margin.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 23, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a pretty important number today: 2.

That's the number of other cops, one Hispanic and one black, that were with the white cop that professor Gates was yelling at and accusing of racism. This unfortunately is started to get whipped up by both sides as a racial conflict, when it isn't...or at least didn't have to be.

From what I read (and you have to dig deep to find it), both of the other minority cops agreed with the white cop's decision to arrest Gates because of his continued out-of-control ranting at the officer and "arrogant and abusive" language and behavior.

And while Prof Gates is demanding an apology from the white officer, I think right about now the white officer should be demanding an apology from Obama for the 'stupidly' comment. But it appears that the officer has far more class than Prof Gates, and that won't be happening.....

Feels good to be a cop putting your life on the line this morning, doesn't it fellas? By the way, the white cop being accused of racism in this incident administered CPR trying to save the life of Boston Celtics draftee Reggie Lewis when Lewis collapsed and died a few years ago. He must really have a thing against black people, trying to save their lives and all...

Once again, it's nuts like Prof Gates who scream racism at every perceived slight who do real damage to the cause for racial equality because they water down what 'racism' really means. Read: the boy who cried wolf.

Posted by: dbw1 | July 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

@mibrooks27 - Where on earth did you get the idea that Obama would "end job outsourcing and end the H1-B an similar guest worker visas." He stated support for immigration reform throughout the primaries. For someone who backed Obama, why didn't you listen to what he was saying? If you wanted strident anti-immigration, Tancredo was your guy.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 23, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse


mibrooks....are you upset?

ask Bill Gates about the visa situation.

the old INS, that is now BCIS I believe (has been since Homeland Security) has so many variations of EVERY kind of visa, green card, red card, blue card, work permit card that can be reproduced on the black market in a new york second.

Great argument for National ID program.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I won't be surprised if Sen Dodd, early in the new year, decides to step down for family reasons. If I were in his shoes, I'd be working on a financial industry reform package. The risk is, with CT being the home of so many of the wall street wizards, that may not do much to boost his support either.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 23, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse


for sure king,
but Senator Dodd is honest and trustworthy.

I read that somewhere

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 23, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"You were going to end job outsourcing and end the H1-B an similar guest worker visas."

Did Obama actually say he was going to end those visas? The first source I found, an interview at http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/11/26/qa-with-senator-barack-obama-on-key-technology-issues/, has Obama saying "I will support a temporary increase in the H-1B visa program as a stopgap measure until we can reform our immigration system comprehensively." So did Obama change his mind later? Or did you just imagine this?

"Early reports out of Indian concerning that trade deal negotiated by Clinton are that you removed all limits for those visas"

Please cite a source. I haven't been able to find any news articles, or even blog posts, corroborating this.

Posted by: Blarg | July 23, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It is only fitting that the senator who caused the housing fiasco join the ranks of the unemployed along with his victims.

Buyers remorse is gaining momentum fast.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 23, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. President,
I campaigned for you. I knocked on hundreds and hundreds of doors and allow me to point out that you were "hired" because you were going to end job outsourcing and end the H1-B an similar guest worker visas. You haven't done *anything* about these. You have increased the number of H1-B visas to where we now have 4 unemployed U.S. engineers for every H1-B visa you issue. Those Wall Street banks you and the Democrats bailed out laid off their entire IT staff, 50,000 US workers. They turned around, and you gave them, 50,000 "emergency H1-B visas and they replaced those U.S. workers with Indian H1-B workers. Early reports out of Indian concerning that "trade deal" negotiated by Clinton are that you removed all limits for those visas and actually are going to increase outsourcing. Now, we are not fools. We have outsourced more than 40 million jobs under the banner of "free trade", the bulk of them to India and China. We want it stopped. They wont like us, but we don't much like them. You promised to stop outsourcing, cease using our jobs as rewards for foreign governments supporting our foreign policy. That's morally bankrupt. So here's the deal. We want every piece of legislation, everything on your agenda STOPPED. No "health care reform, no nutty social legislation, nothing, until and unless you do what you promised about our jobs. If you don't, understand that we WILL take it out on the Democratic Congress and we WILL fire you at the first available opportunity. Mr. Dodd's numbers are suffering as a consequence of his support for "free trade", outsourcing our jobs, his constant seking to change the subject from that basic fact. He deserves to be fired and likely will be fired by the voters. Now, focus on that and quit running down rabbit trails. It's jobs, jobs, jobs...and YOUR JOB if you continue to not listen.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 23, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Change may be in the air.... Specter's numbers are poor as are Dodd's and the electorate may be in the mood to toss out veterans (although both have other problems as well). He's been around for awhile and really hasn't made much of a name/identity for himself in Connecticut. His quixotic run for the presidency didn't help him either. Voters in CT tend to be pragmatic rather than party-oriented. (I was a CT voter at one time). If Dodd's numbers remain this poor, he might as well step aside...

Posted by: RickJ | July 23, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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